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“If you contact the police, I will kill you,” Amber’s assaulter told her. He had met Amber through an online support group and mentioned he wanted to visit Utah to hike the mountains and wanted a place to stay for three weeks while he adventured. Since it was just a platonic stay, Amber, a single-mom of two, offered him a basement room he could use, but those three weeks turned Amber’s life into three years of agony. “I was literally held hostage in my own home. He cut off contact to my family. Controlled my phone,” Amber said. He manipulated Amber to the point of making her pay his way, including stealing her identity to commit fraud. The final straw for Amber was when he threatened her teenage daughter with a butcher knife, telling her to take her own life, and that, “her mom was there to clean up the blood.” Being a victim of crime can be a traumatic experience, especially not knowing where to turn for help. Fortunately, Murray City has a Crime Victim Advocate Program, and Alissa Black and Julie Johansen can guide victims through the legal process and find support. “Our purpose is to support victims of (personal) crimes. Those could be victims of threats, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, child abuse, elder and vulnerable adult abuse, robbery, homicide survivors, assault and DUI with injuries,” said Black. “We offer victims information, emotional support, updates on their criminal cases, act as liaisons to officers and other organizations, and provide help finding resources and filling out paperwork. Advocates may assist victims or contact organizations on their behalf, such as other criminal justice or

social service agencies to get additional help or information for victims.” Amber, who asked her last name not be used, sought out the Murray Victim Advocates office three years after her attacker had come to her home. She heard about the office after a roundabout conversation with a co-worker who was a police officer. She had never heard of the office, but was desperate for any help and contacted Black. The victim advocates offer assistance to both primary and secondary victims of violent crimes. In 2018, advocates were able to provide personal advocacy services to over 1,900 victims of crime. Domestic violence contributed to approximately 55% of the caseload for the advocates. In a large portion of those violent domestic cases where police were called to respond, children were present. The long-term effects of domestic violence can be catastrophic without appropriate aid and attention. Without the Victim Advocate Program, most victims of crime in Murray would not receive assistance and resources. After calling the Victim Advocate’s Office, Amber was told to meet with an attorney to get a protective order against her assailant. The attorney felt she had no case, but Black guided Amber through the process of filing for an order on her own. A judge gave her an immediate “emergency protective order.” “I had no idea that there were so many resources. I could not have done it without her support,” Amber said. Black shares one case where the advocates assisted a pregnant woman and her small child, both of whom had a primary language other than English. Her husband had pointed a gun at her and hit her in the stomach, and another child witnessed

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Murray’s ‘Little Women’ features powerful female performances By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


tale of love, laughter and loss that spans several years and continents will wrap up Murray Park Amphitheater’s musical theater season, as it presents “Little Women,” Aug. 9-10, 12 and 15-17. “Little Women” is based on the Louisa May Alcott book about four sisters growing up during and after the Civil War. “‘Little Women’ is a timeless classic. The story revolves around four girls who are always there to comfort each other and offer support for each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Jo is fearless and does whatever she can to make those around her happy and comfortable,” director Jim Smith said. “All the March girls are fierce in their own way, showing strength regardless of the hardships that come their way. The music is uplifting and exciting, with songs you will want to listen to over and over again.” The show begins with the girls preparing for Christmas without their father and with very little money. The play introduces each of the girl’s personalities as well as their mother, Marmee, who is trying to raise the girls alone. Their neighbor Theodore “Laurie” Lawrence joins them in their adventures and becomes the brother they never had. As the girls grow, they part ways, moving to different cities, getting married, and one passing away; each of the girls finds love and happiness. While Alcott’s book was published in 1868, the musical play opened on Broadway as recently as 2005. Critics warmly received the play, with actress Sutton Foster receiving a Tony nomination for best leading actress in a musical for her portrayal of Jo. Jim Smith directs this production, marking over 20 years of productions with Murray Arts in the Park. He’s credited with directing “Oklahoma,” “Camelot,” and “West Side Story,” among others. According to Smith, a


drama teacher at Lone Peak High School, his favorite shows produced for Murray are “Urinetown” (2015) and “Little Women” (2013). Kylee Robinson, currently a student at Utah Valley University pursuing a bachelor’s in musical theatre, takes the lead as Jo. She has performed in many productions throughout the valley, most recently as Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Off-Broadway Theater. Filling in the other lead roles are Ally McCune (Beth), Amy Peterson (Meg) and Camden Barrett (Amy). McCune attends the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts (SLSPA). In the past few years, she has appeared in productions with the SLSPA, Draper Historic Theater, Draper Arts Council and Empress Theatre. Last year, Peterson played Rose Lennox in Murray Art Council’s production of “The Secret Garden.” Peterson may find her role easy, as her character’s love interest, John Brooke, will be played by David Peterson, her husband. Barrett (Amy) attends Lone Peak High School and has performed with the Center Stage Youth Performers and, most recently, in Lone Peak High School’s “Drowsy Chaperone” as Kitty. Supporting Smith with the baton is Music Director Alyse Shattuck, currently the theater teacher at Paradigm High School in South Jordan. A private voice and piano teacher, she has been involved in many productions for Murray Arts Council, most recently “Urinetown.” Choreographer Judy Binns is returning to her Murray roots; she graduated from Murray High and performed on the Murray Amphitheater stage. She has been a choreographer for the past 10 years for various theaters in the valley. “Little Women” will be Stage Manager Betsy Christianson’s fifth production with Murray Arts Council, her second as a member of the production staff.

Kylee Robinson as Jo March and Ally McCune as Beth March star in Murray Park Amphitheater’s “Little Women.” (Photo courtesy Jim Smith)

Though the story of “Little Women” is based in the 19th century, Smith believes that this play will resonate with today’s audiences. “This is a period piece that has a very contemporary feel. Going into the musical, perception is that it is just another night in




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are safe and no longer subjected to the abuse.” Crime victims have the alternative option to contact a nonprofit organization advocate. “Sometimes, we work with victims of crime who are also working with nonprofit advocates as well. The catch is that the nonprofit advocates won’t know about or be able to access updates on the criminal case unless the court case is underway and they have access to the court database,” Black said. Some victims can also choose to work closely with their detective, officer, and prosecutor (if there is one). There are also online resources and other survivors who provide support. The victim advocates were able to get Amber’s assailant out of her home. After violating his protective order repeatedly, Black stood with Amber in court and the judge issued her attacker a 10-year protective order. “We’ve had great success with survivors of sexual assault seeking help and resources at the Rape Recovery Center,” stated Black. “It’s just not always that type of case, depending on where the victim of crime goes and what sort of help they are looking for.” Amber’s therapist helped her see she was being manipulated and that living in constant fear took a toll on her and her two girls. The advocates also arranged for the Murray Police to make regular patrols around her house. Murray City is now looking for volun-

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Domestic abuse victims live in fear and feel trapped. Amber’s daughter related her experience best by drawing this picture, depicting a woman looking away with multiple eyes while trapped with tentacles.

teers to help out with the program. With the support of Murray City, the advocate program recently wrote a grant for a part-time volunteer coordinator position that is fully funded by the Victims of Crime Act grant. Volunteer Coordinator Allison Wright is now in charge of recruiting, training and supervising a team of volunteers. The volunteers will help the office by making a difference in victims’ lives, such as Amber’s. “She was a person who didn’t make a police report (for abuse) at first. Instead, she and her daughters met with us in our office to get more of a game plan and for help in options with the choices they were facing at the time. Having a plan helped her with the decision to involve the police then. Many community members and organizations ended up helping her,” Black said. “We are ever so grateful for them and all that they have done for my girls and me. They have had a huge impact on our lives,” Amber said. Her attacker has since moved to another state and is wanted by police for other criminal activity, but for the first time in many years, Amber has found peace, and the Victim Advocates Office still checks up on her. Those seeking the assistance of the Murray Crime Victim Advocates office can call 801-284-4201 or 801-284-4203. Those seeking to be an advocacy volunteer can contact Volunteer Coordinator Allison Wright at awright@murray.utah.gov. l


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New look coming to Mick Riley Golf Course for first time in 53 years By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


ick Jagger enjoyed a big year here in Utah, back in 1966. While Jagger and his bandmates were playing their first concert in the state (Lagoon, July 23), Murray golfers were getting a little “Satisfaction” of their own, with the opening of the Salt Lake County operated Mick Riley Golf Course (421 E. Vine St.). Friday the 13th of May, 53 years ago, proved to be anything but “unlucky,” as a course opened that continues to thrive today. But the same way the Rolling Stones’ Mick needed a little work done this year (heart valve replacement surgery in April), the venerable golf course— named for a Utah golfing legend—also needed some improvements. “With this golf course and clubhouse constructed more than 50 years ago, we were overdue for some upgrades,” said Mick Riley Head Golf Pro Steve Young, while sitting in his serviceable, but well-worn office, adjacent to the pro shop. “This construction of our new clubhouse and golf cart storage building is a welcome addition.” And, no, before you ask, this Steve Young has never thrown a Super Bowl touchdown pass. “He (The Steve Young) is my second cousin,” the golf pro said. “I’ve had many people ask me, ‘Why in the world did your parents name you Steve?’ They don’t stop to think, the other Steve was only about 3 or 4 years old when I was born. He wasn’t a famous NFL quarterback yet.” The golfing Steve Young enjoyed his own time in the athletic spotlight though, on a smaller scale, when he led Salt Lake’s East High School golf team to back-to-back state championships in 1982 and ’83. From there it was on to a year of collegiate golf (at what was then Southern Utah State College), an economics degree from the University of Utah and what is now a 29-year career, and counting, in the golf division of the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Department. “I’ve been here at Mick Riley for nineyears,” Young said. “We’ve wanted to make these improvements to the course for quite a while, but first some ownership issues had to be resolved.” When the 125-acre course opened in 1966, it was built on both Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County land. Because the county operated the course, it paid a nominal lease fee to the city. “The problem was, the parcels of land were not contiguous,” Young explained. “There were county and city parcels scattered throughout the course. We (the county) did not want to start adding new buildings until the ownership was resolved. We weren’t going to construct on city-owned land.” Through a series of land trades, Salt

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Norm Graft (L) and Ron Heugly (R) take a break from their game to flank Mick Riley Golf Course Head Pro Steve Young. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

Lake County finally gained full ownership of the course very recently. And that’s when they got to work on the long overdue amenities. “The county approved a one-time, $4 million appropriation for the two new buildings and for installation of a sprinkling system,” Young said. “Until now, our water sprinkling has all been done by hand.” For more than a half century then, crews worked overnight to set sprinklers to keep the Mick Riley course green. The improvement will be significant. “The entire sprinkling system will be automated,” Young said. “In fact, if we get a heavy rain and want to change the watering for a night, we will be able to do that remotely, on our phone.” The high-tech irrigation system cost about $1.8 million and was scheduled for full completion last month. The two new buildings along with the current clubhouse demolition and subsequent landscaping will consume the other $2.2 million in the budget. “Both buildings are scheduled to open Oct. 1,” Young said. “They are each about 3,000 square feet. The storage building will hold about 50 golf carts to keep them out of the weather. And the new clubhouse will feature more restaurant seating and even better views of the Wasatch Mountains. It won’t be a lot bigger than our current clubhouse. But a

lot of things in the current building are falling apart, so it will be improved.” The new clubhouse café will seat 40 people inside and 32 on an outside patio. The new storage building replaces an awning and chain link fence that did little to protect the golf carts from Old Man Winter. “We lost 21 work days to rain this spring, which is much more than normal,” said Valley Design and Construction (of Layton) Project Superintendent Lee Walczak. “But we have 15 to 20 people working on the site each day and should still open on time, Oct. 1. I think people will like some of the architectural features of the new clubhouse and the view from the restaurant will be great. The covered (dining) porch will also be very nice.” One of the employees who works under Young—Second Assistant Golf Pro Gavin Eckert—is excited for the change. He arrived at Mick Riley the same time as Young, when the county shifted them both from Old Mill Golf Course in 2010. “This is a family-friendly environment and a great place to learn the game of golf,” Eckert said. “(The new buildings) will make the course even nicer. Our old saying about Mick Riley was ‘Great players start here,’ and I think that is still true.” The site actually features two separate 9-hole courses, a “regular” course and a

smaller par 3. Round costs range from $7 to $15 (depending on which course and the age of the player) with cart rentals $8 for a 9-hole round. Because it is a public course there are no membership fees or dues. “We also operate a lot of golf leagues,” Young said. “We have men, women, senior and junior leagues. Murray City has a league here also.” Last year, the course hosted about 31,000 golf rounds on its larger course and another 12,000 on the par 3. “I’ve been golfing here since the course opened and still find it a challenge; I don’t get bored,” said Ron Heugly, 70, of West Jordan. “I golf here about two dozen times a year, as well as some other courses. It’s a great course to walk. There are a lot of trees. The greens can be a bit tricky. I really like it.” His 78-year-old golf partner, Norm Graft of Taylorsville, agreed. Like Heugly, Graft’s been playing Mick Riley off and on from the beginning or since Steve Young was in diapers and Mick Jagger was becoming a household name. “The greens are very well maintained,” Graft said. “When it’s windy you don’t feel it too much, because of all the trees. It’s a good solid public course.” For more about the course visit slco.org/ golf/mick-riley. To reserve a tee time, up to a week in advance, call 385-468-1400.

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Mock crash teaches Murray High students about realities of distracted driving By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


o Pomp & Circumstance. No autographs in the yearbook. No all-night senior party. Instead of planning a senior trip, classmates filed into the gym for a funeral service. It was five days before commencement when two seniors at Murray High School were killed in a car accident. The cause: texting. Classmates came to remember senior Alexa Watne, who was involved in the school’s theater program and played on the soccer team, who had planned to attend Southern Utah University in business management. Lying beside her was senior Matthew Watson, the oldest of four children, who loved to go to Disneyland with his family and was involved in the school’s performing arts program and swim team. Although this was just a mock exercise, students were quiet, realization and shock settled in as they witnessed an Intermountain Life Flight helicopter taking away Watson to the nearby hospital after firefighters used the jaws of life to extract him from the smashed four-door silver sedan. Paramedics and ambulances tended to others who suffered injuries; including taking over for a student who was performing chest compressions on her friend who had been thrown through the windshield of the car since she didn’t wear a seatbelt. She was pronounced dead on the scene and a white sheet was placed over her body on the pavement. Another student was arrested for distracted driving. “It’s really eye-opening how realistic it can be and how just one thing can cause such a possibility,” senior Noah Kern said. That is what firefighter and paramedic Travis Bodtcher hoped would be the message. “We wanted them to see the mock crash caused by a distracted driver and what results may happen,” he said. “We want students to realize they should not use their cell phone while driving.” Kern said it is a common experience for teens to use their cells in the car. “Sometimes it may be texts, but they also are on the phones to change music on playlists,” he said. IHC outreach and injury prevention coordinator Teresa Brunt wants students to think before using their cell phones while driving. According to Zero Fatalities, car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in the United States. In 2017, 28 teen drivers were involved in a fatal crash and 38 people were killed in these crashes, the Utah Department of Heath reports. Even though a law was passed and put into effect in March 2014 prohibiting drivers in Utah from operating their cell phones without the use of a hands-free device, Brunt

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Murray High senior Matthew Watson was transported on Life Flight to nearby Intermountain Medical Center as part of the procedure in the mock car accident to teach students about the possible impact of distracted driving. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

said cell phones continue to be used and distract teen drivers. “Our purpose here is to have teens stop and think about distracted driving,” she said. It began by students watching a short film, made by their peers in the theater department, about a joy ride scenario ending in a fatal crash. Then, students moved outside to the plaza to witness the actual accident, with emergency personnel arriving, sizing up the scene and taking action. The Intermountain Life Flight helicopter landed in the school field near the track and football stadium. Afterward, the students filed back to the gymnasium to watch a short video about what happened with the student who was transported to the hospital. Then, a short funeral took place as students spoke, surrounded by their classmates’ caskets with their senior pictures next to them. As they filed out, they saw Spartans Against Distracted Driving posters displayed in the stairwells and hallways. Stickers with the same message were distributed. “We want to bring awareness to distracted driving and its consequences and for us, it’s real-life practice,” Murray Detective Eric Cardwell said. “We respond to injury crashes daily and it happens a lot with teens. They’re less experienced and tend to be more distracted.” Bringing in multiple agencies — police, firefighters, paramedics, IMC’s trauma team and the Utah Highway Patrol, and using real students helped add realness of this mock trauma, said theatre teacher Will Saxton.

Firefighters use the jaws of life to extract Murray High senior Matthew Watson from a mock car accident to teach students about the possible impact of distracted driving. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Students weren’t the only ones touched by this lesson in distracted driving. Kim Watson, the mother of the boy who was transported to the hospital, also played the role of a grieving parent in the emergency room. “It had a real impact,” she said. “Even though I knew it wasn’t for real, I still got choked up when the doctor said, ‘we did all we could for him,’ and seeing the morgue van pull up — just seeing them all like this. They’ve been friends since junior high and so it was really hard.” During the simulation, Watson followed her son to the helicopter. “There’s an impact reaching out farther than students sometimes realize,” she said, adding that her husband won’t even talk about the experience. “I’m glad they did this, so teens can become more conscious of their actions and the outcomes that could happen.”

While Watson watched her son’s funeral, she occasionally wiped a tear and was comforted by Traci Short. Short is the mother of Dylan, who directed the student actors, and he, himself, suffered mock head injuries from the accident. However, after playing the role, it led to real-time hyperventilation, which was treated on the scene. “This was a good culminating experience of his high school theater, putting in a storyline, getting everyone involved in the school and with emergency personnel, directing, making sure everything flowed, and sharing this powerful message,” Short said. “I couldn’t be more proud of these students.” Her son said it was an issue that needed to be addressed and learned from: “We want to make it clear that distracting driving impacts everyone and cell phones can wait.” l

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Murray Park Amphitheater hosts its first-ever eSports tournament By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


K, first off, get over yourself. It doesn’t matter whether you think playing video games is a “sport.” The fact is, enough people and institutions do believe it is, that some teens and young adults are earning their living playing these games. Others are earning eSports scholarships to the University of Utah and other schools. So yes, it appears eSports are here to stay, even if their appeal may be “niche.” “I wish I had not discouraged my children from playing,” said Murray Parks and Recreation Coordinator Leisl Morris. “I have four kids, and the three youngest — who each played video games — are now working in cybersecurity and programming. One of them is earning more than twice the money I am. Parents who are trying to force their kids away from eSports may not be doing the best thing. I wish I had known then what I know now. eSports is up and coming.” That’s why Morris got behind the idea of her Murray Parks and Recreation Department hosting a one-night eSports gaming tournament last month at the Murray Park Amphitheater. “I first heard the idea from the Recreation and Leisure Services Director down in Hurricane (Utah), Bryce King,” Morris added. “I ran they idea by Cory (Plant, Murray

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Recreation Director). When he said ‘let’s give it a try,’ I knew I needed help from someone who understands eSports, and tournaments, a lot better than me.” Enter Bobby Leffel, who organized an eSports team at Murray High School last spring before graduating two months ago. “I created the Utah eSports League and also established our Murray High School team,” Leffel said. “I want to see gaming and eSports build more of a social interaction, to eliminate the stigma (about players who sit alone in their parents’ basement, gaming for hours on end, in need of a shower). I guess I am the cornerstone between the Murray Parks and Rec Department and the Murray High School team.” As Morris and Leffel put their heads together, they came up with a one-night eSports tournament, staged at the Murray Park Amphitheater. They originally hoped to draw a dozen, 3-person teams, but ended up with eight. “Kids are already gaming so the idea behind the tournament is to get them out of their houses, into a social situation, to develop face-to-face relationships while playing,” Morris said. “We want to get them to put away their phones, develop relationships, build camaraderie and have fun.”

Murray Parks and Rec officials aren’t certain, but say this may have been the first eSports tournament of its type sponsored by a governmental entity ever, in Utah. The tournament required six computers and a large screen to show all of the action to the modest audience. Competitors played “Rocket League,” an E-rated (for “everyone”) game, which essentially has race cars playing soccer (don’t ask — that’s what YouTube is for). The “Inaugural Rocket League 3 v 3” tournament was even streamed online, complete with a pair of jargon-wielding announcers from West Jordan and Provo. Computers and other equipment were borrowed for the tournament. But now that it is over, Morris and her fellow Murray Parks and Recreation officials are left with some assessing and decision making. “I plan to send out a post tournament survey to the participants and their parents to see whether they would support an eSports league if we started one,” Morris said. “We would need a minimum of 12 computers and a room, where competitions could be held in the winter. “What I love about eSports is that it resonates with kids who might not otherwise take advantage of any of our recreation pro-

Murray Parks and Recreation’s first-ever eSports tournament wasn’t huge; but officials considered it a good start. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

grams. It will give these kids an opportunity to socialize.” Meantime, for Leffel — who found time between his eSports games to earn a 3.98 GPA at Murray High — it’s on to Utah Valley University in the fall, where he hopes to compete for an unofficial gaming team. But he has another goal as well. “I actually had offers to play eSports for nine different schools, but none of them in Utah,” he said. “I decided to stay closer to home, instead. My goal next year is to visit every high school in Utah, to try to help them establish eSports teams and leagues.” Not a sport? Perhaps. But eSports is most certainly an “activity,” gaining traction across Utah and the nation. l

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Musicals for those who cannot hear By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


utting on a musical for those who will not hear may sound exactly like the type of humor that Desert Star Playhouse is known for, but for Desert Star, it is no joke. The Murray playhouse provides select American Sign Language performances for the Deaf community. Audiences at Desert Star may have noticed interpreter Jennifer Harkness on certain nights, signing to members of the crowd. “The Deaf community is interested in the same things the hearing community is... it’s just usually such a fight for them to get the equal access to which they have the right,” Harkness said. “Utah theaters, for the most part, are recognizing this and stepping up and it’s wonderful! Desert Star has been providing interpreters for the last 16 years. It’s also been a great way to spread awareness of the Deaf community and their language and culture. Hearing audience members are constantly saying how much they enjoy seeing the interpreting being provided.” Desert Star’s recent production, “Sunday School Musical: The Greatest Roadshow,” a pun-filled spoof on the “The Greatest Showman” musical, Disney’s “High School Musical,” and a hefty dose of local cultural references, held their ASL performance on June 29. “For each production, we have a scheduled performance featuring an ASL interpreter.

Jennifer Harkness is most often the interpreter for these performances. She is uniquely qualified because she played the piano at Desert Star at one time, so she really knows the gig, and she’s also a fantastic interpreter,” Artistic Director Scott Holman said. While ASL interpreting may make sense for a non-musical drama or comedy, many may question why musical theater would have an interpreter. According to Harkness, there are many answers to that question. “One of the many important things to remember about the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community is that they are not all the same. Some Deaf people love music and some just don’t care. It’s a personal thing, regardless of his or her level of hearing loss,” she said. “Also, most of the time, the songs in a musical are furthering the plot, so it’s good to remember that it’s still a way of telling the story of the play. Granted, sometimes songs are silly and superfluous, but they’re still affecting how the audience views the characters. We, as interpreters, have to interpret a little differently to make sure whatever that song is trying to portray is clear and equitable so that the Deaf audience can enjoy it just like the hearing audience.” Desert Star started the ASL performances because Box Office Manager Laura Lewis got requests from time to time for an interpreter.

Desert Star Playhouse offers individual ASL performances for all of its shows.

After seeing the reception that it received, Lewis convinced the Playhouse to provide a dedicated, regular performance featuring an ASL interpreter. The Playhouse lists its ASL performances on its website and social media. Interpreting a scripted performance is one thing, but improvisation and play-on-words are Desert Star’s hallmarks for performance; no performance is exactly the same. “It requires more specialized skills and training than every day interpreting,” Harkness noted. “There are many things that are difficult, but if I had to pick one, I’d say it’s the puns, which are constant at Desert Star. Puns are sound-based jokes that don’t translate directly into ASL, so a lot more has to go into the interpretation. The difficulty is that you don’t

have the luxury of time to take these linguistic steps, because in theatre-interpreting, you have to sacrifice your processing time so that you are signing as close as possible to the lines being said.” Holman said the ASL performances are enjoyed by people beyond the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. “Because of the ad lib nature of our show, we’ve even had actors involve the interpreter in the show. Those times have been fun for everyone in the audience. Even our audiences who aren’t using the interpreter seem to enjoy the exposure to a new language. We’ve had many positive comments.” l

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n 1998, attorney Steve Buhler left the Salt Lake City law firm where he had worked as an associate attorney to open his own office. “I live on the west side,” Steve said, “and I know people don’t always want to drive downtown.” Buhler also realized that the west side communities were underserved with respect to quality legal advice and representation. “Many lawyers offer a free consultation.

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Mayor’s Message – Community Identity What is community identity, and why is it important? One definition of community identity includes factors that combine to create a community’s distinct identity, such as a blend of special geography, architecture, history, and economic activity. Author and professor, Al Condeluci, observed that there is an ongoing tension between individual identity and our roles in the community. He notes, “As time marches on it seems that the notion of individualism has become more dominant in this balance in the world around us. People have seemed to retreat more into their individual world, at the expense of their communities.” So what is the community identity of Murray City? Prior to August 6, 2000, many people believed that the identity of Murray were the two smokestacks at the corner of 5300 South and State Street, and that the loss of those stacks would be the loss of Murray City identity forever. On the Sunday morning that the stacks were demolished, one observer in the crowd, estimated at 10,000 people, was quoted as saying, “We’re devastated. The worst thing you ever could have seen happened here. There was so much history and it’s gone now.” Now, nearly 20 years after the stacks came down, Murray still has a strong community identity, just a slightly different one. That identity now includes the Intermountain Medical Center (IMC) campus, the flagship medical facility for Intermountain Healthcare, which can be seen for miles around the valley. Murray’s identity continues to include a successful regional shopping mall, high-end auto dealers, our well known and well-utilized parks, recreation programs, and senior recreation center. Murray is known as an independent community with our police, fire, and power departments, and other city services that

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are self-provided. Murray’s identity inmayor@murray.utah.gov cludes appealing neighborhoods and 801-264-2600 quality schools. 5025 S. State Street Above all, I believe our community identity embraces the many outstandMurray, Utah 84107 ing residents who volunteer for the city, the schools, the senior recreation center, the medical center, and who go about quietly in their own neighborhoods doing good for others. Murray City is at a crossroads for further development along the State Street corridor between 4800 South and 5th Avenue, and west to the railroad tracks. Plans for a new city hall on west 4800 South are underway and a new fire station is under construction. There are exciting opportunities to replace the obsolete, dilapidated buildings in this block and along State Street with new, modern buildings that Murray residents and visitors can enjoy and be proud of for many years to come. A few historic structures that are considered significant can be saved and renovated, but not all the buildings on this block are significant, or even interesting. They are just tired old structures that have served their purposes over the years. Not everyone agrees with my assessment, and I appreciate that there are other points of view. However, I maintain that it’s time to bring something new and better to the community along this stretch of State Street, something interesting that will be inviting for the public. Murray City won’t lose its community identity. I predict that history will demonstrate that Murray’s residents embrace the fact that our community is much more than a former smelter town, and that it includes a diversity of architecture, old and new, that our city can be proud of.

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summer 2019 construction notice Murray City crews have completed reconstruction of 5735 South and are in the process of reconstructing Walden Park Drive with a new pavement surface. Murray City will continue the roadway reconstructions, complete with curb and sidewalk replacements, on 120 West and 150 West off 5750 South, and Sam Oliver Drive. These projects are expected to be completed from late summer through fall. Additionally, our contractors will be performing sidewalk trip hazard rehabilitations on the west side of the City, focusing on the Clover Meadow and Lucky Clover neighborhoods. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete these projects. Two of our large capital projects are currently underway: the Utahna Drive storm drain installation, and Vine Street improvements from 900 East to 1300 East. The Utahna project will include the construction of a new storm drain line connecting Utahna Drive to a detention basin west of 300 West at about 5800 South. Vine Street improvements began in early June and are estimated to be completed within 6 months with new storm drain, curb and gutter, sidewalk, and a new road surface. Lane shifts and flagging operations are expected and travelers are encouraged to utilize alternate routes. For more information on Vine Street, refer to the Murray City website or contact via phone 801-946-6750 or email murrayvinest@utah.gov. Murray City will begin the selection process for a design engineer for Vine Street Phase II from 1300 East to the Van Winkle Expressway in late fall 2019.

Message from the Council Just a few short weeks until the last holiday of the summer! Yes, Memorial Day and Labor Day are often considered the bookends of the warm, lazy days of summer. What we associate with carefree vacations, amusement parks, outdoor concerts, art festivals, hiking, and biking ends abruptly as back-to-school sales begin again. The Labor Day weekend represents the final opportunity for a quick getaway before reality sets in – early mornings, carpools, school clothes, and the endless activities that dot our calendars.

WHAT DOES LABOR DAY REALLY STAND FOR? The first celebration was September 5, 1882 – yes, more than 135 years ago – in New York City when 10,000 citizens marched down the streets of Manhattan for labor rights. There are a couple of theories on the origination of the holiday, however, both focus on the Central Labor Union, the American Federation of Labor, and a holiday for the working classes. A parade for public demonstration of organized labor’s solidarity and strength was followed by a picnic and frequently, speeches by prominent labor leaders. In the late 19th century, six-day work weeks and 12-hour days were common. Oregon, in 1887, was the first state to officially set-aside the first Monday in September as a public holiday, afterwards, thirty states followed suit. The first official federal Labor Day was celebrated in 1894 after Grover Cleveland signed the act establishing the holiday. Canada celebrates Labor Day the same as in the USA, however, more than 80 countries celebrate International Workers Day on May 1 – the traditional European May Day festival. While Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, it also signifies the end of hot dog season. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Coun-

cil says Americans eat seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It is also the end of outdoor swimming in most areas, and in fashion circles, dating back to the Victorian era, it is the last day when it is considered acceptable to wear white clothing. Unfortunately, it is the end of three-day weekends until November. Brett Hales Some beginnings are associated with District 5 Labor Day - the holiday symbolizes the opening of college football and the NFL season, and, of course, back to school for many. Labor Day is notorious for retail sales, meaning store employees must work on a day specifically set-aside to recognize labor appreciation. Other notable professionals are also expected to work - public safety officers, fire fighters, nurses, and more. Be sure to thank them for their service! Let me take this opportunity to caution you to take extra care in driving over the holiday. Risk factors include fatigue, impaired driving, long distance travel, speeding and unfamiliar roadways. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, highway death counts increase over three-day weekends and in 2017, Labor Day death tallies ranked third, behind 4th of July and Thanksgiving. So, this year, on Labor Day eat a hot dog, go swimming, have a picnic, shop a sale and return home safely at the end of this final summer sojourn. –Brett Hales, District 5

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Hello, friends of Murray! It’s been an amazing summer here at the library, and we hope it’s been great for you too. Summer reading is in full swing, and it’s been fun having you and your families in the library signing up and participating in summer reading and summer events. As you finish up your summer reading, remember to bring in your cards and get your prizes. We’ve given out over 1,000 reading cards, so we expect to get 1,000 back. ;) Summer Reading officially ends on August 31. This summer has gotten hot, so don’t miss the Firefighters Soak on Monday, August 5. Wear your swimsuit and prepare to get wet!! Murray City Fire Department will open up the hoses at the softball field next to the swimming pool in Murray Park at 2 p.m. Two final summer Movie Matinees will show in August. “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse” will show at the library on Wednesday, August 7 at 2 p.m., and “Zootopia” will show on Wednesday, August 14 at 2 p.m. If you’re like us, you read a lot and likely switch between paper books and digital books. If you’d like help setting up your device to check out digital media, a representative from the Murray Library will be at the Senior Recreation Center on August 9 Monday - Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for eBook support. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. As always, if you have any questions Friday & Saturday about these events, please feel free 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. to call us at 801-264-2580 or visit our events calendar on our website at murraylibrary.org Murray Library Murray Library murraylibrary.org Home Calendar


AUGUST 2019 Murray Arts Beat Murray Fun Days We hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July at Murray Fun Days and will join us once again next year! This year was our second annual Chalk Art Contest. Pictured is the American Flag drawn by our featured artist, Camille Grimshaw, and “Because of the Brave” drawn by the adult winner, Jake Nissalke.

Resident on Display Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall and Murray Library. Caleb Spjute is our featured August artist at city Hall and Stephanie Koch’s work will be on display at the Murray Library until the end of September.

“Ooh You can dance, You can jive, Having the time of your life” on August 24th! Join us for a night full of dancing queens and singing, as we play Mamma Mia, the movie, Sing-Along (PG-13) at the Murray Park Amphitheater, August 24, 9:00 pm. No tickets required, however, there is limited seating. For more details, call 801-264-2614.

For additional information, please contact Lori Edmunds at 801-264-2620

Murray Senior Recreation Center August Activities Nutrition Class: Friday, August 210:30 a.m.--Free Pharmacy: IHC Tuesday, August 6, 10:30 a.m.- learn how to manage your medications--Free Grief Support Group: Tuesday, August 9, 10:30 a.m. --Free eBook and eAudiobooks Class: On Friday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m., a representative from Murray Library will teach you how to use eBooks and e Audio. Bring your devices (tablet, smartphone, readers, etc., and all passwords for your accounts). Free History Class: Tuesday, August 1310:30 a.m.- Wild Bill Hickock--Free Yellow Dot: Friday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m.- class about driving safety--Free Medicare Counseling: Tuesday, August 20 at noon-appointments needed--Free AARP Smart Driving Class: Tuesday, August 27, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members Vital Aging: Tuesday, August 27, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. --Free

Murray Fire Department Murray City Fire is pleased to welcome four new members. Kevin Davis and Skylar Van Ekelenburg are Firefighter/Paramedics, and Jordan Guccione and Mitchel McClure are Firefighter/EMTs. Although they have all previously completed firefighter academies, they will go through additional training with Murray Fire. All new recruits must undergo an extensive, fast-paced two-week orientation where they are introduced to various operations including fire control, search and rescue, emergency medicine, and engine operations. They are then placed on a one-year probation where training and evaluations will continue to ensure they have what it takes and are committed to serving our citizens. We are very excited to add them to our team. If you would like to learn more about our department, please visit www.murray.utah.gov.

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Computer Classes: Every Thursday at 2, 3, or 4 p.m. (one-hour appointments) cost $3. Also Fridays at 9 or 10 a.m. Watercolor Painting Class: Sign up August 20 for Monday, Sept. 16 -Oct 21 Watercolor classes. John Fackrell classes $33.

could use a fresh coat of paint? Are they elderly, disabled or low income? Every year NeighborWorks Salt Lake coordinates dozens of volunteers to paint homes for free. This year’s Paint Your Heart Out is scheduled for Saturday, August 10. To recommend a home, go to www.nwsaltlake. org/paintyourheartout.html or call Jasmine Walton at 801-539-1590.

Summer concerts with Company B August 12 at 7 p.m. Wendover: Thursday, August 8; we leave at 8:30 a.m., $20 Stepping-On: Wednesday, September 11 at 1 p.m. Stepping On is a sevenweek evidence-based fall prevention self-management program. Each session is two hours. Program starts Wednesday, September 11 and runs through October 30. Free workshop. Annual Open House and Family Concert: Mark your calendar for the Center’s Annual Open House, in honor of National Senior Centers: The Key to Aging Well: Growing, Learning, Connecting, & Giving. Monday, September 9, from 5-8 p.m. Dinner available from 5-6:30 p.m. for $8. Family Concert will be from 7-8 p.m. and features the Great Basin Street Band playing Dixieland music.

Hearing Health: Costco’s Sandra Combe, a Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, will be performing free otoscopy and speechin-noise testing to determine your hearing health on Wednesday, August 28, from 9-11 a.m.

FAll COlORS TRiP: The annual Fall Colors chartered bus will travel up Provo Canyon to Heber and Kamas, then we will travel over the beautiful Mirror Lake Highway to Evanston, Wyoming where we will enjoy a buffet lunch at the Purple Sage Golf Course. After lunch, we will return to the Center through Parley’s Canyon. The bus will depart on Thursday, October 3 at 9 a.m. and return around 4 p.m. Cost is $35 and includes lunch and transportation. Registration begins Tuesday, September 10.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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

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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

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The Murray Chamber creates synergy among professionals. We facilitate the creation of long lasting business relationships between members that are based on trust, value, and cooperation. We provide tools to connect education, service opportunities and interaction between members.

The Murray Area Chamber of Commerce wishes you success and prosperity in your business for 2019. Call the Chamber today to schedule a complimentary business consultation with the Chamber President & CEO.

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At age 80, Floyd Mori still advocates for racial equality and justice. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)


loyd Mori is an endless fount of fascinating stories about a lifetime of service to his country and to his heritage. Murray-born Mori has just published a book, “The Japanese American Story,” recounting his own history and that of the Japanese American Citizens League as well as his time as one of the first Asian-American assemblyman and as mayor of Pleasanton, California. At age 80, Mori is still very much on the go; he’s helping Salt Lake City host the JACL National Convention, July 31–Aug. 1. It’s an organization he has served for years and led as National Executive Director/CEO. He and wife, Irene, are currently membership coordinators of the Mount Olympus Chapter of the JACL. As a boy during World War II, Mori could detect racial prejudice against him. “Because of the treatment I received and the depictions I saw of the Japanese enemies, I developed a dislike toward who I was. I wanted to be white like most of the people around me.” During the war, Japanese Americans living on the West Coast were forced to evacuate, but because his family had a farm in Murray, and later Sandy, they did not need to relocate. They did take in relocated family members as an alternative to the internment camps. His wife, Irene, was not so lucky. Mori’s appreciation for his ethnicity and race changed when he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii, with its large Asian population. “There was little choice in food for me in Hawaii other than Asian food, which I started to enjoy. I began to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of my own heritage and culture as a Japanese American and an Asian American.” After graduating from BYU, he taught college in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1960s and saw campus protests over civil rights. Mori, himself, became charged with the idea to help Asian Americans, so he joined the JACL. Eventually, he was elected

to the city council in Pleasanton, California, and later became its mayor. As mayor, he rubbed shoulders with other Japanese American leaders like Norman Mineta, then the mayor of San Jose. That friendship still stands strong today. In the 1970s, Mori was elected as one of the first Japanese Americans in the California State Assembly. However, it was while serving as head of the 1978 JACL convention in Salt Lake City that the proposal to provide redress for imprisoned Japanese Americans during World War II was first broached. Mori worked alongside Mineta and Senators Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Spark Matsunaga (DHI) to help pass this legislation. “The passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (the Redress Bill), signed by President Ronald Reagan, was the culmination of over 15 years of dedicated effort to bring some sense of justice to the wrongs of the forced evacuation. Leaders within the JACL want to ensure that the unfortunate experience of the incarceration of innocent Japanese Americans and immigrants from Japan during World War II will not be repeated against any other people.” Mori recently has been living in Murray to be close to his family (though he and wife will soon be moving to their daughter’s home) and has been involved with Japanese cultural festivals, including the Nihon Matsuri (Japan Festival) of which he is a founder. He also hasn’t lost his sense of involvement in the fight against discrimination and racism. “I am very concerned about the Muslims living in America. Ever since 9/11 they have been mistreated. And with the [immigrant] internment camps on our southern border…. We have been down this way before.” This year’s JACL convention will honor former University of Utah basketball player Wat Misaka and teacher/labor leader Arlene Inouye of California. More information about the convention can be found online at jacl.org. l

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New city budget commits to old infrastructure By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


oads, theater, and cemetery were just some of the improvement items the Murray City Council approved in Murray’s new city budget for fiscal year 2020. This budget marked the first time new Finance and Administration Director Brenda Moore made a budget presentation before the council; it received unanimous approval at the June 18 City Council meeting. Residents living on the east side of Murray between Vine Street and 5600 South will need to get used to road construction – another project is headed their way. The city received a one-time funding award of $1 million from the Utah State Legislature during the 2019 legislative session for a transportation project identified as 5600 South, from State Street to Van Winkle Expressway. The Utah Department of Transportation has notified Murray they would like to begin the project as soon as possible. The funding provided will be used for asphalt overlay of 5600 South from State Street to 900 East. Also included are pedestrian access improvements, curb, gutter and sidewalk repair and signal upgrades at Fashion Boulevard and Vine Street. Salt Lake County awarded Murray $3,636,500 to renovate the Murray Theatre. The city will receive the money in two lump sums, one in 2019 and one in 2020. The

cost estimate to restore the theater is about $7,300,000, so the city needs to come up with matching funds for this grant. Parks and Recreation Director Kim Sorensen stated, “The city has been asking the county for funds for a number of years. This project has a lot of interest, not only from Murray but from both the county and the state.” While the new city water fees took many residents by surprise, probably no one more than Murray City itself. After Murray City Water installed meters on previously unmetered sprinkling systems in the Murray Cemetery, the new metering system, along with the adoption of tiered water billing and a price increase, caused a substantial increase in the Murray City Cemetery water bill – an additional $50,000. Murray City Parks water costs also increased by $60,000. According to Moore, the city budget needed to transfer funds from its Enterprise Fund to its General Fund. “The fund transfer takes a percentage of the Enterprise Fund revenue and brings it into the General Fund. It’s a return on investment because the city has its own power, water, sewer and solid waste funds,” Moore said. The City Council approved an increase in Murray resident’s solid waste fees over the next two years. The cost of recycling has gone up over 40% and continues to climb.

A mother duck waits impatiently for Murray City Water employees to help her 10 babies out of a storm drain. (Photo courtesy of Murray City Public Works)

The fees that are currently being charged for solid waste removal are inadequate to cover the city’s cost of collection and disposal of solid waste. Murray residents will see their base garbage and recycling service fee increase from $14.50 to $19.50 per month. This will make Murray’s solid waste fees the second highest in the Salt Lake Valley. Other municipalities will likely follow suit since they also take their waste to the Trans-Jordan Landfill, which has tripled its rates. Murray residents will also see a proper-

ty tax increase – not from the city but from Murray School District. The Murray City Board of Education approved a nearly $7,000 raise for all licensed teachers, raising the level of pay to $50,000 a year. A property tax increase will be required to help fund the pay raises. The increase will be, approximately, $93 a year on a $250,000 home. The Murray School District’s truth-in-taxation meeting will be held 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Murray City School District Board of Education offices at 5102 S. Commerce Dr. l

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ven though Utah is well-known for having the greatest snow on Earth, we have some pretty great weather in the summertime, too. (Let’s forget about the few weeks where we hit 100 degrees.) Utah’s fabulous landscape makes getting outside easy, fun, and best of all, free. One of the most common activities for residents of the greater Salt Lake region, and beyond, is hiking. The numerous canyons and national parks surrounding the bustling cities make taking a breath of fresh air just a quick car ride away. Some of Utahns favorite hikes include: Buffalo Point, Bloods Lake, Ensign Peak, Bridal Veil Falls, Golden Spike, Cecret Lake and Albion Basin, Willow Lake, Dooley Knob, Hidden Falls, Adams Waterfall, Patsy’s Mine, Grotto Falls, Donut Falls, Timpanogos, Brighton Lakes, Bell Canyon, Stewart Falls, Broads Fork Trail, Silver Lake, Battle Creek Falls, Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Mirror Lake, Fifth Water Hot Springs, Dripping Rock, Mount Olympus, Suicide Rock, Elephant Rock, White Pine Lake, Jordan River, and the Bonneville Shoreline, and Provo River Parkway. Before you leave for a hike, pack the 10 essentials of hiking with you (Google “10 essentials for hiking” for the list) and make sure to research the trail beforehand. Don’t try new trails out of your comfort range alone. Along the same note, tell someone where

you’re going; we don’t need another “127 Hours” situation on our hands. If you don’t want to get out of the car, (Don’t worry, I get that because driving through nature allows for air conditioning) scenic drives include: Little Cottonwood Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon, American Fork Canyon, Hobble Creek Canyon, Provo Canyon, Park City, Aspen Grove, Nebo Loop and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. If you want to take hiking one step further, camping is a quick and dirty option. Check out www.utah.com/camping to find your perfect camping spot. Then, make a reservation. Good camp locations fill up fast. Most reservations require a small fee, ranging from $3 to $100 (for groups). Explorers may reserve their site through www.reserveamerica.com, the Utah State Parks’ website, www.stateparks.utah.gov or by checking the KOA’s campgrounds. Some of the best places to camp in Utah include: Spruces Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch State Park near Midway, Rendezvous Beach along the southern shore of Bear Lake, Fruita in Capitol Reef National Park along the Fremont River, Little Sahara in Nephi, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park in Southern Utah, Fremont Indian State Park southwest of Richfield, Antelope Island State Park on the Great Salt Lake, the Devil’s Garden in Arches National Park and

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