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hen Khaleesi Rogers was 3 months old her mother noticed a small bump on the back of her leg. Francesca Maxi, who is a certified nursing assistant and going to school to become a registered nurse, took her daughter to the emergency room but was told the bump was just a cyst. For the next three years, Khaleesi continued to see doctors, but every time they said it was nothing to worry about. Until this past winter, when the bump started to grow faster. When it got to the point where Khaleesi had to hold her leg up in order to sit down, the doctor removed part of the growth and determined that it was a rare form of cancer called Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP). The odds of developing DFSP are one in a million, and for 95% of those cases the tumor grows too slowly to be considered malignant. But in Khaleesi’s case, the cancer went undiagnosed for so long that extensive treatment has been required. Cancer was found in both legs, and surgery was performed on each to remove as much of the growth as possible. So much deep tissue was removed that Khaleesi will need to have a skin graft and may lose a leg. “It’s frustrating because the cancer has been there for so long,” Maxi said. “They’ve taken so much out of her leg that they’re at the limit and can’t take any more out. So they want to talk about doing chemo[therapy] to shrink [the tumors] down.” While her legs heal, Khaleesi is confined to bed most of the day with her feet propped up. Her favorite movie is “Moana” and her brothers help keep her company.

Khaleesi Rogers was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and will soon start chemotherapy. A neighbor has set up a fundraiser to help the family pay for the medical bills. (Photo courtesy Flavia Souza)

“My 6 year old is always asking if she’ll be okay and if she’ll walk again,” Maxi said. Maxi’s training as a nurse comes in handy with bathing her daughter and treating her bed sores, but Maxi is unable to work with Khaleesi needing so much care and has had to put her education on hold. Flavia Souza lives in the same Midvale apartment build-

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ing and is director of the day care that Khaleesi and her brothers go to. When Khaleesi had her first surgery, Souza set up a GoFundMe page with the goal to raise $5,000 to help the family pay for mounting medical bills. Within two weeks, 33 people had given $1,125. This is Souza’s first GoFundMe campaign. GoFundMe is a website that lets anyone raise money for a cause by sharing the story through social media and email. “We just really wanted to help the family. Francesca is my hero,” Souza said. “She has been through so much [even before Khaleesi’s illness] and she is never grumpy, so hard working.” Khaleesi is also known for her sunny disposition, but also has a mischievous streak. “Always hitting… but for a good reason according to her!” Souza said. “And I remember not long ago, she cut one of the teachers’ hair when they were doing an art project.” Khaleesi also loves to dance. “The doctors are trying everything to save her leg,” Souza said. “Otherwise they will have to remove it and that breaks my heart.” To donate to the fund for Khaleesi, anyone can go to www.gofundme.com and search for “3 Year Old With Rare Cancer Khaleesi” or follow this link. “Khaleesi’s mom is the strongest person I have ever met,” Souza said. “She raises her three kids by herself, works as a CNA and goes to school to be a registered nurse. We ask that you please help in any way you can since the mom has been missing a lot of work and bills are piling up. God bless and thank you!” l

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Dental student organizes free clinic to serve children at Midvale CBC By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com


he young patient kicks her legs, but keeps her face still and her mouth open as two dental students treat four cavities one by one. “We’re having fun here,” says Yuliya Petukhova as she finishes up the treatment. “Keep it open wide! Stay wide.” As the girl steps out of the dental chair, James Keddington, the supervising dentistry professor, asks if she wants to be a dentist now. “Eh,” she replies. “But I had fun and it didn’t hurt.” Kareli Madrigal began her visit in tears, but gave each of her dentists a hug and a smile before she left. Kareli was one of 28 children who received free dental care at the Midvale Community Building Community clinic on June 24, thanks largely to Petukhova. The University of Utah student, who is working to complete a doctor in dental surgery (DDS) degree, recruited 12 first- through fourth-year dental students, three professors and one graduate research assistant to volunteer their time that evening. “Yuliya really rallied the troops,” said Mauricio Agramont, director of Midvale

CBC. “She got the volunteer students to come and also the professors. You have to have the professors there to supervise. She purchased all of the food and supplies. It took her almost a year to pull everything together. And she wouldn’t let me help. She did it all on her own.” Petukhova raised hundreds of dollars by selling her hand-drawn portraits on commission to friends, family and people connected with the dental school. She drew the portraits from photographs and once had the uncanny experience of seeing a face in real life that she only knew from her art. The money she raised paid for dental supplies and dinner for the volunteers, patients and their families. “I moved to the U.S. from Russia 17 years ago [at age 8], and my family didn’t have access to dental care as immigrants,” Petukhova said. “I would have appreciated someone doing something like this for me.” Alexandria Taylor does community out- Yuliya Petukhova sold portraits to raise the money needed to provide a dental visit for 28 children. (Sarah reach for Midvale CBC’s programs, which Morton Taggart/City Journals) includes education, recreation and a medical

clinic in addition to low-cost dental services. Taylor arranged the appointments for all 28 children at the June 24 event. “Most are from Midvale schools, soccer leagues or from community health events,” Taylor said. “It feels awesome to help. We go to [families] that have no idea where to go, and I know who to connect them with. It’s a really good feeling. And when we don’t have the resources I get out and find them.” Midvale CBC, located at 49 W. Center St. in Midvale, relies entirely on volunteer physicians to staff its clinic. “Student volunteers and faculty used to come to this clinic quite often, but we have since shifted to treating patients at our clinic Yuliya Petukhova, a student in the University of Utah’s dental program, organized a free clinic at Midvale CBC on campus,” said Keddington, an attending that provided care for 28 children. (Sarah Morton Taggart/City Journals) faculty from the University of Utah. “Any-

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2019 MIDVALE ELECTIONS By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com

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Yearbook purchased from Savers is reunited with its owner By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com


ichelle Cailynelena was shopping at Savers when she spotted a Hillcrest High School yearbook on sale for $1.99. She has no connection with the school, but impulsively purchased the yearbook anyway. “It felt wrong to leave it there,” said Cailynelena, who had recently moved to Midvale and was looking for items to furnish her new apartment. Cailynelena tried to find the yearbook’s original owner, Kelli Groomer, online but kept hitting dead ends. So, she took to Facebook, specifically the Midvale Residents public group page. Some commenters pitched in their advice, cheered Cailynelena on and even did some of their own detective work. Two people made comments on the Facebook page saying that they recognized Groomer and offered advice on how to find her. Eventually, Cailynelena and a friend compared photos found online to the grainy, black and white image in the yearbook. They found who they thought was a match and messaged her over Facebook. Then Cailynelena waited. She didn’t hear back for weeks until one day her daughter was checking out customers at Harmons

and noticed a customer with the last name of Groomer. “My daughter recognized her last name and asked if she knew Kelli,” Cailynelena said. That person turned out to be Kelli’s sister-in-law. “I got a message from Kelli the next day and we arranged for her to get her book back. She was super happy but couldn’t figure out how it ended up at Savers.” The used goods store in Midvale sells all kinds of second-hand items, but a find like Cailynelena’s is rare. “I’ve never seen a yearbook the whole time I’ve worked at Savers,” said Robert Garcia, store manager for the Midvale Savers. He has worked at the store for four years and has helped return many items to their rightful owners. “Things get donated by accident about 10 times a day,” Garcia said. “Purses, keys, $10,000 in cash…we see it all. We have a good team that tracks down the owners to get the [mistakenly donated] items back to them.” “I’ve lost all my belongings and would love to get at least my old yearbooks back,” Cailynelena said. “Pictures and memories ar- A Class of ’87 Hillcrest High yearbook was reunited with its owner thanks to the power of the Internet. (Photo courtesy Michelle Cailynelena) en’t replaceable.” l

Who can march in Harvest Days parade? By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” — First Amendment of the United States Constitution. What does “freedom of speech” mean? For more than half a decade, Sons of Confederate Veterans (also known as Soldier Summit Greys) have marched in Midvale Harvest Days parade. Each year, they have marched in authentic uniforms and flown flags the Confederate Army used during the Civil War. However, many find the Confederate flag to be offensive, degrading and racist. In a June meeting, the Midvale City Council discussed the presence of this group during the parade. Councilmember Dustin Gettel was adamant that the Sons group was unwelcome. “Last year’s parade...the Sons of Confederate Veterans were in the parade with their Confederate flags, adorned their truck... during the actual parade. I’ve been pretty clear that I don’t want to see them in our parade this year,” he said. “...[T]hey’re unwelcoming to their community. We say things all the time, how

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welcoming we are, how diverse we are, then this is at our community parade. Their group is open to men only. They’re sexist, racist, Islamiphobic. They’re also transphobic, they’re also anti-gay,” Gettel said. Initially, City Attorney Lisa Garner was hesitant at Gettel’s request. “Under our current structure, where Midvale city runs the parade, I wouldn’t recommend creating any standard that would exclude people,” Garner said. Councilmember Quinn Sperry was hesitant to make a motion that would impede anyone’s participation. “I don’t agree with the message that it sends, they do have rights. We can’t trample people’s rights or else we are no better than they are.” Laura Magness, Midvale public information officer, had a conversation with the leader of the Sons of Confederate Veterans group (or Soldier Summit Greys), discussing the possible message the Confederate flag would send. “I talked to Mr. (Alan) Lerwick...If there’s any way we can show respect to the community and what he agreed to do was not fly the Confederate flag, he would fly the First National flag. I can’t make any promises that he won’t fly [the Confederate flag]. He also explained that certain members of the group who were insistent on flying it are no

longer part of the group.” On June 18, Garner presented a resolution to change the way the Harvest Days committee finds parade participants. “The Midvale City Council wishes to promote the Harvest Days parade as a safe, family appropriate parade for its residents and visitors that builds and strengthens the community of Midvale,” Garner said. She continued, “A secondary purpose... to celebrate the events, people and cultural institutions of historic importance to the city of Midvale, Salt Lake County and the state of Utah. To achieve this goal, the selection of parade participants rests with the Harvest Days committee, made of a few community volunteers and City employees, by invitation only. The governing statement of this change is that as a government entity, and the parade is sponsored almost entirely by the City, and that a government can control what message it creates. “[We] make it clear that the Harvest Days are sponsored and controlled by Midvale City. It is considered government speech. And as such, Midvale City can control the message of the parade. “Specifically Midvale City council as does not desire to allow individuals or entities to participate in the Midvale City Harvest Days parade that in the councils and Harvest

Days committees opinion are inappropriate for the intended audience, are divisive, obscene or degrading.” Normally, to pass a resolution such as this, there is a two-week waiting period after the reading before a council decision can take place. Because this decision was made six weeks from the parade, it was rushed. “I’m asking that the council suspend the rules and pass this today,” Garner said. The resolution was adopted in full and passed unanimously. Lyndzi Elsemore, volunteer organizer of Harvest Days parade since 2010, is unsure of the consequences this will have on the future. “I agree with the council that Midvale City wants to express that we are a welcoming city from all backgrounds. I also know that they chose to uphold and honor the United States Constitution when they took office. This includes freedom of speech. Taking that away is not OK for me. “[T]his is a sticky and sensitive situation for me and others. On one hand you want to create inclusion, but you can’t accomplish that goal by exclusion,” Elsemore said. The display of the Confederate flag has driven other participants away. “We have had some not want to participate...the high school did specifically not want to march,” Elsemore said. l

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Low-cost internet available to households with children in Title 1 schools By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com


n internet connection at home has become as essential to everyday living as water and electricity. In particular, internet access is increasingly required for those pursuing an education. That extra bill each month can be hard for families to pay, but there is a more affordable option. According to Deneiva Knight, an external affairs director at Comcast, there are 4,200 households in Midvale who are eligible for a low-cost internet program called Internet Essentials. Internet Essentials provides speeds of up to 15 Mbps (Megabits per second) for a monthly fee of $9.95 plus tax. There is no installation fee and the service can be canceled at any time. In comparison, the lowest cost internet option offered by Comcast is up to 25 Mbps for $20 plus tax per month, requires a one-year contract and a $75 installation fee. CenturyLink offers internet plans to Midvale residents that start at up to 20 Mbps for $45 per month. Veracity and UTOPIA have plans providing 250 Mbps for $65 per month but are currently available to just over half of the city. The more Mbps, the faster the internet. According to the FCC’s Broadband Speed Guide, streaming two high-quality videos at the same time on two different devices would require 10 to 16 Mbps. Light internet usage such as sending emails or browsing the web uses around 2 or 3 Mbps, so the 15 Mbps offered through Internet Essentials should be enough to handle a whole family of kids doing their homework. “I was once a single parent and in order to improve my circumstances I went back to school,” Knight said. “I did not have internet access or a computer so I went to physical classes at a college campus and while doing so missed out on spending valuable time with my son. I appreciate how Internet Essentials provides the means for parents to take college courses at their convenience, in the comfort of their own homes.” Households may qualify for Internet Essentials if they receive HUD housing assistance or have children in elementary school.


“All families of students attending Title 1 schools are pre-approved and do not have to supply any paperwork to prove eligibility,” Knight said. “Parents of students who do not attend Title 1 schools need to provide a letter saying their children are eligible for the free or reduced-cost lunch program.” The Title 1 schools in Midvale are Copperview Elementary, Midvale Elementary, East Midvale Elementary and Sandy Elementary. Machelle Lake found out about Internet Essentials when it first became available. “It’s an amazing thing. I had Comcast at one point, but later we were in a transition and couldn’t afford Internet anymore. Through a conversation with customer service they asked if I’d heard about their low-cost solution.” The family utilized the Internet Essentials program for five years, until they no longer needed the discounted services. “It really helped us at a critical time,” Lake said. “A lot of schools were transitioning to online platforms. My kids needed internet to turn in assignments and check their grades. Also, kids need to email their teachers. Some teachers are strictly digital.” Lake, who works for Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake, sees club kids who have to go to the library to use the internet. “But you need a library card and can only use the internet for a certain amount of time. The more schools become digital heavy, the more kids [below the poverty line] fall behind, just on everyday schoolwork.” For Lake’s children, having internet at home improved their academic achievement. “Their grades did go up, which I attribute to being able to do the assignments and turn them in on time,” Lake said. “If I couldn’t drive them to the library, they couldn’t do their assignment.” Having Wi-Fi at home made other activities possible for the Lake family, including job searches, research on schools or activities for the kids, email communication, streaming TV shows and accessing medical records. Lake also purchased a discounted laptop computer through the Internet Essentials pro-

gram. “My oldest daughter took that one to college.” “Just like some people are visual learners, for my kids it’s easier to have the audio version playing while they read. It helps them process the words faster.” Lake’s youngest children, Ashley and Jordan, discovered people who post videos of themselves reading

books so they can read along. Jordan, age 12, loves to read the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books, “Goosebumps” and “Harry Potter.” Jordan also loves “Prodigy,” an online math skills game. “He began playing it at school and enjoys it so much that he plays it at home for fun.” l

Siblings Ashley (left) and Jordan Lake use the internet at home to continue learning during the summer. (Sarah Morton Taggart/City Journals)

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Compliance by conversation: Code enforcement changes By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com


f you have a city code violation, there will be a police officer at your door. In the past, code enforcement officers were civilian staff. Now in Midvale it is Detective Gerry Wayne from Unified Police Department. His official title, community oriented policing, executive property compliance detective, means that he is approaching code enforcement from a new angle. “They wanted to bring a community oriented policing aspect to code enforcement. It’d be easy to go out and...leave a door tag on, behind the scenes. My job is to actually sit down with the persons...and discuss different avenues to correct it. If it’s something that they can’t do, try to find out about the people that are ignorant to it,” he said. The mantra that Police Chief Randy Thomas wants to put forth is “compliance by conversation.” In the short weeks Wayne has been operating, his face to face success is 100%. Phone contact? 60%. Note on the door? 0%. During a patrol, Wayne noticed a yard strewn with appliances and debris. “I could have gone up there and just given him a warning...but I actually talked to him and found out why he had all this stuff out. He had a water break. And I said, ‘The other thing is these items in your driveway, if you need help I’ll help you move them.’ He


Unified Police Department Detective Gerry Wayne is the new face of code enforcement investigation. (Photo Midvale City)

just was flabbergasted.” Resident Spencer Mears was approached by Wayne for a code violation. “I met Detective Wayne after he had dropped by my house to let me know about a violation I had with how my car was parked. We talked


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about how I could resolve it and had a great chat and got to know each other. “I appreciate that he wanted to get to know people and was making an effort to make those personal connections and understand the situations people are in instead of

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just handing out violations,” Mears said. The role change from a civilian to a police officer is motivated by several factors. One is the image of police officers to residents. “I’m fully identifiable with who I am,” Wayne said. “It’s bringing a different light to the police department.” That light is a positive one, that gives residents a good example of what they can expect from Midvale. Another reason for sending a police officer rather than a civilian may be to protect them in confrontation. Last August, West Valley code enforcement officer Jill Robinson was killed by a resident she was investigating for junk in his front yard. “But, I think the biggest part of it... showing that the police department is here to help you out as well, not an officer that’s going to make you do something,” he said. Wayne is willing to have long conversations and help, but ultimately the work needs to be handled by the resident. Wayne joked, “My chief has actually told me, I’m not allowed to pull out my lawnmower and mow their lawn.” Thomas, however, has been complimentary of Wayne’s work thus far. “He has done some incredible things on some houses that I think (City Attorney) Lisa (Garner) and I have toiled on in the past.” l

Paul has also focused on economic growth through developments that have expanded housing construction and brought new businesses to strengthen Midvale’s economy while maintaining his commitment to keeping taxes as low as possible for the citizens of our city. If reelected, Paul’s goals are to continue economic development as well as expanding park space and working for a swimming pool and community center for the citizens of Midvale.

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Midvale passes conversion therapy resolution By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Midvale City urges the Utah State Legislature and the Governor of the State of Utah to adopt a statute that protects minors from conversion therapy by prohibiting licensed mental health therapists from subjecting minors to these harmful and discredited practices…” Resolution NO. 2019-R-30, passed unanimously 5-0 on July 2. This resolution is to urge Utah legislators to pass the bill banning the therapy for minors. Council members Dustin Gettel and Bryant Brown submitted this resolution in support of the same action taken by Salt Lake County Council. Gettel asserted that the state was indeed about to ban conversion therapy for minors this past session, but was halted. “The prohibition ship on conversion therapy was set to sail in the last session but at the last second it got hijacked by pretty much a single legislator. With resolutions passed by the county and individual cities, it’s going to take more than just one or two rogue legislators to sink a conversion therapy ban in the next session.” The Midvale resolution asserted that conversion therapy “has been disavowed by the nation’s leading medical and mental health organizations” and, as an attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity, does more harm than change. Sophia Hawes-Tingey, an active community member, urged the council to pass this resolution. “I am….chair of the Transgender Inclusion Project. I’m also the legislative liaison for the LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce. I’ve been up the hill speaking and advocating

trying to inform people about the dangers of conversion therapy and trying to help educate them.” In some cases, a youth who identifies as LGBTQ is ousted from their own home if they do not attend conversion therapy. “...[W]e have a significant number of LGBT youth in the homeless shelters, about 42% identify as LGBTQ because they can’t change who they are,” Hawes-Tingey said. Another Midvale resident, Alan Anderson, spoke to council in favor of the resolution, specifically stating that city opinion can change state action. “About 10 years ago I brought to the council a resolution about the discrimination statute that the state was backpedaling on.... And Midvale, I believe, was the third city to pass a discrimination statute and so eventually the state agreed. And I think it’s important that we voice our opinion on this also.” Councilmember Paul Hunt had a different, albeit supportive opinion. During the vote, he stated that: “It’s not that I’m for conversion therapy or anything like that, I’m just going back to the concept that to serve within our jurisdictions we have a lot of work to do and I just don’t want to get into a lot of different subjects...that are state level or national level and have our city attorney or city staff spend time on that. …[S]o I think for those reasons I’m going to abstain.” Gettel reminded him that this was not possible. “I don’t think you can abstain unless you have a conflict of interest.” Hunt then said, “So, I can’t abstain. Well, then, I have to vote for it.” The resolution passed unanimously. l

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Canyons Film Festival red carpet rolls out at Jordan Commons By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

10th Annual Canyons District Film Festival Winners ​ igh School PSA Winner H “You Make Mistakes When You’re Distracted” - Tyler Bevan, Chantelle Bevan, Carson Bevan - Corner Canyon High Middle School PSA Winner “Be Smart, Don’t Start!” - Ryan White - Draper Park Middle

Elementary PSA Winners​ “Screen Time Tips” - Madi Prestwich, Kate Prestwich - Park Lane Elementary

Corner Canyon High School students worked on a documentary about the life a former criminal in their award-winning film, which was shown at Canyons District ‘s 10th Annual Film Festival. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


ith 10 years of memorable student his grades slipped, and he’d sneak out of his films, this year’s students didn’t disap- house. He wasn’t a violent criminal, but he point the reputation of those that proceeded did break into houses and did drugs and went them. to prison for his 30 years.” “We had some real fun films this year, While there wasn’t footage of the former ones that made us laugh or films we really criminal breaking into homes or smoking, the learned from,” said Katie Blunt, Canyons students staged many of the scenes, learning School District education technology spe- how different camera angles and more footcialist and project lead of the Canyons Dis- age helped to tell the story. They also talked trict Film Festival. with others and visited where he was incarAs the Canyons District Film Festival cerated to get footage and interviews. welcomed this year’s winners to the stage at “He shared with us about his recovery Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons, all from crime, the person he is becoming, how student filmmakers walked the red carpet. he is turning his life around,” Hall said. This year, there were several teams that That film won the high school documenwere awarded top honors of the gold film tary award this year. canister award. The middle school documentary also Corner Canyon students Dylan Simons, was won by a team of Midvale Middle School Collin Hall, Julia Tolk, Connor Henrie and students. Eighth-graders and former film fesAbigail Williams teamed up to make a three- tival winners Amber Parker and Abigail Slapart film for Draper City, which is planned to ma-Catron teamed up with classmate Natalie be posted on the city’s Facebook page. It took McRoberts and produced their film, “Berlin months of planning and preparation and nar- 1936 Olympics: Defying the Nazi Regime.” rowing down pages of questions before they The group also submitted it for the Hisstarted shooting the film. tory Day Fair competition, which Blunt supThe students, some of them who have ports the cross-over learning with classroom taken video production and television broad- curriculum. cast courses at school, interviewed a former “Several students applied what they’re criminal, presenting his story as he fell into a studied in class to film projects, which reinworld of crime to tips he provides on how to forces their learning,” Blunt said. “Not only safeguard homes. are they learning the subject matter, but also Then, they entered one segment in the the art of filmmaking, editing, communicatfilm festival after spending more than two ing and teamwork.” hours interviewing and even more time to The annual poster contest winner is edit their footage taken with three angles, from Mt. Jordan Middle. Meryn Lee’s postinto a five-minute documentary entitled, er, “Cameras in the Canyons” will be post“V.O.C. Talk.” ed around the schools this coming academic “He told us he would draw away from year to announce the entries for the 11th anhis friends and family, into a world of drugs,” nual film festival are due by April 10, 2020. Simons said. “He would tell them to get lost, l

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High School Animation Winner “Sammy the Sloth Gets Ready for School” -Justie Martinez - Corner Canyon High Middle School Animation Winner “Derf - Saxophones” - Cameron Tillman - Butler Middle

Elementary Animation Winner “Everyday Hero” - Liam Morgan Brookwood Elementary High School Newscast Winner “Bengal News (Office Parody)” - Zoe Berg - Brighton High​

Elementary Newscast Winner “Quail Hollow Morning Announcements” - Annie Allred, Emmeline Rosevear, Brooklyn Manwaring, Kate Johns - Quail Hollow Elementary High School Documentary Winner “V.O.C. Talk” -  Dylan Simons, Collin Hall, Connor Henrie, Julia Tolk, Abigail Williams - Corner Canyon High

Middle School Documentary Winner “Berlin 1936 Olympics: Defying the Nazi Regime” - Abigail Slama-Catron, Amber Parker, Natalie McRoberts Midvale Middle Elementary Documentary Winner “Fun Pancakes” - Sabrina Smith, Lillian Smith - Sunrise Elementary​ High School Short Film Winner “What is That’’ - Asly Camacho, Juan Romero, Andrew Diaz - Corner Canyon High

Middle School Short Film Winner “The Classroom - Episode 2” - Rachel Payne, Angie Class, Chloe Dames, Ashtyn McVey, Eric Middlemas, Sam Gettings, Wesley Arbon, Lorenzo Silva, Josie West, Raphael Ferreira, Ty Fields, Cameron Alldredge - Union Middle Elementary Short Film Winner “The Girl Next Door” - Maya Yrungaray, Amelia Butterfield - Oak Hollow Elementary

Teacher Film Winner “Infinity School: Rise” - Rachel Bingham, Rebekah Aimes, Chanci Loren, Jennifer Bagley, Mindy Smith, Eryn White, Kristi Johnson, Danielle Rigby, Danielle Rodregiuez, Amber Rock, Kathy Booth, Kida Wright, Sarah Curtis, Katie Hennessey, Marie Berg, Christina Van Dam, Becky Morgan, Ashton Luneke, Ashely Templeton, Jessica Mitchell, Sarah Matheson, Jean Garcia - Bell View Elementary Utah Futures American Graduate Elementary Award “Attendance Matters” - Porter Liddiard, June Joseph - Park Lane Elementary Utah Futures American Graduate Middle School Award “Path to Graduation” - Aubrey Broderick - Canyons Youth Academy Utah Futures American Graduate High School Award “Risks Worth Taking” - Emily Erickson - Alta High Utah Futures American Graduate Teacher Award “Letter to my High School Self” ​ -  Wade Harman - Canyons Youth Academy Poster Contest Winner “Cameras in the Canyons” -  Meryn Lee - Mt. Jordan Middle

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By Mayor Robert Hale

Aw, August! What a grand month! Thirty-one days long and not a day shorter. The finale to summer, with the sun noticeably shortening its path across the blue often cloudless skies, we find ourselves extracting every minute of the sunset’s light before the eventual darkness. Memories of winter and spring are faint if not vanished entirely. It’s a good time to savor the warmth and colors of nature of late summer. “Lazy, crazy days of summer…,” as a song from my teenage years called this time of year. In Midvale, it is time to celebrate with the annual late summer festival we call Harvest Days. Monday night Neighborhood Block Parties, a big Thursday Bingo Night, a two-mile parade on Saturday followed by well-liked music groups performing concerts in the park and fireworks – lots of eats and eye-candy at the booths at City Park. All this for your enjoyment, satisfaction, pleasure and celebration. Be with us Saturday, 3 August, no later than 10:00 a.m.! For the parade, bring lawn chairs, an umbrella, and a bag for candy collection. Join us on either Monroe, Center or Locust Streets for the near one-hour parade. On Wednesday, 7 August, is the annual Hall of Honors, when as a City we honor those who have made our lives more enjoyable. Join us at the Performing Arts Center, at the corner of Center and Main Streets at 7:00 p.m. School begins just a couple of weeks later. This is probably the start of a great year for our youth from Kindergarten through

senior year of High School. Lives are improved, friends are embraced again, new teachers and classrooms beckon to another ten months enwrapped in new knowledge, skills, talents and aptitude. How grateful we are to the teachers, aides, staff, management and school board for providing this great benefit for our children with our precious tax dollars! Two of our schools are presently in a state of construction: Midvalley Elementary School and Hillcrest High School. Both will be ready, or nearly so, for the 2020-2021 school year. Welcome to all of our new residents that were not in Midvale this time last year. I hope you find that your neighbors are accepting and accommodating to you as they were to me and my wife 50 years ago. One man moved into a neighborhood and asked the fellow next door how the neighborhood treated others. The resident asked how the neighbors were in his last home. “They were great!”, was the response. “Good, you’ll find these neighbors are very similar!” The truth is that we often create the very relationships we desire – good, bad, or indifferent. Let’s choose to be kind, neighborly and helpful to all. Look inward before judging outward. Enjoy your garden and fruit tree harvests! What sweetness comes from the soil of Mother Earth!

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The recent earthquake activity in and around Ridgecrest, California is a reminder that Utah is not exempt from a similar experience. While there is no way of knowing when an earthquake may strike or how bad it can be, being prepared is one way to reduce the fear that can keep us awake at night. While preparedness can come in many ways and have a variety of costs, there are simple and inexpensive activities that you can do to improve the impact that an earthquake or any catastrophe will have on your life. Some of those include: • Do you know how to shut off your utilities if they are damaged during an event? • Are flammable products kept safely away from furnaces and water heaters? • Is your water heater strapped securely to a wall or a part of the structure? • Do you have a 72-hour kit with food, water, clothes, medicine and other supplies? • Have you, your family and other important people in your life decided where you will gather in an emergency and how you work to contact each other if you are separated? • Are bookcases, pictures and other items properly secured and anchored so that they don’t become a danger in an earthquake? • Do you have copies of important documents, pictures and electronic files in a secure location?

It’s impossible to anticipate what type of event may take place or how it could impact our lives but by making some preparations, we can handle the unknown by ensuring that we have taken steps to be ready. The State of Utah Be Ready Utah website (www.utah.gov/ beready) is stocked with information on a variety of disasters. It covers how to prepare for them, what you should do during the event, and how to respond after. The website also includes specific subjects like pets, people with special needs, and helping children deal with disasters. The website contains action plans, checklists and activities that make preparing a family activity that is fun and educational. In addition to family preparedness, the website is a great resource for businesses, schools and the community in general. Midvale staff and elected officials recently participated in an exercise to evaluate our community preparedness and are working on a list of activities to improve our capacity to respond to a disaster. It is important to remember that local, state and federal governments do not have the equipment, manpower or capacity to solve every problem that develops during a widespread disaster, so it is critical that we all do our part to be ready so that we don’t contribute to the problem.

In The Middle of Everything 2019 MUNICIPAL PRIMARY ELECTION

The Primary Election is Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Vote Centers will be open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Primary Election is for Council District 2 ONLY. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will advance to the General Election. Vote by mail ballots will be mailed to all active voters the week of July 23. Candidates are listed in order according to the master ballot position list established by the Lt. Governor, UCA §20A-6-305. CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT NO. 2 Eric Chamberlain 7060 Tremont Way 801-556-2189 chamberlain43@gmail.com Sophia Hawes-Tingey 7667 South Grant 801-440-0584 sophiajhawes@gmail.com Paul Glover 20 Glover Lane 801-561-5773 gloverpaul11@gmail.com EARLY VOTING (in-person) All eligible voters may vote in the County Clerk’s Office (County Government Center, 2001 South State Street, South Building, 1st Floor, Room 200) weekdays beginning July 30 – August 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Midvale City voter may cast their ballot at any Early Vote Center in the County. Salt Lake County Early Vote Center Locations are listed online at slco.org/clerk/elections/voting-in-person ELECTION DAY (in-person) VOTING Midvale City Hall, 7505 South Holden Street, Midvale, UT 84047 Vote Centers will be open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Officer of the Month – June DETECTIVE GERRY WAYNE In May 2019, Midvale City made a change to their Code Enforcement Operations and decided to use a sworn UPD Officer to manage the program. Detective Gerry Wayne was selected for the position based on his cheerful personality and ability to work well with people. Detective Wayne also brings over 20 years of law enforcement experience to the table and is adept in the community oriented policing model. Over the last month Detective Wayne has used his knowledge of the law and outstanding interpersonal skills when engaging property owners to gain compliance in every single case he has handled. The success of Detective Wayne’s efforts is evident, as the properties he has addressed are visibly cleaner and in compliance with city code. The results Detective Wayne has generated in his short time in this assignment far exceed expectations and he has already made a dramatic difference in Midvale City. For his efforts and accomplishment in the month of June, we recognize Detective Gerry Wayne as our Officer of the Month.

Hall of Honors Midvale Arts Council The Midvale Arts Council is pleased to announce the induction into the Hall of Honors 2019 of Allen and Jan Litster, and Albin “Mickey” Ross on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in a ceremony held at the Midvale Performing Arts Center 695 West Center Street, Midvale. Reception to follow ceremony. Allen and Jan have been active members of the community for as long as they have lived in Midvale. Allen has served on many civic community committees including City Council. Jan has helped organize and spearhead the local Messiah presentation for the past 20 years. Together Allen and Jan have worked tireless to help make Midvale a better place to live for their children and the community. Albin “Mickey” Ross is being inducted posthumously, having died in 1977. Mickey was a local entrepreneur founding multiple businesses in Midvale. He served on City Council and helped grow the Harvest Days festival. Many of our residents will remember the old plane in the Midvale Park which was donated by Mickey. Mickey delighted children for many years playing Santa for local schools, churches, and community celebrations. Midvale Arts Council is pleased to honor these fine citizens and say “Thank You” for their many years of service to our community. Please join us at their induction ceremony in honoring these neighbors, citizens, and friends of Midvale.

I-15 Northbound UDOT Project

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is improving northbound I-15 in Salt Lake County by adding a new general purpose lane from Bangerter Highway to 9400 South and a collector-distributor system from 9400 South to I-215. This project will help improve mobility, reduce congestion and enhance safety on northbound I-15. Construction is expected to begin early August 2019 and continue through 2020. STAY INFORMED If you would like to receive email updates during construction, contact a project representative by emailing i15northbound@utah.gov, calling 801-747-9950, or visiting udot.utah.gov/i15northbound. For traffic information related to this project and others throughout the state, visit udottraffic.utah.gov or download the UDOT Traffic app.


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Recycling Metals

Landlords and Renters in Midvale City

ACE RECYCLING AND DISPOSAL Metals can be recycled indefinitely—but did you know that only beverage and food cans can go in your recycling bin at home? For all other metal items, check if you can drop them off at your local scrap metal recycler! Questions? Contact Ace Disposal at 801-363-9995 or recycle@acedisposal.com

The Midvale City allows property owners to rent their property, but there are a few things landlords and tenants should know. In order for a Midvale property owner to rent their property, it is necessary to obtain a Landlord Business License: • The base fee for a landlord permit is $143.00 per year, plus a per-unit fee based on the number and type of units being rented (single family, duplex, apartments 3+).

COMMON QUESTIONS REGARDING RECYCLING METAL CANS: 1. Do I have to remove the label? NO! 2. Do I have to rinse the cans? If you flip your can upside down, shake it and nothing comes out, you’re good to go! As long as the can is empty and dry it is okay to be tossed in. 3. What about aluminum foil/trays/pie pans? These are also recyclable, but they must be squeaky clean. The issue we have ran into is people tossing their dirty ones in, which means they will be landfilled. We have stopped saying we accept them for this reason. Usually when I get this question and I can tell they are diligent with their recycling, I will give them the explanation and give them the okay to toss them in, again as long as they’re clean. 4. What about aerosol spray cans? We are in the process of removing aerosol spray cans from our guide as well, because they aren’t being emptied and there are some issues with hazardous waste. When people ask about this, I say that food spray cans (like oil sprays, whipped cream, etc.) can go in as long as they are completely empty. No cleaners, pesticides/insecticides or spray paint cans.

Midvale Community Council By Sophia Hawes-Tingey, Chair At the July meeting, the Community Council focused on planning for the annual Harvest Days Pancake Breakfast to be held on August 3 in the bowery in Midvale City Park from 8 am to 10 am. We are going all out this year, so we’d love to see people stop by, whether they’re there for Baby Goat Yoga, or want to grab a bite and socialize before the Harvest Days Parade and events in the park. Breakfast for adults will be $5 and $2 for children. Due to a schedule conflict with the Hall of Honors Ceremony on August 7, the Community Council will be meeting instead on August 14, where we are inviting leaders in Our Latino and Latinx communities to present. Please bring your questions and concerns. For our September 4 meeting, we are looking forward to Active Shooter Training from the Unified Police Department. The training last year was quite informative and a bit exciting. The Community Council is focused on community engagement and dialogue, and is open to the public, with the business portion of the meeting at 6:15 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.

There is a substantial reduced rate for landlords who want to participate in the Good Landlord Program. In the Good Landlord program: • Landlords complete a training class • Landlords agree to run a background check on potential renters – refusing to rent to applicants with certain criminal backgrounds. • Landlords agree to evict problem tenants immediately. • Landlords agree to keep their properties “clean and green” and be in compliance with Midvale City Municipal Codes. The application for Landlord Business Licenses and information about the Good Landlord Program can be found at www.midvalecity.org (type landlord permit in the search box). Property owners who rent their Midvale properties should contact the Midvale City Utility Billing Office to provide the following information: • Ensure a signed service agreement is on file with Midvale City. • The landlord’s billing address (separate from the property rental service address). • The landlord should provide a name and telephone number of each renter. • If the landlord wishes the renter to pay the Midvale City Utility service bill, the landlord should set the renter up on the account. By doing so the renter will receive their own copy of the billing each month, and any other pertinent city information sent to residents. • Renters may not set themselves up on a landlord’s account. The Landlord must set the renter up because the property belongs to the landlord and not the renter. • The landlord will receive a copy of the bill each month to have for tax purposes, and to see that their renter is paying the bill. Remember, property owners are ultimately responsible for the bill if their renters do not pay. To provide the Landlord’s billing address and to add a renter to a Midvale property owner’s account, please call Midvale City Utilities at 801-567-7700, option #1. Together, we are making Midvale a great little city in the “middle of everything”.

Petapalooza, an Adoption Extravaganza! Join Salt Lake County Animal Services for Petapalooza, one of the LARGEST pet adoption events in Salt Lake County on Saturday, August 24 from 9 AM – 4PM! This is a Pet Adoption Extravaganza you won’t want to miss. This is a FREE, family and dog-friendly event at The County Library: Viridian Event Center in West Jordan. Celebrate your pets with us! There will be hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, birds/ ducks, and reptiles from over 16 different pet rescues and

shelters across Utah! There will be local live music, a car show from Rockin’ Hot Rod Productions, and food trucks! If you’re not looking for a pet, there will be over 50 different vendors: from pet related products, to treats for humans! Join us at this farmers market like atmosphere at The County Library: Viridian Event Center, located in West Jordan at 8030 S 1830 W. The vendor market will spread out into the adjacent West Jordan Veterans Memorial Park. Current pet owners bring your pups there will be fun

events for them: a pet psychic, Course A ‘Lure for them to race through, a pet photo booth, and more! Salt Lake County Animal Services will be on hand to microchip, and license pets in our jurisdiction as well. For more information visit AdoptUtahPets.com, call 385-468-7387, or email events@slco.org

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What Mount Olympus means to Holladay residents By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournals.com Curved snuggly around the base and slowly ascending the majestic slopes, Holladay claims Mount Olympus as her own.

Mount Olympus completes the Holladay skyline. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)


Holladayites go about their daily business sometimes not cognizant of this regal giant that stands at 9,030 feet. Still, one can barely look up without seeing the mountain. Several former and current Holladay residents reflect on what Mount Olympus means to them. City Councilman Brett Graham said, “Mount Olympus has meaning to me on several levels. First and foremost, it is a dominant landmark which I look for each time I fly into the Salt Lake Valley. When it comes into view, I feel home. From the valley, my city, neighborhood and home lay below and the mountains I love on either side.” Graham said that while Mount Olympus is a constant, it also changes. He loves seeing it capped with snow or watching the leaves change in the fall. “It is impressive in all seasons,” he said.   It also brings back memories, specifically when he was in high school. “A few buddies and I thought it would be fun to climb it with a generator and string a big ‘O’ in the trees to light up during the Olympus versus Skyline game. Needless to say, it didn’t happen…generators from the 1980s were heavy.” He added, “We are lucky to live below a beautiful creation.” Ninety-one-year-old David Taylor has been a hiker since he was 4 years old. A long-time Holladay resident, Taylor recalled his times on Mount Olympus fondly. “At night, you could hold the moonlight in your hands,” he said. There are parts of the Mount Olympus trail that are very steep. Taylor said, “When somebody says, ‘Oh yeah, we climbed Mount Olympus,’ I ask, ‘Did you go all the way up?’” Instead of answering, he said,

Shanna McGrath stands at the peak of Mount Olympus, McGrath’s first hike when she moved here a year ago. (Photo courtesy Shanna McGrath)

they change the subject. He said that through the years the Mount Olympus trail has been made a little bit easier. “You can look around and see the valley. It’s wonderful to be able to see that,” Taylor said. In his long life, his enthusiasm for the mountain has not dimmed. He said he believes that everyone in his family has gone up Mount Olympus. “For us, and I would say for most of my children and their children, we have interest in Mount Olympus.” Former Olympus High School student Andrea Wilkinson said, “From the time I can remember, Mount Olympus has always been there providing the eastern backdrop to my view. Her beauty and majesty are unsurpassed, no matter the season. However, she is especially beautiful in winter—after a snowstorm—when the sparkling white snow contrasts sharply against the blue sky. She is also beautiful in the spring and summer after a rainfall when her greenery is bright and looks full of promise. Mount Olympus is a protector who looks over the vast valley onto those of us lucky enough to live beneath her magnificent peak— basking in her shadow and glory.” Some Holladay residents climb the mountain and some wax poetic about its grandeur. In either case, Holladay and Mount Olympus are intimately bound. l

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It’s electric! How to hit the trails with integrated propulsion By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

Bike experts like Mike Buckley, shop manager at 2nd Tracks Sports/Level 9 (Millcreek) are excited to talk about electric options. For any rider, beginning or advanced, motor propelled mountain bikes are a great emerging option for commuters and outdoor adventure seekers. (Amy Green/City Journals)

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. (Amy Green/City Journals)

You can’t see it… (it’s electric!). You gotta feel it… (it’s electric!). Ooh, it’s shakin’... (it’s electric!). Actually, you can see it. It’s a bike. It’s an electric bike. Boogie woogie, woogie!

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. Utah and its mountains are abundant with off road recreation opportunities. Those uphill places are even more accessible to ride now, thanks to electric mountain bikes or eMTB. For those who love getting to the further outskirts, dusty dirt avenues, rocky trails and Utah’s infamous desert washboard roads, longer distance rides are now more doable. Broadly speaking, there are two types of e-bikes: full-power or pedal-assist. The difference is in how they are powered by the motor. A full-power bike is meant for short distances with little to no pedaling over relatively short distances. Pedal-assist bikes are designed to be pedaled most of the time. But when you are tired and need a boost, these bikes can provide a bit of electric help. An eMTB falls into the category of pedal-assist. To read more about how they work check out www.explainthatstuff.com/electricbikes.

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Eddy Steele of SLC, is an avid rider. He has a Focus Jam Squared eMTB. “I love my particular bike. It affords me the ability to ride the trails that are by my house, or on my way home from work. I can ride quicker, whereas on a normal bike, I wouldn’t have the time to ride before it gets dark. A trail that would normally take two to three hours to ride, takes only about an hour on my eMTB with pedal assist,” Steele explained. Mountain bike hobbyists might wonder if one can get the same kind of challenging workout on an e-bike. “It’s not the same kind of workout, but you’re still getting a workout. I’m still breaking a sweat and I’ve still got an increased heart rate. But anytime you are working out two-three hours vs. one hour, you’re going to burn more calories,” Steele said. On an eMTB, one can ride longer. Steele explained the pedal assist advantage saying, “It helps out a lot on the hills and you can make it give you a little more assist on uphill’s. So if you’re using it aggressively, you can really cut down drastically on the amount of pedaling work. So it’s less of a workout to conquer hills than it would be if you had a normal bike. But it’s still a workout.” Steele recently met a guy in St George who has the same bike. After confirming

that the other guy didn’t steal his bike, the men got to talking. “The southern Utah guy was in his 50’s or 60’s, retired, a little overweight, and had bought his bike a few months ago. The guy hadn’t mountain biked before. He wanted something that would help him out a bit. In the short time that he had been mountain biking he lost around 30 pounds. I think without an electric mountain bike he probably wouldn’t have been out being so active,” Steele said. The fun thing about mountain biking is going outside and being on the varied terrain. An electric mountain bike can help one enjoy the sport more fully when one might not otherwise be physically capable. “The other nice thing I like about my bike is it’s a little heavier, so I feel a lot more stable. I feel like I can be a little bit more aggressive in my downhill mountain biking without getting so bounced around. I feel more secure. But it’s not too heavy. I still feel like I can control it really well,” Steele added. e-bikes are pretty amazing. One might wonder if anyone can just go out and take it anywhere? Mike Buckley, manager at 2nd Tracks/Level 9 Sports (Millcreek) where eMTB bikes are sold said, “Currently the people who maintain the trails make the decision (whether to allow e-bikes).” So check the rules before hitting the offroad trails. Where one is allowed to ride an eMTB can vary greatly on federal, state and local trails. As a general rule, any trail open to motorized and non-motorized use, is also available to eMTB riders. Because land rules can change frequently, don’t ride where rules aren’t clear.

For information regarding Utah e-bike laws, consider the following:

• LOCAL: Consult your local land management agency. • STATE: Utah State Parks do not have an eMTB policy. Contact the department for the most up to date information. • FEDERAL: On federal lands, e-bikes are considered motorized vehicles and have access to motorized trails. Contact the U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Regional Office or the BLM Utah State Office Bend National Park for more information.

A great place for more information on where to ride an eMTB is:

• A map of great eMTB rides at peopleforbikes.org/emtb • eMTB “Adventures” at peopleforbikes.org/e-bikes

There is little doubt that electric bikes are better for the environment than traditional gasoline engines. But they aren’t perfect. The development and disposal of batteries causes pollution. The electricity to power an eMTB might be coming from a source of significant pollution. However, e-bikes are a good start at improving air quality. As some say, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” It’s a neat time to be in the market for a bike, to start thinking about a first one, or upgrading that vintage Schwinn. It’s also a great option for folks who need their bike to do some of the pedaling. See if you can spot these e-bikes wheeling around the Salt Lake scenery. l

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New Draper trail conditions app improves outdoor experience By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

Cell phone with trail app and trail in background. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

Residents and visitors hoping to enjoy Draper’s 90+ miles of trails now have a way to check trail conditions before they head out the door. Draper City recently released a trail conditions app with the goal of keeping hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders informed as well as keeping trails in good condition.

beautiful outdoors,” said Draper City Councilwoman Tasha Lowery. “We have the most preserved and protected wild lands of any city in the state, over 5,000 acres. It really makes a difference to our residents and their ability to get outside and appreciate all Utah has to offer.” The app, which can be found online at Draper City’s map portal draper.maps.arc“Our hope is that the app will make gis.com/ shows all of the city’s trails with it easier for residents to engage with our each trail colored according to its current condition. Green for open, yellow for tread

lightly, red for closed and blue to indicate which trails are groomed during snowy weather. Clicking on the colored lines pulls up the name of the trail, its condition and the last date of inspection. Greg Hilbig, Draper’s Trails and Open Space Manager said either himself, his assistant or a park ranger are responsible for making sure the app conditions are accurate. “We are often out on the trails checking them,” Hilbig said. “Depending on the time of year and the recent weather it is pretty obvious to those of us familiar with the trails what their condition will be.” Hilbig said the app is an important tool for keeping trails healthy. “A lot of our soil is clay which holds the water longer. The problem with using [trails] when they get really wet and muddy is that it displaces soil off of the trail. On a muddy trail, hikers and horses cause potholes and bikers cause ruts. When the mud hardens it makes the trail lumpy and causes erosion.” Draper resident Chad Smith said his family uses the community trails for mountain biking, running and family hikes. He thinks the new app will make a real difference to trail users. “As Draper’s trail system becomes increasingly crowded and complex to ac-

commodate those on foot, bike and horse I see this app as a way to get in front of some problems that have been on the rise for awhile now,” Smith said. Smith said the number of mountain bikers can make it difficult for hikers, walkers and runners to use the trails, but recent improvements made by Draper City are helping. “They’ve added more foot traffic only trails, and they’ve minimized areas where foot traffic and bike trails intersect and overlap,” Smith said. “At this point, with so many recent changes and such a need for crowd management, I think education is the biggest issue remaining.” Hilbig said he hopes that word will spread about the trail conditions app. “The last time I checked we had 5,000 visits to [the app]. We are hoping to spread education because a lot of new users won’t understand why they shouldn’t be on muddy trails.” Overall, Hilbig said he hopes the app will improve everyone’s experience on trails in Draper. “People from all over use these trails,” Hilbig said. “We just want everyone to have a good time and be courteous to other users.” l

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Keep your bike tuned for the trails with Salt Lake’s Bicycle Collective By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com

The Bicycle Collective restores, maintains and sells used bikes. (Jenniffer Wardell/City Journals)

You can’t conquer a mountain trail if your bike isn’t in good shape.

For those wanting an inexpensive way to keep their mountain bike in optimum condition, the Bicycle Collective is here to help. With locations in Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo and St. George, the Collective offers open benches, tools and expert help for anyone looking to maintain and repair all kinds of bicycles. They also offer classes for both kids and adults. “We have pretty much everything required to fix most bikes, even old ones,” said Amy Nguyen Wiscombe, the volunteer and program coordinator for the Collective. Just inside the front door of the Salt Lake location is the bike repair room, with rows of tools and equipment and racks to hang bikes while they’re being worked on. Rows of rims hang overhead, and a stack of tires rests along one wall. A separate room has even more tires and tubes. “We only have six benches, and

they’re usually full from beginning to end,” Wiscombe said. “There are also usually three people on the wait list.” If you’re on the wait list, it’s best not to go anywhere. “You have to hang out,” she added. “You don’t know when a bench is going to be done.” The benches are mostly open during what the shop refers to as DIY (Do It Yourself) hours. During that time, volunteers and paid experts are also on hand to help answer the questions of anyone working on their bikes. “The nice thing about repair here is that you’re repairing your bike, but they have guides here who are pros,” said Joe Zia, who was working on the trail bike he’d recently purchased from the Collective. “If you’re in over your head, they can guide you.” Zia’s son, Jeff, was there learning how to take care of the bike he would be using frequently. “I’m actually a great bike rider, and my dad is, too,” Jeff said. “We go on trails three times a day.” When questioned if they really did that much riding, Zia smiled. “We go quite a bit.” The only two things the Collective

won’t do is bleed hydraulic brakes and repair mountain bike forks (the part that holds the front wheel). “(Our experts) might not have that type of knowledge,” Wiscombe said. “It’s pretty specialized.” The Collective also has a Youth Open Shop, where children and teens get exclusive use of the benches. They also have a weekly WTF night (Women, Trans and Femme), designed exclusively for those female, transgender, genderqueer, transmasculine, transfeminine or femme. The nights, which are part of a national movement, are meant to give those individuals a safe space to work on bikes. “Cycling is typically pretty dominated by men, and a bike shop can typically be a pretty intimidating space,” Wiscombe said. “We try to be really welcoming and inclusive.” DIY time, Youth Open Shop, and WTF night are all $5 an hour for bench time. The complete schedule for all three sessions are available at the Collective’s web site, www.bicyclecollective.org “It’s a lot cheaper than getting it serviced at the bike shop, and you know the work that’s getting done on your bike,” Zia said. Lucas Ruiz was also in the shop,

working on his mountain bike. “I do at least 40 miles a day on my bike, so I have extra wear,” he said. Even if you don’t ride that far every day, you still have plenty of reason to tune up your bike. “All bikes require regular maintenance of some kind,” Wiscombe said. “Right before you ride, you should always check your air, brakes and chain. Once a month, you should give your bike a detailed cleaning, lube your chain and check to see if things are worn out.” The Collective’s next round of mountain bike classes for kids should be announced next April, with word going out on their social media accounts. Other classes will cover everything from flat repair to suspension systems to derailleurs. Just like the people who use the benches, the students come from all walks of life. “They range from college kids all the way to retired folks,” Wiscombe said. “All different socioeconomic levels.” It’s that variety, and the opportunity to help them, that help keep the Collective going. “There’s incredible diversity in Salt Lake,” she said. “We get to meet these people and experience their stories.” l

Hiking opportunities abound in the area By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com The Salt Lake Valley and surround- like that sometimes,” Roberts said. “We ing mountains is considered a hiking have seen deer and all kinds of stuff in our own backyard hikes.” mecca. There are 171 registered hiking trails right here in this valley and surrounding foothills. According to alltrails.com they can all be accessed within a 20-minute drive from any point along the Wasatch Front. These hikes range in difficulty and skill levels. “I try to hike with my son once a week,” Herriman resident Travis Roberts said. “We like to get out and enjoy the time together. He loves the wildlife and all the things he can see while we are hiking. I want him to have a thorough fitness experience.” Hiking has great rewards, but care should be taken to ensure your simple day trip does not turn into a disaster. Be prepared for your adventure. According to alltrails.com here are some tips: Research the trail you are venturing on and notify someone of your plans; prepare yourself physically by stretching, having enough water and supplies; hike with a buddy; bring clothing for changing weather conditions, watch your step, and most importantly, know when to turn around. “Watch for wildlife, snakes and stuff

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Here are a few nearby hikes best suited for families.

Yellow Fork Canyon Trail, Herriman

A moderate hike consisting of a 6.8mile loop. It gains approximately 1,300 feet in elevation and ends on a ridgeline with great views of the valley. Many residents like its proximity. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky and there are many spurs off the main trail to explore. Bentley Roberts and his father Travis have explored several hikes close to their home. They have learned to

Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail, Little Cottonwood Canyon

enjoy spending time together. (Photo courtesy of Travis Roberts)

A 7-mile out and back trail that fea- recreational users including bikes, runners tures a river and lots of shade. It gains and families. 1,350 feet in elevation to the top and ends Herriman Fire Memorial Flag, Herriman at an old mill. This hike contains history of A relatively short 1.7-mile steep and the Utah Pioneers and building of the Salt rocky hike. It ends with spectacular views Lake Temple. of the valley. It is considered a moderate to Mountain View Corridor difficult hike by alltrails.com users. This hike travels the entire length of Orson Smith Park to the Draper Suspension the corridor and can be accessed at severBridge Loop al points along its route. The trail is mostly A 2.3-mile loop rated as easy, alpaved and includes several benches along though there is a long uphill section. The the way. It is frequented by several types of trail is well maintained and has frequent

bicycles. A short hike past the suspension bridge is the old pine bridge and worth the extra effort.

Jungle Trail Hike, Corner Canyon

A new trail in the Corner Canyon trail system has been built for kids. In fact, the sign at the trailhead says it is for the young and adventurous. The hike begins at the Carolina Hills trailhead. The trail is shaded and has logs to climb over and forts to hide in; it is only .1 miles in length. l

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Copperview students showcase cultural arts at Living Traditions festival By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


econd-grader Ryann Erickson knows that at the end of the school year, as it has been every year, is a festival of countries and colors. This past school year, the Living Traditions cultural festival didn’t disappoint her. Every year, students learn about different nationalities and customs, often preparing dances or songs to present to the community on one of the last evenings school is held in June. Ryann and her second-grade classmates learned about India. “We learned about their holidays and their costumes,” she said. “Dancing is my favorite part. It was fun and not that hard.” Her kindergartner brother, Major, performed the “Macarena” with his peers, but that wasn’t his favorite. “It’s the snow cones,” he said. Their mother, Candice, watched the performances, alongside 3-year-old Emery and little Sawyer. “I love seeing the kids do fun things with their peers and to perform; it’s awesome,” she said, adding that the family also supports the school’s Winterfest and carnival. “It’s important that they learn about other people and their cultures and to accept their differences and recognize similarities.” Principal Christie Webb said this tradition brings about 500 students and families.

“It’s a way for families to have fun at the school and learn about different cultures,” she said. “It’s just a great way to bring the community together.” The tradition has been going on, in some form, for at least the past 15 years, with the school celebrating their culture, said Copperview Community School Facilitator Jenna Landward. “We’re a uniquely diverse school, and this gives us the chance to celebrate it,” she


said fifth-grade teacher Cory Christianson. “It was a fun way to wrap up the year and display it for the community to see,” he said. “Many of the students were fascinated learning about art history, especially pop art.” They studied American artist Andy Warhol, who became famous and influential in the 1960s with his use of color and paintings of consumer goods and celebrities. He also liked to create faces in pop art with bright backgrounds. It was his art that motivated the fifthgrade students to create their portraits in his style. The students traced their school photos and outlined them with color to create their own masterpieces. “I liked it and didn’t know anything about all this until we studied it,” fifth-grader Zoe Godinez said. “It was one of my favorite things we learned about and did all year.” The event also included dance performances by Izabela Pete, the reigning Southern Paiute Veterans Princess for the Paiute tribe of Utah, a traditional Mexican dance by the Jordan High Latinos in Action as well as by the Family Learning Center parents. Other activities included face painting and a chance to learn about opportunities at Tyler Parents from Copperview’s Family Learning Center performed a traditional Mexican dance as part of the Library and Copperview Recreation Center l. school’s annual Living Traditions celebration. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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First graders performed the Mexican Hat Dance and third graders opted for some fun with the “Cha Cha Slide.” Fourth graders performed a dance to a Utah history song, which tied into their Utah history core curriculum. Fifth graders opted out of a performance. Instead they studied art history after testing ended in mid- to late May and used the school gathering to display their artwork,


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Midvale Middle students traveled to Españolandia as part of language fair By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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Midvale Middle students who speak Spanish, Mandarin and French, seen here, recently boarded three school buses to unite with other middle and high school students to compete at Brigham Young University’s language fair, an event that allows students to showcase their language skills. Students could compete in several categories such as language bowl, prepared talk, impromptu, skits, poetry and others. While each student or group of students may receive ranking and recognition, the team of Midvale Middle’s Spanish students brought home the second-place overall trophy. They also had a chance to participate in Españolandia, a simulated travel experience to a Spanish-speaking country that allows fair attendees to practice their conversational skills and experience some of the culture after completing their competitive events. “I was super proud of them,” Spanish teacher Mariana Medina said. “They practiced their vocabulary and pronunciation, and they had so much fun using the language in the mock country.” The two other Canyons School District Spanish teams that placed were Alta High School, which placed second in the high school division and Union Middle School, which placed first in the middle school division. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Students gain advice as they decide to ‘Risk It’ in entrepreneurial world By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


lta High sophomore John Manouskian knows he wants to start a business, but “is still trying to put the pieces together.” That’s why he decided to attend Canyon School District’s annual “Risk It” entrepreneurial conference, which gave him tips as well as a network of people he could call upon. “It’s super important to get the assistance from people and to learn from them how to be successful, how to put my best self out there,” he said. The morning conference welcomed high school students to three breakout sessions in addition to listening to the keynote speaker Katie Holland, who founded Illuminate, a women’s networking group. Holland, who said when she took a job thinking she’d be welcomed for her ideas and knowledge, instead was humiliated when she was told, “‘We all want to see you bend over to pick up paper clips.’ What did I do? I picked up my purse and walked out.” However, through her career, she embraced the concept “each of us is golden by nature.” “Life takes us over bruises, scrapes and bumps and may cover up our greatness, but you’re still golden. I coasted a lot at your age,” she told the students. “If I didn’t, it would have saved me a boat load of time. Dare to put yourself out there and commit to be your best self.” Through those ups and downs, Holland appreciated those who supported her, and in turn developed her own business, which helps 2,000 women “lift each other up” as well as mentor students. Her speech inspired those in attendance, including Brighton senior Margaret Selfridge. “It would be great to network with Illuminate to see how they can help me get my own business going,” she said. “I want to

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Illuminate founder and CEO Katie Holland speaks with students at the recent Risk It conference. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

provide a mental health app with tools, selfhelp, psychologists, ways for people to get the help they need.” In the first round of breakouts, Sam Ricks, Cotopaxi vice president of creative and founding member, welcomed future entrepreneurs and business leaders by telling them his story. After starting as a children’s book illustrator, he went to graduate school for graphic design and worked with Davis Smith. Together, as they were kicking around new ideas, they decided to open a business that not just sold products, but also gave back to the community.

Smith, who grew up in Ecuador, named the company after the active volcano in the Andes Mountains and used the llama, which is found in the southern part of the country, as their mascot. Ricks’ job was to build a brand around the name and mascot for adventure travel as well as show how they embrace their core value of being a great citizen to the world. “We had quit our jobs and were working full time out of a co-worker’s living room for months, believing in the product, but wanting to tie it back to our humanitarian mission and values,” he said. “We had no contracts, no relationships with companies. Nobody knew who we were. I’m not kidding you, it was hard, but we believed.” That belief translated into launching free musical festivals with an adventure scavenger hunt in several cities, giving participants a free backpack made of scrap fabric. The adventure scavenger hunt and the backpacks, which are their No. 1 seller, are popular annual events. “It’s going to be a lot harder than you think. For months, we survived on four hours of sleep. It was fun and exciting, but it’s not going to come super easy. Be sure to network with other people and be open to other peoples’ ideas,” Ricks In the room next door, Hillcrest High senior Emily Rupper, who was a member of the Jr. Women in Business, said she has learned to present herself with conviction and shared a story where it paid off. “I was in Park City and recognized a billionaire seated next to me,” she said. “I walked over and said, ‘Hi, my name is Emily Rupper and you want to know me. I’m 18. I value people, speak Chinese and have lived abroad.’ I knew I had less than 30 seconds and that is when you have to show you have energy, confidence and power. It will connect you with people who will be important in

your life.” And for Rupper, it resulted in an internship opportunity, which she turned down as she is attending Brigham Young University this summer. She also has her own marketing business. The elevator speech is a key part of success, said Sean Steinman, of Windermere Real Estate-Utah. “You need to be present, show them what makes you unique,” he said. “Put your passion in what you do. How you put yourself out there and your experience will tell how that moment is created. And learn from failure. Disney failed 100 times, yet he still got the bank funding and created something legendary from his vision. Show them who you are and why you get up in the morning.” Hillcrest High senior Gabriella Hernandez found lots of networking opportunities, connecting with entrepreneurs who gave her advice for her graphic design business. “I’m hearing stories and learning there are opportunities everywhere,” she said. “I’m finding resources and tips that will be useful.” During the last rotation, University of Utah Director of Investments Taylor Bench told students about his part of the electronic asthma tracker that helps patients with asthma symptoms in self-assessment and monitoring. “It could reduce ER visits by 98%, help these people and bring about a change in the culture, but what was the problem?” he asked students, who identified that doctors, hospitals and insurance companies may not get as much money if it wasn’t created. “We found we needed to ask a lot of questions, not to be afraid to keep trying. Starting a business is difficult, but if you’re able to address customers’ needs, and come up with a solution for people, it is worth it and that is what makes a great business.” l

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