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MURRAY HIGH’S GIRLS SOCCER MAKE SCHOOL history with best season ever By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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urray High School head girls’ soccer coach Brady Smith was quietly confident he had a strong group of athletes on his hands, after selecting his 2018 team last summer. But he had no idea they would make school history, on their way to the Spartans’ best season ever. “I am so happy with all the hard work this group put in and all they have accomplished,” Smith said. “Their work ethic was incredible, they got along so well together and they raised each other’s levels of play. This year’s team has lifted our program, I think, for years to come. I am extremely proud of them all.” You can’t get much higher praise. But then it’s not every day, or every year, a Murray High School team advances to the state championship game, in any sport. Smith believes — but isn’t entirely certain — Murray High girls began playing official, sanctioned soccer in 1992. What he is certain of… until this year, the Spartans had never, ever won a post-season game. October saw them rattle off three playoff wins — in just one week’s time — to advance to the Class 5A state championship at Sandy’s Rio Tinto Stadium. “It feels so amazing to have had such a good season,” Murray freshman Sammie Sofonia said during the post season. “I thought we could be pretty good, but I wasn’t sure. And I did not think I would have the kind of season I did personally. So, it is great.” Sammie shocked her coach as well. Despite not even yet attending Murray High (the ninth grader still attends Riverview

From left to right: Murray High School girls soccer head coach Brady Smith, senior Abbi Graham, sophomore Alexis Bates, freshman Sammie Sofonia and senior Kylee Thomson celebrate their school’s historic first playoff win. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

Junior High School), Sammie led the Spartans in scoring with 20 regular season goals. The team’s next two leading scorers — junior Sydney Wilcken and senior Abbi Graham — scored only three more than that, combined. “Sammie was a huge surprise for us,” Smith said. “She is a strong athlete who grabbed her opportunity and ran with it. But

she was just one of many outstanding contributors on this team.” The Murray girls ended their regular season ranked No. 1 by the Deseret News, with an overall record of 13-1-1. The Spartans’ Region 6 championship record was 9-0-1, the only blemish a tie with Olympus. The girls’ first-ever playoff victory came on the Murray High

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Savannah Angle crowned Miss Murray 2019 By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com The Murray City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout Murray. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals. com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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Savannah Angle was named Miss Murray 2019 on Sept. 25 at Murray High School. The victory comes with a $3,000 scholarship. Savannah will apply that toward her education in dance education at Brigham Young University. Savannah has attended Utah Dance Artists and participated in their Artists in Training Program while continuing her dancing in jazz and ballroom. She was also a member of the Kinnect Dance Company at BYU, an outreach dance company that performs and teaches in over 25 elementary schools across Utah. Currently, Savannah is on DancEnsemble, a choreography-centered contemporary dance company. Q: What inspired you to enter the pageant? A: I originally entered the pageant as a fun thing to do one summer with a friend, but then quickly realized that becoming Miss Murray could be a way to make a difference through the arts and dance. Q: What was it like to be named Miss Murray? A: I was pretty surprised when they announced “Contestant #1, Savannah Angle” as the new Miss Murray 2019! The entire day following the pageant I think I was in shock. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I have received from so many people throughout different areas of my life, and the confidence they have in me to represent our city. Q: What have you learned about yourself during the process? A: I’ve always known that dance and being an advocate for the arts was important to me, but I have felt a renewed desire to make the arts a big part of our community culture in Murray. I’ve also learned that being glamorous (doing makeup and hair for pageants) is hard work! Q: What is your platform as Miss Murray? A: “Better Together–Arts in Education” and “People don’t just want art–they need art.”

First Attendant Kristin Breding, Miss Murray Savannah Angle, and Second Attendant Julia Cheshire. (Photo courtesy Savannah Angle)

Within the public education system in America, arts education is needed to give students a well-rounded curriculum and experience in all core subjects. If America is going to stay competitive among the international education scene, it must implement the arts into core curriculum. Experiences in the arts bring people from all different walks of life together and can teach tolerance, love, and acceptance amidst a world that is so harshly divided. Arts education in America needs a resurgence due to all of the creative skills and benefits it provides students, as well as an appreciation of unity in diversity within the community. Students will be enhanced through the talents they gain throughout their personal journey in the arts in schools. Q: What inspired your choice of platform? A: I have personally been changed by the arts; they have made me who I am today. And I have seen the power that the arts can have

in the lives of others, helping them shape and discover their personal identity and enhancing children’s overall learning in the classroom. Q: What is something interesting we should know about you? A: Besides being a dance teacher, I am also a licensed nail technician at “Savvy Nails.” And I have a real love for my car, Roxie, a baby-blue Volkswagen Beetle. Q: Tell us about family and friends who were influential to you, and what are some of the most meaningful things they have done? A: I have amazing friends and family who support me in every crazy thing I choose to do. My mom is the woman behind every success I have ever had. She puts everyone else’s needs in front of her own, and I wouldn’t be the dance teacher, or human being, that I am today without her every word, crockpot meal, and hidden note at any life event. l

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field against the fourth-seeded Alta Hawks. It did not come easy, as the game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and after two, 10-minute overtime sessions. In the sudden death shootout, Murray scored on three straight shots while Alta was stymied by sophomore Spartan goal keeper Alexis Bates. At that point the game ended. Alta could not catch Murray with their final two shots. The Spartans had that historic first playoff victory. “It was really hard; my stress level went up so high during the shootout,” Bates said. “This team has worked so hard all year, I did not want to let them down. I can’t believe how incredible it feels to get this first playoff win for Murray High.” Little did Alexis — or any of her teammates — know, but two more playoff victories would follow, each less nerve-racking than that first one. The Spartans breezed

past Roy High School in the quarterfinals 5-1, and held off the Timpview Thunderbirds 1-0 in a state semifinal win at Juan Diego High School. Those three straight victories, over eight days, propelled Murray into the Class 5A state championship game — against the only team that had beaten them all season. “Our only losses were bookends to our season,” Smith concluded. “We lost our first game of the year, 3-0, at Corner Canyon and then lost our final game — the state championship — to the same team, 2-1, at Rio Tinto. No one else beat us all year.” The Murray girls soccer team ended the season with a record of 16-2-1. Their lone goal in the championship was scored by junior Sydney Wilcken. “Of course, the loss is disappointing, but the season, and even the championship game, was so exciting,” Wilcken said. “Our drill team, cheerleaders, even the football

team gave us such a great sendoff (at Murray HS) before we left for the game. And then our crowd was so big, easily double what Corner Canyon had. It was the biggest crowd I have ever played in front of. We just came up a little bit short.” Sixth-year head coach Smith — who has now guided the Murray girls into the state soccer tournament, four straight years — faces a rebuild next season, with the loss of seven seniors, six of them starters. Top three Spartan goal scorer Abbi Graham is among those who will collect diplomas and move on. “Oh my gosh, I am so proud of our team and the way we came together this season,” Graham said, during their fourgame playoff run. “This was the best comradery I have ever had on a team. It feels so good to do this well and to make school history.” l

Circle A Stables to ride off into the sunset By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

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lmost hidden in plain sight, not many people would know that there is a horse venue, with outdoor and indoor arenas, tucked within a west Murray subdivision. Yet nearly 50 years ago, when it was surrounded by farmland, the Circle A Stables (787 W. Bullion St.) fit perfectly into its bucolic setting. Now, it too faces a fate similar to the farms it once neighbored and will be transformed into suburbia. When Circle A first opened, a young 14-year-old girl moved her horse “Golden Boy” into the stable. This move made a lot of horse sense, as the girl would become a lifetime boarder and marry into the Atkinson family many years later. Valery Atkinson, the owner, is now selling the stable that her father-in-law founded. “The barn is 46 years old. Sadly, it’s aging and in need of many expensive repairs. I have been operating it alone for the past 15 years. There is a lot of physical work and stress involved in running a fullcare, 52-stall stable, and I couldn’t have kept it going this long without the help of my family. But the time has come to say goodbye to my beloved stable,” said Valery. Oris (known to locals as O.V. or “Mr. A”) and Lucille Atkinson built the stables and opened it for business in January 1972. He offered full-care horse boarding—providing a stall for each horse and a place for the owners to ride. Full-care also meant each horse was fed twice a day, their stalls were kept clean, and fresh shavings put down for them as bedding. O.V. offered all this, and he helped shoe countless horses, all for reasonable prices. “Because he kept his prices so fair, many people over the years were able to enjoy horse ownership in the middle of

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the city who otherwise couldn’t. I was one of those individuals that benefited from his generosity,” noted Valery. The property originally consisted of a large cinderblock barn with room for 34 horses, a separate tack room, restrooms, and indoor round pen. It also has an indoor arena along with a large outdoor arena and hot walker. A few years after O.V. opened the barn, he expanded by adding 18 more stalls. O.V. rode with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Posse Riding Club and later was a founder of the Saddle Pals Riding Club, which practiced weekly during the summer in the arena for many years. There was also a 4-H Club named after the stables called Circle A Riders. They also met at the stables for their meetings and used the arena to practice for their shows for more than 15 years. O.V. operated the barn until the last few years of his life when his health didn’t allow him to any longer. At that point, his

son, David (Valery’s late husband), took over the day-to-day responsibilities of feeding, cleaning, and picking up shavings for bedding, and delivering shavings to other horse owners around the valley. He also broke and trained horses. Karen Edwards, who remembers the stables well, recalled, “The horses knew when he was coming and set up a whinny loud and clear. Mr. A was doing exactly what he had dreamed of. He was always whistling. He said he did so because then the horses knew where he was.” After the passing of O.V. and Lucille, and David’s untimely death, Valery took charge of operating the stables. “I have loved horses since I was a little girl and consider this stable one of my greatest blessings. It’s been such a privilege to keep O.V. Atkinson’s legacy alive for as long as I have,” explained Valery. The property is now in the process of being rezoned for homes that will be known as Circle A Estates. l

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KidsEat! founder Lynda Brown honored with Murray City Council Resident Service Award By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

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t might be easier to win a Nobel Peace Prize or Academy Award than it is to be honored with a Murray City Council Resident Service Award. When the Murray City Council announced that KidsEat! founder Lynda Brown was to join the small cadre of residents who’ve been given this award, nobody on the council could remember when it was last bestowed. “No one out there is more deserving, and we really appreciate that,” said City Council Chair Diane Turner. At the Sept. 18 city council meeting, Murray residents, KidsEat! volunteers, and state legislators Gene Davis, Carol Spackman Moss, and Bruce Cutler showed up to honor Brown. City Councilman Jim Brass presented Brown with a crystal award and announced that her name will be added to a plaque within city hall. KidsEat! was created by Brown, who, while volunteering at the Murray Boys & Girls Club, caught two children stealing food from the pantry. The children told Brown that they had no food to eat over the weekend, but they were able to receive breakfast and lunch through their school cafeteria during the weekdays. This set Brown’s mind in motion and she created KidsEat! to fulfill this need in the community. “Since I started filling backpacks in my basement three years ago, we have gone from five backpacks to approximately 350 per week,”

noted Brown. Typically, Brown devotes six to eight hours a day to her foundation. “I do a lot of thinking in the night, too, about where to go, what to do and whom to contact, as these kids are always on my mind.” “We have amazing citizens,” said Brass. “If you see how many people volunteer to help this city; we have wonderful people. And Lynda is a prime example of that.” Indeed, Brown has organized food drives and solicited donations from local companies. She has hosted fundraisers, from silent auctions to 5K races to celebrity golf tournaments. The retired nurse shows no signs of slowing down. “These kids keep eating and hopefully growing, so we need to keep feeding them. They are innocent in their situation and they should not be penalized for the place they are in right now. These kids are our future adults who will own businesses, be neighbors to our children and populate our neighborhoods. They deserve a hand up to become the best they can,” she said. As part of her acceptance speech, Brown announced a welcome partner to her organization: USANA. Some USANA employees who heard of KidsEat! brought it to the attention of USANA Foundation Program Manager Ayugi Ntambwe-Kalala. She met with Brown about combatting food insecurity.

Left to right: Representative Carol Spackman Moss, Senator Gene Davis, KidsEat! founder Lynda Brown, USANA Foundation Program Manager Ayugi Ntambwe-Kalala and USANA Foundation President Brian Paul came to support Brown, who was honored with the Murray City Council Resident Service Award. (Photo/KidsEat!)

“They were so generous and willing to help here at home with the needs our valley’s children have. This partnership will mean that all the children in the Murray School District that have weekend needs for food will have that need provided for starting in October,” remarked Brown. “Together, KidsEat! and USANA have even bigger long-term goals to feed many more children in need in the Salt Lake Valley.” While Brown has made strides in trying to combat food insecurity, she admits there are still frustrating moments. “Knowing that there are children that I am not reaching who are

going hungry—this weighs heavy on my heart and mind. And, the denial or lack of education about hunger by many people.” Brown is still an optimist at heart. “Who can say no to feeding children?” she said. “I have always considered five a magic number. If the first idea doesn’t seem to work, there are four more to choose from; even if we have not thought of them yet. I also have a great support network in my family and the KidsEat! volunteers who are so wise, and together we seem to get the job done.” More information can be found online at www.kidseatutah.org. l

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oung John Delliskave had not been on Iwo Jima for very long when he approached a mound near the Motoyama Air Field. The Marine stepped around the rise and faced his enemy; as each raised their weapons, a blast rang out. That day, John recalled, was part of an amazing, terrible string of memories that many veterans from World War II have about their service. Those WWII veterans’ memories, and lives, are fading fast. For John, the way he honors Veterans Day has changed over time. As a naïve farm boy from Murray, Veterans Day was a relatively new thing when he was born in the 1920s. Growing up the son of Italian immigrants, living next to Woodstock Elementary School, John was raised to be patriotic, despite ethnic slights he felt he received from some of his teachers. The last of five children, he lived with his wife and two children on his parents’ farm because they needed his help running it. When he was drafted in 1944, his wife was pregnant with his third child. John easily qualified for a deferment but refused to take it. “It was the right thing to do; there was no question about what needed to be done,” John explained. “I didn’t want to be in the Army because of the cold winters in Europe. I didn’t want to be in the Navy ‘cause I got seasick,” said John. So he got his wish and was inducted into the 3rd Marine Division. He joined in the liberation of Guam, but he called that a cakewalk compared

By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com to his next assignment: Iwo Jima. He had many close calls, even that of hearing a bullet whiz past his head. Out of his entire platoon, only eight survived. When the famous flag-raising took place on Mount Suribachi, John recalls the entire island erupting in cheers at the sight. As he prepared for the invasion of Japan, the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki propelled the Axis to surrender, and he was able to return home to Murray. Of the 16 million Americans in WWII, just over 400,000 are alive today, with an estimated 362 dying each day. Like many veterans, John refused to talk much about his experience for many years. It was not until 40 years had passed that John joined any veterans’ groups, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Marine Corp League. In 1985, he began participating in an honor guard for veterans’ funerals. John’s advice for recent veterans, especially those coming back from conflicts in the Middle East, is to embrace being a veteran. “At least wear a hat that shows where you served,” said John; he wears a Marine 3rd Division cap. “I wish the Korean and Vietnam vets would show more pride in letting people know who they are.” Now living with his daughter in South Jordan, he has a flagpole that daily flies the American and Marine Corps flags. He also visits classrooms to share his experiences and participates in the Veterans Day tradition of giving

John Delliskave reminisces about being a young marine. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

poppies away. He chuckles that so many young people want to take a picture with him. “Back at Olympus Junior High [in my day], I couldn’t get the girls to pay me any attention, and now this.” There are many service members and veterans among John’s posterity and extended family. Both of John’s sons served in the navy, and two of his daughters married veterans. Some of John’s grandchildren have also served in the armed forces. John shares words of wis-

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the General Plan would need to be changed from R-1-8 to residential medium density (RM-15). Of concern for residents residing in the Majestic Village Circle and Lucky Clover subdivisions, which border the west side of Applegate, is changing the zoning to a higher density. Those homes sit downhill of the condominium complex; with higher density zoning, many residents fear that their backyards would abut a multilevel apartment building that would look down into their properties. “What are we going to build there? Something that looks like an old Soviet project?” stressed Gerald Andersch, whose property is adjacent to Applegate. The vote to rezone did not actually approve any new construction within the complex. For that to happen, a separate application, which does not currently exist, would need to be brought before the city council. According to Administrative and Development Director Tim Tingey, the rezone would allow for buildings to only be five feet taller than what currently exists.

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According to James McNulty, Murray City’s development services manager, “If a building were to burn down, the city would be in a difficult position to allow for a rebuilding of the condos, because the land is zoned for single-family homes. The current R-1-8 zone does not allow for condo development.” Comments made to the City Planning Commission on Aug. 2 indicated that the impetus behind the rezone was related to the financial condition of Applegate. Kyle Lind, the HOA president, stated, “The HOA fees are very expensive, and it is difficult for them to take care of the land appropriately. This will be a way to raise approximately three million dollars to make necessary improvements.” Applegate’s western half has five acres that are the focus of redevelopment. Currently, the complex has green space, parking, and long-term storage in that area. Public comments from homeowners living within Applegate stated their opposition to development due to loss of green space and construction of additional units within the complex. George Cohen, who sits on the HOA board, stated, “The Applegate HOA took a vote and 85 percent of the people—out of the 85 percent that voted—15 percent of the people did not want to move forward with the zone change.” The council members reminded those in attendance that the council was only considering the zoning request and wasn’t involved with disputes within the complex. The council voted to approve the planning commission’s recommendation that the rezone should occur. Brett Hales, Dale Cox, and Jim Brass did emphasize before their votes that while they were comfortable with approving the zoning change, future development requests will be highly scrutinized. l

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Daytime watering banned in Murray By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

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fter years of drought and diminishing ground water levels, Murray City Council has approved an ordinance tightening water restrictions for all of Murray. At the Oct. 2 city council meeting, a unanimous council approved the restriction of pressurized landscape irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ordinance regulates pressurized irrigation, which includes most irrigation systems in the City and uses culinary water. Secondary irrigation users who pump ditch water would not be subject to this ordinance. Regardless of whether a user has Murray or Jordan Valley water, or water from another district, all will be subject to this law. “There are a few exceptions to this ordinance; for example, filling a pool and establishing new grass may require someone to use water multiple times during the day. Although we discourage the use of water and consider it to be wasteful when we use our water to wash down a driveway or sidewalk. All of the dirt, silt, oils, fertilizer, leaves, or organic matter is washed into a gutter, and it will eventually find its way into our streams and rivers, which we also need to protect,” said Murray City Public Works Director Danny Astill. The violation of the ordinance is an infraction, the lowest form of a criminal penalty, and a person could be cited and fined up to $750. The city has found that people need to be reminded about being careful water users; city employees have handed out water-waster notices and have

provided one-on-one consultation visits to help residents become more conservation-minded. “Our goal is to continue to do what we have always done: deliver a water-waster notice and offer education and conservation tips,” noted Astill. “What everyone should understand is that we draw all of our water from the ground and that these are not unlimited sources. Just because we cannot see them, the ground water levels fluctuate much like our above-ground reservoirs do,” said Astill. Murray City operates its own water system that includes over 197 miles of pipelines, ranging in size from 4 to 24 inches in diameter. The system includes 19 wells and eight springs that provide the water needed for residential and commercial culinary and fire flow requirements. The city currently needs to replace two old wells that are beyond rehabilitation. Because the city provides all of its own water (with the exception of Jordan Valley Water Conservancy users) it is the Public Works Department’s responsibility to provide redundancy in the system. Should there be mechanical or other problems with a particular source of water, another source can easily take its place. The cost of replacing two wells simultaneously was going to be too much for the city’s financial reserves to cover, so the Public Works Department decided to request a low interest loan from the Utah State Board of Water Re-

Murray landscapes can no longer be watered between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

sources. According to Astill, “The terms of the loan are very favorable, but there are some requirements that we need to meet, which include this wording (about daytime watering restrictions) in an ordinance.” 2018 marks Utah’s driest year on record. The National Weather Service reports that every month in Utah since 2012 has been dry, except for December 2016 and January 2017 when it snowed and rained three to four times

the normal amounts. Astill stated, “Murray City citizens are the best and have responded to our educational information. Because of that, we have come very close to meeting the conservation goals required by the State of Utah, yet we still have a way to go. Our water division’s main focus is, and will continue to be, providing high quality drinking water to our citizens.” l

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Behind school walls: Schools, districts address students’ concerns, needs and safety Schools and school districts provide more services than buses, textbooks By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Students at Silver Mesa Elementary participate in anti-bullying classes in 2016. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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ast year, a female student in a Granite School District secondary school broke up with her boyfriend. However, before the breakup, she sent inappropriate photos of herself to him, which he then threatened to send to others. District officials were able to seize the devices, collect images and put a stop to the potential spread of child pornography, and at the same time provide comfort to the female student that those photos weren’t spread. “It was brought to our attention, so we were able to act quickly,” Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said. “We need our students to be able to feel safe to be able to learn, and once someone violates that, such as with internet safety, it impacts our school environment.” Internet safety is just one of many concerns school administrators and school district officials are managing these days, which include not having enough school bus drivers; increasing enrollment, resulting in not having enough lockers, textbooks or seats for students in class; and being concerned about going over the student limit assigned to teachers. School districts need to be concerned with medical and food issues, content material, sexual harassment and safety matters that aren’t seen by the general public.

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“We’re dealing with issues that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago,” Horsley said. “But we’re wanting to create an environment and a community that is safe and all-encompassing and provides resources, skills and knowledge.” Internet safety Horsley said about 80 to 85 percent of Granite schoolchildren carry a cellphone — even many low socio-economic families. “It’s considered a must-have item, but with parents working, there are many students using it without supervision and that’s when cyberbullying, sexting, viewing pornography on school property comes about,” he said, adding that the district does provide a parents’ guide for smartphones. While Horsley said the district works with administrators and, when needed, law enforcement on a case-by-case basis, a positive with cellphones has come about with the use of the SafeUT app, which allows anyone to anonymously report tips of harassment, suicide, threats, family crisis, bullying and other issues. “Granite has a 24/7 police department that can follow up on tips that are threatening, drug abuse, cutting, suicide and welfare checks,” he said, adding that the district is receiving more tips — about 1,000 last year — than their anonymous text line that has been in place for years.

“We’ve had three instances where classmates have tipped us off and saved lives.” At nearby Murray School District, spokeswoman D Wright said social media is a concern. “Messaging incorrectly is something everybody is concerned about,” she said. “Our principals have jurisdiction first, then if needed, the school district and others are brought in. We look at the individual and what the best outcome is for our student.” Elk Meadows Elementary’s Aaron Ichimura, who has been a principal for six years in Jordan School District, said he has occasionally had to deal with postings on social media. “Usually, it’s rude comments like so-andso should have something bad happen because the student may be unhappy with something that happened at recess, but they could be back to being best friends the next day,” he said. “When it disrupts what’s going on at school, we bring in the students and parents and discuss respect, responsibility and safety. We’ve had a couple times where we can delete a post, but they also learn that once something is online, it can be there forever.” Alta High Principal Brian McGill, in Canyons District, said each grade level has a digital citizenship plan and policies are reviewed annually. The school hosts, as many do through-

out the Salt Lake Valley, a Netsmartz assembly where students learn about their responsibilities on social media. While McGill said that sometimes the line is carefully walked with students’ First Amendment rights, there will be questions asked if there is a statement, for example to a teacher, that is defamatory or threatening. “We will ask questions on the intent and perception and note if this is a kind of message that people will take offense,” he said. Mental health Murray School District Prevention Specialist Deb Ashton said mental health is becoming a big concern for their students. The district has instituted a national program to help with the social and emotional well-being of students. “A lot of decisions go into which evidence-based programs we use, and we research the issues being addressed and the need for bully and cyberbully prevention,” she said. Suicide prevention also has been part of Murray District’s push, as suicide is the leading cause of death for secondary school students, Ashton said. “We work with students and parents getting referrals and the tools they need to get help,” she said. “This is our first year with schoolbased mental health clinicians in our schools.

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With the high rate of suicide, we see mental health issues intertwined with depression and our students are struggling with the issues, so we’re making it easier for them to get help. “The more we can help the students, the more they will succeed academically. We’re looking into helping the child in all areas. I don’t think everyone is aware of the goal to provide a safe education, in all aspects of the word, that prepares students for career, college and post high school training,” Ashton said. In Jordan School District, spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf said there is a health and wellness task force looking at ways to improve the social, physical and mental well-being of schoolchildren. “If kids aren’t taken care of, they can’t learn,” she said. Jordan District added 36 psychologists this year so every elementary has a full-time health and mental professional to match those already in place at the secondary schools. “We’re learning that students may be feeling down, but they don’t know why, or they feel they can’t live up to an image, or deal with peer pressure. We want them to talk about it, work it out, so they feel safe and secure,” Riesgraf said. Teachers also are trained to be aware of mental health and suicide as well as emergency safety, she said. School safety Riesgraf said a $1 million training was approved by the Jordan Board of Education in an effort to best provide students a safe environment. “We work intensely with local law enforcement, meeting weekly with police and finding ways to enhance students’ safety and how best to respond to an emergency,” she said. “We also want our students to know if they ‘see something, say something.’ We don’t want them to be afraid, but to come forward for everyone’s safety.” Ichimura said the training was beneficial. “We know what steps to take and we conduct regular drills from fire to intruder to earthquake so we’re all more familiar with what we should be doing,” he said. Canyons School District sends postcards home, explaining drills so parents are aware of what is being done. And while a number of schools have increased safety in their schools, from using more surveillance cameras and installing security vestibules, Corner Canyon High in Draper invited police to help prepare teachers for an intruder drill. “We had police-fire simulated rounds in different parts of the school, so they would know what it sounded like and practice how they should respond,” Corner Canyon High Principal Darrell Jensen said. “We also had all our faculty become first aid trained, so if there is an emergency, they can respond.” Responsiveness Besides cyberbullying, in-person bullying still occurs in most schools. Last year, teenagers drove by a Viewmont Elementary boy walking

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to his Murray home, calling him names with racial slurs and hateful remarks. Led by his mother and coach, a large outpouring of support from the community came to his aid with dozens walking him home days later. Former Viewmont Principal Matt Nelson responded, planning to make tolerance part of the school curriculum. “Together, we can stand up and rally together to show our acceptance and support for our students,” Nelson said. “We talk about intolerance and racism and the need for inclusion. It’s our differences that make us stronger. We need to embrace them.” While that occurred outside of the school, Wright said each incident is a concern that they review. Similarly, McGill addressed alleged racial slurs yelled earlier this year from fans at the Sky View girls soccer team during a game against Alta. After identifying fans who were at the game from photographs, he launched a 40hour to 50-hour inquiry. “We fully investigated the situation,” he said. “I interviewed 25 individuals, 12 parents, both teams and coaches, the referee, and although not one person sustained the comments, we didn’t stop there. McGill issued an apology to the other team, their coaches and their families. He also had the two teams meet to have lunch together and he has worked with his entire school to focus on sportsmanship. “Many of the girls play club soccer together, so they know one another,” he said. “We’ve watched a USHAA video of what competition should look like at schools and our class officers and SBOs are having open, candid discussions.” Granite’s Cottonwood High School, which has a high population of diversity including refugees, said that if a student says something derogatory, it is addressed immediately. “We have a conversation right on the spot,” said Principal Terri Roylance, who has been an administrator for 10 years. “If the kids don’t understand their remarks, we call the parents in, but 98 percent of them understand after we talk with them.” Although teachers are required to have many trainings and attend professional development workshops, occasionally something slips through the cracks. As was the case with Indian Hills Middle School in Sandy earlier this year when a teacher gave students a survey to get to know them better. Although students’ answers were anonymous, Principal Doug Graham said it made students and parents uncomfortable, and several questions — such as religious beliefs, mental health concerns and sexual preferences — shouldn’t have been asked. “We were honest and open,” Graham said about his handling the situation. “Things happen, but we also need to look at how we handle them. The teacher was trying to get to know her students, but in the process, mistakes were made.” The mistakes — from asking the inappro-

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priate questions to Graham telling her to delete all parts of the survey and its responses — were made public. “I was thinking about shredding the survey and answers when I learned it was all online. Then, I told her to delete it and all the data as well. So, when parents wanted to see the survey, I didn’t have it,” Graham said. “When put in context, it explains why we did what we did, but it doesn’t excuse it.” Graham said last year, when students were helping with a food drive, “students didn’t understand how these realities could affect classmates in their community.” Although the teacher was trying to make a connection with the survey and her heart was in the right place to help the students, Graham said better communication and training will be put in place. “We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “It’s best for our community, to admit to making a mistake, apologize, ask for their understanding and for them to have confidence in us.” Jordan’s Riesgraf said the first step for parents who may have a concern about their student is to contact the school. “Our parents and students are our customers and we want to address their questions and answer their concerns,” she said. “If parents don’t like a particular book in class and don’t want their children reading it, the Book Review Committee has an approved list and they can work with teachers to find an alternative book. If there’s a fight, schools are best to handle it and if need be, the school resource officer, and can help provide intervention and counseling.” Assistance Roylance said that with the diverse Cottonwood High student body, there is a need to provide students with other assistance — food, personal hygiene, clothing and school supplies. “Two years ago, our student body president, Katie Metcalf, saw the need for our students,” she said. “Two parents, Robyn Ivins and Jane Metcalf, now oversee the pantry and if they put out the word that we need tuna, then an ocean of tuna floods our room in two days. Our community is responding to the need of our students.” Roylance said the pantry, fondly called

the “cement room,” is open two days per week and an “army of students” get the supplies they need. “We welcome anyone. I’ve had teachers bring their whole class down. I’ve opened up the door to a family on a special circumstance during spring break to load up with what they need. If someone forgets their lunch or they’re staying for a volleyball game, they can come in and grab food or if they need a notebook for class, it’s here for them,” she said. At Jordan District, distribution of pantry needs may be subtler, especially when the student is concerned about being identified. “We may take and fill a backpack full of food, personal hygiene, bus passes, clothing, whatever we can provide, and others are unaware of that student’s need,” Riesgraf said. “We want to provide the supplies they need. When students are hungry or worried about their next meal, it weighs heavily on them and it’s hard to study.” Pantries are becoming commonplace in many schools, mostly stocked with food or clothing — even at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, what is seen as a more affluent community than at Cottonwood. “We deal with the homeless every year,” Ridgecrest Principal Julie Winfree said. “When I first came here, I didn’t realize it would be part of my job at Ridgecrest, but we work with other schools’ supplies to provide our students in need with food and clothing. There are no boundaries for those in need. Everyone works together to make sure our students get what they need and share with our families in need.” Horsley said in Granite District, the need is present as is the need to provide workshops for students and families on several issues — mental health and suicide, substance abuse, bullying, internet safety, child abuse and college and career ready awareness. “Our goal is to help provide resources and information to our community,” Horsley said. “The world has changed. We have 62 percent of our students in free or reduced lunch and in reality, we have kids go hungry, and oftentimes that translates into behavioral issues. If we can provide the resources, skills and knowledge, we can create a better environment for our students to learn and succeed.” l

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New Murray fire station costs more due to tariffs, labor shortages By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

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ational politics and labor woes are responsible for an additional $1.25 million in costs for construction of a new firehouse. Bids came in higher than the expected budgeted amount due to tariffs that increased the cost of construction materials, especially steel, and a tight labor market. The approval for a new firehouse to replace existing fire station #81 on 4800 South was made last year before steel tariffs were in place. The city bonded for this project earlier this year, but once bids were received, it was apparent that building costs are higher than original estimates. During the Aug. 21 city council meeting, the council unanimously approved amending the city’s fiscal year budget to appropriate $1.25 million from the capital projects fund. This came on top of cost-cutting measures on the design of the firehouse that the council approved in a meeting of the Committee of the Whole on Aug. 4. President Donald Trump announced steel tariffs in April, after the bond was approved. Steel prices jumped as high as 30 percent, impacting manufacturing and construction projects. Bids were received after engineers estimated the construction of the firehouse at around $5.5 million. The lowest bid on the project was $6.6 million—approximately $833,000 over the budgeted amount—just for construction. Also driving the cost of construction higher is a tight labor market. The construction industry’s acute labor shortage is putting the squeeze on the industry, delaying project schedules and increasing costs. The national labor shortage affecting construction has been attributed to young adults avoiding skilled professions, such as carpentry and masonry, as well as a decline in skilled immigrant labor. Other additional anticipated costs not included in the bid are: LEED certification, $100,000; Environmental cleanup, $237,000;

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Emergency alert system, $60,000; Furnishings and equipment, $100,000. Administrative and Development Director Tim Tingey recommended $200,000 in cuts, including deleting carpet contracts, eliminating 10 Kilowatts of the solar panels, adjusting lighting fixtures, replacing metal panels, changing copper feeders, and changing cabinetry elements and ceramic tiles. “Environmental remediation costs could exceed the $237,000 estimated. A budget amendment is needed to remain at $1.25 million so that we do not come up short,” Tingey said. The site is a previous smelter and railroad location and may need extensive clean up. Tingey’s department goal was to continue working towards cost reductions with the possibility of reducing another $119,000. A 62-item list of cost cuts was presented to the council and mayor for consideration. Mayor Blair Camp noted Fire Chief Jon Harris was “… willing to accept all cost reductions and even the possibility of eliminating the training tower by constructing it later.” The mayor discouraged that option. Camp said the process to provide a new fire station and practical training space for Murray firefighters had been delayed many years. Firefighting training facilities are available in Sandy, Salt Lake City, and West Valley City. City Councilman Jim Brass thought firefighters traveling to and from other training centers would increase the use of vehicles. He thought some recommended changes might increase the cost of ownership because lower-quality items would need to be replaced more often. “If less expensive light fixtures are used, the cost of electricity increases. If certain metals are used, rust occurs sooner. If the concrete block was changed to steel, more maintenance would be required, and, overtime, steel would need replacing. It was more

Architect’s rendering of the new Murray Fire station #81. (Photo courtesy: Murray City)

important to construct something that would last up to 50 years rather than stay within certain numbers to save a dollar here and there,” Brass recommended. City Finance Director Danyce Steck reported sales tax revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, had come in higher than anticipated. As a result, the transfer to the Capital Project Fund (CIP) would see an increase of $1.2 million, which could cover the fire station cost overage. Based on these figures, the council approved the budget request of $1.2 million, reducing the CIP ending balance to $4.2 million for the 2019–2020 fiscal year. l

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Utah mayors sign agreement to work on idle free initiatives By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

Eight cities were recognized Sept. 18 for the idle free efforts. L to R, back row: Mayor Mike Peterson of Cottonwood Heights; Vicki Bennett, Director of Sustainability, Salt Lake City Mayor’s office; Zach Robinson of Sandy City Council; Mayor Rob Dahle of Holladay; Luke Carlton, City Manager for Park City. Front row: Mayor D. Blair Camp of Murray; Dr. Laura Nelson, Energy Adviser, Governor’s Office of Energy Development. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

“It’s so very important for our citizens to understand the impact of idling on their children,” said Diane Turner, Council Chair of Murray. Murray and other cities were recognized Sept. 18 for idle free initiatives at the 11th annual Idle Free Governor’s Declaration event. Also showcased was the winner from this year’s student poster contest. Eight Utah cities were recognized by the governor’s office at an event held at the City and County Building in Salt Lake City. Seventy-one Utah cities have committed to put idle free practices into effect. The eight cities recognized for their clean air efforts were Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Logan, Murray, Park City, Salt Lake City and Sandy. The event also highlighted a poster contest for students in the Cache Valley area. The contest, sponsored by Professors Roslynn Brain McCann and Ed Stafford of Utah State University, who encouraged students to make posters with idle free and clean air themes. This year’s poster contest garnered 550 entries. “The contest engages students who are just learning to drive, so it’s a great opportunity for education. We gave those who participated a post evaluation, and all of them reported improved understanding of idle free practices,” said Roslynn McCann. The contest also gave them an outlet to practice marketing skills. Entries came from art, business and environmental science classes. Brain McCann hopes the contest will be available to more school districts in the future and urges schools to reach out to her at roslynn.mccann@usu.edu if they want

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more information. Other speakers at the event included Salt Lake Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Dr. Laura Nelson of the Governor’s Energy Office, Thom Carter of UCAIR, Representative Patrice Arent of the Bi-Partisan Utah Clean Air Caucus, Steve Bergstrom of Intermountain Healthcare and Brain McCann. Intermountain Healthcare’s representative said that they have 750 fleet vehicles which do 12 million miles annually. “Idling is costly because idling equals zero miles per gallon,” Bergstrom said. With improved monitoring and education, some numbers have improved. “Where home care was idling their vehicles a total of 120 hours per month, now they are down to 45 hours per month. We see the effects of poor air quality every day in the patients we treat, and would rather not have to be treating the results of bad air,” said Bergstrom. Mayors who were recognized were quick to give their constituents the credit for clean air efforts. “I think the idle free ordinance sends a message that every individual has a part to play and it can’t just be someone else’s problem. You can be a part of the solution. For example, we have a mom here in the Holladay area, Crystal Bruner Harris, who has started idle free events at schools,” said Mayor Rob Dahle. (See Holladay Journal’s article on Crystal Bruner Harris titled, “Clean Air Crusader.”) Murray Mayor D. Blair Camp agreed. “We have a very tenacious council member Diane Turner who made a promise when she was running

for council that she would push through an ordinance on idle free. She has really raised the awareness of other council members and the community. That’s what it’s really all about — awareness,” said Camp. The mayors also put emphasis on children as the leaders for this issue. “The real impetus for us came from our residents. They approached us. We had several groups of young students come to city council meetings and say to us, ‘Hey, this is what we want to see happen.’ That’s why we jumped on board,” said Mayor Mike Peterson of Cottonwood Heights. The mayors agreed that when you educate kids they will enforce it with their parents. This concept was demonstrated in a winning poster from 2015 by then Logan High student Hailey Dennis. On a blue background, there is a single image of a child in a bold pose. The caption reads, “My mom idles less than your mom!” Representative Arent’s comments echoed this idea. “We want to make idling as socially unacceptable as throwing litter out the car window. Education has always been a big part of what we are working on. This whole effort is about education and teaching the public about idling: why it’s not good for their health, their pocketbook, or their car,” Arent said. “The air we breathe is not Republican air, it’s not Democratic air. It’s everyone’s air.” The past winners of the contest can be seen online at cleanaircontest.usu. edu/past-winners/. l

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Cottonwood Heights steals Murray’s Tingey By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com It’s never a good thing when you’re missing a Tingey. In Murray City’s case, Cottonwood Heights has lured Tim Tingey, the director of Administrative and Development Services, away to become its new city manager. “I am sad to leave Murray but feel this will be a great opportunity for personal growth,” Tingey said of his departure. While Tingey will no longer be present at Murray City Hall, his impact on the city will be seen for many years to come. The redevelopment of the Murray City Center District (MCCD) will redefine downtown Murray, which, until recently, has seen little in terms of revitalization. In addition to the MCCD, Murray saw the creation of a Business Park Zone and Professional Office Zone, as well as the redevelopment of the Utah Ore Sampling Mill during Tingey’s watch. Tingey feels that among his most important accomplishments was the creation of a partnership with NeighborWorks Salt Lake to enhance housing rehabilitation and infill single-family housing in our community. NeighborWorks Salt Lake is a nonprofit organization with the mission of revitalizing neighborhoods and creating affordable housing by providing dynamic and creative leadership through partnerships with residents, youth, businesses, and government entities. Tingey has sat on its board, and the organization has revitalized homes throughout Murray.

In addition to the two expansions of the Central Business District Urban Renewal Area and creation of a new Community Reinvestment Area around the Ore Sampling Mill, the City has invested with an eye to the future. “We have also acquired multiple properties in our downtown area to facilitate important projects for our community,” Tingey noted. “Any accomplishment I have had has been because of the great staff I work with along with exceptional leadership from three mayors and the city council in Murray.” Tingey began working in Murray in May 2008 as the director of Community and Economic Development. In 2011, a departmental reorganization combined four departments into one, creating the Administrative and Development Services (ADS) Department under Tingey. The ADS department now includes seven divisions within the city. “Right now we are considering all things, but nothing is decided,” Mayor Blair Camp said. “This is the right opportunity to decide if any changes are necessary, but for now we are just evaluating the needs of the department.” Camp will have quite a challenge in finding someone to fill Tingey’s big shoes. Tingey came to Murray with experience working in local government in Pocatello, Idaho. In addition to his wealth of experience, Tingey has a doctorate in political science from Idaho State University and was an adjunct professor at the

Tim Tingey has led the Murray Department of Administrative and Development Services for 10 years. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

University of Utah in the Masters of Public Administration program. Murray’s new development director will face evolving challenges that Tingey was beginning to deal with. These challenges include making sure there is the right mix of commercial and residential projects in our community. Also challenging will be adhering to state mandates regarding the creation of affordable housing, an issue that is critical for all communities throughout the Wasatch Front to address.

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Mayor’s Message What Are You Doing About The Homeless Problem? Having survived another Halloween season with its combination of stunning fall colors and scary ghosts and goblins, we now move into the time of year commonly referred to as “the holidays.” Regardless of your personal beliefs as to which holidays you choose to celebrate, one thing is common to all of us, fall will change to winter, and temperatures will drop! In the City, we have put away our mowing equipment and are preparing the snowplows for the storms that we hope will come to replenish our water supplies. This season is a time that many of us will be pausing and reflecting on the things in our lives that we are thankful for. It is also a time of the year that provides a great opportunity to reach out to friends and neighbors, especially those who may have particular needs. Helping to clean up leaves and other yard waste, winterizing sprinkler systems and coolers, and clearing sidewalks and driveways of snow are all good ways to network with your neighbors. We occasionally receive complaints from individuals about their neighbors who haven’t maintained their yards very well or shoveled their walks, but in most cases, a helping hand from a neighbor will go much farther than a visit from a zoning enforcement officer. I encourage you to get out and help where you can.

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Riverview Jr. High . . . . . . 801-264-7446

Friday, Nov 23 •Black Friday • Hours 8am-10pm. No kidzone or classes

Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation . . . . . . . . 801-468-2560

Monday, Dec 24 • Christmas Eve • Hours 7am-1pm. No kidzone or classes

Salt Lake County Ice Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 801-270-7280

Wednesday, Dec 26 • Day after Christmas • Hours 9am-10pm. No kidzone or classes

Thursday, Nov 22 • Thanksgiving Day • Hours 8-12 Special Classes. No kidzone

Tuesday, Dec 25 • Christmas • The Park Center is CLOSED

The Park Center . . . . . . . . 801-284-4200

Monday Dec 31 • New Year’s Eve day • Hours 7am-1pm. No kidzone or classes

Viewmont Elementary . . 801-264-7438

Tuesday Jan 1 • New Year’s Day • Hours 8am-4pm. Special Classes. No kidzone

Christmas tree lighting Ceremony Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 6:00 p.m. Murray City Hall - 5025 So. State Street “Fire Engine Express” will bring Santa and Miss Murray to City Hall. Visit Santa inside after the tree lighting and receive a treat. Sponsored by Murray City Power and the Murray City Shade Tree Commission

matt Harpring Holiday Camp 2018 - Skills & Drills Dates: Thursday, Dec. 27 (9am-12pm) Friday, Dec. 28 (9am-12pm) Ages: 7-14 years old Cost: $50 for one day $85 for both days


R ECREATION Top Flite Basketball

These basketball leagues are designed for serious and competitive players who want to test their basketball skills in a competitive environment. Teams must be preformed. 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! Play days may change based on gymnasium availability and team signups. Nights Grade Place Starts Teams Mondays 7th Grade Riverview Jr. High Jan. 7 10 Tuesdays 6th Grade Riverview Jr. High Jan. 8 10 Tuesdays Girls 7-8 Grade Park Center Jan. 8 10 Tuesdays 4th Grade Boys Club Jan. 8 6 Wed. 5th Grade Riverview Jr. High Jan. 9 10 Thursdays 8th Grade Riverview Jr. High Jan.10 10 Cost: $475 Deadline: December 12, 2018 Register: Online at www.mcreg.com or at 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.

Jr. Jazz Basketball

Murray Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for the Jr. Jazz program, grades 1-6. Play 8 games, weekly practices and attend a Utah Jazz Game. Participate in this fun league. Dates: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 Cost: $55 Resident, $65 Non Resident Place: Murray High School, The Park Center, and Hillcrest Jr. High Divisions: Coed 1-2 Grade (G), Boys 3 G, Boys 4 G, Boys 5 G, Boys 6 G, Girls 3-4 G, Girls 5-6 G Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office, The Park Center, or online at www.mcreg.com

Jr. Jazz Basketball Grades 7-12

Murray Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for the Jr. Jazz program, grades 7-12. Play 8 games with a single elimination tournament at end of season, and weekly practices. Participate in this fun league. Dates: Dec. 1, 8, 15, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, Cost: $55 Resident, $65 Non Resident Place: Murray High School, The Park Center, and Hillcrest Jr. High Divisions: Boys 7 Grade (G), Boys 8-9 G, Boys 10-12 G, Girls 7-9 Grade Deadline: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office, The Park Center, or online at www.mcreg.com

Fall Session II - Thursday Coed B/BB 6’s Volleyball League Jr. Jazz Basketball 101

Murray parks & recreation is taking registrations for jr. Jazz 101. This is an introductory class to basketball as part of the learn to play sports program. Instruction will emphasize skill development specific to basketball. 35 minutes of instruction will be set to drills using fun games & 20 minutes of actual game time. Play on 8ft. Baskets. Dates: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, Cost: $35 Resident, $45 Non Resident Place: Hillcrest Jr. High Aux. Gym Times: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm Ages: Boys and Girls 4 & 5 years old Deadline: Friday, December 28, 2018 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office, The Park Center, or online at www.mcreg.com

2019 Winter Pickle Ball League

This 8 week league will consist of seven weeks play followed by a double elimination tournament. Teams consist of 2 adult players per team. Please visit our website www.murray.utah.gov for more information about the league format, rules, subbing, etc. When: Friday nights Dates: Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22. Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm League: Division 1: 3.5 - 5.0-Division 2: 2.0 – 3.0 Place: The Park Center (202 e. Murray park ave.) Cost: $70 per team Register: Online at www.mcreg.com or murray parks & recreation office (296 E. Murray park ave) and/or the park center (202 e. Murray park ave). Deadline: December 21, 2018

Fall Session II – Monday Women’s A 6’s Volleyball League Dates: November 5 – December 17 Cost: $270 per team Location: The Park Center Deadline: Monday, Oct. 29

Fall Session II – Wednesday Reverse 2s to 4s Volleyball League Dates: November 7 – December 19 Cost: $90 per team Location: Hillcrest Jr. High Aux Deadline: Monday, Oct. 29

Dates: November 1 – December 20 Cost: $270 per team Location: The Park Center Deadline: Sunday, Oct. 21

Women’s Triples Fall Volleyball Tournament Date: Saturday, November 10 Time: 6:30am Captain’s meeting Cost: $120 per team Location: The Park Center Deadline: Monday, Nov. 5

Winter Coed 6’s Volleyball Tournament Date: Saturday, December 15 Time: 6:30am Captain’s meeting Cost: $240 per team Location: The Park Center Deadline: Monday, December 10

Winter Youth Volleyball Academy SESSION 1 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 Time: 5pm-6pm Beginners 6pm-8pm Intermediate/Advanced SESSION 2 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 Time: 9am-10am Beginners 10am-12pm Intermediate/Advanced SESSION 3 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 Time: 9am-10am Beginners 10am-12pm Intermediate/Advanced Ages: Beginners 8 years and up Intermediate/Advanced 11-18 (with at least 1 of club volleyball experience) Cost: Beginners - $15 per person, per session or $35 (3 sessions) Intermediate/Advanced - $25 per person, per session or $60 (3 sessions) Location: The Park Center

Murray Recreation Track & Field Murray Recreation Track & Field completed their season with numerous PR’s, overallcounty age division winners, and several top six performances! Head Coach Savanna (SJ) Gregory had a phenomenal staff this year. The season ended with a fun swim party at the Murray Outdoor Swimming Pool. Registration for the 2019 season will begin in April. www.murray.utah. gov/812/Spartan-Youth-Track-Club.com


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Resident on Display Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall. Our featured artists will be Janice Blanchard (pictured) in November and Lauren Gibbs in December.


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+.

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 Winter Walking Club: Starts November 1 – Walking to Aspen - $5 Westminster Nursing Students Health Screening Clinic: Thursday, Nov. 8 – 9:30-12 Climbing the Peaks: Tuesday, November 13 - 10:30 – Carol Masheter presenting her trip to Mongolia eBook & eAudiobook Class: Friday, November 16-10:30 – A representative from Murray Library will teach you how to use eBooks and eAudiobooks. Bring your devices. Hearing Testing & Earwax Removal: Monday, Nov. 19- 9:30-11:30 Safely Aging In Place: A Collaborative approach to reducing falls and increasing function. Presentation will identify home hazards that may contribute to falls and taking measures to prevent potential problems – Monday, November 19 - 10:30 History Class - Race to the South Pole: Tuesday, November 20 - 10:30 AARP Smart Driving Class: Tuesday, November 27 Harmon’s Dietitian Presentation: Friday, November 30 -10:30; Learn how to take steps to a healthier lifestyle to reduce your risk of heart disease. Massage every Thursday: 12:00-4:00- $36 Registration required Toenails: Thursday, December 6 – 9:30-12:00 $11- Register beginning November 15

SPECIAL EVENTS Veterans Day Celebration We will feature a buffet-style brunch honoring VETERANS on Monday, November 5 at 11:15. Advance payment and registration are needed; however, seating is open. The cost is $1 for Veterans and $6 for everyone else. Register now. The event will begin at 11:15 with a flag ceremony and Marlene Tillman will then sing the National Anthem. John Green will play background music during the buffet style meal that will be available at 11:30. The planned menu should include scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, fruit, yogurt parfait, and your choice of coffee, milk, or orange juice. A special thank you to Serenity Funeral Home for sponsoring the Veterans’ meals. For this event, Veterans are identified as men and women who have served, are currently serving, or are retired from the U.S. Military, National Guard, or Reserve.

Thanksgiving Meal Join us for our THANKSGIVING MEAL which will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at 11:00 to give thanks for all the good things in life. Registration will begin Monday, October 15. Entertainment begins at 11:00 with Mixed Nuts—a five-piece combo specializing in Big Band era music. The meal of turkey with all the trimmings will follow at 12:00. Cost is $8 per person or $56 for a table of SEVEN. You may choose your table when you make the reservation and you must provide us with all the names of those sitting at your table. Cancellation deadline is Friday, November 2.

Holiday Boutique and Buffet Please invite family and friends to visit and shop at our annual HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE on Friday, December 7 from 10:00-3:00. This year we have 13 artists selling handmade crafts in addition to our craft table. Come purchase a unique holiday or birthday gift from one of our vendors. This boutique is only held once a year and is open to the public. If you are interested in hosting a table at the Boutique, contact Maureen for availability. The HOLIDAY BUFFET is at 11:00-1:00 on Friday, December 7. The buffet is for individuals 55+. Registration for this event begins on Wednesday, November 7. The cost is $8 and includes lunch and

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entertainment by the Murray High School Madrigal Choir. Up to 7 tickets (a table) may be purchased by an individual. Cancellation deadline is Wednesday, November 21. Handmade items are currently being requested for the Center’s boutique table (new items only, please donate anytime). All proceeds from this table will benefit the Center’s fundraising efforts.

Gingerbread House Contest The 4th Annual Memorial GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST theme is “O Christmas Tree.” You will be judged on the creativity of the house and yard, so start the snowflakes swirling in your imagination to bring to life your design. Register now if you would like to receive a Gingerbread House Kit. Kits will be available Friday, November 2 and return your decorated Gingerbread House to the Center by Friday, November 30. The Gingerbread Houses will be judged by popular vote at Murray Memorial Mortuary’s Annual Remembrance event on Monday, December 3. The awards and houses will be returned to the Center on Wednesday, December 5. Winners will receive: $50 cash card for first place, $25 cash card for second place, and $10 cash card for third place.

TRIPS – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER Kingsbury Hall – Kealoha, The Story of Everything – Friday, November 16 – 9:00 - $6 Clark Planetarium; Incoming! – Tuesday, November 20 – 1:30 - $12 Tooele Breakfast – Wednesday, November 28 – 9:00 - $8 Spanish Fork Festival of Lights – Thursday, December 6 & Tuesday, December 11 – 4:00 - $20

Utah Shakespeare Festival

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

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ver the summer, the Longhursts received their school registration information, as usual, but they also learned that Murray High School was offering students checkout and use of Chromebooks for their schoolwork during the school year. After purchasing the school’s insurance on laptops if they are damaged, lost or stolen, the Longhurst brothers, Joseph and James, are using the devices in school as well as at home. “The Chromebook has helped with homework a ton,” Joseph said, adding that it also has saved multiple people needing to use the family computer at the same time. “It’s super nice to be able to work on an essay or online homework pretty much wherever I am.” On the Chromebook, in addition to homework assignments, he is able to use Canvas, Aspire, Gmail and other programs. Joseph said that while computers are available in the library and in computer labs, students are expected to bring their Chromebooks to class. “It is really helpful in class seeing as most of the teachers use sites such as Canvas and Google docs. Unfortunately, if a student forgets his or her Chromebook, they are kind of screwed. There are no extras since they used the school’s entire supply of classroom sets to get everyone their own,” he said. Murray High Principal Scott Wihongi said that the idea to pilot the 1:1 initiative at the high school came from Murray School District Technology Director Jason Eyre, who contributed additional funding to supplement those that the school already had purchased through the School Community Council Land Trust budget. Wihongi said there are multiple reasons for having 1:1 devices. “(It) creates more equitable access to technology outside of school for all students,” he said. “All students now have the opportunity to work at school and at home with a computer. With this 1:1 approach, we can also start offering online curriculum to some students as an alternative to traditional, brick-and-mortar classrooms, which sometimes don’t fit everyone’s learning styles.” He also has seen students more involved and collaborating while learning. “Teachers can move more toward a blended-learning environment, combining technology learning platforms like Canvas and Google Class for students to utilize at school and at home. It also allows teacher to create a more interactive and engaging curriculum with the use of learning apps, online work spaces, and the potential for much more immediate feedback using assessment platforms found on Canvas, Google Class and other software the district has invested in,” Wihongi said. The blended learning environment and 1:1

Murray High students Joseph Longhurst and his brother, James, use their laptops checked out from the high school for studying at their home. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Longhurst)

devices aren’t just limited to the high school. While the other district schools don’t have a Chromebook checked out to each student individually, there is a 1:1 ratio at their school for third-graders and older, said Missy Hamilton, district director of elementary teaching and learning. Additional devices are planned to be purchased for the lower grades next year, she added. “We’re allowing each building to decide how best to use the technology and what works with their software licenses,” Hamilton said. “Each student will have access to technology regularly as more of our world goes digital.” She said that with digital learning, many students, like the Longhursts, are able to complete their homework online using Google Classrooms and Canvas. Textbooks are checked out digitally, so it reduces costs to the District or student, and updates are available in real time. “Schools are watching to see how well the pilot at Murray High is going before they may opt to check out Chromebooks to students,” Hamilton said. Teachers, who received training on how to incorporate Chromebooks in the classroom this summer, are using the technology as they teach. A Horizon sixth-grade class has used the technology with their science core, she said. They used their devices to monitor and predict different weather patterns and phenomena and created graphs to show the climate and weather data on Google Docs. They also use the video program, Flip Grid, as an assessment for using data in predicting the weather. “There are amazing applications to where blended learning is going and the possibilities are endless,” Hamilton said. She said that same sixth-grade class went on to create a video as if they were weather reporters on a news station, using the data to make predictions for the upcoming days.

Another program the sixth-graders used was the Phet simulations. They allow students to use computer simulations of gravity, orbits and changes in matter. Students were able to use those computer models to see the effects of gravity and inertia on planetary orbits and also to form conclusions on how matter changes from one state to another, Hamilton said. Also at Horizon, technology is being used with the dual immersion Spanish program in different ways to communicate to their “pen pals” in Mexico. Other classrooms at the junior high school level are offering flipped classrooms, where lessons are videotaped and posted so students, as well as their parents, can watch the lecture at home, and in the classroom, they’re more engaged in discussion and collaborative activities, she said. “At one school, there was a collaborative seventh-grade recycling project between first, fourth and seventh period classes. They were able to share documents and research between them and communicate with each other to create a presentation,” Hamilton said. “We’re using technology in the classroom at all our schools and are providing the help and training for even the teacher who struggles with email to be able to learn and say, ‘I can do this,’ as they understand the need for student learning.” While the need to replace and upgrade the Chromebooks will come about every three years, Hamilton said that the District has budgeted for the need. “It’s one of the best ways to get students engaged, offer personalized learning and have them be able to collaborate with each other,” she said. “Teachers are able to communicate immediately and directly with students and, as a result, our students are becoming more critical thinkers and taking their learning to new levels.” l

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Murray High School’s marching band completes football game experience By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Murray High School marching band members compete in their new-to-them uniforms. (Jordan Beckstrand/Murray High)

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brand new Weber State University graduate has taken over as director of the almostbrand-new Murray High School marching band. And Jordan Beckstrand couldn’t be happier. “I love marching bands,” the secondary music education major said. “I was a drum line instructor for 10 years at Viewmont High School and was student teaching at Bountiful High when I applied for this position. I love it.” Beckstrand replaced former director Zach Giddings, who shifted to Riverview Junior High this year. Giddings brought the Spartan marching band back from the dead last year. But he was not alone. “I have nine children and six of them were in high school marching bands in Chandler, Arizona,” said Diana Stewart, at a recent Murray band practice. “So, when we moved back here to Utah – and I learned Murray High had done away with its marching band – I volunteered, along with some other parents, to help Mr. Giddings to get one going.” A 1987 MHS graduate, Stewart enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Spartan high school marching herself while she was a student. But four years after she earned her diploma, the marching band folded up shop. “I wasn’t in the band; I was a cross country runner,” Stewart added. “But when my second-oldest son said he wanted to perform in a marching band (in Arizona), we got him involved. Then my oldest joined in. Now six of my kids have done it, and two are on this year’s Murray band (senior Ian is a drummer while sophomore Hannah is a member of the color guard).” “And my youngest is in eighth grade, anxious to try out next year,” she concluded. Beckstrand reported the marching band has grown from about 30 members last year to 50 this year. They are also now decked out in newto-them marching band uniforms. “Believe it or not, marching band uniforms, brand new, can cost hundreds of dollars each, so we did not go that route,” Beckstrand said. “Instead, we were able to buy 100 used uniforms from a school back east, for $3,000. They are all black and white, and we have not yet decided how to accent them with orange (Murray’s third school color). But we had them hemmed and al-

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tered and they look great.” With their new look, the group has entered a number of marching band competitions again this year. Because it has nearly doubled in size, the Spartans have moved from Class 1A competition to Class 2A. Assisting Beckstrand with the band is his wife Cassidy, who teaches percussion. “We are both drummers – that’s how we met,” he added. “As soon as I got the job I told her she would need to help me. It’s been fun.” After an intensive summer of practice – right after the new band was assembled – the group moved on to practicing five hours per week, on two nights, during the school year. Among those impressed with their dedication is Spartan football head coach Todd Thompson. “They are insane; they practice more than we do,” Thompson said. “It’s awesome what they add to our football nights. At the collegiate level, lots and lots of schools have marching bands. But to have one at our level is great. Especially bringing this one back after it was gone for so long. I love it because it lets our school showcase many more of our kids and all they do. It also draws more fans to our football games.” Murray senior Niel Johnson plays eight different instruments, is a member of the marching band and the school’s Instrumental Music Council president. “I wish marching band had started earlier but am glad I have had it for my last two years here,” he said. “I want to go out of state to college and would love to go to a school with a marching band. Someday I would like to be a music instructor.” Another marching band senior is Madison Castillo, the only female drum major the Murray High School group has had, going back to its origins in the 1930s. “Drum majors are the people in front, on stands, conducting the marching band,” she explained. “We have one male drum major and I am the first female. Believe it or not, I fell in love with drum majoring way back when I was nine years old, living in Florida. There are lots of marching bands down there.” Not so many here in Utah. But Murray High School remains proud to have one of them. l

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Hurricane no match for mom determined to see her MHS graduate play volleyball in Florida By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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ven the threat of a hurricane – what turned out to be the worst one to hit the continental U.S. in more than 50 years – did not stop Nikki Weichers from flying to the Florida panhandle last month, to attend her daughter’s college volleyball matches for the first time. “My mom called the day before we left to warn us not to go,” Weichers said. “But my sister and I were determined to get down to see Mikayla play three home matches at Pensacola State College. We got to one; but the hurricane wiped out the other two.” Nikki and her twin sister Jodi arrived in Pensacola – on the far west end of Florida, a stone’s throw from the Alabama state line – on Oct. 8. They arrived in time to see Mikayla’s Pirates volleyball team sweep a match. But the same killer hurricane that flooded cities, closed a freeway and left nearly a million people without electricity, also forced the postponement of two other matches the sisters had flown nearly 2,000 miles to see. “The storm was horrible for millions of people – but not where we were,” Nikki added, speaking from her daughter’s volleyball practice in Florida. “The hurricane actually didn’t hit Pensacola too hard. It was east of here. We were still able to surprise Mikayla and see one match, along with a few practices. She cried when she saw us – and her teammates did too – so the trip was still worth it, to surprise her.” Mikayla Weichers is finishing up her second volleyball season at Pensacola State College. The 6’4” member of the Pirates’ women’s volleyball team graduated from Murray High School in 2017. But even though Pensacola State recently changed from a two-year junior college, to a four-year school, she hopes this will be her final season with the Pirates. “I have enjoyed it here so much – but I want to get to a larger program,” Mikayla said. “So far, I have been looking at one school that contacted me – Coppin State University (Baltimore, Maryland) – but have not yet decided what my next step should be.” Not knowing what is coming next is right in Mikayla’s wheelhouse though, pretty much describing her entire athletic career. For starters, while many higher-level athletes begin competing in their sports at a young age, Mikayla did not. As she entered Murray High School for her sophomore year – in 2014

– she had never played volleyball or even attended a match. “I tried basketball, soccer, swimming, even tennis as a younger kid – but never volleyball,” she said. “But I was 6-foot2 starting my sophomore year and I knew I did not want to play basketball. So, I finally let my mom talk me into trying volleyball.” Nikki and Jodi played volleyball at Brighton High School, before graduating in 1997. Nikki topped out at 5’10” and did not play college volleyball. But she thought her oldest of three daughters would love it. “I encouraged Mikala to try out for the Murray team,” Nikki said. “I just knew she would love it.” What’s the old saying – mothers know best? “I was embarrassed and nervous at the start of that first day of tryouts,” Mikayla added. “But by the end of the first day, I already knew I loved volleyball.” Murray High School’s varsity volleyball coach four years ago was Cheryl Jones, now the Spartans’ freshman head coach. Mikayla believes her strong coaching and support is a big reason why she stuck with the sport. Mikayla was not an instant star. She received no varsity playing time as a sophomore and was only a back-up her junior season. As a senior she finally started and earned all-region honors. That led to college scholarship offers from five different schools before she ever heard from Pensacola State. So, again, she didn’t know what she was doing until the last minute. “I have always loved the beach, from our days of taking family trips to Disneyland,” Mikayla said. “So even after visiting two schools in Pennsylvania and two more in Kansas, I just wasn’t in love with any of them. Then finally – long after the other schools had contacted me – I heard from Pensacola State. I decided to go there, despite not having enough time to make a campus visit like the others.” The Pirates’ former head coach saw Mikayla play in a video posted to a volleyball recruiting website. Her current head coach at Pensacola State, Jennifer Belarmino, has never recruited a Utah player before – but is thrilled to have Mikayla. “Mikayla has improved tremendously since the start of preseason,” Belarmino said in an email. “She has become a reliable blocker, forcing the opposing team to attack away from her be-

Mikayla Weichers (13) goes up for a block during one of her Pensacola State College volleyball matches. (Hailey Lotz/Pensacola State)

cause of her size. Mikayla is very coachable and adapts quickly. She is a hard worker and is learning and improving. I look forward to seeing how she finishes up the season.” Mikayla’s mom is not surprised to hear that praise. “I am so ecstatic; she surprises me every day,” Nikki said. “She pushes herself to the max. She wants to be in the Olympics and pushes herself so hard she may just do it. It was scary when she went all the way to Florida. But I supported her.” So much so, that when hundreds of thousands were getting away from the Florida coast – because of Hurricane Michael – Nikki and her sister were flying toward it. “My mom has raised me and my two younger sisters as a single parent and has always been my number one supporter,” Mikayla concluded. “She is definitely my role model and I always work hard to make her proud.” l

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New leadership at Murray’s AISU prioritizes athletics By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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he three leaders most responsible for guiding high school athletic endeavors at Murray’s American International School of Utah (AISU) at 4993 S. 360 West are all relatively new in their positions. And just like their predecessors, they remain committed to strengthening athletics at the charter school, for competitive teams to play against other schools, and for all students to benefit from physical activity. “Athletics is a way for our students to receive mentorship and to learn teamwork,” New AISU Executive Director Tasi Young said. “Many of our students may not think of themselves as athletes. But they all can be, to some extent, after spending time with mentors. We are determined to give our AISU students a well-rounded education, which includes athletics.” A graduate of West Valley City’s Hunter High School (1994), Brigham Young University (2001) and BYU Law School, Young abandoned the law profession because of his love for education. He became AISU Executive Director in June and believes the primary reason he was hired for the position was due to his work on the school’s behalf, before it ever opened in 2014. “I was working for Meridian School in Utah County at the time they were preparing to open this one,” Young explained. “At that time, it appeared Meridian might partner with AISU. That didn’t happen; but I was on the team that helped design their structure and educational model here. So, when they needed to fill this position they contacted me and I was ready for a new challenge.” One of the first things Young did was restructure the AISU leadership beneath him, creating three director positions. For some reason, charter schools are averse to using the word “principal.” But Young said that, in essence, he created three different principal positions (called “directors”) for the K-12 school’s three levels. “We want to expand our sports and fitness offerings, particularly at the high school level,” Young continued. “When I was a student, I didn’t think I had any athletic ability. But a coach drew me in, supported me and the next thing I knew I was on my seventh-grade wresting team. That led to me playing high school football and even trying out as a walk-on for the BYU football team. So, I know the value of athletics to young people.” The challenge, at the moment, for AISU is other areas need funding at the school as well. At least that’s the opinion of Athletic Director Mike Ashton, who barely settled into his new post four months before Young. He also remains one of the school’s student life coaches, a position he held prior to accepting the director job. “We had a successful fundraiser gala last spring, with the proceeds earmarked for con-

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struction of a gymnasium,” Ashton explained. “But other needs have come up and we have not been able to hold additional fundraisers. There will be another spring gala in a few months, but that money will likely be devoted to another department with financial needs. So, for now, we are still determined to get a gym built, but with no firm timeline.” The situation became a bit more dire for AISU last winter, when the athletic facility the school was renting to host its “home” games, went out of business. The school has not been able to secure a new location. For now, all of their games are on the road. “Sure, it is a little disappointing,” said the Dragons’ boys and girls volleyball head coach McKinlee Covey. “It would be nice to have a home site where students could come watch our matches. But my players don’t seem overly upset about it. We are fine for now.” The third “newcomer” making decisions about high school athletics at AISU is one of those new directors (principals) Young hired. Abbey Wallace was named the high school director this summer, after teaching at 14 different schools in six countries. He had been the

school’s International Director. “Athletics are extremely important to our students, to help develop character and leadership skills,” Wallace said. “I know once we have a new gymnasium here, it will draw more students’ interest and will strengthen those athletic programs. So, from that standpoint it remains a top priority. But due to other budget concerns right now, spending money on that facility has had to be put on the back burner for now.” All three of the administrators –Young, Ashton and Wallace – are proud of the fact that, despite their budget challenges, the school has been able to field yet another new team this fall. American International School of Utah launched its first-ever cross country program, inviting both boys and girls to participate. In this first year, only males turned out to compete. But females are expected next year. Of course, cross country only requires running shoes and a few grassy hills. Accommodating indoor athletic activities at the 1,350-student school is proving a bit more of a challenge. l

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Kids watch Adam Smith, a professional carver, create sculptures at Pumpkin Nights. (Amy Green/City Journals)

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rofessional pumpkin carvers have been busy at the Utah State Fairpark (155 N. 1000 West) during Pumpkin Nights, showing how pumpkin sculpting is done. Tickets to see these carvers in action are available for the event until Nov. 4. Just beyond the ticket entrance, one can walk by the current projects of an artist sculpting massive gourds. It’s a great beginning, before heading through a visually stimulating, pumpkin-themed park. Ashlen Clark is an artist who contributes to the sculpting and groundwork that goes into Pumpkin Nights. “We start planning everything in February—that’s when we start carving (synthetic) pumpkins. We do the event in four cities: Auburn (California), Denver, LA, and here in Salt Lake City. There are over 3,000 pumpkins in each city. In addition to that, is our bigger sculptures. We start with the little stuff, then move into the bigger sculptures like our giant squid and nine foot jack-o’-lantern,” Clark said. She offered tips for anyone planning to carve pumpkins, to help make things go smoothly. “Have an idea of what you want and draw it out first. A lot of it is just putting personality into it, and having lots of fun,” she encouraged. Guests can come to Pumpkin Nights and see up close details of how a carving artist works. Upon inspection, people will notice that pumpkins are not sculpted using just a paring knife or a vegetable peeler. On real pumpkins, artists use special clay tools that, well, resemble a vegetable peeler. But the tools are different than regular kitchen gadgets, spectators are told. Pumpkin Nights is a good place to ask an artist about what tools he or she uses and how to use them. Nine-year-old Rorey from Sandy visited

Pumpkin Nights and was among many children who stopped to observe, ask questions and react over the carving demo. “It’s very satisfying to watch,” Rorey said. One of the artists giving a live demonstration was Adam Smith who patiently answered kids’ questions about creating the intricate and massive pumpkin sculptures. “I’ve been sculpting pumpkins like this, the 3D stuff, for about six years—carving professionally for 10. I got into pumpkin carving, and that influenced me going into different mediums like clay and wood,” Smith said. He described how pumpkin sculpting is unique. “With clay, you build up and you add things to it whereas pumpkins, it’s like wood or a marble carving, where you take it away,” Smith explained. More of Smith’s art can be seen on the Facebook page, The Pumpkin Smith - Pumpkin Carver. Watching a pumpkin artist is a unique opportunity and an alternative to suspense-laden haunted houses. It’s festive without the horror of a jumpy attraction. People seem to love watching an everyday pumpkin evolve into whimsical shapes. It is also a bonus for younger children, as there is no intense scary stuff. Anyone can look on, unafraid, while an artist peels away layers of pumpkin (that luckily don’t bleed or scream). It is an experience that might spark a “like a kid again” feeling for adults. One might crave to have a relaxing night at home, sitting down and getting “artistic”... or just elbow deep in messy, slimy, stringy (yet wonderfully quiet) vegetable guts. For more information, go to pumpkinnights.com/salt-lake-city. l

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ou’re never too old to trick-or-treat (unless you are 35 and going by yourself, then yes, you are too old to trick-or-treat). But being safe knows no age limits, especially on a night when most people are wearing disguises. While it’s time to get your costume and candy bag ready, preparation of another kind is required for kid and adult alike. Here are some tips to stay safe this Halloween. 1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 2. Costume accessories such as swords and knives should be short, soft and flexible. 3. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. And as difficult as it may be, limit the amount of treats you eat. 4. Beware the homemade treats made by strangers. Better to eat only factory-wrapped treats. 5. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 6. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 7. Look both ways before crossing the street. Do we even need to say this one? 8. Only visit well-lit houses. 9. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult. 10. Never accept rides from strangers. Strang-

er danger is a real thing. 11. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 12. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 13. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 14. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 15. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 16. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 17. Be careful next to candles or Jack-o’-lanterns. 18. Keep an eye for allergies. If someone has serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the candy. 19. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 20. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around to Halloween headquarters. l

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What’s the issue? Previewing November’s ballot

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xcited to get that “I voted” sticker? Utah’s 2018 General Election is underway. If you have received your ballot in the mail, make sure it is postmarked by Nov. 6 (but the sooner the better). Polling stations will be available on Nov. 6 as well (check your county’s website for locations). Before you head to that secluded booth or color within the lines on the mail-in ballot, make sure you know what you’re voting for. In addition to the local elections for U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, county council seats, school boards, sheriff, auditor, clerk, recorder, district attorney and various judges, there are three propositions, three constitutional amendments and one opinion question that are receiving much public attention. Proposition 2 involves legalizing medical marijuana. If passed, Utah’s current law regarding medical cannabis would be expanded. Private facilities would be allowed to grow, process, test and sell medical marijuana, with regulation. Individuals with certain medical conditions or illness would be allowed to acquire, use and possibly grow medical cannabis. Supporters of this proposition argue that medical cannabis can help end suffering from cancer, seizure and other life-threating conditions. Organizations in support of this proposition include the Utah Patients Coalition, Libertas Institute, Marijuana Policy Project and Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) Utah, among others. Opponents to this proposition worry about

By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com the effect it may have on children and families, and argue that it may pave the way for the recreational use of cannabis. Organizations in opposition include the Utah Medical Association, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, DARE Utah and the Utah Narcotics Officers Association, among others. A special legislative session is planned for a medical cannabis bill regardless of the Prop 2 vote. Seen as a potential compromise, the bill could either replace Prop 2 if passed, if voted down, the bill is still on the table, according to legislators. Proposition 3 involves raising sales tax to support Medicaid for low-income adults. The sales tax rate would be increased from 4.70 percent to 4.85 percent. The additional funding coming from this tax increase would expand coverage of Medicaid based on income. The proposition specifically relates to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Supporters of this proposition argue that the benefits of Medicaid should be available to all the citizens of Utah, and there is potential to bring health care coverage to thousands of Utahans who need it. Supporters of this proposition include AARP Utah, Voices for Utah Children, YMCA of Utah, Utah Health Policy Project and many others. Opponents to this proposition worry about the potential burden to the state budget and the sustainability of the proposition. Opponents to this proposition include Governor Gary Herbert and Representative Edward Redd, along with

many other legislators. Proposition 4 is concerned with re-districting for the House of Representatives, Senate and State Board of Education. If this proposition passes, a seven-member commission called the Utah Independent Restricting Commission would be created. District boundaries would need to be drawn by the state legislature and approved (or vetoed) by the governor. This would need to be completed during the legislative general session after the next federal decennial census in 2020. The anticipated effects would include minimizing the division of counties, cities and towns, preserving traditional neighborhoods and communities, and minimizing boundary agreement among different types of districts. Constitutional Amendment A regards a property tax exemption for active military personal. Currently, military personal are eligible for a property tax exemption if they serve 200 days within a calendar year. This amendment would allow that person to qualify for the tax exemption if they serve 200 consecutive days in one 365-day period, regardless of the calendar year. Constitutional Amendment B would create a property tax exemption for property that a state or local government leases from a private owner. Supporters of this amendment argue that it would be a cost-saving opportunity for government bodies. Opponents argue that it would reward a select few at the expense of others. Constitutional Amendment C would allow the legislature to meet beyond their scheduled

45-day annual general session. It would allow the president of the Utah Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representative to convene a special session that would not be able to last more than 10 days, or go over budget. The non-binding opinion asks if the state should increase the state motor and special fuel tax rates by 10 cents per gallon to fund public education and local roads. This specific tax is regularly referred to as the gas tax. While this question is “non-binding,” that may be a little misleading. Voter opinion results from this question will be gauged by legislators to help guide them with a bill regarding the gas tax during the next legislative session. Supporters of this initiative argue that schools need additional funding for tools that would help the schools go beyond the basic level. Supporters include the Utah League of Cities and Towns and Our Schools Now, among others. Opponents of this initiative argue that Utah citizens do not need another tax increase. Opponents include the Americans for Prosperity and the Utah Taxpayer Protection Alliance, among others. For more information on what’s on the ballot for this election, please visit the Salt Lake Tribune, Elections.utah.gov, and/or Ballotpedia.org. If you are not yet registered to vote (and obviously didn’t take Taylor Swift’s advice), please register by visiting Utah.gov. Remember to be informed about local government and stay involved. l

Mental Health Two years ago, I publicly shared the story of one of my sons having suicidal thoughts, and our efforts to get him help. I’m a big believer in trying to break the mental health stigma by talking about this important issue, and I appreciate those of you who have talked to me about your own personal experiences. September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and over the past two years I’ve learned a lot about this problem, as well as some of the ongoing efforts to fix it. I learned that suicide is the number one killer of teens in Utah. I learned (firsthand) the panic and fear that far too many parents feel when they desperately search for resources. And I learned we need a better way to connect these parents and individuals with crisis intervention resources to avert a tragedy. I’ve been fortunate to be able to serve on the state’s mental health crisis commission and work with Lt Governor Cox, state legislators,

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and mental health professionals to improve resources to those in crisis. We have been meeting over a year now and have been surveying the level of resources throughout Utah available to individuals and families experiencing a mental health crisis. We were thrilled when a bill sponsored by Senator Hatch and Congressman Stewart passed nationally that will help create a national three-digit crisis line. This bill was signed by the president and will now be studied by the FCC to figure out how to implement. Salt Lake County continues to be serviced by a highly skilled and dedicated team of professionals at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, better known as “UNI.” The people who take calls at UNI are mental health professionals. Not only can they help anyone who calls 24/7, but they staff the SAFEUT app – where parents and kids can get help. Please download

this app, if you haven’t already. It may also be helpful to keep the UNI crisis line number in your phone – 801-587-3000. How do we get help further upstream before we get to the point of needing emergency services? I believe we should explore partnering with hospitals to staff receiving centers around the valley – a place where those who have mental illness can go to get immediate help. The emergency room is not usually the best place for someone struggling. Waiting weeks or months to get into a mental health professional is not helpful. Currently those who are mentally ill and creating a disturbance are taken to jail.. Thisis not the best place for mental illness help nor should it be a mental hospital. I also believe that we should explore having mental health therapists in our schools. If we could make it more convenient for students and their family members to get help, that would

make a big difference. Currently there is some federal funding for this, but I want to make sure schools in my district are included in that. These therapists could also bill insurance and Medicaid for services. One key problem: we don’t have enough people going into the mental health field. We have a serious shortage and need to figure out how to attract more people to this field to fill the need. There is still a lot of work to do, but I’ve never been more optimistic about Utah’s ability to solve our suicide crisis. For every teenager whose thoughts turn to suicide, and every parent whose heart breaks for their child—I’m committed to seeing this through. I’m excited for the continued cooperation between community leaders and experts, and various levels of government, to bring to bear sufficient resources to do so. Our children’s lives depend on it. l

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Utah Avalanche Center fundraiser celebrates patrons and powder lovers

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hen the snow starts to fall, those with skiing on their minds look at the mountains as their playgrounds. However, before heading up to play, it’s important to check the conditions and avalanche danger in the backcountry. Luckily, it’s easy to find out by visiting the online resource www.utahavalanchecenter. org. The website offers forecasts from Logan to Moab, and also legit educational workshops and events. Since the Utah Avalanche Center is a non-profit that carries out field work and provides timely info and website updates, they need funds to run it. On Sept. 13, Utah Avalanche Center welcomed patrons and powder lovers to their 25th annual fundraiser for forecasting in the Black Diamond retailer parking lot at 2092 E. 3900 South. It was a relaxed evening with tickets available for anyone to enjoy live music, mingling, food and craft beverage. Dogs were allowed and one particularly lovable pup cantered about in a hip sequin tank top. Uinta Brewing Company provided the beer. The brewery has been a huge supporter of Utah Avalanche Center since the beginning. They brought a special pale ale made specifically for this event. It is inspiring to see businesses and devoted people offer time and resources to an important cause. Ski equipment and artwork items were set up for auction and bidding. It was a privilege for those who came, to be able to buy a ticket and support what the Utah Avalanche Center provides. Nicole Sims attended and praised the Utah Avalanche Center. “It’s a great resource — keeping people safe and responsible,” she said. Jennifer Hall, a nurse, attended the fundraiser. “I ski in the backcountry and want to support Utah Avalanche Center,” she said. Hall checks the forecasts all the time. “The services are excellent. I think everybody should read it. The site and information is awesome,” she raved. Bo Torrey is the program manager of Utah Avalanche Center. He coordinates with ski resorts, UDOT, and also tour guides. “Those are our core teams. Those people help contribute information that helps to make our avalanche forecast that much more accurate,” Torrey explained. These teams have the know-how to provide backcountry enthusiasts with real-time data. Snow specialists are not just guessing, but really know what they’re doing. Torrey wants people to know that this yearly event is not only to bolster funding, but meant to be a gathering for the community. “It’s the right time of year where it’s not quite fullon ski season yet, but it brings everyone back together who hasn’t seen their buddies since April. It’s a fundraiser, but it’s really more about bringing everybody together,” he said.

Ski equipment and artwork items set up for auction at the Utah Avalanche Center fundraiser. (Amy Green/City Journals)

Professional forecasters agree that the old “safety first” adage, is an all-important reminder to live by. They encourage those doing extreme winter sports, powder boarding, snowmobiling, alpine ski-biking and more, to set egos aside. “Snowmobile technology has come a long way,” Torrey said. “Ten years ago, the nicest sled couldn’t get you into avalanche terrain. Now, the sleds you can get right off the sales floor will take you anywhere on the mountain. That’s the user group we are focusing a lot of our attention towards,” he said. Before heading outside the boundaries of a ski resort, one can look to the valuable website. Even if families are just headed out to find sledding in a remote canyon, safety conditions can quickly be checked beforehand. “We want to make it easy for people to know when it’s ‘go, or no go’ conditions,” Torrey said. If the avalanche conditions on the website are “considerable” or above, then Torrey recommends one does not go out without the proper training and equipment. Cody Hughes, a volunteer for Utah Avalanche Center, noted, “There are nine different types of avalanches that we deal with in the backcountry, and some days we can go out and ski the steep slopes and others, we just tiptoe around the mountain. We don’t tickle the tail of the bad avalanche dragon.” It seems wise to heed what the pros say — to avoid waking a “sleeping beast.” Utah mountains need serious consideration and respect. Experts want all to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest, but to pay attention before stepping into those rad Fritschi bindings. Next year, watch for the 26th annual fundraiser event. Anyone is invited to reserve a ticket. In the meantime, the Utah Avalanche Center is ready to measure, watch, predict, warn, and update those heading into the backcountry this winter. To help support click the red “donate” button on the website, or at the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Utah.Avalanche.Center/. Any amount is put to good use. l

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Come play at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum as they celebrate 40 years By Christy Jepson | christy@mycityjournals.com

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his year marks the big 4-0 birthday for Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, one of the most popular museums in the state. The museum has come a long way since 1978 when founder Paulette Stevens and her husband saw a need in the Salt Lake area for a place where children could play, imagine and discover. Thanks to the vision of Stevens and her husband, in the last 40 years more than 6.3 million children and families have visited the museum and have also participated in their community outreach programs, after-school enrichment programs, field trips, free days, and many other programs the museum offers to the community. In 1980, the Salt Lake City Council decided to let the museum use the empty Wasatch Warm Springs building at 840 N. 300 West on Beck Street for $1 a year. Getting the actual building was just the first step in making Stevens’ vision a reality. From 1980 to 1983, volunteers, parents, educators, community leaders, and the board of directors were dedicated to raising funds for the museum, which was originally called The Children’s Museum of Utah. After intense fundraising, the grand opening for The Children’s Museum of Utah happened in 1983 with only 12,000 square feet of exhibits. The original exhibits included: a sabertooth tiger skeleton, a medical discovery exhibit, a Delta 727 cockpit, computers, a sight and sound exhibit, and a traveling exhibit from the Holography Museum of New York. Years later, the museum started to add new exhibits and programs and soon the small space was not enough to house their growing needs. But thanks to the voter approval of Proposition 2 in 2002, voters approved a $15 million county bond on a $30 million project for Proposition 2 that included the building of a new children’s museum. Three years later, construction began on the new museum which was moved into the heart of Salt Lake City at The Gateway. Along with a new location, now at 444 W. 100 South, also came six times the amount of space and the name of the museum was officially changed to Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. The grand opening celebration was on Sept. 16, 2006. Since that time, the museum has hosted many events and programs. It has brought in traveling exhibits like Sid the Science Kid and Children of Hangzhou. Discovery Gateway was the first children’s museum to be certified sensory inclusive by KultureCity, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to effecting change for those with sensory needs.

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“Discovery Gateway will continue the important work of providing educational experiences for everyone in our community, expanding our reach through new programs, and continuing to update and add new interactive exhibits,” said Laurie Hopkins, executive director. Just two months ago, the museum’s newest exhibit, the Mark Miller Subaru Express Service exhibit, made its home at Discovery Gateway. This hands-on exhibit allows children the chance to pretend to be a mechanic while discovering a child-sized 2019 Subaru Ascent. Children can pretend to change the oil, tighten lug nuts on the tires, work under the hood, and fill the car with gas. Another exhibit, Water Play, recently opened in late June. This huge 38-foot water table has nine interactive components which include: racing rivers, a water wall, ramps, wheels, tipping buckets and a water vortex. Children won’t get in trouble for playing in water in this exhibit. Other interactive exhibit galleries at Discovery Gateway are: SkyCycle (seasonal), Reading Nook, The Garden, Kids Eye

View, Story Factory and Sensory Room, Block Party, DG Derby, STEAM Studio and Lab, Move it!, and the Intermountain Healthcare Saving Lives exhibit. Before Thanksgiving a new exhibit will open called the Honey Climber. Children will be able to climb from the lower level of the museum to the upper level inside a beehive-type structure while climbing across bridges, a flower tower, hex steps and through a hex maze. According to Senior Marketing Manager Shanna Sheline, the museum will continue to upgrade and add permanent exhibits over the next year including an exhibit that explores the science of light and color. Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is opened Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. General admission prices are $12.50 for everyone ages 1 to 64; Sunday admission is $10 for everyone, and senior citizens ages 65 and older $10. Discovery Gateway is located at 444 W. 100 South at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City. l

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Voting like it’s Black Friday ’Tis the month for voting. Utah’s 2018 General Election will take place on Nov. 6. Make sure to get your mail-in ballot post-marked by then or visit a polling station. If you’re not registered yet, don’t worry! You can register day-of at specific polling stations. I’ve been thinking a lot about voting recently with all the hype around this election. What does voting really mean? What do you really do when you color within the lines of your chosen bubbles? The conclusion I have come to is — voting is how I show support. There are a handful of propositions and amendments on this general election ballot. If I have an affirmative vote on a proposition, I am showing support. It’s in the name at that point. I’m a supporter of that proposition. The same goes for the candidates I vote for during elections. If I vote for a certain person, I am showing support for them. I’ve also been thinking a lot about the value of a dollar recently. What does the value of a price tag mean? When I hand my dollar bills or plastic card to the clerk, there’s more to that transaction than just the physical transfer of material. I am showing my support for that product, and/or company. In many of the “shop local” campaigns, a common slogan is “support local businesses.” That’s been reinforcing my idea. By shopping local, I am supporting local. Since both voting and spending money are ways of showing support, I’m starting to view dollar bills as a vote. I’d like to use a syllogism here. Spending money is showing support. Voting is showing support. Therefore, spending money is voting. With every dollar I spend, it’s another vote for the company I’m buying that product from. I’m effectively telling

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