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olladay officials suspended the use of city facilities at the urging of state public health officials in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared a pandemic in March. The city has postponed its art show, a Unified Fire Authority banquet and a town hall meeting for congressman John Curtis, all of which were set to take place at City Hall. “The best defense against infection is to try to keep it contained. I don’t think the steps we’re taking are too aggressive. I think they are appropriate,” said Mayor Rob Dahle. City officials are drafting a continuity plan that will allow essential government functions to operate without increases in the risks to public health. “Many of our staff functions can be done from home, and we’ll evaluate which positions can work remotely, and be prepared to make the necessary adjustments,” said Gina Chamness, Holladay city manager. The state requires municipalities to hold public hearings at least once a month, which will pose challenges if conditions worsen. “We will be working on technical solutions for council members to meet remotely, as long as there is an ‘anchor point’ where representatives are allowed to participate in public meetings remotely,” Chamness said. The need to limit small groups may also force the city to postpone the hearing for certain applicants if indicators suggest heightened public interest. “We may need to delay applicant hearings if we anticipate a lot of attendance,” said Chamness. “I think the message is simple — pretty much all public gatherings are on hold,” Dahle said.

Holladay officials suspended the use of city facilities at the urging of state public health officials in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared a pandemic in March. (Image by Pete Linforth/Pixabay)

COVID-19 and emergency responders The challenges will prove especially trying for emergency responders, who face an even larger threat of exposure to the virus. “Inevitably this will put us at risk. And we’ve had to adapt,” explained Mathew McFarland, spokesman for the Uni-

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‘I do not try / to find beauty in the world / I can barely take my turn here…’ - Nancy Baird By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharis@mycityjournals.com


oet Nancy Baird sits in her living room. It is clear she is a sensitive being, so needed during these precarious times with the outbreak of COVID-19. It is a time during which we need poets and philosophers. “I do not try / to find beauty in the world / I can barely take my turn here … / yet the inferno of its glory inflames my eyes, unhinges my skin.” “In the crescendo of one unblemished sound / I am dragged from the grave.” From “Alive” by Nancy Baird. Though Baird has a BA in English from Brigham Young University and has published essays and worked in journalism, she did not begin writing poetry in earnest until she was around 40 years old. “When it started to come out, it came out a lot,” she said. In fact, it was not long after the birth of her fifth child that the poetry began to flow. April is National Poetry Month and Baird takes time to write her poems. “Poetry should be a distillation of truth. So I try to always be searching, diving, drawing out what’s true and then trying to put that truth into what I write. And trying to do it in the most creative and original way I can. At least that’s what I’m hoping to do.” Named Utah Poet of the Year by the Utah State Poetry Society for her book, “The Shell in Silk,” Baird has also been published in “Southern Poetry Review,” “Comstock Review” and others. She took second place in the 2009 Utah Arts Council Original Writing Contest. Of her poetry, one of the judges stated, “In her poem ‘Structure,’ the physical world and the spirit world are equally visible in these poems. ‘But watch the birds all loose / above the olive groves. They need so little - / instinct, strong wings, the worm. / Weightless spirits melting in and out / of figure.”’


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She primarily writes in free verse. She believes using rhyme often forces the writer to “bend his/her thought to make the rhyme.” Poets who have influenced her include Gerard Manley Hopkins, Mary Oliver, Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Louise Gluck and Jack Gilbert. “Isaiah is one of the finest poets we have had, even in translation,” she added.

The natural life of Hawaii has also influenced her. She enjoys running, growing flowers and teaching poetry workshops. Baird embodies both the glory and fragility of life, something we are all likely feeling during these uncertain times. In “Invisible,” she writes:




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he planning commission in December gave a green light for the initial phases of the Royal Holladay Hills, a mixed-use development coming to the former Cottonwood Mall site with construction to begin this spring. The plan will include a mixture of commercial and residential areas, with up to 614 dwelling units and up to 714,000 square feet of commercial space, including office space, dining and entertainment, along with an open park area. “One of our top priorities with this project is to create meaningful amounts of green space that is available to the community for gatherings and events to enhance the quality of life in our remarkable city,” said Steve Peterson, the president of Millrock Capital, who is undertaking the project in a co-partnership with Woodbury Corporation and Ball Ventures. Developers for the Royal Holladay Hills made diligent efforts to include the community, hoping to overcome the odor left behind from the city’s 2018 crash-and-burn attempt to redevelop the mall site in collaboration with the Ivory-Woodbury Corporation. “We have learned so much from meeting with Holladay residents, and we continue to learn from their ideas and comments on this prop-

erty,” said Jeff Woodbury, vice president at Woodbury Corporation. Developers have worked with community members hoping to create a site that will “blend into the beauty of the city of Holladay.” The 2018 project, known as the Holladay Quarter, relied on a broad rezone that was so unpopular citizens battled it by a referendum. Residents voted the redevelopment down, with 58% voting against, but the city insisted it was not a referable issue and that the rezone fell within their administrative prerogative. The fate of the Holladay Quarter was ultimately decided by the Utah Supreme Court, who ruled that the rezone entailed “laws of general applicability,” and was based on the “weighing of broad, competing policy considerations,” and was therefore a legislative decision rather than administrative, which meant it was indeed subject to a referendum. The city then fell back on the previous zoning parameters from its 2007 Site Development Master Plan (SDMP), which imposes more restrictions on height, usage and density. Project developers have worked within those guidelines in the hopes of creating a space that will bring economic opportunity without putting too much burden on residents’ way of life. l

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etectives are investigating the fatal motor vehicle accident involving 22-year-old Santiago Lobato, who drifted into oncoming traffic before overcorrecting and rolling his vehicle at 5300 South and Holladay Boulevard in Holladay on Feb. 5. “The vehicle essentially vaulted off a

er 2-D images, blood draws and medical records, we look at skid marks and gouges, weather conditions, light conditions, timing, and many other things.” The information is then run through a series of mathematical models, which help investigators identify plausible scenarios for

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concrete-and-stone mailbox and went airborne,” and the driver was partially ejected from the vehicle, said detective Matt Masock, speaking with the City Journals. Masock is a collision expert who works with the Collision Analysis Reconstruction (CAR) Unit, a special operations team that uses sophisticated technology and computer modeling to re-create the conditions of accidents in an effort to determine causes and factors. “If there is a fatality or near fatality, our CAR unit gets involved and we delve into the how of the accident. We get more in depth and go to a bigger extent than typical crashes, because the consequences are higher and it’s critical that we determine the problems in serious accidents,” said Masock, who’s heading the reconstruction investigation for the Feb. 5 accident. CAR investigations require a meticulous accounting of relevant factors, which often begin with Faro three-dimensional laser scanner that takes a 360-degree digital image of the crash site. “We scan everything within a 30-foot radius of the accident in order to capture the site exactly the way it was on the day of the crash,” Masock said. “Then we gather oth-

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the cause of the crash. “Once we have all this, we can see if the way drivers reacted are inside the norm or outside the norm, and that helps us resolve safety issues if there are any.” The work requires intellect and rigorous training. “It takes a little bit of physics, calculus, trigonometry. This isn’t an assignment where you can just put a guy out there and say, ‘get to work.’ I have above 1,000 hours of training specific to accident reconstruction.” Collision reconstruction is increasingly data-driven. Masock relies on a massive database and software program known as Interactive Driver Response Research (IDRR), which compiles and categorizes the factors in accidents from a voluminous data trove of case studies and driver tests. “After adjusting for baseline factors, I can use IDRR to compare an accident like [the one from Feb. 5] with a ton of other models, and that helps me we work backward toward a cause,” said Masock. In reconstructionist speak, for example, he will establish a car’s “stiffness value” from which he can create a “crush profile” that is used to derive the quantities of force and velocity at play, and uses all of these

measures to paint a picture of the accident from start to finish. “There is a ton of data that goes into this work,” he said. The CAR unit is a multi-jurisdictional outfit that works with different agencies across the county. Masock is part of a team that includes two full-time detectives and seven other part-time specialists who participate with CAR as a secondary assignment. The CAR unit is accessible to Holladay City through its participation in a county-based special operations cost-sharing program administered by Unified Police Department (UPD), which allows cities to pool resources to make special operations like the CAR unit more affordable. Other regional resources include SWAT, K9, violent crimes, special victims and emergency rescue services. Councilmember Paul Fotheringham lauded the cost-sharing program at a recent public hearing. “The fact that we have this [accident reconstruction] resource is fortunate. Some of the cities that have opted out of this program can tie up their entire detective resources for weeks on an instance like this. This is one of the major reasons to stick with UPD, because economy of scale and shared resources makes so much sense,” Fotheringham said. The cost-sharing formula is weighted heavily toward call volume, meaning cities pay mostly based on how often they solicit those services. Other fee allocation factors include a city’s population and the taxable value of the property implicated in incidents. Masock’s Feb. 5 investigation has not yet been made public, but often the findings of his reports prompt action by state and local officials. One of the CAR unit’s primary motivations is improving road safety. Recently, Masock’s team investigated a spate of accidents on a stretch of Bangerter Highway under construction. They determined cars were crashing because a traffic light was over 250 feet away from the stop line. After Masock’s work, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) adjusted the traffic light and the problem was resolved.

In the case of the Feb. 5 accident on Holladay Boulevard, the investigation has not been completed. However, partly in response to the February fatality, council members discussed lowering the Holladay Boulevard speed limit during a March 5 hearing. “I think it makes sense to reduce the speed limit from 40 to 35 along Holladay Boulevard beginning at the end of the Village Zone,” said Councilmember Dan Gibbons, whose district includes the stretch of roadway where the accident occurred. “There are some dramatic curves in this road, and it is 100% residential all the way down. Additionally, we have [Cottonwood] Elementary School here. To me the elementary school presence is the clincher.” The council has initiated a process to begin a speed limit change, but an official ordinance remains forthcoming. Traffic is a growing concern for Holladay residents and in a recent Mayor’s Message, Mayor Robert Dahle issued a “long dissertation on traffic congestion and speeding” to assure residents that his council “is aware there is an issue,” making the case that safety issues are exacerbated because the city is infrastructurally under par. CAR unit’s work is not just about safety — it’s also about justice. “Part of the reason we reconstruct collisions is that justice needs to be served. After an investigation I might testify before 12 attorneys. Then they take my report and look at the totality of the circumstance and determine what the proper legal action is in any case. Sometimes we discover that an individual’s behavior in an accident is so egregious — negligence on top of negligence on top of negligence — that our work will change a conviction from a felony two and bump it up to a felony threes charge. But conversely, our reports can mitigate the consequences for people involved; somebody may have died, but it was less an individual’s fault than it was the result of outside circumstances,” Masock said. “Our work can run the gamut.” l

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A member of dance company at Olympus, she has attended the Summer Dance Intensive Camp at UC Irvine. This multitalented young woman also has her medical assisting certification and did an athletic training internship at TOSH. Sydney Schafer is the finalist for world languages. “I was in the dual immersion program, so I’ve been learning Spanish since elementary school. A lot of the customers at the pet shop where I work speak Spanish. They’re grateful they have someone who can speak in the language they’re most comfortable using,” Schafer said. Schafer has been accepted to Washington State University, where she plans to major in animal science and minor in Spanish. Ruby Finalyson, the English finalist, attended a summer creative writing program at Interlochen School for the Arts in Michigan. She also participated in the PitchNic film contest sponsored by Spy Hop Productions. Her short film “Friction” was shown on Nov. 7 at the Rose Wagner Center. “I’ve loved film my whole life. For this competition, I had to pitch a script. Mine was one of four that were accepted. I was the writer, director, actor and music producer for the film. I learned a lot about editing. This film was a way to use all the storytelling devices I love together,” Finlayson said. Amanda Carlson is the finalist in mathematics. “She’s brilliant. They all are!” Nate said of Carlson and the rest of the candidates. Carlson started a private tutoring business helping students with STEM subjects. She also runs cross-country, and in case that’s not enough, she’s a classical pianist. “Math has always come fairly easily to me, though I do work at it, like in my AP calculus class. I was excited to be a finalist because of all the work I put into it. This has been a great experience learning to put together a resume and a portfolio. I’d like a career that uses math and problem-solving skills,” Carlson said. This year, 12 of the 14 candidates were female students. “They were all high-caliber students. We take the highest qualified candidates regardless of gender. We had great young men who applied,” Nate said. Nate said the faculty at Olympus played a role in the number of female students who applied. “We have very highly qualified female faculty, and that contributes to female students being inspired in all subjects,” Nate said. “Our teachers and supervisors, the whole staff at Olympus, is supportive of the Sterling Scholar program. They do everything they can to prepare us. They go over

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Olympus Sterling Scholar finalists and semifinalists. Back row L to R: Matina Kehl, Sydney Schafer, Zoe Schramm, Elizabeth Pinegar, Andrew Wilson, Erin Probst, Ruby Finlayson, Matthew Jordan. Front row L to R: Kate Wiseman, Eliza Hebdon, Martha Moffat, Jane Reese, Bailey Dunn, Amanda Carlson.

our portfolios. The Spanish faculty at Olympus gave me a practice interview that lasted two hours. They’re willing to help us out as much as they can,” Schafer said. Finlayson appreciated the help from Nate and her English teacher, Ashley Shaw. “She taught me a lot about writing. She was so encouraging, and helped me build my confidence,” Finlayson said. Ordinarily, the big payoff is the awards night that was scheduled for March 19. But this year, the Sterling Scholar program sent out an email on March 13 that the ceremony was canceled. “Following the recommendations of Governor Herbert and Utah System of Higher Education Leaders, the typical events of the Sterling Scholar competition will not be able to occur this year.” “We understand the great amount of work that has already been done and the importance of awarding the scholarships to these deserving students. We will still announce the winners in the upcoming week via email,” the email said. Nate usually attends the ceremony. “That night is very exciting for the students. All of them are recognized and given a medal. [The sponsors] do a great job of making it exciting and honoring students’ achievements,” Nate said. Finlayson was able to see a positive side to the cancellation. “I feel just as excited and anxious to hear the results, but I think the experience of finding out will be much less nerve-wracking and there will be less pressure without an audience!” The semifinalists from Olympus are Drew Wilson, computer technology; Eliza Hebdon, vocal music; Elizabeth Pinegar, business and marketing; Erin Probst, speech/

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the scholarship, you learn so many skills that will help you in life. It’s an awesome thing that helps you gain experience,” Schafer said. l

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APRIL 2020

MAYOR’S MESSAGE One of the positives to come out of the many challenges we have tackled over the past few weeks is our ability to communicate. It’s hard to imagine how much more difficult this would be without the communication tools provided through our media outlets, access to the Internet and social media. We have all been inundated with information, so I will keep my message brief and focused on Holladay specific issues. Let’s start with Police and Fire. Our Unified Police Precinct, led by Chief Justin Hoyal is fully operational and on guard to protect our community. Both Police and Fire have multiple layers of contingencies supported through the unified model. They will continue to protect and serve throughout this ordeal. Chief Hoyal reminds you to call 9-1-1 only in a true emergency, otherwise please use our standard non-emergency #, 801-7437000. Additionally, you can dial 2-1-1 for information and resources available to residents. Please respect social distancing when interacting with our Police and Fire personnel. One of our top priorities is keeping our First Responders and Medical Professionals in the fight. Forcing even one of these critical individuals to quarantine impacts our ability to serve the community. We do not anticipate any delay or reduction in quality of delivery of water, power, natural gas, fuel supplies, waste collection or mail service. We have also been

assured that protecting food and pharmaceutical supply chains will be a top priority. Please do not hoard water or food. Check hours of operation for your local grocer. Many have blocked out one hour per day for seniors and individuals with underlying health conditions. Please respect these times when posted. The city is functioning in a reduced staffing capacity. Many of our employees are working from home. The Staff and City Council are actively following all correspondence via email and various social media platforms. As of now our Justice Court is operating, as is our Planning Department. We are doing our best to ensure critical functions continue in the city. We ask that whenever possible you conduct your business via email or over the phone. If that is not possible there will be someone in the office to help you. We ask that you respect all social distancing protocols. This is a new world for us. If you have an issue you feel we should be aware of please do not hesitate to reach out to our City Manager, your Council Representative or to me personally. Our contact information is on the web site, www.cityofhollday.com. Second to protecting the health and welfare of our resident’s and employees is figuring out how to remotely conduct Planning Commission and City Council meetings. These pieces are coming together; I fully anticipate executing our April schedule. You can expect to view meetings via live stream and provide input through an on line option. Also on our website will be links to various

support packages (Unemployment, SBA loans…) to assist individuals and businesses most impacted by this crisis. Our world changed in a matter of days. What was normal on March 12th is now unrecognizable. We are all doing our best to adjust to this new reality. The function of City Hall is critical to the stability of our community during these challenging times. We ask for your patience as we continue to adjust to what has been an incredibly fluid chain of events. Refrain from spreading non-factual information. We encourage you to log in the Salt County web site, SLCO.org for the latest updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. As the effects of living in a more isolated personal space continue, let us all figure out ways to remain connected. Take care of your family, your neighbor, and then your neighborhood… Let us all be committed to ensuring everyone receives the support they need in the coming weeks. Pay special attention to the elderly and those with health challenges in your community. We are a nation that survived a Civil War, The Spanish Flu of 1918, The Great Depression, and two World Wars and 9-11. We are a resilient community, we will persevere--- together. STAY STRONG HOLLADAY! – Rob Dahle, Mayor

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Safe Disposal of Harmful Chemicals Now that spring is just around the corner, most of us are ready to begin decluttering and downsizing for a fresh start. But there are some things you can’t just throw away. Think about safe ways to dispose of household chemicals. Hazardous materials can be dropped off at the Trans-Jordan Landfill or Salt Lake Valley Landfill. Household antifreeze, batteries, motor oil and paint may be dropped off at Murray City Public Works. For more information, please call Murray 801-270-2440.

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During school dismissal, GSD facilitates learning, offers meals except on earthquake day By Heather Lawrence | h.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


n March 13, under direction from Gov. Gary Herbert, Granite School District dismissed students from daily school attendance at least through March 27. A statement released by GSD clarified that this is not a closure from a learning standpoint, but a preventive measure to stop the spread of disease. “Students will not report to school, but facilities will remain open and staff will report to work as normal, using appropriate social distancing. School will continue on a digital and distance platform,” GSD’s statement said. The full text is available at www.graniteschools.org. GSD teachers worked out distance lesson plans, and schools made Chromebooks available for checkout so students could work on assignments at home. Then on March 23, state officials announced schools would remain closed until May 1. Zhu Bao teaches Chinese at Cottonwood High in the dual immersion program. Bao is from China. He said he tried not to talk about the coronavirus too much early on “in order to avoid panic in school, though some students asked me how to say ‘coronavirus’ in Chinese.” Bao has focused on Chinese culture in the past. During the Lunar New Year in January, he had his students practice calligraphy. During the March dismissal, he wrote an email to his students. “I encouraged them to use this time to work on their Chinese at home, and recommended a few ways to practice. This was along with their assignments on AP Central and Canvas.” GSD takes its social role seriously. They were the only district not to close school for a snow day on Feb. 3, in part due to the many students who count on meals at school. GSD made sure meals would be available during the dismissal. “Grab-and-go lunches will be provided to all students … students will not be able to eat their lunches on campus. Lunch meals will be available at all school locations except for Hunter High School. Breakfast … will be available at participating locations,” said GSD Publications Specialist Steven Powell in a media release. But school administrators were shocked on March 18 when another disruption came in the form of a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Magna. Superintendent Martin Bates posted on the website that meals would cease for the day because emergency management officials asked everyone to stay home and shelter in place. No injuries were immediately reported. School meals were not planned for March 19–22 during the planned spring break, but Communications Director Ben Horsley said they would provide a meal on March 19. Anyone with questions about the nutrition program can contact Dana Adams at 385-646-4321 or dmadams@graniteschools.org. No meals will be provided at Hunter High. The campus was completely closed on March 14 when “Salt Lake County Health Department

identified potential exposure of COVID-19 at Hunter High School,” per the GSD website. It underwent deep cleaning. Though missing school might not be seen as a hardship, spring is full of school activities that many students and teachers look forward to. All school-sponsored activities, practices, plays, concerts and athletics were canceled. Diane Taylor teaches band and orchestra at Churchill Jr. High. “For my classes, students will do theory, listen to assignments and record themselves playing their instruments for assignments. Our junior high festivals will be postponed. We’ll send the recordings off to the adjudicators. Hopefully, nothing will be permanently canceled, just postponed,” Taylor said. For high school seniors, it’s more of a disappointment. Bailey Dunn is a senior at Olympus High. Dunn was the dance finalist for the Sterling Scholar competition, which canceled its awards night on March 19. Dunn took a medical assisting class at school with a rigorous curriculum, meant to prepare students for a national certification test. “But because we’re students, we’re prohibited from attending our clinics, and many of us will no longer be able to take the test,” Dunn said. “It’s sad that I cannot spend my last months in high school with my best friends. But also everything I have worked so hard for this year is canceled, starting with the Sterling Scholar announcement ceremony. If the virus continues at this rate, I will not be able to dance in my last dance company concert,” Dunn said. Olympus High’s music Sterling Scholar winner Zoe Schramm had similar feelings. “It is disappointing as a senior to … have so much uncertainty about how the year will conclude. My peers and I are hopeful that prom and graduation will not be canceled,” Schramm said. “I’m trying to make good use of my time by studying for my AP tests and helping out wherever I can. I recognize that these worries are minor in comparison to the concerns of those around the world. ... This will definitely make a memorable senior year!” Schramm said. l

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STEM fair postponement disappointing for Spring Lane Elementary finalists By Heather Lawrence | h.lawrence@mycityjournals.com







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Students at Spring Lane Elementary will hope to participate in the rescheduled STEM fair competition on May 18-20. (Photo courtesy Afton Lambson)


pring Lane Elementary School participated in a STEM fair on Jan. 7 and 8. Winners from the school-wide event went on to compete in the University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair. The final competition was planned for March 11, but the elementary and junior divisions were canceled due to fears about spreading coronavirus. This foreshadowed the dismissal of school and all school activities on March 13. “We understand that this is a huge disappointment for students who have worked so hard, but at this point, we feel it is best for the safety of everyone involved,” the USEF team said in a statement sent out to participating students. The competition is tentatively rescheduled for May 18–20. Eleanor Sundwall is the PTA president at Spring Lane. “Two of our qualifying groups completed the registration for the regional fair at the University of Utah: Zach Smith, ‘Saltwater Flows into the Great Salt Lake’; and Phoenix Kasameyer, Sigur Stoke and Lincoln Wixom, ‘Circuits,’” Sundwall said. “It stings that the fair was postponed and potentially canceled. At our school, 81 students in grades K-5 par-

ticipated in 73 projects,” Sundwall said. The projects varied widely. Sundwall’s fourth-grade daughter wanted to see if her cat was smart enough to come inside when the air quality was poor. “She compared cat time outside to air quality, and found her cat stays outside longer when the air is clean,” Sundwall said. Her first-grade daughter grew sugar crystals, a perennial science fair favorite. Other student projects were about measuring a person’s balance with or without wearing ear buds, building a thermometer, constructing an air filtration system and building a floating train using magnets. Spring Lane PTA asked career scientists and graduate students to judge the projects. “I was thrilled with our judges. It was fun to see them treat the students seriously and show genuine interest in their work,” Sundwall said. “We’re very pleased with the results and hard work of our students. We’re placing a lot more emphasis on STEM education. Students are excited to do these kinds of projects because they’re very hands-on. “Our PTA did an excellent job finding judges. They gave the process more

authenticity, and kids go to go home and say, ‘I met a scientist.’ Our female students saw that there are female scientists out there, and that’s something they can work towards,” said Afton Lambson, principal at Spring Lane. Spring Lane’s PTA was also busy with a Lunar New Year celebration this year in conjunction with their dual immersion Chinese program, which thankfully happened before the school dismissal. “We had approximately 500 people in attendance for our Lunar New Year celebration in January. Students and families participated in Chinese games, arts and crafts, including calligraphy and painting. All of our grade levels performed musical numbers, and we even had some kung fu mixed in with the performances,” said Lambson. The PTA did daily activities and served Chinese food for a week in January. “I gathered some students to help me put on our 20-foot dragon costume, and we visited each class to share a little fun and good luck for the New Year,” said Lambson. Hopefully the good luck holds during the school dismissal and beyond. l

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A tenured legislator concludes her final general session with the passage of big bills By Zak Sonntag | z.sonntag@mycityjournals.com


tah’s famously frenetic legislative session ended last month, with over 510 bills gaining passage and many more debated. The general session lasts 45 days, which produces a sense of urgency and a distinct atmosphere. To succeed as a Utah lawmaker requires erudition and efficiency, long hours and a lot of caffeine, all of which imbue the state chambers with a feeling of purposeful frenzy. The vaulted interiors echo with constant discussion, and lawmakers hasten through the marbled corridors between committee rooms, the click of their block-heeled pumps and hard-heeled oxfords resounding off the tiled floors. “A lot of days I start at 6 a.m. and I’m lucky to get home on the same calendar day,” said Rep. Patrice Arent, who represents the communities of Holladay and Millcreek. “Running, always hustling, just gobbling some food down during committee hearing and whenever we can. It’s crazy and so busy,” said Arent. With regard to keeping busy, Arent is common enough, but in many respects she’s an atypical Utah legislator. A minority as both a woman and a Democrat, and a singularity as Jew. “I’m the only Jewish member; that allows me to take the lead on things like my Resolution on Holocaust Education, for the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz,” Arent said. Arent is the third most tenured representative in the State Legislature, and 2020 marks her final regular session, almost 20 years since her initial foray into public office. She’s known amongst colleagues for her tenacity and resilience. “Patrice is a fighter. She’s incredible. Just an awesome legislator,” said Rep Carol Spackman Moss, speaking with City Journals last November. And while Arent has been instrumental in more bills to count, here is a look at some of the legislation with which she’ll conclude her final general session.

Presidential primaries and Super Tuesday

You may have noticed an unusually large number of high-profile political figures visiting the state this year — including presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Amy Klobachar and Elizabeth Warren — a caliber of public figure normally wont to visit our state during election years because of our small delegate count. That changed this year with the implementation of a presidential primary bill sponsored by Arent, which created a new primary process run through state election officials and requires Utah’s presidential primary votes to be held on Super Tuesday, a multi-state voting day and decisive moment in presidential campaigns. “In 2016, we had presidential primary caucuses ran by our parties, and it was a mess! You stood in line to get ballots, and the lines were out the door, then they ran out of ballots; people who were disabled couldn’t vote; there was no early voting. So I sponsored legislation to create a professionally done presidential primary run by our state election officials,” said Arent. “Last year we got the funding for it. That was important, because look at all the attention we got this year that we hadn’t before. Now that will be happening every four years,” Arent said. By moving Utah’s primary vote up, Arent’s bill increases the relevance of Utah voices on national issues, and has compelled many campaigns to visit, speak and listen to a state they’d normally fly over en route to California.

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Arent has focused on other election aspects, too. One of the session’s most popular bills was Arent’s HB 70, which

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eliminates the practice of single-mark straight ticket voting in Utah elections, a ballot option that encourages citizens to vote entirely for either Democratic or Republican candidates. The bill comes partly in response to complaints raised by county clerks who’ve indicated the straight-ticket option creates confusion with voters, who often believe it prevents them from voting in non-partisan races. “People will check that box and think they’re done, which is a problem, because they haven’t voted for the judges, or the constitutional amendments, or the propositions, or the school board races. Very few states still do this,” Arent said. Voters can still vote categorically for one party, but Legislators in the House of Representatives work at their desks during floor time. (Zak Sonntag/ City Journals) advocates of Arent’s bill say the new measure will discourage thoughtless partisan Arent. “Also, we finally got official funding for it. Until now alignment and promote a it’s mostly just been the work of nonprofits and volunteers. more deliberative consideration of candidates. Now we can effectively publicize it and do education and Gestational surrogacy One of Arent’s big efforts this session was HB234, Ges- outreach to women so they’re aware this is an option. This tational Agreement Amendments, which codified a new Su- funding was 20 years in the making,” said Arent. The victory captures something at the heart of lawmakpreme Court standard allowing two men to enter into a gesing. The yearly legislative session is short, but often laws are tational surrogacy contract with a woman in order to become long in the making. They take patience and work that extends parents. “Under current Utah law, you can have a surrogacy con- beyond the sixth-week window and even the calendar year. tract if you are a heterosexual couple, or two women, but not Arent has earned the respect of her colleagues and passed innumerable bipartisan bills over her career because she untwo men. Doesn’t make much sense,” said Arent. “Some other leaders and I went in with a court opin- derstands the importance of building coalitions and working ion that argued it was unconstitutional. The courts ultimately with others. “I learned how to work with my colleagues beagreed. But it doesn’t mean the law has changed, so it’s im- cause I listen to them. I learn from them, and I get experportant that our code reflect what’s constitutional, because tise from everywhere I can,” Arent said. She explains that the average person doesn’t want to have to hire a lawyer or go big issues require big coalitions, and the more perspective a to the Supreme Court to know what they can do. That’s what lawmaker has the better their chances of improving policy. “Many people in the legislature work up there and focus these amendments do — make the standard clear through on a particular area. My work has been very broad. I’ve been law. Now two men can enter into a surrogacy contract.” all over the place. I work on everything from identity theft, Newborn Safe Haven Law Something citizens don’t usually grasp is the long-wind- to budget issues, to children’s health, to clean air, and the list ed nature of a bills process, and sometimes public officials goes on. Arent admits lawmakers on the Hill are sometimes at will work for years to get the bills to the shape they want. That was apparent this year when one of Arent’s longest ideological odds, which is why she’s developed an approach of pragmatism. fought causes made another big step. “When I look at a bill, the first thing I ask myself is: is it “Around the year 2000, I was hearing about babies endbetter than the current law? If a bill is up and it looks a little ing up in dumpsters and it was being reported more and more. So, in 2001, I filed the state’s first Newborn Safe Haven Law, better than what we’ve got, I’m willing to hear it out.” As Arent prepares to depart from a long career as a legwhich says you can anonymously and safely drop off your infant in a hospital [without fear of prosecution]. We were islator, she does not anticipate renouncing her commitment one of the first states to pass this law, and we’ve saved a lot to causes. “I’m going to continue to work on the issues like of lives. But this year we updated that bill in significant ways. child safe haven and air quality. Its too important not to. I like Originally, hospitals could only accept babies that were three to say I’m not retiring — I’m rewiring.” l days or younger. This year we changed that to 30 days,” said

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Easy Recipe Ideas from the Pantry


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I was once asked to write down some easy recipes for the husband of a woman who is a quadriplegic. He wanted dinner ideas that were quick and inexpensive, and easy enough for someone with little cooking experience.  After some thought, I decided that instead of writing down each individual recipe, I could share a list of pantry items that, if he kept on hand, could provide him with a variety of meal ideas.  This list has since been shared with newly-weds, college students, and wonderfully enough, my own teenagers who are taking on more cooking responsibilities.  

ies, taco seasoning, cumin, chili powder, rice, or corn.

Chili can be eaten alone, or spiced up with toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, onions, olives, and peppers. You can use it as a smother for chicken, on Navajo tacos, for chili dogs, in a baked potato bar, over French fries, or mix it into macaroni and cheese.  It also makes a delicious dip when mixed with cream cheese.  Trying to eat less meat?  They make vegetarian chili too – and it tastes great!

4 – Potatoes

1 – Canned chili

2 – Canned refried beans

These can be used in all sorts of Mexican inspired dishes: tacos, tostadas, burritos, taco salads, nachos, quesadillas, etc. You can change up the flavor by mixing in other items as well, such as salsa, enchilada sauce, canned black beans, ground beef, diced chil-

3- Pasta

Pastas like rigatoni, macaroni, fettucine, linguini, cheese stuffed tortellini, and penne are great to break up the monotony of regular old spaghetti noodles.   And the toppings for pasta can be just as varied: marinara, Alfredo, meat sauce, sautéed vegetables, butter and seasonings, parmesan, salad dressings, olive and other flavored oils, or vinaigrettes. While these probably aren’t considered a pantry item, I love to include them because they are so versatile, and pair well with most anything.  They can be fried with onion, grated into hash browns, boiled and mashed, used in soup, roasted with olive oil and a variety of seasonings, baked and topped with veggies, chili, cheese, cream soups, salsa, sour cream, etc.  You can even bake them the night before and keep them in the fridge for later use.

5 – Bottled sauces, dressings and marinades

Slow cookers are a busy family’s best friend – and there are few things easier than putting a few frozen chicken breasts in the

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As the mother of four daughters, and grandma to several granddaughters, I’m frequently asked (okay, twice) what advice I’d give to young women. Women are stronger than ever before, yet many men try to drag us back to the Victorian Era. Men keep gettin’ up in our bizness, drafting regulations about our bodies, creating rules about everything from prom wear to breastfeeding, and making sure we’re slutshamed if we behave out-of-line. We’re called hysterical. We’re labeled as trouble-makers. We’re branded as unreasonable. We’re given a warm glass of milk, a pat on the head and sent to the kids’ table. Men have had thousands of years to run the world – and I’m not impressed. Maybe it’s time they step aside and let women do the heavy lifting. (Which we can totally do.) Here’s what young women (of every age) should know:

Own your voice.

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olladay officials suspended the use of city facilities at the urging of state public health officials in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared a pandemic in March. The city has postponed its art show, a Unified Fire Authority banquet and a town hall meeting for congressman John Curtis, all of which were set to take place at City Hall. “The best defense against infection is to try to keep it contained. I don’t think the steps we’re taking are too aggressive. I think they are appropriate,” said Mayor Rob Dahle. City officials are drafting a continuity plan that will allow essential government functions to operate without increases in the risks to public health. “Many of our staff functions can be done from home, and we’ll evaluate which positions can work remotely, and be prepared to make the necessary adjustments,” said Gina Chamness, Holladay city manager. The state requires municipalities to hold public hearings at least once a month, which will pose challenges if conditions worsen. “We will be working on technical solutions for council members to meet remotely, as long as there is an ‘anchor point’ where representatives are allowed to participate in public meetings remotely,” Chamness said. The need to limit small groups may also force the city to postpone the hearing for certain applicants if indicators suggest heightened public interest. “We may need to delay applicant hearings if we anticipate a lot of attendance,” said Chamness. “I think the message is simple — pretty much all public gatherings are on hold,” Dahle said.

Holladay officials suspended the use of city facilities at the urging of state public health officials in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared a pandemic in March. (Image by Pete Linforth/Pixabay)

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