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urrently, Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs is paid $21,000 a year—a part-time salary for a full-time job—and members of the city council are questioning whether it’s time for that to change. “I do not think that $21,000 is enough for the amount of hours that he is putting in or is at all adequate compensation,” said Riverton City Councilmember Tawnee McCay. These concerns arose amid city budget negotiations for the 2019–2020 fiscal year. McCay would like to see a citizen committee put together to examine the mayor’s salary and determine a more appropriate level of compensation. “I kind of feel like I’ve been asking for this committee to be set up for the last six months,” McCay said. “I would prefer for it to be included in this year’s budget. Either [the mayor] would need to be someone that’s retired who could commit this kind of time, or someone that was independently wealthy. And I think it’s great that we have the mayor that we have, but I know the amount of time he takes away from his family, and I don’t think that we’re being fair.” Riverton leaders already increased the mayor’s salary in January 2018, from $15,500—at that time, the lowest in the valley—to the current $21,000, which brought Riverton much more in line with what other mayors in the area are paid. “When I look at the current salaries—Riverton’s $21,000, Bluffdale is $18,000, South Jordan’s $22,000, Herriman’s $14,000, Draper’s $35,000—we’re right there in the middle,” said Councilmember Tish Buroker. But there has recently been an idea floating round the council that if the salary isn’t raised substantially, good candidates won’t be interested in running for mayor—or in staying in office once they’ve been elected. “That comment has always disturbed me—the comment that we won’t get good people to run if we’re not paid,” said Buroker. “I think about this community that we live in, where

we have good people that spend inordinate amounts of time in religious positions that they are not paid for. They do it because they’re asked. I would hope that that’s the character in the integrity of the person that would run for mayor, that they would do it for those reasons. And I’m concerned, a little, that we may gain folks that would look at it and think, ‘Oh, that is a nice addition to my salary.’” “Since we just increased the pay, I’m not willing to vote for it this year,” said Councilmember Tricia Tingey. “As soon as you start increasing the salary so people can go into this job for the money, then it doesn’t become public service anymore. That’s just my ideology on that. This is not a polit- Mayor Trent Staggs wants the next mayor of Riverton to have a full-time salary, but isn’t interested in one ical job; it’s public service, and himself. (Mariden Williams/City Journals) public service does not mean a paycheck.” next mayor to take office. Staggs himself, it should be noted, has stated that he has “On my way out the door, I will advocate for a full-time no interest in raising his own paycheck. mayor here,” he said. “If you’re not involved in the conversa“For the record, this isn’t something that I asked for when tion, you get left out, especially the way this county is formuI ran,” he said . “When I ran, I knew what the compensation lated. We talk here sometimes about return on investment, and was. That total comp hasn’t changed as far as I’m concerned I’ll tell you what, the level of engagement that a mayor can for me, and that’s not something that I’m asking for.” But commit to representing a city and ensuring that we get our seat when he eventually leaves Riverton for whatever the next bet- at the table makes all the difference in the world.” l ter thing is, he says he will advocate for full-time pay for the

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Five new schools will open in the 2019-20 school year. Mountain Ridge High 14100 S. Sentinel Ridge Blvd., Herriman Mountain Creek Middle 5325 W. Bingham Rim Road, South Jordan Rebuild of West Jordan Middle 7550 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan Mountain Point Elementary 15345 S. 1200 West, Bluffdale Ridge View Elementary 14120 S. Greenford Lane, Herriman Two new schools will open in the 2020-21 school year. Hidden Valley Middle 15410 S. Harmon Day Drive, Bluffdale New Elementary School 8860 S. 6400 West, West Jordan

New Superintendent Dr. Anthony Godfrey was appointed as the new Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Godfrey is currently Associate Superintendent and a 26-year employee of the District. He has been a classroom English and French teacher, assistant principal, principal and administrator of schools. Dr. Anthony Godfrey Dr. Godfrey has a Master’s degree and Doctorate from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Teaching and French from Weber State University.

Health & Wellness We were awarded a 5-year Utah Project AWARE grant in the amount of $468,000 per year. The AWARE grant supports the new Jordan Health and Wellness Department consisting of highly qualified personnel, including school counselors, a school psychologist, clinical social worker, administrators and teachers.

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City Journals Exclusive: A guided tour of the proposed Olympia Hills site By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

“Our own private highway” is how some residents of unincorporated Salt Lake County view Utah State Highway 111 or “Bacchus Highway.” Those days are numbered, with projects like Olympia Hills under consideration for a burgeoning Salt Lake Valley and whole state expected to double in population by 2050. (Raman Patal/Wikimedia Commons)


t was 1975. The recent high-school graduate and his sweetheart from another school used to drive way out in the southwest valley in his tidy, but beat-up pickup truck, staring at the view of downtown from afar. The Mama and Papas still had traction with their hit song “California Dreamin,” but Doug Young’s internal tune might have been more like “Southwest Quadrant Dreamin,” as the young man, soon to become a land developer, says he started envisioning a project that he now says he wants to be his life-defining work. “This will be everything I’ve learned over the years, integrated into one,” Young said, hopeful.

pia Hills land-development proposal for nearly 940 acres in the Southwest Quadrant (SWQ). The area he is firmly fixated on—with what he has called “patient money”—straddles both sides of the Bacchus Highway (Highway 111), running along the Oquirrhs. It is squarely in Herriman’s back yard, proximate to South Jordan, and, ultimately, of concern and interest to residents of six municipalities comprising the SWQ Mayors Council and unincorporated Salt Lake County (SLCO) alike. “This is really important to me,” he said. “Who wouldn’t want to live and work right here?” he hypothetically asked, on a clearsky, spring-approaching-summer day.

Soft-spoken with a loud truck and an even The Last Holdout louder development concept

Young is soft-spoken but drives a flashy, red truck. He is a man big on manners, calling out media for taking up-close pictures of residents trying to communicate their positions at open houses. Through his “LLC” (limited liability corporation), aptly named “The Last Holdout,” he is at work with his round-two Olym-

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The City Journals asked for and got a drive-about, narrated tour of the land Young has purchased for his proposed Olympia Hills project. The tour starts with “the last house from the town of Lark.” Anyone up on their Utah history attending one of the Olympia Hills public-input sessions in March of this year, or from the previous vetting of the original proposal last

summer, may recognize the name Lark. Now described as a “ghost town” on the internet, the Lark mining town from more than 150 years ago is more ghost, less town: According to Young, the last structure that was not either demolished or relocated to Copperton or elsewhere, the Bastian farm, now sits on land that was the missing puzzle piece for his Olympia Hills dream project that he now owns (reportedly purchased for $11.5 million).

Live-work-pay to play?

Young is pitching Olympia Hills as a high-density “live-work-play” community, comprising high-paying STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) jobs, akin to those powering the bustling Lehi-based Silicon Slopes community, just last month being named one of the top-10 small cities for small business, according to Verizon small-biz metrics. Young sees Silicon Slopes’ jobs as enviable, but deems its actual development “a disaster,” a very white-bred mono-culture cluster where employees “get in their cars and drive” to far-flung suburban destinations, creating or at least exacerbating the very transportation crisis the SWQ Mayors Coun-

cil in general, and Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs in specific, have loudly critiqued. Young’s current development model for Olympia Hills is contingent upon recruiting a mammoth tech firm, along the lines of a Facebook or an Amazon, to designate the area as one of its corporate headquarters. In this way, Young seems to genuinely draw development inspiration from Lark and the concept of mining towns, which were designed and built to fulfill all resident needs right within the community—work wages, supplies, and recreation. Residents attending the proposed project’s open houses in both Herriman and South Jordan in March, wondered aloud how the project could get the attention of a Mark Zuckerberg, a Jeff Bezos, or any other captain of the mega-companies Young seeks as anchor tenants. The answer remains to be seen. But it seems like it will definitely not be aided, in early stages, anyways, by the State of Utah’s Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or “GOED,” which pitches properties to businesses to relocate to Utah, but not until they are “move-in-ready,” to use a real estate phrase.

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The regional growth committee of the Wasatch Front Regional Council metropolitan planning organization comprises county and municipal constituents closely watching—if not participating in—the Olympia Hills progress. (Wasatch Front Regional Council)

Go, but without GO-ED

“Interesting… scary,” is how GOED Associate Managing Director Thomas J. Wadsworth recently described the prospect of Olympia Hills’s ability to attract mega-companies. Perhaps a strategy of recruiting smaller, even fledgling, Utah businesses could be the ticket. This year high-flying Merit Medical will do $1 billion in sales. The company was just a few-million-dollar startup when visionary medical-device CEO and founder Fred Lampropoulos, whom others called “crazy,” set his eyes on not just building a business, but helping create a community in under-developed South Jordan decades ago, purchasing 60 acres. The company now boasts a $3 billion market cap and is committed to growing to twice its size in the next five years. It says 25-30 percent of its workforce lives in SoJo, and is slowly kludging together on-campus services like a free employee dental clinic and onsite medical and day-care facilities, which would seem to, someday, provide the red-carpet for co-located housing. When directly asked about an intention to do so, Lampropoulos declined further comment to City Journals. Silicon Slopes’s ambassador, Executive Director Clint Betts, echoes the power of “grow your own” economic development, saying that communities get the greatest economic mojo by helping grow local business “fishes,” versus seeking the “whales” of the Amazon and Facebook ilk. In a 60-minute presentation to the SLCO Council in May, tech savant Betts repeatedly praised Olympia Hills, calling it out by name and stating it is the kind of development not just SWQ, but all of Utah needs. Betts is also the chair of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Housing Gap Coalition.

planned community, which sits on remediated land developed by Kennecott. Kennecott is the mining mammoth that dismantled most of Lark to use the land now owned by Young as a dumping ground of “overburden” rock and soil to vigorously pursue surface mining, in the Oquirrhs overlooking the area. Daybreak is the national poster child for planned communities. It reigns as the No. 1-selling community in Utah and the No. 12-selling community in the country. Just last month, the development added to its laurels, being named national Master Planned Community of the Year by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, besting more than 600 other planned-community entrants for not just the overall prize, but also nabbing top honors in more than 50 categories. Silicon Slopes’s Betts served as the final speaker for the County’s “Growth Summit 2.0.” The week previous, it was Daybreak’s turn. Where Betts repeatedly called out Olympia Hills, with words of praise, the three Daybreak executives presenting to the County were focused on telling their story and avoided discussion of that project. When asked, while attending metropolitan planning organization Envision Utah’s annual breakfast in late May about potentially serving as consultants to Olympia Hills, Daybreak Director of External Relations Rulon Dutson gave a tight-lipped response: “There are ways we could participate, but we aren’t in the consulting business.” Dutson added, “As yet, a role has not developed.”

chor Olympia Hills. Observing that SWQ Mayors recognize that Olympia Hills “along with other developments” are coming, West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding echoed the theme of SWQ mayors, telling City Journals, “We are not opposed to high density, it just needs to be in the right spots.” Riding indicated the upcoming regional study SWQ Mayors Council has secured $250,000 to fund will help secure necessary input about infrastructure issues, including water, sewer, and what is pretty much universally deemed the biggest critique of not just Olympia Hills, but the whole SWQ landscape—transportation. On this matter, Herriman Mayor Protempore and City Councilman Jared Henderon weighs in. “Cities must consider the effect that [developer Young’s] “project” will have on the infrastructure,” he said. “[SWQ] cities have planned for density in the places that make sense,” he added. “If you want higher density at the edges of the infrastructure system, you simply need to build the entire infrastructure system up to support it. The problem simply is that the developers do not want to pay for it. They want to build their ‘project’ and walk away while cities are left holding the infrastructure bag of gridlock and soaring maintenance costs.” Of those skeptical of Olympia Hills and its bold vision for diversity, Young said: “They talk about roads, they talk about water, but what they really are thinking about is not wanting low-income neighbors.” l


Lark anything but a lark

Those attending recent Olympia Hills project open houses in Herriman and South Jordan used the word “propaganda” to describe the materials assembled to portray the development. It seemed possible that Young’s PR firm had even concocted the concept of Lark to pitch the development. Another Daybreak? However, driving around the nearly 940 The project that is, perhaps, blood-kin, at least in Young’s mind, to the proposed acres he has purchased for Olympia Hills, Olympia Hills, is South Jordan’s Daybreak the concept appears to be all Young’s. He admires the diversity of countries and cultures

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comprising the once-Lark, now Copperton— even if it is more socio-economic grounded. Through what he depicts as his philanthropic work with Jordan School District, he shares the powerful story of Elvis Amin, a recent Copper Hills High graduate and refugee from Sudan who transcended language barriers and other challenges to become, as reported by the West Jordan Journal, “the leader of the pack” in terms of popularity and academic success. Young says he wants Olympia Hills to help Salt Lake County become more diverse, echoing big-city metropolitan areas he has spent a lot of time in, like Baltimore and Houston, which he perceives as being much more blended and accepting of cultural differences. His vision is for Daybreak-like diversity of housing options, with everything from million-dollar homes to apartments. The high-end homes, though, can also include accessory-dwelling units to promote diversity versus the segmentation he says is stifling sites like Silicon Slopes and much of Salt Lake County. While driving to the Copperton Cemetery, overlooking what would become his Olympia Hills, Young points out a gravestone commemorating the multiple cultures having contributed to the early-day mining operations. He says he regularly visits the cemetery, finding inspiration in the history of those workers who helped make Kennecott the kind of mega-corporation he wants to an-



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Herriman finishes as runners-up in state water polo tournament By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Herriman sophomore Reagan Hopkins averaged 8.7 saves per game for the Mustangs this season. (Photo courtesy of Greg James/City Journals)

The Mustangs took second place in the state water polo tournament. Despite some tears, players were satisfied with the result. (Photo courtesy of Greg James/City Journals)

n the girls state water polo championship, Herriman High School ran into its nemesis, Kearns, and finished its season in second place. “Kearns is very experienced,” Mustang water polo head coach Michael Goldhardt said. “We have played them so often we know what to do, and they know how to stop us. Anytime we play, I expect a tough game.” The Mustangs never threatened in the contest. They trailed 5-1 after the first period and eventually lost 13-3. Shelby Hawes, Ali Wells and Mekenna Scadden each scored a goal in the championship game. Hawes notched five steals. “I think we get a little timid and a little scared when we play them,” Goldhardt said.

work well in the pool and outside the pool. They are good friends. They have played together from eighth grade on up.” Wekluk led the team with 53 goals., Mcquivey had 36 goals, and senior Rachel Hall contributed 33. Overall, the team averaged 10.7 goals per game. Sophomore Reagan Hopkins saved 8.7 shots per game as a keeper. Goldhardt said playing water polo is very demanding. “It takes a lot of time,” he said. “They practice at 5 in the morning every day. Spring season is from the end of state swim meet until May. Plus, they are all on the swim team, so they come to practice and swim. They swim every single day all school year.”


“It is going to take a culture change to get over that.” The Lady Mustangs finished their season with a 15-6 overall record. They won state championships in 2015 and 2017. Wells, a sophomore, led the team defensively with 89 steals. She also contributed nine goals and 16 assists. “Anna Wekluk, Maison Mcquivey and Shelby Hawes each contributed offensively,” Goldhardt said. “Shelby has an extremely awesome outside shot.” Goldhardt was named the girls co-coach of the year with Kearns’ Seth Hughes. “These young women are some of the most amazing young women I have ever worked with,” Goldhardt said. “They really

The Mustangs are unsure how the opening of Mountain Ridge will affect the team. “I do lose my entire starting lineup to graduation,” Goldhardt said. “They have been playing together for a long time. I love Herriman, the administration and all of these kids.” Summer training has already begun for the team. The players train every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at J L Sorenson Recreation Center. The team participated in Riverside, California, at the Calvary Baptist University water polo summer camp June 24–28 l.

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Municipal mayors prioritize unprecedented regional coordination By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

The Southwest Quadrant (SWQ) Mayors Council’s commitment to a “Shared Vision and Growth Strategy” seeks to douse “unconstructive controversy” in developing a strategic growth plan through 2050. Here SWQ Mayors Trent Staggs of Riverton and Dawn Ramsey of South Jordan flank Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson during the South Valley segment of her five-county tour in April and May. (Salt Lake County)


he scores are in, and the tabulations are done. But the Southwest Quadrant (SWQ) Mayors Council is not yet ready to release the results of its quest to name an urban-planning partner help manage its three-pronged approach to deliver a “Shared Vision and Growth Strategy” for the Salt Lake Valley’s SWQ. In need of a palatable code name, for broader public conversation, The Shared Vision and Growth Strategy will address land use, economic development and transportation infrastructure changes across participating communities and collectively target “a high quality of life,” with a 2050 outlook, the precise timeframe by which the state is set to double its population. The timeline is brisk—what at least one of the SWQ mayors says is as short as one year. The study will bridge the gap between the high-level vision “forest” and municipal general-plan and ordinance “trees.” It also continues to empower participating communities with local decision-making, paired with the ability for community leaders to “wear two hats”—representing both their SWQ aspirational contributions and their municipal day-job, elected responsibilities. Essentially, it is crystallizing the phrase South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey has begun to brand: “Think regionally, act locally.”

what Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson told City Journals last month, with regards to the rebooted, high-density Olympia Hills projects, which, if it is to advance to fruition, must now reapply and retrace assumed improved steps to garnering SLCO County approval. Wilson’s comment was: “We cannot move forward with wasting a single acre.” Provided with a little more than $250,000 in financing to engage its study, SWQ Mayors is moving swiftly to initiate a process that will begin with analysis, then move to a vision, and, ultimately, result in what the mayoral cadre hopes is a “shared growth strategy’ to proactively guide long-term development.

‘What is the ‘Southwest Quadrant?’ What is the ‘SWQ Mayors Council?’

SWQ comprises land from six municipalities—Bluffdale, Copperton, Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and Riverton—and significant, undeveloped parcels in the in Unincorporated Salt Lake County. Just like the “Northwest Quadrant,” the “Southwest Quadrant” is a key area of SLCO and one facing intense development considerations. “The name of the area isn’t as important as [the concept of] our communities working together with a shared vision and resources,” said SLCO Mayor Jenny Wilson. Wilson also rightly reminds: “The Southwest Quadrant includes a large part ‘We must get this right’ of unincorporated SLCO. It is important for “As the only area of the valley with SLCO to represent the unincorporated area much vacant land left, we must get this and have a seat at the table as their future is right,” Ramsey said. discussed.” Ramsey’s comments are reminiscent of The six SWQ municipalities represent

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“Think Regionally, Act Locally” is South Jordan (SoJo) Mayor Dawn Ramsey’s mantra with regards to regional planning and municipal service. The concept has traction in the Southwest Mayors Council’s recent proposal outline for a visioning, land use and transportation study. (Utah League of Cities and Towns)

West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding indicates that the Southwest Quadrant Mayors Council began to get traction with the Utah Legislature in this last session, observing that six mayors from six communities translates to clout for the Southwest Quadrant and its residents.(Utah League of Cities and Towns)

100 square miles of land and nearly 300,000 residents. Unincorporated SLCO parcels and the residents who reside there add to those figures.

been committed with “no strings attached,” yet represented the County as attempting to inappropriately wedge its way into the process. “Salt Lake County is clearly a stakeholder,” quipped a source with a metropolitan planning organization, a few days after learning of Henderson’s comments. “The transportation crisis in the Southwest of SLCO is one of the top priorities of the Southwest Mayors.” Henderson told City Journals. The crisis is most relevant to Herriman, he said, where it is a case of “We need some, before we can get more.” Concerned Herriman residents collected a reported 16,000-plus signatures of disapproval regarding the first Olympia Hills project proposal. “Herriman residents, in particular, will be the most effected by Olympia Hills,” Henderson added. “The compounding effect on our residents’ daily quality of life will be immense, and they are, justifiably, very concerned that there is no infrastructure plan to support it.” “Everyone who wants to weigh in will have the opportunity, including residents, land owners, developers, utility companies, the school district, business owners, municipalities, the county and anyone else associated with our Southwest Quadrant of the Salt Lake Valley,” Ramsey said. It is a case of SWQ mayors now embracing the mantra of their newly congealed commitment to douse what is deemed “unproductive controversy” in the “Shared Vision and Growth” strategy. l

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When mayors, metropolitan planning organizations and media refer to the “Shared Vision and Growth Strategy,” who are the players involved in that? A pool of contractors was invited to bid on a nine-page proposal. Four proposals were submitted. Proposals have been evaluated by more than 40 municipal and metropolitan planning organization representatives on two key metrics: approach and staff. Key project contributors include, as Wilson asserted, SLCO Regional Planning and Transportation, the Utah Department of Transportation, and the Utah Transit Authority. Major stakeholders will include utilities, school districts and major property owners. “SLCO is a huge player in this effort,” said West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding. “We will be using the Oquirrh View Study that was just completed by the County.” The embracing of Salt Lake County as a key constituent from Ramsey and Riding is a much different tenor than was exhibited midMarch by one of the SWQ Mayors Council representatives, Herriman Councilman/Mayor Protempore Jared Henderson. Attending a public-engagement session for the proposed redraft of the once-vetoed Olympia Hills project at Herriman’s Bastian Elementary in April, Henderson depicted funds that had been granted for the SWQ vision and growth strategy as monies that had

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Mustangs seize second softball championship By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


here were no easy games on the road to a second-straight state championship for the Herriman softball team. Rain forced delays and stretched its search for a title over three long weeks. “All of the hard work has paid off,” Mustangs head coach Heidi McKissick said. “We are building a legacy at Herriman. Getting a taste of the championship last season helped us to know what to do.” The Mustangs defeated Layton in the championship game 9-3. The game was held at Salt Lake Community College after a crazy tournament full of delays and cancellations. A weeklong storm forced the cancelation of four days’ worth of games and forced the Utah High School Activities Association to move games from its traditional Valley Softball Complex in Taylorsville. The rainsoaked fields were unable to be made playable. Despite the change of venue and hectic rescheduling, Herriman stayed on track. The Mustangs advanced to the semifinals with tournament wins over Davis, Kearns and Bingham. Against the Miners, they turned into a marathon-type game lasting nearly three and a half hours and nine innings. The Mustangs eventually scored six runs in the top of the ninth and held on for

“Our seniors (Parkinson and Sydnee Hoffman) were great leaders,” McKissick said. “They really stepped up when we needed them to.” Hoffman led the defensive charge in the tournament with several key plays to save game-changing situations. Parkinson anchored the Mustang pitching duties, allowing only one run in six innings in the championship game. “Every game, all year all the way to the championship game, every girl contributed,” McKissick said. “They got hits, walks, bunts down and played defense when we need it. We knew we could do it and believed. We lost twice to Copper Hills in the season, but we said, ‘It is hard to beat someone three times.’ We believed all along.” In 95 innings this season, Parkinson struck out 104 batters. She also belted eight home runs and had 26 RBIs. She has committed to play at SLCC next season. “We knew that Libby’s experience could The Mustangs celebrate with the state championship trophy after defeating Layton 9-3 in the championship carry us,” McKissick said. “She plays with so game. (Photo courtesy of Heidi McKissick/Herriman softball) much passion and leadership. We needed that in a pitcher. We had 24 talented girls. I really the victory. The win advanced them to match victory over Copper Hills. wish I could play them all.” up with region rival Copper Hills. They again exploded for six runs against Hoffman led the team with 28 RBI and The Mustangs scored runs in bunches. Layton in the championship game. The pinscored 30 runs. l Against Copper Hills, they amassed eight nacle of that game was a two-run home run runs in the sixth inning to help them to a 10-7 by senior Libby Parkinson.

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Mustangs win lacrosse state championship By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Upcoming Events Enduro Challenge August 10 7:00 PM W&M Butterfield Park Tickets Available at bit.ly/herrimanevents Herriman celebrates its state title after its 12-10 victory over Pleasant Grove. (Photo courtesy of Herriman boys lacrosse)


s Utah high school lacrosse teams prepare to step into a new world next season, Herriman hangs on to its past while celebrating its present. The Mustang boys team won another state championship this spring. “I feel good about the season,” first-year Mustang boys lacrosse head coach Wyatt Katsos said. “I am a Herriman alumnus myself, and I have been chasing something like this since this all began. It is nice to see it and pass that legacy along to the younger kids that might have watched me play.” The Mustang boys team defeated Pleasant Grove 1210 to hoist the championship trophy. They also won a class B championship trophy in 2017. “It boiled down to passion,” Katsos said. “When we walked onto the field, I knew we were going to win flat out. We jumped out early to a lead. We were able to win the mental battle. PG (Pleasant Grove) is a very physical team, and they have some talent. We played well as a team.” Katsos admits his team is not the most skilled team in the state, but the players and coaches are successful due to their hard work and commitment. “It is very much a team effort all the way up to the coaching staff,” he said. Pleasant Grove won the opening faceoff and had an initial attempt, but Herriman rebounded and took control of the match. After an ongoing attack, sophomore Jack Crawford scored, then Hunter Brundage scored again to put the Mustangs up two goals early. They led 6-1 at the end of the first period.

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“The senior leadership for this team really helped us,” Katsos said. “We have a lot of very young players. They helped keep us in the right place.” In goal, the Mustangs benefited from the play of Gage Gann. He had a 52 percent save percentage and only allowed 6.9 goals per game. “Playing goalie is a big mental battle every game,” Katsos said. “You need to have a short memory and communicate well with your team. Gage is a very good leader and has a lot to learn. He is a stellar player.” Dylan Checketts was named First Team All-State. His 274 face-off wins was tops in the state. He also scored seven goals and had 101 ground balls (forced turnovers). He is trying to attend college and major in aerospace engineering. “We have kids that really want to put in the work to play collegiate lacrosse,” Katsos said. Jack Crawford and Garret Gann were named as Honorable Mention All-State players. In 2019–2020 lacrosse becomes the 11th sanctioned sport by the Utah High School Activities Association. “With the new school (Mountain Ridge), some of this team will get split up, but it will give that young talent a chance to play and grow,” Katsos said. “Sanctioning with the high schools has been a long time coming. I expect the schools to support their programs more, with moving away from a parent governing board to a state-run program.” Team selection for boys lacrosse will be held next spring. l

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Navy Seal pups earn their trident pins By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


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ifth grade can be tough, but it can be life-shaping for those who accept the challenge to complete Navy Seal training. “I wanted to show them by the end of the year that they can do hard things,” said fifthgrade teacher Tracy Floyd, who teaches the program to her students at Athlos Academy, a public charter school in Herriman. “I liked the Seal Team ethos and how they worked.” The seal traits are taught all year in Floyd’s classroom, which is set up like a military unit, but all fifth graders are invited to earn their trident pins, just like those that soldiers earn when they complete official Navy Seal training. In tandem with Athlos’ character pillars, the Navy Seal pup training teaches students positive self-talk, goal setting, visualization and self control. “We go through those four things, to help them get more control over their chaotic, little 11-year-old brain,” said Floyd. A series of challenges over three levels test students academically, mentally and physically. Students form good habits while completing tasks such as a maintaining a regular exercise routine and making their beds daily for a set period of time. “And even if you’re on the last day, and you forget, then you have to start over,” said Emily Kirkland. Josh Cummings said he would keep time while his two daughters held their planks during their exercise routines, but he would not remind them to do them. His daughter Seri had to start the challenge over a few times because she kept forgetting to do her daily routine of exercising or making her bed. “I just couldn’t remember to do it every single day,” she said. “And then my mom told me to make a schedule for everything because I’m really good at following schedules.” While students were primarily responsible for their own progress, parents did get involved when their children were required to clean the toilets in their home for two weeks. Floyd said parents decided how many and how often they would be cleaned. Students also received parental direction for the weeks they were in charge of laundry. One of the most challenging require-

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ments was to turn in every assignment for the entire year. “Even if you miss one, you’re washed out,” said Floyd. Others said the hardest challenge was memorizing the introduction to the Declaration of Independence. “That one was the hardest challenge for me because it took me forever,” said Emily. “It took me, like, 10 days to get it right. But I finally got that.” She said passing off the introduction was a turning point for her. “I got it and I felt like I could actually do the rest of the challenges—and I did,” she said. “It was pretty hard but fun.” Emily said she got a lot of support from friends, who volunteered to run laps with her even when they’d already completed that requirement. The camaraderie among the participating students encouraged many to keep going as tasks became more demanding. Brady Dehlin admitted he was tempted to give up a few times. He found inspiration from the examples of military heroes who applied positive thinking when faced with impossible situations and determined to keep trying. “This helps you learn not everything in your future is going to be easy,” said Brady. “You have to work to get things; you can’t just do nothing.” Dezarae Skinner said her daughter, Mersedes Frances, used to become frustrated and self critical. However, since she completed the trident challenge, Mersedes pushes through hard things and believes no challenge is too big for her to overcome. The 22 students who completed the challenge received a Navy Seal trident pin. Emily said she will display her trident pin in her room as a reminder of what she accomplished and what she can accomplish in the future. Duncan Parsons said earning his trident pin will affect the rest of his life. “If I’m doing something very hard, I can just look at this pin and think, ‘If I can do this, I could do a lot more hard things,’” he said. l

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ith the increasing popularity of Airbnb and other vacation rental by owner services, many cities are in a tizzy as to how to handle short-term rentals and keep resident complaints about such ventures to a minimum. “It has been a subject of a lot of discussion, and some cities quite frankly just don’t know how to even handle it,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. “Oftentimes, people feel concerned about not knowing or being familiar with who’s coming and going from a VRBO,” said Riverton City Attorney Ryan Carter. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re particularly crime-ridden or anything like that. It doesn’t mean that there’s anything to be suspicious about with these kinds of uses. We’ve had some suggestions from people who have complained about them that we should be doing things like required criminal background checks on anybody that signs onto a VRBO for short-term stays in a home.” That, Carter noted, would be unconstitutional. And while in theory there are many policies Riverton could enact to make VRBOs run a little more smoothly for everyone involved, from neighbors to renters, in practice, many such policies are very difficult to enforce.

“I think to a large extent where municipalities adopted an ordinance around shortterm rentals, where they’ve been mostly successful is just to require operators to license [with the city] so they’re at least on the radar,” Staggs said. In order to obtain a license from the city, operators would have to agree to the city’s VRBO policies—and if they don’t comply, the city could then revoke that license. Many people fear that VRBOs run amok could result in many homes being converted into flat-out hotels, with a string of shortterm occupants but no real residents. Carter proposes that in order to qualify as a VRBO, the rented building must be the owner’s primary residence: which is to say, they must live in the dwelling a minimum of 274 nights a year. The home could then be rented out for a maximum of 91 nights in any given year, with a maximum of 29 consecutive nights of rental before the owner would need to return and live in the home for at least a day. “So, could you take a vacation, allow somebody to occupy your property on a VRBO, and be out of town in that period of time? Yes,” Carter said. “Could you live away in another residence, call that your home and then go ahead and use this as a VRBO? No. Can you cohabitate with a VRBO tenant? Yes, you can.”

Another prominent issue that residents have with VRBOs is the possibility of unruly tenants, which becomes a problem for the city officials and police officers too, when neighboring residents call in with noise complaints. To solve that, city leaders could require the owner to provide a contact number to all renters and residents within 300 feet of the residence. “So, if there’s a complaint or something like that, the neighborhood is encouraged to complain to the property owner first,” Carter said. “I think that helps stave off a lot of calls for service directed at law enforcement. A neighbor can call up a landlord and say, ‘Hey, they’re being too noisy. Can you talk to them about it?’ And then [the landlord] can call in and straighten the whole situation out.” For now, all of these policies are very much up in the air—they would have to go through Riverton City’s planning commission, and then come back to the council for final approval, in order to actually be added to the city code. But there is also some amount of question as to how necessary all this is to the city at the moment. “I think that it is a tempest in a teapot in Riverton City for the time being,” Carter said. “We’ve done our own surveys of this

There’s a lot of anxiety about how to manage shortterm home rental services, but there are only six such operations in Riverton City. (Mariden Williams/City Journals)

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Pickleball tournament, palooza, held in Bluffdale to combat child sex trafficking By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com


n May, local Utah pickleball players gathered in Bluffdale to play in a tournament on behalf of Operation Underground Railroad, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting child sex-trafficking. The two-day event was held at Wardle Fields where men and women competed in both singles and doubles matches. Each player paid $20 to participate in the competition. The second day of the competition, May 18, Operation Underground threw a Pickleball Palooza Party with free admission for the community. Attendees got a chance to enjoy music, food trucks and sponsor booths. They also got to meet members of the Underground team. The event was held despite the inclement weather in what was described as “a bit of a weather miracle.” It was pouring rain at 6 a.m. when crews arrived to set up, but it stopped by 8 a.m., just in time to play. A couple hours later, another burst of rain sneaked in for just about 30 minutes just as the next group was scheduled. The rest of the day held up beautifully, and the tournament went off without any additional issues. For those who do not know what pickleball is, Wikipedia describes it as a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Two or four players

use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball, over a net. It is created for all ages and skill levels. In all, the tournament and palooza raised $10,000, thanks to the players, sponsors and donors. Due to the success, O.U.R plans on holding this event every year. All of the proceeds went directly to O.U.R. During the event, Jerry Gowan, chief operations officer of O.U.R., shared stories of how the nonprofit began and how the team saves children from sex-trafficking. Since 2013, Operation Underground Railroad officials said they have gathered the world’s experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. The O.U.R.’s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. The operations are done in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. Once victims of trafficking are rescued, the process in obtaining justice for them and prosecuting the perpetrators starts. Often, survivors require recovery and rehabilitation for the trauma they have endured. According to O.U.R., the organization



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riderless horse entered the arena during the Herriman Rodeo in June. Its significance was greater than most had realized. “For someone who has been here at Herriman for so many years, tonight we ride into the arena with a riderless horse, with boots turned backwards, signifying the death of a soldier or a fallen comrade, said Reed Flake, the weekend’s rodeo announcer. The ceremony paid tribute to their fallen comrade, Chad Nicholson, who was the voice of the Herriman Rodeo and other Pony Express PRCA Rodeos since 1993. Nicholson tragically died a week before the event. “We will miss his powerful voice and shining smile,” said Flake. A former United States Marine, Nicholson is widely known for his powerful voice, smooth delivery, as well as his signature American flag tribute, “If Old Glory could speak,” typically performed in the opening ceremony. He made his home in northern Utah in the summertime and in Three Rivers, California, in the winter. Flake said Nicholson was always willing to help others and that is what he was doing when tragedy struck. “He was helping someone in need,” Flake said. “He always put others before himself.” Nicholson was also influential in help-

ing young rodeo announcers. In 2005, at the nudging of his friend, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Announcer Bob Tallman, he opened the Chad Nicholson Rodeo Announcer’s Training Seminar, which is held every year in Ft. Worth, Texas. Over 14 years, the seminar has seen more than 130 students from the U.S., Canada and Australia. “He and his wife, Jennifer Welch Nicholson, operated the world-famous Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls trick riding and roping, along with a board of directors to run the nonprofit educational organization for young women,” said Flake. “We want to recognize a great individual who has given so much to the sport of rodeo. Thank you, Chad. You will be greatly missed.” A moment of silence was held in his honor. According to his obituary, Nicholson fell into the business by accident while working for a radio station while he was in college. He was asked to announce a local junior rodeo and never stopped announcing pro rodeos and various other events in 39 states, Canada and Australia throughout his career. Nicholson was a busy man who worked more than 100 performances a year. He emceed the 2018 PRCA Awards Banquet in Las Vegas; he was the 2015 Women’s Pro Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year; he was

the emcee for the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Welcome Reception. He was the Announcer of the Year in 1994–96 for the California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association and 13-time PRCA Ram Circuit Finals Announcer. From 2008 to 2012, he was the lead commentator for the Pro Roughstock series TV show. When Nicholson wasn’t announcing rodeos, he voiced over commercials, including being the voice of the talking dog and liner voice on the FarmersOnly.com. In 2010, he co-announced the World Equestrian Games’ opening ceremonies in Lexington, Kentucky. He has worked at major NASCAR tracks announcing Monster Truck Shows and has worked various Equestrian Show productions. In 2012, he was a part of the crew for Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The 50-year-old Nicholson died on May 17 in Woodlake, California. According to the Sun Gazette, Nicholson was killed while four-wheeling in a jeep near Badger when a tow rope snapped, and the jeep Nicholson was in went down a 40-foot embankment. Born and raised in Texas, Nicholson became a Marine right after high school and left for California. After completing his service, he attended Carrollton State University

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Girls Who Code become girls who are brave By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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Winners of the Girls Who Code Entrepreneurial Challenge. (Maria Corona Photography)


n Utah, only 12 percent of employees in computer science careers are women. “Utah has to address this gender gap,” said Katherine Kireiev of the Utah STEM Action Center. “Tomorrow’s economy depends on the choices students make today. It’s critical that we break down the gender stereotypes in STEM by examining our micro-messaging in the home, in the classroom and as a society.” Exposing girls to coding at an early age is key to combating negative messages girls receive and to increase the likelihood they will pursue technical fields of study, said Kireiev. The STEM Action Center supports Girls Who Code, a free after-school coding club, as a way to open up a future of possibilities for girls. The clubs are popping up in local elementary and secondary schools all over the country. At North Star Academy in Bluffdale, girls ranging in age from fifth to ninth grade, participated in weekly coding and problem-solving activities to help them gain confidence in computer science skills. “I worked hard to make sure that the girls in my club got the most of their experience,” said club facilitator Kelli Olsen. “I ran the club more like a tech business than a classroom.” Olsen exposed the girls to women working in tech jobs, with guest presenters and field trips and a Q&A with “Women of Workfront” who work in the tech field. Olsen watched the girls flourish in confidence and skills from their experience in the club. “I let the girls have a voice and made sure to build them up and celebrate their accomplishments,” said Olsen. “This group started out as a very shy and quiet bunch, and little by little they started coming out of their shells. It was fun to see them grow and build

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Mick Riley: Utah’s Mr. Golf By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com What is the only golf course in Utah named after an actual professional golfer? If you said Jeremy Ranch or Nibley Park, try again. That distinction belongs to Mick Riley Golf Course, named after the man known as the “Dean of Utah Golfers.”

While the Murray course is always busy, most people have forgotten or don’t even know about Riley. Also, contrary to many high school golf team rumors, Mr. Riley is not buried by the clubhouse (he is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, although he probably wouldn’t have complained had he been buried at a golf course). Born in 1897 in Burke, Idaho, Joseph Michael (Mick) Riley found his way to Utah. There weren’t many options for linksters when Riley was taking up the sport in the 1910s. At the time, Forest Dale had a hitching post for golfer’s horses. Riley learned golf by caddying at the Salt Lake Country Club, being mentored by notable golfers such as George Von Elm, several years his junior. Von Elm, who grew up in Utah and California, and with Riley as his caddie, took on one of the preeminent golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (who would later found the Masters Golf Tournament). Von Elm became the first golfer from west of the Mississippi River to win a major tournament, and he not only instilled in Riley a passion for golf but exposed him to some of the best golf courses in America. Like a duck to water, Riley’s experience, plus winning an occasional tournament, helped to secure his position as the first head professional at Nibley Park Golf Course. According to sportswriter Bill Johnston, there were only 122 active golfers in Salt Lake City at the time. For the uninitiated, a professional at a golf course is someone who makes their living from teaching the game, running golf clubs and classes, and dealing in golf equipment. An adroit golf pro, Riley earned the

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praises of the Salt Lake Telegram at the end of Nibley Park’s first season in 1922. “The work of Professional Riley at the course is worthy of special commendation. It was Riley’s job to develop interest and get the golfers out. He did.” Not only did he get the golfers to come out, he developed a course championship, several tournaments, and high school matches. He developed greens and challenging hazards; he also developed aspiring golfers and advocated the sport to women. It was this latter undertaking that led Mick to meet his wife, Estella at one of his classes. Utah’s most enthusiastic golf cheerleader would do anything to bring people to experience the game. Even winter was no match for Riley, who opened one of the first indoor golf ranges in downtown Salt Lake in 1930. The Telegram reported that by 1947, 80 percent of all Utah golfers were, at one time, a pupil of Riley’s. His green design skills were in high demand, as he helped plan courses in Magna, Tooele, Richfield, Moab, Indian Springs, and American Falls, Idaho, as well as Salt Lake’s Bonneville Golf Course. He also revamped the Nibley Park and Forest Dale courses. However, his passion project was Meadowbrook on 3900 South, which he designed and managed until his death. His progressive thinking led to the establishment of a day care center at Meadowbrook, so that young mothers could take up the game. After forming the Utah Golf Association, Riley was elected as vice president of the National PGA and served for three years. He also served on several national PGA committees. He was president of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA and Golf Professional of the Year in 1955 for the Rocky Mountain Section. During the 1960s, he was asked to design the Little Valley Golf Course off of Vine Street in Murray. However, his death in

1964 prevented him from ever teeing off at the course. That honor was given to Estella, his wife, and their children at the newly christened Mick Riley Golf Course in 1967. Riley was also posthumously honored as a member of the Utah Golf Hall of Fame. Perhaps the Salt Lake Telegram summed up Riley best, “The story of Mickey Riley is the story of golf in Utah, for without him many of the municipal courses that have made golf available to the ‘working man’ might not be.” l

Mick Riley, right, and George Van Elm reunite in the 1950s to recall past glories. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)

Mick Riley strongly advocated for women to pick up the game of golf. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)

Mick Riley Golf Course in Murray was dedicated to the man who championed it in Utah. (Shaun Delliskave/ City Journals

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Glenmoor Gets Its Groove Back With PGA Junior-League Programming By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

Vintage advertising for Glenmoor, ironically, touted its “forever” nature—a position that was challenged, but the golf course endures today. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

Local YouTube youth celeb Warren Fisher profiled Glenmoor’s golf U-turn as part of his “Warren Report” program posted mid-June. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

The words pack an extra punch, when delivered from pint-sized reporter Warren Fisher, proclaiming his YouTube broadcast to be a “world-famous” report.

golf course that, in a knee-knocker of a wait-period, seemed destined to result in a yip — a complete loss of the 50-plus yearold course that in the early days was considered a “hidden gem” and is now a South The “news?” South Jordan’s once-be- Valley staple. According to Dehlin, PGA National leaguered Glenmoor Golf Course is alive even sent a camera crew to South Jordan and well and the secret to its viability? several months ago, but the world-famous Think small, now. The secret to its newfound viability is Fisher Report has apparently scooped the PGA, as Dehlin reported that the PGA vid its junior-league golf program. “Glenmoor has one of the largest is not live yet. “The National PGA has been very inteams in the entire country!” the young Fisher exclaimed with an emphasis on “en- terested in the program Darci (golf pro Darci Olsen) and the people out there have tire.” done,” he told the South Jordan Journal. The Glenmoor gameplan Thanks to Olsen, Utah’s only female Sponsored by the Utah Golf Associahead PGA golf pro in the state, Glenmoor tion (UGA), young Fisher is spot-on with his runs three Junior PGA leagues, with more analysis. than 150 youth involved. According to Executive Director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association Golfing alone? While many individuals prize golf be(PGA) Devin Dehlin, PGA National is studying Glenmoor’s success with its junior ing a sport they can play alone even in a program, looking to learn and then share foursome kludged with strangers just to best practices with golf courses across the score a tee time, that kind of thinking does country seeking to be more family friendly not fly well with golf courses needing to be profitable—or at least keep the lights on. and more profitable in so doing. As a result, the PGA has studied the It’s a nice reversal of fortune for the success of Little League Baseball, and re-

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“Save Glenmoor!” was a phrase oft-uttered/heard in South Jordan for the years the beloved, historic golf course was doing its tentative victory lap. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

alized that, to help make golf as American as apple pie, perhaps borrowing from Little Leagues’ playbook was a good strategy. Hence the birth of the PGA Junior League—a program that SoJo’s Glenmoor jumped on. “Golf has the old-retired-guy-with-alot-of-money persona,” said Glenmoor golf pro Olsen. “All ages, all types, something for everyone and family-friendly” is how she described Glenmoor’s current suite of customers.

The Glenmoor score card

For those not familiar with the story of Glenmoor, here is the CliffsNotes version of the rise/fall/rise again of the SoJo links site. - 1968 – Course opened half-strength, a nine-hole staple of the Westland Hills Country Club

• 1970s – Westland changes owners and becomes the Valair Country Club • 1977 – Cecil Bohn assumes principal ownership, after Grant Affleck lost the course • 2015 – Bohn passes away; remaining owners’ irreconcilable differences lead to court dissolution of the property, to be sold to highest

bidder • 2015 – The golf course property was zoned A-1, entitling subdivisions of one-acre, single-family lots • 2017 - SoJo golf patriots lobby for an alternative solution • 2017 – Upon learning of the owner’s intention to develop the land, the South Jordan City Council, in a 4-1 vote, votes to delay a building permit or a change in zoning thwarting the developer’s stated intention • A private buyer sticks the landing and purchases Glenmoor (the audience in SoJo City Council Chambers cheered, upon hearing the news)

PGA Junior Golf fits Glenmoor to a tee

And that takes us to right now — high golf season, a late-starting, green-grass summer, on the heels of the wettest spring on record. And just as spring signals rebirth and summer joy, Glenmoor is in its newfound salad days, with its junior golf program to thank. Taking a page from Bubba Watson’s 2012 Masters’ clinch, Olsen tears up, telling the South Jordan Journal just how “awesome” the kids in her program are and how things at Glenmoor have “turned out better than I could have hoped.” This is a woman who loves — no lives — golf, and apparently, has a community behind her that feels the same way. As part of the Warren Report YouTube video, SoJo City Councilman Don Shelton recounts that his inviting SoJo Mayor Dawn Ramsey and his other colleagues to watch one of the junior league tournaments at Glenmoor influenced the Council’s decision to ultimately rezone the land to keep it from being developable. “It was very impressive to them, to see all of the young people that were out on the golf course, hitting golf balls and recreating in the outdoors, instead of being inside, playing video games,” Shelton asserted on-air. “Mayor Ramsey, thank you for saving our golf course,” young Warren tells Mayor Dawn Ramsey, who also appears in the video. Catch the full Glenmoor Golf Course glory on UGA’s Warren Report This link takes you right to Warren Fisher’s segment on Glenmoor: https://tinyurl.com/GlenmoorByCityJournals Otherwise? Look for “Utah Golf Reround 2019 S5 E1” on YouTube and either watch the whole show, or fast-forward to 8:40. l

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The family that golfs together… keeps on golfing together? On the left, what the Utah Golfing Association once dubbed “the ultimate golf power couple” Joey and Darci (Dehlin) Olsen. Utah PGA Executive Director Devin Dehlin in the center, and daughter and son Carly Dehlin and Connor Dehlin. (Devin Dehlin)

Confessions Of A Golf Family: PGA And Glenmoor Golf Pros Share How They Got Game—For a Lifetime By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com Many remember the year 1976 as the wanderlust,” working as a golf pro at nu- Utah,” he said. “She kept the hyphen!” exmerous clubs before settling in at his long- uded the proud golf dad. year of the American Bicentennial. term gig as executive director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Sister Darci followed a somewhat similar route, in terms of playing golf for her alma mater Weber State, and vacillating between turning pro and committing to a career leveraging her triple-threat combination of sales-communications-merchandising. Darci Olsen is the only female PGA Golf before groceries head golf pro in Utah. To this day she lives He and his father enjoyed such a proximate to Glenmoor. spectacular day, that the following after“[Glenmoor is] a huge part of our hisnoon, his father brought his mother out to tory — it’s why we live where we live,” the site. Olsen said. “It’s especially special to me, A “low-ball” offer was put in on one because it is where I learned.” of the last two houses remaining in the Parade of Homes inventory. Remarkably, Carrying on the golfing torch Golf families. the offer was accepted, and the next thing Those two words say a lot to those Devin knew, he and his family were moving who understand the joy of the swish of a from Taylorsville to South Jordan. Southwest valley was so underdevel- perfect swing and getting that little white oped at the time and the Glenmoor Golf ball to land in that little hole that somehow, Course location so remote that Devin re- at times, seems smaller than the ball. Besides loving golf, the late Sweets calls the family’s having to commute all the way to Redwood Road and 9000 South to Dehlin and wife Jeanne, loved names that begin with the letter D. go the grocery store. Devin-Dana-Dustin-Darci went the en“Glenmoor Golf Course is pretty near and dear to my family,” Devin said. (Even if viable boy-girl-boy-girl lineup of children who shared their father’s golf lust. All of the grocery store was not.) His youngest sister, Darci (Olsen), said the children played junior golf. All played Glenmoor was a five-minute walk from college golf. Now two of the four siblings their home. She recalls her brother’s being are golf professionals and have golf as an gifted with golf clubs one Christmas, and omnipresent aspect of their lives. And the golf generations continue with his and her father’s suiting up and playing the Dehlins. the very next day. Devin said his daughter, Carly, did not ‘It’s where we live’ engage with golf until she was a senior in As a teen, brother Devin started workhigh school. But then, she “got really good, ing in the Glenmoor Pro Shop. Then he really fast.” played golf at the University of Utah. When she decided to marry (another When it came time to earn a living, golf golfer), her father counseled her to “keep was a given. Dehlin exhibited “county golf her last name — it does carry clout in But Devin Dehlin remembers it as the year his family discovered Glenmoor Golf Course, a move that would change the lives of his family for generations to come. He and his dad, Pat “Sweets” Dehlin, spent a joyous part of a day playing nine holes on a quaint course, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, except a Parade of Homes community.

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Utah golf families: ‘THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!

There are quite a few golf dads around. And golf moms. Devin estimates Utah has “about five to 10” prominent golf families. Back in 1989, the “Los Angeles Times” ran a story with a San Diego dateline and a headline style vaguely reminiscent of prominence given to “WAR!” in newspaper headlines chronicling the outbreak of World War I. Only this time, the exclamation point was reverent appreciation for a prominent Utah golf family. “THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!: Utah’s Summerhays Families Put 11 Golfers in Tournament,” the headline read. “They are the Summerhays entourage, 11 golfers from two related families plus a supporting cast of five,” writer Jim Lindgren gushed. The Summerhays family, from the Farmington area, today continues to be prominent in golfing headlines with Preston Summerhays, Lynn Summerhays’s grandson, holding a Utah State Amateur title and being “one of the best juniors in the country.” The Branca family is another storied Utah golf clan. The Salt Lake Country Club provided a lasting monument to the late H.T. “Tee” Branca, naming a bridge patterned after Augusta National’s famous 12th hole after the late PGA golf pro. Branca lived until age 92, In 2015, when Ron Branca, Tee’s son, retired as head pro from the Salt Lake Country Club, Joe Watts of the Utah Golf Association (UGA) mourned “the end of the Branca era.” The father and son, combined, headed golf for the club more than 75 years. Ron Branca now works with

PGA Pro Golfers Devin Dehlin and sister Darci (Dehlin) Olsen are bright stars in the Utah golf scene. (Devin Dehlin)

Darci Olsen at Glenmoor. His brother, Don, is also a PGA professional, according to Devin Dehlin. Glenmoor’s happily golf-obsessed Darci Olsen, who used to go by the name Darci Dehlin-Olsen, has now dropped the hyphenated part of her name, a loss of a powerful asset, according to brother Devin Dehlin. You can take the hyphen out of the name, but not the golf out of the girl, who UGA writer Beaux Yenchik reports, as a pony-tailed bouncy blonde youth, drew a picture of herself playing golf for a career day at her elementary school. l

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Spectacular views of Stonebridge Golf Club make a day on the green even more spectacular. Stand for Kind’s 128 supportive golfers raised $50,000 for the anti-bullying charity. (Stonebridge Golf Club)

Golf Etiquette Makes For Perfect Green Carpet for Anti-Bullying Fund-Raising Event at Stonebridge By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com The Professional Golfers’ Association Kind “actually goes out into the schools (PGA) asserts that golf teaches young and tells kids in schools about tools available to them (to help stop the problem),” people “life’s most valuable skills.” While the PGA does not specifically call out “no bullying,” that concept is a given in the sportsmanlike-play of the 15th-century game still. Such sport made perfect sense as a fund raiser for an anti-bullying education group, “Stand for Kind,” to leverage the sport for one of its annual fundraising activities.

Making a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying

Stand for Kind, founded by well-connected businessman and recreational golfer Stan Parrish, is a group of business, community and education leaders who have come together to make a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying. Instead of just preaching about the ills and dangers of bullying — what Parrish dubs “calling attention to it” — Stand for

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Parrish said. “We reinforce positive behavior.” Realizing that its initial name—“The Anti-Bullying Coalition” was having the unintentional effect of emphasizing the very concept of bullying, so in an anti-Voldemort-like move, the organization changed its name and its web URL to the new, empowering name which is also a directive for youth — “Stand for Kind.” It’s a message that’s “much better to come, student to student, versus counselor to student,” Parrish said. “A student can see another student sitting by themselves, we encourage them to go sit with them, to let them know they are wanted.” With this as its model, the nonprofit instructs K-12 students — nearly 300,000 across the state — about how to combat bullying through kindness.

The second-annual Stand for Kind charity golf tournament awarded generous sponsor prizes, for “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller dealership put up a Toyota SUV for the hole-in-one, but did not have to pay it out. (Stand for Kind)

Making bullying whiff through overwhelming, omnipresent acts of kindness – and 18 holes!

and then, later, the Sandy chambers of commerce. “This is just one event, but it’s a very good event,” he told the City Journals. “People appreciate that and support it.” Parrish is right. The 128 golfers comprising 32 foursomes raised $50,000 for Stand for Kind. All who enjoyed what the Stand for Kind public relations team deemed “a sunny West Valley City morning” were winners in terms of a great day for golf. Individual winners were determined in categories including “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller Dealerships even put up a Toyota SUV to anyone landing a hole-in-one. Sadly, would-be SUV drivers will have to up their drives to land the ace. There’s always next year, kind golfers.

More than 30,000 incidents and nearly 20,000 incidents of cyber-bullying are, slowly, but surely getting drowned out by what Stand for Kind reports as more than 900,000 identified, “random acts of kindness,” said Pam Hayes, director of the Stand for Kind organization. Stand for Kind is having immediate, traceable impact. “We were able to prevent 55 suicides,” reported Hayes. Her message to those participating in the May 31 golf tournament, the second annual such event, is: “We will do even more.” “A lot of people like to play golf and a lot of people like to do good and contribute… so why not combine the two?” Parrish said. Parrish knows a lot of people. In his previous life, the storied busi- l nessman has led both the Salt Lake Area,

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Second annual ‘Best of Riverton’ photo contest announced By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com


he Best of Riverton Photo Contest of 2018 was such a success, city leaders decided to bring it back for another run. This year, Riverton City’s Best of Riverton Photo Contest will be held until July 31. Officials said the goal of the contest is to collect photo submissions that tell the city’s story, which will then be used in future city marketing and communications materials to highlight varying aspects of life and landscape in Riverton. “No one knows what life is like in Riverton better than our residents,” said Riverton City Councilwoman Tish Buroker. “We would like to encourage all of our residents to consider submitting photo entries that reflect aspects of life in our beautiful city. We want to see those fun family moments, those beautiful sunsets and sunrises, and all the exciting events we have here captured in photo.” A first-, second- and third-place winner will be selected from submissions at the end of the contest on July 31. First place will receive a $300 cash prize, second place will get $200, and the third-place winner will receive $100. All three of the winning photos, along with the artists’ names, will be featured on the city’s website, the city’s social media pages, in the city’s email newsletter and will

hang in either Riverton City Hall or the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center. City leaders will also recognize contest winners at a city council meeting. “Almost everyone has excellent cameras right in their pocket these days, making it really easy to participate,” Buroker said. “You don’t need to be a professional photographer to participate. Just remember to capture those picturesque moments over the next two months and submit them as entries into the contest.” Photos must be taken in Riverton to be eligible for consideration. Both residents and non-residents may enter the contest. In- 2018 Play Category Winner Photographer: Jenifer 2018 Overall Winner Photographer: Denise Johnson Title: Picking the Right Club dividuals may submit up to 10 photos in the Miller Title: Riverton Basebal contest. Contest winners will be announced between mid-August and mid-September. Entry details, as well as contest rules and conditions, can be found at rivertoncity.com/ photocontest. l

2018 Work/Service Category Winner Photographer: Jacob Shamy Title: Friday Night Fun

2018 Live Category Winner Photographer: Jacob Shamy Title: Sunset Flowers

Desert Star’s latest parody takes on the Disney phenomenon High School Musical, with a Utah cultural twist. This zany parody opens June 13th and it’s a hilarious musical melodrama for the whole family you don’t want to miss!

“Sunday School Musical: The Greatest Roadshow!” Plays June 13th –August 24th, 2019 Check website for show times: www.DesertStarPlayhouse.com Tickets: Adults: $26.95, Children: $15.95 (Children 11 and under)

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This show, written by Ed Farnsworth, based on the original melodrama by Ben Millet and directed by Scott Holman, follows the story of an eclectic group of LDS Sunday School Students as they attempt to put on a traditional “roadshow.” The colorful characters include social media obsessed Penny, her “too-cool-for-Sunday-school” boyfriend Phineas, a Napoleon Dynamite look alike, and a mustached Marvel fan-girl. When Penny doesn’t land the role of her dreams, she gets madder than an Instagram model with zero ‘hearts’. Fuel is only added to the fire when Phineas defies his adolescent apathy to sing with passion and snag the male lead. Jealous Penny makes plans to sabotage the roadshow musical by threatening to destroy Phineas’ reputation. Can Phineas and the rest of the cast overcome the odds to put together the greatest show Utah county has ever seen? Comedy, romance, and adventure are all on the docket for this delightful send up of the Disney franchise, as well as topical humor torn from today’s headlines. “Sunday School Musical: The Greatest Roadshow” runs June 13th through August 24th, 2019. The evening also includes one of Desert Star’s side-splitting musical olios, following the show. The “On the Road Again Olio” features hit songs and musical steps from the ultimate road trip playlist, mixed with more of Desert Star’s signature comedy. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table. There is also a full service bar. The menu includes gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, appetizers, and scrumptious desserts.

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Professional jousting at Herriman Rodeo proves a ‘knight’ to remember By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com

Knights of Mayhem at the Herriman Rodeo. (Jennifer Gardiner/City Journals)

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f you ever wondered about the difference between theatrical and a real jousting competition, those who watched the Knights of Mayhem at the Herriman Rodeo in June got to see first hand just how adrenaline rushing and teeth gritting this sport can actually be. In front of an audience of thousands of rodeo fans, the Knights performed at the 2019 Fort Herriman PRCA rodeo on May 31 and June 1 that was held at the W&M Butterfield Park. If you missed out, just imagine two 250 lb. men covered in over 130 lbs. of heavy armor while riding war trained horses at 20 mph, each carrying an 11 foot lance. At the point of impact, the collision rate is upwards of 5000 pounds at the point of impact. Welcome to the world of full armor competitive jousting, known as history’s first competitive sport and it has made a huge comeback, thanks to one man in particular, Eagle Mountain native Charlie Andrews. Jousting is a full contact extreme professional sport. The consistent head-on collisions are both aggressive and unavoidable. Hard core, hard hitting, and heart stopping.

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The thrill of the show and the impact is enough to send your blood pressure through the roof, if there is one. Andrews is the founder and captain of the Knights of Mayhem and a 13-time World Champion Heavy Armor Jouster. Andrews and his war horse ‘Jagermeister’ have won more than 55 tournaments. This true knight in shining armor has definitely seen his share of injuries but somehow he still manages to pull through. In September 2018, Andrews broke his tibia and fibia during a MMA fight. Three months later, with a rod in his leg, he was back at his main love of jousting and in January, 2019 he was back battling it out on History Channel’s Knight Fight. The Knights of Mayhem travel all over the U.S. and Canada, competing and performing in thousands of events from renaissance festivals into stadiums and arenas everywhere. Andrews has dedicated his life to bringing more attention to the sport. In 2011 National Geographic did a six part series which

focused on the “Knights of Mayhem”. The series followed Andrews and his staff around and gave the viewers an inside look at their personal and professional lives. All of the members of the Knights of Mayhem are full contact, heavy armor jousters, who are trained in medieval and renaissance warfare. Andrews and the Knights of Mayhem were also featured on a Netflix series called the White Rabbit Project, and Nickelodeon’s Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life. “You can be the biggest, baddest guy on earth but if you can’t put that lance on point and hit the other guy on the target, you need to quit,” said Andrews. “The violence of a collision when the lance hits is insane,” said Andrews. “Jousting is not just a competition, or just a sport but in the old days it was used in medieval warfare”. It takes a team of extremely dedicated horses to make them indestructible. Andrews has a great love for all his horses but his deepest bond is with his horse Jagermeister, a 2002 Belgian gelding and 12-time world champion war horse. The inseparable duo

have been together since Jager’s birth 19 years ago. And no one can forget the other two horses Arthur, a 2004 Percheron gelding and Odin a 2010 Percheron gelding who are both tremendously strong and talented. Both of these horses help these Knights in their ultimate battles. When he isn’t leading a team of hard hitting “men of steel”, Andrews is a single-father, raising his two children and horses on his beautiful property in Eagle Mountain. In his spare time he visits children’s hospitals bringing some excitement to children with life-threatening illnesses. If you missed them at the Herriman Rodeo, you still have a chance to see the Knights of Mayhem August 23-24 at the Renaissance Faire in Lehi and at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City on September 9. If you’re interested in more information on Andrews and the Knights Of Mayhem, you can go to their website KnightsofMayhem.com, visit and like their Facebook, www.facebook.com/joustingchampions. l

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isa Carter did not ask for recognition nor expect it: She was nominated by the founder of the Healthy Riverton committee for her dedication and diligence to creating a healthier community. Carter has been leading the Healthy Riverton committee, a 15-member group of volunteers, for approximately two and a half years. Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce awarded her with their volunteer of the year award at the event Knight of Heroes. “What I do is on a volunteer basis, so I don’t expect to be rewarded or recognized for it,” Carter said. “I received the intrinsic rewards of course, so I was humbled in receiving this award.” Healthy Riverton is resident-led. Their focus is on suicide prevention and training, but it also hosts two events every year. One is Spring into Family Fitness, and the other is Fall into Family Fitness. “They basically are one-hour workouts at the Riverton Main City Park.” Carter said. This year, it was held April 29, and attendees had to tackle some inclement weather. They still showed up in spirit and partnered with Anytime Fitness for fitness, yoga, refreshments and prizes. There were local fitness, health services, good living and healthy eating vendors as well. There were representatives from the city library, a dental office, a local soccer league and a karate studio providing info, tips and swag to the attendees. “We try to make it a family fitness fair along with doing the workouts offered by fitness and yoga instructors,” Carter said. “The weather was a bit disheartening this year and hindered our attendance this year.” This was the group’s third event of this kind and second Spring into Family fitness event for the committee. It hopes it continues to garner attention from local businesses and residents. The next Fall into Family Fitness event is Monday, Sept. 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. It will be held at Riverton main city park and held at the main pavilion. “Healthy Riverton’s mission is promoting healthy lives by improving overall mental and physical wellness of our citizens,” Carter said. The other area of focus for Carter and Healthy Riverton is suicide prevention training and outreach. They cover other cities and partner with organizations to provide this throughout the valley. For Riverton, QPR training classes are held every third Thursday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the UFA Fire Station #124, 12262 South 1300 West in Riverton. QPR stands for “Question, Persuade and Refer.” The previous leader of Healthy Riverton committee, Tricia Tingey, is now a city councilwoman and it is a resident-led volunteer committee. “She stepped back from leading the

committee because she is a politician, and nobody will listen to a politician in that role,” Carter said. Tingey asked Carter to take the reins and lead the committee when she was elected into Riverton’s city council. Carter has assumed the role and Healthy Riverton has established a message of suicide prevention throughout the valley and not just in Riverton. The committee and Carter continue to work with local entities to help with drug take-back services and also providing gun

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locks for firearm owners as well as creating awareness for QPR and suicide prevention. “We set up a partnership in the last year with Peterson’s grocery store in Riverton to take back old prescription drugs,” Carter said. “That’s a part of the whole mental and physical wellness mission statement is getting those lethal means out of the house. It is called a drug take-back box, and we partnered with Intermountain Health, Riverton City and Peterson’s pharmacy to have one placed in their store. The group has placed drug take-back boxes throughout Riverton. There is one at the hospital and other local pharmacies. The committee has a list of all the available places and a flier available to anyone that wants one. Statistics have shown a significant rise in suicides nationally and at the local levels as well. This has given the group the mission of providing awareness. Lethal prescriptions are commonly used as a method of suicide attempts (and specific to females). The No. 1 method used and much more effective is the use of firearms. It is often the method that males choose to use more often than females. Healthy Riverton committee provides gun locks free of charge for any individual that wants one. It can deter the use of firearms for anyone that is thinking of hurting themselves. “We provide gun locks at all the events that we participate in and at all the classes that we teach—any of the QPR classes that we teach,” said Carter. l

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