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An early rendering of what the Game Pointe center might look like. (Courtesy of Game Pointe)

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Godfrey gets unanimous vote from Jordan Board of Education to be new Jordan School District superintendent By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Incoming Jordan School District Superintendent Anthony Godfrey, second from left, joins District Administrator of Middle Schools Michael Anderson, Jordan Board of Education member Marilyn Richards, South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey and Board Vice President Tracy Miller during the 2019 Legislative Session. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Ramsey)

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wo weeks after the May 28 Jordan Board of Education announcement of being named the new Jordan School District superintendent, Anthony Godfrey is ready to reveal secrets. Those secrets include his reaction to being offered the position as head of the fourth-largest district in the state: “I’m thrilled; I’m excited. I’ve worked in Jordan School District a long time and love it.” Well, that isn’t so much of a secret since Godfrey has worked his way up the ladder in Jordan District, including most recently being associate superintendent during the past 26 years. But, how about this secret? With the announcement years ago of West Hills Middle School’s mascot, a mock fight between the wildcat and another mascot choice took place on the auditorium stage, with the winning mascot resulting in the school’s mascot. It was actually Godfrey, who was a teacher there at the time, dressed

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up in a neighbor’s Weber State University mascot costume, giving the last punch to send the Wildcats to victory. “I’m ready to reveal, for those lost fans of that time, who it really was dressed as the mascot,” he said, adding that he doesn’t even recall the proposed mascot he was fighting. That may be about the only secret he’s held onto; those who know him, including Jordan Board of Education member Marilyn Richards, say “he’s a well-spoken, straight-forward genuine person.” Richards has known Godfrey since 1999, when she was principal of Jordan High School, which was in Jordan District at that time, and for five years, he was her assistant principal or “my right arm.” knew then, he was destined to be great,” Richards said. “The kids loved him. He was so bright and had a great sense of humor. He’d always bring and share funny cartoons.” She remembers for her 50th birthday, Godfrey packed her office with black balloons, but in the middle of them was a “big red U balloon,” which the Brigham Young University graduate wasn’t happy to see. However, Richards got her lasting revenge. One day when Godfrey was assigned to give parking tickets on cars without permits, she received a call who described a “little red-headed boy” was outside, checking out all the cars. Ever since then, Richards has called Godfrey her “little red-headed boy.” “I’m glad we’re working together again,” she said. “He already knows our programs, has things in place, has established relationships with people and is knowledgeable of the workings of our district. I’m sure that little red-headed boy will continue to lead our district to great heights.” Even though Godfrey has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal and worked

in the district office, he said that his first goal is to get out to the schools to meet students, parents and all the employees. “I want to know what they like that we’re doing, what we can do better, how can we be more efficient and effective,” Godfrey said. “I want the chance to hear how we can collaborate, work together. With faculty, I want to hear what will make their jobs better. Sometimes, we ask more instead of taking things off their plate. I want to know how to provide more resources for them.” Understanding the people and their needs are among the qualities Board of Education Vice President Tracy Miller appreciates in Godfrey. “His leadership skills are amazing,” said Miller, who chaired the national superintendent search party. “He is so good finding solutions for many different and difficult situations. He has the valued, trusted relationships and the love of the district. He understands what has happened, where we have been and knows the direction we’re headed. He’s innovative in student achievement and is supportive of technology used to improve teaching and make it more effective.” Already Godfrey is working with others to try to bring the 1:1 ratio of student to electronic device a step further, perhaps slowly rolling out a laptop check-out system throughout the district this fall so secondary students can use them the entire school year, including at home. “This would help personalize learning and prepare them for their next level of education,” he said. He plans to continue outgoing Superintendent Patrice Johnson’s motto, “every child, every day.” “It is a really good reminder that even when class sizes can be large — as they are

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Citizen group encourages Salt Lake County to ‘stay out of the development game’ By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

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Developer Doug Young filed a revised application for Olympia Hills July 2. The modified proposal requests a zoning change to enable development of a high-density, live-work-play planned community on a 931-acre parcel of land in about the farthest south-by-southwest area of Salt Lake County’s Southwest Quadrant. After clearing the Salt Lake County Council in a 7-1 vote last summer, the first version of the project was vetoed by then-County Mayor Ben McAdams. After hosting two open-house sessions this spring and receiving instructions to revisit public concerns about traffic, infrastructure, housing types and costs, a lack of certainty about anchor tenants, and other matters, and then refiling a revised proposal this past Monday, the second version of the project is now up for consideration by the county.

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throughout Salt Lake County and even Tooele, Utah and Weber counties. Among their number is a representative of the recently failed initiative in Cottonwood Heights to challenge that city council’s zoning change to allow for expanded density on a high-density project by Ivory Homes in the community. The video communicates what Utah for Responsible Growth views as its grand-scale mission to be “trying to create affordable housing through balance in our communities” while its current focus is on “voter beware” about what Olympia Hills means to SWQ communities on a micro-scale. The YouTube video—presented in a side-by-side talking head/PowerPoint presentation with Herriman resident and professional grassroots organizer Lorin Palmer— Olympia Hills designer Cory Shupe (left) fields comments from Utah for Responsible Growth Spokesman Jusstates its goal is to answer the question “What tin Swain (right, gesturing) at one of two public comment sessions used to inform the project, prior to its July Is Olympia Hills?” 2 resubmittal to the Salt Lake County Council. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

This will ‘affect everyone along the west bench’

“Unsmart planning” is the overall perspective. The video refers to Olympia Hills’ current density—reduced by one-third of the original proposal—as still being “outrageous.” The vision to recruit behemoth mega-companies as anchor tenants of the project are deemed “pie in the sky.” The project, according to URG, will “affect everyone along the west bench.” The group members, who are admitted “non-planning experts,” according to URG spokesman Justin Swain, state they estimate $100 million in infrastructure costs for the current project on the table. The video also makes a statement about Herriman city officials’ position on not allowing high density, which does not square with information the City Journals received from Herriman Mayor Protempore Jared Henderson in mid-June. In a June 18 email to the City Journals, Henderson said: “I am not aware of any official application to consider or take a position on. In general, what we have told this landowner and others is that we will consider any proposal that includes a comprehensive plan with the requisite supporting infrastructure.” Palmer said Young has elected to work with the county versus a municipality such as Herriman or South Jordan, supposedly quoting Young as saying the county is “referendum-proof,” meaning it would be less likely for residents voting down the project’s request for zoning changes to move forward with development. Young has indicated that Olympia Hills is a 30-year project, which is not addressed in the video.

this instance, and other cities in land development projects, are best situated to develop the planning and density around their communities. “We just believe that this is such a critical area that it needs to be taken care of locally to find something that fits in this community,” Palmer said. Palmer makes a comment echoed by previous observations from an official working for a metropolitan planning organization wishing to remain unidentified—that Young is seeking to play the county against cities such as Herriman and South Jordan against each other, in order to ultimately secure the most profitable—and likely, the highest-density project possible.

Unified only in being tight-lipped

When contacted by the City Journals on July 8, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson initially declined comment on this story. July 12, she provided the City Journals with a more current statement: “During the entirety of my service in public office, I have supported the idea of smart planning and growth management to address population growth and prevent sprawl. Private property owners, like the Olympia Hills developers, have rights to develop their land. As a result, Olympia Hills—in some form—will be approved.” Wilson previously told the City Journals she feels the county’s efforts are in lockstep with those of the municipal mayors comprising the SWQ Mayors Council. “I have had many conversations with the mayors in these areas and feel that we all have common goals and objectives.” In response to the video, the mayor’s Salt Lake County being shown the door statement included: “Salt Lake County re“We encourage Salt Lake County to stay mains committed to soliciting extensive pubout of the development game,” Palmer said lic input so that the County Council will be about 10 minutes into the video. fully informed at the time it renders a final Palmer indicated SWQ municipalities in

decision.” The “final decision” by the council can be vetoed, as former mayor Ben McAdams did. To override the veto, the council would need a two-thirds majority. Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs, a critic of the county’s management of the first Olympia Hills project and the county’s lack of attention to the Southwest Quadrant, is one of two individuals Palmer reported as having been briefed on Utah for Responsible Growth’s activities. A spokesman for Staggs said the mayor had “no comment” regarding the video. The other official Palmer indicated briefing, Henderson, could not be reached for comment. Young, through his public relations company, Love Communications, also declined comment. “We’re not ‘anti’ anything,” said Swain, a Herriman resident who led the Change. org petition expressing resident displeasure with the original Olympia Hills project. In his phone interview with the City Journals, Swain added, “We recognize Olympia Hills will be developed; it needs to be planned out properly.” l

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s the sun shines hot on rows of fruits and vegetables, Herriman Youth Council members are spending their summer break weeding, watering and tending to food that will go straight to others’ tables. This spring and summer, youth council members are donating time each week to a project they’ve never attempted before: Growing produce in the Herriman Community Garden that will then be donated to St. Andrew’s Food Pantry in Riverton. “We ask each of our youth council members to serve on another Herriman committee so they can find out how our youth council can help,” said Destiny Skinner, communications specialist and Youth Council adviser for Herriman City. “The idea was brought back to the youth council to have our own garden plot and give the produce back to the community.” Youth council member Randee Jones has been gardening all of her life, while others like Tanner Christensen and Lea and Ann Seo are learning as they go. “We thought when we first planted that we spread out the plants really well,” said Lea Seo, laughing. “Now we are seeing big gaps, but we will do better next year.” The youth council set up a spreadsheet for members to volunteer for one-week ro-

tations to weed and water their 5-foot-by30-foot garden plot. This year, they chose to plant squash, zucchini, watermelon, tomatoes and cucumber as well as marigolds to keep pests away. They are hopeful for a plentiful harvest that they will then donate to St. Andrew’s. “I love that it opens up an opportunity for us to serve our community,” said Jones. “It helps them and us because we are learning how to put time and hard work into something.” “I like getting involved in the community,” said Christensen. “This project has taught me that I really love plants and gardening.” “It sounds corny, but there is a joy you get from watching things grow,” added Ann Seo. Tinisha Turner, the program director and volunteer coordinator at St. Andrew’s food pantry, said the youth council’s produce donation will make a big difference to the 120 families they serve each week. “We rely heavily on people from the community to get fresh produce,” said Turner. “This will be an amazing opportunity [for the youth council] to provide fresh food to families in need.” Turner said the service project is a great way for youth council members to gain

Herriman Youth Council members (from left to right) Lea Seo, Randee Jones, Ann Seo and Tanner Christensen volunteer time at their community garden plot (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals).

awareness of the struggle many people have to provide food for themselves and their families. “Sometimes, we take things like food for granted,” Turner said. “People might not realize that they have friends, family members and neighbors going through different struggles. There are people who have to choose between paying bills and purchasing food. This is a humbling opportunity to see need and be the hands to help them.” All of the youth council members are eager to see their harvest and agree that this is a project they hope to continue. “We want to start a tradition of doing this every year,” said Lea Seo. l

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Riverton City starts new program to recognize outstanding resident efforts By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

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iverton City is shining the spotlight on spectacular residents as part of a new monthly recognition program called the Riverton Outstanding Citizen Award. “One of the city goals is to actively inform and engage residents,” said Casey Saxton, director of communications and public information officer for Riverton City. “One way we felt could engage residents is to learn about all of the good the residents are up to. We feel like the city is in a good position to recognize people who do great things.” Residents are nominated online by a community member and then reviewed by city committee members and the mayor. In April, David K. Martin was given the award, and in May, Lisa Carter was recognized as that month’s outstanding citizen.

The first recipient, Martin, is a stay-athome father by day and an actor, performer and director by night. He was honored for his work as the founder of the BeatALS Benefit Organization which he established in 2016 to raise money and provide education about ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. After his friend Chris Clark was diagnosed in March 2016, Martin planned a Beatles-themed concert in his honor. “We raised $10,000,” said Martin. “I thought this is something I can do and enjoy doing.” Martin said Clark is the inspiration behind the events, but as they’ve done more concerts, the people in the ALS community have made it easy to continue. “We’ve worked with different families,

and the work is contagious,” Martin said. “Once you realize the caliber of people and caregivers, you know these are people worth spending time with. That’s why we’ve continued this work.” The BeatALS Benefit Organization has done five concerts over the past three years and raised more than $30,000. All of the money goes towards ALS research and advocacy through donation to the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter. Martin said he was flattered to receive the award and thinks it is a worthwhile effort for the city. “I feel like there are so many people doing good that goes unnoticed,” said Martin. “When you can have a positive example in the community, it gives people something to be inspired by and emulate as well.”

Mayor Trent Staggs agrees. “I think it always good recognize your residents, especially those that significantly contribute to the community,” Staggs said. “[The award] fosters a lot of good will and creates residents that are much more engaged in the community.” Through the city’s website, residents are encouraged to nominate individuals who contribute to Riverton through, “community leadership, community organization involvement, heroic action, humanitarian efforts, service, volunteerism and even things like business success, personal or professional achievement, or recognition brought to the Riverton community as a result of an individual’s efforts.” l

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Herriman author finds the ‘right’ way to write a children’s book By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com

Val Bagley (left) and Mike Agrelius teamed up to create a children’s picture book called “Hear What’s Here.” (Photo Courtesy Mike Agrelius)

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erriman resident Mike Agrelius and his friend Val Bagley have been talking about writing a particular children’s book for 25 years, but according to them, life just got in the way. Two decades later, after Agrelius sat in a library surrounded by Yoga books catering to everyone from old people to dogs, he called his good friend of over 40 years and asked if he was still interested in their original idea. “I’ve always liked that book idea,” Bagley said. “If you get it funded, I’m in.” So, Agrelius, having only one minor crowdfunding experience, launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised the money. Not

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long after, “Hear What’s Here,” a 48-page, hardbound, full-color picture book was created, completed and ready for publication. In May they started sending out their first copies to those who helped support them in the journey. The book explores some of the multipurpose words in the English language that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings, like “Can you find a pair of pears? Do you see the sea? Would you like to stare at stairs, Or maybe be a bee?” The book includes definitions for the highlighted words on each page. Agrelius says he has heard from parents,

grandparents and kids who really love the book and even teachers have told him they plan to start using the book to introduce homonyms and homophones to students. “I wrote the book because it’s the kind of book I always wanted to read to my kids when they were young, so at least now I can read it to my grandkids,” said Agrelius. “I wanted a book that didn’t take a long time to read, because you know kids are going to want to hear it again. It had to be one that parents and grandparents would enjoy reading, and one where the kids could learn something. ‘Hear What’s Here’ does that.” Agrelius said he wanted the book to also be fun for the kids. “That’s where Val comes in. His illustrations make the book,” said Agrelius. “Val is the guy who has written and illustrated more than 100 different kid books, and I always liked his style. I didn’t want to do this project without his artwork. I think kids love his cartoons and playfulness.” With the help of sponsors, Agrelius hopes to be able to donate his books to schools all over Utah. This will allow him to go into the schools and teach kids about the English language and about chasing dreams. “I want people to know that dreams — creating and achieving — is a big part of what life is all about,” said Agrelius. “At any age, whether they are in elementary school or they are senior citizens.” Agrelius is the owner of the Incredible Game Company and Happy Valley Publishers (HVP). “Hear what’s Here” will be published by HVP. Agrelius has created eight different board and card games. High on his bucket list is to publish at least two children’s books and share them in elementary schools and libraries. Agrelius’ card game Made in the USA is a popular game that is entertaining for everyone, especially around the 4th and 24th of July. Agrelius said he was born in Los Angeles, California but moved to Utah in 1987 and has been here ever since. He has worked in

the travel and network marketing industries, has taught school and is the author of four poetry books, including “Why Wait ‘Til I’m Dead?” “Hear What’s Here” is now on sale at the Red Balloon Toy Stores, the King’s English, the Printed Garden in Sandy, Weller Book Works, Marissa’s Books & Gifts, Hallmark Gifts, Seagull Books, Deseret Book and Amazon. For more information on the book or how to help get it in schools, you can email Mike Agrelius at informationHVP@gmail. com. l

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USU’s Bastian Agricultural Center to be world-class center —with or without Olympia Hills By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

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It has been “a long process,” said White, getting from the concept to what was announced to the SWQ community in late June will soon begin a swifter development process to transform 100 acres of farmland in unincorporated Salt Lake City into what visionary White sees as a world-class agriculture-education facility. The Bastian Agricultural Center, announced in June in the middle of a tented field—best accessible by roads near the Herriman Cemetery—will seek to help urbanites and suburbanites alike fully understand where their food comes from, according to

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White. The announcement of the center was touted by Olympia Hills public relations agency Love Communications as a “joint announcement” by USU and Olympia Hills, which, last month, re-applied for zoning-consideration changes with Salt Lake County to receive county council approval and develop its project. White indicated the projects were “separate issues” and said the announcement was put together by USU, in close connection with the Bastian family and the Bastian Foundation board leadership. It is an entirely new concept even for USU, an internationally-recognized agriculture-education institution, said White. He also says it will be “pretty unique” from a global perspective, with only a few locations in the Southeastern United States looking to offer anything like it. “We really don’t have any entity that focuses on agriculture and agriculture programs and agriculture learning,” he said of USU’s extensive extension programs, distrib- “Agriculture has a long and storied history of being linked to science and technology,” said the Utah State administrator responsible for the future Bastian Agricultural Center to be located in Southuted throughout Utah.

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The center will be based on four components: natural resources; small-farm education as it relates to food; small-farm education as it relates to animal production; and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Plans for the center include orchards and dry-farm demonstration plots, an amphitheater, a wetland discovery center, livestock activities, classroom/workshop space and open spaces for agricultural demonstrations and research, to highlight a few aspects. It also will include a community work space with a variety of tools, laser cutter, 3D printer, sewing machines, hand tools and more. It is planned that the center will be a long-term project, with the facilities built in phases.

Science? And agriculture?

When told that residents in the Southwest Quadrant are “having a hard time, wrapping their head around” what developer Young pitches as Olympia Hills featuring a campus where agriculture and STEM would coexist, White is quick to back Young up, noting that agriculture and STEM are incredibly closely linked. “Agriculture has a long and storied history of being linked to science and technology,” the dean observed. “There is more science and technology in agriculture than any field you can think of.” l

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Officers Pedersen and Fenstermaker meet residents and their animals during a July 1 event at city hall. (Courtesy of Herriman City)

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et owners and animal lovers of Herriman can rest easier now that the city has its own Animal Services department. Previously, city leaders contracted with Salt Lake County for animal services, but rising costs prompted them to look in another direction. “Salt Lake County charges a fee based on population,” said Police Chief Troy Carr, whose department houses the Animal Services unit. “As our population estimate was

adjusted, we went to $330,000 last year and would have risen to $380,000 next year.” Looking at those numbers, city finance staff members realized they could create their own animal services unit for the same cost. The decision wasn’t purely financial though. Carr said it also came from a desire to offer better service to residents. Under the county contract, animal control officers only came to the city to respond to calls. Recovered animals would be kept at the County’s Animal Services headquarters in Millcreek, an inconvenient drive for Herriman residents. Now, Herriman’s new animal services officers will be regularly patrolling the city’s parks and recovered animals will be kept at a South Jordan City facility as part of an interlocal agreement between the two cities. The city’s first animal services officers, Debbie Pedersen and Charlotte Fenstermaker, have held similar positions in nearby cities and boast more than 24 years of combined experience in municipal animal services. “They’re animal service experts and professionals,” said Carr. The duo has already had an eventful first few weeks on the job. In just their first couple days, they were called on to rescue some baby ducks that had fallen into a storm drain. Fenstermaker leveraged her relationship with

other city employees (she previously worked for the Herriman Parks and Recreation department) to recruit extra help. Thanks to Pedersen’s network of animal resources, they were able to find a new home for the ducklings within an hour of their rescue. The rescue was also a community event, with nearby residents coming out to offer their help or document the proceedings on their smartphones. That aspect of getting the community involved is a big part of the plan for the new unit. “There’s an innate love for animals that most people have,” said Carr. “In nine years of being on the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, people were more willing to buy a vest for my dog than for me.” Some of the community-focused events that will be coming down the road include adoption drives at city hall and educational nights on things such as vaccinations or pet licensing. Pet licensing is especially important, according to Carr, because it helps the city have a better idea of how many pets there are in the city and how city leaders can best support pet-owners. “Do we need dog parks? Do we need more enforcement on our trails? How much animal waste is going into storm drains?” he

Officers Pedersen and Fenstermaker meet residents and their animals during a July 1 event at city hall. (Courtesy of Herriman City)

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Grant pool was $3 million last year; it will be $4.5 million this year

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ordan District teachers have been promised a $3,075 annual increase to their wages but the school board is hoping to give them even more. “Jordan School District has fought for many years to elevate teaching, to push the other districts to elevate teaching,” said Jordan District Board President Bryce Dunford, who said the winners of the district salary wars are the teachers. To stay competitive with districts with a larger commercial tax base, Jordan’s board is asking the community to support a tax increase—about $6 a month—that would directly increase teacher wages an additional $3,000 a year, bringing the starting salary to $48,000 per year. Board members are asking the community to invest in the good teachers in their schools instead of losing them to other districts offering higher salaries such as Canyons and Murray, which both recently announced a $50,000 starting pay. Southland Elementary teacher Cindy McDowell is concerned by the lack of public support for previously proposed tax increases to benefit education. “The public is paying a certain amount right now, and they’re getting quality teachers,” said McDowell. “Why would they want a tax raise to get the same teachers?” The board held open houses July 9, 15 and 29 at local high schools to collect feedback from the community. The seven board members will make their final decision of whether or not to levy the tax at the Truth in Taxation hearing at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Riverton High School. Salary pay is only part of the Jordan pay package. What sets it apart from other districts is incentive pay opportunities, said

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Dunford. Teachers can apply for grant money for the time they invest in improving student learning. “We don’t want our teachers just to be paid,” said Dunford. “We want to offer an incentive to do a little bit more.” Last year Jordan District, who was recently named No. 12 on Forbes’ list of Utah Best Employers, introduced grants for their teachers who were putting in additional hours to run after-school activities and to develop new curriculum for their classrooms. The grant pool increased 50 percent this year, creating $4.5 million available to reward the district’s 2,700 teachers for their extra efforts. Reaction to the pay package was mixed when announced May 29. Some teachers said grant applications were too time consuming and were not available for provisional teachers. McDowell expressed frustration that teachers are being asked to prove that they are doing excellent work before they get more pay. “I’m not happy that we’re having to justify a raise,” she said. Dunford acknowledged the grant program, after just one year, still has some kinks to work out. But he emphasized that no other district pays their teachers for these hours. “This board stands behind incentive pay as a way of improving teaching,” Dunford said. “We pray that you won’t see it as hoops you have to jump through but as rewards for extra excellent teaching.” Kathy Bekkemellom, a teacher at South Hills Middle School, is pleased with the grant program through which she was paid for her time to develop curriculum for a new digital literacy class, which every computer teacher in the state was doing anyway.

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What Mount Olympus means to Holladay residents By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournals.com Curved snuggly around the base and slowly ascending the majestic slopes, Holladay claims Mount Olympus as her own.

Mount Olympus completes the Holladay skyline. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

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Holladayites go about their daily business sometimes not cognizant of this regal giant that stands at 9,030 feet. Still, one can barely look up without seeing the mountain. Several former and current Holladay residents reflect on what Mount Olympus means to them. City Councilman Brett Graham said, “Mount Olympus has meaning to me on several levels. First and foremost, it is a dominant landmark which I look for each time I fly into the Salt Lake Valley. When it comes into view, I feel home. From the valley, my city, neighborhood and home lay below and the mountains I love on either side.” Graham said that while Mount Olympus is a constant, it also changes. He loves seeing it capped with snow or watching the leaves change in the fall. “It is impressive in all seasons,” he said.   It also brings back memories, specifically when he was in high school. “A few buddies and I thought it would be fun to climb it with a generator and string a big ‘O’ in the trees to light up during the Olympus versus Skyline game. Needless to say, it didn’t happen…generators from the 1980s were heavy.” He added, “We are lucky to live below a beautiful creation.” Ninety-one-year-old David Taylor has been a hiker since he was 4 years old. A long-time Holladay resident, Taylor recalled his times on Mount Olympus fondly. “At night, you could hold the moonlight in your hands,” he said. There are parts of the Mount Olympus trail that are very steep. Taylor said, “When somebody says, ‘Oh yeah, we climbed Mount Olympus,’ I ask, ‘Did you go all the way up?’” Instead of answering, he said,

Shanna McGrath stands at the peak of Mount Olympus, McGrath’s first hike when she moved here a year ago. (Photo courtesy Shanna McGrath)

they change the subject. He said that through the years the Mount Olympus trail has been made a little bit easier. “You can look around and see the valley. It’s wonderful to be able to see that,” Taylor said. In his long life, his enthusiasm for the mountain has not dimmed. He said he believes that everyone in his family has gone up Mount Olympus. “For us, and I would say for most of my children and their children, we have interest in Mount Olympus.” Former Olympus High School student Andrea Wilkinson said, “From the time I can remember, Mount Olympus has always been there providing the eastern backdrop to my view. Her beauty and majesty are unsurpassed, no matter the season. However, she is especially beautiful in winter—after a snowstorm—when the sparkling white snow contrasts sharply against the blue sky. She is also beautiful in the spring and summer after a rainfall when her greenery is bright and looks full of promise. Mount Olympus is a protector who looks over the vast valley onto those of us lucky enough to live beneath her magnificent peak— basking in her shadow and glory.” Some Holladay residents climb the mountain and some wax poetic about its grandeur. In either case, Holladay and Mount Olympus are intimately bound.

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It’s electric! How to hit the trails with integrated propulsion By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

Bike experts like Mike Buckley, shop manager at 2nd Tracks Sports/Level 9 (Millcreek) are excited to talk about electric options. For any rider, beginning or advanced, motor propelled mountain bikes are a great emerging option for commuters and outdoor adventure seekers. (Amy Green/City Journals)

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. (Amy Green/City Journals)

You can’t see it… (it’s electric!). You gotta feel it… (it’s electric!). Ooh, it’s shakin’... (it’s electric!). Actually, you can see it. It’s a bike. It’s an electric bike. Boogie woogie, woogie!

More mountain bikes with integrated electric motors are popping up around Utah-- in bike shops of course, on city streets and the diverse trails across the Wasatch. Utah and its mountains are abundant with off road recreation opportunities. Those uphill places are even more accessible to ride now, thanks to electric mountain bikes or eMTB. For those who love getting to the further outskirts, dusty dirt avenues, rocky trails and Utah’s infamous desert washboard roads, longer distance rides are now more doable. Broadly speaking, there are two types of e-bikes: full-power or pedal-assist. The difference is in how they are powered by the motor. A full-power bike is meant for short distances with little to no pedaling over relatively short distances. Pedal-assist bikes are designed to be pedaled most of the time. But when you are tired and need a boost, these bikes can provide a bit of electric help. An eMTB falls into the category of pedal-assist. To read more about how they work check out www.explainthatstuff.com/electricbikes.

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Eddy Steele of SLC, is an avid rider. He has a Focus Jam Squared eMTB. “I love my particular bike. It affords me the ability to ride the trails that are by my house, or on my way home from work. I can ride quicker, whereas on a normal bike, I wouldn’t have the time to ride before it gets dark. A trail that would normally take two to three hours to ride, takes only about an hour on my eMTB with pedal assist,” Steele explained. Mountain bike hobbyists might wonder if one can get the same kind of challenging workout on an e-bike. “It’s not the same kind of workout, but you’re still getting a workout. I’m still breaking a sweat and I’ve still got an increased heart rate. But anytime you are working out two-three hours vs. one hour, you’re going to burn more calories,” Steele said. On an eMTB, one can ride longer. Steele explained the pedal assist advantage saying, “It helps out a lot on the hills and you can make it give you a little more assist on uphill’s. So if you’re using it aggressively, you can really cut down drastically on the amount of pedaling work. So it’s less of a workout to conquer hills than it would be if you had a normal bike. But it’s still a workout.” Steele recently met a guy in St George who has the same bike. After confirming

that the other guy didn’t steal his bike, the men got to talking. “The southern Utah guy was in his 50’s or 60’s, retired, a little overweight, and had bought his bike a few months ago. The guy hadn’t mountain biked before. He wanted something that would help him out a bit. In the short time that he had been mountain biking he lost around 30 pounds. I think without an electric mountain bike he probably wouldn’t have been out being so active,” Steele said. The fun thing about mountain biking is going outside and being on the varied terrain. An electric mountain bike can help one enjoy the sport more fully when one might not otherwise be physically capable. “The other nice thing I like about my bike is it’s a little heavier, so I feel a lot more stable. I feel like I can be a little bit more aggressive in my downhill mountain biking without getting so bounced around. I feel more secure. But it’s not too heavy. I still feel like I can control it really well,” Steele added. e-bikes are pretty amazing. One might wonder if anyone can just go out and take it anywhere? Mike Buckley, manager at 2nd Tracks/Level 9 Sports (Millcreek) where eMTB bikes are sold said, “Currently the people who maintain the trails make the decision (whether to allow e-bikes).” So check the rules before hitting the offroad trails. Where one is allowed to ride an eMTB can vary greatly on federal, state and local trails. As a general rule, any trail open to motorized and non-motorized use, is also available to eMTB riders. Because land rules can change frequently, don’t ride where rules aren’t clear.

For information regarding Utah e-bike laws, consider the following:

• LOCAL: Consult your local land management agency. • STATE: Utah State Parks do not have an eMTB policy. Contact the department for the most up to date information. • FEDERAL: On federal lands, e-bikes are considered motorized vehicles and have access to motorized trails. Contact the U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Regional Office or the BLM Utah State Office Bend National Park for more information.

A great place for more information on where to ride an eMTB is:

• A map of great eMTB rides at peopleforbikes.org/emtb • eMTB “Adventures” at peopleforbikes.org/e-bikes

There is little doubt that electric bikes are better for the environment than traditional gasoline engines. But they aren’t perfect. The development and disposal of batteries causes pollution. The electricity to power an eMTB might be coming from a source of significant pollution. However, e-bikes are a good start at improving air quality. As some say, “Perfect is the enemy of the good.” It’s a neat time to be in the market for a bike, to start thinking about a first one, or upgrading that vintage Schwinn. It’s also a great option for folks who need their bike to do some of the pedaling. See if you can spot these e-bikes wheeling around the Salt Lake scenery.

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New Draper trail conditions app improves outdoor experience By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

Cell phone with trail app and trail in background. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

Residents and visitors hoping to enjoy Draper’s 90+ miles of trails now have a way to check trail conditions before they head out the door. Draper City recently released a trail conditions app with the goal of keeping hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders informed as well as keeping trails in good condition.

beautiful outdoors,” said Draper City Councilwoman Tasha Lowery. “We have the most preserved and protected wild lands of any city in the state, over 5,000 acres. It really makes a difference to our residents and their ability to get outside and appreciate all Utah has to offer.” The app, which can be found online at Draper City’s map portal draper.maps.arc“Our hope is that the app will make gis.com/ shows all of the city’s trails with it easier for residents to engage with our each trail colored according to its current condition. Green for open, yellow for tread

lightly, red for closed and blue to indicate which trails are groomed during snowy weather. Clicking on the colored lines pulls up the name of the trail, its condition and the last date of inspection. Greg Hilbig, Draper’s Trails and Open Space Manager said either himself, his assistant or a park ranger are responsible for making sure the app conditions are accurate. “We are often out on the trails checking them,” Hilbig said. “Depending on the time of year and the recent weather it is pretty obvious to those of us familiar with the trails what their condition will be.” Hilbig said the app is an important tool for keeping trails healthy. “A lot of our soil is clay which holds the water longer. The problem with using [trails] when they get really wet and muddy is that it displaces soil off of the trail. On a muddy trail, hikers and horses cause potholes and bikers cause ruts. When the mud hardens it makes the trail lumpy and causes erosion.” Draper resident Chad Smith said his family uses the community trails for mountain biking, running and family hikes. He thinks the new app will make a real difference to trail users. “As Draper’s trail system becomes increasingly crowded and complex to ac-

commodate those on foot, bike and horse I see this app as a way to get in front of some problems that have been on the rise for awhile now,” Smith said. Smith said the number of mountain bikers can make it difficult for hikers, walkers and runners to use the trails, but recent improvements made by Draper City are helping. “They’ve added more foot traffic only trails, and they’ve minimized areas where foot traffic and bike trails intersect and overlap,” Smith said. “At this point, with so many recent changes and such a need for crowd management, I think education is the biggest issue remaining.” Hilbig said he hopes that word will spread about the trail conditions app. “The last time I checked we had 5,000 visits to [the app]. We are hoping to spread education because a lot of new users won’t understand why they shouldn’t be on muddy trails.” Overall, Hilbig said he hopes the app will improve everyone’s experience on trails in Draper. “People from all over use these trails,” Hilbig said. “We just want everyone to have a good time and be courteous to other users.”

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Keep your bike tuned for the trails with Salt Lake’s Bicycle Collective By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com

The Bicycle Collective restores, maintains and sells used bikes. (Jenniffer Wardell/City Journals)

You can’t conquer a mountain trail if your bike isn’t in good shape.

For those wanting an inexpensive way to keep their mountain bike in optimum condition, the Bicycle Collective is here to help. With locations in Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo and St. George, the Collective offers open benches, tools and expert help for anyone looking to maintain and repair all kinds of bicycles. They also offer classes for both kids and adults. “We have pretty much everything required to fix most bikes, even old ones,” said Amy Nguyen Wiscombe, the volunteer and program coordinator for the Collective. Just inside the front door of the Salt Lake location is the bike repair room, with rows of tools and equipment and racks to hang bikes while they’re being worked on. Rows of rims hang overhead, and a stack of tires rests along one wall. A separate room has even more tires and tubes. “We only have six benches, and

they’re usually full from beginning to end,” Wiscombe said. “There are also usually three people on the wait list.” If you’re on the wait list, it’s best not to go anywhere. “You have to hang out,” she added. “You don’t know when a bench is going to be done.” The benches are mostly open during what the shop refers to as DIY (Do It Yourself) hours. During that time, volunteers and paid experts are also on hand to help answer the questions of anyone working on their bikes. “The nice thing about repair here is that you’re repairing your bike, but they have guides here who are pros,” said Joe Zia, who was working on the trail bike he’d recently purchased from the Collective. “If you’re in over your head, they can guide you.” Zia’s son, Jeff, was there learning how to take care of the bike he would be using frequently. “I’m actually a great bike rider, and my dad is, too,” Jeff said. “We go on trails three times a day.” When questioned if they really did that much riding, Zia smiled. “We go quite a bit.” The only two things the Collective

won’t do is bleed hydraulic brakes and repair mountain bike forks (the part that holds the front wheel). “(Our experts) might not have that type of knowledge,” Wiscombe said. “It’s pretty specialized.” The Collective also has a Youth Open Shop, where children and teens get exclusive use of the benches. They also have a weekly WTF night (Women, Trans and Femme), designed exclusively for those female, transgender, genderqueer, transmasculine, transfeminine or femme. The nights, which are part of a national movement, are meant to give those individuals a safe space to work on bikes. “Cycling is typically pretty dominated by men, and a bike shop can typically be a pretty intimidating space,” Wiscombe said. “We try to be really welcoming and inclusive.” DIY time, Youth Open Shop, and WTF night are all $5 an hour for bench time. The complete schedule for all three sessions are available at the Collective’s web site, www.bicyclecollective.org “It’s a lot cheaper than getting it serviced at the bike shop, and you know the work that’s getting done on your bike,” Zia said. Lucas Ruiz was also in the shop,

working on his mountain bike. “I do at least 40 miles a day on my bike, so I have extra wear,” he said. Even if you don’t ride that far every day, you still have plenty of reason to tune up your bike. “All bikes require regular maintenance of some kind,” Wiscombe said. “Right before you ride, you should always check your air, brakes and chain. Once a month, you should give your bike a detailed cleaning, lube your chain and check to see if things are worn out.” The Collective’s next round of mountain bike classes for kids should be announced next April, with word going out on their social media accounts. Other classes will cover everything from flat repair to suspension systems to derailleurs. Just like the people who use the benches, the students come from all walks of life. “They range from college kids all the way to retired folks,” Wiscombe said. “All different socioeconomic levels.” It’s that variety, and the opportunity to help them, that help keep the Collective going. “There’s incredible diversity in Salt Lake,” she said. “We get to meet these people and experience their stories.”

Hiking opportunities abound in the area By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com The Salt Lake Valley and surround- like that sometimes,” Roberts said. “We ing mountains is considered a hiking have seen deer and all kinds of stuff in our own backyard hikes.” mecca. There are 171 registered hiking trails right here in this valley and surrounding foothills. According to alltrails.com they can all be accessed within a 20-minute drive from any point along the Wasatch Front. These hikes range in difficulty and skill levels. “I try to hike with my son once a week,” Herriman resident Travis Roberts said. “We like to get out and enjoy the time together. He loves the wildlife and all the things he can see while we are hiking. I want him to have a thorough fitness experience.” Hiking has great rewards, but care should be taken to ensure your simple day trip does not turn into a disaster. Be prepared for your adventure. According to alltrails.com here are some tips: Research the trail you are venturing on and notify someone of your plans; prepare yourself physically by stretching, having enough water and supplies; hike with a buddy; bring clothing for changing weather conditions, watch your step, and most importantly, know when to turn around. “Watch for wildlife, snakes and stuff

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Here are a few nearby hikes best suited for families.

Yellow Fork Canyon Trail, Herriman

A moderate hike consisting of a 6.8mile loop. It gains approximately 1,300 feet in elevation and ends on a ridgeline with great views of the valley. Many residents like its proximity. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky and there are many spurs off the main trail to explore. Bentley Roberts and his father Travis have explored several hikes close to their home. They have learned to

Temple Quarry and Little Cottonwood Creek Trail, Little Cottonwood Canyon

enjoy spending time together. (Photo courtesy of Travis Roberts)

A 7-mile out and back trail that fea- recreational users including bikes, runners tures a river and lots of shade. It gains and families. 1,350 feet in elevation to the top and ends Herriman Fire Memorial Flag, Herriman at an old mill. This hike contains history of A relatively short 1.7-mile steep and the Utah Pioneers and building of the Salt rocky hike. It ends with spectacular views Lake Temple. of the valley. It is considered a moderate to Mountain View Corridor difficult hike by alltrails.com users. This hike travels the entire length of Orson Smith Park to the Draper Suspension the corridor and can be accessed at severBridge Loop al points along its route. The trail is mostly A 2.3-mile loop rated as easy, alpaved and includes several benches along though there is a long uphill section. The the way. It is frequented by several types of trail is well maintained and has frequent

bicycles. A short hike past the suspension bridge is the old pine bridge and worth the extra effort.

Jungle Trail Hike, Corner Canyon

A new trail in the Corner Canyon trail system has been built for kids. In fact, the sign at the trailhead says it is for the young and adventurous. The hike begins at the Carolina Hills trailhead. The trail is shaded and has logs to climb over and forts to hide in; it is only .1 miles in length.

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Salt Lake County Public Health Department wins national award, celebrates 50 years as combined entity By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

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t has been a big summer for the Salt Lake County Public Health Department. What this means, according to the leader of public health initiatives for the county, is that residents can be confident in the county’s proactively tending to public health needs, from restaurant experiences to epidemics such as suicides and opioid addiction. Last month, SLCPHD received the National Health Department of the Year honor from the National Association of County and City Health Official. The county has never previously won the award, which has, up to this point, only honored a handful of counties. This month, just one month later, marks SLCPHD’s 50th anniversary as a combined entity servicing the county municipalities as well as Salt Lake City, which until 50 years ago had its own organization.

Salt Lake County: the 2019 National Health Department of the Year

The National organization honored SLCPHD for its work as an “extra large health department—for populations in excess of 750,000,” Gary Edwards, executive director of the Salt Lake County division, told the City Journals. According to data from the 2018 United States Census Bureau, Salt Lake County is the 37th largest county in the country by population. “Quite an honor,” is how he described the award, which lauded the county’s efforts to seek innovative, public/private partnerships for health needs and to expertly implement those solutions. The department was honored for its management of the 18-month (2017-2019) hepatitis A outbreak and for its first envisioning, then driving the establishment of the Salt Lake Public Health Center, downtown’s new one-stop building for public health and healthcare services. With regards to the management of the hepatitis A outbreak, Edwards noted the county was credited with “identifying and building trust with homeless and substance-abuse populations” as well as working with healthcare organizations, hospitals and even restaurants and other facilities “where the homeless congregate” to ensure necessary cleanliness and vaccinate any who may have been exposed to the virus and would, in turn, expose others. The new 40,000-square-foot Salt Lake County Public Health Center, which opened in February, was credited with being a “more efficient, more convenient place for staff and public,” Edwards said. The building, he said, through SLCPHD’s partnership with Community Health

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Edwards told the City Journals that, in Centers, delivers not just public health, but healthcare services to uninsured and underin- the 14 years since he has headed the department, all three county mayors—Peter Corsured individuals—all under one roof. How does the award inform Salt Lake Coun- roon, then Ben McAdams, and now Jenny

Wilson—have been “incredibly supportive” of the work that the SLCPHD does. “We just keep moving forward. They have always remained supportive of our efforts.” l

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When asked what being named the nation’s best public health department means to Salt Lake County residents, Edwards said, “The residents can have confidence that the Salt Lake County Health Department is not just sitting back, doing the same things we have always done… [We are] looking to be innovative in providing services to the community.” Part of this forward-looking, proactive stance includes developing a network with peer counties, information sharing and assessing, said Edwards.

Keeping elite company with country’s most visionary public health organizations

He indicated SLCPHD routinely studies and shares best practices with an elite group of peer counties that “always seem to stand out,” including Denver County, Colorado; Hennepin County, Minnesota; and King County, Washington. Edwards said that these three counties are routinely considered best-in-class for overall public health services, and, when asked, indicated that Salt Lake County is on the cusp of joining that elite group. He also said that SLCPHD is “regularly” credited on a national level for public health-related programs and accomplishments.

‘Behind the eight ball’ on suicide prevention, poor air quality-related health, overweight individuals

When asked what lies ahead for SLCPHD in 2019, he noted: “We’re doing an intense evaluation, right now,” in areas where Salt Lake County is “behind the eight ball.” These critical areas include high suicide rates for men age 25 and older and poor air quality-related health consequences. He also mentioned healthy weight management being an area of needed improvement for the county population. “Traditionally, public health has relied on two- or more year-old data,” he said. SLCPHD is now seeking to capture more real time data, versus relying on morbidity data, which has limited usefulness. SLCPHD’s data-leveraging strategies show a department that acts regionally as well as locally. Edwards paints a picture of the county health monitoring real time data and mapping that to zip codes to uncover troublesome “pockets” of opioid use and be able to mobilize treatment, education, and other resources to communities needing the most help.

Executive Director of the Salt Lake County Public Health Department Gary Edwards is focused on continuing to advance public health for residents. (Photo Salt Lake County)

This summer, the Salt Lake County Public Health Department has been named national Health Department of the Year and has celebrated the 50th anniversary of its union with the former Salt Lake City Health Department into one entity. Shown here is the new Salt Lake Public Health Center. (Photo Big D Construction)

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Dino-mite! Dueling dino decorators from SoJo/Riverton have fun with ‘community contribution’ By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

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hat do leprechauns, vampires and school buses have in common? Well, if you are a self-appointed “artiste” looking to breathe some fun into a private corporate mascot that has evolved into almost a city landmark every month? The common denominator is a large, green, fiberglass dinosaur planted on the edge of Holiday Oil’s gas and convenience stores exclusively carrying the Sinclair brand of gasoline. The addition of the “Sinclair” dinosaur (reverently referred to as “one of the most popular icons in American petroliana” by the Sinclair Oil Corp.) a few years ago spruced up Holiday Marts along the Wasatch Front.

Apatosaurus eye for the Dino guy

But some think the dinosaurs needed more bling and started grassroots decorating that brings smiles in communities such as Riverton, South Jordan, Draper and even in outlying Heber. Jo Ann Koller and daughter Mindy Koller are the decorating brains and hands behind the Riverton Holiday’s Dino at 1327 West 12600 South. The mother-daughter duo, who both reside in Riverton, have dolled “Dino” up as Dracula for Halloween, “The Little Mermaid” for a timeless look and have their sights set on an astronaut theme in the future. However, when it comes to who is “the boss” of the Dino-dressing matters? That clearly falls to the children in the house — 6-year-old Evany and 9-year-old Kaleb. “The kids come up with the ideas 80% of the time,” said Jo Ann Koller. She said how much fun it is for the children to drive by the decorated Dino. The joy is not limited to youth. Elderly and even the most difficult-to-intrigue audience imaginable—teenagers—are captivated by the work the two do.

“You are the highlight of my day,” a woman walking with her husband beset with Alzheimer’s disease tells Jo Ann and Mindy, while they work away on July’s Pioneer Day Dino. While the duo was in the early stages of Dino-decorating for July, two teens on bikes stop in their tracks and ask, “What are you going to do this time?” The teenagers are seemingly genuinely interested and take the time to listen to the response.

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The Kollers may not be doing any Dino-decorating at all were it not for their friend, mentor and inspirista Sara Hepworth. In the world of Dino-decorating, Hepworth may be the “all that and then some.” Hepworth is the chief-designer-in-residence for the South Jordan Dino at the Holiday Oil located at 11415 South Redwood Road. In March of 2018, Hepworth recruited the Kollers to join her in the somewhat rare suburban art of Dino-decorating. The two took the bait and now often collaborate with Hepworth. Their first collaboration was a St. Patrick’s Day theme, with the SoJo Dino’s being dressed like a leprechaun and the Riverton Dino’s being an Irish Lassie. Hepworth tied the theme together by posting a sign: “Have you seen my girlfriend?” Last summer, the dueling Dinos continued with SoJo Dino’s being dressed as a firefighter and Riverton Dino’s being a fire engine. For back-to-school last August, SoJo Dino was made up as “School Nerd” and Riverton Dino was a school bus.

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The school-bus theme was one of Jo Ann Koller’s favorite Dino-decorating experiences. After studying how school buses looked online, she used PVC pipe and swimming noodles to create the three-dimensional effect. Mindy’s favorite is the Mermaid-themed Dino, which now decorates Riverton Dino’s Facebook page. Her daughter, Evany, is “really into mermaids—a lot of girls her age are,” said Mindy. Evany lobbied Jo Ann and Mindy to create “The Little Mermaid Dinosaur” and then showed incredible pride in the outcome. “That was my idea!” Mindy recalls Evany’s saying, to her friends and every time they Got thirst? This Dino is staying cool in all sens- would drive by the Mer-Dino. All funds for Dino-decorating come es of the word, thanks to the decorating efforts of a Riverton and South Jordan team of decorators. from their own pockets, say the Kollers, who (Mindy Koller) estimate they spend about $350 annually to

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Jo Ann Koller of Riverton says the youngsters in her home select 80% of the themes for the Dino-decorating that she and her daughter Mindy do for the Sinclair Dino at one of the Riverton Holiday stores. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

brighten up Riverton residents’ lives. They have frugal fun shopping at Deseret Industries and the Dollar Store. Sometimes, the community submits requests, such as the Grinch Dino during holiday season. Sinclair also hosts contests for the best-decorated Dinos. Decorators post photos of their designs to a Sinclair site, where internet-goers can throw down for their fa-

vorite designs. “Sarah has won several times because she is in Daybreak and has quite a following,” said Jo Ann Koller. This is true. SoJo Dino routinely gets more than 300 likes on Facebook posts, with cheerleading aplenty. “His costumes just keep getting better and better,” posts Facebook supporter Wendy Stone of the elaborate bald-eagle design for SoJo Dino’s July “look.” l

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swimmer steps to the edge of the pool and jumps in. Seconds later, he realizes the water is deeper than he anticipated, and he cannot reach the bottom. Panic sets in, and a lifeguard jumps into action. “We have an incident a few times a day,” Kearns Oquirrh Park Aquatics Manager Brad Peercy said. “We are proud of those rescues. They can happen, and obviously we never want anything bad to happen, but our employees become better lifeguards after they have their first rescue. This stuff is totally precautionary, but it is good they are there doing their job.” Lifeguards will converge on Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 a.m. to practice and demonstrate their skills at the Utah Aquatics Lifeguard Games. The competition will be judged by the American Red Cross and is open to spectators. The event is run by the Utah Recreation and Parks Association and has been hosted by the fitness center for several years. Approximately 25 teams from all over the state and from Wyoming and Idaho are scheduled to participate, including a team from the West Valley Fitness Center and several teams representing Salt Lake Parks and Recreation pools. Each team consists of six lifeguards (four participants and two alternates). They will participate in several types of rescue events. Rescue races, relay swimming events

By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com and backboard rescues are all part of the competition. They will use CPR skills and other equipment to show their abilities. The winning team takes home a traveling trophy that has been shared for about 25 years. “The competition is great experience, and winning it doesn’t mean you have good guards or bad guards,” Peercy said. “It is a good opportunity for them to become better guards and not just at the event. They practice on their own to get ready, and that makes them better. They have people watching them, and they want to do well. It is also a chance to showcase what lifeguards do. This shows how hard they work, and even though the majority of them are 17 to 19 years old, they have a lot of responsibility.” Lifeguards supervise the safety of swimmers and other water sport participants. Each Several lifeguard teams will converge on Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center (KOPFC) to compete in the facility has different types of rescue skills lifeguard games Aug. 3. (Photo courtesy of KOPFC) necessary to be efficient at the job. Many pools offer diving platforms and slides, “We employ about 125 lifeguards in the dits on each lifeguard. whereas others only have small pools. The summer months,” Peercy said. “They range “We use a silhouette to simulate a body guards must be proficient in the skills to best in age from 15 years old to about 22. They on the bottom of the pool called a drop drill,” meet the needs of the facility they are em- are all certified through the American Red Peercy said. “We have someone sneak it in ployed at. Cross. We also have additional training for to the bottom of the pool. That can be part of Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center, JL our employees from our facility.” our audit. We have them rescue the silhouette Sorenson and West Valley Fitness Center ofLifeguard certification involves a 30- just as if it was a real rescue. Then we can sit fer indoor recreation pools, a water slide and hour class. It includes water skills, a written down a discuss how each lifeguard is doing.” 50-meter pools. The pools serve multiple test, rescue breathing, CPR and general first “Regardless of what pool you swim at, purposes throughout the year, including year- aid. Ongoing training is also recommended everyone wants you to be safe,” Peercy said. round access to lap swimming, open plunges, by the state. The Kearns center holds four- l water polo leagues and swim meets. hour in-service trainings and individual au-

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Sentinels coaches lined up to begin the season By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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ountain Ridge High School opens this fall, and it hired a stable full of proven, successful coaches. The Sentinels fall sports season begins in a few weeks. Its teams have been preparing all summer despite the school not being finished. Many teams have been practicing at neighboring schools. They will compete in Region 7 against Alta, Lehi, Mountain View, Orem, Timpanogos and Timpview. Mike Meifu begins his tenure as the Sentinels head football coach. He takes over after serving for four years as head coach at West Jordan High School. His experience as a running backs coach at Snow College helped him revitalize the Jaguars offense. The Jaguars appeared in the state tournament in all four years while he was at the helm. Meifu’s reputation is a high-power passing offense. He threw the ball 59% of the time last season. “My family and I have watched the school being built from day one,” Meifu said. “We could not be more excited to now call Mountain Ridge our home.” Boys and girls soccer coach Eric Arthur comes with a background of six years coaching at West Jordan High School. He graduated from the University of Utah and taught math for the Jaguars.

“Success on the field and in the classroom comes from preparation,” Arthur said in a press release. “It’s not enough to want it on gameday is a phrase that has stuck with me from when I was in high school.” Bryan Nicholson steps in as the head volleyball coach. His tenure at Herriman High School ended with a deep run in the state playoffs last season, where the Mustangs placed eighth. Nicholson graduated from Utah State University. He coached and taught in Idaho for four years before returning to Utah to coach at Riverton High School and was Herriman’s first and only volleyball coach. The cross country team will be led by James Barnes. He was the 2016 5A coach of the year. Barnes has coached track and cross country for 14 years, the last nine at Herriman where he helped teams win 12 state championships, 28 region titles and several individual athletes have gone on to compete collegiately. The girls tennis coach is David Johnston, and boys golf coach is Ryan Avila. The athletic director is Sam Rogers. The Sentinels unveiled their uniforms prior to the beThe Sentinels’ school colors are scarlet Friday, Aug. 16 against Olympus in its first ginning of football camp. home game (at press time it was unsure if the red, gray and white. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Ridge Football) field would be ready). l Football is scheduled to open its season

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Ratings index will now determine high school playoff seeding By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Ratings index will now seed high school playoffs caption: State high school playoffs will have a revamped seeding system this season. The change will give every team the opportunity to be part of its state tournament. (Greg James/City Journals)

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he Utah High School Activities Association will determine seeds differently this year for its team sports. The impact of the change and its perception is still to be determined. “It will begin with team sports this fall,” UHSAA Assistant Director Jeff Cluff said.

“The RPI will be revealed after the season begins and be open until one week prior to the postseason. As the tournament approaches, we will reveal the final RPI and tournament bracket together.” The RPI is a performance-based rating dependent upon the teams’ winning percentage, the opponents’ winning percentage and the opponents’-opponents’ winning percentage. A mathematical equation will be used to determine the teams’ seeds for its upcoming state tournament. The RPI will be used in team sports such as football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, softball and drill. It is a system successfully used in several neighboring states like Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. “Each sport will have its own reveal date and bracket release,” Cluff said. Every classification team will be part of the postseason tournament. Teams will be seeded into the bracket, with lower seeds playing higher seeds in the early rounds. Several teams that were left out of postseason tournaments will now have the opportunity to win a state title. The official RPI rankings will be available on uhsaa.org. The MaxPreps power ranking and Deseret News rankings are different than the RPI used by the UHSAA.

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“Those are more of a power ranking rather than a rating percentage index,” Cluff said. “It is completely different; our RPI is based on this particular year only, whereas the max preps takes into account the history of the team.” In theory, a weak schedule could affect a team’s placement in the state tournament bracket. Also, region championships and standings will have no bearing on the state tournament pairings. “You will definitely need to look at the big picture,” Cyprus head boys basketball coach Tre Smith said. “You will need to climb up the rankings throughout the year. I am interested to see how much respect our region gets and if wining region games will matter as far as rankings go.” “We have a lot of inquiries,” Cluff said. “I think people are anxious to see how it is going to work and how it will affect scheduling. I think they are most anxious because of the disruption from the norm. It is completely different than what we have done before. Teams knew that if they won their region, they would compete here in the first round. A Region 1 school could be matched up with Region 4. It was all predetermined and now it is not the case anymore.” One example was the 6A football cham-

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pionship last season. The four and five seeds (Pleasant Grove and East) matched up in the first round. That should not have occurred in theory until later in the tournament. Region games will more geographical. “The new RPI system did give us reason to change a couple preseason games,” Riverton head basketball coach Skyler Wilson said. “We ended up changing four games against opponents that I think will be ranked higher. I’m excited for this change because our path to the tournament will depend on how we play our whole schedule.” Another aspect of the rating is the classification adjustment. A large school scheduling all small schools will be penalized slightly. A schedule overloaded with small school powerhouses is discouraged by the UHSAA, but teams are still encouraged to schedule rivals. “I think the classification adjustment is important,” Cluff said. “A lot of people do not understand that a bigger school playing a smaller school— it became necessary for us to throw in a classification adjustment. We do not think scheduling will be done any differently. There is a misconception that if you only play the good teams your rating will be higher.” l

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Students could be paying less for extracurricular activities next year By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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hat price can you put on high school extracurricular activities? The price can be pretty high if your student participates in a club or team that has expensive gear (cheerleading) or travels a lot (choir). And what if your child wants to participate in several activities? Parents have been complaining about school activity fees for years. Tamra Dayley, of the Utah State Board of Education auditing department, said a recent USBE audit found school fees have been on the rise in recent years, outpacing inflation and student enrollment, while the number of fee waivers has declined. Additionally, a legislative audit of secondary school fees last September found evidence of widespread violations of Utah Code in regards to activity fees and accessibility. The report showed problems with hidden fees (a cheerleading fee was listed at $1,775 but students ended up paying $2,500), students being required to purchase items listed as optional (team spirit packs and camps), and waivers not being offered to qualified students. In response to the findings, USBE is working to bring school districts into compliance with the Utah Administrative Rule and the recently passed house bill 250, which

ensures that public school system fees do not create a barrier to full participation for any student, regardless of their financial circumstances. By next year, USBE will require schools to publish accurate school fees, set caps on total fees a single student can be asked to pay and implement corrective action for noncompliance to these rules, many which have been in effect for decades but have been misunderstood. New regulations will also prohibit individual fundraising requirements for students to supplement activity fees. Dayley said, ultimately, the goal is to make activities—curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular—accessible for all students through appropriate fees and waiver eligibility. “Every student should be able to participate fully in their education experience, regardless of their social-economic situation,” said Dayley. While fees for participation in clubs and teams can be costly, many parents and club advisers agree the benefits are priceless. Herriman High School’s FCCLA club adviser Jana Pendleton believes extracurricular activities provide a place for kids to belong and skills they will carry into their post-high school lives. Her club provides ser-

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Students from Herriman High School travel to Anaheim for national FCCLA club competition. (Photo courtesy Jana Pendleton/Herriman High School)

ing fashion design, interior design, early childhood, job interviews and career exploration. Top performers win scholarships. Because the national competition, which is held in a different city each year, is such a great opportunity for students, Pendleton said she doesn’t ever want a student to not be able to go because of lack of finances. The school’s FCCLA department, Utah FCCLA, Jordan District and local sponsors help students cover the associated costs. “They work so hard; they deserve to be able to go and compete on a national level,” she said. l

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School officials originally planned to build a stadium in front of the school, but after careful consideration and cost analysis, they have decided to lease space at Zions Bank Stadium. “We signed a long-term contract with Zions Bank Stadium,” Williams said. “We did the math, and we could play at Zions Bank Stadium for 68 years. It instantly gives us the coolest stadium in the state: the video board and 5,500 seats. It will be a special experience that our boys will have and not many other teams will get. We took our kids on a tour, and they got to see the locker rooms.” The Patriots will play this season as an independent and are not eligible for the state playoffs. After this probationary season, they can be reviewed by the Utah High School Activities Association for full membership. Their first game is scheduled for Aug. 16 at Richfield High School. They will host Grand County in their first home game Aug. 23. l

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tient care. “Because every member of our board is a physician, we always approach problems asking, ‘What’s best for our patients?’ not, ‘What’s best for our business?’” said a spokesperson for the clinic. For example, Granger Medical Clinic’s practitioners do not need to meet monthly patient quotas, unlike many physicians employed by larger, traditionally-structured medical institutions. Since the practitioners in Granger Medical Clinic’s network are free to meet their patients’ needs as they see fit, they can avoid ancillary costs, red tape, and corporate influences faced by employees of larger, traditional organizations. The results are lower costs for the clinic’s patients and better-adapted care. Additionally, Granger Medical Clinic’s 170-plus, largely-independent practitioners benefit from participation in a larger network; its website lists 30 specialties, from family medicine to endocrinology.

Therefore, patients’ healthcare experience combines the benefits of many local, private clinics (lower costs, responsiveness to patient needs) and the benefits of a larger infrastructure of many affiliated specialists, usually only found in hospitals. For example, many patients receive highly individualized care packages built on the diverse skills, experience, and service of Granger Medical Clinic’s wide network of specialists. According to a representative of Granger Medical Clinic, these advantages often attract highly-skilled and idealistic specialists, eager to join Granger Medical Clinic’s network of practitioners. Granger Medical Clinic has also attracted recent critical attention, receiving outside acknowledgement of its community responsiveness. Four locations won prestigious “HealthInsight Quality Awards” in 2018 for patient care. In 2019, the clinic’s influenza program won the Utah Silver Syringe Award in its category, an award for “exceptional dedica-

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