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s we begin a new year, I see great opportunity for Salt Lake County to work as a regional government, collaborating with state and local partners to help adAimee Winder Newton dress complex issues. County Council District 3 There are a few issues I feel are particularly important, and I’ll be focusing on them in the coming year: intergenerational poverty, criminal justice reform, suicide prevention, and improved transparency over the county budget. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, of the 1.1 million residents in Salt Lake County roughly 10.8 percent are experiencing poverty. In recent years the State of Utah has taken great strides to better understand poverty in our communities, with a specific focus on intergenerational poverty. Distinct from situational poverty, intergenerational poverty refers to a cycle of poverty and use of public assistance programs that continues from one generation to the next. I believe every Utahn should have access to the opportunities our robust economy offers,
Poverty, criminal justice, suicide, and government transparency - issues to tackle in 2017 allowing them to break free of the constraints of a cycle of poverty. I’ll be working with state experts and local officials to see what appropriate role the county can play in addressing this issue. Criminal justice reform certainly ties into poverty issues. Specifically, I’m interested in how the county can help reduce recidivism in our criminal justice system. Helping former offenders rehabilitate and connect with job opportunities to contribute to society after they have completed their time in jail is vital. There has already been a tremendous amount of great work in this area, and I’m eager to help move these initiatives forward. We all know that suicide among Utah teens is staggeringly high—something that is totally unacceptable. This past year I testified before the State Legislature about the need for a statewide three-digit number to connect people with crisis intervention resources. I’ll continue to push forward on that issue in 2017 and beyond. We can and must do better for our residents struggling with severe mental health issues. Lastly - better government transparency for tax dollar spending is vital. Though con-
ceivably more procedural in nature than the other issues I’ve discussed, I still feel very strongly about the need for proper transparency to the public. In particular, I’ll be looking at how we can better communicate the complexities of the county budget to our residents. They have a right to know where their tax dollars are going—and whether those uses are efficient and effective. With roughly one billion dollars comprising the total county budget, there is a lot of work to do to ensure transparency in how we spend tax dollars. There will of course be additional issues that come up during the year, but I believe these items above are crucial issues to tackle—and I believe the county can be a great partner working with state and local leaders to make a positive difference. I’m constantly reminded of the humbling opportunity I have to serve on the Salt Lake County Council. I’m eager to continue working hard on behalf of my constituents and all county residents to ensure Salt Lake County continues to be a great place to live, work, and raise a family. l
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Despite tragic start to the year, Holladay continues to thrive By Kelly Cannon | firstname.lastname@example.org 2016 was a year of loss for Holladay, first with the death of Unified Police Officer Doug Barney and later the retirement of City Manager Randy Fitts. Despite the tragic beginning of the year, Holladay government representatives made the year one of growth and development. The city faced issues of commercial and open space planning. The biggest issue the council faced and will continue to face in 2017 is the mitigation of the urban deer population. The council and its new city manager Gina Chamness will continue to tackle these issues as they move forward with these issue and more in the new year. Death of Officer Doug Barney
Mayor Robert Dahle described the day Barney was killed as one of those events that is seared in his mind. On the Sunday morning of Jan. 17, Barney responded to a traffic accident in Holladay. He was then shot in the head and later died from his wounds. The 44-year-old Barney was an 18-year veteran of the Unified and Taylorsville police departments. He was also a father of three. The day Barney was killed, Dahle was in Colorado visiting his son and was in a hotel room when he Officer Doug Barney was killed in the took a call from the sheriff. “I have a very clear memory line of duty during a traffic stop in Holladay at the beginning of the year. of that Sunday morning,” Dahle said. “First it was shock, followed (Unified Police Department) by sadness for the family and then a concern for the officers and how they were going to handle it.” Dahle called members of the council to inform them of the death. He then flew back to home the next morning on the next available flight and met that night at the Holladay precinct. “My first recollection is how the officers pulled together and the sergeant, who was the shift sergeant, said at some point ‘Okay, get ready for briefing.’” Dahle said. “Stark reality hit that they still had to provide protection to residents and you still have to do your job and everybody had to keep their head on straight.” According to Councilman Mark Stewart, the council and the mayor met later in the week to discuss how the city could show respect to Barney. “That’s kind of how everything was brought up as far as the candlelight vigil that we ended up having that week, which was really the biggest thing the city did as far as getting the residents together,” Stewart said. “It was really well attended and was really nice. I think (the family) really appreciated it. Dahle said another major memory from that time was the vigil. “In a moment that would really justify real anger, the reaction was just the opposite. It was all about focusing on Doug Barney’s family and focusing on healing the community,” Dahle said. “There weren’t any angry words towards the assailant or political statements made about the environment. It was all about being there for each other as a community and being there for the Barney family and the police officers. I thought it said a lot about our community.” Dahle said Barney’s death really brought home the idea that these types of things can happen in your community, no matter where you live. He believed if someone said a police officer was going to be shot in the head at point-blank range, Holladay was the last place you would think it would happen. “People would say that would never happen in Holladay. But it happened in Holladay on a Sunday morning,” Dahle said. “It seared in that reality that if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.” Stewart also felt the death of Barney opened everyone’s eyes to the reality that this type of tragedy can happen anywhere.
“Holladay was an interesting place to have it happen because most people, especially residents, wouldn’t think anything like that would happen in,” Stewart said. “Most people don’t think there is going to happen in their neighborhood but especially in Holladay.” Stewart said the Holladay area doesn’t have a high crime rate, so the shooting of Barney was a surprise to everyone. “I think it brought a sense to the community that anything like that can happen anywhere so it made people a little more cautious. I think with the police officers, it definitely made them more cautious,” Stewart said. “But I think overall, it reminded everyone how precious life is and to love their family and friends more. That was a lot of the sentiment that was felt at the candlelight vigil.” Retirement of Randy Fitts After working in public service for 33 years, the last 13 of which as the Holladay city manager, Randy Fitts announced his retirement in the spring. Dahle had worked with Fitts for two and a half years before Fitts officially retired in the summer. “He was a great mentor because he had such a breadth of experience from being on the council and being a mayor (of South Salt Lake) for eight years,” Dahle said. “I could not have had a better mentor.” Stewart said Fitts left a large legacy after being with Holladay as long as the city has been incorporated. Since Stewart is new to the council, he had only worked with Fitts for about five months. However, Stewart said it was an impactful five months. “With me being new to city government and municipalities, he definitely helped me a lot with basic background information of how the city is run,” Stewart said. “He did a good of showing me what my role is as a city councilman and what his role as city manager is and how they are two separate roles but both work together to achieve the goals of the city.” Dahle described Fitts’s mentality as taking Dahle under his wing who has never been involved in public service and guide him in the right direction. “His whole attitude was one of being of service and help to guide me in the right direction and be of service to the city,” Dahle said. Dahle said Fitts was the type who was very hands on and got involved. His biggest legacy was cooking dinners for the council on Thursdays. “I think he saw that as an opportunity for the council to interact in a non-business environment and build camaraderie that way,” Dahle said. “That was an important thing to him.” Stewart described Fitts as an outgoing and positive person. “Even if we were discussing difficult things, always had an optimistic,
Members of the city council stand with former City Manager Randy Fitts during his retirement party. (Carol Hendricks/City Journals)
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happy approach to everything, which I really liked,” Stewart said. When the new city manager Gina Chamness took over, Dahle said the employees were great. “Nobody likes change. We get comfortable with a situation and who we are working with and it would be very easy to bring somebody new on board and not give them much of a chance,” Dahle said. “But they’ve been great working with Gina, making sure she’s comfortable, giving her the latitude and showing her the intricacies of how a city like this functions.” Stewart said Chamness is fitting in great in her new role as city manager. “She obviously has a large background in city government so I don’t think this was a huge change for her,” Stewart said. “She’s fitting in great with the council and so far, we’re really happy with our decision to hire her. I think she’s doing a great job. Urban deer mitigation Holladay City has been working with residents to find a solution to its urban deer problem for the past year and a half. According to Stewart, the city has been receiving complaints from residents about the deer being a problem. “The main complaints are they are destroying private property, eating trees, eating gardens, trampling fences,” Stewart said. “Those are the type of complaints the city has been receiving.” A couple of years ago, Dahle and the city council looked into what the city could do and what power the city had to do something about the deer. They discovered a state statute that allows municipalities to initiate a mitigation program to remove the deer. Dahle said he turned the deer issue over to Stewart in April because not only was he a new councilmember but also the residents most impacted by the deer are in his district. “I thought it’d be a good way for him to get engaged with his community,” Dahle said.
This year, the city contacted other cities to see what they do with their own urban deer populations. This included Herriman, who is actively engaged in mitigation both through trap and relocate and through lethal thinning of the herd. The city has also been engaged with the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources to determine the legal path needed to institute a policy. “The Department of Wildlife Resources really manages the deer population so anything you do has to be done through them and approved by them,” Dahle said. The city has instituted a “no-feed” ordinance and last year, earned a certificate of registration from DWR that identifies the current deer population, how many the city thinks it needs to thin out as an initial control measure and how the city intends to do it. The city also held an open house meeting in October, receiving input from residents on how they would like to handle the deer issue. A representative from DWR attended the meeting to explain the two types of mitigation: lethal and non-lethal. “What we were not surprised about is when we asked who would be in favor of thinning the herds out and getting them under control and who would be in favor of not doing anything, it was about 50-50,” Dahle said. “What did surprise us is of the residents who were in favor of thinning the herd, the majority of them favored lethal thinning. We didn’t think our residents would at all be in favor of that.” According to Dahle, lethal thinning of urban deer populations involves licensed bow hunters hunting in designated areas. The city would also partner with local food banks and have the deer meat processed and donated so nothing would go to waste. According to Stewart, the city council will discuss adopting a deer mitigation plan on their first meeting of the new year. “The largest issue with doing it is we still feel that we’re hearing from only a minority of the population that it’s actually affecting,” Stewart said. “Some of the councilmembers’ reservations of enacting a plan is that fear of it not really affecting anyone in their district.” Stewart said other councilmembers might be hesitant to spend taxpayer dollars on a project that is only affecting a small portion of the population. Commercial planning Holladay’s commercial scene is mostly locally owned small businesses, without many large chain stores. Dahle said the big commercial core used to be the Cottonwood Mall, but that is gone now and it’s not coming
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Flags line the walkway in honor of Officer Doug Barney, killed in the line of duty. (Carol Hendricks/City Journals)
back. “Most of our economic development has been in the Village Square. We have a petition in for a Harmons to go in and another office retail building to go in adjacent to that,” Dahle said. “That’s what the planning commission has planned out and it looks like it’s going to happen.” Dahle said the developers in the area have always had in mind a local flair but it is not something the city can dictate. According to Dahle, the big elephant in the room is the Cottonwood Mall site. The mall closed and was demolished in 2008. “There’s really no more information than what we’ve had. There’s lots of rumors that the developer is working with some local businesses to possibly buy the property. But that is all rumors,” Dahle said. “We really don’t have any further word on any potential development, which is unbelievably frustrating.” l
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With heavy hearts Holladay turns heartbreak to healing By Carol Hendrycks | firstname.lastname@example.org | Story originally printed March 2016
esidents of Holladay, the state and our nation have heard about fallen Officer Barney, wounded Officer Richey and the events that unfolded the week of Jan. 17, 2016. Holladay, the sleepy bedroom town experienced a not so sleepy incident that no one could or can believe. From the moment of the car accident on 4500 South 2300 East, to the two individuals who were seen leaving their car at the scene, to a search that ensued for the driver and passenger, to just minutes later in a nearby neighborhood an officer shot down and another wounded. Quick action by the Unified Police Department for the City of Holladay and other units were upon the scene taking down the gunman, subduing his mother and step brother to prevent further chaos on a peaceful Sunday morning. The neighborhood in a lockdown to protect residents and to control the situation was fast realizing that a serious situation was in progress. The event unfolding in a quiet suburban cul-de-sac claimed the life of an outstanding 18-year veteran law enforcement officer, Doug Barney (age 44) survived by wife Erika, their three children, Matilda, 18 (Matti), Meredith, 16 (Merri), and Jacob, 13 (Jack), and left 30-year law enforcement officer Jon Richey with bullet wounds to his legs and gunman Cory Lee Henderson dead. Local residents and citizens unified demonstrated an unprecedented wave of compassion and countless unconditional acts of kindness to respect Officers Barney and Richey. The City of Holladay lined the streets along 2300 East with hundreds flags and blue ribbons, flags at half-staff and local signs posted in remembrance of Barney.
Barney Vigil - An Outpouring of Respect.
A few brief comments about Officer Barney that were mentioned are the same. A good man, husband, father and son – a larger than life presence, used humor in whatever he was doing on and off the job, loved working on cars and had a zest for life. His former boss Chief Bertram from the City of Holladay said, “What Doug would want to be remembered as: that distinctive ‘Doug’ personality, his humor” That’s just the kind of person he was, even battling through cancer for a number of years. He was always eager to get back on the job, brought humor to the situation and, as he recovered, always eager to return to work.
As word of the news came to the Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle that Sunday morning, Jan. 17 he recalled, “I was in the middle of drafting my February newsletter article when I took the call I never wanted to receive. Unified Police Sheriff Jim Winder informed me that there was an auto accident at 4500 South and 2300 East.” With the information relayed to Mayor Dahle, he then received another call saying, “The next call came from a resident in the abutting neighborhood. A single shot was heard coming from the direction of his driveway and that an officer was down. Initial reports indicate that Officer Barney’s service weapon was holstered.” The Holladay City staff did not hesitate even through their grief to pull together and plan a special candlelight vigil held on Jan. 20 behind Holladay City Hall. Hundreds attended to honor Officer Barney and give the opportunity to his wife Erika three children, Doug’s brother and mother to say a few words. Residents and people from all over our state came to show their heartfelt respect – thousands attended where banners featuring Officer Barney hung, volunteers pinned on blue ribbons and readied all of the candles for attendees. One of many notable volunteers Senator Jani Iwamoto was eager to lend a hand and offered this: “Officer Doug Barney will be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice – protecting our residents. Tonight’s vigil highlighted his positive and uplifting demeanor, and his commitment to family. Holladay and communities throughout our state honor Officers Doug Barney and Jon Richey, and their families.” l
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Holladay finishes first ever summer concert series By Kelly Cannon | email@example.com | Story originally printed October 2016
he Holladay summer concert series wrapped up on Sept. 17 with a show from Michael Chipman and Melinda Kirigin-Voss. This was the first year the free concerts were held at City Hall Park through a partnership of Holladay Arts Council and Excellence in the Community. “Excellence in the Community, we pay them but they actually have their own program where they’re bringing the finest of Utah musicians to venues. They do the Gallivan Center and the Viridian,” Margo Richards, liaison with Holladay City and Salt Lake County, said. “They make the connections. They also make the connections with the sound and lighting people and bring that. They are a nonprofit and they also have funders.” The idea of working with Excellence in the Community to provide the free concerts came about because the Holladay Arts Council was already stretched thin. “The arts council was really small. They wanted another event but they didn’t have the man power to bring and do another event because the Blue Moon (Festival) and arts show takes so much time,” Richards said. “So this was a way to elevate what we’re bringing to the city without having to pay for it. It was using people with the knowledge and the
connections.” Richards said the council and others involved anticipated this year being a try-out year. The first concert, which was held May 21 and featured Cityjazz Big Band with Katrina Cannon, did not have good weather. It had been raining for 24 hours before the concert started and only cleared up an hour or two before it began. Only between 100 and 200 people attended. “I think when we’re starting something new, no one knows what to expect. That was normal. The second one we did in conjunction with the refugee art show that we did. That was kind of to bring the crowd there,” Richards said. “The third one was with the Blue Moon (Festival) so of course there’s a huge crowd but you don’t really know. I do think there was really good music. It was good quality in art and music.” The plan is to continue the concert series next year but have a concert every week instead of every month. The hope is the weekly line-up will generate larger crowds and have a wider variety of music. Richards said the Holladay City Council has not yet voted on next year’s budget but the plan is to have the city provide an investment
The first free concert was on May 21 and featured City Jazz Big Band with Katrina Cannon. (Kelly Cannon/ City Journals)
in the program. The arts council will also reach out to local businesses to help provide funding. “We expect it to grow and hope that we’re
bringing something that they want and they just haven’t heard about it,” Richards said. To learn more about the Holladay Arts Council, visit holladayarts.org. l
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David Eccles School of Business dean and associate dean receive alumni award from Olympus High By Kelly Cannon | firstname.lastname@example.org | Story originally printed March 2016
uring halftime of Olympus High’s home basketball game on Jan. 29 against Skyline High School, the Olympus Foundation honored two alumni who have gone on to distinguished academic careers. Taylor Randall and Natalie Gochnour both received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Randall and Gochnour are the dean and associate dean, respectively, of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. “We thought it was pretty great that two of our alumni were deans of the business school,” Betsy VanDenBerghe, a member of the Olympus Foundation, said. According to VanDenBerghe, winners are chosen by the Olympus Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds academic, sports, arts and other areas of Olympus High School in which students and teachers need extra funding at times. The winners receive a plaque to go on the wall of the high school and are recognized at a high school event, in this case a basketball game, with a reception preceding it for friends and family members. Past winners include Nadine “Deannie” Wimmer, co-anchor for KSL News, Jack Ashton, professional violinist and founder of the Young Artist Chamber Players and Sandra Merrell Covey, author and wife of the late Steven R. Covey. Randall has been dean of the David Eccles School of Business since 2010. In 2009, he received the Executive MBA Teaching Award. In 2007, he received the MBA Teaching Award. As a current professor in the accounting department, Randall’s research focuses on issues at interface of accounting and operations management, strategic cost management, supply chain management and product variety management. He has
Taylor Randall and Natalie Gochnour both received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Olympus High School.
authored and co-authored several academic papers through the course of his research. “I had a great experience at Olympus High School. I made many lifelong friends and have always been grateful for the care and excellence demonstrated by our administrators and teachers,” Randall said. “I’m a proud Olympus Titan and especially honored to receive the school’s distinguished alumni
award. It really means a lot.” Gochnour has been the associate dean since 2013. From 2006 to 2013, she was the executive vice president and chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber. She’s acted as an advisor to Utah governors Bangerter, Leavitt and Walker, and served as the media spokesperson for the governor’s office during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. She also worked as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration, serving as an associate administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a deputy to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Aside from being associate dean, she also writes regular columns in both Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News. “I’m proud to be an Olympus alumna,” Gochnour said. “Togas, yearbooks, friends, state high school football playoffs, and powder puff football all bring back happy memories.” Gochnour expressed gratitude toward her time at Olympus, citing instances where it influenced her current life. “Looking back, I recognize many seeds were planted during my high school years. I took an interest in writing — contributing several poems to the literary journal Pegasus. Today I write for the Deseret News. Two of my favorite classes were marketing and college algebra. Now I serve as a state economist and as an associate dean at the state’s premier business school,” Gochnour said. “While I was never involved in student government, I respected my many friends who did. Their willingness to put their name on a ballot impressed me. Now I work closely with many elected officials who do the same.” l
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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E We all have memories of past events that we can recall with searing clarity; where we were, the time of day and what we were doing. It’s as if it occurred yesterday and 9-11 is one we share. I will forever remember the early morning hours of January 17, 2016. I was in a hotel room in Colorado Springs when I received a call from Sheriff Jim Winder. He informed me that Holladay Ofﬁcer Douglas Barney had been shot and killed while responding to a seemingly routine Sunday morning trafﬁc accident. His service weapon remained holstered. Ofﬁcer Jon Richey was struck in both legs with early reports favoring a full recovery. Writing these words instantaneously brings back memories of that day, and the incredible week to follow. As the one-year anniversary approaches, we are discussing ways to properly acknowledge that fateful day. The reaction of our community was in complete contrast to the hate and violence that took Doug’s life. I fear any attempt to re-create the atmosphere would not only be impossible, but arguably inappropriate. Some experiences are best left undisturbed. I think Doug would feel the same way. So instead of a memorial service, we chose to use the anniversary date to create an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the Police Ofﬁcers that stand on guard in our community. We’ll focus our attention on the men and women Doug served with. Banners will be posted in The Village displaying the
name and image of each Holladay Ofﬁcer. We’ll coordinate assemblies with local elementary schools offering educational opportunities for students. The week will culminate with a catered dinner at City Hall for our ofﬁcers and their spouse/ signiﬁcant other. The event will be hosted by our City Council and funded through local donations. It’s our way of saying--THANK YOU!!! We feel it’s the way Doug would want his memory celebrated. When we speak about the inherent dangers associated with policing our communities, it’s for good reason. The tragic and untimely death of Ofﬁcer Barney was followed by in-the-line-ofduty deaths of two additional ofﬁcers; West Valley Ofﬁcer Cody Brotherson and Trooper Eric Ellsworth, as well as Uniﬁed Police K-9 Aldo--- four so far this calendar year! When a Police Ofﬁcer raises his/ her hand to take the oath, they do so accepting the real dangers associated with the execution of their duties. The families live this reality each and every day they put on the uniform. So this January, when you come across one of our ofﬁcers, don’t hesitate to express your appreciation for their service. Let them know that the negative sentiments often times communicated through the national media in no way reﬂects how we feel in Holladay. We treat our ofﬁcers with the respect and dignity due those willing to place their life on the line to protect and serve the citizens of this incredible city .–Rob Dahle, Mayor
Thanks for Your Support As we approach the one year anniversary of the loss of Doug Barney, I intended to write a short article detailing ways that individual Holladay residents could show support and appreciation to the Holladay Precinct’s Uniﬁed Police Department (UPD) ofﬁcers. I spoke with Holladay’s police chief, Don Hutson, to see what kind of support they would appreciate. Chief Hutson surprised me when he detailed the kindhearted gifts that his ofﬁcers have received since last January. It’s a rare week, he says, when someone doesn’t stop by with cookies, a home-cooked meal, or cards of support from a Holladay classroom. Holladay’s residents have spontaneously and generously recognized the vital role our ofﬁcers play in our community, and the risks they face each day and have provided support to the ofﬁcers serving here. The City of Holladay gratefully thanks our residents who have recognized the tremendous contribution our police ofﬁcers and others in the public safety community, including our ﬁreﬁghters and ﬁrst responders, make every day.
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Planning And Development Update – 2016 City Staff This past year has been a busy year for the City’s Planning and Zoning office. With the continued strength of the economy, building and development has been steady. This year, many homes have been built throughout the City, many on lots where an older house was removed but also on lots where there were no previous homes. A new assisted living facility, Abbington Place, was completed and is opening for occupancy in our newly annexed area our first charter school, Wasatch Waldorf, opened in August. At their first meeting in December, the Planning Commission gave approval for the design of the Harmon’s Grocery Store building, a major addition to the Village area, slated for the corner of 2300 E and Murray Holladay Road. The coming year should see the commencement of construction of both the Harmon’s and a new two-story office/retail building on the corner of Phylden and 2300 East sharing parking with Harmon’s. Additionally, two new residential projects have also
been approved for the Village, one on Murray Holladay Road and one on Locust Lane. Another residential development is nearing final approval also in the Village to be located just east of the new Harmon’s. These projects may be under construction in 2017. Holladay continues to actively pursue county, state and federal grant monies to help in the construction of those desirable community amenities that would normally be beyond the City’s budget. As with previous years, the City has been systematically installing new bike routes throughout the City and with the help of these grants the City’s bike network is growing. Improvements to the City Hall Park will continue throughout the next year as well. The City has recently received a $2.7 million dollar grant from the Zoo Arts Parks (ZAP) fund to help kick off construction of master planned improvements at Knudsen Park. Other projects that were awarded grants monies include the Spring Lane sidewalk project and coming intersection improvements along Highland Drive and 6200 South. Grants also helped fund the study and 2016 adoption of the City’s new General Plan, as well as a small area master plan for the intersection of Highland Drive/Van Winkle/6200 South and a bike trail feasibility study for Murray Holladay Road. Having these plans in place are critical for the awarding of further monies that can be used for associated improvements.
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Holladay Receives $2.7 Million from Bond to Build New Park On November 8, 2016, Salt Lake County voters passed Proposition A, a proposal that allows the county to issue $90 million in bonds to build new parks, trails and recreation centers, as well as renovate and maintain existing facilities. The parks and recreation bond will provide $59 million to build 11 new projects and $31 million for upkeep and improvement for existing parks and trails. The Knudsen Nature Park in Holladay is 1 of the 11 new projects funded through the bond, receiving $2.7 million in funding. Located near the intersection of Holladay Boulevard and 6200 South in the historic Knudsen’s Mill area, the new park will feature a variety of amenities including but not limited to passive trails, green space, a new playground, and picnic facilities. The preliminary park concept builds on themes of pioneer history and nature. The site is envisioned as an important hub for the region’s bicycle network, providing restrooms and water for users, as well as a gateway to nearby recreation areas, such as Big Cottonwood Canyon. The City of Holladay plans to conduct further opportunities for public input as park plans are ﬁnalized. Park construction is anticipated to kick-off in 1-2 years.
Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling Curbside Christmas Tree Collection Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling will be collecting Christmas trees during the month of January. For collection, place your undecorated tree on your curb. The trees will be collected on your regular collection day. If we don’t get your tree one week, we will be back on your next regularly scheduled collection day. Please call 385-468-6325 for additional information. • We cannot accept trees with decorations, lights, tree stands or ﬂocking. • DO NOT place the tree in your garbage, recycling, or green waste can. • If the tree is over eight feet tall, please cut it in half. • We cannot accept artiﬁcial trees with this curbside program
Recycling Reminder As gifts and presents are exchanged this season, please remember that paper-based wrapping paper is recyclable, but Mylar wrapping and bows/ ribbons are not recyclable.
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A reading celebration at Oakwood Elementary By Stephanie Lauritzen | firstname.lastname@example.org | Story originally printed April 2016
n March 2, teachers at Oakwood Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by participating in “Read Across America Day,” a nationwide reading celebration organized by the National Education Association. Students enjoyed a read-a-thon, Dr. Seuss-inspired art projects and debating the age-old question from “The Cat in the Hat”: “Well what would you do, if your mother asked you?” For first-grade teacher Tammy Giles, celebrating Dr. Seuss offered students an opportunity to read for pleasure and enjoyment. “I make sure that we read for enjoyment every day. Students need to know that reading is important for learning, but it is also wonderful to travel many places through a book,” Giles said. Fellow first-grade teacher Tanja Roller encouraged her students to honor Dr. Seuss’s sense of whimsy and imagination by coming to school in their pajamas and by bringing along their favorite stuffed animal as a reading companion. “They were so cute reading Dr. Seuss books to their stuffed animals and each other during this time,” Roller said. “My students’ enthusiasm was fantastic all day and extremely contagious. Even my struggling readers responded well because they could read most of the Dr. Seuss books.” “Read Across America Day” is one of many initiatives
Oakwood teachers use to instill a love of reading in their students. Teachers reward students by choosing a “Rock Star Reader” from each class every month. “Rock Star Readers” enjoy a day of eating lunch at a special table with principal Dianne Phillips and by earning a certificate, treat and inflated guitar. As “rock stars,” their photo is displayed for the month in the lunchroom. Giles believes this helps “get the other students excited about meeting their reading goals for the following month.” Beyond school programs, both Giles and Roller believe parents play an active role in helping their children learn to love reading. Giles notes that “parents can demonstrate a love of reading by enjoying books with their children and by being an example of a person who reads for enjoyment and as a person who reads to learn new information. Students should have a set time for practicing take-home books and they should also enjoy nightly bedtime stories.” When working with a reluctant or struggling reader, Roller offers the following advice for parents. “The important thing is to stay positive and do not give up,” she said. “Never say anything negative or discouraging. We are all different and learn at different paces. I have seen students struggle at the beginning of the year, but by the end of the year they have surpassed those students who ‘got it’ earlier. It takes time, and when it happens you will be amazed and proud.” Wondering what books to read at home with your kids? Roller and Giles both recommend continuing the Dr. Seuss celebration at home. Roller loves “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” “I just love the message it gives,” she said.
Oakwood Elementary teachers Tammy Giles and Tanja Roller. (Oakwood Elementary)
Giles recommends several Seuss classics for different reasons. She fondly remembers reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to her own daughter but loves “The Sneetches” for reminding students “that everyone doesn’t need to like the same things or look alike to be important.” Regardless of what books they choose, Giles and Roller hope parents remember the value of reading at home. Giles suggests helping kids look forward to reading at home by creating “a reading corner for their children so they can have a comfortable place to read. This area should include a bookcase of books and magazines, a comfortable chair or pillows, and great lightning. Parents should also take their children to the library often.” While reading each night may not seem critical to parents of busy children, Roller reminds parents to find time for reading. “Try not to skip reading 20 minutes each night. If students read just 20 minutes, they will have read 3,600 minutes a school year. Five minutes equals only 900 minutes, and one minute each day is only 180 minutes for a school year. It all adds up.” l
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Heugly’s Vision Fuses Yo
By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjou Heugly’s vision fuses yoga, therapy By Travis Barton | email@example.com | Story originally printed April 2016
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randon Heugly is easily identifiable, not just because of the full beard, but because he has always been heavily involved in helping kids, from selling toys for kids to play with to working with them on a therapeutic level. Therapy has played a key role in Heugly’s life, whether when he worked as a paraprofessional while going through a divorce or as a teenager churning through therapist after therapist. “[As a teenager] I was crazy—lots of anger, lots of animosity, and I didn’t build trust with any of those therapists,” Heugly said. Removed from his home at 14 due to abusive circumstances and placed with his adoptive parents, Heugly met with multiple therapists but never built any trust—until he met one at 17, who let him be who he was. “That person had a profound effect on my life, and really all that person did was sit there, hold the space and love me,” Heugly said. Shortly after returning from a service mission to Serbia at 21 years old, Heugly married his best friend. Only she was 33 years his senior, raising plenty of eyebrows from the community. Heugly, was working selling toys to Walmart at the time of his divorce some years later. After this, he quit the toy-selling business to become a paraprofessional, going from earning a six-figure income to $9.50 an hour. That’s when he found his life calling. Heugly said he was going through the hardest transition in his personal life when he started working with kids with disabilities. Some of these included a kindergarten student with Prader-Willi syndrome which, among other things, produces an insatiable appetite, leading to chronic overeating. “This girl had the most positive outlook while suffering one of the most terrible disorders,” Heugly said. Heugly said working with kids was exactly what he needed at that time in a life of traumatic experiences. “What I found was none of that even matters,” Heugly said. “What matters is loving the kids, because when I’m working with them, I don’t feel so crappy.” Heugly’s love for children motivated him further. In 2006, he started Camp Dakota, a summer-based organization for kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Heugly, who holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah, decided there needed to be a place
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January 2017 | Page 17
Olympus Titans Aim Olympus Titans aimfor fora aComeback comebackYear year
Ain’t Afraid of No Jokes!”
Sarah Almond | firstname.lastname@example.org By Sarah Almond | By email@example.com | Story originally printed September 2016
or many, shorter days, school bells and changing leaves Cottonwood High School, Highland, Davis and North Ridge. indicate that fall is officially upon us. For the Olympus High “The hope is that after playing at a high level of competition, School football team, however, these long-anticipated icons we’ll continue to play at that level,” Whitehead said. “The other indicate one thing: it’s game time. hope is that we stay healthy. If we can stay healthy, it will be a “Our talent level is great this year,” Head Coach Aaron great thing.” Whitehead said. “This is a group where a lot of leaders have Thankfully, Olympus has the resources to boost a healthy, stepped up. Even if I wasn’t there in the offseason they were still injury-free season. By partnering with Intermountain’s TOSH — stepping up. They are self-starters; you give them a task and they The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital — the Titans have immediate take it to town and do great things.” access to athletic trainers who work to combat and prevent The team of 95 players is split between varsity and junior players’ injuries. varsity groups, but Olympus’ reputation for being a strong, “It’s great to have stuff assessed and dealt with right away,” unified team hasn’t faltered. Whitehead said. “TOSH is invaluable to us.” “We have a really tight team this year,” senior captain Tyler While injury prevention is important to the players and Smith said. “I think we all play really well with each other and coaching staff, putting in the training and practice to ensure a we always have each other’s backs. We’re very unselfish and I region championship title is the team’s ultimate goal. think that plays well for us on the field.” “We have been working hard all offseason and are excited As head coach of the Titans for six years, Whitehead is to put all of our hard work to the test,” senior co-captain Ben continually impressed with players that come out for the Bywaterand said. “Our whole team has a really positive, determined Titans workteam. on perfecting their blocking technique during an afternoon practice. By focusing on proper blocking Titansare work perfecting blocking during an afternoon tackling less on likely to suffer their a head or necktechnique injury. –Sarah Almond “I’m very fortunate to work with good kids — techniques, I always players mindset this year and I’m excited to see it pay off.” practice. 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Sacrificing one for all: Skyline High School boys basketball By Sarah Almond | firstname.lastname@example.org | Story originally printed February 2016
or the 16 players on Skyline High School varsity boys basketball team, the fun is just beginning. With their official season beginning Nov. 12, the group has already put in more than 100 hours of court time. However, with a fiveand-four record coming out of preseason, the Eagles are gearing up for the 13-game regular season that began with a home game against Cyprus High School on Jan. 12. “We’ve got a great group of kids this year,” said Kenny James, head coach for Skyline. Nine seniors, five juniors and two sophomores give this varsity group decent depth. And with a 6”1’, 174 lb. team average, James considers this year’s players “big and strong in size.” Many of this year’s returning seniors have played together for at least three seasons, giving them a camaraderie that translates well on the court. “We’ve all been friends for a really long time,” Austin Stevenson, senior captain and starting point guard for the Eagles, said. “We trust each other and hold each other accountable.” James is counting on the long-standing friendship and sportsmanship of his players to benefit the team when playing against challenging components like Murray, Olympus and Kearns. “I’m hoping our tight knitness and our good defense will carry us in the region battles,”
Skyline players look on as their teammates compete in a scrimmage game at practice. The Eagles are working on improving their defense. (Sarah Almond/City Journals)
James said. James, a Skyline alumni, started out as an assistant coach with the Eagles in the 1990s before taking the head coaching position in 2015. “He’s awesome as head coach,” Stevenson said. “He’s really good at building relationships with his players.” Last year the Eagles lost the last three games of their regular season, preventing them from a run at the state championships. “The guys kind of have a chip on their shoulder from last year,” James said. “They want to prove themselves. They have a little bit
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intensity, their positivity and team chemistry is at an all-time high. “I think positivity is one of our greatest strengths as a team,” Stevenson said. “We’re always supporting each other, giving high-fives and telling each other ‘good job.’ This also helps us communicate really well on the court.” Though making it to the first round of the 4A state championships on Feb. 29 is the team’s ultimate goal, they are tackling the season one game at a time. “This has been the best year yet,” Marko Miholjcic, senior captain and starting guard for the Eagles, said. “We’ve been winning a lot, and I think that’s because we really work hard ever single day and we are more committed to competing than ever.” So far, the group is off to a strong start. They are up an average of almost three points per game, and with six wins already secured this season the Eagles have nearly succeeded last year’s seven total wins. “We are a pretty experienced group,” Zach Boudreux, captain and starting forward for the Eagles, said. “We’re willing to sacrifice personal playtime for what’s best for the team… and we really like to win.” The Eagles play their last home game against rival Olympus High School on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. l
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or the Olympus High Schools girls tennis team, the 2016 season has been one of both remarkable mental growth and historic success. “The team is about as strong as you can get this year,” Head Coach Kevin Watts said. “We’ve played all of the big teams and all of our kids are particularly strong this year.” The Titans had more than 90 girls come out for the season, which began in early August. Though the team’s roster is now around 80, the Titans are still one of the biggest teams in their 4A region. “We don’t cut any girls because we want these girls to love to play the game — particularly the ones who are in the ninth grade who will be with us for four years,” Watts said. “We just encourage them all to come.” This is Watts’ fifth season as head coach for the Titans tennis team. For Watts, who’s played and coached tennis for several decades, one of the best parts of coaching has been watching the talent of his program constantly improve. “The girls are much stronger and we’ve noticed even since last summer that they are more mentally able and more mature,” Watts said. “They deal with pressures a lot better; just mental maturity of these girls has been quite noticeable.” Senior Co-Captain Sabrina Longson has also noticed the group’s mental change. She says that though it wasn’t always easy, improving their mentality has enabled the Titans to stay focused on the court. “We’ve worked very hard with our girls and saying ‘this is between you and the ball, and not the girl on the other side of the net. You’ve got to be able to create
Senior co-captain Sabrina Longson and head coach Kevin Watts are all smiles after Longson won her match at the 2015 State Tournament. Longson and her fellow teammates are eager to dominate the courts again at the 2016 State Championships on October 5 at the Liberty Park tennis courts. (olympushighschoolathletics.com)
that zone in your head,’” Watts said. By focusing on this goal the Titans are better able to control their mentality about the game and dominate on the court. “We’ve all been working hard on our mental game and being strong mentally throughout the match,” Longson said. “I also think the older girls have been a good example to the younger girls mentally, so that has helped a lot.” Though Watts is incredibly happy with the leadership on his team, he largely credits the parents of his players for this positive growth. “The credit goes to the families of these girls,” Watts said. “We encourage them to play, but the real powerhouses are the moms and the dads. They are the ones who got these girls involved in tennis and who help make the culture.”
The Olympus team has won backto-back state championship titles. Watts believes that, when paired with their newfound mentality, the group’s talent and experience will help them to defend their title again this year. “It’s amazing the athletic ability that some of these kids have,” Watts said. “They are eager to take the coaching instruction, which is really good to see, and it’s been quite encouraging seeing their commitment.” For players like Sabrina, the dedication and commitment from the girls is something that makes the Titans team so unique. She says this is part of the Olympus culture and, as a senior leader, she is working to carry on a tradition that has been established by the leaders before her. “It’s always fun to talk to the girls about how they see the team,” Sabrina said. “Because I see it in a different way than some of the other girls, so it’s nice to understand how they feel and what I can do to make them feel more comfortable.” The friendships and camaraderie that developed amongst the team this year have also been a highlight for Sabrina. She said that being on the varsity team and being part of a fun group has been the best part of the 2016 season. “We all get along really well and everyone is happy with each other,” Sabrina said. “It’s just been fun being a part of such a good group.” The Titans are looking forward to defending their title at the state tournament beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Liberty Park tennis courts located at 900 South 700 East near downtown Salt Lake City. l
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he 2016 2016 football football season season has has been been aa challenging challenging one one for for the the he SkylineEagles. Eagles.Along Alongwith withlosing losingseveral severalkey keystarting startingplayers players Skyline injuries, the the young young team team of of 75 75 players players has has struggled struggled toto overovertoto injuries, come challenging components. come challenging components. “We’velost lostsome somegood goodgames gamesright rightatatthe theend,” end,”Head HeadCoach Coach “We’ve Zac Erekson Erekson said. said. “So “So we’re we’re there, there, we’re we’re inin the the games, games, we we just just Zac haven’t been able to finish them off, so it’s been kind of frustrating.” haven’t been able to ﬁnish them off, so it’s been kind of frustrating.” Ereksonsaid saidthat thatthough thoughinjuries injurieshave haveposed posedaamajor majorproblem, problem, Erekson one contributing factor to the Eagles’ difficulties on the field liesinin one contributing factor to the Eagles’ difﬁculties on the ﬁeld lies theirspecial specialteams. teams. their “We’vestruggled struggledon onspecial specialteams teamsthis thisyear,” year,”Erekson Ereksonsaid. said. “We’ve “We’re trying to re-instill within our culture and our program “We’re trying to re-instill within our culture and our program thatyou’re you’reexpected expectedtotowin winwhen whenyou youtake takethe theﬁfield. It’snot notgood good that eld. It’s enoughtotojust justput putthe thejersey jerseyon onand andget getthe themeal mealand andthe thesweats sweats enough and the theT-shirts. T-shirts.You’re You’re expected expected toto go go out out and and win win on on aa Friday Friday and night.” night.” Ereksonand andhis hiscoaching coachingstaff staffare areworking workinghard hardtotocultivate cultivate Erekson this winning winning culture culture atat Skyline Skyline by by teaching teaching players players how how toto ﬁfight this ght throughand andﬁfinish victoriouslyinintough toughgames. games. through nish victoriously love the the coaching coaching staff staff this this year,” year,” said said senior senior co-captain co-captain “I“I love Brody Burke. “The coaches are doing a really good job and leading Brody Burke. “The coaches are doing a really good job and leading usininthe theright rightplace placeand andthey theyare aregetting gettingus usreally reallywell wellprepared prepared us forour ourgames. games.But Butinjuries injurieshave havedeﬁ definitely beenaaheadline headlinetotoour our for nitely been season. Without a majority of our injuries, I’m sure our record season. Without a majority of our injuries, I’m sure our record wouldbe beaalot lotdifferent.” different.” would At the the time time this this article article was was written, written, the the Eagles Eagles were were 2-2 2-2 inin At the region. They lost by four points to Hillcrest on Sept. 23 and by the region. They lost by four points to Hillcrest on Sept. 23 and by three points to Kearns on Oct. 7. three points to Kearns on Oct. 7. “Wejust justdidn’t didn’treally reallypush pushatatthe thelast lastminute minutewhen whenwe weneeded needed “We
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Coach Zac Zac Erekson Erekson counsels counsels his his team team after after aa 33-30 33-30 loss loss toto Kearns Kearns High High Coach School on on Oct. Oct. 7.7. Though Though this this game game marked marked the the team’s team’s second second close close loss loss School in three weeks, the Eagles are fighting to end the season on a winning note. in three weeks, the Eagles are ﬁghting to end the season on a winning note. (RobertDudley/Holladay Dudley/Holladayresident residentand andteam teamphotographer) photographer) (Robert
themost,” most,”Brody Brodysaid. said. ititthe Because so many of the the Eagles’ Eagles’starting starting players players have have been been Because so many of sidelined from injuries, several first-time varsity players have had sidelined from injuries, several ﬁrst-time varsity players have had step into into bigger bigger roles. roles. For For the the inexperienced inexperienced varsity varsity football football toto step player, the the ﬁfinal minutes of of aa one-score one-score game game can can be be incredibly incredibly player, nal minutes foreign and challenging to fight through. foreign and challenging to ﬁght through. However,Erekson Ereksonfeels feelsconﬁ confident theremaining remainingweeks weeksof ofthe the However, dent the footballseason seasonwill willsee seeaadifferent differentoutcome outcomefor forthe theEagles. Eagles. football “Ourupperclassmen upperclassmenhave havedone doneaareally reallygood goodjob jobatatholding holding “Our the team together,” Erekson said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries the team together,” Erekson said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries and had to bring in players who have never played on varsity and had to bring in players who have never played on varsity before,but butour ourseniors seniorsdid didaareally reallygood good(job) (job)atatkeeping keepingthe thegroup group before,
solidified.” solidiﬁ ed.” As aa ﬁfirst-year head coach coach for for the the Eagles, Eagles, Erekson Erekson has has As rst-year head depended greatly on his senior leadership to encourage the team depended greatly on his senior leadership to encourage the team toto buyinto intowhat whatthe thecoaching coachingstaff staffisistrying tryingtototeach. teach. buy “We wouldn’t be where we are without ourseniors,” seniors,”Erekson Erekson “We wouldn’t be where we are without our said.“Those “Thoseguys guyshave havepushed pushedeach eachother otherand andtheir theirteammates teammatestoto said. bebetter betterevery everyday dayand andhave haveencouraged encouragedthe theother otherguys guystotoget gettoto be where they need to be.” where they need to be.” One of of Erekson’s Erekson’s main main goals goals inin establishing establishing aa winning winning One footballprogram programisistotobuild buildplayers playersthat thataren’t aren’tjust justdedicated dedicatedon onthe the football field, but dedicated to being successful in life outside of football. ﬁeld, but dedicated to being successful in life outside of football. “Alot lotof ofwhat whatCoach CoachErekson Ereksonechoes echoesisishow howmuch muchfootball football “A and life apply together,” said senior co-captain Seth Kaelin. “And and life apply together,” said senior co-captain Seth Kaelin. “And withour ourDETH DETHmotto, motto,football footballreally reallyapplies appliestotoour ourlife lifeso somuch.” much.” with Atthe thebeginning beginningof ofthe theseason, season,Erekson Ereksonput putinto intoplace placefour four At hallmarks that the team refers to every day: dedication, effort, hallmarks that the team refers to every day: dedication, effort, teamand andhonor honor— —or orDETH. DETH. team “Being disciplined disciplined means means that that we we do do things things exactly exactly right right “Being whether we’re in school or on the field or talking to people, and whether we’re in school or on the ﬁeld or talking to people, and if you can’t do everything full board, and if you can do it with if you can’t do everything full board, and if you can do it with fulleffort, effort,then thensomeone someoneelse elsewill willand andsomeone someonebetter betterwill willstep stepinin full yourplace,” place,”Seth Sethsaid. said.“T “Tstand(s) stand(s)for forteam; team;meaning meaningyou youplay playfor for your the person next to you, not just yourself. And H is for honor. You the person next to you, not just yourself. And H is for honor. You representthe thename nameon onthe thefront; front;there thereisisalways alwaysyour yourname name— —you you represent represent your family, your team and your school.” represent your family, your team and your school.” As the the end end of of the the season season nears, nears, Erekson, Erekson, his his coaching coaching staff staff As and the 75 players are focusing on the task at hand: to fight and the 75 players are focusing on the task at hand: to ﬁght adversity,totowork workhard hardand andtotobecome becomethe thebest bestplayers, players,students students adversity, and people they can be. l and people they can be.
County’s “Operation Diversion” breaks cycle of drugs and criminality in troubled areas
ne of the greatest roles of Salt Lake County government is protecting the safety of the public. Since I began serving on the County Council I’ve been impressed with the men and women in our Sheriff’s Ofﬁce, and in the Uniﬁed Police Department. Recently, our law enforcement ofﬁcials joined with Salt Lake City to initiate a massive sweep of the Rio Grande area in downtown Salt Lake City, called “Operation Diversion.” This was a coordinated effort to disrupt the drug trade among the area’s homeless population. The operation was fairly straightforward – anyone caught using or dealing drugs was arrested. Prior to Operation Diversion, ofﬁcers spent weeks watching the area to identify those who were dealers and those whose addictions were being exploited. Those who exhibited criminal intent were taken to jail. Addicts were arrested, but instead of going directly to jail, they were taken to a temporary receiving center. Once there, they were screened and assessed, and then given an alternative to incarceration - drug treatment. The goal was to
connect drug addicts with treatment to help them break free from their addiction during their arrest. Without this alternative, someone might serve their sentence, then be back out on the street with the very same issues that landed them there in the ﬁrst place. Generally those with substance abuse issues have to wait months to get into a treatment facility. The hope is that this approach will help interrupt the cycle of incarceration and drug use that plagues this population, while still holding them accountable. This is an example of the philosophy of “alternatives to incarceration,” which emphasizes treatment for people addicted to drugs so they can get better, rather than just sitting in a jail cell with no help. Operation Diversion was the ﬁrst time we’ve done it this way by getting addicts directly into treatment. One of the big challenges we are facing in this arena is a “revolving door” so to speak of people committing the same offenses over and over again, and just cycling through our criminal justice system repeatedly. Periods of homelessness, drug abuse, and incarceration can follow one after the other. We
need to disrupt that cycle. I’m pleased that the County was able to play a role supporting this operation, which included $1.2 million of our behavioral health funds to contract with more treatment centers. I had the opportunity to tour the receiving center during its operation, and was impressed with the efﬁciency of the center, as well as the general mood. Among those brought in, there seemed to be a genuine desire to get better and leave their problems in the past. I asked to interview some of the arrestees and was able to sit down and talk to them. One was so excited to be going directly to treatment. The other one was pretty annoyed to be there, but was still choosing to try drug treatment. We’ll continue to track the progress of this model and draw good lessons from its successes to apply in the future. Earn extra cash. I believe we can slowly chip away at this Be involved in the community. problem, and collaborative operations like these that Write the City Journals. disrupt the drug trade for while connecting people with resources to help them get back on their feet are a key way to do that. Send a resume and
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Goal Keeping – It Isn’t Just for Sports
t’s the New Year and I bet you just can’t stand the thought of reading yet another article about why you shouldn’t make a resolution. After all, only 8% of us actually keep them, so why bother? To get where you want to be in life you have to have goals. Not just dreams, high ambitions or lofty visions. You must have realistic and achievable goals. If you aren’t steering towards a purpose how will you get there? If making that goal a New Year’s resolution is an option then, why not? So, this article is about how to keep that resolution so you don’t end up with just another un-kept promise to yourself. 1 – Be Realistic: One of the things that I have found that keep them in perspective is to take my goals in small steps. To do this I choose a goal that may take a year and then break it down into weekly, monthly and sometimes daily achievable things. For example, maybe I want to lose 20 lbs., and I make that a New Years resolution. I have just given myself permission to take the entire year to lose 20 lbs., only 1-½ pounds a month (no wonder I never lose 20 lbs.). You can break that further down to daily healthy eating or exercise goals. I use this same breaking down technique for financial goals, getting organized, helping others (remember the charity box?) and even getting the yard in shape in the spring.
2 – Write it down: The best way I have found to recognize a goal is to take pen to paper. It’s not a list in my mind. I mean put pen to paper. My purpose isn’t to belittle technology or all those nifty, handy dandy goaltracking apps. Those can be useful. But, I have found that the actual physical act of writing down my goal makes them become real. You are making a commitment. It’s no longer and idea. Plus, writing down your goal gives you a starting date and will motivate you to see it through. Plus, it makes it easy to track your progress, which will help you gain momentum. How to stay on track with your goals: Okay, so now you’ve put your goal in writing. How do you stay on track? Here are some ideas to try that have worked for me. 1: Make a List I like to write my goals down in a weekly, monthly and yearly list on a calendar. It’s important to cross them off when they are finished. Putting that glorious line through or checking it off gives finality and makes for a great amount of satisfaction. 2. A Spreadsheet: While my calendar method works well for me, other people find more satisfaction and motivation
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by creating a sophisticated spreadsheet with colors and percentages to track progress. If you are the techy type transfer your original pre-written goal to an Excel spreadsheet and then break it into smaller achievable goals with a time frame. I have found that spreadsheets work very well for financial goals. Just like paying my bills, I’ve used them as a method to help me reach goals for saving money for a car or vacation. 3. Sticky notes: Sticky notes work very well for visual people. You can use the sticky notes to keep you on track and serve as a consistent reminder around the house, in the car or at work. If you are the kind that needs a lot of reminders, or your goal is to break a habit, sticky notes can help you succeed. An example would be if you’re trying to be more organized, put a sticky note in the spot that seems to accumulate the clutter, perhaps the kitchens counter, reminding you to put the item away immediately. So, whatcha’ waiting for? It’s time to break out the pen and paper. Taking that first step of writing down your goals won’t accomplish them. That part takes work, but it does help you get going in a clear direction and makes them achievable for getting you on the right path to success. Happy New Year
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