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SOUTH SALT LAKE CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com


outh Salt Lake’s traditional Freedom Festival this year included a 5K fun run, parade, and activities at Fitts Park on Independence Day and a veteran’s dinner that took place the evening before. The red, white and blue celebration was a day to remember for all. At 7:30 a.m., 73 runners, walkers, and joggers met on the east side of Fitts Park with some ready to run the 5K, others planning to try the shorter fun run route. The crowd included mothers with strollers, 23 members of the Hernandez family, Councilmembers Corey Thomas and Ray deWolfe, among others. If runners beat the chicken (a man dressed in a chicken suit) they received a Chick-fil-A gift certificate. Myrna Clark, from South Salt Lake’s recreation department, said 20 people beat the chicken to the finish line. “First place: Zach Thomas with a 21:52 time. Second place: Rafe Thompson with a 21:56 time,” Clark said, in reference to the winners. Pancakes were prepared soon after the last of the runners made it past the finish line and the parade started shortly after. Many Best of South Salt Lake 2018 winners were a part of the parade such as Senior of the Year Gerda Saunders with her husband Peter, and Community Champion Adam Blackburn with USA Star Judo. Promise Kids gave candy, like many others, a tradition parade goers love. Granite School District’s American Indian Lil Feathers Title IV program participated in the parade and performed at the park afterwards in tribal dress to honor their culture. Continued on page 5... The Freedom Festival featured a parade will multiple floats. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)

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Fred Conlon flexes creative muscles making art out of metal By Spencer W. Belnap | s.belnap@mycityjournals.com The South Salt Lake City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout South Salt Lake. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals. com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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alt Lake City’s Fred Conlon has been creating unique and fun metalwork art for quite some time. He takes his creations to festivals across the nation, including the big annual Utah Arts Festival the third weekend of June. Hundreds of his handmade monsters, creatures, pop-culture items, and lawn ornaments filled his booth spaces outside the Salt Lake City County building. Conlon took some time during the festival to talk about his career, inspiration, and artwork. “I started a pottery studio in Sugar House about 20 years ago,” Conlon said. “We were right across the street from the post office, so I called it the Sugarpost. We were by the post office for a couple years, and then moved around to the old fire station on 2100 South and were there for several years. Then I started doing metalwork and needed bigger space.” The name stuck, and the workshop is still called the Sugarpost, based in a warehouse in South Salt Lake for the past decade. Conlon is from Colorado originally, but has called Salt Lake home for about 30 years. He met his wife Taya here and they have four children. While he spends most of his working time in the Sugarpost shop, he enjoys traveling to various festivals across the country and meeting all sorts of people. The one-of-a-kind pieces of art Conlon creates come in various sizes. They could be for the home, office or yard. He believes in making art that anyone who likes it can afford. “I think art needs to be affordable,” Conlon said. “Sometimes people think unless they’re spending a couple thousand dollars on stuff, but I like to think anyone can come in here and spend 15 or 20 bucks, and go home with something that’s a handmade original piece of art.” Various ages were admiring and smiling at Conlon’s work during the Utah Arts Festival, but a lot of his work seems to particularly attract children and teens. Which makes perfect sense after finding out where much of his inspiration comes from.

Fred Conlon poses in front of one of his creations at the Utah Arts Festival. (Spencer W. Belnap/City Journals)

“I usually say my kids were the inspiration behind most of these monsters,” Conlon said. For up and coming artists, Conlon believes in flexing creative muscles and never letting them weaken. “People come in and they say, ‘Man, I’m not creative at all,’” Conlon said. “And I say creativity is like a muscle. If you use your muscle a lot, it gets quicker, it gets faster, it gets stronger. Creativity is the same way. If you use it, it gets better. But if you don’t, it tends to atrophy and go away, just like anything else.” Conlon spends most of his time in the Sugarpost creating metalwork art, but he also teaches welding through The Other Side Academy there. The Other Side is a training school where students, often convicts, homeless, or substance abusers, learn vocational and life skills. Conlon believes if someone learns a valuable trade like welding, they’ll always be able to find a job. l

Some of Fred Conlon’s metalwork art that was on display and for sale at the Utah Arts Festival this past June. (Spencer W. Belnap/City Journals)

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Kids enjoyed activities such as inflatables and a train. When the pancakes stopped being served snacks and drinks were available but unfortunately food trucks weren’t as many as the year before. At the first council meeting after Independence Day, on July 11, Mayor Cherie Wood spoke about the Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner. “It was very well attended, I think it’s a fantastic new tradition for our small community and really a way to honor our community’s veterans,” she said. This is the second year South Salt Lake has put on the event held at the Columbus Center. One highlight of the evening was the introduction of the 16-week-old puppy from Service Paws for Patriots, who in October, Wood said will have completed training and will be placed with a local veteran. Wood also thanked her staff for the hard work they put in and for clocking in on a holiday. “I just wanted to let them know how much I appreciate them,” she said. Council members echoed Woods remarks. The council also congratulated District 3 Councilmember Sharla Beverly who is legally now Sharla Byrum due to her recent marriage. Wood jokingly mentioned the power outage that occurred during the parade effecting homes near Fitts Park, like those on Garden Avenue, due to an accident with a procession participant. l

The Freedom Festival featured a parade will multiple floats. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)

Granite School District’s Lil Feathers IV perform at Freedom Festival in Fitts Park following the parade. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)

Participants dance their way through the parade on July 4. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)

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Councilmember Thomas honks and waves for crosswalk safety By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com


fter seeing a person get hit due to a driver not noticing them at a crosswalk, South Salt Lake District 2’s Councilmember Corey Thomas is pushing for change when it comes to crosswalk safety. Oftentimes pedestrians must walk the length of six lanes of traffic with only two white lines, or an inconspicuous street sign, to warn distracted drivers to stop. So, on June 18 at the crosswalk on 3000 South and State Street Councilmembers Thomas and Shane Siwik could be seen with residents and friends holding bright yellow signs that said, “Kids cross here,” “Please slowdown,” and “Watch for pedestrians.” Thomas never saw herself being passionate about making crosswalks safer in her city, but her inspiration came from meeting a man in a wheelchair who filed a complaint about another crosswalk last year. “The other thing that really kicked it in gear,” Thomas said, “is I stopped and saw a bicyclist get hit at the cross walk.” The honk and wave took place at the crosswalk where Thomas witnessed the event. “I was headed to the fire station for that city barbeque and it was that fire station that went on the call,” Thomas recalled. Fortunately, the bicyclist was ok and Thomas was told he left the scene before the ambulance arrived. During the budget season Thomas asked the city council members for $100,000 to place yellow flashing crossing lights that warn drivers when pedestrians are about to cross on four of five city crosswalks she thinks need the most improvement. “The whole council was unanimous in allocating the $100,000, I’m very thankful to each of them,” Thomas said. “If I can start and fix a few of them next year maybe they will allocate that $100,000 again.” Thomas has received support and not just from fellow council members. Andrew Stoddard, running for Utah House District 44, attended the honk and wave with his family and Senator Gene Davis, Senator Todd Weiler and Representative Angela Romero said they will help out if needed, according to Thomas. The 3000 South State Street crosswalk is owned by the state, not the city, and is under the control of UDOT and thus any upgrades would

Corey Thomas with Andrew Stoddard and his family at the June 18 honk and wave near 3000 South and State Street. (Courtesy of Corey Thomas)

have to be done by UDOT. Thomas wants to encourage UDOT and show them they are taking the initiative on their own streets, and “they’ll see it’s an important issue for our city.” The honk and wave brought attention to local news outlets, such as Channel 2, and word got around. “The day after the interview the head of UDOT contacted me. He told me he had no idea that this crosswalk was an issue,” Thomas said. She was suspicious of this but did not press the issue. “I’m really happy about the efforts UDOT has started on this.” She is looking forward to what comes next — UDOT is currently performing a study to see if the need is great enough to install yellow flashing lights to warn drivers a pedestrian is about to cross. During the honk and wave, Siwik, Thomas and other attendees experienced the fear of

crossing the street first hand. Siwik chronicled the escapades on his Facebook page. “Shane has been amazing support,” Thomas said about Siwik, noting he offered himself up to be the Guinea pig to cross the crosswalk. Thomas said drivers often don’t think about pedestrians. “I just want those that have a harder time getting around to feel safer,” she said. She wants them to feel like somebody is watching out for them and is taking their needs seriously. l

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Honk and wave volunteers cross the crosswalk on 3000 South and State Street on June 18 during the honk and wave event. (Courtesy of Corey Thomas)

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Best of South Salt Lake honors those who make SSL a better place By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com

Guests mingle during the March 2018 State of the City Address lunch at the Columbus Center. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)


o invest in people is a priority for South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood as she looks toward the future, according to her 2018 State of the City address she gave in March at the historic Columbus Center. Honoring outstanding residents who have served South Salt Lake is a way Wood celebrates her community and those who make it a better place. The 2018 Community Advocate award was presented to Senator Gene Davis for his work at the legislative session. Davis’ contributions helped pass a bill that ensures South Salt Lake receives funding for resources to reduce the impact of the homeless resource center that will be moving into the community. “Senator Davis had some heavy lifting, he was amazing,” Wood said back in a March

interview about the legislative session. Despite efforts by many to not be the city chosen for the center, in the end South Salt Lake was still selected. With the support from the senate minority leader, $2.6 million a year for new police and firefighters will ease the transition of taking on the shelter. South Salt Lake resident Attila Papp was one of the many who stood up and fought for South Salt Lake when the city was first being considered for the new homeless resource center and his efforts were noticed. Papp was awarded 2018 Community Builder due to his Facebook page “Stand Up for South Salt Lake,” that is still active and informative today. According to Wood, during the discussions of where to place the shelter, “He provided critical

updates and monitored the conversation about the issue.” Many people who live, work, worship, and play in the city do their part to keep South Salt Lake a safe place, such as Employee of the Year Firefighter Engineer Joe Anderson who has been with the SSL Fire Department for 15 years, like his father, Leonard, before him. Leonard and his wife, Kathy, and their children Janet, Leslie, Debbie, and firefighter Joe received the SSL Legacy Family award. Leslie’s four children make up the fourth generation of Andersons to live in the city, just like Wood’s children, as she mentioned during the presentation of the award. The Citizens of the Year award was given to another Anderson family (unrelated)—Bill and Connie Anderson. From Granite High student to teacher and now advocate of education, Connie has been active in SSL schooling. Bill went from planning commission, to city council, and now Utah International Charter School Board of Trustees member. Their community involvement has made them remarkable citizens of South Salt Lake. Sharla Bynum, formally Sharla Beverly, knows all about being an educator and council member in South Salt Lake. Bynum taught at Roosevelt Elementary for 19 years and was re-elected for another term in 2017 for District 3. She was awarded Council Champion. “She never hesitates to pay a compliment, give credit where it is due, and speak honestly and earnestly about the issues,” Wood said during the presentation. Next year will highlight more community advocates and residents as Wood continues to invest in people and celebrate those who work hard to make South Salt Lake a better place. l

SSL summer soccer program continues to draw large numbers By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com


o matter what club you might play for or what crest you might wear in the fall or spring, the South Salt Lake summer soccer program is an oasis of fun in an off-season desert that for players, is usually marked by inactivity and kicking the ball around in your backyard. But don’t get it twisted, said Bruce Middleton, parent of one son who plays on the PAL team—one of six in the league. The summer soccer league sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and Promise South Salt Lake has taken off like a rocket. “It’s very competitive. Having a highschool aged son who plays a high level of club soccer, it kind of surprised me when I first watched a game,” he said. PAL is just one of several teams in the summer soccer league, which initially — according to Dustin Permann, program director — began simply as a way to keep kids off the streets and

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out of trouble. There are also teams from Granite Park Jr. High, Utah International Charter School, and several other schools within the city limits have teams in the league as well, according to Permann. It started several years ago and every year since, the league has grown both in number of teams and the quality and sheer number of players participating in the program. This year, six teams are participating in the league, which runs its regular season through Aug. 16 before beginning its playoff rounds. Games are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. And at 7 p.m at either Central Park Community Center or Granite Park Jr. High. For more information and to check out the league for your son or daughter for next season, contact Dustin Permann at 801-664-3075 or email him at dpermann@sslc.com. l

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Cottonwood High speech team makes points at nationals By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


his fall, Cottonwood High’s speech and debate team can build upon its success from this past season – including the first time in recent history they have sent team members to compete at nationals. Twelve members of Cottonwood High’s speech and debate team made their points against hundreds of others who qualified for the Grand National Tournament. Cottonwood students qualified for nationals at the qualifying tournament in mid-March hosted by Juan Diego Catholic High School. For some Cottonwood students, competing at the Grand National Tournament hosted by the National Catholic Forensic League May 26, meant walking through their high school graduation and less than two hours later, flying to Washington, D.C. It didn’t seem to deter senior Nour Bilal, who won the first round in original oratory, where students prepare original orations on a topic of their own choosing for a memorized presentation up to 10 minutes. Her speech was about coming to the U.S. from Syria. Junior Mac Gough won the first round in the dramatic performance with a humorous interpretation of “The Book of Mormon Musical.” Other Cottonwood students competed in oratorical declamation, oral interpretation of

literature-prose and poetry, extemporaneous speaking and student congress. “It is so great,” Cottonwood High speech and debate coach Adam Wilkins said. “It’s a fantastic experience for the students to not only compete against the nation’s best, but to tour the nation’s capital and represent their schools and the state. We (were) very stoked to go.” The team took in some of the sites around Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, spending time at the Smithsonian as well as several national monuments and memorials. Wilkins, who has been the coach for the past five years, said Cottonwood focuses on speech rather than debate topics. “As a theatre teacher, I can help them with their prepared speeches, so that is where I can best assist them,” he said. “They spend so much time researching, practicing, revising and preparing for competitions. It’s their love and their hard work that has paid off this year.” About 20 competitive teammates have presented at 15 tournaments throughout the school year. “Our goal this past year was to win region. We not only did that, but we did very well at state in addition to taking a large group to nationals,” he said. “This experience allows our kids to listen to students from across the nation. It gives them the chance to have greater expo-

sure and to build their self-confidence.” At state, Cottonwood placed in the top 10. This fall, about half of the team will return.

“It’s a great experience we can build on. We have a great mindset coming off of a winning season,” Wilkins said. l

Cottonwood High’s speech team competed at the national competition in Washington, D.C. (Cottonwood High School)

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ccidents are inevitable. Or are they? We’ve all met someone who says (more like “claims”) they have never experienced a car accident before. While we might doubt the veracity of such a statement, there are countless ways to avoid those nauseatingly time consuming situations — the ones where you wait for law enforcement on the side of the road (or middle of the intersection), deal with insurance companies and figure out finances for fixing the fender. There are countless ways to avoid an accident, here are the top five. 1. Attitude You probably weren’t expecting this one first. As a driver, you control over 3,000 pounds (or more) of metal that can cause incalculable damage. Driving with maturity and the right mindset makes a world of difference. Speeding to beat another car to the exit or to get back at the person who cut you off a minute ago may give you a moment of satisfaction, but is it worth the risk and ramifications? If all drivers commit to having a responsible attitude, imagine how much less we’d find ourselves in bumper to bumper traffic waiting to pass the accident. 2. Speed From 2012-2016, 40 percent of motor vehicle traffic crash deaths in Utah were because

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of speeding, according to Utah Department of let someone else go first. Public Safety’s crash data. This also applies when driving in poor Slowing down isn’t going to kill you, but weather conditions. Heavy rainfall and snowflying past others just might. storms blot windshields and make roads slick, 3. Distraction adverse circumstances to traveling safely. BaStay focused. Keep your guard up. Though sics become even more vital like keeping your you may be a phenomenal driver, others aren’t. distance from the vehicle in front of you. Be aware of your surroundings by paying 5. Maintenance attention to what’s in front of you and checkThe best way to avoid car malfunction is ing your mirrors. Knowing where everyone else the maintenance of said car. is helps avoid collisions. If you’re distracted Ensure tires and brakes are operating withby your phone, music, or billboards with cows out issue. Keep fluids to their proper levels. writing on them, it limits your response time to Oil changes and car washes make a difference. what another driver may being doing in front of These simple, but effective maintenance tips enyou. sure your car remains a well-oiled machine (pun 4. Defense intended). l This was one of the first concepts taught in driver education and one of the first we forget: drive defensively. Failing to yield caused 12 percent of deaths from 20122016 in the same data mentioned before. That comes to 154 people who died Here are some ways to avoid a car accident, like this one. (Photo by David Shankbone) because they didn’t

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South Salt Lake coed softball league is back in full swing with a fun wrinkle By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com


ave no fear, the South Salt Lake summer softball league is here. The league, now in its third year of operations, is holding steady with 12 teams for the second year in a row. But, this year also has the bonus of two divisions, which Recreation Coordinator Dustin Permann said was what he’s had in mind for over a year now—to not only provide more parity but also give everyone a chance to participate and compete. If you’re at all familiar with the promotion/ relegation system that permeates the soccer leagues around the world, well, you wouldn’t be too far off base here. In a nutshell, and just like the promotion/ relegation (pro/reg) leagues overseas, each team gets a certain number of points when they win. Since the teams are five-player teams— and not nine like regular softball teams—keeping score becomes a bit interesting. For those not acutely familiar, there are three teams competing against each other, on the field, at the same time. One team bats, the other plays infield and the other retreats to the outfield. In essence, the batting team is playing against the infield and outfield until three outs are made—at which

point the teams rotate and all, in good time, play a regular nine-inning game. If it sounds confusing that’s because it probably is to those unfamiliar with the format. It was something that longtime recreation department employee Tony Fabela suggested in an attempt to resurrect a flagging adult sports program. In as many words, it was a hit. Because three teams are playing at one time, the next logical question would be, how does one split up the points? The team finishing the game with the most runs gets three points in the standings. The next best team? Two points. And the last place team among the three participants in the game, one. Runs scored by each team becomes the tiebreaker in case of a tie. Just like pro/reg, the teams move up and down in the standings, based on how many points they have. The top six teams in the points compete in the Championship Pool, while the bottom six participate in the Consolation Pool. Right now, as of July 24 the SSL Old Timers are holding it down in first place with 11 points in four games they’ve played this summer—followed by three teams in a three-way tie for second place with 10 points. Meanwhile, the Chinchillas and the B&H Express are at the

The South Salt Lake coed softball league has returned with games taking place Mondays and Wednesdays in August at Central Park Ball Field, 2792 S. 300 East. (Stock photo)

bottom of the standings—each with 5 points. The league continues through August, with the annual tournament to be played at the end

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iving in a desert state, some Salt Lake Valley residents are making it a mission to conserve water. Utah received limited snowpack in the mountains, and local water officials say they’ve had to dip into reservoir water early this year. But Shaun Moser, an instructor at the Conservation Water Garden in West Jordan, said even heavy snowpack years aren’t an excuse to waste water. “Conservation should be an ethic here in Utah. More often than not, we’re in some kind of drought here,” Moser explained. That’s why state officials have been pushing to implement a statewide water conservation campaign called Slow the Flo. It’s designed to educate residents and also to encourage changes in residents’ landscapes, including using less grass in their yards. Dani Workman, a West Jordan homeowner and mom, said she’s trying to make small changes to her landscape to reduce water use. “We water our lawn twice a week and watch the weather to decide what days will be best to do it,” Workman explained. “For our garden, we collect rainwater in barrels from our downspouts and use that to hand water our garden. Not only is it free, but it saves a little bit of water and money.” Moser said the average lawn only needs 20 minutes of water every other day during the hottest months. In the spring and fall, grass only needs 20 minutes of water approximately 1-2

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CITY NEWSLETTER Ensuring Safe, Vibrant Neighborhoods and Business Districts

A well-known sociologist once said that there are seven of life’s necessities that only strong neighborhoods can provide. They are health, resource conservation, a resilient local economy, local food, socialization of children, care-giving – and safety. I’ve always been an enthusiastic advocate of strong and safe neighborhoods which is why an important Mayor Cherie Wood element of my 5-point Strategic Plan is to “Ensure safe, vibrant neighborhoods and business districts.” Safety is truly a local issue and two of its major determinants are the number of neighbors one knows by name and the extent to which people are present and interacting with each other. It’s “eyes on the street” that really make the difference. As many of you know, I am a 3rd generation South Salt Lake resident and I believe that growing up in a safe and nurturing neighborhood helped me to achieve much in my life. It is essential that every resident of South Salt Lake feels a sense of connectivity and safety at home. So how do we ensure that South Salt Lake neighborhoods are a safe place for everyone? First, we need to increase public safety in neighborhoods. This year, we are creating the “Community Safety Coalition” to create opportunities for open dialogue between our police department and the public. We will be offering bi-monthly meetings for residents to sit face-to-face with our police officers and talk about issues and solutions to local problems.

Next, we will strengthen our sense of safety and community through smart design. One of the most frequent comments I heard from residents on the campaign trail last year was about the need for more street lighting. The City recently completed a street lighting master plan and is fixing broken street lights. It’s also important to find fun ways to connect with our neighbors and preserve our proud history. That’s why the City supports events like our recent Freedom Festival, 4th of July Day Parade and our annual Veterans Appreciation event. Another strategy that supports safe and vibrant neighborhoods is to increase our sense of identity by developing new community amenities and “placemaking.” Our new library on the old Granite High School site will be a great amenity that brings neighbors together. And we are in the process of expanding Fitts Park and the Mill Creek Trail. In addition, our new Community Design Committee will be looking at projects that help to create a stronger sense of place in South Salt Lake. Some of the discussions so far have centered on our iconic water tower and improvements to the Historic Scott School. Neighborhood safety is something we can – and should -- all get involved with. I would encourage you to attend our annual Night Out Against Crime and Emergency Preparedness Fair on August 7. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors, learn important safety tips and contribute to the sense of community that is essential for a safe and vibrant neighborhood.

SSL Strategic Plan 1. Invest in people 2. Ensure the city has a strong, stable foundation to build on 3. Better support existing businesses and recruit new businesses to the city 4. Ensure safe, vibrant neighborhoods and business districts 5. Strengthen South Salt Lake’s position as a healthy, creative and productive city

City News SSL City Council Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor Wednesday, August 8, 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 7 p.m.

SSL City Planning Commission Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor Thursday, August 2, 7 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 7 p.m.

Stormwater Utility Fee

South Salt Lake is proposing a new Stormwater Utility Fee to ensure the health, safety and quality of our waterways. The community is encouraged to attend an upcoming event to speak with our stormwater manager. Visit www.sslc.com to learn more or call Public Works at 801-483-6045.

Night Out Against Crime & Emergency Prep Fair Tuesday, August 7, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Central Park Community Center 2797 S 200 E

Cool Summer Nights Free Outdoor Movie Friday, August 10, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fitts Park - 3050 S 500 E

Open House Wednesday, September 5, 2018 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. City Hall - 220 East Morris Ave

Public Hearing Wednesday, September 5, 2018 7:30 p.m. City Hall - 220 East Morris Ave

Stormwater Ordinance Consideration Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:00 p.m. City Hall - 220 East Morris Ave

City Council Corner

By Sharla Bynum – City Council District 3

During our recent budget discussions our city council raised sewer rates and started the process to create a storm water enterprise fund. It is important that our residents understand the why behind our actions. First sewer and storm water are two very different services but both will be in enterprise funds. This means the city can not make a profit through these services. We actually look at rate studies and costs to ensure fair assessment of rates. Another thing to consider is how much of our infrastructure here in SSL is at the end of it’s design life. We have amazing staff who have been able to extend the life of our infrastructure, but that cannot go on indefinitely. Looking forward we also must consider replacement costs in our rates. A storm water enterprise fund is a new way for our city to address the EPA standards. In actuality we are behind because most cities already have this type of designated funding in place to properly manage

storm water and avoid expensive fines. Many areas of our city are in desperate need of updates such as Maxwell Lane in my district where there is no drainage. New growth is a different story, we have been enacting impact fees that are applied to new construction. Impact fees require developers to help pay for future use of public services. Currently we do not have an impact fee for storm water. However, I have brought this up many times and will continue until one is established. Over the next six weeks the council is committed to provide more education and outreach about storm water to our residents. Look for information booths at city events, along with neighborhood meetings and links on our city website. Note: Opinions expressed here may not be representative of all Members of the City Council.

Youth City Council The City of South Salt Lake Youth City Council is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year! Become the next generation of leaders through active civic engagement, meaningful service, and learning about local government. Make friends, have fun, and be a youth on the move! If you are in grades 9-12 and live in South Salt Lake, visit sslc. com or sslneighbors.com for more information and to apply. The deadline to apply is September 15.

RockStar – Jentry Hedin You cannot visit the Recreation office without taking note of the bright personality of Jentry. She is the first person you see when you visit Recreation. Jentry has tremendous customer service skills and treats everyone as if they are her friend. Whether she is scheduling a room reservation, taking youth sports applications, or coordinating community service, she always has a positive and professional attitude towards our customers. Her fun loving and humorous personality is what makes the recreation office an enjoyable place to work. She is fabulous at her job and always willing to help complete tasks to keep events and activities on track. We are lucky and grateful to have such a wonderful person that greets all of our customers visiting the recreation office. Jentry thank you for being a Rock Star!

South Salt Lake City Council Action Report Summary Full agendas, minutes, handouts and video recorded meetings available at: sslc.com/city-government/council-meeting Date Agenda Item Subject Action Next Step 7/11/18 Council Staff Ordinance Discussion of staff person for the City Moved to Unfinished Further Discussion Council Business for a future Meeting 7/11/18 A Resolution to make a Update the Council rules in regards Moved to Unfinished Further Discussion change to Council Rules to Council Staff person Business for a future regarding staff person Meeting 7/11/18 Storm Water Ordinance Discussion of establishment of Storm Moved to Unfinished Further Discussion Water Utility Fee Business for a future Meeting 7/25/18 An Ordinance Adjusting the Discussion regarding increasing the Denied No Further Action Salary of the Mayor of South Mayor’s Salary Salt Lake 7/25/18 An Ordinance Adjusting the Discussion regarding increasing the Denied No Further Action Salary of the City Council City Council Member’s Salary Members

Public Safety Police Department’s New Bloodhound The South Salt Lake Police Department has recently added a new team to our K-9 Unit. Our newest members are Officer Wirthlin and an 18-month-old female bloodhound named Kelley. Officer Wirthlin and Police Service Dog (PSD) Kelley, a Bloodhound tracking dog, joined the unit last month. They have already started their training and are working shifts together. PSD Kelley will be trained specifically to track missing children and vulnerable adults. PSD Kelly with her long snout and ability to discriminate scents in a large crowd can also be used to track missing adults, burglars, bank robbery suspects, a suspected murder, evidence recovery and many other situations. With her ability to pick up human scent hours and days after an incident, she can pick up older tracks

that other dogs in the unit might miss. During PSD Kelley’s training she was able to track a human odor recovered from a spent shell casing from a handgun, and was able to locate the suspect that had handled the firearm even after the bullet had been fired. To put this in perspective, Bloodhounds can smell 1000 times better than a human and are the preferred mechanism for searching and trailing in law enforcement. PSD Kelly, unlike other dogs does not have an aggressive demeanor and Police Chief Jack Carruth will require lots of affection, so she will be visiting our schools and other community events often. PSD Kelly and Officer Wirthlin will also be joining the Utah Attorney Generals Child Abduction Response Team, and will deploy on missing children when a Bloodhound is needed. We have been part of the Utah Attorney Generals Team since 2008, with our previous K9-Bloodhound team (Officer Hunsaker and PSD Max). We are excited to continue our partnership, with our new bloodhound team. In addition to serving the City of South Salt Lake, PSD Kelly and Officer Wirthlin will also be available to assist surrounding agencies in the valley when needed.

Birthday Bash SSL is turning 80! SSL Fire is turning 75! Join us to celebrate: Saturday, September 22 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Station 43 - 3640 South West Temple

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Fingerprinting Service The Justice Court is now providing fingerprinting services for the general public. Walk in appointments for this service are available on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. There is a $10.00 fee for the printing services which includes up to two fingerprint cards.


Coffee with a Cop is part of a national initiative to create a place for community members and police officers to come together. There are no agendas or speeches; just the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and the chance to get to know the officers in your neighborhood. The South Salt Lake Chamber supports the program to help businesses increase their involvement in the community’s safety. The event takes place on the first Wednesday of each month from 9-10 a.m. This month will be at Apollo Burger 256 West 3300 South on Wednesday, August 1.

Business & Development Columbus Senior Center Highlights 2531 South 400 East South Salt Lake, Utah 84115 • 385-468-3340 ••••• Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - 9:30 a.m. EnhanceFitness Tuesdays - Tai Chi 10:00 a.m.

New Restaurants and Eateries on State Street Recently, you may have noticed a number of buildings and signs going up announcing the opening of new restaurants or eateries along State Street. Moochies has recently submitted building plans to the City and placed a sign on the building at 2121 South State announcing their future location. Quench It, a soda and desert shop, recently opened their doors at 3144 S. State. Ichiban Sushi, which is currently leasing space at 3424 South State is constructing a new building at 3432 S. State and will be open for business late summer 2018. Finally, China King Buffet is also nearing completion on a new building which is under construction at 3620 South State. South Salt Lake is excited to see these new businesses opening and we look forward to seeing them grow and become part of our community.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 a.m. - Pickleball

South Salt Lake CONSTRUCTION UPDATE Reported by: Bill Knowles, Community Ombudsman, South Salt Lake Contact for questions/concerns: 801-580-2626; knowles.bill@att.net

Ritz Classic Apartment Homes (former Ritz Bowling)

Project description: 300 units Estimated completion date: Spring 2019 Current status/activity: Construction in full swing. The parking garage is complete, and the elevator shaft serving the five story building is in place. Framing and masonry for the units is underway.

Ritz Classic Apartment Homes

Former Hi-Grade Meat Plant

Daily Lunch - Noon $3 suggested donation Wednesday, Aug 1 Utah Museum of Fine Art Must sign up at Center 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug 7 Birthday Lunch - Noon

Quench It, in partnership with the South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, held a well-attended ribbon cutting on July 10.

Monday, Aug 13 Live Entertainment: Don Bennion - 11:00 a.m.

Nominate a South Salt Lake Beautiful Yard Today! Mayor Cherie Wood’s Beautiful Yard Award is her way of thanking SSL residents who have made exceptional efforts that impact their neighborhoods in a positive way. Beautiful yards make neighborhoods more attractive and vibrant. It’s easy to nominate, please take a moment to contact the Urban Livability Department at 801-4646712 or vlelo@sslc.com to recognize a deserving yard. Congratulations to Richard Williams! Thank you for your commitment to a Beautiful Yard!

Tuesday, Aug 14 New Art Class - 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug 16 Pancake Breakfast 8:45 a.m. - Hosted by Advisory Committee Friday, Aug 17 Wendover Trip - 7:15 a.m. Hosted by Advisory Committee Monday, Aug 27 Natural History Museum Must sign up at Center 9:00 a.m. Come check out what the Senior Center has to offer!

Former Hi-Grade Meat Plant, at Utopia & West Temple Project owner: LD Investments Project description: 100 Apartment units Est. completion date: Spring 2019 Current status/activity: Under construction

2200 S, between State and Main

Developer: Cowboy Partners Project description: 95 townhouse units Estimated completion date: Spring 2019 Current status/activity: Construction has begun with the site being cleared and currently being prepped for foundation pours.

Richard Street Project

Project description: 20 Townhomes Est. completion date: Summer 2019 Current status/activity: Eight Units are under construction, site work is well on its way to being constructed..

Former Buehner Block

Project description: 218 Townhomes Est. completion date: Phase 1 & 2 Spring 2019 Current status/activity: Site work, including excavation, footings and foundations and utility connections ongoing.

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Community Happenings

Fall Outdoor Soccer Swire-Coca Cola brought 20 volunteers on June 20 to a Community Connection home. Improvements included painting, landscaping, and helping in cleaning up the property.

Practices and Games Location @ Central Park Community Center - 2797 South 300 East

On June 21, KSL and SelectHealth came out with 20 volunteers to cut down dead trees and branches, haul away dumpsters of debris and generally cleanup the grounds at West Fitts Park. KSL Newsradio broadcast their live morning show from the worksite. This work made way for the incoming Safety Bike Course. The Hunter West Stake came out with an amazing group of 200 youth volunteers to cleanup and restore much of the green space at the confluence of the Millcreek and the Jordan River. On July 12, plants were watered, overgrown weeds were pulled and waste was collected. The volunteers helped make the Millcreek confluence a healthy flourishing place for wildlife and diverse plants.

PK/K Monday & Wednesday 6-7 p.m. 1st – 3rd grades Tuesday & Thursday 6-7:30 p.m. 4th – 6th grades Monday & Wednesday 6-7:30 p.m. Practices Begins: September 12th or September 13th (depending on age group) Season Concludes: October 15th or October 16th Cost is $25 for 1st child, $20 for 2nd, $15 for 3rd *Additional $5 non-resident fee Scholarships available Deadline: August 31st (Space is Limited!) Register at Recreation Office 2531 S. 400 E. SSL, UT 84115 Office hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. For more information call 801-412-3217

LUNCH on the Move Wednesday, August 22 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. SSL City Hall – 220 East Morris Ave Discover a new food truck each month and stop in to see what’s new at City Hall.

Promise First Annual Promise Science Fair Students in 4th-12th grades participated in Promise South Salt Lake’s first annual summer science fair in July. Students spent weeks preparing projects, following the scientific method and producing incredible display boards. Judges Mayor Cherie Wood, Nicholas Owens, Bonnie Owens, and Max Harrison interviewed students and scored their projects. The top projects received prizes and a chance to display their work at Utah Afterschool Network’s STEMCon event, which included projects from youth all over the valley. 1st place winners in the teen division, Paulla Bisoma and Mamawa Sannoh from Promise’s Meadowbrook STEM program, completed an amazing project about “brain freeze”. To test their hypothesis, they even made their own ice cream! Event attendees learned various interesting facts from this project, such as how brain freeze is hereditary and that the sensation isn’t actually related to your head, but to pain sensors in other parts of your body. 1st place winners in the elementary division, Walter Perez, Faisal Bader, and Pranim Magar from the Lincoln Elementary program, completed a project related to robotics. They used “bristlebots” (tiny robots made out of toothbrush heads) to test whether a bot with longer or shorter bristles would go faster. The event was a huge success and all of the Promise programs are looking forward to more STEM programming and science fair projects in the 2018-19 school year.

Apply for a Promise SSL Afterschool Program Promise South Salt Lake will start accepting afterschool applications on August 6th for the 2018-2019 school year. Programs begin Tuesday, September 4th. Please watch for us at your school’s Back to School Night or your Community Centers Application Event for more program details. For more information contact Alex at 801-483-6057.

Meet Archer Birrell: Granite’s Teacher of the Year By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


rcher Birrell is easy to find at Hillside Elementary. Whether it’s his classroom filled with pine trees, his bearded dragon Link or his unstoppable movement. Principal Sharon Sonnenreich has spent three years with Birrell—two as his principal at Hillside and one as a fellow teacher at Elk Run Elementary. “My first impression was, ‘Does this guy ever sit down?’ Archer is an incredible ball of energy.” That boundless “ball of energy” was named the 2018 Granite School District Teacher of the Year. “I can’t think of anyone who deserved being teacher of the year for the district more,” Sonnenreich said. Birrell, a Holladay resident, said it was a “really fun” surprise when the district appeared at a special assembly in May where he was awarded with gas gift cards from Chevron, a free iPad from Granite Credit Union, a free round-trip flight from JetBlue and free tickets to a Utah Grizzlies hockey game. “I was grateful,” Birrell said of the award. “I know that I give 110 percent to my job. To be recognized and appreciated for it, it’s just a gift, it’s a blessing.” “It’s humbling too,” he continued. “Just a really neat experience to say, ‘Wow! What I’m doing is making a difference and the hard work I’m putting in has paid off and people are actually appreciative of what I do.’” Becoming a teacher At just 32, Birrell has enjoyed the journey that’s led him to where he’s at. A journey with life lessons for anyone in any field, most appropriate for a school teacher. As a child, he had two dreams—be an astronaut or elementary teacher. “‘Star Trek’ was the astronaut influence and the parents were the teacher influence because they were both school teachers,” he said. His parents encouraged him to explore everything before settling on a career, and he almost did. Literally. In what Birrell described as “the longest journey ever to get through school,” he went through every major that tickled his fancy including psychology, recreation management and medical science. “I probably looked at a dozen or so different paths and came back around” full circle to be a school teacher, he said. It took almost 10 years before he graduated from UVU. Now, he’s been teaching seven years and earned a master’s degree three years

ago in curriculum and instruction. Education was his calling. “I had to look at what I was passionate about, what I thought I was going to really be interested in, what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Birrell. “When it came down to making a decision, it just felt right. I finally was able to commit to that idea, find a path that worked for me and just go straight forward through it. After that [college] was fast.” Birrell joined GSD, starting out with an internship at James E. Moss Elementary in Millcreek before moving onto Elk Run (four years) and now Hillside (two years) where he continues to make waves with his teaching ability. Being a teacher It may only be seven years so far, but Birrell learned possibly his most important lesson as a teacher during his first week. A 6-year-old student had sat quietly for an hour when he started crying. “He says, ‘I want to do the right thing, but I’m having the hardest time sitting still,’” Birrell remembered. Kids need movement, he said, so it’s important to build a schedule of “purposeful breaks” that sets their bodies (and minds) in motion. One year he took a math lesson on angles and split the third-grade class into two Star Wars themed teams – Darth Vader versus Yoda—and ended it with a lightsaber dance off. “They had so much fun with it,” Birrell said. “They worked together to solve problems to see which side of the force would overcome the balance of the galaxy. I’m having fun with it because I love outer space, and they’re having fun with it because they’re doing something unique.” But in the end, they’re learning about acute angles. Sonnenreich has witnessed his ability with kids on multiple occasions. She said he asks lots of questions, showing students they can “think their way to the answer.” The feedback Birrell gives students, his love for each kid and his technical ability as a teacher all make him a great teacher, added Sonnenreich. “He’s just got a great combination of those people skills, attitude, (and) technical skills as a teacher,” she said. Birrell’s teaching philosophy is to have fun. Kids are fun, he says, and teaching allows his creativity to flourish. He has lights that change colors, cutout clouds on the ceiling, fake pine trees, a grizzly

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bear, plants everywhere. Anything to make the classroom feel like a forest. “You go in there and you just feel peaceful,” he said. “If I set the environment to be a peaceful mindset, the learning is going to take place.” He has two class pets, a bearded dragon and a beta fish. He plays music, sometimes classical, sometimes positive and empowering pop music. “Whatever sets the mood for what we’re doing,” he said. He does “nice wars” with other classes, where students “play nice pranks” on them in sneaky ways such as leaving gifts or positive notes. “I always teach the kids, if we have to go to war we might as well make them nice wars.” These battles of kindness add to the bigger picture for the school, just as how he runs the summer school program and is its after school coordinator. “He really tries to help everybody so that every child entrusted to our building is having the best possible experience they can,” Sonnenreich said. Future as a teacher Birrell wants to spend his entire career with GSD. He said he’ll keep his options open for other opportunities within the district, especially if it allows him to give more service to more people — teachers and students. But for now, he’s excited for another school year this fall, where he’ll be moving to

the fourth grade. “I love teaching and that’s where I want to be.” l

Archer Birrell is a school teacher at Hillside Elementary and was named Granite School District’s Teacher of the Year. (Daniel Pacheco Photography)

Archer Birrell raises his thumbs with his third-grade class at Hillside Elementary. Birrell was named Granite School District’s Teacher of the Year. (Granite Education Foundation)

South Salt Lake City Journal

New South Salt Lake PAL wrestling program a long time in the making


By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com

Golf Tournament & Clinic Tuesday, August 28 at Thanksgiving Point


OPPOrTUNITIeS AvAILABLe! Benefits of ParticiPating • Play in a 9-hole scramble or join the 3-part clinic • Expand and reconnect with your network How you can ParticiPate • Become a Sponsor • Invite Friends • Donate an Auction Item $75 Per Individual Golfer or Individual Clinic Attendee $40 Luncheon ONLY | $300 Per Foursome All proceeds benefit WLI and The First Tee of Utah. Both organizations are a 501(c )3.

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New PAL Wrestling Club head coach Anthony Martinez poses with his son Patrick, who will represent the U.S. at the Greco-Roman World Championships in Budapest, Hungary later this year. (Photo/Jerry Silva)

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ccording to PAL Boxing Club head coach Matt Pena, the new South Salt Lake PAL Wrestling Club has been a long time coming. The reason, he says, is rather simple in theory. The city in which he serves and has served for many years now is known as a landing spot for refugees from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East—places in which wrestling is not only a popular sport, it is the sport of choice, and has been for centuries. “I’m really excited about the wrestling program,” said Pena. “I’m about to lose my mind on that one, because there are two main points here. One is the culture; we have a lot of refugees and there are tons of folks who are from places who traditionally, from a world scene, love wrestling.” And so in a way, the manner in which PAL has added the sport to its programs is necessary, according to Pena. For one, it provides area youth yet another avenue through which they can assimilate and feel comfortable here. For another, the sport of wrestling is already in their blood, added Pena — which should in time give kids an advantage over other kids who may hail from more affluent areas of the Salt Lake valley. “The problem here in America is that when you look at the best wrestling programs, they’re usually in the suburbs — on the outskirts of town,” added Pena. “And so it’s really hard for inner city kids like ours to develop in wrestling programs.” Pena continued, “They may try to go out for their school. But, by then it’s too late because there aren’t any clubs. Everybody’s training in their clubs [in the suburbs] from the time

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they’re five years old, you know, you can’t just show up at your high school and think you’re going to dominate from the outset — unless you’re somebody extremely special. But now we can provide these kids from this population and the inner city with this wrestling club.” The program got underway on July 2 with an “Open Mat” at the Central Park Community Center and will continue there every Monday. The program will be coached by Anthony Martinez, whose son Patrick just won the Greco-Roman National Team Trials. Patrick will now represent the United States of America at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary later this year. “The other thing that has me excited about this program,” Pena said, “is that we have a world-class coach—Mr. Martinez, who’s also an autism teacher by day—who’s agreed to come on and help me out.” Finally, added Pena, and probably the paramount reason he’s excited about the formation of the wrestling program in South Salt Lake is that kids from the area now have an opportunity to work on their grappling skills with an experienced coach. They can start from an earlier age — presumably giving them a leg, or arm, up on their competition as they mature and presumably enter the highly competitive world of high school wrestling. Whereas an athletic scholarship might have been out of reach for area kids who wrestled before and wanted to pursue the sport further, now a future in wrestling for them is very much a possibility. For more information and to register your child for the PAL Wrestling Club, go to sslpal.org or call PAL at 801-412-3227. l

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Airport reconstruction project on schedule for 2020 By Lana Medina | l.medina@mycityjournals.com


ust two years from now, Utahns will see a brand new Salt Lake International Airport opening. A construction project that has been decades in the making is underway at the airport, as crews are working to build a new parking garage, central terminal and a new north and south concourse. “One of the biggest milestones was in May,” said Nancy Volmer, the airport public relations director. “That’s when one of the final steel beams went up.” Why build a new airport? When the Salt Lake International Airport was first built in the 1960s, it was designed for 10 million passengers per year. But now, more than 60 years later, the airport serves more than 24 million passengers annually, and that number is increasing. Volmer says with the current design, only one plane can take off at a time, and the airport wasn’t built for a hub operation. “There’s congestion on the curb side, there’s congestion on the gate side,” Volmer explained. “There’s not enough seating for passengers waiting for their flights.” Who is paying for the new airport? “No local taxpayer dollars are being spent on the airport,” Volmer said. For the $3.6 billion reconstruction project, the airport is relying on several major areas of funding: 41.3 percent - Future bonds to pay for the remaining cost 23 percent - 2017 revenue bonds issued by the airport 14.8 percent - Airport savings 11.5 percent - Passenger facility charges 4.9 percent - Rental car facility charges 4.5 percent - Federal grants Volmer says one of the primary reasons why the Salt Lake International Airport is able to fund the reconstruction project without local taxpayer assistance is because the airport has been saving for this project since the 1990s. “People who use the airport are helping pay for this redevelopment. Passenger user fee, the airlines, the car rental user fees,” Volmer said. Future Changes One of the biggest changes that will push the Salt Lake International Airport into the spotlight is security. The new airport will have state of the art equipment for security screening to help cut down on wait times and limit the hassle as passengers try to make their flights. The entire design of the airport is focused on making it easier for passengers, Volmer explained. “You can check your bag, print your boarding pass, go through security, and you won’t have to go up and down levels. It (will be) convenient for passengers,” Volmer said. Some other major improvements include: • A larger parking garage able to fit up

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Airport officials say the new airport design will allow for easier access to passengers. (Photo courtesy Salt Lake International Airport)

to 3,600 vehicles, with separate areas for drop off and pick up. • Separate arrival and departure levels • On-site car rental pick-up and dropoff counters • Tech friendly with more locations to

plug in electronics • More shopping and dining What is Phase 2? Phase 1 is expected to be completed by Fall 2020, and then construction will begin on Phase 2, which includes building the north and south

concourses on the east side, the demolition of concourses B, C and D, and the demolition of the International Terminal. For more information about the Airport Reconstruction project, visit www.slcairport. com/thenewslc. l

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A Special Thank You...

201 8 Golf Tournament We are proud to report on the success and fun we had at our golf tournament, Friday, the 13th. As we expected, it was sold out and great fun. We had a delicious breakfast provided by Chick-fi l-A and our lunch was provided by our city favorite, Pat’s BBQ. We had so many great sponsors and partners for this event. Thank you to Chris and his amazing team at Golf the Round, our little cities only golf course! We had to have a chip-off tiebreaker to determine our winning team. Mark and his crew from the Grizzlies came up just short of the winning team on Greg and his crew from Alphagraphics. Great playing to all teams!

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Seventh annual PAL Golf Classic aims to raise money for area youth programs By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com


ith so many programs to fund, the South Salt Lake Police Athletics League, or PAL, must find creative ways to raise money to help area kids achieve their goals and reach their dreams, according to Jerry Silva, program director. With wrestling now here to stay as another program in the ever-growing stable of activities that PAL provides for kids in the city, the demand for help is at an all-time high. Even with sponsors assisting as much and as often as they can, it’s often difficult for PAL to make ends meet. That’s where the annual PAL golf tournament comes in. In its seventh year, the tournament has been a catalyst in helping PAL meet its needs and provide more support for these kids. The seventh annual PAL Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Talons Cove Golf Club in Saratoga Springs. Sponsored by Advance Displays, Salt Lake Valley Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep and PAL, the tournament has several different ways in which you can help. First, you can register at the tournament’s website or by googling “PAL Golf classic.” There, you’ll find many options from which to choose. If you’re planning on attending the tournament alone, you can pay $75 per person for a player package—up to a foursome. And, if you’d like to help the kids at PAL, you can pay $150 more. If you like to cheat a little bit at golf, well, the tournament has help for you as well at $5 per cheat. If you like to take mulligans, well, PAL’s there to help as well, offering you relief from your suffering golf game at $10 per extra stroke.

For those able to really lend a hand— though any help is greatly appreciated—the tournament offers some great sponsorship packages starting at $1,000 for either the Beverage Cart Sponsorship or Waffle Breakfast Bar Sponsorship—which gives your business a chance to advertise on a banner and sponsor a hole, among other opportunities. Packages go all the way up to either a Lunch Sponsorship at $2,500 or even a Title Sponsorship at $5,000, which affords your business to cobble together either one or two complimentary foursomes out on the links— depending on the size of your contribution— along with your company logos and name on all of the aforementioned promotional materials. Other amazing marketing opportunities are listed on the tournament’s website. For those businesses on a more limited budget, the tournament also offers a Hole Sponsorship for just $300, which includes some of the amenities listed above. All told, it’s bound to be a great event for a good cause. All participants will register at the golf course at 7 a.m. A shotgun start will get the tournament underway at 8 a.m. Golfers will then hit the links for the next four hours, wrapping up the morning with lunch at 12:30. After lunch is when the real fun will begin at 1 p.m., as an awards ceremony will commence—followed by a raffle giveaway. And of course, if you just can’t make it out to the tournament you are more than welcome to donate to PAL at the donation page of the tournament’s website. l

Several participants have a good time at the 2017 PAL Golf Tournament. (Photo/Jerry Silva)

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Students access real-life scientific resources to build dinosaurs By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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Students use museum resources and their imagination to create the ultimate dinosaur species. (Photo Alex Goodlett)


ike scientists in a scene from a popular dinosaur movie, students teamed up with the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) to design the ultimate dinosaur species. Using Research Quest, a creative digital program developed by the museum, students determined the best combination of various heads, torsos, tails and legs from a digitized library of fossils scanned from the museum’s paleontology collection. “We are getting some of the expertise of our scientists out there to kids and we’re getting objects out there—they’re looking at actual scanned fossils that we have at the museum,” said McKenna Lane of NHMU. Research Quest brings the museum resources to the classroom through the internet and is easily accessed from computer labs or classroom Chromebooks. Using digitized fossils and scientific materials, video segments from leading scientists and printable resources, students work their way through activities called investigations. The teaching resource—available to all Utah teachers—was developed by the museum in partnership with the Utah Educational Network and the University of Utah’s departments of Educational Psychology and Entertainment Arts and Engineering. Kirsten Butcher, of the University of Utah’s Instructional Design & Educational Technology Program, said not all species of dinosaurs have been discovered so students are using the simulation to create a feasible design for a potential species using the same resources as actual

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scientists. Students designed dinosaurs that would most successfully perform in simulated tests of survivability, diet, reproduction and physical stability, based on the features of each fossil. Research Quest provides teachers with three different investigations that engage students in actual paleontology work as well as the development of critical thinking skills. “Critical thinking has been recognized as a huge concern for education for a long time,” said Butcher, “but it’s notoriously difficult to teach and to engage students in these processes.” Research Quest uses a digital interface and a gaming style to appeal to students, while providing practice in this important life skill. “We live in a very information rich world,” said Butcher. “It takes really strong critical thinking skills to sift through information, to make sense of information, to know what to do with that information.” Another investigation, targeted to older grades, asks students to study a real-life quarry site where many dinosaur skeletons have been found. Students develop a theory of how the dinosaurs ended up there, based on available evidence. Then they debate with peers who interpreted the data differently and support an opposing theory. “This is a real scientific question— there’s no one correct answer,” said Butcher. Students use the same resources that are available to paleontologists to de-

velop their theories and then compare it to leading scientific theories. “From the teachers we hear a lot that it’s a really great tool for getting kids to construct evidence based arguments and that’s something they feel is really unique and valuable,” said Lane. “Students are gathering evidence to support an argument and communicating that argument—something they don’t usually get a chance to do.” Another investigation gives students access to 3D digitized models of fossils found in the NHMU’s collection. Using observation and analysis, they determine what kind of dinosaur the bones are from. Research Quest has been available for classroom use since the beginning of this school year and has been well received by students of all ages, said Lane. The program was initially targeted to middle school students but is adaptable for younger grades as well. “I had to do a little preparation to scaffold the program since it’s a middle school-designed program,” said Kristine Jolley, a teacher at Midas Creek Elementary in Riverton. She said her students were excited to use the technology and were engaged in learning. She felt her fourth-graders benefitted from the challenge to think more critically in a fun way. “The best part is just the fact that it is a cool subject and the kids enjoy it,” she said. More information can be found at www.researchquest.org. l

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Making sense of cents


he importance of saving money has been emphasized ever since I was a child. I was bombarded with the sentiment from my parents, my teachers and from the media. “Save Big” marketing messages have been in my life ever since I have been able to make sense of my senses. Lately, I’ve been wondering why. Why do we need to save money? As soon as I was old enough to receive a paycheck, my parents told me to put at least 10 percent of it into a savings account, if not more (hopefully one that accrues interest). They always told me to keep a $100 comfort pillow in my primary checking account and to keep a significant safety net. When I would ask “Why?” their response was always, “In case of an emergency.” What if the car breaks down and you need to pay for a pretty hefty repair? What if you break a part of yourself and need to pay for medical expenses? Saving money was to keep myself out of debt when outstanding situations arose. In school, we were required to take financial planning classes. We received instruction on how to budget, how to buy a house, how to get the best agreements for car payments, and how to plan for retirement. The essentials



for our personal budgets, right? Buy a car. Buy a house. Save enough to retire on time. Saving money was to maintain a comfortable lifestyle to transport ourselves, shelter ourselves, and take care of ourselves in old age. As soon as we reproduce, we start saving money for our children. I’ve always heard that one child costs $20,000 per year, on average. Offspring are expensive. On top of that average support, parents tend to save for their children’s future (aka a college education). Parents also tend to want to leave their children something of merit when they pass. So, we save money for emergencies, for a comfortable lifestyle, and for our offspring. Besides those canons of saving money, what else do you

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ple can’t even imagine paying more than four figures on something that just gets them from point A to point B. It may be family and friends. Some people will make agreements with family and friends to not exchange gifts. Other people don’t mind spending some cash on their people. Why are we so driven to save a few dollars here and a few cents there? Why are we so turned on by sales and big savings tactics? Is it so we can have money for emergency situations? Or to spend money on things we perceive to have value? Or is it some ideal the marketing industries have driven into us since before we can remember? Let me know so I don’t feel like I’m just rambling into the ether. l

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e’ve become an unpleasant people. All the commons, like courtesy, sense, knowledge and good, aren’t nearly as prevalent as they should be. But we’re Americans! We’re resilient! We survived New Coke and the Sony Betamax. We can definitely start using old-fashioned common courtesy. Making America Great Again should include some of the following: Be Thoughtful Being thoughtful doesn’t have to be inconvenient, like throwing your jacket on top of a mud puddle so I can cross without getting my dainty feet wet. (Disclaimer: I’ve never had dainty feet). Even small actions amp up your kindness cred. Open doors, smile, give up your seat, wipe down the machines at the gym (you know who you are!!) or offer to carry a bag of groceries. Maybe thoughtfulness means doing something you’d rather not do, like play Yahtzee with your grandson 327 times in a row, watch golf with your husband or help a friend move. Offer to buy a stranger’s coffee, remember important dates, use manners, write thank you cards and let someone go in front of you at Walmart. Watching their wary acceptance is pretty hilarious.

Shut up and Listen Have you ever talked to someone and realized their eyes were more glazed than a Krispy Kreme conveyer belt? That means you’ve monopolized the conversation and it’s someone else’s turn to talk. (“Conversation” means two or more people exchanging ideas.) We’re horrible listeners. We interrupt, interject with personal stories, refuse to make eye contact and try to keep that supercool thought in our brain so we can jump right in as soon as the speaker takes a breath. Calm yourself. Listen to learn. If we already know everything, there’s absolutely no reason to pay attention to someone who’s talking to us. If you agreed with that last sentence, your wife is slowly poisoning you. Put Down Your Damn Phone We are WAY too invested in our cell phones. I’m not excluding myself. My husband and I often have this conversation: Tom: Can you put down your phone and watch TV? Me: I’m watching. Tom: What just happened? Me: The guy did that one thing to that other guy. Tom: Hand me your phone. Me: [Eye roll] Gees, you don’t



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