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ADVOCATE GIVES VICTIMS A VOICE By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com KAYSVILLE—Dogs really are man’s best friend. Just a lick and a nuzzle can soothe the soul. For Jennifer Winchester, victim services coordinator for the Kaysville Police Department, 10-month-old puppy Walter helps her do her job. “We use him as a therapy dog,” said Winchester. “He’s beneficial to us and to victims. He’s a big help just in morale.” Walter is going through hybrid training, she said. “He will learn specific techniques that if we’re interviewing a victim of sexual assault and she gets overwhelmed he’ll use a grounding technique. That’s where he uses deep pressure by putting weight, like a paw, onto the person that helps to calm them.” Studies show that just having a dog present improves mood, she said. “There’s a lot of evidence of that with dogs in general.” Technically Walter will be trained as a service dog, said Winchester. “A service dog is task oriented where an emotional support dog is just there to make you feel better.” Since she is Walter’s handler he gets to come home with her. “It’s a good perk to my job.” Winchester’s position is relatively new to the department. It started with her four years ago. “I’m an advocate for victims of crime,” she said. “I respond out to crime scenes and help them with things they don’t understand, tell them their rights, how the court works and tell them the resources that are available to them.” The department started the program because the chief saw a need, said Winchester. “It’s kind of grown. I’m hoping to bring on some volunteers in the future.” It’s typically crisis response, she said. “In a domestic viContinued page 4

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Family History Mysteries: Memorializing in strange and unusual ways By Carole Osborne Cole | The City Journal

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enealogists seem to be particularly attracted to all things related to cemeteries, graveyards and gravestones. Thus when I came across one of these pictures I naturally had to find out more about it. This 1982 Mercedes-Benz was carved out of a massive block of granite and was installed behind the mausoleum of teenaged Raymond “Ray” Tse Jr., who died of an unspecified illness in 1981 in Hong Kong while attending school as a foreign exchange student. As a Chinese-American teenager his big dream was to obtain his driver’s license and own a luscious Mercedes-Benz. To compensate in some way for his untimely death (he was only 15) his millionaire older brother David had Ray’s remains sent to New Jersey where he resided at the time and where the mausoleum is located. Though unusual, Tse’s monument is not the only automobile to be used as part of a memorial. A life-size BMW M3 headstone can be found in the Manor Park Cemetery in East London. It belongs to Steve Marsh, an adoring fan of BMW vehicles. By the way, if you happen to be in London visiting cemeteries, you may want to visit Gladys and her piano memorial in the City of London cemetery. It’s a full-sized piano with a full-sized Gladys “asleep” on her hands, her hands resting on the keys of the piano, as piano and Gladys both sit atop a full-length marble slab. While looking through the photos of strange or unusual monuments, I found this funny headstone inscription from Mexico:

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Walter is training to be a service dog but will also be used as an emotional support animal.

It would take the entire City Journal to describe all the strange and/or unusual gravestones or memorials I found but I’ll close with this one. Willet Babcock was a furniture maker in Paris, Texas, by trade, and as was usual for the 1800s, he also made caskets. Before Babcock died in 1881, he contacted Gustave Klein, a well-known German immigrant master stonecutter and ordered Klein to carve an impressive memorial figure for Babcock’s own gravestone memorial. It included the usual carvings, such as a cross and figure in robes, but he also added a distinctly Willet Babcockian twist to the order: Jesus is wearing cowboy boots. l

Continued from front page olence situation I go in and sit down with the victim. My presence is calming. I tell them ‘here’s what’s going to happen.’ I do safety planning with them. I give them their voice.” Winchester assists victims all the way through the process. “Domestic violence is a class B misdemeanor so that’s handled in justice court,” she said. “I sit down with the prosecutor and help with a victim impact statement and coordinate with them. If it’s over a class B I typically work with the victim through the investigation and transition to the county advocate if it gets prosecuted.” Most advocates are based in the prosecutor's office rather than the police department, said Winchester. “Advocates are becoming

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RAMP Tax vote to be placed on November Ballot By Cindi Mansell | The City Journal

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n August 5, 2020, the Kaysville City Council unanimously authorized a resolution submitting an opinion question for the November 2, 2021, general election ballot to the citizens of Kaysville. This would provide each resident with an opportunity to express opinion on the imposition of a local sales and use tax of one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) on certain qualifying transactions (not including items such as groceries, gas, and services) to fund Recreation, Arts, Museum, and Parks (RAMP) improvements, facilities, and organizations. The effective date of the proposed tax will be April 1, 2022, and under State Law will run for a period of ten (10) years. City Attorney Nic Mills explained after discussions with Bond Counsel, there is need to relay this intent to the Davis County Election Clerk and Lieutenant Governor. On June 3, 2021, the Kaysville City Council passed Resolution No. 21-06-02, requesting Davis County allow an opinion question to be placed on the next general election ballot and give the opportunity to each Kaysville resident to express an opinion on the imposition of a RAMP tax. Davis County gave their authorization to move forward. The Council discussed ballot wording and how to clearly define this for the citizens

as to what qualifies. They were concerned that a resident would read “local sales and use tax” and not realize this was only on certain qualifying transactions. They directed staff to follow Utah State Code 59-12-1402 but “investigate if a more specific ballot question could be offered.” Gil Miller, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, briefed the City Council before their vote. He explained nearly every surrounding city in Davis County currently has a very small sales tax on discretionary purchases. He said although there are various names each city has for this sales tax, many of them refer to it as a RAMP Tax. He said the State Legislature-approved tax equates to 1 (one) cent on every $10 (ten) dollars of discretionary spending, which can then be spent on RAMP projects. He provided the example that if a Kaysville citizen eats dinner in Layton and spends $30, Layton City collects 3 cents for its RAMP projects, but when citizens from adjacent communities spend $30 eating in Kaysville, Kaysville City does not current receive the 3 cents for its Recreation, Arts, Museum and Parks programs. He said Kaysville has been missing out and “simply put, it’s our turn.” Miller said there was a citizen’s group

formed to take input and they have conducted various meetings and come up with five recommendations for the City Council. These recommendations include: (1) approving the resolution to place the RAMP initiative before the citizens vote on the November 2021 ballot; (2) form an independent citizen committee (RAMP Committee), with balanced representation from the four RAMP disciplines (Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Museum Board, and the Arts Community) and whose members also fairly represent a cross section of the city geography; (3) this RAMP Committee be charged with creating a recommendation to the City Council for implementation of a RAMP allocation and distribution plan. It is important for the community to see citizen input and not perceive the allocation recommendations are determined by the City; (4) this committee be transparent to the citizens of Kaysville regarding its findings and recommendations and have a system in place to receive input from citizens; and (5) complete and detailed transparency during the City Council budget process regarding the use of RAMP funds. Julie Shaw addressed the Council and explained she represents the Kaysville Citizens for a Community Pool Facebook Page

(they have been active for two years). She said they have 95 members and are growing and the group supports the RAMP tax and understands they fall below the recreation purpose and feel this initiative would help improve services and eventually a pool. Councilmember Michelle Barber made the motion for approval (the RAMP initiative has long been a dream for her). She said it was exciting to see this come to fruition and that it comes from the community, including encouragement of citizen engagement to the City Council on funds disbursement. She said it has been exciting to see groups from all over the community supporting each other, and not just one particular area of interest. She said “when we enrich one area of the community, it benefits the entire community.” Councilmember Tammy Tran reiterated this action is based on community input, feedback and support received over the course of several years. Councilmember Andre Lortz said Kaysville values its Parks and Recreation Programs and this will help to ensure that the city has the ability to maintain the high level of services and expand with Museums and Arts Programs that can diversify what the City offers that currently there is not funding to do. l

Davis alum joins the Darts coaching ranks By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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avis High 2006 graduate Josh Roberts played golf for the Darts for four years, even helping coach the younger players during his final season. He has now returned to his alma mater to head up the boys golf program this fall. “I’m so excited to come in and take over for someone as talented as Danny [Sorensen],” Roberts said. “I know those are some big shoes to fill, but I hope the boys enjoy me as much as they did Danny and we can continue to grow the program. It’s a cool opportunity to give back to Davis High.” “We are excited to have Josh on our coaching staff at Davis High,” said Davis co-athletic director Bo Roundy. “Boys golf here at Davis has a strong history of success and tradition and we are confident that Josh will be able to continue that. He has great passion for the sport and he has a strong desire to help the golfers at Davis High. We are appreciative of his work already.” Roberts was introduced to golf by his dad when he was eight years old but he did not enjoy the sport at all, mainly because of his competitive nature and being too hard on himself. Within a few years, that perspective had completely shifted and as

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a 12-year-old he “lived” at the golf course all summer. “I’ve always been a pretty big guy so I could hit the ball farther and then I started having some early success in the junior golf tournaments,” he said. His first of many UJGA titles was at Stonebridge in St. George where his dad took Josh and a few friends to play the course for the first time. “I had a really good day and managed to win by one shot,” Roberts said. The game of golf has given Roberts a way to handle his competitive and addictive personality while also providing lifelong friendships which “kept me out of trouble”. He said he is thrilled for the opportunity to coach a high school team and pass along sports and life knowledge to his players. “Golf can do so much for these kids,” Roberts said. “I want to help them have someone on their side while also helping them with their golf game. We’ll go out and compete as hard as we can, while having fun and being part of a team. But, I also hope that we are even better sportsmen than competitors.” Roberts lives in Kaysville with his wife Abby -- also a 2006 DHS graduate – and daughters Kallie, Kate and Kara. l

New Davis High golf coach Josh Roberts returns to his alma mater to head up the program. (Photo courtesy Larry Olsen)

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Kaysville teen begins a chain reaction of kindness

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ometimes the best remedy after a rough day is a refreshing drink and treat. When those goodies are given at no charge, even better. When an exhausted Ellen King of Kaysville pulled into the FiiZ drive-thru on Main Street on an August evening, her sleep-deprived self hoped some late night caffeine would help her check off more boxes on the To-Do list. But what transpired next gave her more energy than any dose of caffeine. The worker was 17-year old Thayne Tynsky, her neighbor. King said, “He beamed his gregarious smile and told his equally enthusiastic co-workers that he knew me and I was super cool.” Tynsky then offered to cover the cost of King’s drink which impressed her. She said, “17 years old usually does not equate to having lots of money which makes the generosity so much sweeter.” Touched by his kind offer, King decided to counter by offering to buy the FiiZ crew treats from a different establishment, the Arctic Circle across the street. After ordering a few milkshakes and sweet potato fries, King patiently waited in line behind two other cars and 35 minutes later, received her order from “a very frazzled 16/17 year old young man who appeared to be the only person in the food area. He was taking orders, handling the food, and processing payment while another individual mopped

the lobby,” said King. Upon receiving their free fries and ice cream with delighted gratitude, the generous FiiZ team gave King several cookies to give to the understaffed Arctic Circle team. King said, “They were so happy to have unexpected treats that they wanted to spread the love.” When King returned to the Arctic Circle again bearing free treats to say thank you for working so hard in difficult conditions, the defeated worker’s eyes welled up with tears. “He explained that two people called in and he was alone for four hours until a manager showed up to help,” King said. “He was yelled at by at least a dozen customers and his pet bunny died earlier that day. He thanked me for the cookies and said no one has ever told him he was doing a good job.” Joel Morgan, one of the FiiZ Drinks owners, said, “This story made my year. I feel very proud and honored to have employees who think of others first. Little gestures go a long way more than we will ever know.” King’s story went viral among Kaysville Facebook community pages, has been shared over 600 times and inspired the community to share random acts of kindness to participate in prize drawings in the “We Are Kaysville” business page, a group dedicated to supporting local Kaysville businesses. The winner of the first

Kaysville’s Ellen King and Fiiz Drinks’ Thayne Tsuky pay it forward with random acts of kindness and generosity. Photo by Karmel Harper

drawing received a FiiZ gift card. Lori Mitchell found a jar of flowers with an anonymous card stating “You Are Loved.” Amy Catenzaro expressed gratitude for when her food order was paid for by the car in front of her. Valerie Phillips shared how a group of teen cousins mowed 50 lawns for free during July’s hottest days. “The reality is everyone could use encour-

agement right now,” King said. “I pray that people crossing paths with my teenagers will choose to support and uplift rather than belittle and criticize. The grownups need some grace too. After texting Thayne’s parents about what a great son they are raising, the message helped alleviate their feelings of falling short as parents. Above all, just be kind.” l

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All in Fun: Kaysville PD vs. Kaysville FD

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ould a Boy Band be “Fireman’s Envy” or “The Dukes of Donuts”? The “competition” goes on in Kaysville. During the month of July, the latest report from the city first responders, Kaysville Police made 27 arrests, 394 traffic stops, and handled 1,158 calls for service. Kaysville Fire responded to 181 calls. Of those calls, 103 (57%) were emergency medical calls and 78 (43%) were fire, rescue, hazardous material or citizen assist/good intent responses. In addition to sporting events and chili contests, municipal policemen and firemen have always had an underlying competition with each other. They both work hard and are critical to public safety, but each is convinced their group works harder. Police officers think that firefighters only “post safety tips on social media, pose for calendars, work out, and focus on becoming master chefs” during their shifts. Firemen think police officers “spend their time eating donuts or visiting lemonade stands, driving around, and flexing.” The truth is, they both make fun of the other frequently on social media and it is very funny. Visit the Kaysville Fire or Police Department Facebook pages for some entertaining humor. There is currently an ongoing Cops and Lemonade challenge that is open to all law enforcement agencies (https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/copsandlemonade), with points awarded per post and bonus points for every additional officer featured in the post picture. The Police Department Facebook page is carrying a running tally, with Bountiful Police Department leading the chal-

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lenge at 35 lemonade stand visits and Kaysville coming in second with 29. Other groups participating include Summit County Sheriff, South Davis Metro Fire Service Area, Salt Lake City, North Salt Lake, Lone Peak, Woods Cross, Weber County Sheriff, Weber State Police, Harrisville, West Bountiful, and South Ogden Police Departments. A recent post on the Kaysville Fire Department Facebook page headlines “Kaysville Police Department Officers step foot in gym for first time ever, take pictures of firefighters instead of working out.” More recently, the Kaysville Police Department announced their patrol division “might be thinking about starting up a boy band” (in addition to their other duties). They opened up a contest on Facebook asking for clever name ideas. They received over 240 entertaining suggestions. Some examples: New Cops on the Block, Badge Street Boys, Dough Patrol, N’Clink, KStreet Boys, Blue Line Sync, Dukes of Donuts, The Bacon-naters, Fuzz Busters, Guns N Poses, Hookum & Bookum, Outta Sync, Carl & the Crispy Cremes, Donut Dunkers, and The Fire Extinguishers. Some public comments included “don’t quit your day job” and “give it arrest” or that first, they “needed different outfits”. The Kaysville Fire Department commented “they better be going after that $10 contest reward because it goes towards that gym membership.” The poll result was the Kaysville Fire Department claiming they won with “The Dukes of Donuts;” however, they failed to follow simple instructions by commenting on the post. (Kaysville PD will send them donuts/

Kaysville police officers, from left, are Officer Bateman, Officer Seifert, Officer McKinnon, Officer Bartleson, Sgt. Bradshaw, and Sgt. Jensen, are among those waging a friendly battle with city firefighters. Photo courtesy of Kaysville PD

they have already asked when). The second runner up and the winner of the gift card was Matthew Winward (who suggested Fireman’s Envy). Thank you to both groups for their public service to the visitors, citizens and businesses of Kaysville City. Their good humor is appreciated (and probably necessary) in these trying times. l

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ote by Mail ballots started arriving the week of July 20th, so timing was perfect when the Kaysville Rotary Club held a “Meet the Candidates” event on July 21. There was one common theme across all eight city council candidates; each touting their concerns to include ensuring future infrastructure needs are met, controlling growth, and maintaining “that home town feeling.” This event was held at the new Allied Health Building located at the Davis Technical College and about 75 residents showed up to take the opportunity to meet the candidates. The primary election was held on August 10, 2021 with the following initial (yet to be certified) results that included a total of

8,911 votes cast. As of August 19, our publication deadline, here are the results: 2,117 Perry R. Oaks 1,940 Andre M. Lortz 1,894 Abbigayle (Abbi) Hunt 1,523 Nate Jackson 727 Tim Allen Hodges 710 David Moore Kaysville typically yields a circa 50% voter turnout, and the 2019 primary election came in as high as 58% for one council race. The general election ballot will include Setter Katie Anderton was fourth in region 6A in 2020 with 577 assists (Photo courtesy Davis High the top four primary election city council School) certified candidates, as well as the two mayoral candidates: Tami Tran and Jay Welk. Look for those ballots in your mailbox the second week of October 2021. l

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here was plenty to celebrate following the 2020 season for the Davis High volleyball team. Statistically, the squad smashed the competition. Led by three-year captain outside hitter Katie Corelli, the Darts led the region in nearly every statistical category, including digs (1920), aces (284), blocks (237), assists (983) and kills (1098) enroute to a 17-12 final record. Corelli led the region with 494 kills which helped earn her second team all-state honors. Libero Cierra Limb also received all-state honorable mention as she led the region with 547 digs. However, following a second-round exit in the 6A playoffs to Syracuse, the team later learned that long-time head coach Lori Salvo would be retiring from coaching. Change was coming. To keep the good momentum going, Darts athletic director Bo Roundy turned to Northridge head coach and Davis alum McKay Barker to take over the program. “She’s stellar. She’s involved, we’re excited to have her,” Roundy said. “She knows the game. She played at the college level. She’s hard-nosed and good at what she does.” Over the past two seasons, Barker led the Knights to a solid 31-22 record. When she began working with the new group of Dart athletes over the summer, she immediately saw that the dedication and focus that Salvo expected of her team was still in place, leaving her in a great situation to continue

having success. “It’s going to be a little bit easier to step into (this position) because the girls already know that they’re expected to practice and play at a really high level,” Barker said. “The work ethic is there, just building on top of what’s already an expectation is going to be a really good game plan for us.” As the season is now starting to get into full swing, one of the top tasks for Barker will be to quickly fill the void left behind by the loss of Corelli, who is now playing at the collegiate level for Ole Miss. “Katie is a really unique player--I don’t know if you can really replace someone like that,” Barker said. “You have to have someone like that on a team. I think that we have some seniors and even some juniors that we’ve seen that we as coaches expect to fill that role, just hope that they’re up to the challenge.” Two individuals that may be up to that task are outside hitter Aubrey Nielson and setter Katie Anderton. As just a sophomore, Nielson led the region last season with 67 aces and was fourth in digs (347). Anderton, now a senior, was fourth in the region in assists (577) and right behind Nielson with the fifth highest digs in the region (257). The Darts will continue their season with upcoming matches against Layton (Sept 14), Weber (Sept 21), Fremont (Sept 23), and Syracuse (Sept 28). l

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City contemplates implementing a Water Conservation Ordinance By Cindi Mansell | The City Journal

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ublic Works Director Josh Belnap presented the Kaysville City Council with a proposed drought ordinance and asked them for input, questions, or comments. He said in response to the worsening drought situation, Public Works had been coordinating with the Legal department to better encourage water conservation and help protect storage amounts in time of need. Belnap said the city did not currently have strong ability to control the use, timing, or application of that water; particularly when facing difficult situations like this summer and into the future. He said the ordinance would essentially codify what has been recommended by Water Conservancy Districts as well as the State of Utah (restricting the use of irrigation water to help encourage what should already be good practice). He said the ordinance contains some outlying processes for dealing with potential situations that not only impact the individual who is misusing the resource, but potentially the entire community. Belnap highlighted several restriction items, including that no outside use of culinary or secondary water shall be allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. He said that would not include supervised hand watering or agricultural-zoned areas. He discussed the tiered penalty and fee structure and notification, and said the ordinance would facilitate the policy to promote the conservation and efficient use of water, prevent waste of this valuable resource, and allow communication and oversight with those who misuse irrigation water. Discussion followed regarding water efficient landscape provisions and applicability that can assist in preserving the public’s water resources, reducing water waste, and establishing a structure for designing, installing, and maintaining water efficient landscapes throughout the city. Belnap addressed enforcement and said that communication and coordination would be made with the appropriate utility partner (Kaysville City has three) to address the situation as necessary. He said the city would be the initial point of contact and not necessarily enforcing provisions put into place by various water districts. He explained 90% of Kaysville is serviced by secondary irrigation, and the city would be establishing restrictions and partnering with those utility partners. The council discussed the provision for the Public Works Superintendent to be given authority to implement addi-

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tional restrictions on water usage within the city during any local or statewide need for water conservation (similar to the mayor’s power to declare an emergency). Belnap explained those would be treated on an individual basis rather than try and include every potential scenario within the ordinance. He said all further restrictions will be well defined with a limited duration reflecting the purpose for the restriction. Discussion followed regarding secondary water meters and whether the city would be actively monitoring those. Belnap said staff would have several resources, including meter reading reports, residents, staff, police officers, and potentially technology at some point. He said districts were working towards requiring meters on new construction and taking advantage of grants to go back after the fact and install, which provides the ability to encourage conservation by sharing information and possibly to incur additional charges. He clarified there are a few properties in Kaysville that utilize culinary water for irrigation and those would fall under these same watering regulations. On August 19, 2021, the Council voted unanimously to adopt the proposed ordinance. The Council directed staff to inform the community and water districts prior to date of enactment, including the needs to be clear this is ongoing for the future. Mayor Katie Witt said Kaysville had done a great job over the years of conserving, but the amount of residents being supported on the same amount of water (or less) would eventually be expected to meter the secondary water as mandated by the State of Utah. She said “this is just a reality that water is a finite resource and needs to continue being managed carefully”.l

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Paddle Battle pickleball tournament returns to Kaysville By Matt Patton | m.patton@mycityjournals.com

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new addiction has enveloped the United States, and the city of Kaysville is right in the thick of it. That obsession has come in the form of pickleball, and its sudden popularity has been staggering. In fact, the highly contagious activity is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. The USA Pickleball Association (USPA) announced in 2019 that official membership had grown to nearly 40,000 members, a 1000% growth rate from 2013 membership. Thanks to the efforts of several community members, particularly Kaysville resident and USPA ambassador Tammy Wursten, the city of Kaysville has had its own pickleball courts since 2017. Once installed, the courts immediately started to fill up with eager players and the community had a desire for Kaysville Recreation to start organizing tournaments and leagues. “After the very first tournament in 2017, people said, can’t we do another tournament? Is it just one a year?” Wursten said. “So, Kaysville Rec decided they would do two tournaments every year. The Spring Fling tournament and the fall Paddle Battle.” This year’s Paddle Battle Tournament will take place from Sept 23rd to the 25th, and pickleball players of all ages, genders and levels (from 2.5 to 5.0) are invited to

sign up. Thanks to the addition of three new courts this past June, this fall’s tournament will be the first to include a senior division, a category specifically for those over 50 playing in levels from 2.5 to 4. “The last time I played in this tournament I discovered that I am no longer able to compete with 20-year-olds,” Wursten said. “Since we added three more courts, I talked the city into making a division for seniors. It’s so nice that they were able to recognize the need and include a seniors division for this year’s tournament. They want to include as many people that want to play as possible.” Kaysville resident Jason Broadbent is one of many players that has caught pickleball fever and has played in several tournaments all over the West, including the Paddle Battle Tournament, where his team took home the bronze in the 5.0 division in 2018. “There’s tons of tournaments for a large population of addicted players,” Broadbent said. “I’ve played in tournaments all around, and Kaysville City does a really good job putting it on. They keep it real tight, organized and succinct so that you’re not waiting too long between matches.” On top of being run well, another popular aspect of this tournament is its format.

The Paddle Battle will be played on 11 pickleball courts at Barnes Park, including 3 new courts built last June.

“It’s a Round Robin tournament,” Wursten said. “All eight teams (in each division) play each other, so you find out who was the best team on that particular day, in that skill level.” All matches will be played at the Barnes Park Courts located behind Egan Auto at 320

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verything seemed to be going right for Alema Max Tupuola at the start of his senior season for Davis High School in the fall of 2018. He was named a team captain, he had received several offers to play at the next level, and he had already collected three sacks through the first three games of the year. Shortly after recording his fourth sack early in the next game against Clearfield, something went wrong. The standout linebacker had injured his leg and he was finding it difficult to move from side to side. Tupuola returned for the next game, but he was still in pain and allowing plays to happen that he would usually be able to stop. He got it checked out a short time later and found out he had fractured his left fibula. His leg was broken, and his regular season had ended. “That really took a toll on me at first,” Tupuola said. “I was having the best season I had ever had. But then I had a conversation with my dad that changed my perspective. I had been voted a team captain. I took that role very highly, so I knew I needed to be there for my team.” Suddenly finding himself physically unable to compete, he realized he would need to change from being a leader on the field to a leader on the sideline. He did everything he could to provide a boost to his teammates and help them to compete at the level he knew they could. “Max is a resilient guy,” former head coach Mitch Arquette said. “He exhibited that by continuing to cheer on his teammates and show up to practice every day. He was coaching up the younger kids, helping the defense, helping the other linebackers, making certain they were in the right

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By Matt Patton | m.patton@mycityjournals.com position.” A few months after the end of the season, Tupuola announced that he would continue his football career at Weber State following his church mission to Apia, Samoa. He left for Samoa in November 2019 but had to return the following April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adversity had struck again. After spending five months at home, he was reassigned to New York. However, this time he would only be able to stay for one month, after being hit by a different, more personal form of hardship – anxiety and depression. “I never quite noticed it until New York,” Tupuola said. “I’ll always be grateful for that time in New York though, because it really helped me notice how mentally drained and hurt I was. I realized that I had been dealing with many dark, deep feelings for many years.” Courageously, upon returning home he made a post on Facebook describing his battle, and encouraged others to reach out for help, just as he had done. “I don’t think it’s a subject that’s talked about enough,” Arquette said. “I think there’s a culture around sports, particularly in football, where you toughen up and you don’t talk about how you’re feeling or what your thoughts are. Max is very courageous in the way he did that.” Now, Tupuola is preparing to start his first season at Weber State, where he’ll finally get the opportunity to get back to what he loves doing after overcoming so many challenges – destroying opposing offenses. “It’s been awesome. I absolutely love it up here,” Tupuola said. “It’s honestly been a dream come true. It’s some-

Tupuola begins his collegiate career this Fall playing for the Wildcats. (Photo courtesy Alema Max Tupuola)

thing I’ve worked for my entire life.” Reflecting on how much his life has improved since facing his mental health issues head on, Tupuola recognizes that he’ll still face many more challenges, but this time, he’ll be prepared. “What I always tell myself when things get hard is that every storm comes to an end. No matter how big the storm is, every storm comes to an end.” l

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New ultra-marathon offers impressive views along Davis County trails By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com DAVIS COUNTY—Davis County has some of the most beautiful trails for hikers, bikers and runners to enjoy. For those runners who really like to put themselves to the test the new DC Peak 50 marathon combines endurance and nature. “We’ve been working for about 18 months to get the route perfect to capture the most trails with impressive views,” said Co-race Director Jake Kilgore. “It’s coming together. It’s been a long time in the works.” The race is a point to point 50 miler with approximately 12,000’ vertical gain, he said. “It starts in Kaysville at the East Mountain Wilderness Park, then east to the highest point in Davis County, Thurston Park.” From there the route goes south through Farmington and Centerville into Mueller Park Canyon to Rudy’s Flat and then south into North Salt Lake and ends at Tunnel Springs, Kilgore said. Kilgore has been running ultra marathons for seven or eight years. “I ran in local races but there wasn’t a 50 miler in Davis County. So we decided we’d do one ourselves. I live in Davis County and know the trails. There’s beautiful country right in our backyard.”

The Bountiful High grad has always been athletic. “I ran track, played football and basketball, all the sports but that was a long time ago,” said Kilgore. “Now I’m and old man so I trail run and run every day.” Since Kilgore has been running ultra marathons he knows how to put one on. “I want to create an experience with majestic views and cool trails that people can have in this part of Utah.” It takes several months of training to be ready for a race like the DC Peak 50, he said. “On average, it takes 12 to 14 hours to complete,” Kilgore said. “It starts at 5 a.m. and the bulk of the runners will be done by 5, 6 or 7 p.m.” There will be stations all day every five to six miles with water, snacks, food and a change of clothes, he said. “We’ll have loud music to try and make it fun for runners. There will be a live band at the finish.” Discover Davis is one of the main sponsors for the race. “Davis County is home to hundreds of miles worth of trails,” said Jessica Merrill, director of Discover Davis. “We love having trail runners enjoy our trails and the several ultra-marathons happening in our community. Seeing these

The DC Peak 50 is a point to point 50 miler that goes through Mueller Park canyon and ends at Tunnel Springs in North Salt Lake. Photos by Colby Remund (Relic)

dedicated athletes come and run through our beautiful destination always evokes a sense of pride in us and our communities. It makes us proud to be one of the main sponsors for the new DC Peaks 50.” “They’ve (Discover Davis) been incredible,” Kilgore said. “They’ve been promoting it helping with permits and getting approval for the event. Teaming with

them has been awesome.” The DC Peak 50 is set for Oct. 9 and signups are open now through Oct. 2. For more information got to ultrasignup.com and search for events then DC Peaks 50. “I live right on the trail,” said Kilgore. “I literally can walk out my front door. I love the accessibility and I love the outdoors.” l

District still has many positions to fill By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com FARMINGTON—School started Aug. 23 and the Davis School District still had more than 100 classified positions to fill. Those included bus drivers and cafeteria workers. “We have 30 openings for bus drivers, substitute bus drivers and substitute assistants,” said Chris Williams, Director of Communications & Operations for the district. “There are 90 openings for school cafeteria workers.” Williams said they might have to double up on bus routes with people whose job is not necessarily to drive a bus. “There are mechanics in the Transportation Department who have a CDL license and are bus certified. We’re not in the position to tell parents we can’t pick up their kids.” Students are eligible for a bus if they live one and a half miles from the elementary school or two miles in secondary schools, he said. “Parents can choose if they want to use the bus or carpool.” Kids may be served a little slower in the cafeteria because they’re short staffed, said Williams. “That’s how we have to react when there are so many positions that haven’t been filled.” It’s not just the Davis District either, he said. “I don’t know of any district that

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isn’t facing similar problems. It might be that people have received checks from the federal government that have put them in the position to say ‘why should I work?’ The unemployment rate is low which exacerbates the problem.” Williams said the district pays for people to get the CDL bus endorsement but that takes a little bit of time. “There’s no way they can get hired tomorrow and be there on the first day of school. I’ve heard from cafeteria workers who say they love it. They’re able to stay on the same schedules as their kids in school. They don’t work holidays and they’re off when their kids are off which is fantastic.” Retirees don’t mind driving the bus, he said. “We’ve had college students too. They can drive in the morning, take a break during the day to do homework or go to class and come back in the afternoon so it fits in well.” The district is in good shape for teachers, said Williams. “I haven’t heard of anywhere that there’s not a teacher in the classroom. We’ve also found a way to bring in more teacher assistants and lots of classroom aides and our substitute pool is quite large.” Also as the school year starts there’s

The Davis School District has several openings for bus drivers. They may have to double up on bus routes. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle

the question of masks. “We’re encouraging masks but we know people have a choice,” Williams said. “We’re not requiring masks, we don’t have that ability right now. We’re not discouraging anyone from wearing a mask.” It’s their choice whether they want to or not, he said. “We just want to keep our

kids healthy and school safe up to a point that we’re in control of that. We’re not in control of what happens after school and we’re not in a position to follow any mask mandate. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the vaccine will make a difference.” To apply go to dsdjobs.net. l

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September High School Sports Schedules Sept. 2: GIRL’S SOCCER

(Starting times and schedules subject to change) Murray Invitational 3:30 p.m. Woods Cross at Northridge

GIRL’S SOCCER

Sept. 11 CROSS COUNTRY

Syracuse at Davis

3:30 p.m.

Weber at Farmington Bingham at Davis Woods Cross at West Jordan

6:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

BYU Autumn Classic – Provo. 8:00 p.m.

Viewmont at Woods Cross Davis at Syracuse

3:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

September 14: VOLLEYBALL

Weber State Invite – Ogden

3:00 p.m.

Layton at Davis Skyline at Bountiful Provo at Viewmont Farmington at Weber Ridgeline at Woods Cross

7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

GIRL’S TENNIS

CROSS COUNTRY Sept. 3: FOOTBALL

Sept. 7: BOY’S GOLF

VOLLEYBALL

Brighton at Bountiful 6:00 p.m. Mountain Crest at Woods Cross 5:00 p.m. Weber at Farmington Davis at Fremont Bountiful at Northridge Woods Cross at Viewmont

3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Bonneville at Woods Cross Davis at Layton

3:30 p.m. 3 :00 p.m.

Woods Cross at Box Elder

3:30 p.m.

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Bountiful at Juan Diego Clearfield at Farmington Davis at Layton

6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Layton at Farmington Box Elder at Woods Cross Bountiful at Viewmont

3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Weber at Davis

3:00 p.m.

GIRL’S TENNIS Sept. 15 BOY’S GOLF

Davis, Farmington @ Valley View 8:00 p.m.

Sept. 16 VOLLEYBALL

Bonneville at Bountiful Farmington at Syracuse Davis at Clearfield Viewmont at Woods Cross Farmington at Fremont Clearfield at Davis

6:15 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5 :00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

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

7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 17: FOOTBALL

Sept. 20: BOY’S GOLF

Bountiful, Viewmont, Woods Cross at Sun Hills 1:00 p.m.

Region 5 tournament at The Barn

Farmington at Davis Herriman at Viewmont Woods Cross at Copper Hills

3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Region 1 tournament at Ogden High

Farmington at Davis Viewmont at Box Elder Bonneville at Bountiful

3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Davis at Farmington

3:00 p.m.

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

7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Woods Cross at Northridge

3:30 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

GIRL’S SOCCER

GIRL’S TENNIS Sept. 10: FOOTBALL

GIRL’S SOCCER

CROSS COUNTRY

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Bountiful at Woods Cross Farmington at Layton Weber at Davis Box Elder at Viewmont

5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Syracuse at Farmington Davis at Weber Northridge at Bountiful Viewmont at Woods Cross

3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Woods Cross at Viewmont

3:30 p.m.

Viewmont at Bountiful Davis at Fremont

6:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

GIRL’S SOCCER

GIRL’S TENNIS Sept. 23 VOLLEYBALL

Clearfield at Farmington Layton at Davis Woods Cross at Bonneville Bountiful at Box Elder

3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Woods Cross at Bonneville

3:30 p.m.

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

7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Region 1 championship at Wolf Creek

9:00 p.m.

GIRL’S TENNIS

Morgan at Davis 3 p.m.

GIRL’S SOCCER

Davis, Farmington @ Remuda 2:00 p.m. Viewmont at Mt. Ogden 9:00 a.m.

GIRL’S SOCCER

September 13 GIRL’S TENNIS

5:00 p.m.

Sept. 24: FOOTBALL

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UWLP survey shows women in the workforce are struggling By Peri Kinder | peri.k@davisjournal.com

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f there’s one good thing about COVID-19, it might be that the pandemic illuminated the challenges that women face in the workforce, especially with childcare. As schools and daycare facilities closed at the beginning of the pandemic, women bore a disproportionate share of the burden as they tried to keep their heads above water by juggling job responsibilities, homeschooling kids and taking care of housework. Salt Lake County resident Heather Stewart felt the struggle firsthand when her office shut down, schools closed and she was stuck trying to homeschool two elementary school-aged children while keeping up with her full-time job. “It was hard to get done what I needed to for work and be present for my kids,” she said. “I felt stretched in every direction. My daughter got behind in math. I knew it was happening, I could see it happening but I didn’t have the energy to do anything about it. I was so burned out.” Dr. Susan Madsen, Founding Director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project, said she thinks it’s time to start a conversation about supporting women in their roles as business leaders and mothers. “Finally, the pandemic is opening the eyes of some legislators,” Madsen said. “Lt. Governor [Deidre] Henderson is on this and she knows we need to support our families.” More than 3,500 women responded to a survey sent out by the UWLP, asking them to share challenges they’ve faced during the pandemic in regard to caregiving, career advancement, homeschool experiences and burnout. The results showed 16% of women had some type of withdrawal from the workplace, whether it was a lay-off, the company closed, their hours were cut or they were furloughed. For

another 12%, women saw their workload increase by moving from part-time to full-time or by taking on more responsibility. “We had women who just couldn’t do it. They couldn’t watch their toddler and teach their 3-year-old and manage their departments,” Madsen said. “Teachers really took the brunt. They weren’t being appreciated and put in so much more.” Madsen shared an example of a teacher who was sick with COVID but was still teaching online. There was nobody to fill in for her and she couldn’t let her students down. Childcare workers were also heavily impacted by COVID. The ones who responded to the survey expressed frustration at being disrespected and unseen. They don’t want to do it anymore. “In every case, they felt they were trying to take care of essential workers’ kids while worrying about spreading the virus to other children who might take it home to a parent or grandparent,” Madsen said. While national and global reports show the majority of workers were adversely affected by the pandemic, women seemed to be affected disproportionately. When Stewart was asked to participate at an in-person meeting for her job, all the men could be there, but she couldn’t attend without finding childcare. “Why was I the only one who had to stay home with the kids?” she said. “It’s such an entrenched part of how our society operates. My workplace was actually great and very understanding. It’s just how things shake out. But it’s how things always shake out.” The survey found similar results for women trying to balance working from home with teaching children. Mothers did the lion’s share of the work to keep everything together.

A survey conducted by the Utah Women & Leadership Project shows women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

“It was really the moms that took a beating,” Madsen said. “Only 24% of respondents said they had a supportive spouse or partner. The hard thing about work is it’s societal. You have to change society. We've been socialized from the time we’re born to believe that men should be leaders.” Madsen wants to start the discussion with legislators about improving the workplace for women by enhancing leave policies, creating flexible schedules and helping moms with childcare support. The UWLP will host a free, online fireside chat with Henderson on Friday, Oct. 1 at noon to tackle these topics. The event will be livestreamed to reach as many people as possible. Madsen hopes men will also listen to the conversation. Visit UTWomen.org for more information about this discussion with the lieutenant governor who has secured the reputation for being an advocate for women. “I feel called to do this work,” Madsen said. “It’s not women versus men. What lifts women, lifts men, too. More people are listening but more people need to join the conversation.”l

Increasing Use of Technology Strengthens Communities By Bryan Thomas, Vice President of Engineering, Comcast Mountain West Region The internet is a powerful resource for furthering education, assisting with job searches, tracking your benefits, engaging in telehealth and keeping up with life. There’s no doubt, having access to the internet is more important than ever. And teams of hi-tech experts are working nonstop to provide Americans with internet access. In fact, Comcast and others in the broadband industry have invested nearly $2 trillion since 1996 to build some of the world’s fastest, most resilient, and most widely deployed networks anywhere—a remarkable commitment by any standard. ACCESS vs. ADOPTION As we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, we are seeing that access isn’t the only gap to bridge. What often stands in the way of connectivity are roadblocks to broadband adoption, be it language barriers, lack of knowledge of available options, privacy concerns and more. Across Denver, and in metropolitan areas around the country, most homes have multiple

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choices of broadband providers. According to Broadband Now, there are nearly 48 internet providers covering 98 percent of Utahns having access to broadband speeds over 25 Mbps. Utah ranks high as the 8thmost connected state in the country. For more than a decade, Comcast has been committed to doing our part to close the digital divide and addressing both the access and the adoption gap. Our partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions and business leaders are critical in making progress. Since 2011, Comcast has offered our Internet Essentials program, which has connected nearly 160,000 low-income Utahns to low-cost, highspeed internet at home—over 90% of whom did not have a connection when they applied for the service. Internet Essentials offers heavily discounted residential broadband ($9.95 per month) to qualifying families, seniors, and veterans in need, and serves as a model for other providers nationwide. Impressively, the NAACP hailed Internet Essentials as “the largest experiment ever attempted to close the digital divide.” And Comcast, through its Internet Essentials program, invested almost $700 million nationally in

digital literacy training and awareness. With its new “Lift Zone” initiative, Comcast is equipping community centers across the state with free Wi-Fi to support distance learning. But it doesn’t stop here. Over the next 10 years, Comcast will invest $1 billion to further close the digital divide and give more people the needed tools and resources to succeed in an increasingly digital world. The combined work and partnerships with community, education and business leaders like you will be critical to ensuring people have access, the hardware, the skills and are willing and able to connect with a reliable, secure broadband network. You all know and work directly with your constituents, clients, neighbors – and you have the trust of the people you serve. The axiom, “It takes a village…” has never been more relevant. Achieving the goal of having all people connected to the power of the internet will take the kind of focus and commitment on the part of all of us to connect more people to what matters most. To learn more about Comcast’s digital equity initiatives, or to refer organizations or people who might benefit from these services, please visit https:// corporate.comcast.com/impact/digital-equity.

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Bats in the belfry By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com

If there’s any chance they could have contact with humans a professional has to come in, Hersey said. “A certified pest control operator who has a permit can remove and handle the bats to fix the problem as soon as possible.” Bats will occasionally use porches or overhangs of homes as a night roost, Hersey said. “If bats are regularly using a porch, try hanging streamers, balloons or other objects (like old CDs) that will move with a breeze.This seems to discourage bats from hanging out.” Hersey gives the following tips to prevent bats from roosting in the attic: • Cool your attic with fans to make it uncomfortable for bats to take up residence. • Inspect the outside of the building for openings and gaps in siding, chimneys and roof lines. • Seal cracks and holes with caulking, hardware cloth, foam rubber, foam sealant, tar paper and chimney caps. For more information about bats visit the Wild Aware Utah website at www. wildawareutah.org/wildlife/bats/. l

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A handler stretches out the wings of a pallid bat. Migratory bats come through Utah in September. Courtesy of DWR

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SALT LAKE CITY—Bats are a bit creepy and mostly associated with Halloween. However, Layton High had an infestation of the creatures a couple of years ago that required the district to take extensive measures to get rid of them. The Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has a few tips for homeowners to prevent bats from becoming a problem. “We have a colony of migratory bats coming through in September,” said Kimberly Hersey, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Mammal Conservation Coordinator. “Schools had to take action to seal it up. Unfortunately they come back to use the same place over and over again if they can.” All species of bats are protected in Utah so they can’t just be exterminated. “You have to first make sure you get them out then seal up the cracks so they can’t get back in,” said Hersey. The older brick and mortar schools like Layton High seem to have more trouble because they have a lot of different cracks they can get into, she said. “West High school had bats a few years ago. Some of the oldest brick and mortar buildings have a lot of people in there too which is not a good combination.”

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COVID protocols back in place at district schools By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com FARMINGTON—Much to everyone’s dismay, schools will still be dealing with the pandemic as class resumes on Monday. “We thought we wouldn’t be dealing with this,” said Superintendent Reid Newey at a school board workshop Aug. 17. “But things could potentially be as difficult and challenging as last year.” Assistant Superintendent John Zurbuchen laid out a plan for the board on how the district would handle COVID once again minus the mask mandate. “The COVID-19 school opening committee is back in place and we’ll be keeping the commissioners informed on where we’re heading,” he said. “We’re in the process of hiring COVID aides and we’ve given our school nurses the option to increase their hours from 29 ½ hours to 40 hours.” Last year, school nurses jumped in to assist the county with testing and then vaccinations. “The same principles will apply,” he said. “Stay home when you’re sick, which is always a good idea not just if you have COVID and hygiene etiquette such as coughing into your elbow.” Because of HB 1007 there will be no mask mandate, Zurbuchen said. “We do not have the authority to mandate masks. We can

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wear them and we encourage that but by law we can’t require it. Only the Davis County Health Department and the County Commission can mandate masks.” Physically distancing is difficult with full classrooms but it’s not impossible, said Zurbuchen. “We have the ability to spread out during lunch and recess and we’ll keep students in cohorts or seating charts for contact tracing. Our staff will continue to clean and disinfect. If you remember last year we were scrambling to get supplies but now we have plenty.” Any positive cases will be reported to the health department, he said. “Those students will have to be in isolation for 10 days from symptom onset. We will send out a letter to the parents saying here’s our recommendations. We will also notify the parents if their child had 15 minutes of contact with a positive case within a three foot radius within a 24 hour period.” The COVID dashboard will be updated Monday – Friday of positive cases within a 14 day period. A letter detailing the district protocols was sent out to parents this week. “Masks are a choice,” said Zurbuchen. “But we strongly recommend if a child is sick to stay home or wear a mask. We know these protocols work.” l

Health Services Administrator Sabrina Harman stands by the medical units at the Davis County Correctional Facility. Photos by Becky Ginos

Davis County Jail works to prevent inmate suicides By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com FARMINGTON—Sometimes it’s just that so many are looking for jobs when they’re the little things that can prevent someone from released,” Harman said. “That they have hope taking their own life. At the Davis County for the future as they’re being released helps Correctional Facility, they are taking steps to with mental health as well.” assist inmates in crisis and give them the help The Sheriff has every member of the they need. staff take a one-day training on how to han“Since COVID when inmates come in dle people in crisis, she said. “It gives tips to they have to be quarantined,” said Health Ser- watch for if you see changes in an inmate or vices Administrator Sabrina Harman. “This insights into mental health behavior. Even the can negatively impact inmates’ mental health office staff takes it so if someone comes into so we’ve implemented some very simple the front the ladies can recognize it. It helps things over all to help them through quaran- everyone be a little more aware and having tine.” that knowledge they can react positively.” Harman said they provide books to help Nurses assess everybody that enters the inmates pass the time. “They also have a view facility, Harman said. “If an inmate were to of the TV screen. We give them a care pack- disclose or a nurse is very concerned they’ll age with hygiene items, a word search and immediately refer them for a mental health sudoku book. Two weeks is rough.” check. If they identify someone who has deThey also give out packets of Gatorade, pression or suicidal thoughts that might beneshe said. “It’s not only good for hydration but fit from medication they can be referred to one it’s a good opportunity for the nurse to say of our medical providers.” ‘hey, how are you doing? We’re here for you.’ If someone is found to be suicidal or has It just gives the nurse an opportunity to touch suicidal thoughts all the staff knows how to base.” get them to a safe place, she said. “We’ve Mental health providers from Davis Be- identified certain places where they can be havioral Health are in the building and avail- placed so they can’t harm themselves.” able to inmates all the time, said Harman. Sheriff (Kelly) Sparks believes that in“They’re always checking on everyone.They mates should leave in better shape than when meet with people in the units and might find they got here, said Harman. “We want to several who may have been suicidal and get make sure that every inmate is safe and that them on a watch before anything happens.” they are heard. We always have a heavy heart Several months ago the facility started a when someone tries or is successful at ending program to provide tablets to the inmates. “It their own life. It’s hard on all of us. Our goal not only provides ways for them to pass time, is to keep everyone safe.” it has benefited in so many ways for mental It’s all the little working parts that imhealth,” she said. “There’s a vaccine program prove the safety of our inmates, she said. “I’m on it that gives inmates information to be bet- proud of the work we’ve done and we’ll keep ter informed. Access to care and family posi- striving to make it better. I’m amazed every tively affects mental health.” day by our mental health professionals, nursThere’s also a way to search for jobs. es, deputies and staff and how they care for “The amount of searching is shocking to us the inmates. They do wonderful work.” l

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Bangerter farm – the cream of the crop By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com

BOUNTIFUL—There’s a lot of work that goes into the produce that ends up on the dinner table and Alan Bangerter knows where it all starts. Bangerter has been working on the family farm since he was a child and knows what it takes to keep it running. “It was easier back then,” he said. “We worked hard and started before 6. Personally I liked it. I felt like I was making a difference.” Bangerter attended Tolman Elementary which was about 200 yards from his house. “We worked every day,” he said. “There was always something to do. There were six of us spread out and I was the next to youngest. We didn’t do a lot of outdoor play. There was no such thing as soccer or baseball – there wasn’t time for it.” The farm dates back to 1902 when Bangerter’s great grandfather Nicklas Bangerter purchased some of the current acreage. Nicklas was a renowned farmer in the Bountiful area. “In 1906, my grandfather Orson N. Bangerter was married and soon built a home on the property and started to farm it as his own,” said Bangerter. “My father Charles W. Bangerter was born on the farm in 1918 and worked on it continually for over 80 years until his death in 1999.” Alan was born in 1951 and worked with his father who called his operation Chas. W. Bangerter and Sons. “We incorporated in 1973 and started Chas. W. Bangerter & Sons, Inc., our current company.” In 2000 they found out Legacy Highway would be coming through their farm. “UDOT got 30 acres that were originally by I-15,” said Bangerter. “They did take

an additional eight acres for Legacy so they got at total of 38 acres.” With the money from the sale to UDOT, they were able to purchase 22 acres from an owner in California. “Since that time we have been able to develop that property and our other 46 acres into some of the most productive for vegetable crops in the county and even the whole state,” he said. Bangerter’s is well known for its stands but the bulk of their produce goes to retailers. “Ninety percent is at the wholesale level and 10 percent at the stands,” he said. “We set those up so people can come get what they need. We grow little bits of crop to support the stands. We supply half a dozen restaurants. The Mandarin was the first one and our main one. They’ve been supporting us for 30 years.” They also donate to the food bank three times a week. “We give them our surplus,” said Bangerter. “We delivered over 100,000 pounds to the Bountiful Food Pantry in 2020. What they don’t need they share with other pantries.” Just like everyone else they had to adjust to the pandemic but it was the wind in September 2020 that really devastated the farm. “It brought everything to a screeching halt,” Bangerter said. “We had very little left. By the time it grew back the frost came earlier.” Now the drought has hit them hard as well. “We have been watching every drop of water,” he said. “They’re going to shut off Weber water on Sept. 20. I have 15-18 acres that can only go three and a half days

The farm is a family affair. Left to right: Nick, Alan, his wife Diane who passed away in 2019, Bryce and Chuck.

without water. It could be nearly as devastating as the wind storm. Eleven days at harvest makes quite a bit of difference to zucchini and yellow squash.” Up until 2016 we hired local adults and teens to harvest, said Bangerter. “We do two semi loads a day. It got so the teens couldn’t do it so we had to hire more adults. It’s all hand harvested. We don’t have anything that gets itself to market.” l

Back-to-School Shopping Costs More this Year

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arents with schoolaged children have probably noticed that back-toschool shopping is costing more this year. Spending on school supplies is expected to hit an all-time high of $850 for the average family in 2021, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s about $60 more than last year. And families of college students are paying even more, with an average spend of $1,200, up $140 from last year. Of course, inflation is affecting much more than just school supplies. Over the past year, we’ve seen price growth across nearly all spending categories, with higher sticker prices everywhere from the grocery store to the gas pump. This is the result of pent-up demand as well as supply chain delays. Fortunately, it looks like price gains may be moderating. In July, the Consum-

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King Green still in the saddle at 100 By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com

BOUNTIFUL—Over the last 100 years, O. King Green has seen a lot – mostly from a mountain top on a horse. Green is responsible for paving several of the trails above Bountiful and celebrated his 100th birthday on Aug. 5. “I was born in Salt Lake City and moved to Bountiful in 1946,” Green said. “After I got out of the service we built a home on 10 East and 400 North. It was the first home built up there. We saw all the changes. It was only farm land or vacant ground.” In 1955, the Greens sold that home and built another one in the same area. “That’s when I got my first horse and I’ve never been without one since. It’s great therapy to have a horse.” Green joined the back country horsemen and started trail blazing after the flood of 1983. “I flooded our backyard,” he said. “I started to build a trail up Ward Canyon. It was a challenge but I worked on it when I had any spare time. I loved being up there.” In 1991, Green started the trail up Holbrook Canyon. “You couldn’t ride a horse up there then,” he said. “I would go as far as I could get then I’d build that trail until I got to the top of the mountain.

I got some help on it too. I loved that, I’d spend all the time I could building the trail up there.” He also worked on the Kenny Creek trail up Mueller Park Canyon. “I love the mountains. I spend time building trails whenever I can.” Green worked as a carpenter before the war and after the war started working at Hill Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic and then writing modifications on the missile program. “When I retired I started carpentry work again,” he said. “I enjoyed that probably more than anything. I would do finishing work on stairway railings, crown moldings, just general finishing work. I worked with three different interior decorators. It was a great enjoyment for me.” Green has also kept a diary since 1936. “I’ve written in it every night,” he said. “Every night before bed I write in my journal. My wife died in 2015 and I miss her a lot. Now as I read every night I feel like I’m living back in those days.” There have been a lot of changes over 100 years, said Green. “I grew up in the Depression. Everybody was poor then. But nobody thought they were poor.” Everyone helped so much during

Friends and family gathered at Bountiful Park for a big birthday celebration. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle

WWII, he said. “You could only get three gallons of gas and you couldn’t go over 35 mph. There was food rationing, food stamps and war bonds. Everybody got into the war (effort).” Green said he’s always been fascinated with the pioneers and took part in the wagon train into Salt Lake City along the Mormon Pioneer Trail. “Another ride was on the Honeymoon Trail from Arizona to St. George,” he said. “We’d

sleep on the ground. I loved that so much. There’s lots of rides I’ve been on that are very choice.” At 100, Green has given up riding. “I quit riding because I couldn’t sit straight on the horse,” he said. “But today on my 100th birthday I got on him and rode around. It felt so good to be in the saddle again. I’m blessed to be able to do that.” l

Redistricting process begins as committee receives 2020 Census Data By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com SALT LAKE CITY—Every 10 years the legislature redraws district boundaries based on the information gathered from the most recent U.S. Census. Due to the pandemic, that data was not available until the end of last month. Now, the Legislative Redistricting Committee must analized that information to redraw district boundaries. The committee met on Monday to lay the groundwork for the task ahead. Utah is the fastest-growing state in the nation, growing by 18.4 percent since 2010 when the last redistricting took place. However, the data shows not all areas grew evenly. Those who hold office must be elected from districts with approximately an equal population to fulfill constitutional requirements. Washington County and Utah County both grew much faster than the state average with their population increasing by 1.47 percent over the last 10 years. To achieve constitutional balance, these areas will need to gain representation. Utah County will need to pick up an additional 6 percent of a congressional seat, 43 percent of a state Senate seat, one state House seat and 22 percent of a state School Board seat based on the committee’s analysis, according to material provided. Conversely, Weber County and Salt Lake County decreased by 1.03 percent and 0.035 percent of the total percentage of the state’s population. Therefore, the districts in those areas will need to increase in geographical size. Based on the committee’s analysis, in Salt Lake County the population changes will

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result in a decrease of 4 percent of a congressional seat, 30 percent of a state Senate seat, 77 percent of a state House seat and 15 percent of a state school board seat. “Now that we finally have the data, we can analyze how our state’s population has grown and shifted over the last decade,” Sen. Scott Sandall, co-chair of the Legislative Redistricting Committee said in a statement. “Redistricting is essential for accurate representation. As individuals elected by the people, we want to ensure fair representation for the next 10 years. Our next step in the process is to communicate and receive feedback from Uthans on how to best draw boundaries that serve all areas of the state while meeting population criteria.” “The constitution requires us to follow the data,” Rep. Paul Ray, co-chair of the Legislative Redistricting Committee said. “We are bound to draw districts that rebalance representation to reflect the current population of the state. Our task over the next few months is to figure out exactly how to do that in a way that makes sense for all citizens in the state.” The committee began a statewide tour starting in September to listen to the public’s comments and discuss the redistricting process. An online tool will also be available for citizens to draw and submit their own redistricting maps in early September. For more information, visit redistricting.utah. gov. l

Population of Utah Counties

Counties are sorted from largest decrease to largest increase in percentage of state population

Percent

2010 Percent of State Pop

2020 Percent of State Pop

155,583

15.1%

37.3%

36.2%

-1.03%

30,987

13.4%

8.4%

8.0%

-0.35%

20,412

-991

-4.6%

0.8%

0.6%

-0.15%

28,437

615

2.2%

1.0%

0.9%

-0.14%

10,976

9,825

-1,151

-10.5%

0.4%

0.3%

-0.10%

Sevier

20,802

21,522

720

3.5%

0.8%

0.7%

-0.09%

Uintah

32,588

35,620

3,032

9.3%

1.2%

1.1%

-0.09%

San Juan

14,746

14,518

-228

-1.5%

0.5%

0.4%

-0.09%

Duchesne

18,607

19,596

989

5.3%

0.7%

0.6%

-0.07%

Millard

12,503

12,975

472

3.8%

0.5%

0.4%

-0.06%

Box Elder

49,975

57,666

7,691

15.4%

1.8%

1.8%

-0.05%

Grand

9,225

9,669

444

4.8%

0.3%

0.3%

-0.04%

Garfield

5,172

5,083

-89

-1.7%

0.2%

0.2%

-0.03%

Wayne

2,778

2,486

-292

-10.5%

0.1%

0.1%

-0.02%

Beaver

6,629

7,072

443

6.7%

0.2%

0.2%

-0.02%

Kane

7,125

7,667

542

7.6%

0.3%

0.2%

-0.02%

36,324

42,357

6,033

16.6%

1.3%

1.3%

-0.02%

Piute

1,556

1,438

-118

-7.6%

0.1%

0.0%

-0.01%

Juab

10,246

11,786

1,540

15.0%

0.4%

0.4%

-0.01%

1,059

935

-124

-11.7%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.01%

112,656

133,154

20,498

18.2%

4.1%

4.1%

-0.01%

2,264

2,510

246

10.9%

0.1%

0.1%

-0.01%

306,479

362,679

56,200

18.3%

11.1%

11.1%

0.00%

9,469

12,295

2,826

29.8%

0.3%

0.4%

0.03%

Iron

46,163

57,289

11,126

24.1%

1.7%

1.8%

0.08%

Tooele

58,218

72,698

14,480

24.9%

2.1%

2.2%

0.12%

Wasatch

23,530

34,788

11,258

47.8%

0.9%

1.1%

0.21%

138,115

180,279

42,164

30.5%

5.0%

5.5%

0.51% 1.47%

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Technology keeps humans safe in dangerous, dirty jobs By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com

The Boston Dynamics SPOT® quadruped robot can be used instead of a human to go into a hazardous situation. Courtesy RMUS

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rectly involved in those situations, said Wood. “Take a roof inspection. A worker usually hustles up a ladder to walk on the roof. This would decrease the need for that. The majority of that can be done by an unmanned drone. It saves time and provides safety from having a fall which does happen.” RMUS also works with top unmanned payload integrated mapping to create a 3D map of an area, he said. “We package the hardware, software and training to give customers to use for themselves that can potentially save money, time, efficiency and safety as well.” Large scale government, federal, state and local municipalities, public safety, oil and gas, telecom, construction and surveying are the company’s main customers, said Wood. “So many industries are touched by this field. It’s very interesting. We’re finding a new use every week. We also get a few well-heeled Bigfoot and treasure hunters that use it.” The History Channel shows people searching for old ruins using drone technology, he said. “Thermal imaging allows it to create a map or visual rendering. So if the ruins are in a jungle covered by vegetation the sensor can penetrate the layers of vegetation and cut through what would not be apparent in the visual spectrum.” The same technology can be used by search and rescue using radiation of heat as opposed to visual so they can search at night to find missing or endangered people, Wood said. “There have been hundreds of instances where drones have been used in areas to help find people.” Wood knows there are a lot of hobbyists out there using drones. “The people we’re working with aren’t flying those,” he said. “There are a few bad actors who get them as Christmas gifts and think it would be cool to go out and film a wildfire not knowing

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CENTERVILLE—Robots that can go into dangerous situations, drones that have heat sensors to track missing or endangered people at night or just a quick eye in the sky for police, it all sounds like a Sci-Fi movie but it’s a reality for one Centerville-based company. Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems (RMUS) provides the technology, software and training to public safety, industry and government agencies in the U.S. and internationally. “We started the company in 2014,” said Ryan Wood, VP of Sales and Marketing and co-owner of RMUS. “It’s a spinoff from recreational remote control cars, drones, etc. to a larger speciality distribution.” These are not your typical hobbyists, he said. “It’s the police, industrial companies and government entities. It’s separate from the hobby world. It’s been quite a ride since then.” RMUS relocated its base of operations to Centerville in 2016 and also have a location outside the Toronto, Canada area, said Wood. “We had a relationship with a wireless drone unmanned system there and we acquired it. There are 15 full-time employees locally and seven in the office in Canada. It's a fairly small group of players but it’s been a good move we’re finding.” Wood said the company doesn’t just do drones. “We do a fair amount of industrial terrestrial ground robots. Sarcos Robotics makes the exoskeleton and we add the software. It can be used by the military or public safety agencies to gather data and not expose humans.” For example, if there’s a chemical spill you can send in a human with a HAZMAT suit or send in a robot sensor to gather that data, he said. “I’m not saying it will totally replace humans. The technology keeps humans safe in dangerous, dirty and dull jobs.” The main goal is to not have humans di-

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Let’s end the suicide stigma by talking about it By Karmel Harper | k.harper@mycityjournals.com

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rene Brown said, “What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.” As World Suicide Prevention Day approaches on Sept. 10, social media will most likely display photos and quotes honoring Robin Williams, who tragically ended his life in 2014 at the age of 63. Though celebrity photos and random “copy, paste, and share” posts that merely spread other people’s words about suicide are becoming more frequent, the few seconds of scrolling by these messages are not nearly as effective and preventative as sharing one’s own personal experiences. Engaging in the difficult conversations about suicide are often intertwined with grief, trauma, stigma, and shame, but they are a significant key and tactic to raise awareness and prevention. Sarah Stroup, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of Monarch Family Counseling in Herriman said, “Suicide ideation hides in dark corners. By talking about it, we’re shedding light on it and increasing the safety.” Alison Burk of Kaysville has made it her life’s mission to raise suicide awareness in honor of her sister, Annie, who passed away on Dec. 3, 2020, four weeks after ingesting pills that resulted in a coma and eventual organ failure. Annie died at the age of 36, leaving a husband and four young children behind. When Annie passed away, the family felt alone and isolated as the outreach to support them was limited. Because of the stigma surrounding suicide, they felt like members of their community did not really know how to support or help them. “We are grieving alone,” said Burk. However, statistics reveal that suicide is affecting more and more people every year. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) said that 41,000 people in the U.S. died by suicide in 2019-2020, 1.3 million adults have attempted suicide, 2.7 million adults have had a plan to attempt suicide and 9.3 million adults have had suicidal thoughts. Utah has the 5th highest suicide rate in the nation. According to Utah.gov, from 2017 – 2019 the age-adjusted suicide rate in Utah was 22.0 per 100,000 persons, with an average of 660 suicides per year. In 2019, suicide was the leading cause of death for Utahns ages 1017 and 18-24. When Herriman High School experienced a cluster of suicides within a few months in 2018, the community was rocked and Stroup and her colleagues were on the front lines helping families through their tragedies and working with local teens to prevent further deaths. Stroup said, “Our community talks about it now. We share our experiences and help each other because we have experienced the devastating consequences from not talking about it.”

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While it is a difficult and heavy topic to discuss and some parents fear that discussing it might give their children the idea to consider suicide, research has shown that talking about it actually reduces the risk and increases safety. Stroup’s best practices for talking to your children include: ▪ Using age-appropriate language with each child. The words you use for an elementary age child should be different from the words you would use for your teen. ▪ Finding an appropriate time to talk to your child when there are no other distractions ▪ Asking open-ended questions such as “Tell me about a time you thought about ending your life” rather than “Do you feel like killing yourself?” Avoid “yes or no” questions. ▪ Practicing empathy. Listen to your child from their viewpoint and validate their struggles. ▪ Utilizing a “safe word” or “code” for your teen to say or text to indicate they are not OK. An example is using the green-yellow-red phrasing where your child can text “green” to indicate they are OK to “red” meaning they are in immediate danger. These short words are easier to express than several sentences trying to convey their feelings. ▪ Seeking help from a therapist if you need help talking to your child. Stroup also stressed if your child is in immediate danger, do not wait until their therapist appointment which could be days or weeks away. Take them to the ER immediately where crisis social workers can assess and provide help and resources. Stroup said research shows that only 25% of teen suicides are impulsive – that they make the decision and act within five minutes. While teaching coping skills is a main goal for therapists, it is extremely crucial for the 25%. “If they can be OK for five minutes when they are in danger, they exit that impulsive range,” said Stroup. Other ways to be proactive include visiting a medical doctor or pediatrician to receive a full check-up including a hormone panel and bloodwork to assess Vitamin D levels to eliminate or remedy any underlying physical issues that may cause depression. With Autumn upon us, Stroup and her team become especially vigilant as suicidality increases in the fall and winter months. She encourages parents to be especially watchful during this time of year, particularly after Daylight Saving Time ends in November. Observations of teachers, coaches, neighbors, school counselors and other people that spend a lot of time with your child are also important. “It takes a village to shine the light in all of the dark corners,” said Stroup.

Alison Stroup remembers and honors her sister, Annie, at right, who died by suicide on Dec. 3, 2020.

Survivors who have attempted suicide have the strongest voice of all, for their stories allow others who are struggling know that they are not alone. Twenty-three-year old Brooklyn Hull of Eagle Mountain has struggled with depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder ever since she was 11 and has been in and out of residential treatment centers over the years. She has attempted suicide over 12 times. The most recent was in May 2021 when she attempted to hang herself in Provo Canyon. Hikers and Lifeflight rescued her but the lack of oxygen caused two strokes and spinal hemorrhage. “I want to help kids who struggle and those who don’t have a voice and don’t know how to say they need help,” Hull said. She is a writer who plans to start a blog to share her experience. “A pen and paper can’t judge you. But a person’s body language and expression can come off as judgmental when you try to talk to them.” Hull’s mother, Tenae. said, “People tend to judge and be mean but they don’t want to step up and be part of the solution. But there are compassionate people out there. When we lived in Herriman, the fire and police departments knew Brooklyn by name and were always so kind and helpful.” Today. Hull is excited about the future and is focusing on her health and endeavors to help others. When her sister, Annie, died, Burk cre-

ated a foundation to spread suicide awareness and to honor her sister and who she was as a person. “Annie loved nature and all living things,” Burk said. “She loved to catch dragonflies and butterflies, and even water snakes at Bear Lake.” Her website www.anniesstoryfoundation.com provides articles, resources, and items to purchase where proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Annie’s name. The merchandise, modeled by Burk’s daughter, includes T-shirts and bags displaying colorful graphics of butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, and peace signs – conveying the bright messages of hope and healing needed to overpower the dark corners of stigma. If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidality, please use the following resources: ▪ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or www.afsp.org ▪ Call 800-273-8255 ▪ Text TALK to 741741 ▪ The SafeUT App a text/talk crisis hotline which can be downloaded at https:// safeut.med.utah.edu/ ▪ The Trevor Project website and hotline for LGBTQ+ www.thetrevorproject. org or 1-800-488-7386 ▪ Monarch Family Counseling at www. monarchfamilycounseling.com l

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Fairway to Heaven for Farmington family By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com FARMINGTON—During this year’s Utah Championship golf tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour at Oakridge Country Club, the pros who came to the 5th green were greeted by cheers and support from a family of fans who made themselves right at home on the site. Easy to do since it is their home that borders the green (which members know as the 14th green). Pam and Val Ossmen built their home adjacent to the country club 42 years ago. From their backyard they’ve watched scores of tournaments, hundreds of players and thousands of friends walk past their birdseye view of the fairway and putting surface. They’ve enjoyed barbecue and ice cream and cold drinks while watching, and occasionally chatting with, the pros on the green. They are a golfing family through and through, whether observing it or hitting the course themselves. Their children and grandchildren and faithful dog Nikko were on the spot all four days of this year’s tourney. “We’ve been members of Oakridge since the late ‘70s,” Pam said. “We built this house from the ground up – walls and all. Val and I were one of the first families to live in this area, and we chose this site because of the course. It’s been wonderful.” Their son Ryan went to school at Davis High with PGA professional and local favorite Daniel Summerhays, who they have followed through his rise in the golf ranks from Utah Amateur champ (which he won at Oakridge) to a successful and lucrative career on the PGA Tour. Summerhays has played in the Utah Championships the past three years, finishing sixth in 2019 and tying for second in 2020. “Ryan and Danny have been friends for

years,” Pam said. “They still play pickleball together, and the Summerhays are a super awesome family.” The Ossmen’s daughter, Angie Ossmen Bloxham, is a top golfer in her own right. She is currently on the “A” team at Oakridge and placed second in the club championship. Angie also played in the Utah Women’s Amateur this year at Oakridge. As in the past, the family members end up finding certain golfers they love to follow each tournament. This year, one of their favorites was British golfer Callen Tarren, who tied for 8th at 19-under par. Some of the younger family members even followed him for a few holes. Grandson Cruz Davidson also followed former BYU golfer Patrick Fishburn as he finished in the money. He is the third generation of Ossmen family golfers who’ve played at Oakridge. They’ve watched some amazing performances through the years, including when PGA Professional and three-time tour winner Cameron Champ drove the green on the par-4 421-yard 5th hole. But not all of the fairway shots have been that accurate. A few have landed in the Ossmen yard, even the swimming pool. “When we first put the pool in, we had a few that came over and took a dive,” Pam said with a laugh. “Then the trees grew and that prevented a lot of errant shots from hitting here. When you’re pin high, you’re going to get a few balls hooked to the left. We just wanted the kids to yell “FORE” so we could cover the grandkids up!” The family has been there every day since the Korn Ferry Tour made Oakridge its home for the Utah event, something they will continue to do for at least two more years as

Members of the Ossmen family watching the Utah Championship were, front row left to right, Cash Davidson, Chloe Ossmen, Angie Ossmen Bloxham, Mason Ossmen, Ryan Ossmen, Ashlee Ossmen, and Cruz Davidson. Back row left to right were Emilee Ossmen Davidson, Jason Bloxham, Pamela Blaisdell Ossmen, Mitchell Ossmen, and Val Ossmen.

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Doctors warn children are at greater risk with Delta Variant By Becky Ginos | becky.g@davisjournal.com SALT LAKE CITY—As schools start back up, doctors are saying mask wearing is absolutely essential to keep kids safe as COVID cases spike. “There’s misinformation out there about COVID and children – they do get it,” said Dr. Andrew Pavia, University of Utah Health/Primary Children’s Hospital. “They can get very, very sick. The Delta Variant is a game changer. It’s twice as transmissible. It's really changed what we’re dealing with. It’s breaking records of children being diagnosed.” It’s two and a half times the COVID cases than last year in the 5 – 12 age group and that’s all before school started, he said. “We have a severe crunch on beds. We’re at surge capacity. We’re using single rooms for two children. What happens when school starts?” Pavia encourages universal mask wearing, distancing and better ventilation in schools and keeping kids home when they’re sick. “Schools can be safe in person but they can’t be safe without universal masking.” Not all kids are healthy and they can’t fight off COVID, he said. “They may have cancer, diabetes, etc. Many kids who are otherwise healthy might get it from people

at home.” Flu is not nearly as transmissible, said Pavia. “The Delta Variant is estimated to be five times higher. It’s much more serious in children and we don’t have a vaccine to offer them if they’re under 12.” Kids don’t always like wearing a mask, he said. “It’s a myth that there’s a risk to wearing masks. They don’t suffer serious language delays. There’s no serious risk to wearing a mask but there is a serious risk with this (COVID).” Last week the Salt Lake County Council voted against the mask mandate recommended by county health director Dr. Angela Dunn. “That’s a terrible mistake,” said Pavia. “They don’t understand the science behind mask use. They need to listen to Dr. Dunn at least until we have this under control. If people overturn those recommendations and kids get sick or die they must take responsibility for that.” Illnesses in children went down dramatically last year, he said. “We did not see one case of RSV which is usually a winter virus. Now we’re seeing a big surge in RSV. If we continue on this same path we’ll see a significant amount of flu. The effect of two viruses could make kids even sicker.” Pavia said they may have to cancel

Students at Centerville Junior High wear masks during last year’s robotics competition. Schools will be starting class on Monday without a mask mandate. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle

elective surgeries and put two to three kids in a room that’s designed for one and increase shifts to keep up. “ICU doctors and nurses are burned out. They’re at the end of their rope. We really need people to help us out here.” The earliest a vaccine for children un-

der 12 is November or December, he said. “But that’s just a guess. I usually try to keep emotion out of it but I feel strongly about putting our kids at risk. This is very important for anybody who cares about children.” l

Public involvement sought in redistricting effort By Tom Haraldsen | tom.h@davisjournal.com TAYLORSVILLE—With numbers from the 2020 census now in the possession of state officials, efforts at redistricting Utah’s congressional and legislative districts is ramping up. In addition to the work being done by the state’s Legislative Redistricting Committee, a separate group is also working to gather input from residents to help redraw district lines. The Utah Independent Redistricting Commission (UIRC) met with a coalition of mayors and county political leaders on Aug. 16 at the state office building in Taylorsville to introduce them to the commission’s new interactive website, which will help Utah voters explore the census data, submit comments and ideas about redistricting and create their own suggested voting maps. “We want to know how voters would like to see these political district lines created,” said Rex Facer, chair of the seven-member UIRC. “With the census numbers now in, we can see where areas of greatest growth have occurred, giving us a framework for mapping out new districts.” The census revealed the following statistics about Davis County. In 2010, the population was 306,479, whereas the 2020 census shows the county with a population of 362,679 – quite a growth. It also broke down the racial makeup of the county as follows, with the 2020 numbers listed followed by the 2010 numbers in parentheses: White 302,352 (275,959) Black or African American 4,376 (3,702) American Indian or Alaskan Native 2,503 (1,424)

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Asian 7,143 (5,416) Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 3,345 (1,813) Hispanic or Latino 39,295 (25,753) Two races or more 27,984 (8,245) Among those at Monday’s meeting was Davis County Commission chairman Bob Stevenson, who saw a demonstration of the website and how maps can be formulated. “We all know the growth in the state didn’t come in equal quantities,” he said. “The legislative committee has a set of criteria they must use when they draw up the districts, and I think this group’s input, as they get it from the residents, will be extremely helpful in that effort.” Among those speaking on Monday were Jeff Merchant, chair of the Utah Democratic Party, and Carson Jorgensen, chair of the Utah Republican Party. Merchant said his hope is that Utah, along with the rest of the nation as other states also work on redistricting, can create “more competitive districts. In the 2020 elections for Congress, of the 435 seats on the ballot, only 43 of those elections were in what we call ‘competitive’ districts. We just need an innovative approach so that all voices can be heard in this process, and I fully support the work of this commission.” Jorgensen called redistricting “a very important thing, and it’s difficult to draw these maps. I think we all want to ensure that there’s complete and total transparency in this process.” Facer said the commission might create up to 12 different

Davis County Commission chairman Bob Stevenson, at right, watches a demonstration of the new Utah Independent Redistricting Commission website. Photo by Tom Haraldsen

maps, with four of them eventually selected to submit to the legislative commission. He said each district would need to about equal in population with the others, “as practical.” In addition to Facer, the other six members of the commission are former Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham, former Utah State Senator Karen Hale, former Utah State Senator President Lyle Hillyard, Davis County GIS Analyst N. Jeffrey Baker, former U.S. Congressman from Utah Rob Bishop, and retired State Judge William A. Thorne Jr. Mayors from Tooele, Provo, Taylorsville, Riverton, Midvale, West Valley City and West Jordan were present at the event, along with Summit County Commissioner Glenn Wright. More information on the commission’s work and the gathering of public input will be forthcoming. l

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Jennifer Winchester was recently recognized by the Kaysville Police Department for her exemplary service as victim advocate. Courtesy photos

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