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Boxing: Fighting that Teaches Discipline, Confidence By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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any residents aren’t aware of the Country Life Care Center in Riverton, which is nestled behind a spacious parking lot off of Redwood Road and Bangerter Highway, owner Saundra Buckley said. The red, modern-barn-style building houses children and adults who are receiving respiratory care while recovering from catastrophic injury or illness. Buckley occasionally brings her dog, horses and alpacas to visit the patients, and the inside of the facility is filled with murals of the outdoors, country-western décor and wooden furniture. “Traditionally these facilities are institutional-looking and -feeling, but I decorated this place myself, because I didn’t want it to feel like a health care facility,” Buckley said. “Some of these patients are here for a while and this is their home. We want to focus on giving them a home-type environment.” The center is one of the only two rehabilitation centers in the state that offer pediatric intensive respiratory care, according to Buckley, and the other center, in Davis County, looks like any other type of medical institution. That’s why Kyrie Butler chose to place her 2-year-old daughter, Hayden, in the Country Life Care Center. “We don’t have the tools to help her at home, and when the doctors said to put her in a nursing home for children, we didn’t know if she would get the attention that she needs, but she is,” Butler said. “I really like Country Life. It feels like she is in her own room at her house, instead of having a hospitalized feel.” Hayden has three older siblings, and they decorated her room with posters, 50 stuffed animals and glow-in-the-dark stars to help Hayden feel at home. Hayden’s 12-year-old sister loves to visit her, Butler said. “When patients have a sister or brother who wants to come see them, we don’t want them to be afraid, and most kids are afraid of hospitals,” Buckley said. “We have a beautiful environment to help people of all ages want to visit. Environment really affects people.” Hayden’s catastrophic injury hasn’t been easy for her family, but the center helped, Butler said.

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Kyrie Butler holds her 2-year-old daughter, Hayden, in her lap. Hayden stays at the Country Life Care Center in Riverton. —Kyrie Butler

“Hayden was the kind of kid that would never hold still. She was always climbing on things,” Butler said. “Watching her be immobilized is the hardest part.” On Oct. 23, Kyrie Butler had a seizure while driving and lost control of her vehicle. Their vehicle crashed into the back of a utility vehicle. Butler said she regained coherency for less than a minute and was able to see some “good Samaritan” witnesses who began performing CPR on Hayden before medical professionals could get to the scene. Butler had some broken bones and internal bleeding, but after a few days at the hospital, it seemed as though she would heal. Hayden, on the other hand, who had been at Primary Children’s Hospital, seemed to have more long-term effects. The 2-year-old’s spine was stretched, leaving her immobile and a quadriplegic. “I felt so guilty, but I learned that you have to stay positive or the darkness will eat you alive,” Butler said. “I go see her every day, and on weekends they put out a mattress for me in her room and I stay there.” Hayden has a recent obsession with the movie “Happy Feet,” which she watches at least once daily. She also loves having people read to her and playing peak-a-boo with her visitors and staff members, according to Butler. Country Life has one of the highest staff-topatient ratios in the country, and Hayden has a lot of friends, so she is visited often. “She’s happy,” Butler said. “It’s amazing to see her coping, and that helps me cope.” Butler hopes one day Hayden will get off her ventilator and come back home. For more information about Hayden, visit the Butlers’ GoFundMe page: “Kyrie Butler Cumming/ Hayden Butler.” “I think the biggest difference for these families is that after they find us at Country Life they say, ‘I can do this. I couldn’t do this before, but now I can,’” Buckley said. “It is so rewarding and personal to help patients get better and get home.” For more information about Country Life Care Center, visit countrylifecare.com. l


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Unified Police Bring Easter Bunny to Special Needs Students By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals


he Easter Bunny and his friends in the Unified Police Department brought gifts and smiles to special needs students at Kauri Sue Hamilton School on March 31. “This is an annual event for us, and frankly, it’s one that we have on our calendar for years out,” Shane Hudson, deputy police chief, said. “We love coming here, being able to interact with the kids, hopefully bringing a smile to their face. This is as much beneficial for us and our members as is it for these kids.” Since the school’s opening in 2009, Salt Lake County Sherriff Jim Winder has organized yearly Easter Bunny visits to the school. This year, two Easter Bunny mascots, a cop dog mascot and around 20 officers visited classrooms. Officers passed out bunny stuffed animals and gave students sticker police badges. “This is an important event for our school because our kids wouldn’t be able to stand and wait in line at a mall or something to go see the Easter Bunny,” Principal Rita Bouillon said. “Having the Easter Bunny come somewhere where they already feel comfortable and safe is important. This is the only chance they may get to see the Easter Bunny.” The students, age 5 to 22, took turns hugging and sitting by the Easter Bunny, while police officers played and talked with the other students.

“Some of the students are scared of the bunny, but those who are usually love the officers,” Bouillon said, motioning to a 7-yearold student who had both her arms around one officer. Sierra Klemen, who’s worked for Kauri Sue for three years, said students love the male police officers because most of the workers at the school are female, so the students are not as used to seeing strong, caring males in the community. She said she also thinks the “giant animated characters” are good for the special needs’ children’s visual sense development. Not all students were scared of the Easter Bunny. Some hugged him, high-fived him, and one even called out to him. “Bunny. Give me bunny,” Joanie Bosche, student, said. “Give the bunny a hug.” When it was her turn to see the Easter Bunny, officials wheeled her chair up to the front of the classroom so she could sit right next to the bunny and wrap her arms around him. Joanie grinned and held her green stuffed bunny on her lap as pictures were taken of her and the mascot. “Every year you come you kind of get more used to how each kid will act because these kids are here until they are 22 years old,” Sgt. Cammie Skogg said. “There are a few that always stand out in your mind because of their personalities. Even the kids that probably don’t remember you,

Students and staff of the Kauri Sue Hamilton School pose with a police dog mascot that visited their school along with an Easter Bunny mascot and members of the Unified Police Department.

you have a nice connection with.” Skogg, who has helped to plan the event for the past six years, said signup sheets for coming to Kauri Sue Hamilton School each spring fill up immediately after they are posted. She said she’s glad she helps to plan the event, so she doesn’t have to worry about not getting a spot at the school. The department tries to limit how many volunteers come to the school because they don’t want to overwhelm the kids. They usually bring about 24 officers, Skogg said. Coming to Kauri Sue at Easter time is also

one of Winder’s favorite community outreaches to participate in, but he was unable to attend this year because he was at the funeral for a protective services officer. “He was trying to come to both, but the timing didn’t work out,” Skogg said. “He would have really liked to be here.” Hudson hopes the volunteers and the students at Kauri Sue Hamilton School know how wonderful the members of the department think they are. “This is an important event for us,” Hudson said. “We’ll look forward to next year.” l

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Chamber Honors South Valley Heroes By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals


ake Bright was honored to win the Business Man of the Year award from the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce at their annual Knight of Heroes awards ceremony and banquet at the Herriman Fire Station. “When I won the award, my whole table teared up — my mom, wife, boss and his wife and close friends,” he said. “Not everybody knows my story of where I was at years go, but it is just awesome because I’m at such a better point in my life right now, and it just shows that every human can change for the better.” Bright is the general manager at Salsa Leedos Mexican Grill in Riverton, and he won the award for showing passion and leadership in that position, according to his bio read at the banquet. When he’s not working, Bright volunteers his time speaking to students at Riverton High School about the dangers of drug abuse. “I’m still in disbelief, but it means quite a bit to me to receive this honor,” Bright said. “I’m very goal driven, and this award motivates me to reach these goals. I love the recognition.” In addition to Bright, the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce honored two more community members, two local businesses and 13 public safety officials at their ceremony March 18. “When we first started doing the event, the committee wanted to spotlight public safety officials,” Susan Schilling, chamber president, said. “They were excited. They wanted to spotlight heroes and they looked [at] those people in safety jobs as heroes.” The chamber decided to call the banquet “Knight of Heroes” because it would be a night to honor modern-day knights, or those who take care of their community, Schilling said. Anyone can nominate someone for an award through the chamber’s website, and then the chamber selects a winner from the nominees.

All of the awardees at the Southwest Valley Chamber Knight of Heroes gather for a photo. – Southwest Valley Chamber

“I think it’s a great opportunity for those who are looking at making nominations because when they are thinking about it, they look at somebody and see what they really do for the community,” Schilling said. “They see the value in other people. It helps you realize there are people out there doing really good things.” Madeline Freeman was the volunteer of the year, according to the chamber. After her sister was diagnosed with cancer, she started volunteering with Relay for Life, a group that raises money to help communities fight against cancer. Her group raised about 4 million dollars last year. The chamber picked Laura Klarman, public relations manager at Riverton Hospital, as Business Woman of the Year because “she has developed relationships with nearly all businesses in the Riverton and its surrounding areas,” according to her bio read at the event. Kathy Larrabee won the Riverton Unified Police Department award. As a victim’s advocate, she helped the Riverton precinct become more proactive at stopping domestic violence and brought the Pinwheels for Prevention, a child abuse awareness program, to the city. Sergeant Cody Stromberg of Unified Police Department’s Herriman precinct was recognized for his dedication to duty and community. When a resident approached him about a possible drug dealing at a local high school, he investigated the situation until

he had enough evidence to arrest some of the people responsible, according to Lieutenant Troy Carr. The crew of Riverton’s Medic Engine 124 was honored for saving two lives on Sept. 27. Matt Pulsipher, captain; William Dinkel, engineer; Chris Thurman, paramedic; and Jordan Fowlks, paramedic, took two individuals to the Intermountain Medical Center on that day — one had an obstruction stuck in his throat, the other had a pulmonary embolism. Both went home from the hospital several days later. Mike Ulibarri, battalion chief for Unified Fire, was recognized at the ceremony for going over to his neighbor’s house in a time of crisis when he was off duty. Andrew Burton, chief of Saratoga Springs Police Department — which serves Bluffdale — nominated Matthew Schauerhamer, corporal; Nick Stidham, detective; and Nathan Harward, officer, for responding efficiently and effectively to a theft. Captain Jarred Roberts, firefighters Kenny Moller and Dustin Moon and paramedics Aaron Whitmill and Brent Strong claimed the award as Bluffdale City Fire Department’s heroes for their quick response time. “Normally you see these people who won awards as everyday people, but this is an opportunity to look at them as something more,” Schilling said. l


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Tales with Tails: A Dog in the Library By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals


he Short siblings — Haylee, 9; Logan, 7; Connor, 4; and Tanner, 2 — couldn’t wait to read their library books with Abbey Lynn, a regular volunteer at the library. “It’s amazing,” Phuong Vu, librarian, said. “Even the kids who seem to be shy open up. Reluctant readers are more comfortable reading out loud with her.” Abbey Lynn is a therapy dog through Therapy Animals of Utah, and, since November 14, 2011, she and her owner Elaina Cowdell have visited the library monthly, giving families an opportunity to read a tale to a friend with a tail. “With Abbey Lynn, these kids can build confidence because she doesn’t care if they mess up on sounding out a word,” Cowdell said. “She just likes being with them, so there is no pressure.” The four Short siblings gathered around Abbey Lynn and Cowdell as Logan and Haylee read to Abbey Lynn, and Tanner and Conner petted her. Haylee said she chose to read “The Magic Puppy” because it had a picture of a dog on it. Abbey Lynn tilted her head toward Haylee while she was reading, making it seem as though she were listening to the words, Haylee said. It was a great experience for all of the Short children because it helped them gain reading experience and helped them lessen their fear of dogs, Becky Short, the children’s mother, said. The Short family doesn’t have pets and Haylee

was bitten by a dog before, so Logan said he was a little nervous to read. “I don’t like big dogs,” Logan said. “Abbey Lynn is a big dog, but I feel like I know her a lot, even though I really don’t, but she just felt really nice like I knew her. It was kind of weird to read to a dog, but [I] think it was really fun, and she is really good.” The Short family plans to come back next month to read with Abbey Lynn again. Several families frequent Abbey Lynn’s story time, but often new families try it out, Vu said. Each time Abbey Lynn and Cowdell visit, families can sign up for one of four 15-minute slots. The slots always fill up fast. Vu, who had overseen similar programs at other libraries, reached out to Therapy Animals of Utah in 2011 to initiate the program at the Herriman Library. At that time, the library had many programs for toddlers and teens, but few programs for the middle range of kids, and Vu said she thought this activity, aimed at kindergarten to third-grade students, would help to fill that gap. “I wanted a program for those beginning readers who are not fluent readers who may feel intimidated to read out loud to adults or around other children,” Vu said. “Their comprehension and literacy improves so much if they gain that skill of learning to read out loud.” When Cowdell, of Riverton, heard about Vu’s request for a therapy dog to visit the

Becky Short and her children read to Abbey Lynn, a therapy dog, at the Herriman Library. –Tori La Rue Summary: One of Herriman Library’s favorite volunteers is a dog.

Herriman library, she signed up. She said she was thrilled. She and Abbey Lynn had been visiting patients twice a month at the Jordan Valley Hospital prior to their service at the library, but it required more mobility from Abbey Lynn, and the library seemed like a better fit, according to Cowdell. When it’s time to go to the library Cowdell puts her Therapy Animals of Utah polo on and pulls out Abbey Lynn’s bandana with the same logo. Abbey Lynn gets so excited when she gets

to wear the bandana because she knows where she is going, according to Cowdell. “We love being here,” Cowdell said. “It’s great to give back and see the smiles and joy and comfort that Abbey Lynn can give to these kids.” To check when Abbey Lynn and Cowdell will return to the library, visit http://www. slcolibrary.org/gl/glal/libraryherriman.htm and look for the event titled “Tales with TAU” or visit the library in person at 5380 West Herriman Main Street. l

Elementary Students Battle over Books By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals


ate Ashton is not a fan of reading, but the Battle of the Books competition at Butterfield Canyon Elementary School got her to crack open some books. “Sure, some of the books we listened to on audio tape, and some of the books she just struggled through, but by the end of it she felt empowered to read, and that’s amazing,” Crystal Ashton, Kate’s mom, said. Kate and the other third through sixth graders at her school were given a list of books to study from beginning in the fall. Teachers divided students into teams of four, where they divvied out which books from the list each team member would read. If each student did their part, they would be well prepared for the “battle” come the third week of March, Becky Holdorf, media specialist, said. In the battle week, two teams compete at a time, answering trivia questions about the books on the list in a “Family Feud” style game. If one team answers a question wrong, the other team has a chance to answer and steal the points associated with that question. The teams compete in a bracket tournament until there are two teams remaining from each grade division. Holdorf said the competition increased the amount the students read. Third- through sixthgrade students at the school read more than 300,000 pages while preparing for the battle. “My favorite part is not necessarily the

competition but it is that kids will come to me and say that they found a new genre of book that they like that they wouldn’t have tried without the competition,” Holdorf said. “It helps them widen the kinds of books that they like.” Teacher Kasey Chamber said she loves the team spirit that comes from the competition. Teams create their own team names, costumes and chants during the six months leading up to the competition. “The competitions are fun, but it’s still hard for some,” Chamber said. “There’s tears because they get so into it.” All third- through sixth-grade students were invited to watch the final battle as the top two teams from third and fourth grade and the top two teams from fifth and sixth grade competed in an assembly on March 18. At the assembly, students who had great sportsmanship and team spirit through the Battle of the Books six-month program were awarded free passes to Momentum Climbing and Funtopia in Lehi and other prizes. The Black Knights and the Minion Ninjas dueled it out for first place in the third- and fourth-grade division. The Minion Ninjas stole a question from the Black Knights and got the right answer, sending them to first place in the end. Both teams received glass trophies shaped like a pyramid. Afterward, the Grammar Goofs and

The finalists in the Butterfield Canyon Elementary School Battle of the Books competition pose for a picture with their school’s mascot.

the BOB Destroyers took the stage for the final competition in the fifth- and sixth-grade division. The BOB Destroyers answered each of their initial questions correctly, and stole the title as Battle of the Books champions. “I just feel so proud of where I got to,” Sam Weller, spokesman of the Grammar Goofs, said. “It’s just so fun.” Sam said he personally read all 20 books on the list to help him prepare for the competition. “It’s nice because it is really like his time to shine,” Becky Weller, Sam’s mother, said. “He’s not athletic, so this gives him an opportunity to compete at something he really enjoys.” Battle of the Books is a nationwide program that sponsors early literacy, and

Butterfield Canyon has been participating for two years, Holdorf said. While the program is big in the Alpine School District, Butterfield Canyon is one of the first schools in the Jordan School District to adopt it. Ashlie Butterfield, mother of Butterfield Canyon students, brought the program to Butterflied Canyon’s attention after she and her family moved from the Alpine School District. She puts her time and money toward the program’s success at Butterfield Canyon, according to Holdorf. “It’s a wonderful program,” Holdorf said. “Every school should implement it.” l


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Gardening Herriman Style By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals Last year Sadie Salazar’s debut garden flourished. “It grew even more than I could have hoped for or dreamed,” she said. “There was so much zucchini that I was giving it to anyone who would take it, and I got really creative with my recipes.” Salazar became a zucchini chef, making fried zucchini, zucchini pickles, zucchini relish and many loaves of zucchini bread, she said. She had so much zucchini that she froze some to make zucchini delights all year long and donated some to the Riverton Senior Center. In addition to zucchini, she grew 10 kinds of peppers, yellow and butternut squash, rosemary, sage, onions, peas, carrots and green beans all in three, 25-foot dirt rows within the Herriman Community Garden, located at 12733 South Pioneer Street. “With last year being my first year gardening at all, the community garden was a good way to get going,” she said. “The plot ends up being free because if you keep your plot you get the deposit back, and I had the help of other gardeners who were more experienced.” The community garden has a closed Facebook group where those who are less experienced can ask gardening questions, and those who are familiar with Utah terrain can answer. When people leave on trips, they ask other members to water and look after their plants, Salazar said. Salazar’s heading back for year two with the Community Garden, but this time she’ll be taking care of a double plot—six, 25-foot rows of crops. “Having such a success my first year was encouraging and helped me decide to go bigger this year,” she said. The Herriman Community Garden, which contains 56 plots on 0.5 acres of land, was instigated seven years ago, and Trish Slussar, garden committee chair, has been involved almost since its beginning.

The Herriman Community garden provides a place for residents to garden even if they don’t have space at home. –Trish Slussar

“We have found it is a valuable asset to people, especially those in apartments and homes that are small without a large yard,” Slussar said. “There’s a huge demand for it. We have a waiting list because there’s more interest than plots.” The community garden works as follows – residents sign up for a plot on www.herriman.org/community/community-gardens/. The committee lets the residents know if their plot has been reserved or if they are on the waiting list. Once the committee contacts residents with their plot information, they may pay their registration fee and begin planting any annual plant they desire. The city provides manure and an irrigation system with water pumps. Salazar said she loves that community gardening gets her outdoors and working in a physical capacity, but she said her favorite thing is having fresh vegetables. “I like the idea of providing food without grocery store and being self-sufficient,” she said. “It’s definitely cheaper in the long run. I spent $60 total on seeds and plants, and got 200 pounds of produce. Besides, it’s rewarding to see something grow from a seed to a giant vegetable that can feed your whole family for a couple days.” Most community garden participants will begin planting

their seeds in mid-May, which is the best time to garden in Utah, according to Slussar. “I’d recommend that anyone toying with the idea of gardening just get out and try it,” Salazar said. “Join the community garden, or figure it out on your own.” Utah State University Extension, a supporter of community and individual gardeners, offers some mid-May gardening tips for those, like Salazar, who are hoping to create a garden this year: • Plant annuals once the danger of frost is past. • Fertilize annuals about two weeks after planting to stimulate growth. • Use mulch or a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds in the garden. • Start planting tender plants such as celery, cucumber, dry bean, snap bean, spinach, summer squash, sweet corn. • Get a head start on controlling garden pests. • By the end of May, begin planting very tender plants such as cantaloupe, eggplant, lima bean, pepper, pumpkin, tomato, watermelon and winter squash. l




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anner Roth, 11, said he’s ready to be on the Herriman City Planning Commission. “I know the different type of land uses we have, and what percent we use for residential and industrial land uses,” Tanner said. “It’s fun to decide where buildings go and what half of the city will look like and everything like that.” Tanner was on a mock planning commission when he and the rest of the fifth and sixth graders at Blackridge Elementary School participated in Utah’s first-ever Box City Project, put on by the Utah chapter of the American Planning Association. In the project, based on similar projects done in Henderson, Nevada, students learned about planning, architecture, land uses, maps and the democratic process of city development by creating their own city using Styrofoam cubes. Ten to 15 volunteer architects, landscapers and community planning professionals came to the school for four two-hours sessions in February through April and taught the students about community development through handson activities. “The kids loved it, and volunteers couldn’t get away from how amazing and how adult-like they are,” Principal Steve Giles said. “Sometimes, I think that kids have the strength of adults without the idiosyncrasies of adulthood. They think outside the box.” Edward James, volunteer, said it’s likely the students know more about the democratic process of development than many adults know. If students learn how the system works at a young age, they’ll be more inclined to participate in community planning in the future. During the fourth and final lesson, student groups proposed developments to a mock planning commission, made up of other students. If their ideas weren’t in line with the land use map they’d created earlier on, the students justified why their project should be an exception to the use policy. Tanner said organizing the city was the

most complicated part of the Box City Project. “People wanted one spot for their building, and it was already taken, and they would not have another idea,” he said. “But the planning commission helped the residents to find spots for their buildings.” It was important to include industrial and commercial properties in the city, so people in the city could have a place to work, Tanner said. His class city had a lot of factories to provide jobs for the residents, including a candy factory, a sports factory and a toy factory. Giles said the problem-solving skills the students developed during the project are “real-life skills” that the students will use long past elementary school. “At Blackridge, we teach kids to think and to problem solve and to use the scientific method,” Giles said. “You don’t just plug in answers when you do engineering. You have to come up with creative solutions to unique problems.” When James approached the Jordan School District about implementing a handson community development project in Utah schools, the district referred him to Giles, saying Blackridge would be a good place to start because it is a STEM school. The project went well, James said the Utah American Planning Association will expand the program next year. He hopes the project will be implemented in all Utah elementary schools someday. “This program gives good background information to the kids,” James said. “It can make a positive and valuable contribution to their education and lead to participation in community development later on.” Giles agreed. “As they people explain these concepts to these kids, they’re creating a group of adults will understand protocol and business,” he said. “Then, these kids can be much more informed as adults.” l


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Holocaust Survivor Asks Utah for Help in Stopping Prejudice


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Holocaust survivor visited two Riverton schools to share his story of “five years in hell on Earth” and encourage students and community members to “shout out” in love for the six million voices silenced in the genocide he witnessed firsthand. “I dedicated my life to doing just that — to make sure that the world understands what was happening, to keep the world from acquiring amnesia,” Ben Lesser said. “They would love to forget. The world would just love to forget, but, as long as I am alive, I won’t let them forget it.” Five out of the seven members of Lesser’s family were slaughtered in the Holocaust, but he survived through the ghettos, work camps and death camps, living to tell the story. “I strive to share my story, to show people — young, old and everywhere in between — that if I can survive the Holocaust and use that experience to charge forward in life, so can they,” Lesser said. “It brings back memories that give me sleepless nights before and after I speak, but someone has to do that, no matter how hard.” Lesser shared his experiences on March 15 at Oquirrh Hills Middle School during an assembly for eighth graders and again later that night at Riverton High School, where students, parents and community members filled every chair in the 1,200-seat auditorium. After listening to the audio of Lesser’s book, “Living a Life that Matters: From Nazi Nightmare

to American Dream,” Erin Curtis, English teacher at Oquirrh Hills Middle School, said she contacted Lesser’s ZACHOR Holocaust Remembrance Foundation to find out if Lesser could come speak in Utah. The eighth-grade English teachers at Oquirrh Hills teach a unit on Anne Frank, and Curtis thought hearing from a Holocaust survivor would help her students. “It really worked,” Curtis said. “We give them an overview of the Holocaust, but we don’t always go into a lot of the gritty details he got into. I think it really hit the students of how terrible the Holocaust was, and it gave them an understanding of the atrocities that go along with genocide.” Kimberlen Madsen, 14, said she realized how horrible the Holocaust was when Lesser told the story of seeing a Nazi officer kill an infant five days after the Nazis took Poland. “It’s important to never forget, never forget that these things happened, so they don’t happen again, and history doesn’t repeat itself,” Kimberlen said. At one point, Lesser explained that at a concentration camp he took 25 lashes with a whip so that his uncle didn’t have to. His uncle, much older than the teenage Lesser, would have likely died from the lashings because the Nazis killed anyone who passed out from the blows or who couldn’t count their whippings out loud. Some parts of the assembly were depressing, according to Hailey Burt, 14, but she said it didn’t

Students watch as Ben Lesser, Holocaust survivor, shares his story with them on March 15. —Jordan School District Summary: Ben Lesser, Holocaust survivor, tells the Riverton community his story and asks for their help in stopping prejudice.

end that way. “He told us that sometimes you just have to have hope, like he had hope through the whole thing that people could change and be better,” Hailey said. “His example makes me want to be better, and not focus on myself. I don’t want to look around me and have bias because those feelings can lead to bigger things — crueler things.” Curtis said the students in her class are now reading about Anne Frank and studying the Holocaust with new eyes, more informed eyes. “It’s more of a reality now, where before it was just stories,” Brock Proulx, 14, said. “It’s just crazy how different it is when you get more background knowledge. I never want something like that [to] happen again.” Lesser started an online campaign called

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Herriman City Scores with Real Salt Lake Training Facility By Briana Kelley | briana@mycityjournals


hen it comes to Herriman City and major league soccer, it’s a match made in heaven. “It’s a very historic day just outside here in the American First Pavilion,” the voice of Real Salt Lake, Billy Riley said, before making a crucial announcement. On April 9, the Herriman City Council, Herriman Mayor Carmen Freeman, residents of Herriman and more gathered around the American First Pavilion inside Rio Tinto Stadium, located at 9256 West State Street in Sandy. The entire pavilion went silent as the audience became informed as to why they were there. In September 2017, Herriman City and Real Salt Lake will unveil the new Herriman Complex Training Facility and Academy. The 42-acre plot of land will consist of eight soccer fields and an educational Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building. The project will cost approximately 50 million dollars. “Do you ever have a day that feels like Christmas in your life, like you’re a little kid? I was so nervous last night, I couldn’t sleep. I went back on the couch, just waiting for Christmas to come,” Dell Loy Hansen, owner of Real Salt Lake, said. “Today is a red letter day. So if you have five red letter days in RSL history, today’s one of them as we announce the formation of the Real Salt Lake Training Center. This will be like none other in the nation… We’ll have the most powerful community

and youth training system in the United States. We will be akin to Barcelona, to the Netherlands, to a number of teams in England. We decided, instead of taking baby steps, let’s just take the big step and let’s get there. So that’s the vision that this organization has is, that a nine-year old today could be on the field for RSL in ten years,” Hansen said. The training facility has been in the making for about six to eight months, and purposely kept quiet before publicly announcing. “I’ve been waiting for this for quite a while,” Brett Wood, the City Manager of Herriman, said. “The term ‘world-class’ is what defines this. We’re committed to building a facility here and continuing to build our curriculum and everything that surrounds what we’re doing in Herriman to become world-class,” Craig Waibel, the General Manager of Real Salt Lake, said. With the median age of Herriman City being only 24 years of age, Real Salt Lake seems to have scored quite the goal. The youthful population is ideal for the soccer training facility and charter school. The STEM building will enroll 250 students beginning in the fall of 2017. There are only 50 openings available for out-of-state students. “It’s like a charter school. They’ll get the education right there at the school and then they’ll actually play soccer. Someone who’s eight, nine, ten years old- I mean, they can just go to school and get their education and get really good at soccer and then play major league when they’re older. This is actually

City and Real Salt Lake have teamed up to score one mutual goal: the completion of the new training facility and academy. – Herriman City

catching a lot of international attention, especially in the world of sports,” Craig Tischner, a Herriman City Councilmember, said. Although the Herriman City officials and the faces of Real Salt Lake are looking forward to the building of the facility, various Herriman residents have voiced their hesitations concerning excessive development within the city and worry about the industrialization and noise it may bring. “Everything just came together just really, really well. So, some things that people need to know is that this really is a shift- this really will stimulate Herriman’s economy. With the support of businesses and restaurants, you’re going to have people traveling to the facility. It’s right off Mountain View Corridor, approximately 14800 South, just adjacent from the Salt Lake Community College is where it’s going in. It’s really not going to affect a lot of neighborhoods… But that’s really going to help us with our economy with the restaurants, and a little bit of retail, office space, stuff like that. It’s really a good thing for Herriman,” Tischner said. Herriman City Mayor Carmen Freeman especially pointed out the economic growth that the

training facility may bring. “Any city looks for some iconic landmark that will really identify their city and certainly this does. It will be a great job-creator, it will stimulate economic growth within our community. And then, I think, from the residential aspect of it, Dell Loy has made this so that we can have other groups within our community come and enjoy the facilities. So, yes, it will serve the purpose of Real, but it’s certainly going to serve us as a community,” Mayor Freeman said. “It is a destination. When you go to a destination, would you want to go eat? When you go to a hotel, you want a restaurant right next to it. You don’t want to go two or three miles down the road to get to it. That’s what’s pretty exciting about this. I think it’s going to help us sustain our city. It’s going to be incredible for us. It’s going to be huge. We’re moving on up. It’s big for Herriman, but it really is big for the south-west quadrant of the valley, for Salt Lake Valley, and for the state of Utah. It’s going to have that wind-blown effect,” Tischner said. Herriman City and Real Salt Lake hope to begin construction on the training facility and academy within the next 30 to 45 days. l


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Crossing Flags Increase Safety in Riverton By Briana Kelley | briana@mycityjournals

“Our goal is to continually improve City services and safety.”


n March 14, Riverton City introduced crossing flags at 12600 South and 2700 West. The bright orange flags were added to improve pedestrian safety at an intersection that connects residents to local businesses, as well as three public schools—Riverton High School to the north, and Southland Elementary and Oquirrh Hills Middle School to the south, according the city’s press release. “I live nearby this intersection and have watched the amount of traffic as well as the number of crossing pedestrians increase over the years. After researching ways that we could improve our growing needs for safety, this type of program really stood out,” Councilmember Paul Wayman said. “ I think it’s neat because it’s one more thing that says this is an intersection where pedestrians cross and so you need to be aware. All in all it’s been very positive that I can see.” Wayman worked with Chief of Police Rosie Rivera and others to find cost-effective ways to increase safety at the intersection. The idea for flags stood out after seeing the success in downtown Salt Lake City area and other places. Proponents believe

that the flags provide added safety for pedestrians and have an excellent public education proponent. “We tried to come up with a way that it would be safer for students and others to cross. When you have an orange flag in your hand, and you hold it in the direction you are going, people know you are going to walk off the curb and go across the road. Someone making a right hand turn who sees a pedestrian without a flag at the corner does not know if they are going to cross and at times that’s a problem,” Wayman said. The city council unanimously approved the idea, after which a crew from the city’s public works department installed the flag holders and flags. The flags will be overseen by Wayman. The intersection currently includes a pedestrian bridge and a crossing guard for elementary school students, but many still cross the road throughout the day. “Any time that you can increase the visibility of a pedestrian I think is a good thing, because we don’t want anybody to get hurt. I have children that go and have gone to those schools and so I appreciate the fact that flags are there so they can cross safely and so drivers can see them,” Amy

Students and City Officials gather early March 14 to introduce crossing flags at 12600 South and 2700 West in Riverton. Photo Courtesy of ©Riverton City Communications.

Kelley, a Riverton resident, said. The way to use the flags is simple. An individual or group can pick up a flag from the holder before crossing and then deposit it into the holder on the other side. “It’s really helpful because you as a driver can better see an individual and you can see that somebody needs to cross the road. I think an important place to watch is the rest of the crosswalks on 2700 West as they come south, across from the fire station. When there are no crossing guards there, it’s harder to see pedestrians. One side of cars will stop and wait because they can see there is a child

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waiting but then the other flow of traffic does not pay attention...The flags help to make them visible,” Kelley added. Wayman and the city will continue to monitor the new flags to gauge their impact on pedestrian safety. “Our goal is to continually improve City services and safety. This idea provides added safety at minimal cost to the city. As the use of these flags continues to be monitored along with the impact they have on overall safety, implementation in other areas of the city will be considered,” Mayor Bill Applegarth stated. l

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Traffic Analysis Executed on Herriman High School By Hope Zitting | hope@mycityjournals.com


afety should be among one of the top priorities when it comes to schools. Many schools have done all that they can to ensure safety within their buildings; yet, what about the lack of safety that may occur outside of the school buildings? “I have concerns about traffic patterns over by the high school when taking a child to school. There’s people cutting-off and whipping U-turns. [I’m] Just wondering if the Council has heard that or maybe have some plans to do something about that situation. And the other thing I worry about is enforcement at red lights. I still see a lot of people running red lights and I’m worried maybe my kid or… me at the intersection when that happens. So, just concerns about that,” William Jackson, a resident of Herriman City, said during a previous City Council Meeting on Feb. 24. As a result of this concern that was publicly voiced to Herriman Mayor Carmen Freeman and the Herriman City Council, a traffic analysis was performed on the surrounding roads of Herriman High School and within the school’s boundaries. Blake Thomas, the City Engineer of Herriman, presented the Herriman High Traffic Study Analysis to the City Council and Mayor during the City Council Meeting on March 23 at the Herriman City Council Building located at 13011 South Pioneer Street in Herriman during the Reports, Presentations and Appointments portion of the meeting.

Many tests concerning the traffic patterns of Herriman High School, located at 11800 South Mustang Trail Way were conducted on Feb. 16 with the help of Avenue Consultants. Avenue Consultants is an engineering company that, “…solve the most challenging transportation problems with new ideas that you can actually build. We identify the right solutions by leveraging common sense and creative thinking. We make difficult technical concepts easy to understand and support,” as described on the Taylorsville-based company’s website. The traffic analysis concluded that there were two peaks in traffic during the day at certain time periods, also known as the weekday school hour turning movement volumes. The morning rush, beginning at 6:45 a.m. and lasting for an hour resulted in hundreds of cars entering the high school and only a portion of vehicles exiting. The afternoon congestion, which starts at 2:15 p.m. and lasts for an hour, as well, reported a comparably small amount of cars entering, and hundreds of vehicles exiting the high school parking lot. The amount of entering vehicles into the school parking lot at 7:15 a.m. reached over 200, with about 90 of those vehicles peak exiting at 7:25 a.m. After school ended at 2:25 p.m., a huge amount of trafficover 160 vehicles- left the parking lot at the same time around 2:30 p.m. The Herriman High School traffic analysis

The traffic analysis included the study of intersections along the main roads surrounding Herriman High School. –Avenue Consultants

studied six different intersections around the high school and surrounding neighborhoods. The South Access, Drop-Off Exit and West Parking Access are the most congested entrances and exits along Mustang Trail Way into the school. The North Parking Access located on 11800 South is also a largely congested entrance and exit into Herriman High School. Herriman High School houses over 2,500 students, being one of the largest public high schools in the entire state of Utah. To remediate the problem of traffic congestion

within and near Herriman High School, Avenue Consultants suggested building cement barriers in strategic places along the surrounding roads to curb illegal and dangerous driving, similar to what South Jordan had done concerning Bingham High School. Mayor Freeman and the City Council voiced a few concerns concerning the potential solutions and advised the presenters to meet with the Jordan School District. Blake Thomas and the representative from Avenue Consultants agreed and should update the Mayor and City Council on their findings within the following month. l


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Mr. and Mrs. William Calloway of Sandy annoucne with great pride the graduation of their daughter, Claire Elizabeth Calloway from Sandy High School. Claire graduated with honors and is lookign forward to attending Utah State University in the fall where she will be studying accounting. A reception to celebrate her achievements will be held at the 5th Stake House in Sandy at 1pm. While you’re under no obligation to give a gift, even if you aren’t attending a party and aren’t close to the family, a card of congratulations or a handwritten note is something the graduate will appreciate. Thank you and congratulations Claire. We love you!!

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Parks and Rec: “The Heart and Soul of this City” By Briana Kelley | briana@mycityjournals


ickleball, Recycle Day, cemeteries, Town Days--these are a few of the many activities and responsibilities that Riverton City’s Park and Recreation Department covers throughout the year. The department oversees all functions and responsibilities of parks development and maintenance, recreation activities, community events and city facilities management with only fourteen employees. Riverton City officials’ goal is to maintain a sense of community and, according to some, the parks and recreation department is the heart and soul of this endeavor. “This department operates as the heart and soul of this City. Directed by Sheril Garn, Riverton City Parks & Recreation functions with the highest level of efficiency and success. The experience, dedication to quality programs and cooperation among this team sets a standard that is hard to achieve in any organization,” Lance Blackwood, City Manager, said. The Riverton Recreation Department facilitates all city recreation activities  and programs, which include  annual events such as the Riverton City Half Marathon, Daddy/Daughter and Mother/ Son date-night events and Town Days events. Staff also heads healthy community activities and youth and adult sports leagues such as soccer, lacrosse, softball, baseball, football, volleyball and tennis. Last year, the department ran many of the 200 events during Riverton’s 2015 sesquicentennial

celebration, considered to be an important milestone in the city’s history. The City Park, which was renovated and opened during the celebrations, was recognized with several awards, including the Citation Design Award, Best Landscape/Urban Development Project and Most Outstanding Landscape Public Space Outstanding Award. Garn, the director of the department, was also recently awarded the “My Boss is a Patriot” award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the lead Defence Department office promoting cooperation and understanding between civilian employers and their National Guard and Reserve employees. She was nominated by an employee currently serving abroad in the National Guard at the April 5 council meeting. “This is a small group of people who do big things for this City and all of its residents. When it comes to programs and facilities that bring people together and support families with long-standing traditions that can be counted on to create treasured memories year-after-year, no City does it better than Riverton Parks & Recreation!” Angela Trammell, Riverton City’s Public Information Officer, said. As for upcoming activities, the city has a substantial lineup this summer for low- and nocost fun. This includes Riverton City Concerts in the Park, the Home, Hand, Harvest Markets, summer movies in the park and food truck frenzy events. Information about these and other events is

Riverton City’s Parks and Recreation Department is composed of fourteen individuals--Sheril Garn, Marty Sheide, Blaine Nelson, Patrick Gaudin, Cody Cragun, Steve Heinze, Aubrey Merrill, Patrick Williams, Todd Stewart, Ronda Poole, Deb Rekoutis, Brittany Parker, Bradley Dance and Gennie Soriano. Photo Courtesy of ©Riverton City Communications.

available online at www.rivertoncity. An annual calendar is also available to pick up throughout the year at City Hall when residents visit the Parks & Recreation desk. Residents can also keep up with city announcements and activities on Facebook or Twitter. The parks side of the department has five employees and is responsible for the city’s 29 parks plus open space, city-owned retention and detention ponds. This totals over 170 acres. They oversee mowing, irrigating, tree maintenance and upkeep. The department also maintains Riverton City Cemetery. “Decisions and plans within the Parks & Recreation Department can directly affect the vitality and sense of community residents experience while living in Riverton. Clean, wellmaintained parks and open spaces, along with

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Herriman City Holds Public Hearing for Blackridge Residents By Hope Zitting | hope@mycityjournals.com


hereas, the City Council finds a need for a parking permit program that will increase access to residents, increase traffic/ pedestrian safety by reducing traffic congestion, reduce the adverse environmental impact on an area created by excessive air and noise pollution and the accumulation of trash and refuse on public streets… Whereas, after careful consideration, the City Council has determined that it is in the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Herriman to adopt an ordinance creating a parking permit program.” On March 30, the Blackridge Reservoir community of Herriman gathered inside the City Council Chambers, located in the Herriman City Council Building at 13011 South Pioneer Street in Herriman for a Public Hearing in regards to the potential parking permit program that Herriman City has recently considered implementing. The public hearing began at 6 p.m. It started with a Call to Order and Public Comment, and immediately proceeded to the Public Hearing Agenda. Tami Moody, the Director of Administration and Communications within Herriman City, introduced the public hearing for the proposed parking permit area for the residents surrounding the Blackridge Reservoir. The Herriman City Council Chambers were filled with residents; only a few seats were left

to claim. One after one the Blackridge Reservoir residents handed in their Public Comment papers. Written upon these papers were words filled with concern, praise, and overall commentary. Herriman City mayor Carmen R. Freeman called each individual that handed in their Public Comment forms by name up to the podium located in the middle of the City Chambers. There, the resident stated his or her name and recited his or her address. Thereafter, the resident was able to voice their comments or concerns with the potential parking permit program Herriman City is considering. On Jan. 13, Ordinance No. 2016-01 of Herriman Utah, An Ordinance Adopting a Parking Permit Program, was passed and approved. Therein the ordinance, labeled 6-7-11 Parking Permit- Activities Permitted, it states, “A motor vehicle bearing an area regular permit or guest permit properly displayed as provided for herein, shall be permitted to stand or be parked in the parking permit area for which the permit has been issued without being limited by parking regulations or prohibitions solely applicable to commuter vehicles. The permit does not exempt drivers or owners from complying with general parking regulations and penalties imposed by an applicable traffic code or ordinance. All other motor vehicles not bearing an area permit or guest permit properly

This area near the Blackridge Reservoir will be subject to the parking permit program. The streets in bold dictate the roads that a permit is necessary for parking. –Herriman City

displayed as provided for herein that are parked within a parking permit area shall be subject to the commuter parking regulations established in the declaration of designation, and the penalties provided for herein.” This means that, even though the Herriman residents live on the property, they cannot park outside of their house on the street if need be. This issue was brought up to the City Council and Mayor during the public hearing a myriad of times. “I bought the property I live on. I should be able to park outside of my house if I want without having to pay for a permit. This should be included with the house I bought,” a Herriman City resident said during the public hearing. Another concern that residents repeatedly voiced was their stance on permits when other people were temporarily invited over. How


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Milo Gutierrez, 22, who has become a mentor to many of the students at Jay Fullmer’s boxing gym, helps one participant put his gloves on. –Tori La Rue

“We’re not saying that everybody’s going to end up being a champion, but I can guarantee you if they keep coming down, they’ll be better kids and they’ll be better citizens and that’s all that we can ask.”


f it’s opening time at the Fullmer Brothers Boxing Gym, you’ll likely see Milo Gutierrez, 22, leading warm-ups and stretches for a group for 20 to 50 boys. Gutierrez, who has become a mentor to the other participants, claims that the Fullmer Brothers Boxing Gym saved his life. “After I first graduated from high school I started hanging out with the wrong crowd. I just partied and I didn’t know what I was doing, and I ended up in jail twice,” he said. “I remember coming back to tears in my mom’s eyes, and I’ll always remember that picture. I knew that I needed to change and get involved in something.” Gutierrez, of Herriman, saw a Facebook post about the Fullmer Brothers Boxing Gym in summer 2014 and searched the Internet for a phone number. When he called, Jay Fullmer, one of the three Utah-famous boxing brothers, answered. “He told me to come over to the gym,” Gutierrez said. “When I got there, he gave me a hug and treated me like he knew me or like we were family, but we had never met before.” Although Jay’s boxing career was cut short with an eye condition and he never reached a world championship match or Hall of Fame status like his older brother Gene did, Jay never gave up on boxing, and used it as a source to help people change for the better. Among the photographs, news clippings, awards and other memorabilia of Gene, Jay

and Don Fullmer that line the walls of their gym, there’s a sign with Jay Fullmer’s motto on it, which reads: “We’re not saying that everybody’s going to end up being a champion, but I can guarantee you if they keep coming down, they’ll be better kids and they’ll be better citizens and that’s all that we can ask.” Gutierrez said boxing has changed his character. “Boxing taught me discipline,” Gutierrez said. “You’ve got to have a calm mind and think before you do.” While some people say that boxing is violent, Gutierrez said it’s one of the most respectful sports out there. The participants shake their opponents’ hands, and have to put their confidence on the line when they go to fight, which helps them to stay humble, he said. In March 2015, Gutierrez became state champion after training for two years and fighting in competitions for one year. Gutierrez said the championship came to him because of hard work and dedication and said he plans to put in the same work ethic when he starts college at Salt Lake Community College in fall 2016. Just one month after Gutierrez’s state title, Jay Fullmer passed away on April 22, 2015. “I really missed him a lot and the first weeks it was hard. My fights weren’t as good,” Gutierrez said. “I started listening to what [my coaches] were saying, though. They were saying that Jay wouldn’t want it to be quiet and

sad at the gym, and I knew they were right.” Gutierrez picked up his spirits and tried to be an example to the other fighters in the gym. In fall 2015, Rowan Hubley, a red-haired 9-yearold boy entered the gym for the first time, and he started following Gutierrez around. “Milo’s an inspiration, like a hero, to him,” Joey Hubley, Rowan’s father, said. “He’s experienced. Milo sets that platform of potential and encourages Rowan to get there too.” Although there’s no one of the same size or level as Rowan at the gym —he is only 50 pounds, so he hasn’t sparred yet — Rowan is determined to succeed in boxing. “My plan is that, using my training, I can get to the Olympics,” Rowan said. Ted Gurule, instructor, said that with Rowan’s dedication and Gutierrez’s help, he has no doubts that Rowan can get to the Olympic level. “I feel so blessed that these kids and their parents tell me that I am a role model,” Gutierrez said. “They motivate me. I see them getting into boxing at a young age, and I’m so happy. I’m going to make sure they don’t have to go through the same things that I did.” People interested in seeing what the gym looks like or interested in learning how to box may sign up to participate at the gym, at 11000 South 2200 West in South Jordan, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. There is no cost to be trained at the gym because the facility l is run by volunteers and donations.



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Track Stars Start Their Season By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he runners are crouched down in the starting blocks all eyes on the ground in front of them, poised to start the 100 meter dash. This is the crown jewel and considered to be the most exciting event at a track meet by some. The fastest and sleekest athletes line up and hope to take their places in the school and state record books. Herriman High School senior Dallin Tycksen starts strong accelerates half way down the track and near the end of the 100 he pulls away from his nearest competitor. His time of 11.16 seconds at the Davis Invitational is the second fastest time in the state’s 5A classification this season. “We are pretty fast (speaking of his siblings),” Dallin said. “I think I had a back wind in that race I felt like I was flying let’s face it. We really want to compete against those great schools like A.F. (American Fork) and Davis.” Tycksen may not even be the best athlete in his own family. Lauren (sister) has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Salt Lake Community College after she graduates this spring. Their younger sister Abby, a sophomore, is a sprinter on the track team also. Abby’s 13.33 time in the girls 100 is the 14th fastest in the state currently. Dallin placed third at last year’s state track meet. This season he has not lost a race in his quest for a state championship. He currently holds the fastest time in the state in the 200. He is the state’s defending champion at that distance.

Mustang senior Kaysha Love holds the fastest girls time in the 100 this season. She is nearly seven tenths of a second faster than her nearest competitor and is the defending state champion. Emma Newbold and Love’s freshman sister Jasmyne help bolster a strong sprinter lineup for the Mustang girls team. The Mustang’s Dylan Casady has a top ten state time of 15.37 in the boys 110 hurdles. Senior Ty Shaw has his eyes set on improving on last year’s fourth place state shot put finish. Riverton and Herriman relay teams finished first and second at the Davis Super meet in the 4x800 relay. The Mustangs finished seven seconds ahead of the Silverwolves team of Matthew Parker, Levi Wolfley, Brayden Robbins and Ammon Baker. The Silverwolves Colby Stone has high jumped six feet one inch this season. He finished tenth last season at the state meet clearing six feet on his final jump attempt. Junior Caleb Rogers has had impressive shot, discus and javelin throws this season. He holds top ten throws in all three disciplines. Junior Katie Christopherson holds a top 20 time in the girls 800 this season. Tracen Warnick has also had a top time in the boys 1600. Herriman placed second last season in the state track meet, 46 points behind Davis. Riverton finished 14th. The state track meet is scheduled to be held May 20-21 at BYU’s Clarence Robison Track. l

Mustang sophomore Madi King finished in fifth place at the Copper Hills Invitational. Photo courtesy of Greg James

Herriman senior Dallin Tycksen poises himself for the second leg of the boys 4X100 relay at the Copper Hills Invitational April 2. The Mustangs cruised to a two second victory over Brighton. Photo courtesy of Greg James

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Bluffdale Pitcher Makes Impact In Southern Idaho By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

“CheyAnne has been an important part of our team. She has been a vital part of our pitching staff as well as a sophomore leader for the younger girls on the team.”


iverton graduate and current College of Southern Idaho pitching sensation CheyAnne Dahl has captured notice around the county. Her success this season has landed her as pitcher of the week not just once but twice. “This season has gone very well. It is nice to get some awards and get noticed for what has been going on. It shows that I have been working hard,” Dahl said. The sophomore left-hander won two games March 11-12 against Colorado Northwestern. In those games she did not give up an earned run. She only allowed five hits and had 11 strikeouts. For her efforts she was named Scenic West and National Junior College Athletic Associations pitcher of the week. Dahl was not finished yet she continued her terror of conference opponents, March 25-26. She posted two wins and only allowed nine hits and one earned run in the Golden Eagles victories over Southern Nevada. Her performance helped her claim her second SWAC pitcher of the week award. The Golden Eagles had also scored their 12th straight victory. “CheyAnne has been an important part of our team. She has been a vital part of our pitching staff as well as a sophomore leader for the younger girls on the team,” College of Southern Idaho head softball coach Nick Baumert said. The Golden Eagles started this season dropping six of the first 11 games, but in conference play they have turned things around. At press time they stand in second place in the SWAC with a 21-7 conference record. “I think in the beginning of the season we struggled because

we are so young. We have quite a few freshman in fact our entire infield is full of freshman. The experience took a little while to get together,” Dahl said. After the slow the start Dahl and her teammates started to get things together. Feb. 20 against tenth ranked Odessa College She pitched six innings had two strikeouts in a 7-5 victory. The Golden Eagles continued to roll and won 12 games in a row. Dahl leads the Golden Eagles with a 13-5 record, 95 strikeouts and a 2.68 earned run average. In their sweep of Colorado Northwestern April 15-16 Dahl continued to impress. In the series opener she came in relief and shut down the Spartans allowing only three hits while she struck out six. When she entered the game in the third inning the Golden Eagles trailed 7-4, but with her lockdown performance they were able to rally and capture a 12-7 victory. The other game of the series she struck 10 batters in a five inning 10-2 rout. “From high school to college it is not much different. Being out on my own and responsible for myself. Not much difference in the game though. I loved Riverton and have so many friends there. I have grown to love this sport and I am glad I get to keep playing it,” Dahl said. Dahl graduated from Riverton High School in 2014. She transferred from Summit Academy in Bluffdale for her senior season. The Silverwolves finished 16-9 that season and won two games in the state tournament before being eliminated by Taylorsville. l

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Mustang Rugby Captures Las Vegas 7s Title By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he Utah rugby scene has once again shown why some of the sports best talent comes from the state. Herriman’s boys 7s team flexed its muscle in the International Las Vegas 7s tournament March 3-5. The Herriman Gold boys varsity team traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the international 7s tournament. The tournament featured regional all-star teams from all over the world. The Mustangs finished the tournament 6-0 and won the championship game 22-19 over BCEY (British Columbia). The tournament championship became more remarkable considering Herrimans team is comprised of players from a single school. “I cannot overstate enough what it is like for a single school team from a small Utah community to not only compete against, but beat all of these select all-star teams from all over the country. They were also missing four of their best players,” Herriman girls rugby coach Joe Hoff said. The Herriman Gold team started the tournament with a 19-5 victory over the Las Vegas Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are the defending Nevada state champions. They also beat the Mavericks from Texas 24-12. Their third pool victory came over The Tennessee Tri-Star 31-10. The Mustangs faced EORU (Ontario, Canada) and defeated them 33-14 in the quarterfinals. They were pitted against The Rigby Royals from Idaho and defeated them 31-17 in the semi-finals. “This was so awesome,” boys coach Jeff Wilson said. Wilson knew the tournament would tax his team, but would give them the experience they need to springboard the team

into its 15s season (7s and 15s are played with different numbers of players on the field). Herriman’s Red team finished the tournament 3-2 tied for fifth place with The Arizona Bobcats. The boys rugby program is not the only team to have success this season. The Mustangs girls faced the number one ranked team in the country, Danville Lady Oaks (from San Francisco area), in Herriman April 2. The game started out pretty evenly, but Danville scored first and eventually won 335. Herriman’s Bergen Christiansen was able to secure a throw-in in the final minutes and a mass of Herriman players grabbed onto each other to drive the ball over the Danville line to avoid the shutout. “It sounds like a decisive defeat, but we were encouraged to hold a top national team to only 33 points. It was a joy to compete at such a high level against a quality team,” Hoff said. The Mustangs boys and girls varsity teams have started their season undefeated. Both teams are 3-0 headed into weekend play April 16 (press deadline). The boys team has outscored its Utah opponents 181-41, the girls 148-5. High school rugby continues to grow in popularity. The boys team competes this spring in the single school central conference against Olympus, Alta, Jordan and Copper Hills. Copper Hills is in its first year of hosting a team. The girls play in the only state girls division and it has grown to eight teams. l

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rom the moment I was born, my mom looked for ways to make my life miserable. Admittedly, I don’t remember anything before the age of 4, but I’m sure her pattern of behavior extended back to my birth. For instance, my mom insisted I play with my little sister, even though my little sister was a demon who wailed like a banshee whenever I pinched her. Mom had this harebrained scheme that being forced to play with my siblings would make us friends. (Okay, she was right on that one. My siblings are pretty cool.) But here’s another example of my mom’s ruthless conduct. After school I could only watch TV for ONE HOUR. That’s all. Once my 60 minutes of Zoom and School House Rock was over, I had to engage my mind with something “enlightening.” Mom would force me to listen to classical music or make me memorize a poem she taped on the fridge. (I still randomly recite “The Highwayman.”) And there were books she required me to read like “Jane Eyre” or the Nancy Drew series. She even made me write book reports. “But it’s Saturday! School’s over!” I exclaimed when she handed me the illustrated book of Shakespeare. “Learning is never over,” she’d reply. Now I can’t go anywhere without a book. Gee. Thanks, mom.

When Atari hit the market, mom made it perfectly clear we would not be getting a game console. She told me video games would rot my brain, then she had the nerve to send me OUTSIDE where I had to resort to bike riding, playing baseball in the street or shooting hoops with the neighbors. (Eventually she caved and bought a game system, but even then there were strict usage guidelines.) Mom was a homework Nazi. She’d drill me on times tables (which I still hate) and spelling (which I admit comes in handy at times) and she insisted on attending every single parent teacher conference, just to embarrass me. Attendance at dinner was mandatory. Mom had read somewhere that family dinner time was vastly important and would lead to the decline of society if families didn’t eat their meatloaf together. She force fed me vegetables from her garden, peaches from her tree and raspberries from the bushes in the backyard. And there was no fluffy Wonder Bread for my lunches. Instead, I had to consume peanut butter sandwiches made with home-baked bread that was denser than granite, but kept me full for several days. It doubled as a blunt object if a boy was chasing me at recess. When it came to dessert, she was heartless. Even though I begged her to purchase Oreo cookies or Chips Ahoy (because no one else in the universe had to gag down homemade



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Library Encourages Reading 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals


my Cannon, who has a master’s degree in library science, and her husband, who works in a library, sought to teach their children Henry, 5, and Eloise, 3, to love reading as much as they do. “We both started reading to them the day they were born,” Cannon said. “We never wanted to put it off because books are so important to help kids learn. Now we can’t get them to stop.” Librarians at the South Jordan Library introduced the Cannons to Salt Lake County Library Service’s read 1,000 books before kindergarten program in January, and Cannon said that only increased their drive to read. “A program helps you to have a focus and make it a priority,” Cannon said. “It’s wonderful to have a way to track their reading, so they can look and see which books they have read. I let Henry write the books himself on the tracker, and it helps him practice his writing, too.” Henry will start kindergarten in the fall, having read more than 1,000 books before receiving any public schooling. Amy anticipates that Eloise will reach that goal, too. The Cannon family is joining in the nationwide movement to encourage early literacy and parent–child bonding through reading 1,000 books before kindergarten. The 1,000 Books Foundation, which created the 1,000 books before kindergarten initiative, originally started in Nevada. Through the web and word of mouth, the foundation’s message spread, and libraries began adapting the program to meet the needs of the people in their areas. All 50 states;

Washington, D.C.; the Virgin Islands; and parts of Canada now have their own versions of the program. Salt Lake County Library Services unleashed its version of the program earlier this year, and the South Jordan Library has been distributing small folders containing a reading tackers and the program’s information to patrons with children who have not reached kindergarten age since the end of January. Since the implementation of the program, more than 710 folders have been distributed, according to Allison Madsen, librarian. “When I first give out the folders, I ask the kids if they think they can read 1,000 books with their parents, and usually they look at me with wide eyes or say ‘That’s so many,’” Madsen said. “Then I explain that if they just read one book a night, that’s more than 300 books a year, and they start getting really excited about how many books they can get.” Each reading tracker contains a slot for 100 book titles. Reading a new book, re-reading books and singing and telling stories count as a write-in on the reading tracker. After a sheet is completed, patrons bring it to the library where librarians will stamp it, and give them a new tracker. Once 10 trackers are filled out, the child and parent receive a special certificate. A few parent-child duos have reached 300 books already, Madsen said. “So many studies show that reading in the early years is crucial,” Madsen said. “It makes your kids smarter because it increases their vocabulary and helps them want to read. It gives them a step up that will stay with them through school and maybe

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even to adulthood.” One mother of three children told Madsen she was grateful for the 1,000 books program because it motivated her to read with her youngest child. “She was sincere when she told me, ‘I did that. I read with my first kid, but you forget the gimmick once you get to number two or three, but this program got me excited again,’” Madsen said. “Sometimes parents just need a reminder.” With the new developments popping up across the western end of Salt Lake County, Madsen said she meets young families who are new to the area and new to the library on a weekly basis, so she said the need for the program is growing.

South Jordan Library personnel wanted to implement the 1,000 books program for a while, but they didn’t have an organized way to do it, until the county’s library services made “nicely packaged and cute folder that the kids love,” South Jordan Library manager Matt McLain said. “The library is not giving them a scholarship or huge prize, but it is giving them motivation and something to hold on to,” McLain said. “I have no doubt the folders will find their way into scrapbooks.” Stop into any Salt Lake County Library location or visit slcolibrary.org for more information. l

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