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UCT SPINS A WEB WITH ‘TIMELESS’ TALE By Travis Barton | email@example.com
his spider won’t scare you. “Charlotte’s Web,” the classic children’s story by E. B. White, hit the stage Jan. 18 at the Utah Children’s Theatre (3605 South State Street) for its six-week run through Feb. 23. The show plays on Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Directed by Emily Holmgren, the show tells the story of a pig, Wilbur (played by Larissa Anderson), seeking companionship on the farm only to be snubbed by the other barnyard animals. Wilbur eventually befriends a spider, the titular Charlotte (played by Amanda Van Orden). “It’s one of those timeless stories about coming together,” said Nellie Kelly, the production and stage manager. “It’s a really easy story for kids to connect to, but also deals with some heavier topics. Because it deals with death a lot, it’s pretty frank about the fact that animals die on farms.” It’s a show, Kelly said, where kids can feel heavier topics “without being too dramatic or too light about it.” Last done by UCT about six years ago, the show’s gloomier themes are balanced by its comic elements. Anderson said the script directs her to a variety of emotions from happy to sad to devastated and back again. “That’s a lot, but my fellow castmates are very focused at moving those emotions along,” she said. “It feels really good.” The emotion that might resonate most with audiences is Wilbur’s longing for friendship. In a press release, Anderson said she loves how pure the friendship is throughout. “Wilbur is such a true-hearted pig,” she said. “The show is all about Wilbur’s friends and how he is loyal and true-hearted.” The show aims to capture the two sides of friendship. “This story is about the circle of life and self-sacrificing friendship,” Holmgren said in a press release. “Relationships bring the greatest sorrow and the greatest joy.” Contrasting the animals with the humans could provide the most comedy of the show. “I’ve laughed so hard putting the show together,” Holmgren said in the press release. “The audience will laugh and cry. Because they are encouraged to laugh and have fun with the characters, when one dies it sends a pang to the heart because they loved them. It’s sad, but beautiful.” Differentiating the actors playing humans from those playing animals may have been the biggest challenge. But it was something the cast and crew were ready for.
Amanda Van Orden plays the titular Charlotte in Utah Children’s Theatre’s “Charlotte’s Web.” (Photo courtesy UCT)
Animal costumes were patterned after classic clowns. Wilbur wears a hula hoop while geese have fake heads with eyeballs above their heads requiring actors to mimic where the eyes are looking despite not being their own, according to Kelly. Set design and costumes are among the items the cast and crew are enthusiastic about. Anderson was excited for the audience to see Charlotte’s actual web in action. “That’s always just a magical thing in my mind,” she said. But it’s what comes before the show that excites Kelly.
A preshow will be held for kids with games from a relay race to guessing the sound of a farm animal involving the actors. That interaction between actors and audience continues into the play as characters will speak to the audience such as when the web first appears. “It’s really cool that way, they’re very interactive,” Larissa Anderson plays Wilbur in Utah Children’s Kelly said. The cast Theatre’s “Charlotte’s Web.” (Photo courtesy UCT) ranges from 8 to middle aged and the show features many family units. Holmgren’s husband plays Homer while two of her daughters and a son also feature in the play. Two other mother-daughter duos are part of the show, with one working backstage doing makeup. Especially with rehearsals running through the holidays, it’s nice for families to perform together, Kelly said. “It was really cool because we always try to fit that in, not purposefully, but it’s kind of nice whenever our shows end up having family units in them,” she said. “Because it’s a lot of time away from your family when you’re doing theater.” For the Utah Children’s Theatre, Kelly said this show caters just as much to the younger audience as the older generation. “The 4 year old will enjoy it as much as the 82 year old.” Individual tickets may be purchased online at www. uctheatre.org or by calling 801-532-6000. l
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Silly is on the menu
School lunches serving up healthy fun By Jet Burnham | j.Burnham@mycityjournals.com
lementary school students are required to take fruits and vegetables in the lunch line — but they don’t have to eat them, said Amy Wilkins. They often just throw them in the garbage or put them onto the “sharing table.” It’s often up to cafeteria workers such as Wilkins to encourage kids to actually eat them. As kitchen manager at Fremont Elementary in Taylorsville, she has discovered the recipe for encouraging healthy eating is to mix in fun. “I find that when we do fun stuff, the kids are a lot more excited to try it,” said Wilkins. Sometimes, kitchen staff members write positive messages on the peels of bananas or clementines with food-safe markers. Students have responded to the fun messages on the fruit — smile, be happy, you are awesome, have a fantastic day — by eating more of them. “I watched to see, and they actually ate more of them than putting them back on the sharing table,” Wilkins said. “They were actually eating them.” Wilkins encourages students to give vegetables a try by presenting them in a visually appealing way. When she mixes broccoli with tomatoes and ranch flavoring, students are more likely to put it on their tray. “That seems to go better because colors mixed together make it look prettier,” she said. Wilkins also advertises healthy food visually by peppering the cafeteria with posters to familiarize students with and promote a fun connection to healthy food. For example,
students waiting in the lunch line can contemplate, “How do you turn soup into gold?” (Answer: Add 24 carrots.) Fun and silly labeling also whets the students’ appetites. “I’ll name the food fun things to try to get them to try it,” said Wilkins. “They get pretty excited; they like to see the fun labels.” Her students are more likely to give “awesome apricots,” “crisscross applesauce,” “have a grape day” or “lettuce do our best” a try. At Fremont, the kitchen staff occasionally turns up the heat on creativity with a theme day, complete with special food and music. They are planning a super hero menu later this year. Last year, they served up a “Star Wars” day. The out-of-this-galaxy menu included Darth Vader salad, TIE Fighter carrots, Jyn Erso BBQ sandwich and K-2SO nuggets. “The ‘Star Wars’ day was a huge hit,” said Wilkins. “I had more kids eating school lunch that day than home lunch because they were excited for the ‘Star Wars’ theme.” School menus are developed by Felipe Guerra, registered dietician for Granite School District, which provides nearly 65,000 meals — including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks — to students and staff each day. “All our programs encourage healthy eating by offering healthy items,” said Guerra. Menus are based on the guidelines and regulations established by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National School Lunch Program. Requirements dictate that meals use only whole grains and lean
Kids go bananas for talking bananas. (Amy Wilkins/Fremont Elementary)
protein, and include at least a half cup fruit or veggies, and are reduced-sodium. Guerra also takes into consideration the amount of sugar, fiber and calories in a school meal. One of the perks of his job is taste-testing the dishes. “Everything we put out there we first make in the central kitchen, and until it meets certain standards, it’s not going to go out to schools,” he said. Guerra’s favorite menu item is the newly updated chicken patty sandwich. The lightly breaded chicken is served on a whole grain bun. Guerra experimented with different brands until he found the bun with the best taste and texture. “Everything we have is whole grain, but the way you make it makes a lot of difference,” he said. “Also, the type of flour used will change the taste, the appearance and the texture.” Even if kids aren’t picky eaters, Wilkins said they are often reluctant to try foods that look different from what they are used to. The district regularly exposes students to variety of locally grown, in-season produce. This year, students have been introduced to fresh cantaloupe, strawberries and jicama at the Nutrition Station (formerly known as the salad bar). Many schools in the district also participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, schools purchase fresh fruits and veggies from local growers for students to sample during snack time. The program is a way to present students with The kitchen staff at Fremont Elementary hosts “Star Wars” Day with an out-of-this-galaxy menu. (Amy Wilkins/ foods they may never have had a chance to Fremont Elementary) taste before.
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“We try to get things that are not very common so the students can have a different experience,” said Guerra. “Students can get used to trying new foods, and it keeps them excited to eat healthy.” Items this year have included exotic and tropical fruits such as mangoes, pineapple, rambutan, jicama and various types and colors of pears and apples. Granite District’s Department of Nutrition is currently cooking up new ways to post future school lunch menus on an interactive app, making it more accessible, informative and adaptable to special dietary needs. “Instead of having a paper menu on the fridge or crumpled in a backpack somewhere, it will all be interactive,” said Carla Dalton at Nutrition Services. “Students can get involved in their own nutrition and understand more how important it is to have a cup of vegetables and fruit. It makes it more appealing to the kids and more interactive and friendly.” The district currently engages students in taking charge of their own healthy eating through education programs such as the presentation Colleen Norris, wellness specialist for the district, targets to fourth-graders. Students are encouraged to focus on eating a healthy diet, cut back on junk food and exercise at least one hour a day. The presentation includes visual demonstrations of the amount of sugar in and the actual portion size of common foods they eat. Norris helps students think about how their choices today will impact their quality of life over time and how exercise impacts not only their overall health but their ability to learn as well. l
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ere are some ideas and places around the valley for a Valentine’s date and some budget savvy ideas for Valentines. Romantic: Does your honey have to work on Valentine’s Day? That’s not romantic…but perhaps doing one sweet deed a day is the best way to make it up to your honey. Help them feel extra appreciated with one sweet gesture a day leading up to Feb. 14. Outdoorsy: Don’t let cold temperatures stop you from celebrating Valentine’s in the great outdoors. Dress warmly and try these ideas: Ice Skating: Gallivan Center, Ice Rink Hotline: (801) 535-6117. For more details check out their website: www. thegallivancenter.com. Skiing: Some ski resorts offer retreats, spa specials and romantic dinners for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time. This website: www.skiutah.com helps you navigate different resort websites for information. Ice Castles: Journey to Midway and walk hand-in-hand around magnificent illuminated ice formations. www.icecastles.com Giving back: The hopeful animals at local animal shelters could use some love too. The Sandy Animal Services Department doesn’t need volunteers, but they do allow good willed people to visit and give the animals attention in their pet/play room during normal business hours. Sandy Animal Services Department is located at 8751 S. 700 West in Sandy. (801) 352-4450 Indoorsy: If you and your love opt out of crowds this year…perhaps make a fun recipe together, cookies, cupcakes, or whatever your fancy…and then paint or draw one another to the best of your artistic abilities. Check out Painting with a Twist and Color Me Mine for some indoor painting activities for a date. Singles/miscellaneous: Sumo Wrestling! Yes, you can rent a sumo suit with some friends from Canyon Party Rental, LLC (801) 836-7700. For more information their website is: www.canyonpartyrental.com For seniors: “Draper’s best kept secret.” That’s according to Draper Senior Center’s office specialist Lisa Campbell. The senior center offers an array of fun things for seniors to do and socialize. And it is free for seniors aged 60+ and free for spouses under 60 if they are married to a member who is at least 60. It’s open to seniors living in all areas. There is a workout facility, classes offered and even a café serving generous portions at good prices. Their Valentine’s Day event, a ballroom dance Valentine’s party, will take place on Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Come join in the dance and fun and celebrate “love day” with good music provided by the ballroom dance class and enjoy light refreshments. And on Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m. Valentine’s entertainment will be provided by the non-profit organization Heart and Soul. Fancy foodies and desserts: If you’re a foodie and you plan to splurge on your sweetie by deciding to indulge and tantalize your taste buds in ambiance, La Caille, a French restaurant in Sandy, is having a Valentine’s seven-course dinner for $150 per person, reservations required. They are located at 9565 Wasatch Blvd. in Sandy. (801) 942-1751 And www.opentable.com is a simplified way to find a Utah Valentine’s Day restaurant with open reservations. If you don’t want to deal with crowds, Dairy Queen is having Cupid’s Cake, made from their traditional ice cream cake, perfect for sharing and it comes in the shape of a heart, a sweet treat for your sweetie that you can take home. Family: If you’re not already in touch with your inner child, perhaps taking the family to bounce around on tram-
polines together will heighten your awareness. Airborne Trampoline Park is an amusement center in Draper. Their website states, “Wall-to-wall trampolines attract jumpers of all ages to this complex with air dodge ball and foam pits.” They are located at 12674 Pony Express Rd. in Draper. (801) 601-8125 And if you’re not in Draper there is another called Get Air Salt Lake in Murray at 5546 Van Winkle. Teens and adult, budget friendly: The Draper Library is offering on Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. a tasting of chocolate and creating. You will get the chance to test your palate with chocolate sampling and create your own seasonal craft to go with. This is through the Draper Makers, they have a seasonal creation time to learn new techniques, the supplies are provided while quantities last. Registration preferred. The Draper Library is at 1136 E. Pioneer Rd. (12400 S.) Draper and is across from the TRAX station. (801) 943-4636 Developmentally Appropriate: “All Ability Activity Very Fun Valentines,” Friday, February 1 at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Crafts and activities are designed for adults and teens with disabilities. “We have a great time, it’s the highlight of my month,” said Sarah Brinkerhoff, manager at the Draper Library. Registration is required. www.thecountylibrary.org The Draper Library is located at 1136 E. Pioneer Rd. (12400 S.) in Draper and is across the street from the TRAX station. (801) 943-4636 Kid friendly, family/friends and free: Valentine crafting, bring the kiddies to make a sweet penguin magnet, on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1-4 p.m. You may drop in between those hours to make a magnet for Valentine’s Day. The crafting will take place in the children’s area; everything will be available to put together a magnet, while supplies last. Feb. 11, 7- 8 p.m. Family Draper Makers, no registration required, supplies provided while quantities last. Make homemade Valentines and spend quality time with family while creating seasonal crafts. Draper Library is located at 1136 E. Pioneer Rd. (12400 S.) in Draper and is across the street from the TRAX station. (801) 943-4636 Whatever you plan to do, here’s one easy tip for fostering love and appreciation: During your time together, take a break from checking cell phones and focus on one another. Valentine’s Day is truly a day to be loving first and foremost to others and yourself. l
Abbey the Cavapoo poses with a homemade Valentine’s Day card wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day. (Michelynne McGuire/City Journals)
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SLC’s Young Professionals host first speed-friending event By Lindsey Baxter | firstname.lastname@example.org
New friends continue to get to know each other at Beer Bar. (Courtesy of Scott Jackson)
he Young Professionals of Salt Lake City (YPSLC) is a strong community that continues to show support and a heart of service, connect people and help people put roots in Salt Lake City and surrounding cities. Friday, Jan. 4 was a special event held at the Impact Hub in downtown Salt Lake City. The event was one of a kind and the first event the YPSLC has provided for its members and new people looking to meet new friends. Nchopi Nwokoma, the president for over four years, and Alex Watson, a previous board member, looked for ways to refresh their friends lists. This led to the idea of speed-dating, but for friends. “The diversity of people here is my favorite part of the eve-
ning so far,” Nwokoma said. Scott Jackson, a first-time event goer, said, “Over time my friends have moved away, gotten married and are having families, and I needed an excuse to meet new people without church. I heard about it through Meetup from a couple of friends and I’ve never done anything like this before and was scrolling through the events and saw this and thought it would be a good way to meet people. I am part of the group Young Professionals of Salt Lake City on Meetup.” Carrie Minerich and Jayme Weber met during the event, which was a first-time event for both of them. “We made connections and even if it was a small amount out of the whole
The speed-friending event is set and ready to begin. (Lindsey Baxter/City Journals)
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group, that was the whole point,” Minerich said. Both Minerich and Weber said they will be looking for upcoming events by the YPSLC. “We go out and volunteer in the community,” Nwokoma said. “We really want people who move here to connect them and give back to the community whether it’s by planting a tree or building that roof.” Nwokoma said YPSLC, which also raises money for nonprofits, wants to attract and retain young professionals to Salt Lake City and Utah, even transplants who “moved here reluctantly for a job.” “We are going to show you that this is an amazing place to live, we are going to con-
nect you with new friends, we are going to connect you with community leaders so now you have mentors in the community, we are going to connect you with the community at large where you give back and feel connected,” Nwokoma said. “So really just trying to cultivate that spirit of loving where you live, to where if you have friends here, if you feel connected to powerful people and you feel connected to the community in the sense that you have given back, we think you’ll be more likely to stay here.” If you are interested in getting to know more about the YPSLC, visit their website at www.ypslc.com l
Two new friends exchange numbers at the end of the event. (Lindsey Baxter/City Journals)
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s of Jan. 14, the Red Cross had a less than three-day supply of most blood types on hand, nationwide. That’s well below the ideal five-day supply used to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs. An emergency call was issued by the American Red Cross for blood and platelet donors in January. A lack of blood drives over the holidays has led to a blood shortage, according to a Red Cross press release. The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away. “Many people may not realize that blood products are perishable, and the only source of lifesaving blood for patients is volunteer blood donors,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services in the press release. “When donations decline – as they did around the holidays and may further decline if severe winter weather and flu season pick up – lifesaving medical treatments could be delayed.” All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED
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CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter. “We hope people can resolve to save lives now – when there is an emergency need – as well as throughout the year,” added Numark. In May 2018, 4-year-old Branson Gibby was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of childhood cancer that affects certain types of nerve tissue, after complaining of pain in his arms and legs and running a fever. After many tests, his mother, Erica Austin, was given the news that no mother ever wants to hear: her son had cancer. Branson’s 18-month treatment plan includes many rounds of grueling chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor near his kidney and spinal cord, stem cell transplants, and possibly radiation. He has already endured several lengthy hospital stays and began receiving the first of his stem cell transplants this fall. Since his diagnosis, Branson has received 12 blood and 11 platelet transfusions. Of the transfusions, Austin said, “They have been so important to keep him as healthy, active and battle-ready, as possible. This is the hardest thing our family has ever faced. However, there is hope in the generosity of strangers who are helping to heal my brave boy. Blood and platelet donations truly are the gift of life.” Last January and February weather conditions forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing about 23,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected nationwide, according to the Red Cross. l
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2/7: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Progrexion/Decker Lake, 2850 S Decker Lake Drive 2/15: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Granger West Stake, 3901 West 2925 S
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City’s open play basketball is fun wintertime exercise
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or adults across South Salt Lake, one thing seemed to be missing a few years ago. Basketball, the preeminent sport of kings at just about every LDS Church ward house was inexplicably missing from the lineup at the Columbus Center. “There were some people who requested it, so I started the program and have been running it November through March on Tuesday and Thursday evenings,” said Dustin Permann, recreation coordinator for the City of South Salt Lake. Once winter hits, Permann added that there are few sporting options for adults. This one, however, gives them the opportunity to slip on their kicks, pull up their socks, throw on their Jazz jerseys and hoop it up with the best of them. As the years have gone by, so have the turnouts. “One of our part-time staff supervise the program, and there are usually 10-12 people [attending] per night,” Permann said. On any given night, he added that they have had as many as 20 show up, and there are around 40 who have registered since November. But don’t let the numbers detract you from coming out. Permann wanted everyone
to know that this isn’t nearly as heated as say, your local church ball game. “The competition is fairly recreational, but they get some good pickup games going,” he added. To play in this Open Gym, you must be 18 or older. Lest you think you’ll sneak in as an underage Donovan Mitchell wannabe, Permann did caution that your ID card will be copied and a record will be taken of it. Also, there are a few rules that the department asks its patrons to follow—just to keep the peace. And they do require all participants sign a waiver. Other than that, Permann just wants area residents to have a fun, healthy outlet— which the Open Gym provides. You pay just $1 per night or $20 for the season, he said. “We still want to give our residents as many chances as possible to be active even with having the barrier of no traditional Recreation Center in our city, especially during the colder months.”
You were just in a car accident, now what?
nless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1. Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first-aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2. Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3. Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call 911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4. Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If
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the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5. Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6. Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situation from getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars. 8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance
company will tell you to do this. Even if you are at fault and it was you to blame. This could drive your premium up or even lead to you being sued. Let the police and insurance companies determine this. 9. Call the police. While some minor accidents don’t require a report to be filed, it’s up to the discretion of the drivers in the accident to call the police. Law enforcement can take statements, get information on injuries and property damage. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. If there is a dispute, the officer will be an important testimony. 10. See a doctor. Depending on the in-
juries suffered or not, it is easy to skip this. A large financial situation has just happened with the car accident, you don’t want another one by seeing the doctor and jacking up your health costs. It’s important to consider it, or possibly speak with one. Adrenaline can be pumping after the accident and one might not notice the amount of whiplash to your neck. Symptoms can take 24 hours to appear. The warning signs include neck pain, stiffness, loss of motion in the neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and pain in the shoulders or upper back. It can be better to be safe than sorry. l
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February 2019 Cherie Wood, Mayor 801-464-6757 email@example.com
South Salt Lake City Council Members
Invest in People and Improve Lives - Together As we begin 2019 and reﬂect on the progress our City has experienced I am in awe. The hard work of engaged citizens, City staff, businesses and partners is evident. But there is still lots of work to do. As you may know, the guiding principal for my administration is to invest in people and improve lives. When I evaluate our City’s needs and look to the future, I see three important key priorities for 2019:
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1 – Continue quality economic development that beneﬁts residents Our Downtown is making strides, our S-Line Neighborhood is bursting with new residents and 3300 South is rising to the top as an area with diverse opportunities. We need to continue the momentum and bring needed retail, ofﬁce space, nightlife and affordable residential to our City. We also need to ensure that our Riverfront neighborhood has our support to grow and evolve in a way that supports our residents. Investing our time and resources in economic development will have a tremendous impact.
Mayor Cherie Wood
2 – Create a sustainable funding source for public safety Those sworn to protect our community are the most dedicated and best trained employees you will ﬁnd. But we are at risk of impacting our safety, if South Salt Lake is not competitive with surrounding communities. In order to retain these valuable personnel we simply must secure a viable funding source to adequately compensate them for the incredible work they do. 3 – Update needed infrastructure that residents use every day Safe and beautiful neighborhoods rely on quality streets, utilities, sidewalks, lighting, parks and other outdoor spaces. South Salt Lake’s infrastructure is literally the solid ground we need to endure and grow. Cities all over the nation have been “kicking the can down the road” for years in terms of maintaining infrastructure. South Salt Lake cannot fall into that trap. We must invest in our existing infrastructure to ensure our City’s future success. In the coming months, I look forward to sharing additional information on these priorities and how I believe we can accomplish them. There is works to do and I hope you will get involved and join the conversation. Spring is approaching and so is the City’s annual budget process. So I encourage you to reach out to both me and your City Council representative and let us know what is important to you! I am fortunate to have a team of compassionate, committed employees to work with daily. We are a City of outstanding residents, partners, businesses and organizations who collaborate to make people’s lives better. Let’s invest in people and improve lives – together.
DADDY DAUGHTER NIGHT Public Safety personnel will be available at the Daddy Daughter Night as ﬁll in “dads”, no need to have a daddy date to attend. Moms are also welcome and encouraged. Join us for a Magical Night!
City News SSL City Council Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor
City Council Corner
By Mark Kindred– City Council At-Large
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
SSL City Planning Commission Meetings 220 E. Morris Ave., 2nd Floor Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
Holiday Closure South Salt Lake City Ofﬁces will be closed for business: Monday, February 18 In observance of President’s Day
Note: Opinions expressed here may not be representative of all Members of the City Council.
South Salt Lake City Council Action Report Summary
New Resident CORNER
Waste Collection Pick-Up Trash will be collected on the following Holidays: President’s Day February 18 Memorial Day May 27 Pioneer Day July 24 Labor Day September 2 Columbus Day October 14 Veteran’s Day November 11
Full agendas, minutes, handouts and video recorded meetings available at: sslc.com/city-government/council-meeting Date Agenda Item Subject Action Next Step 1/23/19 An Ordinance amending Rezone three Parcels, totaling 1.69 Moved to Unfinished Further Discussion the Future Land Use acres, located at 441 East 3900 South Business for February 13th Map of the General from General Planned Commercial use Plan, Title 17 of the to High Density Residential and from South Salt Lake City the Commercial Corridor District (CC) to Code, and the South Salt a new Granite Lofts Multifamily Lake City Zoning Map Townhome District (GLT)
Jordan River Parkway will Transform into Regional Park As energy builds around new development on the west of South Salt Lake, the Jordan River is becoming a hot commodity. Over the last several years, advocates have come together over protecting it, improving it and building exciting amenities and raising funds to do so. A coalition of local leaders including Mayor Cherie Wood and West Valley Mayor Ron Bigelow and former County Mayor Ben McAdams announced the creation of a county regional park from State Route 201 to 4500 South utilizing existing public properties. One of the ﬁrst items is considering the creation of a new Jordan River Nature Center in partnership with Tracy Aviary. The aviary has been seeking a second site to help the organization connect more people to nature and environmental conservation. The proposed new activity center will have outdoor education, canoe and bike rentals and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Birders already enjoy the diversity of wildlife along the river and now more people can ﬁnd ways to embrace its natural wonders. Tracy Aviary plans to offer visitor and school programs starting in 2019, with a plan to build out a full-ﬂedged education center and recreation outpost in the next 3-5 years.
Public Safety Crime & Neighborhood Safety Crime can make way to any neighborhood, no matter how “safe” it is. As a community grows and changes, there are varying concern about crime in our community. Our Department always leads out with preventative measures one can take to protect their home Police Chief and neighborhood. Jack Carruth Steps could be as simple as keeping doors locked, or can be more complex like starting a neighborhood watch program with your community, in partnership with our Police Department. Even though no place is immune to crime, teamwork with neighbors can really make a difference to minimize it. Property crimes can take many different forms. Package thefts occur, theft of items from your property and vehicles can happen, but one of the most common property crimes is burglary. By deﬁnition, burglary is the “unlawful entry to a structure and it does not always involve theft but may sometimes”. Break-ins are never fun and may make your family and neighbors feel uneasy. With that said, homeowners should take proper measures to reduce the likelihood of their homes being burglarized. Neighborhood safety requires a team effort. If everyone in your neighborhood works together to be vigilant by looking
The CPTED Premise Proper design and effective use of public and private space can lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime, reduction in calls for police service and to an increase in the quality of life within a community. CPTED Strategies • Natural Surveillance • Natural Access Control • Territorial Reinforcement Landscaping and Fencing • Specify thorny plants and landscape to create a natural barrier and to deter unwanted entry • Specify vines or planted wall coverings to deter grafﬁti – avoid blank spaces that invite grafﬁti vandals • Provide landscape and fencing that do not create hiding places for criminals • Provide attractive and durable masonry or fencing whenever possible – consider creative solutions to fencing schemes that work aesthetically, as well as functionally
out for each other, it can discourage thieves and criminals – making it a more enjoyable place to live. Knowing who lives in your neighborhood goes a long way in recognizing when there is a suspicious person in the area. Be aware of your neighbor’s habits, such as when they are generally at work, if they have small children or teenagers, if they are elderly and may need extra assistance from time to time. This awareness will make the neighborhood a much tighter community and better able to prevent crime. Be self-vigilant as well. With social media being such a large part of our lives, it’s only natural to want to share the excitement of an upcoming vacation. However, by doing so, you may be setting yourself up as a target for burglars. Criminals can use public social media proﬁles like Facebook and Instagram to stalk and intrude homes while residents are away. Share your experiences after the fact, especially if you have left your home unoccupied. Use timers especially on nights you won’t be home. Just because you aren’t home doesn’t mean that you should keep all the lights out at all times. Set a timer and have the lights go on and off at speciﬁc times so that it looks like your home is occupied. Many burglars study when people exit and enter their homes to plot their next move. Lights on timers can throw them off. Thank you for doing your part to build a safer City!
There will be a Business Watch meeting on Monday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. hosted by Dixon Security 3767 Secord Street Ste. A.
Neighborhood Watch Meetings for the month of February: Tuesday, Feb. 12, Columbus Community Center, Room 101, 7:00 p.m., Community Policing Zones 3-4 Thursday, Feb. 14, Columbus Community Center, Room 101, 7:00 p.m., Community Policing Zones 1-2 Thursday, Feb. 21, River Run Condo Clubhouse located at 3807 South River Run Way (990 W), 7:00 p.m., Jordan River Parkway and Community Policing Zones 5-6 Tuesday, Feb. 26, Waverly Townhomes Clubhouse, 7:00 p.m., Waverly, Plymouth and Huntly Manor Townhome communities, Community Policing Zones 5-6 A recording with updated information on Neighborhood Watch Meetings can he heard by calling 801-412-3668.
Lighting • Provide lighting that offers nighttime vision for motorists to increase the visibility of pedestrians, other vehicles and objects • Provide lighting which gives nighttime vision for pedestrians, homeowners and business people to permit pedestrians to see one another, to see risks involved in walking and to reduce the risk of trip-and-fall accidents • Provide lighting that will enhance police ability for surveillance, patrol and pursuit • Provide lighting that minimizes glare, light pollution and light trespass If you would like to have a review of your property or business by the South Salt Lake Police Department contact Sgt. Bill Hogan at 801-412-3631.
Délice Bakery 2747 S State on Wednesday, Feb. 6
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 - Darts 11:00 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays U of U Exercise Class 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 a.m. - Pickleball Monday & Wednesday Modiﬁed Yoga - 12:30 p.m. Fridays - Line Dancing 10:30 a.m. Daily Lunch - Noon $3 suggested donation Monday, Feb 4 Wear Red Day Blood Pressure 10 a.m. Live Entertainment 11 a.m. Writing w/ Kenna 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb 5 - Choral Performance 11 a.m. Birthday Meal Noon Monday, Feb 18 Closed for President’s Day Tuesday, Feb 19 Art with Ranae - 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb 21 Pancake Breakfast 8:45 a.m. Monday, Feb 25 - Live Entertainment - 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb 26 Free Health Screenings 9:30 a.m. Come check out what the Senior Center has to offer! See us on Facebook: Columbus Senior Center
New Development and Construction GRAND OPENING: Hi-Grade Apartments, located at 2150 South West Temple, is a new multifamily, mixed use apartment building. Hi-Grade Apartments are an affordable housing project that meets South Salt Lake’s Moderate Income Housing Plan for providing high quality, new affordable housing units within the City. The project is designed to the same high standards as market rate units. Residents have access onsite: to a clubhouse, computer room, bike racks and repair stations, ﬁtness facility, parking garage and private balconies.
IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS Gateway Park The City is preparing to hire a contractor to build a new park at 2230 South 500 East, next to the S-Line Streetcar station. Construction will start in March and continue into summer 2019. The park integrates into the design for the S-Line greenway and will become a destination for people traveling along Parley’s Trail, with ﬁtness equipment, fun activities, seating and space for a farm stand. The project has been funded by development impact fees for parks and by Federal Community Development Block Grants.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Chartway Credit Union is under construction at 2210 South State. This project is part of the Crossing Development. UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Liberty Crossing Townhomes is a 95-unit rental townhome project under construction. This project is directly south of WinCo Foods and directly north of the S-Line Streetcar. 66 units will be three story two-bedroom units and 32 units will be two story, onebedroom units. Each townhome will have a rear loaded garage. Residents will have access to the following amenities on-site: clubhouse, ﬁtness facility, children’s playground, bike racks and bike repair station, a community rooftop terrace and a library or meeting space. 13 of the units are affordable housing units and meet the needs of the South Salt Lake Moderate Income Housing Plan.
Farewell to the Amber Restaurant The Amber was a favorite of locals who enjoyed down home cooking and good companionship around the diner’s tables for 43 years. Many clubs, cliques and couples made this spot at 3300 South and 300 East their gathering place for a regular breakfast meeting or lunch date. The owners decided to hang up their aprons at the end of 2018 and many are left with a need for a new meeting point, but a lot of good memories.
Parleys Trail Bridge at 900 West Salt Lake County approved funding to complete the ﬁnal leg of Parley’s Trail from 900 West to the Jordan River. The temporary route on the street will be replaced by a bridge that spans 900 West and leads directly to the Jordan River. This route is much more comfortable and safe and gives riders a sense of being on a trail, instead of in the middle of trafﬁc. The project was funded through the new “Transportation Choice” program, funded by 1/4 of 1/4 percent of a new transportation sales tax. Designs are being reﬁned with a goal for construction in late 2019 and opening in 2020. Fitts Park Expansion and Mill Creek Trail The City is preparing to contract the building of a large new park area at Fitts Park with a bridge connecting to the existing park on the east side of Spring Creek. It includes a bicycle training course, ﬁtness course and an adventure playground. This project will also include two blocks of Mill Creek trail, from 300 to 500 East. Construction will start in March and continue into summer. The project has been funded by development impact fees for parks and by Federal Community Development Block Grants. Streetcar Double Track The S-Line Streetcar double track construction is nearing completion between 300 East and 500 East. A full closure of the line for a weekend in January allowed for crews to complete critical steps in a concentrated effort. This project reduces the wait time between streetcars from 20 minutes down to 15 minutes. The trains are expected to be open on the new schedule in April 2019. According to UTA, since the line opened in December 2013, the South Salt Lake and Sugar House area of Salt Lake City have seen the addition of more than 1,000 residential units and over 2 million square feet of redevelopment.
Central Park Community Center 2797 S 200 E Feb. 1 – March 15 Mon, Wed & Fri 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday Evenings 7 – 9 p.m. 18 & Older Equipment for Checkout For registration contact: Dustin 801.412.3209 or email@example.com
Removing snow in a timely manner from your driveway and sidewalk provides for safe pedestrian travel and accessibility into and out of your driveway. Please place snow in your yard or park strip, not in the gutter or roadway.
On Street Parking Prohibited All Night Parking on the street is prohibited on any night where snow removal shall be necessary on South Salt Lake roadways. Public Works is responsible for plowing over 70 miles of city streets. Keeping roadways clear of vehicles enables plows to effectively clear streets.
Community Happenings Celebrate Spike 150 - May 10th
Retrieve Empty Cans Same Day Bring in your waste containers from the street the same day they are emptied. This is particularly helpful during the winter months when there is snow accumulation. Streets free of obstructions keep us all safe!
Boys and girls grades 2 to 12 can join and learn leadership, conﬁdence, hardwork and sportsmanship on and off the mat. This is a great program for any youth striving for the next level in wrestling and/or athletic development. First timers are encouraged to join! Practices: Monday-Thursday 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Location: PAL / Central Park Community Center 2797 South 200 East Questions: Chelsie Leaututu firstname.lastname@example.org • 801-386-4949
Do you know what happened on May 10, 1869? 150 years ago, Utah and indeed South Salt Lake were put on the map as the Transcontinental Railroad was completed with the driving of one final, golden spike. To celebrate this anniversary, the State of Utah, Union Paciﬁc Railroad and dozens of other partners have joined together to create the “Spike 150” celebration. The party planners have sponsored and supported celebrations all across the state and one big commemorative event at the place where it all happened - Promontory Point. As history was made, the railroad began changing every aspect of American life, and turned places like South Salt Lake into “centers of industry.” Over time, as the City was poised at the intersection of trains travelling to Park City and trains travelling into Salt Lake City, the South Salt Lake stop turned from a siding track in 1916-17 into a full rail yard (named “Roper”) by 1928. The location known as “the old church farm” or “the church farm yards” gained prominence over the downtown SLC yard and operations expanded. Warehouses and industry were built up and down the various lines that converged at Roper Yard. These
businesses became the backbone of South Salt Lake’s economy. To celebrate the Spike 150, South Salt Lake’s Art Council is planning two pieces of commemorative art and an event to tour the art along the train line now known as the S-Line. The artwork will celebrate the City’s heritage and the forces that shaped the City today. The art, funded by the Utah Division of Heritage and Arts, will be featured in this year’s Mural Fest on May 11. Visit sslarts.org for more information on Mural Fest 2019 and visit spike150.org to learn more about Spike 150.
Roper Railyard, 1948 - Photo courtesy Tom Holton.
Promise Center Highlights: Lincoln Community School & Meadowbrook STEM Center The Promise South Salt Lake program at Lincoln Elementary has served over 170 students in the 2018-19 school year so far! Students receive targeted academic support, quality enrichment activities and a hot dinner on a daily basis. Students also have the opportunity to attend weekly educational ﬁeld trips. In addition, a number of specialized clubs are being offered to students, including Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, science, soccer, basketball, Learning Through Robotics, computer coding, chess, dance, art and Playworks’ Junior Coaches. This year, the program has greatly benefited from having volunteers and interns from United Way, Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College, University of Utah and the community in general. Students would love to have additional volunteers to assist with homework and reading! For after-school volunteering opportunities, please contact email@example.com
The Meadowbrook STEM Center programs formed new partnerships this school year to maximize accessibility to quality STEM activities for our youth. County Library Services and Tracy Aviary are among our new partners delivering hands-on activities for our youth. Last month, youth learned about building different towers and making ﬂashlights. Tracy Aviary educators brought hands-on activities to the center. Youth learned why birds migrate, got a taste of what native birds in Utah experience during the four seasons, explored how wetlands help migrating birds in Utah and around the world, and built a bird feeder. Activities provided proactive leadership roles for the youth and are connected to Utah State Science Core. Youth have really been engaged during every session in making decisions, connecting activities to real world, STEM careers, and other subjects. For more information, contact Joseph Genda firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating Black Excellence in South Salt Lake February is a great time for us to reﬂect not only on Black history, heritage, and the legacy of excellence bestowed upon the current generation by those who came before, but also on the future of that legacy. We are fortunate in South Salt Lake to have a thriving Black, African, and African American community. In honor of Black History Month, the Promise Equity Council would like to highlight just a few of the many residents, employees and youth who show us Black Excellence every day. Each of these folks makes small (and sometimes large) efforts to empower and inspire others. Keep an eye on our social media because we’ll be showcasing a few more of our staff and residents this month. Ben - Your friendly neighborhood mailman. Ben has lived in South Salt Lake with his sister and his two dogs for the past few years. A transplant from Seattle, Ben works for the US Postal Service. As a mail carrier, he walks everywhere! In fact, he averages more than 10 miles a day! When he’s not walking or delivering packages, he’s keeping up with local and national politics. Ben cares a lot about the community and makes a point to vote in every election. And that’s not the only way Ben tries to help his neighbors! This holiday season, he helped provide gifts and household items for a large refugee family in the City. Noor - College-bound man about town! Noor is a busy high school student who participates in a number of extracurricular activities. Noor is part of the Walkways to Westminster Program where he meets with college mentors each
week to help him prepare for his future. He also shares his passion and his experiences with youth in Promise’s Afterschool Program where he works. Noor helps coach the youth sports teams and leads other activities that keep the kids happy and engaged. Blandine - A unstoppable one-woman show! Blandine is a local 4th grader who lives life out loud. She loves to learn, especially if she can sing and dance while doing so. Last year, she performed in her school’s production of The Lion King. She worked hard to learn her songs and choreography and the show was a huge success. We’re sure to see her name in lights in the future! Milton - A force to be reckoned with. Milton is the principal at Lincoln Elementary and his leadership is the deﬁnition of Black Excellence. His approach toward child development academically is to ensure that every child understands their own intrinsic value. Milton tries to touch the hearts of parents and students that he works with to develop a strong bond. His leadership and presence in the school may be the catalyst to ensure that individuals in the community achieve upward mobility. Jarrell - Bringing power and play to the people! Jarrell played a vital role in last summer’s KaBOOM! playground project. He helped lead the efforts to involve the youth and residents in building the playground at Lions Park. Since that time, he’s also helped cultivate several partnerships to help get bikes to youth who need them. Bikes and parks are great equalizers; they help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy spaces and places that deﬁne our community. Jarrell is fully engaged in helping kids see these places and activities as their own.
Cottonwood boys basketball battles through up, down month of December By Brian Shaw | email@example.com
f you’ve ever been to Lagoon Amusement Park you know that roller coaster cars travel in two primary directions: up and down. The Cottonwood boys basketball team hasn’t been different in that regard, beginning the merry month of December on an uphill trajectory before plummeting at rocket speed to the bottom. To open the month, Cottonwood traveled to West Jordan on Dec. 4 to take on the Jaguars. After trailing 11-10 to open the game, the Colts blew open the road contest, outscoring West Jordan 30-17 in the second and third quarters before taking a 57-44 victory. Senior sensations Eli Reynolds and Britton Jensen led the outside-inside scoring punch with 15 points apiece for the visitors. Fellow senior wing Preston Davis chipped in 10 for Cottonwood, who shot 52 percent from the field for the game. The next contest saw Cottonwood head back home Dec. 11 to take on Highland in another non-conference matchup. The Rams held onto a four-point advantage going into the break. But, the homestanding Colts would get their second win in a row for the month, outscoring Highland 44-22 over the final two stanzas to secure a 70-54 victory. Reynolds and Jensen again led the way for Cottonwood, scoring 19 and 16 points. Davis chipped in 12 for the Colts and 11 points from senior Josh Riak, who shot a whopping 71 percent from the field. Cottonwood’s good fortune for December would come to a screeching halt in the next game on Dec. 14 against Olympus—one of the top teams in Class 5A. The Colts would hang close at home in the first quarter, trailing by just 18-15 after one. But, Olympus would prove to be too much in the second quarter and Cottonwood would trail 44-31 at the break—losing 80-67 at the buzzer after the two teams battled back and forth. In what could be a preview of a state
Senior Donovan Cooper drives for a lay up during a region game. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
playoff game in March, the Colts got 23 points from Reynolds and 12 from Jensen. But, no other Colts player scored in double figures in the loss. Cottonwood’s bad luck continued on the road at Murray on Dec. 18. The Colts trailed by just two points, 20-18, at halftime. The two teams were at war again after the third quarter, as Cottonwood was down by just two, and the Colts would tie the ball game at the end of regulation sending it into overtime. The first overtime saw each team score just two points, sending this battle into a second overtime period. The two teams would open up their playbooks a bit more, scoring eight points apiece as the stalemate continued into a third overtime.
In the third overtime, Murray outscored Cottonwood 13-8 to hand the Colts their second loss in a row, 72-67. Reynolds led all Cottonwood scorers with 28 points while Jensen added 14. Senior Donovan Cooper tacked on 10 points as did Preston Davis. After such a tough loss in three overtimes, Cottonwood needed to get back on the winning track of what has been a roller coaster month. It got its wish against Cyprus, rolling to a 36-23 lead after two quarters before taking a 74-47 win on Dec. 26. In the win, Preston Davis led the way, scoring 17 points while shooting a scorching 78 percent from the floor. In all, 12 players got their names in the Cottonwood box score while five scored at least double figures for
the Colts, who opened the Riverton Holiday tournament in style. The Colts would be in for a test against Class 6A powerhouse Kearns on Dec. 27, however. The Cougars rolled to a 48-24 lead at the break and let the Colts back in the game a little bit in the third quarter before dealing Cottonwood its third loss to go with as many wins in December, 70-57. The Colts were led by the usual quartet of seniors, as Reynolds led the way with 14 points. Jensen, Davis and Riak added 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively. Cottonwood continued its dastardly December non-conference slate in preparation for region play at the Riverton Holiday tourney, closing with Provo on Dec. 28. The Colts would find themselves in another defensive slugfest as neither team gave the other much ground to stand on through the first two periods, as Cottonwood held a slim 24-19 advantage. The Colts would extend that lead to seven before Provo stormed back in the fourth. But, Cottonwood would hold for a 60-57 victory. Reynolds led all scorers with 17 points in the win and Davis had 16. As a team the Colts shot 53 percent from the field. Cottonwood would close out the merriest month of all and the Riverton Holiday tourney with a non-conference matchup against Wasatch. The Colts again found themselves in a battle, taking a razor-thin 44-42 lead into the locker room at halftime. Wasatch would storm out of the locker room in the third quarter and carry a four-point lead into the fourth. But, Cottonwood—who has been in tough ballgames all season long—pulled away in the fourth and secured an 81-74 thanks to double figure scoring from six players out of the seven who took the floor on Dec. 29, giving the Colts a happy new year to look forward to and a 5-3 record in December. l
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Colts girls basketball squad captures first win of season By Brian Shaw | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cottonwood girls basketball earned its first win of the season against Orem in December. (Justin Adams/City Journals)
he old saying goes that if you don’t succeed, try, try again. For the Cottonwood Colts girls basketball team that saying couldn’t be more fitting, because after suffering several tough losses, they would get their first win on the year. To open the month of December though,
the Colts would first have to experience a series of setbacks, starting with a Dec. 4 contest against Class 5A power Olympus. The Titans would take a 30-19 halftime lead before handing Cottonwood a 72-29 loss. The Colts were led by freshman sensation Olivia Tassainer, who had 10 points
Cottonwood girls basketball earned its first win of the season against Orem in December. (Justin Adams/City Journals)
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on 4-of-6 shooting in the loss. Cottonwood jumped right back on the saddle the next day Dec. 5 against Hillcrest as the holiday tournament continued. In this game the Colts showed marked improvement, holding a 20-17 lead as the halftime whistle sounded. But, the Huskies would take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter and gallop away in the fourth, handing the Colts their second loss in as many nights. Cottonwood was led by senior guard Katie Haglund, who was held in check the night before, struggling with a 2-for-10 shooting night. But, on this night Haglund poured in 19 points and shot 54 percent from the field. Sophomore Meghan Nelson tacked on 11. The Colts would continue their improvement as a group Dec. 11 at home against Granger. Cottonwood trailed 27-20 at the break but would storm back before succumbing to the Lancers, 44-39. Despite having yet another bad shooting night, Haglund would be the high point person for the Colts, scoring 15 while fellow senior Lily Malafu chipped in 10. But, these three setbacks would set the stage for what would be Cottonwood’s stingiest and possibly, best performance of the year, Dec. 13 at Orem. The Colts trotted out to a 20-13 halftime advantage and held on for a 40-39 victory — their first on the season. Nobody would ever say it was a pretty game, and Orem wouldn’t relinquish until its last-second shot clanked off the rim. But for Cottonwood, its defense was critical in a
game in which the Colts shot just 31 percent from the floor. Nelson led all Colts with 16 points while Haglund had 13 for Cottonwood, who has shown vast improvement as December rolled on. To go from losing by nearly 50 to Olympus and seeing those loss totals dwindle as the games went on, well, it signals that these Colts are not only battling, they’re becoming battle-tested. The Colts nearly made it two wins in a row on Dec. 18, falling to West Jordan 3632 behind 12 and 10 points from Nelson and Haglund, Cottonwood’s dynamic guard duo. Though they combined to take 30 shots in the loss, Nelson and Haglund could be dangerous to deal with if they can get their shots to fall. The Colts then wrapped up December with a 54-32 loss to South Summit at home on Dec. 20. No Colt scored in double figures in the first double-digit loss for Cottonwood in several weeks. Part of that could be the fact that the Colts shot just 21 percent from the floor. And part could be that South Summit was just more steady. But one thing for sure is that even though Cottonwood is 1-9 overall you can already see the difference between last year and this year in the team. l
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Women freeride and unite at ski resort By Amy Green | email@example.com
Women enjoy talking together and with professional snowboarder Nirvana Ortanez (middle in blue) before the Women’s Ride Day dinner..
ackcountry.com hosted a Women’s Ride Day at Brighton Resort on Jan. 10. It was open to women of any skill level who registered. It was a day of snowboarding, complimentary barbecue, adventure films and a chance to ride top-of the-line winter gear. Dinner and drinks were “on the house” for ladies who met at Milly Express lift for the meetup. Backcountry.com is an online retailer that was formed by two guys in a Park City garage with a business dream. Since 1996, they sell specialty gear and clothing for a wide range of outdoor mountain sports. To start the 2019 year with style and ambition, Backcountry partnered with the Women’s Leadership Coalition to sponsor this relaxing day. It was for gathering women to shred up some sweet “gnar-pow” together (that’s old school for “gnarly powder man!”). Though after this event, gnar-pow is obviously a gender non-specific term. The point of the event was to inspire women who want to hit the slopes, to meet other women and try out the latest gear. Doing this can help women network and feel empowered in a male dominated sport. Marga Franklin, visual merchandising manager for Backcountry explained, “Our goal is to get people out there on the snow… sharing with other people who might be intimidated, but want to try. We have all the gear so they can come out.” Burton and Nitro were there to offer free snowboard demos and the newest bindings. Brighton chefs served the ladies a hearty dinner of barbecued pork sandwiches and more.
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It was a tasty meal to replenish energy for taking more runs into the night. What’s not to enjoy, when there is good female company, food and snowboarding films starring talented women? Myllissa Pinchem attended. “I love how inviting everything has been. Coming out here today, everybody has been so welcoming. I’m a beginner and everyone was super nice letting us demo the boards. Having the opportunity like this and having other women that share the same passion is really awesome,” she said. Backcountry recognizes that women can benefit by meeting together in an adventure setting. The attendees agreed that women doing sports together is important. When businesses give back by promoting core passions, with women celebrated as a part of it, it sends a positive message. It is a message (for women who already love the outdoors) to feel equal in sports. It’s also a message to encourage women who are on the fence about trying new things. Nirvana Ortanez, a professional snowboarder, was there. “Look up events like this and just come. It’s the best way to get intimidation out of the way. We take time out of our schedules and travels to be here at these events, to really encourage women who might be intimidated,” she said. Ortanez has been highlighted in TransWorld Snowboarding as a woman with some serious commitment and skill. Women are also popping out of the woodwork, with talent for filming and photography in snowboarding. Gill Montgom-
ery, a freelance photographer, knew about the event because she shoots professional snowboarders and lives in the area. “Whenever there is a female event, I’m all about it,” Montgomery said. “It’s great because there are so many girls in the industry that never really get together. Events like this show girls, even younger girls (and girls not as confident in snowboarding), that there is a community — that we are very welcoming; that you can reach out and go to events like this and be comfortable and accepted.” When it comes to getting more involved in sports like snowboarding, Montgomery re-
lated, “It always seems kind of intimidating, especially as a female (you’re constantly second guessing yourself). You just need to find a group that you can ride with, and there really are other girls to shred with. Go out and get involved.” She recommended visiting a local ski shop for info, and paying attention to upcoming events. It was a day of sweet gnar-pow, and even sweeter intentions put into action by Backcountry.com. One can follow on Facebook to watch for more events at www.facebook. com/Backcountry. l
Backcountry.com’s van parked near Brighton Resort’s Milly Express lift marked the place for women to gather for snowboarding, food and free gear demos. (Amy Green/City Journals)
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CNN host uses humor to push King’s dream forward By Cami Mondeaux | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Look at me, I got a white guy bringing me a chair out,” says CNN host W. Kamau Bell as he enters the stage. The crowd bursts into laughter. A sold-out crowd gathered on Jan. 17 in the Grand Theatre at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) as part of the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019. The lecture was a collaboration of Westminster College’s B.W. Bastian Diversity Lecture Series and SLCC’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration events. According to Deneece Huftalin, president of SLCC, the event intended to “create space for critical and civil discussion about events we face as a nation.” After a night of laughing and technical difficulties, the CNN host used his humor and vulnerability to push Martin Luther King’s legacy forward. “I don’t feel pressured to explain Martin Luther King to you,” Bell said. “That’s not my job tonight […] My job is to look at the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and push it forward [and] figure out how to get to the next place.” Bell is an Emmy-nominated host of CNN’s documentary series “United Shades of America,” traveling around the U.S. giving Americans a closer look at lesser wellknown subcultures. He “sheds light on the indignities and injustices that have permeated out nation’s history,” according to CityWeekly.net. Bell also gets invited to speak on college campuses throughout the country, especially during January and February around Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Bell had a list of lessons he wanted to show his audience that night, encouraging them to be vulnerable, engage in uncomfortable conversations and take chances.
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Bell showed a variety of different scenes from his series to showcase difficult conversations he engaged in to learn more about other’s lives. Engaging in these uncomfortable discussions, he said, helps one learn from people they otherwise wouldn’t talk to. He tells the stories he’s heard from incarcerated individuals, Mexico residents living on other side of the wall and a young Sikh boy. Understanding and listening to others is crucial to empathize and become united. Bell showed a scene from his series where he went to visit his grandmother’s old house in a neighborhood that was torn down. He said it was important to not “forget to feel stuff” in front of viewers, to create a sense of solidarity. Bell began and ended his lecture with scenes from when he attended a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) cross burning meeting. Although he said he was scared, he knew this was the kind of chance he was lecturing others to take. The KKK is an American hate group. These cross burnings they participate in date back to Medieval Europe. It is often used a symbol of intimidation and has historically been performed before lynchings of black men, according to Medium.com. Bell said that although being vulnerable is important to understanding others’ stories, during the burning he did not allow himself to cry. “What I was thinking in that moment was ‘Don’t cry,’” Bell said. “That was a time I didn’t feel the need to be vulnerable […] Something in that moment said, ‘You cannot give them the satisfaction of crying… because of all of the black people who were in this moment who knew this was the last thing they would see.” l
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Behind the Grind(er)
ver wonder what the best bang for your buck is at the coffee shop? Let’s take a journey through my years working as a barista at local and corporate coffee shops. As a customer, you have all sorts of options to get your caffeine fix: drip coffee, espresso drinks, teas, iced blended drinks, cold brews, etc. Let’s focus on drip coffee. Drip is a coffee shop’s equivalent to what you make at home in your coffee pot, just on an industrial scale. We’ll grind the beans, measure out the correct amount, throw that in a filter, make sure the brewer is set to pour the correct amount of water, and hit a “brew” button. If you’re looking for something simple, drip coffee is the best deal at any coffee shop. Depending on the size, and if you’re going to use your own cup, drip coffee is priced anywhere from $2 to $4. Or, if you plan to hang out, most shops will offer “to stay” refills for a reduced price. However, most of us don’t want to get plain drip coffee when we visit a coffee shop. Usually, we desire something fancier, something with espresso. The options for espresso drinks are vast: doppios, lattes, flavored lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos, cortados, macchiatos, mochas, flat whites, dirty chai lattes, blended drinks and signature drinks. Instead of detailing every one of those, I suggest focusing on the most important factor for making your important morning decision:
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the ratio of the amount of espresso to the amount of product. Depending on your taste buds, some drinks might suit your wallet better than others. For example, the espresso quantity in a latte and a mocha are equivalent, but there can be as much as a $1 difference between the drinks. For chocolate lovers out there, it’s worth it to get the mocha. But for customers focused primarily on caffeine, a latte would be the way to go. For espresso drinks, one of the main considerations is size. If there are three size options for a single drink, it’s important to ask how many shots are going in each size. At a popular corporate coffee shop, there are three size options for espresso drinks — the equivalent of a small, medium and large. Here’s the big secret: there’s generally the same amount of espresso in a medium and a large. The difference comes down to the other products: milk, flavoring, water, concentrate, tea. Anytime I visit a coffee shop, I always order the equivalent of a medium, because there are more espresso shots than a small, but less product to dilute the espresso (and add more calories) than a large. Subbing is a secret trick. Many coffee shops will charge 50 to 75 cents for extra shots, additional flavorings, or a milk substitution. If you order something like a vanilla hazelnut latte with coconut milk and an extra shot, you’ve just added $2 to your
drink price. Instead, you might want to find a drink on the menu that already has coconut milk (check the specialty drinks) and sub out whatever flavor that drink has for your desired flavor. Sometimes, it’s worth pricing out where your favorite drink would be cheaper if you subbed products, and where it would be cheaper just to ask for the additional flavor. Last, but not least, please tip your baristas. I know that seems contradictory. You say, “Wait, we are going to save a few extra cents on a drink just to spend more money by tipping?” Yes, but hear me out. Even if the baristas won’t admit it, or even when they are trying hard to be objective toward customers, they’ll remember who tips well. If you tip your baristas, they’ll make sure to treat your drink with a little extra love.
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Life and Laughter—Cold Snap
n the lovely, winter song, a family travels over the river and through the woods to visit grandma. It sounds idyllic, with everyone bundled in fur robes as a happy, prancing horse carries them through snow drifts. I call bull-shenanigans. Winter travel is never that picturesque. My winter driving dread usually starts around 5 a.m. when the snowplow drops its blade outside my bedroom window. First, I want to murder the snowplow driver. Second, I want to burrow in the blankets and not get out of bed until Easter weekend. I don’t know if there’s one inch of snow or three feet, but I know stupid drivers will hit the streets soon, causing mishaps and mayhem. Once I’m ready for work, I jump in my car where the faux leather seats have frozen over like a glacial lake and the steering wheel is now made of solid iceberg. I shiver uncontrollably as I crank the heater up and run through my wide vocabulary of cold-weather swear words. Jack Frost isn’t nipping at my nose; he’s chomping my entire face. Utah drivers are always encouraged to drive smart and read up on winter safety tips. Of course, no one does that, so freeways turn into demolition derbies on ice. Some advice includes: • Never mix radial tires with other tires (because those radial tires are anti-social as hell). • Keep the gas tank at least half full. (Hahahaha!) • Steer where you want to go. (This seems like a trick suggestion.)
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