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hen Herriman first caught wind that a Real Salt Lake Training Center would be constructed in the valley, Gordon Haight knew Herriman would be the perfect fit. With lots of open space and a youthful city (median age is 24), Haight, Herriman’s assistant city manager and economic development director, figured Herriman could be the place for such an important structural moniker in the valley. That was a few years ago. Now Haight, and the rest of Herriman City residents, are still basking in the glow of the facility’s grand opening for the Zions Bank Real Academy. “It’s a beacon of excellence for what the human spirit can achieve,” Haight said of the complex at the grand opening on Feb. 28. The facility, located at 14787 South Academy Parkway, is a 42-acre behemoth along the Mountain View Corridor in the southernmost reaches of the valley. A $78 million campus, it features an indoor training facility recognized as the largest free-standing steel structure in North America, a STEM-based charter school,


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boarding facilities for some students and players, a 5,000-seat stadium where the Real Monarchs will play and outdoor soccer fields that are still being constructed among other amenities. And it all came about when a deal fell through for John Lindsley and the Wasatch Group, a prominent Utah developer, for potential fairgrounds at the site of the academy. That’s when Haight and Heather Upshaw, economic development manager, began calling Lindsley and others incessantly trying to set up meetings. “(RSL owner and Wasatch Group CEO) Dell Loy (Hansen) had to make a decision, whether to issue a restraining order against us so his people could get working, or he was going to move this project to Herriman,” Haight said at the grand opening ceremony. “They are pests,” Hansen joked. “They pestered us mightily, but they showed us great ideas.” Once Haight finally spoke with Lindsley, Haight asked him what the chances were of getting the field where the fairgrounds would have

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been? “At that time, it was just one field,” Lindsley told those in attendance at the grand opening. “It was a very simple theory, but we took it and we ran with it, and let me tell you, it was a crazy idea at the moment.” More and more land was acquired, and the vision for the massive complex came to fruition.



“Whenever we hit a roadblock—and we hit numerous roadblocks—they knocked them all down,” Hansen said of Herriman city staff. “Just couldn’t ask for a better city to work with.” Lindsley was complimentary of Herriman City, noting how much of a collaborative effort it was. “There’s no way that a simple developContinued on page 6...

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s the sun comes out, the days get longer, and the excitement grows over spending more and more time outdoors, Herriman officials have found a way to help get your kids out of the house and ready for some summer fishing. Your kids can learn one of America’s favorite outdoor activities by attending a six-week community fishing course at the Cove at Herriman Springs. Tami Moody, Herriman City’s director of communications, said the Community Fishing Program began in 2007. “The Cove had originally been planned to include a fishing component in an effort to introduce kids living in our urbanized setting to their outdoor resources,” Moody said. “It teaches kids about fish and fishing, as well as patience and good communication.” Moody said increased urbanization and the use of technology has led to many becoming disconnected with nature as a source of recreation and entertainment. “This program reintroduces that option by bringing it right to your door without having to head to the mountains,” Moody said. “When the program was started, those that volunteered, donating their time to teaching, were provided with credits toward their hunting draws.” The Division of Wildlife Resources stocks The Cove with fish, and the city pays a stipend for them to monitor their numbers. The Cove at Herriman Springs is located at 6979 West Rose Canyon Road in Herriman. Children of all ages will get the chance to learn how to fish from local fishing instructors each Monday from April 9 to May 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $15 per child. You can pre-register online to secure your spot and a T-shirt. All equipment is

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provided. Visit https://secure.rec1.com/UT/ herriman-city-ut/catalog to register. You can also visit Herriman.org or call 801-4468658. For those of you not interested in the instructions for your kids, you can still fish at the Cove when it opens up for the summer. ● Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. ● Daily bag and possession limit: two fish total ● This isn’t mandatory, but the Division encourages you to release all bass at community waters

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City Council Prepares to Balance the Checkbook Herriman City Mayor’s Message

One challenging component of day-today life is finances. In fact, finances are a major contributor to divorce and conflict in many areas of society. Oftentimes the conflict occurs due to lack of understanding and working together on financial decisions— those that determine how we make ends meet between what our income is and our expenses. Financial decisions are also a challenging component in city management, and similar to personal situations, the choices made at the city level can often cause conflicts. Herriman City continues to face difficult financial dilemmas. Because of rapid residential growth and slow commercial growth, we are facing an imbalance in our income. A large percentage of our budgeted income is one-time money from the growth. The challenge is bringing in enough revenue-generating commercial developments to replace the one-time money as the rate slows.

Mayor Orhn Carmen R. Freeman by Council Member Sherrie

Our city team is proactively working hard at generating economic growth by first understanding the types of commercial that will be the best fit for Herriman, then recruiting those businesses. In our City Council meeting on March 14th, we reviewed the results of a study completed by Better City, which provided us with great information— insight about types of companies that will promote the lifestyle that Herriman residents embrace while creating destination locations that highlight our spot in the valley. The study confirmed that we truly are in a unique location with amazing access to the mountains and recreational opportunities, but an area that is not best for a traditional retail approach. Our economic growth will need to come a little outside of the box. As we move forward in creating this growth, we are faced with the challenges of temporarily covering the revenue to expenditure gap. Slower commercial growth often causes conflict because of the limited revenue the city has to appropriately address

infrastructure needs. Residential growth causes increased wear and tear on our infrastructure and ever-increasing maintenance costs for roads, parks, water, storm drains, etc. It also creates a need for an increased amount of police and fire protection. The one-time money does not adequately cover these costs and we must find ways to pay for them. Sales tax revenue is the preferred mechanism to do this, but since that revenue is not currently at pace with the residential growth, the infrastructure needs of the city cannot all be met at once, and have to be prioritized through the budget process. These needs are evaluated by city staff and presented to the city council for review of prioritization. This prioritization is also presented to the citizens for review through a public hearing to allow necessary input by the residents. This step is critical in order to prevent potential conflict due to lack of understanding. The budget process dates for 2018-19 are as follows: April 11 - Tentative budget

presented to the City Council; April 25th Discussion and revision of tentative budget with City Council; May 9th - Request approval of tentative budget from City Council; May 23rd is the date for the Public Hearing on the budget. We invite you to actively participate in this budget process so that we can prioritize projects that will best address the needs and concerns of our residents. You can attend the meetings, and you can view them through our recording or Facebook stream. As the public hearing approaches, please reach out to the council with comments or concerns with the tentative budget so we can address your concerns and work together to make the best possible financial decisions for our growing community. We also encourage you to review the study by Better City and share with us your outside-the-box ideas for commercial development that will allow Herriman to remain a unique, amazing place to live, work and play.

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Upcoming Beat ALS benefit concert gives hope for a cure By Jennifer Gardiner| j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com Department and the executive producer for Robert Redford’s Sundance Summer Theatre. Having left his choir teaching job due to a vocal hemorrhage, Martin discovered he wanted to do something to help Chris and others who live with the devastating effects of ALS and something to continue his yearly tradition of putting on a musical production featuring music by the Beatles. “When I taught choir in school, we used to put in a Beatlesthemed production,” Martin said. “The Beatles are timeless; kids of all ages really enjoy the music and vibe they continue to give.” The Beat ALS benefit concert was held at Cottonwood High School in May 2017. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which helped raise nearly $10,000 for the Rocky Mountain The Utah community comes together to create a Beatles benefit concert for Chapter of the ALS Association in Denver, Colorado. those with Amyotrophic amyotrophic Lateral lateral Sclerosissclerosis, ALS. Martin put together the first concert by reaching out to popular (Richard Caldwell/Beat ALS Benefit Facebook) Utah performers such as GENTRI, Ryan Innes from “The Voice,” Defying Gravity Utah (an aerial acrobatics group) and Terence or music lovers, and especially Beatles fans, the Beat ALS Hansen. After its success, Martin feels inspired to continue and benefit concert coming this summer is one you will not want grow the concert series to miss. For those who got chance to attend last year, you already Gregory Shack who is part of the Beat ALS team, said they know it is worth a repeat. decided to film the entire concert they had in May and turned the It is getting close to that time of year when one man’s love of footage into a movie. the Beatles and his passion to help raise awareness for ALS collide “We are hopeful to be putting the video out on DVD within with the Beat ALS benefit concert. the coming months, along with an audio CD because the sound Taylorsville resident David Martin founded the organization quality is amazing,” said Shack. “We had so much success, we and coined the “BeatALS” theme from both his intense love for have put together a team of people who will help drive our business the Beatles and his admiration for his friend Chris Clark, who was model who are putting the finishing touches on potentially three to diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in March four shows.” of 2016. Clark is the chair for Utah Valley University Theatre Martin said they are also getting some sound help from Terry


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Porter, who is well known for his sound work on “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” “Fantasia,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe.” He lives in Draper and is now part of the Technicolor at Paramount team. The purpose of the benefit concert is to raise money to help fund the ALS Association and allow for more research to be done. Martin said the widespread campaign that came from the Bucket Challenge raised $115 million and a lot of awareness. The funding allowed for more research, and through that, they were able to find the gene that is associated to ALS. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge originally started in the sporting world and had been used with other causes in the past but the ALS challenge started in 2014 with a professional golfer named Chris Kennedy, who challenged his sister, Jeanette Senerchia, in Pelham, New York. Senerchia’s husband, Anthony, has ALS. The challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation. The challenge was picked back up in the summer of 2015 and the summer of 2016; people were still doing it in the summer of 2017. The group is planning to hold the next Beat ALS concert midAugust, but the dates have not been solidified. Continue to check in on their website for confirmed concert dates, locations and times. To find out more about the Beat ALS benefit concert, including dates and venues, or to find out more about how you can help, you l can visit beatalsbenefit.com.

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of operations during its American tour this summer, though those plans are not official. • Salt Lake Community College soccer teams will play their home games at the facility. SLCC also intend to build a 90-acre campus next to the academy. “It’s going to bring that college flavor atmosphere on game day that I think brings excitement for kids and adults,” Haight said. • Latino communities can play their Sunday soccer leagues on the facility. • It will spur economic growth with hotels, restaurants and an office park nearby, all within walking distance of each other. “It’s going to be a whole different experience for the users and the quality of life they’re going to have,” he said. “This will be a driver for those kinds of opportunities.” • The facility can also serve as an emergency shelter in the case of an earthquake or other natural disasters. “The list goes on and on how valuable this will be for our community,” Haight said. He expects the complex to last generations and for those who see it to aspire to “bigger and better things.” Haight added people travel to cities to witness infrastructural marvels and how exciting it is to have that in Herriman. “This facility is going to inspire generations.” l

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From rockets to coffee: Wright rewarded for service to community By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

Steve Wright (center) is presented with the Craig Dearing Legacy Award at the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce by Al Richards (right) and Craig Dearing. (Photo Courtesy West Jordan Chamber of Commerce)


t was two years ago when an older woman entered High Point Coffee Shop in West Jordan. She was lost and not thinking clearly. Hundreds of dollars filled her purse and she was offering it to whoever could help her, even dumping its contents on a table. The shop’s owner, Herriman resident Steve Wright, decided to see if he could help. What he found was a woman with Alzheimer’s, a wrecked car and an unfortunate situation. The woman’s husband had recently died, so if she got lost, she would push her Uber app to get home. But she forgot about the app. After some time, Wright tracked down the woman’s son and got her home, ensuring the police followed up a few hours later to confirm she was safe and that no one took advantage of her. The woman’s son, a busy doctor, later told Wright he was trying to get his mother help. Wright’s wife, Kim, remembered how he called her recounting the ordeal through tears wondering what potentially could have happened to the woman. “I’m just trying to help,” Wright said about the experience. “If somebody falls down in front of me, I try to pick them back up.” Helping a woman with Alzheimer’s serves as one of countless examples why the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce presented Wright with the Craig Dearing Legacy Award at its annual community awards banquet.

Created in 2016 to honor Craig Dearing for his decades of service to the West Jordan community, the award goes to someone who serves the community in a variety of ways, leaving a lasting impact. “I was surprised,” Wright said of winning the award. “I guess I figure no one realizes I’m even doing it, but apparently I was wrong.” Dearing and Al Richards, director of member relations with the chamber, decided who would receive the 2018 edition. They were looking for someone who is charitably engaged with the community. “We both started thinking of Steve (Wright) because he’s done so much in the community throughout the years,” Richards said. That could include donating coats, clothing and gifts to children at Majestic Elementary who need help. It could reference his time (along with family and employees), money and compassion to the women’s shelter in West Jordan. And that says nothing of his donations to suicide prevention, high school athletics (even though Wright isn’t enamored with sports) and free coffee to anyone in uniform, whether it’s police, fire or military. Or it’s possibly the countless fundraisers organized for those in need, such as Grace, a 2-year-old cancer patient. Steve, along with friends he described as “fundraiser gods,” raised $15,435 to go toward her medical bills through efforts organized and done at his coffee shop. Grace spent 18 weeks doing chemotherapy and radiation. How did they come to know Grace? She was Steve’s nephew’s neighbor. “That should never happen to a little kid,” Wright said. He credited the people around him. “They give me this award, but the family, the people that help me do these things—they’re just as responsible as I am,” he said. Kim Wright said her husband has never profited from any of his charitable contributions, which are so many she’s had to step in occasionally and say, “enough is enough; you cannot save the world.” His greatest service might come simply from being a family man. After all, he did take his four kids to rape crisis centers and homeless shelters to pass out blankets, fix sinks and mow lawns, among many other things. The best example though, comes from his wife. It was 2014, and Kim had been gone seven days on a

business trip to San Francisco when she suffered what felt like a stroke. A few hours after having an MRI, she was rushed to the University of Utah Hospital where doctors had found multiple brain tumors. She would be in the hospital for the next 18 days. “(Steve) didn’t leave the hospital, he didn’t change his clothes,” Kim said. “The nurse told him to go home and take a shower. He stayed right by my side for 18 days in the hospital. That’s his level of integrity, just his commitment. He would do that for anybody.” “She wasn’t supposed to survive that,” he said. “It was a miracle she did, and I didn’t want to not be there in case something went wrong.” It’s been almost 26 years since Steve and Kim Wright tied the knot. She never would’ve thought this would be the life they had. They have owned High Point Coffee Shop for 10 years. But coffee wasn’t always the plan. Steve Wright was building rocket motors for ATK. He was the union vice president, and he decided to leave to open a coffee shop. Steve said he grew tired of the corporate world and felt like it was turning on the workforce. It reached a point where he was no longer happy. “I always tell people, ‘If you don’t like it, quit,’” he said. “Then one day I realized I was one of those people.” While he initially planned to open the coffee shop in Sanpete County, West Jordan ended up as the place. He wasn’t sure how he decided on a coffee shop. His mother worked with a woman who opened a Beans and Brews. “Maybe it just kind of stuck in my mind that it would be a cool thing to do,” he said. While Wright’s handlebar mustache suggests a tough exterior, Kim said he is soft when it comes to people. “He just has a heart that lets him see people that are in need or need a little bit of a push,” she said. Having spent countless days serving those in the community, Wright can’t pinpoint where his desire to help originated. “It’s just something I guess I’ve always done,” he said. “If I see someone out on the side of the road with a flat tire, I’ll stop and help them change their flat. I feel like everybody should be that way.” Richards may have found the best way to sum up the 2018 Legacy Award winner when he said, “You don’t find too many guys like him.” l

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Riverton City honors local historian Scott Crump By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

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n a meeting on Feb. 20, local historian and longtime high school teacher Scott Crump received special recognition from the Riverton City Council for his contributions to preserving community history. Crump, who co-authored the 1994 book “Riverton: The Story of a Utah Country Town” together with Melvin Bashore, served in the original Riverton Historical Society at its formation in 1984 and laid the groundwork for the formation of today’s Riverton City Historic Preservation Commission.

“What an honor it is to recognize Scott Crump for his incredible contribution to Riverton City and for his work in preserving our history,” said Riverton City Mayor Trent Staggs. “He laid the foundation of historical preservation for our city, which can be built upon for years to come.” In addition to his work in preserving Riverton history, Crump is arguably a piece of Riverton history himself. Over his 37-year career at Bingham High School, he won numerous awards, including the 1991 Utah Sterling Scholar Most Inspirational Teacher, Utah Historical Society Teacher of the Year 1992, Utah Legislature Educator of the Year 1993 and Utah Teacher of the Year 2004. In that time, he influenced the lives of countless students, including Staggs and a few members of the current city council. “Mr. Crump, as we all knew him, he wasn’t one of my direct teachers, but he definitely had influence in my reason for getting involved in politics,” said Councilmember Sheldon Stewart. “He taught AP; I wasn’t good enough for AP. But everything we did around the school, everybody knew Mr. Crump.” Even if you weren’t directly his student, Crump would still find a way to get you involved one way or another, be it through schoolwide events or more personal endeavors. He even went so far as to recruit the school madrigal choir, which Stewart was in at the time, to help him perform a sung marriage proposal to his wife Desiree. “I still even can get the song in my head a little bit,” Stewart said—a reworking of traditional Christmas carol “Fum, Fum,

Fum,” with new lyrics Crump came up with himself. That’s the way Mr. Crump is. He’s just this creative guy. He came up with great ways to teach us, how to learn different concepts and how different things related to history. And I got to tell you, I hated history when I got into high school. But between some of the things he did, he really got me interested in history, even though I wasn’t one of his students. As much as you may not always know those that you touch as a teacher, you touch everyone that you see.” Staggs named Crump a lifetime honorary member of the Riverton Historic Preservation Commission and also offered Crump the city’s support for a possible follow-up edition to “Riverton: The Story of a Utah Country Town.” “It’s part of my library at home,” said Councilmember Tish Buroker, who has read the book several times. “I absolutely believe that the only way to truly feel connected to your community is to know some of its history, and that’s where you learn to love it.” “This book, I found fascinating,” said Staggs. “It’s full of history, and I would recommend that anybody in Riverton take a look at this book. It’s mostly chronological and kind of ends in the ’90s, and I personally would be interested in seeing a second edition produced; that would bring us up to date.” A second edition will have to wait at for a couple years, though, as Crump and his wife Desiree will be leaving the state in April 2018 to serve a mission in Nauvoo, Illinois, for the l Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Preserving yesterday for tomorrow: the Riverton City Historic Preservation Committee By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com and how that’s shaped the present.” The Riverton City Historic Preservation Commission is the successor to an earlier organization: the Riverton Historical Society, originally formed in 1984. But as time went on, interest in the Historical Society flagged. Meanwhile, Riverton’s population grew, leading to increased infrastructural needs and construction but with nobody there to vouch for the preservation of historical buildings. As more and more old was replaced with new, preserving the increasingly hidden past took a higher priority in the eyes of the city. In fall 2016, the Historic Preservation Commission reformed, like a league of particularly bookish superheroes coming out of retirement, to carry on the work of the past. Riverton City Hall, built in 1925, was originally Riverton Elementary School “There’s greater urgency now, especially with the work that’s and is currently Riverton’s only building listed on the National Historic Reg- being done on Redwood Road— that’s where a lot of the historic ister. (National Park Service) buildings are,” said Pierucci, who has served on the commission since it was first reinstated. “A lot of the homes are being altered, iverton City has grown a lot since it was first founded in borderline torn down, and so we’re just trying to do our best to 1865. Originally a small farming settlement, the popula- preserve what we can of what’s there.” tion never even broke 3,000 people until after the year 1970— The commission has seven members. Five represent specific relatively recently in its 153-year history. Though the city is city council districts, while two represent the city as a whole. It’s now home to 43,000 residents and counting, the Riverton City a diverse group; members range from BYU history professors, to Historic Preservation Committee is devoted to making sure it active PTA members, to Riverton’s own deputy city recorder, Joy doesn’t lose sight of its small-town roots. Johnson. “Riverton’s got a lot of historical dwellings and residents and “We’ve got people from all walks of life, all different age sites, and we just are trying to do the work to make sure that that groups and genders—just people who are passionate about history,” history is preserved for future generations, to see and learn from,” Pierucci said. “It’s a really great mix of people.” said Andy Pierucci, Historic Preservation Committee chair. “We’re One of the commission’s chief responsibilities is getting also working to help inform and educate the public on the history Riverton’s historic sites officially recognized as such by the of Riverton so people can understand what’s happened in the past National Park Service on a local register of historical places and


keeping that list up to date. This qualifies Riverton as a Certified Local Government, which earns the city funding from the National Park Service to preserve and maintain historic sites. The public is welcome to help in this endeavor. “We’d really love to have the help of the residents of Riverton as we’re working to create this historic sites list,” said Pierucci. Any site within city bounds that is at least 75 years old and free of major modern alterations will be considered for inclusion on the list. “If anybody has any nominations, we’d love to hear from them,” Pierucci said. In addition to maintaining Riverton’s own list of historic sites, the commission is also working with a contractor to identify a number of sites to nominate for the National Register of Historic Places. “That’s not just the local Riverton register; that’s the national register, which would be huge for anyone who owns those buildings because they can receive a bunch of tax credit for the fact that they’re on the national register,” Pierucci said. Currently, Riverton only has one location on the National Historic Register: Riverton City Hall, which was originally built in 1925 as an elementary school. In addition to cataloguing Riverton’s historic buildings and chasing down government grants, the commission also seeks to commemorate significant dates and events. Because 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the commission is planning to honor Riverton’s World War I veterans this year. “We’d like to place poppies on the graves of World War I l veterans in the Riverton City Cemetery,” said Pierucci.

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Understanding elected official compensation in the wake of pay raise controversy By Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com this range, there are many others who are paid two or three times that amount. According to the report by KUTV, Bradburn’s initial salary when he took office was $147,000, meaning the raise would have brought him up to $162,000. That would have been more than double the median household income of Sandy ($76,807) as well as the highest salary of any mayor in the valley, including Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. The resolution passed by the Sandy City Council set a minimum mayoral salary of $119,000 and a maximum of $144,000. Those figures were recommended to the council by The salaries of most of the mayors within Salt Lake County. There is a clear Mike Applegarth, the council distinction in pay between mayors in cities with a council-manager form of office’s director, who said that mayor’s compensation government and mayors in cities with a council-mayor form of government. the should be based on “similarly situated cities” such as Provo or witch hunt.” “A failure on many levels.” Ogden. In 2017, the mayors of those cities received “An unfortunate situation.” salaries of $109,500 and $128,699 respectively, Those are the terms used to describe a according to information from the state of Utah’s controversy that came to a conclusion at a Sandy public finance website, transparent.utah.gov. City Council meeting on Feb. 27. A few weeks While the mayor’s new salary of $119,000 is prior, KUTV reported that Sandy’s recentlymore on par with some of the larger cities along elected mayor, Kurt Bradburn, had given himself the Wasatch front, it is still near the top of what a $15,000 raise during his first month in office. a municipal mayor can make in the state of Utah. The news resulted in a firestorm of social Of the 15 cities considered for this article media backlash—KUTV’s post on Facebook (13 Salt Lake County municipalities plus Ogden garnered 72 (mostly) angry comments—resulting and Provo) there is a wide range in the amount of in an announcement by Bradburn that he would money that a mayor is paid. In fact, Salt Lake City take a pay cut instead. Mayor Biskupski made almost 10 times as much The city of Sandy appeared ready to move money in 2017 ($149,220) as the lowest-paid past the controversy at the Feb. 27 council mayor last year, former Riverton Mayor William meeting. Most of the residents who spoke as well Applegarth ($15,521). as the city council expressed continued trust in the Of course, Salt Lake City and Riverton are mayor. The city council also passed a resolution two completely different cities in a variety of ways. that codified mayoral compensation, meaning that First, Salt Lake City has more than four times the the Sandy mayor will no longer be responsible for number of residents as Riverton. Secondly, one setting his or her own salary. city’s budget is much larger than the others. Last The resolution also included an increased year, the city of Riverton’s expenses totaled about commitment to transparency. As suggested $30 million, according to the city’s 2017 financial by Councilman Zach Robinson, the city will report. Salt Lake City meanwhile, had a budget begin disclosing both the mayor’s and the city of over a billion dollars. But the most critical councilors’ salaries in the city’s budget. difference between the two cities, at least when it “If we’re going to publish the mayoral comes to determining mayoral compensation, is ranges, I’d recommend that we publish the form of government. council ranges as well. I feel that would be an Utah state code specifies a few different open and transparent communication from us to forms of municipal government and the roles and our citizens,” said Robinson. responsibilities of the mayor vary greatly from Part of the reason for the public outcry about one to another. the mayor’s self-appointed raise is a lack of public The form of government in which the mayor understanding about how local elected officials has the most power and responsibilities is the are compensated. In response to a query on social council-mayor form of government. The cities media concerning this subject, respondents who of Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden, Sandy, Murray, live along the Wasatch Front said by and large that South Salt Lake, and Taylorsville fall under this they weren’t quite sure how much their mayor category. Because this form of government places was paid, but guessed anywhere in a range from more responsibility on the mayor, the position is $10,000 to $50,000. well-compensated. While some mayors’ paychecks do fall within


“In our form of government, the mayor position is a full-time position,” said Cherie Wood, the mayor of South Salt Lake. “I’m charged with running the city and we have a multi-million dollar budget and we have 300 plus employees.” Without an above-average salary, Wood said that the position would not attract candidates who are qualified to manage such a large organization. Another problem, according to Mike Applegarth, is that an extremely low salary might exclude all but the “independently wealthy” from running for office. In contrast, there are the five-member and six-member council forms of government. Under these forms, the mayor’s principal responsibility is to be the chair of and preside over the city council. The responsibility for the daily administration of the city instead lies with a City Manager. With the decreased responsibility comes a smaller paycheck; in some cities, the mayor even makes less than the city councilors. Holladay, Draper, Midvale, South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, Herriman, and Riverton fall under these forms of government. “You don’t do it for the money, that’s for sure,” said Rob Dahle who is currently the mayor of Holladay, one of the municipalities with a council-manager form of government. According to Dahle, his main role is acting as a spokesman for the city. “We’re a pretty small municipality and it allows for a citizen mayor where their primary function isn’t to be employed by the city. It’s more of a service,” said Dahle. “These small cities don’t really justify a full-time mayor so that allows any citizen to be able to throw their hat in the ring to run for mayor.” Dahle said that transparency is the key to avoiding controversies similar to what happened in Sandy. “Whatever you do, you make sure it’s a public process. The mayor should not have unilateral authority to set his own pay. That’s just bad policy,” he said. When it comes to the compensation of city council members, there isn’t much of a difference between cities of different forms of government. Instead, the principle determinant seems to be population. The highest-paid city councils belong to the cities with the most people such as Salt Lake City, Sandy and Provo The average salary for a city councilor ranges from around $10,000 on the low end (Herriman) to over $40,000 on the high end (Salt Lake City). Residents who want to know more about how government entities spend taxpayer money, including employee compensation, can access that information through various online resources such as transparent.utah.gov and utahsright.com. As for Bradburn, he’s working to regain the trust of Sandy residents who felt betrayed by his actions, saying on a Facebook post, “I always said when I was campaigning that I was going to make mistakes, but I would always own up to them and fix them when I did. Hope you can still support me as I try to do the best I can while I have the privilege of serving you.” l

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Riverton reveals top eight priorities for next four years By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com 2. Promoting a thriving business climate that supports residents’ needs (Sheldon Stewart and Staggs) 3. A welcoming historic downtown destination (Tish Buroker and Staggs) 4. Vibrant parks, recreation and events that build bridges within the community (Tingey and Stewart) 5. A well-connected community with properly maintained utilities and infrastructure (Brent Johnson) 6. Highly engaged and informed residents (Tawnee McCay, Stewart and Staggs) 7. Operational excellence (Buroker and Stewart) 8. Fiscally responsible governance (McCay and Staggs) City staff and elected officials are, in the more casual work sessions preceding each city council meeting, brainstorming ways Riverton City officials have laid out a clear game plan for the coming years. to turn these abstract goals into tangible realities. Discussion at the (Mariden Williams) March 6 work session focused primarily on the first four priorities, with discussion on the others slated for March 27. n his 2018 State of the City Address, Riverton Mayor Trent Currently, ideas for improving neighborhood safety mostly Staggs proclaimed the city to be “strong, prosperous and grow- center around making sure residents are aware of the resources ing,” and also announced eight strategic priorities that he and other available to them, in things such as Community Emergency city officials will focus on in the years ahead. These priorities were Response Team training, prescription drug disposal and the developed from community feedback received at the city’s annual Healthy Riverton program. all-day Strategic Planning Session back on Jan. 13. On promoting a thriving business climate, Staggs said that “These strategic priorities will be the focus over the next the first goal is to “retain, expand and attract a mix of high-quality four years in setting budget and policy,” Staggs said. “Select employers and commercial businesses that contribute to the elected officials and staff members alike have been designated community’s economic sustainability.” It’s easy for statements champions for each one of these and will work collaboratively like this to amount to empty words, since success in such abstract to identify key objectives and initiatives that will help us concepts can be hard to gauge, but city officials are working to accomplish them.” come up with real, physical ways to measure their progress. The eight strategic priorities, and the elected officials “Square footage of currently built versus currently occupied assigned to each, are as follows: commercial property could be one yardstick,” said Staggs. Other 1. Safe and healthy neighborhoods with balanced potential measuring methods city leaders are considering include opportunities to live, work and play (Tricia Tingey and Brent the amount of sales and franchise tax revenue generated, as well as Johnson) number of employees by industry.


Another step toward drawing and retaining a greater number and variety of businesses, Stewart suggested, might be identifying any “dark holes” in data and cellular networks that might deter businesses from settling into certain locations. “We might have black holes in our city that businesses might not want to locate to because there is not that data and support and connectivity,” Stewart said. Stewart also proposed incentivizing tenants to furnish existing locations to better fit their needs, citing the example of a particular shopping center he knows in Wilmington, Delaware, that “just didn’t take off… [until] the city offered $2 per square foot of tenant improvements with a 10-year lease.” The creation of a welcoming historic downtown location should also improve things on the business front, since one area of focus is on making things more pedestrian-friendly and thus more appealing to walk-in stores and restaurateurs. Additionally, Councilmember Tish Buroker would like to see more aesthetic cohesion throughout the downtown area, noting that various design elements have been tried out, but incorporated very haphazardly. “It’d be great if we could really build on what’s already been done and figure out how to make it all work well together,” she said. As far as city events and recreation go, Riverton’s dilemma is perhaps a little bit unusual. “I don’t know that our issue is that we don’t have active participation at events,” Buroker said. “I almost think our issue is the opposite—that at many times we are unable to allow all the people that want to, to participate.” Events such as the city’s daddy/daughter Valentine’s date, Easter egg hunts and Fourth of July shows often have to turn people away. “Our issue is the other end: not to get more people to come but figuring out how to manage all the people that do come,” Buroker said. l

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Passing through Ellis Island By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

NJHS (National Junior Honors Society) students help run the simulation. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)


ebecca Kirkman’s seventh-grade class was ousted from their classroom to make room for eighth-graders. Only after they’d left were they told they couldn’t go back for their personal items. This action signaled the beginning of the annual Ellis Island Simulation at South Hills Middle School. “Reading about it in a book, you think it must have been hard but going through it—the actual pain of waiting—you just get a different feel for it,” said Kalynn Allen, a ninth-grader who helped run the simulation this year. The process of immigration took three class periods, beginning in the Homeland (library) where students completed two art projects to sell, earning them money for passage to America. Students completed tasks and passed through checkpoints, arriving at Ellis Island where their names were sometimes changed and misspelled. They were herded through medical and legal inspections as well as mental health and literacy tests, before they were allowed into the country (auditorium). Hope Thomas, a ninth-grade volunteer, said the simulation was designed to be as authentic as possible. “It’s more realistic than most things you do at school,” she said. “I feel like you learn it better because you experience it.” Science teacher Bethany Alston visited Ellis Island last summer, collecting details about the actual process—the questions that were asked and the tests that were given— to recreate a more authentic simulation this year. Killian Glodowski was unable to complete the recreated puzzles at the mental inspection within the time limit. “I apparently have mental issues,” he said as he sat detained in the hospital. He

said the experience made him realize how intimidating the process was for immigrants. Once in America, students completed tasks at humanitarian aid stations, demonstrating job skills and calculating the exchange rate for their homeland currency (no calculators allowed) to receive U.S. dollars in order to purchase a train ticket. Each task was closely evaluated by volunteers, who had participated in the simulation as seventh-graders. They had the authority to send participants back a step if they forgot a pencil, lost their paperwork or did not perform a task correctly. Those performing medical evaluations randomly assigned diseases to a percentage of students, and legal questioning often included terminology meant to confuse students into incorrect answers. Heath Slack was deported for not answering legal questions satisfactorily. He had to start the entire process again, beginning with redoing the art assignments in the Homeland. He said it was frustrating but still a lot better than the real Ellis Island experience. “We couldn’t do exactly what they did because that would be painful,” Heath said. Anna Jensen narrowly missed being deported when was delayed in the hospital twice. When she passed the legal questioning for the second time, she was so excited she danced and yelled, waving her baby in the air. She was immediately detained on suspicion of insanity. Kalynn said when she participated two years ago. The hardest part was the way she was treated. “It was not necessarily unfairly but just the luck of the draw,” she said. “If you’re unlucky, then you have to do so many other hard things. But on Ellis Island, that’s the way it goes.”

Seventh-grade curriculum covers American History, but all subjects were integrated to prepare students for a more authentic experience. “We try to involve as many teachers of seventh-graders as we can,” said Julie Rushton, the language arts teacher who first started the simulation 10 years ago. “It has just gone from something so small to enormous!” The preparation began months in advance as language arts teachers assigned students to research one of their own ancestors and the country they immigrated from. Math teachers talked to their classes about money and the economic situation of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The college career center addressed employment opportunities available to immigrants and taught students how to fill out a job application. The art department highlighted art pieces with immigration subjects and the music department played music for the students that immigrants would have listened to. While studying cells in science, students learned about diseases that prevented immigrants from entering the country. “Having them learn about the disease helps them understand how body systems are affected, so it ties in nicely to the curriculum,” Alston said. With all the knowledge they’d collected from each subject, students wrote a personal history of their ancestor. “I feel it’s so important for them to really embrace their ancestor and really think about what it would have been like when they came here,” said Rushton. “It’s fun because they really get to know their ancestor.” l

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Survival of the fittest in battle of the bands By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

AJ Barbee didn’t miss a beat when his bass string broke in the middle of a competitive performance. He kept smiling and playing as he flung the string into the crowd. (Photo/ Scott Burnham)


eanut Butter Octopus, the band from Riverton High School, arrived at the PTA’s Region 6 Battle of the Bands as returning state champions. Even when they realized their drummer was missing his kick pedal, they felt confident about their performance. Then during their first song, bass player AJ Barbee broke a string. “He was just flapping away on his bass and it just finally gave way,” said Noah Hambleton, the drummer. Barbee didn’t miss a beat— literally. He moved his fingers to a lower string, on a higher fret, transposing the notes in his head as he played on. “I didn’t notice and I didn’t hear any mistakes, so that was impressive,” said Hambleton. “Under those high pressure situations, these guys all know how to react and to keep their cool.” The band, which also includes DJ Taylor on guitar and vocals and Ryan Bennett on guitar, has a lot of performing experience and training from lessons at School of Rock and Kaleb Chapman Sound House. The band is headed to state again this year after surviving the night’s obstacles to take first place. Judges scored Peanut Butter Octopus high in the area of Confidence and Stage Presence. Judges also gave points for Energy and Crowd Response. Peanut Butter Octopus chose

high energy songs that were fun to play and that they knew would appeal to the audience. Bands were required to play a cover song and an original song to showcase their talent. Judges looked for well-rounded musicians, also rating bands on the Musicality, Creativity and Technical Proficiency of their songs. Barbee said each band puts their own spin on their cover song. Peanut Butter Octopus played a cover of “Crazy” by CeeLo Green. “It’s a Frankenstein cover— we chose the song, took it apart, rearranged it, changed the key and put it back together,” said Taylor. The entire band worked together to write their original piece, “Strawberries.” The Boios, the eight-member jazz combo from Herriman High, credited their second place finish on their mastery of their instruments. Russel Horrocks on drums, Taylor Shamrell on trumpet, Daniel Estes on alto sax, Tyson Munford on tenor sax, Ben Thorne on baritone sax, James Creasey on electric bass, Dallin Gray on sousaphone and Britain Bashore on trombone took turns improvising solos over a catchy baseline. “Because we have solo sections, it allows us to show that we have a deeper understanding of what we’re playing,” said Horrocks. The Boios entertained

All eight members of The Boios showed their skill through a solo. (Photo/Scott Burnham)

the audience with coordinated choreography and high energy performances of their original piece “LeGoose” and a jazzy cover of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” The seven bands competing in the March 6 Battle showcased a variety of musical styles. Electric Pineapple (Dustin Bowers, Benjamin Searle, Dallas Goodfellow, Paul Hathaway, Jordan Shahan and Sam Howard) from Cyprus High won third place with their danceable cover of “Without You” by Luck Chops as well as their original composition, “Electric Chops.” The drums and electric bass kept an energetic beat beneath bright and rich trumpet, tuba, trombone and saxophone melodies. Honor Me This from Stansbury High School got the audience dancing to their alternative rock songs. Enter The Abyss from Murray High played progressive metal, loud and technically complex instrumental pieces. Bingham High’s two-member Monk Militia incited the crowd into a head-banging frenzy with their thrash metal. The six members of Skyline’s Weakest Link were having a blast, playing their high energy brass band cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).” They cheered each others’ solo runs and played off the crowd, earning them the People’s Choice

Award of the evening. The top three bands moving on to the state competition at the end of this month are Peanut Butter Octopus, The Boios and Electric Pineapple. They received prize money ranging from $75-$250. When they won the region and state Battle of the Bands last year, Peanut Butter Octopus used the prize money to buy carrying cases for their drums. This year they will definitely use some of the money for instrument maintenance. “We’ll buy some strings,” said Taylor. l

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Thousands of roses bring love to students


hen Tamara Bailie heard that Riverton High School’s Dance Company was selling roses to be delivered to students on Valentine’s Day, she ordered some for her daughter because she didn’t want her to feel left out. “Then I started thinking about what happens to the kids who are going to be left out,” said Bailie. “It was like a nudge from the universe— what if just this one time, we could make it so that everyone felt included?” She started with a simple Facebook post, inviting friends and neighbors to buy a rose for a student. Over the next 10 days, nearly150 people from across the country donated enough money to provide roses to every single student in the school. “I thought it’d be great to just get 100 more roses into the school and then to have it be by the end of the day over 2,000 roses,” Bailie said. “It was really good for my heart to see that.” The students were touched that someone cared enough about them to send them a rose. And they started to share that feeling with others. Before they realized everyone would get one, students who had received roses were giving theirs to those who didn’t have one. Bailie noted that the atmosphere created was a huge contrast to what was happening at the very same time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. “Here we were trying to fill this high school with love and roses and good energy, and, at the very same time, this high school in Florida was filled with terror and gunshots and tears,” said Bailie. “The whole reason we wanted to do this is so that kids knew someone cared and that they are important. It was really heartbreaking to think that these two high schools had had such different experiences that day.” Bailie said with so much negativity and selfishness in the world, she felt it was important for the students to know that people can care about others. She was overwhelmed by the response of so many people, with no connection to the students, who wanted to help with the fundraiser. “I think people like to do good things but sometimes somebody just has to put the idea out there and invite people to join in,” she said. “When people say yes, then magic happens.” That’s how a Seattle-based company got involved. A friend of Bailie’s contacted Compendium, which makes inspirational cards, to request a donation to the project. “They are complete strangers to Riverton High—as are almost all of the donors—but they wanted to help fill a high school with good energy, so they quickly shipped enough cards for everyone,” said Bailie. When the roses were passed out to students, each was accompanied with a card that said “Be Happy” or “You’re Awesome.” Compendium representative Angeline

By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com Candido said the spirit and the passion of the project is in line with the company’s culture. “It felt like a no-brainer to participate and offer these cards to each student,” said Candido. “Teenagers, especially at this time, need to be reminded that they’re awesome and to be encouraged to be happy.” The cards were personally addressed to each student by dance company teacher Brynn Perkins and her dancers, who meticulously went through every single teacher’s second-period roll to make sure no student was missed. “It was almost an impossible task,” Perkins said. “The behind-the-scenes work was insane.” In past years, there were usually 350 roses

to deliver, said Perkins. With the donations organized by Bailie, this year they prepared nearly 3,000 roses and 2,126 personalized cards in two days and delivered them all within three hours. She said all the work was worth it. “It started as a fundraiser, but it turned into something far more valuable,” said Perkins. “Tamara took a thought and put it into action, and it had a huge effect; I think it reached farther than she even thought it could reach.” Perkins said her dancers benefitted from meeting and serving all of their peers. And students were inspired to make others feel special. One student gave his rose to a postal worker that had come into the building. Perkins

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said it also brought much needed happiness to the school still recovering from the death of a beloved teacher the previous week. “I think when you do nice things for other people it helps recharge your own optimism,” Bailie said. She said many have told her they’ve been inspired by this project to do something similar in their own communities. “We can’t always make everything work out for everybody, but if we all could just do what we can, where we are, with what we have—if everyone did a little bit in their own circle— there are a lot of opportunities to do something like this,” Bailie said. l

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High school civics project goes all the way to the Hill By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com to be quite honorable — their duty is it to protect and serve, not knowing the risks.” Her bill, SB 0057 “Police Service Animal Amendments,” changes the penalty for knowingly killing a police K-9 from a third-degree felony to a second-degree felony. Addison said the increased penalty is commensurate with the cost to replace the dog, which can cost more than $40,000 to purchase and train. “It’s more appropriate to have a stiffer penalty when considering the dog is an officer of the law,” said Addison, who hopes to work with canines in a career with the FBI. She graduated last year at the age of 16 and is currently studying criminal law at Utah Valley University. “Seeing police officers and the duty that they do, their role Passionate about protecting K-9 officers, Emily Addison raised money to of protecting those who cannot protect themselves — that’s provide ballistic vests for South Salt Lake Police Department’s K-9 unit. always something that I wanted to be able to do,” she said. (Photo courtesy Emily Addison) While waiting for her bill to progress last fall, Addison raised $1,710 to purchase three ballistic-proof vests for South Salt Lake mily Addison’s sophomore civics class assignment is now a Police Department’s K-9 unit. bill on the Hill. Addison’s civics teacher, Callie Geisler said Addison, was a Two years ago, Addison was attending Summit Academy High School and taking a civics and government class. She was very self-motivated student. “Emily is amazing,” she said. “She has always been incredibly assigned to create, change or enhance a local bill. focused and driven.” “It was one of those assignments that you could actually Others have been impressed by Addison’s determination to make change in society,” Addison said. make a difference, including Utah Sen. Jani Iwamoto. Geisler’s As a member of Draper Police Youth Explorers and a daughter of a Draper City police officer, she chose to focus her assignment civic action project required students to contact community leaders with their ideas. Addison contacted Iwamoto, who began on the safety of K-9 police dogs. “It was something I had seen in the news quite a bit around to look into the issue. “I found there were a lot of things wrong with the code for that time, so I knew from the start that it was something I wanted to do it on,” Addison said. “These service dogs are a very big all kinds of animals,” Iwamoto said. “It was a very involved piece part of the law enforcement community and family. I find them of legislation.” When two unified police dogs, Dingo and Aldo, were killed


in the line of duty in 2016 and 2017, their deaths hit close to home with Iwamoto, who had served on the city council in the area the dogs had served. She met with officers and learned how valuable the dogs’ service is to the community with their ability to find criminals and save lives. She continued to build on the changes Addison suggested and the bill gained the backing of V. Lowry Snow in the House. Because of the strong opinion on both sides of the issue, Iwamoto said it was a very difficult bill to pass. She is hoping for a ceremonial signing from the governor. The senator invited Addison to attend the committee hearing for her bill so she could see the whole process. “I think it’s so important for students to get involved,” Iwamoto said. Geisler said Addison is the only student to ever take their assignment all the way to the state level, but many students proposed their ideas at the local level. They asked city councils to preserve bike trails, add stoplights and stop signs at specific intersections, and fill troublesome potholes. “Once students realize they have a voice and it is heard, they are unstoppable,” said Geisler. She said about 20 percent of the students’ ideas were addressed by local governments. “It’s incredible what can come out of providing our youth with a basic framework of expectations and letting them fill in the rest.” Addison is grateful Geisler assigned the project and pushed her out of her comfort zone. “It’s amazing that you have these teachers that really inspire you and push you to achieve greatness,” Addison said. “She’s helped me understand that at such a young age, I can have my voice heard and I can go out and achieve so many things.” l


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Students join nationwide protest, many focus on kindness By Julie Slama, Justin Adams, Lori Gillespie and Travis Barton Junior High and Riverview Junior High the opportunity to walkout. “As a school district, we wanted to facilitate the conversation between students and parents about what the walkout means and why or why not participate and provide a safe place for them,” she said. “We need to allow students to make the choices for themselves.” Murray High student body president Kate Spackman said student government ushered the student-organized walkout to the school plaza, which had about 250 students participate. “Some students stood Students link arms around the football field at Highland High School on up and spoke out; we paid March 14 as part of the nationwide walkout. (Lori Gillespie/City Journals) our respects to the victims,” Kate said. “I felt the kids who cross the country students made their voices heard on March 14, one month af- walked out for the right reasons supported the ter the school shooting at a Parkland, Florida victims and it was awesome. For the kids who high school. They honored the 17 victims with walked out to miss school, I hope they realize tearful moments of silence, they protested what this is all about and the importance of it.” Kate and other student government gun laws and pledged kindness to their peers. Salt Lake County was no different as schools leaders organized “17 days of kindness of around the valley participated with walkouts positivity.” Suggestions include to make a new friend, smile at 17 people, post a picture and “walk ups.” on social media “NeverAgain” in support and write to Gov. Gary Herbert and the legislature. Murray “We wanted to do something that will “I’m scared at school and I hear that from my friends as well,” said Academy of Math, make a difference immediately in kids’ lives,” Engineering and Science junior Grace Wason. she said. “I don’t think fear should be in a place of Cottonwood Heights learning.” Brighton student government also will About 150 students, most wearing black in mourning, lined 1300 East near the Murray hold a kindness campaign to create a more school. They held signs showing each victim welcoming environment, said Principal Tom and chanted, “Books not bullets; no more Sherwood after about 500 students participated in the student-led walkout. silence. We are change.” “I believe if students want to make a During the walkout, Grace recited names of each victim, then added: “These are only statement about changes to protest future 17 of the 75-plus students we are mourning lives, they have a right,” he said. “Students for today. We do this in solidarity not only with generations have used civil disobedience in lost victims, but also their mourning friends the community or country to stand up for what they believe is not right — and they still do.” and families. This has gone too far.” Students, who gathered in the football Grace participated in a routine school lockdown earlier in the week. “It was stand, were silent for 17 minutes as the names daunting,” she said. “I was working on the of victims were held up and read out loud. posters and saw them on my desk as I hid in Student leaders also urged students to use their the corner and thought, this is the exact thing voice — “we can’t let kids our age die in vain,” those Florida students went through only they to vote and to write to their representatives. Afterward, two juniors — Evelyn had someone with a gun come in their door.” Students, many who planned to take Compagno and Lilly Olpin — lingered. “I’m so glad we raised awareness for such part in the “March for Our Lives” rally at the Capitol March 24, also signed up to vote as a horrible thing,” said Evelyn, adding that leaders organized voting registration as well she had friends who survived the Las Vegas as planned to hold a letter-writing campaign shooting. “Those kids were murdered for no reason.” to Congress. The future of the country is being Murray Board of Education Vice President Kami Anderson said Murray School District impacted as well, Lilly said. “You never know the potential those allowed students from Murray High, Hillcrest


children had. They could have been someone great, like the next Isaac Newton,” she said. Community members and Jim and Bonnie Despain came with their signs supporting the students. Jim Despain, who once hunted rabbits, said that he has wanted better gun control for years. Bonnie is a retired Ridgecrest Elementary schoolteacher and remembers faculty discussing the best course of action after the Columbine and Sandy Hook shootings. “It’s taking the kids across the nation to say enough and get the movement going on this,” she said. Utah State Rep. Marie Poulson, who taught English in the south end of the valley, agreed and supported students who participated. “I’m so proud of the courage, how they came out and spoke up,” she said. “It’s taking our young people’s activism to come out to remind us to look at it and make changes. Kids should have the right to feel safe at school.” Poulson said she recalled how the Columbine shooting terrorized both students and teachers and puzzled them about what they could do to make schools safer. Since then, she said phones and panic buttons have been installed in classrooms. “And we’re still discussing it now, but I’m hoping these students caught the attention of other officials and have embarrassed them to do more,” Poulson said. “We don’t want schools to become an armed camp, but we want our students to be safe. We’ve called a school safety commission and if they can find a way to make a difference, we’ll call a special session (at the legislature) and I hope they do.” Sugar House Students from Highland High School and the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts congregated on the Highland football field where they linked arms and sang the Highland school song. Highland principal Chris Jenson estimated they had 1,200 students walk out. “The kids that did walk out, it was really nice to see them make a peaceful statement,” Jenson said. Ermiya Fanaeian organized the student protest—which also included voter registration booths—at Highland having grown tired of the mass shootings that have transpired over the last decade. “I am sick and tired of American schools being the new American battleground,” she said, adding the protest serves as a “call to action” for Congress and state legislators to limit access to weapons that put student safety at risk. “It is important that we express our dissent, it is important that we stay pugnacious to the change that we want to expedite.” Kearns Kearns Jr. High focused its energies on what principal Scott Bell hoped would be a

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Page 18 | April 2018 “positive direction” rather than getting into the political aspect. The school’s “walk up” concentrated its attention on supporting school kindness and safety, standing united against school violence and honoring the 17 Parkland shooting victims. “My hope was there would be a uniting activity for us as a school and I think it exceeded my hopes. It really turned out just awesome,” Bell said. Before exiting the school, a student-made video was played with students requesting those watching to stand against school violence and pledge to do 17 acts of kindness. On the lawn outside, students and faculty held a moment of silence for two minutes, 14 seconds (the date of the tragedy 2/14). Once students returned to class they were given a KJH Cares card with 14 suggested acts of kindness and three blank lines for them to come up their own ideas. “We’re giving a challenge to our students over the next month to do 17 acts of kindness for others and to use the #KJHCares to share their acts of kindness on social media,” Bell said. Bell was impressed with his students saying they struck the right tone of respect and solemnity. “One thing I didn’t count on was the level of emotion it had for some students,” he said. “We had some of our students and staff be

S outh Valley City Journal a little emotional about it. There was a real connection with what we were doing.” Holladay At Churchill Jr. High, Principal Josh LeRoy estimated that 80 percent of the student body joined the nationwide walkout. The administration took a hands-off approach to the demonstration, letting student leaders organize it themselves. They did notify the PTSA so that parents were aware of the walkout, many of whom attended to show solidarity for their children. The students formed a large circle and had a moment of silence to honor the victims of recent school shootings. Afterward, some of the student organizers spoke through a megaphone about the need for more gun control and more kindness between students, noting that many of those who carry out school shootings were previously victims of bullying. One of those students, Lydia Timms, said that the opinion and activism of students across the country shouldn’t be discounted just because of their age. “Just because we’re young doesn’t mean that we can’t be patriotic,” she said. Following the demonstration, the majority of students promptly walked back into the building to return to class. LeRoy said he was impressed with the behavior of the students throughout the

Lydia Timms and other student leaders at Churchill Jr. High speak about the need for more gun control as well as more kindness between students. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

demonstration. “For most of these students, this was their first experience in civic engagement so we wanted to make sure that it went well,” he said. Eric Holley, one of the parents who

attended, said that he thought it was a valuable experience for his daughter. “Something like this works for these kids on their level,” he said.

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Silverwolves win an unexpected region title By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


Silverwolves senior Ben Neilson averaged 11.6 points per game. (dsandersonpics.com)

iverton High School boys basketball team exceeded the expectations of their coach by capturing the school’s first region title. “We had a blast,” Silverwolves boys basketball head coach Skyler Wilson said. “I thought at the start we did not know what to expect. We did not know how good we would be. We were pretty average in the offseason. I was pretty amazed because I do not think many people expected it.” The Silverwolves finished this season with an 18-6 overall record. Their 7-1 region record tied them with Copper Hills for a share of the Region 3 title. The school opened in the fall of 1999; this is the team’s first region title. The region title came down to the last region contest against Copper Hills. In the game, the Silverwolves outscored the Grizzlies by 11 points in the fourth quarter to come away with the victory 71-61. Junior Ryen Edwards scored 24 points, and Richie Saunders had 20 in the victory. “To win at Copper Hills on the last night, it was pretty special,”

Wilson said. “The guys knew that going into the game. I think the top teams in our region were all very competitive. Copper Hills was one of the top teams in the state.” Saunders was the team’s leading scorer. He averaged 18.7 points per game. The 6-foot-4-inch sophomore scored a season-high 36 points in a 65-51 victory over Murray Jan. 9. “Richie ended up being our region co-MVP,” Wilson said. “I did not expect that. He struggled the first couple of games but then he really let it loose and turned things around. He is very skilled and can shoot very well. He came on really strong.” Senior point guard Ben Neilson averaged 11.6 points per game. Wilson said he was a leader on the team. At 6-foot-3, Edwards was forced to play inside against many of opponents’ bigger players. He averaged 6.7 rebounds per game. He had 20 points and 15 rebounds in the game Feb. 13 against West Jordan. He has signed to play baseball at Dixie State University in St. George. Riverton entered the 6A state

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boys basketball tournament as the Region 3 No. 1 seed and matched up against Westlake in the first round. The Silverwolves led at halftime by three, but the Thunder outscored the Silverwolves by 13 in the second half to eliminate them from the tournament. “We knew that a match-up with any team in Region 4 was going to be tough,” Wilson said. “We struggled with turnovers, and they exploited that. It was just one game, but we really thought that it was a game we could have won.” The players bonded together after last season’s leading scorer, Brock Anderson, transferred to Bingham in the spring. Wilson said that was hard for his team to understand. “This team really bonded together,” Wilson said. “They were very good at going after the loose balls, taking charges and rebounding. We were not very big, but we just had some role players. That made for a really fun team, and they played hard. They were a coach’s dream.” l

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Riverton girls narrowly miss playoff semis


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he Silverwolves girls basketball team keeps on rolling. “We had 18 great wins to enjoy, and a majority of teams do not even come close to accomplishing that,” girls head coach Ron Ence said. “It is a disappointment to lose the last game, but the girls will look back on this season as being fun and successful.” Riverton advanced in the girls 6A state tournament to the second round and faced Fremont in the battle of the Silverwolves (although Fremont spells its mascot as two words). Riverton had maintained a firm grasp on the lead throughout the game. It led by as many as 11 in the first quarter, but Fremont scratched its way back and took its first lead with 4:52 remaining in the game. The game seesawed back and forth, and Riverton’s Kaitlin Burgess hit a three-pointer from the corner to tie the game with less than 10 seconds remaining. The team exploded in jubilation during the ensuing timeout, and Burgess covered her face in excitement, but Fremont would not give up. “Fremont is so good that we could not afford mistakes,” Ence said. “We lost a good lead due to some mistakes, yet we played well enough to still almost pull out the victory.” Fremont inbounded the ball and drove the length of the court for the final layup and a two-point victory 48-46. “I am very proud of this team in overcoming so many players who missed games due to injuries, sickness

and eligibility issues,” Ence said. “Our winning tradition continues. We have played in the quarter finals or better in 10 of the last 13 years.” Senior Morgan Kane led the team in scoring and averaged 19.2 points per game. She finished with 22 points and 14 in rebounds in the Fremont playoff game. Kane has committed to play at Iowa State after she graduates. The 6-foot-2-inch senior was a three-year captain for the Silverwolves. She scored in double figures in all but one of the games she played in this season. She missed several games with a sprained ankle. “Every year we are successful, our teams show similar qualities,” Ence said. “We had excellent post play by Morgan and some excellent outside shooting from Jayde and Kaitlin Burgess. We had several other players who did not score as much but played a vital role on defense and teamwork.” The Burgess cousins combined to average 15 points per game. Jayde is a senior, and Kaitlin is a junior. Riverton competed in the newly aligned Region 3. Copper Hills won the region championship, Riverton was second, Herriman finished third, Taylorsville fourth and an improved West Jordan team placed fifth. “We were very familiar with all of our region opponents from all of the previous years,” Ence said. The region finished 3-4 in the state tournament. Riverton won one game, and Copper Hills won two. l Senior Jayde Burgess helped lead the Silverwolves to another state tournament appearance. (dsandersonpics.com)`

CycleAbility teaches special needs students to ride a bike By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com “Elijah wanted to race in the high school league,” CycleAbility director Rachel Warner said. “He has autism and did not know how to ride a bike. With his family and the Utah High School Mountain Bike League (UHSCL) in 2015 they started the Elevate Program with an adapted course in conjunction with the high school races.” Learning to ride a bike is a life-improving experience, but helping someone can be even more life changing. Teaching a child without a disability can be difficult and working with children with disabilities is a challenge, but CycleAbility has found a way to bridge the gap to adaptive cycling. “We have kids with coordination challenges, anxiety, autism, Down syndrome and behavioral issues. It is our fourth year and we take 40 kids every year. We need several volunteers to help us,” Warner said. Each rider is allocated at least two spotters that walk and run alongside as well as offer moral support and help. The bikes are specialized roller bikes that teach balance gradually CycleAbility riders are congratulated for their accomplishments with awards rather than a normal two-wheeled bike. Other volunteer positions include registration help, and smiles. (Rachel Warner/CycleAbility) photographers, videographers and people to help with setup lijah Palmer had a desire to ride his two-wheeled bike with and cleanup. his high school bicycling team. As a special needs student “Each rider works with his spotters during 75-minute he had never had that opportunity. His parents, Draper resi- sessions each day. They start in the gym and graduate to a dents Steven and Sally Palmer set out and organized the first tandem bike with a staff member and then hopefully graduate week-long camp to help other special needs students enjoy the to their own personal two-wheel bike outside in the parking experience of riding a bike. lot,” Warner said. In its fourth year, CycleAbility has again partnered with The UHSCL was organized in 2011 and is an affiliate iCanShine, a nonprofit with specialized bikes, to host the league of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association for annual Cyclpoolaza June 25–29 at Summit Academy High riders grades 7–12. CycleAbility accepts 40 riders ages 8–18 School in Bluffdale. in their week-long camp and the cost is $150.


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“It is a seamless next step for our riders when they get old enough to start racing with the league in the Elevate program,” Warner said. “Elijah was team manager and the kids loved working with him. Many of the high school kids come and volunteer during our week camp. The families are very supportive.” Corner Canyon, Fremont, Summit Academy and Alta high schools have been supporters of the program. They have had riders included in the camp and have worked as volunteers. Elijah graduated from high school last June. He partipated in the mountain biking league riding a full course. As he finished his last race the announcers asked him how he had done and he said jubilantly, “I won.” “This program helps kids overcome challenges that they never thought they would be able to. It is empowering them into the normative world. We have about an 85 percent success rate,” Warner said. CycleAbility has several donors that help with costs of equipment, sponsor riders and space rental including Coldwell Banker, Bountiful Bicycle, DNA Cycling and the Autism Council of Utah. “Learning to ride a bike gives these kids a sense of freedom and independence. One of our parents told me their son loves his bike so much, but every once in a while they find him riding to the grocery store down the street,” Warner said. “The kids ride away with big smiles on their faces and our volunteers come away with lasting memories as well.” If you are interested in the program or would like more information about volunteering, visit www.cycleability.org l

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oil changes to transmission flushes. Simply checking windshield washer fluid or the antifreeze level in your car’s reservoir can prevent serious issues happening on the road. Wash your car especially after storms or if you’ve parked under a pine tree where birds can drop their white business on the hood or sap could drip onto the roof. Left untreated, these outdoor stains can ruin the paint on your vehicle. Drive defensively This means keeping distance between you and the car in front of you. Touching their bumper does nothing for you. And if you need to get that close to read their license plate or sticker, your eyesight is troubling and you probably shouldn’t be behind a steering wheel. Also you can’t always see what’s in front of the car before you. They may have to slam on their brakes due to an unexpected obstruction. If you rear end them, insurance rarely works out in your favor. This can also mean slowing down on wet roads or not weaving in and out of traffic. Distractions This is the No. 1 reason for accidents. This is not limited to using the cell phone, though texting, checking news alerts or making a phone call are all terrible decisions to make while driving. It also extends to dozing off or checking the price at the gas station you just passed. Be alert, stay vigilant. Other drivers may suddenly stop, they may not see you as you yield or turn. By staying engaged and sharp, your reactions can be sharper and you may even anticipate what other drivers are looking to do. One way to stay engaged is to vary your daily commute. Changing your routine alerts your brain, breaking you from the monotonous snooze you may find yourself after traveling certain routes hundreds of times. These habits are important and it is not overdramatic to say that they could save a life. l

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Shot clock or no shot clock? That’s the ongoing question By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he high school basketball seasons may have ended, but the discussion about whether or not to have a shot clock (a timer designed to increase the game’s pace and scoring) continues. Eight states – California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington – have employed the use of a 30- or 35-second shot clock while other states are moving towards the idea, including Wisconsin, which is slated to have a shot clock for the 2019-2020 season. Many coaches around Utah seem to be in favor of the shot clock, according to Joe Ogelsby, Utah High School Activities Association assistant director and director of Basketball Operations. One of those coaches is Corner Canyon High girls basketball coach Jeramy Acker who said, “We not only need it, we as coaches are wanting it. Every level of basketball has a shot clock. We are really doing a serious disservice to the student-athlete and really inhibiting the game by not having a shot clock.” Acker points out that there are more 20-point scorers in the state than ever before, indicative to him of the “different style of basketball that they are wanting.” “The game is about playing with pace and tempo which typically has you scoring within 15 to 20 seconds,” he said. “It seems that the teams that struggle offensively employ the stall tactics and try to control possessions.” The coach of the 5A Chargers program in Draper said he was “bitten by stalling” earlier in his coaching career. “What I’ve found since is that wins and losses comes and go, but what is more important to me is, ‘Am I helping my player to develop to the next level?’ Stalling doesn’t help me do that,” he said. Bryce Valley boys basketball coach Gary Syrett said that speaking for his 1A program, “We would like it,” he said. “It’s a fun type of basketball. Even though stalling can be effective at times – and we’ve taken some minutes off the clock at times – I still like basketball to be played up and down and most of the kids do too.” Syrett said his staff and school administrators have discussed the shot clock and recognize the cost, but are still in favor of moving that way. Bruce Bean, principal of 3A Carbon High in Price who was a basketball coach for 13 years, also said he would welcome a shot clock. “In my coaching style, we better get a good shot off before we turn the ball over. That lends itself to needing to move the ball quickly towards the basket,” he said. “If we are supposed to prepare our kids for the next level, they need to be familiar with what’s going on. I don’t think it’s going to bother the game.” “Change is inevitable,” Bean said. “I’m old enough to remember when the three-point line came in and we had to adjust to that. I remember when we went from two officials to three and

Cottonwood High basketball coach Lance Gummersall walks the sideline underneath the scoreboard. Is it time for Utah to institute a shot clock in high school basketball? (Travis Barton/City Journals)

at first everyone was asking, ‘Why do we need this?’ and now it seems like no one is arguing that point anymore.” Tom Sherwood, Brighton High’s principal, feels a shot clock would positively impact the game in the state. “We’ve discussed it several times and as basketball evolves, it’s worth revisiting the issue,” he said. When Brighton’s 5A boys basketball team played in the Under Armour Holiday Classic in California over the Christmas break this past season, they used a shot clock and defeated nationally-ranked teams from Torrey Pines (California) and Oak Christian (California). “The shot clock was good for us in the tournament and I think we thrived with it,” Sherwood said. “I think it encourages kids to be more aggressive offensively and be less hesitant to take open shots when you’re on a clock.” Former NBA coach Barry Hecker called the shot clock a “double-edged sword,” saying that it hurts struggling or average teams while

it favors better teams. He said that while he was coaching at Westminster, his squad, who was picked to finish last in the conference, ran “four corners” to spread the ball around offensively and found themselves at the top of the division much of the season. “If we would have had a shot clock, we would have got our butts spanked,” he said. Hecker also noted that a shot clock would appeal to spectators and would get those on the court ready for the use of the shot clock in college. So, where does the UHSAA sit on the issue of bringing a shot clock to the state? Oglesby from UHSAA said the shot clock topic has been brought up over the years and their organization has given – and continues to give – the subject extensive time, research, thought and discussion. “Our organization is completely membership-driven which drives a rules process and feasibility of things while being

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risk adverse,” Oglesby said. “We have to do not just what is in the best interest of segments of student-athletes; we have to safeguard to ensure that decisions made are done with the best interest for everyone. We have to be concerned with equity.” Oglesby said that the UHSAA is “not negligent with knowing” about how coaches and administrators feel about the shot clock issue, but that there are “fundamental issues that we need to answer,” that have received the support of many coaches around the state, while not being able to “get a lot of support from athletic directors and principals,” according to Oglesby. The two main points, he said, are financing the acquisition and maintenance of shot clocks and staffing the running of the shot clocks during games. Estimations on shot clocks vary depending on the type of scoreboards schools already can range in the thousands of dollars. A shot clock operator is simply “one more position to pay for,” said Oglesby. “Several larger classifications want to just do it,” he said. “Things are always moving and we are not wanting to make any quick changes. It’s going to take a long time to get through the process.” The National Federation of State High School Associations does not allow for the use of a shot clock, so the states that do have them are not allowed representation on the Rules Committee within the organization. In an article, “Shot Clock in High School Basketball – the Debate Continues” by Mike Dyer from Feb. 5, 2015, the NFHS Director of Sports and Officials Education Theresia Wynns said that the NFHS stance on the shot clock is that the high school game does not need the shot clock. It is in good shape as it is. Their summary: 1) A shot clock takes away strategy from some coaches to slow the ball down to match up to the opponent. 2) Some committee members are opposed to “state adoption” because everyone should be playing the same game. 3) Education-based basketball does not warrant that student-athletes and coaches play to entertain the public. Carbon High’s Bean said that there are valid points of financing that he would have to consider being a school from a rural area and he understands the equity part of the shot clock discussion. Brighton High’s Sherwood also said he can see both sides of the shot clock issue and the costs associated with a change, but he suggested a pilot program within the 5A or 6A ranks to see the results. “The girls may not be ready for the shot clock, but the boys might be,” he said. “Who knows who’s ready if we don’t try it?” And so, the discussion continues… l

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Rocky Mountain Care in Riverton Receives 2018 Customer Experience Award from Pinnacle Quality Insight

Riverton, UT. March 9, 2018 – Rocky Mountain Care-Riverton Transitional Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing, is a Riverton based provider of Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Services, is proud to announce that they are the recipient of Pinnacle Quality Insight’s 2018 Customer Experience AwardTM. Qualifying for the award in the categories of Activates, Overall Satisfaction, Nursing Care, Dining Services, Cleanliness, Laundry Services, Recommend to Others, Professional Therapy Services, and Safety and Security, Rocky Mountain Care-Riverton displays a continued dedication to providing Best in Class senior healthcare services. Through its many years of serving the community, Rocky Mountain Care-Riverton has placed a strong emphasis on ensuring that the individual needs of every patient and resident are met. Over the course of 2017, a sampling of Rocky Mountain Care’s customers and their families have participated in monthly telephone interviews that include open-ended questions, as well as the opportunity to rate


Rocky Mountain Care-Riverton in specific categories. Every month, Rocky Mountain Care has gathered its real-time survey results in order to gain a better understanding of the patients and residents needs and make improvements when necessary. By qualifying for the Pinnacle Customer Experiences AwardTM, Rocky Mountain Care-Riverton has satisfied the rigorous demand of scoring in the top 15% of the nation across a 12-month average. Clients have the opportunity to achieve this Best in Class distinction on a monthly basis in many categories designed to accurately reflect each patient and residents experience. About Pinnacle Quality Insight A Customer satisfaction measurement firm with 22 years experience in post-acute healthcare, Pinnacle conducts over 150,000 phone surveys each year and works with more than 2,500 care providers in all 50 US states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

New Active Adult Community for 55+ Coming to Daybreak

OakwoodLife is bringing to life a new development—and a new lifestyle concept—for those 55+. Located in the award-winning community of Daybreak, the new OakwoodLife neighborhood will include more than 400 homes with low-maintenance, main-level living and beautifully landscaped grounds; access to Daybreak Lake, its trails, shops and restaurants; plus, most importantly, built-in connections to an ongoing active lifestyle. “This is a ‘community within a community’ for those who want to scale down but not slow down,” said Jennifer Cooper, VP of Marketing for Oakwood Homes. “Homeowners can enjoy staying fit, being healthy, learning new skills and even volunteering, while making new friendships and taking advantage of their next ‘best’ chapter in life.” Known as SpringHouse Village at Daybreak, this is the inaugural 55+ community for OakwoodLife, with two additional developments planned later this year in Colorado. OakwoodLife is a division of Oakwood Homes, an award-winning private homebuilder in business for more than 26 years. The central lifeblood of SpringHouse Village will be The Spring House, an amenity-rich center complete with its own Lifestyle Director. Encouraging the desire to be lifelong learners, classes and activities will be offered to residents covering a myriad of interests, including fitness, nutrition, finances, travel, volunteerism, DIY experiences, and more. The 10,000-square-foot Spring House will include a state-of-the-art fitness center, movement studio, pickle ball and bocce ball courts, an outdoor pool and spa, entertaining spaces indoors and out, and more. OakwoodLife homes are thoughtfully designed for open-concept living with spacious kitchens, large welcoming windows, main level master suites, indoor and outdoor entertaining areas, and “flex” spaces that can become guest rooms, a home office, a media room, or whatever fits a homeowner’s lifestyle. Floorplans range from 1,200 to 3,500 total square feet and all homes include energy-efficient features and smart-home technology. Landscaping and grounds maintenance is handled by an HOA.

“This new style of community is a game changer,” noted Cooper. “With affordable low-maintenance homes, a central location along the Wasatch Front to still gather with loved ones, and planned activities and socializing, residents can choose to do as much or as little as they want. It’s peace-of-mind, freedom-filled living at its best.” Studies suggest that the 55+ population struggles with three key concerns: the fear of outliving their finances, struggling with poor health, and being isolated. OakwoodLife strives to ease each of these issues through its carefully designed homes and community amenities. SpringHouse Village offers an entirely new rendition of the affordable, carefree, active, lock-and-leave lifestyle many homeowners seek. Sales for homesites at SpringHouse Village will begin this spring. For more information, visit www.MyOakwoodLife.com. Prospective homeowners are encouraged to sign up on the rapidly growing VIP Interest list to receive advance information, invitations to events, promotions, and early access to homesite selection. l

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Professional rugby arrives in Herriman By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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The Utah Warriors have signed several players as part of their first team, including former Colorado State defensive tackle Alexander Tucci. (Utah Warriors)


he newest professional sports league, Major League Rugby, has included the Utah Warriors. Their first match is scheduled for March 30. “The creation of the Utah Warriors will be the key to the growth of the game in Utah,” Warriors CEO Kimball Kjar said in a press release. “It (rugby) is the world’s second-largest sport.” The team’s first head coach is Alf Daniels. He is a native of New Zealand and has coached at nearly every level of rugby in his 30-year career. “Utah is a gold mine of potential top-level rugby players,” Daniels said. Daniels played rugby until after serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He made several age-level teams. As a coach, he worked with top-flight players on the New Zealand under 20s and the Utah Selects 7s. The Warriors have signed several players to their roster. Among the Warriors’ signees is former BYU All-American rugby player and NFL running back Paul Lasike. He played two seasons with

the Chicago Bears. At BYU, he played rugby from 2009–2014. The Warriors have also signed former University of Utah offensive tackle and USA Eagle John Cullen. He was part of the Seattle Saracens that won the 2015 British Columbia Rugby Union Championship in 2015. The USA Eagles (the United States national rugby team) have selected three Warriors for the 2018 America’s Rugby Championship. Matt Jensen, Lasike and Joshua Whippy are scheduled to travel to Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Chile and Uruguay for the tournament. The Warriors will use Zions Bank Stadium as their home for the 2018 season. The stadium is part of the Real Salt Lake complex in Herriman. Zions Bank Stadium seats 5,000 and features a press box, team locker rooms and a 40-foot digital scoreboard. The Warriors are scheduled to have seven home matches. The home schedule includes matches against two professional Canadian rugby teams, Ontario and Alberta, and five matches against MLR teams.

“This is it—Major League Rugby is here in the United States, and Utah is at the epicenter,” Kjar said. “This is a family-friendly sport with worldclass professional athletes that will be played in Utah’s newest stadium. We are confident that we will be contenders for the title. The Warriors will be a bright new entertainment destination and team for Utah to support.” The Warriors’ opening match is March 30 against the Glendale Raptors. They are also scheduled to play the Ontario Arrows April 6 and the Alberta Wolfpack April 20. The league begins play this spring with nine teams along with the Warriors. The other teams are in Glendale, Colorado; Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Austin, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Seattle, Washington; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The current league offices are located in Salt Lake City. The team includes players from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Zimbabwe, South Africa and England. l

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The Value of Choices I recently watched a Netflix Original show called “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner and Peter Mullan. The show opens over a lake, late into an evening sunset. Over the next three minutes, a dimly-lit montage of the main character doing some menial tasks makes the audience question the morality of the character. Bateman’s voice is tracked over this scene. “Money: that which separates the haves, from the have-nots. It’s everything if you don’t have it, right? Half of all American adults have more credit card debt than savings. Twenty-five percent have no savings at all. And only 15 percent of the population is on track to fund even one year of retirement. You see, I think most people just have a fundamentally flawed view of money. Is it simply an agreed upon unit of exchange for goods and services? Or is it intangible – security, happiness, or peace of mind? Let me propose a third option; money as a measuring device. You see the hard reality is how much money we accumulate in life is a function of….patience, frugality, and sacrifice. When you boil it down, what do those three things have in common? Those are choices. Money is not peace of mind. Money’s not happiness. Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices.”



For months, the above quote has stuck with me, challenging my perceptions of money, poorness, richness, currency, and value. As the season of new beginnings—spring—approaches, it is a time to challenge ourselves to think

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Baseball has been America’s favorite pastime for more than 150 years, followed closely by gun control debates, reality TV and overeating. There’s just something about sitting in a ballpark surrounded by drunk fans that screams ‘Merica! The hubbie and I spent a weekend in Phoenix for spring training where teams get together for pre-season games and fans hope for a glimpse of a mega baseball star like Mike Trout or one of the racing sausage mascots from Milwaukee. As San Francisco Giants fans, we sat in a sea of orange and black, surrounded by men who obviously missed their calling as ESPN baseball announcers. Their color commentary got slurrier and slushier with each beer they drank. It made me wish real ESPN announcers would drink on the job. Whenever we walk into a ballpark, my husband turns into a 14-yearold boy. The crack of the bat, the smell of a leather glove and the roar of the crowd makes him absolutely giddy. Hubbie: We’re at a ball game! Me: I know. Hubbie: Maybe I’ll catch a foul ball! Me: Maybe. Hubbie: Do you think they’ll run out of

players and call me up to play? Me: Me: You’ve been in the sun too long. But it’s not just my husband, nearly every man there is reliving childhood dreams of baseball stardom, talking about games they watched with their dads or reminiscing about baseball legends they revered as teens. I love baseball, but not in the way my husband does. A lot of my experience revolves around food (as most things do). At ball games, I eat food I’d never eat in real life. My 74-ounce Coke and foot-long Bratwurst was an appetizer for my shredded pork nachos, drenched in a fluorescent orange “cheese” stored in plastic buckets in the basement of the stadium. I ate French fries so salty, I actually pooped jerky. Baseball is about tradition: team loyalty, peanuts, Cracker Jack, not caring if you ever get back, and yelling at the umps after every bad call. The drunker the crowd, the more hilarious the insults. “Can I pet your Seeing-Eye dog after the game, Blue?” “That’s why umpires shouldn’t date players!” “You drop more calls than Verizon!” And so on.


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