North Salt Lake/Woods Cross Journal | August 2021

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NEW WILD ROSE TRAIL OFFERS BEAUTIFUL VIEWS, OPEN SPACES Byline| By Becky Ginos NORTH SALT LAKE—Looking for a place to take the family and breathe in some fresh air while enjoying nature? The new Wild Rose Trail could be just the thing. Located off the Wild Rose Park Trailhead, the trail winds down the hillside and spills out at Eaglewood Village. “There are a lot of great trails up into the foothills,” said North Salt Lake City Manager Ken Leetham. “This new section goes down the hill. It’s an 11,000 foot elevation change.” There have been some missing segments in the trail, he said. “It’s been in the master plan forever to complete it.” The trail goes through the landslide site that happened in 2014. “Some of it was lost in the landslide,” Leetham said. “The landslide area has been repaired so we wanted to put the trail back through that property.” Leetham said the city didn’t have some of the property or funding to complete the trail until the last year

and a half. “The Ridge subdivision allowed a trail easement and donated some funding for it to be built. It’s a great neighborhood amenity. The city used some of its funding as well.” The trail starts at the Wild Rose Park Trailhead located at 609 Sky Crest Lane in North Salt Lake and ends at Eaglewood Village at 300 S. Orchard Drive. “There’s a parking area there where the city has eight spaces by the pond,” said Leetham. The 1.4 mile trail is not too technical and it’s easy for families, he said. “I see people all the time with kids. It’s mostly a hiking/walking trail – it’s not really for bikes. There are switchbacks with great views and open areas with some beautiful spots. It’s a great trail, it’s fun.”l

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Traumatic injuries to kids from ATV accidents on the rise By Becky Ginos | SALT LAKE CITY—Between 2019 and 2020, Primary Children’s Hospital saw a 34 percent increase in ATV-related traumatic injuries in kids. So far In 2021, the number of those injuries is on track to meet or exceed last year’s number. “Safety is the key,” said Jessica Strong, community health manager at Primary Children’s Hospital. “Injury prevention is something we all can do.” “Twenty years ago on a cold, dark January night we got that dreaded call that our 20-year-old daughter Chelsea had been injured in an ATV accident,” said Karen Hale, former Utah legislator and past chair of the Board of Trustees for Primary Children’s Hospital. “We immediately drove to get to her. We didn’t own an ATV and we’d been a stickler about wearing a bike helmet. We wondered if Chelsea was wearing a helmet.” Hale said when they arrived they were told Chelsea had died at the scene of the accident and had gone straight to the mortuary. “We found out she was not wearing a helmet. We lost a kind and caring sister, daughter and friend. It was such a tragic end to an amazing life that could have been prevented.” Keep your children safe by being a responsible owner, she said. “Learn about ATVs. They’re powerful machines. Make sure you only use ATVs with the size and horsepower that matches the rider’s size and experience level. Helmets and safety gear are for everyone. Be an example. Model safe behavior by wearing appropriate protective gear.” According to the CDC, Utah has more traumatic brain injuries among children than almost any other state in the country, said Strong. Kids are 1,000 times more likely to be injured on an ATV than riding in a car.” A year ago in September 11-year-old

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Chelsea Hale was killed in an ATV accident. She was not wearing a helmet.

Emelia was critically injured when the side-by-side she was riding in rolled, pinning her underneath.

Today Emelia has recovered and is a normal, happy 11-year-old. Her parents credit her helmet for playing a big part in saving her life. Photos courtesy of Primary Children’s Hospital

Emelia was riding in a side-by-side when it rolled and pinned her underneath. “We were camping with family and had gone into town,” said Emelia’s mother Jessica. “About 20 minutes later we found out the razor had

rolled and it had to be lifted off of her. She was life flighted to Primary Children's.” Her condition was not good, Jessica said. “She had collapsed lungs and broke bones. The first 36 hours she was in a very critical stage.” She had three cardiac arrests the first day, said Jessica. “She shouldn’t be alive today. She’s our miracle. She was wearing a full face helmet which was a huge part of her being alive.” The mother later learned that Emelia’s seatbelt was not securely fastened and she fell out while others stayed seated during the crash.




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“Adults should make sure seatbelts are secure for all children before driving,” said Jessica. “Families should talk about rules before they ride, such as not riding with new drivers or others without permission and never leave the keys in an unattended ATV.” Today, Emelia is happy and healthy and shows no sign of the injuries she suffered. “I know that these kinds of accidents don’t always have a good outcome,” Jessica said. “We’re just grateful to have our daughter and to have a second chance to be her mom and dad and we hope our story can help others.”l

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Never-Ending Network Evolution, Are All Broadband Providers Up for the Challenge? By Bryan Thomas, VP Engineering, Comcast Mountain West Region

Working and learning remotely for the past 15 months brought unique circumstances for all of us to navigate in several areas, and central to it all is having access to a reliable, secure internet connection. The pandemic posed the biggest technological test in the history of the internet. When offices and schools closed in March 2020, internet traffic across the U.S. surged by 20 – 35 percent, as millions of people transitioned to working, learning and consuming all of their entertainment at home. Now our communities are transitioning back to working from offices or making hybrid work arrangements, and schools are planning to reopen their doors beginning in August. A flexible, continuously evolving network staying ahead of customer demand is critical. The success of a network hinges on three factors: decades of strategic investment, continuous network innovation, and the best team in the business. Investment In the last three years alone, Comcast invested $389.6 million in technology and infrastructure in Utah, including upgrades to our network. Since 2017, Comcast devoted more than $15 billion nationwide to strengthening and expanding our network – including building more than 33,000 new route miles of fiber, which is like driving from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine more than 10 times. Every two and a half years, the company has added as much capacity to the network as it has in all the previous years combined. One of the greatest advantages of our massive network is we already pass 60 million homes and businesses with a powerful, fiber-dense network, and we have the ability to quickly, surgically, and efficiently add additional fiber and capacity when and where it’s needed. Because of our continuous investment in our network, we can often complete targeted upgrades in weeks rather than months and years. We have a proven track record of completing network upgrades and improvements ahead of schedule, and delivering the performance our customers need well before they need it. Innovation Continuous innovation throughout every part of a network is key. Comcast is a leader in the 10G initiative, which leverages new standards and technology to dramatically increase internet speeds. The technology lays the groundwork for network operators, like us, to deliver multigigabit download and upload speeds over connections already installed in hundreds of millions of homes worldwide. Meaning, we can deliver multigigabit speeds to homes without the need for massive digging and construction projects. With this technology, Comcast can continue to deliver ultra-fast service today, while simultaneously building capacity for future needs.mAnd with decades of experience, Comcast is advancing network virtualization and data access to cloud-based technologies for greater performance, increased reliability and easier upgrades. Simply put, we’re able to meet the needs of tomorrow – today, and continually improve the customer experience by delivering faster speeds, greater capacity, and more dynamic connected experiences. Team Support In addition to investing billions in building and evolving our network, Comcast engineers, artificial intelligence scientists, and cybersecurity experts across the country are continuously developing and deploying new technologies to protect our customers and ensure our network can meet emerging threats and challenges. We have a team of cybersecurity experts scanning the network for threats and actively defending our network and our communities. Our teams are made up of elite talent working at every level of the network from software and artificial intelligence at the core, to the best field teams laying new fiber and upgrading the network year-round in all conditions. New network entrants who don’t have a plan or resources to support never-ending network evolution, cybersecurity protection, and hardening may put customers who rely on them at unnecessary risk. As the country shifts yet again, home and business internet connections remain essential for video calls, education, healthcare access, workforce development, streaming entertainment, and more. At Comcast, we remain relentlessly focused on connectivity, to deliver the smartest, fastest, most reliable network to the communities we serve – keeping you connected to more of who and what you love.

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North Salt Lake City approves budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year By Ben Shelton |


new budget for North Salt Lake City has been adopted. This budget will cover the 2021-2022 fiscal year. As with any budget, citizens can expect to be affected due to changes in taxes and appropriations of funds. With talks of creating a new budget, there are always concerns regarding tax increases and if spending will be effectively used. Establishing a budget that meets residents’ and the government’s needs is imperative for any city. The newly adopted budget will bring about changes for the city and affect its operations in the near future. Specifically, the newly established budget appears to recommend a nearly $2 million loss of total revenues from the city’s general fund. Intergovernmental revenues are recommended to see the biggest decrease in total revenues. This loss is what appears to most negatively impact total revenues, as other sectors (taxes, licenses, permits, charges for services, fines, forfeitures and interest) will remain fairly unchanged. While city revenues will see a recommended decrease for the year 2022, North Salt Lake’s expenditures will see a recommended increase of nearly $1 million

from the general fund. The recommended expenditures total $11, 800,000 in this new budget. Expenditures related to the city’s government operations will however see a recommended decrease, while increases in expenditures will be seen in areas relating to public safety, public works and community development. When looking to see if taxes will dramatically increase in this new budget it is important to recognize that in the budget for 2022, the city will not be raising the property tax rate. This will minimize tax burdens faced by residents. Instead, the city will be adopting the property tax rate seen in Davis County as a whole. According to Ken Leetham, City Manager and City Treasurer, “not increasing the property tax rate would not limit growth in revenues.” This means the city can continue to have funding for achieving important goals, without burdening residents with suffocating taxes. During a public hearing on the adoption of this new budget, the utilization of parks became a significant topic of discussion. Dee Lalliss, a citizen of North Salt Lake, posed questions regarding the costs and uses associated with parks in the city. He even suggested that “a synopsis could be created showing the cost and use for each park.” Currently, $441,000 in expenditures are being set aside for park improvements within the city’s budget. This money will be obtained through RAP taxes. The idea behind park improvements, as outlined by the city council, is that once parks are improved they will become more heavily utilized by citizens. However, concern was expressed over the fact that residents seem to be expecting the city’s parks to run like businesses. Council member Natalie Gordon expressed this sentiment as she explained that “the goal was not to make money off the parks but to provide that amenity for citizens.” Gordon said that the “city was getting their money’s worth if people were using and enjoying the parks.” One new addition to the budget will be the creation of a position for a communications specialist for the city. This idea was brought up in discussion of last year’s budget, but was not funded due to COVID-19. The city council seems to believe that this position will allow for better outreach to residents of North Salt Lake and create a more open line of communication between the government and its constituents. The estimated budget for this new position is $110,000. This cost will cover the salary and benefits for the new position. l

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A $3 million renovation could be in store for the facilities at Eaglewood Golf Course By Ben Shelton |


he Eaglewood Golf Course has been a staple of the community in North Salt Lake City since 1994. From countless weddings, golfing excursions and meals at George’s Grill, this course has created countless memories for residents. The hallmark of Eaglewood Golf Course is its clubhouse. The existing clubhouse at Eaglewood Golf Course was originally constructed to residential building standards. Unfortunately, this has led to structural and maintenance issues frequently occurring. Tyler Abegglen, Eaglewood Golf Course’s Director, even said that “two AC units had already been replaced within the last year and a half.” Council member Ryan Mumford said that “the damage and disrepair at the clubhouse were noticeable” and felt that “something needed to be done.” Mayor Len Arave echoed this sentiment by stating that “the facilities were run down and needed to be remodeled.” It then comes as no surprise that the city council is exploring plans to update the golf course’s clubhouse. The council has the intention of updating the course’s clubhouse to allow its continued ability to serve as a gath-

ering place for the city. During a city council meeting on June 15, North Salt Lake City’s Golf Committee presented potential plans for the proposed remodel. The Golf Committee has been exploring potential renovations that include a roof replacement, stucco repair, and ADA compliance upgrades. In addition to these exterior renovations, a kitchen reconfiguration, outdoor covered patio, expanded deck, event center remodel, parking lot repairs and the addition of golf simulators were also discussed. JZW Architects provided the city with renderings and estimates of the clubhouse’s remodel. The estimated costs of the remodel, provided by JZW architects, came in at $3 million and would take an estimated nine to 12 months to complete. The $3 million used to complete this upgrade of the existing clubhouse, according to Abegglen, “would include an HVAC upgrade, exterior siding, decking, kitchen remodel, plumbing and electrical [upgrades].” Of the $3 million used for renovation, half would be spent on the exterior of the building and the other half would be utilized to upgrade the mechanical and technological upgrades.


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MHTN Architects provided cost estimates and renderings for a new building to be built where the old building stands. This plan would forgo renovation plans in favor of creating an entirely new building. MHTN Architects' plan would take an estimated 18 months to complete and would cost $7 million. Abegglen explained to the city council that “it seemed more feasible to have the $3 million remodel vs the $7 million.” The proposed remodel should last the community 25 to 30 years. The majority of the funding for this project would come from a 30-year bond that would cost between $167,000 and $190,000 annually. Funds that came from FEMA and insurance, as a result of wind damage to the roof of the clubhouse, could be utilized to pay for a new roof for the building. When discussing payments further, Council member Natalie Gordon asked if “golf course revenue could cover the bond payment.” Abegglen said that “the first 10 years would be difficult but as rates [for playing at the course] were increased the course could cover 20 years of the bond.” Another goal for the course remodel is to better utilize unproductive spaces in the current clubhouse. This has the intention of increasing golf course revenues and better serving users of the space. Specifically, the

event space in the clubhouse, the upstairs office space and the outdoor space around the cafe are seen as spaces that could be better utilized. For increasing the productivity of the event space, adding golf simulators and increasing wedding bookings were proposed. For increasing productivity of the outdoor space around the cafe, more outdoor seating and a water feature were proposed. These proposals seemed to be positively received as Mumford “felt there should be a dining option in the evenings” and liked the idea of an outdoor water feature because he felt “it would add to the overall ambiance.” Other ways of increasing revenue for the golf course additionally included adding a new fleet of golf carts, upping golf cart rental rates and increasing green fees. The city council and the Golf Committee hope that upgrades to the clubhouse will allow the golf course to continue a trend of positive growth that has been established. When comparing this fiscal year to last year revenues at the course have increased 60% and rounds played have increased 40%. In 2020 there were 40,842 rounds played and revenues were at $877,468 a year to date compared to in 2021, where 65,139 rounds of golf have already been played and revenues are at $1,738,969. l

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The city council is exploring options to renovate the Eaglewood Golf Course event center/clubhouse. Photo by Isaac Shelton

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Immersion programs: what do teachers say? By: Hannah Sandorf Davis | The City Journals


mmersion programs allow students to learn a second language while in elementary school by spending half of their day in the target language. Davis County offers a variety of different language options for interested parents and students including Mandarin, French, and Spanish. Immersion programs have shown benefits in cognitive development, learning skills, and can help students to increase cultural literacy by learning about experiences outside their own. Foxboro Elementary School is included in these schools with a K-6 immersion program that helps students in the program graduate from elementary school with a good grasp of French. Not all instruction during the day is in French. Students switch teachers halfway through the day, either starting or ending their school day with instruction in school subjects taught by a native French speaker. On the French side of instruction is Zoe Lesgourgues who taught at Foxboro for the last couple of years. Lesgourgues is from southeastern France and earned her master’s degree in teaching before coming to the United States as part of a teacher exchange program. Her experience teaching in the United States has been very different than teaching in France. “The schools and parents here are much more supportive,” Lesgourgues said. “My students have iPads where many schools in France do not even have internet. I’ve really enjoyed teaching here.” Lesgourgues teaches science and math exclusively in French but also offers students extra support if the subject is difficult. “For me, it’s most important that the students enjoy speaking French,” she said. “If there is a concept that is difficult for them in French and they cannot express themselves yet, I encourage them to learn about it in English. Then, after they

have a good understanding, it is easier to understand and talk about it in French.” The most important thing is that students enjoy learning and speaking French, she said. “If it’s fun for them they will learn it so much better. We try to keep it fun, repeat ourselves as much as we can, and help them to enjoy the experience of learning and speaking French.” One benefit of immersion is having two teachers in the classroom. Korbie Harrison, a second grade teacher at Foxboro, handles the English half day instruction while her partner teacher Julien Pessin teaches the other half in French.With two teachers, students can learn from different teaching styles and have twice the support if they are struggling. “It is also helpful for the teachers,” said Harrison, “because we can discuss together how to help students in need of extra support.” A potential drawback of immersion can be that students may not have as much variety with their classmates as kids in English-only learning. For many kids, this leads to deep friendships and relationships that extend beyond their time at elementary school, but for others, Harrison said, it can be difficult for kids to avoid someone they do “not mesh well with.” Harrison said that this has not generally been a problem for students, but it is something for parents to consider as their child starts immersion. Harrison encourages families who have not considered immersion programs yet to think about it. “It’s a public school program so there is not any extra cost and it teaches students valuable learning skills beyond the target language,” she said. “Students also do not have to start in kindergarten. Starting in first, second, and even third grade is possible. I’ve had students

Second grade Foxboro French Immersion teacher Korbie Harrison (left) decorating her classroom for another year with the help of her sister, Shaylee Fowers (right). Photo courtesy Korbie Harrison

who start in my class and are comfortable within a few months.” The biggest misconception immersion programs face, said Lesgourgues, is that it’s only for the “smart” kids. “Any student can succeed in an immersion program. Children are like sponges – they learn so quickly. It’s not important for the parents to speak the language or for the student to have a background in that language. The most important thing is that the student is willing to try and is comfortable with making some mistakes.” l

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he 2021-2022 school year will see a new principal starting at South Davis Junior High. Justin Whittaker is transitioning to fill the position after working as the assistant principal at Farmington High School. Before Farmington, Whittaker worked at Clearfield High School as a school counselor and later as assistant principal. His new position at South Davis Junior will be his first as lead principal and his first position working with junior high students. Justin Whittaker, will take over Whittaker is no stranger to the as the new principal at South Bountiful area. He grew up in Boun- Davis Junior High. Courtesy tiful, attending Mueller Park Junior photo High and Bountiful High School. One draw of working as the principal for South Davis Junior, Whittaker said, was being able to serve the community he grew up in. “The parents and teachers at South Davis Junior have built such a wonderful community. I hope that in my role of principal I can support that community feeling.” Support, Whittaker said, is the key part of his role as principal. “I pursued a career in education because I love forming relationships whether they be with teachers, students, or parents. I want to help support others in their goals and dreams and I think education is one of the best places to do that.” Whittaker said junior high is an especially important time of life for students to receive tailored attention. “Students are developing the skills they will need for high school and beyond – collaboration,

critical thinking and a growth mindset. These are crucial skills and junior high is one of the best places to learn and practice them.” Whittaker hopes to take some of the lessons learned from the COVID era into the 2021 school year. During the 2020-2021 school year, Whittaker saw a higher level of parental engagement, with an increased number of parents being involved with classroom management systems like Canvas, an online class management and assignment submission platform. The greater use of online learning platforms has also been helpful to disseminate messages from teachers, support students in distance learning, and preserve community during social distancing. Whittaker hopes that the continuation of some of these tools will allow parents to keep up with what their kids are learning at school even with a return to a normal schedule. Though there were some tech-based benefits from the past school year, students also faced significant challenges during the year. There is concern among school administrators, teachers and parents that they are falling behind, concerns that Whittaker shares. Partly as a result of the 2020-2021 school year, Whittaker does not see any major changes on the horizon for South Davis Junior. His primary concern is to make sure that students are progressing at the rate they need to academically, and to identify gaps that may have come up during socially distanced learning. Whittaker’s previous experience is with high school students, but he is not nervous about working with a younger demographic. There are some developmental differences between the two age groups, however, he said, the theory and practice of school administration are much the same. “The key to being a good support is to help who is in front of you. Students have different needs and individual experiences so the best thing I can do is to help whoever is in front of me do the best they can.” l


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WXPD looks for donations to fund the K9 program By Becky Ginos | WOODS CROSS—It’s not easy to find a loyal partner who gives big sloppy kisses and is always there no matter what. That’s why the Woods Cross Police Department wants to find just the right match between handler and dog as K9 Legend is set to retire after five years of service. “Legend was almost six months old when we got him,” said Woods Cross Police Chief Chad Soffe. “He’s getting to be an old man. He has earned a happy retirement living out the rest of his life with his current handler.” However, replacing him is expensive, said Soffe. “Dogs can cost between $10,000 and $20,000. Outfitting the vehicle with a cage and climate system, where if the temperature gets to 75 or higher the windows come down is $5,800.” The first year of the program the officer purchased the blood hound and paid for the training himself, he said. “The more training they have the more expensive they are. You might get a puppy that doesn’t work out. Maybe they don’t have the drive, etc.” The older they are the more training they have, Soffe said. “We found a company that sells dogs that are fully trained for $10,000. The dog would be ready to go and we could get it in a couple of months so it can be ready by next year.” Dogs and their handlers must go through four weeks of training, he said. “The dog has to get certified in bite work, scent and tracking and has to recertify each year.” The handler has to show he can call the dog off within a 15 to 20 foot range, said Soffe. “They have to conform to state law of when

“He’s getting to be an old man. He has earned a happy retirement living out the rest of his life with his current handler.” – Chad Soffe

they can be deployed. A bite can cause bodily injury. If the dog doesn’t pass they can’t be used. We have to know they can function as a police dog.” Soffe said the training continues after the initial four weeks. “They have to do 16 hours per month. Some of that is on duty and some the handler does off duty. Dogs tend to forget what they’ve learned if they don’t use it. They have to continually go over commands, sniff for drugs – all the things they’ve been trained to do.” The department has been receiving donations from local businesses and the community to fund the K9 program, said Soffe. “Part of the reason the city OK’d raising money from businesses is because businesses from surrounding

Handler Sgt. Mike Daugherty clips a bullet-proof vest on K9 Legend at Woods Cross Elementary. Legend will be retiring soon after serving the department for five years.

cities benefit from it. A business owner might find an open door and we’ll send our dog into the warehouse to search it. So it’s not just the citizens paying for it.” A new handler will take over the new K9. “Officers can put in a request,” he said. “They have to be willing to put in the time and training.” Woods Cross has three K9s and is one of

only a few departments that have them. “We feel like it’s a valuable tool to have,” Soffe said. “Dogs can smell better to find drugs and they’re good backup. If an officer is in trouble there's a button they can push and the dog door opens and the dog can come out and help. Not only can they protect the officer, they can track people who run from us. I feel they’re important to have.” l

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Google Fiber coming to North Salt Lake By Becky Ginos | NORTH SALT LAKE—As many cities start looking at options for bringing internet fiber into their neighborhoods, North Salt Lake took the first step to bring in Google Fiber Utah by approving a resolution for a non-exclusive license agreement at a special council meeting held last month. “We’ve been working with Google Fiber for two to three months,” said City Manager Ken Leetham. “We’re excited to have Google Fiber extended in the city for the residents.” Leetham said some of the hard questions the city has had have been answered. “There was concern over tearing up reconstructed or resurfaced roads.They’ve agreed not to cut into those areas for three to five years depending on what the ordinance is. We feel good. There will be some disruptions on some city streets but over time there won’t be as much.” One council member asked why they couldn’t just work in the parking strip. “The road is the most convenient location in most cases,” said City Engineer Paul Ottoson. “In the parking strip there are driveways every few feet with concrete. They have the ability to go into the parking strip but they don’t want to fight all the drive-

ways and sprinkler systems.” “Essentially, the plan is to install fiber in a two-inch trench parallel and next to the curb on one side of every street,” Leetham said. “There is also a transverse trench that crosses the street at approximately 300 foot intervals. These trenches are then filled with flowable fill (concrete) and in some cases of parallel trenches which are offset from the curb will also be treated with a mastic or crack seal material.” “This approval allows us to bring organic fiber optics into 7,300 homes,” said Jacob Brace, Government & Community Affairs Manager for Google Fiber Utah. “North Salt Lake is a desirable place to live. This will give people who are working from home or doing school online access to high speed internet and avoid the commute.” Residents can choose a plan that works for them, he said. “The city doesn’t put money into this, it's a private investment. We have the ability to bury the lines so they’re ready for any home that wants to sign up.” This is Google Fiber’s first entry into Davis County, Brace said. “This is the most northerly area in Utah. North Salt Lake joins our proud legacy of cities.”

Some examples of trenching within public streets in other communities. Courtesy

“We looked at UTOPIA about a year and a half ago,” Leetham said. “We declined to participate in that model. We’re

excited for Google Fiber. It's tried and true. It will be a great service to residents and we don’t have any financial obligations.” l

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Woods Cross Elementary second grader Mason King pulls a hair from his head to examine under a microscope as teacher Karen Garner sets it up.

Hunter makes a chess move against Camden. Several schools in the area held summer camps to keep kids engaged in learning. Photos by Becky Ginos

Cameron (left) and Carter Folsom create a 4th of July picture during a summer camp at Foxboro Elementary.

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Parents share hopes and concerns for 2021-2022 school year By: Hannah Sandorf Davis | The City Journals


he fall of 2021 brings some important concerns to light for parents with children attending Davis County schools. These concerns include a rising number of COVID-19 cases as Utah heads into fall, vaccination rates that fall below the governor’s target, the mental health of their children after over a year of social distancing and adjusting back to the five-days-a-week school schedule. For some parents, they cannot wait for the school year to start with a semblance of normalcy. Other parents are more wary, fearing for the safety of their students. Shauna Hardy has children attending Woods Cross High School, South Davis Junior High, and Orchard Elementary School. She also serves on the community council of all three schools. For Hardy, a return to the full school schedule and the lifting of social distancing measures is what she and her children have been hoping for. “It’s taken a toll emotionally and mentally,” she said. “For my kids, getting back into a set schedule and routine where they can have the social interaction they need is crucial.” As a member of the community councils, Hardy has also heard from many other parents. “Many of us are afraid that our students have fallen behind,” she said. “It’s been a hard year to know how our kids are doing because of the lack of testing in 2020, and the RISE testing issues in 2019. We really do not have a good grasp of where our students are.” Another parent, Jamie Wardell-Baird who has children attending Woods Cross Elementary and Millcreek Junior High, said she is extremely nervous about her kids returning to school. “I work in a medical laboratory and some-

times feel like COVID-19 has taken over my life,” said Wardell-Baird. “With the current vaccination rates and the inability of elementary kids to be vaccinated right now, my kids will definitely be wearing masks to school.” Wardell-Baird hopes to see case numbers fall and vaccination numbers rise before the school year begins, but does not see that as a possibility. “At the start of the summer, I was optimistic. As we get closer to school I have become a lot less optimistic,” she said. Joanna Ahleen has three children attending Foxboro Elementary this year. “We are going to see how it plays out,” she said. “We currently aren’t planning on masks and social distancing, but if the year goes that way we will adapt.” Ahleen’s biggest concern is that teachers and administrators support students who may have fallen behind in the last year. “It was just such a stressful time for all of us,” she said. “Even though kids are resilient, they also definitely felt the pressure and uncertainty from the last year.” Ahleen hopes teachers and administrators will keep the difficulty of the school year in mind while preparing the curriculum and pacing of 2021-2022. Each parent also found something they liked during the 2020-2021 school year that they hope will continue, with necessary modifications, into 2021-2022. Hardy was a fan of broadcasting student sports on YouTube where family members who were traveling or lived out-of-town could support student athletes. Wardell-Baird liked the hybrid schedule, which allowed for more social distancing and additional time at home to work on skills. Ahleen also

The Ahleen kids enjoying a final summer vacation before school starts for all three at Foxboro Elementary School. From left to right: Everly (5), Jace (9), Dash (7). Photo courtesy of Joanna Ahleen

liked the hybrid schedule where her students could get extra support and help during teacher office hours on Fridays. Though 2020 was a difficult school year, it also offered more tools and resources for parents to become involved in their children’s education, a feature parents hope will not disappear completely as Davis County transitions back to the five-days-a-week schedule. l

Soaring Summer Travel is Lifting Utah’s Economy By Robert Spendlove | Zions Bank Senior Economist


he Salt Lake City International Airport is bustling. Visitors are pouring into Utah’s state and national parks. And the iconic Temple Square is once again welcoming visitors from around the world to our capital city. After the coronavirus pandemic dramatically impacted travel and tourism – along with so many aspects of our lives and our economy – it’s exciting to see travel returning to our state. In July, the Salt Lake City International Airport reported that passenger volumes were at 105% of 2019 levels – one of the strongest rebounds nationally. And a year after Covid-19 halted most international travel, our Zions Bank branches have seen an uptick in people coming in to get foreign currency for their summer travels, particularly the Mexican Peso, the Euro and the British pound. This return to travel is important. The travel and tourism sector generates over a billion dollars in state and local tax revenue each year, according to the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Tourism and visitor spending support more than one in 11 Utah jobs directly or indirectly. And in some parts of the state, the employment impact is much

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larger. From the snow-capped mountains to the majestic red rocks, statistics show that not even a global pandemic can keep people away from all our state has to offer. Despite the pandemic, a record 10.6 million people visited Utah state parks in 2020 – a 33% increase from 2019. Similarly, Utah’s ski resorts saw a record-breaking 5.3 million skier days during the 202021 winter season, according to Ski Utah. The previous record was 5.1 million, set in 2018-2019. The business side of tourism continues to recover, although much more slowly than the leisure side of travel. It will take some time for business travel to fully recover from the effects of the pandemic, but the future is looking bright. More than a year after the economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic began, Utah’s economy has emerged as one of the strongest in the nation, with the second-highest job growth of any state. This busy season of travel is a great sign that our travel and tourism industry is making a strong comeback. A boost in summer travel will have far-reaching impacts on the economy, bringing back jobs

and stimulating additional growth. Robert Spendlove is senior economist for Zions Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A.

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Current facilities at the South Davis Recreation Center are older and undersized for the community By Ben Shelton |


he South Davis Recreation Center provides amenities for many individuals and families within North Salt Lake City. The facility is not only a place where residents can work out, but is also a gathering place for the community. It is not uncommon to see children utilizing the facilities as an escape from the heat and boredom of summer. It is also not uncommon to see both youths and adults participating in programs hosted by the rec center. It has been a staple in the community for years and has allowed countless members of North Salt Lake to reap the fitness, social, and recreational benefits it provides. With the South Davis Recreation Center providing amenities to so many individuals, it is no surprise that it is growing. With that growth comes the need to update the facility’s master plan to meet the necessities that growth requires. In fact, an analysis of a master plan assessment run by VCBO architecture found the facilities were undersized for the community. The current facilities at the rec center are 14 years old. It has an Olympic-sized ice rink, courts, multiple fitness areas and three pools. Additionally, the center hosts events like races, movies, soccer, football and basketball programs. The age of the facilities has led to accessibility issues, general damages, the need to repurpose existing facilities and the need to expand areas within the center. Executive Director Tif Miller said that “all the

growth meant there was a need for a new South Davis Recreation Facility.” This new facility would offer similar amenities to the community and would be built on the westside in North Salt Lake or Woods Cross. Residents have expressed interest in seeing increased fitness spaces, pools, and aquatic facilities. Specifically, a large gym and splash pad have been proposed as features of the new facility. The inclusion of a fitness component has been justified as, according to Whitney Ward, Principal at VCBO Architecture, “cardio and weight lifting were lower-cost areas” that provide entertainment to parents while they watch their children. She found that “offering these amenities together served the whole family.” The current bond for the existing facility is set to end in 2026. Ward also said that “it would be cheaper to build now as the cost of land and construction is rising.” Due to this, starting construction and bonding now would save citizens money, despite the two bonds overlapping. Another factor in pushing for this expansion is, according to Ward, “land availability as it [is] getting more difficult to find a 10, or more acre, parcel [of land] that [is] accessible and visible.” City Council member Ryan Mumford expressed concern about overpriced family passes at the current facility, stating that “they seemed very high priced in comparison to equivalent activities such as a zoo or

The South Davis Recreation District is proposing a master plan for rec center improvements and expansion. Photo courtesy of Isaac Shelton

aquarium membership.” Currently, a family membership is $495 plus tax. With this in mind, Mumford said that he “struggled with government bonding to provide a service that independent companies were already providing and competing against private business.” However, it can be argued that the facilities do see a need for expansion and renovation due to growth and their age. This is especially pertinent as membership has gradually increased after last year when numbers were impacted by COVID-19. l

Sheriff’s main focus is the safety and well-being of Davis County residents By Becky Ginos | FA R M I N G T O N — D a v i s County Sheriff Kelly Sparks has seen a lot of changes over the 30 plus years he’s been in law enforcement, but one thing remains the same – his desire to protect and serve the community. “The Sheriff’s Office is actively engaged in improving the quality of life for the citizens of Davis County,” Sparks said. “We’ve created a leadership team to improve relationships across the county. This is a measure of our success when we all work together for the health, well-being and safety of our citizens.” Sparks was drawn to law enforcement at an early age. “I knew in high school that this was a career field I wanted to pursue,” he said. “My cousin was on the Layton Police force and he was a great example to me.” He applied to the Davis County Sheriff’s Office in the early 80s and was invited in for a test. “I walked into the auditorium and there were 400 people taking the test,” said Sparks. “It was intimidating. I

thought I had no chance of getting past those 400 people. But when I headed for the door there was this large gruff man in the hallway and I was so intimidated by him that I went back and sat down and took the test. I was hired in 1983.” Sparks went through the police academy and paramedic school and worked in every division of the Sheriff’s Office, he said. “I became the director of the police academy at Weber State. Then I was invited to take the position of Deputy Director of POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training). In 2018 I decided I needed to run for Davis County Sheriff.” It’s an elected office, he said. “I’m in law enforcement. I’m not a politician. My focus and what I care about is law enforcement. My decision to run was a difficult one. It’s a large job.” A year or two previously there were a number of things that were concerning, said Sparks. “There was some disconnect and tensions between the Sheriff’s Office and the county. We needed good coop-

eration with the County Attorney’s Office, cities and government. We looked at improving how we were seen by the public and other entities.” Davis County doesn’t have as many problems as in other areas, he said. “We’re not immune. But our crime rate is pretty low so residents should feel safe.” Law enforcement has been taking a lot of heat lately and that has been tough, Sparks said. “It’s a personal challenge for me. I don’t mind criticism, it can be good to help us improve. But unwarranted criticism from other areas in the nation is demoralizing. It’s a challenge to overcome.” It’s important to let the officers know they’re appreciated, he said. “We get great support from the citizens of Davis County to overcome that loud minority.” Retention and recruitment has declined for a number of years now, said Sparks. “It’s a factor of the economy. When it’s low everyone struggles to find employees. But those loud public voices and criti-

Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks (center) helps at Drug Take Back Day. Sparks took office in 2019. Courtesy photo

cism make people think this is not a career field they want to enter.” The public thinks because it’s a challenge getting people into the profession that we’re taking a lower standard of officers, he said. “That’s

not the case at all. We’re still getting high quality folks, fewer but we’re still getting great people. It’s been an awesome career for me. It’s the greatest career in the world if it’s for you.” l

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Local children’s author Mike Knudson shares experiences


ho doesn’t enjoy a walk down memory lane and especially the occasional stroll through the happy, carefree days of childhood? North Salt Lake children’s author Mike Knudson took a step further and turned many of his own experiences into delightful, humorous tales that hundreds of children enjoy today. His Raymond and Graham series are based on real life friends and experiences. “When I first began playing baseball, I knew for sure that I would be a baseball player when I grew up,” he said. “Funny story, I was visiting an elementary school in Florida back in 2012, and in my presentation, I told the kids that when I was their age, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. After the assembly, a teacher approached me and said, ‘You're just like my son, he always wanted to be a baseball player too.’ So… I asked her what he ended up doing for a career. She replied, ‘Oh, he won the World Series last October.’ She was serious. Her son played for the St. Louis Cardinals!” Knudson said he knew when he first wanted to write a book. “I have always thought about it. Even in my college years, but I never pursued it,” he said. “I didn't take the time to research the process or how to submit something to get published. It seemed like a daunting endeavor. I took many literature classes in college, but in the end, I graduated, went on to get an MBA and worked several years before attempting to write my first book. I always knew, however, that if I ever started writing, I would write for children.” Knudson’s stories and characters stem back to his own childhood. “The characters in my first series of books (Raymond and Graham) are all based on friends from my childhood,” he said. “My middle name is Raymond, and the middle name of my closest childhood friend is Graham. Not only are the characters based on people I know, but the events of the book are mostly based on actual events. The stories are fiction; however, many friends and family members knew in an instant which specific friends inspired each character.” Knudson also acknowledges that he received inspiration from his own family. “My children were also a source of great inspiration. They were in elementary school during the time I was writing the Raymond and Graham series, and some of the happenings in the books are based on events from my children's lives. “For example, true story, my son came home from his soccer carpool late one day and when asked where they had been my son described how the mom who was driving the carpool stopped at a store to buy some underwear for her son. As I pictured that poor kid waiting in the Suburban with half his soccer team, while his mother ran in to buy his underpants, I knew that had to make it into a book. The humiliation we as parents often put our children through provides great material for stories.” Getting published for the first time is indeed a daunting task, Knudson said, “After writing my first book but before sending it to publishers, my close friend, who is the inspiration behind my character Graham, helped me edit the book. We had a lot of fun doing it and we thought it was good, but we wanted to get some unbiased reviews of the book. “Long story short, we printed the manuscript on some regular loose paper and got it into the hands of a 10-year-old neighbor of a relative. He loved the story and brought the pile of papers to his school and asked his teacher to read it to the class. Amazingly, she did! The teacher contacted me and asked when this was going to be published because they were having an author day in two months and if the book was published, she invited me to participate.

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By Rebecca Rodgers | City Journals “Without hesitation I said it would be printed the following month. I hung up and called local printers. I told one of them I needed about 25 copies printed. I was informed that with setup costs it would be about the same to print 25 as 2,500, so I printed 2,500! Author day at the school was so fun, and I had so many books to get rid of that I began to promote myself to local schools. I ended up booking over 75 schools that fall and Rule the School is one of Knudson’s had to reorder books four Raymond and Graham books. for the book signings. Courtesy photos It was then that I submitted my book to publishers.” And finally, good news. “After receiving numerous rejections, many of them telling me that they only accept manuscripts from literary agents, I was driving down the road and received a phone call from Viking Children's Books, a division of Penguin Publishing, now Penguin Random House. They said they loved the story and wanted to turn it into a series. It was an exciting day for sure!” Does he have any writing quirks? “I'm not sure if it is a quirk, and I'm not sure exactly how other writers write, however, I never write from beginning to end. I have the idea, develop some semblance of an outline, and then it seems I write the beginning couple of chapters, jump to the ending, come back to the beginning or somewhere in the middle and so forth until it all somehow comes together. When I feel inspiration for a specific moment in the story, I immediately work on that moment regardless of where it occurs in the story.” Where does Knudson get his ideas for writing these days? “Life in general. I have quite a lengthy list of ideas that are in various stages of development. I don't really search for ideas but try to jot down a note whenever something comes to mind. I have them on my Notes App on my phone, my iPad, as well as some handwritten ideas here and there.” When Knudson isn’t writing he enjoys many other activities. “Anything with family. We now have six grandchildren, all under 5 years old. I love being with them. I also bike a lot. We are lucky to live here where there are so many trails and places to ride. And if you walk past my house late at night you will probably hear me playing the banjo. It's probably why we don't get a lot of foot traffic down our street at night.” What does Knudson’s family think about his writing? “They have always been supportive. Back when I was doing a ton of school visits, I would take them with me now and then. When my daughter was 9 years old she accompanied me for a few days of school visits in Northern California. At one of the school book signings, the kids all wanted her to sign the books as well. That was fun. “Another time I took my three boys to Arizona on a book tour. The highlight for them was picking up our to-go pizza

Knudson with his banjo and a couple of friends.

order. Hungry Howie's pizza gave us a stack of four additional pizzas that someone ordered but never picked up. The boys may not remember the assemblies or book signings, but they sure remember the mountain of pizza we had that night!” Have you ever wondered what makes a great children’s story? “Relatable characters and a genuine voice that resonates with the reader,” Knudson said. “I like writing for the middle grade audience because there are so many firsts that we experience at that age. Before that age, in early elementary, it seems that kids don't have a lot of inhibitions. They don’t come into that self- awareness that hits hard as kids reach the middle grades. “I try hard to bring the emotions of friendship, embarrassment and even those first innocent feelings of the heart. I think they are all emotions from our childhood that children relate to, and even as we grow older as adults, we can still remember the first time we felt awkward, embarrassed or when we did something amazing. “I still remember the feeling of hitting a baseball the first time in a little league game, or the time I tried out for the school play and thought for sure I would get the main part of Ebenezer Scrooge, only to have my dreams of stardom shattered when finding out I was to play Peter, Tiny Tim's brother, with one single line, "And Mother made a plum pudding too!" If you have ever wanted to write a book, Knudson recommends, “Get started! I would also say that you should do it for the love of writing and for your own enjoyment. The publishing world can be tough, but if you are writing for yourself, your family, and friends, regardless of what happens on the publishing side, it will be a fun and satisfying journey. “Also, share it with others along the way. Many writers have writing groups where they critique each other’s work as they go. We are often too close to our work to see areas of improvement that can make a good story great.” l

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Visit a Little Free Library in your neighborhood to take a book and leave a book By Karmel Harper|


ndrew Carnegie said, “A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is never a failing spring in the desert.” Carnegie’s belief that a free library gives people the chance to educate and lift themselves regardless of wealth and status is exhibited in his life’s endeavor and accomplishment in funding and building 2,508 public libraries in his lifetime. Inspired by the 20th century titan of industry, Todd Bol and Rick Brooks of Wisconsin set a similar goal to build libraries. In 2009, Bol built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother who was a teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and installed it on a post in his front yard where neighbors and friends could “take a book and leave a book.” It was such a success that Bol built several more and gave them away. In 2010, Brooks and Bol established the name “Little Free Library” and the first official Little Free Library was installed on a bike path in Madison, Wisconsin that summer. Within a few months, thousands of people had seen the library and Brooks and Bol continued to give away Little Free Libraries that included wooden signs engraved with official charter numbers. By 2013, the pair surpassed Carnegie’s library count of 2,508 as they established over 4,000 libraries by the

end of 2012, the same year Little Free Library became a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Nicole Allen of Kaysville installed a Little Free Library (Charter #21156) at her childhood home on 515 S. 200 East in Kaysville in December 2015. Allen up cycled an old kitchen cabinet from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and with the help of a carpenter friend weatherproofed it, added a roof, painted it in bright colors, and filled it with books for her neighbors to enjoy. “Initially I just stocked it with books from my own personal library and books I picked up from thrift stores, but pretty quickly the neighborhood kept it going by bringing in books to swap out,” she said. “People will bring their kids in wagons and trade books on a regular basis.” Allen’s library has three levels where children’s books are placed in the lowest level for easy reach while the upper levels are stocked with books for adults, keeping an even balance of books for children and books for adults. The success of the Little Free Library program runs on an honor system embracing the “take a book, leave a book” mindset. People are welcome to take as many books as they please and they can either return them or keep them forever as long as they replace the

books they take. This mentality not only fosters a constant turnover in titles by providing book diversity but also promotes neighborhood connection via the shared experience of reading the books together. The Little Free Library program offers exposure to local authors and gives them the opportunity to share their work with the local community. Michelle Edge recently moved to South Jordan from Georgia and has published four children’s books which she has written and illustrated herself including a series titled, “The Adventures of Sissy Dog” which is a rhyming book. Her books are based on the true stories and imaginative adventures from her childhood. While her books are available for sale on Amazon and in Target and Walmart, Edge loves to drive around town and donate her books in Little Free Libraries. To date there are more than 100,000 registered Little Free Libraries in 108 countries worldwide. The Little Free Library website ( includes an interactive map where you can input your ZIP code and locations will pop up. To the traveler, it is a wonderful way to enjoy a book provided by a local resident, perhaps in a country and culture that is new to you. “I love books. And being able to go from a large library that only I use to being able to

Visit the Little Free Library at 515 S. 200 E. in Kaysville to take a book and leave a book. Photo by Nicole Allen

share them with the community…it is great,” Allen said. If you would like to start a Little Free Library in your neighborhood and get more information on how to build one, visit www. l



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Race Cats teams sprint into cross country season By Matt Patton | City Journals


oung runners are about to return to local school yards and parks this fall to begin preparing for another season of cross country competition. The Race Cats Cross Country program is expecting to have between 350-400 Davis County children sign up this season, which officially kicks off practices on Sept. 14. “I think there is so much good to be learned in a participatory sport like running,” Race Cats President and Davis County Area Director Jami Caldwell said. “Anyone can participate, regardless of ability.” The Davis Race Cats program is divided into seven teams throughout the county, including five elementary teams, a junior high team, and a competition team that has a longer season designed for more experienced runners. While kids may join Race Cats with running in mind, the program intends to help them achieve much more than earning ribbons. “Running is hard. I think learning to do hard things is so important for youth. For all of us, really,” Caldwell said. “They get the individual aspect of competing against themselves and trying to best their personal times, but the kids also get to learn how to be on a team, to be a good teammate, and to cheer for each other. I think that the most

important thing we can teach kids is a love of moving their bodies and of being active and outside. To me that is far more important than performance or ability. I hope to help them build life-long habits.” Kaysville resident Joseph Sybrowsky, who has had three children running on the Davis Race Cats team for the past year and a half, has seen amazing results from having his kids enrolled in the program. “All ages and genders can participate, and it’s extremely family oriented,” Sybrowsky said. “Our children can practice and compete together. They supported each other in unique ways, especially after a race, because they all took the same journey of persistence.” On top of that, Sybrowsky has already been able to see the long-term impacts that Caldwell said Race Cats was ultimately trying to achieve. “I think running, whether it is track or cross country, pulls out of each individual grit they didn’t know they had as determination is rewarded with results,” Sybrowsky added. “I think it’s important for young kids to see what they put in they will get out.” The teams hold practices twice a week for seven weeks and are led by volunteer coaches to help prepare them for three total

Davis County youth can participate in the Race Cats Cross Country program, with signups continuing through Sept. 25. Photo by Joseph Sybrowsky

meets – two at Nicholls Park in Fruit Heights in October, as well as the Race Cats Championship, which is held in Salt Lake City and features all the Race Cats teams in the state. Elementary and junior high youth rang-

ing from kindergarten to eighth grade can sign-up now through Sept. 25 by going to the Race Cats official website ( l

Four tips for summer safety By Kathleen Riggs | Utah State University Extension


any families are heading outdoors for recreation and activities. Whether in the pool or park, the ball field or backyard, take precautionary measures so all family members are safe from sun, insects and injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a portion of their website dedicated to family health. A summary of their tips for family summer safety are included below. For additional information, visit Tip 1. Master water safety. Swimming in the pool and playing in the sprinklers are favorite summer activities. However, drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 4. Water safety tips from CDC include: • Carefully watch young children in and around water. • Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. • Learn CPR. Knowing this skill can be critical in a time of

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need. • Install a four-sided fence around home pools. • Wear a properly fitted life jacket when boating. Tip 2. Beat the heat and sun. Overheating and sunstroke can occur in healthy children, youth and adults if they participate in strenuous activities during hot weather. If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, move him or her to a cool location and seek medical help. To avoid over-heating: • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked. • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. • Schedule outdoor activities in the morning and evening hours. • Keep cool with cool showers or baths. A few serious sunburns can lead to skin cancer in the years ahead. Tanning is the skin’s way of trying to protect itself from harmful UV rays from the sun. To pre-

vent sunburn: • Cover up. Clothing that covers the skin helps protect against UV rays. • Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside. Tip 3: Keep ticks and mosquitos from causing harm. Protect yourself and your family from bites and diseases. Zika, West Nile Virus and Lyme disease can all be transmitted by insects. To help with protection: • Use an effective insect repellent. Products containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some natural oils provide long-lasting protection. • Some pesticides (acaricides) can reduce the number of ticks, but these should not be relied on for providing full protection. • Check yourself and your children for ticks after being outdoors, especially if you have been camping or hiking. Instructions for effectively removing ticks are

available on the CDC website. Tip 4: Prevent injuries. Falls at home and on the playground are common causes of visits to the emergency room. To avoid injury: • Be sure playgrounds are well maintained and have soft landing areas.

• Wear appropriate protective gear when participating in summer sports. • Learn to perform basic first aid. Enjoy fun in the sun, but make safety a priority so that summer is incident and accident free. l

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Staying safe around bison By Tom Haraldsen |


o you might be venturing outdoors a lot this summer, with very hot weather and the need to get out of the house. That could include hiking, particularly in places like Antelope Island which is always a huge destination. That said, some of the island’s “residents” don’t always take kindly to visitors, so here are some tips to keep everyone safe when two-legged creatures meet those with four legs! Antelope Island State Park is home to many wildlife species, including mule deer, pronghorn and bison. It’s where you’ll find one of the nation’s largest and oldest public bison herds. Due to the large population of bison living on the island, it is quite common to see one of the animals. In the winter months, there are about 515 bison on the island. After the female bison have their calves in the spring, it brings the total to about 750 animals. Bison can also be found in the Henry Mountains in southern Utah. The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources said that during the last two years, there have been several instances when visitors to the island were charged and injured by a bison. While these incidents are quite rare, people should still be aware of what to do if they happen to encounter a bison.

“People usually get too close,” Antelope Island Park Manager Jeremy Shaw said. “They always want to get closer and closer for photos. But ultimately, any time there is a dangerous interaction with wildlife, it’s because the person got too close.” Here are a few tips from DWR for how to avoid making a bison aggressive if you encounter one: • If you see a bison and it stops what it is doing and starts paying attention to you, you are too close and should slowly back away. • nIf a bison is in the middle of the road, wait for it to pass. Do not get out of your vehicle. • If a bison is on the side of the road, feel free to slowly drive past it. But again, stay inside your vehicle. • If you see a bison in the distance, do not walk across the rangeland to get closer to it. Take your photos from a safe distance. • If you are hiking and a bison is close to or on the trail, you should either back away and return the way you came, or leave the trail and give the animal a very wide berth when passing it. It is OK to go off the trail if your safety is at risk. “We’ve got trail restrictions on Antelope Island in the backcountry, but safety

Bison are a large part of the wildlife population on Antelope Island. Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, DWR

trumps those rules,” Shaw said. “If you are in the backcountry hiking and you come across any wildlife that’s in your path, we urge you to travel around it. Whatever distance you think you should remain from the animal, double it. That’s how far back you

should stay.” These safety tips also apply to other species of wildlife. For specifics on what to do when encountering different types of animals in the wild, visit the Wild Aware Utah website. l

Golden Spoke Ride connects bike trails from Ogden to Provo By Tom Haraldsen | Davis Journal


ven if you are a biking enthusiast, you may not know about The Golden Spike, or of The Golden Spoke ride held the past four years. It is the amalgamation of eight major paved off-street trails that provide over 100 miles of connected trail from Provo to Ogden. One could say it is the “golden child” of Utah’s urban trails, providing healthy mobility options for much of the Wasatch Front. It was not created or conceived as a single trail, but as independent trails were being constructed and became popular, it became apparent that with a few connections, it would create the longest continuous paved trail west of the Mississippi. And so it has. The Golden Spoke is the amalgamation of Provo River Parkway Trail, Murdock Canal Trail, Jordan River Parkway Trail, Legacy Parkway Trail, Denver & Rio Grande Western Rail Trail, Weber River Parkway Trail, West Haven River Parkway Trail, and the Ogden River Parkway. According to the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the term Golden Spoke, as an identifier of these trails, began in 2018 after a major gap

was closed along the Jordan River Parkway Trail with the construction of the North Temple Bridge next to Fisher Mansion. An event was held to commemorate the achievement and the Golden Spoke Ride was born. The group Move Utah worked in partnership with the WFRC, the Jordan River Commission, the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, Bike Utah, Mountainland Association of Governments, Utah Department of Health, the Utah Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation, and Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber Counties to create the event. Improvements are continuously being made to the trails that make up the Golden Spoke: wayfinding signs, additional access points, pavement replacement, and even trail widening in places where the number of people on the trail requires more space. There are several existing trails that tie into a “wheel” around the Golden Spoke, such as the SR-193 Trail in Davis County, and the 9-Line Trail and Parley’s Trail in Salt Lake County. A recently completed project connects Salt Lake County and Utah

County via the Draper Porter Rockwell Trail and Lehi Rail Trail (referred to locally as its own version of the “Golden Spoke”), which then ties into the larger Golden Spoke network at the Murdock Canal Trail via a soon to be completed pedestrian/bicycle bridge over SR-92 in Lehi. Other planned projects include Millcreek’s “double tracking” of the Jordan River Parkway Trail on either side of the river, the West Davis Corridor highway project extending the Legacy Parkway Trail through Davis County, and the Weber River Parkway extension through South Weber City (also part of the Centennial Trail running through Weber County). All of these will continue the expansion of this interconnected trail system. There is even a concept to connect the Wasatch Front and Back via trails through the Wasatch Loop trail network, as efforts to create a family-friendly bicycle network of trails continues. l The map for the Golden Spoke ride this year that ran from Ogden to Provo. Courtesy of WFRC

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Davis Early Intervention program helps children with disabilities succeed By Becky Ginos | FARMINGTON—For parents who have a child with disabilities, knowing how to care for them can be overwhelming. The Davis Early Intervention program in the school district provides some of the tools that families need to help their children reach their goals. In the late 80s the federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was passed,” said Mandy Zeschke, Davis Early Intervention coordinator. “It’s for children from birth to 3 years old who have delays or disabilities. The district holds the grant for Davis County.” When a child is referred, they do a free evaluation to determine eligibility for the program, she said. “We create a family service plan and provide family coaching. Primarily we go to the child’s home but we also have a few classes that we invite parents to participate in at the level that will benefit them.” The program has occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses, developmental specialists and service coordinators so they can receive whatever service they need, Zeschke said. “They work with the child and provide suggestions to the family to continue to work on between visits.” Some of the classes offered include a music/movement group and a motor group that targets different development for kids, she said. “There’s an infant massage group and a parent support group that is virtual. It gives parents the opportunity to network with other parents of children with disabilities.” Currently they are serving 450 children, said Zeschke. “If kids are eligible they get services, we don’t have a wait-

ing list. The state legislature determined a sliding fee scale from zero to $200 a month participation fee. It is based on family size and income.” “I’ve really loved early intervention – it’s been a godsend,” said parent April Shumway. “I have a child with special needs. He was born with Down syndrome. His first year of life was hard, he was in and out of Primary’s.” They teach you infant massage and how to calm your baby, she said. “I still use those baby massages. When he got older he had occupational, speech and feeding therapy. They guide you along to give you a head start. They offer so many things to give children a leg up. He’ll have the skills to move on.” Shumway’s son is 3 years old so he will be leaving the program soon.“I’m bummed. It feels like you have an ally, somebody who knows how it is to have a child with disabilities. It was so nice to have that help in the beginning.” The Davis Early Intervention staff hosted an activity day for families in the program on Wednesday at the park. “It gives kiddos the opportunity to get out into the community and practice the things they’ve been working on with the support of early intervention providers,” said Zeschke. When parents are first learning about the diagnosis it can be overwhelming, she said. “They may also be dealing with older children. We give suggestions to help the family come together. We want the family to be successful. We love kids and we love helping families help their kids.” For more information about the program visit Davis Early Intervention on Facebook and Instagram or call 801402-5408. l

Speech Pathologist Shawnii Lyman delights 3-year-old Pasley Marsh with bubbles at a Davis Early Intervention activity at Legacy Park in North Salt Lake. Photo by Becky Ginos

New commission tasked with bolstering economic development By Becky Ginos | SALT LAKE CITY—As the state emerges from the pandemic, state and local leaders have come together to form the new Unified Economic Opportunity Commission (EC). The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) announced the commission last month which was created as part of H.B. 348 that was passed during the 2021 legislative session. “It gives us the opportunity to relook at how we handle economic development in the state of Utah,” said Senate president J. Stuart Adams. “I don’t think this has been done in any other state. It’s the Governor, Speaker, representatives from county commissions and cities, people who represent all economic aspects of Utah.” The commission will address issues such as education, transportation, infrastructure and workforce development, he said. “We’ll take a holistic view and decide what the best way is to attract the type of jobs that will help us move forward into the future.” U.S. News & World Report named Utah as the best economy in the nation, Adams said. “The census shows we’re the fastest growing state in the nation. People are looking at Utah from all over the nation. They’ve seen the quality of life we have here. We want to use those accolades in the best way

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we can.” The commission brings together the best minds with the best ideas, he said. “It’s an exciting commission. If you had told me a year ago when we were in the worst depression since 1930 that we’d have the lowest case count in the nation and best economy in the nation I wouldn’t have believed it. We need to capitalize on what we’ve done in the past and make sure the future is done right.” Adams said the commission is aware that companies drive economic growth. “We want to make sure new companies will consider Utah and also how we can help existing companies. We’ll take a broad approach to look at everything. We’ve got the right people at the table.” The commission met for the first time on June 30. “It went great,” said Adams. “We haven’t gone to work totally but we’re formed and ready to go. I’m sure we’ll meet several times a year. There’s a real push now to get some ideas ready for the next legislative session.” There’s a multitude of items to consider, he said. “The number one top driver is an educated workforce. We want to have the talent to fill the jobs that are coming to Utah. We want to make sure kids K-12 are getting an education that is aligning with universi-

The future looks bright as more and more companies are coming to Utah. The state has been named as having the best economy in the nation. Courtesy

ties and technical schools. I’ve heard over and over again from companies that having a prepared, talented workforce far exceed any incentives.” The future is bright, said Adams.

“We’ve gone through a pandemic and come out of that. Let’s celebrate for a moment or two about where we’re at and be happy. There’s never been so much opportunity for the citizens of Utah.” l

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Drought could lead to water shortages in North Salt Lake By Ben Shelton |


t has been hot out however, this is no ordinary summer heatwave. With temperatures repeatedly hitting the upper 90s and even creeping into triple digits Utah, like much of the Western United States, is being hit with extreme temperatures causing a drought. For many of us, summer is synonymous with water activities. As children, we play in sprinklers, attend water parks, or go swimming and as adults, we water our lawn, golf, or enjoy the lake. These activities may now be jeopardized due to a severe state-wide drought gripping Utah. This drought has not gone unnoticed by statewide officials, Gov. Spencer Cox declared a state of emergency aimed at addressing Utah’s drought in March. Throughout Utah rainfall, precipitation, is lower by around 38% percent this year. This has made it apparent that it will likely take longer for Utah to come out of this drought. Utah Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Brian Steed said that “it’s extremely unlikely we can make up that deficit between now and the end of the watering year on Sept. 30.” This is troubling because lack of precipitation, decreased rainfall, and above-average temperatures are beginning to significantly impact reservoirs. With extremely dry soil much of the precipitation Utah has received has gone into the soil and not into reservoirs. Smaller cities in Utah, such as Echo Utah, have already begun to have their drinking water imported into the town as a result of low reservoirs, and “Lake Mead can’t even generate power anymore because the water level is so low,” according to KSL 5 TV meteorologist Kevin Eubank. There is a growing fear that these mishaps may become commonplace. North Salt Lake City relies on such reser-

voirs to supply water to the community. Specifically, Weber Basin provides Davis County, and thus North Salt Lake, with around half of its residents drinking water. Weber Basin is working to conserve its water through implementing drought water restrictions for secondary water use. These restrictions include not allowing more than two waterings per week, no outdoor watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and the delay of new landscape projects. Weber Basin will also be “reducing contracted secondary water by 20%,” according to Ken Leetham, North Salt Lake’s City Manager and City Treasurer. The Foxboro area is going to be significantly impacted by a decline of water in Weber Basin as Foxboro will be left without secondary water after Oct. 1, as Weber Basin will cut this area's secondary water. City Engineer Paul Ottoson said that this is concerning as “Foxboro used 800 acre-feet [of water] last year which included the Frida Well.” In response to water reduction measures North Salt Lake’s City Council suggested the idea that base rate charges for water usage should be reduced as well. Comments pushing for all residents to be placed under water restrictions and calls being made to residents who are using lots of water were also mentioned. Conservation of North Salt Lake City’s water is important. This water has become a rare commodity in the face of a dangerous drought and heatwave. Citizens should expect additional steps to be made by the City Council to minimize the effects of this drought on residents. Mayor Len Arave said that the City “needs a long term plan” to specifically address how water was being used in North Salt Lake’s parkways and lawns. l

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Lack of donors, increase in traumas cause critical blood shortage By Becky Ginos | SALT LAKE CITY—David Beverley had been preparing to donate a portion of his liver to his father Peter until a shortage of blood put the procedure on hold. “I’ve been in quarantine and I’ve been getting psyched up to have the surgery,” said David. “I 100 percent understand but I can’t believe we’re that critically low. I’ve literally had to put my life on pause.” Beverley is not alone. Other procedures have been rescheduled or pushed out due to a critical blood shortage. “The U of U has increasingly been in a situation where there’s been a critical shortage of blood,” said Dr. Ram Nirula, chief of the division of general surgery at University of Utah Health. “Every other month the blood bank indicates the blood supply is low.” Since the beginning of COVID there has been a reduction in donors, he said. “Because more people are participating in outside activities we’ve seen a higher number of traumas in this season than other seasons.” “Our mission is to collect enough blood and platelets to provide to local hospitals,” said Deborah Jordan, community relations supervisor at ARUP Blood Services. “Pre-COVID we had 75 to 100 donations a day. Now we’re closer to 50 to 60 donors a day.” The need is real, said Benjamin Donner, executive director at American Red Cross of Utah. “Blood isn’t something you can store for a long time. If you look at where we are right now, we try to have a five day supply. Currently we have a half day supply. We all need to come together.” Trauma is the disruption of the anatomy that causes bleeding, said Dr. Rob Ferguson, senior medical director of surgical operations at Intermountain Healthcare. “Surgery is a trauma. It’s an intentional controlled trauma. Some organs have a lot of bleeding

David Beverley and his father Peter. Beverley’s transplant surgery was postponed due to a blood shortage. Courtesy

and the body needs assistance. The safe thing to do is to postpone the surgery until we have more blood products on hand.” It’s important to come in, said Donner. “A couple of years ago I was one of those traumas. I needed four units of blood at that moment. What if it wasn’t there?” “I have non alcoholic liver disease,” said Peter Beverley, whose surgery was rescheduled to July 27. “I’m to the point where I have to be treated for the toxins that are getting into my system. I’m one of the lucky ones who have a close family network that can get me through that.”

“I love my dad and wanted to help him out,” said David. “I’m the youngest of four kids. My sister and I were the only ones who matched but she was eliminated early on. It’s a rigorous process. I didn’t know how far it would go then one day they said ‘you’re a match.’ I thought ‘oh wow, now by boys and my daughter can have their grandpa for the coming years.’” “I haven’t seen this kind of perfect storm before,” Ferguson said. “It’s a concerning situation. It’s important to get donations to get us through. But I’m optimistic. There are so many good people who are ready and willing to answer the call when there’s a need.” l

Hill Air Force Base completes Blue Sky solar project


ill Air Force Base and Rocky Mountain Power celebrated the completion of a new 350kW solar array, one of the region’s largest Blue Sky projects. This renewable energy source is designed to help Hill AFB move toward achieving energy goals while positioning the military installation for future growth. The project also contributes to efforts aimed at improving grid resiliency. “We are the third largest energy consumer in the Air Force because of the various missions we have underway here,” said 75th Air Base Commander Col. Jenise Carroll. ”This new renewable energy project adds to the total power generation capabilities we have on the base.” Carroll and Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO Gary Hoogeveen toured the array during his visit to the base in June. Hoogeveen is partnered with Carroll in the base’s honorary commander program that pairs Air Force leadership with community leaders to provide networking and educational opportunities. “As one of the largest employers in Utah, Hill Air Force Base has been an excellent partner in collaborating on projects that help move us toward

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a more sustainable future,” he said in a company release. “We thank our Blue Sky customers for making this and many other projects possible, and it’s remarkable to see what a tremendous impact they have made.” Earlier this spring, Rocky Mountain Power presented the 75th Air Base Wing with a $1.4 million energy incentive award for completing additional energy efficiency and resiliency projects. Those efforts resulted in saving 12,882,649 kilowatt hours a year, which translates into a cost savings of $621,264 annually. Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky customers provided funding to build the project and will own and operate it for the next 25 years as part of the Blue Sky initiative, but HAFB will add the energy generated to its power grid. Launched in the spring of 2000, Blue Sky allows customers to match their energy usage with the purchase of renewable energy credits. The program currently has 135,000 participants. — Tom Haraldsen

Col. Jenise Carroll, commander of the 75th Air Base at Hill Air Force Base, jokes with Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO Gary Hoogeveen as they celebrate completion of a new solar power array at the base. Courtesy photo

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and a half. “The Ridge subdivision allowed a trail easement and donated some funding for it to be built. It’s a great neighborhood amenity. The city used some of its funding as well.” The trail starts at the Wild Rose Park Trailhead located at 609 Sky Crest Lane in North Salt Lake and ends at Eaglewood Village at 300 S. Orchard Drive. “There’s a parking area there where the city has eight spaces by the pond,” said Leetham. The 1.4 mile trail is not too technical and it’s easy for families, he said. “I see people all the time with kids. It’s mostly a hiking/walking trail – it’s not really for bikes. There are switchbacks with great views and open areas with some beautiful spots. It’s a great trail, it’s fun.”l

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