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essages of hope and help were woven between popular Beatles songs at Riverton’s Live in Real Life event held at Riverton High School Jan. 27. Songs such as “Here Comes the Sun,” “I want to Hold Your Hand” and “Help!” were performed by Sean’s Garage band with special guest singers from the Riverton Concert Choir and the HOPE squads from Oquirrh Hills Middle School, South Hills Middle School and Riverton High School. In between the enthusiastic performances, speakers such as school resource officer Michael Ashley and suicide prevention trainer Lisa Carter talked about mental health resources available to the community. Oquirrh Hills Middle School ninth grader Autumn Popp was excited to be involved with the event and sing with the band. “Instead of saying ‘Help, I need somebody,’ we sang ‘hope,’” said Popp. “We want to make sure people know that we are here and that Oquirrh Hills has a HOPE squad.” Members of HOPE squads at each school are trained to listen, help and respond to peers who are struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide. Besides the program and performances, there were also booths set up outside of the auditorium with different support groups and community agencies, including the Salt Lake County Library, South Valley Services, Girls on the Run, Safe Utah App, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Family Therapy, Riverton Senior Center, Stretch Lab and Riverton City Youth Council. Trey Edwards, a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide prevention, said events such as Live in Real Life are important because they bring awareness and help erase stigmas. “The most important thing is helping people, especially students, know that they can get the resources they need,” said Edwards. “There is always one more resource available for you.”

HOPE squad members had a booth at the Live in Real Life event. (Photo courtesy of Riverton City)

Riverton resident Emma Weatherhead has been a volunteer for Youth Suicide Prevention with Healthy Riverton for three years. She said as a firefighter and paramedic, she has seen the effect that a single suicide has on a community. “It is hard to watch how one single decision can affect so many people,” Weatherhead said. “I’m hoping events like this will help start that conversation to open it up so people are willing to talk about their mental health and get the appropriate help. Because if people don’t talk about it, we can’t help them fix it.” Healthy Riverton offers a QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Suicide Prevention Training the third Thursday every month 7-8:30 p.m. in the community room at UFA Fire Sta- The crowd sang along with live performances of Beatles hits at Riverton’s Live in Real Life event. tion #124, 12662 South 1300 West. l

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Former Riverton resident reports from Super Bowl LIV By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


ithin a year, former Riverton resident Morgan Mitchell went from following Super Bowl trends on social media as part of her sports public relations class at Emerson College to working on location in Miami for Super Bowl LIV doing the exact same things she had studied. “Sports have always been such a big factor of my life,” Mitchell said. “Being able to attend this event was something that a year ago I wouldn’t have imagined happening.” Thanks to her professor’s career history as the public relations director for two previ-


ous Super Bowls, Mitchell found herself with the opportunity of a lifetime. Mitchell was one of 21 students who enrolled in Emerson’s Super Bowl LIV experience Program, a hybrid between a study abroad program an internship and a college course. Familiar with the volunteer programs typically found at the Super Bowl, Dr. Maria Scott decided to create a special program for communications students at Emerson to get real-world experience working at one of the biggest sporting events in the U.S.




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“[I’m] a big proponent of experience learning, but as an educator, there are a couple of things I worry about,” Scott said. “On the educational side, we want them to get real-world experience; however, we want it to be balanced with the same level of care they get from a professor who understands the educational value.” Scott combined experience learning with access to professors when she traveled with the students to the Super Bowl and was there to answer any questions they had as they came up. As part of her experience, Mitchell worked in the social media command center for the Super Bowl Host Committee monitoring and creating content for its Instagram and Twitter accounts @MIASBLIV. She also served as a liaison between the NFL transportation and members of the media and was able to work at the Super Bowl LIVE experience for fans. Mitchell said one of her favorite parts of the Super Bowl experience was attending a press conference. “I learned so much more about how the importance of preparing questions,” Mitchell said. “I was impressed with the thought that went into [the reporters’] questions. I was also impressed by how the commissioner dodged, but also answered, political questions. He would give people the answer they wanted without taking it too far.” One thing that she believes would surprise people about the Super Bowl is the fact that it isn’t just a one-day event. “The Super Bowl isn’t just a single day like people often believe it is,” said Mitchell. “It is a long week; everyone involved spends a lot of time working.” Students in the Super Bowl Experience returned home before the actual game, since there weren’t valuable volunteer positions available on game day. However, Mitchell


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Riverton mayor touts increased law enforcement, reduced debt in State of the City


iverton hosted its annual Peak City awards where Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs delivered the City’s annual State of the City address. Residents filled up the Old Dome Meeting Hall. The mayor expanded on the progress and highlights the city achieved throughout the year. Staggs focused on combining the State of the City Address in sync with the organizations and people who would be receiving them later that evening. There were some milestones the city hit that are separate from the awards. “We have completed 75% of the initiatives we planned to accomplish by 2022,” Staggs said. The Riverton Police Department gained nine more officers without any type of increase in taxes because the exit from the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service area in 2018 made up that difference. “Leaving the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area in 2018 has resulted in about a 20% savings to residents,” Staggs said. “That breaks down currently to about $1.2 million in savings from property taxes.” Other highlights included the numbers on utilities. Riverton residences have the lowest utilities in Salt Lake County. The general service fund or, “rainy day fund,” is currently just slightly below the state limit and a little above $3.1 million. Staggs expressed his confidence in the city’s current financial position. “We have reduced our total debt by 30% in the past five years,” he said. “We owed $49 million five years ago, and today we are at $35 million. That’s $1,100 dollars per person down to about 800.” Staggs closed his portion of the State of the City saying, “I believe more than ever now our city is financially secure, safe and prepared for future growth and challenges. Rest assured, your governing body is listening; we are learning, and we are continuing to lead. We should all be proud of our progress and confidence in the future outlook of our city.” it amounted to anThe The City’s Peak awards were announced following the Staggs’ speech by Greg Summerhays of the South Valley Chamber. The chamber is newly partnered with Riverton and presented the awards at the event together for the first time. The chamber currently represents more than 500,000 employees throughout hundreds of small, medium and large corporations. The chamber provides resources, programs and assists its members as they advocate throughout the year. The Peak Awards honor business leaders specifically in Riverton. These award winners are reported to be selected based on their combined efforts in two areas: First, for their service throughout the community; and secondly, for providing strength to the com-

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By Kirk Bradford | k.bradford@mycityjournals.com munity through years of dedicated service in a particular field. The Award for Large Business of the Year went to CenterCal Properties, LLC. it currently owns and operates the Mountain View Village in Riverton. The company started its first phase in 2018 and is anchored by Harmons with the surrounding area offering retail space and a variety of dining choices. The company broke ground on the second phase last year and intends for the more retail, dining and the addition of a luxury theatre. The accolade expressed gratitude for Mountain View Village’s impact on Riverton and to date it is unmatched by any other development in the city’s history. The Award for Small Business of the Year was granted to SEO Werkz. it is a local Riverton company that has experienced tremendous growth in the last two years under the leadership of founder and CEO Paul Staten. The company was ranked on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing companies in America in 2017 and remained on the Inc. 5000 list 2018 and 2019. It is cited with using a series of expert-level customer-facing strategies that have established a pattern of positive return on investment trajectories for companies throughout the United States. The Business Man of the Year Award was given to Todd Neubert. As the new Riverton Hospital administrator, Neubert was credited with having a huge impact on the Riverton community by creating partnerships that improve health outcomes. While under his leadership, Intermountain Riverton Hospital has established a partnership with the Riverton Library to provide and distribute the lifesaving overdose defense medication Naloxone in kits that are available to the public. The other areas of merit supporting the community include the Riverton HOPE Walk and Half Marathon. The Business Woman of the Year Award was given to Juliana Martin. She opened her first business in September 2018 with just 25 students. It grew quickly from operating below her home in the converted basement studio. The West Point Ballet currently has more than 160 students who travel from both Utah County and Salt Lake County to learn. In addition to the business, Martin gives back to the community by teaching free ballet classes at Riverton Library once a month, exposing hundreds of children to ballet that may not have had the opportunity to experience it otherwise. The Mayors Service Award was given to Pam Henderson. Henderson was cited as the most deserving of the inaugural Mayor’s Service Award due to the various areas she is committed to throughout the Riverton community. Henderson is the current volunteer adviser for the Riverton Youth Council. She is also a member of the Riverton City Events and Inclusion Committee. She was praised by Staggs as, “an example of a resident who

is committed to making the community better by being extremely supportive of events, initiatives and frequently spends time to volunteer and serve in a variety of capacities, often without recognition.” The Award for Excellence in Public Safety was given to Officer Tanner Grow of

Staggs described him as, “the prime example of an employee who understands the city’s vision and mission.” Under his leadership, Riverton City has been awarded millions of dollars in grants for critical infrastructure projects. He is widely respected throughout the county and state in his field. Staggs said

Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs delivers the State of the City Address before handing out the city Peak Awards with the South Valley Chamber. (Kirk Bradford/City Journals)

the Riverton Police Department. Since its his expertise and dedication to the city have inception last year, Grow is credited with benefited the community in countless ways. providing expert-level policing reports and served as a mentor to young officers. Staggs Peak Award winners described Grow as a “very conscientious and observant officer who takes seriously his reLarge business of the year: sponsibility to spend time in Riverton neighCenterCal Properties borhoods protecting the citizens and their Small business of the year: property. He exemplifies RPD’s customer SEO Werkz service model and exhibits kindness and Business man of the year: compassion in the performance of his duties. Todd Neubert He is an invaluable asset to the Riverton PoBusiness woman of the year: lice Department.” Juliana Martin The Award for Outstanding City EmMayor’s service award: ployee went to Trace Robinson. Pam Henderson “I have a bit here to read, but I want to Excellence in public safety: say, he is a phenomenal employee who can Officer Tanner Grow think outside the box,” Staggs said. Outstanding city employee: Serving as Riverton City’s public works Trace Robinson director and city engineer, Robinson has been employed by the city since August of 2007.

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Suicide Awareness trends and insight


By Kirk Bradford | k.bradford@mycityjournals.com

o you know the risk factors and signs to identify if your loved one is self-harming as having suicidal ideations? Dr. Dan Reidenberg is the executive director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, or referred to as S.A.VE. He also serves on the National Association of Suicide Awareness. He is also a keynote speaker on suicide in the U.S. In one of his most recent videos, he decided to put online, Reidenberg spoke about the influence of media in general— movies, TV and the internet, even streaming services such as Netflix. “When you look at the characters we see in media now, they are being intertwined with mental health issues, suicide issues, chemical issues and even death by suicide in these stories,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a major motion picture of the Netflix series like ‘13 Reasons Why.’” The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10–17 in the month (April 2017) following the show’s release. This was after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. When you consider the numbers on Utah’s suicide rates, they are much higher than the national average. Suicide is the leading cause of death among age groups 10–24. The Associated Press recently published an article that suggests that number may even be much higher. According to the AP, Utah’s number of drug overdose suicides has potentially been underreported by 33%, reported the study. An article in the Journal of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior said that the AP study looked at 2,665 overdose deaths that occurred in Utah. Paul Nestadt, one of the paper’s authors, says the nation’s opioid epidemic has troubled suicide classification across the nation saying, “If you work in mental health, it is pretty clear there is a lot of overlap in the symptoms of someone who is using opiates and someone who may be suicidal.” State health officials said roughly 630 Utahns die from suicide, and about 4,570 attempted suicide every year.If the new study is correct, that rate could be significantly higher. Michael Staley is a psychological autopsy examiner and suicide prevention research coordinator. When asked about the higher numbers in Utah and if the data could or would show higher numbers in 2019 including the overlap of drug related suicides, Staley provided some interesting information. “I’m working with VIPP (Violence & Injury Prevention Program) to get their


The Suicide Crisis Hotline Number is Prominently displayed at the Live in Real Live Event.( Kirk Bradford/ City Journals)

table updated to include preliminary 2019 numbers,” he said. “The 2018 data on the webpage is the most current official mortality data. Preliminary 2019 data is, well preliminary, which means that it could change, particularly as the OME determines cause and manner of death for cases that required additional investigation. Typically, mortality data is fairly unreliable until 90 days. While it’s possible that the claims are true (Utah has a rate of suicide involving an opioid) at a rate higher than other states, I’ve never seen any evidence of that. I’m looking into that and hopefully will get an answer soon.” Utah’s rate of undetermined deaths is double the national rate, with the majority of those undetermined deaths caused by poisoning or drug overdoses. Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, spoke to media about a bill he is moving forward, “Schools have offered vision and hearing screenings for decades, notifying parents of problems and referring them to resources,” he said. Salt Lake City College, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah have already started offering various sources of counseling for students as well as resources for survivors. They even offer some of the crucial courses to address issues that many don’t talk about following the suicide of someone close to them. Because suicide is a leading cause of death for youth ages 10–24, and symptoms of some mental illnesses manifest during youth, it makes sense to implement screenings that can improve youths’ mental health and potentially save lives, Eliason said. “The majority of mental health disorders manifest themselves during the teenage years,” he said. “When caught early, these conditions can be fairly easily treated and addressed, especially if they’re caught early on.”

The bill is still being edited and not yet released to the public, but the proposal would require the Utah State Board of Education and State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to select a tool or type of screening tool to be administered once per year to each student. “It seems odd that for the condition that is the largest driver behind the leading cause of death for school-aged children that we have no screening,” Eliason said. Riverton City leaders have already started to address this issue with their annual event. Last month the “Hope Walk” took place with the support of high school students, local residents and Salt Lake County politicians. Everyone on hand expressed his or her desire to support the message of hope and let those who are struggling know they are not alone. Hundreds walked together in Riverton to raise awareness and show support for suicide prevention. The Riverton Suicide Awareness Workshop will be on the third Thursday of each month at fire station 124 (12662 South 1300 West). If you are someone you know is struggling, seek help. You can find many resources through your middle school, high school or college counselor. You can also visit www.SPRC.org, which you can easily remember for the acronym Suicide Prevention Resource Center. It will also take you to the entire statewide list of Suicide Prevention resources and contacts. If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or just feeling down, call 1-800273-TALK (8255). It is confidential and anonymous. Everyone needs to know it’s OK to struggle, but nobody has to struggle alone. l

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Cold weather didn’t stop Riverton High HOPE walk By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


Riverton High Students and mascot getting ready for the HOPE walk (Photo courtesy of Riverton City)


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rigid temperatures and biting winds didn’t stop more than 500 people from showing support at the Riverton High School HOPE (Hold on. Persuade. Empower) Walk on Feb. 1. The walk raises awareness for suicide prevention and signifies support for anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts. Held annually on the Saturday following Riverton High School’s HOPE Week, this year’s walk started at Southland Elementary school, went down 12600 South and ended at the Riverton Spirit Corner. Attendees had a moment of silence, released yellow balloons and donned yellow gloves, hats, scarves and beaded necklaces to show solidarity and support to fellow students and their community. “I think people in high school are going through a lot,” said Riverton senior and HOPE squad member Malia Warden. “There are so many things happening in our lives. We all get in our heads so much that I think it is important to know that we’re all here for each other, and it really does get better if we are in it together.” Riverton High Senior Hayden Sargent said he was at the HOPE walk to stand in honor of multiple friends who have committed suicide. “I want people who see us walking to understand that there is no reason that they should be afraid to talk to us,” Sargent said. “We will have nothing but love and support for them.” Chris Madsen came to the HOPE walk with his wife and children to show support for his younger brother. “He suffers from depression and has had a few times he has felt hopeless so we wanted to walk for him today,” said Madsen. “It’s exciting to know there are this many people

out here ready to show support.” Riverton High School HOPE squad president Timothy Horner said people who are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts should reach out for help. “Suicide doesn’t mean that you are stopping the problem from getting worse; it prevents the possibility of the problem ever getting better,” Horner said. “There is help for you. We want you to know we love you and care about you.” This year’s HOPE walk was sponsored by Riverton City, Riverton High School and Intermountain Riverton Hospital. l

Yellow balloons were released to show raise suicide awareness at the HOPE walk. (Stephanie Yrungaray/ City Journals)

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3 performances of ‘Aladdin Jr.’ will grant all your wishes By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Sierra Cowley, pictured with her entourage, brings on the blue as Genie in South Hills Middle’s production of “Aladdin, Jr.” (Jet Burnham/City Journals)


ave you ever seen a play that was so good, you wish you could see it again? Your wish is granted. Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” will be performed at three local middle schools this spring: West Hills in West Jordan, South Hills in Riverton and Fort Herriman in Herriman. Each director has plans to grant the wishes of audience members hoping to see a great show. Want to see some magic? Wish granted! Kayla Martin, director at Fort Herriman Middle, promises some big magic in her production. “When I was young, seeing a musical was magical,” she said. “Now that I have 20 years of theater experience under my belt, I see it as my mission to bring that magic to my audiences and my students.” Want to see a carpet come to life? Wish granted! The magic carpet in the production at South Hills becomes a starring character thanks to a parent volunteer, an electric wheelchair motor and a creative dream. Audiences should also be prepared for the unexpected—girls will be playing the role of the Genie and Jafar. Want to be part of the show? Wish granted! West Hills director Judy Binns knows that audience members will get so caught up in the energy of the musical numbers, they’ll want to join in. Everyone will be invited to participate in two of the big musical numbers with colorful props. All three shows highlight student talent on and off the stage. At South Hills, Director Ryan Erwin depends on a core ensemble—those who didn’t fit the role of a lead but are talented and hardworking—for specialized choreography. Behind the scenes, Erwin also encourages students to apply their skills; sets were designed by ninth grader Hailey Fielding. “I feel like we do a great job of highlighting the talent that we have here,” Erwin said. Fort Herriman students have also taken a leading role in the technical aspects and design of their show, including hair and makeup, advertising and sets. High school students have returned to take on some directing responsibilities.


“I give them a list of expectations and let them do it,” Martin said. Sierra Cowley, who plays the Genie at South Hills, said it is a little intimidating to be performing the same show as two other schools within two months of each other. “If everyone’s doing the same show, there’s not going to be a lot of demand to go see the show,” she said. “But I feel like it motivates us to put on the best show so that we can feel good about our production.” Sierra plans to see the other productions, especially at Fort Herriman where her friend Lucas Morley is also playing the Genie. Lucas said it won’t be a strain on their friendship. “There’s not really a competition,” he said. “I think we’re both just doing our own thing.” Micaela Page, an eighth grader playing the Genie at West Hills, said the actors in each production will play their role in their own unique way. “It’s been really fun to put my own spin on all the different things that people would expect to see in the show,” said Micaela. Watching other casts perform your show is a learning experience, said Sterling Lund, who plays Aladdin at South Hills. “It’s always great to take a step back and look at how other people are portraying the roles and to just reflect on our own performance,” he said. Directors don’t expect the differences of their shows will become a competition. Binns believes that middle school art should be collaborative, not competitive. “I don’t tell the kids to be better than any other schools,” Binns said. “I tell them to go support the other schools.” Erwin agrees. “Real art isn’t about the comparison,” he said. “It’s about the celebration of each other’s success.” Erwin said middle school theater programs provide teens an opportunity to showcase their talents. “It’s all about making sure that when the lights go up, the kids are ready to go, they have everything that they need, that they feel confident and successful and they go out and have a fun time,” he said. Residents of all three communities are invited to attend one, two or all three of the shows. “Hundreds of hours go into these productions,” Martin said. “Come out and support all of us and see everyone’s unique interpretations of this magical show.” If cast members could have one wish granted, it would be to have an enthusiastic audience. “My favorite part of the play is at the very end,” said Stockton Taylor, who plays Iago at West Hills. “When you’re in the finishing pose and the crowd’s cheering—that’s just something I will remember for the rest of my life.” l

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Southland’s star spangled musical, a family tradition Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


ixth grader Ryan Horner starred as the lead role of Ben in Southland Elementary School’s production of “Quest for the Stars and Stripes” on Feb. 6 and 7. His older brother Tim, now a senior at Riverton High School, played the original role of Ben six years ago. “It was just the coolest thing that he would get to be cast in my part, and I would get to watch him do what I did when I was in sixth grade,” Tim said. “I just had such fantastic memories from the show. It was so much fun.” Southland musical productions have become a tradition for many families. Sharon Kartchner, Mary Jackson and Jennifer Preece—parents of past and present students—have written, arranged and adapted three musical productions that are performed in rotation every other year. Many students perform in the same plays as their siblings, either together in the same production or in a production a few years later. In “Quest for the Stars and Stripes,” a cast of 100 students portrays key people and events from 1777 to 1959 that influence the “wardrobe changes” of Gloria, the American flag. They sing 11 songs featuring characters such as a passionate Francis Scott Key, a noble Abe Lincoln and a sassy golden spike as well as events such as war and westward ex-

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A Civil War scene features a brother fighting against his sister, as two siblings play roles in opposing armies. (Jen Preece/Southland Elementary)

pansion. “We are happy that kids get to learn about American History in a fun way while also bringing our creative dream to life,” Preece said. “We love that being a part of this production gives these students a sense of accomplishment, confidence and pride in a job well done.” Once students reach fourth grade and are

old enough to be in the cast, they have likely already seen the play and know if they want to be a musical cotton picker, a beauty queen from Alaska or Hawaii, or a confederate soldier singing about “Goober Peas.” Fourth grader William Michaelis knew he wanted to audition for the role of Paddy, an Irish immigrant working on the railroad, so he worked hard to master speaking and

singing with an Irish accent. “It took a lot of practice and a lot of watching videos on YouTube about how to do an Irish accent,” he said. “One of my dad’s co-workers is Irish, so he had him say all my parts, and my dad recorded it.” The play was written to be a good mix of entertainment and education. “It definitely helped me as a sixth grader to see the basic outline of American history that I didn’t really understand,” Tim said. He said each time he has watched a younger sibling participate in a school play, the tunes and historical facts he learned at their age come flooding back to his mind. Janey Tobler, who played the role of Gloria the American flag, said she will remember more about history from the fun way it was presented in the play than she would from a classroom lecture. “When it’s just boring, nobody really wants to listen,” she said. “But the way we do it in the play, it feels more exciting.” Ryan plans to continue following in his brother’s theatrical footsteps next year in middle school. Tim, like many Southland alumni, continued on from his experience at Southland to perform in middle and high school theatrical productions. l

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Bright future ahead for Riverton High cheer By Lindsey Murphy | l.murphy@mycityjournals.com

Varsity cheer team finally performing for the crowd. (Lindsey Murphy/City Journals)


he Lifetime Activities Center at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville held this year’s state cheerleading championships. From the moment you stepped inside, you were met with bustle and an overwhelming stir of emotion. You can imagine the excitement, nerves and satisfaction in the building as it held qualifying cheer teams, coaches, family and friends who gathered to compete for the title of state champions. Among them were the Riverton High JV and varsity cheer teams. Due to their hard work, dedication and support from their coaches, they not only qualified for the state competition after their performance at re-

gionals, but they also qualified for nationals. This being after competing for a qualifying competition held by the national’s organization and snagging second and third place. “We put a lot of work in this year in hopes that we would make it to nationals again,” said sophomore Makayla Gillett (varsity). “After our first competition this year, we lost four girls. We had to work hard and regroup before region, and then we took first. That’s when we qualified for state.” “We took third at region,” said sophomore Rachel Jenkins (JV). “We hit everything, and we were all super proud.” Before taking the floor, the JV team members gathered together, holding hands and praying, prepping themselves in every way they know best to take the floor in confidence. The doors opened, and the crowd cheered them on as the team and its coaches took their spots. The varsity team inched its way closer and closer from the bleachers to the performance floor. The team members were eager to be part of this moment with their JV team. The officials requested them to move back into the bleachers before the JV team could start its performance. Everyone noticed the passion of these teams. “They are like family; they show a lot

of support and love in everything that we do,” Jenkins said about her cheer teams and coaches. The JV team nailed its performance and ran off the floor in excitement. The members celebrated their efforts and congratulated one another with big hugs and lined up for photos. “It felt so good, and I am so proud,” Jenkins said. “Even if we don’t take first, I know that we tried our hardest and put our best out there on the floor. I’m really excited to see what we put on at nationals, and I feel really confident about it. We get to prove ourselves, not just to our school, but to other schools in our state and even the country.” The varsity team was the last group of the night, watching team after team pour their hearts out on the floor, until Riverton Varsity was finally called. The team members reflected on their accomplishments that got them there. They tried to calm nerves of others and prayed as a team before finally taking the floor to perform for the judges, with their coaches, their biggest fans, on the sidelines cheering them on. “They are for sure my best friends, my family,” I can’t imagine cheering without them,” Gillett said.


After the solid performance from the varsity squad, emotions ran high. Everyone on the team was screaming, crying and laughing together as they celebrated. “Last year we kind of had it rough; I was injured, our flight got cancelled and our bus cancelled too,” Gillett said. “So, we have worked really hard to make it back, and it means a lot.” At the end of the night, the long-awaited awards ceremony was held, with JV placing first and varsity placing second in the state. l

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Gina Knowles receives the Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year award. (Photo courtesy of Gina Knowles)


hen a middle school teacher tells students they are going to study the best breakup letter of all time, they pay attention. That’s how Gina Knowles, Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, teaches eighth graders about the Declaration of Independence.

“You can’t just say, “Here, read the Declaration of Independence, and we’ll discuss it,’” Knowles said. “There’s no way for them to access that. You have to put it on something that they can understand. Otherwise, it’s just a bunch of words—hard words.” Her students study the Declaration of Independence for tips on how to end an unhealthy relationship. The colonists’ “Olive Branch Petition” becomes an example of how to butter up parents before asking them for more privileges. As a teacher of Utah studies and U.S. history at South Hills Middle School, Knowles has thrown out the textbook. Instead, she uses primary source papers—authentic historical documents—to teach the curriculum. “It’s important that students understand the story from the people’s point of view, those that were there,” she said. As a class, students read and discuss selected excerpts from documents such as “Resolves of the New York Sons of Liberty,” speeches by Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton’s “Federalist Papers,” and the “Olive Branch Petition” colonists wrote to King George III. “They learn how to annotate and look at primary sources and really think about those things in depth rather than just skimming over it from a textbook,” Knowles said. “Then they

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ica. They measure out the ship’s dimensions in the area just outside the portable classroom (approximately three portables long and one and a half wide). The entire eighth grade student body remains inside the area for a few hours of the simulation, performing jobs related to navigation, organization and manual labor. “I try to throw at least one of those activities into every unit, just so that they can get more of an experience-based piece,” Knowles said. Other times, Knowles uses games, video clips, period music, opinion polls, simulations, digital experiences and readers’ theater to teach concepts. Students show what they have learned by recording video ads, creating digital slide presentations and participating in formal debates. “She has a variety of ways of teaching us so everyone has a different way they can understand,” said eighth grader Rylee Sanchez. In her 25 years of teaching, Knowles has taught grades 1–9 and is always looking for ways to keep things fresh for herself and for her students. As the Social Studies Middle School Teacher of the Year for the Utah Council for the Social Studies, Knowles is now eligible to compete for the national title. l

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March 2020

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

Phase 1 of Southwest Vision Study Complete By Mayor Trent Staggs

lenges related to growth. With the help of our community partners we were able to acquire $225,000 in grants to apply towards a visioning study with the purpose of creating a cohesive, well-supported vision and growth strategy. This Southwest Vision study commenced in August 2019 and has officially completed the first of three phases.

Over the last twenty years the southwest region of Salt Lake County has seen unprecedented levels of growth. In fact, Phase one (Setting the Stage) was since 2000 the southwest region made up of four different tasks. has accounted for over 70% of all the growth in Salt Lake County, 1. Initiation + Ongoing Project and projections are that the current Management number of households will double 2. Community Engagement in the next 30 years. Historically, Plan growth and planning decisions have 3. Existing Conditions + been either siloed in each commuTrends Analysis nity, or super regional, across the 4. Benchmarking Assessment entirety of the county or large por+ Policy Gap Evaluation tions of the state. However, in 2018 I Identifying existing reached out to our conditions in this “Since 2000 the neighboring mayfirst phase is a key ors from Bluffdale, southwest region has part of the study. It Copperton, Herriessentially lets us accounted for over man, South Jordan, know the impacts 70% of all the growth in on our collective and West Jordan Salt Lake County, and infrastructure in the to form what is projections are that now known as the region, if all the citSouthwest Mayors the current number of ies build out to what Coalition. households will double has already been approved. This in the next 30 years.” phase also includFor the first time, communities at a ed an online survey sub-regional level which totaled over have decided to collaboratively 950 responses. I am proud to anwork together on a framework to nounce that 42% of all responses address current and future chalcame from individuals residing in


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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.

our city, which is an incredible level of participation. Thank you. From an analysis of existing conditions and taking into account your feedback on what is important in this region, the study can now move into some recommendations on how our cities can work together in a way that maintains our quality of life. A few of the top survey responses had to do with ensuring adequate open spaces, reducing traffic congestion, improving access to bus/ transit services and having job centers and regional shopping closer to where we live. As we continue to track the progress of the Southwest Vision study and begin to identify major opportunities for regional policies and specific strategies, I will continue to advocate for the needs of our residents. The growth we are seeing is not slowing down and it is imperative that we create a clear vision and goals that support smart, responsible growth.

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

For more information on the Southwest Vision study please visit swcountyvision.com.



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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 Battalion Chief Wade Watkins As a reminder, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning gasoline, wood, propane, charcoal or other fuel. Improperly ventilated appliances and engines, particularly in a tightly sealed or enclosed space, may allow carbon monoxide to accumulate to dangerous levels. Having the proper alarm system supports early warning and improves the safety. Each year, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is responsible for more than 50,000 emergency department visits, resulting in more than 400 deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Carbon monoxide, poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in your bloodstream. When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, the body replaces the oxygen in the red blood cells with carbon monoxide. In this circumstance, it was likely that the wind had blown the pilot light of the furnace out or lessened the ability for complete combustion to occur.

“Real World” Close Call On a frigid January morning, Riverton’s crew from Station 124 responded to elderly female in a traditional Riverton home. Her family had noticed that her overall health had declined Members of Riverton’s Hazardous Materials Response Team from rapidly with what seemed Station #124 pictured with gas monitors: Captain Gary Limberg, Hazmat Specialist Peter Gordon, Engineer Vance MaKean. to be like flu like symptoms. Upon arrival, the crew was interardous materials response. They acting with the patient’s daughter found that the alarms were reading who seemed to be out of sorts and extremely high levels of carbon focusing on her phone more so monoxide. These levels would most than she needed to communicate likely of been fatal to all that occuwith family. The crew focused on pied the home. If the family of four assessing and treating the elderly had not called 911 for the medical female and the paramedics transneeds of their mother. The entire ported her to a local hospital. family had signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning/expoThe remaining crewmembers were sure and were medically treated for cleaning up equipment and supplies their exposure. when a senior crewmember thought it would be valuable to monitor the Remember, when in doubt call 911 air inside the home with a gas mon- and your local responders will make itor, as this crew specializes in hazsure you are safe!

UPCOMING CITY MEETINGS City Council Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. Planning Commission Thursday, March 12, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. Riverton City Hall Council Chamber 12830 S Redwood Road Riverton, Utah 84065


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Board and Committee Representation By Councilwoman Tish Buroker Greetings Riverton residents. It is a pleasure to represent Riverton City Council in this month’s newsletter. I hope you are enjoying receiving a Riverton City newsletter monthly. The decision to provide a monthly newsletter is the result of feedback that we have received. Many residents have commented that they appreciated and enjoyed receiving the South Valley Journal, and now we have the Riverton Journal, Riverton’s own community newspaper at no additional cost. As part of city council responsibilities, councilmembers sit on various boards and committees. These boards are responsible for providing critical services to Riverton residents, and ensuring that expenses incurred in providing these services are reasonable. Below are some of the boards our councilmembers sit on, in alphabetical order: • Tish Buroker: Mosquito Abatement, Jordan River Commission, Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area • Tawnee McCay: Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area, Tourism, Recreation, Cultural and Convention Advisory Board, Association of Municipal Governments • Troy McDougal: Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area, Redevelopment Agency of Riverton City • Sheldon Stewart: Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area, Unified Fire Authority.


• Claude Wells: Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area, Redevelopment Agency of Riverton City If you have any questions or concerns A great example of the work volunteer committees provide is the regarding any Historic Preservation Commission’s recommendation to participate in of the above, the successful Wreaths Across America program held in December. please contact the appropriate councilmember. the community and placed on the I love serving on both Mosquito graves of military service members. Abatement and the Jordan River Go to the rivertonutah.gov/wreaths Commission and would be happy to to learn more and plan on attending share more. next year on Saturday, December 19. Another great example is the Riverton organized volunteer Healthy Riverton Committee which committees a couple of years ago. provides monthly suicide prevention These committees support Rivtraining, called QPR, and helps erton’s strategic plan, initiate and support the Live in Real Life series provide support for various activiwhich is held each January and ties and initiatives. September. A great example There are many other volunof the work these teer committees. Please visit volunteer commitour website at rivertonutah. “I am pleased gov/committees to learn tees provide is the Historic Preservathat we have more. tion Commission’s a committed On a final note, I would like recommendation and diversified to welcome our new memthat Riverton participate in the bers of the City Council, Troy council.” Wreaths Across McDougal and Claude Wells. America program With a couple of meetings that is held each completed, and several diffiDecember. With cult topics debated, such as the committee’s recommendation, short-term rentals I am pleased that and the support of Riverton City we have a committed and diverParks and Recreation Department, sified council. All of us work hard the American Legion, and most to be educated about the issues, importantly the Daughters of the come prepared to the meetings, American Revolution who recomand in the end recognize the need mended the event to the Historic to compromise to best meet the Preservation Commission, the needs and wishes of citizens. It is event was held in December. It was a pleasure to serve with our new a special, sacred experience. Over council members along with Coun190 wreaths were purchased by cilmembers McCay and Stewart.

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Water-Wise Planting

Attend a Localscapes University workshop hosted by Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District’s Conservation Garden Park. Come and learn the basics of water-wise planting and create an actual water-wise landscape design for your yard. This is a two part workshop and all classes are held at the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center. During part one, you will learn the basics of Localscapes and how to create a basemap of your property. During part two, you will create landscape designs from the basemap of your property. Cost is FREE, but you must pre-register at the link below, as space is limited to 30 per session.

Session 1: March 4, 2020 & March 18, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. Session 2: March 11, 2020 & March 25, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. • Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center 12830 S Redwood Road For more information, visit: rivertonutah.gov/beautiful



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: rivertonutah.gov/half or in person at Riverton City Parks and Recreation

For more details, or to register for any Riverton City event, go to rivertonutah.gov/recreation Register: Start Smart Sports

Not Your Parent’s Art Show Submissions

Trans-Jordan Landfill Disposal Vouchers

Summer Tennis League

Summer Youth Pickleball Club

Registration is now open for spring Start Smart Sports programs for kids, including Baseball, Soccer and Multi-Sport. Age varies by sport. Register online.

Artists ages 5-20, beginner to advanced, are invited to participate in our annual show. Submissions due March 13. For more info email bdance@rivertonutah.gov.

Pick up a free voucher to the Trans-Jordan Landfill at the Utility Billing Office at Riverton City Hall when you begin your spring cleaning.

Join our summer tennis league. Participants play one match a week at any time and place that works best between the two players. Cost is just $10 per person.

The pickleball club is for anyone 8-18 who currently plays, or is interested in learning pickleball this summer? Contact Ben at the email below to learn more.

• Programs Begin May 5 Registration Opens March 1

• Show runs Mon - Wed Noon-5 p.m., March 23-May 6

• Limit of two vouchers per household, per year.

• May 1 - Aug 31 Recommended age 16+

• Email bdayley@rivertonutah. gov if you are interested.


Localscapes University. Free classes (registration required) begin March 4 &11. Register at rivertonutah.gov/beautiful.


March 1 - Riverton Half Marathon & 4Life 5K Late Registration Opens March 1 - Spring Start Smart Sports Programs Registration Opens March 2 - Healthy Living Workshop, 7 p.m. @ Community Center March 3 - City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. @ City Hall March 4 - Localscapes University - Session 1, 7 p.m. @ Community Center March 11 - Localscapes University - Session 2, 7 p.m. @ Community Center March 12 - Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ City Hall March 13 - Not Your Parent’s Art Show Submissions Due March 16 - Art Show Ends: Through Toil and Labor @ Old Dome Meeting Hall March 17 - City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. @ City Hall March 18 - Localscapes University - Session 1, 7 p.m. @ Community Center March 19 - QPR Suicide Prevention Training, 7 p.m. @ Fire Station 124 March 20 - Riverton Half Marathon & 4Life 5K - In-Person Late Registration Closes (online only until race) March 23 - Not Your Parent’s Art Show Begins @ Old Dome Meeting Hall March 25 - Localscapes University - Session 2, 7 p.m. @ Community Center March 26 - Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 p.m. @ City Hall March 28 - Riverton Half Marathon & 4Life 5K, 9 a.m. @ Riverton City Park March 31 - Country Mile Races Early Registration Closes

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Let’s learn about UHSAA’s newest sport: Lacrosse


By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

tah high schools are welcoming boys and girls lacrosse to their sanctioned sports this spring season. This traditionally “East Coast” sport is not as familiar to sports fans here so we thought we’d ask some experts in the area to give us all a “Lacrosse for Dummies” lesson. The sport itself has plenty of differences between the boys and girls games so let’s look first at this individually.

Things you need to know about boys lacrosse

We asked Collin Madsen, boys program coordinator for Intermountain Lacrosse, to help explain the sport from the high school boys perspective. • There are 10 players on each side of the field – three attackers, three midfielders, three defenders and one goalie. • Among its midfielders, teams can use a faceoff specialist, who may come right to the sidelines after faceoffs, and a long stick midfielder, who plays with a longer stick. • Faceoffs, where one player from each team crouch down and fight for control of the ball, start all quarters and also happen after each goal is scored. • Lacrosse sticks are allowed to be deeper for the boys than the girls and the string can be mesh or traditional leather. • During play, the attackers need to stay on the offensive side of the field while the defenders stay on the defensive side. The midfielders can be mobile all over the field. • Players can body-check another player that has the ball with referees allowing body contact from the shoulders down to the waist. Boys are required to wear full protective gear, including helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, rib pads, gloves and mouth guards. • Fields measure 110 yards long by 60 yards wide – that is marked with a midfield line, two restraining boxes and two creases around the goal. • High school games are four 12-minute stopped time quarters. Madsen said approximately 5,500 boys play lacrosse in Utah with 2,000 of those of high school age. “I’d hope and expect both of those numbers to increase slightly this year with sanctioning and definitely see a sizeable amount of growth at both youth and high school over the next three to five years and beyond,” he said.

Things you need to know about girls lacrosse

Maddie Ferguson, the girls program director for Intermountain Lacrosse helped us understand the differences between the high school girls game and the boys. • There are 12 players on each side of the field – three attackers, five midfielders, three defenders and one goalie. • Games are started with a draw where

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Boys and girls lacrosse have now become the 18th and 19th sports sanctioned by the UHSAA with competition beginning this spring. (Photos courtesy Steve Crandall)

centers from each team stand facing each other with the ball being placed between the heads of both player’s sticks. At the whistle, both players try and push or pull the ball high enough in the air that it clears the shoulders of both players. After a “fair” start, they can either get the ball from the air or the ground. The other midfielders are waiting outside the center circle until the draw is clear or a penalty is assessed and possession is given to the other team. Draws are used after each goal as well as at the beginning of the second half. • Lacrosse sticks have a traditional pocket and the material of that pocket can be different. • During play, no more than seven players can be below the restraining line on their offensive side of the field. On the defensive side, eight are allowed including the goalkeeper. • The top of the ball must be above the sidewall when it’s in the pocket. • No body-to-body or stick-to-body contact is allowed. An immediate yellow card is assessed if a player’s stick hits another player above the shoulders and a two-minute non-replaceable penalty is given (like the hockey penalty box). Two yellow cards equal a red card and players are subject to automatic removal from the game. Players are only allowed to make contact with their stick when the ball carrier is holding their stick below their shoulder. Girls are required to wear a mouth guard and goggles. • Goalies remain in the goal circle, or defensive area. The three defenders are in their restraining area and typically use a square or diamond setup while the three attackers do the same in their restraining area. The five midfielders are the only players that can be in the center section of the field for the draw with the center midfielder designated to take the draw. • Typically, players use a tight cradle

motion between the ear and the shoulder when possessing the ball. • Fields measure 120 yards long by 70 yards wide and contain a midfield line, two creases, an arc at eight meters and an arc at 12 meters. • High school games are two 25-minute halves. “The growth here has been amazing,” Ferguson, a New Jersey native, said. “There are more girls high school teams than ever and it’s growing at a massive pace.” She noted that nearly 40 teams have been added since UHSAA’s announcement that the sport would be sanctioned. Also, Utah now has its own U17 national team where previously they had been combined with Idaho and Montana and with that increased presence, more All-American players are being recognized from the state and moving on to play collegiately.

Where the boys and girls games are the same

• When a team shoots and misses the goal, possession is awarded to the team that is closest to the ball when and where it exits the field of play. So the offense can take multiple shots in a possession that miss the goal, and still retain possession. • An offsides penalty is assessed when too many field players are over the restraining line. The maximum is seven. • Only goalies are allowed in the crease or goal circle unless the goalie is not in that area. In that case, a field player can run through to pick up the ball, but no defense can be made against shots on goal since they are not wearing the appropriate gear. • A rule of “shooting space” protects players to ensure safe play. When players are on the attack and typically around the goal area, defenders must come in from an angle – not head on – to align their bodies to defend safely. “Shooting space” penalties result in an

8-meter shot (think penalty kicks in soccer). The “dangerous propel” rule puts the responsibility on an attacking player to refrain from shooting if a defender comes at them head on until the official makes the “shooting space” call. Otherwise, the penalties offset. “Those two rules are super, super complicated to observe as they are happening, to administrate as an official, and to put into action as a player,” Collins said. “So, I would say that shooting space is one of the most common penalties in the game and generally the least understood.” • Yellow and red cards typically are handed out for safety and sportsmanship violations and other penalties result in change of possessions or penalty shots, depending on where on the field the fouls occurred. • Whether it’s boys or girls lacrosse, the most basic movement on the field is a cradle which keeps the ball securely in a player’s net. The use of an effective cradle leads to the best possible scenarios for a shot attempt or a pass. • When the ball is scooped off the ground, it’s called a ground ball. In a battle for that ball, players cannot hit the other’s stick if they don’t have possession of the ball. That is called an empty check and is basically a turnover, handing possession to the other team. • Defensemen use “d-pole” long sticks which are six feet long and designed for players to try and check and dislodge the ball from attackers from a distance. (Teams are only allowed to use up to four long poles on the field at one time while the other six players have a standard lacrosse stick that is required to be between 40-42 inches in length. These sticks allow for easier movement and protection. • Goalies wear full protective gear and have sticks with a much larger head than the field sticks. “The inclusion of lacrosse as a UHSAA-sanctioned sport is huge for the sport,” Madsen said. “I think that overall it is going to have a massive impact on the sport here in the state. It is something that the Utah lacrosse community has been talking about and hoping would happen for many years, and it has finally come to fruition. I think it brings additional credibility, awareness and interest to the sport that will continue in growing the sport both in participation and performance.” “Lacrosse is an amazing sport and it’s also an extremely different sport than many others,” Ferguson said. “Oftentimes there is a quick love for the game because there is a spot on the field for every kind of athlete. It’s also an amazing off-season training sport for other sports, so anyone focused on basketball has the footwork to be an amazing defender, if you love to run, well, you’re a great midfielder and football players get the physical aspect of men’s lacrosse.” l

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Don’t burn out By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com


ental health is ridiculously important. If we experience burnout (a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress: synonyms include overwhelm, fatigue, exhaustion, collapse), we can’t function to our usual standards. Luckily, we are beginning to take mental health seriously. We are talking about it more, leading to policies being implemented that place emphasis on mental health, more focus being paid to the individual and less stigmatization of diagnoses. I’m grateful to live in a time where my boss and colleagues understand if I need to take a mental health day. But…(you knew this was coming, right?) I don’t support the perpetuation of normalized self-care stereotypes. For those frequently on social media, common tropes can be found weaving through tags like #selfcaresunday and #mentalhealthmonday. Within the first long scroll, users will view pictures of female legs emerging from bubbly bath water, potentially from a bath bomb, with an assortment of accessories like a wooden caddy holding a book, lit candles, flower petals, and/or a glass of wine. In addition, users come across posts endorsing skin cream, face wash and other beauty products. These posts perpetuate the idea that self-care is wrapped up with beauty. (While there are positive emotions associated with the confidence of looking and feeling


beautiful, which can influence one’s mental health) I believe that self-care should not be solely dependent on beauty. I should be able to take care of my mental health without glowing skin or radiant makeup. As Beyoncé says, pretty hurts. Instead, I whole-heartedly support perpetuating individuation – finding something to do for your mental health that works for you; something that supports your mental health, something that allows you to practice self-care, something that releases those dopamine neurotransmitters. For example, music makes me happy. A self-care ritual I routinely engage in is driving along I-15 and singing (and dancing) to the steering wheel. Additionally, I will always, always recommend therapy as an important and frequent practice to take care of your mental health (mostly anyone with psychology training will). If therapy is an option for you and your financial situation, please consider it. Just remember to stick with it – therapy sessions don’t begin to become beneficial until after the first few visits. Therapists need the opportunity to get to know their patient beyond just a single hour. However, many patients will drop therapy after their first session because they don’t feel that it's immediately helpful. Don’t do that. “Therapy doesn’t work for me,” one of my friends told me last month.

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Historic Senior Night honors Mountain Ridge’s first solitary senior All Photos by Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com

Chase Carley was recognized before the game as Mountain Ridge’s first senior in its basketball program history.

Chase Carley battles down low against a Mountain View defender. Carley was second on the team this year with 10.6 points per game.

Freshman forward Jackson Moller makes a layup during the Senior Night game against Mountain View High School.

The night doubled as Senior Night for the Mountain Ridge cheerleading squad, which recognized five seniors during halftime.

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DON’T SETTLE FOR AVERAGE. The night doubled as Senior Night for the Mountain Ridge cheerleading squad, which recognized five seniors during halftime.

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he Northern Utah Spelling Bee on March 7 will showcase spelling skills and dedication. The competition is open to the public at Bingham High from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Even in this day and age, when we have spell check on everything, it’s still good to have strong spelling skills for many professions,” said Bryan Scott, creative director at the City Journals. “The work it takes and the process to be the best at something needs to be celebrated.” There are many jobs where being a good speller has its advantages, such as coders who can spell can usually code twice as fast as those who don’t spell well. Spelling also helps people improve at reading and writing, he said. One-hundred and twelve elementary and junior high students will compete. Schools from Salt Lake City, Davis, Weber, and Utah counties. They send two champions from their Spelling Bees to compete at the Northern Utah Regional Spelling Bee. The students range from fourth to eighth grade. The City Journals sponsors the event to give students the chance to be the top speller in the region. The winners then attend the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Bee Week is May 24 - 29, 2020, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The Scripps National Spelling Bee is over 75 years old. It is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company from its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information visit spellingbee.com/. l

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Meatless doesn’t mean tasteless By Alison Brimley | a.brimley@mycityjournals.com If one of your goals in 2020 is to eat less meat, you’re in luck. 2019 saw the widespread introduction of meatless meal options, even in fast food restaurants like Del Taco and Burger King. Of course, many people go meat-free for the sake of animals. But eliminating animal products is also one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Even just cutting down on meat can have an impact.

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You might say meatless burgers are having a moment. Meat-free patties come in two basic categories: those designed to imitate meat and those that embrace their veggie essence. Of the meat imitators, the Impossible Burger (made largely of soy protein) and Beyond Burger (made of pea protein) reign supreme. They’re very similar to real meat in taste, texture and even macronutrient content. Veggie patties are usually made from a blend of vegetables, grains and seeds, and their macronutrient content reflects that. Overall — especially when prepared with all the fixin’s — meatless options aren’t necessarily healthier than their animal-based counterparts. But we’re just talking taste here. If you venture downtown, plant-based eateries and meatless options are easier to find. But restaurants in the south Salt Lake Valley have some tempting offerings as well. Here’s a roundup of the best meatless burgers. 1. Ice Haüs’s Kein Fleisch Burger (Murray) Ice Haüs, a bar and restaurant, offers one of the more extensive vegan menus you’re likely to find at a place for omnivores. Their Kein Fleisch (German for “no meat”) burger does not disappoint. Ice Haüs uses Beyond patties, but they certainly put their own spin on the burger, which is topped with vegan kielbasa and cheese, beer-caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, sauerkraut, and spicy mustard. It’s heavy, flavorful and satisfying. If you’re looking for a big, juicy meatless burger you probably won’t notice it’s meatless, this is the one to try.

2. Hires Veggie H (Midvale) Unlike many burger joints that source their meatless patties from outside companies, the patty at the center of Hires Veggie H is house-made. The patty is a blend of carrots, broccoli, onions, green peppers, celery, mushrooms, rice, wheat, rye, oats, barley, seeds and spices that tastes a lot better than it sounds. It’s also topped with a soft bun, cheese and fry sauce. It’s not meant to imitate meat—the veggie patty is its own thing—but it might be as close to the greasy deliciousness of a classic Hires Burger as you can get without involving a cow. Plus, almost any of the burgers on Hires’ menu can be made with a veggie patty instead of beef patty, so there are plenty of options for meat-free eaters. 3. Dog Haus’s Impossible Burger (Sandy) Dog Haus is known for their hot dogs and sausages, but they do have a fair selection of plant-based options. Their Impossible Burger isn’t large, but it does have everything Utahns love in a cheeseburger: pickles, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and fry sauce. The sweet King’s Hawaiian roll that serves a bun completes the sandwich. I dare you to tell the difference between this and a beef burger. 4. Crown Burger’s Garden Hamburger (Sandy) Crown Burger doesn’t make its meatless option easy to spot on a menu. But the Garden Hamburger is, in fact, vegetarian. There’s not much to it except for a tasty bun, fry sauce, fresh toppings and a Gardenburger patty (made from mushrooms, oats, cheese and spices). And while it’s not meant to fool you into thinking it’s made of meat, it is a pretty delicious sandwich. 5. Fueled Kitchen’s Black Bean Veggie Burger (Draper) Fueled Kitchen offers one of the most popular meat alternatives: a black bean burger. Their black bean burger has a subtle spiciness, accentuated by the tomatillo spread that tops the patty. The whole wheat bun is soft and the sandwich feels substantial, but it lacks the greasiness many crave in a burger.

The Kein Fleisch burger at Ice Haüs is completely vegan, though you wouldn’t guess by the look (or taste) of it. Ice Haüs has an extensive vegan menu. (Alison Brimley/City Journals)

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Saturday pancake breakfasts have been a staple in the Smith household for decades. But the crowning glory has always been dad Bob’s homemade buttermilk syrup. “One day we were out of buttermilk, but we had an old container of Log Cabin (syrup),” Bob recalled. When the pancakes were served without dad’s buttermilk syrup, his children boycotted the pancakes. His oldest son asked incredulously, “Do you really expect us to eat this syrup?” “Right then, I knew the buttermilk syrup was something special,” Bob recalled. Special might be right. There have been few innovations in pancake syrups. “It’s been basically maple forever, some artificial syrups and low sugar ones, which nobody likes, and some fruit syrups,” Bob said. So buttermilk syrup — a favorite of home cooks — was ready to sweeten up the market. The Smith family dove in. After obtaining a cottage food certificate (an approval by the State), things started slowly. In their Cottonwood Heights’ kitchen, the eight Smith children plus parents made 250 bottles of syrup. It was a tricky business managing three gallon-sized pots, temperamental frothing syrup, and bottling. They sold the final product, Uncle Bob’s Butter Country syrup, at local farmers markets. It wasn’t until a few years later when Bob’s son Jared returned from his church mission and began attending BYU that things got going. “I knew that if we didn’t make and market this, someone else would,” Jared said, adding that once people taste buttermilk syrup, there’s no going back to artificial maple syrup. Jared set about experimenting, making hundreds of bottles, and consulting


food scientists, including his brother-inlaw, Cameron Smith, a recent food science graduate at the time. It took about 18 months to verify that Uncle Bob’s syrup was shelf-stable, because it is made with real buttermilk and cream. Getting the product to market proved to be another challenge. Eventually Harmons took them on and later, Associated Foods. Butter Country is now in 170 stores. Jared described the syrups as on par with premium maple syrup, but with new flavors, a creamy texture, and no artificial additives. For traditionalists, they have a butter-infused maple flavor. The original buttermilk flavor makes a good base for fruit toppings. New flavors include harvest spice and coconut cream. Bob said he hopes these syrups bring people back to the simple delights of a pancake breakfast. “It’s about making memories,” he said. Jared agreed. “The syrup reminds me of big, hardy pancake breakfasts with my family.” www.buttercountry.com

black market trading company’s chili-Pepper infused free range fudge

One autumn day, Rick Black was pureeing his varieties of homegrown chili peppers to freeze, when he had a fiery vision. “I wondered what the essence of the chilis would be like in a good quality hot fudge,” he recalled. “That is, literally, how the idea came.” With his favorite Dutch processed cocoa, he experimented extensively until he invented a chili-infused hot fudge sauce that, he said, “amazed” people, including his brother in Texas, who became his first

The original Uncle Bob’s Butter Country Syrup is made with real buttermilk and cream. (Photo courtesy Jared Smith)

The chili-infused Peppermint Free Range Fudge, which tastes like a warm, spicy, ooey-gooey Junior Mint. (Photo courtesy Marli Black)

investor. Black’s goal was to make a premium product with a unique twist. He sought sensations that brought the palate to life — a smoothness and sweetness from chocolate combined with the “essence” of chilis to bring out notes of heat and flavor. Black, a scientist by profession, got seven tasting groups together in his Sandy neighborhood. He’d test different types of chocolate, cocoas and combinations of chili varieties, then asked participants to fill out questionnaires. “Even if people didn’t like spicy foods, they all said it’s the best hot fudge they’d ever had,” he said. After perfecting his “proprietary blend” of seven varieties of chili peppers and finding the best cocoa, he leased a commercial kitchen, and with a humorous poke at our label-conscious culture, named his spicy creation Free Range Fudge. Popular flavors include original, extra spicy, milk chocolate and peppermint fudge, which Black’s daughters say is “like a warm, spicy, ooey-gooey Junior Mint.” New flavors for holiday offerings are in the test kitchen now.

Donning chili-patterned pants and wearing an aspirator and goggles while pureeing the chilis, Black makes his fudge in small batches, selling them through his website, www.blackmarkettradingcompany.com and at local stores. His family, including wife Jill, help cook and bottle the fudge. They work quickly, the beneficial result of Black’s production-efficiency studies. Daughter Marli does the photography, while daughter Kalen manages social media. Soon, he hopes to have his own commercial kitchen in order to work on transitioning from small-batch to large-batch production for distribution to grocery stores. “This is a passion,” Black said, and one that’s challenging to do while working full-time. But he’s having fun zooming around town in his Honda hybrid with a bold graphic of the Free Range Fudge mascot — a cartoonish chili pepper wearing a cowboy hat. On the rear window is written his favorite quote, “We don’t pen up our peppers.” “Happy peppers make happy fudge,” he quipped.

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SweetAffs Cakes and Cookies

On the long counter of Afton Swensen’s commercial-grade kitchen sits flour, sugar, butter and M&M’s, ready to be made into Valentine’s Day cookies. Besides custom cookies, Swensen’s home-based company, SweetAffs, creates specialty cakes — her most requested flavor is Biscoff cookie batter and her most popular cake is a four-layer colorful unicorn creation. Swensen is more than just head baker and cake/cookie decorator for her business. She’s also the janitor, finance director, photographer, videographer, teacher, researcher, social media whiz, and inventory clerk. “You have to wear so many different hats,” she said, referring to food entrepreneurship. “You have so much that you end up learning along the way.” Swensen credits her mom and grand-

mas for her creativity. Her work ethic and determination comes from her dad, who passed away three years ago. And her love of cake making? She credits that to the TV show, “Cake Boss” and the inspiration of star baker Buddy Valastro. So, 12 years ago, the West Jordan resident started educating herself through YouTube videos, cake blogs, and “a lot of trial and error.” Soon, she developed recipes and learned techniques that gave her confidence to make cakes and cookies for friends and family. They, in turn, encouraged her to start an Instagram account (@sweetaffs), which “just took off,” she said. Now, she books three months in advance for orders and has expanded into teaching cake and cookie classes, which often book out in a day. As a self-described social butterfly, Swensen loves teaching others as much as she loves baking. “Sometimes we sell ourselves short and think we can’t do something,” she said. When her students have

that “I can do this” moment, she is joyful. Time restraints have honed her designs (think “simply elegant” or “colorfully fun”) and baking work. “Baking has created a whole new sleep schedule for me,” she said. With a 2-year-old, a part-time job, and a small farm she runs with her husband, she works late most nights. “It’s been a learning process of what I can handle and what I can take on,” she said. “I do things in stages.” She’s hoping to add more classes, including online classes for her out-of-state fan base. One day, she wants to operate SweetAffs full time. Until then, she’ll work late into the night baking and decorating the dozens of cookies and several cakes she makes each week. “I am grateful that I am in a place to make this a reality,” she said. “I try to be grateful for it and for everything I have.” The four-layer unicorn cake is most often requested www.sweetaffs.com and on Instagram for kids’ birthdays says SweetAffs’ owner Afton Sw@sweetaffs ensen. (Photo courtesy Afton Swensen)

Food competitions take the cake By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com Eight teams of students and teachers emerged from the dust of flour and sugar with creations such as panda-faced red velvet cupcakes and apple cinnamon cupcakes with apple cider buttercream and a last-minute caramel drizzle. The latter was named winner of Fort Herriman Middle School’s second annual Cupcake Wars held Jan. 22.

A passion for cooking, the thrill of competition and bragging rights, motivates many teens to enter cooking competitions. “It lets them be creative in a way that school doesn’t always let kids be creative,” said Madison Heist, teacher and judge at FHMS. All seventh graders learn basic cooking skills. Older students take Foods and Nutrition classes as electives. The most serious high school students take two years of ProStart classes to prepare for food service industry jobs. But—it’s the contests that really take the cake. Competitive cooking is a popular TV trend that has influenced many foods instructors to incorporate contests into their curriculum—who can create the best smoothie or ice cream sandwich? Others host afterschool competitions for any student who thinks they can craft the best pizza, burger or cupcake. For more intense competition, the Family Career and Consumers Leaders of America (FCCLA) offers student competitions in Baking and Pastry and Culinary Arts events. ProStart hosts region, state and national competitions requiring teams to create and execute a three-course meal. Jordan High foods instructor Shauna

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Young said competitions provide learning opportunities students can’t get in a classroom. “In the classroom, they have a limited amount of time and oftentimes a limited amount of resources,” Young said. “Having students compete teaches them to try new things, expand their comfort zone, build confidence, and do hard things that they didn’t think they could do.” JHS junior Jordan Castaneda likes that competitions allow him to be more creative. For the ProStart competition later this month, his team will make shrimp nigiri, stir fry chicken in a noodle nest, and layered mocha Chantilly cake. They will have just one hour and two gas burners to execute their menu and will be judged on taste, presentation, technique, time management, knife safety, sanitation, food cost, menu planning and business plan. During competitions, students are expected to problem-solve on the fly. As a FCCLA event judge, Kristy Yeschick watches for how well students respond to problems under pressure. “In the classroom they have that safety net,” she said. “If they mess up, it’s OK, they can do it again. Whereas in the competition, you’ve got to be at your top game.” Copper Hills High School foods instructor Megan Maxfield said competitions teach teamwork, problem-solving, time management, and leadership skills. When CHHS teams competed in the FCCLA regional Baking and Pastry event, problem-solving began weeks before the competition. The recipes they were given recipes for chocolate chip cookies and

Fort Herriman Middle students put finishing details on their cupcakes. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

garlic bread knots had errors, said senior Brooklyn Gutierrez. Measurements and cooking times had to be adjusted through trial and error during several practice runs. At competition, the team had to adapt to even more complications: Their cookie dough got too cold, the kitchen equipment was unfamiliar, and humid weather affected their recipes. FHMS teacher Kayla Martin, whose team has won cupcake wars both years, said skills gained through competitions benefit everyone, not just those interested in highly competitive culinary careers. “Everybody works a fast food job at some point in their life,” she said. “So it’s good practice for working in a kitchen or a high stress job.” Many students love the thrill of the stressful environment of competition.

“I like the pressure,” JHS senior Mia Conham said. “I think it’s fun and I get really competitive.” JHS senior Holly Tang said when they are prepared, they can enjoy the competition. “We always have a ton of fun,” she said. “We’re always laughing and joking with each other.” Emma Powell, a competitor in FHMS’s Cupcake Wars, said it’s easy to forget about the pressure when doing something you enjoy. “It has a competitive aspect to it but you also have fun in the moment,” she said. “Then you realize there’s 10 minutes left. There are people you have to beat. So you put more effort than you think you can put into it.”

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It’s a life of learning for this wine educator By Linnea Lundgren | l.charnholm@mycityjournals.com All during this winter, Sheral Schowe’s disabled adults to learn independent living skills. mind was focused on sunny Spain. Not for vacation planning (she wishes), but rather to study Spain’s 17 autonomous wine regions and the dozens of unique appellations. There were thousands of wine facts to know, maps to memorize and soil conditions to understand. For 6 to 8 hours each day, Schowe sat at her desk studying for the Wine Scholar Guilds’ rigorous Spanish Wine Scholar certification program. “It’s the hardest test I’ve ever taken, and I have a master’s degree,” joked the Sandy resident. But such diligent study is all in a day’s work for Schowe, the first female wine educator in the state who started Utah’s first official wine school, Wasatch Academy of Wine, decades ago. Wine has always played a central role in Schowe’s life. She grew up near California’s wine country, where wine was appreciated and served with dinner and visits to wineries were regular events. So, when she moved to Utah in the ’70s, she said, “I anticipated a change in the wine culture.” But, when she found herself at a Provo restaurant and the waiter poured her “wine,” which turned out to be a disguised bottle of Welch’s grape juice, she thought, “What kind of bizarre place am I in?” Utah, she decided, was ripe for a proper wine school. But that would come a bit later. Instead, Schowe, who had just received a master’s in education administration, found herself developing Utah’s first community education program serving children and adults with disabilities. Granite School District told her if it was going to succeed, she’d have to fundraise for the participants’ enrollment fees. “I thought, ‘How incredible, I got a master’s degree just to do bake sales and car washes,’” she said. Then her thoughts turned from tedious cake baking to the joys of wine tasting. She enlisted Utah chefs to donate food for a tax write-off and then gathered every oenophile (connoisseurs of wines) she knew to make a donation, bring a bottle, and learn about it. “The [District] was impressed with my fundraising, but I never told them it started with wine,” she said. Enough money was raised to open several programs in the District that addressed the academic needs of adults with cerebral palsy, gave children access to wheelchair basketball, and created programs for developmentally

“And it all was originally started by wine education,” she said. Several years later, in 1991, she started Wasatch Academy of Wine. For Schowe, the appreciation and study of wine is a gateway to many stimulating experiences in life. Besides new tastes, aromas and textures, an education in wine opens up new worlds — the geology of a grape-growing region, its society, art, history and culinary expressions. “You can become intellectually and experientially connected to the world through wine,” she said. While academic study is necessary, she values learning through experiences, especially through travel and meeting winemakers. “Last year I was in Europe for two months. The purpose was to meet with winemakers, to walk through their vineyards, to watch them make wine, to visit cellars, to taste wine with their families and experience their food traditions,” she said. “I bring those stories home and it greatly enhances the presentation in all my classes... it gives a deeper meaning.” Schowe focuses on European wines, while other teachers at the Academy cover New World wines. Her life’s goal is to taste every wine from every appellation in France, Italy and Spain and, while she’s tasted many, there are hundreds she hasn’t. “It is like a treasure hunt,” she said. Her students today have increasingly sophisticated palates, Schowe said, so the Academy has expanded to include Wine Scholar Guild classes, wine dinner clubs, and popular food and wine pairings. She’s delighted to now see local restaurants with well-researched wine lists and knowledgeable staff. And diner’s tastes have ventured beyond just wanting to know what the best Cabernet is, she said. People want to explore wines in detail, such as dry sherries from Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain. That’s something she’s excited to teach now that she’s spent all winter studying Spanish wines. “I look forward to planning new and creative ways for wine enthusiasts of Utah to learn about wine, where and how it is made, and connecting them with the hard working and caring people who make it,” she said. Visit www.wasatchacademyofwine. com or on Instagram @utahwineschool.


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