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April 2016 | Vol. 26 Iss. 04


Biles Races at Youth Olympic Games By Greg James |



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Teens Create Monster Pals for Refugee Children from Recycled Materials By Tori La Rue |


mily and Josh Van Wagoner said they started their service project as part of a First Lego League competition. Now, three months later, the siblings and two of their friends continue to expand the program, sharing their service project with people across the valley. Emily, 15; Josh, 13; Allyson Petersen, 13; and McKade Swallow, 13, signed up for Lego League, a global robotics and innovation program, where they were tasked to find a way to reduce waste in landfills, Emily said. The teens learned that textile waste gives off carbon dioxide emissions and takes up more space in landfills than most other types of waste. They figured if they could repurpose the textile, it would reduce landfill waste and help the environment. After seeing monster pal stuffed animals on Pinterest, the team decided to make these pals for refugee children using textile waste, Pam Van Wagoner, Emily and Josh’s mother, said. Their project encompasses a dual purpose — helping the environment by reducing textile waste found in landfills, and helping refuge children by giving them handmade toys. After the Lego League competition, a poodle skirt company, the Hip Hop 50s Shop in Bluffdale, volunteered to donate their textile waste to the team on a weekly basis, so they wanted to continue their project, Emily said. “We wanted to continue, because there are so many problems in the world,” Josh said. “If we can help in a small way, it will help in the long run.” The group makes monster pals and distributes monster pal creation packets to other community organizations, Van Wagoner said. The packets include textile waste and instruc-

Teens hold up the monster stuffed animals they’ve been making for refugee children.

tions. So far, the group has made nearly 200 monster pals and distributed about 400 more to community members who wanted to help the cause. “To see that our project is actually working and see people help out is amazing,” Emily said. The group’s next big project initiative is to get more families, clubs and youth groups to join in their service project during the Global Youth Day of Service, April 15 through 17.


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Emily, Josh, Allyson and McKade will hand out supplies at the Entheos Academy in Kearns on April 15 for those who want to make monster pals, according to Van Wagoner. After the day of service, the group will take the monster pals to refugee shelters in Salt Lake City. “We’ve already shared the idea with a bunch of different people,” Emily said. “Our school is doing it, LDS institutes are helping and the Salt Lake County 4H club.” Community members do not need to come to Entheos Academy to participate in the textile waste project. Groups can request packages containing the supplies and do the project on their own time. “There’s so many people who want to help, but don’t have the time to go out and do a big project, but this project gives them the opportunity in a way that’s manageable,” Van Wagoner said. “After they complete the project, they can bring the monster pals back to us, and we’ll take them to refugees, or they can donate them to a charity of their choice.” Participants in the project do not need to be sewing experts or need to have sewing machines, Van Wagoner said. The group distributes monster pal sewing plans of varying difficulties, some of which require only rough hand-stitching. Emily said her group has also started making rice heating and cooling packs out of textile waste for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. She said the group’s goal is to reuse textile waste in any way that will help other people. This is not a project that will end after the day of service, Emily said. The group is looking to set up a website to share their service project with more people. Until the website is up and running, those interested in the monster pals textile waste project can send an email to l

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Local Grandmas Tap Dance Their Way into the Spotlight By Tori La Rue |


ay Smith spent so much time taking care of her mother that after her mother passed away, she didn’t know what to do. “I spent some time sulking and being lonely, but what finally got me out of my rut was this group,” Smith said, referring to the “Time” Steppers, a tap dancing troupe for senior citizens. “It got me moving and socializing again.” The troupe consists of 13 members between the ages of 56 and 80, Karen Catten, founder and instructor, said. They practice three times a week for 90 minutes and perform four to five times a month and know over 80 dances, all choreographed by Catten. Catten said she encourages seniors to dance because it “thwarts off Alzheimer’s,” because the movement and social interaction stimulates memory. That’s one reason Catten, 74, started dancing at age 55. Catten’s love of tap dancing came from performing with the Dancing Grannies of Bountiful and the Entertainers in Ogden, both senior tap dancing groups. Catten moved, and in 2009 she decided to start a group of her own that would be closer to home, and that’s when the “Time” Steppers was born. Smith tap danced in her childhood, teen and early adult years, but said it had been more than 30 years since she last danced when she joined the Steppers in 2012. She was shocked that the steps came back so quickly. However, not all of the members of the performing troupe have danced before, Catten said. “I hadn’t tap danced before, but I heard about it and I had some tap shoes that I’d never used, so I came and loved it,” Janis Mabey said. Catten and the rest of the “Time” Steppers

are hosting a free senior tap dancing clinic on April 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Riverton Senior Center to give seniors of all levels the opportunity to try tap dancing. “All you have to have is a desire to learn,” Mabey said. “If you can walk, Karen can get you dancing.” Catten instructs weekly beginning and intermediate tap classes to seniors who funnel into the “Time” Steppers. Catten said she’d like to see some men advance to the “Time” Steppers. In the group’s seven-year history, not a single man has joined the troupe. The group’s name is a double play on words. “Time” is in quotation marks because there’s an elementary step in tap called the “time step,” Smith said. “It’s also a play on words because, with our age, it is like we are stepping over time by staying active,” she said. The “Time” Steppers’ most common places for performances are at senior centers, senior living residences, schools, reunions, churches, private parties and community celebrations. Each performance is based on a theme, usually a holiday theme, including Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Halloween and Christmas. The group also performs a Rock ‘n’ Roll 50s show, Broadway show and a patriotic show. The “Time” Steppers dress up in full costume for their performances, and change into a new outfit for each song. The members of the troupe make their own matching costumes. To find out more information about the tap dance clinic or to see or book the “Time” Steppers, call or email Catten at 801-652-5975 or l

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The Family That’s “Up”sessed with Disney By Tori La Rue |


esides being a tourist attraction and a place for photo shoots, the “Up” house in Herriman is a home. “It’s not just a house,” Lynette Hamblin, owner, said. “It’s our family’s dream house, and we live in it.” A longtime Disney fanatic, Lynette said she fell in love with the house from Disney Pixar’s “Up,” which made things difficult when she and her husband Clint started house hunting in 2011. “I knew that was the fun Victorian style that I wanted,” Lynette said. “We put in offer for $415,000 on a house in Martinez, California, that looked just like the “Up” house, except that was a pink-colored house, but someone beat us to the offer.” Lynette said she felt as though “doors kept closing” in their house search, until Clint took an unexpected trip from their home in California to Utah to visit his ill grandmother. Clint’s sister, who lived in Draper, suggested that Clint stop by the “Up” house, a house created to look like the home from the movie, before visiting his grandmother. At the time, the “Up” house was open for tours. Clint knew he wanted to buy the house after stepping into it, according to his wife. He asked Bryce Bangerter, his tour guide, how much they were planning to sell the house for. “It’s not for sale,” Bryce said. Clint asked what price they would sell it

at if it was for sale, and Bryce disclosed that it’d probably go for about $400,000. From that moment on, Clint said he was determined to get that house, and felt like he needed to move to Utah. Meanwhile, back in California, Lynette was researching homes on her own. She saved images of what she wanted their future kitchen to look like, so she could show Clint, she said. When Clint came home and told Lynette that he was interested in purchasing the “Up” house in Herriman, he said he thought she would be worried, but she had the opposite reaction. “He handed me the brochure about the house, and I saw the kitchen that I wanted in there, and I just got goosebumps and started crying because it seemed perfect,” she said. But the Hamblins still had a couple of problems — Clint, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, was stationed in California, and wouldn’t be able to retire for a few years, and the home they longed for wasn’t for sale. After a few weeks, Clint headed back to Utah, with his whole family in tow for his grandmother’s funeral. While in Utah, he set up a time to meet with Blair Bangerter of Bangerter Homes, the man behind the ideas, plans and engineering of Herriman Towne Center’s “Up” house. “You’ve got to do things for a living, but every once in a while you have to enhance it by

doing something enjoyable and fun, and that’s why I built the house,” Blair said. “At the time the market was pretty depressed around here, and my brothers were concerned that we might not get a financial return for the money we put into the house.” When the Hamblins entered the house their two children, who were under the age of 6, were so excited, Lynette said. Her son, who was in the habit of watching “Up” three times each day, was in his “happy place,” she said. Bangerter Homes usually builds custom homes for families; this time they needed a custom family to fit their ready-made home. The Hamblins were the type of family they were seeking, Blair said. The house never officially went on the market, but was sold to the Hamblins for $400,000 — the The members of the Hamblin family gaze “Up” at the home they amount it cost to make cherish. –Lynette Hamblin the house. The Hamblins prom in front of their house, and around 10 moved in in January of 2012 after more than 50,000 people had toured people have gotten engaged on the Hamblins’ property. the house, Blair said. To rein in the chaos, Lynette started a Clint continued to fly into work each, week, and spend time at home on the week- website, ends until he retired from the Coast Guard in where those wishing to tour, take professional photos or propose to their sweetheart at the October 2015. “Now we live a typical normal lifestyle, house can schedule a time to do so. Lynette can besides that people show up at our house on a also be reached at “The ‘Up’ House” page on Facebook. daily basis,” Lynette said. Lynette said she values her house but she Lynette said she doesn’t mind that people values her family, being kind and loving others regularly stop at their house. “Clint and I would be regulars here if we more than she could love any material object didn’t own the house,” she said. “Still, it’s — even her dream home. “At the end of the day, it’s just a house, interesting that people are just outside your but I love our house,” Lynette said. “I don’t house taking selfies.” Last week a young man asked a girl to think we could move.” l

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Joint College Campus May Come to Herriman By Tori La Rue |



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joint college campus between Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), Utah State University and the University of Utah may be coming to Herriman, according to city officials. SLCC acquired 90 acres for its Herriman Juniper Canyon Campus in 2011 near Mountain View Corridor at 14200 South 4000 West, according to the timeline of its master plan. The college was looking for ways to expand its presence to the rapidly growing parts of the valley, spokesperson Joy Tlou said. The college intended the campus to have an emphasis in technology and energy studies and be built in several phases before completion in 2032, the plan states, but Tlou said those plans are not solidified anymore. “We work in a world of possibilities,” he said. One of those possibilities is collaborating with the U and Utah The proposed campus framework for Salt Lake Community College’s State to bring a joint satellite cam- Herriman Juniper Canyon Campus. –Salt Lake Community College pus to the southwest end of the valley, Tami Moody, spokesperson for Herriman, said. When asked how a Moody said. joint campus would work, she said each school Tlou said he couldn’t confirm or deny the would provide its own service to its students collaboration between SLCC, the U and Utah and make use of online administration. State. “I am not sure of the all the details,” “We are not prepared to make any kind of Gordon Haight, assistant city manager, said. announcement,” he said. “SLCC owns the land. The other state univerWhen asked about the Herriman campus, sities would have agreements allowing them Maria O’Mara, communication director for the to build buildings on the property that would U, said she hadn’t heard anything about it. administer their program.” “I’m not saying that collaboration is not Although colleges are built under the state going on, but I just don’t know. [The U] is a and do not need approval from the cities to be- big school with a lot of sectors,” she said. gin construction, Haight said he’s been workTim Vitale, spokesperson for Utah State, ing with Utah colleges to facilitate discussion had a similar response. and encourage the process. He’s been working “I haven’t heard anything about a Herriwith Utah Transit Authority to work through man campus, but it’s something to look into,” transportation issues concerning the campus, he said. he said. Regardless of the U or Utah State’s in“It’s very refreshing to see government volvement, Tlou confirmed that SLCC will organizations working together like this,” build a Herriman campus. Haight said. The original master plan’s timeline shows There are a few examples of multicollege three build-out phases, with the first beginning campuses in other states, but it is rare, accord- in 2017. The campus would be used while the ing to Haight. following build-outs occurred, according to The campus would be a unique addition to the plan, with the last build-out phases expectthe city and a great opportunity for Utah State ing to last 20 years beginning in 2032. to expand their outreach to the Salt Lake area, At its completion, the campus is expectMoody said. ed to accommodate a total of 13,200 people “This will not only be a benefit to students including faculty, staff and students, the plan in the area, but it will aid in bolstering econom- states. ic development for the city,” she said. “There Although Tlou said plans may change, are so many benefits to this type of campus, the SLCC executive summary for the Juniper from the diversity of service that it will offer Canyon Campus at Herriman Master Plan can to the businesses it will attract and the jobs it be found at will help create.” slcc-locations/campus-plans/Herriman-camThere is a chance that one of the schools pus-master-plan.pdf. l will break ground before the end of the year,


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Riverton’s Growing Pains By Briana Kelley |


iverton residents have a good chance of living on large lots — over 90 percent of Riverton residential areas are a quarter-acre or larger, according to a recent city report. The report comes after residents voiced concerns about recent higher-density approvals by the council. “Only about 10 percent of our total residentially zoned acreage is higher density than one-quarter acre. And almost half of our residentially zoned acreage is one-half an acre or lower density. That’s quite low compared to other cities in the county. We can keep the more rural feel of the original Riverton, while selectively zoning in some higher densities that allow for a good diversity in housing options. This diversity allows affordability for younger couples or empty nesters and single individuals to chose Riverton as their community in which they want to live,” Councilmember Trent Staggs said. The report compiled the total acreage of each zoned parcel. Riverton has nearly 7,800 total acres. Almost 6,000 of that is zoned residential. Of the residential acreage, 45 percent is between a quarter-acre and a half-acre and 45 percent is a half-acre or more. This includes residential halfacre to one-acre lots, agricultural five-acre lots and rural residential lots. Ten percent of residential zoning is less than a quarter acre. Residents opposed to higher-density rezones often state similar concerns; these concerns include increased traffic, potential loss

of property value, loss of privacy for homes adjacent to the rezone and loss of a rural community feel. Riverton City Council holds a public hearing any time an applicant requests a rezone of land use. Recently the council approved a rezone that drew a number of residents concerned about the changes at the Feb. 2 council meeting. The rezone affected six acres located at 13742 South Redwood Road and changed the property zoning from commercial gateway to RM-14, allowing multifamily development at a maximum density of 12 units per acre. “To me this is way too many units in one place,” Howard Jackson, a Riverton resident, stated at the meeting. Other residents wanted to avoid commercial and were in favor of the rezone. After extensive discussion, the council unanimously approved the rezone. “I believe our densities are low overall. I haven’t compared them to surrounding cities, but I think we are lower than others ... I have been supportive of some of the other parcels rezoned from commercial to medium density residential. These ‘down zones’ in selective areas allow for more residents to support the businesses already in Riverton, while simultaneously allowing the remaining commercial pads to be more quickly taken down or absorbed,” Staggs said. Other council members agree with the recent rezonings. “As a person that grew up in Riverton

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and then moving on to having a family of my own, I struggled to find options in Riverton where I could live. As a council member it is important for me to have those options for my children. With that I want to see a good quality product that is attractive yet affordable and high quality; with this goal densities have to come into the discussion. I just ran into a couple that I represented in District 1 that are in the empty nesters stage of life and they told me they moved. Their youngest This pie chart shows how much acreage is dedicated to residential zoning. has been gone for a number Over 90 percent is a quarter-acre or higher, according to the city. – ©Riverof years and they wanted ton City Communications something smaller with less of a yard to take care of. My “In short, I know every city needs to have view is that Riverton needs a variety of options some densities, but these densities need to be that can accommodate the various phases of properly planned and thought through. It’s not Riverton residents’ lives so they can live, work something that you just put in an empty lot beand play within our community no matter the cause the developer thinks it will be best there. phase in life they are in,” Councilmember We have zoning plans and need to follow them. Sheldon Stewart said. If they need to be updated, so be it, but people The report did not include the new 583- purchase houses based on those zoning plans. acre development by CenterCal, LLC and I believe we have been too willing to change Suburban Land Reserve, Inc. (SLR). The new the zone at the expense of the people already development will be both commercial and res- here,” Tingey said. idential, and it is undecided at this time how Despite the recent council approvals for dense each residential section will be. The rezones from commercial to RM-14 or resiproject is set at seven residential units per acre dential multi-family 14 units per acre, densioverall, which results in approximately 3,800 ties remain relatively low in the city. new units. The new developments could po“Selectively downzoning from commertentially increase overall high-density housing cial to medium to high-density residential 4 to 5 percent, according to Staggs. makes sense because it allows for the land “As for the densities in the western com- to be developed and offers diversity of housmercial area, I’m not happy with some of the ing options and allows them the balance of densities, but realize I have to compromise a the properties to be balanced or absorbed. [It] bit for what I do want. I am very favorable of also allows commercial owners to have more the MVP commercial area. Again, my focus customers. We have more people to support will be on the land that sits right up against the businesses already there. To me, it’s more homes already being lived in. I will not vote about selectively downzoning certain areas. for anything if it doesn’t buffer these homes I’m not always in favor of high-density housproperly,” Councilmember Tricia Tingey said. ing,” Staggs said. l


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Bluffdale Breaks Ground for New City Hall on Park Property By Tori La Rue |

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or the first time since 2003, Bluffdale City administration will work together under one roof on a daily basis. The city officially broke ground for a $6.6 million, three-floor, 36,000 squarefoot city hall on March 11. The building is being built over part of the Bluffdale City Park directly across the parking lot from the Bluffdale City Fire Station at 14350 South 2200 West. Members of the city administration currently work out of three buildings: the Bluffdale City Courthouse, an office building next to the courthouse and the fire station. These employees will move their offices to the new municipal center when it opens, Mayor Derk Timothy said. “I don’t think that the public realizes that we are just getting by over here,” Timothy said. “We want to work together, but it’s hard coming from different buildings.” Elected members of the administration don’t have any office space, and the city’s planning and engineering departments are in different buildings, even though they are supposed to be in a state of constant collaboration, Timothy said. The phone systems don’t transfer across buildings, so it’s not easy for the administration to transfer residents’ phone calls, and there’s confusion about which building should be used for what. Residents often arrive at the wrong buildings to pay their fines or find out about city happenings, he said. The fire station houses the majority of the city’s administration, but, according to Timothy, it’s getting overcrowded. “We tore a bathroom out of the fire station to make an office because we needed it,” Timothy said. “I feel like we are kind of undoing the fire station’s purpose. The city hall really is a need.” Most of the building houses city administrators, like the city recorder and city manager. The police force claims three cubicles. Timothy said he wants the fire station to be a place for public safety officials only.

Bluffdale contracts with the Saratoga Springs Police Department right now, but when space opens up in the fire station after administration is established in the city hall, the city can look into self-providing. City officials sent letters to each household in Bluffdale, inviting them to come to an open house where the city hall would be discussed, Timothy said. Three plans were on display, with features and price estimates showing. “We didn’t want to do the cheapest-looking city hall that would be more of a temporary fix, but we also didn’t want to create some sort of Taj Mahal,” Timothy said. “We wanted the residents to help us decide what to do.” The residents’ choice was a modern municipal center. This style was the most expensive of the three options in square footage, but the style of a roof was changed to a flat rather than pitched roof, which saved $150,000. City staff members and a citizen committee planned the interior. One major feature is a dual-use room that’s been orchestrated to accommodate the city council and the city court. The courtroom is up to state regulations, and, according to Timothy, it will be safer for the public and employees and more comfortable for the accused parties. The city already owned the park property and utilities in the area. They didn’t need to build a road or parking lot to the new building, since they are piggybacking off of the fire station. “I’ve asked people about taking up room in the park, but after I tell them it saved us over a million dollars, I only hear positive feedback,” Timothy said. However, resident Bryan Larson voiced concerns. “Logistically that spot might make a lot of sense, and I suspect they’ve done some study on that area, but not nearly

enough,” Larson said. “It’s going to be a shame to see them cut up that city park. It once was nice and big.” Although he doesn’t like the idea of losing part of the city park, Larson said it might be the best place for the city hall, but he doesn’t know because he hasn’t been given enough information. Larson said he wishes the city would have gathered more input from residents and explained why the building of a city hall is necessary. “Sticking a little announcement in a water bill is not nearly enough. No one pays attention to snail mail anymore, and hardly anyone attends their meetings,” he said. “A proposal for a new city hall deserves to get people’s attention.” Larson said the city could have put up banners in the city park with info about the open-house meetings because it would have attracted attention. “Maybe had I attended the meetings, this would have been explained, but I’ve been in a lot of cities and my experience is that someone gets a hair-brained idea without a thorough examination of all alternatives,” he said. Larson said there’s nothing that he can do about the city hall anymore because it’s already underway, but he hopes that Bluffdale will consider alternative ways to get information to residents in the future. The Bluffdale Municipal Center is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. l


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Herriman Traffic Patterns Create Concern By Hope Zitting |


here are many different issues that result from vehicular congestion and unfavorable traffic patterns surrounding Herriman High School. One of these includes speeding in residential areas, as the traffic congestion caused by the school establishes speeding in the surrounding area because commuters are attempting to make up for lost time. Other complications that may sprout from continual congestion and adverse traffic patterns include general reckless driving, speeding and traffic violations. During the Herriman City Council meeting that took place on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Herriman City Council Building located at 13011 South Pioneer Street, concerns about traffic patterns and congestion surrounding Herriman High School were voiced. Following the meeting call to order and the approval of prior minutes, the public comment portion of the meeting opened up to the audience members in attendance. Audience members may bring any item to the mayor and the city council’s attention during the public comment portion of city council meetings, but comments must be limited to two to three minutes, as the state law prohibits the city council from acting on items that are not published on the set agenda. This is when William Jackson, a resident of Herriman City, voiced his concern about the traffic problems.

Herriman High School currently holds over 2,500 students, many of whom drive to and from school every day. –Herriman High School

“I have concerns about traffic patterns over by the high school when taking a child to school. There’s people cutting off and whipping U-turns. [I’m] just wondering if the council has heard that or maybe have some plans to do something about that situation. And the other thing I worry about is enforcement at red lights. I still see a lot of people running red lights and I’m worried maybe my kid or … me at the intersection when that happens. So, just concerns about that,” Jackson said.

“That is an epidemic problem,” Mayor Carmen Freeman said immediately after Jackson closed his comments and sat down. Jackson is not alone in his concerns about traffic patterns around Herriman High School. “It’s horrible and awful and you have to park forever away because high school drivers suck. It can be terrifying because half the time no one knows what they are doing. I’ve heard about a lot of close-to-accident incidents,” resident Aubrey Jenkins said.

“They have a lot of construction going on at the intersection. It’s been going on for about a week or two at least — maybe even longer. There’s a lot of traffic on the road everyone parks on next to the school,” Jenkins said. Soon after the concerns were voiced, Mayor Freeman and the city council directed Jackson to consult with the city engineer, Blake Thomas, about the traffic patterns in more detail. l


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causes 21,000 deaths due to lung cancer annually, according to the EPA. Riverton resident Nate McDonald is one individual who benefitted from radon education and awareness. McDonald first heard about radon from a state educational campaign. However, he said initially he did not connect the dots. He and his wife later tested their home after their neighbors’ results came back high. The test results and the re-test results for McDonald’s home also came back very high. “I think when you do the research and you learn about the dangers of radon and the longterm effects of breathing radon, specifically with lung cancer, you realize this is an important issue. It was an important issue particularly for me because we have our kids in the basement. When we initially found out about testing for radon, my wife said, ‘We’ve got to get this done.’ It was always in the back of our minds to do it but we sat on it for a while. When we learned that it [the radon level] was so high, it was sickening to know that it was so high and our kids had been sleeping and living down there,” McDonald said. After further research, McDonald had a mitigation system installed by a certified mitigator. The system is designed to pull the gas

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n March 2, there was a public meeting and open house with the Blackridge Reservoir community. It was held at the Herriman City Council Building located at 13011 South Pioneer Street. “I think it’s needed. I don’t think we really have a choice. This is the only option,” Herriman City resident Tracie said. Tracie was speaking in respect to the Blackridge Reservoir’s proposed parking permit program that could be implemented this coming summer. “We’re seeking to solve some issues — the parking issues and what goes along with the parking issues. We The parking permit program needs 51 percent of the community’s have people barbequing in other peo- approval for enactment. The orange dots signify yes, while the black dots signify a negative vote. –Hope Zitting ple’s yards, thefts that are occurring … I’m hoping this will solve the problem. Two permits and one guest permit will We want to be real cautious with it. We don’t cost $25 and a replacement permit can be purwant to solve one problem and then create an- chased for $5. The residents have an option to other problem. That’s why what we’re doing, not buy the parking permit, but they will not we’re really looking towards residents and be able to park in front of their house if they their input and seeing what they want to see in choose to do so, while others who have a perthe parking permit program because we’re pro- mit will be able to park in front of a resident’s posing that, hoping it’ll be a solution,” District home. 3 City Councilmember Craig Tischner said. “I came undecided. I definitely have some The residents were able to vote during concerns still, but I guess I’ll have to see how it the open house. “We’re meeting with all these plays out, but it’s better than it’s been in years residents to see if they want to do a parking past, so hopefully it’ll help,” Blackridge resipermit program. And on the map, you’ll see dent Heather Leister said during the open house. orange dots — those are the people who vot- “We had people park in front of the house and ed to have the parking permit,” Assistant City we can’t get out. We have a lot of kids on our Manager Gordon Haight said. street, and sometimes people don’t pay attention The public meeting and open house pro- to stop signs. It’s like you’re waiting for an acvided the community with answers to their cident to happen. I’m hopeful that this will dequestions, as well as many posters and hand- crease traffic. That’s my main concern.” outs that explained in detail the nature and “We’ve got a lot of great input from the purpose of the Blackridge Reservoir parking residents. I think this is a good, relatively lowpermit program. cost solution and we are excited to implement “There exist certain facilities within the it if we get the majority we need. This is a City, such as schools and parks which attract great first step and I think, really, a nice examcommuters seeking parking in nearby areas ple of citizens and the city working together. which are predominantly residential in nature. It’s one of those things where we have a lot The increase demand often exacerbates the of comment. It’s relatively inexpensive and we severe shortage of on-street parking for resi- think we really need something to alleviate the dents in such areas,” the ordinance adopting problems. It’s been rough on them,” District 4 the parking permit program states. Councilmember Nicole Martin said. l

On March 2, the Blackridge Reservoir community came together to vote on the proposed parking permit program. –Hope Zitting


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Riverton Drums Up New Percussion Ensemble By Tori La Rue |


iverton High School’s newest competing ensemble gives percussion students the opportunity to perform year-round. The school’s original indoor percussion group was disbanded in 2006, but it’s been the goal of Max Meyer to bring it back since he started teaching at the school three years ago. “When the students in class heard that was my plan, they were ecstatic, and they started to ask me about when I was going to move forward with it,” Meyer said. “I told them we had to wait until we had more students in the program.” Band teachers and students started recruiting percussionists, Rashae Moody, a percussion student, said. The percussion program tripled from 2013 to 2015, going from 15 to 45 students, justifying the creation of an indoor percussion ensemble, Meyer said. In all, 36 students joined in the indoor percussion ensemble. Most of them came from the percussion program with a few finding out about the ensemble through concert band. Indoor percussion is like a condensed marching band. It consists of the percussion sections of the band, the pit and battery, but omits brass instruments, wind instruments and color guard from its scope. The battery — the musicians who play the drums — stand, march and create formations in back of the musicians who make up the pit. “There’s actually quite a bit of theater and

Members of Riverton Indoor Percussion compete at their first competition at Pleasant Grove High School on Feb. 13. The group, a musical ensemble from Riverton High School, came in second only to Davis High School’s group. –April Jorgensen

pageantry in indoor,” Meyer said. “There’s body movements, theatrics and plots to your shows.” For their inaugural year, Meyer said the theme of Riverton Indoor Percussion’s show is conveying students’ potential life paths through career and education choices. The musicians act out this theme in their show “Imagine.”

Moody said one of her favorite parts about indoor percussion is learning to let herself dance to the music they create. “Movement and music are both part of the performance aspect, and facial expressions, too,” she said. “The song becomes a part of you.” Riverton Indoor Percussion scored sec-

ond place in its first competition on Feb. 13 at Pleasant Grove High School, losing to Davis High School by four points. They’ll compete in five more competitions this season, and have a chance to make it to the state finals. The local competitions are supported under the Intermountain Percussion Association and the Utah High School Activities Association. The Winter Guard International Sport of the Arts, a youth nonprofit organization, creates regional and national opportunities for indoor percussion groups to compete. Meyer said his goal is to take his indoor percussion ensemble to the regional competition next year, and the world championship competition in the 2017–18 school year. He said his group will likely travel to Colorado and California within the next two years. In order to get to the championships, the group would have to participate in at least one national event. More than 12,000 participated at the Sport of the Arts World Championships in April 2015, according to Riverton Indoor Percussion’s webpage. Meyer said he expects his students to put in a lot of practice to be ready for competitions. Riverton Indoor Percussion rehearses for three hours on Mondays and four hours on Wednesdays. Michael Stump, 19, said he practices a half hour each day on his own in addition to the group practice. Stump, who’s played the bass drum for six years, said he tries to help the other players as much as he can. Instructors from outside the high school come to the practices to help teach the percussionists in smaller groups based on skill level. Rachel Jorgensen said that’s been really helpful for her in her first year of playing the drums. “It can be kind of stressful, and interesting and new, but there’s lots of people that can help if you have questions,” Jorgensen said. “When I saw the final result on video of our competition, it was all worth it. It was really awesome.” l

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By Tori La Rue |


utterfield Canyon Elementary had plenty of programs to help students who had fallen behind but few programs to help students to get ahead, until the school community council started funding more than 17 enrichment programs. The council formerly used their School LAND Trust — money acquired from state land revenue — for re-teaching only, but in January they set aside $4,000 for “educational stretching,” principal Nick Hansen said. “We wanted students of all academic standings to be enriched and try different types of things to see what their real interests are,” Hansen said. Choir, drama, chess club, cursive, poetry, crafting, aerobic activities and STEM club are a few of the programs Butterfield Canyon offers. Many of the programs take place before or after school and are taught by “good-hearted teachers” who spend a couple extra hours with students for a little compensation from the trust fund, Hansen said. More than 300 students have signed up for at least one of these programs; according to Hansen, that’s one-third of the student population. He said he believes this will improve the academics at the school, but said it is too soon to tell. The school community council went to the teachers with a list of the classes they thought would work well for enrichment programs, and said teachers could sign up to

Third- through sixth-grade students play basketball at Butterfield Canyon’s Bobcat Boot Camp.

teach the classes. Some teachers suggested enrichment classes that weren’t on the list. One teacher volunteered to teach folk dancing, and it’s been one of the most popular enrichment programs, Hansen said. Kembree Buker, third-grade teacher, volunteered to head up an aerobics program that is now called “Bobcat Boot Camp” because she said students don’t get a lot of recess and she thinks they don’t know or care as much about

health and fitness as they should. There are more than 50 third- to sixth-grade students in her program. Arwin Taylor, 10, said she signed up for Bobcat Boot Camp because she wants to exercise more. She said she’s not very active at home because she would rather read. “I thought this class was going to be exciting to do, and it is really exciting,” she said. “I like it a lot when we do dancing, because that

it’s an easy way to get exercise more than just running around.” Alison Heaps, 10, and Sierra Green, 9, said dancing to Just Dance, a video game where players imitate the movement of the avatars, is their favorite part of the boot camp. Alison said her brother used to be in the class, but that he quit after he heard there was going to be dancing. John Trendler, 9, said he doesn’t mind the dancing. He said he loves the workout videos, obstacle courses and basketball games they do during the boot camp, and that he was so excited that his mom signed him up for the class. Students are admitted into the enrichment programs on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents sign their children up using the Google forms attached to the school’s website. Several classes have reached capacities and have students on waiting lists. Ethan Weaver, 10, is part of the STEM before-school enrichment program. He said that at their most recent meeting, the group built machines that could throw candy eggs, and said one of his favorite activities was building a freestanding machine within 60 seconds. The before- and after-school enrichment programs run for seven weeks. The idea is that after seven weeks, the school can offer new types of classes. Hansen said they plan to continue the program far into the future. l

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said it helps history come alive outside of the classroom. “I also liked to learn the silly lines and do the dances,” Dallin said. Dallin had one of the most dance-intensive roles. During the performance, Dallin could be seen doing heel-clicks, power poses and a back-handspring on stage. Carter, 12, said he made new friends playing Lewis in the play, and learned how to put up with hard times and good times because the practices weren’t always easy. Being a lead in the musical helped him to learn that “no dream is too big for you if you go for it,” he said. Mary Jackson initiated the first musical back in 2008. She said she had fond memories of being in musicals while she was in elementary school, and she wanted her children, who attended Southland Elementary, to have the same opportunity. Sharon Kartchner, who was experienced in the music and theater realm, joined Jackson’s team, and the two continued to put on a show every other year. Preece joined their team in 2011. Kartchner continues to donate her time to the school musical, even though her own children graduated from Southland a few years ago, Preece said. “She puts in hundreds of hours preparing for and directing these musicals without any compensation,” Preece said about Kartchner. “She still has a busy life and a family and she makes that a priority. It’s amazing.” Kartchner, Preece and Jackson plan to continue putting on plays every other year with the upper-grade students at Southland. Preece said they plan to rotate between the three plays that they’ve done in the past: “Dig It,” “Quest for the Stars and Stripes” and “Lewis and Clark.” “Dig It” is a journey through ancient civilizations and “Quest for the Stars and Stripes” is an original play about the formation of the United States. Kenny Bingham, third grader, said he loved being in the chorus of “Lewis and Clark” and that he’s excited for the next musical. “I’m so happy that I can be in ‘Dig It’ soon and keep going with acting,” he said. l

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Page Wins Final Wrestling Match By Greg James |


iverton High School senior Simeon Page realized his athletic dreams. As Page faced his personal rival for the final time in his career, he came out on top as a state champion. “It feels pretty great to be a state champion. It is very gratifying and has been a long time coming. It was cool to win for myself, but also for my team and coaches,” Page said. The 220-pound weight class at the 5A Utah State wrestling tournament Feb. 11 pitted two neighbors — Page against Herriman’s Wade French. Both seniors were familiar with each other from the many times they had been opponents. “Wade is a very good wrestler and comes from a great program. We have been opponents several times since my sophomore year. This season he had taken me twice,” Page said. As the championship match entered the third period, French had a slim 3–0 lead. French had taken Page down early in the first period, but that was all of the scoring until the final minutes of the match. “With him all of our matches are close. Midway through the final period, I looked up and he was up 4–2. I knew this was going to be my last match. I thought to myself that I might as well go out hard. I would rather get pinned trying than lose by a point again. I went after him for the final 45 seconds. I gave it my all. When it ended, I did not even know what the score was. I thought I had lost, but we were

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The Mustangs gather around their hockey state championship trophy. –Ryan Nelson

get this game,” Smith said. Josh Cox scored the Mustangs’ sixth and final goal with 3:07 remaining. The Bengals then attacked relentlessly. Their timeout with 1:09 remaining set them up to attack one last time. Mustangs goaltender Carlin Merrill made a glove save and redirected the final shot across the top of the net as the final buzzer sounded. “I was scared, but it is exciting to be a state champion. That third period was sketchy all in front of me, but we held on as a team,” Merrill said. Merrill had 21 saves for the Mustangs. “It is incredible to be a state champion. Our whole season led up to this. We needed to skate our butts off and play our game and we did,” senior Dallas Nelson said. The Mustangs finished 8-2-1 in the regular season. Smith was second in the division with 42 goals, Cox had 35. Merrill saved 224 shots on the season. “The season went really well. We started out with a goal and set the plan and we executed it. We had some down time through the year, but

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Herriman resident competed at the Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway in February. Fifteen-year-old Duncan Biles and his luge doubles teammate Alanson Owen from Park City placed eighth overall. “It was pretty spectacular. He is an amazing athlete to watch. We were really happy with where he finished. To see him there competing and with all the USA gear on, it was an amazing experience. I do not know how I could ever repeat that feeling,” Duncan’s father Russell Biles said. Biles left for Lake Placid, NY in mid-October to train for the opportunity to compete in the games. His training included four world cup races. The Junior World Cup opened in Lillehammer in November where Biles and Owen placed 10th overall. They then traveled to Sigulda, Latvia and placed seventh overall. The team’s third stop was Konigssee, Germany, where they did not finish. The final World Cup race was held in Innsbruck, Austria and they finished 12th. The team completed its international competitions Feb.15 in Lillehammer at the Youth Olympic Games. The races were held on the 1994 Olympic track. Biles and Owen started their two timed runs behind the other competitors, but were able to make significant gains at the bottom of the track to finish eighth. They finished just four-tenths of a second behind the Austrian team in seventh place. “We made up a lot of time at the bottom. It felt good and I was happy with the results. It made me feel like I have accomplished something. My friends were all very supportive,” Biles said.

In the team relay the United States finished 10th overall. The relay consists of three runs: a female, male and doubles team. At the end of each run the rider hits a paddle and the gate at the top opens so the next run can begin. The overall time establishes the team’s time. Biles started sledding five years ago. He began as a member of the Wasatch Luge Club. He started with singles and recently switched to doubles. He said he likes working as a team and discussing how they did. During a race the sled can reach speeds of over 70 miles per hour. “I am usually thinking about the next move. Sometimes in the straights I get to relax, but not for long. I really need to concentrate on the turns,” Biles said. He will return to Herriman after the Junior National Finals March 11–12 (after press deadline). This summer he plans to continue racing motorcycles at Utah Motor Sports Park in the MotoAmerica series. Biles is a sophomore at Herriman High School. He was able to complete most of his schooling online during his training. “Sometimes I get homesick. School has been hard. Sometimes the places we are at do not have the best Internet. It makes it hard to do my work online. I really had to commit to do the work,” Biles said. He would like to compete in the Olympic Games. “The ultimate goal is the Olympics, but right now I want to keep progressing and getting faster and faster. I want to start feeling more comfortable on the sled,” Biles said. l


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Duncan Biles and his teammate Alanson Owen make a training run at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Photo courtesy of Russell Biles

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ocky Mountain Care (RMC), the leading transitional rehabilitation community in the western United States, has appointed David N. Sundwall, M.D. as its new chief medical officer (CMO). Sundwall will provide dedicated leadership as the organization moves into its next level of development. He will focus on improving our overall abilities, quality of care, best practices and quality measures. Sundwall is currently a professor of public health at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and has considerable experience in the healthcare field including having served as the executive director of the Utah Department of Health for six years (2005–2011). In this new capacity, he has the responsibility of overseeing 1,000 employees and managing a $2 billion budget. His leadership will be invaluable as RMC continues to position itself as a leader in the industry, offering high-quality programs for all people entrusted to their care. RMC is known for creating an environment that treats patients and family members with kindness, integrity, respect and dignity. As CMO, Sundwall will provide medical oversight and expertise to the RMC’s medical directors and deliver strategic guidance on the implementation of innovative clinical programs to position RMC as a trailblazer in healthcare. His leadership will build on the more than 20

years of individualized care that has earned RMC the reputation of being a trusted member of the communities they serve. Sundwall has considerable experience in health policy and administration at the national level. He lived in the Washington, D.C. area for 24 years, working in both executive and legislative branches of the federal government, as well as in leadership positions in the private sector. Throughout his career, he maintained a medical license and volunteered in public health clinics, providing primary care to medically underserved populations. Sundwall has served on a number of boards and councils throughout his career and is currently on the board of directors for Senior Whole Health (based in Boston, Mass.), the Maliheh Free Clinic, the University of Utah School of Dentistry National Advisory Committee, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Health and Safety Committee, David Eccles School of Business Masters in Health Administration Advisory Council, and the Salt Lake Advisory Board for Zions Bank. He is board certified in internal medicine and family practice, and works as a primary care physician in a Utah public health clinic two half-days each week. In 2014, Sundwall was chosen as Utah Doctor of the Year by the Utah Medical Association, and was honored by a proclamation by Governor Gary R. Herbert at the state capitol.

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e were able to officially welcome BioLife Plasma to Riverton in February. They built a seven million dollar facility in Riverton. They specialize in the collection of high-quality plasma that is processed into life-saving plasma-based therapies. We operate numerous state-of-the-art plasma collection facilities throughout the United States and Austria. BioLife is committed to safety: through superior service we strive to ensure the safety of our donors and the patients who receive life-saving plasma-based therapeutics. BioLife Plasma Services is part of Baxalta Incorporated (NYSE: BXLT). Baxalta Incorporated develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxalta applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide. Back in 2014, first graders from Rose Creek Elementary School donned hats and shovels for the groundbreaking of the new center at Riverton Hospital, which is their next door neighbor. A year and a half later, the same students — who are now second graders — will participate in the center’s ribbon cutting. The purpose of the new Outpatient Services Center is to help Riverton Hospital better meet the needs of the growing community in the southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley. “Throughout the last few years, the cities in our service area have been ranked among the fastest growing cities in the nation,” said Blair Kent, CEO/Administrator, Riverton Hospital. “We’re growing and expanding our services in order to meet the current and future needs of the residents in our community. Our new Outpatient Services Center will allow us to offer the type of care the community expects from us. This new addition will last well into the future as we as a hospital and community continue to grow.” The new, four-story, 120,000-square-foot center will house several additional services at Riverton Hospital, including rheumatology, pulmonology, senior services, ophthalmology, and podiatry. It will also allow current services such as the lab, endoscopy, and physical therapy to expand. With the expansion, Primary Children’s Rehabilitation Center will be moving from its Sandy location to a new, larger space in Riverton Hospital Outpatient Services. New services within Primary Children’s Rehabilitation Center include occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. Another change on the Riverton Hospital campus is the new Radiation Therapy and Infusion Services departments that opened in the Outpatient Services Building inside Riverton Hospital on March 1. They serve as the anchor for expanding Intermountain Healthcare’s cancer program to the Riverton Hospital campus. The departments will have a state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, which will bring leading edge cancer care, providing image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery. “By expanding our cancer services, we’ll be able to participate in all sub-specialized tumor conferences and provide the most technically advanced cancer care available to those patients in the Riverton area,” said Madani Salem, regional director of Radiation Therapy for Intermountain Healthcare.

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iverton Hospital is growing to better meet the health care needs of residents living in the rapidly expanding southwest South Lake Valley. In 2014, first-graders from Rose Creek Elementary School donned hats and shovels for the groundbreaking of the new center at Riverton Hospital, their next-door neighbor. A year and a half later, the same students—who are now second-graders—participated in the center’s ribbon-cutting event on Feb. 24. The new Outpatient Services Center was designed to help Riverton Hospital better meet the needs of the growing communities. “For the past few years, the cities in our area have been ranked among the fastest growing cities in the nation,” Blair Kent, Riverton Hospital’s CEO, said. “We’re growing and expanding our services in order to meet the current and future needs of the residents in our community. Our new Outpatient Services Center will allow us to offer the type of care the community expects from us. This new addition will last well into the future as we, as a hospital, and the community continue to grow.” The new, 4-story, 120,000-square-foot center will house several additional services at Riverton Hospital, including rheumatology, pulmonology, senior services, ophthalmology and podiatry. The center will also allow current services—such as the lab,

endoscopy, and physical therapy—to expand. With the expansion, Primary Children’s Rehabilitation Center will be moving from its Sandy location to a new, larger space at Riverton Hospital. New services within Primary Children’s Rehabilitation Center include occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy. Another change on the Riverton Hospital campus is the new radiation therapy and infusion services departments that will open in the Outpatient Services Building. These departments will serve as the anchor for expanding Intermountain Healthcare’s cancer program to the Riverton Hospital campus. The departments will have a state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, which will bring leading edge cancer care to the area, providing image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery. “By expanding our cancer services, we’ll be able to participate in all sub-specialized tumor conferences and provide the most technically advanced cancer care available to those patients in the Riverton area,” Intermountain Healthcare Regional Director of Radiation Therapy Madani Salem said. Riverton Hospital is located at 3741 West 12600 South in Riverton. Visit its website at riverton-hospital to learn of everything it offers. l

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isneyland: it’s Utah’s favorite theme park. With the exception of California, It’s estimated that more people from Utah visit Disneyland per capita than from any other state, but it’s expensive. Setting the whopping cost of admission aside, it’s not uncommon to see folks spending a king’s fortune on food and merchandise. Disney is a magical place for the kiddos, but the real magic for adults is figuring out how to pay a visit without breaking the bank. It’s been a while since I visited Disneyland, so I turned to some of the frugal moms that write for and travel expert Krista Mayne from Wasatch Travel for some money-saving advice to help you save on your next Disney trip. Here are their tips and tricks for saving money at the most magical place on earth. #1 — Check with a travel agent before booking. When you purchase a package, many airlines offer bulk airfare discounts when combined with either a hotel or car or both. Travel agents have access to these for you. Going off-season and staying in an offproperty resort can yield the highest savings. #2 — Check for group rates. Disney offers various discounts for military members, college students, credit union members, corporate and government groups, teachers and youth groups.

#3 — We find the three-day hopper pass to be the best ticket value, as it allows you one early entrance into one park. This means you can ride some popular rides before the crowds pick up. We suggest spending one full day at Disneyland, one day at Disney’s California Adventure Park and one day going between parks to visit anything you missed or want to see again. You don’t have to use these days consecutively, so add a few beach days in between. #4 — Make use of the hotels shuttle service. Disneyland charges $17 a day to park in one of their parking lots or structures. Multiply that by three and you’ll be spending $51 just to park. Parking for oversized vehicles and vehicles with trailers comes in at $22 to $27 a day. #5 — Buy souvenirs before you go. You’ll save a ton of money by purchasing T-shirts, character pjs, drink cups, etc. before you go to Disneyland. For extra fun, hide your treasures from your kids and sneak them out during the night as a gift from the magical fairies. #6 — While Disney’s  official policy says it does not allow outside food or drinks, Disneyland does allow most food and water or juice items in small, soft-sided coolers. A few things they will not allow are hardsided coolers, glass containers, large coolers

or alcoholic beverages. Fountain drinks and water bottles inside the park are upwards of $3 each, but ice and water are free anywhere that sells food and drinks. Counter meals are considerably less expensive than eating at table service restaurants. Adults may order kid meals at counter restaurants, which are a surprisingly generous amount of food.   #7 — Purchase a Premium Disney Character meal as part of your travel package, which is valid at Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration, Ariel’s Grotto or Goofy’s Kitchen. If you use it for one of the dinners rather than breakfast or lunch, you will save the most money on your meal. #8 — If you are a Chase Disney or Star Wars Visa or debit cardholder, you will get extra perks, such as 10 percent off select food purchases in the parks. Chase Disney debit cardholders can meet at a secret place for special alone time with Disney characters. For information visit vacation-perks. #9 — Use coupons. You can save on local restaurants and shops by couponing. Purchase a membership to the Orange County Entertainment Book to use on your vacation. Visit http://www.coupons4utah. com/ for details. Also, check your hotel for local coupons, which are

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Now, your fridge has all kinds of power. It notices you’re out of milk and alerts a farmhand in Nebraska who gets jolted out of bed with an electric shock so he can milk a cow and send a drone to drop a gallon of milk on your porch. Your toilet can analyze urine and tell the fridge to add minerals (or rat poison) to your drinking water. The next step will be a toilet that realizes you’re pregnant and immediately posts your happy news to social media sites. There are security cameras you can access through your phone to spy on your kids, spouse, pets and neighbors. At what point do these “conveniences” become intrusive? Will toothbrushes sneak a DNA sample and send it to the FBI? Can hit men track you through your cell phone with voice-recognition apps? Could your phone run your fingerprints when you pick it up? Conspiracy theorists’ heads will explode with all the frightening possibilities. And if you think dealing with moody humans is bad, try putting up with passive-aggressive appliances. You’ll hurt your toaster’s feelings when it overhears you



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