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Alta wrestlers hold up a trophy from a tournament earlier this season. (Alta High School Facebook)


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lta High School’s wrestling team finished the 2016–17 season at the 4A individual state championship tournament, Feb. 8–9, held at Utah Valley University. The Hawks finished 15th overall, right about the middle of the pack, scoring over 40 team points and having two wrestlers place in the top five. This year’s team, coached by Barry Harrington, who has been working with grapplers at Alta for 26 years, was described by Harrington as hardnosed with a keep-coming attitude. The Hawks are led by senior Sione Hafoka, who wrestles heavyweight. He is a hardworking team captain and is a very vocal leader. Senior John Lyon, who wrestles at 120 pounds, is also a leader on the team, who chooses to lead by example. Junior Taylor Heath, who placed last season at the state tournament and weighs in at 138 pounds, also provides leadership for the team. The long, grueling season began back in October with practices that consist of a lot of basic wrestling education and repetition. Harrington has the team run through a lot of drills

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as well as short-burst live wrestling scenarios and practice matches. The team then took part in matches and tournaments throughout the remainder of the year, all in preparation for the year’s culmination. During the season, Harrington was proud to see his team come together as a unit, to see them develop unity and chemistry. “It’s a time when we really come together as a team,” Harrington said. The group also travels to Las Vegas every year for a tournament that acts as a measuring stick of the team’s overall toughness and capabilities, as well as an opportunity for the group to bond and develop camaraderie. “We really get to see what we are made of mentally, physically and emotionally,” Harrington said. “It’s a time when we really come together as a team.” The postseason began with the 4A dual tournament, which Alta hosted on Jan 26. Alta won its first match versus Highland but lost its second match against Maple Mountain, who ended

up taking third in the dual tournament. Alta was bounced from the competition after their third match against Corner Canyon. The 4A divisional tournament was held the following week, Feb. 1–2 at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington. Nine Alta wrestlers qualified for the state tournament during the divisional round. At the state tournament, two Alta grapplers took fifth place or higher. Kyle Hall, who wrestled at 195 pounds, finished fifth. Tate Renckert took fourth place at the tournament at 145 pounds. Both team leaders won two matches at the tournament. Alta will have some experience to begin next season, as a few of the state qualifiers from this year are underclassmen, including Renckert. That leadership will help Alta continue to work with and build the chemistry Harrington liked so much from this season. The team stuck together and pushed each other further than anyone would have gone alone. “They have come together as a brotherhood,” said Harrington. “They truly have each other’s backs, win or lose.” l

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n Sept. 11, 1945, thousands of Japanese-Americans arrived on the edge of the Sevier Desert after a three-day journey from Northern California. Most came from the Bay Area where they had been given two weeks to get their affairs in order, selling or giving away property, possessions, homes and businesses before they were rounded up, tagged and sent south for a six-month stay at a converted racetrack and then on to Utah. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Sandy Library held a presentation discussing the internment of 11,000 Japanese-Americans at the Topaz Internment Camp in Delta, Utah from Sept. 11, 1945 to Oct. 31, 1945. They also discussed the upcoming opening of the Topaz Museum in March. “I’ll talk to anyone about this story,” says Rick Okabe, a thirdgeneration Japanese-American. His grandparents and his parents, who were only in their early 20s, were removed to an internment camp at Tule Lake, CA. Okabe travels around Utah, telling the story of the people in these camps to whoever will listen, describing how “everywhere you go, you had to stand in line.” Within four months of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941, anyone of with at least 1/16 Japanese blood within an exclusion zone of the west coast of the United States was forcibly removed under military guard to more interior sections of the country like eastern California, Utah and Arkansas, though none of the interned was ever charged or convicted of espionage. A one-square-mile plot of land in the middle of the Utah desert was given over for the camp, which housed 408 hastily created wood and tarpaper barracks and was surrounded by a five-foot-tall barbed wire fence and armed guard towers. Each family was allotted a 20-by-20 room that housed a single military cot, blanket, lightbulb and pipe stove. Okabe described how “chairs, tables and other furniture could be put together using scrap wood and materials around the camp and desert.” An additional 19,000 acres around the camp was eventually given by the government for farming. Mess halls and latrines were communal, a hospital was eventually built and the camp had a preschool, two elementary schools and one high school, usually taught by other internees not much older than their students. Photographers were allowed in, but had to follow very strict rules. “The large majority of people in photos are smiling, but that does not accurately represent life in the camp,” explained Okabe. An art school was formed by Chiura Obata in Topaz that eventually came to have a population of 600 students from ages 6–70, teaching figure drawing, still life, architectural drawing, anatomy, commercial art and eventually landscapes and portraits. At one point, Topaz Internment Camp was the fifth-largest city in Utah.

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Rick Okabe poses with a book about the children of the Topaz Internment Camp in front of an image of the new Topaz Museum, to open in spring 2017. (Keyra Kristoffersen/ City Journals)

In October 1945, the internees were released, given $25 and a one-way bus ticket to wherever they wanted, and in 1983, the U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians issued a report detailing the absence of justification by the military and government to suspend the rights of American-born citizens and detain them without due process. In 1991, President George H. W. Bush issued an official letter of apology along with checks for $20,000 to the survivors of the camps still living. Seventy-five years later, pieces of the camp still can be seen. “You can still see the foundations of latrines, outlines of paths and the remains of rock gardens that people built to try and bring some happiness into their lives stand out against the Utah desert,” Okabe said. “Some of the barbed wire still exists. Dishware still lies in the dirt.” In 2007 the Topaz Museum Board purchased the site and it was designated Utah’s 13th National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. Thanks to donations and allotments from the government, the Topaz Museum has a brand-new building in Delta and will open with exhibits of artifacts detailing the stories of the people who lived there. For more information, visit www.topazmuseum.org. The museum will be located on 55 West Main St., Delta, Utah 84624. l

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Sandy Journal

‘No-kill’ means new life for Sandy shelter animals By Keyra Kristoffersen |keyrak@mycityjournals.com


ats and dogs around Sandy can be heard yowling for joy as the Sandy Animal Shelter completes its year-long transition to become a “no-kill” shelter. The shelter “smashed the ceiling” on the 90 percent minimum no unnecessary euthenasias in 2016, according to Director Ian Williams. Ninety-six percent of cats and 99 percent of dogs who came into the shelter were either returned to their owners, adopted out or taken in by other no-kill shelters around Salt Lake County. The no-kill program means that cats and dogs who come into shelter are no longer euthanized if not claimed or adopted, unless under extenuating circumstances such as debilitating sickness or injury. This especially affects feral cats who could not be adopted to traditional families, forcing shelters to euthanize due to lack of space.  “It used to be that people would trap feral cats and because they couldn’t be adopted out and no one wanted to work with them, there was no choice but for them to be euthanized,” Williams said. KC Colton, a member of the Sandy City Animal Services team, said, “A lot of people are happy with the no-kill (decision).” Sandy Animal Shelter, with the help of Sandy residents and local businesses and government, have adopted a program called the Community Cat Program that employs the practice of trap-neuter-return, or TNR, which helps keep the feral cat community in check. They do this by capturing feral cats, spaying or neutering them and releasing them back to the same area they were originally found, the idea being that they had already found a sustainable area that was familiar to them. This process helps not only curb numbers, but ensure the health of the feral cat colony. Veterinarians around Sandy have helped the implementation of the TNR program by providing spays and neuters at a discounted rate, as well as vaccinations for the cats going out. The TNR program has been met with some trepidation by some, according to Hillary Sterner, an animal control officer with Sandy for over 19 years, because many don’t understand the return process, believing that the feral cats should simply be taken away. This doesn’t solve the problem, said Williams, it merely creates a vacuum — as long as an area is sustainable to cat life, there will be cats. Take away one and another will simply move in, so it comes down to controlling the population and educating residents about how to coexist with that population. An ordinance for the no-kill transition was handed down in mid2015 by  the Sandy City Council. It first got rid of the carbon

Dogs waiting to be adopted. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

A young kitten stares through the bars. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

monoxide chamber in favor of strictly lethal injection. Since there is still a lot of rural areas in Sandy, animal services does deal with some livestock as well as roadkill issues, but the no-kill designation is specific to domesticated animals. The Sandy community has been welcoming of this change as attitudes about the role of pets in people’s lives have evolved over the last 10–15 years, Williams said. “It can be difficult to reach that 90 percent because, you have to realize that we took in over 1200 animals last year in 2016 and there are only 365 days in a year and we’re closed on Sundays,” Williams said. “Despite being no-kill, we don’t turn

away anything that falls under our jurisdiction. We can’t predict how many animals we’re going to get or what condition we’re going to get them in, but I am comfortable believing that the 90 percent is achievable.” With donations from city residents and businesses, existing funds and partnering help from other shelters like Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS), Best Friends Animal Society and the Utah Humane Society, the Sandy Animal Shelter has been able to renovate and expand to care for more animals, adding cat play rooms, quarantine areas, kennels that help off-set Cottonwood Heights’ animal intake and creating a more colorful and inviting space to encourage visitors to help. “We couldn’t have done it without the help of members of our city council and volunteers,” said Williams. For information on adopting animals or how to get involved in the Community Cat Program, visit http://sandy.utah.gov/ departments/animal-services or go to the building on 8715 South 700 West Sandy, Utah 84070. l

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Beehive STEM expo branches out to Sandy Library By Keyra Kristoffersen |keyrak@mycityjournals.com


andy Library hosted a dozen students from the Beehive Science and Technology Academy on Feb. 4 and 9 as they came to show off their technical projects in many different fields. Each year, led by the Beehive Science and Technology Academy, students from all over Utah gather together to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. This year’s fourth annual expo was held at the South Towne Expo Center on Jan. 21, with invitations sent to dozens of middle and high schools for their students to participate and enter projects focusing on math, science and technology. Students at the academy then had the chance to further display their mechanical skills at the Sandy Library on two different nights for another audience. Overseeing the students is Halis Kablan, the academy’s assistant principal and coordinator of the MathMatters programs. “The event is put on by the students as part of their science grade. It’s a student-run event, that’s the main idea,” Kablan said. “It helps them learn how to communicate. At the same time, STEM projects are really the future for them.” Children and adults wandered among

tables covered in new tech-like virtual reality headsets, apps to help identify a specific color’s official label and hue, optical illusions, robotics and chemistry. “Most of our graduates go into the science and engineering areas, it’s their passion,” said Kablan. The idea behind the expo and the subsequent library tours is to show the community what the children are working on at the academy and get them exposed to businesses and jobs where they can best utilize those skills. Despite the snowy weather that day, the STEM expo had a few thousand attendees to support students from all over Utah. Several parents in attendance spoke of their eagerness to get their own children involved with the academy when they get older. The academy accepts students from grades 6–12, and their robotics program starts at the middle school level with First Lego League. The school’s First Lego League team became the Utah Champion in 2016, going on to a world championship in St. Louis. In 2016, the Beehive Science Technology Academy was awarded the STEM Action Center’s Platinum Designation by the governor’s office, along with the Crimson


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he Sandy Arts Guild, along with the Sandy Amphitheater summer concert series, has long been known for putting on elaborate shows and involving the community. “It’s been a real cooperative effort between Sandy City and the Canyons School District to get a home,” said Karla Marsden, the company producer. The guild uses the shared space at The Theater at newly remodeled Mount Jordan Middle School next to Jordan Commons. “For years, for Christmas, I asked my husband for a fly-system (for the theater), and now we finally have one,” Marsden said. The 2017 season begins with the guild’s winter show of “See How They Run,” a familyfriendly play running Feb. 17 to March 4. The show is directed by Jarom Brown, who also plays the vicar, Lionel Toop. “We have a talented actor that can pull it off, so I have a lot of hopes,” Brown said. “See How They Run” takes place in a small rural vicarage in 1945 England. Audiences can expect to see costumes from scratch, mistaken identities and characters running about yelling in Cockney accents.  “I do get to carry a girl around the stage and throw her in the closet, and that’s a lot of fun,” said Susan Barry, a Sandy Arts Guild first-timer who plays Ida, a maid drawn to all of the dramatic events happening throughout the vicarage. “It’s a fun role — I think she’s kind of like the clown of the play. It’s been a fun character for me to play around with. She has a big personality.” Lindsay Higbee, who plays Penelope Toop, an English-born, American actress, described Penelope as a lot of fun. “She’s kind of a troublemaker in the village, who wears trousers, which is unheard of. (She’s) loud and boisterous, a sassy little creature,” Higbee said. “It’s been fun experimenting with the mid-Atlantic accent.” The arts guild supplements their budget by renting costume and set pieces to schools and other community theater groups. According to Marsden, the biggest issue that comes from deciding on a season line-up, besides expense, is whether a regular cast and crew exists to support a given show.  “We have a very creative master carpenter, who also is the set designer. He’s been able to build what would be very expensive molding and its bent PVC pipe,” Marsden said.  Dwight Western is the master carpenter. He started with Sandy in 2005 with a role on the stage that eventually transitioned into set designer and master carpenter, creating set pieces that the other members of cast and crew call “stunning” and “fantastic.” “This is all from scratch. I bought a table for cheap at (Deseret Industries). I bought it

Set Designer Dwight Western sits amongst his creation. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

for the hardware and I couldn’t have bought the hardware I wanted for the cost of the table, let alone all the things I was able to with it. Because we use a lot of strange shapes, we use a lot of pool noodles, whatever we can find that we can turn into something else,” Western said. “I wanted to create an old-world feel, even though the play is a bit more modern. I wanted to bring in the church feeling into the vicarage and that’s why we went with the large church window (made of warped PVC).” Recessed windows and doors were created to give the feeling of thick centuries-old granite walls. “They’re amazing, really professional here,” Higbee said, who was also in the guild’s production of “I Hate Hamlet” in 2016. Members of the Sandy Arts Guild are excited about the 2017 season that includes upcoming activities like the Elementary School Art Show taking place March 22–29 at the Shops at South Towne and features art submissions from elementary-age students from the Canyons School District and private and charter schools from all over Salt Lake Valley. Auditions will soon be announced for “The Lion King Jr.,” which will be shown April 27–29 at The Theater at Mount Jordan and the big summer musical “Beauty and the Beast,” running Aug. 4–12 at the Sandy Amphitheater. For more information about the Sandy Arts Guild and their 2017 season, visit http:// sandy.utah.gov/departments/communityevents/sandy-arts-guild l

Susan Barry’s Ida the Maid shows off her fancy new dress to the newly met Bishop of Lax, played by Jeff Kocherhans. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

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Council denies rezone after neighbors object By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


fter members of a neighborhood voiced their opposition, the Sandy City Council voted against rezoning a parcel of land that would’ve increased the number of units per acre by 16. The public hearing took place during the Sandy City Council’s Jan. 31 meeting. The vote was 6-1 with Councilman Chris McCandles being the only vote against the denial. David George with A Better Quality Home had requested to rezone approximately 3.68 acres, located at 789 East 7800 South, from single family residential to a planned unit development. The rezone would have changed the allowed number of units per acre from two units to 18 units. Before being brought to the city council, the planning commission voted unanimously on Dec. 1 against the rezone, citing the plan of 60 townhomes on 3.68 acres being too dense. “The planning commission recommended the city council not approve the request to rezone the property,” said Mike Wilcox, a long-range planning manager. “The overall attitude was the proposal was too dense for the area.” George addressed the council saying there had been several neighborhood meetings between his company and the residents around the property, with some of the meetings becoming “vitriolic” in nature. George said he has been trying to resolve the issues brought up by the neighbors, including having a traffic study conducted. He explained the people who chose to live in the townhomes would be making a lifestyle choice. Neighbors of the property voiced their opposition to the rezone during the nearly twohour public hearing. Most cited the increased traffic and the increase in crime, both of which are already an issue in the neighborhood. Resident John Yates spoke to the council, saying the plan has a road outlet next to the subdivision he lives in. “That is a blind corner. You can’t possibly see any lanes in front of you to turn,” Yates aid. “It’s

very dangerous. It’s really not designed for that kind of traffic.” Resident Ron Nacarado also cited the traffic and the speeding of cars on 7800 South. “The traffic is going to be considerably more than what it is now and it’s like a freeway now. We can’t get people to slow down to the speed limit,” Nacarado said. “With as many units as they want to have come in, it’s going to increase the traffic and the crime rate. And we have enough of that as it is.” Resident Pat McGregor also spoke against the rezone, saying she would like the development to keep in harmony with the nature of the neighborhood. “Connor Ridge Cove is a beautiful neighborhood. We’d like to see that kind of thing continue on 7800 South,” she said. After the public hearing concluded, the council asked questions of the developer but seemed mostly to be in opposition to the rezone. Councilwoman Kristin Coleman-Nicholl said she used to live in the neighborhood in question, saying it was where she and her husband bought their first home. Coleman-Nicholl acknowledged the concerns of the neighbors, saying they were real. “This community is very well rooted and is generally acceptable of reasonable development. I don’t think this is reasonable development for this neighborhood,” Coleman-Nicholl said. “The density is too high and I’m not in support of it.” Councilman Scott Cowdell also spoke against the rezone, saying 60 units is too high. Cowdell also said there was a serious lack of visitor parking. “I see no visitor parking. That’s ridiculous. I have six children and 20 grandchildren. They come to my house every Sunday,” Cowdell said. “Someone mentioned it would be for empty nesters. Where on earth would empty nesters park their families? I don’t get it. Honestly. I don’t get it.” l

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fter a devastating fire that destroyed much of the Sandy Public Works building, the city is moving quickly to replace the trucks and equipment destroyed in the blaze. The city council approved $2.64 million in fund adjustments and transfers to cover the costs of the trucks during their Jan. 31 meeting. The $2.64 million came from a transfer of $1.475 million from the city’s risk fund, $1 million from the fleet fund and $165,000 in anticipated insurance reimbursement. The fire happened early Jan. 27 at the south side of the public works building, located at 8775 South 700 West. The building housed 11 10-wheeler snow plows and other equipment. “We got the call early Friday morning. I went in and the south half of the building was on fire,” said Public Works Director Mike Gladbach. “It turned into a four-alarm fire. That means 100 firefighters were there from every city, ladder trucks and all other kinds of trucks.” The south end of the building was completely destroyed with the rest of the building suffering smoke and water damage. The city lost 11 trucks, a front-end loader, two hot pot trucks for roadcrack sealing, an air compressor and other miscellaneous items such as tools. Gladbach said the reason the rest of the building didn’t burn down as well was because of a fire wall. “We had a fire wall between the south bays and the admin area and the fleet maintenance and the fire did not get past that,” Gladbach said. “The doors were closed like they were supposed to be. The employees did what they were supposed to do, which is to not prop the doors open.” The administration of public works had temporarily moved in with public utilities at Sandy City Hall and has been able to continue to function with its duties. The city has received an outpouring of support from other

municipalities and organization to ensure it is equipped to handle snow plowing. Sandy has received two trucks from Bountiful, two trucks from Salt Lake County and another from West Jordan. The Utah Department of Transportation has also donated five trucks. “The public works facilities that have offered up equipment are operating under an agreement that was signed off about three years ago for emergencies such as this. They’re already covered by this agreement,” Gladbach said. “UDOT is not part of that. They’re kind of a different animal. The attorney general put together a lease agreement for the five trucks they’re going to loan us. It will be a nominal fee.” Gladbach said it’s been really nice to see sister cities, the county and the state all chipping in and helping out Sandy during their time of crisis. “All of those public works directors have been calling me,” Gladbach said. “Their fleet managers have been calling my fleet managers. At every level, there is all that activity going on.” Chase Parker, from risk management in Sandy, talked to the council about the insurance policies held by the city. He explained the city has property insurance for the building and its contents and auto insurance for physical damage to the plows. The city has $3,253,900 in coverage on the building with a $25,000 deductible. The city also has $64,000 in coverage for the personal contents of the building, including furniture and light fixtures. There is also $900,000 to cover the loss of electronic database processing, such as computers, servers and telephones. Each of the 11 lost snow plows were insured at $50,000 each. Parker said the city will hear back from their insurance company three weeks from the city council meeting as to what they think the total loss is. However, the insurance company doesn’t dispute that the south bay of the public works building will have to be completely torn down and rebuilt. l

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kid you not, it is illegal to swear in Sandy City if doing so, “could reasonably cause or provoke a reasonable person to commit a breach of the peace…or would cause such a reasonable person to act in an overtly hostile manner.” So, swearing is fine, just don’t do so in a way to “reasonably cause” a “reasonable person” to pick a fight? What does that even mean? Can a person act overtly hostile and still be considered reasonable? How would any authority even know that occurred? I have been representing all of District 1 in Sandy City nearing thirty years now and this law has been on the books as long as I can remember. I can also state with confidence that I have never known anyone to be cited for swearing. Government has a great track record of making laws that perhaps sound like good ideas at the time but are practically unenforceable. The decades long debate over obscenity and it’s many iterations is a great case in point. Last year the State of Utah adopted a resolution declaring pornography a public health hazard. A few months later the Republican National Convention adopted similar language for their platform recognizing pornography as a public health crisis. Both moves were heavily criticized by the mainstream media as a conservative, head-in-the-sand overreaction. Critics had a field day asserting hypocrisy, pointing out statistics demonstrating the consumption of pornography in what is regarded as a traditional values state. Others dug up and displayed the various sexual exploits of the Republican candidate. Others contested the science of addiction or smugly dismissed the thought as “religious” as if that label alone were sufficient to conclude the exchange of ideas. Articles appeared, editorials were spun,

and the liberal media did it’s best to make these efforts appear foolish, even describing them as a “war” on pornography. A couple of non-binding statements? Really? Would it be fair to say that reasonable people on both sides of this issue became overtly hostile? I am deeply thankful for a First Amendment right allowing freedom of speech, even though I don’t like a lot of what’s being said these days. Trying to hinder the consumption or proliferation of pornography among the adult population through government regulation may have sounded like a good idea in the past but, like Sandy’s swearing prohibition, it’s just not legal or practically enforceable. I think reasonable people agree that the ship has sailed on overt regulation of obscenity or pornography as form of speech. But, I’m also of the opinion that not everything permissible is beneficial. Although you might have the legal ability to consume a case of beer in the privacy and safety of your own home doesn’t mean doing so is a wise decision, good for your relationships, or the best move for your health. But what is wrong with acknowledging that some behaviors like alcohol consumption, tobacco use, or distracted driving just aren’t profitable? Don’t we have a great track record in the United States of pointing out the ill effects of harmful behaviors that regulation has failed to curtail? Now, I don’t actually know much about the science of addiction, whether a brain on pornography resembles a brain on drugs, or what the objective triggers are that constitute a public health crisis. But, common sense tells me that consuming pornography probably isn’t the best use of people’s time or

talent. It seems reasonable that too much of anything is probably a bad thing. Or, dare I say harmful? And, I don’t know anybody that thinks it’s a great idea to expose children to graphic images. Even Hollywood has adopted a rating system to keep its advertise safe for general audiences despite the sexual or violent content of movies. If we, collectively felt that pornography was completely innocuous, there would be no limit to its application. We all know that “sex sells” but if there wasn’t some recognition that pornography at least had the potential to be harmful, what is stopping it from being used now to sell everything from candy to cars? Even speaking as a life-long Democrat, the non-binding statements of the State of Utah and the Republican National Platform are just an acknowledgement that we better keep this issue on our radar before we realize its bigger than we can handle. That is why I introduced, and the City Council adopted a resolution last year supporting efforts to bring more awareness to this issue. Don’t worry, the resolution carries no weight of law, we do not hate free speech, and we have not declared war. My goal and hope is to encourage reasonable people to continue discussing the effects of pornography reasonably. My next goal might be to eliminate Sandy’s swearing law. Scott Cowdell has represented the historic areas of Sandy City on the City Council for nearly thirty years. A copy of the City Council’s August 16, 2016 resolution is available at: https://sandyutah.legistar.com/MeetingDetail. aspx?ID=451258&GUID=D41FCFF2-B834-4699-AE56-7DC DD1638063&Options=info&Search= l


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Jordan High School offers monthly meetings to Spanish-speaking parents to help them learn about the school and educational system. (Roberto Jimenez/Jordan High School)


bout one year ago, around 20 Spanish-speaking parents came to a Jordan High School meeting to learn more about the school their children attend. “We held the meeting as a way for these parents to become familiar with the school, its resources and key people for them to talk to about their students’ classes,” Jordan High Assistant Principal Roberto Jimenez said. “We had a low number of Spanish-speaking parents contact the school, attend parent-teacher conferences, ask for counselors or become involved. We realized there was a language and culture barrier, so we decided to hold a meeting for them.” That meeting has become a monthly occasion where about 50 to 60 parents regularly attend. It also has evolved into a Spanish phone line for calls to be directed to Jimenez. The “puertas abiertas,” or open doors meeting, addresses topics to help students succeed, Jimenez said. When the school recently held College Night to prepare students for their future, Jimenez held it in Spanish for these parents. “We went over financial aid, loans, scholarships and the application process. We’ve had sessions to help parents understand the registration process, how to access Skyward and see their children’s grades and attendance on that website, how to directly email teachers, what graduation requirements are and information about student clubs so their children can be active in the school,” he said. The meetings also have stretched into community resources as Jordan High has partnered with the Alliance Community Service — a nonprofit organization that helps Latino families with ACA marketplace insurance and workplace safety training, supports breast cancer support groups, citizenship and legal services — and Midvale Community Building Community (CBS), an organization that networks and partners to help direct families to resources in their area. CBC Community Relations Spokeswoman Claudia Gonzales said the organization has served the community for 15 years and has helped Spanishspeaking families understand where to get help for vaccinations, physical therapy, senior citizen care, stress reduction, dental care or get special permits to continue in school. “We provide a sources center for parents so they feel comfortable and can get the information

they need,” she said. Jimenez said he has invited both organizations as a way to reach more Latino parents. He also has invited Salt Lake Community College to attend meetings. “A lot of families have parents who work two or three jobs, so it’s difficult for them to get here. Many of them are new and it’s their first year so once we can get past the biggest barrier — the language — then they learn the importance of their student’s attendance, which classes they need to take and the necessity of homework. Some of them don’t know how to use a computer, so we turned one meeting into teaching them. Many of them just wished they had someone to talk to so they could ask questions. We’re now able to help them,” he said. While Jimenez realizes there are parents who speak other languages who may need assistance, he said he addressed the largest population who attend Jordan High, which also has some of the lowest attendance and achievement records of the ethnic groups who attend the school. “I’m being the bridge from these parents to teachers and counselors. I’m trying to teach them the school system and give them partners so they have resources to learn their basic community needs such as where to take their kid to a pediatrician before school starts so they can receive immunizations. Many Anglo families who are born here take these things for granted, but for these families, they may not be aware of who to call, how to go about making a call or how to get the things their kids need,” he said. He said he has answered questions that have helped parents of children who attend several other schools. “Their younger children attend elementary schools and so now they’re feeling more comfortable trying to talk to their teachers and administrators. Some have even started to volunteer in those school buildings,” he said. Jimenez also has brought a shared culture within the group. At the last meeting, participants enjoyed tamales and arroz con leche, and he sees them expanding to other Latino dishes with upcoming meetings. “We want our parents to be like partners than patrons and we are getting a lot more response after they understand and get comfortable with our education system,” he said. l

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Professionals introduce Mt. Jordan sixth-graders to careers By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


everal hands shot up when nurse and dietitian Susan Lindberg asked Mt. Jordan sixth-graders how many servings are in a Twix candy bar. The answer, four, may have surprised some students, along with learning there are 500 calories. Lindberg, along with wildlife officer Ray Loken and videographer and entrepreneur Parker Walbeck, shared some insights of their jobs with students during a career assembly. “We want all sixth-graders to have the opportunity to have a career exploration lesson and this assembly is designed to open their eyes to careers,” said Lisa Willis, workbased learning facilitator. “Many of the kids already know about their parents’ and family members’ careers, but this will let them see what else is out there and get them excited about planning their future.” Lindberg, who currently is a healthcare educator after serving for years as a nurse and dietitian, advises students to study so they will learn more and be better educated. “In this field, the more education you have, the better you will get paid,” she said. Education is something that Utah Division of Wildlife Resources law enforcement sergeant Ray Loken emphasized. “When I was in school, I was lazy and I didn’t take much science and didn’t like math and English,” he said. “It was hard when I went to college and had to catch up.” For those interested in careers with animals, he suggested taking the same classes in college he didn’t study much in middle and high school, plus wildlife courses. “English is important because all areas in the Division of Wildlife Resources require writing reports,” he said. He said he discovered his passion for wanting to work with wildlife and in the outdoors when he was a Boy Scout working on merit badges. “Everyday there’s a new adventure. I’m doing different things every day from animal rescue to counting elk, moose and bighorn sheep to tranquilizing and moving animals from danger,” he said. “I’d encourage you to think about this if you love animals and the out-of-doors. It’s a career you won’t regret. Find something you love and then, pursue it.” An Alta High graduate, Walbeck echoes that sentiment after being a door-todoor salesman. “You know that annoying guy who comes to your door, trying to sell you

Law enforcement sergeant Ray Loken shows students animal skins of some of the animals he is in contact with during his daily routine with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

something you don’t want?” he asked students. “That was me. I was miserable. And I decided right then and there, that I don’t want to do something I don’t like just to earn money. So I quit.” Walbeck, who knew a little about photography, ended up buying camera equipment after watching devinsupertramp videos. Then, he spent weeks teaching himself how to make videos from watching YouTube videos. “I went to Southern Utah University and when I was there, there was a school paint dance party. I didn’t see anyone around so I posed myself as a videographer and started filming. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I looked confident. ‘Fake it ‘til you make it’ is how I approached it. Afterward, I shared the video with everyone and the administration called me down and offered me an administration scholarship as director of cinematography for the rest of the year,” he said. Walbeck advised students to take risks. “Put yourself out there. See if people like your work,” he said. Later, he filmed devinsupertramp videos for four years, traveling to 20 countries. “I told him I may not be as experienced as others, but I’ll work harder and be more

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Canyons Technical Education Center’s diesel program boosts industry By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


uring the past year, Canyons Technical Education Center’s (CTEC) heavy-duty mechanics/diesel program has been stepping up to answer the need to train more students in the field. “There’s been a shortage of workers in the field, so we’ve stepped up our practice and have partnered with industry leaders and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development,” said CTEC Principal Ken Spurlock. The number of retiring workers as well as the increasing use of diesel engines in transportation vehicles creates additional demand for diesel technicians, he said. Through the partnership, CTEC is receiving 12 computerized engines from Cummins to replace its engines from the 1970s, training and internships from industry leaders and a grant for about $12,000 from the governor’s office to help update software and computers as well as tools. “The engines have much newer technology and we are using the computer software to better prepare our students when entering the job market,” Spurlock said, adding that the engines are valued at about $100,000. CR England is making and donating the metal engine stands for CTEC. “Industry businesses are providing internships and job shadowing so our students can learn what it is like in this field. Many people think that this means being a mechanic or parts person; however, many mechanics go into sales, become service reps, teach or own businesses,” Spurlock said. “I started as a mechanic, then I went into teaching high school and became a principal. There are many avenues in the field,” he said.

CTEC students learn about diesel engines in the school’s heavy-duty mechanics/diesel program that recently partnered with industry leaders and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to receive computerized engines, tools, new computers and software, and job-shadowing opportunities. (Ken Spurlock/CTEC)

Companies like Cummins, CR England, Komatsu, UTA, Wheeler Machinery and Kilgore Paving have donated time, engines and money to improve educational opportunities. “Many of our students already have taken advantage of the internships and job shadowing and some are getting hired. Several of the companies also want their employees to continue learning so they given tuition reimbursements,” he said. Through CTEC’s program, students learn that diesel

technicians repair and maintain diesel engines that power many types of equipment, such as buses, construction vehicles and agricultural equipment. Students learn electronics, such as fuel regulators, emissions controls systems and timing systems. CTEC’s program lasts two years. Students learn to use precision tools for detailed measuring of internal and external diesel engine components during a complete engine rebuild. They also will tear down and rebuild a large diesel engine and test their skills by starting the engine at the completion of the overhaul. Students will learn about 12/24 volt electrical systems and voltage drop, resistance, wiring and troubleshooting. Students will learn about brakes and air brake systems on large truck applications, become familiar with an oxy-acetylene torch and understand steering and suspension systems and drivetrain components including transmission and clutch repair. “We have two classes of 25 students per class with great instructors. Students come from all five canyons high schools their junior and senior years. These students are learning how cars and trucks are operating and they work on their own cars to understand the brakes, engines and drivetrains. What skills they’re learning there can be applied to diesels — it’s the same, just bigger,” he said. CTEC’s heavy-duty mechanics/diesel program also offers the Automotive Society of Excellence student certification. “What many people don’t realize is that these kids are getting great training and certifications that lead to higher-paying jobs and they’re getting a boost in their future with concurrent enrollment at Salt Lake Community College. There are great things happening here,” he said. l


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Park Lane students become grateful, pledge to serve others By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


hen Jessie Funk was in high school, her mother said she was very self-focused. “She was a good kid, but she’d focus on herself rather than finding a way to make others happier,” Park Lane teacher Linda Tognoni said. Much of that has changed as Funk now leads 18-member student groups on humanitarian service trips, recently to the village of Cho, outside the capital city Accra of Ghana. “Several of the teenagers I took are overcoming serious issues in their lives so this is a way I can pay it forward by helping these people in the village as well as these teens,” Funk said. “I can use my talents as a singer to help raise money to help the villagers and educate others about their plights so others will help.” Through a PowerPoint presentation coupled with songs, Funk led the elementary school students to learn what life was like for the Ghana orphan students. “They had one room in their school. The roof was made out of tree. Some had desks, but many sat on the dirt floor. The walls were painted like a chalkboard so they could write on the walls,” she said. The 40 children slept in dormitory-style accommodations. While Funk was there, her group built a kitchen, brought a microwave and hooked up a cooling system. Then, they stocked it with groceries. “Many of us are worried if we don’t have the right shoes or hairstyle, but these kids have real

worries and are so grateful for what they have. They’re thankful for the chance to go to school and they’re so happy,” she said. Funk said the orphanage and school began from one man named Francis. He had been an orphan since age eight and sought food from the garbage and slept in the streets until a German family sponsored him. They provided him with schooling, food and clothes and he eventually moved to the United States to learn nursing. “After he became a nurse, what do you think he did?” Funk asked students. “He returned to his village and built an orphanage there with a place for those students to be taken care of and have schooling. He’s a real-life hero.” Her humanitarian group took shoes for the orphans. “The orphans don’t have shoes, but to go to school, they must have shoes. So it’s a big deal for them. When they walked in to where we had all the shoes spread out, they were so respectful. When we asked them which pair they wanted, they were so surprised they got to choose. Besides attending school, shoes help keep them safe from getting sores and germs which can spread through their whole bodies,” Funk said. At the beginning and the ending of her presentation, Funk asked Park Lane students what they were grateful for in their lives. While some answers remained the same — family, homes and clothes — the early answers of sports and sledding

changed to health, food and clean water. Park Lane students then pledged to help others, whether it was to give donations of clothing, medical supplies, shoes and other items to those in the community or to a humanitarian trip or maybe it was just to be a bit kinder to fellow students at school or people in their community. Fourth-grader Tinsley Smith said she learned that sometimes she asks for things she wants when they aren’t things she needs. “I learned that I should be grateful for what I have instead of asking for more,” she said. “I have clean water and toilets and they just have a hole in the ground. I get to go to school and learn and that doesn’t just happen for those kids.” Classmate Drake Parker said that he learned Americans, as a whole, are rich. “We have a lot more like bikes, motorcycles and cars, so we’re wealthy since they don’t have any of that. I’m better off just by having my parents and the love they give,” he said. Fourth-grader Bailey Angus said that she also learned to never give up, even if she fails a test. “I can see what I have compared to them and I realize I should always try,” she said. Teacher Angela Drake said that she hopes Funk’s presentation opened her students’ eyes. “I hope they learned that even when hard things happen, they can still be grateful and happy for what they have,” she said. “We can learn to make ourselves happier by helping.” l

Park Lane Elementary students learn from motivational speaker Jessie Funk how grateful Ghana orphans are for clean water, food and school. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


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Alta basketball team wins some and loses some By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com


lta’s basketball team is doing significantly better this season than last. The Hawks finished dead last in 4A’s region seven for the 2015–16 season, winning only three games against region adversaries, while losing nine. Alta won 10 games last season, though they finished with a losing record overall — 10-13 — and missed the postseason altogether. 2016-17 is looking slightly better, however, at least in region games. By early February, Alta had already won four region games with nearly a month left to play and five region matchups remaining. The Hawks won their first game clear back in November, besting Skyline, 60-55 on Nov. 22. Alta then lost their next four games, beginning at Davis on Dec 2, losing by 18 points, 54-36. The following two games were close, losing at Westlake by one on Dec. 9, 53-52, and at home to Pleasant Grove, 6258, on Dec. 13. The Hawks headed into their winter break after losing to Olympus on Dec. 16, 64-52. After the holiday, Alta traveled to Mesa, AZ to play in the annual VisitMesa.com Basketball Challenge, a 16-team holiday tournament held in Mesa. There are 12 teams

After that, Alta lost three straight including a 20-point loss to Orem on Jan. 13, 52-32, and a 27-point loss to Mountain View on Jan. 17, 77-50. Alta lost to Timpanogos, 78-68, on Jan. 20 before they won another game. On Jan. 24, Skyridge came to Alta for a game. It was a close one that came to the final seconds, but the Hawks held on to win for an exciting 48-47 victory. A week later, Alta went to Corner Canyon and won another nail biter, a close game that also went to the wire. Alta beat Corner Canyon, 40-39, on Jan. 31. Region 7 in Division 4A is tough, and Alta has been in the fifth spot for most of the year. Sitting ahead of them are Timpanogos and Timpview, both of whom have only lost a few games. Corner Canyon and Mountain View are just behind them. It looks like Alta will miss out on the postseason once again. But, this year, the Hawks definitely made progress and didn’t finish at the bottom of the region standings. The experience the team gained, especially considering all of the close games they almost won, should help them climb even higher next season. Hopefully Alta can get themselves back into the playoffs and near the top of the Region 7 pile. l

The varsity basketball team at Alta High School 2016-17. (James Falls/Alta High School)

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Alta swimmers have a solid year in the water, push themselves beyond their comfort zone By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com


he Alta swim team made many significant strides this season. Individual times were shaved down to personal bests and the team operated as a unit, with captains supporting and cheering one another on at every swim meet during the long season. According to the team’s coach, Kelsie Court, a lot of swimmers made huge strides in their techniques, which resulted in better times. “The highlight of the season for me this year was region,” Court said. “There were so many swimmers that dropped an incredible amount of time.” The Alta swimmers are led by Court, who is in her first year as head coach of the team and by a number of captains, all of whom are seniors. Ethan Christensen, Amber Gassman, Hunter Passey, Molly Peterson and Lauren Vosti are the leaders of the Hawk swimmers for the 2016–17 season. Their goal as a group was to focus on team unity and to cheer for each swimmer at every meet and every race. According to Court, they have all been fantastic at leading and creating team unity. “They have been encouraging others to give it their all in practice,” Court said. “They have also been very helpful to the coaches during practice by demonstrating various techniques in the pool.” The team this season was made up of nearly 40 swimmers who were a part of the team last

2016-17 team photo of Alta’s swimmers. (Kelsie Court/Alta Head Coach)

year, which has been huge in terms of the team’s improvement and continued growth. After the region meet, a few Alta swimmers qualified to compete at the state meet, which was Feb. 10 and 11 at Brigham Young University. Alta was represented by their boys 400 free relay team and by Nathanael Bookout in the 50 free. Bookout dropped significant time at region in order to

qualify for the state meet. The team’s practices begin with warn-ups and quickly head into sprints, endurance swimming, strokes, kicks, starts and turns. The team then might focus on any number of things Court and the other coaches observed from an earlier meet or a decided-upon area of need. During the beginning of the season the group focuses a lot on starts and

turns, just so everyone is clear on how they should be done. “Everyone looks forward to region,” Court said. “It is the culmination of about five months of hard training. Everyone has practiced and hour and a half a day, five days a week since October, with dryland training in September.” Court’s motto for the season was “nothing truly great ever came from a comfort zone.” Adhering to that motto, and keeping her swimmers aware of it, has helped Alta become better as a team and deeper as a group. With so many different swimmers improving and coming back from last year, Court is looking forward to the future. “A lot of swimmers have made huge strides this year,” Court said. “I am excited to see what they are able to do next year.” Along with increasing successes in the water, Court is also inspired by and excited for the personal growth she regularly sees when all of the swimmers’ hard work pays off. She and her fellow coaches are encouraged by how proud the boys and girls in the water are when they finish their swim and turn around to see a new best on the timing board. “The look on their faces made it all worth it,” said Court. l NEWS FROM OUR ADVERTISERS


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Jordan girls basketball has a productive year filled with learning experiences By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com


he Jordan High School girls basketball team didn’t win as many games this season as they did last year. The Beetdiggers finished 2016–17 with a 6-12 overall record and a 3-7 showing in region play, landing just south of the middle of the pack. Last season they won 10 games while losing 13, to wind up with a losing record, finishing fifth in 5A’s Region 3. Jordan didn’t play any postseason games this season or last, but there were successes scattered throughout this year’s campaign. Jordan began the season on the road at Herriman. They lost to the Mustangs back on Nov. 22, 71-50. The team’s second game was a bit better as they traveled to Granger, defeating the Lancers by 15 on Nov. 29, 4833. The Beetdiggers began December with a close home loss to Hillcrest on the 1st, 49-43. But Jordan rebounded and defeated Hunter on Dec. 5, at home, by a score of 34-23. That was

the Beetdiggers’ last win before the holiday break. Jordan lost four straight, a couple of close calls and a couple of landslides. On Dec. 9, Jordan visited Ridgeline and were kept from scoring 30 points for the first time of the season. Ridgeline won 53-29. The next road game was against Wasatch. The Beetdiggers lost by a basket, 49-47, on Dec. 12. On Dec. 20, Jordan went to Copper Hills to face a team who played in last year’s semifinal round at the state tournament. The Grizzlies scored a ton and beat Jordan 70-23. The final game prior to the break was against Judge on Dec. 22, who beat Jordan 61-47. The majority of December was tough for Jordan, but they did score a one-point victory against Uintah to finish of 2016 on Dec. 29, 35-34. The first two weeks of January were filled with ups and downs. On Jan. 3, the Beetdiggers lost to Bingham 68-22, but beat Cottonwood a few days later on the 5th, 40-30. Jordan lost a close game to West Jordan on Jan. 10, 35-32. But a win against Taylorsville on Jan. 12 was the team’s highlight for the season according to Head Coach Randy Olsen. One of Jordan’s leaders, senior Morgan

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t the time of this writing, some of the issues I brought to your attention in my February message are not yet concluded. The Legislature is still in session, so I can’t report on the status of many of the bills that are of importance to the County. The County Council has not finished its deliberations on the proposed FCOZ and MRZ ordinances and a Central Wasatch Commission proposal has not been reintroduced. The final vote on the FCOZ and MRZ is scheduled to be concluded mid-March. I’ll write about the 2017 legislation in my next message. But this does not mean that the County is not actively working for our citizens. Below, I’ve described a few ways we use your tax dollars to help with the quality of life we enjoy here in the valley. The Health Department recently alerted the public of a case of measles and reminded everyone of the importance of being current on immunizations, especially for our children. This is just a recent example of how they work to protect your health and environment. The Health Department is one of the greatest Salt Lake County resources available to the public.Council Visit their website (slco.org/ health) and familiarize yourself with their services.


Sterner, was fouled shooting a three-point shot as time expired with Jordan down by a point. Sterner attempted three foul shots after the clock had stopped. She made two of them for the one-point victory against one of the top three teams in the region. Along with Sterner, senior Collette Batty has shared the leadership role. Both have played Jordan High School basketball all four years they have attended. They both work extremely hard and are great at encouraging all of the other players on the team, according to the coach. “They are unselfish, positive and easy to be around,” Olsen said. “They are also stellar students.” All of Jordan’s starters have been in the program for at least three years, which is one of the most experienced teams Olsen has coached. Olsen thinks this team is unique due to their familiarity with one another, leading to more cohesive play. Juniors Peyton and Ashton Naylor have been logging a lot of minutes and have produced a lot of exceptional play. The team also has had great contributions from Kilani Teo and Hannah Ashman, who are both

juniors, and Diera Walton, a sophomore. A lot of these players will be back next season, looking to expand on this season’s goals, which were to improve each week and to work hard together as a team. If the girls can keep it up, the wins will begin to accumulate and they can reach their third goal, which is to play in the state tournament. l

The Jordan High School’s varsity girls basketball team huddles up during a timeout this season. (Billy Swartzfager/City Journals)

Planning for warmer weather Max Burdick, County Council District 6

With the approach of spring and summer, the County is gearing up for numerous projects taking advantage of the “building season.” Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) and contracts are being let for repair, upgrade and new construction projects throughout the valley. This includes, planning and design, architectural work, materials procurement and construction. If you are interested in how the County awards contracts such as these or to bid on a contract, see (slco.org/contracts).

While you are also preparing to take advantage of the spring and summer months, please consider donating your unneeded household items, from your spring cleaning, to one of the various charities in the valley that can benefit from your contributions. Also, check out the USU Extension Services (http://extension. usu.edu/saltlake/contact/index) and find out about their Salt Lake County Programs: • Urban Agriculture & Natural Resources • Gardening • Food, Family, Home & Finance • 4-H & Youth And, plan ahead to get registered for activities offered in the summer for adults and children. If you have an area of specific interest or a question that I we can help you with, please contact my office at 385-468-7459 or at mburdick@slco.org or my Advisor at sjacobsen@slco.org . Don’t forget to “spring forward” March 12th for Daylight Savings Time! l

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FROM the SANDY CITY MAYOR Open Letter of Gratitude On Friday, January 27, our public works facility was largely destroyed when an accidental fire broke out in the early morning hours, taking with it half of our snow plow fleet. The magnitude of the four-alarm fire was only matched by the overwhelming amount of help we received from across the Valley. During the fire and in the days following, I have been both amazed and impressed watching so many people come together to help Sandy recover.

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Henry Ford said of teamwork: Coming together is a beginning; Staying together is progress; Working together is success This thought is certainly an accurate reflection of the teamwork shown by and to Sandy during our time of need. With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment to say a simple and heartfelt thank you to all.

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o the nearly 100 firefighters who helped both battle the blaze and cover Sandy City while the fire was extinguished;

To our residents for their kind words and understanding as we gathered resources in time for the next snow event

To every fire agency in Salt Lake Valley who supplied resources to help;

Since the contentious Presidential election, I’ve dedicated myself to combating negativity by “Finding the Good” in our community and in showing citizens what government can and should be. There is good news in both politics and in life—and there was certainly much good to be found during this crisis and I would be remiss as the Mayor of Sandy if I did not take a moment to express our gratitude to all.

To Utah Disaster Kleenup for their expertise in expediting the recovery process; To every city and agency in Salt Lake Valley who offered up equipment for our temporary fleet, specifically to UDOT, Bountiful City, West Jordan and Salt Lake County; To our 55 full-time public works employees who worked tirelessly to restore operations by the following Monday so our residents would continue to have their needs met; To all of our Sandy City employees who came together to offer whatever help was needed as we worked through the crisis and for being well-prepared with the necessary insurance, training and expertise to help us successfully navigate through the disaster; To the City Council for quickly responding with a funding resolution to help us begin to rebuild our permanent snow plow fleet;


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Larkin Mortuary every detail. The plan is digitally stored, backed-up and updated regularly so there is no chance of one data bit being lost. They offer different financial plans so your kids don’t get stuck with the bill…unless that is part of your plan. “Most people don’t know all the details that go into a service until someone close to them passes,” Spencer says. “And over and over we hear them say: ‘I wish I could’ve enjoyed the days before the funeral but I was too caught up in planning and

worrying about offending someone in the family and how I was going to pay for things.’ When parents have a plan in place it’s the best parting gift they can give their children.” So take out your bucket list. Go straight to the bottom and add Pre Plan my funeral. When you check that one off you’ll feel a whole lot better knowing Helen will be singing at your brotherin-law’s funeral, not yours. l



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Bengals water polo looking at competitive season after state championships By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


he Bengals water polo team is ready to start their next season after both the girls and boys teams won the 5A state championship last year. The club has been around since 2004 but has significantly improved since Mike Morgan took over as head coach in 2014. Morgan said when he started, the girls team hadn’t won a game and the boys team was just average, despite a lot of talent on both teams. “Going into the spring 2015 season, everyone knew Brighton had been around for a while as a club. But our teams really weren’t that strong,” Morgan said. “I don’t think other coaches expected us to do as well as we did. We ended up with both teams in the 5A state finals.” The girls lost the final game by one point, but the boys ended up winning the championship. In the 2016 season, the girls had a tougher schedule but it ended up paying off when they won the state championship for the first time in the Brighton High School history. The boys also won their state championship, the second in a row. Morgan said because of the success of the team, other coaches are gunning to take the top spot away from the Bengals. However, Morgan isn’t worried. “We lose players every year but that’s kind of the fun of coaching high school water polo. Every year, it’s a different team dynamic and you have to work in a way to leverage every player’s strengths and to fill each other’s weaknesses to have the strongest team,” Morgan said. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s very rewarding and filling.” Though based out of Brighton High School, the Bengals water polo team is technically a club team that is registered with the USA Water Polo Association, and they practice at Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. “The structure of the league in Utah is if a kid swims for their high school and that high school has an affiliated water polo team, they have to play water polo for that club,” Morgan said. “Kids who play on our team are all from around here or are from high schools that don’t have water polo teams.” While the majority of players are from Brighton High School, the team also has players from Corner Canyon High School in Draper and Alta High School in Sandy. The biggest rival every year for the Bengals has been Herriman High School. Two years ago, Cottonwood High School was also a big competitor. “But Viewmont (High School), we met them in the finals for the girls and the boys last season so I’m expecting them to really bring it this year as well,” Morgan said. “Maybe there are other dark horses coming up. You never

Both the girls and the boys Bengal water polo teams won their respective state championships in 2016. (Lyse Durrant/Bengal Water Polo)

know.” Morgan said the great thing about coaching youth competitive sports like the Bengals water polo team is the sport might be the only area of the kids’ lives where they can feel the satisfaction from the hard work. While kids can’t choose to not go to school, they can choose to be on the team. “The fruits of their labors, the trophies in the hallway, it’s due to their hard work, their sacrifice, and they take responsibility for each win and each loss. I feel that’s tremendously important,” Morgan said. “My goal for each of the players is that they put in their best effort to not only work as hard as they can and be to practice on time but also to make friends with all of their teammates and strengthen the relationships in the team. By doing those things, we can get the hard work in.” Eighteen-year-old senior Nicholas Nelson joined the water polo team because he liked the team aspect of the sport where players can build off each other. “Other sports like track or swimming, it’s just the individual time that creates the team,” Nelson said. “I like how we can work together to build something that others can’t.” Last year, Nelson said the team was confident going into the championship game because they knew they had conditioned enough and built up the team enough where they knew they would come out on top. This year, Nelson feels that the team has done a good job of playing everyone equally. “I like seeing that and I want to see more of that because we definitely grow when everyone on the team is included rather than just star players being given all the time,” Nelson said. “For me, I’m the goalie so I just want to block as many shots as possible.”

Seventeen-year-old junior Olivia Huntzinger started out playing water polo after swimming for the Cottonwood Heights aquatics team. After seeing her older sister play water polo, she decided to join the water polo team as well. Like Nelson, she also likes the team aspect of the sport. “I like to know that my teammates have my back and I can support them if they need it,” Huntzinger said. “I like the strategy too.” Winning the 2016 state championship for the first time in Brighton High School history was an amazing thing for Huntzinger. “It was really great for us because the year before, we lost in the last 10 seconds of the game. They scored another goal and we lost,” she said. “It was really great and it really brought us closer together and it was a great way to end the season.” l

“My goal for each of the players is that they put in their best effort to not only work as hard as they can and be to practice on time but also to make friends with all of their teammates and strengthen the relationships in the team.”

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ore than half a century ago, it was proposed to the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that a credit union be organized to serve employees of church offices. Founded in August of 1955, what is known today as Deseret First Credit Union is now a recognizable Utah institution. The credit union began as the LDS Church Office Credit Union with 71 members who deposited $697 in savings and took out $200 in loans in the first month of operation, according to Darrell Kirby, the public relations specialist at Deseret First. By the end of 1955, those numbers had grown to 196 members and $8,265 in savings and $9,028 in loans. From its beginning, Deseret First Credit Union has served as the financial institution for employees of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Today, Deseret First is a fullservice financial institution serving nearly 60,000 members and employees of the LDS Church and its affiliated businesses throughout the world. But it’s not just their history that makes Deseret First Credit Union stand out. “What I find most significant is the special relationships that are created between Deseret First members and our staff,” said Jason Detton, manager at the Jordan River branch in South Jordan. “It is very much a neighborhood credit union. I always

think of the old TV sitcom, ‘Cheers’, Deseret First is the place where everybody knows your name.” Like all businesses, there have been economic and other challenges encountered by Deseret First Credit Union. “But, it has always emerged even stronger from those headwinds,” said Kirby and explained that keeping up with the changing needs of its members is always challenging and fun at the same time. Deseret First has implemented many new technological advances to help members more easily access and manage their accounts. Throughout its history, the credit union has tried to gauge the evolving financial needs and desires of its members, which have predictably and sometimes unpredictably evolved over the years. “Deseret First strives to develop and offer services that will best serve its members as they progress through the timeline of their life from college to LDS missions for some, and marriage, children, homeownership, and retirement for many others,” Kirby said. Kirby explained that locality is the most important thing to Deseret First. “In many cases, [credit unions’] headquarters are in the areas they serve, so they know what the local conditions are like and the needs of members, potential members, and citizens in their localities,” said Kirby. “Thus, they can tailor their services to meet those unique local financial needs.”

Deseret First has 11 branches in Utah and partners with 5,000 branches and 30,000 ATMs of other credit unions through the CO-OP Network across the United States and several other countries. Deseret First members now receive increased access to their accounts wherever they live, work or serve church missions. “We are a credit union that helps the LDS community,” said Desiree Pingree, the manager of the Sandy Quarry Bend branch. “Our culture is to help people and provide the financial tools they need to reduce or get out of debt.” l


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sync my calendar to all my devices and put everything on. I even use it to block out times to take a moment and breath, to go to the gym, read a book, and even plan a vacation. Keeping to a schedule is my No. 1 tip for staying organized. If you’re an iPhone user check out Awesome Note 2 app. It brings together to-do lists, notes and your calendar. These are just a few ideas that will help you organize your time. You can find more apps we’ve shared on Coupons4Utah.com/get-app. The next time you feel overwhelmed with a task, you might just look to see if there’s an app for that. And remember to always check the privacy terms before registering. l

Grocery: ListEase is a free grocery app for your phone and even works with an Apple Watch. After a brief learning curve and initial set up, I found it easy to use for not only groceries, but for to-do lists to. There’s even links to coupons. If you’re a Smith’s or Macey’s shopper they both have great grocery list apps with coupons too. Photos and Kids’ Art: Keepy is a new free app that allows you to organize kids’ artwork and allows the user the ability to share it with family members who live far away. The app also allows you to record voice-over stories about your photos. Google Photos: There are tons of apps out there with cloud storage, but my personal favorite is Google Photos. It’s easy to use, free and offers editing options. Calendar: Yes folks, if you aren’t already, you need to learn to use your calendar. I






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nether-regions caught on brambles, until he came to the Tree of Knowledge. And the rest is history. Or is it? Fast forward to 2017 and male/female relationships haven’t improved much. It wasn’t until the last 100 years that women decided things had to change. They ate from their own trees of knowledge and became proactive in voicing opinions. What was the overall reaction from men? “These women are crazy. To the institutions!” “Why can’t women just be happy?” “Don’t they know they have inferior minds?” “Where’s my dinner?!?!” Nevertheless, we persisted. Our mothers and grandmothers and greatgrandmothers fought against the stereotypical bra burning, hairy armpitted, unsmiling, Birkenstockwearing feminists. They tussled with men who found them shrill, incompetent and wholly ungrateful; men who were possibly afraid of what a smart woman could do. We’ve quietly listened to blonde jokes, put up with mansplaining bosses and held our tongues for hundreds of sexist and/or patronizing comments. But maybe we can find common ground. I’m sure many young men feel the pressure to become muscular like Thor, brave like a Navy Seal and wealthy like that Monopoly guy. I’m sure men battle with confidence issues, body image concerns and are always trying to look smarter than the



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