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ummer is peak lemonade stand season, when young entrepreneurs set up homemade storefronts on their lawns or a neighborhood corner hoping for customers to visit. In Kaysville, their best customers are the Kaysville Police Department. Cops and Lemonade is a program created by the department’s previous Problem Oriented Policing officer, Sergeant Turner. Whenever a Kaysville police officer sees a stand or someone calls in about a stand, they will visit and purchase lemonade and treats. Officer Lexi Benson said, “We also take the time to chat with the kids and let them see inside of our police cars. It’s always a good time.” With the halt in lemonade stands in the summer of 2020 due to the pandemic, the officers are excited that they are up and running again this year. If you have a stand in business or see one, give the department a call at 801-546-1131 to let them know so that they can head over and support Kaysville’s young entrepreneurs.

Kaysville police officers love to share lemonade with local youth at their stands, as evident in the city’s Cops and Lemonade program. Courtesy photos

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Traumatic injuries to kids from ATV accidents on the rise By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com SALT LAKE CITY—Between 2019 and 2020, Primary Children’s Hospital saw a 34 percent increase in ATV-related traumatic injuries in kids. So far In 2021, the number of those injuries is on track to meet or exceed last year’s number. “Safety is the key,” said Jessica Strong, community health manager at Primary Children’s Hospital. “Injury prevention is something we all can do.” “Twenty years ago on a cold, dark January night we got that dreaded call that our 20-year-old daughter Chelsea had been injured in an ATV accident,” said Karen Hale, former Utah legislator and past chair of the Board of Trustees for Primary Children’s Hospital. “We immediately drove to get to her. We didn’t own an ATV and we’d been a stickler about wearing a bike helmet. We wondered if Chelsea was wearing a helmet.” Hale said when they arrived they were told Chelsea had died at the scene of the accident and had gone straight to the mortuary. “We found out she was not wearing a helmet. We lost a kind and caring sister, daughter and friend. It was such a tragic end to an amazing life that could have been prevented.” Keep your children safe by being a responsible owner, she said. “Learn about ATVs. They’re powerful machines. Make sure you only use ATVs with the size and horsepower that matches the rider’s size and experience level. Helmets and safety gear are for everyone. Be an example. Model safe behavior by wearing appropriate protective gear.” According to the CDC, Utah has more traumatic brain injuries among children than almost any other state in the country, said Strong. Kids are 1,000 times more likely to be injured on an ATV than riding in a car.” A year ago in September 11-year-old

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Emelia was critically injured when the side-by-side she was riding in rolled, pinning her underneath.

Today Emelia has recovered and is a normal, happy 11-year-old. Her parents credit her helmet for playing a big part in saving her life. Photos courtesy of Primary Children’s Hospital

Emelia was riding in a side-by-side when it rolled and pinned her underneath. “We were camping with family and had gone into town,” said Emelia’s mother Jessica. “About 20 minutes later we found out the razor had

rolled and it had to be lifted off of her. She was life flighted to Primary Children's.” Her condition was not good, Jessica said. “She had collapsed lungs and broke bones. The first 36 hours she was in a very critical stage.” She had three cardiac arrests the first day, said Jessica. “She shouldn’t be alive today. She’s our miracle. She was wearing a full face helmet which was a huge part of her being alive.” The mother later learned that Emelia’s seatbelt was not securely fastened and she fell out while others stayed seated during the crash.

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Kaysville City joins forces with Make-A-Wish to honor a young citizen By Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityjournals.com

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hile June 14, 2021 was recognized nationwide as Flag Day, for one very special Kaysville citizen, it was an unforgettable day of celebration and honor. 3-year-old Quinn Thurman waved his stars and stripes as he joyfully watched a long and loud parade of vehicles from the Kaysville Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, and Power Departments who were there to celebrate him and announce the granting of his wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Quinn was born with short bowel syndrome which is when the body cannot properly absorb food, water, and oth-

Quinn Thurman waving Old Glory as he watches the parade in honor of him.

er nutrients because a large portion of the small intestine is non-functional or missing. Quinn has overcome many obstacles in his three short years and his wish was for a fence to be built in his yard. Kaysville City joined forces with Make-A-Wish America to announce the granting of his wish with a parade. Officer Lexi Benson of the Kaysville Police Department said, “We

did a very large parade with many vehicles, and lights and sirens. Quinn got to check out the police car, fire truck, and the power department's vehicles.” Merijo Guercio Holley of Kaysville, who witnessed the parade on her street, said, “It’s the best reason for a parade that I can think of!” l

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Planes, trains, and automobiles: travel ramps up with guidelines By Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityjournals.com

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rom much needed rest and relaxation to exploring a new culture to embarking on an adventure, summer is the high season for travel, and lots of Utahns are getting away in 2021 to make up for the travel restrictions of 2020. In a very informal Facebook poll in the Kaysville Utah Facebook page, we asked what type of travel Kaysville residents have done in the past six months. Traveling by car more than 100 miles received the most votes at 96. Traveling by plane within the United States received the second most votes at 71. There were 30 votes for traveling by plane outside of the United States and there was one vote for not feeling comfortable traveling at all at this time. Despite the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant causing more outbreaks lately, some Utahns enjoyed some amazing trips. Kaysville’s Christine Mensick-Tanner and her family went to Maui in April 2021. “It was fantastic but expensive,” she said. “It was limited seating in restaurants then so you had to make reservations weeks in advance. Tours were only operating at half capacity which was great!” Annie Purser of Kaysville went to Cancun in June 2021. “Masks were everywhere, especially on planes, in vans/busses and at the resort the whole time besides swimming,” she said. “It was pretty busy and booked but prob-

ably not like it usually is.” Linda Kingston of Kaysville visited Mexico’s Riviera Maya in May 2021. Kingston said, “It was pretty empty. We stopped by Chitzen Itza one day and it was great because there were so few people. We got to really enjoy the place.” When flights first opened back up again in late 2020, plane passengers enjoyed halffilled flights and room to spread out, often with entire rows to themselves. Today, airlines are booking to full capacity and airports are just as busy as they were pre-pandemic. However, masks are still required at airports and in airplanes. Destinations such as Hawaii still require a 10-day quarantine for visitors to the islands unless they file for a quarantine exemption by either providing a negative COVID-19 test or uploading their vaccination card to the Safe Travels Hawaii website (travel.hawaii.gov). Even Hawaii residents who travel outside of Hawaii must undergo the same protocol upon their return to Hawaii. While the travel industry and tourism are ramping back up again, it is recommended that you do your research on travel restrictions and requirements such as COVID-19 tests, vaccination requirements, and mask protocols. While mask wearing in Utah has subsided in

The Kingston family of Kaysville visit the ruins of Chitzen Itza in May. Photo courtesy of Linda Kingston.

general, many tourist destinations still require them, especially in indoor spaces. Knowing expectations, protocols, and restrictions will make for a much more enjoyable trip.

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he Celebrating Women Conference, titled “Connect-Inspire-Thrive,” is set for Saturday, September 18. This virtual conference promotes wellness and balance in the lives of Utah women. It is a state-wide event hosted by the Utah State University Extension. Past conferences have featured presentations on organization, self-care, body image, positivity, relationships, nutrition, mindfulness, communication, and much more. The year 2021 marks the 4th annual Celebrating Women Conference and it is back with another fantastic line-up. While slowly transitioning back to in-person events, the team has decided to keep a virtual format for this year’s CWC. Organizers received fabulous feedback after the 2020 conference and learned that many actually enjoyed attending from the comfort of home. Attendees could access every single workshop through recordings and didn’t have to miss a minute of the event. Like last year, the conference will live stream speakers as well as record their presentations. It also added some pre-recorded sessions designed to help you dive deeper into the many dimensions of wellness. The structure of the

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Visit a Little Free Library in your neighborhood to take a book and leave a book. By Karmel Harper|k.harper@mycityjournal.com

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ndrew Carnegie said, “A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is never a failing spring in the desert.” Carnegie’s belief that a free library gives people the chance to educate and lift themselves regardless of wealth and status is exhibited in his life’s endeavor and accomplishment in funding and building 2,508 public libraries in his lifetime. Inspired by the 20th century titan of industry, Todd Bol and Rick Brooks of Wisconsin set a similar goal to build libraries. In 2009, Bol built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother who was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and installed it on a post in his front yard where neighbors and friends could “take a book and leave a book.” It was such a success that Bol built several more and gave them away. In 2010, Brooks and Bol established the name “Little Free Library” and the first official Little Free Library was installed on a bike path in Madison, Wisconsin that summer. Within a few months, thousands of people had seen the library and Brooks and Bol continued to give away Little Free Libraries that included wooden signs engraved with official charter numbers. By 2013, the pair surpassed Carnegie’s library count of 2,508 as they established over 4,000 libraries by the

end of 2012, the same year Little Free Library became a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Nicole Allen of Kaysville installed a Little Free Library (Charter #21156) at her childhood home on 515 S. 200 East in Kaysville in December 2015. Allen up cycled an old kitchen cabinet from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and with the help of a carpenter friend weatherproofed it, added a roof, painted it in bright colors, and filled it with books for her neighbors to enjoy. “Initially I just stocked it with books from my own personal library and books I picked up from thrift stores, but pretty quickly the neighborhood kept it going by bringing in books to swap out,” she said. “People will bring their kids in wagons and trade books on a regular basis.” Allen’s library has three levels where children’s books are placed in the lowest level for easy reach while the upper levels are stocked with books for adults, keeping an even balance of books for children and books for adults. The success of the Little Free Library program runs on an honor system embracing the “take a book, leave a book” mindset. People are welcome to take as many books as they please and they can either return them or keep them forever as long as they replace the

books they take. This mentality not only fosters a constant turnover in titles by providing book diversity but also promotes neighborhood connection via the shared experience of reading the books together. The Little Free Library program offers exposure to local authors and gives them the opportunity to share their work with the local community. Michelle Edge recently moved to South Jordan from Georgia and has published four children’s books which she has written and illustrated herself including a series titled, “The Adventures of Sissy Dog” which is a rhyming book. Her books are based on the true stories and imaginative adventures from her childhood. While her books are available for sale on Amazon and in Target and Walmart, Edge loves to drive around town and donate her books in Little Free Libraries. To date there are more than 100,000 registered Little Free Libraries in 108 countries worldwide. The Little Free Library website (www.littlefreelibrary.org) includes an interactive map where you can input your ZIP code and locations will pop up. To the traveler, it is a wonderful way to enjoy a book provided by a local resident, perhaps in a country and culture that is new to you. “I love books. And being able to go from a large library that only I use to being able to

Visit the Little Free Library at 515 S. 200 E. in Kaysville to take a book and leave a book. Photo by Nicole Allen

share them with the community…it is great,” Allen said. If you would like to start a Little Free Library in your neighborhood and get more information on how to build one, visit www. littlefreelibrary.org. l

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Property exchange between Kaysville City and Davis County being considered By Cindi Mansell | City Journals

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aysville City and Davis County have been negotiating for a few months on a potential property exchange that would benefit both parties. Davis County owns a parcel of land that Kaysville City needs for the Angel Street portion of the Connector Road project. Kaysville has a 1/3 interest in the property upon which sits the Davis County Animal Control Building. Davis County did a value assessment of both parcels and found that the parcel Kaysville needs has slightly more value than the interest Kaysville would give up in the Animal Shelter parcel. Therefore, Davis County is proposing to only exchange that portion of their property

that Kaysville City needs for the road rightof-way. Kaysville City Staff have reviewed this proposal and believe the parcels in question are worth the same amount of money and the exchange would be a “win-win” for both organizations. In the interest of good government working together, the proposal is to swap these parcels straight across and not exchange any funds. The City Manager is directed to conduct negotiations to trade property with Davis County to dispose of the Animal Shelter Property and acquire a portion of the Angel Street portion of the Connector Road property. l

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July celebrated as Parks & Recreation Month in Kaysville City By Cindi Mansell | City Journals

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t its July 1, 2021 Council meeting, the Kaysville Mayor and Council adopted a Proclamation declaring July 2021 as Parks & Recreation Month in Kaysville City. It was stated that parks and recreation programs are an integral part of communities throughout this country and are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in our communities, improving the health of all citizens, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community. Parks, recreation activities, and leisure experiences help to aid in creating a place where community members can participate in life-long learning, health and wellness, community involvement and recreational activities. City leaders said that parks and natural recreation areas improve the ecological beauty of our community and provide a place for children and adults to connect with nature and recreate outdoors. Parks and natural recreation areas improve water quality, protect groundwater, prevent flooding, improve the quality of the air we breathe, provide vegetative buffers to development, and produce habitat for wildlife. Mayor Katie Witt said Kaysville City has a well-loved parks system, comprised of 12 parks, open space and trails, which along with recreation programs increase a community’s economic prosperity through increased property values, expansion of local tax base, increased tourism, the attraction and retention of businesses, and crime reduction. She said it is important to recognize the vital contributions made by employees and volunteers in our parks and recreation facilities who keep our public parks clean and safe for visitors, organize activities, advocate for more open space

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Kaysville firefighters have had to respond to numerous false alarms in the past few months

Fire Department implements sanctions for repeated false alarm responses By Cindi Mansell | City Journals KAYSVILLE--The City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance defining alarm systems and establishing sanctions for repeated false alarms. Several months ago, Fire Chief Paul Erickson briefed the Council on the difficulties associated with repeatedly responding to false fire alarms. Alarms were one of the top 10 calls for service. With a staff of 16 full-time and 14 part-time, it proves difficult to respond to (for example) the 411 alarms tracked in 2020. This ordinance is designed to address this issue. It is felt this ordinance, in conjunction with some proposed fees in the consolidated fee schedule, would create sanctions for a third, or more, false alarms per quarter. It also defines alarm systems and provides some procedural guidance for enforcement. Originally, the Fire Department was having trouble with a few particular properties, but they are addressing that. Staff does not anticipate any costs to the city based on the passage of this ordinance. This Ordinance provides a staff enforcement mechanism to collect those fees, and is not looking to impose and cut people off from fire service, but yet providing that ability if there are some bad actors. The ordinance states that after having two (2) false alarms occur on the same prem-

ises, outside a 24 hour period, within a yearly quarter, beginning on January 1, there will be a monetary assessment as set forth in the consolidated fee schedule. In addition to the fees outlined in the fee schedule, other sanctions may apply such as: after the fifth false alarm within a yearly quarter, the alarm holder’s insurance company and/or State Licensor may be notified by mail, by the Police Chief/Fire Chief of pending disconnection; after the sixth false alarm within a yearly quarter, the alarm will be subject to being disconnected or the City declining to respond on future alarms until the situation is remedied; failure to pay the false alarm assessment fee will be cause for the City to decline to respond to future alarms or to require the alarm system to be disconnected. Councilmember Michelle Barber said this was something that had been discussed more than once to help the Fire Department effectively serve everyone in the city. She said repeatedly responding to false alarms imposes a burden on city resources, endangers the public, and potentially diverts resources away from actual emergencies. Mayor Katie Witt said the enactment of this ordinance is in the best interests of the Citizens of Kaysville City and the health, safety, and welfare of the city. l

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he Utah High School Activities Association realigns different divisions every two to three years, adjusting “regions” for schools based on their enrollments. For 2021-22, two high schools in Davis County were affected. Farmington, which has been in class 5A Region 5 for its existence, has been bumped up to 6A schools due to its number of students. It moves into 6A Region 1. Northridge, previously a member of 6A Region 1, drops down to 5A Region 5. Here is a look at the new region alignment for the prep sports year that begins this month.

6A Region 1 – Clearfield, Davis, Farmington, Fremont, Layton, Syracuse and Weber 5A Region 5 – Bonneville, Bountiful, Box Elder, Northridge, Viewmont and Woods Cross. Layton Christian remains in what’s known as 1A North, along with Duchesne, Monticello, North Summit, Rich and Altamont. That is only for football, however. Layton Christian will compete in all other prep sports as a member of 3A Region 13, which includes Ben Lomond, Grantsville, Morgan, Ogden and South Summit. High school sports begin Aug. 3 with the first girls’ soccer games of the year. l

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iving in Kaysville offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their own homes. There are numerous parks and recreation opportunities in Kaysville for the many families and young professionals to take advantage of, and the public schools in Kaysville are highly rated and most everyone knows their neighbors. It’s not really a surprise that the city was ranked 3rd safest for the second year in a row by Safewise.com. A total of 35 Utah cities met criteria to be considered for ranking. For the purposes of the report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data. 70% of the safest cities reported 25 or fewer total violent crimes. The violent crime rate among the safest cities is 67% lower than the statewide violent crime rate. The property crime rate among the safest cities is 53% lower than the statewide property crime rate. To identify the safest cities entails review of the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.” Violent crimes are defined as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of

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Here are the 10 safest cities in Utah for 2021 1. Spanish Fork 2. Syracuse 3. Kaysville 4. Bountiful 5. North Ogden 6. Pleasant Grove 7. Clinton 8. Springville 9. Farmington 10. Saratoga Springs burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The total number of crimes reported by each city is computed by adding violent crimes and property crimes. A crime rate is then created as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then data from 2,831 law enforcement agencies is collected to determine police adequacy. The smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. This variable was also transformed and normalized. Finally, the two variables were combined to create a safety score for each city. l

Feeding children with free nutritious meals in schools By Francia Benson | City Journals

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any households are experiencing financial hardships. Food prices are rising alarmingly, and parents struggle to afford food for their children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "food insecurity has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic." Numerous families make just above the poverty line; therefore, they are not able to afford meals for their children, nor can they qualify for reduced lunch. For this reason, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is sponsoring free meals, breakfast, and lunch in schools until the end of the year or until the money runs out. They will begin in Davis schools on September 21. Everybody 18 and under qualifies regardless of their income, including students enrolled in remote learning. All the schools in Kaysville City will benefit from the free meals program. Davis School District Nutrition Services posted the good news on their Facebook page and received an outpouring of positive reactions and comments. In some of those comments, moms expressed how the free meals program, which started

early in the school year, benefited their children and decreased their stress levels. Chantelle Cox Allen explained that her husband lost his job and that they couldn't wait on unemployment, so they started a new business. “The free lunches have benefitted us majorly being new business owners. We make too much to qualify on paper but in all reality we have struggled majorly. This takes one big stressor off my plate,” she said. Parents have the opportunity to order special diet options for their children. However, they must talk to the kitchen manager by 8:30 am. Students learn better when they are well nourished. They can focus on their education rather than worrying about what they are going to eat. Fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and whole grains are part of the nutritious meals provided. The CDC explained that children “who participate in school meal programs have better overall quality than students who do not.” l

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High School football kicks off on Aug.13 By Tom Haraldsen | City Journals Hard to believe that the prep football season is almost upon us. High school football begins with games on Aug. 13 for Davis County schools, with the regular season ending on Oct. 13. Here’s the schedule for local schools. All games begin at 7 p.m.

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Lehi at Davis Bountiful at Highland Logan at Viewmont Corner Canyon at Farmington Woods Cross at West Jordan West Jordan at Davis Farmington at Bountiful Viewmont at Hillcrest Skyridge at Woods Cross

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Davis at Granger Bountiful at Springville Viewmont at Copper Hills Maple Mountain at Farmington Woods Cross at Brighton Sept. 3 Layton at Davis Skyline at Bountiful Provo at Viewmont Farmington at Weber Ridgeline at Woods Cross

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Davis at Alta Bountiful at Woods Cross Viewmont at Bonneville Clearfield at Farmington

Syracuse at Davis Bonneville at Bountiful Box Elder at Viewmont Farmington at Layton Northridge at Woods Cross Davis at Fremont Viewmont at Northridge Farmington at Roy Woods Cross at Bonneville Bountiful at Box Elder

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ollege tuition costs are increasing year by year around the country. Parents and students struggle to make payments and stay out of student-loan debt. That is why Davis Technical College provides high school students the opportunity to start their college education while in high school. Tuition is free, and the cost of classroom materials and equipment is low. Application fees are only $40 annually. The UTech scholarship helps students pay for tuition, book costs, and fees for up to 12 months after graduating from high school. There are 32 programs to choose from, divided into six categories. Those categories are Business and Technology, Business Administrative Services, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Software Development, and Web and Graphic Design. Some of those programs are architectural and engineering design, web, and graphic design, advanced emergency medical technician, and culinary arts. There is something for everyone. The schedule is flexible and can be set up around the student's high school classes. Classes are offered during the day and in the evening. Besides the advantages previously mentioned, once students graduate from high school, they can either continue studying at Davis Technical College or transfer to another college. Up to 30 credits can be transferred towards an Associate of Arts (A.A.), an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.), or a Bachelor's Degree (B.S). Davis Tech has partnered with colleges and universities throughout the state to create education pathways and making the transfer process easy. Among those is Weber State University in Ogden, Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah State University in Logan, and Ensign College in Salt Lake City. Jen Pookchan, Career and Academic Advisor at Davis Tech, stated that the pro-

gram “gives students the opportunity to ‘triple dip.’ Earn high school credit, credit/hours toward their Davis Tech certificate and the possibility of Davis Tech hours transferring to select universities.” Another advantage of studying at Davis Tech is accessibility. There are six campuses around Weber and Davis Counties. The main campus is located in Kaysville. Students have access to the library, salon, and spa services provided by students at low cost, the cafe, and the printer center. According to the Viewbook, the Highschool Automation and Robotics certification is given in six high schools, besides the college campuses. Therefore, students do not need to mobilize to attend classes and have the choice to participate before or after school. The admission process is not complicated. The first step is to meet with the Career Technical Education (CTE) and together, choose a program that best fits the student’s needs and career aspirations. To enroll in the program students must be juniors in high school. Pookchan explained that high school students are taking advantage of the tuition-free education and that the number enrolled each year is increasing; “in 2019 we had 1,210, in 2020 – 1,344, in 2021– 1,405, and so far this year 2022 – 352.” She encourages teens to enroll at Davis Tech College. “By taking advantage of our free tuition while in high school, students can obtain a certificate that will lead to a higher wage career. This will help create pathways for students to either start growing in a career they love or continue their education at a university while making a more than livable wage.” She added, “The more skills you have, the more hirable and in demand you will be.” l

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Sheriff’s main focus is the safety and well-being of Davis County residents By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com FA R M I N G T O N — D a v i s County Sheriff Kelly Sparks has seen a lot of changes over the 30 plus years he’s been in law enforcement, but one thing remains the same – his desire to protect and serve the community. “The Sheriff’s Office is actively engaged in improving the quality of life for the citizens of Davis County,” Sparks said. “We’ve created a leadership team to improve relationships across the county. This is a measure of our success when we all work together for the health, well-being and safety of our citizens.” Sparks was drawn to law enforcement at an early age. “I knew in high school that this was a career field I wanted to pursue,” he said. “My cousin was on the Layton Police force and he was a great example to me.” He applied to the Davis County Sheriff’s Office in the early 80s and was invited in for a test. “I walked into the auditorium and there were 400 people taking the test,” said Sparks. “It was intimidating. I

thought I had no chance of getting past those 400 people. But when I headed for the door there was this large gruff man in the hallway and I was so intimidated by him that I went back and sat down and took the test. I was hired in 1983.” Sparks went through the police academy and paramedic school and worked in every division of the Sheriff’s Office, he said. “I became the director of the police academy at Weber State. Then I was invited to take the position of Deputy Director of POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training). In 2018 I decided I needed to run for Davis County Sheriff.” It’s an elected office, he said. “I’m in law enforcement. I’m not a politician. My focus and what I care about is law enforcement. My decision to run was a difficult one. It’s a large job.” A year or two previously there were a number of things that were concerning, said Sparks. “There was some disconnect and tensions between the Sheriff’s Office and the county. We needed good coop-

eration with the County Attorney’s Office, cities and government. We looked at improving how we were seen by the public and other entities.” Davis County doesn’t have as many problems as in other areas, he said. “We’re not immune. But our crime rate is pretty low so residents should feel safe.” Law enforcement has been taking a lot of heat lately and that has been tough, Sparks said. “It’s a personal challenge for me. I don’t mind criticism, it can be good to help us improve. But unwarranted criticism from other areas in the nation is demoralizing. It’s a challenge to overcome.” It’s important to let the officers know they’re appreciated, he said. “We get great support from the citizens of Davis County to overcome that loud minority.” Retention and recruitment has declined for a number of years now, said Sparks. “It’s a factor of the economy. When it’s low everyone struggles to find employees. But those loud public voices and criti-

Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks (center) helps at Drug Take Back Day. Sparks took office in 2019.

cism make people think this is not a career field they want to enter.” The public thinks because it’s a challenge getting people into the profession that we’re taking a lower standard of officers, he said. “That’s

not the case at all. We’re still getting high quality folks, fewer but we’re still getting great people. It’s been an awesome career for me. It’s the greatest career in the world if it’s for you.” l

Explorer Corps program is a Utah scavenger hunt By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com

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tah is made up of 29 counties, each one of them featuring something that is uniquely theirs. Now, the Natural History Museum of Utah has created a summer-long adventure to encourage visits to those counties, along with a way to track family ventures. Partnering with the Natural History Explorer Corps, the group has placed a 10-inch custom-designed commemorative brass marker, imbedded in 300 pounds of concrete, in the ground at a place of natural or cultural history significant to each county, and created a contest to encourage the public to visit and learn about each area. O.C. Tanner produced the markers. Once each marker was completed, Big-D Construction drove the state from top to bottom, roughly 6,000 miles, installing one marker in each county. “We are beyond thrilled to roll out the Natural History Explorer Corps program, which has been designed to encourage and support learning about and visiting 29 off-the-beaten-path wonders in Utah,” said Jason Cryan, NHMU executive director. “It’s also a great way

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to encourage our friends and neighbors in Utah to safely get back out there in the spirit of education, adventure, and friendly competition.” The “Race to 29!” contest allows travelers to track their adventures on a state-of-the-art passport app, and/or use a specially-created paper passport and make “rubbings” of the ED markers, along with taking photos of course. The contest will offer weekly giveaways, including a weeklong adventure in a Winnebago from Kellville Vans next summer. Explorer Corps badges, KUHL clothing and other prizes will also be given away during the contest, which runs through Labor Day. Program planning began back in 2019 as NHMU commemorated its 50th anniversary, with a goal of honoring this state that is home to fascinating fossil discoveries, beautiful landscapes and varied environments. Even with a year-long delay and setbacks due to the pandemic, the vision for Explorer Corps didn’t falter. In fact it expanded, Cryan said, with thanks to partnerships with O.C. Tanner and the State of Utah, plus

The Davis County marker highlights Antelope Island State Park. There are 29 markers in all, one in each Utah County. Photo courtesy of NHMU

additional support from Big-D Construction, Kellville Vans, KÜHL, the Utah State Library Division, the Utah Association of Counties and Utah Symphony. A printed Explorer Corps passport and ways to get involved can be found online at nhmu.utah.edu/explorer corps. l

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Lack of donors, increase in traumas cause critical blood shortage By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com SALT LAKE CITY—David Beverley had been preparing to donate a portion of his liver to his father Peter until a shortage of blood put the procedure on hold. “I’ve been in quarantine and I’ve been getting psyched up to have the surgery,” said David. “I 100 percent understand but I can’t believe we’re that critically low. I’ve literally had to put my life on pause.” Beverley is not alone. Other procedures have been rescheduled or pushed out due to a critical blood shortage. “The U of U has increasingly been in a situation where there’s been a critical shortage of blood,” said Dr. Ram Nirula, chief of the division of general surgery at University of Utah Health. “Every other month the blood bank indicates the blood supply is low.” Since the beginning of COVID there has been a reduction in donors, he said. “Because more people are participating in outside activities we’ve seen a higher number of traumas in this season than other seasons.” “Our mission is to collect enough blood and platelets to provide to local hospitals,” said Deborah Jordan, community relations supervisor at ARUP Blood Services. “Pre-COVID we had 75 to 100 donations a day. Now we’re closer to 50 to 60 donors a day.” The need is real, said Benjamin Donner, executive director at American Red Cross of Utah. “Blood isn’t something you can store for a long time. If you look at where we are right now, we try to have a five day supply. Currently we have a half day supply. We all need to come together.” Trauma is the disruption of the anatomy that causes bleeding, said Dr. Rob Ferguson, senior medical director of surgical operations at Intermountain Healthcare. “Surgery is a trauma. It’s an intentional controlled trauma. Some organs have a lot of bleeding

David Beverley and his father Peter. Beverley’s transplant surgery was postponed due to a blood shortage. Courtesy

and the body needs assistance. The safe thing to do is to postpone the surgery until we have more blood products on hand.” It’s important to come in, said Donner. “A couple of years ago I was one of those traumas. I needed four units of blood at that moment. What if it wasn’t there?” “I have non alcoholic liver disease,” said Peter Beverley, whose surgery was rescheduled to July 27. “I’m to the point where I have to be treated for the toxins that are getting into my system. I’m one of the lucky ones who have a close family network that can get me through that.”

“I love my dad and wanted to help him out,” said David. “I’m the youngest of four kids. My sister and I were the only ones who matched but she was eliminated early on. It’s a rigorous process. I didn’t know how far it would go then one day they said ‘you’re a match.’ I thought ‘oh wow, now by boys and my daughter can have their grandpa for the coming years.’” “I haven’t seen this kind of perfect storm before,” Ferguson said. “It’s a concerning situation. It’s important to get donations to get us through. But I’m optimistic. There are so many good people who are ready and willing to answer the call when there’s a need.” l

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New heritage festival replaces Davis County Fair By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com KAYSVILLE—The Davis County Fair has been a staple in the community for many years delighting children with baby animals, pony rides and dog shows. Last year the fair was canceled due to COVID and will not be held again this year. Instead, the county, in partnership with the Utah State University Botanical Center, has announced the new Davis Heritage Festival to be held in 2022 that will replace the fair. The family-friendly event celebrating the heritage of Davis County will be hosted by the USU Botanical Center and held annually in the spring to coincide with Baby Animal Days and is scheduled for May 19-21, 2022. “The purpose of this change is to focus on agriculture, give community members and local businesses a chance to share their creative endeavors through locally made or grown projects and to celebrate the heritage of Davis County,” Davis County Commissioner Randy Elliott said in a statement. “In addition, it will honor the past, promote the strong future ahead and more accurately reflect what has built the Davis County community.” Utah State University Extension professor and director of the USU Botanical Center, Jerry Goodspeed said he is excited about the festival. “There is symmetry between USU Botanical Center’s mission and Davis County’s efforts in promoting and supporting agriculture and local heritage,” said Goodspeed. “We look forward to sharing this wonderful new event with the community. Our new Davis Heritage Festival committee, which includes a Davis County employee as co-chair, is already making plans for the 2022 event.”

“Our goal is to honor what has built the Davis County community and find new ways to improve and prepare for the future. “ – Randy Elliott

The 4-H horse and livestock show will still be held this year as a separate event on Aug. 14 and Aug. 19-21. The county fair horse show starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Hooper City Arena and the stock show will be held at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden Aug. 19-21. “Our goal is to honor what has built the Davis County community and find new ways to improve and prepare for the future,” Elliott said. “This event update and transition of the hosting and planning to the USU Botanical Center will help us accomplish and exceed that goal.” For more information and updates about the transition visit daviscountyutah.gov or usubotanicalcenter.org. l The Davis Heritage Festival will be held next spring in conjunction with Baby Animal Days at the USU Botanical Center. Courtesy

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Staying safe around bison By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com

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o you might be venturing outdoors a lot this summer, with very hot weather and the need to get out of the house. That could include hiking, particularly in places like Antelope Island which is always a huge destination. That said, some of the island’s “residents” don’t always take kindly to visitors, so here are some tips to keep everyone safe when two-legged creatures meet those with four legs! Antelope Island State Park is home to many wildlife species, including mule deer, pronghorn and bison. It’s where you’ll find one of the nation’s largest and oldest public bison herds. Due to the large population of bison living on the island, it is quite common to see one of the animals. In the winter months, there are about 515 bison on the island. After the female bison have their calves in the spring, it brings the total to about 750 animals. Bison can also be found in the Henry Mountains in southern Utah. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources said that during the last two years, there have been several instances when visitors to the island were charged and injured by a bison. While these incidents are quite rare, people should still be aware of what to do if they happen to encounter a bison.

“People usually get too close,” Antelope Island Park Manager Jeremy Shaw said. “They always want to get closer and closer for photos. But ultimately, any time there is a dangerous interaction with wildlife, it’s because the person got too close.” Here are a few tips from DWR for how to avoid making a bison aggressive if you encounter one: • If you see a bison and it stops what it is doing and starts paying attention to you, you are too close and should slowly back away. • nIf a bison is in the middle of the road, wait for it to pass. Do not get out of your vehicle. • If a bison is on the side of the road, feel free to slowly drive past it. But again, stay inside your vehicle. • If you see a bison in the distance, do not walk across the rangeland to get closer to it. Take your photos from a safe distance. • If you are hiking and a bison is close to or on the trail, you should either back away and return the way you came, or leave the trail and give the animal a very wide berth when passing it. It is OK to go off the trail if your safety is at risk. “We’ve got trail restrictions on Antelope Island in the backcountry, but safety

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trumps those rules,” Shaw said. “If you are in the backcountry hiking and you come across any wildlife that’s in your path, we urge you to travel around it. Whatever distance you think you should remain from the animal, double it. That’s how far back you

should stay.” These safety tips also apply to other species of wildlife. For specifics on what to do when encountering different types of animals in the wild, visit the Wild Aware Utah website. l

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Golden Spoke Ride connects bike trails from Ogden to Provo By Tom Haraldsen | Davis Journal

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ven if you are a biking enthusiast, you may not know about The Golden Spike, or of The Golden Spoke ride held the past four years. It is the amalgamation of eight major paved off-street trails that provide over 100 miles of connected trail from Provo to Ogden. One could say it is the “golden child” of Utah’s urban trails, providing healthy mobility options for much of the Wasatch Front. It was not created or conceived as a single trail, but as independent trails were being constructed and became popular, it became apparent that with a few connections, it would create the longest continuous paved trail west of the Mississippi. And so it has. The Golden Spoke is the amalgamation of Provo River Parkway Trail, Murdock Canal Trail, Jordan River Parkway Trail, Legacy Parkway Trail, Denver & Rio Grande Western Rail Trail, Weber River Parkway Trail, West Haven River Parkway Trail, and the Ogden River Parkway. According to the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the term Golden Spoke, as an identifier of these trails, began in 2018 after a major gap

was closed along the Jordan River Parkway Trail with the construction of the North Temple Bridge next to Fisher Mansion. An event was held to commemorate the achievement and the Golden Spoke Ride was born. The group Move Utah worked in partnership with the WFRC, the Jordan River Commission, the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, Bike Utah, Mountainland Association of Governments, Utah Department of Health, the Utah Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation, and Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber Counties to create the event. Improvements are continuously being made to the trails that make up the Golden Spoke: wayfinding signs, additional access points, pavement replacement, and even trail widening in places where the number of people on the trail requires more space. There are several existing trails that tie into a “wheel” around the Golden Spoke, such as the SR-193 Trail in Davis County, and the 9-Line Trail and Parley’s Trail in Salt Lake County. A recently completed project connects Salt Lake County and Utah

County via the Draper Porter Rockwell Trail and Lehi Rail Trail (referred to locally as its own version of the “Golden Spoke”), which then ties into the larger Golden Spoke network at the Murdock Canal Trail via a soon to be completed pedestrian/bicycle bridge over SR-92 in Lehi. Other planned projects include Millcreek’s “double tracking” of the Jordan River Parkway Trail on either side of the river, the West Davis Corridor highway project extending the Legacy Parkway Trail through Davis County, and the Weber River Parkway extension through South Weber City (also part of the Centennial Trail running through Weber County). All of these will continue the expansion of this interconnected trail system. There is even a concept to connect the Wasatch Front and Back via trails through the Wasatch Loop trail network, as efforts to create a family-friendly bicycle network of trails continues. l The map for the Golden Spoke ride this year that ran from Ogden to Provo. Courtesy of WFRC

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Four tips for summer safety By Kathleen Riggs | Utah State University Extension

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any families are heading outdoors for recreation and activities. Whether in the pool or park, the ball field or backyard, take precautionary measures so all family members are safe from sun, insects and injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a portion of their website dedicated to family health. A summary of their tips for family summer safety are included below. For additional information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/p0517-eight-tips-healthysummer.html. Tip 1. Master water safety. Swimming in the pool and playing in the sprinklers are favorite summer activities. However, drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4. Water safety tips from CDC include: · Carefully watch young children in and around water. · Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. · Learn CPR. Knowing this skill can be critical in a time of

need. · Install a four-sided fence around home pools. · Wear a properly fitted life jacket when boating. Tip 2. Beat the heat and sun. Overheating and sunstroke can occur in healthy children, youth and adults if they participate in strenuous activities during hot weather. If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, move him or her to a cool location and seek medical help. To avoid over-heating: ·Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked. · Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. · Schedule outdoor activities in the morning and evening hours. · Keep cool with cool showers or baths. A few serious sunburns can lead to skin cancer in the years ahead. Tanning is the skin’s way of trying to protect itself from harmful UV rays from the sun. To pre-

vent sunburn: · Cover up. Clothing that covers the skin helps protect against UV rays. · Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside. Tip 3: Keep ticks and mosquitos from causing harm. Protect yourself and your family from bites and diseases. Zika, West Nile Virus and Lyme disease can all be transmitted by insects. To help with protection: · Use an effective insect repellent. Products containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some natural oils provide long-lasting protection. · Some pesticides (acaricides) can reduce the number of ticks, but these should not be relied on for providing full protection. · Check yourself and your children for ticks after being outdoors, especially if you have been camping or hiking. Instructions for effectively removing ticks are

available on the CDC website. Tip 4: Prevent injuries. Falls at home and on the playground are common causes of visits to the emergency room. To avoid injury: · Be sure playgrounds are well maintained and have soft landing areas.

· Wear appropriate protective gear when participating in summer sports. · Learn to perform basic first aid. Enjoy fun in the sun, but make safety a priority so that summer is incident and accident free. l

Pickleball growing in popularity in Kaysville By Mark Jones | m.jones@mycityjournals.com KAYSVILLE—As the summer months wear on, one of the more popular recreational activities is a sport called pickleball. To some, the question may be “What is pickleball?” Pickleball is a paddle ball sport that mixes the elements of tennis, table tennis and badminton. It is a sport that can be played by either two or four players. The sport is played by five simple rules: the ball must stay inbounds, there should be one bounce on each side, serving must be done at the baseline, the serve can not land in the no-volley area, and games end at either 11, 15 or 21. The Kaysville Parks and Recreation Department has seen the sport grow by leaps and bounds since it started the program for adults in 2017. Adult leagues take place in June, July, August and October. “It’s very easy to pick up the game,” said Tracy Murray, pickleball program director for the city. “It’s very social.” But Murray says just because it provides a social aspect, that doesn’t make it any less competitive than any of the other sports. “It can be very competitive,” she said. “You can show up on your own and work into a rotation with three others.”

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The city is also in its first year of holding pickleball leagues for youth. Currently, Kaysville has 150 youth signed up for a variety of leagues that began June 9 and will be played every Wednesday through Aug. 25. Murray said the leagues range from introductory to pickleball academy. “The interest has exceeded what we thought it might be,” Murray said. She said the sport is open to all interested players, ranging from a 2.5 rating, which is considered to be at the beginner stage, to an expert player with a rating of 4.5. In addition, the city hosts two pickleball tournaments each year. The Spring Fling tournament was held April 29 – May 1, which brought in 300 adults, including many from out of state because their own states were still dealing with COVID-19 restrictions. The city will also host the Paddle Battle tournament Sept. 23-25, which will be held at Barnes Park Courts in Kaysville. Registration for the tournament is now being accepted. There are a couple of items interested teams may need to keep in mind for the September tournament. Teams are asked to arrive 30 minutes in advance to check in, and if a team is not present at game time or discontinues play during the tournament it

Ray Morgan (yellow hat), Marc Lee (red shirt), Derek Wursten (yellow shirt), and Nate Wursten (white shirt) enjoy pickleball in Kaysville. Photo courtesy of Kaysville Parks and Recreation

will forfeit all matches. Games will also be played to either 11 or 15 depending on the bracket level and size.

For more information, visit the Kaysville Parks and Recreation website or call 801-544-1788. l

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TOP Star program promotes healthy lifestyle for kids By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com CLEARFIELD—Just getting kids to eat can be a herculean task. Getting them to eat healthy is nearly impossible. To help kids get off to a good start the Davis County Health Department (DCHD) participates in the TOP Star Program (Teaching Obesity Prevention in Early Child Care Settings). The program was developed by the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) who has asked local health departments to collaborate. “It allows for early child care (preschools and daycares) to improve physical fitness, nutrition development and breast feeding support for nursing moms,” said Justin Lindseth, Community Health Educator DCHD. “It gives assistance to early education centers to create an action plan to improve in all those areas.” For a facility to receive TOP Star endorsement they must demonstrate that they have addressed the items in their action plan such as increasing the vegetables served at lunch, 20 to 60 minutes of physical fitness each day, etc., said Kristen O’Flarity, Bureau Manager, Community Health Services DCHD. “Training is provided for continuing education credit for the staff. They receive marketing tools like decals and banners that show they are a TOP Star facility and that they went through the process of creating a healthier environment for their kids. It’s the most critical time for kids to eat

healthy and make good food choices.” “We want to reverse those bad habits,” said Lindseth. “We want kids to eat vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. Not only at daycare but at home.” TOP Star provides monthly lesson plans, physical activity plans and active play plans, Lindseth said. We’re making sure they’re sustaining those practices in the home as well.” O’Flarity said they’ve received positive feedback from the staff. “Developing those habits benefits them too. It’s a win, win when they’re an example to the kids they serve.” It doesn’t have to be too complicated or expensive, she said. “Go to the park, take a short hike or dance in the living room. Just be up and active.” “Create unstructured play,” Lindseth said. “Running, jumping, anything to promote physical movement. We don’t want kids to sit for a long time.” O’Flarity said they encourage parents and day care providers to eat with the kids. “Kids are so picky, it’s a huge challenge to get them to try new things. Be positive and ask them to at least try the food but don’t force them. Kids have to try a food seven to 10 times before they’ll accept it.” Children nowadays have tech readily available, said Lindseth. “It’s important for

Incorporating fruits and vegetables into a child’s daily diet will help create healthy eating habits. Courtesy

parents to monitor screen time. There should be no screen time for children under 2 years of age, not even TV going on in the background. TV can be violent. Keep screen time at bay so they’re not exposed to violent stimuli. Protect their well being.” “It’s our role to help facilities troubleshoot how they can achieve their goals,” said O’Flarity. “We promote books and provide posters

for them to put up in the classroom. We give them a newsletter they can hand out to parents to educate them as well so they can implement healthy behaviors at home.” For a list of TOP Star facilities in Davis County visit https://choosehealth.utah. gov/prek-12/childcare/top-star-program/endorsed-facilities.phpl

Davis football 2021 preview: Reloading with a new head coach

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hen the Davis High football team takes the field in early August for its season opener against Lehi, it will have quite a different look from last year’s 8-4 squad. Perhaps the most noticeable change will be that of new head coach Scott Peery. After spending the past three seasons running an explosive passing attack as Fremont High’s offensive coordinator, Peery will now get the opportunity to lead the Darts in 2021 following former head coach Mitch Arquette’s departure. “I’m thrilled to be at Davis, there’s so much tradition here,” Peery said. That tradition was on full display in 2020. Anchored by a talented senior class, including the all-state trio of quarterback Chance Trujillo, running back Spencer Ferguson, and receiver David Spjut, the Darts high-scoring arsenal lit up opposing defenses, finishing the season with a region-leading 4,800 yards of total offense. However, the departing group of senior skill players were responsible for all but 50 of those yards, leaving behind a significant void of talent needing to be filled. “We lost some pretty tremendous players,” Peery said. “But that’s the nature of the game in high school football. You’ve got to reload.” Peery’s track record of leading an offense indicates that he shouldn’t have much trouble

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By Matt Patton | City Journals finding new weapons to put points on the board. While leading Fremont’s offense, the Silverwolves led Region 1 in passing yards the past two seasons, even with a change at quarterback last year to an incoming junior New head coach Scott with no experience at Peery. Courtesy photo the varsity level. “He was an easy hire,” Davis Athletic Director Bo Roundy said of bringing on Peery. “He’s brilliant. Passionate. Contagious. The kids love him.” Roundy also pointed out that while the team is losing several key skill pieces, they’ll still be loaded in the trenches. “The positive thing is we have an amazing line on both offense and defense,” he said. “Our line is the heart of football. So, they’re going to take care of business, but there’s some shoes to fill.” Fortunately, there won’t be as many shoes to fill on the defensive side of the ball. Senior Mason Rigby returns to anchor the defensive front where he led the group with 14.5 tackles for loss including four and half sacks. The secondary will also get senior defensive back

Last season, Davis was 8-4, but has some reloading to do under new head coach Scott Peery. Courtesy photo

Jensen Jacobs back, who had two of the Darts’ eight interceptions and 29 tackles during the 2020 campaign. While they have plenty of vacancies on both offense and defense to plug in for this upcoming season, Peery is optimistic with what he is seeing from his new crop of athletes. “Something I instantly noticed with this

group was their competitive spirit,” Peery said. “Kids thrive in competition. We’re excited to see who will step up.” That competitive spirit will be on display starting August 6th when the Darts will have their annual Brown and Gold game before taking on the Pioneers in the home opener August 13th. l

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Hill Air Force Base completes Blue Sky solar project

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ill Air Force Base and Rocky Mountain Power celebrated the completion of a new 350kW solar array, one of the region’s largest Blue Sky projects. This renewable energy source is designed to help Hill AFB move toward achieving energy goals while positioning the military installation for future growth. The project also contributes to efforts aimed at improving grid resiliency. “We are the third largest energy consumer in the Air Force because of the various missions we have underway here,” said 75th Air Base Commander Col. Jenise Carroll. ”This new renewable energy project adds to the total power generation capabilities we have on the base.” Carroll and Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO Gary Hoogeveen toured the array during his visit to the base in June. Hoogeveen is partnered with Carroll in the base’s honorary commander program that pairs Air Force leadership with community leaders to provide networking and educational opportunities. “As one of the largest employers in Utah, Hill Air Force Base has been an excellent partner in collaborating on projects that help move us toward

a more sustainable future,” he said in a company release. “We thank our Blue Sky customers for making this and many other projects possible, and it’s remarkable to see what a tremendous impact they have made.” Earlier this spring, Rocky Mountain Power presented the 75th Air Base Wing with a $1.4 million energy incentive award for completing additional energy efficiency and resiliency projects. Those efforts resulted in saving 12,882,649 kilowatt hours a year, which translates into a cost savings of $621,264 annually. Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky customers provided funding to build the project and will own and operate it for the next 25 years as part of the Blue Sky initiative, but HAFB will add the energy generated to its power grid. Launched in the spring of 2000, Blue Sky allows customers to match their energy usage with the purchase of renewable energy credits. The program currently has 135,000 participants. — Tom Haraldsen

Col. Jenise Carroll, commander of the 75th Air Base at Hill Air Force Base, jokes with Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO Gary Hoogeveen as they celebrate completion of a new solar power array at the base. Courtesy photo

Utah Championship in Farmington Aug. 5-8 By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com FARMINGTON—The Utah Championship’s 30th edition, presented by Zions Bank, is returning to Oakridge Country Club in Farmington Aug. 5-8, and this year, so are the fans. After spectators were banned from last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tournament officials received the green light from the PGA Tour to allow the public to attend this season. Tickets are now available. The Korn Ferry Tour is the next step for many players hoping to earn PGA Tour status, and many former participants in Utah are now or have been on the regular tour. Along with local favorites Tony Finau and Danny Summerhays, other memorable alumni who’ve played in the event since its inception at Riverside Country Club in Provo have included: John Daly, winner of 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 Open Championship Zach Johnson, winner of 2007 Masters Tournament and 2015 Open Championship Bubba Watson, winner of 2012 and 2014 Masters Tournament C.T. Pan, who played on the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup Sam Burns, who beat Tiger Woods on the day by two-shots during 2018 Honda Classic

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Cameron Champ, one of only two amateurs to make the cut in 2017 U.S. Open Sungjae Im, named 2019 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Carlos Ortiz, winner of 2014 Web.com Tour Player of the Year Will Zalatoris, finished second in his debut at 2021 Masters Tournament Last year’s event was a classic, as Summerhays, who lives in Farmington and near the course, rallied in the final round to earn a way into a three-way playoff. He finished second in the tournament. Since then, he’s played in three Korn Ferry Tour events, two this year, and may be back at Oakridge in August. He also took a year off the tour to coach boys golf at Davis High School. Fans may purchase daily grounds, weekly grounds or daily VIP tickets in-advance online or on-site during tournament week. The number of tickets is limited. Davis County residents and their families can attend for free with a valid ID; no ticket purchase is necessary. Jeff Robbins, Utah Sports Commission President and CEO, said in a release, “This year we have the opportunity to celebrate 30 years of Utah Championship history and having fans back on the green makes it

Farmington resident Daniel Summerhays tied for second in last year’s Utah Championship at Oakridge Country Club. The Korn Ferry tour event returns Aug. 5-8. Photo by Tom Haraldsen

that much more special. The list of notable players grows with each tournament, and we look forward to seeing who follows in the footsteps of our great alumni.”

For more information regarding tickets, volunteering, and event schedule, go to the Utah Championship website. l

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New commission tasked with bolstering economic development By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com SALT LAKE CITY—As the state emerges from the pandemic, state and local leaders have come together to form the new Unified Economic Opportunity Commission (EC). The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) announced the commission last week which was created as part of H.B. 348 that was passed during the 2021 legislative session. “It gives us the opportunity to relook at how we handle economic development in the state of Utah,” said Senate president J. Stuart Adams. “I don’t think this has been done in any other state. It’s the Governor, Speaker, representatives from county commissions and cities, people who represent all economic aspects of Utah.” The commission will address issues such as education, transportation, infrastructure and workforce development, he said. “We’ll take a holistic view and decide what the best way is to attract the type of jobs that will help us move forward into the future.” U.S. News & World Report named Utah as the best economy in the nation, Adams said. “The census shows we’re the fastest growing state in the nation. People are looking at Utah from all over the nation. They’ve seen the quality of life we have here. We want to use those accolades in the best way

we can.” The commission brings together the best minds with the best ideas, he said. “It’s an exciting commission. If you had told me a year ago when we were in the worst depression since 1930 that we’d have the lowest case count in the nation and best economy in the nation I wouldn’t have believed it. We need to capitalize on what we’ve done in the past and make sure the future is done right.” Adams said the commission is aware that companies drive economic growth. “We want to make sure new companies will consider Utah and also how we can help existing companies. We’ll take a broad approach to look at everything. We’ve got the right people at the table.” The commission met for the first time on June 30. “It went great,” said Adams. “We haven’t gone to work totally but we’re formed and ready to go. I’m sure we’ll meet several times a year. There’s a real push now to get some ideas ready for the next legislative session.” There’s a multitude of items to consider, he said. “The number one top driver is an educated workforce. We want to have the talent to fill the jobs that are coming to Utah. We want to make sure kids K-12 are getting an education that is aligning with universi-

The future looks bright as more and more companies are coming to Utah. The state has been named as having the best economy in the nation. Courtesy

ties and technical schools. I’ve heard over and over again from companies that having a prepared, talented workforce far exceed any incentives.” The future is bright, said Adams.

“We’ve gone through a pandemic and come out of that. Let’s celebrate for a moment or two about where we’re at and be happy. There’s never been so much opportunity for the citizens of Utah.” l

Davis Technical College receives award of excellence KAYSVILLE—The Composite Materials Technology program at Davis Technical College has been named a winner of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) 2021 Organizational Excellence Award. The award recognizes organizations from academia, industry and government within the advanced materials and process community that exemplify the best of SAMPE. “Davis Tech has set a high standard for innovation and creativity in advancing material and process engineering,” Jerome Berg, President of SAMPE said in a statement. “Earning this award is a testament to the skill, dedication and professionalism of its winners.” Davis Tech started the Composites Materials Technology program in 2007 and trains more than 250 students annually. That includes courses at Northridge, Syracuse, Farmington and Woods Cross high schools. The chief employers in Davis County are the aerospace, recreation manufacturing, infrastructure and transportation industries, including Hill Air Force Base, one of Utah’s largest employers, according to a release. “Davis Technical College is honored to receive this award from SAMPE, an organization for which we have the utmost respect and appreciation,” Davis Tech President Darin Brush said. “We are very proud of our Composite Materials program and this recognition is a tremendous validation of our success. Our thanks to everyone at SAMPE.” — Becky Ginos The Composite Materials Technology program trains more than 250 students annually. Photo courtesy of DT

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Davis Early Intervention program helps children with disabilities succeed By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com FARMINGTON—For parents who have a child with disabilities, knowing how to care for them can be overwhelming. The Davis Early Intervention program in the school district provides some of the tools that families need to help their children reach their goals. In the late 80s the federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was passed,” said Mandy Zeschke, Davis Early Intervention coordinator. “It’s for children from birth to 3 years old who have delays or disabilities. The district holds the grant for Davis County.” When a child is referred, they do a free evaluation to determine eligibility for the program, she said. “We create a family service plan and provide family coaching. Primarily we go to the child’s home but we also have a few classes that we invite parents to participate in at the level that will benefit them.” The program has occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses, developmental specialists and service coordinators so they can receive whatever service they need, Zeschke said. “They work with the child and provide suggestions to the family to continue to work on between visits.” Some of the classes offered include a music/movement group and a motor group that targets different development for kids, she said. “There’s an infant massage group and a parent support group that is virtual. It gives parents the opportunity to network with other parents of children with disabilities.” Currently they are serving 450 children, said Zeschke. “If kids are eligible they get services, we don’t have a wait-

ing list. The state legislature determined a sliding fee scale from zero to $200 a month participation fee. It is based on family size and income.” “I’ve really loved early intervention – it’s been a godsend,” said parent April Shumway. “I have a child with special needs. He was born with Down syndrome. His first year of life was hard, he was in and out of Primary’s.” They teach you infant massage and how to calm your baby, she said. “I still use those baby massages. When he got older he had occupational, speech and feeding therapy. They guide you along to give you a head start. They offer so many things to give children a leg up. He’ll have the skills to move on.” Shumway’s son is 3 years old so he will be leaving the program soon.“I’m bummed. It feels like you have an ally, somebody who knows how it is to have a child with disabilities. It was so nice to have that help in the beginning.” The Davis Early Intervention staff hosted an activity day for families in the program on Wednesday at the park. “It gives kiddos the opportunity to get out into the community and practice the things they’ve been working on with the support of early intervention providers,” said Zeschke. When parents are first learning about the diagnosis it can be overwhelming, she said. “They may also be dealing with older children. We give suggestions to help the family come together. We want the family to be successful. We love kids and we love helping families help their kids.” For more information about the program visit Davis Early Intervention on Facebook and Instagram or call 801402-5408. l

Speech Pathologist Shawnii Lyman delights 3-year-old Pasley Marsh with bubbles at a Davis Early Intervention activity at Legacy Park in North Salt Lake. Photo by Becky Ginos

Davis High’s Bizzy Arevalo wins Gatorade Player of the Year for girls soccer By Mark Jones | m.jones@mycityjournals.com

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KAYSVILLE – It would be hard to find another athlete that had the kind of impact on their team that Bizzy Arevalo had on the Davis High girls’ soccer program last fall. In her lone season with Davis, Arevalo scored 19 goals and dished out 23 assists as the Darts finished the season 19-1 en route to winning the 6A state title over American Fork, who had defeated Davis for the state title the previous season. She also found the back of the net four times in postseason action for the Darts. As a result of her efforts, Arevalo has been recognized as the Utah Gatorade Player of the Year for girls’ soccer. “She’s a fantastic person and a fantastic player,” Davis coach Soulyanh Phongsavath said. “We were able to generate a lot of offense through her. A quarter of our offense ran through her.” Arevalo had spent the first three years of high school playing for Logan High. But between her junior and senior seasons, Arevalo decided that she needed a change of scenery. She had previously played club soccer with a lot of members of the Davis

team. She knew them and was comfortable playing with them. So, Arevalo decided to transfer to Davis, and the rest is history. “I know she plays club soccer down here,” Phongsavath said. “We were fortunate to get here.” Arevalo turned out to be the missing piece to the puzzle for Davis, who won its first state title since three straight from 2014 to 2016. “We would have been a little more one dimensional,” the Davis coach said had they not had Arevalo. “She was able to provide us with the depth that we needed.” Phongsavath says Arevalo is worthy of the award that she earned. “With the season we had, between her and Grace Nicol,” the Davis coach said. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving. She is a student-athlete first. She is everything that award represents.” Arevalo finished her high school academic career with a 3.9 grade point average. She will continue her soccer career at Utah State University, beginning this fall. She grew up attending games and camps in Logan. And according to Phongsavath, she has started summer strength and condition-

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ing with the Aggies. Arevalo is the second player from Davis to win the Gatorade award. Olivia Wade was the first player to win it for the Darts, claiming it after the 2016-17 season. “We’ve been fortunate to be good,” the Davis coach said. l

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KAYSVILLE POLICE DITCH DONUTS FOR LEMONADE By Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityjournals.com

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ummer is peak lemonade stand season, when young entrepreneurs set up homemade storefronts on their lawns or a neighborhood corner hoping for customers to visit. In Kaysville, their best customers are the Kaysville Police Department. Cops and Lemonade is a program created by the department’s previous Problem Oriented Policing officer, Sergeant Turner. Whenever a Kaysville police officer sees a stand or someone calls in about a stand, they will visit and purchase lemonade and treats. Officer Lexi Benson said, “We also take the time to chat with the kids and let them see inside of our police cars. It’s always a good time.” With the halt in lemonade stands in the summer of 2020 due to the pandemic, the officers are excited that they are up and running again this year. If you have a stand in business or see one, give the department a call at 801-546-1131 to let them know so that they can head over and support Kaysville’s young entrepreneurs.

Kaysville police officers love to share lemonade with local youth at their stands, as evident in the city’s Cops and Lemonade program. Courtesy photos

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