North Salt Lake/Woods Cross | October 2021

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NORTH SALT LAKE—Across the nation volunteers came out in throngs on Sept. 11 to support the National Day of Service in remembrance of 9/11. Locally, whole neighborhoods pitched in cleaning trails, painting fire hydrants and getting rid of graffiti. “It was a great day in spite of the rain,” said Corinne Doughtery, Regional Committee Chair NSL. “We probably had about 2,500 people come out in our area. One place we worked was at the Baptist Church. There were Muslims, evangelicals and LDS members. It was a diverse group of interfaith volunteers that helped reduce the grass at the church. Rev. Donald Proctor gave a prayer before we started.” Another group worked at three LDS chapels to ‘rip the strip,’ pulling up grass in the parking strip and replacing it with rocks, she said. “It was a lot of fun. It was a muddy affair but it looked better.” Some neighbors came out with heavy equipment to lend a hand, said Doughtery. “These were people who hadn’t signed up to help. They came along and moved big rocks. It made a big difference.” Doughtery said a group cleaning up at Legacy Parkway saw a motorcycle brigade driving by in honor of 9/11. “They rode through and the volunteers waved and they waved back. It was kind of a memorable thing for those 130 volunteers to experience that little bit of community spirit.” Woods Cross City held a short memorial at Hogan Park, she said. “There was a moment of silence in honor of the fallen heroes and a woman with a lovely voice sang the National Anthem. The city had put up flags all around the park. It was nice to have a day of remembrance.” The service was organized by zones, said Doughtery. “It followed LDS boundaries but we wanted to think outside of that, we wanted to

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8th place in Vex IQ World Robotics Competition goes to Woods Cross Elementary School team By Hannah Sandorf Davis | The City Journal


his past May a team from Woods Cross Elementary School took 8th place in the World Vex IQ Robotics Competition, competing with hundreds of school teams from the United States and across the world. To get there the students first had to compete at several local competitions and a state-wide championship. “Utah was still holding in-person competitions last year, so the students had to practice for the virtual world competition,” said Cindi Bergman, one of the team’s faculty advisors who teaches at Woods Cross Elementary. The competition includes a collaborative element with other teams from around the world. “Each team is paired with another from a different part of the world to score points together. It makes it less about winning and more about teamwork.” Team members Kacey Durtschi, Lincoln Lloyd, and Cody King were all in sixth grade at Woods Cross Elementary during the competition and used the remote learning time of 2020 to further their robotics skills. “Every Friday when we would have remote learning, Kacey, Lincoln and Cody would come in and work on their robot all day,” said Bergman. “They really worked incredibly hard to make it happen. I am glad they were able to have this experience.” Bergman said she and Sally Sandler, the team’s other advisor, were there as support, not to teach. “Sally is really one of the driving forces. She would find competitions and arrange for the students to go, I would do the background logistics.” At the competitions advisors are not allowed to coach the student teams. “We do not tell them what to do,” said Bergman. “Their parents cannot tell them what to do. It is the students who think on their feet to solve problems and improve their performance.” The Vex robotics program focuses on several aspects of engineering. Students learn how to code, build, and control their robot. For both Kacey and Lincoln, the experience helped them to build problem solving skills. “One of the hardest things to master was balance,” said Kacey. “We had to get the robot built just right so that when it would lift and move objects it wouldn’t tip over.” The Vex program is specifically designed for beginners to teach them the skills they need along the way. There is not any prior coding or robotics experience needed. Lincoln got

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Robotics Team Photo: Kacey Durtschi, Lincoln Lloyd, and Cody King pose with a Vex competition trophy. Photo courtesy of Sally Sadler

involved with Vex because it sounded fun. “My friends were into it and I thought it sounded interesting,” he said. “I’ve learned so much doing this and it is something I enjoy.” Lincoln said his favorite part of the experience was building and driving the robot. Cody, the third team member, was the perfector. “Cody would go in after [Kacey and I] built it and make sure everything worked how we wanted it to,” said Lincoln. Cody’s favorite part of the process was in the early stages. He enjoyed the freedom and creativity of the early stages of building the robot and seeing the final product. “It was cool to see where we started and the progress we made to be able to make it to World,” he said. All three champions are still involved in robotics at Millcreek Junior High, and their high placement has inspired




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Continued from front page think about everybody. We posted 30 projects on and specifically went around and invited our neighbors and friends. It was kind of a grassroots effort to get the word out.” Individuals were assigned to work with city officials in Woods Cross, North Salt Lake and West Bountiful, she said. “All three were fabulous to work with. North Salt Lake had a pizza party the Wednesday before to bring all

the supervisors together to meet each other and to answer questions. It was a great way to know what we were doing.” There were lots of families and neighbors who came out, said Doughtery. “It was successful. I anticipate we’ll be doing it next year too. I think it will become an annual event in our area and across the state. It’s amazing to see such love and care come from a tragic national event.”l

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Elementary students give ‘Hope’ to others By Becky Ginos | WOODS CROSS—School can be a stressful situation if a child feels lonely or left out. Woods Cross Elementary has adopted the Hope Squad, a peer-to-peer program made up of kids who help students with their social and emotional well being while becoming their friend. “We teach prevention lessons to all kids,” said school counselor Kim Madsen who oversees the program. “We cover topics like how to handle emotions, stress, how to be a good friend to others and not bully and watch out for kids who are struggling and promote inclusiveness.” The squad is made up of 24 kids from fourth, fifth and sixth grade, she said. “They’re peer nominated and we run the names by the teachers. Basically it’s kids that other students feel comfortable talking to when they’re feeling stressed or left out.” Madsen said they hold Hope Week during February and the group does different things throughout the year. “We want them to be thinking of ways to teach their peers. There’s a whole curriculum we follow each year from Hope for Utah. They have great information.” Hope squad meets twice a month for an hour, she said. “It’s really fun. The kids are always willing to serve. We have a PJ drive where the Hope squad goes around and gets donations. We sold heart suckers and friendship grams for Valentine’s Day that kids could buy for a friend with a little note. That was our favorite thing so we’ll do it again.” They’ve also had some dances, said Madsen. “The kids teach other grades line dances and we have some themed dances like an 80s dance. It’s all to promote inclusiveness and friendship. l

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The Jr. Hope Squad shows their excitement for Hope Week. The fourth, fifth and sixth graders are nominated by their peers to promote inclusiveness. Courtesy photo

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Woods Cross band teacher hits a high note By Becky Ginos | WOODS CROSS—Todd Campbell never wanted to be a music teacher, but 29 years and hundreds of kids later he’s found his passion – changing students' lives through music. The Woods Cross High band teacher was recently honored for his efforts with the Arts Teacher of the Year award by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. “I grew up in a musical family,” Campbell said. “My dad was in the Utah Symphony and was a professional jazz drummer and percussionist. Four out of five of my brothers are either in music as a career or playing professionally.” Campbell said he didn’t want to teach because he’d watched all the hours his dad put in. “I went to Woods Cross and became the drum major and got experience leading the band. The band teacher was taking a class and left all the teaching to me. That solidified it even more that I didn’t want to do that even though it was a great experience.” After serving an LDS mission and then on to college, Campbell said he was trying to decide what to study. “I wanted to be a teacher and music was what I was good at. A friend said to me that ‘it’s not about the final project, I think it’s about the journey.’” Campbell started teaching band at Mueller Park Junior High. “I just loved it,” he said. “I never intended to change but my father was retiring (from South Davis Junior High) and student enrollment at MPJ started going down. It went from 950 students down to 650. We had a hard time maintaining those numbers (in band).” There were 1,300 kids at South Davis, he said. “So I immediately had more students. I taught for nine years and loved it. I loved teaching junior high age kids. I loved teaching kids

music.” When the band teacher at Woods Cross got another job he tried to talk Campbell into moving to high school. “I knew that would require more outside hours,” he said. “I’d taught for 17 years in junior highs and loved it but I needed something different so I made the move to high school. It was hard and challenging. But I taught kids I knew and fell in love all over again.” When COVID hit it was hard, said Campbell. “The hardest time was at the end of the first year when everything got shut down and they had to play their instruments on their own. We got through the best we could. We used Zoom a lot.” During the first term of 2020 when schools were on a hybrid schedule they couldn’t meet together as a complete band. “We’d meet every other day,” he said. “We’d play like normal but didn’t have all the instruments. That was rough.” Campbell said there were some positive things that came out of it though. “We had virtual concerts that we’d record and listen to ourselves. We approached it with ‘we can do this.’ We had to figure out a lot of things we could do in an alternative way.” There was a little dip in enrollment, he said. “We lost some kids who just said ‘this isn’t worth it anymore.’ The oldest kids were the biggest group I had. Music is very social.” With the return of school, Campbell said he’s been worried about going back. “Last year we were spread out. This year we’ll try to spread out as much as we can but they’re blowing right at me. We put bell covers on their instruments which is like a mask. I was quarantined three times last year. I’ve been tested eight times, I had it and I’m vaccinated. I’m

Todd Campbell has been teaching music for 29 years. He recently received the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Arts Teacher of the Year award. Courtesy photo

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Nine years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr

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oods Cross Elementary students smile as they pick up their bag of new clothing and shoes from the Davis Education Foundation’s annual Child Spree event. “Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed in their education,” Davis Education Foundation Director Jodi Lunt said in a statement. “When a child comes to school with holes in their shoes, or is wearing clothes that don’t fit comfortably, it’s hard to stay engaged with what’s happening in the classroom. Child Spree assists in removing

these barriers to their learning and gives them the confidence they need to thrive.” Parents provided their child’s clothing preferences and sizing to a school counselor prior to the event. Volunteers then shopped for their assigned student at Kohl’s and the clothing and shoes were distributed to the school of each student where they picked them up. More than 350 children were served through this event. — Becky Ginos


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Long-time city administrator says goodbye By Becky Ginos | WOODS CROSS—It’s been 28 years since Gary Uresk took over as city administrator of Woods Cross City. Now he’s ready for the next chapter – retirement. “When I applied for the job I’d drive up I-15 and see shopping areas and refineries but I didn’t realize there was a really vibrant community here,” Uresk said. “This is a very good community. People are involved and care about the community. It’s been a good experience. That’s why I’ve stayed.” Uresk got a Master’s degree in urban planning from the Kennedy School of City and Regional Planning at Harvard. “It was a great experience,” he said. “I enjoyed going to school there. I got married and we headed off to start school in Boston.” When he graduated in 1982 it was the Ronald Reagan years, Uresk said. “There was a cutback in government spending and it was difficult to find a job. I was raised in the Uintah Basin and when I was going to BYU I worked in the county recorder’s office. I went back there and worked for six to eight months in Duchane.” A job became available in Clinton and Uresk interviewed there. “I got the job and moved to Davis County in 1983,” he said. “I hadn’t really contemplated living in Davis County but I have certainly grown to love it.” A job at Woods Cross came up in 1993, Uresk said. “It offered some different opportunities down here.” One of the first issues he faced when he came to Woods Cross was the relocation of a salvage yard off of 1500 South. “It was a very complex problem,” he said. “It was an eyesore. Frank Branch was the owner and we worked with

him to move it to 2425 South down by Legacy Parkway. We bought all that property down there to move him. Over time we sold all those lots down there. It’s not simple to move a salvage yard.” Uresk also played an integral part in the construction of Legacy Parkway. “We worked with UDOT on the alignment then it got bogged down by an environmental lawsuit,” he said. “UDOT relied on local governments to get that.” Then he worked to get Legacy designated as a Scenic Byway. “That’s an interesting process,” said Uresk. “People said that’s not a Scenic Byway, it doesn’t have anything in comparison to other byways. But the Great Salt Lake preserve does meet the rules of a Scenic Byway. That was the impetus so it has special protection like not having billboards. We didn’t want it to be just another highway.” The Great Salt Lake Scenic Byway also includes the West Davis Corridor, he said. “That makes it much better. Before it was the Scenic Byway to nowhere. It was short and stopped at Antelope Drive. Now it connects to the causeway so visitors can take the byway and get out to Antelope Island.” It was disheartening when the truck ban was removed, said Uresk. “That kind of hurt. It still has a different feel than I-15. It’s designed differently.” Big changes have taken place since Uresk started at Woods Cross. “The city has experienced significant growth,” he said. “Clinton was basically a farming community where we put subdivisions in fields. The biggest issue was a farmer letting his water run. In Woods Cross

Uresk sits by Legacy Parkway. He was instrumental in getting the highway designated as a Scenic Byway. Courtesy photo

there’s an airport, Redwood Road, more interface between commercial and residential and major industrial areas such as refineries that have more impact on residential areas.” Now Uresk can leave that all behind and focus on his retirement. “I”ve got some projects to work on,” he said. “I don’t really know, I might do some fishing. I’ll keep busy. A lot of what I’ll miss the most are the associations with the people I’ve worked with. Over the years I’ve built some great relationships. Those are the things I’ll miss.” l

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Spooky nights on Black Island Farms By Montana Rose Divine | The City Journal


ooking for something new to do this Halloween season? Look no further than Black Island Farms. Family owned for more than 50 years the farm has much to offer in terms of spooky fun! With not one but two corn mazes, a haunted hayride, pumpkin patch and much more, there is something for everyone. “It’s a big event, with a small town vibe,” said Ogden’s own batman Phillip Rogich, and unlike other attractions Black Island has indoor and outdoor activities making it feel very much like a Halloween fair. Prices range from $11 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11, up to $25 and even $30 for all day, everything included passes. It just depends on what you’re looking for. As head of security from 2008-2012, Rogich said that the farms take safety very seriously and have more than 30 people who sign up to act for the Halloween attraction the farms host every year. Rogich said he believes people come back to the farms and the haunted attraction because every year is different. “The mazes have different patterns and the haunted parts add rooms and characters. It’s very community based.”

Rogich’s own children worked at the farms as teenagers during his time working as security, and he said that many regulars come back bringing with them family and friends. While there is much to do on the farms in terms of scaring and being scared, adventurers can also enjoy a non haunted hay ride and corn maze, and even spend time in the courtyard where they can taste food from various vendors and get fresh produce. Visitors looking for the perfect pumpkin to carve and decorate to keep the spirits at bay can take a ride down to the pumpkin patch and cut their very own pumpkin right off the vine. The farms also have field trips where students can enjoy a trip through one of the mazes and learn how the crops are grown. Each student receives his or her own pumpkin and a bounce back pass. Field trips can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the hour. Black Island farms is located at 2075 S. 4000 West in Syracuse. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to midnight,

Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with final ticket sales ending at 11 p.m. most nights. They will be closed for Halloween day. For more information on group rates, birthday parties and planning your next spooky adventure you can contact the farm at Schedule your next spooky ride and don’t forget to fear the walking dead this year. Enter if you dare! l

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Fire Prevention Week

South Davis Metro Fire gave safety tips and hands-on fun at the NSL station during Fire Prevention Week Sept. 7-9. Clockwise: Future firefighter 4-year-old Karsen Howard is suited up and ready to go; A firefighter gives a demonstration on how to put out a fire; Firefighter Chris Monroe helps Owen Spencer spray the water hose; Paislee Baker takes her turn in the T-Rex ladder basket. Photos by Becky Ginos

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Making moving a part of learning By Hannah Sandorf Davis | The City Journal


or the past eight years Orchard Elementary has partnered with Repertory Dance Theatre to explore an unusual teaching technique – movement. Repertory’s program focuses on building self awareness of students’ bodies, building confidence, and improving memory retention through dance. These movements can be large, full-floored or they can be small actions that can be done with a teacher at a desk. Movements can be a way to break up the time sitting still in a class or using digital learning tools. One of the goals is to get teachers involved in using movement in their teaching and classroom. When it started, Michael Volmar, principal for Orchard Elementary, was not sure how teachers would respond. “Repertory starts off with teacher training. Teachers learn about movement and how it can be beneficial in the learning process,” he said. The first year he was expecting only a few teachers to be interested and signed up, but the support from the school’s faculty was overwhelming. Every class at Orchard Elementary participates in the movement program. The benefits for students can also be seen year over year. Woods Cross Elementary School has a fairly stable population, with 60-70% of students staying year over year. This means that when new students come in, there are enough of their classmates who are familiar with the movement program that they can help the new students feel comfortable with it. “Over the years we’ve only had one student who did not participate,” said Volmar, “Even if a student is reluctant at first as soon as they see their friends and classmates moving, they want to get up and move too.” Lynne Larsen, the Educational Director for Repertory Dance Theatre, is also an adjunct professor at the University of

Utah. Her research interest focuses on the pedagogy of dance in K-6 public schools. Repertory’s main programs are taught by Larsen and her staff, all trained and educated in the process of learning dance. “We offer different programs to different schools, allowing them to choose the program that fits best for their student body,” she said. “At Orchard we offer an In-Depth Arts In Education residency, which consists of creative movement classes for all the grades, an assembly for the whole school and a professional development teacher workshop for the faculty.” A result of Orchard’s long partnership with Repertory is curriculum collaboration. Orchard Elementary teachers are able to tell the Repertory team what they are working on and the dancers will choreograph according to that theme. “It could be the solar system, contractions, or mathematics. The students will learn the movement and curriculum in the fall and perform it in the spring. The memory retention is incredible when we combine movement with what students are learning,” said Volmar. Volmar highlighted several benefits the school has seen from participating in this program. “Kids learn teamwork, listening skills, rhythm, and being comfortable with movement,” he said. One of the most important things, he continued, is that students learn they are allowed to move their bodies. “This program teaches them that they do not need a certain body type, weight, or height to move.” l Elementary students stretch and move during a Repertory Dance class. Teachers have seen the benefits of the program in the learning process.

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FEMA grant could provide security against disasters to culinary water facilities By Ben Shelton | NORTH SALT LAKE—In November 2020, the City Council instructed City Staff to submit an application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant (BRIC). The applied-for grant had the purpose of allowing for the purchase and installation of generators in North Salt Lake’s culinary water, drinking water, facilities. Despite the city’s application meeting requirements, FEMA was unable to fund the new generators in 2020. As a result, city staff was instructed to re-apply for the grant in the summer of 2021. However, now there may be a different grant that allows the city to fund new generators at culinary water facilities. The Utah Division of Emergency Management has identified the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as this new grant and believes the city is likely to be rewarded the funds it needs. The HMGP grant, according to FEMA, “provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses.” This grant also has the intended function of reducing the “vulnerability of communities to disasters and their effects, [promoting] individual and community safety, [promoting] community vitality after a disaster, [lessening] response

and recovery resource requirements after a disaster, [creating] safer communities that are less reliant on external financial assistance.” This grant applies to North Salt Lake as the city suffered from a windstorm on Sept. 8, 2020. This storm toppled trees, damaged property and resulted in the loss of power to nearly 200,000 homes and businesses. With this damage and 90 mile an hour gusts, thenGov. Gary Herbert even declared a state of emergency. Unfortunately, large losses of power, such as the one experienced in the 2020 windstorm, have the ability to disrupt the distribution of culinary water to residents. During the windstorm, the large-scale loss of power made it so crews in North Salt Lake had to bring portable generators to each of the 10 wells and pump houses used for culinary water. This highlights a need for onsite generators at wells and pump facilities to make the city better prepared for natural disasters. If this grant is awarded to North Salt Lake, the purchase and installation of 10 permanent generators for every well and booster pump station the city uses to provide culinary water will be funded. The city has received a cost estimate from Hunt Electric to assess the price of the generators and their installation. This esti-

Large losses of power, such as the one experienced in the 2020 windstorm, have the ability to disrupt the distribution of culinary water to residents. Photo by Issac Shelton

mate showed that each site generator will vary in cost. However, the average cost for the purchase and installation of each generator is $170,000. This leads to a total cost of $1,626,650. The grant will cover $1,219,987.50 of the overall cost, while the city will pay $406,662.50. The Development Review Committee has “recommended [the] approval of [Reso-

lution 2021-23R] authorizing the submission of a FEMA HMGP grant application seeking funds for the purchase and installation of generators for the city’s culinary water facilities, and authorizing matching funds.” For this grant to be applied for and awarded, Resolution 2021-23R Amended must be approved by the City Council.l

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General Election Candidate Profiles


North Salt Lake Mayor Gary Widders

nflation is a contest that no one wins. It’s the monster in the room that no one wants to talk about even as it’s devouring society. “Matching funds” is a ploy. Money doesn’t grow on trees and those who pretend it does contribute to the problem of devaluing what we all work hard for. It takes the adult in the room to say stop. Not everyone is going to be happy. There is a saying that people vote with their feet. Initially some are inclined to spend more instead of contemplating new approaches.

There are barriers such as groupthink where people are afraid to stand apart from their more vocal, perceived experienced, or influential peer. The larger the group, the less impact an individual may believe themselves to have to include harboring points of debate they don’t agree with. I ask for your vote to help fix our city. We will win. I urge our representatives to recognize it’s OK to say no to more debt, to stop funding failed government enterprises, to express disappointment toward public institutions with failed policies who operate without competition and with impunity toward the taxpayers. I will LOWER TAXES ( com) FOR EVERYONE.

North Salt Lake Council Alisa Van Langeveld


i, I’m Alisa Van Langeveld. I am eager and prepared to serve on the NSL City Council. I’m an NSL Planning Commissioner, past Chair of the NSL Parks & Arts Board (two years), and past Chair of the Foxboro Community Council (four years). Professionally, I am an educator in the Family & Consumer Studies Dept. at the University of Utah (15 years), where I teach courses like “FCS 3180: Families, Schools and Communities.” Thirteen years ago, my husband and I picked

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Woods Cross Council Gary Sharp

will do my best to listen to all of the concerns of the city residents. We elect a city council and mayor to find the best solution and implement it to all city issues. I am the candidate that has the judgment and experience to make the best decisions for Woods Cross. Some of the issues facing Woods Cross are as follows: growth in the Northwest Quadrant, funding Hogan Park renovation, east-west traffic to work toward an overpass and keeping road repairs current. The

city has been reviewing the city Master Plan and Zoning Ordinances. I have reviewed and provided input to the updates. I have more experience with these changes than anyone else, except for the Planning Commission and City Staff. This includes most of the current City Council. As a City Council member, I will be able to implement these changes. During my time on the Planning Commission, I have been able to work with the other members to find the best solution to issues. I have considered the other points of view and promoted compromise. For more information and regular updates, please visit and www.


Lisa Baskin

isa Baskin is your City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem. She serves you every day and appreciates your trust in her leadership. She relies on her experience in approving tight budgets, addressing infrastructure needs and plans for sustainability, and focusing on serious issues like residential growth and increased housing costs,


NSL as the place we wanted to set down roots and grow. We started in an apartment, then a small home where our family grew, and now a home that can fit our family of six. I want NSL to be the kind of city that draws families and individuals and makes them want to stay...just like it did for me. On City Council, I will work to make our city a more connected, vibrant and beautiful place to live, through: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (improving connection between residents and city issues), and thoughtful CITY PLANNING that supports Growth, Law Enforcement, Economic Development, and Parks and Trails. I want to earn your vote. Read more about my ideas (

the pandemic response, the uptick in homelessness and crime, and legislative encroachment on city powers. During her time, North Salt Lake has experienced positive changes including incoming Google fiber, business sector growth, and even improved garbage services and glass recycling options. A lawyer and administrative law judge, she brings her professional skill set to the job with a warmth and willingness to help. A native of Logan, she has called NSL home since 1993. Most importantly, she listens to you.

Tammy Clayton

am Tammy Clayton, business development in our ever-growing city. Protect taxpayers’ money, while improving a life-long resident of southern Davis County; public parks and services. Be a voice for ALL NSL residents, on both the past 17 years living in North Salt Lake with the west/east sides. Use social media to improve communicamy husband and sons. I bring a positive energy tion and awareness of events in North Salt Lake. Ensure much needed improvements and/or to everything I do and I will bring that energy to expansion of Hatch Park. I am very happy living in North Salt Lake. I the City Council. I love to serve my community. I am currently serving as want you to feel the same. If elected, I will work amra Dayley, CPA program that services youth in a variety of sumthe Chair of the North Salt Lake Arts and Parks tirelessly to keep our community a great place CPM, currently serv- mer activities including a literacy program. to live for future generations. I would appreciate Committee. • Recently completed was the City’s Gening as an Audit Director your support and vote. Issues I am passionate about: for the Utah State Board eral Plan. Contact me at tammyclaytonnsl@gmail. Great parks and trails. • Rework of all the planning and zoning orof Education. While servcom or 801-979-5568 Well maintained and clean roads. ing at GOED I was twice dinances. This is a big job and the primary reason Follow me at: and responsible growth. awarded the Governor’s I have committed to serve another term on the city mom If elected I will: Service award, in 2015 for council. Ensure responsible resident planning and A vote for me is a vote to implement the Merit in Leadership, and in 2013 for Commitment new City General Plan and continue to emphasize and Excellence. I am a graduate of BYU’s family focused and family friendly development. Candidates who did not send profiles Accountancy program, a Certified Public We have chosen to have homes and families in Mitch Torgerson Woods Cross. Although industry and transit disAccountant and a Certified Public Manager. Tamra currently serves on the Woods Cross sected the city, we can protect our family sized City Council. Her years of service on the council housing, parks and recreation and safe place to raise a family, mingle with neighbors and grow a have included: • Restarting the city’s summer recreation hometown community feeling. ail-in ballots for the 2021 municipal elections will go out to registered voters during the week of Oct. 11. They can be mailed back in the postage-provided envelope and the recommended date for doing that is on or before Oct. 29. There are also drop boxes Candidates who did not send profiles for ballots in various locations in the county, and voting can also be done in person at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2, the actual date of the election. More information at https://www. Jessica Kelemen


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Police increase training and de-escalation techniques to improve the department By Ben Shelton |


n Tuesday, Sept. 14, the United States Justice Department announced new restrictions on the use of chokeholds and noknock warrants by law enforcement officers. Under these restrictions, chokeholds can now no longer be used unless a situation warrants deadly force, and no-knock warrants are prohibited unless knocking would create the threat of violence. This comes after a policy memo from the Justice Department explained that “the use of certain physical restraint techniques – namely chokeholds and carotid restraints – by some law enforcement agencies to incapacitate a resisting suspect has too often led to tragedy.” It is clear that criminal justice reform and police reform have become important national conversations, as the killings of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor, along with Black Lives Matter protests, have shed light on a need for change within police forces. During a City Council meeting, North Salt Lake’s Police Chief Craig Black touched on recent changes to the police force. These changes are aimed at improving police interactions with the public and limiting police use of force. Measures that have been employed to reduce the use of force include increased training, increased emphasis on de-escalation,

increased vetting of hires and increased disciplinary actions of officers. Additionally, throat holds have been banned in the North Salt Lake Police Department, and non-emergency services/responses without in-person contact have been adopted. Now, if force is used by an officer, the North Salt Lake Police department requires a supervisor to write a memo to the Assistant Chief of Police that describes 15 factors of why force was needed. Possible factors include an individual being armed, an individual believed to be armed and a violent individual. Following this memo, a decision is made if the use of force was or was not justified. If it is determined that intentional misuse of force has occurred the acting officer will be disciplined. The City has a history of supporting the North Salt Lake Police Department’s work to reduce the use of force. “The City Council has never cut the training budget and the department identified training for each assignment such as de-escalation training, etc.,” Black said. To understand the context these changes are taking place in, Black described recent crime statistics in North Salt Lake. Importantly, within the city traffic accidents have decreased while domestic violence cases have grown to an all-time high. Black explained that

The North Salt Lake Police Department is working to improve police interactions with the public and limiting the use of force. Photo by Issac Shelton

increases in domestic violence cases can be largely attributed to “mental health issues, substance abuse, and financial or fidelity issues.” Increases in domestic violence have led to a staff member becoming a victim advocate coordinator. This position entails helping victims obtain necessary post-incident services. “There were over 10,000 calls for service

in 2020 with only 11 uses of force,” he said. “These numbers were on par with most national statistics and use of force, including deadly force, [has] never been employed in 10+ years of [North Salt Lake’s Police Department].” It is, however, worth noting that an officer has been terminated for intentional misuse of force from the department. l

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Raptor relocation program protects birds, prevents aircraft strikes By Becky Ginos | HILL AIR FORCE BASE—Wildlife managers at Hill Air Force Base are working hard to find a better home for predatory raptors, not only for their safety but to also prevent possible bird strikes to aircraft. The Raptor Relocation Program is part of the Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) program at the base. “We specialize on raptors, not migratory birds like geese and ducks,” said Ryan Carter, U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife technician. “We trap them on base and release them into a more hospitable habitat.” It’s a rule of height, he said. “Small hawks are released about 50 miles out and large birds 100 miles out. We try to put a mountain range between us.” There are two different breeds of hawks in the Wasatch Front area, said Carter. “Our number one focus is raptors but we’re authorized for others. Sometimes we trap owls and migratory birds and move them to a more comfortable area for migration.” The birds are banded and the information entered into the national database. “The report gives biologists the flight path, history of the banding, species and sex,” he said. “Some have been tracked worldwide. In the 10 years I’ve been here we have yet to have a hawk come back to the base. The bands are SALT LAKE VALLEY JOURNALS 7.73x5.49.eps

Tyler Adams, a US Department of Agriculture wildlife biologist at Hill Air Force Base with an owl captured near the base’s flight line. The bird will be taken to a new habitat as part of the Raptor Relocation Program. Courtesy photo

bright and easy to see.” Carter said they are also working on environmental modification at the base. “We’re trying to see it go back to grassy, sustainable plants. There are a lot of broadleaf plants so we want to get rid of some of that because it attracts insects which attract birds. That’s how we control birds in general.” Besides insect control, they use pyrotechnics and nonlethal harassment to push away the birds, he said. “It lets them know this is not a safe place.” There are two main traps used, a Swedish goshawk and Bal-Chatri, Carter said. “The Swedish goshawk closes around the bird with netting. There is a mouse under that. When the bird sees that it drops in.” The Bal-Chatri has a nylon noose tied to a cage that the mouse sits in, he said. “The noose snares the bird’s foot and pulls it tight and then we retrieve it. It’s weighted so the bird can’t fly off and get injured.” Once the bird is trapped it is put into to be 1a transport 10/6/2014 cage 2:38:03 PM relocated. “We take

away all sensory overload so it’s quiet, calm, cool and covered in the truck,” Carter said. “Hands on is kept to a minimum so we can get them on their way.” It’s a really good program, he said. “Our

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The Wendover Project captures the human body as an art form By Montana Rose Divine | The City Journal


n 1997 photographer and artist Paul Butler started a project headlined with an idea to help others see the human body and not see sex. “It’s not nude to make it sexual; it’s nude because it makes it nonsexual.” Butler said. For over 20 years now, this idea of “breaking up the human body” and the determination to make it a “nonsexual art” has lived on for the Ogden based photographer. Butler said he doesn’t see himself hanging up the project anytime soon. “I thought it was over for me five years ago, and then three. I might be good for another 10.” Primarily located in Wendover Utah, this project has earned itself the name “The Wendover Project” and ranges anywhere between August and September annually. The project itself is geared around female models, and Butler says he takes anyone who wants to join. “I’ve had anywhere between 10 models, to 350.” No matter how many models show up the end result is the same. These women are stripped of their shame, voluntarily shedding their clothes and being able to just be free with their bodies.

There is no discrimination with Butler, his team, and his project. He takes small women, curvy women, even larger women, and his aim is to show them that there is nothing wrong with their bodies. This past September was the first co-ed male and female project, and it just proves to show that he is flexible and able to move with the times. “I started working with women because they were the ones that disliked their bodies,” said Butler. “Men never complained about their legs, or stomachs, or breasts. It was always the women.” So how does it look from the models perspective? “Truthfully I was scared at first, yeah I had changed in front of models before, but this was different,” said Carol McBride, a model who participated in the project this last September and an avid follower of Butler’s. Told about the project by a friend, McBride had tagged even her own daughter in the event on Facebook and Butler reached out. Being asked by the lead photographer personally, McBride said there was no way she couldn’t attend. Nervous and wondering what she had

gotten herself into, she said that as soon as the clothes came off and all the models were standing together on the salt flats, the nerves subsided and “all the fear went away.” McBride said that in all honesty she wouldn’t have changed anything about how the project was executed, except maybe the inclusion of a female photographer such as Visionary Photoshoots’ own Sharrel Able. It’s no surprise that Butler has done wonders with this project over the course of its 24 years, and the photographer

definitely had some stories to share. Just a few years ago he had his biggest turn out when he did his Roman Civilization theme. “We turned all these beautiful women into Roman statues with paint and wet fabric,” he said. Butler had also hand crafted the pedestals that the women stood on during the duration of the photo shoot. It was such a big hit that even now he is still being asked to bring it back. Butler said that if he is able to get 176 women for a springtime addition he is willing to bring “The Wendover Project” back around for an early start in 2022. l



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Pilot plant turns algae into something useful By Becky Ginos |

Matt Myers, assistant general manager for the South Davis Sewer District stands by the photobioreactor that circulates the algae and waste water. Photos by Becky Ginos

Laboratory technician Jedd Powell explains the filter process.

NORTH SALT LAKE—Most people don’t think of algae as a good thing but the South Davis Sewer District is taking a problem and turning it into something useful. A nutrient removal process is being tested at the District’s North Salt Lake location in preparation for a new facility to be completed in 2022. “We’re using a relatively new process using algae,” said General Manager Dal Wayment. “The reason there’s a problem in the Great Salt Lake is the nutrients grow and multiply and over produce that create algae blooms. It’s unsightly and some can become toxic.” Algae grows fast, he said. “About 1,000 lbs of new algae can grow in a day. We run tests to tell us how much algae and phosphorus is in the water. Algae is good for lowering phosphorus.” The algae is shipped to the facility from a plant in Montana in the form of a paste, Wayment said. “It’s like yeast. We put it in the wastewater to recirculate and when it’s the cleanest, open the tank and get it into the sun to give it a place to live and grow. No matter what it starts with, the local species takes over.” Once the phosphorus and nitrogen has been removed it is put into the mixed tank, he said. “We also bring algae from the process itself into the tank and inoculate the wastewater with the thickened algae. We bring the mix to the photobioreactor (glass pipe) and it circulates all the way through with the algae picking up photons.” The third piece of the process is to filter the wastewater through membranes. “It’s basically teflon hollow tubes like straws,” said Matt Myers, Assistant General Manager. “It sucks all the fibers together and draws the water outside into the tubes. It filters out all the bacteria but it’s not fine enough to filter viruses.” Half of the water is left and the algae stays in. What remains is put into a centrifuge. “When it comes off the centrifuge you actually get a paste like peanut butter,” said

Myers. “It’s 20-30 percent solid and 80 percent water so we have to dry it. If you keep it on hand, in a few days it goes rotten.” It is placed on a dryer similar to a food dryer, said Wayment. “At our full scale plant the dryer will come out of the food industry like a drum dryer and the sheet comes off in flakes.” In the last five to 10 years, there’s been a lot of development in the algae market, he said. “The first interest is in biodiesel renewable fuel for fleets. Industry is looking at other markets like cosmetics and nutra pharmaceuticals.” The same algae strains can be used in supplements and cattle feed, Wayment said. “It’s an agricultural commodity with protein, carbs and fats so it functions well as animal feed.” Algae is also used in bioplastics like the foam used in the insoles for shoes, he said. “They send the insoles to China to make the shoes and then they ship them back here. It has anti-fungal, antibacterial properties that are good in athletic shoes.” The District sells the algae it produces to some of these markets. “We mix it, get it in the light, separate it with the membrane filters, dry it,” said Wayment. “The end user needs a very dry product. We’re always looking for guys who pay us the most.” Myers said they were in a good position and had the capacity at the current facility but new compliance standard limits changed. “It forced us into upgrades.” The bulk of the funding for the fullscale facility is coming from bonding, Wayment said. “The State Division of Water Quality really supports technology and they authorized $13 million in a low interest revolving loan.” Wayment said there will be a sewer rate increase. “We’re in the last stages of figuring out what that rate will be but it won’t be until 2022. It kills us. We’ve always been the lowest sewer rate on the Wasatch Front, but we’ll still be the absolute lowest.” l

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Affordable housing solution proposed for North Salt Lake By Ben Shelton |


tah has an escalating affordable housing problem. This problem cannot go unnoticed. Natalie Gochnour, Director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah, stated, “housing is one of the most serious problems our state faces right now.” This housing crisis has been created through a combination of the pandemic, a shortage of homes and slow income growth. In fact, an April Housing Report, released by the Utah Association of Realtors, shows that housing prices were up 26.8 percent since last year. As a result, it has become common to encounter members of the community who are faced with financial hardships from allocating large portions of their income to paying for housing. The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute produced an “Informed Decisions” document titled “Housing Affordability: What Are Best Practices and Why Are They Important?” In this study, it was determined that “the best chance to shrink the shortage and improve affordability depends on local policies and practices.” Specifically, “practices targeted at redevelopment agencies (RDAs), transit-oriented developments (TODs), accessory dwelling units (ADUs), preservation of existing affordable units, and changes in land use” were identified as the most beneficial. In North Salt Lake a proposal for the annexation of River Ranch was discussed as a solution to the housing crisis in the city. This project would attempt to add housing, starting at $350,000, that is affordable for gainfully employed individuals who often need two incomes to qualify for a mortgage. Steve McCutchen, who presented this proposal to North Salt Lake’s City Council, said that “River Ranch was an opportunity to provide workforce affordable housing in proximity to the

Wasatch Front’s five largest employment centers and accessibility to public transit.” This development project would include 1,396 units that range from single-family homes to townhouses. Additionally, this development would leave 37.34 acres of open space, to be utilized for parks, trails, clubhouses and pools. Space for a new charter school, which could enroll up to 1,000 students, is also included in the River Ranch project. The proposed River Ranch development was met with mixed responses from City Council Members. “This was a good project for the City as it was well-designed and would help with the housing crisis,” Mayor Len Arave said, “This development would help the newer businesses along Redwood Road.” City Council member Ryan Mumford said he “was very concerned about any annexation proposal.” This concern stems from the proposal not moving the county line causing the City to fall into two different counties. This could create problems during elections. Additional concerns were raised about the creation of the proposed charter school, as it would create a division of North Salt Lake’s children between schools and school districts. “To further divide the kids between Granite School District in Salt Lake County and the Davis School District in Davis County would only make things worse,” City Council member Natalie Gordon said. She also expressed concern about the school saying that “the K-8 charter school was not an adequate solution to the overcrowding of schools in the City.” This issue will be discussed further by the City Council before a decision is reached. l

The master plan for the River Ranch development. The purple square represents a proposed charter school and the orange squares represent new homes. Photo courtesy of Stevemplan Development

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PTA vs. Community Council: what is the difference? By Hannah Sandorf Davis | The City Journal


chools in Davis County have a variety of ways for parents to get involved, most notably the Community Council or the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Though both of these organizations serve students, they do so in different ways. Each public school in Utah has involvement from its community council and local PTA chapter, though the activities and priorities are dependent on the individual school’s needs. The Parent Teacher Association is what most people might think of as parental involvement in K-12 schools. Known for service activities, book fairs, and educational programs like Junior Achievement, the PTA works to help students and their families engaged in the learning process. The reflections contest, hosted by the national PTA, is an example of this organization’s reach and structure across the U.S. with national programs being implemented at the local level. In the past few decades, Utah and national PTA has also expanded to include suicide prevention programs, internet safety, and combatting food insecurity by advocating for lunch programs in schools. There are also variations on the PTA in some schools. PTOs, (Parent Teacher Organization), are independent groups that may not participate in all the state or national PTA activities. This has an increased benefit of flexibility, but may not foster cross-school collaboration as

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easily. In older age groups, like junior high and high school, there are also often Parent Teacher Student Associations (PTSAs) that welcome in students to help plan engagement activities and student support programs. The Community Council is unique to the state of Utah with the requirement created by the School LAND Trust Program. Though other states may have community councils that also allocate funding for public schools, each state passes legislation for that program individually. The Utah program was made to allocate funding received from 3.4 acres of surface and subsurface areas, plus an additional 1.1 million acres in mineral resources. Profits from this land are used exclusively to benefit state institutions, most notably schools, universities, and hospitals. Ninety-six percent of this land is held by public schools, making education the largest recipient of LAND trust funds. These councils have the specific purpose of deciding how to spend LAND trust money for the areas of greatest need within the school. Plans are submitted for the next year and approved by the council for approval by the local school district. The community council is not wholly parent run, however. School administration and faculty are still involved in the decision making process and serve as members of the council. Council members are also elected at the

The Foxboro Elementary Parent Teacher Association offers a welcome gift for teachers at Back To School Night Photo courtesy Foxboro Elementary School.

start of each fall semester and are usually individuals who are highly engaged in the community. Shauna Hardy, for example, serves on the councils where each of her children attend at Woods Cross High, South Davis Junior High, and Orchard Elementary School. “The community council is a great way to get involved and

get to know other involved parents,” said Hardy. Though community council members are elected, schools have open forums where community council topics are discussed and decisions are made. Parents are able to voice concerns, hear from administration, and keep abreast of the school’s budgeting decisions. l

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The City Council is raising height requirements for street lights By Ben Shelton | NORTH SALT LAKE—Street lights are an often overlooked piece of community infrastructure. Despite being overlooked, street lights have various important functions within communities. Street lights help increase accessibility for pedestrians and drivers by illuminating streets and sidewalks. Additionally, increased light may allow pedestrians to have a safer experience when traveling or leaving their homes. City staff has recommended the adoption of an amendment to Resolution 2021-31R, by the City Council, amending the City of North Salt Lake Standards and Specifications Manual for Streets. This amendment has been proposed following the creation of unforeseen circumstances related to the installation of street lights within The Ridge development. The Ridge is a housing development that features single housing home collections in North Salt Lake. “The proposed amendment addressed an unforeseen circumstance related to the installation of street lights within The Ridge development and for future residential developments,” North Salt Lake Community Development Director, Sherrie Pace said. Prior street light standards required a 14-foot tall street light. However, new street lights which feature a shepherd’s hook design are under 14-feet tall. The shepherd’s hook refers to a curve in the top of the fixture that leads to the bulb of a street light pointing directly at the ground. Not creating 14-foot clearance above the gutter has led to larger vehicles, mainly construction and delivery vehicles, damaging multiple light poles in The Ridge development.

The Public Works, Engineering and Community Development Department has even “determined that the standard for residential street lights should be amended to provide a specification for a taller residential street light to address potential damage to the street lights from certain construction equipment, delivery trucks and city snowplows.” Damages have led the city to work with the manufacturer of the lights within The Ridge to raise the height of already installed light poles. Ken Leetham, City Manager, and City Treasurer, also said that “some of the lights at Tunnel Springs may be replaced with the current lights at The Ridge development.” The proposed amendment to Resolution 2021-31R will create standards for the City of North Salt Lake to require even taller light fixtures. As a result of this resolution, new street light poles will need to be at least 14 feet and 5 inches tall. This will create a clearance of 14 feet and 11 inches above the gutter. The goal of this amendment, as stated by the city, is “to protect the public infrastructure with the adopted Standards and Specification Manual for Streets.” This highlights that it is not only hoped that raising the required height of street lights will lead to less property damage within The Ridge development, but will also prevent damage to new developments within the city. Lessening the amount of property damage caused by low-hanging street lights should save both the owners of large vehicles money and residents money. This resolution was adopted by the City Council on Sept. 7. l

A street light with a similar design to lights with a shepherd’s hook. Low clearance has led to larger vehicles causing damage to light poles in The Ridge housing development. Photo by Issac Shelton

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e’ve hit a speed bump on the road to economic recovery. After several months of robust growth, August marked a pronounced slowing of the economy that caught many experts by surprise. Companies tapped the brakes on hiring, consumer confidence fell, and consumer demand weakened, according to September reports. The culprit, of course, is both new and familiar. The delta variant of COVID-19 brought another wave of uncertainty that’s impacted everything from in-person dining to hotel occupancy. Even Utah’s economy, which continues to outperform the rest of the nation, is feeling some effects. The Utah Consumer Confidence Survey showed a sharp decline in sentiment among Utahns between July and August of 2021, as measured by the Kem Gardner Policy Institute. Meanwhile, Utah’s two-year employment growth rate slowed to 3.8% in August, down from 4.2% in July, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Despite these setbacks, there are still many bright spots in the state and national economies. Utah continues to lead all states in job growth. In fact, Utah and Idaho continue to be the only two states to have higher employment today compared to before the pandemic began. The U.S. unemployment



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rate dropped to 5.2% in August, while Utah’s already-low unemployment remained steady at 2.6%. Utah’s unemployment rate also continues to be among the lowest in the country, behind only Nebraska. In the Beehive State, six out of the 11 major industry sectors have posted job gains over the past 24 months. August’s job growth was robust by pre-pandemic standards, just not enough to close the gap of 5 million U.S. jobs that still need to be recovered to return to the previous peak. One of the main reasons the labor market continues to struggle is because employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find workers to fill job openings. There are now nearly 11 million job openings in America, but too many people remain on the sidelines and out of the labor force. That is causing wage pressure, with wages increasing 4.3% over the last year. Wage growth is usually a good thing, but right now it is adding to more inflationary pressure on the overall economy. While the labor shortage has been a dominant theme for months, an emerging trend is weakening consumer demand, driven by the delta variant. As the variant has spread, consumers have become more cautious. Customer-facing businesses are bearing the brunt of this impact. In recent weeks, high-frequency economic indicators such as airline travel and

restaurant bookings have dropped. The economy may have lost some momentum, but it’s still performing comparatively well in the midst a global pandemic. While we don’t know how long we’ll be dealing with the delta variant, there’s good reason to believe that economic recovery will pick up again as the current wave recedes. Robert Spendlove is senior economist for Zions Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A l

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NORTH SALT LAKE—Across the nation volunteers came out in throngs on Sept. 11 to support the National Day of Service in remembrance of 9/11. Locally, whole neighborhoods pitched in cleaning trails, painting fire hydrants and getting rid of graffiti. “It was a great day in spite of the rain,” said Corinne Doughtery, Regional Committee Chair NSL. “We probably had about 2,500 people come out in our area. One place we worked was at the Baptist Church. There were Muslims, evangelicals and LDS members. It was a diverse group of interfaith volunteers that helped reduce the grass at the church. Rev. Donald Proctor gave a prayer before we started.” Another group worked at three LDS chapels to ‘rip the strip,’ pulling up grass in the parking strip and replacing it with rocks, she said. “It was a lot of fun. It was a muddy affair but it looked better.” Some neighbors came out with heavy equipment to lend a hand, said Doughtery. “These were people who hadn’t signed up to help. They came along and moved big rocks. It made a big difference.” Doughtery said a group cleaning up at Legacy Parkway saw a motorcycle brigade driving by in honor of 9/11. “They rode through and the volunteers waved and they waved back. It was kind of a memorable thing for those 130 volunteers to experience that little bit of community spirit.” Woods Cross City held a short memorial at Hogan Park, she said. “There was a moment of silence in honor of the fallen heroes and a woman with a lovely voice sang the National Anthem. The city had put up flags all around the park. It was nice to have a day of remembrance.” The service was organized by zones, said Doughtery. “It followed LDS boundaries but we wanted to think outside of that, we wanted to

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