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Freelance Columnist Awarded for Her Passion On and Off the Slopes By Rachel Hall r.hall@mycityjournals.com

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Wallis never considered herself athletic as a young woman, but learned to ski in her 30s with her husband and children. Since then, the winter sport has become a passion for her personally and professionally. –Harriet Wallis


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Freelance Columnist Awarded for Her Passion On and Off the Slopes By Rachel Hall | r.hall@mycityjournals.com


hen it came time for gym class in high school, Harriet Wallis was always picked last for team sports. “I was ‘Harriet, go with that team,’” Wallis said. “I’m an outdoor girl, but I never figured I was athletic until I was in my 30s.” Now sports are an essential part of her lifestyle and career, and she is no longer chosen last. On April 1, Wallis was honored as the firstplace recipient for the Local Media Member Award by Ski Utah. The annual award is given to the individual that shares his or her passion for winter sports in Utah through their work. This was the second year Wallis received the award — the first time was for the 2010–2011 ski season. “I do a consistent, solid job, and so it’s really wonderful to be rewarded for it,” she said. Nominated as the only freelance writer, along with five other media members from various reporting outlets, was an honor before she even found out she had won for the 2015–2016 ski season. “I was ecstatic, because I am a freelancer. I am on my own. I don’t have a staff,” she said. “Other people who were nominated are with magazines, newspapers and television. It’s pretty neat to be the lone wolf.” Wallis never plans to retire from reporting or from skiing, even though she has undergone kneereplacement surgeries for both knees and also had both hips replaced. Her passion and energy keep

Harriet Wallis was honored for the second year with Ski Utah’s Local Media Member Award. –Harriet Wallis

her motivated every day. “I just have a different attitude. I feel like I’m picking up ahead of steam as far as motivation,” Wallis said. “I’m avid about being out in the yard for the exercise and fresh air.” She is no stranger to getting a little dirt on her clothes when it comes to working in the yard, or even during her former career as a potter. “In my former life, I was a full-time potter. I made things out of clay,” Wallis said. “I got tired of wearing clay, dusty blue jeans and firing kilns three nights a week.” With experience under her belt in the fine arts field, which included writing for craft publications, Wallis approached her local



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newspaper in Connecticut after reading an article about energy conservation in the ’80s. “I approached the newspaper and said, ‘Hey, that’s great having those articles about people who are doing things to conserve their energy, but how about some articles for people who are low income — like the elderly or single?’ And they said, ‘Nah, we don’t hire freelancers, but if you want to write a story you can.’” Wallis wrote four stories about what a woman can do to conserve energy and the newspaper used all four in its publication. A month later, they asked if she could write for a special section and she agreed. She continued writing for the special section on topics such as car mechanics and a historical look at weddings until one day she was offered a job. “The editor did not hire people with a journalism background. He wanted to hire people with diverse backgrounds, and mine was in fine arts,” Wallis said. The leap of faith it took to change gears from firing kilns and working with clay to seeing a need for articles on energy and writing them has turned into a bit of a “zig zag, but a great career,” according to Wallis. “Unless you change directions, you’ll end up where you started out to go. I started out as a fulltime artist and ended up as a full-time writer,” she said. “To me, it’s all the same thing — making sense out of a ball of clay or making sense out of a ball of words. It’s all very creative and fun.” She and her husband also changed directions 25 years ago when their children married and moved away from home. The Wallises decided it was time to move closer to a city that offered skiing nearby, and so they both quit their jobs with the intention of finding jobs elsewhere closer to the slopes. “We had to have jobs, because it supports our habit of eating,” Wallis said jokingly. “We lived in Connecticut at that time, but that’s not ski country. We wanted a real city and real skiing and so we chose Salt Lake City.” With additional experience as a ski instructor, mountain host and many years in a career as a ski columnist under her belt, Wallis has found that her passion has turned into a paycheck. She has one piece of advice for young girls, women, seniors and anyone else contemplating their path in life. “Keep going. The road ahead is wonderful,” Wallis said. l

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Falcon Running Club Attracts Pre-Teen Runners By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


andy City Parks and Recreation is sponsoring the annual Falcon Running Club. In its fifth year, the running club is for kids ages 8 to 13, who get together weekly to jog together. The 12-week course leads up to the kids participating in the Fourth of July 5K. “We decided to implement this program that was created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports originally called the Ready, Set, Run Program,” said Dustin Jackson, the recreation program coordinator at Sandy. “We changed the name to the Falcon Running Club.” According to Jackson, the idea for the club came out of the need for an athletic non-team event for the kids in the area. “This curriculum-based program equips kids with the physical training and goal-setting mentality needed to accomplish their running goals,” Jackson said. “Issues like enhancing confidence and self-esteem, respecting authority, dealing with peer pressure and fueling their bodies through proper nutrition are covered during the 12-week session. Above all, kids have a blast seeing what they are capable of achieving.” The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Makyla Hendricks, the site supervisor of the program, explained the group plays different running games on Thursdays to get them excited about running. “Capture the flag seems to be the favorite,” Hendricks said. Tuesdays are devoted to timed runs, with the goal of improving their time each week. “As the program progresses, they run further and further distances in laps around the park,” Jackson said. “They are taught principles throughout the course, including discussing their goals for the class: being active, healthy eating, building endurance, drinking water, exercising for a lifetime, teamwork, race clothing, race etiquette and rest.”

The Falcon Running Club preps for its practice. —Dustin Jackson

One of the kids from the Falcon Running Club participates in the Fourth of July 5K. —Dustin Jackson

When the kids sign up for the club, they’re automatically enrolled in the annual Fourth of July 5K with the goal being to complete the race with their best possible time. The group caps out at 30, but the average over the years has hovered around 24. Hendricks said the group is typically a combination of both runners and non-runners. “It gets them active and gets them away from technology,” Hendricks said. Hendricks said she hopes running becomes a larger part of the kids’ lives. “I hope they get to love being healthy and being outside,” Hendricks said. “I hope it becomes a path to the future.” The Falcon Running Club is just one of several different athletic programs offered by Sandy City. Another program is the Start Smart program. Designed for parents and their kids, the program focuses on general athletic skills including dribbling, throwing, catching, kicking, batting and agility. The classes are a

good way for parents to spend time with their children and help prepare them for future participation in youth sports. With the help from an instructor, parents teach their children in a safe, noncompetitive atmosphere to help build confidence. Another program is the Little Crazy People. The class is for parents and children ages one to three. The classes allow children to act their age while being exposed to numbers, letters, rhythm, motor skills and more. Sandy City also offers a youth fishing program. Kids are taught the basics of fishing at the Sandy Fishing Pond. Each week, the kids learn a different aspect of fishing such as casting, safety, knots, equipment and more. Children are mentored by local volunteers and need to bring their own fishing rod. These classes are very popular and fill up quickly. To learn more about the Falcon Running Club and the other programs offered by Sandy City, visit sandy.utah.gov. l

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Sandy Club Names Youth of the Year By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


azmine Reyes admits she used to be very shy. She described herself as being the person who would sit in the back, in a corner and would just watch people like a bird. However, for the past four years, Jazmine has been going to the Sandy Club: A Safe Place for Boys and Girls. This has helped her come out of her shell and begin to succeed at life. Seventeen-yearold Jazmine was recently named the Youth of the Year by the Sandy Club. Every year for the past five years, the Sandy Club has named a Youth of the Year. This youth is typically someone who does well in school, is a responsible and good kid, who helps others at the club and is planning on going to college. Students interested in applying write an essay about what the club means to them. “The club taught me to be myself. They’ve shown me how to survive in life and in school,” Jazmine said. “School is hard for me but they help me and they help others.” In addition to being named Youth of the Year, Jazmine received the Dick Adair Scholarship worth $1,000. Jazmine found out she was named Youth of the Year at the end of March. Jazmine said she broke down in tears. “I didn’t think I would win but I did, so I started crying,” Jazmine said. Linda Martinez Saville, the executive director of the Sandy Club, also broke down in tears when the Rotary Club presented Jazmine with her award. “I am so proud of her,” Saville said. “I cannot think of someone who deserves it more.” Saville said past winners have gone on to succeed in college. The first winner, Lilybeth Galena, is currently in college and will graduate in three semesters with a degree in

Jazmine Reyes, second from left, was recently named the Youth of the Year by the Sandy Club: A Safe Place for Boys and Girls. —Sandy Place

teaching. “Looking back, it’s good to see them continue to try,” Saville said. Before joining the Sandy Club, Jazmine said she used to walk around Sandy and Midvale, or take TRAX up to Salt Lake after school. “I liked to go out,” she said. “I didn’t want to stay at home alone.” She then found out her friends would go to the Sandy Club after school. Jazmine’s mom then signed her and her siblings

up to attend the club after school while she was working. Every day after school, Jazmine and the other kids come to the Sandy Club. They get a snack and enjoy free time. The kids can play video games or play on the computer or just hang out with one another. Later, the kids play a game together like kickball, baseball, basketball or four-square. After the game, the kids sit down to do their homework. Tutors are available to help any students. Jazmine said the homework help has helped her a lot. “They have encouraged me to do great in school and actually try,” Jazmine said in her Youth of the Year essay. “They have helped me so much in my education — whenever I am struggling, they will take the time and help me.” Jazmine said her favorite subject in school is math. “I know what to do in math,” she said. “I understand.” Winning the Youth of the Year award has helped Jazmine build more confidence in herself. She plans on attending college to become a neonatal nurse. “I know I can succeed,” Jazmine said. “I can accomplish more than I thought.” According to Saville, the Sandy Club: A Safe Place for Boys and Girls was established to give every child a safe place to come after school. There is no bullying, the students have a place to do their homework and they can receive things such as food, clothing, shoes, underwear and school supplies. “If there are families in need, we’ll take care of them,” Saville said. The club serves about 100 children a day, five days a week. Saville said they never turn a child away. “This is a safe haven for people to come to,” Saville said. l

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Hero2Hired Helps Vets Find Jobs By Kelly Cannon kelly@mycityjournals.com


undreds of veterans, active-duty military and military spouses converged together on March 23 at the South Towne Expo Center in the hopes to find employment. Hero2Hired held their annual job fair specifically for veterans, active-duty military, members of the National Guard and Reserve and military spouses. The group has been hosting job fairs since 2011. “It’s a nationwide program that helps veterans and military and their spouses in finding jobs,” said Chuck Rackham, an employment coordinator with Hero2Hired. “We also help them prepare with writing resumes and interviewing.” Hero2Hired helps connect veterans and military members with employers who want to hire members of the military. Rackham said there are several benefits to hiring members of

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Storybook Characters Come To Life At Silver Mesa Literacy Night By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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Silver Mesa students, Marley, Chesney and Isaac Ison, pose with Mary Poppins on March 24 during the school’s literacy night which featured several teachers and volunteers dressed up in characters from beloved stories. — Lisa Repp


alking through the classrooms at Silver Mesa, students may have bumped into Mary Poppins, Billy Goat Gruff, Willy Wonka or even Santa Claus. Severeal teachers and community volunteers dressed up in characters from beloved stories March 24 as part of Silver Mesa’s annual literacy night. About 200 students and their families took part of the evening activities that included 16 stories that were read about every 15 minutes, American Sign Language storyteller Ann Fife signing “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and award-winning illustrator Sam Ricks sharing how he illustrates books. “It turned out to be a really fun evening at the school,” said Mary Ann Curtis, who was the Parent-Teacher Association literacy night coordinator. “Literacy is more than reading. It can capture their imaginations and enlarge their worlds and we wanted to have them visualize it, use their senses, to enlarge their world.” Curtis said the activities were designed so they would listen, read, tell and write stories. “Literacy isn’t just reading, but it’s understanding, telling and relating the stories,” she said. Some of the activities that evening included a note and story-writing station, a puppet craft, a stage where students could tell their own stories, a walk and reading storybook maze, a book exchange and a chance to make an eye patch and listen to a pirate story sponsored by the Salt Lake County Library system that tied into the school theme of a treasure hunt. A treasure map created by parent Jacquelyn Wallenberg directed students throughout the school’s activities. Students and their families were encouraged to read “Treasure Island” together and log their monthly reading time. “Many students and families said reading together was one of their favorite activities. It was a month-long reading challenge. Those students who completed the challenge got $5 to spend at the book fair. There were books for

other students. We were brainstorming themes and wanted one that was flexible and fun when we came up with this and thought it would be fun to show the movie as well,” Curtis said. Curtis said that to follow-up reading “Treasure Island” together, the Muppet version of the movie was shown March 25 for families to enjoy. Older children appreciated seeing adults dressed up as characters, such as a pirate, Cinderella, Dr. Seuss and Pocahontas. “They thought it was really fun to see their teachers and the librarian all dressed up. The readers could pick their own stories and dress up to match them. Some kids dressed up as well; we mostly had princesses, superheroes and pirates,” she said. A poster, created by parent Lynne Burns, helped attract community members’ attention to the school event. Parent-Teacher Association President Stephanie Pursglove invited Fife and Ricks. “Ann Fife, the ASL storytelling, was so animated telling her story. The kids just stared with their mouths wide open as she acted out the expression and physically climbed the beanstock with lots of effort. It wasn’t read, just signed, but the students followed along and could understand and became more aware to others who sign,” she said. She said Ricks, who illustrated the “Eerie Elementary” series, shared students about his illustration methods. He received an award for his illustration of “Don’t Throw It To Mo.” When students participated in five different activities during literacy night, they could choose a prize from the treasure chest, Curtis said. The prizes were coupon donations from Papa Murphy’s and Jamba Juice. “We had a good turn-out and because we spread out the activities, it wasn’t too crowded. The readings were often enough it was intimate and fun. We’re already brainstorming themes for next year,” Curtis said. l


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Canyons School District Pilots Suicide Prevention App By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


he Utah State Office of Education has launched a new platform in the hopes of saving teens from taking their own lives. In partnership with the Attorney General’s Office and the University of Utah, the state office has launched a smartphone app called SafeUT, an app that connects students in crisis to professionals. The Canyons School District was the pilot program and has released the app to all of its secondary schools. “Students can go and download the app for free. Their schools are listed and they can either give a tip or if they’re in crisis, they can call or text a counselor,” Tamra Baker, the director of student support services at the Canyons School District, said. “That’s the power of the app. They get an immediate response from a counselor at the university.” Baker explained that’s the difference between the app and other suicide hotlines. Instead of talking to a volunteer, the students are connected to trained counselors at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of Utah Health Care. If a student or someone the student knows is in immediate crisis, they can contact a counselor and receive help. This can be either through calls or texts. Baker said the texting component is critical for talking to students. “That’s the world the teens live in,” Baker said. “They might be more hesitant to call.” The other feature of the app is a tip line. “It can be for a crime involving students, bullying, drug use, any at-risk behaviors. The tips are screened by the counselors. If it’s deemed to be a student in crisis reaching out, they contact the student,” Baker said. “If the tip is not a crisis, they are forwarded

SafeUT is a new app that helps students receive help when they are in crisis.

to the selected adult chosen to deal with the tips. That can be an administrator or a counselor. They follow up on the tips.” As of the end of March, all five high schools and eight middle schools in the Canyons School District are live with the app. The district hopes to have the program up and running in all of the secondary schools across the state by the end of the school year. Baker said the district has been really impressed with the different ways the schools have implemented the program.

“The kids have been really respectful of the app,” Baker said. “We didn’t have any kids just testing it out to see if it works.” While the app has been successful, Baker stressed this isn’t the only tool the schools and the district are relying upon to help prevent teen suicide. “We have really caring adults and we hope you [the teens] have at least one caring relationship with an adult. But sometimes, you’re not there or they’re not there and you don’t have access to them,” Baker said. “We don’t see this as the only tool. There are lots of programs in the schools. This one of the many things we’re doing to help keep students safe.” Other programs include a lifelines curriculum that is taught in health classes, which address mental health concerns. Another program called Prepare is for administrators and focuses not only on prevention but also trains them to give support to their schools, the parents and the students in times of crisis. “It really takes a community to save lives,” Baker said. According to the Utah Department of Health, in 2013, suicide surpassed unintentional injuries to become the leading cause of death among youth ages 10-19 in Utah. On average, 37 youth in Utah die from suicide and 942 are injured in a suicide attempt each year. In 2013, 14.1 percent of students in grades 8, 10 and 12 reported that during the past year they had seriously considered suicide. Every day in Utah, two youths, ages 10 to 17 years old, and two young adults, ages 18 to 24 years old, are treated for suicide attempts. l

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hile this is the last season for the seniors on Jordan High School’s baseball team, it is not the end of their baseball career for three players. Seniors Alex Baeza, Tate Hathaway and Drew Lisk have all committed to playing baseball at various colleges. Seventeen-year-old Baeza from South Jordan plays first base and pitcher at Jordan High. He has signed with the University of Hawaii. Baeza has been playing baseball since he was three years old with his dad. “My dad is a baseball fanatic,” Baeza said. Baeza started playing t-ball but quickly moved up the competitive ladder. He said he loves to pitch but his dad explained if he was serious about pitching, he’d have to play a position that was less stress on his arm, leading him to play first base as well. “Plus, I don’t have the speed for the outfield,” Baeza said. Baeza was made offers from several different colleges but he ultimately settled on Hawaii. “Living in Hawaii sounded nice,” Baeza said. “Everything stood out. It’s a big competition and players go on to play for teams that I grew up watching.” While Baeza doesn’t know yet what he will be majoring in, he is excited to start college. “I’m excited to get out there and grow on my own and figure out life,” he said. Eighteen-year-old Hathaway plays second base for Jordan High and has signed on to play at Salt Lake Community College. He said he will be the utility guy for the team so he will play whatever position is needed. Like Baeza, Hathaway began playing baseball because his dad loved baseball.

“I started when I was young, hitting off a tee in the basement with my dad,” Hathaway said. Hathaway has an older brother who currently plays for Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Hathaway said he’s always loved playing baseball. “I love playing. I love the game and I love meeting new people,” Hathaway said. “I love to compete.” Hathaway said he chose to go to SLCC because he’s known the coach for a long time and the program has helped a lot of players move on to bigger programs after their two years there. He plans on majoring in business and to be a sales manager like his parents. Hathaway attributes his success to the coaching at Jordan High. He transferred from Corner Canyon in order to work with the coaches at Jordan High. “The coaching is better. They compete at a higher level,” Hathaway said. “I came here to go to college and that came true.” Eighteen-year-old Lisk has committed to being a preferred walk-on at the University of Utah for both football and baseball. He said he’s been playing baseball forever after being introduced to it by his dad and it’s been his favorite sport since. “It’s low key but it can be an intense sport,” Lisk said. “You have to have a special respect to enjoy the game. Not many people can do it.” Lisk applied to play at the University of Utah because of its Pac-12 affiliation. “It’s also a really good school. That played a factor,” he said. Lisk said he is excited to move on to the next part of his life. “High school has been fun, but I’m excited to get out there to the real world and see what it’s all about,” Lisk said. l


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Flag Football Season in Full Swing By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

“It is an alternative program for the kids who are not quite ready, or do not want to participate in tackle football.”


lag football season has kicked off at the Dimple Dell Recreation Center. The season started mid-April and has seen an impressive turnout of athletes. Dimple Dell has been offering flag football since the recreation center opened in 2000. “(It’s a) non-contact program that is great for learning the fundamentals of football, it is a safer alternative to contact leagues, and for kids who are looking for a program with less emphasis on competition and more on having fun,” said Alison Barr, the program coordinator at Dimple Dell. Barr explained the flag football program has been a Salt Lake County program for decades. “Not every parent wants their kids to play tackle football,” Barr said. “This is an inexpensive alternative to committing to a tackle football program, and it lets the child find out if he/she likes football in general.” The kids on the teams are in grades first through sixth with leagues divided up by grade level. Both girls and boys are welcome to play and the teams can be coed. Each team has two games a week, one game on a weekday and one on Saturday. In lieu of the first game, teams got together to meet their coaches, reviewed the rules and received basic instructions on how to play.

Barr explained the purpose of the program is to teach the fundamentals of football in a fun environment. “This league has an emphasis on having fun rather than focused on winning,” Barr said. “It is an alternative program for the kids who are not quite ready, or do not want to participate in tackle football.” Barr said the benefits to this program include not only learning how to play football but also how to play with a variety of kids at different skill levels and how to have fun. “We also emphasize the development and importance of sportsmanship in all of our programs, including flag football,” Barr said. Barr said Dimple Dell anticipates the league will continue to grow because of the national growing concern over concussions and other head injuries received while playing tackle football. “We believe that more children will play flag football longer as young children, before making the transition to tackle football, if they make that transition at all,” Barr said. “Brain injuries can ‘accumulate,’ and if a child avoids sustaining injuries at a very young age, before safe tackling techniques are understood and honed, this will lessen the chances of irreversible damage later on in life.” l

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Juan Diego Athletes Sign Letters of Intent By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ard work has paid off for several athletes at Juan Diego High School as they have been offered scholarships to continue playing at the next level. On April 13 two members of the Soaring Eagles girls basketball team signed their letters of intent to play basketball in college. AnMarie Nelson and Mia Berenguer will continue at the next level. Berenguer will take her basketball skills to Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore. Nelson will play both basketball and volleyball at PostUniversity in Waterbury, Conn. “I had offers from other schools, but Post seemed like a great fit for me,” Nelson said. “It is a small community and the coach is amazing. She played in the WNBA and knows what she is talking about. The school itself reminds me a lot of Juan Diego.” Nelson, daughter of Tony and Jenny Nelson of Draper, was the second leading scorer on this year’s Juan Diego team that won its region. She also led the team in rebounds. “I was more of an inside post because of my size,” Nelson said. “At Post I will be playing more outside, so I have been working on my shots outside the key.” Besides playing for Juan Diego, Nelson

played on the Rebels club team for the past four seasons. Her Rebels coach, Josh Archuleta, became Juan Diego’s coach two years ago. “Nelson has an amazing work ethic,” Archuleta said. “She was used to using her height to sit in the key and score lay ups. We made her work at being a guard and improve her outside game. She was willing to try new things and she became a player that was different than she appeared.” Nelson plans on studying sports management while at Post. She wants to come back to the University of Utah in four years and get a physical therapy degree as well so she can become an athletic trainer. Berenguer didn’t begin her high school career at Juan Diego. She moved here after playing varsity ball at a high school in Sacramento, Cal. “I had to work hard when I first came here because I was the new kid,” Berenguer said. “I had to restart. The game is different here than it is in California. I had to adjust my style of play.” The daughter of Mark and Ginger Berenguer of Sandy did just that, becoming the team leader for this year’s Soaring Eagles squad. At the point position, Berenger handed

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out 60 assists on the season while pouring in 151 points. She nailed 34 three pointers when she wasn’t passing the ball. “Berenguer is a spark plug, she just goes and goes,” Archuleta said. She plans on studying communications and business marketing while at Treasure Valley.

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“…I think it’s unfair that the police in general get a fairly bad rap and most of the good work they do usually goes unnoticed.”


he Sandy Police Department holds a Citizen’s Academy for residents and business owners to experience the roles and duties of a police officer once a year and it’s currently underway. Those who are attending this year’s 11-week course started on March 31 and the training will run through June 9. Classes started off with and an introduction to law enforcement and cover topics from search and seizure law to defensive tactics, police and k-9 training, firearms training, domestic disputes, vehicle operations and more.; classes are both instructional and interactive allowing participants to experience what police work is all about. The last class coming up on June 2 is all centered around a “Day in the Life” of an officer and participants will graduate on June 9. Sargent Dean Carriger is the Administrative Officer for the Sandy Police Department and is in charge of this year’s academy; Sargent Carriger has been in law enforcement for about 27 years and one of Sandy’s Training Officer’s Curtis Robertson also has a primary role in this year’s academy. “It’s a multi-prong aspect for one to build bridges with the community, allow people that may have skepticism about police to actually come in and experience things first hand, to learn and understand why police are doing those

things that they see, that maybe they think is so horrible. That they can learn why they’re doing them and realize there is a logical and lawful reason for those actions,” Carriger said. “This is the first group that we’ve had, that I can remember, a lot of citizens. it’s exciting to see the number of citizen’s that put in (for the academy) themselves and are here,” Sandy Police Chief Kevin Thacker said during class introductions, also explaining that other classes that have been held were by invitation by the chief or for spouses of law enforcement officers. Those in attendance include City Councilwoman Maren Barker of District 2 and Council Office Director Mike Applegarth amongst about 25 other participants. “I find the best way to know what’s going on in the community is to go meet the cops in the area,” Christopher Edgar said, a resident who moved to Sandy about two and half years ago when asked what he is expecting to get out of the citizen’s academy. “Also having family in the force, you always wonder what they are going through on a daily basis, I think some of it is to help reduce my anxiety level, understanding what they are going through…my brother-in-law, who was a Captain, we always had a thing where he would take me around to do drive arounds with him,


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Sandy’s City’s Website Getting a User-Friendly Makeover By Stacy Nielsen | stacy@mycityjournals.com


andy City is updating their website and it’s said to be ‘resident-centric’ as the city has already made significant progress with the re-design being managed by the city’s recently hired webmaster. “As we were looking over our chief themes or the reasons why we felt like a redesign was necessary, some of the goals were accessibility and wanting the residents to have a pleasant easy experience,” Sandy City’s Public Information Officer Nicole Martin said when providing City Council with an update on the site’s progress. The site makeover is said to provide an intuitive experience, be easy to find, easy to navigate, visually appealing and to be used not only as a promotional tool but an effective communication tool for the city. This undertaking is approximately a 26week project and they are about a third of the way done. Initially, the city was hopeful the site would be completed by the middle of April and that has been pushed back to sometime in May. With that being said, in regards to the new design, the city looked at where residents were going on the current website the most and determined a specific menu that will be put at the top of the new homepage. The menu includes: parks and recreation, jobs, pay bills, events, contact us and e-notify.

“This is a resident tool, so we chose to put those things we know the residents want to visit and make those the first things that they see,” Martin said. Residents can also opt in to receive notifications from various departments with the new e-notify personalization tool of what they want to see from the city. Also the search bar will no longer be at the bottom since searching is said to be one of the primary ways to find information on a website as users know what they want to find and typically type it into a search bar and go directly to that page as opposed to clicking through a menu. However, there is a site menu that acts as a table of contents on the left side of the page, with social media buttons on the right side of the page, and events being in the upper quarter section of the site menu; there will also be a social share feature enabling residents to share content they find valuable with their neighbors. Additionally, the city receives a report card from the Open Government Transparency every year that grades cities on how transparent their materials are, this is being put right up front as one of four screens, done to indicate that Sandy City is transparent with all of its documents and having those documents that residents might want in an accessible place. The Government tab on the website, when clicked through to get

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Providing Safe Passage for Our Kids These men and women get very little pay for such a weighty task, and they deserve our respect, as a result. Please take a moment to say thank you, wave or at the very least drive courteously for the safety of our children and those tasked with protecting them.


o matter the weather, rain or shine, our school crossing guards have become an important fixture on city streets guiding students safely across busy streets, while exchanging friendly words with the kids and giving high-fives. And it’s usually the highlight of their day. These are the men and women who are dedicated to their jobs simply because they find it rewarding to be an important part of securing the safety of our children and being a part of their daily lives. Chief Kevin Thacker and I had the pleasure of honoring several of our crossing guards who have served for 10, 15 and 25 years and after seeing their longevity, Chief Thacker shared this important thought: Crossing guards are one of the most under-appreciated positions in our society today. They certainly don’t do it for the money or for the hours worked; they do it because they care about our children. I can’t remember the last time we had a child hit in a crosswalk where a guard was present but this school year alone we have had two crossing guards hit by cars as they were crossing kids. I feel very fortunate to have such dedicated people as part of our department.” In light of those comments, I’d like to give an overdue Thank You on behalf of myself, the City Council, our employees and Sandy City, as a whole. I think it’s common to do, as the Chief said, underestimate the importance of their role in maintaining a safe community.

The key responsibilities for school crossing guards include: – Helping children cross the street at appropriate and safe locations; – Reminding drivers of the presence of pedestrians; – Putting parents at ease knowing their children are being protected; – Acting as a role model to help children learn the safety skills they need Janice Parker, who has been the Crossing Guard Coordinator for more than 20 years, said she loves her job because she’s able to work with great people who are all making a difference in Sandy. And she couldn’t be more right! She shared a story about one of our elderly crossing guards who had experienced a medical issue and was unable to work for three months. The entire community rallied around Mr. Allen, with the kids continually asking when he was coming back, the teachers leading an effort for a school-wide “get well” card, the principal placing a personal phone call and the surrounding neighbors coordinating efforts to help. Clearly, our crossing guards get attached to those they serve and vice versa. Given the importance of their responsibility, I’m dismayed to hear about some of the mistreatment they receive from impatient drivers. These men and women get very little pay for such a weighty task, and they deserve our respect, as a result. Please take a moment to say thank you, wave or at the very least drive courteously for the safety of our children and those tasked with protecting them. l

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rom the moment I was born, my mom looked for ways to make my life miserable. Admittedly, I don’t remember anything before the age of 4, but I’m sure her pattern of behavior extended back to my birth. For instance, my mom insisted I play with my little sister, even though my little sister was a demon who wailed like a banshee whenever I pinched her. Mom had this harebrained scheme that being forced to play with my siblings would make us friends. (Okay, she was right on that one. My siblings are pretty cool.) But here’s another example of my mom’s ruthless conduct. After school I could only watch TV for ONE HOUR. That’s all. Once my 60 minutes of Zoom and School House Rock was over, I had to engage my mind with something “enlightening.” Mom would force me to listen to classical music or make me memorize a poem she taped on the fridge. (I still randomly recite “The Highwayman.”) And there were books she required me to read like “Jane Eyre” or the Nancy Drew series. She even made me write book reports. “But it’s Saturday! School’s over!” I exclaimed when she handed me the illustrated book of Shakespeare. “Learning is never over,” she’d reply. Now I can’t go anywhere without a book. Gee. Thanks, mom.

When Atari hit the market, mom made it perfectly clear we would not be getting a game console. She told me video games would rot my brain, then she had the nerve to send me OUTSIDE where I had to resort to bike riding, playing baseball in the street or shooting hoops with the neighbors. (Eventually she caved and bought a game system, but even then there were strict usage guidelines.) Mom was a homework Nazi. She’d drill me on times tables (which I still hate) and spelling (which I admit comes in handy at times) and she insisted on attending every single parent teacher conference, just to embarrass me. Attendance at dinner was mandatory. Mom had read somewhere that family dinner time was vastly important and would lead to the decline of society if families didn’t eat their meatloaf together. She force fed me vegetables from her garden, peaches from her tree and raspberries from the bushes in the backyard. And there was no fluffy Wonder Bread for my lunches. Instead, I had to consume peanut butter sandwiches made with home-baked bread that was denser than granite, but kept me full for several days. It doubled as a blunt object if a boy was chasing me at recess. When it came to dessert, she was heartless. Even though I begged her to purchase Oreo cookies or Chips Ahoy (because no one else in the universe had to gag down homemade






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chocolate chip, oatmeal or gingersnap cookies), she would only buy them on special occasions. Like never. But the final straw was when she rolled pink, spongy curlers into my long hair every Saturday night so I’d have ringlets for church. Before she added a curler, she’d dip a comb in water and run it through my hair, dripping ice-cold water down my back. And in the morning, removing those curlers was akin to being scalped. As Mother’s Day approaches, I grudgingly acknowledge that once in a while my mom probably wasn’t trying to make my life miserable. But for all her nefarious efforts, all I learned from her was to love my family, enjoy learning, get outside, eat real cookies and get dressed up for special occasions. Gee. Thanks, Mom. l


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