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garbage can and weekly curbside pickup are a given for most Salt Lake Valley residents. However, having a place for that garbage to go every week after pickup is much more complicated than rolling a can down the driveway. Trans-Jordan Cities Landfill services Draper, Midvale, Murray, Riverton, Sandy, South Jordan and West Jordan and is currently in the last part of its lifespan, which means there are 10–15 more years expected before it is full. Because of this, Trans-Jordan took action and worked with other landfills that are part of the Northern Utah Environmental Resource Agency to come up with a solution. NUERA and Bayview Landfill NUERA is a collaborative group of six landfills ranging from Logan to southern Utah County, that came together to solve issues, come up with new ideas and work on projects together. “The idea is that we meet together, we talk about things, we have an operations team that talks about specific operations processes, and it’s just a way of using our combined knowledge together to make the whole system better for the public,” said Trans-Jordan’s and NUERA’s Board Vice Chairman David Newton. “The second part of that is that we can work together on projects if they come up that one or more of the landfills want to involve themselves with — they can do so on a voluntary basis — again in an effort to make things better as far as our waste needs.” Four of the landfills that are part of NUERA came together to purchase an interest in the Bayview Landfill, which is located in the southwest part of Utah County and is currently operating. The Bayview Landfill will save money and time with its proximity and pricing for these landfills to take their garbage, compared to others where prices are higher, or are much further. “You could say that we’re in charge of identifying the long-term picture; it’s sort of a puzzle, and this is a big piece of the puzzle that was put into place, because it gives our residents the surety that they have the best value location

for their waste to go for the next 100 years,” said Trans-Jordan Executive Director Mark Hooyer. “Value to us means the lowest cost to our residents, as far as the fees and taxes they pay to have their waste picked up.” Expanding landfill research Something else NUERA officials are starting to look into — specifically initiated and headed by Hooyer — is having its landfills used to help conduct research, specifically by local university students. “One of my goals is to help the Wasatch Front stand out nationally as an area of solid waste practice and research,” Hooyer said. “There are a lot of areas to study with landfills.” NUERA collectively has five active landfills to offer for research: one brand new one, one in young age, two in early-old age and one readying for final closure, Hooyer said. There are also two closed landfills that could be used, as well as other diverse stations and plants that could be used for extensive research. “We want to stand out, we want to be recognized as a center of excellence, and we’ve identified some funding sources where the money might likely come from,” Hooyer said. The money will likely come from the universities themselves, outside organizations that want to be involved with the research and NUERA members who are interested and engaged in any research. Just a few of the research projects that could be conducted at the landfills include the following: solid waste landfilling, ground water protection, landfill gas production, compost science, energy projects, economics and financial analysis of operations, recycling and reuse of materials and more. “With NUERA, we’re more communityfocused as far as we’re reaching out to the states saying we want to bolster the universities and that we want to work together so we can improve the education in the state and make Utah shine as the center of excellence when it comes to solid waste research,” Hooyer said.

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Reducing recycling contamination rates Bringing down the recycling contamination rates is another serious goal of Trans-Jordan — and NUERA. Contamination takes place when recyclables aren’t cleaned properly before being put into curbside recycling bins. This means that those recyclables — along with non-recyclables put into recycling bins — have to be taken to landfills. It is not within the means of waste disposal companies to meticulously clean and sort all recyclables picked up, so it’s either recyclable with their equipment, or it isn’t. Trans-Jordan is working on an initiative with all serviced cities so that fewer recyclables will have to be taken to landfills by educating everyone the same way on what can and cannot be recycled. We’re so big on pushing for recycling because we’ve got to save our landfill space; we’ve got to save the resources,” said Lesha Earl, TransJordan’s education coordinator. “We’re pulling all of our member cities together to get all of the cities on the same page with recycling so they all say the same guidelines and so there’s no confusion on what can be recycled, and what can’t be recycled.” Earl will be the one to head the recycling initiative for Trans-Jordan. One example of recycling contamination because of confusion is plastic grocery bags, Newton said. The bags are not recyclable and can be harmful not only to the environment but also can harm the recycling equipment where pickups are taken. Two solutions for the bags can be either returning them to bins inside grocery stores to be reused eventually or to use them as garbage sacks to go to the landfill. Glass is recyclable but not in curbside bins; it should be taken to glass recycling pickup stations. Trans-Jordan does not recycle glass but does provide services such as taking care of household hazardous waste, creating compost from green waste and offering dumpster roll-out services to residents of affiliated cities. l


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Health insurance help: How to live with it and not without By Mandy Ditto | m.ditto@mycityjournals.com

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ven though open enrollment for this year has closed, there is plenty of confusion when it comes to health insurance. Though many people may know the basics about deductibles, premiums and copayments, there are always pitfalls — or just deeper questions — people should be aware of. Unfortunately there are times that insurance companies are simply limited or have created policies that limit them with what they can cover, and people aren’t aware until a medical emergency of some kind comes up and they need help. Here are some professionals’ tips, and personal stories from the Salt Lake Valley pertaining to navigating health insurance. What isn’t covered Because every insurance provider is different, it is difficult to say what is typically not covered, but it varies with each carrier. However, if people are asking questions about the conditions they have or may have to deal with before they pin down which insurance policy to use, they can often get the answers they need about which carrier and policy works best for them, said Heidi Castaneda, Small Employer and Individual Plan sales director at Select Health. Often, however, nobody can know exactly what is going to happen to them or their family,

Rachel Nichols and her son Brody, who is in need of an kidney autotransplant, and is waiting for approval from their insurance to cover the experimental procedure. (Mandy Ditto/City Journals)

and they simply need coverage for emergencies in the moment. There are also experimental procedures that insurance companies often don’t cover for various reasons, and needing something like this with no coverage can be costly for anybody. For the Nichols family, this has been a reality over the last several years, as it has fought for understanding about their 15-year-

old son’s medical conditions and health. Brody — or Spencer, at school — was born with hydronephrosis on the left side, which causes swelling of the kidney because urine can’t drain properly. He had surgery at 10 months old, and the family was told he would live a normal life. The family later found out that Brody also had it on the right side of his body, and in May

2015 he was feeling sick again. After several months and a fighting for an ultrasound, they discovered that neither kidneys were draining properly. Surgery was done again on both sides at the beginning of 2016, but Brody still had to have nephrostomy tubes put in during the summer to help the kidneys drain into bags he carries on his back. After several doctors discussed Brody’s condition they decided he needed a kidney autotransplant. “Brody will be the first minor in Utah to have this procedure done; he’ll be the first one at Primary Children’s to have it done, if it gets authorized to be OK,” said Rachel Nichols, Brody’s mom. “University of Utah is a research school, so they have done at least 30 cases on adults, but there’s not enough evidence for children with his diagnosis to prove that this will work, so they’re calling it experimental.” However, because of its experimental nature, the Nicholses’ health provider, Select Health, told them they wouldn’t be able to cover it, due to their policy. The family has been fighting and appealing to gain coverage for the $100,000 to $150,000 procedure ever since so that “Brody can live and be a teenager,” Rachel Nichols said. Because Brody’s right kidney was saved continued on next page…

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coverage, Castaneda suggests that “reaching out for additional resources is obviously going to be a good idea for some, whether it’s reaching right out to your insurer or agent or broker, to be able to answer some of those questions you might have that are not straightforward.” Out-of-pocket maximums, deductibles, pharmacy copays, emergency room copays and urgent care costs are some of the specific things people should look at as they go over their SBC and schedule of benefits, Schneider said. In regard to medical emergencies, people should “get a feel for, ‘Where could I go receive urgent care benefits?’ It’s nice to look at those things while you’re calm, so you could say, ‘Hey urgent care is a $100 visit but the emergency room is $500,’ and go back and say ‘Where is my nearest urgent care unit,’ so they get a feel for what are their copay differentials,” Schneider said. Something many people may not consider is that they can’t always buy insurance, at any time of the year. Because of the Affordable Care Act, there is an enrollment period that goes from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, said Robert Sautter, current president of the Utah Association of Health Underwriters. People need to be aware of when they need insurance and when they can sign onto a plan; preparedness for the plan they want is also important, so that they are stuck with what works for them. Cost is an obvious aspect people are looking at with insurance plans, and it all depends on one’s needs to decide how much is reasonable to spend. “People should be looking at what are their needs: Are they buying insurance to cover a catastrophic need? In other words, do they not have many day-to-day needs, or do you have a common condition to where you need to establish day-to-day care, you need to be covered for that?” Sautter said. “They need to look at their situation; they need to know how much insurance they need. Costs are so high these days, and people will ask to just show them the lowest price product and of course that comes with a high deductible and very high out-of-pocket. The price may be right, but with what they realistically need, it doesn’t make sense to buy that.” l

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17 SoJo Winter Fitness Solutions for 2017 Resolutions By Mylinda LeGrande | mylinda@mycityjournals.com

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taying fit is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, but sticking to a workout routine in Utah’s harsh winter conditions might seem daunting. Try these tips to keep your exercise goals alive in February. • Join a gym: This may be the first thing that comes in mind when you plan your fitness New Year’s resolutions. Ask any member that regularly attends the gym throughout the year— that attendance at the gym may double or triple in the first few months of each new year. Machines are over-crowded, classes are full and there isn’t a spare space in the parking lot. The regulars at the gym may endure “New Year’s Resolutionists” for a few months until their motivation fizzles out. But, for those of you that are new to the gym scene, this may be the ticket to getting in shape. You can choose from a variety of gyms in South Jordan, including Kubex, Lifetime Fitness, Planet Fitness, Vasa Fitness, Orangetheory, Curves, CrossFit Evo, Kaizen Energy and Nutricentro. Each gym may offer different exercise styles, classes and activities. While one may provide personal training, others may provide privacy. Some are gender specific, and others may be starting new trends. You can go with a friend or go solo. You need to make sure to pick a location and style and suits your personality and needs, so your membership doesn’t end up being an expensive casualty after March. • Attend a fitness class: If a big gym isn’t your thing, try a class at a smaller facility. One class that is growing popularity in the area is High Fitness. These are taught either at the South Jordan Recreation Center or Elite Academy in South Jordan as well as a variety of locations though the Salt Lake Valley. Buy a punch card or pay a drop-in fee, and your first time is free. Another class fitness option for flexibility is at a Yoga Studio such as Mind, Breath Body, Lifetime Fitness or the South Jordan Recreation Center. • Cross- country ski in Daybreak, Jordan River Parkway or at a city park: This option does not cost any money after the investment of purchasing or renting the equipment. • Snowshoe: Pick a park or trail in South Jordan, such as the Jordan River Parkway and either, walk, jog or run. Jogging at 5.2 mph can burn up to 570 calories in an hour, according to Exactscience.com says. You can listen to your favorite tunes and snowshoe alone, or bring the whole family for a relaxing outdoor exercise outing.” Ryan Delaney, resident says, “I got started as something fun to do in the winter and explore new trails. It is a great workout, depending of course on the terrain and how hard you push yourself. A flat casual walk around a golf course isn’t going to be as good as a quicker climb up to Dog Lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon for instance. Golf courses tend to be a good option in the winter, assuming they don’t have an issue with it.” He offers these tips for the snowshoe novice, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe, so don’t be intimidated. Dress like it’s 10 degrees warmer than it really is. You can work up a good sweat and don’t want to be overdressed, [so] go out and explore and have fun!” • Go tubing or sledding: There are a few steep hills in neighborhoods and parks in South Jordan. Bring your inflatable tube or sled. Using your own manpower, you can burn a lot of calories. According to “Northern Virginia Magazine,” snow tubing can burn 477 calories in an hour if you weigh 155 pounds and are walking back up the hill. • Ice Skating is a traditional winter activity to keep active.

Resident sleds on hill in Daybreak (Daybreakutah.com)

Rentals will be available for the public inside the Warming Hut adjacent to the South Jordan Plaza Ice Rink at 10650 South Beckstead Lane. Enjoy this activity until March 3, weather Permitting. The hours of operation are Sunday–Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ice skate rentals cost $2, and overnight rentals are an additional $1. Skate rentals are first come, first served, or participants can use their own skates outside scheduled rental hours. Rent a fitness video from the library: Shauna Ball, a South Jordan resident, likes to work out to an exercise video she gets from the library when she isn’t running. “Once a week, I use a cardio or strength training video,” she said. “I use them to help strengthen muscles that don’t get much use when running. I also like them for stretches since I am not good at stretching after I run.” Shovel show. Put some headphones on under your snow hat and listen to some tunes while clearing a path in your driveway. Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, Internal Medicine, answered on behalf of Johns Hopkins Medicine says that in “just 45 minutes of shoveling snow burns about 300 calories. (This is based on a 150-pound person).” Make sure to use a shovel with an ergonomic handle design and to lift with your legs, not your back. It is also a good idea to warm up first, just like with any other exercise. Sign up for the Date Dash 5k: South Jordan is offering a race event on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. The SoJo Date Dash is a chance to race for great prizes to restaurants, movies and other date opportunities from local sponsors, while staying fit. All participants get a long-sleeve Date Dash Race Shirt and runner medal. Contact Brad Veske, 801-253-5236 with questions, or visit https://www.raceentry.com/races/sojo-datedash-5k/2017/register to sign up. Try an adult dance class: Many already know you can sign kids up for dance classes in the community, but what about adults? The Academy of Ballet Arts offers classical Adult Ballet in their South Jordan studio. South Jordan Recreation center offers adult jazz, ballet and ballroom classes. Compete in Waist Watchers: This city program runs from Nov. 28-January 2. You weigh in, set a goal and then earn prizes. Cost is $5 for members of South Jordan Recreation Center or $10 for non-members. While this program is over

Residents Becky Lundberg, Shauna Ball, Lisa Ashton, Julie Mederios, Laurene Finch, Corinne Hubbard, Melonie Carson and Andrea Madsen run in freezing temperatures in South Jordan (Mylinda LeGrande/City Journals)

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for this year, you can look to your employer for other weight loss program ideas that may be ongoing. Play on an indoor soccer league: Residents can sign up for an indoor coed recreation team at Gardner Village. Play on a recreation or church basketball league: Men and women can sign up for a church-sponsored league (no membership required) and at Lifetime Fitness center with the Ultimate Hoops program. Some free local church programs include South Mountain Community Church’s Men’s Ministry Basketball Church League and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (men and women teams). For a fee, men can join a Salt Lake County Recreation league and play at South Jordan Middle School. Women recreation leagues are also available, but games are played at surrounding cities. Go swimming at Marv Jensen Recreation Center, South Jordan Aquatic Center or at Lifetime Fitness Gym: Taking an aqua aerobics class or swimming laps is a refreshing winter fitness activity. You can also hire a swimming coach to work on your technique if a triathlon is one of your New Year’s goals. Try Martial Arts: World Martial Art, Family Tae Kwon Do, USSD South Jordan and South Jordan Recreation Center offer these classes. Healthfitnessrevolution.com says, “Martial arts are a high-aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve through martial arts. A one-hour session of moderate intensity martial arts can burn up to 500 calories.” Sign up for tap dancing: South Jordan Recreation Center offers a 1940’s style tap class for adults on Mondays from 8:30–9:30 p.m. for $30 a month or a one-time $10 drop-in fee. Go running: It may be only 8 degrees outside, but at least one group of women from a South Jordan neighborhood still goes running whether it is sunny, rainy, snowy or windy. Lisa Ashton, one of these residents, said she likes to run outside with friends and neighbors. “Running outside is better than the other options,” she said. “Being outside is good for the soul. Most of the winter we are stick inside. It feels good to get outside and breath the fresh air. When I’m committed to meeting someone, I ignore the voice of reason in my head telling me it’s too cold.” l


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Elk Ridge Middle School Students to Perform ‘The Lion King, Jr.’ By Julie Slama |julie@mycityjournals.com

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bout 130 Elk Ridge Middle School students will take part in “The Lion King, Jr.” in February. The show, set for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 4, will be performed at the school auditorium, 3659 West 9800 South. Tickets are $3 and are available at showtix4u. com. The cast includes ninth-grader Emily Royall as Rafiki, ninth-grader Hunter Hankins as Mufasa, ninth-grader Ammon Christiansen as the adult Simba and ninth-grader Trenton Peck as the young Simba. “When we were looking at shows, we wanted a show where the theme allows the students to grow as people as well as in theater,, and this show does that,” Director Kristie Post Wallace said. “The main theme is ‘know who you are and how you can adapt to new situations, new ideas and experiences.’” She said as part of the educational side of theater, students have learned and discussed the themes of always learning and growing. Co-directing the show is Anne Fife, a local deaf actress, who translated the entire script into American Sign Language and then taught students how to sign. “Signing in the show helps them understand

“The Lion King, Jr.” cast at Elk Ridge Middle School rehearses “I Just Can’t Wait to be King.” (Kristie Wallace/Elk Ridge Middle School)

who they are and how they communicate,” Wallace said. “It’s another part of changing and adapting and adds another layer to the show. These students didn’t know they’d be learning how to sign or even that we’d be including it in the show, but they jumped right in to learn how to interpret, and it has given our performance a different perspective.” Several student actors will sign, shadowing the main characters. These students include eighth-grader Annika Peebler, Rafiki ASL shadow interpreter; ninth-grader Braxton

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and hair stylist Camille Cook; costumer parent volunteer Jessica Peck; mask design and creator Sam Burt; program designer Megan Rees; and logo designer Emily Wight, a ninth-grader. “We based our production from the Broadway show, which has songs that the audience may not be familiar with,” Wallace said about the 75-minute show. “In fact, only three of our cast members had seen the play, so they had fun discovering the song for the first time. It makes the show new, fresh and better.” The costumes include African prints and plastic masks that were bent into shape for the lions. “We owe a lot to our parent volunteer who is creating these amazing costumes,” Wallace said. In addition, the lion characters have plastic masks that were created and molded to wear on their foreheads. “They’re just wonderful,” Wallace said. “Our art teacher has worked with two students to create the molds, and the elephants, rhinos, cheetahs are all done with puppetry; the giraffe is on stilts. Our tech class is building and painting the set, and will run light and sound. It’s just a wonderful show that involves so many of our stellar, talented students.” l


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South Jordan Elementary students take part in mock congressional hearing By Julie Slama |julie@mycityjournals.com

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Fifth-graders at South Jordan Elementary demonstrate their knowledge of the government and their rights and responsibilities in a mock congressional hearing. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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uestions about the secret proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, why so many Europeans wanted to come to the colonies and why slavery wasn’t abolished during the writing of the Constitution were some of the questions that didn’t stump South Jordan Elementary fifth-graders during their recent mock congressional hearing. The “We the People” congressional hearing on Jan. 13 involved students from Diane WittRoper’s class after they studied their text book, “We the People — the Citizens and the Constitution.” “We studied the five units in the book and then divided the class into groups of five or six students to make teams for the competition,” Witt-Roper said. “It’s a culminating activity where they can demonstrate what they’ve studied by each student giving a short speech, then answering questions by our four judges.” Students, who were divided into teams named after early U.S. presidents, gave speeches in the areas of the purposes of government, the Bill of Rights and the Constitutional Convention, the three branches of government, freedoms and rights of citizens and the responsibilities of citizens. Each team had about 15 minutes to present as well as answer questions. Judges posed questions after the speeches to each group. Judges included Director for the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education Michelle Oldroyd, Jordan School District Gifted and Talented Specialist Rebecca Smith, South Jordan Elementary Principal Ken Westwood and School Resource Officer and Detective David Adams. Some of the questions had the students relate subjects they learned and apply it to issues today, such as what are issues that people disagree in the community and how would it best be resolved, why would you choose today to move to America and what would inspire you, how does your school mission statement of

safety, respect and responsibility relate to helping your school be a good school and how is our government different today than in the 1770s. Throughout the contest, not only did the judges score the teams, but audience members were given a scorecard to evaluate each team in their presentations, constitutional application, supporting evidence, and participation and responsiveness. “I gave them one sentence, and from there, they were to write a speech that was a couple minutes long and memorize it,” Witt-Roper said. “We started in November. This gave students a chance to get a rough draft of their speech done before we went off track Dec. 3. They had one month before coming back to memorize their speech and review the book to prepare for questions. The judges had about two weeks to prepare questions before the competition.” While Witt-Roper is new to South Jordan Elementary this year, she isn’t new to this program. She held mock congressional hearings three years at Bluffdale Elementary. She also said that in eighth grade, students can participate in a statewide competition, and in 11th grade, students could qualify to compete in a national contest. Her South Jordan fifth-graders will take this one step farther, as she has applied for a grant to pay for bus transportation to take her class to the state capitol May 23 for “We the People” day. There, they will tour the capitol, meet officials and watch hearings. “It completes our study by seeing where Utah government meets and makes decisions,” Witt-Roper said. “I don’t remember much from my social studies in fifth grade, so I’m hoping these activities — the competition bringing it together and the capitol seeing what they read about in action — help reinforce what they’re learning and give them a deeper understanding that will carry throughout their lives.” l

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Local Schools Receive Grants for Technology Education By Julie Slama |julie@mycityjournals.com

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his year, students in three area schools have access to more technology, thanks to LiveDAYBREAK. As an opportunity to provide educational opportunities and support the community, LiveDAYBREAK, a nonprofit organization set up by the Daybreak community developer, reached out to local schools to see how they could best support students, said Director Dan Rodgerson. “Three schools responded with the need for technology,” he said. “We gave each school’s proposal about $5,000 to purchase the equipment they requested.” This included Chromebooks for Eastlake Elementary and American Academy of Innovation, and 3-D virtual reality program for Daybreak Elementary. Eastlake Assistant Principal Suzie Williams said they applied for the grant in October and learned one month later that they were approved for 30 Chromebooks, which will be used in second grade. “We use i-Ready (a Common Core website), so every student spends 45 minutes reading and doing math on the program,” Williams said. “Research has showed that just by doing that, they have a year’s growth. These Chromebooks, along with teacher instruction, will give students a great opportunity to learn. We’re very appreciative and

grateful that LiveDAYBREAK wants to help these kids.” American Academy of Innovation Director Scott Jones said the 36 Chromebooks and cart his school purchased came in part from the LiveDAYBREAK grant and part from sixthgraders holding an Italian dinner fundraiser to raise additional funds. “There’s just not enough money for technology, so the sixth-graders took this on to organize, set up, market and decorate the dinner as both a learning opportunity and a fundraiser,” he said. Sixth-graders attending the new science, technology, engineering and math charter school that plans to serve 420 sixth- through 12th-graders next year when it reaches full capacity, will use the Chromebooks for research projects. They also can access their textbooks electronically with the Chromebooks, Jones said. “Right now, they are creating their own interstellar travel agency and researching how they’d travel to different planets, the costs and fuel involved and how they’d market their concepts,” he said. “Then, they’ll use a spreadsheet to develop their budget and create a web design, all which they will do on the Chromebooks.” Jones said LiveDAYBREAK officials attended the school’s grand opening, wanting to help students.

LiveDAYBREAK presented a Chromebook cart to Eastlake Elementary’s second-grade team. (Tanner Gooch/ LiveDAYBREAK)

“Technology is a tool that is great in the classroom and can help with communication, creativity, productivity and innovative ways to find solutions,” he said. Daybreak Elementary Principal Doree Strauss said with LiveDAYBREAK’s grant, the school purchased zSpace, a 3-D virtual reality program that fifth- and sixth-graders are using in their science and social studies classes. “The student puts on the goggles that are

connected to a computer, and they learn a lot more in-depth on a subject such as being part of a heart surgery or frog dissection,” Strauss said. “It brings the areas they’re learning to life, and it’s more fun for the students to engage and learn. We are so appreciative that we can offer students this program.” Both Strauss and Rodgerson have put on the zSpace glasses. “It’s pretty spectacular,” Rodgerson said. “You get immersed in what you’re watching, whether it’s taking off in a space shuttle or being part of an operation. Students are gaining an understanding at a level that they haven’t had. It’s amazing, the opportunities there are for students.” Rodgerson said LiveDAYBREAK also supports students and their families through different events such as fun runs and carnivals. “Any home that sells in Daybreak, a portion of that money goes into a pot that we use to support lifelong learning, supporting the arts, providing healthy living events and other activities that are pillars in the community,” he said. LiveDAYBREAK focuses its events, activities and programs around five values: connecting, lifelong learning, embracing arts and diversity, healthy living and giving back to the community. l

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Station 63 Now Open and Operational By Briana Kelley | briana@mycityjournals.com

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outh Jordan City’s newest fire station is open and operational, following a formal hose-cutting ceremony held on Dec. 13. Fire Station 63, located at 10451 South 1055 West in South Jordan, is the city’s third fire station. Its purpose is to increase fire protection as well as reduce response times for emergency medical and rescue response on the east side of the city. “It’s a very exciting thing for a fire department to add a new fire station,” Battalion Chief Clayton Miller said. “We’re especially excited to be a new member in this part of the neighborhood and want people to feel welcome to come and see the new building anytime.” Miller, one of South Jordan’s three battalion chiefs, oversaw the design and construction of the new station. Construction began in September 2015 and was completed last December of. This was a typical timeline for a complex building of this nature, according to Miller. The new station was built in response to the growth South Jordan has experienced in the past years. The ratio of residents to firefighters for the city is roughly 1,100 people per firefighter, according to city officials. As the population continues to grow, more fire stations will be constructed; a fourth one is already anticipated in Daybreak. “As anybody that lives in this area has seen, there is a lot of expansion in commercial growth as well as residential growth on the east side of our city,” Miller said. “So housing a fire station in this location will allow us to decrease our response times to our customers on the east side of town as well as back up our other fire districts covered by our other fire stations.”

City officials cut the hose to open South Jordan’s newest fire station, Station 63, on Dec. 13. (Briana Kelley/City Journals)

City Manager Gary Whatcott noted during the presentation that the station was built without accumulating any additional debt and was paid for with cash. The city hired Valley Design and Construction and MHTN Architects for the design and construction. They also partnered with Salt Lake City Fire Department to help find and train employees. Station 63 is a 12,645-square-foot, two-story building that includes two apparatus bays for a fire engine and ambulance, a training room and a community safe haven site. It can house

up to seven firefighters at full capacity and includes a kitchen, dormitories and workout facilities. Typically, five firefighters will be working at any one time. Firefighter shifts are 48 hours on, 96 hours off. “We will run an engine with a minimum of three people and some days four, and we will also have a medic ambulance that has a paramedic and an advanced EMT,” Miller said. “So a total of seven firefighters could run out of this at full capacity, but generally we will see about five firefighters running out of here—an engine and an ambulance.” The station’s training room will also serve as a community room and will offer classes typical of other South Jordan fire stations, including CPR classes, fire safety merit badge classes, basic first aid classes and other community outreach programs. Residents may also hold public meetings and events here. Residents interested in participating can contact the city’s main number and will be put in contact with the city’s fire department assistant. During the ceremony, Fire Chief Andy Butler and Mayor David Alvord both emphasized the sense of pride that residents and officials have in the city’s stand-alone fire department and in this newest addition. Butler thanked the community for its generous support as well. “We’re really excited,” resident Mandi Coombs said. “My boys and I have watched this station being built, and we had to come see it now that it’s done.” l

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South Jordan City hires new assistant city manager By Briana Kelley | briana@mycityjournals.com

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outh Jordan recently hired Dustin Lewis as the city’s assistant city manager after evaluating more than 64 candidates. Lewis will replace current Chief of Staff Paul Cunningham when he retires Feb. 28. “The process was difficult and challenging, and in the end it provided the top candidate,” South Jordan City Manager Gary Whatcott said in a press release. “I am pleased for Mr. Lewis and confident he will rise to the challenge of his new position. Dustin has been an engaged leader in our organization, and I am sure his ongoing contributions will help to keep South Jordan a leader in municipal governance.” Lewis worked previously for South Jordan in various roles, including emergency management coordinator, emergency manager, director of emergency and risk management and, most recently, director of administrative services. He has more than 22 years in public service and received a Master’s of Science of Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University. Lewis’ main role as assistant city manager will be to provide professional support and assistance to the city manager. He will work closely with city department heads and will

Dustin Lewis (left) has been hired as South Jordan City’s new assistant city manager. He will assume all responsibilities at the end of February. (South Jordan City) South Jordan City’s current Chief of Staff Paul Cunningham (right) will retire at the end of February after more than 40 years of public service. (South Jordan City)

outline goals and measureable outcomes. Lewis will also lead day-to-day city operations, direct assigned committees and projects, and assist in agenda development and preparation of the budget, according to the job description. “I want to ensure that the city delivers its services efficiently and that we can maintain a team of quality staff members,” Lewis said. “I want to continue making South Jordan a great

place here in the Salt Lake Valley.” Lewis will also handle issues involving personnel matters, relationships of elected officials, pending legislation, budget, agendas, resolutions and ordinances, and policies and procedures, according to the job description. He plans to spend time with each of the city’s departments to understand their needs and help support their efforts. He wants employees to recognize their accomplishments for the community as a whole. “I hope to bring a collaborative approach to our processes that will involve more than just a few individuals,” Lewis said. “One thing that I look forward to is being engaged with the community. I enjoy meeting people and listening to their concerns.” This transition should not affect residents. The new appointment went into effect Jan. 1. Lewis and Cunningham will work together on a 60-day transition before Cunningham retires at the end of February. Cunningham has worked for the city since 2006. He was promoted to chief of staff in 2014 after serving as human resources director, director of asset management and director of government services. Prior to working for South Jordan, Cunningham had a long career

with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He will retire after more than 40 years of public service, according to the city’s press release. “I believe that my emphasis on policy development and process improvement has benefited both residents and our employees,” Cunningham said. “I’ve had the opportunity, with the council, to eliminate obsolete city ordinances and ensure new ordinances were operationally sound. I’ve helped mentor a number of co-workers who will continue public service for our city and community well into the future.” When asked what he would miss most about working for South Jordan City, Cunningham responded that he would miss the employees he worked with who were so committed to serving the public. “They are truly friends whose work ethic and ideas I appreciate,” Cunningham said. Cunningham plans to continue volunteer work in South Jordan and embark on personal adventures when he retires. “I would like to be as busy retired as I was during my working life: traveling, volunteering, reading and exercising--after the sun comes up,” he said. l


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he South Jordan City Council voted unanimously at the Dec. 6 council meeting to amend the farm animal floating zone, effectively ending a months-long debate and leaving residents on both sides feeling dissatisfied with the outcome. Consideration of a zone amendment began when applicants Melvin and Eileen Luker requested that the city reduce the number of points assigned to large farm animals in order to legally allow someone to have two large farm animals, specifically horses, on a half-acre property. South Jordan currently allots a point value to various farm animals categorized as large, medium, small and very small. “I think the underlying question we should have been asking is, are we OK with two horses on a half-acre,” Mayor David Alvord said. “If we would have done that, it would have been a much faster vote up or down, but we came up with a very complex ordinance. I just recommend that in the future we keep it simple.” The new zone requirements prorate the points allowed per lot or parcel so that each onehundredth of an acre is equivalent to six-tenths of a point for lots a half-are or larger. The city also provides a way for horse owners to have two horses on a half-acre parcel if they can meet certain conditions, including: containing animals in a dedicated 2,000-square-foot area, providing a 10-foot setback from the property line adjacent to neighboring property that does not qualify for farm animals, storing grain for animal feed in rodent-proof containers, regularly collecting animal waste and storing it at least 40 feet from the property line and providing a 144-square-foot covered structure for the animals. “In summary of what it does, is every eligible farm animal property in the city, either by points or by exception would in theory be able to have a second horse on their property,” City Planner Jake Warner said. “What it does not do is increase or decrease the number of farm animal properties in the city. It does not change the regulations, except for the reclassification of donkeys, burros, ponies, miniature horses and alpacas. It does not affect existing, valid grandfather rights.” Warner explained that, in order for someone to have grandfathered rights in this situation, they would have to have a property over 0.5 acre in an R-1.8, R-2.5, A-1 or A-5 zone and they would have to have kept two horses on the property since 1995 when the code last changed. All others would need to comply with the recent code changes in order to qualify for two horses. Warner estimates that there are 1,216 properties directly affected by the change. When asked whether the new zone better meets the needs of residents, Luker responded absolutely not. “It makes it much more difficult. It makes it much harder to comply,” Luker said. “It goes in the opposite direction of where I wanted to see it. It will discourage people from having a second horse on the property. We at least got it to where I can have two horses, but others will not be able to meet the requirements, and it makes it very difficult for those moving onto a property to

Residents speak about their large-animal rights at a packed council meeting on Dec. 6. (Briana Kelley/City Journals)

comply.” Residents who opposed any change to the zone also said that the new zone fell far short of meeting the needs of the majority of residents. “It meets the needs of a tiny fraction of the residents,” resident Mike Bellows said. “It’s hard to know who desires to have horses or who wants to buy horses. I really believe that it is really a fraction of people. It does not serve the residents who have lived here, who have put money into their property and made a huge investment and who do not want horses as neighbors.” Opponents to the change also worry there will be no enforcement of the new requirements and that the surrounding properties will be negatively affected. “Changing it was far worse than what it was before,” resident Pamela Sorensen said. “I would like this to be voted on so that enough citizens know about this issue. There are a lot of people like me who have no idea that this could happen to them, that horses could move onto a lot next door.” When making their decision, council members negotiated the required area from 5,000 square feet to 2,000 square feet in an attempt to find a compromise between the rights of property owners. “I’m weighing the right of the homeowner, of giving this an avenue for her to have another horse, but I’m also weighing the impacts of property owners, that other people have their property rights and should be able to enjoy their property as well,” Councilmember Christopher Rogers said during the meeting. “So I’m trying to find that balance.” In their closing statements, council members stressed that they had listened to all residents and they were not biased towards or against horses. The ordinance passed 4-0; Councilmember Don Shelton was absent. “We have to find something that makes sense for South Jordan, and the burden is on us to do that,” Councilmember Brad Marlor said. “My greatest concern is that we, the council, have to find a balance between those individuals, most of you in this room, that want to have farm horses, and I applaud having farm animals,…and the impact on the many other properties. I do have a problem with the impact. The impact has to be acknowledged, and I do believe there has to be a necessary balance.” l


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alt Lake County Library Services is hoping to bring residents and community together through the shared experience of reading the same book in United We Read. Over the next few months, residents are encouraged to read “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman and participate in programs and events based on the book. This is the first year of United We Read. In years past, libraries have participated in “One County, One Book.” However, this was the first year every library in the county was involved in planning the initiative. “We just wanted to make sure we provided the community with the opportunity to come together,” said Liz Sollis, marketing and community manager for the Salt Lake County Library Services. “We felt the best way to do it is to make sure the three main public libraries within Salt Lake County were providing a similar user experience no matter what library they went to.” “A Man Called Ove” tells the story of a cranky yet sad old man who is forced to interact with his chatty and lively new neighbors after they accidently flatten his mailbox. Sollis said it was chosen to be the United We Read book because of its themes of unity. “We know the election year has been very divisive and we wanted to find something that was really unifying. We read several books and decided this book, it has a sense of community and it provided a lot of elements that I think, if you’re in a community, it’s hard not to experience,” Sollis said. “The other thing we wanted to promote was kindness. This book, we felt also encourages and promotes kindness. It shares examples of kindness.” The United We Read website, www. unitedwereadslc.org, will provide a place for readers to connect and share their

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Salt Lake Library Director Jim Cooper reads “A Man Called Ove,” the book for the first United We Read. (Liz Sollis/Salt Lake County Library Services)

experiences reading the book, including examples of kindness they’ve either received or given. Sollis said the book is also a fairly easy read. “We wanted to find a book that wouldn’t be too difficult to read. Sometimes books are selected that are real deep topics and really long,” Sollis said. “We wanted a book that was right in the middle that connected with a lot of people and where people could relate to the situation.” In order to accommodate the number of people who will be reading the book, all libraries have increased the number of copies of the book, both in paper copies and in electronic copies. “Additionally, at the different branches, we’re also giving away some books through programs. The books are first come, first served but the idea is once you read it, you share it with someone else,” Sollis said. “There will be free copies of the book floating around and

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there will be copies people can check out.” The official launch for United We Read was on Jan. 18 but different libraries will be doing programs related to the book through May. There will also be a screening of the Swedish movie based on the book in February. “We’re going to have classes on auto mechanics. We’re going to be doing classes on bike repair. We’re going to do classes on suicide prevention. We’re going to have classes on cooking. We’re funding a variety of classes that we can offer,” Sollis said. “There will be book discussions in addition. Many of the branches do book clubs so we’ll have books for the book discussions. There will be a variety of programs that tie into the money topics in the books.” Sollis advised residents to be patient when they wait to get a copy of the book, since they will be promoting the book throughout the entire county. l


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Screaming Eagles debut at Maverik Center By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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ndoor football returns to the Maverik Center in West Valley. The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles begin play February 16 as members of the Indoor Football League. The team also forges in a new era of sports team management. The fans helped hire coaches, pick dancers and will call plays as part of the franchise. “We are excited and have signed 28 guys and make some cuts down to 25 guys that will lead to a great team out on the field,” said Screaming Eagles President Thom Carter. “I am more excited about how we want people to experience sports. We are trying to make history. We are allowing fans to have their voices be heard.” The fans have decided the team name, hired the coaches and with a downloadable app will be able to call the plays during the game. “This will be perfect for lots of fans. The guy who likes to bring his family to the game and buy a beer and a hot dog; the fantasy football guy that is all about the stats and lastly the video game fans who want to feel like they are playing the game,” Carter said. The Screaming Eagles have signed University of Charleston graduate Jeremy Johnson to compete for playing time at quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 197 lb. dual threat QB was a highly recruited four-star athlete from Silsbee, Texas. He originally played at West Virginia after leaving with several injuries he was finally resigned to ending his football career, but The University of Charleston found him and offered a chance. In 2015 Johnson threw for 2,170 yards, 17 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions.

University of Utah offensive lineman Junior Salt has signed to be part of a line that includes another former Ute, Siaosi Aiono and Arizona Wildcat Steven Gurrola. “We do not know what our final roster will look like, but the local standouts make me excited. Everyone has bought into this team. Our opponents are well established and winning programs. We also think our 10,000 offensive coordinators will help us figure out ways to win. The power of all of these ideas will make us a better team and organization,” Carter said. Devin Mahina, a former BYU Cougar and Washington Redskin tight end, and Utah State wide receiver Alex Wheat should provide reliable targets for Johnson. Mahina is a 6-foot-6 receiver who finished his Cougar career with 46 receptions and five touchdowns. “We feel we are empowering arm-chair quarterbacks. The people who call in on Monday mornings to the sports talk shows can now show us what they got. We live in an age of immediate access and fans are demanding this of their sports teams,” Carter said. William Macarthy was hired by the fans as the team’s first head coach. The organization narrowed down nearly 220 applicants to the best six finalists. Facebook live interviews and 38,000 votes from fans in 21 different countries finally gave Macarthy 34.9 percent of the votes. He has coached on four different indoor teams. He has been a general manager, defensive coordinator, head coach and special teams coordinator. Most recently he has been working as special teams coordinator at Monroe College in New York.

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Recycling 101: Getting closer to best recycling practices in the valley By Mandy Ditto | m.ditto@mycityjournals.com

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or years, Salt Lake Valley residents have put out big, green bins to support recycling. However, there isn’t a year that goes by where those residents find themselves unsure of exactly what can be recycled. Why Recycling is Important There are plenty of financial and environmental reasons to recycle, but some area experts say there are things residents should know in order to encourage them to recycle more efficiently. “A lot of our landfills will sustain us for about 15 more years, and then we will either need to ship things out further or have transfer stations,” said Dawn Beagley, who is in charge of business development at ACE Recycling and Disposal. “Or, we can keep all of the recyclables out of landfills and they will last a lot longer.” Besides the environmental impact on landfills, Beagley also believes recycling is simply the right thing to do. “It’s too bad we don’t have kids or grandkids that could invent something using these recyclables to reuse a lot more stuff — that would be best,” Beagley said. “I hate to see when someone throws a plastic bottle in the trash. I teach my kids at home, ‘No, that’s recyclable.’ I just think it’s very important.” Jennifer Meriwether, who handles business

development for Rocky Mountain Recycling, sees recycling as real sustainability, “a good alternative, that also keeps people engaged and aware ... that is very important and necessary.” Rocky Mountain Recycling helps with curbside service in the valley by having items picked up by ACE taken to RMR plant facility to go through for contamination and recycling. Many Salt Lake Valley disposal companies want to use community engagement as a way to get people to see the good in recycling. Educating and getting kids involved is especially relevant and is something many parents are doing to show their kids how to make an impact in their community. For Trena L., a Murray resident, recycling definitely feels like she’s engaged and part of a community effort, she said. “There’s always that guilt that comes with it, if you don’t do it, and you feel like you should probably be doing it more,” she said. She puts her curbside bin out at least every other week. “But you are always aware of it and once you just do it, it becomes a habit.” What NOT to Recycle Unfortunately, no matter how much residents are engaged in recycling, there is still misinformation and confusion about what can or cannot be recycled. And though many things can be recycled, it depends on

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a glass recycling company in Utah and Colorado. For a more comprehensive list of what cannot be recycled by ACE Disposal, which services in the Salt Lake Valley, go to: www.acedisposal.com/ index.php/recycling-disposal-for-your-home/ residential-recycling. What TO Recycle Luckily, many items people use on a daily basis can be recycled. “Glass is a low-hanging fruit: it’s easy material to identify, glass is always recyclable besides the few we listed and everyone can do it,” Lair said. Glass can also be reused playing another part in the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle cycle. “Glass is 100 percent recyclable. You can make a new container with glass that you can’t do with other (materials),” Lair said. “If you are shopping based on your sustainability preferences, glass is your best packing choice. I really encourage people to embrace glass and close the loop and make sure to recycle glass locally.” When it comes to plastics, papers and metals that can be recycled, there are many options and are not as limited as many may think. “A lot of people, they think they can’t put a lot of things in the recycling bin, so they put it in the garbage…it’s actually a lot easier than people think,” Meriwether said. “People think they have to go through a big process, sorting them and all and they don’t necessarily have to do that.” Below are household items that can be recycled:

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As Eye See It Information on Vision and Eye Health by Dale F. Hardy, O.D. Glaucoma is the third most common cause of severe vision loss in the United States. It is estimated that over 11% of blindness is due to glaucoma. Glaucoma is really not a single disease, but is a name used for several related eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve. Most often this is related to a higher than normal internal pressure in the eye that can cause damage to the nerve fibers in the optic nerve. This damage can result in severe and permanent loss of vision. This can be Primary Open Angle Glaucoma which develops slowly and painlessly and has often been referred to as “the sneak thief of sight”. It can be Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma when there is a sudden blockage of drainage channels and pressure builds up rapidly. This can cause pain, redness, blurred vision, and halos around lights. There is also a low tension glaucoma where the pressure in the eye appears to be normal but the same changes and damage occurs in the optic nerve as occurs in Open Angle Glaucoma. If there is a history of glaucoma in the family, especially parents or siblings, you should have a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Unfortunately, it is thought that at least half of all people who have glaucoma are not receiving treatment because it has not been detected yet. Diagnostic tests include: measuring the pressure in the eye with a tonometer; visual inspection of the optic nerve where it enters the eye to see if there are any changes there; visual field testing; and ocular coherence tomography of the optic nerve. The first line of treatment is to use eye drops to lower the pressure in the eye. Lowering the pressure has even been proven valuable in low tension glaucoma. More extreme measures are taken in Angle Closure Glaucoma to lower the pressure as quickly as possible. There are also laser and surgical treatments that may be necessary if the drops do not stop the progression of vision loss. Any vision loss as a result of glaucoma is usually permanent. The purpose of treatment is to stop any more loss. That is the reason early detection and treatment are so important.

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UHSAA sets region alignments for 2017–18 By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he Utah High School Activities Association recently rearranged its member schools region alignments, a process it revisits every two years. It has also been forced by the Utah State Board of education to revise its own transfer rules. “I personally like that the activities association reevaluates the region alignments every once in a while,” said Riverton High School Athletic Director Daniel Henderson. “It helps keep the classification and school sizes close. I think it also helps with safety and spreads out travel costs.” Under current UHSAA rules, regions are realigned on a two-year cycle. The proposed school classification was presented in a public meeting in November. In December, the UHSAA proposal for the 2017-18 school year was approved. The biggest change in the upcoming school year will be the division’s six classifications for all sports. Salt Lake County schools were affected by the changes in various ways. Here is how the regions stack up: Region 2 will maintain some and add longtime rivalries amongst neighboring schools: Hunter, Granger, Hillcrest and Kearns will be joined by Cyprus. The Pirates jumped into the 6A classification because of its adding ninthgrade students from Brockbank Junior High.. Region 3 will see a complete makeover. West Jordan, Copper Hills and Taylorsville will welcome Riverton, Herriman and East (in football only). East is the defending 4A state football champion. “In my, opinion the realignment is a good thing,” said Copper Hills Athletic Director Darby Cowles. “I wish they could last three years though, to help us continue and build rivalries.” Bingham representatives argued during the alignment public hearing that placing it in Region 4 would force higher travel costs on its programs. Its requests were denied, and it was placed in the prominently Utah County region with American Fork, Lone Peak, Westlake and Pleasant Grove.

The 2017 6A football playoffs could be exciting. Current classification champions East and Bingham will both be in the 6A classification. East will face Highland Olympus, Murray, Skyline and West (Lehi will take East’s place for football only). Region 7 will pair Alta, Brighton, Jordan, Corner Canyon, Cottonwood and Timpview. Smaller county schools such Providence Hall, Summit Academy, Judge Memorial and American Leadership will move to the 3A classification. “At the end of the day, the UHSAA has an incredible task to make everyone happy,” West Jordan boys basketball coach Scott Briggs said. “There is no way they can. We are content with the changes. The transfer rule change is going to be difficult. Every time I discipline a player, I will wonder if he is going to leave.” The trustee alignment meetings were overshadowed by the Utah State Board of Education’s fall ruling to open the student athletes transfer ability. The UHSAA was forced to change its guidelines in relationship to transfers. Sub-varsity athletes are now eligible to transfer at will; varsity athletes may only transfer in defined circumstances. “I think these new rules will encourage coaches to make varsity rosters with many freshman players to prevent them from transferring,” Cowles said. From July 2015 to June 2016 the UHSAA had 1,994 student athletes request transfers; only 16 transfer requests were denied. “I feel that some of our Hunter kids go to other schools because of the wrong reasons,” said Hunter head football coach Scott Henderson. “Sports teaches more than just the activity. It teaches integrity and character. It is now all about winning. True development of the student athlete has been lost.” Open enrollment has forced many high school coaches to recruit its own boundary students to stay in their hometown program. “I know we lose many incoming freshman to other schools,” Scott Henderson said. “We do not know the numbers, but we hear it a lot.” l

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Bingham girls basketball team stays positive and competitive during tough year By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com

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he Bingham girls basketball team is looking to finish its season strong. It reached the in quarterfinals during last season’s state tournament, losing to American Fork. The Miners placed second in their region. So far this season, the team has played well enough to stay in the third position in Region 3 but have a tough road to get ahead of Copper Hills and Taylorsville, both of which have only a couple of losses. This season, the team is focused a theme they call W.I.N., which means What’s Important Now. They players are focusing on what they can do to make any particular moment the best that it can be. The team feels that taking care of the present will lead to success. “We know that as we take care of those details, it will influence the big picture we want in order to have a successful season,” said Charron Mason, the team’s head coach for the last four years. This year’s squad is led by many returning starters. Sierra McNicol, a senior and team captain, has an influential attitude and leads vocally and competitively, according to Mason. Junior Kendzee Cloward, also a team captain, sets a tone for hard work. Journey Tupea, a sophomore, sets a good example and encourages the other members of the team. And Danielle Orr, a junior, leads the team as a vocal competitive captain. The Miners practice hard and spend a lot of time participating in structured drills which develop and enhance the fundamentals.

The girls watch film to help them see what needs to be worked on as well. In December, the team traveled to San Diego to play in the So Cal Prep Holiday Classic Tournament. The trip served two purposes. First, Bingham got the opportunity to face off against tough teams from outside their normal competition pool. “We enjoy playing competitive teams outside our area that really test our limits and help us to get better,” Mason said. “We also really like playing with a shot clock.” The other result of the trip was the building of camaraderie, which is crucial in the development of some of the team’s more unique qualities, according to Mason. Mason said the girls don’t back down from hard situations and work to find solutions to tough obstacles, and are seen by other teams as an unbreakable family unit. “The Girls had a great time in San Diego getting to know each other better and strengthening their relationships as teammates,” Mason said. “There is something magical that comes from

teamwork. I love the relationships of depending on and defending one another.” The team came home from San Diego winning three of its four games. The Miners began region play Dec. 20, defeating Brighton 59-36. Another region win came after the New Year against Jordan in a 68-22 rout on Jan 3. But, Bingham was handed a region loss against top-ranked Copper Hills on Jan 5, 43-30. The Miners will have to make up some ground and play tough if they want to stay alive long enough to make the postseason. They will have other opportunities to tackle Copper Hills and Taylorsville prior to season’s end, and a host of other opponents as well. “I love the persistence of this group,” Mason said. “We have had a few close losses, but they are still determined to be successful. I love that they are choosing to believe in themselves and their team despite having to deal with some tough situations.” l

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Bingham wrestling has a couple of tough grapplers By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com

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resting is a tough sport. Matches are three brutal rounds of constantly flexing muscles, most of them all at once. Wrestlers have to practice a lot to be able to hang with talented opponents on the mat. They need to participate in weight training and cardio workouts to be able to bring everything needed to a three round match, not to mention the countless hours in the wrestling room, honing escape moves, holds and takedowns. Bingham has a few grapplers who fit the bill with the toughness required to finish a match and have their hand raised in victory more often than not. The team as a whole isn’t ranked in Class 5A, according to utahwrestling.org, a leading website for all things related to the sport in Utah. The Miners finished last season in 13th place in 5A after the state tournament with 54 points. Most of those points were earned by Coby Vandertoolen and Cole Moody, both of whom were crowned state champions. Bingham lost Vandertoolen to graduation but are hoping for big things from Moody. He won the state title last season at 160 pounds, going 46-2. He moved up a weight class to 170 this year. Moody is currently ranked No. 1 in 5A at his weight class, and was also listed in Wrestling USA Magazine’s preseason SOUTH JORDAN

rankings for high school juniors. Moody recently squared off in of two featured matches at the annual All-Star Duals on Jan. 2 at Utah Valley University. The elite wrestlers in the state participate in that tournament, and Moody’s match against Brandyn Van Tassell of Maple Mountain was the headliner. Moody, who consequently was ranked behind Van Tassell in the preseason Wrestling USA rankings, won the match by a point, 3-2, in an extremely hard-fought battle with another top ranked grappler. Another wrestler Bingham is hoping will bring some success to the team is senior heavyweight Jay Tufele. Tufele is currently ranked fifth in 5A in his weight class and certainly knows how to compete at high levels, under large amounts of scrutiny and stress. On the football field, Tufele is a defensive tackle and has offers to play college football, after having won a state championship on the gridiron, from more than a dozen high profile programs, including national powers Washington, USC, Ohio State and Michigan. Tufele is the 10th-ranked recruit at his position in the country, according to ESPN. Moody was also a part of the state championship-winning football team. The Miners have some experience and

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Bingham drill team stays active, thrives in competition, service to others By Billy Swartzfager | billy@mycityjournals.com

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he Bingham drill team is known for its fantastic routines and captivating performances. Last year, the team placed first in its region, second in state and went on to take the top spot at the national competition. So, the dancers on the team and the coaches are familiar with success. According to the team’s head coach, Jamyn Miller, the Minerettes are hardworking young ladies whose familiarity with success is the result of their dedication. “This team is extremely talented,” Miller said, “They have pushed themselves and improved as individuals and as dancers.” The drill team stays busy throughout the year, attending summer camps, getting through survivor week in the fall and performing frequently at games during football season. But, the Minerettes’ competition season is what the team looks forward to the most. Last season, the team placed first in every competition it entered other than the state event. So far this year, Bingham is still competing at a high level. It has placed first in the dance and military aspects of its routine at the UVU Invitational on Dec 3. The Minerettes took first in dance and second in both military and kick portions at the Premier Drill Classic on Jan 7.

The team is led by a lot of young ladies, but a handful of juniors and seniors particularly stand out, leading the group and serving in an officer capacity as well. Senior Savannah Morris is team president. Lexi Mireles and Kaelee Graham, both seniors, are dance captains. Megan Berube, also a senior is the team’s secretary, and Cassie Robinson is the team historian. Lauren Bagley, a senior, and Makenna Lockhart, a junior, serve as costume chairs for the Minerettes, while Taegan Evans serves as the social chair in her senior year. Mary Timmer and Isabella King, who are both juniors, head up the fundraising department. “Each office is essential to making our program successful,” Miller said. “The officers and their parents are incredible and do so much for the team.” One of the goals of the team this year, aside from performing well in competitions, has been to focus on serving others. During the summer, the team taught dance lessons for several weeks to Burundi refugees. The Minerettes just finished providing the same refugees with holiday gifts during December as well. Each year, the team also is involved in a 5k, which honors former Bingham drill alumni Astra Waller. The team donates a portion of the proceeds each year to the Cystic

The Bingham drill team performs at a football game in 2016. (Jamyn Miller/Bingham High School)

Fibrosis Foundation. “I love that they can be all about service,” Miller said. “It’s been wonderful to see them take time serving others. It’s been wonderful to see this team think of others and put so much in to service.” With the help of coaches and other who support the team, the girls are getting topnotch training to compete with class in drill events and in life. The young ladies on the team start their day practicing at 6 a.m. They must maintain good grades to stay active on the

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any people in Utah know of NOAH’S Event Venue as the premier location for weddings, business meetings and events. With two state-of-the-art venues in South Jordan and Lindon, NOAH’S is often the first location that comes to mind when someone thinks of events in Utah. But what many locals don’t know is that over the last decade, NOAH’S has expanded nationwide and is now the largest event venue corporation in the country. NOAH’S was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in South Jordan. Every year more than 10,000 events are held at NOAH’S across the country. “The buildings are gorgeous and we are known for having the best customer service in the industry, but I think what really draws people in is our flexibility,” said NOAH’S Vice President of Public Relations Kirsten Mussi. One of the most unique things about NOAH’S is their open-vendor policy. Customers have the flexibility to bring in the vendors of their choice (including their caterer) to fit their budget and their tastes. Customers can rent each room individually or the entire building for the block of time that they would like. NOAH’S provides event essentials for no extra charge including tables, chairs, tablecloths, audiovisual, setup and cleanup. NOAH’S also provides countless ways to customize each space. The most notable involves NOAH’S unique movable ceiling. This revolutionary technology can only be found at

NOAH’S and it allows decorations to be suspended above the Main Hall without the need for a ladder. With various ceiling décor packages available, the space can be completely transformed.

“I’ve worked at NOAH’S for eight years and I’ve never seen two events that look the same,” said Tiffany Rhodes, the vice president of marketing at NOAH’S. “We have so many

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remember as a child carefully picking the card from the box of Valentines that had the perfect pun on it for that particular friend. Maybe it was a picture of an Elephant, “I won’t forget you are my Valentine” or the bear that proclaims “I can’t bear to be without you.” We would carefully tear along the dotted lines, so as not to rip them, then stuff each envelope with pink and yellow hearts, that when combined, made a secret message? Then we would run around the neighborhood leaving our creations on the doorsteps of our friends and those we had a childhood crush on. I remember that no matter how much we licked the envelope it wouldn’t stay stuck shut. Later as teens, when the hormones were raging, Valentines became a day of Teddy Bears and giant candy kisses, first dates and holding hands in the movie. Then finally I found that special someone and Valentines became the day where we would present cards to each other and try to think of creative ways to express our love without spending too much. After over 3 decades of marriage though, I’m finding that few of the sentiments on cards apply and I have often considered designing my own line of valentine cards that are sold according the number of years one has been together. “Valentine, our body’s may be sagging, but my love for you never will.” Or: “I can’t wait to celebrate our love tonight at

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’m a terrible romantic. I mean that literally. I’m terrible at being romantic. When God handed out sentimentality, I was hiding in a bathroom stall eating a box of chocolate donuts. If I’d married an unfeeling psychopath that wouldn’t be a problem, but my husband could be the spokesperson for the Hallmark channel. He’ll plan Valentine’s Day like he’s competing for a spot on “The Nicholas Sparks RomanceA-Thon Reality Evening.” There’s roses and poetry and candlelight and chocolates and puppies and rainbows and glitter. And then there’s me, sitting dumbfounded saying something like, “Did Valentine’s Day come early this year?” Don’t get me wrong. I’m lucky to have a husband who remembers not only my birthday, but the time of my birth, what the #1 song was and the Oscar-winning movie from the year I was born. But by comparison, it makes me look pretty pathetic. I often return kind thoughts with chilling sarcasm—but he still hugs me and makes me feel like I’m not quite the monster I think I am. (But he should probably stop calling me FrankenPeri.) So because of all the sweetness he shows me, and because I’m still learning this whole romance thing, this is my Valentine’s letter to my hubbie: Thank you for having my back and being willing to fly into battle to defend me from the smallest slights.

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Thank you for telling me I’m beautiful even without make-up (you always look beautiful without make-up) and when my hair looks like I barely survived a rabid ferret attack. Thank you for not noticing when I have a zit the size of Mt. Rushmore hanging off my chin. Well, I’m sure you notice, but thank you for not calling me the Zit Witch. The same goes for when I have a scorch mark on my forehead from the flat iron, a gash on my shin from my razor and cuticles that look like I get manicures with a cheese grater. Thank you for telling me when the bloody parts are over during Quentin Tarantino’s films. Thank you for not taking me to any more Quentin Tarantino movies. Thank you for not noticeably rolling your eyes when I serve a meal consisting of quinoa, sweet potatoes and kale. Thank you for ordering pizza when the meal tastes like $%&*. Thank you for understanding that I hate watching romantic comedies (see paragraph #1) and appreciating when I sometimes suffer through a sob-fest of a manipulative romance. In return, thank you for occasionally watching animated films, even though you hate it as much as I despise romance. Thank you for putting up with my irritations, like having an unstable bi-polar thermostat that ranges from Arctic cold to erupting volcano. Thank you for not freaking out when I blow our budget on

Amazon (“Where did that come from?”). Thank you for binge watching TV shows, not dragging me to parties, reading next to me in bed, laughing at my jokes, going to my yoga class and snuggling every morning before we head out to face the world. And here’s the funny thing. Despite my resistance and outer shell of cynicism, I often feel like the Grinch when his heart grows three sizes. I’ll find myself crying at movies without embarrassment (but I’ll still get offended when you offer me a tissue). You’ve taught me to appreciate sunsets, beautiful clouds and a gentle hug at the end of the day. Maybe one day I’ll change from being a terrible romantic to being terribly romantic. Probably not. But it could happen.


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