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nitially, Bingham High teacher and career and technical education coordinator Pepper Poulsen admits she was scared. Now that she’s into the groove, she’s super excited. “I initially didn’t know what I was fully getting into but knew I needed help getting me going to be healthy,” Poulsen said about her application into the 2018 My Heart Challenge, which gives her a chance to compete against
13 other high school teachers in the Salt Lake Valley in an effort to strengthen her heart health and reduce her risk of developing heart disease. “It’s gotten me motivated to improve my health and teach my family first and then share what I’ve learned with the school,” she said, adding that she packs healthy snacks and a lunch daily now. “I’ve been on every diet under the sun, but I wanted to make a lifestyle change
to be healthy. We don’t always eat healthy. We eat a processed dinner or fast food, but now I know I’ll make time to prep dinner ahead of time and have everything ready to go to cook. I’m learning how a busy, working mom does all this for herself and her family.” Poulsen also has been using her treadmill, watching movies on Amazon as she gets in her steps in the evenings Continued on page 5...
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outh Jordan City is one of the fastest-growing and developing cities in Utah, so when Verizon ranked it sixth in its list of “50 Best Small Cities to Start a Small Business,” it made it all that much more attractive to not just live and play in but evidently to build your business in. South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey said the city is a rapidly expanding city with a proven track record of innovation and creativity, delivering outstanding services to their residents and visitors. “Being named by Verizon as the sixth best city to start a small business is a tribute to the hardworking businesses in the area, the city of South Jordan and the state of Utah,” said Ramsey. “Businesses in South Jordan have access to capital to grow and expand, and a city and a state government working hard to keep regulation to a reasonable level while striving to have the flexibility allowing us to compete in the global business environment.” Ramsey said city leaders are honored to receive this ranking and will continue to work with their businesses to progress and to face future challenges as they come. Many people around the world consider the U.S. to be the ideal place to start a new business. There has been a surge of self-made billionaires across all industries within the U.S. Hearing about their humble beginnings can inspire people. The U.S. does not show any signs of slowing down, and Verizon officials said because we are the “land of opportunity,” it’s unfair to only crown major metro areas across the country as the best places to find it. Verizon used various data to compile its list of 50 cities from across the country. Indicating that smaller cities do not normally get the recognition they deserve and are often overshadowed by larger U.S. cities. They believe finding the “quiet” place in a busy world can often help small businesses succeed. When it came to finding the right cities to do its research, Verizon representatives gath-
South Jordan City was named one of the best places to start a small business, like the several found in the South Jordan Towne Center. (City Journals)
ered data from nearly 300 cities across the country and measured them based off certain factors that make them unique and attractive for those reaching for a piece of the American dream. The city had to fall between 50,000 to 75,000 people to be considered a “small city.” Education was also a factor. Verizon officials looked at those over the age of 25 who had obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. Verizon representatives said South Jordan has a decent work travel time of 25 minutes (average total travel time it takes working individuals 16 years and older to reach work from their residences every day) and an average income that reflected the city’s workforce being paid fairly and labor costs still being manageable for employers. Verizon also looked at factors such as cities with accessible internet running at speeds of at least 10 Mbps download time and 1 Mbps upload time. Loans per capita was also a determining factor as well as tax scores. Since new busi-
nesses struggle to get started without a business loan, they factor how easy it is to get one. “The tax and loan outlook in the city is far from dismal as well; Utah is known for its affordability, and the large outdoor industry lends adventure and versatility to the local economy,” said the report. “Utah has backpacking in the summer and skiing in the winter.” And since lower taxes provide a better environment to establish a new business, Verizon accessed the Tax Foundation’s 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index and determined how tax-friendly each city they researched proves to be. Verizon officials said South Jordan is becoming a booming tech industry hotspot, with software companies growing from the “seeds of startup ventures into impressive enterprises.” The three other cities that made the list were Logan, which came in at 20; Lehi, at 34; and Taylorsville made it at the No. 50 spot. According to Verizon, the four Utah cities represent the top 16.6 percent across the nation. l
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Continued from front page... after working and supporting her three children after-school in competitive soccer. “It’s ‘me’ time, and I’ll be consistent in logging in my time,” she said. “I’d like to add in weight-resistance machine as well. I’d like to change the culture in our school, from adding more healthy snack options at faculty meetings to integrating the challenge with our HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) students and their competitions.” During the 100-day contest, teachers receive individual coaching and counseling from the heart specialists at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, from exercise and diet to counseling and cardiologists. They meet for seven nutrition classes as well as a dietician at a grocery store, they log their exercise and fitness and are tested for blood pressure, weight, body fat and other health markers. Through the challenge, teachers will record their progress on social media and invite their school to participate alongside through special projects. The winning teacher will receive $1,000 earmarked for the school, said Jess Gomez, challenge organizer. “We did this program with elementary principals a few years ago, and their school activities ranged from a walking program during recess to a scavenger hunt involving all the grades,” he said. In addition to elementary school principals in 2013, the challenge, in its sixth year, has reached city mayors, firefighters, families and nonprofit organization employees. Physician Assistant Viet Le said teachers were selected intentionally. “These teachers are like principals, role models for students and the community,” he said. “We want them to be healthier and then share with other teachers and students and their families to enhance fitness and healthy lifestyles. Our goal is to reach the entire school and community.” Le said the heart challenge is more than just correcting lifestyles. “It’s about prevention,” he said. “We want to keep patients out of the hospital and to have an active part in their health care. We want them to lead a healthy life first and foremost.” Herriman High School teacher and coach Dan McLay said being a role model for his students was part of his motivation for applying to participate in the challenge. “I try to be an example for kids in everything I do, and this was a way I could show them we should look at what we eat, not stay up late playing video games, but to take an active approach to our health,” he said. Before the challenge, McLay lost 77 pounds on his own before hitting a plateau. “On the email that was sent, I saw it was a good opportunity to learn new ways of eating, working out and changing habits. I’ve cut out most soda pop, watched my sugar intake and cut down my portions, but I’m learning more
now,” he said, adding that after breaking his back nine years ago on a four-wheeler and reinjuring it in a car accident, he was sidelined and gained weight. “I’ve always done strength training, but now I’m doing more cardio — stationary bike and elliptical machine.” Those changes in his life, McLay would like to share with students — not only on social media “the medium kids use” — but also with introducing a student club, “Healthy Living Club.” He also wants to review foods served at the cafeteria to implement healthier foods, if necessary. As coach of the baseball team, McLay has plans to get his team on board this fall by leading them to nutrition changes as well as workouts in the weight room. “I don’t want this to be a four-month challenge but a practical, life-changing plan that I can sustain and my students can change in their lives as well,” he said. Riverton High’s Robert Rooley, who played competitive baseball, basketball and football for his Montana high school, said when he hit age 40, “things stopped working the same way; I began hurting and gaining weight.” He, too, is on a life-changing path to leading a healthier life. While he admits his wife is “a great baker,” he knows he will have to set limits on eating her baked goods. “More than anything, I know I’ll have to have portion control and be motivated to lead a healthier lifestyle so I have more energy,” Rooley said. “I’ve started to get up at 5 a.m. to use the treadmill and rowing machine. I’ll add in the gym soon and follow an app for lifting program for my core and strength.” Rooley said one brother jumped on the healthy lifestyles track before him and has a goal to join him in the Spartan Challenge at Lake Tahoe next year. He wants to set an example for his children and hopes to motivate his other brother to become more active in taking care of his health. “I tend to gravitate to anything convenient, and I can see the kids at school doing the same thing,” he said. “We need to make healthy choices. I know I’ll bring that in more when I teach the ‘chemistry of life’ unit.” While the $1,000 will be awarded after the challenge is complete in December, Rooley would like to have it go to Silver Rush, Riverton’s December drive that usually donates it to an organization in the community. “We have donated it to kids with heart issues or some health-related organization in the past and this seems fitting to help those kids out as well,” he said. Intermountain Medical Center CEO Blair Kent appreciates the teachers’ enthusiasm in sharing their knowledge. “Our goal is for everyone to manage their own health and become passionate about it,” he said. l
Bingham High’s Pepper Poulsen is taking part in the 100-day Heart Challenge, along with 12 other teachers throughout the Salt Lake Valley. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
Cheerleaders and mascots cheered on teachers who are taking part in the 100-day Heart Challenge, including Herriman High’s Dan McLay. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
Riverton High’s Robert Rooley is one of three Jordan School District teachers competing in the 100-day Heart Challenge. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
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Ghosts, goblins and monsters…Oh my! The not-so-scary Halloween activities in the area By Christy Jepson | Christy@mycityjournals.com
hile most children look forward to Halloween, some are scared by the creepy masks that hang on hooks in the local stores or the zombies that are placed on front doorsteps. Younger children, in particular, may not like the scary aspect of Halloween but still want to participate in the activities. The good thing is the Salt Lake area has a lot of activities for families that are not-so-scary, so everyone can participate. Here is a list of some of those activities. WitchFest at Gardner Village: The notso-spooky witches have flown into Gardner Village and will be on display until Oct. 31. There is no cost to walk around the village and look at the witches and go on the witch scavenger hunt. The “Six Hags Witches Adventure” is $6 per person (ages 1 and older) and includes: a giant jumping pillow, an area where kids can climb through spider webs, and a place to test their skills at the Maze of Mayhem. This adventure begins Sept. 28 and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Halloween from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). This is located in the lot west of Archibald’s Restaurant. Gardner Village also offers select dates where visitors can eat breakfast with witches. Enjoy a warm breakfast buffet and have your picture taken with the Gardner Village witches and watch as they perform some fun witchy spells. Ticket prices are $16 for the breakfast. Check their website at www.gardnervillage.com for specific dates and
information. Gardner Village is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 1100 W. 7800 South in West Jordan. Herriman Howl: Herriman City hosts this fun free event for kids of all ages on Monday, Oct. 15 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the J. Lynn Crane Park. There will be prizes, activities and games. Trunk or Treat begins at 6 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk. There will also be a mad science show starting at 6:45 p.m. Other activities and areas include: a pumpkin patch (pumpkins for sale), food trucks, Restless Acres, Treasures of the Sea, Hocus Pocus, Wizarding World and Stella Live Fortunes. The food truck lineup for that night will be: Corndog Commander, Kona Ice, and South of the Border Tacos. The J. Lynn Crane Park is located at 5355 W. Herriman Main Street, just south of City Hall. Trick or Treat Street at The Utah Olympic Oval: On Friday Oct. 19, the Utah Olympic Oval will host Trick or Treat Street, a huge, free indoor trick-or-treating event. Treats and prizes will be distributed from sports clubs, local vendors and other community groups. In addition to trick-or-treating, children (12 and younger) can also ice skate for free that night (skate rental not included). Rates are $6 for adults (13 years and older) and $3 for skate rentals. The Utah Olympic Oval is located at 5662 Cougar Lane in Kearns. Haunted Hollow in Draper: Get your little ones in their costumes and bring them to the
Galena Hills Park in Draper on Monday, Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. for some free Halloween family fun. There will be carnival games, prizes, a pumpkin patch, live entertainment, candy, and more. Galena Hills Park is located at 12452 S. Vista Station Blvd. in Draper. Halloween Bash in Riverton: For two nights, Oct. 29 and 30, Riverton City hosts an outdoor family friendly Halloween event. Activities include: scavenger hunts, the Troll Stroll where you can get candy and prizes around the park, a mini-spook alley, spooky stores and the annual search for The Great Pumpkin. The event begins each night at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. The Search for The Great Pumpkin begins at 8:30 p.m. each night. This free event is held at the Riverton City Park, 1452 W. 12600 South. Little Haunts at This is the Place Heritage Park: During Little Haunts, little boys and ghouls can visit This is the Place in their costumes and go trick-or-treating, hear stories from the Story Telling Witch, go on pony rides or train rides, and make crafts. Ticket prices are: $12.95 for adults, $8.95 for children 3-11 and children 2 and under are free. The Little Haunts event is held Oct. 13, 18-20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the Place Heritage Park is located at 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave. in Salt Lake City. Garden After Dark at Red Butte Garden: The theme for this year’s Garden After Dark event is Oaklore Academy of Magic. Come be a part of this magic academy where guests will learn about the magical properties of real-life plants from around the world, select a magic wand, learn all about magical creatures, and dig into herbology. After picking up an Oaklore student manual at the am-
phitheater, visitors will be given a school map, class schedule and extra credit activities they can do between classes. Class subjects include: Wand Theory 101, Potions Lab 202, Charms 303, Magical Creatures Studies 404, Herbology 505, and even a final exam that has something to do with trying to ban the mischievous Myrtle Spurge who seeks to cause trouble all around the Academy. Ticket prices are $14 or $11 if you are a Red Butte Garden member. This event is Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Red Butte Garden is located at 300 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City. Boo at the Zoo at Hogle Zoo: Boo at the Zoo is where children (12 and younger) come to the zoo and go trick-or-treating in their costumes at booths scattered throughout the zoo. They provide trick-or-treating bags or you can bring one from home. This popular event is included with regular zoo admission (or free with a zoo membership) and is on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular zoo admission for adults (13 to 64 years old) is $16.95, seniors (65 and older) $14.95, children (3 to 12) $12.95, and 2 and younger are free. BooLights at Hogle Zoo is on Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 17-20, and 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. BooLights includes a train ride at night, not-soscary light displays of a graveyard, pirates’ lair, the land of spiders, walk through Bat Cave, and a labyrinth-themed maze with puppets. Also included is the performance “Spiderella.” Prices are $12.95 for adults (13 and older), children ages 3-12 are $9.95 and toddlers 2 and under are free. Papa Murphy’s Pizza offers a discount coupon (while supplies last) when you buy any size pizza you will receive a coupon for a buy one regularly priced adult ticket to BooLights and receive one child ticket free. l
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Antiques Roadshow star appraises residents’ treasures By Sarah Payne | firstname.lastname@example.org
n Sept. 12, residents at Sagewood at Daybreak, a Kisco Senior Living Community located at 11289 Oakmond Road, had the opportunity for their family treasures and keepsakes be appraised in a unique event hosted by well-known and accredited appraiser Gary Piattoni. Piattoni, a native of Illinois, began his interest in antiques from an early age due to his mother’s affinity for them. He always liked antiques and art, and has a master’s degree in fine arts. He has a certificate in Appraisal Studies from New York University, and after graduation worked as an appraiser and as senior vice president for Christie’s in New York. He is a nationally-recognized expert appraiser and well-known for his appearances on Antiques Roadshow. His areas of expertise include fine and decorative art, furniture, antiques, and militaria. In February 2002, Piattoni founded Gary Piattoni, Inc., where he continues to be its president. The unusual and fun event at Sagewood at Daybreak showcased Piattoni’s expertise as well as the pleasant atmosphere of the living community itself. “The Sagewood event is about introducing folks to this community,” Piattoni said. Residents, including prospective residents, employees of the senior living community, and guests were invited to bring their treasures,
family heirlooms, art pieces, etc. to be inspected by Piattoni, who after a short meet and greet, began to appraise the items one by one. Among the items displayed were two ornate vases from different eras of history, a woven Navajo basket, an antique shoe hook, an old hair-cutting tool, an ornate old cuckoo clock from Germany, a piece of Chinese art known as a hardstone inlaid plaque, and a stack of various comic books. Piattoni put a lot of emphasis during both his remarks before and the appraisal itself on the monetary versus sentimental value of each item brought before him. Quoting Oscar Wilde, Piattoni said, “A cynic is a person who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.” He expressed, both in word and deed, a desire to be sensitive to the value each object had to the person to whom it belonged. Aside from promoting the senior living community, the event also served the purpose of providing enjoyment to the residents. “Just to have fun,” said Casey Sheide, a member of the community’s Wellness Team. “It’s an excuse to bring out some cool stuff that’s been in the family for a long time or just been lying around the house, just to kind of bring the community together. We invited a lot of people out here to come and bring one item or whatever they want to kind of see the history and value behind it.” l
Appraiser Gary Piattoni came to Sagewood at Daybreak to inspect residents’ personal keepsakes. (Sarah Payne/ City Journals)
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Girls State motivates teen to become active in her community
his fall, Bingham High senior Celeste Stevens may be changing her class schedule to fit in a political science class and jump into more activities geared toward service and learning about government. This motivation to understand and serve her community comes after Stevens attended the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State with about 300 other juniors in high school this past summer. Utah’s Girls State program, which began in 1946, is a weeklong youth program designed to develop leadership and promote civic responsibility in young women. Through the program, girls draft and debate legislation; learn public speaking and debate skills; actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government; earn three college credit hours in political science; and meet friends throughout the state with similar interests in patriotism, government and service. “It’s an amazing program,” she said. “It changed my life. I have a better understanding of the voting process locally and nationally and what it stands for.” At the program, Stevens met Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic chair Mitt Romney, numerous veterans of Vietnam and Korean wars and several elected officials, including Utah House of Representatives’ Rebecca Edwards and Rebecca Chavez-Houck. “I loved to hear their stories,” she said.
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By Julie Slama | email@example.com “Some were heart-warming and impacted everyone. Some of them, like Gov. Herbert’s and Mitt Romney’s, were how to believe in yourself and go out and get things, while the veterans shared how they appreciated having friends’ support especially in times of conflict.” During the program, the girls were divided into groups of about 25 and were placed into mock cities, where they ran for elected positions. They held city council meetings, trials and ran cities similar to real life. “I ran for about every position,” Stevens said. “I took Mitt’s message to heart to get out there and try my best, knowing the worst thing that could happen is be told no. He didn’t win running for president, but he got right up there and ran again for another office. Others said the same thing. All that matters is to get right back up and try again and get to work. I also learned from Lt. Gov. Cox how college can help prepare you for your life ahead in whatever direction it takes. He wasn’t planning to become our lieutenant governor, but when it was offered and he realized the impact it can have and how he can help Utahns, he jumped at the chance.” Stevens said some skills she learned at Girls State she hopes to put to use this fall. “I learned how to communicate with people, which will help me in school as I help lead LIA (Latinos in Action) in service,” she said. “I also learned how to organize and realized what amazing things we could get done if we’re organized and communicate better.”
Stevens also hopes to bring parliamentary procedure into place at Bingham High. “Once we started using it there, we worked better together and it was amazing,” she said. “I can see it helping us at school.” Girls State also helped Stevens realize that perhaps, she, too, would like to enter a political career. “I met a councilwoman who described her job to us. It shocked me how much of it is service where she is helping people. I think it would be an amazing opportunity to meet people, try new things and serve people. I love service,” she said, adding that before she was considering a career as an accountant. This fall, she’d like to take part in a youth council to learn more about her city and how it operates as well as use the skills she has learned as president over service and professionalism for both LIA and Spanish club. “Girls State really gave us confidence about everything and realize that through hard work and getting out of our comfort zone, we really can accomplish so many things,” she said. “We’d talk with one another until 3 a.m., and I wrote down what happened every day; it almost filled a full book.” Another moving part of the week in June for Stevens was watching veterans retire a U.S. flag. “It’s amazing and sad,” she said. “When they burned the flag, it is so powerful and just touched our hearts. What these veterans did for
us, for our country, makes me realize how great their sacrifices are. And they’re still serving us. We bought some school supplies to them so they could donate them to Utah veterans’ families who need school supplies so they have the same opportunity in school as we do. It was such an amazing week. I learned so much about our government, about myself and ways I can help serve others.” l
Bingham High’s Celeste Stevens met with Utah House of Representatives’ Rebecca Edwards and Rebecca Chavez-Houck this summer at Girls State. (Photo courtesy of Celeste Stevens)
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n a few years, the sandy-blonde student, Brooke Bott, may be a savvy entrepreneur, thanks to the skills she recently gained at South Jordan Elementary’s Ram Mall. Through a unit where students develop their own business, create a business plan, track their experiences, decide upon marketing and advertising and learn about economics, Brooke came up with successful products that sold out both days of the Ram Mall, an annual event for fourth-graders. “I made bags because it made sense,” said Brooke of Brooke’s Wallet World. “I thought that everyone couldn’t carry everything they wanted to buy, so I thought it was a good idea. I asked some friends, and they said they’d buy one so I made it my business.” A successful one at that as during the first day of the two-day event, she sold out of duct tape wallets she made and only had three of the sewed fleece bags she made. That night, she made more with her mother’s help cutting the duct tape. “More people wanted them, so she spent yesterday making more,” Nicole Bott said. Early on day two, she sold out completely. “I had my items priced differently so people could buy what they could afford,” Brooke said. “I understand the concept of supply-and-demand much better now.” Fourth-grade teacher Kaye Rachele-Flanery said through about a one-month period students learn about business concepts such as profit and loss, supply and demand, and other terminology. At their cumulating event, Ram Mall, they pay a rental fee for the use of a table and pay for using the microphone to advertise their product, and are able to adjust their pricing in response to business. “We like to provide services, such as painting nails with fingernail polish or entertainment in the terms of games, as well as products,” she
Students packed the booths at South Jordan Elementary’s Ram Mall, eager to make purchases with Ram Bucks, or pretend money, they earned through doing a good job in the classroom with their assignments or helping in the classroom. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
to become good business leaders.” Through doing a good job in the classroom with their assignments or helping in the classroom with jobs such as passing out papers, being in charge of recycling or being a line leader, students earn pretend money, called Ram bucks, named after the school mascot. This money can be used to purchase items from other booths. This year, students could spend them at places such as Sunrise Salon or Spin and Snacks, or they could find booths to purchase rock art, slime, rubber ducks or lollypops. Fourth-grader Isabella Mehn, who was at the Stressatic Balls booth, said she learned how to spend her money wisely after doing classroom jobs to earn it. Her friend, Natalie Roberds, said she watched her income, knowing that their business represented real-life businesses.
They love working together and are so excited to learn all the basics of business so they can use it at the Ram Mall. -Sandra Clifford, teacher
said. “There always are a lot of goods in a food court.” Rachele-Flanery said it isn’t important if their business is popular or if it fails but if they learn from the experience. “They’re learning real economics in real life and are learning how to communicate with one another,” she said. “They’re learning how
“We pretend it’s like real life, so if we both want to check out the other booths at the same time, we have to hire someone to fill in at our booth,” she said. “So, it’s likely we won’t earn much money if we have to pay someone out of our proceeds. It’s really fun working together and coming up with ideas to make.” Fourth-grade teacher Sandra Clifford said
she could sense the enthusiasm of her students. “They love working together and are so excited to learn all the basics of business so they can use it at the Ram Mall,” she said. “It’s something they’ll use all their life, but from the first day of school, they’re asking when the Ram Mall will be and when they get paid so they have money here.” She said some businesses coordinate everything from the booth presentation to their outfits. “We’ve had some students make matching aprons, but for others, it’s to engage their peers in activities and develop their own businesses that interest them,” she said. Fourth-grader Kacie Hess said she learned she needed more variety after having a slow start of customers wanting glow bracelets and candy. Her classmate, Mahveen Qureshi, made stress balls that interested peers. “I’m getting good experience in making them and selling them,” Mahveen said. This year, the Ram Mall invited their buddies in second grade to attend the event and shared their own Ram Bucks, Rachele-Flanery said. “It was important to them that they had their buddies here, learning and supporting them in the Ram Mall,” she said. Another customer was Principal Ken Westwood, who checked out the A and B track Ram Mall in May as well as the C and D track event in late June for unique items he can display in his office. “I bought a necklace made with safety pins and beads,” he said, munching on a cookie, which he also purchased. “I didn’t go for the face paint, and I didn’t get here in time for a wallet. They sold out. It’s just really fun to see the students take the lesson to heart and learn the entrepreneurship skills and be creative at the same time.” l
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olleyball is the final fall sport to get underway in the high school ranks, but it hasn’t taken the Bingham Miners to get up to speed. Bingham has fared well against in-state competition as Region 4 play looms. At press time, the Miners were 6-4 overall, with all four losses coming during a tournament played in California Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Otherwise, the Miners have controlled opponents. Bingham scored a season-opening 3-0 sweep over Judge Memorial on Aug. 23. None of the three sets were closer than 25-14. Five days later, the Miners were in a closer match but still prevailed at Fremont 3-2, winning sets one, four and five. Bingham also easily defeated Skyline 3-0 at home on Sept. 6. In between those three matches, the Miners participated in the huge Dave Mohs Tournament in California where they faced seven teams from the Golden State in a two-day span. After falling to Santa Margarita 2-1 in the first match, Bingham reeled off three straight wins. The Miners defeated El Dorado 2-1, Santa Fe Christian 2-0 and Murrieta Valley 2-0. The final three games were a different sto-
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ry, as the talented California opposition overcame the Miners. Bingham stood tall but could prevail in losses to Mira Costa (2-1), Corona Del Mar (2-1) and Huntington Beach (2-0). Now, the most important part of the regular season is here. Bingham began Region 4 play with a 3-0 sweep at American Fork on Sept. 18 before doing the same to Westlake on Sept. 20. The Miners will play each league foe twice, culminating with an Oct. 25 game at Lone Peak. Sprinkled in with the region slate is a non-league match at Timpview on Sept. 25. Along with American Fork and Lone Peak, Bingham will contend with Pleasant Grove and Westlake for region supremacy. Last season, the Miners placed third in Region 4 with a 4-4 record and went 18-7 overall. Despite an up-and-down season, Bingham did manage to win a pair of sate tournament games, eventually falling in the third-place match to American Fork 3-2. The Miners last won a region title in 2016 as members of Class 5A’s Region 3 when they shared the championship with Brighton. l
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Learning with wands, potions and core curriculum
earning gets a lot more fun when it’s integrated into literature, science, math and magic. Class has barely begun, but already South Jordan fifth-graders in Diane Witt-Roper’s class are looking forward to the end of the school year. That’s because they know they can fly across the gym, mix up some potions and have their own book of spells. Every school year, Witt-Roper holds a Harry Potter Day, integrating core curriculum subjects with those of “Harry Potter” — potions, wands and magic. “Our HP Day is a culminating activity,” she said. “The true goal of all of this is to get and keep the students interested in reading along with integrating all subject matter while keeping it fun. I also use STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities during the year and many more on Harry Potter Day.” During the year, Witt-Roper encourages students read six of the seven “Harry Potter” books in the series so they are familiar with the storyline before the end of the school year event. “I encourage the students to read book 7 during the summer,” she said. As South Jordan is a Leader in Me school, she also includes several activities that tie the seven habits with the “Harry Potter” books. The Leader in Me program was developed based on Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Happy Kids” and focus on seven traits: Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First; Think Win-Win; Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood; Synergize; and
By Julie Slama | email@example.com Sharpen the Saw. When Harry Potter Day arrives, last school year it was on June 8, Witt-Roper decorates the entire stage as Hogwarts, and uses the gym for a Quidditch field as well as Honey Dukes, or the store filled with Butter Beer, Bertie Botts, Dragon Eggs, Dementor Relief and more. Students arrive dressed as their favorite character and receive a Hogwarts bag, wand, quill, and monster book. They are then sorted into the 4 houses, matching those of the books. “I dressed as Hermoine,” fifth-grader Emily Austin said. “My favorite part is getting the wand. I wish it could be real.” Her schoolmate, Ellie Dupaix, said she liked getting the monster book filled with spells, mythical creatures handbook and the history of Hogwarts. “I’m keeping it forever,” she said, adding that the fifth book in the series is her favorite. “It would be great if I could levitate my 8-year-old sister and dangle her over the stairs.” However, she said learning the science in potions was her favorite part of the day. Witt-Roper has students perform experiments with Polyjuice or Dawn dish soap, milk, vinegar and cotton balls. “Everything is safe, but it’s fun to learn about chemical reactions in potions class,” she said. Witt-Roper also teaches herbology lessons from the STEM guidelines, “Harry Potter”-style, which are posted on the wall. Other STEM subjects include arthmancy, transfiguration, care of
After reading six of the seven books in the Harry Potter series, students were encouraged to dress as their favorite characters for their one-day culminating activity, Harry Potter Day. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
magical creatures and more. “We start the activities which include several science and math activities and a writing activity (about Floo Powder),” she said. “One of my favorite activities is replanting Mandrakes (plants).” Students also get to complete “Harry Potter” creative writing worksheets, do a seven-Horcrux scavenger hunt within and out of the school and a relay race, where this year Slytherin won, which earned them house points. The race included physical activity such as high knees and jumping jacks as well as quizzed them about “Harry Potter” literature and some fun — say the alphabet in Hagrid’s voice. At the end of the day, the house with the most points wins the grand prize. But all students win, as they can spend their wizarding money at Honey Dukes and Weasley
Brother’s Joke shop. Classroom aide Madison Barrett, who dressed as Ginny, said she and her classmates like the day. “The kids get into the book and really love it; they’re making connections,” she said. “There’s a lot of group work, so they’re learning how to work as a team. They need to recall what they read or what they learned in science. It’s a great way to have a cumulating event be lots of fun and still include learning.” Witt-Roper has been doing Harry Potter Day for six years, and it continues to build into an activity both she and the students enjoy. However, the best part is having students be immersed in the literature, she said. “It is so gratifying that at the end of each book, the students actually applaud,” Witt-Roper said. l
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Officials look for solutions to housing shortage By Lana Medina | firstname.lastname@example.org
ousing costs are rising throughout the Salt Lake Valley, and both renters and buyers are struggling to manage. But it’s low-income families that are getting hit the worst. In a recent study by the University of Utah Gardner Institute, Utah’s housing unaffordability crisis was found to be reaching alarming levels as a rising population comes up against a shortage of new apartments and homes for sale. While high-income and middle-class families are paying more for housing, low-income families are turning to subsidized programs, only to find a years-long waiting list. “I think that happens often, the people who need the housing, they don’t get it. I think it’s frustrating for all involved,” said Janice Kimball, executive director of the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake. Kimball explained the Housing Authority manages a program called Section 8, which helps place low-income families with subsidized rent. There are 1,200 units of affordable housing, but the waiting list to get one of those apartments or homes is six to seven years. There’s another public housing program that has another additional 600 units with a shorter waiting list — only two to four years, Kimball said. “Think about the average family who calls us with an emergency who gets told that,” Kimball said. “We’re a great long-term solution but we don’t have any short-term solutions.” In Salt Lake City, the Housing and Neighborhood Development office is spearheading a five-year plan called Grow SLC, which is dedicated to addressing the problem with affordable housing, specifically for low-income families. “In Salt Lake City, we have a gap of about 7,500 units for those making about $20,000 a year — that’s anyone working a minimum wage job,” explained Melissa Jensen, director of Housing and Neighborhood Development in Salt Lake. “In Salt Lake City, you have to make $20 an hour to afford a $950 apartment. That’s $20 an hour just to find an apartment in the city.” Jensen said half the people in the city are paying more than 30 percent of their income toward housing, and one-quarter are paying more than 50 percent. But the city has a plan. Within the next one to two years, the city plans to have three permit-supportive housing buildings — that’s 262 units — available for low-income housing applications, specifically designed to help people struggling with substance abuse disorders or mental health issues. Jensen said over the next two years, they also plan to have an additional 1,000 units that are affordable at different rates. For example, some would be available for low-income families and others available at market rate. But while that helps Salt Lake City, the rest of the state is facing the same affordable housing crisis. In the last legislative session, Utah law-
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One housing solution, experts say, is transit oriented development, such as this apartment complex (in the distance and now built) in Midvale, right across from a Trax station. (City Journals)
makers developed a housing commission to discuss the current housing shortage and rising costs to find a solution. But Jonathan Hardy, division director for housing and community development for state of Utah, says the problem is vast. One of the solutions on the table is transit-oriented development. “If we can produce more housing within half a mile of a transit stop, we can reduce affordability,” Hardy explained. “Some households might not have to have a second vehicle. They might pay more in housing if they don’t have to pay as much for transportation.” But Hardy admits while it may cut down on some housing costs, it won’t solve the problem for many families.
Hardy says the easiest way to solve the low-income housing crisis is subsidized housing, but it’s an expensive solution. For low-income families at a 30 percent area income, it costs $175,000 per housing unit, Hardy explained. “That’s the reality. (For each) new apartment creation is $200,000 per unit. That’s what we’re seeing along the Wasatch Front,” Hardy said, explaining that low-income families would pay the remainder in rental costs every year. Kimball said the families who need those low-income housing units don’t need them forever. “Thirty-eight percent of the people on public housing stay less than two years. Another
25 percent stay less than five years,” Kimball explained. But with housing costs rising, it’s unclear if those numbers will rise as well. Jensen says affordable housing is important for everyone, because even families who are making higher than minimum wage can struggle with unemployment or other emergencies that force them to seek low-income housing. “Affordable housing is really everyone at some point in their life, whether they’ve lost a job, whether they’ve just graduated and living in their parent’s basement, or whether they’re elderly,” Jensen explained. “People jump to a conclusion. But it’s for everyone.” l
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Take your Frisbee somewhere else: Rosecrest Disc Golf Course shut down By Travis Barton | email@example.com
s of Labor Day, Herriman city officials have closed the Rosecrest Disc Golf Course. The 18-hole course, set up along what was initially intended as trails for people to use, branches through various neighborhoods. Resulting damage to adjacent resident properties, such as broken fences from golfers climbing or forcibly adjusting them to retrieve their discs, caused the city council—with recommendations from city staff—to permanently close the location. “This was an amenity that’s causing problems for the people in the area instead of enhancing their area then why do we have it,” said Councilwoman Sherrie Ohrn during an August work meeting. It’s an issue that has lingered for some time, according to city officials. Similar complaints were brought to the council a few years ago. Solutions at the time were to place hole locations further away from neighboring houses and put up no trespassing signs. “Honestly, those don’t deter anybody,” Councilman Clint Smith said of the trespassing signs. Smith lives next to the now-defunct course. His backyard bordered the fairway of hole four. He said he once arrived home to find a gentleman walking into his backyard. “Our backyards are our sacred space,” Smith said. “I have my playground for my chil-
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dren, and I’ve come home many times to see our back gate left open. I want to be able to send, like any neighbor, their kids into their backyard to play there without worrying about somebody intruding into their space, a stranger.” Some golfers have left notes on Smith’s fence, and he said he then contacts them and leaves the disc on his porch. But others completely ignore the signage. “Unfortunately it is the few that ruin this for everybody,” Smith said. The “sacred space” of a backyard is also what concerned Mayor David Watts. “The issue and concern is the safety of the children because if we are getting to a point where we are comfortable with people hopping other people’s fences we have an issue,” he said. Watts was also concerned about the safety of the trespassing person, whether falling and injuring themselves or a homeowner pulling a gun on that person. “I don’t want to be the city that’s on the news because a disc golfer hopped the fence and got shot,” he said. But Watts wasn’t completely in favor of shutting down the entire course, wishing instead to close only the problem areas, notably holes 1–5. “Removing a section of it might give a wake up call to some of our residents,” Watts said. “If you can’t use this responsibly, then we
Instead of holes in the ground and clubs to hit balls, disc golf uses Frisbees and baskets. Residents won’t be able to use Rosecrest Disc Golf Course anymore after its baskets were removed. (Pixabay)
can’t justify continuing to provide this service.” But city staff and other councilmembers said if they only closed part of the course, then neighbors of other holes would increase their complaints. “The impact that some of the residents have experienced with it, I don’t think it’s fair to continue to put that on them,” Smith said. Smith also added, “I would like to keep
this amenity in the city, (but) I think you have to design that into a space right from the get go with that as the purpose in mind.” City officials’ plans are to do just that. The baskets (holes) will be stored until another course can be incorporated into the plans of a future park, according to an announcement on the city’s twitter page. l
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20 safety tips for trick-or-treaters
ou’re never too old to trick-or-treat (unless you are 35 and going by yourself, then yes, you are too old to trick-or-treat). But being safe knows no age limits, especially on a night when most people are wearing disguises. While it’s time to get your costume and candy bag ready, preparation of another kind is required for kid and adult alike. Here are some tips to stay safe this Halloween. 1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 2. Costume accessories such as swords and knives should be short, soft and flexible. 3. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. And as difficult as it may be, limit the amount of treats you eat. 4. Beware the homemade treats made by strangers. Better to eat only factory-wrapped treats. 5. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 6. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 7. Look both ways before crossing the street. Do we even need to say this one? 8. Only visit well-lit houses. 9. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult.
10. Never accept rides from strangers. Stranger danger is a real thing. 11. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 12. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 13. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 14. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 15. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 16. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 17. Be careful next to candles or Jack-o’lanterns. 18. Keep an eye for allergies. If someone has serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the candy. 19. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 20. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around
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No surprise: Bingham football off to undefeated start By Josh McFadden | email@example.com
n news that shouldn’t surprise any high school football fan, the Bingham Miners have extended their undefeated streak. The Miners, two-time defending state champs (5A champions in 2016, 6A champions last season), entered the season on a 28-game winning tear. Bingham jumped out of the gate to a 6-0 start this season, thanks to a stingy defense and an efficient offense. The biggest question is this: When will the Miners lose again? Bingham last lost in the 5A state semifinals to Lone Peak in 2015. The Miners’ last regular season loss to an in-state team was on Sept. 27, 2012, when those same Lone Peak Knights got past them 21-17. Heading into the season, the Miners had to replace some key starters. However, head coach John Lambourne, like former coach Dave Peck before him, seems to restock and reload with more talent each year. The Miners scored impressive victories over Orem, 39-22, and East, 30-8, to begin the year, holding the two strong programs in check. In a third-straight win over East, Bingham tamed the vaunted Leopards’ rushing attack and held East to its lowest point total in four years. In game three on Aug. 31, Bingham blanked Herriman 27-0, holding the Mustangs to negative 14 yards rushing and an astonishing five total yards of offense. Bingham had seven sacks in the game, including three from Lolani Langi and two from Sione Fotu. Meanwhile, the offense generated 89 yards rushing from Andrew Wimmer and 202 yards through the air from quarterback Peyton Jones, who also tossed a pair of touchdowns. The Miners had an intriguing game against Mountain Pointe, Arizona, on Sept. 8, which was played in Las Vegas, Nevada. This game belonged to Evona Hall, who had two touch-
Bingham quarterback Peyton Jones (No. 3 in white) takes command of the Miners’ offense in the season opener against Orem. (Photo by Patrick McDonald.)
down runs in Bingham’s 21-14 victory over one of Arizona’s top teams. One of Hall’s touchdowns was a long 92-yard scamper through the Mountain Pointe defense. Bingham held a 21-14 lead going into the fourth quarter and didn’t allow its opponent to tie things up. On its quest for a third straight state championship, Bingham opened up Region 4 play at Pleasant Grove on Sept. 14 with a 35-32 victory. The Miners trounced Westlake 45-7 on Sept. 21 for the second of four region contests. Bingham has won six
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Bingham girls soccer trying to keep up with rest of strong region By Josh McFadden | email@example.com
n the Utah High School Activities Association, Region 4 is noteworthy in a few ways. Not only does it span two counties, but it also features some of the state’s top girls soccer teams. The second items had made the going tough for the Bingham Miners. It’s not as though Bingham coaches and players didn’t realize the challenges ahead of them this season. Last year, in the inaugural season of Class 6A, Bingham tied for third in Region 4, winning the tiebreaker against Lone Peak. The Miners made it all the way to the semifinals on the strength of a battled-hardened club. This year, the Miners are facing a similar road, as they were winless in their first five league outings, losing four and managing a scoreless tie with Westlake on Aug. 28. Three of those region losses were by three goals, while the other was a 3-2 heartbreaker at the hands of Lone Peak in the league opener on Aug. 22. In that contest, Kallie James and Shelby Keating found the back of the net for Bingham, but the defense couldn’t overcome a pair of first-half goals from the Knights. Pleasant Grove has been a nemesis this season for Bingham. The Miners and Vikings faced off twice in the Miners’ first five league games, with Pleasant Grove prevailing 4-1 on both occasions. The first came on Aug. 24 at Bingham when the Miners allowed two goals in each half. On Sept. 4, Pleasant Grove duplicated the feat with another 4-1 win, this time at home. Ashlee Kammeyer scored for Bingham in the second half, but it wasn’t nearly enough to offset three Viking goals in the final 40 minutes. Bingham also dropped a 3-0 decision to American Fork on Aug. 30. In its first five region games, the Miners totaled just four goals. It’s not as though Bingham isn’t a team to reckon with. The
Bingham (in dark jerseys) battles Lone Peak for the ball on a corner kick in a game earlier this season. (Photo by Patrick McDonald.)
Miners went 3-0-1 in non-region games to start the season. They scored victories over Riverton (3-1), Bountiful (2-0) and Highland (3-0), and managed a 1-1 tie with Class 5A’s Alta on Aug. 9. It’s proof that Region 4 is a gauntlet of formidable games. As of Sept. 24, American Fork and Lone Peak had combined for an overall record of 22-3. This season, there are five teams in Region 4. This means the Miners must only avoid last place in the region to reach the
state tournament. Bingham players and coaches know that once in the playoffs, anything is possible. Last year is proof of that when the Miners had won just four of 10 games entering the postseason but won a pair of games at state. Bingham plays each league foe three times. They lost at American Fork on Sept. 18 and defeated Pleasant Grove on Sept. 20. The final regular season game is Oct. 4 at home against American Fork. l
Ivanti Breaks Ground on New Corporate Headquarters Ivanti, the company that unifies IT to better manage and secure the digital workplace, revealed the site of its new corporate headquarters on August 21. The groundbreaking ceremony took place with key Ivanti executives, local dignitaries and political representatives in attendance. Currently headquartered in South Jordan at 698 West 10000 South, the company will open its new corporate office at 10377 S. Jordan Gateway in 2020. From PCs to mobile devices, VDI, and the data center, Ivanti discovers IT assets on-premises and in the cloud, improves IT service delivery, and reduces risk with insights and automation. Ivanti has offices and over 1,600 employees worldwide.
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Football teams see a decrease in participation By Greg James | firstname.lastname@example.org
igh school football teams around the Salt Lake Valley are encountering a similar problem. The number of athletes participating in the sport is on the decline. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Utah’s participation in tackle football has decreased by nearly 4 percent the past two seasons. Currently, 107 schools field teams; 8,944 boys and 16 girls are playing. “We are only down about 10–15 athletes, but nationally, the sport is experiencing a decrease in participation,” West Jordan head coach Mike Meifu said. “I think there are several things that are driving our numbers down.” Player safety has become a concern among parents and participants alike, but it is not the only contributing factor. “Our son got hurt,” West Jordan football booster Shelley Oliverson said. “He had a concussion, and his doctor told us to watch him and make sure he was ready to get back on the field before we let him. It made us wonder if it was worth it.” Teams track concussions by documenting the occurrence date, the players rehabilitation and their return to the game. Beyond that many teams have developed preventative programs. “We teach correct tackling and are diligent in protecting these kids,” Meifu said. “We have also worked on warm-up activities that are known to prevent injuries. We love our football
family and do not want anything to happen to them.” Sport specialization has also become a contributing factor. Two years ago, Copper Hills High School coaches reported only one athlete that participated in more than two high school sports. Certainly, there are things to gain by focusing on one sport—an offseason or perhaps a chance to play collegiately—but kids lose by specializing. Growing bodies can become overly stressed because of repetition, which can lead to injuries. Playing multiple sports leads to better muscle, motor and skill development. It also promotes general athleticism, balance, speed and agility, according to a 2017 ESPN report. Kids who spend too much time on one sport risk tiring of the sport all together. Football friends will naturally be different than swimming friends and karate friends. Participating in multiple sports allows them to share experiences with different people and learn from different coaches, said the same ESPN report. “At our school, we have kids that should be playing football,” Meifu said. “Some of it is the time and commitment. I have had kids tell me they are not playing because they cannot afford it. I try to help them and find ways to subsidize that.” Adults tend to point to student transfers as a possible decrease in participation. In the age of open enrollment an athlete can choose to at-
Teams in the state of Utah have seen a 4 percent decrease in the number of participants. (Shelley Oliverson/WJ football)
tend a school that he feels has a program more suited to his needs as an athlete. This shifts participation from one school. “Society has changed, and there are a number of things a kid can do to give them satisfaction,” Hunter High head coach Tarell Richards said. “Football pushes kids to physical limits, with no guarantee of success. We have kids that we don’t even get a chance to coach. They have taken their talents somewhere else.” Successful programs are encouraging their teams to work year round on becoming better.
While the coaching staffs strive to build relationships with their players the year round participation and conditioning has improved. “A positive of all of this is that our sophomores and freshman are getting coached by our varsity staff,” Richards said. “They are learning our way of the game early in their high school career.” The best programs have coaches that make the sport fun, encourage positive relationships and have high expectations to assist the players to reach their potential. l
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RMR closes its track for the final time By Greg James | email@example.com
he 2018 summer racing season has come to a close. Rocky Mountain Raceway has closed the doors and locked the gates. It’s the end of an era for local motorsports enthusiasts. “I have had a storied career at Rocky Mountain Raceway,” Jimmy Waters said. “I was one of the first to make a lap on the track, and I hope to be one of the last. In the 20-plus years the track has been open, I have called it my second home. I am devastated by it closing. It will be like a part of the family is gone.” The multi-purpose facility hosted motocross, drag racing and oval track events in its final season. It has been in operation for 23 years. The Young Automotive Group owned and operated the track. Its closing marks the end of drag and oval track racing in the Salt Lake Valley. Racing in the state is first documented at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1912. Salt Lake City housed the fairgrounds track near downtown and Bonneville Raceways near the current RMR location. “I have had several family members that have helped me keep my cars running,” Waters said. “Then they have raced. I have grandkids in cars now. It is a family place for us. It is like one big family that we have had for several years.” Many oval track competitors arrive early for practice and stay late running the main event. Families can be seen in the pits area sharing pot luck dinners and racing stories.
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“We can share parts and pieces, but when the green flag drops, we are all for ourselves,” Waters said. “We are all trying to do the best we can.” The Maverik Modifieds have had a tightly contested championship in 2018. Tyler Whetstone (No. 00) has clinched the season title. Former champion Lynn Hardy finished second. “Winning NASCAR championships in the early 2000s and winning the Sam Young Memorial weekend are some of my top memories,” Hardy said. “I met my wife at the track. A few of my relatives race. I think I have raised my kids at the track. It takes a lot of work and it is an accomplishment to win. I think the modifieds is probably the most competitive car class. When we put our helmets on we are not friends anymore.” Waters and Hardy both expressed interest in traveling to race. There are tracks near Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho, that host competitive racing series similar to RMR. Delta, Vernal and Rock Springs have dirt tracks that offer different types of oval track racing. “A lot of memories were made and good times had,” Hardy said. “I hate to see it go away. I think it was one of the best tracks in the western United States. There are lots of rumors, and I wish something could be built. I hope to participate in the Royal Purple Modified Series next year, but that means some travel to other
Lynn Hardy has been a past champion at the racetrack, but starting next year he will need to take his talents someplace else. (Action Sports Photography)
tracks.” The drag racers will need to go to Boise and Las Vegas for the nearest racing competitions. Heading into the final race weekend (after press deadline) Frank Santarosa leads the NHRA super pro division. Karl Martin leads NHRA pro. “Some of the younger kids started in quarter midgets and are now up competing,” Waters said. “The unfortunate part is not only are we losing one of the best facilities in the country,
but now the younger racers will need to invest more money to enjoy the sport. It is sad to see it go.” The 50-acre racing facility was sold in 2014 to Freeport West. RMR held a five-year lease on the property that finishes after this season. In a written statement RMR General Manager Mike Eames said, “I am proud of the 23 years and historic racing and family memories we’ve made.” l
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What makes a state champion in Utah high school sports? Justin Adams | firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools with higher graduation rates often perform better in sports as well.
The top 25 percent most affluent 5A and 6A high schools have more state championships than the rest of the schools combined.
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all is an exciting time for high school sports. Every team starts with a clean slate and a new senior class of leaders eager to leave their mark on their school. Ask any coach and they’ll be positive that their team has made big improvements from the previous year and are ready to compete for region and state championships. But in reality, some schools have almost no chance of winning a championship in any sport. It’s no secret that competitive balance isn’t a very prevalent feature of high school sports. Some schools are really good. Others aren’t. But what makes the difference? The size of the school? The coaching? The program’s history? Money? All these factors contribute, but some are much more important than others. To figure out which are the most important, we took all the schools that currently compete in 5A and 6A and counted the number of state championships they have won in the last five years across all team sports. Then we compared those totals to various criteria like enrollment, graduation rates and levels of wealth. Enrollment Obviously there are different classifications in Utah high school sports, from 1A to 6A, that are largely based on enrollment. A team from 6A is always going to be better than a team from 1A because you’re going to have more athletes when pulling from a pool of 2,000-plus students than when pulling from a pool of a couple hundred students. But what about within a single classification? Do schools with a higher enrollment have an advantage over smaller schools within the 5A or 6A divisions? Not really. In 6A, the school with the highest enrollment, Granger High School, hasn’t won a single state championship in the last five years. (Enrollment numbers taken from publicschoolreview.com.) And in 5A, the top 50% of schools in terms of enrollment account for 36 state championships, while the bottom 50% account for 45 state championships. Graduation Rates People often think about athletics and academics as two completely different spheres, perhaps even antithetical to one another (as in the old nerd vs. jock stereotypes). But it turns out there’s a strong correlation between graduation rates and on-the-field success for Utah high schools. Of the 24 schools with a graduation rate of 92% or better, only five have failed to win a state championship in the last five years. Of the 20 schools with a graduation rate of 91% or worse, half of them have failed to win a championship in the same span. And the top 50% of schools by graduation rate account for nearly three times as many state championships as the bottom 50% (100 to 35). Those numbers didn’t surprise Rob Cuff, the executive director of the Utah High School Activities Association, the governing body of Utah high school sports. “Your best students are
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usually also your best athletes,” he told the City Journals. “I think they go hand in hand.” Cuff also said that the UHSAA committee charged with handling reclassifications has considered incorporating graduation rates into their decision-making progress. Of course, correlation does not equal causation. Perhaps there is a third factor that contributes to both athletic and academic success. Wealth of Student Athletes Wealth is a difficult metric to measure for a school body. School boundaries don’t often align with the areas (cities, counties, zip codes) for which you can access public data like median household income. Instead, like others who have considered this same question, we looked at the rate of students that qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a “federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.” To qualify for the reduced or free lunches, families need to be under a certain poverty level. Schools that participate in the program report the percentage of their students that take advantage of the program, making those reports a relatively convenient method of comparing affluence between schools. Of the high schools competing in 5A and 6A, those with a low percentage of students using the NSLP program have a large advantage when it comes to sports. The top 25 percent of high schools in terms of wealth (as measured by NSLP participation) have 10 times as many state championships as the bottom 25 percent of high schools, and more than the bottom 75 percent combined. There also aren’t as many outliers as when considering graduation rates. Having a graduation rate of 95 percent or above is a strong indicator of success (the three schools with the most state championships all have graduation rates of 95 percent) but it’s no guarantee, as two other schools with graduation rates of 95 percent did not win a single state championship over the five years. However, when it comes to affluence, there isn’t really an exception. Of the 12 schools with a 15 percent NSLP usage rate or less, every single one has won multiple state championships, with the two most dominant schools being at the very lowest rates of NSLP usage. Conversely, of the 21 schools in which 25 percent or more of the student body uses the NSLP program, over half did not win a single state championship in the last five years. If one were to choose a single metric to predict which Utah high schools will win the most state championships in 2018, this is it. It’s not ideal for competitive balance that the least affluent schools have little to no chance of being in the best in the state, but competitive balance isn’t the end goal for UHSAA. “I think it’s important to maintain a level playing field,” said Cuff, “but our mission is all about participation. If teams are fielding sports teams and students have the opportunity to play, that’s the most important.” So as much as each high school student
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all is officially here and with fall break coming up, it is a perfect time to get out and explore new places while the weather is still good. If you’re in town for the two-day break, explore some places that are not in your backyard, but are close enough to make a fun family outing. Here are a few places all about an hour’s drive or less from the Salt Lake area. Ogden’s George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park: Step back into time at a prehistoric dinosaur park where more than 100 dinosaur sculptures inhabit the grounds of this eightacre outdoor dinosaur park. Hours at the park are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 for adults (18 years and older), $6 for seniors (ages 62 and older), students (ages 13-17) are $6, and children (2-12 years old) are $5. Dinosaur Park is located at 1544 E. Park Blvd. in Ogden. Visit www.dinosaurpark.org for more information. Treehouse Children’s Museum: Fun and learning go hand in hand at this great children’s museum in Ogden. The center of the museum is a giant 30-foot-high treehouse kids can climb and explore. Some of the other exhibits and play areas include: the big red barn workshop, a large map of Utah, adventure tower, king and queen thrones, an American map, and the Oval Office. The museum is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday night they stay open until 8 p.m. They close at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission prices are $8 for children ages 1 to 12; $5 for children 13 to 17; and 18 and older are $5. The Treehouse Children’s Museum is located at 347 22nd Street in Ogden. Visit their website at www.treehousemuseum. org for more information. Heber Valley Railroad: About an hour’s drive from Salt Lake County, families can be in the clear, mountain air in Heber. Not only is Heber a great small town to explore, the Heber Valley Railroad is a perfect outdoor activity for fall break. The Pumpkin Train runs from October 4-29. Ticket prices include a 40-minute train ride on the Heber Valley Railroad. While enjoying the scenery, guests will be entertained by costumed characters who ride along on the train. In addition to the train ride, guests can select a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, get a Halloween sticker, a pumpkin cookie and a trip through the not-so-scary haunted train car. Ticket prices are $15 for children 3 and up (including a pumpkin), and $3 for those 2 and under (including a pumpkin) or free for toddlers who do not want a pumpkin. To reserve your ticket for a train ride, visit www.hebervalleyrr. org. Cornbelly’s: Located in north Utah County is the “The Greatest Maze on Earth.” Known as Utah’s first corn maze, Cornbelly’s is filled with activities for all ages. New this year are two additional corn mazes. The main maze will take guests about 30 to 45 minutes to navigate through the circus themed eight-acres of
pathways. New this year is a ride on the grain train which takes guests through Candy Corn Acres maze. And for those children who want to try a corn maze but aren’t brave enough to try the main maze, the Kiddie Maze is a perfect five-minute adventure where kids try to find the gummy bear interactive game inside. Other activities at Cornbelly’s include: the corn cob beach, princess playland, hayride, rat rollers, gemstone mining, giant jumping pillow, giant slide, animal band and a rat maze. Cornbelly’s also has other haunted attractions for an additional cost. Cornbelly’s is located at Thanksgiving Point and opens on Sept. 28 and runs through Nov. 3. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. Ticket prices (not including tax) are $12.95 per person for weekdays and $16.95 for weekend. They are located at 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way in Lehi. Visit mwww.cornbelly’s.co for more information. Halloween Cruise: Where can you take a cruise not too far from home during fall break? Only about 45 minutes from Salt Lake is CLAS Ropes Course in Provo where families can take a Halloween cruise down the Provo River and see over 100 carved pumpkins along the river banks along with spooky holiday decorations. Each 25-minute round-trip cruise ride is hosted by a pirate who tells spooky stories. Watch out because guests might even encounter a pirate attack on their boat. Ticket prices are $8 per person ages 3 and older. CLAS Ropes Course is located at 3606 W. Center in Provo by Utah Lake. The first boat leaves each night starting at 6:30 p.m. and then about every 30 minutes. The last boat ride leaves at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. Visit www.clasropes.com for more information. l
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Outbreak of kindness in Utah schools By Jet Burnham | email@example.com
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avigating the lunch room can be in- Golden Gate Initiative going all year long contribute to high suicide and depression timidating for teenagers, especial- with activities such as Fist Bump Friday, rates in teens. Ward stresses that Golden ly those who feel like they don’t have kindness challenges, meet and greets, Gate focuses on accepting and including friends. Several Utah schools are initi- positive sticky notes campaigns and pro- others, not deterring or preventing behavating prosocial programs this year, en- moting kindness on social media. iors like bullying or suicide. couraging students to notice those sitting “We really wanted to bring a positive However, Hughes has found the net alone and invite them to join table. vibe to the school culture this year,” said result of the club’s influence does affect “Teenagers tend to just focus on Curtis. “We want it to define us.” those outcomes. what’s in front of them,” said Jolynne Students who have joined the Golden “We are prosocial, but the effect of Ward, Bingham High School hall mon- Gate Initiative look to their pledge as a re- prosocial means less bullying and less itor, who founded the prosocial Golden minder to incorporate prosocial skills into suicides,” he said. He has seen improved Gate Club. “But once they remove that their daily actions. behaviors at West Hills Middle where and they look to see who else they can eleStudents who sign the pledge are en- students used to ignore or even laugh at vate, all of a sudden they become happy.” couraged to display it in their locker or someone who had dropped their binder Programs such as the Golden Gate at home where they will be reminded to in the hallways. Since implementing the Club/Initiative and similar Be Kind/Be smile at everyone, be inclusive and strive Golden Gate Initiative, students now stop the Change campaigns promote spreading to make someone’s day, every day. and help each other. He cited that WHMS kindness and finding happiness through “The pledge changes the vibe of the had 87 suspensions in 2017. In 2018, connecting with peers. Student leaders, school one person at a time,” said Golden when they introduced the Golden Gate chosen for their natural gregariousness, Gate co-founder Mike Hughes, assistant initiative, there were only 15. invite others to sit at their designated principal at West Hills Middle. As a counselor at Fort Herriman, lunch table so no one eats alone. But it He has seen introverts become extro- Hunsaker sees a lot of students struggling doesn’t stop there. The whole faculty is verts and bullies become buddies. He said socially and emotionally. She and her colengaged in the Be Kind campaign at Fort Golden Gate provides students with ideas leagues decided to move past prevention Herriman Middle School. Teachers teach of how to reach out past their comfort of negative behaviors and be proactive mini lessons on social skills, such as how zones and meet new people. with a positive message. to introduce yourself, how to start and “Kids are looking for a reason to be “Really, it starts with choosing kind maintain a conversation and how to give nice to each other but they don’t really for yourself—being kind to yourself, besincere compliments. know how at this stage,” said Hughes. ing kind to others and having that mentali“Each month, the whole student body Schools choosing proactive ap- ty in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and will have a challenge to connect with one proaches such as kindness and inclusion to spread goodness and cheer throughout another along the lines of social rela- are hoping to prevent negative factors that the community,” said Hunsaker. l tionship building,” said school counselor Becky Hunsaker. Challenges will invite students to meet five new people BREADSTICKS OR A CINNAMON they’ve never talked to before, OR OREO DESSERT PIZZA have three actual conversations with purchase of a large pizza with someone they don’t usualEXPIRES 10/31/18 ly talk to and take a break from social media. During the month of October, Fort Herriman students will create a “mile of kindness” paper chain, each link docu1276 W 12600 S, Riverton, UT 84065 menting a kind act performed. Principal Cody Curtis said 801-253-3711 EXPIRES 10/31/18 Copper Mountain Middle stuORDER ONLINE AT RCPIZZACO.COM dent leaders plan to keep their
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t’s the most won-der-ful time of the year! It’s spooky time! Halloween is my favorite holiday. In my opinion, we don’t have nearly enough occasions to dress up in costume and eat candy. Almost every year, I start planning my costume early. I’m one of those people that need my costume exact to every last detail. I’ve even bleached my hair to make sure the long blonde hair I needed for my costume was accurate. Wigs are way too expensive. Unfortunately, not spending $50 to $200 on costumes at the pop-up Halloween stores can only be off-set by time. Spending the time to create your own unique costumes can save loads of cash. Head to your local Michaels craft store or JoAnn’s fabric store for all the knickknacks and fabric you will need for your costume. Coupons are always available for Michaels, make sure to visit their website and download that coupon before you head to the store. JoAnn’s usually has coupons available on their website as well. I wouldn’t say I have a talent for sewing, which is why I love visiting JoAnn’s. In the middle of the store, an entire table of pattern books and file cabinets full of patterns to choose from awaits. My suggested process is to spend some time looking through multiple books to find the perfect pattern, pick the pattern from the corresponding cabinet, and then go look for the appropriate fabric. For accessories, like bracelets, hats, shoes, facewear, etc., shop around early. I generally like to go online and screen-shop through sites like Amazon and eBay for the perfect iteration of the accessory I’m looking for. I have two different extensions on my Chrome browser that automatically compare
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Life and Laughter—Dressed to Kill
very autumn, as I reconstructed our home after three months of child infestation, my daughters settled into their school classes and thoughts turned to Halloween. More specifically, thoughts turned to Halloween costumes. I’d load my girls into the minivan and we’d attack the pattern books at Joann fabric, looking for the perfect costumes. (These pattern books weighed approximately 450 lbs. and had to be moved carefully or they would fall off the narrow perch and crush your hip bones.) Costumes ranged from Disney princesses to Death, and each outfit had to last for decades because they were worn all the time and handed down for generations. (For example, one daughter, dressed as Snow White, shredded the hem of her gown under the plastic tires of her Big Wheel. Her dress looked like Snow White had been attacked by a pack of very short raccoons. She still wore it every day.) After finding the right pattern, we’d roam the aisles, looking for fabric that didn’t cost the equivalent of an actual Disney movie. During my costume-making tenure, I created all of the Disney princesses, a
cheerleader, Super Girl, a lion, a pumpkin and several witches. (Sidenote: A witch costume in 1990 consisted of a long black dress, a long black cape, long black hair, a black hat and a broomstick. Now a witch costume is a black miniskirt, fishnet stockings and a push-up bra. I have no idea how to fly a broom in that outfit.) Speaking of slutty clothes, my daughters were often pushing the envelope when it came to modesty. According to my daughter, her belly dancer’s shirt was too long, so (when I wasn’t around) she rolled it up several times to display her 10-year-old abs, and the gypsy Esmeralda’s blouse kept “accidentally” falling off her shoulders. Daughter number three used her Cinderella costume as a method of seduction as she walked up and down our driveway in her slappy plastic high heels, flirting with the men building the garage. Did I mention she was four? During another Halloween, she wanted to be Darth Maul. I made her costume, painted her face, but refused to put horns on her head. She grew her own devil horns a few years later. By Oct. 20, all my intentions to create the perfect Halloween costume for each daughter devolved into madness
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