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Postal Worker Retires After Over 40 Years By Kelly Cannon | email@example.com
Lance McRae is retiring from being a clerk after over 40 years at the post ofﬁce. —Steve Ford
fter working for over 40 years, Lance McRae is getting ready to retire from the post ofﬁce. McRae, who’s lived in Sandy since 1971, has worked as a window clerk for the post ofﬁce since 1976 at the ofﬁce on 700 East. McRae started working at the post ofﬁce when he was newly married at the age of 23. He believed it was a secure job where he could raise his family. When McRae started at the post ofﬁce, Sandy consisted of 10 routes and only one zip code. It has since grown into 40 routes and six zip codes. “It’s grown quite a bit and there have been huge changes in 45 years,” McRae said. “It’s been a lot of fun working with the public. That’s been the best part.” During that time, there were no computers at the post ofﬁce. McRae said there were a variety of scales that had to be hand-operated along with 10-key adding machines in order to calculate the price of a letter. Because there was only one zip code and eight routes, sorting and delivering mail was relatively easy. “It was very easy compared to now,” McRae said. “It’s quite a bit more complicated.” As the city grew, so did the post ofﬁce. A trailer had to eventually be added to the post ofﬁce because there wasn’t enough room for all the mail and the workers. “We had to sort the parcels outside in the parking lot and load up the jeeps,” McRae said. Because of the advent of online shopping, McRae said the post ofﬁce deals with many more packages and parcels than they do letters, though they still get a high volume of letters during the holiday season. McRae said teenagers will come into the post ofﬁce without any idea how to send a letter or a package. “They haven’t the foggiest idea, literally no idea how to mail something,” he said. “They don’t even know where to put the stamp.” Just like at the post ofﬁce, McRae and his wife Rachelle have seen many changes to Sandy City over the course of their 45-year marriage. Rachelle explained there were no
restaurants in Sandy and only two grocery stores. There weren’t many houses in Sandy and they could see the foothills from their home. However, they were able to experience a community forming around them. “Sandy people are the salt of the Earth,” Rachelle said. “A smile will win their hearts.” Rachelle and Lance raised six kids in Sandy and the neighborhood families also had a lot of kids. “Everyone would come together and help each other. There was always a hoard of kids running around,” Rachelle said. “Now we’re part of the aging community and the second generation of young families are moving in.” McRae said he is really going to miss working with the public. He said there are customers who are willing to wait 20 minutes in order to work with him as opposed to other clerks. “I treat people with love. I treat them how they would like to be treated,” McRae said. “I try to understand their problems.” McRae’s last day will be on August 1. After that, he and Rachelle plan on spending more time with their six children and soon to be 17 grandchildren. McRae is planning a camping trip with his grandsons before one of his grandson goes to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also plans on learning Spanish, ﬁshing, hunting and learning the guitar. He’s also going to continue with his hobby of researching family history. “I’m going to do exactly what I want to do,” McRae said. McRae said he’s been grateful for his career at the post ofﬁce. Looking back over the thousands of people he’s helped, he can only recall about a dozen of negative experiences. The rest have been wonderful. “It’s been a really fulﬁlling experience because I chose to make it that way. I’m going to miss the public but I’ve reach that point where you want to relax,” McRae said. “I’m going to be grateful to be the one waiting in line.”
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Sandy City Continues to Engage on the Evolving Issue of Short-Term Rentals By Chris Larson | firstname.lastname@example.org
he Sandy City Council banned short-term rentals outright in residential zones in Sept. 1998 after the courts ruled the city code at the time didn’t explicitly give the city powers to do so earlier that year. After making short-term renting a prohibited use, some thought the issue was resolved. Companies like Airbnb and HomeAway are now leveraging the internet and mobile technology to make short-term rental by owners more desirable for ideal tourist locations like Sandy City, bringing the conversation back into the limelight. And it’s an issue that city leaders say they will approach. Efforts by Rep. John Knotewell, R-Herriman, raised the issue statewide with attempts to address the ability of short-term housing platforms to remit state taxes with HB409 in this year’s legislative session. It also called for a moratorium on changes to city’s code on the issue. The bill did not pass, but Utah League of Cities and Towns, an association of city ofﬁcials, said it and several other groups in the state will address the issue over the interim. The issue surfaced for the city when Ramona Costanza of East 11660th South asked for the council to consider changing city code to allow short-term rentals during citizen comment at the April 26 city council meeting after a neighbor reported her to city ofﬁcials. Costanza said she didn’t know about the code when she started her business and has been signiﬁcantly impacted since its enforcement. Councilmembers Chris McCandless, District 4, and Stephen Smith, At Large, offered their thoughts on the issue in the meeting. McCandless said it’s unfortunate that homeowners and investors don’t do enough research into local regulations surrounding properties before attempting to use them for business. “I bought my home to be used as a home,” McCandless said at the meeting. “I anticipate that other people would do the same thing.”McCandless also said in the meeting he would be opposed to any proposals that come to the council regarding short-term rentals in residential areas. Smith suggested that the council not pick sides on the issue until there is legislation to debate over. “While some may rigorously protest it, I don’t know I would rigorously advocate for it,” Smith said in the meeting. “I’m open to that question and have been for some time.” Smith also said a highly independent spirit and a shifting “sharing economy” surrounding property rights will make it contentious issue. “I want to know what happened today that is different from yesterday,” McCandless said in an interview. “Why are we going backwards?” Short-term rentals, properties rented for less than 30 days, initially drew the ire of the city and its residents, in part, because of complaints of bad behavior on the part of visitors using shortterm rentals or “ski rentals” for housing for ski excursions — raucous parties, parking violations and trashed properties. The 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake increased demand for these rentals and exacerbated the issue, according to Sandy City Communications Director Nicole Martin. In the 1998 lawsuit the city contended that short-term rentals were not explicitly prohibited by city code and, thus, permissible while the city maintained short-term rentals were not listed as a “permitted use” and, therefore, not allowed, Martin said. The courts ruled that Sandy City needed to explicitly forbid renting properties for short leases. As an artifact of the lawsuit and the following code change, there are properties in Sandy City that were grandfathered to be used as short-term rentals, Martin said. The complaints and lawsuit don’t provide city leaders
positive experience to pull from when addressing the issue today, Sandy City Councilmember Steve Fairbanks said in an interview. Martin said the city’s right to protect citizen’s property through zoning is fundamental and a way to protect “the biggest investment of [a citizen’s] life.” Both Fairbanks and McCandless also shared sentiments that the city is the most appropriate entity to address the issue because municipal leaders are the best at ﬁnding city-unique solutions. However, advocates and lobbyist for the short-term rental industry have focused their efforts on state lawmakers to pass “one-size-ﬁts-all” legislation mandating cities to allow shortterm rentals, a decision resented by many leaders. “I don’t want to have the Airbnbs and the short-term rentals become another situation where we can’t do what the majority of our citizens would like us to do within the law because the law changes and takes away the ability as a government to take
“What we are looking at with the league now [is to] bring all the stakeholders together...and seeing what kind collaborative effort can we put forward to come up with a solution that looks at both sides of the equation and tries to ﬁnd a fair and equitable solution,” care of our municipality,” Fairbanks said. Fairbanks compared short-term rentals to group homes that require the city to “reasonably accommodate” such projects despite complaints from neighbors. Fairbanks, Martin and McCandless say the majority of constituents oppose short-term rentals and that they are protecting the property rights of the many as opposed to the rights of the few. “Whose private property rights are we talking about?” McCandless said. “The guy with a commercial property next to a residential property?” Libertas Institute Policy Analyst Josh Daniels said that impinging on any homeowner’s property right is neither right nor reasonable, and believes the use of short-term rentals is a fundamental right of a property owner. “The idea is that you can have a normal home rental as long you are renting your home for more than 30 days. But as soon as it less than 30 days you fall into this special category for which the city code can discriminate against you,” Daniels said. “I think that’s sort of arbitrary.” The Libertas Institute is a state-based think tank that focues on issues surrounding free enterprise, property rights and individual liberty. Daniels said the use of the home is the same regardless of the length of the lease and claims this is a false dichotomy around the nature of residential and commercial uses given by city ofﬁcials to protect the hospitality industry from competition. “So for [city ofﬁcials] to say someone resides in the home for a short period of time turns it into a commercial use of the home doesn’t make any sense,” Daniels said. “We’re not talking about someone operating a Kentucky Fried Chicken out of the home; we’re just talking about someone living in the home.” McCandless said in an interview a possible “unforeseen outcome” of short-term rentals in residential areas is a loss of business to the local hotel industry and, thus, a loss of jobs to Sandy residents.
Daniels said that applying the same concepts of short-term rentals found in areas zoned for hotels to short-term rentals in residential areas is inconsistent because of the demands of the different businesses on the community because of utilities consumption, trafﬁc and number of occupants. Cities are already in the right and well equipped to deal with any nuisance behavior that future short-term rentals could cause, Daniels said. Sandy City, like many cities, already has regulations regarding noise, upkeep of property, parking and occupancy to protect neighborhoods from bad behavior, Daniels said. “We need to be focusing on actual nuisance-related problems and not on general things we think that might lead to a nuisance,” Daniels said. “Instead, they impose the preemptive carte blanche prohibition on all short-term rentals with no real basis on the city’s traditional jurisdiction of health, safety and welfare.” The Utah Association of Realtors CEO Chris Kyler also said that the city should focus on regulating nuisance behavior rather than preempting a housing option in an emailed statement: “We support a wide variety of housing choices to satisfy market demands. We encourage local government to responsibly provide for all housing options with as little government regulation as possible. Many local governments have ﬁgured out how to allow short-term rentals and provide happy neighbors by dealing with parking, noise and garbage concerns.” Martin and McCandless, however, do admit there is a possible scenario where short-term rentals could be permissible in Sandy City. McCandless said he sees short-term rentals allowed caseby-case for properties in non-ideal locations, like along 10600 South. He sees this as a way of supporting struggling property owners with similar location problems. “I think it’s never appropriate nor wise to simply say, “This is the way it is and we’re never going to look at it again,’” Martin said. “That’s not what Sandy is saying.” Martin said the question facing the city is thus: “Is this ordinance serving us well?” Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan and previous leaders have been heavily involved with the Utah League of Cities and Towns. The league has taken on trying to ﬁnd consensus between cities, the legislature, homeowners and the short-term rental industry. Dolan is listed as a former president the Utah League of Cities and Towns and is currently listed as a voting member of the League’s 232-member 2015–2016 ULCT Legislative Policy Committee roster. Fairbanks is also a former president and is currently listed as a voting member of the policy committee, along with Deputy Mayor John Hiskey. Former council members Dennis Tenney and Bryant Anderson, current council member Chris McCandless, Communications Director Nicole Martin and City Attorney Rob Wall are currently listed as non-voting members of the policy committee. Martin said the league accepts that “disruptive technologies” have changed the nature of short-term rentals and that clear arguments on both side of the equation make the issue worth talking about. “What we are looking at with the league now [is to] bring all the stakeholders together ... and seeing what kind collaborative effort can we put forward to come up with a solution that looks at both sides of the equation and tries to ﬁnd a fair and equitable solution,” Martin said. Daniels said the league needs to make sure that cities do not stand in the way of individual property rights. But he is also cautious of the league’s actions. “Whether or not a city regulates short-terms rentals ought to be a decision of the elected city leaders in that city, not a decision of a trade association to which the city is a member of,” Daniels said.
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Eagle Scout Gives Sandy Police New K-9 Obstacles By Chris Larson | email@example.com
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Left to right: Sandy Police Ofﬁcer Knight with K-9 Joker, Austin Cole, Sandy Police Ofﬁcer Erika Smith with K-9 Fox. —Sarah Knight Photography
andy City police’s K-9 unit replaced damaged K-9 agility obstacles with the new obstacles designed and built by soon-tobe Eagle Scout Austin Cole of Riverton City. Austin, 16, and his father, Lane Cole, have a special appreciation for K-9 police units and dogs because Cole was a K-9 ofﬁcer for Sandy City Police for eight years before starting his cabinet business in Sandy. Austin delivered an A-frame climbing obstacle and bar-jump obstacle for Sandy’s four K-9 units to train with on April 21. Cole said he remembered building the old A-frame at his sergeant’s home when he was a part of the K-9 unit in the late ’90s. The wooden A-frame is 71 inches tall and 48 inches wide when set up, with three cleats or small rungs on each side. The bar lump resembles a bench press rack or Olympic high-jump bar, made of welded steel with bar settings that go from 2.5 feet to 4.5 feet in sixinch increments. Cole said it’s relatively easy to teach dogs to jump solid obstacles, but rather difﬁcult to get them to jump over something the dog can see through. He said this skill is helpful for getting dogs to avoid hazards on the ground like broken glass. Cole worked with K-9 Briston, a Malinois, when he was with Sandy police. “Agility work builds a bond between the police dog and the handler,” Ofﬁcer Erika Smith, Sandy police K-9 supervisor, said in an email. “It also instills conﬁdence in the police dogs and helps them prepare for obstacles they may encounter in street deployments.” Austin ﬁrst contacted the police department in November 2015 and was able to have his project approved and started raising
donations from his local church congregation in mid-February 2016. Austin managed volunteers, some of them fellow Scouts from Team 7311, who came to his father’s cabinet shop to help build the equipment. He recorded 41 man-hours during the execution of the project. “I don’t think the police deserve the amount of disrespect they face,” Austin said. “I just want to show that there are still people out there who care about them and what they do for us.” Austin estimates that the ﬁnal application and assessment process will place his receipt of the award in early July 2016. After making the delivery to Sandy City Hall, the K-9 units trained on them and had a little fun, which included putting Austin in a bite-suit for apprehension training. Initially, they had a K-9 on a leash train with bite-and-release on the bite-suit arm. “Then they told me to turn around and just run,” Austin said. “I could hear its feet getting super close and then I don’t hear them anymore and I know they are off the ground and that was pretty scary.” Austin is a sophomore at Riverton High School where he enjoys studying college technology education courses, history, math and biology. Because of his personal love of dogs and admiration of K-9 units, he is considering making his career in law enforcement. He is also considering studying civil engineering at the University of Utah. His parents are Utah natives and lifelong residents. Cole owns and operates Cole Custom Cabinets.
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Sandy City Council Approves Changes to Business License Code By Chris Larson | firstname.lastname@example.org
T “We wanted to make sure that we have an ordinance that allows the police to deny a business that is trying to fraudulently come into the community.”
he Sandy City Council approved a change to city licensure, allowing the city departments, namely the police department, clearer means to deny a business license. According to Sandy City Business License Coordinator Lesley Casaril, the city administration was prompted to clarify the standards by which Sandy City police may deny licenses after, what Casaril called, an inﬂux of Reiki and massage parlors that were a front for prostitution operations came to the city. “Communities were having issue with these businesses when in fact they were proven to be fronts for prostitution,” Sandy City spokesperson Nicole Martin said. “We wanted to make sure that we have an ordinance that allows the police to deny a business that is trying to fraudulently come into the community.” Casaril started the process in the fall of 2012. Sergeant Dean Carriger said all city ofﬁces that have regulations over certain types of businesses in certain zones examine business license applications to ensure there are no inherent violations to code or attempts to mitigate potential problems for the community. The police needed clearer standards of rejecting business license applications based on the businesses’ previous history. Businesses that attempt to gain licenses fraudulently, refuse sampling or inspection,
knowingly allow illegal activity, or are associated in the conduct of forbidden businesses will face application denial, according to the new code. Casaril said additional updates and clariﬁcations were added to update it to current practice, like removing the city recorder from the licensing process, which isn’t currently involved in the licensing and merging replicated sections of the code. Such updates or consolidations of the code came after the updating of the denial section drew a sharp contrast to what the city actually does and allows for better adaptability for new types of businesses. “When you buy a new couch, the whole living room looks shabby,” Casaril said. The measure also clariﬁes the place of temporary permits and temporary uses. Temporary permits are now 60 days long if the business would appear to be approved for a license and there is a delay in the city’s approval process, a delay in the process of someone other than the applicant, or if the business is operating without a license “under innocent mistake of fact” but would otherwise be approved for a license. “Pumpkin sales, Christmas tree sales, ﬂowers sales for Memorial Day” are speciﬁed as temporary businesses that require temporary-use permits and all temporary or seasonal businesses must reapply every year for a license. This includes door-to-door solicitors.
Martin said the new ordinance no longer requires lemonade stands to attain licenses. “A person under the age of 16 conducting a business as a part-time hobby or occupation who is not engaged in such business activities that would be considered the principal means of that person’s support” would be exempt from licensure, according to the exhibit adopted as code. Farmers that produce “crops, livestock and other agricultural products” and sell them on the property where they were produced are exempt from getting a license. Certain nonproﬁts, employees working under a licensed employer, a contractor working with the city who is licensed properly in the jurisdiction of their ofﬁce, businesses that are approved vendors at city-sponsored events and “mere delivery in the city” do no require a license. Those exempt from fees include private nonproﬁt education facilities, disabled peoples who are restricted to certain businesses and certain nonproﬁts. Martin said the many changes were attempts to remove “vague” portions of the business license code. “We as a city have no clue what new types of businesses are going to want to come the city,” Martin said. “A lot of changes are reﬂecting that to create an ordinance that has a longer shelf life.”
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Sandy City Council Adopts Housing Option for Dimple Dell By Chris Larson | email@example.com
he Sandy City Council voted to adopt a traditional layout housing option with higher than normal setbacks for the Dimple Dell Overlay Zone proposal. A special council comprised of Councilmember Chris McCandless and Council Chair Kris Coleman-Nicholl and a couple of residents in the area, chaired by planning commission member Scott Sabey, convened seven times to discuss the possibility of a mandatory overlay for new development after the planning commission denied Ivory Homes’ application to rezone four parcels of in the south part of the park to PUD. Zoning Administrator Brian McCuiston presented two options from the overlay committee to the council that would affect properties surrounding Dimple Dell Park: one allowed for cluster housing but required about 30 percent of the subdivision to be dedicated to open space below the rim of the park, and the other called for traditional subdivisions with half-acre lots and larger setbacks that would allow development to extend to the private property lines already in the park. However, the planning commission submitted the recommendation to the council to drop the cluster option because smaller lots and more homes would fundamentally change the character of the neighborhood. However, an amendment was added late in the meeting to limit the Dimple Dell Overlay Zone to the properties listed on a map presented to the council that fall into the park itself. McCuiston said the committee’s purpose was to determine how to both protect the park and the neighborhood as development pressures for the area mounted, purposes that Councilmember Maren Barker said appeared “diametrically opposed to each other.”
Residents’ comments were split along whether it was better to make attempts to better protect the park’s beauty or how to protect the current “open” or “rural” feel of the properties in the area. “The proposal where they would build … down in Dimple Dell is a disgrace,” resident Larry Newton said. “I enjoy riding and seeing the beauty of the park and I don’t want to see those homes encroach on that area of the park even if they are on private property.” The overlay zone would apply to Sandy City properties that would attempt to develop or redevelop. According to exhibits posted to the city council’s website, Plan A allows for a traditional subdivision layout and provides special provisions for cluster housing plans in properties facing Dimple Dell Road. Plan B speciﬁcally forbids the cluster housing between 1700 East and 2000 East along Dimple Dell Road. Both plans specify increased setbacks for properties adjacent to the park and Dimple Dell Road. Plan A setback requirements range from 20 to to 40 feet for regular subdivisions and cluster setbacks range from 20 to 30 feet. Plan B offers the same setbacks for regular subdivisions and offers no speciﬁcations for cluster housing. It also set the one-half acre as the lot minimum for subdivisions. The Plan A open-space speciﬁcations require developments to maintain 30 percent dedicated open space abutting the park. Cluster divisions may allow for lots as small as 50 percent of the underlying zone with the approval of the planning commission. But, the average lot size has to be 75 percent of the the underlying zone minimum lot size. McCandless voted against adopting the traditional overlay. He said that allowing for the cluster option was a clear attempt
to protect the park, a Sandy-exclusive park that’s enjoyed by many residents and visitors who don’t live near the park. He also entertained the idea that developers deed abutting open space to the park in exchange for the cluster housing above the rim of the park. “We don’t have any money,” McCandless said in response to the city buying certain properties. “Last year, we increased property taxes by $9 a month, on average, per household and we beat to death.” Coleman-Nicholl, who was in favor of protecting the neighborhood, said the new layover zone will preserve the unique character reminiscent of the culture of the area, which includes the “animal” designation that allows people to house horses and other large animals on their property. McCandless said that Dimple Dell Park is Sandy’s Central Park and the zoning efforts are up to the whims of the council as it changes members over time. He called for a permanent solution that provides “rim-to-rim” protection. Councilmember Steve Fairbanks expressed disdain for both plans and voted against Plan B. He said that most speaking to the council would like to see larger minimums for developed property, but also saw the market demand to live near the park but not in a rural setting. “The prospect of developing below the rim troubles me,” Councilmember Stephen Smith said. “It’s unfortunate that the county wasn’t more visionary as to where things would go and didn’t take steps to preserve [Dimple Dell Park].” Smith voted for Plan B, in part because he didn’t approve of the calculation of the cluster property in Plan A and he felt Plan B was more or less a status-quo movement.
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Backyard Bambi to Stay, Urban Deer Removal on Hold in Sandy By Chris Larson | firstname.lastname@example.org
S “…this makes it a great time to make a decision so that when the fall and winter roll around we have a program in place.”
andy City is not currently considering an urban deer removal program, despite the efforts of citizens for and against such a program in 2014 and the successful conclusion of two Division of Wildlife Resources pilot programs for viable removal methods in July 2015. After a notably difﬁcult winter in 2014, several cities took action to thin out the herds of deer living in city limits who were, according to some, damaging property by trampling or eating landscape. “The concern becomes when the presence of the wildlife presents a nuisance or hazard for citizens,” Sandy City Animal Services Director Ian Williams said. He said having too many deer interacting with property or residents could lead to problems, speciﬁcally with potentially spreading disease or causing car accidents. “Now is the time of year where we don’t get a lot of deer activity in the city,” Williams said. “But this makes it a great time to make a decision so that when the fall and winter roll around we have a program in place.” Mike Applegarth, Sandy City Council ofﬁce director, said it appeared that there were a lot of deer in the city limits in 2014. That year, the city received a petition asking the city to take action to remove the deer. A competing “save the deer” petition was also
submitted to the council, Applegarth said. The Sandy City Council approved a new “no feed” ordinance last summer, which forbids citizens from feeding wildlife, hoping it would help eliminate potential nuisances. “We have had a few people allege and point out that people were putting out food for deer to come into their backyards,” Applegarth said. He also said that the city council has considered both methods of deer removal the Divisions of Wildlife Resources. Scott Root of the Division of Wildlife Resources said a trapping program in Bountiful and an expert hunt were both effective for reducing urban deer populations. These options were presented by the wildlife division to the city council for their assessment, Applegarth said. “The council is somewhat skeptical of the efﬁcacy of those programs as it pertains to Sandy,” Applegarth said. Williams said the expert hunt required volunteer crossbow hunters to certify with the wildlife division before they began hunting dear without antlers. He said that meat from deer killed in Highland was processed and donated to those in need in the city. Total cost for processing is $40. Applegarth notes the cost-effective nature of this option as well as the controversy of hunting deer
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Jordan Valley Students Engage in Music Assemblies By Julie Slama | email@example.com
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Jordan Valley students have 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, age ﬁve to 22, and their families. These musical assemblies give these students a chance for social interaction in a fun setting, Principal Mark Donnelly said. “They practice with teachers before on what is appropriate social behavior and how to dance or how to watch, before the concert when they get the chance to dance and move,” he said. “It gets them active in a way that is just perfect for these students.” Music teacher Caitlin Barney said that engagement is the key. “We absolutely love when No Limits comes to Jordan Valley,” she said. “They bring a strong musical beat and so much energy that all of the students can’t help but instantly be engaged. This social engagement is very important to their growth and development.” Educational Support Aide Leslie Johnson said that even those students with hearing disabilities can feel the music vibrations. “They can feel the beat and it helps bring out their personalities,” she said. “We get smiles and they can work on their motor skills to move to the music. It’s something they can do with their peers here. Kids their age are going to concerts and dances so it’s a chance for them to experience the same social settings.” Student Heather Landeen said she was having fun singing with different singers in the group. “They’re fun,” she said. “I like dancing and singing.” Rachel Moss, the lead singer of No Limits, began coming to the school with her friend eight years ago, singing to karaoke tracks. When her friend couldn’t come, she came alone and just “kept coming.” Now, the band has joined her and has donated their performances twice each year for the past ﬁve years. “It’s been so much fun here for the musicians to interact with the students and for them to experience live music and instruments,” she said. “I’ve gotten to know so many of the students by name and they give me such joy. One student and his mother even came to my wedding.” She said that through the music, they reach students. “These students can’t go out to play sports or do other activities. Music is their thing and even though a lot of these students can’t speak or hear, their minds are sharp and they know the words to these songs and love to sing them. It doesn’t get any better than that — seeing them come alive with music when they are trapped in their bodies. It’s a privilege for me to help them,” Moss said. Parent Sabrina Imig said she appreciates the break in routine for her son, Noah, and others. “This school is amazing and the staff are totally dedicated to these students,” she said. “By allowing them to do fun stuff, it breaks up their daily routine and gets them engaged and they’re happy while they dance,” she said. “Every once in awhile, they get all excited for something special and today, they love listening and dancing to such a lively group.” According to teacher Gary Ren, that is what most students appreciate. “Most kids love it — it makes them happy,” he said. “They know the music and they get up and start dancing. Music can be calming for them and it can be fun; they love the vibrations.”
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Sandy Schools Jump for Heart, Health By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org
andy’s top fundraising public school was back skipping rope on May 9 and May 11 to help the American Heart Association raise money to help people with heart disease and strokes. Brookwood students jumped rope forward, backward and even performed a few tricks as they raised $5,400, making their 18-year total surpass $59,000, as far back as records show in the event’s 38-year history, Cassidie Fenton, American Heart Association youth market director, said. “Brookwood has this amazing teacher, Joan Kidd, who gets her class involved in a jump team and they do tricks and have a tradition of getting everyone involved and having fun,” Fenton said. However, Brookwood wasn’t the only Sandy school to be involved in Jump for Heart. Sunrise, Bell View and Edgemont also took up the ropes to get active and raise money for heart awareness. “Bell View is back after a couple years break and the playworks [structured recess] coach provided student council advisers with ideas for different jumping stations so students could try them all,” Fenton said about their March 23 event. Fenton said she provides ideas for each school and allows them to tailor them. “We want to make it fun and engaging for
the kids and not take up classroom time if the school doesn’t want to, so they can do it during their lunch, physical education or playworks times,” she said. “The event is designed to educate students about eating healthy and exercising so they’re active and at the same time, raise awareness about heart diseases and stroke.” Sunrise Elementary returned to Jump for Heart after a long absence, prompted by a message sent from Canyons School District superintendent. “The Superintendent [Jim Briscoe] sent a memo out last summer saying this was a great cause and schools were encouraged to support it, so with our ﬁrst year having a playworks coach [Tracy Jezewski], I gave her the opportunity to organize it,” Principal Margaret Swanike said. The school invited Harvest Elementary’s jump team from Saratoga Springs for a Feb. 17 kickoff assembly and also had volunteers help teach jump-roping skills to all the students during playworks times and recess. Then, in late February and early March, students competed in the Jump Rope Olympics, which included counting the most forward, backward and criss-cross jumps. The school raised almost $3,000, Swanike said. “We’d like to make this a neat tradition at
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Sunrise Elementary ﬁfth-grader Marianne Liu participates in the school’s jump Olympics as part of the American Heart Association’s Jump for Heart. — Julie Slama
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Students Double Fun at Canyons District Film Festival By Julie Slama | email@example.com
ine-year-old Liam Morgan has read a director’s handbook several times, knows how to create a storyboard, has written scripts and has experience in creating movies. This all came to play when his two entries won top honors at the seventh annual Canyons District Film Festival. “I’ve done a couple movies last year and this year, but I still plugged my ears,” Liam said. “When I opened my eyes and saw my name as the winner, I thought, ‘yes!’” Liam, who attends Brookwood Elementary, won the elementary public service announcement for his ﬁlm, “Fire Safety Rules!” and animation category for his submission, “Imagination Food!” On April 21, he received ﬁlm canister trophies and a bag of prizes, including a GoPro camera. Other categories for both elementary and secondary students include newscast, documentary, feature ﬁlm and poster contest. There are also teacher ﬁlm and American Graduate categories. “American Graduate was new this year,” Katie Blunt, district education technology specialist, said. “They approached us and wanted to be part of the ﬁlm festival so there were awards in what a champion is, student success stories who have overcome challenges and those who have helped motivate others to graduate. And for the ﬁrst time, we will be showing ﬁlms on UEN this summer.” Another change was eliminating the advertising category. “We liked the real-world application, working with clients and combining that with creativity. A lot of students learned to be responsible for what they produced. But it was more of a timing factor since students needed to start in the fall, and then it was a continuous struggle of students meetings with businesses,” she said. This year, 426 people in 28 schools submitted 156 entries, up from just four years
Sunrise Elementary’s Parker sisters won Best Elementary Documentary for their ﬁlm, “Illusions,” at the seventh annual Canyons District Film Festival. — Julie Slama
ago when there were only 50 entries, Blunt said, who has been the project lead of the ﬁlm festival for the past four years. “More schools are getting involved through classes, techniteer troops, newscasts and faculty are encouraging students to enter. Students learn ﬁlmmaking skills that they may apply later in classes or on their own. They’re learning creativity and offering new ways to present information, communication skills and learning organizational skills through putting together ﬁlms so they make sense. If they work with others, teamwork is a big part of it,” she said. Blunt said that through the ﬁlm festival, students are learning how to revise and receive feedback to make improvements.
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“I love to see the learning process. They may make over their ﬁlm several times, receive feedback, revise, submit and learn still more ways to improve. When they resubmit and are willing to work hard to improve and learn, that’s huge,” she said. Canyons School District spokesman and ﬁlm festival emcee Jeff Haney said ﬁlms are intertwined in people’s lives. “Films can leave an indelible mark on our lives,” he said. “We remember the way a person looks at another. We remember beautiful scenery or costumes. Some characters are so intriguing that we wish they were real so we could be their friends or family. But nothing is more memorable than a good line. Remember ‘Luke, I am your father,’ from the ‘Empire Strikes Back.’ Or how about, ‘You can’t handle the truth!’ from ‘A Few Good Men.’ Or, ‘Show me the money!’ from ‘Jerry Maguire.’ And ‘There’s no place like home,’ from the infamous ‘Wizard of Oz.’” Haney said that through the ﬁlm festival, students may launch themselves into future careers. “Someday, one of them may be as big as Spielberg (and, maybe, as rich as Oprah),” he said. For Liam, it’s the joy of creating ﬁlms. “I want to know what the movie is about, ﬁgure out the details, make the storyboard, write the scripts. I used to create movie covers and now I’m learning more. I learned how to make stop motion with Google Pictures and iMovie for my animation ﬁlm and I added comedy with my little sister Chloe dressed up in a ﬁreﬁghter costume for my PSA,” he said. Liam was given a movie-making kit when he was four and his mother, Lacey, said he read it several times. “He has a real active imagination and loves to write and draw,” she said. “He always has ideas on what ﬁlms he wants to
make and how he’s going to start his own movie company.” Sunrise Elementary sisters Amber and Elena Parker won Best Elementary Documentary for their ﬁlm, “Illusions.” “We wanted to do it together and had fun doing it,” Elena said about the ﬁrst time she’s entered the ﬁlm festival. Fifth-grader Amber said they got interested in illusions from watching an episode of “Brain Games” on television that addressed the topic. “I liked how they talked about illusions so we researched online to understand why the brain looks at illusions and why some work in black-and-white and some work in color,” she said. Fourth-grade sister Elena said that the brain recalls experiences to help it understand. “We used vacation pictures from our travels in the summer and the brain is able to look back at those to determine what we already know,” she said. With their ﬁlm festival award, the sisters aren’t planning to put down their camera soon. Already they are talking about working with their cousins on next year’s entries. Other Sandy school ﬁlm festival winners include for Best Elementary Newscast Category, Quail Hollow’s newscast news and ﬁlm crew Dylan Melchior, Ellie Whitmore, Sadie Cole, Chesney Chin, Reagan Manwaring, Isaac Hanson, Connor Johns, Maci Nydegger, Elizabeth Shefﬁeld, Jonothan Hyde, Jacqueline Smingler, Benjamin Keefer and Camron Domm; Best High School Documentary, “True Life: I’m Addicted to Puns” by Kenna Draper and Maya Thayne, Jordan High; Best Elementary Feature, “Doggie Dreams” by Abigail SlamaCatron, Sunrise Elementary; and Best High School Feature, “Rotten Apples,” by Wesley Syphus, Jordan High.
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Silver Mesa Students Learn Mountain Man Ways By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org
lunging their hands in cold water, ﬁsh slip through their ﬁngers, much to the screams, laughter and delight of Silver Mesa fourth-graders. Fourth-grader Sara Bryner, who had looked forward to grabbing a ﬁsh, instead shrieked as one swam through her hands. “I thought it would be easier,” she said. “I thought I could reach in and grab it so we could grill it up and eat it tonight. Our teacher told us it may take us a few tries. She also told us not to put it in our backpack when we go home in case we forget about it.” Catching ﬁsh barehanded, like the mountain men did since they didn’t use traditional ﬁshing rods, was what many students looked forward to at the school’s second annual Mountain Man Rendezvous on May 24, where fourth-graders gained hands-on experience in areas they studied throughout the year. Fourth-graders Eli Alderson and Payton Haroldsen were the ﬁrst to catch ﬁsh barehanded. “I grabbed like 10 of them, but they got away before I got this one by the tail,” Payton said. Eli said he cornered his ﬁsh. “I didn’t give him any room to swim away,” he said. “I think it would be easier in a stream.” Fourth-grader Preston Cole waited his turn. “I want to catch ﬁsh — at least one,” he said while sketching petroglyphs into clay, learning a skill of Native Americans. “These pictures are stories that Native Americans told. Mine says, ‘the man likes to dance.’” Sabrina Miner said she liked carving her petroglyph with the message, “happy girl.” Her next station was leather stamping. “It’s not easy, but I liked a challenge,” she said as she stamped a moose into leather. “I liked learning about Utah history, about mountain men, the Pony Express, Native Americans. I’m looking forward to panning gold since I haven’t done that before.” Students rotated through several stations to learn about pioneer games, petroglyphs, leather stamping, panning for gold, straight shooting, weaving, beading necklaces, making butter and more. Fourth-grade teacher Jordan Wouden started the program last year after seeing a similar program at a Bountiful school. “The teacher up there gave me contact information for different people she used and ideas of different activities,” she said. “I took it and created my own version. Fourth grade in Utah is all about Utah history. The rendezvous is a way to continue teaching social studies, but also lets the
Mountain Man Boyd Lythgoe showed Silver Mesa fourth-graders animal skins and supplies mountain men used when exploring the west. — Julie Slama
“This gives them more in-depth experience and kids will remember learning songs, catching ﬁsh, meeting mountain men and latch on to those memories.” kids experience what life may have looked like for people of older Utah history.” An activity she tweaked was introducing geocaching as a way to teach students that fur traders would hide their pelts in caches and then do trades and sell them. So instead of
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Corner Canyon Girl’s Golf Brings Home Schools First Athletics Trophy By Chris Larson | email@example.com The girls did it ﬁrst. Corner Canyon girl’s golf team won the school’s ﬁrst Utah High School Athletic Association sanctioned sports championship in May 2016. First-year head coach Ken Smikahl said stiff regional competition helped to prepare his team for the pressures of tournament play and brought out some great individual performances at the state championship tournament as well as tournaments throughout the year. Only in its third year as a high school, Canyon Corner’s fellow 4A-Region 7 teams Alta High School, Provo High School and Orem High School placed third, fourth and ﬁfth, respectively. Provo High took the title in 2014 and 2015, Smikahl said. Bountiful High School, 4A-Region 5, placed second overall. Corner Canyon beat Bountiful by 33 Modiﬁed Stableford Score points, the largest margin between consecutive ﬁnishers in the tournament. “In just three short years to build a team this strong is quite uncommon,” Principal Mary Bailey said. “It’s quite the coup.” Corner Canyon placed three golfers in the top ten individual scores with team top performer freshman Jamie Connell, 15, placing 5th overall. She shot 77 the ﬁrst day and a 75 on second day on the par 75 course. Emma Winfree, Cristiana Ciasca and Kali Barlow—all 16-year-old sophomores—placed seventh, eighth and twentyﬁrst individually, respectively, with Ciasca scoring a hole-inone, her second in her high school career. Ciasca is the ﬁrst Corner Canyons golfer to shot a hole-in-one in school history. “A lot of our girls had personal best year,” Smikahl said.
“(Winfree) was one of our leaders all season.” Winfree had two tournaments where she shot even par, Smikhal noted. “We’re really proud of what we did and we knew that we could do it. But it never really seemed real until the ﬁrst day of state,” Emma Winfree said. “There was just that much more excitement after we heard we were ahead after the ﬁrst day.” Connell, Winfree and Ciasca were selected for the 20152016 All State First Team and Barlow received a 2015-2016 All State Honorable Mention. Bailey attributes the success of the program and the team, in part, to a strong golf culture in the area which house the Hidden Valley Country Club and South Mountain Golf Course. “Students here have had opportunities to golf with parents and opportunities to develop talents all their lives,” Bailey said. “We have a great community here and the pros at both course really stepped in the develop this young talent” Smikahl said he is excited for next season with such a young team and expects other talented golfers to join the team in years to come. The team had 10 plays total with one senior, two juniors, eight sophomores and one freshman this year. “I fell like we can do it again next year,” Emma Winfree said. “We have a young team with great potential and we can do it again for a few years if we keep working harder.” Smikahl said the state championship was the culmination of massive individual effort on the part of the students and their parents. Unlike several high school sports, girl’s golf at Corner Canyon lacks a youth feeder program which many sports like football and baseball rely on for steady talent. This means that
the burden of training and competing falls to the students’ families many of them hiring their own coaches, Smikahl said. Julie Winfree, Emma’s mother, said the golfers participate in Utah Professional Golf Tournaments and other competitions as well as work with pros and coaches during the off-season at their own expense. But she also attributes the team’s success to the cohesion and mental strength that Smikahl and the coaching staff built in the team this year. “So much of golf is mental and (the coaches) did such a good job of building that mental strength,” Julie Winfree said. “The team spirit and the support they had for each other carried some of those girls who had doubts and helped them get great scores.” Bailey said the school now has three state championships to its name. In 2015, Corner Canyon place ﬁrst in the 4A Varsity All Girl Cheerleading and co-championed the 4A State Drama competition. Emma Winfree said that she thinks that other girls will be motivated to pick up clubs and play golf at Corner Canyon because of their success this year, noting that part of the team was made up of friends they asked to come play but had never played golf before. “We knew that for the rest of the school’s history we would be the the ﬁrst to win a (sports) state championship,” Emma Winfree said. “No one thinks of it as being that big.” The tournament was held at Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course on May 16 and 17, 2016 in inclement weather. Provo High School’s Naomi Soifua took ﬁrst individually with Bountiful High’s Jobi taking second after a sudden death playoff for the medal.
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Green Space, Family Activities Contribute to CountyQuality of Life
he days are growing longer and warmer, and that means many county residents are looking for things to do outside this summer. We are blessed to live in the beautiful state of Utah, with countless scenic locations that draw locals and outsiders alike. But residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the bright summer days and pleasant evenings outside. Salt Lake County is home to over 70 parks throughout the valley, as well as 25 designated open space areas. From structured activities and events, to reservable outdoor amenities, to simple green space areas to get away from it all, there are plenty of options to enjoy the summer. You might wonder why the county has such a plethora of outdoor spaces for its residents. The answer is simple: we are committed to creating an environment in which our residents can thrive. More than just an entity charged with providing basic governmental services, Salt Lake County is invested in the well-being of its residents. Healthy, wholesome activities that foster families and friendships is an important part of that success. We want Salt Lake County to be a great place to live, work, raise a family, and recreate. Outdoor venues for a variety
of activities contribute to good mental and physical health, and increase the sense of community our residents feel. We work better together as friends neighbors, and—yes elected ofﬁcials—when we have a strong emotional investment in our community. I ﬁrmly believe adequate open spaces contribute to this community approach. Whenever I face a budgetary decision in my role as a member of the County Council, I always ask myself some key questions. First, is this the proper role of government? In our zeal to solve problems and provide resources to our residents, it’s always helpful to constantly remind ourselves what the appropriate role of county government is. Second, is this an efﬁcient and effective use of taxpayer dollars? We want to make sure any government funded program, facility, or resource is operating with sound principles. And third, is this in accordance with the wishes of the taxpayers? Our job is to represent the people and their priorities as the public servants that we are. The county’s open space amenities meet all three of these questions with a resounding yes. Open spaces are by deﬁnition a public good, our Parks and Rec department is a great example of efﬁciency, and voters have shown again and again the value
they place on parks and open space. We can always improve in our administration and management of county resources, and we welcome public input to help us do that. But I for one am pleased to live in a county that values the beneﬁts to health and community that our beautiful outdoor spaces provide. So this summer gather up the kids or grab your friends and come visit one of our many parks or open spaces. I hope to see you out there!
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“Perfect Pitch - Despicable Glee!”
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Julianna Pierson and Jake Fields play Princess Aurora and Prince Desire during the wedding scene of “Sleeping Beauty.”—Kate Johnson
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esert Star Playhouse continues its riotous 2016 season with the hilarious family feel-good musical of the summer, “Perfect Pitch - Despicable Glee!” The new dean of Northern Salt Lake State University, Dean Reno, is starting her inaugural year off with a bang! Her plan is to tear down the ramshackle student building and replace it with a faculty only day spa. Much to the distress of the student run clubs who use the building exclusively. In order to save their beloved meeting place, Jenny and the other club presidents need to come up with the money to fix the building and fast. Deciding to join forces and enter into a singing competition, Jenny and company soon discover that Dean Reno has enlisted the power pop boy
band, D!Vine, to enter into the competition to thwart the students’ plans of saving the student building. Directed by Scott Holman, Perfect Pitch runs from June 9 to August 20, 2016. The evening also includes another of Desert Star’s signature musical olios following the show. The Kick Up Your Boots Country Olio will feature some new and classic country music favorites, with a unique and always hilarious, Desert Star twist! Desert Star audiences can enjoy gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, burgers, scrumptious desserts and other finger foods as well as a full selection of soft drinks and smoothies while they watch the show. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table.
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espite the high winds and the chilly weather, the Mountain West Ballet forged ahead with their production of “Sleeping Beauty.” Performed on May 20 through May 23 at the outdoor Sandy Amphitheater, the ballet involved 180 dancers and was performed for over 1,500 people over four performances. President and CFO of Mountain West Ballet Kate Johnson said the ballet does two shows every year, a spring show and “The Nutcracker” in December. “We have four to ﬁve productions we’ve done in the past and we rotate them through,” Johnson said. “We did ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in 2011 so we had the costumes for it.” Other productions performed by Mountain West Ballet include “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” Johnson said every few years, the ballet will do a new production different from their typical lineup. “Sleeping Beauty” uses music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and tells the story of the beautiful princess Aurora. During the infant’s christening, various fairies bestow gifts such as tenderness, bravery and generosity. Before the last gift can be given, the party is interrupted by the evil fairy Carabosse. Affronted she was not invited to the party, she curses Aurora, saying when she turns 16, she will prick her ﬁnger on a spindle of a spinning wheel and die. After Carabosse leaves, the Lilac Fairy intervenes, blessing Aurora that instead of dying, she and the entire kingdom will fall into a deep sleep. The ballet then skips forward to when Aurora is 16 years old. She is informed by her father she must choose one of the four visiting princes to marry. She dances with each of the four. However, a disguised Carabosse hands Aurora a spindle instead of a rose. Aurora pricks her ﬁnger and the entire kingdom falls asleep. After 100 years, Prince Desire is out hunting with a party. The Lilac Fairy appears and shows him a vision of Aurora. He is overcome with love and travels to the castle, where he ﬁghts and defeats
Carabosse. He kisses Aurora, who wakes up. The ballet ﬁnishes with Aurora and Prince Desire’s wedding, which is attended by other characters from fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots. The production starred Julianna Pierson as Princess Aurora, Jake Fields as Prince Desire, Megan Bertelsen as the Liliac Fairy and Marc Navez as Carabosse. Johnson said the cast of “Sleeping Beauty” is a bigger cast than they’ve had in productions past. “We’re kind of a hidden gem,” Johnson said. “When people ﬁnd out about us, they want to come and audition.” The cast ranges from young dancers at least eight years old to college age and professional dancers. Johnson credits the work of the directors and choreographers with making each dancer their very best. “We can blend an 8-year-old and make them look good next to college or professional dancers,” Johnson said. Johnson said they tried to get seasoned dancers because that’s what makes the show so great. “Each choreographer makes sure the dances are appropriate for the dancers’ ability,” she said. “It makes them look good and it makes the production even better.” Johnson, who has been working with Mountain West Ballet since 2004, said this year’s production of “Sleeping Beauty” was the best attended performance ever given by Mountain West Ballet. The bad weather didn’t seem to put a damper on attendance. “This was nothing,” Johnson said. “Last year, it rained almost every performance.” During “Sleeping Beauty,” whenever there were dancers performing in front of the curtain, Johnson said at least 12 dancers were behind the curtain holding it so it wouldn’t blow and hit the dancers. “You never know what you’re going to get for weather in May in Utah,” Johnson said. To learn more about the Mountain West Ballet, visit mountainwestballet.org.
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Beat Summer Boredom— Sandy Style
t’s that time of year again, when parents are forced to hear the oft-repeated “I’m bored” from their kids. Luckily, Sandy City has no shortage of fun activities to keep every bored kid and exasperated parent happy. And, to make it even easier, we’ve compiled 30 ideas into our ﬁrst ever Beat Boredom Bucket List, available to print from our website at www.sandynow.com/bucketlist. A few highlights include:
Amphitheater Park Splash Pad 1245 East 9400 South Open 10 AM-9 PM
In only its second season, our splash pad has proven to be a highly popular attraction. An ideal to beat the heat, have fun in a safe environment and enjoy our incredible views—and all for free! Designed with our “Mountain Meets Urban” theme, the splash pad has features highlighting the seven creeks running into our valley: City Creek, Red Butte, Parley’s, Emigration, Millcreek and both Big and Little Cottonwood.
Sandy City Amphitheater Already one of the most scenic, intimate venues, the Sandy Amphitheater has been improved even more to accommodate the growing interest. We’ve added more than 1,000 new reserved seats, maintained plenty of lawn seating and added a new ADA accessible path and a new entry gate on the southwest corner. What hasn’t changed is the quality of the entertainers, the beauty of the amphitheater or the high value/low cost of the entertainment. It truly is entertainment that connects generations.
Summer is all about having fun while making memories.
Sego Lily Gardens This relatively unknown oasis is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Our award-winning garden, established in 1999, was recently featured by Big Budah on Fox 13 as both a beautiful attraction and an educational resource for those looking for water-wise landscaping options. Sitting on 2.5 acres, it boasts 11 specialty gardens and a wealth of yard projects you can complete as a family. A free conservation kit is given to everyone and kids will love the Sego Lily Gardens Scavenger Hunt activity they can do while you are jotting down ideas. Summer is all about having fun while making memories. Print off the Beat Boredom Bucket List today and keep the “I’m bored” out of summer…without breaking the bank.
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usinesses rarely, if ever, start off in the form that makes it big. This was especially true for Kibbles & Cuts at 2063 E 9400 South in Sandy. Kibbles & Cuts is a neighborhood pet groomer and retail store that carries all major brands for your dog, cat and small animal. With more and more families including pets as furry family members, the need for dedicated and knowledgeable grooming experts has never been higher. And Kibbles & Cuts Owner Charles Prows answered that call. Prows started with business interest in a full-line pet store in 2008 that eventually precipitated into Back Stage Grooming in 2009. Back Stage Grooming won Best of State for Pet Grooming in the KSL A-list of local companies in 2015. However, in 2013, Prows sold his interest in the full-line store to focused exclusively on a specialty pet store that would provide expert grooming for ferrets, rabbits and guinea pigs as well as dogs and cats. “We are very excited to be part of the community here in Sandy and are thankful for the welcome we have received so far,” Store Manage Stephanie McCauley said. Kibbles & Cuts Sandy location opened on May 21, 2016.
Kibbles & Cuts only employ senior groomers who have an absolute minimum of ﬁve years of grooming experience. Employees on the retail side are also constantly retraining on the latest in pet nutrition and care so they can provide the best insights on their broad range of quality products for every situation and budget, going well beyond just the proper selection of food for your furry family member. Further, this expert staff know how to take care of pet parents as well. Every pet has its own appointment, meaning that no one sits around waiting for a groomer to become available. Pet parents meet with the groomer at the drop off to go over special service, needs or request. Understanding the desire for pet parents to directly care for their pet, Kibbles & Cuts provides a self-service cleaning area that is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. But above all, the store, shop and self-service groom are safe, clean and well organized. Kibbles and Cuts is in the commercial properties Northeast of 9400 South and Highland Drive, next to The Chocolate Covered Wagon.
Nelson Brothers Student Housing: The parent’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Fit 1. Does it make life efﬁcient and easy? Securing housing that places your student in proximity to everything he or she needs can be tricky, but will make a big difference over time. “People don't realize how much 10-15 minutes a day adds up over four years,” said Nelson. “Make sure you choose a place that makes your student’s life efﬁcient so they spend time on what is most important.” Ultimately, if Jacob’s life is more efﬁcient, mine will be too.
tudent housing has been on my mind as my son, Jacob, prepares for college. While we’re focusing on ACT prep, perfecting his GPA, and ﬁnishing that Eagle Scout for the ﬁnishing touch on his college applications, my mind is going full speed ahead. Finding the right type of housing in Utah will help deﬁne Jacob’s college experience. So, I was excited to sit down with Pat Nelson, CEO of Nelson-Brothers Property Management (managing over 19 student housing properties throughout the country, including University Gateway, University Towers, 9 & 9 Lofts, Park Plaza, 900 Factory, and Alpine Flats in Utah) to get some tips on how to choose the best student housing. Here are four things to consider before you put money down on that ﬁrst month’s rent.
2. Is it safe? The location is a plus, but the condition of the property needs to be evaluated. For example, are the units equipped with carbon monoxide alarms and lighted hallways? Is it in a good neighborhood? How well does the management care for the property? Do I feel comfortable around the other residents? Look for properties that are near public transportation and provide safe and well-lighted parking. 3. Is it priced right? Do you rent the nicest apartment or the one that’s budget friendly? The answer is to consider your needs and the amenities the housing provides. “Some properties may charge more, but they offer on-site laundry facilities, a fully furnished unit, a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, a ﬁtness center, or a game room,” said Nelson. “The cost of many of those features is
ﬁgured into the rent and could save you money overall. Even more importantly, it can give students more time at the library instead of hassling with the laundromat or constantly searching for the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot.” Before you scratch the upscale apartments off your list, add up the cost of the perks—it might be worth it. 4. Does it have the right vibe? Different apartment complexes have different vibes—you’ll be happiest with one that suits your student's lifestyle best. “A law student may not want to live in a highly social complex,” said Nelson. “Rather, he or she will probably need a quieter, more academic environment. In contrast, an incoming freshman may enjoy an environment with a robust social network.” To ensure your student’s home away from home will be sweet, allow yourself enough time to consider factors like the freshman experience, location, safety, price, and social element of the available properties. For more information on Nelson Brothers’ Utah properties, please visit: www.nelsonbrothersutah.com. Next article: “Why You Should Live in Student Housing Even When You Are Local”
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ottonwood Cyclery fosters a “ride and smile” feel for all cyclists, from kids going on their ﬁrst ride to grizzled racing professionals. “We understand that not everybody can afford or wants a $5,000 bike,” the Cottonwood Cylcery website says. “so we offer great prices to everyone, on every bike.” Owner Alan Greenberg lived in Utah for 10 years before he realized that the area lacked a shop with both a comfortable atmosphere and a knowledgeable and friendly staff like he frequented in is home state of Pennsylvania. So, he founded Cottonwood Cyclery in Oct. 2007 to provide a quality and affordable services to cyclists of all of a wide range of styles an and experience.
Because of that range of customer needs, the cyclery staff is tested daily on their knowledge of cycling from racing to BMX to mountain biking suspension; from 50-year-old products to the latest and greatest tech. Cottonwood Cyclery purchases the best products for the best prices and pass the savings to the customer. On the scene for nearly 20 years, Cottonwood Cyclery provides several programs that include a kid bike trade-up program and a consignment program. Kid bikes purchased at the cyclery can be traded for up to 30 percent credit on a new bike. The consignment program will yield either 80 percent cash back or 100 percent store credit when the cyclery sells a consigned bike. Cottonwood Cyclery supports the community by providing schools and churches contribution and sponsorship like bike rodeos and safety checks. The Cyclery offers rentals on full suspension mountain bike and carbon-frame road bikes for about $50. Cottonwood Cyclery has a standing 4.88 of 5 from 76 reviews from bikeshops.mtbr.com and 4.7 of 5 on 40 Google Reviews. “Cottonwood Cyclery is a great little local bike shop,” Google Reviewer Debbie Call said. “It is my go-to shop for my cycling needs.” The store offers bikes from part from WeThePeople, Raleigh, Redline, Marin Bikes California, Jamis, KHS, Bianchi, Nirve, Litespeed and Diamondback. It also offers
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peaceably within their own core religious values. They judge other religions as wrong and untrue, they ﬁght for laws remaining restrictive, passing judgment on those who don’t conform to the attitude that they “know best” what is right for each of us. Then when something like Florida happens they tell us we must be a less hateful and a more tolerant people. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a very spiritual person, but until all leaders of this country start teaching the real meaning of peace and tolerance and lead by example instead of words, how will it ever get better? Won’t we just continue on this slippery path? As someone that lived through the hate that was going on during the Shades of Gray era, myself, and I’m sure the 47 families, that today are living without a loved one, can say it’s deﬁnitely not getting any better.
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A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
ummer means camping. Outdoor living is a wonderful way to acquaint your children with Lyme disease, tourniquets, tick removal, poison ivy, skunk identiﬁcation, rabid chipmunks and tent life. Why go to a hotel when you can sleep on the ground in a Ziploc bag? It’s a mythological fact that camping builds character. Okay, I’ll admit camping builds some characters; the Unabomber comes to mind. After living in a remote cabin with no electricity or running water, Mr. Unabomber started a nationwide bombing crusade. But still, families plan extravagant camping adventures and look forward to spending an inordinate amount of time living like squatters in the mountains with their loved ones. Their days are ﬁlled with card games, sing-alongs, murderous rage and ﬁshing. And by the way, ﬁshing is not a sport. “Sport” indicates a level of exertion, sweat and training. I’ve never seen a sport that involves kicking back in a camp chair and swilling a cold beer while holding onto a stick. It could easily be confused with the sport of TV watching. One of my daughters refused to even cast a ﬁshing line, afraid she might hit a trout on the head with a lure, causing it to need glasses for the rest of its ﬁshy life. Hiking is another fun camp activity, if “fun” means you enjoy carrying toddlers for a 4-hour hike that would have taken
only 20 minutes if they would walk like a functioning person. And who can forget the hellish outhouses where you just know there’s a snake coiled up behind you or a spider creeping around the toilet seat or a swarm of wasps waiting for you to exit. When nighttime rolls around and it’s time to build a ﬁre, you soon realize it should be called building a smoke. All the green wood your kids gathered creates billows of hot, grey air that inﬁltrates every piece of clothing you own. Plus, the wind blows through the campﬁre, distributing hot ash, eye-melting
smoke and pieces of exploding branches so everyone around the ﬁre can enjoy the great outdoors. Once you ﬁnally have a campﬁre merrily dancing in the pit (usually around 2 a.m.), it’s fun to roast marshmallows that your kids won’t eat because they’re burnt, and look at the stars. Me: Aren’t the stars beautiful? Daughter #1: It’s making my neck hurt. Can I stop looking? Me: No. Daughter #2: What if a star fell on us right now? Daughters #3 and #4: (Crying because they don’t want a star to fall on them.) Me: Forget it. Go get in your Ziploc bags. Safety is always a concern when camping. “Don’t Feed the Bears” signs encourage campers to lock food in the car so bears don’t get into your Oreos. Shouldn’t the signs also warn you that a bear can easily shred your tent, looking for juicy, humanﬂavored tidbits? But, hey, as long as the Oreo cookies are safe. Once camp is over, a miracle happens. Everyone forgets the scraped-shins, ﬁre-singed ﬁngers, burned breakfasts, lost underwear and temper tantrums. And suddenly you’re planning next year’s camping trip to acquaint your children with dehydration, crazy hermits, leaf toilet paper, stinging nettle, wet socks, outdoor swearing and organic granola. Because why go to a restaurant when you can eat soot-covered hot dogs in a rainstorm?
“Following a Big Confession, Dr. Smith Changes his Story” Why the Real Truth Finally Came Out...
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Over the past 13 years, I’ve sent out literally millions of flyers with a picture of my family and usually I’m in there somewhere. I shared personal details of my back pain, my struggles with weight gain, and how I watched my cute wife get in shape by running. I shared my drama of trying to run to get healthy, but how my low back and knees didn’t agree with the running thing…and ultimately how this led me to discover how awesome Chiropractic care can deal with problems like mine. The long and short of this journey is that I eventually lost the weight, ran some marathons, and completed the 7 years of college required to become a Chiropractor.
So Why Do I Share this… I Think most People WANT to know that with a serious spinal problem, there are more options than just popping pills, or surgery, or just getting a bunch of chiropractic or physical therapy treatments to manage pain…they want solutions.
But Here’s What I Didn’t Tell You… As time passed I continued to do what I could to be healthy, such as exercise and get regular chiropractic treatments. But as much as this helped me be active and pain free, I began to be aware of something that started bugging me. And the reality was I couldn’t stop it nor could I control it. The fact is…I WAS GETTING OLDER…time and gravity were creating problems for my back. To make matters worse, working as a chiropractor to fix other’s, ironically puts additional stress on my back. So, even with my regular personal chiro treatments and exercise, I started hurting again. And to be open and real, I struggled with it. Not because of the pain, but because I felt that maybe there was some contradiction that I was treating and teaching patients how to get rid of their back pain....but meanwhile I was having mine. The Real Truth is This... After taking X-rays of my back, I discovered that one of my spinal discs was in bad shape and that I also had arthritis. It took me only seconds
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