February 2020 | Vol. 17 Iss. 02
SNOW REMOVERS KEEP HOLLADAY STREETS MOVING IN THE WINTER, REPAIRED DURING THE SUMMER By Sona Schmidt-Harris | firstname.lastname@example.org
ou have seen them in seemingly armored trucks plowing snow off Holladay streets. They appear to be faceless, powerful and nameless. However, very real people help keep Holladay safe and moving in the winter. Meet snow removers Sharon Casias and Troy Oveson. Both Casias and Oveson work for Salt Lake County. As snow removal partners, Oveson is the lead truck and Casias the “chase truck” on the main roads like Wasatch Boulevard, Murray-Holladay Road and Highland Drive. “I love my job. I like being out at night when there’s no traffic. I just love doing it. I like seeing the results after it’s done,” Casias said. While Oveson also likes his job, the middle of the night proves more difficult for him. “Getting up at 3 or 2 o’clock in the morning is the worst challenge,” he said. Both Casias and Oveson enjoy the people they work with. “I like to be outside. I like to drive. I like doing different things every day. I like the people I work with. I like my bosses,” Casias said. Casias has been with the county for 16 years and Oveson for five years. Previously, he worked for UDOT for about three years and Saratoga for another year. While often rewarding, snow removal has its challenges. Something that would help Holladay snow removers is residents not attempting to pass the trucks while they are working to clear the streets. Other challenges for snow removers include “not letting us out or not slowing down. We need to do what we have to
Snow Removers Sharon Casias and Troy Oveson plow through Holladay. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Casias/Holladay)
do, and sometimes they just won’t let us out on the street,” Casias said. The biggest challenge for Oveson in the subdivisions is vehicles parked on the street. Additionally, Oveson finds it difficult when people are “yelling things at us,” he said. “We covered their driveway after they have already shoveled it.” “A piece of advice would be when you do shovel your
driveways, if you put it to the right side of your driveway, and we come by and push it, we’ll push away from your driveway, so we won’t bury your driveway as bad,” he said. Despite loving her job, Casias expressed some frustration. “The only thing that really bugs me is every time something comes on TV, it’s all about UDOT. There’s never anything said about Salt Lake Continued page 11
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Holladay Library will reopen after one-year closure By Sona Schmidt-Harris | email@example.com
f you’re a patron of the Holladay Library, you have likely been frustrated with its closure about a year ago. If you’re a Holladay resident driving down Murray-Holladay Road, you have likely noticed a change to the Holladay Library. Patrons of the library will be happy to know that it will be reopening soon. “We have a soft opening date sometime in early February. The grand opening will be February 22,” Jeff Buydos said. Buydos is public relations coordinator for the Salt Lake County Library System. Changes to the library include a new story-time room, a new “create space,” about 3,000 more square feet and a new and improved teen area. There will also be more public meeting spaces. “They’ve reconfigured the middle to be a more open and light sort of layout. We’re taking better advantage of our windows,” Holladay Library Manager Trudy Jorgensen-Price said. The new story-time room “will give kids and their parents a separate space to be a little bit louder and have a little bit more fun with story time,” Buydos said. The create space or “maker space” will be the first of its kind in the County Library System. “The maker spaces are really cool. They are areas in which we have 3D printing. You can learn media editing, sound and video editing. It’s going to be a really neat spot where if you wanted to come in and record something for video or YouTube, you could do that there in the maker space,” Buydos said. A “Misty Robot” will also be making an appearance. Misty Robots are little robots that teach artificial intelligence and coding. There were some problems during renovation including structural and roofing issues. “We had the option of either razing the building or remodeling it, so we decided that we were going to remodel it,” Buydos said. Jorgensen-Price is a passionate advocate
The renovated Holladay Library will reopen soon. (Photo courtsey of Jeffrey Buydos/Holladay)
of not only the Holladay Library, but libraries in general. “Libraries, generally speaking, are sort of the cornerstone of democracy, an equalizing place where anyone gets the information, regardless of income, regardless of whatever else might be going on in their lives that would otherwise maybe disadvantage them,” she said. Another passionate advocate of the library is Cottonwood Elementary kindergarten teacher Patty Brasher. She was a young attendee of the first Holladay Library opening in 1972. “It was a pretty big deal to have this big, new building. Before it was in a tiny, little build-
ing. We used to have a bookmobile. It was a big deal to have a full-size, big library,” she said. Brasher attended Cottonwood Elementary, Olympus Junior High and Olympus High School. Regarding the Holladay Library, she said, “For my generation, it was a meeting place. It would be one of the places we could go without any parental supervision. We could say, ‘We’re going to the library,’ and it would be okay.” Brasher is an ardent patron not only for herself, but also for her kindergarten students. “I love that it’s part of the community that many of our students need. My students
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You were just in a car acident, now what? Unless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1.Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first-aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2.Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3.Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call
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yman Losee is not your typical artist. When interviewing an Artist of the Month, one does not expect to hear, “I was concerned about the safety of old Russian rockets stored in Ukraine being affected by the recent Russian invasion. I’m quite familiar with the propellant and risks involved.” In his autobiography, he refers to his “work with rockets, explosives, and other nasty things.” Nasty as it may be, it has allowed him adventure and travel around the world. Though involved in a technical and sometimes deadly field, Losee has a sense of whimsy. “When I was really young, I thought it would be really neat to be a cartoonist.” This desire comes out in his paintings today. There can at times be a Grandma Moses feel to his work. A folksy animation effect pervades his animal figures and some of his landscapes. There is also both an approach and distance from his subjects. It’s as if he is attempting to enter an idealized world seen through the cool observance of a scientist. Perhaps this dichotomy has to do in part with Losee’s profession. In his autobiography, he states, “Much of my . . . work in hazards analysis was to assess handling and manufacturing operations and make recommendations to ensure that accidents did not occur. Therefore, my work and the work of my colleagues have been of a life-saving nature and therefore I feel that it was of great importance in the scheme of things.” “On the other hand,” he further wrote, “much of my work was also involved in the development and manufacture of ammunition, rockets, explosives, and other materials used for the taking of lives during times of war and in other military operations.” In addition to his approach/retreat style in his art, there is also a stretch toward idealism — a wish that the scene he paints or the world is better than it actually is. For instance, in “Bird of Paradise,” paradise appears to surround the flower itself. Additionally, in a savannah scene, he inserted all into one place various animals he has seen on his many trips. His favorite medium is now acrylics, though his first medium was oil. He is also an ardent and interested photographer. “My whole life I’ve had to have something to do. I cannot sit around
Artist Lyman Losee describes himself as a “mountain-type” person and displays both an intimate approach and a scientist’s distance from his subject. (Photo courtesy of Lyman Losee/Holladay)
cules, the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, and many other places. Longtime residents of Holladay (since 1971), Losee and his wife Carolyn have five children. Losee’s paintings will show in February at City Hall. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for Holladay Artist of the Month, please email email@example.com In Lyman Losee’s “Bird of Paradise,” paradise appears to surround the flower itself. (Photo courtesy of Lyman Losee/Holladay)
and do nothing,” Losee said. “I have to be doing something that’s worth doing.” Perhaps this was in part what drove Losee to paint. Utah has influenced him greatly. “We’re nearby the mountains and I’m a mountain-type person.” A lot of his paintings are of Utah mountains. “I’ve never had any formal training at all,” he said. Losee holds a B.S. degree in In Lyman Losee’s “Elephants,” a folksy animation effect pervades his work. (Photo courtesy of Lychemistry and an associate’s degree man Losee/Holladay) in electronics. He has worked at Her-
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Cottonwood Canyons get more visitors than Zion or Yellowstone:
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he Cottonwood Canyons supply the Salt Lake Valley with over 60 percent of its drinking water. A group of five people lead an effort to protect them. The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation works to improve the environments of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as Millcreek Canyon. The organization has spent the past 20 years improving trails, removing invasive weeks and educating the public about the importance of protecting
year, according to Anderson. “That’s more than Yellowstone or Zion,” she said. “It’s our job to teach people to be responsible recreators.”
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The efforts of the small staff of CCF are supported by hundreds of volunteers. The organization relies on over 300 regular volunteers who provide much of the labor needed for the largescale work of improving the canyons. On top of that, as many as 1,500 other people vol-
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in 2016. She asked her old friend Dunn to get involved. She now counts him as one of its regular volunteers. “I was just blown away,” Dunn said. “They have five staff members that work in the Cottonwood Canyons. They work on trails, education, invasive weeds. The weeds smother other plants and cause erosion. People don’t realize how important that work is.” The CCF weed team works with the Forest Service to track and map levels of invasive weeds in the tri-canyon area. Teams of volunteers led by CCF staff head up the canyons to remove the invasive plants before they can do more damage. In addition to crowding out native plants and making the soil more vulnerable to erosion, invasive weeds also increase fire danger and threaten the vital drinking water provided by the canyons.
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The work of the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation makes nearby trails more accessible. (Photo by Joshua Wood/City Journals)
the vital natural environments right in the Salt Lake Valley’s backyard. “We consider ourselves workers,” said Cottonwood Canyons Foundation (CCF) Executive Director Serena Anderson. “We’re nonpolitical. We show up after policy decisions have been made and take care of the land.” With just five full-time staff members, the local nonprofit helps supplement the United States Forest Service’s work in the area. Anderson and her team split their time between teaching kids and other members of the public about the canyons’ delicate environment and working in the canyons to improve them. In addition to providing the majority of the valley’s drinking water, the Cottonwood Canyons also serve as a major recreation area. In fact, 5 million people use the canyons each
unteer for one-time projects each year. Volunteers help take care of the forest while gaining knowledge of the environment they can share with others. One of CCF’s regular volunteers is Bob Dunn, an old friend of Anderson’s. “I met Serena when she was 8 years old at the Boys and Girls Club,” Dunn said. “She was a leader then too.” After moving back to the Salt Lake Valley from California five years ago, Anderson was drawn to the canyons. “I absolutely fell in love with the mountains,” she said. “I had a chance to come back, and I heard about this organization and I was thrilled about it.” Anderson brought her experience as a nonprofit leader and became the executive director of the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
The work done by CCF provides a critical stopgap for an underfunded and overextended Forest Service. The Forest Service expends a lot of its resources fighting fires. Its budget allocation is determined by acreage rather than usage, so a small but busy area like the Cottonwood Canyons gets less funding than larger forests that might have fewer visitors. On top of that, the agency’s budget for the area is now just 60% of what it was 20 years ago, according to Anderson. While the need for services have increased with more visitors and a growing nearby population, funding to address it has plummeted. “In my mind this is critical and people need to know about it,” Dunn said. “They all have college degrees. Their work is state of the art, and it’s way over my head what they do. They also deal with cougars, snakes, bears and moose when they work in the canyons. It’s incredible.” The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation’s focus on trail restoration and construction helps to increase access to the canyons while also protecting them. As they make sure trails stay in good condition for people to use, CCF also educates people about the damage off-trail activity does to the native landscape. “I have learned a lot about protecting the canyons myself since interviewing for this job,” Anderson said. “I learned that I shouldn’t pick the flowers, that doing that damages the habitat.”
The group’s education programs include bringing school children up the canyons to explore and learn. Whether exploring trails and learning at the Silver Lake visitor center in the warmer months or snowshoeing Little Cottonwood Canyon, youth programs teach Salt Lake Valley kids about the importance of the canyons. To help more kids participate in programs, bus scholarships and donated snow clothes are available to kids in Title I schools. The CCF team gets creative with their educational efforts. During ski season, staff and volunteers will ride up the ski lifts with lone skiers and talk with them about the canyons. They then host educational events in the resort areas. “We’re considered an urban forest,” Anderson said. “It’s kind of our backyard, and people need to know what it means to be in a watershed.” What’s next for the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation? Growing the organization’s capacity to meet increasing need for its services is a top priority. “We are working very hard to get a second trails crew and another weed crew,” Anderson said. “We are touching 30–40% of the need in the canyons. We’re trying to get to the backlog of need in the canyons.” The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation offers a busy schedule of activities throughout the year. Volunteers can help with trail maintenance or invasive weed suppression, or they can attend educational and celebratory events like their Wasatch wildflower tours in July. More information can be found on their website, www. cottonwoodcanyons.org. The organization’s staff and volunteers make sure their events combine education with action. They recently received an award for removing graffiti in Little Cottonwood Canyon and worked with local law enforcement to address the issue. For Anderson and her team, stewardship and education go hand-in-hand. “I love working the registration table at events and checking people in,” Anderson said. “Then I ask them what they learned on the way out. I say, ‘so are you going to pick the flowers in the canyons?’ and they say, ‘oh no.’ Then they list the reasons why they shouldn’t.” l
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n an unseasonably warm day last December, the Utah legislature met for a day-long special session to pass the most comprehensive tax-reform bill the state has seen in generations, a package certain to affect every taxpayer in the state. The bill, SB 2001, passed with a robust margin on the strength of its promise to lower state taxpayers’ burden by up to $160 million. Six days later the governor signed it into law, and that’s a good thing, right? Who doesn’t like a tax break? Well, it turns out tax cuts can be deceptive, because the devil, per usual, is in the details. When particulars emerged, communities became angered by the bill’s new taxes on previously exempt services, along with its diminishment in the percentage of earmarked funding for education and, most contentiously, the increase in sales tax on food. “The biggest problem is the regressive nature of taxing food. That might not impact upper and middle class people, but for those who are really struggling to make it this will be a big burden,” said State House Representative Carol Spackman Moss, who represents the cities of Holladay and Murray and voted in the minority against the bill. However, the food tax is far from the only issue of concern for the Utahns who showed up in droves to sign a referendum petition that will give citizens a chance to vote to revoke the bill in the coming November elections. The volunteer-based group Utah 2019 Tax Referendum has lead the referendum
effort and raced to gather the requisite number of signatures before the January deadline. Though slow to start, the signature effort grew with stunning speed after Harmons and Associated Foods teamed up with organizers and allowed petitioners to table at their locations across the state. “We knew we’d need the support of the food retailers, and we figured we would. But I went to Whole Foods, and they said no. I went to Smith’s, and they said no. I wasn’t sure if we’d succeed. Finally, Harmons got on board and it was a game changer. That’s when things exploded and starting moving fast,” said Tena Rorh, a Granite School District educator and referendum volunteer. The fourth quarter ramp-up was critical to the petition’s success, as the timelines and pathways for direct democracy have narrowed after lawmakers passed a series of “ballot buster” bills in recent years meant to curtail the facility of citizen-led lawmaking efforts. “Last legislative session they changed the number of days grassroots groups have to file a referendum and shortened the amount of time we’re allowed to gather signatures. We now have to file in seven days, and we have only 30 days get the necessary signatures,” said Lynne McKenna, a volunteer who has worked on other referendum efforts in the state. “We had people saying, ‘You’ll need to spend at least a million bucks if your going to get enough signatures in time.’ They thought we’d have to pay signature gatherers. But we paid nobody. Everything was done gratis.” In order to qualify for the ballot, the referendum advocates needed to gather 116,000 signatures, totaling at least 8% of active voters in 15 of the state’s 29 counties. According to the Utah 2019 Tax Referendum’s internal data, they surpassed the requirements, which will compel the state to postpone the bill’s implementation until after the official referendum vote. A strange but vital aspect of the effort’s initial success is the odd makeup of its bedfellows, from lefties to libertarians and the moderates in between. “What really got me willing to put in all the time was seeing such a broad spectrum of people from different political leanings coming together for it. It was intergenerational. It had people from different socioeconomic classes all joining in,” McKenna said. The sweep of the organization’s appeal surprised many on Capitol Hill. “This referendum grew organically. You can’t even really characterize it. Left? Right? Center? It’s all of it. It’s the public saying, ‘We don’t like this and we
don’t like the way it was done,’” said Spackman Moss, currently the longest serving state House member, who signed the referendum herself. The effort underscores a growing divide between voters and their representatives, and serves to further worsen the legislature’s unflattering reputation as a super-majority out of touch with its constituencies. “Utahns are getting fed up with their representatives because they don’t actually represent who they claim to,” said Chris Robertson, a Holladay resident and volunteer signature gatherer. “They held ‘hearings’ on this tax reform, but they didn’t hear anything because they totally ignored all the public’s concerns. Same thing when they butchered the citizen propositions last year,” Robertson said, referring to lawmakers’ 2019 alterations of citizen-sponsored propositions related to political redistricting, medical marijuana and health-care expansion. But two can play that game, the organizers seem to be saying, because this time it’s the legislature’s work in the crosshairs of the popular vote. “Our legislature has been tone deaf for too long. Maybe this will wake them up,” Robertson said. Nonetheless, if successful, the referendum will only nullify the tax reform bill, leaving unaddressed serious structural problems in the Utah tax code.
Trouble in the tax code
The tax bill may be half-witted, but the motivation for reform is pressing. Tax experts and economists agree that Utah’s tax code is outdated; its current framework was laid out in the 1960s to meet the needs of a society that bought American-made wears from brick-and-mortar store fronts. The nature of how we spend and what we buy has changed drastically. One of the biggest changes is the rise of the service economy. Traditionally, commerce has been dominated by the economy in durable goods, the touchable, tangible things you load into the back of your car. But for the last 30 years, the proportion of goods as a percentage of the state’s GDP has steadily declined. Meanwhile, the economy for services, like medical and legal services along with purchases like haircuts, has ascended and supplanted durables as the leading form of transaction. Because these services are largely untaxed, state’s revenue has not grown at pace with GDP. The diminishing proportional sales tax revenue puts more reliance on income tax collections, which are generally more volatile and, in Utah’s case, less flexible, because of a constitutional earmark
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requiring all state income tax to be spent exclusively on education. In 1977, sales taxes in Utah accounted for 42.7% of all tax collections. By 2016, that number dropped to 29.4%, and continues to fall, according to the Tax Foundation, a tax-policy research institution. This puts greater pressure on lawmakers to find other revenue streams, and there is speculation that they hope to abolish the education earmark to open up income tax revenue to meet other obligations. Compounding this problem is demographic change. The number of elderly Utahns is growing, who spend greater proportions of their income on health care, which is mostly untaxed and generates little revenue for the state. However, with steady population growth and a sturdy economy, Utah has been able to handle its governing obligations without excessive struggle. But with a swelling student population and vast amounts of deteriorating infrastructure statewide, in addition to the inevitable recessions on the horizon, something’s got to give.
Flies in the ointment
The most universally shared concern with the bill is the increase on the sales tax on food, which lifts from 1.75% to 4.85%. And while lawmakers have included “grocery tax credit” meant to offset the burden, opponents complain that annual rebates are
Lynne McKenna, center, poses with a stack of signature packets. (Courtesy Utah 2019 Tax Referendum)
not smart ways to help struggling families. “When you need to buy groceries every couple of days and every dollar counts, a one-a-year credit is not a desirable option for these households,” Spackman Moss said. Furthermore, opponents point out, rebates threaten to skip those most in need, as many low-income Utahns don’t file taxes because their incomes are below the
minimum threshold for mandatory filing. “What people aren’t thinking about is the fact that many people living in poverty aren’t in the habit of filing taxes because they don’t make enough money and it’s only an extra effort and expense,” explained Tena Rohr, who worked as a special needs educator for 28 years. “And if you don’t file, then you can’t get a rebate, so the food tax may be ultra-regressive for a huge population of the state. I know because as an educator I used my personal money to buy students food. So many of them are underfed and hungry. Teachers do this all the time.” For educators, the bill is doubly troubling for the fact that it lowers the income tax — which is the backbone of education funding in our state. “When it comes to education funding, there’s is just too much distrust — how can you think otherwise when we’re 51st in the [per-pupil] spending, below Puerto Rico? Class sizes keep getting bigger, teachers are dissatisfied and leaving for other professions, they need more support and [SB 2001] creates too much uncertainty for them,” said Spackman Moss, who works on the education committee. Additionally, the bill increases gasoline tax and adds a sales tax to a host of previously untaxed services. And at 200 pages, there is certainly something for everyone to dislike in the bill, a point that
was understood at the outset. “When it comes to tax issues, no matter how we change things, someone’s going to be upset,” said the bill’s co-sponsor Rep. Francis Gibson during a tax-reform task force meeting over the summer. So where does this leave lawmakers and reformists eager to rebalance our state’s off-kilter tax code? With the legislative session now underway, we might see a plan B soon. “The legislature still has 45 days to try to get enough people to remove their signatures from the petition. And I find that irritating because they only give us 30 days to collect them,” McKenna said. l
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A day at the dive bar By Zak Sonntag | firstname.lastname@example.org Editor’s note: this is part two in a two-part series about the Cotton Bottom Inn. Part one considered the future of the establishment now that it’s been sold to new owners. (Story can be found on holladayjournal.com or the January issue of the Holladay Journal) For part two, our reporter went inside to see what makes the historic inn unique.
rom the outside, the Cotton Bottom Inn, a divvy relic of a joint at the fringe of the Old Mill Valley, looks exactly the way it must have when it first went up in 1966 — just a block-laid box with a shingled roof and stove-pipe chimney, hidden behind pine trees, with nothing but a faded wooden sign to announce it. Inside, you’ll find all the markings of a dive bar. It’s a warmly lit space where the ceilings are low and the laminate bar top is cracked and dented. Lighted beer signs serve as the plasterwork. And its centerpiece is a red felt-topped pool table beneath a Coors Original pendant lamp. Yet despite the familiar presentation, the spot is not typical, as I learned on a quiet, wintery Monday afternoon hanging around the regulars. What I discovered is that the Cotton Bottom holds something special — a sort of intangible coziness and an ease among patrons that’s not often found. The first thing to know is that when you come to the Cotton Bottom, you don’t walk in the front door — you come through the back. “I can tell when people don’t know us and haven’t been here because they walk in the front door,” says Caty, a bartender with her hair pulled back in a jaunty bun. Of course, that isn’t often because most patrons are in the know. “I’ve been here over eight years, and I’d say about 80% of our customers are regulars,” Caty says, adjusting her square-rimmed spectacles. Coming through the back, you immediately pass the open kitchen, where you’ll notice the cook, whose nametag reads “Rhino,” slapping patties down on the grill. You’ll hear the meat sizzling, and then the distinct scent of garlic will strike you like an open palm. “They come here for the garlic burgers. Everybody loves them. Everybody,” Caty emphasized. I pulled out a stool next to a man with a Fu Manchu and black cowboy hat. I ask him politely how his day was going. He looked at me slowly. Nodded ever so slightly. Then returned his gaze to a football game on the television above the bar. He didn’t utter a word.
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Cotton Bottom regulars shoot pool on a casual Monday afternoon. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)
At first I wondered if he might not have heard me. But then I understood that this was just his way. Admittedly, the initial impression can be intimidating. On my other side, a burly man with a stern look ordered a burger and beer. He threw his meaty forearms on the bar, and I noticed he was inked up from the knuckles to the neck. “We get a lot of bikers in here. Harley guys,” Caty told me. I hadn’t noticed any bikes in the parking lot, but I did notice pick-up trucks. Ten of them. Not a single sedan. “We get a lot of construction workers here, too. They come in for lunch, and believe me, they’re all awesome people. I love the patrons here. They get it.” The atmosphere on this Monday afternoon was not jubilant, exactly. In fact, you’d probably call it aloof, and still somehow appropriate in a spot where new faces like mine are not commonplace. But give it some time because the folks here tend to warm up. Caty swept the air with her hand to indicate half a dozen patrons seated before her. “I know everyone at this bar by first name,” she said. To which one man joked, “Yeah, but we keep changing our names on you, don’t we?” Then Caty slid him a bottle of beer down the bar like a hockey puck. “I’ll always know exactly who you are,” she said. That afternoon, I overheard much of the playful ribbing common around bar-tops. Yet the banter, notwithstanding the cowboy, felt like more than bar talk. “I love it here because of the at-
mosphere. It’s homey and comfortable, which is exactly why I can come in looking like this,” said a woman named Nicole Smith, yanking on the collar of a loose cotton hoodie. Smith, a thirty-something realtor from the area, plopped a slice of orange into a pint of Blue Moon beer. She spoke about the unique comfort that drew her to the inn. “This is the type of place where you can come for a relaxing lunch after a crazy birthday weekend like the one I just had,” Smith said. Over Smith’s shoulder, Caty busted a cluster of pool balls with a crack. “Oh, come on,” Caty said. “Well, what’d you expect?” asked her opponent, a man with a pocketknife dangling around a carabiner on his belt. The burly fellow spun around on his stool to offer commentary. “We don’t count slop here,” he said, before bellowing out with a laugh. Caty shuffled between the pool table and bar, refilling beers then hustling back to find a quick line on a pocket, singing along with the jukebox honkytonk each time she sank a shot. I started to see why a place like this had a following. “I love everyone here. The patrons and my co-workers. I have fun every-day that I work, six days a week,” Caty said. At the heart of this community is a certain shared obsession. “The garlic burgers are so good I do take-out all the time. You might see me riding home with a plastic grocery bag of burgers swinging off the handle bars of my Harley,” said Chantel, a project manager and reggae music enthusiast. “We love to stop in here after a canyon run. It’s the perfect place to
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recharge, with a garlic burger, obviously, because they’re incredible,” she said. Chantel was pointing out something central to the Cotton Bottom’s lasting allure. At first it sounds like a paradox, but I saw it firsthand. They’re gaga for garlic: the small potent bulb cooked up just right sends patrons off with an un-concealable mark — the sour, almost lemony scent that can seep from your skin pores for days afterward; stiff and bright on the breath, it’s known to foreclose on many a husband’s hope for a welcome home kiss. But they wouldn’t keep coming if it wasn’t all worth it. “I’ve been coming here since 2004, and I don’t think I’ve even read the full menu, because I know what I want every time I come in. They are amazing!” said Smith. Some might hold the tomatoes or make it a double, but every order I witnessed that day was fundamentally the same. “Garlic burger?” Caty would say, more a validation than a question. But the bar is more than a lunch stop. It’s a community hub. “Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights — this place gets packed. Every stool and chair is taken up, and you’ve got to maneuver between bodies to make a pool shot. Same community, but more people and higher energy. It’s a lot of fun,” Caty says. For this community, however, a sense of uncertainty looms over the low-shingled roof of the inn, as new owners will be taking over
the business in March. “If it were up to me, we wouldn’t have sold,” Caty said. “I have no idea what the new owners are planning for the employees when they take over. Some of us are nervous. But we’ll just have to see.” The Cotton Bottom Inn has been in the same family for three generations. It’s current owner, Ashley Chlepas, is the granddaughter of the original owner. She could not be reached for comment. “I hope they don’t change a thing. Honestly, I think it’s perfect as it is,” Chantel said. The new owners, the Bar X group, say they intend to maintain the historic character while also making refurbishments and additions to the property. The inn has built itself into a respected brand. But whether or not the new owners will effectively deliver the promise of that brand remains an open question. Will the Cotton Bottom Inn remain a pit stop for the communities it’s traditionally served? Or will the new era mark a signal for bikers to ride on through? l
Sharon Casias and Troy Oveson plow Holladay Boulevard. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Casias/Holladay)
Continued from front page County snow removal, Midvale, Sandy, any of the other entities. We don’t get any credit for what we do. You know, UDOT just goes straight down the road, and we have to go to subdivisions. We have trouble with the cars and parking. It’s harder for us,” she said. Casias and Oveson are busy in the summer as well, mostly doing road repair. “During the summer, we do a lot of things. We do milling and haul asphalt. We mill first, and then we go in and asphalt the roads,” Casias said.
They also do something called “chipping.” “It’s kind of a Band-Aid for the roads. It gives them another five years,” Casias said. Oveson described the chipping process. “They spray a little bit of oil on the road, then we bring in rocks that are like 3/8 of an inch or smaller, and then we go back and put another fresh layer of oil on top to seal it all in.” Snow or shine, the county workers keep Holladay moving. The next time you see one on the street, do them a favor — don’t try to pass them! l
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hurchill Jr. High’s west parking lot has a magnificent view of the Salt Lake Valley. However, not everyone who comes to the lot comes for the view and respects the property. Last summer, Granite School District (GSD) installed a mechanized gate in hopes of deterring vandalism and other delinquent behavior. The gate effectively closes the parking lot for the night. “The gate prevents access to the west parking lot after hours. This was a district-level project after multiple and ongoing (several years) of complaints from neighbors,” said Ben Horsley, communications director for GSD. Horsley said “delinquent individuals on property after hours” vandalized school property and violated noise ordinances. Bidding for the gate job opened last spring. The project was given to Royalty Services Group from Syracuse. The job was completed for the new school year. “We joked they were like the Gates of Mordor,” said Churchill Principal Trent Hendricks, referencing the land from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” books. The gate stays up during the day, and parents and staff come and go just like before. “The community loves the parking lot for the view, and we want it to be open to them. We also have it open when there are evening activities and concerts,” Hendricks said. “But not everyone who comes follows the rules. They’ll do donuts in the parking lot or on the grass when it snows, or leave garbage here. So the decision was made to put in a gate and keep cars out after hours,” Hendricks said. As far as access, Horsley said it’s up to the district to decide. “Anyone we wish [can get access with their badges]. It’s as simple as adding someone to a computer
list of access rights.” A teacher at Churchill who did not wish to be named said she remembered one time when there was an issue with the gate. “One morning I had to be at school early, and the gate wasn’t opening. My badge didn’t open it — none of the teachers’ badges do. My principal was there, but his badge didn’t open it, either. Maybe they’ve changed it since then.” There is not a gate on the east parking lot, and it is still accessible all hours. Horsley said the feedback from Churchill’s neighbors has all been “positive and more inclined that it was ‘about time.’” “One lady who was walking by stopped one of our police electronics gentlemen who was there making adjustments… [She] commented (as a neighbor) that she was ecstatic that the district had finally done something to secure the property,” Horsley said. If people notice malfunctions, vandalism or other issues, they can call the school’s front office if it’s during school hours, 385646-5144. Call Granite Police Dispatch after hours, 801-481-7122. “They can get an oncall person to the site,” Horsley said. l
Across from the aptly named Sunset View Drive, a mechanized gate was installed in the west parking lot at Churchill Jr. High; the gate closes the lot overnight. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)
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Utah’s STEM and Charter School Expo lets students showcase science projects
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ow student science projects apply to real life will highlight the seventh annual Utah STEM and Charter School Expo on Feb. 29. The event is free and held at the Mountain America Center, formerly known as South Towne Expo. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students from Utah middle schools, high schools, and colleges/universities will be participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects at the event. “We ask the students how their project can be used in the real world to benefit society,” Kerrie Upenieks, Beehive Science & Technology Academy STEM coordinator/department chair, said. “Besides their project, students need to have a YouTube channel and post it on their website.” Beehive Science & Technology Academy is a charter school and serves students in grades sixth through 12th. They have expanded in 2020 to include kindergarten through grade five. Utah students can apply to have an exhibit at the expo by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Beehive Principal Hanifi Oguz said last year’s event included displays from approximately 350 students from 20 Utah schools. Oguz estimated 4,500 people attended last year’s expo. “The expo provides a venue for students from across the state to showcase their STEM projects,” Upenieks said. “It allows companies and institutions with the opportunity to show how STEM is used to improve our communities.” Students also learn public speaking skills when they explain the science behind their projects to expo participants. They learn to engage their friends and teach them about science. The goal of the expo is to connect schools to the community, students to professionals, generate interest, and excitement for STEM programs in general, Upenieks said. During the expo, people can take part in hands-on experiments. There will be LEGO robotics, presentations, science shows, science trivia, and chances to win donated prizes. Demonstrations include a fire tornado demonstration, a robotics competition and a demonstration on static electricity among others. More girls have become involved with the STEM program in recent years, according to Upenieks. Some of their seventh-grade girls went to the national Broadcom MASTERS competition, where only the top 30 students in the seventh and eighth grades in America compete. Their school also had 11th-grade girls attend the International Science and Engineering Fair, where ninth to 12th graders from around the world compete. New this year will be a large, blow-
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MAYOR’S MESSAGE If you follow the activities of our city through the Holladay City Journal, on the city web site or facebook, you have viewed updates on our Holladay@20, Preparing For Tomorrow campaign. Our Citizen Advisory Group kicked off the campaign in March 2019. Since that time we have reviewed data and gathered information through surveys, small group presentations and individual interactions with our residents. Their work will culminate in a recommendation to our City Council in early April. If you have not followed this effort, the Citizen Advisory Group is an 8-member volunteer committee formed to help us assess and prioritize our capital improvement needs and the potential options at our disposal to fund these needs. They have worked hard to fully grasp the scope of this challenge, where potential funding is available and the parameters associated with these funding sources. Over the next two months they will do their best to balance scope, citizen feedback, and available funding tools prior to forwarding a recommendation(s) to our City Council. This recommendation will guide us through the legislative budgeting process in May and June. To help set the stage, over the past 20 years we have acquired, renovated and improved Holladay Elementary and the associated park open space as our City Hall Campus, acquired and improved the 6 ½ acres that is now Knudsen Park, built out the Holladay Village Plaza and Commons areas and constructed a much needed ﬁre station; developments we are proud of, but now require ongoing maintenance. These are additional assets layered over an already aging road, canal and storm drain infrastructure. It’s important that we communicate these challenges in a way that provides clarity for our residents. It’s not too late to become informed, visit www.Holladay@20.com. Reach out if you would like an in-person presentation. I’m not certain how far our Council will be willing to go with their ask. It will certainly be inﬂuenced by the recommendation from our Citizen Advisory Group and subsequent feedback we receive from constituents in the budgeting process. My personal view has not changed; we can no longer kick this can down the road--- It’s time for action! –Rob Dahle, Mayor
Holladay Year in Review
By Gina Chamness, City Manager 2019 brought a number of exciting changes to the City of Holladay. In early spring, the City celebrated the grand opening of Knudsen Park, the City’s newest park located on the south end of the City. This nature park boasts an accessible playground, a water feature, a picnic pavilion, an outdoor classroom, walking trails, plenty of open space, as well as the natural beauty of Big Cottonwood Creek and surrounding mountains. The Park has proved very popular with residents who are enjoying a beautiful new location to be outdoors close to home. The summer months brought record crowds to the Holladay Arts Council’s Summer Concert Series and Blue Moon Festival, as well as the City’s Independence Day breakfast, concert, and ﬁreworks show. The City also launched Holladay @ 20. This effort is two-fold. First, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the City’s incorporation with a number of events including a tree giveaway coordinated by the City’s Tree Committee, and culminated in a birthday celebration in September at City Hall. Second, we began working with a group of residents who volunteered to help plan for a sustainable ﬁnancial future for Holladay. This effort by our citizen advisory group continues into 2020. With the help of a federal grant, new trafﬁc signals were installed on 6200 South at 2300
East, and at 6200 S. and Holladay Boulevard. The new signals, as well as the realignment on 6200 South and Holladay Boulevard should help residents trying to get to the I-215 at peak hours and make traveling 6200 South easier and safer. We’re planning for additional improvements coming in 2020. Holladay’s sale of the Cotton Bottom will be ﬁnalized in early spring. The new owners hope to maintain the old building and charm, while adding a family friendly restaurant to the site as well. The City has also been working with Millcreek to improve and reconstruct 3900 S. from 2300 East to I-215. This project is being constructed with federal and county grant dollars. Look for those improvements to begin this summer. For a full list of the 2019 accomplishments please visit the city’s website at www.cityofholladay.com
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Distracted Driving By Capt. Dan Brown, Uniﬁed Fire Authoriity Did you know that distracted driving claims the lives of more than 3000 people a year? According to the National Highway Trafﬁc Safety Administration, approximately 9 people are killed and 1,000 injured each day by distracted driving. So, what is distracted driving? Distracted driving is deﬁned as any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, ﬁddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football ﬁeld with your eyes closed. Young adults and teen drivers are most at risk. Drivers under 20 have the highest proportion of distracted driving related deaths. What can we do? Get Involved! We can all play a part in the ﬁght to save lives by ending distracted driving. TEENS Teens can be the best messengers with their peers, so we encourage them to speak up when they see a friend driving while distracted, to have their friends sign a pledge to never drive distracted, to become involved in their local Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter, and to share messages on social media that remind their friends, family, and neighbors not to make the deadly choice to drive distracted. PARENTS Parents ﬁrst have to lead by example—by never driving distracted—as well as have a talk with their young driver about distraction and all of the responsibilities that come with driving. Have everyone in the family sign the pledge to commit to distraction-free driving. Remind your teen driver that in States with graduated driver licensing (GDL), a violation of distracted-driving laws could mean a delayed or suspended license. Together, we can make Holladay a safer city. Stay safe Holladay!
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t’s not easy transforming a team with a lot of losses into one that consistently wins. But it sure helps if you have the right players. Olympus girls basketball coach Whitney Hunsaker sure knows this. Just two years ago, her squad went 1-20 and lost all 10 of its Region 6 games. Last year, the Titans completed quite the revival, going 12-10 overall and 6-4 in league play. As of Jan. 22, Olympus was 9-5 and held a 4-3 record in Region 6. Behind the play of Alyssa Blanck and Monet Clough, the Titans aren’t an easy matchup any longer. Last season as a freshman, Blanck emerged on the scene and led the team in scoring by putting up 11.5 points per game. This season, she had increased that to 16.7 points an outing. She’s also pacing the team with 10.5 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Clough, an experienced senior, has maintained the eight points per game she averaged a year ago. She contributes 4.5 rebounds a game too. Both players are assets to the team on the stat sheet and in intangible ways. “My role is to be a leader,” Blanck said. “I talk to teammates, motivate and push my teammates to their abilities and help them improve. I also look to score and be active in that role.” Clough knows it’s important to be an example in practices and in games, but in other situations as well. “I feel my overall role is a team leader on and off the court,” she said. “On the court, I always try to bring positive energy to motivate the team.” Clough prides herself on defense and shutting down opponents with an aggressive style of play. She tries to disrupt the other team’s offense by swatting away shots and picking up steals. “I feel I am strong under the basket, and I make it difficult for teams to get to the basket,” she said. “It helps keep teams one-dimensional on offense.” Blanck is an overall talent and the Titans’ go-to play on offense. She has also started doing a little coaching. “I have taken a role to help a teammate improve her post moves to help give her confidence down low and how to be more effective putting the ball in the hole,” she said. A 9-5 record is nothing to scoff at, especially for a team that not long ago struggled to remain close in games after halftime. While both Blanck and Clough are pleased with the team’s performance, they know more important games lie ahead that will demand the squad’s best effort. “The season has gone well so far, but I am eager to improve,” Clough said. “We are expecting to go far this season, and I am excited to watch us improve and reach these expectations as the season progresses.” Last season, the Titans lost to Farmington in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament, 56-50. Blanck and Clough are eager
Olympus girls basketball player Alyssa Blanck directs the offense for the Titans. (Travis Barton)
to return to the postseason and advance with some victories. This season, the new RPI system qualifies every team for the playoffs. At press deadline, the Titans were seventh out of 29 schools. “My goal is to win the rest of our games in region and make it really far in state and contest for the state title,” Blanck said. “I need to do my job, share expectations and hold my teammates accountable to that expectation. We are all on the same page, so we all just need to hold each other accountable.” Blanck still has two more years remaining at Olympus after this season. As for Clough, she will look back fondly at her time as a Titan. “When I am done with basketball at Olympus, I will remember most of my experiences with the team such as celebrations in the locker room after a win, team dinners and the hard work we put into reaching our goals.” Olympus wraps up the regular season Feb. 13 against Skyline. The state playoffs tip off Feb. 18. l Olympus’ Monet Clough blocks the shot of a Hillcrest player in a game earlier this season. (Photo courtesy of Megan Conrad)
Lacrosse team wins Legends National Cup by Catherine Garrett | firstname.lastname@example.org of 25 to 9 with strong defense, particularly from Chris Caldwell, who caused multiple turnovers. Moving on to tournament play as the first seed, they face the eighth-seeded Vegas Starz Open and dominated 11-2 with Acee noting the play of his defensemen Mason Esplin, Trace White, Justin Egan and Jacob Anderson and goalies Ayden Santi and Drew Tyson. In the semifinals, 212 Lacrosse played the Flying Pigs Elite and again won handily, this time 13 to 4 with strong showings from Blaze DeGracie, John King, Thomas Vandenburg, Makai Todd, Briggs Ballard, David Wright, Dillon Bush, Jackson Archibald, Ethan Hartsfield and Ace Nichols. The championship game pitted the 212 against the “team to beat” SoCal Bulls 2021,
according to Acee, and they proved to be a tough competitor. 212 found themselves down 2-0 early and then 5-4 at halftime before getting their first lead at 6-5 with 12 minutes left in the game. The 212 Lacrosse squad won the championship 9-7. “In true David versus Goliath fashion, the smaller, younger team prevailed and hoisted the trophy as champions of Legends National Cup 2019,” Acee said. “I’ve been coaching the 2022 team for one year now and they have put on a tremendous performance considering a short time training together.” Acee credits the 212 parents for their “tremendous support” and his assistant coach Christian Pompco for his “tireless work” in helping the program bring home their 31st championship. l
The 212 Lacrosse team won the Legends National Cup in Del Mar, Calif. in December. Olympus High’s Ethan Hartsfield was part of the 20-member squad that won the prestigious California tournament. (Photos courtesy 212 Lacrosse)
he 212 Lacrosse team, led by several local players, won the Legends National Cup recently in Del Mar, Calif. in the Ravens Elite Division against older teams made up of several future Division I players. Olympus High’s Ethan Hartsfield helped make up the squad that has been playing with extra motivation this season in honor of 212 Lacrosse founder Mike Acee’s college teammate Graham Harden, who is battling ALS. “I’m very proud of all the 2022 boys for their gritty performance in Del Mar,” founder
and head coach Mike Acee said. “Our team of all sophomores and two freshmen won in an elite division against teams of juniors with DI college-committed players.” During pool play, 212 Lacrosse defeated True MN 2021 8-5 with key play from faceoff specialist Coleman Kraske, attackman Luke Lemus — who scored three goals — and midfielder Mason Quick, who helped offensively and defensively. Against the Flying Pigs Elite and Evolve Elite Orange, 212 won by a combined score The 212 Lacrosse team won the Legends National Cup in Del Mar, Calif. in December. Olympus High’s
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New cast of leaders emerging on reloaded Olympus boys basketball team By Josh McFadden | email@example.com
Senior Thomas Michie is one of a handful of contributors to the Titans’ balanced team. (Photo courtesy Trent Michie)
ow in his 23rd year at the helm of the Olympus boys basketball team, head coach Matt Barnes has seen just about everything during his tenure. In the past five years, he’s seen some victories. Lots of them. The longtime coach knew this year was probably going to be different. The Titans had to replace current University of Utah starting guard Rylan Jones and his per-game averages of 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Last year’s leading scorer, three-point dynamo Jeremey Dowdell left with his 28 points per game. This season had all the makings of some rebuilding. It certainly started out that way. The Titans began the season 3-6 before jumping into region play. The six losses were as many as the team had suffered in the previous three seasons combined. Although, as Barnes pointed out, the Titans weren’t exactly playing a bunch of nobodies. In part due to the new RPI system, which rates a team according to its strength of schedule, Barnes set up a grueling first month of the season that include some talented Class 6A schools and other formidable opponents. Barnes acknowledged the early lumps weren’t easy to take for a team that was not only used to winning but winning big. Still, he said he wasn’t discouraged and is pleased with the group’s progress. “I’m happy with the guys,” he said. “They’ve worked hard and made strides. Hopefully we can keep coming together and keep improving.” Seniors Zach Alder, Caden Kuhn, Thomas Michie and Nathaniel Lowe aren’t accustomed to being on the wrong end of the scoreboard. Barnes said they and their teammates had some rough patches trying to cope with the defeats, but they’ve bounced back with a positive attitude and strong work ethic. “The kids have been great and handled it well,” he said. “We keep saying good times
are ahead. This is a new situation for all of us. We have a lot learning to do and a lot of growing up to do.” Olympus reeled off four straight wins in Region 6 games, defeating Highland (79-61), Hillcrest (67-59), Cottonwood (60-44) and Brighton (62-42). That followed a two-game skid with a 67-54 loss at East and a double-overtime heartbreaker against Murray, 76-74. The Titans regrouped for a 72-41 rout of Skyline, leaving them with a 5-2 mark at the halfway point of the region slate and 8-8 overall. They were tied with Brighton, East and Murray atop the region standings. “We’ve been competitive,” Barnes said. “Hopefully, we can compete for a region title and make another run at state.” Along with his four seniors, Barnes has relied on juniors Alex Johnson and Ben Krystkowiak, and sophomore Jack Wistrcill. He doesn’t have a superstar like in years past, but several players have contributed. “It’s be a collective group effort,” Barnes said. “We’ve been balanced across the board. It makes us hard to defend.” Krystkowiak, son of University of Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak, leads the team with 13 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Alder adds 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds an outing. As satisfying as it has been to win two state titles in the past five years and dominate the competition, Barnes said it’s also rewarding to see these players progress, overcome odds and find success. “Winning is not easy; winning comes with sacrifice,” he said. “These kids are coachable and pushing through. I’m going to try to do everything I can to help the kids enjoy the ride. It’s rewarding to win, but it’s also rewarding to go through ups and downs and come through.” The Titans finish the regular season at Skyline on Valentine’s Day. l
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New app aims to make finding parking at U smoother By Libby Allnatt | email@example.com
inding a parking spot is one of those daily hassles everyone who drives needs to do. Fortunately, some University of Utah students want to make it a smoother ride. Brandon Howard of South Jordan, a film student at the university, is involved with the development of a new app called Parq, which aims to make driveways and other areas with parking potential rentable to students. Think Airbnb, but instead of a space in the home, residents are renting out the coveted real estate of their empty driveways to students needing a place to park their cars during the day. “I came from a video game background, I design digital assets and skins for video games,” Howard said. “I met Will through a friend and we decided we wanted to work on the project.” William Pepper, the founder of the app and a computer science student, said he got the idea for Parq after struggling to find parking even after buying a parking pass. “I was driving around looking for parking and I realized businesses and homes have many unused parking spots,” he said. “I thought, someone should rent out these spots and there should be an app like that.” The project received funding from the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute (lassonde.
utah.edu/) via a $2,500 grant through the Get Seeded program (lassonde.utah.edu/getseeded) in October. “I didn’t really know anything about starting a business or anything like the tech space yet, so I did some research and I found out about the program at Lassonde,” he said. “So I entered that and put a lot of work into setting it up.” Developer Juno Kim and advisor and entrepreneur Chris Le are also a part of the project. Pepper said that the amount of businesses around the University of Utah opens up even more potential for rentable parking spaces, potential Parq has worked hard to tap into. “I went door to door asking houses and business if they were interested in this,” Pepper said. He said they have about 50 homes on board, and a nearby 7-Eleven. They are in talks with more businesses and plan to add more in the next few months. Howard said having this hard work of getting people onboard already started will help the app when it’s time for its official launch. “We did the physical work, we went around, emailed people that were interested
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e are creatures of habit. For most of us, we wake up around the same time every day, work during the same hours during the same five days per week, and do similar activities during our off time. We find contentedness in our habituated lifestyles, knowing what’s coming next. We’ve even developed language and community around some of the common reoccurrences in our ritualized lifestyles; Taco Tuesday, Hump Day, TGIF, and Food-prep Sunday, just to name a few. Habituation isn’t something we all decided is the norm to strive for, randomly: it’s engrained in our beings. Psychology professors commonly teach habituation, a shortterm learning process where a response to a stimulus following repeated exposure to a stimulus decreases with no adverse effect, with the example of the Aplysia punctata. These little siphon sea slugs have gills that they use to navigate the world. When the gill is touched it retracts into the slug’s mantle, kind of like a snail. However, researchers have found that if the gill is touched a handful of times in succession, the response weakens and the sea slugs will not retract the gill. This response is useful for the sea slugs out in the wild, as they generally live on shores, close to the ocean waves. At first, when every wave moves over the sea slugs, they retract their gills, and release when the wave moves away. As you might imagine, by the time the
next wave comes around, the sea slugs have not moved very far. If habituation didn’t occur, the sea slugs would be almost paralyzed, never able to move forward because of the constant reaction to the natural world around them. Through habituation, the sea slug becomes accustomed to the environment and is able to move forward. It’s easy to draw the similarity here in humans, right? After we become accustomed and comfortable with our environments, we begin to move forward. A common example used by psychologists is when we add new stimuli to our sleeping environments. When couples move in together, it’s usually that first night when one partner realizes that the other is a bed hog or snores like a bear. For the first week or so, the partner wakes up every time the other begins to snore. It’s frustrating, as the partner’s sleep is compromised, and they become increasingly tired throughout the week. However, after some time, the partner becomes used to the snoring being a part of their sleeping environment and begins not to be roused when the partner snores: habituation. Humans thrive when habituated. For example, many of those who report frequent migraines say that sleep inconsistencies influence their symptoms. If they sleep during the same hours every night, their migraines aren’t as frequent or severe. Similar with patients who suffer from various mental dis-
This little sea slug is famous for adapting to change. (WikiMedia)
orders, if their surrounding environment and daily routines remain similar, the less frequent and severe their symptoms are. Habituated rituals are constantly encouraged in our daily routines and reflected in our language as well. We should exercise daily and eat an apple a day. This is all to say, we suck at change. Some of us are terrified of the unknown that inherently comes along with change. Some of us dread starting new things. Some of us don’t like the feeling that comes along with being uncomfortable. It’s far easier to stay content in our habituated ritualized lifestyles.
However, as one of my favorite people always reminds me, “We have to be uncomfortable if we want to grow.” Outside of our comfort zones is where we learn, have new experiences and find satisfaction. If we can say we tried something new or maybe accomplished that new task, and liked doing it, that’s where we feel alive. And even though we may feel uncomfortable starting something new or different, it’s worth it. So, here’s to new beginnings, like this one. I’m excited to share this first rendition of the new Everyday Psych with you. Let’s be uncomfortable together and hope it’s worth it. l
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proper wheelchair alone can be over $3,500. They are currently raising funds to help curb travel costs and purchase the proper equipment. “This gives me a community that I can feel accepted in. In public I can be treated differently, but here I am just one of the guys,” said team member Ryan Nelson. “We invite anyone that is in a wheelchair to come out. They may not play at this level, but they can still be welcome. They are still important to all of us,” Griffin said. “They can be part of a team, but a part of the community. This is one of the greatest groups of men and women that just happen to be disabled.” For information, visit www.utahwheelinjazz.com. l
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Valentine’s Day: The Day of the Dead By Joani Taylor | Coupons4Utah.com Awe, love is in the air, tis the season to give your sweetheart an extra lift. If you aren’t feeling it, the barrage of commercials will make sure you don’t forget it. I say extra lift, because if you’re lucky enough to have a sweetheart, we should strive to lift them every day, but no sweetheart minds a little extra chocolate sauce on their ice cream once in a while. It’s not uncommon to hear naysayers find reasons to put down this national day of love, it’s too commercial, too lonely, too fussy, too childish. To be honest, having suffered the loss of my husband I was inclined to agree. There’s so much pressure put on us to celebrate Valentine’s Day with roses and a partner by our bedside it can make the rest of us feel… well… a little pathetic. I’m here to tell you to lighten up on yourself. It’s time to stop thinking there is something wrong with being single on Valentine’s Day! Who cares! Instead of focusing on the fact that you aren’t in a relationship this February, focus on loving yourself by giving love to those around you instead. Here are 3 ideas to get you out of the love day funk.
1 - Give love to friends and family. It could be as simple as sending out a card or two to your closest friends or someone you know that is in a similar situation, to going all out and inviting people over for a dinner party and movie night. 2 – Give love to a stranger. This could be as simple as making a monetary donation to a charity, organize a collection of needed items for shelter or go great guns and spend a day volunteering. Do this in honor of your loved one if you’re missing one. 3 – Give love to an animal. Keep it simple and spoil your pet. Take your dog to his favorite dog park or spend an afternoon reading snuggled up with your cat. Maybe make a donation to a foundation that provides therapy animals for people, like Utah Pet Partners or run a food drive for the Humane Society. Just like Mother’s and Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day is a day meant to spend appreciating someone. It’s a day intended to lift someone special. What better way is there to lift ourselves up than to spend it lifting another? l
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Scent of Mystery I blame Love’s Baby Soft for destroying my archeological career. Up until I started spritzing the perfume popular with the seventh-grade girls in my class, I’d never given any thought to how I smelled. My mom was lucky to get me to shower, yet, here I was, dousing myself in baby powder-scented toilet water. The perfume’s slogan should have been a warning, “Because innocence is sexier than you think.” Seriously? Who came up with that? Hustler magazine? My mom saw the signs and tried desperately to distract me. Basketball practice. Dance lessons. Piano lessons. But it was too late. I’d discovered this scent could lure 12-year-old boys to my locker better than a steak sandwich (which I also tried). But this wasn’t me! I didn’t care about boys! I had planned a life of adventure! In first grade, I decided to become an author. I read “The Little Princess” until I absorbed the ability to write through osmosis. I spent the day in my room, penning stories and jotting down poems then submitted my siblings to “a reading” where I’d share my work and they’d complain to mom. Becoming Nancy Drew was my second-grade goal. I was ready to uncover ridiculous clues to break up the den of bank robbers living somewhere in Murray, Utah. As a third-grader, I checked out library books so I could learn hieroglyphics. When the call came to go dig up tombs in Egypt, I’d be ready. I would trek near the pyramids,
wearing khakis and a cute pith helmet, encountering mummies and warding off ancient curses. Fourth and fifth grade were spent honing my dance skills. Ballet, tap, jazz, hokey-pokey – I did it all. I’d practice every day, secure in the knowledge I’d perform on Broadway. Or at least the Murray Theater. In sixth grade, I discovered Paul Zindel’s “The Pigman” and my desire to write returned full-force. It was decided. In the future, I would be a writing, dancing, detective archeologist who spent equal time on the stage and the Amazon rainforest. But seventh grade! Boys! Gah!! Suddenly, I wanted to smell good. I became obsessed with every pimple, every pore and studied the beautiful girls who made glamour seem effortless. I read teen magazines. I learned I needed glossy lips and thick eyelashes to attract the opposite sex. (I tried to no avail to create the perfect cat’s eye, which turned out fine because I’m not a cat.) I had bangs so high and hairspray stiff, they were a danger to low-flying birds. I fell in love with Shaun Cassidy, which was crazy because, as a writer, how could I marry someone who sang “Da Doo Ron Ron”? Those aren’t even words! I earned money for Levi’s 501 button-fly jeans and Converse shoes. I bought Great Lash mascara, with its pink-and-green packaging - and Love’s Baby Soft. Sure enough, the glossy, smelly trap I’d set began attracting boys who were just
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Learn when you should not put your children on your bank accounts and property titles.
Learn how to decrease the tax on your IRA or 401(k) for a more comfortable retirement.
10. Learn about best practices to investing and safe alternatives to the stock market.
Millcreek Community Center/Library 2266 E. Evergreen Ave. Attend
Feb. 18th or 19th
Robert J. Beck CPA
Monica Sonnier CFA
Elliot P. Smith JD, CPA
6:00 – 7:30 PM FREE food - FREE to the public – Seating is limited
Register Today! (801) 272-4357
Limited seats available.
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