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n the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorists aboard three hijacked passenger planes carried out attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field after crew and passengers attempted to take control of the hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks that shocked the nation and became the deadliest foreign assault on U.S. soil. The country crumbled for a bleak moment as friends, family and loved ones became engulfed with despair. Yet, just as quickly as those were lost, America unwaveringly transformed into the proud and strong “United We Stand.” “Twenty years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, three determined firemen managed to raise the American flag on a mangled flagpole amid the vast destruction at ground zero,” said Paul Swenson, president of the Colonial Flag Foundation Board of Trustees. “Within 24 hours, individuals across the country saw the first sign of hope rising from the ashes. From that powerful image of hope and strength, woven in the Stars and Stripes, came the inspiration for the first Healing Field display of flags.” The 20th annual Healing Field Flag Memorial, organized by the non-profit Colonial Flag Foundation and Utah Healing Field Committee, will take place at the Sandy City Promenade, at 10000 Centennial Parkway, from Sept. 8-13. On Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m., volunteers will post more than 3,300 flags in remembrance of the 2,977 victims of the terrorist attacks, our Utah fallen soldiers, and first The 20th annual Healing Field Flag Memorial, organized by the non-profit Colonial Flag Foundation and Utah Healing Field Board, will take Continued page 4

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Continued from front page responders who have died since 9/11. On Sept.9, the field will officially open to the public. Visitors can read the personalized tags attached to the flags with each victim’s name and a short bio. In addition, there will be a 14-poster exhibit from the 9/11 Memorial Museum titled “September 11th, 2001: The Day That Changed the World.” “My hope is that each of us will slow down, walk through the flags alone or with our children and remember that day 20 years ago when we lost so many and stood together,” said Swenson. On Sept.10, Rockin Hot Rod Productions hosts the “United We Stand” classic car show featuring local cars in the parking lot of the Aetna building at 10150 South Centennial Parkway, from 5-8 p.m.. The event will include awards, raffles, and food trucks. Following the car show will be a “One Light, One Life” luminaria light display by Real Salt Lake. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at 6 p.m. to help Real Salt Lake and mascot Leo the Lion place luminaries by each flag to light up the field. The tribute represents light through darkness, offering hope and healing to friends and families who lost loved ones that day. On Sept. 11, the day’s events begin with a “Ride to Remember” motorcycle ride. Riders will meet at Barbary Coast Saloon (4242 South State Street), at 6 p.m., then proceed to Sandy City Hall with a police escort. At 7 p.m., Conner Gray Covington will conduct the Utah Symphony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Covington states, “All of us at the Utah Symphony are honored to partner with Utah Healing Field to present a concert to commemorate the tragic events of that day. We’ve chosen music that will provide a sense of comfort and healing to the audience but will also serve as a way to promote a feeling of optimism and unity moving forward.”“

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On Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m., south of Sandy City Hall on the promenade, volunteers will post 3,300 flags in remembrance of the 2,977 victims of the terrorist attacks, Utah fallen soldiers and first responders who have died since 9/11. (Photo courtesy Colonial Flag Foundation)

The symphony will perform John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen,” Elgar’s “Nimrod” from “Enigma Variations,” Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and Valerie Coleman’s “Umoja: An Anthem for Unity.” Tickets for this performance are available at utah20th. The performance is in conjunction with the annual “Honoring the Fallen” from each branch of the United States Military, including all fallen soldiers and first responders from the state of Utah. The patriotic observance includes the national anthem, a flyover by four F-35s performed by Hill Air Force

Base, the presentation of the colors, a 21-gun salute, a bugle performance of “Taps,” and a performance by The Utah Pipe Band, all until 8:30 p.m. Funds raised through donations and sales and the event will support ongoing charitable programs of the Colonial Flag Foundation. These programs include service dogs for veterans, child abuse prevention, food banks, homes for heros and homeless veterans assistance. Two decades later, hundreds of organizations have hosted Colonial Flag Foundation programs, raising millions of dollars for




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fter taking a year off for COVID-19 in 2020, the Sandy Balloon Festival made a triumphant return to Storm Mountain Park on Aug. 13-14. Hundreds of residents gathered bright and early to watch more than a dozen hot air balloons ascend into the sky. l

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ktoberfest is back after a long year in suspension due to COVID. Snowbird’s Oktoberfest is one of Utah’s largest festivals. It is family-friendly with food, activities, live music and brews. The free festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays, running from Aug. 14 through Oct.17, from noon until 6 p.m. each day. . Oktoberfest features 18 fun activities to attract guests and keep them coming back. Activities include the Mountain Coaster, Woodward WreckTangle and Alpine Slide. The festival includes street performers, smoked meats from Traeger, face painting, traditional Bavarian bratwurst, and pretzels. The Utah Jazz and Snowbird Ski Resort have an apparel line that is available at the merchandise tent, along with Oktoberfest items. “We could not be more excited to welcome our Snowbird community back to the mountains to celebrate this favorite Utah tradition with us. Oktoberfest has been taking place at Snowbird since 1972, bringing our community together for fun and festivities for the last 49 years. We are glad to be able to offer the experience again in a welcoming, outdoor environment,” said Dave Fields, Snowbird President and General Manager. Military Appreciation Days are Aug. 14,15, 21 and 22 with tram rides free for active and retired military, and their immediate family with valid ID. Labor Day weekend is a tribute to the original Oktoberfest, the Grand Entry of the Breweries in Munich, Germany. Sept. 5. is the beard and mustache competition presented by the Salty Saints Social Club. Bring your own mustache and beard or

wear a fake mustache and beard. Any style of facial hair and whiskers are accepted. Daily from noon to 6 p.m., enjoy polka dancing to live music inside the Oktoberfest Halle. On the Chickadee Stage, there are daily performances from 2 - 5 p.m. with music from local musicians, weather permitting. Harry Lee and the Back Alley Blues band performed on the Chickadee Stage Aug.15, 2020, the second day of Oktoberfest. The audience enjoyed listening and dancing on the lawn to this band with the beautiful mountains surrounding them. “It is great to play live music at Snowbird Oktoberfest with the surroundings of the Utah mountains. We enjoy playing in this event. Our band has enjoyed playing Oktoberfest off and on since the ‘90s,” said Michael Ricks, bass guitarist for Harry Lee and the Back Alley Blues Band. The history of Oktoberfest started in 1810 to celebrate the October marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. Citizens were invited to join in the festivities which were held over five days in front of the city gates. The main event of the original Oktoberfest was a horse race. It has come a long way since only a horse race. In Utah 1972, Oktoberfest took place one year after Snowbird opened and has been a staple event for 49 years, with food, brews, live-music and fun activities for the whole family. For more information about Oktoberfest, reach out to Snowbird Communications Manager, Sarah Sherman at ssherman@ l

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Increasing Use of Technology Strengthens Communities By Bryan Thomas, Vice President of Engineering, Comcast Mountain West Region The internet is a powerful resource for furthering education, assisting with job searches, tracking your benefits, engaging in telehealth and keeping up with life. There’s no doubt, having access to the internet is more important than ever. And teams of hi-tech experts are working nonstop to provide Americans with internet access. In fact, Comcast and others in the broadband industry have invested nearly $2 trillion since 1996 to build some of the world’s fastest, most resilient, and most widely deployed networks anywhere—a remarkable commitment by any standard. ACCESS vs. ADOPTION As we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, we are seeing that access isn’t the only gap to bridge. What often stands in the way of connectivity are roadblocks to broadband adoption, be it language barriers, lack of knowledge of available options, privacy concerns and more. Across Denver, and in metropolitan areas around the country, most homes have multiple

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Back-to-School Shopping Costs More this Year By Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank Senior Economist


arents with school-aged children have probably noticed that backto-school shopping is costing more this year. Spending on school supplies is expected to hit an all-time high of $850 for the average family in 2021, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s about $60 more than last year. And families of college students are paying even more, with an average spend of $1,200, up $140 from last year. Of course, inflation is affecting much more than just school supplies. Over the past year, we’ve seen price growth across nearly all spending categories, with higher sticker prices everywhere from the grocery store to the gas pump. This is the result of pent-up demand as well as supply chain delays. Fortunately, it looks like price gains may be moderating. In July, the Consumer Price Index had its smallest month-tomonth increase since February after reaching a 13-year high in June. Still, inflation is well above pre-pandemic levels, with consumer prices increasing 5.4% over the past year. When it comes to school expenses, your pocketbook may feel the sting in a few areas: • Clothing prices have jumped

4.2% over the past year, with girls’ apparel up 5% and boys’ apparel up 2.6%. • Replacing outgrown kids’ shoes with new ones will cost 3.6% more than last year, while footwear overall is up 4.6%. • Educational books and supplies have ticked up 2.6% since last year. • Prices on personal computers, including tablets, desktop computers and laptops, are 3.7% higher than last year, due in part to a global chip shortage pushing up prices. • Packing your child’s lunchbox is more expensive than last year, with food prices up 3.4%. • The school carpool has gotten much more expensive, with gas prices jumping 41.8% year over year. How long will price gains continue? That’s the big question economists are debating right now. Some are concerned that these inflationary increases could continue to build because of increased federal spending and low interest rates. Others say these price

increases are temporary and will slow down when the current supply chain disruptions start to recede. The surge in COVID cases tied to the delta variant could also slow price increases as consumers pull back on spending amid concerns about the virus, but no one wants that solution to inflationary pressures. Regardless of whether price increases slow in the future, we won’t see immediate relief on family budgets this back-to-school season. However, Utahns can take heart in the latest jobs report that shows our economy remains among the best in the nation. Beehive State employment increased 4.2% from July 2019 to July 2021, compared to a 2.8% decline nationally, according to Utah’s Department of Workforce Services. Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate of 2.6% is near historic lows, compared to 5.4% unemployment nationally. Despite the challenges of the past year and a half, our state’s economy has shown itself to be resilient and continues to perform well. Robert Spendlove is senior economist for Zions Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A

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Gondolas or buses? Sandy City says ‘either one’ for Little Cottonwood Canyon By Justin Adams |


or over a year now, the Utah Department of Transportation has been working on coming up with a solution for the traffic problems that plague Little Cottonwood Canyon during the winter months. After studies and rounds of citizen feedback, it has narrowed down to two “preferred alternatives” - a rapid bus transit system or a gondola system. Given that either system will originate at the mouth of Little Cottonwood, and that users will have to travel on Sandy roads to even reach that point, UDOT’s decision will obviously have a big impact on Sandy residents. So which option does the Sandy City Council prefer? Well, both of them. (As long as they’re done right.) A draft letter to UDOT from Mayor Kurt Bradburn reads, “We recognize that there are pros and cons to each of the proposals and depending upon how the selected transportation plan is implemented, either alternative could have significant long-term consequences for Sandy City.” The letter then goes on to lay out Sandy’s main concerns. The most important issue for the city is water quality. With so much of the city’s water coming out of Little Cottonwood Creek, any major construction projects within the

canyon could be potentially dangerous for the city’s drinking water supply. “Regardless of which transportation alternative is selected, every precaution and best management practices must be used to minimize any negative impact to the stream and the watershed, both in the design and construction of the transportation improvements,” reads the letter. Another one of the city’s concerns is a lack of traffic impact studies focused on the east-west corridors within Sandy City. A current study being done by UDOT only considers how people will travel to the new transportation hub from the north driving along Wasatch Boulevard. Of just as much importance (if not more) according to Sandy City, is analyzing the potential impacts and needed improvements to 9400 South. In explaining his position to the City Council during an Aug. 17 meeting, Bradburn said he “fully believes” that both a rapid bus system and a gondola will be implemented eventually. “In theory we can support both, but we have to see the details,” he said. One secondary detail is whether or not the new transportation system will be accompanied by the implementation of a toll for driving

The two preferred transportation alternatives were chosen because they met two of UDOT’s goals: mobility and reliability. (File photo Joshua Wood/City Journals)

up the canyon. “We have to have things that encourage people to change their behavior. We have to have something that gets people out of their cars and into transit,” said Council member Marci Houseman, who represents the city on

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Brooke’s Voting Record √ Supports Police and Fire with additional staff and pay grade adjustments √ Supports Increased transparency by live streaming, term limits & campaign donation caps √ Supports Increased Public Notification requirements for rezones in neighborhoods

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Sandy Amphitheater Season ................ 2

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BRADBURN BRIEF Dear Sandy Resident, Summer is winding down but there are still plenty of fun activities around the city to enjoy. The Sandy Amphitheater is in full swing and will welcome some really exciting artists to end the season. We have partnered with a fantastic concert promoter who has access to some of the best musicians in the country. This partnership also brings down the city’s costs to run the amphitheater. If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend a concert at the amphitheater you are really missing out! Check out the upcoming artists at There have been a lot of misconceptions about the status of the bulk waste program and the needs to make some tweaks to the popular program. Sandy City has a storm water permit that is managed by the State of Utah Department of Environmental Quality, which is in turn directed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Storm water runs into the Jordan River and into the Great Salt Lake, both are precious resources that need to be protected. In an effort to keep our storm waters clean, the city has to comply with these permit regulations. By putting bulk waste on the streets, there is real risk to polluting the storm water and the potential for the city to lose its storm water permit and face fines from the DEQ. The city council has been hard at work finding a solution that will address keeping the storm drains clean and maintain the program. It will mostly run as usual this fall but there may be small changes in the future. All efforts will be made to continue to provide this valuable service to Sandy residents. To learn more about what materials are acceptable to put out for bulk waste pick up and find your pick-up day please visit Don’t forget you can always engage with us at sandy.utah. gov 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

The Building Division The Building Division is housed within the Community Development Department and plays a crucial role in ensuring that commercial and residential structures are built within standards set by local, state, federal, and international codes. A building permit is required for almost all construction projects within Sandy City as per the International Building Code (some exceptions apply). The Building Division works to ensure that structures within the City meet the required safety regulations that have been adopted by the State of Utah as well as Sandy City. This effort includes several inspections to be completed at specific stages of construction to check not only structural integrity, but electrical, plumbing, and other aspects that may affect owners, residents, visitors, and other members of the public. The process includes the following steps: • Plan Review: Plans for construction must be submitted to our office for review to check for compliance with building, fire, and zoning codes. Plans certified by a licensed engineer are often

required to provide additional reassurance that the construction method is sound. Multiple departments of the City may be involved in this review depending on the complexity of the project. When the plans can demonstrate compliance, a permit is issued. • Inspections: Once a permit is issued, required inspections are requested by the builder and performed by our certified inspectors at specific stages of construction. When all work is completed satisfactorily, a final inspection is performed, and if passed, the work is declared complete, and a Certificate of Occupancy may be issued (depending on the project). If you have questions about building permits or if one is required, you may call (801) 568-7251. To submit a building permit, please use our new online portal at (you can also check the status of any existing permits and schedule inspections here).

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Prepare to Protect - Preparing for disasters is protecting those you love

National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” Each week in September, set a goal to focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families, and communities. Week 1 Sept. 1–4: Make A Plan Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus. Week 2 Sept. 5–11: Build A Kit Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control. Week 3 Sept. 12–18: Prepare for Disasters Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved. For further information on disaster preparedness, please visit To stay connected and receive the latest emergency updates from Sandy City, please sign up to receive alerts via Citizen Connect:

Ranked Choice Voting for 2021 Elections On April 20, the Sandy City Council voted to participate in the Municipal Alternative Voting Methods pilot project for the 2021 Municipal Elections. This voting method is better known as Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). Because of this decision, the primary election was eliminated, and the declaration of candidacy was in August. The residents of Sandy will use RCV via Vote By Mail or on election day in the general election on Nov. 2, 2021. In 2018, the Utah legislature passed the Municipal Alternative Voting Methods Pilot Project. In 2021, the Legislature required county election officers statewide to make RCV available as an alternative voting method in municipal elections. For details and helpful videos on RCV, visit


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QUICK TIPS – Winterizing Irrigation Systems Though it may seem early to think about winterizing your irrigation systems, the first frost is just around the corner! On average, Sandy City’s first frost occurs mid-October. It is important to properly prepare your system before it gets too cold to prevent broken sprinkler lines and flooded yard areas. As many of us know well, failure to prepare in the fall can mean lots of costly repairs in the spring. Use the following checklist to help you get ready: 1. Shut down the stop-and-waste valve 2. Insulate any above ground components: pipes, main shut off valves, backflow preventers 3. Drain each sprinkler line by opening individual drain lines or blowing out the line with compressed air 4. If you have a smart or automatic controller, make sure to turn your system off If in doubt, call a local irrigation expert! For more tips on how to prepare your yard and garden for the coming winter, please visit:



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The pool has gone to the dogs! Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome to take a dip in our pool. Humans are not allowed in the pool at any time during the event. Location: Alta Canyon Sports Center 9565 S. Highland Dr. Cost: $12 per dog with owner – $3 per additional dog Date: Sept. 11 and 18 Time: 9 a.m. to noon


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Get to know the equipment in the cardio and weight rooms with a guided tour. Every first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. Reserve your spot online.

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River Oaks Golf Course 9300 South Riverside Drive, Sandy, Utah (801) 568-4653 RIVER OAKS GOLF COURSE River Oaks Golf Course at Sandy City is centrally located in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley in Sandy, Utah. Its unique proximity to the Jordan River makes for an unforgettable 18 holes of golf. With water or wetlands in play on almost every hole, a premium is placed on accuracy from tee shots to approach shots. With a par of 70 and a total length of just over 6500 yards from the championship tees, River Oaks offers something for every golfer and every skill level. Top amateurs who love to test their abilities rave about the playability of our course and the quality of our greens! The front nine at River Oaks winds alongside the Jordan River and accompanying wetlands. With two par 5s and some short par 4s, there are opportunities for scoring, but the front nine is considered the harder of two nines. If you look hard enough you may see an eagle or even a fox. There are many species of wildlife that call River Oaks home. The back nine is by far the most popular stretch of the holes at River Oaks. With several elevation changes and a more secluded feel, our back nine demands focus and attention on every shot. With the addition of the popular Sandy City Urban Fishery adjacent to holes 12 and 13, the back nine is a scenic and pleasant way to spend your time. After a round of golf at River Oaks, enjoy a cold drink and a meal at our café’ and snack bar. ISSUE #85

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Browse our full service and well stocked pro shop or utilize our state-of-the-art practice facility which is one of the best in the state. Our friendly staff can give you a lesson or fit you with the latest in golf equipment.

Fall is the most beneficial time to fertilize your lawn. Temperatures between 58–65 degrees are optimal for root growth and slowing top growth. Fertilizing at this time will promote the roots to store more energy, benefitting the grass as it comes out of dormancy in the spring.




Ryan Holt, an instructor at River Oaks, was selected on Golf Digest’s Best Instructor in State List for 2017–2018. Ryan teaches with video analysis and a trackman launch monitor. The trackman measures many variables including club speed, club path, face angle, distance the ball goes, spin rate, and launch angle among other things. Using the trackman makes it easy to see exactly where your inconsistencies lie. This in turn makes it easy to fix and helps not to give you too many thoughts during the lesson. At the end of the lesson, you’ll receive a summary video so you can remember what was discussed. Lesson Cost: $120 for 50 minutes $500 for 5 50-minute lessons From club fitting standpoint, using the trackman ensures that you get the correct club head and shaft combination that will help you hit the ball the longest that your club head will allow. Plus, you get to see the ball fly outside, not into a net. Fittings are FREE! If you purchase the club from River Oaks. Otherwise, they are $80.

Another factor to consider is reducing water. Avoid using the “set and forget” method of watering. Become familiar with your irrigation controllers and make the appropriate and frequent adjustments to limit overwatering and expensive water bills. Water usage should be reduced significantly in the fall. A good rule of thumb is to water deeply and infrequently to promote good root growth. Early fall is also a great time to aerate your lawn. It is best to avoid aeration in the summer, as the turf is already stressed from the heat. When temperatures begin to decline, aeration provides a great opportunity to reduce compaction and allow more oxygen into the soil. If the turf grass is thin or in need of repair, over seeding the lawn after aeration will help with seed germination. P A G E


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SANDY HIKING CLUB Come out and enjoy the many miles of hiking trails within Sandy. The 42+ miles of trails interconnect and can take you throughout the city limits and up into the foothills of the Wasatch Front. Dates: TBA Starts the week of Aug. 30 (4 hikes) Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m. Cost: $20 Sandy Resident $25 Non-Resident Register: Description: • Must be able to hike 1 mile at a 10% grade on their own. • Must wear good hiking shoes and bring water to each hike. • Those under 16 years of age must have an Adult (21 & older) registered and participate as well.


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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 5:00 p.m. Online Registration: Closes on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 a.m. Packet pick-up: Friday, Nov. 12 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., 440 East 8680 South Late Registration: Nov. 11–13, in-person only! Late Registration Fee: $30/individual or $25/family or groups Day of race registration at Lone Peak Park from 9–9:45 a.m. To register or for more information visit

JR. JAZZ BASKETBALL Registration for the 2021–22 Jr. Jazz Basketball begins Sept. 7. More detailed information available Registration Information Deadline for Grades 1–8: Oct. 20 Deadline for Kindergarten: Nov. 17 Deadline for Grades 9–12: Nov. 17


Friday & Saturday, Sept. 24–25 Friday late afternoon/evening Saturday 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Times are estimated and subject to change! Cost: $40/team Divisions: Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles (2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5) Deadline: Sept. 13 For more information visit us at

FALL SANDY SOCCER ACADEMY Instructors and staff will be provided by Utah Avalanche Soccer Club. Each week we build on what’s learned from the previous weeks. Curriculum for the various age groups will be modified based on current skill levels of the players in an age group. Registration includes Academy t-shirt and soccer ball. Visit our website for more details Day/Time: Mondays & Tuesdays, 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. Age: 3–8 years old Dates: Mondays: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11 or Tuesdays: Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12 Location: Lone Peak Park, 10140 S 700 E Register:



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Bulk Waste Program Guidelines [FALL 2021] Scavenging is discouraged!


Place bulk waste curbside no sooner than 72 hours prior to your scheduled collection date (noted on reverse side)* or no later than 7:00am on your scheduled date. Residents can be cited for items placed out too early.


Place all GREEN WASTE (branches, shrubs, wood) in one pile. Place all OTHER TRASH into a separate pile.


72 hours

Lawnmowers and other similar items must have the oil and gasoline removed.


All materials including tree limbs and stumps should be cut into 4 foot lengths and be no more than 18” in diameter.

Do not put waste on the parkstrip, against a fence, on top of a utility box or storm water inlet grate, or within 3' of a fire hydrant. Put the pile in the street.

Don’t park within 15 feet of either pile.


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55 gallon containers must be emptied and have either the tops removed or be cut in half.


If you hire a landscaper or contractor to do work at your home, they are responsible for removing and disposing all debris.

Loose material (leaves, twigs, pine needles, wood chips, etc.) should be placed inside trash bags or boxes. Hauling bulk waste to another location is considered illegal dumping. If you see this, please get the license plate number and contact the Police Dept at 801-799-3000.

Items Sandy City WILL NOT pick up

It is critical that debris and contaminants stay out of our storm water system.

Rocks, concrete, gravel, dirt or sod.

Construction debris such as sheetrock, tiles, glass, roofing materials or bricks.

Vehicle parts, tires or propane tanks.

Oil, gas, batteries, paint, flammable, toxic or hazardous chemicals. For disposal of household hazardous waste call Salt Lake County Health Department at (385) 468-3862.

Items containing a refrigerant such as

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.





First Aid, CPR and AED Class

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Healing Field Volunteer Assembly

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Healing Field Taps Performance by YMA

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Car Show / Light the Night

5–8 p.m.

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Charley Jenkins - Simply Charley

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Healing Field Memorial Ride / Ceremony

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Healing Field Volunteer Assembly

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First Aid, CPR and AED Class

6–10 p.m.

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David Archuleta

7:30 p.m.

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Modest Mouse

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Big Fish

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John Legend

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you to popular Halloween tunes. There are two options for enjoying our menu. You can order from your table, in the traditional way. Come 30 minutes prior and order from your server once you have found your seat. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask while you are in the theater, we will still be offering food service one hour beforehand in our banquet area. If you prefer this option, just text our main number, 801-266-2600, that you want a reservation. CALENDAR: “Les Miserables: Less Miserable Than 2020” Plays August 26 - November 6, 2021 Check our website for showtimes: Tickets: Adults: $26.95, Children: $15.95 (Children 12 and under) 4861 S. State Street, Murray, UT 84107 Text 801.266.2600 for dinner reservations For additional information, visit our website at www.DesertStarPlayhouse. com


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Waterford senior represents Utah at Boys Nation By Julie Slama |


hile Boys State 2021 was virtual and “a little lackluster,” American Legion Boys Nation turned out to be “incredible,” according to Waterford School senior Roman Schlichter. While virtual, Boys State couldn’t have many of the opportunities and camaraderie that students experience in person, Schlichter said, he was grateful to be elected to go to Boys Nation, July 23-30 in Washington, D.C. Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. “I felt like I went from being the big fish to being the little fish when you’re surrounded by 99 other individuals who are just as smart as you are,” he said. “The program itself, it had us working like 18 hours per day; we barely had time for sleep. It was jammed pack, working in committees to pass legislation that we all had written.” During the eight days at Boys Nation, 100 students or mock senators learned a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. They were divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, and each conducted a party convention, set a platform and

nominated members for elected offices. Schlichter, and other senators, wrote, introduced and debated bills of their choosing before an appropriate Senate committee, and if successful at that level, the legislation will be voted on by the whole Senate. Bills passing the Senate are later signed or vetoed by the Boys Nation president. Schlichter’s bill was on creating a STEM grant program to help fund Title I school STEM programs. “It really targets that bottom quarter of schools to create more options for them to get grants so they can increase their STEM program,” he said. “You can learn there’s so many schools that can’t even afford computers for students. In a world like ours where technology is so fundamental to everything we do, I think not being able to have access to technology is such a detriment for students that it just needs to be addressed.” Bills ranging from minimum wage to insulin price caps were on the schedule to discuss. Thirty-eight bills passed during the week-long session; Schlichter’s didn’t make it onto the floor. “It actually was way more divided than I expected. I expected the education bill to pass easily, but there are a lot of people who are against it because it’s providing

funding to Title I students than some of the larger public schools,” he said. During the week, he spoke with Utah Sen. Mike Lee about their shared Boys Nation experiences, Lee’s policies and about his view of the economic side of the Choice Act., which he introduced into legislation. Schlichter said he contacted Lee’s administrative team During the second day of American Legion Boys Nation, Waterford senior and about his STEM bill. Utah mock senator Roman Schlichter applauds during the first senate session. “I want to actu- (Photo courtesy of American Legion Boys Nation) ally try to get it into ernment, and I think they honestly fostered legislature. Hopefully in the next month or more of a love for politics.” two, I actually can talk to him about my bill Schlichter, who is a scholar with disand, hopefully, get his approval where he tinction at Waterford, plans to study law could take it to Congress,” Schlichter said. “I after graduation. As a student, he runs cross think the biggest takeaway [of Boys Nation] country, is a national debater, competes in was just insight into the political system. I his school’s science Olympiad and ethics think the biggest thing for me was just learnbowl and has been a volunteer with Bad Dog ing how the Senate works, how your actions Arts. l happen, where power comes from in gov-

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BMX families take on Great Salt Lake Nationals 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 three took to the track at a national event in July. Several Utah residents brought home trophies. “I started racing when I was 10,” the 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 track hosted the annual Great Salt Lake Nationals July 30-Aug. 1. The event featured 899 unique riders from six countries and 31 states. This was the 30th consecutive year of the event (it was canceled last season because of the pandemic). On Saturday, July 31, at the nationals event they ran 229 motos (races), an increase of more than 30 from two years ago. “The interest has grown,” 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 nineyear-old expert division in Saturday’s racing. “I have traveled all over the country racing,” Perkins said. “I think winning makes it fun.” Perkins will spend approximately $20,000 this season for travel expenses, equipment and event fees. He raced in Belgium at the BMX world championships. “This is a great track, my home track. I

encourage my friends to try it out,” Perkins said. “We are spoiled here in Utah to have Rad Canyon,” Parry said. “It is a top-notch track and that is why we have national events here.” USA BMX is the sanctioning body that oversees nearly 70,000 riders and 375 tracks across the country. They also oversee the National team. BMX racing made its Olympic debut in the 2008 Beijing games. Connor Fields from Las Vegas is a member of the national team and competed in the Tokyo Olympics. He was the defending gold medalist and suffered an injury in the semifinals race. 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 stating gate. It’s three paved turns lead to long straightaways with a table top, roller and rhythm section. “The reason I loved BMX is that you can race when you want,” 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.” Parry currently lives in Eagle Mountain and has officially retired from the sport although he still shows up and races once in a while. l

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What is an RDA, or Redevelopment Agency? Most Salt Lake County cities have one. Each agency has a single goal: Bring neglected parts of the city back to life. Why would a city invest time and money, rather than leave development up to the economy? Cody Hill, Midvale RDA manager, explained during a discussion about the Midvale Main Street project. “The basic philosophy is you have an area that is not growing for whatever reason. We can do nothing, and we’ll get the same tax dollars.” If the city puts in money and effort to rebuild the area, the tax income will increase. City assistance can also help reduce crime, attract new jobs, improve roads and utilities and in turn stimulate private investment in homes and surrounding areas. Council and staff find a “blighted” area they want to rebuild. They define the borders, and research costs and potential benefits a revival would have. Before a project is started, a public hearing is held, then the council votes to open the project and begins working. The RDA decision makers are the city council members, but meetings are held separately from city council meetings. Meetings are typically on the same day as a council meeting. The council will adjourn the city council and reopen as RDA. The RDA has a separate budget and does not collect taxes like the city government. The RDA gets its money from nearby taxing entities (organizations that collect taxes) such as the city, school districts, water conservation districts, libraries, etc. Each entity collects taxes from residents and businesses in its area. A taxing entity will promise the RDA a portion of what they collect over a future period of time, for instance, 5, 10 or 20 years. All the taxing entities benefit from this agreement because as areas are improved, there is more tax money

to collect from increased active businesses and residents. Overall, all groups benefit. The RDA is also able to issue bonds to bring in money. A bond is a term-specific loan to the city that is paid by investors that the RDA pays back in the future Canyons School District, Unified Fire Authority, Midvale City and South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District all contributed some of their income to fund the reconstruction of the Midvale Main Street area. The property is currently worth $53 million. Each taxing entity that is diverting some of their future funds will get more money as the property values increase with the development. “If [they] will funnel 60% of the increased value over $53 million, we can increase the total taxable cost in this area,” Hill said. “They’ll get 40% of the increased value, which is projected to cover growth. Once that cap is hit, the school district will get 100%.” Other areas currently have RDAs, such as Draper and South Salt Lake. Draper has a 69-acre project called Sand Hills near 1300 East and Draper Parkway. According to the Draper City website, ‘The original purpose of the Sand Hills Project Area was to stabilize and strengthen the commercial business and economic base of the City.’ South Salt Lake is working on a project just north of I-80 and south of 2100 South. The new South city mixed-use project is in the zone, getting financing from the Zueller Apartments that were developed five to 10 years ago. South Salt Lake also has a project along 3900 South, east of State Street. Basically, they are using the power of the RDA to bring mixed-use projects. City Journals writer Bill Hardesty also contributed to this report. l

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Adversity didn’t deter these students’ accomplishments to get a college education By Julie Slama |


tah State University, Missouri Valley College, Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah will enroll some recent Canyons School District graduates, thanks to the Canyons Education Foundation. Six graduates from the class of 2021 were awarded partial scholarships to further their education. The annual Bright Star Scholarship of $1,000 was also awarded to seniors from each high school in Canyons School District who has shown improvement or exemplary effort in working toward the goal of post-secondary education. This year’s scholarship recipients are Saskia Paepke-Chile, Alta High; Sean Spackman, Brighton High; Abbey Aamodt, Corner Canyon High; Martha Lopez Rodriguez, Diamond Ridge High; Miriam Camacho, Hillcrest High; and Elijah Martin; Jordan High. Brighton’s Hailey Timm was awarded $2,500, the Rising Star Scholarship for having “risen” above trying circumstances either in family life, financially, emotionally or scholastically; Timm and all scholarship winners are dedicated to furthering their education, said Denise Haycock, Canyons Education Foundation development officer. For Timm, the road hasn’t been easy as she has achieved despite “the adversity she

has faced,” said Brighton band director Mikala Mortensen. “Hailey is a wonderful musician” as she “is always willing to perform for the community,” Mortensen wrote in her recommendation letter. “Her willingness to share the gift of music with others is unmatched.” Timm, who played in the symphonic band, also was the drum major in last year’s inaugural marching band and played for the school’s jazz band. “As a drum major in the marching band, she leads with kindness, assisting all of them to succeed as individuals and an ensemble. I find Hailey to be particularly exceptional leader because she has endured her fair share of hardships in her young life, yet never lets that get in the way of her dedication to her peers,” Mortensen said, adding that Timm also is an intelligent student. This fall, Timm will study at USU to become a high school biology teacher. Her classmate, Sean Spackman, will attend SLCC. Diagnosed with autism at age 3, he has been involved in student government, Link Crew, National Honor Society, Hope Squad and track. He has learned to face trials head-on. “I still have autism and I always will have it,” Spackman said. “Instead of letting

it hold me back, I learned to overcome the challenges it has brought to my life. I have a very bright future ahead of me.” Lopez Rodriguez and Camacho also are enrolling at SLCC. Lopez Rodriguez’s counselor, Suzy Santos, said that as a Diamond Ridge student, Lopez Rodriguez, who wants to be a nurse, learned how to balance high school coursework with her certified nursing assistant courses at CTEC. “Coming into the program, she couldn’t see how college could happen for her, but through grit and determination, Martha has discovered the thrill of learning new things while achieving big goals,” she said. Camacho is described as “inquisitive, humble, focused, resilient and compassionate” by her counselor, Nicole Huff, who said that Camacho turned her life around and did “not let grief define her. Hard work, outstanding attitude and determination have resulted in a senior year of nothing but As and Bs.” The high school graduate, who has a “keen eye for fashion,” wants to model in her own clothing designs. Alta’s Saskia Paepke-Chile, knowing little English, moved to Utah from Brazil her freshman year. “I was very concerned about her abili-

ty to not only acclimate to a new language, country, school and living situation, but also her ability to successfully complete her classes,” wrote her counselor, Jennifer Scheffner, in a recommendation letter. “I quickly learned that Saskia is a young woman with a fiery determination to succeed and an insatiable desire for knowledge. What I did not take into consideration was her determination to learn and incredible work ethic.” Paepke-Chile, who plans to attend the U of U, was Alta’s Sterling Scholar in World Languages. She also was Alta’s Ballroom Team president and was active with the school’s Latinos in Action and Peer Leadership Team as well as involved in the district’s Student Advisory Council and tutoring Sprucewood Elementary students despite her mother dying from cancer in Brazil. “She is a prime example of resilience, hard work and immense potential,” Scheffner said. Jordan High graduate Elijah Martin moved 11 times before settling in with his aunt during his high school career, said his teacher Aubrie Grass. “Elijah had a lot of classes to retake, but he’s done so through hard work and determination,” she said, adding words like respectful, kind, supportive, hardworking,



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students,” Grass said. Martin thanked Canyons Education Foundation. “You guys are really helping a lot of people,” he said. “Not just me, but then my future family. You’re going to help my kids and their kids’ kids. Two years ago, college wasn’t something I saw myself doing. One financially, it just wasn’t possible for me; and two, I didn’t have the drive for it. A scholarship like this is going to help me help my own kids and other kids one day.” l

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Alta student explores engineering, learns leadership at national conference


hen Alta High junior Tim Holt starts school this fall, he plans to be more outgoing and allow his classmates to be heard when collaborating for the best solutions. That’s something he learned and practiced this past summer while attending the National Student Leadership Conference. Held at American University in Washington, D.C., Holt selected the engineering intensive program from more than 30 fields to study; this allowed him to explore several engineering fields and gain leadership skills during the 18-day session. During the program, 30 students from around the world — including his roommate from Spain — were divided into teams, from seven to 15 students, and had aerospace, mechanical, electrical, naval, chemical, civil and other engineering challenges to meet. They also had projects to work on at the same time. For example, Holt’s team built a remote-controlled car and a SeaPerch, which was driven and glided on the water. The goal was to collect a ping pong ball, a tennis ball and a buoy in a small swimming pool. Their remote water vehicle “was essentially an open-faced rectangle with a whole bunch of netting around it,” he said, adding that they attached a motor waterproofed with

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By Julie Slama | wax to the unit. “We had to come up with a design for a robot that we thought would float and a design for our controller, like ‘what do we want here, switches or buttons or do we even want to use those?’ We started brainstorming our design and we decided that simpler would be better,” Holt said, saying they took in consideration that they needed to be able to gather and collect the items. While the challenge not only helped with team bonding, Holt said it also allowed them to better understand the engineering process. “In a project, you have people who work on the electrical side, you have people who actually build the robot, so it was really trying to show us not only the design process, but all the different parts,” he said. Another time, Holt and others created a catapult and trebuchet out of provided materials, such as PVC pipe, sand weights, paper clips, string, duct tape, bungee cords, plastic cups and bowls, to test which tool could launch tennis balls the farthest, as well as closest to a target “It was really cool to see the process of what we did; we only had two days to build them,” he said. “The team I was working on divided up the work and designed these real-

ly cool machines.” Holt’s team was able to launch the tennis ball about 20 feet. A long-term project they worked on was their “product pitch” which was to create a possible solution to one of 14 grand challenges for engineering, which range from making solar energy economical to providing energy from fusion. Holt’s group selected to improve urban infrastructure. “The project we ended up doing was injection mold the steel frame and then have these walls that slide in, really streamline the construction process,” he said, adding that it would eliminate stacking frames on top of one another. “You can build buildings significantly faster and cheaper.” Researching construction of a typical one-bedroom apartment, Holt found that it cost about $67,000. With their method, it would decrease the manufacturing cost to $10,000. “It’s a lot more material and labor efficient,” he said. They created a prototype out of balsa wood and cardboard and explained how they would fill the mold with steel rather than plastic, which would corrode too easily. The result would be identical pieces that would

last longer. Creating projects that work isn’t new to Holt. With knowledge from being on his school’s robotics team and as a member Alta’s stage crew, he worked on a boat that not only “glided” across the school’s performing arts stage for their musical, but it also rotated while the cast sang. This summer, he’s worked on creating a flame thrower “for fun.” Five years ago, he and a group of friends were nationally recognized for creating and patenting a device to scare away migrating birds from nesting near airports. What was new for Holt, who would like to pursue studying engineering in college, was learning the ethics behind engineering. “We looked at an engineering disaster; my team chose the Hindenburg and we had to state the ethical issues behind the Hindenburg,” he said. “We talked about all the reasons people died and the reasons why it goes against the ethics of engineering.” The Hindenburg was a German passenger-carrying airship that caught fire while landing in New Jersey in 1937. More than 35 people perished on board and on the ground. “They deliberately built it, despite the fact that they couldn’t get helium, so they used hydrogen, which is a very reactive gas,” Holt said. “We talked about another reason

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people died is that there was little to no escape or safety features equipped on it and the other big issue is that the Hindenburg had a whole bunch of this paint that helps prevent it from being punctured, but it’s also highly flammable. So, when the steel cable snapped and punctured the bag, the paint helped make it burn faster.” In addition to learning from George Washington University students and American University officials about their engineering projects and programs, Holt learned from NASA officials about their telescope they plan to launch in the 2030s. “They showed us how it can’t typically fit to a rocket, so they devised the system to fold up to fit in the rocket, which I thought was cool,” he said. “The other thing they talked about was if we were going to go back to the moon, where would be the different places that we’d go, and they were showing us about the different craters that we could land on that would make for a good colony on the moon.” One speaker that sparked an interest with Holt was a civilian naval engineer who designs and tests ships for the U.S. Navy. “She absolutely amazed me, just showed me what she got to do with her job and all the different things she got to do – they have three massive wave pools, and they can sim-

ulate waves from anywhere in the world and test ship designs for the Navy,” he said, adding that the ship prototypes the size of a dinner table are tested to determine how they will react with the simulated wave action. “I found it really fascinating that we have the technology to recreate the waves from anywhere in the world and her job is testing [the models] for the different wave patterns.” Throughout the conference, there were leadership components to the program. The group learned about four different styles of leadership, did a conflict-resolution and compromising and collaborating exercises, identified characteristics of good leaders and matched those qualities to worldwide leaders, and examined their own leadership distinctions. “I’m really good at being committed to my vision and taking risks, but I’m not so good at seeing all obstacles as opportunities,” he said. Before the conference ended, each student expressed what they learned during the program. “I learned there’s a whole lot more to the world than my own little place in Utah,” Holt said. “The people around me have made me a better person.” l

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Alta’s new facelift revealed at historic ribbon-cutting By Julie Slama |


Alta High Principal Brian McGill, along with cheer captain Annie Brimley and Student Body President Autumn Engstrom cut the ribbon, officially opening the newly remodeled high school. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


uch of Alta Student Body President Autumn Engstrom’s high school career has been marked by her school campus being under construction or school life affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Aug. 12, with a ceremonial community ribbon-cutting, Alta High’s renovation projects were coming to a close. “It’s the end of a lot of dust and dirt and the beginning of a new, improved school,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like the same school. It’s a beautiful place.” Engstrom, along with cheer captain Annie Brimley and Alta Principal Brian McGill, used a giant pair of scissors to snip the giant red ribbon of the Hawk’s new nest. Other ceremonial cuts were performed by Canyons Board of Education and elected officials in the new courtyard that has outdoor hanging lights and cement benches that are shaped to spell Alta. The community watched the ceremony held near the new red Alta sign, identifying the main office which contrasted the new exterior walls and windows. Canyons Board Vice President Amanda Oaks said that there were a lot of reasons to renovate Alta High. “Originally constructed in 1978, the campus had plenty of years of useful life, but there were technological and space lim-


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itations,” she said about the building that was seismically safe. “Instead of rebuilding the school, we chose to renovate it. From day one, the focus on the design has been about creating the best learning environment for our students.” There are new facets to the campus. For example, the new performing arts center, which sits on the northwest corner of campus, was completed in time for a socially-distanced graduation in 2020. It was part of one of the phases designed to allow the campus to remain open throughout construction. The 1,400-seat performing arts center blends in with the nearby Wasatch landscape and has large letters spelling Alta and electronic marquees to announce upcoming events. It features a full fly loft and orchestra pit. There are 12 wheelchair seats and elevators to ensure it is ADA accessible. Seventy feet above the stage is the catwalk and rigging, and below stage, is the center’s own chilling and heating system. Behind the stage, there are rooms for costume changes, a green room to warm-up in for musical or theatrical productions, and a make-up room with ample lighting, as well as storage spaces. A new fieldhouse sits on the north end of the football field and track. Not only does it allow flexibility for sports practices and physical education classes, there is an upstairs meeting room that can be used for banquets or art exhibits, as well as to watch the Hawks compete. “There’s nothing like the traditions we have with our football games at Alta,” Engstrom said. An expanded weight room near the fieldhouse, within the walls of the old school, has equipment McGill acquired from Jordan High and the University of Utah along with some equipment purchases from a Larry H. Miller Foundation grant. Nearby, a new black box theatre was created on the former Alta stage which allows for more intimate shows. The music rooms were moved to where the former auditorium seating was located so that space, and the former counseling office, can be used for the main office, which has a secure vestibule. A Hawk lounge, an alumni room, a career center, a tech atrium, and a new green room for broadcasts help create a new look for the former school. Also updated are the lights in the classrooms, a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, an audio-alarm system and a soccer field with stadium lights. The former auto shop is now the home of the art department and the former robotics room moved around the corner so the counseling office could be housed closer to the center of the school. Engstrom loves the remodel in the commons. That’s no surprise to McGill, who said it is his favorite part as well. The former commons used to have a

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low ceiling, with a few stairs dropping down into the large square area. “It was like dark steps into the dungeon,” he said. “Now the commons is the heart of the school. The kids recognize the beauty of sitting and looking out to see Alta [mountain peak] and the outline of the Wasatch range and asked we arrange our table format for that view.” New café tables were ordered, but are delayed because of impacts with the pandemic, McGill said. At groundbreaking, the kitchen still needed to be completed as did the gym floor. The latter was delayed by humidity and McGill said they are considering bringing in equipment to eliminate it in the air so the boards could be laid. Canyons Chief Financial Officer and Business Administrator Leon Wilcox expected both projects should be completed by the end of October. “In renovating Alta, our focus was on safety and sustainability,” he said, saying it’s not only built to last, but is cost-efficient and “wired for today’s teaching technology. Attention was paid to preserving such recent improvements as the football stadium” and being cost-efficient so the commons is multi-functional and doubles as a cafeteria. Canyons Supt. Rick Robins said even with an upgraded school, “Anyone with ties to this high school knows how central it is to the community. This isn’t just a structure

to house classrooms. This is A-town, the home of the Hawks, a community resource and safe haven for students to explore new ideas and master information. Within these halls, lifelong friendships are built, and dreams are inspired. This new school truly reflects the pride and character of the Alta High family.” McGill, Utah’s principal of the year, can attest to that. He recalled being a student at Alta, with the academic demands as well as the two-a-day practices as a football player. “This campus, the program, the sports and other activities helped mold and shape the person I’ve become today,” he said. “I feel very fortunate, blessed, and humbled to be working in this capacity, to give back and be able to oversee and immerse myself in the updated design of this high school. Alta is home.” McGill thanked his family for their support and Alta’s student officers, cheerleaders and drumline for being a part of the evening’s historic program, which included community tours of the campus. Oaks also thanked the community, not only for their patience during the three-year rebuild, but also for their 2017 vote to approve a $283 million tax-neutral bond, which paid for Alta High’s renovation and other school rebuilds and improvements. Wilcox said that Alta’s remodeling of that portion was $57 million. l

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School districts face rising costs in construction materials By Julie Slama |


his fall, Aspen Elementary opened its doors to elementary school children in the Daybreak community. The Jordan School District school was completed this summer, after holding its groundbreaking days before COVID-19 spiked in Utah in March 2020. Like many construction projects around the area, shortages of materials and labor were constantly monitored along with the rising costs of supplies, such as wood—and even wood glue, said Dave Rostrom, District director of facility services. In fact, Bingham High’s upstairs remodeling project was delayed because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, so the start of school was moved to online, the first time a Jordan District project wasn’t completed on time, he said. “It’s a really large project this summer that we were trying to accomplish and that plays into it a little bit, plus we’ve run into labor shortages and the supply chain on all our projects, which has been very difficult,” Rostrom said, adding that scarcities have ranged from HVAC components to whiteboards and hardware for doors. “I think a lot of the factories shut down and they’re still trying to get caught up from orders after they shut down.

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There’s been a big shortage of truck drivers and a lot of companies that have material are struggling to get things shipped.” However, the Aspen Elementary contract had already been awarded to Hughes General Contractors; its overall cost was $18.5 million. It was designed by VCBO Architecture, the same design used in other Jordan elementaries, including Golden Fields, Antelope Canyon, Bastian, Mountain Point and Ridge View. “The (Jordan) Board (of Education) has asked us to do a repeat on our buildings because we kind of get them down to a science. There’s no or very little change orders because we’ve built it so many times that we’ve got all the bugs worked out of the design. It saves a lot of money when we do a repeat building,” he said. The District currently is working off of two elementary school designs, a one-story and a two-story, which can save additional dollars; two middle school plans and one for the high school. Even so, Jordan factors in 8% construction inflation per year. “Every time we hit a mark, it’s basically we were paying an additional 8%. That can vary, it’s all supply and demand. I would say this last year, it’s probably been a little higher,”

he said, adding that costs also would include projects such as leveling slopes before building schools. Currently, an elementary in Herriman with the exact same floor plan is under construction; just two years behind Aspen, its price tag is $19,950,000, right at the mark—a 7.8% increase from Aspen Elementary’s cost. “I do have a concern on the elementary that we’re building out in Herriman now because you don’t know what’s going to be delayed,” he said about the school that is scheduled to open fall 2022. “Hopefully, these factories are able to start getting back up on top of their orders.” Rostrom said it’s school officials who decide upon projects and what to do with rising costs. “That’s when our school board has to determine what we do,” he said, adding that fewer projects may be considered. “There’s been some years where we wanted to do X amount of projects and because costs come in higher, we’ve had to eliminate projects or postpone.” Fortunately, Jordan District already owns property when the Board decides to build additional schools, so they aren’t looking at high land costs, he said. While Jordan has 13 construction projects

underway, the Herriman elementary is the only new build. Other schools are undergoing renovations, expansions or installation of security doors. Nearby Canyons School District also is facing escalating costs with several new construction projects underway. Officials just held ribbon-cuttings for two rebuilt high schools and a renovation of a third, days before school opened Aug. 16. They also held three ribbon-cuttings for two elementaries and a middle school this past spring. Initially, when the $283-million bond was passed in November 2019, Hillcrest’s rebuild was estimated at $85 million, said its principal Greg Leavitt, and Brighton’s rebuild was $87 million, its principal, Tom Sherwood said. Now, the price tags are higher. “We thought early on, they could be around $90 (million), but that quickly turned on us. Hillcrest will be about $121 million, and Brighton will be about $117 (million),” said Leon Wilcox, Canyons chief financial officer and business administrator. “We’re hearing (new) high schools now can be close to $150 (million in Utah).” That’s about a 34% increase of cost on Hillcrest and a 30% on Brighton. At Alta High, renovations were first expected to cost $38.5

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“We feel like we’re in a very good position with our buildings,” he said. “We put a lot in the last decade. We’ve done basically 20 projects. We’ve got our high schools all modernized, all our middle schools with the exception of Eastmont all brand new or renovated. So, all our secondary schools are taken care of and around six of our elementaries are brand new with a few of them, just a few years older than that. These bonds will take up to 16% to 18% of our capital allotment or balance each year. We still have 80% to keep these buildings modern and functioning.” l


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porting teams like to talk about being a family, of being a close-knit group. Team members like to say they have known each other forever and have a tight bond. For the Alta Hawks girls tennis team, truer words couldn’t be spoken. The Hawks have eight seniors on this year’s roster. Seven of the eight have been with the program four straight years. “I have known all of the senior girls except for one for all of their careers at the school,” Alta tennis coach Kallie Rice said. “A few of them I have even known since they were very young.” The seniors are part of the reason Rice returned to coaching Alta. She has been Alta’s coach for several years, but didn’t coach the girls during the 2020 season due to her pregnancy. “I wanted to come back this year and coach because I am very close to this team,” Rice said. “I felt I had to for this group.” Alta’s senior corps this year includes Grace Anthony, Eliza Bingham, Jane Callister, Kate DeBry, Brooklyn Dowdell, Lucy Lesueur, Rebecca Russell and Quincy Wright. All but Callister have been on the Alta roster since ninth grade. Callister joined last season as a junior after moving into the area from California. “We are strongest right now having a full senior lineup. We hang out all the time and have become very close to each other,” Lesueur said. The seniors have taken a leadership mantel on their shoulders. Being such a large group of classmates means they have younger eyes watching them. This means they can set a tone that the others follow. To that end, the seniors long ago instituted a conduct policy they follow. “There is no drama on this team,” Wright said. “We instituted a no drama rule. Instead we communicate. It is nice to be able to communicate and not have any problems from it.” “We have never had an issue with this group as far as drama, fighting or backbiting,” Rice added.

By Ron Bevan | The maturity level of the girls doesn’t mean they always see eye to eye, it just means they find ways to deal with it. “Each individual girl has such a unique personality,” DeBry said. “That’s what makes our team so fun. Everybody is so different but we are able to come together and still perform together so well.” When discussing the different types of personalities on the team, Rice quickly mentioned Wright, who does a charitable function away from the courts. “She fosters dogs so every so often she will bring some puppies to practice to help lighten the mood,” Rice said. Having eight seniors means at least one will not play varsity at every match. There are only seven spots available on the varsity roster, three singles players and two doubles teams. Underclassmen are vying for spots on varsity as well. In fact, the first match of the season had six of the seniors on varsity and one junior. But the team is still in a growing period to see where players will fit the best. “All eight seniors have the potential to be on the varsity team,” Rice said. “They are all very gifted and can fill in where needed.” Currently, Russell leads off as the No. 1 singles player. Russell was also the No. 1 singles player last year. She played doubles as a sophomore and made it to the final match at state that season. “Russell brings experience and maturity to the team,” Rice said. “She is a calming presence to the team and does well under pressure. It is really nice because she helps lead practices and gives advice to the girls while also being coachable herself.” Seniors Dowdell and Anthony make up the No. 1 doubles team. Rice likes the pairing of Dowdell and Anthony, in part because of the different strengths they bring. “I feel like they complement each other very well,” Rice said. “Both are very competitive but come at it from a different approach. Dowdell is high energy and Anthony has a maturity for her age. Plus Dowdell is left handed while Anthony plays right hand-

Lucy Lesueur attacks the ball during a recent Alta girls tennis match. Lesueur is one of eight seniors on the team this season, making Alta one of the most seasoned teams in the region. (Ron Bevan/City Journals)

ed, so they can cover the court well.” Lesueur is holding down the No. 2 singles spot, while Callister is looking to lock down No. 3 singles in a battle for the spot with DeBry and Wright. Bingham returns to doubles play, holding on to the No. 2 doubles team with varying partners. Last year, Callister was her partner. Callister has moved to singles play. “(Callister) was new to the team last year but we bonded quickly,” Bingham said. “Now she is one of my best friends.” Another part of the reason this year’s team seems like a big family is because of the coaching staff. While Rice is the head coach, Lori Sperry is helping her as her assistant coach. Sperry is the boys coach at

Alta in the spring. She also happens to be Rice’s mother. “My mom and I are best friends, and I love her so much,” Rice said. “It has been an incredible and unforgettable experience to be able to coach alongside her and learn from her.” While Alta’s strength may lie in experience, the Hawks know they are in one of the toughest regions in state play. Rice is confident, however, the team can make a run for the region title. “The nice thing about these seniors is they work so hard during the off season,” Rice said. “That is important because there is 10 months of offseason. If you don’t prepare then, you won’t be ready for the two months that a high school season has.” l

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