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NORTH SALT LAKE—There are more than 500 kids from North Salt Lake to the Idaho border in foster care and Utah Foster Care is always looking for more families who can provide a safe and loving home. “If you have space in your home and a place in your heart to become a foster parent there is an ongoing need to care for kids,” said Amy Wicks, Lead Foster Adoptive Consultant for the Northern Region of Utah Foster Care. “There are a wide range of ages. Eighty percent come with at least one sibling. We try to keep families together but those foster families are harder to find and children ages 12 down to 2 we sometimes struggle with that too.” Utah Foster Care works to train and support foster families, she said. “First we meet with them for about

an hour. We find out about what the dynamics are in the family and the process to get licensed. There are 24 hours of training required.” It talks a lot about how a foster parent can support a child who has experienced trauma, said Wicks. “Every child in the system has had trauma. It could be abuse, neglect, etc. It’s also very traumatic to be removed from the home. We train foster families to help them make that transition and how their own family Continued page 10 Utah foster mom Amy captures a photo of her foster daughter she calls ‘Cutie Girl’ as she looks out the window with a furry friend by her side. Amy has seen a change in the little girl as she starts to feel safe and loved. Courtesy photo


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Woods Cross resident Ron James brings football knowledge to the high school game By Catherine Garrett |


storied high school football program whose longtime head coach John Colosimo retired in 2020 after eight state championships in 21 seasons has a new legend at the helm: Ron James. The long-time coach in the collegiate and professional ranks, and who lives in Woods Cross, has brought his knowledge of the game to Juan Diego Catholic High School, being recently named just the program’s third coach since the school opened in 1999. “We are very excited to have coach Ron James as our new head football coach as he brings a wealth of experience and familiarity to our program,” JDCHS athletic director Ted Bianco said. “We are certainly looking forward to him carrying on the great tradition of success in football at Juan Diego Catholic High School.” James said he is thrilled to be coaching in Draper. “The school and these kids give you everything they have, and the parents are always there with amazing support,” he said. “It’s a pretty special environment here.” James has been in coaching for nearly 30 years – 14 in college and 15 in the pros – and came to Juan Diego last fall as the Soaring Eagle squad’s defensive coordinator before taking the reins for the upcoming 2022 season. “It’s so refreshing to work with high school athletes,” James said.. “You feel more like a sculptor who is molding clay into something wonderful. They’re raw, but that’s what makes this process fun. I’m having a blast! I think I had more fun this past season than I’ve had in years.” James is familiar with the Catholic school system, having been educated beginning in kindergarten at Christian Brothers Academy in New York where he later

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starred on the high school football team. After being a two-time All-American offensive tackle – and four-year starter – at Siena College, he tried his hand in the professional ranks. He was signed by the New York Giants and got practice time with the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals. In 1986, he realized that the “locker room had gotten into my blood,” so he returned to his alma mater and began a collegiate coaching career that would also stints at Kentucky Wesleyan College and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The Arena Football League came calling in 2005, so James headed up the Las Vegas Gladiators for two seasons before joining the Utah Blaze staff under Danny White. When White resigned in 2008, James was promoted to head coach, where he went 29-32 over the next five years until the team folded. He continued on at the Pittsburgh Power and Portland Steel for the next two seasons with each program folding after a year. In 2017, he led the Tampa Bay Storm to the ArenaBowl where they lost to the Philadelphia Soul 44-40. James was named AFL Coach of the Year for the second time – the first was in 2012 when he was with the Blaze. He concluded his AFL coaching journey as the inaugural head coach of the Atlantic City Blackjacks in 2019, having taking his team to the playoffs four times, and then was most recently with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football Team before moving back to Utah. James now preaches accountability and discipline to his Juan Diego players. “We want them to be good football players, students and citizens so we take kind

New Juan Diego Catholic High School football coach Ron James, who lives in Woods Cross, instructs his defensive players last fall. Photo courtesy Ted Bianco.

of a holistic approach,” he said, noting the emphasis in weight training within his program where he has already seen a “phenomenal increase in strength” within his players. He has also zeroed in on the leadership among his older players. “You have to get your juniors and seniors to buy into what you’re trying to do and they set the example for the younger kids and help bring them along,” James said. “Mentorship is more important with this age group.” James isn’t the only one with extensive playing and coaching experience on




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New NSL mayor is city’s number one cheerleader By Becky Ginos | NORTH SALT LAKE—It’s been 14 years since Brian Horrocks was elected to the city council. Now he’s taking the helm as mayor. “I’m so old I decided it’s now or never,” said Horrocks. “I figured I had about four years left in my work life.” Horrocks has lived in North Salt Lake for 25 years. “We moved to Bountiful when we first got married and lived there for three and a half years,” he said. “Then we moved to North Salt Lake. We just like Davis County.” He attended BYU then the University of Utah where he got a degree in business communication. “I manage high rise office buildings in downtown Salt Lake.” About 20 years ago the mayor asked Horrocks to serve on the planning commission. “I told him I wasn’t going to run for anything,” he said. “I served for two terms and when my last term was up I saw a lot of projects coming along that I hoped somebody would shepherd through. That’s when I thought I should run for city council so I did.” It’s mostly been positive, said Horrocks. “There have been times that I thought ‘boy this isn’t worth it.’ But at my work I’m used to if the phone rings it’s usually bad news.”

It’s a great city but it’s always been a little fragmented, he said. “We have the railroad tracks and I-15. There’s Eaglewood, Foxboro and the middle part. I’d like to unite the city more.” The city is close enough to the railroad switching lines that sometimes the train blocks the east/west passage, Horrocks said. “We’d like to get an overpass. We’re going to do it. You throw out a goal and then figure out how to get there.” When he first ran for office Horrocks said the common theme in the city was there were no parks. “Some need to be remodeled and updated,” he said. “We’d like to get a walkway along the wetlands in Foxboro and make it a more usable space.” The city is running well, said Horrocks. “I’m basically pleased with the direction it has taken. I want to keep that direction going.” Horrocks and his wife have four children. They like boating, Jazz games and rooting for BYU and the U. He also hits the gym every morning. As he takes office he’s excited for the future. “When Gov. Cox talks about the state he’s always very positive and upbeat,” said Horrocks. “I feel that way about North Salt Lake. I’m the number one cheerleader.” l

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Lawmakers kick off 2022 session There was a whirlwind of activity on Capitol Hill Jan. 18 as the 2022 legislative session got underway. For the next 45 days lawmakers will see hundreds of bills and address issues that impact the state. Clockwise: Representatives recite the Pledge of Allegiance on the House floor; visitors tour the Capitol Rotunda; Senate President Stuart Adams gives opening remarks. Photos by Roger V. Tuttle

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USU students’ project launched into space By Becky Ginos | BOUNTIFUL—A group of Utah State University students made history last month when NASA launched their satellite project to space. It was the first of its kind built entirely by undergraduate students. Built by the Get Away Special Team, GASPACS, (Get Away Special Passive Attitude Control Satellite) is a technology demonstration that uses a custom-built inflatable aerodynamic boom to passively stabilize its orbit, according to material provided by USU. “I graduated from Bountiful High in 2020,” said Carter Page, a mechanical engineering student at USU and mechanical team lead. “I found out about the GAS team and I’m all about space so I jumped right on it.” The project has been in the works for about eight years, he said. “The project has almost died once or twice over the past years. Thanks to our student team leader Jack Danos pushing it for the last couple of years we finally had the team to get it done.” The purpose is to test it in a small format, said Page. “It’s an affordable way to test something. When it gets to space it deploys an inflatable boom that kind of sits behind the satellite like a tail.”

It acts like feathers on the end of an arrow, he said. “As it flies it interacts with particles of air that cause drag and force the satellite along the velocity vector. The main mission is to deploy the boom to take pictures and send them back to Earth to prove that we did it.” It stays deployed and connected to the satellite until it burns up and returns to the Earth’s atmosphere, Page said. “It takes about a year before it burns up.” Page said the project is to demonstrate that it can be done. “Deploying an inflatable really hasn’t been done before. In our case we used it to stabilize something, in other cases it can build structures like inflatable arms, etc.” The team worked over the summer and finished in August. Page estimated that they spent about 400 hours on the project. “We worked our butts off,” he said. “Then in September we got to go down and deliver it to Nanoracks in Houston.” It’s part of the CubeSat launch initiative program (CSLI), said Page. NASA basically pays for launch management except for the development and construction of the satellite.” GASPACS was launched to the International Space Station by a Falcon 9 where astro-

The GAS Team at Kennedy Space Center.

nauts then deploy the satellite out into orbit on Jan. 24, 2022. “While we’re waiting for that we'll start on the next project,” Page said. “Jack will graduate and I’ll take over as Team Leader. I’ll be over whatever project is next.” Having all undergrads working on the project can be tough, he said. “They graduate and all that knowledge is lost. That’s definitely

rough but such a rewarding opportunity to get into position to make important decisions on this team. It’s pretty special.” Page has liked space since he was in junior high. “I hope students in Utah can see this project and realize they have an option to help build a satellite when they come in right at the start (of college),” he said. “It blew my mind when I found out about it.”l

Becky Edwards launches signature gathering campaign By Becky Ginos | NORTH SALT LAKE—Becky Edwards has a bit of an uphill battle to unseat incumbent Mike Lee in the U.S. Senate but she’s optimistic that she has the support to do it. The former Utah House Representative started a signature campaign last MONTH to ensure her name will be on the primary ballot. “Historically in Utah the turnout for the primary is low,” said Chelsea Robarge Fife, senior director of communications for Edward’s campaign. “The past has shown that the Republican nominee who wins the primary will win in the final election. That means a small group will be electing the future senator.” In the past, Utah Republican candidates were selected through the caucus system, however that changed when SB54 was passed by the legislature in 2014. That allows candidates to gather signatures to enter the primary election between the convention winner and those who get enough signatures. “We have to get 28,000 signatures from registered Republicans,” Fife said. “Our plan is 32,000 because some will get thrown out. People might have already signed for somebody else or they’re not registered, etc. We anticipate by the end of the month we’ll have all the signatures.” Volunteers for the campaign have been going door to door, hosting signing events and talking to neighbors. “It’s been a great experience,” said Edwards. “Since the roll out we’ve had literally hundreds of people reach out asking us to mail them a packet or they want to hold an

event. There’s been a ton of enthusiasm.” There has been no Republican opponent since Mike Lee first ran for reelection in 2016, she said. “This has been the first opportunity for voters to choose and they’re very excited about that.” Edwards believes it’s important to teach young voters about the process. “Some of them will be turning 18 in 2022 and will be eligible to vote in the June primary,” she said. “Our focus is on making sure our young people are engaged so they realize ‘it’s not just my parents. I can do this too.’” It helps them to see what the future looks like, Edwards said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to begin a pattern of civic engagement. It’s a great thrill to speak to young people.” Voters can participate in signature gathering in a variety of ways, she said. “We’re always ADA compliant and follow CDC guidelines. We hold events at parks, etc. People get creative. One person had a pop up tent in her driveway with a heater and hot chocolate.” Edwards said they’ll even bring the petition to people in their car. “A mother drove up with a dog and small child in the back. It made it accessible to her and she drove away knowing she had participated in democracy.” If elected, Edwards wants to make a difference in the Senate. “I want my service to be productive and inclusive,” she said. “We're bringing it to people in a real way. We’re giving people a lot of optimism and hope for the future.”

Becky Edwards gets a signature from Kiera Beddas during a drive-up signature-gathering event in Draper, Thursday, Jan. 6. Courtesy photo

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A therapist’s valentine to couples, individuals, and those who have loved and lost By Sarah Segovia | As Valentine’s Day approaches love is always the talk of the town, but what Valentine’s Day looks like differs for each person. Whether you are in a committed relationship, starting anew, taking a break from the scene, or have loved and lost Marriage and Family Therapist Ashley Fischer, co-owner of Connections Family Wellness has advice for you. A Valentine for relationships • Work on yourself first. In a relationship you have to take care of your own needs and develop your identity as an individual and then also as a part of a couple. Oftentimes couples think they are coming to therapy to solve a communication issue with their partner, but there are often underlying personal issues that must be addressed first. • Give each other the benefit of the doubt. When you really know someone you know them better than their worst days. If I have a hard day with my kids or work sometimes it's not easy to be pleasant with my husband, but he gives me the benefit of the doubt and instead of fighting, we are able to talk about the underlying issue. • Consistently put in effort. It’s crucial to ALWAYS keep working on your relationship. Your significant other should be your best friend, but also remember to never stop

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dating your partner. Flirt with them. Learn about them. When people fall out of love, usually it is because one person has stopped putting in effort. • Help each other accomplish your dreams. You have to put in the work and get to know each other, so you know and understand each other’s dreams. It is important to honor each other’s dreams and help make them come true. • Look towards each other, not away. When people are struggling in their relationship, they often look outside it to try to feel better, but in the low times I recommend turning toward your partner to work on your struggles together. When you feel a fight coming on, take 20 minutes from each other. Don’t think about your argument. Focus on relaxing. Then come back together and talk to each other calmly. • Invest in your relationship. Think of your relationship like a bank account. You can make a withdrawal or a deposit, but if you take money out it’s important to put money back in. Neither of you should take, take, take, or give, give, give. There needs to be a balance. • Communicate your expectations. If you are expecting your partner to get you something special for Valentine's Day, you

need to communicate that and not hold your expectations against them without first communicating them. Communicating your expectations is crucial, especially in the bedroom. • Have a shared sense of purpose. The icing on the cake is to create shared meaning and sense of purpose. One of our shared goals is to have a family and a strong connection with our family. It’s a legacy that we want to leave behind. “A lot of our habits are things we saw or learned growing up and they shape us,” said Fischer. “For example, while growing up some individuals may have never seen their parents argue, so when they get into a relationship, they assume it's abnormal. Which can lead a person to have anxiety over a fight and feel like their relationship is ruined. Therapy is a safe place to come talk about those things you may be afraid to talk about at home. You’re both individuals and you have separate backgrounds, it’s normal to see things differently.” It’s important to discuss problems, she said. “Actively listen and practice self-soothing to avoid your brain getting so tense that it clouds your decision making. Therapy is not just for people who are having a really hard time, sometimes it is just to re-navigate what you both need.” Fischer said her goal when a couple comes to therapy, is for them to be more in love with each other by the time they leave than when they started. “Therapy is a good place for couples because they often have the same end goals but different ideas about how to get there. A therapist is like Google Maps for your relationship. When you put in a destination in Google Maps it suggests different routes. A therapist is going to do the same and help you pick the safest route with the smallest amount of damage to your relationship.” A Valentine for singles Learn how to be an individual. “Focus on learning about and dating yourself,” said Fischer. “Focus on your growth and developing your goals. This is a great time to be

Ashley Fischer, co-owner of Connections Family Wellness. Courtesy photo

spontaneous and to learn about what you love. This is not a time to focus on doing what other people want, think about what you want and do that. Chase your dreams and have life experiences and don’t worry about being perfect. This will improve your future dating life because it helps to know yourself before you find the right person.” A Valentine for those who have loved and lost “Give yourself time to mourn and feel your feelings,” said Fischer. “Set aside time each night and share memories or talk about your loved one. Say their name, out loud! Cry. Don’t hold in your emotions. You may feel empty now, but it does get better.” Fischer graduated from Utah State University and has been a therapist for six years. Fischer’s other interests include being a mom, skiing, riding her timber sled, dirt and mountain biking, boating and traveling. To learn more about Connections Family Wellness check out their website at l

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One letter could make a big difference in the classroom By Peri Kinder |

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or years, educators focused on bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts into K-12 classrooms, hoping to prepare students for the future. But now, adding one letter to STEM, could make a difference in how a child learns, develops and builds confidence. The STEAM concept integrates music, visual arts, theater and dance into elementary school activities and introduces creative learning opportunities. Shanda Stenger is the fine arts supervisor for Davis School District and oversees the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program in the district. “I believe fine arts instruction is vital for a student’s education,” Stenger said. “It helps them gain real understanding of concepts and helps develop creativity.” BTS Arts is an arts integration program subsidized by the state that provides specialists to create curriculum based on the arts. There are three BTS Arts instructional coaches in the district, with the goal to add more. A visual arts coach, music coach and integration coach devise activities that include visual learning, music education, manual dexterity, hands-on learning, teamwork and creativity. DSD Arts Integration Instructional Coach Bethany Struthers pilots a BTS Arts program with half of her time spent at Fremont Elementary. Recently, she worked with second graders to help them understand the vocabulary of the water cycle. Struthers talked to the students about movement and how they could make their bodies describe words like evaporation and precipitation. “They created dances to help them remember the concepts,” Struthers said. “The kids were not getting the vocabulary and now they know it because they learned the movement for it.” A third grade program uses music and movement to teach fractions, and fourth graders make prehistoric art on clay tablets. In fifth grade, students learn choreography that helps them remember the branches of government. “We start in elementary and we reach students that doubt they have the understanding or experience,” Stenger said. “It doesn’t have to be talent. It’s usually constant effort and putting in a little each day. There is much healing through the arts. You can really feel and work through experiences.” During COVID, students spent a lot of time learning in front of screens, without having a way to learn as a group through movement and interaction. Now that kids are back in the classroom, Struthers said teachers want to get kids away from screens and moving more. With every aspect of learning, from

This award-winning design created by Syracuse High School Sophomore Class Officer Jacob Pulley, was used for last year’s Davis School District’s holiday cards.

math to reading, integrated with the arts, this type of teaching reaches students who might be auditory learners where they can assimilate information easier when it’s accompanied by sound. It also provides tactile learners opportunities for hands-on activities. And visual learners have a variety of ways to process new concepts through drawing or designing. Students have shown an increase in reading comprehension when paired with the arts. “Reading fluency and music pair so well together and fluency is a huge skill they’re learning in these grades,” Struthers said. “They just need to have fun learning. They have been very successful.” With more than 80 arts teachers in DSD, there are many opportunities for students to participate, whether that’s through musical theater, dance programs, or the holiday arts competition that selects a student’s art for the district’s holiday cards. This year, Syracuse High School Sophomore Class Officer Jacob Pulley’s design was chosen. “Any art that comes from the district is created by students in the district,” Stenger said. In a partnership with Weber State University, an internship program brings future arts integration coaches into DSD classrooms for real-world experience. Struthers also coaches teachers interested in adding more arts to their curriculum. “The pendulum of funding and what is necessary swung too far toward technology and math,” Struthers said. “Not that there’s anything wrong with those programs, but we need the arts and it’s being reinvigorated.” l





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Students honored for winning speeches Layton Elementary sixth grader Dexter Hansen and Orchard Elementary second grader Eleanor Tensmeyer stand with Utah First Lady Abby Cox at last week’s school board meeting. The two students recited their Martin Luther King speeches for the board. Photo courtesy of DSD

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Utah First Lady Abby Cox (left) and HAFB Commander Colonel Jenise M. Carrol share a laugh during a press conference announcing an enhanced partnership to address community-wide racism. Photo by Becky Ginos

Collaborative effort to foster inclusion, end racism By Becky Ginos | FARMINGTON—In an effort to bring the community together to end discrimination and promote inclusion, Davis School District administrators announced Jan. 4 the formation of an enhanced partnership between Hill Air Force Base, Davis County commissioners and the state to address these issues. “I believe when we’re dealing with racism it has to be a partnership to come together and talk about it,” said Commissioner Bob Stevenson. “We need to open up communication to resolve the problem.” It’s all about one Utah, one military, said HAFB Commander Colonel Jenise M. Carrol of the 75th Air Base Wing. “We need to break down the barriers of communication and make the community aware of what we’re doing. We need to know what’s happening in our schools. It’s a problem that we don’t all see the same.” “Hill is the number one single site employer in Utah,” said Superintendent Reid Newey. “We’re number two. It’s an extraordinary asset with great leadership. This isn’t a 7-3 problem that’s why we’re so engaged in this.” Utah First Lady Abby Cox, founder of “Show Up Utah” initiative, introduced her Unified Sports Program. “It joins people with and without mental disabilities,” she said. “It gives kids the opportunity to play on a team

and make friends not only on the court but in the hallways and lunchroom.” It teaches leadership and how to treat others, said Cox. “I imagine a world where every child feels important and included in every way. Let’s not let any child go through school without a friend.” The group will meet monthly, said Assistant Superintendent Jackie Thompson. “Other partners include Jeanetta Williams with the Salt Lake NAACP and Betty Sawyer of the Ogden NAACP. They’ll be the boots on the ground in the community and be accessible to all.” It’s not about whether this is a racist community, said Assistant Superintendent John Zurbuchen. “It’s about making a more healthy community and making a better experience for kids and families. Can we be a better community – yes.” “Our goal is to stamp out racism,” said Stevenson. “Suicide, abuse, addiction are all starting to eat away at us. It’s wonderful to come together to solve these problems. We’re in the best spot to be an example for the entire state and the nation.” “Our arms are wide open to the community,” Thompson said. “There is an African proverb, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’” l

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Jenn Dishman’s grandsons sit on Santa’s lap. Dishman and her husband are raising the two boys.

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Nearly 20,000 Utah children are being raised by a relative By Becky Ginos | BOUNTIFUL—When Jenn Dishman became a grandmother she never dreamed she would be raising two of those children. With some of her kids still at home, adding an 8-year-old and 10-year-old to the family was an unexpected change. Dishman is not alone. There are about 20,000 kids in Utah living in “kinship” care which is being raised by a family member or friend. “For two or three years we knew our daughter was having a lot of struggles,” said Dishman. “She was drinking quite a bit and had married an abusive man. We had the kids off and on and they were going back and forth.” Dishman said they were becoming stressed about getting the kids and the situation with her daughter’s abusive husband. “He convinced her to steal money from her employer at Weber. We called the foster system and asked them what I would need to do. They said we would need to be certified to be foster parents.” They referred her to GRANDfamilies, a program run by the Children’s Service Society of Utah that helps kinship care families navigate the new situation. “It started in 2002,” said Rich Johnston, GRANDfamilies Program Director and Adoption Program Director. “At first it was a service for grandparents caring for a grandchild. Now it’s pretty much grandparents, family or friends. We don’t work with biological parents directly.” They are the only kinship program in the state, he said. “We work closely with DCFS. One of our goals is to not only prevent kids

from going into foster care but to work with people who don’t qualify to be foster parents.” With foster care the children have been removed from the parents, said Johnston. “The requirements are pretty strict on income, size of rooms, etc. Unfortunately, most (kinship families) don’t qualify for foster care payments. We’re working to get funds to support them more and help them qualify for Medicaid so the children do have medical coverage.” “It’s a situation you thought you’d never be in,” said Dishman. “There’s a lot of strong emotions dealing with the repercussions of your own child’s alcohol abuse. Dishman’s daughter opted not to sign the paperwork for them to take guardianship. “She disappeared,” she said. “He’d (husband) had convinced her to come to a hotel and kept her there. He beat the living daylights out of her. I know he used the kids as leverage to keep her there.” She decided to sign guardianship just as COVID hit, said Dishman. “I spent most of the winter homeschooling them. Grandfamilies helped me get that set up. They really had my back. I’m so grateful and indebted to them.” The two boys are now in Dishman’s care. “They’re in a much better, safer place with me,” she said. “My husband and I had to shift gears with what we were doing.” Dishman is grateful the boys are not in foster care. “I wouldn’t have been prepared to take them if I hadn’t heard about GRANDfamilies.”l

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What real estate might look like this new year By Tom Haraldsen |\


he year 2021 brought the concept of “supply and demand” to the forefront in so many ways, especially with regards to housing prices and low interest rates. A lot of experts are weighing in on what 2022 might look like. I reached out to Lisa Street, associate broker with Century 21 Everest in Centerville and owner of Lisa Street Properties, to pick her brain about the most common “predictions” I’ve read regarding the state of real estate. Here are six popular theories and her responses: 1. The work from home phenomenon will continue, with many locating themselves outside of offices and living in less expensive and remote areas. “If there are ways for a homeowner to be set up their business for remote operation and get out of the city—that’s still many people’s dream,” she said. “Many are opting to find a small piece of land, somewhere rural, and either buy a small home they can use to ‘get away’ for periods of time, or maybe use it as a rental property, like an Airbnb. It enables them to have that second home they’ve always wanted but couldn’t pay for without that passive income.” 2. Home prices, both new and resale, will continue to climb upward during 2022, but at a somewhat slower pace. “I agree, because there will still be a rise due to the supply/demand challenge here in Utah,” Street said. “Utah is a great place to live, and we’ll continue to see an influx of people moving from other states, as will Arizona and Texas to some degree. I don’t think we’ll see a decline in home values this year.” 3. Long-term fixed-rate home loans will continue to be available to qualified buyers, but interest rates will rise. “Yes, and I think we’ll see those rates come in between 3.25 to 4 percent,” she said. “Many buyers will still find it’s a bargain even at higher rates.” 4. Wall Street investors will continue to pay cash for resale homes in good condition in middle-class markets. “We’re not seeing that here in Utah,” she said. “That’s probably more of a regional thing, like in the southern U.S. I do see people trying to get ahead of foreclosures, but everybody’s above water right now. Almost everyone has eq-

Lisa Street

uity in their homes. No one should realistically have to fear foreclosures.” 5. Rental rates will continue to rise in 2022, with monthly costs rising in doubled-digits. “Again, I agree. The fact is cash is king— you have to have some cash in the mix to buy a home. If a home is priced properly, that homeowner is going to get multiple offers, and they will most likely involve cash. Look, there are some overpriced homes in this market that are still sitting, but if a home is priced right, that homeowner will have his or her choice for buyers.” One thing Street did say is that there might be three or four offers at the same time competing for the seller’s acceptance this year, but not the 15-20 offer frenzy that we saw two years ago. Still, it’s highly competitive in the home buying game, and again, having cash elevates the buyer’s chances. “We see sellers who are sometimes just testing the market, and really aren’t motivated to do the deal,” she said. “That creates frustration for potential buyers who hope that when they see a listing, it’s genuine. That’s where a real estate professional can help sort things out.” Street can be reached at 801-939-4730, or at l

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Daughters of Utah Pioneers president seeks to honor pioneers 175 years after their arrival


his year marks the demisemiseptcentennial of the arrival of Brigham Young’s Vanguard Company of Pioneers into the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. The wagon train that emerged from Emigration Canyon 175 years ago led to the settling and development of the area known as the “Proposed State of Deseret” which encompasses all of the current State of Utah as well as areas in each of the surrounding states. Ellen Taylor Jeppson of West Bountiful is the current president of the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and a fourth-generation member of DUP. The desk in her office in the Pioneer Memorial Museum on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City is covered with a variety of papers including current research on pioneer topics for the book of pioneer stories that is published by DUP each year, correspondence from DUP groups across the country, a few clerical items, as well as her famous homemade caramels which are an offering to any visitor to her work space. “My great-grandmother, my grandmother, and my mother were all members of Daughters of Utah Pioneers,” she said. “I had heard about the organization all my life. As a person who has more than 40 pioneer ancestors, I was always hearing pioneer stories while growing up with my ten brothers and sisters. As a wife and mother of four while also being a school teacher in Davis District, I was too busy to join DUP. When I retired from 35 years of teaching, I joined my local camp (Wild Onion Camp of West Bountiful) in 2011 and soon began volunteering as a docent at the Pioneer Memorial Museum.” She continued by saying, “ I loved it and after a year my mother joined me as a docent. We came every Wednesday morning and then went to lunch. We had countless experiences in the Museum finding stories and photos of our own ancestors which always turned into tearful moments. We also found joy in helping others have similar experiences. We learned so much about the history of the colonization, and we loved every minute. “In 2012, I was invited by then-president Maurine Smith (also a Davis County resident) to join the international board as member of the lesson committee. I have since served as lesson committee chairman, second vice-president, first-vice president, and now president of the organization.” Annie Taylor Hyde is credited with gathering the literal daughters of Utah Pioneers and organizing them into a society tasked with keeping the memory of their forebearers alive. The objective of the organization has not changed in 120 years, “…to perpetuate the names and achievements of the men, women, and children who were the pioneers in founding this

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By Julie Nichols Thompson | The City Journals commonwealth: by preserving old landmarks, marking historical places, collecting artifacts and histories, establishing a library of historical matter, and securing manuscripts, photographs, maps, and all such data as shall aid in perfecting a record of the Utah pioneers…” Since its inception in 1901, DUP has been organized similarly to the way the wagon trains and handcart companies were organized during the nineteenth century. “Companies” designated by geographic locations are divided into smaller “camps” that are spread across the United States and north into Canada. Jeppson pauses and speaks in a reverent tone about the work of descendants of the pioneers, describing the unique feeling in the Museum which houses the offices of the International Board which governs the operations of the organization. The museum walls are lined with paintings and photographs of pioneer men and women. They seem to stand as sentinels watching over the hundreds of thousands of relics protected in the glass cases. To the question of what the original pioneers might say about the current efforts of DUP, she thoughtfully replied, “I honestly think they would be surprised and gratified that they are so highly revered and remembered for their courage, faith, and obedience in the face of the most unbelievably difficult circumstances. And I also think they would tell us that they would do it again because they had found the truth and would not deny it. I absolutely feel connected to them. They are my friends. They feel very close and I am constantly inspired by their experiences, their stories, and their hardships.” Many may wonder what the actual definition of a Utah Pioneer is and from there, what is a daughter of a Utah pioneer? While the majority of Utah Pioneers were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who gathered from the eastern United States as well as many foreign countries, there are many who were not affiliated with the Church at all. By definition, a Utah Pioneer is anyone who came to Utah before the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 9, 1869. To be considered a “daughter,” a woman must be at least 18 years of age and a direct descendant of a man or woman who meets the definition of Utah Pioneer. Women who are not direct descendants but are interested in pioneer history are welcomed to attend local camps and participate. A banner proclaiming “Daughters of the future; Keepers of the past” hangs prominently in the foyer of the Museum. Ellen Jeppson applauds the efforts of thousands of women who submit histories of pioneers, protect relics in satellite museums and cabins in multiple states, share pioneer

President Jeppson on the steps of the PIoneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City Utah.

stories with family and friends, lead lives of integrity and courage similar to their ancestors. While the board of directors is located in Salt Lake, the real strength of the organization is felt in the outlying areas. They are not just keepers of the past but fierce protectors of the legacy associated with it. As far as the first half of the banner, Jeppson was quick to respond that many view DUP as “something my grandma did.” With 22,888 active members, 582 active members-at-large, and 495 active associates in 15 states and two countries, it is far from a dying organization. More than 300 applications were processed during the fourth quarter of 2021. A review of the leadership in many of the camps and companies would reveal that women of all ages step into the roles where they are needed. It is not uncommon to have a woman in her 70s and 80s leading out. They have not

been put out to pasture but are hitting their stride. They have truly become daughters of the future as they have embraced every technology available to them during the pandemic. Holding virtual camp meetings and seminars over the internet pushed them out of their comfort zones, but they have risen to the occasion. Members of the board of directors, including the president, are unpaid volunteers. When asked about the lack of compensation for a time consuming job, Jeppson replied, “There is always a new history to read and a new name to find—the inspiration is endless and the benefits cannot be counted.” For information on joining Daughters of Utah Pioneers in your area, please call the Pioneer Memorial Museum at 801643-2795 to find information on the nearest group. l

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Ally Isom’s team is gathering signatures for the primary By Tom Haraldsen | KAYSVILLE–Ally Isom had had enough–enough of the tone and the way she felt politicians talked to each other and about each other. She felt civility could return to government, particularly at a national level. So in July, she went “all in” by leaving her full time job as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for EVŌQ Nano and declared her intention to run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by two-term incumbent Mike Lee. Now, the first phase of that race is on, as Isom has begun the process of gathering 28,000 signatures from registered Utah Republicans to assure her name is on the primary election ballot on June 28. Though the state has 853,875 “active” Republican registered voters, according to the website, gathering that many signatures presents a challenge that any senatorial candidate has to take on. “It’s a high threshold and a short amount of time,” she said from her home in Kaysville. “The signatures are due by the end of March, and we’re in a race to have our first batch of at least 28,000 to turn in as quickly as possible.” In 2014, the state legislature passed SB54, which allows candidates to gather signatures so they can enter the primary along with the candidate that is selected at the state GOP convention. It’s been a controversial process since first passed, with elements of the Republican Party both praising it and decrying it. Both Lee and fellow Republican candidate Becky Edwards are also gathering

signatures this year, as Lee did in 2016. “Each signature needs to be gathered in person, and logistically that has plenty of challenges,” Isom said. “We have an army of volunteers who’ve taken this on and have started collecting signatures. Voters can only sign the petition for one candidate, and there could be errors that would cause some of the signatures to be thrown out. So our target is 32-35,000 signatures.” She said none of those petitions can be submitted to the state until at least 28,000 have been gathered. Subsequent signatures can be submitted before the deadline, but that first patch has to have at least 28K. Even with hundreds of volunteers, Isom and her fellow competitors have to have help. That means hiring professionals to assist in the gathering, a challenge at a time with labor shortages in Utah and the COVID-19 pandemic. Hiring of those professionals could push the cost per signature to as high as $14-15 apiece, as candidates in past elections have found. “People are very leery of opening their front doors when our volunteers knock, because of the virus,” she said. “I understand that. So we’ve been having signing parties in neighborhoods, and canvassing every Saturday.” Her “Rally for Ally” events find volunteers dressed in red shirts and red beanies, and some wearing red running shoes like Isom’ signature footwear she has worn since her first campaign appearance in her hometown at Kaysville’s Independence Day parade. “I love meeting everyone face-to-face, being out in

Ally Isom is leading an army of volunteers in her signature gathering efforts. Courtesy photo

the communities and hearing their stories while I’m telling them mine,” she said. “I’ve been walking in a lot of communities, about 70 so far, with many more to come. I’ve spent every waking moment involved with this campaign to really take it to the people of Utah. We can make a difference. We can get the kind of leadership in Washington where there’s a voice for unity and core principles.” Isom’s website,, has more information about her campaign and how others can volunteer and get involved. l

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Should cursive writing be kicked to the curb? By Rebecca Rodgers | The City Journals


any of you may not realize that the requirement to teach Cursive Writing was dropped from the Common Core standards in 2010. The good news is that 21 states have since decided that this should not be the case. However, in 2016, Washington presented a bill backing cursive after a Republican state senator, Pam Roach, said a constituent’s granddaughter could not read a letter she’d received. The bill did not pass. Why has Cursive Writing nearly turned into a lost art? As a past third grade teacher, it was one of my favorite things to teach. Of course, I am one of those people who excels at it and to this day choose to practice many of my own styles of this beautiful script. Not everyone does though. Consider most of our doctors! Truth and humor aside though, what good is it? Learning cursive builds important muscles children need to develop in motor skills. It is also a more difficult form that uses different muscles in the hand and a specific part of the brain. They are ready to learn this important skill at 7 to 8 years of age. Children learn better recall skills from engaging in this practice. Cursive Writing presents another way for them to process the language they see, speak, hear, and write. In other words, it gives them one more way to remember what they learned.

This form of writing is fast. Before a child learns to type quickly on a keyboard, they will be able to write things down in a much faster way. This can help with note taking and writing other information down in a speedy way. Also, how many of us developed our own form of shorthand when in a classroom taking notes? Cursive Writing is not only fast, but it improves brain development in the areas of language, thinking and working memory. It stimulates brain synapses and synchronicity between the left and right hemispheres. This does not happen with printing and typing. Therefore we need your stylish handwriting! In the past few years, I was a private reading tutor for many children with learning disabilities. I learned that they needed to be presented with new information in a variety of ways. Repetition of the same thing done whether through writing, reading, games, hands-on activities, etc. is the key to having the information stick. Cursive Writing is just another way these children can process the alphabet, so that reading, speaking, and writing can become second nature. Children with Dyslexia often struggle distinguishing between printed letters that look the same as their mirror images. Letters such as b and d, and p and q are difficult for them to remember. Writing in cursive is a combination of

Cursive Writing has a rich history in this nation, and the world.

writing and art. Since calligraphy and other forms of elegant writing have been cut from most schools, we should at least continue teaching this important skill. It helps to develop a part of the brain that’s different from reading and printing. Let’s also help students connect to the past. There are many historical documents such as: The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution that our children should be exposed to throughout their school years. They were written in cursive. We certainly want

them to be able to read through copies of those original works. It may seem like a small thing, but our signatures are always going to be required for registered letters, supporting a political candidate for public office, and tax forms to name a few. For security reasons it’s important that it’s nearly impossible to forge cursive as opposed to print. Just ask me about the absent excuse slips I used to sign back in high school! l

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Bountiful High School 2021-22 Sterling Scholars

Davis High School 2021-22 Sterling Scholars

Back row: Kaylee Castleberry, Visual Arts; Emma Zaugg, Family and Consumer Science; Christian Ure, Social Studies; Benjamin Hatfield, Computer Technology; Smith Alley, Business and Marketing; Samuel Landon, World Languages. Front row: Taylor Davidson, Dance; Lainey Rowsell, Science; Breanna Mortensen, English; Emily Larsen, Instrumental Music; Elle Robinson, Vocal Performance; Isabella Hanks, Mathematics; Eleanor Christensen, Speech/Theatre Arts/Forensics.

Back row: Jacob Flint, Computer Technology; Hannah Jensen, English; Kate Masner, Visual Arts; Sofia Zubeldia, Business and Marketing; Samantha Nichols, Mathematics; Jacob Johnson, Science. Front row: Kathryn Weeks, Instrumental Music; Sarah Deppe, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education; Juhee Lee, Social Science; Olivia Giles, Dance; Melia Morrison, World Languages.

Farmington High School 2021-22 Sterling Scholars Back Row Standing: Lauren Lund, Visual Arts; Brayden Beck, Vocal Performance; Ethan Bybee, Drama; Tyler Thompson, Computer Science. Middle Row: Sienna Puckrin, World Language; Mariah Miller, Family and Consumer Science; Julia Tholen, Technical Education; Alana Rae Christensen, English; Melissa Jackson, Instrumental Music. Front Row Seated: Jessica Haviland, Business and Marketing; Ashley Wilcox, Dance; Abigail Stringfellow, Mathematics; Eliza Streadbeck, Social Studies. Not Pictured: Luke Jacobsmeyer, Science.

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Viewmont High School 2021-22 Sterling Scholars Front row: Beth Mitchell, World Languages; Berkeley Hamaker, Science; Shelby McDonald, Dance; Stella Wadsworth, English; Kira Wootton, Speech/Theater Arts. Middle row: Shamira Morgan, Vocal Performance; Ella Johnson, Visual Arts; Julia Okelberry, Business & Marketing; Nicole Wood, Family & Consumer Sciences. Back row: Justin Young, Computer Technology; Jane Jeppesen, Instrumental Performance; Matthew Newson, Mathematics; Paige Crandall, Social Science.

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Learn about notable Utah African Americans for Black History Month By Karmel Harper/


ntil the November 2020 elections, slavery in Utah was still legal as punishment for a convicted crime. According to Article 1, Section 21, in Utah's state Constitution, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within this State." However, on November 3, 2020, Amendment C, which bans slavery in all forms, passed with 81% of the vote. Utah House Representative Sandra Collins, who sponsored Amendment C, said, "Our constitution serves as a basis for all of our laws and policies. We need to be clearer about what prison is for and what prison is not. The notion of 'slavery or involuntary servitude' should not be imposed on people merely because they are convicted of a crime. By passing this measure, we will assert that slavery is not a Utah value." Although slavery in Utah was not widespread, some Utah pioneers held African-American slaves until 1862, when Congress abolished slavery in all of its territories. Brigham Young sent three African-American men as part of an advance party in 1847 to clear brush, trees, and rocks to make a road for pioneer wagons.

These men were Green Flake, Hark Lay, and Oscar Crosby. Their names appear on a plaque on the Brigham Young Monument in downtown Salt Lake City with the inscription: "Green Flake, Hark Lay, and Oscar Crosby, Colored Servants." Kristine Murdock, a historian, and administrator for Our Kaysville Story Facebook page, said, "After Green Flake and his wife Martha Crosby (also a slave) were freed, they settled in Salt Lake Valley. They were members of the LDS Church and very loved in the community. They are buried in the Union Cemetery in Cottonwood Heights, Utah." Some Utah slaves' stories were tragic, including one with a local angle in Kaysville. 1n 1858, when he was only three years old, Gobo Fango of the Xhosa tribe in South Africa was given to white property owners Henry and Ruth Talbot after famine afflicted the Xhosa. As members of the LDS church, in 1861, the Talbots set sail from South Africa to Boston, where they would join the gathering of saints in Salt Lake City. The Talbots smuggled Fango in a wrapped carpet, but Fango was reported to have provided entertainment and helped take care of the sheep on board once the ship set sail.

After traveling west towards Utah, the Talbots eventually settled in Kaysville. According to an article by the University of Utah's Marriott Library, Fango's feet froze one year when the Talbots allegedly forced him to herd animals in bare feet. When someone suggested that one of his feet required amputation he said, he “would rather have part of a foot than none at all.” It seems that part of his heel was removed, but that doctors did not amputate his foot at the ankle. Years later, a woman reported that Fango “would place wool in his boot so that his foot would fit into it and he could walk." He left the Talbots and worked as a laborer for the Mary Ann Whitesides Hunter family, who lived in Grantsville, roughly between 1870 and 1880. He was listed as a "servant" (likely employed as such) in the 1880 U.S. Census living in Grantsville. Fango settled in the Goose Creek valley of Idaho territory by the 1880s and worked as a sheepherder. However, tensions between sheepherders and cattlemen in the area led to Fango's murder by cattleman Frank Bedke, who was acquitted. Fango, who

was described as generous with a cheerful disposition, dictated his final will and testament before succumbing to his gunshot wounds. He bequeathed half of his estate ($500) to the Salt Lake Temple Construction Fund. Nearly 45 years after his death, Talbot and Hunter's family members could not find evidence of Fango's membership in the LDS church and thus performed his baptism by proxy in the Salt Lake Temple on September 20, 1930. The U of U article said, "Because Fango was a Black African, he could not be ordained to the priesthood posthumously, which would have made it possible for him to receive other LDS liturgies by proxy. As Louisa Hale wrote to a historian seeking information on Fango in 1934, 'a Negro cannot hold the priesthood. So [performing his posthumous baptism] was all we could do for him. I, of course, feel that he is more worthy than many that do hold it.'" As February is Black History Month, we honor the stories of African Americans who have shaped this country and state. l

Woods Cross High School 2021-22 Sterling Scholars Alison Ebberts, Social Science; Ava Dimick, Dance; Anna Tolk, Instrumental Music; Isabella Hawkins, Business and Marketing; Margaret Call, World Languages; Gabi Jones, Speech/Theatre Arts/Forensics; Kayle Orantes, Computer Technology; Ava Egan, Mathematics; Clara Mendez, Vocal Performance; Savannah Bishop, Visual Arts; Fletcher Murray, Science; Aimee VanDenBerghe, English; and Alyssa Gill, Family and Consumer Sciences; Not Green Flake was one of three enslaved African American LDS pioneers who entered the Salt Lake Valley pictured- Kyle Sommer, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education. in 1847.

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Beyond love at first swipe By Karmel Harper/


ith Valentine’s Day around the corner, or as Kaysville’s Kevin Wood calls it, “Singles Awareness Day,” ‘tis the season for Cupid’s arrow to fly. Whether it’s online, through mutual friends, at work or school, or with the help of a professional matchmaker, there are many ways for that arrow to strike. Since the emergence of the internet, dating has never been the same. Before 1995, when, the first online dating platform, was launched, singles met each other via mutual set-ups, at work or school, social events, or random meets at the local club, bar, grocery store, or other venues where two people were lucky enough to be at the same place, at the same time. As texting wasn’t mainstream until the late 1990s, early 2000s singles actually had to call each other to connect and plan dates. Waiting a few days between contact was typical and even expected. That doesn’t always work, as Rich Dennison of Bountiful said. He has not been lucky in love—or finding people online. “I’ve met two women on line and eventually I married both of them,” he said, “not at the same time, obviously. It was a rushed decision and in both cases,

we were divorced.” He met his current girlfriend through a mutual friend, “and so far so good because they seem to know us both better than a computer matching service could have. I guess we were matched up pretty well.” How did this start? In 1997, Nokia introduced the first phone with a built-in keyboard. According to Paige Roosien, who wrote a June 2015 SignalVine article, text messaging took off at the start of the millennium once people could text friends on different networks. Roosien said, “By 2002, more than 250 billion SMS messages were sent worldwide. By 2007, the number of texts sent each month surpassed the number of phone calls. Eventually, text messaging was officially the preferred way of communicating with friends and family.” The ease and instant communication of texting has propelled online dating as the #1 method for people to meet their significant others. According to, the most popular dating apps as of April 2021 based on the number of downloads are: 1) Tinder - 1.1 million 2) Bumble - 564,000 3) Hinge - 393,000

4) Badoo - 207,000 5) Match - 125,000 6) OkCupid - 109,000 7) eHarmony - 67,000 8) Coffee Meets Bagel - 39,000 9) happn - 34,000 A 2019 study conducted by surveyed over 10,000 recently married or engaged couples and found that 22% of them met online, with 30% of the spouses meeting on Tinder. Another 14% found success on OkCupid, and 13% met their matches on Bumble. But if swiping right, sending “winks,” or texting a kissy-face emoji to get someone’s attention is not your thing, do not despair. The study revealed that 19% of couples met through mutual friends, 17% met at school, and 13% met at work. Some 11% met at a social setting like a bar, concert, or party. For busy professionals serious about finding their perfect partner, hiring a professional matchmaker can be effective. Though the term may evoke images of Yente from “Fiddler on the Roof” with its associated catchy tune, modern professional matchmakers are devoted to learning how and why relationships form, grow, and last. They work closely with their clients to discover their true qualities and

build deep working relationships to find them their most compatible matches. They also work as coaches to empower their clients with confidence and authenticity they can present on dates. Herriman resident Mia McKinney is a professional matchmaker who successfully coaches clients to master first dates and empowers them to approach a second date. McKinney said, “My job is to vet prospective matches for my clients, so they don’t have to waste their time doing that. My clients are primarily professionals and executives who don’t have the time to text all day or go on endless first dates.” McKinney said one of the biggest mistakes people make on first dates is looking too far ahead to see if their date will make a good spouse, parent, or long-term companion. “The primary goal of a first date,” McKinney said, “is to see if you would like to meet for a second date.” While McKinney’s matchmaking services are through a firm that does not service Utah, she is available to locals as a professional Date Coach to assist with online profile creations or improvements and one-on-one date coaching. You can contact her at l

Use your smartwatch to monitor your heart and improve your cardiovascular health


ebruary is American Heart Month, a time to focus on our cardiovascular health. While paper and chocolate hearts abound, February also raises awareness for the health of our beating hearts, the life-sustaining organ that pumps oxygen throughout our bodies. Heart education is important, something that physicians and health professionals in Davis County emphasize with their patients regularly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and is responsible for 16% of the world’s total deaths. “Since 2000, the largest increase in deaths has been from this disease, rising by more than 2 million to 8.9 million deaths in 2019,” the organization reports. While heart disease has typically afflicted older adults, heart attacks have increased in younger people under the age of 40, with a steady rise in patients between 20 - 30 years old. The Cardio Metabolic Institute said, “It was rare for anyone younger than 40 to have a heart attack. Now 1 in 5 heart attack patients are younger than 40 years of age. Here’s another troubling fact to highlight the problem: Having a heart attack in your 20s or early 30s is more common. Between the years 2000-2016, the heart attack rate increased by 2% every year in this young age group.” Reasons for this steady rise among younger people are increasing risk factors affecting this age group such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), obesity, smoking and vaping, and substance abuse. While lifestyle changes such as proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and avoiding substance abuse can significantly mitigate heart disease risk factors, regular ex-

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By Karmel Harper/ ercise is a very effective method for combating heart disease. Johns Hopkins exercise physiologist Kerry J. Stewart, Ed.D, said, “Aerobic exercise and resistance training are the most important for heart health. Although flexibility doesn’t contribute directly to heart health, it’s nevertheless important because it provides a good foundation for performing aerobic and strength exercises more effectively.” Even if you don’t exercise regularly, those with heart conditions can use a smartwatch to monitor their heart throughout the day. Kaysville’s Scot Vore said, “I use my smartwatch to monitor my steps and my heart for Afib.” For aerobic or cardiovascular exercise, measuring one’s heart rate is standard to ensure one works out within the prescribed heart rate zones for optimal benefits. Heart rate training zones are a percentage of your maximum heart rate or heartbeats per minute. With the emergence of smartwatches and other devices, people can monitor their heart rate in real-time and adjust their exercise intensity. These devices incorporate personal biometrics such as age, gender, and weight and calculate individualized heart rate training zones. To find your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. For example, a 25-year-old’s maximum heart rate is 195 heartbeats (bpm) per minute (220-25=195), and a 65-yearold’s maximum heart rate is 155 (bpm) heartbeats per minute. From this calculation, heart rate zones are established (see photo). The number of zones can vary based on the device’s monitoring system, but a popular standard is five zones: • The warm-up or Healthy Heart zone is 50% - 60% of your max heart rate (Mhr). • The fat burn or Weight Management zone is 50% - 70%

of your Mhr. • The cardio or Aerobic zone is 70% - 80% of your Mhr. • The intense or Anaerobic zone is 80% - 90% of your Mhr. • The maximum or Red Line zone is 90% - 100% of your Mhr. Paula Nielson-Williams, Recreation Manager and 29year veteran of Salt Lake Community College’s Exercise Science department, said, “Exercise is good for heart health. ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) recommends 30 minutes a day of moderate-vigorous exercise or an hour a day of moderate exercise. So get out walking, lift some weights, or play with your kids.” l

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Peterson steps into new legislative role By Becky Ginos | CLINTON—Throughout her career, Karen Peterson has been involved in the community somehow. Now she’ll have the opportunity to expand her reach as she represents District 13 in the Utah State Legislature. Peterson was recently appointed by the Davis County Republican Party to fill the seat left vacant by Paul Ray who resigned to take a new position with the Department of Human Services. “I’ve always been engaged in the community,” Peterson said. “I was in the elementary PTA, on community council and committees with the city. I’ve always felt that giving back to the community is a good way to spend my time.” Peterson served two terms as a Clinton City Council member. “I also worked with Gov. (Gary) Herbert as Educational Advisor for the school district, charter schools and parents’ groups,” she said. “I did legislative policy work for schools.” When Gov. Spencer Cox took office he asked her to be Legislative Affairs Director. “It was my job to build a relationship with the legislature on behalf of the Governor to push through the budget, etc.,” Peterson said. “I worked very closely with the legislature.” Peterson will leave her position with the Governor’s office to take the new post because it would be a conflict of interest. “My appoint-

ment runs through 2022,” she said. “So I’ll be up for reelection in 2022.” One of her main goals in the upcoming session is managing growth. “I’ve met with delegates and through my service on the city council I’ve seen how growth impacts the state,” said Peterson. “It’s complex. People want their kids and grandkids to be able to afford houses. We need to make sure that growth doesn’t outpace roads, water and educational opportunities for good schools for families. These are critical infrastructure components that I’d like to focus on.” Utah has a unique opportunity right now, she said. “The economy is doing so well. It’s moving ahead full steam. We have revenue for the state we’ve not seen. We also have an incredible amount of federal money that we can make generational investments – especially around water.” Those dollars need to be spent wisely, said Peterson. “We should use them on highly impactful projects that can impact us long term.” There shouldn't be bonding, she said. “We should pay cash. When they were talking about double tracking for FrontRunner they should’ve paid cash instead of bonding and making cities pay. It could make a real difference for Utah.” Peterson faced one of her hardest chal-

The Peterson family. They love being outdoors hiking and camping. They’re also big USU Aggies fans and go up to all of the football games. Courtesy photo

lenges in 2018 when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. “It was out of the blue,” she said. “I had no family history. I started chemo and had a number of surgeries then radiation. I had a year of treatment. I’ve had a clear scan for two and a years. They say five years is golden.” It was a life changing experience, said Peterson. “I was 38. It makes you very intentional about how you spend your time and how you treat people. It’s a great reminder that there are

no guarantees.” As a new legislator, Peterson hopes people will find her accessible. “I want them to find me to be reasonable,” she said. “I’ll try hard to support the community. The best legislators are the ones who care about the people in their district.” Peterson said her constituents have been good to her family. “They mowed our lawn and brought us meals during my cancer. These are my people – I want to represent them.” l

Superintendent has led district through challenging times By Becky Ginos | FARMINGTON—The Board of Education and Davis School District administration were taken by surprise last month when Superintendent Reid Newey announced he would be retiring at the end of the school year. He has been in the post for five years. “He told us after the board meeting (Jan. 4),” said Board of Education President John Robison. “We were surprised but it makes sense. He’s been here for 30 years and to be fully vested for retirement you have to get to that mark. So it was time for him to take advantage of that opportunity.” Newey was the 18th superintendent in the district. “We’ve had amazing superintendents in the Davis School District,” Robison said. “I’ve been an educator and teacher for 40 years so I go way back with superintendents. He’s one of the great ones.” What stands out is his work ethic, he said. “He’s always here from early in the morning to late at night. Weekends, holidays he’ll call me and he’s sitting in his office. He’s been devoted to his position.” He also reached outside the day to day affairs of the district, said Robison, “He built relationships with county leaders, mayors and other community members and legislators. All year long he worked to enhance relationships, not just during the session.”

Robison said Newey has been a great advocate for students and staff. “Few people know the extent of what he’s done to bring success to the district and make it a good place to work for administration, teachers and staff.” He was a visionary man, said Robison. “He looked way down the road to what students need. He didn’t accept the status quo. We were way ahead of a lot of districts in what we were doing. When the pandemic hit and we had to go virtual we were already trained. We were ready the next day. He realized that online learning would be a big deal in the future.” The district has been faced with several challenges, not only the pandemic but more recently the Department of Justice investigation into racial discrimination and allegations of overlooking bullying in the schools after a 10-year-old girl took her own life. There have been some who suggested he should step down. “He has had the full support of the board,” said Robison. “There has not been one minute of discussion or any board member discussion that he should leave – absolutely not.” It is the board’s primary responsibility to hire a new superintendent, he said. “From

Davis School District Superintendent Reid Newey announced his retirement last month. Photo courtesy DSD

start to finish the board coordinates that. We haven’t made a plan yet. We’ll get together in the near future to put a plan together.” Robinson said he feels fortunate the district has had Newey for these five years. “With the pandemic and the DOJ investigation there’s just no better man than Reid Newey to get us through these tough times.” l

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Teaching assistants crucial to the classroom By Becky Ginos | FARMINGTON—Teachers are faced with large class sizes and trying to give one on one attention to each student can be daunting. That’s where teaching assistants (TA) come in. TAs are vital to keeping students on track and helping in the classroom. In the Davis School District, a program to train TAs will help them be more effective at what they do. “Some funding came in from the American Rescue Plan,” said Nancy Call, TA Development Specialist. “The ESSER (Elementary Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding can be used for two years. The governor signed the law in March 2021 and it will continue through fall of 2023. We want to use it to do what we can.” The Davis School District wrote a plan on how it should be used, she said. “The TAs can be used in a variety of ways. Each school had their own plan on how to use them.” There wasn’t any training for TAs in the past, except on the school level, Call said. “This is all brand new. Even though the training is from all the funding sources, others are welcome to come.” As part of the training, TAs receive a book on how tutoring works, she said. “It explains what they do and how to build trust with students.” Kids need a capable adult they feel safe with at school, said Call. “Some students have a negative experience at school like a fear of math. It takes an adult to help them overcome that and open them up so they can learn.” There are restorative practice management techniques that have researched based ways to work with math facts fluency, she said. “TAs work in small groups and individual students and pull aside children who are struggling. They

help them get better with math proficiency before they reach high school.” By high school, some students have already shut down, Call said. “They say ‘I can’t do math’ They label themselves as math people and non math people. We want to create math learners with a mathematical mindset that will open up the possibilities in high school and do basic things to start with.” Call said they’ve also worked with the special education team. “They’ve presented information on the best practices for autism. Being really aware of their emotional needs and behavior interventions in positive ways so they do what they need to do rather than being rewarded for negative behavior.” The program also provides a pathway for a TA to receive a teaching degree. “If an employee in the DSD working as a TA would like to get their degree they can apply to receive tuition help.” High school students can also work as a TA, she said. “They can be in the class and receive credits while being paid. It’s a great way to get a look at these careers. We have 23 high school students right now.” Call said high school students should apply through their school counselor. “For some of them this is their first job. Send me an application and I’ll send it out to all the administrators at the schools they’re interested in. I would encourage them to meet with the administration. It’s up to them to get the job.” Some students get home release to be a TA, she said. “They can get credit and get paid too. It pays more than

High school TA Angelle Pledger works with a student. While working as a TA, students can receive credits while being paid. Photo courtesy of DSD

janitorial, etc. in the district.” Being a TA is nice because it’s during the school day, said Call. “They don’t work weekends or holidays. You can also work while you’re kids are in school because you’re on the same schedule. It’s a really family friendly job.” Call said she’s been impressed with everyone she’s met. “These are fabulous people giving their heart and soul to just help kids.” l

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hree things could doom our country: domestic terrorism, Olivia Rodrigo and the rejection of science. The first two are obvious, but rejecting science? When did scientists become the bad guys? As more people deny mainstream science, I think about the good, old Russian pseudoscientist Trofim Lysenko. (You can call him Tro.) He and Joseph Stalin were BFFs after Tro convinced Stalin he could “educate” crops to grow using his “law of the life of species” theory which included planting seeds close together and soaking plants in freezing water. Stalin embraced this nonsense and seven million Russians died from starvation when the country ran out of food, because Tro (you can call him The Idiot) convinced Stalin that science-based agricultural practices were garbage. There’s lots of science I don’t understand, like quantum mechanics, curved spacetime and string theory, which proves kittens will play with a ball of yarn indefinitely. But I don’t have to understand science because, and here’s a key point, I am not a scientist. I’m saying this louder for those in the back: science shouldn’t be a partisan issue. But here we are. Anti-science is on the rise and people (i.e., non-scientists) are putting their own batty (often dangerous) theories


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