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he past few months have seen some exciting changes to Riverton’s police force. A few months after saying goodbye and congratulations to the new Salt Lake County Sheriff—Riverton’s own former UPD Precinct Chief Rosie Rivera—the Riverton City Council has selected Jake Petersen as the city’s new chief of police services. Rivera was elected Salt Lake County Sheriff in an August special election, following the July departure of former county sheriff James Winder. Her historic victory earned her the distinction of being Salt Lake County’s first female sheriff, as well as its first Latina sheriff. The Riverton City Council bade Sheriff Rivera a fond farewell at its Aug. 15 council meeting, giving a warm round of applause and a standing ovation in thanks for her years of exemplary service. “We are so proud of her and so happy

she is the sheriff,” said Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth. “We have total confidence in her ability to run a major metropolitan police force.” Stepping into Rivera’s old shoes is Chief Jake Petersen, formerly Lt. Jake Petersen, who has been involved in law enforcement for almost 20 years. Applegarth appointed Petersen to the position by way of an advice and consent process. The UPD and the Riverton human resources department put out a call for applicants, who were interviewed by a committee comprised of Applegarth, Councilman Trent Staggs, Councilwoman Tricia Tingey, interim City Manager Ryan Carter and two UPD officers. After the interviews, Applegarth discussed his selection with Rivera, and, on Oct. 3, he brought Petersen’s name before the full city council for approval. Petersen addressed the council with

a speech expressing the honor he felt to be in this position and his gratitude to his family and colleagues for all they did to help him get there. He particularly thanked his wife, Shea, who has stood with him through thick, through thin, through the stresses of being married to someone in a dangerous profession—even through an awkward second date. “I offer my most sincere gratitude to my wife,” he said. “I am so proud that she let me go on a third date with her. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her. I just wouldn’t.” He also gave his thanks to Rivera and to all his colleagues in the police force. “I am so humbled to share a badge and a patch with people who walk into the dark of the night to keep other people safe,” he said. “I look for any opportunity that I can to reach out to my brothers and sisters in the community of law enforceContinued on Page 7...

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Newly-Adopted General Plan Manages Growth While Improving Quality of Life Every decision made in City Council has a cost and a benefit to citizens and it is our job as elected officials to weigh all sides of complex issues to make the best decision for our community. Rarely, however, is a decision so weighty that it could cost residents millions of dollars, impact future sustainability and alter the future course of our city. The newly-adopted General Plan generates an estimated $22 million of development onetime funds and $8 million annually from ongoing revenue into our city. The underlying goal with this General Plan is city sustainability. Growth and change are inevitable, but we designed a plan meant to minimize impacts to current residents while maximizing community benefits for all. What can more than $30 million dollars of revenue mean to you? -Higher service levels -Lower taxes -Better maintained infrastructure, such as roads, sidewalks and water systems -Continued creation and maintenance of amenities, such as trails and open space There is currently a citizen referendum underway to revoke the newly-adopted 2017 General Plan and revert back to our 2014 plan. If successful, we potentially lose the $30+ million, according to the state-required fiscal impact statement presented to City Council, and all of the above items could be negatively impacted. Continued on Page 3...

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A change of reigns, how 2016 Miss Herriman said the pageant changed her life I

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t has only been a couple of weeks since 2016 Miss Herriman ended her reign, but 20-year-old McKenzie Jensen said the experience has changed her life. “I learned so much; it’s hard to explain just how much,” she said. “As a young adult and just starting out in this world, it really helped me to learn about things like time management, being reliable and always being aware of how your actions can affect others.” Jensen’s platform is anti-bullying, and she said that it’s a subject that she has had personal experience with. “I was bullied a lot when I was younger,” Jensen said. “I wasn’t as quick of a learner as the other kids when it came to understanding things, especially education, I knew I wasn’t like the others. It hurts the things your peers say to you, and I want to show others how bullying isn’t okay.” Jensen is thankful for the opportunity she was given to serve her community and the chance to help make the world a better place. Becoming Miss Herriman was more than she imagined it would be. “It is not about the crown; that is simply a symbol that sits on top of your head,” said Jensen. “It is about learning more about yourself, seeking opportunity to learn something new and in return being able to show others what really matters.” Jensen’s said she didn’t grow up with the idea that one day she would be a pageant girl. In fact it was the last thing she ever thought she would get involved in. That is until she met the 2013 Miss Herriman Kali Buhler, and it sparked her interest. One of the biggest lessons she learned was how not to give up on yourself, that life isn’t easy, but it can be worth it if you are willing to put in the hard work. “The first year I competed to be Miss Herriman, I was a senior in high school, and I didn’t win,” Jensen said. “But when I look back on it, I really wasn’t ready, and I wasn’t dedicated enough to put in all the time and energy that it takes to have such an important role.” Knowing that she needed to be fully committed to the title and all the responsibility that comes with it, she decided to try the pageant one more time; however, this time she says what helped was taking a look at herself and where she wanted to

Jensen’s platform is anti-bullying, and she said that it’s a subject that she has had personal experience with. (McKenzie Jensen Courtesy)

go in her future. “I went to my parents, who are incredibly supportive, and told them I wanted to run again,” Jensen said. “They basically told me OK and didn’t question it. It has been such a great thing to have such an amazing support system and people who really believe in you.” Jensen was raised in Utah by her parents, Cory and Michelle Jensen. She has one sister, Cassidy, who is 15, and her brother, Cutter, is 12. Her family moved to Herriman when she was 1, so it was fitting that she ended up representing the city that she loves and knows so much about. She graduated from Herriman High and currently attends Utah Valley University where she is studying to be a teacher, something she said she has always wanted to be. “I want to be a fifth-grade teacher for a few reasons but mainly because I remember when I

was in the fifth grade and really struggled,” she said. “My teacher was such an important part of getting through the tough times. My teacher took the time to tell me that I was important and a good person and worthy of being me. It left such an impression on me, and it’s really that age where you are trying to identify more about who you are.” When asked about advice she has for the new Miss Herriman, she said it’s important to always remember who you are and to commit yourself to being involved. “This is a sisterhood; we are all bonded by the same idea that we want to help each other and that becoming a pageant girl means so much more than what others think,” Jensen said. “Be ready for a rollercoaster of opportunities that Herriman has to offer, enjoy the ride and serve and love the community with all your heart. Be ready for change.” 

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How does the new General Plan address resident concerns and incorporate their feedback? -No new high density added -Reduces the build-out population by 11,000 -Reduces the number of resident units at build-out by 2,700 -Commercial property increased by 300 acres -Economic development centers established along high traffic corridors to generate ongoing sales tax revenue -Job centers created for a day-time population required for retail success and to offer residents the opportunity to work where they live -3,580 acres of open space preserved -A healthy balance of residential options to create a multi-generational city that meets the needs of college students to empty nesters and everyone in-between These numbers clearly show our attempt to plan for and manage growth responsibly, maintain our high quality of life and ensure we remain an affordable community with superior service delivery to residents. This would be an impossible goal without a sufficient revenue stream. The General Plan outlines the vision for our city. In short, what we want to be when we “grow up”. It is both a guiding and a living document designed to be regularly updated, particularly in high growth communities such as ours, so that we are making adjustments for the current market and capitalizing on possible opportunities. For example, when we last adopted our General Plan in 2014, we could never have anticipated we’d have the opportunity to be the site of the largest Major League Soccer training complex. Without some flexibility and nimbleness with our General Plan, we would have missed out on a $71 million investment into our community, the natural economic development generation that naturally extends from such a facility and the creation of a truly unique destination that will make Herriman City known worldwide amongst Major League Soccer fans.

One of the guiding principles embraced by city staff and Council is to always seek out the best and highest use of our most valuable resource: land. Wherever possible we will find alternate uses for land instead of residential to move towards a better balance. Compromise and Collaboration Using “The Three-Legged Stool: Model Our success moving forward is contingent on our ability to work together towards a shared goal of community building. The approved General Plan is a reflection of feedback from citizens, the city and the developers who invest in our city. Our commitment to listening to our residents is evidenced in our conducting our first-ever citizen survey and creating a Community Facilitators program requiring all development start with a citizen engagement meeting. The feedback received was incorporated into our General Plan and helped guide our decision-making. Likewise, property owners and their future developments were a key consideration. We have found great success in establishing a partnership mentality with our developers and then advocating vigorously on behalf of our citizens’ concerns. One illustrative example is a developer reducing their residential units from 1,900 at the outset to 900 during the last council meeting, with a commitment to completely eliminate townhomes from the housing product being offered. Our relationship with developers and property owners shouldn’t be adversarial, but rather collaborative with all coming to the table in the spirit of cooperation, negotiation and respect. Herriman City is at the cusp of potential greatness as a city. We have assets unlike very few cities and if planned correctly, we will build a community that has the heart and soul of a place deserving to be called home.

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Bluffdale resident pursues lifelong dream of becoming children’s book author


By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com

luffdale resident Anders Roseberg has spent the last 10 years living in Taiwan teaching children English and managing the English department and a “Story House,” but his real passion was to become a children’s book writer. So he quit his job overseas and returned to Utah to pursue his dreams. Roseberg says his love for children’s stories came from his childhood, where he would often make up stories and imagine the wildest things. His first book, “Priscilla and the Sandman,” made for children 3 to 9 years old, was made from the lyrics of a lullaby he made up and sang to his daughter, Priscilla, when she was about 4 months old. “I wondered what kinds of dreams such a little person could have, being so new to the world, ” Roseberg said. “‘Priscilla and the Sandman’ is about a little girl that just doesn’t want to sleep until she meets the Sandman, an upright walking cat.” Roseberg’s response to his books has inspired him. “I’ve had parents send pictures of their children sleeping with the book in their arms,” Roseberg said. “A 4-year old’s parents sent me a video of their girl reciting the whole book that she learned from our free audiobook. It’s been quite rewarding to see many children really enjoy the book.” His second book, ‘The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show: A Collection of Vintage Circus Posters,’ for 3-yearolds to early readers, was inspired by his love of antiques and vintage memorabilia. “I came across a vintage circus poster and knew it needed

to be in a kids book,” Roseberg said. “I scoured the internet for resources and built a collection of posters then started the long, tedious work of retouching, editing and making them perfect for the book.” ‘The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show: A Collection of Vintage Circus Posters’ is about a magical traveling acrobatic show that comes into town and is free for all. The unique acrobatic acts are introduced on each page. At the end, the train chugs away, leaving the young reader wondering if they’ll return again. It also has a free downloadable audiobook. This book is also a good book for 3-year-olds to early readers. “When I wrote it, I tried to incorporate the name of the acrobat, act or a sentence that came from the poster, directly into the story,” Roseberg said. “In the back of the book, I included an article and the dates of the posters.” When Roseberg isn’t writing children’s books, he spends his time writing music lyrics and film scripts. He is passionate about vintage memorabilia, rock ‘n’ roll music and anything from the 1950s. Roseberg married his wife, Tracey, while he lived in Taiwan. Roseberg says his wife is supportive of the books and is excited about the move back to the United States. She also helps with book sales in China and Taiwan. For those wishing to meet Roseberg, he will be at the Vendor Event at Peterson’s Fresh Market located at 12600 South 1784 West in Riverton on Nov. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. His books will be available at the event. It’s one of Petersons’ larger events of the year where they

Priscilla and the Sandman (Anders Roseberg Courtesy)

have food vendors that are giving away samples of food and more. Both books are also available as an audiobook and can be purchased at www.andersrosebergbooks.wordpress.com. 

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Welcome to Herriman’s City Hall By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com


erriman is one of the fastest growing cities in Utah. With more 40,000 residents and a constant need for resources to house a population of that size, residents and officials finally got exactly what they needed: a brand-new city hall. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 22 and started with an introduction by Assistant City Manager Gordon M. Haight II, followed by a performance of God Bless the USA by the Herriman Harmonyx singers. An official flag ceremony was conducted by the Utah National Guard, Unified Police Department and Unified Fire Authority, while Herriman Harmonyx sang “God Bless America.” Herriman’s first mayor, J. Lynn Crane, offered the invocation, followed by several speakers, including the current mayor of Herriman, Carmen R. Freeman; Scott Henriksen, of GSBS architects; Jeff Palmer, business developer for Layton Construction; and Brett Wood, Herriman city manager. The ribbon was finally cut by Freeman and Crane, along with Johnny Hollingshead, of Layton Construction; Scott Henricksen, Erin Holcombe and Brian Jacobson from GSBS; city council members Jared Henderson, Nicole Martin, Coralee Moser and Craig Tischner; former City Council member Matt Robinson; Miss Herriman McKenzie Jensen; Haight; and City Manager Brett Wood. Wood said the need for a facility has been talked about for well over a decade, but they revisited the idea in spring of 2015. Planning started immediately, and with a budget of $16.2 million and a team of about 20 individuals, the groundwork for what would become Herriman City Hall’s new home was well underway. Just over two years later, the project was complete. It is adorned with everything a city would need: a courthouse, utility customer service, city council chambers, the city’s building, planning and engineering offices, a passports office, a finance office, human resources, a rentable community room and not to forget, a home to the Unified Police Department Herriman Precinct.

Outside of the building is a park, splash pad, ice skating and a bandstand. Herriman City has seen a tremendous increase in population over the years. Based on census numbers, the population was 1,523 in 2000, and by 2010 it was just around 22,000. Freeman said he believes there are a number of factors contributing to the city’s residential growth. “This community, nestled in the southwest part of Salt Lake County, is a unique and pristine area surrounded by beautiful mountains and vistas,” he said. “Who wouldn’t want to live here? It’s a wonderful place to raise a family and to be a part of growing and wonderful area. For the most part, people who have moved here love this community and want to spend the rest of their lives living in this area. I know of several families who want to upgrade their housing and choose to stay in Herriman because they love it so much.” Freeman doesn’t expect the growth to stop anytime soon and said the future of Herriman is bright and encouraging. “Yes, we are going to grow,” he said. “Yes, there will be certain challenges with that growth. But I believe we have created a city that will be unique despite the growth we may experience. It will take proper planning so that we can maintain the uniqueness that has made us a landmark community.” Herriman hasn’t lost that small-town touch, and Freeman said he wants to keep it that way. “We can continue to build large and spacious parks; we can ensure that we remember the wonderful history this community enjoys, and we can continue to develop the city with agricultural properties in certain sectors of our boundaries,” he said. “But perhaps the greatest way to keep the small-town feel is to have our residents continue to be kind and friendly to those around them. That is what has made Herriman such a unique place to live: the people. Since its inception as a community, the people who have lived here with their kind and loving words, helping hands and compassionate outreach

has truly been instrumental in keeping this Herriman feel.” 

Entrance to Herriman City Hall. (Courtesy Destiny Skinner)

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‘Cinderella’ power By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Cinderella, played by Ari Bagley, calls for social change in the Riverton High School production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” (Jet Burnham/City Journals)


he “Cinderella” story is a well-known tale, but when Riverton High School performs Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” there may be some surprises. The Cinderella in this version is more proactive and socially conscious. “Cinderella is no longer just a victim,” said Director Clin Eaton. “She ends up rescuing the prince and helps him become a better man and a better leader just as much as he helps her overcome her humble beginnings.” Erin McGuire, another theater teacher at RHS, thinks this version is a nice change. “It isn’t just a romance—of course that’s a huge part of it—but she’s being treated unjustly, so she tries to have others be treated more justly,” she said. This 2013 adaption comes from writer Douglas Carter Beane. Eaton said when Beane was asked to adapt the play for Broadway, he looked to the original French fairy tale, “Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre” by Charles Perrault. Beane noted that this story had an empowered Cinderella. He decided to incorporate those qualities into his adaption of the character. “She’s got some power,” said Ari Bagley, a senior who plays the lead role. “She’s got a bunch of courage that none of the other Cinderellas have.” The new production also features a not-so-wicked stepsister who takes Cinderella’s side. The cast includes: Ari Bagley, as Ella; Mikey Rowe, as Prince Topher; Mary Tibbitts, as Marie; Gavin Curtis, as Sebastian; Brooklyn Paxman, as Madame; Brittany Belnap, as Gabrielle; and Kaitlyn Schreiner, as Charlotte. A total of 75 students are in the cast. An additional 75 students are involved off-stage

providing music, backstage technicians and food. Forty student musicians from Philharmonic, Wind Symphony and Percussion 3 classes will be in the orchestra pit playing the musical’s score. “The parts are the same that the professional musicians play so it takes quite a bit of work for them to get it ready,” said music teacher Jason Weimer. Another 15 students will work as stage crew, running the lights, curtains and rigging. The show will run at the RHS auditorium Thursday, Nov. 16; Friday, Nov. 17; Saturday, Nov. 18; and Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. The show runs two hours with an

intermission. Tickets can be purchased in the RHS Main Office Monday–Friday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. (by cash or card) or 45 minutes before each show begins. Tickets for senior citizens and children (high school age and under) are $8; adult tickets are $9. For fans of princes and princesses who want to experience being part of the magic, Saturday’s matinee will be preceded by the “It’s Possible Royal Tea Party.” Children are invited to have lunch with Cinderella and the Prince. The tea party will be held at noon on Nov. 18. Prices of the tickets are: Children 11 and under, $16; adults, $20. Tickets include lunch, the meet-and-greet with the royal couple and reserved seating for the 2 p.m. matinee. Seating is limited, so advance tickets are required. Tickets for the tea party can be purchased during office hours in RHS’s main office. Bagley, who currently works at a daycare, also has experience playing princesses at birthday parties, so she is excited to interact with the kids at the tea party. Lindsay Maxfield and 20students in RHS’s ProStart class will provide the food for the Tea Party. The ProStart class, sponsored by the Utah and National Restaurant Association, is geared toward students who are interested in the restaurant industry. Students are responsible for developing the menu, recipes and costing/pricing for the event. The tea party is a chance for them to explore whimsy and glamour as they design the finger food and beverages for the event. Special attention will go toward plating the elegant food in a “Cinderella”-inspired theme sure to impress guests. 

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Rivera told the city council as she stepped up to the podium to formalize Petersen’s promotion—the first promotion she has given as county sheriff. “Because I’m a citizen of Riverton, I wanted the best to be able to step into my shoes, because I truly care about Riverton. I knew early on that if I ever left, I wanted somebody that could fill the shoes but also have that same passion for my city. I think that you chose the best person possible to do that. I know that Jake has that same passion for the citizens of Riverton and will serve them very well.” 

The Riverton City Council unanimously approved Chief Jake Petersen’s promotion. (Riverton City Communications)

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Riverton Youth City Council welcomes new executive members By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

and we appreciate everything they do for us here in the city.” This year’s recruits, pictured from left to right, include Kathy Tran (treasurer), Brianna Fuller (historian), Brooke Ballard (youth mayor), Emma Lambert (hospitality/service coordinator), Broc Stowe (youth mayor pro-tem), Megan McCabe (public relations officer), Kylee Zimmerman (assistant hospitality/service coordinator) and Alexandria Fuller (youth city recorder). City Recorder Virginia Riverton Youth City Council’s 2017 executive board, with advisers Pam Henderson (far left) and James Briggs (far Loader led the new executive right) (Riverton City Communications) board members in an oath of office, in which they pledged ight of Riverton’s youngest up-and-coming leaders to “support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United have just taken their seats on the executive board of the States and the Constitution of this state,” and to discharge the Riverton Youth City Council. The new council members were duties of their respective offices with fidelity. sworn into office on Sept. 19, at a meeting of their senior City They may be young, but they do a lot—Youth Council Council counterparts. Adviser Pam Henderson estimates that between city events The Youth Council is a service-oriented group and helps and twice-monthly council meetings, the group participates at many city events, in addition to participating in service in some 42 activities every year, plus outside service projects. projects and attending leadership summits. Most recently, on Oct. 10, the group hosted a Roqtober “We have some really great, responsible, fun, respectable festival for students in grades 9–12. Hosted at the city park, youth involved this year,” wrote Brittany Parker, Riverton the event featured free food, live entertainment and a masCity’s Community Events coordinator. “They are awesome, querade dance.


“This activity was completely planned and carried out by out by our board,” said Henderson. Everything, from advertising to hiring entertainment and finding sponsors, rested on the shoulders of the youth. The Youth Council also ran a booth and a bounce house at What’s Up Riverton in September. “They were working hard and having a lot of fun, and their being there was greatly appreciated,” said Mayor Bill Applegarth. Some of the group’s other projects this year have included helping with the annual Ride the Brainwave fundraiser, which benefits children with brain illnesses, and participating in Sunnyvale Refugee Day, where the group worked with the Salt Lake County Youth Government to put on games and activities for refugee children. They also volunteer at the Utah Food Bank. “At that age, that’s really commendable,” said Councilman Trent Staggs, thanking the youth council for their participation and civic engagement. “That wasn’t even a contemplation for me back then.” With 19 active members, the Youth Council is the biggest it has ever been, and it’s always open for more members; applications can be found on the Riverton City website. Serving on the council gives high school age Riverton residents an opportunity to learn more about the workings of city government, connect with the community, and gain hands-on leadership experience for college applications, job interviews and scholarships. And, as Ballard writes on the council’s recruitment information flier, “We have a ton of fun!” 

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time capsule full of everything 2017 was placed inside the wall of the new Bluffdale City Hall on Oct. 11, and it is not anticipated to be opened for 50 years. With the completion of the Bluffdale City Hall in April of 2017, city officials wanted to celebrate, so they spent the next six months contemplating and compiling various things they felt most represented their city. The items were gathered and placed into a hardwood box that was then set inside a bin with a lid. A presentation was made at the Bluffdale City Council meeting and along with city council members, the city manager and former Mayor Noell Nelson, Mayor Dirk Timothy placed the time capsule inside the wall and covered it with a commemorative plaque, not to be touched until 2067. Natalie Hall, one of Bluffdale City’s staff members, was primarily responsible for gathering the items. Here is what was placed inside the time capsule: • Letters from students of Summit Academy Independence, Summit Academy Bluffdale, North Star Academy, Bluffdale Elementary and Mountain Valley School were

placed in envelopes with all the names of the students on the front. • Waste Management contributed a diecast 1/16 scale garbage truck • Little Miss Bluffdale Crown with 2017 Miss Bluffdale Program • Old West Days shirts and a program • Aerial Map of Bluffdale 2017 • History book compiled by a former mayor and Noell and Shirley Nelson. • Photos of ribbon cuttings 2017: City Hall, Parry Farms Park, Section 3 Porter Rockwell Blvd, Fire station no. 2 and 2017 Parade Float • Stuffed Animals with Salt Lake County Animal Services tags, the city’s animal services provider • Bluffdale hard hat from the City Hall project • History of Green Line/Stotz Equipment and the National Data Center projects • A fidget spinner and some coins were donated by Nick Berry, a resident and former planning commission member 

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Mayor Dirk Timothy places capsule in wall of City Building (Bluffdale City Courtesy)

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erriman High School students got a large dose of reality when Unified Police Department brought a simulated crash scene along with a mock funeral to their school. The simulation happened on Oct. 11 in front of students from both Herriman High School and Providence Hall Charter School. Det. Cynthia Archuleta, Herriman High School resource officer, said they wanted to show the students the reality of what can happen or what the aftermath is when you make poor decisions and how it doesn’t just affect your life but affects many others lives around you. “One of the most important things that we can do as police officers and educators here within the schools is teach the kids the dangers of distracted driving,” Archuleta said. “Not just distracted driving but impaired driving, drowsy driving, aggressive driving and failing to wear their seatbelts.” Archuleta said young drivers inexperience is a cause for accidents. “They have no experience on the road, and they simply cannot stay multi-tasking,” Archuleta said. “They cannot talk to passengers or friends in the car without losing focus on the road ahead of them, and as a result, car crashes are the leading cause of fatalities among this age group: high school aged kids.” Unified Police Department partnered with several organizations to make this happen. Zero Fatalities, University of Utah Air Med, Unified Fire Department and representatives from Canyons School District came together and wanted to educate the kids in all the dangers of distracted driving on the road. “The simulation was so important, and we all feel very passionate about the need to educate kids that ‘Hey, it’s dangerous out there,’” Archuleta said. “No one is invincible; anyone can be a statistic to a car crash or a fatality.” School officials started the process by selecting a handful of students who all agreed they wanted to be a part of the simulation. Each student involved wrote his or her own stories that were played during the assembly, each sharing what he or she would want students to know about their decisions. Most of the five behaviors that law enforcement always talk about were a part of the scenario in the crash. There was aggressive driving, not focusing on the road, running a red light, drinking, and driving and taking off their seat belts as well as texting and driving. Two students were killed in the head-on collision; their bodies were covered with white sheets. Another student was taken by Air Med and another by ambulance, while the driver and a passenger were ar-

The body of one of their classmates covered with a body sheet, the result of a mock fatal crash caused by distracted driving.(Jenn Gardiner/City Journals)

rested. Many students sat in shock from the reality of the situation as the scene played out right in front of their eyes. Feeling what it would be like if this was them, or their friends who had to go through this very same thing, all because of a bad decision. First responders often arrive on scenes like these. Archuleta has seen more real fatal accidents than she wishes she had ever had to see. She felt it was important to show the students the aftermath of a collision—the real-life results of making poor decisions along the road. “It is devastating for us to arrive on a scene and see such a young person with their whole life ahead of them and have their future taken away,” Archuleta said. “So many things I wish I never had to see and never should have had to witness.” Several students were in tears; many were affected by what they had to see during the simulation and the aftermath of having to have a funeral for their friends. LeAnn, a senior who attended the mock crash, said any one mistake can lead to a car crash and that can cause so many long-term effects. “Being a senior and driving a lot, it made me realize how important people are around me and the decisions I make,” she said. “It put it in perspective of how big an accident can be, and it made it real to see my friends who were in the car or who died, and we saw their pictures and their parents who

were affected with the loss of their child.” After the simulated crash, students gathered inside the gymnasium where two caskets were displayed and a mock funeral was performed. Dustin Pearce, head football coach, talked about the loss of one of his star players, and the parents of another student talked about how they will never get to hug their daughter again. A spokesperson for Zero Fatalities and the director of Larkin Mortuaries spoke with students on the facts of teen fatalities and the reality of a family having to bury their child. For some students who might not have felt the lump in their throat or the pit at the bottom of their stomach being a witness to such a horrific crash, Archuleta has a message for their parents. “Everything we do as teachers and educators also relies on the parents to help drive the message home to their kids,” Archuleta said. “Lead by example. Are you texting and driving, wearing your seat belts or following the laws that do not allow their kids to drive with their peers until a certain age? We really need have to have their input.” Over the last 10 years, 285 teens aged 13–19 have died on Utah roads, 34 of them in 2016. Nationally, the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-yearolds than among any other age group. Teen drivers aged 16–19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. 

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Jordan School District discusses school construction plans By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

Construction is going well at the site of an upcoming Herriman high school, slated to open in 2019. (Mariden Williams/City Journals)


iverton students will have several new schools to attend in the coming years, according to the Jordan School District’s annual report to the Riverton City Council. Riverton’s three representatives on the Jordan School District Board of Education—Matt Young, Tracy Miller and Darrell Robinson—presented the school district’s current construction schedule in a meeting on Oct. 3. “From prior years, the plan hasn’t morphed much,” said Young. Construction is proceeding as planned: Two elementary schools that were scheduled to open in 2017—Golden Fields Elementary in Daybreak and Bastian Elementary in Herriman—are now open and fully operational. The two new elementary schools have alleviated some of district’s crowding problems, according to Miller. Although five of Riverton’s six elementary schools are still

over capacity, they are much less crowded than they used to be. This year, Midas Creek Elementary dropped enough students that it was able to switch from year-round school to a traditional schedule. This leaves Foothill Elementary as Riverton’s only yearround school—and also its most crowded. “When we’ve surveyed parents in the past, it is pretty overwhelming that our parents would like to be on a traditional schedule,” Miller said, adding that 70 to 80 percent of respondents favor it over a yearround schedule. “So when we can, we move our schools to traditional.” There are two middle schools currently under construction. “One is in the Daybreak area, and walls are already going up there,” said Young. The other is being built on the same site as the existing West Jordan Middle School. Once complete, the old West Jordan Middle

School will be torn down and used as the parking lot for the new building. The 2018–2019 school year is projected to bring two more elementary schools—one in Bluffdale and one in Herriman— and one new middle school, also slated for Bluffdale. This marks a departure from last year’s construction plan. Previously, it was supposed that the new middle school would be built in Herriman, in which case it would have ended up serving many Riverton students. But ultimately, it was decided that the Herriman location was too close to South Hills Middle School, so the location was shifted to Bluffdale. “We recognize that there will be some bussing that will be required, but that would have been required in one direction or the other,” said Young. One of the biggest projects on the construction docket is a new high school, set to open for the 2019–2020 school year. According to Robinson, the new high school will be just a little under 400,000 square feet in size and will have capacity for around 2,500 students. “The contractor tells me that we are running on schedule, maybe even a little ahead of schedule,” Robinson said. “The grading’s done, and we’re starting to put the foundation in now.” The new high school, which has not yet been named, will be located in Herriman. “It really is not a Herriman high school; it’s a tri-city high school,” Robinson said.” No boundaries have been set yet, but Robinson projects the majority of its students will actually be from the east side of Riverton. Riverton and Herriman are collaborating to build a new road leading to the new high school. This road will be instrumental to keeping traffic flowing smoothly in the area once the school is opened, and it’s being funded in large part by the Utah State Legislature, which has contributed a total of $4.5 million to the project. “Without the legislative appropriations, it would have been very difficult for either city to do that,” said Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth. “So I would like to give a big thanks to Dan McCay, our Riverton representative, who helped a lot to get that through.” Once construction on the new Herriman high school is complete, the Jordan School District will probably hold off on building any more schools, at least for a little while. “At this point we do not project any new school openings in 2021 or 2022,” said Young. “We figure there’ll be a year where we need to catch our breath a bit, with all the construction that we’re doing.” 

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iverton High School’s girls tennis teams capitalized on opportunities through hard work and determination. “The main reason we were successful is the fact that this particular year Riverton has had more depth of quality players than in past years,” Silverwolves head girls tennis coach Ron Ence said. “We moved into a new region, and we made the best of it.” The Utah High School Activities Association realigned its representative schools into new regions beginning this fall. Riverton moved into Region 3. Last season it placed second in Region 4; this year it moved up one spot to first place. “This was by far the best year in girls tennis in our school’s history,” Ence said. “Winning our first region title and placing third at the state tournament has been great. We are so happy for the players to have had this experience and memory.” Two Silverwolves advanced with two wins each in the state tournament. The doubles teams and nos. one and three singles players each advanced one round.

Junior Hailey Anderson advanced to the semifinals in second singles. She defeated Westlake’s Lynsea Hayes 6-1, 6-2 and Layton’s Lauren Bitner 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the tournament. She was undefeated in her region matches, defeating all 10 opponents she faced this season. Not to be outdone by her teammate, fellow junior Madi Burke also advanced to the state semifinals. She played in third singles for the Silverwolves. She defeated Hunter’s Elyse Farley 6-0, 6-1 and American Fork’s Mia Beck 6-0, 6-1. She was also undefeated in the regular season. “Hailey and Madi are two examples of players who have put in many hours outside of regular tennis practice,” Ence said. “In the offseason, they took private lessons and played in local tournaments. Mia Seegmiller is also one that fits in this category.” Seegmiller won her first-round matchup 6-4, 6-2 over Layton’s Anna Kemp. As a senior, she finished her regular season with a 9-2 record. Playing in the first singles position, she faced many of the opponents’ best players.

The Silverwolves’ varsity doubles teams also had good seasons. First doubles competitors Lexi Robbins and Paige Hogan won their first-round state matchup 6-0, 6-1 over a team from Fremont. They also finished their regular season undefeated. The second doubles team of Alyssa Sinks and Delaney Harris defeated the Bingham doubles team 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 in the state tournament. They were 9-1 during the regular season. “It was an awesome year—the very best yet,” Hogan said. “We were determined to win from the start. We worked hard and had fun. I was excited we did so well. We all get along really well. We were with each other every day, so we joked around and want the best for each other. It is 100 percent easier to play well when I like my teammates.” The four state firstround victories and two second-round wins earned the Silverwolves six points. They finished in a threeway-tie for third place with American Fork and Layton. Lone Peak won the state title, and Davis placed second. 

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ber is custom made for the style of dance they teach. Many have received degrees or professional training enriching the dance experience for its participants. That professional training—in conjunction with age appropriate music, great costumes and a safe environment—has led to numerous awards. For five years running, C&C Ballet has received The Best of State award in the dance studio category. T h i s recognition means the studio continues to improve the dance environment in Utah. It means dance students are provided a place to develop their talents, self-esteem, confidence and ability. It means they can take what they

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Salt Lake County cuts the ribbon on a new youth services center By Ruth Hendricks | Ruth.H@mycityjournals.com


n Sept. 26, Salt Lake County Youth Services held a ribbon-cutting event at its newly opened center in West Jordan. The former center was in Riverton at 12600 South 1300 West. Staff had looked forward to opening the new building at 8781 South Redwood Road, because it’s more centrally located and close to public transportation. Carolyn Hansen, Salt Lake County Youth Services director, explained that “the move to the West Jordan office will make Youth Services more accessible to clients and other agencies.” Hansen said she was excited to work with the city of West Jordan, the West Jordan Police Department and continuing community partners to meet the needs of youth and their families at the South end of the valley. “It is our hope that our new location will be more convenient for all,” said Hansen. “We look forward to continuing in our partnership to provide crisis and substance abuse services.” The facility offers a unique wraparound approach to services. Youth between the ages of 8 and 17 may come to this location for crisis intervention and short-term placement. Free individual and r family counseling is also pro- Mayor Ben McAdams with Youth Services staff and community partners celebrate at a ribbon cutting for a new youth services center. (Ruth Hendricks/City Journals) vided, along with substance abuse and mental are truancy issues, family dynamic issues, some mental health bon-cutting ceremony. health treatments that include individualized issues, we’re going to try to refer them to some services that we “What an exciting day for Salt Lake County youth and for plans, life skill groups, therapy and case management. their families, not because we’re opening a new building but Youth Services works with more 9,000 youth per year and provide or services out in the community.” The center has a day room with a lounge area where because we’re offering them hope and support today,” McAdprovides programs that foster healthy lifestyles and keep youth kids coming in can do school work or take a break. A teacher ams said. “That’s what this is about.” safe. The main office is in South Salt Lake. McAdams praised the staff of Youth Services for doing The new West Jordan facility offers day treatment, which with Salt Lake Valley High School comes in Monday through one of the toughest jobs and one of the best jobs in the county. focuses on substance abuse help for up to eight youth. A coun- Thursday to help with school work. “A lot of the kids that come in are really behind on their “It’s the toughest because you see some people at the worst seling center provides outpatient treatment and crisis intervention. The Juvenile Receiving Center works with families or school work, and they can work on packets, which is a great moments of their entire life,” he said. “The best job because opportunity for them to pick up extra credits,” said Langwor- you know that what you do makes a difference in their lives.” youth in crisis and offers immediate treatment. McAdams said that the center is a critical safety net to Police or probation officers may bring youth to the center, thy. A room with a computer can be used by police officers to help youth as soon as possible before they fall deeper into the which has two reserved parking spots and a separate secure juvenile justice system. entrance for these officers to bring a person in more privately. check if there are any warrants out on the person brought in. “Within five minutes, the officer can use the computer to “The earlier we intervene, the more likely we are to succeed, Case manager Jeff Langworthy said, “We’ve had a positive reaction from the police, since it takes them less time to drop off write up a report, print it out and leave it with us,” Langwor- and the cheaper it is too,” he said. “We offer a place to turn, with kids than before,” Case Manager Jeff Langworthy said. “What thy said. “The officer takes a copy if they want for their police dedicated, professional staff who understand the challenges that many of these kids face, and they are here saying, ‘you don’t have we really want to do as a social worker is to try to find out report.” Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams spoke at the rib- to do this alone. We are here to support you.”  what kind of services we can plug that family in to. If there

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or one week in the middle of November the entire high school hinges on the decisions of a few coaches. A select few players find their names printed on the list hanging on the coach’s door signaling triumph. They made it, but for most it means disappointment. What can be done to improve your chances of making the team? “Getting ready for tryouts can be important. The reason we have open gyms, weights and conditioning is to help them have a better chance to make the team,” Cyprus head boys basketball coach Tre Smith said. “During this time the coaches are able to get familiar with the player and his game.” Many high school coaches offer open gym and practice for those interested in playing basketball. Taylorsville’s girls started working together before school ended last summer. They spent several weeks during the spring and summer months practicing two times a week and entered into a spring high school league hosted by Highland High School. “We are a 6A high school varsity basketball program so we compete against the very best athletes in the state of Utah. We are looking for the most skilled players that our school has to offer. We want unique attributes that can help us win games,” Taylorsville girls head coach Jodi Lee said. Riverton High coaches enter their varsity, junior varsity and sophomore teams into the summer Big Mountain Jam held at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy every July. Many coaches find playing games the best way to help the players improve. “I think skill development is the best thing for players in the off-season. Playing games is important, but focus on your weakness when you have the time to concentrate on it,” Smith said. “I come from an athletic background, and I think it is extremely important for kids to play multiple sports. All sports can help you become a better athlete to a certain degree. Being in the gym five to six times per week will help if they have the

dream of playing college basketball.” Coaches are interested in the commitment the player will demonstrate in tryouts and before. “I think it is important for the kids to focus beforehand and make sure their grades are good. The first day of tryouts I ask for grades and GPA (grade point average), it tells how committed they are,” first year West Jordan girls head coach Loimatasialei Lolohea said. According to Utah High School Activities Association rules, each player must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and have not more than one failing grade. Some schools alter these rules to maintain a higher standard of academic excellence. The UHSAA also requires athletes to visit a doctor and have a physical examination once a year. One physical can be used to play multiple sports. Participating in work outs before tryout week can be important, but coaches say the week of tryouts is also important. “I think the players should focus on what they do well. If you are a good rebounder, then grab every rebound. If you’re a good shooter, then shoot when you are open. If three point shooting is not your thing, don’t step out and take one during tryouts,” Lolohea said. Every season coaches hear from upset players or parents. “I hear it every season, ‘the team is already picked.’ I go into every season with an open mind. I want kids that are dedicated to excellence in the program,” Smith said. “Can they can take it serious? Kids that have been on my roster on previous years know that it is a new beginning. They need to be improved to make the roster again.” Getting cut from the team is not the end of a basketball career. Learning and improving for the next time is important. “Be a good teammate, stand out, we look for leaders. Communicate with your team, dive on the floor, box out on every shot, sprint down the court. This is what I think is important.” Lolohea said. 

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Riverton junior Mike Erickson (#10) scored points in only two varsity games last season, yet still tried to contribute his best every day in practice. (Dave Sanderson/ dsandersonpics.com)

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Is this a trophy I see before me?

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Kaulin Allin from Herriman High School earned First Place in Set Construction. (KayCee Brugger/Herriman HS)


he Comic-Con of the Shakespeare world took place in Cedar City on September 28-29. Nearly 3,400 students from 109 schools in five states attended the 41st Annual Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) and Southern Utah University (SUU). The competition was an opportunity for junior and high school students to perform Shakespeare scenes as ensembles, duos, trios and monologues as well as showcase dance and stage crew skills. Students are judged and given feedback by professionals. They also attend workshops and USF productions. The competition is divided into six divisions, based on school size. In the Cambridge Division, Salt Lake School for the Perform-

S outh valley cIty JourNal ing Arts had a great showing. They took first place in the Sweepstakes, the award for the highest total score of all performers from one school. Their Acting Ensemble piece took first place and their duo/trio scene with Anna Nadjafinia, Anna Trick, and Caylee White took second place. Mikala Gonzales earned a Ray Jones Award and first place in the monologue competition. Kaybri Wolf received the Larry Lott Acting Award, chosen as the best actor in the division. In the Oxford Division, Highland High School earned third place in Sweepstakes. In addition to acting competitions, schools competed in dance. For the dance portion, students present a three- to six-minute interpretation of a Shakespearean play or sonnet Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts’ Dance Ensemble Piece took first place. Their dance duo/trio by Christin Dennis, Emma Hansen and Alana Stuffs took third place. The most popular competition was the acting ensembles. They incorporate the most actors and were often reinterpretations of Shakespeare scenes. Riverton High School competed with the wedding scene from “Taming of the Shrew.” Their interpretation incorporated steam punk and Commedia dell’arte. “It’s very physical, it’s very silly—think slide whistles and rubber chickens,” said Riverton High School theater teacher Erin McGuire. Herriman High School’s scene from “Much Ado About Nothing” was set in the post-war 1920’s. Herriman Herriman’s theater teacher KayCee Brügger said many directors choose to change time periods for their scenes because Shakespeare’s themes and characters are so universal. Another part of the competition is the Techie Olympics, in which stage crew members get to be in the spotlight. Teams showcase technical skills related to props, costumes, lighting, sound, etc. Participants may have to demonstrate how to apply a fake moustache and then put in a specialty filter and focus a spotlight. Tasks get scored on time and quality of skills. The rest of the teams watch the Olympics and cheer them on.

“Theater people get excited about watching someone change a lamp in a lighting fixture,” said Brügger. In addition to competing, students attended workshops on topics such as stage combat, improvisation, movement, modern dance techniques and choral performance. But the biggest benefit of the weekend was when students received feedback from professional actors and directors, said McGuire. Judges rate the performances and then provide critiques and feedback to the actors. “The experience, the process of getting there is just as important as the feedback for the performance. You can take all that entire experience and use it in all your future performances,” said McGuire. This was a record-breaking year with nearly 3,400 students in attendance. “I think people who aren’t familiar with the competition would be amazed at the level of preparation and work that these student s put into this,” said McGuire. “It’s pretty awesome—in the true sense of the word awesome—full of awe.” All the performers do their best, hoping to win, but they are very supportive of each other, McGuire said. “There’s enough competition and meanness out there and art should be something that you’re celebrating, that you’re sharing,” McGuire tells her students. Theater students often befriend fellow thespians at neighboring schools and support each others’ performances throughout the school year. “I work really hard with my students to try to make sure that they know theater isn’t just about competition but it’s about bringing people together,” said Brügger. McGuire said the competition can be a life-changing experience for the students. It is a Comic-Con-like atmosphere for theatre kids. “Down there, they’re the norm,” said McGuire. “It’s like finding your tribe.” 

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s part of their College and Career Awareness course, seventh-graders spend 19 days learning about agriculture, said Sonja Ferrufino, CTE Administrator for Jordan District. “We wanted to give them a work-based learning career awareness opportunity in agriculture,” said Ferrufino. A two-day agriculture fair provided activities for seventh-graders to learn about farming and farm-related careers. About 20 local businesses hosted booths with career-oriented activities to help students learn about various aspects of agriculture. A Representative from Stotz Equipment reminded the students of West Hills and South Hills middle schools that the spot where their schools are built was farmland 20 years ago. He dispelled the old-fashioned idea of farmers when he explained that everything is automated now, with tractors being guided by GPS to drive themselves. James Loomis of the Farm Bureau knew that on such a cold and rainy day as it was on Sept. 19, the first day of the fair, kids wonder why anyone would want to be a farmer. Inviting students to explore plants and bugs under microscopes, he explained that working in a lab with the biology of plants is part of farming. “We’re all here to show these kids how wide of a field this actually is,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of non-traditional avenues to agriculture. It’s a field that should appeal to our

By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com best creative problem solvers and most unique thinkers.” Leo Ovalle, from TerraWorks Construction and Landscaping, informed the students there is a need in agriculture for designers and inventors. “Somebody has to design sprinklers; somebody has to come up with these ideas; somebody has to create these things to make it better—that would be you guys!” said Ovalle. He explained how someone invented glue that chemically changes the irrigation pipes for a more secure connection and that improvements are made regularly on drainage systems. He quizzed students on how sprinklers work, pointing out the application of engineering. “We need you guys to be interested in science and agriculture so that we can solve these problems,” he said. “All this technology branches out and ties us all together.” Jeanice Skousen, from Jordan District Nutrition Services, provided students with snacks at her booth, which highlighted the My Plate program. “We’re teaching them why it’s important to eat from all the food groups, and the benefits and nutrients and vitamins they need for their bodies,” she said. “At this age, seventh grade, it’s so important; their bodies are still growing.” Some of the local growers that provide food for school lunches showcased their products, and students could sample fresh corn, peaches,

pears, apples and cherry tomatoes. Kory Bertelson and Jason White, from IFA, talked to the kids about what crops are produced for the foods they eat. They played a game with seeds and end products as a fun way to engage the teens in thinking about where their food comes from. Many students didn’t know how many steps were involved to bring food from the farm to the store. Other students already have experience with agriculture. Miranda Ferrufino, a seventh-grader from South Hills Middle, taught her peers about the role of Utah Wool Growers. She raises sheep for 4-H and already knows she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. She said she will probably have a farm. Once in high school, she plans to join the Future Farmers of America club. Officers from local high school FFA chapters and Jordan Tech students acted as group leaders for the 2,500 seventh-graders who participated across the two days of Agriculture Day, held at Progressive Plants Farm in West Jordan. This is the second year Jordan Tech has held the fair, based on a recommendation from their Agricultural Advisory Board, which wanted students to be more aware of the aspects of agriculture. “You’re going to eat, and you’re going to have to wear clothes every single day, so they wanted them to know where it comes from,” said Ferrufino. 

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Miranda Ferrufino already knows she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

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Family. Everyone has one, but it is what separates Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic. R. Clay Cannon founded the clinic in 1989 and his family has always been a part of it. Cherrie Cannon, Clay’s wife, grooms and teaches puppy classes while also working as a technician. Clay’s two daughters, Marnie and Jennifer grew up in the clinic. Marnie, who was working in with her dad in the office by the time she was 12, is now a part owner and practicing manager. Jennifer manages the clinic’s groomery and is the owner of K-9 Design in Riverton. The family atmosphere though, extends beyond the immediate Cannons. Each staff member, client and patient is treated as if they were family. Clay takes time to personally get to know every one so each person who

enters the Stone Ridge doors becomes a member of the family. This personal touch means each client and patient knows the eyes and features of the business rather than being a faceless corporation. Quality is never shirked at Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic. With three staff veterinarians, Clay, John Knowles and Alan Cunningham; the clinic is committed to providing the best possible medical care as a premier veterinary clinic. Stone Ridge has numerous specialists who provide services at or for the clinic such as orthopedic, chiropractic, ultrasound, endoscopy, radiology and more. Not only does the clinic do grooming—which assists in the dogs physical health—but it also does boarding for those considering what to do with pets in the case of travel or an emergency.

Stone Ridge offers small kennels, large runs and extra-large runs for larger dogs to all customers; as well as a complimentary bath the night before going home after a three night stay. Pets must be current on vaccines. This says nothing of the Stone Ridge family’s desire to give back. The staff is active in civic organizations, pet rescue and canine cancer research funding. Free exams are given to local rescues for new adoptions. A community garden is planted each year on Marnie’s property with the produce being shared among staff, friends, clients and neighbors. To learn more about Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic, visit the clinic at 1381 W. Stone Ridge Lane in Riverton, call 801-254-4840 or find them online at www.stoneridgevet.com and Facebook. 

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Cross-country course work By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Zoe Hazlett is leaving a trail of friendship rocks as the family travels the country. (Photo/Team Hazlett)


oe Hazlett has been leaving a trail of colorful rocks around the country as part of her art class assignment. She has been studying the color wheel and has been experimenting with cool colors, warm colors and complimentary colors on her rocks. Zoe often has homework assignments that utilize her love of crafts, math and performance and she does her work anywhere because she doesn’t go to a brick and mortar school. The Hazlett family left their Riverton home to spend a year traveling the United States and Canada. Zoe, a third-grader, and her sister Hannah, an eighth-grader, are attending Utah’s K-12 online school, Utah Virtual Academy, to accommodate their unique situation. “They are probably more engaged than they would be in a normal classroom in terms of the time,” said their mother, Tina.

Hours spent touring museums instead of sitting at a desk count toward school credit. The girls earn P.E. credits as they ride bikes through historical battlefields or turn cartwheels on a log over the Mississippi River. Because of the flexibility of learning, the family can make it fun and personalized. Brain, Tina, Hannah and Zoe Hazlett live in a motor home and have an open traveling schedule—if they like a place, they stay longer. Each week, they look at the upcoming school curriculum and find ways to apply it to the area they in which they are traveling. Sometimes the curriculum matches up with their location. When Hannah’s history curriculum started to cover the Civil War, she had just visited some of the sites she was learning about. Brian, a history buff, took the girls through a play-by-play of the action at sites like Little Big Horn and Gettysburg. “We are definitely hitting the history hard because of his passion,” said Tina. “He gives them the details of the Civil War and of exactly how it unfolded.” Next, the family is headed to the New England area. “We’re definitely going to tackle all the Revolutionary War details and let them get a visual,” said Tina. “That’s how they learn. They are sponges, so that’s been a huge benefit.” In addition to visiting historic sites, the girls are experiencing a variety of climates and scenery. These ties in with Zoe’s science curriculum. She observed and collected weather data and then recorded a weather report. “She is definitely my visual, high-energy kid, so we thought it’d be fun to turn it into a weather girl activity and make it more practical,” said Tina. Tina is Zoe’s learning coach. “You’re basically attached at the hip from anywhere from three to six hours a day, depending on what she needs that day,” said Tina.

Zoe said her favorite place she’s been so far was Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania where she got to create her own candy bar and eat a lot of chocolate. Zoe loves math and is excited to be learning multiplication this year. “Now you can figure out how much all that chocolate’s going to cost you really fast with your multiplication,” Tina told her. The girls miss their extra-curricular activities and family and friends back home. But Hannah said she has made many friends in her online Class Connect sessions, where students work in groups to solve math equations or discuss reading topics for language arts. They even have assemblies. Hannah is learning self-sufficiency, managing her online classes and projects. Their unique learning environment has also given Zoe an opportunity to learn focus and self discipline. “She’s got to be proactive on her own when she typically doesn’t need to be with a brick and mortar school,” said Tina. Where they park their motor home is based on where they can find the best Wi-Fi connection, so the girls can do their schoolwork. UTVA provided laptop computers and a printer, textbooks and instructional materials—like CDs, videos and tools like magnifying glasses and a bag of rocks, said UTVA Head of School, Meghan Merideth. Tina has been a working mom, and this opportunity to be so involved with her girls is one of the biggest benefits of their adventure, she said. They spend a lot of time as a family that being back home wouldn’t allow. Tina said despite the close quarters and sacrifices, she has no regrets. “It’s just been a really different and cool experience, and to have this flexibility with their education is just priceless,” she said. Find more information about UTVA at utva.k12.com. 

‘Most important event of the year’ empowers families, discourages bullying By Jet Burnham|j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

BMX riders perform stunts for the audience over ramps and brave volunteers. They shared personal experiences of bullying. (Todd Hougaard/Jordan Ridge PTA)


cceptance Day was held to celebrate lacrosse, which finally became a high school-sanctioned sport. Todd Hougaard, whose son has played lacrosse for years, organized the event as a way to get ahead of problems that may arise. “Just because the High School Activities Association says you’re an official sport,

doesn’t mean all the attitudes out there are going to change,” said Hougaard, who said other high school athletes and coaches may be slow to accept lacrosse players and their use of the athletic fields. Changes like this can create an environment of bullying. Because no school is untouched by the effects of bullying and suicide, Hougaard, who is the PTA president at Jordan Ridge Elementary in South Jordan, wanted to bring the lacrosse teams together with the community to encourage a feeling of acceptance as well as address the issue of bullying and suicide prevention. “From our parent survey, our two biggest concerns are internet safety and bullying,” he said. “In my mind, suicide and bullying are connected.” He invited Lisa Mauer from Touchstone Family Connections to provide classes to heal and help families. While youth and high school lacrosse teams from Copper Hills, Bingham, Riverton and Herriman played games on Bingham’s field, classes were available for families inside the school building throughout the day. Professionals met with parents, families and children to discuss topics such as non-violent communication skills, listening skills, cyber-bullying prevention, internet safety, self-acceptance, replacing negative thoughts, safeguarding children and healthy family relationships. “This is the most important event we’ll hold all year,” Hougaard said. “It’s tackling the issues we’re concerned about. I know those who have gone to classes have been grateful they’ve come.” Nancy Pratt, a clinical mental health counselor, talked about suicide prevention through safety

planning. She taught families how to design a reaction plan with resources and coping strategies. “Just having that plan already laid out means that when you’re in the actual state of distress, you don’t have to do the hard work of thinking about what to do about it,” she said. Steven Barfuss helped parents understand why bullying happens in schools and how to protect kids from it. “This is a competitive system,” he said. “We put kids in a competitive environment and give them no tools to deal with it. As a teacher, he noticed the kids who had tools like a strong sense of worth or an attitude of cooperation didn’t get caught up in being cooler or smarter than others to feel good about themselves. He taught families non-violent communication skills to use to deal with bullying. Kirk Voss, a parent and licensed marriage and family therapist, empowered parents with family communication skills. He told them that by staying calm and empathetic when kids express negative feelings, they’ll create a relationship in which kids will feel safe to share their feelings when they’re dealing with big problems. Enthusiastic teens from Lionheart Mentoring met with parents to discuss how to mentor their teenagers through difficult times. They also talked to groups of teens about overcoming negative selftalk, discouragement and addictions to find their life mission and live their dreams. In the back parking lot of Bingham, Stand4Kind brought BMX stunt bikers and a live band, Foreign Figures, to entertain audiences with two shows. Bike riders shared personal stories of

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being bullied in between performing tricks and stunts. Jonesy Fedderson said he and other riders have used their passion for biking to rise above the judgments of others that could have kept them from succeeding. Ryan Dare told audiences that kindness and respect for others gets you farther in life than putting others down. Hougaard said these personal stories made an impression on the kids. “It’s a cool guy, talking to them on their level, about big issues,” he said. Heidi Swapp, who shared the story of her son’s suicide, said everyone is aware of suicide and wants to prevent it but they don’t have the tools. The Day of Acceptance provided those tools. “The issue’s not going to go away,” said Hougaard, who said his board will continue to address these topics throughout the year. In the week leading up to the event, Jordan Ridge students participated in Kindness Week. Students performed acts of kindness, recording them on a paper chain that eventually stretched all around their school’s library. Results of the lacrosse games: 7–8 grade teams, Bingham vs. Riverton (Bingham won 12-4) 5–6 grade teams, Bingham vs. Riverton (Riverton won 11-5) Herriman’s Sophomore/Freshman team vs. Bingham JV (Bingham won) Copper Hills JV vs. Riverton JV (CH won 9-2) Bingham vs. Riverton varsity teams (Bingham won 5-4 in OT) 

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Winter driving safety: Snow falls and you slow down By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

The long line at the local auto body shop isn’t just for oil changes, it’s for winter tires too. With temperatures dropping and leaves soon to follow, it’s time for a refresher course on safe winter driving. 1) Know the conditions Technology affords us the privilege of knowing road conditions before ever leaving the house. Utah Department of Transportation has more than 2,200 traffic cameras or sensors which gives visuals and data on all major UDOT roads. Drivers can then adjust their routes or schedules according to the heaviness of traffic making for less congestion and less risk for accidents. The UDOT app means you can see all those cameras from your phone. Twitter feeds also provide alerts about traffic situations throughout the state, including roads up the canyon. Unified Police have a canyon alerts twitter page for to update traffic in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as tire requirements and road closures. 2) Prepare the car Make sure the car is prepared for the road conditions, first with good tires. Snow tires give greater tread for better traction. If only two new tires are placed on the car, make sure to put them in the rear. With the falling snow, it’s necessary to have quality wiper blades that ensures clear views rather than leaving water streaks across windshield impairing your ability to drive. The wiper fluid reservoir also needs to be replenished before the first snows hit. Snow and ice should be completely removed from the windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving to ensure visibility. If your car is parked outside overnight, place towels over the windows. This keeps the windows from icing over. A system should be in place to check everything in your car such as the battery power and your cooling system. Antifreeze helps the vehicle withstand the freezing temperatures. The vehicle should also be stocked with a safety items in the case of an emergency. The Utah Department of Public Safety suggests on its website to have jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets

stuck, reflectors or flares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, flashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, first-aid kit, batter or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slow. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In drivers education courses, prospective drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least half way full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash. 

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Simple idea blossoms into $2,800 By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Martianne White’s fourth-grade class meets with fifth-graders at Moore Elementary in Houston through a Facetime connection. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)


ne simple idea from a pair of compassionate 9-year-olds grew into a communitywide project to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Adison Pankey and Alexa Mazuran, fourth-graders at Bluffdale Elementary, wanted to help a Houston area school that suffered damage during Hurricane Harvey. Moore Elementary was flooded with 3 feet of water, ruining their library books and other school supplies. The hurricane hit just two days before the school year began, delaying classes for two weeks. Many students had to evacuate, and others had to be rescued from their homes. “If that happened to me, I would be devastated,” said Alexa. Adison and Alexa presented their idea to raise money to send to Houston to their teacher and then the administration, which helped set the fundraiser in motion. The girls’ class helped to create posters to hang in the hallways to ask students to donate to the cause. Adison and Alexa reminded students on the daily morning announcements to bring in their money. The entire school got involved in the weeklong fundraiser. “Once it got started, everybody jumped on board, everybody took a job,” said Martianne White, the girls’ fourth-grade teacher. “I did this, somebody did that, and before we knew it we were at $2,500.” Their original goal was for $1,000, but by the end they were able to collect more than $2,800. Word spread, and contributions even came from teachers who used to teach at Bluffdale. Most of the funds came from hard-working elementary students who earned the money themselves. “Some people did bake sales; they mowed the lawn, they babysat—some people were so sweet, they just gave their money for that even if they wanted something else,” said Alexa. White’s class had an opportunity to talk with Principal Patricia Myers and a fifth-grade class at Moore Elementary via a Facetime connection to present them with the good news. White’s students asked questions about the students’ experiences with the hurricane.

“Every kid’s dream is to have school cancelled for a day,” said Myers. “You guys probably get school cancelled when it snows a lot.” (“Not very often!” exclaimed White.) “But this is one of those situations where we were not happy that school was cancelled.” When White revealed how much money had been raised for the school, Myers and the students were thrilled. “Through the generosity of a lot of people, we have what we need right now but every day we discover stuff that we’re missing,” said Myers. When asked how they will use the funds, Moore Elementary students said they will restock the library (they lost 20,000 books) and gym equipment and also purchase technology for their classrooms. Bluffdale students created two banners, signed by all the students in the school, which they sent to Moore Elementary, along with a check for $2,833.57. White’s class also recorded a video to send to their new friends, explaining how they used the Seven Habits to develop the fundraiser. As part of the school’s Leader in Me program, students learn the Seven Habits, based on Steven Covey’s book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.” White said it teaches kids skills such as time management, prioritizing, working together and getting along with others in group situations. White loves to see her 9- and 10-year-olds accomplish great things like this fundraiser. She is pleased with the amount of support that came from the school and community. “Just because it started with one person didn’t make it a one person project,” said White. “It made it an everybody-project. And we worked really hard inside of our class to make sure everybody knew that it was an everybody-project—that it wasn’t just about one person coming up with an idea.” The Facetime session was just the beginning of the friendship between the students. White’s class members plan to stay in touch with their new friends. The two schools have coordinated a pen-pal exchange. 

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Turkey Day, it’s almost here! Awe, that traditional family day where we gather around a festive fall table enjoying yummy food and confortable conversation, while adorning our cozy sweaters and stretchy pants. Or maybe that’s just my imagination at work again. In reality, it’s usually more like annoyingly loud uncles in football jerseys making belching noises and toddlers playing tag around the table. And that cozy conversation turning to a political showdown or football yelling match. Either way, Thanksgiving is a time to gather and eat delicious food with the people you love and cherish. Then comes the dirty little flip side, the cost of that Thanksgiving meal just came crashing in on you. So, in effort to help keep your from having a nervous breakdown before the bird has even hit the oven, here are some creative ways to help you save money on your Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Make it a BYOD Gathering “Bring Your Own Dish” Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you have to do all the serving too. Make it a potluck assignment and ask everyone to bring a contribution. And speaking of BYO – BYOB is a definite money saver too. 2. Only Serve Food the Majority of Your Family Likes

Just because tradition dictates, you DO NOT have to have certain items on your table in order to make it a perfect Thanksgiving meal. If no one ever eats the marshmallow covered sweet potatoes skip it. If there’s just one person that like the green bean casserole and the rest goes largely untouched year after year, maybe it’s time to retire it from the menu. 3. Go Christmas for the Decorating Fall table décor can be pricy and it’s not typically used for more than just this one day. Instead bring the Christmas beauty to your table. It gives the kids something to get excited about and can stay out the rest of the season. Decorating the tree after dinner could also make for a fun new family tradition. 4. Skip the Side (Salad) Plates The turkey isn’t the only thing that gets stuffed, people do too, resulting in wasted food that could be put to better use. Those who want seconds can take them but you’ll find we take a lot less when the food settles a little and we have to think about the seconds. Leave the salad or side plate that collects rolls and extra stuffing off the table. If you want to take it a step further, use smaller dinner plates too. 5. Make it From Scratch If ever there was a time to go homemade, it’s Thanksgiving. Not only will your homemade recipes get your guests nostalgic, they will save you a pretty

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penny. So skip the precut veggies, make your own gravy, stuffing and pies. Enlist the help of your kids to give them an appreciation for the creativity and cooking too. You also don’t need to go gourmet. Thanksgiving is all about good, simple comfort food. 6. Plan Your Leftovers It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to come up with creative uses for turkey after turkey night. Make it easy by researching what you’ll be making with the leftover bird ahead of time. Set your calendar to check Coupons4Utah.com, because a week before Thanksgiving we’ll be sharing a list of our tested recipes for

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’ve never been one to follow fad diets. I like food too much to limit my choices to cabbage, grapefruit and a toxic drink of lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. I’m pretty sure that’s a mixture they use to waterproof asphalt. So when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease 15 months ago, the idea of taking my favorite foods off the table was, well, off the table. My doctor insisted I’d feel better if I stopped eating gluten. I laughed and told him I’d never be one of those people who badger waiters about menu ingredients, scour Pinterest for gluten-free cookie recipes or bore friends to tears with a recap of my gluten-induced misery. I was in denial for several weeks but after a trip to New York where I gorged on pizza, bagels and, basically, bushels of gluten, I ended up in a bread coma. I went off gluten cold turkey, which is pretty much the only thing I can eat now. My husband has been super helpful as I’ve transitioned to a life of wheat-less sadness. He chokes down gluten-free pizza and cookies without acting like I’m poisoning him (usually), but when I suggested making glu-

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