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brave Murray woman who fought off and later testified against Ted Bundy is again being remembered after the 30th anniversary of serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution and the release of two new movies about him. This year also marks the 45th anniversary of the day when Carol DaRonch survived Bundy’s botched kidnap attempt at Fashion Place Mall. In the fall of 1974, Utah was terrorized; young women were disappearing, and sometimes their remains were found approximately every two weeks. In October Nancy Wilcox (17) disappeared in Holladay; two weeks later, Melissa Smith (17), daughter of Midvale’s police chief, disappeared; and on Halloween Laura Ann Aime (17), from Lehi, went missing. As far as the murders went, the police didn’t have much to go on. At that time, Fashion Place Mall, having just opened in 1972, was the go-to spot in Murray for teenagers in 1974. On Nov. 8, recently engaged Carol DaRonch (18) left her home on 700 West in Murray to go to Fashion Place. Up until that point in time, DaRonch and her family were best known for running a small vegetable stand on the corner of 5300 South and 700 West. The Murray High graduate let her family know that she was going shopping. She was in Fashion Place between Waldenbooks and Sears when an “Officer Roseland” approached her. The police officer wanted to question her regarding a possible break-in of her car. Good-looking and flashing a badge, DaRonch had no reason to suspect this wasn’t a Murray police officer, other than the smell of alcohol on his breath. Around 7 p.m., after trying to go to a “police substation” in a laundromat north of the mall, Bundy and DaRonch headed north on Fashion Boulevard in a Volkswagen Beetle. The Murray resident wisely surmised that “Roseland” wasn’t an officer, since they were not in a police car and not heading in the direction of the police department. In Netflix’s four-part docuseries “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes”, televised this year, DaRonch recalled, “He suddenly pulled over, up on the side of a curb, up by an elementary school, and that’s when I just started freaking out: ‘What are we doing?’ And he grabbed my arm, and he got one handcuff on one wrist, and he didn’t get the other one on, and the one was just dangling. I had never been so frightened in my entire life.” Bundy panicked when DaRonch confronted him and, with his car on the sidewalk in front of McMillian Elementary, a fight ensued. In the car, Bundy tried to handcuff DaRonch, but she freed herself from his clutches. Jumping into the mid-

Carol DaRonch in 1974 fought off Ted Bundy and testified against him to put him in jail. (Photo courtesy Carol DaRonch)

dle of Fashion Boulevard, passersby picked her up, and Bundy sped off. Unfortunately, that encounter did not deter Bundy; he headed straight to Bountiful and killed Viewmont High School student Debra Kent (17) that night. Found in Viewmont’s parking lot was a key that matched the handcuffs Bundy used on DaRonch. She was able to give police a description of Bundy and his car, which was good enough for police officers to apprehend him, but only after he succeeded in killing five more young women in Utah and Colorado. DaRonch was able to pick Bundy out of a police lineup, and DaRonch’s hair, along with that of other victims, was found in his VW. DaRonch’s testimony and Bundy’s subsequent conviction for kidnapping put an end, albeit temporarily, to Bundy’s killing spree. Regrettably, DaRonch would have to be called on again

to face her attacker. While awaiting trial in Colorado for murder, Bundy not only escaped once but twice from the jail holding him. He went on to kill again, this time in Florida, where he was recaptured. DaRonch was asked to testify against him in that trial. DaRonch is featured in the Netflix documentary, and viewers will also take note of the file footage of 1970s-era Fashion Place Mall and McMillan Elementary. Along with the documentary, a movie premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” starring Zac Efron, will again retrace some of DaRonch’s story. DaRonch lives nearby Murray now and is a grandmother. To this day, her harrowing escape still captures the media’s attention. A Google search pulled up her story in places as far away as Ireland and Germany. l

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The Utah Housing Gap Coalition is trying to find solutions for the state’s “housing crisis,” but it goes beyond just high-density developments like Daybreak, seen here. (Justin Adams/City Journals)


ne of the hottest topics in Utah and this year’s legislative session is that of growth. Utah is expected to double its population by 2050 and the question is: where are all those people going to live? That’s the question that the Housing Gap Coalition is trying to answer. The coalition, which was formed last year by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, wants residents, government leaders and developers to start thinking now about how to handle Utah’s population growth. “We’re trying to get ahead of it,” said Abby Osborne, the vice president of public policy and government relations for the chamber of commerce. If Utah kicks the can down the road, she said, the state may be forced to take more radical approaches to accommodating rapid growth — something she sees happening across the country. Just last year, Minneapolis voted to abolish its single-family residential zone, which would “allow residential structures with up to three dwelling units — like duplexes and triplexes — in every neighborhood,” according to the New York Times. Or consider the case of California, where the state government is suing a city government for “failing to allow enough new homebuilding to accommodate a growing population,” according to the LA Times. Instead, the coalition is advocating for a more balanced approach to improving housing affordability. Local housing policies In Utah, municipal governments control what types of buildings are built and where. While some cities may be open to increasing the overall supply of homes by allowing “high-density” projects within their boundar-

ies, many other cities are not. Last year, the coalition leadership visited the city council meetings of cities along the Wasatch Front, both educating and getting feedback about the issue. “It was fairly successful. We got pretty good reception from most of the cities,” said Osborne. Now with the Utah state legislative session under way, the coalition has moved its focus to Capitol Hill. On Feb. 8, a group of about 70 coalition members gathered at the capitol to lobby their senators to support a series of bills aimed at improving housing affordability. One such bill is SB 34, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi. The bill (whose fate wasn’t known at the time of deadline for this article) would require municipal governments to adopt certain policies designed to increase housing affordability in order to be eligible to receive money from the state’s Transportation Investment Fund. The bill would also appropriate $20 million to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund. One of the coalition members that participated in the lobbying effort was Chris Sloan, a past-president of the Utah Association of Realtors and a former chairman of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce. He said housing affordability is a “sizable problem that affects all of us.” Education campaign While getting elected officials on board with combatting the housing gap is important for the coalition, getting the public on board is perhaps even more important. Draper Mayor Troy Walker called high density development a “four-letter word” when the coalition visited the Draper City Council.

There are cases up and down the Wasatch Front of mayors and city councilors facing the wrath of their constituents for having approved a “high-density” development. From the Olympia Hills development in the south-west portion of the valley that was halted by then-Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams because of fierce community backlash, to the Holladay Quarter project that fell apart after the Utah Supreme Court ruled in favor of community organizers that opposed it, the biggest obstacle to increasing the housing supply is most often residents themselves. To change public perception about the issue, the coalition has launched a public education campaign consisting of billboards, radio ads, social media posts and appearances on local network morning shows. Osborne said she’s already seen changes in certain communities’ perception of high-density development. “We’re getting people thinking a little differently than they were before. And that’s all we can really do,” she said. Construction labor force Another impediment to increasing the housing supply is that construction companies simply can’t keep up with the demand because of a lack of skilled workers in the construction industry. Sen. Daniel Thatcher, who represents parts of Salt Lake and Tooele County, said that encouraging more young people to enter trade professions out of high school is the most important thing that can be done to improve housing affordability. “The AFL-CIO is the answer to the construction and trades labor shortage,” he said. “Republicans are traditionally against unions, but they really have some great apprenticeship programs. You get pay and benefits from day one, and four years later you’ll have the skills you need to be a freelance electrician, make $80,000 a year and have no college debt.” The Utah AFL-CIO website lists a number of apprenticeship programs in trades such as roofing, plumbing, masonry and cement and electrical work. Part of the coalition’s education campaign includes letting soon-to-be high school graduates know that they can enroll in such apprenticeship programs as an alternative to college. After a recent event in the Ogden School District, Osborne said that about 500 students expressed interest in the idea. Through these efforts, the Housing Gap Coalition is hopeful that Utah can avoid the big drastic moves taken by the likes of California and Minneapolis. “There’s many things causing the problem, so there’s a lot of different approaches to it,” said Osborne. l

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Ground broken on Wheeler Historic Farm Outdoor Education Center By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

A new Outdoor Education Center will soon call Wheeler Farm home. (Photo Courtesy Salt Lake County)


irt is flying at Wheeler Historic Farm, and it is not just the fields being plowed. Ground was broken Jan. 30 for a new outdoor education center that will be a joint effort between Salt Lake County and Utah State University Extension. “The goal of the Outdoor Education Center is to create avenues for folks to get out and enjoy the outdoors,” said Wheeler Historic Farm curator Sara Roach. “USU Extension is a natural partner for us, as they already have a myriad of programming that is in line with what we hope to provide.” The farm, located at 6351 S. 900 East in Murray, will be home to a new 6,315-squarefoot facility that will be staffed and operated jointly by Salt Lake County and Utah State University Extension to connect more children and adults to nature and provide increased access to educational opportunities. “As Salt Lake County continues to become more urbanized, this new Outdoor Education Center will allow people to unplug,

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learn, and experience the wonder of nature,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. “This is a great addition to the farm, and I am confident this will have a positive impact on thousands of Salt Lake County residents for decades to come.” The building will include a teaching space where programming will include: immersive nature walks, learning opportunities about current and historic farming practices, horticulture, livestock management, watershed science, urban forestry, and volunteer opportunities to encourage community involvement. “We are thrilled about this partnership and the new building,” said Andreé Walker Bravo, urban director for Utah State University Extension. “The synergy between our organizations will provide greater access to our existing programs and open up many placebased learning opportunities for children and adults alike.” Wheeler Historic Farm hosts approx-

imately 450,000 visitors a year, and Utah State University Extension currently hosts hundreds of youth and adults in its agriculture and food education classes at the farm. The new Outdoor Education Center will allow the partnership to greatly expand programs and host thousands more interested participants. The $2.6 million project is made possible by Salt Lake County residents through the 2016 Parks and Recreation Bond and through charitable donations. The building has been designed by AJC Architects and is being constructed by Ascent Construction with anticipated completion this fall. Each summer, Salt Lake County has used the farm for day camps for children. These programs have shared the Activity Barn with other events. “The Activity Barn is rented mainly for receptions and corporate events. The Barn is not a great classroom space, so the new building will fill that need,” noted Roach. The farm will rent out the Outdoor Ed-

ucation Center when it is not being used for programming. Utah State University has used Wheeler Farm for outreach programs, such as demonstration gardens. In addition to the new center, visitors will see many new renovations at Wheeler. “For 2019 we are restoring the Wheeler Garage, finishing the Victorian gardens at the Farmhouse and working on pen improvements,” said Roach. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Salt Lake County’s acquisition of the Wheeler Farm property. Restored as a museum farm in 1976, the farm was originally the farmhouse, blacksmith shop and barn. The last major construction took place in the 1990s with the completion of the Activity Barn. The farm has expanded with the creation of South Cottonwood Regional Park. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2019. More information is found online at slco.org/wheeler-farm. l

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Crowds gather in Murray Park to listen to storyteller Karl Behling. (Photo courtesy of Janine Nishiguchi)


ou can become a well-known storytelling virtuoso. Learn to spin yarns that will enchant your friends by attending one of Murray Cultural Arts’ Storytelling Residencies. Residency participants will be invited to share their stories at the Murray Storytelling Showcase on April 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Murray City Library. Or, you can just pull up a chair and listen. “The purpose of the Murray Storytelling Residencies is to provide an opportunity for children, teens, and adults to develop story writing, storytelling, and public speaking skills,” explained Katie Lindquist, who oversees this offering through Murray City Parks & Recreation. The three afterschool residencies are held at Liberty Elementary, Murray Library, and the Murray City Senior Recreation Center. Murray school children have been participating at the library and Liberty Elementary since January. Adults and seniors are invited to participate at the Senior Recreation Center on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., from now through April 3. “Professional storytellers work with students either in the schools or at afterschool residency locations. Students are taught basic story writing and telling techniques and practice performing in front of an audience,” said Lindquist. “Finalists will be selected from each grade and will perform in a citywide Storytelling Showcase. Finalists from the Showcase will move on to perform at the countywide Story Crossroads Festival.” Murray City held its first Storytelling Festival in 2013 with 17 participants. Murray City Cultural Arts collaborated with professional storyteller Holly Robison, a member of the National Storytelling Network, who had been involved in several storytelling festivals in Utah. With her help, professional storytellers were recruited to work with students within the elementary and secondary schools in Murray City. Students were taught basic techniques and the fundamentals of how to create material and were coached as they prepared for a local school storytelling experience. In 2016, finalists from the Murray Storytelling Festival

were invited to tell their stories at the first countywide Story Crossroads Festival. The program has grown over the years; 50 student storytellers participated at the 2018 festival. Finalists from this year’s Murray Storytelling Showcase will get to participate in the 4th annual county event, Story Crossroads, to be held May 15, in Murray Park and at other county facilities. Story Crossroads is a non-profit Utah-based event that features 15 professional multicultural story artists as well as over 40 community members in the main-stage event. Audience members will enjoy stories told with both ancient techniques and novel approaches. Finalist storytellers at this festival will receive an invitation to the World Story Crossroads, which launches in 2022. Storytelling classes and festivals are experiencing a resurgence as podcasts have become more popular and diverse. Podcast production used to require a broadcast studio, but readily available new technology and software programs are now available to assist novice podcasters. Podcasts covering topics that range from politics to fly fishing are available for download on smartphones. There are also more live-performance opportunities for local storytellers. Open-mic nights have sprouted up in restaurants such as The Royal, a bar and nightclub at 4760 S. 900 East, and National Public Radio’s “The Moth Radio Hour” storytelling radio show has toured to packed concert halls all over the country, including here in Utah. “Everyone has a story to tell, but storytelling is a skill that can be developed and used as a tool for effective public speaking and writing. Public speaking allows us to influence decisions, form connections, and motivate change around us. Our Storytelling Residencies are a great way to learn those basic skills and work with professional storytellers in a workshop-type setting,” said Lindquist. More information about the Murray Storytelling Showcase can be found online at www.murray.utah.gov/1293/ Murray-Storytelling-Showcase. l

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Murray bikers take to the road to confront on child abuse By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) members are granted a special patch to wear on their back indicating they are a full-fledged member. (Photo courtesy of BACA)


earing black leather jackets and revving their hogs at their Murray hangout, you might suspect that this is your typical biker gang. They even go by names like Mudbug, Lil Red, and Beard, but this biker club is not out to create trouble. The Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) Wasatch Chapter rides to help those youngest among us who have been scarred by abuse and neglect. “We use road names in BACA. Both for us and for our kids,” said Mudbug, public relations officer for the Wasatch Chapter. “I don’t even know the real names of most of the kids we empower.” The Wasatch Chapter was founded in 1997 and meets at the Murray Fraternal Order of Eagles Club. BACA is an international non-profit organization that was started in Provo in 1995. Founded by a social worker, the purpose of BACA was to create a safer environment for abused children. “Our chapter was the experiment that worked. The belief of our founder was that the success in Provo could be duplicated, but they needed a group of dedicated bikers to start a new chapter, so they picked one close to home and chose those who they knew could hold up ‘The Mission,’” stated Mudbug. BACA’s mission states that they will work in conjunction with local and state officials to help protect children, including providing physical and emotional support. The mission states that BACA does not condone violence but stands to be an “obstacle” if it is the only way to stop the abuse. Chapters can be found in Europe and Australia, with eight different chapters located in Utah. “We call children of abuse our heroes. We’ve seen what they’ve endured and what they continue to endure as they recapture their strength by telling their story. They’ve gone through the kind of hell that most adults could never imagine,” said Mudbug.

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The chapter participates in events like Taylorsville Dayzz, FanX, GamingCon, Trick-or-Treat Street, auto shows, Night Out Against Crime, and other events where they can also raise funds for victims of child abuse and raise awareness of how BACA helps the community. “We host a summer and winter party where they (the Heroes) can come and spend time with us (their BACA family) over pizza, cookies and punch. We also visit organizations to tell them about our mission and raise awareness of how we can help,” noted Mudbug. In order to be a member of BACA, one must be over 21 in Utah (18 in other areas) and have full-time access to a motorcycle that can run at freeway speeds. This means you can be a driver or the passenger of a driver who is either a member or is working

toward membership. Also, one must submit to a federal NCIC background check and be screened out for domestic violence or abuse of any kind against children. After passing the background check, one must then start training and start riding with the group. This lasts at least one year and gives BACA time to judge how well the “supporter” fits in with their mission, organization and chapter. It also lets them decide if they’re right for “what we need from them.” After a year, and many hours of training, if there is unanimous agreement from the chapter’s executive board, the supporter will be presented with a back patch and from then on is a “member.” Being a member is the chapter’s highest honor. Only members can be a “primary contact” for a child who’s been abused. BACA members work in pairs and must abide by the many rules governing how to interact with abused children and families. BACA members have a special term for when a child connects with one of them and knows that they have a support system: the “Ah ha! moment.” “That’s (when) they finally let their guard down, just a little, because they know you’re on their side. I remember my ‘Ah ha! moment’—everybody remembers theirs,” recalled Mudbug. “There was a little girl who was abused by her neighbor. We, as a chapter, went to visit her. Her two primary contacts had already said goodbye after the visit. As I was turning to leave, she looked at me and teared up. She walked over and hugged me. I was the only one she hugged. I knew I just had to help as many of these Heroes as I could.” More information about BACA visit bacaworld.org or they can be reached at Wasatch Front Chapter helpdesk, (801) 8609860. l


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nless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1. Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first-aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2. Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3. Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call 911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4. Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If

the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5. Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6. Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situation from getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars. 8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance

company will tell you to do this. Even if you are at fault and it was you to blame. This could drive your premium up or even lead to you being sued. Let the police and insurance companies determine this. 9. Call the police. While some minor accidents don’t require a report to be filed, it’s up to the discretion of the drivers in the accident to call the police. Law enforcement can take statements, get information on injuries and property damage. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. If there is a dispute, the officer will be an important testimony. 10. See a doctor. Depending on the in-

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Millcreek’s attempt to annex northern Murray neighborhoods comes to an end By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


illcreek wants Kmart, and it wants it bad. The newly formed city has its eyes on the land where the former Kmart building sits, (900 East and 4600 South), but it also has proposed annexing unincorporated neighborhoods south of the Van Winkle Expressway. Legislation that was being considered before the Utah State Legislature would have favored Millcreek in its attempt to grab incorporated areas of Murray if property owners wished annexation. After much public discussion, Millcreek City Council, on Feb. 11, agreed to withdraw their support of House Bill 262 (HB262) sponsored by Republican Val Potter, from North Logan. The bill would allow for property owners in specific scenarios the opportunity of “transferring a substantially isolated peninsula” from one municipality to another. Cities losing land would not have the opportunity to consent or refuse. State law currently allows for citizen-initiated border adjustments to happen if both neighboring cities are in agreement. City representatives from both Salt Lake City and Murray attended Millcreek’s meeting. Much of the uproar of HB262 was generated by Millcreek’s interest in incorporating Salt Lake City’s Brickyard Plaza into its borders. Murray City also opposed HB262. According to Murray City Spokesperson Jennifer Heaps, “Murray believes the basis for HB262 is directed at the Brickyard area and is an issue between Millcreek City and Salt Lake City. Although HB262 does not immediately impact Murray City’s boundaries, it is feared that this could result in a ripple effect that forces annexation and boundary adjustments without Murray City’s involvement. Murray City believes that issues between cities should be resolved locally and not by the state legislature.” Millcreek’s General Plan calls for annexing Salt Lake City’s Brickyard Plaza, Murray’s Ivy Place shopping district, and the entire area between 4500 South and Big Cottonwood Creek. Such property is indeed tax rich, and, therefore, that type of annexation would have a huge negative impact on Murray and Salt Lake City. Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silverstrini met with Murray Mayor Blair Camp last year regarding the peninsula of Murray land that includes Ivy Place and Kmart, asking the city to consider a boundary realignment. Millcreek’s reasons for their proposal include squaring the boundaries, better longterm planning, reducing confusion for emergency response, and promoting better community identities. Silverstrini’s

The diagonal lines from Millcreek’s General Plan map indicate the city’s desire to acquire Murray’s land south of 4500 South and unincorporated neighborhoods near Van Winkle Expressway, as well as annex unincorporated land between 900 East and 1300 East. (Millcreek City)

proposal also has a revenue-sharing component, which Millcreek has not yet defined. The tax implications for the Ivy Place/Kmart peninsula north of Van Winkle include $21,000 a year for the General Fund, and a little over $5,000 per year for the library. This property is valued at over $14 million. Losing these properties would amount to over $26,000 in revenue loss for the city, and property taxes collected typically cover the services provided by the city in those commercial areas. Millcreek’s General Plan also designates Murray’s neighborhoods north of 4500 South as a target for annexation. Technically, Millcreek has a peninsula boundary that stretches between Murray and South Salt Lake City to the Jordan River, which could, under HB262’s proposed definition, be impacted if the property owners choose to be incorporated into neighboring cities rather than stay in Millcreek. The ramifications of Millcreek’s plan would have a huge impact on Murray’s tax base, since these neighborhoods are mainly commercial areas. Also of interest to Millcreek are the unincorporated areas that border Van Winkle Expressway between 900 East

and 1300 East. A flyer was distributed by Millcreek City to residents in this area stating, “We’ve been told by Murray City and Holladay City that they aren’t interested in annexing your neighborhood, but we invite you to come home to Millcreek!” The flyer boasts that by joining Millcreek, property owners would have substantially lower taxes. Currently, a $165,000 home would be assessed $3,136 by Salt Lake County and $3,048 for Millcreek. However, in Holladay and Murray, the taxes would be even lower: $2,525 and $2,188 respectively. The Murray City Council rejected Millcreek’s boundary request for Ivy Place in November. HB262 was presented as potential legislation in January; however, it was not introduced by a state representative from Millcreek. According to Heaps, “Murray City will follow state law if it receives an annexation/boundary request. In addition, Murray will continue to communicate with our neighboring cities as we have done in the past to resolve differences.” Millcreek’s General Plan can be found online at https:// millcreek.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/83?fileID=606. l

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Get your Irish on: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Siamsi celebration and beyond By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

For one year’s parade with the theme “Green Energy,” the Clark Family envisioned a car powered by three types of power: shamrock power, love, and Guinness beer. (Sean Clark/Clark Family Floats, Utah Hibernian Society)


or many of us across the valley, St. Patrick’s Day is our chance to get our Irish on. Or, at least some green. City Journals wanted to take a deeper dive. What are the possibilities for St. Patrick’s Day in Salt Lake Valley, arguably not a major Irish town along the lines of Boston or Chicago? What does it mean to be Irish in Salt Lake on St. Patrick’s Day? Consider this our guide to living it up with one of the best holiday celebrations in the state to figuring out how to celebrate around home, and even explore spirituality with an iconic St. Patrick’s Day symbol. I say ‘Irish,’ you say ‘Hibernian?’ For the past 41 years, St. Patrick’s Day in the valley has been pretty much synonymous with Salt Lake City’s storied St. Patrick’s Day parade. This sense of history definitely imbues this year’s parade: The Utah Hibernian Society, hosts of the parade, have chosen a rich aspect of Utah history for its theme, the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike. By way of definition, “Hibernian” means an Irish native or anything having to do with Ireland or the Irish. And the Golden Spike? That is also known as “The Last Spike” or the spike that joined the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in 1869. Irish immigrants made a significant contribution to building the railroad, hence this year’s sub-theme – “Joining of the Rails; 1,776 Miles to Home.” Parade and Siamsa: family traditions, philanthropy as well as fun The Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and its after-parade Siamsa (pronounced “Shinsa” meaning celebration) at the Gateway is close to home for this year’s Hibernian President and Parade Chair

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Meghan Welsh-Gibson. Welsh-Gibson is a second-generation president of the Utah Hibernian Society, following in her father’s footsteps. Last year she introduced a new route for the parade and also instilled a new tradition, where proceeds of the parade go to benefit a charitable organization. Last year, longtime parade supporters the Shriners Children’s Hospital were the beneficiaries. This year, the Fisher House Foundation at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, “much like the Ronald McDonald House, but for veterans and military families,” is the recipient. Welsh-Gibson indi-

cates that a member of the Fisher House will serve as the grand marshal for this year’s parade. While the parade was early in collecting applications at press time, Welsh-Gibson did indicate that Irish reporter Brónagh Tumulty from Channel 2 will be carrying the Irish flag along the parade route, and dedicated parade fans can expect enduring favorite entries and new participants embodying the sesquicentennial Golden Spike theme. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at 500 South and 200 East. The Siamsa after-party takes place at the Gateway. The festival features Irish dancers, musicians, food, drink, and “lots of vendors selling Irish things,” said Welsh-Gibson. “Such a fun, fun afternoon.” The parade route and float-prep site: one family’s second home Some people elect to “summer” in a location other than their primary home. Salt Lake City’s Clark family doesn’t summer. They “spring.” And their destination location is not a fancy vacation resort, but rather, a junkyard. It is very much a working spring. Prepping the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade float almost becomes a time-share, during the months leading up to the event. For the past 40 years, the Clark family and friends dedicate anywhere from 60-200 hours, spanning several months, preparing for the parade. Float-making has become second nature, and takes place at their second

home — a friend’s junkyard. There they build each year’s float, and then take part in the St. Patrick’s Day practice event, and then finally gear up for actual show time – parade day along the route. Sean Clark, an Avenues resident living in the house he grew up in, is Vice President of Special Projects at Vista Staffing during his day job. And for his role on the parade committee for the Hibernian Society? He has a 134-slide chronicle of his family’s engagement in the parade over the past 40 years. His grandfather was grand marshal of the parade in 1984. Sean was carried along the parade route as a two year old. To Sean Clark and family, the parade is a way of life, a tradition and happens to be his favorite topic to talk about. Clark even has a FaceBook page, “Clark’s St. Patty’s Float.” Through rain, snow and even Darth Vader: epic floats of the Clark clan Over the years, Clark has been part of epic floats. There were the 1984 and 2017 floats, which made their way down the parade route in tumultuous rain and snow, respectively. Then there have been first-place entries, floats featuring Gaelic superheroes (Fionn mac Cumhaill, pronounced Finn McCool), religious saints (St. Patrick driving snakes from Ireland), and Irish green-energy cars (powered by kegs of Guinness).

Utah Hibernian Society President Meghan Welsh Gibson with husband Jaret Gibson and children get their green on at the 40th annual Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (Meghan Welsh Gibson/Utah Hibernian Society)

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Episode 3:17 was the realization of Salt Lake City resident Sean Clark’s lifelong dream to blend “Star Wars” with St. Patrick’s Day. (Sean Clark/Clark Family Floats, Utah Hibernian Society)

There was even the one year Clark was not able to physically be in Salt Lake City for the parade. That did not stop him. In 2016, he and a friend used Apple iPhones and Facetime technology so that he was able to live-stream his singing of the Irish national anthem (in Gaelic) along the parade route, watching the reactions of delighted spectators as he cooed the lyrics into a mic from sunny San Diego. The blizzard float of 2018 epitomized the parade theme, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” Clark built a faux wooden piano, powered by an electric keyboard. “My 8-year-old played his first piano recital, in a moving vehicle, in a blizzard, in front of a few thousand people,” he recalled. Episode 3:17: the good side of the dark side All Clark’s creations are epic. However, 2017 forces its way to the top. It was then Clark realized a lifelong dream: uniting St. Patrick’s Day with “Star Wars.” The Clark family won the best family

float for the float depicting “Episode 3:17, The Irish Immigrate to a Galaxy, Far, Far Away.” Clark himself portrayed Han Solo, to his friend’s Darth Vader, who had been cracking down on illegal immigration. Han Solo convinced Vader that Irish were good, worthy people and converted Vader to the dark side – the dark beer side, that is. As the parade advanced along the parade route, Darth Vader emerged from behind a curtain, “The Zion Curtain,” and the group presented their skit, right in front of the judge’s stand, securing the best family float honors. ‘Our Holiest Day’ Irishwoman Connie Smith lives in Sugar House with a Scottish spouse and three dogs. To her and her household, St. Patrick’s Day is “our holiest day.” Smith’s day job is being an associate broker and realtor at Constance Smith Realtor, but she is also a chaplain. Smith explained the spiritual side of St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick brought

Episode 3:17 was the realization of Salt Lake City resident Sean Clark’s (a.k.a. “Han Solo”) lifelong dream to blend “Star Wars” with St. Patrick’s Day. (Sean Clark/Clark Family Floats, Utah Hibernian Society)

The Color Guard ensemble traditionally leads the 100-plus entries for Salt Lake City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (Grace McDonough)

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Christianity to Ireland. One of the main emblems of the day, the shamrock, is an elegant symbol of the Christian Trinity. The three-leafed shamrock, then, represents, to Irish, God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Ghost. Being Irish in Utah, according to Smith, means to “usually be Catholic” and to be part of “a tight community.” It also, perhaps stereotypically, means being lucky, very lucky. “To be Irish in Utah is to be very lucky! Irish can laugh and cry at the same time. We wear hearts on our sleeve. All of us, whether fourth-generation or second-generation like me, we long for our Irish roots.” “All of us consider ourselves Irish American, not American Irish, and we all have a very deep tie to the Old Country,” she explained. The parade and beyond For Smith, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is all about family and friends. For Smith and husband Alan Cunningham they attend the parade, go to the after-party and then go for a pint. “We always go to one of the bars – Sugar House’s Fiddler’s Elbow, Central City’s Piper’s Down, or downtown’s Green Pig.” “I always go to the parade,” said Smith, who is a proud product of the Catholic school system. Smith, who grew up in Holladay, attended St. Ann’s for K-8th, and then Judge Memorial for high school. “I run into all my friends from high school, even from grade school in the parade. If we don’t see each other any other time, we will see each other at the parade.” Like the “master float-building” Clark family, Smith views St. Patrick’s Day as a family day. “We always toast my father and my grandmother, who are no longer with us.” How to celebrate at home: DIY St. Patrick’s Day from Utah pros Love the parade but are not able to make it to downtown? Or to one of the other venues? The Hibernians interviewed here have some DIY tips. For most (except Irish Protestants or “Orange Men” who wear orange), celebrating St. Patrick’s Day starts with the color green. The look Utah’s family-owned Zurchers, with six stores in the Salt Lake Valley and online shopping, offer relatively inexpensive and zany St. Patrick’s Day attire and decorations. Millcreek’s venerable Costume Closet takes elegance up a notch and also has zany aplenty. The nine Deseret Industries thrift stores across the valley already organize clothing items by color, making St. Patrick’s Day scouting a snap. Nail salons all across the valley do custom-nail creations, or bottled polish

and face paint from a grocery store can even one-up the pro stylists for the creative DIY’er. The goodies Food is always a big element for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Smith always makes traditional Irish dishes, including Irish soda bread, paired with corned beef and cabbage. Locally, downtown’s longstanding Mrs. Backer’s Pastry Shop prides itself in its Irish soda bread, which it offers only during the “green” season. On the infinitely less authentic, but easy side? Salt Lake’s Banbury Cross offers green doughnuts, and even McDonald’s offers shamrock shakes. Irish eyes are watching Film is also a celebratory that helps commemorate the day. “There are 1,001 amazing Irish movies,” exclaimed Hibernian President Welsh-Gibson. And all the ones recommended are available through the Salt Lake City Library and Salt Lake County Library systems, for checkout. Reserve your St. Patty CDs early. Some of the recommends include: “The Quiet Man,” a 1952 film with John Wayne as an Irishman returning to his native country. “In the Name of the Father” is a drama-thriller with political overtones starring Daniel-Day Lewis. Welsh-Gibson recommends “Michael Collins,” another politically-themed film with Liam Neeson in the title role. For chaplain-realtor Smith, watching the film “Waking Ned Devine” on St. Patrick’s Day is akin to the tradition many have of watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Christmas. “We watch it every St. Patrick’s Day,” she said of the 1998 Indie film which looks at twisted luck. But, if you can, get out and enjoy the parade — in person or virtually. Parade-professional Clark encourages those not able to go to the parade to try to “be there” virtually by having a family member or friend broadcast it live to them via “Facetime,” the way he joined the parade from San Diego. However, he is convinced once you feel the contagious energy of the parade’s “wild atmosphere,” you are going to insist on heading downtown. “You are going to look at that, and say, ‘Oh my gosh! Why aren’t I down there?’” Clark says Irish music is “a great way to feel connected to Irish culture.” His favorite way to celebrate? “Smile at people, say hello, and wish them a happy St. Patrick’s Day,” he said. “Irish people like to live up to the stereotype of being a friendly, family people. It’s the biggest day for bars, but… it is so fun for families!”

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An electric rodeo? Murray Power has some of the best electricity wranglers By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

Murray Power journeyman linemen Victor Meza and Tyler Kirkham (seen competing here) proved that they’re some of the best line workers in America. (Photo courtesy of Murray Power)


t’s not your granddaddy’s rodeo where an angry bull is trying to throw you off his back, but this rodeo certainly has dangers with thousands of volts of electricity at stake. Murray Power’s journeyman linemen and arborist attained high honors this past fall in national and international events. Two Murray Power journeymen competed in the 2019 Intermountain Power Su-

perintendent Association (IPSA) Lineman Hotline Rodeo, hosted in the Sun Bowl in St. George, Utah. The purpose of the Lineman Rodeo is to test linemen’s skills in a wide variety of competitions. As many as 75 participants from Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming gathered to compete for the bragging rights of being the fastest and most skilled in events such as Pole Top Rescues, Cross-Arm

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Change-outs, Insulator Change, and an Obstacle Course (climbing over three separate cross arms and moving insulators from one side to the other). Murray City Power journeyman Victor Meza placed third in the Dead-end Change-out team event, and journeyman Tyler Kirkham placed second in the Obstacle Course and second in the Phase-transfer competition. “Most of the events consisted of racing up power poles to demonstrate various skills, rescue, cross-arm change-out, and dead-end change-out under simulated energized-line conditions,” explained Meza. “The skills completion is a way for linemen to test their skills against other linemen.” The IPSA Hotline School is a volunteer-based education program that teaches apprentices and linemen/journeymen enhanced skills and techniques within the field of electricity. One hundred students participated in the hotline school last year. Classes available at the school include transmission, distribution, underground, and substation. The hotline school has 25 to 30 instructors who volunteer their time and resources to assist apprentices and linemen advance their education. “Excellent school, and kudos to our two crew members for attending and doing so well. Thanks to Bruce Turner as well, our operations manager, for his presidency in the IPSA organization that sponsored this event,” said Murray Power Manager Blaine Haacke. Lineman rodeos have gained popularity among linemen/journeymen over the past few years. Linemen are able to showcase their skills and everyday practices on a competitive level against other linemen/

journeymen from throughout the state and region. Linemen from investor-owned utilities, municipalities, and cooperatives all come together to participate in these events. “They … entailed speed and efficiency. Trying to climb very fast and not drop anything while moving all over the pole,” noted Kirkham. Kirkham, a rookie, graduated from the pre-apprenticeship program at Salt Lake Community College in May 2018. He was hired by Murray Power in June and received his apprenticeship training in August. “I practiced quite a bit while in school,” said Kirkham, “and whenever I could at work. I also competed in Rocky Mountain Power’s Hotline Rodeo and placed third in their obstacle course.” Meza added, “We’ve built a training yard on our substation property. We would train a couple times a week in the months leading up the competition.” Also taking top honors this past year was Murray Power’s perennial tree-climbing champion arborist, Jake Bleazard. He took 11th nationally at the North American Tree Climbing Championship and 17th overall at the International Tree Climbing Championship, at which he took first place in the world for the throw-line event. Bleazard competed in five total events: work climb, speed climb, aerial rescue, ascent, and throw line. “My wife and our kids are an amazing support system; they have traveled with me when they can and are always at our local competitions to cheer me on,” said Bleazard. “I can’t say enough about how much my wife has always allowed me to do—what I need to do to get ready for these competitions.” l

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Murray Power journeyman linemen Victor Meza and Tyler Kirkham (seen competing here) proved that they’re some of the best line workers in America. (Photo courtesy of Murray Power)

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Spring Jr. Jazz Basketball League

These basketball leagues are designed for serious and competitive players who want to test their basketball skills in a competitive environment. Teams must be pre-formed. The league will offer paid officials, seven game minimum, a single elimination tournament, awards for the 1st & 2nd place teams and individual scoring awards. Teams must provide their own jerseys. There is limited league space so sign your team up today! Nights Grades, Location and start Dates: Nights Grade Place Starts Max Teams Mondays 7th Riverview Jr. High April 1 10 Tuesdays 5th Riverview Jr. High April 2 10 Wednesdays 8th Riverview Jr. High April 3 10 Thursdays 4th Riverview Jr. High April 4 10 Thursdays 6th Murray High April 4 10 Cost: $475 Deadline: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Register: Online at www.mcreg.com, the Recreation Office in Murray Park or the Park Center. Space is limited so sign up early. We will take registrations until the leagues are full.

Murray High School Alumni Basketball Tournament 45th Annual

Murray Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for the 2019 Jr. Jazz Basketball Spring League which include grades Girls 3rd-4th, Girls 5th-6th, Boys 3rd-4th, Boys 5th-6th. The program features 8 games and weekly practices. Dates: May 4 to June 29 Cost: $50 Resident, $60 Non residents, $5 Late Fee Games: Saturdays (Afternoons in May/Mornings in June) Locations: Hillcrest Jr. High and Riverview Jr. High Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office,The Park Center or online at www.mcreg.com More information, call (801) 264-2614!

Spring Adult Corn Hole League

A game in which small bags are tossed at a target consisting of an inclined wooden platform with a hole at one end. A bag in the hole scores 3 points while on the platform scores 1 point. Play two matches per night. Must be 18 years of age and older. All participants receive a t-shirt! Dates: April 23 to June 4 Cost: $80 per team includes a t-shirt Place: Murray Park Softball Field Nights: Tuesdays Nights Times: 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019 Format: Play two matches per night, can play with 2 to 4 people Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office, The Park Center, or online at www.mcreg.com

Murray Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for the 45th Annual Murray High Alumni Basketball Tournament. Grads from Murray gather together to play in this prestigious Basketball Tournament. Get your classmates together and form your Alumni Team. It is the oldest tournament of its kind in the entire United States. Teams can merge together if they cannot find enough schoolmates to play together. Each team is guaranteed three games. The The power department is again tournament starts with Pool Play, offering four types of park strip trees and the winners will advance to for purchase by Murray City residents. the Championship Round of the • $100 per tree Tournament. You must be a Murray • Only available for purchase High Grad to participate! between Feb. 1- March 29 Dates: April 2-7 • Payment must be made in person Cost: $200 per team at the power department, located at 153 West 4800 South, between Place: Murray High School 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Deadline: Friday, March 23. 2018 • Certified arborists will plant the Register: Murray Parks and Rec., trees beginning in May 296 E. Murray Park Ave., Or online If you have questions, please call at www.mcreg.com. For more Michelle at (801) 264-2703. information, call 801-264-2614!

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R ECREATION Spring Adult Coed Kickball

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 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: Wednesday League-April 3-June 12 Place: Murray Park Softball Field Cost: $350 per team Time: 6-11 pm Register: Murray Parks & Rec. office, The Park Center in Murray Park or online at www.mcreg.com Deadline: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Space limited to the first 10 teams in league to register! Teams must provide their own jerseys!!! Teams must complete out a roster the first night of the league play!

Spring Adult Softball Program

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. Dates: Monday Night Coed Starts April 8 Thursday Night Men’s Starts April 11 Field: Murray Park Softball Diamond, 330 East Vine St Cost: $500 Deadline: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (Or until leagues are full) Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office or online at www.mcreg.com

March Mayhew 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Dates: Fri., March 29 & Sat., March 30 Place: Murray High School Cost: $100 per team (guarantees 4 games) Times: Friday 6-10 pm Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Divisions: Boys and Girls Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Deadline: Monday, March 18, 2019

Register: Online at www.mcreg.com or mail payment and form to: 296 East Murray Park Avenue, Murray UT 84107 or in person at the Murray Parks and Rec office in Murray Park (Teams must turn in this roster at their first game if you signed up online)

Spring Soccer

Play 8 games, weekly practices, Jersey, shorts, and socks and Real Jr. Fan Pass Included. Dates: April 18 to May 11 Days: Thursdays 5-8:30 pm & Saturdays 9 am to Noon Divisions: Pre K, K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12 (7-9 and 10-12 may register as a team) Boys, girls and Coed Teams Cost: $50 Resident, $60 Non-resident Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Locations: Parks & Schools located throughout Murray Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office, The Park Center, or online at www.mcreg.com

Roundnet League or Spike Ball

League includes 6 nights of play, 2-4 players per team, best two out of three matches per game, pay three teams each week, relegation system, championship tournament, t-shirt, Top division winners awarded entry into Utah Roundnet association High School West Jordan Tournament. Dates: March 6 to April 17 Days: Wednesday Nights Grades: 7-12 grade Boys and girls Place: Hillcrest Jr. high 178 East 5300 South Cost: $30 per team Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office, the Park Center, or online at www.mcreg.com Deadline: February 27, 2019

Volleyball Academy

New format this spring. Offering skills development on Mondays and Tuesdays then applying those new skill in during games. A variety of games will be played on Saturday. Come and join the fun of learning or tweaking your volleyball skills at our Volleyball Academy. Groups will be divided up by instructors by skill and age. Dates: Mondays, March 4 & 11 (6pm-7:30pm) & Saturday, March 9 (10am-12pm) Tuesdays, March 5 & 12 (6pm-7:30pm) & Saturday, March 9 (10am-12pm) Ages: 7 and up Place: Hillcrest Jr. High Main Gym Cost: $25 Mondays & Saturday Only $25 Tuesdays & Saturday Only $40 Mon, Tues & Saturday

Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office, the Park Center, or online at www.mcreg.com

Women’s A Volleyball League

Dates: Mondays – March 4-April 22 Cost: $270 per team Deadline: February 25, 2019 Location: The Park Center (202 E. Murray Park Ave)

Coed B-BB Volleyball League

Dates: Thursdays – March 7-April 25 Cost: $270 per team Deadline: February 25, 2019 Location: The Park Center (202 E. Murray Park Ave)

Spring Coed 6’s Volleyball Tourny

Dates: Saturday, March 30 Cost: $240 per team Time: Captain’s Meeting 6:30AM Deadline: March 25, 2019 Location: The Park Center (202 E. Murray Park Ave)


Date: Friday, April 12th, 2019 (Tickets go on sale April 5th) Cost: $5.00 per participant (includes Dive and Open Swim After Event) Check in for event will begin at 4:30 pm Dive Times*: 5:30 pm 9-12 years of age 5:50* pm 7-8 years of age 6:10* pm 5-6 years of age 6:30* pm 3-4 years of age *Start times are approximate Register: The Park Center or online at: mcreg.com THE SAME NIGHT...

Ducky Derby

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All completed nine elementary murals were showcased at Murray High School in conjunction with MHS’s Martin Luther King Jr. Concert. The murals will be given to the elementary schools, along with an “I Spy” activity for the students.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be directed by Kjersti Parkes and presented by special arrangement with MTI.

If you missed a chance to see the murals, they will be highlighted in the parade during Murray Fun Days. @MurrayCityCulturalArts @Murraycitymuseum

Resident on Display Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall and Murray Library. Our March artist will be Glenna Peterson and Dave Koch will be featured in April. Kathy Adair’s work will be on display at the Murray Library until the end of March.

Interested in auditioning? Please prepare 16-30 bars of a song in the style of the show and bring a headshot and resume. Auditions open for ages 8 and older and will take place at Viewmont Elementary School (745 W. 5720 S. Murray, Utah), May 1st and 2nd at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Callbacks (May 4) will be by invitation only. Auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will take place March 20th and 22nd, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Murray Theater (4961 State St, Murray). Performance will be produced by the Murray Arts Council. Little Women will be directed by Jim Smith and auditions will take place May 28th and 30th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Viewmont Elementary. Updates will be posted on our Murray City Cultural Arts Facebook Page and more details can be found at our City Webpage: www.murray.utah.gov/1642/ Auditions STAY TUNED!

Murray City Museum Hallway Exhibit The History of Murray can be told through the stories of the families that have lived here. Check out the hallways of Murray City for a glimpse into the lives of a handful of families that formed Murray over the years. Stories told through household artifacts and time-lapse maps.

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-to-date 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 FEBRUARY 2019 Dance Lessons: Monday, March 4, 11, & 18, 1:00-2:00. Kyle & Jackie Kidd will be teaching waltz, balance step, & rumba. Free class. Irish Story Telling: Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30. Jim Duignan and Michael Donovan will be sharing traditional Irish Stories. Free class. Staying Independent-What You Can Do to Prevent Falls: Friday, March 8 at 10:30. Local Physical Therapist Lucas Soeken and Mike Williams will present information regarding what you can do to prevent falls and stay independent where you are. Free class. EBook and eAudiobooks Class: On Friday, March 8 at 10:30, a representative from Murray Library will teach you how to use eBooks and e Audio. Bring your devices (tablet, smartphone, readers, etc.), and all passwords for your accounts). Free class. Grief Support Class: On Friday, March 15 at 10:30, Jody Davis, a Chaplain from Rocky Mountain Hospice, will discuss ways to process grief in this grief support class. Free class. Irish Dancing-Scariff Irish Dance School: On Friday, March 15 at 12:30 Scariff Irish Dance School will be performing just before Bingo. “Memory’s Last Breath”-Gerda Saunders: On Friday, April 12 at 10:30, the Center is pleased to introduce you to Gerda Saunders, local author of “Memory’s Last Breath”. She is an award winning author, and will share her most recent book, and

her insights on dementia. Free class.


John Fackrell’s Watercolor class (9:00-12:00) & John & Joan’s Art Appreciation class (1:00-3:30) will begin a new six-week series on Monday, April 15 through May 20. Cost $33.00.

Golf General Meeting The Murray Senior Recreation Center’s GOLF LEAGUE will begin this year with the general meeting of all interested players on Monday, April 8 at 10:30 at which time the schedule will be reviewed and local rules for the season outlined. Golf tournaments are for those 55+ who have attained a basic level of golf skill which will allow them to compete in 18 holes of play at a pace comparable to the 100+ players who will participate in each tournament. We have put together a great list of tournaments this year so come out and support our golf program.

VITA Tax Help: Every Thursday from 5:30-8:00. Appointments can be made by calling 211 but walk-ins are also welcome. VITA is not limited to age or income level. 211 is a free information hotline. 7th Annual Storytelling Workshop: Cassie Ashton will begin Storytelling Workshop on Monday, March 4 at 1:00- 2:30. The workshop will be held on Mondays & Wednesdays from 1:002:30. Dates: Monday March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, & 27. Free workshop. AARP Smart Driving Class: Tuesday, March 26 & Tuesday, April 30 from 9:30-2:30. Cost $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Vital Aging: Tuesday, March 26 and Tuesday, April 30 10:30-11:30. Free Class.

TRIPS Tuacahn It’s never too early to be thinking about summer plans and our annual TUACAHN trip is set to depart Monday, June 3. Plan to travel to southern Utah and Mesquite and spend a few evenings at the Tuacahn Amphitheater. This year’s plays will be Disney’s When You Wish and The Little Mermaid. A chartered bus will depart from the Heritage Center on Monday, June 3 and we will stay 3 nights at the CasaBlanca Hotel in Mesquite, Nevada. Returning on Thursday, June 6. 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 27 and seating is limited. A minimum $50 deposit is required for each participant to register for the trip. Trip payment in full required by Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00. Travelers may register for themselves and one other person.


Murray Senior Rec. Center Walking Club Get fit and have fun with the MURRAY SR. CENTER WALKING CLUB. The benefits of walking include improving cardio fitness, lowering blood pressure, and slowing the aging process. We will kick off the club with a group walk on Friday, April 5 at 9:00 in the Grant Park Pavilion (just west of the Heritage Center). We have invited local running/walking expert Rebecca Gibbs to talk to our group about proper clothing, footwear, warm-up, and techniques to get us started. We will supply walking routes and tips. Chart your progress as we walk to “San Francisco (743 miles).” Cost of the program is $12 and all participants will receive a t-shirt and a pedometer to track your progress. Register now and start walking for fitness. Senior and Caregiver Protection Symposium Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 9. We will be hosting a full-day symposium on PROTECTING SENIORS AND CAREGIVERS. Murray Senior Recreation Center participants have voiced concerns about elder abuse by family, caretakers or others. Our third annual symposium will address this important issue and help you protect yourselves as well as the caregivers you associate with. No other classes or services will be held on Tuesday, April 9. Registered participants will hear two keynote addresses and choose four presentations to attend. The cost of $8 per person will include a continental breakfast and lunch. Register beginning March 6.

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Mayor declares the state of Murray strong, but still has challenges By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

Mayor Blair Camp noted in his State of the City address that the city had strong growth but faced challenges, including dealing with homelessness. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)


trong but not without challenges is how Murray Mayor Blair Camp summarized his State of the City address. At the Feb. 5 city council meeting, Camp, in his annual address, quoted researcher Abraham Maslow: “In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” Camp added, “We will step forward into growth.” In his review, Camp noted that accolades were bestowed on Murray’s Finance Department and library. Both were recognized with national citations for excellence. Also of note, Camp highlighted that there were

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30,000 patrons at Murray’s cultural arts performances in 2018. One of the most noticed challenges to the city were from the effects of Operation Rio Grande, which attempted to address the homeless problem in downtown Salt Lake but had ripple effects into neighboring communities. “Our police department, under the leadership of Chief Craig Burnett, has continued to experience an increase in call volume relating to the transient and unsheltered population. There have been efforts to focus police presence in areas that are frequented by these individuals and directed patrol shifts have been used this year.” By the numbers, Murray Fire Department’s three stations responded to over 6,000 emergency calls in 2018, with 5,000 of those being for emergency medical services. On average, that means Murray FD responded to a call every one hour and 15 minutes. Other numbers of note: Murray’s Streets Division filled over 641 potholes and laid 4,673 tons of asphalt. Murray Parks and Recreation completed a major overhaul of the pool areas of the Park Center with new pool decks in place, and the Murray Park pickleball courts were finally completed. Park pavilions will be the new emphasis on improvement for the city this year.

Focusing on his own initiatives, Camp reported that, in an effort to provide more transparency in government operations, the city now does online streaming of city council and planning commission meetings. He also announced that the Murray City AdoptA-Street program will commence in the spring. In his hopes for a more walkable and rideable community, Camp pointed to the bike lanes added to 700 West and the plans to add bike lanes along Vine Street within the next two years. As for Green Bikes, Camp states there is still work to be done. “We have been working with Green Bikes on costs and feasibility and have developed a concept plan. A small but interesting development has been the introduction of other modes of alternative transportation, such as electric scooters and electric bicycles. At present, we have not come to a conclusion on the best direction to proceed, but we will continue to evaluate options and explore possible funding.” This year, Camp stated his goal will be to eliminate or greatly reduce empty commercial buildings in Murray City by proactive engagement with property owners through the Community and Economic Development Department. Murray has several big box stores that are or will soon be vacant,

such as the former Kmart store on 900 East and Shopko on State Street. The mayor’s second initiative is to proactively advocate for new development in the Murray City Center District to reverse disinvestment in that area over the past many years, by working closely with the Redevelopment Agency Board of Directors. He also mentioned that plans for the new city hall are still moving forward. Third, the mayor wants the Cultural Arts Division, the Finance and Administration Department, and the city council to address funding for the Murray Theater renovation. The city received a grant from Salt Lake County for the theater remodel but needs to come up with $3.6 million in matching funds. Camp emphasized his desire for all departments to have continuous quality improvement. He highlighted that all departments had significant achievements but said there were still areas to improve upon. He also stressed the need for continuous improvement in the areas of social media use and technology. In closing, Camp paraphrased one of motivational speaker Tony Robbins’ famous quotes: “I won’t worry about maintaining the quality of Murray City, because every day I work on improving it.” l

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Hillcrest Junior High students strike their final pose after singing the finale, “We’re All in This Together” in Hillcrest Junior High’s production of “High School Musical, Jr.” (Photo courtesy of Hillcrest Junior High)


hile Hillcrest Junior High choir teacher Krystin Elder has been the musical director with school musicals in the past, this is her first year being the director. “This is my 19th year involved in musicals at Hillcrest; I missed the first,” Elder said. “It’s a big commitment, a lot of work, and the kids love it.” The musicals started under Becky Williams, who directed “Into the Woods, Jr.,” and continued to direct musicals until the past 10 years when Jewell Loveless took over as director. The tradition with the school musicals has continued to grow every year, Elder said. “Every year, it gets more embedded into our culture,” she said. This year, Elder selected “High School Musical, Jr.” as it involves a lot of students. Her cast is comprised of 80 students as well as a stage crew of 10 and five tech theatre students. Ninth-grader Case Elliott plays Troy; eighth-grader Olivia Shelton is Gabriella; ninth-grader Hannah Elder is Taylor; ninth-grader Brayden Hales is Chad; ninth-grader Charlee George is Sharpay;

seventh-grader Leis Larsen is Ryan; and ninth-grader Kate Brown is Kelsi. The show will be performed at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 through Saturday, March 16 at Hillcrest Junior High’s stage, 178 E. 5300 South. General admission tickets are $5. However, before Hillcrest students take their stage, Riverview Junior High students will take theirs, with the performance of “Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood.” Their show, the 12th in recent years, will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 through Thursday, March 7 at Riverview, 751 Tripp Lane. Tickets for the 70-minute show are $5. Riverview’s “Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood” Riverview’s show is directed by Wendy Smedshammer, with choreography by Jennifer Davies. Traci Black is the show’s producer. “I love this show,” Black said, adding that it is a family-friendly production set in the 1950s. “It has tons of parts, 19 of which are name parts. There are lead dancers and fun characters with quirky personalities.”

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Brainy Martha (played by Maili Valero) upsets the “Status Quo” by admitting that she thinks dancing is more fun than homework in Hillcrest Junior High’s production of “High School Musical, Jr.” (Photo courtesy of Hillcrest Junior High)

About 60 Riverview students are in the show that had its auditions in December and began rehearsals in January. Ten students are on stage crew. Ninth-grader Kyara Griggs plays Little Wed Widing Hood; ninth-grader Elizabeth Meyers is the evil queen; and seventh-grader Keira Larsen is the fairy godmother. “For some students, this is their first time being in a show. It gives kids a chance to see if it’s something they like and if so, they can continue in high school with it or try out for community theatre,” Black said. “They’re learning how to put together a show from doing their own costumes to developing their own characters. It’s all student done; it’s their moment to shine.” Through the musical, Black said students learn dancing skills, learn how to project their voices, are able to share emotions on stage and make new friends. “It’s a fractured fairytale with lots of toe-tapping music that is memorable. When people leave after the show, they’ll leave with a happy feeling inside and students will know they helped take people’s worries away and give them a better place during their performance,” she said. Hillcrest’s “High School Musical, Jr.” Like Riverview, Elder hopes the musical brings “wonderful opportunities for students, and in doing so, making friends to become like a family.” “The kids are excited because they know this musical and the songs,” she said. “It’s a diverse group, with different cliques coming together and they can relate to it. There are the expectations of students whether they’re jocks, brains, skaters, theatre kids and musicians — but they’re wanting people to know that there is more to them than that and together, they’re a stronger group. That is what we’re representing – overcoming divisions to strive for unity.” Elder said much of what they learn translates to real life. “We’re wanting our students to show teamwork, positive behavior and learn inclusion, especially as our school becomes more diverse, we need to be more accepting and include everyone,” she said. She hopes to bridge the tradition of each cast with an introductory slideshow of previous casts and musicals as well as include alumni in the last number. Assisting Elder is Jennifer Allred-Salvesen and Jessica Pearce. Head choreographer is Victoria Bean and technical director is Austin Woodall. “This is my first time I can bring my vision to the stage,” Elder said. “It has made me appreciate all that magically happened the past years.” l

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More technology in schools among new Board president’s priorities By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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

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

We wish to thank the following members for supporting the Murray Area Chamber. Be certain to shop/utilize these great businesses in keeping it local! Tell them the Murray Chamber referred you. Fashion Place Mall – Mark Thorsen Keep It Marketing – John & Sherry Taylor Uhaul Murray – Tonya Kemp Dr. Kell’s Weightloss – Mickell Cottell Kami Anderson was sworn into office Jan. 27 as Murray Board of Education’s new president. (Photo courtesy of Murray School District)


ami Anderson isn’t new to Murray education. She has served on her children’s schools’ PTA, School Community Council and has volunteered in the classroom. She even served as the vice president of the Murray Board of Education last term. However, she wasn’t expecting to be president this term even after new board member Elizabeth Payne defeated former board president Cris Longhurst in the general election. “I didn’t campaign for this position,” Anderson said. “I’ve been fortunate to have three great leaders to learn from in Mitzi Huff, Marge Tuckett and Cris.” She also has learned from her uncle, former board member Darrell Pehrson, with whom she “talks about it so I can learn from his expertise.” Joining her in the presidency is Belinda Johnson as vice president, who won re-election running unopposed. However, Anderson said the board already knows its focus: to continue their goals of providing learning opportunities for students to excel personally, professionally, and academically; fostering a culture of mutual respect, leadership development, transparency, and collaboration; integrating technology to impact student achievement; and ensuring responsible stewardship over financial resources. “I feel that with our teacher increase in pay, we are one of the top paying districts and are attracting the best teachers and administrators, which is providing our students greater learning opportunities,” she said. “We want to keep education moving forward. We can give our teachers resources to help them with teaching and learning. We want to push technology to everyone and have hired technology coaches to help teachers in the classroom.”

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Anderson said that Murray High as well as the two junior highs have a 1:1 student-device ratio and the goal is to use trust land funds and district funding to help all the elementary schools reach that ratio, said the board president, who has a master’s degree in business management and leadership from Utah State University and works at Intermountain Healthcare as a data analyst. Anderson’s role includes approving the board agenda, conducting board meetings and organizing committee assignments — and supporting the team approach with her board members. “We all represent parts of Murray and have specific concerns of our public we bring for discussion. We have different backgrounds and look at issues different ways, but it’s through our discussion that we come to a compromise that is best for Murray children,” she said. Even though she appreciated Longhurst’s leadership, Anderson said she welcomes Payne with her fresh vision who also has young children in the school system so she brings that perspective to the board. She also appreciates the community input. “We love people coming to the board meetings so they know the decisions that affect schools and their children,” Anderson said. “We love to be transparent and work with the community.” Anderson said if the board continues to move forward on their goals and is successful with student academics and achievement, retaining teachers and getting the public involved, then the five-member board will be successful. “I’m proud to represent Murray,” she said. “We have a great, great school system and that makes it rewarding.” l

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New principals want to encourage student leadership By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Granite School District’s Rebecca Te’o comes to Longview Elementary to be its new principal. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


wo new school principals began in Murray elementaries this January and both have a vision to encourage more student leadership opportunities. While Longview Elementary Principal Rebecca Te’o and Parkside Elementary Principal Brian Dawes will take time to learn their schools’ cultures and traditions, both said they will look at the student councils to give students leadership experience. “Our student council has a positive impact on the school and benefits the community,” Te’o said about the program former principal Chad Sanders introduced. “I want to ensure students are learning good citizenship and are getting the leadership skills here that they can build on as they move up to the junior high.” Sanders left Longview at the end of 2018 to start his own business. Dawes, who replaces former principal Lindsey Romero, said he would like to start a student council at Parkside next fall. “I’d like to give sixth-graders more leadership skills and opportunities to learn,” he

said. “I like to teach kids responsibility and empower them.” Longview Elementary Principal Rebecca Te’o Te’o comes to Longview from Granite School District where most recently, she was an instructional coach after teaching for 10 years. She has two master’s degrees, one in education with a math endorsement from Southern Utah University and a second in educational leadership and policy and administration from the University of Utah. “I had the classroom perspective, but wanted a broader picture,” she said about becoming a principal. “I like the opportunity to impact more students and families.” Te’o has helped implement technology to enhance teaching and engage student learning in Granite classrooms and is familiar with standard-based grading, where students and parents are able to understand more specifically which areas students need more support. She also believes in supporting teachers with skills and knowledge as well as collabo-

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rating on a master schedule, so they, too, are successful. Te’o also believes in a positive behavioral support with students, helping them gain knowledge about their actions. “I believe in making rewarding relationships and a reward system where students can earn, for example, this many more stickers to earn a recess. If they make a choice that isn’t positive, then we need to look at the consequences and explain why this behavior or action isn’t appropriate and look at the choices they can make to correct it. Rarely are consequences black and white, but by explaining, we can help a child learn,” she said. Te’o can relate to children in multiple ways. She follows football, rugby and hockey, having played all of them, and she rides horses, spending most of her summers at her grandfather’s ranch in northwest Colorado. She also enjoys cooking Samoan treats, including guava cake and pani popo (coconut bread), and she also attended Horizon Elementary as a child. Already, Te’o has seen some Longview traditions of White Ribbon Week and the Darling Daughter dance and is looking forward to the upcoming Yes Day fundraiser in May. Parkside Elementary Principal Brian Dawes The new Parkside principal comes from Emery County where he recently served as Ferron Elementary principal since 2002. Before that, he taught health for six years and helped coach track at Emery High and taught health, geography and U.S. history one year at the junior high level. Dawes, who is a Kearns High graduate, has his doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Argosy University and has been the president of the Utah As-

sociation of Elementary School Principals. “I was ready for a change after being at the same elementary for 17 years and Parkside offered a change of pace,” Dawes said, adding that enrollment at Parkside is about 300 students greater than at his former school. “There’s a lot more cultural diversity here and that is wonderful. We have an exciting dynamic in this school.” When the new Parkside principal pulled up to his school at 5 p.m. after visiting the district office before moving to the Salt Lake Valley, he was surprised to find the parking lot full. Inside was a rehearsal for “Seussical, Jr.,” which will be performed the evening of March 21. “It was great coming in to visit with the parents and children,” he said. While Dawes left his yoga mat in his truck during the Playworks Family Fitness Night in his second week as principal, he said he was able to meet more families and start to learn the traditions and culture of Parkside, Murray and the district. “My goal is to get involved with the kids and give them positive reinforcement, with high fives or knuckles in the lunchroom,” he said. “I also want to empower our teachers and give them support so they can take educational risks, experiment how to increase student learning.” Dawes said he loves to read books and is looking forward to reading on Dr. Seuss Day. His favorite is “Sneetches,” but appreciates the stories behind each of the books and how it can bridge conversations with students. “I can read ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ to sixth-graders as they transition out of elementary or ‘I Can Read with My Eyes Shut’ and students ask if Dr. Seuss was serious,” he said. Dawes said many students already have gotten to know him through his tie collection. “Some students just come by to see what tie I’m wearing today,” he said, adding that the favorite wasn’t the Mickey Mouse one he was wearing. “Their favorite tie is the Sponge Bob. The ties help make me approachable and it’s something fun for the kids.” While Dawes loves to spend time with his family, he also likes to travel, including snorkeling and scuba diving in Hawaii. He had planned to ski with his family the night of Feb. 6, but with school being closed that day because of the abundance of snow, he decided to play it safe and reschedule. “I’m looking forward to being a positive influence behind our teachers educating students,” he said. “When the students have bright achievements, it’s their time to shine and when they shine, the whole school shines.” l

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Who will bee the Utah spelling champion? By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

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On Saturday, March 23 students from Davis, Weber, Utah and Salt Lake Counties will gather to compete in the Scripps-authorized Regional Spelling Bee. As the official sponsor, we at The City Journals are especially excited. Bryan Scott is the Creative Director at The City Journals and said it’s one of his favorite days. “We’ve been sponsoring this event since 2015, so this is our fifth

year. These kids are amazing. They are the one-percenters,” Scott said. The Regional Spelling Bee is a qualifier for the National Spelling Bee, which will be held in Washington, D.C. the week of May 26-31. “The winner represents our area of Utah. The champion of our round and one of their parents will get an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. The Bee is


eneral George S. Patton once said, “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” Your parents probably said it another way, like “learn from the mistakes of others.” It is always interesting to observe how other public entities handle crises that could potentially affect the health and safety of the public. It’s a great opportunity to learn about what was handled well and if there are processes that could be improved in the future. After watching and reading many of the news reports about the water contamination issue that recently occurred in a nearby city, it became apparent that people expect, and deserve, prompt and accurate communication from their city during a crisis. This is the perfect time to evaluate the communication protocol for Murray City, before we are in an emergency and need to reach out immediately to affected residents and businesses. One of the best options for providing information during an emergency is the use of an Emergency Notification System (ENS). The ENS provides a means to send telephone, SMS text, and email notifications

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getting to know them,” Scott said. In a 2018 interview with Mary Dickson of KUED’s “Contact,” Scott mentioned the importance of spelling in today’s workforce. “I spoke to a gentleman the other day who hires coders. So here’s a tech industry… where you take a good speller, and they can code twice as fast as someone who can’t spell very well,” Scott said. The City Journals partners with several sponsors who donate their financial support. A gala was held Jan. 25 at Noah’s Event Venue to thank those partners. They include: Comcast Internet Essentials, Sam’s Club, Layton Construction, Noah’s Event Venue, Jordan Education Foundation, Smith’s Food and Drug, Ulrich Realtors’ Joe Olschewski, APEX Clean Air, Mélange Beverages, Ledgestone Home Design, Canyons School District, Ruby Snap Cookies, Texas Roadhouse and the Murray City School District. “We could not do this without partners who provide us considerable financial support,” said Scott. . l

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aired on ESPN. They also see the National Zoo and Washington, D.C. monuments and sites,” said Scott. This year, there are 106 schools participating in the Northern Utah Region qualifying round. Each school can send two champions. Home-schooled students are also eligible to participate. All students need to register by March 3. “When you take into account the kids who participate on a school level, we estimate that 30,000 kids are participating in Utah this year. Scripps states that they have over 11 million students who participated last year throughout the nation,” said Scott. Official rules state that students in third through fifth grade are eligible to participate. Previous local champions are welcome. Scott said he’s looking forward to the Regional Bee, which will start promptly at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 23 at Hillcrest Jr. High, 178 E. 5300 South in Murray. “It is one of my favorite days of the year. We wake up early on a Saturday and spend most of the day with these kids. It’s fun

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regarding emergency situations or critical public safety information to residents and businesses. Messages can be sent to thousands of people simultaneously, with the ability to select certain geographic areas that are impacted. Will you receive notifications of an event in Murray? In order to be added to this notification system, which is managed by Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC), residents and businesses need to register a phone number or email address. To sign up, please visit the home page of our website, www.murray.utah. gov and follow the link titled “Register for the Emergency Notification System” under our “What’s Happening” tab. On the topic of being prepared, some of you may have been shaken awake by the earthquake that occurred during early morning hours in Herriman in mid-February. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported, but this serves as a reminder that we live in a state that regularly experiences earthquakes. With the threat of the “big one” hovering over us, preparing for the worst can help ease the anxiety of wondering how we will react. I encourage our residents to

visit the website “Be Ready Utah” at www. utah.gov/beready/earthquakePreparedness.html to learn some tips and strategies for being prepared in advance for a natural disaster. Murray City employees participate in an annual “Shake Out” earthquake drill to practice evacuation procedures. Additionally, the city has an established Emergency Operations Center (EOC) where key city personnel regularly gather to discuss and practice how to keep essential city services active in the event of a catastrophe. Murray City utilizes several communication methods to keep our citizens, businesses, and visitors updated. Of course, we rely on our website to post pertinent information about issues that may be important to our community. We also reach out using social media, particularly Facebook and Instagram. In addition to providing information about serious issues, we also share details about cultural arts programs, recreation, historical facts, and spotlights of employees and departments. The more options we use to reach our community and share information, the better the chance of you becoming informed. l

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Cottonwood’s Lockwood named western regional swim coach of the year By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Assistant Cottonwood High School swim coaches Kailee Sandberg (L) and Ashton Palmer (R) surround the Colts’ NFHS Regional Swim and Dive Coach of the Year, Ron Lockwood. (Photo courtesy Ron Lockwood)

He is such a great coach; ever since leaving the (Cottonwood High School) swim team, I have grown to appreciate his coaching and motivation more and more,” said Christian Simon, in describing the man who guided his Colt team to a second-place finish at last year’s Utah 5A state swimming finals. And a prestigious national organization has concurred – Ron Lockwood is a pretty good coach. Last month, Lockwood learned he had been voted 2017-18 West Coach of the Year – for Boys Swimming and Diving – by the National Federation of State High School Associ-

ations (NFHS). Lockwood was selected among nominees from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. But unlike last weekend’s Academy Award winners, he did not have to rent a tuxedo or limousine. “To be totally honest, everything I have heard about the award came through the Cottonwood High School administration,” Lockwood said. “(The NFHS) did not even send me a letter. But that’s OK because I don’t do this for personal accolades. I do it so my swimmers can be honored for their hard work and accomplishments.” In its letter to Cottonwood High School Principal Terry Roylance, the NFHS said, “It is our pleasure to recognize leaders and role models at the interscholastic levels. We rely on our member state associations to help us recognize those who are leading their sport, shaping their athletes and contributing in a positive way to their community.” Roylance says the NFHS got it right. “Ron is such a great mentor and is so inspirational to his swimmers,” she said. “I love his approach to coaching. He is demanding, but encouraging. He pulls swimmers aside individually to tell them exactly what they need to do to improve. Ron is extremely humble and does not like the limelight. I am so pleased he has earned this honor and so happy to have him


working with our students.” Former CHS swimmer Simon, quoted above, is now a freshman at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California, where he is finishing up his freshman season as a varsity swimmer for the Stags, competing in several individual events and relays. “Coach (Lockwood) knows just how to push you, to get the best for the team and for yourself,” he said. “He’s also a great person to talk to. After talking with him I always felt better and more motivated. He is very deserving of this award.” The honor is a far cry from where Lockwood was a quarter century ago, when the college program he was swimming for collapsed. That unexpected twist, in the spring of 1994, brought the coach to Utah. “I grew up in Stockton, California and was a decent high school swimmer before graduating in 1992,” Lockwood said. “Then, after swimming two years for Fresno State University, the school dropped men’s swimming. But our coaches helped get me and a teammate onto the BYU swim team. It was a great experience and I graduated from there in 1997.” As a BYU senior, Lockwood was a team captain and helped guide the Cougar swimmers to “their first conference championship in about 20 years.” In the 22 years since, Lockwood has es-

sentially done nothing but coach swimming – at BYU, Lone Peak and American Fork high schools, a Colorado high school, the Air Force Academy and the University of Utah. About the time he left the U of U (2008), Lockwood was encouraged to help create a team he still coaches today – the Wasatch Front Fish Market Swim Team. “We had nine swimmers that first year,” Lockwood said. “We are now up to about 250 boys and girls, as young as age 6... all the way up to the collegiate level.” Lockwood and his wife of 17 years, Melanie, make their home in Eagle Mountain, where daughter Ashlyn, 14, is a swimmer, while son Bennett, 12, plays soccer. “I demand a lot of my swimmers,” Lockwood concluded. “Over the past 20 years I have taken (coaching techniques) from so many places. We have found a system that works. We take care of our swimmers individually and work to develop them as people as well as athletes.” Fish Market team members this year hail from many different Salt Lake Valley high schools, and as far away as Bountiful and Provo. Having just finished his seventh season as head coach of the Cottonwood teams, NFHS Regional Swim and Dive Coach of the Year Ron Lockwood continues to love what he does. l



Murray HS water polo player earns spot on Olympic development team By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Murray High School water polo teammates Riley Thompson (L) and Isabelle Wright each tried out earlier this year for an Olympic development team. Riley made the squad, while Isabelle survived until the final cut. (Photo courtesy Riley Thompson)


urray High School junior Riley Thompson has been selected – from among dozens who tried out – for a prestigious water polo team, earning a trip to southern California later this month to compete in a national tournament. “I’m not the best water polo player,” Thompson said, humbly. “I mostly just tried out for the experience. I was surprised and excited when I made the team.” Thompson earned her way on to the Rocky Mountain Zone Olympic Development Program (ODP) team, through a pair of tryout sessions at the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center. “The first tryout was held the weekend before Thanksgiving,” Thompson continued. “There were a couple of hundred water polo players trying out for various teams. That first tryout reduced my large group to just 21 girls, invited back for the final tryouts, after the holidays.” Both members of the Murray High School girls’ water polo club team who attended the initial tryout – Thompson and teammate Isabelle Wright – survived that initial tryout. But during the January 5 and 6 final tryouts, Wright was one of the seven who were cut, while Thompson made the final squad of 14. “After each tryout, I had to wait a full week for the email telling me I had made it,”

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Thompson added. “The second wait was especially tough, because at that point I was so close to making the team. There were girls at the tryouts from New Mexico and Arizona. It was pretty competitive.” The Rocky Mountain ODP team was scheduled to practice for only two days together (Feb. 16 and 17), prior to their national championship tournament in Riverside, California. “This really isn’t so much about qualifying for the Olympic water polo team – at least not for me,” Thompson said. “I am excited because playing in this tournament gives you exposure to college coaches. I want to play water polo in college. So, I am excited to have them see me play.” Riley has clips of her water polo highlights appearing on college recruitment websites and has already received initial contacts from schools in California and Pennsylvania. “When she first told me she was trying out for the (ODP) team I was ecstatic and told her it was awesome,” said Riley’s father, Todd Thompson, who is also the Murray High School head football coach. “Riley is really focused on trying to play water polo in college, so I am very excited for her.” Thompson added, Riley is his only daughter who “gravitated toward sports,” and has been playing water polo since age 12. Despite being an accomplished high school football and wrestling coach, Todd Thompson has not assisted his daughter in this sport, beyond driving her to practices occasionally. “I am still trying to figure out the (water polo) rules half the time,” he quipped. Riley said she and her parents will likely drive together to the Riverside tournament. She will then stay with her team at a hotel, while her parents secure their own lodging. “The tryouts were really just for this one particular tournament,” Riley added. Her appearance at the ODP tournament marks the second straight year a Murray girl’s water polo player has qualified for the national championships. Thompson said her former teammate, Oaklee Greenland, made the Rocky Mountain Zone team a year ago. Riley spends a lot of time in swimming pools, participating on the Murray High School girl’s swim team as well as the water polo club team. “I competed in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle races,” she said. “I’m not great. But I know swimming for the team helps keep me in shape for water polo. I will definitely do it again next year.” Thompson said she is excited and anxious for the Riverside tournament in two weeks, for her regular Murray Spartan girl’s water polo season this spring, and to start making college campus visits, as she begins to turn her focus to the next level of competition. l

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onning a green ribbon isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day. This March, wearing a green ribbon represents a show of support for Celebral Palsy Awareness Month. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that affects movement, motor skills and muscle tone. CP is caused by brain damage that happens in utero, during labor and delivery, or soon after birth. Adam Hunninghake, a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation explained, “There is a spectrum of how cerebral palsy can affect someone from very mild impairment to having spasticity in their limbs and having difficulty communicating.” There is no reversing or curing it. Jana Murray is a long-time resident of both Sandy and Herriman. She has a 24-yearold daughter Savannah, who was born with cerebral palsy. Murray has much experience keeping a child with cerebral palsy active, socialized and involved. There are rarely, if any, breaks. Savannah’s care is ongoing. Murray remembers a disappointing day taking Savannah to a public pool. Savannah needed to wear floaties (inflatable armbands) in order to swim safely, as the motor control area of her brain does not operate fully. The

pool attendees would not allow Savannah to be an adult-sized person in the pool with floaties on. Only children were allowed to wear them, they insisted. There was no exception made to allow Savannah to enjoy the water because of this policy. Murray knows there’s room for improvement, with facilities making accommodations for handicapped individuals. A few realistic safety measures can help everyone participate. Hunninghake said, “For all people, and that includes people with cerebral palsy, movement is vital. It’s what keeps us healthy. It’s what allows us independence. It lets us do things that give us quality of life.” Murray offers advice on being a support for those with special needs. She is also a strong advocate for the caregivers. “It can be uncomfortable to watch people with cerebral palsy move, interact and even eat. They can drool. They can be (what you might consider) inappropriate as far as a personal bubble space. They are human beings who deserve kindness. They do not always understand personal space,” Murray said. Caregivers know this and work closely to help their children with CP. “It’s okay to be uncomfortable,” Murray said. “If they are in your space, just be kind. They have needs, too. It’s not an easy thing for anyone.” A caregiver might not accept everyone’s offer of help, because a person with special needs might require a professional for many situations. But asking a caregiver how to help is best. Just being friendly and inclusive is what Murray suggested most. “I have a mom friend whose son has severe, severe CP. She would put stickers of race cars on her son’s wheelchair, just so that people would talk to him. I don’t know how much of that interaction the boy really understood, but it meant the world to his mother when people interacted with her son,” Murray said. Another friend of Savannah’s gave her a dog-walking job, so that Savannah could have an active, more grown-up type of experience she craves. March is a good time to talk about interacting with those with special needs. Saying hello, giving a high five and general inclusiveness are good ways to start. Invite a person with a disability to participate in an activity. The goal is to acknowledge and treat special needs people as one would a typical friend. The City Journals welcomes thoughts on helping to raise awareness, acceptance and opportunities for community members with unique challenges. Follow on social media www.facebook.com/thecityjournals/ to share or comment on this story. l

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AISU Dragon cheer team claims state title for the second straight yeart By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com Despite losing a key team member to injury the night before their regional competition, Murray’s American International School of Utah (AISU) cheer squad advanced through that regional round and on to claim a state championship. Technically they would not be considered “repeat” state champions, as the backto-back titles were earned from different sanctioning bodies. But each time, they were the best in their classification. “A year ago, we won the Utah state title in a competition sponsored by USA Cheer,” said Dragons head cheer coach Casey Stumph, who just completed her third season in the post. “That (2018) win advanced us to a national finals competition in California. But this year our squad was younger – and not as committed to an out-of-state trip – so we entered a competition sponsored by RC Competes. We took the state title again; but this one does not include advancement to a national final.” In the regional and state finals, AISU performed the same 2-minute dance and cheer routine. But their carefully choreographed routine was thrown for a loop the night before regionals. “People often don’t realize cheer is a dangerous sport,” Stumph added. “During our dress rehearsal – the night before regionals – sophomore Allie Conder took a bad fall and suffered a concussion. She’s an awesome member of the team – she was even on it last year as a freshman. It was a shock to the whole team when she was put out of the competition.” “Allie also sprained her neck in the fall and had to wear a neck brace,” AISU cheer team co-captain Trinity Vigil added. “She was super upset and we had to adjust our routine at the last minute. We were afraid it would tamper with our mindset. But Allie

was still able to attend the regionals and finals. It made it a bit easier knowing she was there.” Vigil is in her fourth year attending AISU, her third year on the cheer squad and her second year as a team captain. “It’s been an honor being a team captain,” Vigil continued. “I will definitely be back out for the team next year. I think the cheer team has taught all of us how to work more effectively toward a goal, even if you are not necessarily the best of friends with everyone. We’ve learned you can still work together for a common goal.” After graduating from AISU, Vigil plans to pursue a career in a field many may never have heard of: animal-assisted therapy. Wikipedia defines that as “an alternative or complementary type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional or cognitive functioning. Advocates state, animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants.” Like Conder and Vigil, Andrew England was also a member of both AISU state championship cheer teams. Last year he was one of two males on the squad, while this season he was the only boy. “We did have another boy out for this year’s team, but he quit after two weeks,” England said. “Sometimes it felt a little odd, because there are very few boys. But most of the time it was not uncomfortable. These past two years on the cheer team have made me a better person. It’s shown me how close people can get through teamwork. Participating has also kept me on track with my school work.” A senior, England plans to attend the University of Southern Alabama, in Mobile, next fall.

The cheer team at Murray’s American International School of Utah claimed a state title earlier this year, for the second season in a row. (Casey Stumph/AISU)

“I have some friends (attending AISU) from Alabama, who talked to me about the school, and I researched it,” England added. “I guess I am ready for a culture change. I also want to try out for their cheer team.” “Our cheer team represents our Dragon spirit and brings our (AISU) community together,” said High School Director Abbey Wallace. “The entire student body watched the state championship performance on video in their classrooms. It gives us all a real

sense of pride that they have won the state championship two years in a row.” Head coach Stumph and assistant coach Stephanie Garcia have teamed together for three seasons now, with two state crowns to show for their efforts. “We work really well together,” Stumph concluded. “Stephanie makes up the dance routines and finds the music. And I am good at yelling at kids and making them do what they need to do.” l

The AISU Dragon cheer squad is a state champion in their classification this year, just as the Murray squad was a year ago. (Casey Stumph/AISU)

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Climbing community reaches up to improve SLC skies By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

Breathe Utah’s Executive Director Deborah Burney-Sigman, Ph.D (right) and teacher Molly Lewis (left) show a visual demo that mimics SLC’s dire air situation. (Amy Green/City Journals)


passionate group of individuals, all wanting better air quality in the Salt Lake valley, gathered on Feb. 10 at The Front Climbing Club (1470 S 400 West) with a purpose —to climb for clean air and raise funds for Breathe Utah. It has become an annual gathering for this cause. Breathe Utah is an organization with the mission to improve air quality through education and action. They work to propose better environmental policies and rely on good partnerships to make changes happen. The brains behind the climbing event are Executive Director at Breathe Utah, Deborah Burney-Sigman, Ph.D. and Jared Campbell, a Salt Lake City local and world-class athlete, who started this series of clean air events. Everyone who purchased a ticket got to climb until they “peeled” (that means to climb until one peels off the wall). Some climbed hundreds of routes over eight hours straight. Climbers know that even just a few hours at the bouldering gym is a committed workout. One person who came to watch the climbers and support the cause was Joey Cauceglia. He has been going to the University of Utah for the last five years and wears a mask commuting to campus on his bike. It’s a way to minimize the irritated cough he gets for a few hours after cycling. Cauceglia works at the University’s biology department and takes the train on yellow and red air days. “If you want to talk about human impact,

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there’s so much more to talk about than just seas warming and rising. We can talk about landfills, human impact, the smog in SLC — you can see it. We don’t need to argue about whether climate change happens. We can just agree that humans are making an impact on our environment. It seems like it’s become a distraction for the public, whether or not the earth is warming because of the human use of fossil fuels,” Cauceglia said. The climbers and those in attendance hold Utah’s environment dear and are concerned about the valley’s winter inversions and air pollution. Breathe Utah volunteer and school teacher Molly Lewis was there with a visual demo. “Density is a huge concept in winter air quality. The cold air near the ground compacts and becomes more dense. That air gets polluted and doesn’t want to go anywhere. The pollution gets trapped in that dense layer. There’s no natural mixing of the warm air above and the cold air below,” Lewis explained. In short, we pollute the cold air that stays nearest to us. Lewis added, “The particulate matter that is most concerning, is teeny tiny like 1/30th the width of a human hair. When you breathe it in, it goes deep into your lungs, across the barrier into your circulatory system. It causes inflammation. It’s toxic.” Those who climbed to fight toxicity got tokens for a free dinner and a beer on the house, provided by Red Rock Brewing Co. and Lucky Slice Pizza.

The event had a finale of awards for participants who completed the most routes and for the previous day’s runners who took laps up and down Grandeur Peak at RUFA (Running Up For Air), a connected event. A raffle was held featuring items from vendors including Black Diamond, Evolv, Petzl, Patagonia, Lululemon and more. All of these companies are eager to help with air quality consciousness. To watch for this event follow frontslc. com. To donate and get clean air ideas for action visit www.breatheutah.org. l

Climbers at The Front Climbing Club take rock wall laps to climb up for clean air, an annual fundraising event supporting Breathe Utah. (Amy Green/City Journals)

Climbers at The Front Climbing Club take rock wall laps to climb up for clean air, an annual fundraising event supporting Breathe Utah. (Amy Green/City Journals)

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Women’s Leadership Institute encourages Utah women to ‘Step Up and Run’ By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

The Women’s Leadership Institute honored the efforts of 43 Utah women who completed its 2018 six-month Political Development Series Feb. 7 at the State Capitol. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

Make a difference in your community by stepping up and running for office.” That is the straightforward pitch of Utah’s Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), an innovative organization whose class of more than 40 women politicians and public servants graduated last month. This year’s class was honored Feb. 7 at the Capitol on the floor of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives. This new cohort of women becomes a leadership force of more than 160 women who have completed the six-month, bipartisan training, covering everything from campaign finance to canvassing. Five of Utah’s mayors, (including Provo City’s first female mayor), two county commissioners, and multiple city council members are among the graduates. ‘Cultural Urgency’ for governing differently The WLI Political Development Series, which has been running since 2015, now, more than ever has “cultural urgency,” said Patricia Jones, WLI chief executive officer. This cultural urgency can be seen on topics such as education funding, an issue of particular concern to women. The 2016 New York Times article “Women Actually Do Govern Differently” articulates this point. “Women govern differently than men do in some important ways. They tend to be more collaborative and bipartisan [and] push for far more policies meant to support women, children, [and] social welfare.” But these bills are also more likely to die, largely because of gender bias, research shows. Women in Congress sponsor and co-sponsor more bills than men do, and bring nine percent more federal money to their districts, according to a study in the “American Journal of Political Science.”

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A 2018 “Political Science Research and Methods” study of more than 150,000 public bills introduced to the national legislature between 1973 and 2014 found that women were significantly more likely than men to sponsor bills in areas like civil rights, health and education. Men were more likely to sponsor bills in agriculture, energy and macroeconomics. “I think that we were actually ahead of our time with encouraging women to run for office,” observed Jones. Jones, who served 14 years in the Utah Senate and House of Representatives, was herself ahead of her time and now has helped mentor some of the women comprising Utah’s legislature, which has more women than ever before. While serving in the legislature, Jones’s sponsorship of funding to teach Utah high school students about personal finance is an example of what WLI does well – help women learn how to advance their unique, passionate perspectives through politics. (Thanks to Jones’ successful program, Utah is the only state in the United States credited by Yahoo Finance in 2018 as receiving an “A+” for preparing students with financial literacy.) The Women’s Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures reports that in 2019 women comprise 28.5 percent of all state legislators nationwide, an increase of 25.3 percent, and the most women elected at one time. Utah’s current legislature is 24 percent female – with 25 of 104 lawmakers being women. According to 2017 research by the Utah Women & Leadership Project, 24.1 percent of all council members in Utah municipalities are female. Stepping up to run and to encourage “These women are committed to run

for office. Or at the very least make a difference in their communities,” Jones explained. Jones went on to describe this year’s class as an extremely diverse group comprised of single moms, women of color, and women with disabilities. “These are women who represent our state and are willing to step up and run.” “Stepping up” is not just for women, Jones is quick to point out. Men mentoring women is part of WLI’s ElevateHER Challenge. “We encourage men and women to mentor each other and also to encourage women they know to run for office,” said Jones. Jones makes the pitch personal, actionable. “If you have a co-worker, neighbor, or family member who would be great — reach out and encourage them. Just like every other piece of advancement, supportive men are a critical component of women who run and end up winning in political office. “Helping women and men understand the value of gender diversity in business and politics has really become a critical piece of what we do. Not because it’s the ‘nice’ thing to do, but because it’s what can bring a return on investment rapidly. We need women’s voices and we need them at every level.” Women leaders: A gubernatorial mandate Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox has served on the board of directors for WLI the past five years. He joined WLI CEO Jones in presenting this year’s class with certificates of accomplishment at the Capitol. The City Journals asked the lieutenant governor how he sees his role – and that of the Governor – in helping Utah women engage and be enabled to make a difference in Utah politics. “Women need to know that they are

needed at the highest levels. The Governor and I are committed to speaking up on this as often as we can,” he said. Cox says he is familiar with dozens of women who have completed the training series. “I’m proud that many have gone on to run for office and earn leadership roles in business. This training provides them with skills and resources to make those leaps forward, and the opportunity to meet other strong women with the same drive and passion to make a difference.” Cox observed that, historically, Utah’s legislature “has not very many women.” “I am happy to see that changing — even though it is perhaps still changing too slowly,” he said. The new WLI graduates, he says, “represent what Utah has to offer by way of outstanding public leaders in years to come. I am encouraged by their desire to serve. They are prepared, and committed, to improving their world and our great state, and we are proud of their efforts.” How to step up There is already a waiting list for WLI’s 2019 training, which is scheduled to start September 2019. Interested women can join the list at www.wliut.com/pds. The 2018 cost was $179 for the six, three-hour sessions, which all included lunch. Sessions were alternatingly held at the Salt Lake Chamber and at Silicon Slopes, with live streaming available for those not able to attend in person. In addition to the Women’s Leadership Institute, Salt Lake Valley women might consider the national She Should Run organization (https://www.sheshouldrun.org/). Real Women Run (https://www.ywcautah.org/real-women-run/) is a local YWCA program tailored for women more in the beginnings of political interests and often collaborates with WLI. l

Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox says that both he and Governor Gary Herbert promote women in politics as a matter of course. Here Cox, a member of the board of directors for the Women in Leadership Institute, joins WLI CEO Pat Jones in congratulating the new graduating class of politicians and public servants. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

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brave Murray woman who fought off and later testified against Ted Bundy is again being remembered after the 30th anniversary of serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution and the release of two new movies about him. This year also marks the 45th anniversary of the day when Carol DaRonch survived Bundy’s botched kidnap attempt at Fashion Place Mall. In the fall of 1974, Utah was terrorized; young women were disappearing, and sometimes their remains were found approximately every two weeks. In October Nancy Wilcox (17) disappeared in Holladay; two weeks later, Melissa Smith (17), daughter of Midvale’s police chief, disappeared; and on Halloween Laura Ann Aime (17), from Lehi, went missing. As far as the murders went, the police didn’t have much to go on. At that time, Fashion Place Mall, having just opened in 1972, was the go-to spot in Murray for teenagers in 1974. On Nov. 8, recently engaged Carol DaRonch (18) left her home on 700 West in Murray to go to Fashion Place. Up until that point in time, DaRonch and her family were best known for running a small vegetable stand on the corner of 5300 South and 700 West. The Murray High graduate let her family know that she was going shopping. She was in Fashion Place between Waldenbooks and Sears when an “Officer Roseland” approached her. The police officer wanted to question her regarding a possible break-in of her car. Good-looking and flashing a badge, DaRonch had no reason to suspect this wasn’t a Murray police officer, other than the smell of alcohol on his breath. Around 7 p.m., after trying to go to a “police substation” in a laundromat north of the mall, Bundy and DaRonch headed north on Fashion Boulevard in a Volkswagen Beetle. The Murray resident wisely surmised that “Roseland” wasn’t an officer, since they were not in a police car and not heading in the direction of the police department. In Netflix’s four-part docuseries “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes”, televised this year, DaRonch recalled, “He suddenly pulled over, up on the side of a curb, up by an elementary school, and that’s when I just started freaking out: ‘What are we doing?’ And he grabbed my arm, and he got one handcuff on one wrist, and he didn’t get the other one on, and the one was just dangling. I had never been so frightened in my entire life.” Bundy panicked when DaRonch confronted him and, with his car on the sidewalk in front of McMillian Elementary, a fight ensued. In the car, Bundy tried to handcuff DaRonch, but she freed herself from his clutches. Jumping into the mid-

Carol DaRonch in 1974 fought off Ted Bundy and testified against him to put him in jail. (Photo courtesy Carol DaRonch)

dle of Fashion Boulevard, passersby picked her up, and Bundy sped off. Unfortunately, that encounter did not deter Bundy; he headed straight to Bountiful and killed Viewmont High School student Debra Kent (17) that night. Found in Viewmont’s parking lot was a key that matched the handcuffs Bundy used on DaRonch. She was able to give police a description of Bundy and his car, which was good enough for police officers to apprehend him, but only after he succeeded in killing five more young women in Utah and Colorado. DaRonch was able to pick Bundy out of a police lineup, and DaRonch’s hair, along with that of other victims, was found in his VW. DaRonch’s testimony and Bundy’s subsequent conviction for kidnapping put an end, albeit temporarily, to Bundy’s killing spree. Regrettably, DaRonch would have to be called on again

to face her attacker. While awaiting trial in Colorado for murder, Bundy not only escaped once but twice from the jail holding him. He went on to kill again, this time in Florida, where he was recaptured. DaRonch was asked to testify against him in that trial. DaRonch is featured in the Netflix documentary, and viewers will also take note of the file footage of 1970s-era Fashion Place Mall and McMillan Elementary. Along with the documentary, a movie premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile” starring Zac Efron, will again retrace some of DaRonch’s story. DaRonch lives nearby Murray now and is a grandmother. To this day, her harrowing escape still captures the media’s attention. A Google search pulled up her story in places as far away as Ireland and Germany. l

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