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Mulligans Saved? How It Got That Way Where the Jordan River runs under 10600 South in South Jordan, various shades of greens and browns stretch north along the river valley. The driving ranges, fairways, roughs and greens of Mulligans Golf & Games are the emerald green and well-manicured neighbor to tall trees and shrubs abutting the Jordan River Parkway Trail. Across the river, yellowing dry grasses and shrubs grow thick on the east bank toward the high-rise buildings on the hill. South Jordan, a former farming community in the southwest Salt Lake valley, saw its population grow steadily in the late 20th century. The city’s population doubled from the 1960s to the 70s, doubled again in the 80s and nearly doubled into the 1990s, when South Jordan was ranked the second fastest growing city in the state of Utah for two years. Even in the early 1990s, though, land in South Jordan still tended to be more open than developed. The city limits stretch from 300 West near Interstate 15, west almost to the base of the Qquirrh Mountains at 7200 West, and span north to south from 9400 South to 11800 South in an irregular rectangle. In early 1994, the city council rezoned the land near where Mulligans now sits from Open Space-Recreational to Low-Density Residential. The change was designed to get the South Valley Sewer District to back off from its plans for a new wastewater treatment plant on the site. The new treatment plant eventually
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arrived downriver, near 7600 South in West Jordan. Making Mulligans In the early 1990s an entrepreneur named Jimmy Blair and a partner acquired a patch of land north of 10600 South, along the west side of the Jordan River. Mulligans was born. Mulligans Golf & Games, 692 West 10600 South, features a diverse array of recreational amenities. Two 9-hole golf courses offer challenges for all levels of golfers. Practice greens and sand traps give golfers a place to work on their short game near the driving ranges. Batting cages provide a range of pitching speeds for work on another type of swing. Two mini-golf courses add entertainment for families. Buying Mulligans In 2004, South Jordan City bought Mulligans, complete with inventory, for $10.8 million. The bond issued to secure the purchase totaled $12.5 million. Around the same time as the Mulligans purchase, South Jordan City sold a 39.5-acre parcel directly north of Mulligans to developers Kem Gardner and John Gust. City council minutes of the June 22, 2004 meeting report that, “Mayor [Kent] Money said the sale of the 40 acres was important to have the means to purchase the Mulligans golf course. He said they are preserving open space.” The sale brought some $3.3 million to
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city coffers, but Mulligans was not paid off. The bond went on requiring annual payments in the range of $450,000 from the city for 10 more years. Range Balls Along with new city council members Chuck Newton and Donald Shelton, Mayor David Alvord took office in January 2014. On his candidacy website, Alvord predicts that with a win in the November 2013 election, “I can arrive at City Hall, be sworn in, and immediately inform the members of the city council that I was elected on a mandate to lower taxes.” Under the heading “Mulligans and other public lands” he explains that, “South Jordan City currently owns a golf course. By some estimates that land is worth 18 million dollars. We should explore the sale of that land to private development.” After he was sworn in, though, the plans under consideration in city hall for the Mulligans location were not discussed openly in early 2014. City officials said little in public about the $300,000 study the city commissioned to evaluate commercial development potential of the Mulligans property. Neighbors of the golf course began to suspect some city action in spring of 2014. At the city council meeting April 15, residents asked direct questions about plans. City officials denied current plans to develop the
Mulligans property. The next day, a resident of the area, Steven Kaufman, took photographs of crews drilling soil samples around Mulligans. Mayor Alvord soon openly acknowledged what had been private discussions with Hale Center Theatre to consider building their new location on the Mulligans site. The deal fell through, but the city’s interest in sale and development did not go away. Ideas floated around city hall for potential retail, offices, restaurants and perhaps some residential in the large green spot on the city’s map. There was talk of making it part of a Transit Oriented Development plan, with the UTA Frontrunner stop just up the hill from the area, to bring in people. South Jordan residents heard about the pricey development analysis report, and they organized and rose up to resist. Save Mulligans arose with urgency in March 2014, at the time that the city’s willingness to consider filling the green space with development became public. Long Drive On the top deck of the two-tier driving range at Mulligans, a line of practice tees arcs along the leading edge of the concrete platform with the supreme view. Below, white dots of range balls litter the large lawn, and beyond, fairways link greens and tees. The green view stops at a row of houses on the north border of Mulligans.
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One Call is All it Takes to Reach South Jordan City By James Luke South Jordan residents now need to know just one phone number to reach any city department or service: 801-446-HELP (4367). The new simplified access phone number is part of recent efforts to make city government more open, accessible and helpful to people who live and work in the city. Whether it is a question regarding trash service or an inquiry about a utility bill, a desire to express concern about the condition of a city park or a comment on a recent city action, or even to report a pothole spotted in a city street, residents need only dial 801-446-4367 to reach a helpful human being who can answer the question or concern, or who will connect the caller to the person best suited to handle it. City Communications Coordinator Tina Brown noted that “the information center the city has is unique.” Rather than robots taking the calls from residents with questions or concerns about city services, she explained, “we have six agents who
take the calls.” Some South Jordan residents may be unaware of the wide range of services and activities that the city has available for recreation, education and entertainment. From events at the Gale Center to making reservations at one of the city’s ball parks or other facilities, from information about costs and hours at the recreation center to details about where to take difficult trash like hazardous waste or e-waste, the city offers information, services, recreation and activities for the benefit of all. Residents now need only make one call, to 801-446-4367, for direct and helpful information about events, hours, costs, services and more at the city’s cultural or recreational centers, or to be put in touch with the pros at Mulligan’s Golf & Games, or to reach the reservation desk at the city parks department, or to talk to city staff about business licensing or zoning questions, or for any of the other myriad of topics that South Jordan residents may need to discuss with their city officials.
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The property the city sold in 2005 with the intent of gathering “the means to purchase the Mulligans golf course” filled in with housing. What had been the open space north of Mulligans along the Jordan River Parkway Trail is a neighborhood. Looking south from the top deck, a tiny village below with its haunted house, black pyramid, red rock formations and lighthouse edges up against a busy six-lane road. Traffic ebbs and flows east and west across the valley along 10600 South just beyond the mini-golf course. Stacked blocks of office buildings stretch into the distance along the river to the south. The low slung profile of restaurants, banks and retail shops edges the north side of the River Front development. The Green People Janalee Tobias holds a group of pictures that recall the view from 10600 South, looking south along the Jordan River in the 1990s. Open grasslands stretched across the river wetlands where office parks and restaurants now cluster. The battle over the development that arose across the street from Mulligans was a defining event in her life, culminating in lawsuits against her and a book telling the story. The group of residents who formed Save Mulligans approached Tobias, also a South Jordan resident who lives further away from the Mulligans property, for an alliance with her organizing skills. The group built momentum
local life and organized appearances en masse at council meetings wearing green T-shirts emblazoned with “Save Mulligans”. The mayor called Save Mulligans supporters “the green people.” The group made the city’s annual Country Fair celebration in June its focal point of increasing organizational efforts. Entries in the South Jordan parade and banners on cars touted the two-word battle cry of the organization’s name. Tobias and others maintained a booth, providing information and getting residents’ opinions on the fate of the Mulligans property. Soon after, bolstered by funds raised, awareness increased, and many more people involved, Save Mulligans published a question in the local South Jordan City Journal newspaper asking if residents supported keeping Mulligans free from development. The results were strongly in favor of saving Mulligans. The city then funded a survey campaign of its own. Originally slated to cost some $90,000 for a more extensive campaign of informing and polling the public on the issues, the council voted 3-2 in favor of going ahead with a $20,400 version of a public poll by political analyst LaVarr Webb and Y2 Analytics. “Fair, Honest, and Unbiased” Tobias pulled out a letter from Mayor Alvord that went out to residents of the city on South Jordan letterhead, at city expense, in advance of the Y2 Analytics survey. “This is not honest public debate, when
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he is trying to influence opinion,” she said, pointing to quotes from the letter to illustrate her point: “Today, the land is worth $60 million, depending on how the land is zoned. The property could bring in $50 million in taxes in the next 30 years . . . your property taxes will be affected by the decisions made for Mulligans’ future.” In a letter that was ostensibly to introduce the topic on which the government wanted to hear the opinions of the public, on official city letterhead with the names of all city council members listed, Alvord said, “My personal feeling is that government should not engage in business enterprises that compete with the private sector.” His vision for filling the space with development comes through clear in the letter, as it had earlier on his candidacy website: “The decision for Mulligans does not have to be all-or-nothing. We could create a new park that is open to all on half of the land, and bring restaurants to the other half.” He concludes the letter with pleasant sounding phrases of official openness that stand in contrast to the tone and statements in the letter in favor of development of the green space. “As your Mayor, I give my personal assurance this survey will be fair, honest, and unbiased.” Regardless of Alvord’s personal opinions, introduced in his letter sent to residents ahead of the survey, though, the tone of the debate soon
changed. The survey results showed strong majority support for keeping all of Mulligans open and green, as had the earlier question in the newspaper sponsored by Save Mulligans. In December 2014, city officials came to the realization that the city could pay the Mulligans bond in full, saving the annual payments of $450,000, which had made it difficult for the recreation center to have positive cash flow for improvements and upkeep. Terms of the bond repayment allowed full payment of the remaining amount due in April 2015 without penalty, saving over a million dollars in interest payments that would have been made over the life of the bond. The city had sufficient funds in its surplus account. South Jordan put together a one-time payment of $4.6 million to retire the debt on Mulligans in April 2015. The city council created the Mulligans Commission to review plans to make the recreation center more successful and attractive to the public. In August, the Mulligans Commission hosted a public meeting about the future of Mulligans. In a statement about the recent gathering, Mark Seethaler, chairman of the Mulligans Commission and a councilmember who is not running for reelection this November, explains, “The questions remaining have to do with how this beautiful amenity within our city is best protected and enjoyed.”
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Bingham High Celebrates 40 Years in South Jordan By Julie Slama A tradition was broken after more than 40 years at the recent Bingham High celebration of the school being in South Jordan. For years, classmates and alumni stand reverently after the performance of the school hymn, “We’ll Always Remember,” with their arms crossed, representing their miner mascot, with their hand feigning to have a pick over the heart and the other, having a shovel crossing over. However, on Sept. 12, the crowd of about 300 Miners and community members broke into applause with a standing ovation after 102-year-old former music teacher Lowell Hicks played the school hymn on the marimbas. He composed the tune in 1953. Hicks thanked the crowd, then joked that he had to break off a previous engagement to play that night. “I cancelled my date with America’s Got Talent where I was going to play ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee,’” he said. The night was filled of other talent
including a solo from “Camelot” by Neal Bergstrom, student body president in 1982; father-son graduates Shane and Kolten Martin strumming guitars and performing “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Johnny B. Goode;” the school dance company and alumni performing to “Yesterday;” and highlights of the 13 most recent years of musical theatre performed by alumni from the classes of 2002 to 2015. The Bingham High Marching Band played the fight song and pep song, and performing alongside were the color guard and cheerleaders. The night was full of reminiscing. Diane Shaw Saltas, who was looking at old yearbooks and spotted a photo of herself as a Minerette, was a member of the first graduating class of the building, in 1976. She has only returned to the school a handful of times. “We were so upset to come here,” she said. “We loved Copperton campus. It was quaint, little, we knew everyone there. In
The Bingham High Marching Band and cheerleaders open the celebration of Bingham High’s 40 years in South Jordan.
fact, two days before our graduation in the auditorium, there was an electrical fire. We were hoping we could hold our graduation back at Copperton, but they fixed up the auditorium and we had it here.” The transition may have been more difficult as workers were still working on the school carpeting, painting, putting in the gym floor and still finishing it, Saltas said. “They weren’t ready for us and we weren’t ready to come,” she said. Bingham High Principal Tom Owen, who served as principal from 1973 through the transition period and until 1977, said school started late because of construction. “Our opening assembly was held in the cafeteria since the auditorium was only a slab on concrete,” he said. “There were no chairs, no lights, no carpet. Students had to bring their own lunch as the cafeteria wasn’t done. The school was far from being completed and we simply weren’t ready for the students. During the assembly, students sat on rolls of carpet while I welcomed them. But out of the corner of my eye, I saw a ceiling tile contractor moving his ladder, working on the tiles in the cafeteria. Next thing I knew, he set his ladder right down in front of me while I was talking to the students.” Owen also remembers that while he was supporting the faculty in introducing a new curriculum for students, he was handling other issues such as not having enough boards to place in front of the stage. “I asked if we separated the boards ½-inch to 3/4-inch, would there be enough to cover
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South JordanJournal .com the front of the stage and the contractors said there would be. So if you look right now, it doesn’t look too bad,” he told the audience. Still, Owen said that the students made the move tolerable and overcame obstacles. “We didn’t move from our traditions and who we were. They showed their character when we moved and had problems, but we held on to our traditions as Bingham Miners,” he said. “It’s still evident today.” Senior Class President 1976 Gary Arnold agreed the students overcame their beloved Copperton campus by the excitement of being the first graduating class in South Jordan. However, he said his favorite photo is of Principal Owen helping install carpeting in the auditorium and a treasured memory was that of a motorcycle being driven through the school before there was carpet. “Even though it was a new school, it
EDUCATION was still our Bingham,” he said. “So when someone spit tobacco chew on the new carpet in the library, someone popped him in the jaw saying not to mess up the carpet. We had a lot of pride at Bingham.” Bob Day, who served as principal from 1980 to 1986, said that the building may have looked great conceptually, but there were headaches. The school started with about 1,200 students, but grew to 3,000, and even with the changing enrollment as new high schools in the south end of the Salt Lake Valley were built and alleviated the population, the design didn’t fit the need of the students. Day said the design was a 1970s approach where the library had an open balcony and classrooms had moveable partitions that allowed room sizes to be altered with the changing enrollment and encouraged teacher collaboration.
An ensemble of musical theater alumni perform “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” from “Guys and Dolls” during Brigham High’s celebration of 40 years in South Jordan.
“Kids were throwing things down from the open balcony onto the library and you could hear someone yelling in all the rooms,” he said. “The basketball floor was made of synthetic material instead of wood and the kids couldn’t stop or start and were getting injured.” Owen recalled that there were problems at the start. “We’d hold four English classes divided by partitions and the students in the back of the English classes could hear what was happening in all four classes,” he said. However, Day said that the faculty and staff held strong. “Throughout it all, the staff hung on as Bingham went through a lot of upgrades that were needed since its first design,” he said. Bingham High Alumni Association President Scott Crump said the five principals that evening who gathered — Owen, Day, Ray Jenson, Jolene Jolley and Chris Richards-Khong — shared stories with one another before they were pinned at the assembly, each reciting the traditional words, “It’s a great day to be a Miner.” The pinning began under Day’s era, when students performed service to the school through academics, service, clubs, sports and other ways. The 40th celebration had special pins commemorating the occasion. The day’s events also included looking at 40-year memorabilia, opportunities to purchase
October 2015 | Page 9 a brick for the legacy plaza, a chance to reminisce in the alumni room, the opportunities to view theater props and posters through the years; a chance to learn about current school clubs and see 500 trophies lining the halls while touring the campus. There also were selections shown of Bingham High’s history in South Jordan from a DVD, “Then, Now, Always” created by Crump and information about the five campuses of Bingham High School since it opened its doors in 1908. Senior Class Secretary Nikki Blandford said that through the two-hour evening assembly, she felt connected to her fellow Miners. “I wish I could share the enthusiasm here tonight with all my classmates who aren’t here,” she said. “We’re just a part of something that is much bigger and they may never know the feeling we got here tonight.” Before the current and former Madrigals gathered on stage to sing the school hymn, emcee Bruce Dunford, who served as student body president in 1987, thanked those who brought the traditions and legacy from Copperton, adding, “Students and teachers may leave Bingham High School, but Bingham will never leave the students and teachers.” After the school hymn, the tradition resumed as students and alumni stood reverently, with their arms crossed.
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Jordan Ridge Holds Technology Night For Parents By Julie Slama Jordan Ridge’s sixth-grade parents got a chance to get a crash course on computer programs their kids are using during the
school’s first Technology Night. “It was a parent night where parents could see what technology the sixth-graders are using
Parents of Jordan Ridge students receive a tutorial on the various technology used by teachers at the school. Photo courtesy of Bryan Youlz
in their classroom,” sixth-grade teacher Cindy Epperson said. The Aug. 19 night began with about 120 parents and students gathered to learn some computer programs such as Skyward, a program to access students’ records; Think Through Math, a program that is geared to ensuring there are no holes in students’ understanding of math; Alex, a math program geared for students in the accelerated class; Keyboarding for Kids; Utah Compose, a program that gives students’ writing prompts to help them practice writing and receive feedback; Google Classrooms, which allows students to access classroom assignments, work together on assignments with peers and turn in their work online to the teacher. After the initial meeting, parents were invited to their students’ classrooms. “I had 10 computers set up and I thought students would show their parents what we’re doing or the parents would try to log on, but more of them wanted to learn in-depth what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. We spent the majority of our time in Google classrooms, which is something that many of them weren’t familiar with,” she said. Epperson said that in her classroom, she may have the day begin with students logging
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Bingham High Introduces Depression, Suicide Prevention Squad By Julie Slama High school, with students wanting to belong, having anxiety and shyness, or fears about test-taking, can be hard, but Bingham High classmates and school advisers realize this and now, through the newly introduced Hope Squad, they hope to provide some assistance. “The Hope Squad is our eyes and ears of our school,” Adviser Michelle Robbins said. “We’re training students to keep an eye out for students who are depressed or suicidal and look on social media to identify warning signs. These students aren’t trained counselors, but they’re there to listen and to ask students to seek help from a trusted adult or the counseling center.” Robbins said that many times students reach out to other students for help. “They see adults as being out of touch, not remembering what high school pressures are like. With the introduction of the Hope Squad, we can try to keep an eye out for each other. Sometimes, something changes in someone, but they still seem happy on the outside, but they could really use a friend,” she said. During the initial year, the 25-member Peer Leadership Team, comprised of juniors and seniors, will sport lanyards identifying themselves as the Hope Squad. In upcoming years, Robbins hopes students will identify each other as leaders they’d talk to or who are good at listening, and those individuals will be asked to join the squad. The group is part of the Hope Squad that began in Provo in 2005 under the direction of Greg Hudnall, who has championed
suicide prevention in Utah schools and communities for over 20 years. Before the Hope4Utah program began in the Provo City School District, there were a couple suicides amongst students annually. Now, Provo is ranked fifth in the nation for youth suicide prevention. Although Bingham hasn’t had any recent suicides that Robbins is aware of, she said it’s time to begin prevention. “We don’t want to start when there is an issue; we want to be proactive in preventing it,” Robbins said. “With technology today, kids are so isolated. They may be hanging out together, but texting other people. There’s little communication so it is harder for kids to connect with one another, but they are willing to put it on social media. That’s why it’s important to get students helping students.” Through the Hope Squad, advisers are coached how to train students to recognize signs of suicide contemplation and how to report this to an adult. This program enhances the procedures schools already have in place, but also it educates students how to interact with, listen, watch and support fellow students who may be struggling, she said.
“It’s a means for kids to connect with one another and support each other that we need,” she said.
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Fire Department Receives New Apparatus and Ladder Truck By Aimee L. Cook Out with the old and in with the new is how the saying goes. When you are a firefighter, the best equipment is essential to your job. Fire Stations 61 and 62 in South Jordan recently received a new apparatus and ladder truck, Engine 62 and Ladder 61 after more than a year spent developing the custom specifications. “We are pleased to have these new pieces of apparatus and associated equipment added to our fleet,” Reed Thompson, battalion chief for South Jordan City, said. “They will be
During an open house on Aug. 29, the South Jordan Fire Department unveiled new state-of-the-art equipment purchased by the city. PHOTO CREDIT- South Jordan City
greatly utilized in all aspects of what we do to meet the needs of our residents, business and industry, and those traveling through our community. At South Jordan Fire Department we strive for excellence in customer service, particularly when you may be having a trying or life altering experience, and this equipment will help us achieve that goal.” South Jordan City is the first in the Salt Lake Valley to receive this new technology. The new apparatus and ladder truck are equipped with electronic Jaws of Life that runs on batteries making the need for hoses or other power sources unnecessary, which can be crucial in a time sensitive situation. “This new apparatus is a wonderful addition to the department. It includes stateof-the-art equipment that will allow firefighters to perform their jobs efficiently and effectively. We are very grateful for the support of the city in purchasing this new equipment,” Fire Chief Andy Butler said. The outgoing fire engine and ladder truck was used in over 30,000 calls during its service time. The ladder truck will be sold and the fire engine will be moved to reserve status.
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Bingham vs. Bishop Gorman: Miners Fell But Didn’t Fail By Kaleb Loftus A game that could have been the win of the year for Bingham quickly turned into the learning experience of the year as the Miners battled the Bishop Gorman Gaels of Las Vegas in South Jordan on Sept. 4. A full stadium and students lining the gates at 2:30 waiting to enter the game preached a “big-game” atmosphere, as the much-anticipated contest started with the wind blowing the ball over on the Miner’s opening kick off, and ended with the Gaels blowing the Miners away. “The game was one of excitement and frustration,” John Lambourne, Bingham head coach, said. Despite the Gaels fumbling just two yards from scoring on their first drive of the game, the Miners couldn’t stop the Texas A&M recruit quarterback Tate Martell who threw for 233 yards in the game, 137 of those yards were to Tyjon Lindsey who also caught a touchdown. The No. 1 ranked Gaels had the seventh ranked Miners chasing them up and down the field during the first half of the game. As the talent of the Gaels shined leading them to a 17-0 halftime lead. Mistakes and poor passing by the Miners kept them from scaling a firsthalf comeback.
“We learned that you have to limit mistakes against a high caliber opponent,” Lambourne said. But the Miners, known for their resiliency, continued to fight. In the third quarter, a quarterback change was made to try and heal the struggling passing game. It ended up being the right call as the backup Matt Degn entered the field and threw to sophomore Brayden Cosper for a touchdown. It seemed the Miners might have some magic in them when down 17-6 in the third quarter forced the Gales to a third down and a stop could change the flow of the game. But just as Bingham lit their spark of hope, the Gales extinguished it. Scoring practically back to back off of a 72-yard rush by Biaggio Ali Walsh and then a pick-six by Damuzhea Bolden for a 75-yard return, the Gaels never let the Miners make up any ground that they gave up in the first half. The Miners finally settled down and began playing with the Gales in the second half, almost equalizing them in points with two more touchdowns by Degn and Cosper. A single missed extra point kick caused the Miners to be outscored in the second half. It was a positive to be taken for the
Miners knowing that if they could have had that consistent play the entire game the final score possibly could have been more favorable. But accurate chants of “this is our house” rang from the Gaels’ fans as the final scored ended 38-20 in favor of Bishop Gorman. Tears were visible on the faces of some Miners as the battle ended revealing the passions and heartache coming from the loss. “It was exciting to play on that stage against a tremendous opponent. It was frustrating to not play the way we would have liked,” Lambourne said.
The still ranked No. 1 in the state Miners will have work to do the remainder of the season, as they will try to bounce back. The Miner’s student section’s cheers, “Bingham, you can do it,” will be proven as a fact or opinion later on as the boys in blue still have a strong chance of taking their share of the state championship. “We see lots of potential in this team. I was proud of the fact that we never quit,” Lambourne said.
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South Jordan Police Receive Accreditation from Utah Association of Chiefs of Police By James Luke
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in a mostly unused small office in the basement of South Jordan City Hall, the headquarters of the city’s police department. The file drawer, full end-toend with dark brown hanging file folders that he and others in the department have filled, represents the work involved in achieving accreditation. Each folder contains a unique document from the department’s records. It may be a note in a police report, a vehicle service record, an officer commendation or discipline, a photograph, or some other type of proof on paper to demonstrate that the South Jordan Police Department has actually complied with a particular department policy or procedure. The audit at the conclusion of the accreditation procedure involves two assessors from the UACP who come to the department to review department records and certify compliance with all standards. Accreditation gives law enforcement agencies in Utah a means
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to demonstrate compliance with accepted standards. First, though, the documentation must be meticulously tracked down in department records, collected into individual file folders on each standard involved in accreditation, and organized for the auditors’ review. This is where Officer Tingey, as well as his predecessor in the position, Sergeant Allen Crist, and many others in the department have come in to the process. The department saw the fruition of all the work of the past two years to assemble the paperwork to establish consistent and correct application of department policies. “Law enforcement executives who choose to have their agencies accredited under this program will have all aspects of their operations examined,” noted the UACP in explaining the accreditation program on its website. The association goes on to explain that the program is not intended to rate one department over another one, “but rather to examine each agency’s policies to insure important areas are addressed.” Lt. Robert Hansen, SJPD, explained the stress of the process on a police department plainly when he notes that “it’s really having someone come in and open your drawers. And a lot of agencies won’t do that.” In the case of South Jordan Police Department, Hansen noted, former Chief Shepherd “had the forethought to say ‘we’re doing the right things the right ways, come in and check us out.’” South Jordan Police Department has recently replaced its reliance on a physical manual of more than 300 pages with a continuously updated online policy guide. The computer policy manual, which comes from a company called LEXIPRO, alerts the department if a new decision from the Supreme Court or a new regulation from the state legislature, for example, dictates a policy change. “Most agencies have gone to LEXIPRO,” Hansen noted, explaining the online service. “The reason is, because it updates frequently,” so that the department remains current on changes in the law or policy. He pointed to recent changes in rules regarding body cameras as an example of the need for the online service that updates regularly with changes in the law.
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Cities Benefit From Membership in Utah League of Cities and Towns By James Luke Of the 243 cities and municipalities in Utah, 13 are newly created since 1996. Regardless whether a city has a decade or less of experience in the business of municipal governance, though, like Cottonwood Heights, created by vote in 2005, or whether it traces its history back to the mid-19th century, as do many cities in the area, the Utah League of Cities and Towns is available to offer assistance and advice on the challenging process of running a city. Formed in 1907, the ULCT represents the cities (municipalities with a population over 1,000) and towns (those under 1,000) of Utah with advice on state and federal concerns as well as sage guidance on all sorts of municipal issues. Whether the question is about how to draft a local resolution or the best way to handle a city tax question, ULCT has experts on the board and among its membership to offer invaluable guidance. The ULCT is not a governmental agency, but is governed by an inter-local
agreement among the cities and towns that participate. The organization does not take a position in favor of any political party. The 18-member ULCT board consists of local officials from municipalities of all sizes and types throughout the state. Board members are elected in September at the group’s annual convention. The board also determines the yearly budget and goals for the ULCT at the convention. Duties of board members run the gamut of tasks typical of a large organization. Beginning with attendance and participation in meetings of the ULCT, those on the board have assignments to attend various committees or meetings of other groups that have an interest in the organization. Board members also have responsibilities to maintain contact with representatives of the member cities and towns, and to provide guidance to the local government as needed. Committees of the ULCT track the legislative activity of the Utah legislature and Congress in Washington, D.C. to stay abreast of
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As Eye See It Information on Vision and Eye Health by Dale F. Hardy, O.D. During summer vacation, I spent some time reading several studies related to children and vision and thought I would share some of the high points from them with parents as they prepare their child to go back to school. One of the studies, which is not really very new, and is a repeat of a prior study done by Columbia University, looked at the various tasks performed in a classroom and how much of what is done requires vision. The number was over 85% of classroom tasks required vision, not just vision was nice to have, but was required to do the task. It follows in my mind, then, that not having good vision would handicap a child’s school experience. Hard to get things right when you are not sure if the teacher just wrote a 3 or an 8 on the board. Another study that I found interesting indicated that up to 40% of children with a tentative diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder actually had uncorrected vision and/or hearing problems that made it difficult for them to attend to tasks. It appears that a tentative diagnosis means that it was not confirmed by a positive response to medication. The authors of this study were recommending that a multi-disciplinary approach to these cases would be the best method of assuring proper treatment. The last study I am going to review related to school vision screenings and why they are not adequate as an eye examination. This study was done in Kentucky and all children in the study were given both a standard school screening and then a comprehensive eye examination. 1 out of 4 children who passed the screenings were diagnosed with an eye or vision problem that needed correction in the full examination. The worst part of this report was that only 1 out of every 10 notifications sent home to the parents advising them that they needed to take their child in for a complete examination were ever returned to the school. When they followed up to see how many had been taken to the eye doctor, only 1 out of 8 parents had done that. Many reported never seeing the note so maybe it never got home, but it did show problems in school to parent communication. If you have children in your home, whether you use my office or someone else, please make good vision a part of your back-to-school preparation. You can contact my office at 801253-1374. Dr. Hardy’s office is located at 10372 South Redwood Road, South Jordan.
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Family-oriented Race Takes Runners from Temple to Temple By Kaleb Loftus Nearly 450 community members stood dancing in place at 7 a.m. in an effort to stay warm while waiting for the countdown to begin the race. It was the Temple to Temple Steeplechase, a 5-mile run that began early on Labor Day. In its seventh year, the annual race drew the largest amount of participants in its history. Darylne McPheeters, one of the races founders and organizers was excited to see the unity the race brings. “I had a woman from Southern California, who spoke to me at the finish line and was in town visiting her daughter. Her daughter had run the Temple to Temple on a previous year also. She said she had such a wonderful experience that next year she would bring more family with her and they would all do it,” McPheeters said. The race is family oriented and many families participated together. James and Hayley Neider were able to run together as
husband and wife and really enjoyed the time to bond. “It’s great, there’s such a feeling of unity and we don’t get to run together that often so it’s really enjoyable,” James said. “I think the unique thing about this race is it has a community feel to it. The community draws together and it supports a great cause,” James said. The race earnings are donated to the Temple Patrons Fund where LDS families who don’t have the means to go to the temple are financially helped to do so. The race started at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, went north down 4000 West, turned east down 9800 South and finished going south on 1300 West to the Jordan River Temple. From running with dogs to walking with strollers the race was a great experience for all who participated. One of Darylne’s favorite moments was when, “one family of six finished hand in hand. It was really sweet to see.” The family-finish felt right for many participants symbolically-- as in the temple,
members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be sealed together as a family for allwe eternity. specialize in car “The race has a lot of symbolism of windows getting to heaven and the temple,” Hayley too! said. She appreciated the scenery as much as the exercise, and finished first among the women runners. “It’s symbolic because there might be a first place winner, but what matters is that we all make it. Just like in heaven. In fact you probably don’t want to get there first. You want to get there together,” James said. Family members who finished the race went back and ran with those who hadn’t yet. “Each year I have people who go the fivemile distance and at the finish line, they say, ‘Thanks so much for doing this! I love doing this with my community!’” McPheeters said.
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About 1,400 South Jordan Middle School students gathered Sept. 11 in front of their school in honor and respect for military men and women, past and present, as part of their Sunrise Salute for Patriot’s Day. The event began with a flag raising ceremony by Boy Scouts followed by a student led tribute to
those who serviced and are serving our country. Students sang “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America” and Principal Shawn McLeod spoke to students, parents and members of the community in attendance. Photo courtesy of Jordan School District
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Now that the fall weather is upon us, taking a hike with your four-legged friend is more enjoyable. You and your dog can walk or hike greater distances in the cooler weather and take in more of the scenic hikes around this great state. Portia Ogara, owner of “Everyone ‘n Their Dog” pet services, hikes a pack of various size dogs several times a week. She also offers specialty walks for dogs that can’t be socialized that need to be on leash. “I don’t use dog parks very much anymore, except for my older dogs, because they just don’t offer enough variety to really exercise the dogs,” Ogara said. “Sadly, people aren’t very good at watching their dogs either and with my occupation, I don’t need a dog fight breaking out.” Taking into account the many parks, pathways, and hikes she has traveled on over the years with her clients, here are her top five picks. Perry’s Hollow: Located in the upper avenues of Salt Lake City, just off of Tomahawk Drive, this hike offers a choice of either hiking the bobsled or you can traverse up for a great, energetic burn. Neff’s Canyon: Located in the Olympus Cove area, this canyon is accessible year round. This hike offers two choices -- you can go up the main trail, which is wide open, but somewhat strenuous; or take the lower trails that are shaded from the sun and less difficult. You can hike up the meadows which is about a mile and half walk.
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Is Frugal the New Sexy? By Joani Taylor Several money-saving blogs I’m familiar with are pushing frugal as the “new sexy,” going so far as to admit that finding a bargain is a high and deals must be purchased now, without thought, or will never be available again. While I’m personally excited to see more people striving to achieve a secure financial future, my hope is that, like all extremes, these dealfinding bloggers aren’t missing the mark and actually creating unnecessary, and even impulsive, spending habits. Living and saving money takes practice, time and most of all commitment, and
can’t be achieved in a day. It takes work, is time consuming and often requires long-term sacrifice. With that being said, putting a few simple techniques into play could save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars yearly. Here are a couple of un-extreme ideas to help get you started on your frugal journey. Cut back on eating out: An article on Fox News reports that Americans are actually spending more on eating out than they are at the grocery store. What’s even more interesting, the article sites that younger generations are more apt to habitually eat out than their baby boomer parents, stating that they use eating out as a time to socialize and connect. This left me scratching my head, as it’s rare I see this generation eating out without looking at their phones for at least half of the meal. #socialconnecting Hashtags and sarcasm aside, considering that the average price of a single meal at a “nothing
exciting” restaurant comes in at around $12, and the price of dinner for two at a midrange restaurant is as much as $45, forgoing eating out a couple of times could easily cover an entire weeks’ worth of groceries for a family of two or three, or even four if you are a frugal shopper. Throw in packing a lunch to work in lieu of your burger and fries and you’ll save another $3-$5 a day. That could add up to $1,700 a year, not to mention the additional health benefits. Wait to buy: Wait at least 48 hours before deciding to buy anything over a certain price point: mine is $50. During that time, ask yourself some questions: Do I need this right now? The keyword is now. If the answer is no, start watching for a better price, and challenge yourself to find one. Chances are, when you do, you’ll wonder why you wanted the item in the first place. How will you pay for it? Are you going to give up something to have it? Do you have space for it? Is the item going to create debt? If you’re going into debt for an item, you could end up paying double or more for it. Is it worth that? Once the 48-hour waiting period is over, you may find that the object desired really isn’t worth the price, or you may have forgotten about it altogether.
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Junk in the Trunk By Peri Kinder
Trunks are super useful. If you’re an elephant, they’re a necessity. If you want to change a tire, hide Christmas gifts or transport a body, trunks are invaluable. But I don’t understand the connection between trunks and Halloween. Why is trunk-ortreating a thing? In the U.S., trick-or-treating started after WWII when children went door to door begging for food on Thanksgiving (not joking). Then they continued begging through Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and so on, so I guess someone decided to create a national begging celebration on Halloween. This mass candy solicitation certainly worked for me for many years. Part of the thrill of trick-or-treating was leaving the familiar neighborhoods, searching for the families handing out full-size Butterfingers. We’d come home with pillowcases full of candy, after walking miles and miles through
Murray. Now, in our heavily-sanitized society, parents want to make sure their kids won’t be handed anything with sugar or gluten, or have to interact with neighbors they’ve never met—so trunk-or-treating was introduced. I know some churches feel trunk-ortreating (Halloween tailgating) is a way to watch over kids while keeping demonic costumes to a minimum. In fact, kids are often encouraged to dress as Bible characters. (Side note: If I was forced to dress as a woman from the Bible, I’d be Jael and I’d carry Sisera’s head with a nail shoved through his temple. But that’s just me. The Book of Revelations also has some pretty messed-up oddities. My daughters could easily have passed for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on any given day.) Anyway. Part of growing up is being terrified all the time. Kids have so little control over their lives and, unfortunately,
they learn early on that life can be scary and unpredictable. As kids on Halloween, we got super scared, but we also knew that, deep down, we truly were safe. Visiting haunted houses made us feel brave. In our minds, going from house to house, asking strangers for candy, was akin to walking down a dark alley in New York City. There was always one house on the block you were afraid to visit because it had strobe lights, shrieking screams, ghoulish laughter when you rang the bell and an unidentifiable zombie handing out treats with his bloody hands. Even scarier was the house where the neighborhood witch resided. Lights turned off. No jack o’ lantern. You knew she was sitting in the dark, staring out her window, ready to cast spells on children who came to her door. Additionally, my mom had me
paranoid about eating any unwrapped candy, convinced my friend’s mom had dipped the open jawbreaker in bleach several times before handing it to me. But really? How many people did you know that found a razor blade in their apple or received temporary tattoos laced with acid? On Nov. 1, when we woke up with piles of candy, stomachaches and Halloween makeup smeared on our pillows, we also felt we had survived something frightening—and imagined ourselves a little bit braver as we faced our lives. But trunk-or-treating is not remotely scary, unless your trunk is part of a 1950s Cadillac hearse, complete with creaky coffin and a driver named Lurch. Maybe instead of meeting in church parking lots, we can stay in our homes and hand out candy as kids go door-to-door. I think that idea might just catch on.
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