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hen Riverton police officer Michael Ashley leaves for work each day, his wife asks if he’s going to save the world. “No,” he answers. “I’m just going to save one person.” Ashley, a school resource officer at Oquirrh Hills Middle School, taps into a variety of powerful resources to save the students he works with.

POWER OF CONNECTION

Ashley, or Officer Ash as the kids call him, strives to connect with each student, to earn their trust and to encourage them to make good choices. “I want kids to feel like they could come talk to me,” said Ashley, who gets involved in classrooms and school activities as much as he can. “He’s not just the cop that goes and holds up the wall,” said OHMS assistant principal Audrey Fish. “He’s outside with them, visiting with them, laughing with them, getting to know them. He’s going and meeting kids in every class.” Ashley keeps close tabs on students even outside of school. He frequently spends time at the local skate park, earning the trust of the kids who hang out there. “I just don’t want to be the school cop that’s just in the hallways,” Ashley said. “I want to be that officer that’s out on the street, with the kids at the skate park, with the businesses, and teaching families about understanding their kids and all the latest trends.” Ashley is immersed in community events. He loves to help with bike safety rodeos and crime watch meetings. He is eager to take selfies with residents on the street, hand out stickers to kids and support lemonade stands. “He’s constantly out in the community where kids are,” Fish said. “I think that he knows that they know that he’s going to be swinging by in a patrol car, so they’re probably going to be following the rules.”

POWER OF PREVENTION

“He’s all about prevention,” Fish said. “That lens of prevention and being visible—that’s that’s what has brought a lot of the power to his message and to his presence.” She said he reaches out to students who are getting into trouble to prevent bigger problems from developing. “He’s very good at talking through consequences and choices with kids and also trying to empower them to make better choices,” Fish said. “He puts his neck out there for the benefit of the kids, knowing that they know that he’s going to hold them accountable for that high expectation.”

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When students get into fights at school, Ashley introduces the teen to local programs that teach self-discipline such as the boxing program at Gene Fullmer Rec Center in West Jordan and the martial arts classes at First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Riverton. A boxing program helped Ashley learn respect, honor, pride, confidence and nonviolent resolutions during his own youth. Ashley reached out to First BJJ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when it opened in Riverton this October. Owner Chad Golay said Ashley immediately started referring families to the program. “Anytime he sees someone in the community—a teenager or family—that would be interested or if he recognizes that would benefit them, he will definitely communicate what we offer to them,” Golay said.

POWER OF SUPPORT

Golay appreciates the support from Ashley, who makes it a point to contact every business owner in Riverton. “He has been more than helpful,” Golay said. “He’s gone out of his way to make himself available for us.” Ashley has previously worked as an SRO at Riverton High School, a community-oriented police officer and a drug court detective working with addicts and their families. Though his current assignment is school resource officer, Ashley is still a community officer. “The three things that you need to know in a community are the kids, the parents and the businesses,” Ashley said. “If you know all three of those, you have a successful community.” Riverton Chief of Police Don Hutson said community-oriented policing is the culture of the Riverton Police Department. Every officer, no matter where they serve, is encouraged to attend community events, be involved in neighborhoods and do business outreach. Hutson said Ashley is an exemplary officer. “Mike Ashley was kind of the poster child for the type of officer I want,” Huston said. “He’s such a motivated guy and loves to interact with people. We would be crazy not to bring somebody of his caliber on board to help with the transition to our new police department. He literally made contact with almost every business in Riverton over the summer and introduced himself and introduced our new department.” Hutson said, like most officers, Ashley wants to make a difference.

Officer Ashley loves to support the Riverton community. (Photo courtesy of Mike Ashley)

“He feels like he can really make a difference when he connects with the youth,” Hutson said. “He also takes it to the next level and connects with their families. He’s trying to solve society’s ills one youth at a time.”

POWER OF CREATIVITY

Ashley appreciates that Hutson supports him and gives him the freedom to use his imagination to educate youth. Ashley employs creative activities to teach students to be drugfree in the D.A.R.E. program at local elementary schools. Alex Anderson, a teacher at Rosamond Elementary, said Ashley had students practice scenarios of how they could say no to drugs and alcohol. “Officer Ashley is very kind and developed lasting relationships with the students,” she said. At OHMS, Ashley meets with each second period class Continued page 11

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Local 21-year old starts charity, raises funds for water filtration for Haiti By Kaleigh Stock | k.stock@mycityjournals.com

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n Nov. 22, Now Charity, a young charity based out of the South Valley area, held a masquerade ball at Riverton’s Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center to raise money for water filtration systems for Les Cayes, Haiti. The Masquerade Ball featured 18th and 19th century dance lessons from the Old Glory Vintage Dancers, live entertainment and a silent auction. Kimberli and Tom Grant, a husband and wife duo, led the Old Glory Vintage dances. The pair has practiced vintage dances for almost 25 years. The Grants first learned vin-

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tage dancing at fundraiser balls they led when they lived in Georgia. When they moved to Utah and couldn’t find a vintage dance group, they decided to create one themselves. The couple led the dances in full garb, corset, hoop skirt, waistcoat, long gloves and all, but they were not alone in this effort. Most everyone in the room at the Now Charity Masquerade Ball for Haiti was decked out in full ball gowns or vintage suits and obligatory masquerade masks. With talented and experienced teachers at hand, crowd members picked up the dances quickly and

seemed to enjoy themselves. In addition to the formal dances, the crowd swayed and free-danced along to a cover of Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancing,” as sung by Kate Davis. Following Davis’ covers, Vashti Smith and Mark McOmber performed a dance. The dance appeared especially beloved by the crowd that cheered energetically in response to the performance. McOmber said he wanted to be sure credit was given where it was due. Grinning, he playfully said, “Smith is an amazing teacher. I am a student .... Mark isn’t anybody, except a student!” One of the most remarkable aspects of Now Charity is perhaps its chief executive. Now Charity was started by Dylan Sayre, a young entrepreneur from Sandy. At 21 years old, Sayre already runs a landscaping business, involves himself in other entrepreneurial projects, such as work in sales, invests the majority of his income in real estate and travels the world, all in addition to running Now. When the South Valley Journal contacted Sayre, he responded from Spain and Morocco where he was doing some personal, solo traveling to open his mind up to other perspectives. Where does Sayre’s drive and entrepreneurial ambition derive from? He said he wasn’t always so galvanized. In some ways, he had to grow up faster than other kids his age. When he was a child, his parents were addicted to heroin and he sometimes saw things a child should not have to witness. When he was 7 years old, he was separated from his parents and put into foster care. Sayre’s paternal grandmother later adopted him. He said when he lived with his grandmother as a teen, he was a bit of a “troublemaker.” “I wasn’t a super crazy kid,” he said.

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“But I definitely didn’t have any direction in life. When I was in my junior year going into my senior year of high school, my student counselor sat me down and told me that the way things were going, I wasn’t going to graduate. That hit me really hard because I always wanted to be somebody, and so we made some extensive plans, and I dedicated myself to school and work from that point on.” Sayre decided that enough was enough: He was ready to take control of his life and change its course for the better. He considered the lives his parents had led and the devastation it had brought to the family and realized something had to change. “I didn’t want to be that person,” Sayre said. “I wanted to have a positive effect on the world.” Clearly, becoming a troublemaker was not the way to reach the goals that had already begun to foment in his mind. Today, Sayre is compassionate toward his parents, but at the same time has learned from their mistakes without needing to make those mistakes himself. Continued page 19

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r. Tony Skanchy of South Hills Orthodontics knew from an early age that he would do whatever it took to become an orthodontist. “My dad is an orthodontist in Sandy. Growing up, that’s all I wanted to be. I never considered anything else,” Dr. Skanchy said. Now headed into his fifth year of practice, he has the education and experience to care for patients at the highest level. “Orthodontists make up about three to four percent

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of all dentists. It takes approximately three years after dental school to specialize in orthodontics, and additional testing to become Board Certified (which Dr. Skanchy is). It’s a very specialized field,” Dr. Skanchy said. Dr. Skanchy opened South Hills Orthodontics at 4013 West and 13400 South in Riverton. He shares office space with Dr. Barton Sloan, a friend from dental school, who is a pediatric dental specialist. “Our practice is in a brand new office. We have the latest technology, new equipment and a team that we hand-picked,” Dr. Skanchy said. “Having two specialists in one building allows us to provide dental care and orthodontic treatment in one location to make visits easier and more convenient for our patients and families.” Dr. Skanchy loves to educate people about the role that orthodontics plays in a healthy life. “There are a lot of health benefits to orthodontic care. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that everyone see an orthodontist at age seven for an evaluation,” Dr. Skanchy said. “We check for optimal bite function, which is necessary for proper eating and nutrition. We love treating patients with special needs, and those

who just want an improved smile. It enhances self-confidence and quality of life,” Dr. Skanchy said. Dr. Skanchy’s office accepts nearly all insurance plans, including Medicaid. They also have in-house payment plans with interest-free financing. “We try the best we can to keep finances from being a barrier to starting orthodontic treatment,” Dr. Skanchy said. In 2020, Dr. Skanchy is launching a program to help students who experience bullying because they need braces. He’s working with local principals to find kids who will benefit. “We’ve pledged to give away $50,000 in treatment next year. Call our office at 385.210.1111 for details, or check our website, www.southhillsdentalspecialists. com. It’s about the self-confidence that comes from a healthy smile,” Dr. Skanchy said. Gone are the days when braces were just for teens. “We see people of all ages. Last week I put braces on a six-year-old and a 77-year-old. There is a benefit no matter your age. Adults are especially interested in our clear aligners,” Dr. Skanchy said. Dr. Skanchy uses Invisalign, a clear aligning system that is custom-made for your

teeth. “This technology has come a long way. And based on the volume of patients I see, I am one of only two Diamond Providers in Utah for Invisalign,” Dr. Skanchy said. With his expertise, patients also get a better deal. “Invisalign charges us less for lab fees, which we pass on to our patients,” Dr. Skanchy said. At the heart of his practice, Dr. Skanchy said he wants to help people, the way he saw his dad do. “Saying my dad helped me get where I am today is an understatement. He’s my biggest role model.” Dr. Skanchy has built on his dad’s example. “I’m obsessed with customer service and everything in our office is built around it. My amazing office team is essential to that. I want patients to have a WOW experience every time they’re here. If they don’t, that’s what keeps me up at night.” The practice is growing, but they always welcome new patients. “One reason for our growth is referrals. We love that – referrals from friends and family are the greatest compliment we can receive. When dentists bring their own children to us – which they do – that’s a huge compliment,” Dr. Skanchy said.

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Police, touchdowns, luge: Riverton and Bluffdale 2019 Welcome Riverton and Bluffdale residents to your brand new Journal. With the Riverton Journal, we’ll be able to better serve the community with hyperlocal and relevant news to your neighborhood. As a welcome, here are a few of our favorite photos from 2019. To read the stories along with these photos, visit rivertonjournal.com.

The Silverwolves leading scorer last year was Kaitlin Burgess, averaging nearly 15 points per game. (Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com)

Led by the Silverwolf mascot, community members walk a milelong route to show support for suicide prevention. (Linda Tranter/RHS)

Thirteen-year-old Orson Colby began sliding on the Park City luge track two years ago and won the youth B division national event in March. Colby, from Riverton, reaches speeds of more than 60 mph as a member of the USA Youth Luge team. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Colby)

Keynote speaker Dr. Matt Swenson is a physician with Intermountain Medical Group and medical director at Utah Valley Hospital’s outpatient psychiatry and counseling clinic. In the foreground: Miss Riverton 2018 Gabrielle Hindoian. Swenson was speaking at Riverton’s Live in Real Life event. (Mariden Williams/City Journals)

Her enthusiasm is apparent when Riverton High School Principal Carolyn Gough dresses as Sylvester, the school mascot. Gough was awarded the Huntsman Excellence in Education Award. (Photo courtesy Carolyn Gough)

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Those around her said they’ll miss the retiring Jordan School District Superintendent Patrice Johnson’s enthusiasm and hugs. Here, she greets schoolchildren with a smile and a wave. (Photo courtesy of Jordan School District)

Carson Lloyd makes a “love” gesture before leading the team onto the field. Lloyd, a senior with Kabuki syndrome, scored a homecoming touchdown after Riverton and Copper Hills united to give him the special memory. (Photo by Ashley Lloyd)

Attendees would sing along to the outdoor concert for Nebo Road. The concert was part of Riverton’s Arts in the Park outdoor concerts held every Sunday in August. (Jenny Jones for the City Journals)

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Mayor Trent Staggs and state leaders revealed their city’s solution to the opioid crisis at a press conference by providing kiosks for the safe disposal of unused and unneeded medications. (Photo courtesy Sean Reyes)

On Oct. 2, North Star Academy held its first evacuation and off-site reunification drill. Students and staff evacuated the school and relocated to nearby NSA drill 2.

Senior Seth Davis runs the ball for a first down against Jordan High Sept. 20. Davis opened the scoring for the Silverwolves with a 1-yard run in the first quarter. Riverton won a nail-biting 30-29 come-from-behind victory over Jordan. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Museum educator Erin Hartley leads art students at Oquirrh Hills Middle School through an exploration of work and community inspired by an audio visual art exhibit inside the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (OMOCA) Art Truck. (Photo by Vicki Wartman)

The small cast at Riverton High School has fun during rehearsals for a Disney Theatrical one-act play featuring teenage characters from the Marvel Universe. The play was performed in September. (Jet Burnham/ City Journals)

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Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs, along with two members of the Riverton City Council, cut the ribbon that officially opened Sentinel Ridge Boulevard/Eagles Landing Road. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

During an assembly on Sept. 13, the results of student and staff voting revealed the puma as the school mascot. (Carolyn Bona/Mountain Point Elementary)

New police officers watched and smiled as their co-workers were formally congratulated by the City Council. (Mariden Williams/City Journals)

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he Riverton High School boys basketball team started its season with high hopes and aspirations. All contingent on becoming better as a team. “We are doing well. We are getting better every day and every game, that is what I ask of them,” boys head coach Skyler Wilson said. Five games into the season the Silverwolves had compiled three wins. Although he had hopes for better Wilson is satisfied with his teams effort. Riverton came from behind to beat its new cross town rival Mountain Ridge 66-54. They trailed by as many as six during the first half, but a concentrated offensive effort propelled them to victory in the second half. “Tonight was a big response from us. We got buzz-sawed at Juan Diego (the night before) and we got down on ourselves. Things went from bad to worse. Tonight is the beginning of a rivalry and our kids know these kids. We played good defense and executed tonight,” Wilson said. Juan Diego dominated the Silverwolves from the beginning. Despite 14 points from junior Cody Nixon and 12 from 6-foot-7 senior Cameron Fischer they were unable to get within striking distance, falling 59-43. “Like everyone else (teams) we are trying to get better. We have some really good pieces, but we are really inexperienced. We are learning on the fly,’ Wilson said. “Our guys have been super coachable and play well together. The issues will work themselves out as the year goes on. The inexperience is the hardest thing to overcome.” Unlike in years past the Silverwolves can rely on their new found height to help them against what are typically bigger teams in the Utah High School Activities Associations 6A classification. “We have a good big kid. Throwing it inside is becoming a big play for us. It is tough

to guard an inside-outside game. Sometimes we forget we have that advantage. That is where the inexperience comes in with those things,” Wilson said. Its outside shooting is coming from Nixon and senior Parker Applegate. Nixon is averaging 11.2 points per game and Applegate 14.3. ‘He (Applegate) is a great shooter, the other teams know that. They don’t give him a ton of room. He has had to add to his game. He is learning to drive to the basket, attack the basket. Against Viewmont (he scored 22 points) he really drove it to the basket and got some good shots,” Wislon said. The Silverwolves are scheduled to begin their region contests Jan. 3 at home against West Jordan. Winning its region has become less important. The UHSAA has adopted its new ratings performance index to seed all its teams into the state tournament. “In some ways I love it (the RPI). I like that every game means something. Pre-season never seemed right to me, you can’t say these games are not the real season. I like that each game means more. Anything new has created some excitement. You have to win games no matter what,” Wilson said. Wilson also has added a familiar face to his coaching staff. Former Riverton head coach Steve Galley has returned as an assistant coach. “I convinced him to come back. He was scouting for us and giving us more detailed reports putting a lot of time and energy into it I told him might as well come back and put in the day to day stuff. I played for him, coached for him and now the roles are reversed. We are both really enjoying it.” Wilson said. “These are great kids, I feel like this is a great place. They try to listen to their coaches, they go to class and do the right things. Win or lose, they are a great bunch to coach.”

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Continued from front page to teach the Keeping it Real program. He held a contest for students to create a poster expressing the program values of pride, honor and respect. Through his community contacts at nearby Marco Pizza and Crumbl Cookie, he arranged a party for the winners. OHMS hall monitor Vicki Wartman volunteered to laminate and display the posters at events supported by the Riverton Arts Council, of which she is a member. Ashley invited art students from Riverton High School to judge the posters. The high school dance company also performed for his D.A.R.E. program at Rosamond Elementary when he challenged the elementary students to make up a dance about what they’ve learned from the program. “I always like to keep the high school kids in with the elementary and middle school so that they can see leaders from the school just above them,” Ashley said.

of drug use. “I think we lift that burden off of them where they feel like they’re not being a snitch,” Ashley said. “We have the kids lining up after wanting to tell about their suicidal friend or their friend that’s doing drugs.”

Ashley invites also community members to help him save lives. He asks recovering addicts and ex-convicts he meets in the community to share their stories of tragedy and success with students who are making poor choices. He also invites parents who’ve lost children to suicide or drugs to speak to youth in schools and churches. Ashley said it is more powerful when a mother shares the emotional story of losing a child to suicide or drugs, than if he talks about the consequences

Ashley said it is a group effort of families, school staff and community members that help him change lives. As a youth growing up in a troubled California neighborhood, Ashley benefited from the kindness of others when he didn’t have basic needs or good role models. “I had great friends and their dads took me under their wing and treated me like their son,” he said. He said he was helped by many people he never thanked. He strives to pay

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When Ashley reaches out to help a troubled student, he supports the whole family. “If I have a problem with the kid at school, I want to be in their home, I want to see why,” he said. “It doesn’t mean it’s a bad home. I just want to see the strengths and some of the things that they’re lacking that I could hopefully help them with.” Ashley, who is the father of seven children, educates parents about the culture and popular trends affecting their teens’ behaviors with a program called Parents in the Hood. He works individually with overwhelmed parents to develop a parenting plan that will help their child have accountability.

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Building relationships with kids is good for the community, believes Officer Ashley. (Photo courtesy of Mike Ashley)

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

Top 10 Biggest Impacts of 2019 By Mayor Trent Staggs Riverton City had another excellent year in 2019! You, our residents, have become more engaged this last year and I hope to see that trend continue as we all work to make Riverton an even better place to live, work and play. As we reflect on 2019 and look toward what 2020 will bring, I thought it appropriate to review the top 10 most impactful projects your city government has been involved with this year: 1. Launch of the Riverton Police 1 Department The Riverton Police Department officially launched on July 1. We have 8-10 more officers right here in Riverton than what we averaged historically with Unified Police Department, all at a cost of not more than we were paying UPD for service. We have an outstanding police force that I know will continue to do a lot of good for our community. 2. No Tax Increases Replacing 2 the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Area with the Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area has proven to save Riverton taxpayers over one million dollars, without a single tax increase now into our third year. Riverton City itself continues to have a 0%

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property tax rate, had no utility fee increases in the 2019-2020 year and boasts the lowest combined fees in the entire valley. 3. Expansion of the Riverton City 3 Cemetery The expansion of the Riverton City Cemetery was completed and plots in the new section went on sale back in July. The expansion makes it possible for more of our residents to be buried in our community. 4. Launch of the Southwest 4 Vision Project We launched the Southwest Vision project to map out how the southwest cities of Riverton, Bluffdale, Copperton, Herriman, South Jordan and West Jordan can best address growth and infrastructure challenges. Your input is invaluable as we hope to finish the project by summer 2020.

5 5. Groundbreaking of Mountain View Village Phase 2 Ground was officially broken for Phase 2 at Mountain View Village. Phase 2 will include a luxury movie theater and many specialty retail and dining locations. Phase 2 is projected to open no later than the spring of 2021. 6. Launched Opioid Disposal 6 Initiative An opioid disposal initiative was launched to do our part to combat the state and local opioid epidemic. The initiative features a solution which renders unused or expired

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The launch of the Riverton Police Department earns the top spot as the biggest impact for 2019.

pharmaceuticals immediately non-retrievable and destroys them on-site. Working with our partners at Intermountain Healthcare, we have made available individual-size bottles of the solution and have disposal kiosks at City Hall and the Police Department.

We hope to work together with the Riverton Arts Council on improvements to the Community Center in 2020. 9. Opened Sentinel Ridge 9 Boulevard Riverton and Herriman partnered together to build and open Sentinel Ridge Boulevard, the road that connects 13400 S at Mountain View Village to Mountain Ridge High School. The new road has greatly improved the connectivity in the area.

7. Installed a Veterans Monument 7 Riverton City Cemetery is home to a new monument honoring the veterans who are buried there. The permanent monument was just installed in December, so 1 Hired an Emergency stop by and take a look if you 10 Management Coordinator haven’t seen it yet. Riverton City has hired an 8 emergency management 8. Renovations at City Hall Many coordinator to lead the city’s renovations and improvements emergency preparedness efforts. took place at City Hall this year. Additionally, a city text message We updated the front of the alert system was launched in the building to include additional fall. The system allows Riverton parking, a fountain, flag poles City to communicate instantly and waterwise landscaping. The with residents on important and Council Chamber has undergone timely topics. We encourage all a renovation and we’ve installed residents to sign up to receive new flooring, signage and the alerts. artwork inside the building.

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PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE

Responding to the Community’s Needs MAYOR Trent Staggs tstaggs@rivertonutah.gov 801-208-3129

CITY COUNCIL Sheldon Stewart - District 1 sstewart@rivertonutah.gov 801-953-5672 Troy McDougal - District 2 tmcdougal@rivertonutah.gov 801-931-9933 Tawnee McCay - District 3 tmccay@rivertonutah.gov 801-634-7692 Tish Buroker - District 4 tburoker@rivertonutah.gov 801-673-6103 Claude Wells - District 5 cwells@rivertonutah.gov 801-875-0116

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By UFA Battalion Chief Wade Watkins As an emergency responder serving in the area for the past twenty years in different capacities, I have been thankful for having great relationships with neighboring agencies. These relationships routinely give me perspective on our mission to respond to the community’s emergency needs. When I reference the “community”, I speak in a broader sense of the word. Many times during emergency incidents, the resources needed exceed what a single jurisdiction may have. For example, a confirmed single-family home involved with fire requires a first alarm assignment. This will include three fire engines, one ladder truck, one ambulance, a heavy rescue dedicated to firefighter rescue and at least one Battalion Chief. The above response is based on national standards and best practic-

es. As “fire can double in size every 30 seconds causing everything in a room to burn in as little as three minutes” (source: firemarshal.utah. gov). Fire in the present day is more aggressive and toxic due to the synthetic materials of construction. This reality motivates firefighters to respond to the fire and use responding resources with exigency.

Most of the time the resources are responding from the local area and from different jurisdictions to converge on the emergency scene with the same priorities. This response widens the bandwidth and supports the incident priorities of life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation. First responders show up and work under the National Incident Command System (NICS); ensuring common understanding and clear communication Hazmat incident in South Jordan on December 13, 2019 This is a great example of two adjacent departments working well together on the emergency to achieve an optimal outcome. scene.

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I am often impressed that the first responders do so with a phenomenal attitude, exercising discipline and professionalism while working together as a larger and more capable team. This concept is defined as “automatic aid” and when appropriately used, enables citizens to have emergency responders at their doorstep immediately, even during periods when 911 calls surge, due to weather, large fires or unforeseen circumstances. Teamwork is truly making the dream work on each and every emergency response.

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City Council Tuesday, January 7, 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 7 p.m. Planning Commission Thursday, January 9, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.

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NEW INITIATIVE

Keep Riverton Beautiful Keep Riverton Beautiful is a 12-month initiative combining city resources and engaged citizens to keep the city beautiful year-round. Each month will feature a different project or event. Details about each monthly project or event will be found in each monthly newsletter. We encourage all citizens to take advantage of this free city-wide initiative to keep Riverton beautiful. For more information on any Keep Riverton Beautiful event or initiative, visit rivertonutah.gov/beautiful.

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The following snow removal protocol and winter parking policy is in effect in Riverton City: • No vehicles may be parked on city streets during a snow storm or where snow has accumulated between November 1 and March 1. • Major roadways, high-traffic areas and school zones are prioritized in snow removal efforts as a matter of public safety. • Minor roads and cul-de-sacs are cleared if 4 inches of snow or more has accumulated once main roadways are clear.

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The Smart Start program is an educational basketball program for boys and girls ages 3-5. A parent must be present during each class to work with their child. This program fills quickly. Cost: $30 per 4 week session (includes t-shirt, award & snacks) Learn more or register at rivertoncity.com/recreation Free 2-week membership to Fit Body Boot Camp for participants!

Cost: $30 per person Dates: January 8 - March 4, 2020 Weigh-in Day: Wednesdays Weigh-in Times: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Location: Parks & Recreation Office Ages: 18 & up (doctor’s approval needed for those 17 & under)

Ages: 3-5 years old Location: Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center Auditorium, 12830 S Redwood Rd. Session 1: 6-6:50 p.m. Starts Tuesday, January 14 Session 2: 7-7:50 p.m. Starts Tuesday, January 14

Join us for our 4th semi-annual event. An exciting evening dedicated to living in real life. The event will feature a special guest speaker and booths featuring medical resources, mental health resources, and more will be available in the commons area at the conclusion of the event. January 27, 7 p.m. @ Riverton High Auditorium

Learn more or register for any of these events go to rivertonutah.gov/recreation

2020 City Park Pavilion & Facility Reservations In-person reservations begin January 2 at 8 a.m. at the Parks and Recreation Office. Online reservations begin, January 3 at rivertonutah.gov/reserve. Park Pavilions are available for use between Apr. 1 - Sept. 30, 2020. Community Center, CR Hamilton Pavilion & Old Dome Meeting Hall are available for use between Jan. 1 - Dec. 30, 2020. Sorry, but no phone reservations for any facility will be accepted. Reservations must be online or in-person.

UPCOMING RIVERTON CITY EVENTS January 1 - NEW YEARS DAY | City Offices Closed | Riverton Half Marathon & 4Life 5K General Registration Opens January 2 - Park Pavilion & City Facility Reservations Begin, 8 a.m. | Start Smart Basketball Late Registration Opens January 3 - Online Park Pavilion & City Facility Reservations Begin January 6 - Healthy Living Workshop, 7 p.m. @ Community Center January 7 - New City Council Member Swearing-In Ceremony, 5 p.m. @ City Hall | City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. @ City Hall January 8 - Mission Slim Possible Weight Loss Competition Begins January 9 - Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ City Hall January 16 - QPR Suicide Prevention Training, 7 p.m. @ Fire Station #124 January 17 - Start Smart Basketball Registration Closes January 20 - MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY - City Offices Closed January 21 - City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. @ City Hall January 23 - Art Show Begins: “Through Toil and Labor” @ Old Dome Meeting Hall | Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ City Hall January 27 - RHS Hope Week, Live in Real Life, 7 p.m. @ Riverton High School

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Continued from page 4 “Really, they are good people who went through some hard times,” Sayre said. “They lost me as a son to the state and turned their lives around later. But when I grew up that way, it wasn’t hard for me to realize that I didn’t want my [future] kids grow up like I did.” When asked about his motivation behind starting a charity at 21, Sayre responded, “Obviously buying a home and flipping it is not something most 21-year-olds are doing. It isn’t typical. I was trying to go above and beyond. With the charity, it was the same thing. I’ve gone out of my way to do something unorthodox.” He said he started the charity because he was ready to use his business-mindset to “do something worthwhile and positive that will help people and change lives.” Sayre attributes his drive to both a strong, innate desire to “do big things” with his life and the influence of close mentors and friends. “Paniagua, a mentor and friend to me really helped guide me in the business world, and while I still have a lot to learn and grow, I think it helped me to realize that my friends and I really could run a charity together and make a positive impact, that it was doable,” he said. Organized and thoughtful, Sayre has a natural business mindset. He said before taking the first steps, he wanted to make sure he had a clear direction for Now Charity. Using skills he had learned in college business classes and through his work in real estate and starting his landscaping business, he wrote up a comprehensive plan and delegated tasks to a powerful force of friends that includes Kaleb Gerke, Alex Dewey, Brigham Peck, Daxton Kopaunik, Brysen McDonald, Spencer Peck and Porter Degen. Sayre said each plays an individualized role essential to Now Charity’s mission. Kopaunik, Now Charities data analyst and logistician, said that one day Sayre approached him out of the blue and asked if he wanted to start a charity. While it started as a lighthearted idea, Kopaunik and the other boys who helped jumpstart the charity jumped at the idea. Kopaunik says they felt that their youthful energy could be used for a positive purpose. “We’re young, and we’re blessed right now, so we might as well do something good and give a little because we’ve been given a lot,” he said. Both Sayre and Kopaunik cited the severe lack of resources in Haiti as the reason they decided to focus on Haiti for their project. While the vast majority of Americans have clean drinking water, Haiti is a pocket of the world that has far too little access to this most basic of resources. According to one study, only 69% of Haitians have access to clean drinking water, less than any other country in the Western

hemisphere. Lack of clean water was already an issue in the country when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake and following aftershocks devastated a large part of the country in 2010 and weakened the infrastructure further. To this day, the infrastructure in Haiti has still not been rebuilt to pre-earthquake conditions. “I see these kids and people down in Haiti that are growing up in such terrible conditions,” Sayre said. “Really, I think we can do better. I have a duty to help these people and help better their community as much as I can because at the state they’re in they can hardly help themselves. I really just think it’s the best thing I could do with my time.” Sayre said there are many details that people don’t consider when it comes to a project as big as this one, starting with logistical hurdles such as creating and maintaining the water filtration systems themselves. In addition, he wanted to make sure that once Haitians received the water filtration systems, they would be able to use and maintain them. The board of Now Charity decided that biosand filters would be the best option because these filters can be easily replicated with materials found in Haiti. Once constructed, those filtration systems can last for up to 30 years if properly maintained. Rebecca Yoo, a local civic engineer, has been instrumental in helping Sayre start Now, particularly in helping him understand water filtration systems and processes and how to test water for cleanliness and drinkability, among other logistical quandaries. He describes Yoo as “shy, but very intelligent,” and said he couldn’t have done this work without her. When Sayre began establishing contacts in Haiti, he and his team found a close ally in Sayre’s former coworker and friend of three years, Williamson Sintyl. Syntil is CEO and founder of ARISE Project For Humanity. ARISE is another local charity that is currently building a mentoring center in Les Cayes, Haiti. Sintyl says the goal of ARISE is “mentoring Haitian youth and teaching them that they’re capable, magnificent and enough.” Together, Sintyl, Sayre and their teams hope to take a multifaceted approach to create real change in the Les Cayes area and beyond. When asked whether he believed the masquerade ball was a success for Haiti, Sayre declared, “Absolutely. Obviously Now is a small charity, but we have come a long way since our first events. We first did a car wash and made $300 for four hours of work. It wasn’t much, but it was something. Next, we did a fire walk and made about the same. We made far more tonight than we had at our other fundraisers, so we are very happy about that.” Now Charity has gone through expected growing pains, but both the organization and Sayre seem to have an even brighter future ahead of them. l

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Local runner turns childhood illness into fitness motivation By Jess Nielsen Beach | j.beach@mycityjournals.com You see them every time you drive down the street: runners, of all shapes and sizes, pounding the pavement in snow or shine. For Jill Wilkins, a West Valley resident, you’re more likely to see her at a more elevated level.

Rather than let her illness defeat her, she used it as a way to better herself. “I always loved the strength of runners. You’ll be driving and see people running in bad weather and think, ‘wow, good for you!’ I wanted to be the strong one, beWilkins, 39, grew to love trail running cause I’ve always been the sick one.” Although the fitness guru now has after a prolonged childhood illness. “I was really sick my whole life,” Wilkins years of training under her belt, it didn’t said. “I missed four years of school. I had come easy. Her first 5K was with her uncle, to have daily nutritional IVs and I was very who was nearing his fifties. Her only goal was to not let him beat her—which he did, unhealthy. I was always ‘the sick one.’”

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sooner than she expected. “We started running and an eighth of a mile in, not even a half mile, my uncle takes off,” Wilkins said. “There’s nothing more humbling than seeing your older uncle take off and there’s nothing you can do about it.” After finishing that race, Wilkins was determined to get better. She began to train and love the workout, and she wasn’t about to pay for a sitter. “It’s so simplistic.” Wilkins said, explaining her routine as a mom who loves to run. “You don’t need a babysitter for the gym, you’re not stuck in a room with sweaty, smelly people not knowing what to do and being intimidated. You just put one foot in front of the other.” Once her love of exercise was cemented, Wilkins began to explore the nearby mountains. “I’ve always loved hiking and running, and then I found trail running, which just combines it all.” In addition to the scenic views and fresh air, Wilkins is grateful for the easier toll trail running takes. Rather than the flat, monotonous pavement on roads and sidewalks, the dirt and snow serve as a cushion to not wear down as much. “I like the mountain running because it’s very hard to do, but it’s much easier on your body. It’s less impact. There’s also trail variances, there’s rocks, roots, ups, downs; you’re using all the parts of your legs and all different tendons.” If you’re looking to start trail running, or running in general, don’t be scared. According to Wilkins, there is one important factor if you decide to embrace the great outdoors, even in the snow. “Running is not for everybody, but hiking is for almost everybody. You can get enjoyment out of it and you don’t have to do hard hikes. It’s putting one foot in front of the other. If you have to take a breather, do it. Get yourself out and enjoy the moun-

Wilkins surfs down the mountain during the Brighton Cirque series race. (Photo courtesy Jill Wilkins)

tains. We are so lucky. There are so many people who pay to travel here and experience our trails, and they’re right here.” As for fellow moms with young children, she adds, “Most people think it’s complicated to get kids out, but it’s really not. It’s no different than going sledding or seeing the lights at Temple Square. Warm clothes, snacks if they’re hungry, and hand warmers.” If you’re ready to get out there, Wilkins recommends checking online for avalanche dangers as well as consulting the app, All Trails. “All Trails will filter hikes, show the distance, elevation gain, etc. That way you can see oh, this will be an easy trail verses something more challenging.” Wilkins said. “If you have a pair of hiking boots, you’re fine. Just pick a trail that doesn’t have a lot of steepness. I like trekking poles, they’re great for balance. In the snow, you might be a little off, so pull out your poles and get going.” For more fitness inspiration and photos of Utah’s most stunning views, you can follow Wilkins’ Instagram page: jillrwilkins.

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Winter sports for the non-skier: Wasatch Front offers plenty of alternatives for outdoor fun By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com

Sledding takes off when there is fresh snow. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

Sledding offers winter fun for kids of all ages. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

Kids ready to take off after a storm. (Joshua Wood/ City Journals)

The ski season got off to a solid start in Utah with a late November storm piling over 3 feet at many resorts as they opened. That should come as great news for skiers, but what about Utah’s non-skiers? Do they wait until spring and summer for warm weather outdoor activities?

from $13 to around $25 per day. Many of the shops that sell and rent ski gear also rent snowshoes. From REI or your local ski shop, it is relatively easy to get a pair of snowshoes and poles and try it out. “Snowshoes are good,” said Alan Greenberg at Cottonwood Cyclery in Cottonwood Heights. “They’re low cost, it’s fun, it’s something to do outside. You don’t have to wait in line, the trails are free.” While the number of snowshoe rentals is fairly low from his experience, Dailey said he rents snowshoes to couples looking for something different to do on a date, or to older customers seeking low-impact snow sports. “It still gets you in the mountains, you still get to see cool stuff, and you’re not fighting the crowds,” Dailey said. “In the summer, you have all those hiking trails available. In the winter there are way less crowds.”

While that certainly is an option, there are a lot of other things Utah’s outdoors offer. From hitting the trails on snowshoes or darting downhill on a sled at the neighborhood park, getting outside this winter is easy thanks to the Wasatch Front’s accessible outdoor wonders.

Getting outdoors on a (snow)shoestring budget

Snowshoeing presents a low impact and relatively low-cost alternative to skiing. People can enjoy the crisp, clean air of the mountains at a fraction of the cost of skiing. Snowshoes help people access nearby trails without the same crowds they might encounter during summer. It is increasing in popularity, too. According to statistics, 3.7 million people snowshoed in the United States in 2017, up from 2.4 million in 2007. “It’s a great alternative,” said Mike Dailey at the Wasatch Powder House in Holladay. “I’ll send people to Millcreek Canyon because you don’t have all the ski traffic. There are a lot of trails up there. You can also go to the quarry in Little Cottonwood.” Snowshoe rentals in the area range

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Winter sports can be about more than snow

Ice skating presents a timeless way to enjoy winter sports. From the indoor rink at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center to the Olympic Oval in Kearns or outdoor rinks when they can be found, skating helps bring people together. Greenberg of Cottonwood Cyclery is passionate about skating and has visions of expanding access to ice skating in Cottonwood Heights. “It’s easy in the summer to make excuses to go outside and do something, but in the winter, it’s really hard,” Greenberg said. “My son plays hockey and

Locals flock to parks with steep hills after a snowstorm. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

goes to Hillcrest. If there’s an outdoor rink, he would skate there. He might meet some Brighton kids. Something like that brings a community together. That’s important.” With sparks flying as he sharpened a customer’s skate in his shop, Greenberg talked about his vision for an outdoor ice skating rink as the centerpiece of a winter haven in Cottonwood Heights. Put it near a sledding hill, add food trucks and outdoor concerts, and the whole community could take part in winter sports right in town. “Any ice sport is a hidden sport,” Greenberg said. “It’s tucked away in a rink. You really have to seek it out. You’re never going to stumble upon it. In the Midwest and the Northeast, where they have that stuff, you have communities that run into each other, and it’s out there. Who knows how many kids would see a rink and say, ‘Mom I want to play hockey or I want to figure skate.’” For those who do skate, Cottonwood Cyclery sells, repairs, and sharpens skates for hundreds of people in the area. “I’d love to have an opportunity down here, right in the middle, where people driving by look and say, let’s buy a couple of cheap hockey sticks and we’ll go dink around on the ice,” Greenberg said.

very popular among the mountain biking community,” said Sydney Ricketts of Trek Bicycle in Cottonwood Heights. “There’s definitely a large mountain biking community in Salt Lake. Fat biking is popular among mountain bikers because not many people do it so you don’t get the crowds like the ski resorts do in winter.” The large, wide tires on a fat bike are great for riding over loose terrain like snow. They tend to require a larger frame, particularly the fork, than most mountain bikes can accommodate. Fat bike enthusiasts find uses for them year round. “Some people are all about the fat biking,” Ricketts said. “They can definitely be a year-round bike. The traction, and the tires since they are so big, you can run them at a lower PSI. Since they’re so high volume they can act like suspension, if you will.” In the summer, fat bikes are popular for bikepacking, which is essentially backpacking by bike. The fat tires are great for rough trails and work as well in desert sand as on the winter snow. Fat biking also offers a winter alternative to skiing when the snow might not be so great. One limitation of winter fat biking is finding suitable trails. “Trails need to be maintained,” Greenberg said. “You can’t just fat bike on loose snow.” A big, fat winter spin on summer sports Not to worry. One way to find good The ice and snow don’t have to put off traditionally summer sports completely. trails for fat biking is to piggyback on anOne alternative that enthusiasts in the area other winter sport. “I see a lot of people enjoy is fat biking. “Fat biking is definitely biking on snowmobiling trails like in the

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Seven years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr

Another traditional summer activity that can be enjoyed in winter is fishing. Utah offers several good ice fishing spots less than an hour from the Salt Lake valley. (Photo courtesy Van Hoover)

Uintas,” Dailey said. “Mirror Lake Highway, Soapstone Road, they groom them. You have a road to ride on.”

Traditional winter fun right in town

Classic winter activities never go out of style. Go to a park like Mountview Park in Cottonwood Heights or Aspen Meadows Park in Sandy after a snowstorm, and you will find plenty of people sledding the steepest hills. Sledding is a low-cost activity that families can enjoy close to home. “We’re here just to have fun with the family,” Monica Smith said as she watched her kids race down the hill at Aspen Meadows Park. “We’ll try to ski half a dozen times this year, but we probably sled more.” People of all ages dart down snowy hills each winter, but sledding definitely seems to be about kids. It is a way for families to make the most of newly fallen snow and get outside during the winter months. “I don’t ski; this is it,” said Levi Ortega. “It’s all about my kids. There’s no skiing or snowboarding for me. We just sled.” Inexpensive sleds of various designs, from plastic or foam to inflatable tubes,

are widely available in stores. More elaborate sleds are also an option. “A wooden toboggan? I can get them,” Greenberg of Cottonwood Cyclery said. “Think what a killer Christmas gift that would be. It would be really cool to have.”

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Another traditional summer activity that can be enjoyed in winter is fishing. Utah offers several good ice fishing spots less than an hour from the Salt Lake valley. “Rockport (State Park) is a great place,” said Karson Ranck of Fish Tech in Holladay. “It has some nice perch and rainbow trout. And it’s just 30 minutes away. There’s Jordanelle (State Park), and Strawberry (Reservoir) is really popular.” The main obstacle to ice fishing, aside from getting over the idea of sitting in the cold for hours waiting for a bite, is getting through the ice. To do the job, people can opt for an old-fashioned manual auger or a powered one to drill a hole for their lines. Manual augers run around $70 at Fish Tech, while powered augers can cost $600. Ice fishing is another way to enjoy recreation areas without the crowds. There are multiple online resources to check on temperatures and ice conditions before venturing out. Making sure the ice is suitably thick for fishing is, of course, a key safety measure. It is also a good idea to research specific locations on the lake before drilling holes. Since finding a place to fish takes a lot more work when you have to auger a hole, it helps to make a plan of action ahead of time.

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Snowshoes offer a low-cost way to explore nearby trails in winter. (Photo courtesy of John Dehlin)

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Other winter sport activities that can be enjoyed include curling, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and more. There are also opportunities to put a winter spin on more traditionally warm weather activities like running and various team sports. Utah is renowned for its winter recreation, but there is much more to do on the Greatest Snow on Earth than just skiing.

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Do you have what it takes to be a professional hockey ref? By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com Did you hear about the professional hockey game where not one fight broke out? If you did, please let Jim McKenna know, because he probably would have loved to referee that game. Hockey, after all, is the only sport with a penalty box (a temporary detention cell) and requires its referees to match the toughness of its competitors. McKenna, while dodging hockey pucks and punches during the night, works during the day in the information technology world as an I.T. solution manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a profession he has had for the last 20 years. On top of all of that, he serves in the bishopric of his Murray congregation. “I started officiating when I was 24. I was married and going to school and needed a way to make some extra money,” McKenna said. “I was always hard on the refs when I played, always thought they did a poor job. One of them told me to give it a try if I thought I could do better.” The Skyline High graduate grew up playing hockey; he started at age 6. When the ice rink was not available, he and his brothers played street hockey. After graduating from the University of Utah, he continued playing hockey in recreation leagues and decided he could, indeed, do a better

job than other referees could. “I learned very quickly; it is a lot harder than it looks. But, I loved being involved, and it was a great way to make extra money. Later on, I kept doing it because I loved working in high-level games. I have also come to meet and get to know a lot of great people,” McKenna said. To be a professional hockey referee, you go through a process similar to the players. First, you are selected to work in developmental leagues and junior leagues, such as the USHL or NAHL. Referees are then hired to work minor professional hockey, such as the East Coast Hockey League and American Hockey League; then the National Hockey League hires the top refs of those leagues. McKenna officiates many of the Utah Grizzlies games and minor league teams in Idaho. According to McKenna, “I was older when I started working, and so I never had the desire to move my wife to the Midwest or back East to work hockey games. Most of the refs spend several years traveling around working games to get a shot at the pro level. I was happy and lucky enough to get to work here in Utah.” McKenna typically draws the linesman assignment, meaning his primary responsibility is watching for violations involving the

center line and the blue line, and infractions including icing and offsides, after which the linesman conduct face-offs. McKenna is also expected to break up scuffles, fistfights and other altercations that occur during the game. His day job of working with computers and, if you will, his weekend job (working as a leader in his LDS ward) are, without question, vastly different. “Dealing with players, no matter what the level of play—college, pro, or youth— you always have to be the adult and be in control, you can’t let your emotions get to you. I have found my faith and perspective helps me do that. “Yes, hockey is probably one of the most colorful sports, language-wise. I have found that the older I get, the less I care about what I am being called or what the fans, coaches or players yell. I have found if I can find the humor in all the craziness, it helps.” McKenna calls working the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics Games the highlight of his career. He called many pre-Olympic matches and assisted the international referees with all the games. “I worked as a linesman during the 2002 Paralympic Games. I lined the bronze medal game between Sweden and Cana-

Professional hockey referee Jim McKenna, in stripes, clears out of the way after conducting a face-off. (Photo courtesy Jim McKenna)

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t’s the new year, a time where many people promise themselves, this year they will turn over a new leaf and bust their bad habits for good. For those that have accomplished this mission, good for you. For me, however a new year’s resolution is more of a holiday tradition of making, and then breaking, an already empty promise to myself. I have found that if I really want to change a behavior, I need to turn the old habit into a new one. I try to make my new habits fun, challenge myself, compete with someone else and reward myself at the end. In truth, I have most success doing this when it isn’t New Year’s. But, in keeping with the holiday and my mission to inspire others to save money here are five habits we penny pinchers use on a daily basis to keep a few more dollars in our pocket. 1. We prepare food from scratch. Preparing meals ahead, freezing extras and avoiding eating out will really stack up to extra savings. Not to mention the added health benefit. If you find you are eating out too often or most of your meals are prepackaged, just making this one change can add up to big bucks. 2. We shop second hand first. We make it a habit to check thrift stores, Restore and consignment stores before buying new. If we don’t find what we’re looking for we often choose to wait plus,

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nless you’ve been living in the Gobi Desert, hiding from the toxic political atmosphere, you’re well aware that Bravo will air the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” in 2020. As if 2020 wasn’t going to be terrible enough. If you’re not familiar with the intellectual and thought-provoking series, executive producer Andy Cohen flies to town in his invisible helicopter, rounds up glamourous white women, tells them to act like idiots, then throws a diamond necklace into a swimming pool to watch them jump in wearing slinky evening gowns. It started in 2006 with “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and then spread like the plague through New York, Atlanta, Beverly Hills and other unsuspecting cities. In any given episode, you can expect nanny drama, coiffed eyebrows, white woman problems, plastic surgery cleavage, mean gossip, pouty lips, cats, jewelry for cats, catty behavior and lots of big hair. Buy why Utah? Well, the series tends to be overwhelmingly white, so I guess Utah makes sense. And I’ve heard that some women in Utah live glamourous lives in upper-class communities. That rules me out. My glamourous life consists of digging through laundry for a pair of matching socks. What I want to see is “The REAL Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.” Episode #1: Judy is late for church. She’s

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