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t will be the first time since 1958 that Murray City Hall will be housed in a building constructed specifically to be a City Hall. The city’s main digs, for the last 70 years, have been in renovated buildings, like a furniture store and, presently, in the former Arlington Elementary building. Like its previous three iterations, Murray City Hall has expanded. Murray City’s elected officials reviewed a site plan and concept drawings for a new City Hall building during the July 15 Committee of the Whole meeting. While the concept plans have yet to be adopted, it is proposed that City Hall move to historic downtown land between 4800 South and 5th Avenue and Box Elder and Poplar Streets. The city purchased Arlington Elementary School, constructed in 1937, and remodeled it to accommodate city functions and began operating at this site in 1982. After 37 years, the city has grown, just as the upkeep and demand for services in the former schoolhouse has increased. The new, approximately 85,000-square-foot building is sited to provide frontage along 4800 South, Hanauer Street and 5th Avenue. Its two main entrances face north and south and connect in a public lobby. According to Murray Chief Administrative Officer Doug Hill, “The fixed limit of construction costs (budget) for the new city hall is $28,000,000. This does not include other associated costs, such as design and commissioning fees, furniture, fixtures and equipment, land acquisition, demolition of the old fire station, cell tower relocation and public art.” A large public plaza is planned along 5th Avenue and Hanauer Street. The city’s master plan envisions 5th Avenue
Architect’s rendering of Murray City Hall’s southeast entrance. (Drawing courtesy Murray City)
as a festival street. The plaza will provide a venue for active The city is in the midst of a roadway project to extend Hanauand passive uses by Murray residents, such as evening con- er Street south of 4800 South, such that it will become the Continued page 4 certs, art festivals, food truck gatherings and holiday events. eastern boundary of the City Hall site.
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Continued from front page “The city plans to bond (borrow) for the project and will repay the bonds (debt) with existing sales tax revenue. No new tax increases are planned to fund City Hall,” Hill said. With the incorporation of city hall, the plaza, and new fire station (currently under construction), the area will be officially christened the Murray Civic Center. In a press release, Mayor Blair Camp stated, “The new, modern city hall will better serve our citizens by housing more city ser-
vices in one location and will help revive this underutilized area in the heart of our downtown.” The city’s statement also included its intent for the new Civic Center: “The vision for the Murray Civic Center is to become the emotional heart of Murray City. This will be accomplished by providing a Civic Center that is unique to Murray City and more than just a building. The exterior spaces and the building will work together to accomplish this goal. The project will celebrate Murray’s
independent spirit by providing a unique design that creates a destination and reinforces the strong identity of Murray.” The city is hoping to break ground March of 2020, with completion slated for late 2021. The city has selected GSBS Architects and Layton Construction Company on this project. Once the new city hall is occupied, the city intends to sell the old Arlington School building. City leaders hope the civic center will be a gathering place for the community. The
city’s official announcement stated, “The Civic Center will be inclusive and welcoming to the community and will celebrate the accessibility and transparency of the Murray City government. It will be responsibly designed with functionality and sustainability at the forefront. The project will also be a catalyst for economic development in the surrounding area and help Murray City realize its City Center District Master Plan.” l
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End summer on a high note at this year’s Murray Acoustic Music Festival By Shaun Delliskave | email@example.com
n an increasingly connected world, every once in a while it is good to be unplugged, and the Murray Acoustic Music Festival is here to help. The Murray Park Amphitheater (495 E. 5300 South) will host the festival on Labor Day, Sept. 2, as the final presentation of the outdoor Arts in the Park 2019 season. The music festival is sponsored by Murray City Cultural Arts and the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association. IAMA is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to appreciating, promoting, preserving and spreading acoustic music, including bluegrass, British Isles, folk, old-time, singer-songwriter, Americana and Celtic music. Headlining this year’s show is Anke Summerhill, a well-known local singer/ songwriter who has performed regionally for many years. Matt Seabury, who is a former Utah State Fingerstyle Guitar champion, will be accompanying her. “We are very excited to have the amazing singer-songwriter Anke Summerhill, accompanied by guitar-player-extraordinaire Matt Seabury,” IAMA President Todd Schultz said. Summerhill’s debut CD, “The Roots Run Deep,” was highly touted. Independent Songwriter Web-Magazine wrote: “The emotional bond is established with the audience from the very first note. It’s personal yet universal. You may cry, you may find yourself becoming philosophical, but you will feel something totally unique from any other album you’ve ever heard.” In February 2004, her second full-length CD, “Shine on Through,” was listed at No. 16 out of 70 CD’s radio survey on the Folk DJ list. Cottonwood High alumnus Seabury was recognized in 2014 as the Utah State Guitar Fingerpicking champ. He currently tours with the acoustic group The Lazlos. “After the short intermission, The Grey Hounds – always lively and fun and sometimes hilarious – will finish the night with their foot-stomping, sometimes progressive,
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some traditional songs and some originals. NowPlayingUtah.com declared them as one of Utah’s best bluegrass bands. Before the festival, the Murray Park Amphitheater stage hosted 70’s rock group Firefall. The band’s biggest hit single, “You Are the Woman,” peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard charts in 1976. The band also had hits with “Just Remember I Love You” (No. 11 in 1977), “Strange Way” (No. 11 in 1978), “Cinderella” (No. 34 in 1977), “Headed for a Fall” (No. 35 in 1980), and “Staying with It” (No. 37 in 1981). The Murray Acoustic Music Festival was founded in 1995 and hosted a variety of local acts. In the 1990s, acoustic music was reintroduced to mainstream audiences through such programs as MTV’s “Unplugged” that featured popular artists performing their music sets acoustically. Additionally, the soundtrack of the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” which featured bluegrass, folk and Americana, won the Grammy Award for Cottonwood High grad and Utah Guitar Fingerpicking champ Matt Seabury will headline this year’s Murray Album of the Year. Characteristic of most acoustic bands are non-electric guitars, hamAcoustic Music Festival. (Photo courtesy IAMA) mered dulcimers, banjos, fiddles, upright bass and mandolins. Since its start in 1995, the Murray Festival has been part of the circuit for local talent to display their goods. The stage has hosted well-known acts such as Guy Benson, Flint & Steel and Dusty Boxcars. The festival begins at 6 p.m. on Labor Day at the Murray Park Amphitheater. A $5 general admission fee will be taken at the gate. “This Labor Day concert is always the perfect way to celebrate the end of the summer heat and welcome the coolness of the incoming fall,” Schultz said. Murray’s music scene heads indoors in October, starting with the Murray SymThe Grey Hounds will play at this year’s Murray Acoustic Music Festival. (Photo courtesy The Grey Hounds) phony Orchestra’s presentation of “Autumn Fantasy” on Oct. 13 and the Murray Concert Band’s Fall Concert on Oct. 26, both in Hillsometimes classic, bluegrass – yee haw,” Brunvand, Bill Thomas, JD Frederick and crest Jr. High School’s auditorium.l Shultz said. Bill Kubilius. All are notable local guitar The Grey Hounds consist of Erik pickers. They play an upbeat set featuring
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World’s first commercial, indoor strawberry farm coming to Murray By Shaun Delliskave | email@example.com
t could be the world’s first private, commercial, vertical, indoor strawberry farm, and the Murray City Council approved it during their June 18 meeting. In a first for an urban Utah city, the City Council amended the Murray City Municipal Code to allow for indoor, vertical farming. This clears the way for Chihan Kim, a businessman whose holdings include a Sandy coffee shop, to develop what would be Utah’s first large-scale commercial, indoor, hydroponic farm in a vacant warehouse building located at 158 E. 4500 South. “(I) will collect all the material to build the facility and…grow vegetables and some fruits, like strawberries, that will benefit from the omittance of herbicides,” Kim told the Murray City Planning Commission on May 2. Vertical farming has become a buzzword in agriculture. The process includes producing food in vertically stacked layers, such as in a skyscraper, unused warehouse, or stacked shipping containers, with controlled-environment agriculture technology, where all environmental factors can be controlled. Such facilities utilize artificial light control, environmental control (humidity, temperature and gases) and fertigation. Some vertical farms use techniques similar to greenhouses, where natural sunlight can be augmented with artificial
lighting and metal reflectors. One of the most successful vertical farming operations is in Jackson, Wyoming. There, Vertical Harvest produces 100,000 pounds of vegetables a year on a plot 30 feet high by 150 feet long. Their 1/10th-of-an-acre site grows an annual amount of produce equivalent to 10 acres of traditional farmland. However, other ventures have failed. Vertical farms are expensive to set up and take a long time to expand. Technology is changing at such a rapid pace that a newly opened competitor in the field could offer produce at a lower rate than an established producer. Still, indoor farming is appealing as a sustainable solution to growing food with little need for pesticides, water and land. Before the code change, “Indoor Farming” was not listed as an allowable use in any zone in Murray City. For Kim to move forward with his zoning request, he needed to go through the extreme measure of having Murray change its code to allow for such a business. This won’t be the first vertical, indoor farm in Utah, as an 11,000-square-foot facility sits on farmland in Charleston. Strong Vertical Garden supplies produce from that building to Smith’s grocery stores and microgreens to several chefs and restaurants in Utah. The building that Kim intends to trans-
form into an indoor farm is the former Electrical Wholesale Supply building. That building will allow Kim’s company, City Farm, to have 40,609 square feet for operations. LED lighting will be the primary source of light for the plants. Murray City planning staff noted in their recommendation to the City Council that the indoor farm, “…will create the best opportunities to adaptively re-use and potentially revitalize older buildings and vacant spaces… (and) have the potential to place year-round access to fresh food closest to populations with limited transportation options, creating a positive impact on public health.” “The main crops that we are considering at this moment are strawberries,” Kim said. Strawberries, he said, are one of the most contaminated fruits because of outdoor pesticides. This process will save them from harmful chemicals that get trapped in their seeds and pores and don’t all wash out with water. “The farm operations will be maximum automation. Pollination—I am going to use drones. Drones will produce wind that will promote pollination. The farm will be open to the public with large windows. Strawberries will be supplied to grocery stores, but we will also make strawberry smoothies and food like that,” Kim said.
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An example of vertical farming shows stacks of crops growing in an indoor building. (Photo courtesy Murray City)
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WGU firmly includes proactive efforts for women By Jennifer J. Johnson | firstname.lastname@example.org
estern Governors University (WGU) was formed in 1997. Now, with 22 years under its belt, the organization which started with two women on its board of trustees, seems to be making earnest efforts to stay as cutting edge in its hiring-retaining-promoting efforts as it is in its electronic delivery of course content and performance-based testing measures.
What is WGU?
WGU is a private, nonprofit, online university with headquarters in Murray. The nonprofit university is the bipartisan brainchild of former Republican Utah Governor Mike Leavitt—who still sits on the board of trustees for the entity—and former Democratic Colorado Governor Roy Romer. WGU uses an online competency-based learning model as opposed to the traditional credit-based model present at most universities. It also boasts costing about half the cost of today’s online university—even though its pioneering efforts helped pave the way for what has now become a standard way of learning. In the early days, then Gov. Leavitt spoke of WGU’s being “one small click for mankind.” Today, from a human resources perspective, the virtual university has its sights set on not just mankind, but all kinds.
WGU and the WLI (Women’s Leadership Institute)
WGU was recently one of 30 companies to participate in the “ElevateHer Challenge” sponsored by another nonprofit organization — the Women’s Leadership Institute. The six-part challenge seeks to inform organizations of hiring, retaining, and promoting practices for women, as well as to heighten women’s leadership on internal and external boards and even encourage them to bring their skills beyond the organization into the public realm by running for public office. While WGU participated in the May event and was even quoted by WLI in a press release about the project, it really does not represent anything new for WGU. This perspective comes from Bonnie Pattee, senior vice president of people and talent, who has
The six-point “ElevateHer” challenge seeks to help Utah companies and organizations be proactive in hiring, retaining and promoting women—both inside and outside of their organizations. (WLI)
worked for WGU for almost seven years and was promoted in July from VP to senior VP. In a given year, Pattee’s team will hire 1,500-1,600 individuals across the country for virtual roles, as well as the mainstay academic and administrative bricks-and-mortar presence WGU hosts at is Murray headquarters. “We have been doing this for a while, and we have probably hit all (the aspects) that are included in the challenge,” she told the City Journals. According to Pattee, companies are just beginning to really recognize and figure how to assess, monitor, and combat compensation equity gaps between male and female employees. “We have always looked carefully at our internal equity,” she said. “That is not new space to us.”
WGU and women at the highest levels
WGU had two women among the 13 founding members of its board of trustees and three women be among the 11 founding members of its National Advisory Board. The company has four women — including two women of color — on its board of trustees. Both of the women of color have been added late in the game, with Van Ton-Quinlivan joining in February of this
year and Jessie Woolley-Wilson joining in 2017. Only Therese Crane is a veteran, serving since 2002, almost since the dawn of the organization. Its other key governance organizations Leeds, who joined WGU about a year — representing everything from academic ago from Georgia after serving on the Acaleadership to assessment — WGU has 38% of these board-type entities comprising wom- demic Leadership Guiding Council for the virtual university and now heads a college en. with more than 20,000 students, said she met Pay equity, the WGU way WLI CEO Pat Jones at a Salt Lake Chamber The math varies slightly, but most sourc- event. She views WLI and other networking es agree that, in the United States, women are events as “wonderful opportunities” to pass paid 80 cents for every $1 earned by men in along to women throughout the WGU orgasimilar positions of responsibility. The hour- nization. ly compensation rate severely decreases for Leeds said she heard “lore” about Utah’s women (and men) of color. being a nonprogressive state for women in Key to WGU’s efforts for recruitment business and leadership. “Utahns themselves is the concept of “partnering”—something are their own worst enemies when they dePattee learned from her former gig at high- scribe this region,” she said emphatically. tech company Novell, Inc. “[We] make sure She said Utah is much more progressive we are partnering with the right organizations at exploring issues such as child care and elthat are supporting and advocating for wom- dercare and how they impact not just women, en and minorities,” she said. but men in the workforce. She credits WGU’s To that end, the WLI is synergistic with team as being “incredible” in terms of being WGU. “We are doing so many of these things on the leading edge of ensuring a diverse already, that it was a natural fit,” said Elke workforce. Leeds, dean of WGU’s College of Informa“There is always more work to do, to do tion Technology. the right thing,” Pattee summarized. l “A perfect meld of mind,” she continued.
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ll great sculptors have a favorite medium in which to ply their craft. For Michelangelo, it was stone, Chihuly it is glass, and Remington it was bronze. However, for Debbie Brown of Murray, Utah, it is butter. You will be able to catch Brown’s latest creation, “A Kinda Magic,” at this year’s Utah State Fair. “Our cow will be performing several magic tricks, such as cutting a goat in half, levitating a farmer, and pulling a bunny from a hat. Cows are pretty magical, and this one is a multitasking magician,” Brown said. Brown is a serious sculptor, having graduated with a degree in art and design from Brigham Young University. She refined her skills at Wasatch Bronzeworks in Lehi. So how does a serious artist get churned venturing into the world of condiments? “The Dairy Farmers of Utah contacted me. They invited Iowa butter sculptor Duffy Lyons to Utah to train me that year on how to create a life-size cow with an armature (metal framework) and 700 lbs. of butter. I loved learning this crazy, new sculpting process with butter in a 38-degree cooler. We wore layers of thermals but had no gloves because we needed our hands to sculpt the butter,” Brown said. Like bread and butter, Brown and her medium have been in high demand. In 2003, her “Cow Jumping Over the Moon” sculpture earned Best of Show at the Utah State Fair. Corporations have even called for her handiwork. “Two Southwest Airlines executives were promoted, so I received their photographs and sculpted a bust of each of them [in cheese] and shipped them to SWA’s headquarters in Dallas, where they said they ate cheese for days,” Brown said. “I guess we should have sent crackers with the gift.” Sculpting this dairy product is not as
easy as taking a hot knife through… well, butter. The butter needs to be the right consistency to work with it in the cooler. If it is too soft, it drips off the armature framework. If it’s too hard, they have to work it to make it pliable. The convenient thing about sculpting with butter is that Brown can continue to shape, add, and remove it, unlike sculpting cheese, which is less forgiving. Also, the cold temperature affects her hands, so she frequently steps outside the cooler to warm them up. “One year, when we were all finished and the sculpture was on display for a few days, the cooler blew a fuse, and the butter sculpture began to melt. I got a panicked call to fix the melting hand of the butter cowboy,” Brown said. One month before the fair, Brown and fellow sculptor Matt McNaughton, who is a ceramics sculptor from Heber, work with a local welder at Sugar Post in Salt Lake to build the armature framework for each of the characters in the display. They wrap each figure in a wire mesh so that they can apply the butter to it once it is transported to the cooler in Promontory Hall at the fair. Starting on Labor Day, they begin sculpting in the cooler. Typically, it takes them about 40 hours to complete the sculpture each year. Still, Brown knows which side her bread is buttered on and longs for the opportunity to return to stone sculpting. “I would love to sculpt a strong woman in stone. I admire so many great female role models because they have helped me develop my talents and confidence as a woman. I would like to honor them with a lasting sculpture.” All butter puns aside, you can catch Brown and McNaughton’s creation at the Utah State Fair, Sept. 5 – 15 in the fair park’s Promontory Hall. l
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tanding on 335 Vine Street as a curious reminder of a bygone era, the Superette Market greets visitors exiting Murray Park’s north gate. Just by looking at the little redbrick building you can envision patrons stopping in to grab groceries, get the latest town gossip and snag some penny candy. Even though the Superette saw its last customer in 1983, its owner, Shirley Crocker, still feisty at 90, keeps its memory alive. Shirley recently celebrated her birthday at Murray Park, where family, friends, and especially the kids (now grown up) who once bought Gobstoppers at her store, dropped by to wish her well. “I sold more penny candy than anybody in the city,” Crocker said. Superette was on the route for many schoolchildren walking to and from Parkside Elementary. “The school finally came and asked if we could open later because so many of the children were late getting to school. So, I said sure, we will open at 10.” She and her husband, Bill, took over the Superette in 1958 from Carl Gustafson, who constructed the market in 1953. Bill, who had just returned from the Korean War, opened a store with his new bride, Shirley, in downtown Salt Lake. They had just opened their second store on 700 East when Salt Lake City decided to expand the road, and the Crockers
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Shirley Crocker, center, stands with her daughters, Billie (left) and Joyce (right), who worked with her in the Superette. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)
ended up losing over $150,000 due to the expansion. A friend of the Crockers told them that Gustafson was opening a clothing store on Highland Drive and wanted out of the grocery business he had in Murray. The Crockers loved how Superette had a Vine Street storefront, but it also had a home attached to it on Glenn Street, where they could raise their children, Billie, Joyce, Brent and William. “I could tell the time by who was stopping by the store. At 9:30 the janitors from the church would stop in; at 10 the parks crew would be in; and at noon it was people from the golf course. We had a great big 40-pound block of cheese on the counter. I would make them cheese sandwiches. The secret to good cheese is not to refrigerate so it will age,” Crocker said. There were lean years at times while running the Superette. When a city official heard the Crocker’s daughter Joyce needed surgery, he offered Bill a part-time job watering Murray Park in the mornings. Bill eventually was offered a full-time position with Murray City, becoming Superintendent of Murray Parks & Recreation. Shirley was left to mind the store while Bill managed Murray’s parks. Superette was a family affair; each of the Crocker children learned how to tend the cash register. Shirley even taught the visiting school kids how to count money.
“I had this one little boy paying for his treat, and he threw his money on the counter and said, ‘Take what you want,’ so I grabbed all of it. The little boy looked up sadly at me and I said, ‘Well, I want all of it!’ I then said, if he would come in every day, we would learn how to count money.” Former Murray resident Russ Godfrey remembers, “With my pennies, nickels and dimes, I would shop for just the right pieces of candy. No matter what I bought, I always seemed to get more in my bag than what I was charged. I first went there with my grandpa and went back again and again. My experience was like every child that walked through those doors.” One time the Superette was held up, and Shirley remembers looking the robber in the eye and saying, “If I were a man, I would knock the hell out of you.” Incidents like this, the introduction of big chain convenience stores as well as Bill’s retirement from the Parks Department, made the Crockers decide to shutter the store. They spent their retirement restoring classic cars and touring the country in them. The Superette became storage space for those cars. Bill passed away in 2016. Sometimes while watching Murray’s Independence Day parade, crowds gather in front of her store and Shirley still gets an itch to open the Superette for just one more day. l
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an you preserve the past while moving into the future? Or is the only way to move forward is to tear down the past? Murray’s Redevelopment Agency is considering a proposal that would bring skyscrapers to State Street between 4800 South and 5th Avenue, while a nonprofit foundation is raising funds to buy and preserve the historic Murray First Ward building. The Murray Journal reported in May that the City was considering razing the Murray State Bank on 4854 State St., built before 1903; the Grand Central Market, housing the Murray Arts Centre, built in 1938; and the building on the corner of State and 5th Avenue built in 1903 that housed Murray’s first movie theater. A recent proposal presented to the RDA shows a plan totally clearing the block (known as Block 1) for all new structures. In the June 18 RDA meeting, developers from 5th Avenue Associates proposed a 15-story skyscraper, which is several floors less than the tallest tower at Intermountain Medical Center. The proposed development includes two residential towers with 345 units, townhomes, over 20,000 square feet of retail, a 14,000-square-foot grocery store and a hotel. The plan would also require the moving of the historic Townsend home by the
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Murray Mansion, and the demolition of the Tea Rose Diner, the historic Harker Building, built in 1922, at 4841 State St. and the Murray Mercantile, constructed in 1899 at 4836 State St. Residents input to the RDA included concerns about the height of the structures and loss of historic buildings. The RDA of Murray City, which is made up of all members of the city council with the mayor as executive director, made no decision but committed to studying the proposal further. Around the corner on Vine Street, the Historic Murray First Foundation announced that it is launching its Phase 1 Public Contribution Campaign to raise $1.5 million to restore and bring into compliance the Historic Murray First Ward Chapel, which is also the former Mount Vernon Academy campus. The IRS recently recognized the Historic Murray First Foundation’s tax-exempt status. All donations will be used to further “the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of the Historic Murray First Ward Church on Vine Street.” Efforts to sell the chapel, library, and Jones Court Duplexes have all fallen through as the cost of the building and renovations have stymied buyers. The Murray Journal reported in March that there was a buyer for the
library, but the property still remains on the market. Murray City must approve all uses for the buildings. Owners are encouraged to consider adaptive reuse since demolition is not permitted at this time, and tax credits may be applicable based on the extent of the rehabilitation. The chapel property is listed at $749,000, and the Carnegie Library building is listed for $800,000. A lawsuit against the City prevented a developer from tearing down the structures for a new assisted living center, as the court ruled that the City violated its code. According to a written statement from the Historic Murray First Foundation, “Al-
most every town in England still has a historic church that is one of the main attractions of the City. Unfortunately, most communities in Salt Lake County have demolished their original churches. We are lucky in Murray to have two historic churches that are 111 years old and still standing.” The Historic Murray First Foundation was established in 2018 to raise money to provide for the long-term restoration of the historic Murray First Ward. Members of the foundation’s board include Kathleen Stanford, who filed the lawsuit to prevent their demolition. l
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How should Murray handle short-term rentals? By Shaun Delliskave | email@example.com
Murray City Community and Economic Supervisor Jared Hall discusses issues relating to short-term rentals. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)
n one night, the Murray City Police Department responded to a single house six times after complaints from neighbors about a loud party. What made this unique was that the partiers were staying at an Airbnb (a short-term home-rental service) house, and police had trouble contacting the owner through the rental service. While Murray is not likely to see the same issues that San
Diego or even Park City experience with vacation rentals, the city is still a destination for travelers who are staying close to loved ones who are patients at Intermountain Medical Center. At the moment, Murray is not considering any particular change in city code, but the idea of regulating short-term rentals is definitely on the city’s radar. An STR, by the city’s definition, is a residence that is rented for less than 30 days. Where it is legal, many people who wish to can list their house as an STR through an online marketplace like Airbnb, VRBO.com, and HomeAway. These online marketplaces have exploded in growth over the past couple of years. Increasing numbers of homeowners are renting part or all of their dwelling to vacationers in order to earn passive income. Cities like San Diego and New Orleans, which attract large numbers of tourists, have seen out-of-state companies come in and buy numerous homes exclusively for use as shortterm rentals. Murray’s current code prohibits the renting of any dwelling in a residential zone for less than 30 days. According to Community and Economic Development Supervisor Jared Hall, what Airbnb and other short-term
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rental companies would like is an allowance in Murray’s residential zones. Other cities experiencing growth in the short-term rental market have seen the number of long-term rental properties decrease as they are converted into STRs. And STR properties have unfair advantages over commercial lodging providers. STRs also tend to increase nuisances, safety risks, and can negatively affect property values and community adhesiveness. A significant portion of taxes is also not collected from STRs. “Whole segments of the French Quarter (in New Orleans), row upon row upon row of homes have become short-term rentals. They’re very lucrative, but all of the interests that own those homes are all entities from out of state,” Hall said in a July 18 Planning Commission meeting. “What we’ve thought about was allowing it around the hospital. If
what benefit a residential neighborhood would have with this type of activity. You’re gonna hear my favorite refrain: if we regulate these, that means we have to enforce our regulations. We do not enforce regulations to the degree that they need to be done,” Murray Planning Commissioner Phil Markham said. “I don’t want to add more regulations that we can’t take care of already,” Hall responded. “If we make a bunch of regulations to feel good about allowing them, can we back that up with staff and time and things to do that? Maybe we can; I don’t know.” Many ideas for tackling this issue are being floated: Possible exceptions to allow STRs in Murray could focus on specific city areas, such as Murray’s downtown, where STRs might be sensible. The city could also consider requiring owner-occupied residency to try to ameliorate negative impacts. Fines
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we were going to limit it to geographic areas that would make sense.” “We would also want to require the resident to be living there,” Development Services Manager James McNulty said. Sandy City has already tried to regulate STRs by dividing the city into communities. These neighborhood council areas allow one STR for every 100 housing units. “I would challenge anyone to tell me
could be issued to violators of any STR codes to help fund enforcement of the regulations. While the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Planning Commission did not decide on new regulations regarding STRs during the meeting, the commission did decide that this will be brought up again later in the year for more public input. l
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Murray ups its nuclear stakes By Shaun Delliskave | firstname.lastname@example.org
urray City Council gave its blessing to Murray Power’s request to increase the City’s interest—from 1,000 kilowatt to 10,250—and participation in the Joint Use Module Plant (JUMP) agreement. The approval, granted during the Aug. 6 City Council meeting, did not come without objection, as the proposed Small Nuclear Reactor technology is not yet proven. Murray Power entered into a contract with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) to develop and construct, and eventually purchase power from, a firstof-its-kind commercial nuclear power plant based on the NuScale small modular reactor design. Currently, Murray does not have any nuclear power in its energy portfolio. NuScale Power, based in Portland, Oregon, proposes an SMR (small modular reactor) that would take up 1% of the space of a conventional reactor. Whereas a typical commercial reactor cranks out a gigawatt of power, each NuScale SMR would generate 60 megawatts. For about $3 billion, NuScale would place up to 12 SMRs side by side in Idaho. Before Murray can get even one watt from the SMR, it first must be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC has not indicated its decision yet, and it could require NuScale to build a miniature
NuScale Power built a mock-up control room to show how they would run the nuclear reactor that Murray has a share in. (Photo courtesy of NuScale Power)
version of the reactor, which could push the project back further. “The NuScale SMR project, with its ability to easily dispatch with volatile renewable, may be a godsend for the decades to come. We can’t be certain of that yet, but it isn’t like other nuclear plants, and it isn’t like any technology yet attempted. I think it would be unwise to abandon project development and Murray’s support at this time,” Murray Power General Manager Blaine Haacke said. “If adopted, we will continue to aggressively pursue the CFPP/SMR option on behalf of the city.” With the increase in kilowatts comes a more significant price tag of $7.3 million. These funds will go toward bonds for con-
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struction of the SMR and will be paid out of Murray’s enterprise funds (funds collected for services, i.e., power payments) and not the general fund (tax collections). “I believe we have other options—more investments in renewable energy, further developing the assets we already have,” said City Councilwoman Diane Turner. “We have smart, creative people running our power department. They had direction and options before this came along. This, to me, makes no sense. I realize that we have ‘off-ramps,’ but 51% of the cities (in UAMPS) have to vote in favor of getting out.” Over 30 Western municipalities approved an “option” contract with UAMPS, which eventually converts to a “hell-or-
high-water” contract (once construction is authorized) to build and ultimately purchase electricity based on a “targeted” cost of $65 per megawatt-hour. Murray can back out and receive its investment in the SMR back at any point until construction begins on the plant; at that point, Murray would lose its $7.3 million. “I appreciate Diane’s concerns, but the experts I have the most faith in are our power company. We need to think about the lights being on today and tomorrow, but [also] in 2040. We all know coal is going away…. I don’t think we should put our eggs all in one basket,” City Councilman Dale Cox said. Murray is also considering an agreement with a large-scale solar project called the Red Mesa Tapaha Solar Project. The project would require the city to enter into a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Navajo Nation for a 5 megawatt interest in its largescale solar project at $23.15 per megawatt hour. “Give me an alternative that you can schedule 24/7 to fill the gaps in my load on my solar that doesn’t emit carbon; I will be behind it 100%. Until then, this is an option (nuclear) I feel we owe our citizens and the environment to at least take a look at,” City Councilman Jim Brass said. l
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Mayor’s Message These are challenging times to be a city. It’s at the city level that so many of the basic services we depend on are provided, such as police, ﬁre, zoning, garbage and recycling, water, sewer, and streets. The public rightfully demands the best use of public funds to provide these services, and as a city, we strive to deliver these services in the most responsible ways possible. But all cities are facing real challenges. The costs of providing basic services are escalating for several reasons. Regulation by the state legislature and by authorized regulatory boards add to the rates of delivering clean water to homes and removing the dirty water. For example, the state-imposed tiered water rates are mandatory and are intended to discourage waste, resulting in higher water bills for many users. Environmental regulations are resulting in added costs to wastewater systems and stormwater management. Other factors, such as market conditions, add to costs. For instance, the cost of recycling has resulted in increased fees for trash and recycling removal. The public supports recycling, but understandably, are not happy with the resulting fee increases. Construction costs for roads and other infrastructure improvements continue to escalate at unsettling rates. Personnel costs continue to rise as the market demands higher wages due in part to low unemployment. The costs of health insurance rises nearly every year. The costs of police cars, ﬁre engines, park maintenance equipment, and so on continue to increase. Let’s face it, employees are expensive, but without them we are nothing! As a city, we are in the business of providing services, and it’s our team of employees that deliver those services. It’s not only rising direct costs that are creating challenges for cities. The shortage of housing in the Greater Salt Lake area is resulting in increasing pressures for more and higher density housing. Even though Murray residents are generally displeased with higher density housing projects, the legislature is continually threatening to usurp the authority of cities to control zoning if they are not favorable towards increased density housing. I believe we are doing a good job in allowing higher density housing in appropriate zones while protecting the character of our single-family neighborhoods. Of great concern to Murray City is the constant possibility that the legislature will continue to modify the distribution formula for the portion of sales tax (1%) that is dedicated to cities. The local option sales tax was implemented in 1959
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with the 1% going to the point of sale city. In 1983, as rapidly email@example.com growing cities complained about 801-264-2600 lack of funds from sales tax, the 5025 S. State Street state legislature modiﬁed the distribution to allow only half to Murray, Utah 84107 go to point of sale, and the other half is distributed statewide based on population. This new formula for distribution cost Murray City over $2 million per year in revenues. Now as the legislature contemplates future modiﬁcation of the sales tax code, we hold our breath as to what those changes may be, since sales tax revenue still accounts for about 50% of our general fund revenues. There’s a familiar old saying that says “no good deed goes unpunished.” In referring to Murray City’s history of independence and effective governance, long-time public servant Jack DeMann is credited with tweaking that phrase to say, “no good government goes unpunished.” Despite the current and forthcoming challenges, we continue to strive to keep Murray the strong independent city it has always been. We will continue to ﬁnd ways to deliver the core government services in the most efﬁcient ways possible. These are challenging times to be a city, but together we will meet these challenges head-on.
R ECREATION Flag Football
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Murray Parks & Recreation is accepting registrations for Flag Football, grades 2-6. A great alternative to tackle football. Both boys and girls are encouraged to participate. Learn all the skills associated with the game of football. Play is the same as regular football except ﬂags are used instead of tackling. Eight games will be played. Dates: September 24 to October 19 Place: Ken Price Ball Park (244, E. Vine Street) Cost: $35 Resident, $45 Non-resident, $5 late fee after deadline Days: Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. Grades: 2, 3-4, 5-6 Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation ofﬁce, The Park Center or online www.mcreg.com
Sept. 3 to Oct. 12 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Murray Park Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm Ages: 6-18 years Cost: $35 Residents, $45 Non-residents Murray Parks and Recreation, The Park Center, and online at www.mcreg.com Meets: Tuesday Oct. 24 at Cottonwood Complex, 5:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Lodestone Park, 5:30 pm Saturday, Oct 12 at Wardle Park, 10:00 am Includes: Includes a shirt, 16 practices and 3 meets
Fall Classic Pickle Ball Tournament Fall Youth Coed Volleyball
This program is designed for girls & boys in 2-6. We emphasize skill development, instruction, game competition, ﬁtness and fun! Practices will be held before each game. Dates:
2-4th Grades, Sept. 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 Aux gym, Mondays Nights 5-6th Grades, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aux gym, Tuesdays Nights
Flag Football 101
Football 101 is for youth in Kindergarten and 1st grade. This six week program is designed to teach youth the fundamentals of football. Instruction is given and games will be played each week. Both boys and girls are encouraged to participate in this program. It’s fun, safe, and exciting for the kids! A parent is required to be at each weekly session. Space is limited to the ﬁrst 16 kids per session. Dates: Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19. 26 Place: The Park Center Cove Days: Saturdays Grades: K-1 Cost: $35 Residents, $45 Non-residents Times: 9:30 am, 10:30 am Deadline: Wed., September 11, 2019 Register: Murray Parks & Recreation Ofﬁce, The Park Center or online at www.mcreg.com
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September 13 & 14 Murray Parks and Recreation Outdoor Pickleball Courts 166 E. Myrtal St. Cost: $30 per division Format: Mixed Doubles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles-Pool play Regular scoring Pool Play & Single Elimination Tournament Levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 Schedule: Mixed Doubles-Friday, Sept. 13 Men’s & Women’s Doubles –Sat., Sept. 14 Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019 Register: Online at www.mcreg.com, Murray Parks and Recreation Ofﬁce, on The Park Center
SEPTEMBER 2019 C ULTURAL A RTS Murray Acoustic Music Festival Join us Labor Day at the Murray Park Amphitheater (495 East 5300 South) for a musical evening by Anke Summerhill, Matt Seabury, and The Grey Hounds.
Anke Summerhill’s love of the beautiful desert and the mystery of wild open spaces continue to hold her in Utah and inspire the music she makes. Matt Seabury has a musical passion for ﬁnger-style guitar and a highly sought-after bass guitar player. In their latest project, Anke and Matt play a wide range of music, from Americana to acoustic instrumentals.
Resident on Display Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall and Murray Library. Brent Ovard is our featured September artist at city Hall and Stephanie Koch’s work will be on display at the Murray Library until the end of October.
The Grey Hounds play Bluegrass music – sometimes classis or progressive, but always steeped in Bluegrass tradition. The band consists of Erik Brunvand (bass/mandolin), Sandy Brunvand (mandolin/guitar), Bill Thomas (guitar/bass), and JD Frederick (banjo/dojo), with all band members contributing to vocals.
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Join us at the Murray Library for the Juried Art Show, October 31 – November 18th. Murray resident artists interested, entries are due Tuesday, October 29th between 4-6pm at the Murray Library. Limited to ages 10 or older. For more information, please visit the Cultural Arts webpage at www.murray.utah.gov.
THANK YOU to all who attended our Lunch Concerts, Children Matinees, and Family Night Series this season. We hope you enjoyed the variety of performances and join us again next summer. Murray City Cultural Arts are able to provide these free series through funding from Zoo Arts & Parks, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and community support. Join us September 9th for our ﬁnal Family Night concert at the Murray Senior Recreation Center, 7pm. Dixieland music will be performed by the Great Basin Street Band.
M URRAY S ENIOR R ECREATION C ENTER The Murray Senior Recreation Center is a 55+ recreation center for people who like to stay active, learn, get services, go places, stay healthy, play, volunteer, meet people, enjoy life and more. The Center’s current newsletter is available on our website at www.murray.utah.gov/140/HeritageCenter and will have the most up-to-date information on our activities and services. Please call the Heritage Center at 801-264-2635 or visit us to register for any of our classes or services. Lunch is served Tuesday–Friday anytime between 11:30–12:30 and you pay for your meal after you pick up your food. No reservations are needed—except for special events. Options include the regular menu item, salad, soup, Panini, and sandwiches. The cost ranges from $2–$4 for people 55+.
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CLASSES & SERVICES SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2019
Flu Shots, Community Nursing Services will offer ﬂu shots; bring insurance or Medicare card, Friday, October 4, 10:00 – 12:00. No appointment needed.
Blood Pressure Checks, Sponsored by Steward Health Care Network, Wednesday Sept. 4 & Oct. 2, 10:30- 12:00, Free eBook and eAudiobooks Class: On Friday, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4, at 10:30, a representative from Murray Library will teach you how to use eBooks and e Audio. Bring your devices (tablet, smartphone, readers, etc.), and all passwords for your accounts). Free History Class: Battle of Midway, Tuesday, Sept. 10 -10:30, Free Stepping On, Evidenced -based, fall prevention and self-management program, Wednesday, Sept. 11 – October 30 (no class Oct. 16), 1:00 – 3:00, Free. Talk About Hearing Loss, Tuesday, Sept. 17 – 10:30, Free Medicare Counseling: Tuesday, Sept. 17 & Oct. 15 at 12:00-appointments needed Veterans Beneﬁts, Tuesday, Sept. 17 – 12:30. Grief Support, Jody Davis, a Chaplain from Rocky Mountain Hospice, discusses ways to process grief, Friday, Sept. 20 – 10:30, Free Brain Boot Camp, representatives from Humana Healthcare will be helping us keep our brains sharp and exercised, Friday, September 20, 10:30. Free
Vital Aging: Decluttering 101, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1:00- Free Dance Lesson Workshops, Kyle & Jackie Kidd will be teaching American Smooth Ballroom for beginning level dancers, Thursday, Sept. 26 – October 31, 1:00-2:00 -Free
Health Screenings, UVU Nursing students will provide blood pressure checks, oxygen and glucose, Tuesday, October 15, 10:30 – 12:00, free. Toenail Clipping, Thursday, October 24, 9:30 – 12:00, Appointments start Thursday, Sept. 26, $11. Computer Individual Help: Every Tuesday from 1:00 – 3:00, Thursday from 2:00-4:00 and Friday from 9:00 – 10:00, one hour appointments, cost $3
EVENTS SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2019
OKTOBERFEST Wednesday, October 16 from 11:001:00- Cost $8 or $56 table of seven. The annual Oktoberfest will feature a meal including a salted pretzel appetizer with German mustard or cheese, Beer Bratwurst or Roasted Chicken Breast, Roasted Red Potatoes, Bacon Sauerkraut and Apple Strudel. Musical entertainment by Polka Doodle Doo.
TRIPS Greek Festival, Friday, Sept. 6, 12:00. $8 Front Runner to Ogden, Thursday, Sept 12 at 9:30. Enjoy four great museums and lunch on your own. $10 Pioneer Theatre Company: Cagney, Private performance of the award-winning musical of Cagney, Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 1:00. $6 Kennecott Visitor Experience, Thursday, Sept. 19 at 9:30, $10 Utah State Capitol Tour, Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10:00. $8 sack lunch included. Wendover, Thursday, October 10, 8:30, $20
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AND FAMILY CONCERT Senior Centers: The Key to Aging Well; Monday, September 9, 5:00-8:00, Dinner, two pieces fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, watermelon and peach cobbler with ice cream, will be served from 5:00 – 6:30; Cost is $8 per person or $28 for a family of four. The Family Concert featuring Great Basin Street Band, begins at 7:00. Bring the whole family.
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Councilman Dave Nicponski and Councilman Jim Brass Thank You! It has been our great pleasure to serve the people of Murray these many years. We have enjoyed our time working with staff and our fellow council-members. Our work has always been to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in this great city. We both believe that change is inevitable and that people of good will, will always come together and work constructively to move our city forward. We hope you will join us in wishing our fellow council-members and the current city council candidates well. We hope you will engage them with your questions and express to them the things you believe to be important for the future of Murray. Thank you again for your support.
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he answer to Murray’s most anticipated question of the summer, “What is being built on the former Hillcrest Junior High School site?” is (drum roll here) an assisted living center and hotel. According to Murray City Community and Economic Development Director Melinda Greenwood, “Abbington Assisted Living will be located at 5377 South State Street (directly east of Murray High School) and will be two stories tall and have 113 units. TownePlace Suites Hotel, a five-story building, will have 129 guest rooms. Last, this development also includes two additional commercial pad sites.” In May, the Mayor and members of the city council attended RECon, the Global Retail Real Estate Convention organized by the International Council of Shopping Centers, to put out feelers for possible interested retailers to plant roots in Murray. The city has several large properties needing redevelopment, such as the vacated ShopKo on State Street and Kmart on 900 East, yet retailers are growing skittish of opening stores in an increasingly online market era. The Murray Journal conducted a poll in May, asking Murray residents, “If you could request a particular store to be established in Murray, what would it be?” Of 129 respondents, the majority of comments were for more retail, restaurants and entertainment. Not one respondent asked for more medical or service-based industries. Far and away, the most consistent requests made by poll takers were for large retailers, such as Target, Kohl’s or Harmons. Target announced on their website over 45 new store openings over the next three years; none of them in Utah. Kohl’s, according to Moneywise.com, was in better shape than most department stores, yet the chain closed four stores this year. A grocery store, such as Harmons, could fill a void that central Murray seems to lack, as there are no grocery stores between 900 East and 700 West in Murray. The poll also found that Murrayites want a movie theater. At one time, Murray was home to four movie theaters but currently has none. Last year, Regal Theaters opened a theater in Taylorsville, but movie theater openings are the exception and not the rule. Streaming services like Netflix have made the theater business uncertain, even though 2018 was a banner year for movie theaters, as ticket revenue increased by 8%. What is certain is that Murray is the center of Intermountain Healthcare’s universe, with Intermountain Medical Center, The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH), Select Health, and various supporting medical outlets located within Murray’s boundaries. However, the majority of these properties do not add to Murray’s sale’s tax base. Murray also has a large University of Utah health
Ribbon cutting for Marissa’s Books on 900 East. (Photo courtesy Murray Area Chamber of Commerce)
clinic and various independent physicians and dentists whose services do not contribute to Murray’s tax base. Even more, the service-based industry is slated for Murray as the ground was broken across from Wheeler Farm for a Valley Behavioral Health Facility. The Adult Autism Center of Lifetime Learning, scheduled to open in July 2020, has yet to begin construction. Another medical entity, Shared Pharmacy Services, will expand their business on the corner of 4800 S. Murray Blvd. Assisted living and rehabilitation centers are not exempt from Murray’s property taxes, which fund Murray’s schools, public safety department and infrastructure, among other things. However, retail contributes both property and sales tax to Murray’s coffers. Auto sales contribute significantly to Murray’s tax base, and some are expanding. The former Towers Plumbing property on State Street has been purchased by Larry H. Miller for car sales expansion. An America First Credit Union will also open on that site. The Murray Area Chamber of Commerce, an organization created to promote and support businesses in the Murray area, is calling for more community input. Stephanie Wright, president of the chamber, stated during the online poll, “I invite you to come to be engaged with the Murray Chamber, as we are your voice for business in Murray City. We have committees you can serve on that would help us mold and shape the business climate in Murray.” l
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hen students enroll for physics at Murray High, they know their final projects will be like no other. At the end of the school year, every year, students can join other high school students to participate in the Utah State Physics Day at Lagoon, where they can complete a workbook, which asks students how much potential energy a roller coaster has at the top; or what is the angular velocity of the carousel on the outside edge of the ride; or to calculate the number of joules they gained from their hotdog lunch. Students also could take part in some fun competitions, such as an egg drop from the 60-foot sky ride or building a mini-roller coaster out of tongue depressors and toothpicks. “It’s all in fun, but it’s engaging and putting what they learned into use,” said Katarina Nielson, who has taught physics at Murray High the past couple years. “They most likely won’t look at Lagoon or any other amusement park the same way again.” However, what many students look forward to is the traditional cardboard boat test. Students use cardboard and duct tape to design and build a boat to paddle their group across the length of Murray’s outdoor pool. “In the fall, the class is quite strenuous, but in the second half, we’re using what we learned on projects. With the cardboard boats, students work in teams and have a six-page packet to adhere to. They’re self-sufficient at this point, they know the principles, and this is how they can test them,” Nielson said. As the students work together, they learn to collaborate and know there needs to be a limit in the number of their group. They are also given the advice to use multiple layers of cardboard as water soaks into it, which ultimately will weaken the boat’s construction and durability. “They realize that if it’s just one person, it’s only one idea so it’s better to work as a team. However, it’s hard if there’s six people
in a group, because they’d have to paddle 900 pounds across the pool,” she said. This year, student groups brought the 40 boats to the pool in the 50-degree light rain, trying to get their boats across the pool before lightning started. “A couple groups were affected by the rain and lightning. We had some groups make it, including a group of five, but it was cold, wet — and definitely memorable,” she said. Nielson said it’s always fun and recounted how three girls who were best friends giggled, cried and laughed before screaming as their boat, which was constructed too narrow, flipped sideways and got them all wet. Another group, this time, boys, had their boat sink in the shallow end right at the start. “It was a blast to work with a group and design our boat so it would carry us across the pool,” senior Caleb Black said. “We walked our boat to the pool, and it must have looked like a coffin crossing State Street. I thought it would be fun to paddle in the rain, but I think our boat took on too much water getting there because when Michael (Durrant) was getting in, his foot went right through and hit the bottom of the pool. We were out before we even got in.” While nobody knows who quite started the cardboard boat tradition, physics teachers Tony Romanello, Kristi Ratliff, Alison Bulson and even current principal Scott Wihongi, all had their students embrace the traditional cardboard boat race. “That physics boat project has been going on as long as I can remember,” Wihongi said. “I was teaching in the science department 20 years ago, and it was going on then.” And while Nielson packed her boxes and files this summer, it is expected the tradition will continue. “It’s usually a fun day out of the classroom to relax and see the engineering principles come to life,” she said. “This year, though, it was a race before the storm.” l
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ou know a sport has a little swagger when some of the two-person teams are named Norwegian Ninjas, Count Your Spankings, Smack n Cheese and Gucci Swagball 1000. Those were just four of the 72 teams — from seven different states — participating in a one day Spikeball tournament earlier this summer at Murray’s Willow Pond Park (6059 Murray Parkway Ave.). Moreover, the President of the Utah Roundnet Association, Taylor Sanford, 31, was expecting more than twice that many teams when his organization hosted possibly the most prestigious Spikeball tournament ever in Utah, Aug. 17, at Salt Lake’s Sugar House Park. “This will be one of five officially-sanctioned Spikeball tournaments in our west region,” Sanford said before the event. “It will be the first-ever Utah tour stop. We’re expecting about 150 (two-person) teams.” Translation: In this participation sport world you have never heard about, this tournament is a “big deal.” But let’s back up a step — back to where most of us are now: “What the heck is Spikeball?” you ask. “Some say that if volleyball and foursquare had a baby, it’d be named Spikeball.” That’s how the sport’s leading equipment manufacturer, named Spikeball, described its sport. It’s kind of like those round things we throw are flying discs, but everyone calls them Frisbees. The official name of the sport is roundnet, but everyone calls it Spikeball. Spikeball typically has two teams of two people competing against each other, standing around a 3-foot diameter net, raised off the ground about 6 inches on four short legs. The inflated ball is about the size of a softball, but much softer, and is “tapped” or “hit” onto the net. Catching and throwing the ball is against the rules. “There are no designated sides for Spikeball opponents to stand on either,” Sanford said. “After the ball hits the net, a team is allowed three hits, just like volleyball. The third hit goes back to the roundnet, where the other team must keep it alive.” The Founder/CEO of Spikeball, Chris Ruder, explained the history of the sport a bit more on the company’s website. “I launched Spikeball Inc. in 2008… Here we are with 4+ million players (all over the world) … I ran it for five years as a side business… In 2013, we hit $1 million in annual revenue with zero full-time employees. I called up the (regular job) boss, said ‘I’m out!’ and went full-time,” Ruder wrote. “We’re headquartered in Chicago; but most of our employees (now 24 full-time) live all over the U.S.”
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Mother and daughter — with 170 years of life between them — swear by their workouts at The Park Center By Carl Fauver | email@example.com
ith 28th President Woodrow Wilson in the White House and just three weeks after the Volstead Act ushered in America’s 13-year Prohibition era, Ruth Hlavaty came bounding into the world. That was February 9, 1920, more than six months before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote. Now, 17 presidents later — and five months short of her 100th birthday — Ruth does her bounding a few times each week into The Park Center in Murray Park. And she never goes without her spry daughter Cheryl, 71, at her side. “I was born in Chicago in 1920,” Ruth said recently during a break from riding an exercise bike at the spacious recreation center. “I also had all three of my children in Chicago, before we moved across the country to the Los Angeles area.” Born August 5, 1948, Cheryl was the middle of those three kids. She is one of The Park Center’s original members joining when the facility opened in 2002. Five years later, Ruth moved into her daughter’s Murray home. And the pair are as well recognized at the recreation center as anyone. “How can you not love Ruth and Cheryl?” The Park Center Director Marci Williams said. “They are friendly with everyone. They have the cutest workout tights. We have city firefighters who work out in here a lot and they know them well. They are a great part of our center.” And simply by the number of trips they have each made around the sun, the Hlavatys are also a testament to the health benefits of regular exercise. “I have never smoked; I watch my diet; and I only ever drank socially,” Ruth said. “But, I am also sure, remaining active and getting exercise has helped me stay healthy. Cheryl will be alone when I pass away. I don’t want that to happen. So I stay busy.” Director Williams said Ruth and Cheryl are among hundreds of The Park Center members who are Social Security eligible. “We have 2,150 center members age 60 and older,” Williams said. “Nearly a 1,000 of those (945) are age 75 and above…424 are over age 80…87 of our members are age 90 and above… and 2 are more than 100 years old.” Next Feb. 9, Ruth will be the center’s third centenarian. “She has remained very active since retiring in 1985,” Cheryl said of her mother. “We used to walk every morning, sometimes a couple of times in a day. Mom has Type 2 diabetes, so I watch her diet very carefully. She takes a few medications every day. But she is very healthy.” In the mid-1950s, the Hlavaty family loaded up and moved from Chicago to South-
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ern California. Since that was long before our network of interstates was completed, much of the drive was made on historic Route 66. From 1962 to 1985, Ruth was a Western Airlines purchasing secretary working at Los Angeles International Airport. “I still keep in touch with my old boss, and he’s now age 85,” Ruth added. In the meantime, Cheryl was the athlete of the family. She started first at San Diego State University and later transferred to Brigham Young University, competing in volleyball and tennis. She earned her bachelor’s degree at BYU in 1973 and later a master’s degree at the University of Utah. When you ask Ruth, “What do you believe is the biggest reason you have lived so long?” she offers a one-word response: “Exercise.” The Park Center director is inclined to agree. The 1978 Murray High School graduate —and only director the recreation center has ever had — Williams said many studies show what a positive impact exercise has on quality and longevity of life. “Older people who remain active and social have been shown to stay healthier and have less depression,” Williams said. “And it is never too late to get started. My own mother did not take her first water exercise class until age 65. She’s now 89 and still attending those classes here.” Williams also promises, even if you have never exercised regularly before, she or someone on her staff can consult with you and start you off modestly. For more information about The Park Center visit www. murray.utah.gov or call 801-284-4200. l
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Trip to Paris: Grant fourth-graders prepare for year-end flight By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org
hat this year’s students in Ginger Shaw’s fourth-grade class at Grant Elementary can count on is boarding a plane for France where they will sample French cuisine, learn a little about the country’s architecture, history, art, music and experience a typical French school day. The cost? Free. That’s because after incorporating French vocabulary and geography in their schoolwork all year, Shaw creates a “My Day in Paris,” in her classroom. Students, many who dress for the special occasion, have mock passports complete with their school photos, turn desks and chairs into a jet plane, invite former students back to be flight attendants, and land for a day of French fun — and a few faces from tasting escargot. “By learning some words in other languages and learning a little about the French culture, it encourages students to be more curious and accepting of people from other countries,” Shaw said. “It started with just teaching a few words during the year and it has just evolved to introducing French cuisine, having luggage claim tickets they need to read, and learning traditional French songs.” During the day, students have a packet to complete. There are French verb conjunctions, vocabulary, from colors to school terms, songs, notable people, geography and more. In addition, students have several activities, such as drawing the Eiffel Tower to scale, use French school-related words they had learned in a crossword puzzle and creating the French flag with colored popsicle sticks while the national anthem played in the background. The class also watched the French short film, “The Red Balloon” and learned about neighboring countries through postcards and other items displayed. Shaw also holds the France day at the end of the school year, after mandatory tests, encouraging students to continue learning, but have fun at the same time. “It’s considered a free day, but instead of just turning on a movie, we’re still exploring and engaging in learning. We learn about geography with map assignments, art and math with drawing the Eiffel Tower, science as we learn about snail habitats before tasting escargot, history, languages and so many ways, it ties into curriculum,” she said about the activity she has done every year in her more than 30 years of teaching. While the day was devoted to French, Shaw said that isn’t all they study. “During the year, we learn different words in several languages—French, Farsi, German, Spanish, Somali, Portuguese, Mongolian—so they have a connection and can take the time to greet someone in their native language. We learn more French as it is
A Grant fourth-grader tried escargot from teacher Ginger Shaw as part of their day studying about France. (Jennifer Bennett/Grant Elementary)
one that is taught in secondary schools and this opens a door which may allow some to explore the language and culture more. Plus, it helps them understand other Latin-based languages and more about English,” she said, adding she has lived in the country. For fourth-grader Lilly Wilson, she appreciated the vocabulary lessons. “We learned about occupations, colors, numbers, school terms and found a lot of the words are similar to English so it isn’t hard,” she said. “We played bingo with French terms and used words we’ve learned all year long today.” Her classmate, Savannah Benson, appreciated the flight to Paris, complete with sound effects and popcorn and soft drinks. “She told us about the day at the beginning of the year, but it’s even more fun today,” she said, adding that she wants to study French in high school. “I want to go to Paris for real and see the Eifel Tower and Notre Dame.” Fourth-grader Elin Duncan agreed: “I want to go to Paris and see all the beauty and hear the language. I’ll even try the snails.” Classmate Spencer Somerville also was willing to try escargot, but said it would be hard to beat the chocolate he sampled. “It is really good,” he said. Close by Alivia Wyatt was using a ruler and protractor to draw her Eiffel Tower. “It’s been fun to learn about the country, learn about their customers and even get a ticket with a seat assignment on the flight,” she said. “It’s all been really fun. l
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he Utah Celtic FC 00 19-under girls soccer team brought home the state’s first national championship in more than 40 years at the U.S. Youth Soccer’s National Championship Series Tournament July 28 in Overland Park, Kansas. In the championship game, the Celtic team defeated Lou Fusz Elam (Missouri) 9-1. “It was a great accomplishment for our team,” said head coach Steve Magleby, who has been coaching this team for the past five years. “We’ve been working toward this for a long time. This was our last game together and I can’t think of a better way to finish our time together. I’m so proud of the girls and the hard work they have put in to get to this point.” Abbi Graham, a 2019 Murray High graduate, had been to nationals three times before. “I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal to truly be a national champion,” she said. “But, finally reaching the end with my team and being able to say that we are national champions is the best feeling in the world. I was able to play with my best friends until the absolute very end. We set a goal to be the best and we worked our butts off the prove it. It’s a perfect way to finish.” The championship game was a rematch of the second game of the tournament for the Celtic team which had resulted in a 0-0 tie. “We felt the first time we played them we weren’t as sharp as we usually are and we still felt like we should have won that game,” Magleby said. “Our style tends to wear teams down and it’s hard to keep up with us when we are on top of our game, especially after a long week. We felt really confident that we were going to have lots of chances and the girls were fired up from the beginning. We were much sharper than the first time we played them and that made a huge difference.” Brian Smith, the UYSA’s president of the Board of Directors said, “These girls winning a national championship is the culmination of a lot of work and preparation by parents and their coaching staff. They worked their game and showed their complete class both on and off the field. I could not be any prouder of these ladies. They are national champs in every sense.” Throughout the five-game national championship series, they outscored opponents 21-6 with additional wins over Sunrise Sting (Florida), Legends FC South (California) and MapleBrook Fury (Minnesota). “I think having experience and understanding what to expect really helped our team this year,” Graham said. “Two years ago, our team was just as talented and hard-working. On paper, we had a good enough team to win it all, but we had never played on such a big stage before. After coming back, we knew what to expect and we were ready to play the best teams across the nation every single day
Murray’s Abbi Graham was a part of the Utah Celtic FC 00 U-19 girls soccer team that won a national title at the 2019 U.S. Youth Soccer’s National Championship Series late this summer. (Photos courtesy Jen Radar)
and we were mentally prepared to play our best games.” The Celtic squad went undefeated throughout its postseason play, which began with Utah’s State Cup where they defeated Utah Celtic East 5-0, Blue Knights Premier 4-1, Wasatch SC 4-1 and Blue Knights 6-0. During the Far West Regional Championships, they beat Players Elite (Nevada) 8-0, Rio Rapids Girls (New Mexico) 2-0, CDA Slammers (California) 4-0, FC Boulder (Colorado) 3-0 and Boise Thorns (Idaho) 1-0 to set up a rematch with CDA Slammers in the final where the Celtic team prevailed 4-0 to reach the national tournament. “We have a very talented group,” Magleby said. “We attack in so many different ways which makes us really hard to predict. It’s never been about one player on this team. That type of team mentality along with our depth made us dangerous.” Also on the 19-member squad (who are all current or future collegiate players) are Hailee Atwater, Samantha Brady, Sydney Bushman, Jordan Crockett, Abbi Graham, Katie Haskins, Gabriella Jensen, Kennedy Jex, Brecken Mozingo, Rebecca Olsen, Chelsea Peterson, Alaina Pestana, Anna Pickering, Kate Schirmer, Jamie Shepherd, Megan Unbedacht, Tara Warner and Kathryn Wynn. Graham, who will play for Utah Valley University this fall, said she played soccer for just a few years before, at the age of 8, she set a goal to play the sport in college. She credits soccer for teaching her about teamwork, hard work, perseverance and moving beyond your comfort zone. “Abbi is a great player,” Magleby said. “She really embraced her role on this team and came up huge for us, especially at nationals. She provided us with the ability to
hold the ball up top and relieve pressure our defense was facing. She suffered a shoulder injury in our first game but was tough and gutted it out despite being in a lot of pain. I’m so proud of how she’s progressed the past few years.” This summer, Graham has been focused
on her fitness level to be prepared for the collegiate game. “The next level is a lot more intense and fast-paced,” she said. “Everyone is bigger, stronger and faster and I need to match that intensity in order to be impactful.” l
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Murray District honors its outstanding teacher, employee of the year By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org
his summer, it wasn’t the students, but Viewmont third-grade teacher Kathy Beesley who had homework. By early August, Beesley had several pages to submit as part of an application to be considered as state teacher of the year. Shortly before the last day of school, Beesley and English-as-a-Second Language District Lead & ESL Para-educator at Parkside Elementary Cris Westerfield were named Murray School District teacher and employee of the year, respectively. “I was walking down the hall when I
saw the principal and superintendent walking toward me,” Beesley said. “I thought, ‘Uh oh, am I in trouble?’ I couldn’t believe it when they told me. It’s pretty humbling; we have so many dedicated teachers.” Both Beesley and Westerfield recently were honored at Murray Board of Education meeting, where they were presented a wooden clock. “I was very surprised and genuinely caught off guard,” Westerfield said. Westerfield, who has been with Murray District since September 2008, works with
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Beesley, who has worked for Murray District since August 2013 and now will be considered for the state teacher of the year title, said her goal is to help students be the best they can be. It was her first year teaching third grade after instructing first, second and fourth grades. “I really like the third-grade math,” she said. “It just clicked with me when I taught it. I love to see them understand it and work out the problems. The reading curriculum has interesting stories and we often play Stump Your Neighbor by students turning to their classmate and test them. It brings in their reading, understanding and listening skills.” She uses Nearpod to customize her lesson plans to fit her students’ needs; Kahoot! a quiz-game platform to get student engaged in learning; and piloted Zearn Math, which is cited to improve math-learning mindsets for more academic success. Her success with the program pilot for her grade led her to attend a training in late July so she can help others learn about the program this coming school year. “I love working with students and for Murray District. I work with a fabulous team and appreciate this greatly,” she said. “After working with some students who faced difficulties this past year, I feel this was my best year ever. When the students say, ‘You are the best’ and parents thank me for what I do, it helps me realize I have the best job ever.”
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Olympic dreams take former Murray female wrestler to a prestigious school outside Philadelphia By Carl Fauver | firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Murray High School wrestler Elleni Johnson and her father, MHS head wrestling coach Theros Johnson, share a moment after Elleni recently placed high in a pair of national meets in Fargo, North Dakota. (Photo Theros Johnson)
“In mid-July, USA Wrestling hosted two separate tournaments in Fargo, and Elleni placed very high in each of them,” Johnson said of his daughter. “In the 2019 US Marine Corps Junior National Championships Women’s Freestyle, Elleni placed eighth. That tournament had wrestlers up to age 18. In the U16 class (all wrestlers under age 17), Elleni finished fourth.” Wrestling at 132 lbs., Elleni’s combined record in the four days of competition was 12 wins, five losses. And she admits, the number of wrestlers in each tournament made it a bit intimidating. “There were 36 girls in the U16 tournament, so I was proud to finish fourth,” Elleni said. “Then in the other tournament, I was the youngest of 50 wrestlers. So eighth place was pretty good.” Good enough, as it turns out, for Wyoming Seminary to sweeten its scholarship offer, making the decision to allow Elleni to move across the country a bit easier for her parents. “Wyoming Seminary is a renowned boarding school and now the new home of the USA Women’s Developmental Wrestling Program,” her father added. “It will provide Elleni with an outstanding academic opportunity. She will also travel to three international wrestling tournaments in this first year, including trips to Russia and Croatia.” Elleni hopes the experience will also help her earn a college scholarship to one of the growing number of schools across the country now fielding women’s wrestling teams. And she has other lofty goals. “I want to be the very best wrestler I can be, which hopefully will include a spot on the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Women’s Wrestling
team,” Elleni concluded. “I will miss having my dad as my primary coach. But I think it will be a good experience to get to know new coaches.” “She’s been getting up with me to work out at 5 in the morning for a couple of years
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ast winter, Elleni Johnson became only the second female wrestler in Murray High School history to complete a full season on the Spartans’ all-but-one boys wrestling team. The 14 year old wrestled for her father, MHS head wrestling coach Theros Johnson, while still not yet attending the school (she was a Hillcrest Junior High ninth grader). Now it appears that will be her only season wrestling for the Spartan boys. As of just a couple of weeks ago, Elleni is now attending a prestigious private boarding school, Wyoming Seminary. But it’s two time zones east of the Cowboy state and 2,075 miles from home. “Wyoming Seminary is in northeastern Pennsylvania, about two hours away from both Philadelphia and New York City,” Theros Johnson said. “The school has had a prestigious boys wrestling team for decades; and a few years ago, they created a top-flight girls wrestling team as well. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for Elleni and the school made her a scholarship offer we just could not pass up.” Coach Johnson said non-athlete students normally pay a high tuition rate per year to attend Wyoming Seminary. But due to her wrestling potential — and solid academic credentials — Elleni will receive a sizable scholarship to attend. Wyoming Seminary head girls wrestling coach Erin Vandiver became acquainted with Elleni at a prestigious wrestling tournament in Texas, last April. “We took our team to the Women’s National finals meet in Irving, Texas and I watched one of my top wrestlers really have to work hard to beat Elleni,” Vandiver said. “Reese ended up beating Elleni, but I saw so much potential in Elleni that I began talking with her about attending Wyoming Seminary and joining our team.” Like Elleni did just a couple of weeks ago, Reese Larramendy moved all the way across the country to attend the prestigious Pennsylvania boarding school. The Reno, Nevada native — who’s also just 15 years old, like Elleni — qualified to be on Team USA at that Texas meet and went on to earn a silver medal at the Women’s World Wrestling Championship, in Hungary. “(Elleni and Reese) will both be sophomores and should be great training partners,” Vandiver added. “I have complete faith Elleni will develop quickly. She is very focused, highly motivated and understands her goals. We’re excited to have her join our team.” Elleni received a solid scholarship offer to attend Wyoming Seminary following the Texas meet. But another wrestling effort — more recently in North Dakota — induced the private school to pony up even more financial support.
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’m stating right up front I hate vaccinations. I’m not an anti-vaxxer, I’m just more afraid of getting a tetanus shot than dying a horribly painful death. My dad scarred me for life when he told me to avoid petting strange dogs. I didn’t know what made them strange, but he went on to explain how dogs have rabies and if you get bit, you get a great big shot in your stomach - or you die. #OldYeller That was enough to scare me away from dogs for at least 40 years. The neighbors got tired of me screaming every time their dog barked. And it made me terrified of shots. My mom did her part when it came to scaring the DiSeases out of me in regards to vaccinations. She showed up at school one day to give me a ride home, which should have been my first clue. Mom never drove us to or from school, even in the snow, even in the rain, even when we were late, even when stupid boys threw earthworms at us. But there she was, in the pick-up line with a big smile on her face (second clue). “Why are you here?” I asked, suspiciously. “We’re going to get a treat,” she said, all innocent and everything. “Super!” As soon as I was in the car, we drove to my doctor’s office where he proceeded to give me an MMR booster. There are no words.
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