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ublic office appears to be getting popular—at least by the measure that across the country ballots have been bursting with contenders at every level of government, including many western municipalities who are witness to a fierce new era of mayoral competition. But in the City of Holladay this trend, for better or worse, is not catching on. Holladay residents will vote in November in a municipal election where two of three races are being run unopposed, including an uncontested mayoralty, raising questions about the community’s political competitiveness and calling attention to the inherent hurdles to public service in a “weak-mayor” form of government. “This is the work of public service, and I’m of the opinion that you should come in, do your part, then let somebody else take the baton,” said two-term incumbent Mayor Rob Dahle. Dahle, who jumped into politics after a 20-year run in retail business, was a dark horse candidate whose campaign made an 11th-hour surge from behind to narrowly eke out his competitor. But since that first run the competition has been nil. After back-to-back re-elections unopposed, setting up a 12-year stint without churn in the chair, one wonders what factors have kept other contenders from the ring; although Dahle communicated a willingness to pass the baton to a worthy successor, no one reached out to grab it. “Not seeing any opposition makes you wonder if our

Holladay Mayor Robert Dahle reflecting from his office. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)

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Continued from front page mayor is just really popular, or if it’s simply a thankless job that nobody wants,” said a lifelong Holladay resident named Natalie, who believes it’s an important vote. “Either way a little opposition is always preferred because sometimes you need to shake things up.” Weak-mayor government Many facets impact opposition scarcity in municipal elections. But the aspect under examination lately is the “weak-mayor” structure of government, whose compensation model makes it challenging to attract talent. Officially known as the mayor-council government, Holladay’s municipal power structure consists in a six person council of part-time legislators who handle budget and zoning issues while leaving the lion’s share of administration to a city-manager’s office. Technocrats and political scientists often endorse the weak-mayor model for smaller cities like Holladay, believing it promotes institutional continuity and helps keep power in check. “I happen to think that Holladay’s form of government is the very best kind you can have. It works because you have elected officials fulfilling key roles, but it still gives experts with experience the power in running the day-to-day. You keep the chain of command without gumming up the daily work of running a city,” said Paul Allred, Holladay’s recently retired development director, who worked in small-city governments for 25 years. “Also, you don’t have to worry about too much power consolidating in the hands of a ‘strong mayor,’” who will have more responsibilities but may lack expertise in dealing with bureaucratic minutiae, Allred explained. Elected representatives are less immersed in municipal dealings in a weak-mayor structure, but the council nonetheless retains ultimate say over issues residents care most about.

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“The big issues for me are police, our tax base, and the Cottonwood Mall site,” said Natalie, the Holladay resident, during a doorstep interview. “I think it’s important to have a strong police presence, and I also want to see our city bring in more restaurants and businesses to support our tax base.” The weak-mayor structure gives councilmembers authority over these issues, and their roles are designed to require less than 10 labor hours a week. However, the unspoken truth is that the mayor’s job entails much more. “The mayor’s spot is a little bit dicey because to do that job right calls for a significant time commitment. Therefore you need to be someone of means or have a spouse who’s the breadwinner. That limits the pool. There are all kinds of people who might be a good mayor but can’t do it for that reason,” said Councilmember Paul Fotheringham of District 3, whose name has been floated as a successor to Dahle for the mayoralty. Time is often taken up by participation in non-mandatory boards, like UPD and UFA, Wasatch Waste and Recycling, and League of Cities & Towns, which have big implications for municipalities. “We need to be active and present in all these organizations and that takes time,” said Dahle, admitting that his actual work can appear incommensurate with the paygrade, which may deter talent. “There is no financial gain to this position. It’s probably a money loser from an opportunity standpoint. To do the job properly requires more than is technically obligated and maybe that’s why you don’t get more people throwing their hat in the race.” This reality shines light on the tricky balance between maintaining the benefits of a weak-mayor system while providing the monetary reward sufficient to lure talented candidates. “In most cities it’s a labor of love for council members. I don’t think this should be a full-time job, but for what the city gets

from their representatives, I think more compensation would not be unjustified,” Allred said. COVID changes things In Holladay’s southwestern District 3, Fotheringham is also up for re-election— and he, too, is running unopposed. Fotheringham, who got his start in politics as a precinct chair for State Rep. Jani Iwamoto in the early 2010s, and later captured District 3 on a platform of financial sustainability, delayed his own ambitions for council because he lacked the familial and financial flexibility to serve. Now he offers additional theories as to what’s kept the contenders at bay. “This is entry-level politics, and you win by knocking doors and meeting people face to face. But with COVID and all the concern about interfacing, I think that might have an impact on someone’s decision to undertake a campaign right now,” said Fotheringham, who attributes his own victory to indefatigable door knocking. “The reason I won is that I knocked on more doors than my opponent and that would be harder to do right now.” COVID and compensation notwithstanding, there is another argument for Holladay’s political non-competition, persuasive as it is simplistic: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said former Holladay development director Allred, whose opinion, colloquial as it is, appears to be shared widely. ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ Dahle’s tenure has been marked by an insistence on running an amicable council where egos and external politics are left at the door. But he’s also built strong and loyal alliances with city officials by a practice of inclusive policy making and a tact for recognizing when he’s not the expert. “A lot of times an elected official will come in and try to stop everything and find fault just to let people know they’re in charge. But Dahle doesn’t have an ego. He looked at things from all sides and he was




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open minded,” Allred said. Holladay council seats are nonpartisan positions—they don’t run as Democrats or Republicans—but even non-partisan councils run aground on divisive issues, particularly when taking up “message bills” meant to show support for causes over which cities have no jurisdiction. Under Dahle, the council has steered clear of divisive topics and appears to be the stronger for it. “We don’t always vote the same and we can disagree very vehemently, but we still get along. You hear horror stories of other municipalities, but we take our nonpartisan roles seriously. So even if we come from a different political spectrum, it’s an agreeable atmosphere, and that can be attributed to the leadership of the mayor,” said Fotheringham. Political atmosphere a deterrent? For those tuned into state and national politics the idea of agreeable power-sharing sounds fantastical, especially against the rhetoric of increasingly popular mediums like cable news and talk radio where the tones can be contentious. “I think it makes a big difference to have nonpartisan elections because it forces us to be more objective and not simply vote the party line, which a lot of people do even if they disagree with their party’s candidates,” said Amy, a Holladay resident who works from home as a database administrator. “But I’m worried that democracy is going downhill generally and that people have lost faith in politics. I’ve seen harassment, intolerance. I can’t stand it, and I wonder if maybe that’s the reason nobody wants to run.” “When I see the way some of these civil servants, elected officials and school board officials are treated sometimes it scares me. It’s unfortunate and I hope it’s something we can correct because, if not, I’m not sure who’s going to be willing to do these jobs,” Dahle said. “No regular person wants to go be verbally attacked or physically threatened. I want to see us get back to more civ-

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ilized behavior in terms of how we engage each other in the public square.” Peter Hoj, a Holladay resident and chair of the Interfaith Council in Holladay, ponders the issue as well and worries about the impact on the city’s ability to attract talented civil servants. “I imagine in this political atmosphere you’ll have some not dare put themselves out there because they’re worried they’ll get eaten up. I think the atmosphere is a deterrent. The problem is that people only look at two out of 10 issues instead of looking at candidates and issues globally,” Hoj said. “But that’s actually what I like about our mayor, he tries to unite because he understands that nobody gets exactly what they want so he works to find compromise.” “One of the things I’m proudest of,” Dahle said, “is that we have always had a respectful legislative body. I think that’s what residents expect of their officials, and I’m proud we don’t let politics enter into how we do business.” Face of the government The mayor’s business is not limited to hearings and work-sessions because it extends into the participatory fabric of the city where Dahle believes his role is to “be the face of the government out in the community.” Indeed, much of his popular appeal stems from a community-centric style of retail politics that puts him smack dab in the action; chumming with constituents at the city’s summer concert series; or dancing with the high school flash mob at the Day of National Service event; even offering his services as a barber and giving buzz cuts to Holladay police officers who shaved their heads in support of an officer battling cancer. This style of leadership goes a long way in Holladay where folks believe deeds top words. “The mayor often comes to the interfaith meetings even though he probably has plenty of other things to do. I think that’s a part of his appeal and it’s a great way to build the community. That says a lot,” Hoj said. Past and future Dahle’s tenure, however, has not been without a few bumps. He presided over the

council’s unpopular vote to rezone the former Cottonwood Mall for a large, multi-use development called the Holladay Quarter, a decision that was roundly defeated by a resident referendum which took the city to court. “I supported the referendum because I thought that the mall site plan was wrong, and that influences my opinion of the mayor,” said Amy, the local resident. Dahle, nonetheless, stands by the decision and said, “Under the same circumstances, I’d vote the same way again.” For some residents this adds value to the Dahle brand. “I’m a mother, so I’m concerned with the practical things of living in a community. We don’t need four pharmacies—we need some business variety. If I need to get a pair of socks I have to wait for Amazon to deliver or drive all the way to Fort Union. That’s why I supported the [first] former mall development,” said Natalie, who raised five children in the city. Another potential tenure ender came earlier this year when the Dahle council raised the property tax rate, a politically risky move for any leader. Yet, if the decision upset residents, it wasn’t enough to spur on would-be challengers. “We just passed a big tax increase, so you’d think if there was a time that folks would be upset and want to come in and challenge it’d be now,” said Dahle, who says his third term will be focused on putting that new revenue to its proper use. “We’re going to execute the strategic plan that we envisioned with those tax dollars and put together improvements, like our interior road structures and storm drain system, and show residents tangible results quickly.” On the cusp of his third term, Dahle reflected on the moment he first decided to make a bid, and he paraphrased an American president. “I was at my son’s high school event and they spoke on Teddy Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena speech. It had an impact on me at that moment. I decided I didn’t want to be the person on the outside of the arena criticizing but who wasn’t willing to get in and get his nose bloodied.” l

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Granite School District bus app generating positive response oughly 7,800 students in Granite School District ride the school bus on a daily basis. An app called Here Comes the Bus was launched by the district’s transportation department in January. It lets parents know when the bus is close both for pickup and drop off. “The app shows the location of a student’s bus in real time. This helps provide parents with arrival times for both home and school routes. You can also get a notification on your phone when the bus is near,” said Ben Horsley of GSD. The app is available for download on Apple’s The App Store and Google Play. After downloading, users are asked to sign up and put in the school district’s code, 29318. Users create a password and then add students using their last name and student ID. GSD’s transportation director and licensed bus driver David Gatti said the response to the app has been positive. “Parents who have downloaded the app have said it has been very helpful in determining the status of the bus, whether or not their child had missed the bus, and other messages that the department needs to communicate to parents,” Gatti said. Gatti said the app has many benefits and isn’t just a convenience. He noted that about 1,300 special needs students use the school bus daily, some of whom need constant care. Gatti also said many buses use a group stop, not a specific residence. When there is bad weather, parents pick up kids from these stops. This will limit the amount of time a parent or child needs to wait in bad weather. “[The app] is a free way for parents to be more in-theknow about when their child’s bus is arriving. There are many things beyond a bus driver’s control that may affect the bus’s

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timeliness. HCTB allows parents to set alerts that tell them when their child’s bus is a certain number of minutes from the stop. “In inclement weather, [using HCTB means] parents and students are exposed to adverse conditions for shorter periods of time. Furthermore, a parent can determine whether their student missed the bus or whether it is just running a bit late,” Gatti said. GSD notes that the process of creating an account, choosing the district code 29318, and entering a student’s last name and ID number limit privacy concerns with HCTB. Parents and students who use the app become a “partner” in the transportation process. “HCTB allows them to be privy to information at the click of a button on their smart device. This information was previously only accessible through a call to our office,” Gatti said. Parents are encouraged to reach out with any questions or concerns about using the app, bus schedules or whether their child is eligible for transportation services. For specific bus schedules, call your child’s school. For eligibility, go to the GSD transportation website to enter your address. Elementary students who live 1.5 miles or more from the school are eligible; for junior high and high school students it’s 2 miles. Email questions about the app to buses@graniteschools. org or call 385-646-4280 for general education and 385-6464298 for special education. The app has proved to be a good tool to limit frustration and anger at the bus driver when the bus is off schedule. When they can see that it’s late, parents and students aren’t stuck


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t the back of an open-floor bicycle shop in Holladay, Eric Flynn winded the drivetrain of a carbon fiber road bike up on a work stand. The bike’s rear cassette purred with that soft, mechanical hum that cyclists find so soothing. Flynn is replacing a chain derailleur, and it’s one of a long list of repairs on his schedule today, which, like most days since the pandemic began 18 months ago, is positively packed. “We’ve seen a wave of business like we’ve never had. We’ve been so busy that we had move to this new location because there wasn’t enough room at our first shop,” Flynn said. Flynn, owner of Flynn Cyclery on Murray-Holladay Road, is amongst a small cohort of local business owners who’ve cruised through the pandemic with flying colors, garnering increased revenue with products that appear tailor-made for the conditions of lock-down lifestyles. Where most companies in the last year have been bending over backwards to sustain sales, Flynn is breaking his back to keep up with them. “At one point we had 75 open work orders. That is a lot,” Flynn said. Flynn believes people took to pedaling as a way to ease the ever swelling levels of stress that came with coronavirus uncertainty. Additionally, after hordes were furloughed, people found themselves with more discretionary time. “The gist is that people got bored and decided they wanted to start biking again. They pulled out their old bikes that had been sitting in the garage and brought them in for repairs. It has been busier than ever.” Flynn is not the only Holladay-based company to experience lockdown windfalls. Consumer behavior changed in a variety of ways that steered patrons to other local entities as well. “When people realized they were stuck at home, they needed things to do, which meant I couldn’t keep puzzles in stock to save my life,” explained Kent Parry, owner of Parry’s Office Supply on Holladay Boulevard. “Business was better because people were working from home and they needed stuff they were accustomed to getting from their office, like paper and ink.” Parry explained, however, that while some changes in consumer behavior lifted sales, the pandemic also chipped away at other forms of revenue, creating an unpredictable seesaw in the financials. “As I gained new customers in one area, I was also losing some of my commercial accounts because businesses were closing. So far it seems to have balanced out a little in my favor,” Parry said. If the pandemic-altered consumer behavior tilted slightly in Parry’s favor, his gains are a far cry from those of his retail neighbor, locally owned franchise company ACE Hardware, who has seen gangbuster success since the pandemic began. “For the first few months following the beginning of the pandemic we exploded. Our sales tripled. The store was filled with customers constantly. People were eager to fix things around the house. Our canning lids and paint were difficult to keep on the shelf,” said Ben Passey, assistant manager at ACE, describing scenes of customers jockeying for supplies. Success cuts both ways Yet even as these local businesses saw upticks in sales, the increase cut both ways as the global supply chains were badly disrupted and caused headaches in product sourcing. “After this huge wave of consumption, all of a sudden the lights went out at the places that make all our products. The whole industry was dried up, so we had to scramble to

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find parts,” said Flynn, whose industry is “95% dependent on products from Asia.” The timing was especially hard coming after the cycling industry saw price increases from a U.S. tariff war with China, which was just an overture to the supply difficulties that followed with the pandemic sourcing troubles. The issue became problematic to the point that manufacturers implemented “anti-panic buying” policies which limited retailers order placements. “They won’t let me buy more than five bike chains at a time. So when they’re available a notification goes off on my phone at 6 a.m. and I need to immediately place an order or those chains will be gone,” Flynn said. “People think we’re lazy, but that’s not it. The problem is that we have to wait as long as three months sometimes for something as simple as a derailleur. So we’ll have bikes lined up row after row because we’re waiting on the parts,” he said. For Parry’s Office Supply, the uncertainty of sourcing is exacerbated by the uncertainty of his commercial accounts. “I lost most of those commercial accounts at the start, and some have come back and some have not. It’s a rollercoaster, and that’s a challenge,” Parry said. What the future holds By most metrics, economic uncertainty will continue to characterize the small business environment in Holladay through the rest of the calendar year. A less than rosy August jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor coupled with swelling delta variant concerns and unexpectedly high hospitalizations threaten to waylay the business recovery and is keeping consumers and small businesses wearily moving into fall. A recent white paper from Goldman Sachs explained the COVID surge is “slowing the road to recovery,” based on polls of 10,000 small businesses across the country who expressed concern about the increasing infection rates on their business. Despite some gains, companies like Parry’s and Flynn’s nonetheless are leery about the coming months even as they hope that when we put the pandemic conclusively behind us that the new normal, wherever it settles, will have people hanging on to some of their lockdown habits, including outdoor exercise and the practice of personal letter writing. “One of the things I like best was to see people writing personal letters to each other as a stay-at- home activity,” said Parry, as he dropped a new fountain pen into his display case. “It was a nice turn back to a sort of personal touch, where people are writing letters to each other as a stay-at- home activity. That has continued, and that’s a great trend for a stationery store.”l


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September’s Holladay Artists of the Month combine functional with fun in their artwork By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournals.com


ccasionally, artists share the Holladay Artist of the Month award, like Robynn Whiting and Steve Brown. Strange thing, however. Neither one of them considers themselves an artist, at least in the traditional sense. Whiting and Brown are both sculptors and potters who share booths at art fairs and other events with great success. Part of the key to their success is that Brown has a sales background and is adept at telling stories about the art, and Whiting creates beautiful glazes and intricate carvings. “We just have a good time,” Brown said. Whiting, who was born in Ohio but spent most of her childhood in Florida, moved to Utah in 2002. She has three children from elementary school through high school. Not only is she a mother of three, she has only been creating ceramics/sculptures consistently for three years. “Life is beautiful. Art is beautiful,” Whiting said. “If I can create something that puts a smile on someone’s face each day, I feel like I’ve done my job. And that makes my life even more meaningful.” As a child, Whiting played the clarinet and piano and loved to draw. She also took a wheel-throwing class in college but stated, “I never knew how to tap into my creative side

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Steve Brown stands next to one of his beloved donkeys, inspiration for the name of his business, Donkey Ears Pottery. (Photo courtesy of Steve Brown)

until I found ceramics as an adult.” She also began to teach at the Pioneer Craft House at the end of 2019. She emphasizes that her pieces are of a practical nature. A particularly fun creation is what she calls her “Schnoz Cups.” Whiting’s husband knocked his glasses off the dresser, and they broke. Her son looked on the internet for a glasses holder and found a wooden sculpture with a nose which was created for

holding glasses. “This gave me an idea to add a nose to a cup, so that people could use it for glasses and anything else they wanted to hold. I have people put them in their office, or on a reading table for bookmarks, or in their bathroom for glasses and makeup brushes. I’ve even had a few people buy these cups for holding paintbrushes and water,” Whiting said. “They are always a great conversational piece. Each cup

Robynn Whiting works at her pottery wheel. (Photo courtesy of Ethan Watts Photography)

has a hand-sculpted nose, so no two cups are the same.” Brown is not so much interested in “schnozes” as he is in ears—donkey ears. Brown and his wife are the proud owners of two donkeys as well as a horse. In fact, Brown named his business, Donkey Ears Pottery in honor of his equine friends. Brown is friendly with a dry sense of humor, and his good will clearly shines through. He is a generous and patient ceramics teacher who wants others to succeed. Born in Alton, Illinois, he made his way to Holladay about 25 years ago. “I was a tennis player, and so I'd played all over the country. And then decided it was time to stop. And so, I wanted to move out west,” Brown said. At first, he settled in Alpine, Wyoming and then made is way to Holladay where he met his wife, Jo. They married, and Brown has been here ever since. He came to his artistic career in a roundabout way. He suddenly developed epilepsy which made it difficult for him to continue working. “Things were starting to evolve artistically and in different parts of my brain,” Brown said. He began taking pottery classes and thoroughly enjoyed it. Still, he sees his creations as very utilitarian. “Well, I'm not an artist,” Brown said. “I like making functional things. I created a different kind of honey pot.” To see their works please visit the following links: Robynn’s Nest Pottery: https://www.instagram.com/robynnsnestpottery/ and Donkey Ears Pottery: https:// www.facebook.com/Donkey-Ears-Pottery-102148484825081/ If you would like to nominate a Holladay resident for Artist of the Month, visit holladayarts.org/suggest-an-artist l

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National Day of Service reminds community of the power of coming together By Zak Sonntag | z.sonntag@mycityjournals.com


esidents gathered at Olympus High School in September for the National Day of Service to honor first responders and those who met their end in the Sept. 11 attacks 20 years ago. The event, hosted by the Interfaith Council and sponsored by Friend-2-Friend, a nonprofit group working to alleviate food insecurity, brought residents together for a night of service, honor and, despite the evening’s solemn reminders, high energy entertainment. The ceremonies began with a poignant moment of silence. A heartfelt choreography to John Lennon’s “Imagine” followed. Then first responders got the blood flowing with a pushup contest before the Friend-2-Friend flash mob danced as DJ Scotty spun a hitfilled playlist. Participants assembled all-purpose kits for refugees and organized donated goods to bolster the Friend-2-Friend food pantry, which go to families in need of supplemental nutrition on weekends. “We have families that are struggling and need to eat. People in our communities have kids that are not eating. They’re food insecure and people don’t know that. But we see them,” said Jen Wunderli, Friend-2Friend founder and Holladay resident. “This is service in action. Fortunately, our commu-

A little league football team ties fleece blankets for Santa Sacs. (Courtesy Jen Wunderli)

nity has the resources to help.” The Friend-2-Friend youth council and community members tied blankets to be used in the Granite Education Foundation Santa Sacs, which are distributed along with other goods to underserved elementary children throughout the district. The community tied 600 blankets at the event with the help of a little league football team, who sat side by side wearing their jerseys tying blankets across their laps. Between service projects, participants

satisfied their own nutritional cravings with the Wetzel’s Pretzels powered by Thirst food truck, then indulged their sweet tooth at locally owned Junk Jars. For those who attended the National Day of Service event, a sense of togetherness infused the night—a reminder that a community engaged in service can feel like more than the sum of its parts. “I grew up in a community of all different faiths, and it’s important to remember we can be brought together, especially with

A child talks with a police officer during the commemoration. (Zak Sonntag/City Journals)

all the division we’ve seen in our country,” Wunderli said. “After Sept. 11, all of a sudden everybody connected. Different colors, cultures, we all just grouped around each other and just talked to each other and came together.” l




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Olympus football battling through tough region Photos by Travis Barton

Fans from the O-zone turned out in droves for the white-out homecoming game.

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The Titans are 4-3 (at press time) having overcome a season-opening loss to Mountain Ridge to reel off four straight wins. Olympus then fell to East and Park City. The Titans have two important region games left against Highland before the ultimate rivalry game versus Skyline.

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Defending champs primed for postseason Photos by Travis Barton

I was raised in Holladay and attended Morningside Elementary, Wasatch Jr High, and Skyline High School. I attended BYU and received a B.S. in Medical Dietetics and an M.S. in Nutrition and Exercise Science. I began my career as a dietitian in Las Vegas, working for a hospital, the County Health Department, and the Cooperative Extension Agency. I then relocated to California where I had a private practice with a medical clinic and also worked in medical sales. While I lived and raised my sons in California, I frequently collaborated with our city (Cupertino) and school district to improve our community. Together, we secured a grant for sidewalks to make the routes to schools safer for the children. I was also actively involved in the community through my participation on the elementary school site council. Working with others to better our education curriculum, I assisted in organizing and teaching a music and art program at the school. Fifteen years ago, my family and I moved back to our beloved Holladay. Our family continues to grow, and Holladay remains a favorite place for our sons and their families to visit. I love this city and believe I have the skills, experience, and energy to make Holladay a place we can all call home.

I will strive to accomplish the following goals: • Improve roads and sidewalks for more walkability • Encourage smart growth where appropriate • Renew focus on emergency preparedness • Maintain the tree canopy

Top: Senior Lizzie Dunn clears the ball against Murray in early region action. The Titans were 8-6 heading into the final two region games of the season. Playoffs begin Oct. 7. Bottom: Keeper Callie Droitsch was instrumental in the Titans’ win at Murray. The senior made an incredible save on a long-range shot at the end of overtime to preserve the 1-1 tie before saving two penalties in the shootout to win.

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Holladay school festival invites all to enjoy the ‘magic of the season’ By Heather Lawrence | h.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


asatch Charter School in Holladay is holding its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16. The festival is a favorite event for families, students and the community. Booths at the event will have products from local artisans and students. “I’m so excited to be in charge of the festival this year. I think people are just excited about the fact that it’s a live event. People want to get out. It’s a nice time of year and when the weather cooperates, it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday,” Lyn Spataro said. Spataro is a Wasatch parent, and the fundraising committee chair on the governing board for the school. The Harvest Festival is one of two major fundraising events the school does throughout the year. “It’s a good time for people even if they don’t have kids in the school. We’re anticipating more than 20 vendors of varying sorts that will sell all kinds of handmade local items. “Some booths are run by students, and some are run by parents or people from the community,” Spataro said. Spataro’s husband Brady Ashburn will be there demonstrating and selling some of his hand-turned wooden bowls and baby toys. “We have a photographer that day who

Students and families from Wasatch Charter School in Holladay are part of the fun and the fundraising at the annual Harvest Festival Oct. 16. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

can take individual or family portraits right there. Elizabeth Ashdown Photography focuses on making portraits lovely, simple and special. They’re ‘come as you are’ photographs, and perfect for our setting,” Spataro said. Other vendors will offer tie dye items, henna tattoos, jewelry, fresh honey, metal works, shawls, baby clothing, ponchos, health and beauty, handmade baskets and more.

“One of our favorite booths is the bake sale. This year we’ll have food from Aspen Mills, Ruby Snap, Three Cups, Biscot’s and Carol’s Pastry Shop. We should also have at least one food truck. It’s really an all-day event that will be a fun time,” Spataro said. Wasatch Charter School was founded in 2016. The Waldorf Method informs their curriculum and culture. One of the important parts of their culture is that students feel a connection to the school and an ownership

in the things that are produced for the Harvest Festival. “Our students are involved in the booths, the crafts and the math and business side of some of the activities that day,” Spataro said. The school’s executive director Emily Merchant is happy the event will be in person again this year. Last year was a drivethrough event. Due to COVID restrictions, the school did not hold the Harvest Festival as a live event in 2020. They announced at Back to School Night that it would be in person again this year, and they’ve gotten good feedback from people who are excited to attend. “We are particularly excited this year to offer this outdoor event. It’s been designed around safe COVID-protocols after over a year of not gathering as a larger community,” Merchant said. “We hope our school family and our neighbors will join us for what is sort of a magical time,” Spataro said. “It’s a way for us to share with the wider community who we are and what we do. The Harvest Festival is all about us living our key values and connecting those to the season.” l

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Local school districts join mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


ordan, Canyons and Murray are amongst the hundreds of school districts that have joined a mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs, Inc., claiming that they deceitfully and intentionally marketed their products to children. This has led to an increase in e-cigarette use amongst youths, statistics reveal, so in the mass-action lawsuit, they are wanting to hold the company responsible and seek damages for the “vaping epidemic” on school campuses around the country. Jordan Board of Education President Tracy Miller said, “vaping is a really big problem in our schools.” “We have a lot of kids who vape, a lot who don’t necessarily know how bad it is,” she said. “They are companies using different flavors and marketing, aimed at youth, and it caught on and became popular at a lot of schools. We (Jordan Board of Education) recognized that it’s a problem and need to hold Juul accountable. The problem is they weren’t forthright and transparent about what was going on. There’s high levels of nicotine in vape products, (which are) highly addictive and it was not marketed that way.” Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg agrees. “We need to call a spade a spade,” he said. “Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe ‘it’s a cool thing.’ If this puts a stop to marketing unhealthy products to children, I’m happy to support it.” Jordan District approved the legal service agreement on Aug. 24 as they joined the mass-action lawsuit. Canyons joined in Sept. 7, and Murray, Sept. 9. Granite’s school board has studied the litigation, said Ben Horsley, Granite School District spokesman. “The Granite School District has recognized the harmful effects of vaping on our youth,” he said on Sept. 17. “The Board of Education and district administration has studied the associated litigation and is inclined to participate.” Vaping products, known as e-cigarettes or mods, are battery-powered devices that heat up a liquid to create an aerosol vapor which typically contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. Since the user inhales and it doesn’t emit the strong odor associated with conventional combustion cigarettes, and they are designed to resemble USB flash drives, keychains or lipstick tubes, youth often have them in plain sight, even plugged into a laptop, officials say. According to 2020-21 statistics collected by Jordan School District, 90% of the tobacco violations in the district’s schools were infractions against vaping, with only 10% for regular cigarettes.

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We need to call a spade a spade. Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe it’s a cool thing. — Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg

A Juul device, plugged in like a USB flash drive, is seen charging in a computer, making it unrecognizable to many teachers or parents. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/Salt Lake County Health Department)

Educators and officials are concerned about youth vaping in the mass-action lawsuit; seen here is a Juul starter kit. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/ Salt Lake County Health Department)

“Vaping is just so prevalent these days,” said Sharon Jensen, Jordan District’s student support services consultant. Jensen said that youth see vaping in social media or have greater access to it, even getting it from family members as 56% say their parents or other close adults are nicotine users. Sometimes, even adults are unfamiliar with the harm and addiction from e-cigarette use, including that it can hamper long-term adolescent brain development, according to Utah Department of Health research. In a 2021 report, it states Utah’s youth vape at nearly twice the rate of Utah’s adults. Jordan’s statistics reveal that the majority are regular users. Last year, of the students caught with tobacco, 98 were directed to attend an online first-offenders class for nicotine. Of those students, 18% used nicotine 26 days-plus in the last month—“basically daily,” she said. Another 11% used it between 13 and 25 days in that past month. Most students who vape are teens, she said. Of those 98 students assigned to the online class, 25% are age 13. Another 24%

are 14 years old. Six percent are age 12 or younger, making the greatest amount, at 45%, in high school. “Often they vape on the job and their outside-of-school-life is much more colorful than their in-school-life,” Jensen said. Those statistics are in line with the state, according to the Utah Prevention Needs Assessment that showed 12.4% of eighth graders tried vaping; 25.5% of high school sophomores; and 32.1% of high school seniors. In Canyons District in 2019, there were 219 school office referrals, first-time and/or repeat referrals, for e-cigarette use or possession, up from 35 referrals in 2010. Justin Pitcher, who has served as an administrator in Canyons District in the Midvale and Cottonwood Heights communities at both elementary and secondary levels, said vaping is “definitely a concern.” “If it’s happening in high schools, then it’s happening in elementary; the frequency is different,” he said, saying there are fewer younger students caught with devices although all age levels may have access to them despite administrators taking them away. Jensen said that Jordan District policy is to collect and lock up Juuls and other violating products; they can be returned to an adult in the family. She’s hoping their first-time user classes as well as well as the END—Ending Nic-

otine Dependence—course for regular users will help youth identify the harm it does to their bodies. “What we want our kids to do is to learn and to quit,” Jensen said. There is no fee for the classes as Jordan District has a state SAFE (Supporting America's Families and Educators) grant which it dedicated to alcohol and drug abuse prevention. However, hundreds of school districts nationwide are wanting Juul to foot the bills for public resources being used to pay for the current and future costs. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Northern District of California Federal District Court by the Frantz Law group, is a mass tort lawsuit where damages for plaintiffs, or in this case, school districts, are calculated individually. Therefore, multiple plaintiffs can be awarded differing amounts of damages for the amount of its past and future damages. Those costs can range from providing information and resources to students regarding the negative impacts of vaping, student services or counseling, or installing vape detectors. “It’s not really about getting money as much as sending a message,” Miller said. Millerberg agrees: “I don’t expect a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s more of a moral stance than anything else.” l

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Nine years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr


Scientists have discovered a natural way to kill germs fast. Now thousands of people are using it against viruses and bacteria in the nose and on skin. Germs, such as viruses and bacteria, can multiply fast. When unwanted germs get in your nose they can spread and cause misery unless you stop them early. In the last 20 years, hundreds New device puts copper right where you need it. of studies by government and “What a wonderful thing!” exclaimed university scientists show the natural element copper kills germs just by touch. Physician’s Assistant Julie. “Is it supThe EPA officially declared copper to posed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, 70, received one for be “antimicrobial”, which means it kills microbes, including viruses, bacteria, Christmas. “One of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” and fungus. Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to The National Institutes of Health says, “The antimicrobial activity of cop- suffer after crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried copper on travel days per is now well established.” Ancient Greeks and Egyptians used for 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a copper to purify water and heal wounds. sniffle!” she exclaimed. Businesswoman Rosaleen says when They didn’t know about microbes, but people around her show signs of unwantnow we do. Scientists say the high conductance ed germs, she uses copper morning and of copper disrupts the electrical balance night. “It saved me last holidays,” she in a microbe and destroys it in seconds. said. “The kids had the crud going round Some hospitals tried copper for touch and round, but not me.” Attorney Donna Blight tried copper surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. They say this cut the spread of MRSA, for her sinus. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no and other illnesses by over half. The strong scientific evidence gave more congestion.” A man with trouble breathing through inventor Doug Cornell an idea. He made a smooth copper probe with a tip to fit in his nose at night tried copper just before bed. “Best sleep I’ve had in years!” the bottom of his nose. In a lab test, technicians placed 25 The next time he felt a tickle in his nostril that warned of a cold about to million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. start, he rubbed the copper gently in his No viruses were found alive soon after. Some people press copper on a lip nose for 60 seconds. “The cold never got going,” he ex- right away if a warning tingle suggests claimed. “That was September 2012. I unwanted germs gathering there. The handle is curved and textured to use copper in the nose every time and I increase contact. Copper can kill germs have not had a single cold since then.” “We don’t make product health picked up on fingers and hands. The EPA claims so I can’t say cause and effect. says copper still works when tarnished. CopperZap is made in America of But we know copper is antimicrobial.” He asked relatives and friends to try pure copper. It has a 90-day full money it. They reported the same, so he patent- back guarantee. The price is $79.95. Get $10 off each CopperZap with ed CopperZap® and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it. code UTCJ14 at www.CopperZap.com The feedback was 99% positive if they or 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. used the copper within 3 hours after the first sign of unwanted germs, like a tick- Statements are not intended as product health claims and have not been evaluatle in the nose or a scratchy throat. Early user Mary Pickrell said, “I ed by the FDA. Not claimed to diagnose, can’t believe how good my nose feels.” treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


I look back on my last eight years as Mayor of Holladay and take great pride in the myriad accomplishments of our City Council and Staff: • Renovation and preservation of City Hall Park, Knudsen Park, Cotton Bottom, The Village Center, and the development of Holladay Hills (formerly the Cottonwood Mall). • Secured long-term funding for infrastructure including roads, bridges, canals, and storm drains. • Working side-by-side with Unified Fire and Police Boards to ensure public safety. • Environmental advocacy and sustainability in both public and private sectors. • Expanding the arts in our community through continued collaboration with our Holladay Arts Council. Given the opportunity, in my third and final term we will continue to build on the momentum that has been generated in our community.

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Halloween history


t’s easy to tell when Halloween is near with the 5-pound bags of candy, skeletons, bats, and orange and black decorations that cover the holiday section at every local store. Pop-up shops appear in vacant stores with their animatronics and overpriced makeup and costumes. Pumpkin-flavored drinks dominate coffee shop menus. There’s a nip in the air and leaves change in response. However, the American telltale signs of Halloween which put many of us in the spooky spirit are far removed from the historical traditions of the celebration. All over the world, celebrations concerning the afterlife in various ways have been documented between Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 (on contemporary calendars). Many historians, including Professor of History at York University in Toronto Nicholas Rogers (author of “Halloween: from pagan ritual to party”) attribute the oldest Halloween traditions to Samhain – a three day ancient Celtic pagan festival. Samhain was celebrated by the Celts who lived in what is now Ireland, Scotland, Britain, and the Isle of Man. The festival marked the end of summer as it occurred in between the autumn equinox and winter solstice. During Samhain, it was believed that the veil between the otherworld and human world was at its thinnest. The souls of those who had died within the year would travel to the otherworld and those who had died beforehand would visit the human world. It was also believed that the gods would visit the human world to play tricks. Many rituals were performed throughout the three days to protect humans from the spirits and gods. Since the festival occurred on the heels of autumn, the Celts would perform many rituals believed to help them survive through the winter as well. When Rome conquered the Celtic lands in 43 A.D., Samhain was lost. The truth regarding how and why may never be fully understood, but a few hypotheses ex-

By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com ist. The Romans had their own celebrations which may have merged with or replaced Samhain. Feralia, a festival honoring the passing of the dead occurred in late October. In addition, the Romans celebrated the turn of the season with a festival honoring Pomona, the goddess of the harvest (or the goddess of fruit and trees). Prior to the seventh century, the Catholic Church celebrated All Saints’ Day, also known as All-Hallow, in May. It was, and remains, a day to honor the Christian martyrs and saints. However, around 837 C.E. Pope Boniface IV declared All Saints’ Day as a holiday to be celebrated on Nov. 1. A few different theories exist surrounding this decision. Some believe that the sole intention here was expansion. All Saints’ Day and Samhain had similar practices, celebrating with food, drinks, costumes, tricks, pranks and appeasing the dead. It seemed quite easy to reframe many of the pagan practices as Catholic celebrations. As Samhain continued to be practiced, more people learned about Catholicism. Others believe the move was made in order to replace the pagan holiday with a church-sanctioned celebration. On the other side of the world, pre-Columbian Mesoamerica Aztecs and other Nahua people celebrated the dead around the same time of the year. As the Spanish conquistadores destroyed much of the Aztec Empire’s written records and language during the 1500s, not much is known about the 3,000-year-old traditions and rituals. One of the known Aztec traditions, however, was a festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuafl, the lady of the dead, who governs them and watches over their bones. She is believed to swallow the stars during the day. Mictecacihuafl is often depicted with a skull face and a skirt made of serpents. Today, Día de los Muertos is celebrated all over the world. The modern holiday is thought to be a mix of indigenous Aztec rituals and Catholic celebrations intro-

Pope Boniface IV changed how All Saints’ Day was celebrated during the seventh century. (Photo courtesy of Diego Delso)

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duced by the Spaniards. Día de los Muertos is a celebration for the deceased. It is believed that on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, the gates to the spiritual world are opened, allowing spirits to visit their families for 24 hours. On Oct. 31 at midnight, the Day of the Innocents begins, as Angelitos reunite with their families. On Nov. 1 at midnight, the gates open once again for the adults to visit their families. Families often arrange ofrendas, personal altars honoring a loved one, decorate graves, and provide sweet candy for their deceased loved ones to help balance the bitterness of death.

Even though this article only mentions a handful of celebrations concerned with the dead around the same time of the year, many other cultures throughout the world have history of similar celebrations: Carnaval de Oruro in Bolivia, Hungry Ghost Festival in China, La Quema del Diablo in Guatemala, Jour des Morts in Haiti, Velija Noc in Indo-European Countries, Hop-tuNaa in The Isle of Man, Obon Festival in Japan and the Odo Festival in Nigeria. This year, as we celebrate Halloween, consider for a moment how many cultures celebrate the dead around the same week of the year. Eerie, right? l

The origins of Halloween as we know it trace back to the three-day Celtic festival of Samhain. (Wikicommons License)

Día de los Muertos is a celebration for the deceased on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy of Rulo Luna)

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Halloween film haunts in our backyard By Katy Whittingham | k.whittingham@mycityjournals.com


tah, and Salt Lake City in particular, has seen a growth in film productions in recent years, and television series and films that fall in the horror genre are no exception. According to a report that came out late last year by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) which includes the Utah Film Commission, film production dollars spent in Utah more than doubled between 2015 and 2019 to about $87 million. The state film commission attributes the growth to a variety of scenery, economic incentives, and available talent. In a press release from this September available on the film commission’s website, it was announced that the GOED board has approved “five new productions for state film incentives, generating an estimated economic impact of $6.5 million and creating over 185 local jobs.” Utah horror film enthusiasts will find no shortage of locations to visit this Halloween season. A recent production that was filmed around Salt Lake City and has a story set in the state is the critically acclaimed 2018 horror tragedy film, “Hereditary,” starring Gabriel Byrne and Toni Collette and written and directed by Ari Aster. The story follows a family in turmoil as they are haunted by a menacing presence following the death of a secretive maternal grandmother. School scenes were shot at

West High School in the Salt Lake City School District and at Utah State Fair Park. The exteriors of the family’s house and tree house were shot in Summit County, and perhaps the most picturesque and hauntingly beautiful scenes at the cemetery were filmed at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy. “Hereditary” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2018 and was a critical and commercial success grossing over $80 million. Two of the films in the legendary “Halloween” horror franchise were also filmed in Utah, primarily around Salt Lake City and Midvale: “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” released in 1988 and “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” released the following year. Although receiving negative reviews from critics, much like the other films in the franchise, they have maintained a strong cult following. More than 40 years after the first film’s release, you will still find Michael Myers masks, costumes, and decorations in Halloween stores like Spirit Halloween. Although principal photography for “Halloween 4” was completed in California, filmmakers moved production to Salt Lake City in the spring of 1988 because of rising costs and had to import fall leaves and other fall scenery to make it look like October. The film follows the iconic antagonist, Michael Myers, as he

awakens from a 10-year comatose state and escapes transport to a sanitarium in a plight to kill his only living relative, his niece, Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode, a prominent character in the first two and later films in the franchise. The McGillis School in Salt Lake City stands in for Jamie’s school, and her home with her foster family is located in the lower Avenues and was actually up for sale in late 2019. Much of the outside shots and roads for the town of Haddonfield, Illinois, where the story is set, is Midvale on 1-15. A foreshadowing scene when Jamie’s foster sister, Rachel, takes her to get a Halloween costume where her boyfriend also happens to work was filmed at Vincent Drug in Midvale. A popular soda and shake shop in the ’40s and ’50s, Vincent Drug has served as a filming location for many other film and television shows of the ’80s and ’90s, including Stephen King’s 1994 horror miniseries, “The Stand.” Filming for “The Stand” began in and around Salt Lake City in the bitter winter of 1993 and stood in for the setting of the novel the miniseries was based on, Boulder, Colorado. The jail sequences of the series were filmed at the Utah State Prison in a wing where the prisoners were temporarily moved during filming. In some confusion, crew members mistook actual prisoners’ belongings as props

Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy served as the location for cemetery scenes in the 2018 horror film, “Hereditary.” (Katy Whittingham/City Journals)

and moved them between cells not realizing the mistake until after the first day of shooting. For more information on the Utah Film Commission and past and upcoming projects being filmed in Utah, visit film.utah.gov. l

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Salt Lake County parks continue to be a well loved resource


his past month I had the opportunity to meet with a constituent to walk around Swensen Valley Regional Park and hear issues of concern. I brought our Parks and Rec team along and we were thrilled to have the Mayor also join us. Our parks have been well loved the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic as people looked for opportunities to get out of the house. Community park spaces are a convenient, accessible place for residents to improve their quality of life. Proven benefits from time spent in parks include improved mental health, decreased blood pressure, and increased physical activity levels. Furthermore, parks improve air and water quality and can even increase property values. Many residents have said they enjoy the benefits of outdoor spaces in the company of their dogs. Dogs are allowed at all Salt Lake County parks provided they are on a leash which is controlled by the owner. In addition, there are other dog parks around the valley such as Millrace, Tanner, Sandy, Cottonwood and West Jordan Off-Leash Dog Park. The County also has an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service's Millcreek Canyon that allows dogs off-leash on the canyon trails on odd numbered days. Salt Lake County maintains more than 70 parks throughout the valley, ranging from small neighborhood parks to large regional parks, In 2020 Salt Lake County experienced a record

Aimee Winder Newton Salt Lake County Council | District 3 number of people utilizing parks to recreate or as a respite from “home offices.” Currently, the number of people visiting Salt Lake County parks remains higher than pre-COVID numbers. County staff had the challenge of main-

taining the parks with high usage while also facing a reduction in our operation budget. Both the county general fund and the TRCC (tourism, recreation, culture, convention) fund were forced to take drastic cuts which impacted Parks and Recreation’s level of service. Revenue from the TRCC fund comes from tourism - restaurants, car rentals and hotels. You can imagine how much this fund suffered during COVID when convention centers were not operating. Park visitors may have noticed drier grass in the parks this summer. Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation implemented water conservation practices during the current drought conditions. Watering times in all parks, especially in passive areas that don’t get as much

foot traffic, were reduced. The grass has been allowed to go dormant in order to reduce water consumption. Yellow is the new green, right? Additionally, irrigation systems have been upgraded to smart irrigation systems over the last few years. Smart irrigation systems monitor the weather and the moisture content in the ground to provide data on exactly how much water is needed in each park. As the seasons change, I hope you’ll take advantage of the many personal and community benefits that are offered by our County parks. For a complete list of park locations, services, and amenities, please visit slco.org/parks.

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE The Holladay Police Department, in an initiative lead by Lt. Tyler Ackerman, recently initiated a new method of patrolling our community aptly titled “Proactive Policing”. He divided the city into five zones, each containing three sub-sections. This leaves us with 15 total sub-sections, which works well because we also have 15 patrol officers assigned to the Holladay Precinct. The five zones mirror our council districts. You can view the three sub-sections of your district by visiting the city webpage at cityofholladay.com/services/police/ Patrol officers are assigned their own sub-section. They are HOLLADAY CITY required to patrol the streets in their assigned area during their shift. This 4A #2 MATT DURHAM will help ensure we have marked 2C 2A #4 DREW police cars patrolling every street in 2B QUINN 4B the city on a consistent basis. We also assigned detectives to provide 1B 4C oversight. As zone supervisors they will be responsible for three #1 SABRINA 1A PETERSEN 3A patrol officers in their respective 1C zones. This will ensure each zone is properly monitored. #3 PAUL FOTHERINGHAM If we receive any information 3B 5B or a complaint of criminal activity #5 DANIEL GIBBONS 3C within the city, the information will be forwarded to the supervising 5C 5A detective of that zone. The detective will follow-up on that case and will coordinate information with the assigned area patrol officer. After the assigned detective successfully investigates and resolves the issue, they will report back to the original complainant with their findings. The main objective in this new method of policing is comprehensive coverage of the city. We hope you notice increased patrol presence in your neighborhoods. We would love to receive feedback regarding this new initiative. Feel free to contact your Council Representative or our Police Chief if you have questions, comments, or concerns. As always, we appreciate your feedback! —Rob Dahle, Mayor Legend



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Places and Faces Book

The Holladay Historical Commission is delighted to make available copies of the Second Edition of “Holladay-Cottonwood PLACES and FACES”, Editor Stephen L. Carr ($10 per copy). The book is a compilation of stories and events that occurred in the pioneer community that was initially known as: Big Cottonwood”. This book would make a great gift for yourself or family and friends. If interested, please contact Committee Members: Sandy Meadows at 801277-2857, Lyman Losee at 801-277-1957, or Robert Falck at 385-237-7518.

GENERAL ELECTION Tuesday, November 2, 2021 • 7am-8pm Citizens will have the opportunity to vote for Mayor and Districts 1and 3 City Council seats. The candidates are: Mayor

Robert M. Dahle

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D. Ty Brewer Melissa Blackham Hilton

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Paul S. Fotheringham

The City of Holladay has a ballot box drop- off located at the north west corner of City Hall. Ballot drop-box locations will be open 24/7 until 8:00 pm on Election Day. Voted ballots may also be dropped at an Early Voting Location or Election Day Vote Center during the hours they are open. • Ballots will be mailed to registered voters the week of October 12, 2021 EARLY VOTING - (Note: Identification is required to vote in person.) Voters may vote at any one of the Satellite or Vote Center locations regardless of where they reside in the County. A list of locations is available on the City website at: www.cityofholladay.com/elections • In the County Clerk’s Election Division - 2001 South State Street, South Building, Room S1-200 — Weekdays, October 19- 29th (8:00 am to 5:00 pm). • Early Voting at Satellite Locations – Tuesday, October 26 to 29th from 3:00-7:00 pm slco.org/clerk/elections/voting-in-person/early-voting-locations/ • Voters may still vote at the Holladay Library on Election Day from 7am -8:00 pm for Voters who need accommodations for disabilities, misplaced their ballots, did not receive a ballot or who want to vote in person For additional information to update your address or to check your registration status you can contact the SLCo Election Division via email at got-vote@slco.org or by phone at 385-468-8683.



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The annual Fall Leaf Collection Program will begin on October 15 and last through November 30. Holladay residents can pick up leaf bags at: • Holladay City Hall: 4580 S. 2300 E. • Holladay Lions Fitness Center: 1661 E. Murray Holladay Blvd. • Holladay City Library: 2150 E. Murray Holladay Blvd. Leaf Bags can be dropped off ONLY at: • Cottonwood Ball Complex: 4400 S. 1300 E. (on north side) PLEASE DO NOT Drop off filled bags at City Hall Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District leaf bags are limited to 10 bags per household, and available while supplies last. Residents can also use and drop off their own purchased leaf bags or lawn bags, as long as they only contain leaves..

Impacts of Dumping Debris Anything stored on streambanks will eventually smother and kill existing riparian vegetation, whether it is trash or green waste such as grass clippings, branch prunings, and leaf piles. Loss of riparian plants degrades wildlife habitat and accelerates bank erosion when there are no longer plant roots helping to stabilize the banks. Serious problems also arise when debris gets into the stream. Grass clippings, tree branches, construction materials, etc. block culvert openings and get hung up on bridges. This can cause flooding and property damage for you and/or your downstream neighbors. In addition, excess amounts of organic matter (grass, leaves, etc.) depletes dissolved oxygen in water because organic matter uses oxygen as it decomposes. This can have serious impacts on fish, insects and other aquatic life that need oxygen to survive.

Happenings at the Holladay Library Every Monday in October: Take and Make Crafts for school age children. Come pick up a kit while supplies last Every Tuesday in October at 10:15 am - Storytime Come join us on the East Lawn for interactive early learning storytime for preschoolers and their caring adult(s) with talking, singing, reading writing and play. Every Saturday in October at 10:30am Beginning Yoga Come stretch the stresses of the week away at this beginning yoga class for adults with certified instructor Jenny Wigham. Limited space. First come, first serve. Saturday, October 2nd at 10am Holladay Book Club October’s book: Circe by Madeline Miller November’s book: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 5th at 1pm League of Utah Writer’s Meeting The League of Utah Writers is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering friendship, education, and encouragement to the writers and poets of Utah. Open to the public

Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 14th & 21st at 3pm Teen Thursday Join us outside on the North Lawn for fun crafts and activities for tweens and teens.

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Friday & Saturday, October 29th & 30th Trick or Treat at the Library If you have questions, call the library at 801-943-4636

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Hands Only CPR By Capt. Dan Brown Did you know that 70% percent of all cardiac arrests happen in the home? According to the American Heart Association, about 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. On top of that, more than 38% of cardiac arrests are witnessed by a layperson. Why is this important? After calling 911, it can take 5-7 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, and for every 1 minute that CPR isn’t provided on a person having a cardiac arrest, the chances for survival for the victim decreases 7% to 10%. Many people are reluctant to do CPR because they aren’t formally trained, doubt their ability to do it, and worry they will injure the patient, but you CAN help improve survivability by offering “Hands Only CPR.” There are only two steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse and is non-responsive, 1. Call 9-1-1; and 2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” Visit heart.org/handsonlycpr (or heart.org/rcp for Spanish resources) to watch a one-minute training video. If you have any questions about CPR, please feel free to contact me at dbrown@unifiedfire.org Thanks for reading and stay safe, Holladay!

HOWL-O-WEEN Pet Safety Tips Salt Lake County Animal Services Halloween can be a lot of fun for humans but pets may not appreciate the costumes and candy. Protect your pets from Halloween dangers with these tips! 1. Keep candy out of reach. All forms of chocolate and the artificial sweetener can be poisonous to dogs & cats. Call your emergency vet if your pet has eaten either. 2. Keep pets confined and away from the door. Dogs may be likely to dart out the door, or become anxious with trick-or-treaters in costumes and yelling for candy. Put them in a crate or a backroom and keep everyone safe. 3. Close the blinds or drapes, disconnect doorbells. If your dog reacts every time someone walks by or rings the doorbell close the drapes and disconnect the doorbell. 4. Keep outdoor pets inside before and after Halloween. Keep dogs and cats indoors to prevent them from being injured, stolen, or poisoned as part of a Halloween prank.

5. Don’t approach dogs while in costume. Even if you know the dog, a strange costume or mask can frighten them. They may not recognize you in costume. If a dog escapes a house or yard and runs up to you, tell your child to stand like a tree, and wait for the owner to grab the dog. 6. Test out pet costumes before. Make sure the costume isn’t causing them distress, or giving them an allergic reaction. It shouldn’t restrict their movement, ability to breath, bark or meow. 7. Leave them at home. It may be best with all the distractions to leave your pet at home while trick-or-treating. Take them for a walk earlier in the day before the ghosts and goblins come out for the night to spook them. Find a lost pet? Call Dispatch 801-840-4000. Need to get your pet microchipped? Don’t forget all pets in Salt Lake County can receive a free microchip at our location. Email animal@slco.org for more info or visit AdoptUtahPets.org.

D I D Y O U K N O W. . . Holladay City now permits Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) throughout the City. Due to new Utah law, the City now permits internal and external ADUs in our residential zones. As a reminder, ADUs are self-contained living spaces usually in basements and above garages. ADUs are also known as mother-in-law apartments, basement apartments, secondary dwelling units, granny flats, or carriage houses. They are typically a more affordable housing option and appeal to many socioeconomic walks of life. Importantly, the City’s new ordinance places some restrictions on ADUs. For example, ADUs are not permitted to be short-term rentals and ADUs must be licensed annually if they are being rented. Want to learn more? Visit the City’s website at www.cityofholladay.com


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World champion paraclimber shares story, empowers Girl Scouts to find their passion By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


bout 100 registered Girl Scouts had the opportunity to not only listen to a world-class paraclimber share inspiring tales of mountain climbing, they also could choose to climb with her at the local Momentum indoor climbing facility. As part of the Girl Scouts of Utah’s Girls’ Empowered event, sixth- through 12th-grade girls listened as Maureen “Mo” Beck described competing at world championships and climbing the Lotus Flower Tower, a 2,200foot granite rock face in the Cirque of the Unclimbables in Canada’s Northwest Territories. That alone is challenging enough for many people; however, Beck did those one-handed as she was born without the lower part of her left arm. By coincidence, her love of mountain climbing came at about the same age as the girls in attendance while attending Girl Scout camp near Acadia National Park in Maine, where she grew up. “My counselor said that I may just want to sit this one out,” she remembered. “So, the little 12-year-old me just thought, ‘screw you, I’m going to do it just because you think I can’t.’ I’m sure I didn’t do that well and didn’t make it to the top of the rock, but I wasn’t going to not do it. I never used not having my hand as an excuse.” She also used that same attitude to show her middle school coaches she could play soccer as the goalkeeper, the position where a player can use their hands; play softball—throwing the ball and catching it without a mitt; and play basketball—although she didn’t make that team since she missed tryouts. “I just wanted to show I was an athlete and could play; don’t count me out because I only have one hand. My grandma used to say that I was just being a smart-ass,” she said. But being defiant at Girl Scout camp meant more to the girl who once thought the best thing in the outdoors was hiking. “I fell in love with mountain climbing. It’s just me and the rock. It doesn’t care if I’m a girl. It doesn’t care if I don’t have a hand. It’s just there to be climbed. I knew then I wanted to be a climber and a good climber. Period. I had never known anything more than hiking. My parents weren’t climbers, so I went to the bookstore to buy magazines about mountain climbing.” With the help of friends, Beck developed her own style of climbing to accommodate not having a second hand. Her efforts didn’t stop there; she even tried ice climbing by attaching an ice tool to her prosthetic and also duct-taped a paddle to her prosthetic so she could canoe. Since then, most days Beck has given up wearing her prosthetic. “I had to figure out I can’t really wear a prosthetic to rock climb. It doesn’t help. So, I’m just going to tape my arm so I can feel the rock and also, so I don’t leave a bloody trail behind,” she told the Scouts. However, if Beck wanted to become a better climber, she told the girls, she had to confront her ego. “I had to be honest that it’s hard for me to do some things physically or I was unable to—and that was hard to do,” she said. “I had to realize I didn’t have all the knowledge or all the strength. I finally got to the point where I said at least I have to try and ask questions. I had to admit I didn’t know if I wanted to learn.” Once she did that, Beck said climbing became even more enjoyable. She told the girls that her first climbing title, the first U.S. Nationals held in Atlanta in 2014, she

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won because she was the only one in her category. “I felt conflicted about that. Does it count? Can I brag about being first if I’m the only one? I settled on you can because often times, the battle is stepping out of your front door; the hardest part is showing up,” she said. Later, she acquired four more national titles. With only a couple competitive events for paraclimbers each year, Beck made each one count. In 2014, she won the gold at the Paraclimbing World Champions in Spain as one of 15 paraclimbing athletes representing the United States. Two years later in Paris when the next worlds were held, she repeated her title and was one of 50 U.S. athletes, showing that the sport is growing. One championship was a three-way tie because “the people who built the competition underestimated us because it was too easy,” Beck said. Recently Jim Ewing, a climber with a prosthetic leg whom she didn’t know, asked her to join him climbing the Lotus Flower Tower; she reflected back on her decision when she said yes. “Society tells us, our parents tell us ‘no, we should stay safe. Our risks should be small, we should aim for incremental changes in our lives,’ but I think that’s wrong,” Beck said. “I think the more scared you are, the bigger risks you take, the worst that can happen when you take a risk is nothing changes. Failure is where you grow from. Failure when you take a risk is one of the best things that can happen. We’re so afraid of failure that we use it as an excuse to not grow. Life is too short for that.” Beck and the others were gone one month, most of it waiting for the weather to clear so they could climb. For 10 days leading up to the climb, they camped at the base of the peak, heating freeze-dried food on their backpacking stoves. When there was a break in the weather, they climbed part way up the steep cliff to a bivy ledge where they spent the night. “We finally got on the mountain, and you can tell, I was a little less than stoked. The rock was still quite wet. I wasn’t ready for truly how loose and gross and mossy it was. Every single hitch that we did…was a full rope length; these were full 200-foot rope stretchers. So, when Jim would take off to lead, I would just be alone for so long during these belays. I was freezing wet and thinking fairly dark thoughts: ‘This was a horrible mistake. I’m not having fun. I’m 1,000 miles away from my family (she’s married, living in Colorado). It’s August. I should be in Colorado right now getting sunburned, sport climbing and having fun at the beach,” she told the girls. “But I knew anytime I was in a dark place, there is always something on the other side.” After witnessing the northern lights that night and waking the next morning, Beck was excited, but her climbing partner was sick. Knowing this was their only chance, they ascended the mountain, anyway. They reached the top—and rappelled down for nine hours arriving in the dark. “We wanted this to be the first all-adaptive ascent. We thought about it more and adaptation doesn’t mean you have one hand you learn how to climb. Adaptation is more about taking what is wrong and figuring out how to make it work. I realized the more that went wrong with this trip, the more I learned,” said the woman who was named the 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Now Beck is training for what she believes will be her last world championship before taking a break from competition. However, she isn’t ruling out the possibility

World champion paraclimber Mo Beck tells local Girl Scouts that she never used not having a hand as an excuse and went on to win five national titles, two world championships and recently climbed a 2,200-foot granite rock face in the Cirque of the Unclimbables in Canada’s Northwest Territories. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

of competing in paraclimbing if it is added to the Paralympic Games in 2028. Next, she wants to continue scaling peaks, maybe in Alaska. “Life isn’t over when you’re out of the spotlight and off of the podium, the world is still waiting,” she said, adding that now she teaches other adaptive climbers. “I want these girls to find their voice, their passion, what pumps them up. I’ve broken so many barriers now I want to empower them to push those farther,” she said. In addition to Beck, the Girl Scouts watched “The Empowerment Project,” a documentary made by women and featuring women across the country who were making a positive impact. Girl Scouts of Utah CEO Lisa Hardin-Reynolds said that Girl Scouting gives girls opportunities—not only in the outdoors, but from STEM to life skills. “We encourage Girl Scouts to try new things because it could open up a new passion that they can do for their whole lives, just like it has for Mo,” she said. “We want to give them the opportunity to face challenges, lift each other up and see other women role models so they can see that anything is possible.”l

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Cross country 5A, 6A divisional race date changes; new venue set for state meet By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


hen 5A and 6A cross country runners line up on the start line at Lakeside Park for the divisional meets, they will have the opportunity to have their full varsity teams. In what is considered the qualifying meet for teams as well as individuals for the state competition, organizers had worked with coaches to determine a good meet date. For this year’s meet, it was voted on for Oct. 13—the same date as the statewide PSAT college entrance exam. The PSAT date likely wasn’t communicated to coaches or put on school calendars, so organizers were not aware of the conflict, said Randy Quarez, 5A representative for track and cross country with the Utah High School Track Coaches Association. “This has happened multiple times in my 24 years of coaching,” he said. “I used to have it happen with region cross country meets.” Quarez said that the conflict also could be that coaches discussed the date more than one year in advance, so it could have been the testing dates weren’t yet released at that time to high school counselors. Typically, high school sophomores and juniors take the PSAT standardized test administered by the College Board. The test measures readiness for college, serves as a practice test for college-entrance exams and is a determination for National Merit scholarships. Once learning about the conflict, Quarez quickly reached out to others in the Utah High School Track Coaches Association. After checking the park availability for the alternative date, Oct. 12, the meet date was changed so all student-athletes could participate.

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“We were able to move it. If we can fix it, we’ll fix it. It would have been a struggle for kids to do that test,” he said. The qualifying runners then will have more than two weeks to prepare for the state meet, which will be held on a new course this year. The course, which many teams ran in the pre-state multi-day meet in mid-September, is at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex, located off of Rose Park Lane. Utah High School Activities Association Assistant Director Jon Oglesby said there were multiple reasons for moving the meet site after more than 40 years of holding the state cross country race at Sugar House Park. Last year, it was held on the Soldier Hollow course in Midway. “Our state meet had outgrown Sugar House Park,” he said. Oglesby said the coaches’ association was contacted to determine the best place with a course that coaches like, meets the needs of the student-athletes and what was wanted and needed, such as ample parking. “The Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City just east of the airport was the perfect spot,” Oglesby said. “It actually has a really nice setup.” He also said that “coaches more and more are wanting a flatter course that allows for fast times because that allows them to then compete and qualify into various postseason meets.” With the change of venue comes an admission charge. “That’s something that’s been talked about for quite a while. The expenses continue to rise every year and it’s hard for us to push forward with adding the other things that

At one of the pre-state races in mid-September, junior and senior girls try out the new state course, located at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex off of Rose Park Lane. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

we want to add knowing that the expenses around even just hosting it are increasing,” he said. “Our coaches are really insistent on wanting chip timing where their splits are at the miles and on RunnerCard, it’s very easy to follow what’s going on. I think that’s a really wonderful thing for the kids, but there’s a cost associated with that.” Timing isn’t the only cost. The venue, officiating, athletic trainers, awards, dumpsters, portable restrooms and water are some other costs that contributed to the change in charging admission, he said. Oglesby said the coaches have supported the change to the new course. “Our coaches are ecstatic about it,” he said. “I am hopeful that it will be a long-term venue for us.” l

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Granite Education Foundation helps reduce food insecurity with Day of Service’ By Bill Hardesty | b.hardesty@mycityjournals.com


n memory of Sept. 11, 2001, the Granite Education Foundation (GEF) partnered with various organizations to sponsor a day of service by putting together various student food kits on the 20th anniversary of the date. “We have about 400 or so volunteers who are coming in working for an hour, and they’re so fun. They’re enthusiastic. They try to work so fast, to get these kits filled,” Kim Oborn, program coordinator of Food Programs, said. “This happens all the time, not just on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 because this warehouse is full of food and volunteers to help kids who are facing food insecurity in our state,” Gov. Spencer Cox said. “And, as you see, we have dozens and dozens of volunteers right now. Some who have already been here and more will be coming throughout the day. This type of effort has been replicated all across the state and all across the nation as we come together in a day of service.”

Food kits

The GEF provides three types of food kits to students in the Granite School District. A student weekend kit provides one child three or four meals. Each bag has equally prepared microwavable meals, snacks and drinks. “The great thing about this option is that they are lightweight. They are easily distributed,” Oborn said. “People like them for the convenience. We give a lot during the long breaks like winter break or spring break.” Another type is the dinner kit. They feed a family of four for one meal. These kits respect different food choices since not everyone eats SpaghettiOs. “These kits take on an international focus,” Oborn said. “For example, we have chicken curry with mango or rice and beans with tomatoes and chili powder.” The third kit is a snack kit. These stay at school. They are used if a child is hungry or maybe they need a little extra food. They are popular with high school students. They come by the pantry to get a kit if they are staying for practice or after school. GEF set a goal to put together 7,000 student weekend kits, 5,000 dinner kits and 3,600 snack kits. “On average, we’re sending out 3,200 student weekend kits a month. So, you know that 7,000 may not last too long,” Oborn said. “Saturday was a huge success! At our donation and distribution center event, a total of 13,086 food kits were completed (about 4,700 student weekend kits, 4,000 dinner kits, and 4,300 snack kits),” Justin Anderson, chief marketing officer, said. “But while that makes it appear that we didn’t quite meet our goal but when you factor in all of the events that were happening at other

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Volunteers come together to fill student food kits at the Granite Education Foundation Day of Service. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals) Inset: Gov. Spencer Cox thanks the volunteers who put together student food kits at the Granite Education Foundation’s Day of Service. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

locations throughout the day, we far exceeded our goal.”

Food insecurity

Granite School District is the second-largest district in the state, with more than 64,000 students. However, 54% of those students or about 35,000 students live at or below the poverty level. In addition, 70% of Utah refugees live within the district boundaries. This means that three and one-fourth out of every five students are food insecure. The USDA defines food insecurity as the “lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.” Or, stated more simply, you do not know where your next meal is coming from. Numerous studies show how food insecurity results in multiple health, development, social and academic effects. According to the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Pediatrics), “Compared to rates had they not been food insecure, children in food-insecure household had rates of lifetime asthma diagnosis and depressive symptoms that were 19.1% and 27.9% higher, rates of forgone medical care that were 179.8% higher, and rates of emergency department use that were

25.9% higher. “ In addition, the Feeding America website states, “Sadly, hunger may impact a child’s school performance. Research demonstrates that children from families who are not sure where their next meal may come from are more likely to have lower math scores and repeat a grade, among other challenges.”

Governor’s remarks

Besides thanking the volunteers, Gov. Cox talked about his 9/11 experience. He and his family had just moved to the “scary big city,” and 9/11 occurred on the second day of his new job. Cox talked about walking down streets. Strangers would stop and ask if he was doing OK. “If a stranger stops you now, you probably get nervous,” Cox said. Cox went on to say that many people had the same experience. Feeling hopeless, many of them stood in long lines to give blood. “No one cared if you were a Republican or a Democrat. No one cared if you had a red shirt or blue shirt on,” Cox said. “That stuff didn’t matter then, and it shouldn’t matter now. Unfortunately, it does.…We need to recommit ourselves to be better. So that we

get off Facebook and stop calling each other names, but we will actually work together on common issues.” When asked why there is division today, First Lady Abby Cox said, “I think, instead of connecting like this, serving one another, we are connecting on Facebook groups and trying to hate each other. And we’re not in places like this where we’re serving one another. Where we’re connecting through our differences and not using our differences to hurt one another.”

Fleece blankets and books

Besides the significant effort at GEF Donation and Distribution Center, other events were held at different locations throughout the day. Roughly 4,000 fleece blankets were produced at four locations—Utah Islamic Center (984 W. 9000 South), Columbus Adult Education Center (1860 S. 300 East), United Methodist Church (203 S. 200 East), and at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1535 E. Bonneview Drive). Another project was a book drive that netted 4,500 books. l

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two events in this past year, the former Colt bested her previous times by several seconds and qualified for the two Olympic events she won championships for as a member of the Crimson Tide. Those events were the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, setting the stage for White’s debut in Tokyo. At the 100 backstroke half a world away, White narrowly missed on a bronze medal, getting out touched by American teammate Regan Smith at the wall to finish fourth overall. Then at the 200 backstroke in Tokyo, White’s signature event, the Colts great and medal favorite started slow, but in typical White fashion surged on the final turn. But, as the entanglement of arms reached the final wall, White’s was just .22 seconds slower than the swimmer from Australia who took the bronze. And so for now, White will return to Alabama as a student later this month. The former Colt will also compete for the Crimson Tide and look to repeat as the SEC Swimmer Of The Year in 2022. Above and beyond that, White will help her team win a national title and individual golds at the NCAA Championships to best the two silvers she won in the 100 and 200 backstroke races there, last year.l

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everal days after former Cottonwood swimmer Rhyan White came up just short of an Olympic medal in Tokyo, she earned one as a part of the USA’s 4x100 medley relay team. “She is and was an exceptional athlete, and you hope to get more than one in your lifetime,” said Cottonwood athletic director Greg Southwick. “To have the opportunity to know someone that has her skill set, drive and family backing— all the tools that lead to those exceptional swims is a proud moment for all of us here at Cottonwood.” White, who now competes for the University of Alabama swim team and is a psychology major, swam in the qualifying round of the relay in the backstroke leg for which she is known, however, the former Utah Class 5A state champion was not used in the finals. Nevertheless, because the Colts legend White had participated on the US team in the qualifying round, that made her eligible to receive the same silver medal as the rest of her 4x100 medley relay team counterparts in Tokyo. It was the first time that a swimmer from the state of Utah has ever won an Olympic medal in the sport. In addition to that, White is also the first Cottonwood High School graduate to have won an Olympic medal, making her medal historical in two ways. White’s hometown of Herriman honored her with a parade. The former Colt great sat atop a giant Herriman Police Department Hummer, an American flag flying above her and her family while they motored slowly down city streets past hundreds of onlookers, soaking in this moment of a lifetime. White’s run in Tokyo culminated a five-year-journey that started at the Cottonwood Heights Aquatic Center when a then 15-year-old White and current Cottonwood head swim coach Ron Lockwood made the decision to try and qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. “I remember talking to her and her family before the qualifying meet in 2015,” said Lockwood before Tokyo. “We mapped out a plan for what we wanted the next couple years to look like; we set out a goal for qualifying for Olympic trials— had this crazy idea of setting a meet up in Cottonwood Heights—and she ended up qualifying there.” White finished 18th overall at those Trials. But, as a defending SEC Conference champion swimmer at Alabama in

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Utah’s economy remains strong despite speed bump in recovery By Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank Senior Economist


e’ve hit a speed bump on the road to economic recovery. After several months of robust growth, August marked a pronounced slowing of the economy that caught many experts by surprise. Companies tapped the brakes on hiring, consumer confidence fell, and consumer demand weakened, according to September reports. The culprit, of course, is both new and familiar. The delta variant of COVID-19 brought another wave of uncertainty that’s impacted everything from in-person dining to hotel occupancy. Even Utah’s economy, which continues to outperform the rest of the nation, is feeling some effects. The Utah Consumer Confidence Survey showed a sharp decline in sentiment among Utahns between July and August of 2021, as measured by the Kem Gardner Policy Institute. Meanwhile, Utah’s two-year employment growth rate slowed to 3.8% in August, down from 4.2% in July, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Despite these setbacks, there are still many bright spots in the state and national economies. Utah continues to lead all states in job growth. In fact, Utah and Idaho continue to be the only two states to have higher employment today compared to before the pandemic began. The U.S. unemployment

rate dropped to 5.2% in August, while Utah’s already-low unemployment remained steady at 2.6%. Utah’s unemployment rate also continues to be among the lowest in the country, behind only Nebraska. In the Beehive State, six out of the 11 major industry sectors have posted job gains over the past 24 months. August’s job growth was robust by pre-pandemic standards, just not enough to close the gap of 5 million U.S. jobs that still need to be recovered to return to the previous peak. One of the main reasons the labor market continues to struggle is because employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find workers to fill job openings. There are now nearly 11 million job openings in America, but too many people remain on the sidelines and out of the labor force. That is causing wage pressure, with wages increasing 4.3% over the last year. Wage growth is usually a good thing, but right now it is adding to more inflationary pressure on the overall economy. While the labor shortage has been a dominant theme for months, an emerging trend is weakening consumer demand, driven by the delta variant. As the variant has spread, consumers have become more cautious. Customer-facing businesses are bearing the brunt of this impact. In recent weeks, high-frequency economic indicators such as airline travel and

restaurant bookings have dropped. The economy may have lost some momentum, but it’s still performing comparatively well in the midst a global pandemic. While we don’t know how long we’ll be dealing with the delta variant, there’s good reason to believe that economic recovery will pick up again as the current wave recedes. Robert Spendlove is senior economist for Zions Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A l

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