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Fire Chief Passes The Helmet By Karen Holt Bennion


New South Jordan Fire Chief Andy Butler (right) is sworn into office by City Recorder Anna West, as friends, coworkers and family look on.

hris Evans, who has been South Jordan’s fire chief for 13 years, has hung up his hat. He said goodbye to friends and coworkers at a retirement dinner on Dec. 12, and is now looking forward to less stress and more time for travel and family fun. Evans’ wife, Diana, works for West Jordan City, but when she’s home with him she already notices a difference in her once-busy husband. “This is a whole new world for him,” she said. “I absolutely, positively love seeing this fun, happy side of him.” Evans’ 31-year career actually began in West Jordan in 1983 as a parttime fire fighter. He was promoted to a full-time public safety officer in two years. He served in many positions while in West Jordan, including patrol officer, SWAT medic, fire lieutenant and fire captain. One major impact he had on the department was when he became the first full-time training officer and developed and used a 13-week recruit training academy. This included an in-service training program and a firefighter safety and survival course. He made the move to South Jordan in the fall of 2001, where he went to work devising and implementing new programs as the operations battalion chief. Between grant writing, developing the city’s SWAT team, managing the

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What’s In Your Basement? By Karen Holt Bennion



omething deadly could be lurking around the dark and dank corners of your basement, more dangerous than the bogeyman. The culprit is radon gas. During January’s Radon Awareness Month, the topic of radon prevention was brought up at a South Jordan city council meeting and at a Radon Awareness Open House on Jan. 21, at City Hall. Radon is a gas that originates from soil containing uranium. As the uranium breaks down, it creates this gas that can seep into homes and businesses through holes and cracks in foundation. The Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality sets a standard number for normal radon levels of 4.0 picoCuries per liter, or pCi/L. Long-term high levels of radon can cause lung cancer. In fact, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Resident Dennis Flynn told city officials at the Jan. 6, city council meeting that after learning about radon from a neighbor, he tested his home, which his family moved into in 2012. He was shocked to find that the results were almost 10 times the normal amount of 4.0 pCi/L. His Daybreak home, which was built in 2011, climbed to a level of 39.1 pCi/L. The home has since been mitigated and vented. The builder had purposely left a 12-inch diameter hole in the home’s foundation, which was left uncovered. This was so that the basement could eventually be finished. “What really makes me concerned is that our 2-yearold daughter has been living here her entire life,” Flynn said.

“The health risk to her is nearly twice the risk for adults.” When 1,114 random homes in South Jordan were tested for radon in 2014, the results were interesting. A little over 43 percent of the homes tested at 5.1 pCi/L. Since much of South Jordan lies in areas that used to be owned and mined by Kennecott Utah Copper, the question of its uranium tailings affecting the soil came up at the Jan. 6 city council meeting. “This could be possible. However, it’s more likely that there are just pockets of uranium An open house to raise awareness of the dangers of radon was held on Jan. 21 at South Jorstuck in the thick, clay soil that Jordan Valley dan City Hall. Visitors were informed about the dangers of radon and how to test for the gas. is known for,” said Alyssa Mitchell, Salt Lake County Dept. of Health educator. “The most important thing vent. This method will reduce radon much more substantially. now is to educate residents of the dangers of radon and to let Many home developers are now educating their customers people know how easy it is to test for it.” about the dangers of radon and offering to place a venting Radon test kits are available at most home stores and system while the home is being built. can also be obtained through the Utah Dept. of Environmental However, there is no state law or code that requires home Quality’s website. builders to add radon venting systems as a normal home feature. If a radon test comes back showing a high radon count, “It’s basically up to residents to become informed and residents should take steps to have their homes mitigated be proactive about this deadly gas,” said Tina Brown, South or vented in order for the non-odorous gas to make its way Jordan communications coordinator. “That’s why this outreach outside. A passive approach to take care of radon is to have program is so important.” a professional install a vent. This process can reduce the gas The open house was very well attended. as much as 50 percent. “ At least 60 people lined up in front of the locked doors A more active manner of mitigation is to add a fan to the right before opening,” Brown said. l

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As Eye See It Information on Vision and Eye Health by Dale F. Hardy, O.D. Diabetes is a leading cause of death, disability, and blindness in the United States for adults aged 20-74. The American Diabetes Association reports that nearly 21 million US citizens are diabetic and 54 million are pre-diabetic. About 4 million have diabetic retinopathy and are at risk for blindness. Diabetes prevents the body from making or using insulin properly to break down sugar in the bloodstream. Although many people talk about diabetes as a “sugar problem”, one of the main effects of diabetes is on the vascular system. That is why diabetics tend to have problems related to the vascular system including heart problems, loss of kidney function, and amputation of limbs. Diabetes can also lead to damage to the blood vessels of the eye, causing them to leak plasma or to hemorrhage. This is a serious complication, and, if left untreated, can lead to permanent vision loss and blindness. The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include fluctuations in vision, blurry vision, occasional double vision, problems with night vision, and flashes and floaters. As this gets worse, you may see holes in your vision. Diabetes may also contribute to the early development of cataracts, glaucoma, strabismus (lack of eye alignment) and decreased corneal sensitivity. Testing for diabetic retinopathy is mainly done by visual inspection of the interior of the eye. This is best done with the pupils dilated. I personally prefer to take a photo of the interior of the eye so that I can view the eye in detail without having to worry about the patient moving or blinking just as I focus in on something. I can also change magnification of digital photos. The main treatment for diabetic retinopathy is prevention. Strict adherence to your medical doctor's instructions on diet, exercise, and medication can lower your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy by as much as 76%. Once developed you may be able to reverse the problem with more strict control of sugar levels or may need more serious treatments with laser to slow progression and damage. Once damage occurs, the effects may be permanent. If you have diabetes and would like your eyes evaluated you can contact my office at 801-253-1374. Dr. Hardy's office is located at 10372 South Redwood Road, South Jordan. paid advertisement

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ON THE COVER Fire Chief continued from page 1 hazardous materials and technical rescue teams, Evans also found time to put together victim advocate and emergency management programs. “He did a really good job and had a lot of innovations,” firefighter/ paramedic Sean Hines said. In August 2005, Evans was promoted to deputy fire chief, and six months later, he became fire chief. During his tenure as chief, he developed state and nationally recognized programs such as putting AEDs in new and existing business and offering free AED and CPR training. “He left an unforgettable mark on this community,” City Manager Gary Whatcott said. Evans is now enjoying added responsibilities placed upon him as a grandfather to two little girls, one of whom calls him “Papi.” The once on-the-go fire chief now holds a toy phone at his side, which is a big difference to the two phones he carried with him day and night. “This is a first in his career that I’ve never seen him with one or two cell phones by his side,” his wife jokingly said. As soon as Evans recovers from back surgery he underwent in early January, he and his wife will begin making plans to take a cruise around the world. (He was unable to be interviewed for this story due to his recovery.) New Fire Chief Andy Butler was sworn in at the Dec. 16 city council meeting and said that the transition to his new role has gone smoothly so far. “We’ve been lucky because we were able to work together for a while,” he said of former Chief Evans. Butler’s career started with the Draper City ambulance team in 1995. He also worked with Salt Lake County Fire Department. He joined the South Jordan Fire Department in 1997 as a part-time employee, and in 1999, he went full-time.

Retiring South Jordan Fire Chief Chris Evans (left) talks with City Councilmember Don Shelton during his retirement dinner. Photo courtesy of Mark Seethaler Butler has also held a variety of positions such as SWAT medic, hazardous material tech. grant writing specialist. He also worked in public outreach programs and did recruitment and hiring work. One of Butler’s biggest challenges will be to accommodate the future growth of the city and of the fire department. “We’ll need to manage the growth, which includes the financial growth, in an efficient way,” he said. “We’re going to grow here really quickly.” Butler’s family is adjusting to his new position, knowing that more of his time will be taken up at work. His wife Brooke and 5-yearold son Hudson, along with family members, looked on as he took his oath of office in the city council chambers on Dec. 16. l

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local state senator wants to give cities and towns the ability to authorize charter schools. Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, is sponsoring SB34 that would add cities and towns to the list of government bodies that can approve charter school applications, subject to the vote of the state school board and State Charter School Board. Currently, three entities can approve charter schools: a local school board, the board of trustees of a college or university, or the State Charter School Board. The State Charter School Board most often approves charter schools. “As a general rule, it is good to have more authorizers in the state,” said Royce Van Tassell, executive director of the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools. He said that the 3 percent fee that the school would have to pay to when they apply for authorization may cause some concern. Schools might rather apply to an entity that doesn’t charge a fee. SB34 will be discussed in the 2015 legislative session, which began Jan. 26. The Utah Board of Education and Utah PTA have not yet taken a formal position on the bill. “The primary motive is to help cities that are high growth locations where we have some issue with being able to justify bonding (for new schools) as soon as we like to by (being) able to offload some of the student demand with charter schools,” Osmond said. However, he also emphasized that these charter school are not just being built “to house

students.” A “high quality academic output” will still be expected from charter school applicants. Whether or not the law would be used will depend on the area, but areas of high growth would be more likely to use the law, if passed. Osmond anticipates opposition from those

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acie Sanderson will be teaching classes about online scrapbooking in February for South Jordan’s Arts at the Gale program. Although she’s only been doing it for a little over a year, Sanderson hopes that she can teach South Jordan residents to love it as much as she does. “I’ve kind of been looking more into it now that I’m going to be teaching the classes, but I’m a little new at it too,” Sanderson said. Sandi Kirkendoll is the chair of South Jordan City’s Public Arts and Cultural Development Board, and she taught a quilting class for January’s Arts at the Gale classes. Kirkendoll saw some of Sanderson’s collages on Facebook, liked what she saw and asked if she would want to teach. “I actually kind of just like to use an app on my phone. It’s basically just an app that puts collages together . . . I’m not really like a sit-down and scrapbook type of person. I like to put the collages together on my phone

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S outh JordanJournal .com right off, then you can change it before it’s done. I like that because I feel like sometimes I add too much.” because I think it works out a little faster,” Sanderson said. The first class is on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and Sanderson uses two apps, Photo Grid and Pics will cover the basic dos and don’ts of how to get started Collage, on her phone to create her photo collages. Using in scrapbooking using an app on a computer. During the technology to scrapbook allows her to share her work on first class, Sanderson will also talk with participants social media websites instantly. about what types of equipment they’ll need for the rest “If you’re a person like me who feels like you’re of the classes. not really crafty on your own, then doing scrapbooking The second class is on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. online gives you lots of options. Also, you can erase it,” In this class, Sanderson will cover how to scan pictures Sanderson said. “If it’s not something that looks good into the computer, how to organize pictures to make them look best and how to focus them around a theme. The Arts at the Gale program continues into February with classes about online The last class is Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7 scrapbooking, which will be taught by Kacie Sanderson, pictured with her family. p.m. During this class, Sanderson will brush up on everything covered in the previous classes and field questions from the participants. They will also share everybody’s results with the rest of the class. “I just like that these are free community classes. If you’re interested in learning something, but it’s maybe not something that you can financially do or learn about, then it’s cool that there are free mini-classes to go and learn the basics of things,” Sanderson said about the Arts at the Gale program. In March, Arts at the Gale will feature classes about Shakespeare for kids. The first class is on March 3; it will be about “As You Like It.” The second is on March 10, and it will be about “Hamlet.” Both start at 7 p.m. Rebeca and Joel Wallin will teach both classes. l

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Warm Up Your Mutt continued from page 5 Kim Osieja came up with the idea for this event, so she was there with her 10-year-old dog Bear. Osieja just moved to Daybreak about three months ago. “We moved here because it’s a very dog-friendly area . . . Bear just loves it,” Osieja said. Bear is a German shepherd mix that Osieja adopted from the Humane Society when he was just 7 months old. Osieja’s niece Torrie also turned up with her two Great Danes named Scooby and Shadow. “We wanted to put together more dog events to get a dog community together and socializing, so that people with dogs as a common interest can get together. I don’t have any kids, and so my dog is my baby. It’s fun to get together with other people who have animals too,” Osieja said. l

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City Salaries Get A Boost By Karen Holt Bennion


espite the objections of a single South Jordan resident at a city council’s public hearing, the council recently approved a salary hike for the part-time mayor and the rest of the elected officials Councilmember Steve Barnes was the sole member who voted against the measure. He wanted to have the increase go into effect in early 2016 when the officials had been in their positions longer. After comparing numbers with other cities in the Salt Lake Valley, and reviewing populations, the salaries and the percentages that those current salaries take up in a city’s budget, South Jordan’s newly formed compensation committee made a recommendation that the police department, fire department and elected officials be given an increase in pay. The committee was formed in 2014. Prior to this, pay raises were taken care of the city’s human resources department. Former city council member Larry Short angrily told the mayor and city council that a raise in salary for the elected officials was not in the best interest of the people of South Jordan. “You knew what the pay was, and you knew it wasn’t full time when you took these jobs,” Short said. Upon listening to Councilmember Chris Rogers use salary comparisons of neighboring towns, Short became even more frustrated. “I didn’t know you had to keep up with the Joneses and where other cities are at,” he said. “If you start taking more and more, residents will have to pay more and more.” Short insisted that he had no problem with a new step pay plan that will boost salaries for the city’s emergency responders. Chief of Staff Paul Cunningham was a proponent of giving a raise to police officers and firefighters. He said it was much needed in order to hold on to many of the employees. “We were losing many good officers and firefighters to other cities due to their rate of pay,” he said. Rogers, who formulated a table using elected officials’ salaries from 15 cities in the Salt Lake Valley including numbers from Salt Lake County officials, went through the comparisons at the council meeting. “Fire department, police department, city council and mayor recommendations [from the committee] were unanimous,” he said. Rogers was happy with the results of the committee’s study on salaries. “It was a complete evaluation in my mind, and it was a fair evaluation. Nobody goes into public office to make money. What we tried to do is to try to put us in the middle,



outh Jordan’s compensation committee was formed in 2014. Members of the committee include: David Alvord, mayor (Chairman) Chris Rogers, council member Gary Whatcott, city manager Paul Cunningham, chief of staff Teresa Cook, South Jordan Human Resources representative Jared Olsen, a resident who has experience in human resources

using data, not conjecture,” he said. However, Short was not swayed by this reasoning. He was still upset by the health insurance benefits for the officials. “You seem to be getting more and more benefits from this than you deserve,” he said. “You’ll be getting more benefits than a fulltime employee of the city.” Despite Short’s remarks, the council voted 4-1 to approve the salary increases. Along with a cost-of-living pay raise of 2.75 percent, health insurance coverage for the mayor and council members will include an 80 to 20 split with a similar cash-out option. “Just as for all other South Jordan employees,” Rogers said. A monthly stipend for “personal communication devices” use was also agreed upon. The new salaries went into effect on Jan.1. l

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Congratulations South Jordan City Youth Council! Mayor: David L. Alvord

THE CURRENT 2015 YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBERS: Alexa Allen, Savannah Allen, Xan Allen, Nathan Balls, Kalyssa Barnes, Sarah Bennett, Rebecca Bingham, James Bonnemort, Sarah Bonnemort, Andrew Boswell, Jiahui (Karen) Chen, Janell Christensen, Kacy Christensen, Karlie Christensen, Kiylee Christensen, Adam Cox, Jacob Craghead, Janae Cronenwett, Joshua Degn, Lyndon Dial, Noelle Dickerson, Mary Dodge, Sarah Draper, Samantha Druce, Kenzie Evans, Grace Fairbanks, Tiffany Ferrel, Michelle Figueroa, Hadley Goff, Marisa Green, Alexis Hansen, Jacob Hawkins, Kira Howarth, Austin Jager, Cydney Knight, Natasha Lonni, Kayla Lyman, Daylen J. Miller, Megan Murphy, Riley Nelson, Sean Nelson, Tanner Nielson, Annabella Patty, David Patty, Sridharan Radhakrishnan, Nikita Siddamsettiwar, Laura Simpson, Brock Sivulich, Abby Smith, Baylee Smith, Jenessa Soutas, Jessica Teply, Lindsey Teply, Guilherme Vendemiatti, Clara Wahlquist, Jeffery Wang, Jaedon White, Joshua White, Catheren Zook and Zachary Zwahlen. Youth Council Advisor: Ms. Sheila Angerhofer. South Jordan City Mayor: Mr. David L. Alvord.

City Council Members Steve Barnes Donald J. Shelton Mark Seethaler Chuck Newton Christopher J. Rogers Appointed Officials City Manager: Gary L. Whatcott Interim City Attorney: Ryan Loose Chief of Staff: Paul Cunningham South Jordan City Hall 1600 W. Towne Center Drive South Jordan, Utah 84095 (801) 254-3742

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South Jordan Students Learn Marine Science In After-School Class

Jordan Ridge Elementary’s fourth-grade team recently won the state Creative Pursuits Bowl at South Jordan Middle School. Each of the five members received a trophy. At the bowl, the fourth-graders competed in a three-part competition: an original board game that ties into their grade-level curriculum, a skit to highlight the model and a demonstration of impromptu thinking skills. The students had to meet guidelines, such as materials they could use, a $10 cost limit and time period, and the more creative they were, the

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ne of the first things South Jordan Middle School science teacher Scott Roskelley tells his marine science students is that the ocean affects the world around them, even in land-locked Utah. “This class allows students to explore the different areas of the ocean and how we impact it, both in good and bad ways,” he said. In cooperation with the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, funding from the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative and the support of South Jordan Middle School and Jordan School District administrators, Roskelley was able to create a non-credit, 16week marine science course for ninth-grade students. The after-school class meets for two hours every Tuesday at the aquarium, which provides classroom and laboratory space. Roskelley said 34 students signed up for the class, but the class size was limited to 16. “I knew I had some students interested in marine science, but I was really surprised at the number of students who are willing to put in the work for a non-credit class. These kids are here because they really want to learn about marine science,” he said.

The class covers characteristics of seawater, currents and tides, plankton, invertebrates, marine plants, boney fishes, cartilaginous fishes, marine birds and mammals and ecosystems. Roskelley, who has his master’s degree in marine biology from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, developed the class and has used material from the University of Alaska — Fairbanks as a framework for the course syllabus. Since there was more demand for the class than spots available, Roskelley is looking into teaching classes this spring and summer. He also is working with the district to offer credit for those students enrolled in the course and to get additional microscopes and other equipment for the class. Within each lesson, students are required to do research, write reports, create powerpoint presentations or perform laboratories. “Students are learning math, science, English, public speaking and skills they can use in a career in marine science or another field,” Roskelley said. The final lesson in his course brings it back to human impact on the ocean. Roskelley

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South Jordan Middle School ninth-graders Demi Sintz and Makayla Peck participate in a non-credit, 16-week marine science course after school at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Scott Roskelley acknowledged that generally the focus is on pollution, habitat loss and the effects of technology on wildlife, but he wants students to learn positive ways humans have influence with the ocean. “We’ll brainstorm concepts and then have students write a report, create a tri-fold, or develop a power point to present what they’ve learned to the class. We know there are efforts that have helped with our oceans. This allows students to use an idea they want to show a positive impact as well,” he said. l


better they scored. Other skills students needed were in research, social studies, technology, language arts, public speaking, organization, memorization, collaboration, science, flexibility, originality and teamwork. Pictured are members Andrew Shackleford, Nethra Suresh, Lydia Perry, Somya Paritala and Clara Wicker performing their skit to highlight their board game on the water cycle. —Julie Slama

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From The Inside Out By Mark Seethaler, South Jordan City Council

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t is not an arrogant government that chooses priorities; it’s an irresponsible government that fails to choose,” said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. With just a simple click on the South Jordan city website the current strategic priorities set by our city council can be viewed. From the online introduction we read: The City has long honored its commitment of maintaining outstanding programs and services to the community… a conservative approach to budgeting… providing excellent customer service.” Where we start and stop with programs, services, taxing and spending is increasingly guided by our council-driven priorities. This is complemented by a priority-based budget initiative underway with City Manager Gary Whatcott and Finance Director Sunil Naidu - a completely new look at how we address what matters most within our available resources. For starters, what matters most is providing essential services.



Despite more than doubling our population, our buildings and our emergency responses, growth in fire personnel is less than 50% - from 33 to 48 since 2001. Our fire chief is proposing a third fire station to meet service commitments. We own the proposed site on 1000 West; build-out will cost approx. $3.5 million. I am committed to our strategic priorities, our priority-based budgeting, and collaborative effort to address all requirements of public safety and public works – without which little else matters.

Fire Chief Chris Evans is now retired, but his legacy will long benefit our city and residents. He began his career more than 31 years ago with West Jordan City, then was hired as an operations battalion chief by our fair city in 2001, and was appointed to serve as our fire chief in January 2006. During his tenure our department has matured and there hasn’t been a single fire-related fatality within our city. We are deeply grateful for Chief Evans’ service and wish him and his family much happiness. On Dec. 16, former Fire Battalion Chief Andy Butler, was sworn in as our new fire chief. We congratulate Chief Butler and wish him the best, together with our complete department of 48-strong professional firefighters and paramedics. But wishing isn’t enough. We must prioritize our fire and paramedic services to meet the demands of our city which is among the top five fastest growing (more than 50,000 in population) in the U.S. the past two years. In Chief Butler’s words “The greatest challenge facing the fire department is managing growth within the city and the department in a way that is fiscally responsible and allows us to maintain a service level that is consistent with what the community expects from its fire department. Balancing these two things - fiscal responsibility and service level demands will take collaboration between many stakeholders including residents of the city, the mayor and city council, city administrative staff, fire department administration and members.” Not only do I agree with our new chief, but I am impressed with his collaborative approach.

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We’re a much different community than we were in the late 1800s, when fires were fought with a water barrel, a wagon and buckets. In fact, we’re much different than we were at the turn of the most recent century with 29,000 residents in the year 2000. Now in 2014, our population is more than 62,000 – almost double when the fear of ‘Y2K’ was keeping us awake at night. The City of South Jordan established its own fire department in 1977, and dedicated Fire Station 61 (10758 S. Redwood Road) in May 1995. Then, 13 years ago in December 2001, Fire Station 62 was dedicated at 4022 W. South Jordan Parkway. Since that time, the number of housing units in our city has increased from 8,000 to 18,000 - plus a comparable expansion in nonresidential buildings. Emergency responses totaled 1,417 in 2001 but increased to 3,650 last year. MORE FUEL TO STOP THE FIRE

FINAL SALUTE We thank Chief Chris Evans for his legacy, which includes his leadership to: Develop, train, and equip an urban search and rescue team, including structural collapse, confined space, water, ice, high/low angle, and machinery entrapment. Develop, train, and equip a hazardous materials team. Acquire and stage two trailers with supplies to assist with surge capacity associated with a mass casualty incident. Obtain an exclusive license for all ground ambulance service within our city. Increased revenue through the expansion of ground ambulance service to include all inter-facility transfers from the new University of Utah Medical Clinic. We sleep ‘safe and sound’ thanks to our city safety and public works employees – and thank them all at the dawn of the New Year. May it be a safe and prosperous time for all who live, work, and visit our ‘best places to live’ in America. l

Peripheral Neuropathy: WAR NING

South Jordan, UT — In our office we have seen far too many patients suffering with the debilitating symptoms of peripheral neuropathy like burning, weakness, pain, numbness, and tingling. We even see individuals whose neuropathy is so far advanced they are at risk of having their feet amputated. Figure 1: Falls affect millions of seniors in the U.S. every year.

However, none of these are the reason neuropathy can be a deadly condition. The biggest risks from peripheral neuropathy are the balance problems and falls that this condition can cause. You see, the nerves in your feet help send signals to your brain to maintain proper balance. When the nerves are damaged by neuropathy it is common to feel like you are off balance, or going to fall. Many of you reading this may have already fallen, and live in fear that your next fall may result in a fracture or concussion. Sadly, over 2.4 million seniors seniors in the U.S. every year visit the emergency room each year due to falls, and nearly 23,000 die. This damage that results in balance problems is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to begin to degenerate due to lack of nutrient flow. As you can see in Figure 2, as the blood vessels that surround the nerves become diseased they shrivel up which causes the nerves to not get the nutrients to continue to survive. When these nerves begin to “die” they cause you to have balance problems as well as, pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and many additional symptoms.

Figure 2: When these very small blood vessels become diseased they begin to shrivel up and the nerves begin to degenerate.

To make matters worse, too many doctors simply prescribe medications which don’t fix the cause of the problem. Even worse, some of these drugs have side effects that include

dizziness and loss of balance! There is now a facility right here in South Jordan that offers you hope without taking those endless drugs with serious side effects. (See the special neuropathy severity examination at the end of this article.) In order to effectively treat your neuropathy three factors must be determined. 1) What is the underlying cause? 2) How Much Nerve Damage Has Been Sustained. NOTE: Once you have sustained 85% nerve loss, there is likely nothing that we can do for you. 3) How much treatment will your condition require? The treatment we use in our office is like watering a plant. This technology will allow the blood vessels to grow back around the peripheral nerves and provide them with the proper nutrients to heal and repair. It’s like adding water to a plant and seeing the roots grow deeper and deeper. Figure 3: The blood vessels will grow back around the nerves much like a plant’s roots grow when watered. The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation. As long as you have not sustained at least 85% nerve damage there is hope! Dr. M. Shane Watt at NeuroBolic Health Center will do a Neuropathy Severity Examination to determine the extent of the nerve damage for only $92. This neuropathy severity examination will consist of a detailed sensory evaluation, extensive peripheral vascular testing, and a detailed analysis of the findings of your neuropathy. Dr. Watt will be Hosting a Free 1 hour Peripheral Neuropathy Seminar on Feb 10th from 6-7 p.m. Space is limited to the first 12 callers. Call 801-495-4444 to reserve your seat today. This seminar will help you to determine if your peripheral neuropathy can be treated, pain reduced, and your balance restored. Many insurances are accepted. Our Peripheral Neuropathy program is the most comprehensive and state of the art treatment that exists in Utah.

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he Bingham High boys basketball team returned to the court this season under second-year coach Jake Schroeder after a 5A state quarterfinal loss to eventual state champion Lone Peak 82-79 in double overtime last March. This season, the Miners are ranked third in the state with a 14-2 record – including 4-0 in region play – with their two losses by a combined eight points in the Utah Elite 8 tournament early in the year. “We are just starting to play the way I’ve wanted to, now that our football guys are getting used to basketball again,” Schroeder said. “I’m very excited about our last couple of months of the season.” Bingham began the year with four wins – three by double-digit margins – against Timpanogos (82-57) Dec. 2, Riverton (56-32) Dec. 5, Herriman (65-57) Dec. 9 and Corner Canyon (71-50) Dec. 11, followed by its only losses to Davis (6358) Dec. 12 and Layton (53-50) Dec. 13. The team then traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the Tarkanian Classic in mid-December. Bingham defeated Sheldon, Calif. (61-41), Durango, Nev. (76-71) and Lee, Ala. (67-63) to reach the Premier Division championship game against Logan, Utah on Dec. 20. Behind senior forward/center Jared Holman’s 20-point, eight-rebound effort and junior center Yoeli Childs’ 17 points and 13 rebounds, the Miners won 61-54. Bingham also defeated Salem Hills (6748) Dec. 30 and Bountiful (79-73) Jan. 2 to close out the preseason. In region play, the squad beat West Jordan (65-46) Jan. 13, thirdranked Copper Hills (56-46) Jan. 16, Jordan (86-55) Jan. 20 and Brighton (57-50) Jan. 23. Childs leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and 11 rebounds a game, while Holman averages 13 points and six rebounds a contest. Senior guard Mike Green, senior forward/center Josh Newbold, sophomore guard Lleyton Parker and senior guard Kyle Gearig round out much of the offensive output for Bingham. Bingham finishes out region play against Jordan, Brighton, Alta (twice), West Jordan and Copper Hills with the 5A state tournament scheduled for Feb. 23-28 at Weber State University. Also on the team are seniors Jordan Matthews, Cameron Smith and Landon Walbeck; juniors Brady Atkin, Spencer Brooks, Scott Koch, Simote Lokotui, Adam Nelson and Schyler Shoemaker; and sophomores Masay Childs, Tanner Davis and Dason Youngblood.

Bingham junior Yoeli Childs (22) is the leading scorer for the Miners this season, averaging nearly 17 points a game. The sophomore team includes sophomores Nate Applegate, Branden Carlson, Matt Degn, Ammon Driggs, Preston Fowlkes, Braden Harward, Caden Hyde and Kentero Yoshikawa; and freshmen Brayden Cosper, Nick Daynes, KC Lewis, Kobi Matagi, Dalton Miller, Dax Milne, Derek Soffe, Spencer Sorenson and Ryan Wood. Schroeder is assisted on the coaching staff by Josh Johnson, Jeremy Butterbaugh, Travis Ohrn and Craig Lavin. “It has been a very exciting year so far,” Schroeder said. “We appreciate all the support from the community at our games. We have a team that plays a brand of basketball that is a lot of fun to watch.” l

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Bingham Swimmers Finding Success In The Pool

South Jordan Tennis Team Third-Best In Nation

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he South Jordan Adult 40 and Over 3.5 men’s tennis team recently placed third at the United States Tennis Association League National Championships. The 16-member team becomes the first team from South Jordan to place among the top four nationally. “It was an honor to represent the state,” Steve Robbins, who is a team member from South Jordan and the founder and president of the South Jordan Tennis Association, said. “Everybody played so well and played together. We knew each other really well, and that really played to our strengths.” The team won its round-robin flight, held the first two days of the tournament, before losing to eventual- champion Pacific Northwest 4-1. A win over a Midwest team from Cincinnati, Ohio, secured a third-place finish for South Jordan’s team. South Jordan’s Brent Perry, Ashok Xavier, Terry Lutz and Ryan Rees were also among the area players this season. Also on the squad was captain Ryan Oliphant, along with Douglas Alderman, Terry Austin, Brad Crawford, Curtis McDougal, Gary McDougal, Wayne Middleton, Eric Price, Larry Richie, Craig Swapp and Brian Tippets. The team has been playing in a summer league since June and was fielded from two separate teams in the same age and skill division in what amounted to “kind of an all-star team,” according to Robbins. The group won the district championship 3-2 at Liberty

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The South Jordan Adult 40 and Over 3.5 men’s tennis team poses with its third-place banner at the USTA National Championships. Park in Salt Lake over Labor Day weekend and advanced to the sectionals in Denver, Colo. in mid-September. Robbins said that because each player needed to pay his own way and take time off work, they were barely able to field a team in Denver. With just eight players, the team swept Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming for a 5-0 victory that sent them to nationals. Robbins noted the contributions of the team’s coach John Lin for his training regimens and recruiting efforts which led to his lineup decisions. “Coach would say to us, ‘I’ve put together the perfect lineup; now it’s up to you to go out there and win,’” he said. “This past season and the run to nationals was a very fun and rare experience and will be a memory that the team will treasure,” Robbins said. “Tennis is such a great sport because you can play it from 5 years old to 90, so, we’re all still relatively young.” l

he Bingham High girls swimming team has won seven of its 10 meets this season as the squad prepares for the 5A state championships where it placed fifth a year ago. The boys – who placed seventh at last year’s state meet – have taken first in five of those meets. “Both teams are doing great,” said head coach Andee Bouwhuis, who is in her 15th season. “We are getting stronger and faster with each meet.” At the Bingham Invitational Nov. 21-22, the girls won while the boys’ squad placed fourth. The girls’ team defeated Riverton Dec. 2 while the boys took second. At West Jordan Dec. 11 and Copper Hills Dec. 18, both squads came out on top. The girls placed second at the Park City Invitational Dec. 13 with the boys coming in fourth. At the Judge Invitational Dec. 19-20 and the Riverton Invitational Jan. 2-3, the girls again took second places while the boys finished fifth in both meets. Bingham has been led by senior captain Calvin Smith who placed first in the 100-meter backstroke at the Bingham Invite in the first meet of the year and hasn’t looked back. For a few weeks, he held the top ranking in the state in the event and set a personal best – dropping nearly a second off his previous top time – at the Judge Invite. “We’ve done really well,” Smith said. “Everybody’s stepped up and swam to the best of their abilities.” Smith has been swimming for the past seven years when

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Bingham Girls Basketball Among Top Teams In State By Catherine Garrett


he Bingham High girls basketball team started the season winning its first 10 games and ranking among the top five teams in the state. In region play since, the Miners have gone 2-4, with losses against Alta (59-54) Jan. 6 , Copper Hills (55-40) Jan. 13, Brighton (62-35) Jan. 20 and Alta (62-48) Jan. 22 while defeating West Jordan (65-37) Jan. 8 and Jordan (51-37) Jan. 15 and are sitting 10th among teams statewide. “The girls are working hard and doing their best,” said head coach Charron Mason, who is in her second year leading the program

“We are competing for a top spot in region.” after spending the last 11 years as an assistant. “We are figuring out how to play as a team and how to get the most out of each player.” Junior guard Madison Loftus and junior forward Leya Harvey – both team captains – have been the leading scorers for the Miners

squad that lost in the 5A state quarterfinals a year ago to eventual state champion Fremont. Both average 10 points a game while senior guard Marlee Malohi (9 points a game), sophomore The Bingham High girls basketball team is ranked 10th in the state with a 12-4 record this season. point guard Jade Sine (8) and junior guard Kylie Whipple (5) round and doing their best. “I thought it was awesome that these out Bingham’s main contributors offensively. “We want to improve each game teenage girls were willing to volunteer on a So far this season, Bingham has defeated and focus on the success that comes from holiday and give up other plans in order to Syracuse, Timpanogos, Pleasant Grove, Span- improvement,” Mason said. be there,” Mason said. “I was so proud of ish Fork, Weber, Herriman, Granger, Kearns, Also on the Bingham squad this sea- them as I watched them interact with everyone Riverton, Taylorsville, West Jordan and Jordan, son are senior Britta Gotberg; juniors Fatai and represent Bingham basketball and, more with six of those wins by double-digit margins. Mounga, Cambreigh Muhlestein and Shea importantly, themselves.” “We are competing for a top spot in Rasmussen; sophomores Jackie Asay, BrookBingham is scheduled to play Brighton, region,” Mason said. “We need to cut down lyn Bailey, Aimee Dunn, Allie Hansen, Maddy West Jordan, Copper Hills and Jordan to close on turnovers, tighten up our defense, battle Holman and Atalina Pritchard; and freshmen out region play before the state tournament through each game and really compete. If Kendzee Cloward, Leisa Elisaia, Kennedy Feb. 16-21 at Salt Lake Community College. we focus on those things, we can hopefully Hada, Sidney Hogan, Nicole McMullin and “The girls have worked hard to improve make improvements through the second half Natalie Stout. their skills and basketball knowledge each of region play.” Off the court, many of Bingham’s game, and hopefully, we will continue to get During the off-season, the girls focused players volunteered for several hours at the better each game,” Mason said. “If we can on getting stronger and faster to achieve the J.L. Sorenson Recreation Center’s New Year’s gain that momentum, it will hopefully help team’s goals of being competitive every night Eve celebration. us to go into postseason.” l

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Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m. -- Valentine’s Luncheon. Singing entertainment by Ron Hadley. Feb. 16 -- Closed in Recognition of President’s Day. Feb. 17, 12:30 p.m. -- Book Club with Holly. This month’s read “The Care and Management of Lies” by Jacqueline Winspear. Feb. 18, 11 a.m. -- “Improving Your Sleep.” Provided by Rhonda from the Vital Aging project. Learn what you can do to prepare yourself for sleep. 12:30 p.m. -- Bingo sponsored by Proactive Wealth Solutions Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m. -- Sewing Hygiene Kits for “Days for Girls” Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m. -- Bingo sponsored by Sagewood at Daybreak Feb. 26, 10 a.m.; $7 -- Red Hat Adventure to the Clark Planetarium viewing “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D” Sign up and pay by Friday, Feb. 20. 11 a.m. -- Health Clinic with Care-A-Lot Homecare. Come get your blood pressure checked for free. l

Bingham Swimmers continued from page 15 Bingham High senior Calvin Smith is among the top three swimmers in the state in the 100-meter backstroke and is one of the favorites to take the title at the 5A state championship Feb. 12-13 at Brigham Young University. he decided he needed something to do and realized he always liked being in the water. “I’ve slowly and steadily gotten better over the years, and it’s really given me a good work ethic,” he said. The senior has qualified for state every year in two events – the 500- freestyle and the 100- back – and hopes to come out on top in the backstroke. “I’m currently seeded third, but we’re all really close in times so it’s really anybody’s game,” he said. “I’m just focusing on the mental preparation and other details of my race and then simply swimming fast.” Also leading the way for Bingham this year are senior captains Cody Smith, Sarah Smith and McKell Fowlks; juniors Grace Kroll, Spencer Kyle, Brittnee Westra; and sophomores Andrew Boswell, Logan England and McCall Kelley. “This is an amazing team of devoted and enthusiastic athletes this season,” Bouwhuis said. “They are some great kids who really rally around their teammates to provide support and encouragement for every swimmer

in every race.” The Miners competed against Brighton Jan. 22(can you update this on Friday?) yes before the Region 3 championships at the end of January. The 5A state meet is scheduled for Feb. 12-13 at Brigham Young University. l Others on the Bingham squad this season are seniors Emilee Robinson, Tiffany King and Kyle Goodrich; juniors Whitney Zander, Trevor Wright, Kailen Wightman, Abby Westra, Brittan Warner, Morgan VerHoef, Fabian Valenzuela, Nicole Tonge, Noah Rasmussen, Hannah Myers, Brianna Munoz, Hailey Kennedy, Isabelle Hanson, Zachary Hall, Sarah Davis and Caroline Crane; sophomores Sara Walters, Riley Wade, Ryker Ross, Hannah Roberts, Matt Richins, Joshua Richardson, Kylee Plant, Clara Myers, Preston Lyman, Nicole King, Lauren Kankamp, Cameron Jensen, Lizzie Holmes, Savannah Hodell, Conlee Guy and Mary Dodge; and freshmen Lindsey Young, Vivian Tang, Patrick Taggart, Sawyer Stephens, Landon Stalnaker, Millie Reich, Jordan Powell, Mikelle Palmer, Jenna Hodnett, Machayla Griffiths, Kayla Fowlks, Tyson Evans, Levi Culley, Nathan Cox and Gabriela Anderson.

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’ve reached the time of life where parts of my body randomly fall apart. I’ll wake up feeling fine, but by the end of the day I’ve got a dislocated shoulder, bunions and smallpox. That’s all well and good, but 18 months ago we lost our health insurance, so now we carefully scrutinize each symptom to see if it’s really necessary to see a doctor. Is the ache in my chest a heart attack or that spicy burrito from Taco Bell? Is my cough a result of the disgusting Utah winter air, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? For Christmas, I asked Santa for the deluxe edition Fisher-Price doctor kit. Now I can set my own bones, remove any suspicious lumps with a melon baller, and unless I’m leaking blood from my armpits, I can avoid medical offices and expensive procedures for a while. But this time of year always reignites the discussion in our home regarding health insurance. We’re two basically healthy adults who experience the occasional strep throat or flu, and we visit our docs for annual checkups that we pay for out-of-pocket. So far we’ve survived (fiscally and literally). However, once again we have the “opportunity” to buy into an “affordable” health care plan. After talking with insurance experts, our monthly premium will be equivalent to two car payments, or one payment on a really cool car. At around $700 a month, once you add in our $5,000 deductible

(each), that adds up to nearly $20,000 a year. So we’d be betting thousands of dollars that my husband or I will have a horrific medical experience this year. And I thought gambling was illegal in Utah. This health insurance discussion has done everything but ensure my health. The thought of paying those high premiums causes insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure and the desire to eat copious amounts of comfort foods. Because I’m a writer (which doesn’t involve much danger besides nasty paper cuts), as long as I avoid sick people or falling pianos, I’m sure I’ll be fine. So, I’ve devised my own healthcare program that will save me thousands of dollars.

First, I’ve taken to wearing a bike helmet, knee pads and wrist guards everywhere I go. Second, I’ve invested in a nurse’s outfit, a first-aid kit, face masks, vitamin C tablets and gallons of hand sanitizer. Third, I will continue using WebMD to diagnose and treat everything from emotional exhaustion to rare infectious diseases. WebMD comes in handy when I’m pretty sure I’m dying, but just want a second opinion. Fourth, if I happen to break a bone that I can’t set myself, I will drive my car into a light pole so my car insurance will cover it. Finally, I will ask the universe to keep me healthy and safe this year. Because Oprah said that works. The definition of health insurance reads, “A type of insurance coverage that pays for medical and surgical expenses that are incurred by the insured.” It doesn’t include the disclaimer that says, “Insurance kicks in only after you’ve paid premiums and deductibles equivalent to the purchase of a Harley Davidson, a 10-day Hawaiian vacation and the complete DVD set of ‘Dr. Who.’” My husband and I have gone over our budget, trying to eliminate unnecessary expenses like dairy products, new socks, 24-hour electricity and pomegranates. But unless we win the not-yet-approved Utah lottery, we won’t be forking out thousands of dollars for health insurance. l

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he mention of same usually does. When discussing the subject I prefer using frugal instead of cheap, thrifty over tightwad and penny-wise as opposed to penny-pincher and the word parsimonious is strictly for the dictionary, although I must admit the phrase “Buddy, can you spare a dime?” has a certain ring to it. Finding a great bargain or saving a dollar has always been an automatic pleasure for yours truly. I suppose this is rooted from childhood, where I learned early on that having money meant saving money and that can require some creativity. For example, you know those brown spots that show up in your lawn in the heat of summer and watering does not make them go away? Diagnosis: fungus. Ever priced fungicide for fungus treatment? I did, and the price made me break out in a sweat and my hands began to tremble. That hasn’t happened since I heard that Coca Cola was changing its formula. If you remember that, than you were around when surfing meant going on a vacation to California. At any rate, as I considered my options for treating fungus it quickly became obvious that it would be less expensive to buy a can of green

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spray paint and paint the brown spot to match the rest of the lawn. Voila, problem solved. With Valentine’s Day approaching I find myself reverting to my economical mindset to weigh the rewards of showering loved ones with tokens of affection. I show my hubby a loving gesture by giving the household broom and mop a rest, in favor of watching my favorite television program, which is whatever football game he is watching at the time. Still, there are Valentine favors that might be considered useful for the prudent shopper. Make “Conversation Hearts” using colored paper, writing the same sorts of silly and sassy messages that are found on the candy versions and then place them all over the house, in the sock drawer, next to the toothpaste, in a shoe, under the pillow. On the night before Valentine’s Day, sneak up and write a message of love on his side of the bathroom mirror with red lipstick. Then put the lipstick on and put kisses all over it. Scatter rose petals in a trail to a special gift. The gift can be something as small as conservation hearts laid out with a sexy message on the bed. It may seem cliché but

any girl will love this and three roses is a much better bargain than a dozen. Have a picnic on the living room floor. Enjoy some fried chicken, potato salad and a Coke or crackers, cheese and wine. Valentine’s falls when it’s still cold outside so you could throw in the “you’re my ray of sunshine” line. Create a love song playlist and get one of those headphone splitters where you both can enjoy the music through your earbuds. Then give each other a massage. If you need some ideas for music there is a list of 100 romantic and kissing songs on www.coupons4utah. com/lovesongs. Now, in regards to Valentine’s Day and love: I have some advice for those in search of companionship. First, you must recognize the well-established fact that the probability of meeting someone that would be receptive to your advances is directly proportional to you being with another date or with a friend who is more attractive than you and remember, when your romantic competitor is down, kick them. That’s the frugal wisdom for this month. l




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or call 801-871-9063

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South Jordan Journal - February 2015 - Vol. 2 Iss. 2  
South Jordan Journal - February 2015 - Vol. 2 Iss. 2