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he once defunct Dimple Dell Overlay Zone is back in another form for consideration at the behest of the Sandy City Council. Chairman Kris Coleman-Nicholl said she would direct city administration to bring a permanent zone change proposal—rather than a overlay zone— for the properties that border the Dimple Dell Park to the council for formal consideration in the June 28 City Council meeting. The city will take no formal action on the issue until July 19 when both Councilpersons Chris McCandless and Maren Barker return to council duties. They did not attend the June 28 meeting. “What I see an overlay zone doing is allowing you to manipulate the zoning that could change pretty dramatically the nature or complex of an area,” Councilman Scott Cowdell said, elaborating on why he would rather simply change the permanent zone. Cowdell continued on saying that the contour of the Dimple Dell area dictated what was possible for development in greater measure than what zoning allows. Assistant Department Director James Sorenson then explained that unique zoning for any area may have unintended consequence when applied to a zoning category that may exist in a different part of the city. He also said overlay zones may be the best way to create area specific zoning changes.

The council continued to question if overlay zones are required or optional for development. Sorenson said that a developer has the option of following the underlying, base zone as it is often assumed that the base zone is more preferable to the city’s desires for an area. Cowdell suggested the city simply wait for rezoning applications to come from developer rather than taking action on the Dimple Dell area. “But there is no protection right now,” Nicholl said. “It’s being challenged every month.” Much of previous discussion on Dimple Dell area zoning attempted to balance protecting the nature of the park, protecting the existing neighborhood and protecting developer’s rights. Cowdell implied there is the possibility of a court challenge on the zoning if the city repeatedly denies applications. Councilman Steve Fairbanks and Sorenson agreed that previous overlay zones often include deals with developers to make exceptional accommodations to the what the city wants to see in an area to get desired zoning. Any changes to zoning in the area would require the zoning process would have to start over, including posting public notice to the area and allowing public comment in both the Planning Commission and before the City Council. Cowdell said he is open to a discussing a

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permanent zone change but was wary of resident reaction of continuing the public hearing process after previously denying two previous overlay proposals. “I just hate to say ‘Let’s do that’ and the residents come back and say ‘You voted against that. Why is it happening?’” Cowdell said. The city council denied an Ivory Homes application for a rezone of four contiguous plots that dip into the Dimple Dell to housing the placed onethird to quarter acre lots on top of the rim of the park in exchange for dedicated open space adjacent to the park nine months ago. In response, the city formed a special committed that included Nicoll, McCandless, members of the Planning Commission and residents of the area that came up with two overlay zone options. One previous overlay zone option permitted for what they called “cluster housing” on top of the ridge and required that a certain amount of dedicated open space adjacent to or land given to the park. The other allowed for a traditional minimum half-acre lot subdivision with higher than normal set backs, along with other restrictions. The council voted to have an ordinance written for the traditional development overlay zone on June 7. But on June 21, the council then voted down the actual ordinance that would have created the overlay zone, much to Nicholl’s disappointment. l

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Sandy Library Celebrates 25 Years By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


esidents came from all over the city to help the Sandy Library celebrate 25 years of helping the community. The library held a special party for patrons and staff on June 14 to recognize not only the library’s history but also the dedicated staff who have worked there over the years. “Twenty-five years is a good standard to celebrate. It’s an important anniversary that people recognize,” Darin Butler, library manager at the Sandy Library, said. “I wanted to show the staff appreciation for the many years they’ve been working here and so something to show recognition.” The party was a simple affair with crafts, cookies, drinks and several drawings for Barnes and Noble gift cards. Butler said that unlike the library’s 20th anniversary, he wanted to make sure the staff were recognized for their hard work. “I wanted to be very big on appreciation this time,” Butler said. Butler had the library’s marketing department make up blue ribbons that could be attached to the nametags of the staff members. On those ribbons were the number of years the staff have been working either at the Sandy Library or in the Salt Lake County Library

“I love to read and there’s something romantic about working in a place of knowledge and language.” System. Butler, who has been working for the library system for 18 years, wore his badge under his nametag. “I hope people say things to the rest of the staff about their years of service,” Butler said. Butler admitted he didn’t know if people would come to the event but it turned out lots of residents came to join in the celebration. “One woman remembered when the library opened,” Butler said. “She said she appreciated us being in the community.” Before the library was opened on Petunia Way, the old Petersen branch was located on 700 East. The library moved because it outgrew the demand. “We have been the biggest and the busiest ever since we opened,” Butler said. The Sandy Library has between 30,000 and 32,000 patrons come in every month and circulates 1.5 million items each year. While the library does have 28 public

computers, those aren’t nearly as popular as residents bringing their own devices and using the library’s Wi-Fi. According to Butler, as of February the library had 5,500 sessions per month, which account for about 10 percent of the usage in the entire Salt Lake County Library System. “We have the highest wireless usage in the system,” Butler said. The Sandy Library also has a series of programs available to the community, nearly every day. While many of the the programs for children are entertainment based, there is an emphasis on literacy foundations including reading, writing, playing, singing and talking. “We do activities that try to build on early literacy foundations,” Butler said. The library also provides activities for teens and adults such as gaming or cooking classes. Kristen Wayman has been working at the

library for the past 24 years and will reach her own 25-year anniversary on November 11. She started working at the library in high school as a shelver. “It seemed like a nice place to work,” Wayman said. “I love to read and there’s something romantic about working in a place of knowledge and language.” Wayman continued working at the library, eventually making it her career. “I’ve always loved it here,” Wayman said. “We’re like family here. We always do our best.” Over the years, Wayman said the major changes have involved technology. With the advent of the internet and e-readers, the library was concerned it would be out of business. However, the library has continued to provide resources for the residents. “It changed the question but it didn’t end the question,” Wayman said. Wayman’s favorite part of her job is working and interacting with patrons. “What other job do I get to inspire people and create things?” Wayman said. “There’s no cheaper way to get knowledge and enjoyment.” To learn more about the Sandy Library, visit http://www.slcolibrary.org/ and click on the Sandy Library. l

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Local Author Draws on Experience for Book Series By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


arla Jay knew she wanted to be a writer when she was 7 years old. She had read “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Warner. She was enraptured by the stories. She would sit at her father’s typewriter, banging out short stories. “I wanted to make up stories of my own,” Jay said. In college, Jay took creative writing classes and had professors point out some of her short stores. She wrote for short story contests and screenwriting contests. However, it was never her career. Karla Jay has been a speech therapist for the past 34 years. She began to write a nonfiction book based on her different experiences in her field. “It was the weird and strange things that happened,” Jay said. “My book agent told me it would be so much better as fiction.” She put the stories away for a few years before taking them out again to write “Speaking in Tungs.” The book tells the story of Marleigh Benning, a speech therapist from San Francisco who travels to the town of Tungston in rural Pennsylvania to search for her birth parents. “I made those funny stories and put it in a different situation,” Jay said. “It’s not the real stories that happened to me but there are little flashes of stuff that happened.”

One example is Marleigh has to help a client who creatively swears after a stroke. There are five quirky clients featured in the book. The rural Pennsylvania is also based on Jay’s life. Though Tungston is a fictional place, Jay grew up 35 minutes away from the rural area she describes in her book. “Speaking in Tungs” was recently nominated for a Thurber Award for American Humor. Jay will find out if she won in September. When writing “Speaking in Tungs,” Jay wasn’t planning on a series. Her character Marleigh plans on spending the summer in Tungston but the first book only covers two weeks. “My friend said I should write a series and my agent agreed,” Jay said. Her second book, “Speak of the Devil,” follows Marleigh as she continues working with her clients and continues her relationship with a local fireman. However, the biggest challenge occurs when she inadvertently becomes entangled with a clandestine heroin operation. Jay is currently working on the yet unnamed third book but doesn’t think the series will go on for more than four or five books. “I’ll just keep going. People seem to like them,” Jay said. “You want people to like them but when they love them, it’s even better.”


Because Jay has to balance writing and her career as a speech therapist, Jay spends most of her weekends writing. She said she’s not the type who can write for just a half hour a day. “I have to have a few hours,” Jay said. However, Jay is always thinking about her writing. She works with word-count goals, either how many words she’s going to write that day or how many she’s going to write that month. Jay said she encourages other young aspiring writers to keep writing. “There are so many things I’ve written that will never see the light of day,” Jay said. “The idea was good but the writing wasn’t there yet.” She also encourages writers to read. She tries to read at least 50 books a year. “Read stuff people like and see what works,” Jay said. To learn more about Jay’s work, “Speaking in Tungs,” “Speak of the Devil” and her upcoming book, visit karlajay.com. l

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mily Guertler had a great idea. She invented a pair of pants with a discreet zipper on the leg that would allow diabetics to administer shots without having to take off their pants. This idea propelled the 15-year-old Emily to win both third place and the People’s Choice Award at the Young Entrepreneurs National Saunders Scholarship Competition in Washington DC. Emily is a member of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy. She joined in March after her mother, Becky, told her about the program. “I thought it was a good idea to learn about business and learn how to start a business,” Emily said. “Once I got the idea, I got really motivated.Emily was inspired to create StraightShot Apparel by her 7-year-old brother Lincoln, who was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago. Emily explained if her brother gets shots in the arm, it causes painful scar tissue to build up. “If he gets it in the leg, it decreases the rate of that,” Emily said. With the zipper opening in the pants, Lincoln can receive shots in the legs much easier than he would having to go through the process of undressing. Emily was one of seven national finalists who convened on June 13 to pitch their ideas and compete for college scholarships. Emily became one of the national finalists after winning first at

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Emily Guertler took third place and the People’s Choice Award for her idea of making pants that are easier for diabetics.— Becky Guertler

the chamber level and then at the regional level. In Washington DC, Emily presented her idea and business plan to 10 judges, the first place winner from last year and a large audience. The judges awarded her third place while the audience voted for her idea for the People’s Choice Award. Emily said she was surprised when she found out she had won. “I was just happy I got to go to DC and compete,” Emily said. “I was really surprised. I was still trying to compute it when I sat down and started taking it all in.”

Emily doesn’t know how much scholarship money she won because she’s waiting to hear back from colleges. However, the first place winner received a $30,000 scholarship to the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. Emily said working on her project helped her a lot in several skill areas including public speaking, researching and being able to make a prototype and a business plan. Emily hopes to expand StraightShot into different types of clothing. “Right now it’s just pants, but I want to grow bigger and have dress shirts and dresses,” Emily said. “Then I want to expand the clothing line into others like those with g-tubes. I want to modify clothes to help those with disabilities.” This year, Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy had a total of 14 businesses finish the program with nine kids actively starting their business. Students in the program range from 11 to 18 years old. Mentors, sponsors and investors give donations of either time or money in order to make the program successful. The chamber is currently accepting applications for this year’s cohort of Young Entrepreneurs Academy. For more information, visit sandychamber.com. l

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When is the Sandy City Code Going to be Online? By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com


he city code is like the holy writ for a city presenting the do’s and don’ts that make up the underlying fabric of a community. Coincidentally, some argue that the Bible was the first e-book ever produced. Enter Sandy City. Sandy’s city code is not online despite neighboring cities like Draper and Cottonwood Heights having their city codes online since the early August “Every time we started the project, we had other pressing issues we were working on that were a little more urgent,” Sandy City Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Korban Lee said. “This is important, but never urgent.” However, Lee said the city council approved $50,000 for recodification, or reassembling and organizing of the code which is currently housed in separate sections by the city recorder and the departments that pertain to relevant sections of the code. City Attorney Robert Wall said that the lack of an online city code is both a weakness and an opportunity in his SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) analysis before the City Council on June 7. The city council has a meetings where residents can go and look at council materials like departmental reports, ordinance, minutes and audio recordings of past council meetings. One opportunity Wall suggested a possible city code site could share source code with the city council’s site. Lee went even further to say that integrating a new online city code could link to the city council system to help show the recent history behind ordinances, giving access to agendas, meeting minutes and council documents. Lee hopes to create a

searchable code, but isn’t sure of the city will develop the code in-house or hire a third-party to build and maintain the text of the code. As a weakness for the city, publishing the code online brings de facto scrutiny to both policy and enumerated codes. With greater public access comes greater public scrutiny and Wall said it was up to the council to assure that the code would be presentable to public.

“I think we are really behind on this especially for our residents.” “Before we publish it—to some extent—we are comfortable with what is says,” Wall said in the meeting. Councilwoman Maren Barker was a real property lawyer in Florida 10 years ago and frequently needed access to several city codes. “Every city where I needed codes were online 10 years ago,” Barker said in the meeting. “I think we are really behind on this especially for our residents.” Wall claimed that this was something the mayor’s office had been anticipating putting it online in concert with the City Recorder’s Office, but the code is still not online. “So, we have this chicken and the egg problem,” Barker said. “Do we try to fix the code first and then publish it up or do

we publish it first and then fix it?” Barker welcomes putting the code up as soon as possible saying that it will help increase citizen engagement and education on how the city and its officers work, as well as leverage the scrutiny of the masses to find mistakes in the code. Wall noted the problem with out of date or incorrect codes is not an uncommon problem among cities. Barker said that the lack of access to the code affects both residents and city officials. Both are resigned to call department experts or the city recorder to get the policy and, as reflected by the business license ordinance adoption a few weeks ago, that might not line up with what is on the books. “I think we owe it to our constituents to provide easy access to the code so they can get educated and understand it for themselves,” Barker said in an interview. Lee said there is no timeline to complete the project yet since the project hasn’t begun yet. However, he had the personal goal to get the project finished by the end of the fiscal year of next July. Some cities contract out publishing the code, while others maintain their own systems. Provo, Eagle Mountain and Riverton City—to name a few in the state—use codebook.com. Alta, Draper and South Jordan City use a site called sterlingcodifiers. com Certain sections of the code are well maintained as the city council approves new ordinances. The land use, law enforcement, public utilities and animal control code are frequently updated to reflect the common use and demand for the code from residents and city staff, Lee said. l




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Pepperwood Drive Rezone Falls in Emotional Meeting, 4-2 By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com


esidents and city officials squared off with raised voices and implications of impropriety over rezoning the vacant lot on 2000 E and Pepperwood Drive, which was denied in a 4-2 vote. The June 14 Sandy City Council meeting was near capacity with many residents ready to speak against the rezoning application submitted by Ivory Homes of the lot from a Commercial Convenience District to a Planned Unit Development District (8), allowing eight residences per acre. Public comment opened with a prepared statement from Lori Nelson, a designated representative of the Pepperwood Homeowners Association, who presented the position and legal opinion of the association. “Why is this being pushed when it has already been turned down twice?” Nelson said after the meeting. “There is no other high density (housing) of this nature anywhere near.” Comments from there ranged from local history and anecdotes to passionate cases against the rezone to openly questioning whether or not the council served the interests of the neighborhood or of developers. Primary concerns centered around maintaining the character of the Dimple Dell and Pepperwood area with larger lots and an attempt at a rural feel. “This is kind of the Field of Dreams problem: ‘If you build it, they will come,’” Nelson said. “It will completely change the nature of the neighborhood, absolutely.” History The Ivory Homes rezoning application seeking to create a gated 55-year-old adult, high density development was first heard by the Planning Commission on Sept. 17, 2015 and was ultimately rejected but approved their own proposal for a PUD (4.5), despite a favorable recommendation from the zoning staff. It is of note that Scott Sabey is the chairman of and Doug Heymore is a member of the Sandy Planning Commission and members of the Pepperwood HOA. The City Council disregarded the PUD (4.5) recommendation and conditionally approved the original PUD (8) application on Jan 12, 2016 with two major conditions and after several failed votes. One of which was a series of specific design changes; the other was that the Planning Commission give a favorable recommendation to those design changes before a final approval. The Planning Commission again gave an unfavorable recommendation to the application on May 19, 2016. The June 16 city council meeting was designated as the public comment hearing before a final vote. The rezone application ultimately fell on a 4-2 vote to deny. Confrontation in the meeting Several comments were very aggressive asserting that the

A very full council chamber hears public comment on the Pepperwood Drive rezone application—Chris Larson.

surrounding residents individually didn’t want the project in their area and that the neighborhood collectively would suffer from increased traffic, devalued properties and a loss of character. One citizen directly accusing Councilman Chris McCandless of acting in Charles Horman’s (the property owner) financial interest and Councilman Steve Fairbanks of not being impartial due to his relation to Mr. Horman. Fairbanks’ wife is to the Horman family. “Everybody I talked to sitting in the crowd didn’t think he was impartial,” Pepperwood resident Ron Edwards said to the council. “They thought he was in on the take.” Mayor Tom Dolan was having none of that. Dolan, who only occasionally comments in council meetings, intensely called Edwards comments towards the council “inappropriate.” “It’s inappropriate to come before an elected body and say those things when they are here to serve,” Dolan shouted. Edwards then traded barbs with Dolan and Chairwoman Kris Coleman-Nicholl over the no clapping procedure of the council meetings constitutionality, while police were called for. When Edwards took his seat, Dolan continued his harangue: “I’m tired of listening to this. They are trying to listen to you and they are trying to make a decision on something they have to listen to and make a decision on. I don’t know what their decision is going to be. But, don’t be insulting. You think that gets you anywhere? Don’t be insulting. Be respectful. They’re respecting you to listen.” A crowd-member pointed out that Edwards was the only directly accusatory commenter. But, Dolan noted several snide comments over the intentions of the council and of Ivory Homes. Previous city council minutes show that Fairbanks did repeatedly make motions to vote on Ivory Homes’ application in the Jan. 12 council meeting in spite of the council voting it negatively on the application six times before several conditions were applied to the preliminary approval. It was earlier in this meeting that he said his relation to Mr. Horman would not affect his objectivity.

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Sandy City Fire Donates Ambulance to Honeyville Station By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com


he Sandy City Fire Department donated a surplussed ambulance to the Central Box Elder Fire District on June 20 after Sandy received two new ambulances earlier this year. Sandy City Fire Chief Bruce Cline sent a letter to the state’s fire chiefs on April 25 informing them of the 2008 Ford and Horton Ambulance cab’s surplus status. Five candidates from small fire departments from across the state presented their interest. The fire district Chief Jordan Andersen said the donation of the ambulance helps fulfill a department goal that simply wasn’t financially possible for the fire district, stationed in Honeyville, Utah. The fire district already has a quick-response, no-transport EMT team for emergency calls, but hopes to evolve it into a licensed ambulance service to transport patients to hospital. “There are still several hurdles to go through. Licensing an ambulance to transport patients is fairly involved,” Andersen said. “But financially, it was something we really couldn’t really achieved without the help of this donation from Sandy City.” Andersen also hopes the addition of new equipment and progress on a long-term goal will revitalize the efforts the 22man crew to achieve licensing and training goals to staff the vehicle. Six-year Honeyville Mayor Dave Forsgren said the city operates on a total budget that ranges between $70 to $80,000. “There is no way that we could afford something like this unless it was donated,” Forsgren said. “This is the only way

L to R: Sandy City Fire Chief Bruce Cline, Mayor Dave Forsgren and Central Box Elder Fire District Chief Jordan Andersen stand in front of the ambulance donated to the Central Box Elder Fire District on June 20, 2016.—Chris Larson

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to calls quickly, Andersen said. Thus, having the ambulance will also increase response times from the EMTs and provide better safety for the crew while en route to calls, Andersen said. Central Box Elder Fire District is a volunteer force with its station in Honeyville. The district is responsible for covering over 110,000 square miles and 3,000 residents on an $5,000 annual operating budget, according to Cline. “Can you imagine running a little volunteer fire department on $5,000?” Cline said. The Center Box Elder Fire District currently relies on contracted ambulances from Tremonton or Brigham City, extending response times to 15 minutes where a city like Sandy has an average response time of under five minutes. The fire district consists of Bear River, Honeyville and Deweyville, Utah. The Sandy fire department surplussed the ambulance after the second of two new ambulances ordered in Aug. 2015 was delivered in May 2016. The first was delivered in January 2016. Sandy now has five ambulances. One will remain in reserve as the four others are used to respond to calls for service, Cline said. Sandy fire also received a grant in Dec. 2015 worth $266,000 to replace the department’s 13-year-old air tanks and masks. Twenty-five old masks and tanks went through a similar surplussing process and were given to departments in Hilldale and Castle Valley, Utah for use or for parts, Cline said. l


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City Council Kills DDOZ, Elects New Chairman By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com Dimple Dell Nixed in Final Vote The Sandy City Council rejected the ordinance that would have created the Dimple Dell Overlay Zone for properties that fall in Dimple Dell Park at the June 21 council meeting. In the June 7 meeting, the council heard public comment on two overlay options. One would allow for higher density, cluster housing on the rim of the park on the condition that a certain percentage of land adjacent to the park be dedicated open space or given to the city. The other was for traditional subdivisions with a minimum of half-acre lots, increased set back than normally zoned and other conditions for all new development. The council voted to choose the latter option. However, the actual ordinance language that would create the official change was rejected on a motion to do so from Councilman Scott Cowdell, District 1, and a second by Councilman Chris McCandless, District 4. The overlay ordinance fell in a 4-3 vote. Council Selects New Chairman Stephen Smith, councilman-at-large, was elected to the chairmanship under a new selection policy created by the council in Nov. 2015. His year-long term will begin on July 1. Councilwoman Kris Coleman-Nicholl, District 3, was the last chairman selected by rotation based on descending seniority. Formerly, ever six months the chairmanship would rotate to the next most junior councilperson and then the councilperson junior to the char became the vice chair and de facto liaison to the Planning Commission. Under the former policy, Councilwoman Maren Barker, who is the most junior member of the council would have been the chair with with Cowdell being the vice chair, an obligation he repulsed because of missionary service obligations to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Cowdell asked to have two proposals for changes to the selection policy be placed on the agenda, but asked to have them pulled before and after the vote was taken. The council discussed the issue after discussion to keep the issue on the agenda spilled into a direct conversation on the selection policy. Debate became escalated in intensity until Chairwoman Kris ColemanNicholl, District 3, pulled the matter from the

agenda and the meeting was adjourned. Smith and Cowdell got into a brief verbal alternation after the meeting. Boulder Ventures Development Rezone Application Approved, Miss Adopting Ordinance Jeff Vitek of Boulder Ventures Development opened the public comment on his company’s application to rezone the land north of the Latter-Day Saint chapel at 300 East and 10600 South, saying his company had reduced the density and increased the number of parking stalls for the development. Vitek said the for-sale, town home project would require the parcel be rezoned to PUD (8). He also said the initial application had been reduced from asking for a PUD (10.5) to PUD (8) in response to public comment, claiming it was a 27 percent reduction in housing units. The parcel is currently owned by the Utah Transit Authority and is valued at $3.94 million according the transit authority website. The council agreed that the surrounding high density housing units and natural buffer of the train tracks makes the Boulder Ventures project a reasonable fit. Public comment held the common tenor of other public comment sessions with residents concerned about traffic, the supposed undesirability of the high density housing and parking. The council approved the rezone application 4-3, but didn’t take official action on an ordinance because it was not before the council due to a clerical error. Century Link Franchise Agreement Approved The council approved a franchise agreement with Century Link. The agreement will allow Century Link to operate in public and city right-of-ways to install and maintain equipment and infrastructures. The non-exclusive agreement, presented by Public Utilities Director Shane Pace, allows Century Link to trim trees, restore roads and install antennas under the direction of the city administration. Century Link is also required to offer local channels in the television product and provide Sandy City with an educational/government channel and capital equipment and assistance to set up the channel. The channel can be combined with other cities if Sandy can’t provide enough programing. l

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Sandy Fire, ParentsEmpowered Campaign to Douse Youth Drinking By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com


andy City residents may notice a series of ParentsEmpowered videos featuring Sandy City Firefighters and ParentsEmpowered graphics adorning the sides of Sandy City Fire Department vehicles starting on the Fourth of July weekend. The department and ParentsEmpowered entered the third phase of a campaign partnership in Sandy to “empower” parents to safeguard their children against the effects of underaged drinking on June 30. Phases one and two included a partnership between law enforcement and Waste Management to share reminders with parents about the impact of adolescent and teen drinking. Beginning the 30th, ParentsEmpowered released a series of video featuring Sandy firefighters offering their advice and facts on how to help prevent teen drinking and how to approach the subject to begin with. Also, several Sandy fire vehicles will feature advertising graphic from ParentsEmpowered. Fire Chief Bruce Cline said he has witnessed calls for service involving alcohol and 6th grade youth. “The number show if (adolescents) drink that early in life, their likelihood of becoming alcoholics is astounding,” Cline said. “When you drink it makes you do some stupid things as a kid.” Firefighter Emma Weatherhead was featured in one of the videos. She is also the mother of a 13- and 15-year-old. She said increasing pressure to drink underage appears to be coming from from people around them—friends and classmates to name a few—and various cultural pressures, calling for a greater need for parents to know who kids associate with and what they do when they are not home. Cline also advised that the beginning of protecting children form underaged drinking starts in family discussion settings.

Sandy City Fire Chief Bruce Cline speaks at the press event announcing the release of ParentsEmpowered videos featuring Sandy firefighters and the display of anti-underaged drinking graphics on various Sandy firefighting vehicles at Sandy City Fire Station 31 on June 30, 2016—Chris Larson

“(Research) also shows that if a family eats together and talks about the issue that are at hand—alcohol, drugs, the economy, politics—that they understand and wills stay out of trouble,” Cline said. Cline also claimed that people who hold off drinking until 21 have a much lower likelihood of abusing alcohol later in life, if at all. “Simply put, underage drinking can hinder how a teen’s brain develops, damaging the impulse control/good judgment area of


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the brain, and harming the learning/memory parts of the brain,” ParentsEmpowered.org claims. Weatherhead also said that holding off on drinking until the legal age of 21 allows for further brain development to finalize and allow for greater life experience, which would allow for more thoughtful decision making. ParentsEmpowered.org representative Mark Brown said it is critical that its understood that underage drinking has decreased in the state, but wants to push until there is a culture of zero-tolerance for underaged drinking. “When you give or allow access to alcohol to a person underage you are starting, in effect, a fire in their brain that they may not and many cannot control,” Brown said. Brown claimed that about 6,000 Utah youth drink regularly and get alcohol from or with permission from their parents or other trusted adults. He asked that those who do so to reconsider their action because of the increase likelihood of addiction for those youth later in life. The videos and graphics released by ParentsEmpowered will run for the next six months. “We hope that this will help parents break the ice and have those conversations with their children,” Weatherhead said. Brown and Cline both compared parental standards about underaged drinking is like fire prevention, claiming it is easier and better to prevent incidents rather than facing tragedy associated with both. ParentsEmpowered is an initiative funded by the Utah State Legislature and administered by the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control since its 2006 founding. l


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Small Cell Towers: City Tries to Address New Mobile Technology By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com


andy City currently doesn’t have a code to address the next phase of mobile communications: small cell towers. Sandy City planner Wade Sanner said that the city has been informally approached by cell carriers Verizon Wireless and Mobilitae to build small cell, or micro, cell towers dedicated to boosting data speeds. However, the city has no code to address formal applications from carriers to build such towers despite federal mandate that municipalities give a formal response within a certain period of time. “So that binds us a little bit as staff because once a company applies we have a certain time frame according to (federal) law to act upon that application and we don’t have an ordinance in place to address it,” Sanner said. Cellular data traffic in North America has exploded over 40 times what it was in 2010 according to data analysis by Ericsson Mobility Report and estimates state that data use will double again in the next four years, Sanner said. “Demand for wireless data services has nearly doubled over the last year, and is expected to grow 650% between 2013 and 2018 according to Cisco,” Verizon Wireless Mountain Region public relations manager Meagan Dorsch. The explosion in data comes—in part—as mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops and an increasing number of other devices attempt to access the internet in earnest for customer consumption. In response, carriers like Verizon Wireless are approaching municipalities about installing small cell networks as well as

traditional macro sites to meet the coming demand. “Small cells consists of a radio, antenna, power and a fiber connection. Other considerations like height are dependent on the location and local jurisdiction,” Dorsch said. Sanner said an interdepartmental committee came up with nine initial points for regulating small cells in the city that include mandating common aesthetic properties across companies, requiring underground infrastructure and co-locating small cells where possible. Other requirements include minimum distances from residential areas and height restrictions. Councilman Stephen Smith asked how long it would take the administration to bring serious considerations back to the council and asked that a series of logistical concerns be addressed. Sanner estimates that serious proposal for new code could come before the council within a month. Sanner and other city employees will meet with other city administrators in Utah who have allowed small cell towers to discuss policy ideas. Smith further inquired if building small cell towers would require the city to account for applications to build in residential areas, an issue addressed and restricted in the city code with macro cell towers. These towers would range from 35 to 60 feet tall and often require underground cable for optic fiber, power and possibly or connect towers together, Sanner said. “Verizon works hand-in-hand with each local jurisdiction on small cells placement including right-of-way regulations and more,” Dorsh said.

Antennas for sites could be installed on existing light poles or the carrier could build and maintain a new light pole at their own expense and to the specifications of the city according to Public Works Director Rick Smith said. Smith also said requiring them to be placed on corners could help keep them away from where people live. Dorsch said a carrier or a “shared wireless infrastructure provider” would foot the bill for a small cell site. Councilman Smith expressed further concern over the proliferation of small cell towers in the the city. Sanner said carriers, unless otherwise arranged, would require their own equipment, independent of other carrier equipment in the area, to maintain a small cell. But it is possible to have a few small cell towers worth of equipment on one tower, Sanner said. Sanner also said this could be a revenue opportunity for the city by arraigning franchise and lease agreements with carriers to either lease space or build poles in the public right of way. Coverage for a small cell site can range from a “few hundred feet to upwards of 1,000 feet depending on topography, capacity needs, and more,” Dorsch said. The top five uses of data consumptions come from social media apps and media/video apps with each making up 23 percent and 22 percent of daily user consumption, respectively, according to Sanner’s presentation. “This small focused footprint supports 4G LTE-enabled devices, allowing more consumers to do things like stream video, use HD Calling or share photos on social media during events,” Dorsch said in an email. l


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By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

andy City Fire Department swore in four firefighters—one promoted, three newhires—at the June 29 City Council meeting, giving them with their silver fireman’s badges. The department hired Braydon Cannon, Carlos Lopez and Jared Thomas as “firefighter/ EMTs.” The department also swore in recently promoted Michael Bullock to the position of “engineer/paramedic” as well. “These are three great fire fighters,” Cline said at the swearing in. “We hope to get 30 years of hard work out of them and I hope that when I come back in 15 years that they will still be great firefighters.” The swearing in ceremony fulfills the process of replacing four firefighters that recently retired or resigned, bringing the Sandy City combat firefighter force back up to 68-strong. The new firefighters graduated from academy on June 24. Sandy City Fire Chief Bruce Cline said the 16-week course is “10 hours a day, four days a week of high-impact, intense physical training and academic testing as well.” Cline said the new hires are already assigned to crews and had their first day of work on June 29. Bullock’s promotion and associated responsibilities to engineer came in Feb. 2016, but the formality of a swearing ceremony was held off to coincide with new hire swearing in to allow for greater pomp. The Sandy Fire Department Honor Guard raised the colors in a flag ceremony, in full blue formal attire and ceremonial fireman’s axes at attention.

Bullock had his retired Sandy assistant police chief father Ron Bullock presented him with his badge. Bullock was hired by the city and worked his way to the position over the course of his career, Cline said. As an engineer, it is Bullock’s responsibility to drive the truck to and pump the water at emergency fire calls. He will also stand in as a captain when a captain isn’t present, according to Cline. “We are so very proud of our son,” Maria Lopez, Carlos Lopez’s mother, said. Maria presented her son with his badge. Thomas and Cannon had their badges presented to them by their wives. Bailey Cannon and VaLyssa Thomas both presented their husband’s badges. Jared Thomas was a volunteer firefighter in Springfield, Oregon for seven years before Sandy City hired him. He and his wife moved to the area for the job. “It’s taken me seven years for me to get here,” Thomas said. Each Sandy City Fire Crew has 22 men on the roster, allowing for three fire crews to rotate through duties. Cline said that EMTs only present basic life saving skills to the force and that all firefighters have EMT skills and certification. He also said that only a certain number of positions allow for firefighters to be paramedics, a position that requires greater education on life saving like allowing the administration of certain drugs and advanced techniques. “I wouldn’t be surprised of some of these (new hires) at some point in their careers become paramedics for Sandy fire,” Cline said. l

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Police Cadets Train for Active Shooters at Jordan High School By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com


he acrid smell of spent gunpowder filled the halls of Jordan High School as Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Krum ran down an upstairs corridor. Just seconds behind, a contact squads of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) police cadets move in “T-Formation” down the hall. The team moves to a near sprint as Krum shoots blanks from a revolver. “We’ll expose them to stress as much as possible without overloading them,” Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Wyatt Weber said. “If I can stress them, then when they are in the real deal, they will handle it a lot better.” Weber ran the July 6 active shooter training at Jordan High School. POST uses the school during the summer and the evenings to teach new cadets a “basic introduction” to active shooter incidents about every month and a half, Weber said. The cadets get about four hours of lecture before suiting up for the training. Weber noted that line officers didn’t always act as the initial contact on active shooter situations. He said this training typically fell to SWAT officers. After prolific television and internet news coverage of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado, Weber said police agencies nationwide were pressured to train line officers in responding to active shooter situations, rather than simply containing the situation and waiting while the suspect continues with their rampage. Much of the evening’s training fell under the direction of current or former members of the Utah Highway Patrol’s Special Emergency Response Team, like Krum and Weber. As criminal elements become more sophisticated or dangerous, the police are called to “step up,” as Weber said, to save lives by stopping an actively shooting suspect and helping victims. “We’re training these guys to deal with a North Hollywood, a Columbine, a—heaven forbid—Orlando type shooting and hoping for the best,” Weber said. He challenges the concept that this training making a police force militarized. “You can be tactically sound and be a good, friendly, everyday police officer,” Weber said. The cadets are either hired by a department or are corrections officer transitioning to patrol duties. The core tactics practiced were the tactics of moving through a building, stopping and apprehending the shooter and

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Cadets round a corner in formation just before encountering Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Krum who acted as an active shooter at Jordan High School on July 5, 2016.—Chris Larson

the protocol after apprehension. Krum said the cadets trained with special “sim-gun” 9 mm pistols that look, feel and shoot like real guns; rather than a bullet, the sim-guns shoot a paint-like projectile more than 700 feet-per-second, double the speed of a typical paintball gun. As part of the simulations, Krum would present different scenarios to test the cadets ability to order and apprehend a suspect of differing levels of compliance, or ability to confront a suspect who shoots back. The cadets did shoot their sim-guns at Krum and Krum played as if he was injured where shot. In addition to tactics, the cadets were taught “tactical combat casualty care.” Weber said this includes stopping massive hemorrhaging, extending life and transporting to medical professionals. Specific skills included sealing chest would, applying tourniquets and packing wounds. The simulations are intended to test and build the cadets ability to quickly and correctly process information, Weber said. Many scenarios included recordings of audio track of crowds of people screaming, loud sirens and blank rounds to simulate the sounds and smells of gun shots. The combination of the sights, sounds and physical activity of the drill is intended to force cadets into a stressful situation. For civilians, preparation for active shooter situations is more difficult, according to Weber. “It’s hard to say do this or to that

because every situation is so different that you can’t tell people exact what to do,” Weber said. Having and practicing a plan with contingencies, including where to run or to hide, allows for civilians to chose the best situations as possible in many situations. Utah Highway Patrol troopers split the class into groups of five and spent several minutes teaching the cadets several methods of handling movement with permutations on location in the building and the numbers of officers involved. Sgt. Ben Fallows and Krum trained the whole class to turn towards a near wall and away from squad mates when turning around. “If we are engaged from behind and I turn around like this,” Fallows said as he turned toward cadets standing in formation to turn around, holding his hands in front of him as if he held a rifle. “What did I just do? I could have shot my whole squad.” The squads practiced everything from moving in formation, to where to stand in a hallway or hallway intersection, to how to apprehend a suspect in an active shooter situation with a squad. “It’s all about angles,” Krum said to his squad about where to place squad members while covering an arrest. “Remember, we all want to stay on the same side of the street when making this arrest.” Weber said it’s the police’s job to assume the risks of protecting a community for those who want to harm others, and that the training prepares cadets for that reality long before they experience it. l

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Sandy Teen Honored with Young Scientist Award at International Science Competition By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


n amongst her schoolwork, practicing her violin for the Utah Youth Symphony and researching topics for the West High School debate team, 17-year-old Kathy Liu developed an alternative rechargeable battery that may change the face of batteries. The Sandy teen won $50,000 and received the Young Scientist Award May 13 at the Intel International Science and Engineer Fair for her batteries that are lighter and smaller and are without risk of fire inherent in lithium-ion batteries. “It isn’t uncommon to see a leaking battery and there have been news stories of dangerous battery fires, which are issues that I tackled in my battery research,” Kathy said. “I developed a battery with completely solid components to significantly enhance battery safety and reliability. The batteries I developed are also pretty stable in terms of charging and discharging because battery components are not soluble in commonly used liquids, which can cause battery deaths.” Kathy replaced the flammable liquids with a solid polymer that is similar to a putty-like paste, eliminating the need for thicker battery walls. Her result is a coin-size battery, similar to the size found in a watch. Her new battery costs only about 10 cents to make, which should reduce the consumer price. The batteries also hold a charge even after she tested them more than 1,000 times. The 2016 Intel Fair featured more than 1,700 student scientists from 419 affiliate fairs in 77 countries, regions and territories.

Sandy resident Kathy Liu was presented the Young Scientist Award at the Intel International Science and Engineer Fair for developing an alternative rechargeable battery. — Kathy Liu

The INTEL Fair finalists’ projects are evaluated at the competition in Phoenix by about 1,000 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each with a doctorate or equivalent of six years of related professional experience. The is funded jointly

by Intel and the Intel Foundation, with additional honors from supporters in corporate, academic, governmental and sciencefocused organizations, granting about $4 million in awards. In addition to claiming the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000, Kathy also was named the top winner in the chemistry category, which awards $5,000, and grants $1,000 to her school and to the fair she is affiliated with — Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair. At the March Salt Lake Valley fair, Kathy won first place in the category of Energy: Chemical and Physical. In February, she won first place at the Salt Lake City School District fair in the Energy and Transportation category. Kathy also serves on the Salt Lake Valley Fair student board. “I love engaging in scientific research because I feel it is a pursuit where I can potentially make an impact on important issues facing the world. I plan to pursue an education and career in the STEM fields, which the scholarship from Intel ISEF this year definitely helps,” she said. Intel Foundation President Rosalind Hudnell congratulated Kathy and other winners. “Intel congratulates this year’s winners and hopes that their work will inspire other young innovators to apply their curiosity and ingenuity to today’s global challenges,” Hudnell said. “This international science and engineering exhibition is an excellent example of what can be achieved when students from different backgrounds, perspectives and geographies come together to share ideas and solutions.” l


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Altara Community Walks with Jazz Bear to School By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


fter a six-week statewide competition aimed to increase student biking and walking to school, an Altara family was the lucky winner of the Utah Jazz Bear serving them breakfast May 10 and joining their “walking school bus” before helping to present $500 to the school. The Utah Department of Transportation developed the walking school bus application then invited parents to download and use the app between March 21 and April 29 that would enter themselves, their students and school in the Spring Walk ’n Win. Parent Wendy Christiansen downloaded the application and continued to walk her children, fourth-grader Adam and kindergartner Sarah, and their friends, to school. “The app is nice to remind you when to leave for school,” Christiansen said about their ¾-mile walk. “We can record who is going, where we’re going, and past walks we’ve been on.” According to the rules, each time the group walks to school using the app, everyone is entered to win prizes so the more times the group walks with the app, the greater their chances to win. “We walk all the time, when it snows, rains or is sunny, so I guess that helped enter us more. Some mornings it’s tough to get the kids up and moving for school, but not today with the Jazz Bear here,” Christiansen said. The Jazz Bear helped serve the family and about 15 others a pancake breakfast, complete with fruit and juice in the family driveway. Then, they started down the hill ¾-mile to the school, with the Jazz Bear borrowing Crossing Guard Lisa VanWagenen’s stop sign so he could stop traffic for the group. Six-year-old Sarah Christiansen said it was a fun morning.

The Christiansen family, friends and neighbors watch the Utah Jazz Bear flips pancakes on May 10, then he joined them walking to Altara Elementary. The family won the the Utah Department of Transportation’s Spring Walk ‘n Win contest, which gave the school $500. — Wendy Christiansen

“I liked him because he gave me a big hug, then he walked me to school,” Sarah said. “And then, he scared everyone at school with his surprises.” Those included shooting silly string as students gathered around the Jazz Bear on the playground shortly before the official

announcement about the money to the school. UDOT Spokesperson Abby Shaha said that by encouraging students to walk, not only does it promote healthy lifestyles for the kids, but it also reduces traffic and its pollution. “We’re hoping to impact the quality of life for everyone by sending the one message about biking and walking,” she said, adding that the school’s safety patrol will receive new reflective vests as well. “We want to make sure there are safe walking routes to every school and that students and parents are aware of them.” Principal Nicole Svee Magann said that she would like to use the money to help promote a similar walking system at the school next year. “We could promote biking and walking and reduce the traffic here at drop-off and pick-up times,” she said. “About 90 percent of our students live within one mile of our school and that would be huge to help the students and families lead a healthier lifestyle. It would help with the safety around our school and create a better atmosphere.” Altara Parent-Teacher Association President Melissa Colson said that the whole experience was uplifting. “It was a really great experience that it honored one of our families’ who started a walking school bus with a generous breakfast and the Jazz Bear making things fun as well as donating the funds to our school,” she said. “It is a great thing that is being encouraged — promoting health, building friendships where parents meet other parents of their kids’ friends and encouraging a better environment.” l


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n empty chair with a bouquet, graduation robe and mortarboard sat on Jordan Valley School stage at the May 26 commencement exercises. It was in honor of 22-year-old Ian Milliner, who had died suddenly of natural causes during spring break. A moment of silence and a post-humorous degree was bestowed upon him. His family was thanked for allowing him to be at the school that serves students with severe multiple disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, communication impairments, genetic disorders and syndromes, deaf– blindness and students who are extremely medically fragile. The goal at Jordan Valley School is to improve the quality of life for students and their families. “Ian had been here since he was little,” Principal Mark Donnelly said. “There were some amazing moments and some that were difficult, but we all just loved him. He had a love for everyone, had a part in the school musical with his class and a real presence here at Jordan Valley.” Photos of Ian from infancy to adulthood, as well as the other student graduates, were set to music and shown to the audience. Others graduating include Chance Ashby, Janessa Davilla, Arthur Morris, Kira Mortensen, Hunter Pfoutz and Denvyre Smith. A reception, featuring the graduates’ favorite foods — Kira’s, Chex Mix; Hunter’s potato chips, Chance’s marshmallows; Janessa’s Diet Coke; Arthur’s Cinnamon Crunch Toast cereal; Denvyre’s nuts; and Ian’s Sour Patch Kids candy — followed the ceremony. Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe said all the students are valued at Jordan Valley and that he appreciated the dedication of the school faculty and administrators. “We feel as proud as your parents,” he said. “These students at Jordan Valley have a special place in our hearts. And I thank you the dedication of these people, to be here, to work here, to help these students overcome obstacles.” Canyons Board of Education member Nancy Tingy agreed on the selfless acts faculty provide to give the students similar experiences as their peers in other schools — participation in the annual school musical to providing art work for the District Christmas card. “More importantly, the daily acts of service and kindness given at Jordan Valley, radiate from these halls into the lives of all those who surround and associate with this wonderful school,” she said before recognizing the parents and family who have supported the students. “Your strong hearts and deep courage are unrivaled. I recognize that leaving the familiar setting and routine of Jordan Valley brings many emotions.” Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie said that while other graduating students have several options, such as college or career, these students have minimal options. “There are limited adult services and the change will be great since this school has had a large influence and support for so many students,” she said. Donnelly said that there is apprehension, anxiety and fears like many parents face when they send their students to kindergarten or see them

graduate from high school, but in this case, it is more significant. “It is even a bigger step as they will learn what services there are, what support there is, if they can be in a group home, a work environment, an opportunity to get out and learn more social skills. We help them learn the transition between 18 and when they leave us at 22,” he said. Hunter’s dad, Erich Pfoutz, said his son transitioned to a group home last October. Jordan Valley’s Denvyre Smith receives her diploma May 26 at the school’s commencement exercises. — Julie Slama

“It was very hard since he has been home every night for 21.5 years,” he said. “We couldn’t visit him as he adjusted, but we’d spy through the window and when it worked (with the transition), we’d call. Now, he’s able to go out on the bus in the community to a work activities center.” Hunter, who has autism, recently helped for two weeks assembling first aid kits. “It’s been fantastic for him, but at first, the transition was very hard. In these short 22 years, I’ve seem him grow so much since he first jumped on the tramp. When he was three-and-one-half, he used the computer and I worked the mouse. Three months later, his face just lit up and grabbed my hand. I could see it in his eyes, to move my hand away and he was able to do it all on his own. He’s really bright. I’m so proud of him,” Pfoutz said. It hasn’t been a smooth road for many of his fellow graduates. His classmate, Arthur, has been through several close medical calls, his parents Marjene and Jonathan Morris recall. “He nearly drowned; he was bleeding in his lungs; he has had pneumonia; he started with a hole in his heart and had open heart surgery when he was five months old,” Marjene Morris said. Arthur has Smith-Magenis, a lack of genes in his 17th chromosome that has delayed his speech, given him seizures, abnormal sleep patterns and behavioral issues. “He has had very little speech, but with the speech program and teacher here (Sue Sompson), in the last two years, it’s been amazing. He’s been able to use gestures and signs and some words just like she knew he could do it,” Marjene Morris said. That makes his father more comfortable. “He’s moving on to a new stage in life and with his communication, he can now express himself better and so his behavior has improved,” Morris said. “Before he couldn’t tell us what was bothering him. It’s been a successful day. As he walked in (to the ceremony) with me, he recognized his name and waved. He will miss everyone here, especially Leslies Johnson, his aide who has seem him from when he was little until now. ” Donnelly said commencement day is a poignant day. “This is a real emotional day for them and for us — each and every day, seeing their expressions whether they’re happy or not happy, seeing their unique personalities. We learn more from them than they do for us. We’re the fortunate ones to be a part of Jordan Valley,” he said. l

August 2016 | Page 17 EDUCATION Canyons District Students Awarded RizePoint Scholarships for STEM Camps

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leven-year-old Marianne Liu has a passion for learning about science, technology, engineering and math so when she heard about the scholarship to attend a STEM camp this summer offered by RizePoint for Canyons School District students, she jumped at the opportunity. “This is my first scholarship that I have applied for and that is why I was excited that I got the opportunity to get a scholarship and have the experience to attend a fun camp in the STEM fields,” she said. Marianne planned to attend a video-game designed camp at the University of Utah. “I hope to learn how to make a decent game that, hopefully, my friends will be able to play with me. In the future, I would love to learn more about programming or game design. This camp ties into my interests,” said the Sunrise Elementary fifthgrader. On May 18, 23 Canyons students from 5th-grade through a high school junior were honored as RizePoint scholarship recipients after a committee reviewed their application that included a personal explanation of their own ambitions to learn at a STEM camp, their academic record and recommendations from a teacher and a peer. RizePoint, headquartered in Cottonwood Heights, has mobile and cloud-based auditing software that helps organizations improve the quality, safety and sustainability of their products, services and facilities. Companies can gather better data, see results earlier and act faster on any red flags. RizePoint’s auditing software is used by five of the top eight hospitality brands, including Marriott and IHG, and five of the top 8 food service brands, including McDonald’s and Wendy’s. “RizePoint approached the school district in February and wanted to award scholarships to encourage students in STEM education through summer camps,” Canyons Education Foundation Development Officer Laura Barlow said. “We don’t have another company that specifically supports STEM education in summer camps so we were excited to offer this opportunity for our students.” Barlow said of the applicants, 11 recipients are female, and the majority were fifth-graders entering middle school or current middle school students.

Pictured are some of the 23 Canyons School District students who received RizePoint scholarships to attend a science, technology, engineering or math camp this summer. — Mindi Hamilton

Students could select their camps, and included BioEYES: Genetics in Action, University of Utah robotics, engineering and programming camps, AWE+SUM girls camp, EAE game design Studio, Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center space camp, Camp Colossus’ Physics of Roller Coasters, Explorations in Science camp at Juan Diego Catholic High School, First Lego League’s graphics and robotics camp and Hatfield Marine Science Center’s marine investigations camp. “When we were initially talking about supporting students, we thought about financially contributing to a school, but then we wanted to know how the money was being used and through our discussion, we came up with STEM education,” RizePoint CEO Frank Maylett said. “We thought wouldn’t it be great to support the next generation of STEM education and there are some really cool technology camps that maybe some students don’t have money to attend. For some, this can help them to know what it’s like to afford extra opportunities.” Maylett said that when he was first thinking about the scholarships, he thought it may serve about five secondary students who would enroll in computer science camps, but the $5,000 was able to stretch to more students who had expanded

interests. “What a great opportunity for students to spend the summer learning the science of roller coasters or about marine science or rockets. But then I begin to wonder why more kids aren’t wanting to learn about biomechanics or robotics. I know those who are pure science lovers have the curiosity, but I’d also like to reach those students who have a solid background, but need a push to expand their knowledge and interest in STEM,” he said. Maylett estimates that may be about half of all students. He hopes to reach those students as well next summer, as he plans to continue the scholarship on an annual basis, even awarding more opportunities to students based on the company growth. However, Maylett said that wasn’t the only commitment the company made. “We plan to provide training, labs and have volunteers work in coding with students as well as introduce students to the business side of our technology. We have 40 engineers who are motivated to work with kids so once we are able to work out details with the school district; we will be in the classrooms. We have a commitment deeper than financial; it’s serving our community,” he said. Maylett, who was named 2016 CEO of the Year by the Utah Technology Council, took over the company (then called Stenton) last fall and launched the rebirth and renaming of the company by March. “Stenton wasn’t a name that represent our progressive approach. We are a whole different company, that is learning, developing, contributing and we are very proud of what we’ve done. We serve our company each quarter by shutting the doors and reaching out to others,” he said, adding that this summer employees will volunteer at a farm that helps feed local refugees. Maylett’s own background wasn’t in computer science. He had aimed to be a medical doctor, but abandoned that career after interviewing three doctors and learned their fears of HMOs taking over the medical industry. He earned his business degree and landed a position in the marketing side of technology. “I’m not a coder and never have been one. But this opportunity may give other students a chance to become one or to learn something in another STEM field they’re curious about and open doors for them,” Maylett said. l


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t Spock’s Skate Camp, kids not only learn to ride a skateboard, they learn respect, self-confidence and determination. Spock, his real name is Eric Uequillas, though Spock is what everyone calls him, runs a skateboard camp for youth every day of the week, all over the valley. He and coaches are in Sandy at Lone Peak Park on Friday mornings. In conjunction with Sandy City’s Parks and Recreation Department, Spock’s camp has been around since 2003, serving kids who have grown up participating each and every summer since Spock took over. And, Spock, who has been skateboarding for close to forty years, says that keeping kids on a skateboard into adulthood is part of his job, “If we can get kids to stay skating until they are adults, we have done our jobs.” He cherry picks his fellow coaches, from old pals to local skateboarders with kids who are passionate about the sport. Passion is a description used often when Spock and his coaches talk about the camp. “Skateboarding was good to me, it is still good to me. I want to give back by sharing my passion for it and this camp has a great message,” long time coach and experienced skater, Dave Warne says. His daughter, who is six, participates in the camp, skating alongside kids much larger with no fear, only respect. Spock splits the kids up into skill groups. There are beginners and intermediate skaters. But in both groups kids are encouraged to try new things and keep trying if they don’t succeed. “One of my biggest take aways from this, and hopefully for the kids too, is taking hits and falls and getting back up again,” Spock said, “Life is hard, but you have to keep getting back up.” The kids do agree with Spock’s approach, as do parents. “It provides my kids with a safe environment to push themselves and develop their confidence,” Brad Fuller, a parent of triplets who are in the camp, says. His children are participating for the second year in row, and plan to return next year. The coaches are interactive and consistently focus on growth, another approach Spock takes, and he chooses coaches who think the same way. “They push you to do new things,” ten year old Ella Fuller says when asked about why she liked Spock’s program. Her brother Jack agrees, “Instead of just telling you what to do, they show you,” he said. Safety is also a major area of concentration for the kids and the coaches. The skate park is closed to the public for the two hour sessions, giving the youth the opportunity to explore

Spock addresses his students, reiterating the need and expectation of patience, practice and respect.—Billy Swartzfager

the environment with their coaches and peers. They spend a lot of time learning the etiquette of the park as well. When Spock gathers all of the participants for announcements or redirection, all of the kids and coaches can be heard repeating his shout outs about the park belonging to everyone, and respecting the skill levels of everyone around, as well as the constant mantra of practice, practice, practice. Sandy resident, Sarah Petersen says her eight year old son, Gavin, took a lot away from the camp. She said that Gavin was timid at first, but the camp has been great for his confidence. Gavin certainly looked to be confident as he cruised through the hills and obstacles of the skate park. “I like going down the hills,” he said. The camps last four weeks, with two hour sessions once a week, and cost 65 dollars. Spock works with local skate shops to provide the kids with swag and cool stickers for their boards, a must for any young skateboarder. It is obvious from a distance that Spock loves what he is doing, and even more so when asked about it. “I am having a great time, I love working with these kids and their absorbent minds,” he says. The next camp sessions begin in early August and more information can be found on Spock’s website, spocksskatecamp. com l


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Jordan, Alta High Schools Get New Turf Fields By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com


lta and Jordan High Schools will play on the same kind of turf that the Utes and Seahawks play on for the coming football and girls’ soccer seasons. Construction of new multi-use artificial turf fields wrapped up this week at Jordan High School and Alta High School as part of the Canyons School District’s initiative renovation plan to make all the high school football fields “top of the line.” District spokesman Jeff Haney said in an email that the initiative to improve physical facilities launched with the inception of the district in 2009. The last three years have seen new fields go in at Brighton, Corner Canyon and Hillcrest High Schools. “As we see it, when the teams hit gridiron this fall, they will be competing on some of the best fields in the Salt Lake Valley,” Haney said.  Improvements to the new fields include improving or, as in the case of the Alta High field, removing the underground turf drainage system, adding permanent color emblems and the marks for soccer and lacrosse. Jordan High School Principal Tom Sherwood said it has been about 10 years since there was a major update to the field like this. He also said that the field will have no major sponsor or donors and will remain titled simply Jordan High Football Stadium. The install and renovations had a district budget of $1.8 million for both fields: about $1 million for the new and improved drainage system at the Alta High field and $800,000

Kyle Falslev, FieldTurf local superintendent and installer, runs a “spreader” over the turf fibers after sand and rubber grit is dumped on it. The spreader lifts the grass up and shoots the fill into place, Falslev said. Location: Jordan High School Football Stadium.—Chris Larson

for the Jordan High field. Kyle Falslev, installer and superintendent, said work on the two fields started in May of this year. Work on the Alta field concluded on the second week in July and work on the Jordan

field concluded on the third week of July. Normally installing a new field takes about two weeks. But the sub-surface work at the Alta field stalled the process, putting a strain on his Logan-based business.  Falslev explained that each field consist of a very permeable backing of the artificial, grass like turf--which is about two-and-a-quarter inches long--filled with a bottom layer of fine silica sand and alternating layers of fine, rounded rubber grit and sand that end with a thick layer of rubber grit, leaving about a quarter of an inch of turf exposed all set on “crates” that gives about an inch of space for draining water to flow from under the field to a main drain.  Falslev works for a company called FieldTurf, a company that claims to be the “undisputed world leader in artificial sports surfacing.” FieldTurf says that 21 of the 32 NFL teams have FieldTurf in either stadiums or practice facilities, or both. Other NCAA clients include The University of Michigan, Ohio State University, The University of Texas and, fellow PAC-12 opponent to the University of Utah, University of Washington. The Jordan high field called four about 640,000 pounds of sand 180,000 pounds of rubber. The Alta field was slightly smaller and called for less product, according to Falslev.  The district is also renovating the tracks at both fields, according to Haney. He estimates at Aug. 1 completion date.  “To be sure, the teams in Canyons District will certainly have the ‘home team advantage’ when they start the season in just a few weeks,” Haney said.  l

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omen in Utah have a whole gamut of “experts” who will do eyelash extensions for a price. But how many of them are also trained as state-certified aestheticians and are additionally company trained product experts? How many of them put a premium on your wellbeing while in studio as well as the health of your lashes? Amazing Lash Studio is a franchised company that was originally founded in Houston in 2010. Since then, the company has partnered with regional entrepreneurs that have currently opened over 80 locations within the United States and has awarded over 200 additional licenses. Amazing Lash Studio opened its most recent franchise location at 1846 E 9400 S Sandy Utah 84093 on June 24, 2016 and will hold a grand opening in conjunction with the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce on August 8, 2016. Entrepreneur Greg Keele said that his wife, Barbara, and sister, Robyn Garlutzo, initially approached him to open their first Amazing Lash Studio in Utah while he was running his own company, Intelligent Security Solutions. Greg Keele manages most marketing and sales duties while Barbara and Robyn handle stylists, internal operations and studio front and reception duties. “It’s a women’s market and women, especially in Utah, like to look good,” Keele said. “We provide a professional experience for women than say someone who does them out of their basement.”

Keele said that in addition of his location in Sandy, there are studios in American Fork and South Jordan. The corporate goal is to open up to a total of 10 locations in Utah. Keele said that he will personally open another location in the Salt Lake Valley area. With the increase of possible eyelash extension vendors in the state, it’s hard to know where you can go for safe, effective and affordable services. “What makes us different is all of our aesthetician’s are licensed (by the state of Utah) and also licensed and trained by Amazing Lash Studio on all of their patented products and procedures,” Keele said. He also said that all tools are sanitized for every customer and the studio is maintained to keep a high level of health and safety for all customers and staff. “We will not just apply a set of lashes if the stylist feels your natural lash is not able to handle our lashes,” Keele said. “If we are unable to apply a full set on due to the condition of their natural lash, we will consult with the client on other options or wait until it grows to where they can be applied correctly and comfortably.” In doing price comparisons on local salons, Keele finds the average price point for a full set of eyelashes in Utah can cost from $90 to $175 and that a fills average around $50. Amazing Lash Studios has an introductory price point of $79.99 for a full set and $45 for fills for clients with a Maintenance Program.

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t’s been a long time since I experienced childbirth firsthand. I guess a lot has changed when it comes to bringing a baby into the world. Well, childbirth is the same (horrific pain, bloodcurdling screams and pushing something the size of a watermelon out the nether regions) but the approach to childbirth has undergone a transformation. For some reason, there’s much more judgment. If a ​ woman decides to have an epidural, you’d think she suggested having her child be raised by wolverines. Not using a doula or midwife? What are you, some backwoods nitwit who doesn’t know the difference between a contraction and a cantaloupe? ​Simmer down, people. Today’s childbirth options span a wide range of experiences, so it’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure: Labor & Delivery Edition. Before my daughter had her baby girl, she spent months listening to women’s fervent opinions of what they considered The Perfect Childbirth. ​First, you have the Paleo Childbirth proponents; giving birth like a Neanderthal woman in a cave. Totally natural. No painkilling drugs. Lots of shrieking. These ladies even refuse to cut the umbilical cord, deciding the severance between mother and baby is too extreme. Instead, they let the cord and placenta dangle for a week or so, until it dries up and falls off. (I can’t make this stuff up.) Then you have the holistic-based, chakra-balanced ​ mothers who spend nine months eating vegan fare, listening


to classical jazz, attending yoga classes and knitting virgin alpaca wool into blankets. Their delivery is an at-home, allfamily experience with lots of candles, conscious breathing and a rotation of Enya tunes on the iPod. A ceremonial placenta burial is highly likely with this crowd. ​Another group adheres to the just-get-this-baby-out-ofme childbirth theory (I fall into this category), where you’ll do pretty much anything to stop the baby from kicking your lungs. One. More. Time. I’d roll into the labor room, get hooked up to some serious drugs and sleep for a few hours before delivering my baby. It seemed to work okay. ​Finally, you have the Pampered Privileged Parents who



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start the pregnancy with a super-expensive reveal party that involves the appearance of either a blue or pink unicorn. This is followed by a series of extravagant baby showers, pre-baby spa days, a pre-birth European cruise and a luxury hospital in Switzerland where mother and child are swaddled in silk sheets and fed chocolate-covered emeralds. ​Part of this entitled childbearing involves a push present. What’s a push present, you ask? It’s a completely made-up gift that husbands are supposed to bestow upon their wives to thank them for a flawless pregnancy and birth. It’s rumored that Kim Kardashian received a $1 million diamond choker from Kanye, and other celebrity fathers shower their baby mommas with jewels, expensive bags and designer clothes. ​Guess what my push present was? A baby. Speaking of fathers, a man is no longer relegated to ​ buying cigars after anxiously squeezing his wife’s hand as she magically gives birth. ​Nope. Fathers now attend every prenatal doctor visit, read child development books and whisper inspirational thoughts into their spouse’s ear during delivery. FYI guys: if you whisper in your wife’s ear during labor, you’ll probably get kicked in the area that landed her in the hospital in the first place. ​Whether you go all-natural or opt for medication, the horrific pain and bloodcurdling screams fade away as you hold your watermelon-sized baby and feel your life undergo a definite transformation. And that has never changed. l


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