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National Day of Remembrance and Service is recognized each year on the anniversary of Sept. 11. On the 20th anniversary of the attacks, Sandy City came together in projects big and small to give service throughout the month. “I was asked to coordinate all of the service projects that were planned during September for the National Day of Remembrance and Service. In total, it involved about 4,000 Sandy residents. It was a huge project, and so cool to be a part of it,” said Sandy City Council member Brooke Christensen. Christensen was contacted by religious and civic groups from all over Sandy. Sept. 11 itself turned out to be a rainy day off and on, which kept some people away. But Christensen said the turnout makes her proud to be part of the community. “I was contacted by and worked with numerous LDS stakes, the Well Church, Community of Grace Presbyterian, K2 Church, the Catholic Church’s women’s group, The Utah Islamic Center, schools, political leaders and candidates, the Dimple Dell Preservation Committee and many others,” Christensen said. Christensen said that the service given by residents honored the idea of the day—people from different backgrounds coming together to serve and celebrate what unites them. “In addition to the people from all different churches and other groups, I saw people of all ages from babies in strollers to elderly people in their 80s and 90s working together,” Christensen said. A group of students from Alta High School had their

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Semper Fi: Memorials honor Ssgt. Taylor Hoover, Sandy native and Hillcrest alumnus By Heather Lawrence |


n Aug. 26, an ISIS suicide bomber attacked the Kabul, Afghanistan airport during an evacuation. Thirteen U.S. service members were killed in the attack. Several others were injured, in addition to dozens of Afghan civilians. Utah native Marine Corps Staff Sergeant D. Taylor Hoover was one of the servicemen who died. The first of many Utah memorials to honor Hoover was Aug. 29 at the state capitol building. It was attended by hundreds of people. On Sept. 11, a Sandy senior living community honored Hoover with a balloon release and drive-by parade. “Ssgt. Hoover is a Sandy native. Our wellness director Katelen Perfili had the incredible idea of holding an event on Sept. 11 to honor him and his sacrifice,” said Austin Sorenson, executive director of Cedarwood at Sandy. It was a fitting day for the tribute: family and friends say the 9/11 attack was Hoover’s motivation for choosing the military as a career, though he was only 11 years old at the time. “Many of our residents have served in the military or have spouses who have served. This type of event hits many tender feelings of the heart. It was really special and emotional. It was a beautiful feeling of unity and patriotism,” Sorenson said. On Sept. 18, a memorial was held at Hillcrest High School on the football field. Hoover played football at Hillcrest and graduated in 2008. The memorial was conducted by family friend Kevin Salmon. Speakers included Hoover’s uncles; his dad Darin Hoover, mom Kelly Barnett and sisters Tori Manning and Allison Dillon; church youth leader Eric Hoffman; fiancée

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Nicole Weiss and best friend Kayleigh Snedeger. Speakers noted that Hoover was deployed three times. A decorated soldier, he earned the Combat Action Ribbon and the Purple Heart. Utah band Dyer Highway, who Snedeger said “dropped everything to be here,” performed their song “This Country Stands.” A former football coach at Hillcrest High led a traditional Polynesian Haka dance on the field. Hoffman said earlier in the day he met someone whose life Hoover had saved in Kabul “just minutes before he himself was killed. Taylor didn’t just protect Americans, he protected Afghan civilians. He served so he could help anyone who was suffering from tyranny and oppression,” Hoffman said. Marci Houseman of the Sandy City Council said helping to organize the event was a powerful experience she will never forget. She was contacted by Gold Star widow Jenny Taylor of Ogden. Taylor said the Hoovers needed help organizing a memorial and wanted to have it at Hillcrest. “We organized this within a matter of a week so the Hoover family could have a local memorial before going to Arlington for the burial. Organizing it was an incredibly collaborative process. Everyone we talked to just said yes, from the school to the local leaders to service groups,” Houseman said. Houseman, whose father was in the army, wanted the family to feel the love of the community down to the way the field was decorated. “I wanted them to feel like they were being wrapped in a hug.” She posted a notice on the website and got volunteers to come Saturday morning and set up over 500 flags around

Photographs of Ssgt. Taylor Hoover and hundreds of flags decorated the football field at Hillcrest High on Sept. 18 at a community memorial for the Utah soldier killed in Afghanistan. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

Hillcrest’s field and along 900 East. “Volunteers included students, groups from Beaver and Lehi, and the Maj. Brent R. Taylor Battalion of U.S. Naval Sea Cadets. I could go on and on about how many people answered the call to help this family,” Houseman said. The hundreds of flags created a powerful backdrop for the service, and were visible to anyone driving along 900 East that day. A GoFundMe account raised over $140,000 for Hoover’s family. Final donations will be delivered to his mother. The organizers were fellow marines who served with Hoover: Ryan Matthews, Jared Char-




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Continued from front page Homecoming Dance that night, but decided to incorporate service into their activities that day. They helped clean up the Sandy City cemetery. The statistics of the projects were impressive. Sandy residents worked through the rain and filled 1,400 sandbags which weighed 31 tons. There were three food drives across the area for the Utah Food Bank. The total combined donations exceeded 10,000 pounds of food. A big contributor was the Dimple Dell Preservation Committee, which is active in the Sandy area. Joyce Walker is on the DDPC Advisory Board. “I was contacted by three different local stake leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These leaders have organized for many months with the DDPC. They came out and helped us find and remove the invasive plants in the canyon. Garbage bags and dumpsters were provided by Parks and Rec crews,” Walker said. The DDPC provided color charts to helpers so they could identify the invasive species in the area. In addition to the service cleanup project, the DDPC held a fundraiser for a Sandy project they’re passionate about—restoring the historic Muir/Poulsen home in the Granite area of Sandy. “The fundraiser went very well. Ka-

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tie Peterson, the resident artist, provided a string trio of musicians. Her husband set up a pottery wheel and people were able to turn/ throw pots. That was a big hit,” Walker said. The Muir-Poulsen house, located at 2940 E. Mount Jordan Road, borders the Dimple Dell recreation area. Service there is always welcome. In addition to the planned service in September, there are opportunities several times a year on the property to clean up, winterize, remove invasive species or care for the historic orchard. “We are trying to raise the funds to make a community learning center here—there are a lot of things that the old structure could be used for. It’s made with the same granite blocks as the Salt Lake City Temple, so we believe it’s worth restoring. “We have a Muir-Poulsen pear preserve jam we’ve made from the fruit trees in the historic orchard here. It’s coming back to life after many people have donated time and service to restore it,” Walker said. Those who donated to the preservation fund were given a jar of the jam. Christensen said she knew she could count on the DDPC to be a big help for the service projects in September. “They are always so organized. We really appreciate working with them on this and other community service projects,” she said. Walker’s team’s cleanup efforts carried over to Sept. 18. In addition to cleanup,

volunteers also handed out door hangers to homes near Dimple Dell Canyon. The door hangers went over fire safety and what residents can do to prevent fires in our area. “The DDPC is very appreciative of all the support given on these community service projects. We are so grateful that people want to volunteer to help the beautiful Dimple Dell Regional Park,” Walker said. Christensen was also touched by the willingness of people in her community to serve. “The feedback I got was that people were just so glad they could get out and help the community. They want to feel connected and help their neighbors,” Christensen said. When she thinks about why a day of service is a fitting way to remember Sept. 11, 2001, she said she’s been thinking about it a lot. “Sept. 11, 2001 was a day that changed our lives forever. But I’ve heard, and I agree, that the people we were on Sept. 12 showed an unbelievable expression of love and humanity. That’s what the day of service does. “It builds on the same spirit we felt on Sept. 12, 2001—working together, growing as a community, having a common goal and putting aside differences. When everything feels so divisive, service can make a huge difference in our community,” Christensen said. l

NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE PROJECT LOCATIONS AND EFFORTS: Sego Lily Gardens Sandy City Cemetery Bell Canyon – Boulder Trailhead Dimple Dell Regional Park cleanup Old Sandy Ditch fire prevention and cleanup Tunnel painting Three food drives Collected over 10,000 pounds of food for the Utah Food Bank Quarry Bend Hillside Planted 24 trees Bicentennial Park, Scott Cowdell Park, Historic Trax Station Park, Sandy Museum Planted trees, cleanup, painted over graffiti Fire hydrants and storm drain painting Filling sandbags

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How does new apartment construction impact nearby home values?


henever a new multi-family housing development gets proposed these days, it seems to always draw opposition for a number of reasons. One given reason is a belief that such projects will lead to decreased property values for already existing homes in the area. But is that actually what happens? A recent study from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute (from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah) sought to find the answer to that question. The study looked at all Salt Lake County apartment buildings constructed between 2010 and 2018, then measured the change in value for homes located within half a mile of the new apartment buildings and homes more than half a mile away. They found that single-family homes within half a mile of new apartment buildings appreciated slightly faster than single-family homes more than half a mile away (10% vs. 8.5%). In presenting the Institute’s findings to the Sandy City Council, Senior Research Fellow Dejan Eskic offered an explanation for why this might be. The construction of new apartments, he said, “can revitalize older property,” “increase the attractiveness of the nearby area,” and “serve as a catalyst for positive economic

By Justin Adams | growth.” “This data is definitely very gratifying to know as we have to face these issues of providing more housing,” said Council Member Cyndi Sharkey. Council Member Monica Zoltanski questioned whether the study accounted for things like increased traffic or classroom siz-

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Sandy City Police Officers will be receiving a pay raise, in order to keep pace with other cities around the valley. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

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By Justin Adams | t was just a few years ago that Sandy made pay to $28.36. The proposal also included a historic move by raising property taxes raises for more experienced officers, though for the first time in decades in order to fund it is weighted towards the bottom of the pay an increased compensation package for its scale, such that the highest-ranking officers police department. Now the council has ap- would see the smallest change. proved another pay increase in an effort to The compensation package is expected keep pace with other cities around the valley. to cost the city $1.94 million for the rest of “Over the past year and a half, we’ve the fiscal year (10 months) and then $2.26 had some serious issues with supply and million per year after that. How will the city demand of police officers. We saw people pay for it? At least for this year, the city can leaving the profession in droves and that has fund it with a combination of departmental left us with a shortage,” explained Sandy Po- savings, budget surplus and funds from the lice Chief Greg Severson during an Aug. 31 American Rescue Plan Act. But starting next council meeting. year, the city will have to find a more permaSeverson pointed to two factors that nent source of funding. have caused officers to leave the profession: The proposal was passed with a unananti-police sentiment and rising wages. imous vote from the city council during its “With the death of George Floyd last Sept. 7 meeting. year, I think everyone knows there was sig“The council is really united on this isnificant civil unrest that took place. There sue, as we should be, because public safety is were riots and protests all across America for a priority for all of us,” said Council Member a long time. Utah was not immune from that. Cyndi Sharkey. That civil unrest led to things like the ‘defund “We’re signaling to the men and womthe police’ movement. This led to a signifi- en of our police department that we’ve got cant amount of officers leaving the profes- your back,” echoed Council Member Monica sion. This has created an officer shortage in Zoltanski. America,” Severson said. Members of the police department also He also pointed to rising wages more voiced their appreciation for the council’s generally, noting that the starting pay for a decision. Sandy police officer is only slightly higher “I wanted to publicly recognize how than that of a bus driver for Canyons School quickly the city administration and police District. department and city council recognized the In response to these market forces, cities pay deficiency and worked to address it,” around the valley have started raising their said Officer Graham Tinius. “I was also taken police officer pay. At the time of Sandy’s de- aback by how many people spoke in support liberations on the issue, Salt Lake City, South of their police department on social media. I Salt Lake, West Valley City, West Jordan and want to thank the community for their ongoSouth Jordan had already adjusted their pay ing support of the police department and for scales, with many other cities considering the first responders.” same. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart Previously, the average starting pay for a for supporting our police department in this police officer in Salt Lake County was about way. Working with each and every one of you $21-22, according to Sandy HR Director Ka- on this project has been an absolute pleasure. trina Frederick. The current round of adjust- I just want to express my thanks to every one ments has brought that average up to $27-28. of you, as well as our residents for supporting Sandy City, which generally tries to be the police department in this much needed near the top of the average of comparable time,” Severson said. l cities, opted for a plan that raised its starting

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Local school districts join mass-action lawsuit e-cigs


ordan, Canyons and Murray are amongst the hundreds of school districts that have joined a mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs, Inc., claiming that they deceitfully and intentionally marketed their products to children. This has led to an increase in e-cigarette use amongst youths, statistics reveal, so in the mass-action lawsuit, they are wanting to hold the company responsible and seek damages for the “vaping epidemic” on school campuses around the country. Jordan Board of Education President Tracy Miller said, “vaping is a really big problem in our schools.” “We have a lot of kids who vape, a lot who don’t necessarily know how bad it is,” she said. “They are companies using different flavors and marketing, aimed at youth, and it caught on and became popular at a lot of schools. We (Jordan Board of Education) recognized that it’s a problem and need to hold Juul accountable. The problem is they weren’t forthright and transparent about what was going on. There’s high levels of nicotine in vape products, (which are) highly addictive and it was not marketed that way.” Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg agrees. “We need to call a spade a spade,” he said. “Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe ‘it’s a cool thing.’ If this puts a stop to marketing unhealthy products to children, I’m happy to support it.” Jordan District approved the legal service agreement on Aug. 24 as they joined the mass-action lawsuit. Canyons joined in Sept. 7, and Murray, Sept. 9. Granite’s school board has studied the litigation, said Ben Horsley, Granite School District spokesman. “The Granite School District has recognized the harmful effects of vaping on our youth,” he said on Sept. 17. “The Board of Education and district administration has studied the associated litigation and is inclined to participate.” Vaping products, known as e-cigarettes or mods, are battery-powered devices that heat up a liquid to create an aerosol vapor which typically contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. Since the user inhales and it doesn’t emit the strong odor associated with conventional combustion cigarettes, and they are designed to resemble USB flash drives, keychains or lipstick tubes, youth often have them in plain sight, even plugged into a laptop, officials say. According to 2020-21 statistics collected by Jordan School District, 90% of the tobacco violations in the district’s schools were infractions against vaping, with only 10% for regular cigarettes.

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We need to call a spade a spade. Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe it’s a cool thing. — Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg

A Juul device, plugged in like a USB flash drive, is seen charging in a computer, making it unrecognizable to many teachers or parents. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/Salt Lake County Health Department)

Educators and officials are concerned about youth vaping in the mass-action lawsuit; seen here is a Juul starter kit. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/ Salt Lake County Health Department)

“Vaping is just so prevalent these days,” said Sharon Jensen, Jordan District’s student support services consultant. Jensen said that youth see vaping in social media or have greater access to it, even getting it from family members as 56% say their parents or other close adults are nicotine users. Sometimes, even adults are unfamiliar with the harm and addiction from e-cigarette use, including that it can hamper long-term adolescent brain development, according to Utah Department of Health research. In a 2021 report, it states Utah’s youth vape at nearly twice the rate of Utah’s adults. Jordan’s statistics reveal that the majority are regular users. Last year, of the students caught with tobacco, 98 were directed to attend an online first-offenders class for nicotine. Of those students, 18% used nicotine 26 days-plus in the last month—“basically daily,” she said. Another 11% used it between 13 and 25 days in that past month. Most students who vape are teens, she said. Of those 98 students assigned to the online class, 25% are age 13. Another 24%

are 14 years old. Six percent are age 12 or younger, making the greatest amount, at 45%, in high school. “Often they vape on the job and their outside-of-school-life is much more colorful than their in-school-life,” Jensen said. Those statistics are in line with the state, according to the Utah Prevention Needs Assessment that showed 12.4% of eighth graders tried vaping; 25.5% of high school sophomores; and 32.1% of high school seniors. In Canyons District in 2019, there were 219 school office referrals, first-time and/or repeat referrals, for e-cigarette use or possession, up from 35 referrals in 2010. Justin Pitcher, who has served as an administrator in Canyons District in the Midvale and Cottonwood Heights communities at both elementary and secondary levels, said vaping is “definitely a concern.” “If it’s happening in high schools, then it’s happening in elementary; the frequency is different,” he said, saying there are fewer younger students caught with devices although all age levels may have access to them despite administrators taking them away. Jensen said that Jordan District policy is to collect and lock up Juuls and other violating products; they can be returned to an adult in the family. She’s hoping their first-time user classes as well as well as the END—Ending Nicotine Dependence—course for regular users

will help youth identify the harm it does to their bodies. “What we want our kids to do is to learn and to quit,” Jensen said. There is no fee for the classes as Jordan District has a state SAFE (Supporting America's Families and Educators) grant which it dedicated to alcohol and drug abuse prevention. However, hundreds of school districts nationwide are wanting Juul to foot the bills for public resources being used to pay for the current and future costs. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Northern District of California Federal District Court by the Frantz Law group, is a mass tort lawsuit where damages for plaintiffs, or in this case, school districts, are calculated individually. Therefore, multiple plaintiffs can be awarded differing amounts of damages for the amount of its past and future damages. Those costs can range from providing information and resources to students regarding the negative impacts of vaping, student services or counseling, or installing vape detectors. “It’s not really about getting money as much as sending a message,” Miller said. Millerberg agrees: “I don’t expect a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s more of a moral stance than anything else.” l

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Canyons’ schools continue to get updated logos, mascots


n August, Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg took to the Virgin River Trail in St. George on his bike and along with him, was JarVis, Jordan Valley School’s chameleon mascot. Well, his was one of 250 brightly colored laminated paper copies which Principal Stacey Nofsinger and her office staff distributed to every student, faculty and staff member as well as the school’s board member before school was out last spring. Each of the chameleons was unique in its color combination as each school member is to its community, she said. The idea was for everyone to photograph JarVis with themselves this summer—a take on the Flat Stanley project that is popular in many schools. “We had families post photos on our Facebook page so they could see JarVis playing in the water in a student’s backyard or on a family trip to Wyoming or even travel to Austria,” she said. “It’s been a fun way to connect.” Introduced as the new mascot last spring, the chameleon replaced a black-and-white mountain silhouette that dated back to 1975. The school community voted for the name of the chameleon, named after the computer software although Nofsinger has made the connection with the Marvel’s fictional character. “The chameleon is incredibly adaptable

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By Julie Slama | and that’s what our students are, and what our staff needs to be as they are flexible to meet each student’s learning,” Nofsinger said. “It is just a perfect fit. With all the different colors chameleons have, it fits our individual students and represents the same brightness that are in the lives of our students. They also have intelligence beyond what we can see, just like our students. The chameleon is something we can all rally around.” The chameleon was created by Canyons School District graphic artist Jeff Olson, who created the tail in a J-shape to represent the school. In a district full of cats and eagles, Olson said this project stands out. “It definitely was one of the more fun projects I’ve worked on,” Olson said. “There’s so much versatility with the chameleon.” Since then, Olson has introduced Copperview Elementary’s updated mascot—a female cougar. A suite of complementary designs accompanies the single cougar; in one look, it’s the female with a couple of offspring. “We wanted them to still be cats, but not on the prowl or aggressive,” he said. Olson met with outgoing principal Jeri Rigby and as well as current principal Colleen Smith to gain insight into the look and feel that the school wanted for its mascot.

Smith said that the values of the school were discussed. “We wanted the mascot to represent our community—our students, our parents, our teachers,” she said. “We talked about the importance of the mascot, its value and how to display it. We’re a community so the mother and two cubs showed the importance of our families. It exemplifies our community and how we’re one big family.” Olson also added the accent color copper to the logo as when it was built in 1961, the school, Copperview, was named after its view of the open pit copper mine. “Jeff did a great job capturing the feel of our community and adding accent colors to help our school stand out,” Smith said. “It’s really exciting for our community; we have a lot of Cougar pride.” Already students and community members have received mascot stickers, some which were distributed at the Harvest Days parade early August in Midvale. A new marquee sign will include the updated mascot and is expected this fall. Over the summer, Olson also worked with Eastmont Principal Stacy Kurtzhals to update the appearance of Eastmont. Banners outside and in the gymnasium, exterior door coverings, column wraps in the

Jordan Valley School selected its new mascot, a chameleon, last spring. (Image courtesy of Canyons School District)

hallways and cafeteria, Patriot mascots on the auditorium walls, freshly painted red and blue lockers and inspiring quotes in the stairwells contribute to the Patriot look in the middle school. “It helped instill more pride in our Patriot pride,” Kurtzhals said, with a pun. In addition to the Eastmont new branding, Olson also worked on school pins for Draper Park Middle School and is currently updating other logos for several schools. He has updated logos for 31 of the 50 schools since September 2015. “It’s fun and I like to make the logos personal to communicate the feel of each community,” Olson said. “I want it to resonate with the kids, so they’re excited about their school.” l

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Congratulations to our September Members of the Month, Wyatt Adkins, Heleena Rasul, & Oliver Schott! Wyatt Adkins is 10 years old: he wants to become a football player when he grows up, he has been attending the Sandy Club for 2 years, in that time he has learned to be kind and respectful. Heleena Rasul is 8 years old: she wants to become an actress, she has been attending for 1 month, in that time she has learned kindness. Oliver Schott is 6 years old: he wants to become a paleontologist, he has been attending for 1 month, and in that time, he has learned to make friends. Congratulations once again, we are so proud of you all!

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Shakespeare to SpongeBob—Alta theatre offers variety in its season


lta High theatre students have learned a lot about resiliency, and “the show must go on” after enduring quarantining and construction for more than one year. Still, it continues. Although the new Performing Arts Center opened on Alta’s campus, the theatre room, as of early in the school year, still has yet to be completed so the thespians are rehearsing in the Green Room. Both “Henry VI,” the ensemble piece they plan to perform at the 45th annual high school Shakespeare competition, and “SpongeBob, SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” are in rehearsal. “We’re still in the Green Room, still wearing masks, making the most of everything this season,” Alta theatre director Linze Struiksma said. “We’ve come together and are excited about this season, but through all these months, we’ve learned to be kind, accept and respect one another and we’ve talked about how everyone has a place.” Directing the Shakespearean ensemble is Alta High graduate Noah Martinez, who also is overseeing the scenes, monologues and stage tech students for their competitions. The contest begins this year with video submissions in the monologues and scenes, which is new this year. The finals in those competitions will be held in-person. Other

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By Julie Slama | events also will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Cedar City. “SpongeBob” will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 17-20 and again, Nov. 22, in the Performing Arts Center on the northwest corner of Alta’s campus, 11055 S. 1000 East. There also will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 20. Tickets are $9 online at or $10 at the door. The musical, which premiered in Chicago five years ago, is based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series and has many songs written by notable singers, such as David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Lady Antebellum amongst others. “I don’t like the SpongeBob television show; it’s not my thing, but (pit orchestra director) Caleb (Shabestari) has been asking me to do it for years,” Struiksma said. “So, I watched a production at Box Elder High School, and I absolutely loved it. It resonated with me and with 16 artists who got together to write the music, it’s just amazing. I sent a text to Caleb that night and said, ‘I’m on board.’” The next day, the performing arts department decided to produce the show and Struiksma asked for the rights to put it on. One tradition that was introduced last year, she plans to carry over; that is allowing

Alta High theatre students meet during their first rehearsal for “SpongeBob, SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.” (Linze Struiksma/Alta High)

the understudies to perform during the show’s run. This November, it will be on the night of Nov. 18. Last year, she could then count on having leads during the pandemic—and it proved to be a “cool bonding experience.” “Last year, the leads bought gifts for their understudies and were their biggest cheerleaders on show night. It was really cool, and this way, we involve everyone. At the same time, they learn the valuable lesson that they’re replaceable if something happens, which is a real-world experience,” she said. Also underway, improvisation captain and senior Dani Gibson is writing the school’s annual murder-mystery, which will be coupled with dinner. There will be two shows, at 5 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., the evening of Dec. 10 and will cost $15, pro-

ceeds are earmarked for new microphones and sound equipment. “Dani’s doing a really good job and she has a fun theme. It’s great to see her grow in her writing,” she said. Joining Struiksma on staff is new English and film studies teacher, Lindsey Cline, who will be directing a yet-to-be announced show Feb. 16-19, 2022. In March 2022, the thespians will compete in region with individual events at Orem High and one-act at Lehi High. State will be in April 2022 at Viewmont High. Alta will continue its tradition in May 2022 with Theatre 4 students directing a younger cast in one-act plays, giving upcoming students a chance to have some leading parts and older students, a chance to direct, Struiksma said. l

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Jordan High shares some ‘Good News,’ other theatre shows


he Broadway hit “Good News” will be performed by Jordan High School thespians this fall. Jordan High theatre director Suzie DuVal wanted to do a 1920’s musical written in the ’20s for the year 2020. However, COVID-19 interrupted those plans so instead, the musical is being performed this year. “It’s a fun story, a lot of dancing, and was revised in 1993 to freshen up parts of it,” DuVal said. “There will be flapper dresses, feather headbands, fedoras and Gatsby newsboy caps—and a whole lot of fun with this authentic ’20’s musical.” The plot set in the roaring ’20s is on a college campus where football player, Tom Marlowe, fails astronomy. His girlfriend, too busy with her society, gets her nerdy and studious cousin, Connie Lane, to tutor him to pass the class so he can be eligible to play in the big game. However, they fall for one another, and a love triangle develops. To further complicate matters, the football coach, who pressures the astronomy professor to pass his star player, once dated her. “There are a lot of subplots to the musical, and great characters and music. Taylor (Sively, the show’s choreographer) is really excited about the dancing this year because last year, we were in a bubble during COVID-19 and couldn’t do much,” she said. “Think ‘High

By Julie Slama | School Musical’ except at college in the ’20s.” Since there is no recorded track for students to practice with, accompanist Shane Mickelson recorded one for Jordan High. Karley Peterson, the new assistant director, is helping with costumes and choir teacher, J.P. Kentros, is overseeing music direction. Band teacher Brandon Cressall is directing the pit orchestra. The show will be performed at 7 p.m., Nov. 4-6 and again, Nov. 8 at Jordan High’s auditorium, 95 Beetdigger Blvd. The show on Nov. 5 will showcase the understudies. Tickets are $6 and available at Staring as Tom and playing for Tait College is senior Ricky Tovar; Connie is portrayed by senior Zoey Slaughter. Babe O’ Day is played by junior Grace Chavez, Bobby Randall by sophomore George Hill; Coach Johnson by senior Eli Tincher and Professor Kenyon by senior Lizzy Davies. However, before they take the stage, some are part of the school’s Shakespeare team that will perform at the 45th annual high school Shakespeare competition Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Cedar City. The thespians will perform “Macbeth” as their ensemble piece as well as compete in tech Olympics. The school’s improvisation team, dance ensemble and choir also plan to compete. Several students submitted videos of their monologues and scenes, which is new this year,

Music director J.P. Kentros plays the piano as the cast practices the songs for the production, “Good News,” which will be performed on stage at Jordan High in early November. (Suzie DuVal/Jordan High School)

and will learn shortly before the competition if they will perform in-person as finalists in those categories. A positive look at the change is since there are so many students competing, it reduces students on the campus during the pandemic and not as many rooms need to be cleaned to perform in. However, on the other side, it is “crunch time” when school begins because there are only a few weeks before submission date, DuVal said. Other upcoming performances include “A Night of Broadway” which features students singing songs from a variety of musicals. That show will be at 7 p.m., Dec. 16 with $5 tickets. That show, DuVal said, will act as a fundrais-

er for the Beetdiggers so they can invite guest artists to provide workshops for the theatre students. William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed at 7 p.m., Feb. 24-26, 2022 and again, Feb. 28, 2022 with $5 tickets. On March 7, 2022, a theatre competition showcase—the pieces the students plan to compete at region with—will be performed at 7 p.m. Region individual pieces will be held at Orem High and the one-act competition at Lehi High. State will be in April at Viewmont High. The season rounds out May 5-7, 2022, with student-directed one-acts to be performed at 7 p.m. l

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Four elementary schools get freshened up By Justin Adams |


bout 100 community volunteers were paired up with four schools in Canyons School District for projects from sprucing up school grounds and gardens to painting murals as part of the annual United Way of Salt Lake’s Day of Caring. The community members were part of 1,000 volunteers from more than 30 companies who provided service on Sept. 9 to schools and nonprofit organizations, according to the United Way of Salt Lake’s website. A noticeable project was at East Midvale as volunteers from Jacobsen Construction came to not only paint the school’s playground gaga ball courts, but to also paint a mural on the school’s exterior. They also worked on a kiosk to display information about the school as well as tidied the school garden. “It’s a mural to brighten our school and make it be more welcoming,” said Shelley McCall, East Midvale Elementary community school facilitator. “As a community school, we are the hub of our community; we want to welcome our community and provide resources for them.” The mural is intentionally simplistic, McCall said. It shows a reflection of the mountains with a soaring eagle—tying in the school mascot. Sandy Elementary also had a 12-foot by

11-foot mural painted, but it is located inside, in the school library. The mural was created by local artist Brandon Bouck. Volunteers helped to paint the mural of children climbing and sitting in a tree under the words, “We Grow Together.” “It ties into our theme of inclusiveness and what brings us together,” said Isa Connelly, Sandy Elementary community school facilitator, before it was painted. “We also will ask our fifth-graders to add their handprints to it. We want our fifth-graders to have pride and ownership in their school and it will be fun for them to see when they come back when they’re older.” The volunteers from Williams Company also helped to assemble two gaga ball courts on Sandy Elementary’s playground, which were kept as a surprise to the school children. At Midvale Elementary, Mark Miller Subaru volunteers helped to turn the school’s community garden into a kindness garden, which will feature buddy benches and a Little Free Library that will encourage book exchanges. “We found with our community garden that it’s locked over the summer, which makes gardening difficult,” said Heidi Sanger, Midvale Elementary community school facilitator. “This way, we can have promote kindness and

United Way of Salt Lake volunteers prepare to paint a mural on the outside of East Midvale Elementary. (Shelley McCall/East Midvale Elementary)

friendship as well as literacy year-round. It also will be a great space for students to find a calm, quiet place on the playground.” Volunteers also restocked student emergency kits at Midvale Elementary as well as at Copperview Elementary.

CHG volunteers at Copperview also cleaned up the school’s community garden and school grounds as well as the faculty lounge with new appliances and a chair that features a massager, said Jenna Landward, Copperview Elementary community school facilitator. l

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BRADBURN BRIEF Dear Sandy Resident, Fall is here and temperatures are finally getting cooler! It has been a hot and dry summer but thanks to the conservation efforts of Sandy residents, the city has saved hundreds of millions of gallons of water. Unfortunately, there is real risk that we will continue to face massive droughts in the future. 70 percent of residential water usage in the city comes from watering lawns. I encourage all Sandy residents to take the time this fall to learn more about water wise plants and various irrigation methods that save water. Throughout my term as Mayor, I have made police and fire compensation a priority. Neighboring cities have recently implemented pay raises for their police departments in an effort to attract qualified candidates to their departments. Sandy City takes great pride in the caliber of officers we employ. With the recent uptick in crime, it is not the time to lose good officers. Last month, the city council voted to adjust the compensation for police officers to match what neighboring cities are offering. While we will never be able to pay these men and women what they deserve, this is a vitally important decision to ensure Sandy residents will continue to receive the qualified level of public safety expected in the city. Don’t forget you can always engage with us at sandy. and and by accessing our social media channels Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @sandycityutah and on YouTube as @sandycityut for regularly updated information. Additionally, please sign up for city alerts at You can send me a direct email at It is an honor to serve as your Mayor! Mayor Kurt Bradburn I S S U E # 86

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Bradburn Brief ..................................... 1

Sandy Arts: Big Fish .............................. 3

Hillside Protection Ordinance ............... 1

October Jobs Corner ............................ 3

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

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

By the #s: Community Development ..... 2

Domestic Violence Awareness Month.... 4

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety ............ 2

Fall Bulk Waste Program....................... 5

Emergency Preparedness Tips .............. 2

Sandy Visual Art Show.......................... 5

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

Trick or Treat Event ............................... 5

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

Calendar of Events............................... 5

Code Enforcement Corner

Sensitive Area Overlay Zone: Sandy City’s “Hillside Protection Ordinance” Beginning in 1978, Sandy City first adopted an ordinance dealing with hillsides, native vegetation, waterways, and geological hazards. These are cumulatively called “Sensitive Areas”. The regulations have been modified and updated several times since 1978 and are currently regulated in the Sensitive Area Overlay Zone, or SAOZ. This could be considered the city’s “hillside protection ordinance”. The purpose of this ordinance was to address development standards for the properties that have sensitive areas. The regulations were created to provide standards, guidelines, and criteria to minimize flooding, erosion, and other environmental hazards. Also, protecting the natural scenic character of the sensitive areas is an important consideration. Some examples of the protected areas include properties that have 30 percent or greater slopes, earthquake fault lines, and rock fall hazards.

Many properties include some of these hazardous areas, such as steep slopes (30% or greater) or natural waterway. Many properties owners do not realize that there are restrictions on what they can and cannot do to these areas. More recent subdivision plats (post-1990) identify where these sensitive areas are on the lots and information about land use restrictions. This list includes some of the prohibited actions within the Sensitive Area Overlay Zone: 1. No dwelling or accessory structures shall be constructed within an average of 20 feet of a continuous hillside slope of 30 percent or greater. 2. All fences located on slopes of 30 percent or greater shall ONLY be dark brown, dark green or black vinyl coated chain link to blend in with the native landscaping. No other fence types allowed. 3. Vegetation shall ONLY be removed when necessary for the construction of approved and permitted buildings, roads, and filled areas. 4. No grading, cuts, fills, or terracing will be allowed on a continuous hillside of 30 percent or greater slope, unless otherwise determined by the Planning Commission. 5. Buildings and structures constructed in areas designated by Sandy City as Wildland—Urban Interface Areas shall be constructed using ignition-resistant construction as determined by the Fire Marshal. Any property owners considering making any adjustments to your property, please call the Community Development Department at (801) 568-7250 to find out if your property is within the Sensitive Area Overlay Zone and what the possible restrictions are. You can also read about the Sensitive Area Overlay Zone at Additionally, Sandy City has created a website that identifies what geologic hazards are found within the city boundaries: P A G E


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Seven Emergency Preparedness Tips You May Not Know: BY THE NUMBERS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 2021 POPULATION (2020 CENSUS) 2020 = 96,904 2010 = 87,461 Percent Change = 11% HOUSING UNITS 2020 = 34,788 (33,453 Occupied) 2010 = 29,501 (28,296 Occupied) Percent Change = 18% HOUSEHOLD SIZE 2020 = 2.9 2010 = 3.1


1. Set yourself up to receive emergency alerts and warnings in your area by visiting 2. Establish multiple emergency family meeting spots (indoor, outdoor, neighborhood, regional, and out of town locations). 3. Have a family communication plan in place. 4. Make sure everyone in your family has an "ICE" (in case of emergency) contact card. 5. Make a "go-bag" for everyone in your household. 6. Keep important documents ready/accessible to grab and go. 7. Plan an emergency outfit (remember to change this out seasonally). For more useful emergency preparedness tips and information, be sure to check out!


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Children will enjoy their day at Play & Learn Preschool with a variety of games and activities! There is playtime, class time, lunch, and more playtime. Our teachers work hard to make learning fun and engaging! Registration is now open online.


Starting up in September, Tumbling will be offered at Alta Canyon by an instructor with 15+ years of experience! • Beginner • Intermediate • Advanced For more information, email


We’re hiring for Custodians, Youth Program Counselors, and Front Desk. Must be able to work in a team environment, under pressure, and with the public. Get a free gym membership while you are employed! Make new friends, build your resume, and gain valuable life experience. For full job descriptions: Must submit applications online through Citizen Access Portal at:

River Oaks Golf Course 9300 South Riverside Drive, Sandy, Utah (801) 568-4653 BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN GOLF AT RIVER OAKS GOLF COURSE! Come enjoy one of the valley’s most beautiful golf courses. To reserve your tee time, visit us online at sandy.utah. gov/golf or call (801) 568-4653.


The Banquet Facility located in the River Oaks Clubhouse is one of the most popular venues in the valley. Our friendly staff will make your special event memorable and worry free. Family dinner, receptions, weddings, and golf tournaments will enjoy a fabulous view of our pristine golf course along the heavily wooded Jordan River. Adjacent to the banquet room, the River Oaks Café offers excellent grilled food and golf fare. We cater all events on location and offer a large variety of menu items. For more information, call Kelly Christensen at (801) 231-5250. North Range facility is open all month for late season practice. Come down and hit a bucket of balls or use our practice green and bunker to improve your short game! I S S U E # 86

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Crossing Guard Custodian Official/Referee/Scorekeeper Recreation Site Supervisor Camp Counselors



October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

PARK S & RE C R EAT I O N NOW HIRING Sport Officials/Referees/Umpires Youth $10–$16/hour Adult $16– $22/hour Must be 14 years old to apply

JR. JAZZ BASKETBALL Registration for the 2021–22 Jr. Jazz Basketball began Sept. 13. More information available at

TURKEY TROT 5K RUN Register now for our Annual Turkey Trot 5K on Nov. 13. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Lone Peak Park (Gazebo), 10140 S. 700 E. Registration Fee: $25/individual or $20/family or groups Registration Deadline In-person Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. Online Registration: Closes on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. Packet pick-up: Friday, Nov. 12 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., 440 E. 8680 S Late Registration: Nov. 12–13, in-person only! Late Registration Fee: $30/individual or $25/family or groups Day of race registration at Lone Peak Park from 9 a.m.–9:45 a.m. To register or for more information visit

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Spring Youth Sports Registration Registration for Soccer, Girls Softball, Boys Baseball, and T-Ball/Coach Pitch begins Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 Adult Softball Registration begins Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 (for returning 2021 spring & fall teams)

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Fall is upon us, and Sandy City and the Sandy Police Department want to remind you that October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence affects many in our community and often goes unreported. It continues to be a critical time for victims and survivors, and it is important for our community to be able to understand and recognize domestic violence. Help us take a stand against domestic violence and remind victims and survivors alike they are not alone. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic violence occurs in all communities regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Domestic violence is not just physical abuse. Many times, domestic violence is emotional/psychological/verbal abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse, digital abuse, and stalking. Two major elements prevalent in all domestic violence relationships are power and control. The National Domestic Violence Hotline website and the NCADV website share some warning signs of someone being in an abusive relationship. Those warning signs are: • The individual is constantly worrying about making their partner angry. • The individual makes excuses about their partner’s behavior. • The individual has unexplained marks or injuries. • The individual has become isolated and no longer spends time with friends/family. • The individual has lessened communication via telephone, text, social media, etc. • The individual is limited in the money they can spend. According to the National Domestic Violence It’s important to remember Hotline, on average, it takes a victim seven times domestic violence occurs in cycles: to leave an abusive relationship before leaving for good. Further, leaving is the most dangerous time for a victim/survivor because the abuser is losing what control they had. Even if you are not ready to leave, there are resources available tot you. These agencies can assist you in planning a path to emotional and physical safety and live a life free from abuse. Please help us take a stand against domestic violence within our community and our state. Learn about Sarah M. Buell’s “Fifty Obstacles to Leaving, a.k.a., Why Abuse Victims Stay” at: images/50_Obstacles.pdf. For more information about the signs of domestic violence, the signs of an abuser, the cycle of domestic violence, safety planning and other important material and statistics, please visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence at: If you have questions about supports or are seeking supports, organizations, and resources in our community, please feel free to contact the Sandy Police Department Victim Advocate’s Office at: (801) 568-4627, (801) 568-4628 or (801) 568-7283. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and/or is in danger, please call the Sandy Police Department at (801) 799-3000, The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), or visit their website at: Make a difference is someone’s life and take a stand against domestic violence.

Fall Bulk Waste Program – Items of Importance 1. It is critical that debris and contaminants stay out of our storm water system. 2. Place waste curbside no sooner than 72 hours prior to your scheduled collection date. 3. Do not put waste against a fence, utility box, or storm water inlet grate. 4. Place green waste in one pile and general waste in another pile in front of your home. Tree limbs should be cut into 4-ft lengths and stumps should not be greater than 18 inches in diameter. 5. Lawnmowers and other similar items must have the oil and gasoline removed. 6. Items containing Freon (refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners) must have the chemical removed by a professional and a copy of the receipt must be attached to it. 7. We do not accept rocks, concrete, gravel, dirt, sod, construction debris such as shingles, glass, sheetrock, or items considered hazardous. 8. If you hire a landscaper or carpenter to do work at your home, they are responsible for removing contractor debris.




OCT. 1-16

Big Fish

7:30 p.m.

The Theater at Mount Jordan

OCT. 2

John Legend

7 p.m.

Sandy Amphitheater

OCT. 12–22

Sandy Visual Art Show

Sandy Senior Center

OCT. 22

Trick or Treat Event

6–8 p.m.

Sandy Amphitheater

NOV. 3

First Aid, CPR, and AED Class

9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Station 31: 9010 S 150 E

NOV. 4

First Aid, CPR, and AED Class

3:30–6:30 p.m.

Station 31: 9010 S 150 E

NOV. 17

First Aid, CPR, and AED Class

6–10 p.m.

Station 31: 9010 S 150 E

DEC. 1

First Aid, CPR, and AED Class

9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Station 31: 9010 S 150 E

DEC. 8

First Aid, CPR, and AED Class

6–10 p.m.

Station 31: 9010 S 150 E

All events subject to change due to COVID-19. Go to for more events. I S S U E # 86

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Halloween history


t’s easy to tell when Halloween is near with the 5-pound bags of candy, skeletons, bats, and orange and black decorations that cover the holiday section at every local store. Pop-up shops appear in vacant stores with their animatronics and overpriced makeup and costumes. Pumpkin-flavored drinks dominate coffee shop menus. There’s a nip in the air and leaves change in response. However, the American telltale signs of Halloween which put many of us in the spooky spirit are far removed from the historical traditions of the celebration. All over the world, celebrations concerning the afterlife in various ways have been documented between Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 (on contemporary calendars). Many historians, including Professor of History at York University in Toronto Nicholas Rogers (author of “Halloween: from pagan ritual to party”) attribute the oldest Halloween traditions to Samhain – a three day ancient Celtic pagan festival. Samhain was celebrated by the Celts who lived in what is now Ireland, Scotland, Britain, and the Isle of Man. The festival marked the end of summer as it occurred in between the autumn equinox and winter solstice. During Samhain, it was believed that the veil between the otherworld and human world was at its thinnest. The souls of those who had died within the year would travel to the otherworld and those who had died beforehand would visit the human world. It was also believed that the gods would visit the human world to play tricks. Many rituals were performed throughout the three days to protect humans from the spirits and gods. Since the festival occurred on the heels of autumn, the Celts would perform many rituals believed to help them survive through the winter as well. When Rome conquered the Celtic lands in 43 A.D., Samhain was lost. The truth regarding how and why may never be fully understood, but a few hypotheses ex-

By Cassie Goff | ist. The Romans had their own celebrations which may have merged with or replaced Samhain. Feralia, a festival honoring the passing of the dead occurred in late October. In addition, the Romans celebrated the turn of the season with a festival honoring Pomona, the goddess of the harvest (or the goddess of fruit and trees). Prior to the seventh century, the Catholic Church celebrated All Saints’ Day, also known as All-Hallow, in May. It was, and remains, a day to honor the Christian martyrs and saints. However, around 837 C.E. Pope Boniface IV declared All Saints’ Day as a holiday to be celebrated on Nov. 1. A few different theories exist surrounding this decision. Some believe that the sole intention here was expansion. All Saints’ Day and Samhain had similar practices, celebrating with food, drinks, costumes, tricks, pranks and appeasing the dead. It seemed quite easy to reframe many of the pagan practices as Catholic celebrations. As Samhain continued to be practiced, more people learned about Catholicism. Others believe the move was made in order to replace the pagan holiday with a church-sanctioned celebration. On the other side of the world, pre-Columbian Mesoamerica Aztecs and other Nahua people celebrated the dead around the same time of the year. As the Spanish conquistadores destroyed much of the Aztec Empire’s written records and language during the 1500s, not much is known about the 3,000-year-old traditions and rituals. One of the known Aztec traditions, however, was a festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuafl, the lady of the dead, who governs them and watches over their bones. She is believed to swallow the stars during the day. Mictecacihuafl is often depicted with a skull face and a skirt made of serpents. Today, Día de los Muertos is celebrated all over the world. The modern holiday is thought to be a mix of indigenous Aztec rituals and Catholic celebrations intro-

Pope Boniface IV changed how All Saints’ Day was celebrated during the seventh century. (Photo courtesy of Diego Delso)

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duced by the Spaniards. Día de los Muertos is a celebration for the deceased. It is believed that on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, the gates to the spiritual world are opened, allowing spirits to visit their families for 24 hours. On Oct. 31 at midnight, the Day of the Innocents begins, as Angelitos reunite with their families. On Nov. 1 at midnight, the gates open once again for the adults to visit their families. Families often arrange ofrendas, personal altars honoring a loved one, decorate graves, and provide sweet candy for their deceased loved ones to help balance the bitterness of death.

Even though this article only mentions a handful of celebrations concerned with the dead around the same time of the year, many other cultures throughout the world have history of similar celebrations: Carnaval de Oruro in Bolivia, Hungry Ghost Festival in China, La Quema del Diablo in Guatemala, Jour des Morts in Haiti, Velija Noc in Indo-European Countries, Hop-tuNaa in The Isle of Man, Obon Festival in Japan and the Odo Festival in Nigeria. This year, as we celebrate Halloween, consider for a moment how many cultures celebrate the dead around the same week of the year. Eerie, right? l

The origins of Halloween as we know it trace back to the three-day Celtic festival of Samhain. (Wikicommons License)

Día de los Muertos is a celebration for the deceased on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy of Rulo Luna)

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Jordan Valley adds café, studio apartment to teach students independent living skills By Julie Slama |


t Jordan Valley School, special education teacher Carolyn West wholeheartedly supports the additions of a café and studio apartment at the school. The transformed classrooms are designed to teach students and prepare them for transition into employment and independent living. “This year has been incredibly productive with what we’re able to do with Café JarVis (which shares the same name as the school mascot) and the studio apartment,” West said. “It’s made such a huge difference.” Jordan Valley serves students who have severe multiple disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, communication impairments, genetic disorders and syndromes, deaf–blindness and students who are extremely medically fragile. The goal at Jordan Valley School is to improve the quality of life for students, age five to 22, and their families. These transitionary rooms are an example of how educators hope to improve their quality of life, said Principal Stacey Nofsinger. For example, West and teacher Zeke Alexander rotate three groups of six fifthto ninth-grade students from their classes through the rooms three times a week so they learn skills that will help them prepare for post-school living.

In Café JarVis, West will bring a group of students where they will first put on an apron, then learn to roll silverware in a cloth napkin, and finally, set the table. In the studio apartment, students may learn how to make a bed, put away their clothes and even sit down to play a game with their peers. “These are skills that they may not necessarily have so it’s a great opportunity,” West said. “We’d eventually like to see them have an independent living situation and this helps prepare them to work, to have social skills, to be able to take care of their clothes and belongings.” About six secondary classrooms use the room every day. West said that “it takes a lot to build skills up, so we have a lot of repetition.” Previously, the school only had the vocational lab, which is still available to classes. West said her class continues to use it periodically. There, students have a number of fine motor tasks, such as arranging silk flowers or sorting gift cards to put in hangers at stores. There also is a “grocery store,” which students pick out an item such as brownies, Jell-O, instant mashed potatoes, or macaroni and cheese to cook in their home economic time. The new café and studio apartment were created over the summer by Nofsinger, her family, facilities staff, and

others, who brought in a bed, clothes rack, couch, coffee table, dining room table, games, television, menus, silverware, bright-colored aprons and dishes and other items. To make the transition, Nofsinger said the school was able to use part of $25,000 from Land Trust and Teacher Student Success Plan funds. “They can pop popcorn, sit on a sofa and watch a movie, play a game of checkers and learn appropriate interaction and afterward, clean up and vacuum,” she said. “In the café, they learn how to set and clear tables and do tasks. It’s giving them a chance to learn those skills to be able to transition into being able to take care of their living environment and be able to get some job in the community or be a helper at home.” To help make the café more inviting a paraeducator created pictured menus that are on the walls and covered some brick classroom walls with butcher-paper windows. A student’s mother also is making awnings to add to the room. West said that her students look forward to the experiences. “It just opens up a world of opportunity to gain skills and they love hanging out in the studio apartment” and learning and sometimes, not even realizing it, she said. l

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Grace Lutheran School preschool through eighth-grade students paid tribute to not only the fallen, but those who emerged as heroes from the events that took place 20 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. As they listened to fourth-grade teacher Lindy Carlton outline the significance of that day, he explained to the students how “Never Forget” means that each year, people around the country pause to reflect and remember. He told students “how so many gave their lives to save others,” said Principal Shelly Davis. “He also talked about how we as a country came together after the tragedy to help and support one another.” Since the terrorist attack took place before the school children were born, Carlton encouraged older students to research how the day’s events impacted the nation. Then, fourth-grade students and Carlton lowered the American flag to half-mast and Grace Lutheran Church Pastor Anthony Masinelli closed the memorial service with “a prayer for our nation, for those that lost loved ones and for God’s guidance in our future,” Davis said. (Photo courtesy of Regena Persinger/Grace Lutheran School)

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Ghosting ghosts By Cassie Goff |


s the Halloween season looms near, the fear of supernatural beings does too. Decorations remind us of the existence of ghosts, vampires, goblins, werewolves, and other non-human creatures. We may even become a bit more startled by that unexplained noise in the middle of the night. We might wonder if others from beyond share our space. There are many stories, myths, and folklores concerning ghosts throughout historical contexts. The common foundational plot for all these tales is a spirit has moved on from its original form and is now somewhere between our world and the afterlife. Some lore focuses on the ghosts of animals and objects, but let’s focus on the human ghosts for now. Ghosts may be noticed through electromagnetic interference, a drop in temperature, items moving seemingly on their own, unrecognizable whispers or other audio abnormalities, and/or environmental features like fire, water, electricity, and wind behaving rather strangely. “Ghost Adventures,” a 19-season television show, sends out a crew to investigate hauntings. The crew members commonly have a variety of tools to help them locate ghosts through the avenues mentioned above. They even created their own device called the Extra Investigator Box which detects magnetic, infrared, and other physical events. If you’re not a star on this Travel Channel show, there are a few household devices that can help detect a ghost. Thermometers, infrared cameras, and motion detectors can be used to detect temperature changes and minimal motion changes. A tape recorder can be used to convert communication outside of our perceptual field into sensations humans can understand. Ghosts are often believed to be attached to a place, item or person. There are varying stories about why and or how ghosts stick

around, but regardless, they often do. Some cultures around the world welcome these ghosts, as they are believed to be visiting family members or other loved ones. In America, we often do not welcome ghosts and try to rid them from our spaces. If you do suspect a ghost to be in your space and wish to remove them, perhaps helping it to move on, what can you do? There are a few different recommendations from varying sources for getting rid of a ghost. Before diving into a few, let me provide a word of caution. When dealing with the supernatural, always do your research, be respectful and cautious, and stay aware. If you’re convinced a ghost is in your space, you might figure out why it’s there in the first place. Some believe a ghost can become attached to an item, location, or person, continually haunting them. Another belief is that a ghost has unfinished business. If possible, determine why a ghost is still lingering and then the more effective course of action would be to help the ghost resolve their business. However, if it’s impossible to figure out why a ghost is hanging around, there are some possible actions. A popular television series worldwide with 15 seasons in just as many years, “Supernatural,” shows audiences how “hunters” track monstrous creatures and rids them from this earthly plane. “Supernatural” shows perpetuate the idea that ghosts can be temporary eliminated with salt and iron. It is commonly believed that supernatural beings are aversive to salt. If known, hunters will try to salt or burn the bones or item the ghost is attached to. In addition, ghost-repelling spells are used in “Supernatural” when other avenues of riding a ghost fail to work, along with holy water. A common lore throughout contexts is that ghosts cannot enter or be on holy ground. Ghosts can be noticed by temperature changes, electromagnetic changes, or through differing cameras or lenses. (Photo courtesy of SuperHerftigGeneral)

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Suggestions from entertainment and television should be taken with a grain of salt though (no pun intended). Outside of entertainment, momentary interaction may be recommended. If you suspect a ghost is frequently hanging around, it may not be malicious. In which case, it is possible to speak directly to them. When talking to a ghost, experts believe it is important to set boundaries, be assertive, re-

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Local Sandy rider crowned at BMX state finals By Greg James |


MX racing in Salt Lake is a family sport that has seen an increase in participants over the last year. Racers as young as 3 took to the track at a national event in July and at the state finals in September. “I started racing when I was 10,” 2017 world champion Todd Parry said. “I have seen three-generation riders on the track: grandpa, grandma, son, daughter, grandson and granddaughter. Tell me another sport that the entire family can compete on the same track the same weekend.” Rad Canyon BMX track in West Jordan has become a nationally renowned facility. The finals held Sept. 11 boasted 260 riders and 64 motos (races), the most since 2017 at the facility. The two-day event crowned champions over several age groups and skill levels. While not the last race of the year at the outdoor facility, it does indicate a transition point to the indoor season. “I have loved BMX racing,” Parry said. “It is not like a team sport where you have to be there on game night and practice night. You can race as much as you want. If you want to go on vacation with the family, you can. You also progress on your own. When I get in the gate, it doesn’t matter who my sponsor is or who my dad or brother is, no

politics. Whoever gets to the stripe is the winner. The coach does not decide if you are going to play or not. You can take it as far as you want to.” Winners of the 2021 state finals included riders from across the state. Some of the season championships were decided by only a few points. “It was exciting to watch,” Rad Canyon officials said in unison. ”The competitiveness and camaraderie was just awe-inspring.” “We are spoiled to have Rad Canyon,” Parry said. “It is a top-notch track, and that is why we have national events here.” Rad Canyon opened in 1996 when it moved from its former location in Murray. The track has a large starting hill with an eight-position starting gate. Its three paved turns lead to long straightaways with a tabletop, roller and rhythm section. “The interest has grown [in BMX racing],” USA BMX Director of Nationals Race Operations Chris Luna said. “We have seen an increase in numbers in the last few years.” Knox Perkins of Sandy won the 9-yearold expert division. “I have traveled all over the country racing,” he said. “I think winning makes it fun.” Knox will spend approximately $20,000 this season on travel expenses, equipment and event fees. He raced in Belgium at the

The starting gate drops quickly into the first straightaway at Rad Canyon BMX track. (Greg James/ City Journals)

BMX world championships. “This is a great track, my home track,” Knox said. “I encourage my friends to try it out.” Rad Canyon races one night a week with multiple practice nights available. It will

transition to indoor racing in October and begin outdoor racing again next April. The track is staffed by volunteers, including officials, snack bar, starting gate, staging and scoring. l

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Salt Lake County parks continue to be a well loved resource


his past month I had the opportunity to meet with a constituent to walk around Swensen Valley Regional Park and hear issues of concern. I brought our Parks and Rec team along and we were thrilled to have the Mayor also join us. Our parks have been well loved the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic as people looked for opportunities to get out of the house. Community park spaces are a convenient, accessible place for residents to improve their quality of life. Proven benefits from time spent in parks include improved mental health, decreased blood pressure, and increased physical activity levels. Furthermore, parks improve air and water quality and can even increase property values. Many residents have said they enjoy the benefits of outdoor spaces in the company of their dogs. Dogs are allowed at all Salt Lake County parks provided they are on a leash which is controlled by the owner. In addition, there are other dog parks around the valley such as Millrace, Tanner, Sandy, Cottonwood and West Jordan Off-Leash Dog Park. The County also has an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service's Millcreek Canyon that allows dogs off-leash on the canyon trails on odd numbered days. Salt Lake County maintains more than 70 parks throughout the valley, ranging from small neighborhood parks to large regional parks, In 2020 Salt Lake County experienced a record

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Cross country 5A, 6A divisional race date changes; new venue set for state meet


hen 5A and 6A cross country runners line up on the start line at Lakeside Park for the divisional meets, they will have the opportunity to have their full varsity teams. In what is considered the qualifying meet for teams as well as individuals for the state competition, organizers had worked with coaches to determine a good meet date. For this year’s meet, it was voted on for Oct. 13—the same date as the statewide PSAT college entrance exam. The PSAT date likely wasn’t communicated to coaches or put on school calendars, so organizers were not aware of the conflict, said Randy Quarez, 5A representative for track and cross country with the Utah High School Track Coaches Association. “This has happened multiple times in my 24 years of coaching,” he said. “I used to have it happen with region cross country meets.” Quarez said that the conflict also could be that coaches discussed the date more than one year in advance, so it could have been the testing dates weren’t yet released at that time to high school counselors. Typically, high school sophomores and juniors take the PSAT standardized test administered by the College Board. The test measures readiness for college, serves as a

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By Julie Slama | practice test for college-entrance exams and is a determination for National Merit scholarships. Once learning about the conflict, Quarez quickly reached out to others in the Utah High School Track Coaches Association. After checking the park availability for the alternative date, Oct. 12, the meet date was changed so all student-athletes could participate. “We were able to move it. If we can fix it, we’ll fix it. It would have been a struggle for kids to do that test,” he said. The qualifying runners then will have more than two weeks to prepare for the state meet, which will be held on a new course this year. The course, which many teams ran in the pre-state multi-day meet in mid-September, is at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex, located off of Rose Park Lane. Utah High School Activities Association Assistant Director Jon Oglesby said there were multiple reasons for moving the meet site after more than 40 years of holding the state cross country race at Sugar House Park. Last year, it was held on the Soldier Hollow course in Midway. “Our state meet had outgrown Sugar House Park,” he said. Oglesby said the coaches’ association

was contacted to determine the best place with a course that coaches like, meets the needs of the student-athletes and what was wanted and needed, such as ample parking. “The Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City just east of the airport was the perfect spot,” Oglesby said. “It actually has a really nice setup.” He also said that “coaches more and more are wanting a flatter course that allows for fast times because that allows them to then compete and qualify into various postseason meets.” With the change of venue comes an admission charge. “That’s something that’s been talked about for quite a while. The expenses continue to rise every year and it’s hard for us to push forward with adding the other things that we want to add knowing that the expenses around even just hosting it are increasing,” he said. “Our coaches are really insistent on wanting chip timing where their splits are at the miles and on RunnerCard, it’s very easy to follow what’s going on. I think that’s a really wonderful thing for the kids, but there’s a cost associated with that.” Timing isn’t the only cost. The venue, officiating, athletic trainers, awards, dumpsters, portable restrooms and water are some other costs that contributed to the change in

At one of the pre-state races in mid-September, junior and senior girls try out the new state course, located at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex off of Rose Park Lane. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

charging admission, he said. Oglesby said the coaches have supported the change to the new course. “Our coaches are ecstatic about it,” he said. “I am hopeful that it will be a long-term venue for us.”. l

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here isn’t much that Park Lane Principal Justin Jeffery won’t do to motivate his students. That includes jumping out of a plane. “I am excited,” he said before the Sept. 25 tandem jump with an experienced skydiver from Skydive Utah. “I’ve always wanted to do this; it’s on my bucket list.” As part of the school’s Sept. 17 fun run, set to the school theme of a “New View in 2021-22,” Jeffery promised he’d skydive if students raised $12,000 for the PTA. As of the fun run, students had brought in $17,856, so the dive, which was donated, was planned for the next day. However, with inclement weather, it got postponed until Sept. 25, when Jeffery, his wife, Colleen, two daughters and school secretary, Jeannie Hill made the trip to Erda, about 40 miles west of the Sandy elementary school. “My daughter (Elizabeth, a second-grader) told me not to die before I boarded the plane,” he said; adding to one of the videos being made documenting his jump. “I think she was a little nervous.” Elizabeth wasn’t the only one, Jeffery shared. “It was a little terrifying at times,” he admitted. “We were crammed into the plane like sardines (as 15 people were jumping that day) and then the door opened. I got scared, like ‘I’m not 100 percent sure about this.’” Before arriving at the skydiving spot, he got strapped in with his experienced skydiver, who basically just started walking to the open door when it was time to jump. “He got up and started walking, and he’s bigger than me, so I was just kind of pushed along. Then, we just went out, not that I could stop it,” he said. “I was just falling in the sky; the wind was blowing hard. It was terrifying. It was exhilarating. I felt alive.” After doing a backward flip as soon as he exited the plane— which Jeffery had told his jump partner on the ground that ‘Dude, I’m up for whatever’ — Jeffery then grabbed ahold of the photographer’s ankle for a photo op. Not only did the photographer have a Go Pro and camera, but his jumping partner also had a Go Pro strapped to his wrist so the jump could be captured for his Park Lane community. Jeffery said after that initial exit

Park Lane Principal Justin Jeffery said the jump initially was not only terrifying, but also, exhilarating. (Photo courtesy of Skydive Utah)

from the plane, “I loved it.” He even steered the duo for a bit before handing over the controls to his partner. “Once the parachute opened and we did a flip, he asked me if I liked roller coasters. I told him ‘Heck ya’ and he said, ‘OK, here we go,’” Jeffery said. Jeffery, who said he’d jump again, said they would flip around doing a couple side twists before they “peacefully glided down” to the ground. He wore a Park Lane T-shirt, just like all the students wore as they participated in the one-mile fun run. Jordan High’s cross-country team helped the students warm up and ran with them through the neighborhood as Sandy Police ensured a safe passage for the elementary students’ run. “The Sandy City police were awesome,” Jeffery said. “(They) encouraged kids through the race, were cheering them on at the end,” in addition to closing roads to traffic and ensuring everyone had finished the run. Some years the fun run was moved to the school fields, but it returned to the streets this year. “It’s a lot of fun to have the parents and neighbors out cheering for the students running; it really makes it fun. It definitely makes it more of a community event,” said Jeffery, who joined the students. Like the skydiving, the fun run also was a family event for the principal. Jeffery’s son, Jacob, ran with his

cross country team with each grade level; Jeffery and his wife ran with Elizabeth, as she and other students earned funds for Reflections, Red Ribbon Week, field trips, class parties, reading wars, accelerated reading, spelling bee, as well as to provide grants to teachers for supplies and materials in the classroom. Jeffery has inspired his students to reach their goals by volunteering to ride a mechanical bull, be duct taped to a wall, sleep overmight on the school roof, dye his hair and take a pie to his face, which was his least favorite. “I don’t know what I’ll do next year; I would like to bungee jump. I’m not balanced enough to tight rope. I do jump off high dives (in a swimming pool); I’ve never had one I haven’t gone off. I used to (ski) jump as a kid; I’d ski on trails in the woods and find a jump to do a flip off of. I’m not a thrill junkie,” he said, admitting he wasn’t feeling too secure looking down while riding a Snowbird chairlift the day before. But skydiving, at a greater height, was for the students, he said. During the jump, he had each student’s name typed on a piece of paper, zipped in his pocket. “We said it was a ‘New View in 2021-22.’ So I was jumping for them; we’re in it together,” Jeffery said “That view was awesome. I could see everything, and it opened up a whole new world.” l

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Utah’s economy remains strong despite speed bump in recovery By Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank Senior Economist


e’ve hit a speed bump on the road to economic recovery. After several months of robust growth, August marked a pronounced slowing of the economy that caught many experts by surprise. Companies tapped the brakes on hiring, consumer confidence fell, and consumer demand weakened, according to September reports. The culprit, of course, is both new and familiar. The delta variant of COVID-19 brought another wave of uncertainty that’s impacted everything from in-person dining to hotel occupancy. Even Utah’s economy, which con-

tinues to outperform the rest of the nation, is feeling some effects. The Utah Consumer Confidence Survey showed a sharp decline in sentiment among Utahns between July and August of 2021, as measured by the Kem Gardner Policy Institute. Meanwhile, Utah’s two-year employment growth rate slowed to 3.8% in August, down from 4.2% in July, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Despite these setbacks, there are still many bright spots in the state and national economies. Utah continues to lead all states in job growth. In fact, Utah and Idaho continue to

be the only two states to have higher employment today compared to before the pandemic began. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.2% in August, while Utah’s already-low unemployment remained steady at 2.6%. Utah’s unemployment rate also continues to be among the lowest in the country, behind only Nebraska. In the Beehive State, six out of the 11 major industry sectors have posted job gains over the past 24 months. August’s job growth was robust by pre-pandemic standards, just not enough to close the gap of 5 million U.S. jobs that still need to be recovered to return to the previous peak. One of the main reasons the labor market continues to struggle is because employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find workers to fill job openings. There are now nearly 11 million job openings in America, but too many people remain on the sidelines and out of the labor force. That is causing wage pressure, with wages increasing 4.3% over the last year. Wage growth is usually a good thing, but right now it is adding to more inflationary pressure on the overall economy. While the labor shortage has been a dominant theme for months, an emerging trend is weakening consumer demand, driven by the delta variant. As the variant has spread, consumers have become more cautious. Custom-

er-facing businesses are bearing the brunt of this impact. In recent weeks, high-frequency economic indicators such as airline travel and restaurant bookings have dropped. The economy may have lost some momentum, but it’s still performing comparatively well in the midst a global pandemic. While we don’t know how long we’ll be dealing with the delta variant, there’s good reason to believe that economic recovery will pick up again as the current wave recedes. Robert Spendlove is senior economist for Zions Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A l



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elp Wanted,” “Join Our Team” and “Apply Today” signs hang in windows around town and job vacancy postings are plentiful. Businesses who survived Covid are now at risk of closing because the customers are there but they’re short on staff. Some have already closed and others have modified hours of operation due to staffing issues. Local business advisors agree that the solution lies with employers changing their ways and thinking outside the box to appeal to new hires. Bill Rappleye of the Draper Chamber of Commerce says employers not being able to find workers is very typical right now. “They’re all struggling attracting people. The workforce went through Covid, too. It’s affecting us all in one way or another. It’s more depressing now than it used to be. It’s hard to be enthusiastic, especially if you have a job that’s not super interesting,” he said. “These businesses have to face that challenge. They might have to do innovative things, use the resources they have to turn it around in a different way so people can see a different perspective, like offering educational or career paths. It’s a changing paradigm… people are changing and their expectations are changing. Employees need to have something that attracts them. Employers have got to make that job look more enticing.” Rappleye said even young employees want support, not just a paycheck, and employers need to properly train new employees so they’re fully competent. He gave the example of a new employee having to deal with a disgruntled customer who’s upset that the item they want isn’t available because of a supply chain issue, a situation over which the young employee has no control. “If you don’t know how to take care of a problem at work, it’s going to frustrate you and you’re probably going to quit,” he said. He said today’s young people are bright, capable, and looking for training on management basics, certifications they could use elsewhere in their career path, or college or course work paid for by the employer. “The young people don’t get too motivated by the stuff we did 20 or 30 years ago. The work place has changed dramatically, so they want to grow and develop. I believe the businesses who can pull that off in some manner will succeed. They’ve got to have more value than just the dollar.” Rappleye isn’t a fan of online hiring or what he called “robot recruiters.” He said it’s got to go back to real-

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ly scouring applications and looking for something that creates a personal connection between employee and employer. He also feels it’s about the workplace being like a family and understanding that employees are working for their families, so they need time off for family. In the case of a young, single person, Rappleye said that family is that individual employee, and they need time to pursue activities for their own well-being. Rosanne Simpson is Director of Business Development for the South Valley Chamber. She’s seen some employers get creative on finding new employees, such as a handyman who looked to high school woodshops to recruit, or businesses who find refugees who are ready for and grateful to work. Another creative approach she’s seen is the reformed felon program. While it might raise the employer’s insurance, it might also lead to an employee who’s grateful for a job. Simpson mentioned Simply Thai in Sandy as one example of innovation that’s led to new success. The restaurant has customers check in and order at the counter, wait 20 minutes, then proceed to their table when their food is ready.

“They don’t have all the wait staff, they just have food runners. It’s brilliant.” She also mentioned a West Jordan care facility that has great employee retention because of the culture they’ve created, even in an industry that has struggled to find and keep employees. “Employees want to feel like they have a purpose. The employee is now interviewing companies more than before. Now it’s ‘who supports my values, my culture, who gives me educational opportunities and opportunities to serve?’ Simpson said data shows that people also want flexibility, such as a hybrid option of sometimes working from home, along with time to serve and volunteer without using paid time off. According to Simpson, the average employee is staying at a company for three years, so employers need to figure out how to streamline the training process, knowing that’s often the case. “If we think people aren’t going to be leaving after three years, we’re silly. This new norm is what it is. We have to change our perception,” Simpson said. Both Simpson and Rappleye pointed to Chick-fil-A as a strong example of doing business right. Simpson said

the company’s sales increased 40% over 2019. Rappleye said the company spends a lot of time and money on training and allows general managers to have part ownership in their stores. Simpson and Rappleye agree that today’s managers can’t be mean or inflexible because employees won’t tolerate that. “They can’t take for granted that employees are going to stick around. It used to be managers managed everyone the same, but you have to manage each employee differently. How they respond to motivation is so different for each employee,” Simpson said. “Managers have got to be allowed to innovate. That’s upper management that’s got to open that door. It’s a new time, and one of the things you have to do when you own a business is stay up to date and use that knowledge in your business,” Rappleye said. Writer’s Note: The Draper Chamber of Commerce closed its doors Sept. 30. Draper City now works with the South Valley Chamber of Commerce which serves the communities of Draper, Sandy and Riverton and whose membership spans the Wasatch Front and beyond. l

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Corner Canyon student gathers donations for Bell View Elementary By Justin Adams |


ome Bell View Elementary students will be sporting new backpacks, full of school supplies, hygiene items, a water bottle, a book to read and a coloring book to complete, thanks to the generosity of one Corner Canyon High School student who took it upon herself to gather donations for school children in need. It was more than the simple explanation of “I love helping people and this summer I had tons of time” for senior Emilee Larisch, who with the help of family, friends and people she didn’t even know, filled 100 backpacks available for kindergartners through fifth-graders. “I have a relative who works in a Title I-type school in California, and it broke my heart hearing about some of the conditions of children. Some of them sleep on the floor, in cars or in homeless shelters and so I reached out to the principal at Bell View and asked how I could help,” Larisch said, adding that she chose Bell View because her step-father attended the elementary. Tamra Baker became principal of Bell View in July. “I was absolutely delighted and surprised to hear from Emilee last summer when she texted me and asked if I’d like to have her work on a project for Bell View students,” Baker said. “There was only one answer to that when I heard her dream: ‘Absolutely!’” Larisch went to work, posting on social media the need for school supplies and hygiene items. “Tons of people wanted to donate. I set up an Am-

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