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esides being a tourist attraction and a place for photo shoots, the “Up” house in Herriman is a home. “It’s not just a house,” Lynette Hamblin, owner, said. “It’s our family’s dream house, and we live in it.” A longtime Disney fanatic, Lynette said she fell in love with the house from Disney Pixar’s “Up,” which made things difficult when she and her husband Clint started house hunting in 2011. “I knew that was the fun Victorian style that I wanted,” Lynette said. “We put in offer for $415,000 on a house in Martinez, California, that looked just like the “Up” house, except that was a pink-colored house, but someone beat us to the offer.” Lynette said she felt as though “doors kept closing” in their house search, until Clint took an unexpected trip from their home in California to Utah to visit his ill grandmother. Clint’s sister, who lived in Draper, suggested that Clint stop by the “Up” house, a house created to look like the home from the movie, before visiting his grandmother. At the time, the “Up” house was open for tours. Clint knew he wanted to buy the house after stepping into it, according to his wife. He asked Bryce Bangerter, his tour guide, how much they were planning to sell the house for. “It’s not for sale,” Bryce said. Clint asked what price they would sell it at if it was for sale, and Bryce disclosed that it’d probably go for about $400,000. From that moment on, Clint said he was determined to get that house, and felt like he needed to move to Utah. Meanwhile, back in California, Lynette was researching homes on her own. She saved images of what she wanted their future kitchen to look like, so she could show Clint, she said. When Clint came home and told Lynette that he was interested in purchasing the “Up” house in Herriman, he said he thought she would be worried, but she had the opposite reaction. “He handed me the brochure about the house, and I saw the kitchen that I wanted in there, and I just got goosebumps and started

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The members of the Hamblin family gaze “Up” at the home they cherish. (Lynette Hamblin)

crying because it seemed perfect,” she said. But the Hamblins still had a couple of problems — Clint, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, was stationed in California, and wouldn’t be able to retire for a few years, and the home they longed for wasn’t for sale. After a few weeks, Clint headed back to Utah, with his whole family in tow for his grandmother’s funeral. While in Utah, he set up a time to meet with Blair Bangerter of Bangerter Homes, the man behind the ideas, plans and engineering of Herriman Towne Center’s “Up” house. “You’ve got to do things for a living, but every once in a while you have to enhance it by doing something enjoyable and fun, and that’s why I built the house,” Blair said. “At the time the market was pretty depressed around here, and my brothers were concerned that we might not get a financial return for the money we put

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

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ori Howell attributes her picturized calligraphy artwork to her 16-year-old daughter’s crush on celebrity singer Shawn Mendes. “She was going to a meet and greet at one of his concerts and wanted to give him something special,” Howell said. “She asked if I could write his name fancy, but I thought, ‘Everyone can do that,’ so I began thinking of other options.”’ Howell, a professional calligrapher, used the lettering of Mendes’ song lyrics to create the outline of his portrait in June. Guards at the meet and greet accepted the gift on Mendes’ behalf, so Howell’s daughter never got to see Mendes’ response to the art, but Howell said the project wasn’t all for naught. Howell enjoyed the project, so she replicated the style in an image of Abraham Lincoln, shaping his face using the words of the Gettysburg Address. Bluffdale showcased the Lincoln art at their Old West Days festival in August, and several people offered to buy it. Now Howell’s planning to create a line of calligraphy depictions that she’ll eventually sell on Etsy beginning in January. “I’ve never done anything like this before with calligraphy—doing art as opposed to just writing things,” she said. “You are usually doing calligraphy for other people. This is the first time that I feel like I am doing something for me.” The ebb and flow of calligraphy’s popularity has conveniently played out in Howell’s life, she said. Her chances of becoming a graphic designer after graduating from BYU in the mid-’80s seemed bleak as computer programs started taking over the jobs she was trained to do, so Howell put her phone number in the phone book and started doing calligraphy work, including wedding invitations, certificates and poems. She continued her work as a calligrapher from home for 15 years until her fifth child came around. Howell said she wasn’t sure she could keep up with her calligraphy work and the day-to-day work of being a mother. “I doubled my prices, thinking that would make it half of the work, and I’d still make the same amount of money, but I doubled my business,” Howell said. “I finally had to pull it out of the phone book and just do word of mouth because it was too crazy busy.” Two more children joined the Howell family, and Howell began spending her time almost exclusively as a mother. Around the year 2000, Calligraphy took the backseat, which was just as well because the demand for calligraphy began to decline. “Calligraphy tanked,” Howell said. “That was right along the time that everybody started saying, ‘Oh, I can print my envelopes on the computer. I can print my certificates on

Lori Howell holds a piece of artwork she created using calligraphy of the Gettysburg Address to form the image of Abraham Lincoln’s Face. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

the computer, and they look perfect. I really thought calligraphy was dead. I really did.” Howell’s children grew, and in 2011 she had more time to work outside the home, she said. She secured a job at Salt Lake Community College teaching calligraphy. It was then that she began to notice the resurgence of calligraphy on Pinterest and Etsy. “Now it has gone all the way back around,” Howell said. “People are saying, ‘I don’t want it to look like I can just print it off of a computer because anyone can print it off of a computer now.’ They want it to look handdone—hence, modern calligraphy.” Modern calligraphy has evolved into more than calligraphy pens and paper. Chalkboard drawings based on calligraphic styles are increasing in popularity. Howell’s been playing around with this idea for the past few months. “For me, calligraphy is creativity,” she said. “There are new things all the time. I

would have never thought of chalk two years ago, but then I started seeing it out there, and I thought ‘That’s cute; I should try it.’” Her chalkboard designs include decorative, wedding and menu signs. She creates these pieces by mimicking calligraphy styles using chalk. She thickens parts of the letters with additional strokes, instead of moving the pen in a particular way. Howell has also started glass engraving. She etches names and messages into vases, jars and perfume bottles using a dentist drill. Dillard’s and other stores hire her to inscribe personalized messages on perfume and cologne bottles around Christmastime. It’s a way to give a gift that’s personalized, she said. Calligraphy may evolve, but its rebirth has given Howell hope that there will always be a place for the lettering art in the world of art and design. “We place more value on the hand stuff and the work, love and time put into it versus something that has been manufactured,” she said. “I think people like the hand-look of stuff. It is maybe not perfect, but it’s still beautiful.” For more information about Howell’s calligraphy, email lori.howell7@gmail.com. l

Lori Howell’s chalk artwork hangs in her house. (Tori La Rue/ City Journals)

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Herriman City Council Report


elcome to 2017! The Herriman City Council is excited for the new year ahead and we are grateful for opportunities to represent our residents in conducting the business of our beautiful city. We are kicking off this new year with a council strategy session, a new citizen communication and educational outreach, and a city-wide survey. At the beginning of each year, the City Council, together with the city administration, meets in a two-day strategy session to establish our priorities for the coming year. We focus on the overall vision for Herriman City, identifying the qualities and objectives that make Herriman a great place to live, work and play. The capital projects for the year are discussed and prioritized. We focus on our city’s economic development as we understand the need to be able to shop local and grow our sales tax revenue to maintain our city’s strong financial position. We review our budget and identify how we will accomplish our priorities in a fiscally responsible way. We review our city’s general plan, a guiding document that is a guiding document for city zoning and growth. Vision, capital projects, economic development, the budget, and our general plan are our “Top 5” priorities. By conducting these strategy sessions, the council has an even better understanding of how we may work together with our staff to implement the vision of our residents. As a council and staff, we’re very excited to announce a new citizen educational outreach. Have you ever wondered how zoning decisions are made? Do you question why the city had to bond for a new city hall instead of saving and “paying cash?” Are you curious about what it takes to get your favorite restaurant to locate in Herriman? Do you want to prepare to run for city elected office this year and better understand those duties? These timely topics and many more will be covered in highly informative and interactive classes. We want to answer your questions and receive your input on community issues. After observing the great success of broadcasting our meetings on Facebook Live, we anticipate these classes will also be livestreamed and available afterward so even more residents can hear the dialogue. Another council priority in 2017 is to conduct a city-wide resident survey. This public opinion survey will help us understand resident satisfaction and concerns; we will use that information to set goals and better focus on service delivery. Some of the topics may include how residents prefer to receive city communication, satisfaction with the quality of life in Herriman, improvements or businesses residents wish to see in the community, and if residents perceive value in our city services. As we receive this information, we can set benchmarks and guide our city in exceeding resident expectations. We are enthusiastic about the future of Herriman City and truly appreciate the opportunities to interact with our neighbors and residents. We hope you will attend or watch the educational classes, respond to the survey and be involved with us in our city’s future. We look forward to a prosperous New Year!

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Southland students explore history he Oquirrh Hills Middle School auditori- said it helps history come alive outside of the music Tum filled with spectators asthrough young actors classroom. By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

and actresses from Southland Elementary took “I also liked to learn the silly lines and do By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed April 2016 the stage to perform “The Adventures of Lew- the dances,” Dallin said. is and Clark,” aHills musical journey about the fa- favorite Dallin of the most dance-intenhe Oquirrh Middle School auditorium partshad of one playing Clark in the play. He mous exploring duo from American history. sive roles. During the performance, filled with spectators as young actors and said it helps history come alive outside Dallin of the “Oh from my Southland goodness. Elementary It was fantastic,” could be seen doing heel-clicks, power poses actresses took the classroom. Patriceto Johnson, superintendent and a“Iback-handspring stage perform “The Adventuresfor of Jordan Lewis also liked to learnon thestage. silly lines and do the School District, said journey about the performance. 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She said fond memories of being in Witha cameo from Sacajawea, experienced in she thehad music and theater realm, proceed to tell her their journey through dance and musicals while she was in elementary school, and played by Sydney Horner, the crew’s guide joined Jackson’s team, and the two continsong, bringing in the help of a 30-person choir to who attended Southland dog, played by Matthew Dickey, and others, she uedwanted to put her on achildren, show every other year. Preece help illustrate their tale. Elementary, to have the same opportunity. Sharon the exploration is told from multiple angles. joined their team in 2011. With cameo appearances from Sacajawea, Kartchner, who was experienced in the music The cast, composed of more than 60 memKartchner continues to donate her time played by Sydney Horner, the crew’s guide and theater realm, joined Jackson’s team, and the bers, rehearsed the musical for three hours a to the school tomusical, her year. own dog, played by Matthew Dickey, and others, the two continued put on a even show though every other week starting in November, leading up to their children graduated from Southland a few years exploration is told from multiple angles. Preece joined their team in 2011. performances March 2 and 3, according to ago, Kartchner Preece said. The cast, oncomposed of more than 60 continues to donate her time to Director Jennifer “Shemusical, puts in hundreds of her hours members, rehearsedPreece. the musical for three hours the school even though ownpreparing children “Lewis and Clark” was Southland’s fourth for and directing these musicals any a week starting in November, leading up to their graduated from Southland a few yearswithout ago, Preece musical production. The2 school compensation,” Preece said about Kartchner. performances on March and 3,typically accordingperto said. forms a Jennifer musicalPreece. every other year and is put on “She “She still has busy life andofa hours familypreparing and she Director putsa in hundreds by the students parent community vol- for makes a priority. It’smusicals amazing.” “Lewis andand Clark” wasand Southland’s fourth andthat directing these without any unteers.production. 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Preece said al —“You’re one where thegoing kids are learning.” “Quest for the students Stars and Stripes” and “Lewis of Oz’Rebekah or ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” she said. “We they plan to rotate between the three plays Sap, 11, said she learned about and Clark.” “Dig It” is a journey through that analways to do a play that’swithin educational — one they’ve done in the and past:“Quest “Dig It,” for and the Lewis want and Clark’s journey the musical cient civilizations for“Quest the Stars where theshe kidswanted are learning.” and isStripes” and “Lewis and the Clark.” “Dig but said to learn more about them, Stars Stripes” an original play about formation Rebekah Sap, them 11, said sheown learned is aUnited journeyStates. through ancient civilizations and so she researched on her time. about It” of the Lewis and Clark’s journey within the musical but “Quest for the Stars and Stripes” is an original play “I love musicals, and I love that I got Kenny Bingham, third grader, said he said she wanted to learn more about them, so she about the formation of the United States. knowledge out of it. 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Progress, partnerships and parks: Herriman’s 2016 review By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

A rendering of what the Real training complex in Herriman will look like upon completion in September 2017. Herriman Mayor Carmen Freeman and Brett Wood, city manager, said the project is one of the biggest undertakings in the city’s history. (Bowman Design Works)


erriman officials didn’t start and finish many big projects in 2016, but the city’s accomplishments can be seen through its progress, Mayor Carmen Freeman said, using the RSL soccer stadium and new city hall as examples. “We are excited for these two projects for this year,” he said. “They are not in final form. They are not accomplished yet, but we think we can say we got those out of the dirt and moving forward in a good way, and it is a positive thing.” Other projects underway include an accompanying 5-acre park and 2,500-seat amphitheater beside the new city hall, a 4,000-acre park in the works, development along the Mountain View Corridor and ongoing reviews of parking near Blackridge Reservoir. “It is a very exciting time in Herriman,” said Brett Wood, Herriman city manager. RSL training complex In September, the nation’s first soccer training facility of its kind will open in Herriman, housing eight fields, a STEM charter school and a rigorous training program for athletes who are hoping to play professional soccer. “Our goal has been to create a program for youth training and academy training that is equal to anything you can find in Europe at an elite soccer academy,” said Dell Loy Hansen, Real Salt Lake owner when he first announced his plan to build the facility. “We have come to the belief that building from the ground up, developing the local talent and training that talent to an elite level, will lead to a very strong sense of connection with our community and the team.” After hearing about Real Salt Lake’s plan to build a soccer training facility, Gordon Haight, Herriman’s assistant city manager, approached Hansen and suggested Herriman as the facility’s location. Herriman City leaders and Hansen announced their official partnership on April 9 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. Herriman’s young population with a median age of 21, access to roadways and to the airport and available space made it a good option for Real, Hansen said at the Rio Tinto press conference. And while the $50 million complex will serve Real, Freeman said it will also be a place for the Herriman community. The Herriman complex will be home to the Monarchs, Real Salt Lake’s minor league affiliate, but Real officials have agreed to let Herriman’s high school soccer teams, Utah Youth Soccer Association and Salt Lake Community College soccer teams use the fields. “Any city looks for some iconic landmark that will really

An aerial photo of the Herriman City Hall construction in November 2016. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2017. (Herriman City)

Herriman City Mayor Carmen Freeman said he, the city council and other city leaders hope to create a 4,000-acre park in the area known to locals as the Herriman hillside, which encompasses the mountains at the city’s southern edge. (Herriman City)

identify their city, and certainly this does,” Freeman said during an earlier interview with the South Valley Journal in May. “It will be a great job creator. It will stimulate economic growth within our community.” While it’s still too early to see exactly what companies will come to Herriman because of the Real training facility, Wood said there will likely be hotels, restaurants, shopping and more. The training center and its STEM charter school, which will serve youth who are in the Real soccer academy and around 200 students from the local community, will open in September 2017.

Parks and recreation Eventually, Herriman officials hope to acquire and maintain a 4,000-acre park in the area known to locals as the “south hills” or the “Herriman hillside,” so they hired a parks and recreation director this year. “It will be hiking, biking trails, horse trails and perhaps a gun or archery range,” Freeman said about the desired park. “It will be a full-blown recreational facility, not only for Herriman but the state of Utah.” So far, city leaders have purchased 300 acres of land on the Herriman hillside, which extends from the Mountain View Corridor to the county property on the west. One of Wendy Thomas’ jobs as the new parks director is to try to acquire federal funding through the federal Army Compatible Use Buffer Program to purchase the remaining 3,700 acres for the south hills project. ACUB funds allows military and government stakeholders to work together to maintain natural habitats, open space and working lands between army lands and residential zones to benefit the soldiers’ training and the residents’ way of life. Because the Utah Army National Guard’s Camp Williams borders Herriman, the city qualifies for this program. Wood said the project’s size and timeline is up to the federal government’s discretion but said land acquisition for the project alone could take anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Over that time period, city leaders will begin develop the massive park a little at a time, Freeman added. “A development like this will make the city amenity-rich,” Wood said. In addition to the 4,000-acre recreational buffer, Thomas is working to expand two trails, Midas Creek and Juniper Canyon through Mountain View Corridor.

City hall Nearly a decade after the city leaders announced the location for a new city hall, the building should come to fruition at the end of August, according to Freeman. City leaders have been steadily working on the project, located at 5275 West Main Street, since breaking ground on the land Nov. 24, 2015. “Public sentiment is very high and very enthusiastic about it as they see it coming out of the ground and as they look at the park and what amenities are going to be available,” Freeman said. The project is estimated at $23 million, but there was enough city funding to pay for some of the project through capital reserves, and it was bonded for $15 million. The project did not raise taxes for the residents. The city hall will house the city offices, justice court and law enforcement, and it will provide conference rooms and space for committee meetings, weddings, family gatherings and other community events, making it as much of a place for residents as it is for the city, Wood said. The Towne Center will also offer a splash pad, ice track, history walk and 2,500-seat amphitheater in the park. These amenities will likely be finished by September 2017, according to city staff. “In many ways, a city hall and a city park really puts a stamp on a city and identifies it,” Freeman said. “It puts us in place where we can gather.” The design for the city hall was completed in February with construction beginning in April. The foundation was created in June, second-story construction began in August, the under roof was placed at the end of September, and the top roof and pavement were installed in November. Currently, the building is one-third of the way finished. Updates and videos on the construction are posted regularly on herriman.org.

Mountain View Corridor Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams called the development of the thousands of acres along the Mountain View Corridor a “oncein-a-generation opportunity” at an economic summit in September and asked for the creation of a commission to unite stakeholders. Freeman said he agrees with McAdams’ sentiments, seeing the corridor as the west side’s “road to the future” that could benefit from a united vision. “As you can look around, the county is about built-out,” Freeman said. “The west side is really the last frontier, and we are getting more and more interest in people throughout the state who want to relocate businesses and different organizations here, so we continued on next page…

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The Mountain View Corridor brought economic growth and high-speed drivers to Herriman in 2016. (Kimberly Roach/City Journals)

Herriman City received fewer complaints in 2016 about street parking near Blackridge Reservoir after the city council implemented a parking program. (Herriman City)

are going to keep an open mind to that.” Herriman residents have expressed interest in including light industrial uses around the Mountain View Corridor, Freeman said, but city officials are looking into all options. The city’s biggest focus in development is creating a self-sustaining community, he added. Freeman recounted experiences from his youth where he’d have to travel to Sandy or Salt Lake to go to the movies, eat dinner at a restaurant or find a job, and said he’d like to see the end of those days. “If we could have employment centers, goods and service centers, locally, it just makes a lot more sense,” Freeman said. “We see that, and I hope the rest of the west side can see that. Self-sustaining communities help improve air quality; they help to reduce the amount of wear and tear on our roads, and that is the vision we all ought to have.” The Anthem Commercial Center at 11800 South along the northeast corner of the city is underway along the Mountain View Corridor. The 50-acre parcel will contain the largest Walmart in the state at its completion with 200,000 square feet of retail space. The construction on the Walmart will likely begin in spring 2017, and the building should open in spring 2018, according to Herriman Public Information Officer Tami Moody. In all, the commercial center will house 500,000 square feet of retail space, but the city is not releasing names of other interested tenants. Freeman said he looks forward to seeing what comes of the open space in Herriman.

recreational amenity for swimming. Because there aren’t many onsite parking spaces, reservoir-goers parked in the neighborhood streets, and Herriman residents who live in the vicinity of the reservoir filed complaints. “We had people park in front of the house, and we can’t get out,” resident Heather Leister said in March. “We have a lot of kids on our street, and sometimes people don’t pay attention to stop signs. It’s like you’re waiting for an accident to happen.” The city council first discussed a parking regulation ordinance in a January 2016 council meeting. The council came up with a prototype and held an open house for the Blackridge community homeowners in March. The majority of residents were in favor of a parking program, so the city implemented one in April. The parking program allows Blackridge community members to purchase two resident permits and a guest permit for $25. Cars with permits hanging on the rearview window do not receive tickets for parking along the street curbs but others may. Single-day parking passes and construction parking passes are also available. The council revisited the parking permit program structure in October and determined that the program was working nicely because very few residents came out to voice their opinions, according to Wood. “We didn’t have a packed number of people who were screaming that they were dissatisfied this time, so I think, based on that response, we feel like we are moving in a good way,” Freeman said. “If you speak and take public input and you put it into practice, things can work out really well. I think it creating the permits was a great experience in that regard of government and residents coming together in a positive way.” City leaders said they plan to review the permit structure each year and adapt as necessary. l

Transportation While the creation of the Mountain View Corridor sped up economic growth, Freeman said also sped up traffic a little too much. “If you get on Mountain View Corridor, there are a lot of

people driving way beyond the speed limit, and so we want to make certain our residents are protected,” Freeman said. “We are very much aware that there have been a lot of accidents on the Mountain View Corridor.” Unified Police Department found 40 violations on the Herriman stretch of the Mountain View Corridor as of October 2017, according to Herriman City’s Facebook page. Thirty-five percent of the violations were animal related, but the following two most common collision causes were red-light violations and following too closely. “Safety is our No. 1 concern, so we are going to make sure we are taken care of,” Freeman said. The city council allocated additional funds to the Unified Police Department to patrol Mountain View Corridor to enforce the speed limit and other vehicle safety laws. In addition to maintaining safety on the roads, Wood said city officials are going after state and federal money to get more roads built. City leaders are determining now how much it will cost to extend Herriman Main Street from 12600 South north to 11800 South. “That should be under construction next spring to help our residents move out and about the community,” Wood said. Freeman said city leaders also haven’t given up on looking for alternative routes for transportation besides roadways. Hopefully one day TRAX will extend from Daybreak to Herriman and then go down through Riverton, he said. Blackridge Reservoir For years Herriman City officials heard complaints from residents parking near Blackridge Reservoir, but those comments were dulled after the council implemented a parking program in April. Blackridge Reservoir, located at 15000 South Ashland Ridge Drive, which is accessible through neighborhood routes, acts as

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erriman High School’s search for teachers wasn’t easy, and it’s not over. The school with the largest student population in the state hired 21 teachers over the summer, fi lling all essential teachfilling ing positions, but school administrators are still looking to potentially hire English/Spanish, math and science educators. “It’s been quite a journey—very hectic— because teachers, especially in the fi eld of science field and math, are extraordinarily hard to fi nd,” find,” Principal James Birch said. “You know, qualifi ed qualified teachers that have any background at all—even if they want to go the alternative route to licensure—I mean, trying to fi nd them is tough.” find The human resources department went out of state to try to fi nd qualifi ed candidates, the school find qualified called universities to entice senior secondary education students to fi ll the positions as interns and fill the district advertised in online and print mediums to try to fi ll their educator void. fill Every necessary position was fi lled, but filled, the Spanish, math and science classes are still “slammed,” according to Birch, and 41 Herriman teachers are teaching seven periods instead of the usual six periods. Herriman would need seven teachers working normal hours to make up for the teachers who are working overtime. Teacher attrition is a statewide issue affecting

educator vacancies. Two of every fi ve teachers five leave the profession within the fi rst fi ve years of first five teaching, according to the Utah State Offi ce of Office Education, and teacher turnover accounted for 25 percent of Herriman High School’s teaching need. “You have teachers that are young and get married, have kids and they leave,” Birch said. “Or, in some cases, we have a math teacher who left and went to a company doing basically accounting work and got himself a three-times what he is making here raise. That’s tough to compete with.” But student incline was a larger issue than teacher attrition affecting Herriman High School’s need for qualifi ed educators for the 2016–17 school qualified year, accounting for 75 percent of the school’s hiring spree. The problem may get worse in years to come. The Utah Foundation expects the state schoolage population to increase by 385,000 by 2050, and the student body of the current Herriman High School boundaries will likely increase from 2,650 to 4,700 students in the next fi ve years, according five to the Jordan School District. That’s why they proposed the construction of a new high school in Herriman in their fi ve-year building plan and in five-year their 2016 bond proposal. Herriman High administration can’t slow down the student population increase, but they can try to reduce the amount of teachers who leave to

other schools and other professions. Sterling Hunt, a social studies teacher who’s been with Herriman since its beginning, said teachers come in “gungho” but often get discouraged when they can’t fi gure out how to manage a classroom or are taking figure excessive amounts of work home night after night while getting paid a low starting salary. Birch said the school’s created a mentor program to help teachers learn skills like lesson planning and classroom management, and Hunt suggests teachers get involved in other activities within a school, like coaching, being an administrator over a club or chaperoning dances to make extra money during their early years before their salary increases. A mentor teacher is assigned to each teacher who has less than three years of experience in the profession, so the new teachers will know where to turn when they have questions. First-year teachers and mentors are part of the school’s Institute for Teachers, and they meet six days during the summer to learn the systems and culture of the school. The institute continues to meet once a month during the school year. “It’s a way for them to get out their questions and brainstorm solutions for challenges that come up in the classroom,” Birch said. “If there’s a teacher that’s not functioning correctly, I take it

One of the 21 new Herriman High School teachers receives instruction from a mentor teacher. (Gina Walker/Herriman High School)

personally because that’s my job to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Birch said he’s hopeful the school will keep its new hires in years to come and said he’s excited to see what the seasoned teachers learn from their new colleagues. “The fresh faces they bring into each of the departments—it sort of acts like a wick to light the candle,” Birch said. “It reminds that older teacher, ‘Yeah, this is why I got into teaching,’” Hunt added. “Even those senior teachers can learn certain things from the new teachers.”  l


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Driving Responsibly Mayor Carmen R. Freeman

Herriman City Mayor’s Message


ne of the great and often ignored tragedies in our society is auto accidents which have claimed over 225 lives in Utah this year. As we have sadly come to know, these misfortunes silence the laughter of little children, dash the hopes and dreams of young teenagers and creates untold heartache and despair within the family circle. As I have thought deeply about the precious lives which have been taken and the numerous others who have been seriously injured, I feel compelled to speak out on this troubling issue. My purpose in addressing this topic rests primarily on the fact that most accidents are preventable. Statistical data both nationally and globally affirm that 80-90 percent of all accidents are caused by human error. This personal causation of accidents in specific terms can be attributable to a host of influences - driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speed, unrestrained driving, reckless driving, running red-lights, tailgating, road “As I have thought deeply about rage, wrong-way driving, street racing, unsafe lane changes and distracted the precious lives which have been driving. Each of these factors pose a serious threat to public safety and are well taken and the anumerous others documented in accident reports and legal transcripts within our civil courts. who have been seriously injured, While each of these accident related issues could be addressed in greater I feel compelled to speak out on detail, the length of this article restricts me from doing so. However, I do wish to speak out on the growing plague of distracted driving which has rapidly this troubling issue.” been accepted in the forum of public opinion. This conscious behavior on

average claims the lives of nine and injures over 1100 people across this country every day (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Facts and Statistics). The federal government has defined distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving” (US Government Website for Distracted Driving). Based on this understanding, distracted driving includes texting, use of a cell phone, eating or drinking, grooming, putting on makeup, talking to passengers, reading, watching a video and adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player. Based on the consequences that distracted driving impose on the innocent as well as to ensure the public safety of our residents, the city council recently approved an allocation of $11,000 to our Unified Police Department to address this issue. This additional funding will create a heightened presence of law enforcement at major roadways in Herriman with an effort to curtail the ongoing epidemic of distracted driving and other traffic violations that contribute to auto accidents. I am confident this added measure of law enforcement will provide an extra level of safety to our residents and discourage those who may be tempted to drive distracted. I am frequently reminded of the numerous media reports detailing the painful and heartbreaking consequences of distracted driving. As tragic as each of these misfortunes are, I am hopeful they will be a constant reminder to each of us to drive responsibly and courteously with those whom we share the roadways. l

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Riverton 2016, a year in review By Tiffany Webb | t.webb@mycityjournals.com

Riverton residents can visit the newly built police station for help with citations, records requests and community outreach classes. It is located at 12810 South Redwood Road.

Welcome to Riverton entrance rock. (Chris Larson/City Journals)

The sign at the entrance to Riverton High School, where reportedly suicidal thoughts have been on the rise. (Tiffany Webb/City Journals)

Riverton beginning process to leave UPD taxing district In 2016, the Riverton City Council announced that they wanted to make a push to leave the UPD taxing district. The point in leaving the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Services is to avoid multiple property tax increases. Ultimately, Riverton would create a Riverton-only tax service area. In leaving the SLVLESA taxing district and starting the Riverton-only tax service area, Riverton would be directly contracted with UPD, and would be responsible for its own costs, according to Councilman Trent Staggs at the Aug. 16, City Council Meeting. “The question is rather simple: would you rather have the county service area continue to drive policy, budgets, service levels and tax increases, or would you rather have the accountability and control brought back to Riverton elected officials,” Staggs said. As of the Aug. 16 costing exhibit, UPD has 0.8 officers per thousand Riverton residents, and according to councilman Staggs, that number has been on a decline. With the lower crime rate that Riverton tends to have, that means fewer officers are needed, but Riverton is still charged for the costs over the full-service area, even though Riverton’s demand for officer coverage isn’t as large as other areas are. Riverton City only accounts for 15 percent of the total revenues within SLVLESA whereas the county represents nearly a 75 percent total. According to Staggs, however, since 2013 the taxes that Riverton City has paid to SLVLESA have increased to nearly $1 million. To compare to the county’s taxes, it has only increased by half of that. In addition to Riverton City’s increase, there is going to be a change to the composition of the SLVLESA board in January. Instead of there being only five board members there will be an additional six members added, which will further diminish the interests of Riverton in establishing things like policies, budgets and service levels for service areas, according to Staggs. As of right now, the beginning of the new year, there are some requirements that need to be met in order to leave the SLVLESA taxing district. According to Staggs, it takes only a full quorum on the council to vote into a new taxing district, like what was done in 2011. However, to be able to leave the taxing district it has to be put on the ballots for residents to vote on. This vote can only be conducted on odd years. This push to leave SLVLESA will be on the 2017 ballots for Riverton residents. They can either vote to stay within the SLVLESA service area or to replace this service area with a

Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area. Riverton will only be leaving the taxing district of SLVLESA upon a majority vote, not leaving UPD.

The program, Flip Your Strip is a park strip replacement program where residents can replace their grass park strip to a strip with gravel, mulch and perennial plants. Turning a yard into a localscape/xeriscape would be replacing grass with lowirrigation planter beds all the while having functional activity zones. Lastly, residents can also dial down the water hardness settings on their water softeners. More information regarding these conservations methods can be found online.

Riverton’s water conservation efforts During the summer of 2016 Riverton City residents had a threat placed on their green yards: turning the secondary water off earlier than scheduled. Had it not been for the Riverton residents who headed the plea to conserve more of the secondary water, then this threat could have become a reality. During the Oct. 18 City Council meeting Councilman Brent Johnson took some time to commend the efforts Riverton residents took in conserving the secondary water. “I want to commend those residents that heeded the call to stop wasting,” Johnson said at the meeting. “Within a week our secondary water consumption went to 10 million gallons a day reduction as soon as that pleas went out.” Looking back at the beginning of August, the Riverton City Council was considering implementing a mandatory watering schedule. The water levels in Utah Lake, which is the source of Riverton’s secondary water, were severely low, according to Councilman Johnson. The statement Riverton City released was to address these falling levels and to avoid the potential early shut off. The secondary water was left available till Oct. 1 because of the residents’ efforts to use only as needed. Currently, the culinary water reservoirs, Jordanelle and Deer Creek, are doing very well as far as the water capacity goes, according to Johnson. Looking forward to the new year, there are no mandatory water restrictions in place as of now. According to Councilwoman Tricia Tingey, the council wants to give the residents the chance to conserve the water on their own before having to implement any type of mandatory schedule. Having a strict water restriction schedule implemented, means there would be a need to fund an enforcement team to make sure that all residents abide the schedule. Education is a large factor for helping residents understand the necessity of conserving water to make it last all season, and for seasons to come, according to Tingey. There are many ways that residents can help conserve water for 2017 and years to come. Some programs that residents can participate in are Flipping Your Strip, making their yard a localscape or xeriscape yard, and dialing down settings on water softeners.

Healthy Riverton and Hope4Utah In the fall, as football season starts, so do the injuries, specifically head injuries. Healthy Riverton focused on the rise of sports-related head injuries, especially with younger children. According to Tingey, Riverton Hospital has seen a surge in these head-related injuries in younger children. Healthy Riverton, that was re-established in March, had an eventful 2016. Hope4Utah is now paired with Riverton High school to provide help in the prevention of suicides among the students. Riverton High School has noticed an increase in suicidal thoughts among students. On Nov. 1 City Council Meeting, Gregory Hudnall, the executive director and founder of Hope4Utah, spoke about the joint efforts that can be made by Riverton’s residents, Hope4Utah and Riverton High School’s Hope Squad at the Nov. 1 city council meeting, The Hope4Utah program’s goal is to not only help out Riverton High’s current hope squad but to also duplicate hope squad programs throughout every school within Riverton City. “We need a complete support system that extends beyond the high school,” Tingey said from a prepared statement. “Riverton High School is one piece of the puzzle. What they are doing is important. We want to fill in the rest of those pieces by making suicide prevention important to all of our community, in neighborhoods, service organizations and local businesses.” Having the community and local businesses a part of the Healthy Riverton Committee can reduce suicides and suicidal thoughts in students, and having a community of volunteers in addition to Hope4Utah can also help any adults that might have these suicidal thoughts, according to Hudnall. Hope4Utah has a long record in the reduction of suicides for many years, not only in Utah but across the nation. When residents volunteer in the Healthy Riverton committee, they will be trained in Hope4Utah’s program in the understandings of how to identify someone who may have continued on next page…

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ON THE COVER from 11800 South to 12600 South is completed. The only thing that needs to be done is to finish line striping. Because of wet weather conditions it hasn’t been completed. The other three projects are Midas Creek Trail connections. The trail is just west of Bangerter Highway. The construction will potentially start in 2017. The other project set to begin in 2017 is extending the right of way to add bicycle lanes to 13400 South just west of 2700 West. The last project is a bit further out with construction set to start in 2018. There will be width added for bicycle lanes on 12600 South from Bangerter Highway to the Mountain View Corridor. According to Robinson, the Redwood Road widening project does have the bike lanes worked into the plans. And according to the UDOT website, construction on the widening of Redwood Road, starting at Bangerter Highway to 12600 South will begin March 2017. Robinson stated that so far the projects are on track, but with a little snag in funding—the planning money isn’t available yet. He stated he would attend a meeting regarding these projects soon. According to Mayor Bill Applegarth these projects are going to help relieve the congestion throughout Riverton. This pulls cars off the street and puts bicycles on the road, all the while improving air quality, he said. The goal of these projects is to not only relieve the congestion and to make air quality better but to encourage people to ride their bikes to their destinations. “I think the highest priority for many people is having bike lanes and safe walking routes. That, to me, has always been really up high on people’s priorities, along with parks. So these projects, I think, really benefit everyone,” Wayman said. l

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Mayor Bill Applegarth and Councilmember Paul Wayman inform residents of Riverton’s Active Transportation Plan on June 11. (Briana Kelley/City Journals)

“…these projects, I think, really benefit everyone.”

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for something they can do together. “We are not hard-core runners. We run for fun. I was joking with my wife that if he would sign up it would force me to train with a purpose. He was listening in the other room and came running in and said OK. In mid-December we started training,” Brad Millet said. Canon, a fifth-grader at Foothills Elementary, began his training in the coldest month of the year. After a couple of weeks of hard work, Brad signed them up to run the St. George Half Marathon and 5K on Jan. 16. It was Canon’s first organized racing event. He finished first in his age group and fourth amongst boys 14 and under. “We just wanted to log the distance and a good pace. His last three miles were his fastest. We had been talking the entire time and I had not paid attention to our pace. I enjoyed talking to him. At the 10-mile mark I mentioned this was his personal best in distance and time and he asked if we could go faster. I think we could have gone faster all along,” Millet said. Canon finished the 13.1 mile course in 1 hour 57 minutes and 49 seconds. His father came in less than two seconds faster. “It is hard to relate to your kids sometimes. When we are running together we have a captive audience on both sides and we can talk about things. One time he told me it was almost like ‘bonding.’ We had some fun experiences together,” Millett said. “During the half, we were coming up on a group of middle-aged women and Canon said to me, ‘I have been reading about hormones and I was wondering

mile or so.” Canon’s sisters, Addie, 9, and Kate, 6, ran the 5K with their mother Joanne. Brad said he thinks it has started a sibling rivalry and Addie may want to try her hand at a half marathon soon. Training three times a week, sometimes in very cold temperatures, was difficult, but Canon never seemed to be discouraged. “He liked the idea of being tough. The hardest part was the cold and wind. One time he told me it was hard and we talked about how training is learning to put up with the hard stuff and getting over it. He really did not complain,” Millett said. They plan to train and schedule another half marathon this year. “I would like to run a marathon in the fall and I am sure he could handle it, but I do not want to spoil it. We were told he could win his age group, but that was never our goal. We just wanted to do it together and have an adventure,” Millett said. l



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Herriman hosts World Championship Blacksmiths Competition By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed August 2016


arriers from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Denmark gathered in Herriman during Fort Herriman Days for a three-day World Championship Blacksmiths competition June 16–18. “It was pretty easy to get it all set up because Herriman City Days are based around horse and wagons and that old-town feel,” said Scott Hill, a Riverton resident who helped set up the Herriman competition. “The blacksmith competition just fell right in.” About six World Championship Blacksmiths Competitions happen around the world each year, and 2016 marks the second year that the contest has been held in Utah. Hill and his friend Travis Swenson, a farrier who lives in Riverton, and Swenson’s mother, Rhonda Withers, coordinated with the World Championship Blacksmiths team and Herriman city staff to bring a horseshoeing competition to Utah after one fell through in a nearby state. Craig Trnka, one of the founders of World Championship Blacksmiths, described the Herriman 2015 competition as “one of the most extreme contests,” adding that by midday it was 102 degrees outside, and that was the temperature before contestants got next to fires to forge horseshoes. Two blacksmiths from England almost passed out from heat exhaustion, but the event was successful because of the attitude of the locals and turnout from competitors, Trnka said, which is why his group brought the competition back to Utah this year. Like all blacksmithing competitions, the

World Championship Blacksmiths competitions are education based. In the United States there’s no mandatory education for farriers. Besides the 40 to 50 large private schools for horseshoeing, there aren’t many opportunities for blacksmiths to gain hands-on education on a continual basis, Trnka said. “Through competition we make a pipeline of networking for people to go and continue their education,” he said. “Everything farriers do is handson. You don’t really learn that much from reading a book about horseshoeing. You’re only going to learn it by monkey see monkey do, and that’s what’s at the heart of this competition.” Trnka’s competitions have eight go-rounds by design so each contestant is a spectator seven times to every one time he or she is a contestant. Each blacksmith can learn techniques as he or she watches the other blacksmiths. Trnka rolled into the W&M Butterfield Park on June 15 in a semi truck carrying all the equipment needed for 10 competition workstations. Contestants began arriving and were set to begin their competition on June 16. The competition consisted of three kinds of events: two man, individual and live shoeing. Two-man and individual competitions are both 60-minute rounds in which contestants must make a horseshoe, but in a two-man event, one farrier makes the horseshoes while the other man assists by working a fire and swinging a sledgehammer. In an individual round, each contestant must man his own

sledgehammer and fire. Live hoseshoeing is a 70-minute round where a contestant must shoe a horse with a handmade shoe while making a look-alike specimen shoe at the same time. Contestants are given the design for the shoe two months prior to the competition, and the goal is to replicate it as closely as possible. Each contestant started out with a perfect score on June 16, but points were docked for imperfections after each round of judging. Justin Fry, CJF farrier from Minnesota, judged the competition. “When you get judged, it exposes you to other eyes, and it makes you better,” Robert Jukes, contestant from Texas, said. “You see what you are missing, and it helps you to improve your trade.” Jukes, who’s originally from Australia, said he noticed his job as a blacksmith was becoming monotonous soon after he moved to the United States. It wasn’t until he started participating in competitions regularly that he “rekindled the fire” of his craft. Since that time, Jukes has gone on to participate in several elite blacksmithing competition teams, including the World Championship Blacksmith International Team, a four-man team made of the top scorers from World Championship Blacksmiths competitions. Jukes placed third overall at the Herriman competition. “At the end of the day, it’s not really about what you score, though,” Jukes said. “It’s just nice to get around people who are doing the same things as you

A man gears up to hammer a horseshoe at the World Championship Blacksmith competition at Fort Herriman Days. (Joe Oliver)

every day, who are like-minded. We all have a good time, and it’s a good time to hang out and get a break from the daily grind.” At the end of each competition day, blacksmiths gathered around and created art pieces including steel roses, some of which they donated to charity, according to Withers. “They create the most amazing art, yet they don’t believe they are talented,” she said. “People should really come down and see the work they do. It’s incredible.” At the conclusion of the competition on June 18, farriers headed home, but Withers said she’s hopeful they’ll be back for a similar competition in Fort Herriman Days 2017. l


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Mustangs win hockey state championship By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed April 2016

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


he Herriman High School hockey team brought home its first high school state championship Feb. 27. The team used a fierce comeback and held off an end-of-game rally from the Brighton Bengals to prevail 6–5. “It feels so good to be a champion. I never thought that four years ago I would be standing here to say that,” senior Benton Smith said. The Mustangs and Bengals played scoreless hockey for the first seven minutes of the championship game. Herriman controlled the puck the majority of the first period, but a mishandled pass to a Herriman defender led to the Bengals’ first goal with 8:11 remaining. A two-minute roughing penalty by Herriman’s Bridger Neal put the Bengals in position to score its second goal — a power play goal with 7:48 remaining in the period. The Mustangs did not give up. Smith grabbed a rebound and outskated all five of the Bengals players to score the team’s first goal. The Mustangs trailed after one period 2–1. Smith added two more goals and Eric Feifer nailed an outside shot from the blue line to start the second period. The Mustangs grabbed the lead 4–2, a lead they would never relinquish. The teams traded goals to end the second period and the Mustangs led 5–3 after two periods. The between–period break was extended so the ice could be resurfaced and both teams retreated to the locker rooms for their final coaches’ instructions. “I told the kids to execute our game plan. We knew they would throw the kitchen sink at us, but we have had a plan from the beginning. Honestly we went back to basics. We stayed

with it and did not let it phase us,” Mustangs head coach Rich Teece said. The Bengals seemed determined to keep the puck off Smith’s stick in the third period. He already had scored four goals at that point. A Bengals defender trailed him everywhere he went. “I was thinking to myself that if we were going to lose this game they would need to take me off on a stretcher. I was willing to battle to get this game,” Smith said. Josh Cox scored the Mustangs’ sixth and final goal with 3:07 remaining. The Bengals then attacked relentlessly. Their timeout with 1:09 remaining set them up to attack one last time. Mustangs goaltender Carlin Merrill made a glove save and redirected the final shot across the top of the net as the final buzzer sounded. “I was scared, but it is exciting to be a state champion. That third period was sketchy all in front of me, but we held on as a team,” Merrill said. Merrill had 21 saves for the Mustangs. “It is incredible to be a state champion. Our whole season led up to this. We needed to skate our butts off and play our game and we did,” senior Dallas Nelson said. The Mustangs finished 8-2-1 in the regular season. Smith was second in the division with 42 goals, Cox had 35. Merrill saved 224 shots on the season. “The season went really well. We started out with a goal and set the plan and we executed it. We had some down time through the year, but every time we got back up and learned from it as a team,” Teece said. l


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Biles races at youth Olympic games By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed April 2016


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

“We made up a lot of time at the bottom. It felt good and I was happy with the results. It made me feel like I have accomplished something. My friends were all very supportive,” Biles said. In the team relay the United States finished 10th overall. The relay consists of three runs: a female, male and doubles team. At the end of each run the rider hits a paddle and the gate at the top opens so the next run can begin. The overall time establishes the team’s time. Biles started sledding five years ago. He began as a member of the Wasatch Luge Club. He started with singles and recently switched to doubles. He said he likes working as a team and discussing how they did. During a race the sled can reach speeds of over 70 miles per hour. “I am usually thinking about the next move. Sometimes in the straights I get to relax, but not for long. I really need to concentrate on the turns,” Biles said. He will return to Herriman after the Junior National Finals March 11–12 (after press deadline). This summer he plans to continue racing motorcycles at Utah Motor Sports Park in the MotoAmerica series. Biles is a sophomore at Herriman High School. He was able to complete most of his schooling online during his training. “Sometimes I get homesick. School has been hard. Sometimes the places we are at do

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

not have the best Internet. It makes it hard to do my work online. I really had to commit to do the work,” Biles said. He would like to compete in the Olympic Games.

“The ultimate goal is the Olympics, but right now I want to keep progressing and getting faster and faster. I want to start feeling more comfortable on the sled,” Biles said. l

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t’s the New Year and I bet you just can’t stand the thought of reading yet another article about why you shouldn’t make a resolution. After all, only 8% of us actually keep them, so why bother? To get where you want to be in life you have to have goals. Not just dreams, high ambitions or lofty visions. You must have realistic and achievable goals. If you aren’t steering towards a purpose how will you get there? If making that goal a New Year’s resolution is an option then, why not? So, this article is about how to keep that resolution so you don’t end up with just another un-kept promise to yourself. 1 – Be Realistic: One of the things that I have found that keep them in perspective is to take my goals in small steps. To do this I choose a goal that may take a year and then break it down into weekly, monthly and sometimes daily achievable things. For example, maybe I want to lose 20 lbs., and I make that a New Years resolution. I have just given myself permission to take the entire year to lose 20 lbs., only 1-½ pounds a month (no wonder I never lose 20 lbs.). You can break that further down to daily healthy eating or exercise goals. I use this same breaking down technique for financial goals, getting organized, helping others (remember the charity box?) and even getting the yard in shape in the spring.

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“After a Controversial Confession, Dr. Smith Changes His Story” Why the Real Truth Finally Came Out... Dear Friend– Over the past 13 years, I’ve sent out literally millions of flyers with a picture of my family and usually I’m in there somewhere. I shared personal details of my back pain, my struggles with weight gain, and how I watched my cute wife get in shape by running. I shared my drama of trying to run to get healthy, but how my low back and knees didn’t agree with the running thing…and ultimately how this led me to discover how awesome Chiropractic care can deal with problems like mine. The long and short of this journey is that I eventually lost the weight, ran some marathons, and completed the 7 years of college required to become a Chiropractor. But Here’s WHat I DIDn’t tell You… As time passed I continued to do what I could to be healthy, such as exercise and get regular chiropractic treatments. But as much as this helped me be active and pain free, I began to be aware of something that started bugging me. And the reality was I couldn’t stop it nor could I control it. The fact is…I WAS GETTING OLDER… time and gravity were creating problems for my back. To make matters worse, working as a chiropractor to fix other’s, ironically puts additional stress on my back. So, even with my regular personal chiro treatments and exercise, I started hurting again. And to be open and real, I struggled with it. Not because of the pain, but because I felt that maybe there was some contradiction that I was treating and teaching patients how to get rid of their back pain....but meanwhile I was having mine. tHe real trutH Is tHIs... After taking X-rays of my back, I discovered that one of my spinal discs was in bad shape and that I also had arthritis. It took me only seconds to see that my low back was going to need more than just

so WHY Do I sHare tHIs… I Think most People WANT to know that with a serious spinal problem, there are more options than just popping pills, or surgery, or just getting a bunch of chiropractic or physical therapy treatments to manage pain…they want solutions. I THINK MOST PEOPLE WANT an honest skilled doctor who is good at discovering what is wrong and what needs to be done to give the best outcome…even if that means turning the case down and referring them out.

chiropractic adjustments to get better. So as much I as believe in what chiropractic adjustments can do, I needed something more effective for this problem or else my back was going to be in serious trouble. If this took place 10 to 15 years ago, I would have just had to live it or roll dice with surgery. But the REAL TRUTH and the REAL BLESSING is now days there is great technology and time tested protocols that have excellent success with these types of serious problem. And the good news is that solution to my problem was already sitting in my office. We use powerful protocol that includes the LiteCure class IV non-surgical laser (to help reduce pain and stimulate healing), the DRX 9000 Spinal Disc Decompression, and a unique exercise program that stabilizes the surrounding muscles. This specific combination has literally helped hundreds of my patients with severe disc and sciatic problems. I’m happy to report first hand that it worked for me as well… I now feel great.

Complete Spinal Exam (X-rays if needed)

& 2 pain relieving Treatments

for only $17 ($293 Value)

Additional family Members

ArE only $7

The most powerful pain relief laser available.

When you call to schedule your visit, you will receive a Complete Spinal Assessment and 2 Pain Relieving Treatments for only $17 ($297 Normal Price). My assistant’s name is Linda. We are Elite Performance Health Center. We are located at I-15 and Bangerter Hwy (13552 S. 110 W.). Don’t hesitate to call our office.

The number is 801-302-0280… Thank you. —Matthew D. Smith, D.C. CSCS Chiropractic Physician

P.S. I am also extending this offer to a second family member for only $7.

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“Literally dozens of doctors, both military and civilian told me that there was nothing more that they could do and that I would have to just deal with the pain…some even told me to just expect to be in a wheel chair. I went from being among the top 1% physically fit in the army Special Forces to being in so much pain that I could not even tie my shoe or hold my new daughter. I tried everything from physical therapy to drugs for over 5 years for this, but nothing worked. Finally, I went to Dr. Smith and I did the Spinal Decompression, program. I improved exactly as he told me I would and I even lost over 40lbs. I couldn’t believe it! My wife cried “I have my husband back”. I FEEL GREAT… THANKS!”

I THINK MOST PEOPLE WANT clear directions with their treatment plans and clear financial options that are affordable with or without insurance. We are on most insurance including Aetna, Altius, Blue Cross, Cigna, Deseret Mutual, Educators Mutual, IHC Select Med, PEHP, UHC, and others. I have affordable cash plans. And Regardless of fault, Auto Injuries are 100% Covered by Auto Insurance.

– Steve M.


Spinal Disc Decompression

DRX 9000

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South Valley January 2017  

Vol. 27 Iss. 1

South Valley January 2017  

Vol. 27 Iss. 1