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oz Danford is the kind of dealer you’d want to meet in a parking lot or street corner. She’s got the good stuff. She uses it herself. Her clients tell her they “just need a fix.” And she doesn’t bring along any security—she’s a powerlifter who can take care of herself. Danford is a completely legitimate kind of dealer. She’s a carb dealer, and what you get from her is baked goods: specialty focaccia, sourdough breads and shaped meringues. “I’ve always loved to bake,” Danford said. “There are pictures of me baking when I was four years old. When I started powerlifting a few years ago, I tweaked my recipes to make them healthier and adjusted the macros (macronutrients—fat, protein and carbohydrates).” Her formula was a success. She shared her baked goods at the gym and people couldn’t get enough. “I met people in the parking lot at the gym to give them their bread, and they started calling me the carb dealer and the name stuck,” Danford said. Danford loves telling people they can eat carbs. “When I started powerlifting, I lost a little weight, and I thought, ‘Oh no, am I going to have to be a size two to do this?’ “But I found out that I could be happy with my body and be strong and beautiful. I could be plus size and eat carbs—all those Continued page 8

“I’ve been powerlifting for four or five years now and I love it. I feel strong and beautiful—and I can eat carbs,” says Carb Dealer SLC business owner Roz Danford. (Roz Danford/Carb Dealer SLC)

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Here’s what Sandy’s state legislators are working on this year By Justin Adams |


he Utah State Legislature began its 2022 legislative session last month, with a number of important issues on its plate, ranging from COVID-19 and housing affordability to air quality and restoring the Great Salt Lake. Prior to the session starting, Sandy’s state legislators hopped on a virtual call to share what issues they would personally be working on this year. Rep. Steve Eliason (House District 45) Eliason said he will be continuing to work on bills related to mental health, an issue he has focused on throughout his time in office. Previously, he helped pass a law to establish crisis receiving centers which act as a “psychiatric emergency room” for individuals having a mental health crisis. This session, Eliason is hoping to secure funding for an additional center for Weber valley. He is also hoping to make changes to the state’s mobile crisis teams (which can be dispatched to help people having mental health crises) that would enhance the availability of the service to Utahns. Rep. Suzanne Harrison (House District 32) Harrison, a doctor, is working on a bill that would give more Utahns access to a national diabetes prevention program. “About 25% of medical dollars in Utah are spent on diabetes care. And yet, for type 2 diabetes, it’s a preventable disease for so many people if we can get them the skills and support they need to either prevent or manage their diabetes,” she said. She is also working on a bill that would improve the ratio of nurses to students within Utah’s schools. Currently, the ratio is one nurse for every 5,000 students. Harrison would like to see it lowered to one nurse for every 2,000 students.

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Rep. Robert Spendlove (House District 49) Spendlove is tackling Utah’s recent drought conditions with a bill aimed at reducing non-functional turf throughout the state. If passed, the bill would prevent municipalities as well as HOA’s from requiring residents to maintain a traditional lawn. It would also require all new state facilities to have no more than 20% non-functional turf and existing facilities to reduce theirs by 25%. Spendlove is also working on a bill that would enhance the punishment for attacking healthcare workers. Sen. Kirk Cullimore (Senate District 9) Cullimore is collaborating with O2 Utah, a local organization that’s focused on air quality, to work on a bill that would do just that. “We all care about air quality, we’re all stewards of this land. It’s an important issue,” he said. Cullimore is also working on a consumer protection bill that would put some limits on how corporations collect consumers’ data. Sen. Kathleen Riebe (Senate District 8) Like Harrison, Riebe is working to increase the number of school nurses in Utah schools. She’d also like to see more school psychologists and social workers, and give those positions a yearly stipend similar to what teachers have. Riebe is also working on a bill for an opt-in sex education program aimed at giving students the tools to identify abuse. “We have a lot of students who aren’t aware of how to stop abusive behavior that’s happening to them. We have some of the highest rates of child abuse in the country and I think if we help students understand what abuse is, they’ll be able to

Sandy’s state legislators have been up at capitol hill for the last few weeks for the state’s 2022 legislative session. (Wikimedia)

protect themselves,” she said. What about Little Cottonwood Canyon? During a question and answer portion of the virtual meeting, Sandy residents asked their representatives about their thoughts on Little Cottonwood Canyon. More specifically, whether UDOT should pursue an enhanced bus service or the construction of a gondola, in order to address high traffic volumes during the ski season. “I have not taken a position on it, and I won’t be taking a position on it. I think with issues like this, it’s important for us to listen to the experts and listen to our constituents,” said Spendlove, who noted that no matter what UDOT recommends, it’s not a guarantee that the legislature will actually fund it. “I would guess that if there’s a strong consensus among the experts and among the constituents, that we may be able to get




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something done. But it’s going to be tough either way. If there isn’t clarity, I could easily see us taking the direction of maintaining our current status,” he said. “We have a long, long list of societal needs, and a relatively small bank account. As I’ve dove into various transportation issues, the list of projects is lengthy,” Eliason echoed. Riebe said she is opposed to the gondola, citing a number of reasons. “My frustration also is that the gondola isn’t going to access any of our hiking,” she said. “I don’t think it’s feasible. I don’t think it’s environmentally friendly.” Cullimore didn’t take a firm position, but said that there are a number of issues that would play into either option, such as watershed protection and tolling. l


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Rowley soars into being top Hawk as Alta High’s McGill heads up District’s student services By Julie Slama |


efore Alta High Principal Brian McGill packed up his office, he told students to take charge of their education. It’s a motto he has displayed around the school for the past eight years as he finished his dissertation in education at the same time as providing his students more educational opportunities. “One of the best investments is in educating yourself; the sky is endless,” he said. “But it is difficult (to move out); I’m not going to lie.” McGill, who also attended Alta as a student, will continue supporting the school community as his son is a sophomore at the school. The former Alta principal recently was named 2021 Utah Principal of the Year by the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals. During his tenure, he has overseen the campus renovation, created the successful Step2theU early college pathway with the University of Utah, and has added several academic programs, the link crew peer mentoring program, and Hope Squad’s depression and suicide prevention program that connects youth with proper resources. McGill also has been an involved principal, hip hopping his way alongside the A-town dance company, deadlifting 245 pounds at an assembly, and at the last assembly in 2021, as a duet with his son, lip-synced Justin Bieber’s “Santa Claus is coming to town.” Now, he will become Canyons School District’s first student services director, which oversees counseling, health and nursing services, behavior interventions, school psychology and other areas. McGill said he is looking forward, as a member of the superintendent’s cabinet, to sharing his “visionary leadership, which in turn means visionary change and have a larger reach, make a larger impact with more kids across the span of the entire district.” During his last month, McGill introduced 26-year educator Ken Rowley to his community. He officially began as principal Jan. 18. Rowley had served as Corner Canyon High’s assistant principal this past fall and before that, he taught Spanish and history for 11 years at Juab Junior High in Juab School District followed by serving as principal for 15 years. “He has a very similar temperament, leadership style and approach to school improvement and I feel confident he can step in (to) lead Alta and push the rocks I’ve pushed here even further,” McGill shared in a letter to parents. Rowley, who was in the first class to

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graduate from Western Governor’s University, where he earned his master’s degree in learning and technology and then received his administrative endorsement from Southern Utah University, said he’s been rewarded again and again with his choice of entering education as a career. “I’ve never once woke up in the morning and said, ‘Oh crap, I have to go to work.’ I wake up with a smile on my face every day and I get to work with the best population in the world,” he said. Pursuing education wasn’t his first choice. He was grounded from the dream of being an Air Force pilot for medical reasons. So, as a former high school basketball and football player and 400-meter runner, hurdler and jumper, he took up coaching high school basketball, which lead him into teaching—a career he shared with his father. “The most rewarding things I have found in any part of my life is the relationships I’ve been able to build—and not just with adults, but with teenagers, the students I get to work with every day. What drives me, is for me to be able to sit down and get to know somebody well enough that I can learn the things that they need and then I can help them. That’s what I love about education and this opportunity,” Rowley said. While he said he doesn’t have a checklist of things he’d like to change, he does have one expectation. “I am a person who seeks the truth. I want people to be honest with me. I want people to tell me exactly what’s going on because if you hide the truth, real change and real improvement will never happen. I am not afraid of the cold hard facts,” Rowley said. “I will never judge anyone, and I will show kindness and love every opportunity.” He learned that while growing up on the family’s fruit farm near Santaquin. “My dad would say, ‘OK, roll them up. Let’s get going.’ And we’d roll our sleeves up and go to work. I’m not afraid to get dirty. I’m not afraid to get down and get in the grease and oil and diesel or whatever. I mean, you see something that needs to be done, so you do it. You figure out how to solve the issues and move forward and improve every day,” Rowley said. That leads to his goal of “a relentless pursuit of excellence. I will try to do the best and be the best that we can possibility be all the time. I am a collaborative-type leader. I will seek input from as many people as I need and sometimes, I’ll make a decision that doesn’t go along with what everybody gave me, but it won’t be for lack of seeking input from the people

Brian McGill, who has served as Alta High’s principal for eight years, leaps for a high 5 with its new principal, Ken Rowley. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

around me. It’ll just be because that’s what I think is the right thing to do.” From his experience, Rowley has learned that students should become empowered in their own learning—a message McGill shared before he left. He saw the powerful impact ownership of education had while he was in Juab District. “I used to see kids walk into a classroom and they’d sit back and say, ‘Teach me if you can’ and teachers, we’re having to do a song and dance and backflips and everything just to entertain the kids enough so that they would remember a little bit,” he said. “So, when we change the culture to, ‘OK, here’s the goal for to-

day’ and start teaching kids how to set a learning goal every day in every class, and we’d put up a proficiency scale that lets them self-evaluate how they did on their goals, I found that students will actually set their own learning goal and it almost doubled what I was setting. Each day, the depth went deeper because of that change in attitude.” Rowley hopes to see that become a norm at Alta, a place he expects to nest for quite a while. “I’m hoping to be a long-term Hawk,” he said. “I like that idea.” l

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Jordan Valley students given a dino-mite treat with Jurassic era visitors By Julie Slama |


ordan Valley students got a rare up-close glimpse of what it was during the Jurassic era when dinosaurs walked on Earth as a lifelike raptor and its baby made it right through the school’s front doors and into the cafeteria. As part of the national tour, Dino and Dragon Stroll connects with local food banks and food pantries to help “Stomp Out Hunger,” but also took the time to give students an opportunity to have a close-up exchange with the dinosaurs. Dinosaur handler Chris King brought the two dinosaurs that danced, roared and allowed the students to pet them at Jordan Valley, a school dedicated to serving students who have severe special needs. “I like to bring the dinosaurs to kids who may not be able to come to the venue so they can have a chance to have a close personal experience,” he said, adding that the trio had visited children in a local hospital earlier that day. The Dinosaur and Dragon Stroll also provided each Canyons student with a code to enter the December exhibit at the Moun- Two life-like dinosaurs visited Jordan Valley School as part of the Dino and Dragon Stroll’s outreach program. (Julie tain America Exposition Center for free. l Slama/City Journals)

Jordan Valley first-grader Charlie Faust smiles as he holds the baby dinosaur, one of two dinosaurs from the Dino and Dragon Stroll visited his school. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Jordan Valley’s Monet Heath gives a hug to one of the dinosaurs that visited her school. (Julie Slama/City Journals) Jordan Valley School’s Nathan Curtis was excited to see a life-like dinosaur up close and personal as part of the outreach that is provided by the Dino and Dragon Stroll. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

A life-like dinosaur noses over to third-grader Samantha Allred, with paraeducator, Annette Jenkins, during a visit at Jordan Valley School. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Jordan Valley students use sidewalk for adaptive tricycles By Julie Slama |


ordan Valley students can now pedal a perimeter, thanks to new sidewalks that now connect existing ones around their school building. “Our students can now walk or ride all the way around the school without having to go into a driveway,” Principal Stacey Nofsinger said. “The physical therapy on adaptive trikes is much better thanks to wider sidewalks. In the past the sidewalk would end at the big ramps that used to help get kids in wheelchairs on buses, which now buses have their own mechanical ramps, so that’s how old they were.” She said that with the sidewalks, they’re also able to teach students appropriate safety measures of walking on sidewalks, and many sensory activities now can take place outdoors. There also is a concentrate pad where students can participate in adaptive PE activities or take part in a bubble or chalk activity. The sidewalks as well as the demolition of the cement ramp were completed by mid-August, after six months Samantha Allred pedals her trike on sidewalks that now of construction following three years of circle Jordan Valley School. (Photo courtesy of Donata discussion. l Trussell/Jordan Valley School)

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Twins help team to fifth at nationals By Catherine Garrett |


nstoppable. That was the theme for the Race Cats Elite team from Draper that took 39 runners to the USATF National Junior Olympics in Paris, Kentucky recently. And, amid freezing temperatures, tornado warnings, hailstorms, 40 mph wind, the Utah contingent proved just that. Sandy’s Brock and Cooper Madsen were part of the 8-and-under boys team that placed fifth at the event. “I did pretty good,” said Brock. “It was so muddy and most people fell down. I just had to focus on how fast I needed to be going and looking ahead.” His twin brother, Cooper—who ran with a broken arm—was happy about his experience at nationals. “My favorite part was getting sweatshirts, getting there on time and being on TV,” he said. Their father, Robert, said the Race Cats coaches gave the group a pep talk the night before nationals. “It pumped me up,” he said. “These coaches are extremely passionate about helping the kids become better and overcome adversity.” Also at nationals, the 11-12 girls team won the national title with five runners—Mya Bybee, Adria Favero, Hadley Flach, Tatum Flach and Teagan Harris—earning All-American honors. The 11-12 boys team took third place with the 13-14 girls team placing seventh and Kenneth Briggs, Cole Jameson, Bethany Mittelstaedt and David Webb also finished their events as All-Americans. Race Cats head coach Michele Brinkerhoff said, “Every single athlete finished the race, even though some had severe trauma and anxiety from the natural disasters. We are so proud of them. They travel from all over to compete and train

Continued from front page things that society says is not necessarily beautiful,” Danford said. Many diets and weight loss programs restrict foods high in carbohydrates, like bread. But it’s hard to avoid bread for long. “I had two married clients I knew from the gym, very healthy people. Both of them started ordering bread from me separately, and asked me not to tell their partner, and I didn’t. They eventually found out,” Danford said. “I protect my client’s confidentiality!” she jokes. “Roz isn’t going to tell your coach or your partner that she just gave you a whole loaf of bread in the parking lot. What you do with the carbs after they leave my hands is up to you.” As a single mom with a full-time job and a time-consuming hobby, starting a baking business wasn’t what she planned. When she’s training for a competition, Danford is at the gym five to six days a week, two to three hours each day. She says her 12-yearold son is her biggest help and support. “He’s the sweetest kid and so responsible. He helps when I do pop up events or sell at markets. It’s a family affair. He’s good about getting home from school and doing his chores. He’ll pack me a lunch. He’s my partner and we make this work together,” Danford said. Growing up in Fiji, Danford learned to bake with her grandmother. “It’s a former British colony, so tea time was important. We’d see things we didn’t have like Oreos, and we’d think, ‘OK, now we need to learn how to make Oreos,’” Danford said.

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together, sacrificing so much to be part of something special. And they are so special and deserve to be recognized for it.” Brock and Cooper, the sons of Robert and Julie Madsen of Sandy, have been running for two years and enjoy the competitiveness involved in the sport. They struggled at a race in Las Vegas in November, but learned the importance of running the course before a race and embracing whatever’s new, according to their mother. Two weeks later, the second- graders at Summit Academy bounced back with Brock winning the state race and Cooper taking fourth. “I didn’t like waking up in the morning, but I had to change my attitude,” Brock said. “I didn’t use to like running three miles and now it is no big deal. I was not very fast, but I got faster.” “Running makes me happy,” Cooper said. “I know that I can do it and I try and go quicker. I’m good at running and even when my dad went faster, I can still beat him.” The twins are competitive with each other in other ways too. A recent plank contest in their home had both boys still going after 30 minutes. “They were both in so much pain, but they were so determined to push through the pain and dig deep,” their mother said. “It’s another example of what their coaches have taught them about fighting through hard things with practice and determination and not giving up.” l

Sandy’s Brock and Cooper Madsen helped their 8-and-under boys team to a fifth place finish at the USATF National Junior Olympics in December. (Photo credit Robert Madsen)

Danford came to the U.S. in 2000, and doesn’t take anything for granted. She moved around a lot when she was a military spouse, but she’s been in Utah for six years and it’s grown on her. “I don’t see myself leaving anytime soon,” she said. When the pandemic hit, Danford’s business really took off. “It just blew up. And over the holidays I gained a new respect for how hard bakers work,” she said. Danford rented space in a commercial kitchen. “I was delivering orders, but it got to be too hard. Now I have a meeting point at 220 E. 8680 South in Sandy. People text me at 385-267-5412 when they arrive and I bring over their order,” Danford said. Customers can text her or message her on Instagram @carbdealerslc with orders. Her fans are devoted and a little addicted. “Any chance you’re doing full pans of tomato basil focaccia?” asked one of her regular customers in a message. Another customer, who grew up in Australia, loved the authentic taste of Danford’s pavlova with passion fruit on top. Other specialties are sourdough bread and shaped meringues. “Your products are amazing…[especially] the semisweet chocolate meringues, and you are amazing,” another customer wrote to her. While the baked goods are only available locally, Danford makes meringues in the shape of cats or little Corgi dogs and can ship those across the country. “It’s a lot to juggle, but I push myself and I push my son, too. I will always be baking because it’s my passion,” Danford said. “And sharing what I bake with others is a labor of love.” l

Roz Danford is hard at work at the rented space in a commercial kitchen baking breads and treats for her devoted fans who call her the “carb dealer.” (Roz Danford/ Carb Dealer SLC)

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Nearby warehouse turns out labor of love for Afghan refugees By Heather Lawrence |


ecalling the national footage of the major evacuation of Afghan refugees last August, Jonathan Lo of in Utah said, “Our hearts were tugged.” Thankfully, as director of the local Overstock Cares program, he was in a position to help those Afghans who were relocated to Utah. Lo helped organize a project that combined the efforts of his company, International Rescue Committee of Salt Lake, and Catholic Community Services. On Jan. 14, volunteers met at a donated warehouse in Draper to assemble tables donated to refugee families. The idea of the table is both practical and symbolic. “A table gives families a gathering place, and we want every refugee who is resettled in Utah to have a seat at their table and at our table as a community,” Lo said. Lo said has a paid volunteer leave program. Several of their employees used paid volunteer leave to assemble the tables and chairs. “It wasn’t hard to find people who were willing to help. They signed up quickly and just dove in. They were fast and efficient and got several sets assembled this morning,” Lo said. Helping refugees can feel overwhelming. Lo knew he needed local experts to tell him the best way to be of service. “We knew we wanted to help, and we could donate the furniture and assemble it. But we needed to find partners in the community who are experts and know how to get the help to the right people,” Lo said. They found that partner in International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit based in Salt Lake. “The initial evacuation effort in Afghanistan involved 100,000 refugees. Gov. Cox created a coalition to help those who would be resettled in Utah, and we’ve been part of that coalition,” said Jesse Sheets, development manager for IRC. Many Utahns watched the desperate efforts of Afghan civilians who wanted to leave Afghanistan when the Taliban took over in August 2021. It also hit close to home for Utah residents, as Ssgt. Taylor Hoover of Sandy was killed in an explosion during the evacuation. “The initial evacuation moved those refugees to ‘lily pads;’ other refugee camps or military bases that could process them. Now temporary and permanent housing in the US is being set up, and the process in Utah is ongoing,” Sheets said. Sheets said the table project also involved volunteers from Catholic Community Services, and together their organizations have been able to help the 850+ refugees who will be resettled in Utah. “We have a group of people who work together to do intake evaluations: health care workers, social workers, people who help

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Employees from in Utah use their paid company volunteer time on Jan. 14 to assemble tables for Afghan refugee families arriving in Salt Lake. (Jonathan Lo/ Utah)

Volunteers from in Utah met at a warehouse in Draper on Jan. 14 to assemble tables that had been donated for Afghan refugees arriving in Salt Lake. They will be distributed by International Rescue Committee. (Jonathan Lo/ Utah)

with cultural and other needs. And the need for monetary help to fund housing and other essentials is ongoing,” Sheets said. Sheets said the help from employees was a great contribution, but they still have more furniture to assemble before they can deliver it to all the refugees. He said IRC is grateful for all the donations that went into this project: the furniture from, the time and manual labor from their employees, the donated warehouse space in Draper from Price Real Estate, and the coordination efforts of CCS. “We are so grateful, and we want people to know there are always opportunities to serve. If you want to join us and support

the efforts of refugees in our area, check our website or email us at slc@ ,” Sheets said. The warehouse space in Draper was also filled with donated winter coats and food kits, examples of some of the projects that are already underway with IRC and CCS. “Our website is updated with the current needs, and everything stays here in Utah and helps our community. Monetary donations are always helpful, too. You can find lots of ways to reach out and let refugees know that in Utah there is a network of people who care about their neighbors,” Sheets said. l

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Best-selling author uses fantastical imagination to guide students into good reading, writing habits


ew York Times best-selling author Brandon Mull admits he has to do hard things. “When a character dies, it kills me,” he said. “I’ve put so much into developing the character, but if the story needs it, I have to do it.” Mull has recently been touring middle schools and upper-level elementary schools that allow assemblies in conjunction with the 2021 release of “Dragonwatch: Return of the Dragon Slayers.” In Sandy, he stopped at Union and Eastmont middle schools and in South Jordan, Elk Ridge Middle School and Eastmont Elementary. At the assemblies, which he provides schools for free, he interweaves his background, his writing and some examples of other popular authors in this age group, with writing tips and experiences for his mostly pre-teen and young teen audience. “He’s very engaging and personable,” Union Middle librarian Elaine Zhang said. “He made them laugh; he helped them understand the importance of creativity and imagination.” Union Middle eighth-grader Senya Walker added she appreciated that he was relatable, not “that far away person” as he autographed his books and took a number of selfies with students at schools. The assembly opens with Mull sharing about his personal background from what he was like growing up to photos of the family dog. He also includes an embarrassing moment of falling downstairs and some goofy pictures of himself. His children embrace their dad’s imagination, Mull said, and even showed a clip of them helping with the video releases of his book. Mull then moves into the series of books he’s written: the five-book “Fablehaven” series; “Pingo;” “Smarter than a Monster: A Survival Guide;” “Candy Shop War;” three-book “Beyonders” series; five-book “Five Kingdoms” series; and now the fifth and final book of the “Dragonwatch” series. He also coordinated the series “Spirit Animals” with other well-known authors. Mull has had 17 bestsellers on the New York Times list. Of the best known is “Fablehaven,” which took Mull, then age 30, five months to write. It is published in more than 30 languages, and he has traveled as far as Singapore to promote it. He has visited more than 2,000 schools promoting his young readers’ fantasy books. “I wished I had these kinds of books when I was a kid,” he told students, saying they could strengthen their imaginations by reading more and watching movies or television less and practicing their creativity through various means such as dance or art. Mull demonstrated with students how they could share the same experience through “The Imagination Game,” an opportunity for three students to come up on stage and share creative ideas for a passageway into another world, or what it smelled like, or what was happening in it. For example, at Union Middle, students entered through a dark spooky alley where at Elk Ridge, a student suggested an entry through a toilet. At Elk Ridge, it smelled like cotton candy, but at Eastmont, it smelled “like my brother’s bed.” Apple juice was raining down at one school while dragons were on trees at another. Together, at each school, “you made up a world you never heard of before. You get the details and descriptions and suddenly, this whole room full of people can talk to me

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A Union Middle student gives New York Times best-selling author Brandon Mull a creative answer during The Imagination Game during his presentation to the school. (Christina Kelly/Union)

about it, what it looks like and smells like because some ideas have been introduced to our minds. This is my job as a writer; I’m trying with details and descriptions to bring people to life. Imagination can take you places,” he said. Union Middle eighth-grader Emily Whipple, appreciated this interaction, saying she better understood when students were helping imagine their own world with him on stage. Within a story, readers can imagine the characters based on the descriptions and while they may look differently than another reader’s vision, neither is wrong, whereas actors who portray the characters on film eliminate the need for imagination, he said. Eastmont librarian Sonya Miles appreciated Mull’s point that it was important for students to see and understand that writing process firsthand. “It was very inspiring for student to learn how to use their imagination and creative process,” she said. “He said it’s important to them to pay attention to how other authors set up their stories as a way to learn how to become successful in coming up with your own world, not having one be given to you if you were watching something. This helps your brain develop and is more active as you imagine characters and a setting. Reading helps brain growth and development and is so impactful.”

Sometimes, though, Mull admits writing doesn’t come easy. “I’ve always loved to daydream. I’ve always loved to write stories. I’ve always liked to read a good story, but sometimes the stories in my mind seem really awesome, but it was frustrating when I first tried to write my stories down. It takes time and effort to communicate the stuff I see in my head,” he said, adding that his first novel attempt has never been published. Then, he shared with students his “four secrets to becoming an author.” He advised them to be good observers; exercise their imaginations; read a lot and pay attention to how authors tell their stories; and then write their stories and share them with others. Elk Ridge eighth-grader Sophia Scott was one of those who were called up onto stage, who said it was both exciting and nerve-wracking, but she was grateful to be chosen. She said she admires Mull and his writing and found the experience helpful in learning how to become a better writer. Writing, Mull said, is both a pleasure and work. “It’s a mix of fun and hard, but it’s something I love to do and feel fortunate I can do,” he said. “It takes time to be good at it, to develop the craft, just like any other profession.” l

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Grace Lutheran incorporates STEM education into liberal arts Christian curriculum By Julie Slama |


n Nov. 8, the U.S. celebrated National STEM Day, a chance to introduce science, technology, engineering and math to students. With a STEM education, students may be learning about NASA’s Artemis program that plans to put people back on the moon by 2024 or learning about how an antibiotic paste is used to treat stony coral tissue loss disease. Or for younger students, maybe there’s an opportunity to visit a nearby science center. The 90 students at Grace Lutheran School didn’t have to travel far at all to experience a STEM opportunity. From testing different methods of folding paper airplanes and learning to collect data to analyzing to building robots and coding them, Grace Lutheran offers students a variety of STEM opportunities weekly to enhance their liberal arts Christian curriculum. “We will always include in our curriculum the core subjects, but also art, music, Spanish, PE/health and technology,” said Principal Shelly Davis. “About three years ago, we decided to start incorporating STEM into our curriculum and then, we had a donation to transform one of our spaces into a STEM lab, and with that, we’re developing our program.” While that process was slowed a little because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lab features movable tables and stools to allow students to design and create. The lab also has a 3D printer where older students have teamed up with younger students to create bubble wands and middle school students have created pumpkin candy dispensers, said STEM teacher Mack Beyersdorf, who teaches STEM curriculum to students once to three times per week.

“The lab is available for students to create and design, but we also want students to work together to solve problems, such as with the robots,” she said. “My hope is that they first learn how to put the robots together, then they will code them to solve a problem.” But STEM learning isn’t just limited to class periods in that lab. Davis said she has challenged each teacher each week in every class to incorporate STEM into their curriculum. For example, she said, in sixth-grade social studies curriculum, students learn about world history so with Roman Greco building blocks, they were able to study architecture designs of that period as they build with them. “It’s more than just the technology part; it’s the designing and engineering,” Davis said. Seventh- and eighth-grade teacher Randi Frausto said that her students already have had some hands-on activities learning about electronics. “They learned how current works, then with various equipment—transistors, diodes, computer monitors, plasma and picture node TVs—they researched about them to recycle parts to create a new project, from trash to treasure,” she said. “Every year, we start the year off with fun and interesting hands-on learning that tie into electricity, then we bring in the environment and what we can do with our old devices so we’re not putting more products into the landfill, but instead, reusing parts.” Davis said ultimately, she’d like to offer a free STEM camp to the community. While the timeline may depend on the pandemic, as well as funding, she hopes it may be offered as early as this summer. l

Grace Lutheran students learn engineering principles as STEM is incorporated into the curriculum. (Randi Frausto/Grace Lutheran School)


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As pandemic continues, Canyons School District navigates students’ social-emotional learning By Julie Slama |


s Brian McGill comes into the position of student services director at Canyons School District, he sets foot into a heated issue at school board meetings for the past several months: social-emotional learning. A whirlwind has risen over the use of third-party social-emotional curriculum and not being able to control online material or additional resources. “Most school districts have offered social-emotional learning in schools for decades, but part of the issue is what some districts have run into is some have adopted and used third-party curriculum; it’s hard to control the internal measures of content that arises unless you’ve got somebody just reviewing it day in and day out and checking every little change, which doesn’t happen,” McGill said. Looking back Canyons was one of those districts that used a third-party curriculum. Second Step, which was introduced in the elementary schools in 2018, came in a three-ring binder, so there was not an issue with content changing online. For the most part, teachers and principals’ reviews were positive, and they supported the curriculum. More recently, when Second Step’s online curriculum was being added into the middle schools, it came under fire. It became a public debate after the Draper Park Middle choir teacher sent a letter to parents and quit, citing his refusal to teach the curriculum. The controversy continued during the Superintendent’s listening tour, where he invited the community to weigh in on issues related to the schools. The high school curriculum called School Connect had not been rolled out. Parents, teachers, principals all weighed in on the debate at school board meetings until Supt. Rick Robins said it would be reviewed. Eventually, the school board voted not to continue using Second Step for what Robins said, “the philosophy and direction that Second Step was going, it really did not align with our board’s vision and priorities.” One of the additional resources that was listed,, was one Canyons Board of Education Mont Millerberg cited as not being aligned with the board’s vision. Millerberg said he isn’t opposed to teach social-emotional skills, but he wants a different curriculum. “I feel social-emotional learning is an important component of education, and can recognize the value of it, but looking into the curriculum that has been put in place of Second Step’s external links, I can see the potential harm outweighing the good,” he said. “Our young people in middle school and high school are very vulnerable as they go through physical changes, trying new things,

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peer pressure. What they need is a safety net and support.” Second Step is used in some of Jordan School District schools. Jordan Board of Education President Tracy Miller said the board has “gone through the curriculum and the links are not given to students. We have taken them down. We feel it’s important to teach social-emotional skills and there is a lot of good content in that curriculum. We are trusting our teachers not to introduce any inappropriate material.” Robins said that was looked at, but “for me, it’s a challenge to say, we’re only going to turn off this or we’re going to pull this part of it. That becomes problematic. I think from the time that the curriculum was adopted until now, there have been many changes. I think that was really due to a shift of Second Step’s direction of philosophy.” Robins directed teachers and principals to no longer use the material. “Second Step is only a small part of our overall support to students in Canyons,” he said. “All of us, including our students, are experiencing all kinds of different challenges and trauma (heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic). We’re going to have to deal with this together and as a community, and as parents and as patrons, to take an all-in approach to invest in our students. Skills of self-regulation, empathy, kindness, respect—we’re still very committed to ensuring our students are able to learn those skills and to make that part of their educational experience.” Now The U.S. Surgeon General recently said that youth are struggling more than ever as students cope with the pandemic, anxiety in school and family challenges. A report was released saying that in the past 10 years, prior to COVID-19, high school students reported persistent feelings of “sadness or hopelessness” increased 40%. “The Surgeon General, a couple weeks ago, said that 40% of all kids either have anxiety or depression—and those are just the kids that have been identified,” McGill said. “I think it’s a clear telltale sign of what’s happening with our youth and these middle schoolers and high schoolers at a pivotal time in their lives and if they’re struggling with their mental health, then they’re going to struggle in all aspects of their behavior.” “Quite frankly,” he continued, “there hasn’t been a more critical time, I think, in our history especially the educational history, having gone through COVID, and having to deal with things that we’ve had to deal with. The behaviors that we’re seeing something out of the first wave of COVID in school settings, with an increase of kids not going to class, increase in parties, van-

Former Alta High Principal Brian McGill, who was named Utah Principal of the Year 2020-21, will head Canyons School District’s student services and oversee social-emotional learning for the school children. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

dalism of property, treatment of one another in schools to behaviors of kids in schools, drug use, fake news, all of that is just off the charts. And the one thing that we can come back to in terms of looking at the key variable of these situations is COVID—when we basically locked down schools at a period in time and their lives, those interpersonal connections and the social piece of worrying and relationship building were basically taken away from them.” McGill has mental health and substance abuse training. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s degrees in clinical psychology, school counseling and school administration. He has worked as a school counselor and as a clinician at a family center. He advocates for schools to use the SafeUT mobile app to prevent suicides, reduce instances of bullying, and maintain a safe learning environment; his former high school was the first to use the state-funded


McGill said that as mental health impacts students, it can escalate to school violence, suicide, cyberbullying, sexting and even the recent TikTok threats. “Throughout all my research that I found, kids stating and responding to over and over and over again, was how much the metacognitive skills they need to be successful in school. It’s a huge concern because at the end of the day, if a child doesn’t have their basic essential needs met, then learning isn’t going to come. Learning becomes secondary,” he said. Going forward McGill already has met with other school districts discussing social-emotional learning. “A lot of districts are building skillbased activities, looking at things like establishing resilience, building connections with others, learning about empathy, and trying to see things through a different lens or per-

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Car dreamers roll up for Auto Expo in Sandy over long January weekend By Heather Lawrence |


he Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy was packed with cars and car lovers (masked, of course) for the Auto Expo in January. The show filled the concourse space and all five halls to safely accommodate people over the four-day event. Hundreds of new cars were on display with some available to test drive. “We are car enthusiasts, and we’re a Nissan family,” said Karlie Stoker of Saratoga Springs. Stoker’s group included her husband, two young sons and grandpa. They came on Jan. 17 when kids got in free. Stoker works in the auto industry, but isn’t looking to buy a car soon. She comes because she loves to dream about what her next new car might be. “I love to see all the new features like the big touch screens they’re putting in cars now. The technology is really interesting to me, and it’s nice to come here where people know a lot about the cars, but there’s no pressure on you to buy anything. “Plus, we can let the kids’ imaginations run wild!” Stoker said as her nine-year-old son jumped into the driver’s seat of a new Nissan Titan pickup truck and pushed every button he could find. Outside in the parking lot, Dodge and Ford had test drive stations set up for attendees 18 and older to take some of the newest models for a spin. “I came to the expo in 2019, and it was so fun. I would have come last year, but it was canceled because of Covid. So this year I told my friends and roommates they had to come with me,” said a BYU student from Provo. He brought a group of six friends, several of whom were interested in electric vehicles. But they also wanted to drive some good old-fashioned muscle cars. Fortunately for them, Ford has both those angles covered with their all-electric Mustang Mach-E, which they all test drove. The Mach-E advertises a 314-mile range and goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The students were interested in electric cars, hoping maybe one day they could buy one. At the Dodge tent they drove a Challenger and a Charger. The students weren’t the only ones interested in electric vehicles. At the Nissan area, product special-

spective—the metacognitive elements to learning. I’m taking a look at how we build those best practices that relates to building skill sets that make kids successful in school as well as in life and having things like motivation, resiliency and determination. Drive, motivation, all those things that basically make us not only successful in life and drive us to do things that we do, our purpose. I think most parents, if not all parents, would agree with that,” he said. McGill acknowledges parents’ concerns. “Some parents have some questions around what are the teachers or educators teaching my kid as it relates to their emotions and emotional regulation, and you’ve got a faction of parents that don’t believe that it should be (taught) in a school setting,” he said.

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ist Kelly McComb who travels with the Auto Show said they’ve seen a lot of interest in their two electric models: the Leaf and the new Ariya. “The Leaf has been out for over a decade, and it’s offered at a very affordable price in the low $20,000 range. “The Ariya is new and we have begun to take reservations for the 2023 model, which will come out this fall,” McComb said. McComb said the Ariya is a step up from the Leaf comfort-wise and has a higher starting price of around $46,000. Though they’re still working out the kinks in the technology, Nissan promotes the Ariya as having a “fully autonomous” driving mode option, which can park the car, center you in your lane, and bring you to a complete stop among other things. Some of the biggest buzz at the show was generated by the Ford Lightning, a fully-electric pickup truck. A shiny red model was displayed on a stage while product specialists with microphones touted its many features and took questions from the crowd. Though many of the vehicles at the show were open for people to climb in and check out, the Lightning and a few other specialty vehicles remained off limits, except with the help of one of the specialists. Doug, a truck owner from Saratoga Springs, watched the presentation on the Lightning. Then he stuck around to ask the presenter some questions. “I’d really like to get one of these. This is our first time coming to the Auto Expo, and seeing this truck was one of the reasons I wanted to come—to see it in person and check the price,” Doug said. The feature that Doug likes the most is a promising one: not just charging the truck at home in your garage, but being able to reverse the charging unit so the vehicle can generate power for your home in case of a power outage. “In case of a snowstorm or something else where your power goes out, they say you can use the truck to keep power on in your house for up to three days. There are a lot of vehicles here that you don’t see in your local dealerships,” Doug said. l

So, with that line drawn between what should be taught in school versus in the home, McGill, who recently served as principal at Alta High, said that teachers and administrator feel pressure to help students succeed. “Schools have had a lot of pressures placed on them to provide different services besides just educating kids. A lot of schools have food pantries, and a lot of schools are providing mental health supports at a higher volume than they’ve ever done before in the history of education in America. They’re a lot of these supports that schools are providing that are needs for kids so they can focus on their learning.” Already underway is to bring in speakers on several topics one night this spring to educate and involve parents in

Nissan’s all-electric Ariya will hit dealerships in the fall, but visitors to the Auto Expo saw it several months earlier and could ask the “product specialists” questions. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

Karlie Stoker and her nine-year-old son came to the Auto Expo from Saratoga Springs to see the new car models and let her son dream of sitting in the driver’s seat. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

such topics. McGill said he will be watching the lawmakers this session to see if there’s legislation that comes out “and changes the dialogue around what school districts do as it relates to SEL (social-emotional learning) supports because there has been so much discussion and controversy,” he said. There is a history of the legislature introducing dialogues and bills around student issues, as state Rep. Susan Pulsipher said happened in 2020. “We’ve increased resources and left it up to school districts to choose how to be most effective in incorporating it, like we did with vaping and having the schools introduce education,” she said. “Jordan (District) has put counselors and psychologists in every school. I know Canyons wasn’t

happy with the changes that were taking place online with its curriculum and that can be challenging. So, they’re taking control by writing their own. The state interim committee on education looks into student services so it may look into handling the online situations.” Through the change, McGill supports teachers’ efforts to engage students in the classroom. “They’re getting them interested in their learning, helping them advocate for themselves and learn about self-awareness about how to improve their learning,” he said. “We’re going to take more of a focal approach on helping our elementary, middle and high school kids identify those strongest skill sets and then figure out ways to incorporate that within the current curriculum that they’re already teaching.”l

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Sandy sky full of hot air, but in a good way By Heather Lawrence |


esidents in Sandy, Draper and West Jordan who looked to the sky on Jan. 15 might have seen a cow and her chauffeur in a hot air balloon. It was the Chick-fil-A balloon, which is shared by local Chick-fil-A restaurants. It’s piloted several times a year by “Tim the Balloon-man” and a costumed cow co-pilot. “We nicknamed the balloon Chickie, and I think she brings a smile to people’s faces,” said Holly Curby, director of Community and Culture for Utah’s Chick-fil-A restaurants. Launches take place on a regular basis from different stores, who each get a certain number of launches per year. “It’s really fun when people come in for breakfast on a day when we’re going to launch. We launch from a store, always really early. People can come over and check out the balloon, take pictures and see what it takes to get it in the air,” Curby said. The balloon is always piloted by the same man, Tim. “Our pilot Tim is really good. He’s great at engaging with people, and he likes to do ‘hops’ where he lands in different places and surprises people,” Curby said. On Jan. 15, it looked as though the balloon might land on top of the Mountain America corporate building near Sandy City

Hall, but Curby said Tim draws the line at landing on buildings. “He thinks it’s fun to pass right by places, getting really close and making them think he might land there. But he’d never land on a building, no matter how close he gets,” Curby said. “Tim likes to make it a fun adventure every time he’s in the balloon. He knows just where he can land, and he’ll just take it down in a neighborhood somewhere and surprise people, then hand out some free things. It’s a great way to engage with the community,” Curby said. This time around the balloon launched from the West Jordan location and made stops at the South Town and Draper restaurants. People are welcome to greet the balloon when it lands, and will likely get some free stuff: T-shirts, cow ears and meal vouchers. If it’s the final landing of the day, you’ll see how they take down the balloon. Chickie the balloon has also flown in the Sandy Hot Air Balloon Festival and been in the Balloon Glow the night of the festival. The daytime festival and launch is normally held at Storm Mountain Park. At the Glow, balloons are lit up at night on the Promenade at Sandy City Hall. Chick-fil-A associates pass out lots of freebies that night, too.



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Chick-fil-A hot air balloon seen over Sandy’s skies in January. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

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FEBRUARY – MARCH 2022 IN THIS ISSUE: Z News.............................................1

Sandy City Quick Statistics ................4

Unplug & Reconnect: Water Wise ......1

February HR Corner...........................4

I am Sandy: Graham Tinius ................2

Meet Our Team: Fire Department........5

Council Corner .................................2

4 Signs That It's a Scam ....................6

Alta Canyon Sports Center.................3

Snow Removal Reminders .................6

River Oaks Golf Course .....................3

Calendar of Events............................6

Parks & Recreation ...........................4

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Z News Dear Sandy Resident, Thank you to everyone who attended the Oath of Office ceremony. It was a wonderful event and I was proud to be sworn in with our new councilmembers to publicly pledge our oath of service to the residents of Sandy. I spoke of my desire to build on the innovation and technology advancements the city has undertaken while building a renewed commitment to citizen engagement. My administration’s first priority is to find new pathways for engagement with your public servants and involve more residents in the decisions made at city hall. We will be re-vamping the community coordinator program and rebranding it as “Sandy Service Ambassadors.” We are looking for citizens to engage with the city on issues you care about such as city art, recreation, community events, housing, and economic development to name a few. We would also like to use this super group of residents to create a vetting process for new initiatives. If you are passionate about implementing fresh ideas for Sandy, please send an email to Jamie Jacobson at Creating opportunities for residents to interact with all of the city departments is extremely important to me. We look forward to holding open houses with each city

department so you can meet the staff who provides your services and give them feedback on how we can improve. Stay tuned for information on dates and times of these events as the Covid-19 case counts diminish and it is safer to meet in person. The 2022 Legislative Session is in full swing. Over the past month, I have met with our representatives to ensure they are aware of our needs and vision for transportation, housing, business development, and community engagement. I look forward to working closely with all of our local reps during session and throughout the year.

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The state legislature recently went through the re-districting process and there is a good chance your state representative has changed. Visit to find out who represents you. Keeping an open dialogue with the officials who have been elected to represent your interests is vitally important to producing the outcomes we want to see in our community. Please remember to remove vehicles from the roads during snow storms. Obstacles in the street make it extremely difficult and hazardous for our snow plows to clear the roads quickly. You can always connect with us by going to our City websites and and by accessing our social media channels Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for daily updated information. To sign up for emergency notifications visit citizenconnect. To reach me directly, please send an email to Yours in Service, Mayor Monica Zoltanski

Water is used in almost every area of energy production. Therefore, water waste and energy use go hand in hand. Energy Star's website states: "Using water-saving techniques can save you money and diverts less water from our rivers, bays, and estuaries, which helps keep the environment healthy. It can also reduce water and wastewater treatment costs and the amount of energy used to treat, pump, and heat water. This lowers energy demand." As we head into the warmer months, it is the perfect time to talk about being mindful of water use and how our consumption affects the planet. Wasting water is wasting energy. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram and comment on our Water Wise posts to tell us the creative ways you are conserving water. At the end of each month, February–April, one lucky winner will win a prize. February: reusable water bottle, March: reusable straw set, and April: CamelBak backpack. P A G E


I am Sandy: Graham Tinius Fifteen years ago, a teaching opportunity brought Graham Tinius to the Sandy Police Department. As he stepped outside for lunch, the clouds had broken over the Wasatch Mountains, and he knew this place was special. Graham wrote to his wife, Odessa, “Not exactly sure what I thought Utah would look like, but it wasn’t this. Sandy, UT, is a beautiful city with amazing views!” Sandy was suddenly very much on his radar. He returned a half dozen times to provide training in the Salt Lake Valley, but mostly to visit those mountains. In 2019, various parts of life fell in sync, and Graham was able to move his wife and two sons to Sandy, where he now lives and works. Shortly after starting with the Sandy Police Department, Graham moved in to one of the newly established Park Police Officer positions. Most days you can find him hiking through Dimple Dell Park, patrolling the Bonneville Shoreline Trail on a bicycle, snowshoeing the protected water shed areas, or hiking up Bell Canyon toward the waterfall. The mountains and views are what brought him to Sandy, and he takes great pride in being partially responsible for protecting them, and the residents and visitors who enjoy exploring them. Graham has spent his entire adult life as a public servant: as a crime scene technician, an emergency dispatcher, and a police officer, as well as sitting on the board of a 501(c)3 that provides training to law enforcement across the country. His grandfather was an Air Force Colonel who flew F-86 Sabres over Korea; his father served 10 years as a Captain in the Air Force, and his oldest son is just waiting to graduate high school to join the Army. Public service is calling, embedded in his DNA.










On Dec. 11, 2021, that calling stirred again. The deadliest December tornado outbreak on record occurred across five mid-south states. In part, an EF4 tornado formed, and with 190mph winds moved 165 miles across Western Kentucky, tearing through the towns of Mayfield, Dawson Springs, Benton, and more, causing catastrophic damage. In Kentucky alone, 75 people were killed, over 125 injured, and thousands were displaced. A request for volunteers went out, and with the blessings and urging of his wife and kids, Graham responded as part of the Fraternal Order of Police’s Disaster Area Relief Team. Expecting to shelter and sleep in vehicles and backpacking tents, the team was elated to be invited into the newly opened Graves County Cooperative Extension Office, where they placed sleeping bags and packs on the floors of offices and storage rooms. For five days, Graham and other police officers (current and retired) from across the country came together in Mayfield, KY, to feed three hot meals a day to local first responders, to help residents pack, move, and load salvageable furniture, possessions, and food, and to cut and remove downed trees and debris from structures and yards. Returning to Sandy tired, humbled, and honored to have helped, Graham has a renewed appreciation for the little things in life that provide stability and joy. Striking mountain views, a comfortable home, a family’s love, and the support of the community. We know that Graham has found his home in Sandy, and we are grateful for that. For it is people like Graham who help maintain and improve not only our community, but communities across the country when needed. We are Sandy. That is true. But we are Utah. We are Mayfield. We are Compatriots.



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BOYS BASEBALL Registration begins Monday, Feb. 14 Age: 7–13 yrs. Cost: $52–62 Registration Deadline: April 17 Games begin: May 2

Ever wonder what where Sandy’s nearly 100,000 residents come from or what the history is behind this great city? The Long-Range Planning Division within the Community Development Department publishes a statistical report on a regular basis (usually every two years). This report is a broad overview of the demographic history, zoning and housing summaries, building activity, and economic highlights of the city. This important information helps us understand the needs and direction of growth and assists in making decisions for the future. Several interesting facts can be found within this document, including that the major land acquisition (also known as annexation) and population growth occurred in the 1970s and 1980s. A large percentage of the current population is 18 or younger (29%) and approximately 20% are over the age of 60. This report also contains simplified information available from the US Census Bureau that is collected through both he annual American Community Survey and the larger census count done every 10 years. To view the complete 2020 Sandy City Statistical Report visit:


GIRLS SOFTBALL Registration begins Tuesday, Feb 14 Age: 7–12 yrs. Cost: $52–62 Registration Deadline: April 17 Games begin: May 2

T-BALL/COACH PITCH Registration begins Monday, Feb. 14 Age: 4–6 yrs. Cost: $40 Registration Deadline: May 15 Games begin: May 31

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Meet Our Team: Sandy City Fire Department Sandy City Fire Department’s Mission Statement is: • To prevent emergencies through public education and positive code enforcement. • To mitigate emergencies and disasters through proper planning and preparedness. • To respond promptly and efficiently to all emergencies involving fire, medical, or environmental concerns.

We continue to work with our neighboring departments through the Metro Fire Agency and the automatic aid system to better address needs at the local and county-wide level. This has been supported through our partnership with Salt Lake City 911 Dispatch Center and the Valley Fire Chiefs. These partnerships allow us to provide services more efficiently and cost effectively to the residents of our community, while allowing us to assist other departments in fulfilling their respective missions.

The citizens we serve are the heart of our mission. We continue to strive to maintain the highest standards of public service and integrity. Sandy City is an outstanding community who Sandy City Fire Department is proud to serve. We are dedicated to providing our community with high quality emergency services, as well as life safety educational opportunities and fire prevention training.

Fire Fire alarms continue to be the number one fire response accounting for 18% of our fire calls. In addition to responding to our city, our department also sent several crews out of state to assist with wildland fires these past few years. Additionally, crews mitigated and cleaned up overgrown brush and debris in the urban interface areas in Sandy City. This helps to slow fire spread in the event of a grass fire and gives an extra level of protection to the homes lining those areas. Medical Falls continue to be our number one medical response equaling 17% of all medical calls. Our department is staffed with EMTs and Paramedics, which allows for critical care response and interfacility transports out of Alta View Hospital. In 2021, the average time from dispatch to arrival at the hospital was 28.06 minutes.

Who We Are • Sandy City Fire Department consists of 76 combat firefighters who are split between three platoons and 11 administrative staff personnel. • Our department has five stations located at: o Station 31 - 9010 S 150 E o Station 32 - 9475 S 2000 E o Station 33 - 2015 E 11270 S o Station 34 - 10765 S 700 E o Station 35 - 8186 S 1300 E • Sandy City Fire Department’s front-line apparatus consists of: 4 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 4 Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Haz-Mat Response Unit and 3 Wildland Brush Trucks.

Haz Mat Sandy City Fire Department's Hazardous Material Team responds out of Station 35. In addition to normal fire and medical responses, the crews from this station respond to all hazardous material incidents in Sandy City and the surrounding areas. All combat personnel have completed courses and maintain both Hazardous Materials Awareness and Hazardous Material Operations certifications. Additionally, 47 members have completed the more extensive Hazardous Material Technician course. Sandy City is a part of the Hazmat Alliance Committee (HAC), which consists of several fire departments in the Salt Lake Valley. The HAC oversees resources between departments to avoid the duplication of purchasing expensive equipment.

Rescue Extricating individuals after a motor vehicle accident is the most common heavy rescue operation performed by Sandy City Fire Department. Other technical skills, such as: trench rescue, high angle rescue, confined space rescue, and structural collapse require additional training and certifications. The crews are trained and have the necessary equipment to perform these highly technical operations. We have a large cache of ropes, hardware, patient packaging equipment, tripods and airbags capable of lifting significant amounts of weight. Training and Classes Offered by Community Risk Reduction Team: • CERT Classes • First Aid, CPR & AED Classes • Fire Extinguisher Training for Businesses • School Fire Prevention Programs • Career Day (Spring) (16- to 20-year-olds) • Junior Firefighter Academy (Summer 8–10-year-olds) • Citizen’s Academy (Fall) • Babysitting Classes (12- to 14-year-olds) For more information • • Instagram @sandy_fire_department • Facebook @sandycityfiredepartment • Twitter @SandyCityFD • Administration (801) 568-2930

What We Do Sandy City Fire Department responds to over 8,500 calls annually with 76% of the calls being medical emergencies and 24% of the calls being fire, structural protection, wildland fire response, technical and rope rescues, and hazardous materials responses. In the history of Sandy City Fire, 2021 was our busiest year, in which 418 of those responses were COVID-19 medical responses. In addition to the calls that we respond to, our daily routine consists of training, apparatus checks and maintenance, business inspections, physical fitness, fire prevention, and life safety education. I S S U E # 90

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4 Signs that it’s a Scam

Snow Removal Reminders

1. Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know. Scammers often pretend to be contacting you on behalf of the government. They might use a real name, like the Social Security Administration, the IRS, or Medicare, or make up a name that sounds official. Some pretend to be from a business you know, like a utility company, a tech company, or even a charity asking for donations. They use technology to change the phone number that appears on your caller ID. So, the name and number you see might not be real.

When inclement winter weather hits, the Public Works Department is hard at work clearing roads for safer travel. Their priority is to make all main arterial roads passable for public safety, schools, and fire stations. If the snow continues to fall, the city’s goal is to keep the main roads clear. In such instances, it is unlikely that residential roads will be reached immediately because main roads must be repeatedly plowed. It is important for residents to keep cars and debris out of the road so that snowplows and other maintenance vehicles can work with little or no interruptions. As residents of Sandy City, each property owner plays a role in helping to keep roads and sidewalks free of snow and ice. Listed below are reminders for all residents:

2. Scammers say there’s a PROBLEM or a PRIZE. They might say you’re in trouble with the government. Or you owe money. Or someone in your family had an emergency. Or that there’s a virus on your computer. Some scammers say there’s a problem with one of your accounts and that you need to verify some information. Others will lie and say you won money in a lottery or sweepstakes but must pay a fee to get it. 3. Scammers PRESSURE you to act immediately. Scammers want you to act before you have time to think. If you’re on the phone, they might tell you not to hang up so you can’t check out their story. They might threaten to arrest you, sue you, take away your driver’s or business license, or deport you. They might say your computer is about to be corrupted. 4. Scammers tell you to PAY in a specific way. They often insist that you pay by sending money through a money transfer company or by putting money on a gift card and then giving them the number on the back. Some will send you a check (that will later turn out to be fake), tell you to deposit it, and then send them money.

The following actions are not allowed: • Blowing or pushing snow into any city street • Parking on city streets during a snowstorm or during the 24 hours after the end of the storm (Depending on the situation, police officers are authorized to either cite residents or have vehicles towed if they are not in compliance with any ordinance.)

What You Can Do to Avoid a Scam

Block unwanted calls and text messages. Take steps to block unwanted calls and to filter unwanted text messages. Don’t give your personal or financial information in response to a request that you didn’t expect. Legitimate organizations won’t call, email, or text to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers. If you get an email or text message from a company you do business with and you think it’s real, it’s still best not to click on any links. Instead, contact them using a website you know is trustworthy. Or look up their phone number. Don’t call a number they gave you or the number from your caller ID. Resist the pressure to act immediately. Legitimate businesses will give you time to decide. Anyone who pressures you to pay or give them your personal information is a scammer. Know how scammers tell you to pay. Never pay someone who insists you pay with a gift card or by using a money transfer service. And never deposit a check and send money back to someone. Stop and talk to someone you trust. Before you do anything else, tell someone—a friend, a family member, a neighbor—what happened. Talking about it could help you realize it’s a scam. Report Scams to the FTC by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP.


Homeowner Responsibilities: • Removing the snow in front of your mailbox and fire hydrants once plows have been through the neighborhood • Clearing snow from sidewalks in front of their homes within 24 hours of a storm (If possible, please assist elderly or infirmed neighbors.) For questions regarding snow removal, please call: Streets - Public Works: (801) 568-2999 Private Sidewalks - Code Enforcement: (801) 568-7254 Parking Issues - Police Dispatch: (801) 799-3000 City buildings, trails, & parking lots - Parks & Recreation: (801) 568-2900 During a snowstorm, if you would like to see the locations for the Sandy City snowplows, please go to




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Learn about notable Utah African Americans for Black History Month By Karmel Harper |


ntil the November 2020 elections, slavery in Utah was still legal as punishment for a convicted crime. According to Article 1, Section 21, in Utah's state Constitution, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within this State." However, on November 3, 2020, Amendment C, which bans slavery in all forms, passed with 81% of the vote. Utah House Rep. Sandra Collins, who sponsored Amendment C, said, "Our constitution serves as a basis for all of our laws and policies. We need to be clearer about what prison is for and what prison is not. The notion of 'slavery or involuntary servitude' should not be imposed on people merely because they are convicted of a crime. By passing this measure, we will assert that slavery is not a Utah value." Although slavery in Utah was not widespread, some Utah pioneers held African-American slaves until 1862, when Congress abolished slavery in all of its territories. Brigham Young sent three African-American men as part of an advance party in 1847 to clear brush, trees, and rocks to make a road for pioneer wagons. These men were Green Flake,

Hark Lay, and Oscar Crosby. Their names appear on a plaque on the Brigham Young Monument in downtown Salt Lake City with the inscription: "Green Flake, Hark Lay, and Oscar Crosby, Colored Servants." Kristine Murdock, a historian, and administrator for Our Kaysville Story Facebook page, said, “After Green Flake and his wife Martha Crosby (also a slave) were freed, they settled in the Salt Lake Valley. They were members of the LDS Church and very loved in the community. They are buried in the Union Cemetery Cottonwood Heights, Utah.” However, some Utah slaves’ stories were tragic. 1n 1858, when he was only 3 years old, Gobo Fango of the Xhosa tribe in South Africa was given to white property owners Henry and Ruth Talbot after famine afflicted the Xhosa. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Talbots set sail from South Africa to Boston in 1861, where they would join the gathering of saints in Salt Lake City. The Talbots smuggled Fango aboard in a wrapped carpet, but Fango was reported to have provided entertainment and helped take care of the sheep on-board once the ship set sail.

After traveling west to Utah, the Talbots eventually settled in Kaysville. According to an article by the University of Utah’s Marriott Library, Fango’s feet froze one year when the Talbots allegedly forced him to herd animals in bare feet. When someone suggested that one of his feet required amputation, he said he ‘would rather have part of a foot than none at all.’ It seems that part of his heel was removed, but that doctors did not amputate his foot at the ankle. Years later, a woman reported that Fango would place wool in his boot so that his foot would fit into it and he could walk. He left the Talbots and worked as a laborer for the Mary Ann Whitesides Hunter family, who lived in Grantsville, Utah, roughly between 1870 and 1880. He was listed as a “servant” (likely employed as such) in the 1880 U.S. Census living in Grantsville. Fango settled in the Goose Creek valley of Idaho territory by the 1880s and worked as a sheepherder. However, tensions between sheepherders and cattlemen in the area led to Fango’s murder by cattleman Frank Bedke, who was acquitted. Fango, who was described as generous with a cheerful disposition, dictated his final will and testament before succumbing to his gunshot wounds. He bequeathed half of his es-

tate ($500) to the Salt Lake Temple Construction Fund. Nearly 45 years after his death, Talbot and Hunter’s family members could not find evidence of Fango’s membership in the church and thus performed his baptism by proxy in the Salt Lake Temple on Sept. 20, 1930. The U of U article said, “Because Fango was a Black African, he could not be ordained to the priesthood posthumously, which would have made it possible for him to receive other LDS liturgies by proxy. As Louisa Hale wrote to a historian seeking information on Fango in 1934, ‘a Negro cannot hold the priesthood. So [performing his posthumous baptism] was all we could do for him. I, of course, feel that he is more worthy than many that do hold it.’” As February is Black History Month, we honor the stories of African Americans who have shaped this country and state. Notable African American Utahns include Mignon Barker Richmond (1897-1984), who was the first African American woman to graduate from a Utah college and was a human and civil rights activist, and Anna Belle Weakley-Mattson (1922-2008), an astute businesswoman who was a significant force to Ogden’s growing Black community in the 1900s. l

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Lighter than air? Beehive students investigate By Julie Slama |


aking 20-inch by 30-inch pieces of tissue paper, Beehive Science and Technology Academy sixth-grade students followed a template to create balloon sections, which they then assembled during a six-week process that began in December. In mid-January, the students then allowed their homemade balloons to lift off outside of their school building. Through trial and error, they learned how many staples they needed to make a good connection of the balloon’s base and how much glue was enough to seal seams, but also wasn’t too much so it would weigh down the balloon when filled with air that was about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. “It is part of the engineering process from following the patterns to making better seals and fine tuning it,” said Beehive’s Flight and Space teacher Daniel Bryant. “I hope they learn how to overcome obstacles, and there can be many, and learn that determination and resilience is important, especially as they enter a workforce.” Sixth-grader Rayyan Azametli said she learned that she should follow the directions first, starting with cutting out the template exactly. “I learned working with this material,

it requires patience and patience leads to success,” she said. “My team and I had to repair our balloon many times as our materials kept ripping. Even though the tissue paper is soft and fragile, with so many repairs, the patch made it heavy and lopsided. So, we’ve learned to keep trying and be patient as we work through this. The best thing about it is I’m learning something new as I’m spending time with my class and teammates.” Being able to assess, problem-solve and adjust is another lesson Bryant hopes students learn as many of them may enter either the manufacturing or engineering field one day. While in years past, a former student group’s balloon has made it to Draper, this first day of flight attempts, most balloons only landed a few feet from the launch, except for one which landed on the school roof. After a couple days of adjustments, Bryant will have his students try again. “I hope they find fulfillment and happiness,” Bryant said. “It’s easy to forget to look back at our accomplishments we’ve had from struggles and challenges and see that we’ve figured them out and we did it as a team. It’s something to celebrate.” l

Up, up and away: One Beehive Academy student-assembled balloon takes flight during its initial release. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Sandy council appoints former Parks and Rec director to fill vacant seat By Justin Adams |


ith former city councilmember Monica Zoltanski moving over to the mayor’s seat as a result of last year’s elections, the council found itself needing to find a replacement to represent District 4. Sandy City Code allows the council to appoint an individual to serve out the remainder of a term for such a vacancy, rather than holding an additional election. During a Jan. 18 council meeting (held virtually due to the rise of COVID-19 cases) the council interviewed 11 candidates who had put their names forward. Hopefuls ranged from former council candidates, longtime council attendees as well as former city employees. The council ultimately decided to appoint one of the former, Scott Earl, who was the city’s Parks and Recreation director until retiring at the end of 2020. In his opening statement to the council, Earl touted his experience as a unique strength that would allow him to immediately make an impact. “I feel I would be a positive influence in providing service to District 4 residents, our employees and our businesses,” he said. “My experience and relationships in local government will help me get up to speed quickly.” Coincidentally, that also happened to be

the No. 1 attribute that many of the councilmembers were looking for. “This is a midterm vacancy. We’ve had a lot of turnover. We’re still a relatively young council. Our veteran is councilmember Robinson with four years of experience. So I do place a high value on experience with the city and understanding municipal government,” said Council Chair Marci Houseman. “I’m looking for someone with directly applicable work experience. I heard a few people use the phrase ‘hit the ground running.’ That’s what I was thinking too. Somebody who can be immediately productive and contributory with little to no rampup needed,” echoed councilmember Cyndi Sharkey. However, Sharkey noted that there were multiple candidates who satisfied her initial requirements, which led her to come up with additional criteria by which to judge them. The additional quality she was looking for was the “ability to provide special expertise and insight into the most pressing front burner items on the city council agenda: Alta Canyon Rec Center, the old city hall/parks building and city budgeting.” For Sharkey and the majority of the council, the answer for who satisfied that

The Sandy City Council met virtually last month to fill the District 4 seat vacated by Monica Zoltanski after her mayoral election. (Photo via Sandy City)

criteria was obvious. When the time came for each councilmember to name their top candidate, all but one nominated Earl. “Thanks for having trust in me. It means the world to me,” Earl told the council afterwards. “I won’t let you down.” Others took advantage of the meeting’s public comment period to congratulate Earl and extol the council for its decision.

“I’ve worked with Scott for almost 18 years. I just want to say, in my career, I have never worked with a better leader in my life,” Mitchell Stone said. “I think he’s going to be a fantastic choice for District 4. Living in District 4, this vote was extremely important to me, and I think the council 100% got it right,” added Graham Tinius. l

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Alta takes crosstown rivalry game All photos by Travis Barton


lta’s boys basketball team made the short trip to crosstown rival Jordan in early January where the Hawks defeated the Beetdiggers 73-59. After a close back-andforth first quarter, Alta’s quality on the offensive end slowly took control taking a seven-point lead at halftime. The Hawks would extend it to 12 by the end of the third. Alta’s Jaxon Johnson had a game-high 25 points and five steals while Jaxon Heiden knocked in 19 points and Jett Lundberg paced the Hawks with 13 assists. Jordan’s Will Green led the Beetdiggers with 22 points. At press time Alta was 9-5 while Jordan was 5-10. l

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Want cleaner air? Get rid of that old wood-burning stove By Justin Adams |

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lean air has become an increasingly important issue for Utahns. It impacts the state’s collective health, its environment, even its economy. There are many different methods by which Utah can work towards cleaner air—both on the individual and institution level—and one of those is by getting rid of old wood-burning stoves. Thom Carter, energy advisor to Gov. Spencer Cox wrote about the danger of these stoves in a guest post on the Department of Environmental Quality’s website. “Wood-burning stoves are a significant source of air pollution—pollution that negatively impacts individuals’ personal health and the environment,” he wrote. “Particles that make up the smoke and soot from wood-burning stoves can cause breathing difficulties and sometimes permanent lung damage for those who inhale the smoke. Especially during the cold winter months, smoke from wood-burning stoves gets trapped with other air pollutants resulting in health-threatening inver-

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sions. In fact, wood-burning stoves can cause a mini-inversion within neighborhoods.” To help people get rid of their old wood-burning stoves, the DEQ has created an assistance program that incentivizes homeowners to upgrade to cleaner heating devices. Applicants can receive anywhere from $500 to $3,800 to help pay for the cost of making the change. There are a few qualifications for homeowners wanting to take advantage of the program. For example, the stove must be actively used for a “significant amount of home heating” in order to qualify. (So you can’t use the program to get rid of that stove in the basement that’s only gathered dust for the last 20 years.) The program also can’t be used for remodeling work or on rental or commercial properties. To learn more about the program and see if your home qualifies, you can visit l

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Cottonwood High School hosts national coaches clinic in February By Brian Shaw |


or the fourth year since he’s been at Cottonwood High, head football coach Casey Miller is set to host some of the top football coaches from around the country at the 2022 Utah Coaches Clinic Feb. 18-19. But this year is bound to be a bit different. One of those coaches slated to appear is offensive guru Noel Mazzone. “We are hoping this year we will make a jump with the guys we are flying in and the fact we got shut down for a year because of Covid,” Miller said. Known to many as the “Quarterback Whisperer,” Mazzone learned under such notable coaches as Dennis Erickson at Oregon State and Ed Orgeron in the 2000s before working at Arizona State again under Erickson, and at UCLA, Texas A&M and Arizona as an offensive coordinator through the 2010s. Mazzone has also developed NFL quarterback legends like Philip Rivers and Chad Pennington among others, and is currently an offensive analyst at UConn. But like many in the football coaching profession, Mazzone worked his way up the coaching tree, starting out as a graduate assistant in the early 1980s at the school at which he played—the University of New Mexico. Miller said Mazzone wants to share some of his knowledge that he’s acquired over the decades with the coaches who are planning to attend the two-day clinic—as do the other guest speakers slated to appear this year. At press time they include Taylor High School (Texas) head coach, athletic director and read-option guru Brandon Houston (see more at, longtime defensive coordinator Ty Gower and Beaumont High School (Califor-

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nia) head coach Jeff Steinberg. For Miller, bringing such coaching expertise to the foot of the Wasatch Mountains for a coaches camp is a necessary step in the evolution of the state’s high school football coaches. “We have improved the format of it a lot [over the past four years]. It is becoming more high school based, less college based, and we have grown slowly to where we have over 100 now,” said Miller, who started this clinic eight years ago when he was the head coach at Hillcrest High. Having a coaches clinic at Cottonwood also means that Utah’s best and brightest don’t always have to travel too far to get the best and latest coaching tips and can stay closer to home, added Miller. “My coaches can learn good football from nationally recognized coaches,” Miller said. “We don't have to pay to go/stay in a casino resort at the other places, and it allows them to network with other coaches in state.” Starting Friday, Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Cottonwood, coaches will listen to several of the afore-mentioned guest speakers before meeting at a nearby restaurant later that evening for a coaches dinner. Coaches will return to Cottonwood High the morning of Saturday, Feb. 19 to participate in breakout sessions before the final guest speaker addresses the group from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Breakfast and a catered lunch will be included with Saturday’s early sessions, said Miller. After the final guest speaker on Saturday the coaches will go back to breakout sessions for the remainder of that afternoon and part of the evening, Miller said. Saturday’s

Cottonwood High will host some of the top football coaches from around the country at the 2022 Utah Coaches Clinic Feb. 18-19. (Pixabay)

session will allow the coaches attending to share notes and tips on how they can improve their programs and build this coaching fraternity. To close out the two-day clinic, there will be a dinner social Saturday night at a site to be determined along with door prizes. At just $75 per person it’s quite a bargain as well— something Miller hopes will capture the interest of all the football coaches out there. To sign up visit coltswebstore. l

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