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ou are welcome to get a goat. Midvale City now allows the keeping of pygmy goats. Several surrounding cities allow them, but until March 5, 2019, they were illegal in Midvale. According to the resolution, a “‘Miniature Goat’ means an animal of the species Capra hircus which, at maturity, is less than 27 inches high at the shoulder, weighs no more than 100 pounds, and is more commonly known as a Pygmy, Dwarf, or Miniature Goat.” To own a goat, the owner must follow particular guidelines for housing and caring for them. They are also required to register them with Salt Lake County Animal Control. (See sidebar.) In times of non-compliance to this ordinance, city code enforcement would be responsible for the inspection of the lot and structures, while Salt Lake County Animal Control would be responsible for registration as well as investigating excess noise or smell reports. Salt Lake Animal Control Officer Marcie Seal explained that registration will be helpful in the case of an event that destroys the fencing. “[W]e do have livestock registrations because if anything does happen that causes damage to the property, letting the goats out, we know specifically who, where, what additional contacts they have so they can get back to where they need to be,” Seal said. This ordinance has been on the council’s table since April 2018. Resident Candace Yocum had owned goats for several years, unaware that her keeping them was a

problem. Frankie and Marshmallow are well taken care of and protected in a fenced yard. However, a complaint stirred the city to make an ordinance regulating the keeping of goats for the city at large. “They’re the best pets on the planet. I was raised on a farm, so we always had animals,” Yocum said. Yocum is pleased at the outcome of the ordinance, including the detailed regulations. “People don’t realize goats have to be taken care of a certain way or they will become mischievous. They have to be in sets of two... or they don’t do well. You have to have a salt lick, you have to have toys, things to rub along,” Yocum said. Other residents are happy to have the goats in the neighborhood. Heidi Miller also commented in the public hearing in favor of the ordinance. “My sister had a pygmy goat, the best pet anyone could ever have. The waste was used for fertilizer, clean up the yard and relatively quiet.” Councilmember Dustin Gettel has been the driving force behind the ordinance; Yocum’s mother is a personal friend. “This was a 10 month labor of love that involved a lot of community engagement and hard work from the council and city staff,” said Gettel, who was wearing socks with goats on them at the meeting when this ordinance was passed. “I’m proud of what we accomplished together, and I couldn’t be any happier for Candace and Frankie and Marshmallow, the goats who began the discussion, have a loving owner her goat babies.” and a yard full of toys. (Photo courtesy Candace Yocum)

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Pokémon and police help kids learn strategies to stay safe By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com


here can a cop and a teen battle each other while having fun? The answer: At a unique program called Poké Patrol offered at the Ruth Vine Tyler library. Kids of all ages are invited to play Pokémon Go with a local police officer one afternoon a month. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality mobile game, meaning that players can track, capture, train and battle with virtual creatures that appear on their phone. The game encourages players to visit real life places in their community that the imaginary monsters inhabit. Officer Ryan Jonkman, or Officer Ryan as he’s known to the kids, is the School Resource Officer and D.A.R.E. officer for Midvale Middle School and all of the elementary schools in Midvale — and the official Poké Patrol officer since September of last year. Jonkman starts each session with a presentation on safety tips to keep in mind while playing Pokémon Go. Don’t play with your phone while walking or riding scooters or bikes. Don’t trespass or climb over fences to catch Pokémon. Travel in groups of three or more. Pay attention to what’s around you and avoid situations where you get that “uh oh feeling.” “Since Pokémon Go came out, robberies, assaults, and other serious crimes have been committed against people as they’re playing


the game,” said Jonkman. “Criminals sometimes wait for kids to show up [at Pokémon hot spots], then take their phones.” This can be scary information to share with young people, but Jonkman does it in a manner that empowers the kids to have fun in a safe way. Jonkman usually works with fifth graders, so it’s fun for him to get to know different age groups through this program. “I like that this gets younger kids involved. Kids in this area, often the only time they interact with the law is when there’s a problem. Poké Patrol shows that we’re not big, scary police.” David “Davey” Bird created the program when he worked at the Kearns library, and brought it with him when he transferred to the Tyler library in 2015. “At Kearns we had a close relationship with police officers and we were trying to figure out a way for kids and teens to play with the officers to get to know them,” said Bird. “We tried chess, but that wasn’t successful. Pokémon Go was just becoming popular, so the officers said yeah, we’ll download it and play with them.” Poké Patrol was popular from the beginning, with the cops joining dozens of teens on 20- to 30-minute walks, and has continued because it offers a lot of benefits. “It’s unique, it creates a positive rela-

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Q&A with new Midvale Senior Center manager, Loriann Warner By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com

Loriann Warner is the new manager of the Midvale Senior Center after managing the Riverton center for more than six years. (Sarah Morton Taggart/City Journals)


oriann Warner became the new manager of the Midvale Senior Center in February after serving as manager of the Riverton Senior Center for six and a half years. She replaced Ken Donarski, who was reassigned to the West Jordan Senior Center. How did you get involved in developing programming for seniors? “My degree is actually in early childhood education from the University of Utah. I previously worked at the Department of Workforce Services in a program for children at risk. I worked with teens and families that were struggling and needing help with various resources. If they didn’t qualify for certain resources, we had to research or develop programs on our own. I took a break from work and when I decided to go back I found a job developing programs at the old Midvale Senior Center. Being a mom had taught me a lot about programming activities, and things that I had done with my kids often played into my new job. I worked at Midvale in the old building in the park as a programmer for 21 months, then interviewed for a manager position at the Riverton Senior Center at the end of 2012. I was there for 6 1/2 years, then the county transferred me back to Midvale.” How does it feel to be back at the Midvale Senior Center? “I definitely feel mixed emotions! When I left Midvale, I cried. When I left Riverton to go back to Midvale, I cried. I had spent six years building the program into what it is now. That center was new at the time, too. There hadn’t been a lot of development in programming yet, so that’s where I started. We focused on building up the programming and developing a volunteer pool. They had a good one started, but we grew it even more and used volunteers to teach our classes.”

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“People think of senior centers providing free lunch, [a place to] exercise. But the main function is social—bringing people together that have similar experiences and helping them form a group. Unfortunately, families are no longer living close to each other. But the seniors I see here become a family. If someone hasn’t been to the center in a few days, someone else will come to me so I can make a call. Or if they know where the person lives, they go themselves. Often someone has fallen and is in the hospital or needs help. Many seniors come to the center for classes. But others form groups that go out on their own. They wouldn’t do it by themselves, but if they have a friend then they’re brave enough to go out and do [something new]. You know that you’re successful in your center when people will engage with each other outside the center and in the community. My background was early childhood education, and there are lots of programs for youth. But senior centers offer the only programs to fill the gap for seniors. We’re currently experiencing a silver tsunami where 11,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. Not everyone retires with a budget to do travel, especially with the recent stock market troubles. This building gives those seniors opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.” What is the most challenging aspect of this job? Finances. You see this building and think we have plenty of money, but that’s not the case. In addition to volunteers, we’re always looking for community businesses willing to help, whether it’s donating time or products that they can’t use. We will be paying to take care of seniors one way or another. If seniors don’t get out socializing, having healthy meals, taking an art class, getting exercise they do not age as well, they get ill more often, and

What do you look for in a volunteer at the senior center? “A senior center budget usually does not have a lot of money for staff, so if we can find qualified teachers willing to act as volunteers, that’s the direction I go when trying to build programming. I love teachers who are retired. It doesn’t matter the topic, we can make it work. When people think of senior centers, they think arts and crafts, but we want all subjects. In Riverton, we offered a class in American history and had 23 people show up for the first session, which is unheard of.” What are some programs that you’re most proud of? “We did some fun ones. At the old Midvale center we started doing day trips. We went everywhere—up to Ogden to the Dinosaur Park and a trip at the Sundance Mountain Resort where a chairlift took the seniors up to the top to see the fall leaves. We’ve also gotten donated tickets to the ‘Nutcracker.’ To hear the excitement after, see the lights in their eyes. At Riverton, we started putting together a ladies tea. We purchased mismatched china from yard sales and got donations. Kneaders donated sandwiches and desserts, and senior musicians played in a quartet. We held a hat making class ahead of time, and the ladies came to the tea dressed to the hilt. Some wore gloves, old fashioned skirts. A high school honors class from Herriman came and served the food and stayed to help clean up. A class that really stood out was Memories with Memoirs. A volunteer worked with the seniors to develop stories from their lives. Some of them evolved into incredible records of history in peoples’ Loriann Warner poses near ceramics made by seniors lives.” at the Midvale Senior Center. (Sarah Morton Taggart/ What important functions do you see the City Journals) center serving?

are more likely need to be in an assisted living center. We can either pay after they stay home and go downhill. Or we pay the bill upfront and try to keep seniors strong and healthy and on their own as long as possible, which is more beneficial to the community at large. You can go back in time and you can look at the societies that were successful. The societies that were the strongest were the ones that cared for their weakest members: the young, the elderly, and those with special needs. The ones that did not take care of them did not survive as long. With the amount of individuals we have retiring right now, we need to decide what kind of society are we going to be?” What excites you about being back at the Midvale Senior Center? “The idea that this is what we have: a beautiful building and a cafe that provides a fresh meal cooked onsite each day (only three other centers in the county do that). From there, what other things can we bring into the center? I’m hoping to add new classes, like current events classes that have a facilitator to lead a discussion on differing viewpoints. We have some smart people who are retiring and have a lot of knowledge and education that maybe older seniors didn’t have the opportunity for. There are seniors who are scientists, psychologists, people who developed policy that benefited our youth. I’m eager to find those seniors who will come here and share their skills and experience with those already here who are ready to learn. Have you ever seen an 80-year-old tap dance? That’s what we’re looking for.”

The Midvale Senior Center relocated to a new building in 2015. Loriann Warner, who used to develop programs at the former location, is now the manager. (Sarah Morton Taggart/City Journals)

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Salt Lake Valley’s epic pranksters show us ‘how to April Fools’ By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


rom placing a pair of live lobsters in the glove box of a paramour’s car to endorsing their boss as a disco-loving ninja on a global career website, to punking fans of the third-largest professional sports league in the world, Utahns know how to April Fools. The City Journals wanted to get up close and personal with some of the pranksters and the pranked in a sort of hall of fame. Look forward to hearing more of your stories, in the comments and for next-year’s piece. Food and fools: Lobsters, an imposter waiter, and under-the-table pranking Long-time radio and web celebs Todd Collard and Erin Fraser (“Todd and Erin”) involve one particular type of food, lobster, as an ongoing April Fools’ staple. One year, Todd, recalls, he actually placed the lobsters in the glove box of Erin’s car. There were no fatalities to report. Rather, the frenetic lobster game is part of the ongoing love affair of Salt Lake City area’s longest on-air-turned-over-web morning personalities. The imposter waiter… Dean Pierose is owner of Cucina wine bar, restaurant, and deli in The Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City. Pierose is long-term best friends with comedian Pat Mac. An April Fools’ prank provided the perfect opportunity for Pierose to meet his best friend’s wife. But a simple meet-and-greet is not Pierose’s style. Instead, Pierose convinced a fellow restaurant owner to let him stand in and wait the table that Mac and his wife occupied the night of April 1, 2011. Prepped about the woman being a teacher and her having attended the University of Idaho, the imposter waiter set out to be as insulting as possible, first complaining that the table’s former customers, “who must have been teachers,” stiffed him for a tip. On another visit by the table, Pierose slammed the University of Idaho, the woman’s alma mater, making fun of the college’s “Joe the Vandal” mascot, and identifying himself as identifying with the rival “Broncos” of Boise State. “He hit every button he could, to set her off,” laughed Mac. “Dean is a master prankster.” A little Disney’ll do ya, on April Fools Disney Channel actor, writer, and voice talent Jerry Straley just celebrated 30 years with Disney. “My goal is to make 10 million people laugh,” he shared. Straley estimates his role on the “Good Luck, Charlie” sitcom got him about halfway there, with more than five million views of the sitcom’s four seasons. Holladay-dwelling Straley routinely pokes fun at the area’s wealthy, and says


When not loving on her husband and on-air/over-internet personality Todd Collard, Erin Fraser’s go-to food is lobster. Not surprisingly, Todd has turned it into an April Fools’ go-to that enhances the couple’s relationship. (Photo Credit: ToddandErinDailyStream.com)

April Fools’ jokes include replacing upscale Grey Poupon whole-grain mustard with plain-yellow mustard at hoity-toity Holladay restaurants and making early-morning prank calls, indicating peoples’ butlers are taking the day off. Getting paid ‘under the table’ Saralynn White, a Cottonwood Heights copywriter and creative director/chief storyteller/owner of Salty Dog Marketing, recalls hijinks from now-defunct, but ever epic ad agency Dahlin Smith White. “They taped a sandwich under his desk and it started to reek,” she recalled, “but he couldn’t find what was smelling up the place because of where it was.” Writing the April Fools’ playbook Writer White has not only been pranked, but has pranked upon. One year, colleagues posted “disco” and “ninja” expertise as some of her unique skills on the LinkedIn professional website, comprising 500 million members globally. Professional colleagues of White can still find these skills on her profile today. Another year, White could not get her computer to respond to her keystrokes. Absolutely frustrated at the technological stalemate, she dialed in corporate 911 – the IT or information technology department. Who she credits as “ingenious” colleagues had taken a screenshot of her computer desktop. Pranksters made it so that every keystroke the increasingly frustrated White entered did nothing more than ping a static image, doing absolutely nothing to engage the computer’s functionality. April Fools’ Day: A Team Sport For the Utah Jazz franchise, April Fools’ Day has been good to the Jazz, with the team winning 65 percent of the games played April 1 over the past 33 years, including last year’s 121-97 blowout over the Minnesota Timberwolves. This year, at 7 p.m. on April 1, the Jazz

square off against the Charlotte Hornets in hometown Vivint Arena. The team’s best prank came a few years ago, in 2015, when the Jazz punked fans, commentators, and even readers of the National Basketball Association by launching a new “look-and-feel” three-quarter-length pant. The news went official, with a mock press release and photo featuring Rudy Gobert (27) and Derrick Favors (15). April Fools’ DNA Brothers Jamison and Truman Carter grew up with their prank-playing family first in the Avenues and then Herriman. The two now reside in Salt Lake’s Marmalade neighborhood. The brothers recall stories of their mother’s receiving an April Fools’ Day bouquet of already-dead flowers from high-end florist Every Blooming Thing. Knowing that the bouquet likely cost her then-husband at least $50, their mother called in to complain. Right at that moment, while on the phone ripping the prank-engaging florists who were emphatically denying her description of the bouquet, an incredibly stunning, much bigger and more expensive arrangement arrived from Every Blooming Thing, with the same delivery person. Order restored. The Carter sons were pranked themselves, waking up one April Fools’ morning to a breakfast of meatloaf, gravy, and mashed potatoes. Luckily they tried the odd meal. Their mother, this time, was the prankster, having made Rice Krispie treat “meatloaf” with butterscotch “gravy” and ice-cream “potatoes.” And regarding our last set of pranks? Confession time: I am the mother of the Carters, recipient of dead bouquets, and chef of dreamy April Fools’ breakfasts. Even though it sounds like it could be, that is not a prank. Happy April Fools’ Day, Salt Lake County!

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n Uber rider lost a driver, but Unified Police gained custody of a suspect. Eric Smith was driving to pick up an Uber customer, when he saw a police officer get into a fight with a resident. Smith circled the block and came back to a barely conscious Officer Isaac Pace, and no suspect. Pace was unable to pursue the suspect. “I was trying to affect an arrest and the suspect didn’t want to go into custody,” Pace said. “We got into a physical altercation... He basically flung backwards on top of me and we both fell backwards and my head hit the concrete and knocked me unconscious. I couldn’t even stand up. I looked like I had Tweety birds going around my head.” Smith was nearby, ready to help in any way. “He (Pace) asked me to follow the guy, so I went across the curb and into an apartment complex. The [other] cops were showing up by then and I just told them where he was at. He was trying to hide, he wasn’t running anymore,” Smith said. When Smith was asked if he was ner-

vous about chasing someone who was in a violent mood, he smiled and said, “no.” “I work for a towing company, we have to deal with angry people daily. Really angry people,” Smith said. Pace was treated for a head injury at the hospital after the event. “I did have a concussion but I’m fine,” he said. Smith thinks it is important to return the care the officers provide residents. “The cops take care of us daily, it’s awesome to return the favor. When one of them is being attacked, I think it’s our civic duty to help them.” During a city council meeting where Smith was recognized for his efforts, Unified Police Chief Randy Thomas told the city council, “This gentleman standing behind me is a hero in my eyes.” While Smith was honored by that, he doesn’t consider himself a hero. “I don’t think I did anything that amazing. I just pulled up and did it,” Smith said. After the chase, Smith picked up another Uber customer and went on with his day.

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First responders honored by Midvale council By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com


idvale Mayor Robert M. Hale presented the local fire and police personnel with unusual and personal works of art. The pieces were inspired by commemorative stamps released last fall for first responders. The mayor and councilmembers honored these first responders with this presentation, with enough copies to adorn the walls of all the local police and fire stations. Both fire and police personnel were stunned by the presentation. Police Chief Randy Thomas said, “That was a great surprise that night, I had no idea that was coming.” District Chief Steve F. Prokopis said, “I thought it was a great gesture by the mayor and council. I didn’t realized the mayor’s history with the postal office. It will be a great addition to our station walls.” Hale worked for 40 years at the post office and often watches for new stamps. “Last September a stamp came out honoring first responders,” Hale said. “When I had a chance to study that a little closer, I said we can honor our first responders in a very special way that will stay around for a long time.”

Midvale Mayor Robert Hale and the City Council surprise first responders with a one-of-a-kind award. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)

Homicide investigative team honored by Midvale Mayor, Council


By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com

complex homicide in Midvale on Jan. 25 was closed within weeks, thanks to a massive investigative effort by the Unified Police Department. Unified Police has a special impact award and the teams involved were given this for their service on Feb. 19 at Midvale City Hall. “This investigation really sprouted a lot of legs with child abuse, elderly abuse, neglect, the homicide, the mental health issues. In short, we were able to … get the case filed with the district attorney with a full confession of the suspect in it. It was quite a team effort: A homicide investigation, with the patrol, our forensics, our mental health unit. There were 26 (law enforcement) individuals heavily involved,” said Midvale Precinct Police Chief Randy Thomas.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera gives Violent Crime Detective Jeff Leslie an award. (Erin Dixon/City The Midvale Mayor and Council congratulate Violent Crimes Detective Greg McArthur on a job well done for Journals) a complex investigation. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)


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Middle school popularity of History Day Fair expands, Canyons holds own competition By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Midvale Middle students and teachers pose after the awards ceremony at Canyons School District’s History Day Fair. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


maybe just a certain class, or if offered yearly or every other year, Lambert said his goal is to get all middle schools to participate — Mt. Jordan Middle plans to participate next year — as well as increase interest at the high school level. Currently, high school students automatically advance to the regional level since participation numbers are low locally. This year, he had judges from non-participating middle schools so those who aren’t familiar with the program could see it firsthand. Judges also were represented from Hillcrest, Brighton and Alta high schools. Through the National History Day (NHD) competition, students choose a historical topic, then conduct research in libraries, archives and museums and on the internet, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. Students analyze and interpret their materials, draw a conclusion about the significance of their topic and present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary or a website. According to the NHD website, more than a half million sixth-grade through 12th-grade students nationwide participate in the contest, which every year introduces a theme for the competition. This year it “triumph and tragedy in history.” “It’s a broad theme, but students can address it many ways to show us about both sides,” Lambert said. “I’ve been impressed with some great ideas and research these kids have done.” Indian Hills At Indian Hills, all 400 seventh-graders participated, competing at their own school before advancing to district, said social studies teacher Kamil Harrison. “We had 230 projects at our school alone, and after being judged, 25 projects advanced to district,” she said. “Since we had seventh-graders in Utah Studies participate, we had all our projects focus on Utah topics. These ranged from the Candy Bomber to John Browning from internment camp at Topaz to the miracle of the seagull. We had projects on the transcontinental railroad, the invention of the television, the implant of the first artificial heart and the tragic death of Larry H. Miller.” Through the project, Harrison said students learn to understand primary sources and often searched through the Library of Congress or Gale Research, sources they hadn’t used before.

ith the increasing interest in National History Day Fair, Canyons School District held its own middle school competition last year. This year, the numbers participating increased by 50 percent. “It used to be that our (middle) schools would just send students directly to regional competition, but now with more than individual teachers offering it to students, we’re seeing our biggest numbers,” said Scott Lambert, who coordinated the district’s History Day Fair Feb. 20. Last year, at the first district competition, 95 students took part with 60 individual or small group projects, and most attended Indian Hills and Union middle schools. This year, 140 students presented individually or with groups a total of 88 projects with five of the eight Canyons middle schools represented. Of those five schools, Albion had five students; Draper Park, three students; Indian Hills, 10 students; Midvale Middle, 18 students; and Union, 20 students who advanced to the regional round. Region was slated for March 21 at Salt Lake Community College’s Redwood Campus. “Teachers are learning the benefits — improved critical thinking, more extensive research, speaking and listening, writing, reading several sources. It’s broadening students’ skills and they’re becoming historians,” Lambert said. “They picked topics that didn’t know While each school participates differently, whether it’s part of a social studies much about or hadn’t heard of before. Some assignment for seventh or eighth grade or of them are the coolest ideas, but they’re tough so they really put a lot of work into

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their projects,” she said, adding they also learned teamwork and time management skills. “It’s something we’ve embraced. It’s amazing to hear 13- and 14-year-olds talking about history.” Three students in Morgan Taylor’s social studies class were questioned by Supt. Jim Briscoe about their research on women’s suffrage leaders in their exhibit. Seventh-grader Lauren Simons, who teamed up with classmates Sydney Roberts and Ella Marston, said she learned Utah was the second territory to allow women to vote. “However, it was a tragedy that Utah didn’t succeed in becoming one of the first states to allow women to vote,” Sydney said. Albion Middle Nearby were Albion’s Zack Parker and Drew Stevens, who created their exhibit on Wild Bill Hickok. “We already were interested in him and knew a lot about him, but I didn’t know he didn’t like Calamity Jane,” Drew said about the 1860s gunslinger during the western expansion. His classmate said he learned about the gun Wild Bill used. “It was a specific 1851 Navy gun,” Zack said he learned about through research, which he said was included in the “bibliography that took a long time to do in MLA (Modern Language Association) format.” Union Middle Eighth-grader Laura Curtis entered the competition with her documentary on Amelia Earhart. She was one student from the largest delegations to the district contest, Lambert said. “I learned she was interested in medicine before becoming a pilot,” Laura said about the first woman to fly the Atlantic and set numerous flying records before disappearing while trying to fly around the earth at the equator. “I learned you can always start new things.” She also learned how to write an annotated bibliography as well as how to include pictures, tapes and other material into her first-ever website. “It’s not as hard as I thought it would be,” she said. Draper Park Middle Eighth-grader Ethan White also created a website in his first district competition. “This is a huge opportunity for kids, not just to learn history, but to be involved in discovering it,” he said. “I’ve been intrigued about the stock market, but I learned about the tragedy when people lost their life savings. It was a devasting event.” Social studies teacher Jared Collette

said he had all his students complete the project, but he didn’t require them to participate at district. “They learned to be creative in the project choice and how they presented what they learned,” he said. “But they also learned the importance of research and citing sources.” Midvale Middle Midvale Middle eighth-graders choose topics that ranged from learning about Freddy Mercury being a champion in rock ’n’ roll to Walt Disney’s propaganda films during World War II, from the Iranian Revolution to a better education for Honduras, said English teacher Bethanne Lenhart, who along with history teacher Sheradee Bradfield supported students in participating in NHD Fair. Eighth-grader Cameron Jessop already was familiar with the contest as his four older siblings previously competed, and having placed at region, state and even nationals. However, it was Cameron’s first time competing. “I put a documentary together and know they did as well, but I didn’t pay attention to how they did it,” he said. “I just thought it would be easier and a better format for the interviews I taped.” Cameron’s project was on post–World War II European Jews trying to resettle in Palestine with the help of American sailors. “I didn’t know what happened between the Holocaust and Palestine. As I learned that the (British Minister for Health Aneurin) Bevan wasn’t allowing them in, even though (President Harry) Truman asked that 100,000 Jews be able to go there, I knew it was a story to tell. There’s not many who know that story of Americans willing to help and could die if they were caught.” Cameron’s documentary included three interviews with American sailors as well as period photographs and research. His mother, Tiffany, said she appreciates all her children learning “research skills they use for the rest of their academic life” as well as the relationships with the interviewees. She said her other children are still in touch with people they interviewed for their NHD projects — from relatives of those killed in Birmingham’s 16th Street church bombing to a now adult who was one of 50 Jewish children rescued during World War II by an American couple. “It’s the relationships they’ve made with history that has become so meaningful to them,” Jessop said. “It doesn’t matter where they finish, but what they’ve learned and how it has impacted them today.”

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The Heart of the Matter

APRIL 2019

By Mayor Robert Hale

What should a person be doing in April? Nature, that is, plants and animals of every species, begins a whole new life-cycle in the spring. Bulbs shoot out of the ground in search of sunlight, and pollination. Trees bloom to begin a new year of producing leaves and fruit. Insects and mammal animals begin to build or enlarge nests for new life that is produced. All mankind, in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway, also takes a united deep breath of fresh spring air and changes focus from survival to growth, from cold to warm, and from consumption to production of goods and services. Everything comes alive! Spring is a time to begin exploring our environs. Hopefully, all the pruning is done to bushes, flowers and trees. If so, the hoped-for guided growth has already become apparent and you are pleased. Spring is a good time to revisit acquaintances that have not been seen frequently since last fall. Changes will be seen – children will have grown at least an inch or two, stodgy fall and winter clothing will have been stored or given away (or outgrown), new paint will be applied, fences will be mended, and new resource-conservative appliances indoor and out will get their inaugural usage. April is an exciting time! Midvale City employees are also glad for spring. Except for an aberrant spring snow storm, the snowplows are in the sheds, greased and ready for storage. The Public Works employees that care for and maintain the parks are back doing what they love to do to prepare for another fun growing year. The Community Development Department is seeing a steady stream of homeowners, remodelers, builders and developers requesting permits for fu-

ture work and inspections of completed work. They love it! I encourage you to get out and see your neighborhood and your neighbors. If you have not ventured into more distant parts of your city – like the Union Fort shopping area, the Bingham Junction area, Midvale’s Main Street – or tasted the food at our huge variety of sit-down restaurants – now is a great time to do so. Find out why the vast majority of residents and employees like living here and working here in Midvale. Changes are occurring in many parts of Midvale. You will be surprised! Check out (from a distance) the new residences coming to the Jordan Bluffs Project, located south of Center Street (7720/7800 South) and west of Main Street/700 West. Bingham Junction Boulevard is not ready yet for through-traffic, but it won’t be long. The area around the Center Street TRAX Station has remarkably convenient new housing for commuters. And we have many homes, condos and apartments inside our city where yards are immaculate, flowering bushes like forsythia and lilacs are all in bloom. Oh, the fragrance! You will see notices of a rejuvenated celebration on 3-4 May, at the City Park between Center Street and 7500 South – Cinco de Mayo returns. So many people were anxious to participate last year without satisfaction. So, come and have a tasty meal with rich Hispanic music and dance. ¡Ariba! ¡Ariba! See you outside!

Midvale City Budget Preparation Staff is already underway to prepare the 2019-20 budget that runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. With approximately $20 million in the general fund budget and nearly $14 million in budgets for utility services, great care must be taken to ensure that funds are used wisely. The finance staff works with each department to estimate what it will cost to provide the services for the upcoming year. Inflationary factors must be accounted for such as the cost of fuel, power, wages and benefits. Efforts are made to reduce expenses and improve efficiency. Technology continues to improve accuracy and consistency in meter reading, utility billing, geographic information system (GIS) records and many other activities in the city. After compiling the annual forecast, the City Council and staff meet in a budget retreat and subsequent council meetings to evaluate the services, proposed projects for the upcoming year, and other factors that go into the budget. A tentative budget will be available for the public to view at the May 7 Council meeting and thereafter until adoption in late June. State law requires cities to adopt a balanced budget which must be accomplished by matching spending with sources of income such as taxes, fees, savings and even cutting expenses when necessary. Budgets and financial reports as far back as 2008 are

available on the city website at: www.midvalecity.org/departments/administrative-services/finance Bryce Haderlie, Assistant City Manager/Administrative Services Director assumed the responsibilities for preparing the budget in January from Laurie Harvey who had overseen the finance duties since 1998. Working with an experienced team in the finance department and dedicated city employees that take their jobs


In The Middle of Everything Don’t be a Nuisance! It’s time for you and your pup to roam the neighborhood, the parks, and the trails. Before you bound out of the house grab a leash and those poop bags.

LEASH LAWS Many violators of this ordinance will claim that they’re pet is friendly, or less aggressive when on leash. But Salt Lake County Animal Services would remind you not everyone likes a “friendly” off-leash dog, nor do other dogs that are on leash. A leash is not an optional accessory, it’s the LAW to wear one. If you and your dog are caught being off-leash, and it’s not a designated off-leash dog park, you will get a ticket and will pay a fine.

PACK OUT THE POO It’s the law to clean up after your dog, if you get caught not picking up their poop, expect to pay a fine. This is another public nuisance violation. Be a considerate neighbor or hiker and carry poop bags to clean-up after your dog when they defecate out on an adventure, whether it’s in the neighborhood or on a busy hiking trail, you must pick it up.

Midvale Community Council By Sophia Hawes-Tingey, Chair At our March meeting, the Community Council heard an in-depth legislative update from Midvale’s City Manager Kane Loader with regards to many of the bills the legislature was running that would impact the city’s government. On April 3, we will be hosting a Tax Season Discussion, and are making plans for a CPR presentation from our first responders on May 1. The Community Council is open to the public, with the business portion of the meeting at 6:00 p.m. and community engagement with community watch and presentations starting at 7:00 p.m. We are looking for new members, especially if you live in Midvale City Council District 3. Follow us on Facebook @MidvaleCommunityCouncil and come check us out. We’d love to see you there.

BUDGET CONTINUED seriously makes the budget process much easier. Some of the focus in the 2020 budget will include service enhancements in the utility departments for safety and system reliability as the city assumes responsibility for over 500 water connections that were previously served by Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. Growth in the Jordan Commons and Bingham Junction areas will also require additional staffing and resources in a variety of ways. Public safety continues to be a priority and even with a $1.3 million-dollar appropriation from the State of Utah to assist with the homeless shelter, the contract with Unified Police Department continues to be a factor in the budget. Midvale receives approximately 8.5 cents for every property tax dollar collected in the city. Unified Fire Authority is authorized to collect property tax separately from the city and receives approximately 13.6 cents of every dollar collected to provide those services.

WWW . MIDVALECITY . ORG For example, a primary residence in Midvale with a market value of $384,500 and taxable value of $211,475 (primary residences receive a 45% reduction in value before taxes are calculated) will pay $2,887.06 in taxes and $246.58 goes directly to the city to provide services which include police, animal control, street maintenance, park space, events, planning, zoning, code enforcement and administrative support for city activities. Utility rates and tax rates are also evaluated and adjusted as needed to ensure that the city can meet the required service demands. Citizens are encouraged to be an active part of the budgeting process by attending public hearings and communicating with staff and their elected officials to voice their opinions and understand how their tax dollars are used. The budget process is intended to be a very public process and we appreciate the efforts of residents to be informed and understand the services that they receive for the money that they pay to the city.

2019 Bingham Junction Art Project On March 5, 2019 the Midvale City Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Board of Directors approved of the 2019 Bingham Junction Art Project. This project aims to take 16 utility boxes located along Bingham Junction Boulevard and turn them into an engaging work of art. The project is part of the Bingham Junction Art Program that was approved in 2014. The program allocates a small portion of the area’s collected tax increment for the purposes of providing opportunities to integrate public art into public spaces within the Bingham Junction Project Area. The RDA has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) soliciting Utah artists for this project. The budget is $25,000 and must include design, printing, and installation costs. All proposals must be on or before May 1, 2019. The full RFP can be found on the Midvale City website. Once the deadline has passed, the Design Advisory Board will select the proposal that the RDA will present to the Board of Directors for final approval.

All questions regarding the Request for Proposals must be in a written format and emailed to jhoyne@midvale.com , all answers will be published on the Midvale City RDA website. For more information, please visit www.MidvaleCity.org/PublicArt2019.

Newly Formed Kiwanis Club of the Canyons A new Kiwanis Club has been chartered to serve the communities of Midvale, Cottonwood Heights, Sandy, and Millcreek. As a service organization, the Kiwanis Club of The Canyons will fall in line with the national club’s child-focused mission, but its exact areas of support haven’t yet been identified. Kiwanis International has more than 550,000 members in 80 countries and geographic areas. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance. Kiwanis clubs host nearly 150,000 service projects each year.

Kiwanis International also has several clubs for children and young adults, including Builders Club, Kiwanis Kids, Key Club and Circle K. The Kiwanis Club of the Canyons meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 12:00 p.m. at Midvale City Hall. If you would like to join the Club or have any questions, please contact the Kiwanis Club of the Canyons President, Laura Magness, at Lmagness@midvale.com.


Spring Cleaning? Know Where to Throw Your Trash, Recycling and Bulky Waste For many Midvale City residents, the beginning of spring means landscape work or cleaning out closets, garages and storage spaces. It also means adding lots of extra items to your trash, recycling and bulky waste. Before you put your trash cans and bulky waste items out on the curb, below is a friendly reminder to help you sort out what goes where.


All non-recyclable materials are to be placed in your brown trash can. It’s important to note that recyclable items are not sorted or removed from the landfill-bound waste stream. This means that everything that goes in your brown barrel will end up in the landfill, so be sure to consider what type of material you’re throwing away before you dispose of it. Use your brown trash can for regular household trash like food, pet and diaper waste, plastic bags, bubble wrap, broken cookware, light bulbs, Styrofoam, paper towels, paper cups and paper plates. Also put in clothes hangers, cords, ropes, clothing and discarded sheets and towels. Leaves and grass clippings can go in your brown trash cans, but it’s best to place them on top of the trash so they don’t get stuck to the bottom of the can.


It is important to know what can and cannot be placed into the recycling can to ensure efficient processing of materials and to protect the machinery and workers from harm. Your blue recycling can is only for items that are accepted in the recycling program. Those include clean cardboard, newspaper, office paper and mail, as well as paper board such as milk cartons, juice boxes, frozen meal boxes and cereal boxes (bags removed). You can also recycle plastic bottles like drink bottles, shampoo or conditioner bottles and detergent bottles, and plastic tubs like the ones used for yogurt or sour cream. Make sure to empty bottles and clean out all food residue from jars, tubs and cans before putting them in your recycle can. Remember, never plastic bags in the recycling can.


Residential trash service includes monthly bulky item and green waste collection. Bulky items and green waste that are too big to fit in trash cans are picked up on the third FULL week of every month on the customers normally scheduled trash day. If you have items that you need to dispose of, please follow these guidelines: 1. Bulky waste items include furniture, mattresses, water heaters, lamps, car seats, bikes, large toys and household appliances (without Freon). There is a 75-pound limit. 2. Green waste items include wood products such as 2 x 4’s, particleboard, plywood, etc. (large metal and concrete will not be picked up and must be removed), leaves, twigs, pine needles, wood chips, and tree limbs. Green waste does NOT include grass clippings, weeds or non-woody plants. (Grass clippings can be placed on top of other garbage in your brown trash can.) 3. All materials including tree limbs and stumps should be cut into 4-foot lengths and be no more than 18” in diameter, they MUST be bundled and twined together, and must weigh less than 75 pounds. 4. Loose material (leaves, twigs, pine needles, wood chips, etc.) should be placed inside trash bags or boxes. They may also be placed in trash cans. 5. Place bulky and green waste items on your curb no sooner than 2 days prior to your normally scheduled trash day and no later than 6:30 a.m. on your scheduled trash day. Ace Recycling & Disposal will not return to pick up items if they are not properly prepared and placed on the curbside in time. 6. Stack green waste together, bundled and twined in 4-foot sections. Place bulky waste in another pile at least 2 feet away from green waste. Do not park vehicles within 15ft. of the pile. 7. Freon must be removed from items (refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners) by a professional and be tagged with a copy of the receipt. 8. 55-gallon drums must be emptied and have the tops removed. 9. Do not place items in front of your neighbor’s home. 10. Scavenging is against the law.

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS We will NOT pick up the following items: • Items weighing more than 75 pounds • Loose piles of yard waste and trimmings • Grass clippings (place in regular trash on top) • Paint • Large rolls of carpet • Tires • Propane tanks • Major construction or demolition debris • Broken concrete or sheetrock • Everyday household garbage (food waste) • Flammable materials such as oil and gas • Commercial, industrial and business waste • Dirt • Sod • Gravel • Rocks • Bricks • Vehicle parts • Hazardous and toxic waste • Appliances with Freon (refrigerators, etc.) Freon must be professionally removed and tagged with a copy of the receipt. They will not be picked up without a receipt. You can take the following Household Hazardous Waste to the Trans-Jordan Landfill: paint, pesticides, oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, batteries (rechargeable batteries only, no alkaline batteries accepted), ink jet cartridges and cell phones. To ensure proper, safe disposal of prescription drugs, a drop off location has been established at the Unified Police Department Midvale Precinct (7912 South Main Street). Be sure to stop by during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In The Middle of Everything


February 2019 Officer of the Month Officer Greg Wathen regularly goes the “extra mile” to make sure members of the community we serve feel respected and they know police care obout their individual needs. The two incidents below outline the service our citizens have come to enjoy because of Officer Wathen. Officer Wathen recently responded to a complaint of illegal dumping at an apartment complex. He sorted through trash during the investigation and discovered several hundred medical records within a dumpster. He identified this as a serious risk to patients and potential fraud victims. So, he contacted the Division of Regulatory Licensing and briefed them on his findings. An investigator from the agency responded and through a mutal investigation, it was determined that approximately 600 medical files had been illegaly dumped. Officer Wathen prevented hundreds of potential fraud victims due to his investigative tenancity. Officer Wathen also resonded to an attended death where the deceased was a military Veteran. Family notification for the Veteran was difficult but eventaully Officer Wathen was able to notify family of the passing of their loved one. Officer Wathen assisted the family by contacting Veteran Affairs to assist with proper honors and services for the Veteran. We are honored to have Officer Wathen serving within the Midvale community.

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Traditional Renaissance Feaste returns to Hillcrest community By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


fter a one-year break while Hillcrest High choirs sang at Carnegie Hall, the students returned to entertain guests at the “Lover’s Feaste,” a Renaissance dinner filled with music and entertainment. The two-night event, which serves as a fundraiser for the choir program, experienced its second break ever since 1986, when then choir director Brian Bentley created it after attending a Shakespearean festival. The only other break was in 2009, between the transition of Bentley and current choir director RaNae Dalgleish. “He created it with the idea and a couple costumes, but as an authentic experience,” Dalgleish said. “I have file drawers of notes, diagrams, castle books, medieval times costume sketches. He was so meticulous and left them all.” Since then, Dalgleish has adapted a few new things, added costumes, but the night remains “quite the same” with about 150 guests being entertained by string quartets, vocal ensembles, and even a mini performance of “Hamlet,” which was directed by student Heidi Abbot. This year also marked the return of King Henry, which had taken a leave – with the exception of one year — since Bentley retired. Previously, Hillcrest theater teacher Mark Daniels played the king. This year, band director Austin Hilla stepped in to fill the role, allowing Dalgleish, who usually played head role as Queen Elizabeth, to play Mother Superior and assist students if needed. However, as in past years, parent volunteers assisted concert choir and a few mixed-choir students, who all obtained their food handler permits, in preparing the fivecourse feast, serving it after the guests were announced as they arrived at the auditorium stage that was transformed into an intimate castle. “The effort and hard work the students put into this is really inspiring,” said parent Patty Smith, who was volunteering to help with the meal preparations. Vocal ensemble students, dressed as royalty, sat at the head table with the king, or strolled throughout the guests, performing in quartets. “I allowed them the liberty to pick if they sang a song from the Renaissance in German, Italian, French, English. Learning pieces from the Renaissance is part of our curriculum, but it’s also an authentic experience as many of them have never heard this music before,” Dalgleish said, adding that most of the pieces they began practicing after the holiday break. There is a history that goes along with each royalty’s costume and traditions that are secrets amongst the choir members. For


Court jester Jeremiah Goates entertains the royalty (Vocal Ensemble) and invited guests at Hillcrest High’s Renaissance Feaste. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

example, Dalgleish has students leave “notes from the heart” from previous cast members to this year’s choir members with their costumes. “They say ‘this is hard, but don’t give up – it’s worth it’ to ‘I felt like royalty singing in the castle; it was a once in a lifetime experience,’” she said. Hillcrest choir alumnus Jacob Lloyd also remembered sitting at the head table in the back row. “I was practically falling off,” he said. “There’s no leg room. Many of the guests don’t realize the royalty at the head table also just drink water during the Feaste so they are able to sing; they wait until afterward to eat. Being part of it was the best experience. I loved to develop my own character, learn another style of music and have fun.” Vocal ensembles are usually assigned to costumes depending on height and body shape, so it ensures students are able to work with anyone in the group, he added. Lloyd said there was a lot of preparation behind the scenes from making shields to spending hours setting up the castle. Often music council members, which includes band members, help with staging on the nightly performances. “It’s a lot of hard work, but everyone has a hand in it to make it successful,” he said. “It’s fun reminding guests of the time period

from the Maypole dance to questioning them about cell phones since there wasn’t that technology then.” Canyons Board of Education President Nancy Tingey attended the dinner. “It’s a unique way to involve many students, create an experience they can learn and have fun with and I can support the arts in the school,” she said. A favorite part of the night for many guests is being entertained by the court jester, who acts as the host of the feaste. The role of the court jester has been a tradition for many of the Goates children. “My brother Cory played the part from 2011 to 2013 and my sister Samantha played the part in 2014 and this is my second year doing it,” senior Jeremiah Goates said, adding another brother, Josh, played the role of Merlin instead. In 2012, after auditioning for the role, his brother Cory said he appreciated being the court jester: “This is more fun than the serious acting we do with theater. It’s fun that I’m given more freedom and less blocking, so it becomes interactive with the guests and the performers.” Jeremiah said that he, too, had fun with the role. “I like to be goofy and act out, disobeying all the rules of a Feaste,” said the student who said by playing Wilbur Turnblad in

“Hairspray,” gave him more confidence in being the court jester. “There are certain lines that are set, but the rest I can make them up to have people laugh. I like seeing people happy and having fun.” He added, “The one year it wasn’t one of us, it was our really good friend, so that was almost family.” That year it was played Mckay Jessop, who’s family was in attendance to watch Mckay’s brother this year. “It’s really fun as it’s not like other choir performances,” their mother, Tiffany Jessop, said. “The choir kids are getting a crash course in theater performance and in understanding the Renaissance period by being immersed in it.” Jeremiah said one of his favorite memories is his last line in the Renaissance Feaste. “My favorite line begins with ‘God speed, good friends.’ It’s when I tell them it’s been a night of fun, but now is the time to go out and do good,” he said. This year, the choir will use the money toward their March 27-April 2 trip to Los Angeles, where they will perform at Disneyland’s California Adventure. Vocal ensemble was scheduled to compete at region as of press deadline and if they qualify, perform at state after their California tour, on April 27. Concert choir’s regional competition is slated for April 24. State is on May 10-11.

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No matter the language parents, educators say ‘happy birthday’ to dual immersion By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

At Draper Elementary in 2017, second-graders performed the traditional fan dance as part of school’s annual Chinese New Year celebration. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

日快 — bon anniversaire, feliz cumpleaños — happy 10th birthday to the dual-immersion program at many Utah elementary schools. Eleven years ago this legislative session, former Gov. John Huntsman signed Utah’s International Education Initiative into law, funding dual-immersion programs in Chinese (Mandarin), French and Spanish beginning in the 2008–09 academic year at 15 elementary schools, including some within the Salt Lake Valley communities. Since then, German, Portuguese and Russian have been added as the number of Dual Language Immersion (DLI) schools soared to 224 programs from St. George to Logan, reaching 43,000 students, said Jordan School District Elementary Dual Language Immersion Content Administrator Michele Daly, who oversees her district’s nine elementary programs. Principal Scott Jameson, who recently was moved to a DLI Spanish elementary in Sandy — Alta View — said he immediately could see a benefit for students. “It gives kids a chance to be challenged,” said the principal in Canyons School District, which houses eight elementary DLI and 11 secondary programs. “They put in a great effort in school, especially with the opportunity to learn Spanish while studying math and science. They are learning to persevere, even if it’s difficult, and develop that skill and a language they can use their entire lives.” The start Elementary DLI programs in the area are 50/50 immersion programs where students spend half their school day learning in the English language and half the day learning math, science or social studies in the target language. There are two teachers, one who teaches in English, and one who only speaks the language to students after the ini-

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They’re able to put those together in simple sentence structure so it’s easier for them to speak. By the time these students are in third and fourth grades, most surpass their peers academically in both languages and are able to converse in Chinese,” she said. Colleague Christina Ma said she’s been impressed at the level of her fifth-grade students. “They’re at the intermediate level where they can talk about places they want to travel or food they want to eat and even debate and express their opinions,” she said. While she may use easier vocabulary for students to understand science concepts — “science has harder vocabulary” — Ma said they are able to pick up math easily and understand their equations of multiplication, division and fractions. “Research has shown that these kids aren’t losing their math or English skills, but just learning another language alongside them,” she said. The State DLI website supports that claim, stating that “immersion students perform as well or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests of English and math administered in English.” It continues to say DLI students develop greater cognitive flexibility, are more attentive, and have better memory and problem-solving skills. Ma said her students are proactive learners. “The students practice talking, even if it is to a parent who doesn’t understand or a stuffed animal. If they have siblings who speak the language, they’re even going further,” she said. Mike Ward has his children in Chinese dual immersion at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights. “Dual immersion is remarkable,” he

said. “By the time they’re in third, fourth and fifth grade, they understand and are speaking quite fluently. I can’t understand Chinese, but my third-grade daughter is understanding what her older brother is saying.” Monte Vista parent Carrie Newbold agrees to the benefits of siblings conversing in the language. “I love the opportunity my kids have to share with each other and talk outside of class,” she said. “It’s made the school schedule easier to have everyone on the same track and same schedule.” Newbold also said students have created a bond with their classmates. “These kids are together from first grade all the way through. They form a family because they’re in it together. We have friendships with parents, who band together to help welcome the Chinese teachers. Many parents can only help in the English classrooms since they don’t know the language, but we do what we can to help them settle in. It’s just a powerful experience for these kids to learn and have a better understanding of the culture,” she said. To every advantage, there can be a disadvantage. At Lone Peak Elementary, Kristy Bastian has her younger children in the program, but her seventh-grader was not admitted because of not enough space, she said. “They take siblings first and since there is limited room, he didn’t get in,” she said. “He wanted to learn and needed the challenge. It’s an incredible program, but frustrating when there isn’t a benchmark test or anything to help students get in.” With many elementaries, parents need to apply in February before first grade for the program. Applying doesn’t mean guaranteed entrance as many schools have a wait list. While there is no test to enter, preference is

tial months when first-graders are enrolled in the program. First-grade English teacher Michael Vierra at South Jordan’s Monte Vista Elementary said the popularity of the DLI program has grown and he is teaching 25 to 28 students per class. “I reinforce what students may not understand initially in Mandarin, but they quickly learn and have an awesome experience learning a language, usually from a native speaker and teacher,” he said. “They become independent very quickly and realize if they don’t know how to do something, they have to be able to learn and express it in the language.” Many of the DLI language teachers are on a visa to teach in Utah, meaning that there is a turnover; so English teachers help them learn the ins-and-outs of the program, Vierra said. “There always is some adjustment from how they teach in China or Taiwan, and they have to learn to American style of living, but the benefits of having a native teacher outweigh any challenges,” he said. Eastlake Elementary, in South Jordan, like many schools, have host families help DLI teachers from China and Hong Kong set up their housing, transportation, banking, and get their social security cards and driver’s licenses when they arrive a couple weeks before school begins to attend state dual-immersion training. “They’re usually on a three-year contract so there is a constant learning curve,” second-grade teacher Teresa Wang said. “They learn to teach more interactive, bring in their culture, not just give lectures.” In her own classroom of second-graders, Wang focuses on childhood activities. Last year, Midvale Elementary fifth-graders perform “Chinelos de Morelos” during the school’s third annual “Kids are getting a broad vocabulary Cinco de Mayo celebration. (Julie Slama/City Journals) of daily words that help with conversation.

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given to siblings who have someone already enrolled in the language program. Entrance generally is limited to first grade, although if a student transfers from another DLI school or shows proficiency, Daly said there have been exceptions in Jordan District. Eastlake’s Wang agrees the fast-paced program isn’t for all students. “Some kids can’t pick it up and struggle tremendously. They need a strong base in their first language. It can be common for those with learning disabilities to not do as well, but it’s up to the parents to decide to apply to enroll them,” she said. Megan Morrison, who has a son at Lone Peak and feels lucky her third-grader has “an amazing opportunity,” said she may not enroll a younger sibling because she doesn’t see it as a good match for him. “He isn’t at the level of other kids and I can see with speech problems, he could be frustrated learning Chinese. I don’t want to take an opportunity away from another student,” she said. Secondary DLI As the first DLI students progress through school, dual immersion is added to that grade, meaning many of those first-graders in 2008–09 are now juniors in high school and have fast-tracked to take the AP Spanish exam to earn college credit. Murray School District Assistant Superintendent Scott Bushnell said that upon successful competition of the AP Spanish exam, students can begin the Bridge Program, a partnership with public and higher education, which was supported by SB152, that awarded $300,000 to the University of Utah to launch the program. At Murray High, sophomores, juniors and seniors enroll in a team-taught course, with both a University of Utah professor and a Murray High teacher instructing the coursework. “Students are able to complete upper-division language coursework and can finish their senior year of high school two courses shy of a minor in the language,” he said. Jordan’s Daly said their comprehensive abilities are “amazing.” “Their proficiency levels are so high, they are truly immersed and have that high level, they’re so lucky and don’t realize the gift we’re providing,” she said. Morrison has a student who has been in the program since first grade and currently is a sophomore at Alta High in Sandy. “It’s a unique opportunity for him to be learning from a University of Utah professor in his high school class. He’s had incredible experiences as the program has developed and I’m just amazed at what he’s accomplished in the 10 years,” she said. However, Midvale Middle School Chinese teacher Karma Lambert said students can still learn languages if they don’t enroll in DLI. “You don’t have to start in first grade,” she said. “Students who begin learning in sixth, seventh and eighth grades are still


quick enough to learn languages and be able to carry on basic conversations in the language by the time they finish middle school. In general, they won’t be as far as long as their dual-immersion peers, but they can still learn the language and have those positive cultural benefits.” DLI benefits When Sarah Erwin’s family was looking to move into the Sandy area from St. George, she looked for a DLI Chinese school. They selected the Lone Peak neighborhood so her kids could learn Mandarin. “I speak Mandarin and at the time, St. George didn’t have dual immersion,” she said. “My kids needed more challenge and there are tremendous benefits of learning a second language.” Ridgecrest Elementary parent Brooke Moench said she has seen great progress academically for her children. “They tend to learn at a higher pace, and so, they have kept on task,” she said. “The teachers are ensuring students are learning by reteaching and reinforcing in English what they learn in Chinese so the languages are supporting one another.” Many parents, teachers and principals point to cultural benefits as school programs may include celebrating Chinese New Year or Cinco de Mayo or even having a word of the day for the entire student body to learn, or rooms, such as the library or cafeteria, labeled in the target language. Canyons District’s Butler Elementary students who are studying French immersion not only sample macaroons and learn about impressionism and Claude Monet and other parts of French culture, but they also get a taste of other countries’ culture, art and music during its annual World Night. Last year, for example, students wrote their names in Arabic, made Native American replica pots, learned about typical life in the Fiji Islands and more. “It’s important that the community opens our eyes and celebrates our diversity,” Principal Jeff Nalwalker said. At nearby Midvale Elementary, students celbrate Mexican Independence Day, Dia de los Muertos, Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day with cultural activities, food, dances and song for the entire student body. “As a whole school, it’s important that we are learning other cultures, and are inclusive,” Principal Chip Watts said. Murray District spokeswoman D Wright said she also has seen culture be introduced in the district’s Spanish DLI classrooms. “I have visited in the Horizon DLI classes many times and see ongoing examples of music, dance and art integration through fun and captivating activities,” she said. “I also see exposure to a variety of related ethnic foods and culturally related holidays incorporated into the awareness and curriculum in the grades.” Several Chinese schools celebrated the Year of the Pig during Chinese New Year festivities that included programs, activities,

food, singing, dancing, acting and learning the history of the celebration. Some schools also celebrate the Moon Festival in the fall. Erwin said that through her school’s Chinese New Year program, it offers all students an opportunity to learn about culture. “It’s a fun time to explore another culture and for the whole school to come together,” she said. Monte Vista parent Corby Robins said the opportunities her second- and third-grader have had in DLI have been impressive. “The teachers are top notch,” she said. “They teach about the culture and pique students’ interest in China through food, games, stories and telling how they celebrate holiday with the family.” At Midvale Middle School, eighth-grader Eric Snauffer said, “it’s the best day of the year” as he learned to make Chinese dumplings with classmates afterschool. K-12 Chinese outreach coordinator Shin Chi Fame Kao, of the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah, said they support many cultural Chinese events at schools, and have even given grants to the first schools who had Chinese programs, including Canyons’ Lone Peak and Draper elementaries. “It’s important that children learn these customs of China as they learn the language,” she said. “It’s a time to understand families and communities celebrating together.” Lone Peak Principal Tracy Stacy said there is value in understanding other countries’ culture. “When children understand and value each other’s differences, it allows them to not only see differences and accept them, but also appreciate the way we are all similar,” she said. Eastlake Principal Suzie Williams agrees. “I love the culture piece dual immersion brings to our school,” she said. “It draws families together who are interested in their children becoming bilingual. Even if the parents aren’t versed in the language, they’re learning words and customs from their children. It isn’t a classroom where they sit and listen to the language. They’re learning the vocabulary and language while involved in enriching, engaging cultural activities.” The future of DLI Many programs continue to add a grade as DLI students progress, like in Murray District. However, there are no plans to expand to another language at another school at this

time, Bushnell said. “In a district our size, a cohort of 60 students allows us to run two elementary classrooms of 30 DLI students in each class,” he said. However, at nearby Midvale Elementary, there are plans to expand the classes, Watts said. Currently, about one-third of the school is enrolled in the Spanish DLI program and he said there are plans to increase that to twothirds. “Our data shows that students are achieving better in reading and math, and at the same time learning Spanish for those who are not already Spanish-speakers,” he said. “The language development as they learn a second language is helpful as they practice their native language. It’s a very engaging program for our students.” Alta View’s Jameson appreciates the DLI program in its entirety. “The DLI was created as a comprehensive pathway so students in elementary can continue in middle school and high school. It doesn’t just stop, but it prepares students for their future, for global careers,” he said. Jordan District’s Daly agrees. “We’re preparing them for the global market and job opportunities in the 20th century,” she said. “They’re learning language skills, as well as an awareness and appreciation of different cultures.”

During Butler Elementary’s World Night in 2018, students were read books to them at Monet’s Story Garden. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Award winning program Canyons School District recently received the Melba D Woodruff Award for Exemplary Elementary Foreign Language Program from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The district was chosen to receive the national award to honor the program that aligns with the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning curriculum, has proficiency targets set for each grade level, and has teachers that are highly qualified, lifelong learners.

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Chinese art, dumplings bring in Year of the Pig at Midvale Middle


idvale Middle eighth-grader Morgan Webster had never tasted a Chinese dumpling before, but on Chinese New Year, he wasn’t just sampling it, he was making it. “I’m expecting it to taste good from what my classmates told me,” he said as he learned to pinch the dough closed. Classmate Brian Yu, who has made dumplings with his family, reminded Morgan to add a touch of water to help the dough stick closed. “Dumplings are a sign of wealth, of a good life and fortune,” Brian said during the afterschool activity. Chinese teacher Karma Lambert said the meaning came about from the shape of Chinese dumplings being similar to ancient gold or silver ingots, which symbolize wealth. “Traditionally, families get together to make dumplings on New Year,” she said, adding that at one time, those who found coins hidden in the dumplings were likely to have good fortune. “There’s also the story of the more you eat, the more prosperous you’ll be. But we’re limiting it to three. It’s just a fun, traditional way for our students to learn the culture together.” While Lambert had prepared the stuffing — cabbage, pork, green onions, soy sauce, ginger, cornstarch and salt — students pinched them closed in Gyoza wrappers be-


pring is upon us, summer is on the way; and with warmer temperatures and (hopefully) blue skies on the horizon, drivers can’t blame slick roads or blinding flurries for their faulty driving anymore. Driving safely requires good driving habits. Habits. Not occasionally safe maneuvers. The following are some prudent practices to implement in your daily travels.

By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com fore boiling them three times and cooling it between each time. “We want them cooked through, but not falling apart,” she instructed the students. Lambert had learned to make dumplings when she was one of 15 teachers across the United States to participate in a $10,000 U.S. Department of State fellowship and learn more about the language and culture in Changchan, China for six weeks in 2012. Teaching students about dumplings was one of several ways Midvale Middle students enrolled in Chinese learned about the holiday. They also made skylines out of Chinese newspapers complete with red lanterns floating across the top and Chinese characters glued to the artwork with blessings for a prosperous new year. Chinese 2 students also were to visit a Chinese restaurant to order and speak in Mandarin. “It’s a good positive culture experience,” Lambert said. “I want them to be comfortable so if they were to go to China, they wouldn’t be afraid to order food. Learning a language is a risk-taking experience, but we are in a comfortable environment. It’s worth the benefit to learn a second language and having an understanding of the culture.”

Midvale Middle eighth-grader Brian Yu and classmates made Chinese dumplings to celebrate Chinese New Year. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Safe Driving Habits

drove over a nail and didn’t realize it. We often don’t look at the tires on the passenger side since we don’t approach the car from that direction, checking regularly allows you to examine those opposite side wheels. It will keep your car’s handling in its best condition. Each vehicle can have different appropriate PSI (measurement for tire pressure), but when temperatures drop, so Blinkers and blind spots Driving 101. If you plan on changing does the pressure in your tires. lanes, let others in on your secret. Everyone Keep car maintained will appreciate it. Others want to know what Since you’ll be regularly checking the you are planning. tires, might as well keep regularly schedLikewise, if you see a blinker come uled maintenance on your car. This can range on indicating your lane is that car’s desired from oil changes to transmission flushes. destination, let it in. This isn’t the Daytona Simply checking windshield washer fluid or 500. We are not racing for $19 million. It is the antifreeze level in your car’s reservoir can common courtesy, if we want people to use prevent serious issues happening on the road. their blinkers, then we should reward them Wash your car especially after storms for doing so. or if you’ve parked under a pine tree where Remember the blinker doesn’t automat- birds can drop their white business on the ically assume safe passage to the next lane. hood or sap could drip onto the roof. Left And while your car’s sensors in the rearview untreated, these outdoor stains can ruin the mirrors are helpful, they are not omniscient. paint on your vehicle. Check your blind spot with your own eyes. Drive defensively There’s a reason it’s called a “blind” spot. This means keeping distance between

troubling and you probably shouldn’t be behind a steering wheel. Also you can’t always see what’s in front of the car before you. They may have to slam on their brakes due to an unexpected obstruction. If you rear end them, insurance rarely works out in your favor. This can also mean slowing down on wet roads or not weaving in and out of traffic. Distractions This is the No. 1 reason for accidents. This is not limited to using the cell phone, though texting, checking news alerts or making a phone call are all terrible decisions to make while driving.

It also extends to dozing off or checking the price at the gas station you just passed. Be alert, stay vigilant. Other drivers may suddenly stop, they may not see you as you yield or turn. By staying engaged and sharp, your reactions can be sharper and you may even anticipate what other drivers are looking to do. One way to stay engaged is to vary your daily commute. Changing your routine alerts your brain, breaking you from the monotonous snooze you may find yourself after traveling certain routes hundreds of times. These habits are important and it is not overdramatic to say that they could save a life.

Tire pressure you and the car in front of you. This one is almost as simple as the first. Touching their bumper does nothing for Check your tire pressure on a regular basis you. And if you need to get that close to read to know if there is a small leak. Maybe you their license plate or sticker, your eyesight is

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Student service: East Midvale kids collect animal supplies for Humane Society By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Indian Hills Middle School teacher Breanna Holtry has her dog pose as a reward for art students to draw after they reached their goal in the school’s second annual Make-a-Wish fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Indian Hills Middle School)


n 2013, the Alta View student council and their adviser, now former school psychologist Dania Allen, decided to help fundraise for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Little did they know that six years later, their decision was to become an annual tradition. “What it is, is our students raising money for blood cancer to help find a cure for it,” said Megan Otteson, fourth-grade teacher and student council adviser. Alta View, like many schools in the area, help to fundraise for many non-profit agencies. Most common, elementary and middle schools will hold food drives in the fall or warm clothing drives in the winter and provide agencies and shelters items that are needed. High schools participate in fundraisers during the holiday season, often to help the community for those who need a helping hand or need a bright outlook. Alta View received trophies for being The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s top fundraising school with $10,363 last year and earning the inspiring impact award, but Otteson said that isn’t the point. “We turn it into a fun event at our school, but the purpose is to help. Knowing people with cancer really touches a lot of teachers and students,” she said. The Feb. 4-8 contest this year was a Harry Potter-themed penny wars, with students divided into four “houses” that were named


in the book series. Students would donate pennies into a cauldron to help build up the amount their “house” would earn. However, students in other “houses” could bring silver coins or bills to put into competitors’ cauldrons and that would sabotage or deduct the amount. “We encouraged students to help in their community to help earn the money for the cauldrons. One teacher, Mr. (Jesse) Flink, offered to do chores from taking out trash to grading other teachers’ papers to help his house earn money.” Student council’s responsibilities covered decorating hallways and teacher doors to performing a skit at the kick-off assembly. They also gave daily announcements and helped young students donate their coins into the cauldrons. Likewise, East Midvale’s 14-member student council was involved in their annual fundraiser. After researching different agencies in the community and discussing it as a group, the students decided to help the Utah Humane Society, said fifth-grade teacher and student council adviser Raschell Davis. “Most of the kids love animals and wanted to help them,” she said. “I advised; I let them do what they wanted to do and really, let them run it. They learned a lot. They came up with the idea, created posters, collected donations, counted money, gave speeches,

promoted it on our school news, and got the whole school involved.” Students brought in 250 items — cat and dog food, toys, blankets, cleaners, towels and other requested items. “We even had a parent donate a large breed dog house,” Davis said. “We filled up the whole back of a truck with supplies.” With donated Valentines, student council sold them to their peers for 25 cents and then, delivered them to friends and teachers throughout the school to make $116 earmarked for the humane society. In addition to that money, fourth-grade students from Andrew Farley’s class, who earned the incentive for a pizza party by bringing in the most donations, opted to give the money that would have been for pizza to the humane society. “I was really happy that the students in Mr. Farley’s class didn’t expect anything in return for giving so many donations in the first place. It was a real learning moment for them,” she said. Indian Hills student council, which organized a 11,406-item October food drive, decided to repeat helping Make-A-Wish Foundation raise money for critically ill children, said student council adviser and seventh-grade history teacher Kamil Harrison. “Last year we helped a four-year-old cutest little girl who loved knock-knock jokes,”

Harrison said. “Participating in the fundraiser made our students realize the impact they could make with those who have cancer.” This year, they raised enough funds to grant seven-year-old Benjamin’s wish of traveling to Harry Potter World as well as to help another child. The students had raised about $7,700. “We had teachers get on board and be involved. For every $1,000, teachers would do something fun and crazy, but those incentives weren’t to take away from the donations,” she said. For example, sixth-grade science teacher Shaun Evensen agreed to having his hair dyed blue and art teacher Breanna Holtry gave her students a drawing experience with a model, her Chihuahua mix. Other teachers shaved beards, dressed up in a kilt and a kimono, gave rap performances, swapped subjects to teach, got the class a pet fish and seventh-graders were treated to a magic show — along with their Make-A-Wish boy. “The fundraiser is for an amazing cause, but there are also real benefits to IHMS,” she said. “This fundraiser unites the school as everyone gives their time (and) money, and even some dignity to help a child get his wish.”

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will have a history wall near the entrance, honoring former students and faculty with pictures and memorabilia. “We’ve had a community who have been supporters of education for years and this is a way we can keep the memory alive,” said Baker, who also said there will be a time capsule with the new building. “I hope this groundbreaking day will be one students will keep in their memory. They’re so excited about a new school and have a fascination with big machinery. It’s been in the works for months and months, but it is going to be real to them when they see the construction tape and see it built before their eyes.” Baker also is sure that “our extremely creative teachers will tie in the real-world experience” of witnessing the building of a new school in their curriculum for students. Another opportunity for students is to use their creative juices to help write a school song. “We don’t have a school song, so one of the goals is to sing it at the ribbon-cutting when we open the new building. We have some (community) musicians who are willing to help with it,” she said. The new school also will help house students from growth occurring in west Midvale as it will be built for 800 students, Wilcox said. The current enrollment is 435 students. Baker said the new building will be the largest elementary in Canyons School District in terms of square feet at 85,000. “Our school will help absorb the growth we know we’ll have in Midvale,” Baker said. “It’s up to the (Canyons) Board (of Education) to determine which students will come here, but they will be welcome.” The plans for the new spacious, two-story school include a safety vestibule entrance in addition to clear view of entrances and exits and a perimeter road to allow emergency responders access to the building. One feature Baker appreciates is the classrooms. “I love the fact that every classroom is the same, with natural light, technology, a sink with a drinking fountain, storage, space for learning. It gives every student a great learning space,” she said, adding that kindergarten rooms include a kiva, ADA bathrooms, cubbies and other needs for the youngsters. In addition to the classrooms, with ADA restrooms near each grade and drinking fountains with water bottle filling stations, the plans include collaborative spaces as well as a small kiva for teaching. “It allows us lots of flexibility for teaching and learning as well as looks to the future and what needs may be,” Baker said.


idvalley Elementary is not looking too bad for 61, according to custodian Jim Sheeley. But like the new American toy of 1957, the Frisbee, it is starting to show its age. With Midvalley being the oldest school in Canyons School District, it was selected as the first elementary school to be constructed from the rebuild list created for the 2017 $283 million, voter-approved bond, said Leon Wilcox, Canyons School District business manager and chief financial officer. While Sheeley’s heart may be with the trees near the school entrance he once watered with 5-gallon buckets when there wasn’t a sprinkler system, he also can tell tales of fighting rusted galvanized pipes, refinishing floors to remove “20 years of built up wax” until carpeting went in, and nursing the “Great Dragon,” a nickname given to the school’s boiler, until it finally quit in 2015. “We’ve had steam and water leaks, replaced tile, dealt with asbestos, and even found a tin can of crackers dated back to 1965 in the bomb shelter,” said Midvalley’s 36-year veteran custodian. “I’ve been here through earthquakes and she moans a little, but she doesn’t shake. This building is like a good ol’ friend.” Still, Principal Tamra Baker said it’s time. “It takes a lot to keep this 61-year-old building alive,” she said. “It’s at a critical need at this point.” Wilcox said the school building was not built to seismic standards and there are Americans with Disabilities Act issues that are “problematic and not easily solved.” One, Baker said, is that the ramp to the school is not located near the office, so those needing access to the building, need to ring a doorbell at another door for entrance into the school. Wilcox said those factors plus the fact that the construction crews can build on the front (south) field with little disruption to classes made it a reasonable option to be first on the rebuild list. Groundbreaking for the new school building will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, on the school grounds, 217 E. 7800 South, with a reception beforehand. Students will sing, shovels of dirt will turn, and both current and former students and faculty can reminisce and celebrate together. “We just celebrated our 60th birthday and I learned one of the first fundraisers was people would go deer hunting, bring back the hides and sell them. It’s not the norm today; I was fascinated to hear and see all the stories of the school in the late 1950s,” Baker said. The new school, which is expected to be completed for the 2020-21 school year,





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Groundbreaking for a new two-story Midvalley will be April 16.(Courtesy Canyons School District

“It gives us space to be productive.” Throughout the building, which will use school colors of red, white and blue, in addition to shades of teal, green and gray, there will be large skylights, a multi-purpose room for lunch and inside gym and power towers for electronic devices. “We won’t have a stand-alone computer lab. We are at a one to one student to device ratio in third through fifth grades and working toward it in K (kindergarten) through second. We want technology where our students are, so they will take devices with them and there will be power towers to allow them to plug in, keep powered up,”

Baker said. With the new building, the school plans to house a new preschool, which can use the extensive kindergarten playground that will be constructed in the front of the school. Head Start, which has rented space from the school, will be located at another site, Baker said. “I’m excited for the new school. It will have a classic, timeless look that will be very beautiful,” she said. NJRA Architects designed the building with input from teachers, students and the community and held a preliminary preview of the school last fall.

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It’s a waiting game for needed rebuild at busy Fire Station 125

Students count ‘one fish, two fish’ for Dr. Seuss Day

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The outside of Midvale Fire Station 125 is hard to identify as a fire station at first glance and looks like a car repair shop, which it used to be. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)


idvale Fire Station 125 (7683 S. Holden truck, which these buildings — at three- to St.) needs to be rebuilt from the ground four-stories high — would need in an emerup. gency. (A nearby station would send a ladThe existing station was once a car der truck to the scene.) repair shop. In 1988 it was converted and There are several other stations in the remodeled to a fire station. It serves the UFA that need attention, too. Midvale area, as well as other nearby Unit“We’ve identified maybe six stations ed Fire Authority (UFA) needs. that need to be rebuilt in the near future. An old waterpipe burst early this year We’re in the midst of a seismic study of and flooded the station. Cracks on the out- all of our buildings. Nine of those existside walls show that the station would not ing buildings need seismic upgrade,” Fire hold up well in an earthquake. There is Chief Steve Prokopis said. only one truck bay that has a door on both To pay for these new stations, bonds sides. The majority of fire station accidents will be proposed on local ballots. are from backing up trucks, making a pull“They’re talking about possibly bondthrough garage for all vehicles vital for ing in 2020. After the bonding it would safety. take about 18 months to build. Where this “We’re very busy,” Fire Captain Scott station (125) falls in the order of things beThorell said. “This is one of our busiest ing built, that’s still up in the air. stations, in the top three as far as call vol“There’s one in Olympus Cove, that ume.” one is less than 1,000 square feet. I would This station is across the street from guess to say that this is second. When you new high-density apartments. Station have five or six it’s tough to say which one 125 does not have the space for a ladder has the greatest need,” Prokopis said.

An old photo of Midvale Fire Station 125, before it was remodeled for more vehicle space. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)


“Un Pez, Dos Peces” or “One Fish, Two Fish” was one of several Dr. Seuss books read in English and Spanish at Midvale Elementary by local business volunteers Feb. 28 to celebrate the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, and the birthday of the late children’s book author, Dr. Seuss. In addition to reading, more than 30 United Way volunteers from CHG Healthcare and Gear.com, helped students with art-related activities. CHG volunteer Dean Lythgoe (pictured), who read a “You Puedo Leer Con Los Ojos Cerrados!” (“I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!”) before helping students color, cut and staple Dr. Seuss hats, said CHG allows employees to take time off to give back to the community. Likewise does Gear.com, which has its employees volunteer monthly, according to CEO Branden Neish. “It’s healthy as a culture to get outside of the day-to-day grind and give back. It’s a valuable experience,” he said. Neish was helping students glue bright tissue paper to an outline of a hot air balloon to tie into lines from Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” — “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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ou are welcome to get a goat. Midvale City now allows the keeping of pygmy goats. Several surrounding cities allow them, but until March 5, 2019, they were illegal in Midvale. According to the resolution, a “‘Miniature Goat’ means an animal of the species Capra hircus which, at maturity, is less than 27 inches high at the shoulder, weighs no more than 100 pounds, and is more commonly known as a Pygmy, Dwarf, or Miniature Goat.” To own a goat, the owner must follow particular guidelines for housing and caring for them. They are also required to register them with Salt Lake County Animal Control. (See sidebar.) In times of non-compliance to this ordinance, city code enforcement would be responsible for the inspection of the lot and structures, while Salt Lake County Animal Control would be responsible for registration as well as investigating excess noise or smell reports. Salt Lake Animal Control Officer Marcie Seal explained that registration will be helpful in the case of an event that destroys the fencing. “[W]e do have livestock registrations because if anything does happen that causes damage to the property, letting the goats out, we know specifically who, where, what additional contacts they have so they can get back to where they need to be,” Seal said. This ordinance has been on the council’s table since April 2018. Resident Candace Yocum had owned goats for several years, unaware that her keeping them was a

problem. Frankie and Marshmallow are well taken care of and protected in a fenced yard. However, a complaint stirred the city to make an ordinance regulating the keeping of goats for the city at large. “They’re the best pets on the planet. I was raised on a farm, so we always had animals,” Yocum said. Yocum is pleased at the outcome of the ordinance, including the detailed regulations. “People don’t realize goats have to be taken care of a certain way or they will become mischievous. They have to be in sets of two... or they don’t do well. You have to have a salt lick, you have to have toys, things to rub along,” Yocum said. Other residents are happy to have the goats in the neighborhood. Heidi Miller also commented in the public hearing in favor of the ordinance. “My sister had a pygmy goat, the best pet anyone could ever have. The waste was used for fertilizer, clean up the yard and relatively quiet.” Councilmember Dustin Gettel has been the driving force behind the ordinance; Yocum’s mother is a personal friend. “This was a 10 month labor of love that involved a lot of community engagement and hard work from the council and city staff,” said Gettel, who was wearing socks with goats on them at the meeting when this ordinance was passed. “I’m proud of what we accomplished together, and I couldn’t be any happier for Candace and Frankie and Marshmallow, the goats who began the discussion, have a loving owner her goat babies.” and a yard full of toys. (Photo courtesy Candace Yocum)

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