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he Sandy Amphitheater was said. “It’s those kind of stories, they transformed to a world unare the ones I get excited to tell peoder the sea during the Sandy Arts ple.” Guild’s production of “The Little During the auditions, which Mermaid.” The show, which ran took place in May, Mitchell was Aug. 5 to 13, combined a stunlooking for not only actors who ning cast with fantastic sets to could sing, act and dance but also create an aquatic wonderland of those who were good at telling the sight and sound. story and who brought excitement to Based on the Disney movthe production. ie, “The Little Mermaid” tells One of the more difficult asthe story of the young mermaid pects of the show was the technical Ariel who falls in love with the work of the stage and special effects. human Prince Eric. In order to This included not only Ariel’s transbe with him, Ariel makes a deal formation and Ursula’s demise but with the sea witch Ursula. Ursujust the set in general. la agrees to make Ariel human “The audience has to underin exchange for her voice. Ariel stand at any given moment where then has to make Eric fall in love we’re at, whether we’re under the Scuttle, played by Kurt Christensen, tries to find a heartbeat on Prince Eric, played by Russell Maxfield while Ariel, played by Ali Wood, looks on. —Sean Buckley with her in three days, or else she sea or at the surface of the sea or becomes a mermaid again under we’re on the land and everywhere in Ursula’s control. between,” Mitchell said. “We’ve had a human and gives away her voice to get the The production was the secto, through our set and all the techond of the Sandy Arts Guild to be directed by guy. There are all these other stories that exist nical stuff, make sure that we’re giving everyNolan Mitchell, who directed “Shrek the Musi- in that. For example, there’s the story of King body understanding of where they are.” cal” last year. Mitchell said he like the story of Triton who judges every human by the actions Danny Eggers, who played Sebastian, also of a couple. What a great story to be doing in said the technical aspects of the play were the “The Little Mermaid.” “Theater is about telling stories, not just the world when people are judging a group of most difficult when it came to the production. the surface story where Ariel falls in love with people based on the actions of a few,” Mitchell “There’s a lot of set pieces, a lot of costume pieces. There is very intricate choreography. The show itself doesn’t have a lot of ‘drop to black, change the set and go back in.’ It’s one scene flowing into another so everything has to have the right pacing and timing and flow,” Eggers said. “Working to get that precise was to our Community Sponsors for supporting City Journals one of the more difficult things.” The role of Ariel is played by Ali Wood, who recently came back to Utah from Japan where she worked at Universal Studios for a year. Wood said she specifically tried out for role of Ariel and loves her. “Besides the fact she is my favorite Disney princess, I love how adventurous she is and how true to herself she is and how much she wants to go out there into the world and go for what she wants,” Wood said. “It’s always been a story that’s been close to my heart since I was teeny tiny. When I found out there were auditions for the show, I was so excited. It’s been a dream role of mine.” Wood described singing the iconic song “Part of Your World” as being a dream come true. “Being in this show and working with everyone has been amazing. This story has been so close to me since I was little and it’s been a dream of mine,” Wood said. “To bring her to life and feel everything she’s feeling and work with all these amazing actors and the artistic team and the director and the music director, it’s been amazing. I’m so excited to show the story we’ve brought to life.” To learn more about future productions of the Sandy Arts Guild, visit sandyarts.com. l

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International Folk Festival Explores Various Cultures By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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he Sandy Amphitheater was transported around the world during the International Folk Festival. Held Aug. 17, the annual festival presents dance numbers from all over the globe to patrons to help explore different cultures. The festival is put together by Adrian Ruiz, the director of the Narodna International Dancers. Ruiz himself has been dancing for many years and used to perform around the world at international festivals when he was a member of the Rocky Mountain Dancers and the Jubilee American Dance Theater in San Francisco. “We would represent the USA at international folk festivals performing traditional dances from the USA,” Ruiz said. “My last tour was in 2014.” Seven years ago, Ruiz approached Sandy City about hosting an international folk festival based on the many festivals he had attended worldwide. The city accepted and has been hosting the festival ever since. “The only difference between those festivals and this one, is I use local groups instead of international groups to represent their country and ethnic heritage,” Ruiz said. During this year performance, dancers performed two dances from Russia, Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria.

“Our invited guests include the Russian band/singer group called ‘Phonograph Blue,’ who will combine their talents with our dance group for the Russian suite,” Ruiz said. Also in the show are the Airang Korean Drum Dance Club, the DF Dance Studio performing Latin dances such salsa, flamenco and tango, the Salt Lake Scandinavian Music and Dance Club and the Grupo De Colores representing Mexico. “Our program is about 90 minutes long with music and song and gives the audience a taste of dance, music and traditional costumes from around the world,” Ruiz said. Ruiz said it is difficult to say what dance is the most popular because each country represented has its unique style of dancing. “Mexican is very colorful and dynamic. Russian has beauty and przhadkas, or deep knee bends, which audiences enjoy. German is fun because of the oom pah pay music. Korean drums are loud and the costumes gorgeous,” Ruiz said. “So unlike ballet or rock and roll, one cannot single out any particular dance step as most popular” Every year, Ruiz tries to get different ethnic groups to perform so there is something new for the audiences.

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“We are very grateful to the staff of the Sandy Amphitheater for allowing us to put this festival on each year and every year it has grown in popularity and we have become one of the mainstays of the Sandy Amphitheater summer season,” Ruiz said. Ruize hopes audiences seeing the festival will take away an appreciation for the many ethnic cultures here in the valley. “We are their neighbors and friends,” Ruiz said. l

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Dancers perform a traditional dance from Mexico. —Adrian Ruiz


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Students Adjust as Construction on Alta View Elementary Continues By Julie Slama

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hen elementary students return to Alta View Elementary this fall, they will see the structure of the new school rising on their back playground. The current 53-year-old elementary school will continue to house students this school year until the new Alta View Elementary, located east of the current school at 10333 Crocus St., will be completed and ready to open in fall 2017, Principal Karen Medlin said. “It’s fascinating to see it being built,” Medlin said. “All the walls and roof are expected to be completed before the snow falls so during the winter, crews can work on the inside.” There have been some adjustments to the school being built on the same grounds. Last year, a chain-link fence was added to the front lawn of the school so students will continue to hold recess and physical education there, since the back playground was removed for the construction. This fall, a third drop-off point for students was added, as there will be minimal room at the school’s south entrance. “There will be a preferable option for student drop-off on Larkspur and West Crocus. We’re really thankful (Salt Lake) County has committed a crossing guard for one year to help make sure our students are safe,” she said. The north drop-off loop at the school will remain available during the school year. Medlin said officials tried to minimize disruptions to students. This summer, crews tore up tiling in the current school to remove asbestos. “We have cement hallways as well as in the gym and cafeteria. It was worth it to get the asbestos out now so when the students finish the school year, then they won’t have to have that time-consuming task before tearing down this building to create parking lots and playgrounds for the new building. We’re making sure we be on time to open the new school next fall,” Medlin said. Construction began on the new 83,000-square-foot, two-story building Apr. 19,

with funds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in 2010. Medlin said there are weekly meetings with Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects, Hogan Construction, school district officials and herself to ensure the school will be completed on time and on budget. The new school will cost about $17,357,990. Principal architect Philip Wentworth, with Naylor Wentworth Lund Architects, said that with the new design and special features, every room will have a heat pump with all the controls that will operate an efficient boiler-cooler system. The design includes 24 classrooms, all equipped with the ability to have computers as well as voice-amplification equipment for teachers. A grand staircase will lead upstairs to the media center and computer lab. Both upstairs and downstairs will have kivas for cooperative learning or smaller class performances. A security door will be placed at the entrance of the school and a bus and carpool dropoff is included, as many students come to the Spanish dual-immersion school. The new Alta View will feature a multipurpose room with a large stage and a security door that locks the rest of the school so the community can use this room as a gathering place. There will also be four rooms designed for the school’s brain boosters program, which this year will introduce engineering to first- through fifth-grade students. Previously, the school held music classes. “Students will have regular rotations to learn engineering through building robots with Legos,” Medlin said. There are decisions yet to make such as interior school colors, including a time capsule, how to incorporate a new updated look for the roadrunner mascot and purchasing new furniture and technology for the school. “I plan to take a lot of our existing items and then, augmenting it. I’ve talked to other schools and our tech people to make sure we get what will be best for our students,” Medlin said. l

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ordan’s football team is ready to tackle the 2016 season hard. The team has been focused on coming out more physically this season since getting bounced from the state bracket last year in a tough one point loss to Pleasant Grove. Jordan, who took second in their region last season with a record of 8-3, is looking to take that physical focus all the way to a region title and a possible state championship. “We want to take region and then state, those are always our goals,” said Eric Kjar, Jordan’s head coach of eight seasons. His team has zeroed in on their physical toughness. The boys spent time during the offseason in the weight room, and running to stay on top of their conditioning for the grueling fall schedule. “We want to be the hardest working team out there, a high effort team, all the time,” added Kjar. The team began practice officially on August 1 and has added many competitive drills that require the players to get more physical that emphasize the hard working, one more try approach the team is going for. Kjar is hoping the mentality will culminate at the end of the season. According to the coach, the team functions very well as a tight knit group, which has adopted the philosophy and has been applying efforts as a group since last season ended. “Together they will be able to dig deeper, working and striving to push themselves,” the coach said. Kjar thinks the young men on his team have done a great job staying focused and preparing for football season, but also stated that the only way to truly be in shape for football is

playing football. “We’re trying to get back into shape, getting back to being consistent with our techniques,” Kjar said about what their first weeks of practices were like. The team is led this year by several returning starters, many of whom will be part of Jordan’s potent offense. Senior Alec Evans will be a familiar face carrying the football at running back and outstanding receiver and Spencer Curtis, also a senior will be hauling in passes up and down the field. On defense, leading the rush and coverage will be outside linebacker, Beau McRae, who is only a junior. And, on special teams, a returning returner, Malik Davis hopes to chew up some yardage in 2016. What makes Jordan a special team, what makes them unique, according to their coach, is the fact that they have stayed absolutely dedicated to the 2016 football season. There are a lot of requirements of his players throughout the offseason. The players have been staunch participants in the weight room and at the gym. “They have absolutely taken of every opportunity they have been given to get better,” said Kjar, “and it definitely shows on the field.” The Beetdiggers opened their season against Desert Hills at home on August 19th. They will have to travel south to face off against Pleasant Grove in only their third contest of the 2016 season, the team which eliminated Jordan in last year’s state tournament. And they will play their second to last contest against region rival, Bingham in mid-October, also an away game. The Beetdiggers will certainly be tested as the season advances, but they have done their diligence and are as prepared as a team who worked as hard as they did can be. l

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Altara Elementary Parent Spurs District to Become Idle Free By Julie Slama

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ltara Elementary parent Cindy Boyer would gripe about how early parents and caregivers would come to the school at pick-up time only to sit in their cars in a long line with their engines on. “It made me mad to see the cars running their motors, just sitting there,” Boyer said. “I didn’t want my kids breathing all these pollutants coming out of the cars. It was hard to see the mountains and breathe any fresh air. It’s silly that people aren’t opening their eyes to see what is going on. Either they don’t care, they’re naïve or simply oblivious, because it affects all of us.” One time while complaining to her husband, she recalled him saying, “You won’t make a difference if all you do is rant about it. Go do something about it.” So she did. “I called the superintendent (Jim Briscoe of Canyons School District). He took my call and I talked to him and told him my concerns. He jumped right on board. It amazed me that he took action right away,” she said.

idling” signs were installed and students greeted drivers with placards, window clings to place in vehicles and informational pamphlets explaining the cost-effectiveness, the concern to improve air quality and improve children’s health and the fact Salt Lake County cities have anti-idling ordinances, Haney said. After unveiling the initiative, students at Mount Jordan Middle as well as Ridgecrest and Copperview Elementary in Midvale were given materials to take home and signs were posted at their schools. At Copperview, students in the upper elementary grade levels had written argumentative essays about the benefits of reducing idling. At the school’s assembly, Principal Chanci Loran said students learned about the new initiative. “Students held signs and chanted ‘turn your key, be idle free,’” she said. “They also recited information about the benefits of being idle free and the hazards of air pollution.” Haney said the initiative will be

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their future health,” he said. Already, many Canyons schools, and all of its buses, have been idle free for some time, Canyons Energy Specialist Christopher Eppler said. And while hundreds of Utah schools have implemented idling reduction programs under an initiative spearheaded by the Utah Clean Cities Coalition, Canyons is the first to take it district-wide, the nonprofit’s northern coordinator Tammie Bostick Cooper said. District spokesman Jeff Haney said Boyer’s concern was taken up with the Canyons Board of Education. The board approved the initiative to reduce idling during morning dropoffs and afternoon pick-ups. “On Earth Day, Canyons District launched the state’s first district-wide idle-free initiative,” Haney said. The district announced the initiative at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights where fifth-grader Kaleb Broderick, who also was concerned about the air, wrote the city, asking to install “no idling” signs near public parks. Cottonwood Heights agreed and also donated an extra sign to Ridgecrest. The campaign kicked off in the morning at Ridgecrest Elementary School where “no

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when school resumes this fall. “We aim to have all the (idle free) signs at all the schools by the time schools starts in the fall. It’s voluntary, but we hope all those who visit our schools in their vehicles will do their part, no matter how small, to contribute to cleaner air,” Haney said. The plan also calls for schools to place information on websites, newsletters and other means of communication with parents. “No idling” pledges also will be sent home with students, encouraging parents to voluntarily pledge to “turn their key and be idle free.” Boyer said she thinks this also will help teachers and safety-patrol students while they are out on duty not to breathe the exhaust. “I hope it will make a huge difference on inversion and it becomes a habit to stop idling. I hope parents will respect teachers and the school district in this and see it as a benefit for their kids,” she said. According to the Utah Division of Air Quality, 38 percent of the state’s air pollution comes from cars and trucks — some of it from idling vehicles. Monitoring at schools in other states has shown elevated levels of pollutants during drop-off and pick-up times. And because children breathe about two gallons of air per minute, and their lungs are still developing, they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of pollutants, the division reported. Boyer said this will help remind those who pick up school children to “just be smart. If you’re going to be there longer than a minute or so, just turn off the engine.” l


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Charity Helps Those in Need with Sustainable Resources

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eidi Totten is asking Sandy residents to come out and help her change the lives of people around the world. Totten is the founder of 100 Humanitarians, a nonprofit that provides sustainable resources to families in Kenya. 100 Humanitarians is hosting a fundraiser event on Oct. 22 at Club 90, 9065 S. Monroe St. Called “Taste of Kenya,” the event will have authentic Kenyan food, a silent auction and karaoke. All of the donations will go towards Business Boxes. “The Business Boxes now include a cow, a goat, five chickens, three square foot garden boxes, 10 trees to replace the wood in the garden boxes and then reusable feminine hygiene kits for the women in the family,” Totten said. The idea for 100 Humanitarians came after Totten went on a humanitarian trip in March 2015. Afterword, she was inspired to start the group on Facebook. The response was overwhelming and soon two trips were planned. “From there, the concept of 100 Humanitarians is what is the power of 100 people working on any given project in the world to create change. So if you’re interested in stopping human trafficking

By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com in Warsaw, Poland, We’re the other 99 people would be interested in helping with that project,” Totten said. “My big focus is on Kenya but we have others who are focused on Guatemala, who want to work in India and Nepal and Ghana. It’s basically connecting people to projects that call to them.” During the first trip, the group built desks and a kitchen at a school. Soon after, Totten realized she wanted to focus on sustainable projects within families. This lead to the creation of Business Boxes. “With those boxes, we determined that if we give a family a box, then they can sell the milk, they can sell the eggs. They can use it as food for their families. When they generate income, they can pay for their own school fees,” Totten said. “If I were to sponsor one child all the way through high school, that could be a couple thousand dollars. Or, with the Business Box, you mentor and teach families how to use it and then they pay for all of their children because they’re able to build the revenue.” So far, four families have received a cow, including a widowed mother of five.

“We gave her a cow and mentored her and taught her how to use it. Now, she’s selling three liters a day and making about a $1.80 a day, which she can then use to pay for school fees and to buy other things her family needs like rice and corn,” Totten said. “She’s our prototype. What we’re doing on our next trip, we’re going to build square garden boxes and test that out.” The plan is to introduce new parts of the Business Boxes over the course of six months so as not to overwhelm the families. The boxes currently cost about $1,000 each but Totten believes once the animals start breeding, the cost will go down. “That’s part of our plan, with paying it forward with the animals for these families,” Totten said. The next big goal for the nonprofit is to build three cultural centers that would function as mentoring centers for the people in the program. It would also establish mentorships in-country so there would be less traveling during the year. For more information about 100 Humanitarians, visit http://www.100humanitarians.com. l

One of the families benefiting from the Business Boxes.—100 Humanitarians

100 Humanitarians focuses on projects that help keep girls in school.—100 Humanitarians


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ixteen-year-old Megan Okumura wasn’t looking for a pageant to enter. In fact, she had never entered a pageant until a letter arrived in the mail inviting her, based upon her scholastic achievement, to compete in the Miss Teen of America pageant. “This pageant was not a beauty pageant, (but it was) focused on scholastic achievements, service to school and community, personal development, general awareness of today’s world, personality, projection and confidence,” Megan said, who is a Sandy resident. “When people hear the word ‘pageant’ they immediately associate it with the word ‘beauty,’ but this specific pageant was designed to help youth in America reach their full potential and gain recognition for their hard work and achievements, not based on their looks. That was the most influential reason why I decided to participate.” She also was motivated to compete when she learned the pageant was linked to the Special Olympics and the winner would receive a $250 inclusion event at the competitor’s high school. Megan is a junior at Hillcrest High School in Midvale. “Having worked with special needs students in school and at my church, I decided it was a wonderful opportunity to be able to bring more awareness of the Special Olympics in Utah, if I won,” she said. Although Megan prepared for the competition, she failed to prepare herself for being crowned Miss Teen of Utah in June. “I was in awe when I won. I became so close with all the girls competing in my state that it didn’t matter if I won or not because I felt all the girls were qualified to represent the state of Utah, so my expectations were ‘whatever happens, happens. I will be happy with whoever wins.’ I honestly didn’t know it would be me who won, though. My family wasn’t prepared for me to win, either. They didn’t have their cameras ready or anything for the big moment,” she said. Her dad, Mike, said winning wasn’t the goal, so he was caught off guard when his daughter was crowned. “We were surprised and overwhelmed with happiness,” Okumura said. “As her parents, we always knew she was a wonderful person, but to see her crowned showed her that other people saw her great qualities, too. My wife (Sharon) and I had tears in our eyes because we came here to help Megan increase her self-confidence. Winning was not necessarily the goal so when she won, it was an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and proudness.” Okumura said that as once Megan decided to enter the competition, she became more sure of herself while putting forth a lot of effort. “Her mom told her that she would support

Sandy resident Megan Okumura recently was crowned Miss Teen of Utah. — Sharon Okumura

anything she wanted to do and if this was something she was willing to put a lot of effort into, then go for it. Her mom asked her current event questions and they discussed issues together, but stressed that if she (Megan) wanted to win this, she would need to be herself and authentic. This (pageant) has increased her (Megan’s) self-confidence and given her more a greater sense of who she is and her abilities,” he said. Megan said she researched previous titleholders for Miss Teen of America as well as talked to someone who had participated in pageants to help her feel more confident in answering questions. “I did a lot of research on past titleholders for Miss Teen of America in order to prepare myself for qualities they were searching for in their titleholder. The interview portion was 25 percent of the judging criteria, which made it imperative that I prepared for interview questions, as well as having confidence in who I was and what I stood for,” she said. Megan said another portion of the pageant was a written test. “You really can’t prepare for the written test. One question I was asked was ‘which makeup product expires the soonest?’ and the answer was mascara. Another was, ‘who is on the one-dollar bill?’ and the answer was George Washington,” she said. Other categories of judging included scholastic record — Megan has a 3.987 GPA on a scale of 4.0 — achievement and service to school and community, personality projection in formal wear, and personal development of talents and skills. Megan, who has played piano for 10 years, played “Argentina” by Catherine Rollins for her talent competition. It is a piece she had per-


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formed for the Salt Lake South Valley Honors Concert, held at Assembly Hall on Temple Square. She has received 19 superior ratings the past 10 years in the National Music Piano Federation competition. In addition to playing piano, Megan also competes for her school’s cross country team, is on the school honor roll and is a National Honor Society member. Amongst other achievements, Megan has been the student body secretary, has received trophies in Utah PTA’s Reflections arts program, received the American Institute of Chemical An accomplished pianist, Megan Okumura played “Argentina” in the talent Engineers award at the regional competition, which she won, in the Miss Teen of Utah pageant. — Sharon science fair, received the third- Okumura place trophy in the Salt Lake Region History Fair, been involved “I have had much experience in working in several service clubs, been involved in Mod- with special needs in my church and at my el United Nations and math and chess clubs, school, and I am currently learning sign lanwritten and directed a stake young women’s guage in order to communicate with everyone. play for her church and is a weekly volunteer at I have two cousins who were born with a rare the Utah Humane Society. form of muscular dystrophy and growing up In addition to the title, and hosting a Spe- around them influenced me to want to be incial Olympics event at Hillcrest High, Megan volved more with special needs,” she said. received $1,000, which she plans to use to atMegan, who plans to speak to elementatend college at Brigham Young University. She ry-age children about Special Olympics, will hopes to write children’s books as well as be- compete for the national title Nov. 20 in Mincome a special needs teacher. neapolis. l

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“Ghostblasters: We Ain’t Afraid of No Jokes!”

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hanci Loran is looking forward to a new set of challenges and learning about a new school community. Loran is the new Bellview Elementary principal. Her appointment began July 1. In the spring, Loran, who previously served as principal at Copperview Elementary in Midvale, began meeting with former principal Christine Webb to learn about the school, students, community and summer construction. “I’ve gotten to know some teachers and am look- Christine Webb became Copperview’s new principal in July. She is pictured ing forward to meeting all here talking to Bellview Elementary kindergartners last fall. — Julie Slama the students. I’ve had a look at things to see what has been working well and if there is will become principal of Corner Canyon High anything I can refine. I already know they have in Draper. Kelli Miller, who has served as an met average testing scores, have a great com- intern assistant principal at Alta High, will munity that is involved in the school, an active be an assistant principal at Brighton High in PTA and fun programs that supports student Cottonwood Heights, replacing Cindy Hanlearning,” she said during the summer. son. Hanson is being promoted to principal at Bellview will have a CEO monthly citizen- Mount Jordan Middle School, replacing Molly ship program that will recognize students and Hart, who will become the principal at Albion invite parents to attend. Middle School. “We want to recognize what students are Edy McGee, who has been an assistant doing, achieving, learning and being good citi- principal at Indian Hills Middle School, was zens,” Loran said. transferred to a temporary one-year position Through the summer, Loran also has met as an administrator on special assignment. She with officials on a parking lot remodel, new car- will assist various administrators in the Canpeting and beautification to the school grounds. yons School District office and gather behavior“The school will look great with its facelift al and school-safety data, among other duties. for its 50th next year,” she said. Roger Moody, currently an assistant prinFormer Principal Webb said she will miss cipal at Butler Middle School in Cottonwood the people, especially the students. Heights, will be reassigned as an assistant prin“I’ll miss the kids — just being with them, cipal at Indian Hills Middle School, replacing reading, being in the classroom,” she said. “I McGee. like when they are ‘caught being good’ and Doug Hallenbeck, who has served as an come to the store for little fun prizes and school assistant principal at Union Middle School, will supplies.” assume duties as an assistant principal at Butler Other appointments the Canyons Board of Middle School, replacing Moody. Education made include Darrell Jensen, who Taylor Hansen, currently an assistant has been principal at Albion Middle School, principal at Washington Middle School in the Seattle Public School District in Seattl, will become an assistant principal at Union Middle School. Laurie Steed, currently assistant principal at East Midvale Elementary, will be reassigned EXIT REALTY PLUS as assistant principal of Sandy Elementary, reWant to Sell Your House Fast? placing Diana Wallace, who is resigning. Another administrative change will be at Call 801-891-2059 the Canyons School District office — Misty to find out how I can help. Suarez, who has been Salt Lake City School Current offers and specials found at: District’s director of student services, will bewww.curtis.exitrealtyplusutah.com come Canyons District’s new director of special education. She will succeed Robin Collett. SuCurtis Turner, Realtor arez has 16 years of administrative experience, 948 E. North Union Ave., C-104 including six years as the principal of Mount Midvale, UT 84047 Jordan Middle School, and is licensed in special C 801-891-2059 O 801-506-3110 cur.turner2@comcast.net education. l


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everal construction projects helped to refurbish Sandy school buildings in Canyons School District this past summer. In addition to constructing a new Alta View Elementary School on the same property, 10 other schools received upgrades and refurbishing, including four schools — Altara, Lone Peak, Peruvian Park and Sprucewood — getting security doors where visitors will be channeled through the school offices before being allowed in the rest of the building. One of the more significant projects at the schools was one that was coordinated with Sandy City and the Utah Department of Transportation — a sky bridge over 1300 East from Eastmont Middle School to Sandy’s branch of the Salt Lake County Library. “They have put in pillars, but before they did that, they had to raise the electrical lines,” Eastmont Principal Stacy Kurtzhals said. “This has been a project that has been in the works for years and one we hope will improve the safety of our students.” Sandy City Public Works Project Manager Blaine Botkin said the joint project, which uses an easement from the district for the west sky-bridge ramp, began in June and was slated to be complete in time for the beginning of school. Once in place, the signal light at the corner of Buttercup Drive will be removed so students wouldn’t cross the busy street at ground level, he said. “It will improve the safety for the students as well as the community reaching the library,” Botkin said. Sandy Library Manager Darin Butler said that with the sky bridge, an option for student pick-up would be in

the southern end of the library parking lot. Other projects at Eastmont include replacing athletic room lockers, designing ADA-accessible bathrooms near the auditorium and upgrading the heating and air conditioning unit. “Hopefully, it will work so it won’t be sweating so much. After 41 years with the boiler, it isn’t as energy efficient since it runs from electricity and not gas,” Kurtzhals said. Bellview Elementary has been getting a facelift this summer, one year before its 50th birthday. Earlier, a neighboring home was purchased and torn down during the summer. It helped to widen and reconfigure the parking lot, former principal Christine Webb said. “We also are having automatic sprinklers installed,” she said. “Before it was hard since our fields are used for football and soccer all the time. We had to pay for someone to come during the night to start and stop them when children weren’t using them.” The school also got new multicolor carpeting — the same as Silver Mesa Elementary this summer — and updated its computer lab. “It will be nice for kids to have updated technology and with the new furniture, it’s spacious and more conducive for teachers to be able to walk around desks to help students,” Webb said. Other summer projects include updating the cosmetology lab at Canyons Technical Education Center, adding ADA entrance at Lone Peak Elementary, adding artificial turf and updating the tracks at Alta and Jordan High Schools and enlarging the outside band room door at Alta. l

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Looking Backward—Looking Forward Growing Pains Today, Sandy City is a bustling, vibrant urbanesque community with a population of 96,000, but back in the 70s and 80s, it was a struggling city, experiencing tremendous growing pains. At that time, Sandy had the highest growth rate in the nation, with several hundred homes being built monthly, schools bursting at the seams with children and, humorously, the highest poundage of garbage in the country due to the large number of disposable diapers. While we had an influx of residents, what we lacked was causing great frustration: - No commercial base, resulting in the highest property taxes in the state; - No amenities, such as parks, trails and recreation programs for the many children; - An inadequate transportation system still in its infancy - Insufficient tax revenue to fix our problems or meet the high demand

City Vision Fulfilled My goal when I was first elected in 1994 was to run for one term to “right the ship”. Working with the City Council, we focused on the master plan and the changes we needed to make to meet the vision. As I look back on where we were 24 years ago, I could not be more proud of the city we’ve become. I am as energetic today as I was the first day I took office because I see the fulfillment of that vision we created: a one-of-a-kind “Mountain Meets Urban” community with high-quality, low-cost services for our residents, robust commercial tax base, a wealth of recreational opportunities for all ages and the maintaining of the quality of life and charm that attracted all of us to call Sandy home. The Future is Bright The best is yet to come for our city, with many developments already underway. We are seeing tremendous progress in The Cairns, our 1,100 acre city center, well on its way to reaching the goal of 20 million square feet of development for an un-

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County - By securing state and federal funds, we continue to expand our transportation system, including an upcoming expansion of 90th South and a northbound 1-15 off-ramp at 106th South to alleviate congestion and provide easy access to The Cairns city center - A recreation-rich community with offerings for all ages, parks sprinkled throughout the city, continuous trail system, robust recreation program for children, adults and seniors and events that are fast becoming family traditions. In addition, we have our Sandy Amphitheater, our Urban Fishery, Real Salt Lake and the incoming Hale Centre Theatre to add a vibrancy of activity. Sandy City has become a base camp for a variety of adventures and escapes, it’s become the destination for unique events and activities, it’s becoming a place to dine and shop to your heart’s content, and most importantly, it is the place that so many of us proudly call home: it is truly the Heart of the Wasatch. l

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Council Approves Rezone for Fratelli Ristorante Property By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com

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he Sandy City Council approved the rezone of the empty lot, located at 1420 E. Sego Lily Drive, allowing the local, family-owned Fratelli Ristorante to build a new location in a 4-3 vote. Homeowners in the area opposed the rezone, saying in a public hearing the rezone forces them to live with an unfair burden from an encroaching commercial venture that could bring problems like increased traffic and noise to the neighborhood. The applicants, Dave Cannell and Pete Cannella, still have to get a site plan approved before building on the property. Cannell said he is confident the site planning will be approved based on positive feedback from city staff. Purchasing the property and trying to get it rezoned has prompted accusation against the brothers of having an inside track with the council and the commission. The staff and commission have forwarded a positive recommendation of approval for the area, saying it fits the master plan and is not an unmitigated risk for the area. The Cannell brothers defended themselves from implications of insider dealings with the Planning Committee and the City Council. Addressing the City Council in the public hearing, Cannella said they knew it was a risk buying the property and attempting to rezone it

to accommodate the business, rather than buying in an existing zone. “My brother and I grew up five minutes from where we want to put this restaurant,” Cannell said in an interview. “The whole purpose of building on that property is to give Sandy City and its resident something we don’t have here.” The simple appearance of buying property in specific zone and betting on a rezone, according to some commentators, implies some kind of inside track with the city. Supporters of the rezone, mostly patrons and friends of the Cannells, said Fratelli Ristorante is only one of a few locally owned and operated restaurants in Sandy. The city council addressed the rezone ordinance in two separate council meetings: the first on Aug. 9 for the city staff presentation and public hearing and a second on Aug. 16 for further debate and deliberation. The council tabled action on the ordinance until the 16th to allow more members of the council to vote on it. Council members Kris Coleman-Nicholl, District 3, and Linda Martinez Saville, councilwoman at large, were excused from the meeting. Fratelli Ristorante opened in Nov. 2007 in The Heights on Quarry Bend. Fratelli is a full service Italian restaurant,

meaning they serve beer, wine and spirits. All of these products require special licensing to be served in a restaurant. The service of alcohol drew ire from critics, pointing out that city officials have made statements against promoting drunk driving, something they claimed would increase with the addition of the Brothers Dave Cannell, left, and Pete Cannella, right, address the restaurant near a neighborhood. After the brothers finished their Sandy City Council on Aug. 9, explaining their plan to build a new presentation, Chairman Stephen Smith, restaurant on the vacant lot 1420 E. Sego Lily Drive if the city councilman at large, laid down “ground approved their rezone application. – Chris Larson rules” for public comment for the Aug. 9 allow for unforeseen, much less desirable busimeeting, noting that public hearings can nesses than Fratelli to set up shop close to a resbecome emotional, asking for general civility. “Let’s all leave here friends,” Smith said idential area. As pointed out by several residents, the receiving a few chuckles from the crowd. Public comment on the rezone centered on Commercial District, permits several businesses the apparent lack of buffer between the eastern that might be undesirable near a neighborhood Hearthstone Development and a negative traffic like a car wash, self-service automotive shop, hotel or commercial retail and repair shop. impact. Councilman Chris McCandless motioned Commenters said the “child heavy” neighborhood is already difficult to traverse during to postpone the rezoning hearing until after the peak traffic hours during normal commute council hears recommendations from the city times and during school pickup and drop off administration for a new developer agreement times due to a nearby school. Having a restau- ordinance. “It would be nice to get what we paid for,” rant near a major intersection could compound McCandless said. “and this might be the perfect the traffic, the commenters said. But most concerning and common in pub- opportunity to try out a developer agreement.” lic common was the fear that the rezone would l


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Authorities Still Unsure What to Do About Urban Deer By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjourals.com

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esidents in the Pepperwood Community are split on what to do about the local urban deer population despite continued damage to property and the potential attraction of predators to the area. Pepperwood Homeowners Association Board of Trustees President Jim Jensen said there is not a consensus among board members and residents on what to do, if anything. He said opinions range from no action because people see the deer as an amenity to the area to an open bowhunt for urban deer by residents. Jensen doubts there is “willingness” or “appetite” to take any action as a board of trustees. No formal action would be binding, Jensen said, noting that deer removal programs are regulated by the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources. “I don’t get worried about it,” Jensen said when asked about the deer’s impact on his landscape. Herds of more than 20 deer frequent resident David Teerlink’s yard — many times with large trophy bucks. He estimates there are at least 150 deer in the area. Teerlink’s company, Teerlink Property Services, manages the Pepperwood Homeowner Association. Despite the number of deer and evidence of their negative impact, Sandy City doesn’t have a deer abatement program. Sandy City Animal Services Director Ian Williams said deer removal will come before the city council later in the year, possibly in early fall. Stories of thousands of dollars of property damage and even deaths of family dogs are not uncommon in the neighborhood according to Teerlink.

Recently, his wife hit a large, pregnant doe with their new Mercedes, causing about $8,000 in damage. “It could have been worse if a car had been coming the other way as she was forced into oncoming traffic,” Teerlink said in an email. Since moving in, he estimates he’s lost about $3,000 of landscaping and has had to replace all his landscaping with deer-resistant plants. “Everyone has pretty much the same flowers the deer don’t like to eat,” Teerlink said in an interview. He also sees damage to homeowner and HOA lawns from deer traversing the same daily routes. He and the HOA had to convince a homeowner to remove a certain plant from their yard because it attracted several deer across a busy thoroughfare; it’s the same area where Teerlink’s wife hit the deer. The deer are unafraid of humans, according to Teerlink, and are likely to stand their ground, if not confront peop, when approached. The only thing the deer appear to be afraid of are large dogs, Teerlink said. HOA Board of Trustees member Gordon Johnson sent an email to the rest of the board saying that a doe attacked a resident’s family dog and would back down until the resident’s wife joined him in chasing off the deer. Johnson believes something needs to be done for resident safety and said it would be a topic on a board meeting. Jensen, however, is concerned about disease. He said he has seen “deer that are really skinny or shedding abnormally.”

He also had a deer kill itself on his backyard fence. It took officials a few days to get the deer off the property. Teerlink also said safety is an issue, but fears something more dangerous may follow the complacent deer, a fear that may have been vindicated. “It’s going to be the perfect ground for cougars and other predators to get some real easy pickings,” Teerlink said. A resident reported to Teerlink that a cougar killed a deer in their backyard in the first week of August, smashing a glass patio table in the process. However, Sandy Police and Animal Service said they have no reports of deer being attacked by any predators. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Central Region Program Manager Riley Peck said that while cougar sightings are not unusual all along the Wasatch front, they are not common enough to disregard. All cougar sightings are catalogued in a database, Peck said. He also said there are no known instances of cougars hunting urban deer populations since cougars are secretive and do not frequent the same areas that humans do. Williams said he typically gets calls for cougar tracks and sightings during the winter, especially in the early snow falls. “You can almost set your watch by it.” Williams said. “Once late November comes around, people will report the cougar tracks in the snow on their property.” Williams also noted that cougars will typically come to the eastern parts of the city against the mountains in the winter to avoid the harsher

climate up the mountain. He also said that both the police and animal control will respond in tandem to cougar sightings; animal control is a division within the police department. Animal services will arrive with chemical apprehension, or tranquilizer, guns while officers will provide lethal cover in the event of an attack. If possible, animal services will wait until the DWR arrives with a transport truck with blankets and a stretcher to help move the animal. Often a state biologist will perform an examination on the animal for studies and to help determine if the animal is healthy enough to release into the wild. While action or sentiment against the deer isn’t growing, Teerlink believes the deer population is. Teerlink said it’s not uncommon to see a doe with two fawns. Typically, a doe with birth one fawn in its first pregnancy and then is more likely to have twins after that. This suggests that adult does are breeding repeatedly. “Deer are attracted to the prettiest yards,” Peck said. “If your yard was a desert or gravel pit, deer wouldn’t go there.” Peck said neighborhood deer is a repeating issue and may be a fact of living so close to the mountains. Peck has observed that many DWR deer abatement information meetings see varying opinions on the matter. “It is an interesting dynamic that a free deer to one person is a problem and to another it’s a huge problem,” Peck said. l

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Girls Tennis Teams want to go Further than Last Year By Billy Swartzfager / billy@mycityjournals.com

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ennis season for young ladies is upon us once again and the Jordan Beetdiggers, who placed fourth at state last season, and the Brighton Bengals, who finished sixth, are getting ready to serve and return their way back to the tournament in 2016. Matthew Bell, who has been the head coach at Jordan High School, for both the boys and the girls, for ten seasons now, says that he aims for every player to qualify for the state tournament, held in early October. “We always have the goal to qualify everyone for the state tournament, then we just Jordan’s Jill Holley, Hannah Dutson and Makena Terry take a break from hope for some wins once we practice this summer—Billy Swartzfager are there,” Bell said. The team has some very good players returning for the One such tournament the Beetdiggers plan 2016 campaign, including Hannah Dutson, who on attending, in St. George, not only prepares is a senior, who was a state finalist last season the girls for the competition of a big tournament in first doubles. Makena Terry is also returning like region or state, it’s also is a trip that most for her junior year. Last season she was region of Jordan’s team, including coach Bell, looks champion and a state quarterfinalist in third sinforward to. gles. Another senior, Jill Holley will be suiting “It’s always a rewarding experience to get up for the last time in 2016, after contributing to know kids outside of the classroom. Tennis as a varsity player every year she has been a seems to always provide a very fun and responstudent at Jordan High School. sible group of kids,” Bell said. Brighton has similar goals. Until then, the teams have plenty of match “We hope to repeat our first place title ups to keep them focused, as well as practice, in region and place higher in state,” Brighton where the Beetdiggers spend an awful lot of Head Coach, Natalie Meyer said. time on rotation schedule where the team works The Bengals want to go a step further once on serves and ground strokes. They also key in in the state tournament though. on making opponents hit one more shot. “It would be great to see the whole team “The majority of points are won because playing on the second day of state,” Meyer said. one of the players hits it out,” Bell said. “We Brighton has a handful of returning playtalk about it at least once a week in practice.” ers as well. Sarah Meitler, a junior is currently Along with drills and challenge matchholding the top singles position. Other returnes that determine position, Brighton’s players ing varsity players are seniors Sarah Fackrell, focus on improving their individual games and Maddy Totland and Kalei Taylor-Stroud. There goals while keeping in mind the objectives for are 16 returning players from last year’s region the team at the same time. title team. The teams work very hard at practice, but Region 3, where Jordan and Brighton realso find time to end their sessions with competiside, is a tough one. Teams like Bingham and tive games the players enjoy. According to MeyCottonwood are competitive teams, and, along er, they have fun with team building activities. with Jordan and Brighton, all finished within “Tennis is hard enough. Life is short, so the top ten as teams in the state last year. The enjoy the moment,” Meyer said regarding her toughness of the region competition really approach to teachable moments. helps to prepare the young ladies for the big end Competing in practice, competing with reof year tournaments. gion rivals and competing in tournaments are Many of the girls on both teams spent all aimed at gearing the girls up to participate in their summers staying active on the courts to the state tournament to finish the season. With be ready when the season began. Many took excellent track records, and returning contribadvantage of their school’s open court during utors, Jordan and Brighton have very good the summer, while others took lessons at tenchances of achieving the goals they started the nis clubs and played in tournaments throughout season with. And, with a little luck and some the valley. That added dedication and practice experience they’ll gain throughout the season should help the teams in their quests to improve they are likely to win some matches both days upon last year’s success in the year end tourat the state tournament once they get there. l naments.


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Jordan Boys Gearing Up for Golf

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he boys golf team at Jordan High School is about to embark on the 2016 season. Their goals are the same as what they were a year ago. They want to qualify for the state tournament. To get there, they have to play well throughout the year, playing their game one shot at a time and racking up wins one tournament at a time. If they can do that, with more steps forward than backward, the team should qualify to compete in the finale at the end of the season. According to head coach, Kyle Stailey, the hopes are also to win region and win state. “Our goals are always the same, qualify for state, win region, win state,” Stailey said. The team this year will be led by Zach Cheney, a junior, who is the younger brother of last year’s region champion Chipper Cheney. Zach will be accompanied by a few other varsity golfers, Alex Chift, Scott Robinson and Tyler Nelson, who are all expected to also play well and contribute to the team’s goals and success. Many of the young golfers spend the summer playing a lot of golf, competing in junior golf tournaments throughout the state of Utah. That is one way they keep an edge as noted by the coach. “How much they play during the summer usually determines how much success they’ll have during the season,” he said. Another way the team sharpens its skills

is by practicing on the range. Now that the summer has officially ended and team practice times are back on the schedule, the group will spend a lot of time on various aspects of the game, always looking to shave a stroke or two from their final score. They spend half of their time on the greens, putting and working on chip shots to solidify their short games. The rest of their time is spent practicing tee shots, course management and club selection. The team works with a teaching pro named Randy Collett. “He has been a real asset for our team over the years,” Stailey said. All of these facets combined and applied are what keeps the golfing Beetdiggers moving forward on the course, that and an approach from the coach that focuses on the kids having fun and trying their hardest. Stailey also speaks to his team about having a short memory, a key for any golfer if they wish to be successful. “I tell them each time,” he said, “the last hole or last shot no longer matters, good or bad.” With that philosophy, the coach is able to see his golfers overcome adversity while on the course by giving great efforts and forgetting the fairways and greens they left behind them. With the tactics the team applies in addition the attitude they carry, they are poised to

Jordan golfers Jacob Reese, Rhett Hansen and Drew Olson write their scores during tryouts for 2016—Billy Swartzfager

Jordan’s Drew Olson tees off at tryouts this summer— Billy Swartzfager

finish very well. They placed fourth in the region last season, where they were expected to land, and should do as well if not better this year. By emphasizing the positive characteristics in competition, the team will accomplish much more than winning, which they may very well do. They will leave the course at the end

of a tournament, the end of the season having shown great integrity, which is another piece of their practice routine. Playing smart and playing the right way is a perfect combination to bring out the best golfers possible, and that is what Jordan will need should they meet the goals the have to begin the year, every year. l

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’ve always associated Yellowstone Park with abject terror. A childhood vacation to this national park guaranteed me a lifetime of nightmares. It was the first time we’d taken a family vacation out of Utah and we were ecstatic. Not only would we stay in a motel, but we’d see moose, bears and cowboys in their natural habitat. We prepared for a car ride that would take an entire day, so I packed several Nancy Drew mysteries, and some Judy Blume and Madeleine L’Engle novels just in case. Because my parents couldn’t hand us an iPad and tell us to watch movies for six hours, we brought our Travel Bingo cards with the transparent red squares that you slid over pictures of silos, motor homes and rest areas. For more car fun, there was the license plate game, the alphabet game, sing-alongs, ghost stories and slug bug. Even then, we got bored. Dad decided he’d prepare us for the Yellowstone Park adventure that lay ahead of us. That’s when the trouble started. He told us how beautiful the park was. Then he explained if we fell into a geyser, the heat would boil the flesh off our bones and bleach those bones bright white, and those bones would never be found. He told us when (not if) we encountered bears, we had to play dead or the bears would eat us. We even practiced drills in the car.

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