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aw enforcement service area 2017 has seen Riverton City take several steps to become more self-sufficient and more cash-efficient—perhaps most strikingly in its bold decision to break away from the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA), and instead create their own Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area (RLESA). A service area makes a single contract with a separate entity, in this case the Unified Police Department, on behalf of all the individual municipalities within it. Then the service area uses the combined property tax money to pay the UPD. This is what SLVLESA did, and RLESA will do essentially the same thing. But while SLVLESA is large, containing multiple cities in the Salt Lake Valley, RLESA is confined to Riverton alone, essentially creating a single-municipality service area. According to mayor-elect Trent Staggs, who has represented Riverton on the UPD and SLVLESA boards for the past three years, this will “keep Riverton property tax within Riverton, and use that then to pay for the Unified Police contract.” With SLVLESA, Riverton paid substantially more for law enforcement services than it would if it just contracted directly with the UPD. In 2016, Riverton’s UPD contract was worth $4.9 million, but with SLVLESA, it actually paid $5.2 million. Further tax hikes proposed by SLVLESA would have resulted in Riverton overpaying by as much as $800,000 in 2018. With the creation of RLESA, tax rates will instead be rolled back to essentially what they were in 2016; a move that has inspired neighboring cities Herriman and Millcreek to follow suit and form their own service areas, using RLESA as a model. Residents may be startled to see RLESA’s bill on their property tax statements listed as a 100% increase, but there really is no cause for alarm. “Because RLESA is a new entity, state law requires it show as a 100% increase. However, if you compare the proposed amount on the 2018 RLESA postcard to the SLVESA (shown on statement as SL Vly Law Enforcement) line on your 2017 property tax statement, you will see that the 2018 dollar amount proposed for RLESA is actually lower, resulting in a property tax savings,” city officials explained on the Riverton City website. Further information can be found at rivertoncity.com, under “About RLESA”. A final public hearing will be held on December 19,


2017. Riverton will be officially out of SLVLESA beginning in January 2018, and will collect all UPD funds from RLESA instead. New sheriff in town Another 2017 change to Riverton’s law enforcement was the exciting August promotion of Riverton’s own former UPD Precinct Chief Rosie Rivera to the position of Salt Lake County Sheriff. Following her promotion, the city council selected Jake Petersen as their new Chief of Police Services. “I think you just made a great decision,” Sheriff Rivera told the city council as she stepped up to the podium to formalize Chief Petersen’s promotion— her first promotion as county sheriff. “I knew early on that if I ever left, I wanted somebody that could fill the shoes, but also have that same passion for my city. I think that you chose the best person possible to do that. I know that Jake has that same passion for the citizens of Riverton, and will serve them very well.” Even with a new tax service area and a new precinct chief, Riverton will receive the same service from the Unified Police Department as always. “We still operate under an interlocal agreement with the UPD… and that has not been

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changed at all as a part of this process,” said Interim City Manager Ryan Carter. The only thing that will change is the means by which the UPD is paid—and, of course, the amount of money that Riverton residents will save as a result. Animal services Riverton reinforced its self-reliant approach to serving its citizens with its June decision to bring animal control services in-house, a long journey that finally has its end in sight. The city is



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set to officially transition from Salt Lake County Animal Services to in-house animal control by Feb. 1, 2018. Previously, Riverton contracted with Salt Lake County Animal Control Services for both animal capture and animal shelter, but back in May, the county unveiled plans to increase the contract fee from $287,000 a year to more than $400,000. While the county provided exemplary service, the price increases were “reaching a breaking point for Riverton’s budget,” according to Carter, so the city began pursuing other options. The animal control equation has two main factors: first, catching the animals, and second, housing them until they can be claimed. The Council’s solution to animal apprehension is pretty straightforward. They plan to hire two additional city code enforcement officers—who ordinarily handle such problems as inappropriately placed signs, weeds, and other general community complaints—furnish them with a truck, and crosstrain them in animal control. “The idea is to get somebody hired by January, and then get them trained and equipped in January,” said Carter. Shelter space has proven to be a slightly more complicated endeavor. Having no dedicated animal shelter of its own, Riverton has decided to provide shelter via a partnership with local animal clinic and pets hotel Stone Ridge Veterinary. The city will outfit Stone Ridge with additional boarding space and house captured animals there, where they will be treated with the same level of care and attention Continued on Page 2...

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as any other paying customer. While it is projected that Stone Ridge’s annual costs will be around $120,000, most of that cost will be covered not by taxpayer money, but by fees charged to individual residents upon picking up their impounded animals. “Whatever Stone Ridge is charging, we should be able to recoup on the fees,” said Councilman Staggs. “With the revenue from licensing, from vaccinations…it should be relatively cost-neutral.” To keep all its bases covered and increase intercity cooperation, Riverton has also approved a contract to house animals in South Jordan’s animal shelter on an as-needed basis. South Jordan’s shelter is too small to accommodate all of Riverton’s animals in addition to its own, but they can take a few here and there. “If you look at it simplistically, we’re out about $100,000 on two employees, versus almost $300,000 on a contract with Salt Lake County, which is going to $400,000 next year. So I think there’s going to be hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings in year one, and again, I think we’re going to get better responses, better care,” said Councilman Staggs. CenterCal In addition to savings on law enforcement and animal control, 2018 also promises to bring more options for Riverton residents to shop and have fun close to home, with the development of CenterCal’s Mountain View Village project and keen council interest in revitalizing the old downtown area. CenterCal’s much-anticipated Mountain View Village project spans 85 acres along Mountain View Corridor and 13400 South. Though billed as a shopping center, it is hoped that the project will create not just a nice place to shop, but also a central recreational gathering place, with fountains, free concerts in the summertime and other public events. According to the developers, the project will boast “retail, restaurant, office, gym, hotel and a full luxury theater all situated within the designated trade area of the top five cities for population growth in the United States.” “It’ll be a major development. Many of the commercial real estate people in the state see this as probably one of the top five malls that are in the state, so it’s significant,” said Mayor Bill Applegarth. “It will really be a wonderful place to visit.” In addition to providing a prime spot for people to come relax, the project is expected to bring Riverton millions of dollars in sales tax. Phase one of construction is slated for completion in June 2018, and features mainly big-box retailers

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such as Harmons, TJ Maxx, and Michaels. Phase two, which includes the outdoor fountains and more specialty stores and restaurants, is anticipated to be done in fall 2019. 12600 South Further recreational and dining options should also hopefully be making their way to the old downtown area in the coming year. Back in June, the city council commissioned Psomas Engineering to study the area along 12600 South—from about 1300 West to about 2200 West— and come up with some ways to make it more pedestrian-friendly and enticing to recreational developers. The city park in particular was discussed as a candidate for further development. Psomas architect Greg Hawes seemed optimistic that with a few additions, Riverton could effectively “extend the park all the way to 12600 South, and really make that a recreational district for the city.” One proposal that garnered particular council approval was to encourage sit-down restaurants along the

park edge, providing diners with an opportunity to sit out on the patio and enjoy the view. City officials Also coming to Riverton in 2018 are new mayor Trent Staggs, who will take the seat of longtime mayor Bill Applegarth, new council members Tawnee McCay (District 3, formerly represented by Trent Staggs) and Tish Buroker (District 4, formerly represented by Paul Wayman), and a new city manager, who will be selected by the new council sometime in January. Previous city manager Lance Blackwood retired in June— since then, the position has been temporarily filled by City Attorney Ryan Carter. The city was scheduled to begin advertising for a permanent city manager on Dec. 1, so by the time new officials are sworn into office in January 2018, there should be a good pool of applicants waiting for them. From there, they can immediately begin the process of interviewing and hiring a new city manager. l

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16 years of service: Saying goodbye to longtime Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth


“It doesn’t matter what help they need; it’s just the opportunity to serve them.” Bill Applegarth has been Riverton’s mayor for the last 12 years.

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iverton has changed a lot in the 16 years since Mayor Bill Applegarth first took public office in 2002. With the exception of the old Petersen development downtown, pretty much every commercial development in Riverton came into the city during Applegarth’s time in office, and the population has increased from 30,000 residents in 2002 to more than 43,000 today. “Our growth has come a long way. It’s really been a fun journey,” said Applegarth. Applegarth was initially inspired to run for office when he was released from his position as a stake president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since he would no longer be spending quite as much time serving the church, he decided that he then wanted to “turn to service with the city, for the city, for the citizens,” and he put his hat in the ring for city council. Then, in 2006, when the incumbent mayor decided not to pursue reelection, Applegarth decided he’d take the next step and run for mayor. “At first I tried to work full-time and be the mayor, and there was just too much to do for that, so I retired early from LDS church education and became a full-time mayor,” he recalled. Applegarth’s favorite thing about being mayor has been the people. “We just have absolutely wonderful residents, and we’ve been

able to do a lot individually with people to help them.” For the last twelve years, his personal cell phone number has been publicly available to all, allowing any resident with a question or concern to speak directly to him. “You want to be available to the people, because that’s really what it’s all about.” “Many times people called, and they have no idea what department to go to, or how to get a service for Riverton. But they know the mayor’s office, so they call the mayor,” said Mayor Applegarth. “That has been a wonderful, wonderful thing to take part in, is dealing with individual people, and trying to help them— sometimes in a small way, and sometimes in a more significant way. It doesn’t matter what help they need; it’s just the opportunity to serve them.” One of the examples that sticks out to him most is that of an elderly widow living along Redwood Road, who called to ask about a big orange construction sign that the Utah Department of Transportation had left in her front yard. Some time had passed since the road work, but nobody had been by to pick it up. Mayor Applegarth called UDOT and asked them to pick it up. When, after a couple of weeks, he noticed that it still hadn’t been moved, he and

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one of his sons pulled the sign up, loaded it into the back of his pickup truck, and returned it to the UDOT yard themselves. “This sweet little widow lady was just so happy that it was gone from in front of her house,” Applegarth said with a laugh. “It’s no big deal to many people, but it made her happy. I tried to do it without her knowing, but she happened to see my son and I out her front room window when we were trying to pick it up. We tried to do it anonymously, but we got caught… those are the kinds of things that you really remember the most.” Now that Applegarth’s time as mayor is drawing to a close, he’s decided to return to serving the LDS church. He and his wife Jeanne have submitted applications to go on a full-time mission. They haven’t received their call yet, so they don’t know where they’re going— they’ll find out in January— but they are hoping to serve overseas. “We’re excited about that,” Applegarth said on his upcoming mission. “Obviously the LDS mission will consume our lives, as it should, and so we plan on being very busy and just moving from being mayor, to being a missionary.” From one kind of service, to another. l

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Where in the world . . . are all the girls?


By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

noushka Kharkar was poised to win the National Geographic Society Utah State Geography Bee. For the seven questions of her preliminary round, Anoushka earned the only perfect score in her group of 20 other fourththrough eighth-graders, guaranteeing her spot in the final round. In 24 years, only one girl has ever won the Utah State Geography Bee. Only two have ever won the National Geography Bee. Anoushka, an eighth-grader at Challenger School of Salt Lake, has been competing in the State Bee since fifth grade. As a sixth-grader, she placed third, and as a seventh-grader, she placed second. Anoushka placed third this year, her final year of competition. (The only other girl in the final round, Adelaide Parker, placed fourth.) Each student attending the Utah State Geography Bee held at Thanksgiving Point on March 31 was their school’s champion, selected to compete with the top students in Utah as determined by a 70-question geography test. This year, of 102 students who qualified for the bee, only 25 percent were girls. Morgan Edman, a fifth-grader from Falcon Ridge Elementary in West Jordan said there were more boys than girls competing in her school bee, which she won. But she was surprised there were so few girls at the State Bee. Fourth-grader Lainey Porter won the school bee at Taylorsville Elementary, where four of the top seven students were girls, including the one who took second place. So where were all the girls at the state level? Explanations range from differing learning styles to confidence to interest. Helen Jones, who has a minor in geography and has taught history and geography for Canyons District, believes that girls and boys have different strengths in learning geography. “Boys like to keep track of where things are and who’s winning,” said Jones, who was a volunteer at the State Bee this year. “Young women have an attention to detail. So if we’re looking at map skills, the girls may be further ahead.” Jones also believes girls may have an edge with cultural geography with a tendency to pay more attention to what happens to people. Jones said the types of questions used at the bee cover a variety of geographic knowledge, including culture, politics, place and region, human movement and interaction, and map skills. Those don’t favor one gender over the other. State Bee Coordinator Kevin Poff has taught geography in Utah for 25 years. “In class, I haven’t noticed a difference between genders in being able to access geographic concepts or knowledge,” said Poff. He believes the age of the participants, which ranges from 10 to 14, is a factor. “This is the age where, socially, girls are

mother, said competition is unpredictable—you can never guarantee the outcome. But she is very proud of her daughter’s accomplishments. “We tell her it’s the effort you put in, and she has really put in a top-notch effort all year,” she said. Whatever the reason for the low numbers of girls winning the bee, Olivia puts the matter into perspective. “I knew that I would just do what I could, and I knew that even if people beat me, I would still be smart,” she said. l

Update: Preparing for the Bee By Jet Burnham j.burnham@mycityjournals.com Girls were well represented at the Taylorsville Elementary Geography Bee but not at the State Bee. (Leslie Porter/Taylorsville Elementary)

a little more hesitant to forge out on their own, especially when they are in mixed gender academic groups,” he said. Anoushka agrees lack of confidence may inhibit some girls. “When I go into competitions, there’s always more dudes,” she said. “Girls don’t normally go into these things because it’s dominated by dudes.” But Anoushka said she wasn’t intimidated by the boys—or anyone else—including last year’s winner, Ankiti Garg, who took first place again this year. His sister, Gauri Garg, was the first girl to win the Utah Bee, which she did in 2014 and again in 2015. “I tell myself that I studied a lot, and I can do well,” Anoushka said. “I’ve done well previous years, and I’ve studied so hard this year.” She also had the support of her family, including her older sister (who placed sixth in the State Bee a few years ago). Olivia Boase, an eighth-grader who won her school bee at Sunset Ridge Middle in West Jordan, wasn’t bothered by being in the minority. “I don’t feel intimidated by the boys, and I don’t think anybody should,” she said. “They’re all just the same age of us. They have the same amount of experience. Who says we can’t beat them?” Girls can beat the boys—at least they have in other academic competitions. Edward Cohn from American Prospect Magazine reported that equal numbers of boys and girls compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, with girls wining it more often than boys do. Olivia suggested there are more boys who are interested in geography. “The only reason I participated in the school bee was because there were cookies, and I got to

skip math class,” she said. But there are girls who love the subject. “The studying is arduous but it’s a lot of fun to learn about the world,” Anoushka said. As a teacher, Lainey’s mother, Leslie Porter, has nurtured her daughter’s interest in geography. “I have always loved going to her classroom and looking at all her maps,” Lainey said. Poff believes an understanding of the wider global community is what makes the difference for students who qualify for the bee. “I notice a difference when kids come to me with an attitude and viewpoint that is a little more global, and that seems to have more to do with life experiences than it does with gender,” said Poff. So what does the National Geographic Society say about the low numbers of girls in their bee? In a study commissioned in 1996 they concluded: “There is a slight difference between what girls and boys know about geography,” reported Marni Merksamer on “National Geographic Today.” Roger Downs, author of the study “Gender and Geography,” explained that starting at the school level, if boys know slightly more than the girls, the winner is more likely to be a boy. If the same thing happens again at the state level, when competitors reach the national level, what is now an extreme gap in gender actually started out as a very, very small one. Developmental psychologist Lynn Liben, who was involved in the study, explained, “It’s like if you’re a runner. If you’re just a little bit better, you’re going to win the race,” she said.” It doesn’t mean that the person who came in second is a slow slug.” Pallavi Ranade-Kharkar, Anoushka’s

Students from fourth to eighth grade are currently brushing up on their knowledge of world geography. Schools like Riverside Elementary will hold their Geography Bees by the end of January to determine who will move on to compete at the Utah Geography Bee on April 6. The National Geographic webpage has links for study resources with lesson plans, quizzes and information on study apps. www.wikihow.com/Prepare-forthe-Geography-Bee also suggests ways to prepare for Geography Bees. Utah Bee Coordinator Kevin Poff said that while studying maps, atlases, documentaries and practice questions can help prepare a student for the competition, those who perform well in the higher levels of are also globally aware. “This competition is not the kind of thing one can usually cram for at the last minute in order to be able to deliver a lot of random facts during the competition,” he said. “Those who excel at the Bee have several life habits that contribute to their geographic awareness.” The successful Bee competitors are familiar with and understand the relationships between cultures, religions, people and environments, said Poff. “This kind of awareness comes from a daily habit of paying attention to the world around us—watching the news, looking at maps, making connections between what is learned in class at school and what is going on in the world around us,” said Poff. “Preparing for the Bee then becomes an exploration instead of a chore.” l

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Herriman Mustangs Your inaugural girls football state champions


By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

he state of Utah has its first-ever high school girls football state champion. On May 27, the Herriman Mustangs completed a 14-0 victory over Bingham to capture the state title. The Utah Girls Tackle Football League also crowned champions in its junior high division and fifth- and sixth-grade divisions. In both younger divisions Canyons area teams defeated West Jordan. “We have 210 girls signed up this season,” league President Crystal Sacco said. “We more than doubled our numbers. The first year we only had about 60. Our volunteers talked it up and we recruited. The league is still learning, and we have had some things to change, but it has been so successful.” The UGTFL high school division included teams from West Jordan/Copper Hills, Riverton, Canyons, West Granite, Herriman and Bingham. In the championship game, Herriman dominated offensively, moving the ball down the field with relative ease, but Bingham came up with key stops when it needed to. Despite its tenacious defense, the Miners were unable to stop the Mustang tailback Sam Gordon when it counted. She followed the blocking of an offensive line made up of three sisters; Kalo, Laso and Vea Latu. “It is my first time to play,” Herriman senior Laso Latu said. “I love my team and how they give me confidence.”. Herriman scored two first-half touchdowns. Gordon scampered 25 yards for the first score and later followed a block on the left side for a 6-yard score. The Mustangs held on for a victory. “It feels fantastic to be the first-ever state champion,” Mustangs head coach Brent Gordon said. “We had a really talented group of girls. We

started out teaching fundamentals, and the girls from day one were making the big hits and good blocks. It was our strategy to follow those big blockers. The whole season they were solid.” The league leadership realizes this is new to most players. They decided early on to make the league more basic. “Unlike the boys teams that practice six days a week for hours each day, we only do two hours twice a week,” Brent Gordon said. “We try to keep it simple. Football provides opportunity for all the girls. Skill players can play and so can bigger girls that can shine. It gives self-confidence for all of the girls.” Many girls have had the opportunity to compete against the boys, but Sacco said as the boys get older they become naturally stronger. “This league gives the girls a chance to play,” Sacco said. “Some of these girls are tough. I do not think they realize it until they get the chance.” League officials plan to expand the league. Sacco said next year they intend on opening teams in other areas. They have a connection with local women’s professional teams like the Falconz and Blitz. With sponsorship money, the league has given opportunities to girls who could not afford to play. “The league as a whole is young,” Brent Gordon said. “It started three years ago, and those fifth- and sixth-graders then are now heading into high school now. I have parents tell me they are football families and all of the boys play. Now the girls are not left out. Brothers are cheering and teaching the game to their sisters. At the dinner table they can break it down, and the girl’s status in her family has elevated. l

Bingham lines up to defend Herriman in the UGTFL high school championship. (Greg James/City Journals)


Herriman celebrated its state championship victory by dousing each other with sugar free Mountain Dew and silly string. (Greg James/City Journals)

Shortly after the May championship game Sam Gordon and several other members of the Utah Girls Tackle Football League filed a lawsuit against three state school districts (Canyons, Jordan and Granite School Districts) and the Utah High School Activities Association, claiming a violation of Title IX to not allow girls the opportunity to play football. Sam’s father, Brent Gordon, said schools have to offer the same number of athletic opportunities to girls as boys. The UHSAA claims there is not enough demand to

implement a girl’s football program. In a prepared statement the Canyons District said “Our high schools currently support student athletes, both boys and girls, as they compete in Utah High School Activity Association-sanctioned activities.” The UGTFL plans to field 10 teams this spring. Signups are open and equipment handouts begin in February. Games and practices are held at many places around the Wasatch Front. Visit the league website www.utahgirlstacklefootball. com for more information.l

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Bastian Elementary looking forward to the future By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


tudents in Herriman are more excited than usual for the first day of school. About 550 of them will be attending the brand-new school, Bastian Elementary, located at 5692 West American Park. Principal Doree Strauss said it is a lot of work to open a new school. She did it 12 years ago at Daybreak Elementary. “The fun part is to build a community, a culture, a faculty and staff,” she said. Strauss has worked with teachers to plan activities to help integrate the students into a cohesive school. Students are coming from three elementary schools—Herriman, Daybreak and Silvercrest. Bastian Elementary will have an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning. There will be Chromebooks for every classroom, and each grade will have its own computer lab. Fifth-grade teacher Carola Proctor said the fifth-grade team is looking forward to implementing new ideas this year. “We want to have our students succeed by providing them with the tools they need to grow,” she said. Kathy Collins, who will be teaching second grade, said she will teach an integrated curriculum, incorporating technology to enhance her students’ learning. Strauss will provide cutting-edge technology for all grades. One such tool—available to teach-

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gram she has developed called Specials. “Everyone says they meet students’ needs but they don’t—they can’t,” said Strauss. Teachers are burdened with large class sizes of students of varying levels. With the Specials program, teachers have the time to meet the individual needs of students. Qualified aides, many with specialized degrees, will work daily with students in 45 minutes of STEM, computer lab, PE, character education,

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music and art activities. During this time, teachers will be free to work with students one-on-one or in small groups. “I love the Specials program,” said Shaunti Turner, who participated in Strauss’ program at Daybreak Elementary. “It is so nice to have individual time with students to teach the interventions they may need. When you have 25 or more students, it can be hard to find that time during the day.” Collins also used the program at Daybreak. She uses it to help struggling students catch up and to provide accelerated students with more challenging enrichment activities. “It is a highly effective way to help each student achieve academic success,” she said. Teachers have plans for a school choir, debate program and a chess club, among other after-school activities. Students will have opportunities for acting, singing and researching through various projects teachers have planned for the year. Students will also actively participate in district-sponsored enrichment activities such as Monster Math and the district science fair. The new school is named after the Bastian family, which donated the property to Jordan District. The school mascot and school colors will be decided by the student body once school begins. Strauss loves to involve students in decision-making and will invite Bastian’s student council to be

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Proctor said Strauss is aware of each teacher as an individual. “She recognizes the strengths in us and encourages us to use those strengths and not to become ‘cookie-cutter’ teachers,” she said. Bastian Elementary will hold an open house for families to tour the school on Aug. 22 from 1–3 p.m. Classes will begin the next day. “The first day will be a red-carpet opening,” said Strauss. l

Update: Since opening its doors on August 23, Bastian Elementary has been making big decisions to establish routines and traditions for the brand new school. “It’s been a huge undertaking just getting everything going,” said Principal Doree Strauss. “It’s just all the little things schools already have going we’ve had to create from scratch.” These ‘little things’ included choosing a mascot, starting a student choir and learning to work together as a school community. In the first weeks of the school year, students proposed and voted on a school mascot, deciding to be known as the Bastian Broncos. Once a choir was established, they developed a school song. A student council was organized and they set to work to write a school cheer, which they recite each morning during announcements. Strauss said the community has really

come together to support the school in its first year. To get the PTA going, families had a kick-off fundraiser where they donated themed baskets to be auctioned at a movie night. That activity started the PTA with a budget of $6,000. With those funds they host a monthly birthday table in the lunchroom and were able to provide ‘Sub for Santa’ for several Bastian families in need. The z-space technology has been a hit. It is used as part of the STEAM education that is a main objective of the school curriculum. Every student participates in a class with a specialist once a week. They are loving the activities doing z-space, drama, art and science experiments. As the year continues, Strauss has plans for fun family activities, creative displays and student clubs. “We’re just going to keep adding things,” she said. l

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Fathers and daughters dance at sold-out event By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

More than 150 participants danced at Riverton City’s “Just You and I” father-daughter dance. (Kevin Willett/ Riverton City)


nce again, the tickets for Riverton City’s father-daughter date night sold out within a week of availability, but this time Willie Wangberg snagged tickets to the city’s most

Fathers and their daughters do the chicken dance at Riverton City’s Valentine’s themed father and daughter dance. (Kevin Willett/Riverton City)

popular indoor event. “I tried to sign up last year, but it was too full,” the Riverton resident said, adding that he now sees why tickets go fast. “It looks

amazing in here. They did a really good job.” Nearly 150 participants, including Willie Wangberg and his daughters, Ellie, 6, and Claire, 3, paraded into the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center on Feb. 3 wearing best dress. The girls were given artificial flower corsages, and the fathers were given candy corsages before they were whisked away to have formal pictures taken. The participants entered the auditorium, which was filled with Valentine’s decorations. First, the room acted as a restaurant. The circular tables were dressed with Italian food and pink—pink tablecloths, pink silverware and pink balloons. Next, the room became a dance floor, as city employees cleared the tables and chairs, and turned the music up. The dance portion of the night included freestyle dance and linedance instruction by Riverton Pageant first attendant Serra Bye and second attendant Taylor Jones. First-time participants and those who have made a tradition of “Just You and I” alike said they enjoyed the night. Cameron Cole, who attended the annual event with his 9-year-old daughter, Katelyn Cole, for the sixth time, said they keep coming back because it’s a good way for him to teach his daughter how she should be treated on dates when she gets older. Josh Moore, who recently moved to Riverton, said he signed his three daughters up for the activity because it sounded like an event

they attended in their previous neighborhood. His 12-year-old daughter, Sydney Moore, said she loved the environment at the Riverton event. “I love how everyone here is like a whole big family,” she said. Riverton’s Parks and Public Service director said togetherness is the purpose of the event. “Events like ‘Just You & I – Daddy/ Daughter Date Night’ help promote that sense of community,” she said. While most of the event followed the same pattern as years past, this was the first year Disney princesses attended the eighthannual, father-daughter tradition. Teens who were dressed like princesses posed for pictures and danced with the younger girls. “It’s wonderful to be able to be here and try to set a good example for these girls,” said Charli Denos, who acted like Rapunzel for the night. “They get so excited when they see us.” Six-year-old Ellie Wangberg rushed up to hug Denos and two other teens dressed as Cinderella and Elsa when they entered the auditorium. “We haven’t taken our girls to Disneyland yet, but they saw the princesses here, so they got a taste of it,” Willie Wangberg said. And although she loved the princesses, Ellie Wangberg said they weren’t the best part of “Just You and I.” “My dad’s my favorite,” she said. “I loved to spend time with him.” l

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Garrett signs with USU-Eastern


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erriman High School senior Madison Garrett had the desire to keep playing volleyball after she graduated from high school this spring. She studied the recruiting process, looked for opportunities and promoted her talents. She found an opportunity at Utah State Eastern in Price, Utah. “I am so excited to play there,” she said. “I went to Price for an official visit, and I fell in love with the campus. It is smaller, and I feel like my professors will know me. Volleyball-wise, they have a new coach, and I liked the direction and the way they play.” The process of recruiting has many rules. Coaches can contact high school athletes, but players can only take official paid for visits after their junior year in high school. There are dead periods and rules on what potential recruits can receive from the school. Garrett learned the rules and marketed her abilities to coaches around the country. She enrolled in a class her junior year at Herriman High School that taught students about the college recruiting process. She learned how to promote herself and the “how-to” of the college recruiting process. She filled out online profiles, uploaded videos and entered stats. She also contacted coaches all around the country. She received offers from several schools, including schools in Iowa, Kansas and Massachusetts. Garrett wanted to play close to home. Many times she found it was important to make sure the college coaches knew who she was. “Honestly, when we visited Herriman, Maddie was not one of the players we were looking at,” USU-Eastern head volleyball coach Danielle Jensen said. “She contacted us and was very engaged in the process. After a visit with her and watching her play, we loved how dominate her serve was, how she put up a tough block and was a strong hitter. Those abilities coupled with her ability to motivate teammates is what led us to making her an offer.” Garrett has played several positions. She was nicknamed the assistant setter, she played middle blocker and switched to right side hitter. At 6 feet tall, the ability to play several positions made her very versatile. She had 14 aces the last

week of the high school season. “Nicholson (Herriman High Head Coach) taught me to believe in myself,” Garrett said. “He boosted my confidence and helped me to improve in the areas he knew I could. As a freshman, I was not that good at serving, but he taught me to work on it. We might not have had lots of wins at Herriman, but every match was a state qualifier. We played against the best teams every night.” Garrett had been rotated out in several games. She went to her coach and asked what she could do to get better. She found the areas she needed to improve and began working on getting better. “Had Maddie not been as involved and respectfully persistent with her desire to play at the next level, we most likely would not have given her the opportunity to show us her skills. We look forward to watching her grow at the next level,” Jensen said. Madison is the daughter of Mike and Catherine Garrett of Herriman. She has played volleyball since the third grade. l

Herriman senior Madison Garrett (No. 10) played several positions for the Mustangs, including middle blocker and outside hitter. (Catherine Garrett/ Herriman booster)

Update: Garrett enrolled at USU Eastern beginning last fall and continued her volleyball career. Her desire helped her capture a spot at USU Eastern and she was part of a ranked program in Price. The Golden Eagles won their first eight matches and 11 of their first 12. They also won their first two region contests over Colorado Northwestern and College of Southern Idaho. In the region tournament

they won their first match 3-0 over Colorado Northwestern but then lost to CSI 3-1 to end their season. Garrett played sparingly as a freshman. She was on the court for in six matches and had four kills and had two service aces. She is studying physical therapy. She fell in love with the campus on her official visit. “I see myself being able to grow while I am there,” Garrett said after signing day. l

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High school students design wardrobe management app, win award


By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

ive high-school web designers from the Jordan Academy of Technology and Careers won “Best in State” for their wardrobe management app design that caters to the blind and visually impaired. “I never considered myself to be one of those super-smart people that could ever win something like this, so the thought that we could is amazing,” said award recipient Eric Evans, a senior. The app design originated with Taylor Dee. The junior, who considers herself to be ”all about clothes,” said she wanted to create an app that would help users mix and match their outfits and become more confident. One of Dee and Evan’s team members, senior Brandee Hick, is legally blind, so Dee suggested her team add an audio element to their app to accommodate people who have visual ailments. Brandee said she loved the idea, so the team got to work. “Getting ready is not a huge problem that blind people complain about, but this app is something that could help in our day to day,” Hick said. In just three weeks, Evans, Dee and Hick, along with classmates Kyle Christensen and Naomi Lundberg, designed “Pocket Closet,” the app that matches, organizes and recommends outfits. The app is also intended to track clothing articles from the hamper to the washing machine and back to the closet. It has a donation feature, which allows users to see nearby locations they could donate the clothes they don’t wear often.

Kyle Christensen, Taylor Dee, Eric Evans, Brandee Hick and their teacher Melinda Mansouri hold up certificates they won in the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

Their design plan shows the app working as follows: Participants take pictures of clothing items, and the system gives a description of the article and suggests what could be worn with it. When enabled, the app’s “visually impaired” setting reads the information aloud. The app also has a setting that switches color labels from swatches to words, so those who are colorblind can make better use of the application. The five teens entered their design into the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge, along with 1,800 other contestants, and won the Utah portion. Although they didn’t place in the national competition, Christensen said he was proud and shocked. “There are so many students in Utah who are so good at this kind of stuff, and it feels awesome to be honored like that,” he said, adding that he’s already added the award to his resume. “This kind

of stuff will really help us out in the future with our school and jobs.” Verizon sent the students and their teacher, Melinda Mansouri, award certificates, a plaque and a 6-foot-by-4-foot banner congratulating them on their win. The students gawked at the size of the “Best in State” sign. “It’s almost big enough that I can read the wording on it,” Hick joked as she chuckled. Word of their victory spread through their school and communities about the app, and folks are already asking the group how they can access “Pocket Closet.” The teens answer that people can’t yet. “This competition was just for the planning portion of the app—where you plan out what the app will be,” Mansouri said. “If you win the national competition, they send out IT programmers to help you create it. What will happen—because we didn’t get that far—is that during fourth quarter in April and May, my students will actually build the app.” The team of five plan to have their app in the app store by mid- to late-May. Mansouri said the sky was the limit when the group planned its apps but said the first prototype the students will build in class will likely be simplified and focus on a few key functions. “It’s a start,” she said. “I’ve had old students go back and rework their apps and improve them over time.” While the teens attend the JATC together, each has a different home high school. Evans

attends Murray High, Christensen attends Riverton High, Dee attends Herriman High, Hick attends Bingham High and Lundberg attends West Jordan High. To finish their project—which included two short videos, a logo design, rendering of the app screens and essays—the teens got together on their own time. “This group had a vision, and they just really worked together in a way that’s unusual for high school students so that the design worked,” Mansouri said. “I’m very proud of them for working together and for putting in the extra time to make this a success.” l

Update: The Pocket Closet app is still in development. Students have coded a working prototype on their classroom phones. They have been working on the programming, meticulously coding each page of the app and creating the graphics for each screen. Instructor Melinda Mansouri reports that the team of students will be working on the project for a few more months. She said they will be ready to upload it to the Apple Store or Google Play Store sometime this spring. Once that step is complete, students will run tests of the app before it will be available to the public to download at no cost. While 2017 was the last year of the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge, Mansouri’s classes will still continue to develop and produce three or four apps each year as part of their curriculum. l

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ALS you need is love: Riverton resident rallies arts community for benefit concert By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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hen a local choir teacher resigned from his position because of a vocal hemorrhage, he decided to continue his tradition of hosting a spring Beatlemania concert—but this time on a larger scale and for a charitable cause. “Honestly, I feel like, if nothing else, that Beatlemania concert that I did at the junior high was nothing more than to prep me for this,” David Martin said. The Taylorsville native’s close friend Chris Clark, chair of the Utah Valley University Theatre Department and the executive producer for Robert Redford’s Sundance Summer Theatre, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, in March 2016. Martin

wanted to support Clark and others struggling with the progressive nervous system disease through a benefit concert. And that’s how the first—and Martin notes, hopefully not the last—“BeatALS concert” was born. While Martin is certainly not the first person to put on a Beatles benefit concert, he claims the “BeatALS” pun. With the name and date selected and vision for what such a concert could do for the ALS community, Martin, without a choir, began rallying wellknown Utah performers—including cinematic pop trio GENTRI, Ryan Innes from “The Voice,” Defying Gravity Utah aerial acrobatics group and Terence Hansen, who is most wellknown for performing with a guitar with two


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necks. Through social media campaigns and word of mouth, news of the concert spread. By the time the May 1 concert at Cottonwood High School rolled around, more than 40 performers had agreed to participate, including the Cottonwood High School Madrigals and the Shout Beatles Choir that Martin formed for the occasion in conjunction with the Riverton Arts Council. “I don’t have to do the kid component in a concert like this, but I just think, let’s get them aware of making a positive impact on society at this age,” Martin said. “I think it is our obligation as adults who have been raised on good music to instill that in the rising generation, and it’s also the age to get kids aware of diseases and of causes and of their contributions to bringing about positive change.” Madi Hicks, 15, said being a member of the Shout Beatles choir was a new experience for her even though she’s been involved in other musical productions. “It just makes you feel good to do something for somebody else,” she said. “It’s fun to do whatever I can to help. Usually when I am regularly performing, I am only doing it for fun, but this is for something more than that.” Overall, the benefit concert raised money for the ALS Association and helped spread a sense of community through the performing arts, Martin said. “It was kind of a dual mission with ALS and awareness and art,” he said. “I feel like art is always under attack—at the school level especially. People don’t value it, and I am like, as many times as we can reach out to the community and say, ‘This is important,’— that’s a big deal.” Because of the positive response from performers and community members, Martin said he’s hoping the BeatALS benefit will extend into future years, though he said it still may be too soon to tell. The Shout Choir Martin created for the benefit will last through the rest of the summer and is set to perform at Riverton City’s Town Days celebration and several other events. Martin is open to keeping the group alive yearround. “The Shout Choir’s purpose is to unify communities in good causes,” he said. “Maybe it’s not ALS every single time; maybe it’s other things, but I think we would like to make this a group that its main goal is just positive outreach to the community and a good environment for kids to be involved in service and blessing the lives of people through good music. We’ll see where it goes.” Although the benefit concert is over, community members can still donate to the cause by visiting beatalsbenefit.com. l

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“You Can’t Fight City Hall”

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MESSAGE “Thank you for everything you are doing but you are wasting your time. You can’t fight City Hall.” This is what I heard from many people a few years ago as I went door to door as a concerned resident trying to rally support against a proposed annexation/re-zone of about 300 acres near my home in Herriman. Working Together As I spoke with other residents, city staff, and the developers, and studied the issues and process surrounding this area, I became convinced that we didn’t need to fight City Hall or the developers. We needed to work with them to make their plan better. We, as residents and property owners, were not against development. We recognized that we would not be living here without it. We simply wanted to protect our property rights and have a say in how our community was to be built. We organized a group of residents and went to work. We brought solutions to the table rather than complaints. Doors were opened that led to conversations and compromise on all sides. The result was not perfect, but now, roughly five years later, those homes and neighborhoods are being built. I and

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many of the residents who participated in that process have a sense of pride in the community that we helped shape. I now find myself in a similar situation (I hope), but this time as a member of the City Council. Due largely to the efforts of a group of residents, we have the opportunity to work together and do this again, but on a larger scale. Referendum Herriman is undergoing tremendous growth. So much so that it became necessary to amend our General Plan to include additional land that has been annexed into the City and change the zoning of several areas to accommodate commercial and industrial uses that had not been thought viable previously. Many people put in a lot of time and effort to formulate the new plan including additional and longer meetings, open houses, public outreach, etc. Despite these efforts, the resulting plan was not without controversy. It was passed 3-2 on September 13, 2017. A significant portion of the Herriman population was unhappy with the result. They organized themselves and decided to undertake a referendum on the General Plan.

The group was able to gather nearly 5,000 total signatures within the deadline of 45 days – a Herculean effort. The City Recorder has deemed the referendum “sufficient.” This is the first time that a referendum has been successful in Herriman, and it renders the Legislative Item (General Plan 9/13/17) to be “not in effect” unless or until it is voted on by the people at either the next municipal election or a special election. During the signature gathering, a municipal election was held in November and three new Council members were voted into office. The successful referendum, a new City Council, and the willingness of the developers allows us the opportunity to, in a sense, start over and work together to find compromise, balance and a sense of unity as we work to fulfill the great potential of this corner of the Salt Lake Valley.

reverts to the previous version. Due in large part to the efforts of the residents and the results of the referendum, that condition will not be met. Our legal counsel has advised that the result is the same outcome has been reached. That is, the 2017 plan is not in effect, and therefore a vote of the people is not required. Beginning January 1, 2018, we are back to the previous version of the General Plan which must be amended. The new Council plans to meet early in January to outline a process that includes both residents and developers. If all parties bring solutions to the table and are willing to compromise, I have no doubt that not only will we have a better General Plan for the future, but we will have a stronger sense of community as we work together. We Can Make a Difference I am so grateful to live in a country whose governmental system allows the citizens to be involved in decision-making. The notion that “you can’t fight City Hall” is not only wrong, but misguided. Trying to fight anyone is counterproductive. Please take the opportunity to get involved in your community. Together, we can make a difference! l

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A Call for Civility



ne of the formidable and ennobling rights we enjoy as citizens of this great nation is freedom of speech. The First Amendment to our Constitution, which is the bedrock of individual freedom, guarantees each of us this sacred privilege. From this divinely inspired document, it prohibits the government from restricting individual rights to speak freely on issues of personal or public concern on a local, state and national level. While the First Amendment bestows upon each of us the right to speak openly on matters of individual relevance, it doesn’t address the manner in which one should express that right and privilege, particularly as it pertains to governmental leadership and policies. Although the Constitution does not define appropriate behavior when voicing public opinion, I am confident our Founding Fathers would have hoped that a spirit of decorum and civility between all concerning parties would always be at the forefront. My purpose in addressing this issue of civility in governmental circles stems from the increased number of public meetings which have grown more contentious and toxic. One such meeting occurred earlier this year in Draper City. Mayor

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Walker, a personal friend and colleague, sought the support of his community to place a homeless shelter within their city limits. What Mayor Walker had hoped would be a spirit of love and concern for the impoverished quickly turned to a cantankerous crowd which displayed a high level of disrespect to governmental leaders. A second contentious meeting occurred last February when Representative Jason Chaffetz met with citizens in a town hall meeting at Brighton High School to address public concerns. The meeting quickly turned into a nasty display of boisterous yelling, screaming and booing which suffocated any attempt by the congressman to meet the needs of his constituents. Other public outbursts similar to those I have described are occurring all too frequently both locally and nationally and are often becoming the norm of human behavior when exercising our constitutional right of freedom of speech. Such displays of disrespect and intolerance are not confined to public meetings. Unfiltered and uncensored social media has become a forum of hateful remarks, belittling comments, caustic accusations and berating sentiments directed toward governmental policies and procedures

as well as elected officials and their leadership. Although such words and comments are not spoken publicly, they too can tear away at the moral fabric of kindness and civility. In this fast and demanding world we all live in, social media has become a creative medium to communicate our innermost feelings and desires. So as we employ this technological wonder, would it not be well for all of us to pause and think deeply before we create that message, click to send or reply, and ask ourselves, “Is it truthful or deceitful?” “Is it accurate or slanderous?” “Is it respectful or belittling?” “Is it honorable or unethical?” “Is it civil or caustic?” Civility has been defined as “formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.” Such social qualities would go a long way in stemming the tide of civic unrest in governmental issues. However, Angela Andrews from the National Conference of State Legislatures defined civility in more specific terms as we exercise our constitutional privilege of free speech. She said, “Civility is about more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past


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one’s preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same.” Elected officials at all levels of government should always be open to hear public opinion on issues of deep and personal concern and then attempt to come to a common consensus. That is their legislative duty and responsibility. However, elected officials should never be subjected to any form of communication that disrespects or dishonors them personally or the position they occupy. In this age when the voice of reason and understanding in some circles has been replaced with sarcasm and hostility, I wish to make an appeal that our voice of public opinion gravitate to a higher level of kindness and civility. Such a course will serve to enhance and strengthen relationships and place us on the pathway of cooperation and growth. As we set our course to greater civility when speaking on governmental issues or leadership, let us remember the words spoken by Mary Wortley Montagu, “Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.” May this be our motto, may this be our ambition, as we seek to build a kinder and more tolerant community. l


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amily, everyone has one, but it is what separates Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic from other clinics. Dr. R. Clay Cannon began practicing as a solo practitioner straight out of vet school in 1985. He founded Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic in 1989. Clay and his family are Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic. The business is 100% family owned and operated and the whole family resides within a stones throw of the clinic. Cherrie Cannon, Clay’s wife, has been with the clinic from the beginning. She now grooms and teaches puppy classes, while also working as a technician. Clay’s two daughters, Marnie and Jennifer grew up in the clinic. Marnie, an attorney, began working with her dad as soon as the practice opened and was working in the office by the time she was 12 (25 years ago). Marnie is now part owner and practice manager at Stone Ridge. Jennifer manages the clinic’s groomery and is the owner of K-9 Design, the #2 groomery in Utah according to Best Things Utah. The family atmosphere extends beyond the immediate Cannons. Each staff member, client, and patient is treated as if they were family. Clay and Marnie take time to personally get to know

each and every client and patient. Every person who enters the Stone Ridge doors becomes a member of the family. Quality is never shirked at Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic. Stone Ridge has three veterinarians on staff, Dr. R. Clay Cannon, Dr. John Knowles and Dr. Alan Cunningham to provide care for your pets. They also have doctors who work in their facility, who specialize in orthopedic, chiropractic, ultrasound, endoscopy, radiology, and more. The clinic is committed to providing the best possible medical care as a premier Veterinary Clinic and is constantly updating their facility to keep up with the latest innovations. In keeping with the family theme; Stone Ridge believes in being able to meet all of your pet’s needs not just their medical needs. Stone Ridge provides grooming services and has spa upgrades to make your pets experience at the groomer more relaxing. Stone Ridge provides boarding services which include: small kennels, large runs and extra-large runs for larger dogs; as well as complimentary baths for those staying three nights or more. To ensure your pet’s safety, Stone Ridge has strict vaccination standards for

pets staying for grooming and boarding services. This says nothing of the Stone Ridge family’s desire to give back. The owners and staff are active in civic organizations, pet rescue and canine cancer research funding. Free exams are given to local rescues for new adoptions. A community garden is planted each year on

Marnie’s property with the produce being shared among staff, friends, clients and neighbors. To learn more about Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic, visit the clinic at 1381 W. Stone Ridge Lane in Riverton, call 801-254-4840 or find them online at www.stoneridgevet.com and Facebook. l



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We celebrated with Clarity Vision and Jade Bloom as they opened their doors. Dr. Tremayne tells us a bit about him: As a Utah native I’m proud to set down business roots in Riverton. I’m excited to announce the opening of the South Valley’s newest eye care clinic, Clarity Vision. Opening this office fulfills a lifelong goal of opening my own private practice with an optical. For the past 8 years I’ve been seeing my patients in the mall in Sandy. Expanding to a 2,000 square foot office space is a dream come true. I couldn’t be happier to provide comprehensive eye care with state of the art equipment at Clarity Vision in Riverton. My staff is excellent at making sure my patient’s need are taken care of in a friendly and professional manner. We welcome new patients and walk-ins for eye exams Monday through Friday and some Saturdays and take most insurance plans. We would be happy fill your contact lens and glasses prescriptions whether you are a current patient or not. Let us help you “See with Clarity”!


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Herriman’s Barnes named coach of the year By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he Utah High School Activities Association recently named Herriman cross country and track and field coach James Barnes 5A coach of the year. His mentorship has impacted students and teams on and off the track. “He was one of the biggest influences in my life,” Herriman graduate Lucy Biles said. “Even though he was my track coach, I consider him one of my closest friends. He taught me how to push myself—not only to push myself in races, but in other aspects of life as well.” Barnes coached Biles to three individual state cross country titles. She is now running cross country at the University of North Carolina. The UHSAA named Barnes the 2016 5A coach of the year, and he received the Distinguished Service Award at a special association luncheon. “He taught me to look for things I could improve, on and off the track,” Biles said. “He helped me set goals to improve in running and as a person, too.” Barnes has coached track and cross country for 12 years, the last seven at Herriman High School. He has helped teams win 10 state championships. Several of his runners have gone on to compete on the collegiate level. In October, Barnes was credited with saving several of his runners’ lives. An out-of-control truck struck one member of the team and narrowly missed several others while they were on a training run. He constantly teachers his team members to be aware of their surroundings. “One of the biggest things he taught me was to give it my best all of the time,” former Herriman track athlete Marlee Peterson said. “As long as you work your hardest nothing else matters. Every day I was supposed to compete with myself. I was supposed to become a better version of myself each day. He talked to each of his athletes every day about their goals and how important their work ethic was.” Peterson is running track at Southern

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Herriman track and cross country coach James Barnes has played an important role in his students’ lives. Lucy Biles called him the biggest influence in her life. (Lucy Biles/North Carolina cross country)

Utah University. She competes in the 200 meters, 400, 800 and 4x400 relay. She is an individual high school state champion and a member of the 4x100 relay current state record-holding team at 47.3 seconds. “I know he has changed my life and the way I look at running,” Peterson said. Barnes graduated from Payson High School in 1987 and attended Utah Valley and Utah State universities. He has helped coach his teams to 19 region titles and 10 state titles. He has coached at Provo, Bear River, Riverton and Herriman high schools.

The Mustangs’ track and field team is off and running this season. Its girls team hopes to defend its third straight state title in May at the state high school track and field finals. The team lost several seniors; speedsters Kaysha Love and Dallin Tycksen have graduated. Love holds the state record in the 100. The Mustangs opened their season March 15 (after press deadline). They are scheduled to host Riverton April 5. The region championships are scheduled for May 10–11 at Riverton High School. l

Update: James Barnes led the boys and girls Herriman High School cross country teams to Region 3 titles and top finishes in the inaugural 6A Utah state cross country championships. Barnes had two seniors with the team’s fastest times at the Region 3 finals. Nathan Bracken finished third overall and Mica Rivera was an individual region champion. At the state finals Rivera finished tenth overall; the girls placed tenth and the boys team placed second.

The Mustangs returned to the Foot Locker regionals Nov. 30- Dec. 3 in Southern California. Rivera won the PreNike prep race at Davis High School. Nick Burrell and Seth Robertson finished well for the boys team. Barnes has led his teams to 21 region titles, 11 state titles and had 13 individual distance state champions in his career. He continues to lead the Mustangs in a great running tradition. l

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How to beat the January Blues



Christmas is over, money is tight and our waistbands are even tighter. We can’t help but feel a little let down. After eating too much, spending too much and maybe a few too many parties for many people January means buckling up the spending and the prospect of hitting the gym. I can’t help but feel a little bleak however, this year I’m determined to have the best January yet without breaking the bank. Here are some things I’ve got planned for the month that build up the cheer and won’t demolish the budget. Check out the Wildlife - Hogle Zoo is free the last Wednesday of the month from November through February (January 31 and February 28 2018). Plus, Tracy Aviary offers $1 admission the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month through March. Go to a Hockey Game – The Grizzlies play at the Maverick Center in WVC through April. If you’ve never been to a hockey games, they are fast paced and exciting! You can

get discounted tickets for $6.50 a person at UtahCoupons.com. Get Outside - There is nothing quite like a brisk walk in our beautiful surroundings to blow away the cobwebs and beat the winter city air. Visit one of our National Parks. They are much less busy than during the summer months and just as beautiful. For more information about Utah’s National Parks in winter go to www.visitutah.com/ places-to-go/most-visited-parks/national-parks-in-winter Volunteer – When the holiday’s end the giving shouldn’t. In fact the need is higher for volunteers in January then any other time of year. There are plenty of opportunities all around us like the food bank, animal shelters, elementary schools or just take a minute to shovel someone’s driveway after a storm. Plan a Vacation - Part of the joy of Christmas is all the planning, preparation, and excitement leading up to it. Now is a great time to start to plan a summer family vacation. A vacation to look forward to can

Go to a Hockey Game- The Grizzlies play at the Maverik Center through April.

help you overcome some of the post-Christmas blues and starting to plan early makes it easier to save for it too. Cook! Pretty much everyone seems to be on a health kick in January, so you may as well make it fun. Put on a bright colored apron

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e all have that one friend whose life could be a Hallmark movie. She spends her days organizing family sing-a-longs, has slow-motion snowball fights, and she snuggles with her family by the fireplace, drinking cocoa and wearing matching pajamas. The Golden Retriever has a matching neckerchief. And the toddler doesn’t spill hot chocolate on the white, plush velvet couch. This woman is too amazing to hate. I imagine she cries one beautiful tear that rolls slowly down her cheek as she ponders her incredible existence. The soundtrack to her life would be all violins and cellos. My life’s soundtrack is basically a record scratch. So how do I know this perfect woman with her perfect hair and her perfect family and her perfect life? I follow her on social media. (Stalking is such a harsh word.) She posts pictures of her family cheerfully eating dinner that didn’t come from a freezer box, or shares a video as she dances out the door in a slinky red dress that she’s wearing to a charity event where she’ll donate her time to help orphaned goats in Uzbekistan. I’ve never owned a slinky red dress.

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