Kaysville/Fruit Heights | October 2021

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KAYSVILLE HOMES DRESS UP FOR HALLOWEEN By Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityj


or many of us, throwing up a few spider webs and displaying jack-o-lanterns is the extent of our Halloween decor. But for some Utahns, the Halloween season transforms their home into a spine-tingling, scream-inducing, ghoulish experience for friends and neighbors to enjoy during the month of October. The Paulsineas family of Kaysville has been decorating for Halloween in a big way for about four years. Brett Paulsineas said, “We try and get everything up the week of Halloween so those who can’t come that night can at least drive or walk by earlier. I think we estimated 350-400 people visited last year.” Their adventure into spookifying their home started out with a few tombstones made out of Home Depot cardboard boxes. Paulsineas then added a small graveyard with a fake iron fence with pillars. “Then somehow we got caught up in a pirate theme the last few years and we just kept adding on to that.” Most of their displays are homemade and are supplemented with a few purchased items. Continued page 5 Get your aye-phone ready to photograph this incredible Halloween pirate scene at the Paulsineas home. Photo courtesy of Brett Paulsineas.

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Good or bad - your mother-in-law really could live with you. By Cindi Mansell | City Journals


uring the 2021 legislative session, the Utah State Legislature passed House Bill 82 requiring cities to allow Internal Accessory Dwelling Units (I-ADUs) to be created within most owner-occupied single-family homes (basement apartments, mother-in-law apartments, etc.). While City Staff has allowed for either internal or external accessory dwelling units in Kaysville, the State is only requiring that cities allow for internal accessory dwelling units at this time. The State’s requirements kick into effect in October of this year, and if a city wanted to put in place any of the eligible restrictions, this needed to be adopted prior to that date. If an ordinance was not approved by the October deadline, any internal accessory dwelling unit would be allowed to be on any residential property. The City cannot fully restrict them, but they are allowed to approve regulations which would require that these units keep the same look and feel of a single-family dwelling. Community Development Director Lyle Gibson said, “In conducting public surveys as part of the review of the General Plan, we have found that residents in Kaysville are not interested in apartment buildings or higher density units but were open to the idea of accessory dwelling units.” This would help to create a way to support more residential options within the city. General concerns expressed by residents included the units creating more traffic, lack of parking, preserving open space, impact to schools and creating larger class sizes, and more rentals being created. Aspects of the ordinance were debated on several occasions, including noise, off-street parking requirements (a minimum of one added “paved/non-obstructed” parking space per unit beyond what is needed for the primary dwelling), property values, the licensing process and enforcement, and only being allowed in specific locations. Gibson explained, “There are regulations that would only allow cities to limit certain zoning districts, but it would need to have reason behind it”. Mayor Katie Witt commented that “there needs to be a way to incentivize people to bring their homes into compliance to license their accessory dwelling unit if they have one.” Gibson responded the specific licensing process had yet to be decided, but staff expects it would be similar to the business licensing process and there is a provision to help provide some enforcement if there are homes found to be in violation of this ordinance and if there is an issue of non-compliance. He said

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city staff would also conduct community outreach to educate and try to get people to come in. The Council debated “external” accessory dwelling units, which could essentially allow anyone with an outbuilding to be able to use it as a dwelling unit. Councilmember Mike Blackham said, “internal dwelling units are not as impacting as detached units and Kaysville should follow the state’s recommendation to only approve internal accessory dwelling units and wait to see how well the ordinance works.” It was felt that Kaysville cannot fix the current housing crisis but allowing internal accessory dwellings might help some residents. Gibson commented there is no obligation for the city to approve the ordinance allowing for detached dwelling units at this time. City resident Scott Edwards encouraged adoption of the ordinance, saying “we need to trust that Kaysville residents love their neighbors and would not desire to build anything that would not add value to their homes.”




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The City Council voted unanimously to approve only the section of the ordinance addressing internal accessory dwelling units and then continue to work on addressing what regulations they would like to see for detached accessory dwelling units. The Council conducted work item discussion on September 16, 2021, for External/Detached Accessory Dwelling Units. Staff presented general ideas or examples from other communities for Council review and encouraged them to be thinking about square footage limitation, height or other types of restrictions, regulating locations, windows/balconies (i.e., privacy issues). Expressing concern “these could completely change the focus of a single-family dwelling neighborhood,” the majority of the Council determined they would like to review data, capitalize on work already done, and get to work on establishing some ideas (at least educating themselves as to options) in anticipation of the upcoming legislative session. l

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Continued from front page “I guess we just keep adding onto it because it’s fun to come up with an idea and try and build it,” Paulsineas said. “It’s fun to see return visitors look for the new pieces in the display.” Visit the Paulsineas’ creations at two locations. Barnes Drive in Kaysville features the massive pirate theme display complete with pirate ship and bride auction. Another location on 300 North just off of 500 East features another ghoulish scene that includes a 14 foot scarecrow. Other Kaysville homes to visit include the Hill home on 589 East 200 North. Wizards, Witches, and Muggles can experience the magic and wonder of Diagon Alley, Step into the magical world of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley at the Hill home. Photo courtesy of Diana Hill. which Harry Potter fans will appreciate. For a spooktacular Halloween light show, visit the Bonner home, or Haunted Haven, located at 396 Spring Haven Court. The light show will be on display nightly from Dark - 10 PM the entire month of October. Also be sure to visit 1042 Barley Lane in Kaysville where Julie Walker and Rossy Martinez will debut their first ever spook alley on Saturday, October 30. While Kaysville residents certainly show their Halloween spirit in a grand way, you can also visit other Halloween homes throughout the state by visiting www.rockymountainhaunters.com to view a map of venues. l Enjoy a magical Halloween light show at the Bonner home. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bonner.


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General Election Candidate Profiles


Kaysville Mayor Jay Welk

y campaign theme is, “Planning for our future, while embracing our past.” That is what I hope to accomplish should I be elected Mayor of Kaysville. During my 24 years as the boy’s basketball coach at Davis High, our teams would play at sites from St. George to Logan. No matter where we played, we learned Kaysville has a statewide reputation as an outstanding “small” city. A place where you would like to raise a family. This really is true of our city. I believe some of the things which have made Kaysville what it


is today, must be preserved. That is why I am in support of preserving the Old Kaysville Library, if at all possible. I applaud the actions of the Kaysville City Council when they addressed this issue at a recent meeting. I agree that other aspects of our city can be improved. I believe I have the leadership skills and experience to work with all stakeholders to: 1. Ensure the safety of all persons, property, and community. 2. Transition of Paramedic Services from Davis County to Kaysville City. 3. Plan for a Public Works building that would adequately assist city workers to be as effective as possible.

Tamara (Tami) Tran

s a long-term 30-year Kaysville resident I’ve lived on both sides of I-15. Kaysville residents want to feel seen, heard, and equally represented at City Hall. As an elected council member, I understand Kaysville wants Leadership, Strategic Planning, and Communication. I will continue to work with staff and the council to present detailed, data-driven, strategic plans that work in Kaysville through transparent

due diligence processes consisting of collaboration with the community and increased outreach. I’m an experienced Kaysville City leader. I’ve served as a volunteer, appointed planning commissioner, and elected city council member. I’m a business owner and COO. My company is hired by the Department of Defense to support the missions of all branches of the US Military, and DISA. I look forward to sharing my leadership and experience with Kaysville City. I’m running for Mayor because I want to leave Kaysville better than I found it. www.vote4tami.com


’m Abbi Hunt, proud wife of an Army veteran, mother of three, community volunteer, and neighborhood runner. I love Kaysville. I’m raising my children here because it’s a beautiful, safe community with great schools and an amazing heritage. Kaysville is growing, and this growth presents both opportunities for our community and challenges. As a member of the Kaysville City Council, I will help prepare Kaysville for the future. A future that honors our heritage while moving forward with responsible





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first-hand, the loss of personal freedoms resulting from Communist rule and the destruction in war-torn nations stemming from totalitarian dictatorships. These experiences deepened my commitment to the ideals our nation was founded upon and I look forward to strengthening those ideals in a community my wife and I now call home. I have strong conservative viewpoints and believe our Founder’s words that “all men are created equal” and that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Governments exist to serve citizens, and I hope to serve them well. Marci and I have lived in Kaysville for the past 12 years and have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Candidates who did not send profiles Nate Jackson


our investments and debt, strategically spending relief money granted to the city, and recommending a 33% reduction in the proposed tax increase while supporting our Public Safety. Finding ways to support our parks and recreation needs with current resources. I have worked as the power department liaison striving to improve our grid reliability and maintain competitive rates. Visit www.andre4kaysville.com to learn more about my participation over the past two years, as well as, my vision and things I look forward to working on if re-elected. I love hearing from residents, learning from their perspective, and finding solutions on issues. Please reach out with any questions you have.

Perry Oaks

was born into a military family; then served myself for 27 years, in logistics and acquisition, deploying to the Middle East 4 times, retiring in 2012 as a Colonel, leading the Air Force’s munitions Program Office at Hill AFB. I currently work for a leading aerospace company as their corporate representative in Utah. I graduated from BYU with a BS in Business Mgt and received a Master’s in Logistics Mgt from the Air Force Institute of Technology. I have witnessed,


planning. Community service is important to me. I am the vice-chair on the Community Council at my children’s school, I volunteer with the PTA, and am vice-chair on the Kaysville Planning Commission. I’ve gained valuable insights from my service and have a greater appreciation of our community and its values. I share many of the same goals as the families, neighborhoods and businesses that call Kaysville home. For all of us to be successful, local government must be responsive, and proactive. I will work hard to make sure residents are heard. I am excited to run for Kaysville City Council to address future challenges, increase opportunities for our children, and give Kaysville residents a voice.

Andre Lortz

’m thankful for the chance to serve on Kaysville City Council. I’ve been able to meet wonderful people and learn how our city runs. In my professional career I worked in finance and various leadership positions. But what has served me the most is the desire to keep Kaysville the wonderful community that served my wife and I as we raised our family here and can’t wait to have our children and grandchildren close. Some of the things I’m proud of include: helping the city save money through evaluating



Kaysville Council Abbi Hunt


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General Election Candidate Profiles Fruit Heights Mayor John Pohlman


here are many Fruit Heights residents I have come to know, love, and admire. For those of you who may not personally know me, let me introduce myself. My name is John Pohlman and I was born and raised in Utah. My wife and I thoroughly enjoy residing in Fruit Heights and are happily raising our 4 children in this friendly community. I have learned through my first term as May-

or and through my career that servant leadership is working hand-in-hand with people to ensure mutual success. We were able to accomplish a lot over the past four years, and that is why I am running for a second (and final) term as Mayor of Fruit Heights. I want to represent you and your interests. I will do that by collaborating and communicating with you on a regular basis. I expect you to hold me accountable when you hire me as Mayor. A leader discerns the right thing to do, has the confidence to admit when he is wrong and has the courage to do the right thing even when it is hard.

Laura Hubrich


ello! I am Laura Hubrich and with my husband, Ron, have lived in Fruit Heights for 20 years. Together we have three children, Alli, Jenny and Ryan. We love living in “The City of Good Neighbors.” Prior to retiring in June 2020, I worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years. I started as an Industrial Engineer and held many management positions. For the last 10 years I was the Executive Manager, leading 5 mail processing plants in Utah and Idaho and managed over 1,200 people.

Families are drawn to Fruit Heights for its charm, beauty and traditions. We need to preserve that while continuing to move forward in a changing world. That comes by having unity, safety and accountability in our city. In my career I did that by working effectively with people. I worked with management teams, unions, large mailers and congressional representatives. As Mayor, my synergistic leadership will bring people together to accomplish the goals of Fruit Heights. After listening to the needs of our citizens, I will work closely with the city council and manager. Together we will find solutions to our most important issues. I am excited to lead our city as your Mayor.

Fruit Heights Council Florence Sadler


y passion for government began when I attended Utah Girls’ State while a student at Box Elder High School. Since then, I have endeavored to be an informed constituent and an active participant in local government. I have worked at election polling locations, sought to be educated on a variety of issues, and helped with local caucus meetings. I have also served our community through school Community Councils, as part of the Fruit Heights City

Community Emergency Response Team, and through other school and church opportunities. As a wife, mother, and former public-school teacher, I understand the importance of local government and how strong communities can make a difference. As a member of the Fruit Heights City Council, I intend to support policies that build strong families and communities. I will continue to study issues in depth before making decisions. I have also learned the value of working with people of different perspectives to find a solution that is best for everyone. With strong ethics and a listening ear, I believe I can help strengthen our community as a part of the City Council. I appreciate your consideration.

Candidates who did not send profiles George Ray • Korrin Dickson • Kristi Kearns


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Nine years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr


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Lobbyists supply the ability and contacts to actually help taxpayers By Cindi Mansell | City Journals


ecently, the City Council directed staff to secure an annual lobbyist contract to represent Kaysville City in the upcoming legislative session. “There are funds coming down from the Federal Government, including $1.5 billion in infrastructure funds and $50 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds,” said Mayor Katie Witt. She said the city has infrastructure needs that would benefit from these funds and the suggestion was made by Councilmember John Swan Adams to look at hiring a lobbyist. Upon investigating, Witt found that most cities surrounding Kaysville either have a lobbyist or are acquiring one, and it would be prudent to undertake that same effort. “I’m impressed that I simply made the comment and Mayor Witt took the bull by the horns, met with lobbyists, and determined what quickly needs to be done,” said Councilmember Adams. He said there is $1.5 billion of infrastructure funds, but the Feds will receive $15 billion worth of requests, and Kaysville needs to be on that list. “Staff has high

dollar projects that would meet the parameters to apply for this funding.” Councilmember Mike Blackham said he had served on the Mosquito Abatement Board for years and this special district was continually reaping unpleasantries from legislation. “They had no opportunity or representation until they hired a lobbyist to represent special service districts. This has paid off time and time again on bills that would affect or hurt the taxpayers if those bills had passed.” “We trust City Manager Shayne Scott implicitly, but not enough to be a lobbyist,” joked Adams. Blackham said staff had their hands full with their regular job duties and lobbyist services were specialized and necessary. He joked, “in this instance the city should jump over dimes to get some dollars, and there is no better way to get a return for your money”. The Mayor and Council determined they would try the lobbyist approach for a year and then assess its success afterwards to go forward. l

Supporting children by providing free nutritious meals in schools


By Francia Benson | The City Journals

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. 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.

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Chantelle Cox Allen explained that her husband lost his job and 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 a.m. 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.” By providing children free food, parents have less to worry and feel anxious about, which helps to keep a positive atmosphere at home. l

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Helping children cope with COVID and crises


iving through a pandemic can be mentally detrimental for anyone. Children and teens seldom speak about their feelings, frustrations, and anxieties. However, they, just like adults, also struggle with the unknown and the uncertainty. Some children have reported being bullied at school due to mask-wearing or feeling anxious when wearing one. It can be uncomfortable for some. Lindsay Adams, a child therapist, and mindful motherhood educator, explains that parents must encourage children to talk about their feelings. She says that children and parents should create a plan for what to do at school and reach out to the school for support. Adams suggests creating a safe space to take mask breaks, practicing mindfulness skills to help calm down when anxious, and having a list of things they can do to distract themselves. She recommends that parents work with the school administrators to address bullying incidents. Additionally, Adams advises parents talking to their children about how to deal with that kind of event. "Taking care of mental health at home would be encouraging children to interact with peers that are supportive and kind to them," she expressed.


By Francia Benson | The City Journals Davis School District does not have a mask-mandate in place. Nevertheless, parents with underlying health issues or who live with grandparents pressure children to wear a mask. It creates a sentiment of rancor and rebellion reinforced by some children making fun of them. Adams suggests those parents sit down and have a conversation "where the child gets to fully express their feelings and emotions." She adds that the parents should validate their child's feelings about not wearing the mask. Together, they could create a plan that includes rules about when the mask needs to be worn. For example, if there is enough distance between them and their classmates, the child could take the mask off while sitting down and wearing it when talking and participating in activities with their classmates. Settling an example is paramount when trying to convince children to wear a mask. Avoiding arguing and fighting is crucial. Otherwise, children will get resentful and will despise masks. Teachers should explain to students that some of their peers must wear a mask to protect their families or to protect themselves. Communication is vital to navigating the uncertainty that everyone is facing. For children who have lost a parent or loved ones due to Covid-19, she advises

having open discussions about the child's feelings and taking them to therapy. Adams strongly suggests avoiding responding with, "everything is okay, or don't worry about that." Instead, she says, "respond by validating their fears and feelings." Adams explains that parents must design a plan of action for what to do if someone in the family gets covid and how they will stay connected. "Teach them skills to calm down when their thoughts are spinning. This could be mindfulness or distraction skills," she explained. Multiple sources are available for free for parents, caregivers, and children, such as podcasts, online courses, and Facebook groups. Starlight Children's Foundation is a non-profit organization that has a long list of resources and activities for children, teens, and parents to cope and navigate during the Covid-19 pandemic. Experts suggest fighting anxiety by allowing children to spend time outside running and doing physical activity, also avoiding oversharing details such as the number of positive cases and death. Children can get too overwhelmed by such information. Keeping a positive mindset and atmosphere at home can help to reduce anxiety and fear. Adams is the voice behind the Mindful as a Mother podcast. She recently launched

Child therapist Lindsay Adams iis the voice behind the Mindful as a Mother podcast.

the course “Coping for Kids: Teaching your Child to Manage Big Emotions Without the Meltdown.” l

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Mr. Basketball finds more to life than basketball By Matt Patton | m.patton@mycityjournals.com


y the end of the 2014-15 high school basketball season, Davis High’s Jesse Wade had made quite a name for himself. In fact, the Deseret News appointed him as Mr. Basketball for the state of Utah, and he also received first team all-conference and all-state honors. He had the stats to back it up too, averaging 26.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals while hitting 4.2 3-pointers per game as a senior. His performance earned him a scholarship to play at one of his dream schools, Gonzaga, where he would begin his college career following a two-year mission to France for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Once he returned, he married his sweetheart Jade, and played sparingly over 20 games for the Bulldogs, who would make it to the Sweet-16 his freshman year. Following that season, Wade decided to transfer to his other dream school, and the team he had rooted for since he was a kid – BYU. His sister, Olivia, was just beginning her freshman season playing for the Cougars soccer team, so it made the choice to transfer even easier. “Having Olivia there was a part of my decision,” Wade said. “Growing up we were BYU fans, and it was always a dream of mine to play at BYU when I was younger, so it was an easy decision.” But things didn’t go quite as planned. Following his redshirt year, Wade injured his knee and had to have surgery to repair it. Even once his knee healed, he was still hampered with a torn labrum in his shoulder, which he had played through since hurting it at Gonzaga. He was finally able to return to the court and play for BYU in the 2020-21 season, but once again, he was only able to get onto the court for a few minutes each game. Injuries had limited his opportunities to perform as he once did as “Mr.

Former Mr. Basketball Jesse Wade has retired from basketball after stops at Gonzaga and BYU (Photo courtesy Jesse Wade)

Basketball.” Following the COVID-shortened season, Wade announced over social media that he was retiring from the game he loved. Having graduated with a bachelor’s in strategic management, he was prepared to move on and find a new path in life. “I listened to what my heart and body were saying, and for the first time in my life the joy of basketball just wasn’t there anymore,” he said. “It had been really hard mentally going through injuries over the past few years. My heart was more interested in learning and advancing in the business world than it was to continue to grind out basketball.” Wade’s high school coach, Chad Sims, supported him in his decision. “Jesse has a good head on his shoulders, and he knows he’s

more than a basketball player, and that’s what we’re most proud of,” Sims said. “There’s even bigger dreams out there with his family that he’s going to be part of for the next 60 to 70 years of his life. He has a lot more to look forward to.” Since stepping away from basketball, Wade spent a summer selling for Vivint, and he’ll now get to explore some opportunities in real estate. “I have no regrets. It’s been a great decision for me. My wife and I have been extremely happy with how life has been since I announced that I was retiring,” Wade said. “Obviously my college career didn’t go how I wanted it to, but how many people get to say that they played college basketball at their two dream schools growing up? I had an amazing experience with it all.” l


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Kaysville kids mow 50 lawns to serve their neighbors by Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityjournals.com


hile most kids spend their summers swimming in the local pool or lake, playing video games, sleeping in, or hanging out with their friends, 10-year-old Emiline Boldt and 13-year-old Carter Boldt mowed lawns for free for their Kaysville neighbors. Inspired by a March 2021 KSL news story commending a 12-year-old Springville boy for completing a nationwide challenge to mow 50 yards, the Boldts committed to accomplish the same goal. The 50 Yard Challenge, created by the non-profit organization Raising Men & Women Lawn Care Service, challenges kids to cut 50 lawns free of charge for the elderly, disabled, single parents, veterans, and anyone else in need of lawn service. Rodney Smith Jr. founded the non-profit in 2016 when he saw a man struggling to mow his lawn in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. Smith got out of his car and helped him. A June 2018 CBS article states, “That moment inspired him to create the movement.” Smith had a personal goal to mow 50 lawns in 50 states. He completed that goal in 39 days in 2017 by driving to 48 states and flying to Hawaii and Alaska. Smith’s endeavor started incorporating kids into the mission and the 50 Yard Challenge emerged. Kids ages 7-17 sign up for the 50 Yard Challenge on the website www.weareraisingmen.com and send a selfie holding a sign saying, “I accept the 50 Yard Challenge.” In addition to a welcome package that includes shades, ear protection, and a white shirt, kids receive different color shirts for every 10 lawns they mow. Upon completion, the organization gives the kids their final shirt - the prized black shirt - a certificate, and a brand new lawn mower, weed eater, and

blower. There is no time limit to complete the 50 yards. In the Fall and Winter, kids will rake leaves and shovel driveways so the challenge can be completed year round in any climate. The Boldt kids started their challenge on May 7 and completed it on September 4. They mowed lawns on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, often mowing 2 - 3 lawns per day. During the final two weeks of their challenge, Emiline and Carter mowed lawns after school. While Carter had some experience mowing lawns from the previous summer, it was Emiline’s first time. Carter said, “Usually I will do the front and then Emiline will do the back, and then I will edge.” Some lawns only took 30 minutes while others took 90 minutes. ‘You have to mow other people’s lawns but you can mow the same lawns multiple times.You can’t mow your own lawn to count. It has to be a service for others,” said Carter. To take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures in the summer, the kids got up early. Carter said, “It was hot sometimes but we would get up early in the morning at 7 a.m. and start at 8:15 a.m. Sometimes it was really hot and sometimes it was cool. But after school, it was pretty hot.” The kids’ mother, MaryJane Boldt, said, “When Carter saw the KSL article, he presented it to Emiline telling her it was a great way to bond. He was always spearheading this adventure. There were times Emiline waxed and waned throughout the process but she stuck with it and they completed it together. I am proud of them for setting a goal and seeing it through to the end.” Emiline said, “It was probably one of my biggest ac-

Carter Boldt and his sister, Emiline, sport blue shirts while mowing their neighbors’ lawns, signifying that they have mowed 30 yards of their 50 yard goal. Photo courtesy of MaryJane Boldt.

complishments.” The neighbors they served were also incredibly grateful and regularly showed appreciation. Even though the kids will receive brand new lawn service equipment for completing the challenge including a new lawn mower, Carter said, “We didn’t do it for the lawn mower. We did it to serve people.” l

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Kongo Athletic Club finds a spot for every youth to succeed By Matt Patton | m.patton@mycityjournals.com


early 10 years ago, University of Utah star linebacker Chaz Walker stepped off the field after helping the Utes to an overtime victory over Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. He led Utah with 15 tackles to help secure the win, which was a fitting way to cap off an impressive collegiate career where he led the team in tackles for two consecutive seasons. But success at the collegiate level didn’t come easy for the former Davis High safety. He began as a walk-on in 2007, and over time he was converted to linebacker. In 2008 and 2009, he continued to put in the work and got on the field to play special teams. But in 2010, he finally got his chance to start at middle linebacker, and he never looked back, totaling over 200 tackles in two seasons. Recognizing the hard work that it took to get to that level, Walker started training young athletes who were trying to do what he did – work hard and become a better competitor. After finding out that a gym had closed in Ogden, Walker seized the opportunity and picked up the used equipment so he could start a gym of his own in West Bountiful, the Kongo Athletic Club. The club, which was named after his linebacking group at the University of Utah, started as a place for young athletes to get custom speed, strength, agility and diet plans to help them get to the next level in sports.

“A lot of clubs around the state are just only focusing on the kids that are really good at their sport at that point in time,” Walker said. “The way many of the other coaches and I grew up, we weren’t the kids that were super good at a young age, we had to put in the work and put in the effort.” When the Kongo Athletic Club moved to Kaysville in 2015, it quickly began to evolve. Rather than just focusing on performance training, Kongo expanded to team sports. Around that time, there was one basketball team and around 100 kids involved with performance training. With the change of focus to team sports, the club now has 46 teams and oversees more than 2,000 youth. They offer opportunities to join club basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, and E-Sports teams. “We want to take these kids that might be entry level in competition sports and get them to play on our top travel teams,” Walker said. “We’ve had good success with kids coming in with a limited knowledge of sports and then evolving and growing over a two-to-four-year period and ended up being some of our top players.” While they have been successful helping kids obtain athletic scholarships, the focus of Kongo Athletic Club isn’t just about getting youth to the college playing fields. “My version of success stories is a little

The Kongo Athletic Club has several club sports teams, including basketball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, and E-Sports. (Photo courtesy Chaz Walker)

bit different from some others,” Walker said. “I look at kids that didn’t have friends, weren’t very good at sports, and yet now are one of the top players in our top teams. Our main goal is to find a spot for every kid trying to better themselves in sports.”

The Kongo Athletic Club is located at 535 N. Kays Drive in Kaysville. More information about getting specialized training or to join a Kongo club team can be found at kongosports. com. l

High school cycling league growing in popularity By Mark Jones | m.jones@mycityjournals.com KAYSVILLE—Cycling may be a sport that doesn’t get as much attention as it probably should. The Utah High School Cycling League (UHSCL) is providing high school students with an opportunity to compete in a sport that most people probably don’t know a lot about. According to its website, www.utahmtb.org, the UHSCL is in its 10th year of existence. When it started in 2012, the league had a little more than 300 student-athletes taking part. In 2021, the league projects there will be roughly more than 5,000 high school students from around the state participating. The league also has more than 2,700 registered coaches. Davis High School is one the schools participating in the league. And it fields a team of 158 student-athletes between grades 7-12. Of the 158 students from Davis High, 120 students are in grades 9-12. Seventh and eighth grade students start off in a junior development program, allowing them to learn about mountain biking in a positive environment. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors compete at the junior varsity level on various skill levels. A varsity race is four laps, which is anywhere between 24 and 32 miles

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long. It also has a climbing distance of 1,500 to 2,000 feet. The sport is growing in popularity among girls. Davis High currently has 39 girls on its cycling team. “That continues to grow,” said Davis High cycling coach Travis Remington. “We love having girls part of the team.” The UHSCL is made of four regions around the state – North, East, Central and South. Within each region, there are four races, leading up to the state meet set for Oct. 22-23 in St. George. “The races are incredible,” Remington said. The North Region, which includes teams from Davis, Farmington, Woods Cross, Bountiful and Viewmont high schools, has held races at Beaver Mountain (Aug. 28), Snowbasin (Sept. 11) and Soldier Hollow (Sept. 25). A fourth race will also be held Oct. 9 in Vernal. Remington says the sport is for everyone. “It’s for the kids whose moms and dads aren’t the richest,” he said. “If you join the team, you’ll get to ride.” And it doesn’t matter the skill level of the rider. Remington said he had a student-athlete come join the cycling club af-

The Davis High cycling team is one of the state’s largest. Courtesy photo

ter throwing his shoulder out in swimming. Remington said the student-athlete just wanted something to do. That being said, however, Remington does encourage those interested in picking up the sport to get out and start riding. “Start on smaller trails, so they can build up their skills,” he said. In all, the UHSCL has 92 teams around the state. Teams are as big as 205 student-athletes, and are as small as five student-athletes. According to its website, the

UHSCL is the largest mountain bike league in the nation. “It’s phenomenal the growth we are seeing in Utah,” Remington said. He credit’s part of the growth to the easy access to mountains around the state. The foundation of the league is based on five core principles – fun, inclusivity, equity, respect and community. For more information, visit the league’s website at www.utahmtb.org l

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Olivia Wade provides instant impact in return to BYU soccer By Matt Patton | m.patton@mycityjournals.com


t didn’t take long for former Davis High superstar Olivia Wade to remind the soccer world that she was still a force to be reckoned with. To be exact, it took a grand total of 43 seconds for the BYU mid forward to score her first goal of the year in an exhibition match against Weber State on August 14th to kick off the 2021 season. “As a soccer player you’re always looking for that first goal to get you rolling,” Wade said. “Being able to do that so quickly was super helpful and awesome to get those nerves out and be able to settle myself and get my footing for the rest of the season.” Wade, the 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year, Salt Lake Tribune Player of the Year, and Deseret News 5A MVP returned to the Cougars’ soccer team in July of 2020 after spending two years serving a church mission in Houston, Texas. It is safe to say that BYU Women’s Soccer Head Coach Jen Rockwood was happy to have her back. “We’re really excited that she’s here,” Rockwood said. “She has so much personality and energy. She brings a lot to our team both in training and in games.” Having to adapt to so many missionaries going in and out has been an adjustment for Rockwood, but it seems to be bringing some unexpected positive results back to the team.

“It’s a very unique growing opportunity for them to go and serve a mission and then come back and play,” she said. “It helps the chemistry of the team. They become great role models and examples for our younger players.” Prior to leaving for her mission, Wade had already made a significant contribution to the Cougars soccer team, being named to the 2018 West Coast Conference Women’s Soccer All-Freshman Team. And although she returned home in the middle of the pandemic, the things she learned while serving in Texas prepared her for what she had to face coming back to so much uncertainty. “Being a missionary, I learned that I could keep achieving goals even when there is a lot going on in the world,” Wade said. “That’s really carried over with soccer. There’s been so many unknowns; some small injuries that I had when I got back, not knowing whether or not there would even be a season. But I’ve learned to really work hard regardless of unknowns.” Thankfully, this fall has been close to normal again, and now she gets to play another season with some of her former teammates from Davis, Mikayla Colohan and Zoe Jacobs. In 2014 and 2015, the dynamic duo of Colohan and Wade helped the Darts win two 5A state championships and earn a Super 25 top national ranking in 2015 following an undefeated sea-

Former Dart Olivia Wade has returned to BYU soccer following a church mission to Texas (Photo courtesy BYU Women’s Soccer)

son. A year later, all three of them were together as they once again finished undefeated and repeated as 5A state champions and the highest ranked team in the country. Now, they hope to continue that success competing for BYU. “It’s been so much fun. It makes chemistry so much easier,” Wade said of playing with her

former Darts teammates. “You can definitely see it on and off the field. We’ve been friends for so long. It’s been so much fun being able to play with two of my best friends.” BYU Women’s soccer games can be heard on BYU Radio 107.9 FM to continue following Wade, Colohan and Jacobs. l

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Parks & Recreation– FY21 Trends & Activities


By Cindi Mansell | City Journals


arks, Recreation & Facilities Manager Cole Stephens recently briefed the City Council on trends and activities within the Kaysville City Cemetery, Parks, Recreation, public property, community events, and facilities. Stephens said 40 trees were lost during the September 2020 windstorm and staff are slowly working on replacements (as watering permits). He said Cemetery staff keeps close track of its burials, and there was a substantial increase from FY20 to FY21 (from 148 to 171). He said non-resident burials actually surpassed resident burials in FY21 (90 to 81); although the cemetery still has space, they would like to control how those spaces are sold in an effort to prolong the life of the cemetery. Neighboring cities such as Farmington and Centerville did not allow non-resident burials, so there were trends to watch and concern because the cemetery is for residents of Kaysville. It was interesting to note the majority of non-resident burials included previous residents or residents that had purchased spaces years ago. Stephens said they do see non-residents purchase plots simply because they like the location. He explained the current policy allows residents to buy the rights to two spaces “pre-need” per household but non-residents can only buy “at-need.” He said “selling out and being occupied are two different things and it will be a long time before the cemetery is fully occupied.” Stephens said the Parks Department maintains 158.29 acres of developed parks and public properties and oversees 214.53 acres of undeveloped land (of which 140 acres is the wilderness park). He said the new Schick Lane Park site (which will occupy both the North and South side of 200

North between Wellington and Bonneville Drives) began development in 2021, but current drought conditions have held the planting of grass and other vegetation (even though all irrigation and concrete sidewalks are complete). He said drought conditions have also delayed planting of grass at City Hall. Stephens addressed water conservation for the 2021 irrigation season and said that the city reduced all irrigation by 35% and was working to identify areas of turfgrass that could be eliminated and re-landscaped with more drought tolerant landscaping. He said they were aggressive in fertilizing and aeration, and there was a dedicated seasonal crew for irrigation that included checking and fixing systems daily to prevent waste and ensure coverage. He said they are following all guidelines and rules required by Kaysville water providers. Stephens said another concerning trend was the reduction in seasonal worker hours and the inability to find people to work. FY21 was a great year for recreation and there was an increase in all sports and summer programs (accommodating almost 10,000 individuals from Spring until current). Stephens said the drought has been an issue with field space, and the Davis School District pulled all schools from fall use leaving staff to be creative in finding space for all teams to practice on City property. He said there had also been decreased use of Davis School District gymnasium space for indoor programs, which had been a trend for the past few years and continued to be problematic for the future. He said the top programs included soccer, baseball/softball, pickleball, and tackle and flag football. Stephens briefly reviewed a listing of community events, stating some had been canceled or were on hold due to COVID

This open space in Kaysville is site for the new Schick Lane Park. Photo courtesy of Kaysville City

conditions. He said the Facilities group had over 80,000 square feet to be maintained, including custodial, HVAC, and general maintenance. He reviewed ongoing challenges including maintenance and upgrades, special needs, parks replacement of aging playground amenities, cemetery long-term planning, and staffing. He discussed hopes for the RAMP tax initiative on the November ballot and said the cemetery is optimizing its existing space via lot platting and buying spaces back at the current rate.l

The time is now to enjoy autumn colors in Utah’s mountains


lbert Camus said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” As we transition into the cooler temperatures of October, we welcome sweaters, pumpkin spice, and the explosion of color in our Beehive state. Although the autumn season is short, it can be spectacular for Utahns who wish to experience the changing leaves and bask in the beauty of oranges, yellows, reds, and even pinks and purples of our natural landscape. If you’re outdoorsy, hiking in Utah’s various mountain ranges is the best way to immerse yourself in the kaleidoscope of color with fewer people around. But even enjoying a leisurely drive through our canyons in early October will reward you richly with breathtaking hues and plenty of opportunities for stunning photographs. Hiking the local trails will envelop you in the various colors of the season and the hues will vary depending on the trails you explore. The tall aspens of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons surround you with bright gold while the oak, maple, and other foliage leaves of the mountains in Davis County, Ogden Canyon, and ranges in Utah County reward you with various colors of reds, orange, pinks, and purples. Adams Canyon, a favorite hike among Kaysville/Fruit Heights locals, provides a beautiful array of fall colors worthy of that perfect social media photo. If hiking is not an option for you, driving along our various canyon roads, visiting one of our many ski resorts, and riding a lift to the top of the mountain is also a great way to experience Utah’s autumn colors. A drive on US189 in Provo Canyon provides you with access to Bridal Veil Falls, the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, the Provo Riv-

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By Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityjournals.com er, and Sundance Mountain Resort where you can enjoy a ski lift ride up the mountain and experience the striking red, orange, and golden colors of the trees at eye-level. In Salt Lake County, Snowbird’s Oktoberfest not only offers you views of the changing colors of the mountain, but also a family friendly event that offers music, activities, and brews. Oktoberfest runs every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 17. Further north, driving to Snowbasin Resort is also a visual feast as you make your way through Weber Canyon and S.R. 167 (Trappers Loop). Just prior to arriving at the resort, you can stop at East Fork Overlook on Snowbasin Road to enjoy a colorful view of the mountain with brilliant autumn colors in the foreground. Also on Snowbasin Road is Green Pond Loop trail which offers a leisurely walk through a colorful forest which is a favorite among photographers – both professional and amateur. Continue on into Snowbasin Resort and take the gondola to the top to enjoy an autumn adorned vista that features views of Pineview Reservoir. When is the best time for fall foliage peeping? Right now. The website www.SmokyMountains.com provides a Fall Foliage Prediction map for the entire country and predicts by the first week of October, eastern Utah is already past peak while northern Utah and the Wasatch Front are predicted to be near peak. So don that favorite autumn outfit, grab your camera and loved ones and head to the hills to bask in and capture the natural but fleeting colors of this beautiful Utah season.l Adams Canyon near Kaysville is stunning in autumn. Photo courtesy of Derek Knowlton.

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October 3-9 declared “Public Power Week” By Cindi Mansell | City Journals


he Mission Statement of Kaysville City Power and Light is to provide electricity with superior customer service at a competitive price to the residents and businesses in Kaysville City. Councilmember Andre Lortz said “over 100 years ago, our city leaders had the foresight to form a municipal power department because the power companies at the time were not able to provide reliable and consistent power to our entire community.” To recognize the people behind public power at Kaysville Power and Light for their contributions to the community and to educate customer-owners, policy makers, and employees on the benefits of public power, the Mayor & City Council recently adopted a proclamation declaring the week of October 3-9, 2021, be designated “Public Power Week.” The proclamation reads in part as follows: “Kaysville City places a high value on being able to operate a community-owned, not-for-profit electric utility and have a direct say in utility operations and policies. It provides homes, businesses, schools, and social service and local government agencies with dependable, efficient, and safe electricity while employing sound business practices designed to ensure the best possible service at not-for-profit rates. “Kaysville City Power and Light is a valuable community asset that contributes to the well-being of local citizens through energy efficiency, customer service, environmental protection, economic development, and safety awareness. It is a dependable and trustworthy institution whose local operation supplies numerous consumer protections and continues to make Kaysville a better place to live and work and con-

Power department trucks and power line workers are part of the city’s utility program being saluted this month. Courtesy photos

tributes to protecting the global environment. “Kaysville City Power and Light will continue to work to bring low-cost, safe, reliable electricity to community homes and businesses just as it has since 1908, the year when the utility was created to serve all the citizens of Kaysville City. The community joins hands with more than 2,000 public power systems in the United States in this celebration of public power, which puts our residents, businesses, and the community before profits. “As a confirmation of the excellence of the power department, in 2020 Kaysville Power was recognized as a top 25% most reliable municipal utilities in the USA by the

American Public Power Association. They also received the Smart Energy Innovation Award from UAMPS. They have consistently been recognized by the Intermountain Power Superintendents Associations for low accident frequency (receiving 1st place honors). These awards show just how good the power department works for our residents.” Gary Hatch, Power Superintendent, and his staff were thanked for their qualified and dedicated team of professionals who work every day to make sure that power is available 24 hours a day. Hatch is retiring soon, and the Mayor and Council paid tribute and thanked him for his 10 years (18 total) of service to the city and its customers. l

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Kaysville Fire – Remembering Everyone Deployed (R.E.D.) By Cindi Mansell | City Journals


aysville Fire recently announced that “effective immediately, our firefighters will be wearing red uniform shirts every Friday that say, ‘Remember Everyone Deployed.’ This is a simple gesture of gratitude from Kaysville Fire to honor the U.S. military service men and women who are deployed The R.E.D. shirts worn by firefighters. Photos around the world. courtesy Kaysville Fire "We carry the message to national levels serving all branches of the Armed Forces and their families, showing our military that although far away, they are not forgotten,” is the mission statement of the Remember Everyone Deployed (R.E.D.) Organization Each 9/11, Memorial Stair Climb participants pay tribute to a FDNY (New York City Fire Department) firefighter by climbing or walking the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. “Your individual tribute not only remembers the sacrifice of an FDNY brother, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others,” said the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “Through firefighter and community participation we ensure that each of the 343 firefighters is honored and that the world knows that we will never forget.” The entirety of Kaysville Fire Department’s “A” shift participated in this climb on September 11 to remember the fallen from 20 years ago. #NeverForget l

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Tax Commission goes back to some remote appeals By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com


Candidates in both the Sagebrush and Pinecone Parties were selected for this year’s municipal election in Fruit Heights in the community’s tradition of non-traditional political entities. Photo by Tom Haraldsen

What are the Sagebrush and Pinecone Parties? By Cara Murchie | The City Journals


olitical party members today wear their party name with dedication, except in Fruit Heights, where the Sagebrush and Pinecone Parties stand apart with purpose. This is not to say that the political parties are not serious. Since 1958, these parties have served the Fruit Heights community by separating national partisanship from local elections. They are keeping the focus on the community. These parties have an entirely unique story and meaning, a refreshing juxtaposition when you consider the political lines of today. A divided race, but there is something special. The unique thing about the Sagebrush and Pinecone Parties? They aren’t partisan; in fact, they are an inside joke. There is no party loyalty, and there are no core issues. There is no platform of any kind. City Council Member Julia Busche said, “It’s just a tradition that we have that lives on.” There is a way to find out every year which party you will stand within an election.

This simple system divides voters for local elections. When you sign in for the ‘caucus meeting’ where candidates are selected, you either go upstairs or downstairs, and you are declared a member of the Sagebrush or Pinecone Party. Once you have landed in a party, the vote will begin with members voting by secret ballot. In years past, the Sagebrush Party has consisted of the people on the left side of the highway. The Pinecone Party grouped the people closest to the mountains. The parties evolved over the years as a way to keep Fruit Heights residents interested in the local government. The spirit of the Sagebrush and Pinecone Parties was always to bring people together, a community with a common cause. A tool to divide in half when needed to appoint city positions. The joke lives on to this day. It is alive and well in the 2021 city election and will likely stand as long as Fruit Heights does. l

fter reversing the pandemic-mandated remote only appeal hearings last month, the Utah Tax Commission is once again shifting gears and offering remote hearings for those who do not feel comfortable meeting in-person. Commission Chairman John Valentine said that in response to public feedback, the Commission has determined that “for (future) hearings, all appeal hearings will be remote, with an option for in-person hearings.” If an in-person hearing is requested, the parties must give the Commission and the other parties to the appeal at least one week’s notice. “Practitioners have indicated to us that, in many cases, they would prefer remote appeals hearings to reduce the expenses of their expert witnesses for hotel, airfare and per diem. Under this plan, their experts could appear remotely,” said Commission spokesperson Tammy Kikuchi. “We have further found that pro se appellants prefer remote hearings as being less intrusive to their schedules and as being conducted in a less intimidating environment,” Commissioner Valentine said. In addition, the policy change is in line

with 2021 General Session S.B. 15, Workforce Solutions for Air Quality, which promotes increased state employee teleworking when air quality is poor or under other special circumstances. There have been five of these “Surge Remote Workdays” in the past two weeks due to extreme heat and concern about pollution – encouraging state employees in non-essential positions to work remotely. “This policy change will allow the Tax Commission a nimble response to notifications from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget of these air quality or special circumstance days, which can be unanticipated or occur on short notice,” Kikuchi said. “But the Tax Commission emphasizes its commitment to providing in-person appeals hearings for those who desire them.” In the event an in-person appeals hearing is requested, all of the necessary personnel would be in attendance, including the Administrative Law Judge, the assigned Commissioner if the hearing is a Formal Hearing, the security personnel, the clerk and other necessary staff involved with the case. l



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Tom’s Trivia Treasures By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com


eems like my trivia columns are well-read, which I’m grateful for, so here are some new tidbits that have crossed my mind, and my desk, in recent weeks. Which state has four times more cows than people? South Dakota’s population is listed as 844,877, but the state has 3,650,000+ cattle. That’s more than a 4-1 ratio, by far largest of any state. How does Utah compare? The state’s last published population total of 2.9 million compares favorably to the people-cattle ratio. Utah has an estimated 800,000 cows, and ranks 24th in the nation for people-cattle. A very moooving story. Do you ever use DoorDash? You might be interested to know that for a $35.55 order, the restaurant receives $19.97, the driver gets $8.91 and DoorDash takes the remaining $4.85. But DoorDash does spend a lot of money on advertising, discounts, etc. so the company actually makes about 90 cents on average per order. This according to the Wall Street Journal. If Wisconsin had to pick an MVP for animals in the woods, the winner would be the wolf! Just under 20,000 Wisconsinites crash into deer each year, resulting in about 500 injuries and eight deaths. But that toll would be higher except for wolves. After analyzing 22 years of data, researchers in the state have concluded that wolves, making a comeback in the state since the 1990s, have cut the frequency

of deer-vehicle collisions by a quarter (since wolves love venison). Accidents involving vehicles and other animals have remained about the same. Liane Zanette, an ecologists at Western University in Canada, said “wolves do this work all year long at their own expense. It all seems like a win-win.” One in five Americans who purchased a gun during the huge surge in 2020 was a firsttime gun owner, according to a story in the New York Times. Thirty-nine percent of American households now have gun owners, up from 32 percent in 2016. A Harvard Business School study says people working from home are putting in 48 minutes more a day than when they were in the office pre-pandemic. Figure commute times that we all grew used to before COVID, and our “work habits” kind of make us start and stop at the same time. Another study by the University of Chicago found that remote workers increased their hours by 30 percent. Neither study noted any specific rise in productivity, however. If you’ve noticed higher grocery bills in the past year, be glad you live in Utah. A study by Move.org says prices have increased by 2.2 percent in the past 12 months, and yet Utah has the fourth “most affordable” groceries in the nation. The average Utahn pays $282.23 a month for groceries, well below the national average of $355.50. l

Utah households may get relief from HEAT By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com


his summer’s unprecedented heat wave has forced many of us to keep the A/C turned up in our homes, but not everyone can afford to do that. So a state program designed to assist eligible families with those energy bills has kicked into overdrive. Utah’s Home Energy Assistance Target program, known as HEAT, is generally thought of as assistance during the cold winter months, but it actually provides yearround help for those households deemed eligible. That threshold is for households where

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income is below 150 percent of the federal policy level, or about $39,750 a year. “With rising costs associated with housing, many families are struggling to make ends meet,” said Housing and Community Development Division HEAT Program Manager Sisifo Taatiti. “Helping clients through this difficult time is important to us, and we believe it improves the quality of life for our fellow citizens across the state.” Taatiti said priority is given to households with the highest energy burden in relation to income, also considering young children, individuals with disabilities and the elderly. Last year, the HEAT program assisted more than 32,000 Utah households with utility bills. Those who have not applied since last October can apply now. The Housing and Community Development Division within the Utah Department of Workforce Services administers the HEAT program through a statewide network of local community-based organizations. Funding for HEAT is provided by the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program grant (LIHEAP) administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more online at jobs.utah.gov/ heat. l

Junior high sports in the Davis School District continue to thrive despite some obstacles from COVID Photo courtesy Davis School District

Davis School District continues to shine in junior high sports By Matt Patton | m.patton@mycityjournals.com


here are several ways for junior highaged youth to gain experience as they prepare for sports at the next level. They can join a club team, a city team, or their junior high team. Some will even try to play for all three. However, in some parts of the country, junior high sports are being threatened due to budget cuts. A recent article in Texas’ Sun Gazette mentioned that a school superintendent was making a proposal to eliminate sports altogether in the Arlington School District, just as he had done in his last position for Fairfax County Public Schools. Davis School District’s Health, Athletics and Physical Education Section Director Dr. Tim Best doesn’t see that happening anytime soon in his district, as he sees several valuable reasons to continue playing basketball, volleyball, wrestling and track within the schools he oversees. “It comes with a cost to run those programs,” Best said. “But we do it for a few reasons. It helps schools to provide after school bonding experiences. Not just for the student-athletes, but for all students, including cheerleaders and pep squads. It brings parents into the building from both teams. It also keeps the kids in the building, and it brings a sense of belonging.” And while some athletes may consider joining club teams for more personalized instruction, Best also sees specific value in staying and playing for your junior high team. “I’ve never been to a club game where the stands are as full as they are in a school environment,” he said. “It’s hard to get the student body to an early Saturday game as opposed to right after the end of school bell rings. It also keeps our kids in the pipeline,

and lets our high school coaches see who’s on their way up to play.” The district has also started to gain a reputation for being one of the best for player development and quality competition in basketball. “Basketball officials rave about the quality of competition in the Davis School District,” Best said. “They recognize that these kids are well coached and that they know how to play the game. The level of expertise in our coaching staffs in our junior highs is top notch.” Even with having to weather some difficult storms created from the unexpected onset of COVID-19, including having to institute “test to play,” which required the athletes to get tested every two weeks, the Davis School District was able to successfully complete all sports season’s last year. “We’ve had numerous challenges with COVID and trying to keep kids as safe as possible and mitigate the risks,” Best said. “We try to distance our kids as much as possible whenever feasible. We space kids out, make sure they thoroughly wash and sanitize hands, and if people are sick, they are sent home.” While they will not have to continue “test to play” this season, the district will continue to take as many precautions as possible to prevent illness to the athletes and coaches, and to avoid having to cancel games. “I had to take a lot of difficult calls last season,” Best said. “We’re hoping to get through this year relatively unaffected.” The boys’ basketball season kicks off Oct. 12, followed by girls’ basketball in December. l

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Trial Hunting Program gears up for the season By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com


t might seem a long way off, but before you know it, hunting season will be upon us. For first-time hunters, there’s a program that can better prepare them for those initial ventures into the Utah mountains. courses in January and February for those applying for the state’s big game hunt drawing, but for anyone wanting to hunt this fall, it’s time to get registered now. Here’s what you need to do to enroll in either a traditional class or an in-person field day. You have the option of taking a traditional in-person class led by an instructor or an online course followed by an in-person field day. Both options include a final written test and the “field day” with hands-on skills demonstration and a live-fire shooting exercise at the end. The online course will teach you about firearm safety, hunter responsibility and ethics. It can be taken at your own pace. There are a few options for online courses. They range in price from $13 to $29. “If you have a young child who’s taking the course, you can help them understand what they’re learning by sitting by their side and going through the course material with them,” said RaLynne Takeda, hunter education program manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. “Your child can also


take the course at his or her own speed, and they can go back and review the material as often as they like.” The instructor will provide additional details about the field day after you register for the online hunter education course. Once you finish the online portion of the course, you’ll print your proof-of-completion document. Then, you can buy a hunter education registration certificate online. The certificate costs $10 and is required before you can do the field day. Utah’s Trial Hunting Program is another way to get in the field this fall. The program gives you a chance to try hunting with an experienced hunter and see if it is something you’d like to pursue. You are not required to take hunter education to participate in this program. You must be at least 12 years old to join the program. You just need to be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is 21 or older. To participate, you must complete a brief online orientation course, which can be found on the DWR website. You also need to buy a hunting license and the permit for the species you’d like to hunt. In this program, you are eligible to obtain the following licenses and permits: • Combination or hunting licenses

Learning about a weapon before hunting is critical, and required in Utah. Photo by Steve Gray for DWR

(good for hunting all small game, including upland game and waterfowl) • General-season deer and elk permits • Permits to hunt bear, cougar, sagegrouse, sandhill crane, sharp-tailed grouse, swan and turkey “Both of these are great ways to get

started in hunting, a sport that not only allows you to get fresh, locally sourced meat, but also gives you a unique opportunity to get outdoors and make memories with your family,” Takeda said. “Hunting is also an important tool in managing healthy wildlife populations.” l

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America’s forgotten heroes By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com LAYTON—Alongside the Vietnam Memorial Wall replica at Layton Commons Park stands a statue of a dog. It’s not just any dog – it’s a “War Dog.” “The dogs were used for narcotics or bomb detection,” said Linda Crismer who along with her husband Jim owned Mazzie, the model for the memorial. “Mazzie served in Kuwait for five years. We had him for five years and he died on April 21 of this year.” CWD (Contract Working Dog) Mazzie NDD (Narcotics Detection Dog) was the German Shepard’s official title, said Linda. The couple adopted him from Mission K9 rescue, an organization that brings War Dogs home. “I’d been teaching at Bountiful Elementary for 40 years,” she said. “I used a lot of dog related things in my classroom and told the children about War Dogs. When I announced I was retiring the kids said ‘you ought to get one because you’ll have nothing to do.’” So the Crismers looked into adopting through Mission K9 rescue. “It took about 15 months to get him,” Linda said. “They wanted to make sure he’d fit into our home. They check the dogs out mentally and physically. They’re very careful with how they adopt animals out.” Many of the dogs are mistreated during the war and most never come home, she said.

“Mazzie weighed 60 lbs and was starving to death. He was very traumatized. We had a trainer who gave us advice about helping Mazzie. We don’t know what happened to him but the trainer said he’s the most mentally damaged dog he’d seen.” Mazzie became the favorite as Jim and Linda took him to parades and veterans celebrations. “The kids would holler, ‘Hi Mazzie,’” said Linda. “He touched the lives of everyone he met. One time we were at Cabela’s and a man came up to us and asked if Mazzie was a War Dog. Then he got on his knees and held Mazzie’s head and said, ‘Buddy I know what it’s like to be in a foreign country and have people hate you. But your mom and dad will give you a great life.’ We knew then that we were onto something.” The statue came about when the Crismers took Mazzie to the Sounds of Freedom car show in Layton. “The veterans invited us to their meetings,” Linda said. “When they decided to do a memorial for the War Dogs they wanted Mazzie to be the model and asked us to run the project.” The Crismers became so involved with War Dogs that they adopted another one, 8-year-old Geli who also served in Kuwait for four years. “We bring them home and give them a good life for the second half of their

The War Dog statue stands in Layton Commons Park near the Vietnam Memorial Wall replica. It honors dogs who served but never came home. Photo by Becky Ginos

life.” The memorial is dedicated to all War Dogs that served. “It is to honor especially those that served in Vietnam,” said Linda. “They say those 5,000 dogs probably saved

10,000 lives in Vietnam. There were 4,500 dogs abandoned. The statue is to honor and remember the dogs that did their job but never came back.” l

Barlow – the ‘father’ of education gives lifetime of service By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com LAYTON—Haven J. Barlow, a tireless supporter of education, was honored last month with a new parkway entrance at the WSU Davis campus dedicated in his name. Barlow, waving from a purple Tesla, rode down the parkway and broke through a ribbon as part of the ceremony. The 99-year-old’s impact on education in the state and county is immeasurable. As a legislator for 42 years, not only was Barlow instrumental in getting the funding to buy the land the Davis campus sits on, he helped in transitioning Weber State into a four year institution and then a university. “It was a real miracle that we got that 100 acres,” said Barlow. “I tried to get that 100 acres through the appropriation committee but it failed. I was very disappointed. On the last day of the legislature and my last day in the Senate, the one thing I wanted was that 100 acres of land.” The last couple of days of the session they've already taken care of the major bills, he said. “Sometimes bills that don’t get passed the money goes back into the general fund. The Senate President said that leftover money is yours.” Some legislators don’t even bother reading the bills, said Barlow. “I was afraid somebody would ask a question about what this $1 million appropriation is. But then the Senate President said ‘It’s time to adjourn, oh and incidentally we haven’t passed one bill, all in favor say I’ and it passed. That was absolutely a miracle.” Barlow served in the Utah Legislature from 1953-1995. “I served for 42 years,” he said. “That’s longer than anybody’s ever served in the Utah Legislature by far.” During his tenure, he also pushed to have every legislator serve on an appropriations committee. “We’re the only

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state in the nation where everybody in the legislature has a committee assignment,” said Barlow. “It’s made a great difference. Before you had to wait six to seven years to get on that committee. It wasn’t fair. They’re all elected and everybody should be on the same level.” Barlow was the main sponsor in the legislature to move Weber State from a two year college to a four year university. “It should have been four years before,” he said. “It was sort of for sentimental reasons. My mother taught there for a couple of years. She was killed in an automobile accident. She was only 25 and had me and my brother. I thought I ought to do something in her name so I set up a scholarship for students worthy of recognition.” He was also instrumental in getting Davis Tech off the ground and into what it is today. “I’m so pleased that we have a tech school,” Barlow said. “There’s Davis Tech and Ogden/Weber tech. It’s amazing how many schools have started and yet they’re all full.” Barlow was also involved in building the causeway to Antelope Island. “People had a hard time realizing how important Antelope Island is,” he said. “We needed money to build a causeway and that was money that could be put into education but we needed people to come to our state.” Despite not having the funding, Barlow and others decided to start building it anyway. “We got about six to seven miles done,” he said. “Once we got that finished there was only about a mile left to go. The county pitched in a little bit. That was exciting. Now people could come from out of state to see the causeway. I’m proud to be a part of getting that causeway built.”

Haven Barlow waves as he drives by in a purple Tesla for the dedication of the new parkway entrance at the WSU Davis campus named in his honor. Courtesy photo

Barlow will turn 100 on Jan. 4, 2022 and still has a good outlook on life. “I think we’re closer together as a people,” he said. “Never in my lifetime were people able to experience what they have now. It’s a peaceful world. That’s a great blessing that we didn’t have to go through World War III. We have our problems – there’s no question about it – but young people are coming along.” At the dedication, WSU President Brad Mortensen said Barlow once told him to “plant trees that give shade we will never be in. If you live to be 100, you’ll get to do that.” l

Kaysville | Fruit Heights City Journal

Thousands serve in remembrance of 9/11 By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com NORTH SALT LAKE—Across the nation volunteers came out in throngs on Sept. 11 to support the National Day of Service in remembrance of 9/11. Locally, whole neighborhoods pitched in cleaning trails, painting fire hydrants and getting rid of graffiti. “It was a great day in spite of the rain,” said Corinne Doughtery, Regional Committee Chair NSL. “We probably had about 2,500 people come out in our area. One place we worked was at the Baptist Church. There were Muslims, evangelicals and LDS members. It was a diverse group of interfaith volunteers that helped reduce the grass at the church. Rev. Donald Proctor gave a prayer before we started.” Another group worked at three LDS chapels to ‘rip the strip,’ pulling up grass in the parking strip and replacing it with rocks, she said. “It was a lot of fun. It was a muddy affair but it looked better.” Some neighbors came out with heavy equipment to lend a hand, said Doughtery. “These were people who hadn’t signed up to help. They came along and moved big rocks. It made a big difference.” Doughtery said a group cleaning up at Legacy Parkway saw a motorcycle brigade driving by in honor of 9/11. “They rode through and the volunteers waved and they waved back. It was kind of a memorable thing for those 130 volunteers to experience that little bit of community spirit.” Woods Cross City held a short memorial at Hogan Park, she said. “There was a moment of silence in honor of the fallen heroes and a woman with a lovely voice sang the National Anthem. The city had put up flags all around the park. It was nice to have a day of remembrance.” The service was organized by zones, said

Volunteers from multiple stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Farmington work to clear out dead trees and branches from the trails at Lagoon. Photos by Roger V. Tuttle

Doughtery. “It followed LDS boundaries but we wanted to think outside of that, we wanted to think about everybody. We posted 30 projects on JustServe.org and specifically went around and invited our neighbors and friends. It was kind of a grassroots effort to get the word out.” Individuals were assigned to work with

Drew Maudsley and his grandmother paint and clean the walls of the Legacy tunnel in Centerville.


city officials in Woods Cross, North Salt Lake and West Bountiful, she said. “All three were fabulous to work with. North Salt Lake had a pizza party the Wednesday before to bring all the supervisors together to meet each other and to answer questions. It was a great way to know what we were doing.” There were lots of families and neighbors

who came out, said Doughtery. “It was successful. I anticipate we’ll be doing it next year too. I think it will become an annual event in our area and across the state. It’s amazing to see such love and care come from a tragic national event.”l

Kristina Audrey, 3, is ready for inclement weather as she waves to friends while TJ Polster rakes new mulch in the playground at Hogan Park next to Woods Cross City Hall.

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

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

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

Operation Conquer Hunger provides close to 3 million meals By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com FRUIT HEIGHTS—In 2007, Trevor Farnes and his wife Jen hit rock bottom. After pouring all of their money into a business venture that failed, the couple found themselves with an empty bank account and children to feed. Now, 14 years later Farnes’ new business MTN OPS is not only flourishing but the company has a mission to feed families who may find themselves in the same situation. “We had a new home,” he said. “We felt secure and wrote out a check for a new franchise. Then everything crumbled around us. Our home went up for auction and we were just trying to keep a float. We had to tap into community resources to feed our kids.” Neighbors dropped off food and they received other help, said Farnes. “It was like the loaves and fishes. We decided that if we were ever in a position to help others we’d do it.” Several years later Farnes got that chance when he started Operation Conquer Hunger to donate meals to hungry children. In 2014, Farnes co-founded MTN OPS, a nutrition supplement business that also sells to the hunting industry. “With every order that comes through the website we donate one meal or more,” said Farnes. “At the end of 2019 we donated our first 1 million meals.” In 2020 with COVID they had an increase in business, he said. “We were getting more

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orders. At the same time there was a big need because people were getting laid off so we had an increase in meal donations. In 2020 alone we donated 1 million in what took us four years to do before.” MTN OPS donated 550,000 meals just in July, said Farnes. “Now we’re up to 2.8 million and we’re on track to have 3.3 million by the end of the year.” Farnes said they mostly go through the Davis School District and food pantries. “We donate meals all over the state and in Malawi, Africa. But our concentration is throughout the state and at local elementary schools.” The business used to have 300-400 people come together, customers and community members. “But then COVID hit and we couldn’t gather,” he said. “When we could start getting together we had small youth groups and families serving together packing pantry packs. It’s been an incredible experience, it’s brought this close to home.” Operation Conquer Hunger has become the culture at MTN OPS, said Farnes. “Our employees go down throughout the day and build pantry packs. It’s a way to be hands on and their families get involved. They’ve really bought into it.” It’s not about the numbers, he said. “The first million was exciting. Our goals are revenue based but now we can tie that to a meal and look

MTN OPS employees and their families help assemble pantry packs to be delivered to local elementary schools. Courtesy photo

at what our donation goal is. It’s a small part of what we do but it’s the biggest part of who we are.” Farnes has come a long way. “I’m grateful for the ability to do what we’re doing,” he said.

“It’s so far from where we were. I have an eye to see and understand what they’re going through. There are pivotal moments to do good for others if you choose to see it that way. That’s what it’s been for me and my wife.” l

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tens of thousands of witches were killed in Europe. More than 80% were women. America is great at mass hysteria and enthusiastically bought into the witch trend. The most famous witch trials were held in Salem, Massachusetts, where 19 witches were executed by hanging. This was the first documented case of Mean Girls syndrome, with gossipy teenage girls starting the whole debacle. If you visit Salem, you’ll find a campy tourist attraction where you can watch a reenactment of the trials, purchase a crystal ball, eat broomstick-shaped cookies and laugh at how silly we were in the 17th century. We’d never turn against our friends and family now, right? Wrong. We don’t burn witches at the stake anymore, but we definitely burn women on the altar of social media and public opinion. If women in our country demonstrate too much power, too much influence or too many opinions, we ignite the fires of shame, disapproval and judgement. We roast Instagram influencers, scald TikTok performers, incinerate female politicians and torch women who act loud and proud. It leaves us all blistered and scorched. What if we become fire fighters instead of fire starters? And if that doesn’t work, I’ll eventually become the witch of the neighborhood; pointy hat included.



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IN SALT LAKE CITY Getting to Know Dr. Heaton


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Jared Heaton is an attentive and thorough dermatologist, serving his patients in Davis County. Dr. Heaton is Board-certified in dermatology, and he is currently a member of the American Society of MOHS Surgeons. Dr. Heaton prides himself in serving all patient populations and treating all areas of dermatology from children through retirement age. He places a strong empahsis on catering to the retirement population in his community as skin cancer is more prevalent in this age group. Dr. Heaton earned an undergraduate degree in International Relations with a minor in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University (BYU). His medical degree is from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM). He completed both his internship and medical residency in Tampa, Florida. In his spare time, Dr. Heaton enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, parafoil kite flying, and spending time with his wife and three children.

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October 2021 | Vol. 01 Iss. 08


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Kaysville/Fruit Heights


KAYSVILLE HOMES DRESS UP FOR HALLOWEEN By Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityj


or many of us, throwing up a few spider webs and displaying jack-o-lanterns is the extent of our Halloween decor. But for some Utahns, the Halloween season transforms their home into a spine-tingling, scream-inducing, ghoulish experience for friends and neighbors to enjoy during the month of October. The Paulsineas family of Kaysville has been decorating for Halloween in a big way for about four years. Brett Paulsineas said, “We try and get everything up the week of Halloween so those who can’t come that night can at least drive or walk by earlier. I think we estimated 350-400 people visited last year.” Their adventure into spookifying their home started out with a few tombstones made out of Home Depot cardboard boxes. Paulsineas then added a small graveyard with a fake iron fence with pillars. “Then somehow we got caught up in a pirate theme the last few years and we just kept adding on to that.” Most of their displays are homemade and are supplemented with a few purchased items. Continued page 5 Get your aye-phone ready to photograph this incredible Halloween pirate scene at the Paulsineas home. Photo courtesy of Brett Paulsineas.

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