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hen Suzanne Santos, counselor at Summit Academy High School, implemented the Hope Squad three years ago, she never expected it to touch her life personally. “Hope Squad has come full circle,” said Suzanne. Her daughter, Esther Santos, attends the school and even served on the Hope Squad, which encourages teens to tell an adult when a friend is struggling with suicidal thoughts. Santos didn’t know Esther was struggling with depression until one of Esther’s friends followed Hope Squad training and reported it to the counseling center. Suzanne realized the environment she had created saved her daughter. SAHS students have been able to get past the stigma of mental illness to help each other, she said. This had made it easier for Esther. “The mental illness makes you not want to talk about it, but once you talk about it, it’s going to get better,” Esther said. Esther is doing better, thanks to her friends’ and family’s support. She credits goal-setting for keeping herself moving forward. Esther’s recent achievements are impressive for any high school junior. She earned an impressive 97 out of 99 on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) and scored in the top 1 percent in the nation on her PSAT.

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And now she is gaining national recognition. “She’s had Harvard and Yale and all these big, impressive schools reach out to her,” said Suzanne. Esther has also been invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, which promotes academically successful Hispanic students to top universities and colleges. Initially, Esther was reluctant to accept the recognition. She feels she shouldn’t be given special privileges just because her father is from Brazil. “I love the culture, but I’ve just never been a really big part of it,” Esther said. She feels her story isn’t the same as many Hispanics who have had to overcome struggles—like her father, who immigrated at age 19 and surmounted many challenges to build a successful life in a foreign country. “Hispanics and Latinos do work really hard, and that is something I’m really proud of about my Brazilian culture—even though I have complicated feelings about it,” she said. Esther believes race should not affect one’s ability to achieve his or her goals. She appreciates the NHRP as an incentive for students to take responsibility and work hard for their education. “Pick what you want in life and get it,” she said. “If there’s something stopping you, there’s always a way around it, no matter what your background is.”

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Herriman uses April to recognize good causes By Travis Barton |


he month of April was proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month during Herriman’s April 11 city council meeting. “All children deserve to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment to assure they reach their full potential,” read the city’s proclamation. Between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, there were 81 confirmed child abuse victims in Herriman. “The protection of children and strengthening of families is of concern and responsibility of all Herriman City citizens because the wellness of children affects our lives now and will continue to affect us in the future,” the proclamation stated. Jeff Bird is the executive director of the Family Support Center, which has three child nurseries in West Valley City (3663 South 3600 West), Midvale (7729 South 777 West) and Salt Lake

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City (2020 South 740 East) where short-term childcare is provided for free to families in crisis situations or children at-risk of abuse or neglect. There were 3,308 child victims in Salt Lake County during 2017, Bird said. He added there were 1,143 individual children who came to the crisis nursery, 9,211 visits, 858 overnight stays and 9,671 meals were served. Bird said this level of service “provided 51,531 hours of care to our most vulnerable population: children at risk for abuse.” But Bird, a Herriman resident, said these numbers “don’t mean anything unless you understand the human side of the story.” He recounted how one 6-yearold told his mom while being picked up from the crisis nursery that the child liked sleeping there “because the pillows don’t have bad dreams.” “We are grateful for the

time and attention Herriman is willing to give this very important topic,” Bird told the city council. “I know you have weighty matters to consider, and I’m grateful that the safety of our children is one of those things that you are willing to take time to talk about.” This proclamation happened on the same month when Herriman City Hall was illuminated with blue lights on April 2 to support Autism Awareness Month. The city council also used the April 11 meeting to proclaim April as Fair Housing Month on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which guarantees fair housing for all citizens of the United States. The last Friday of April was also designated as Arbor Day where residents are urged by city leaders to “plant trees to gladden the heart and promote a well-being of this and future generations.” l

Pinwheels are planted around the valley during April to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month. (Travis Barton/City Journals file photo)

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Forged on Wyoming ranch, Riverton man becomes successful inventor By Jennifer Gardiner |

Ren Field, a Riverton resident and inventor, was forged on a Wyoming ranch growing up. (Photos courtesy Dolly Hiller)


rowing up on a ranch in a small town in Wyoming with a population of under 2,000, Riverton resident Ren Field said he learned a lot about the value of hard work and dedication. When he was 25, he moved to Salt Lake City and worked for years as a fulltime school custodian and part-time airport security guard. Field’s long work hours soon took a toll on his feet. After trying many products to alleviate his pain and not finding anything that provided the relief he sought, Field turned to his woodshop in an attempt to create a solution for himself. It was there he molded a log made of 250 flexible fingers that increase circulation and massage your feet. Field concentrated only on developing something that would help his feet, with no intention of marketing a product. But when several of the teachers where he worked asked to borrow his new invention, they all loved it. They told him he should sell the Footlog to others because it was such a great product, so he took the leap and resigned from his airport job, withdrew the $2,000 he had in savings and bought some molds to create plastic replications of his original wooden massager. It wasn’t long before Field was selling the product he developed. Field had no idea how successful his product would be, but he started developing his idea in 1988. Since then, he has sold a little more than 3 million

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foot logs. “Most of my education is from the college of hard knocks on the ranch,” he said. “I learned to get up, get your pants on, go to work, and things will come together, and I still kind of have that same mentality to get her done.” Field considers what he does more of a hobby than a business. “I can’t really call the hours and effort put into my product a job; I have too much fun,” he said. The Footlog has been widely popular because of its unique mold. Field said it is designed to help with diabetes plantar fasciitis and helps relax your feet. It is made out of medical grade PVC, which is the same as they use in hospitals for IV tubing. Field said the Footlog therapy tool works because it matches up with the arch of the foot, which mobilizes the tiny joints in the foot. The rolling action stimulates multiple micro-acupuncture points, reducing stress, tension and pain in the foot and elsewhere in the body, including the legs and back, where millions of people suffer from daily pain and discomfort. Field said the Footlog therapy tool is an effective, noninvasive solution to the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Scientifically designed to massage and exercise the foot, the Footlog therapy tool works well for runners, dancers and other athletes who need to be in top form. It is also ideal for people who work on their feet throughout the day. Field and his wife, Catherine, live in Riverton. They have six children and 13 grandchildren—his pride and joy. The couple was gleefully beaming that they had 23 people around the table at Thanksgiving last year. Making feet comfortable for others is not the only thing Field enjoys. Field drives a 1970 GTO Judge with a 500-horsepower engine, and his wife drives a 1939 Chevy Coop with a 454 under the hood. Every year, Field presents the Riverton Prairie Dog Car and Bike Show in front of his home where he displays nearly $14 million worth of cars. Proceeds from the car show are donated to the American Diabetes Association. If you would like to know more about the car show, you can find out more on its website, To find out more about the Footlog, you can visit l

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Riverton family chosen as top 10 host family in the nation By Jet Burnham |

What made the Meaders family great hosts is they supported their au pair in her passion for traveling. (Photo courtesy Adrianne Meaders)


u Pair Gaelle Lebrun was hosted by one of the top host families in the nation for her two-year experience in the U.S. “We got along really well, really fast,” said the 22 year old from Champagne, France. “I’m not just an employee and taking care of the kids—it’s way more than that. We’ve become a family.” She said the two years she has lived in Riverton with Jason and Adrianne Meaders and their two boys Steven and Jackson, aged 2 and 4, has been the best experience of her life. Lebrun nominated the Meaders for Culture Care Au Pair’s Host Family of the Year Award. They were chosen as a top 10 finalist out of 700 nominations nationwide. “They do everything they can to make me happy and do what I want to do and to see. They give me as much as they can give me,” said Lebrun. Culture Care Au Pair provides young people with cultural experiences in addition to jobs in childcare. Lebrun said the best part was the relationships she built with her hosts. “I found two other brothers and I found my best friend and the best mom I could have,” she said. She said the Meaders made her feel comfortable and cared for. “I believe that it is the little things that count the most,” she said. “It’s them moving heaven and earth to find me a Buche de Noel, them running downtown to buy me a brioche when I’m sick because that’s the only food I want. It’s me on the Christmas cards, them

craving my crepes for breakfast and so many more things.” Most au pairs don’t have much opportunity to travel but the Meaders were very supportive of Lebrun’s interest in traveling. “We have taken her to see as much of the U.S. as we can in her time with us,” said Adrianne Meaders. As a family, they traveled to Hawaii, Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles, Arizona, Las Vegas and Texas. They also encouraged Lebrun to develop her independence as she explored Florida, Canada, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. on her own. They also visited as many National Parks in Utah as they could. When her official time as an au pair ended in late April, Lebrun had one month before her visa expired. The Meaders planned one last family trip—a month-long RV trip to visit a few more National Parks including Yellowstone, Yosemite and Sequoia. Lebrun said her favorite place to visit was Hawaii but that she loves Utah most of all. Meaders said she had no idea hosting an au pair would be such a great experience for her family. “I just thought I’d have someone crashing in my basement, helping with the kids when I needed it—but it’s so much more than that,” she said. “She is the sister my boys never had. I can’t imagine our lives going forward without her being in it in some capacity.” The Meaders chose to have an au pair because they needed flexibility and last-minute availability in their childcare. Lebrun arrived just two months before Jackson was born and provided much needed help to care for the newborn and two year old. “Truly my boys have the big sister they never had,” said Meaders. “For us it’s just been an amazing cultural experience.” The boys have learned to appreciate French food [they love Lebrun’s crepes] and the language. They have grown up with Lebrun singing songs to them in French. “My baby speaks more French than English,” said Meaders. After one year with the family, Lebrun extended for an additional year, the maximum amount allowed. As much as it breaks her heart to leave, she must return to France by the end of May. She loves children and traveling and hopes to continue her au pair experience in another country. But she will not forget the Meaders. “I believe that home is more of a feeling than a place and they really made me feel like this—they are my home,” she said. l

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iverton resident Tammy Hansen felt so strongly about special needs students benefiting from having a canine companion, she got involved and donated one to a special student at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School in Riverton. The idea came about when Hansen realized how many students at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School could benefit from the companionship of a puppy and decided to do something about it. “We have been raising dogs for a few years, and our first one was donated to us,” Hansen said. “We said from that day we would donate a puppy sometime. My husband is disabled; we have seen what a therapy support dog has done for him and decided that is what we wanted to do for a person with special needs.” Hansen contacted the school and spoke with the principal and asked her if she knew of any individual or family who could benefit from a companion dog. She also put a request on her business website and asked people to nominate a family or individual. From there, she narrowed it to a few families. “We then sent them a questionnaire asking them specific questions about owning a dog and the financial and emotional support for the life of the puppy or dog,” Hansen said. “When we received this special family and their daughter’s questionnaire, we had to make a personal visit. After that visit, we decided this family and their daughter would be the ideal family to receive Mr. Blue as a forever companion.” The recipient of the new puppy, Kemry Smith, comes from a big family, and Hansen said the love and attention for Kemry were very prevalent. “I knew then Mr. Blue was going to help each person and provide attention for each person in the family,” said Hansen. “After being with Kemry during our visit, I saw Mr. Blue calm her seizures. I saw her laugh, and (her) mom said that doesn’t happen very often.” The day of the donation, Hansen said she knew Kemry was aware that Mr. Blue was hers. “She took my finger and kept looking up at me, and I knew she was saying thank you,” Hansen said. “My family and their love and support and the effect it has had on them were priceless.” Hansen said many individuals have to wait years and can’t afford the dog or training. There are service dogs, therapy dogs, emotional dogs, companion dogs and so many more, and within each category there are many different types of dogs doing amazing things for people, specific to their individual needs. “All the puppies are well socialized with many different people, children and animals,” Hansen said. “We positively introduce all the puppies to many sounds, surfaces, textures, places, people, teeth brushing, nail care and grooming; and to different types of crate training, supervised puppy play courses and car rides to public places that allow animals.” Hansen said they have wanted to do this for a long time and have

Kemry Smith, her family and Tammy Hansen at the Riverton event. (Photo Courtesy Jordan School District)

decided that Karui Sue Hamilton is a place they will continue to support and use to give back to the community. “Kauri Sue Hamilton School is an inspiring school with a wonderful staff and administers with a beautiful vision, and all the students are angels,” Hansen said. “They do not have a PTA that helps them (with) fundraising activities, and they really look to the community for help and support.” In addition, Hansen raised enough money from generous donors to provide Mr. Blue’s new forever friend with a dog kennel, food, veterinarian care, training, food and water bowls, and much more. Hansen said the donations and support others gave in this project was more than she could have imagined. “I am just so thankful the principal at Kauri Sue Hamilton was willing to meet with me and help me with this project, and to my wonderful husband who supported me with this project,” Hansen said. “A huge thank you to Mr. Blue. I have spoken with Kemry’s mom, and Blue is a part of the family already. One day when Kemry was laying on the bed, he tucks himself under her like a pillow and let her lay on him. Blue has a heart and willingness to serve.” Those interested in helping or to learn more about the new program can visit the Tender Little Paws Facebook page. l

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New firework regulation to reduce flammability in Herriman, officials hope By Travis Barton |


on’t light that fuse. Fireworks have new usage rules in Herriman boundaries. With the approval of House Bill 38 in the recent legislative session creating firework regulations—such as limiting when they may be discharged and increasing the penalty for infractions—on April 18, the Herriman City Council unanimously voted to ban the use of fireworks in certain areas of the city. “We do, as public safety officials, feel this is what’s in the best interests of both the safety of the public and property preservation,” Unified Fire Authority Chief Riley Pilgrim told the Herriman City Council on April 18. Calls for fire and police, he said, significantly increase during July across the Salt Lake Valley. In a given hour, calls can go from 70–80 up to 300–400, he said. “Sometimes several calls are waiting in the queue for minutes, if not 15–20 minutes before law enforcement or fire could get to each call,” Pilgrim said. Significant changes enacted by the House Bill reduced the days of firework discharging to July 2–5 and July 22–25 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (July 4 and 24 will be 11 a.m. to midnight). New Year’s Eve and the Chinese New Year’s Eve will still allow fireworks. It also increased the fine up to $1,000 for infractions. “That includes any kind of negligent, reckless conduct in and outside

the restricted areas,” Pilgrim said. “If you light a firework in an open area but it causes problems in a restricted area, you’ll still be held accountable for that.” Bush and dry grass-covered areas are prohibited areas as is anywhere within 200 feet of waterways, trails, canyons, washes, ravines or similar areas. Pilgrim, who spent several days surveying areas around the city, said one addition to the map this year will be Rosecrest Park (approximately 5600 West 13900 South). The Yukon subdivision next to Copper Mountain Middle School and Herriman High School will remain restricted, according to city documents. Councilman Clint Smith, who also serves as Draper City Fire Chief, said the aim isn’t to deter celebrations but to limit risk. “We are no strangers to the effects of these types of incidents in our area and again ask that our residents see the wisdom of putting this in place,” he said. Smith urged residents to help enforce the rules during fireworks season. While some may be disappointed at the additional limitations, Councilwoman Nicole Martin said based on her dialogue with residents last year, the general feeling was a desire to increase restrictions. “We may have swung the pendulum too far in the interest of fun and lost sight of public

A map delineating open and restricted areas for fireworks in Herriman City boundaries. (Herriman City)

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Riverton’s old logo (Left), compared with the new (right), designed by Riverton resident Trevor Garner (Riverton City Communications)


ack in March, Riverton city officials hosted a public contest to design a new city logo, and on April 3, they unveiled the winning design. The new logo, created by local graphic designer Trevor Garner, features a stylized gray line drawing of the city’s own iconic Old Dome Meeting Hall and a tidy blueand-gray color scheme. The city council presented Garner with a giant $200 check as a reward for creating the winning design and thanked everybody who participated in the contest. “We had 53 submissions, and quite a range of different concepts, so I’m thankful for how much participation we got,” said Mayor Trent Staggs. The city hosted the logo design contest amid concerns that the old logo, which has served the city for about 20 years, was hard to differentiate from other Utah city logos and was too detailed and cluttered to read well from a distance or at smaller sizes. “It was a little busy; it was very hard to distinguish,” Staggs said. “In an effort to bring about a really distinguishable or identifiable logo and brand for the city, we actually put it out to the community at large.” Submissions were open for two weeks, from March 1 to March 14. Upon closing submissions, city leaders went through a multi-stage review process to whittle down the pool to the best candidates. “The elected officials kind of weighed in on their favorite designs; staff did the same, and when we had it winnowed down from those 53 to the top 10 or 12, we put that out to the public, and had almost 500– 600 people that weighed in and voted,” Staggs said. In sharp contrast to the old logo, where the city’s name is somewhat lost in a distractingly detailed vignette of idyllic Utah countryside scenery, the new design puts the city’s name front and center, with “RIVERTON” proudly proclaimed in a

bold, legible font, complete with a little river running through the O. No mountains, no little pioneer carts, no visual clutter. “This is very clean; it’s distinct; it’s Riverton, Utah,” said Councilmember Brent Johnson in a work session preceding the official logo unveiling. “There’s no doubt where it is. And it just sets us apart from all the other cities that have mountains in their logo. Eagle Mountain, Draper, Herriman, Sandy, Cottonwood Heights, Ogden—I mean, they all have mountains in their logo. What sets Riverton apart? Right now, it’s the Dome, and that has so much history behind it, from the days when the Old Dome Church was here. The nostalgia of that is brought back.” While the Old Dome Meeting Hall is not actually all that old, having been built in 2015, it was modeled on Riverton’s historic Old Dome Church, which was built in the early 1900s. “The church took the community nearly 10 years to build, an effort that is a prime example of the citizen involvement, unity and work ethic that are still found in Riverton residents today,” Communications Director Casey Saxton said in an official video. “I wasn’t really originally a fan of the Dome and having that be such a symbol for the city,” Staggs said. “But after having seen the over 53 submissions, with the vast majority having that element incorporated in the logo, and then putting it out to the citizens and seeing how many of them voted for one of those types of concepts, it really made me think again. That dome has become a real symbol of the community and of the preservation of Riverton history.” “It symbolizes that community feel that we’re really searching for. And not just community and preservation of history, but also the innovation and the ability to move forward is really apparent in the design, the font and the color selection.” l

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Riverton Historic Preservation Commission receives grant to boost its efforts By Mariden Williams |


he Riverton City Historic Preservation Commission has been awarded a $4,250 grant from the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, according to an official Riverton City press release. The commission, recently reconstituted to conduct historic preservation efforts in the community, plans to use the bulk of the money to compile the documentation needed to submit nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. “As the commission began researching historic sites in Riverton, we realized we could use some help,” said Andy Pierucci, chair of the commission. “The grant provides us with the resources to hire a professional historic preservation consultant who will assist us with the complex process of submitting a multi-site nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.” The only site in Riverton currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places is Riverton City Hall, originally built as an elementary school in 1909. The commission will hire a professional historic preservation consultant to help with the process of nominating other sites it will consider for the National Register, but the community is welcome to help as well. Anyone interested in recommending a building or site for nomination can contact Pierucci at Many benefits

Riverton’s historic Page-Hansen general store, built in 1891. In the background you can see the Dome Church and the Riverton Elementary School—now Riverton City Hall. (Used with permission/Utah State Historical Society)

come from sites that are listed on the register, including eligibility for investment tax credits and charitable contribution tax deductions. “This grant will undoubtedly help the commission in its effort to preserve our history,”

said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. “It would be great for our city to have additional listings on the national historic places register, so I look forward to seeing what comes from these great efforts.” l

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Both her parents have been role models of hard work and perseverance. Her mom, who has a master’s degree in educational psychology, is currently working on second MA degree required for licensure. Her father taught himself English and various computer languages to become the successful computer programmer he is today. “Whatever they do, they give it their all,” Esther said. “It’s shown me that no matter what path I decide to take in life, as long as I work hard at it, I can become valuable.” Esther has worked hard at setting and accomplishing goals. “I don’t have to push her at all,” Suzanne said. “She’s really self-propelled. This year has been rough—still she’s been able to achieve so much and do amazing things in spite of that.” Esther loves European history and hopes to study international relations. Her junior year has been focused on the Advanced Placement Capstone Program, where she is taking several upper-level classes. Scott Pettit, history teacher at SAHS, said Esther is a natural leader and an example to other students. “Esther is one of those students that is very unique in every way,” said Pettit. “She doesn’t brag about her accomplishments, but she definitely displays it. When it’s her turn, she shows she has capabilities that most of her peers do not.” l

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The city in your pocket: Riverton releases new official app By Mariden Williams |

The Riverton Connect app will allow city officials to send out emergency alerts and other push notifications to app users instantly, ensuring people are informed when it matters most.


his month, Riverton City officials are rolling out a new app to its residents. The Riverton Connect app, available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play, is essentially a mobile version of the official city website. Officials hope it will provide residents with quick, easy access to city services, whether they’re somewhere with a computer or not. Just as on the city website, app users will be able to pay utility bills, view city news and announcements, and contact

various governmental departments. But city officials are most excited about the portion of the app dubbed “Report a Problem,” which allows residents to alert city officials about issues—such as potholes, broken sprinklers and broken traffic lights—as they encounter them, instead of waiting until they can get to a computer or call a representative. “The ‘Report a Problem’ section is really the heart and soul of the app,” said Casey Saxton, city communications director. Touching the “Report a Problem” icon prompts the user to select a problem category—for example, streets— and then branches into smaller sub-issues, such as potholes or road blockages. “All of the categories will require a location right up front, so we know where the issue is being reported.” From there, users can describe the problem, upload a photo—whatever they desire. Once someone submits the report, the app automatically forwards it to a city official qualified to deal with the problem. Have you ever wanted to report something, but been unsure who exactly to report it to? The app will take care of that for you. “As staff, we have a staff app that will send us a push notification depending on who’s assigned to that particular department when it’s been submitted,” Saxton said. “So not only will that staff member receive an email—if they’re out in a field, in a park, doing work, they’ll receive a notification right there.” Other features include a directory of contact

information for schools and other community organizations, a searchable copy of the city code, the city’s zoning map, information on current elected officials and the ability to access city meeting recordings and agendas directly from the app. It will also make it easier than ever to contact any official you need. “When you click on a phone number, it’ll open up your phone client, and then you just hit the dial button,” said Saxton. “I love the simplicity of this thing,” said Councilman Brent Johnson. “I love how clean it is. It doesn’t have a lot of squirrely-whirly stuff going on; it’s easy to navigate. I mean, if somebody can’t find what they’re looking for on this page, they probably have a little more problem than the page itself. Even I could navigate this, I think.” The app integrates seamlessly with existing features on the user’s mobile device, including native email, calendar, map and phone apps. The event calendar allows users to add desired city events to their own mobile device calendar, removing the hassle of typing in information manually. Residents can expect further features and improvements in future updates. “There is a lot of functionality to this application that we’re not going to be rolling out on day one,” said Mayor Trent Staggs. “I think we’ll have to allow our users to kind of become educated along with our staff on all of its capabilities down the road.” l

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onstruction continues at CenterCal’s much-anticipated Mountain View Village project, which spans 85 acres along Mountain View Corridor and 13400 South. The end result will not just be a nice place to shop but also a central recreational gathering place for the community. “Riverton is growing rapidly, and we believe Mountain View Village will be a wonderful location for us to congregate to enjoy a broad range of dining options, outdoor entertainment and retail shops,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. The promise of millions of dollars in sales tax revenue, of course, is also very enticing. Phase one of the project features mainly big box national retailers and is set to open in midJune 2018. Current confirmed tenants include Harmons, Michaels, Ulta Beauty, PetSmart, T.J. Maxx, MOD Pizza, Capriotti’s, The Good Feet Store, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon. Phase two, which includes large outdoor fountains and more specialty stores and restaurants, won’t be done until fall 2019. The targeted opening day for phase one is June 14, but not set in stone yet, according to Riverton Public Works Director Trace Robinson, who gave a construction update at a work session preceding Riverton’s March 27 city council meeting. “They haven’t given us an actual opening

date yet,” said Robinson. Harmons has pushed its job fair until the end of June. Most construction efforts are currently focused on the project’s western commercial district. “There’s a lot going on out there,” said Robinson, who added that most of the underground work is done. “We’ve got all the water lines, the sewer lines, secondary waterlines—those are all in; they’re constructed.” Construction at Rose Creek, where city officials are preparing to work in some more commercial property parcels, will be a lot more expensive than originally anticipated. They should have a permit by August 2018 and hope to open bidding around October 1, but crews still need to put in a sewer line, culinary water, secondary water and storm drain lines. “When we did the estimate, we came up with about $1.6 million,” said Robinson. “The estimate, now that it’s designed and because of the federal requirements, now is about $3.2 million.” Officials hope that Salt Lake County will help to foot the bill. “I think we’ve got our funding for this year, for next year and for probably the following year,” Robinson said. “This is going to be probably the biggest project Riverton’s put out. This will probably be a $4–$5 million project by the time we’re done.” l



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School safety starts with students: ‘know something, say something’ By Julie Slama |


oleen Walton admittedly is worried about the safety of her four children attending Jordan School District schools. “With the world we live in, I’m worried and want to know what’s going on with how they’re keeping them safe,” she said about the reason she attended the April 12 school safety panel where Jordan School District administrators as well as city and community leaders addressed issues of concern about keeping the district’s 53,000 students safe at their schools. Through a plethora of information and background of how district officials are trying to ensure student safety, Walton realizes it’s her turn to get involved. “I’m overwhelmed with the amount of information they presented and impressed at the range of it,” she said, adding that she feels reassured that everything is being done to keep her kids safe. “My daughter talked about the recent drill (at Riverton High School), but we don’t talk about shootings and what they should do if there is one. I need to talk to my kids.” The lockdown drill rang during a passing period instead of while students were in a class. Riverton High Assistant Principal Curtis Hagen said 2,200 students were in closed-door classrooms within 11 seconds. “We have drills every two months,” he said. “This one we did with the Unified Police so they get to know our building, the turns, hiding spots and become familiar with it.” Elementary students drill monthly, so in emergencies, they’re familiar with the procedures, said Amanda Edwards, Silver Crest principal in Herriman. Officials advised those who may pick up school children to become familiar with the various drills conducted at the schools and to know the difference of a lockout – when there is a threat outside of the school so exterior doors are locked – versus a lockdown — an intruder is inside the school — versus a shelter in place — threatening conditions outside the school, but inside, students are able to move around the building. Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf said parents should keep their contact and emergency contact information updated through Skyward (a school management software) so once students can be safely released, they will receive them and know about the situation. Information also will be available through social media, she said. South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey, who has children in the district, said she recently observed an active shooter training at Bingham High conducted by South Jordan Police. “It was a privilege — and terrifying — to see it,” she said, adding that police go

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through intense training to prepare for emergency situations. “As parents, we should talk to our children about ‘what would I do in that situation’ as our community response team already is addressing those issues.” Students need to practice as if it is a real situation, South Jordan Police Chief Jeff Carr said. “What are they going to do and how are they going to avoid it?” he said. “How can they deny an attacker to get where A panel of city, school district and community leaders address issues of conthey are at and if they cern about keeping students safe at school. (Julie Slama/City Journals) can’t, how do you defend School Principal Bryan Leggat said that his yourself? These are issues that need to be staff, as others across the district, gets to talked about.” know students by name so the students know Communication, including student they are cared for or missed if they aren’t in messaging inside a school, is key, Riesgraf school. said. Ramsey also encouraged parents to “We know parents need a lifeline to their watch for warning signs and for them students,” she said. “We used to tell students and students to become familiar with the to put devices down, but it doesn’t work. statewide SafeUT electronic device app, What we say now is that this would be a good which provides real-time crisis intervention time to let your parents know you are OK. with counselors to youth through texting as We do ask that they don’t send video or live- well as a confidential tip message to school stream as we’ve learned it reveals tactical administrators on bullying, threats, violence positions and their approach which could and depression. jeopardize the safety of first-responders.” Superintendent Patrice Johnson said the Carr said parents can be assured there community focus is “to keep our children will be a “tremendous amount” of law safe. We need to talk to our children and enforcement once a problem stars, but make sure they’re aware of what is going on beforehand, is when police need help. to keep them safe.” “We will help you and be there in mass District facility operations manager numbers, but we need to communicate to Lance Everill ran through the district’s safety our children if they ‘know something, say and security timeline from first installing something.’ It’s OK for them to talk,” he said. analog cameras to the increased measures in Ben Jameson, who was Riverton’s response to the Columbine High shootings in South Hills Middle School principal and 1999 and Sandy Hook in December 2012. now is the district’s evaluation, research He also said that all schools have and accountability department director, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) said that students are worried they would and that security doors have been completed get in trouble by saying if they see signs of in every elementary school, and the district emotional distress — bullying, suicide, drugs is in the process of installing them in every and others — among their classmates, and middle school. There also is a districtwide they’re afraid their friend would retaliate or consistency, so as students or teachers move be angry. from building to building, they will be “We assure them they are being a good familiar with the same procedures at each friend, and in time, their friend may realize school. the best friend is the one looking out for “Our children have been born into a them,” he said. world of emergency response,” Everill said. He said that cyber-bullying is more “It’s not just violence. What our students are visible with smartphones and social media, so learning everyday in drills (can be applied to) students are a key to alerting adults about the real life.” first signs. When he was principal, Jameson Ramsey said the process is evolving, put in place an early warning system to and training is ongoing. identify students who may have attendance, “We can’t predict everything, but discipline and grade concerns so they could everything that can be done is being done,” help them before it becomes a greater issue. she said. “As a parent, I’m grateful.” l West Jordan’s Joel P. Jensen Middle

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How far they’ll go By Jet Burnham |


t was a school musical like no other when students with significant multiple disabilities dazzled audiences with an adapted performance of “Moana.” “My favorite part is the pride and joy on the students’ faces,” said Rita Bouillon, principal at Kauri Sue Hamilton School. “I don’t see stage fright, just pure delight.” Each spring, music therapy specialist Maddie Nelson, adapts a script based on a popular movie into a school production that will highlight every student at the school—200 students aged 5–22. “The ideas she has are amazing,” said teacher Janel Van Dyke. “She thinks about each class and their capabilities and strengths and what they can do. I had some students that were great at being able to hit the drums, so that’s a skill we used in our scene.” Others showed their skill in riding adaptive bikes across the stage. Some students loved performing. Others become over-stimulated and tend to have difficulty staying on stage for the whole scene. Adapting a tool used in the classroom, teachers placed small trampolines behind wave props for students to jump on during their scene. “Jumping on the trampoline is a calming mechanism so they can be up there participating, but they’re still doing something they enjoy, and it keeps them involved,” said Van Dyke. The play featured audience interaction, providing opportunities for students to showcase physical skills. “A lot of times, we throw things into the audience,” said Nelson. “We try to show an independent skill with the kids.”

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One class set off confetti rockets during a scene with Te Ka, the lava monster. During ocean scenes, students sprayed the audience with squirt bottles. Islanders threw flower petals, and the Kakamora stepped on stomp rockets, pelting the audience with “blow darts.” “The creativity that goes into this is incredible,” said parent Rachel Farley. “I’m amazed what they can do with the kids in wheelchairs that have very little physical functioning.” Wheelchairs were turned into props like boats, waves and islands. “These kids need so much assistance, so it’s amazing that they can take what the kids can do and turn it into an asset in the play,” she said. Nelson casts actors and classes for specific scenes, taking into consideration students’ abilities. “We like to showcase each of them and what they can do and have an opportunity to bring them forward to the front of the stage,” said Nelson. One class was chosen to be villagers because they had the mobility skills to pick coconuts during their scene. “I chose them for that because I knew they would be capable of walking up steps, reaching up and grabbing something,” said Nelson. “The choreography is really based on what I think the kids are capable of.” Each student was paired with a support staff member, made up of the itinerant staff of speech, occupational and physical therapists. They assisted each actor on stage with dancing and moving around the scene and with delivering lines. Being familiar with each student, they

helped incorporate their individual skills. Actors portraying Maui, Moana and Grandmother delivered dialogue through a speech enhancement technology on iPads. Prerecorded lines spoken by voice actors played for the audience when students, with assistance from support staff, tapped the iPad screen. The Tap-toSpeak program was coordinated to play the next line of dialogue each time one of the screens was tapped. Sammie Call, who played Heihei the chicken, delivered her lines independently. She said “bawk bawk!” whenever the microphone was held in front of her. She loves chickens and told her mom she was going to play that character even before she was cast. “She played the role better than anyone could have,” said Nelson. Nelson said teachers are always very supportive of the productions, even using classroom time and budget to make props and scenery. Some classes worked on their own costumes as a class project, tie-dying and painting T-shirts. One classroom made fireballs to throw at the audience during the scene of the lava monster. “For a functional skills group, the teacher had the kids scrunch colored paper into a ball and put it into a bag,” said Nelson. Families look forward to the annual productions, proudly inviting family and friends to come see their children on stage. “There are a lot of parents that are just grateful because it normalizes their child and gives them the opportunity to have that experience,” said Nelson.

Sophia Rodriguez, portraying young Moana, is assisted by support staff during a musical number. (Jennifer Eyre /Kauri Sue Hamilton School)

Farley’s son has participated in the school’s last five productions. “It is neat for him to be involved in something bigger than just him,” she said. “I don’t think these kids would ever get an opportunity like this any other time or place. This school is amazing.” Van Dyke’s son Bayler is also a student at the school. She checked out her other children from high school to see their brother’s performance. “They loved that Bayler had his own program and that he could actually have a part,” she said. “I have experienced many different schools and programs for special needs students, and I have to say, this was by far my favorite. l

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District employees become active participants in school shooting simulation

Jordan District provided local assistant principals with eye-opening training in an active shooter simulation. (Photo courtesy Caleb Olson/Sunset Ridge Middle)


ocal school administrators were armed and dangerous as they took the role of police officers in virtual reality active shooter scenarios. Forty Jordan School District employees, the majority assistant principals, were invited to the Utah Attorney General’s office for the simulation. The training provided a realistic experience as participants were immersed in 300 degrees of video display. “I knew it was a projection; I knew it was on a screen, but it felt super life-like,” said Caleb Olson, Sunset Ridge Middle School assistant principal. “It was about two and a half minutes, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if they’d said it was 25.” Normally used to train police officers, the simulation placed participants into the action of a school shooting, a disturbance in a parking lot, a gunman loose in a movie theater and a shooting range. The filmed scenarios adapted to participants’ reactions and to their interactive weapons, creating hundreds of different twists and turns in the action. “It was like a choose-your-own-adventure novel,” said Buddy Alger, Silver Crest Elementary School assistant principal. “You really felt like you were there; you felt like you had to make decisions and talk to people.” The assistant principals observed each other’s performance. Elk Ridge Middle Assistant Principal Spencer Campbell was surprised by some of the reactions of his colleagues. “You saw a side of them that you wouldn’t normally see,” he said. “Caleb [Olson] was more serious than I’d ever seen—usually Caleb is very funny and mellow.” Amy Adams, Riverside Elementary School assistant principal, experienced a virtual hostage situation in which she hesitated to fire her weapon. “Until I saw him shoot, I thought he was still innocent—except that meant that somebody got hurt because of my hesitation,” she said. “I have a greater appreciation for police and the types of decisions they are required to make.” Actual police officers were on-site to provide feedback about the choices administrators made and factors they had

missed. “That coaching aspect, after what really did feel like a real incident, would be invaluable to law enforcement and was really helpful for me,” said Alger. “It really helped me to slow down and evaluate how and why I make the decisions I do in all of my interactions.” Olson was inspired to consider modifying how safety drills are run at his school. “I’m not naive enough to say I’m prepared after having done two and a half minutes of training,” he said. “I realize it’s not always going to go smoothly. If something were to happen, it would not be a textbook scenario. We need to be flexible to respond.” He realized his school would be better prepared by varying some of the factors of the drills, like availability of exits, time of day and weather conditions. The experience also reinforced the importance of sticking to assigned roles during emergencies. “It was humbling to realize, in a crisis situation, what you think you might do, you don’t,” said Elk Ridge Middle Assistant Principal Michelle Kilcrease. In one virtual scenario, a teacher approached the responding officers for help. “While some people might be trying to be helpful in a crisis situation like that, it’s actually a big distraction,” said Kilcrease. “We’ve been trained on what to do, and it’s important to follow through with the training we’ve had so the officers can do their job.” Kilcrease said she is grateful for these unified emergency plans the district has implemented. All schools conduct practice drills regularly with students and local first responders. There are established protocols to address a variety of emergencies such as fire, weather, violence, earthquake, bomb threat, power outage and reunification. Jordan School District also provides in-depth emergency simulations for faculty members. Copper Canyon Elementary recently held a medical evacuation reenactment to practice working with medical first responders. Last year, an emergency simulation was staged at Alta High School, complete with actors and gory makeup. Elk Ridge Middle faculty has practiced drills with SWAT teams and has shown students a staged first-person account video reinforcing the importance of following procedure during a lockdown. “It is an unfortunate reality that school shootings happen,” said Kilcrease. “We just want to keep the kids safe.” Student safety is the ultimate goal of all the trainings, drills and simulations. Norma Villar of the Jordan District Safety Committee said they have established multiple community action board partnerships to address a variety of safety issues. “We constantly explore areas where safety can be improved,” she said. l

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High schools see decline in number of referees By Greg James |

The need for more officials of high school sports is increasing. More games, retirement and poor sportsmanship is making it hard to find enough replacements. (Photo


f players line up on the field and there is no official to enforce the rules, does it count in the standings? Overall, Utah high school sports have seen a 2 percent decline in the number of officials for its sporting events. Nearly 2,700 men and women officiate high school athletics in the state. “We are no different than the national trends,” said Jeff Cluff, Utah High School Activities Association assistant director in charge of officials. “Officiating is a difficult trade. It takes a lot of time just to be adequate let alone very good at it, and our newer officials are not sticking around long enough to get to that point.” Many of the state’s experienced officials are retiring, and there are not the number of younger replacements. Cluff also pointed out that we have more schools and more athletic participants than ever before. “It used to be that there would be one game a night at the school,” he said. “Nowadays, there could be a baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse game all at the same time. Not to mention all the club sports that use our officials too.” Utah’s current unemployment rate of 3.1 percent leads to a strong economy. Therefore, many residents are not compelled to spend extra time at a side job.

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The UHSAA has partnered with youth sports programs such as Ute Conference football in the Salt Lake Valley. The youth football program referees are also registered as UHSAA officials. The purpose is to train younger referees on Saturday to become high school officials also. “There used to be college courses as elective credit,” Cluff said. “It was used to get students to referee intramurals. Those classes are no longer available for college credit. I think [Southern Utah University] still has this course, and Weber State recently started one. Young kids do not have as many places to be introduced to officiating.” The scrutiny involved in the game has also discouraged many eligible participants. “I can be at a high school game, and within five minutes of an error on the field or court I can get a text, tweet or an email at the UHSAA showing the error that the official made,” Cluff said. “People are less patient, and they expect perfection until they actually try it and see how hard it really is.” Professional sports fans have become accustomed to instant replay and slow-motion video—something that is not available at the local high school level. “I had friends that were intentionally thrown at and have heard of parents and players that were malicious and disrespectful,” former high school softball umpire Gerri Ewing said. “It is hard to put a young 16- or 17-year-old into that environment and expect them to be eager to come back. I umpired because I love softball. The money was not important to me. It was so I could give back to the community.” Utah has two NFL officials both of whom are former high school officials (Bart Longson, Ryan Dixon). Two years ago, two Utahbased officials worked the NCAA national championship football game. DG Nelson (SLCC baseball coach) recently refereed in the NCAA basketball tournament, and six PAC 12 umpires reside in Utah. “I think our top 15 percent of officials are as good as any in the country,” Cluff said. “I have seen and associate with officials at a high level. We have a deep pedigree of officials in this state. Some of our experienced officials are very well respected.” Officials and coaches have seen an increase in unsportsmanlike conduct from both players and fans. “Parents can be so harsh toward officials. It is a toxic age,” Herriman swim coach Michael Goldhardt said. “Kids and parents want game time; they have no loyalty to the school, and it is always someone else’s fault.” Schools and state associations are finding ways to recruit. Their plans include training and seminars at local leagues and recreation sports, but the need is growing faster than they can find replacements. l

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Also, welcome Salt City Sweet Shop. Salt City Sweet Shop officially opened it’s doors in February of 2018, however this is not the first venture of owner Deborah Drew. Her original store is the well- known Old Town Sweet Shop in Temecula, California, which she sold when she decided with her family to move to Utah. What started out as just a retail venture has now become a passion that their dedicated team is delighted to share with you. They’re proud to produce amazing products and look forward to continuing our work for years to come! Stop by at 5136 West 13400 South.

Congrats to the local heroes who were honored at Knight of Heroes Volunteer of the Year: Denise Christiansen Business Woman of the Year: Claudia Anderson Business Man of the Year: Reverend Al Borcher Small Business of the Year: Nothing Bundt Cakes Large Business of the Year: Intermountain Riverton Hospital Right Place Hero: Patricio Dantes Prestigious Community Leader: Travis Bonino Unified Police Department—Riverton: Officer Carrie Rigby Bluffdale Police Department: Sergeant Shane Taylor, Corporal Zach Robinson, Corporal Nick Stidham,Corporal Jared Chuchran, Officer Jason Goode Unified Fire Authority: Captain Dan DeVoogd


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new head basketball coach is set to take over at Summit Academy High School. Jeff Baird has been hired as the Bears’ new boys basketball coach. He will be replacing the retiring Evric Gray. “I am not sure what to expect yet at Summit,” Baird said. “I know we have a pretty young team coming back next year. That will be fun to see how we can grow and build. I hope that we will really be good defensively, and I want us to play very unselfishly on offense. Those are always my top priorities as a coach.” Baird comes to Summit Academy with 24 years of experience working as an assistant coach to some of the best high school coaches in the state of Utah. Most recently he spent two years on the bench at Brighton High School with Garrett Wilson. He also coached at Judge Memorial High School with Dan DelPorto and the winningest coaches in state history, Jim Yerkovich, who amassed 634 victories in 44 years at Judge. He won three state championships and was nationally recognized for his team values. “I like to have my team play hard-nose man-to-man defense and pass the ball around on offense,” Baird said. “I have been lucky to work under three great coaches. At my previous schools, I have done everything that could be done. I ran camps, coached development teams, and did offseason conditioning and skill work.” The core values that Baird discussed with the team at his recent meet-and-greet include four principles: being in the community

representing the school; being in the classroom actively participating; giving complete effort on the court; and becoming a great teammate. “At Judge, we had what we called a ‘we’ philosophy that I bring with me,” he said. “We found that if you can devote yourself to something bigger than yourself, that is really how you find happiness, whether it is a team or church or country. When the players become unselfish through athletics, it will become easier when they are in the real world.” Gray stepped down in March to pursue other interests. His tenure include the school’s first state championship in 2016 when they finished 23-4. He won 87 games and lost 61 in his six years as head coach. The team also won two region championships. This past season, the team finished with a 13-9 overall record in second place in Region 13. Isaiah Green led the team in scoring by averaging 14.6 points per game. Current senior Jay Gilson, a 6-foot-7inch forward, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Pierce College in Washington. He averaged 10 points per game and was the Bears’ leading rebounder. Baird hopes to encourage the younger students at the Summit Academy feeder schools to continue their education at the high school. “One of the things that impressed me and drew me to Summit was the importance of academics,” he said. “As an English teacher, I know the classroom is very important.” l

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The Herriman varsity hockey varsity team and its board members have organized a solid base for the program to continue to prosper. (Photo courtesy Ryan Nelson)


he foundation for a successful hockey program has been set for a team considered still in its infancy. Herriman hockey President Ryan Nelson set out seven years ago to establish a team where his sons could represent their high school and play the game they love. “I started Herriman hockey when my son was in eighth grade,” Nelson said. “I played high school sports, and I knew what it meant to represent my school, so I found a bunch of kids that lived in Herriman and played hockey that wanted the same thing. We formed our own team. Long term, I wanted to build a foundation to keep this going.” The Mustangs are built slightly differently than other teams in the area. A board of dedicated parents maintains the administrative part of the organization and leads the team. As president, Nelson organized each board member’s responsibilities, including advertising, finance, rules and state liaison. The program has grown to four teams and 66 players. This summer, the Mustangs have seventh-grade, eighth-grade, junior varsity and varsity teams. In most years, the number of summer players decreases. The organization structure has allowed the players to receive coaching with similar styles long before they reach the varsity level. Nelson said this would cultivate the team’s playing style and foster success. Brandon Wright recently stepped down as board vicepresident (his son is graduating). He had been with the program for four years coaching and helping with sponsorships for the team. Jeremy Weiss has been introduced to take his place. Weiss grew up in Toronto, Canada, and played junior hockey in Canada. He eventually played and coached at BYU and is a certified USA master coach (highest coaching level in USA hockey). He also runs a full-service hockey development school, Weiss Tech Hockey.

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“I have used his training techniques, and I found out he (Weiss) lives in Herriman,” Nelson said. “We (the hockey board members) wanted someone that wants this to succeed as much as we did. That is an advantage to us. He will be able to take over our coaching and player development. The younger teams will all learn the same systems.” The administration of a high school hockey program can build a base for the team to be successful. The board makes decisions on coaching staff and helps it maintain a consistent level. “With hockey, that is one of the difficulties to maintaining consistency across the board,” Nelson said. “Coaches come and go, and you never know what we will get.” The team won three games last season, beating Alta twice and Sky Canyon once, but Nelson said they played competitively in several games. “It was an honestly a rough season,” he said. “Our program has been growing each year. We have been in division one, which is the top level high school league. It is an honor to be thought of as a good program, but we are still a new program. So, we struggled to win games sometimes, but we played several close games against some of the best teams in the state.” The Mustangs won the division 2 state championship in 2016. Team members had to rally around one another, as they faced off-ice issues. Two of the team’s players passed away unexpectedly this spring. “We have had to take things a day at a time,” Nelson said. “The kids have really come together and talked with each other. We have had counselors and talked about getting help. We do not understand why things happened the way they did, but we love these boys and want them to come together as a team. We want us to stay together and work through all of this.” l

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