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hey wondered what had become of one another after an unwed mother in South Korea gave her daughter up for adoption over four decades ago. The baby was adopted by the Cook family of Murray and grew up to work for a criminal defense law firm and have three kids of her own. That daughter, Carrie Pace, made it her mission to reunite with her birth mother after visiting South Korea in October 2016. Now, after an unbelievable quest and a few miracles, Pace has reunited with her mother. “I visited Korea for the first time since my birth. Being in my birthplace, in Seoul, for the first time, I was overwhelmed with love for the culture, the people, the food, the language— all that I had lost most of my life,” Pace said. “I was most overwhelmed longing for answers. After that trip, I immediately got on my laptop and started the search of a lifetime—I started searching for my birth mother.” Korean culture in the 1970s frowned on unwed mothers. Women could face being eschewed or ostracized in society with little hope of a good life for the mother or the daughter. “My birth mother was 22 years old when she was pregnant with me. She was young, and she was not married. In South Korea, that goes against their culture. It is basically cultural dishonor,” Pace said. “The midwife hospital I was born at arranged my adoption. My birth mother said she heard me crying all night and it was the most painful sound she had ever heard. She said there are not enough tears for the guilt Carrie Pace was adopted from Korea as a newborn infant. (Photo courContinued page 8

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One Murray historic church returns; another moves out By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


wo historic churches in Murray have experienced significant changes in the last few months. The Murray Baptist Church reopened its doors in October, while the St. Jude Maronite Catholic Church relocated to a larger building. The Murray Journal reported in March of last year that the historic Murray Baptist Church (184 E. 5770 South) was shuttering its location. The congregation, a mainstay in Murray since 1891, was suffering financial setbacks and growth issues. After the last sermon on March 31, 2019, the intention was to sell the chapel and assets to support other Baptist church efforts, such as Camp Utaba. However, the vote to close the church in March was determined to have not followed proper church protocols. In a statement posted on the Murray Baptist Church’s Facebook page, “It has been determined that the legality of the vote that took place on March 10, 2019, to close the church was null and void due to not following the constitution of Murray Baptist. There was also a voter purge that occurred before this vote, which was also not conducted within the guidelines laid down by the constitution.” A June 9, 2019 vote held by the church reversed the earlier decision, and it was decided to reopen the church in the fall. The church had its official grand reopening on Oct. 20, 2019. One member, Liz Pattison, was named secretary of the Association of American Baptist Churches of Utah. The Murray Baptist Church has come close to losing its church in Murray before, twice due to fire. In downtown Murray, the St. Jude Maronite Catholic Church (4900 S. Wasatch St.) is moving to Taylorsville. The Maronite Catholics have been in their Murray location since 1976, but it was the original home of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, which was constructed in 1927.


According to parishioner Tom Allem, who has been coordinating the move, “The reason we are moving is that we bought a new building that is 100% handicap accessible. We can get our people in and out easier. It is bigger than what we had in Murray. So, we’ve grown out of the building pretty much.” The stained-glass windows from the original building have been relocated to the new building (5445 S. 2700 West). The first services in the new location were held on Feb. 22. The Maronite Catholic Church, centered in Lebanon and Syria, was formed by Syriac Christians who developed their hierarchy and traditions from the mid-fourth century

onwards. As an Eastern Catholic Church, it is in full communion with the pope and the worldwide Catholic Church, with self-governance under the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. The leader of the Maronites, Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, visited the congregation back in 2017. The parish holds an annual Lebanese Festival. Father Joubran BouMerhi currently oversees the parish. The Parish of St. Vincent de Paul was established by the Reverend Patrick Maguire, the first pastor, in September 1925. The parish was comprised of Murray, Midvale, Sandy and Riverton but had no church to meet in. In 1927, the diocese bought property on

The stained-glass windows of the St. Jude Maronite Catholic Church have relocated to its new building in Taylorsville. (Photo courtesy St. Jude Maronite Catholic Church)




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n the beginning, the American Eagle begat the Murray Eagle, which begat the Green Sheet, which begat the Valley Journal, which begat the Murray Journal. In that lineage of newspapers, a young reporter got his journalistic start on his way to earn journalism’s highest prize, the Pulitzer. Jack Anderson was raised on the eastside of Murray (then called South Cottonwood) and always had a flair for writing. As a teenager, Anderson hated working in the beet fields and declared himself “the world’s worst beet digger.” However, amid The Great Depression, Anderson knew he couldn’t just quit the job since his family was counting on his income. Fortunately for Anderson, in 1935 the publisher of the Murray Eagle needed a reporter to cover the local news. Anderson had some experience at the age of 12, writing as scribe for his Boy Scout troop, which led to an unpaid position with the Deseret News, writing about the National Boy Scout Jamboree. In the book “Mormons and Popular Culture” by James Michael Hunter, Anderson recalled that the publisher, “was looking for the cheapest reporter he could find. And that was me. He hired me, I remem-

ber, for $7 a week.” So, at age 13, Anderson pedaled his bicycle around the streets of Murray, reporting on traffic and house fires. The gig certainly paid Anderson more than what he was making in the beet fields. “I probably wrote the only lucid account ever written of the financial report of the City of Murray,” Anderson said. “Because I was only 13, the city treasurer had to explain it in the simplest possible terms in order for me to understand.” After serving an LDS mission, Anderson served his country during World War II in the Merchant Marines. Stationed in China, Anderson wrote stories for the armed forces’ Stars and Stripes newspaper. While conversing with other reporters, he learned of the Drew Pearson crusading newspaper column called Washington Merry-GoRound. Immediately after his military stint, Anderson left Murray for Washington, D.C. The Washington Merry-Go-Round was a syndicated column started by Pearson, which chronicled the political and public interest stories in the nation’s capital. The column, which was a thorn in the side of many of the nation’s leaders, broke stories such as General George Patton’s

slapping incident and FBI overreach. Pearson called his style of reporting muckraking, after the early 20th century’s style of reform-minded journalism. Anderson’s ambition attracted Pearson, who offered him the job to help write the column. Anderson was handed the reins of the column when Pearson retired. As a muckraker, Anderson exposed the Nixon Administration’s harassment of John Lennon, the savings and loan crisis, the CIA plot to assassinate Fidel Castro, and the Iran-Contra affair. In 1972, he won the Pulitzer Prize for covering U.S. policy with Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Anderson also wrote extensively regarding the Nixon Administration, to the point that three of Nixon’s men, G. Gordon Liddy, Howard Hunt and Charles Colson, plotted to poison Anderson. Their idea was to find Anderson’s aspirin bottle and replace it with poison, but their plot was complicated by the fact that Anderson had nine children who could inadvertently be killed—but also, they were arrested for the Watergate break-in. Anderson scaled back his columns after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but not before he mentored many

Former Murray Eagle reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Anderson. (Photo courtesy of C-Span)

well-known journalists, some of whom are still actively reporting, such as Brit Hume of the Fox News Channel. Anderson eventually retired from writing. In retirement, Anderson still looked back to his days as a cub reporter for the Murray Eagle. “On reading them now, I find that it was good journalism. Good journalism is getting the facts and presenting them simply.” Anderson died in 2006. l

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Power group asks Murray for $45,000 By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


urray City has agreed to the Utah Associated Municipal Power System (UAMPS) request for an early payment of $45,000 for a cost analysis of a small modular reactor (SMR). Murray City Power, which is part of the UAMPS consortium, signed on to receive nuclear power from NuScale, the company developing the SMR, an experimental reactor that has never provided electrical power to community-owned power systems. “It was decided by UAMPS, in October 2019, that in order to give its members (Murray is one of the cities) more of a detailed costing of the project, that it would hire a firm out of Washington, D.C., to do a detailed cost analysis,” Murray Power General Manager Blaine Haacke said. “This cost analysis was expected all along over the next few months. But UAMPS decided that sooner would be better to do this study. So, UAMPS sped the process up about four to five months, which necessitated me coming to the Murray Council for more money.” The first phase of investigating the feasibility of an SMR project using NuScale technology is already underway. The project could consist of up to 12 50 MW reactors located at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls. The feasibility analysis includes engineering and regulatory activities to complete a site selection analysis to allow the project participants with the necessary information to decide whether to proceed with construction. According to Haacke, “The study is happening right now and is ongoing after each of the participant cities agreed to be included in the action that our council took near the end of last year. Murray agreed, basically, to pay for its portion of the cost analysis now versus in the middle of 2020. The need for the immediate study will help our council when the next decision-making date comes at the end of March or early April. It is our intention to have a detailed costing of the entire project at that time.” By the end of March 2020, Murray will have invested nearly $280,000 in the project-licensing process. UAMPS has a bridge loan financing mechanism in place so that Murray

has not expended any money yet. If this project is deemed feasible, the funds expended will be rolled over into long-term bonding as part of the overall cost of the project. “It isn’t intended that any money would change hands except through bonding at a later date,” said Haacke, who is also on the Board of Directors for UAMPS. NuScale, the designer, and UAMPS are asking for a design license for the small modular technology from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The usual NRC process takes about eight to 10 years, but, according to

Haacke, the SMR technology licensing process has been streamlined, in part because of the Department of Energy’s interest in the technology. Haacke expects that the SMR design license will be awarded in October of this year. That will close one phase of the licensing process. Once the licensing is given for the design, NuScale will submit a construction licensing submittal in Idaho. This phase of licensing is usually a formality and could be awarded approval within a year. The design phase is more scrutinized. The construction phase is the second part of the process.

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urray City Council approved a resolution supporting the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) at the Jan. 21 city council meeting. City Councilor Kat Martinez sponsored the resolution in advance of southwest Murray Rep. Karen Kwan’s statehouse resolution to endorse the amendment in the Legislature. “Utah has a strong history in the fight for gender equality. Women in Utah were the first in the nation to vote, and Utah was the first state to elect a woman as a state senator. The fight for gender equality is not new, but that doesn’t mean it’s outdated or anywhere near finished,” Martinez said. “I want my son and daughters

“Women who have done so well here in the state of Utah because we have the right amendment, and we don’t want to replace this amendment with a federal. Why would we give up our state’s rights to the federal government by passing the Equal Rights Amendment?” Gayle Ruzicka from the Utah Eagle Forum said. Many in favor of the resolution came to the meeting dressed in white with purple and green sashes, outfits which were reminiscent of suffragettes a century ago who championed the amendment giving women the right to vote. Rep. Kwan sent a message to the council stating, “In Utah, we have a great early histo-

US House of Representatives did just that on Feb. 14. The vote to remove the deadline was approved with favorable votes from Utah Representatives Ben McAdams (who represents Murray) and John Curtis (only one of five Republicans who voted in favor of the deadline removal). A non-scientific poll conducted by the Murray Journal on Facebook showed that respondents voted in favor of the ERA 71 to 31. After reviewing the data, not all respondents could be identified as Murray residents, but after discounting non-residents, the poll still approximately showed nearly the same margin of support of 60 to 21.

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City Councilor Kat Martinez addresses the Murray City Council regarding her resolution to support the ERA. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

to have equal opportunities and protections under the law. A resolution here in Murray, at the municipal level, tells our community we value our mothers here in Murray as much as our fathers.” Not all who attended the city council meeting agreed with Martinez, as the council chambers were filled beyond capacity. City Councilor Brett Hales, who chaired the meeting, adjusted the agenda to allow for citizen comments before the vote on the resolution. The resolution attracted not only Murray residents but leaders from the conservative Utah Eagle Forum and the Utah ERA Coalition. Of the 24 people who spoke during the citizen comment period, about half were identified as current Murray residents.

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ry of women’s rights, so many people … don’t know what’s written in Utah’s Constitution is the same notion of equality, the same inclusions and guarantees for women, that the ERA would provide for in our federal Constitution. We are living in an ERA way in an ERA world right now and in Utah. The ERA won’t change anything in Utah or Murray because we already have these rights, so there is no reason to fear, no reason to not ratify, but every reason to do it.” Some comments made to the council contested that this resolution was a waste of time, stating that the deadline for ratification was 1982. Congress has the ability to extend the deadline, such as it did with 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. And, the

Several residents who addressed the council felt that the focus on the resolution was inappropriate, distracting the council from more pressing Murray-centric issues. “My question for the council is if this is a grassroots effort within Murray? I don’t think there is,” former candidate for city council Adam Thompson said. “This was never brought up one time during the election season. So, is this activism, or is this self-service? It seems more activism and self-service than it actually is a public service.” After the public comment period, each city councilor deliberated and explained their vote, not typical for most city council voting. The resolution passed with four ayes, zero nays, and one abstention. l



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she has felt.” Pace found navigating the South Korean bureaucracy intimidating, with strict privacy laws. On top of that, Pace does not speak Korean. Her law experience helped in researching the rules and regulations regarding Korean privacy rights. “The language barrier was tough; they didn’t even want to speak to me if I could not speak Korean. I had to learn the alphabet to be able to read my birth mother’s name to scan documents, but her name was always crossed out due to their privacy laws,” Pace said. Pace made two more trips to Korea and enlisted the help of two organizations. She had been in contact with the Korean police for almost two years, but their search was unsuccessful. After nearly giving up, she decided to keep digging and eventually was able to retrieve her birth mother’s age, hometown, and, ultimately, her name. “In December 2019, my Korean mentor was in Korea and traveled to my birth mother’s hometown and talked to residents and passed out a paper with her information. By a miracle, he ran right into my grandfather,” Pace said.

Then January of this year, Pace received a phone call from Korea; it was her mother. “I thought I was going to faint or throw up. Instead, I burst into tears. We conferenced my friend to translate the call. My mother and I spoke through a translator for about a half hour. My hands were shaking so bad I could not even hold a pen to write anything down,” Pace said. “I barely remember that conversation today because I was in shock. My mother was very calm and collected over the phone. I remember her voice sounded like mine.” On Feb. 20, Pace boarded a plane for San Francisco. Her mother, who had never been on an airplane before, also boarded a plane in Korea, bound for San Francisco, for a reunion many years in the making. “Sometimes I feel like she dropped from the sky and landed into my life; sometimes I feel like she has always been with me. My mother calls me Princess and already says she loves me. My search is over, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to say that. This has been the greatest achievement of my life,” Pace said. l


Carrie Pace and her birth mother from Korea reunited in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy Carrie Pace)

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Murray Parks and Rec Master Plan to be unveiled By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


fter a year of planning and of gathering Murray residents’ ideas for a new master plan for Murray City Parks and Recreation, the city is ready to release its findings. The 109-page report was put together by city staff with input from citizen boards and the results of a survey that was open to Murray residents. The new 10year master plan will guide the priorities of the Parks Department. Murray City owns 424 acres of park-

hance existing City parks. Approximately 18% are related to new parks, and another 15% propose development, renovation, and activation of other City-owned sites.” The Parks and Rec Master plan was last updated in 1994. Since then, Murray’s boundary jumped eastward, incorporating areas such as Wheeler Farm; and its landmark smelter was demolished for a stateof-the-art medical center. “If all projects in the Action Plan

Murray residents ranked park maintenance and upgrades as their top priority. (Graph courtesy Murray City)

land at 22 sites, which are maintained, managed and programmed by the Parks and Recreation Department. The city also has a substantial investment in significant facilities—including The Park Center, the Senior Recreation Center, and Murray Theater—that offer over 680,000 square feet of facility space. According to the report, “Consistent with community priorities, 67% of all site recommendations address ways to en-

are implemented, the City would need approximately $47.7 million for capital projects plus approximately $1.5 million annually for added maintenance and operations. This investment will require the exploration of new funding sources, such as impact fees and potentially a new voter-approved funding measure.” Leading all projects in the plan is to build new city parks and trails. “Maintain, repair, or replace worn or older park

features” was ranked highest priority by survey respondents, well-above all other options. Murray City Park is currently replacing most of its pavilions and hopes to have the new facilities completed by the end of summer. Second, Murray residents wanted to “add more or a greater variety of features in parks.” One of the most common requests from respondents is a splash pad. The report identified the outdoor Aquatics Center as the most likely spot to install such a feature. Respondents also request “destination playgrounds”—play areas with unique or interactive equipment for children to engage with. The report identified areas within Murray where a new park could be installed. Except for a few neighborhoods, most residents live within a 10-minute walk of a city park. The prime candidate for a new park is Atwood subdivision (300 W. 6500 South), where the city owns property at the Jefferson Detention Basin. It was mentioned as a possible contender for the city’s first dog park. “The Jefferson Detention Basin is a large, undeveloped greenspace that is dry for most of the year. Hillside ameni-

ties and facilities that can withstand water when flooded will substantially improve recreation opportunities for nearby neighbors,” the report said. Also, another top candidate for a park is the Vinecrest subdivision (1200 E. 6200 South). The report states, “Located on a few residential lots, the smaller Vinecrest Detention Basin could be activated through light development and popup activities to meet the needs of nearby neighbors.” Other areas of development interest include creating a Vine Street Trail that would connect the Canal Trail to Murray Park and eventually westward toward the Jordan River Parkway. The report also evaluated other assets within the Murray City system, such as expanding features and services to The Park Center. The former National Guard Armory, which the city owns, was looked at as a performance venue or reception facility. Parks and Rec staff will present a finalized plan to the city council in March. The public can view the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Draft online at www. murray.utah.gov. l

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Mayor’s State of the City Address recaps busy year By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


urray Mayor Blair Camp declared in his State of the City Address that Murray is in a position of evolving, changing and transitioning. The mayor chose not to give his Feb. 11 address at city hall, the traditional site for the annual speech, opting instead to give it at an invitation-only dinner for members of Murray’s boards and commissions at the Doty Education Center on the Intermountain Medical Center campus. In his address, Camp recapped the activities of most Murray City departments. Of note, he emphasized the Murray Fire Department, which relocates its headquarters to a new fire station this year. In 2019, the Murray Fire Department responded to over 1,200 fire calls and nearly 5,000 calls for emergency medical services, resulting in over 2,200 ambulance transports. The new two-story, 23,000-squarefoot, five-bay fire station, which will house firefighters and paramedics as well as fire prevention and administrative offices, will open in March. The fire department also took possession of a new, modern Pierce fire engine. The mayor also highlighted the Murray Parks and Recreation Department, pointing out that Murray Parkway Golf Course hosted 62,000 rounds of golf.

Murray Mayor Blair Camp delivered his State of the City Address at the boards and commissions dinner on Feb. 11. (Photo courtesy Murray City)

Camp reported that Murray Park pavilions 1, 2, 3, and 4 were demolished this past fall to make way for new pavilions, which will be completed this spring. Pavilion 5, which is the large pavilion immediately adjacent to the Park Office, will be torn down this fall and replaced before the spring of 2021. “All our parks and trails are heavily utilized and enjoyed year-round. If you are wondering if people are still playing

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Pokémon GO, just visit Murray Park on a Sunday afternoon, and there will be no doubt in your mind,” Camp said. Camp revisited his initiatives from last year’s State of the City Address, namely to reduce the number of empty commercial buildings. “I am happy to note this evening that after an extended vacancy, a new furniture store will soon open in the former Toys“R”Us location on south State Street. The former Sports Authority building on 900 East will soon be the home of EOS Fitness,” Camp said. “After several years of being unoccupied, the former Kmart site on 900 East and Van Winkle will be transformed into an attractive mixed-use development with a combination of commercial buildings and housing units. The former Cotton Shop building will soon be renovated into a high-end men’s clothing store.” As for downtown Murray, the mayor reiterated that he is still proactively pursuing new development on State Street’s westside to replace the old downtown

structures between 4800 South to 5th Avenue. Camp anticipates issuing Requests for Proposals in the next few weeks for new commercial projects in that area. He also announced that the construction of city hall and the police department would begin in May. Funding the Murray Theater renovation continues to be a high priority for the mayor. The City Council approved $1 million for the project, along with a $3.6 million grant from Salt Lake County, but the project still requires an additional $2 million to complete the renovation. According to Camp, “We have recently entered into a fundraising agreement with an organization to seek substantial private donations to help close this funding gap. We believe there is significant interest in the community to see the renovation and repurposing of this historic theater happen.” Of primary concern to the mayor, was the increasing demand for Murray services on the city’s coffers. Sales tax revenue, which funds the city’s operations, increased by 2% last year. “I am slightly uneasy, however, as I observe that the escalating costs of providing services seem to be outpacing our current revenue sources,” Camp said. “I believe the future financial success in Murray will involve a more diversified tax revenue stream to reduce our reliance on sales tax. Part of this strategy is to redevelop the underutilized commercial properties in our city to help grow our property tax base in the future.” In the end, Camp expressed that he was optimistic about the future of Murray and committed to continue to provide Murray’s same level of services. The full text of the mayor’s State of the City Address can be found online at www.murray. utah.gov. l

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Murray creates Fashion Place small area plan By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


ity planners invited the public to comment on the creation of a Fashion Place West small area plan at a Feb. 12 open house held at the Murray Senior Recreation Center. The purpose was for Murray City to gain public input about the future of the neighborhoods located between Fashion Place Mall, westward, to the Fashion Place West TRAX Station. “The area presents the most challenges for the city,” said Murray Community and Economic Development Supervisor Jared Hall. “The area can best be described as eclectic.” The creation of a small area plan does not mean that any development is taking place, but rather it is a set of documents that address the goals for a small defined portion of a city such as a neighborhood or street corridor. These documents contain a set of detailed strategies that are chosen to respond to the specific needs of the people, places and processes in the planning area. These needs are grouped into categories such as transportation, economic development, land use, housing, historic preservation, aesthetics and many others. According to Hall, the study of the Fashion Place West small area plan is funded by a Transportation Land Use

Murray City hopes to make established neighborhoods in the Fashion Place West area small, more livable and vibrant. (Photo courtesy Murray City)

Connection Grant. The city has contract“We are trying to not only get ined with community planning firm VODA put from neighbors but also from transit as a consultant on the project. users and those who have a stake in the area,” Hall said. According to the open house’s presentation, “Fashion Place West neighborhoods are also facing growth, change and development pressure. There is momentum for positive change in the area with new commercial development along Winchester Street as well as continued redevelopment and expansion of the Fashion Place Mall.” An opportunity and a challenge the city has identified is the location of the Fashion Place West TRAX Station. As the junction point for Utah Transit Authority’s red and blue lines, the station receives plenty of traffic. However, due to the location away from Fashion Place Mall and other retail centers, transit riders rarely walk down Winchester Street Dr. Omar is certified in motor vehicle occupant injury collisions and specializes in to the shopping centers. traumatic accident related injuries. He can help with neck pain, back pain, joint pain, “We believe the area is well-sited slip and fall, headaches, concussions, and more. People suffering from an auto with I-215 and the TRAX connections,” accident, or slip and fall related injuries, have great results with us: Hall said. “We hope that the creation of “I was recommended to come to Dr. Omar & he really helped me out with my neck. I had some pretty good this plan will inform us of any necessary whiplash, I couldn’t really move my neck left or right & he really helped me out with that.” Bryan Hinkle rezoning.” The primary street corridor of this small area plan is Winchester Street, with State Street, Cottonwood Street and I-215 Call us today to find out more as the main bifurcations. The boundary or make an appointment. follows I-15 on the west, 6100 South on the north, 6790 South on the south, and Fashion Boulevard on the east. City planners hope to build on with First Visit Se Habla Español Murray’s central location and recent multi-modal infrastructure improve141 E 5600 S #204 Murray, Ut 84107

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ments. They would also like to build on Murray’s commercial district along State Street, complementing cultural assets and steering development toward making entire neighborhoods that are vibrant. The city also wishes to build on Murray’s retail base and create Class A office and employment centers as well as linking centers such as downtown Murray to a neighborhood and their surrounding context. Among the input planners are most interested in concerns housing. Planners believe the area is amenable to Life Cycle Housing. This approach focuses on providing as many housing choices as possible in every neighborhood to accommodate the many kinds of stages in life. The consultants presented different types of housing that are believed feasible in the existing neighborhood context. In addition to potential apartments, townhomes and duplexes, the area could host cottage clusters (a collection of small-scale, single-family homes that are oriented to an open common space) and accessory dwelling units (located at the rear of a lot, providing space for a small residential unit, home office, or other small commercial or service use). Murray City Community and Economic Development Office hopes to have a draft of the plan by the end of spring. l

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Contaminants create costly conundrum for Murray By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


urray’s industrial past has come back to haunt the city, and it had to dip into its reserves to remove contaminants from a residential neighborhood. The City Council approved the transfer of $294,000 from its reserve accounts to the general fund to pay for the Utahna Storm Drain Project. The original scope of the project was to address an ongoing flooding problem that has existed for homes on Utahna Drive for many years. To resolve the flooding issue, the city elected to install a storm drain from Utahna Drive through the rail corridor and across 300 West (Commerce Drive), to reach the drainage basin at 5680 South. The primary factor that caused higher costs for this project was the discovery of some contaminated soil. As the city started to enlarge the drainage basin, the earth being removed was sent for contamination testing. The test results revealed a high level of lead in the soil. Due to this finding, additional expenses were incurred to properly dispose of the soil in compliance with all safety standards. “Another factor in going over budget is the increasing cost of construction, and bids are coming in higher than anticipated,” Public Works Director Danny Astill said. Utahna Drive runs parallel to Commerce Drive, where the old Utah Ore Sampling Mill sits, the last remnant of Murray’s smelter industries. Nearby was the ASARCO Smelter, which was forced to reconfigure to higher smokestacks after farmers complained about the impact it was having on their crops in the early part of the 20th century. Astill told the City Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting that the increased cost was not only due to change orders above initial bid totals but also to the additional transportation costs of hauling contaminants away. Tipping fees (or gate fees to dispose of waste in a landfill) were $225,000, in addition to the reconfiguration of four sewer laterals and reconstruction of a parking lot. “The current construction bidding climate is unpredictable for many reasons, including a labor shortage in construction jobs. The city works with engineering consultants to develop estimates for large infrastructure improvements,” the Mayor’s Office Chief Communications Officer Jennifer Heaps said. “We consider the costs of past, similar projects; and the initial project budget is based on this information. Murray City is seeing a pattern of increased costs on most city projects, infrastructure and otherwise.” “Sometimes, there are unforeseen issues, such as contaminated soil, that can-

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Contaminants, likely from the Utah Ore Sampling Mill (pictured), caused a storm drain project to jump by $294,000. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

not be predicted but must be addressed during the course of the project. Unfortunately, this may mean that not as many projects will be funded as costs continue to increase.” The project was meant to relieve the flooding of houses on Utahna Drive caused by high-intensity storms. It included boring under the TRAX rails from 5670 S. 300 West to 5750 S. Utahna Drive; installing a storm drain from 5750 S. Utahna Drive, north to its cul-de-sac; replacing an 18-inch pipe with a 48-inch pipe along 300 West and feeding into a nearby detention basin; and, enhancing the detention basin. The project is 98% finished, with some remaining landscaping to be completed in the spring. Contaminated soil has vexed the city at the Ore Sampling Mill. The mill crushed ore samples that were bound for the smelters and analyzed for content and quality. Smelters decided on the samples, whether to buy larger quantities of the ore. As the city has tried to encourage the development of the property, assessment of the soil has found minerals like zinc, cadmium, antimony, arsenic, and bismuth, which caused it to become an archived Superfund site. Trace elements of uranium have also been found. The city is pursuing remediation efforts, as the property is blighted but sits on a prime property for redevelopment. Astill told the council that despite the challenges, the contractor, COP Construction, saved the city money with other cost-saving efforts on the project. l

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County lesson allows students to learn about Utah, connect with their families By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


n the Grant Elementary classroom, Dian Thomas spoke in front of students, sharing facts about San Juan County, where she was born and spent her earliest years. It wasn’t quite the entrepreneur who wrote the New York Times bestseller, “Roughing it Easy,” along with 27 other books, or the one who has given thousands of speeches and interviews, but it was an admirer, fourth-grader Naitailyia Jones, dressed in a plaid shirt and jeans, who was portraying Thomas while presenting her facts and about the county for the classroom county report. “I picked San Juan County as my grandpa had been there and showed me a lot of pictures,” Naitailyia said. “My mom knew of Dian Thomas so I learned more about her. My mom helped me with my board.” Naitailyia and her classmates researched about their Utah counties — reading and writing were amongst her favorite parts of the project — then they made PowerPoints — which Naitailyia said was the easiest part for her. Since December, the 26 students could pick any one of the 29 counties and


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research about it. During the county day, they presented nine facts about the county, ranging from population to recreational areas and shared a trifold board they created about the highlights of the county. Many students dressed up as someone tying into the county and portrayed that person and shared what they learned in a wax museum-atmosphere with parents, that also featured songs they had been learning since the fall, said teacher Ginger Shaw. Students also made salt-dough maps of the state, showcasing different topo-

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being inspired to listen to their parents or grandparents to learn about other parts of the state where they may be from and hearing their stories. This is to be a fun time they can learn about the county and do it together and maybe, they will get to visit that part of the state and know about it beforehand.” Cruz had been to Juab County before. “Most of my family was born there, my mom, my grandma, my great-grandpa,” he said. “I’ve visited it a lot so I knew a lot of facts about it.” But he learned a few more family stories along the way. “I asked my family for help. Great-grandpa Fred had a wheat field. We owned a Sinclair. Both sides of the family owned businesses there. My grandma gave me a Sinclair shirt, and I’ll wear a cowboy hat to dress up,” he said. Cruz spent time with his family on his board presentation, in which he not only included family photos, but he had glued wheat and different stones to represent minerals like copper, lead, silver, zinc and others mined in the county. “I loved doing the board and spending time with my family,” he said. l

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The Mayor’s office hosted our annual Boards and Commissions Dinner on February 11, 2020, during which I had the opportunity to deliver my annual State of the City address. I would like to share a few excerpts from that address. In my previous State of the City address, I outlined five areas of priority. I would like to comment on each of these to update you on our progress. First, to eliminate or greatly reduce empty commercial buildings. I am happy to report that a new furniture store will soon open in the former Toys-R-Us location on State Street. The former Sports Authority building on 900 East will soon be the home of EOS Fitness. After several years of being unoccupied, the former K-Mart site on 900 East will be transformed into an attractive mixed-use development with a combination of commercial buildings and housing units. Second, to proactively advocate for new development in the Murray City Center District to reverse the disinvestment in that area. We are in the process of preparing a Request for Proposals for the commercial area from 4800 South to 5th Avenue on the west side of State Street, which will be issued in the coming weeks. Directly to the west of that area, the construction of our new city hall and police department is scheduled to begin in May. Third, to address funding for the Murray Theater renovation. The city has received a grant award through the Salt Lake County for $3.6 million over two years. In addition, the city council appropriated $1 million in the current budget. That still leaves a funding gap of approximately $2 million dollars to complete the renovation. We have recently entered into a fundraising agreement with an organization to seek private donations to fill this gap. Fourth, to continue to improve in the areas of social media use and technology. I believe we have been successful as we have had an increase in social media followers on Instagram and Twitter in addition to our Facebook presence. I invite all of you to follow us on social media if you are not already doing so!


D. Blair Camp Mayor

mayor@murray.utah.gov Finally, a commitment to the concept of continuous improve801-264-2600 ment. I continue to challenge my 5025 S. State Street department directors to seek for Murray, Utah 84107 additional improvement wherever possible. During this past year we outsourced the printing and mailing of our utility bills, which was previously been done inhouse. This has resulted in a savings of over $10,000 per year. In addition, the justice court reduced some office areas, eliminating the need to lease additional space. This change will result in a savings of approximately $65,000 per year. As I considered my address this year, I asked myself, “What is the State of Murray City?” I would describe the state of Murray as evolving, changing, in transition. One way it is changing is in the housing market. While Murray has traditionally been single-family neighborhoods, the demographics of our region are driving changes. Cost of land and the cost of housing has dramatically increased, resulting in a diversity of housing types including high-density apartments, townhomes, manufactured homes, as well as single-family homes. Not everyone agrees on whether change, particularly in the housing market, is positive or negative. One argument is that our housing is already too dense, and another is that we need affordable housing stock for the increasing population. Whatever your point of view, I encourage all citizens of Murray City to be involved in the public hearing processes that occur at I am optimistic about the future of Murray City. Murray will continue to be a great place to live and work, and we will continue to provide the services that make Murray the envy of other municipalities. I look forward to the future, and I hope you do too. View the entire State of the City Address at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1S2BT_2BK0 Or you can read the full speech at: www.murray.utah.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10946

R ECREATION Adult Softball Programs

Murray City is taking registrations for its Monday Night Coed League, and Thursday Night Men’s League. Teams will Play 14 games. Murray City provides the softballs. These are considered USSSA “D” Leagues. We use different size softballs for women and men. We will accept the first 8 teams that registers for each of these leagues. This is a well groomed field with lights. No Composite, multi or double wall bats allowed.


Monday Night Coed Starts April 6 Thursday Night Men’s Starts April 9 Field: Murray Park Softball Diamond 330 East Vine Street Cost: $500 Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Or until leagues are full Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office or online at www.mcreg.com


5 on 5 on 5 Adult Coed Kickball League

This is new small team option where three teams play at once. Instructions of play are as follows: Team A plays four outfielders and provides the catcher; Team B plays four infielders and provides the pitcher.; Team C kicks providing five kickers. Teams will rotate from outfield, to infield, then to kicking. The objectives to win the game is to be the team who earns the most scored runs. Teams in the outfield and infield work together to prevent the kicking team from scoring. Each team is allowed three outs while kicking. This is a coed league every team must have at least 2 women in play during each game. Up to 10 people are allowed on a team roster. This is a 7 week league with post season tournament. Games will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The first 9 teams that register will be accepted in the league. Leagues standings will be determined by the number of runs you score per game cumulative. Dates: 5, 12

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Deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation or online at www.mcreg.com Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020

Adult Coed Kickball League

Murray Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations for our Spring Adult Coed Kickball League. Great for improving your fitness, meeting new people and interacting socially with others. Teams consist of 11 players (can carry up to 22 people on a roster) with at least 4 women on the field. All members present must kick in the order provided. A total of 9 games will be played followed by a post season tournament. The league will use an a size 8.5 rubber ball. Form a team and join the hottest league in town. Space limited to the first 10 teams to register for the league. Dates:

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Register: Murray Parks & Rec. Office, The Park Center or online at www.mcreg.com Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Space limited to the first 10 teams in league to register! Teams must provide their own jerseys!!! A roster must be submitted the first night of league play.

Thursday Night Men’s Golf League

Teams play in foursomes. Your team is allowed to have four alternates. Play in round robin format each week. Prize money will be distributed at mid season and at the end of the season. Sign up today. Start Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020 Place: Mick Riley Golf Course, 421 E. Vine Street Day: Thursdays (T-times start around 4 pm) Cost: $180 PAYABLE to Mick Riley $20 PAYABLE to Murray City (Please write separate checks) Registration-Checks & rosters must be submitted to: Murray Parks & Recreation 296 E Murray Park Avenue, Murray UT 84107

Spring Jr. Jazz Basketball League

Murray Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for the 2020 Jr. Jazz Basketball Spring League which include grades: Girls 3rd-4th, Girls 5th-6th, Boys 3rd-4th, Boys 5th-6th. Practices are held either on Wednesday or Fridays. The program features 8 games and weekly practices. Dates: April 4 to May 30 Cost: $50 Resident, $60 Non residents, $5 Late Fee Grades: 3-4, 5-6, Boys and Girls Games: Saturdays mornings and afternoons Locations: Hillcrest Jr. High and Riverview Jr. High Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020 Register: Murray Parks & Recreation Office, The Park Center or online at www.mcreg.com For more information, call: (801) 264-2614



7-12 GRADES SESSION 1 OR SESSION 2 Teams of two (with two alternates) play 8 Tuesdays, practice/warm-up time at the start of each day followed by 2+ games. Season tournament on the 8th Tuesday. Includes: T-shirt for each team member   Dates: Session 1 Tuesdays April 14 - June 2 Session 2 Tuesdays June 16 - August 4 Time: 3:30 - 6:00 pm Location: Murray Park Softball Field Cost: $50 per team Register: www.mcreg.com, at the Park Center, and Recreation Office Deadline: S1 April 6, 8am / S2 June 8, 8am

Space limited to the first 12 teams in league to register! Questions? 801-264-2614


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Resident on Display Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall and Murray Library. John Tavoian (pictured) is our featured artist for March-April at City Hall. Ann Charat’s photography will be on display at the Murray Library.

Murray City Museum Hallway Exhibit Since its incorporation in 1903, Murray City has prided itself in providing its own public services, giving residents local control and affordability. We thank our Police, Fire, Water and Power divisions for their service!

Murray City Art Advisory Board 2020 Members Back Row: Matt Jacobson, Peter Klinge, Jr., Haley Oliphant, Nancy Buist, and Jeff Evans. Front Row: Michelle Robbins, Christy Anderson, Cami Munk, and Clark Bullen

M URRAY S ENIOR R ECREATION C ENTER The Murray Senior Recreation Center is a 55+ recreation center for people who like to stay active, learn, get services, go places, stay healthy, play, volunteer, meet people, enjoy life and more. The Center’s current newsletter is available on our website at www.murray.utah.gov/140/ Heritage-Center and will have the most up-todate information on our activities and services. Please call the Heritage Center at 801-2642635 or visit us to register for any of our classes or services. Lunch is served Tuesday–Friday anytime between 11:30–12:30 and you pay for your meal after you pick up your food. No reservations are needed—except for special events. Options include the regular menu item, salad, soup, Panini, and sandwiches. The cost ranges from $2–$4 for people 55+.

CLASSES & SERVICES MARCH – APRIL 2020 Scams: On Tuesday, March 3 at 10:30, Alan Ormsby, State Director from AARP will be at the Center to present a class on Scams. Free class register now. Aging Mastery Program: The Aging Mastery Program will start a new 10-week course starting Friday, March 6 and will end Friday, May 8 from 12:30-2:00. This program will include all your health issues, register now free. Painting Class: John Fackrell’s six-week WATERCOLOR class begins Monday March 9-through April 13 from 9:00-12:00. Cost is $33. Register now. Art Appreciation Class: Art Appreciation class begins Monday March 9- through April 13 from 1:00-3:30. Cost is $33. Register now. Wednesday Painting Class: New 8- week oils and acrylics class start Wednesday, March 4-April 22. Cost is $40. Register now. Grief Support Group: Friday, March 13, & April 10, at 10:30- Free

Earthquake Class: Tuesday, March 10 at 10:30. Maralin Hoff from the State of Utah Department of Public Safety will be at the Center to share her knowledge about how to safe proof your homes in the event of an Earthquake. Free class H.E.A.T Home Energy Assistance will be at the Center on Wednesday March 18 from 10:30-12:00 to help participants complete their HEAT application. Avoiding Funeral Pitfalls: Jenkins-Soffe Monday, March 23 – 2:00 - Free AARP Smart Driving Class: Tuesday, March 24, & April 28 - $15 AARP $20 Nonmembers Vital Aging: Tuesday, March 24 & April 28- 1:00- Free Dance Lesson Workshop: For beginning level dancers; Monday, March 20- April 27, 1:00 – 2:00; Free Nutrition Class: Friday, April 10, at 10:30., at 10:30. Ashley Quadros form Harmons will present this class-Free History Class: Tuesday, April 14 @ 10:30 -Free Express Yourself with Watercolor and Acrylic: Thursday, April 16 & Friday, April 17; 9:00 – 11:00 – All materials provided; Free Minding Motion for Graceful Aging: Call the Center for more information. 801-264-2635 VITA TAX HELP: The VITA Tax Help will be offered at the Center on Thursday evenings in March & April from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Appointments can be made by calling 211, but walk-ins are also welcome. VITA Tax is not limited to age or income level Social Dance: Live Music every Thursday Tony Summerhays- 7:00-9:30- Cost $5 Massage: Every Thursday from 12:00-4:00Cost $40 per hour

Irish Storytelling: Tuesday, March 17, at 10:30- Free class

Computer Classes: Every Thursdays from 2:00, 3:00, or 4:00 one-hour appointments, cost $3. Also Fridays 9:00, or 10:00

Attorney: Tuesday, March 10, & April 14, from 1:30-3:30 Appointments Needed-Free

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EVENTS Senior Golf League: The Murray Senior Recreation Center’s GOLF LEAGUE will begin this year with the general meeting of all interested players on Monday, April 6 at 10:30 at which time the schedule will be reviewed and local rules for the season outlined. National Senior Health & Fitness Day Health Fair, Wednesday, May 27 8:00-1:00

TRIPS Great Salt Lake Woodcarving Show: 28th Annual Woodcarvers Show at Wheeler Farm; Friday, March 20 at 1:00; Cost- $6 Clark Planetarium: Dinosaurs of Antarctica; Thursday, March 26, 12:00, Cost: $12 Kingsbury Hall: Across the Wide & Lonesome Prairie; Friday, April 10, 9:00, Cost: $6 Wendover 2020: 2020 dates for Wendover are tentatively scheduled for April 9, June 4, August 13, and October 8. Cost is $20, trip leaves at 8:30. Tuachan/Mesquite: We will be travelling to TUACAHN on Monday, June 8 and returning on Thursday, June 11. This year’s plays will be Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and Annie. We will be staying at the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino in Mesquite, Nevada. The cost is $385 per person (double occupancy) or $495 (single room) and includes lunch on the bus heading to Mesquite, a $65 meal card at the CasaBlanca, two pre-show dinners at Golden Corral, and tickets to the two musical plays. Registration begins Wednesday, March 25 and seating is limited. A minimum $50 deposit is required for each participant to register for the trip. Trip payment in full is required by Wednesday, May 6 at 4:00. Travelers may register for themselves and one other person. Cancellations must be made prior to Wednesday, May 6 for a full refund. After May 6, trip refund amounts will be on a case-by-case basis.

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Murray District students take to the stage this spring By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

arkside sixth-grader Brenna Webster got the part she wanted – Queen of Hearts – in the upcoming children’s version of “Alice in Wonderland.” Wearing a shirt that read, “Queen of Everything,” Brenna took the school stage during rehearsal, not to practice her lines, but to fill in for an absent cast member. “I had the shirt before I got the part,” she said, as her mother, Pam, who volunteers to run the show’s minus track, got a CD for the advanced dancers to rehearse. “I already memorized my lines and dances. I practice them with my mom. She’s making my costume, too.” Brenna and about 45 Parkside Elementary students will take the stage in the school play at 6:30 p.m., March 19-20. Parkside is one of several Murray School


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Parkside students rehearse a scene from “Alice in Wonderland” under the direction of Michelle Best, in front of last year’s “Seussical” backdrop. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

District shows that will be performed in March. Riverview Junior High’s “Into the Woods, Jr.” will be at 7 p.m., March 12-14 and March 16. Hillcrest Junior High will perform the Broadway-version of “Peter Pan, Jr.” at 7 p.m., March 3-7 and Murray High students will take the stage with “Peter and the Starcatcher” at 7 p.m., March 19-23 in their Little Theatre. The Parkside show, directed by Michelle Best, will be about 45 minutes long. A surprise guest appearance will be made in the role of author Lewis Carroll. Britney Lund is the assistant director, Cris Westerfield is overseeing the dancers and Elisabeth Best is helping with the music. “The musical is special here,” Michelle Best said. “There are students who have been able to shine here even if they aren’t the ones who always are the top in the classroom. They’re learning empathy and confidence and the love of the arts. They’re here, being successful and are part of a group accomplishing something together.” In addition, students are able to put skills they learn on the set — public speaking, projection, teamwork, communication, memorization — into their work in the classroom, she said. “The best part of it is when it comes together, and I can see the pride and confidence on the kids’ faces,” Best said. At Riverview Junior High, the $5 “Into the Woods, Jr.” tickets will be available at the door, with the first few rows of premium seating at $10. “I love how involved, how unified the school

has become around the musical,” Producer Monica Giles said. Supporting the 75 students who are performing or on stage crew are the woodshop, which built sets; the art department, which painted the sets and posters to advertise the performance; and the student newspaper which previewed the show. Giles said the show was selected for several reasons. “It’s a fun show, with lots of parts and leading roles so we could include as many students as possible,” she said. “Plus, the junior version doesn’t include the dark characters, so it’s a family friendly show that lasts about an hour.” Joining her with the show staff is director JaiDee Riches, choreographer Jen Davis and music director Evan Moss. “It’s a very cute, fun show with songs you know,” Giles said. “We have great talent here.” The talent also is deep at Hillcrest Jr. High as 140 cast and crew members, with most major roles double-casted, will perform “Peter Pan, Jr.” Not only was a play needed for a huge cast, but it also was the No. 1 choice in a survey given to students, faculty and staff. Tickets for the show are $5 and are available by following the musical icon on the school’s website, riverview.murrayschools.org, or at the door. The show is directed by Jessica Pearce, assistant directors Krystin Elder and Jen Allred-Salvesen; technical director Austin Woodall, choreographer Victoria Bean and guest choreographer Spencer Hohl. “We’re approaching it as a concept play, so it begins with the recess bell and it takes place on a gigantic play set,” Pearce said, adding that the Darling children “fly” on swings and Peter Pan and Tinker Bell “fly” on the teetertotter. The nostalgia of fun extends to the costumes rented from Hale Center Theater Orem for the lead characters. “They’re quirky and futuristic. It’s fun and it goes with the feeling of play,” she said. To get into the feeling, she asked students to think back to the playground dynamics when they were first-graders to envision “the youth, joy and freedom.” “There’s magic of make-believe, magic of storytelling, of remembering how to pretend,” Pearce said, adding that students read sections of the book and watched versions of the show. The Hillcrest cast and crew will support nearby Murray High students in the Peter Pan prequel, “Peter and the Starcatcher” by sharing costumes and a trunk, which will be used as a prop in both shows. Both casts also will attend one another’s dress rehearsals. “Peter and the Starcatcher” tickets in advance are $6 for students; $7 for adults; and $8 at the door. “It’s a very creative show, engaging the actors with the audience’s imagination,” director Will Saxton said. “The students are really excited about it.” l

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ooking for creative ways to get your kids moving and motivated during the long winter months? USA Ninja Challenge obstacle course gym in Murray could be the answer. With their structured program of coach mentoring and level up achievement, kids of all ability levels find ways to get moving and succeed. “We use a course similar to obstacle course shows. Our classes are 50 minutes long. A coach takes the students through all the gym skills so they learn to do them correctly. We’re serious about safety,” said Debbie White, owner of the Murray gym at 4731 S. Commerce Dr. “The gym started in New Hampshire and spread across the country. This is the first location in Utah. People like our month-to-month program with no long-term contracts. And the kids love our coaches!” White said. Danielle Donaldson is the lead trainer at USA Ninja Challenge. “I’ve done martial arts and self-defense training all my life. I’ve competed in kickboxing and martial arts, and love it. My favorite part of working here is showing kids the benefits of an active lifestyle,” Donaldson said. “It’s all about watching kids progress. I

choose skills for each week’s class from our 27 skills. They are customized based on students’ skills levels. I love to see them gain confidence as they progress through the six levels. And we’re making fitness fun,” Donaldson said. White and Donaldson said they’ve seen kids in the program transform, kids like Alma Miles’s grandkids. “I have two grandkids ages 7 and 5. For my grandson, we tried soccer and baseball, but that isn’t where he found his confidence or competitive drive. He’s found them doing USA Ninja Challenge,” Miles said. “One of his greatest moments was when he finally made it up the warp wall. The news was here doing a segment, and he got up the wall for the first time while they were filming. It’s been a boost for his confidence and self-esteem,” Miles said. Miles’s granddaughter had her birthday party at the gym. “Our parties are fun and unique. There is an hour in the gym with the same ratio of instructors that we have during classes, 1 to 8. Then we move into the party room to do presents and cake. Call us at 385425-3099 to reserve a party time or ask questions,” White said. In addition to weekly classes and birth-

day parties at USA Ninja Challenge, White opens the gym for school, church and community groups. “We host field trips and work with Girl and Boy Scout groups. Our coaches are included in the package, and rates are based on your group’s size,” White said. The gym also has day and short-term camps when kids are off school. Participation is flexible. “Try a free class. If you like it, sign up. Our contracts are monthto-month, so you can stop at any time. Kids who play school sports can come to cross-train during the off-season. When their sport starts up again, they go back conditioned and ready to compete,” White said. It’s also a good program for kids who don’t feel confident in their athletic abilities. “That keeps them on the sidelines. Learning proper form increases their confidence, so they can get off the screens and join in the fun,” White said. Classes at USA Ninja Challenge are 50 minutes either once or twice per week. They’re offered as coed groups starting with fidence booster for my grandson,” Miles said. Junior Ninjas at 4 years old. “The selling point For more information, visit www.usanifor me is that the kids are coached every step njachallenge.com, or call Debbie at 385-425of the way, and each level up is a celebration. 3099. This has been a great energy release and con-

Cottonwood High students christen new black box theatre with Shakespeare By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


hen patrons come to Cottonwood High’s black box theatre to see William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” they will be transformed into the 1930s and 1940s time period in New Orleans. That’s because with a newly renovated black box theatre, theatre director Adam Wilcox said his students are able to create more than before. “With this brand new space, we can create a set with a water feature like a bayou, with plants and life that we couldn’t do in our old space,” he said. “It’s bigger than life; it’s a magical swamp that will be intriguing.” The comedic show, directed by Wilcox with costumes by Maddiey Howell, will take place at 7 p.m., March 10-12 and at noon and 7 p.m., March 14. General admission tickets are $8 and are available on cwoodtheatre.com. “It’s chock-full with a ton of kids and parts and will be the first show opening in the new black box,” he said. “We’re christening it with Shakespeare.” Wilcox has wanted his students to perform this play for a number of years, but only recently got the idea of tying it into the South after a trip to Disneyland where

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Cottonwood High theater students rehearse in their newly remodeled black box theatre, which will allow them more possibilities with performances, said school theatre director Adam Wilcox. (Abbie Tuckness/Cottonwood High)

he and his wife spent time in New Orleans Square. “This is a story about magic and we’re now able to do that with voodoo, fairies, Southern Creole accents, beautiful Southern debutants and everything inspired by New Orleans. Shakespeare’s been around for 500 years, but what keeps it fresh, is the accessibility in the story of love, the story of chance meeting, story about our actors.”

Renovation on the black box theatre began last fall and was complete in early January. It includes new lighting and sound, patron seating, raised ceiling, newly painted, larger area for actors and “revamping of a classroom into a wonderful space that is incredible. It truly is a black box theatre now,” Wilcox said. “It feels like a new house when you move in, but it doesn’t quite feel like yours yet.”

Wilcox’s students are also preparing “When She Had Wings” for the regional competition, which will be held in March. In April, there will be the state theatre competition, which the drama team has competed in every year since the school opened in 1970, he said. Recently, his students had the opportunity to see the “Every Brilliant Thing,” a production on tour traveling around the state from the Utah Shakespeare Festival. It was part of the opening session of the Utah Theatre Association annual conference, hosted at Cottonwood High, in January. “It’s a huge endeavor to invite and host 2,000 junior high and high school students from across the state and Cottonwood is one of the few places that has a big enough auditorium,” said Wilcox, who is the UTA president. “It’s a beautiful show that is meaningful and impactful.” While some students’ questions were answered after the performance, some seniors took the opportunity to attend breakout sessions held at the University of Utah. “Students were able to listen to professionals from LA and New York, learn about professional theater, and talk to each another,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity.” l

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Diverse Books Challenge gives Riverview students a chance to relate, gain insight By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


iverview Junior High ninth-grader Aloe Merrill likes to be more involved, try new things and sets out to accomplish them – especially if there is a little friendly competition. So, when she and her classmate, Faye Jakins, decided they wanted to participate in the school’s new Diverse Books Challenge by reading eight books in 11 categories, they upped the contest by seeing who could be first getting the grand prize T-shirt. “I love to read and always make time to read, so I would finish my homework first so I could start reading the books,” Aloe said. “We finished the same weekend, so it was a race to see who got to school first.” Faye said that she read books that were different from ones she usually read. “I read ‘Refuge’ and really enjoyed that one,” she said. “I had never thought about people in that situation and it gave me a different perspective. I read a book about a boy being overweight and how he emotionally had a hard time with his body image and even though he was a really good singer, he struggled.” That is part of the point, said librarian Jill Hansen who has reading lists in the library and on the library website for each of the 11 categories: adoption and foster care; body image; immigration; learning challenges; LGBTQIA+ youth; mental health; nature and environmentalism; physical disability; poverty and homelessness; race and ethnicity; and religion and spirituality. “There are two goals,” she said. “One is to see themselves in a category and be able to relate; and the other is to see someone different, and have an increased empathy toward those who are different who they read about. We have a diverse population (at Riverview) so this is the way every student can see themselves in books and a way they can relate to each other.” Hansen got the idea from a Utah Educational Library Media Association conference, in which Wendy Haws from Central Davis Junior High in Layton shared her diverse book club with others. Using the book, “Better with Books” by Melissa Hart, Hansen got the 11 categories and some books to fit those categories. “It gave us a place to start. This challenge will help increase the diversity in the library’s book collection,” she said, adding that she met with English teachers to discuss the challenge before its launch. After reading a book, students fill out a category card, which is placed by

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the book on the library shelf. Students receive a pin for each book they read from a different category. Their names also are entered into quarterly drawings for gift cards and other prizes. The grand prize, a “RJH Challenge Accepted” T-shirt is given to those who complete the challenge and their photos are displayed in the front foyer. While the book challenge is optional, about 40 seventh- through ninth-grade students already are participating with Aloe and Faye being the first two to complete it, just weeks after it kicked off in the fall. As of press deadline, eight students had completed the challenge. Faculty also are participating in the optional Diverse Book Challenge, although together the 10 who regularly participate choose a category to explore each month and all their books related to that category. “It’s been powerful and it’s something we’d like to continue,” Hansen said. “I can see this growing and changing every year.” l Eighth-grader Eliza Williams holds up one of the books she read to complete the Riverview Junior High’s Diverse Books Challenge. (Jill Hansen/Riverview Junior High)

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Murray local headed to play soccer in Maine By Greg James | g.james@mycityjournals.com


West Jordan High senior is making a trek to the far northeast to continue her soccer career. “I never thought it would be possible for me to play sports after high school,” Murray resident Shelby Baker said. “I always thought I wasn’t good enough or that it would be too hard or no coaches ever watched me. I learned that so many colleges want you on their team. Coaches will not see you unless you put yourself out there.” She began making opportunities for herself by creating a recruiting profile and sending it to prospective teams. “Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. When I went to Maine many of the players said the same thing. They thought they would have never had this chance,” she said. After a recruiting trip and several weeks of deliberation, Baker chose Central Maine Community College located in Auburn, Maine. The Mustangs are coming off a conference finals appearance and nearly qualified for the national tournament. “Shelby fit into our program immediately,” Mustangs head coach Rob Rodriguez said. “She came here for a visit and you would have never known that she wasn’t already part of the team. She was outgoing and made friends with the other team members. On the field she is experienced and packs a ton of energy into her game.” Baker was a forward for the West Jordan Jaguars and scored three goals and had eight assists this season. “A few schools emailed me, but Central Maine called me and sent an email that was very personalized for me. They seemed very interested in me as a player. I talked to my mom and she got in touch with the coach and we scheduled a visit,” Baker said. “When I went there I fell in love with the team and the chemistry they had. Auburn is small, but it is beautiful and it felt like home,” she said. It was not easy for her to make the decision. Auburn is 2,494 miles away from home or six hours on an airplane. “It is really far and that is a scary choice to make. I decided it was the best option for me and I could not be more excited to get started on my future,” Baker said. Rodriguez is finishing his fifth year as head coach of the school and likes the progress his team has made. “We are coming off a successful season, as conference finalists. We have

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West Jordan senior Shelby Baker has committed to play soccer at Central Maine Community College. (Photo courtesy Shelby Baker)

raised the bar even higher. Adding Shelby to what we expect to be a dynamic offense will make us hard to defend. Our conference is very competitive. Attracting players such as Shelby from across the country is a big step forward for us in putting the best team possible on the field,” Rodriguez said. Baker plans to study in the nursing program. CMCC offers 40 academic degrees and certificates and boasts the lowest admission fees in the New England states. “You never know where the perfect fit might be,” Rodriguez said. “Her (Baker’s) personality really stuck out to me. She was good at marketing herself to us.” Baker is a three-sport athlete at West Jordan. She played club soccer with Murray Max until she reached high school. “Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there because you are good enough, you just need to trust yourself,” Baker said. l

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Seven years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr


More and more people are saying they just don’t get colds anymore. They are using a new device made of pure copper, which scientists say kills cold and flu viruses. Doug Cornell invented the device in 2012. “I haven’t had a single cold since then,” he says. People were skeptical but New research: Copper stops colds if used early. EPA and university studies Businesswoman Rosaleen says when demonstrate repeatedly that viruses and bacteria die almost instantly when people are sick around her she uses CopperZap morning and night. “It saved me touched by copper. That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- last holidays,” she said. “The kids had tians used copper to purify water and colds going around, but not me.” Some users say it also helps with heal wounds. They didn’t know about sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a viruses and bacteria, but now we do. Scientists say the high conductance 2-day sinus headache. When her Copperof copper disrupts the electrical balance Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” in a microbe cell and destroys the cell in she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” seconds. Some users say copper stops nightSo some hospitals tried copper touch surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. time stuffiness if used before bed. One This cut the spread of MRSA and other man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Copper can also stop flu if used earillnesses by over half, and saved lives. Colds start after cold viruses get in ly and for several days. Lab technicians your nose, so the vast body of research placed 25 million live flu viruses on a gave Cornell an idea. When he next CopperZap. No viruses were found alive felt a cold about to start, he fashioned a soon after. Dr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams smooth copper probe and rubbed it genconfirming the discovery. He placed miltly in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold lions of disease germs on copper. “They never got going.” It worked again every started to die literally as soon as they touched the surface,” he said. time. The handle is curved and finely texHe asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too, so tured to improve contact. It kills germs he patented CopperZap™ and put it on picked up on fingers and hands to protect you and your family. the market. Copper even kills deadly germs that Now tens of thousands of people have tried it. Nearly 100% of feedback have become resistant to antibiotics. If said the copper stops colds if used within you are near sick people, a moment of 3 hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 handling it may keep serious infection days, if they still get the cold it is milder away. The EPA says copper still works even than usual and they feel better. Pat McAllister, age 70, received one when tarnished. It kills hundreds of diffor Christmas and called it “one of the ferent disease germs so it can prevent sebest presents ever. This little jewel real- rious or even fatal illness. CopperZap is made in America of ly works.” Now thousands of users have pure copper. It has a 90-day full money simply stopped getting colds. People often use CopperZap preven- back guarantee. It is $69.95. Get $10 off each CopperZap with tively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to get colds after crowded flights. Though code UTCJ11. Go to www.CopperZap.com or call skeptical, she tried it several times a day on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen toll-free 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. advertorial

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Cottonwood duo Walker, Loyd combine for three golds at state By Nichole Duffy | n.duffy@mycityjournals.com


n Feb. 15, the Richards Building at Brigham Young University was filled with excited fans from all over the state, but it was not a Cougar’s meet they were going crazy for but the high school state swimming meet finals. As schools from all over the state came together to prove that they were the best in their division, tensions ran high and swimmers gave it their all. While there were winners from all over, Cottonwood High School had a great day. Cottonwood’s girls team finished seventh overall for the state. The Colts girls team finished with a score of 137, beating the next closest team, Brighton High School, by 13 and only fell 6 points away from sixth place. The boys swim team also placed seventh overall, edging out Spanish Fork High School by a single point, with a total of 138 points, only 5 points behind Skyline High School. One senior in particular had reason to celebrate. That was Jessica Loyd. Loyd, who has committed to the Air Force Academy, got second place in the 500-yard freestyle at last year’s state tournament with a final time of 5:10.13. In 2019, Loyd was 7.93 seconds from first place. This year she came back stronger and secured first place in the 500-yard freestyle race with a time of 5:04.82, surpassing her qualifying preliminary time by 2.03 seconds. Colts fans went crazy and the sounds of the cheering echoed in the cinderblock building and could be heard all the way in the parking lot. Loyd’s time in the 500 freestyle was the fastest in Utah this year by three seconds. She also won a medal in the 200yard freestyle, finishing fourth. Her teammate, fellow senior Emma Walker, was named the 5A female swimmer of the year after taking gold in the

Senior Jessica Loyd takes a breath during the marathon 500-yard freestyle as she swam a time of 5:04.82 to take first place. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke. Walker, who has committed to the University of Kansas, finished with a final time of 2.04.62 in the medley taking first one year after finishing runner-up at the state meet in 2019. For the 100-yard breaststroke, Walker finished with a time of 1.02.70, good enough for All-American consideration. She beat out Wasatch’s Haley Altman, the current state record holder in the event. l

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Uncle Bob’s Butter Country pancake syrups

Saturday pancake breakfasts have been a staple in the Smith household for decades. But the crowning glory has always been dad Bob’s homemade buttermilk syrup. “One day we were out of buttermilk, but we had an old container of Log Cabin (syrup),” Bob recalled. When the pancakes were served without dad’s buttermilk syrup, his children boycotted the pancakes. His oldest son asked incredulously, “Do you really expect us to eat this syrup?” “Right then, I knew the buttermilk syrup was something special,” Bob recalled. Special might be right. There have been few innovations in pancake syrups. “It’s been basically maple forever, some artificial syrups and low sugar ones, which nobody likes, and some fruit syrups,” Bob said. So buttermilk syrup — a favorite of home cooks — was ready to sweeten up the market. The Smith family dove in. After obtaining a cottage food certificate (an approval by the State), things started slowly. In their Cottonwood Heights’ kitchen, the eight Smith children plus parents made 250 bottles of syrup. It was a tricky business managing three gallon-sized pots, temperamental frothing syrup, and bottling. They sold the final product, Uncle Bob’s Butter Country syrup, at local farmers markets. It wasn’t until a few years later when Bob’s son Jared returned from his church mission and began attending BYU that things got going. “I knew that if we didn’t make and market this, someone else would,” Jared said, adding that once people taste buttermilk syrup, there’s no going back to artificial maple syrup. Jared set about experimenting, making hundreds of bottles, and consulting

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food scientists, including his brother-inlaw, Cameron Smith, a recent food science graduate at the time. It took about 18 months to verify that Uncle Bob’s syrup was shelf-stable, because it is made with real buttermilk and cream. Getting the product to market proved to be another challenge. Eventually Harmons took them on and later, Associated Foods. Butter Country is now in 170 stores. Jared described the syrups as on par with premium maple syrup, but with new flavors, a creamy texture, and no artificial additives. For traditionalists, they have a butter-infused maple flavor. The original buttermilk flavor makes a good base for fruit toppings. New flavors include harvest spice and coconut cream. Bob said he hopes these syrups bring people back to the simple delights of a pancake breakfast. “It’s about making memories,” he said. Jared agreed. “The syrup reminds me of big, hardy pancake breakfasts with my family.” www.buttercountry.com

black market trading company’s chili-Pepper infused free range fudge

One autumn day, Rick Black was pureeing his varieties of homegrown chili peppers to freeze, when he had a fiery vision. “I wondered what the essence of the chilis would be like in a good quality hot fudge,” he recalled. “That is, literally, how the idea came.” With his favorite Dutch processed cocoa, he experimented extensively until he invented a chili-infused hot fudge sauce that, he said, “amazed” people, including his brother in Texas, who became his first

The original Uncle Bob’s Butter Country Syrup is made with real buttermilk and cream. (Photo courtesy Jared Smith)

The chili-infused Peppermint Free Range Fudge, which tastes like a warm, spicy, ooey-gooey Junior Mint. (Photo courtesy Marli Black)

investor. Black’s goal was to make a premium product with a unique twist. He sought sensations that brought the palate to life — a smoothness and sweetness from chocolate combined with the “essence” of chilis to bring out notes of heat and flavor. Black, a scientist by profession, got seven tasting groups together in his Sandy neighborhood. He’d test different types of chocolate, cocoas and combinations of chili varieties, then asked participants to fill out questionnaires. “Even if people didn’t like spicy foods, they all said it’s the best hot fudge they’d ever had,” he said. After perfecting his “proprietary blend” of seven varieties of chili peppers and finding the best cocoa, he leased a commercial kitchen, and with a humorous poke at our label-conscious culture, named his spicy creation Free Range Fudge. Popular flavors include original, extra spicy, milk chocolate and peppermint fudge, which Black’s daughters say is “like a warm, spicy, ooey-gooey Junior Mint.” New flavors for holiday offerings are in the test kitchen now.

Donning chili-patterned pants and wearing an aspirator and goggles while pureeing the chilis, Black makes his fudge in small batches, selling them through his website, www.blackmarkettradingcompany.com and at local stores. His family, including wife Jill, help cook and bottle the fudge. They work quickly, the beneficial result of Black’s production-efficiency studies. Daughter Marli does the photography, while daughter Kalen manages social media. Soon, he hopes to have his own commercial kitchen in order to work on transitioning from small-batch to large-batch production for distribution to grocery stores. “This is a passion,” Black said, and one that’s challenging to do while working full-time. But he’s having fun zooming around town in his Honda hybrid with a bold graphic of the Free Range Fudge mascot — a cartoonish chili pepper wearing a cowboy hat. On the rear window is written his favorite quote, “We don’t pen up our peppers.” “Happy peppers make happy fudge,” he quipped.

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SweetAffs Cakes and Cookies

mas for her creativity. Her work ethic and determination comes from her dad, who passed away three years ago. And her love of cake making? She credits that to the TV show, “Cake Boss” and the inspiration of star baker Buddy Valastro. So, 12 years ago, the West Jordan resident started educating herself through YouTube videos, cake blogs, and “a lot of trial and error.” Soon, she developed recipes and learned techniques that gave her confidence to make cakes and cookies for Swensen is more than just head baker friends and family. They, in turn, encouraged her to start and cake/cookie decorator for her busian Instagram account (@sweetaffs), which ness. She’s also the janitor, finance direc“just took off,” she said. Now, she books tor, photographer, videographer, teacher, researcher, social media whiz, and inven- three months in advance for orders and has expanded into teaching cake and cookie tory clerk. “You have to wear so many different classes, which often book out in a day. As a self-described social butterfly, hats,” she said, referring to food entrepreneurship. “You have so much that you end Swensen loves teaching others as much as she loves baking. “Sometimes we sell ourup learning along the way.” Swensen credits her mom and grand- selves short and think we can’t do something,” she said. When her students have

On the long counter of Afton Swensen’s commercial-grade kitchen sits flour, sugar, butter and M&M’s, ready to be made into Valentine’s Day cookies. Besides custom cookies, Swensen’s home-based company, SweetAffs, creates specialty cakes — her most requested flavor is Biscoff cookie batter and her most popular cake is a four-layer colorful unicorn creation.

that “I can do this” moment, she is joyful. Time restraints have honed her designs (think “simply elegant” or “colorfully fun”) and baking work. “Baking has created a whole new sleep schedule for me,” she said. With a 2-year-old, a part-time job, and a small farm she runs with her husband, she works late most nights. “It’s been a learning process of what I can handle and what I can take on,” she said. “I do things in stages.” She’s hoping to add more classes, including online classes for her out-of-state fan base. One day, she wants to operate SweetAffs full time. Until then, she’ll work late into the night baking and decorating the dozens of cookies and several cakes she makes each week. “I am grateful that I am in a place to make this a reality,” she said. “I try to be grateful for it and for everything I have.” The four-layer unicorn cake is most often requested www.sweetaffs.com and on Instagram for kids’ birthdays says SweetAffs’ owner Afton Sw@sweetaffs ensen. (Photo courtesy Afton Swensen)

Food competitions take the cake By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com Eight teams of students and teachers emerged from the dust of flour and sugar with creations such as panda-faced red velvet cupcakes and apple cinnamon cupcakes with apple cider buttercream and a last-minute caramel drizzle. The latter was named winner of Fort Herriman Middle School’s second annual Cupcake Wars held Jan. 22.

A passion for cooking, the thrill of competition and bragging rights, motivates many teens to enter cooking competitions. “It lets them be creative in a way that school doesn’t always let kids be creative,” said Madison Heist, teacher and judge at FHMS. All seventh graders learn basic cooking skills. Older students take Foods and Nutrition classes as electives. The most serious high school students take two years of ProStart classes to prepare for food service industry jobs. But—it’s the contests that really take the cake. Competitive cooking is a popular TV trend that has influenced many foods instructors to incorporate contests into their curriculum—who can create the best smoothie or ice cream sandwich? Others host afterschool competitions for any student who thinks they can craft the best pizza, burger or cupcake. For more intense competition, the Family Career and Consumers Leaders of America (FCCLA) offers student competitions in Baking and Pastry and Culinary Arts events. ProStart hosts region, state and national competitions requiring teams to create and execute a three-course meal. Jordan High foods instructor Shauna

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Young said competitions provide learning opportunities students can’t get in a classroom. “In the classroom, they have a limited amount of time and oftentimes a limited amount of resources,” Young said. “Having students compete teaches them to try new things, expand their comfort zone, build confidence, and do hard things that they didn’t think they could do.” JHS junior Jordan Castaneda likes that competitions allow him to be more creative. For the ProStart competition later this month, his team will make shrimp nigiri, stir fry chicken in a noodle nest, and layered mocha Chantilly cake. They will have just one hour and two gas burners to execute their menu and will be judged on taste, presentation, technique, time management, knife safety, sanitation, food cost, menu planning and business plan. During competitions, students are expected to problem-solve on the fly. As a FCCLA event judge, Kristy Yeschick watches for how well students respond to problems under pressure. “In the classroom they have that safety net,” she said. “If they mess up, it’s OK, they can do it again. Whereas in the competition, you’ve got to be at your top game.” Copper Hills High School foods instructor Megan Maxfield said competitions teach teamwork, problem-solving, time management, and leadership skills. When CHHS teams competed in the FCCLA regional Baking and Pastry event, problem-solving began weeks before the competition. The recipes they were given recipes for chocolate chip cookies and

Fort Herriman Middle students put finishing details on their cupcakes. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

garlic bread knots had errors, said senior Brooklyn Gutierrez. Measurements and cooking times had to be adjusted through trial and error during several practice runs. At competition, the team had to adapt to even more complications: Their cookie dough got too cold, the kitchen equipment was unfamiliar, and humid weather affected their recipes. FHMS teacher Kayla Martin, whose team has won cupcake wars both years, said skills gained through competitions benefit everyone, not just those interested in highly competitive culinary careers. “Everybody works a fast food job at some point in their life,” she said. “So it’s good practice for working in a kitchen or a high stress job.” Many students love the thrill of the stressful environment of competition.

“I like the pressure,” JHS senior Mia Conham said. “I think it’s fun and I get really competitive.” JHS senior Holly Tang said when they are prepared, they can enjoy the competition. “We always have a ton of fun,” she said. “We’re always laughing and joking with each other.” Emma Powell, a competitor in FHMS’s Cupcake Wars, said it’s easy to forget about the pressure when doing something you enjoy. “It has a competitive aspect to it but you also have fun in the moment,” she said. “Then you realize there’s 10 minutes left. There are people you have to beat. So you put more effort than you think you can put into it.”

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It’s a life of learning for this wine educator By Linnea Lundgren | l.charnholm@mycityjournals.com to taste every wine from every appella- said. People want to explore wines in deAll during this winter, Sheral Schowe’s joys of wine tasting. She enlisted Utah chefs to donate tion in France, Italy and Spain and, while tail, such as dry sherries from Andalusia, mind was focused on sunny Spain. Not for vacation planning (she wishes), but rather to study Spain’s 17 autonomous wine regions and the dozens of unique appellations. There were thousands of wine facts to know, maps to memorize and soil conditions to understand. For 6 to 8 hours each day, Schowe sat at her desk studying for the Wine Scholar Guilds’ rigorous Spanish Wine Scholar certification program. “It’s the hardest test I’ve ever taken, and I have a master’s degree,” joked the Sandy resident. But such diligent study is all in a day’s work for Schowe, the first female wine educator in the state who started Utah’s first official wine school, Wasatch Academy of Wine, decades ago. Wine has always played a central role in Schowe’s life. She grew up near California’s wine country, where wine was appreciated and served with dinner and visits to wineries were regular events. So, when she moved to Utah in the ’70s, she said, “I anticipated a change in the wine culture.” But, when she found herself at a Provo restaurant and the waiter poured her “wine,” which turned out to be a disguised bottle of Welch’s grape juice, she thought, “What kind of bizarre place am I in?” Utah, she decided, was ripe for a proper wine school. But that would come a bit later. Instead, Schowe, who had just received a master’s in education administration, found herself developing Utah’s first community education program serving children and adults with disabilities. Granite School District told her if it was going to succeed, she’d have to fundraise for the participants’ enrollment fees. “I thought, ‘How incredible, I got a master’s degree just to do bake sales and car washes,’” she said. Then her thoughts turned from tedious cake baking to the

food for a tax write-off and then gathered every oenophile (connoisseurs of wines) she knew to make a donation, bring a bottle, and learn about it. “The [District] was impressed with my fundraising, but I never told them it started with wine,” she said. Enough money was raised to open several programs in the District that addressed the academic needs of adults with cerebral palsy, gave children access to wheelchair basketball, and created programs for developmentally disabled adults to learn independent living skills. “And it all was originally started by wine education,” she said. Several years later, in 1991, she started Wasatch Academy of Wine. For Schowe, the appreciation and study of wine is a gateway to many stimulating experiences in life. Besides new tastes, aromas and textures, an education in wine opens up new worlds — the geology of a grape-growing region, its society, art, history and culinary expressions. “You can become intellectually and experientially connected to the world through wine,” she said. While academic study is necessary, she values learning through experiences, especially through travel and meeting winemakers. “Last year I was in Europe for two months. The purpose was to meet with winemakers, to walk through their vineyards, to watch them make wine, to visit cellars, to taste wine with their families and experience their food traditions,” she said. “I bring those stories home and it greatly enhances the presentation in all my classes... it gives a deeper meaning.” Schowe focuses on European wines, while other teachers at the Academy cover New World wines. Her life’s goal is

she’s tasted many, there are hundreds she hasn’t. “It is like a treasure hunt,” she said. Her students today have increasingly sophisticated palates, Schowe said, so the Academy has expanded to include Wine Scholar Guild classes, wine dinner clubs, and popular food and wine pairings. She’s delighted to now see local restaurants with well-researched wine lists and knowledgeable staff. And diner’s tastes have ventured beyond just wanting to know what the best Cabernet is, she

the southernmost region of Spain. That’s something she’s excited to teach now that she’s spent all winter studying Spanish wines. “I look forward to planning new and creative ways for wine enthusiasts of Utah to learn about wine, where and how it is made, and connecting them with the hard working and caring people who make it,” she said. Visit www.wasatchacademyofwine. com or on Instagram @utahwineschool.

Sheral Schowe has been teaching wine education courses through her school, Wasatch Academy of Wine, since the ’90s. (Photo courtesy Sheral Schowe)

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To funeral or not to funeral. What I did when my husband asked me not to hold his funeral. By Joani Taylor | Coupons4Utah.com

I’m about to pass a milestone, the second year of my husband’s passing. We were married for 37 years, created a beautiful family and seemed to be living an enchanted life, being thankful for what we had and working hard to achieve our goals. While our life together would seem nothing extraordinary to Hollywood, to us we had made magic. Our frugal lifestyle had allowed us to retire early in anticipation of travel, we created healthy and happy children, and had a good home. In spite of our challenges we had made it. Then we got the tragic news and a late cancer diagnosis left us stunned and floundering. Our own private Hollywood fairytale was over, my husband had precious few months left to live. He would spend the next 2 months giving last pieces of advice to his children, catching up with long lost friends, visiting with family and friends, tinkering around the house taking care of little things that were lingering on his to do list and giving me a plethora of instructions. These included the little things, like who to take the car to when it needed fixing and remembering to leave a check under the mat for the lawn mowing man, to the much larger pieces of financial matters. His mind so

full of making sure I would be okay that these instructions would sometimes come in the middle of night and he’d wake me urgently to make sure I would remember that garbage day is on Thursday. Then one morning he hit with a big one, he’d been thinking about his funeral service, or lack of, and announced to me that he did not want a memorial service, stating that they were a waste of money. “Do not have a funeral for me, go traveling somewhere instead and tell our friends to get outside and make a good memory in my honor. Tell them, time is shorter than you think and don’t waste any more of it.” When a loved one dies, we gather to celebrate their life. When we don’t do that it can leave us feeling empty and possibly a little guilty. If you opt to forgo the traditional funeral here are some things, I found helpful, to honor my husband. 1. Post a tribute on social media: Hit the photo albums and post a photo collage. Ask friends to share memories on the post. 2. Have a gravesite friends and family reunion on their birthday or other special occasion. Set up chairs or have a picnic, laugh and share memories. 3. Create a new tradition. The process of creating a tradition can alone be very meaningful. Set a date to volunteer in

memory of your loved or create an annual family dinner in your loved one’s honor. 4. Go somewhere meaningful. Travel to a place you shared special memories or a place they didn’t make it to, this can be especially heartwarming if done with special family and friends. If you opted for cremation you might scatter a few ashes. I leave a pinch of my hubby’s ashes when I travel to destinations we had planned to go together. 5. Plant something and watch it grow. It could be a tree or a special flower that was special to your loved one. My hubby loved pumpkins, so I plant one in my yard each year to honor him. 6. Hold an anniversary memorial. You may have skipped a funeral, but this doesn’t mean you can never have a memorial. If you are feeling a lack of resolution, pick another meaningful day to have a memorial. This could be as simple as a memorial BBQ or dinner party to a full formal memorial service. Your family and friends will be there to support you no matter how you choose to close your loved one’s life. Honoring a loved one in a most personalized remembrance is absolutely beautiful no matter how you choose to do it. l

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Carry a Tune About the time the peasants started to revolt, I was done with Cinderella. Yes, I was tired and grumpy (it was Tuesday after all) but the musical had gone on way too long and it just. needed. to. end. I’ve read the book and watched the Disney cartoon a gajillion times – and I KNOW there are no rioting peasants in Cinderella. But this musical not only had an uprising, it had a side story about the stepsisters and an idiot king being duped by his advisor. #FacePalm Turning fairy tales and Disney cartoons into live musical extravaganzas has become a thing; a thing that’s trying my (depleted) patience. Broadway writers take a perfectly-fine 90-minute animated movie and transform it into a two-hour (or more) event with NEW SONGS that no one cares about. The audience is just thinking, shouldn’t this be over? I usually love musicals. I hum songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein productions, I adore Stephen Sondheim’s lyrical wordplay and Lin-Manuel Miranda redefined musical production. But lately, I’ve found myself irritated with songs that seem unnecessary, boring or just meh. Do cast members have to break into song when someone goes to the barber, or the grocery store, or the high school library? When a character walks out of the bathroom and violins soar as he sings about his love for toilet paper, I’m ready to throw my Jordan almonds to the floor and storm out of the theater. Songs should never stop the action. The


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Husband: Why don’t we just go to a Yankees game? Wife: Well, that’s just stupid. So what makes a good musical? Hamilton’s multicultural version of Founding Fathers’ history changed the game with its rap lyrics, imperfect hero and breeches. Wicked has a twisted backstory and amazing vocals. I’m just sayin’, let’s not make musicals just because the movie/cartoon/book or Geico ad was super popular. Otherwise, the peasants might revolt and storm out of the theater.



lyrics should continue the story without torturing the audience with a nonsensical waste of time. If you can take a song out of a musical and it doesn’t affect the story, it isn’t necessary! In fact, I suggest limiting musicals to two or three really good tunes. You only remember a few songs, anyway. Love songs are the worst. We get it. The two main characters have a love/hate relationship. At this point in the musical, we love/hate them, too. I hear a piano chord and my shoulders tense, waiting to hear a song about how love is a disaster. (One hour later, they’ll sing a song about how love is glorious.) There are big production numbers, infinite costume changes and (inevitably) someone jumps on the coffee table and tap dances while singing about the weather. If I jumped on my coffee table, it would explode into thousands of toothpicks. There’s also a list of musicals that make you wonder if the idea didn’t come from a two-day drinking bender, followed by a concussion and a small bout of the flu. Carrie should never have been a musical, in fact, let’s take all Stephen King novels off the list for future productions. King Kong on Broadway?? Where do songs fit into that disaster? And NO ONE has given me any good reason why Mamma Mia hasn’t been banned worldwide. Don’t get me started with Cats. Sports musicals are always iffy because who’s the audience? Sports fans? Wife: But it’s a musical about the New York Yankees!


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