June 2018 | Vol. 15 Iss. 06
REVISED PLAN FOR THE FORMER MALL site unanimously approved By Aspen Perry | email@example.com
hether residents were for or against the development proposed by Ivory and Woodbury, after seven months of public hearings and presentations, all seemed to breathe a sigh of relief when the Holladay City Council unanimously voted to approve the revised site development master plan (SDMP) for the 57-acre lot. “The vote this evening will bring to close seven months of robust, thoughtful debate — and has reinforced how much our residents care,” said Mayor Rob Dahle. In comparison to the crowds that filled the cafeteria of St. Vincent’s during the planning commission’s public hearings, as well as those who filled the auditorium of Bonneville Jr. High during council hosted public hearings, the number of residents in attendance on May 17 to hear the council’s decision was more intimate, fitting comfortably within city chambers. Of the handful of residents who addressed the council during the final public hearing, some called for a delay in making a decision, expressing concern over the process being rushed, which could result in an inferior project. “I have grave concerns with the fact that a vote will take place tonight. It’s hard to fathom why the council would accelerate the process,” said Holladay resident Brett Stohlton, addressing the council. Other residents, including Carol Spackman Moss, Holladay resident and House Representative of the 37th district, felt the community had waited long enough. “I would argue to those who want to delay this even longer, that it’s been 10, almost 11 years. We have not been getting anything from that site for all this time,” Spackman Moss said.
After seven months of public hearings and presentations, the Holladay City Council unanimously voted to approve development plans for the former mall site, seen here. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)
She continued, “The time has come to move forward — this is a development that needs to happen now.” Once all citizens had a chance to speak, the public hearing was closed and Dahle asked the audience to humor him as he read a brief statement — which he joked seemed fair given his receptiveness to the multitude of comments he received over the last year and a half (news of the potential development first broke in January of 2017). One audience member jested back “three minutes” — the amount of time individuals were given to speak during the public hearing process. Dahle addressed the concern of the council “rushing” the
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decision. He said in his over four-year tenure as mayor, not a single day had gone by without receiving one or more inquiries in regards to the lot in question. He further explained that the project has been four years in the making, and only arrived before the council that evening due to the dedication of Ivory to not give up on the development when the initial round of plans was “scuttled” over two years ago. “I would like to thank Clark Ivory, and the Ivory and Woodbury teams, for their willingness to invest hundreds, maybe thousands, of hours of effort and resources on the application process,” Dahle said. Continued on page 4...
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Dahle commended the residents of Holladay for their interest in the growth and welfare of the community, as well as for recognizing the work of the planning commission. “Their recommendation sparked healthy debate within the community that resulted in positive changes to the plan,” Dahle said. Dahle concluded by thanking the city planning staff for their countless hours of dedication to the residents and applicant. From there the council spent just under an hour reviewing the SDMP with city planning staff and the developers. Topics ranged from signage policy to Councilman Lynn Pace requesting document language changes to ensure the developer would maximize retail opportunities. A request that was welcomed by Woodbury, as they agreed maximizing retail space would benefit them as well.
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Another item of contention in recent meetings was the potential to block left turns from the development onto Arbor Lane, as concerns of traffic were raised by residents in the neighborhood directly east of the development. Some council members felt the left-turn block would result in a show of favoritism, given the number of requests that have been previously denied in other Holladay districts, specifically those of Pace and Sabrina Petersen. Eventually a compromise was reached when Ivory and Woodbury agreed to place a cement deterrent to be located within the private property (not city property) and paid for at the developer’s expense. Upon voting, council representatives provided background for their decisions. Petersen, whose district includes the mall site, conveyed her appreciation to the developer for listening to community feedback and making adjustments. “This is a team that I feel has received communication from the planning commission, the city council and the public, and taken it to heart,” Petersen said after voting to approve the SDMP. Pace expressed his belief that the development would be an asset to Holladay’s future, noting the “meaningful” effort for both council and the developer to address all the concerns that were brought forth. “Of course we would like more retail, of course we like to have more revenue and less impacts,” Pace noted before further stating, “but I am convinced this proposal is the best project that this property will afford, and will create a unique community center.” Appearing to leave his final comments for those most hesitant to a change of this magnitude, Pace said, “I believe that we will look back and be grateful that we took a risk.” District representative Steve Gunn kept his comments short and simple. “If I believed that we could do better by waiting, I would vote no, but I don’t believe that — I vote yes.” Councilman Mark Stewart reminded constituents of the time already spent, with seven months alone spent dedicated to community feedback, while also speaking to the joy of watching his community be engaged in the future of their city. “It’s been amazing to see the public engage,” Stewart said, who noted typical council meeting attendance during his first two years is usually one or two residents
“I’ve appreciated that they cared about the community, and believe we have reached a compromise that is best option for the site,” Stewart said. With that, the chair — Mayor Dahle — voted yes, and the room took a brief breath before the RDA meeting commenced. RDA — ADL Approval Though at one time heavily debated on Nextdoor.com, of those in attendance at meetings of the ADL (agreement to develop land, also referred to as the tax incentive), opinions appear to have been fairly split. As reported during the first RDA Board address of the ADL on April 19, only a handful of residents addressed the board, with mixed opinions, and on vote night, resident participation was similar. Three spoke against the concept behind cities utilizing a tax incentive, with two proponents speaking on behalf of the benefits of tax incentives. Ultimately the board voted unanimously in favor of the ADL, largely based on the “but for” premise at the foundation of the tax incentive concept. Such decisions did not come easily, as new Councilman Paul Fotheringham said. “This is the piece that I struggled with; it was tough.” Ultimately, Fotheringham described his understanding of the necessity of the development and how it meets the “but for,” which is at the helm of the tax increment financing mentality. “Time doesn’t help us with land price, (or) density; 10–15 years from now density pressures would be much greater, and today is our best option,” Fotheringham said. Ever the realist, Pace agreed with the “but for” premise, in addition to speaking of the reality of the situation. “This is a packaged deal; if you don’t have the tax increment, you don’t get the project,” Pace said in his initial statement. He further explained the unrealistic nature of expecting tax revenue, which is not currently being generated, as revenue lost. “If there’s no tax increment agreement, there’s no project, and then there’s no tax revenue at all.” A unanimous vote passed in support of the ADL. For more information on future happenings as development goes underway, please refer to the cityofholladay.com website. l
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Welcome to your summer festival guide By Travis Barton | firstname.lastname@example.org
ometh summer, cometh the festivals. Each year, cities across the Salt Lake Valley hold a summer celebration to commemorate the community, city or country. They do so with parades, contests, music and fireworks. This year’s slate of festivals starts after Memorial Day and will run into fall. Here’s a chronological guide to everything on tap for summer 2018. SoJo Summerfest | May 30–June 2 South Jordan kicks off the summer spectacles with its third annual SoJo Summerfest. This replaced its traditional Country Fest two years ago. The four-day festival features events all over the city from Mulligans Golf Course (10600 South 692 West) and City Park (11000 South Redwood Road) to the public works parking lot (10996 South Redwood Road) and fitness and aquatic center (10866 South Redwood Road). Events will feature family fun activities such as the carnival, 5K race, parade, car show, superhero party or swim with local performing group, Utah Mermaids. A skateboard competition, tennis tournament, chalk art contest and multi-category Battle of the Bands are also set to take place throughout the festival. A complete list of events and times can be found at sjc.utah.gov/sojo-summerfest/. Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo | June 1–2 Held at W&M Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South), Herriman’s annual rodeo features a family night on Friday and military night on Saturday. The rodeo will also include a special needs roundup on Saturday from 3–4:30 p.m. Visit herriman.org/prca-rodeo/ for more information. Music Stroll | June 9 The seventh annual Heart and Soul Music Stroll returns to Sugar House on June 9. Dozens of local performers will share their musical talents throughout the day (last year featured 44). Free to the community, the Music Stroll has 14 different locations spread throughout a two-block radius along Filmore and Glenmore streets between 2700 South and Zenith Avenue. Thirteen performing areas are arranged on front lawns with one stage set up at Imperial Park (1560 East Atkin Avenue). Heart and Soul is a nonprofit organization based out of Salt Lake City that aims to bring the “healing power of music” to people in isolation. Performers donate their time throughout the year performing at places like senior centers, prisons or hospitals. Streets are lined not only with hundreds of people but several food trucks as well. Visit heartsoul.org/music-stroll for more information. WestFest | June 14–17 What started in the late ’70s at Granger Park with a car show, pony rides and a few food booths has blossomed into one of West Valley City’s premier events. The annual celebration, which commemorates the establishment of West Valley City and the recognition of its residents’ various backgrounds, will take place at Centennial Park (5415 West 3100 South) from June 14–17. The 2018 version will feature a WestFest Sombrero Bowl Skate Competition, the 13th an-
nual Dutch Oven Cook-off, a 5K and 10K and entertainment from No limits, This is YOUR Band, Chance McKinney and Channel Z. For more information and for those interested in volunteering, visit westfest.org. Fort Herriman Towne Days | June 18–23 The city’s weeklong celebration of everything Herriman begins on Monday, June 18, with a talent show and ends on Saturday June 23 with a carnival, parade and fireworks. Each day of the week features something different such as a disc golf tournament, home run derby, K9 and trampoline shows and a foam party. All events will take place at W&M Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South), J. Lynn Crane Park (5355 West Main Street) and Rosecrest Park (13850 South Rosecrest Road), where the Herriman Hyzer Disc Golf Tournament will take place. Times and events can be found at herriman. org/fort-herriman-days/. Taylorsville Dayzz | June 28–30 Located at Valley Regional Park (5100 South 2700 West), Taylorsville Dayzz holds a full slate for its city celebration on the west side of the valley. From Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. when the carnival begins to Saturday’s fireworks finale at 10 p.m., the festival is nonstop with entertainment. Tributes bands Imagine (Beatles) along with the West Valley Symphony & Cannons will perform Thursday night, Desperado (Eagles) takes the stage Friday night and Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees) with the Taylorsville Orchestra will close it out on Saturday. Every show is free to the public. Saturday also includes a 5K fun run, pony rides and a car show. A full list of events and times is available at taylorsvilledayzz.com. Riverton Town Days | June 28–July 4 Riverton starts its celebration one day early this year on June 28 with its Three-Man Arena Sorting Competition and the Riverton Rodeo and runs right through to July 4 with its full slate of activities on Independence Day. July 4 will feature the 11th annual ATV Rodeo (Riverton Rodeo Grounds, 12780 South 1300 West) where races will include pole bending, barrel racing, pantyhose race, a key hole race and a hide race. Independence Day will also see Riverton Country Mile 10K, 5K and one-mile races in addition to the Tour de Riverton Bike Race. The starting lines will begin on the south side of Riverton City Park at 12800 South. Food, hay dives and a July 3 evening parade are still on the docket for this tradition since the early 1900s. For more information, visit rivertoncity.com. Western Stampede | June 30–July 4 What starts with a fun run, children’s parade, carnival and family fun night on June 30 continues with the focus of West Jordan’s summer festival — its rodeo. July 2–4 features a PRCA rodeo at the city’s rodeo arena, 8035 South 2200 West. The rodeo also features the winner of the Western Stampede Queen Contest, which was scheduled for May 12.
Holladay City Hall Park will play host to its annual Blue Moon Arts Festival on Aug. 25. (City Journals)
Visit westernstampede.com for more information. Murray Fun Days | July 4 Murray City carries a full slate of activities for Independence Day. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. will be the annual parade, which begins at Fashion Place Mall (6100 South State Street) and ends at the west end of Murray Park (296 East Murray Park Avenue). Awards are given for the following parade entry categories: special interest/antique, business/commercial, equestrian/animal and civic/ royalty/political/float. The rest of the day takes place at Murray Park. It features a community breakfast, chalk art contest, talent show, a Ducky Derby along the creek in Murray Park, a coed volleyball tournament on the softball field and ends with fireworks. For exact times and events, visit murray. utah.gov/283/Fun-Days. July 4 Parade and Festivities | July 4 South Salt Lake will continue its festival tradition at Fitts Park (3050 South 500 East) on July 4. The day begins with a 5K fun run at 8 a.m. while the parade gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and the one-day celebration rounds out with a festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandy City 4th of July | July 4 Sandy holds its Independence Day Celebration on the grassy promenade between Sandy City Hall and South Towne Mall at 10000 South Centennial Parkway. The Sandy Classic 5K race begins at 7 a.m. A youth arts festival commences at 10 a.m. where children ages 4–12 can participate in face painting, craft stations and sand sculpting. At 6 p.m. the parade begins with a concert at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks to close out the night at 10 p.m. Draper Days | July 5–7, 12–14 Draper’s festival will take place over two weekends in July. Culminating in the second weekend with fireworks and concerts, Draper Days will begin with various athletic contests the first weekend including a tennis tournament, pickleball tournament and 3 v. 3 basketball tournament. Other events include Splash Dogs, horse pull, pie contest, rodeo, Draper Idol and a children’s parade. Full event schedules and information can be found at draper.ut.us. Butlerville Days | July 23–24 Cottonwood Heights continues its traditional celebration this year on Monday and Tuesday, July 23–24.
Planned by volunteers, city staff and the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, Butlerville Days takes place at Butler Park (7500 South 2700 East). The festival expects to have games, entertainment, a carnival, parade and fireworks show. A creative craft market and pickleball tournament are recent additions to the yearly commemoration to go along with the 5K fun run. Bluffdale Old West Days | July 27–28, August 6–11 While the rodeo will take place July 27–28, the city’s official Old West Days celebration goes all week long in August. Details for events are still to come, but if last year is anything to go by then this year can expect another monster truck competition. Last year also featured a 25-mile cycling ride and ATV rodeo. Check bluffdaleoldwestdays.com later this summer for more information. Harvest Days | August 6–11 1938 marked the first Harvest Days in Midvale, according to the Midvale Historical Society. It was sponsored by the Midvale Kiwanis club. Details are still being ironed out, but the weeklong celebration of Midvale, begins August 6. The week’s events generally feature an induction into the Midvale Arts Council’s Hall of Honors, a parade and a grand festival and Midvale’s City Park (between Center Street and 7500 South, at approximately 425 West). Check midvaleharvestdays.com later this summer for more information. Blue Moon Arts Festival | August 25 Holladay rounds out the summer season with its annual Blue Moon Arts Festival. The one-day celebration is different from other cities’ week-long engagements. Holladay will have its Concerts in the Commons series running from July 14 through Aug. 25. July will also feature Jim McGee’s ambitious art project combining storytelling and large-scale charcoal portraits. “It’s an opportunity for people to model and collaborate, to be seen and heard in a unique kind of way,” McGee told the Journals in February. Culminating in a festival for music and arts, the Blue Moon Arts Festival takes place at Holladay City Hall Park (4580 South 2300 East) from 3-10 p.m. on Aug. 25. This year’s musical attractions will include Motown group Changing Lanes Experience and Gypsy jazz group Red Rock Hot Club. For more information, visit holladayarts. org. l
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Nothing to hold them down: adaptive systems help children with disabilities learn rock climbing
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n partnership with the Momentum Climbing Gym in Millcreek and Sandy, the National Ability Center (NAC) offers eightweek indoor climbing camps for children ages 5 to 17 and their siblings. “It’s a great program,” said Laura Lambert, leader of the Rock On! program. “My son was a participant for probably three years back when he was 10.” The camps were sponsored by the NAC in 1985 and based in Park City, which merged with Splore, an adaptive adventure company, in January 2017. Splore began in 1977, offering first river-rafting trips then skiing and rock climbing trips custom designed for individuals and families with special needs. Adaptive teaching and equipment were specially designed to ensure that almost any physical and mental ability could participate in Utah adventures. “There’s really not much we cannot accommodate with these adaptive systems,” said Lambert. “It’s pretty remarkable how these guys are able to adapt the system for each kid.” The Rock On! climbing program has been around for over 10 years and began by working with children and teens on the Autism spectrum. Its success in building confidence and social skills caused it to be expanded to kids with other types of disabilities and even some young adults who have down syndrome or cognitively and intellectually fit in with a younger crowd. The former Salt Lake program director went to Petzl, a climbing equipment company, and he would change the type of grip depending on upper body strength or lower body strength. There are also special gloves to help the climbers keep their hands on the grips. It was a lot of trial and error to get chest or full-body harnesses that could be used to work with each child depending
on what their abilities are. For children on the spectrum, it can be a big deal just getting them in the harness and to be okay, said Lambert, but the adjustments have come a long way. One boy who has cerebral palsy had an adaptive chair built for him, but it was too big. Now, just a couple of years later, he fits in it perfectly. “It’s fun to watch them grow through the program and their progress,” said Lambert. Volunteers are climbing mentors in each class and work one-on-one with each child throughout the eight weeks. “It really helps with things that the kids don’t even realize they’re working on,” said Lambert, whose own son needed help with social skills and was learning them as he built a rapport with his climbing mentor and didn’t realize it. “There was some amazing improvement, even better than some of the therapy he had been getting.” Volunteers are not required to have climbing experience, but are trained in skills like belaying, as well as ability awareness and how to work with people of different ability levels. The volunteers go through a training session before each camp starts. “We’re totally reliant on our volunteers program, which is great that the community gets involved,” said Lambert. The Rock On! program runs year round (except for December) and each eight-week session rotates between the Millcreek and Sandy Momentum locations with two evening classes per week. There is no minimum number of students per class and all ability levels are welcome. Siblings are also welcome to join in the sessions. “We have one family that has a set of triplets and a younger child who all participate,” Lambert said. “It’s really nice for the
Volunteer climbing mentors work with each child to help with technique and social skills. (National Ability Center)
kids to be able to do something together that they might not be able to do in another setting.” Pricing for the camps runs around $130 to $160, around $20 per class, and covers entrance fees and gear rental for the entire eight weeks. The next class begins in Sandy on May 23 at 220 E. 10600 South, Sandy. Millcreek Momentum is located at 3173 E. 3300 South, Millcreek. Volunteers are always needed for the various adaptive, confidence-building Utah activities the National Ability Center offers. For information about volunteering or upcoming events, visit http://www.discovernac.org/. l
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Need to mix up your summer fun? Try cooking with your kids By Christy Jepson | Christy@mycityjournals.com
ummer is usually a time when schedules loosen, kids need a remedy for the “I’m bored” syndrome, and parents try to get kids off their electronics. During those long hot summer days taking time to teach cooking skills in the home or enrolling a child in a cooking class is a beneficial and educational activity. Over the past eight years, the McBride family has learned the many valuable lessons that can be taught in the kitchen, besides learning how to prepare a healthy meal or snack. “The skill and knowledge of how to run a kitchen, teaches so much more than just eating and not being hungry. Budgeting money, communication, trying new foods, learning about cultures around the world…. all of these principles can be and should be taught in the kitchen,” said Sara McBride, a mother of four children. Kylee and Kjerstin McBride enjoy cooking in the kitchen with their mom and dad, Sara and Corey. Kjerstin, age 9, realizes the special time she gets to spend with her dad when she helps him. “He is a really good cook and knows a lot. And l like that we can cook together and talk together. It’s extra time I get to be with him,” she said. Both sisters recently took a Little Chefs cooking class at Harmons and loved it. Although they were a little nervous at first, they quickly realized it was fun and they learned different kitchen skills. “My favorite part was the whole class. I’d never done anything like that before and it showed me I am a good cook. The chef was really nice and helpful,” said Kjerstin. During this three-hour kids’ cooking class, about 15 little chefs gathered in a large kitchen around a central cooking area in Harmons and watched a professional chef demonstrate how to make macaroon cookies. Then the students were divided into groups of three and tried making their own macaroons. “If we needed help, the chef would come and help us and then tell us we were doing a good job,” said Kylee, age 7. “We each made our own mix and then that made our own cookies. There was lots of ingredients in the kitchen already and we each got to use what we needed to make our own cookies,” Kylee said.
Not only did the McBride sisters make delicious macaroon cookies, they had fun and gained confidence while learning to make something new. “My favorite part of the class was being able to do it all on my own. I didn’t have anyone taking over for me. I got to scoop, measure, and stir and mix it all myself. And taking home a box of delicious cookies was really fun, too. I shared it with my whole family,” said Kylee. After the class, their mother noted the many benefits of the class. “Besides kitchen safety, they learned cooking techniques like whisking, piping, blending, and measuring, which reinforces basic math skills. They also learned to try new foods and flavors. They came away feeling proud of themselves and the delicious cookies they had created,” said Sara. Before his daughters took a cooking class, Corey took a cooking class to help increase his interest in cooking. “In the past I learned to cook from books and the internet. However, I found that there is only so much you can learn by reading and watching videos. Just as a picture is worth a thousand words, live instruction is worth a thousand pictures,” he said. Corey enjoys cooking and wanted to try cooking with a wok. He read up on wok cooking and watched online videos, and he became more fascinated with this type of cooking. “I soon realized that reading and watching videos wasn’t going to be enough. So, I start looking for a cooking class I could take,” said Corey. He too enrolled in an adult cooking class at Harmons and had a wonderful experience. “The wok class introduced me to so many new ideas.” The McBride family believes that whether at home or in a community cooking class, teaching a child to cook lends itself to many positive outcomes. “Parents cooking with their kids is a great way to develop a good healthy relationship that extends into all parts of life,” said Corey. “In addition, there is a great sense of accomplishment that can come from something as simple as making cookies.” Some local places that offer cooking class-
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efarious activity tends to trend up during the warmer months when the nice weather brings more individuals out of hibernation — including those who might list stealing as their day job (or night depending the time of day they prefer). “I believe residents of Holladay would be shocked at the number of people who are in and out of the city every day with one purpose in mind,” said Don Hutson, chief of the Holladay Unified Police Department. “To take advantage of any opportunity to steal anything they deem of value. It is their full-time job.”. During April, Holladay UPD saw a stark rise in thefts within vehicles, as well as the vehicles themselves in a couple cases. Holladay UPD has reminded residents to lock and secure their cars before leaving. Many of the car theft cases, involving items ranging from valuable electronics in plain sight to smaller items removed from glove compartments and/or middle consoles, were from unlocked vehicles. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of securing valuable property and making it difficult for prospective perpetrators by locking your doors and windows,” Hutson said. He further noted the importance of resi-
Holladay UPD reminds citizens to secure valuables. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)
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dents not only keeping valuables out of plain sight, but also keeping an eye on suspicious activity — especially during warm months. “As weather becomes more temperate, more people are on the streets all hours of the day,” Hutson said. “It becomes more difficult for us to identify suspicious behavior based on
abnormal foot traffic.” In addition to personal items being stolen, in two cases vehicles left running and unlocked were stolen. One of those was left unattended for mere moments before the owner returned to find their vehicle gone. This serves as a reminder to all in the community to keep their valuable property secure from all who might be waiting in the shadows for an easy thieving opportunity. l
Remember these safety tips during fireworks season
ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24 , Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country. 1. Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law. 2. Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks. 3. Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. 4. Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own
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fireworks, the results may not be worth it. Just ask a friend who lost half his hair and needed to wear a hat/bandana for six months to protect his scalp. 5. Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. 6. Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. 7. Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. 8. This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside. 9. Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns. 10. Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. 11. Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as much. 12. Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials.
13. Report illegal explosives. They ruin it for the rest of us. 14. Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they are securely indoors and have identification tags in case they do escape during a fireworks display. 15. Keep fireworks out of reach where curious children can’t get to them. High heat or damp air can damage the fireworks. The best place to put them is in a cardboard box in a high
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Seventh-grader Kate Kaufman contemplates solutions to tomorrow’s problems By Heather Lawrence | email@example.com
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ate Kaufman, a seventh-grader at Olympus Jr. High, recently placed third in an international writing contest. The contest, sponsored by Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI), asked contributing students to imagine a problem that might be faced by the world in the future. Kate’s response showed incredible insight for a student so young. “My story is fictional and takes place in the year 2178. It’s about a man who works for an international company dedicated to eradicating disease, similar to the World Health Organization,” she said. Kate foresaw that solving the problem of diseases might bring about new problems and bio-ethical dilemmas. “In my story, they get so good at curing diseases that the world becomes overpopulated. That created another problem. How do you decide how to control population and diseases?” In essence, who is saved, when do you let nature take its course and is it always good to prolong life by curing disease? Kate’s integrated science teacher at Olympus Jr. High is JoAnne Brown. As part of the curriculum in Brown’s class, all students must participate in an extracurricular project. “We use 20 percent of class time on personal projects,” said Brown. One of the project choices was the FPSPI contest. It was familiar to Kate; she had entered twice before in fifth and sixth grades. Submitting an entry was part of the curriculum in her magnet class at Morningside Elementary. “Kate is self-motivated and an amazing writer. She tied her writing into the science curriculum. She’s very thoughtful, and has a mature way of looking at problems,” Brown said. The program recognizes winning essays in first to fifth place. Though her previous entries didn’t garner a win, she got feedback on her writing. Submissions are judged against a grading rubric, and judging sheets are made accessible after the judging is completed. In addition to the rubric, judges make specific comments on what they like and what can be improved. This feedback was helpful to her writing process in this year’s submission. Kate is in the youngest level of the middle division, which includes seventh- to ninth-graders. Three weeks after the February deadline, she learned she had won at the state level. It was another month before she heard the results of the international contest. “I was at home and my mom was gone. I was trying to get my computer to reload (so I could see the results),” Kate said. When she saw that she had placed third, she called her mom “and just screamed!” Kate’s mom, Rosie Kaufman, couldn’t be more proud. “I’m so happy she got recognized!” she said. “She worked so darn hard. After her first write-through, she started over at least three more times. Then there was a lot of
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fine-tuning. Every word mattered and was carefully chosen. What she learned about the writing process is invaluable.” Kate is enjoying her success and gaining confidence in her abilities. She loves school and learning, and loves writing. But in addition to schoolwork, she is a dedicated dancer, spending many hours a week dancing with Ballet West Academy. Her summer plans include several ballet intensives, and even more writing. “I’ll definitely enter more writing contests. Definitely. I’ve always loved writing. If I’m a
good writer, it gives me hope for my future. My dad has taught me the value of an education.” As part of the win, Kate is invited to attend an awards ceremony this summer. In addition, the top five scenario entries are published in a book each year. Future applicants can look through these to learn what a winning entry looks like. Kate’s entry will be included in the book, which is available to purchase. “My family will definitely be getting that book,” Kate said. l
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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E On Thursday May 17, our City Council voted 6-0 to approve an amendment to the existing Site Development Master Plan (SDMP) for the Cottonwood Mall site. In addition, the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) of Holladay also voted 6-0 to amend the existing Agreement to Develop Land (ADL) that shares tax increment generated by the project with the developer. After 11 years dormant, 3 conceptual development presentations from Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), numerous open houses, public hearings, neighborhood meetings, private meetings with residents, hundreds of emails, phone calls and personal conversations, we have a new plan! Our vote culminates 4 years of work on this application, beginning with Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) in 2014, with Ivory Development as their residential partner. When HHC scuttled the ﬁnal plan 2 1/2 years ago and subsequently announced they did not intend to pursue the project further, the Ivory team requested to move forward independently, unwilling to let the project die. For the ﬁrst time since taking ownership in 2011, HHC agreed to sell the land if entitlements were approved. That was over 2 years ago. So let me begin by thanking Clark Ivory and the Ivory Team, and most recently Jeff Woodbury and the Woodbury family for their perseverance. We understand the strength of the current economy and that they had to pass up other opportunities pursuing this vision. We thank you for sticking with it. The vote on May 17th brings to a close 7 months of robust, thoughtful, and mostly civil debate within our community. It reinforces how deeply our residents care about growth, housing opportunities, commercial development and the future of this critical parcel. I would like to commend our Planning Commission for their professional and passionate vetting of this application. Their thorough review, critique and recommendation led the development team to reconsider and make positive changes to the plan:
Council Vacancy Process Anyone desiring to ﬁll the pending vacancy in the Council seat of Mr. Pace must be a registered voter, must have resided within the City for twelve consecutive months immediately prior to the date of appointment and must be resident of District 2 of the City. See the City’s website for a description of District 2 boundaries. Those interested in ﬁlling the vacancy on the Council should submit their names to the City Recorder by June 15, 2018. At the City Council meeting after that date, the City Council, in an open meeting, will interview each individual whose name has been submitted for consideration and who meets the qualiﬁcations for ofﬁce regarding the individual’s qualiﬁcations. The Council, by motion, will then make the appointment to the vacated ofﬁce. Please check the City’s website and social media for updates to this process.
• The ﬁnal plan lowers the total number of residential units from 1268 to 975 and increases single-family lot sizes from 1/5– acre to 1/4- Acre. • Reduces proposed building heights from 136 feet to 90 feet, the maximum allowed in the 2008 master plan. • Increases open/public space from 15 acres to 19 acres, with a 1.2-mile perimeter pedestrian walking trail as a community amenity and residential buffer. • Increases the square footage for restaurants, shops and ofﬁces to 160,000 square feet in phase 1. • Enhances vehicle and pedestrian connections between the residential and commercial areas. This has been a long and difﬁcult process. I would like to thank our staff and City Council for the countless hours they have spent listening to our residents and communicating concerns to the applicant, for working collaboratively to help us achieve consensus and for making every effort to keep this process open and transparent to our residents. Finally, thank you to the citizens of Holladay for your continued willingness to communicate your concerns and compromise to achieve a positive mutual outcome. Rob Dahle Mayor, City of Holladay
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Citizen Engagement Request
A New Way for Citizens to Connect with the City The City of Holladay announces the launch of a new Citizen Engagement Request program using iWorQ technology. Citizens can now ask questions, report problems, and submit ideas to the City by simply filling out a webbased form at www.talktomycity.com/search/Holladay01. The City’s website features a link to the form, and there is also a free app –iWorQ Service Request – for citizens to use on cell phones or android devices. If you’re not comfortable using the web-based form or app, call the City offices at 801-272-9450, and we will create a request for you. Once submitted, the iWorQ form automatically creates a tracking number for the citizen request and assigns it to a specific City employee. The assigned City staff responds as soon as possible to the request during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Updates and actions are tracked in the program database, until the request reaches resolution. Citizens can also follow the status of their requests by creating an individual iWorQ account, at the time of the creation of their request.
Area Cleanup August 1-17
Holladay residents should be seeing Area Cleanup containers in their neighborhoods beginning Aug. 1-17. Residents can also use WFWRD’s Address Lookup Tool at slco.org/wfw to find their specific scheduled date. Additional information about the program can be found on WFWRD’s website at wasatchfrontwaste.org/area-cleanup
Try the FREE iWorQ Service Request app
Use your cell phone or android device to submit your request form. Download the free iWorQ Service Request app in Google PlayStore or Apple iTunes. When setting up your account, select the City of Holladay as your agency or use the code, Holladay01. In the app, you can enter a request and track the status of all your submitted requests.
Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous waste is anything in and around your home that is poisonous, ﬂammable, corrosive or toxic. These include cleaning supplies, yard chemicals, pesticides, paints, fuels, batteries, oil, and antifreeze. You may also bring your electronic waste (computers, tv’s..). For questions, please call the Salt Lake County Health Dept. at 385-468-3862.
HOURS: 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM ONLY! Holladay City – 4580 S 2300 E (north parking lot) June 14 | July 12 Residential Waste ONLY! NO TIRES or explosives (ammunition & ﬁreworks)
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CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:
Rob Dahle, Mayor firstname.lastname@example.org 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 email@example.com 801-859-9427 Lynn Pace, District 2 firstname.lastname@example.org 801-535-6613 Paul Fotheringham, District 3 email@example.com 801-424-3058 Steve Gunn, District 4 firstname.lastname@example.org 801- 386-2605 Mark H. Stewart, District 5 email@example.com 801-232-4544 Gina Chamness, City Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
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NUMBERS TO KNOW:
801-527-3890 801-527-2455 801-273-9731 801-527-3890
Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police) 801-743-7000 UFA Dispatch (Fire) 801-840-4000 Animal Control 385-468-7387 Garbage/Sanitation 385-468-6325 Holladay Library 801-944-7627 Holladay Lions Club 385-468-1700 Mt. Olympus Sr. Center 385-468-3130 Holladay Post Oﬃce 801-278-9947 Cottonwood Post Oﬃce 801-453-1991 Holliday Water 801-277-2893 Watermaster - Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system - Art Quale 801 867-1247
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Fireworks Banned In Certain Areas Of Holladay Just a reminder that ﬁreworks are only permitted from July 2nd to July 5th between 11am and 11pm (hours extended to midnight on July 4th), July 22nd to July 25th between 11am and 11pm (hours extended to midnight on July 24th), Fireworks, including sparklers, have been banned in these high hazard areas: All areas east of I-215 including the freeway right-of-way, the Cottonwood Area, the County Road area, Spring Creek, Neff’s Creek and Big Cottonwood Creek, Creekside Park and Olympus Hills Park. For maps and more detailed information on the areas banned please visit the city’s website at www.cityofholladay.com. You can also ﬁnd safety information and an interactive map at www.uniﬁedﬁre.org/services/ ﬁreprevention/ﬁrework.asp
CITY PARK MUTI-SPORT COURT INFORMATION #2 Pickle Ball/Volleyball Flex Courts #1 Half-Court Basketball LOCATION 4580 S. 2300 E., Holladay, Utah HOURS Courts are open seasonally, every day sunrise to sunset, weather permitting. OPEN PLAY First-come, ﬁrst play. No reservations are required at this time. WHAT TO BRING Court users need to bring their own pickle ball equipment, volleyball or basketball. Nets provided. COURTS
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What to do When You Find a Lost Pet (or Lose Your Own) Salt Lake County Animal Services Some pets are escape artists, others accidently run away because of something scary that may have happened at or near their home such as emergency sirens or fireworks. Salt Lake County Animal Services would like to remind you if you find a lost pet, it is the LAW that the pet be brought to the shelter within 24 hours. Remember, if it was your pet, you would want to find them as quickly as possible, and the first place you will think to search, besides your neighborhood, is your local animal shelter.
What to do if your pet is lost:
• Visit your local shelter and surrounding shelters within 24 hours. Keep returning. We post all the animals that come in to our shelter on our website at www.adoptutahpets.com. • Post your pet’s photo on social media, flyers on public bulletin boards and around the neighborhood. • Look for your pet during the day and at night. Call for your pet and stay in one place long enough for your pet to respond to your call. Organize a search party. • DON’T GIVE UP! We’ve had lost pets come in to the shelter after having been missing for a year.
Prepare yourself before your pet gets lost:
• Make sure your pets have current ID tags and are microchipped. Double check that your information is current on your microchip. You can get a microchip for your pet at your local veterinarian or at Salt Lake County Animal Services. This will help if your pet ever does become lost. ID tags can come off while your pet is on their “adventure.” Remember, the shelter is the BEST place to look for your pet.
Here are some simple steps to take if you find a lost pet: • If the pet has a tag with a phone number, call it and let them know you found the animal. • Do not assume that the animal you found is a stray or has been abused. Assume that it is simply lost. • If you find this pet in Salt Lake County Animal Services jurisdiction, take it directly to the shelter (511 W. 3900 S.) during business hours (10 AM – 6 PM, Mon-Sat.) If it’s outside of business hours, please call animal control dispatch at 801-743-7045. Our animal control is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. • You can take a picture of that pet and post it on social media (ex: Facebook, Next Door App, KSL) with where you found the animal and that you took it to Salt Lake County Animal Services. • We will scan that animal for a microchip and call the owner if there is information on that microchip. • The BEST thing you can do for that animal and that animal’s owner is to take it to the shelter.
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Skyline High boys volleyball takes second at state; Olympus among top 16 By Catherine Garrett | email@example.com
The Olympus High boys volleyball team battled through injuries this season to reach the consolation bracket final, where they lost to Springville 2-1 at the UBVA state tournament May 12 at Corner Canyon High School. (Photo courtesy John Larson)
The Skyline High boys volleyball team finished second at the UBVA state tournament May 11–12 at Corner Canyon High School. (From left to right: Coach Josh Henderson, Holland Schweitz, Keegan Hardy, Tommy Mcgrath, Andrew Clark, Scott Meaux, Connor Chytraus, Luke Romney). (Photo courtesy Josh Henderson)
he Skyline boys volleyball team came up just short in the championship match of the Utah Boys Volleyball Association (UBVA) tournament May 11–12 at Corner Canyon High School. The Eagles, who were led by senior outside hitter Andrew Clark, senior opposite hitter Hollan Schweitz and senior outside hitter Scott Meaux, lost to Bingham in a tough threeset match 22-25, 25-22, 11-15 in the title game. “After playing the best in the state, taking second place is a great accomplishment,” head coach Josh Henderson said. “I’m proud of the way my team competed this weekend, especially during the championship match. During the 16-team tournament, Skyline defeated Pleasant Grove, Salem Hills, Northridge, Snow Canyon, Provo and Ridgeline. The only loss for the Eagles at state was in the final match to Bingham. Also on the 2018 squad were senior setter Connor Chytraus, senior middle blocker Keegan Hardy, senior middle blocker Tommy Mcgrath, senior outside hitter Scott Meaux and
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sophomore libero Luke Romney. The Olympus boys team, who competed in the title game a year ago, and had already been battling back from an early-season shoulder injury to leading outside hitter Noah Benne, had another player — middle blocker Wilson McConkie — suffer a shoulder injury the first day of the state tournament. During pool play, the Titans lost to Weber, Corner Canyon and Springville before a second-day loss to Herriman. Olympus got on track to defeat Skyline Blue and Northridge and reach the consolation bracket final. In that match against Springville, the Titans rallied from a set down to force a three-set match but “ran out of gas at the end,” according to Olympus boys volleyball president John Larson. “Overall though they fought hard, played through injuries and represented the school and community well,” Larson said. McConkie, middle blocker/outside hitter Ephraim Maxfield, setter/opposite hitter Matthew Larson and setter/opposite hitter Drew
Wilson all had more than 20 kills during the tournament to lead the team offensively. Also on the 2018 squad coached by Teren Taniuchi, Matthew Smith and Ben Chamberlain were Jackson Benne, Max Calton, Nate Graham, Lincoln Hunt, Davis Johnson and Max Mottonen. Boys volleyball has been played throughout the state the past 20 years, but the UBVA was formed just three years ago and is following the exponential growth the sport is enjoying nationwide. “Our goal was to work together to grow boys volleyball,” UBVA president Jill Davis said. “We have been successful in bringing leadership, organization and growth to the existing boys volleyball community. We continually strive to help it be a more legitimate and formally recognized experience for the many boys here who love to play. We have seen incredible response and success since UBVA’s inception.” The sport has also been evolving into a year-round deal with a fall club season held and nine club options statewide for participants to choose from. The numbers continue to grow each year, which is also helping the high school spring season expand to more than 60 teams this season. Currently, the boys sport is not sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association, but discussions with UHSAA have taken place and Davis is “hopeful our local school administrators will begin to recognize the value of it as
a viable athletic option for their students.” Davis noted that nearly all of the 149 schools in the state have girls volleyball. “It’s obviously a very popular and welcome sport in the state,” she said. “And, anyone who has ever seen boys play at a competitive level know it is a very different and exciting game to watch, so we are hopeful the culture of boys volleyball will continue to build and become more accepted and supported by our community at large.” “Volleyball is just a great game. It is truly a team sport, truly a mental exercise, and truly a challenge to master,” Davis said. “If you play competitively, you begin to appreciate many incredible technical nuances that are involved; for example, the slight angle of a hand will make or break a good pass, set, block or hit, which can result in either you gaining a point or giving one away. And, of course, that all has to be decided and accomplished in a fraction of a second — sometimes while you are floating in midair.” Davis said what lies ahead for boys volleyball in the state will be determined, in large part, by UBVA’s “ability to accommodate the current growth and interest.” “We truly hope the future sees all boys high school volleyball teams in Utah enjoying a healthy presence within their own schools — whether merely using the gyms for practices and games as a club sport or as a full-fledged sanctioned sport with total school support.” For more information on the UBVA, visit http://www.ubva.info or email ubva.info@ gmail.com. l
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Skyline baseball finishes strong, secures third seed for state tournament By Josh McFadden | firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac Storheim tries to tag a stealing runner against Cottonwood in the state tournament. (Travis Barton/ City Journals)
he 2018 season was one of streaks for the Skyline baseball team. Thankfully for the Eagles, they ended the regular season on a good note. Skyline went 8-7 in Region 6 to place third in league standings. The Eagles were two games ahead of Highland, which nailed down the final playoff spot. Skyline barely missed out on the chance to host a first-round playoff game, finishing just a game behind runner-up Murray. Olympus ran away with the Region 6 title with an undefeated 15-0 mark. Considering how the season began and that Skyline endured a rough patch in the middle of the region schedule, the third-place finish was a nice reward for the team. Head coach Eric Morgan said he wasn’t panicking even when his team was struggling. “I’m actually really pleased we secured the third spot while finishing above .500,” he said. “I knew we would turn things around. Our guys never stopped believing we would compete in region.” At one point, Skyline was 3-6 in region play. The Eagles had dropped five in a row, all by at least seven runs. Of course, those all came against the top two teams in the league, so when the Eagles resumed play, they reeled off a much-needed winning streak.
Skyline won two of three games against Highland and then swept East to finish the regular season. “I think we finally gained confidence of who we are as a team,” Morgan said. “We’ve had a few guys step up, most notably Luke Evans as our (designated hitter) and Jack Garver on the mound. It’s been fun to watch them step up.” These two players were far from the only ones who made a difference in Skyline’s late-season turnaround. Morgan said he got a lot out of his five seniors, Ashton Graham (pitcher), Dakota Porter (first baseman), Isaac Storheim (second baseman), Jack Garver (left fielder/pitcher) and Taylor Larsen (centerfielder). Morgan also trusted these seniors and gave them significant responsibility. “They’ve put together a few team activities; I made them run an entire practice, take control of pre-game speeches, etc.,” Morgan said. “We moved Isaac to second base a few weeks ago; he has played awesome and didn’t question why. He just went out and played.” Morgan also said he has enjoyed watching his players overcome adversity and choose to keep working hard even after tough losses. He’s pleased with how his upperclassmen have led by example and with how the
youth on the team have stepped up. “The best parts of the season has been seeing the players’ fight and seeing the young guys grow up,” he said. “We have some 9th, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders in the lineup; it’s been great to see them come together as a team. The seniors have taken great strides in their leadership roles.” Morgan said pitching and execution would be critical if the team hoped to advance into the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament. The players were also eager for a shot at some upset wins. “We are very excited,” Morgan said as the playoffs began. “Anything can happen in the postseason. I have been talking a lot about believing. Hopefully, we can carry the momentum into the playoffs and win the first game.” And that’s exactly what the Eagles did. The Eagles took their 11-14 overall record into the state tournament where they won their first-round game 11-5 at Box Elder on May 15, before falling to defending champs Cottonwood 3-6 the following day. They were defeated by Olympus May 19 to end the Eagles season. l
Olympus boys tennis wins region
acing some stiff competition, the Olympus boys tennis team won the Region 6 championship and sent a full contingent of players to state to compete for the top crown. The Titans didn’t just finish first in their region, but they also beat out last season’s Class 4A champions, Skyline, in the process. Olympus had tremendous success at the region tournament, qualifying all of its players for state, which was held May 18 and 19 at Liberty Park. First singles player Drew Hartsfield entered state as the No. 3 seed in the region. Parker Warner, the team’s second singles competitor, finished second in region, earning the No. 2 seed at state. Third singles player Cole Marshall was the top finisher at region. Meanwhile, both doubles squads were No. 1 seeds at state. The first singles tandem of Robbie Ballam and Ellis Ivory and the second singles pair of Ethan Stanger and Sawyer Peterson each placed first at region. Head coach Mike Epperson is thrilled with how his team competed on the court and with the focus and determination his players brought to matches and to practice. “I’ve enjoyed the relationships with these terrific boys and their parents,” he said. “These boys have bought into my system to
By Josh McFadden | email@example.com turn this program around the last three years so that my seniors could have a taste of what it means to be region champions for the first time. This team truly gave me 100 percent all year, each achieving the personal goals they set for themselves thus far.” Epperson said his biggest objective entering the season was to take home top honors at region. As far as the state tournament goes, he knew the Titans would encounter even bigger challenges. “Class 5A tennis this year is the best compilation of teams I have seen coaching and being a part of high school tennis,” he said. “Whomever wins the state title will have absolutely earned it this year with the quality of tennis that is out there. Our No. 1 goal this year was to win the Region 6 title and qualify every varsity player to state. The second goal was to be No. 1 seeds going into the state tournament. We accomplished both of those goals. The third goal was to get every team to the second day to be in position to win a state title. Like I’ve said, 5A is so tough this year, that to be a top-five team at state will be an accomplishment, and that’s what I’m hoping for this team.” The Titans finished in 7th place at state with No. 2 doubles team Ethan Stanger and Sawyer Peterson, both sophomores, reach-
ing the finals before bowing out to Woods Cross. l
The Olympus boys tennis team beat out defending 4A state champion Skyline for the Region 6 title. The Titans qualified all of its varsity players for the state tournament. (Photo by Tamara Warner)
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In rebuilding year, Skyline boys tennis finishes second in region By Josh McFadden | firstname.lastname@example.org
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very coach has to deal with the challenge of replacing key players from the previous season. Skyline boys tennis coach Lani Wilcox had a quite a task this season and still managed to guide her squad to a second-place finish in Region 6. Last year, the Eagles captured the Class 4A crown. This season, Wilcox oversaw the development of a mostly new team. She was pleased with the progress her young players made and with the resiliency her team showed throughout the regular season. “My team last year was a special state championship team,” Wilcox said. “This season has been a pleasant surprise because I felt it was going to be a rebuilding year. The boys have really stepped up their games and have come together as a team. It has been a pleasure to coach these boys.” The Eagles went 3-2 in region matches, falling to Olympus and Highland. Skyline couldn’t overcome its rivals from Olympus at the region tournament, but it did beat out Highland for the
Connor Robb-Wilcox serves as No. 1 singles player for the Skyline boys tennis team, who finished second in region this season. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
runner-up position. First singles player Connor Robb-Wilcox and second singles players Adrian Wilde each took first in their respective positions. Wilde’s victory was somewhat unexpected, as he upset a favored competitor from East. At third singles, Brady Smith placed third. Wilcox had to be creative at the region tournament when she found out her first doubles players would be unavailable for the tournament due to some aca-
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demic commitments at the school. She shifted second singles players Hayden Carter and Will Kendall to the first doubles slot. The duo came through and performed well at the tournament. “I have been very impressed with the play of my varsity members since for many of them, this is there first time on varsity,” Wilcox said. “Because of AP and IB testing, my number 1 doubles team was unable to play in the regions tournament, so I had to move
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my No. 2 doubles team to No. 1. They got to the finals, losing to an Olympus team. So, I was quite surprised and pleased at the same time.” The Class 5A state tennis tournament was held at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City May 18–19 where the Eagles finished 9th. Even though the Eagles missed out on a region title and had some young players on the varsity squad heading to state, Wilcox was eager to see what her squad could do. Ultimately, she wanted her team to continue improving in all aspects of the game. “The keys to contending and winning a state title would be that all of my players will need to play some of their best tennis and getting to at least the semifinals and or finals,” she said. “My expectations for the state tournament are for my players to have fun and the enjoy the experience. There are always challenges in tennis because not only is it a physical, but it’s a mental game while competing.” l
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Eagles comfortably win Region 6 girls golf title, take fourth in state By Josh McFadden | email@example.com
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The Skyline girls golf team capped off its regular season with a title at the Region 6 tournament. The Eagles then placed fourth at the state tournament May 14–15. (Photo by Kenny James)
he Skyline girls golf team didn’t get off to the start it wanted, but it sure finished in style when it mattered most. The Eagles won the Region 6 title sending several golfers on to state, which was held May 14–15 at Glenmoor in South Jordan. It was a great way to end region play for a squad that began the season with a loss. The Eagles rebounded and won their last three tournaments as well as their duel matches head-to-head. Skyline prevailed at the region tournament by a healthy 15 strokes on what coach Kenny James described as “a long course with really difficult putting conditions.” “Our ability to hit greens on one attempt really set us up for success,” he said. “We chipped really well, and that is huge.” Five of Skyline’s golfers finished in the top 12 at the region tournament. Kate Taylor, who is headed for St. Katherine’s in Minnesota to play college golf, placed second. Teammate Claire Whisenant finished in fourth place, while Asiana Le, Abby Clayton and Zoe Kouris placed sixth, seventh and 12th, respectively. “We played well on the harder courses, and this led to our victory,” James said. James gave glowing reviews of his players and their efforts and mindset throughout the season. “My favorite thing about this team is its positive attitude,” he said. “When
things got hard, the girls always stayed positive and bounced back. It’s a very coachable group, intent on learning and working, and they always listened. They helped each other overcome adversity and bounce back. I love the four senior leaders and captains.” As Skyline prepared for the state tournament, James knew the competition would heat up even more significantly. He didn’t necessarily expect the team to win it all, but he was confident the Eagles would compete against the top teams in Class 5A. “There are good teams out there,” he said. “Corner Canyon is probably the favorite, but Alta, Woods Cross, Bountiful, Provo and Skyline are all pretty good. If we can finish anywhere in the top seven, I will feel really good.” As far as individual players, James hoped Taylor could finish in the top 10 and that two or three others could get some recognition. Ultimately, the Eagles finished fourth at the state tournament and had five golfers place in the top 32: Whisenant finished 10th, shooting a 164; Taylor finished 16th, shooting a 172; Le finished 22nd, shooting a 186; Clayton finished 23rd, shooting a 188; and Kouris finished 32nd, shooting a 194. Suzi Creveling also contributed with a 202. No matter how state went, James will look back on this season with fondness. He loved how his players competed on the course and how well they
worked together as a team. “I think I will remember most is the great positive energy this group has, how when conditions were the hardest we played our best,” he said. “I will also remember going head-to-head with the other teams in the duel matches and coming out undefeated. I loved how tight-knit this team is and how we supported each other, especially when one was doing bad.” “We had a ton of improvement — girls working hard and really getting better. We had girls play varsity and contribute to our success and letter on varsity. It was 19 girls giving their all and trying to make the team better, a group that helped each other and supported each other and got it done.” Skyline will lose four seniors whom James called “amazing.” Still, with a sophomore and a freshman going to state, as well as a solid junior class, James is optimistic 2019 will be another exciting year for Skyline girls golf. “I think the most memorable thing for me was how much I enjoyed working with this team, how little drama we had, and on top of that we excelled on the course,” James said. “I will remember comfortably winning our region while having such a good experience. What an outstanding group. I know these girls will be successful in everything they do. We will really miss these seniors, but they leave a great legacy for the others to follow.” l
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Region success puts Olympus track and field on right foot for state By Josh McFadden | firstname.lastname@example.org
After two days of competition, the Olympus boys track and field team took home the Region 6 title. The girls placed second. (Photo by Anna Mitchell and Marc Hoenig)
hat began as hard offseason work and early season practices and meets culminated in high marks at the Region 6 championships for the Olympus track and field team. The Olympus boys took home the top prize, while the girls were runner-up in the two-day meet. In all, 20 athletes and six relay teams qualified for the Class 5A state meet, which was held May 17–18 at Brigham Young University. “The region meet went well,” said head coach Todd Mitchell. “Both teams performed about as well as could be expected. The boys were able to pull away from the competition for a convincing victory. The girls were second behind a very strong Highland team.” The Titans competed against fellow region foes Highland, Skyline, East, West and Murray. Several athletes stood out to Mitchell during the region meet, and he expected them to perform well at state as well. Senior Kayden Hossfield was outstanding in four events: the long jump, high jump, 100-meter run and the 200. Fellow senior Roberto Porras helped power the boys to the region title with strong showings in the 1600 and 3200. Another senior, Jima Rout, put up good numbers in both the 800 and 1600. Girls team members Katie Duckworth, Abby Rasmussen and Taygin DeHart were high finishers. Duckworth and Rasmussen
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showed their stuff in the 800 and 1600, while DeHart ran the 200. Rosanth Jansen, a senior, did well in the 400. For Mitchell, the success came from upperclassmen leaders and from some of his newcomers. “I have enjoyed watching our younger and new athletes improve throughout the season,” Mitchell said. “I have also enjoyed the veteran athletes stepping up their performance at the end of the season when the pressure is on.” While the competition heats up and the stakes increase during the region meet, everything rises to a whole new level at state. There, the state’s top teams and athletes collide in some of the most challenging and exciting matchups of the years. Heading into state, Mitchell was confident all the athletes would give it their all and represent the school well. “I think that both teams are in a great place heading into state,” he said. “I expect a few of our relays and a few of our individuals to be in contention for a state championship. I think the boys are in contention to finish in the top five or higher if everybody can step up at the right time.” Both teams finished in the top 10 at state with the boys taking 9th and the girls 10th. l
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Raspberry contest turns into 21 years of farming for Tagge family By Holly Vasic | email@example.com
Thayne Tagge standing next to himself at Tagge’s Famous Fruit and Veggie Farms fruit stand on Highway 89 on May 10, 2018. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)
rom Holladay to Willard Bay, Thayne and Cari Tagge never expected to be first-generation farmers, but after over 20 years they are still enjoying the ride. Tagge’s Famous Fruit and Veggie Farms grew from a fun-loving raspberry selling competition into a way of life that they hope will be carried on. The fragrant smell of burning wood, like one would find sitting around a campfire, was in the air along Highway 89 in the Perry/Willard area on May 10, as Thayne Tagge was preparing his orchards for the upcoming season by cutting away and burning the old to make room for the new blossoms and growth. Small buds could be seen on some of the apricot trees and early planting of tomatoes had begun in hot houses. The first hints of spring were all around, from sprinkles of green in the fields to the bright sunshine, bringing the hope of a prosperous year for Tagge’s and all the farmers and land owners
on Fruit Highway. Thayne and his wife, Cari, both grew up in the Holladay area, and during their engagement they sold Bear Lake raspberries. “She had a stand and I had a stand and we kind of competed against each other to see who would sell them the fastest,” Thayne said. One day his best customer asked if he could bring down some peaches from Brigham City while he was heading back from getting raspberries, so he did. “So, the next day she says, ‘Thayne, I have 10 friends that want peaches too; will you bring down some more?” Thayne began bringing down peaches and raspberries, and both fruits were very popular — the problem was the peaches began to run out. That particular year there just wasn’t enough to go around. Thayne went to all the regular farmers he purchased from but no one had any more to sell. He ended up with one farmer he bought
Thayne Tagge’s hand shows off a budding plant on May 10, 2018 on his farm in Willard/Perry, Utah. (Holly Vasic/ City Journals)
from often. “I finally said, ‘Paul, I need more peaches, so I need to buy your farm,’ and he goes, ‘okay.’” Thayne put some money down, but he’d never farmed before. So he asked Paul to teach him how to farm, and he agreed. Twenty one years, a few kids and much more land later, Thayne looks at his orchards with Willard Bay in the distance. He and his family still live in Holladay, Thayne commuting an hour or so to get out to their property, but he doesn’t mind the drive. Thayne values organic farming, and Tagge’s is certified organic by Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI). “You can’t use any pesticides, you can’t use any commercial fertilizer, you have to use everything that is approved by OMRI,” Thayne said. Part of the burning after pruning is also a form of organic pest control. “There’s bugs that are in there, it’s a really good way to keep your pest control down.” In May the bugs haven’t come out yet, so, according to Thayne, it is a good time to burn. “Get in there and get it done right,” he said.
Thayne’s daughter Lacey is the only one of his children thus far who has shown interest in carrying on the legacy he began. She recently purchased property herself and they are preparing the land to potentially grow pumpkins. Thayne and Cari have found lots of unique ways to get their famous fruit and veggies to customers, from their fruit stand on Highway 89 to farmers markets in Salt Lake. “We hit all the farmers markets,” Thayne said. Seven years ago, they started a seasonal delivery service of their favorites, and their salsa and jams are available throughout the year. Look out for them this summer, especially if fresh apricots are on your list. “We’ll be some of the only ones in the state because we are high on the hill and it stays just a little bit warmer,” Thayne said about the small peach-like fruit. “We always get some nice apricots coming in.” First-generation farmers and life-long Holladay residents Thayne and Cari Tagge are making a name for themselves at the table and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. l
Tomato plants in the hot house on Thayne Tagge’s farm in Willard/Perry, Utah, on May 10, 2018, avoiding any last freezes that may come their way. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)
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One app you want your teen to have By Jessica Ivins | firstname.lastname@example.org
ranite Connection High counselor, Michelle Glaittli said, “We encourage all the kids to have the SafeUT app on their phones, especially with summer coming up.” Even when school is not in session, the app is still a great resource for kids when they need to report violence or safety concerns anonymously. “We mostly get reports of violence, safety and drugs,” said Glaittli. Every report is taken seriously. It is up to the reporting individual if they want to remain anonymous. Glaittli said, “The only problem is when kids do not share enough information. We need a first and last name of the persons involved, where, and when the incident took place in order to help.” Imagine kids at school in a group chat. They all receive the same text from a friend: “I want to die.” Then nothing more is said from that friend. There are two scenarios that could happen. One, the friends do nothing. Or, one of the friends, Jack, makes an anonymous tip on the SafeUT app. Jack’s friend has been having a hard time and Jack is worried. The first scenario is called the Bystander Effect or Bystander Apathy. John Darley and Bibb Latane coined the term while teaching in New York City in the 1960s. Jack’s friend needs help in the group text, but no one comes to his aid. Why? The friends might be worried how they look if they say something… and they were wrong. Or they may not want to get in-
volved in other people’s business. Or they think someone else will help him. The second scenario that could happen is that Jack has the SafeUT app on this phone and makes an anonymous tip. He will reveal the location, school, event information, and person(s) involved. Then he can keep the tip number and password to check on updates. No one knows that he made the tip. The SafeUT program was developed with funding from the Utah State Legislature in collaboration with University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah Office of the Attorney General, and the Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition in 2016. The goal of SafeUT app is to keep Utahns from ignoring suicide, depression, cyber bullying, threats, and drug and alcohol abuse. Options of chat, text, or anonymous tip are available on the app. Licensed clinicians are available 24/7 on a crisis line call center to respond. There are referral services available, supportive and crisis counseling, and suicide prevention. Is the SafeUT app helping? The more people that have it the more it can help. Some updates included adding push notifications about tips, making it more reliable, and easier to use. In January they fully translated the app for Spanish/Española. Since its launch, it has been downloaded 33,000 times and clinicians have had conversa-
tions with over 19,000 students. Currently, over 1,900 tips or chats are sent in on average each month. Bullying makes up 79 percent of subject matter, suicide 76 percent, and depression 48 percent. There were 86 planned school attacks stopped since 2016. Stats were provided from the SafeUT: at a glance website on attorneygeneral.utah.gov. If there is eminent danger, UNI has a mobile crisis team that responds. If it is less eminent, the tip is reported to the school counselor and the school will help whoever is involved or the appropriate authorities. Remember Jack who made the anonymous tip from the group chat? He reported his friend’s first and last name, the time and place of the incident. UNI contacted the school counselor immediately. Within 5 minutes the school counselor and the vice principal walked into the “I want to die” kid’s classroom and spoke privately to him. It was determined that he was not in eminent danger. He was joking. However, a tip is never taken lightly. The school provided the child with support from the counselor and a phone call was placed to his parents to let them know what had happened. Every year Granite Connection High counselors invite students to prevent problems of bullying, depression, violence, cutting, threats, cyber bullying, and drug and alcohol abuse by downloading the SafeUT app. Glaittli wants to
remind our kids that the SafeUT app is there and students need to have it on their phone. l
Screenshot of SafeUT app on the App Store. (Jessica Ivins /City Journals)
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Utah’s local bookstores unite for Indie Bookstore Day
uying local does a community good. That’s why several area businesses took part in Indie Bookstore Day on April 28 to help connect Utah readers with their neighborhood bookstore. With the growth of online shopping and recent decline in sales at brick and mortar stores, bookstores, like businesses around the country, have worked to combat the retreat of faceto-face business. According to the American Booksellers Association, independent bookstores express confidence that they are better equipped than chains to weather the changing retail landscape. Visiting Utah’s diverse independent bookstores shows good reason for that confidence. “I am always preaching the gospel of local businesses,” said Tony Weller of Weller Book Works in Downtown Salt Lake. “It’s not about the preservation of our own old family bookstore. It’s about the community I want to live in. There are a lot of businesses in this community that I used to support that no longer exist. I am saddened to see good businesses disappear.” For supporters and members of the local bookstore scene, Indie Bookstore Day is about more than reading and local bookstores. It is about community and the important role that local businesses play in how they are shaped. “The Local First movements across the country, and especially in Utah, are educating
By Joshua Wood | email@example.com people about what shopping locally does for them, how it keeps their economy healthy, how it keeps their neighbors in their houses, pays for their sidewalks,” said Anne Holman of The King’s English Bookshop in Sugar House. “It’s a good thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.” With many local businesses struggling to compete with chain stores and online retail outlets, independent bookstores have led a budding renaissance. In fact, the American Booksellers Association stated that there has been a 35 percent increase in the number of independent bookstore locations since 2009. “People have come to realize that where we shop defines our community,” said Aaron Cance of The Printed Garden in Sandy. “Where we buy our stuff defines what our neighborhood looks like. Independently owned businesses of all types have enjoyed a little resurgence in support.” As part of Indie Bookstore Day, patrons could participate in a bookstore crawl, get a passport card stamped at each location, and get a chance to win free books. The event has taken place for four years and is gaining traction in Utah with the bookstore crawl now in its second year. “It says a lot about the valley that there is a lot of value placed on reading,” said Cance. The event served as a reminder to buy local, to let more people in the community know
that there are more independent bookstores in the area than they might realize, and of course, to encourage people to enjoy books. The diversity of bookstores in Utah is similar to the diverse subjects they offer their customers. “You should balance the information that you’re bringing into your head,” said Weller. “I try to convince readers to leave that department where that they feel so comfortable and walk across my bookstore to a different section and pick a book.” The same could be said for the businesses people support and how they help shape the character of their communities. “You have work, you have home, and you have the other place you like to spend time,” said Cance. “It’s a place where you can be yourself, where you can discuss things without fear. It’s important for a lot of reasons.” Indie Bookstore Day served as a reminder of the importance of local bookstores, and local businesses in general. Those who discover them, tend to keep coming back. “A lot of our customers have been shopping here for 40 years, and now we’re on third generation, fourth generation,” said Holman. Other local bookstores in the Greater Salt Lake area include the Golden Braid (Salt Lake City), Ken Sanders Rare Books (Salt Lake City), Booked on 25th (Ogden), Marissa’s Books and Gifts (Murray), The Children’s
Hour (Salt Lake City), and more. The American Booksellers Association’s website has a search function to help people find bookstores in their communities. Visit www.bookweb.org l
Independent bookstores host local author events like this children’s book author Mac Barnett at the King’s English Bookstore in 2016. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
See how animals run, adapt and help modern-day science at ‘Nature’s Ultimate Machines’ By Christy Jepson l firstname.lastname@example.org
ave you ever wondered why a woodpecker never gets a headache? Or what tiny animal has a punch so strong that it can break aquarium glass? Or who has a stronger grip: a human or a chimpanzee? These questions and many more can be answered at the new traveling exhibit “Nature’s Ultimate Machines” at the Natural History Museum of Utah from now until Sept. 3. “I believe this exhibit is one of the most hands-on and interactive exhibits we’ve had to date,” said Lisa Thompson, the exhibit developer for the Natural History Museum of Utah. This exhibit shows the amazing inner workings of how creatures have learned to adapt to harsh environmental conditions and how they fight daily battles to help them survive. The exhibit features 130 specimens, scale models, videos and interactive displays to help guests discover how plants and animals have developed unique ways of moving, adapting and surviving in their own habitat. When visiting the new exhibit guests can explore a larger-than-life termite mound and look and see how its design is used in modern architecture. Guest can feel how much energy it takes to pump blood up through a giraffe’s 7-foot neck. People can learn which creatures can crush over 8,000 pounds in one bite, and they can learn about different ways creatures
Students visiting ‘Nature’s Ultimate Machines’ exhibit and exploring the strength test of different materials in our bodies and in nature. (Photo/Caity Gainer, Natural History Museum of Utah)
swim, slither, jump and gallop. “One of the favorite areas for kids is the flying chair where guests can sit on a tall office chair that spins and choose between two different types of wings that are made out of a light PVC pipe and canvas,” Thompson said. “They flap the wings up and down to help them spin around.” Different-shaped wings have different results when you start to move them up and down. According to Thompson, this hands-on flying area gets guests thinking about which shape of
wings help birds fly away quickly versus which shape of wings are needed for birds that fly long distance. Guests will be engaged in all the interactive and digital exhibits while learning also about the marvels of natural engineering that inspire modern mechanics, such as the creation of Velcro, chainsaws and wind turbines. This entire exhibit brings to life the connection between biology and modern-day engineering. For example, guests will be able to see that by studying the bone structure of a woodpecker— and why they never get headaches or concussions even when they peck wood 20 times per second—is helpful and useful in research to help make better, stronger and safer helmets for football players. This exhibition was developed by The Field Museum in Chicago. All Field Museum exhibits are in English and Spanish. The Natural History Museum of Utah is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Wednesdays when it is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors 65 and older, $12.95 for ages 13–24 and $9.95 for children 3–12. University of Utah students and faculty are free with valid ID. The museum is located at 301 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City. For additional information, visit: nhmu.utah.edu/ultimate. l
Students at the museum looking at how hard the giraffe’s heart must pump in order to get blood up through its tall seven-foot neck. (Photo/Caity Gainer, Natural History Museum of Utah)
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Schools out for summer! It’s time for vacation! One of my friends told me that her family spent around 10 grand on a two-week holiday. Don’t do that. Instead, use this nifty little invention called the internet to do some research. There are hundreds of blogs and forums where people share their travel experiences, sharing information about the cheapest transportation and best deals in various cities worldwide. Before going anywhere, check what people say about that destination and what they recommend when traveling on a budget. Flying can be an expensive hassle. Many travel bugs recommend using a credit card that offers the chance to earn miles. Cashing in those miles can mean a free plane ticket. I’ve also heard that checking fares on Tuesday, two weeks before your travel date, will be the cheapest option. Don’t hold me to that though. Driving can be boring. Don’t forget entertainment if you’re going on a road trip. If you have a Netflix subscription, download the app on your phone, and download episodes, podcasts, or comedy specials. Have everyone in your car do the same for hours of internet-free entertainment. Oh, and make sure to bring an auxiliary cord. And water. Stay hydrated people.
For lodging, don’t stay stay in your destination city. It’s generally cheaper to book a place outside of the area. For example, it’s cheaper to stay in Murray than it is is downtown Salt Lake City. It’s cheaper to stay in Sandy or Cottonwood Heights than it is to stay in the canyon resorts during ski season. Know the areas around your destination city. Luckily, we live in the era of Airbnb, where hotel prices are almost obsolete. The website is fantastic for any kind of group traveling. If you’re going with the whole family, you can check for full homes to book. If you’re traveling alone or with friends, you can rent out a room for low prices. Hostels are also great options for the lone traveler. If you’re going on vacation to see a physical place, and not going for an event, go during the off season. Tourist attractions, lodging, and other accommodations will be marked down. Plus, there won’t be so many crowds. You may end up on a tour with just a few other people, instead of a few busses. When visiting new cities, check for free walking tours. Not only are they budget-friendly, they help you get acquainted with the city. You may see something you want to visit, which you didn’t know existed.
While you’re on that walking tour, find the local grocery store. Take some time to do your grocery shopping and make your own meals. Eating out is expensive, especially if you’re doing it every day. I recommend trying some local food no matter where the destination, but don’t go crazy. Eat out on only a few occasions and pack your own food the rest of the time. Booking tours or buying attraction tickets the day-of can be mind-bogglingly expensive. Before you leave home, take some time to research ticket prices for the places you might want to visit. Many places have discounts if you book in advance or through third-party websites. If you have a discount associated
with your identity, ask for it. There are so many places that offer discounts for military personnel, seniors, students, etc. Bring some proof, just in case. I used my University of Utah student card to get a discount on a tour in Australia. Want to work while traveling? Many places offer free lodging in exchange for labor. Like farm-stays, where you can stay for free if you help out around the farm. They may even feed you too. There are also many programs outside of the country for teaching English. One day, I plan to go help baby turtles make it to the ocean safety. A free place to stay for chasing birds away?! Yes. Please. l
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to look at and fun for a while, but then they float creepily through your home, lurking in doorways and scaring the skittles out of you at 3 a.m. Sponsored content (advertorials) sneak their way into news broadcasts and articles, looking like journalism, but in reality they’re just fancy ads. Usually, readers don’t even know. Journalists have become public relations specialists, crafting news instead of reporting it. On top of all that, our president declared war on the press. The U.S. just ranked 45th on the World Press Freedom Index, coming in behind places like Bahari, Namibia and Sokovia. (Only one of those countries is real, but I’m presenting it as fact. Most readers don’t bother dis-
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Back when Paleolithic man ruled the world, humans only learned what was happening outside their cave when another caveman rode into town on his velociraptor. Soon, dinosaurs evolved into horses (duh, that’s just science) and traveling merchants shared stories and events as they roamed the country. They’d sit around campfires, making s’mores and spreading gossip. In cities, town criers walked the streets in ridiculous outfits, ringing bells and shouting information at passersby. When Johannes Gutenberg mechanized the printing process, he started a revolution that led to books, newspapers and inexpensive bird cage lining. Town criers became journalists, people dedicated to the pursuit of truth, shining a light on injustice and living on hot coffee and cold pizza. America’s Founding Fathers recognized the importance of the press, protecting free speech in the first amendment. Journalists were regarded as necessary vermin, an invaluable cog in the democratic process of checks and balances. Distinguished reporters like Carl Bernstein, Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite took journalism to its apex before its Icarus-like plunge into the mud of “journalism” today.
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