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BOXING IS CHANGING THE LIVES OF PARKINSON’S PATIENTS By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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of the basics of our patients; it helps with their rigidity. They will do floor exercises all modified to ability. They use heavy bags with combination punches. They also do circuit training.” Neurologists have been referring patients to boxing programs as soon as possible. Many patients have seen improvement from building strength. Patients range from ages 31 to 87. Many were forced to retire or change profession after diagnosis. Bickley has seen participants

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n the last year, more than 30 Parkinson’s disease patients have trained a few times a week with head trainer Sherri Bickley. Although not a cure, she said the non-contact boxing has had benefits. Rock Steady Boxing-Wasatch Front trainees have seen improvement in their symptoms. “I am a medical social worker and have been involved with quality care and hospice for almost 20 years,” Bickley said. “I have boxed for seven years for fun and fitness. One day I saw an elderly man working in the ring, and I saw that he had Parkinson’s. The chance to put medical social work together with boxing was intriguing to me. I googled Parkinson’s and boxing, and up popped Rock Steady in Indianapolis. I trained to be a coach and opened as an affiliate here in Utah.” Rock Steady is a national nonprofit organization. Nearly 60,000 people are diagnosed with the disease annually. Rock Steady has 511 programs around the world, and more than 25,000 people are currently training in the program. “Utah has almost double the national prevalence of Parkinson’s,” Bickley said. “We opened in August of 2016 with three boxers. One came in with a cane that day, and now she can almost do more burpees (a full body exercise involving a squat, push up and jump) than I can. Today, we have over 90 participants.” The boxing training works with balance, hand-eye-coordination, strength, agility, endurance, function and much more. They use stretching and warm up exercises, punching bags and training equipment. The national Rock Steady program offers ongoing training for its coaches, including tips, new exercises and help with symptoms and keeping its boxers safe. “The coaches trade information and work with specialists in Parkinson’s,” Bickley said. “They have helped with medical questions. When we are together, we start with stretching. That is one

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or two nights in January, the 27 talented members of the audition-only Musical Dance Theater Class at Riverton High School dazzled audiences with scenes from hit musicals like “Wicked,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Little Woman” and even “High School Musical.”

The show, students said, made musicals “cool.” The Broadway Revue titled “You Will Be Found” exhibited students’ proficiency in voice, dance and drama skills. “It really does showcase all the talent in the class because this class has so much talent,” said senior Tanner Sumens. Dance theater teacher Clin Eaton said there were no “leads” in the show. Every student had opportunities to shine through solos, duos, trios and group numbers. “We’ve just spread the wealth to give lots of kids the opportunity,” said Eaton. Sumens said the revue challenged actors to portray a range of different moods through widely varying scenes, all within the span of a two-hour performance. He tapped into various aspects of his personality to portray a flamboyant trendsetter in “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and then a passive Russian in a scene from “Chess.” Noah Hilker said the song “You Will Be Found” from “Dear Evan Hansen” was a good fit for his voice and range. But the character, a teen with social anxiety disorder, was a very different personality. “It’s fun to play that role even if it’s just for a song,” said Hilker, who said it is easier to play a character that is completely opposite of your personality. Gavin Curtis was excited to be in the scene from, “Dear Evan Hansen,” a show that is fairly new to the stage. “It clicks really well with teenagers in high school that are dealing with anxiety,” Curtis said. He said Eaton encourages this kind of connection between performers and audience. Kaitlyn Schreiner said the audience responded well to “Another Day of Sun” from “La La Land.” “I think that’s just a happy song, and a lot of people can connect with it, so I think it brings us close with our audience,” she said. She believes actors can connect with audi-

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Students say the Broadway Revue is their favorite part of their Musical Dance Theater Class. (Chelsea Ottley/Riverton High School)

ences to transport them to another world through the magic of theater. “This class has taught me how to create the magic for the audience so they are taken out of their busy, crazy daily lives that are just full of heartache, and they can come to a world of farce and comedy and anger and heartbreak,” said Schreiner. “Theater is magic.” The magic takes work, said Mariah White, a junior, who has worked hard in the class to expand her singing and acting skills. “What I learned from these songs is to use more emotions and use different tactics to convey it to the audience,” White said. She experimented with body posture and facial expressions to bring heartache to her character in a poignant scene from “A Chorus Line.” McKinley Gunther loves the emotions she expresses through musical theater, something she felt she couldn’t do just in a choir class. “I want to give people something to feel powerful emotions,” she said. “I’m sharing my emotions, and hopefully I’m spurring some good emotions in others.” Gunther used her powerful voice, full of emo-

tion, to stir audience during her solos of “The Sun is Gonna Shine” from “Bright Star” and “Woman” from “The Pirate Queen.” Because of Eaton’s personal connections, students had the opportunity to work with professional choreographers and directors for the production. Kelly DeHaan, award-winning music director at West Jordan High, provided live piano accompaniment for all 25 numbers of the show, including a song from “October Sky,” which he also sang. Eaton said it is a huge privilege for students to work with DeHaan, who works with such prestigious theaters as Tuacahn and Hale Theater. Eaton also invited BYU choreographer Kori Wakamatsu to work with the students for one number. “It’s such a big deal for these high school students to work with a very preeminent choreographer,” said Eaton. “And she does not dumb it down. She pushes them, and they do challenging stuff.” Students prepared for the show for six months. Hilker said the musical dance theater class is rigorous and demands a lot of time, but they all have a great time performing together. l

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Traditional valentines exchanged for compliments By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Students are excited to compliment each other each morning. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

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n Valentine’s Day, Foothills Elementary fifth-graders won’t be handing out storebought Valentine cards and baggies of treats. They will be giving a sweeter gift to their classmates: a compliment. For their alternative Valentine exchange, fifth-grade teachers (Sarah Johnson, Lyncece Rowntree, Amee Kovacs and Dawn Opie) asked their students to write nice things about each of their classmates. The compliments are then turned into a keepsake. “Every student gets a piece of art that says 25-26 kind things about them or to them,” said Opie. The teachers emphasize the idea of feeling good about yourself and being kind to others. The idea was inspired by the book “Have you Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. The book teaches that everyone has an emotional bucket that needs to be filled with kind words and kind acts to help them feel whole and happy. Students also listen to “Firework” by Katy Perry and “Who Says” by Selena Gomez during the week leading up to Feb. 14 as they think about what compliments they will write to each other. Once students receive all their compliments, they glue them onto a picture of a bucket to show how their emotional bucket has been filled by their peers. “It’s fun to watch them read the sentence and place them in the buckets for all to read,” said Opie. “We just hope to spread real kindness.” Opie said there used to be problems at the school on Valentines Day. Students went overboard with gifts as they tried to out-do each other, lavishing special gifts on select friends. One boy gave jewelry, flowers and money to the girl he liked. This left another girl in tears because she liked the boy, but he didn’t give her anything. “We decided it was time to teach these kiddos authentic kindness and forget about ‘love’ in fifth grade,” said Opie. “We all figure these kids have a long time to worry about relationships and hearts being broken. Being kind to everyone every day is a far better quality to have than worrying about boyfriends and girlfriends.”

The power of compliments is something Michelle Petrulsky uses in her classroom every day of the year. Her fifth-grade class at Hawthorne Academy in West Jordan begins each day with a class meeting where they take a few minutes to compliment every single student. One student is in charge of conducting the meeting and asks, “Who wants to give [names a particular student] a compliment?” Most of the students raise their hands, and then the person singled out chooses one of students who rose his or her hand to give a compliment to him or her. Students praise each other’s choices, behaviors, personalities, skills, talents and physical traits. The recipient responds with a “thank you,” and then another child’s name is called, and another compliment is given until every student in the classroom has received one. Petrulsky said this practice makes a tremendous difference in her classroom from the very beginning of the school year. “Within the first two weeks, I have the most well-behaved students with really good attitudes who are very positive about learning,” she said. The class becomes a team that supports and encourages each other. Petrulsky has seen shy students who struggled to participate in the exercise gain courage. She said all students thrive in the accepting environment. “They’re not afraid to raise their hand or take a risk or ask a question,” she said. “Even children that have come from other schools, who maybe had difficulties before, just turn right around.” The support kids feel from their peers affects their learning. Petrulsky said her students know they are liked and aren’t going to be judged, and that makes a difference. “Its’ amazing how feeling like you’re a part of something and everybody cares for you brings out that drive to do their best,” she said. The compliments don’t stop once the morning meeting is over. Students support and cheer each other on throughout the day, from getting through challenging assignments to playing games at recess. l

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Q&A with the governor By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Gov. Gary Herbert answered students’ questions about over-crowded schools, legalization of medical marijuana and land preservation. (Scott Iddings/Jordan School District)

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ome 14-year-olds in Riverton had concerns about the development of the farmland located across the street from their school, so they asked the governor about it. Gov. Gary Herbert met with AP human geography students at South Hills Middle School for a question-and-answer session on Jan. 3. “It makes a teacher proud to see students have a proper conversation with the governor,” said AP human geography teacher Joseph Cochran. “I didn’t vet the questions at all. I wanted it to be a personal interaction for them, not a rehearsed interaction.” About 20 students asked their question directly to the governor. The question about space preservation and what is being done to protect farming lands came from a farming boy. Cochran said when the land development was announced, there was mixed reaction from his students. “Half of them were thrilled they were getting a mall, and the other half were recognizing they were losing a big part of their community,” he said. Herbert addressed the issue of space preservation, explaining Utah’s unique situation of having a large percentage of public open space. He said he strives to implement policies based on what is important to the people of Utah. He said that residents participated in an extensive survey a few years ago to share their opinions on some of the same issues students were asking about— overcrowded schools, public transportation and land management. Ninth-grader Samantha Crapo said the Q&A with the governor was a good opportunity to ask specific questions about things that affect students’ lives. “It was really interesting hearing about things that go on in our state,” she said. When a student asked what Utahns need to improve, the governor answered that being kind to one another should be a priority. He also emphasized the importance of education, telling students it is the door to opportunities. He believes because

of the many opportunities for students in Utah, they can become anything they want to be. The governor also took some time to share details of his personal journey of how he got to where he is today. “It made me realize that he was just like us, and now he’s doing great things,” said Samantha. “We have opportunities to do great things.” Cochran’s college level human geography class motivates students to believe they can make a difference in their world, locally and globally. They discuss topics such as religion, culture and demographics. “These kids don’t just understand the world at a minor level, but they get a lot of deeper concepts,” said Cochran. “Some of the questions about urban development they asked—you don’t expect a 14-year-old to ask about that.” Students learn about things they wish they could change or about things they’d like to see implemented in their community, said Cochran. “It’s really fascinating for these kids because they learn about it and then they get excited about it,” said Cochran. “It tends to create some passion in them.” Through their discussions and study this year, students have developed an interest in helping refugees. Cochran invited a guest speaker to address what is being done locally to help them, and he is also planning a class field trip to tour the LDS Humanitarian Center. Students find ways to take action with the knowledge they gain. Because the AP test takes place well before the last day of school, the class has a few extra weeks which they use to make a difference in the world that they have been learning about. Last year, students used the last three weeks of class to make blankets and tie dye T-shirts to donate to those in need. They also created cards to cheer up patients at Primary Children’s Medical Center. Cochran said it is a good exercise for teens to look outside themselves and give back to their community. l

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Entering a new era: Herriman swears in three elected officials By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

Councilman Clint Smith (left), Mayor David Watts and Councilwoman Sherrie Ohrn take the oath of office in the city council chambers. (Destiny Skinner/Herriman City)

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new era has begun in Herriman. Of the five elected officials in the city (mayor and four councilmembers), three of those positions saw new faces sworn into office Jan. 3. New Mayor David Watts replaces the outgoing Carmen Freeman, who chose not to run again, while Councilman Clint Smith takes over

in District 2 and Sherrie Ohrn in District 3, respectively. For a process that starts with filing for the election in June and to finally culminate in January, all three elected officials are rearing to begin. “I’m crazy excited to get to work with the rest of the council,” Watts said shortly after be-

ing sworn in. “I’m happy that we have a team that I think everyone’s looking at what’s the best for our city, and everybody’s ready and willing to work together to have positive changes for the city and residents.” “It’s time to get to work,” Smith said. Each elected official spoke about the need

for residents to get involved and share feedback. “I hope and plead with the residents to reach out,” Ohrn told the audience in attendance at the swearing in. “It’s hard to represent people when you don’t receive feedback from them and understand how they’re feeling. I can represent you only if you let me know how you feel.” It’s what Watts is most eager to get started on saying he wants to know “where (the residents) want to see our city head.” “All of us would really like to have the residents be an integral part of the process so that they know that we care and that they feel that we care and want to make sure we’re doing what’s best for them,” he said. Smith, who spent the past seven years on the planning commission, said the No. 1 issue facing the city is rapid growth from high-density housing and attracting commercial developments to maintaining Herriman’s identity. “It’s all about building a sustainable community in a community that we are all proud to raise our family in,” he said. There’s a lot of change facing the city right now, Smith said. “It’s incumbent upon us to try and pick the best direction for our city,” he said. “I think we’re all eager to start figuring what that is together.” Smith will represent District 2, which encompasses the central part of the city, while Ohrn’s District 3 is the western-most section of the city. l

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Unified Fire increases taxes by 9.56 percent By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

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he Unified Fire Service Area’s 2018 budget includes a 9.56 percent tax increase, unanimously approved by the last Dec. 19. The increased money will ensure that the UFSA can maintain its current AA2 bond rating without slashing fire department services. According to UFSA District Administrator Ifo Pili, the UFSA—a taxing organization whose entire purpose is to collect funds for the Unified Fire Authority—has danced around a tax increase for the past eight years. During that time, the UFA’s service costs have gone up by around 12– 15 percent, even without factoring in inflation. “We haven’t raised taxes in eight years, despite the fact that the annual costs have gone up 2 to 3 percent annually over those eight years,” Pili told the Riverton City Council last November. “We were able to avoid it thanks to the healthy fund balance that we’ve carried.” Even though UFA services cost more than what the UFSA was bringing in, there was enough money in the stored fund balance to fill in the gap. But according to Pili, digging into the fund balance to compensate for the lack of revenue just isn’t sustainable any more. The UFSA board has committed to maintain a 15 percent minimum reserve of stored funds. It dipped below that amount in 2017, and, without a tax increase, it will sink even further in the coming years and risks losing its current AA2 bond rating. “We’re pretty happy with our current bond rating,” said Pili. “If it decreases, we risk costing the taxpayers a lot of money—even more money than will be paid with the tax increase.” “If that bond rating goes down, first of all, it becomes more difficult to sit there and seek financing, but second of all, if you do get that financing, it’s going to come at a higher rate. It’s just like your FICO score,” said Councilman

Sheldon Stewart, who represents Riverton on the UFSA board. “I deal with banking every day, and I deal with people that have impaired credit. It’s my primary source of business, and they pay a much higher interest rate. They almost pay double.” One way or another, the UFSA must meet its 15 percent minimum reserve, and if they didn’t increase taxes, they would have to cut services. Since 80 percent of the UFA’s funding goes toward paying personnel, almost all cost reduction would have to be done by laying off staff. The UFA isn’t a big bloated organization; it’s about getting out the door and providing rescue and fire services to those who need them. “Over this last year, we have really streamlined the administration and pushed a lot of money back into service delivery, where it really matters,” said UFA Assistant Chief Jay Ziolkowksi. “A lot of that funding came by eliminating the upper echelon of the UFA. We want to provide the best service possible, at the lowest cost possible.” The tax increase is just enough to get the UFSA’s fund balance back to where it needs to be in 2018. “We’re not trying to create a windfall; we’re not trying to stockpile,” Pili said. “We’re just trying to get back to that 15 percent minimum reserve.” “If someone’s going to vote me out because I made a tax increase for the right reason, I’m glad I got voted out,” said Councilman Sheldon Stewart. “I’m going to do the right thing, and the right thing is to make sure we maintain that fund balance. You’ve got to make a decision. You can’t operate without a tax increase. It just doesn’t work. That’s not the way this society works.” l

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iverton officially welcomed in new Mayor Trent Staggs and Councilmembers Tish Buroker and Tawnee McCay in an oath of office ceremony on Jan. 2. The oath of office ceremony took place at the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center, and in addition to celebrating the swearing in of the new mayor and council members, it provided an opportunity for all the other elected officials to reaffirm their commitment to support, obey and defend the Constitution of the state of Utah and discharge with fidelity the duties of mayor and city council. The night’s events included performances from the Riverton High School madrigals and the UPD Color Guard, as well as speeches from each of the newly elected officials, in which officials gave thanks and refreshed campaign promises. “Participation from all of us is what truly turns a city into a community, and I believe it is only through a highly involved citizenry that a community can truly prosper,” said freshly sworn in Mayor Trent Staggs. “So I ask you all to please participate. Get engaged. Do not just seek for the city to provide you with city services. Rather, help create and foster a community by your participation and service.” Riverton also said farewell to longtime mayor Bill Applegarth and Councilmember Paul Wayman at a council meeting last Dec. 19. “I really don’t think that words can fully describe the value of service that elected officials give to their communities, generally speaking,”

said City Attorney and interim City Manager Ryan Carter. “When I think of Councilmember Wayman, and when I think of Mayor Applegarth, I think that it is even more true to recognize that words cannot fully express all of the sincere effort they’ve put into their positions here at Riverton City.” Since symbolic gifts can sometimes say what words alone can’t, Carter, on behalf of the rest of the city council and staff, presented both Applegarth and Wayman with retired American flags that had flown outside City Hall during their years in office. “They [the flags] also have served our community, much like our elected officials have,” said Carter. Numerous residents in attendance also stepped up to the podium to give their appreciation and fond farewells to Wayman and Applegarth, respectively, thanking them for their time and their commitment to the city. Applegarth has served as Riverton’s mayor for the past 12 years and served on the city council for four years before that. Wayman has represented Riverton’s District 3 for the last four years. “I really appreciated working at this city, with the staff,” Wayman said. “I never probably expressed gratitude as much as I should have, but they’re very astute and always after the best for the Riverton citizens. It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to work with all the rest of the city council, the mayor and the staff. It’s been a pleasure. Thank you.” l

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an. 22 marked the beginning of Riverton High School’s annual Hope Week, a time dedicated to recognizing the devastating impact of suicide and bringing more attention to ways communities can work together to prevent it. At the front line of this effort is the Riverton High School Hope Squad, a peer-based support program that works in conjunction with the statewide nonprofit organization Hope4Utah to prevent student suicide. Hope Squad members are trained to recognize when their peers are at risk for suicide and to encourage them to seek help from a trusted adult. “In the years 2000 to 2006, at Riverton there was a really high rate of suicide, so the Hope Squad was formed,” student Hope Squad member Mackenzie said in a presentation to the Riverton City Council on Jan. 9. “We talk to other students and watch out for each other, and we report students that we’re concerned about.” Hope Squad members are elected by their peers and trained in the three-step QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) method of suicide prevention. The QPR process encourages “gatekeepers” such as teachers, coaches and, in this case, high school peers, to identify people who are at risk of suicide, persuade them to accept help and refer them to appropriate resources to keep them safe. Linda Tranter, director of the Riverton High School Hope Squad, is proud of the work her students do. “We have very alert, aware students, and they are looking out for each other,” she said. The year 2016 was a rough one for Riverton High School, with 12 attempted suicides and 59 further reports of at-risk individuals. There was improvement in 2017, with eight attempts and 15 reports of at-risk students.

By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com “Of course, we never like hearing about these attempts or these reports, but we’re looking forward to the future, and we’re happy that this year is going better,” said student representative Sam. “Our students have been right on top of things,” said Tranter. “All the reports, there’ve been a couple from parents, but we’ve had three or four directly from our students, who have just acted really quickly. We had a girl who was putting some stuff on social media, and one of our students called 911, met the paramedics at her house and got her help right then. I think it saved her life.” In addition to looking out for their peers, over the last year Riverton High School Hope Squad members sponsored their school football and lacrosse games, volunteered at the Holiday Heroes 5K run and sold Christmas ornaments at the school’s annual Silver Rush winter charity drive. To thank the Riverton City Council’s support over the years, Tranter gave goody bags to each of the council members, which included the tree ornaments the group sold at Silver Rush, hotoff-the-press Hope Squad buttons that had been printed earlier that day, bracelets and decorative puzzle pieces. “You have been such a strong piece of our puzzle,” Tranter told the council members. “We appreciate every one of you so much for supporting us so well.” Residents have a chance to show their support, as well. The Hope Squad invites everybody to participate in the Hope Walk Saturday, Jan. 27. The walk begins at 9 a.m. in front of Riverton High School and ends at the Riverton Spirit corner, at the intersection of 12600 South and Redwood Road. Complimentary doughnuts and hot chocolate will be provided. l

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ragedy recently struck a Kearns family when a young wife and mother was hit and killed by a Granite School District bus as she attempted to cross the street in West Valley City on Jan. 11. In December, another family lost their mother as she crossed the street to attend the Festival of Trees in Sandy. A 53-year-old man was hit and killed while attempting to catch up with a bus in Taylorsville and a 19-year-old man had his life cut short in November when an alleged drunk driver hit him as he walked to McDonalds near his home. These are only a fraction of the stories of devastation that auto-pedestrian accidents can have on families and the community. But the Utah Department of Transportation and Zero Fatalities, a state run program that focuses on eliminating fatalities on Utah roadways, is finding ways to help prevent future tragedies from happening. Historically, December is the second deadliest month for pedestrian deaths in Utah. Together, UDOT and Zero Fatalities decided to start a campaign that would help people pay more attention when they are walking. The installation of outdoor advertisements is all part of the “Heads Up” pedestrian safety campaign being done at select locations around the state of Utah. The goal is to remind people to stay alert when walking. Twenty sidewalk clings were placed from Ogden to Provo along with retro-reflective advertisements at 50 bus shelters throughout Salt Lake City. UDOT selected intersections with high pedestrian traffic and crashes. “Unfortunately, we see far too many pedestrian deaths, especially this time of year,” said UDOT Traffic and Safety Director Robert Miles. “We hope these messages will remind Utahns to be more aware and more careful when walking close to traffic.” There are two different sidewalk clings. One reads, “The driver didn’t see the pedestrian. The pedestrian didn’t see the driver. Watch for cars, they might not see you.” The second cling reads, “Your life is in danger. Watch for cars, they might not see you.” “Pedestrian deaths are 100 percent preventable,” Miles said. “But to prevent pedestrian fatalities, drivers and pedestrians must work together.” Pedestrian fatalities are increasing at an alarming rate in Utah and across the nation. In 2017, 43 pedestrians have been killed on Utah roads, already surpassing the total number of pedestrian deaths in 2016. In 2016, 1,006 pedestrians were struck by motor vehicles; 898 were injured and 39 were killed. Pedestrians accounted for 1 percent of individuals in crash-

Sidewalk tags to remind people to pay attention. (Photo/UDOT)

es and 14 percent of deaths. The 49 pedestrian deaths in 2015 were the highest in Utah since 1987. Statistics show 58 percent of drivers in pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes were under 40 years. Leading Contributing Factors of Drivers in Pedestrian Crashes : 1. Failed to Yield Right of Way (36 percent) 2. Hit and Run (11 percent) 3. Driver Distraction (8 percent) 4. Improper Backing (4 percent) 5. Speed Too Fast (4 percent) Of the pedestrians in crashes, 51 percent were under 25 years of age. Leading Contributing Factors of Pedestrians in Crashes: 1. Improper Crossing (12 percent) 2. Darting (9 percent) 3. Not Visible (6 percent) Fifty-five percent of pedestrians had no contributing factor in the crash. Nearly one-third (32 percent) of drivers who hit pedestrians were turning. Drivers need to watch for pedestrians before turning. In Utah, historical crash data shows pe-

destrian fatalities increase during the fall and winter months. December is the second deadliest month, second to October, for pedestrian fatalities. Zero Fatalities offers these simple tips to preventing an auto-pedestrian crash: •Drivers need to remember to always be on the lookout for pedestrians, always yield right of way to pedestrians and never speed, drive while distracted, drowsy or impaired in anyway. •Pedestrians need to remember to never assume the right of way and stay alert, cross at designated crosswalks and adhere to traffic signs and signals, be visible by wearing reflective materials when possible and when doing everything right, still assume drivers can’t see you. Sidewalk signs were placed in various locations throughout Clearfield, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Kaysville, Layton, Lehi, Midvale, Ogden, Orem, Provo, Salt Lake City, South Jordan and West Valley. Bus shelter location signs were placed around West Valley City, Taylorsville, Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Murray, Midvale, Provo, Sunset, Roy and South Ogden. l

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Herriman resident works to help women rebuild their lives

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By Jennifer Gardiner| j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com

fter 24 years of living in marriage filled with verbal, mental and emotional abuse, Judee Guay found herself dreaming about the life she always wanted and what it would take to get there. Guay recognized that her current life tore her down. She fought with herself over the belief that she didn’t deserve better. Combined with her ongoing health issues that confined her to a wheelchair, she lost hope. Guay knew that if she wanted to get the life she dreamed, she would have to pick herself up, regain her health and learn to love herself. Over the next couple of years she lost 100 pounds and became healthy through holistic means. It was then Guay met and married her best friend and the man of her dreams who supports her goals and aspirations. Recalling those dark days are what now drives Guay’s passion to make a difference for other women. As an entrepreneur and speaker, Guay started coaching other women so they too can have the life they want. She helps them to rebuild their belief that they are worthy and capable through the use of tools that give women a clarity in certain areas of their lives. She teaches them to break the negative chatter in their minds, affirm their goals through finding positive beliefs as well as understanding who they were truly created to be. Guay started her own non-profit, WoW Utah, Inc., which stands for Women of Worth. She helps women enroll in her year-long training program to find their voice and rebuild their lives. In 2012, WoW graduated their first 12 Women of Worth. WoW Utah provides life skills that helps empower women who have left abusive relationships or polygamy and who have had

Graduates of 2017 Women of Worth pose for a photo during the annual fundraiser and gala. Judee Guay is in the back row center. (Photo/Judee Guay)

debilitating life experiences, such as addiction or illness. They are put through a journey of continued personal self-development. Women in the program receive a two-day soul revitalizing retreat with empowerment speakers, ongoing coaching and mentoring to facilitate lasting change and training on topics such as goal setting, health and nutrition, body language, interviewing skills, positive body image, and other resources for self-esteem building. Throughout the program they continually receive the support they need to facilitate change.

The women are then pampered with a new wardrobe and special treatment as they prepare for the end of the year gala that is a celebration of achievement for their transformation. The WoW Utah program has now seen more than 50 women graduate. Many have gone on to pursue higher education. They have become nurses, therapists, published writers, and many have found new healthy relationships. Several graduates transition into a second-year program as volunteers and mentors, where they serve other women trying to find their path. Some have become directors and serve on the board for the organization. This allows them to remain a part of the WoW family and to continue to develop by attending and being part of the calls and trainings throughout the year. Guay says her vision of WoW Utah is to have a chapter in every state throughout the country. She hopes that one day due to WoW and other collaborative entities, women will have a voice, will believe that they are good enough and this will break the cycle of abuse. WoW Utah will be hosting three fundraisers in 2018. The program is free for the women so the organization relies on fundraising and donations. Monte Carlo Night will be held Feb. 24; a car show is scheduled for Aug. 24; and the annual gala is in November. All events are intended to involve the community and raise funds and awareness to the purpose of WoW. For more information about any of the events or to donate, you can visit their website at www.wowutah. org. Volunteer and mentor applications are also being accepted. Nominations for Women of Worth 2019 will be opening in July 2018. To be on a waiting list, please email judee@wowutah.org. l 12590 South 2200 West Riverton, Utah 84605

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New year, new Riverton City Council meetings By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

Newly elected officials Councilwoman Tawnee McCay, Mayor Trent Staggs and Councilwoman Tish Buroker are bringing new ideas to Riverton City Council meetings. (Riverton City Communications)

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iverton City Council meetings are going to look a little different in 2018. Council meetings, which are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, will now be preceded by an hourlong work session beginning at 5:30 p.m. Staff and elected official reports, which used to take place at the end of regular council meetings, have been shifted to these work meetings. The public is welcome to attend. “Work sessions will be more informal, focusing on dialogue between elected officials and staff,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. “The city council meeting will continue to have public comments along with any scheduled public hearings and other discussion/action items for the council.” The work sessions take place on the upper floor of City Hall, just across from the council room. The room is much smaller than the customary council meeting room; it’s primarily taken up by a large table, with the mayor, council members and staff clustered around in rolling office chairs—but it still has some space in the back for the public to sit and watch. It’s a more intimate setting. Attendees can look forward to seeing more girls leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each council meeting this year. Kathy Tran, treasurer for the Riverton City Youth Council, led the pledge at the first council meeting of 2018, on Jan 9. Traditionally, the council has had visiting Boy Scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance, but Councilwoman Tish Buroker noted that there are plenty of civically engaged girls who would also appreciate the opportunity to show their patriotism. Last year, Riverton officials took steps to increase their social media presence. Notably,

the council room has been outfitted with all the cameras and trappings necessary to stream city council meetings live to Facebook—even if you can’t make it to City Hall, you can still watch the meeting. Those who may be a little less tech-savvy don’t always know their way around Facebook pages and livestreams. “I talked to a lot of the senior citizens. Most of us have computers, but we don’t like them,” Riverton resident Charles R. Iverson told the city council during a public comment period. “We don’t use them. I’d like to see if we cannot get the newsletter back in our bill, so that we know what’s going on.” By and large, the council members seem sympathetic to concerns like this, so 2018 could possibly herald the return of the city newsletter. Also new this year is the Mayor’s Minute, a short weekly video from Staggs, presenting what’s happening in the community and in city government. “I want to really create and foster a highly engaged community, and I believe that video segments like this will help accomplish that,” said Staggs in the first-ever Mayor’s Minute video, accessible from the Riverton City Facebook page. “The idea behind it is to kind of share with you what’s going on in your city government, certain events, things you might be able to participate in. And I truly believe that participation is what turns a city into a community.” And there’s no shortage of things for Riverton residents to participate in. Earlier in January, the city council sent out a free calendar to all residents, with city events and community activities marked out each day. Each month is chock full of community activities—most months, there are more days with activities than without—so there’s plenty to come and do. l

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Wrestlers grapple to own the belt for a year By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he battle of the belt pits Herriman and Riverton varsity wrestlers in a battle of hardware. The team that wins keeps the belt until next season and can say it beat its rivals. The belt signifies a past championship and a possible future win. “It is fun to wrestle against Riverton,” firstyear Herriman head coach Pat Garcia said. “It is good to have something to fight for. It makes it fun. We have some good wrestlers like River Wardle, a freshman, and Gage Ogden. We have a group of seven to nine kids that make our lineup pretty good. Logan (Jensen) has been hurt and is the main leader on this team.” As the match began, the Mustangs entered their home gym and circled the mat. The Imagine Dragons song “Believer” blurred in the background, and the grapplers grouped together for a final cheer before the pre-match festivities. The belt is carried high for everyone to see, clarifying who last year’s champion was. “It is exciting to go against these guys,” Herriman junior Logan Jensen said. “It has always been my favorite dual [match] by far.” Junior Blake Lind began the night with a close decision over Riverton’s Andrew Neddo. Riverton forged back into the lead when Joseph Lopez pinned Hayden Lindquist, but the Mustangs tightened their hold and came away with a 59-15 victory.

Riverton wrestler Joseph Lopez pins Herriman’s Hayden Lindquist in the battle of the belt. (Greg James/City Journals)

“The kids really get up for it, and at the end of the day, our team gets to keep the belt for another year—some bragging rights we get to keep,” Garcia said. “Even though they battle on the mat, these kids are friends. They hang out together and work out in the offseason.” As the high school state wrestling tournament approaches, Garcia has four areas he

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matically earn my respect. It is challenging and they show up early every day and stay after school.” Mustang senior Logan Jensen has signed a letter of intent to continue wrestling and join his brother Jaron at the University of Wyoming. “They gave me a great offer that I could not refuse,” he said. “My brother is there, it is a good program and they have good things going. I know conditioning is going to be important. I have not wrestled in a while because I have been hurt. The end of this season is important to me.” Jaron Jensen is a red shirt freshman at Wyoming. Wyoming head coach Mark Branch said it was a priority to reunite the two brothers. “They have been successful at a national level,” Branch said. “A large part of their success is due to them training side by side.” The Mustang and Silverwolves programs have seen growth the past few seasons. “The biggest thing that keeps this program going is our club and feeder programs,” Garcia said. “Our little guys are the key to keeping things together.” Garcia oversees the Herriman program, while Riverton assistant coach Dwayne Henry is in charge of the Tactic3 program that serves mostly Riverton students. l


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New coach at Herriman believes team can win

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he Herriman Mustangs girls basketball team lost its first game this season, but its new coach and all of its players have rallied together to bounce back and garner a successful preseason. “I feel good about our team,” Mustangs new head coach Tim Turpin said. “They are coming along real good. I think we are starting to gel; they are coming right along. They have worked to run our stuff. We really need to sure up a few things. The main thing is getting these kids to believe that they can win. I want them to say ‘Hey, we can do it,’ and they will.” After its first game, a 65-52 loss to Bingham, the Mustangs won 11 of their next 12 games. The streak includes a 63-50 victory over Lone Peak and 51-20 victory over Hunter. “I think I can say all I want about how to be successful; they need to know they can actually do it,” Turpin said. “We got some big wins that helped the girls see that we belong. Beating Highland on their court really gives us some momentum.” Against Highland on Dec. 21, the Mustangs led after the first quarter by one. They then held the Rams to just three points in the second quarter and pulled out to a nine-point lead. The Rams attempted to mount a comeback, but the Mustangs matched them point for point for a 53-48 victory.

The Mustangs girls basketball team gathers around its new coach, Tim Turpin. (Greg James/City Journals)

To attain the goals of the team, Turpin said there’s a rough road in front of them in Region 3. “Our region is tough; I think this year will be difficult,” he said. “We need to trust the process and run the stuff we have. Milee (Enger) is a great player, but the teams will be keying on her. We have tough teams in our region.”

Enger signed a letter of intent before the season began to attend Sacramento State University. She is averaging 14.5 points per game, but she is not the team’s only offensive weapon. Junior Jalyn Vandyke is averaging 12.9 points per game. Van dyke and Enger’s sisters Ainzlee and Jayda, along with Hayley Stilson and Payton Nelson, each have banked in about

four points per game. A balanced attack will be beneficial to overcome their opponents attempt to stop Milee. “Milee is great she is tenacious on the court,” Turpin said. “The first time I saw her I thought ‘that is my great kid.’ She is so skinny and small, but she is tough. The rest of the team sees how she does. She is a great kid. Ainz(lee) is a great player too.” Turpin left Juan Diego after winning a state championship last season. He inherits a team that has not played in the state tournament since 2013. “It was tough to leave Juan Diego after winning last year, but these are really great kids,” he said. “They do whatever I ask. We care about each other.” The Mustangs face Copper Hills, Riverton, Taylorsville and West Jordan in region play. “We started out really slow, but it is good to see that everything we are practicing is coming through,” Milee Enger said. “I think I need to be more positive. I need to hold myself to that high level. It is fun to have my sister on the team. I know she can be better, and being my senior season, it is fun to have her here.” The 6A girls state basketball tournament is scheduled for Feb. 20–24 at Salt Lake Community College. l

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Ten Herriman runners compete at nationals By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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erriman’s Kenny Briggs finished 11th overall in the 8U division at the Junior Olympic Nationals held recently in Tallahassee, Florida,

leading a contingent of 31 runners from Utah’s Race Cats Track Club. The 8U team finished ninth. Isaac Allen, Luke Briggs, Breelyssa Leeper,

Beckley Brown, the 7-year-old son of Race Cats Director Caisa Brown, runs in a race this past fall. (Photo/Caisa Brown)

Preston Marketts, Adam Moody, Christian Pettit, Gavin Pettit, Brooklyn Tarr and Caleb Tarr also represented Herriman at the event. “Our cheer this past year was, ‘Always give your best. The rest is just the rest,’” Herriman/ Daybreak Race Cats Director Caisa Brown said. “We had about 120 runners that heard that cheer a lot, and I think believed it.” Other area runners that competed at Nationals were Abbi Anderson, Drew Croshaw, John Croshaw, Anna Dorny, Logan Dorny, Matt Dorny, Sharva Harkenar, Asher Hartey, Avery Hartey, Brady Houghton, Pyper Houghton, Cole Jameson, Porter Jensen, Audrey Johanson, Ali Kennard, Bre Kennard, Grayson Milne, Anna Nelson, Sean Seely, Samantha Tenzer and McKay Wells. Brown is a former collegiate runner at BYU, where she was on the first national championship cross country team in 1997 for the Cougars. She “lucked” in to a walk-on spot at BYU as her dad, John Monaghan, had known BYU’s cross country coach Patrick Shane when the two were football and track athletes, respectively, at BYU years before. That family connection gave her a chance to join the squad, but by her sophomore season she was one of the top runners in the lineup. “Coach [Shane] told me that luck got me there, but it didn’t keep me there,” Brown said. “I think I’m just one of those stories of someone who just believed in myself, ran with faster teammates that made me better and was pretty disciplined to not stay at the back of the pack.”

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Although running remained a part of her daily routine since her college days, it is in coaching the sport that she has been able to pass on her love of running to her young children and others, first at Herriman High and now for Race Cats with her former BYU teammate and Race Cats founder Nan Kennard. “I love seeing someone accomplish something that they couldn’t do and watching how proud the parents are of their kids,” Brown, the mother of four young boys, said. “Sometimes there are tears and sometimes I run — or walk — with them, but everyone finishes.” Race Cats is offered for seven weeks where students from first through sixth grades meet twice a week for an after-school running program. Brown will again offer a fall program for young runners and will provide a Race Cats Elite team as well. More information can be found at www. racecats.org. “I love how well thought-out and inclusive this program is,” Brown said. “Plus, Nan [Kennard] incorporates goals and learning principles beyond running techniques with this program’s philosophy, which helps these kids with some real life skills.” “I think it’s important to teach perseverance in life, and running gives you those opportunities to fail and pick yourself up,” Kennard said. “It is so rewarding to teach the youth community those lessons.” l


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South Salt Lake City Editorial By Richard Snelgrove Salt Lake County Councilman at Large

I believe that the citizens I serve realize, for the most part, that basic public services such as roads, courts, planning and zoning, police, fire and paramedic, etc. are best left to local governments. These services are, of course, funded by taxes. Taxpayers rightfully expect efficient services in exchange for their hard-earned tax dollars. For the most part, particularly at the state and local level, I believe that is what they are receiving. In saying this, I want to highlight a program where I believe the taxpayers are getting an exceptional “bang for the buck”. It is the Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) program. This program is funded by a tenth of a cent sales tax in Salt Lake County and raises over $23 million per year. The ZAP program was reauthorized by the voters in 2014 with 77% support. In Salt Lake County, the ZAP program is administered by two employees. A recommendation on the allocation of funds is made by two advisory committees made up of city mayors and other community volunteers. The final decision on the allocation of funds is then made by the Salt Lake County Council. In December, the County Council authorized the disbursement of $13.3 million of funds to worthy ZAP Tier I and Zoological organizations. This program helps fund a broad range of activities across the Salt Lake Valley. It is likely that you or someone you know has taken children or grandchildren to the Hogle Zoo, The Living Planet Aquarium or the Tracy Aviary, which together see millions of visitors per year. If not for the support received from the ZAP program, ticket prices to these

and other popular venues would be higher and possibly out of reach for many of Richard Snelgrove our citizens. The same is true of many of our arts organizations. The Utah Symphony, Utah Opera, Pioneer Memorial Theater, Utah Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum and Ballet West are the most well-known of these. But, there are many other large and small organizations that provide quality entertainment and cultural exposure to hundreds of thousands of patrons including the Herriman, Riverton and Bluffdale Arts Councils and the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, many of these arts organizations donate free tickets to disadvantaged residents as part of their agreement to receive ZAP funding. Lastly, Salt Lake County owns and operates 30 regional parks and recreational centers. These facilities are heavily used, as anyone who has visited them can attest. Because of this demand, in part, we are in the process of building additional ZAP supported parks and centers to make these types of facilities available to additional residents. Indeed, as a custodian of these funds, I am regularly approached by city mayors and other civic leaders requesting further ZAP funded services in their communities. They express appreciation for the facilities they have and acknowledge that they are well used. I extend my appreciation to the taxpayers of Salt Lake County for making the ZAP program possible and I can assure the taxpayers that in this program, they are getting their money’s worth. l

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Sloths quickly becoming popular attraction at aquarium By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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t took a while, but sloths finally made their way to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper. With great anticipation, the slow-moving mammals made their way to the aquarium last fall. It was the first time these lovable creatures have been on display in the four-year-old facility. The sloths — one male and one female — came to the aquarium by way of South America’s Guyana, where the animals’ home was destroyed through deforestation. These two sloths are specially known as Linnaeu’s two-toed sloth, nocturnal animals that sleep up to 18 hours a day. Because sloths don’t move much, they eat infrequently and relieve themselves only once a week. When they do eat, their preferred diet consists of leaves and fruit. Everything sloths do, they do upside down, including sleeping, mating, eating and giving birth. The sloths were unveiled for public view on Nov. 3. They live in the aviary in the Journey to South America gallery. “People are drawn to these animals,” said Caroline Ralston, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium director of marketing and public relations. “Our visitation is higher than expected for this time of year and guests are staying longer. We like to call it the ‘sloth effect.’” In their natural habitat, sloths can live 10 to 15 years; however, when in captivity, sloths can live up to 30 years, so expect these fouryear-old adorable animals to be around for many years to come. In recent years, sloths have been a popular attraction in zoos and in media, which makes their arrival in Draper even more exciting. Ralston said coming to the aquarium to check out the sloths is about much more than simply looking at them. It helps visitors appreciate these animals and understand the importance of conservation. “You never know which animal is going to leave a lasting impression on someone, so it’s important to have animals like sloths

that have broader appeal,” she said. “When people come in to see the sloths, they learn about the challenges they face in the wild such as deforestation, and hopefully are inspired to get involved in conservation efforts.” Since the aquarium’s opening in 2014, more than 3 million eager visitors have visited. There are more than 4,500 animals at the aquarium totaling 550 different species. The facility stretches 136,000 square feet and even includes a massive 300,000-gallon shark tank with a walk-through tunnel, where visitors can view the impressive creatures on all sides. Other popular features of the aquarium include a four-story rainforest gallery, along with four other galleries: Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America, Discover Utah and Antarctic Adventure. The aquarium employs more than 150 workers. “The sloths have really driven home the fact that we’re more than an aquarium,” Ralston said. “We showcase diverse ecosystems and how species are interconnected as part of one living planet--not just aquatic animals, but also mammals, birds, insects and more. This is most apparent in our Journey to South America Gallery, which houses our sloth exhibit, and where guests can see many different animals co-existing just like they would in their natural rainforest habitat.” The Living Planet Aquarium is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Mondays from 4 to 8 p.m., families can get in for $5 off. The aquarium is closed on Christmas Day. Adult ticket prices are $19.95. Teens, military, students and seniors can visit for $16.95. Child ticket prices are $14.95, and children 2 and under can get in for free. The Living Planet Aquarium is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The aquarium is located at 12033 Lone Peak Parkway in Draper. l

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium welcomed two sloths last fall. (Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)

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ith the state legislative session underway, the Salt Lake County Council is keeping an eye on a number of bills that could impact our county residents. Although there will be many interesting issues, here are some that I will be paying particular interest to. Over the last year, homelessness has been a focal point of county, state, and city leaders in the Salt Lake area. With the spike in criminal behavior and victimization in the Rio Grande district of downtown Salt Lake, and with help from Operation Rio Grande, much of our time has been spent discussing solutions and allocating additional resources. We appreciate our state partners in this endeavor. Though Operation Rio Grande has had many successes, we’re certainly not finished. Providing the right tools for our homeless residents to get back on their feet is a long-term effort. As any legislation arises to fund homeless services or alter current programs or resources, we’ll

Homelessness, poverty, mental health among issues to watch this legislative session

examine how it accomplishes the goals to help all our Salt Lake County residents be successful. Part of solving the homelessness crisis also must include affordable housing. Far too many county residents can’t find suitable housing that they can afford, while struggling to make ends meet. Currently, community reinvestment projects must set aside 10 percent of their budget to go toward affordable housing. This is a helpful funding stream that shouldn’t be taken away without a suitable replacement source of funding. The best way to address the homeless issue is a combination of law enforcement response to the criminal element (specifically targeting the drug trade), short-term resources for housing and other immediate services so families no longer have to live on the streets, and longer term jobs, education and training options so they have the skills and resources to become self-sufficient. These long-term

resources will naturally have to include affordable housing as a key component. I look forward to the work of our legislators to move these goals forward this session. Last year the County Council approved my proposal to launch the Salt Lake County Intergenerational Poverty Task Force to look at ways to increase access to opportunity for those residents who are struggling the most to make ends meet. I’m hopeful that legislation this session will move us closer to accomplishing the goal of expanded opportunity, upward mobility, and empowering impoverished Utahns with the tools to earn their success and climb out of poverty. Lastly, I’m encouraged by Governor Gary Herbert’s recent creation of the youth suicide task force. I’ve written in detail about this issue before, as it touches many of us personally, and all too painfully. I hope that with more efforts as a community, we can increasingly convey hope and help to each and every teen who may be

struggling. I ’ l l continue fighting for better resources, Aimee Winder Newton like the County Council District 3 w i l d l y successful SafeUT app, and the proposed three digit crisis line, to help our teens overcome any mental health crises they face, and take a step forward into a life filled with more happiness and hope. We owe this to our children. These issues are often weighty and difficult to fix. But that doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for the good work done by so many in Utah who serve in state, county, and city leadership roles. I look forward to the tremendous progress we can make as we work together as Utahns in the coming year. l

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You were just in a car accident, now what?

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nless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1. Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2. Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3. Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call 911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4. Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5. Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6. Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situation from

getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st Century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars. 8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance company will tell you to do this. Even if you are at fault and it was you to blame. This could drive your premium up or even lead to you being sued. Let the police and insurance companies determine this. 9. Call the police. While some minor accidents don’t require a report to be filed, it’s up to the discretion of the drivers in the accident to call the police. Law enforcement can take statements, get information on injuries and property damage. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. If there is a dispute, the officer will be an important testimony. 10. See a doctor. Depending on the injuries suffered or not, it is easy to skip this. A large financial situation has just happened with the car accident, you don’t want another one by seeing the doctor and jacking up your health costs. It’s important to consider it, or possibly speak with one. Adrenaline can be pumping after the accident and one might not notice the amount of whiplash to your neck. Symptoms can take 24 hours to appear. The warning signs include neck pain, stiffness, loss of motion in the neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and pain in the shoulders or upper back. It can be better to be safe than sorry. l

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American bobsledder to visit schools during Olympics By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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American bobsledder Jeremy Holm aims to visit one school a day during the Winter Olympic Games in February and the Paralympic Games in March. (Courtesy Jeremy Holm)

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raper’s Jeremy Holm will continue his efforts for his Day of Champions Foundation which supports student athletes, coaches and parents both in and out of the sporting arena. With the upcoming Olympics, he is aiming to visit one school a day — elementary, junior high, high schools or colleges — during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games from Feb. 9 through 25 and the Paralympic Games from March 8 through 18. The American bobsledder will bring an athlete or two and tell their stories and share motivational messages about goal setting, encouragement and any social issues the schools would like addressed. “We are always trying to reach out with our messages and encourage everyone

we talk to,” Holm said. “Doing this during the Olympics will give us an opportunity as well to help spread the excitement of the games as they are happening.” For information or scheduling, email Holm at jeremy@adayofchampions.com. Holm is also a published author with two books. His first, “The Champion’s Way,” teaches principles of success, and “Fire On Ice” shares experiences and life lessons from Holm’s career in bobsledding. For more information or to order, visit http://jeremycholm.com/ books/item/81-the-champions-way or http:// jeremycholm.com/books/item/84-fire-andice-book. He is currently working on a third book.l

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Local speed skater headed to Winter Olympics By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he 2002 Winter Olympics had scarcely ended when then 7-yearold Jerica Tandiman fell in love with speed skating. She is now headed to participate in one of the world’s pinnacle winter sports events. “It feels pretty awesome to be an Olympian,” Tandiman said. “I am still trying to process it all. I am really excited, and it is something I have been working towards for years. It feels good to finally reach that goal.” Tandiman started skating shortly after the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics finished and left behind the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns—within walking distance of her home. She was fascinated with the speed and her parents enrolled her in a learn-to-skate program. “It inspired me,” she said. “I remember going to the oval and watching the speed skaters train. They went so fast. I was more interested in that than I was in figure skating or hockey. My parents knew I was competitive and like to race, so they let me try it.” She now races in speed skating’s sprint races—the 500 and 1000 meters. In the 2017 World Cup event at her home track in Kearns, she placed fourth and 12th in her 500-meter events. She

placed 11th in the 1000 meter. “In a sprint, you have such a short amount of time,” Tandiman said. “Your technique needs to be spot on, and you need to be mentally prepared to make adjustments. If something goes wrong in the race, you do not have a lot of time to fix it. A typical 500 takes about 38 seconds, so if I make a little mistake that can make the difference between a podium or last place.” The national team is based in Salt Lake and she trains here year-round. As a junior skater, she made five junior world teams. Her competition schedule has taken her around the world including Russia, Norway, Italy and Japan. “I would not have ever been able to go to all of these places if not for my speed skating,” she said. “It has been really cool to travel and learn a little bit about the places I have been. I try to learn a couple of phrases in the language and sightsee a little bit.” She spends about six hours a day training on land and the ice. Rotating between racing, cardio and weight training. Along with prep work on equipment and other family chores, she has little time to herself. When she does find free time, she enjoys doodling, painting and graphic arts.

“Going into this Olympics, I don’t know if I expect to medal necessarily,” Tandiman said. “I hope to race some of my fastest times. There are other members of the team that have been to the games before. They have really helped encourage me. I am going to get valuable experience and try my best. I do not want a lot of pressure. I want to enjoy the experience and race the best I can.” She has a part-time job with Dick’s Sporting Goods, and they also help sponsor her travel and training expenses. She graduated from Kearns High School in 2013 and attended BYU-Hawaii. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be Feb. 9–25 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Her events will be held Feb. 14 (1000 meter) and Feb. 18 (500 meter). She has three sisters: Justine, Julie and Jamie. Her parents are Edwin and Christine. They now live in West Jordan. “I am looking forward to representing Utah.,” Tandiman said. “I have had so much support from people in my neighborhood and friends that have known me growing up. I think it is going to be a great experience. It will be fun and exciting.” l

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Homemade Love

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A commercial crazed Valentine’s Day can leave you broke. Americans spend billions of dollars to celebrate a holiday rumored to be started by Hallmark in order to sell cards—which aren’t cheap. Then there’s the overpriced dinners, expensive roses and the marked-up heart-shaped chocolate. Perhaps a more accurate expression of love can be found in homemade gifts, because your time, love and effort was put into them. Here are less expensive alternatives for homemade Valentine’s Day gifts; some not even requiring creativity. Instead of supporting Hallmark’s card industry (some cards are $13 now!), write your own card. It’s not that hard, I promise. Start by picking the front of your card. If you’re not feeling particularly magical, just print a picture. It can be a cartoon your sweetheart will find funny. Or perhaps print a photo of a fun memory, or something related to an interest of theirs. Now you’ll need to write something on the back or inside of the card. Google “Valentine’s Day card messages” for some inspiring poems and sayings. For more personalized content, close your eyes, think about your loved one and what they mean to you, type out your thoughts, and then write it on the card. Creating your own card doesn’t take too much time, and it’s usually

more memorable. Plus, you’ll save a few bucks! If you’re planning on buying candy or chocolate, don’t grab the heart-shaped ones. Candy specifically made for Valentine’s Day is anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars more than the everyday version of the same. Maybe it would be worth it if the candy tasted better, but usually the proportions are thrown off by festivity. I’d rather have a regularly proportioned Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, than a heart-shaped slab of peanut butter. One dozen red roses can cost anywhere from $20 to $50. Instead of buying something that will just die in a few days, make some flowers. This is where DIYers rejoice. It’s fairly simple to make some flowers out of material that won’t wilt. Pinterest is a great place to find instructions on how to make flowers out of any material you can imagine: books, tissue paper, felt, glass, cotton balls, buttons, seashells, pearls, Q-tips, pinecones, feathers, old jewelry, yarn, and even coffee filters. Unless you’re just aching to dine at a packed restaurant followed by watching a movie in a crowded theatre, don’t leave your house for Valentine’s Day this year. Luckily, we have many amazing streaming choices for entertainment. It’ll be much more relaxing to stay in, cook

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s our country devolves into a 24/7 protest, people are casting their eyes to the stars. They’re either hoping for a) an asteroid to hit the planet, b) our alien overlords to save us from catastrophe or c) the chance to flee to Mars to populate (and eventually destroy) another planet. Life on this beautiful blue marble (or beautiful blue dinner plate if you’re a flat-Earther) has had a good run. We’ve evolved from being hunters/gatherers to being couch potatoes while creating technology that is certain to bring about our impending doom. Do we really need a talking fridge? But Mars! Oh, the possibilities! I envision a world where everyone lives in hexagonal domes, speaks in British-accented tones, and wears white flowing robes. That could be a problem. I can’t wear white, even when I’m not living on a planet covered in red dust. Every night I would look like a red chimney sweep. NASA wants to send the first humans to Mars in the 2030s, which creates an interesting predicament. I’ll be too old to populate anything, but every planet needs a wise old woman giving cryptic warnings to the younger generation. I could fill that role, assuming I survive the seven-month journey to the Red Planet. The possibility of relocating to the planet of war has become an animated

discussion in our home. Me: Would you want to live on Mars? Hubbie: Of course! Me: Wouldn’t you be afraid we’d die on the way there? Hubbie: Wait. You’re going, too? Seven months is a long time to give someone the silent treatment. Describing the flight to Mars, NASA uses magical terms like “transfer orbit” and “astronomical position” which I’ve learned are NOT part of the Kama Sutra. Voyagers traveling to Mars could lose fingernails, have spinal fractures and vision problems, and there’s always the chance you’ll upchuck in your spacesuit and suffocate after blocking the air system with your intergalactic vomit. So, there’s that. Once we land, we’ll spend a lot of time cleaning up abandoned movie sets that Abbott and Costello, Matt Damon and Santa Claus basically trashed during filming. But once that’s done, then what do we do? I guess people will build greenhouses and grow food. I won’t be on that crew because I can’t even grow mold. Others will install solar panels. Solar companies are already training door-to-door salesmen for the Mars market. There will be a team working on communications so we can keep up with our favorite Netflix shows and hopefully

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