Murray City Journal June 2018

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PRESERVATIONISTS AWARDED VICTORY in Vine Street historic buildings fight By Shaun Delliskave |


urray City and developers were handed a defeat regarding the demolition of the historic Murray 1st Ward, Carnegie Library, and Jones Court buildings. Judge Keith A. Kelly of the 3rd District Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Kathleen Stanford, who argued that the certificate of appropriateness granted by the Murray City Planning Commission, which would eventually result in the demolition of the buildings, was granted arbitrarily and inappropriately. In his Stanford vs. Murray City conclusion, Kelly asserted, “Murray City and its Planning Commission acted arbitrarily and capriciously, and illegally, in approving the destruction of the Historic Buildings. Based upon this, the Court grants the Petition for Review and sets aside the City’s approval for destruction of the Historic Buildings.” “The judge was simply calling on Murray City to follow its own code and the desires of its citizens to protect these buildings,” said Stanford. While the case is pending a decision to appeal, Murray City has declined to comment. Co-defendant JR Miller/Dakota Pacific has not returned Murray City Journal’s email request for comment. In the formation of the Murray City Center District (MCCD), Murray City Code expressly identifies certain properties that “are deemed historically significant and will be preserved.” The law specifically designates the former Mount Vernon School properties as included in the MCCD and therefore applicable to historic preservation. This decision may have a broader impact on other communities and the development of historic properties. Dr. David Amott, preservation program director for Preservation Utah noted, “We believe that… this judgment conveys to developers, lo-

Judge Keith A. Kelly sets aside Murray City’s approval for destruction of historic Vine Street buildings. (Photo James Delliskave)

cal officials and administrators and the public that historic preservation process requires significant research and factual proof when community landmarks are proposed for demolition.” The historic buildings located at 184 Vine Street are listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places within the Murray Downtown Residential Historic District. The largest building is the 1907 Gothic-style church, commonly referred to as the Murray 1st Ward Building. Built by the LDS Church, the building

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was enlarged in 1928. The Carnegie Library was built in 1915 and enlarged in the 1970s. The oldest structures in the complex include the 1905 Colonial Dutch Revival Jones Court Duplexes and the 1906 Vine Street Duplex. The LDS Church sold its chapel to Mount Vernon Academy in the 1970s, who then transformed it into a private school. The school later acquired the surrounding properties, including the Continued on Page 5...

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have their own racing jogger, which Scott pushes them in weekly. “Many people will come up and give them high-fives when we jog down the Parkway,” said their father. When word got around that the boys would be running their 28th race, it caught the attention of Tim Boyle, founder of the nonprofit I Run 4, Inc. This national organization provides partners for people who cannot run, due to physical or developmental conditions, so that they can participate in races across the country. Boyle volunteered to pair with Braxden, and Scott took Jaden. Scott and Tim pushed them the full 13.1 miles of the route, from the starting line at the University of Utah to the end at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. “They are the heart, I am the legs,” said Boyle. The tall jogger who hails from Fargo, North Dakota, is also an associate for sporting good retail chain Scheels. The sporting good outlet champions Boyle’s organization and has declared him a “Sponsored Ambassador.” Shanks’ mother, Crystal, found Boyle’s group on Facebook and wanted her two sons to join. “I think it is great,” she noted. This year marks the second time that Boyle will race with Braxden. Boyle started I Run 4, Inc. in 2013 when he was inspired by a friend with Down syndrome. The nonprofit connects all types of athletes with people who have dreamed of competing but not able to race. This includes children and adults with physical, mental and developmental special needs, as well as those with physical deformities and disorders, like lost limbs. The nonprofit has been featured in Runner’s World and now serves 43,000 members and 20,000 matches collectively, in all 50 states and overseas. When Braxden and Jaden’s school caught word of their racing, a pep rally was in order. They are in seventh and ninth grade at the Hartvigsen School in Taylorsville, a school serving about 200 students with special needs, ages 5 to 17. Students came to the April 20 rally with posters cheering the Shank brothers. One such

Tim Boyle (left) pushes Braxden Shank while his father Scott Shank pushes his brother Jaden at a pep rally at Hartvigsen Elementary School. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

poster sported a large picture of actor Christopher Walken stating, “This is no time to be Walken!” The Scheels store in Sandy provided T-shirts. The entire student body was then invited to do a practice lap outside the school with Boyle and the Shanks. “I was looking for something we can do together,” remarked Scott. According to him, the boys love being outside and especially being around the race crowds. Scott’s employer, Arctic Circle, helped him acquire the specially designed racer in 2016. “Two people who were once strangers can achieve something that was not possible alone and experience the profound power of encouragement and support,” Boyle said. “It is about more than miles; it’s about building relationships and bolstering support systems.” l

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library from the city in the 1990s, incorporating them into a single complex.Mount Vernon vacated the property when it relocated to its current home at 240 East 5600 South. The property has since been put up for sale, but the buildings, particularly the old church, have structural and zoning issues. The church’s iconic tower is off-limits for safety reasons, and some buildings are constructed with unreinforced adobe brick. A buyer, Dakota Pacific, approached the owner with an offer in 2016 and applied to the city’s planning commission to turn the property into an assisted living center. Dakota Pacific applied for a certificate of appropriateness, expressly stating its plans to demolish the historic buildings. The planning commission’s first hearing on the plan took place on May 4, 2017. The attendance at that planning meeting attracted significant attention, and some commissioners expressed their desire to preserve the buildings. Commissioner Scot Woodbury stated in the meeting, “I would love to see something done with it that would preserve it, but it just doesn’t seem to be an option.” The Murray City History Advisory Board made recommendations against demolition. The commission also had to consider the private property ownership rights. Independent of the historical arguments, the planning commission also had to decide if an assisted living center was appropriate for the MCCD. Murray code allows for historically signifi-

cant buildings to be demolished if the request to the planning commission meets criteria spelled out in the Discretionary Exception Analysis. In the end, the planning commission approved the application on May 18, 2017, but not without controversy. The application’s approval triggered grassroots activism that organized under the name of Preserve Murray. Preserve Murray leader Janice Strobell organized her group to comment at city council meetings and encourage councilmembers to vote against the planning commission’s decision. Independent of Preserve Murray, Stanford also organized resistance to the demolition. They brought in independent consultants to the city council to testify that preservation was not only possible but economically feasible. The city council, however, unanimously approved the development. Councilman Jim Brass said at the June 20 meeting, “This is in my district and it is difficult. It is also a private property issue. This property was for sale for quite a long time and a development group is under contract to purchase it. It’s hard for government; and I don’t think people would want the government deeply involved in property issues.” Stanford filed an appeal with Murray Community and Economic Development (MCED) Hearing Officer Jared Hall. As part of her appeal, Stanford contended Dakota Pacific failed to provide documents supporting the claims it made in its application. Dakota Pacific’s attorneys contend there was enough evidence submitted to the planning commission to show his-

toric preservation wasn’t feasible. In what was likely the most highly attended MCED hearing ever, Hall ruled in favor of Dakota Pacific. Immediately after the MCED hearing, Stanford filed a case against Murray City in 3rd District Court. Dakota Properties/JR Miller asked to also be a defendant in the case. Stanford’s attorney argued that the planning commission violated city code by granting a certificate of appropriateness. The city submitted a motion to dismiss the case, but on January 22, 2018, the motion was denied by Judge Keith Kelly and the case went to trial on March 19. On April 27, Kelly ruled against the city, stating the city’s planning commission failed to follow city code and faulted the commission in three areas. In his decision, Kelly first found that the planning commission did not follow the code and failed to provide initial analysis to determine if the property met the criteria to be demolished. Second, the judge found the commission’s decision to approve the certificate of appropriateness was illegal because it misinterpreted the Discretionary Exception Analysis as a mandatory exception analysis. In sum, the information that the commission was presented was not substantive enough to make a decision. Lastly, the planning commission acted illegally, per city code, by approving the developer’s agreement before it was approved by the city council. In a written statement, Preserve Murray said that it “…commends Kathleen’s (Stanford) tireless work, continuing to raise her voice

amidst opposition. Because of Kathleen’s efforts, we now have a clearer definition of Murray City’s process for the protection of our designated historic buildings.” “These buildings are truly treasures. The Murray 1st Ward has been called the most significant historic building left in Murray,” commented Stanford. In looking to the future, Stanford remarked, “We are raising money to buy these buildings and repurpose them to be a shining part of the downtown revitalization. We hope to give everyone an opportunity to be a part of this great undertaking if they want. Stay tuned.” l

Judge Keith A. Kelly sets aside Murray City’s approval for destruction of historic Vine Street buildings. (Photo James Delliskave)

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Come and stare at the sun for awhile By Shaun Delliskave |


eriously, come to Winchester Park and look directly at the blinding star through a telescope. Of course, not just any telescope, but the special ones offered by the Salt Lake Astronomical Society (SLAS) that filter harmful light. Starting June 2, one Saturday a month until October, SLAS members throw a “sun party” at Winchester Park (900 W. Winchester St.) and invite the public to learn more about our closest star. The unusual sight of people pointing telescopes at the morning sky attracts plenty of curiosity from joggers along the Jordan River Parkway trail. All are invited to take a peek in the myriad of different scopes with just one caveat: don’t touch. Bumping the telescope can send the sun out of view for millions of miles or, worse, damage the expensive devices. Siegfried Jachmann, one of the founders of SLAS, explained: “The sun is close enough to show incredible detail. It is the only star that we can magnify to show size. All other stars show only as points of light. But with the sun we have to reduce the extreme brilliance and the ultraviolet spectrum to avoid eye damage.” Like many of the astronomers in SLAS, Jachmann has great exuberance for what people can experience through the eyepiece. “The brightness of the sun needs to be reduced by a factor of 100,000 to be viewed safely. Fortunately, that can be done rather simply by a neutral density filter. That type of filter will allow you to see sunspots. Often the sun has multiple sunspots larger that the Earth. Large sunspots will show detail in their structure. The dark central core, called the umbra, is distinct from the feathery outer structure known as the penumbra.” SLAS is a society of astronomy enthusiasts with a mission to promote the science of astronomy and its associated sciences and to encourage and coordinate activities with professional research. Some members are engaged in scientific pursuits and have been recognized for their discoveries. Others are interested in the science from a purely academic point of view. According to Jachmann, “Many (members) are engaged in the philosophy of the late astronomer John Dobson, ‘bringing astronomy to the public.’” Their sun parties and star parties are part of SLAS’s outreach program. In addition to the 37 public events in Salt Lake County or Tooele County, they also hold events at schools and national parks. “We try to accommodate as many schools as we reasonably can. We are an all-volunteer organization. We provide all of these events free of charge,” noted Jachmann. For anyone interested in getting a telescope, SLAS also provides advice on purchasing them. Good but simple telescopes start at about $400. More advanced telescopes can easily run into many thousands of dollars. Jachmann recommended, “Get the interest first. Get the telescope second. Before spending any money on a telescope be sure there is a real interest. Here SLAS

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provides a great service. SLAS is a telescope resource. Anyone attending our star parties or sun parties can look through a variety of telescopes, from starter scopes to very expensive equipment. All are made available to look through. Each owner-operator is happy to discuss the virtues of his or her instrument and help a person decide on what telescope, if any, might be a good choice for them.” For those who prefer looking at planets and galaxies, SLAS also hosts a star party every month at Wheeler Farm. For those who can’t get enough from the smaller telescopes, SLAS operates a large observatory at Stansbury Park in Tooele County. SLAS star and sun party schedules can be found online at http://slas. us. l

The Salt Lake Astronomical Society hosts a sun party one Saturday a month at Winchester Park. (Photo Courtesy Salt Lake Astronomical Society)

Happy 100th Birthday GeorGia tripp! Georgia Tripp, born and raised in Murray, turns 100 on June 4th. She married Wallace Tripp and had 11 children. Georgia’s daughters frequently bring her to the Murray Senior Recreation Center where she loves to play Bingo. Recently she was honored at the Center’s Mother’s Day High Tea. Happy Birthday Mom!

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A thoroughly modern delight to open Murray Park Amphitheater season By Shaun Delliskave |


lappers and tappers will inaugurate the newly renovated Murray Amphitheater’s stage with “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The musical opens the summer season and runs June 21-23, 25-27. The musical is based on the 1967 film of the same name; the music is by Jeanine Tesori with lyrics by Dick Scanian. It’s the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmont, a fearless young lady fresh from Salina, Kansas, who is determined to experience life. She sets out to see the world in the rip-roaring ‘20s. With high spirits and wearing one of those new high hemlines, she arrives in New York to test the “modern” ideas she had been reading about back in Kansas. Millie exclaims, “I’ve taken the girl out of Kansas. Now I have to take Kansas out of the girl!” Her life takes an unexpected turn when she enters the Priscilla Hotel. The 2002 original Broadway version of the musical was the winner of six Tony Awards, including best musical. Veteran director Candy Tippetts helms the Murray production, and she directed last year’s Murray Arts Council’s offering of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tippetts has been directing musical theater since 1998 and has directed at The Grand Theater in Salt Lake City, the Bountiful Performing Arts Center, and Midvale Performing Arts Center. “The best part of this production for me as the director is the bonds that form between the cast and crew. We become a family and have even had a family home evening watching a 1920’s movie musical together,” said Tippetts. The cast includes many seasoned performers including Olivia Rae Casper handling the lead role, Millie Dillmont. Currently attending Utah Valley University, where she is earning her BFA in musical theater, Casper has previously been seen as

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Emily in “Our Town,” Rusty in “Footloose!,” Dolly in “Hello, Dolly!,” and Fantine in “Les Miserables,” the role for which she won Best Actress at the National Youth Arts Awards in 2016. Playing the leading man, Jimmy Smith, opposite of Casper is Mike Romney, who also choreographs the show. Romney was recently seen on stage in “Music Man” at Hale Centre Theater. He performed on the amphitheater stage last summer as Enoch Snow in “Carousel.” He is a past member of the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble and has been acting since 2003. Alexie Baugh is portraying the lead role of Miss Dorothy Brown. She has been performing since she was 11 in productions at Pages Lane Theater, Hale Centre Theatre, The Empress, Draper Arts Council and Murray Arts Council productions. She graduated from Weber State University with a degree in theater teaching and now teaches theater at Highland High School. Other supporting cast members include Zach Spurlock, who plays Trevor Graydon and has performed in shows at Walt Disney World; Peggy Bills plays Miss Flannery—she has been in theater and television all over Utah and Boston including at BYU, Hale Centre Theatre, Centerpointe Theater, Grand Theatre, and Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston; Julie Blatter will play Mrs. Meers and has performed in New York City, The Grand Theater, Hale Centre Theater, and Murray Arts in the Park. Supervising backstage will be stage manager Katie Revels and costumer Alyssa Mary Beth Bell. Tippetts is excited about the production. “For the audience I think the draw for these performances is the amazing talent on the stage, the incredible voices and jaw-dropping choreography. The show is jam-packed with tongue-in-cheek humor and lightheartedness. You won’t be disappointed by this production.” l

Olivia Rae Casper as Millie and Mike Romney as Jimmy star in Murray Park Amphitheater’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” (Photo courtesy Lynn Chatterton)

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Welcome to your summer festival guide By Travis Barton |

Movies in the park will take place at various festivals throughout the summer, such as this one held in Murray last year. (Alisha Soeken/City Journals)


ometh summer, cometh the festivals. Each year, cities across the Salt Lake Valley hold a summer celebration to commemorate the community, city or country. They do so with parades, contests, music and fireworks. This year’s slate of festivals starts after Memorial Day and will run into fall. Here’s a chronological guide to everything on tap for summer 2018. SoJo Summerfest | May 30–June 2 South Jordan kicks off the summer spectacles with its third annual SoJo Summerfest. This replaced its traditional Country Fest two years ago. The four-day festival features events all over the city from Mulligans Golf Course (10600 South 692 West) and City Park (11000 South Redwood Road) to the public works parking lot (10996 South Redwood Road) and fitness and aquatic center (10866 South Redwood Road). Events will feature family fun activities such as the carnival, 5K race, parade, car show, superhero party or swim with local performing group, Utah Mermaids. A skateboard competition, tennis tournament, chalk art contest and multi-category Battle of the Bands are also set to take place throughout the festival. A complete list of events and times can be found at Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo | June 1–2 Held at W&M Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South), Herriman’s annual rodeo features a family night on Friday and military night on Saturday. The rodeo will also include a special needs roundup on Saturday from 3–4:30 p.m. Visit for more information. Music Stroll | June 9 The seventh annual Heart and Soul Music Stroll returns to Sugar House on June 9. Dozens of local performers will share their musical talents throughout the day (last year featured 44). Free to the community, the Music Stroll has 14 different locations spread throughout a two-block radius along Filmore and Glenmore streets between 2700 South and Zenith Avenue. Thirteen performing areas are arranged on front lawns with one stage set up at Imperial Park (1560 East Atkin Avenue).

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Heart and Soul is a nonprofit organization based out of Salt Lake City that aims to bring the “healing power of music” to people in isolation. Performers donate their time throughout the year performing at places like senior centers, prisons or hospitals. Streets are lined not only with hundreds of people but several food trucks as well. Visit for more information. WestFest | June 14–17 What started in the late ’70s at Granger Park with a car show, pony rides and a few food booths has blossomed into one of West Valley City’s premier events. The annual celebration, which commemorates the establishment of West Valley City and the recognition of its residents’ various backgrounds, will take place at Centennial Park (5415 West 3100 South) from June 14–17. The 2018 version will feature a WestFest Sombrero Bowl Skate Competition, the 13th annual Dutch Oven Cook-off, a 5K and 10K and entertainment from No limits, This is YOUR Band, Chance McKinney and Channel Z. For more information and for those interested in volunteering, visit Fort Herriman Towne Days | June 18–23 The city’s weeklong celebration of everything Herriman begins on Monday, June 18, with a talent show and ends on Saturday June 23 with a carnival, parade and fireworks. Each day of the week features something different such as a disc golf tournament, home run derby, K9 and trampoline shows and a foam party. All events will take place at W&M Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South), J. Lynn Crane Park (5355 West Main Street) and Rosecrest Park (13850 South Rosecrest Road), where the Herriman Hyzer Disc Golf Tournament will take place. Times and events can be found at herriman. org/fort-herriman-days/. Taylorsville Dayzz | June 28–30 Located at Valley Regional Park (5100 South 2700 West), Taylorsville Dayzz holds a full slate for its city celebration on the west side of the valley. From Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. when

the carnival begins to Saturday’s fireworks finale at 10 p.m., the festival is nonstop with entertainment. Tributes bands Imagine (Beatles) along with the West Valley Symphony & Cannons will perform Thursday night, Desperado (Eagles) takes the stage Friday night and Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees) with the Taylorsville Orchestra will close it out on Saturday. Every show is free to the public. Saturday also includes a 5K fun run, pony rides and a car show. A full list of events and times is available at Riverton Town Days | June 28–July 4 Riverton starts its celebration one day early this year on June 28 with its Three-Man Arena Sorting Competition and the Riverton Rodeo and runs right through to July 4 with its full slate of activities on Independence Day. July 4 will feature the 11th annual ATV Rodeo (Riverton Rodeo Grounds, 12780 South 1300 West) where races will include pole bending, barrel racing, pantyhose race, a key hole race and a hide race. Independence Day will also see Riverton Country Mile 10K, 5K and one-mile races in addition to the Tour de Riverton Bike Race. The starting lines will begin on the south side of Riverton City Park at 12800 South. Food, hay dives and a July 3 evening parade are still on the docket for this tradition since the early 1900s. For more information, visit Western Stampede | June 30–July 4 What starts with a fun run, children’s parade, carnival and family fun night on June 30 continues with the focus of West Jordan’s summer festival — its rodeo. July 2–4 features a PRCA rodeo at the city’s rodeo arena, 8035 South 2200 West. The rodeo also features the winner of the Western Stampede Queen Contest, which was scheduled for May 12. Visit for more information. Murray Fun Days | July 4 Murray City carries a full slate of activities for Independence Day. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. will be the annual parade, which begins at Fashion Place Mall

(6100 South State Street) and ends at the west end of Murray Park (296 East Murray Park Avenue). Awards are given for the following parade entry categories: special interest/antique, business/commercial, equestrian/animal and civic/ royalty/political/float. The rest of the day takes place at Murray Park. It features a community breakfast, chalk art contest, talent show, a Ducky Derby along the creek in Murray Park, a coed volleyball tournament on the softball field and ends with fireworks. For exact times and events, visit murray. July 4 Parade and Festivities | July 4 South Salt Lake will continue its festival tradition at Fitts Park (3050 South 500 East) on July 4. The day begins with a 5K fun run at 8 a.m. while the parade gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and the one-day celebration rounds out with a festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandy City 4th of July | July 4 Sandy holds its Independence Day Celebration on the grassy promenade between Sandy City Hall and South Towne Mall at 10000 South Centennial Parkway. The Sandy Classic 5K race begins at 7 a.m. A youth arts festival commences at 10 a.m. where children ages 4–12 can participate in face painting, craft stations and sand sculpting. At 6 p.m. the parade begins with a concert at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks to close out the night at 10 p.m. Draper Days | July 5–7, 12–14 Draper’s festival will take place over two weekends in July. Culminating in the second weekend with fireworks and concerts, Draper Days will begin with various athletic contests the first weekend including a tennis tournament, pickleball tournament and 3 v. 3 basketball tournament. Other events include Splash Dogs, horse pull, pie contest, rodeo, Draper Idol and a children’s parade. Full event schedules and information can be found at Butlerville Days | July 23–24 Cottonwood Heights continues its traditional celebration this year on Monday and Tuesday, July 23–24.

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Children enjoy a carnival ride at Butlerville Days 2016. (City Journals)

Hundreds of people listened to various bands at last year’s Heart and Soul Music Stroll in Sugar House, including Jaboom at Imperial Park. This year’s version will take place on June 9. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Planned by volunteers, city staff and the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, Butlerville Days takes place at Butler Park (7500 South 2700 East). The festival expects to have games, entertainment, a carnival, parade and fireworks show. A creative craft market and pickleball tournament are recent additions to the yearly commemoration to go along with the 5K fun run. Bluffdale Old West Days | July 27–28, August 6–11 While the rodeo will take place July 27–28, the city’s official Old West Days celebration goes all week long in August. Details for events are still to come, but if last year is anything to go by then this year can expect another monster truck competition. Last year also featured a 25-mile cycling ride and ATV rodeo. Check later this summer for more information. Harvest Days | August 6–11 1938 marked the first Harvest Days in Midvale, according to the Midvale Historical Society. It was sponsored by the Midvale Kiwanis club. Details are still being ironed out, but the weeklong celebration of Midvale, begins August 6. The week’s events generally feature an

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induction into the Midvale Arts Council’s Hall of Honors, a parade and a grand festival and Midvale’s City Park (between Center Street and 7500 South, at approximately 425 West). Check later this summer for more information. Blue Moon Arts Festival | August 25 Holladay rounds out the summer season with its annual Blue Moon Arts Festival. The one-day celebration is different from other cities’ week-long engagements. Holladay will have its Concerts in the Commons series running from July 14 through Aug. 25. July will also feature Jim McGee’s ambitious art project combining storytelling and large-scale charcoal portraits. “It’s an opportunity for people to model and collaborate, to be seen and heard in a unique kind of way,” McGee told the Journals in February. Culminating in a festival for music and arts, the Blue Moon Arts Festival takes place at Holladay City Hall Park (4580 South 2300 East) from 3-10 p.m. on Aug. 25. This year’s musical attractions will include Motown group Changing Lanes Experience and Gypsy jazz group Red Rock Hot Club. For more information, visit holladayarts. org. l

Community members look at cars during Bluffdale’s Old West Days 2016 celebration. (City Journals)

Carnivals and rides will feature at multiple summer festivals including WestFest, shown here. (Kevin Conde/West Valley City Photographer)

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uying local does a community good. That’s why several area businesses took part in Indie Bookstore Day on April 28 to help connect Utah readers with their neighborhood bookstore. With the growth of online shopping and recent decline in sales at brick and mortar stores, bookstores, like businesses around the country, have worked to combat the retreat of faceto-face business. According to the American Booksellers Association, independent bookstores express confidence that they are better equipped than chains to weather the changing retail landscape. Visiting Utah’s diverse independent bookstores shows good reason for that confidence. “I am always preaching the gospel of local businesses,” said Tony Weller of Weller Book Works in Downtown Salt Lake. “It’s not about the preservation of our own old family bookstore. It’s about the community I want to live in. There are a lot of businesses in this community that I used to support that no longer exist. I am saddened to see good businesses disappear.” For supporters and members of the local bookstore scene, Indie Bookstore Day is about more than reading and local bookstores. It is about community and the important role that local businesses play in how they are shaped. “The Local First movements across the country, and especially in Utah, are educating people about what shopping locally does for them, how it keeps their economy healthy, how it keeps their neighbors in their houses, pays for their sidewalks,” said Anne Holman of The King’s English Bookshop in Sugar House. “It’s a good thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.” With many local businesses struggling to compete with chain stores and online retail outlets, independent bookstores have led a budding renaissance. In fact, the American Booksellers Association stated that there has been a 35 percent increase in the number of independent bookstore locations since 2009. “People have come to realize that where we shop defines our community,” said Aaron Cance of The Printed Garden in Sandy. “Where we buy our stuff defines what our neighborhood looks like. Independently owned businesses of all types have enjoyed a little resurgence in support.” As part of Indie Bookstore Day, patrons could participate in a bookstore crawl, get a passport card stamped at each location, and get a chance to win free books. The event has taken place for four years and is gaining traction in Utah with the bookstore crawl now in its second year. “It says a lot about the valley that there is a lot of value placed on reading,” said Cance. The event served as a reminder to buy local, to let more people in the community know that there are more independent bookstores in the area than they might realize, and of course,

Independent bookstores host local author events like this children’s book author Mac Barnett at the King’s English Bookstore in 2016. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

to encourage people to enjoy books. The diversity of bookstores in Utah is similar to the diverse subjects they offer their customers. “You should balance the information that you’re bringing into your head,” said Weller. “I try to convince readers to leave that department where that they feel so comfortable and walk across my bookstore to a different section and pick a book.” The same could be said for the businesses people support and how they help shape the character of their communities. “You have work, you have home, and you have the other place you like to spend time,” said Cance. “It’s a place where you can be yourself, where you can discuss things without fear. It’s important for a lot of reasons.” Indie Bookstore Day served as a reminder of the importance of local bookstores, and local businesses in general. Those who discover them, tend to keep coming back. “A lot of our customers have been shopping here for 40 years, and now we’re on third generation, fourth generation,” said Holman. Other local bookstores in the Greater Salt Lake area include the Golden Braid (Salt Lake City), Ken Sanders Rare Books (Salt Lake City), Booked on 25th (Ogden), Marissa’s Books and Gifts (Murray), The Children’s Hour (Salt Lake City), and more. The American Booksellers Association’s website has a search function to help people find bookstores in their communities. Visit l

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Superheroes descend on Murray Park for fun run By Shaun Delliskave |


ot even “Avengers: Infinity War” came close to the number of superheroes that showed up at Murray Park on May 12. The Children’s Service Society (CSS), a nonprofit organization that helps prevent the abuse and neglect of children in Utah, hosted the “Calling All Heroes” race at Murray Park. The superhero-themed race included a 10k run-walk, a 5k run, and a free 1k fun run for children under age six. “Every child needs a hero,” said Encarni Gallardo, executive director of CSS. “This Superhero Fun Run is to thank and celebrate those who step up in this fight to protect children and to encourage others to do so.” CSS has been in existence since 1884 and is the oldest non-denominational organization in Utah that focuses on children’s safety. It was established to help neglected and orphaned children and continues today with the mission to protect and help children in need. CSS offers four areas of assistance: adoption, Grandfamilies kinship care, home visitation, and assistance and training for childcare providers. “There are so many children in Utah who need our help to provide safe and nurturing homes for them. Whether it’s through Grandfamilies kinship care, permanent adoptions, or other services, we can come to their aid,” noted Gallardo.

access to the information, resources, and support they need for a safe and stable environment that meets their needs. To help promote quality child care and help parents locate licensed caregivers in their area, CSS offers the Care About Childcare program. Care About Childcare is an online system designed in partnership with the State of Utah Office of Child Care. Care About Childcare compiles a summer activity guide each spring to assist in arranging quality summer programs for children. There are a variety of programs listed that offer full-time as well as part-time schedules that focus on the development of a specific skill, while others are classes and activities that may require children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian (such as public libraries or swimming pools). All proceeds from the Calling All HeSuperheroes turned out en masse to support the Children’s Service Society’s 5k/10k fun run. (Photo Courtesy Chil- roes race go to support the services that CSS dren’s Service Society) provides to children and their families. The The organization’s adoption services are Nationally, the number of grandparents non-profit states, “When a child is in need, it’s the oldest in Utah. They provide services to who are primary caregivers has increased; CSS most often a heroic adult who comes to their expectant mothers including grief and loss has created a Grandfamilies program to sup- rescue to help protect and heal that child—and support. For adoptive families, they perform a port them. The program was created in 2002 to more and more it’s a heroic grandparent.” Each home study or adoption evaluation (a state re- provide support and assistance to relatives— racer received a race shirt and medal as well as quired documentation process) that evaluates a primarily grandparents— who raise children. a swag bag, snacks, and water. More information about CSS can be found family’s readiness and ability to adopt, and they There are more than 82,000 children living with offer counseling and support for post-adoption and being raised by extended family members online at l issues. in Utah; CSS focuses to ensure that they have

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Murray City’s I-15 corridor gets approval for redevelopment makeover By Shaun Delliskave |

Tim Tingey, Murray City’s Director of Administrative and Development Services, oversees downtown redevelopment plus two new development zones. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)


verseeing the transformation in the Murray City Center District would keep anyone busy enough; however, Tim Tingey, Director of Administrative and Development Services, has more development plans in store for Murray. At the April 17 Murray City Council meeting, the council adopted Tingey’s proposal for creating new business and professional office parks. The creation of these new zones clearly indicates that the future focus of Murray’s redevelopment will be along the I-15 corridor. Presently the area between I-15 and 300 West features an eclectic mix of industries, businesses, and warehouses. According to Tingey, a Business Park Zone

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is a new zoning designation that was defined in the City’s new General Plan to encourage a wide variety of office spaces, creative services, light manufacturing and technology uses, and employment opportunities in Murray. The Business Park Zones can best be seen as two geographic areas, the largest of which are the city blocks near the I-15/4500 South interchange and also the areas that extend along 300 West from 5500 South to Murray’s southern border. Currently, there are no specific designations that are being proposed, but the City’s General Plan anticipates this zone to be located in areas along the I-15 corridor that are currently in manufacturing or industrial use areas.

“We are hoping that this zone will allow for a variety of uses to replace heavily industrialized areas of the city and to facilitate redevelopment and growth of new businesses, from technology to light industrial businesses. The goal is to also establish campus-type settings for these types of uses,” said Tingey. Murray City wants to achieve a number of objectives with the new Business Park Zone designation, including: Encourage high-quality development while increasing the number of employers and jobs within the City; allow for the revitalization of areas within the city adjacent to I-15, as well as major arterial and major collector roadways; improve the urban design and streetscape elements in order to create a distinct visual quality for the area; and manage parking and site access in a manner that enhances pedestrian and bicyclist safety, as well as limiting vehicular conflicts. The city also wants the designation to encourage a safe, attractive, and comfortable environment for pedestrians and bicyclists by providing appropriate open space and landscape buffers, public sidewalks, bike lanes and other amenities as needed. Additionally, the City will encourage property owners, developers, architects, and contractors to use a mix of high quality, durable, low maintenance building materials which allow for LEED certification. The Professional Office Zone is located in areas along the I-15 corridor, especially near the

5300 South interchange. There are other pockets along State Street as well. A Professional Office Zone allows for more intensive office and retail uses in close proximity to transit opportunities and along transportation corridors such as I-15. It is different than the Business Park Zone due to the focus on office and retail uses with the potential for high-density projects along the freeway. This zone does not allow for light industrial uses. “These areas are conducive to more dense office development. Our hope is to have additional large-scale office buildings close to transit and transportation corridors. These areas are more in line with market and land-use patterns that the city wants to see near interstate interchanges,” noted Tingey. City planners hope these areas create the type of land uses that promote office and technology-oriented development, which aligns with the economic development goals for Murray in future locations that are prime for enhanced reinvestment opportunities. Tingey also noted that the zoning changes will not be immediately evident. “It is likely that it will take time to see these areas change to meet the goals for the new zones. Often times it takes multiple years for property assemblage by private investors to facilitate the changes we are hoping for.” l

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Rebirth of the Murray Theater By Shaun Delliskave |

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hen it opened in 1938, Murray Theater was touted as having the newest technology: microphonic sound, fluorescent lighting and even air conditioning. “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz” had their first runs on its screen. However, the past several decades have been rough on the 80-year-old theater, unable to compete against major movie theater chains. After stints as a church and a wrestling ring, the theater is getting a new lease on life, as Murray City has announced major renovations to turn it into a first-class performance venue. Kim Sorenson, director of Murray’s Parks Department, who is overseeing the renovation stated, “A theater was part of the downtown dream since the beginning. In 2015, the Murray Theater came up for sale. Murray purchased the building with the plan to restore the historic theater. Many believe the theater will become the crown jewel of the future revitalized Murray downtown area.” The theater will be multi-functional, playing host to live theater performances, film festivals, small concerts, movies, public meetings, school plays, and other school functions. Dedicated as an intimate venue, it will provide a uniquely sized performance setting for both smaller professional and amateur ensembles. In the past, its stage was graced by Judy Garland and not-yet-world-famous Adele. Over time, however, its many owners have modified or neglected the building, so the existing structure does not meet current building codes. The city will replace electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems. The original theater was designed to be a movie house with a big screen, but based on public and user feedback, it was determined the best future use is a performance stage. To accomplish that, the stage needs to be enlarged and amenities added for performers. According to Sorenson, because of the lack of space around the building and its location on busy State Street, construction and renovation will be complicated. The renovation will include restoring the look and feel of the theater to its original Art Moderne-style glory. The front façade will be restored to the original look as when opened in 1938. Original stainless-steel doors, door handles, and trim will be restored rather than replaced. The original color scheme of green/ white/red/stainless steel will be used. The ticket booth will be restored and remain at the front of the building. The lobby area is to be restored in the original red color, the original gold leaf trim will be freshly painted in the same gold color, and concessions will be located in its original space. New to the theater will be Comfort Theater seating (to accommodate 320–350 people) with enhanced line of sight and additional ADA-accessible space. For the performers’ comfort, new restrooms and a greenroom (a room where performers prepare to go on stage) will be built. The front area of the new stage will have a hy-

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draulic lift to allow for orchestra pits and flexibility within shows. Front spaces on the north and south side of the theater will be turned into multipurpose sites, which can be used for theater needs, rented to the public, or used for art displays and public meetings. “We applaud the renovation plans the city has unveiled for the Murray Theater,” enthused Janice Strobell of Preserve Murray, a Murray-specific historic preservation group. “The theater will contribute greatly to Murray’s vision of a vibrant walkable downtown. Murray

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n the past, Murray had to compete with other cities in attracting new business and investment to the city, but now it’s faced with the dilemma of attracting another vital resource: police officers and firefighters. In addition to infrastructure, Mayor Blair Camp’s 2018 budget stressed the need to retain Murray’s civil servants. In his first budget as mayor, Camp is proposing to increase General Fund revenues through a $2.8 million property tax increase, the majority of which will go directly to support the cost of the police and fire departments. The city has not realized a property tax increase in the past 12 years. The cost of this proposed increase on the average residence with an assessed value of $315,000 will be $9.20 per month. “Our employee compensation, particularly in the area of public safety, is lagging behind other agencies around us. There is a shortage of qualified candidates for police officers,” said Camp. Indeed, the number of available law enforcement recruits have diminished as demand has increased between agencies. With an improving job market and tighter scrutiny of law enforcement personnel, available recruits are hard to come by. This pinch in available public safety workers has caused cities across Utah to compete with other agencies by offering higher compensation and better benefits.

Camp also seeks to increase public safety ranks by hiring one additional police officer to assist in covering an increased caseload, providing a school resource officer at AISU, hiring two additional crossing guards, one additional battalion chief in the fire department to manage firefighter training and safety programs, and upgrading one part-time office staff position in the fire department to full-time. These personnel requests come in addition to capital building funding of a new fire department headquarters/fire station. Groundbreaking is planned for this summer. In addition to public safety, the mayor is asking for new full-time positions, including one risk analyst in the city attorney’s office to assist in managing the city-wide risk management program, one electrician in the water department, two apprentice line workers in the power department, one facilities maintenance supervisor and one maintenance worker in the parks department. The city plans to cut an assistant golf pro position. Personnel aside, the mayor’s budget includes several large capital improvement and utility projects, including $2.5 million to rebuild the power department’s central substation. Many of Camp’s projects are focused on maintenance and replacement costs. According to Camp, “This strategy allowed us to provide a more balanced funding approach without con-

centrating on one specific demand.” The library is also seeking an increase in property taxes of 55 percent more than its current rate. The cost of this increase on the average residence with an assessed value of $315,000 is $2.75 per month. The library has not realized a tax increase since 2006. “The cost is lower than the Salt Lake County Library assessment...having our own library system (even with the increased rate) saves Murray residents money.” During the Great Recession in 2008, the city took a major hit in sales tax, which is its primary revenue source, and it took the city until the fiscal year 2015 to restore sales tax revenue to the amount collected in 2007. Prior to presenting his budget in council meeting, Camp recognized Murray’s Finance Department for earning a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. The mayor presented this certificate to Danyce Steck. The city plans to hold open houses in each city council district, where the public will be invited to comment on the budget. A copy of the mayor’s budget can be found at http://www. l

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Retiring Teachers in the MCSD

Murray City School District a special place – one that strives to provide every opportunity possible for every student, every day. As I watched the smiles on our Murray High School graduate’s faces when they walked across the stage to accept their high school diplomas, I was reminded of how all of our work is centered on this goal. I want to commend our team of educators for their constant dedication to improving student achievement, thank our students for working and studying hard, and show appreciation to parents for your continued support. Our district has accomplished great things this year as we have focused our work on addressing the four standards provided by the Murray City School District Board of Education. Early indications show significant gains in our end-of-level testing scores, something that has taken all of us working together to achieve. Our school and district leadership teams have tried hard to build cohesion by identifying school and district based needs and have prioritizing initiatives to work on together. A number of our teachers participated in a Digital Teaching and Learning grant, and have successfully implemented Google Classroom and Canvas in their classrooms. Budgeting decisions have been made with a long-term perspective and many additional sources of revenue have been pursed to provide opportunities for our students. We will be working hard over the summer to prepare for our 2018-2019 school year. The district Teaching & Learning team will be implementing a new data management system. This will allow our teachers access to additional data on their students to make data driven decisions concerning instruction and intervention. We will also be preparing for our PowerUp 1-to-1 initiative that will provide digital learning environments for all students in grades 3 – 12. This will enable us to prepare our students of today for tomorrow by providing them with an engaging, personalized curriculum that will inspire and empower them to flourish as ethical and global citizens in the 21st century. Thank you to our educators, students, parents, and the Murray community, all of which play such a large role in contributing and supporting our schools and district. Together … We Are Murray!

BEST WISHES go out to our 2017-2018 MCSD Retirees! Thank you for your combined total of 327 years of service and dedication to the Murray City School District. (Pictured at MCSD Retirement Dinner; not all were in attendance.)

2018 MCSD Calendar Highlights May 28 (Mon.) Memorial Day HOLIDAY June 1 (Fri.) Last Day of School; MHS Graduation, SLCC, 1:00 PM Aug. 13 (Mon.) Teachers Begin (2 work days/3 PD days) Aug. 17 (Fri.) 1st day of school 7th graders Aug. 20 (Mon.) 1st day of school Kg. (Horizon, Liberty, Parkside) 1-6 & 8-12 grades Aug. 27 (Mon.) 1st day of school Kg. (Grant, Longview, McMillan, Viewmont) Sept. 3 (Mon.) Labor Day HOLIDAY Oct. 18-19 (Thurs. & Fri.) FALL RECESS

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Laurel Brown – Speech Language Pathologist RJH & MHS Myrlene Buck – Special Education Teacher ECEC Horizon Trudy Burton – Literacy Specialist Horizon Christine Calderwood – 2nd Grade Teacher Longview Monte Christensen – TE Tech Teacher MHS Debi Evans – ECEC Manager Dan DeMarco – Special Education Teacher Molle Hess – Science Teacher HJH Anna Lee Hinnen – Secretary RJH Charlie Hollister – District Electrician Jill Horne – 4th Grade Teacher Longview Gordon Kener – CTE Coordinator/Counselor MHS D’Launa Rindlisbacher – Math Teacher HJH Nancy Roundy – Kitchen Lead Liberty Reenie Stewart – 6th Grade Teacher Grant Kathryn Stone – Literacy Specialist Longview Kathie Webster – Instrumental Music Teacher, RJH

MCSD Teacher of the Year & Employee of the Year Congregations to these outstanding MCSD employees, each highly respected and beloved by their schools. Here is a list of the nominees in each category, all wonderful employees also!

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Jeanne Habel – Executive Director Sheila Johnson – Chair AnnMarie Nielsen – Pinnacle Chair Richard Habel – Financial Spencer Olsen – MHS Alumni Association Blake Voorhees – Fundraising Brian & Jo Winterowd – Golf Tournament Chairs Kami Anderson – School Board Representative Jennifer Covington – District/Superintendent Richard Reese – District Office/Treasurer D. Wright – District PIO/Public Relations

Murray High School graduating Class of 2018

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FreQUeNtLY reQUeSteD NUMBerS Attorney ............................................. 801-264-2640 Business Licensing ............................. 801-270-2432 Cemetery ........................................... 801-264-2637 City Council ........................................ 801-264-2603 Finance Department .......................... 801-264-2513 Fire DepartMeNt Administrative Office ..................... 801-264-2781 Non-Emergency Calls .................... 801-840-4000 General Information........................... 801-264-2525 Heritage Center (Sr. Center)................ 801-264-2635 Human Resources............................... 801-264-2656 Library ............................................... 801-264-2580 Mayor’s Office..................................... 801-264-2600 Municipal Court.................................. 801-284-4280 Museum ............................................. 801-264-2589 Murray Park Outdoor Pool .................. 801-266-9321 Murray Parkway Golf Course............... 801-262-4653 parKS aND reCreatioN Administrative Office ..................... 801-264-2614 Rain-out Information .................... 801-264-2525 Park Center (indoor pool) ................... 801-284-4200 Passports............................................ 801-264-2660 poLiCe DepartMeNt Administrative Office ..................... 801-264-2673 Animal Control .............................. 801-264-2671 Code Enforcement ......................... 801-264-2673 Non-Emergency Calls .................... 801-840-4000 poWer DepartMeNt Administrative Office ..................... 801-264-2730 After Hours Emergency.................. 801-264-9669 pUBLiC SerViCeS Administrative Office ..................... 801-270-2440 Building Inspection ....................... 801-270-2431 Green Waste Trailers ...................... 801-270-2440 Planning and Zoning ..................... 801-270-2420 Solid Waste.................................... 801-270-2440 Water, Sewer, Streets..................... 801-270-2440 Zoning Enforcement ...................... 801-270-2426 UtiLitieS After Hours Emergency.................. 801-264-9669 Billing Questions ........................... 801-264-2626

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Mayor’s Message I recently sat across the table in my office from the pastor of a local Murray congregation. As we introduced ourselves and learned a little more about each other, I quickly discovered that this gentleman had dedicated a good portion of his life in serving others in various capacities. The cynic inside of me was anticipating the moment when the request would come. What favor or consideration would I be asked to provide by the city? No such request came. Rather, the question, “what can we do for the city?” I’ll admit that I was a little ashamed of myself for my cynicism. As we discussed a number of common concerns, my thoughts shifted to gratitude for the many members of our community who work hard and volunteer their time and talents to others in many different capacities.

I’m amazed by the number of hours that are donated by our community members on behalf of our citizens. Our Murray Senior Recreation Center is largely dependent on the hundreds of hours of volunteer service for their many programs, including ceramics, computer classes, lunch hosting, bingo, van drivers, recreation programs, special events, and so many more. Our Parks and Recreation programs also rely heavily on volunteers to coach the teams in our sports leagues that provide the opportunity for our young people to get out and participate in the recreation programs of their choice. Our city also relies heavily on the volunteer efforts of our twelve advisory boards and commissions. Approximately 60 citizens unselfishly give many hours of their time serving on these boards without compensation. Of course, we can’t overlook those who dedicate many of their own hours volunteering in our schools as an investment in future leaders, scientists, engineers, business leaders, teachers, and so forth. Many volunteer hours are also invested in our Boys and Girls Club in their effort to support the children in our community, again invest-

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ing in the future. On Saturday, April 21, I had the privilege of joining about 200 volunteers for the “Comcast Cares Day” at the Murray club. The enthu801-264-2600 siastic volunteers cleaned, painted, 5025 S. State Street cleared weeds, hauled debris, and whatever else needed to be done, all Murray, Utah 84107 with big smiles! Their “pay” was pizza, a t-shirt, and the satisfaction of helping a good cause. There are numerous other organized volunteer groups, such as the Exchange Club, Rotary Club, and various religious organizations. All of these consist of people who are willing to sacrifice their time, efforts and finances to making our community a better place. The late author Elizabeth Andrews once wrote, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” I am so appreciative of all of you who have the heart, and give your time to make things better for others. Whenever I’m tempted to become cynical, I just have to reflect on the great members of our community, and I quickly become humble and grateful.

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Murray Library We are kicking into high gear as we get started with our Summer Reading program with a visit from the Balloon Guy. He will be building a giant balloon sculpture of a castle turret and a dragon inside the Murray Library. You can watch the sculpture being built throughout the day on Saturday, June 2 with balloon animals being made for kids from 3-5 p.m. “Jeremy Telford is an award winning balloon artist that has been performing across the world from Montevideo, Uruguay to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Jeremy has more than 14 years of experience performing for everything from small private events to large public fairs. Besides winning an award in Las Vegas for his balloon tying and performance skills, Jeremy’s creations have appeared in magazines and newspapers in the U.S., U.K., Netherlands, Siberia, New Zealand, and France as well as numerous television and radio spots. Jeremy is a published author of the book ‘Balloonology’ and has been featured in a two page spread in the book ‘Ripley’s Believe it or not: Dare to Look’. On July 26, 2015, Jeremy broke a world record building the World’s Largest Balloon Sculpture by an Individual. It was over 65 feet long and used close to nine thousand balloons. The achievement is recorded in the 2017 Guinness Book of World Records.” We will be holding a myriad of events throughout the summer as part of our Summer Reading program. The first of our “Summer Shorts” will start on Monday, June 11 from 2- 3 p.m. with a fun-for-all-ages Magic Show from Paul Brewer. Other events during June include a ChitraKaavya Dance Performance, Visual Art Institute’s Paint Nature Workshop, a Mexican Piñata Workshop, and a visit from the Tracy Aviary. On Wednesdays starting on June 6 and going thru August 15 we will have Movie Matinees at 2 p.m. in our auditorium. We will be playing family-friendly blockbuster favorites. Beat the heat and cool down in the comfort of our air conditioning with a complimentary popcorn provided by your favorite neighborhood library.

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The Murray Library is starting a new Hold Pick-up Service. This service is for people who can’t come into the library to pick up their holds, whether it be that your kids fell asleep in the car, you have a broken leg, etc. Simply park your car in the designated parking spot indicated with the sign that reads “Hold Pickup Service,” call or text the number provided, and one of our staff members will check your holds out for you and bring them to your car. This service is provided from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday - Saturday. All of our Summer Reading activities are free to the public; however, a few of our events this year require registration beforehand. Be sure to check our calendar online or talk to one of our staff members about details on which events require registration and how to register.

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Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall. Our featured artists will be Jennifer Broschinsky (pictured) in June and Jon Whitney in July.

Pastels/Charcoal: Kara Bagley, CHS Pen/Pencil: Elise Finlinson, MHS Oil/Acrylic: Michelle Dressler, MHS Watercolor: Rachel Vance, MHS Mixed Medium: Clair Nebeker, CHS Print Making: Cassie Stockdale, MHS Original Photography: Abdisahm Mohamed, CHS Digitally Enhanced Photo: Cameron Schumann, MHS Computer Art: Lucas Montoya, MHS Sculpture: Sophia Kirkham, MHS Junior High First Place: Kalhan Foster, RJH

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Murray Public Works Department June 2018 Construction notice Murray City crews and contractors will continue their roadway rehabilitation work that began in the spring. Completed to date is the waterline replacement and reconstruction of Auburn Drive. The city will continue slurry seals of the east side neighborhoods into July. 5300 South from State Street to Vine Street and Riverpoint Circle are currently in construction and should see completion by July. Following the completion of the spring projects, the City will begin rehabilitation of the following roadways: Emerald Isle Lane, Twin Willows Circle, Wood Circle, Hansen Circle, Butler Circle and Mar Jane Avenue. Widening on Vine Street near 300 West will occur in conjunction with the new development between Commerce and the Union Pacific tracks. Page 18 | June 2018

If you have questions, please contact the Murray Public Works Department at 801-270-2440 Thank you for your patience as these projects progress. Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is placing a new waterline on Vine Street from 900 East to 1400 East. Through traffic will be maintained but alternate routes are encouraged. The City is currently in design for next year’s roadway improvements on Vine from 900 East to 1300 East. This will include storm drainage installation and improvements, sidewalk, curb, and a new roadway surface. Some widening will occur to create a uniform corridor and allow for continuous pedestrian access. For more information regarding this project, please refer to the Murray City website or contact the project team at or 801-946-6750.

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Senior Recreation Center UPCOMING EVENTS: Summer Kickoff Car Show, BBQ & Concert Come join us as we celebrate summer and all the traditions that go with it. • Bring the entire family on Monday, June 11 from 4-7 p.m. and visit our annual CAR SHOW. If you have a car you would like to display, applications are being accepted now. The fee is $10 for registrations made by June 8, or $15 the day of the car show. There will be raffles and prizes. The car show is open to the public at no charge.

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• Then, head to the backyard plaza of the L. Clark Cushing Senior Recreation Center, where a tasty BARBEQUE of hamburgers and hot dogs awaits between 5-7 p.m., prepared by our very own chef Scott Harris and his kitchen staff. The cost will be $5 a plate, payable the night of the dinner. • At 7 p.m. enjoy the music of IN CAHOOTS. This will be the first of our 2018 summer family concert series. The concert is free for all ages. From Park City to New York City, from Jackson Hole to Germany, In Cahoots has entertained audiences with their brand of cowboy tunes and tales for more years than they care to remember! Pickin’ and grinnin’ through an acoustic dose of old standards mixed with a healthy helping of their own originals, In Cahoots will give you some of the best cowboy entertainment you’ve ever stomped your foot to. So tug on your Tony Lamas, cinch down your Stetson, and get ready to ride with In Cahoots!

Utah Shakespeare Festival The Senior Recreation Center will again charter a bus to visit the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, August 27-29. Join us as we see three plays this year—”Henry VI”, “Othello” and “The Merchant of Venice”—all classic William Shakespeare plays. The cost is $350 per person (double occupancy) and $425 (single room) and includes two nights at the Abbey Inn, chartered bus, dinners at Rusty’s and Milt’s, and three plays. Registration begins on Wednesday, June 20 and at least $50 needs to be paid to reserve your spot. Final payment is due by July 20. No refunds will be given after July 20 unless the spot can be sold.

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Students, teachers appreciate recognition, tell their stories at Murray Chamber’s education luncheon By Julie Slama |


or five years, Thomas Schwab skipped school to work odd jobs to help his family survive. When his dad stopped working, they lost their house and lived in a trailer park where Thomas would put in retaining walls or fix things. Life didn’t get easier for him when his parents split. Initially, he lived with his siblings and mom in a house in the Salt Lake area. He enrolled at Murray High, explaining to his counselor that he missed his later elementary years as well as all of junior high. However, Thomas said finances grew thin when they continuously had to rent a car, be pulled out of work and school, to face the courts in the St. George area where they initially lived with his father. When his mom lost her job and later moved to Spanish Fork to be a caretaker, Thomas lived on the streets and worked part-time at Burger King so he could continue school at Murray High. Recently, the 4.0 grade-point average high school senior was one of 16 students and teachers from the Murray and Granite school districts as well as AISU who were honored by Murray Chamber of Commerce at their fourth annual education luncheon. “This is an opportunity for students and teachers to be recognized among their peers as well as the public eye and to let them know they are appreciated,” said Stephanie Wright, president and CEO of Murray Area Chamber of Commerce. “Thomas is a great kid and his story is one everyone can learn from. Many of our students and teachers have accomplishments that may not show on their GPA, but it’s what they do to help others, help in the classroom or in some way, deserve recognition.” The luncheon, sponsored by Brio Tuscan Grille, Larry H. Miller dealerships, Thorne & Associates, Jaybird Promotional and Mountain America Credit Union, provided the honorees their lunch as well as a gift bag of items and gift certificates from other local businesses. The honorees also received a certificate from the Chamber. Wright said that often principals select the teacher who will be recognized while teachers submit names for the student to the principal. In addition to Thomas, this year’s student honorees include Cottonwood High’s Jorge Lowenthal Figueroa; Twin Peaks Elementary’s Glory Daines; Woodstock Elementary’s Taylyn Rehovit; Riverview Junior High’s Maria Rios; Hillcrest Junior High’s Tanner Wing; Longview Elementary’s Ethan Hernandez; Grant Elementary’s Gracie Fredrickson; Horizon Elementary’s Baruc Brunet-Cornejo; Liberty Elementary’s Degan Biltz; McMillan Elementary’s Auriah Evans; AISU (elementary’s) Kaylee Hernandez; AISU (middle school’s) Hawke Arnsworth; and AISU (high school’s) Jasmine

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Twin Peaks Elementary teacher Trudy Soffe and student Glory Daines were honored at Murray Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual education luncheon. (Photo courtesy Murray Chamber of Commerce)

Hayward. Teachers honored include Lauren Merkley, Cottonwood High; Trudy Soffe, Twin Peaks; Melissa Polteno, Woodstock; Rod Jackson, Murray High; Sierra Shoen, Riverview; Dianne Wiscomb, Hillcrest; Anne Kjar, Longview; Lesa Lafferty, Grant; Susan Jorgensen, Horizon; Kristen Flower, Liberty; Christy Vuyk, McMillan; Karen Mangome, AISU (elementary); Roma Kalani, AISU (middle school); and Hoffman Verguez, AISU (high school). Honorees were thanked and given a moment to talk. Thomas said most people around him don’t know his story. “I didn’t really tell them,” he said. “But I wanted to be in school. I’d go up to my friends and ask if they had their notes from middle school or I’d borrow other textbooks so I could read them and learn what I missed. Sometimes a friend or co-worker would let me stay with them or give me a meal — and that helped a lot. At times, I’d find a place to sleep, usually in a bush. Then, I’d go to school and work and hope my stuff would still be there when I got back.” Thomas said he didn’t seek help from his

teachers or counselor since he had heard unfavorable stories about being in foster care. “I just was trying to learn and survive. When I was 17, I signed up to join the Navy after graduation, and hopefully I will become an officer so I can have free college tuition. I had a plan, and my life was on track, but it’s difficult being homeless,” he said. However, the police did find Thomas asleep in a car with his mother and her boyfriend when they came to visit him. Thomas was placed in the Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services and given a place with crisis residential housing that offered him a safe place. However, he was about one month from turning 18 and the site only served children 8 to 17 years of age. That’s where the Salt Lake County Milestone Living Program helped provide Thomas transitional living in Sandy for most of his senior year. “We provide life skills, communication skills, a mentor, housing and anyway we can help or find those who can,” said Salt Lake County’s Milestone Program Manager, Mina Koplin, who added that also meant connecting

with others to get Thomas a laptop for his birthday so he wouldn’t have to stay out late at night completing class assignments. “It was my first real birthday present in years. It was pretty incredible and helped so much. With their help, I also was given two really nice suits by Larry Miller’s grandson, Ty Miller, so I could go to my senior prom and have them for graduation and have senior pictures,” he said. “I know what’s ahead of me with serving in the Navy, earning a college degree and getting a job as a nuclear engineer. But up until their help, I was only surviving. People go through difficult circumstances and they crave stability.” Thomas has shared his story with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and at the first Utah homeless forum as well as with those at the Murray Area Chamber of Commerce lunch. “I’ve had so many obstacles to overcome, but I still stay focused on my goals,” he said. “I want them to know you can overcome hardships if you try.” l

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It’s only the first battle, but students want more By Julie Slama |

Team G.O.A.T. and Book Worms pose after the final round with emcee, Murray School District Assistant Superintendent Scott Bushnell. (Katrina Shewell/Grant Elementary)


hen Ivan, a silverback gorilla who has lived for years in a circus-themed mall, met Ruby, a baby elephant who was added to the mall, Ivan made a decision, which may have captivated eight teams of Grant Elementary fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students who were reading “The One and Only Ivan” as part of the school’s first America’s Battle of the Books competition. Students on each team were expected to read about five or six books — and some read more — so each team had read 30 books on the list before the contest. Some books were classics such as “Because of Winn-Dixie” and “On the Banks of Plum Creek” while others were more modern-day favorites such as “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” and “Wonder.” Questions about the books were posed to students so if they answered correctly with the title, they would receive 10 points and they could earn five additional points if they could name the author of the book correctly. For example, if students could correctly name the title “Harry’s Mad” and author of the book, “Dick King-Smith,” to the question, “In what book was a house burglarized of its china, silver and family pet,” the team could receive 15 points. “We had a parent hear about it and approached us if we could do it here at Grant,” librarian Katrina Shewell said. “Kids have read books in genres they normally wouldn’t have and they’re comprehending and furthering their reading skills through Battle of the Books.” Each student could select a friend to be on the same team. Then, pairs were assigned other students on their team to try to represent all three grade levels. The teams typically got together at least once each month to review or switch books, she said. “We had some copies of books in our library. Some went to Murray Library or found them online, but many students shared books or said where they found them with one another,” Shewell said.

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Teams named themselves, with names such as S’more Books, Fireflies and Wild Grizzlies, and created posters for the competition. “We had three types of competitions — a super challenge, where the first one who stood and answered the question correctly got the points for his or her team; a battle of one team versus another such as in Family Feud; and a relay style where the team who first ran to the judge to be asked a question and if they didn’t know the answer, they would have to run back to the team to get the answer and back to the judge. It helped to see them run off their nerves since they had so much energy,” she said. In the final round, Murray School District Assistant Superintendent Scott Bushnell served as the emcee between team G.O.A.T. (Jordan Fitts, Carson Milne, Easton Murray, Mallori Anderson, Mia Dickerson and Brooke Jorgensen) and Book Worms (Abigail Borsos, Sydney Nielsen, Preslee Stock, Ema Zullo, Ava Dennis and Alyssa Thayer) in a school-wide assembly, which had younger students cheering on both teams. “It was tied up to the last question in the final round so that last question could have gone either way for the win,” Shewell said. “It was a nail-breaking round.” Amongst the prizes student participants received were books, teddy bears, candy bars and pizza coupons while the first-place team, G.O.A.T., received $30 Target gift cards and second-place, $15. Already, students are asking for the names of the books to read for next year’s competition. Shewell said they may move the competition earlier in the year so it would be completed before SAGE year-end testing and they may also introduce incentives as they read their books. “The students just loved it so we’re hoping it will become a district-wide competition,” she said. l

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Career day sparks interest in students By Julie Slama |


iberty fourth-grader Oliver Munoz learned about what epilepsy was and about testing for it through a session at his school’s college and career day. “Ms. Underwood taught us all about epilepsy and how she’s trying to help people with it,” he said. “We got to try some of the testing she does, but with raspberry lemonade instead of the actual medicine.” As part of Liberty Elementary’s first college and career day, Tristan Underwood was one of about a dozen speakers who came to the school to tell students about their careers, the schooling needed for it and to expose students to opportunities in fields they may be unfamiliar with, said Keri Hohnholt, Liberty Title I coordinator. “We want them to be able to visualize their future and whether its college, technical training or another path, we want them to see what opportunities are there,” she said. “We have a lot of students here who can be first generation college students so we want to help them understand what is needed to navigate the system.” Many of the professions were in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, like Underwood, who is a research scientist. Other STEM careers included nursing, paramedics, dentistry, physician, environmental sociology and biomechanical engineering while stained glass artist, pizza store owner, real estate agent, graphic designer, product designer and police officer rounded out the field. Several of the speakers brought equipment they use, such as a stethoscope or handcuffs, or gave students skills they needed, such as being a self-starter in real estate or learning how social media can help in the graphic design field, Hohnholt said. Fourth-grader Abby Rose said she appreciated the physician’s session. “I learned there are different types of doctors and nurses and there are some who try to make kids comfortable in scary situations like

A kindergartner learns about the nursing career by using a stethoscope to listen to his heart. (Keri Hohnholt/ Liberty Elementary)

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Fourth-graders learn about testing for epilepsy from career day speaker Tristan Underwood. (Keri Hohnholt/ Liberty Elementary)

at the hospital,” she said. “I like working with kids so that would be something I might want to do.” Her classmate, Bethany Adua, already was looking forward to the next college and career day. “College is expected for me, and I want to go, but I want to be an actress and be in the movies,” she said. “It would be great if we could have an actor come to our school next year.” Students also were interested in careers ranging from a baker to a car racer. The college and career preparation didn’t just end with several sessions, teachers had students familiarize themselves with vocabulary, such as the term bachelor’s degree, displays on the wall showcased possible paths to achieve careers and librarian Judy Hagler read to students about other careers. “We read about careers and people such as Wilma Rudolph, who had polio as a child yet ended up being the first person in her family to go to college and the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics,” Hagler said. “We learned about Weird Al Yankovic who wanted to become a scientist in third grade, but instead became an American singer and songwriter. We read about ice cream shop owners and video game designers and veterinarians. We wanted to reinforce exposing students to new careers.” Parent Amber Robison appreciated the experience not only for her student, but for all schoolchildren. “At home, we talked about how you can get a doctorate degree, and I realized we had never really talked about it before,” she said. “All the kids seemed so excited about the day. We talked about the speakers and careers for hours, and I’m so glad that this sparked the conversation for them to look to their future.” l

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Remember these safety tips during fireworks season

ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24 , Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country. 1. Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law. 2. Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks. 3. Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. 4. Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it. Just ask a friend who lost half his hair and needed to wear a hat/bandana for six months to protect his scalp. 5. Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children.

6. Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. 7. Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. 8. This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside. 9. Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns. 10. Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. 11. Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as much. 12. Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. 13. Report illegal explosives. They ruin it for the rest of us. 14. Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they are securely indoors and have identification tags in case they do escape during a fireworks display. 15. Keep fireworks out of reach where curious children can’t get to them. High heat or damp air can damage the fireworks. The best place to put them is in a cardboard box in a high location such as a cabinet or shelf. 16. Last, but not least, make sure everyone using fireworks has safety glasses or goggles. l

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Brothers create adaptive jump-rope device for school STEM fair By Julie Slama |


iewmont Principal Matt Nelson wanted to help one of his students meet the jump rope requirements in physical education, but he wasn’t sure how. He met with the PE teacher to see if they could brainstorm a solution for James Sander, a first-grader who was born without fingers on his right hand. Little did he know that James and his older brother, Craig, already were testing an idea they created for the school’s engineering fair. “I’m so impressed that they saw a real-world problem and worked together to find a solution,” Nelson said. “That’s so invaluable. Our students engaged in identifying problems and through creating solutions, they’ve gained confidence and sparked their interests in engineering, math and science. This is one of my favorite things to see.” Viewmont Elementary’s engineering fair invited all students, kindergarten through sixth grade, to enter projects into the school fair. They were given a packet to help them understand the process of defining their problem, brainstorming solutions and working together to create a working prototype. Kindergartner Willow Hockwell noticed two ducklings getting caught in the grate of a storm drain and wanted to help. “They were so little, they just flowed away with the water and got caught,” she said. With her project, “Save the Ducleengs”

(sic), she came up with a screen to place over the street grates and tested it with rubber ducks. “I thought it would work and it did,” she said. Fifth-grader Lillian Weaver said that at times, she has noticed people get fidgety and can’t sit still in class. “Fidget spinners aren’t allowed, so I wanted something that could help,” she said. Lillian’s “Footy Figyt” is a solution. After filling balloons with kidney beans and cotton, she placed a bungee cord around it and stretched it across the lower part of her desk. She said it serves as a massager. “It is like a big stress ball, but it’s fun and relaxing,” she said. “And it works.” Fifth-grader Danica Spencer teamed up with her neighbor, fourth-grader David Larsen, to create the “No More Mess” organizer. The two created a wooden desk organizer featuring a drawer to store items and a ramp for pencils to roll down for quick and easy use. “Teachers always hate messy desks and we wanted to fix that problem at school,” Danica said. “We had to make sure it wasn’t too big or too expensive, but still allowed enough space for supplies.” Using a measuring tape, saw and superglue, David said that their prototype worked. “With the right measurements, we didn’t have to use the ‘rolley things’ for our drawers,”

he said. “We had three other ideas at first, but we wanted to have a problem that we could fix.” Fixing the entrance to a tree house door was the decision Cash and Christian Koontz determined to be their engineering project. “The door used to fall on our heads or pinch our fingers,” kindergartner Christian said. Second-grader Cash said that now with a brick used as a pulley, it slows down the door. “The brick slows it down, but not so much as it still closes the door,” he said. “I liked figuring out what to do to make it work.” These were among the 21 students who turned in projects. At judging time, they explained their working solutions and answered questions. Four Award of Excellence trophies were presented to students Sophie Nelson; Alexia Scheid and Bailey Mcelroy; Dallin Thompson and Brett Wood; and Paige Obrien and Claire Mcdonough. The top award, along with a stuffed Eagle mascot, went to the Sanders brothers, who created the “Jump Roping James,” a device using a bike tube, brace and zip ties to allow James to use a jump rope. The idea came to the two student-engineers from when James used a bike tube as a way to hold onto a canoe paddle. “It’s flexible but still stiff enough to hold the jump rope at the same angle,” said fourth-grader Craig. “We already had the items

Brothers James and Craig Sander created a jump roping device to help James, who was born without fingers on one hand, be able to jump rope as part of the Viewmont STEM fair. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

at our house, so it didn’t cost us much and wouldn’t cost much to be available for other people who need adaptive sporting equipment.” James, who has used the device three times, said that it worked and it didn’t hurt. “I tried it out and it’s comfortable,” he said. “Now I can jump rope like all my friends.” l

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Five returning offensive line starters expected to be Spartans’ football strength this fall By Carl Fauver |


s the end of the school year was arriving at Murray High, dozens of football players were hard at work each evening, determined to get next fall’s Spartan team to a place it didn’t quite reach a year ago — the Class 5A state tournament. “I’m confident we can get there this season,” said second-year head coach Todd Thompson. “We have a lot of good kids coming back — including our entire starting offensive line — and they have been working hard. We have much better numbers out for the team this year, 50 to 75 guys at each practice. I feel good about it.” Among those returning linemen are a pair of seniors-to-be — Jackson Rose and Colton Gardner — who are each about 6-foot-1, 205 pounds. This will also be their fourth year in the Spartan football program, after starting while still in ninth grade. “I started at right guard on offense and tackle on defense last season,” Rose said. He expects to remain in his same offensive line spot this fall, but could switch to middle linebacker on defense. “We have been lifting weights and putting in a lot of field work,” Rose added. “I love our coaches, especially Thompson. He’s a great coach and very committed to our Murray community. He’s always looking for ways to improve our program.” Like Rose, Gardner is also expected to

keep his same offensive position from last season (right tackle), but may shift from defensive line to linebacker. “I think we can be really good this year,” Gardner said. “This is my first year to have the same head coach coming back, so that puts us ahead. We also lose only a few seniors to graduation. Coach Thompson has a lot of knowledge and is someone you can bond with off the field. I think we’ll be OK.” Last season the Class 5A state champion came out of Murray’s Region 6, when Lehi destroyed Skyridge in the title game, 55-17. Highland, Skyline and Olympus also got to the tournament, while West and Murray missed out. “It will be a tight race to get in again,” Thompson added. “Lehi lost some people, but will still be strong. Olympus and Highland should be good again. It may come down to Skyline, West and us battling for the final slot.

Some 50 to 75 Murray football prospects attended workouts before school let out for the summer. (Carl Fauver/ City Journals)

But we plan to surprise some people.” One big change Thompson is making this season is turning the offensive coordinator duties over to Nate Hoggan, who was head coach of the Murray sophomore football team last season, a group that lost only one game. “This will be my fourth year working in the Murray program; but the first three were mostly with the sophomores,” Hoggan said. “I feel my (offensive) scheme fits the personnel we have. I like to spread the offense out a bit. I think we can get to the playoffs and win a game there.” Last year’s Murray sophomore team averaged about 30 points per game and Hoggan believes the varsity can push toward that number this fall. One of the biggest questions going into the upcoming season is who will be the starting Spartan quarterback. With last year’s starter graduating, Jarrett Henriksen (the No. 1 backup last year) is expected to get the nod, as a junior. “I’m ready for the opportunity and the challenge,” he said. “I also like the move of making Coach Hoggan the offensive coordinator. He’s been my coach since I was 8 years old.” However, pushing Henriksen for the starting QB job is Tyelor Saxton, a transfer student who was with the Murray program last year, but ineligible to play varsity football. “I haven’t played quarterback much before, but have been a baseball pitcher my whole life,” Saxton said. “I like that our coaches give

There’s lots of optimism within the MHS football program as summer workouts continue. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

everyone a fair chance to compete for positions.” In these first few weeks of June, Murray players will participate in 7-on-7 football camps at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Wasatch High School in Heber City. Official fall tryouts for the team — the first time the athletes can wear pads — will be held in late July. “Our expectations for the football program are way up this year,” Spartans Co-athletic Director Keeko Georgelas said. “(Head Coach Todd Thompson) has the staff around him that he wants and the kids all know him and his system much better. We all think the team will be much improved over last year.” l



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Murray Parkway Golf Course ready to roll into another busy summer season By Carl Fauver |


urray Parkway Golf Course head professional John Pearson has been calling that patch of grass — north of Winchester Street and east of the Jordan River — his home away from home, since long before there were any fairways, tees and putting greens. “When I was a kid we used to train our pheasant hunting dogs down here,” Pearson said. “And now I’ve worked here at the course since the year after it opened.” It was July 1986 when Murray’s only municipally-owned golf course got its start. Fourteen years later it was renamed the Lynn F. Pett Murray Parkway Golf Course, in honor of the city’s mayor from 1990 to 1998. Before becoming mayor himself, Lynn was an executive assistant to Murray Mayor Lavar McMillan (1986-89). “Lynn was instrumental in helping to acquire this property and in creating this golf course,” Pearson added. “I will always be very grateful to him, and to the golf pro who proceeded me — and gave me my first job here — Gary Healy.” Now that their summer season is arriving, the Parkway will be bustling with activity up to 16 hours a day, during its 33rd year of operation. “We typically host well over 200 golfers a day during the summer,” Pearson said. “People start teeing off as early as 5:30 in the morning, and go until it’s too dark to see, 9:30 at night. Our tee times go off every eight minutes. On at least one day last summer we had 300 golfers.” The Murray Parkway Course keeps its 150 acres and 6,900 yards of golf attractive and green in a unique way. Course Superintendent David Carruth has been in charge of maintaining it for 22 years. “When this course was built, it was designed to capture (rainwater) runoff from a large area,” he said. “Water flows to us from as far east as Highland Drive. It runs through pipes below I-215. When it runs through there, rain from the belt route is also captured. All of that runoff accounts for about 85 percent of the water we use.” Carruth said the Murray Parkway Golf Course irrigation system is so unique and well-respected, it has received awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Our excess water flows directly into the Jordan River,” he added. “It’s a very efficient system, and we’re proud of it.” While keeping the grass well irrigated is not a problem at the course, there is a different one — a problem that follows a nationwide trend. “Our number of golf rounds have gone down in recent years, just as they have everywhere in the country,” Pearson said. “The younger generation just isn’t playing as much

John Pearson began working at the Murray Parkway Golf Course in 1987, just a year after it opened. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

as they have in the past. We have nearly always turned a profit here at the course, but not in recent years.” Despite that trend however, Pearson said he has not heard any talk of closing the course. “We are still one of the busiest golf courses in Utah, so I don’t think that will happen,” he said. In recent years — to help boost golfer numbers — the course has begun hosting men’s and women’s league play. Men’s league play is held Tuesdays and Thursdays. In 10 years, participation has grown from 45 league members to about 350. The women’s league plays on Mondays, under coordinator Tricia Cooke. “We started six years ago with 35 women in the league and this year we will go over 100 for the first time,” Cooke said. “We charge each woman $35 to participate, but all of that goes back to them with our end of the year banquet, trophies and other prizes.” On the men’s side, 1978 Murray High School graduate Deno Roumpos is a league regular. He’s also the de facto president of the “Golf Pro John Pearson Fan Club.” “(Pearson) has turned our league tournaments into a huge success,” Roumpos said. “The staff gathers prize donations and we have tournaments that outdraw private country club tournaments all over the state. That’s incredible for a little municipal course, and it’s all due to John and his staff.” Finally, the course is also home to the Eagle Café, independently leased to and operated by Bryan Gonzales. “I have made so many lifelong friends in my 31 years working here,” Pearson concluded. “Our golfers grow very close to one another. And there’s always room for new people as well.” For more information about Murray Parkway Golf Course costs and tee times, call 801262-4653. l

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Two Murray High graduates help bring a lot of recreation choices to community By Carl Fauver |


pair of Murray High School graduates — with nearly a half century of experience between them, working for the same employer — are among those keeping the recreation portion of the city’s parks and rec department purring along like a finely-oiled machine. “If you are passionate about what you do, your outcomes will reflect your efforts,” Murray Recreation Director Cory Plant said. He’ll tell you that’s an original quote from him, though a Google search may differ. But why quibble with the dean of Murray rec. “I graduated from Murray High School in 1976 after playing football and baseball, wrestling and even cheerleading,” Plant said. “I suffered a knee injury and couldn’t play sports my senior year. That’s when I switched to cheerleading. I’ve just always loved being around sports… which is why I love it here.” After earning two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s (sports management) all at the University of Utah, Plant began what is now a 33-year career at the Murray Recreation Department in 1984. “I was a recreation coordinator my first 11 years, and became director in 1996,” he added. “When I started I was one of three full-time employees and we offered about 25 different sports programs. Now that we have added the Park Center in Murray, our number of full time employees is up to eight, and we administer more than 100 sporting activities.” The Murray Recreation budget has also grown in that time, from about $150,000 to some $3 million. One of those five fulltime employees who have joined the department since Plant’s arrival is Marci Williams, the Park Center director. Back when bell bottoms and the Bee Gees were king,

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The Park Center in Murray features two separate pools including this one with a lazy river and toys. (Cory Plant)

For generations now, the Murray Park outdoor swimming pool has been going strong each summer. (Cory Plant)

Willliams was a Murray High School sophomore at the same time Plant was a senior. “I graduated from Murray in 1978 — two years after Cory — and have worked in and around sports since before graduating,” Williams said. “I was in the private sector for more than 22 years, before accepting this job in July 2002, four months before the Park Center opened. I’m the only director they’ve had.” Williams is just one of three full-time employees at the Park Center, though the facility also boasts about 165 part-timers. “We have so many different activities in here, including volleyball, basketball, a

running track, weights, cardio equipment… not to mention two separate swimming pools,” she added. “One of my biggest frustrations is that I still run into people who tell me, ‘I didn’t know there’s a rec center in Murray Park.’ We’ve been open nearly 16 years. It’s time to come find us.” The Murray High School boys and girls swim teams and the Spartans’ water polo club teams have been using the recreation center’s pool since the facility opened. Memberships to the Park Center in Murray come in all sizes, shapes and costs, for individuals, couples, families and seniors. The center is also home to the Murray Recre-

ation Department’s most popular adult activity. “We have volleyball sessions year round, 2-on2, 4-on-4, and full 6-on-6 games,” Plant said. “Over a year we’ll have close to 900 participants, though some of those are being counted more than once, if they play in multiple sessions.” Still, Plant is quick to add that this is not the Murray Recreation Department’s overall busiest program. “We have about 1,500 participants in soccer every year,” Plant added. “That’s pre-K through 12th grade, playing on parks and rec fields and at local schools. We have a great working relationship with the Murray School District.” Plant is also proud of the opening — less than a year ago — of six new, outdoor pickleball courts, near the Murray Boys and Girls Club. And, he said, kickball has also taken off in recent years. “We’re always trying something new to encourage people to get out and be active,” Plant added. “We’re looking at starting a wiffleball league and other things as well.” The overall number of people who participated in Murray rec activities last year was about 15,000, nearly double the 8,100 participants they had in Plant’s first year on the job. “To be the best, you have to work harder than the rest,” Plant concluded, again claiming the quote as his own. Don’t Google — let him own it. For a third of a century he’s been working hard to give Murray residents an awful lot to do. They should be way too busy to have time to check quote sources on their laptop. For information about Murray Recreation Department programs call 801-2642614. For questions specific to the Park Center in Murray dial 801-284-4271. l

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hree-time Olympian Jake Gibb, 42, who hails from Utah, is coming home for an exhibition beach volleyball match and clinic Saturday, June 16 during a Wasatch Beach Volleyball Juniors tournament at the Utah Sports Mall, located at 5445 S. 900 East in Murray. “I love interactions with kids who want to learn about volleyball,” Gibb said. “It’s a cool position to be in with the wealth of knowledge I have and to be able to share a little bit of that. I just want to share my passion and help people see that and feel that.” “Jake is a global icon in the beach volleyball community,” said WBV Juniors Director Warren Van Schalkwyk. “He is also one of the most down-to-earth people you’d ever meet. To have Jake participate in this event speaks to his love for the game and his willingness to give back.” Gibb grew up in Bountiful, the youngest of 11 children, and played basketball and golf in high school until he tried boys volleyball on a club team his senior year. Following an LDS mission, he played with his twin brother, Coleman —who is 6 inches shorter than the 6-foot-7 Jake—in a Utah Outdoor Volleyball tournament in the “B” division and took second place. “We thought that was pretty good,” Gibb said. “So, there was my real competitive start to outdoor volleyball, in a ‘B’ tournament on grass.” While playing on grass, Gibb said he often watched the players on the sand and thought they were “pretty cool cats with their tattoos and everything.” One of those players—a Utah legend named Joe Famasino—asked Gibb if he wanted to play with him. “Here I was, this big clunky kid, and I literally was so nervous that Joe was talking to me that I couldn’t even remember my phone number to give him,” Gibb said. And, that was just the beginning of Gibb’s rise in the sport while he studied business at the University of Utah and married his wife, Jane. Following graduation and working toward becoming a loan officer, his wife encouraged him to give professional beach volleyball a try. So, the pair moved to California in 2002 for a two-year trial run to see if the sport could become their livelihood. “That’s the scariest move I’ve ever made in my life,” Gibb said. “I was comfortable being where I was at as the best in Utah. Good thing I was young; I don’t think I would do it now.” Gibb said he showed up at a beach in California for the first time, trying to get into a game and was told there was a six game wait. “I left the beach that day without getting a game and with my tail wagging between my legs think-

Pro beach volleyball player Jake Gibb, from Utah, has been a top player on the world circuit for several years. The three-time Olympian will appear in an exhibition match and then host a clinic during a Wasatch Beach Volleyball Juniors tournament Saturday, June 16 at the Utah Sports Mall. (Photo courtesy Jake Gibb)

ing, ‘Nobody knows that I’m pretty good,’” he said. Gibb’s wait for a court paid off, and by 2004, Gibb won his first Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) tour title and was named the Most Valuable Player the next season. He has since won 27 more titles with several partners —most notably, Sean Rosenthal and Casey Patterson—and competed at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, placing tied for fifth twice and 19th. For the past year and a half, he has been partnered with Taylor Crabb and feels “fortunate to get a young kid who doesn’t know how good he is yet.” Gibb, who is the father of 6-year-old Crosby and 3-year-old Cora Jane, said, “This sport has given me my entire lifestyle,” he said. “I feel like I’m the most fortunate guy on the planet.” The June 16 match and clinic in Murray is free although seating will be limited. Spectators will be able to take pictures with Gibb and hear about his experiences from over two decades in the sport. l

Pro beach volleyball player Jake Gibb, from Utah, has been a top player on the world circuit for several years. The three-time Olympian will appear in an exhibition match and then host a clinic during a Wasatch Beach Volleyball Juniors tournament Saturday, June 16 at the Utah Sports Mall. (Photo courtesy Jake Gibb)

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