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South Jordan year in review: A dialogue with the mayor and council members

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Pumpkins place at Oquirrh Lake regatta race By Mylinda LeGrande | | Story originally printed December 2016 The SJ Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout South Jordan. For information about distribution please email or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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n the morning of Oct. 22, pumpkins were carefully loaded onto trailers and into the back of trucks all over Utah to be transported to Oquirrh Lake in Daybreak. Once there, they were lifted by a crane onto the dock where they were carved out to be used for boats for the Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta. The sixth annual event was started by Mountain Valley Seeds and Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. Usually, it is held at Sugarhouse Park, but this year the two sponsors contacted Daybreak as they were looking for a new home for the regatta. Participants in the race included Robb Baumann, Cliff Warren, Lance Heaton, Curt and Susan Saxton, Daniel Farr, Mohamed Sadiq, Jim Seasons, Juana Laub, Kyle Fox, Lindsey Bench, Reed Bateman and Clint Nash. Hundreds of spectators attended to watch. There were also other games and activities for kids to enjoy. The regatta included two race heats. One was a junior division for kids and the other heat was for adults. Those with the fastest times competed in a final race for prizes. “This is a five-week process. It starts with a weigh-in at Thanksgiving Point. This is the next event,” said Live Daybreak’s communications manager, Tanner Gooch. “Next, the pumpkins are taken to Hee Haw Farm for a pumpkin drop and finally, the pieces are donated to [Hogle] Zoo for the animals to eat on at the Pumpkin Stomp event held on Thanksgiving Day.” One participant, Clint Nash was prepared to race in someone else’s pumpkin, dressed up in Scottish garb along with Dan Farr who was wearing a Loch Ness Monster suit. “I am using someone else’s pumpkin because mine died. The smallest out here is at least 400 pounds,” said Nash. “There is a lot of work that goes into growing them. We get seeds from other growers. We pollinate the seeds ourselves so we can keep track of the genealogy of the seeds. We share and buy them with each other and even all around the world.” Juana Laub traveled from Vernal to participate in her first Pumpkin Regatta. “I was scared, but not anymore. I’ve been out

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Participants for the regatta dressed up in costumes. (Ryan Welling/ Welling Photography)

practicing, and now that I’ve already been in the water, I’m ready. No way I’m going to win,” Laub said with a laugh, “I might even tip!” Laub holds the record in Utah for growing the largest pumpkin for the women’s division in Utah. It tipped the scales at 1,315 lbs. The first place winner of the contest, Robb Bauman, got the rights to the wooden pumpkin trophy. Lindsey Bench, took second place and Kyle Fox took third place. “I’m here as a supporter because my [pumpkin] didn’t get big enough. It was only 350 lbs. The pumpkins need to be around 450-500 lbs. to be able to ride in them. It’s hard when you spend time growing them and they don’t get big enough and you have to watch. This year it was so hot and dry, they didn’t have a chance to pollinate,” said, Brian Bennett. It takes effort, patience and love to grow a gigantic pumpkin. “The first step in growing giant pumpkins is to obtain the right kind of seed. One-thousandplus pound pumpkins generally result from highpedigree hybrid seeds, which circulate among the most serious growers and cost $10 to $100

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per seed,” reports “But most giant pumpkins are descended from a variety called Dill’s Atlantic Giant. 300–500-pound specimens are routinely grown with this variety.” The current world record for the largest pumpkin is held by Beni Meier, Germany, at 2,323.7 lbs. Local growers say to start growing pumpkins with good soil, amending the soil throughout the season, watering it just the right amount, providing the pumpkin enough sun in the beginning and shading the pumpkin toward the end. Some growers protect their squash from the wind and even build shelters for them. The National Gardening Association says to be sure to reposition the fruit on the vine, so it is perpendicular to the stem to encourage the best growth. They also recommend thinning the fruit so there is just one per vine and pruning it back as needed. Another trick is to add a little sugar to the water and to cover the pumpkins with layers of blankets to protect them from cold air. Sponsors of the regatta were The Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers, MV Seeds, Live Daybreak, Holmes Homes and True Leaf Market, LLC. l

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Summer night concert series rocks South Jordan By Mylinda LeGrande | | Story originally printed September 2016


n hot summer Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to10 p.m., families, couples, friends and individuals can be found lounging on the grass and dancing in front of the new stage at SoDa Row in Daybreak. During the summer, you can find free entertainment and rock out to the sounds of local bands and National Acts at Daybreak’s Soda Row. Paired with a picnic and a stroll around the lake, you have a perfect date night or activity. The season started off on Memorial Day weekend on May 27, with the Utah party band, “No Limits,” who provided classic rock, pop and top 40 covers to the crowds that gathered for the Father’s Day weekend. Susan Glenn said, “This band has indescribable energy and enthusiasm. They created an atmosphere that sparkled with fun. Our guests all joined in and had a great time. No Limits is our favorite party band!” On May 28, Josh Batstone, contestant on “The Voice,” took the stage at 7 p.m. He was followed by The Strike at 8 p.m. They are a Provo based band that previously opened for Kelly Clarkson and Carly Rae Jepson at The Stadium of Fire in Provo in 2013. June concerts included Jersey Street Band, fronted by Larry Green, head of the guitar department at BYU. Jersey Street Band kept the crowd dancing as they played both modern and classic dance hits. On June 11, Crossroads took the stage with covers of classic rock, country and blues hits. On June 17, national act from Nashville, Tennessee, Logan Brill, performed. Brill said, “Growing up, I remember the house always being filled with music. And if we weren’t listening to music, we were making it. Some of my earliest memories are of family sing-alongs where everyone had a part. As I recall, my

The Strike performs on SoDa Row stage, May 28. (Jerry Thompson)

first instrument was a metal mixing bowl and a wooden spoon.” The concert was part of a benefit for Mighty Max and The Millie’s Princess Foundation who said, “The whole band was so sweet to our prince and princess. Thank you Logan Brill!”Other concerts in June included LanLadyLove. They rock out with original songwriting. The band’s debut EP of original music “Love Matter” charted on iTunes in its first week. The last concert in June was the Gabrielle Louise Show, performing at the Kohuna Beach Party on the 24th. On her website, it says that her music is anchored deeply in folk, but it

can also take on a jazz sound as well. David McGee said, “She executes a captivating balance of heartache and resolve.” July concerts were sizzling with Mimi Valentine and the Gentlemen’s Club on the 8th to play pop and dance tunes in the style of vintage jazz, Motown, doo-wap and Latin styles and Las Vegas band, Brumby, took stage on the 9th. Described as an alternative Western rock band, they released their first album last year and have opened for Kings of Leon and played alongside Young the Giant. Foreign Figures, an alternative rock band from Orem performed on July 15. “Paradigm,” their first full album was released in 2016. Other Bands in July included Full Tilt Boogie on July 16 and Imagine Band on the July 22. The last bands that month included The Long Run on July 23 and Fire at Will on July 30. August concerts will begin with Hot House West on Aug. 5, followed by CryWolf of Salt Lake on Aug. 6. At Fizz Fest on Aug 13, Channel Z, an ’80s cover band will make an appearance. Also performing at Fizz Fest will be local favorite, Cresent Super Band. On Aug. 19, The Vast Minority and Club Rock will perform. Aug. 26 is Great Basin Street Band and country music award winner, Pam Tillis will perform on Aug 27. Tillis’ career has included 12 top-10 hits on country music charts, including the No. 1 single “Mi Vida Loca.” The season will wrap up with Split City on Sept. 2 and finally, local favorite, originally from Ogden, “Ryan Shupe and The Rubberband” will wrap up the season on Sept. 3. They are a rock and bluegrass group with instruments include a fiddle, ukulele, mandolin and banjo. “Dream Big” was a U.S. Billboard top-40 hit. l

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Community galvanizes after tragedy Community Galvanizes After Tragedy By Sandra Osborn | By Sandra Osborn | | Story originally printed September 2016

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Zillow Recently Showed Dave Robison (Utah Dave) sold approximately 400% more homes than any other in Southfuneral. Jordan. –Here is what Dave says about the market in South Jordan: Children from the neighborhood, and church sang “A Child’s at the“A Child’s Prayer” at theagent Childrenschool, from the neighborhood, school, andPrayer” church sang Lambournes’ Sandra Osborn Lambournes’ funeral. (Sandra Osborn)



Aug. 3 South Jordan n August 3 South Jordan find na compilation of books that Lambourne, residents Jennifer bothresidents Jennifer Jennifer and Brooklyn liked 37, her them daughter Brooklyn Lambourne, 37, and her daughter and and dedicate in a section of Children from the neighborhood, school, and church sang “A Child’s Prayer” at the Lambournes’ funeral. –11, Sandra Osborn Mae, tragically lost their lives at Brooklyn Mae, 11, tragically lost the library. Bear Lake attempting save their lives at Bear Lake while “Ten while years from to now, n Aug. 3 South Jordan the drive-thru had the longest lines patrons said they had a younger family member. attempting to save a younger children who attend Eastlake will residents Jennifer Lambourne, ever seen. loss spread 37, and her daughter Brooklyn For the future, thethat school andthe PTA plan to find a family member. knowNews aoftragic loss happened 11, tragically lost their lives at compilation of quickly books that both Jennifer and Brooklyn liked the News of the loss Mae, spread to us and thatthroughout we still remember,” Bear Lake while attempting to save and dedicate them in a section of the library. Daybreak Community quickly throughout a younger thefamily member. said.children who attend where “Ten yearsPeters from now, Eastlake a tragic loss happened tolived. usLDS and that we still Lambournes Jennifer Daybreak Community whereNews the of the loss spread will know that the Members of the Oquirrh quickly throughout the remember,” Peters said. was a well-regarded fi rst grade Lambournes lived. Jennifer was a Lake Seventh Ward and other Daybreak Community where Members of the LDS Oquirrh Lake Seventh Ward and Eastlake Elementary, Lambournes lived. Jennifer other neighborsteacher stepped upattostepped meet the up immediate needs well-regarded first grade the teacher neighbors to meet theof well-regarded first grade the family by providing night after night. They also one of dinners twoneeds primary in at Eastlake Elementary, was onea of immediate of theschools family by teacher at Eastlake Elementary, formed groups to help with the funeral services and the post Daybreak. Brooklyn had been a beloved student at the school. two primary schools in Daybreak. Brooklyn had providing dinners night after night. They also one of two primary schools in interment luncheon. Brooklyn had been a beloved student Their at the school. “A combined choir ofmembers more thanthe 70of children, twoservices violinists, grief observed, countless the community beenDaybreak. a beloved student at the school. formed groups to help with funeral Their grief observed, countless members of the community a pianist and a soloist came together to perform the Mormon sprang into action. Their grief observed, countless members of and the post interment luncheon. sprang into action. Tabernacle Choir’s arrangement of the song “A Child’s Prayer” a the very close knit community. Whenthan a former loss “We live insprang a very into close action. knit community. “We When live a loss in at funeral service. Children fromof the neighborhood, the community “A combined choir more 70 happens such as this tragedy, the community is galvanized,” students oftwo Jennifer, of pianist Brooklyn and many more happens such aschildren, this tragedy, the friends community is galvanized,” “We live in a very close knit community. violinists, a and a soloist said Tanya Noreen Peters, PTA President at Eastlake from their church ward and school participated in the choir. Tanya Peters, PTA President at who Eastlake When a loss School. happens such as this said tragedy, the Noreen came together to perform the Mormon Elementary The school granted permission for all children wished to Withinishours, pink ribbons said were tied on theNoreen trees lining attend the funeral to leave school early. ” of the song “A Elementary School. community galvanized,” Tanya Tabernacle Choir’s arrangement the streets and surrounding area of Eastlake Elementary. It was not without effort, however, thattrees this combined Within The hours, pink ribbons were tied on the lining Peters, PTA school President Elementary Prayer” year-round alreadyat hadEastlake three quarters of the teachers Child’s choir came to be. at the funeral service. Children the streets and surrounding area of Eastlake Elementary. The School. from the neighborhood, former students of and students in attendance. “The family had requested ‘A Child’s Prayer,’ but we “Our first concernpink was forribbons the teachers at Eastlake,” Peters had trouble friends finding music,” Teresa Akagi, chorister for the year-round school already had the three quarters of the teachers Within hours, were tied on Jennifer, of Brooklyn and many more said. “Many of them had heard the news and rushed out the combined choir, said. and students in attendance. the trees theThursday streets morning. and surrounding their searching church ward and school door tolining school that The tracks on area had been from“After everywhere, digitally participated and otherwise, first concern wasonfor theschool teachers at Eastlake,” Peters in session only about a week. Andrew Unsworth’s door, one of the organists of Eastlake Elementary. The year-round“Our school inI knocked the choir. The granted permission for “We wanted to show them our supportsaid. during“Many this time of for thehad Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and and his wife answered the of them heard the news rushed out the already had three quarters of the teachers and all children who wished to attend the funeral to grief so we coordinated to bring lunch to all 40 teachers. The door,”Akagi said. “When I expressed my request, his wife doorandtobeschool Thursday morning. Thethis, tracks on got had students in attendance. leave schoolnotearly. lunch gave them the opportunity to congregate together that said, ‘You’re going ”to believe but I just thebeen music in“Our sharedfirst support.” yesterday.’” session at only about week. concern was for theinteachers Ita was not without effort, however, that this Almost immediately after the news, Melinda Ekins, a “During rehearsal on Wednesday, little Matthew Helwig “We wanted to show them our support this time of Eastlake,” said. “Many of them hadstudents, heard set combined choir came be.andduring neighbor Peters and mother of one of Jennifer’s former came to me with tears in histo eyes said, ‘I’m really going to we and coordinated to bring torequested all 40forteachers. The up a Goand Fundrushed Me pageout to help familytogrief pay for so medical miss“The Brooklyn.’ It waslunch really a lot the kids,” the news thethedoor school that family had emotional ‘Aof Child’s funeral expenses. The community gave quickly and gave generously, Akagi added. lunch themPrayer,’ the opportunity to congregate and be together Thursday morning. The tracks on had been in but we had trouble finding the music,” collecting over $45,000 in a few days. Many donors did not Josh Lambourne, Jennifer’s husband and Brooklyn’s shared session about a week. Akagi, chorister the combined knowonly the Lambourne family personallyinbut offeredsupport.” their Teresa father, expressed his immensefor gratitude for the many choir, prayers condolences and support. and service rendered to hisnews, family. Melinda Ekins, a Almost immediately after the “We wanted to show them our support said. In addition, the Eastlake PTA organized a fundraising “I am grateful for the generosity of so many – for everyone neighbor and of onesearching ofout, Jennifer’s former students, set during grief so we restaurant coordinated to 16.mother everywhere, digitally and nightthis at thetime Southof Jordan Chick-fil-A for Aug. who “After has reached lifting me up and helping me stand,” a Go Fund page to help the family for medical and Chick-fil-A 20 percent of the sales duringMe Lambourne said. bring lunch topledged all 40to donate teachers. Theup lunch gave otherwise, I knocked on pay Andrew Unsworth’s fundraiser to the Lambourne family. Theand community am grateful forgave soorganists much goodness that hasMormon come from funeral expenses. The“Icommunity quickly and generously, themthe the opportunity to congregate be door, one of the for the came to support the cause. The restaurant was packed and tragedy. It gives me hope that people can be good.”  collecting over $45,000 in a few days. Many donors did not together in shared support.” Tabernacle Choir, and his wife answered the the Lambourne familysaid. personally offered their Almost immediately after know the news, door,”Akagi “When but I expressed my condolences support.his wife said, ‘You’re not going to Melinda Ekins, a neighbor and mother of one andrequest, InFund addition,believe the Eastlake a fundraising of Jennifer’s former students, set up a Go this, but PTA I just organized got the music yesterday.’” at and the South Jordan Chick-fil-A for Aug.little 16. Me page to help the family pay for night medical “During rehearsalrestaurant on Wednesday, Chick-fil-A to donate 20 came percent thewith salestears during funeral expenses. The community gave quickly pledged Matthew Helwig to ofme in the in fundraiser to family. Thegoing community and generously, collecting over $45,000 a few his the eyesLambourne and said, ‘I’m really to miss to supportBrooklyn.’ the cause.It The was packed days. Many donors did not know thecame Lambourne was restaurant really emotional for a lotand of family personally but offered their condolences the kids,” Akagi added. and support. Josh Lambourne, Jennifer’s husband and In addition, the Eastlake PTA organized Brooklyn’s father, expressed his immense a fundraising night at the South Jordan Chickgratitude for the many prayers and service fil-A restaurant for Aug. 16. Chick-fil-A pledged rendered to his family. to donate 20 percent of the sales during the “I am grateful for the generosity of so many fundraiser to the Lambourne family. The – for everyone who has reached out, lifting me community came to support the cause. The up and helping me stand,” Lambourne said. restaurant was packed and the drive-thru had the “I am grateful for so much goodness that longest lines patrons said they had ever seen. has come from tragedy. It gives me hope that For the future, the school and PTA plan to people can be good.” l


“Yes, it has been an amazing year for Real Estate. 1500 homes sold in South Jordan during 2016.

the(Approximately drive-thru had longest lines ofpatrons said they a 10%the increase in number home sales from last had year.) There are only 246 homes on the ever seen. market as of mid December. This means the next several months could be the best time sellers have ever For We theare future, the moving schoolin and PTA planin big to numbers. find a seen. seeing buyers from out of state compilation of books that both Jennifer and Brooklyn liked last month weinsold 2 homesoffrom of towners that bought the home site unseen. They bought it andJust dedicate them a section theout library. “Ten years marketing from now, children who once attend Eastlake from our online only seeing the home they got a key. Why is the market booming? Its a willcombination know thatof apopulation tragic loss happened us and that webuyers still (those that lost their home during growth, great jobtomarket, boomerang remember,” Peters said. the recession,) and the desire to change lifestyles. Interest rates are on the rise. There is no telling how long Members of the LDS Oquirrh Lake Seventh Ward and this selling boom will last for..but it wont last forever. One thing other neighbors stepped up to meet the immediate needs of thatafter has been veryThey difficult the family by providing dinners night night. alsofor many sellers is knowing which agent is going to help them the most when selling. Often sellers formed groups to help with the funeral services and the post may choose cost or the ‘promise’ of what they can sell their home interment luncheon. “A combined choir of more than 70 twowhen violinists, for.children, Many times things don’t go as planned I hear, “I wish I a pianist and a soloist came togetherwould to perform theyou Mormon have called first.” Tabernacle Choir’s arrangement of the song “A Child’s Prayer” Whyneighborhood, have I sold approximately at the funeral service. Children from the former100 homes in a year in South Jordan and accomplished whatmore no other agent has? It is my devotion students of Jennifer, friends of Brooklyn and many from their church ward and school to participated in the choir. effective marketing, systems, networking, buyer follow up/ The school granted permission for alltracking, children wished andwho business savvy.toThe 3 P’s are part of our core values: attend the Proactive, funeral toand leave school Iearly. ” Passion, Persistence. have always been determined to give you a better experience than It was not without effort, however, that this combined you could find anywhere else. Most agents will tout that they have a great website, good marketing, choir came to be. negotiating, etc. It had is hardrequested for the normal to know whichbut agentwewill benefit them the most. I’m a big “The family ‘A person Child’s Prayer,’ in firesults I don’t care howAkagi, pretty the marketing or how much one spends. If they don’t hadbeliever trouble ndingthough. the music,” Teresa chorister foris the have better results than everyone else, it’s not good enough and it’s not working. My clients feel confident combined choir, said. “After searching everywhere, digitally andprove otherwise, with me because I bring them results. And our statistics it. I knocked on Andrew Unsworth’s door, one of the organists I hadTabernacle a client list their homeand withhis a discounted service for for Just the recently Mormon Choir, wife answered thea couple months at a lower price and it never sold.said. We sold“When it in a weekend for moremy money than they it previously listed for. Start the year door,”Akagi I expressed request, hishad wife off ‘You’re right, givenot me going a call atto801-966-4000 andbut I’ll take Guaranteed! Just ask for a complimentary said, believe this, I justcare gotofthe yesterday.’” review of your home. No obligations and it is confidential. I drive an unmarked car to all my appointments. “During Give me a callrehearsal today.” on Wednesday, little Matthew Helwig came to me with tears in his eyes and said, ‘I’m really going to miss Brooklyn.’ It wasutah really emotional for a lot ofat the 801-966-4000 kids,” Call Dave today Akagi added. Josh Lambourne, Brooklyn’s forJennifer’s a Freehusband confiand dential analysis. father, expressed his immense gratitude for the many prayers (Analysis cantobe phone or an unmarked car driven to your house.) and service rendered hisby family. “I am grateful for the generosity of so many – for everyone who has reached out, lifting me up and helping me stand,” No one has sold more listings Lambourne said. infrom South Jordan than Utah “I am grateful for so much goodness that has come tragedy. It gives me hope that people can be good.”  Dave. Call South Jordan’s

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South Jordan year in review: A dialogue with the mayor and council members By Briana Kelley |

Mayor Dave Alvord gave a positive review on the city’s past achievements this year and has a vision for the future. (South Jordan City)

One of the city’s 2016 highlights was launching a new website in August. The website took over a year in the making. (South Jordan City)


outh Jordan City continues to grow and change. Mayor Dave Alvord and the city council members reflect on the accomplishments of 2016 and look forward to the endeavors of a new year. Growth and tradition “Our population has continued to increase, surpassing 70,000 people, making South Jordan the 10th largest city in the state of Utah,” Alvord said. Growth like this offers both challenges and opportunities. For instance, South Jordan was moved from a City of the 3rd Class to a City of the 2nd Class this year. According to Alvord, this will bring greater recognition in the state and the legislature. Continued growth will also bring new parks, tax revenues and business opportunities. South Jordan has addressed some of the challenges through changes of its own. The city hired a new assistant city manager and integrated and updated several technology programs and software. They also launched a new website in August, making it easier to navigate departments, fill out forms, and find information. “We’re proud of this new website and we built it with the residents in mind all the way through. It’s their tool, their service, and I hope they are pleased with the final result and the final product,” Public Information Officer Tina Brown said. Traditions continue to draw crowds, and the city successfully carried out the SoJo Summerfest—previously the Countryfest, the months-long farmer’s market and the 2016 SoJo Marathon. The Gale Center Museum of History and Culture, which highlights local artists and focuses on the history of South Jordan and Americana, also celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Parks and recreation “South Jordan saw many good things materialize in 2016. First, Welby Park was approved and funded and will commence its first phase of construction. Once completed, Welby will be the largest park in the Salt Lake Valley,” Alvord said. When finished, Welby Park will be a 20-acre, $2 million park that will provide, among other things, much needed turf park facilities, according to the mayor. Rushton Park, located near 3779 South Jordan Parkway, was also completed and opened this year. “I am excited about the new park that we have in Rushton Meadows,” Councilmember Christopher Rogers said. “I am

excited about all of our parks projects, but especially that one and the Nielsen’s Frozen Custard that went in particular to my district.” As for future recreation projects, residents may see a bond to be voted on for a large new indoor competition and outdoor pool. The pools would be an expansion of the South Jordan Fitness and Aquatics Center and would provide a preeminent aquatics facility for high school and professional swim competitions, according to Rogers and Councilwoman Tamara Zander. “The swimming pool renovation at the rec center is something that is on my radar,” Rogers said. “I know a lot of residents that are interested in it, and it’s something that I’d like to have the council agree to put on the ballot for 2017...I think it would be a good attraction for the city. I think it would be used by the residents, and I’ve had a lot of input that people really want a good outdoor swimming facility that would make our rec center a preeminent aquatics facility.” Zander is also positive about the pool project and has had many residents voice support. She is hopeful that Jordan School District will contribute so the city can provide space for Bingham High School swim team and local water polo and other swim events when the Marv Jenson Recreation Center closes. Each council member underlined his or her interest in focusing on and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for residents in the upcoming year. Many want to focus on improving the trails, preserving green space and beginning construction on new parks. “I am going to focus on improved outdoor recreational opportunities and improving our parks including trail systems for joggers and walkers,” Councilmember Patrick Harris said. “Our splash pad has been a huge hit in South Jordan. I am looking to add another splash pad in the parks near the Jordan River Trail. As our city continues to become more diverse, there is a very high demand for cricket in our city and I am looking to add a cricket field.” Zander would like to see the city install outdoor pickle ball courts. Currently the South Jordan Recreation Center has indoor courts available. Zander believes that it would be a popular outdoor sport since it is a fast-growing sport with few barriers to entry and moderate mobility for residents. “I think that we have the privilege of living in a really remarkable place in South Jordan, and I’d like to keep working on making it remarkable. I’d like to work on expanding our

The future site of a city park in the Rushton Meadows neighborhood. (Sandra Osborn/City Journals)

trail systems and expanding our parks; I think those are the things that make it remarkable,” Councilmember Don Shelton said. Police department and fire department South Jordan City’s crime rate remains one of the lowest in Salt Lake County, according to City Manager Gary Whatcott. “Our vision for South Jordan is incorporated into just three words, “a safe community.” You already know if you live or work in South Jordan; you live in a great place that is very safe. We hope those three words continually remind us of our charge to ensure the safety of our community,” Chief of Police Jeff Carr stated on the city website. Highlights for the police and fire departments include the completion of a new fire station, Fire Station No. 63, which will service mainly the east side of the city. The South Jordan Fire Department also received the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Award. Lastly, the city approved pay increases for public safety personnel, organized the Police Community Advisory Board and implemented the use of body-worn cameras for police officers. In 2017, South Jordan’s city hall will be expanded for the court and the police station. “I think it’s significant that we provide our police department more adequate space to complete their jobs. I think it is especially important, as citizens and as city government officials, to support the police department,” Zander said. Development South Jordan continues to build and develop throughout its boundaries. A successful agreement was reached early in 2016 with Kennecott Land which led to the development of more infrastructure on the west side of South Jordan, according to Shelton. Zander saw this as a significant achievement because it ensures infrastructure is already in place when growth occurs. This makes development more organized and efficient instead of piecemeal. Councilmember Brad Marlor concurred. “I believe the council’s vote in January of 2016 reaffirming the previous council’s vote in December of 2015 to approve the DayBreak bonds was significant,” Marlor said. “The bonds essentially provided backing from South Jordan to the DayBreak developers to build the infrastructure that will allow traffic to flow better, and provide the means for quality commercial Conitnued on next page…

S outhJordanJournal.Com development to be enhanced. An accelerated development and great jobs within the city are additional byproducts.” Shelton and the council also negotiated a buffer around the Sunstone Village neighborhood so the new development going in district three would not abut on the existing homes. In Marlor’s district, there will be a new 13-lot subdivision at 2200 West and 9700 South. North of that development at about 9500 South and 2200 West will be a new five lot subdivision. On the southeast corner of 9800 South and Bangerter Highway will be a new commercial building. The city also welcomed three new large businesses— InMoment, Riverton Chevrolet and Smith’s Marketplace at Trail Crossing. The newest Smith’s grocery store and retail center will essentially replace the Smith’s store on 10600 South and Redwood Road, according to Marlor, and will help retain critical sales and property taxes for the city. “Additionally, there will be an attractive retail center surrounding the [new] Smith’s store. This development will improve the looks of the current property once fully developed. I, along with other current council members, was personally involved in seeing this development happen,” Marlor said. Two new schools will be constructed in Daybreak in 2017, allowing many other public schools to return to a traditional schedule. Lastly, South Jordan residents saw another property tax rate reduction as sales tax revenues have maintained strong levels, according to Alvord. “I am also happy to report that property values across the entire city are up substantially,” Alvord said. Mulligan’s future On November 15, the council voted to move forward with a $10 million revitalization plan for Mulligan’s Golf & Games. The plan calls for making necessary repairs and includes rebuilding the golf course to industry standards, adding 18 holes of miniature golf, creating a two-sided driving range and renovating the clubhouse. “I am excited about the $10 million that we have decided to invest in Mulligan’s to renovate it, invest more in marketing, invest more in making it a real stellar golf course,” Shelton said. The future of Mulligan’s was uncertain following public disapproval to sell and develop the city-owned property. The Mulligan’s Commission was formed in 2015 and was tasked with finding a best way forward. It was a small group comprised of city staff, residents and government officials, including Shelton. In November 2015, the commission hired Andy Staples and Staples Golf Resource Group, LLC to prepare a master plan report that would provide an in-depth review and analysis

Local Cub Scout Packs 3054 and 4568 presented a gift to the Police Department at the Dec. 6 city council meeting. (Briana Kelley/City Journals)

ON THE COVER of Mulligan’s. The Staples report was completed earlier this year and listed a number of options for the property. The most feasible option, according to the study and city council, is to revitalize the business through repairs and upgrades. “The Council recently approved the mechanism to preserve the future of Mulligan’s. Ahead will be a redesign and usage of Mulligan’s. However, the green space and open space that is critical to us as residents will be retained, as well as the golfing, miniature golf and batting cage,” Marlor said. “I am excited to report that the future of Mulligan’s will be brighter and well preserved!” Open space will also be protected at Mulligan’s, and part will eventually be converted to a park along the Jordan River Trail. However, not everyone is convinced of the economic feasibility of the plan. Many residents voiced concern about the amount of debt needed for revitalization. The plan will be funded by a revenue bond, where money is used from the fees and projected fees of the establishment. The mayor assured residents and council members that the Nov. 15 vote to approve the plan was not a stamp of approval to go and spend $10 million but basically a plan to plan. “Do we write a check for $6 million tomorrow morning? The answer is no...We make golf pay for golf, and right now, based on the experts, golf will pay for golf,” Alvord said. “I wanted to make it clear that this isn’t an allocation of money, this isn’t a commitment to a bond; it’s moving forward.” Council Member Harris, who was outspokenly skeptical of the plan, also assured residents that he would work with the city council to make sure investments would have a positive return. “Our city is looking to make improvements to Mulligan’s. I will work with the City Council to make sure that every investment we make at Mulligan’s will have a positive return on investment for our city and we do not engage in over the top unnecessary spending,” Harris said. Forward to 2017 The mayor would also like to take a long-term approach to future city development and limit high-density housing projects in the city. According to Alvord, city surveys have consistently shown residents’ opposition to high-density housing growth. Next year, the city will introduce zoning reforms that will virtually eliminate any further attached housing outside of Daybreak. Some council members have voiced their support. “I will continue to focus on attracting the best business to our city with high paying jobs and not fill our prime commercial land with more high-density apartments,” Harris pledged. Other projects on the horizon include the intersection renovation at Bangerter Highway and 11400 South and the removal of the District oval. According to Rogers and Zander, these are projects that the council wants to see completed in the

A father and daughter play golf at Mulligan’s Golf & Games. The council recently voted to move forward with a $10 million revitalization plan for Mulligans that will begin next year. (Janalee Tobias/South Jordan Resident)

January 2017 | Page 7 way that will best benefit the city and its residents. “In 2017, UDOT will be removing the oval-about and putting in a more conducive road to the traffic that is moving on 11400 South,” Zander said. “The oval-about will be resolved and will have a safer, smoother passage over 11400 South. We also don’t want to disrupt the businesses along that area during construction and we’ve had discussions on how best to minimize disruption.” The city is also working with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to ensure that the Mountain View Corridor connects to I-80 and Highway 201 in a timely manner and alleviate congestion for east/west traffic. Many council members voiced the council’s solidarity with focusing on what the residents truly need and want and bringing them to fruition. “I have been elected to represent all residents of South Jordan. I am interested in, and involved in every issue regardless of what voting district it is located in. And by the way, I feel strongly that this current council is connected in the same way. We are concerned as a council with moving South Jordan forward in a positive way,” Marlor said. “When I ran for office one of the things that I wanted to accomplish was to have our council be respectful of each other’s opinions and have a more respectful environment at council meetings,” Zander said. “I feel like we are. When people come to council meetings we’re not combative. We have differences of opinions and that is okay, that is healthy, but we are able to express those opinions in a respectful way.” “I feel like the city is working well together that we have a good cohesive group on the council,” Rogers said. “My first two years it was a little more divisive and these last two years. Since the election, we all tend to get along very well.” In the end, growth and change is expected to happen and the council has voiced their commitment to making the best decisions they can for the city. In that, the city and elected officials are united. l

Major construction projects will begin next year, including the intersection at Bangerter Highway and 11400 South and the District oval. (Briana Kelley/ City Journals)


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Elk Meadows, South Jordan Elementary students shine at Sports Day By Julie Slama | | Story originally printed July 2016


t was a day of smiles, laughter, cheering and clapping as students representing 11 different Jordan School District elementary schools paraded on May 20 on the Herriman High school track carrying banners, waving their hands to teachers, principals, school district officials and families who came to support these students with differing levels of ability. “Every student of every ability is a winner,” South Jordan Elementary Principal Ken Westwood said. “We celebrate each student’s accomplishments and everyone gets a ribbon or a medal.” South Jordan classroom teacher Kelli Sundell said the students are excited about Sports Day all year. “It unites students and it’s a fun way to end the school year,” she said. “Students compete against other students of similar abilities in small groups so they’re challenged within their own level.” Throughout the district, students who have Austism, Down’s Syndrome, learning disabilities, language disabilities, intellectual disabilities, those physically challenged with walkers and wheelchairs and other multiple disabilities come together to race in a 50-meter dash, long jump, softball throw and cross country distance run. “Some good people have gone above and beyond expectations and saw the need and value of this day for the kids and are willing to put in the time to make it happen. These are people who find the value and meaning of this special day and are dedicated to make it happen, to do the right thing,” Westwood said. Students in all the schools train for the day with their adaptive physical education teachers. One of those teachers, Kami Anderson, said that for more than 35 years, the district has offered these students the chance to excel. “These kids can do it and we help build their confidence to show they can,” Anderson said. “It’s important for everyone to be active and we work on these lifelong skills.” However, if students need to adapt the sports, Anderson is there to change a softball to a cush ball for better grip, or to adapt a wheelchair push or use a carabiner to follow if a student is blind. Cross country run is the only event students need to qualify, Anderson said, adding that they must be able to run one mile. “We evaluate all 370 students in March, then group them together by age and ability. These kids are just wanting to be out there, having fun,” she said. And at the track meet, students had huge smiles and were being supported by family members.

South Jordan Elementary students carry a banner at the parade May 20 during the Jordan School District Sports Day. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

South Jordan sixth-grader Alex Shields, who is a big University of Utah fan, said he looks forward to Sports Day and he likes the long jump. After completing his jump, he got to go through a tunnel of fans and supporters and give a high 5 to his principal. “My mom puts my ribbons in my scrapbook,” he said. “I’m excited to do it all.” Alex ended up with a first place in the 50-yard dash, second in the long jump, third in the softball throw and an honorable mention in cross country. “This is the best he’s ever done,” his mother, Karen, said. “He’s worked all year to get better and each year, we’ve seen how much he’s improved.” Shields said her son, who had unexplainable seizures when he was two, now struggles with reading and writing, but is well adjusted and social. “He’s very kind, loving to everyone, and just a happy, great kid,” she said. Even though Alex has competed in Sports Day the past years, this was his last year as it is only offered to elementary students. Now he’s up for a new challenge, learning to play golf this summer. “There are lots of complications in golf,” he said, adding that he wants to drive a golf cart. Classmate Chandler Black repeated his cross-country medal with a clear lead ahead of his competitors. “Running makes me feel like Flash Gordon,” said the fifth-grader, who plays lacrosse three times per week. “The race is tiring, but the best part is the medal.” Chandler, who earned second-place ribbons in softball, long jump and the 50-yard dash, said he also got awards for his visual art entry in the Parent-Teacher Association’s Reflections contest. Even so, that’s not what school is all about. “I have the best teacher and I like math as well as PE,” he said. His dad, Jeremy, said that Chandler, who has a reading deficiency, loves sports.

“He hangs with his friends and has lots of team spirit, supporting them,” he said. “He just loves competing.” Elk Meadows student Robert Gonda agrees that winning isn’t what Sports Day is all about. “We don’t know our rank until we race, but it’s more about trying to do your best, having good sportsmanship and even though I don’t like to lose, I still say good job to the other competitors,” he said. Robert set goals for himself to get first in cross country and the dash. “It makes me want to run faster and work harder,” he said. Robert received a first-place medal for cross country and also took first in the long jump. He finished third in the softball throw and fifth in the 50-yard dash. “I play football, quarterback like Peyton Manning,” he said about his favorite player on his favorite NFL team, Denver Broncos. “He’s the oldest team member, but the best player. It says something about working hard to be good.” Elk Meadows support unit teacher Cassidy Hansen said that her school students have behavioral, social and emotional disabilities so students had to show they could demonstrate good behavior to participate. “We talk about it daily — how we all can’t be first, how to tell someone ‘good job,’ and what sportsmanship is,” she said. “We want them to learn that as well as how to run, jump and throw.” Elk Meadows Principal Aaron Ichimura said he loves supporting his students participate in Sports Day. “When they walk from their classroom to the bus to the ‘Rocky’ theme song, they have the biggest smiles on their faces as other students cheer them,” he said. “Then, here at Sports Day, the parents come out and get to see their kids succeed. Kids see other kids they know in the district, so we become connected. It’s just fun to watch them do their best. It’s their day.” l

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Early Light Academy revisits 1968 Academy Revisits 1968 By Julie Slama | By Julie Slama |

| Story originally printed March 2016

Theater students show the rotary phones they use in “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical set in the 1960s, which tied into Early Light Academy’s Day in History for the year 1968. (Julie Slama/ City Journals)


lash back to the days where guys are cool Ninth-grader Avery Rindlisbacher said her cats and sport headbands, girls wear mini- class had several hands-on activities centered on heater students rotary phones they use in “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical setThey in the each made their own rockskirtsshow andthe everything is groovy. the space race. 960s, which tied On into Early LightEarly Academy’s Day in History for the year 1968. Jan. 29, Light Academy, a South ets — outJulie of Slama index cards and straws so they, too, Jordan charter school that emphasizes History, could “race to the moon.” ought,” she “I also learned space race and provided topheldsaid. its third annual Daywhat in History focusing onothers. This In Naomi Foreman’s third- grade class, they he peace sign meant with nuclear disar- ics that classes thenlearned could pursue in disthe year of 1968. about pop culture, including dance and mament when it“We was dress introduced.” writing assignments. Students like the time andcussion have or lessons music. Each geared hallwayto took onyear,” a theme tying Cisneros, also discussed cultural trendsalive then, so we brought it that Rabecca Early popular “They weren’t nto historical suchassistant as the SumTV dinners and Tang. Lightevents, Academy director,such“1968 is back to school so they could have that experimer Olympics held inyear Mexico City,history. Mar- We talked “We about want students to understand a pivotal in U.S. ence,” she said. n Luther the Kingissues, Jr.’s stand civilgoing rights,on and the the relevance and understand whatonwas culturalof historyCisneros said that this event is exactly that, he popularity of thewith 747music airplane, the that generation on more generation builds on relevance and clothes.” experienced based and less academic. The what happens generation As students came dressed in 1960s outfits, schoolthe holds a history fair for each grade level in before. more towhich history they learned what happened during that time. In There’s May, during students research and become than memorizing and the auditorium, seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade “experts” onknowing a topic. to be engaged students listened to those who served in thedates. mil- They need “This day is for them to gain an understandand makeingpersonal connecitary during Vietnam. of the time period and experience it in their said. “What does Vietnam mean in my tions,” life?” shelearning,” she said. In AshleyAsTanner’s kinasked John Norton, retired Lt. Col. who served part of the experience, older grades held dergarten aclass, readthey folk could learn how to do the in the war at age 25. “It meant men and women, dancethey where tales, as Arlene Mosel’s like myself, left our homes to come provide aid suchtwist or do the mash. They also previewed the “Tikki Tikki and and “Somewhere That’s to another country.” scenes Tembo,” of “Downtown” learned about Apollo 7’s or-Shop of Horrors,” which the Ninth-grader Ashley Hansen enjoyed the Green” from “Little bit. Then Theater they wrote a couple speakers. 3 class performed during the week. about the flight “I appreciated hearing their personal sentences expe“Little Shopinto of Horrors” was set in the space. riences with Vietnam and civil rights and learned 1960s and we actually have some items from Ninth-grader their reasons why we fought,” she said. “I also that timeAvery period Rinin our show,” theater director dlisbacher said her had told students. learned what the peace sign meant with nuclear and teacherclass Toni Butler several hands-on disarmament when it was introduced.” In activities the show,centhey used 1960s lamp posts, spaceto race. They light bulbs. They had four Each hallway took on a theme tyingtered intoon the but had use replica each made theirphones, own rockets historical events, such as the Summer Olympics rotary which they found online in Bulof index cards and Toronto straws and in the U.S.; a period held in Mexico City, Martin Luther KingoutJr.’s garia, Lafaia, they, too, could “race to the stand on civil rights, the popularity of theso747 flashlight and camera; dental chair and dental moon.” airplane, the space race and others. This provid- equipment used in the 1960s; and a period raIn Naomi Foreman’s thirded topics that classes then could pursue in dis- dio that aired Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum and Ban grade class, they learned about cussion or writing assignments. Students also Deodorant commercials. The cast members also pop culture, including dance discussed popular cultural trends such as TV sprayed Pine-Sol, a household product commonand music. dinners and Tang. ly used in that time period. “They weren’t alive then, “We want students to understand the rele“There are 40 references in the song that so we brought it back to school vance of history and understand that generation talk about what it’s like living in the ‘60s,” Butler so they could have that experion generation builds on what happens the genersaid, adding examples such as having a garbage ence,” she said. ation before. There’s more to history than mem- disposal in the sink, a chain-link fence, a 12-inch Cisneros said that this orizing and knowing dates. They need to be en- screen TV, and references to Betty Crocker and event is exactly that, more exgaged and make personal connections,” she said. well-known television celebrities Donna Reed perienced based and less acIn Ashley Tanner’s kindergarten class, they and Lucille Ball. ademic. The school holds a read folk tales, such as Arlene Mosel’s “Tikki Previous years the school has held Days in history fair for each grade level Tikki Tembo,” and learned about Apollo 7’s orHistory in the years of 1776 and 1862. l in May, during which students bit. Then they wrote a couple sentences about the research and become “experts” flight into space.

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Daybreak Elementary crossing guards give smiles to start the day By Julie Slama | | Story originally printed October 2016


n the 10 years since Daybreak Elementary opened, Vickie Hicks has been at the crosswalk in front of school ensuring the safety of students both before and after school in record heat to blistering cold and inversion. Hicks fell into the job when her daughter, Mindy Lewis, decided to apply for a crossing guard job. She went along to watch her granddaughter during the interview, and when her daughter finished, she told her mother to apply as well. Several crossing jobs and cities later, Hicks found her home at Daybreak. However for her, it’s not just a job, it’s a belief Hicks can make a difference in the South Jordan community. “I wish the kids good morning and to have a great day,” she said. “Everyone deserves a simple smile and wish, and if I can give that to the kids, no matter how their day at home might have begun, I can help them start a new day.” Hicks isn’t alone in her belief. At the crossing in back of the school, her husband, Don, joined the staff about six years ago, after doing line work at substations. Their daughter is close by, crossing at 2700 West and 11400 South. And joining the family, is their 3-year-old trained therapy dog, Buster, dressed up in his own crossing guard vest. “You can have a crappy, nothing day where it seems nothing matters, but a little smile in the morning can set people back on the right track,” Don Hicks said. “I tell them, ‘Hey, the worst part of the day is over — you’re already up,’ and it gets a smile every time. I like to heckle the teachers as they arrive or give a thumbs up to small children. I get to know the parents, and when I get a ‘good morning’ with a smile and dimples, that just makes my morning.”

Even he was all smiles when a 4-year-old, who had just helped his mother drop off a sibling at school, stuck a homemade stop sign out the car window that read, “Good Morning, Crossing Guard.” “The children brighten our day as well,” Vickie Hicks said, saying at home, they have a box of mementos and small gifts, such as a wooden angel ornament, others have brought them. “I’ve received hand warmers and lotion and some really sweet cards. It’s their appreciation that mean a lot.” Teacher Leilani Brecht had some students, who were on safety patrol, bring hot chocolate and doughnuts to the crossing guards last winter on a particularly cold day. “It’s amazing to see the impact that a simple greeting with a smile brings our students and the community every morning,” she said. “Every day is a fresh start, and they come with smiling faces and wish everyone a great day. They believe they are our first interaction with the school and go beyond their duties of making sure our Daybreak students are safe.” Brecht said that they don’t just limit their interactions with students. “They get to know other people in the community and talk to them or smile and wave,” she said. If someone in our community can bring everyone together, it’s our own crossing guard. Even my own daughter, who is in college, refers to (Don Hicks) as ‘that happy man.’ There’s no way you can pass them without a smile coming across your face and starting your day by being happy.” Students in Brecht’s class can tell stories about how the couple passes out candy canes or suckers, jokes around, and gives them fun nicknames as they cross each school day.

Sixth-grader Audrey Hales said Don Hicks has fun with her sister, Kate, as they cross. “She’ll keep her arms in her coat when it’s cold, and he’ll joke with her about it,” she said. “He gives us high-fives and has such a fun personality. He’s really energetic and smiling, and we all look for Buster there. Don started calling me ‘Audrey of the Four Valleys’ as a nickname; I don’t know why, but it makes me smile.” Her classmate, Rachel Weber, moved to the area last February from out of state, and the transition was hard. “I’d see Vickie in the morning, and every day, she’d wish me ‘good morning’ and say, ‘I’m doing awesome,’” Rachel said. “It helped me get through a hard time.” Sixth-grader Whitney Mangum said that when she has babysat a 7-year-old Daybreak student, who crosses with Vickie, she always hears stories. “The crossing guard knows her names and always seems to give her encouragement and a smile,” she said. “I know she has appreciated it and always talks about her. She even gave the crossing guard a small thing of lotion as a present.” Sixth-grader Adrian Docen said after being on crutches, Don Hicks has asked how the foot is recovering. “Just asking the questions, makes me smile because I know he cares,” Adrian said. “He always cares about people and makes sure we cross without being hurt. At the same time, Don never lets you cross without brightening your day. Sometimes he tells jokes; sometimes it’s just his happiness that makes me smile. My little 2-year-old brother loves him. He always smiles and says, ‘It’s the crossing guard!’” l

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Middle schooler bikes his way to eight national titles By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals | Story originally printed April 2016


t the age of 14, Joey Foresta is as fast at mountain biking as most professionals, Mike Kelley, Joey’s coach, said. Joey has won eight national titles, and hasn’t lost a race in two years. He’s the fastest amateur racer in the country, according to Steve Spencer, Joey’s sponsor. Joey’s biking career began early. He rode a bike without training wheels at the age of 3 and started racing BMX at the age of 4, Steve Foresta, Joey’s dad, said. Most kids don’t begin mountain biking training until they are about 15 years old, Kelley said, but when Kelley’s son Cody, Joey’s best friend and role model, began to focus more on mountain biking than BMX, Joey switched his focus too. Joey was 8 years old at the time — seven years younger and less trained than Cody. “It was amazing to see Joey be able to keep up with my boy at a really young age. We really had to slow him down,” Kelley said. “We wanted him to be that fast — we just didn’t want him to be that fast yet, because we didn’t want him to wreck.” Joey said he’s wrecked plenty of times, but Kelley said that even so, he’s crashed fewer times than anyone he’s ever coached or met before. Foresta said his son’s coordination on a mountain bike is unbelievable.

“Honestly Joey is just gifted when it comes to biking,” Foresta said. “He’s not really good at other sports. He’ll walk up the stairs and get hurt, but when he’s on his bike, I’m not worried. He has those skills.” Joey competes in two areas of mountain biking — downhill and dual slalom. In downhill, each participant races down the same track one at a time. The bikers’ times are tracked, and the person with the shortest time wins. In dual slalom, two bikers simultaneously race two different tracks that are parallel to each other, and the racer who reaches the bottom first wins. These two categories of mountain biking are Joey’s favorite because they allow him to go fast, and speed is his specialty. “It’s a really crazy feeling, especially on trails where trees are close together,” Joey said. “It’s awesome when you are just inches past the trees.” Dual slalom is a great fit for Joey given his BMX background because he’s used to racing next to his competition. Joey said mountain biking differs from BMX because it requires more strategy, whereas BMX is all about going as fast as you can. “A lot of it, when you are going over rocks, is trying to stay light on your bike and not slam into the rocks,” Joey said. “A lot of it, too, is finding the

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Instructor, participants heal through Zumba By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals | Story originally printed May 2016



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imberly DowDell’s Zumba students at South Jordan Fitness and Aquatic Center have danced their way into close friendships and healing. “I’ve watched us all connect through Zumba,” DowDell said. “I’ve taught Pilates, step and muscle classes, and people get excited to see each other, but it’s not the same connection they have when they do Zumba.” DowDell calls these students her “Zumba Family,” and it’s a big family. Her four weekly Zumba classes, which combine Latin dancing, current hip-hop music and aerobic activity, are the most well-attended group fitness classes at the center, bringing in 30 to 50 people each class, according to Brittany Duncan, group fitness assistant at the center. DowDell believes her Zumba class members are connected because dancing requires vulnerability, which leads participants to be open to making connections with people around them, she said. Participants and DowDell form a support system for each other. “You have no idea how many times I hear my students say, ‘I was going through a divorce,’ or ‘My mother passed away’ or ‘I was going through a difficult time, and your class has been therapy—it healed me,’” DowDell said. “That’s the most rewarding feeling.” Katie Bitter, a classmate and DowDell’s

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friend, said many people resort to some kind of physical hobby when things get overwhelming, and she chose Zumba. “Dancing in front of people can be scary, but it’s nice to push your nerves away because it helps by making you feel stronger,” Bitter said. “It makes you feel like you can do it—whatever you are going through.” Zumba is not just a physical help but an emotional one as well,” Bitter said. Bitter, who’s been taking DowDell’s classes

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for five years, said DowDell instigates the emotional help in class. When she walks into class, she knows DowDell cares about her and said the other participants mirror Kim’s attitude. DowDell said she, too, has been “healed” through Zumba. DowDell gave birth to her son Jack just after she started teaching Zumba at a gym in Cedar City. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome. “When the baby is growing inside of you, you think about who they are going to be and do, and you dream up their life,” DowDell said. “When they are born with some kind of abnormality like that, it crushes that dream a little. Not that you love them less or are less grateful for them, but that dream dies.” Shortly after he was born, the DowDell family moved to the Salt Lake Area, and DowDell started teaching Zumba at the South Jordan Fitness and Aquatic Center. Jack spent a lot of time at Primary Children’s Hospital during those first few months, she said. “Zumba was my escape,” DowDell said. “It was what I needed to let go to not think about my son at home on oxygen and not think about not knowing what type of development he was going to have.” After some of her friends at Zumba found out about her situation, she said they were her support. Five years later, DowDell’s son is healthy and well-known by her “Zumba Family.” They love him like “he is one of their own,” DowDell said. Bitter believes it’s easy to love the DowDells because they help everyone feel like they belong. “You can just see that Kim loves you when you step into her classes,” Bitter said. “I stopped going to anyone else’s classes because she’s the best out there.” Duncan said she expects DowDell’s classes to remain popular. “Her energy makes you want to jump in and dance,” Duncan said. “When you watch her teach, you can just tell that she loves what she does.” l

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t’s the New Year and I bet you just can’t stand the thought of reading yet another article about why you shouldn’t make a resolution. After all, only 8% of us actually keep them, so why bother? To get where you want to be in life you have to have goals. Not just dreams, high ambitions or lofty visions. You must have realistic and achievable goals. If you aren’t steering towards a purpose how will you get there? If making that goal a New Year’s resolution is an option then, why not? So, this article is about how to keep that resolution so you don’t end up with just another un-kept promise to yourself. 1 – Be Realistic: One of the things that I have found that keep them in perspective is to take my goals in small steps. To do this I choose a goal that may take a year and then break it down into weekly, monthly and sometimes daily achievable things. For example, maybe I want to lose 20 lbs., and I make that a New Years resolution. I have just given myself permission to take the entire year to lose 20 lbs., only 1-½ pounds a month (no wonder I never lose 20 lbs.). You can break that further down to daily healthy eating or exercise goals. I use this same breaking down technique for financial goals, getting organized, helping others (remember the charity box?) and even getting the yard in shape in the spring.

2 – Write it down: The best way I have found to recognize a goal is to take pen to paper. It’s not a list in my mind. I mean put pen to paper. My purpose isn’t to belittle technology or all those nifty, handy dandy goaltracking apps. Those can be useful. But, I have found that the actual physical act of writing down my goal makes them become real. You are making a commitment. It’s no longer and idea. Plus, writing down your goal gives you a starting date and will motivate you to see it through. Plus, it makes it easy to track your progress, which will help you gain momentum. How to stay on track with your goals: Okay, so now you’ve put your goal in writing. How do you stay on track? Here are some ideas to try that have worked for me. 1: Make a List I like to write my goals down in a weekly, monthly and yearly list on a calendar. It’s important to cross them off when they are finished. Putting that glorious line through or checking it off gives finality and makes for a great amount of satisfaction. 2. A Spreadsheet: While my calendar method works well for me, other people find more satisfaction and motivation

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