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lipping commercial properties to mixed-use development has come so fast and furious to Murray that the Murray City Council, at their Feb. 2 meeting, placed a temporary six-month moratorium on current and future requests. The need for a moratorium arose from concerns registered by several Murray City department heads, including those from public works, city engineers, police and fire, who all need more time to study mixed-use impacts to their operations. According to Murray City Attorney G.L. Christensen, “I think, in a nutshell, I could probably summarize it this way: when the public works looks at a project and at the general plan, they look to see what infrastructure needs to be added. And, I think what’s been a challenge to them as some of these developments have been.” The moratorium ordinance talks about the city council’s concern over the proliferation of high-density, mixed-use developments and providing essential public services. It also points out that the public works department is currently revising the city’s master transportation plan, which is not yet complete, so they can look at some of these developments to see if they can accommodate them. Consequently, the ordinance was passed on the same day that the owners of The Continued page 5

The Pointe@53rd owners have asked that their property be rezoned as mixed-use, possibly allowing residential development. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

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With potential drought this year, local experts advise on Murray landscapes By Shaun Delliskave |


ow snowpack combined with exceptionally dry soil means that landscapes will be starting the season stressed. However, just as with people, stress can make plants more robust and build resilience. The Murray Journal spoke with Cynthia Bee, outreach coordinator with the Conservation Garden Park (8275 S. 1300 West), about what steps homeowners can take as they plan their gardens for 2021. “This year, local gardeners should be especially careful about water use. Low, careful landscape watering is the first critical activity,” Bee said. “Landscape watering comprises about 65% of the annual water use for most homeowners, so it’s the clear place to cut back. While it’s tempting to push the blame for water overuse on cities, businesses, or schools, water delivery to single-family homes comprises roughly 75% of drinking water use. It’s us. And that’s good news because we can each do something about the issue. Yards never need daily watering, even at the hottest times of the year.” With water rates moving to a tiered system, cutting back on outdoor watering can save homeowners money. Water used on lawns contributes significantly to most water bills, but Bee says smart watering can save homeowners money. According to Bee, “The greatest water waste happens when people ‘set and forget’ their irrigation controllers and water as though it’s July from too early in the season until long past when water should be turned off. Scheduled landscape watering should not begin until May 15 and end by Oct. 1. Even in the heat of July, landscapes should not be watered more than three times per week. All Utah homeowners can qualify for a rebate for weather-based smart controllers by applying through “Another error is watering planting beds


with overhead spray. This puts six times more water on shrubs and perennials than they need as well as watering the entire soil surface, wasting water and creating ideal conditions for weed growth. To control weeds, control water. Drip irrigation applies water slowly to plant roots, where they absorb it beneath the mulch layer, which reduces water lost to evaporation. Overhead spray irrigation should only be used on lawns.” Changing the parking strip from lawn to water-wise plants can save 8,000-10,000 gallons of water per year. “Many Murray homeowners have already ‘flipped’ their park strips from lawn to attractive, water-wise plants. Murray is actually leading the charge in many respects with park strip flips. It’s caught on quickly, and in some neighborhoods, roughly 50% of the homes have flipped their strips in the past couple of years,” Bee said. Conservation Garden Park consists of approximately six acres of demonstration gardens and water-wise landscape exhibits and an education center. Conservation Garden Park teaches homeowners, landscape professionals, and students how to conserve water in the landscape through efficient irrigation, use of water-wise plant materials, and water-efficient maintenance. As for what are the best plants to select for your yard, Bee suggests homeowners become familiar with “Localscapes.” The Conservation Garden Park offers Localscapes classes via live webinars and on-demand online courses ( They are available to Murray homeowners free of charge. “The greatest challenges are created by poor landscape layouts. The Localscapes design method, created specifically for Utah, teaches homeowners how to improve their landscape layouts to reduce maintenance, irrigate efficiently, improve curb appeal and

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Continued from front page Pointe@53rd requested their property, which includes retail stores such as Best Buy and Barnes & Noble, be rezoned from commercial to mixed-use. Mixed-use development is characterized as pedestrian-friendly development that blends two or more residential, commercial, cultural, institutional or industrial uses. In addition to The Pointe@53rd’s request, five mixed-use zone changes have been discussed for the former RC Willey property, the Sports Mall, the corner of 4800 South and State Street, the former Kmart property, and the former Mount Vernon School property. As a temporary land-use regulation, the ordinance comes out of state law. It allows the Murray City Council, without prior consideration or a recommendation from the planning commission, to pass a rule that establishes a temporary land-use regulation.

The ordinance can only last six months. Christensen relayed the concerns from Public Works Director Danny Astill. “They have a level of service that they apply to each intersection and tells them what they have to do to make it safe and accommodate a development. The concern is that when some of these developments come in that they did not anticipate, they’re not sure they can handle them at all—if it’s going to make the intersection fail or whatever else. So there’s been a request to have some time to look at this and to get a handle on that.” Police and fire have expressed concern with parking in mixed-use developments. Of recent controversy, parking at the Fireclay development has been an issue due to questions about whether response vehicles can get to an incident in the area. City Councilor Diane Turner expressed concern with The Pointe@53rd’s proposal, specifically about possible parking spillover into Murray Park.l





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Local substitute teachers stepped up with greater demand during COVID-19 By Julie Slama |


chools nationwide have been struggling to recruit substitute teachers, who have been in high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Locally, six substitute teachers speak about their return to the classrooms and the safety precautions in place. Rebecca Lyon, Canyons School District It was March 12, 2020, and Rebecca Lyon was substituting at Hillcrest High—the day before former Gov. Gary Herbert placed schools on soft closure to stop the COVID-19 spread. It lasted the rest of the school year. “We could see it coming,” she said, noting teachers were worried and taking some precautions. As a former teacher and parent volunteer, Lyon became a substitute teacher in fall 2019. When Canyons School District reopened its schools in August, she substituted “quite a bit. A lot of them were like ‘can you do the whole week?’” As teachers would have to quarantine from exposure, jobs increased. “The teachers have gotten so good at Canvas, it’s become easier for a sub because the kids can just go there. Or sometimes, the teacher would actually teach the class remotely and I just had to take roll,” Lyon said. “I was substituting third grade one time and those little kids all knew how to get online and what to do. The little kids are so diligent and obedient and wear their masks. (At a middle school), a teacher had a chart on the board of which students were supposed to be the ones in charge of wiping the desk down at the end of every period.” Not only does she substitute for the love of teaching, but also for the pay. She said a bonus working for the district is that she received her COVID-19 vaccinations from the district. Melissa Sugden, Jordan School District As Welby Elementary’s former PTA president and a math aide at the school, Sugden decided she wanted to be a substitute teacher. “I love being at school; it’s just my favorite place to be,” she said. She decided last March to substitute teach, right before COVID-19 hit. “I didn’t actually start being a sub until after everything got back going (this past fall),” Sugden said. “I knew the risks of going during COVID. At the beginning of the year, it was really unknown and scary. For me, I was just like if the teachers are going to go in there and my daughter’s there, I may as well go and do what I can.” Since COVID-19, she said teachers’ lesson plans are in place. “Mr. (Aaron) Ichimura (Welby’s principal) is really big on making sure teachers

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Melissa Sugden began substituting at Welby Elementary in Jordan School District during the uncertainty of the pandemic. (Aaron Ichimura/Welby Elementary)

have a plan and that has made a huge difference,” she said. “You know exactly what to do and when they need hand sanitizer and when to wash their hands and clean their desks and the kids just do it. They’re prepared just because they know they could be out at any moment for two weeks.” She also feels safe when she substitutes, and supplies such as masks, hand sanitizer, sprays and wipes have been plentiful. “That’s an amazing thing. I’ve never seen any kid have a big problem with masks at all. It was kind of surprising how well they wear them,” she said. “We wipe down between every kid and you know, with all this cleaning, I think the schools are cleaner than my house.” Natalie Fisihetau, Murray School District Natalie Fisihetau was substituting at Murray High the day the school district closed its doors March 12, a day ahead of the rest of the state. “The principal got on and said, ‘We need everyone to exit the building,’” she said. Since school returned in August, she has mostly substituted long term at the high school. “I love teaching, but I’m on disability right now. I was a full-time teacher, but I have some issues that I couldn’t do it full

time. I need to do it for the money. My husband lost his job and I’m on disability right now,” she said. Being 60, having a husband who is 65 and taking care of her elderly parents has made her more careful when she’s in the classroom. She has learned to wear her mask so it doesn’t fog up her glasses and to follow the directional arrows in the hallways. “COVID doesn’t scare me in the schools. I think the district has done a great job,” she said. “I’ve just been really careful and be smart about it.” By being a long-term sub, Fisihetau is able to access district emails about cleaning and sanitation so she has stayed current with those procedures. She sprays the desks between class periods and allows students to dry them with paper towels. “Sometimes the classes were very, very small. I might only have six kids in class. I think the most I have had is 20—that is not likely as kids can choose to be online or hybrid. I just go with the flow and put a smile on—although people don’t know that I’m smiling with my mask,” she said.

schedule it has given her to care for her mother and babysit a grandchild. “I sub in elementary. For me, it’s easy to follow the outline and pick up where the teacher left off,” she said. “My teaching experience has helped a lot.” During COVID-19, Roberts has opted not to accept any long-term substitution positions. “I’m sticking to two or three schools because I learned their COVID routines,” she said, adding that schools have strongly enforced not sending kids to school sick. “If the kids are even having little sniffles, they’re advising them to stay home.” While kids are wearing masks, washing hands and being socially distanced, Roberts noticed something else about students during COVID-19. “Students are becoming more responsible for their own learning,” she said. “They’re understanding the importance of learning after last spring and are logging on and learning what the teacher outlines. They’re also being responsible for making sure they’re able to stay in school by following the rules and helping to sanitize.” Karla Roberts, Canyons School District Roberts said she has been grateful that After teaching for 10 years, Karla Rob- teachers have been shown appreciation this erts has substituted in elementary schools for year. more than a decade, appreciating the flexible “They really do appreciate us so much

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more this year. They’re more aware and are expressing it,” she said. WWW Theresa Johnson, Jordan School District Theresa Johnson started substitute teaching as a way “to get out of the house.” Twenty-two years later, she still can’t stay home and is substituting in classrooms. “Back in August, I was a little afraid and I brought my little bag in case I felt like I needed to clean something more,” she said. “But I didn’t need to. They supplied cleaners so when students switch half the day in dual immersion classes, we cleaned every desk and chair. We even clean every ball they use on the playground.” Johnson has substituted consistently even though she is around her mother and her son’s mother-in-law, who has stage 4 colon cancer, as well as babysits a grandchild. “I have been really careful. I don’t go into the lunchroom with the teachers; I stay in the room and eat behind a plexiglass shield. I’m 55 and I actually was one of the first in line the first day (Jordan School District) gave out the COVID shot. It surprised me that we were included and are being appreciated,” she said. “The principal comes in every morning and says, ‘Thank you and we appreciate you coming in.’” Substituting on Fridays is one of her favorite times. “That’s when certain kids come in, maybe that’s for extra help, or it could be

Murray School District substitute teacher Natalie Fisihetau has had several long-term substitute jobs at Murray High School during the pandemic. (Amber Rydalch/Murray High School)

your top students who want to come in because they want to be at school. This week, I had three kids come in and we had a ball there and got those kids caught up,” she said. Nancy Mann, Canyons School District For a decade, Nancy Mann has been a substitute, often in special education classes

where she once taught full time. In addition to substituting, Mann is a competency base measure tester where she typically tests students in their literacy skills. However, she was hesitant about returning to the classroom during COVID-19. “I decided to wait to see what the schools were like during testing in the fall

before I decided to return to substituting,” she said. “After testing, and I saw how things worked, I knew it would be fine. I saw that the teachers, the administration and all the schools have done a great job trying to keep the kids and teachers safe, and trying to keep everything running as smoothly as possible. At every level, preschool to high school, I saw how often they’re cleaning and sanitizing, and they’re wearing masks.” Mann remembers on March 13 she was substituting at Brighton High when she heard announcements “track got canceled, baseball got canceled, everything got canceled.” Later, she learned schools were canceled. “I thought about how the students were going to learn. I thought about the teachers. As teachers, you spend all your days teaching and your nights preparing. It’s a hard profession. I love a good teacher—there’s nothing better in the world,” she said. “Do you know growing up what a lot of people say is the worst thing ever? A sub. I know when I walk in, and I’m qualified, I’ve taught. I’m not going to be a sub who will turn on a movie. I’m going to carry on, keep the kids on task and carry out the day. I take it very seriously. I respect the kids and they respect me. They’re wanting to learn and I’m there to help them.” l

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ours before finding out news that would change the season for the Cottonwood boys soccer team in an instant, head coach Dominic Militello gathered his boys in a circle on a cloudy day in March 2020 and talked to them. “One of the last things we told our kids after the second preseason game was to make sure they don’t take anything for granted,” Militello said. “Always show up with a perfect attitude and a perfect effort because you never know if you have a season ending injury or if someone takes your spot in the lineup.” A few days after that team talk, the 2020 season was officially declared over for the Cottonwood boys. Covid-19 took all the spots in the lineup. At that point, added Militello, talk turned to what the team should do next. “The coaching staff got together after a week of being in shock that the season was canceled and started talking how we could best honor those seniors who didn’t get a senior season (and everything that goes along with being a senior),” Militello said. They came up with some wild ideas, one being that Militello wouldn’t cut his hair until the team resumed play in 2021— though he would come out of it looking like Slash of Guns N’ Roses, he joked. After brainstorming a few other ideas, they settled on a different one. “We came up with retiring the No. 20 jersey as a reminder for every member of our

program for as long as I am involved with the program (and hopefully longer) to never take the game, their teammates, or competition for granted,” said Militello, a former pro and college (UNLV) star who has been involved with some aspect of Cottonwood’s soccer program now for several years. Militello said he and the staff then presented the idea to the players a few days later in a Zoom meeting in early April during the lockdown. “We made the announcement to them and they all started to clap and some tears were shed,” said Militello, and added that his returning players feel a real sense of responsibility to these 2020 seniors to make the 2021 season one that they’ll all look back on with pride and admiration. Playing for those seven 2020 seniors, Militello added, and playing well in a new region is the primary objective when the 2021 season begins in mid-March, because for guys like Naveed Hassan and Abdi Hamadi and Ryelee Penny, their final high school season was cut short. In addition, Nawraj Mongar and Murilo Hernandes, as well as Mwikwa Alinoti and Luis Hernandez all had their final year cut short and cut out, by the lockdown brought on by COVID-19. “We will honor them the best we can moving forward,” Militello said. “And not just play but to give everything that can possibly give to try and get us some wins and at some point, some hardware.” l

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Murray City Council hires Jennifer Kennedy away from the City Recorder’s office By Shaun Delliskave |


he Murray City Council office gained a new but familiar face in February, as Jennifer Kennedy assumed the role of city council executive director. She took over retiring Council Director Jan Lopez’s duties in January; Brooke Smith has assumed the city recorder’s responsibilities. As the council director, Kennedy is a liaison between the city council and the administrative staff. She will coordinate council meetings, workshops, training meetings, and open houses as well as prepare the materials, agendas and packets for them. She will also research and review issues the council will be making decisions on and provide the members with any background materials they need to make those decisions. Kennedy will assist councilors in delivering information to their constituents when required. She will also oversee the council office staff and provide orientation and training for newly elected councilors. “My overall favorite part of my job is working with and getting to know the councilmembers,” Kennedy said. “I enjoy learning about each of their views and vision for the city. The second thing I enjoy about my job is the wide variety of tasks I have. No two days are the same, and I love that.” Born in Tacoma, Washington, Kennedy grew up in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, gradu-

ating from Cottonwood High School. She later graduated from Strayer University with a bachelor’s in Business Administration. Kennedy, with her husband Craig and two children, Cody and Madison, have called Murray home for the last five years. Kennedy began working for Murray City in September 2006 as the senior billing editor for public utilities. She soon moved over to the recorder’s office as a business licensing specialist. In 2011 she became the city recorder. “The greatest influence on my career was Carol Heales. Carol was my predecessor as the city recorder. Carol was smart, a good listener, a researcher, a teacher, and she never made you feel uncomfortable if you had a differing opinion than she did. She empowered all her employees to be confident with the decisions we would make, and she always had our backs. She taught me so much; but most of all, she taught me never to stop learning. I do not think I would be the person I am today if I had never met her. Today, Carol and I are still great friends, and I will never forget the influence she’s had on my life,” Kennedy said. City Councilor Kat Martinez said, “Murray City Council had a large pool of qualified candidates to choose from, and I am grateful we all agreed Jennifer was the perfect fit for

the position. She is intelligent, hardworking, and dedicated to serving Murray. Her history working within the city put her in a wonderful position to transition smoothly into the role. She is doing a wonderful job already.” As city recorder, Kennedy was a familiar face to residents applying for a business license or making a records request in person. She was also the person who administered the oath of office to Murray City’s elected leaders, police officers and firefighters. In Kennedy’s new role, she understands the various aspects of her new job. “Councilmembers come, and councilmembers go. For me, the hardest part of this job will be getting to know each of the councilmembers both professionally and personally and knowing that in four years, they may or may not be working with me anymore. Although I enjoy meeting and working with new people, changes like that can be hard,” Kennedy said. When not putting in long hours in the council office, Kennedy can be found scrapbooking or participating in a half-marathon. Although an admitted Disneyphile, she can also be found vacationing in Yellowstone or St. George. “Jennifer is a wonderful addition to the Murray City Council,” City Councilor Diane

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mid constant changes throughout the Salt Lake valley, and Murray City in particular, The Point After remains one of Utah’s best sports bars. That is not to say we haven’t changed. We’ve recently remodeled and updated both levels of our indoor and outdoor spaces. We’ve become pet friendly on our two-level front patio, which features a covered fire pit, rocking chairs, and TV. We’ve updated our menu but still boast high-quality family recipes all made inhouse each day. We smoke our own meat, cut our own fries, and make our own sauces on site. Also, we’ve started to offer very affordable $4.99 daily specials. We’ve upgraded many of our 40 total TV’s to larger screen sizes and different placements for better viewing as well as added two more 9 foot projection screens. For those that haven’t been in for a while or have never ventured upstairs, we added a large covered and heated deck enclosure which features three large-screen TV’s. The upstairs level has a sepa-rate bar along with three pool tables and is available to book for private events or parties as long as all guests are 21 years of age or older.

Once College Football starts back up, we look forward to continuing our Utes Shuttle to all Utah home games and featuring live remotes for all away games. We carry all major sports packages and networks along with monthly UFC pay-per-view events. We feature live music both inside and on our patio. We’ve proudly supported and/or raised money for Susan G. Komen breast cancer research, Boys and Girls Club of Murray, Tennis and Tutoring, Murray City Chamber of Commerce, Murray City Police Department as well as many different local teams and leagues. With speculation and rumors running wild about the future of The Sports Mall and The Point After by extension, we want the community to rest assured that we aren’t going anywhere. We love Murray, and will continue to be a model of consistency for our customers and friends. We’re open every day of the week from 10:00 am - 1:00 am with kitchen hours of 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Sunday - Thursday and until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. We are a bar not a restaurant, so patrons must be 21 or older. We do serve food freshly prepared to go as well as dine in. We practice social distancing, sanitizing, and masking along with all other State, County, and CDC guidelines. Get to The Point (After) where every seat is in the front row

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Murray High prom, graduation plans being set during pandemic By Julie Slama |


Murray High juniors will have prom this spring, as pictured here from last year, with added safety precautions during the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Murray High School)

hile many high schools are making decisions about holding year-end activities, Murray High has announced its plans for junior prom and commencement exercises. “They will really be contingent upon how things are going on (with the COVID-19 pandemic), but if nothing catastrophic happens, we are planning our spring events now,” Murray High Principal Scott Wihongi said. For junior prom, some new rules are being set in place. First, only juniors at Murray High can attend, meaning they can’t ask dates from other classes nor other schools. Second, they need to test negative “a day or two” prior to the prom, he said. “Rapid testing is a game-changer. We do rapid testing for sports so we can do it for other school activities,” he said. The “test to sway” date will be determined by Murray High so the 465 juniors who choose to attend can test for the prom. They also need to wear masks correctly at the prom and purchase tickets online. Wihongi said that if juniors test positive, tickets will be refunded. Currently, the April 10 junior prom is planned to be held at the state capitol,


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but it is still being determined if it will be in the rotunda or outside. Typically prom is held earlier, but the capitol had canceled all events before April, Wihongi said. “If something happens where it can’t be at the capitol, our contingency plan is that it will still happen, if it falls in the COVID guidelines, even if it’s at the school,” he said. “We’re in our initial stages of planning and working with our student government on how it will look, but the Board (Murray Board of Education) members were all for it.” Wihongi said that he expects to have volunteers at the door, overseeing if juniors have been tested with negative results and

have tickets. They also may be checking temperatures and ensuring that other health and safety guidelines at the time are followed. Mask-wearing is essential in high school activities, he said. “We want to head back toward normal and start implementing dances and activities we can with precautions and our kids know that. They know they need to wear masks and maybe there won’t be many slow dances, but we want them to have some of the activities they can, with an extra layer of safety,” Wihongi said. “Kids know if something major changes, we may have to change our plans.” Last year, Murray High held prom five

days before the school district closed schools March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A graduation ceremony also is in its preliminary planning stage, with the ceremony set at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 27 in Murray High’s football stadium. “I don’t know of many of the larger arenas being available right now, but we’re starting our planning,” Wihongi said. “Kids in classrooms wear masks all day so it’s logical that wearing masks is the key. If we don’t start holding our own structured events, kids may start holding their own without some of these structures in place. It’s time they can attend these high school occasions and they’re safer if we hold these events.” l

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Miss Murray and Murray Rotary Club team up to clean the city By Shaun Delliskave |


iss Murray 2021 Kyleigh Cooper and the Murray Rotary Club will organize a clean-up of Murray City and invite residents to participate. “We invite Murray businesses, churches, clubs, youth groups, organizations, families and individuals, to take time during the week of March 8-13, to clean up around their businesses, churches, homes and vacant lots,” Cooper said. Residents can take part by going to the website and locating a group clean-up project on Saturday, March 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at one of several large vacant lots owned and chosen by the Murray Parks Department. “Please ask one person from your school, club, church youth group, family, or any other Murray group to volunteer as a leader for the group and sign up on,” Cooper said. “Your leader should have an estimate of how many are in their group. A Murray Rotarian will contact your leader to choose a city-owned vacant lot suitable for your group.” At the Murray City vacant lots, trash bags will be provided and carried away by the Parks Department. “Please bring your own work gloves and remember to wear masks,” Cooper said.

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LaRell Muir rides in a Murray City parade. (Photo courtesy of the Murray Museum)

Former Mayor LaRell Muir dies By Shaun Delliskave |


ormer Murray Mayor LaRell Muir, who served the city from 1977 to 1986 died Feb. 14 at age 91. In addition to mayor, Muir also served as the City Recorder and was Utah State Director of Corporations, the agency that maintains corporate filings, records and documents. Originally from Randolph, Utah, Muir would later serve in the Army before set-

tling in Murray. As mayor, Muir relocated City Hall to its present site in the renovated Arlington Elementary School. He also opposed annexing then unincorporated Taylorsville into the City. In retirement, Muir relocated to Santa Clara, Utah where he served as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple in St. George. l


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The City of Murray recently updated our city mission, vision, and values statements that had last been published in 2012. Every department director had the opportunity to weigh in on the updated documents. While each department has a role and mission defined by city code, this mission statement is applicable citywide to all departments and employees. What’s the difference between mission, vision, and values statements? According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), “a mission statement is a concise explanation of the organization’s reason for existence, describing the organization’s purpose and overall intention; a vision statement looks forward and creates a mental image of the ideal state that the organization wishes to achieve; and the values statement lists the core principles that guide and direct the organization and its culture.” Our mission statement is that “Murray City promotes a high quality of life by providing superior governmental services in a professional, friendly, inclusive, innovative and proactive manner.” It has always been the goal of Murray City to provide superior services and during my time as mayor I have emphasized the concept of continual improvement. The vision statement of the city states that “Murray City is an innovative, vibrant, independent and self-sustaining community that balances the needs of its businesses and protects an ever-changing resident population. We capitalize on our strengths, including our central location and infrastructure, to attract quality businesses and jobs. Our quality of life is enriched through the availability of thriving and diverse neighborhoods, healthcare services, community recreation and educational opportunities. We encourage public participation and welcome equity, diversity and inclusion for our citizens in moving the city forward.” Murray’s independent and self-sustaining spirit remains evident in our city provided police and fire departments, power department, public works, library, parks, recreation and

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Spring Adult Volleyball Leagues

Monday – Women’s A Volleyball League Dates: March 8 – April 26 Cost: $270 Deadline: 3/1/2021 Thursday – Coed B/BB Volleyball League Dates: March 11 – April 29 Cost: $270 Deadline: 3/1/2021

Pickleball Play at The Park Center Date: Days: Time: Cost:

March 2 – 25 Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:50am-10:30am $20 Park Center Members $40 Non Park Center Members

Spring Jr. Jazz League Dates: Day: Times: Grades:

Deadline: Cost: Register:

April 10-May 22 Saturdays 9:am to 6:00 pm 3rd-4th Grade Girls 3rd-4th Grade Boys 5-6 Grade Girls 5-6 Grade boys Wed., March 10 $50 Resident, $60 non-resident $10 late Fee after Deadline or at the Parks and Recreation office in Murray Park

This league will include 7 regular season games and practices, Jr. Jazz jersey and a gift from the Utah Jazz.

Spring Top Flite Competitive Basketball Leagues

4th Grade Boys Thursdays March 25-May 27 5th Grade Boys Tuesdays March 23-May 25 6th Grade Boys Tuesdays March 23-May 25 7th Grade Boys Mondays March 22-May 31 8th Grade Boys Wednesday March 24-May 26 Cost: $475 per team Deadline: Wednesday, March 10 Late Fee $50 after the deadline Register: or at the Parks and Recreation office in Murray Park League will consist of 7 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. League awards for 1st Place and runner, Top Sportsmanship Team, leading scorer and leading 3 point shooter.

Turbo Mini Tournaments Youth Competitive Basketball 3-4th Grade girls and 5-6 Grade Girls Date: Times: Teams allowed: Cost: Deadline: Locations:

Saturday, March 13, 2021 9:00 am-5:00 pm 4 teams in each division $275 (4 game guarantee) Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 ($25 late fee after deadline) Murray Schools

Register: or at the Parks and Recreation office in Murray Park

4th Grade boys, 5th Grade Boys, 6th Grade Boys Date: Times: Teams Allowed: Cost: Deadline: Locations: Register:

Saturday, March 13, 2021 9:00 am-5:00 pm 4 teams in each division $275 (4 games guarantee) Friday, March 5, 2021 ($25 late fee after deadline) Murray Schools or at the Parks and Recreation office in Murray Park

7th Grade Boys, 8th Grade Boys, 7-9 Grade Girls Date: Times: Teams Allowed: Cost: Deadline: Locations: Register:

Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:00 am-5:00 pm 4 teams in each division $275 (4 games guarantee) Friday, March 12, 2021 ($25 late fee after deadline) Murray Schools or at the Parks and Recreation office in Murray Park

9-10 Grade Boys, 11-12 Grade Boys, 10-12 Grade Girls Date: Times: Teams Allowed: Cost: Deadline:

Saturday, March 27, 2021 9:00 am-5:00 pm 4 teams in each division $275 (4 games guarantee) Friday, March 19, 2021 ($25 late fee after deadline)

Locations: Register:

Murray Schools or at the Parks and Recreation office in Murray Park

1st Place and Runner Up Awards. All divisions are by current schoolyear grade levels A team may play up one (1) division or if a grade division doesn’t make two (2) division will be combined. Player may only be rostered on one (1) Team player per weekend.

Coed Youth Volleyball League

Dates: March 1-April 7 Mondays: 7-9 Grades Tuesdays: 5-6 Grades Wednesdays: 2-4 Grades Time: 6-7:30 pm Cost: $30 Residents, $40 non-residents Register: or at Murray Parks & Recreation office or the Park Center. Deadline: February 17 @ 8 am If spots available will reopen Feb. 19 with a $10 Late Fee added) We emphasize fun, skill development, instruction, game competition and fitness! Practices and games are played at Hillcrest. Jr. High. This league includes six practices and games (practices occur prior to the games) and a jersey.

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April 17-May 15 Thursday Nights (5:30-8:00 pm) Saturday mornings (9:00 am-noon) Coed Pre K (min 3 year olds),Coed K, Girls 1-2 Grade, Boys 1-2 Grade, Girls 3-4 Grade, Boys 3-4 Grade,

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Coed 5-6 Grades, Coed 7-9 Grade, Coed 10-12 Grade $50 Residents, $60 Non-residents Thursday, March 25, at 8:00 am If spots are available registration will reopen March 27 with a $10 late fee added) or at the Parks and Recreation office in Murray

ParkCoaches Mtg: April 1st @ 6 pm at the Murray Senior Center. Includes 8 games, jersey, shorts and socks.

Adult Coed Kickball Dates: Place: Times: Nights: Cost:

Deadline: Register:

April 7-June 16 Murray Park Softball Field 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 pm Wednesdays $400 per team $50 late fee after deadline Wednesday, March 24 or at the Parks and Recreation office in Murray Park

Space is limited to the first 10 teams. Can carry 22 people on your roster. League will consist of 9 regular season games and a single elimination tournament.

Adult Softball Leagues Coed Softball Monday Nights

April 5-July 19 Deadline: March 15 @ 8am

Womens Softball Tuesday Nights

April 6-July 20 Deadline: March 16 @ 8am

Men’s Softball Thursday Nights

April 8-July 22 Deadline: March 18 @ 8am

Place: Cost: Register:

Murray Park Softball Field $500 per team $50 late fee after deadline or the Recreation office or the Park Center

Space is limited to 8 teams with up to 20 people on a roster. Leagues will consist of 14 regular season games. No composite bats, double wall bats or two piece bats allowed. Softball are provided!

Men’s Basketball League Dates: Night: Place: Times: Cost: Deadline: Register:

March 23-May 18 Tuesday Night Murray High Main gym 6, 7, 8, 9 pm $550 per team Wednesday, March 10 $50 late fee after deadline or at the Parks and Recreation office in Murray Park

Space limited to the first 8 teams that register. Can carry up to 10 people on a roster. League will consist of 7 games and a single elimination tournament. League awards include 1st and 2nd place, League top Scorer and 3-point leader.

MARCH 2021 Outdoor Pickleball League Dates: Days:

Times: Cost: Deadline: Register:

April 6-May 13 Tuesday Morning Thursday Morning Tuesday Night Thursday Night AM 7:00 am to 12:00 pm PM 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm $25 Resident $35 Non-resident Friday, April 2 Online at or Murray Parks and Recreation Office


Family Soccer Golf Tournaments Tournament Dates: April 3 Deadline: May 8 Deadline: June 12 Deadline: July 10 Deadline: Aug 14 Deadline: Sept. 6 Deadline: Times: Format: Cost: Ages: Register: T-times:

March 26 April 30 June 4 July 2 August 6 Sept. 1

8:00 am to Noon 1:00 to 4:00 pm 8:00 am to noon 8:00 am to noon 8:00 am to noon 8:00 am to noon

T-times starting at 8:00 am and every 10 minutes after that. Foursome scramble. Closet to the hole, longest kick, straightest kick. Winners win prizes. Must provide own soccer balls (4 balls) $20 per team Any ages Murray Parks and Recreation, The Park Center or online at Call for times the Thursday before the tournament

Murray Parks & Recreation will hold 6 Family Soccer Golf Tournaments in Murray Park. A 9-hole Soccer Golf course in Murray Park will be created for this awesome family event. This tournament will be a foursome scramble. Prizes given for a closest to the hole, longest kick and straightest kick. Come play with your family, friends, etc. Social distancing is required! Prizes given for the best scores.

Thursday Men’s Golf League

Teams play in foursomes. Your team is allowed to have four alternates. Play a round robin format each week. Prize money will be distributes at mid season and at the end of the season. Dates: April 8 to August 26 Times: 4:00 pm, 4:10 pm 4;20 pm, 4:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 4:50 pm, 5:00 pm, 5:10 pm Place: Mick Riley Golf Course Cost: $200 (Make check out to Murray City) We will pay directly the golf course Course Fees: Senior Rate Adult Rate Pull Cart $13 Walking $15 Walk $3 $21 Ride $23 Ride Deadline: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Register:, or Murray Park and Recreation Office


Resident on Display Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall. For those interested in showcasing their talent and becoming a Resident on Display – please contact The Current Resident on Display at City Hall is Brian Allen (pictured below).

5vs5vs5 Kickball League

Games are played at Murray Park Softball Field. Space is limited to the first 9 teams to register. Teams can have up to 12 people on a roster. League consist of 7 regular season games with an end of season tournament. All teams guaranteed 9 games. League awards include 1st, 2nd , 3rd place and top sportsmanship team Dates: April 9-June 11 Nights Fridays Place: Murray Park Softball Field Cost: $300 per team Deadline: Wednesday, March 24 Times: 6:00 pm, 7:30 pm, and 9:00 pm Register: Online at or the Murray Parks and Recr Office ($50 late fee after deadline)

Spring Conditioning Dates: Ages: Cost: Place:

April 13-May 21 6 year olds to 15 years of age $40 residents, $45 Non-residents Murray Park

Days: Times: Register:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 5:00 to 6:30 pm Parent Orientation April 5, @ 5:00 pm in Murray Park or Murray Parks and Rec Office or Park Center

Coed Adult Basketball Dates: Day: Place: Cost: Deadline: Register: Awards:

March 26-May 21 Friday Nights Riverview Jr. High $550 Wednesday, March 17, 2021 $50 Late fee after the deadline or the Murray Parks and Recreation Office 1st Place and 2nd Place, Leading scorer and leading 3pointers

Space limited to 8 teams with up to 10 people on a roster. Play 3 men and 2 women. Men guard men and women guard women. Play 7 games with a single elimination tournament.

Youth Track and field Dates: Days: Time: Location: Ages: Cost: Deadline


May 25-June 24 Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm Murray High Track and Field 6yrs.-15 yrs. $40 Residents, $45 non-residents May 12, 2021 at 8:00 am (If spots are available registration will reopen May 14th with $10 late fee added), Murray Park Rec Office or the Park Center

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on Zoom, but all participants will be able to see each other, see Cassie, and share in the excitement of the development of your stories. Cassie Ashton will be facilitating this workshop. Cassie is a nationally recognized and award-winning Storyteller. She has been teaching storytelling techniques and telling stories for over 30 years. Call the Center to register for this Zoom class: 801-264-2635. Watercolor Class: (zoom) John Fackrell’s six-week WATERCOLOR class begins Monday, March 8-through Monday, April 12, at 9:00-12:00. Cost is $33. Share is limited to 20. Call the Center to register for this Zoom class: 801-264-2635. Nutrition Class: (zoom) On Tuesday, March 30 at 10:30, Ashley Quadros from Harmons will be sharing information on 7 FOODS IN 7 RECIPES. Looking to spice up your weekday meal routine? Not sure what foods will give you the most nutritional bang for your buck? Join Ashley (zoom), to learn how to incorporate different “power” foods into your daily routine. Call the Center at register for this Zoom class: 801-264-2635. Legal Consultation: (zoom) An attorney is available for 30-minute LEGAL CON-


SULTAION no charge on Tuesday, March 9 & April 6 from 1:00-3:00. This will be a virtual appointment and call the Center for your appointment: 801- 2642635. Kyle Barrick is a local attorney and he has been working with the Center for many years. AARP Tax Preparation Help AARP will be assisting seniors with their tax returns on Wednesdays, beginning February 17 and continuing through the tax season. An appointment must be made to pick up a tax information packet and drop off your taxes to the preparers. When you drop off your tax documents, you will be given a return appointment to come back and pick up your completed taxes. VITA Tax Services Vita Tax services will offer their tax services this tax season. The number to call is 211. Drop off will be at the Sorenson Center, 855 California Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84104. You can also go online to Senior Golf League The Murray Senior Golf League has nine tournaments arranged for this year’s golf league which will start in May. Registration begins April 21; Cost is $10 to join, each tournament has green fees and prize money to play. Please call the Center at 801-264-2635 for more information.

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One woman saved hundreds of lives and impacted Murray’s history By Shaun Delliskave |


manda Bagley’s name isn’t featured prominently on any street signs or buildings in Murray. Yet her effort to improve the health of women and children in Murray, by creating the forerunner to what would become Cottonwood Hospital, and later Intermountain Medical Center, stands as one of the most impactful events in the city’s history. In the early part of the 20th century, Utah’s neonatal death rates were exceptionally high by today’s standards (49 per 1,000 births in 1920). Nationally, women lacked access to adequate maternity care. Congress passed the Sheppard-Towner Act to provide financial aid for states to create health centers and prenatal clinics. Amy Bowen Lyman, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Relief Society presidency, saw this as an opportunity to establish maternity centers in struggling Utah communities. According to archivist Loretta Hefner, “Even though the Sheppard-Towner Act was in the midst of a critical debate in Congress, in which conservative groups suggested that it was part of a Communist Bolshevik plot to gain control over the children of the country, the Relief Society joined the nation’s progressive leaders…to reduce what they

The Cottonwood Maternity Hospital, forerunner to Cottonwood Hospital, TOSH and IMC. (Photo courtesy of the Murray Museum)

believed to be the extraordinarily high infant and maternity morbidity and mortality rates in the United States.” In 1914, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints created the Cottonwood

Stake, a regional collection of congregations that included Murray, Cottonwood Heights, Millcreek and Taylorsville wards. Amanda Bagley was called as the first stake Relief Society president, where she led the women’s

organizations within the stake. After seeing two women die during their pregnancies, from conditions that could have been prevented had they received proper care, Bagley recorded in her history that

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something had to be done. “It was sad to see those children left motherless,” Bagley said. “I longed to do something for mothers. Knowing conditions and dangers in the home, I felt that the greatest need was to protect motherhood with hospital care.” In 1924, Bagley approached Church leaders for financial support to purchase the Neil McMillan home on 400 East and 5600 South in Murray. Bagley described the large brick home as a “cool, quiet, restful location.” Upon given approval, the women of the Cottonwood Stake Relief Society rallied to provide funds, furnishings and supplies for the new hospital. The need for such a facility was clear, as three months before the 10-bed facility was even officially opened and dedicated, the center hosted its first birth. Leadership for the new hospital was not handed over to a corporation but managed by the women of the Cottonwood Stake Relief Society. In her book, “Social and Moral Reform,” Nancy Cott noted the growth of the hospital. “Even though most of the other facilities were much smaller in size and did not grow into major medical complexes like the Cottonwood Maternity Hospital, the fact that some place was set aside for examinations, prenatal care,

delivery and physicians had access to…sterile equipment had a significant impact on the maternity and infancy mortality and morbidity rates.” Demands for services at the hospital increased, so the building was enlarged to include new rooms with updated resources. Until 1963, the Cottonwood Stake Relief Society ran the hospital. The Church opened Cottonwood Hospital (currently The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital) adjacent to it and closed down the maternity home. Bagley passed away in 1945, but the fruits of her efforts have been well documented. On the hospital’s 20th birthday, it claimed “that of 7,837 births, only two mothers had died from causes related to childbirth.” At Bagley’s funeral, Dr. Adam Bennion spoke on behalf of the staff of the hospital she helped found: “One of the finest tributes paid her was by a nurse in the hospital. As this nurse said as this good woman left the institution, ‘There is gone from this hospital one of the grandest women that was ever been here.’ We might gather together and say in one breath as this woman leaves mortality, ‘There has gone from the earth one of the grandest women who has ever lived here.’” l

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Team balance leads to best season for Cottonwood boys basketball in a long time By Brian Shaw |


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f the Cottonwood boys basketball team is taking a page from the Utah Jazz, then it’s no surprise that the Colts have been the most unselfish in many years. The Jazz have taken a quantum leap thanks to extraordinary team balance and so has Cottonwood. “That program is taking a huge step forward,” explained Greg Southwick, Cottonwood athletic director. “And it all begins with the coach we have.” The Colts finished the season 10-11 overall with the No. 18 seed in the Class 5A RPI. The real reason for this near-.500 record may have just as much to do with what the players have done to buy into the ideas head coach Marc Miller is proposing. Looking over the season statistics bears out this theory that there has been a significant buy-in by the players. For example, the team only has one senior starter—Andre Cooper—and he has accepted more of a secondary role in terms of scoring. Several juniors and a sophomore top Cooper as far as scoring goes, led by junior Noah Widerburg, who at 16.8 points per game is one of the top 10 scorers in Class 5A. The balance doesn’t stop there, however. Sophomore Aiden Oliphant averages 10.8 points per game and junior Cooper Lindsey is contributing 10 points as well. Another reason for Cottonwood’s success may come from Cooper, who as a senior has become the team’s primary playmak-

Senior Andre Cooper unleashes a roar during the final minute of Cottonwood’s upset over Brighton in its final home game of the season. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

er, averaging six assists per game, which is fourth-best in Class 5A. Oliphant is in the top 10 Class 5A best in rebounding and blocked shots, and Lindsey is one of the state’s best three-point shooters. All told, this balance is contributing to what has already been a season to remember for Cottonwood, who only has four region games left before turning its attention to a state tournament appearance on Feb. 24 (after press deadline). . l

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nimal shelters and rescues around the country have reported an increase of people fostering animals during the pandemic. Fostering provides room for shelters to take in more animals and helps place the animal in a well-fit forever home. Christelle Del Prete works for Best Friends Animal Society with their sanctuary in Kanab and shelters and networks around the country, including their Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Sugar House. “Pets thrive in homes, not shelters,” she said. “And it’s a beautiful thing when communities come together to care for their homeless animals as so many people have done during the pandemic.” Even nearly one year into the pandemic, many people still find themselves working or going to school fully or partially remotely, so this increase in time at home certainly is a contributing factor to both increases in adoptions and fostering. For the foster family of a 9-month-old mixed breed dog, Hugh, a medical foster from Salt Lake County Animal Services, this was the case with all three members of the family working or attending school at least partially remotely. Hugh came to Salt Lake County Animal Services as a stray with a hip injury that he had “for a good amount of time,” and required surgery. After the surgery that the shelter provided, Hugh needed to receive physical therapy, time to heal, and encouragement to use his back leg again, so he was placed in a foster home where they could make this commitment. In addition to helping Hugh heal, his foster family helped to further determine information a potential adopter might be interested in, such as was he good with other dogs, good with children, afraid of men or people in general, good with cats, and so on. Also how well trained he was, how well he did riding in the car, how well he walked on a leash, how well he did in a crate both during the day and at night, and if he had any signs of separation anxiety. In Hugh’s case, he seemed to do well with everyone and everything, which surprised one of his fosters, Matt Ackley of Sandy. “I had wrongly assumed since he was a stray that he would require a lot more behavioral training, but he truly is an amazing dog, especially considering his circumstances and young age.” Since Hugh made tremendous progress in his recovery and proved to be a great example of how resilient and loving animals can still be even when humans initially fail them, he was able to meet with a potential adopter ahead of schedule. When it was deemed a good fit, the adoptive family agreed to continue his therapy, and he went to his new forever home after only three weeks post-surgery and with his foster. Ack-

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Murray Senior Recreation Center helps older adults persevere in pandemic By Shaun Delliskave |


Stung by the loss of activities and events, the Murray Senior Recreation Center had to get creative to meet the needs of older residents dealing with isolation and hunger during the pandemic. At the center, supervisor April Callaway said 2020 was the most challenging year she’s faced during her years working there. “Shock. Devastation. Fear,” Callaway said. “We were open one minute and closed the next. Our seniors suddenly had their ‘second home’ closed to them…no meals, no friends, no activities. The closure interrupted their daily routines as well as disrupted the staff here at the center.” In addition to recreation and leisure-time activities, the center offers social services, nutritious meals, and educational, instructional and cultural programs for the general health and well-being of senior adults at no cost. “The greatest needs are socialization and knowledge. They turn to us for information regarding their concerns and the future. When will we get to open the center and meet again? What is the availability of vaccines? The emotional need for reassurance and direction is vital to the seniors’ mental health,” Callaway said. Staff has been calling and checking on seniors regularly to ensure their needs are being met. The center has been offering lunches ev-

Murray Senior Recreation Center Director Tricia Cooke waves at Murray seniors. (Photo courtesy of Murray City)

ery day on a drive-up basis. Although they had to cancel all their special events, they provided traditional holiday meals for curbside pickup at Thanksgiving and Christmas to share the holiday spirit with seniors. In October, they worked with Community Nursing Services to provide flu shot vaccines at Grant Park, in compliance with social distancing requirements. “We offered car bingo from April through December, which was a great success,” Callaway said. For car bingo, participants parked in the center parking lot, and staff handed out bingo cards. The staff would then call out a number over a speaker. If someone ended up with bingo, they could either yell or honk to announce

their win. Murray Senior Rec Center is currently offering Zoom classes, such as personal training, watercolors, history, grief support, nutrition, legal aid and storytelling workshops. To help those that don’t have access to a computer for Zoom classes, they are in the process of preparing iPads that can be checked out from the center and then used to access the Zoom classes. In collaboration with AARP, they are also working on a way to safely offer tax assistance this year. According to Callaway, “We have a volunteer senior that delivers 10 backpacks filled with non-perishable food from the Utah Food Bank to us every week. We distribute them to

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ast spring, when schools were put on soft closure, many teachers went scrambling to ensure student learning continued. This fall, Grant Elementary Principal Mindy Ball and instructional coach Whitney Morris put their heads together to find a way to support virtual learners as well as in-person students in their literacy intervention program. The result was to adapt Target Time intervention into an online platform. Target Time literacy intervention involves the kindergarten through second-grade students who need to focus on phonics, fluency and comprehension. Teachers and reading paraprofessionals work with small groups of students at the level they need to master skills, such as blending, segmenting, learning beginning sounds of words or more advanced skills, Morris said. “These grounds are critical to student growth and success, and can be the difference between reading fluency and reading frustration,” Ball said. Traditionally, they have worked with students in group sizes of three to eight, in-person around a table for 30 minutes per session. However, following safety and health guidelines surrounding COVID-19, students can’t be pulled from multiple classes to be grouped nor can they have close exposure for that period of time. Instead, they are tested by a paraprofessional aide every couple weeks, grouped with other students at that level, and then each day, click on a Zoom link—whether in-person or at home—to meet with an aide or teacher, Morris said. “The aides are scattered throughout the building, so they don’t have their mask on and students in-person wear headphones, so we are able to provide the same support for those on a hybrid schedule or quarantined, just digitally,” she said. Ball said that the intervention groups still takes place, just in a different method than in previous years. “The intervention then takes place—using digital materials, screen sharing, and a plethora of other methods. Once a group has made it through that skill, they are then again tested and see if they are ready to move on or if more instruction is needed. Groups can be shifted, and new links given out. Not only does this allow students to ‘bloom where they are planted,’ but can give those students who need extension the opportunity to be challenged,” she said. It also is able to be done without the “stigma of attending a class with students two grade levels below where they are—because on Zoom, no one knows. Everyone gets what they need,” Ball said. Morris said that her staff tests students “on a consistent basis so we’re able to see where kids are” and therefore, she is able to change the student groups to best fit their abilities. For students, it’s as simple as clicking on a link she provides, and they are able to join a teacher or aide to get the instruction and support they need. This year, Morris said she has seen a greater need for intervention both because of the impact COVID-19 had on student learning last spring as well as the summer slide. For example, in fall 2019, she had 23 second-grade students who needed literacy intervention. This past fall, there were 41 of the 48 second-grade students. However, currently only 18 of those 48 are still needing the boost up—and last year, nine— meaning that the online support intervention has been successful in helping about the

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Through Grant Elementary’s online Target Time intervention program, students are independently able to connect with a paraprofessional or teacher to get the literacy instruction at their level from their home or from their classroom seat. (Whitney Morris/Grant Elementary)

same percentage of students in their growth. This approach also has helped student-learners in grades three through six who are needing a boost up, Ball said. “Not all students in grades three to six took part in a phonics or reading intervention, (so) it was difficult to meet together in reading groups. In this system students are able to meet wherever they are—in their own classroom or at home online. Technology and Target Time (together) has been extremely helpful as students have found themselves in many different situations this year, and that most likely will continue,” she said. While Morris sees younger students returning to in-person intervention once the pandemic passes, she said it may continue this way to support third- through sixth-grade students. “I really like that these kids can stay in their room and are able to do work in their classroom and get the help they need from their aide. I’m seeing the same growth as far as those kids as I did last year,” she said. Morris also pointed out that students are excited to log on and have still been able to develop relationships and bond with their peers in other classrooms as well as with the faculty and staff while being supported through this method of intervention. “We definitely see them having a good time, we see them talking to each other and getting to be good friends,” she said. Ball said through the online interventions, teachers and aides have learned new skills and procedures while supporting students. “Overall, the idea of online interventions took a lot of planning and perspective shifting but has been worth it,” she said. l



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Cottonwood drill team finishes out of state contention, but won in other ways By Brian Shaw |


ometimes, when you win, you actually lose. And sometimes, when you lose, you actually win. Actress Rosie Perez said that many years ago in the film “White Men Can’t Jump” after her partner Woody Harrelson lost a pickup basketball game. In this case, the Cottonwood Chaparrals drill team may have lost at the Region 6 championships on Jan. 21, but they may have won in other more important ways, suggested head coach Nicky Soulier. “We had the funnest, best time at Region! Great memories were made,” Soulier said. “We laughed, we bonded, we performed our routines the best we ever have.” In a year when so much has changed the overall dynamic of competition itself, sometimes it’s just as good to look at what the players in this game we call life accomplish as people—and not just as participants in a sporting event. To that end, the Chaparrals received the highest marks, according to their head coach. Victory is sweet, and to be sure the Chaparrals have won their share of awards over the decades. But sometimes, there’s just as much to be gained from defeat—maybe more than the winning itself. “I was so proud of the character of my girls. They wished the other teams good luck

over and over,” Soulier said. “They told them ‘good job’ and ‘congratulations.’ They were a class act. They were champions in the most important ways.” They were also champions in the classroom, said Soulier. Hailey Thompson and Ashley Clay both earned Academic All-Region honors, accolades that transfer to lives well beyond any arena. Next up for the Chaparrals? Tryouts Left: Two members of the Chaparrals made Academic All-Region. (Photo courtesy Cottonwood Chaparrals) Above: The Cottonwood drill team found other ways of success this year. (Photo courtesy Cottonwood for the 2021-22 season, March 24 at Cot- Chaparrals) tonwood. l

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Murrayites can welcome chickens to their coop By Shaun Delliskave |


Murray residents will now be permitted to raise chickens in their yard. (Photo courtesy Utah State University)

hy did the chicken cross the road? Because they are welcome in Murray. At the Feb. 2 Murray City Council meeting, city councilors voted unanimously to allow residents in non-agricultural zoned areas to raise chickens. In 2016, a similar motion was defeated in the city council. Due to an increased interest in gardening and self-sufficiency because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city council revisited the issue. A survey was sent to Murray residents to gauge how they would respond to having chickens in Murray. There were over 1,000 replies. Most of the responses came from homeowners that live in a single-family dwelling; 79% said chickens should be allowed in residential zones. Before the ordinance, owning chickens in residential areas was a violation of the city code. One chicken, the rooster, will still be prohibited, mainly due to the male bird’s crowing. The ordinance only allows for chicken hens, not domesticated ducks, geese or other fowl. At the Dec. 17, 2020 planning commission meeting, Murray resident Alex Teemsma said, “This is a great ordinance and is overdue. A well-crafted ordinance should reward transparency. Getting this on the books will encourage people to disclose if they are keeping chickens.

He asked if there would be a fine if someone were in violation of the proposed ordinance.” In the ordinance, the maximum number of chickens allowed is based on the property’s square footage. Coops need to be 10 feet from the dwelling on the property, 25 feet from the adjacent residence, and 5 feet from the property line setback. Most cities in Salt Lake County, except for Millcreek and Sandy, allow chickens and the number of chickens allowed depends on the lot size. Heydon Kaddas, a Murray resident, told the commission, “Owning chickens is a huge risk for salmonella outbreaks, and it’s something the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has had to address frequently over the last 10 years. The CDC has had to repeatedly post guidelines on how to sanitarily have chickens.” She encouraged the commission to have some type of registration that would provide safe practices on keeping chickens. Before purchasing a bird, Murray residents must register their flock with the city and agree to the ordinance restrictions, such as prohibiting the birds’ outdoor slaughter. Murray resident Jann Cox told the planning commission, “I am opposed to allowing residential chicken keeping. Chickens, their eggs, feed and feces attract rats, raccoons, fox, skunks and other rodents. Because many Mur-

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The Pointe@53rd owners have asked that their property be rezoned as mixed-use, possibly allowing residential development. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

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