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Spencer Felix and Daniel Burt rock the SoJo Battle of the Bands with their band, The Cronies. (Reggieannfilm)


he Cronies, a band of five guys from Logan, won first place and $7,000 at the SoJo Battle of the Bands on June 1.

“We’re still a pretty young band; we just really want to find out what we love to play as a band and what people like to listen to,” said guitarist Daniel Burt. Lead singer Kendall Geertsen and drummer Shane Wegner met at a party when they were at Skyview High School and decided to start a band with Burt, bass player, Tyler Barnard and guitarist Spencer Felix in December of 2014. In February 2015, they had their first Battle of the Bands competition and have continued playing shows and competitions since with all doing two-year missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Geertsen said that one of the unique aspects of the band is that they’re not just instrumentalists.

“We’re all singers; that’s one of the cool things about our band: We all can sing pretty well,” said Geertsen. In the six months since they’ve come back together, they’ve played every venue and audience possible, which brought them to South Jordan. They also spent that time defining their sound. “We’ve spent a lot of time over the last six months really developing our sound and exactly what kind of pop alternative rock it is,” said Wegner. The band has a catalog of covers that they perform as well as original songs that each member of the band has a hand in writing. All the songs played in the SoJo Battle of the Bands came from each member. “Everyone in the band has very unique influences and are very diverse, but at the same time we have our main influences that

kind of crossover with each other,” said Wegner. Bands like Walk the Moon, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, The Beatles, Bruno Mars and John Mayer are some of their heaviest influences that they aspire to write like. The band has plans to play several shows over the next couple of months, including the Loading Dock (445 South 400 West) in Salt Lake City on June 21; a show with Peanut Butter Octopus, who won the student category at the SoJo Battle of the Bands; and heading to Colorado in August. They also plan to turn some of their prize money into a CD. “Our main focus coming up this fall will be, now that we have a little bit of funding, we can go spend in the studio with a producer and hash out some of these original songs we’ve been writing,” said Burt. l

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Pros on prose: aspiring writers gather to learn tips and tricks of writing professionally By Keyra Kristoffersen |


riters of all levels were invited to participate in the first annual SoJo Writer’s Conference hosted by the South Jordan Arts Council and held at the Marv Jenson Recreation Center (10300 South Redwood Road) in South Jordan on May 26. “The Arts Council was thrilled with the way this conference turned out,” said Heather Smith, chairman of the arts council. “For a first-time small conference, it was really great to have the numbers we had.” The conference, a first-time bid by the council to introduce more literary recognition into South Jordan, was attended by more than 50 participants, young and old, eager to learn from the 21 presenters of professional writers and publishers. “I loved the caliber of presenters,” said Smith. “I went out on a limb and approached people with really great presence in the writing community and felt so blessed that all of them readily agreed to participate.” Presenters included Lisa Mangum, best-selling author and managing editor at Shadow Mountain and has worked in publishing since 1997. Her keynote address spoke on following your dreams no matter how long they take to accomplish or how they might change. Mangum also presented a workshop on pacing and illustrated through one of her passions, the television show “Supernatural,” how to build suspense and control the rise and climax of each chapter of a book. Other workshops included classes on worldbuilding, marketing, fleshing out main characters and understanding the difference between heroes, villains and anti-heroes, which was taught by David Gaunt, a slush pile reader at Shadow Mountain since 2000. All of the presenters were local writers and editors who have been published and achieved success in the writing industry. One presenter was Charlie N. Holmberg, a Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestselling author and winner of the 2018 Whitney award for Speculative Fiction. He taught a class on the realities of writing convincing kissing scenes. “I don’t like presenting on boring things,” he said. “I had a bunch of class ideas, and then this idea to try a class about kissing, Heather really liked the kissing one.” His debut series, “The Paper Magician,” has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Holmberg was impressed at the success of this first SoJo Writer’s Conference and the more intimate feel of the small setting. “They’ve done a really good job, got a little more of a casual atmosphere, and I like that that way,” said Holmberg. “We’ve got some new people and some veterans. Even though it’s small, I think we have a good sprinkling of authors.” The Hooper family was one of the groups of attendees also happy with the lineup of professional authors. When Nikole Hooper’s husband read about the conference three

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Authors and editors met to learn more about writing successfully at the SoJo Writer’s Conference. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

days before, he immediately signed her up for her birthday present, and she brought her two daughters, Elizabeth and Abigail, along.

“I have been writing for years; it’s what I love to do, and I wanted to learn more about it,” said Hooper. She has had a difficult time trying to write

with five children at home but now that the youngest is off to kindergarten, she wants to devote more time to her passion of writing poetry, children’s stories and now a novel of historical fiction on the Mormon pioneers. Hooper hopes future conferences will also include a section just for kids who want to write because her daughters had such a great time learning and taking notes. “I just always loved reading and writing, and I wanted to know how to make people enjoy the stories more and improve,” said 12-year-old Elizabeth Hooper, who writes poetry and medieval fantasy. She calls herself Brandon Mull’s No. 1 fan because she loves the setting for his “Fablehaven” series and wants to learn more about creating plots and writing poetry. Abigail Hooper, 9, found herself at the conference with a desire to learn more about writing stories because in school, she said, all they teach you to write are essay and informative writing. “I like to write fantasy and humor, and I also like to write realistic fiction,” said Abigail, who also enjoy writing a fake biography of herself. Smith said that with the success of this writing conference, plans are already in the works to hold an even bigger one in spring 2019 with many of these same authors as well as some who couldn’t be there this time. l

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he 10th annual Ride the Brainwave festival and fundraiser, hosted by Children & the Earth is at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center (2100 West 11400 South) in South Jordan on Saturday, June 23. “We have a huge support from the community and we’re super grateful,” said Amber Edmund, the managing trustee from Children & the Earth. Children & the Earth is non-profit started by Edmund’s parents in 1999 when her mother, Lana Hall retired with a large amount of money. “We’ve always been a charitable family, we’ve always donated to other charities,” said Edmund. “So we took $1,000,000 and started a foundation so we could do our own things.” When Edmund was approached by a friend whose child was sick from a brain injury, the Ride the Brainwave fundraiser was created starting with 25 bikers the first year and grown to almost 400 with a 5k of over 800 runners, carnival, concert series and other events added over the years. “Every year we try to expand it something new and so far everything’s worked,” said Edmund. This year, a UTV driving race with razors was added to the motorcyclists and runners along with a kid’s fair, food trucks, pirate ships, over 25 vendors and the music headliner, Royal Bliss. Ride the Brainwave is designed not just to benefit one child at a time, but many children through fundraising teams. Each team represents one child or family and submits their information with needs and goals. The team then advertises through Ride the Brainwave for friends, family and whomever wishes to support that team to donate specifically for them or to participate in the Ride the Brainwave event. Funds donated to the team are given directly to them, while funds from the whole event are split between the teams. Bikers, runners and drivers are given a back tag with information about each child being sponsored for the ride. That is then designed by the family to incorporate the interests of the child like Superman or music, instead of a number because, Edmund said, our children aren’t numbers.

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Emma Tapia’s parents were told she probably would never smile due to the genetic disorder Lissencephaly. (Jaclyn Allen Tapia)

Children who are able to leave home or the hospital to participate are brought on stage and tell their stories. “It’s a nice tribute to them,” said Edmund. For children who have participated in previous years and have since passed on, they honor them by releasing balloons into the sky. Children with diseases as varied as autism, cancer and brain lesions are represented at the fundraiser. The Tapia family of West Jordan has a 3 year-old who began having seizures at four days old and after many tests, an MRI finally told them that she has a rare genetic disorder called Lissencephaly, which means that her brain is completely smooth. Doctors couldn’t tell the Tapia family how long Emma would live or how developed she could become. But so far, she has exceeded everyone’s expectations. “We can’t spend too much time worrying about the future or what if this happens, we have to just be in the day and in the moment or else we’d be a complete mess,” said Jaclyn Tapia. A friend who had participated told Tapia about the fundraiser and how it could be used to assist with medical and household bills. This

helps the Tapia family a lot because Emma has eight different specialty doctors and the family has a 7 year-old daughter who adores her little sister, who they’re trying to raise as normally as possible. “We put up a tent to come and hang out with us,” said Tapia. “We just enjoy the day helping raise awareness and funds for all of these are amazing kids.” Teams are also able to invite virtual runners and riders to participate and the funds go to them for those with family and friends not able to attend in South Jordan. “It brings tears to your eyes to see all of these bikers pull out one by one as they all go together down the road,” said Tapia. Children & the Earth raise funds and participate in charity work year-round but this is their biggest event of the year. “They need a fun-filled family day and something for everyone, toddlers to adults,” said Edmund. “It’s a huge fun day and it benefits so many kids in so many ways.” For more information about Children & the Earth and Ride the Brainwave, visit: https:// l

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Smiles, rides & high fives at SoJo Summerfest By Keyra Kristoffersen |

Angel Perez takes a whack at the carnival games. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Everyone loves the carnival at SoJo Summerfest. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Father and son giant slide time. (Keyra Kristoffersen/ City Journals)

Gabriel Munoz tests his strength. (Keyra Kristoffersen/ City Journals)

Meeting Spider-Man for the first time. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Kids of all ages enjoy the rides. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

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Duke Andrewsen takes on his cousin Elise Jensen to determine the winner. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

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Families test their resolve by petting a walking T-Rex. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals

The Ferris wheel is a time-honored tradition of the carnival and SoJo Summerfest. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Braydee, Jeff, Ryder and Colbee Worthington with their cousins, Jaron, Summer and Hannah Woolley hang with superheroes. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Showing off chalk art skills for the contest. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Alondra Morales and Mikkel Harris have a fun and wild ride. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

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ADA ramps, local shelters to receive bulk of CDBG funds

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A list of how the Community Development Block Grant funds will be distributed by South Jordan. (Courtesy South Jordan documents)


he South Jordan City Council unanimously approved $228,033 to be allocated to public services, infrastructure improvements and planning and administration. This money is authorized for 2018–2019, South Jordan’s seventh year receiving the annual grant. This comes from the annual disbursement of Community Development Block Grant funds, a federal program run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development since 1974. It aims to provide communities with resources to address community development needs. Of the almost $230,000 available, the largest portion, $150,033, is for ADA ramps around the city. David Mann, city planner, said many ramps around the city were found to be “out of compliance,” so this funding will replace those ramps. Planning and administration receives $44,000 (which has a 20 percent cap). Public services gets $34,000 that goes toward places such as homeless shelters and hospice care, a domestic violence shelter, legal support and food pantries. Public services can only receive 15 percent of the total funds. A committee made up of city staff review applications from various services before allocating money to various public services. This year included The Road Home, South Valley Sanctuary, Roseman University of Health Sciences, Utah Community Action, Legal Aid Society and the INN Between.

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“(We’re) grateful for the chance we have to partner with you,” said South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey during the June 5 city council meeting. “And we appreciate all the services that you provide to our residents here in South Jordan.” The INN Between, which provides hospice for the homeless, recently moved into a new 25-bed building. CEO Kim Correa told the city council they treated two South Jordan residents last year and expect to treat anywhere from three to six this year. Peggy Daniel of South Valley Sanctuary, a domestic violence victim shelter and services, said they expect to serve about 40 South Jordan residents in the next year, which she expects to cost about $60,000. She warned the number of victims are not decreasing. “Domestic violence victims are the highest subpopulation of our homeless,” she said. “We appreciate the funding you’ve given us in the past and continue to do so.” Other groups such as Roseman University (located in South Jordan) and the Legal Aid Society also expressed their gratitude to city officials for the grant money. City council members were happy to see Roseman University (which was not granted funds last year) included on the 2018–2019 list due to its location in South Jordan as opposed to the other services spread around the valley. A few councilmembers requested in future years that groups be required to demonstrate how city residents will be aided by such services. l

High school student band, Peanut Butter Octopus, wins first place in student category in SoJo Battle of the Bands. (Peanut Butter Octopus)


band of students from Riverton High School won first place and $3,000 competing in the student category of the SoJo Summerfest Battle of the Bands on May 31. “It’s just fun to be able to go out and be able to do our own thing with our own band and see that other people enjoy that as well,” said DJ Taylor, vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Peanut Butter Octopus. Taylor, bassist AJ Darbee and drummer Noah Hambleton all started out at Sandy’s School of Rock and began forming the band, eventually adding guitarist Ryan Bennett. The band was complete just in time to compete in the 2017 PTA Battle of the Bands, competed again in 2018 and now in the 2018 SoJo Summerfest Battle of the Bands. The band has had a difficult time defining their sound to anyone who asks because their influences are as varied as classical, metal, jazz, rock and pop.

“I could never put a definitive classification on it,” said Bennett. “It’s rock music but has influences from a lot of different places. The four of us are quite mutual but also diverse and scattered across the board.” Taylor, a Bruno Mars fan, is glad of the opportunity to mix their sound, taking jazz and pop songs and making them more rock and vice versa in order to make their music as accessible as possible. The band won with a set of five songs that included “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant, “R U Mine” by Arctic Monkeys, “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley, “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars and an original song called “Strawberries.” Peanut Butter Octopus plans to begin writing new songs and record a CD. They will also be playing at Riverton Days in the afternoon on July 4. l

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Don’t go chasing waterfalls; stick to fireflies By Amy Green |


hen it comes to Utah insects, a few on the easy-to-spot list would be grasshoppers, ants, wasps and boxelder bugs. Earwigs find a way to make a casual sashay up the walls here. Daddy long-legs seem to have a rockhound club in every valley window well. Mosquitos regularly perform a funky flash mob out on the lakes. Pill bugs hide smart and tight in our suburbia sidewalk cracks. Moths find their place of expiration in that common graveyard of sliding door tracks. We have our predictable Utah creepy-crawlies. But, don’t let the stink bug you accidentally squashed curb your wild creature enthusiasm. It’s a good time to see something new. There are luminous beetle characters showing up on the Utah scene—fireflies. They are a curious thing, flashing their creature rhythm of morse-style code. They are convincing many that there is more biodiversity to our state than we may think. Utah entomologists and insect experts have a proposition for local residents. Researchers can use our assistance for a firefly citizen science project. The Natural History Museum of Utah and BYU specialists have merged efforts to find and observe firefly populations, and they’re looking for help. To badly mis-quote a 1990s hit TLC song… “Don’t go chasing waterfalls.” Please stick to the wetlands and the mud that you’re used to, and help find fireflies. You can visit the citizen project details here: https://nhmu., where you can learn about these interesting beetles, submit sightings and view a firefly map of where people have observed them. The map has a spread-out selection of possible places to find them. The project can help offer clues of where more might be found. For those interested in experiencing creatures behind glass, there is a temporary firefly exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah. When asked whether fireflies are native or invasive to Utah,

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A large firefly sculpture lights up with the press of a button, at Natural History Museum of Utah (Amy Green/City Journals)

Christy Bills, entomology collections manager at the Natural History Museum of Utah, clarifies that fireflies are in fact, indigenous. “They’ve been here forever,” she said. “They’re not strong flyers. Once they’re in an area, they can’t move away from that area very successfully.” She explained how some people believe anecdotes of how their ancestors must have brought fireflies to Utah in a jar. It’s not common to spot a firefly though. “We don’t know about them, but farmers who go out to their pastures at night—they have known about them,” Bills noted. Just one firefly logged to the map gives a whole lot of data. There’s hope to find more and to involve resident scientists or even just outdoor enthusiasts to take on new purpose in their adventures. It could be a fun outing to search, find, get pictures

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of and actually log a firefly onto the community map. It’s likely that more firefly sightings would be in areas with wet reeds, near still waters and around wild corn dogs (cattails). These are the best places to spot them. Head toward muddy areas. “Swaner Preserve (Park City), Spring Lake (near Provo) and Nibley (Cache County) are three places to possibly see them,” Bills said. “But, you never know. I hate to say, ‘Go there, and you’ll see one.’ You can never shop the wild.” Go out during night-time hours, and it seems like one might want a headlamp and sturdy galoshes to go searching. If you go firefly spotting, remember to wear proper bug repellant, full coverage outerwear and choose a safe plan. Let others know where you’re going. These things are always best done in groups and with an adult. If you see fireflies, “Leave them alone,” Bills said. “We have the web farm (website above) for people to report that they’ve seen them. We never harm the population.” The few that are taken by scientists are kept in a specimen collection and used for important nationwide research. “They are not an endangered species,” Bills said. No one is going to have to give up their property for government scrutiny, or areas won’t become restricted if fireflies are spotted. Be careful not to trespass on others’ privacy though. Go firefly searching in public areas. Scientists are calling for those who enjoy a tiny species hunt to help communicate where a firefly has been seen. Even if we can only spot one—playing the fiddle, living inside a giant peach or eating its way through a wild corn dog. Each glowing firefly has loads of valuable information to offer us, with just one more dazzling dot on the map. l

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Handcuffed cities: The new transportation tax By Cassie Goff |


new $58 million sales tax will be implemented throughout Salt Lake County. It will be a quarter-cent tax (one cent for every $4 spent) with collection going toward transportation funding. Leaders of the cities and townships within the county had to decide whether to support this tax by June 22. Enough municipalities showed support and the tax could be implemented as early as next month. The state legislature has been trying to impose this tax for years. In 2015, Proposition 1 was on the general election ballot. After it failed, state legislatures went to work drafting a bill. In 2018, Senate Bill (SB) 136 was passed during the general legislative session. This bill allows counties to institute a local option general sales tax to fund certain transportation needs such as parking, trails, roads, sidewalks, public transit, park and rides, bus and rail service, and traffic and pedestrian safety features. Prop 1 During the 2015 election, voters had the option to vote on Proposition (Prop) 1. A quarter-cent sales tax would be implemented to fund transportation needs. The funds collected from that tax would be split: 40 percent to cities and towns, 40 percent to transit districts and 20 percent to the counties. For counties without public transportation, the split would exclude transit districts. Out of the 29 counties in Utah, 17 included Prop 1 on their ballot, including Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Davis, Duchesne, Grand, Juab, Morgan, Rich, San Juan, Salt Lake, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele, Uintah, Utah and Weber. Out of those 17 counties, 10 voted in favor of Prop 1. Salt Lake, the most populated county in the state, voted in opposition. Prop 1 failed in Salt Lake County with a 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent vote. After the election, it was widely believed by legislators and locally elected officials that corruption in the Utah Transit Authority was the primary reason Prop 1 failed. SB 136 Senate Bill 136 is a 222-page document, which amends 43 chapters of Utah Code, enacts 9 sections of Utah Code and repeals one chapter of Utah Code. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Wayne Harper and Rep. Mike Schultz. It underwent six substitutions while in session and was signed by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 22. The bill went into effect on May 8. This bill allows all counties in the state to impose a quarter-cent sales tax for transportation funding needs. Outlined in the bill were multiple options for counties and cities wishing to impose the new sales tax. Option 1: If a county imposes the quarter-cent sales tax before June 30, 2019, the county may keep all the funds collected during that first year to pay debt service or fund regionally significant transportation projects. By July 1, 2019, the funds collected from the tax are split, distributing 40 percent to cities and towns, 40 percent to transit districts and 20 percent to the county. (Sound familiar?) Additionally,

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SB 136 allows counties to implement a new sales tax. It also makes significant changes to the Utah Transit Authority governance. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

counties may impose a new local option sales tax by July 1, 2019, for transit capital expenses and service delivery. Option 2: If a county does not impose the quarter-cent sales tax before June 30, 2020, then cities within that county that have transit services can impose the tax with their city. At that point, cities have the option to impose the full quarter-cent tax, from which the funds collected would be distributed half to the city and half to the transit district within that county. Option 3: If the tax is not implemented by June 30, 2022, by a county or city, it expires. Giving counties and/or cities authority to implement new sales tax is not the only thing SB 136 does. It also increases state hotel tax, state vehicle rental tax, registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles and alternative fuel vehicle registration fees. A transit transportation investment fund was also created under this bill. The TTIF is a new fund with the Utah Department of Transportation for statewide transit capital projects. After July 1, 2019, funds collected from state sales tax will be transferred to this fund. The legislature may also appropriate revenue into this fund. By fiscal year 2019, $5 million is estimated to be in this fund. SB 136 also makes significant changes to UTA. Instead of 16 part-time members on the board, UTA will have three full-time members. An additional board, the Local Advisory Board, was created with nine members. All powers and duties of the boards have been adjusted. The Transportation Commission was included within the bill as well. The commission has been required to update criteria, proprieties, funding levels and capital developments. “In my heart of hearts,” Harper told the South Jordan City Council on June 5, “I believe that UTA is going to turn around and become far more responsive.”

Salt Lake County Since Salt Lake County residents voted against a sales tax in 2015, the Salt Lake County Council passed an ordinance leaving the decision to impose the quarter-cent sales tax up to the cities. Ordinance No. 1829 — Enacting Chapter 3.09, Entitled Optional Sales and Use Tax to Fund Highways and Public Transit — was passed on April 24. Final adoption of the ordinance took place on May 1. The ordinance was “enacted to provide a source of revenue to provide its residents with public transit and safe highways, and the council directs that the provisions hereof be interpreted and construed to accomplish this stated purpose.” The quarter-cent sales and use tax upon retail sales within the county was levied under this ordinance. However, it would only go into effect once “cities, towns and metro townships representing 67 percent of the Salt Lake County population…have adopted a resolution supporting the imposition of the sales and use tax.” This means a collective of cities and townships making up two-thirds of the county’s population must pass resolutions in support of the tax by June 22, in order for the tax to be implemented this summer. Which is exactly what happened. With the tax being implemented, money raised for transportation funds from this sales tax will equate to around $58 million countywide. Cities Cities within Salt Lake County’s jurisdiction include, Alta, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Murray, Riverton, Salt Lake, Sandy, South Jordan, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville, West Jordan and West Valley. Salt Lake County also includes the townships of Copperton,

Emigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna and White City. All the governing bodies for these municipalities have been discussing the tax and associated suggested resolution. Many city councils feel like their hands are tied. “As cities, we are fairly handcuffed with regard to how we are able to acquire new revenue,” said Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle during their discussion. “We are at the mercy of the state for these sorts of bones and crumbs, so when they throw them to us we are well-advised to take them.” In fact, cities were so well-advised to pass a resolution in support of the tax that the Utah League of Cities and Towns drafted and distributed a resolution where cities just had to fill in dates and names. Council members from many different cities were hesitant to show support to the resolution because of how their constituents voted on Prop 1 in 2015. “Two years ago when this went on the ballot, the voters turned it down,” said South Jordan Councilmember Patrick Harris. “People were campaigning against it. The county is asking cities to override residents’ votes.” “City council members are literally being bullied into overriding the will of their voters in order to have a piece of pie that the voters already spoke against,” wrote West Jordan Councilmember Zach Jacob in a Facebook post. Cities may get a bigger piece of that pie if they show support for the tax now. Now that the county can implement and collect this tax before July 2019, 100 percent of the funds collected from the tax go directly to the county. Since most of the transportation needs are city-specific, such as roads owned by various cities, cities would see almost all of that money back. “The county doesn’t have any roads, so that money will be distributed to the cities,” said Cottonwood Heights City Manager John Park. If the tax is imposed later than July 2019, the collected funds will be split: 40 percent will go to the cities, 40 percent will go to UTA and 20 percent will go to Salt Lake County. This means the cities would see less of the collected funds. Additionally, many councils are fearful that if they don’t pass a supporting resolution now, they may not see any money coming back to their city during the first few months of collection when the tax is imposed by the county. City Resolutions As of publication, six cities and three townships have passed resolutions in support of the county’s ordinance to impose the tax. Alta passed Resolution 2018-R-3, supporting the imposition of tax in 2018, on May 9. Holladay passed Resolution 2018-18 on June 7. Midvale passed Resolution 2018-R-25 on May 15. Millcreek passed its resolution on April 23. South Jordan passed Resolution R2018-19 on June 5. Taylorsville passed Resolution No. 18-

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16 on June 6. Townships Emigration Canyon, White City, Magna and Kearns have all passed resolutions in support of the county’s ordinance. Copperton is still discussing and has yet to act on a resolution. Sandy and Draper cities proved to be the deciding factors with their support pushing past the 67 percent threshold. Draper leaders supported the tax in a 4-1 vote on June 19 while Sandy leaders supported it 4-3 after extensive debate. Herriman leaders discussed the suggested resolution on June 6 and will take action on June 20 during their general meeting at 7 p.m. at the Herriman City Council Chambers at 5355 West Herriman Main Street. Murray City officials passed a resolution of support on June 5. Salt Lake City leaders reluctantly passed the resolution on June 12. South Jordan The South Jordan City Council voted 4-0 on June 5 to request Salt Lake County to impose the sales tax after hearing from Rachel Otto of the Utah League of Cities and Towns and Harper, the bill’s sponsor. Brad Klavano, city engineer, said these funds would go to improving roads like Old Bingham Highway and Bacchus Highway (8400 West). Other projects could include their participation in 10400 South possibly running underneath Bangerter Highway and pavement preservation. “We do have some big ticket regional transportation needs,” he said.


City Manager Gary Whatcott added connecting Grandville Avenue to Old Bingham Highway as another potential multi-million-dollar project. “The idea of this is not deferring the maintenance but staying ahead of the curb and getting as much life as we can out of the pavement that we put down,” Whatcott said. “So that our investment lasts as long as possible.” Mayor Dawn Ramsey supported the sales tax saying there was lots of “misunderstanding” around the issue. Ultimately, she said, this is the

mechanism put in place by the legislature to appropriate adequate funds to each city. “It seems a gross disservice to our residents to have us paying a tax that we do not get any benefit from,” she said. Harris abstained from the vote favoring a vote from the public. “This was voted on two years ago by the people and it’s my desire to let that vote stand,” he said. Travis Barton also contributed to this article. l

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Remember these safety tips during fireworks season

ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24 , Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country. 1. Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law. 2. Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks. 3. Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. 4. Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it. Just ask a friend who lost half his hair and needed to wear a hat/bandana for six months to protect his scalp.

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5. Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. 6. Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. 7. Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. 8. This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside. 9. Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns. 10. Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. 11. Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as

much. 12. Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. 13. Report illegal explosives. They ruin it for the rest of us. 14. Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they are securely indoors and have identification tags in case they do escape during a fireworks display. 15. Keep fireworks out of reach where curious children can’t get to them. High heat or damp air can damage the fireworks. The best place to put them is in a cardboard box in a high location such as a cabinet or shelf. 16. Last, but not least, make sure everyone using fireworks has safety glasses or goggles. l

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Third annual Eastlake Elementary art show attracts community By Julie Slama |


bout 1,000 students and their families walked through an arch of bright-colored balloons and into the school with multiple displays of 3,000 pieces of artwork at the third annual Eastlake Art Show. Students greeted guests, handing them student-designed programs and directing them both to the artwork and the live piano music also performed by student musicians. The show was a culmination of the year as art specialist Jackie Webster met with teachers to hear what students were learning about and how her curriculum could enhance their learning. “It’s part of the Beverly Taylor Sorensen grant where we integrate art into the core curriculum,” Webster said. “It reinforces what students are learning and at the same time, teaching them art skills and techniques and allowing them to explore and be creative.” Webster, who has gotten her ideas from other teachers throughout the district and state as well as at conferences, classes, workshops and online, then created lesson plans to tie into each grade level’s specific study. For example, second-graders used watercolor to learn about aspen trees during the seasons. “We read a book called ‘Sky Tree’ and talked about the different seasons and talked about how trees change through the four seasons,” she said. “Students learned perspective

as well as conceptualizing and refining their artwork while reinforcing their learning about earth science and space.” Second-graders also created animal collages after learning about their habitats and characteristics, which tied into both science and art curriculums. During the year, they also learned about positive and negative space using symbols where they identified symbols in the community from street signs to sports teams — and had to create its opposite, which tied into both art and social studies curriculum. Another example would be when sixth-graders created trading cards to reinforce their learning about moon phases and constellations in science and ancient civilizations in social studies. By using new methods in art — bleeding tissue paper technique as well as oil pastels, puffy paint and scratch art, they created 3D artwork that hung by strings decorating a hallway wall. Materials used for student pieces included watercolor, oil pastels, chalk, tempera, puffy paint, pen and pencil, permanent markers and creative approaches such as making paper collages from recycled books and magazines to create poetry. In kindergarten, students created bobble-head self-portraits. “They had to learn about facial expressions as well as create their own face and skin color,” Webster said. “They also created 2D and 3D

shapes using values.” First-graders learned about Georgia O’Keefe’s style of artwork and had a chance to create their own using the same techniques. “We zoomed in on flowers and looked at its size, shape and color, which challenged the students to look closer at what they are seeing,” she said, adding that they also created Starry Night artwork with chalk pastels and tried out shadow puppets. Third-graders tied in the science and social studies curriculum through making totem poles and sand paintings. “Third-grade studies Native Americans, so we learned the importance of their culture — folktales, music, stories told through totem poles, and art, such as sand painting and learned how we could represent those through our art,” Webster said. Third-grader Hailee Morten said she looked at pictures of different animals before she decided which ones to put on her totem pole and in her sand art. “The sand art was really fun to do,” she said. “I was able to learn to draw the animals I wanted and put them into my art.” In fifth grade, students used watercolor techniques to create their versions of the Mayflower, which then tied into their social studies, science, writing and art curriculum. Fifth-grader Daxton Nelson said it was more difficult than he thought.

Eastlake students showed their artwork that tied into their curriculum, such as this third-grader pointing out his habitat landscape silhouette, at the school’s art show. (Jackie Webster/Eastlake Elementary)

“It was harder blending the colors than anything we had done in the younger grades,” he said. “I like drawing and creating pictures, but with this, I was learning different techniques.” Webster said not only did the art show allow parents to appreciate their students’ art but also their learning. “Students are making connections and are being taught more skills while they are cementing what they’ve learned in class,” she said. “These can become skills that integrate with their learning through all their school years and beyond.”l

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South Jordan students test skills during school district’s Sports Day


lk Meadows sixth-grader Ramses Morales was looking forward to competing in his third Sports Day. “Last year, I got three third-place ribbons,” he said. His classmate, sixth-grader Kolton Bellon, said he liked the throw best, as he got a firstplace ribbon for his attempt last year. “It’s fun being on the podium at the end,” he said. “But I’m tired at the end. Still, I feel good when I see the ribbons hung up in my room.” Jordan School District’s Sports Day is an opportunity for students with disabilities to compete against their peers at the same level in their school and other schools across the district. The event is held at Herriman High, where these student-athletes may compete in “cross country” or a 1-mile run around a field, 50-meter dash, throwing softballs or long jump; however, this year, rain and lightning mid-morning moved a few competitions indoors and cancelled others. The day began with several cross country heats, including the first one, which was won by South Jordan Elementary sixth-grade teammates and best friends Julian Gomez and Anyinda Snow. “We talked about running, and if someone comes up on us, we needed to run faster and keep going,” Julian said. Anyinda said the goal was to be there for one another. “We decided to stick together and run it together,” he said. “I’m happiest when I do my best and hear people cheering.” Their principal, Ken Westwood, cheered them along the race and joked with them at the finish line. “I didn’t know if you’re allowed to smoke like that in school; you ran so fast, we needed an extinguisher,” he told them. Anyinda and his brother were adopted from a poor orphanage in Ghana, his parents said. “It was cinder block, and they slept on a foam pad on the dirt and had brown water to drink and went to school all in the same building,” his mother, Amy said. When they adopted the boys, they didn’t realize they had disabilities but knew they would be teaching them English. “We knew Anyinda was fast too, so he participated in the Riverton track program,” she said. “But when he got passed once, he sat down on the track and said, ‘just carry me.’ He learned then that he had to keep going if he wanted to get faster. In fact, back then, he’d do about anything for a hamburger, so we taught him to keep running if he wanted a hamburger.” Julian’s mother, Angela Quintanar, said her son was nervous about coming to a new school in a new state this year since he has some reading disabilities. “He’s just been so happy being in this class, and having a chance to participate in

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By Julie Slama |

South Jordan Elementary sixth-grade teammates and best friends Anyinda Snow and Julian Gomez were all smiles after winning medals for the “cross country” event at Jordan School District’s Sports Day. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Sports Day with his friends means so much,” she said. Classmate Bella Brown, who has autism and a mood disorder, won her heat a few moments later and exploded into smiles when her parents congratulated her. “We’ve run together a few times,” said her dad, John, who has completed the Wasatch 100 twice. Bella said that besides running, she likes riding horses, writing books about “unicorns, girls and trolls” and having a “secret drawer” where she puts her Sports Day mementos after her teacher, Kelli Sundell, displays all her students’ ribbons on a school bulletin board. “These kids are having the opportunity to experience glory, much like those in the Paralympics and Special Olympics get to race against their peers,” Sundell said. “They’re trying to do their best, but it’s for fun. If they don’t win, they’re OK with it.” Elk Meadows support unit teacher Casey Gressman agrees. “It’s fun for kids and gives them a chance to be successful,” he said. “We talk a lot about sportsmanship and accepting a loss.” At Golden Fields, teacher Jessica Sadler said that sportsmanship, physical fitness and inclusion are encouraged. “This helps to boost the kids’ confidence and allows them to see what they can do,” she said. “They’re getting a lot of cheering on.” At many schools, fellow students cheer

these student-athletes as music is played before they board the bus. “Our students gave them high-fives as they walked through the halls to ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and ‘We are the Champions.’ It brings our students together to show their support of one another,” Sadler said. Elk Meadows Principal Aaron Ichimura said he is proud of all the students who compete. “It’s fun to see the students outside of their normal school day and see them accomplish something,” he said. “It’s impressive to see how well they’re able to behave and willing to do their best.” Even with the turn of events due to inclement weather, students accepted the indoor competition, and many of them enjoyed having a picnic with friends on the gymnasium floor. Monte Vista fourth-grader Connor Marlow had just finished his competition for the day, which included first place in the long jump. “It’s really fun to see him excited and be successful,” his mother, Katy, said. “It’s a good way for him to meet new people and compete against others, and it’s more special to him since it’s his brother’s school.” That’s what Sports Day is all about, South Jordan’s Westwood said. “It’s about students walking, jumping and running on Cloud 9,” he said. “They just eat it up and glow all day.” l

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Lt. Gov. Cox answers questions, listens to students’ concerns By Julie Slama |


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Most of you don’t know what a lieutenant governor does; to be honest, I’m still figuring it out after four years,” Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joked with Bingham High government and political science students. “It’s not a job I ran for but was asked to do.” With making the students comfortable, Cox then detailed how he is trying to encourage more Utahns to become involved and vote in upcoming elections. “Why are voters apathetic?” he asked students, then pointed out that many of them will be 18 in November so they can register and vote. “If it were more competitive, then it would matter. However, in our state, most voters believe Republicans will win, and it’s those who speak out, are the ones that we listen to. You can really make a difference and change things with your voice.” Cox, who didn’t intend to become a politician, said “too many people get into office and can’t see that they need to solve the problems and leave. Instead, they focus on the one thing that matters: getting re-elected.” When students posed Cox the question whether he will run as governor, he responded, “My wife and I are thinking about it.” He credited her with helping him to decide to accept the lieutenant governor position. “She told me, ‘You can never complain about a politician again if you’re not willing to commit to making a difference yourself,’” Cox said. “So I cut my pay, changed my commute from two miles every day to 200, and have had time away from my family, but it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Everyone has a duty to give back, to make things better.” Cox said Utah is the fastest growing state in the country. “We usually are the No. 1 birth rate — your

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parents are all involved in that — and No. 9 in immigration. People want to live here for our strong economy and our beautiful place with five national parks and skiing. But we need to look at transportation and education and the fact that Utah is the second-driest state,” he said. With education, Cox said every year lawmakers “pass 100 bills on education that don’t go into effect until May, so they’re not implemented until fall and by January, they’re already working on the next 80 to 100, so they have no way of realizing if they’re effective.” By volunteering in schools and understanding issues better, state legislature could make a bigger impact, he said. Cox also pointed out that is where students, who are the experts in knowing what is needed in schools, could have their voice by expressing it to their state leaders. With air quality, he pointed out that the air is “much cleaner than it was 10 years ago.” “We have made huge strides and have become hyper-aware of the dangers of bad air,” Cox said. “We can’t change the inversion since we have mountains on both sides, but still the biggest place bad air comes from is cars and trucks. If we introduce all-new cars with tier-three engines and use tier-three gasoline, we’d make huge strides in our pollution reduction.” His vision for 20 years down the road: no car owners. “We’d ride share everything, and a solar or electronic car would pull up in front of your house and for $1, you’d get to where you’re going with the option of picking up another two people on your way,” Cox said. “Cars can talk to each other; it’s in our technology to do it, we just need to test it.” On a more personal issue, Cox told stu-

dents to look around and realize that many of their classmates in the room had contemplated suicide. “Sometimes, life sucks,” he said. “It does for me and can for you with pressures of homework, getting good test scores and a million other things going on. Many people who think of suicide think they are not alone. You are not alone, and it does get better. There is always someone you know, a trusted friend, a teacher and administrator, who really cares about you. I’m available; you can find me on twitter, Facebook or email. I’ll listen and able to help.” He also directed students to the statewide SafeUT electronic device app, which provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through texting and a confidential tip program. “We need to talk about mental health and not have it be a subject to hide anymore,” he said. “We have 3 million people who care, and if we all showed that, we could make a world of difference here in Utah.” Advanced Placement U.S. government teacher Carol Shackelford said she hoped the engaging conversation would get students excited about their future. “I hope they can see how they can be knowledgeable about issues and influential by using their voice and voting,” she said. Senior Turner Buschell admitted he didn’t know who Cox was beforehand but appreciated what he shared with students. “He answered our questions on bills about inland ports and clean air, to suicide and school safety and made sure we knew we could vote,” he said. “I’m intrigued about (some issues) and will read more so I can learn about them. I’ll probably talk to my senator to learn more.” l

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Bingham Dance Company, Ballroom Team emphasize teamwork, performance By Julie Slama |


s this year’s seniors were turning in their final paperwork, Bingham High School’s Dance Company and Ballroom Team were transitioning to next year’s squads. It is Bingham’s second year with its Ballroom Team. “We had so many students who were requesting it, and more Elk Ridge students came in and were passionate about it, so we added it,” teacher and director Gina Terrell said. Ballroom, like Dance Company, works on technique, expression and choreography. Both groups usually invite three to five guest artists each year to help choreograph dances as well as have students choreograph their own pieces, she said. “It is basically a year-round program with auditions in May, and then, with Dance Company, we jump into summer camp in June,” Terrell said. “Then, in the end of July and early August, we work on technique for three weeks, and our officers choreograph a routine we use for the opening show and our closing piece at the end of the year.” This past year, the Ballroom Team’s theme was “Lift,” and the Dance Company’s theme centered around the Greek word Meraki, which translates into doing something with creativity, soul or love and putting something of oneself in his or her work. The team’s last concerts bore the names of their themes. In Dance Company, senior Jessica Nash, with her teammate junior Ariana Marshall, choreographed “Cherish this World,” to “What the World Needs Now is Love.” “We showed images of the bad in the world — 9/11, kidnapping, suicide, gun killings — and then, at the end, how we can be a part of the uplifting through helping and service, to bring good to the world,” Nash said. “Ariana’s mom, who knew

someone who was in the crowd at the (Las) Vegas shooting, did the voice over, so it was quite moving.” Junior McKenna Spens choreographed a piece titled, “Unspoken Words,” and set it to the music, “The Sound of SiBingham High Ballroom Team is in its second year after student requests had the school make the course available. lence.” “It started with mouthing (Tonia Jacobs/Edge of Expression) the words on stage, then the mucertain for new members, but we quickly embrace one other.” sic started,” McKenna said. “Silence and people’s actions can In addition to school performances, the students also parsay so much more than words.” ticipated in the Dance Company Festival in Provo and traveled McKenna is returning to the team as an officer. together, touring San Francisco last March. “I’ve always wanted to join Dance Company; it’s been a “We took professional dance classes at the (Alanzo Kings) dream of mine,” said the dancer who began with ballet at age 3. Lines Dance Center, which helped us learn, and we had fun,” “When I came to a concert in ninth grade, I loved it and wanted said senior Abby McBride about the workshops in jazz, contemto join even more.” porary and African dance. Through the years, she, like many of her teammates, has The group also saw dance performances at the ballet and the learned tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance and has “Shrek” musical as well as explored Alcatraz, Chinatown, Muir learned to organize her time. Woods, Golden Gate bridge and nearby Santa Cruz boardwalk. “When there’s a break in dance, I’m doing homework,” she “We learned and bonded and have become best friends insaid. “I’ve learned not to procrastinate and to get things done, so side and outside the studio,” Ariana said. in the end, I have time to review and relax with friends.” The Dance Company already is planning to take workshops The team is close, as the members do several activities from at Disneyland next year, and the officers decided on their theme. decorating lockers, sleepovers, barbecues, swim parties, serving “It’s ‘Masterpiece: When love and skill work together, exthe Utah Food Bank as well as rehearse, perform and celebrate pect a masterpiece,’” McKenna said. “It represents who we are together afterward. and what we do and why we do it.” l “We’re best friends,” McKenna said. “It can be a little un-

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Mercedes-Benz of Draper Celebrates its Grand Opening To kick off the year, Mercedes-Benz of Lindon moved to Draper to settle into a new home. Now, they’ve cut the ribbon and hosted their grand opening. On Monday, June 18th, customers, friends, family and employees gathered together to celebrate a brand-new, world-class Mercedes-Benz dealership. With the new home comes a new name, and Mercedes-Benz of Draper is happy to announce that there is a new luxury in town. New and existing customers can take advantage of the dealership’s VIP experience, which offers an impressive variety of complimentary amenities—vehicle pick-up/delivery, flat tire repairs, car washes, and much more. The dealership looks to offer a first-class experience to parallel its first-class dealership. While the dealership may be new, the team at Mercedes-Benz of Draper is not. The combined average experience with Mercedes-Benz amongst management is 12 years, which assures the dealership is both dependable and well-versed in working with a top-tier luxury brand. The experience and passion the employees have for the brand and the customer is what has led to the store’s ultimate success. At the core of the dealership and its employees is the desire “To Be The Best Place To Work And The Best Place In Town To Do Business”.

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Photo Credit: Brent Asay / LHM Dealerships

The grand opening was reception-style and offered light refreshments and beverages to all those in attendance. Guests enjoyed speeches from Mercedes-Benz executives, Draper Mayor Troy K. Walker, and owner of Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Gail Miller. Mercedes-Benz of Draper is located at 11548 S Lone Peak Parkway.

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South Jordan Elementary Nutrition Manager receives national award By Jennifer Gardiner |


outh Jordan Elementary School Nutrition Manager Angela Allen was recently named the West Regional Manager of the year by the national, nonprofit School Nutrition Association. This award is considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can earn. It aims to recognize a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program. Allen puts in a lot of effort into making her cafeteria a fun, relaxed and welcoming place for students and staff members. She spends part of every lunch period out in the cafeteria talking to students, asking about their lunch, encouraging them to try new things and taking note of what they like or dislike. To form better connections with students, she tries to learn all of their names and include them in cafeteria activities whenever possible. After giving one class a recent kitchen tour, she provided hairnets and aprons and helped them make bread dough that they turned into pizzas and cinnamon sticks for lunch. Allen helped to promote her local SNA chapter’s charity basket raffle for the holidays, collecting items for anyone in need who works in the school nutrition program and has schoolaged children. In all, 14 families were helped, including 34 children and several other charities that serve students in her district. “Angela Allen goes above and beyond to

Angela Allen in her element in the cafeteria of South Jordan Elementary School. (Photo courtesy Jordan School District)

make sure her students’ best interests are always at the center of decisions,” said SNA President Lynn Harvey. “She’s a special nutrition manager, working tirelessly to ensure healthy, balanced meals are available for her students and that they feel welcomed in the cafeteria every day.” Allen and her staff are known for creating elaborate decorations, donning full costumes and playing music during themed lunch days. After organizing a morning visit from “Ace the Kitchen Elf,” breakfast participation nearly doubled. Bringing students healthy food and joy are her main objectives. She has served as a facilitator for “Team Up for Success” and a skills panelist at the state

SNA conference. Whenever she can, Allen enjoys sharing knowledge and experiences with colleagues in the hope that it can benefit others in the school nutrition field. “I did not set out to work in School Nutrition,” said Allen. “I received my Bachelor of Science degree in hotel administration, but when I found myself a single parent of twin boys, my dream of owning my own bed and breakfast changed to working at my boys’ school.” Allen said while she does not know for sure who nominated her, she was told it was a combination of her staff, the district supervisors and possibly someone from the state offices who attended the Legislative Action Confer-

ence with her in Washington, D.C. “What started as convenient employment soon became a passion,” Allen said. “As a mother, I appreciated a hot lunch being available to my kids at school, and when I started to work in the school nutrition department, the challenge of creating nutritional and appealing lunches gave me purpose.” Allen said the kids inspire and motivate her. “They deserve good meals, and when they have a full stomach they have better behavior and a greater capacity to learn,” Allen said. “In my small way, I want to help kids be successful and support educators. In turn, the community in which I live and raise my family will be better.” She admits the greatest challenges are negative stereotypes and regulations that go too far. “Each year the horror stories of poorly run nutrition programs make the news, but the majority that put out a great product and provide a needed service for our community get painted with the same negative brush,” Allen said. “We work hard to create meals that are nutritional and yet still appeal to kids. They only benefit from the food they actually eat.” In July, Allen will be honored during the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. l

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Bingham boys tennis wraps up season with sixth-place finish at state By Josh McFadden |


n a process that began after the 2017 season’s state tournament came to a close, the Bingham boys tennis team closed out this year’s campaign with a solid showing at the Class 6A state tournament. The Miners finished sixth at the tournament, held May 17–18 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. Facing some of the top players and teams in the state, Bingham totaled six points, one point behind co-fourth-place finishers Weber and Layton, and two points behind the thirdplace team, Pleasant Grove. Lone Peak scored 30 points to win the Class 6A crown. Bingham qualified six of its seven varsity players for the state tournament. Not bad for a youthful squad that entered the season with little experience. “I was very happy how we handled the pressure and the environment for such a young team,” said head coach Steve Peterson. “This was the first time many of our players qualified for state. All matches were very competitive, and they never gave up. One critical game in the third set of our first doubles match in the semifinals lasted about 30 minutes. I have never seen one game last that long.” First singles player Ethan Snow and third singles competitor Jeremy Christensen lost in the first round, but Peterson was pleased with their effort. “They played their best matches of the year,” he said.

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Austin Cox and Ben Crane took second place in second doubles at the Class 6A state boys tennis tournament May 17–18. (Photo by Jaelyn Moses)

On the first doubles side, freshman Josh Peterson and sophomore Cody White defeated a pair from Cyprus 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and then took care of Riverton’s first doubles tandem 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, they succumbed to Lone Peak’s entry in first doubles 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. That Lone Peak pair then won the state title in straight sets. In second doubles, senior Austin Cox and junior Ben Crane beat Herriman’s team in the

first round 6-1, 6-1 and then took out Weber’s team in the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-0. Cox and Crane then moved on to the championship with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in the semifinals over American Fork. The pair took second place when they fell to Alex Miller and Josh Weichers of Lone Peak 6-2, 6-3. “Both doubles teams did extremely well,” Steve Peterson said. “They were both in contention to win state.”

With the 2018 season behind him, Steve Peterson reflected on the year as a whole and is happy with his players’ performance. He knows each player has improvements to make, but he’s excited for the potential that lies ahead. “I think we had another good year,” he said. “We certainly have things to work on, but overall, I’m very pleased with how the boys competed.” Snow and White served as team captains this season, and they both return next year. White has competed at state consecutive years and has gained valuable experience. Crane and Christensen will come back as seniors for the 2019 campaign. Josh Peterson, Sam McCoy and Tate Pedersen will only continue to get better. The freshmen contributed significantly to the Miners’ cause this season. Steve Peterson said soon-to-be junior Jaxson Galli has also shown significant improvement each year he has been in the program. Based on the large contingent of returning starters and contributors, Steve Peterson has high hopes for next season. “I love to see the improvement in the team from year to year,” he said. “We have a lot of players working really hard to compete for those coveted varsity spots next year. We hope to finish higher in region and state next season.” l

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After winning region title, Bingham softball falls in state tournament By Josh McFadden |


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n Region 4 play, no one could touch the Bingham High School softball team. Things got a little more challenging at state. The Miners boasted an undefeated 12-0 mark in Region 4, beating out second-place Pleasant Grove by three games. The way the Class 6A state tournament started out, it looked as though the Miners might get through the postseason unscathed. Back-to-back opponents had other ideas. After defeating Syracuse 5-4 in the quarterfinals on May 22, Bingham fell to Herriman 8-2 on May 23. Herriman’s big break came in the fifth inning when it took a slim 3-2 lead and pushed it to 7-2 with four runs. Herriman added another run in the sixth inning while keeping the Miners at bay. Thanks to the double-elimination format of the state softball tournament, the Miners stayed alive and faced Syracuse the following day. At that point, Bingham players knew they had to win to continue their season. Syracuse had other ideas, however, quickly building a 4-0 lead in the second inning. Bingham held Syracuse scoreless the rest of the way but could only manage one run in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth in a tight 4-3 defeat. The Miners lost despite a brilliant game from Kenadee Moore, who smacked three home runs. It was three times as many as the senior had hit entering the contest.

Kennadee Moore lines a single to right field against Taylorsville in the second round of the state tournament. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Despite the earlier-than-hoped exit from state, Bingham accomplished much this season. In putting together an unblemished mark in league play, the Miners surrendered just eight while scoring an impressive 149. In all of its games this past season in putting together a 17-8 mark, Bingham gave up a mere 55 runs, just over two a game. The total was by the far the fewest in Class 6A and the least amount in the entire state. Bingham posted seven shutouts on the year and allowed more than four runs

just four times. Seven seniors on the varsity roster graduated this past season, including Moore, Jaydan Jensen and pitcher Nicole Wall, who went 10-4 on the mound and hit five doubles. The Miners are excited to bring back Aubree Hogan, who will be a junior next season. She led the team with six home runs during the 2018 campaign and also hit a team-high seven triples. Sidnee Hogan will only be a sophomore. She hit five doubles, two triples and a home run. l

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hat began as a way to provide more training and internal communication for Unified Fire Authority’s (UFA) emergency medical services (EMS) division has plans to venture into the public outreach realm. Roll Call Podcast was adapted as a forum for various UFA paramedic-training options developed when EMS Division Chief Wade Watkins, Captain Layne Hilton, and UFA paramedic Chris Middlemiss began bouncing around ideas regarding the annually required training for UFA’s paramedics. “Each year paramedics need to certify in advanced cardiac life support, and we rotate every other year for pediatric life support,” Watkins said. After some deliberation regarding the best way to get the message of Medical Director Dr. Kim Roland out to the department, as well as to encourage questions, Watkins and Middlemiss felt a podcast offered the best potential to create an open-forum dialogue. “I chose a couple street medics and an operations captain, and they could ask any question they wanted to,” Watkins said. “Having the medical director there to interact was phenomenal as far as the communication that happened.” Watkins said the level of outreach the podcast format allotted was significant, given the large size of UFA with 640 employees, including 200 paramedics.

“They could all hear the why (behind the procedure), they could hear the doctor’s mindset, and then the paramedics could get answers — and it worked,” Watkins said. The level of success reached from the first attempt at the podcast led to more possibilities, including case reviews to broaden the knowledge of positive outcomes throughout the EMS division. “Let’s say paramedics go on a call that rendered good results for a patient,” Watkins said. “We’re going to take those paramedics and talk to them, so our other practitioners can hear that, embrace it, and learn from it.” In addition to receiving firsthand feedback from division directors and in-the-field methods for success, Watkins explained how the podcast forum was beneficial as a means for expediting the learning process for new paramedics. For Watkins, the conversational style of a podcast also lends to a natural mode of learning through dialogue. “I love the conversation. It’s easy to (understand) a conversation where it’s okay to be wrong and learn from (that dialogue),” Watkins said. In addition to discussing training and community issues, Roll Call has recently started exploring micro-learning episodes, ranging from 10–15 minutes on topics such as drug of the month, which could serve as a tool for citizens

to understand community issues, as much as the intent for UFA education. While the majority of Roll Call podcasts at this time are geared toward furthering the education and training of UFA staff, the knowledge can also be used by civilians to better understand why UFA operates as it does today. It also provides lessons on both the successes and challenges facing the men and women charged with saving lives. In preparation for summer, Watkins has plans for a two-part episode covering wildland firefighting, in which he hopes to include not only best practices for local and national firefighters who tune in, but also address concerns of the average citizen. For individuals who prefer watching interview conversations, Watkins, Hilton, and Middlemiss recently started filming podcasts with a virtual reality (VR) camera, so viewers can feel as though they’re in the room and part of the conversation. The VR video recording of the fourth podcast — part 1: CVA, EMS review with 104A — is available to view on YouTube. The Roll Call Podcast is available for free on iTunes, under the category of “Science & Medicine,” for any civilians interested in better familiarizing themselves with UFA happenings. l

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n a short five years, Texas Roadhouse in Riverton has already made waves. Opened in 2013 at 12556 South Rhetski Lane in Riverton, Texas Roadhouse has the leadership in place to propel them to new heights.

Nick Smith, the Riverton restaurant’s Managing Partner, was nominated for the company’s Managing Partner of the Year in 2017 by Texas Roadhouse. Of the 500 locations across the country, Smith finished in the top 25. “We’ve only been open for a little over five years now so it was a pretty big accomplishment,” said Alisha Oliver, marketer for the Riverton location. Smith has covered every aspect of Texas Roadhouse in his 19 years with the company, starting as a dishwasher to now owning a restaurant. He arrived at the Riverton location in October 2013, taking the restaurant from its growing pains to overseeing incredible growth. As a member of the Riverton community as well, Smith can often be recognized at grocery stores by customers. Texas Roadhouse, who just celebrated its

25th anniversary, does all grassroots marketing with no national advertising. “It’s all about digging into the communities where we build and it’s all about building relationships in our community,” Oliver said. Those relationships are Smith’s passion, especially when it comes to schools be it donations or fundraising. Schools with no budgets to feed teachers can often find Smith either donating food or giving it at cost. “He always says, ‘we are money poor, but food rich,” Oliver said. Smith wasn’t the only leader to be recognized by Texas Roadhouse. Riverton’s service manager, Jaclyn Blain, was also nominated in 2017 as Service Manager of the Year. Oliver says Blain’s driven and passionate nature played a major role in the restaurant’s hiring and culture building. “It was just an honor for them to even be nominated and expect to see them again for sure,” Oliver said. “If we can make it on stage then we know we’re doing something right in the restaurant.” l

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t may be only six months since Angie Garcia opened Impact Strong, a kickboxing and fitness gym in South Jordan, but it’s been much longer since kickboxing probably saved her life. Garcia, 41, is an abuse survivor. But it took a long time before she punched and kicked her way free, literally. “I’ll tell you what pulled me out of it: kickboxing,” she said. “When I started kickboxing, I was in a very abusive relationship and that’s when I found my strength. That’s when I decided ‘I don’t need to put up with this.’” And now she’s hoping to pull others in the same direction. Her goal is to “help as many people as possible to prevent going through their lives being abused,” she said. Garcia is doing just that as the franchise owner of Impact Strong. Not only has she held her personal training certificate since 2012 and done fitness kickboxing for 15 years, Garcia has teamed up with a non-profit organization called Passionate Wings. Together they’re sponsoring threemonth memberships to Impact Strong for abuse victims/survivors. “Most people you talk to have been affected

by it, you just never know,” Garcia said. A seasoned fitness kickboxer, Garcia wanted to open a kickboxing gym and found the perfect one. “It has the kickboxing plus it has 30 minute high intenisity interval training (HIIT) classes,” she said. “That’s the thing I specialize in, it has both of the things that I love combined so that’s why I chose this franchise.” The gym’s kickboxing features unique aerobic and anaerobic interval workouts that shred and burn body fat for up to 48 hours post-workout. Impact’s kickboxing is great for fitness, self-defense, cardio fitness and muscle toning. HIIT fitness classes are available morning, noon, afternoon, evening and weekend times.

Classes are self-paced, so all shapes and sizes fit in. Training involves kettle bells, impact strikers, battle ropes, body weight exercises, sandbags, PRIMAL7 (combination of suspension straps and resistance bands) and the best fitness practices. Best of all, classes are only 30 minutes instead of one hour. “That’s what the women there like,” Garcia noted. “They’re like ‘I don’t have a lot of time and 30 minutes is perfect for me. Get in, get it done and go.’” For those looking for a challenge, Impact Strong also offers all-out classes which combine both kickboxing and HIIT workouts into one 60-minute total fitness gauntlet.

While participants can find visible benefits in their newly toned body, the advantages don’t stop there. Garcia said many women with depression or anxiety tell her the classes have “greatly helped” and “their family and friends are all noticing it.” “Their mental health has improved,” she said. Impact Strong opened December 18 at 3586 West 9800 South. While the opening was “scary” at first, Garcia said it’s growing quickly. When it comes to the well-being of her members, it doesn’t matter if it’s abuse, depression or anxiety; Garcia is here to combat it. “I just want to empower them, because I never had that.” l

Don’t go chasing waterfalls; stick to fireflies By Amy Green |


hen it comes to Utah insects, a few on the easy-to-spot list would be grasshoppers, ants, wasps and boxelder bugs. Earwigs find a way to make a casual sashay up the walls here. Daddy long-legs seem to have a rockhound club in every valley window well. Mosquitos regularly perform a funky flash mob out on the lakes. Pill bugs hide smart and tight in our suburbia sidewalk cracks. Moths find their place of expiration in that common graveyard of sliding door tracks. We have our predictable Utah creepy-crawlies. But, don’t let the stink bug you accidentally squashed curb your wild creature enthusiasm. It’s a good time to see something new. There are luminous beetle characters showing up on the Utah scene—fireflies. They are a curious thing, flashing their creature rhythm of morse-style code. They are convincing many that there is more biodiversity to our state than we may think. Utah entomologists and insect experts have a proposition for local residents. Researchers can use our assistance for a firefly citizen science project. The Natural History Museum of Utah and BYU specialists have merged efforts to find and observe firefly populations, and they’re looking for help. To badly mis-quote a 1990s hit TLC song… “Don’t go chasing waterfalls.” Please stick to the wetlands and the

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mud that you’re used to, and help find fireflies. You can visit the citizen project details here:, where you can learn about these interesting beetles, submit sightings and view a firefly map of where people have observed them. The map has a spread-out selection of possible places to find them. The project can help offer clues of where more might be found. For those interested in experiencing creatures behind glass, there is a temporary firefly exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah. When asked whether fireflies are native or invasive to Utah, Christy Bills, entomology collections manager at the Natural History Museum of Utah, clarifies that fireflies are in fact, indigenous. “They’ve been here forever,” she said. “They’re not strong flyers. Once they’re in an area, they can’t move away from that area very successfully.” She explained how some people believe anecdotes of how their ancestors must have brought fireflies to Utah in a jar. It’s not common to spot a firefly though. “We don’t know about them, but farmers who go out to their pastures at night—they have known about them,” Bills noted. Just one firefly logged to the map gives a whole lot of data. There’s hope to find more and

to involve resident scientists or even just outdoor enthusiasts to take on new purpose in their adventures. It could be a fun outing to search, find, get pictures of and actually log a firefly onto the community map. It’s likely that more firefly sightings would be in areas with wet reeds, near still waters and around wild corn dogs (cattails). These are the best places to spot them. Head toward muddy areas. “Swaner Preserve (Park City), Spring Lake (near Provo) and Nibley (Cache County) are three places to possibly see them,” Bills said. “But, you never know. I hate to say, ‘Go there, and you’ll see one.’ You can never shop the wild.” Go out during night-time hours, and it seems like one might want a headlamp and sturdy galoshes to go searching. If you go firefly spotting, remember to wear proper bug repellant, full coverage outerwear and choose a safe plan. Let others know where you’re going. These things are always best done in groups and with an adult. If you see fireflies, “Leave them alone,” Bills said. “We have the web farm (website above) for people to report that they’ve seen them. We never harm the population.” The few that are taken by scientists are kept in a specimen collection and used for important nationwide research.

“They are not an endangered species,” Bills said. No one is going to have to give up their property for government scrutiny, or areas won’t become restricted if fireflies are spotted. Be careful not to trespass on others’ privacy though. Go firefly searching in public areas. Scientists are calling for those who enjoy a tiny species hunt to help communicate where a firefly has been seen. Even if we can only spot one—playing the fiddle, living inside a giant peach or eating its way through a wild corn dog. Each glowing firefly has loads of valuable information to offer us, with just one more dazzling dot on the map. l

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he telltale BOOM goes off, followed by several more bursts, and then a series of fireworks flash into the sky. Every 4th and 24th of July, crowds come from far and wide to witness one of dozens of fireworks shows that light up the Salt Lake Valley. Behind the scenes, it’s a very different picture. “I think of it as painting a canvas,” said Lantis Fireworks salesman and licensed Utah pyrotechnician Jeffery Ott. “And I have the sky to paint on.” Lantis Fireworks produces some of the major fireworks productions in the Salt Lake Valley, including the popular Salt Lake City and Sandy City fireworks shows. Each of those 15–20 minute fireworks displays take hours of work to organize the performance, set up fireworks connections, coordinate with local fire marshals and ensure safety. Organizing One of the most prominent shows in the Salt Lake Valley is the one where hundreds of fireworks shoot off the roof of the Sandy City Hall every 4th of July. Months beforehand, Lantis Fireworks coordinates with Sandy City officials to decide how long the show will be, how close viewers can get to Sandy City Hall and still be safe and what music will help time out the display. In the background of almost every fireworks show are carefully timed pieces of music stitched together, to which the fireworks are choreographed to match tempo. “When you’re playing the Star Spangled Banner, you’re not shooting pow pow pow, you’re shooting one shell, then another,” Ott explained. “You want your shells in the air to match the music. The music really dictates what you see.” This year, it won’t just be music. Sandy City is partnering with FM radio station Z104 to broadcast the music, along with recordings of service members’ wives talking about them coming home. “We try not to make it just about things exploding. The ending has always been spectacular — we don’t expect anything less this year,” said Mearle Marsh, community events director for Sandy City. Marsh says this is the second year Sandy City will have fireworks discharged from the roof of the Sandy City Hall. “It’s a challenging location but it makes for a really beautiful setting for the fireworks,” he said. Lantis Fireworks and Sandy City officials have big plans for this year’s fireworks display. There’s the “cake” fireworks: multi-shot aerial fireworks that make a rapid staccato burst of noise during the show. Then, in the Sandy City show, there’s the three-inch shells that light up the night sky with a big boom, then two combine to create the overall, bigger fire-

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(Courtesy Lantis Fireworks) Lantis Fireworks sets up fireworks to be discharged at the 2017 Sandy City fireworks show.

works display. By using a mix of colors and matching several different types of shells to music, a pyrotechnician can create an amazing fireworks show for viewers. Pyros This term may sound like a dangerous person with fire, but for fireworks, it’s the exact opposite. “Think about a conductor conducting an orchestra — that’s what a pyro does; they’re part conductor and part magician,” Ott said. Lantis Fireworks’ pyrotechnicians go through extensive training before they can even touch one of the production fireworks. According to the state of Utah regulations, pyrotechnicians — or pyros for short — are required to work on at least three fireworks shows and go through extensive safety training. Once these requirements are met, a potential pyrotechnician can then take a test to get a license that would allow them to legally shoot off production-quality fireworks. “Production is a 1.3G fireworks classification. The stuff that your neighbors are doing, that’s consumer grade, that’s 1.4G. It’s measured on gram weight per item. Consumer is supposed to be safer, less gunpowder,” Ott explained, but cautioned that “all fireworks are explosives.” And all that training is necessary. At every show, there are fire marshals, firefighters and other emergency experts on hand in case something goes wrong. Safety “We’re attempting to put explosives in the air in a safe manner,” Ott said. Safety is the number one priority for Lantis Fireworks pyrotechnicians, Ott said. “We take every possible safety precaution from the time they’re loaded onto the truck up until the point we shoot them, and even while we’re shooting them,” he said. “Because the truth of it is, if you’re lucky and something bad happens, you’ll lose a finger. If they don’t get lucky, they get dead. You have to think like a fire marshal. Safety is always your first priority.” Ott remembers a few years ago during a Lantis production in the Salt Lake Val-

ley, and there was a wind shift. “When a shell goes off, it doesn’t just go up into the air; there’s often some fiery debris that comes out of the mortar tube along with the shell,” he said. “We had some fiery debris that blew over and two-thirds of the way through the show, it prematurely ignited part of the finale (fireworks). So some of that ‘boom boom boom’ started going off much sooner than it was supposed to.” There are specific rules governing major production-style fireworks displays. For every one-inch shell used in a fireworks show, viewers have to be kept at a distance of 70 feet in radius from the firework discharge zone. This means at the Sandy City Hall, when Lantis Fireworks uses three-inch shells to light up the night sky, nobody except for the licensed pyrotechnicians and safety personnel can be within 210 feet in any direction from the roof of the Sandy City Hall where the fireworks are set off. Local fire officials will be on hand at these major fireworks displays. Salt Lake City Fire spokeswoman Audra Sorenson said they prefer it when Utahns visit the fireworks shows instead of setting off their own fireworks, because it’s much more safe. “Going to a fireworks display that’s sponsored by a city or company is ideal for us. They work hand-in-hand with the city to make sure the location, the display and conditions are ideal so that they’re discharged properly,” Sorenson said. “We can work hand-in-hand with those shows’ teams to make sure it’s a safe fireworks display.” Set up For a 20-minute show, it can take a team of pyrotechnicians 10–12 hours to set up the fuses, tubes, electronics and fireworks for the display. “You have to wire in every shell by hand. Then if it’s choreographed, every shell has a specific place it has to be wired in,” Ott said. But when it’s done right, you end up creating a lasting and memorable experience for everyone watching. From young children who’ve never seen a fireworks show, to the people who never miss a fireworks show. “Our whole goal is the ooh, ahh, wow,” Ott said. “That two-three seconds of silence between the last shell going off and thunderous applause that often follows a show… is beautiful.” If local residents are planning to set off their own fireworks, there’s a map showing restricted areas: https://slcfire. com/fireworks/ For the month of July, fireworks can legally be discharged July 2–5 and July 22–25. l

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The Miners baseball team defeated local rival Riverton to win the 6A state baseball championship. (Photo courtesy Kerry Stevens)


nlike most sports in the high school ranks, the state baseball tournament gives teams a second chance to stay alive. The Bingham Miners appreciated that this past season. The Miners defeated Riverton 9-0 on May 25 to win their 22nd state championship and the first 6A crown in the first year of the classification. The victory came just hours after Riverton had blanked Bingham 7-0, setting up a winnertake-all game in the finals. Bingham used a huge six-run third inning to put some distance between itself and Riverton. The Miners added a pair of runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to account for their scoring. Meanwhile, solid pitching from Derek Soffe and strong fielding kept Riverton off the board in the shutout triumph. The Miners had 13 hits to just five for Riverton. Noah Wallick hit a home run, while Camden Snarr, Brandon Thomas and Joey Dixon each hit doubles. The championship-clinching win was a far cry from the previous game when Riverton ran roughshod over the Miners. In that contest, Riverton outhit Bingham 13-3. The Miners also had three errors in the game. Riverton built its lead gradually, picking up a run in the second, two in the third and three more in the fourth.

The Silverwolves added its seventh run in the final inning. The Miners were otherwise dominant at state. In the four games leading up to its loss against Riverton, they never allowed more than two runs and scored in double figures each time. Bingham’s closest game before the finals was a 10-2 win over Region 1 champion Davis in the quarterfinals. The team also routed Weber 11-1, Copper Hills 15-1 and American Fork 13-2. Overall, Bingham finished the season with a 21-10 mark. Five of those losses came against out-of-state teams, including four in the National Classic in Placentia, California, the first week of April. In a very challenging Region 4, the Miners went 10-2 to come in first. Several players had standout seasons for Bingham. Soffe was excellent on the mount, going 9-1. He also hit three doubles. Nick Burdette hit four home runs, four doubles and a triple, while Thomas had seven doubles, a triple and a home run. Nick Stevens hit four doubles and four triples. The Miners lost some firepower from this year’s squad, including Soffe, Thomas, Snarr and Wallick all graduated. But Bingham will also welcome back some underclassmen who contributed to the team’s success. l

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At the end of the school year, Paradigm students competed in their annual chalk art festival. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


t the end of Paradigm’s 10th year in South Jordan, students, teachers and administrators at the school had reason to celebrate: the choir recently performed in Washington, D.C. with Mormon Tabernacle organist Andrew Unsworth; the orchestra was recognized as one of the best in state and ninth-graders; and seniors took part in the symbolic annual lantern ceremony. The 500 students also concluded the year with some challenging non-traditional skills and talents to showcase in a ducttape fashion show, a chalk art festival and a Dutch oven cook-off, where winners were announced at the annual art show, which had the theme of “My Tangible Soul.” “Every year, Paradigm has a chalk art festival and Dutch oven cook-off,” administrator Mark Jones said about the May 10 events. “Both of these are competitions where the winners are decided by the rest of the student body.” Jones said that after students sign up to participate, they spend the morning either creating chalk art on the squares of the sidewalk or cooking in Dutch ovens. Then, classes come out and vote on the winners for the chalk art competition, and those who want to can pay $5 and try all the Dutch oven entries and vote on their favorite as well. In the chalk art festival, the students were learning how to use a grid to execute their design in an 8-foot-by-8-foot square, art mentor Melissa Chipman said. Juniors Hannah Seeley and Ammon Bowman teamed up with sophomore Nyah Richards to create their chalk art piece, which is based on the quote “Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of the fire.” “The quote is on the stairs in the

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school,” Hannah said. “Our candles represent the passionate ideas and the mentor (what Paradigm calls its teachers) here sharing the passion amongst scholars (or students).” Nyah said the group sketched their ideas before getting out the chalk. Although she has only had one art class, she said the idea of working with chalk is similar to those of art class. “We blended colors like when use colored pencils,” Ammon said, adding that through bouncing ideas with one another, they were able to become more creative. Seventh-grader Ellie Gibbons was creating her artwork titled, “Mend My Broken Heart.” “I love chalk art, so with the art theme of ‘My Tangible Soul,’ I wanted to focus on the emotions of people when they fall in love and portray that in my art,” she said, adding that nearby, her sister, sophomore Janey Gibbons, was creating a dragon’s eye. Junior Lily Kirkham also was working independently after her cousin, with whom she teamed up in previous years, decided to try her hand with the Dutch oven competition. Lily was drawing hair on a female with blue chalk. “It represents releasing ourselves in this world and how it can be a relief to let go,” she said. At the annual Dutch oven festival, 14 teams of two students got parental permission and their recipes approved by mentor David Crowley, before taking part in the competition. “I held a mini-class after school for those who were interested, but many have families who cook with Dutch ovens, so they have some knowledge,” he said. “I

hope they are learning to cook in a Dutch oven and trying something new, which is good. They’re learning to ask questions and solve problems as they cook. One team added too much milk and were going to pour it off and start over, when I asked what they would do if they were camping and didn’t have more milk. They came up with another method, which is a good skill and similar to finding solutions to life lessons.” The Dutch oven dishes ranged from macaroni and cheese and brownies or campfire nachos and monkey bread, to jambalaya and blackberry cake, and creamy chicken tortellini soup and s’more cake. Seniors Anne Tolman and Claire Gardner were competing for the first time. “Every year this happens, and we say we’ll do it, but we never have until now,” Tolman said.“It’s the time to do it since we’re seniors,” Gardner added. The two used a curry recipe they found in a cookbook and Tolman’s uncle’s recipe for rolls. “Cooking with a Dutch oven isn’t as scary as I thought,” Tolman said. Eighth-graders Dallin Thornton and Ethan Lloyd made hobo stew, quesadillas and peach cobbler. “I’ve made quesadillas before but not on a Dutch oven lid,” said Ethan, who had his brother Connor compete as a sophomore. “I learned how quickly they cook. It’s a good experience learning how charcoal heats cast iron.” Crowley said the event, which also combined with belated Cinco de Mayo activities and an open mic, was a tradition. “It’s our version of a field day, and it’s all about having learning and is just fun,” he said.l

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chool’s out for summer! Here’s a list of free events and activities to keep monotony out of the month of July. Festivals! Cities all across the valley host activities and events to celebrate our independence. Draper, Murray, Riverton, Salt Lake, South Salt Lake, and Sandy all hold their own celebrations for the Fourth of July. Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, and Holladay celebrate Pioneer Day with multi-day festivals and concerts. For more information on these festivals, refer to the Summer Festival Guide in the latest edition of the City Journals. Sandy will be hosting a balloon festival on August 10-11 at sunrise at Storm Mountain Park. These festivals highlight the magic of hot air balloons. Farmers Markets were quite the rage last year, with over 30 to choose from. On July 11, the Sugar House Farmers Market will be at Fairmont Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On July 14, check out the Sunnyvale Farmers Market in Midvale from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. It will include a food pantry, free lunch and activities for kids, and music. Don’t miss one-night free events like: the Parade of Raptors presented by HawkWatch on July 9, at the Salt Lake Public Library Riverside Branch from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.



On July 13, Trivia Night will be held at the Leonardo. Up to six people can sign up to be a team, or go solo! On July 10, the Local Author Showcase continues at The King’s English Bookshop. Jared Garret will introduce his new book, “Usurper.” On July 18, Yappy Hour will be at Fairmont Park. There will be an offleash play area for the dogs, and music, beer, and food trucks for the humans. On July 21, the Indian Food Fair will be held at the Gallivan Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presented by Bollyfood lunch, there will be live entertainment, ethnic shopping, and of course, food! On July 28, Mindy Dillard will lead a songwriting workshop for teens ages 12-18 at the Salt Lake Public Library Sprague Branch, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Many free series-styled events will be held. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the Gateway will host Yoga on the Plaza in the Olympic Plaza. Shopping and food options will be available after yoga. July is Pacific Island Heritage Month. On the 28th, their annual KickOff will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sorenson Multicultural Center. This event has entertainment and activities from nine Pacific Island countries.

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Life and Laughter—Girls Camp



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hat do you get when you have 25 teenage girls camping in tents? A motive for murder. I’m convinced every crazed serial killer roaming a summer camp, was once a mild-mannered camp counselor hoping to teach peace, love and kindness to a herd of snarling 15-year-old girls. While men can plan a Scout camp over a 4-hour Call of Duty session, women meet for months to plan an inspirational and life-changing camp that every single girl will whine through. Leaders schedule dozens of meetings to choose the theme (Let’s Get Dirty!), create the menu (Fun With Tofu!) and decide on the camp color (glittery unicorn pink). Once those main decisions are finalized, the real job begins: planning hours of activities to teach young women the importance of a) nature, b) bonding and c) indoor plumbing. An ordinary day at young women’s camp can look something like this: 6 a.m.—Flag ceremony and motivational singing 6:15 a.m.—Breakfast/clean-up/ inspirational stories/singing 9:00—Nature hike/Identify native plants/singing Noon—Lunch/Clean-up/singing 1:30-3:30—Glittery art project to

encourage sisterhood/singing 3:30-5:30—Journaling/free time/ singing 5:30-8:00—Dinner/clean-up/ singing 8:00-10:00—Campfire/uplifting stories/singing 10:30—Lights out/quiet singing An ordinary day at young women’s camp actually looks like this: 6 a.m.—Leaders go from tent to tent, waking up girls who spent the night vaping in the woods. No singing. 7:48—Quick flag ceremony followed by burned oatmeal, cooked in a Dutch oven. Inspirational stories interrupted by young women fighting because someone’s journal is missing and, “I know it’s you, Jessica, because you’re such a $#*$&!” Girls are ordered to get ready for the day. 11:17—Hiking! But everyone’s waiting for Angela to finish curling her hair with her butane curling iron because she will NOT be seen looking like a hillbilly in case she runs into lumberjacks wandering through camp. 2:25—Having been chased by a moose, the hikers are now lost and trying to figure out how to get cell service in the middle of the Wasatch Mountains. Leaders consider making a break for it, leaving the girls to wander the wilderness forever. No singing.




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4:58—Leaders have bagged the art project and journaling, and have moved onto the dinner part of the program. Girls are napping in various locations and refuse to help prepare any meal. Leaders consider a mass poisoning but decide against it because they’re too tired. 8:20—Dinner is finally served. The girls are STARVING and complaining that dinner wasn’t ready hours ago. A few girls half-heartedly sing two camp songs before everyone sits and stares into the campfire. Someone is crying. It’s one of the leaders. 11:45—Girls are told to stop talking because people are trying to sleep. Someone is singing. 1:35 a.m.—The girls are told, for the millionth time to, “Shut the $%&$ up or I’m going to dismantle your tent and you can sleep under a tree!!!” 4:17 a.m.— Everyone is crying. 6:30 a.m.— Someone asks when breakfast will be ready.


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