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urray officials declared their first-ever state of emergency on March 13, closing down public facilities such as the library, Park Center, and the Senior Recreation Center in response to the coronavirus. This announcement came less than a day after the Murray City School District shut down Murray schools after students were potentially exposed to the virus (see the article “Murray School District Will Close ‘Indefinitely’ in Caution of Coronavirus, Beginning Mar. 13”). Granite School District facilities on Murray’s eastside later shut their doors after Gov. Gary Herbert ordered all schools in Utah to close on March 14. Students in both school districts are continuing their courses online. “Murray is following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and has been in contact with the State Health Department regarding the Coronavirus,” Murray City’s Communications and Public Relations Director Jennifer Heaps said. “Our fire marshal, Joey Mittleman, is part of the emergency managers group for our region and is staying up to date on new developments related to the virus.” Utah’s first COVID-19 virus patient was brought to Murray’s Intermountain Medical Center. The St. George man tested positive for the disease after being on a Diamond Princess cruise ship in Asia. He was quarantined in California, then brought to IMC’s high-level isolation unit by a specialized medical transport. According to IHC, Intermountain’s isolation unit has its own water and air filtration and independent entrances. As of Saturday, March 15, IMC was reportedly overwhelmed with people who were concerned that they might have the virus. Murray City Fire Marshal Joey Mittelman is coordinating Murray’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals) They posted on Continued page 05

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Residents express differing opinions about upsurge of panic buying By Drew Crawford | d.crawford@mycityjournals.com


anic, confusion and self-isolation have become increasingly common scenes as the coronavirus has changed not just our way of living, but our perception of it. Schools have closed, businesses have modified their operations, and consumers have begun behaving in erratic and unpredictable ways. With toilet paper, sanitation supplies and groceries flying off of the shelf, one might wonder why panicked people began panic buying at grocery stores in the first place? Pam Crotter, who is 61 and experiences underlying health conditions that puts her in the at-risk population, was shocked to see how much people were buying out of fear. “The devastating thing was to see all of the canned and boxed good aisles — the whole aisles were just gone. I got one of the last loaves of bread. I mean it was 4 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday,” Crotter said. “People were just getting off of work and just starting to react to everything that got shut down that day.” At the store, Crotter realized that people were hoarding an excessive amount of supplies, with consequences that could affect vulnerable populations and those who were the most at need of them. Even though this could potentially have a great impact on her, Crotter’s first instinct was to think the risks that this type of consumption has on other people. “That’s the hard thing is to see how uncaring society is being about taking everyone into account. Like buying that hand sanitizer and toilet paper, not to think about all the elderly people and all the immune compromised people. There are little babies that are on (tracheal tubes) and older people that are at home that do self-care, they can’t get distilled water because when people are running out of the bottle, they are buying distilled water too. They’re just buying it all!” Crotter said. As people hoard supplies and buy excessively there is a chance that they might forget that there are essential goods that compromised groups must have. “There’s different medical conditions that you need distilled water for, not just (tracheal tubes). You have to clean home nebulizers for asthma and lung conditions, and they’re having a hard time getting those supplies. It’s risking people’s lives this craziness. And it’s just like: why do you need that much toilet paper?” Crotter said. Fortunately, Crotter has been a witness to the kindness of others amid the panic buying. “That’s one good thing that I noticed is that I probably had five people reach out to

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me yesterday on social media or call me and ask me if I needed anything. They were off work for the day and asked me if I needed anything,” Crotter said. According to clinical psychologist Steven Taylor, consumer behavior changes during pandemics because of anticipatory anxiety and fear. People perceive that they might be in danger because of the things that they see and hear around them. They see others taking drastic precautionary measures such as buying a threemonth supply of food or 50 cases of toilet paper. Their minds then turns toward what they can do to protect their families, and they view the danger around them as a perceived threat. However, it is important to recognize this psychology at play and not just react based on emotion. At the Smith’s on 922 E. 2100 South employees who spoke on conditions of anonymity said that the store had been relatively calm from the time that the buying en masse had ensued. No fights for items or mass hysteria had occurred during the shopping experience, however, there was still an unusually large number of shoppers at the store on Sunday, March 15, with around 200 shoppers buying toiletries at 11 a.m. In their opinion, the two employees at the Smith’s felt that the panic buying was the result of fear stoked by the news cycle. “They’re panicking for no reason, they’re just paranoid. The media just (is)

saying you need to get this, this, and this, instead of listening to the CDC who actually know what the virus is, they’re just panicking,” they explained, saying that people should just stay calm and help others as much as they can. “They’re just saying the worst-case scenario instead of actually helping prepare people for this,” they said. The employees feel that elderly people and the at-risk population should take necessary precautions, but that everyone else should just stay calm. They don’t see the situation at Smith’s getting worse because the supply of product is being ordered in quantities that are expected to keep up with the demand. Smith’s has adjusted its normal hours in order to prepare the store for people buying. Another shopper at the store, Arjun Gopal, who is in his 20s, came to the Smith’s for his routine grocery shopping trip. “It is a bad flu for people our age, for people under 40 it’s going to be a normal flu, so there’s no point in stocking up so much,” Gopal said. “I think it’s because of a few people who want to be prepared for all kinds of situations, and then other people see them doing things and posting things online. People are like sheep: one person does something and everyone else wants to do the same thing and follow the part. I feel like it’s just a few people igniting everyone else, and then just everyone else following through.” As one might surmise there are plenty of attitudes on what consumer behavior

should be during the time of crisis. With so many different voices, opinions and information on the topic, what should one’s approach actually be? The truth of the matter is that there is plenty of supply to meet the demand for groceries and toiletries, and if people resist buying excessively then there will be plenty to go around. The temporary shortage of some groceries and other supplies is a result of a sudden upsurge in demand driven by panic. In response to this, supply chains are ramping up their production and hours to make sure that the demand for food is adequately met. The United States Department of Homeland Security has recommended that during a pandemic a household should stock up on two week’s supply of food. They also advise households to have a continuous supply of prescription drugs and to make sure that they have any nonprescription drugs and health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins. Additionally, stores like Smith’s are adjusting their hours to provide adequate time to restock shelves. On March 16, they released a press release stating that they are creating a senior shopping hour from 7-8 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to help provide the at-risk population with the time that they need. “Smith’s wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need to avoid busier and more crowded shopping times. We request that customers respect these hours for the health of our community during this time of uncertainty,” the press release said. Much can be expected to change during the coronavirus pandemic, and it is important to follow the advice of officials and the proper experts to stay informed on how to be prepared. For the latest updates on how to prepare yourself and protect others visit The Center for Disease Control website at www. cdc.gov. l

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Coach Flip Nielson’s impact extends beyond the playing fields By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


ast December, the Murray Journal asked residents to nominate someone as “Murrayite of the Year.” Interestingly, Murrayites responded by naming someone who has spent a lot more than just one year serving the community, making a difference in many youths’ lives. Flip Nielson, probably better known as “coach,” has been coaching youth in football and baseball for nearly 30 years. “Flip Nielson is one of the most generous men that I have ever met. His commitment to the Murray community is unparalleled,” Riverview Junior High Vice Principal and fellow coach Buck Corser said. “Flip has spent years developing youth and high school sports in Murray. For the past 30 years he has been heavily involved in Babe Ruth Baseball, making sure that players and teams have the best possible playing conditions and the best equipment. Flip has taken on a similar role with Murray High football and wrestling.” Coaching is not Nielson’s first line of work; he works full-time with the Murray City Parks and Recreation Department. Taking care of Murray’s many parks not only lets him feel at home on the baseball diamond but also lets him work with youth beyond sports. Aaron Metcalfe, a former player of Nielson’s, remembers a time when he wanted to quit football, a game he started playing later than other kids. “I remember one time in particular where he helped build me up. During practice, I was playing on the offensive line and just could not get my assignment right. The defensive lineman kept on blowing right past me, and the play wasn’t working as it should. My teammates were upset with me, the other linemen were really getting after me, and I just couldn’t take it anymore. “I broke down in self-defeat. Flip took me aside and helped me through it. I don’t


remember what he said, but he made me feel more confident. He showed me proper technique, helped me believe in myself, and helped me manage my emotions on the field. Flip was always like that as a coach. He could be tough, but he was also fun to be around.” Nielson grew up in Murray, the son of Joe and ReNee Nielson, who involved him in sports. Like many Murrayites, he kept close to the community. His wife, Shelley, teaches at Hillcrest Junior High. He credits his own high school coach, Wade Meier, as one of his greatest influences. “Wade Meier never got mad at you; he had a way of getting his point across without getting upset,” Nielson said. “I believe that any volunteer or father that takes on a role to become a coach is great. For a person to give up their time away from their own family and to sacrifice time away from work to coach someone else’s child. It takes a special person to do that, in my opinion.” While legendary coaches like hockey’s Herb Brooks and basketball’s Bobby Knight were known for their intensity, many Murray players and coaches will name Nielson’s empathy as his strong suit. “Flip is approachable and kind. He listens to his players and the parents that he comes into contact with. He takes extra time and considers their concerns and always has a positive solution for the person that he is engaged with,” Corser said. “Flip will go the extra mile and encourage, thank, and lift up the individual who does not fit in or wants to be accepted.” Nielson coached and later was president of the Murray Liberty League youth football conference. He has since coached at Murray High for the last 16 years as an assistant football coach. He began his coaching side job when neighbors mentioned that their son’s

little league football team needed a coach. “When I first started, we didn’t have internet, cell phones, and every video game known to man. Keeping their attention, in my opinion, is one of the hardest things to do. There is so much going on in today’s world that I think it makes it difficult,” Nielson said. Nielson still checks up on his former players and makes sure they are applying the lessons that they learned on the playing fields in their grown-up lives. “I just want the kids I’m around to grow up and be good individuals. Graduate school, move on to be good husbands and fathers and work with their own kids to do the same. Take pride in their community and also set good examples,” Nielson explained. Former player Metcalfe recalls, “I still

Flip Nielson, center, runs drills with the Murray High football team. (Photo courtesy of Flip Nielson)




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Continued from front page 01 their Facebook page, “We ask those not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) to avoid going to hospitals and clinics for testing. The high volume of healthy people coming to our facilities is affecting our caregivers’ ability to provide care for those truly in need.” In anticipation of COVID-19’s impact on the medical center, IHC restricted visitors to two per patient, starting on March 10. Patients throughout Utah were directed by all healthcare providers to use telehealth means or contact Utah’s coronavirus information line at 1-800-456-7707 before going to a facility.

Area hospice and nursing homes also began restricting visitors. COVID-19 has proven especially lethal to senior citizens. Mayor Blair Camp’s proclamation declared a local emergency that will exist throughout the outbreak. This necessitates the utilization of emergency powers granted in Utah Code Annotated Section 53-2a-205. Murray’s “Proclamation of Local Emergency” enables the city to enact measures immediately necessary “to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the City.”   To shut down services such as the library, senior center, and parks and recreation

programs, a proper public notice had to be given. The proclamation gave city officials 30 days to make necessary changes to operations without notice. Per the city’s press release, “The city is also suspending all recreation and cultural arts programs. Events such as Fix-a-Leak Week and our recycling drop off for antifreeze, batteries, oil, and paint (ABOP) are also suspended.” The mayor also announced at the March 3 city council meeting that some city employees will be allowed to telecommute to minimize disruption of services. Murray’s first responders are receiving regular briefings on the virus, and their services are expected to be stretched. Paramed-

ics will be responding to calls in protective gear to stay safe from COVID-19 exposure. Murray Fire Department posted on their front page, “Don’t be surprised if we show up with a mask, glasses, and a gown to a 911 call. We may even place a mask on the patient. This is for the protection of the responder and patient.” The City Council has asked that residents participate in its next meeting via live-streaming broadcast, per the governor’s declaration limiting meeting sizes, and that questions can even be submitted for public hearings via email. Both city council and city planning meetings are streamed live at www.murraycitylive.com. l

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Susan Wright: From preserving downtown Murray to embracing change By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


nce the champion of protecting downtown Murray, store proprietor Susan Wright now says it is time to embrace change. For the last 50 years, Susan and her husband, Bill, have restored the Murray Mansion and Murray Chapel as well as run the Ballet Centre, Wright Costumes, and the Murray Art Centre. In April, Susan will move her costume operations next door to the Ballet Centre. “The buildings are just like people; they wear out eventually,” Susan said. “You can keep replacing parts. Eventually, they just need to go.” While husband Bill has retired, 78-yearold Susan still rents and makes costumes. She will manage the costumes mainly through e-commerce; however, Susan still needs no database since her memory can recall every tutu she has in inventory. “I have red, blue, and green in that size,” she tells a customer on the phone. Without needing a calculator, she figures out the tax and total in her head. Susan intends to keep working in downtown Murray but has been off-loading properties that she fought fiercely to restore. The former ballerina opened the Ballet Centre (4907 S. Poplar St.) in Murray in 1970. She taught scores of students, including her daughter, Michelle Armstrong, who now runs the enterprise. She originally named it the Christensen Centre in honor of Ballet West founder and personal mentor William Christensen.

“I had to rename it the Ballet Centre because so many people thought it was a church,” Susan said. When not teaching ballet, she made costumes. The Wrights originally worked out of a small store on 4800 South, but after running out of space, they found a location on State Street and 5th Avenue. Since then, they have been outfitting not only the Ballet Centre but also school productions and Murray cultural arts events. The Wrights saw an opportunity in the blighted downtown area and purchased the Murray Mansion. Initially built in 1902 as the home of brick-making industrialist John P. Cahoon, the Wrights restored the house and lived in it while also hosting weddings. They also bought the former Murray Baptist Church chapel across the street and renovated it to host weddings. They rechristened it the Murray Chapel. They purchased another storefront on State Street and opened the Murray Arts Centre (MAC). For 35 years, the MAC hosted dances four nights a week and developed a loyal following. When Salt Lake County announced that they were going to build a performing arts center on State Street and 4800 South in 2015, the Wrights decided that it might be a good time to retire. “When Murray and Salt Lake County announced that they were going to put in a big performing arts center, they approached

Susan Wright will move her costume operations across 5th Avenue; her original store will be demolished to make way for development. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

me and my husband, but we really had no idea or plans of leaving,” Susan said. “But we thought, ‘that’s a really good thing.’ So, we decided to sell the arts center. Maybe it’s time we just wound down and retire.” The Wrights sold everything but the Ballet Centre. However, the county backed out of the deal and moved the theater to Taylorsville, leaving Murray with the property. Mayor Ted Eyre convinced the Wrights to keep the MAC and costume shop in business. Three years later, Murray is now ready to remake downtown, including constructing a new city hall. The Wrights have closed the doors of the MAC forever, hosting the last dance in November 2019. In April, Susan will move her costume operation across 5th

Avenue to the old Elks Club building, and the city will make plans to demolish the former Wright Costume Shop and MAC. While Susan has preserved many of these buildings, she doesn’t regret that her former State Street storefront properties will soon be turned to dust. “I hope that they bring in a developer here and do something. I think it would be wonderful if they would put in a small grocery store,” she said. “I hope they do something like they did up on Holladay Boulevard and Murray-Holladay Road. It looks old, but it is not. They got the bell tower and put up a façade; it would still look like old downtown Murray.” l

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Murray School District closes ‘indefinitely’ in caution of coronavirus day before rest of state By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


urray School District announced today it will close its schools and offices beginning March 13 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. No date has been set to resume normal school days. The decision was made by the school district not by the Salt Lake County Health Department, although they, the Utah Department of Health, Murray Board of Education and the state office of education were consulted, said district spokesman Doug Perry. “This morning, we became aware of potential direct contact exposure to COVID-19 within the District,” he said. “Those students and teachers surrounding this potential direct contact have not exhibited signs or symptoms associated with COVID-19. However, because we are concerned about the health and safety of our students and staff, we are exercising an abundance of caution.” Parents were notified as well as a posting placed on the district website that said children could be checked out early today. Faculty and staff also were emailed about the decision and announcements were made in the schools. Digital home learning, which was to have a trial run on the snow make-up day of March 27, is “pretty well prepared in anticipation,” Perry said, however, discussion is currently taking place as to when it will start as well as talks about providing meals to low-income students, concerns regarding hourly employees and other issues. PTA region president and parent Jeannette Bowen said that her two high school students and junior high student already bring home Chromebooks for assignments, so her two elementary students will have access to home devices for digital learning. “We’re fortunate that the school district has Chromebooks for the students to check out,” she said. “I understand that they don’t want to have people gather in big, public places which they may bring home the virus, but I hope people don’t panic or go crazy.” She advises parents to check the district website, murrayschools.org, for updated information since the situation is fluid. At Liberty Elementary, librarian

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Emilee Barnett was busy checking out as many books to students as possible in addition to getting Chromebooks ready to check out. “I’m a little in shock, but we need to be cautious,” she said. “I love how the District takes care of the children.” She had arranged for author Rebecca J. Carlson, who lives in Hawaii, to talk with fifth-graders on March 17 about her book “Barley and Rye: Adventure of Lost Castle,” which she realizes likely won’t happen. The precaution also includes Murray District’s canceling of all extracurricular activities for today and in the future, including Utah High School Activities Association events, meaning Bowen’s high school son and 13 others on the tennis team won’t travel to St. George this weekend for a tournament. It also cancels tonight’s Murray School District’s Pinnacles awards and the opening night of Riverview Junior High’s musical, in which Barnett’s son was to be a village dancer, which she is sad it won’t be happening. Her daughter also was in rehearsals for “Peter and the Starcatcher” at Murray High. Murray High theatre director Will Saxton echoes her disappointment. “I’m just disappointed for the kids,” he said. “Things happen and they’re the victims of what is happening. My kids here are pretty sad. Our region competition for individual events is tomorrow. They worked hard so it is very disappointing.” Saxton has reached out to other theatre teachers in the region to see what can be done for region and state competitions, but no decisions have been made. He has made one decision regarding his own shows. “If we come back before the end of the school year, we will perform ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ and cancel ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’” he said. “As far as digital learning, I’m set and ready to go. I think we’re all in shock, but when I put myself in that position of someone in charge, who has to make a tough decision, it’s just better to be safe than sorry. I’d rather cancel school one million times than have something happen to one of my students.” l

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What’s your legacy?

Murray to dedicate new fire station in a quiet ceremony By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


ne might expect that the first big civic project completed in downtown Murray would open with a huge celebration—and that was the plan. Instead, the COVID-19 pandemic quashed any ideas of a big party, causing the city to opt for a more low-key dedication of the new Murray fire department headquarters, which will open at the end of April. “We’ll have a small gathering and hopefully be able to stream a … portion for the public to participate in through social me-

responded to over 1,200 fire calls and nearly 5,000 calls for emergency medical services, resulting in over 2,200 ambulance transports. The old station will be demolished; the city plans to extend Hanauer Street southward to Vine Street. The new station is seismically sound and engineered to carry out emergency plans during an earthquake. Mittelman states, “Murray City is perfectly aligned with our four-station response throughout 12 square miles within the city. With current technology, we feel prepared

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Workers add the finishing touches and landscaping to the new fire station. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

dia,” Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Joey Mittelman said. Construction began in the fall of 2018 at the corner of 4800 South and Box Elder Street, several hundred meters west of the old fire station 81. The new two-story, 23,000-square-foot, five-bay fire station will house firefighters and paramedics as well as fire prevention and administrative offices. It also has a training area for all of Murray’s emergency personnel. “Our new station will offer quicker and more informed dispatch to emergency responders throughout the fire station,” Mittelman said. “For example, each area is equipped with address, en route, and response information to better prepare the responders to know what emergency is coming in and the level of response required.” According to Murray Mayor Blair Camp, in 2019 the Murray Fire Department

and excited to provide the best service possible to our fellow Murray citizens.” The original bid estimate for the fire station was $5.5 million, but the lowest bid on the project came in at $6.6 million—approximately $833,000 over the budgeted amount. Tariffs on construction materials and labor woes were responsible for an additional $1.25 million in construction costs. “With some expected delays from materials, worker shortages, and weather, we’re happy to be completed this spring. The amount of construction Utah is experiencing has been the No. 1 struggle for delays we’ve experienced,” Mittelman said. Included in that $1.25 million was $237,000 for environmental remediation. The site was a previous smelter and railroad location that needed extensive hazmat cleanup. The city reduced costs by canceling carpet contracts, eliminating 10 kilowatts of

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solar panels, and adjusting lighting fixtures. Also on the chopping block were the training facilities, but the City Council nixed those cuts. “Murray now has a small portion of the westside of the station allocated for highrise and search and rescue training. This will allow crews to stay within Murray City to complete the needed training,” Mittelman explained. The new station includes heated bays for the engines and a large locker room immediately next to it. While the administrative offices and conference rooms take up the remainder of the first floor, living quarters for emergency responders take up the second floor. Though there is no iconic fireman’s pole connecting the two floors, there is one represented in the conference room. Crews have been relocating gear and equipment since March. Not an easy task, considering that the fire department has also been preparing a response to handle the coronavirus outbreak. “The transition period is crucial. We have all radios, alerting, and electronics that will be completed during the final week. During this time, we’ll utilize a pager model system for alerting responders to emergencies,” Mittelman said. “We love being a part of the community and look forward to serving for many generations to come.” l

The conference room includes firefighting icons like hooks, ladders, a fireman’s pole, a hydrant, and a wood carving of a fireman by Chief Jon Harris. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

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It will keep your car’s handling in its best condition. Each vehicle can have different appropriate PSI (measurement for tire pressure), but when temperatures drop, so does the pressure in your tires. Drive defensively This means keeping distance between you and the car in front of you. Touching their bumper does nothing for you. And if you need to get that close to read their license plate or sticker, your eyesight is troubling and you probably shouldn’t be behind a steering wheel. Also you can’t always see what’s in front of the car before you. They may have to slam on their brakes due to an unexpected obstruction. If you rear end them, insurance rarely works out in your favor. This can also mean slowing down on wet roads or not weaving in and out of traffic. Distractions This is the No. 1 reason for accidents. This is not limited to using the cell phone, though texting, checking news alerts or making a phone call are all terrible decisions to make while driving. It also extends to dozing off or checking the price at the gas station you just passed. Be alert, stay vigilant. Other drivers may suddenly stop, they may not see you as you yield or turn. By staying engaged and sharp, your reactions can be sharper and you may even anticipate what other drivers are looking to do. These habits are important and it is not overdramatic to say that they could save a life.




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istory made way for the wrecking crew, as demolition began on the former Mount Vernon Academy property (180 E. Vine St.). The historic Murray First Ward chapel and Carnegie library, once given a dramatic reprieve by preservationists, now sits as a pile of rubble. Construction workers started knocking down the chapel on March 9. The developer, Mohsen Panah, and his partners determined that the structure was beyond saving and acquired the permit from Murray City to tear down the buildings. City regulations had saved the buildings from an earlier fate due to the historic nature of the buildings, but those regulations have since been amended. “We looked at restoring the buildings,” Panah said. “But there were too many problems with the structure. We even considered saving the church tower, but even that wasn’t doable.” Panah and his associates intend to place 134 condominium apartments on the site, with retail on the main level. He indicated that business owners were interested in locating a restaurant and medical clinic offices in those spaces. Panah did not purchase the Jones Court apartments, and their future remains uncertain. “We will put some type of monument up to remember it by,” Panah said. “My architect is working on some idea; maybe some type of similar style.” Panah, an owner/partner of five businesses in Utah and California, also owns the Ivy Place Shopping Village’s The Royal club (900 East Van Winkle) in Murray. The chapel was constructed in 1907 and housed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Murray First Ward. The congregation attending in the Gothic-style LDS church later moved to a new, larger meetinghouse further east on Vine Street in the 1960s, with the stained-glass windows as the most notable surviving memento; they were relocated to the new building. The building experienced several modifications over the years, including additional classrooms that nearly doubled the space.

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The Carnegie library dated back to 1911, when steel magnate Andrew Carnegie granted money to the city for its construction. The neoclassical building was expanded in 1979, which included modification of the original entrance. Of the 23 Carnegie libraries constructed in Utah, there are now only nine remaining. The Lambson family acquired the chapel in 1975 and established the Mount Vernon Academy. After the Murray Library relocated to 5300 South, the school purchased the property and expanded its campus to both buildings. Michael Lambson, who is also the current principal of Mount Vernon Academy, relocated his school to Christ Lutheran Church (240 E. 5600 South) in 2017. The buildings have since sat unoccupied, with numerous buyers backing out of sale agreements. In July 2017, when a buyer put the properties under contract with the intention of tearing down the chapel and incorporating the library as part of a senior assisted living center, Murray residents interested

in preserving the historic buildings organized groups, such as Preserve Murray and the Historic Murray First Foundation, to fight their demolition. Kathleen Stanford filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming it acted against its own code in regards to preservation, which specifically named the Mount Vernon school property as historically significant and was to be preserved in the Murray City Center District (MCCD). Judge Keith A. Kelly, Third District Court, ruled against Murray City and spared the buildings, stating, “Murray City and its Planning Commission acted arbitrarily and capriciously, and illegally, in approving the destruction of the historic buildings.” In a letter to the Murray Journal, Kathleen Stanford included, “What about the interest of the private property owner, who needed to sell the buildings? Of course, they had a right to sell. But the community should have maintained a right to require preservation from the new owner. There was a party

ready to buy the buildings for restoration, rather than demolition, although it took time for them to obtain financing.” In November 2019, the city gutted regulations designed to protect historic buildings in the MCCD. The City Council did reject the Murray Community and Economic Development’s recommendation of doing away with the Design Review Committee, a committee Panah and his partners will need to seek approval from for their condominiums. “Our mayor and city council should have protected these buildings but they did not. Not only did our elected officials not protect them, they deliberately took steps to disenfranchise and block the citizens who tried to advocate for and preserve the buildings,” Stanford said. Preserve Murray posted on its Facebook page, “Doing this for building more housing is ironic. Getting rid of a community’s heritage makes it less appealing of a place to live in.” l

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Mayor’s Message As you drive into Murray from the north on State Street, the first business within the city limits on the west side of the street is an unassuming brown brick building with a blue roof displaying a sign: “The Other Side Academy Thrift Boutique.” At the bottom of the sign is the tagline “You save money, We save lives.” If you stop and walk in the front door, you’ll be cheerfully greeted with a warm welcome to the store. You’ll notice the retail area is clean and well-maintained, and one of the employees may point out to you, with perhaps a little pride in their voice, that all of the merchandise is neatly organized by department, and that all of the shirts, jackets, and blouses are all facing the same way on the hangers. They won’t mind telling you that they think their boutique is the best thrift store anywhere. If you glance toward the warehouse at the back of the building, you may see a large moving truck or two. The Other Side Academy Movers are a highly rated (4.9 stars on Google and 5 stars on Yelp) moving company which moves residential and commercial customers, offers full-service packing, furniture disassembly and assembly, and boxes and packing supplies. They also will pick up your donations to the thrift store or deliver your purchase for a small fee. Radio personality Doug Wright is one of the Other Side Academy Movers satisfied customers, and he shares his testimonial on their website. So, what is the Other Side Academy, and how are they saving lives? The Other Side Academy is a minimum 2½ year residential life skills and vocational training school for individuals who have destroyed their lives through addiction and criminal behavior. Students learn pro-social, vocational, and life skills allowing them to develop a healthy and productive life “on the other side.” These are people who were convicts and drug users, and about 90% of them have been homeless. Academy Executive Director Dave Durocher relates that the school accepts men and women, both pre-and post-sentencing, who are ready to learn a new and better way to live their lives. According to Durocher, “our students are breaking generational cycles of poverty, criminal behavior, addiction, and they’re reuniting with their families.”


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mayor@murray.utah.gov He knows this from personal experience. 801-264-2600 If not for this program he would be in the middle of a 20-year prison term. 5025 S. State Street What is it that makes the Other Side Murray, Utah 84107 different from other treatment programs? This is not a short-term rehab program, but rather a minimum 2½ year commitment. I was impressed to learn that the students run every aspect of the business, and the students are holding the other students accountable for their actions. They have diverted over 600 years of incarceration out of jails and prisons, resulting in estimated savings of over $30 million to Utah taxpayers. The students live in housing provided by the Academy in downtown Salt Lake City. Perhaps one of the most impressive facts is that the Other Side Academy does not use any taxpayer dollars to operate. They are entirely self-sufficient with the revenue from their store and moving company, and private donations. In fact, their moving company generated $2.4 million last year with over 250 moves per month and just ordered their 10th truck. Their top-rated thrift store generated $1.1 million in 2019 while saving money for customers and keeping reusable items out of the landfill. As I had the opportunity to talk with several students at the store, I was so impressed with how this “unassuming brown brick building” is literally changing lives. A young man who identified himself as Matthew told me, as he shook my hand firmly and looked me squarely in the eye, how just a few months ago he had no self-esteem, was hopeless, and was too self-conscious to even look at another person. Why the name, “The Other Side Academy?” Dave Durocher sums it up this way: “It’s a place and a process for people like us to get from where we were to the other side, and we are just getting started. Our goal is to open more campuses in more communities so thousands like us can get to the other side too.” I invite you to support the Other Side Academy. Visit the store at 4290 South State Street and check out their website at www. theothersideacademy.com. “We save lives by changing behaviors.”

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Message from the Council You don’t know what you don’t know! Over and over again this statement has proven to be true. Nine years ago, friends encouraged me to run for the Murray City Council. I use the word ‘friends’ loosely, ha ha! However, I thought, well, yes, I have a financial background – great for municipal budgeting; and I have worked with the public my entire career. These two areas provide a fitting backdrop for public service. Now serving in my ninth year representing District 5, I can unquestionably testify to the fact that “I didn’t know what I didn’t know”. Public service has been incredible, and I became immediately immersed, however, education and training opportunities have become the reality of my survival as a Council Member. Following new council training events and open meeting act instruction I was ready to carry out the responsibilities of my position. NOT! That was optimistic! There are many departments and hundreds of issues to learn about in a city such as Murray. Our fiercely independent community provides recreation, services, public safety and utilities beyond the average municipality. The expertise of Murray staff members is enviable, and I was thrilled to learn that the City’s extremely competent department directors provide extensive explanation, data and studies to assist in wise decision-making. Requiring hours of reading and deliberation, our city council meeting packets often exceed a couple hundred pages for review. Meeting preparation is a key to success. The Utah League of Cities and Towns provides another level of opportunity to learn about common statewide issues and be on the cutting edge of future trends and challenges. The League conferences offer workshops on everything from budgeting and cyber security to development and planning. Providing legislative expertise, the ULCT lobbies to promote the interests of cities, with their characteristic legislative savvy and negotiat-

ing proficiency. They are highly respected on Capitol Hill, successful in minimizing state mandates on local authority, and provide legislative direction for local elected officials. The premier stage for an outstanding municipal learning environment is the National League of Cities. In March, I was privileged to attend the NLC Congressional Brett Hales City Conference with a program designed to District 5 afford elected officials the unique opportunity to study and discuss issues with our counterparts from across the nation. From urban development to leading through disruption (like COVID-19) NLC courses are designed to give city leaders hands-on training to fuel cities forward and build the skills necessary to better govern, serve, and advocate for our communities. Nationwide, infrastructure, ending housing instability, and reducing gun violence are the top priorities for NLC communities. Sustainable practices, promoting a greener lifestyle, and improving air quality are great reasons for investment in pedestrian infrastructure and trails. One workshop series is titled ‘From Policy Priorities to Practice’ putting us on a path to reach our goals. Who would have guessed eight years ago that Utah would approve medical marijuana legislation, and yet, I learned from elected officials in neighboring states the pros and cons of such action just two years ago? All these resources provide the education I need to put you first in our changing world, preserve our assets, prepare for reliability of services, enhance the quality of life in Murray and create a community our children want to come back to as adults. It is my distinct privilege to serve as your City Council member and continue to make informed choices for Murray City. –Brett Hales, District 5

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Senior Golf League: The Murray Senior Recreation Center’s GOLF LEAGUE will begin this year with the general meeting of all interested players on Monday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. at which time the schedule will be reviewed and Nutrition Class: Friday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. local rules for the season outlined. First tournaAshley Quadros form Harmons will present ment: Monday, April 27 at Meadowbrook. this class about seven foods to eat and seven Mothers’ Day Tea: Tuesday, May 5 at 11 a.m. quick meals - Free National Senior Health & Fitness Day Health Grief Support Group: Friday, April 10, at 10:30 Fair: Health services, vendors, speakers and a.m. - Free food! Wednesday, May 27 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Dance Lesson Workshop: For beginning levTRIPS el dancers; held on Mondays, April 13, 20 and Kingsbury Hall: “Across the Wide & Lonesome 27, 1-2 p.m. - Free Prairie” on Friday, April 10, at 9 a.m. - Cost: $6 Minding Motion for Graceful Aging: Sixweek multi-sensorial, fun and energizing Clark Planetarium: “The Edge: Pluto and Bemovement program. Held on Mondays, April yond” on Thursday, April 16 at 1 p.m. - Cost: $12 13 – May 18, from 10-11 a.m. Cost is $18 for the Tulip Festival: at Thanksgiving Point; Thursentire session or $3 per class. day, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. - Cost: $30 History Class: Tuesday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. Serving Time Cafe: Utah State Prison, lunch - Free is on your own; Thursday, April 30, 10 a.m., Attorney: Tuesday, April 14, from 1:30-3:30 Cost: $6 p.m. – Free, but appointments are needed Wendover 2020: 2020 dates for Wendover are Advance Directive Assistance: Thursday, tentatively scheduled for April 9, June 4, August 13, and October 8. Cost is $20, trips leave April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at 8:30 a.m. Medicare Counseling: Tuesday, April 21, from Tuachan/Mesquite: We will be travelling to noon-2 p.m. - appointments needed TUACAHN on Monday, June 8 and returning Veterans Services: Tuesday, April 21, 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 11. This year’s plays will be providing help in filling out VA applications Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” and “Annie.” - Free We will be staying at the CasaBlanca Resort Express Yourself with Watercolor and Acryl- and Casino in Mesquite, Nevada. ic: Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, from The cost is $385 per person (double oc9 a.m. – noon. All materials provided - Free cupancy) or $495 (single room) and includes Vital Aging: Tuesday, April 28 at 1 p.m. - Free lunch on the bus heading to Mesquite, a $65 meal card at the CasaBlanca, two pre-show AARP Smart Driving Class: Tuesday, April 28 - dinners at Golden Corral, and tickets to the two $15 AARP $20 Nonmembers musical plays. Registration began Wednesday, March 25 Social Dance: Live music every Thursday with Tony Summerhays from 7-9:30 p.m. – Cost is $5 and seating is limited. A minimum $50 deposMassage: Every Thursday from noon-4 p.m. – it is required for each participant to register for the trip. Trip payment in full is required by Cost is $40 per hour Wednesday, May 6 at 4 p.m. Travelers may regComputer Classes: Every Thursday with one- ister for themselves and one other person. hour appointments at 2, 3, or 4 p.m. and on Cancellations must be made prior to Fridays at 9 or 10 a.m. Cost is $3 Wednesday, May 6 for a full refund. After May Shredding Day: May 11 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in 6, trip refund amounts will be on a case-bycase basis. the north parking lot.

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Murray Public Works Department Spring 2020 Construction Notice Murray City crews and their contractors will begin roadway reconstruction efforts in the coming weeks and months. Full roadway reconstructions will occur on La Salle Drive, 600 West, and Jamaica Street, all south of 5987 South. 150 West, off 5750 South, will also have a full reconstruct. Several mill and overlay projects will be completed: 4800 South from the Jordan River to the Union Pacific tracks, 300 West from 6500 South to the Murray City boundary, Woodoak Lane from Vine Street to Executive Park Drive, 5600 South from State Street to 900 East, and Lucky Clover Lane. Non-paving maintenance projects will take place throughout the spring and summer as well. These include the bridge rehabilitation on Cottonwood Street over 5300 South and sidewalk repairs in the Lucky Clover neighborhood. Murray City water division will be replacing water lines on 6410 South, Joma Street, and Westridge Street. Following the water line work, the city will reconstruct the pavement surface and make concrete improvements. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete these projects.

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AUDITIONS: DISNEY’S NEWSIES will be directed by Jim Smith and presented by special arrangement with MTI. Performance dates: July 24-25, 27, 30-31, April 1st at the Murray Park Amphitheater. Audition Dates: May 5 & 6, 7:00 pm – 9:30pm at Hillcrest Jr. High.

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RESIDENT ON DISPLAY Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall and Murray Library. John Tavoian’s artwork still hangs in City Hall with Ann Charat’s photography at Murray Library until the end of April.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS will be directed by Adam Wilkins and presented by special arrangement with MTI. Auditions will be held May 16, 8:00am – 1:00pm. Audition Location: Murray High – Choir Room. Performance dates: August 14-15, 17, 20-22 at the Murray Park Amphitheater. **Updates will be posted on our Murray City Cultural Arts Facebook Page and more details can be found at our City Webpage: www.murray.utah.gov/1642/Auditions

Curtains up on Murray Theater Fundraising Its box office hasn’t reopened yet, but funding to support the renovation of the historic Murray Theater on State Street is gaining momentum. The city recently engaged professional fundraising consultants, Pathway Associates, to spearhead efforts to top off needed capital for the theater’s restoration. Purchased by Murray City in 2015, the Murray Theater is an important historic and economic piece of the city’s downtown master plan. Its prime location on State Street promises to enhance the aesthetic, social, and economic vibrancy for downtown Murray. A key part of its mission is to engage the local community, giving residents a sense of ownership and patronage. Improvements for the building will create a state-of-the-art venue for movies as well as other cultural arts presentations. “Murray City has an impressive history supporting the arts,” comments Lori Edmunds, City Cultural Arts Manager. “Few cities our size offer arts education or music and theater in the parks like we do. The Murray Theater will be able to host events and audience sizes that other venues can’t.” The city was awarded a $3.6 million grant from Salt Lake County to put towards the theater renovation, with the requirement that the city contributes an equal amount. Most of the remaining funding is expected to come from foundations and corporations with close ties to Murray. Pathway Associates is now developing a strategy to approach private foundations and businesses that support Murray’s commitment to the arts to help the city raise those funds, and there will be opportunities for Murray residents, small businesses, and local fans to make contributions to the theater renovation as well. The fundraising campaign will continue through 2021, and through these efforts, we hope that the iconic theater marquee will continue to be a landmark on State Street for years to come. If you are interested in sponsorship or support of the Murray Theater renovation, please contact Lori Edmunds at 801-264-2620 or ledmunds@murray.utah.gov.

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By Bryan Scott | bryan.s@thecityjournals.com The best way to describe this past month is weird. Like many of you, we here at the City Journals watched as the story unfolded in front of our eyes, first China, then the spread, the cruise ships, then the United States, then the state of Utah and Rudy Gobert, it became ever so clear that it was going to bear a heavy toll on local businesses and economy. And it has, with restaurants, gyms, theaters and dentist offices being closed and events being canceled. The pandemic along with the earthquake has taken a heavy toll on the local business, including the City Journals. The City Journals are dependent on local businesses to advertise in the Journals. This is how the Journals have printed newspapers for over 29 years. It wasn’t long after Rudy that we here at the Journals started getting calls from local businesses needing to pause their advertising and people’s attention turned towards dreams of massive stacks of toilet paper in their storage room. We soon realized that being completely dependent on advertising may not be the best way to fund the operations of the Journal. We started brainstorming ways to balance our funding between the two parties that use us, the readers who read the Journals and the advertisers who advertise in them. We knew that we did not want to charge people to visit our websites, we knew we did not want to

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ver look down at your umpteenth slice of plain pizza and wonder if there’s something tastier? Bhinda Singh can relate. After 10 years of serving authentic Indian food, Bhinda discovered a food relationship that began a restaurant. In a fit of inspiration, Bhinda created curry sauces to use as a base for pizzas. He soon opened Bhindas Curry Pizza Palace in Southern Utah. And it was a hit! So much so that he has since opened multiple Curry Pizza locations: South Jordan (1086 W. South Jordan Parkway), West Valley (2927 S. 5600 West), and Bicknell, Utah (125 N. SR 24). Opening soon are locations in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Sacramento, California. Upon entering a Curry Pizza restaurant, you pause momentarily to breathe in the smell of fresh-baked pizza and a wave of fresh spices. As you make your way up to the counter, your eyes glance over the menu on the wall: it’s three pages long. As your eyes wander for a landing spot to start reading, they notice the specialty curry pizza options like the Chicken Tikka Masala, Glazed Paneer, Mushroom Goat Curry, Mango Korma, Thai Peanut Chicken Curry and

the Bhinda Special. After reading through the specials, you wonder if you should trust the chef or craft your own pizza. The construction options are tempting, as you can choose from the signature naan crust, vegan or keto crust, or a cauliflower or broccoli crust, slathered with sauces such as honey curry, tikka masala curry, makhana curry, buffalo, pesto, sweet and spicy mango, and so on. The toppings list is two long columns of offerings like chorizo, bacon, tofu, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted cauliflower, ginger, pickled jalapeño, serrano pepper, goat cheese, vegan cheese, fenugreek, almond slivers, and fresh chopped basil. But, maybe you’re not feeling adventurous today, so the classic pepperoni or supreme pizza are always an option.   After making your final, or close-to-final decision on what to order, you make your way toward the friendly pizza assemblers who have been waiting for you to soak in the menu. A quick exchange of words and they pull out a small metal plate with a freshly-rolled out naan, waiting to be topped and baked to lightly-charred perfection. A ladle of sauce is  swirled evenly on the uncooked naan. As the rest of the toppings are assem-

bled, you notice Guy Fieri’s face spray painted onto a pizza stone, a memento to Curry Pizza being featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” on Season 29. The “Cultural Twist” episode is still airing. As your personalized pizza is transferred from its prep tray and skillfully slid deep into the blazing oven via a long pizza peel, you can see garlic naan breadsticks and a tray of chicken cooking next to the open flames. After finalizing the transaction, you sit at a small table, leaving the big tables for groups and admiring the outside patio space. While doing so, you notice the artwork placed carefully on the walls. The world map made of spices is both interesting and beautiful. Finally, you’re united with your food. Perhaps, you ordered the Bhinda Special. As you take your first bite, the balance of bold and fresh flavors from the red and green onions, ginger, garlic, and jalapeños with the more delicate flavors of cauliflower and umami-punching mushrooms bring the entire flavor profile together on the comforting curry and naan base. Or perhaps you ordered

the Mango Korma. As you go in hastily for your second bite, you notice how the curry base helps accentuate the sweetness of the candied bacon, while the butternut squash and chicken tikka lend a savory complexity that will keep any fruit-on-pizza-hater deeply satisfied.   Curry Pizza is a restaurant designed to get customers acquainted, or reintroduced, to Indian food. As recommended by many happy reviewers, this is quickly becoming a must-try for Salt Lake diners. Curry Pizza is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To order online, visit their website at: www.currypizzautah.com.  Curry Pizza has both carry-out and curbside options as well as delivery through GrubHub.

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s the Cottonwood Colts softball team was waiting out rain in St. George hoping they could regain access to the field, some more bad news hit— all games for the annual softball tournament were indefinitely cancelled. The news came Friday, March 13, just ahead of the long-awaited St. George warmup tournament, on the heels of the COVID-19 outbreak. As the team packed up their gear, the weight of the situation hung in the air, heavy atop the heads of the senior players. “I have talked with a lot of seniors from my classes and they are discouraged about what they could potentially be missing for the remainder of their senior year, not just as athletes,” explained Coach Jennifer Riches.

Senior Emerald Kelsch shared her concerns. “I am really torn up about it. I’m scared I won’t be given the opportunity to experience high school the way I have always seen and dreamed about,” Kelsch said. “I am really hoping after these two weeks everything can go back to normal, and I can have the senior year I’ve always wanted.” Riches takes this into account as she tries to deal with the delicate situation. “We started posting workouts for the girls to do at home to keep their conditioning up,” Riches said. When asked if she thinks the team can still bounce back from this Riches said, “Our players are eager to learn and have committed to doing what they can on their own to maintain their skills. I like visualization and continue to encourage the girls to visualize

themselves playing a game and seeing the outcome.” She continued, “It will be hard coming back in April (on March 23, school closures were announced to continue until May 1) and having it feel like the beginning of the season again but I know the girls will work hard and will be able to bounce back.” Riches said they have been working with their athletic trainer from TOSH to create a band shoulder strengthening routine that they have sent the girls to do at least three times a week. “Shoulder and elbow soreness and injuries are the biggest problems we face as softball athletes, so strengthening their shoulders is the best thing they can do during the down time,” Riches said. Riches, as well as with other teachers at Cottonwood High

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Easy Recipe Ideas from the Pantry I was once asked to write down some easy recipes for the husband of a woman who is a quadriplegic. He wanted dinner ideas that were quick and inexpensive, and easy enough for someone with little cooking experience.  After some thought, I decided that instead of writing down each individual recipe, I could share a list of pantry items that, if he kept on hand, could provide him with a variety of meal ideas.  This list has since been shared with newly-weds, college students, and wonderfully enough, my own teenagers who are taking on more cooking responsibilities.  

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urray officials declared their first-ever state of emergency on March 13, closing down public facilities such as the library, Park Center, and the Senior Recreation Center in response to the coronavirus. This announcement came less than a day after the Murray City School District shut down Murray schools after students were potentially exposed to the virus (see the article “Murray School District Will Close ‘Indefinitely’ in Caution of Coronavirus, Beginning Mar. 13”). Granite School District facilities on Murray’s eastside later shut their doors after Gov. Gary Herbert ordered all schools in Utah to close on March 14. Students in both school districts are continuing their courses online. “Murray is following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and has been in contact with the State Health Department regarding the Coronavirus,” Murray City’s Communications and Public Relations Director Jennifer Heaps said. “Our fire marshal, Joey Mittleman, is part of the emergency managers group for our region and is staying up to date on new developments related to the virus.” Utah’s first COVID-19 virus patient was brought to Murray’s Intermountain Medical Center. The St. George man tested positive for the disease after being on a Diamond Princess cruise ship in Asia. He was quarantined in California, then brought to IMC’s high-level isolation unit by a specialized medical transport. According to IHC, Intermountain’s isolation unit has its own water and air filtration and independent entrances. As of Saturday, March 15, IMC was reportedly overwhelmed with people who were concerned that they might have the virus. Murray City Fire Marshal Joey Mittelman is coordinating Murray’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals) They posted on Continued page 05

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