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iverton’s Public Works and City Council started their “Keep Riverton Beautiful” initiative in January.

The goal of the initiative is to, “combine city resources and engaged citizens to keep the city beautiful yearround.” Each month will feature a new season-appropriate project created with the intent to, you guessed it, keep Riverton beautiful. Each Riverton resident, no matter the age or demographic, is encouraged to show pride in their beautiful city and state by participating in this citywide initiative. The end of February can be a great time to dispose of last season’s tires (or to turn them into a spring tire swing for the kids!). On Wednesday, Feb. 26, drop by the Riverton Rodeo Arena to dispose of old tires, free of charge. Disposal is limited to eight tires per local resident. This service is not available for commercial businesses. In March, visit the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District’s Conservation Garden Park to discover smart, economical ways to plant your spring garden. Experts will be there to show local residents how to plant “water-wise” plants for a sensible and environmentally friendly garden. April showers bring May flowers and help us grow big, beautiful trees. Arbor Day is a great day to join the community to make Riverton a little greener than it was before by planting more trees. Watch and learn how to

Centennial Park on a beautiful day (Kaleigh Stock/City Journals)

properly plant and care for a tree with Riverton’s very own arborist, Patrick “Roman” Williams at Centennial Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. Williams has been turning Riverton green since 2016. He hopes locals will be inspired to help him with his goal of “ensuring Riverton’s urban forest infrastructure for current and future generations.”

If Riverton residents have had items that can’t go into recycling bins (such as electronics, bulk paper or glass) lying around the house, taking up precious space and peace of mind, Keep Riverton Beautiful presents an ideal opportunity for them to get a start on their spring cleaning. In May, Riverton City crews will take these items off of its residents’ hands and minds. Residents can check in Continued page 8

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Bluffdale Arts and friends prepare for a production of the Broadway Hit, ‘Annie’ By Kaleigh Stock | k.stock@mycityjournals.com

Laura Garner, president of the Bluffdale Arts Council, has created the magic that is Bluffdale theater for the last 30 years


n Jan. 9 and 10, the Bluffdale Arts Advisory Board held auditions for its upcoming production of the musical “Annie.” Like past Bluffdale Arts productions, “Annie” will be led by Bluffdale Arts Advisory Board President Laura Garner and the rest of her board of nine, including longtime members Angelle Anderson, Lynn Farley and Amanda Luker. The board will have help from a large fleet of local volunteers. Garner said one of the things that will make this production of “Annie” different from any other is that everyone who came out to tryouts will be able to participate. “No one is rejected, and it’s all volunteer based,” she said. The weekend’s auditions had a massive turnout of 290, so all 290 of those who auditioned will have a role in the play. No matter how large or small the role, everyone seems excited to participate with


family and friends. “There will be lots of families — moms, dads and kids,” Garner said. Often, the plays are an intergenerational affair. She said that one year, in a casting of “Beauty and the Beast,” a grandfather, son and grandson took on main roles as Lumiere, Cogsworth and Chip. “One year we had five marriages within our production team,” she Garner said. The trend continues today. “It is always a very family-friendly experience for both the participants and the audience.” Casting is always one of the more challenging aspects of running the Bluffdale Arts productions. “Casting was really difficult for this show,” Garner said. “There were so many talented and capable people who auditioned. After the initial audition and call-backs, we see how people line up with each other and make the final tough decisions.” Garner praised this year’s cast. “Our little Annie, Jocelyn Schrader, has the look we wanted plus a sparkly personality,” she said. “She came well prepared for the audition, knew the songs and read the lines well. .There were several men who could have played Warbucks, but Greg Dibble came out on top. Heather Smith for Miss Hannigan played such a strong character and had such a great look, so she was our choice. Again, there were a lot of ways things could have gone. We have amazing actors in our communities in the valley. We are grateful to provide a venue for them to shine.” The amount of time and energy that goes into these plays is astronomical. The Arts Advisory Board estimates that it takes, “approximately 20,000 hours to produce a big musical with such a large cast. This isn’t including

the time the actors put in for rehearsals, performances and preparation.” Created in 1990, the Bluffdale Arts Advisory Board is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Garner said when she moved to the area in 1990, there was no theater production company to be found but that she believed it was something this community (and every community) needs. A Bluffdale Arts Advisory Board message to the public states, “58 productions later we are still here, thanks to the support of our community and the many volunteers that make miracles happen.” Though the arts advisory board has been around for quite some time, shifting demographics means lots of newcomers to the Bluffdale area, some of whom perhaps haven’t heard of Bluffdale Art’s activities or productions. If readers feel they are missing out this go-around, Garner said, fear not: The advisory board has more up its sleeve for the 2020 season. “Bluffdale Arts does three productions a

The cast of Beauty and the Beast don their marvelous costumes at a former Bluffdale Arts production




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year,” Garner said. “In the first two (a family show in March and a teen/young adult show the first week of August), all who audition are cast. In the fall, we do a smaller production. Other events during the years are an arts festival in June featuring music and art displays, various concerts doing the year and an old-fashioned photo booth at Bluffdale City’s Old West Days.” The advisory board also always welcomes production volunteers and pre-1960s costume donations. The boards existing costume collection has come solely from Deseret Industries’ purchases in from the early days of the production company’s existence and donations. The next production the advisory board will be putting on is “West Side Story,” so practice your singing, dust off your dancing shoes and try out to be a part of the next chapter of South Valley history. Check out www.bluffdalearts.org/ to keep an eye out for more information on upcoming auditions and Bluffdale Arts events. l


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Boy oh Boy Scout! Volunteers work to re-establish scouting in Bluffdale By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


n Bluffdale, the transition from scouting supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to community-supported scouting has had its growing pains, but thanks to dedicated community volunteers, Cub Scout Den 4142 and Boy Scouts of America Troop 139 are chartered and ready to serve Bluffdale in 2020. For Cheryl Parry’s family, troop 139 in Bluffdale is part of their family history. Her 74-year-old husband, their three sons and four grandsons all achieved Eagle Scout rank as members of BSA Troop 139. Now with their fifth grandson, Kacetin, ready to finish up merit badges and join the Eagles’ nest, Parry said she is grateful that the same troop is still around for him to join. “I’m thrilled we can continue,” said Parry. “I want to see them all get [their Eagle awards]. I really appreciate all of the people who have helped my boys in scouting.” Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts throughout Utah are struggling to get back on their feet after the official Dec. 31 separation from the church serving as a charter or sponsor organization for scouting. The end of this relationship meant that scout troops organized through the church were dissolved and needed to be re-established, sponsored and have new leadership put in place. Although the church announced its decision to cut ties with the BSA 19 months ahead of time, many scouting parents weren’t aware of what needed to be done to keep scout troops running once the charter ended. Bluffdale resident Ron Ulberg has been involved with scouting for more than 58 years and wanted to find a way to help scouting continue in Bluffdale. “When the church announced that they would no longer be a sponsor, I looked at options of what I might be able to do to help our community with scouting,” said Ulberg. “I contacted the Lions Club and facilitated an agreement for them to sponsor the troop.” Ulberg explained that chartering a scout troop is more than just paying the $40 fee to cover insurance.

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“Being a charter means you commit to assist with a facility for meetings and assisting when needed with leadership,” Ulberg said. Ulberg now serves as the charter organization representative and is a go-between to “facilitate goodwill” between the scouts and the Lions Club and plans to assist in scouting however he can. Other scouting champions stepped forward to get Bluffdale’s den and troop re-established, including Emily Swanson. She was serving as a committee chair for her congregation’s scout troop when scouting changes were announced. Recognizing that her experience starting a scout troop in the past would be helpful and wanting her 11-year-old son to continue scouting, Swanson got to work. With guidance from leaders at the BSA executive level and help from other Bluffdale residents such as Ulberg, she helped secure scoutmasters, den leaders, committee chairs and committee members necessary for both the Cub Scout den and Boy Scout troop. Both Swanson and Ulberg said the switch to community scouting requires more parent involvement than people might be used to. “In the church, we had resources: members to teach merit badges or to take boys camping,” Ulberg said. “The same thing has to happen in our community and it is going to come basically from the parents of boys that are involved. In order for this to be a success and a long-term program in our community, it’s going to take everybody stepping up and doing something.” “We need volunteers to make it work,” said Swanson. “We have what we need right now, but we are running on a skeleton crew of one leader per den. Boy Scouts don’t require as much hands-on leadership [as Cub Scouts], but we need more support as far as resources for activities like camping. We are hoping enough people come forward to make it work.” Another change that scout families will see in community scouting is an increase in cost. Historically, registration fees and camp costs were covered to a certain amount by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their chartered dens and troops. The BSA has doubled registration costs for each scout, and camp costs are more than $300 per child. “Some parents aren’t used to the financial end of things,” said Ulberg. “We are making sure to educate families and let them know we are definitely starting from ground zero.” Ulberg said Bluffdale’s den and troop have access to fewer resources as they start anew. He said donations from people in the community would be a wonderful help. “The initial start-up is going to be a challenge,” said Ulberg. “There are all kinds of things people can contribute and help us with as we get off the ground: unused awards, tents

they don’t use or pieces of camping equipment. How many uniforms are out there in people’s closets? We would love to put these things to good use and save money for the kids coming in. We are working on it and are excited about the prospects.” Swanson said they have already started up a uniform bank to provide previously used scout shirts to new scouts. “We are trying to keep costs as low as possible,” said Swanson. “We are also working on fundraising.” Despite the challenges, the Cub Scout Den and Boy Scout Troop of Bluffdale are

officially chartered, meeting and hoping for new scouts and community volunteers. “We want people to know scouting is still happening locally, and they should find one that works for them,” said Swanson. “The whole premise behind scouting is based on three tenets, building character, citizenship training and personal fitness,” Ulberg said. “I can’t imagine anything better than those three tenets to make sure our young people are learning and growing in that capacity. I think it will be a blessing for our community to have scouting continue here.” l

Bluffdale Boy Scout Troop 139 at a recent meeting .(Photo courtesy of Emily Swanson)

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Newly re-established Bluffdale Cub Scout den 4142 tours the Bluffdale Fire Department. (Photo courtesy of Emily Swanson)

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National Wreaths Across America day By Kirk Bradford | k.bradford@mycityjournals.com

Color guard by American Legion Post 140 during Riverton’s Wreaths Across America. (Kirk Bradford/City Journals)


ach December on Wreaths Across America day, the nonprofit organization focuses on bringing the community together to honor veterans and continue their program titled “Remember, Honor and Teach.” Through their program, a massive part of the effort is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 locations in the United States, at sea and abroad. Despite the freezing temperatures and snowy weather, on the morning of Dec. 14 residents of Riverton, Riverton City Council members, and others were determined to take part in placing a wreath on the headstones of veteran. The event’s wreaths were made possible through donations by residents. Wreaths were $15 each. The entire balance needed for every veteran to have a wreath on their grave was not reached this year but plans are to record the names of those who did not receive a wreath and secure them to receive one next year. There are 324 veterans interred in the Riverton City Cemetery. Before the program started a few residents talked about being let down since there wasn’t one for everyone. One woman said, “The investment for a wreath compared to the investment and sacrifices by the men buried


here astonishingly can’t even be compared.” There were, however, many residents like Riverton’s Molly Johnson, who, after setting down her wreath, took time to admire the veterans’ graves without a wreath while she cleaned the overgrown grass and any dirt off of their names and dates. Johnson said, “I have three generations in my family that served proudly. My great grandfather, my grandfather, and my dad. I am so very grateful for these men buried here.” Robert Lyle Cowdell passed away on Oct. 10, 2015 in Payson, Utah. Born Sept. 27, 1928 in Bingham Canyon, Utah. He married Edna Newman Sept. 1, 1950 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. “Ruk” as his friends called him served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a Bingham High alumni, retired from Kennecott Copper and a member of the American Legion Post 140 Riverton. The American Legion Post 140 provided the Color Guard presentation followed by the National Anthem sung by Riverton’s First Attendant, Lily Snow. Riverton Mayor Staggs and other City Council members were on hand for the unveiling of a new monument dedicated to Riverton veterans. The granite marker, located in the center below the flagpole, contains the names of all the veterans interred there. Wreaths Across America and its nation-

al network of volunteers laid nearly three quarters of a million memorial wreaths at 1,000 locations holding ceremonies at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge and the sites of the 9-11 tragedies. Today, all 147 national cemeteries are involved plus around two dozen cemeteries overseas as well as many other selected cemeteries in every state and in Puerto Rico. The wreath-laying continues to happen each year on either the second or third Saturday of December. WAA’s yearly parade from Harrington to Maine to Arlington National Cemetery has become the world’s largest veterans parade, stopping at places like schools, monuments, veterans homes and small communities to continue to voice their message to remember, honor and teach. In Riverton, that message was not lost. Riverton’s Diane Dalton was in attendance with three of her children. As she spoke to her son, she coached him as he laid a wreath down on a veterans grave, “Now say, we want to thank you so much for your service… .” As the boy repeated back each part to his mother, his siblings watched. As she rounded them up to move on to another grave, a few women excitedly approached and asked if Dalton knew the man. She replied she did not. “That’s our uncle,” they said. “Thank you so so much.” On the Wreaths Across America website they have a Remember Wall. It’s a digital wall available for loved ones, employers, family, friends, and others who want to show their gratitude for veterans. Below are some recent messages on the Wreaths Across America wall that continues to grow. Robin Kidwell for Charles A. Royce, Jr., Army, SFC, Honored by Wreaths Across America “Dad, We miss you so much. Thank you for your service and dedication to our country.” Lynn Marie Herrick for Larry Herrick, Marine Corps, Honored by Wreaths Across America “Want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy your time in Heaven with everyone. Please keep watching over us and steer us in the right direction. I love you very much and miss you more than you know. Love Always Lynn Marie Herrick.” Jennifer C. for Ron Laratta, Navy, Honored by Wreaths Across America “Ron Laratta, who helped me through a difficult physical and emotional journey. You’ll never know how much you’ve meant to me. Best to you always, Jennifer.” Michael Deem for Jo Emily Romano-Deem, Air Force, Honored by Wreaths Across America “To my loving wife who went home to be with God, we miss and love you very much.” l

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The Riverton City Council asks citizens to keep Riverton beautiful and clean. (Courtesy of Riverton City)

with Riverton City’s new website for updates on the dates and times of this recycling event. Specific dates and times will be posted in the near future. Riverton leaders hope to help residents better conserve sprinkler water this June. Residents can head over to the Riverton Parks and Recreation window at City Hall to pick up a free set of sprinkler catch-cups. These will help residents run a performance assessment on their yard irrigation systems and then adjust water usage accordingly to conserve water. Riverton officials asks all residents to please be courteous and aware of their fireworks use and habits over the fourth and 24th of July. City leaders ask that all residents show accountability and respon-

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sibility by disposing of used fireworks properly in garbage bins after they have been used and cooled to the point of being safe to throw away. Cleaned up fireworks means cleaner, safer streets. In another resident-run project, Riverton officials hope residents will participate in public park cleanup. Cleanup time can be a nice opportunity to teach kids about civic responsibility. Riverton asks volunteers to “adopt” a Riverton City park and bring all their family and friends to make these urban sanctuaries more beautiful than they were when they found them. September is a beautiful month to be outside and to participate in Riverton’s Get to the River Festival’s Jordan River cleanup event. Give back to the city and to the river that will be bringing Riverton residents paddle rides, canoeing and more at this yearly river festival. For more information on this family-friendly festival, visit gettotheriver.org. In October, Riverton City crews will help residents clean up their yards and homes by giving out free Trans-Jordan Landfill dump passes. Pick these passes up at the Utility Billing window at Riverton City Hall. The passes are limited to two passes per household per year. Riverton leaders asks residents to remember to clean their storm drains and the areas around their storm drains this coming November to ensure no one has the unpleasant experience of clogged drains come first snow. Clogged drains can be reported to city crews by calling 801-2083162, but proper preparation will prevent that call from needing to be made. For December, Riverton officials remind residents to “keep snow away from fire hydrants and mailboxes that surround (residents’) property during the winter months, and that, “Fire hydrants must be accessible in an emergency; it’s the law.” More detailed information will be posted as monthly projects approach. To keep up with these city updates on individual, monthly projects, visit www.rivertonutah.gov/beautiful each month. l

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Update on the Fight against the Opioid Epidemic during 2019 By Kirk Bradford | k.bradford@mycityjournals.com

Utah statistics in relations to opioid cross addictions and accidental drug induced death. (Photo credit Utah Department of Health)


urrent national trends indicate that each year, more people die of overdoses—the majority of which involve opioid drugs—than died in the entirety of the Vietnam War, the Korean War or any armed conflict since the end of World War II. There have been many articles in the news of late regarding the opiate epidemic, for good reason. It is destroying communities, families and people’s lives. Riverton is an example of one city that has taken the numbers at face value and tried to provide tools to aid the fight. The City Journals noted that very few Utah cities have gone on the offense like Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. We asked him why he decided to move ahead of many and start addressing the epidemic in Riverton. “I know individuals who have been affected by the opioid epidemic and have seen its devastating impacts in my own city,” he said. “As a mayor, I knew there had to be at least some small part I could play in being part of a solution and try to save lives. After having been introduced to a Utah-based firm that had a revolutionary solution to combat the epidemic, I conducted some of my own due diligence and found it to be a first-of-its-kind product that can destroy expired and unused medications on-site. Knowing that about 80% of addicts and those who die from overdose started using a legally prescribed drug (their own or from a family, friend or other household), we all must do something to limit the supply of drugs that are unused, expired or no longer need to be used as prescribed.”

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Why haven’t other cities acted on all the statistics? “That’s a great question—why haven’t they?” he said. “I think most of it has to do with education. Other city leaders may feel this is a county, state or national issue. However, there are now solutions like NarcX that are available to every city that are rather inexpensive, and having cities exert leadership on the issue can ultimately help save lives.” When asked about plans for 2020, Staggs said,” We want to continue working with our communications team and other great community partners such as Intermountain Healthcare to raise awareness of the issue and let people know about solutions and actions they can take right now to be part of the solution. I see a more concerted use of the individualized bottles of NarcX that will destroy excess medications on-site in their own homes. In theory, if everyone was able to destroy these medications once no longer being used as prescribed by a physician at their own homes, there would be no need for community kiosks.” The City Journals spent time speaking with Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness, Medical detox facilities, leaders of multiple recovery groups and dozens of Utah residents recovering from addiction. Collectively, they provided some understanding of this as a whole. The battles stemming from opiates extends back centuries, beginning 3,400 years ago in Mesopotamia. There is much documented history of the “Opium Wars” between Great Britain and

China. China was trying to close its borders to opium being trafficked in, and Great Britain continued to find ways to smuggle it. China lost both of those wars. In 1803, German scientist Friedrich Sertürner isolated morphine from opium. Morphine was widely used in the Civil War, and there are estimates that nearly 400,000 soldiers became addicted. In its pure form, morphine is 10 times stronger than opium. According to the Annual Review, there were 0.72 per 1,000 people addicted to opiates in 1842. In 1890, it was 4.6 per 1,000. Compare that to the recent numbers in 2019 of six per 1,000. It begs the question, how did the opiate epidemic happen again? Scientist began looking for a less addictive form of morphine due to the morphine addiction epidemic. In 1874, an English chemist refined a product from morphine they were excited about because it was intended to be much safer. It was called heroin. Bayer, known for its aspirin, accumulated much of its fortune selling heroin and in the 1890s even marketed it to help children with cough, colds and pain. Due to these marketing campaigns, heroin addiction skyrocketed in 1900s. In the late 1960s, black tar heroin was being manufactured in Mexico and sent to the U.S. In 1971, President Richard Nixon coined the term “the war on drugs.” For roughly 40 years drugs such as heroin, cocaine and meth were the targeted threat. In 2001, the Healthcare Joint Commission rolled out its Pain Management Standards, which helped grow the idea of pain as a “fifth vital sign.” It required health care providers to ask every patient about their pain, giving the perception at the time was that pain was undertreated. The promotion and marketing of a new drug thought to be much safer due to its time released formula came about during that trend in using opioids in the treatment of pain called OxyContin. Purdue Pharmaceuticals pursued an “aggressive” campaign to promote the use of opioids in general and OxyContin in particular. In 2001, the company spent $200 million in an array of approaches to market and promote OxyContin. Purdue conducted more than 40 national pain-management and speaker-training conferences at resorts in Florida, Arizona and California. More than 5,000 physicians, pharmacists and nurses attended these all-expenses-paid symposia, where they were recruited and trained for Purdue’s national speaker bureau. One of the now highly criticized parts Purdue’s marketing plan was the use of sophisticated marketing data to influence physicians’ prescribing. According to NLMNIH, “They compiled prescriber profiles on individual physicians—detailing the prescribing patterns of physicians nationwide—in an ef-

fort to influence doctors’ prescribing habits. Through these profiles, a drug company can identify the highest and lowest prescribers of particular drugs in a single ZIP code, county, state or the entire country. One of the critical foundations of Purdue’s marketing plan for OxyContin was to target the physicians who were the highest prescribers for opioids across the country.” Another large article could be written on it but just a few years later. Fentanyl started being manufactured and shipped to the U.S. online. It is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and is one of the leading killers in the opiate epidemic. In November, a 29-year-old Utah man from Cottonwood Heights named Aaron Shamo was convicted in a massive nationwide drug trafficking operation. Many are referring to him as the face of the opiate epidemic in the U.S. Shamo and associates in Utah were ordering fentanyl online that would be shipped here to Utah. They would press the fentanyl into pills with a purchased pill press machine and label and sell them all over the nation as different types of prescribed opiate pain pills. In speaking to a newly recovering opiate addict in South Jordan, he said just four weeks ago he ordered his last bag of Fentanyl online for $100 dollars. He said, “For $100 bucks and a cell phone to get on the dark web, it’s pretty easy. You get a crypto-currency account and login, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon Prime, minus the free two-day shipping.” He explained it was four or five days to get it or two days if you were willing to pay more for shipping. When asked if there were a lot of those sites, he said, “Not as many as before but probably still 400 or 500 where I went online.” Laurie Callister spoke with the City Journals; she is a previous ambulance EMT and now registered nurse who works in labor and delivery at Mountain View hospital in Utah County. She has witnessed the opiate epidemic in the form of overdoses, death and delivering infants born into withdrawal symptoms that, “cause extreme pain and discomfort. t’s disheartening to hear their blood-curdling screams and be helpless. I don’t know what the answer is because on the one hand you are so angry, yet locking someone up doesn’t make them any less an addict; it just adds more issues to an already tough problem.” She explained a trend of pregnant mothers having the highest risk of dying from an overdose if they had a history of addiction. The University of Utah Health program studied the patterns of women from 2005 to 2014 who had been recorded as deceased while either pregnant or within one year of giving birth. Drug-induced deaths were the leading cause of pregnancy-associated death for women in Utah, 77% from opioids. In this year’s May issue of the journal “Obstetrics & Gynecology,” Dr. Marcela Smid, an assistant professor in U of U Health

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program and part of its study said, “80%of deaths were in their late postpartum period after mom has finished her last checkup with the obstetrician. We need to really look at fourth trimester care and how to enhance this care, especially women with substance use.” In separate article titled “Deadly Cocktail,” Smid details her experience treating addicted mothers. In one example, she treated a woman who had been in and out of prison and finally became stable taking the medication Suboxone. Methadone is being prescribed less and commonly being replaced with the pharmaceutical buprenorphine. It’s typically prescribed under the name Suboxone or Subutex. It’s a popular medication used to treat people with opioid use disorder. While still another form of opiates, it contains another ingredient that blocks all other forms of opiates completely. When the woman became pregnant, many doctors recommended she ween off of it as quick as possible. As the doses lowered, the more she began craving heroin. Terrified, she reached out to Smid who said she pleaded with her, “Do not do anything; you are stable on the medication, and it’s the most important thing you can do for you and your child.” Flash forward two years later, the woman reported that she is still on the same low dose of Suboxone. She has stayed clean and is a stay-at-home mother with her baby. While many providers and patients may view them as drugs they need to be weaned off, Smid disagrees. She believes the treatment helps to stabilize them and leads to the best outcome. “Addiction has been constructed as a social problem,” Smid said. “Medicine is catching up that it’s truly a life-threatening, chronic medical condition.” The City Journals sat down and spoke with a clinic that has made a huge impact from a small modern building located in South Jordan. White Tree clinic started in August of 2016 providing outpatient detox and longterm care for almost all types of addictions. It is unique because it is the first and only clinic licensed in the state of Utah to provide detoxification in an outpatient setting as well as being one of the few addictions clinics approved to accept Medicaid. The City Journals interviewed the three leading members of their staff. Owner and medical director Charles Canfield explained why the programs process is so successful. “It’s specifically designed to meet the needs of the mother, family man and working-class individual that doesn’t have any desire to go inpatient at a hospital,” he said. “Not everyone’s ready to put their life on hold to go check into a facility as they detox. An insurance company doesn’t want to pay $800 to $2,000 a day for detox and treatment either. So, it’s a win-win for both.” When someone wants to do the program, he or she arrives for the initial setup. The patient must bring a sober companion, spouse, relative or close friend who will be accessible to the person detoxing 24/7 for roughly 30 to


45 days. The patient is trained and provided with take-home monitors for checking blood pressure, pulse rate and blood oxygen levels a few times each day to be recorded. After the first two-hour appointment for the next 30 to 45 days of detox, the patient is required to come once per day for about 20 minutes to meet with a caseworker, nurse and Canfield. Each day, the staff provides a drug screen and checks vitals and gives daily doses of buprenorphine. Each day, there are two groups coming in: the detox and long-term care. Throughout a two-hour period, more than a dozen people went from the waiting room to the drug testing bathroom, into a caseworker office, next to a nurse and then finishing by seeing the doctor. Once someone completes detox, he or she is seen once per week yet still sees the three different individuals and receives that much medication. After a month, the patient switches to biweekly care; after 90 days, the person comes in every third week, and after another 90 days, the patient comes in monthly. “It’s a gradual transition to get longer periods of medication and accountability,” Canfield said. “It also allows us to start addressing things like depression, bipolar disorder and other underlying mental issues that contributed to the problem. By treating those long term, the success rate gets better and better.” Traci Lujan, a nurse practitioner at white tree, compared quitting opiates and quitting smoking. Doctors everywhere were certain nicotine patches and gum would bring the death numbers down tremendously. These did a little but not even close to many professional estimates. “This speaks to the need for treatment,” Lujan said. “When you have the addictive ingredient nicotine available in the safe form of a patch or gum and smoking kills roughly 100 people per 100,000 where opioids kill 17.4 per 100,000 here in Utah, you would think it would be a given to quit.” The assumption is that if the physical desire for nicotine is met, people would quit. They don’t, though, because the underlying causes of addiction go much deeper. Canfield’s son E.L. said, “Buprenorphine treatment it is similar in nature, which is why our recovery program involves a clinical team approach instead of a simple doctor visit. We are able to help someone with addressing the mental, physical and social issues that come with opiate dependence recovery in an ongoing capacity. We want to work with someone long term; in some cases even a year is much too short.” Canfield recommends around 18 to 24 months with at least over a year without any slip-ups. “Two years is a long enough period to get a solid baseline on how a patient deals with life stressors in recovery,” he said. “Similar to other diseases like cancer, the treatment is based on how severe the problem is. With opioid addiction, we detox and then over a few months, we take into consideration the underlying is-

sues that were masking by the drug use to be able to make a recommendation. After a while together doing some fine tuning, individuals should leave us in a position to self-manage themselves for the rest of their life.” Drugs known as opioid antagonists are another option for treatment. These drugs do not control withdrawals or cravings but instead block opioid receptors in the brain and stop the high users would normally experience. Naltrexone is a widely used opioid antagonist that can be given via injection every four weeks. “If the patient lives in a rural area, or they’re inclined to not take the meds so they can get high again. It’s a good insurance plan for getting some sobriety under their belt.” Rob Hicks, a therapist and staff member said, “Medications play an important part in helping a person with opioid use disorder to stop using, but they shouldn’t be discontinued quickly. Instead, they should be viewed as a part of long-term treatment. Patients should realistically expect to remain taking some form of medication to aid with therapy for the first few years.” The staff bantered with the analogy that if the brain is viewed as a cucumber and longterm drug use pickles it. Once it becomes a pickle, it doesn’t go back to being a cucumber for an unknown period of time. It’s the common reason they believe to need either mood stabilizers, antidepressants or other medications for long term stabilization and recovery. If you are struggling with opioids or know someone who is, White Tree encouraged a call for more information. It is located at 10437 South Jordan Gateway in South Jordan and can be reached by text message at 801-877-0705, by phone at 801-503-9211 or by email at office@whitetreemedical.com. If the loved one in your life plans to continue taking opioids, needs to continue taking them or is at a high risk of relapse, Naloxone is an antidote to an opioid overdose. Naloxone rescue kits contains everything that is needed to help reverse the effects of overdose. The

Naloxone kits are widely available. You can get them for free at almost every single Salt Lake County library. You can also go to your medical provider to get a prescription almost all medical insurance covers. USARA’s Evan Done said the opioid epidemic will continue evolving. “Those extra pills, if you aren’t using them, remove the temptation and destroy them properly by dropping them off at a drop-off location,” he said. You can also receive NarcX or Dispose Rx from the health department. Walgreens, CVS and Riverton City Hall have a medication disposal box with NarcX. The current trend seems to be prescriptions and then moving to heroin, and now at the end of 2019. More people are learning how to move on to concentrated fentanyl, with new FBI reports documenting the sale of the even more concentrated Carfentanil. Overdose deaths related to fentanyl increased by 54% in Utah between 2014 and 2018, according to the Utah Drug Monitoring Initiative. The lethal dose of fentanyl is small enough to fit in Abraham Lincoln’s ear on a penny and the lethal dose of Carfentanil is about the size of one of his teeth on a penny. If you aren’t sure about your prescriptions, speaking with your pharmacist will allow you to know if any of your medication contains opiates. Experts say to try and use non-narcotic pain relief medication for yourself and family whenever possible. Ask your doctor for other options may result in a little more short-term pain, but it may certainly avoid long-term life-changing requirements. One patient at White Tree Clinic said, “If I had known a 10-day supply of pain pills following the removal of my wisdom teeth would have resulted in everything I have been through, I would encourage any parent to allow their children to feel some pain. Going through a little pain isn’t going to kill you, but an addiction to those pills just might though.” l

The lethal dose of the drug fentanyl will fit inside Abraham Lincoln’s ear on a U.S. penny. Carfentanil is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and a lethal dose is about the size of one of Abraham Lincoln’s teeth on a penny. (Photo credit Sammu Dhaliwall)

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RIVERTON REVIEW Official Newsletter of the Riverton, Utah City Government MAYOR’S MESSAGE

Big Progress Made on City’s Strategic Priorities By Mayor Trent Staggs When assuming the office of mayor in January of 2018, my first priority was to make sure our city had a coherent vision with an accompanying strategic plan. As a result, our governing body convened our first ever strategic planning session that month. A vision and plan were put in place, taking into account not only our own experience, but perhaps more importantly our personal interactions with and survey responses from hundreds of you our residents. By the end of that daylong meeting, the governing body adopted not only a vision and mission but also eight strategic priorities with corresponding initiatives that we felt represented the will of our citizens, setting the agenda for the next four years of our city government. The priorities included: 1. Promote safe and healthy neighborhoods that foster a strong sense of community, with balanced opportunities to live, work and play.


2. Facilitate a thriving business climate that supports the needs of our residents. 3. Create a welcoming, historic downtown destination. 4. Establish vibrant parks and recreational events that build bridges within the community. 5. Build a connected community with properly maintained utilities and infrastructure. 6. Highly engaged and informed residents. 7. Establish operational excellence in city government. 8. Promote fiscally responsible governance.

Your city government has accomplished a lot over the last two years. We have also seen great growth which has brought about new opportunities and challenges. As mayor, I view it as one of my greatest responsibilities to be proactive, try to identify the challenges coming around the bend, and plan with our city council to account for those challenges and addressing the needs of our city and residents. To that end, your city elected officials met again on January 25 for our annual, all-day strategic planning session. The 10-hour planning meeting provided ample opportunity to re-evaluate our current strategic priorities to make sure they still met the needs of our city and residents. It also gave us an opportunity to look out for the next several years, trying to identify, prepare for and address these challenges.

Over the last two years our elected officials and “Although amazing staff initiatives were planned have worked to be completed by 2022, Rest assured, your tirelessly to I am proud to announce elected officials and make sure we accomplish all of that after only two years city employees are the initiatives tied we have accomplished hard at work and we to each strategic appreciate all of the approximately 75% of all input we receive from priority. Although the initiatives.” these initiatives you. Please review our were planned revised strategic plan to be completed and initiatives on the by 2022, I am proud to announce city website. As always, if there is that after only two years we have ever anything you need please don’t accomplished approximately 75% of hesitate to reach out to me, your city all the initiatives. council member or our city staff.


All Riverton Residents MUST Be Counted! The U.S. Census Bureau will begin the 2020 Census in March and will officially kick off efforts on Census Day, April 1. It is vital that every person living in Riverton be counted. The Census is critical to: • Measure Riverton’s growth • Determine political representation • Plan for the city’s future • Ensure federal and state resources are appropriately allocated For more information, visit: rivertonutah.gov/census



Beware of Phone Scammers By Chief Don Hutson

MAYOR Trent Staggs tstaggs@rivertonutah.gov 801-208-3129

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The Riverton Police Department has received several complaints recently from citizens who have been victimized by “phone scammers” and have had their identities potentially compromised, or even been bilked out of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, Utah has historically been a very popular state for these types of crimes and many of the residents of Riverton fit the perfect demographic profile to be targeted. I could spend a lot of time trying to describe all the different “scams” which have been perpetrated, but I prefer to provide some tips which will work to protect you from most of the schemes. The common thread among all of these “phone scams” is the attempt by the caller to steal your money or steal your identity. They do this through scare tactics, false grandiose claims, or deceit. They may claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service, the local

police department, or even the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They may even claim to be a distant relative. No matter what story they concoct, their ultimate goal is to gain access to your information, your bank accounts, your computer, or have you send them money directly.

NEVER provide anyone with any personal information or financial information over the telephone.

The best advice I can give to anyone to avoid being victimized by these unscrupulous criminals is to NEVER provide anyone with any personal information or financial information over the telephone. If you have any thought there may be some legitimacy to the phone call, tell the caller you will not conduct business by telephone and to send you information in writing, but don’t give them your address. They should have it if they are a legitimate vendor and don’t be afraid to hang up on a caller you don’t trust. Any reputable company or organization will have mechanisms in place to verify their legitimacy if

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We installed a smart water controller that reduces watering when it rains, put stone, trees and bushes in our park-strip instead of lawn and Spring is right planned deep flowerbeds utilizing around the drip-lines. We’ve received a lot of corner and as compliments about our landscaping residents in one and most are surprised to hear it is of the 3 driest water wise. Did you know if you “Flip states in the Your Strip” from grass to waterwise country, it’s critical that we find ways plants, mulch or stone you can save to be more water wise. Last suman estimated 5,000-8,000 gallons mer, in preparation for installing new of water a year and get a rebate landscaping, I for doing it? All attended the Lothese upgrades calscape Univeralso save money sity class at the on your water “Did you know if you bill. Water Conservation Garden (Lo“Flip Your Strip” from calScapes.com) More than 60% grass to waterwise to learn more of Utah’s culiplants, mulch or stone nary drinking about water wise landscaping. It water is being you can save an was enjoyable used on outdoor estimated 5,000-8,000 landscapes and learning about the five-step gallons of water a year water shortages approach to are expected. and get a rebate for create beautiful With the large doing it?” landscapes that population use local plants growth in our and conserves area, water is water. They one of the most have sample landscape plans and important issues facing Utah’s fua plant viewing garden to get ideas. ture. In Riverton we are fortunate to



have secondary water which helps save money and culinary water, but comes from the same supply sources and still needs to be used thoughtfully. We are excited to announce that we will be holding two classes in Riverton to teach the principles of Localscapes and help you create a landscape design to help conserve water and money. They will be held Wednesday evenings in March at the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center from 7-9 p.m. The first class will be March 4 and March 18 and the second class will be March 11 and March 25. The Water Conservation Garden is providing the instructors for the class. The class is free, but space is limited. You can sign up on Riverton City’s website on the Keep Riverton Beautiful page.

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It is critical that we all do our part to conserve water. Visit UtahWaterSavers.com to learn about rebates for toilet replacement ($100), smart controllers (1/2 cost, up to $150), localscapes, flip your strip ($1-1.25 per square of replaced lawn) and free landscape consultations. Happy planting!

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RECREATION & EVENTS This is Your Year! Come Run the Riverton Half Marathon and 4Life® 5K You’ve made that resolution to be more healthy and get out more, so this is the perfect opportunity. Come participate in one of the valley’s best races. The race is designed for all ages and abilities. Race: Saturday, March 28 Time: 9 a.m. (Half Marathon) and 9:15 a.m. (4Life® 5K) Location: Riverton City Park, 1452 W 12600 S, Riverton Utah Register: runnercard.com or in person at Riverton City Parks and Recreation

Through Toil and Labor Art Show

Register: Pickleball League

Register: Tennis League Registration

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Healthy Living Workshop - Yoga

Come see the forgotten history of Utah’s Chinese railroad workers at this special art show at the Old Dome Meeting Hall.

Join Riverton City’s pickleball league for play in a fun, social and competitive environment. Partners rotate weekly. Register online.

Riverton City’s flexible tennis leagues are mixed and based on ability, with one match played per week. Register online.

Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Join Healthy Riverton for a FREE QPR class to learn how to respond to someone in crises.

A great way to learn the basics and benefits of a yoga workout in a safe, fun and non-judgmental environment. Sponsored by Healthy Riverton.

• Visit Monday-Wednesday, Noon-5 p.m., Ends March 16

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• Monthly, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., UFA Fire Station #124

• Monday, March 2, 7 p.m. @ Community Center

For more details, or to register for any Riverton City event, go to rivertonutah.gov/recreation

UPCOMING RIVERTON CITY EVENTS February 1 February 2 February 2 February 2 February 3 February 3 February 4 February 7 February 13 February 17 February 18 February 19 February 20 February 27 February 28

HOPE Walk, 9 a.m. @ Southland Elementary School Pickleball League Registration Opens Tennis League Registration Opens Town Days Country Mile Races Early Registration Opens City Event Vendor & Sponsorship Applications Open Healthy Living Workshop, 7 p.m. @ Community Center City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. @ City Hall Just You and I: Daddy-Daughter Date Night, 6 p.m. @ Community Center Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ City Hall Presidents’ Day - City Offices Closed City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. @ City Hall Town Days Parade Float Applications Open QPR Suicide Prevention Training, 7 p.m. @ Fire Station 124 Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ City Hall Riverton Half Marathon & 4Life 5K General Registration Closes

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Silverwolves looking for turnaround after slow start to region Photos by Travis Barton of the City Journals

Riverton’s boisterous home crowd filled the student section for its game against rival Herriman. The Silverwolves are 6-3 at home this year.

Junior wing Cody Nixon drains a free throw during an overtime loss to Herriman. Nixon is one of three players averaging double digits in points for the team along with seniors Parker Applegate and Cameron Fischer.

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Meet the newest representative of Riverton’s District 2 Troy McDougal

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More and more people are saying they just don’t get colds anymore. They are using a new device made of pure copper, which scientists say kills cold and flu viruses. Doug Cornell invented the device in 2012. “I haven’t had a single cold since then,” he says. People were skeptical but New research: Copper stops colds if used early. EPA and university studies demonstrate repeatedly that viruses Businesswoman Rosaleen says when and bacteria die almost instantly when people are sick around her she uses Coptouched by copper. perZap morning and night. “It saved me That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- last holidays,” she said. “The kids had tians used copper to purify water and colds going around, but not me.” heal wounds. They didn’t know about Some users say it also helps with viruses and bacteria, but now we do. sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a Scientists say the high conductance 2-day sinus headache. When her Copperof copper disrupts the electrical balance Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” in a microbe cell and destroys the cell in she said. “My head cleared, no more seconds. headache, no more congestion.” So some hospitals tried copper touch Some users say copper stops nightsurfaces like faucets and doorknobs. time stuffiness if used before bed. One This cut the spread of MRSA and other man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” illnesses by over half, and saved lives. Copper can also stop flu if used earColds start after cold viruses get in ly and for several days. Lab technicians your nose, so the vast body of research placed 25 million live flu viruses on a gave Cornell an idea. When he next CopperZap. No viruses were found alive felt a cold about to start, he fashioned a soon after. smooth copper probe and rubbed it genDr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams tly in his nose for 60 seconds. confirming the discovery. He placed mil“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold lions of disease germs on copper. “They never got going.” It worked again every started to die literally as soon as they time. touched the surface,” he said. He asked relatives and friends to try The handle is curved and finely texit. They said it worked for them, too, so tured to improve contact. It kills germs he patented CopperZap™ and put it on picked up on fingers and hands to protect the market. you and your family. Now tens of thousands of people Copper even kills deadly germs that have tried it. Nearly 100% of feedback have become resistant to antibiotics. If said the copper stops colds if used within you are near sick people, a moment of 3 hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 handling it may keep serious infection days, if they still get the cold it is milder away. than usual and they feel better. The EPA says copper still works even Pat McAllister, age 70, received one when tarnished. It kills hundreds of diffor Christmas and called it “one of the ferent disease germs so it can prevent sebest presents ever. This little jewel real- rious or even fatal illness. ly works.” Now thousands of users have CopperZap is made in America of simply stopped getting colds. pure copper. It has a 90-day full money People often use CopperZap preven- back guarantee. It is $69.95. tively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to Get $10 off each CopperZap with get colds after crowded flights. Though code UTCJ10. skeptical, she tried it several times a day Go to www.CopperZap.com or call on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen toll-free 1-888-411-6114. flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. Buy once, use forever.

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Recent Photo of Riverton’s newly elected councilman Troy McDougal and family. (Courtesy Troy McDougal/City Journals)


t last month’s first regularly scheduled Riverton City Council meeting of 2020, District 2’s newly elected councilman Troy McDougal was sworn into office. “I am really excited to be part of this wonderful city, to be able to grow, learn and represent the citizens of Riverton,” he said during his initiation speech. McDougal grew up visiting Riverton as a teenager, to earn some money. “I grew up in West Jordan, and my first contact with Riverton was through those occasions my grandfather’s dairy farm needed me to buck hay or pick supplies at the old Riverton IFA.” McDougal attended West Jordan High School. After graduating, he chose to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to serve in Lansing, Michigan. After returning home, McDougal studied history and secondary education at BYU, earning a bachelor’s degree a few years later. He then continued his education with BYU, receiving a master’s degree in education administration. Upon graduation, McDougal worked the real estate industry for 12 years. He transitioned into the role of an investment banker at A.G. Edwards and has continued to work there for the past 10 years. For a time, he and his family ran a small business in Riverton, Chillz Frozen Yogurt. For the last 10 years, McDougal has returned to his “first love,” which is educating young people. He currently works for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a seminary teacher. The long-term plan for maintaining the community feel of Riverton is something McDougal is passionate about. The biggest concern McDougal felt motivated to address is the “issue politics have become so confrontational

and decisive that people do not listen with an open mind and consider the needs of all people involved in a decision.” He has enjoyed watching people achieve their goals. “Some of my proudest moments have been working with the young people in Riverton, seeing them work hard and have success—watching them grow and progress to become great parents and community members,” he said. “I have loved coaching soccer, basketball and football in our community. I currently have coached the last several years at the high school.” McDougal addressed the efforts Riverton has made to combat the opioid epidemic and felt city leaders are doing a great job by providing disposal centers for drugs as well as information for people to seek resources to receive the help they need. To unwind from daily requirements and stress, McDougal said he likes taking a break to watch his children play high school sports. His two oldest daughters played volleyball and basketball and were part of the Riverton State basketball championship team. McDougal’s two sons played football, and the two youngest children are twins, a boy and girl who each play basketball for Riverton. Outside of the family life, his hobbies include gardening and exercise. “Being part of the city council requires a lot of research and time to be fully informed,” he said. “I am impressed with our current members and the time and energy they commit and their desire to truly keep Riverton great. National or state politics may have agenda’s or personal ambition; this tends to give city politics a bad rep. As I have seen local service, it is truly motivated by a desire to serve. I ran for the city council to try and make sure that we have a long-term plan to meet the needs of our citizens in areas such as transportation, planning, and zoning and economic sustainability. With that perspective, I try to do all the research I can on an issue and find the solution that will meet the short-term and long-term needs of all our residents.” Since moving to Riverton, McDougal highlighted the areas he has been involved. For example, he has volunteered as a youth coach in soccer, football and basketball. The last couple of years, he has spent time working on the football staff at Riverton High. His volunteering has included community initiatives such as economic development, secondary water and community activities. McDougal again expressed his excitement about being on the council and plans to finish raising his kids and retire and live in Riverton following his motto, “love where you live!” l


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Riverton City Choice Awards for ‘Excellence in Education’ By Kirk Bradford | k.bradford@mycityjournals.com

McDougal enjoying Riverton’s Town Days parade Riverton City Council Members present Excellence in Education Choice Awards to Riverton Elementary school students Ruth Richins, Landon Ogden and teacher Hannah Romero. (Kirk Bradford/City Journals)


n Jan. 7, Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs, along with the newest members of the Riverton City Council, presented the “Choice Awards.” Newly sworn-in council member Claude Wells was jokingly told he was being initiated with his first duties on the Council of presenting awards to two elementary students and one teacher from Riverton Elementary School. This first student, Ruth Richins, is currently a first grade student who shyly smiled

standing in front of many to receive her award. Ruth’s father accompanied his daughter to the pulpit for the award and reading of the citation. Richins’ award citations read, “Ruth is an amazing student; she works hard and completes all her work. She takes pride in her work and does her best. Ruth is caring and shows compassion to others. She will always help a classmate and works with anyone in need. Ruth always has a smile on her face and

is happy all the time. She is a leader and always does the right thing.” Landon Ogden was the second student picked to receive an award. Ogden is currently in the third grade and was all smiles as he stood up in front of the crowded meeting for his award. The citation read, “Landon is kind, responsible, willing to learn, and demonstrates a lot of grit when things get hard. He makes right decisions and makes sure that he is doing the correct things. He looks out to include others even when he maybe a little more on the quiet/shy side. He’s one of those silent ones who get overlooked at times because he is silently doing the good and right things without drawing attention to himself. He is a great student who deserves to be given some attention for all the good he does.” Hannah Romero was awarded the choice award for her role as a fifth grade teacher at Riverton Elementary School. Romero’s award citation read, “Hannah is a very talented teacher who cares about her students immensely. She is a great team player and is always willing to take on the new school-wide initiatives which can involve many challenges. She is an asset to Riverton Elementary.” Richins, Ogden and Romero received an ovation from the city council and those in the audience. l

Riverton Elementary School Teacher Hannah Romero smiles while being thanked by councilman Clade Wells (Kirk Bradford/City Journals)

Landon Ogden smiles proudly while being awarded for great behavior. (Kirk Bradford/City Journals)

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Meet Councilmember Claude Wells By Kirk Bradford | k.bradford@mycityjournals.com

Councilman Claude Wells finds joy in being a father and grandfather nicknamed “Papa” to five children and three grandchildren living in Riverton or in the Salt Lake Valley (Courtesy of Claude Wells)


iverton residents elected Claude Wells to the City Council as a representative for District 5. Wells joined the city council and was sworn in during the annual Oath of Office ceremony during the Jan. 6 regularly sched-



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rather than a politician.” In the short time Wells has spent working with the council, he expressed how much he enjoys continuing to talk to residents and “working with city leaders on new initiatives, improvements on infrastructure and economic development.” The continuous learning curve is also something that he finds although difficult at times, it is something he enjoys. Wells said there are satisfying and challenging parts of the job. “It’s hard to please everyone,” he said. “It can be a thankless job at times. People don’t have any idea on how much time elected officials and city leaders and employees put in to help their city. I do enjoy getting to know all the city resources and talking to business owners and how we can help them succeed. I like learning history from longtime Riverton residents and also like promoting good businesses in our city.” Wells said the areas he feels Riverton needed attention and improvement include the city’s infrastructure and the need for upgrades, cleaner water and improving the recycling methods and process. “We need smarter development to help increase sales tax revenue base and better upscale restaurants and businesses to keep business in our city,” he said. “We need continued fiscal responsibility and accountability at all levels and city departments, water conservation, preservation of RDA area of our city and smart development of our Redwood Corridor based on input from residents on the Master or General City plan. We need better communication to our residents about hearings, changes and allowing more input from residents by walking the city talking to the people about what they want in our city. Active Code enforcement needs improvement.” Wells enjoys his role as a family man too.

“I love being a father and grandfather and spending time with my family,” he said. “I’m very proud of my kids and family for the people they are and what they are accomplishing. We have five kids and three grandkids that live in Riverton or in the Salt Lake Valley.” In addressing some of the major issues Riverton faces, Wells praised areas like Healthy Riverton and putting together programs for people with drug dependence, suicide awareness and other health programs in the city. Wells acknowledged the plans for teaming up with the state to have a drug disposal program of unused opioid prescriptions as well as those residents who are spreading the word about available city resources to help the residents or are volunteering to serve on committees help make an impact to help solve issues and be part of the solution. Along with being with family, Wells enjoys being in the outdoors hiking in the mountains, walking and enjoying the family cabin. As automotive enthusiast, breaking away for a motorcycle ride or attending a car show are just a few of the ways Wells likes to decompress. Wells gave more insight into being on the council. “Most Council members work full time, although it is considered a part-time elected position,” he said. “The city council members all serve on additional boards to help manage different city, county and state entities. As a Council Member in an assigned district, you really represent all the residents. It is a non-partisan position, and that means Council members don’t represent a political party but all of the residents. One Council member gets one vote on each issue. That is why it is important to work together with other Council members to work for the good for the good of our city.” l


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Superintendent’s podcast gives behind-the-scenes glimpse of Jordan School District By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Superintendent Anthony Godfrey connects with individual students in his district. (Photo courtesy Jordan School District)


ordan School District Superintendent Anthony Godfrey showed his confidence in his district’s educational programs when he asked a student in the barbering class at the Jordan Academy of Technology and Careers to cut his hair. “He gave me the best haircut I’ve had a long time,” Godfrey said. His experience was shared with the listeners of Godfrey’s weekly podcast, Supercast. The podcast explores a range of topics such as nutrition, current trends, and literacy. Other episodes highlight district programs and heartwarming experiences, showcase talented students and creative teachers, and introduce listeners to the individuals that keep the school district running smoothly. “I’m just continually amazed at the creative and individual ways that adults are meeting the needs of students in the district,” Godfrey said. “I know that’s happening, but it’s always rewarding and really astonishing to see firsthand just how dedicated everyone is to helping students have the best experience they possibly can.” In this first year as superintendent, Godfrey has learned more about programs, employees and students as he travels to various schools to record podcast episodes. Sometimes he is surprised by what he finds, such as when he witnessed an actual surgery take place at the veterinary science classes at JATC north campus. “I knew that program existed, but it wasn’t until I was there to do the podcast that I really understood the deep level of firsthand experience that kids get,” Godfrey said. Godfrey also enjoys meeting employees and expressing appreciation for their role in the district. “The more connected I am to all those job families and the various aspects of our operation, the better job I can do,” he said. Godfrey said one of his favorite experiences was driving the floor scrubber at Mountain Ridge High School.

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“It’s kind of like a mini Zamboni,” Godfrey said. “I’d seen them around for a long time, but I’ve never been on one. So I rode that around and got to see the operations of a new high school.” In another episode, Godfrey shadowed Fox Hollow Elementary nutrition manager Kathi George. “I was so glad when he approached us to shine a light on our program and all the wonderful ladies who work so hard every day,” said Tammy Horger, district nutrition services coordinator. “To know we’re all important, to know we all matter is a really important message to send to everybody.” Horger said the podcast interview was a unique opportunity for George to have the ear of the top boss for an hour. “Normally, the superintendent wouldn’t have been able to just talk to her and ask questions of her,” Horger said. District Communications Director Sandy Riesgraf said when Godfrey arrives at a school to record a podcast segment, employees often take the opportunity to talk with him. “I don’t know how many stops along the way we have when we go through a building, but they suddenly realize this is an approachable guy,” Riesgraf said. Riesgraf and communications specialist Doug Flagler run the audio recording equipment to gather clips for the podcast. Kids don’t usually know who Godfrey is, but they recognize he’s someone important with such an entourage. Some have even thought he was the president. “It’s especially fun talking to the younger kids and hearing their responses to questions and seeing what they think of the world around them,” Flagler said. Godfrey said the tip to interviewing children is to have an open mind about where the questions will lead. “Kids are going to take you down the path, and it’s fun to just follow where they

go,” he said. Answers got very creative when Godfrey interviewed second graders for the Thanksgiving episode. They gave opinions on how long to cook a Thanksgiving turkey and what exactly is in stuffing. Their answers made for an entertaining interview. Flagler said Godfrey’s interactions with people make the podcast entertaining. “The superintendent is really good at connecting with people and joking with them,” he said. Those that participate or listen to the podcast get to know Godfrey in a way that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to said Riesgraf. “It shows how interested and passionate he is about being out in schools and getting to know teachers, knowing what’s going on and seeing these programs firsthand,” Riesgraf said. “This isn’t a superintendent that’s sitting in the office all day—any day, ever.” Filming the Supercast takes careful planning to work around Godfrey’s busy schedule. Often, he films several segments at one location. Other interviews are recorded in a studio set up in a small closet at the district office. Riesgraf and Flagler coordinate the topics, interviews, editing, and production of the podcast. “I’m really appreciative to them,” Godfrey said. “I say all this stuff—I just kind of throw out whatever ideas I can and ask the questions and go with the flow. They do such a great job of editing it and putting it together into a coherent listenable form because you never know what’s going to happen and I want to follow that.” Godfrey said his podcast is a unique and easy way to get information to families. “I know that it’s hard to sit down and read an email from the district or watch a video or go on the website,” he said. “I just wanted it to be as convenient as possible. I thought it would be a nice way for people to get to know the great students, employees and parents, we have in Jordan District.” Episodes can be accessed at supercast. jordandistrict.org and through a variety of podcast platforms. New episodes are posted every Thursday. “That’s a pretty aggressive plan when you’ve got someone like this who is extremely busy,” Riesgraf said. However, the success of the podcast justifies the frequency. “We’re quite proud that we’ve got a podcast that people are listening to,” Riesgraf said. “It has gone above and beyond our expectations and it keeps growing.” The podcast is for students and parents of Jordan District, but Riesgraf said anyone can tune in. “The kind of information we put out there is good for any parent, no matter where you live,” she said.

Godfrey encourages anyone with ideas for the Supercast to contact him at superintendent@jordandistrict.org. “I would love to hear from anyone who can think of an individual that ought to be highlighted, or a program that they’re particularly interested in, or questions they have, or something they found interesting, or that they’d like to know more about,” he said.. l

Jordan District superintendent gets instruction from head custodian Kevan Sprague before he is drives a riding floor scrubber. (Photo courtesy Jordan School District)

Superintendent Anthony Godfrey said his visit to the veterinary science program at JATC helped him understand the firsthand experience students get. (Photo courtesy Jordan School District)

Jordan District superintendent Anthony Godfrey meets with Bingham High School theater students to see their recycled costume creations which he describes for listeners. (Photo courtesy Jordan School District)

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Riverton rounding into form for final stretch By Travis Barton | travis.b@thecityjournals.com


fter a tough preseason schedule to prepare them for a “brutal region,” Riverton High girls basketball coach Jodi Lee feels her team is “right where we need to be.” The Silverwolves went 6-4 in its preseason gauntlet with three of those losses coming against top 10 teams: Skyridge (No.1 in RPI at press time), Fremont (No. 2) and Lone Peak (No. 8). But it was done intentionally, Lee said, to prepare them for a region that features powerhouses Herriman, Copper Hills and defending champion Bingham. Riverton started out its region with a victory over West before dropping a home game to Copper Hills that saw the Grizzlies outscore Riverton 21-10 in the third quarter to win 47-38. But two nights later, Lee and her team responded with an intense 57-50 away win against Herriman. While the Silverwolves played from behind most of the night, they kept it close enough to take over in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 22-13 to pull away with the victory. “I don’t think it was the best we’ve played,” Lee said the day after the game. “But they locked them down defensively; the rebounding in the fourth quarter was phenomenal; we limited them to one possession. The composure on the offensive end was by far the best (of the season).” That composure is summed up perfectly in senior Hailey Burt. A four-year varsity player in both soccer and basketball, the senior sunk several free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory. “She’s really confident in her freethrow shooting,” Lee said of Burt. “Just a confident kid, which is awesome.” For Burt, it’s the four years of varsity experience that have prepared her for the pressure—and maybe the hostile environment, putting up with opposing players smack talk or playing in front of your rivals’ fans. “It’s like when people want me to fail, I feel like that’s when I succeed,” Burt said. The game featured a raucous Herriman crowd that motivated the girls. “It was fun playing in it, and it actually boosted us up a lot,” said senior Ava Miller, who finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists. “We kind of fed off of it even though they weren’t cheering for us because we wanted to do good so they wouldn’t talk or anything. It was really intense.” And it made the victory all the sweeter. “We went in the locker room just screaming,” Burt said. “It was so happy. It was one of those moments that high school is about.”


Coming into the season, Lee, in her second year at Riverton, felt the team might struggle early on as it built chemistry and experience in key positions. The Silverwolves have six seniors this year but only one junior. And none of the seniors are natural point guards, forcing Lee to turn to her sophomore class to fill the spot. “I knew we would have strong post play, but I knew it would take these younger guards time to get going, and I think we’re starting to see that—the chemistry, the development, the confidence building,” she said. Sophomores Morganne McCleary and Abigail McDougal are playing big minutes at point guard, neither of whom saw the varsity floor last year. But with a large senior class, Burt said they’ve tried to lead by showing they “genuinely care about them.” “We believe in their ability to be on the court even if they’re a sophomore,” Burt said. “We believe in them so they respect us and by earning their respect, it works together for a better team aspect.” “This year, our biggest strength is that we’re here for each other and not for ourselves,” she added. With its strong inside presence and a deep bench (Riverton often goes through a rotation of 10 players), the team is feeling good about its chances. “At first, we thought we couldn’t really compete with the best teams versus now, we feel we can beat the best teams,” Miller said. In order to do so, coaches and players said they will have to fix their consistency problem. Several of Riverton’s games were essentially decided by one quarter. Its loss to Fremont saw three closely fought quarters undone by a 24-10 second quarter for Fremont, while the third quarter against Copper Hills proved decisive. Vice versa, Riverton’s 25-11 fourth quarter outburst against Timpview saw the team win by 10, as well as the victory against Herriman. “I know that our team can beat any team … if we play every quarter,” Burt said. “I believe in us; we’re just a little inconsistent so it kind of depends on the night, but the skill is there.” As for the rest of the season, the Silverwolves are in a logjam atop Region 3, but Lee feels if they can get quality wins against the better teams and take care of the ones they should, they could be right there for a top six seed (and a bye) and a region trophy. “I feel like we’re right where we need to be,” Lee said. l

Top: The Riverton bench celebrates after a block during a preseason home game. (Travis Barton/City Journals) Middle: Sophomore Abigail McDougal is one of the younger guards playing a lot of minutes. (Travis Barton/City Journals) Botttom: Senior Grace Barrus hits a three-pointer in the first quarter against Fremont. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Utah’s STEM and Charter School Expo lets students showcase science projects By Stephanie DeGraw | s.degraw@mycityjournals.com


ow student science projects apply to real life will highlight the seventh annual Utah STEM and Charter School Expo on Feb. 29. The event is free and held at the Mountain America Center, formerly known as South Towne Expo. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students from Utah middle schools, high schools, and colleges/universities will be participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects at the event. “We ask the students how their project can be used in the real world to benefit society,” Kerrie Upenieks, Beehive Science & Technology Academy STEM coordinator/department chair, said. “Besides their project, students need to have a YouTube channel and post it on their website.” Beehive Science & Technology Academy is a charter school and serves students in grades sixth through 12th. They have expanded in 2020 to include kindergarten through grade five. Utah students can apply to have an exhibit at the expo by emailing principal@beehiveacademy.org. Beehive Principal Hanifi Oguz said last year’s event included displays from approximately 350 students from 20 Utah schools. Oguz estimated 4,500 people attended last year’s expo.

“The expo provides a venue for students from across the state to showcase their STEM projects,” Upenieks said. “It allows companies and institutions with the opportunity to show how STEM is used to improve our communities.” Students also learn public speaking skills when they explain the science behind their projects to expo participants. They learn to engage their friends and teach them about science. The goal of the expo is to connect schools to the community, students to professionals, generate interest, and excitement for STEM programs in general, Upenieks said. During the expo, people can take part in hands-on experiments. There will be LEGO robotics, presentations, science shows, science trivia, and chances to win donated prizes. Demonstrations include a fire tornado demonstration, a robotics competition and a demonstration on static electricity among others. More girls have become involved with the STEM program in recent years, according to Upenieks. Some of their seventh-grade girls went to the national Broadcom MASTERS competition, where only the top 30 students in the seventh and eighth grades in America compete. Their school also had 11th-grade girls attend the International Science and Engineering Fair, where ninth to

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team of students at Jordan Academy for Technology & Careers South Campus in Riverton was one of the six Utah finalists competing in the first phase of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The national competition challenges students in grades 6–12 to creatively use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to solve complicated issues affecting their communities. A team of seven students in Melinda Mansouri’s web design class developed the idea for an app to keep track of plants sales

for the landscape design and horticulture management classes also housed at JATC’s south campus. There is currently no system to keep track of inventory or aid with the sale of the poinsettias, succulents and other plants they sell to the community. The students’ solution is RFID tags that interact with a phone app will be programmed with inventory and pricing information and attached to each plant in the greenhouse. “The inventory side of it is going to be a blessing, so we can actually see what we’ve got on hand,” said Justin Rindlisbacher, landscape and horticulture teacher. “When check out happens, it’s a simple scan. It takes out the user error for a 99% success rate.” Mansouri said the project has given students real-world experience working with a client. As web design students work with their peers in the landscaping classes, they learn to listen to each other and to respect that each group knows the needs and limitations of their part of the project. Senior Nick Harer said when everyone contributes their ideas, they find the best solutions to problems and create a product that meets the needs of both groups. Senior Brandon Black said everyone on the design team has a specific role. “You’ve got the best of one person and the best of another person to try and figure out how everything is going to fit together


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even talk to the developer in their language and get what you need.” The JATC team was one of six Utah finalists, which included Mountain Heights Academy, West Jordan; Richfield High School, Richfield; Nebo Advanced Learning Center, Salem; West Bountiful Elementary School, West Bountiful; and Valley Elementary School, Eden. Unfortunately, the team did not progress to the next level of the contest, which puts them out of the running to win the $100,000 in technology and classroom materials and a trip to Washington, D.C., to present their project to members of Congress. Mountain Heights Academy was selected to advance to compete with the remaining top 100 teams. Mansouri is still determined to help her students develop their idea even without the support and resources the contest would have provided. They are looking for an industry partner. “I will try and find someone who can come and help us,” she said. “We’d really like to have this up and working for school.” Currently, the biggest issue is the cost of purchasing a large amount of tags for testing. “We’ve had to do a lot of research,” said senior Katelyn Swain. “We don’t know what the tags can withstand with elements the greenhouse. We have to make sure that we do it properly; otherwise, it’s going to be a huge waste of time.” l

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By Kaleigh Stock | k.stock@mycityjournals.com


iverton’s Public Works and City Council started their “Keep Riverton Beautiful” initiative in January.

The goal of the initiative is to, “combine city resources and engaged citizens to keep the city beautiful yearround.” Each month will feature a new season-appropriate project created with the intent to, you guessed it, keep Riverton beautiful. Each Riverton resident, no matter the age or demographic, is encouraged to show pride in their beautiful city and state by participating in this citywide initiative. The end of February can be a great time to dispose of last season’s tires (or to turn them into a spring tire swing for the kids!). On Wednesday, Feb. 26, drop by the Riverton Rodeo Arena to dispose of old tires, free of charge. Disposal is limited to eight tires per local resident. This service is not available for commercial businesses. In March, visit the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District’s Conservation Garden Park to discover smart, economical ways to plant your spring garden. Experts will be there to show local residents how to plant “water-wise” plants for a sensible and environmentally friendly garden. April showers bring May flowers and help us grow big, beautiful trees. Arbor Day is a great day to join the community to make Riverton a little greener than it was before by planting more trees. Watch and learn how to

Centennial Park on a beautiful day (Kaleigh Stock/City Journals)

properly plant and care for a tree with Riverton’s very own arborist, Patrick “Roman” Williams at Centennial Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. Williams has been turning Riverton green since 2016. He hopes locals will be inspired to help him with his goal of “ensuring Riverton’s urban forest infrastructure for current and future generations.”

If Riverton residents have had items that can’t go into recycling bins (such as electronics, bulk paper or glass) lying around the house, taking up precious space and peace of mind, Keep Riverton Beautiful presents an ideal opportunity for them to get a start on their spring cleaning. In May, Riverton City crews will take these items off of its residents’ hands and minds. Residents can check in Continued page 8

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Riverton City Journal February 2020  

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