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urray School District teachers may be looking at nearly $7,000 salary increase next fall. At the Murray Board of Education meeting May 9, Board President Kami Anderson announced that under the proposal, teachers would receive an increase of $6,961, with starting pay at $50,000, and maximum salary at $86,291. “As part of our ongoing efforts to show appreciation and support to teachers in the Murray City School District, along with strengthening our ability to hire and retain the best teaching talent possible, we, the Murray Board of Education, are looking to provide a signification increase in our teacher salaries for the upcoming 2019-20 school year,” Anderson said at the meeting. While the Board of Education has unanimously agreed to this compensation package increase, which equates to a total value of 13.93 percent, a tentative settlement agreement has been presented to leadership of the Murray Education Association and was to be discussed on May 10 as part of the scheduled negotiations. The last increase for teachers was this past school year, when starting salaries were increased to $43,039, a 4.46 percent increase. Anderson said the proposed 2019-20 teacher raises will be made possible with a community investment in our teachers in the manner of a property tax increase, which will be presented for approval at a required Truth-in-Taxation hearing this August. The impact upon taxpayers would be approximately $93 a year on a $250,000 home, she added, however the proposed tax increase will be earmarked at 100 percent toward teacher salaries. Utah’s Truth-in-Taxation law shifts the base for taxation from a fixed rate to a fixed revenue amount, with a sliding scale for population growth or to reflect property value. It also requires local government entities to notify the public and hold hearings to allow transparency to decision-making about taxes. However, those on a fixed income can file an appeal called a circuit breaker with the Utah State Tax Commission to prevent their taxes from increasing. There also are exemptions such as veterans with disabilities, legally blind property owners, active or reserved duty armed forces and others. (For more information, see tax.utah.gov/forms/pubs/pub-36.pdf) In addition, the Board of Education is also working toward substantial salary increases for classified employees. “We are also working on classified employee raises, and

In May, Murray’s Board of Education proposed a faculty salary increase of almost $7,000 to show its appreciation of teachers, like Grant Elementary’s Ginger Shaw, seen here helping students. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

want all of our employees to know that we appreciate them and take very seriously our job of providing the students of Murray with the best education possible. Without our outstanding teachers and staff, this would not be possible,” Anderson said. On April 23, Canyons School District announced its proposed starting teacher pay increase to $50,000, which at the time, was the highest in the state. Two days later, Granite School District announced their educator package, including boosting teacher salaries from a starting range of $43,483 and topping out at $84,255 with a 3 percent bonus annually. In Murray, teachers were grateful upon hearing the announcement. At McMillan Elementary, Ann Saltzman said it will have a direct impact on current and future Murray teachers. “This is great news for our district as it will be fantastic for employee morale and will be in line or consistent with the moves that other school districts are making with salary changes,” she said. “Additionally, this move will be extreme-

ly beneficial from a strategic recruiting perspective as it will put us in a better position to recruit and source high-quality teacher candidates.” Twenty-four-year veteran Longview Elementary teacher Tina Nilsson supports the Board’s proposal. “It’s about time,” she said. “Our new teachers cannot even qualify for a loan on a house. For a state that values families, we sure do not seem to put our money where our mouth is. I realize, as a taxpayer, that many feel they just keep being asked for more and more money for education and it just doesn’t seem to trickle down. Teachers need to be able to live — buy a house, pay off student loans.” Murray High construction and manufacturing teacher Quinn Drury agrees. “A teacher should be able to provide for his family on his wage,” he said. “You pay for what you value. Our kids are our most valuable possession. They are our future. Second only to the parents, the teacher has the most influence on the child’s future success.” l

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‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ returns to Murray

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Benjamin Stanford as Joseph, center, poses with Patrick Risk and Andrew Schultz as his scheming brothers in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” (Photo courtesy of Lynn Chatterton)


hat is purple and white and pink and orange and blue? If you know the rest of the lyrics, then you know it’s the nominal piece of clothing in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The musical will open Murray Park Amphitheater’s (495 E. 5300 South) Arts in the Park summer season, running June 20–22, 24–26. With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Joseph” depicts the biblical tale of Joseph, who is given a magnificent coat of many colors and his journey from favored son to slave to the right-hand man of Pharaoh. “‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’ at its core, is a story of a boy who had amazing dreams and the struggles he went through to make them happen. Sometimes people get in our way, sometimes our circumstances. But if we keep our head high, believe in our own worth, and put in the time and effort, dreams can become a reality,” said Assistant Director Mike Romney. The musical is popular with Murray audiences, having graced the amphitheater’s stage many times before. “‘Joseph’ has indeed been done many times, and countless different themes or concepts have been put on this show. We have decided to bring it back more to how it was originally written. There will be a few unique things; but as a whole, we are taking it back to its roots,” Romney said. In the namesake role, Benjamin Stanford will play Joseph. As the narrator, two women, Alana Woodbury and Lauren Benjamin Smith, will take on the part. Michael Allen Gray is cast as Joseph’s father, Jacob. As the Elvis-styled Pharoah, Brady Misustin. Rounding out the cast is Tyson Jensen, Potiphar; Melissa Van Dam, Potiphar’s wife;

Cast as Joseph and his brothers are (front, l to r): Brady Misustin, Nathan Asay, Andrew Schultz, Benjamin Stanford, Patrick Risk, Tyson Jensen and Gavin Lewis. Back: Zack Spurlock, Scott Urie and Peter Hughes. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Chatterton)

Hailee Christensen, the butler; and Jenika Young as the baker. Veteran director Lynn Chatterton will helm the production. “To prepare these actors to take on their roles, we make sure they know their music first. During the music rehearsals we talk a little bit about characterization and how they can accomplish that vocally,” Romney said. “Then during blocking and choreography rehearsals we really get into who they are as characters. What is their goal? What do they want in each scene and from each person they interact with? Understanding those things helps develop your role and makes blocking and choreography make more sense to the story.” “Joseph” requires an unusually large cast, as, of course, Joseph had 11 brothers and their wives. The brothers are played by Scott Urie, Patrick Risk, Tyson Jensen, Peter Hughes, Brady Misustin, Andrew Schultz, Nathan Asay, Brandon Packard, Gavin Lewis, Parker Lewis and Zack Spurlock. Their wives are played by Hailee Christensen, Stephanie Cole, Cassidy Lewis, Ashely Mordwinow, Deborah Naylor, Adelle Remke, Erin Probst, Melissa Van Dam, Chelsea West, Eliza Williams and Jennica Young. The production also has a large children’s chorus composed of Henry Bowles, Bella Brewer, Spencer Brewer, Presley Call, Phillip Hurst, Angel Richardson, Annelise Slater, Amy Weight, Lauren Probst, Jordyn Probst, Katie Ketchoyan, Lily Williams and Adi Pressman. According to Romney, “The hardest part of staging this production is, honestly, the size of the cast. With a show that requires this many people, it makes every aspect of the show that much more difficult. But we have an amazing cast of performers that will be able to handle the massive nature of this show.”

Murray Park Amphitheater’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” starts June 20. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Chatterton)

“Joseph” is a musical that inspires people to become repeat ticket buyers, but Romney pointed out that there are many aspects of the play that even repeat viewers may miss. “I think ‘Joseph’ is a show that many people love for the fun, upbeat music and crazy characters,” Romney said. “However, what I think some people forget is how we can all relate to every character. I would encourage the audience to search for something that resonates with them among the fun music and crazy characters.” l

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Murray dentist leads medical mission to Morocco By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

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sk most dentists what they would do with two weeks off work, and many would likely be out golfing, swooshing down ski slopes, or just relaxing by a hotel pool. But not so for dentist Andrew Hutchison. The born and raised Murrayite recently spent over two weeks in Morocco, seeing patients in a country where there are over 7,000 people per dentist. Tata, Morocco, is a world away from White Pine Dental (597 W. 5300 South), Hutchison’s practice in Murray. The people who live there are far less affluent than the Murray patients who see him regularly. According to Morocco’s Ministry of Health, in 2012, 60 to 90 percent of Moroccan children suffer from oral diseases. The risk of tooth decay is 82 percent by age 12 and 92 percent for those between 35 and 44 years of age. “I was asked to participate in a large, multi-branch military exercise in Morocco in March called African Lion,” said the Murray High graduate and captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. African Lion is an annually scheduled, bilateral, U.S. and Moroccan sponsored exercise that involved various types of training, including military readiness, peacekeeping operations, as well as medical and dental assistance projects. “We set up a large compound of medical tents in a dusty field, much like the TV show ‘M*A*S*H.’ Citizens of the local and neighboring towns would arrive as early as 3 a.m., and by the time we arrived at 7 a.m. (a seven-hour bus ride from the nearest city), the line was many times 800 people deep,” noted Hutchison. “For two weeks we triaged patients and sent them to get different types of treatment, ranging from dental, optometry, pharmacy, and surgery. Our group was about 160 National Guard and Air Force Reserve members, most of them from Utah.” Morocco sits on the northwest edge of

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Africa, with coastlines bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. A third of its population work in rural agriculture. Hutchison had to prepare by not only getting the right visas and vaccines necessary but also by being trained for the oral conditions he would encounter there. Additionally, he had to make sure his patients in Murray would be taken care of while he was away. “It was a very rigorous schedule every day. It wasn’t a vacation, and we didn’t get much time to see any sights. We had rudimentary dental instruments, and all day long we were in a hot and dusty tent. We had all ages of patients, from kids to the elderly,” Hutchison said. “Many people had abscessed teeth and had been dealing with pain for many years. We didn’t have chairs for ourselves, so we had to stand all day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., without breaks, taking teeth out. It was very grueling for 10 straight days.” Hutchison also had to deal with multiple language barriers. Morocco not only has the official languages of Arabic and French, but it has many different local dialects. Translators had to communicate to the dentist, and vice versa, all while the patients were having a tooth removed. “By the end of the two weeks, we could all say things like ‘open, close, how are you, nice to meet you, does it hurt,’ in Arabic and that helped,” Hutchison said. Throughout his experience, Hutchison appreciated the people of Morocco and the patients he worked on. “They would sit and wait from early in the morning and then all day in the hot sun just for the chance to get a tooth extracted. They were so kind, and we received many warm hugs and kind words. The people were very appreciative and kind, and most people usually hate the dentist!” l

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AISU high school director Wallace cherishes memories of her time as a ‘woodsman’ By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Abbey Wallace sometimes wielded a saw taller than she is, while competing for her Colby College Woodsmen team. (Photo courtesy Abbey Wallace)


his has been a challenging spring for administrators, faculty, students and parents associated with the soon-to-close American International School of Utah (AISU), housed in what was once the 49th Street Galleria amusement venue, west of I-15, near 4900 South. The school’s board of directors voted unanimously last month to close the Murray school after five years of operation. The final day for students is June 7. The move displaces about 1,300 students and 170 full- and part-time employees. This story has nothing more to do with that closure – but everything to do with one of those 170 employees – who, less than a decade ago, participated in one of the most interesting and unusual college athletic club teams you have never heard of. Soon-to-depart AISU High School Director (“principal”) Abbey Wallace competed on her Colby College Woodsmen team, in Waterville, Maine from 2009 to 2012. “There was a boys’ team and a girls’ team, but we were all called woodsmen,” Wallace said. “I discovered the team within a week of arriving on campus, during club recruitment day. First, we heard chain saws revving. Then I saw their recruitment poster, with the slogan, ‘It’s like lacrosse…but with axes.’ I was hooked pretty quick.”

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Backing up a couple of years, Wallace and her three siblings were raised in a Washington, D.C. suburb and attended a private school, where her mother served on the board of directors. At a young age, Abbey developed a yearning for international travel – a desire she still holds today. “While I was in high school, our family hosted two exchange students, boys, from South Africa,” Wallace said. “Then later in the year, I traveled to South Africa and also stayed with a family there for about a month. It was my first international trip without a parent. I knew travel was something I would want to do for the rest of my life.” When not seeing the world (Wallace also visited Mexico and Australia, with family, at a young age), she played soccer and lacrosse for her high school team. Soccer became a near year-round sport for her – and something she considered continuing in college. “I started at Colby College in the fall of 2008, and by then I had pretty well decided I did not want to devote the time necessary to try out and play for their women’s soccer team,” Wallace added. “I chose to attend Colby College (615 miles northeast of her home), because 70 percent of their students study abroad at some point in their college career. International travel was still a high priority.”

Having never heard of lumberjacking as a competitive sport – because really, other than Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, who has – Abbey and her new freshman friends set out for their on-campus club day. “After talking with Woodsmen Club members, about a week later I attended a demonstration,” Wallace said. “In an open, wooded area – across the street from our campus – there was a small wooden cabin the club had built… and inside were all of the trophies and plaques they had won over the years. I remember, the entire cabin ceiling was covered with plaques.” The group Wallace was quickly growing enamored with describes itself on its home webpage (web.colby.edu/woodsmen): “The Colby Woodsmen’s Team is a student athletic club. We practice old-time logging skills such as standing-block chop, log rolling, sawing, pole climbing; and newer events such as axe throw and chainsaw. We travel to about six intercollegiate meets each year. Our team is co-ed and open to any Colby students who are interested. No experience is necessary! All you need is a willingness to learn and a good sense of humor.” Woodsmen meets are held in both the United States and Canada. “It’s very much a student-run team,” Wallace said. “We did have a coach; but

mostly we helped each other practice and train. The competition consists of six singles events (one person), three doubles events and three or four team events. I tried them all, and found wood chopping to be my specialty. It was a lot of fun.” Of the six annual woodsmen meets, Wallace said, “by far,” one was the most prestigious. “The spring meet came at the end of the season and the winner of that meet got to keep the traveling trophy at their school for the next year,” she said. However, as Wallace arrived at the spring meet in her junior year at Colby, the women’s woodsmen team had still never earned that prestigious lumberjacking trophy. In 2011, the two-day meet was held in east-central New York state, in the small town of Cobleskill. “That was the highlight of my woodsman career,” Wallace said. “And we literally had no idea we had won the women’s championship until it was over and they were announcing what place each school had earned.” Wallace said her sport was not high-tech. There was no large scoreboard showing how each team was standing in the meet. When they finally heard their Colby College name announced as the 2011 Women’s Spring Meet

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champions, it was a special moment. “It was just so crazy; we were yelling and screaming,” she said. “Our team motto was ‘one team, one love.’ It was just so exciting to share that moment with a group of friends that I probably never would have met, if not for this unusual sport.” The following year, Wallace was the senior captain of her Woodsmen team, which barely came up short in defending their spring meet title. Soon after that, she graduated from Colby College in international studies and anthropology. That was spring of 2012. Just four years later, Wallace started her career at AISU in Murray. In between she taught learning and testing strategies at 14 schools in six countries (including Jamaica, Bermuda and Australia); earned a master’s degree in international education management; and even spent a year in Louisiana, working (off camera) on the movie “Pitch Perfect 2.” With AISU preparing to close its doors, Wallace will be among those employees seeking work elsewhere. She’s already demonstrated, her next career step could be taken here in the United States or just about anywhere else in the world. Wallace’s next job is not likely to involve chopping logs with an axe or cutting them with a 6-foot hand saw. But she spent four unforgettable years demonstrating she Abbey Wallace competed on her Colby College In 2011, Abbey Wallace was a member of the first Colby College female Woodsmen team to win their prestiWoodsmen team in Waterville, Maine. (Photo cour- gious, season-ending spring meet. (Photo courtesy Abbey Wallace) could do that as well. l tesy Abbey Wallace)

Murray High softball helps raise $10K for cancer research By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he Murray High School softball team was among 14 area teams who recently participated in the 17th annual Swing for Life softball tournament held at the Larry H. Miller Cottonwood Complex. Between the teams and other fundraising efforts, more than $10,000 was raised for cancer research, according to founder Kathy Howa, Rowland Hall-St. Marks School’s softball coach and a breast cancer survivor. Swing for Life has donated more than $1 million to the Huntsman Cancer Institute over the past 17 years. Photos courtesy of Kathy Howa. l

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Murray-born charity KidsEat outgrows its current digs By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


hen demand outpaces supply that is usually a good thing. However, when you are the Murray-born charity KidsEat, which addresses food insecurity in children, high demand means there are more hungry kids needing help. Demand for KidsEat services is exceeding what they can provide; and to try and meet that demand, they are pulling out all the stops. KidsEat is growing and needs to relocate to a larger building from which to distribute food, which works out well for their landlord, Murray City. KidsEat’s current offices are housed in the former Creekside School. That building is slated to be mothballed by the city and eventually razed to make way for new development. One of KidsEat’s corporate partners, USANA, has been generous and has volunteered to provide the charity with space in a building they own near the USANA campus. At the end of May, KidsEat will move its operations into the USANA warehouse, temporarily, until their new digs are ready for occupancy later this summer. “This is just part of USANA’s support of KidsEat,” said KidsEat Executive Director Geoff Partain. “Over the past year, USANA employees, through their donations to the True Health Foundation (USANA’s philanthropic arm), have paid for enough food to fill nearly 9,000 backpacks of food. Then they volunteered their time to fill the backpacks and distribute them to some of the schools we support. USANA is committed to continuing their support of KidsEat, and combined with help from other organizations, businesses, and especially caring individuals in our community, we are able to feed more than 850 children each week. Sadly, many thousands need our help.” KidsEat, founded by Lynda Brown, started as a post-retirement, keep-busy project, but has had to change and readjust as an organization to meet growing community needs. Even with larger corporate backers like USANA, the charity still depends on donations from community groups, churches

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Leaders of KidsEat and organizations that receive KidsEat backpacks (l-r): Lynda Brown; Geoff Partain; Carolyn Haskins, DDI Head Start; Joy Sanford, principal McMillan Elementary; Bob Dunn, Boys & Girls Clubs. (Photo courtesy KidsEat)

and fundraisers, like its Help Us Bloom Garden Party being held June 15. “KidsEat hasn’t really reorganized, we’ve just grown,” Partain said. “As KidsEat became too big for one person to do everything, I started picking up the slack. Then, as Lynda’s health became an issue, I took on more responsibility. At one point, we received a substantial grant that stipulated that some of the funds were to be used to hire someone to help with administrative and fundraising tasks, and that person was me. I began receiving a very small stipend to satisfy that grant’s requirements. That’s when the board hired me as executive director of KidsEat.” Brown and Partain belonged to an organization that met in the back room of a bar, where speakers would present information on various issues. She told Partain about the organization she was forming, and Partain said he’d love to help. “I’ve been with her ever since. Because

Members of the KidsEat executive board include (lr) Jackie Detmers, Bob Dunn, Lynda Brown, Nathan Monett and Geoff Partain. (Photo courtesy KidsEat)

of my management experience, my extensive experience with nonprofits and my flexible schedule, I had the time, and skill set to be of use to Lynda and KidsEat,” Partain said. Partain has extensive experience with

many volunteer organizations, including arts, political, civil rights and health organizations. Currently, he also works with the Utah Arts Festival, the Utah Arts Alliance and the Democratic Party. What was started as a service for the Murray Boys & Girls Club now receives requests for aid from throughout Salt Lake Valley. KidsEat has grown beyond providing weekend meals to Murray School District kids and is now working with neighboring Granite and Salt Lake School districts. “The outlook is bleak. Even in this time of low unemployment, wages are still low, and the wage gap between upper management and everyone else is widening. In most cases, families cannot live on, and prosper with, the income of a single working parent,” Partain said. “A vast number of parents are living paycheck to paycheck, and one unexpected expense or missed paycheck is enough to send a family into a financial downward spiral.” l

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Veteran calls on Murray to remember Flag Day By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

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f you have walked along the Jordan River Parkway or dropped your kids off at the Boys & Girls Club in Murray, then you can thank Martin “Marty” Lynn Smart for helping those get started. However, it is honoring the freedoms that the flag represents that Smart hopes we all remember. “At every opportunity, we should salute the flag and make it an honorable thing for everyone to do. We should be doing that all the time. We have slipped some, over time, as a country and don’t do it as much now, but we should salute it every chance we get,” Smart said. The octogenarian has spent a lifetime serving his country and community and was instilled with a deep sense of patriotism when he was a boy. One of his earliest memories is of visiting the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll when his family lived in Washington, D.C. He remembers seeing First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt coming out on the White House grounds and greeting everyone, and President Franklin Roosevelt, seated in a wheelchair, waving to everyone from the balcony. Experiences like these instilled in him the desire to serve his country, and when his family moved to Utah, he and his friends started a club called the United States Marine Corp Boys Reserve. Little did he know that his country would call him up to serve in a more official capacity. Also, as a boy, he was fortunate to have several teachers who influenced his decision to become an engineer. One of his math teachers, an inventor by the name of Philo Farnsworth, taught Smart that he could love math. He also talked to Smart about his ideas for television. In 1949, Smart attended Snow College on a football scholarship. Not long after that,




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Murray’s summer entertainment schedule heats up with full slate By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


et your picnic blankets ready and your sunscreen on; Murray’s summer art season is officially in full swing. This summer’s offerings provide a full schedule of concerts, theatre and spoken word that features something for everyone. This year’s events kicked off with the 4th annual Story Crossroads Festival on May 15. The festival featured a story train. While honoring the First Transcontinental Railroad, Karl Behling performed as a mountain man sharing the cultures he experienced in 1869. Israeli Noa Baum and Texas-based and West African-influenced Oba William King shared the stage and took audiences beyond the railway experience. Theater Outdoor musical theater season begins in June with the return of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s tale takes to the Murray Park Amphitheater (495 E. 5300 South) stage June 20–22, 24–26. “Beauty and the Beast,” based on Disney’s Broadway musical, is slated to take the amphitheater stage July 25–27, 29–31. In August, the Murray Arts Council will offer its final summer musical, “Little Women,” Aug. 9, 10, 12, and 15–17. For up-and-coming actors, Murray City Cultural Arts is sponsoring the Kids Act Up Drama Camp. Aspiring actors can learn the fundamentals of being on stage. Activities will include improv games, musical theatre, props and how to develop a show. A performance for parents will be held at the end of the camp. Concerts Do you ever burst out singing when an ABBA song plays on the radio? Then you are invited, along with the rest of the “Dancing Queens,” to the “Mamma Mia” sing-along on June 1 in the amphitheater. The 2008 movie will play on the screen with captions so that you can break out in song. “Musicals We All Know & Love” is the theme of Murray Concert Band’s June 29 amphitheater performance. Not to be forgotten is the Murray Symphony finale on June 8, “I Got Rhythm,” celebrating classic jazz and big band music under the stars at the amphitheater. Free summer lunch concerts are held every Tuesday at noon in Murray Park Pavilion #5 from June through August. Bring your sack lunch and enjoy an hour of entertainment. Also held in Pavilion #5, free children’s matinee concerts every Thursday at 2 p.m. Family night concerts are held the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Senior Recreation Center outdoor plaza located at 10 E. 6150 South. Firefall, the 1970’s rock band, will per-

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form at the amphitheater on Aug. 23. Best known for their hit, “You Are the Woman,” the band has three gold albums, two platinum albums, and 11 chart-topping singles. Put down that synthesizer and catch the closing event of the amphitheater’s summer season, the Murray Acoustic Music Festival. The festival runs Sept. 2-3 and features many Intermountain West-based acoustic music groups. Ballet Ballet Under the Stars, produced by Murray’s Ballet Centre, will grace the amphitheater stage on July 12 and 13. Library Looking for a way to keep your kids reading during the break from school? Sign them up for the summer reading program at Murray Library. The library’s reading program is especially rewarding for youngsters, as the program always ends with a huge endof-summer bash featuring prizes and a fire hose. Of course, the library has programs this summer for the whole family to enjoy. On June 18, Tracy Aviary stops by to talk birds. On July 9, the folks from Bad Dog Arts set up for an hour of squishy space art. The predators return on July 29, when HawkWatch

The second Monday night of each month, Murray Senior Recreation Center (10 E. 6150 South) offers free summer entertainment on their outdoor plaza.

visits. The library offers activities every day The Salt Lake County Library stops by for kids: magic shows, Irish dancing, Legos, Wheeler Farm at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornmovies and more. For a calendar of library ings at the ice house for songs and stories events, visit murraylibrary.org. meant for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Unsung Heroes In Our Community Caring From the Heart

“Anything I do, my heart goes with it,” said Nonette Miraflor. She is a caregiver at Pheasant Run in South Jordanan Alzhiemer’s Special Care Center, but she began caregiving in 1993 in San Francisco, then 14 years in Phoenix before coming to Utah. I think it’s a gift to have the heart for caregiving,” she said. Nonette definitely has this gift. The administrator at Pheasant Run, Rhett Wimmer agrees. He said “Nonette is extra tender and compassionate with our residents, while at the same time giving her best effort. She is always willing to jump in no matter how undesirable the task might be and she is steady and consistent in her caring performance.” Her experience has taught her to respect everyone, “I respect my supervisors, coworkers, the residents and their families. With the residents I am patient and I don’t boss or talk down to them.” Nonette is surely an unsung hero in many lives! Sponsored by:

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urray School District will provide free lunch on weekdays to attending children 18 years or younger. Meals will be served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Monday, June 10 through Friday, July 26 at the three elementary schools and one junior high. The schools providing lunches are Horizon Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Parkside Elementary and Hillcrest

Junior High. In addition, lunches will be provided at the Fireclay Apartments and Frontgate Apartments. To find other locations for free summer meals, text “food” to 877-877 or for more information, contact Murray School District food services at (801) 264-7400. l

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Growing from grief: Murray family raises money for BrockStrong Foundation By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

Brock Butler, second from right, performs with his band. His family has set up a fund to honor his memory by providing grants for children to take music lessons. (Photo courtesy Lori Haglund)


here’s a desperate feeling that comes while waiting for an organ donation. The Haglunds know the feeling all too well. Since he was 10, Rick and Lori’s 21-year-old son, Brock Butler, had been battling an autoimmune disease that affects the liver called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC); its only resolve is a liver transplant. Eight days after his birthday in 2012, Brock died waiting for a transplant. While Brock’s family journeyed through their grief, they decided to do something positive in Brock’s memory and create the BrockStrong Foundation. Lori Haglund explained: “We raise money to provide private music lessons for children who could not otherwise afford it, and we are also trying to raise awareness of the need for organ donation.” Organ donation and music lessons seem like an unusual pairing, but it makes sense once you understand Brock. Growing up, he could only dream of playing music, as his single mother was not able to afford lessons. When she remarried, his family finally had the means for music lessons. “He learned music—playing saxophone in the Cottonwood High band and guitar in bands with his brother and friends. He loved spending time with his friends and family… and chasing girls,” Lori said. “Brock graduated from Cottonwood High and enrolled at Salt Lake Community College with an honors-at-entrance scholarship, thinking at first that he would be an engineer.” Around the time Brock graduated from high school, his health took a turn for the worse. His care transferred from Primary Children’s Hospital to Intermountain Medical Center, and his name was added to the transplant waiting list. In September 2012, Brock

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celebrated his 21st birthday in the Intensive Care Unit, where one nurse even brought in a birthday cake decorated like a liver. In spite of the attention of skilled and compassionate doctors and nurses, who fought around the clock to keep Brock alive until a suitable liver could be found, Brock could not wait one more day. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 20 people on the transplant waiting list die every day, and there are 113,000 people currently on the list; every 10 minutes, a new person is added. “That next spring (after Brock’s death), the receptionist at my office was planning a get-healthy 5K run for our team and proposed that we turn it into a fundraiser and donate money to Intermountain Donor Services. I guess that’s what really got me thinking about establishing a foundation,” explained Lori. The BrockStrong 5K Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for June 9 at Wheeler Farm. In addition to the fun run, the foundation is also hosting the BrockStrong Music Festival on August 24. “The 5K attracts some amazing sponsors and donors, and on race day hundreds of people show up to support us. It’s a fun family-friendly event that includes live music at the finish line and a raffle and silent auction. The student band at the finish line will feature two BrockStrong grant recipients,” Lori noted. The theme of this year’s event is superheroes, as Brock, in the throes of his disease, would wear a spandex Captain America costume “…every chance he could. For a time, he spent every cent that he made on superhero comic books. We realize now that, maybe, it was a metaphor for his fight with PSC,”

Lori said. This year’s music festival will be held at Haglund’s Ranch at 1575 E. Vine Street. The lineup includes Band on the Moon – four talented musicians who learned and played music with Brock at Wasatch Music Coaching Academy; BlackSheep – a father/sons band led by Steve Shepherd, a former music jammer with Brock; The Disgusting Brothers – including Dr. Ray Thomason, a transplant surgeon who cared for Brock at the hospital; and Dusty Boxcars – featuring a teacher from Cottonwood High School on guitar and vocals. Over the last year, eight children received BrockStrong grants and took music lessons. More information about the BrockStrong Foundation can be found online at www.brockstrong.org. To learn more about becoming an organ donor, visit www.yesutah.org. l

Brock Butler performs with his band. His family has set up a fund to honor his memory by providing grants for children to take music lessons. (Photo courtesy Lori Haglund)

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Murray photographer is a master with the lens By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


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Dave Koch prepares his camera at Mono Lake. (Photo courtesy Dave Koch)


hough few people like to have their picture taken, many are interested in being the one operating the camera. Murrayite David Koch is one of those people. As a professional photographer, he has been fortunate to use camera and film in some unique places and with interesting people. His photographs have recently been featured in Murray City Hall’s Resident on Display showcase. As a cameraman for Fox 13 and various news stations in California, Koch has filmed space shuttle landings and missile launches and has flown with the Navy’s Blue Angels. He has photographed US presidents, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prophets, popes and, almost, the Dalai Lama (more on that later). Impressive subjects considering his early start as a photographer. “My very first camera was a Mickey Mouse 126 Instamatic. I still have pictures I took with that. I was five years old,” Koch said. “It was a Christmas present, and I loved it. Since then, I have just always found a natural affinity for creating images and shooting pictures. It’s not work; it is therapy.” His eye for pointing a lens paid off, and eventually he found himself covering every president from Reagan to Clinton, including being invited to hang out at the Reagan ranch for a barbeque. He covered numerous religious leaders, including Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict. Of course, being in Utah, he has also covered presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Once I got to Salt Lake, interviewing prophets kinda goes with the territory. But the three I remember are Presidents Benson, Monson and Hinckley, whom I had great affection for. We joked around a lot. I was supposed to shoot the visit of the Dalai Lama during his visit to SLC a couple of years ago for the local Tibetan community, but a snafu occurred, and I was not able to. I regret that,” Koch said.

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His favorite person to cover was sportscaster John Madden. The former NFL coach even let Koch try on his Super Bowl ring. “I mentioned my girlfriend at the time, who I am married to now. In any case, when I mentioned her name, Madden said, ‘Lisa Bantz? Not Orval Bantz’s daughter?’ And yes, she is. Turns out Madden is a friend of her dad’s and used to babysit her. And the crazy thing is, I didn’t learn this from her, but from John Madden.” After 10 years in the news business, Koch is still taking pictures, but now has a job with regular hours, shooting images for real estate listings. “Sort of dry and uninspiring you might think, right? Well, yes, it can be. But, you know, I look for something cool in everything I shoot. I mean, not every home is going to be a million-dollar showplace, but I can find a way to make each picture a miniature piece of art in some way: the lighting, the balance, the framing.” It is this attention to detail that he applies to his nature photography, which is collecting awards. Not only have his photos won the top prize at the Utah State Fair and the Utah Best of State Awards, but the National Park Service has selected his photographs for publications. Internationally, his work has been displayed at the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece, and, most recently, at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Having shot so many diverse subjects, one wonders what Koch wants to shoot next. “That so changes on a daily basis. When I decide I want to shoot something, I set out, and I do it. Then on to the next project. I may not do it this week, this month, or this year, but I get to it; I will make it happen. That is the only way I have to make it—no one else is going just to invite me. A photographer has to create their own opportunities. So that is a changing goal.” l

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your murray schools – Murray City School District Newsletter MURRAY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 5102 South Commerce Drive • Murray, UT 84107 Phone 801-264-7400 | Fax 801-264-7456

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A Message from Board of Education President

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Murray City School District Calendar 2019-20

As part of our ongoing efforts to show appreciation and support to teachers in the Murray City School District, along with strengthening our ability to hire and retain the best teaching talent possible, we, the Murray Board of Education, find it important to provide an increase in our teacher salaries for the upcoming 201920 school year. A tentative settlement agreement was accepted by the leadership of the Murray Education Association and will be voted on at an upcoming Board Meeting. We see this investment as a positive step toward inspiring college students to consider teaching as a viable career, and to reinforce our belief that teaching is a destination profession. By elevating the role of a teacher in our District and providing robust Mrs. Kami Anderson ongoing professional development opportunities, this proposed President, Murray new compensation plan shines a light on the Murray City School Board of Education District as a district of preference in a community that supports and values educators. Our classified employees will also be receiving salary increases, since they, too, are an integral part of running our schools and caring for our students. The Murray Board of Education wants all of our employees to know that we appreciate them. We also want our community members to know that we take very seriously our job of providing the students of Murray with the best education possible. Without our outstanding teachers and staff, this would not be possible.

Murray Teacher of the Year; Employee of the Year Congratulations to both of these outstanding MCSD employees. Their exemplary contributions to the District are greatly appreciated! This year’s MCSD Teacher of the Year is Kathy Beesley, 3rd grade teacher at Viewmont Elementary. The Classified Employee of the Year is Cris Westerfield, ESL Coordinator for the District, and ESL para-professional at Parkside Elementary.

Chris Westerfield, left; Kathy Beesley, right.

2018-19 MCSD Retirees

The entire 2019-20 school year calendar is available on the District website, along with other event listings. The Murray Board of Education reserves the right to alter or amend this calendar as may be necessitated by unforeseen events.

2019-20 School Schedules ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Start 8:35 AM ................................ End 3:15 PM Retirees Honored at District Retirement Dinner (Supt. Covington, far right)

Deb Ashton (34 yrs.) .................................................District Coordinator EOSL Sherryl Cowley (34 yrs.) ................................................................. HJH CTE FACS Valerie Jackson (24 yrs.) .................................... Longview 2nd grade teacher Ian MacDonald (35 yrs.) ............................................... MHS chemistry teacher John McConnell (29 yrs.) ....................................................RJH science teacher Tina Nilsson (24 yrs.) ........................................... Longview 5th grade teacher Charisse Orton (30 yrs.) ................................................................MHS CTE FACS Kathy Schroeder (31 yrs.) ............................................................................HJH PE Judy Anderson (28 yrs.) ................................... MHS administrative secretary Shannon Hoff (20 yrs.) ..................................................................... DO secretary Joann Imlay (26 yrs.) ...........................................RJH administrative secretary Martha Christensen (12 yrs.) ..................................Transportation bus driver

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Early Release/Teacher Planning ... Wed. 1:15 PM Kindergarten AM ........................8:35-11:35 AM Kindergarten PM ........................12:15-3:15 PM Kindergarten AM ................ We. 8:35-10:35 AM Kindergarten PM ......... Wed. 11:15 AM-1:15 PM

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS Start 7:55 AM ................................ End 2:40 PM Early Release/Teacher Planning ... Wed. 1:50 PM Start 7:50 AM ................................ End 2:30 PM

Horizon Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Parkside Elementary, Hillcrest Jr. High and Fireclay Apts. and Frontgate Apts. June 10 – July 26,2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Early Release ............................... Wed. 2:00 PM

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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


Mayor’s Message – Do You Count? Those who watched the PBS program Sesame Street while growing up, or with kids or grandkids, are familiar with the lovable character Count von Count. Count loved numbers and was obsessed with counting anything and everything. But there’s a counting event coming up that would be a daunting task even for Count von Count himself: Census 2020! Although it is still months away, you will soon begin to see awareness campaigns for the 2020 Census. It will be here before we know it! April 1, 2020, is officially Census Day. The census is conducted every ten years and is a tool to count our population. It counts people of all ages, races, and ethnic groups, including citizens and non-citizens. It may seem like an inconsequential event, but census data is critical to local governments like Murray City, as well as the State of Utah. If you are wondering why this should matter to you, here’s why: 1. Federal Funding – Billions of dollars are awarded to states and local governments based on population and other data gained from the census; 2. Political Representation – Census data is used to determine the number of federal representatives from each state and is also used to determine federal, state, and local district boundaries; 3. Planning for the Future – Decisions are made about roads, utilities, community centers, and public safety based on census data; 4. Business and Economic Growth – Businesses rely on census data, particularly the demographics and statistics information, to identify customers and potential employees. It also helps them to target areas for expansion and relocation; 5. Community Services – Non-profit groups and public agencies both use census data to identify areas of need and allocate funding to address community issues.

Murray Public Works Department Early Summer 2019 Construction Notice Murray City crews and contractors are scheduled for several reconstruction and maintenance projects beginning in June and July. Sidewalk repairs will begin in July and will be largely in the west side neighborhoods. This will address trip hazards and accessibility. Additionally, following the water line work on Walden Park Drive, the city will reconstruct the entire roadway surface. Two large capital projects will also begin this summer; Utahna Drive Storm Drain and Vine Street from 900 East to 1300 East. The Utahna project will include the construction of a new storm drain line connecting Utahna Drive to a detention basin west of 300 West at about 5800 South. Vine Street will begin in early June and is estimated to be complete within 6 months with new storm drain, curb and gutter, sidewalk, and a new road surface. For more information on Vine Street, refer to the Murray City website or contact via phone 801-946-6750 or email murrayvinest@utah.gov.


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In addition, 50% of the sales tax colmayor@murray.utah.gov lected in Utah cities is redistributed to 801-264-2600 other cities based on population. 5025 S. State Street The 2020 Census will be conducted mostly online, which is a significantly Murray, Utah 84107 different process than we’ve seen in the past. Many of us will find it convenient to access the internet and take the survey online, but others may be challenged by technical difficulties and lack of internet access. To help alleviate these challenges, the Murray City Library plans to offer dedicated Census computers during the counting period. The computers will be set up to only access the Census questionnaire and will be available to the public with no library card required. As we get closer to the Census date, you may see a call for bilingual volunteers at our library and other locations throughout the state to help encourage the entire population to participate in the count. It’s helpful for all of us to understand how census data has benefited our state. According to the “Counting for Dollars 2020 Project” at the George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy: • $5.7 billion in federal funding was received in 2016 by the State of Utah and local governments • $1,870 is the amount of federal funding Utah receives per person • $18.7 million is the amount per year that Utah will lose for every 1,000 people not counted in the 2020 Census Hopefully, you can see how important it is to be counted in the census. With an accurate census count, the state and local cities will have access to more federal dollars to continue building infrastructure and provide necessary services. You Matter – Be Counted!

Message from the Council If you are like me, you anticipate with excitement warmer spring weather and the opportunity to be outdoors, hiking, biking, walking, running, and picnicking in the next few weeks. Let me take this opportunity to warn you to be cautious and put safety first in every activity. The state has experienced record snowfall in northern Utah, with Alta Ski Resort reporting a total of 626 inches in the 2018-2019 season, which is the highest total since 723 inches in 2010-2011. Salt Lake City public utilities has measured Little Cottonwood drainage area at 120 percent of normal, which compares with 73 percent last year on April 1. Currently, both Big and Little Cottonwood Creeks are experiencing fast running water, which changes quickly depending on snow melt and daily temperatures. Mid May details water speed from 813 to 973 gallons per second in Little Cottonwood and 785 to 1,325 gallons per second in Big Cottonwood Creek. That was concentrated in one to two feet of water level. By the end of May it is expected to be running at 6,000 gallons per second and up to four feet of water depth. The peak is expected around Memorial Day weekend and continues for four to five weeks. Water temperatures are running in the 40-degree range that rapidly causes hypothermia, which occurs when body temperature dips below 95 F producing confusion and loss of consciousness. The body strives to maintain heat around the vital organs – brain, heart and lungs, consequently, blood circulation to the arms and legs shuts down. Cold, high and swift water from spring rains and snow melt can easily overwhelm even the strongest swimmer who may be rendered powerless. Little Cottonwood Creek traverses throughout Murray City with the lowest point in Murray Park. For all these reasons, I cannot stress

enough how important it is to keep a close watch on children and pets to prevent accidents that happen so unexpectedly one can scarcely react. According to the 2019 Utah State Hazard Mitigation Plan, 2017 recorded a total of 20 fatalities from floods, the most in any year. Cooler spring temperatures will produce Diane Turner a slower measured snow melt and less likeDistrict 4 lihood of flooding; however, precipitation adds to the runoff totals. Salt Lake County Flood Control expects highest flooding periods in May and June each year. Prior preparation is important because snow melt often peaks around midnight for those living near waterways. If your home is in a vulnerable position, try to clear a path for floating debris, which can enter a building through windows. Use sandbags to re-direct storm water flows away from property. Murray City has several locations for sandbag filling in the city. Each site has a pile of sand and sandbags for filling. Bring your own shovel and a way to transport your filled bags. • 5300 South Parkside Drive (481 East) • 4576 South Creek Land • Meadow Road and 4623 South Let’s all get prepared to enjoy our stunning city and state, taking advantage of the opportunities we are afforded to enrich our lives in the great outdoors, at home, in the mountains, and in the parks with our friends and family at our sides. –Diane Turner, District 4

Murray Public Works Department The Walden Park water main replacement project is progressing. The old water main was undersized, resulting in multiple water leaks over the years. The replacement will be very beneficial to the residents on this street. Murray City water crews have installed over 500 feet of pipe, with only 1,400 feet to go! We anticipate completing the water line in mid-June, just in time for Murray City street crews to move in and begin rebuilding the road. Replacement of the Walden Glen sewer lift station at 5300 South and Murray Parkway Avenue is still on track. The building construction is underway, and the contractor has been busy with underground pipe work and pouring the concrete wet well. The project is on schedule and should be complete by mid- June. This new facility is replacing an old, unreliable sewer lift station. At 4500 South and 300 West, a new well is being drilled to replace an old well that has become unproductive. This well is being drilled to 1,000 feet and will supply Murray residents with quality water for many years to come. Once the well is drilled, a new building will be constructed at this site to accommodate pumps and equipment. The new well should be ready for use in the summer of 2020.

CITY COUNCIL Council District 1 Dave Nicponski 801-913-3283 dnicponski@murray.utah.gov Council District 2 Dale M. Cox 801-971-5568 dale.cox@murray.utah.gov Council District 3 Jim Brass 801-598-7290 jim.brass@murray.utah.gov Council District 4 Diane Turner 801-635-6382 diane.turner@murray.utah.gov Council District 5 Brett A. Hales 801-882-7171 brett.hales@murray.utah.gov Council Administrator Jan Lopez 801-264-2622 jlopez@murray.utah.gov

For additional information, contact Murray Public Works Department at 801-270-2440

june 2019 Murray Arts Beat

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

Secondary Art Show First Place Winners

Resident on Display Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall and Murray Library. Alison Jensen is our featured June artist at City Hall and Dave Kotch’s work will be on display at the Murray Library until the end of June.

Watercolor: Nate Benites, MHS Oil/Acrylic: Maggie Driggs, CHS Pen/Pencil: Maren Sumpter, CHS Mixed Medium: Thomas Fetzer, MHS Print Making: Sydney McEven, MHS Photography: Emree Epperson, CHS Computer Art: Kalani Tausinga, MHS Junior High First Place: Sara Whitley, RJH Find more details at www.murray.utah. gov/282/Secondary-Art-Show

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Our FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION will be held on Wednesday, June 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in honor of all fathers. The cost is $1 per person. Register now. Deadline: No reservations or refunds may be made after the close of business on Wednesday, June 5. The Murray City Fire Department will have booths featuring blood pressure and other health checks along with information on their Stop the Bleed program. The Murray City Police Department will offer information on community-oriented policing (COP), protecting against fraud and elder abuse, and will have a K-9 demonstration. The BBQ lunch will include a hot dog, chips, baked beans, cookie, and drink. The event is sponsored by RC Willey.

On Friday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m., a representative from the Murray City Library will teach you how to use eBOOKS and eAudiobooks. Bring your devices (tablet, smartphone, eReader, etc.) and all passwords for your accounts (Amazon, Apple, Adobe, etc.). Bring your Murray Library Card. If you don’t have a Murray Library Card and would like one, please bring photo ID with your current address or a photo ID and a piece of mail with your name and current address. This is a free class. Register now.

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On Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m., Ashely Quadros from Harmon’s will be presenting Mediterranean Cuisine. We can’t all get away on a dreamy cruise, but we can eat like it! Join dietitian Ashley to learn all about Mediterranean cuisine. Not only is Mediterranean cooking delicious, it was also named the best eating style for health in 2019. Mediterranean cuisine offers you bright, fresh flavors and pure ingredients enjoyed with good company. Free class. Register now.

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history Class On Tuesday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. The Source of the Nile River. The Royal Geographical Society helped fund this expedition. Besieged by illness and betrayal, this exploration resulted in great controversy and a rift between the two explorers over the true source of the Nile. This is a free class.

GrieF support Class On Tuesday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m., Jody Davis, a Chaplain from Rocky Mountain Hospice, will discuss ways to process grief in this Grief Support Class. Grief is not limited to only the death of a loved one; it may also be caused by a reaction to divorce, a decrease in physical ability, and other grief-producing events that are all too common as we age. This is a free class. Register now.

Cpr/First aiD Class On Tuesday, June 18 George Zboril from the Murry City Fire Department will be at the Center to present a CPR and first-aid refresher class. In this class, you will learn basic CPR and first aid techniques. It’s always a great idea to refresh these skills that you may have forgotten over the years. CPR and first-aid skills are simple, fast, and easy to learn. You might even save a life! This is a free class. Register now for a time slot for this service.

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Beginning Monday, June 3 through Monday, July 1, from 1-2 p.m., Kyle and Jackie Kidd will be teaching Latin and Social Club dance. On June 3 Cha Cha (Bronze), June 10 (Bronze), June 17 West Coast Swing (Bronze), June 27 West Coast Swing (Bronze), July 1 Slow Dance (Bronze) This five-week Dance Lesson Workshop is for beginning level dancers; no prior experience needed. You will need a partner. This is a free class. Register now.

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We will charter a bus to visit the Tony Award-winning UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, August 26-28. Join us as we see three plays this year—Every Brilliant Thing, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The cost is $400 per person (double occupancy) or $500 (single room) and includes two nights at the Abbey Inn, chartered bus, dinners at Rusty’s and Milt’s, and three plays. Registration begins Tuesday, June 25. A minimum $50 deposit is required for each participant to register for the trip. Trip payment in full required by Friday, July 19 at 4 p.m. Travelers may register for themselves and one other person. Cancellations must be made before Friday, July 19 for a full refund. After July 19, trip refund amounts will be on a case-by-case basis.

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On Tuesday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m., we will have a representative come from INTEGRATED WELLNESS to speak with us about “Stem Cell Therapy.” This is a free class. Register now. Integrated Wellness is a clinic that offers care that treats each patient as a whole person, with many specialists in one place. They are committed to helping patients achieve optimal wellness and a higher quality of life. The integrated healthcare group includes medical doctors, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, physical therapy and rehabilitation specialists, medical aestheticians, weight loss, and nutritional experts.

We will be making two trips to Logan for the UTAH FESTIVAL OPERA to see matinee performances of Mary Poppins on Thursday, July 11 and The Marriage of Figaro on Thursday, July 25. Both trips leave at 9:30 a.m., and we will have lunch at the Bluebird (on your own) then see the show at 1 p.m. The cost of each trip is $60. If time allows, we will visit the Gossner Cheese Factory. Registration begins Tuesday, June 18.

hearinG testinG/earWax removal On Monday, June 10 from 9:30-11 a.m., Mr. Leibovich will be at the Center providing EAR WAX REMOVAL and hearing testing services. This is a free service. Advance appointments are required.

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Longview students learn about people who have impacted their lives during the school’s eighth annual Amazing Americans fair. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

choose.” Fifth-grader Philip Holland did, as he learned that Duke Ellington played the jazz music he wanted and enjoyed. “He learned to play piano when he was seven, but quit to play baseball,” he said. “At age 17, he was playing again, but playing rag and jazz not traditional piano. I learned he didn’t quit because he was expected to play certain pieces, but instead, he created his own orchestra and won Grammies because he played what he wanted and became amazing.” Philip said by researching Ellington, he learned “to follow my heart and be a leader, not a follower.” Close by was classmate Maicee Johnson, who was inspired by the humorous teaching of Dr. Seuss. “He used to draw and doodle in text books and was whimsical, much like Shel Silverstein, who also is a really good author, poet and artist,” she said. “I learned the Grinch was a flop at first, but he continued to write and try – and that he really wasn’t a doctor.” Fourth-grade teacher Mike Okamura said he asked his students to learn two new facts about the Amazing Americans. “I learned that our 11th president, James Polk, was governor of Tennessee before becoming president,” he said. “These fifthgrade students put a lot of effort into their presentations and it’s something they’ll remember and about who they really were and what they achieved. Doing this is something my fourth graders are looking forward to.”

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Murray High student wins state Skills USA, prepares for nationals By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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Murray High’s Chris Thompson, who finished third in job skills demonstration, and senior Jacob Held, who won the carpentry contest, pose with their construction teacher Quinn Drury after receiving their state Skills USA medals. (Photo courtesy of Quinn Drury)


urray High senior Jacob Held had four hours to essentially build a model home during the state Skills USA contest in carpentry. Even though another contestant finished first, Held kept his concentration, checking everything — even the plate that broke around the door frame that he had to nail together. He finished with 30 minutes left in the competition. “At the end, I felt good,” he said. “I had done everything in the time limit.” His adviser, construction and manufacturing teacher Quinn Drury, said, “Jacob’s work was clean and concise even if someone else was done first.” Judges, who work in the industry, agreed, awarding him first place and a bid to compete at the national Skills USA contest June 24 through June 28 in Louisville, Kentucky. However, Held isn’t just waiting for the date to approach. Each week, Held is building replicas of previous competitions to sharpen his skills. At nationals, he will have eight hours to build the assigned project. “There’s a lot more angles that add on to each other. I draw everything out, put measurements on paper before I cut,” he said, adding that his high school math classes have been critical in carpentry. “I’m psyched to go to nationals. I’ve never been to Kentucky.” Drury said Held’s math skills have contributed to his success. “He has a good chance of placing at nationals, to get on the podium,” Drury said. “Jacob’s very talented, hard-working and committed.” Held has taken wood working as well as three years of construction at Murray High. In addition, he worked last summer framing homes, helping journeyman carpenters with measuring and cutting. “It’s the same stuff I’ve learned in class

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and on the project houses, but I learned to work faster, be more precise and work in an organized way where everyone has a role,” he said. “I like seeing what I accomplish, seeing a house go up.” Drury agreed his work last summer propelled him to excel this year. “After he worked with the framing crew, Jacob really catapulted ahead. It was a huge benefit for his skills,” he said. With his state victory in late March, Held was awarded a Salt Lake Community College tuition waiver. He already has been awarded the Career and Technical Education scholarship in construction management at SLCC. In addition to the state medal, Held also received tools at the state competition and Drury said all carpentry contestants at nationals receive additional tools and supplies that will total about $2,500. Held’s national competition also includes an oral presentation, a 10-minute interview and submitting a resume. Last year, Murray High’s Jeb Price placed in the top 1/3 of carpentry contestants. “We’ve struggled to place in the top three. We’ve had a few reach fourth or fifth, but with Jacob, we may be able to reach the podium,” Drury said. Held said he didn’t compete last year, but got motivated by watching his classmate practice and compete. “I’ve learned a lot with this,” he said. “Everyday, there’s something small that is new and I’ve had the chance to talk to people who do the work in the field or ones I work with.” Also at state, Murray High’s Chris Thompson placed third in job skills demonstration where he outlined how to frame walls to the judges. He received a medal, tools and a partial SLCC tuition waiver. l

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Motorists take note: lane filtering law comes to Utah By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com


ext time you sit in traffic on State Street and watch a motorcyclist travel down the middle of two lanes of stopped vehicles, don’t fly into road rage. This practice, known as lane filtering, is now legal. The goal is to prevent rear-end collisions between motorcyclists and approaching cars. Utah Highway Patrol has done a thorough job of explaining House Bill 149, a new motorcycle lane filtering law (legal since May 14, 2019), effective throughout the state. A link on the UHP Facebook page explains the law in detail and shows an example of doing it the lawful way. . Sergeant Jason Nielsen of the Sandy Police Department encouraged drivers to have motorcycle awareness. “There’s going to be a learning curve. This is something brand new to the state of Utah. Other states have similar things, but this is new to us, so hopefully that learning curve won’t cause any injuries,” Nielsen said. All commuters should be aware of the law and have an extra eye out for motorcyclists. That way, traffic will be a safer group effort. How exactly should it be done?

ing in the same direction • The vehicles a motorcycle is passing must be stopped • The motorcyclist speed must be 15 mph or less • Above all, the movement must be made safely • When traffic begins moving again, the motorcyclist must safely merge back into a lane

Street bikers are asked to follow the exact law requirements. “Drivers of any automobile — cars, trucks and motorcycles — need to be patient. Whether people agree with it or not, it’s the law. They’re (motorcyclists) allowed to do it,” Nielsen said. He gave examples of roads where lane filtering would/wouldn’t be permitted. “If it’s on Bangerter Highway, then no.” The speed limit is over 45 there. “But State Street is OK.” The higher speed freeways are illegal places. “The majority of roadways in Salt Lake Valley though, this law falls under,” he said. Lane filtering is only legal when: Dan Smith, assistant parts manager at • The posted speed limit is 45 mph or South Valley Motorsports has been riding less (never on freeways) street bikes for 20 years. “One scenario is • The road has at least two lanes travel- being stuck in between a couple cars on the

Lane filtering law comes to Utah. (Amy Green/City Journals)

road, and seeing them on cell phones or doing something, not paying attention. I already know that I’m not going to get seen. Coming up to a stop light, I’ll move myself to the front where I know that when the light turns green, I can get out of any bad situation,” Smith said. If one is motivated to take a motorcycle licensing class, Utah is ready to educate at driver’s ed training facilities for that, too. “There are correct ways to get introduced to the sport, mainly the Utah Rider Education

www.utahridered.com has a program for new riders. They teach you all the appropriate ways to be safe in traffic and how to handle your bike,” Smith added. Seeing motorcycles pass everyone else can feel unfair. That’s not the intent. When done correctly, the lane filtering law has a purpose and a function, meant to protect. Sandy Police Department stats show 24 motorcycle crashes just in Sandy City in 2018, with one fatality recorded. The goal is always zero fatalities. l

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High school students learn about careers in the digital world By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


erriman High student Patrick Brown may opt for a career in information technology. The high school senior attended the recent DigiForge information technology career fair where he attended three sessions: database, game design and cybersecurity. “It was really fun to learn about cryptology and script,” he said, adding that he already knows C#, C++ and JavaScript. “It can all help to have a good understanding as a base for a career.” Sponsored by the Wasatch Front South Region Consortium, about 250 students selected from 14 industry presenters who spoke on topics from data science to game development. They also could tour Salt Lake Community College’s Center for Arts and Media as the presentations were held at the College’s South City campus. “Our conference goals are to inspire and excite students about technology careers, show possible career paths, and offer creative learning opportunities,” said Patti Larkin, Canyons School District Careers and Technical Education coordinator. Students from Jordan, Canyons, Murray, Tooele, Salt Lake and Granite school districts came to learn about their technology career options.

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Corner Canyon High School junior Jack Eckersley is interested in pursuing a career in animation and game design, but he also attended the session, “Databases: The Most Delicious Secret in Information Technology” where he learned from Control 4’s Andrea Allred about how some companies, such as Target, customize letters to their customers based on what coupons they use. Allred said data also has been used to identify where malaria is reported in Zimbabwe, then teams are sent to try to eliminate any standing water to combat the disease. “Data is used in so many different places and ways, but databases are needed to be kept secure, with a strong password, firewalls and encrypted information,” she said. “With more and more data being collected, we need more database analysts and administrators. There’s a lot of opportunities to get involved and available resources.” In another session, Murray High sophomore Lincoln Pham was learning about 3D graffiti from SpyHop’s Chris Manfre. Manfre demonstrated how to use layers, saturation, clipping, levels and blending in Adobe Photoshop to achieve their own artwork. He also said he changed from a career as an audio engineer for death metal bands

High school students from across Salt Lake Valley attended DigiForge information technology fair where Control4’s Andrea Allred shared with students “Databases: The Most Delicious Secret in Information Technology.” (Julie Slama/City Journals)

to studying graphic design so he could make album covers for bands. “Find out what you like to do and go for it,” he said. Lincoln said he already has an idea of the career he’d like to pursue — cybersecurity. “It’s basically hacking, but with permission,” he said, adding that he also attended sessions in cybersecurity and computer myths. “I’d be deciphering codes, which aren’t hard, but fun to do. I’m planning to take computer science classes, but this gave me a head start.” Pat Wright, who chairs the event, said

part of the reason to interest high school students in technology information careers is to fill positions. “There’s not enough people in the jobs now and by 2020, we expect it to grow to 2 million people,” he said, adding that there are about 300,000 people in the field now. “There’s a lot of technology out there that is growing and not enough Utahns to fill the demand.” He recommended students as young as elementary start learning more about computer programming as more careers will incorporate it in the future. He said by middle school, students should learn computer science, and in high school, programming should be required. While he applauded districts where students learn code.org in elementary, he also recommended students learn more coding, such as the free Utah Code Camp on June 8, which teaches students from age 5 to 15 skills from Arduino and Scratch to Unity and HTML (www.utahgeekevents.com/events/ kids-code-camp-2019). “It’s becoming a digital world from artists to virtual reality to gaming to understanding data,” Wright said. “We need our kids to be prepared and get excited about their future.”

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Father’s Day around the County 2019 By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


appy Father’s Day, Salt Lake County! The City Journals gives a tribute to Valley dads by sharing what they are doing this holiday.

for her husband’s Father’s Day. She is going to recreate a memorable Hawaii anniversary, by turning their Holladay backyard into Hawaiiday—creating a temporary sand pit and paddling pool, complete with 12 children and Father’s Day bows to Mother’s Day Like a gentleman, June’s Father’s Day parents in grass skirts, sipping “mocktails.” bows to May’s Mother’s Day, opening the The ModernDad.Com—‘We get to famidoor for her and letting her go first. Father’s lies in different ways’ Day, according to some fathers the City JourUtah is somewhat famous for its momnals interviewed, like to keep their day more my bloggers — women who write on the modest than a more elaborate Mother’s Day. Internet about their experience as moms. Explains Jeff Stenquist, a Draper res- Jason Dunnigan, senior digital communicaident and Republican member of the Utah tions specialist at Riverton-based Stampin’ Legislature, “Myself and fathers in general, Up!, has been presenting the other side of the we don’t get into celebrations so much. We story, giving “a guy’s perspective” on being don’t try to draw a lot of attention to our- a parent since the first posting of his “The selves.” Stenquist noted that gifts for Father’s Modern Dad” blog in 2014. Day tend to be “socks,” versus more exotic This Father’s Day will be the first time gifts for Mother’s Day. Dunnigan, who was adopted, is armed with Socks work just fine for the Draper dad information about his biological parents. of adopted children from the Ukraine, folAt Christmas in December, he was giftlowed by the added gift of biological children ed with ancestry DNA from local company in what some parents would consider an en- Ancestry.com. Through the experience Dunviable boy-girl-boy-girl formation. “Father- nigan ended up in dialogue with his birth hood is a great honor. It’s a great experience mother and learned about his birth father. to be a dad.” The experience—and what he said he will be thinking about this Father’s Day—is Father’s Days on the road, again a gift for himself, knowing, “I am where I am Utah daddy blogger Jason Dunnigan has been writing about being a modern dad for the past five years. This Born in India and then growing up in supposed to be.” Dunnigan, a father of three Father’s Day he is grateful for his adoptive parents and three young children. (Photo Credit Jason Dunnigan) Kearns, Salt Lake County District Attorney and Salt Lake City Foothill neighborhood who said he looks like his father, Taylorsville resident Sim Gill recalls spending Father’s resident Jim Dunnigan, a long-time Republican representative of the Utah House of Day on the road with his father. Back in those days, property assessment Representatives, observed, “Sometimes, we was a centralized function for the state, ver- get to families in different ways. I am really sus a responsibility now delegated to coun- grateful.” ties. Gill’s father, Jagdish, then an appraiser for the state of Utah, now residing in Cottonwood Heights, would travel the state to assess land values. “Delta, Kanab, St. George, Price, Duchesne,” Gill rattled off Utah municipalities as if in a speed challenge. Gill and his brother and sister always viewed Father’s Day as “an adventure” and a “special time,” spent on the road, away from their Kearns childhood home.

Giving fathers a head start West Valley City resident Frank Bedolla said he has coached more than 600 low-income Utah dads on how to be the best fathers possible, by un-learning behaviors and attitudes. Through his nonprofit Fathers and Families Coalition of Utah, Bedolla offers the Nurturing Fathers Program, a 13-week, evidence-based training course designed to teach men parenting and nurturing skills. Fathers and Families Coalition starts the work of growing great future dads for young men, as well. Bedolla’s “Wise Guys” course, currently being taught at Murray High School and downtown’s Horizonte School, “teaches young boys how to be men, how to treat women.” Bedolla said that previous generations of parents misunderstood “quality time,” to the detriment of their children and families. “They thought quality time was being present, but it is also being interactive.” His advice to Utah fathers, for Father’s Day 2019? “The best thing you can do is invest in your child. Be the best father you can be. Be there.”

Foster Father of the Year—A Hawaiiday in Holladay Just in time for Father’s Day, Holladay resident and head of strategic insights for Western Governors University Michael Morris was named Foster Father of the Year for the Salt Lake metropolitan area. First fostering, then adopting seven children within the first six months of marriage, Morris and his wife, Amy, were a phenomenon. Now, almost three years later, the couple has achieved near super-foster hero status for fostering another five children, all siblings, hoping to ultimately reunite them with their birth parents. The Utah Foster Care Chalk Art Festival at the Gateway is officially honoring him the last day of the festival—and the day before Prizes for papas - keeping fathers safe on Father’s Day. the job by remembering their children Wife Amy Morris has another surprise For the past 14 years, WCF Insurance

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2018 Exemplary Father Vladimir Cespedes receives his honor with the best gift of all – his children. (Photo Credit: WCF)

(Workers Compensation Fund) has reached out to Utah’s growing Hispanic and Spanish-speaking audience. As can be imagined, many of those folks are dads. WCF wants to remind dads to be careful on the job, and do it through the gentle and most powerful tug of all—through the heartstrings of their children. The Padre d’el Año—Father of the Year—competition gives Utah children a way to nominate their fathers to earn the special honor and to be gifted with prizes WCF touts as being $500 in value. Children in three age groups—ages 7-11, 12-15, and 1517 nominate their papas for the prizes. Three fathers each season are honored,

receiving cash and one-of-a-kind gifts. This year’s Padre d’el Año and two runners-up will be honored at the June 29 Real Salt Lake game later this month. While the program is targeted to Hispanic and Spanish-speaking audiences, the honor is available to all. Entry forms (offered in Spanish and English) are available at www. wcfespanol.com/. The contest is a case of all fathers being winners. “The major reward that each father receives is knowing they are heroes for their children,” said Carlos Baez, community relations manager for WCF and Taylorsville father of three. l

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ourth-grader Nuno Rocha moved from Brazil to Utah 14 months ago. “Almost everything is different,” Nuno said. “When I came, I didn’t know the language, the food here is different, the school buildings are bigger and there are computers that work in them.” But what made the transition easier was his teacher. “She showed me everything. She helped me learn the language, the computers, my education. Brazil doesn’t have a lot of money to support education, so schools are more crowded, run down. We were behind in our learning,” he said. This was part of the message Nuno was sharing with hundreds of students and families who participated in Twin Peaks’ sixth annual cultural fair. “We build a sense of community when we allow families to showcase their cultures,” said Paige Janzen, who has organized the past six years of the event before sharing it this year with Christina Linke. “We meet the families and learn about their countries and backgrounds.” Often, that comes along with tasting dishes from the different countries. Amongst the samples were Scottish fudge, Italian gelato, German apfelstrudel, English biscuits (actually cookies in American English), American hot dogs and cheese balls, with cheese just made in Brazil, which Nuno brought for classmates to try. “The food is better in Brazil (than in Utah),” he said. “There are more tropical fruits, many that aren’t here.” First-grader Martin Amendola brought his dad to scoop up Italian gelato for families to try. “It’s a good opportunity to discover Italian traditions; kids can discover Italy has good stuff,” said Francesco Amendola, who owns three Sweetaly gelato stores and added that gelato is a much healthier option to ice cream. Fifth-grader Mardi Peterson has distant relatives from Germany plus her dad worked

at a German restaurant, so, with her parents, Michael and Christina, they decided to support the cultural fair. “We wanted to share a bit about the culture and food,” Michael Peterson said. While students asked questions about the spaztle press, Christina told them it took four hours to make the strudel that was shared, adding the secret was in the dough. Families mingled in amongst the booths of displays from Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, Hawaii, India, Iraq, Italy, Nepal, Portugal, Scotland, South Korea, the United States and more, pausing only to watch dancers from Hawaii and Nepal perform. Sixth-grade teacher Anna Kendall said she appreciated the bonding of the event. “The dancing is fantastic,” Kendall said. “I love that through the cultural fair, we are learning stories of the students and their families we might not have known otherwise. It’s wonderful when parents come to share their culture in classrooms and students ask questions about their traditions. I love having more role models so kids are seeing many successful people from other countries. I love the diversity. I just love my community.” Janzen estimates there are “at least 20 different cultures from Mexican to Iranian” represented at Twin Peaks, which “brings diversity, understanding, and acceptance that we all know each other and are part of one another.” Principal Julie Lorentzon said the school celebrates its melting pot community. “Tonight, we’ve had groups of performers, people sharing food and others learning and appreciating our cultures; it’s been a fun event,” she said. “There are so many different cultures at our school. Look around, we have England, Spanish, Portuguese, Iranian, Brazilian, Polynesian and a little of everything else represented here. It’s a real community event.” Taking part in the cultural night is optional, but families are invited to take part. Fourth-grader Callye Linke helped with making Scottish fudge and creating a poster board for the booth she displayed with her mother, Christina. “I love that my daughter is trying different food, learning about other cultures, about their dance, music, way of life,” Christina Linke said. “When Paige said she was stepping down of being in charge of cultural night and needed someone to take over, I volunteered. I love this event. It’s great for both our kids and our community.” Parent Shannon Helm, who brought her three elementary-age students, said they were excited to see the talents of their classmates and she was surprised at the diversity of booths on hand. “I’m new to Utah so I haven’t been before,” she said. “But I just love it.” l

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hode Island has banned them. Even California and New York. Now Murray is considering the ban of single-use plastic bags. The proposed ordinance would ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags by a store or vendor at the time of sale with certain exceptions: newspaper bags, door hanger bags, laundry-dry cleaning bags, bags sold in packages containing multiple bags and intended for food storage, garbage, pet waste or yard waste. Diane Turner, the ordinance’s sponsor on the Murray City Council, stated, “Plastic bags do not biodegrade; therefore, they accumulate in landfills or pollute the environment. They obstruct recycling machinery and increase the cost of processing recyclables. Murray City’s tipping and recycling fees continue to go up. Not having to deal with plastic bags would help to keep the fees down.” Not all bags are created equal, and the ordinance would allow for plastic bags used to package bulk items such as produce, nuts, grains, candy or small hardware items to deliver such items to the point of sale or checkout area or the retail establishment. Also allowed would be plastic bags to contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, or fish and containers to carry or wrap flowers, potted plants or other items where moisture may be a problem. “I am primarily opposed to a state (Murray City in this case) banning things they feel are bad,” said Murray resident Bryant Larsen. “I live between two stores. One in Murray and one in Taylorsville. Being able to get convenient grocery bags in Taylorsville will play a part in my decision where to spend my dollars.” Turner noted the feedback against banning single-use plastic bags are similar to Larsen’s including it will be a detriment and hardship for those on a fixed income, it will increase costs for small businesses, and it is an inconvenience, and that consumers are used to plastic bags.

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“People will not shop where they cannot get plastic bags? Costco, Harmons, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods proves this wrong. Smith’s (Kroger) has plans to eliminate plastic bags by 2025 and are willing to do it sooner,” according to Turner. “Some of these complaints are well-founded; however, I believe the people of Murray are resilient and adaptable. What I also hear from many more Murray residents is that they will get used to it and our environment will be the better for it.” Environmental concerns are a huge motivation in the ban on single-use plastic bags. While comprising much of the litter seen along the roadways, scientists have recently raised higher alarms concerning plastic bags. Plastic has been detected in marine life, and research has shown that microscopic particles enter our food chain as we consume fish. Some like Larsen argue that plastic bags are anything but single use. “My household uses these plastic bags for many uses. We collect dog waste, line our trash cans, and store purchases in them for long periods of time. So, I would go to the store in Taylorsville just to acquire the free extra utility bags.” The City Council held a workshop on May 14 to provide information on the ordinance, including speakers Mark Hooyer, executive director of the Trans Jordan Landfill and Pam Roberts, executive director of Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling. The law would allow businesses one year to come into compliance with the ban. “I understand that it will be an inconvenience. However, it is something we in Murray can do to show that we value and respect our environment and care about our surroundings,” Turner said. “Murray has always been fiercely independent, and I have no doubt that our citizens are up to the challenge. This is one way we can show our children and grandchildren that we care about their future.” l

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• 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.

• 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.

• Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks.

• Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

• Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. • Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it. • Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. • Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. • Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. • This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside.

• Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as much. • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. • Report illegal explosives. They ruin it for the rest of us. • 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. • 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. • Last, but not least, make sure everyone using fireworks has safety glasses or goggles.


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self-proclaimed Army brat, who traveled all over the country and world as a youngster, finally found some direction – and, for that matter, his wife and his favorite pastime – through karate. Earlier this year, that calling took Robert Watson – and fellow Utah karate instructor, W. Todd Stoneking – to Stow, Ohio, where they were inducted into the USA Karate Federation Hall of Fame. It was a first for Stoneking; but a second go-round for Watson. “I was so grateful to be inducted into the Hall of Fame again, since I was unable to attend the first induction ceremony (in 2015), because I was recovering from hip replacement surgery,” Watson said. “This time I did make it; and it was wonderful to have (fellow instructor) Todd (Stoneking) there too. It was a great honor.” Watson was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a “Pioneer of USA Karate and a Pioneer of Police Self-Defense Instruction.” On that same evening, Stoneking was inducted as an Official and Administrator. Those are the categories in which Watson was inducted four years ago, along with his work as a coach and referee and for additional contributions to law enforcement training. Watson’s introduction to karate came, ironically, in the so-called “Summer of Love,” 1967, when he was a junior at an Albuquerque, New Mexico High School. “I got into a fight at the end of the school year and was called into the assistant principal’s office,” Watson explained. “He threatened to expel me if I didn’t straighten out. He also insisted I become involved in martial arts, to learn discipline. I attended a class where the instructor beat the living daylights out of me, cracking three of my ribs. He was teaching me a lesson for being a smart aleck. After recovering for a couple of weeks, I returned and signed up for classes. That was 52 years ago, and I am still active in karate nearly every day.” Soon Watson was competing in karate tournaments. By 1972, he earned his black belt. About that time, he also earned a degree from the University of Albuquerque. A job transfer brought him to Murray in 1973, and he’s lived here ever since.

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“I have taught karate to thousands of students,” Watson said. “At one point I was teaching at five different schools. But I never wanted to do it for money. I wanted to teach for the love and joy if it.” Watson returned to the classroom himself, earning a master’s degree at Brigham Young University in recreation management, in 1984. Karate also changed Watson’s life dramatically in the summer of 1989 when a new student named Kris arrived. “I graduated from Taylorsville High School in 1986 and had just finished my junior year up at Idaho State University, when I signed up for karate lessons,” Kris Watson said. “I actually enrolled because I had met a guy in Pocatello who knew karate and I wanted to learn it over the summer, to impress him. Instead, I grew close to Robert… never saw the other guy again…. and Robert and I were married in December 1989.” Kris is now one of Robert’s instructors for karate classes he has offered at the American International School of Utah (4998 South Galleria Dr.) since 2015. “All of our instructors are voluntary and we are grateful AISU has provided us with space, at a reduced rental rate,” Watson added. “That allows us to offer the classes at a low cost. We teach on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.” With the recent announced closure of AISU, Watson is not yet sure whether his karate classes will continue there. He wants them to, as talks with the building’s owner continue. Information about classes, a possible new location and costs is available at Utahshorinkai.org. Simply put, Watson recognizes karate transformed his life. “I was a know-it-all punk back in high school, getting into too much trouble and too many fights,” Robert said. “Karate gave me discipline.” It also led him to Kris, with whom he now shares two sons and two grandsons. “I’m so proud of Robert,” Kris said. “And I was excited when the USA Karate Federation again voted him into its Hall of Fame – particularly after he was unable to attend his first induction ceremony.” l

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