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CLEAN AIR CRUSADER: MOM ENCOURAGES parents to not idle the car during school pick-ups By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


hen the hot summer days fade into pleasant fall afternoons, the Wasatch Front enjoys relatively good air quality. But when January rolls around and the inversion hits, the air isn’t just ugly, it’s unhealthy. Holladay mom Crystal Bruner Harris says not idling your car will help, and she’s organizing events at local elementary schools to get the word out. Bruner Harris lives in the boundaries for Oakwood Elementary School. Though her kids aren’t in school yet, she felt like she could make a difference in her community, so she started idle-free pick-up events. “I run an Instagram called ‘We are greener together.’ One week the focus was idle-free. Doing my research for that, I went to the Facebook page Utah Moms for Clean Air. There were a lot of parents complaining about idling at schools, but no program to combat it,” said Bruner Harris. She got in touch with the faculty at Oakwood and the Holladay Police Department, who were happy to step in. They verified that there is a city ordinance regarding idling. The city ordinance, passed in February 2013, is enforceable on “all public property,” i.e., schools. “The easiest way to remember it is ‘the two-minute limit.’ Drivers should not idle their vehicles for more than two minutes,” said Bruner Harris. Newer cars have start/stop technology which automatically limits idling. Electric and hybrid cars are a step in the right direction. But for traditional engines, the driver needs to make the choice to cut the engine. Weather-based special circumstances for the idling ordinance state that “if the temperature is below 32° F or above 90° F, drivers can idle as needed” to run the heater or air conditioner, “for the health and safety”

of the occupants of the car. There is also a provision for “idling for the minimum amount of time required” to defrost windows. Bruner Harris cites a Weber State University study which showed that car idling negatively impacts air. “If you’re concerned about being in a car that’s cold, so you turn the heater on and idle in a parking lot, you’re actually breathing in a lot of that bad air. And if you have a small child in there, he or she is breathing it, too. An alternative is to bring a blanket or wear your coat.” In Spring 2018 Oakwood had their first idle-free pick-up event. As school let out, Bruner Harris and Holladay officers perused the parking lot, and gently asked any parent who was idling to turn off their engine while they waited for their children. They handed out idle-free car decals. “There were a few negative responses, but overall, it was very positive,” said Bruner Harris. Howard R. Driggs and Spring Lane Elementary Schools ran similar events. Granite District offers idle-free signage to schools at no charge; all administrators need to do is ask. For real-time information on air quality, Bruner Harris says the website purpleair.org is a trustworthy and eye-opening resource. And some groups offer air sensors at free or reduced rates for those willing to participate in a study. “I’ve got big hopes for idle-free awareness in Holladay. I have a group of volunteers, and my goal is to do at least one idle-free pick-up event at each elementary school this year. Then maybe two a year or even a week-long event,” Bruner Harris said. “If we all make small changes together, we can make a big difference. By the time it’s a red air day, it’s already too late. We need to take action when the air quality is better so we can keep it in a good place

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for a longer amount of time,” Bruner Harris said. “As the school year starts, for the health of your kids and everyone in the valley, get in the habit of shutting off the engine during pick-up. We can always benefit from cleaner air.” l

Crystal Bruner Harris (second from left) worked with Oakwood Elementary this past spring to raise awareness about idling in front of school. (Holly Fairbanks/Oakwood Elementary)

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usic was blasting, contestants were dancing and crowds were cheering as the stage was set with excitement at the third annual Singing for a Cure lip sync battle held at Cottonwood Creek Assisted Living on Aug. 16. This was the second Singing for a Cure battle that took place, with the first being held on Aug. 2 at the Abbington Senior Living where Canyon Creek Assisted Living group took first place with their rendition of “Gangnam Style” by PSY. After two hours of belting out tunes and performing choreography, it was time to crown the new winner. The audience enjoyed the entertainment and were excited to crown a new victor. “Dance! Dance!” a resident cried out. “I already danced!” a performer exclaimed. “That’s the most dancing I have done all year!” The judges announced the winner of the battle: Rodney Washburn from Beacon Crest Senior Living, who performed “Marry Me” by Bruno Mars. The Visiting Angels Living Assistance Service partners with the Alzheimer’s Association through this event to raise money for research and support programs while also building awareness of the needs surrounding the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with a new case developing every 65 seconds. As a result, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or dementia, claiming more lives than breast and prostate cancer combined. Kathy Sorensen, community liaison for Visiting Angels, said Singing for a Cure plays a huge role in gaining support for the Alzheimer’s Association. Sorensen said this event is a good way to bring the community together and serves multiple purposes for those affected by Alzheimer’s. Singing for a Cure began in Utah in 2015 by the Visiting Angels office in Layton, inspiring the same event in Salt Lake City the next year. The event began as a means to raise mon-

Signature Health Care at Home group performing “What is this Feeling?” from the musical “Wicked.” Signature was awarded runner-up at the lip sync battle on Aug. 16. (Cami Mondeaux/City Journals)

ey and get the community involved in a single effort that could spark big changes. Participating in this event, whether in big or small ways, makes a difference. said Sorensen. “Every little drop adds up — and every drop counts.” Sorensen said these opportunities serve to get the message out and allow for the community to network together to work toward the same goal. “It’s important because (those affected by Alzheimer’s) can see that we are working toward a goal. And our goal is to find a cure. That is the ultimate goal.” More than 25 businesses have come together to support the Visiting Angels for the lip sync battle by donating gift cards and merchandise for the raffle held at the performances. Sorensen mentioned the impact this had on the event, allowing them to raise more money while also spreading awareness to local businesses. Sorensen reflected on the community’s efforts to support and said they have been working hard to make a difference. This is “something they are doing out of the goodness of their

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hearts… and they have been so generous,” said Sorensen. “You guys are amazing,” said Laura Wall, director of development for the Alzheimer’s Association, to the crowd at Cottonwood Creak Assisted Living on Aug. 16. “What you’re doing makes a difference because you’re bringing joy to our hearts.” Wall emphasized the importance of laughter and love needed during the difficult time of caring for a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s. Wall ended the event saying, “Cool stuff is happening. We don’t have our first survivor yet today, but we have hope.” Sorensen encourages everyone to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk, taking place on Sept. 15 at the Utah State Capitol. During the walk, Canyon Creek Assisted Living and Beacon Crest Senior Living will compete for the Singing for a Cure grand prize. To participate or get more information on the Alzheimer’s Association Walk, visit www. alz.org/walk or contact Visiting Angels 801923-2390 l

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Art and architecture meet on the canvas and in life for Justin Wheatley By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com


olladay’s own Justin Wheatley is an artist inspired by suburbia. His acrylic paintings, which feature mostly barns and houses, are being noticed by the Utah art world. Despite being busy in his many roles as a father, husband and school teacher Wheatley finds the time for art. Wheatley anticipated art would be a part of his life when he stepped into his jr. high art class and knew he wanted to be an art teacher. “I wanted to do art on the side and then art started taking off,” Wheatley said. Wheatley was raised in Clinton, UT and attended Utah State University, experiencing more barns there then he does in Holliday. Wheatley found the monumental farm structures held a deep meaning for him and they have remained a staple in his work. “The barns are representational of grand things,” Wheatley said. “We notice and appreciate for a second and then forget.” Wheatley is not the only one who finds them intriguing, considering one of his barns was featured in “Western Art & Architecture” magazine early this year. Art and architecture seem to be a reoccurring theme in Wheatley’s work and life. He met his wife when she graduated with her master’s in architecture and he attended the graduate showcase with a friend. They decided to put their roots down in Holladay when they just happened to find the perfect house. “It was kind of just happenstance — it was where we found

the right house I guess after we put offers on like seven other ones. There is a couple of artists that live on my street so it’s kind of cool,” Wheatley said. Their daughters are now 2, 4, 6, and 8 and Wheatley encourages art as much as he can. Next month Wheatley will take part in a show called “Back to School Special.” “It’s going to be collaborative work between artists and their kids. I’ll be doing two pieces with my two older girls,” Wheatley said. The show opens Sept. 21, 2018, at Art Access in Salt Lake City with a free reception open to the public. Wheatley is not only inspired by structures but also fellow artists, and he enjoys gathering with peers for critiques. “We actually get together and usually do a potluck, bring artwork and look at it, tell each other their work sucks, and have a good time,” Wheatley said. When up and coming artists ask Wheatley for advice this is his go-to recommendation: “The first thing I tell them is find some friends you can get together with and talk about your artwork.” Eventually, Wheatly may leave the classroom to pursue art full time, but for now he teaches at Connection High School, Granite District’s alternative high school, doing what he planned way back in jr. high. Wheatly has found ways to balance all his roles. “I just don’t watch much TV,” he said, and when he is on summer break he takes off his teacher’s hat and puts on a painter’s cap. l

‘The Huddle’ 36x36 acrylic on panel by Justin Wheatley (Courtesy of Justin Wheatley)



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lympus girls tennis head coach Jenny Watts had a memorable maiden voyage last season. Watts took over the Titans’ program from her father, Kevin Watts, and promptly guided the team to a Class 5A state championship. There’s no reason to think the Titans can’t contend for another title. They return plenty of talent from last year’s squad, including first singles competitor Emma Jewel, who lost in the finals after going 14-0 during the regular season. The senior won her first three tournament matches in straight sets a year ago before falling in the championship round. Senior Kate Longson also returns at No. 3 singles. She also lost in the finals after going 14-0 in the regular season. Meanwhile, Anzle Stohl and Megan Jewell marched to the final last season as well. The sophomore tandem could be a force this season. Watts said she plans to move Stohl to third singles this season. Senior Abby Harris played second doubles last season where she and her partner, Ava Stanger, fell in the semifinals. Stanger graduated, but Harris is back to contribute to

the program. “This group looks great,” she said. “We have several returners from last year.” Watts’ philosophy isn’t complicated, but it’s a little different from what other coaches may employ. She isn’t concerned about setting goals for wins and losses, advancing in tournaments or being fiercely competitive. She simply wants the girls to have a good experience. “I want the girls to have fun, build friendships and have fun with the other girls,” she said. “I want them to be good sports. I’m not competitive.” Despite the success in her inaugural season, Watts deflects the praise to her players. She’s humble and is grateful to have dedicated players who enjoy the game and who take responsibility for their play on the court and their actions off it. “The girls do all the work on their own. I take no credit,” she said. “The girls work super hard.” Watts ordinarily doesn’t cut players from the team, but she had to this year because of an overwhelming interest in the sport at the school.

The Olympus girls tennis team celebrated a state title last season by scoring six more points than the second-place team. (Photo courtesy of Angela Jewell.)

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Repeat performance? Olympus boys golf looks for top honors again By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


t’s been quite a 12-month ride for Matt Barnes. The Olympus High School coach has been at the helm of two state titles since last school year. Now, he’s ready to defend the first of those two championships. Barnes, who guided the Olympus boys basketball team to a dominant undefeated season and Class 5A state title this past winter, was also at the helm of the boys golf program, which also won the state crown last fall. The team is back on the course for the 2018 campaign, and Barnes is cautiously optimistic about the prospects. “We’ve got an OK chance to repeat,” he said. “I always think we have a chance.” Last season, Olympus narrowly beat out Viewmont by a single stroke for top honors at state. This season, the team returns a quartet of competitors who were all significant contributors a year ago. Senior Zack Neff is arguably the top golfer on the team. Last year at state, he beat out everyone in the tournament for the top individual score at the two-day event. Fellow senior John Fox, whom Barnes said was a “big part of the team last year,” shot a 150 at state, good enough for third on the team. Meanwhile, sophomore Luke Smith played at state as a ninth-grader last season, where he shot a 166. Basketball stand-


out Rylan Jones, who has already committed to play for the University of Utah, is no slouch on the golf course either. The senior shot a 170 at state and will be a key player this season for the Titans. Barnes said he has three or four other solid contributors in the mix. He admits he doesn’t have to do quite as much coaching on the golf course as he does on the basketball court. He said he lets the players know when and where matches are and what time the bus leaves. Other than that, he says the players push themselves to get better. “Golf is one where it’s all on the kids,” he said. “I’m a guy who organizes and lets the kids know the plan. I just keep them going.” Unlike previous seasons when many of Barnes’ players took up golf as more of an on-the-side activity, he now has more players than ever who play year-round and who devote even more serious effort to the game. He’s even coached young men who had never played before. That isn’t the case this season. “It’s nice the last couple of years to have three or four kids who can really play,” he said. “I had never had that many that were really into golf.” Neff and Fox, for example play Jr. Golf throughout the year and have become accustomed to performing in high-pressure events.

Olympus boys golf looking for a repeat performance from last year. (Contributed)

They’ve learned how to handle challenging situations because they’ve gone up against top players from around the region. Barnes also said that while golf is an individual sport, it has a team component because a team’s success depends on how well each player does. Olympus had a successful run last season because the players were positive with one another and encouraged one another to do

their best. “The other kids are pushing each other and pulling for each other to do well,” Barnes said. “It’s fun when you have a good team because every score matters. One stroke can make a big difference.” Olympus has already gotten its season underway. The Class 5A state tournament is set for Oct. 3 and 4 at Glen Eagle in Syracuse. l

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3900 South speed reduction to extend road lifespan By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


peed limits along 3900 South could be reduced this fall in an effort limit wear and tear on the road, according to Holladay city officials. 3900 South, particularly from 2700 East to I-215, is in poor condition, said Holladay City Manager Gina Chamness. Approximately $4 million is available to fix this stretch of road through a grant from the Wasatch Regional Front Council (WRFC), she said, but those funds won’t be available until 2024. There is an additional $1 million available in funding through Salt Lake County. “What we’re talking about is a major reconstruction,” Chamness told the Holladay City Council. “That section (2700 East to I-215) has maybe never been reconstructed.” City officials are working with surrounding communities to improve a road beset with issues for a long time. “We have been meeting with Millcreek and South Salt Lake and other communities hoping that we can secure a solution for this important east-west corridor because it’s not only our section but other sections in poor condition,” Chamness said. The solution being considered right now? Reducing the speed limit to limit the wear and tear on the road thereby extending its lifespan. The idea was suggested by a Millcreek city engineer. The road not only has potholes and pavement issues, but problems beneath the surface.

The road base is too old with too much water getting in, Rita Lund, Millcreek’s director of communications, told the Holladay Journal. “When you get to that point you need to remove all the pavement and get a new base in,” she said. Lund said the plan would include signage for both speed limits as well as informing residents that the reduction is temporary until further funding is acquired for a full reconstruction. Currently, 3900 South is 40 mph; the proposed speed reduction would be from 40 to 30 mph between I-215 and 2700 East. Then from 2700 East to 2300 East, speed would be reduced from 40 to 35 mph. Holladay City Councilman Steve Gunn said he’s been asked a couple times from one resident about possible solutions to 3900 South. “I hope I will not be anywhere close to him when I say our solution is to lower the speed limit,” Gunn said. “It’s almost a gravel road now…the longer we wait the greater the cost will be to repair the road.” To reconstruct the section from 2300 East to I-215 would cost $8.7 million, Chamness said, and “we at this point don’t have the funding.” They are attempting to fast-track the $4 million from WRFC to 2020, but even then wouldn’t reach the required $8.7 million. This reconstruction would include sidewalks, street lights and storm drains in addition

A stretch of 3900 South that is considered in poor condition. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

to the road. City officials are working toward a longterm solution, but feel this speed reduction — which could be implemented as soon as this fall — will help in the short term. A lot of moving pieces exist right now with surrounding cities and what funding will be used and where it will come from. For now,

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Excellence and enthusiasm: the legacy left by retired history teacher Mr. Jim Felt By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


n August, when the late bell for first period rang on the first day of school at Olympus High, someone was missing. Someone who had been there every year for that bell since 1972. It was Mr. Jim Felt, a history teacher who retired with the class of 2018. He taught at Olympus for 46 years. Kim Gilbert works in the office at Olympus and says though she’s happy for Felt and hopes he enjoys retirement, he will be missed. She described him as a teacher who always went the extra mile, but was very private as far as accolades were concerned. “He won several awards, but he never wanted the attention,” said Gilbert. In 2013 he received a Huntsman Award for excellence in education. He was described by the Deseret News as a “veteran teacher” with “rigorous” standards. Passionate about his subject, it was reported that his AP European history classes were always filled to capacity. Olympus Principal Steve Perschon is one of his admirers. “He cares deeply for his students and his passing rate on the AP exam was always significantly higher than the state and national averages,” said Perschon. His classes were fun, but he was as famous for his fashion as he was for his curriculum. His outfits and ties complemented his lessons and showed pride in the school. He wore a green suit (one of Olympus’s school colors) on game days. Felt has been an announcer at home football and basketball games for many years, and will continue to fill that role at Olympus. Even his announcing style was educational. One student said, “Sometimes he would be announcing at the games and he would give hints and answers to quizzes and tests over the loudspeaker. I loved it!” Students milling around on registration day in August

perked up when they heard Felt’s name. One student body officer said, “I didn’t even have him, and just from hearing my friends talk, I knew how amazing a teacher he was!” Sara Watts, who is currently a senior at Olympus, had AP World Civilizations with Felt her sophomore year. She was all smiles when she remembered being in his class. “Once we were having a lesson on royalty, and he dressed all in purple because it’s the color of royalty. He had great ties, and he had a suitcoat in every color. He never wore the same outfit twice!” Watts said. His teaching approach included note-taking. “He was amazing. He wrote everything on the board before class, then we’d take notes and he’d fill in information while we were in class. I’ve never learned so much in my life. And I enjoyed it,” Watts said. Watts thinks of Felt as an ideal teacher. “I think those teachers who love what they’re doing are the best. They’re so passionate about what they do, and everyone wants to be in their classes.” “Jim loves history and had a way of making history come alive for his students,” said Perschon. “In fact, many parents — who were also his former students — wanted him to teach their own children because of the memorable experiences they had in his classroom.” Former Olympus Student Ashlie Gray never had Felt as a teacher, but heard all about him. “Everyone that had him loved him,” she said. “I also think he’s immortal. He was there when my dad was and literally looks the exact same.” Felt loved Olympus, and Olympus loved him back. His retirement party, held May 18, had a phenomenal turnout. “Most retirement parties are held in the (smaller) alumni room. His was held in the cafeteria. Most retirement events last two hours, but

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his lasted six hours. He influenced generations, and so many people in the community wanted a chance to visit with him,” Gilbert said. Felt intends to keep his ties to Olympus High and will continue announcing at games. “We will miss having Jim in the classroom, but are happy that he will still be the voice of the Titans and will announce our football and basketball games,” said Perschon. l

Retired history teacher Jim Felt will continue to announce Titan football games, starting with this game against Cottonwood August 17. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE The Blue Moon Festival marked the end of the summer season. I would like to thank our Holladay Arts Council and Executive Director Sheryl Gillilan for executing another successful Free Concerts on the Commons series. Attendance continues to grow each year; 2018 was no exception. Thanks to everyone that came out to support the event! We are always trying to improve existing offerings and explore new ideas you may have for additional programming. All suggestions are welcome. Visit the Holladay Arts Council at www.Holladayarts.org, or email holladayartscouncil@gmail.com.

The end of summer also means school is back in session. Holladay is blessed with an incredible network of public and private schools that support our community. Keeping our kids safe is priority one for administrators, our police officers and the City Council. Chief Hutson stepped up patrols of our school zones over the past two weeks. We hope this additional presence reminds our citizens to be extra cautious as school gets back in session. Open enrollment has increased the number of out-ofboundary students attending our local schools. Most are transported by their parents or in car pools using private vehicles. This dramatically increased the number of cars using the drop-off/pick-up zones. Many of our schools are located on busy thoroughfares, further exacerbating vehicle congestion. Mixing children with cars is never ideal. All of our schools have personnel and procedures in place to reduce conflict. Our second line of defense is educating and reminding drivers to be vigilant when moving through an active school zone. Slow down, watch for Crossing Guards, keep your head on a swivel, and never, ever be on your cell phone. You can expect additional patrolling of our school zones in the coming weeks. Keeping our kids safe is a responsibility we take very seriously. Please help us make their job easy by following the speed limit and paying attention to your surroundings. Be safe out there!!! Rob Dahle, Mayor

Property Taxes in Holladay By Gina Chamness, City Manager In late July, property owners in Holladay received Notices of Property Tax Valuation and Tax Changes from Salt Lake County. Those notices usually generate some questions we’ll try to address. The notice highlights two potential types of changes that can affect the property tax residents pay – how your individual property is valued, and the tax rate that you pay to various entities, including the Granite School District, Salt Lake County, and the City of Holladay. State law prohibits local governments from receiving a windfall from an increase in the property value, so as property values increase, the “certified rate” or the rate that a tax entity can impose without a hearing, decreases, guaranteeing each entity only the same amount of revenue from property tax received the previous year, plus an allowance for any new growth that may have occurred in the community. Generally, any change in the tax rate beyond the certified rate requires a Truth in Taxation hearing. The dates of these hearings are shown on Notice received from the County, and are staggered so that a property owner can attend each hearing that effects their property. The graphs at right illustrate the increase in value of property in Holladay and the related decrease in the certified rate since 2004. When values decreased during the recession a decade ago, the rate increased, and as values recovered and increased, the rate decreases. For individual residents, this means that if your property’s value increases at the same rate as the value of the average property in Holladay, which this year is about a 5 ½ percent increase, the property tax paid to the City of Holladay remains the same. If your property’s value increases more than the average, you will pay more and those residents whose property valuation increases less than the average in this community will pay less. The City of Holladay continues to receive the same amount of funds from property tax, with some residents paying more and some paying less, depending on those individual property valuations. Since its incorporation in 1999, Holladay has not increased its property tax rate beyond the certified rate. The overall share of your property tax bill received by the City of Holladay has decreased from about 18 percent when the City incorporated nearly 20 years ago to about 10 percent of the overall bill this year. Because the certified rate does not adjust for inflation, this

means the City has considerably less ability to fund services through property tax than when the City incorporated. Holladay residents will notice a couple of changes in school levies on their property tax notice that don’t require a Truth in Taxation hearing. The tax rate for the Granite School District is increasing because last November, voters approved a general obligation bond for capital improvements. The State Basic School Levy is also increasing as a result of funding rebalancing effort made by the State Legislature during their session this spring. We hope this answers questions you may have had about property taxes. If questions remain, please contact Gina Chamness, City Manager at gchamness@cityofholladay.com

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When licensing or renewing a pet’s license, citizens in Salt Lake County Animal Services jurisdiction* qualify for a free voucher to receive: a (1) free vaccination, a free rabies vaccination, and a free microchip. Additional lowcost vaccinations will be available. Any resident may attend the clinic with their dogs and cats. Bring proof of previous rabies vaccinations, license, & microchip. Dogs must be on leash. Cats must be in carriers. License Fees: $15: Sterilized $40: Unsterilized: $5: Senior Citizen (residents 60 & older. Pet must be Sterilized) Questions about licensing email licensing@slco.org. For all other questions email animal@slco.org.

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 W. Brett Graham, District 2 bgraham@cityofholladay.com 801-272-1221 Paul Fotheringham, District 3 pfotheringham@cityofholladay.com 801-424-3058 Steve Gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Mark H. Stewart, District 5 mstewart@cityofholladay.com 801-232-4544 Gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@cityofholladay.com

PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

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Join the Holladay Youth Council The Holladay Youth Council is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Membership on the Youth Council is available for students in grades 9-12, registered in either a private or public school. Members must be residents of the City of Holladay. Applications will be available, after Sept 1, at the reception desk at Holladay City Hall – 4580 S 2300 E. Completed applications are to be returned to the reception desk. It is necessary that former members fill out the membership application to re-apply. For more information or questions, call or text Paul Fotheringham at 801-424-3058.

FREE STREET TREES! Holladay City is well known for being one of the most heavily wooded cities in the state. City leaders, partnered with the Holladay Tree Committee, want to help maintain the health of our urban forest. What this means to home owners is that the city will help you place new trees in your residential landscapes “right of way” areas aka ‘Street Trees’. These new trees can help compliment your existing landscape or restore what may have been lost after older trees have been removed. Since this program began in 2015 nearly 300 vouchers have helped shade our city streets with new trees and it’s continuing this fall! Autumn is a great time to plant trees and if you would like to participate get your voucher request submitted now! Simply fill out an application which is available at the front desk of city hall or visit www. cityofholladay.com/community/holladay-tree-committee. Once the application is completed, leave it with the receptionist at city hall or email the PDF to holladaycitytree@ymail.com. After the application has been reviewed by a member of the tree committee a voucher will be issued which you may redeem at one of our participating nurseries for the dollar amount and tree species detailed on your approved voucher. THIS IS NOT A REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM, please do not submit receipts for trees you have purchased yourself. Some of the rules and restrictions that apply:

Circle your calendar on

Thursday, November 15, 2018

7:00 - 9:00 pm

for the 4th Annual Holladay History Night A new DVD, Chapter 4 of Holladay’s history will be shown . . . coupled with displays, pictures, artifacts, pioneer entertainment and refreshments.

• You must be a Holladay city resident • The tree must be placed in a city “Right of Way” location which is typically within 12 feet of a city street • This program is first come first serve and will end if the allocated budget is exhausted There are many species of tree which will be approved for our area most of which are recommended by the Utah state forester. Larger trees may be restricted by your planting site. To learn more about the city tree committee or how you can help our urban forest, contact us or visit our facebook page www.facebook. com/HolladayCityTrees Thank you to everyone who helps celebrate and care for our urban forest!

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Evergreen and Churchill Jr. Highs get sorely needed remodels and updates By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

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As if symbolically crying out to be remodeled, the actual word school needs to be fixed. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)


hen students in Granite School District went back to school on Aug. 20, two Holladay schools were still working to finish summer construction projects. Churchill Jr. High needed an elevator to be brought up to code, and Evergreen Jr. High needed a complete remodel. Both schools have been in operation for over 50 years. Churchill Jr. High, located on a hilly lot on 3450 East Oakview Drive, is a school with three levels. “It was such a nightmare when anyone in a wheelchair or on crutches needed to get from one level to another,” said Principal’s Secretary Cris Bromley. “We had to assign another student to help the person, and the way the school is built, they would have to go outside, and push the wheelchair up Oakview Drive. Our custodians do a great job keeping the path clear, but it was ridiculous.” “This is something that has been bounced around for several years. It’s a matter of safety just as much as compliance,” said Office Bookkeeper Shawna Cluff, as she explained that if the school ever needs to be in lockdown, access to the elevator will be essential for certain students. The elevator doesn’t just bring the school into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for the students. It’s a school where parents and grandparents are frequently coming in to volunteer, speak with staff or watch programs. There are two parking lots, one for the entrance on the main level and another to enter on

the second level. When weather is snowy, there are hazards for anyone who needs to access the school. The elevator shaft is completed, and the mechanics are currently under construction. The elevator is located near the main entrance on the first floor, next to the principal’s office on the second floor, and outside a classroom on the third floor. A few blocks west, Evergreen Jr. High, which is located on 3401 South 2000 East, needed a much bigger remodel. A week before school started, the parking lot was still full of construction vehicles and the main building was closed to students. Students who came to register in August were directed to a temporary portable office in the east parking lot. Counselors Carma Barnhart and Ashley Hill and Secretary Janice Wirthlin were based there and had materials ready for incoming students. They kept to business as usual despite the construction dust. “The plan is to be ready when the students start the school year,” Barnhart said. Inside the school, every area was completely renovated or at the very least touched up. The halls were filled with dozens of busy construction workers and cleaning crew. To facilitate the work, all the classroom doors and whiteboards were removed and temporarily stored outside. The sights, smells and sounds of construction were everywhere. From the builders in the auditorium to the paint in

the halls and the hammers echoing through classrooms, the project hummed along. The main entrance to the school was locked during what was called phase 1 of the remodel project. But the building itself seemed to plead for its makeover in the sign over the main entrance. “Evergreen Junior High School” it announced proudly. But an “o” from the word school was missing; the “school” was literally falling apart. This project aims to put the building on the road to repair. l

9th grader Ahava Ben-Baba is directed to the temporary portable to register for school on August 13. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

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Photo Gallery: Holladay’s Blue Moon Festival All Photos by Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com The city of Holladay held its seventh annual Blue Moon Festival on August 25. With live music, crafts and games for kids, vendors and food trucks, the festival made for a perfect exclamation point for the end of summer. To see the rest of the photos, visit www. cottonwoodholladayjournal.com or our Facebook page, Cottonwood / Holladay Journal. l

Lots of children got face paintings at the festival.

The festival had tons of stuff for kids, like snow cones and face paint.

Changing Lanes performed a number of Motown hits that got attendees out of their chairs and on their feet.


Changing Lanes performed a number of Motown hits that got attendees out of their chairs and on their feet.

A large grasshopper near the playground elicited a few shrieks.

Infectious Motown hits got the crowd dancing, both young and old alike.

Kids play a game to see who can juggle the pickle ball the longest.

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Top five ways to avoid an accident


ccidents are inevitable. Or are they? We’ve all met someone who says (more like “claims”) they have never experienced a car accident before. While we might doubt the veracity of such a statement, there are countless ways to avoid those nauseatingly time consuming situations — the ones where you wait for law enforcement on the side of the road (or middle of the intersection), deal with insurance companies and figure out finances for fixing the fender. There are countless ways to avoid an accident, here are the top five. 1. Attitude You probably weren’t expecting this one first. As a driver, you control over 3,000 pounds (or more) of metal that can cause incalculable damage. Driving with maturity and the right mindset makes a world of difference. Speeding to beat another car to the exit or to get back at the person who cut you off a minute ago may give you a moment of satisfaction, but is it worth the risk and ramifications? If all drivers commit to having a responsible attitude, imagine how much less we’d find ourselves in bumper to bumper traffic waiting to pass the accident. 2. Speed From 2012-2016, 40 percent of motor vehicle traffic crash deaths in Utah were because

of speeding, according to Utah Department of let someone else go first. Public Safety’s crash data. This also applies when driving in poor Slowing down isn’t going to kill you, but weather conditions. Heavy rainfall and snowflying past others just might. storms blot windshields and make roads slick, 3. Distraction adverse circumstances to traveling safely. BaStay focused. Keep your guard up. Though sics become even more vital like keeping your you may be a phenomenal driver, others aren’t. distance from the vehicle in front of you. Be aware of your surroundings by paying 5. Maintenance attention to what’s in front of you and checking The best way to avoid car malfunction is your mirrors. Knowing where everyone else is the maintenance of said car. helps avoid collisions. If you’re distracted by Ensure tires and brakes are operating withyour phone, music, or billboards with cows out issue. Keep fluids to their proper levels. writing on them, it limits your response time to Oil changes and car washes make a difference. what another driver may being doing in front These simple, but effective maintenance tips of you. ensure your car remains a well-oiled machine 4. Defense (pun intended). l This was one of the first concepts taught in driver education and one of the first we forget: drive defensively. Failing to yield caused 12 percent of deaths from 20122016 in the same data mentioned before. That comes to 154 people who died because they didn’t Here are some ways to avoid a car accident, like this one. (Photo by David Shankbone)

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Olympus football eager to compete in challenging Region 6 By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


n football, like in any sport, coaches love when they can find teachable players with good attitudes. Of course, it’s nice to have some talent as well. Olympus Head Coach Aaron Whitehead said his players have both attributes. As his Titans prepare for the 2018 season, Whitehead has been happy with his players’ efforts at practice. It’s evident to him that they’re hungry to improve on last season’s 4-6 mark. Olympus also placed fourth in Region 6 with a 2-3 record. It lost in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament to Springville, 2814. “I’m very impressed with this group,” Whitehead said. “I like their willingness to

Jackson Frank throws a slant against Cottonwood High in its opening game. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

learn and their attitude. They’ve put in a lot of work in the offseason. I’m excited with how positive they are. I think we’ll have success.” Whitehead said the players have taken it upon themselves to come up with objectives for the season. He’s confident their work ethic and mindset will pay off. “It’s very rewarding to have the team set and attain goals,” he said. The Titans’ offense could be interesting to watch this season. Whitehead welcomes back a loaded unit with experience and skill. Olympus has four returning starters on the offensive line. Malosi Neria, a senior, is a three-year starter on the line, while fellow senior Josh Mondale will be starting for the second straight year. Two junior offensive linemen, Lucas Spillett and Emerson Conlan, are also entering their second season as starters. Zack Reynolds will also be in the mix. “Our lineman are athletic and strong,” Whitehead said. Quarterback Jackson Frank, who got some time last season under center, will start for Olympus this year. He threw a touchdown pass in a backup role to departed senior Harrison Creer. “(Frank) is a capable, gifted quarterback,” Whitehead said. “He’s absolutely coachable and is a great leader and captain. He’s a phenomenal athlete.” Whitehead is also excited about wide receiver Noah Bennee. The 6-foot-5 wideout snagged a team-high 28 passes for 512 yards and five touchdowns last season. Whitehead said he has drawn the attention of some Division 1 college programs. “He’s a gifted player,” Whitehead said. “He’s a playmaker and has great control of his body in space. He has a chance to play on Saturdays.” Jonah Pingree and Matt Ward will also see time at wide receiver. Meanwhile, the Titans use a host of running backs in their offense,

Senior Jack Hollberg busts through a hole for a big gain. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

and there’s plenty of depth at that position with this squad. Tommy Poulton and Jack Hollberg return to the backfield after combining for nearly 500 yards last season. Chase Bennion, Scott Edwards and Chase Hopkins will also rotate in the lineup. Defensively, junior defensive tackle Uriah Te’o will anchor the line. Isaac Wilcox is a leader at the linebacker position. He had three sacks and 49 tackles last season. “(Te’o) is a tough kid,” Whitehead said. “Wilcox is a tough, physical kid. He’s extremely fast.” Mac Wolfenbarger is another player Whitehead is counting on to make plays on defense. Pingree will line up at strong safety, while a

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handful of other offensive players will see time on the other side of the ball as well. Whitehead also praised place kicker Alec Foulger, whom he said is “already on pace ot be quite a good kicker.” The Titans opened the year Aug. 17 at home with a 47-0 win against Cottonwood. Whitehead said that game will set the tone for the rest of the season — a season he hopes will end with great success. “We set a vision in 2011 (when he became head coach) to win region and play in the state semifinals,” he said. “We want to get back there. The goal is to get back as region champions.” Olympus kicks off Region 6 play Sep. 14 at home against West. l

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City, Knudsen Parks progress toward completion By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


olladay’s City Park may need to be renamed “City Holly Park.” That was the joke made by Councilman Paul Fotheringham as Holly Smith was updating the Holladay City Council on two of its primary parks — City Park and the upcoming Knudsen Park. That’s because of the $2.5 million spent on City Park, 85 percent came from grants and other funding sources. All grants are written by Smith. Built up piece by piece as funding is acquired, City Park has seen work being done since 2006–2007. Smith presented updates on City Park from this spring and summer. With a budget of $355,000 — a majority of which came from grant funding — they installed two pickleball courts, a basketball half court, a three-bay storage shed, landscaping, sod patching and continuous grass throughout the park. “This makes the park usable for a variety of different groups” such as Concerts in the Commons, sports clubs, weddings and city celebrations, Smith said. There was also a line of 21 trees installed along Holladay Boulevard. According to Smith, 100 percent of funding for those trees came from a Garden Club donation and grant from the Community Forestry Partnership program. Six swinging benches and planting baskets are next to be built behind the baseball diamond next to the north pavilion. Smith said the final project will be adding a donor wall on the south side of the restroom building. Smith said the plan was to have a sign with Holladay City Park in big letters on the brick. The sign will also include the eight significant donors who made the park possible: Forsgren, Garden Club, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake County, Holladay City Foundation, Na-

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tional Parks Service, Community Forestry Partnership and Cottonwood Builders. Another donor made a hefty contribution, but wishes to remain anonymous. The anonymous donor provided $75,000 during fundraising efforts for the playground installation. Councilman Brett Graham said he has even more admiration for the faceless donor. “It’s great to know that there’s someone here that’s done that and it may actually encourage others to do the same if they’re in similar circumstances.” Park utilization has been positive so far. On a weekly basis over 500 people attended the Saturday night Concerts in the Commons. On a Tuesday morning in July, City Manager Gina Chamness estimated 60 kids were using the playground. Smith said they expect the courts to be used more with time and educating the public on its uses. “This is astounding,” Graham said. “With very limited resources the city has been able to achieve significantly meaningful open spaces and that’s great.” Knudsen Park The long-gestating Knudsen Park — located at the end of Holladay Boulevard beyond Cotton Bottom and Franck’s — is progressing toward its grand opening in 2019. Smith said the official ribbon-cutting ceremony is aimed to take place the weekend before Memorial Day. Just over $3 million is the park’s budget with $2.7 million awarded from the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks recreation bond. Amenities for the park will include a nature area, playground, trails, water play space, grass space and a wooden drawbridge. A video was shown during the Aug. 2 work meeting where the bridge was installed in about five minutes.

“It’s gonna to be a cool spot,” Mayor Rob Dahle said, adding it will probably surprise people how much use it gets. Dahle and Councilman Mark Stewart took a tour of the construction site in July, with Stewart noting during the Aug. 2 city council meeting how excited he is for the park’s opening. “I think the public is going to be very happy and surprised when they see what a great park it’ll be,” he said. l

This pedestrian bridge at the upcoming Knudsen Park was installed in five minutes. (Photo courtesy Holly Smith)

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Beginning teachers begin to see better salaries By Jet Burnham and Julie Slama | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com, Julie@mycityjournals.com


anice Voorhies began her teaching career in Alpine School District in 1969, a time when it was the lowest-paying school district in a state with the lowest teacher salary in the nation. “I arguably was—for a brief while—the lowest paid teacher in America,” she said. Voorhies is now Board of Education president for Jordan District and was thrilled to announce a pay increase for Utah teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. The raise includes an $875 step increase for every teacher and a $2,500 cost-of-living adjustment for every licensed employee for a total raise of $3,675. “We had a goal to retain quality teachers and attract new teachers,” Voorhies said. “This compensation is something I never could have dreamed of when I started my first-year salary at $4,800.” When the package was announced, some teachers argued the raise was unfair because, by percentages, new teachers got a bigger raise than experienced teachers. Others, like Jordan Ridge Elementary’s Laurie Christensen, thought it was a great package. With the announcement, she reminded her colleagues that it incentivizes college students to enter and remain in the profession. “We’ve got to shift our view,” she said. “We’ve got to look at what’s best for all of the educators out there.” West Hills Middle teacher Victor Neves has been teaching for 27 years. He said before the raise last year, he was making about twice as much as a first-year teacher. “I certainly don’t work twice as hard as first-year teachers,” he said. “I’d say I work about one-tenth as hard as first-year teachers. And because I know what I’m doing, I think I teach better than them — but not twice as well as them.” In Canyons District, first-year teacher Whitney Lott will be teaching Midvale Middle School eighth-graders. “My contract begins Aug. 17 and already I’ve been getting the room ready,” she said in late July, adding that she has read the core curriculum, a teaching strategy book and will have attended a teaching “base camp” before her contract begins. “Being a new teacher may be more work than a veteran as I’m learning everything and creating a curriculum while veteran teachers usually are not on the same learning curve. (But) I truly, truly believe this is the one of the most important jobs we can do.” Neves said the salary arms race among the districts competing for new teachers is encouraging. “If we’re going to attract and retain new teachers, which we need to do, we have to pay them market rates,” he said. Voorhies said the board had beginning teachers in mind when they approved the raise. “It’s never easy for a first-year teacher — financially or with the workload—there’s a


huge learning curve,” she said. “But anything we can do to allow teachers to earn more money—they’ll go someplace else if they can’t feed their family.” Emily Oscarson is a first-year teacher at Golden Fields Elementary in Jordan District, starting at $42,800 a year. She survived on her intern wage last year—50 percent of a teacher’s wage—even while she ran her classroom independently. “Like any career, you have to work your way up,” she said. “You’re not going to start fresh out of college making some huge salary.” Utah Education Association spokesman Mike Kelley said that school districts together worked to “set the mark above $40,000 in all school districts here in the valley,” but that starting salary is not across the state as rural school districts may not have the same resources. Murray Education Association President and Murray High School government teacher Mark Durfey is grateful for the pay raise. “Murray Education Association members are appreciative of the 2.75 percent raise,” he said, adding there won’t be an additional increase in insurance rates. “With this increase, added to the considerable adjustment from last year’s negotiations, we think Murray is a great place to work.” Utah teachers have always been quick to point out they are some of the lowest paid in the nation. According to statistics from EdBuild.org, a nonprofit organization in support of public schools, (see table), Utah’s salary ranking moved up from 35th to 31st when average teacher wages were adjusted for cost of living. However, the study used 2013 wages. The recent raises—nearly 12 percent last year and the additional bump from this year’s packages— may have moved Utah closer to the middle of the pack. However, there still is a need to make the pay scale equal to those of starting professionals, such as a computer programmer or a medical technician. (see table). In a recent article, the National Education Association states: “It is true that most educators decide to enter the teaching profession because of a desire to work with children, but to attract and retain a greater number of dedicated, committed professionals, educators need salaries that are literally ‘attractive.’” In a 2006 NEA study, half of new U.S. teachers are likely to quit within the first five years because of poor working conditions and low salaries. However, with salaries on the rise, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics study found in 2015 that after three years, only 17 percent of teachers leave their field. The determining factor was money. Their study of 1,900 teachers showed that 97 percent of teachers who earned more than $40,000 their first year returned the next

year, compared with 87 percent who earned less than $40,000. Utah teachers, like Neves, are hopeful additional funding for education will be approved by the state legislature. He said it’s important to ease the burden of the high rent many young teachers are facing. “The raise is big and it’s great but the legislature needs to step up,” he said. “If we are going to get teachers, we have to pay new teachers enough to pay their rent.”

Voorhies said those employed by taxpayers—police, fire fighters and teachers—have traditionally been underpaid and undervalued by the community. “I don’t think they have to be rich, but they should be able to make a living so we can encourage good people—people that really care about the community—to work in the fields that will influence our children for better and keep us safe,” she said. l

Sherry Nance, fourth grade teacher at Midvalley Elementary, runs her classroom in September 2017. Teachers in school districts across Salt Lake County have received pay increases over the past few years. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Skyline football looks to keep pace in Region 6 INDUSTRY

Just over two years ago, the United Nations asserted that the internet is a basic human right. Comcast – the Philadelphia based video and high-speed internet company – has been doing its part since 2011 to democratize online access. To date, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has connected more than six million people with low-cost, high-speed internet. The program has steadily expanded, but has swelled considerably in the last year, increasing from 4 to 6 million total connects. Since its inception, Internet Essentials has taken hold in our own backyard, with 88,000 individuals in Utah connected. The breakdown: 20,800 individuals in Salt Lake City; 10,800 individuals in West Valley City; 8,400 individuals in Ogden; 4,000 individuals in West Jordan; 3,600 individuals in Orem; 3,200 individuals in Logan; and 2,400 individuals in Provo. Now, in its latest expansion, we’re extending Internet Essentials to low-income veterans. There are about 1 million vets living within Comcast's national footprint, and upwards of 27,000 in Utah alone. "We are excited to extend this to Veterans who have stood up for our country, now it’s time for us to stand up for them by providing access to life-changing digital tools and resources," Comcast Senior Executive Vice President David L. Cohen said in a statement. And the data thus far has been compelling. Comcast released a seven-year progress report detailing how IE is changing lives. Ninety-three percent of households have seen a positive impact on their child’s grades and 62% said the broadband at home has helped them or someone in the family find a job. Ninety-six percent of IE households would recommend IE to friends and family, and 84% already have. This is good news for veterans in our community. Elizabeth Mitchell External Affairs Director Comcast Utah

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By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


f you’re a fan of Skyline football, you didn’t suffer from boredom at the games last season. The Eagles made things entertaining on the field, getting into shootouts in most of their games. The team is hoping for continued firepower on offense and to clamp down on defense. Scoring was not a problem for Skyline in 2017. The Eagles were among the top 10 teams in Class 5A in points per game with nearly 34 an outing — this despite getting shut out in its state tournament loss and posting just 14 points in a 28-point loss in the regular season finale. In its six victories, Skyline averaged 44.3 points per game. Skyline has to replace most of that production, including departed quarterback Tommy McGrath, who threw for more than 3,000 yards, and wide receiver Taylor Larsen, who grabbed 57 balls for 1,184 yards and 16 touchdowns. Hayden Hansen will try to fill the void at wideout. Last season, he had 22 catches for 453 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jacob Walker returns on the offensive line where he’ll try to open holes for the running game and protect the quarterback. Speaking of quarterback, the young man at the helm this season will be Chris Dudley, who

threw two passes last season, completing one for seven yards. He started at safety last year and now take the reins at QB. Skyline had trouble slowing down opponents last season. The Eagles were near the bottom in 5A by allowing more than 32 points per game. Three starters are back for that unit, including defensive back Moses Tauteoli, who had 34 tackles last season. Cameron Sueoka will lead the linebackers. He contributed 14 tackles and two sacks in 2017. On the defensive line, Walker will take on an increased role. He chipped in 14 tackles last season. The Eagles placed third in Region 6 a year ago, going 3-2 with victories over Murray, West and Olympus and losses to Highland and Lehi, which finished above them in the standings. Skyline opened the 2018 season Aug. 17 with a game at Granger where they won 47-40. The Eagles then have a rare Saturday game on Aug. 25 when it tangles with out-of-state foe Skyview, Idaho, at home. On Sept. 21, Skyline begins its region portion of the schedule when it hosts Highland. In order to reach the Class 5A state tournament, Skyline must avoid the Region 6 basement, as the top four teams in the five-team league qualify for the postseason. l

Skyline’s Chris Dudley, shown here in action last season, will start at quarterback for the Eagles this year. (Photo courtesy of Bob Dudley)

Got notebooks? Donations still needed in area schools By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ranite Education Foundation Chief Executive Officer Brent Severe calls this year’s Tools for Schools a “great success,” but also adds there still is a need for school supplies, clothing and food and hygiene items. “I can’t thank the community enough for their donations to support our most vulnerable students,” he said. “We received backpacks, school supplies, food for our pantries in our schools.” The donations also included clothing items including socks, coats, shoes and undergarments. All the contributions were donated in early August during the second annual Tools for Schools drive for students, which benefitted students in eight school districts statewide. Other area districts include Jordan, Canyons, Salt Lake and Murray. During the three-day drive, Z104 KSOP radio personalities Dave and Deb lived on school buses at the Shops at South Town to broadcast the need. Salt Lake Board of Realtors, district volunteers and others accepted and organized donations. “We split up the donations as to what each district needed the most. Granite received about a pallet full of supplies,” Severe said. Granite School District comprises 70,000 students, 65 percent of whom are at or below

Community members were encouraged to bring donations to school buses parked in the Shops at South Town as part of a supply drive for students. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

poverty, he said. “We collect all year and can always use a lot more. One hundred percent of what we receive, we give to our students. Last year, we collected 20,000 backpacks and we still couldn’t fit the need,” he said. “We are grateful for every donation we receive.” This year, Discover Card alone has pledged $30,000 to donate filled backpacks with school supplies for 10 Granite schools, and there are opportunities for more businesses to donate school supplies, food or clothing, he added. Amongst Granite’s students are refugee students, including those from South America and Africa, Severe said. “When they come over now, it’s great for them in the warm weather, but once the cold

weather hits, they’re needing socks, shoes, boot and coats,” he said. The idea to hold a collaborative drive came from Jackie McKay, on-air promotions director for Z104. “It’s a way we can help our community as there is so many kids in need,” she said. “We’ve had people dropping off notebooks, backpacks, cash donations, food and other items we listed on a website. With some of the cash donations, we’ve gone out to buy more needed items like socks and underwear and flash drives so students can save their work if they don’t have computers at home. We have a great group of listeners who love to support the community and are helping to stuff backpacks full for all the students in need.” l

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Artwork raising awareness, appreciation of Jordan River By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


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Artists paint a Jordan River overpass. (Van Hoover, by permission)


he Jordan River is often overlooked as a natural asset of the Salt Lake Valley, but one local nonprofit is working to raise awareness among the community’s youth. Hartland Community 4 Youth and Families recently completed a three-year project that focused on beautifying the area around the Jordan River and raising awareness of the river’s importance. The project also provided at-risk youth with the opportunity to get outside to enjoy this underappreciated natural area that flows through their neighborhoods. The river serves the Salt Lake Valley as a unique and diverse ecosystem running right through its heart. The project was conceived as a way to beautify the Jordan River Trail while helping to connect young people in the area with the river. “The initial idea for the project was that there were so many old signs along the trail that had been tagged,” Project Leader Van Hoover said. “They were these old dilapidated signs that were structurally sound, and the thought was how cool it would be for people who were passing by to see cool art to appreciate rather than an old sign.” During the first two years of the project, five directional signs were painted each year to cover graffiti and to add art to the area expressing appreciation for the river and the trail. The concept evolved to focus on art created by kids and community artists. Inspiration for the artwork was derived from activities that Hartland organized for local kids to enjoy, such as canoeing the river and biking the Jordan River Trail.

“The overarching goal was to help the community have ownership of the river and the trail,” Hoover said. “They’re a lot less likely to destroy public spaces when they made it better or got to play a part. Now kids can go on the trail and say, ‘I got to help paint that mural.’ To me that’s a powerful connection.” During the third year of the project, which concluded this May, larger murals were painted on buildings facing the river near 1700 South and 300 South and a river overpass. The project involved dozens of kids from Hartland’s programs as well as community artists and other volunteers. “Everybody that participated saw the city in a new light,” said Pete Vordenberg, project volunteer and Hartland board member. “They discovered this thing flowing through their city that they had no idea was there. They cross over the river in their car or the bus. People don’t think of it as a natural resource.” Project organizers hope this will be part of a larger movement to appreciate the Jordan River and what it can mean to


the community. “It’s an opportunity for the city and the whole valley to enjoy this natural thing,” Vordenberg said. “Cities can revolve around a river like the Jordan River. This is such a great step in the right direction.” “People can think of the river in a different way,” Hoover said. “What sections of the trail are safe? People ask me that all the time. The river is being stigmatized. We can change the way people see it, that it is a positive place to be.” The artwork along the river depicts natural features of the Jordan River like pelicans, turtles and trees. The images also show ways that the river can be enjoyed like canoeing. “The artwork was very connected to what the kids did on the river,” Hoover said. He hopes their connection to the river will continue to grow and that more people in the community will value the Jordan River as a resource to be protected and enjoyed. l

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