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n Oct. 2, North Star Academy held its first evacuation and off-site reunification drill. Students and staff evacuated the school and relocated to nearby MidValley Bible Church. Personnel and vehicles from the Bluffdale fire department were present to make the drill more realistic. “It was not a convenient situation—it disrupted everyone’s day,” said Jordan Shields, a parent and member of the school’s board of trustees. “But we felt like it was important that we practice something like that, so that if it ever happened in the future, it wouldn’t be complete chaos.” Parents were notified through the school app and emergency response system to pick up their children once the drill began. “Parents had no idea what time the drill would be occurring,” said academy director Tana Archer. “They knew the day, but they did not know the time.” Jayna Hunt said it only took about 40 minutes from the time she got the message to getting her eighth grader home. “It went very smooth—there weren’t any problems,” she said. “I feel that it was very worth it for the school, students and parents to know what to do. Preparing is always worth it.” Most parents left work or home to pick up their student. Others sent an approved family member or neighbor. For a few families, out-of-date landline numbers or emergency contact lists caused a delay. “If they showed up without ID, they could not take the child,” Archer said. “If they were not on the emergency contact list, they could not take the child.” The drill helped work out these kinds of kinks so that a real situation would play out more efficiently. Overall, the drill was a success, and students, staff and parents were patient with the process, said Shields.

NSA students were relocated to a shelter a block away. (Tana Archer/North Star Academy)

“The whole system was so organized and so orderly,” Shields said. “Everyone was just ready to do their part and be helpful to make it successful.” Shields serves as a member of the school’s safety committee, which planned the drill. The committee of parents, school staff and Bluffdale city representatives, has been working since January to update NSA’s emergency plan.

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Bluffdale Community Garden ends first year with big plans for 2020 By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


hen Bluffdale resident Emily Swanson looked at the empty, weed-filled plot of land across the street from her house, she saw potential. Swanson approached the city manager about taking the unused land owned by the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy and turning it into a community garden. Once she got the green light from Bluffdale officials, Swanson got right to work. “I have lots of volunteer experience,” she said. “But I don’t have any experience running a community garden.” Although she had participated in a community garden before, Swanson knew she needed expert advice to manage one, so she turned to the experts at Wasatch Community Gardens. “We do a fair amount of consulting with folks thinking about starting community gardens,” said Susan Finlayson, Wasatch Community Garden program director. “A lot of times, running a community garden is 10% garden and 90% community organizing.” Swanson created a set of rules and volunteer position rotations and then posted an invitation for the garden on a local Facebook page. She quickly had 18 community members ready to don their gardening gloves. Bluffdale Parks Department members also volunteered time, materials and support. “We flattened everything out nice and smooth and brought in gravel to make the pad,” said Bluffdale Parks Manager Dave Fenn. City leaders provided the lumber. One Saturday morning, parks department employees, along with community garden participants, built 28 4-foot-by-10-foot boxes. Four boxes, designated as community plots, were used to plant flowers. Swanson said most of the community gardeners were novices and everyone learned


a lot this first season. The biggest problem during the community garden’s inaugural year was squash bugs, which spread quickly. Swanson said they had to be diligent to save their pumpkins and zucchinis. Independence Community Garden participant, Emily Lopez said the infestation was time-consuming. “I had to go almost every day for several weeks and pick eggs off leaves and squish giant bugs,” said Lopez. “It was pretty nauseating.” The infestation is the reason behind one of the new rules for next year’s community gardeners: “Squash family plants will not be grown by those in their first year.” Other garden rules for participants include the requirement to keep their plots and plot exterior free of weeds, use only organic gardening methods, volunteer four hours a year for special projects that benefit the entire community garden, attend two community meetings, have plot planted end-to-end by June 1 and harvest ripe produce immediately. Swanson said most of this year’s participants plan to return in 2020. Because there was a waiting list for plots this year, the group plans to almost double the number of plots to 48. Bluffdale Parks Department officials are also installing a fence around the perimeter and preparing the ground for the expansion. Swanson’s 12-year-old son, Henry, plans to build a community board and tool storage bench for his Eagle Scout project. “We are aiming for increasing the community feel of [the garden],” said Swanson. “People would drive past while I was working there and ask how they could get involved,” said Lopez. “The garden is a fun way to bring community involvement but also provide something for homeowners who don’t have their own yard to grow a garden.”

At its peak, the Bluffdale Independence Community Garden was blooming with produce and flowers. (Photo courtesy of Emily Swanson)

Finlayson said community gardens are multi-faceted. “They are a community space for growing food that increase our environmental sustainability and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Finlayson. “We want people to recognize and identify that people having access to gardening space should be a quality of life priority.” Fenn said the Independence Community Garden had an additional benefit for Bluffdale. “It was nice to have the city and the citizens work side by side,” said Fenn. “It really




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A chance to prove they can: Inclusion Cheer gives otherly-abled kids their own platform By Mark Jackson | m.jackson@mycityjournals.com


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Every week, Lopez and Billings see their team practice and perform complex, full-length cheer routines. “They aren’t doing just a little 15-second routine,” Lopez said. “They’re doing everything a high school cheer team does. They have to do it differently sometimes, but they get it done.” “[Inclusion Cheer] gives them the

chance to prove that they can do everything anyone else can,” Billings said. Inclusion Cheer keeps expanding past Lopez and Billings’ wildest expectations as they receive more and more positive responses and invitations to perform. A sister team is beginning in Idaho, and Inclusion Cheer is becoming a nonprofit organization. With 501(c)(3) status, chapters

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Riverton officials give awards for ‘Excellence in Education’ By Kirk Bradford | k.bradford@mycityjournals.com


n Oct. 1, the Riverton City Council presented its “Excellence in Education” award to three outstanding Riverton High School students. Mayor Trent Staggs presented an award to Lauren Costanza, Tanner Rogers and Adrian Ramjoue. Lauren and Tanner are both seniors and two of the school’s exemplary students. Their leaders and peers commented that their actions inside and outside of school show they are not only great students; they also possess high morals and standards. Lauren is the Riverton High School Kindness Crew historian. She has maintained a 3.8 GPA throughout high school. In ninth grade, she was a student body officer at OHMS. As a junior, she was the RHS cheer captain. She serves in her church and volunteers with the “Courage Reins Equine Therapy Program” in Highland and is a member of the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America. Lauren plays powder-puff sports, ultimate Frisbee and loves horseback riding, art and music. Riverton High School administrators and teachers reported that they were proud to recommend her for the Riverton Choice Awards. Tanner started his leadership offices at OHMS as a seventh grade senator and ninth grade student body officer. He has a 3.86 GPA and recently scored a 32 on his ACT.

Riverton City Council with Lauren Costanza, Tanner Rogers and Adrian Ramjoue after they received the “Excellence in Education” award. (Kirk Bradford/City Journals)

He volunteers weekly at “The Lodge in Riverton,” a senior care center. He attends all the weekly center activities and dances. He loves to dance with whom he calls “the sweet old widows.” This year, he collected enough back-to-school supplies to help more than 200 children at the LDS Salt Lake Mission located downtown. Recently, he went with his Spanish community group to an orphanage in Mexico. He was in charge of painting the old orphanage building and helped dig a foundation for a new building. In the eve-

ning, he played soccer with the orphanage kids. He held class presidencies in his church from ages 12 to 15 and is an Eagle Scout. Tanner is a National Honor Society member. He has played competitive soccer for Soccer USA and has lettered in cross country and track for the past four years. In the state rankings, he took second as a freshman and fourth as a junior. He is the fastest returning senior in the state. Riverton High School is proud to recommend Tanner for the Riverton Choice Awards.

Ramjoue teaches 11th and 12th grade language arts at RHS. One of his colleagues praised him because of the frequency he has students come to his classroom and let him know how much they love their time with him. Students report how accessible he makes difficult topics and how interesting and exciting his teaching methods are. They also commented on how authentic he makes English by connecting everything to real-world experiences. Adrian is best described as having a high amount of energy and intensity. After teaching during the day, he attends night classes for his postgraduate degree. He then goes home to modify and create new lesson plans for his students. “I love the work I do, and I try to make it come through in everything I do,“ Ramjoue said. Adrian is involved with the student government as an adviser. The high school staff praised Adrian in commenting, “We hold the students to high expectations and they rise to the occasion because Adrian builds positive relationships with them. The students in return respect him and do not want to disappoint.” Due to his teaching due diligence and going above and beyond, school administrators recommended him as deserving of the Riverton Choice Award. l


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Riverton’s Sanborn Drive nicknamed the “Sanborn Speedway” By Kirk Bradford | k.bradford@mycityjournals.com


f you haven’t heard of the “Sanborn Speedway,” It’s probably because you don’t live in Riverton. The residents who live in Riverton on and around Sanborn Drive showed up in a group to voice their concerns at last month’s council meeting. Resident Robin Parker started the public comment portion. “We have one stop sign on almost a 2-mile stretch that leads from Bangerter Highway to Sanborn Drive,” she said. “People are speeding down the residential road to reach businesses on the other side of the town. They are going to large businesses like Walmart, Biolife or the baseball field. We have people coming right through because there are not any speed bumps or many stops signs. We now have a dangerously busy road in our neighborhood, and we have tons of kids outside who are playing. We have had so many instances where we parents have tried to slow people down, and we get flipped off.” Resident Danielle Herscher also voiced her frustration. “I built my home along Sanborn Drive in 2007, and I have spoken to our public works director, Trace Robinson, and I worked with him when I was an engineer at [the Utah Department of Transportation],” she said. “I have also spoken to our city engineer, Brian Moore, two to three times, and I keep get-

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ting told from Mr. Moore that this is an enforcement issue. I called the Unified Police Department, and they were wonderful. They came out and sat right at Sanborn Drive and Carter Creek. He was having to leave his post honestly, every five to 10 minutes. So, I have contacted the city trying to figure out if they can provide me with the number of citations for Sanborn Drive versus similar roads in the area.” Mayor Trent Staggs said that he had heard about this problem before. “Council member [Tawnee] McCay,

who’s district this is, she knows of this problem and discussed it with me already,” he said. “We want to ensure that we staff this, and when we get your contact information, we can follow up with you. There're some things regarding our different speed tests in the past and some other traffic calming measures that I know are being discussed.” Workman and Herscher also spent three minutes each to reinforce their opinion that the road has gotten out of hand. Herscher said he has been going the speed limit down the road and, “People will literally zoom past me

at a high rate of speed. My kids have almost been hit. We don’t call it Sanborn Drive; we call it the Sanborn Speedway. I stopped Officer Barrett; he has parents who live on this street. He told me this street is crazy. The officers know this street has become a problem. You may think, oh, this seems like a problem because it’s on your street. That’s not it if you came and spent some time on it. You would see the problem.” Choked up with some emotion, Herscher finished. “We feel like our complaints have just fallen on deaf ears,” he said. “Not only do I not want my children to get hurt, I don’t want anyone’s children to get hurt.” Staggs said having their area representative there would help address this problem. “The suggestions about looking at the number of traffic citations can be followed up on, and the Riverton Police Department is new, as you know, only being formed back in July. We can follow up with them on this and continue a dialogue.” District 3 Rep. McCay made a request that a traffic study begins being performed, which has begun. She also requested they consider putting the radar sensing flashing speed limit detector signs in place. Police enforcement is now in effect and helping the area, according to McCay. l





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South Valley teens get political with vaping concerns By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


eventeen-year-olds Matthew Drachman and Sarah Strong are not alone in noticing the increased amount of vaping among their friends and schoolmates. What does set them apart from other teens is their choice to research and take action against vaping. Matthew said he became concerned after several close friends his age began to vape. He decided to write an investigative article about the drug for his high school newspaper, Riverton High School’s “The Silver Scribe.” “I interviewed students who vape, our school resource officer, local vape shops and our principal,” said Drachman. “The statistics I found were shocking to me. One-fifth of Riverton high school kids are vaping, and in some areas of the valley that number goes up to half.” Drachman’s in-depth article caught the attention of District 50 Representative Susan Pulsipher, of the Utah House of Representatives. “We were studying vaping,” Pulsipher said. “Someone gave me Matthew’s name and told me had done research on vaping as part of a high school newspaper article, so I contacted him and we talked for quite a while. I saw he had passion, great ideas and a great perspective. I invited him and Sarah to come and give [the house] a presentation from the perspective of students.” Sarah Strong, current Miss Bluffdale and daughter of Pulsipher’s House of Representatives colleague Representative Mark Strong, worked together with Matthew to conduct more research and create a presentation that contained recommendations of what the legislature can do to decrease vaping among the state’s youth. “We called 41 school districts,” Sarah said. “[Riverton High School] is definitely not alone in having a vaping problem.” Sarah said she and Matthew’s research helped them determine some possible reasons that teen vaping is a problem in Utah.

“We pinpointed four reasons why kids are vaping,” Sarah said. “One, pop culture; two, peer pressure; three, stress reliever; and four, rebellion.” “A lot of kids use vaping and other narcotics as a coping mechanism,” Matthew said. “Kids know the health risks of vaping but want to find something that makes them happy. For some people, vaping is the thing that helps them. I had a friend that said she would trade her good health for a few moments of feeling happy. It’s really sad.” Matthew and Sarah presented several ideas to the legislature to address the growing problem of teen vaping including more parent education and involvement, as well as changes to health curriculum in high school. “I took [a health class] last year, and vaping wasn’t really mentioned,” Sarah said. “We talked about smoking, hard drugs and alcohol, but because vaping is a relatively new thing, it wasn’t addressed very well.” “Parents are fearful of talking about these subjects,” Matthew said. “They need to be informed enough to be able to talk to their kids. We need to point kids in the right direction and teach them before they have that curiosity fulfilled by someone else, especially companies just hoping another to get another generation of kids addicted to nicotine.” “I thought [their presentation] was so impressive,” said Dulcipher. “They had great ideas of things we could do in the legislation that is coming out this next session. In fact, Dulcipher said the Substance Use Education and Prevention Amendment that will be presented to the Legislative Education Interim Committee on Oct. 16 was “very much influenced by the things [Matthew and Sarah] had to say.” Another local government representative, Riverton City Councilmember Tawnee McCay, heard about Matthew’s newspaper article and presentation to the legislature and invited the teens to present to Riverton City

outh Valley teens Sarah Strong and Matthew Drachman are taking a stand against teen vaping (photo courtesy of Sarah Strong)

Council. “That day, we happened to be swearing in the Riverton Youth Council,” McCay said. “It was great because we had an extra 10 to 15 kids there with their parents.” McCay said the city council is paying close attention to what is happening with vape shops in their city limits, and they will watch what is happening at the state and national level regarding vaping. She said the work Matthew and Sarah are doing could have the biggest impact on local teen vaping. “When they hear it from another kid who is worried about them and their health,

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Herriman City Recorder honored with city recorder of the year award By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com


erriman’s City Recorder, Jackie Nostrom, was recently honored by the Utah Municipal Clerks Association as the city recorder of the year. “It’s an honor just to be nominated, to know that my colleagues think that highly of me,” Nostrom told the South Valley Journal. “I just look at it like I’m doing my job, and I never thought it would be better than someone else in my profession.” The public recognition means even more because city clerks largely operate in the background of local governments, but that doesn’t mean their role is anything less than essential. “[The position] services every department in the city, the mayor, the city council,” Nostrom explained. “We’re a key component for records and archives. We’re basically the city historian.” At a time when people increasingly want transparency from their government, the city recorder is possibly the most important position as they’re responsible for noticing public meetings, posting agendas and providing meeting notes and recordings. “We don’t want the community to think that we’re trying to slide something under. We want to give adequate notice so people will know whether they might need to plan to

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Herriman City Recorder Jackie Nostrom was recognized as the City Recorder of the Year by the Utah Municipal Clerks Association. (Herriman City)

attend a city meeting,” she said. Nostrom’s efforts have been noticed not only by the Municipal Clerks Association, but by her colleagues at Herriman City Hall as well.

“To her she’s just doing her job, but to the rest of us she goes above and beyond,” said Tami Moody, the city’s director of administration and communication. “I don’t think there’s another city recorder in the state

of Utah that knows things the way Jackie knows things. She can recite state statute, she can recite city code. She’s incredible. She keeps us all in line.” Brett Wood, the city manager, agreed that Nostrom was well-deserving of the award. “When you’re the cream of the crop and you get rewarded for it, it’s a big deal,” he said during an October city council meeting in which she was recognized for having won the award. “I pride myself in being able to say that my job is to make the city council and city administration look good. I try to make the city look professional and highlight the talents that our council and administration have,” Nostrom said. One way Nostrom has made the city look good is establishing a passport office at city hall. Since 2015, residents from the southwest corner of the valley have been able to get their passport at Herriman City Hall. Prior to that, they would have had to go to the West Jordan post office. These days, Nostrom said she is working on a training guide for newly-elected officials to help them get up to speed on the more technical in’s and out’s of municipal governance. l

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harm Estrada or himself. The man had a severe laceration into his bone on the left arm. Estrada immediately provided medical care for the man. Estrada applied his tourniquet carefully. He was able to remain calm and get emergency dispatchers to expedite paramedics. They transported the male suicide patient to the hospital. The paramedic told Estrada’s sergeant that Estrada did a great job of applying the tourniquet. The doctor at the hospital said the laceration severed an artery, and the bleed was life-threatening. He said Estrada should be commended for his ability to safely control the situation in disarming this person and being able to get him to safety and save his life. Hutson, the city council and audience members gave a standing ovation to Estrada after he received his award. Three months ago, during the officer’s inaugural speech, Hutson said, “These officers are 100% focused on public safety for the citizens of Riverton with no distractions.” l

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Sew many quilts, sew little time: Riverton hosts quilt show through Nov. 13 By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

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nce a symbol of thrift and functionality, quilting has now become art in stitched form. “Back in the day, pioneers used leftover pieces of fabric from clothing, and all quilting was done by hand,” said Denice Wilcox from My Sister’s Quilts quilt shop. “Now most women don’t do that. They pick and choose fabrics and colors to go together.” Riverton has been displaying the handiwork of local quilters for the past three years at the Old Dome Meeting house. “This is one of our more popular shows,” said Bradley Dance, Riverton Cultural Events coordinator. “A lot of our demographic really relates to that era of people.” This year, 18 quilts were submitted in the categories of hand-quilted, hand-guided and computerized quilts. “Long-arm (hand-guided) machines only quilt a quilt they cannot piece a quilt,” Wilcox said. “Some are computerized and some use a pentagraph to do the quilt design. You move the arm from one side to the other side following a diagram of the pentagraph you’ve chosen.” Computerized quilts require putting a quilting pattern into the computer, attaching the pieced quilt to the machine and periodic checking to make sure the machine doesn’t get caught on anything. Linda Thomas spent 244 hours on her computerized quilt entry titled “Glacier Star.” She said it took 164 hours to cut and piece the top of the quilt and 80 hours and five different variegated threads for the computerized long arm to quilt her pieces together. Wilcox said once the quilting bug bites you, it’s impossible to stop.

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Cattle and goats and hogs—Oh my! Raising and marketing livestock key to the 4-H experience at county fair By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com  does not feel the need to mention whether or not the calf won a prize at the fair. Ashcroft’s eye is on the greater prize— what he sees as the unique family connection gained through agrarian lifestyle, which is, he rightly observes, is greatly vanishing along the Wasatch Front and elsewhere. This, he believes, is one reason why 4-H is so important.

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A passel of hogs; a head of cattle; a mob of sheep; a herd of goats—and, pictured here—“a 4-H” of young leaders in the making all gathered at the Salt Lake County Fair at the South Jordan. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)


rock Ashcroft sat across from his father, the two silent except for their munching. Eyeing the inside of the West Jordan Arctic Circle, the boy’s chewing stopped, mouth open, his eyes focusing on a framed advertisement promoting the “Black Angus Beef Burger.” Moments later, young Brock was standing at the counter. The restaurant manager leaned on the counter, bending down to give the youngster his attention. The 8-year-old had just set in motion his first sponsor and learned some lessons in communications and marketing.

Learning marketing, sales and farm-preneurship—the 4-H way

While not typically something one may consider being a part of a livestock operation or a “4-H” youth education program, sales, marketing and “farm-preneurship” are indeed all part of the experience. While you will no longer find the description on its website, 4-H is an acronym that stands for what founders of the national youth-development program viewed as four aspects of leadership which all started with the letter “H.” 4-H began in 1902 and was focused on developing the country’s rural youth. In joining the organization, young people aged 8-18 pledge to abide the four H’s: “head to clearer thinking… heart to greater loyalty… hands to larger service… and health to better living… for club… community… country… and world.” 4-H’s emblem, the lucky four-leaf green clover, portrays each “H” on each leaf.

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In line with the concept of traditional 4-H activities like animal husbandry and gardening, the organization’s motto and promise is “True leaders aren’t born—they’re grown.”

4-H at the Salt Lake County Fair

In early August budding leaders from Salt Lake County—and even some traveling from far-flung areas across Utah—gathered at the South Jordan Equestrian Center for the annual Salt Lake County Fair. Event sponsors include ones you might expect—host Salt Lake County, IFA Country Stores, the Utah Farm Bureau, the USU Agricultural Extension, and even West Jordan’s Smith & Edwards. However, the passions behind some of the other sponsors seemed less clear upfront (e.g. Les Schwab Tire Center and Olympia Hills; Schwab is the perennial sponsor of the cattle, and Olympia Hills’s developer Doug Young buys a variety of animals for his livestock company). Chris Ashcroft, uncle to his brother’s son, once 8 year old Arctic Circle salesperson Brock Ashcroft, recalls as a young 4-H-er the daily ritual of waking early to clean the barn, then bathing and feeding the animals, and, then walking and re-walking a prize-potential steer. “We had a calf we thought was going to win,” he shares, indicating that his father and he would both, book-ending the calf, walk two miles in the morning and another two at night, developing the animal. Through the process, they enjoyed the more important developing—deepening their father-son relationship. As he shares the story about his first calf and lessons learned from his father, Chris

In attendance at this year’s fair was Miss Utah USA Heather Anderson, who grew up a 4-H girl who has become an in-demand runway and editorial model. Looking like all that and maybe more may be in the future, are the 18- and 15-yearold Perry sisters. Hailing from Riverton, the two young women are on their seventh and sixth years, respectively, in the 4-H program. The elder sister, Teagan, is up in Logan this fall—a freshman studying Animal Science at Utah State University. Addison, who plays soccer in the competitive USA soccer league, as well on Riverton High School’s own team, says 4-H transformed her from a shy person to the kind of young woman who now walks up to complete strangers and pitches them on buying her prized pig, Raunti. “[4-H] has,” she says, still a bit shy, “gotten me out of my comfort zone.”

Flexing their marketing skills

At the fair the Perry gals try to one-up the other youth. The pair market themselves— and their work to raise, literally, dueling pigs. They generously distribute water bottles and goodie bags with Snickers, M&Ms and other treats. These youth are savvy marketers—targeted marketers, who are keenly focused on a series of tables squarely situated just outside the ring, in front of the bleachers set up several feet behind. In these front-row seats, sit people with clipboards, notes, pencils, stenciled number, and—most importantly—checkbooks. The bold, black numbers are their bidding markers. These are the Les Schwabs and the Doug Young Land and Livestock representatives and others--who will vie to support the work of the young people and purchase pigs (or “hogs”), cattle, goats, and sheep.

Sitting with the people with checkbooks

“Are you in the market for a lamb today?” The voice beseeches Ashcroft, who today is standing in as a purchasing agent for Doug Young. It is the soft, but surprisingly confident voice of 10-year-old Aylah Shipley, a sixth-grader from Herriman. She wears a crisp-pressed, long-sleeved

white shirt with the 4-H clover on the sleeve. Her perfectly-styled bun may look more like what you would expect to see at a ballet performance than a livestock auction. Next in Ashcroft is 12-year-old Draper seventh-grader Ben Street. Street boldly, abruptly approaches Ashcroft. It is a boy’s approach: “I wondered if you would like to buy my goat?” Without really waiting for a response from Ashcroft, he volunteers: “He is not the heaviest goat, but…” Street is a lucky kid, who—not having land for animals himself—-boards his animals at a relative’s place. The relative is 10-year-old Faith Dent, a fourth-grader from Draper. She says she is nervous but happy to be at the fair, and “happy, every day, to have a goat in my front yard.”

Longing for ‘the life’

Having a goat or other livestock in the front yard is no longer the daily reality of Chris or his brother Curtis, both of whom grew up on a West Jordan farm. Chris now resides in Bluffdale and Curtis in South Jordan. The farm, complete with livestock, is managed by both the men’s nephew, Preston Carlson. However, 4-H and the connectivity it brings those in rural communities and those still longing for “the life” seem to keep them and their family in the tradition. Curtis Ashcroft still wipes away tears, remembering his father, the farmer and livestock whisperer. Other tears came decades ago when young Curtis, showing for the first time in the 4-H Junior Livestock competition, could not bear to present his beloved steer for sale— knowing that the animal’s ultimate destiny was for slaughter—and had to turn the responsibility over to his older brother.

‘You’ve got to look ahead’

Curtis’s son Brock, the one who as a first-timer nailed Arctic Circle as a client— married a woman he met through 4-H. When they first met, Kayla was too young to be in 4-H. She then grew into a youngster who showed lambs, then a gal who literally and physically looked up to the handsome cowpoke, and then became the lovely, talented woman he married. The two now have a 3-year-old daughter, Paisley, and reside in Herriman. Sitting in the buyer’s row at the fair, Ashcroft coaches on how to best assess cattle’s potential to become the best-possible sources for beef. It is advice that appears to apply in life itself: “You’ve got to look ahead—look for potential.” l

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These barrels may not move for two years, as Outlaw Distillery’s rum ages. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

There’s no compromise on the practice “from grain to glass” at Outlaw Distillery. Kirk and Denise Sedgwick, co-owners of Outlaw Distillery, are passionate about ensuring quality products for their customers. All of their spirits are absent of artificial flavorings and are made from natural, local, quality ingredients. In order to create Outlaw Distillery’s

line of handcrafted spirits including Rum, Spiced Rum, Coffee Rum, White Whiskey, Bourbon Whiskey and Moonshine, Kirk and Denise allow only the highest grade of raw natural materials into their distillery. The majority of these materials, like corn, wheat, oats, rye and barley, are all produced by Utah farmers. Any materials the Sedgwick’s can’t obtain locally, they’ll purchase from U.S.based companies exclusively. As an example of raw natural quality ingredients, Outlaw Distillery only uses fancy molasses. “That’s what the industry calls their finest batches,” clarified Kirk, as many people have questioned the term “fancy.” (That’s in comparison to blackstrap molasses, which is the lowest-quality molasses, Kirk explained.) Denise and Kirk are strict about not adding artificial flavoring or sweeteners to any of their recipes. Instead, they pull their flavors from the natural ingredients themselves. For example, Outlaw Distillery’s coffee rum is made from coffee beans directly. Kirk described the process as similar to how cold brew is steeped and made at coffee shops. He takes coffee beans from Bad Ass Coffee

Company and throws them in with the other ingredients needed to distil rum. After the coffee rum has acquired the desired flavor, Kirk will filter out the coffee beans. Using only natural ingredients and not allowing for artificial flavoring are practices that many of the local distilleries agree on. Kirk reported that many of the local distillers are friends, so he doesn’t see any of them as competition. Outlaw Distillery’s products can take anywhere from two weeks to two years to distill. Kirk can distill a barrel of moonshine or white whiskey in as little as two weeks. However, a barrel of rum will need to age for at least two years. Growing up in Utah, Kirk has always been fascinated by the infamous history of the state. He always loved reading about Butch Cassidy, who was born in Beaver, and the Outlaw Trail which ran through Utah. Outlaw Distillery is completely locally owned and operated. Denise and Kirk do all their own distilling, with their family and friends helping out when needed. Kirk designed and built the equipment for his distillery. Even though Outlaw Distillery is a fairly

new business, opening their doors in January 2015, Kirk has been distilling liquor for over 19 years. In addition to their liquor products, Outlaw Distillery hosts tours and tastings. Kirk enjoys hosting these in-depth tastings and tours. During his 90-minute tour, he educates attendees on an assortment of information relative to distilling. Kirk teaches attendees how to read the labels on liquor in order to ensure they’re getting the best product. He also walks attendees through the process of distilling. “You could go home and make your own liquor after my tour,” he says with a laugh.   Tours, tastings, and products can all be purchased from their store in Midvale (552 W. 8360 South). Outlaw Distillery is licensed as a liquor retailer, so customers can stop by on their way home from work to pick up their favorite liquor. “You don’t have to hassle with the lines at the state liquor store,” Kirk says. For more information on Outlaw Distillery, visit their website at OutlawDistillery. com or visit them on Facebook at Outlaw Distillery.

Claude Wells for Riverton City Council District #5

Claude is seeking the office of Riverton City Councilman in District 5 because of his love for the city, and his love of serving others. In just the last few weeks, Claude has put his communication and people skills to work in helping solve key issues in his district. Working with concerned citizens, Riverton City employees and officials, and JVWCD employees, Claude has been instrumental in the outcome of: Mediating communications with concerned citizens and neighbors of the JVWCD regarding the height of silos that need to be constructed for the plant expansion. Partial back filling of the hole on the NE corner of 13400 S and 2700 West to mitigate public safety issues while the city works with the land owner for a full resolution. Considerable discussion with concerned citizens and city employees and officials regarding an application for rezoning on east Redwood Road in the Ranch Road area. After careful legal analysis by the City Attorney, the moratorium that the city council instated on March 19, 2019 for all of east Redwood Road from 12600 South to Bangerter Highway was upheld, and the application was rejected. Check out more at www.claudelovesriverton.com

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SWQ Visioning Study: Asking for connectivity, demanding the payment for infrastructure By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson speaks next to representatives from the southwest quadrant cities during the Vision and Growth Strategy Kickoff meeting at Intermountain Riverton Hospital. (Justin Adams/City Journals)


n a Monday in mid-August, some of the most prominent players in the Southwest Quadrant met to launch a vigorous, $250,000 “Shared Vision and Growth Strategy.” While the message was nowhere on the press materials, one of the key goals of the

project was summed by South Jordan Dawn Ramsey: “Looking to strengthen our ‘ask’ to the legislature to complete the Mountain View Corridor.” This project and the need to provide East/West connectivity for far-flung SWQ communities has been a repeat-theme with the Southwest Quadrant Mayors Council and with members of all communities represented. Also oft-repeated is the need to ensure developers “pay their fair share for their projects, if [they exact a] higher stress on infrastructure,” as underscored by Herriman Mayor Pro Tempore Jared Henderson The visioning study is slated to address land use, economic development and transportation infrastructure changes across participating communities and collectively target “a high-quality of life,” with a 2050 outlook, the precise timeframe by which the state is set to double its population. Municipal leaders representing six municipalities and areas of unincorporated Salt Lake County hope the study will strategically inform development in the micro-region. The room was packed with VIPS in municipal, micro-regional and state government, as well as with land-development, business, utilities and print media.

The next day, a local newspaper ran an article positing that Salt Lake City is both the front porch and the seemingly contradictory central living area of the state. With that analogy in the realm, numerous municipal, business, utility and mainly resident stakeholders are going to be dedicating the next 12 to 18 months to the task of defining what the Southwest Quadrant means— to Utah and to the surrounding communities that will be most affected by the development on a day-to-day basis. With all of the discussion about SWQ comprising the county’s last undeveloped land and the micro-region’s fulfilling on state economic-development efforts to continue to house not just “natural increase” in population through family growth those who have been recruited to Utah—perhaps this precious Southwest Quadrant land is akin to both a “house safe” and burgeoning “guest rooms” to the urban center’s front porch and living area—a safe whose combination is needing to be discovered, to unlock the best and highest use of precious land and guest rooms seemingly beyond infrastructure capacity.

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In late-July, the South Jordan Journal and South Valley Journal broke the story that more than 40 staff and elected leadership from the Southwest Mayors Council had cast respective votes and selected Logan Simpson among nine competitors as its urban-planning partner to execute its SWQ visioning study. At a press conference chiefly organized by, introduced by, and held within Riverton City, Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs, Bluffdale Mayor Derk Timothy, Copperton Metro Township Mayor Sean Clayton, Henderson, Ramsey and West Jordan City Mayor Jim Riding joined with Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson in formally announcing the selection of Logan Simpson and reiterated the importance of planned growth in the micro-region. Staggs underscored the “flurry” of housing activity in the area since early 2000. Staggs reiterated how SWQ has been consumed with 70% of all of the population growth in the area. A full half of this number he attributed to moving into the county from out of state as part of the “state’s and county’s successful recruiting efforts” to relocate business and qualified talent to Utah. “A near infrastructure crisis” is the impact of such unchecked growth, he said, citing challenges for future development amid with fragile water, stormwater, sewer and other infrastructure components.

“Growth is good, as long as it is done responsibly,” Clayton said. Representing both the unincorporated land in Salt Lake County that comprises SWQ as well as the county’s role in co-funding the quarter-million-dollar visioning study, Wilson indicated that the study “will help the region and the county better address growth.” “All of our answers will not be found in this study, but the collaboration—that, in itself will yield solutions,” she said.

Synergies and the similarities coloring present and future, whereas competition comprised the past

West Jordan’s Riding and Herriman’s Henderson also highlighted the importance of and the uniqueness of the mayoral collaboration. “I don’t know when six mayors have gotten together to form a coalition,” Riding said. “We have a lot of differences—communities are that way—but, three things—transportation, infrastructure and land use—they apply to all of us.” “Traditionally, we’re competing against each other,” Henderson said. “Up until 10 to 15 years ago, cities could do that, but mistakes have been made. What I’ve seen over the last 12 months, we have so much more in common.” Bluffdale’s Timothy pointed out that, by working together as a micro-region, versus a bunch of competitive cities, SWQ will “justify future funding” and “hopefully, have better success.” He summed: “Collaborative planning enables us more future success.” Leadership from municipalities and the county have repeatedly emphasized that participation from all relevant organizations, landowners and residents will be assured through the work Logan Simpson will guide. From there, the mayors turned the time over to Logan Simpson itself. Logan Simpson is a nearly 30-year-old regional firm with more than $15 million in annual revenues. With offices in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Utah (downtown Salt Lake City), the firm lists “community planning” as its third core service, after environmental services and cultural resources. The firm also offers landscape architecture. In servicing the mixed-constituency of municipal and county leadership, Logan Simpson has so far created a new logo depicting SWQ as six interconnected municipalities (not showing unincorporated Salt Lake County land area); launched a new swcountyvision.com/ website; has invited first-round input for the project from those attending the initial press conference; and has eschewed the “Southwest Quadrant” branding, in lieu of simply “Southwest Salt Lake County.” l

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The GetOutPass offers 12 months of family time, making memories, and trying new things By Christy Jepson | christy@mycityjournals.com


ith the holidays approaching, are you wondering what to get your kids that doesn’t require batteries or USB cords? What about investing in something that guarantees family fun time? What about instead of buying toys that usually last 12 days, you buy something that lasts 12 months? The GetOutPass might be your perfect solution for a new holiday gift this year. The GetOutPass is a fairly new entertainment pass which offers pass holders the opportunity to visit 17 venues in the Salt Lake Valley, 20 venues in Utah County, 13 in Davis/Weber Area, seven in the Logan area, and four venues in the St. George area. You also get a one-time yearly admission to their featured venues: Lagoon, Cowabunga Bay, Brighton Resort, and one Cherry Peak concert ticket. According to their website, some of the venues allow weekly visits, some monthly visits, some quarterly visits and some you visit just once during the 12-month period. The GetOutPass was created in 2017 by three friends: Charles Belliston, TC Krueger and Taggart Krueger. “Our goal was to get more families out doing more things together. We all felt that too many people were just spending days and evenings at home watch-

ing Netflix and playing Fortnite. We decided we needed to come up with a solution, we wanted people out doing things together and creating memories,” said Belliston, one of the cofounders. So, with this goal in mind, the three of them created a statewide pass that allows families the chance to spend more time together while offering more opportunities to visit places they normally wouldn’t visit. They can see their hard work paying off because of the success of the pass since it started two years ago. Utah is not the only place where you can get a GetOutPass. The company has expanded and now offers passes in Idaho, Washington, Colorado and the Sacramento, California area. Although each pass has a different price and offers different attractions and venues, the pass works the same way. “The GetOutPass really is an awesome thing for both families and venues. That’s why it’s such a growing success,” Belliston said. The Utah GetOutPass is $149.95 per person and includes almost $3,000 in free admissions all year. Some of the Salt Lake area attractions include Cowabunga Bay, Fat Cats, Jump Around Utah, Bazooka Ball, Brighton Ski Resort, Chaos Escape Rooms and more.




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“We are constantly adding new places for our members to get out and enjoy making memories. Every time a new venue is added, it’s simply a bonus for our members, we never charge anything to our existing members, they simply get the new offers for free,” Belliston said. The up-front cost might seem a little pricey in comparison to other local passes, but the pass pays for itself if you just go to the four featured venues: Lagoon, Cowabun-

ga Bay, Brighton Resort and Cherry Hill. Then all the other 65 attractions statewide are just an extra bonus while building memories, going to new places and having fun for 12 months. For a list of all the attractions and venues on the Utah GetOutPass and for more information visit getoutpass.com. The pass is good for 12 consecutive months from the date of purchase. l






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PEAK VAPOR Peak Vapor is very excited to announce their arrival in Riverton. Peak Vapor was established in 2012 by 3 close friends: Jake, Austin, and Trent, who had experienced the benefits of switching to vaping. They were set on making this healthier alternative more accessible to people who struggled with smoking like they had. The three decided to open Peak Vapor in Taylorsville. Fast forward to 2019 and they are now making their goal even more of a reality by making this healthier alternative more accessible as they open their doors in Riverton. Please do not hesitate to come in and see if making the switch to vaping is right for you. Peak Vapor treats it’s customer like family and we strive to make the switch as easy as possible.

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Seven years without a cold? By Doug Cornell

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More and more people are saying they just don’t get colds anymore. They are using a new device made of pure copper, which scientists say kills cold and flu viruses. Doug Cornell invented the device in 2012. “I haven’t had a single cold since then,” he says. People were skeptical but EPA and university studies demonstrate repeatedly that viruses and New research: Copper stops colds if used early. bacteria die almost instantly when people are sick around her she uses Coptouched by copper. perZap morning and night. “It saved me That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- last holidays,” she said. “The kids had tians used copper to purify water and heal colds going round and round, but not wounds. They didn’t know about viruses me.” Some users say it also helps with and bacteria, but now we do. Scientists say the high conductance sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a of copper disrupts the electrical balance 2-day sinus headache. When her Copperin a microbe cell and destroys the cell in Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more seconds. So some hospitals tried copper touch headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nightsurfaces like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illness- time stuffiness if used before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” es by over half, and saved lives. Copper can also stop flu if used earColds start after cold viruses get in your nose, so the vast body of research ly and for several days. Lab technicians gave Cornell an idea. When he next felt a placed 25 million live flu viruses on a cold about to start, he fashioned a smooth CopperZap. No viruses were found alive copper probe and rubbed it gently in his soon after. Dr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold confirming the discovery. He placed milnever got going.” It worked again every lions of disease germs on copper. “They started to die literally as soon as they time. He asked relatives and friends to try it. touched the surface,” he said. The handle is curved and finely texThey said it worked for them, too, so he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the tured to improve contact. It kills germs picked up on fingers and hands to protect market. Now tens of thousands of people have you and your family. Copper even kills deadly germs that tried it. Nearly 100% of feedback said the copper stops colds if used within 3 hours have become resistant to antibiotics. If after the first sign. Even up to 2 days, if you are near sick people, a moment of they still get the cold it is milder than usu- handling it may keep serious infection away. al and they feel better. The EPA says copper still works even Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas and called it “one of the when tarnished. It kills hundreds of difbest presents ever. This little jewel real- ferent disease germs so it can prevent sely works.” Now thousands of users have rious or even fatal illness. CopperZap is made in America of simply stopped getting colds. People often use CopperZap preven- pure copper. It has a 90-day full money tively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to back guarantee. It is $69.95. Get $10 off each CopperZap with get colds after crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried it several times a day code UTCJ7. Go to www.CopperZap.com or call on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen toll-free 1-888-411-6114. flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. Buy once, use forever. Businesswoman Rosaleen says when advertorial




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It’s not often you see city governments take the lead in addressing a state or national issue, but that’s exactly what we’ve done here in Riverton as we work to combat the state and national opioid epidemic. I was pleased to participate in a press conference on September 12 as we rolled out a local initiative that has the support of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) District Agent in Charge Brian Besser, and Intermountain Riverton Hospital. Our initiative centers around onsite destruction of unused or expired prescription medication through a product called NarcX. The product is a liquid solution that immediately renders opioids and other drugs in a “non-retrievable” state and is the only product that meets the requirements of DEA policy and the Code of Federal Regulations for onsite destruction. NarcX eliminates the need to incinerate medications since drug compounds are

neutralized onsite; making medications indiscernible and indigestible once placed in the solution.

Onsite destruction is preferable to drug take back programs or traditional medication drop boxes, as it eliminates the stockpiling of drugs and any potential illegal diversion or redistribution of the drugs. It also saves the time of local law enforcement in trying to properly dispose of these medications, as the product is non-toxic, and can simply be thrown away like household trash when the solution is full. Riverton residents are encouraged to dispose of unused or expired medications at NarcX kiosks that the city has provided at several locations, with more on the way. Current kiosk locations include: Riverton City Hall, Riverton Police Department, and Riverton Public Works Department. Additionally, Intermountain Riverton Hospital has purchased individual-sized NarcX bottles that they are distributing for free at Southridge Pharmacy at the hospital. We encourage you to visit the pharmacy to pick up a bottle of your own so you have it in your home when you need it. We are also working on

equipping our police department with these small bottles, so don’t hesitate to reach out to any RPD officer if you have medication you’d like to dispose of. Opioid abuse is a serious problem here in Utah. Opioids have resulted in over 67,000 national drug related deaths, and close to 650 deaths of our own Utahns in 2018. Between the years of 2015 and 2017 there were over 800 drug overdose deaths in Salt Lake County alone. Deaths from opioids has now surpassed deaths caused by motor vehicles and firearms. This is an unacceptable statistic and underscores the need for local solutions to combat the epidemic.

It’s important to remember that our efforts here are not aimed at those who are taking medication for the use it was prescribed. Our goal with this project is to encourage everyone to properly dispose of expired or unused medications when they are no longer being used for the specific purpose they were prescribed for. Here in Riverton, we are committed to helping our state and national leaders combat this opioid crisis. I am hopeful that our efforts will initiate a trend amongst other local municipalities to take strides to not just talk about the opioid crisis, but to take action. We can all do something, and we must all do something to be part of the solution.

Pick Up a Bottle for Home Use

Find a Medication Disposal Kiosk

You may pick up a free individual size NarcX bottle (good for ~30 pills) for home use at Southridge Pharmacy in Intermountain Riverton Hospital at 3741 W 12600 S.

You may drop off your unused or expired medications at any of Riverton City’s medication disposal kiosks during normal building office hours.

Bottles will also be given out for free at the Riverton Hospital Health Fair on Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Thanks to Intermountan Healthcare for this service!

Riverton City Newsletter - November / December 2019

Riverton City Hall - 12830 S Redwood Road Riverton Police Department - 12810 S Redwood Road Riverton Public Works Department - 12526 S 4150 W Additional locations coming soon.

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A REFLECTION ON CITY SERVICE By Councilwoman Tricia Tingey

MAYOR Trent Staggs tstaggs@rivertoncity.com (801) 208-3129

CITY COUNCIL Sheldon Stewart - District 1 sstewart@rivertoncity.com (801) 953-5672 Tricia Tingey - District 2 ttingey@rivertoncity.com (801) 809-1227 Tawnee McCay - District 3 tmccay@rivertoncity.com (801) 634-7692 Tish Buroker - District 4 tburoker@rivertoncity.com (801) 673-6103 Brent Johnson - District 5 bjohnson@rivertoncity.com (385) 434-9253

CITY MANAGER Konrad Hildebrandt khildebrandt@rivertoncity.com (801) 208-3125

CITY OFFICES City Hall...............................(801) 254-0704 Cemetery.............................(801) 208-3128 Animal Control....................(801) 208-3108 Building...............................(801) 208-3127 Code Enforcement..............(801) 208-3104 Fire Dispatch (UFA).............(801) 743-7200 Justice Court.......................(801) 208-3131 Parks & Recreation.............(801) 208-3101 Planning & Zoning..............(801) 208-3138 Police..................................(385) 281-2455 Public Works.......................(801) 208-3162 Recorder..............................(801) 208-3126 Utility Billing........................(801) 208-3133 Water...................................(801) 208-3164

This time of year is a representation of thanks and renewal. A time to look back and see what has been accomplished and what we can do to be better. As Thanksgiving approaches, we all are taking the time to think about those things that are most important to us and we express our gratitude for those people and things. Then, as the new year approaches, we look inward and make plans to be and do better. I have had the opportunity to reflect on the past 16 years that I have been involved in serving Riverton city. It started in 2004 when my late hus-

band, Roy, was elected to serve on the council. As a family, we made a commitment to serve the community. We had no idea what that meant and relied on those already on the council and working as staff to help with the learning curve. To those who held our hand, we are grateful! Our city has come a long way in the last 16 years! We have grown and experienced the pains of leaving the past and preparing for the future. Each year city staff and elected officials look to the past with gratitude for all those who got us to the place we are now. Then, we look forward with hope to prepare for the future, knowing it will not look the same because growth involves change.

I think what I am most excited for is the change that will occur this year in the council. Two new people will be elected to help move our city into the future. They will look at the many, many citizens from the past that have worked hard with their families, to get our great city to this point. Then they will be charged to do better. Change is good and necessary for growth. I am leaving my council seat with gratitude in my heart for all the people who work hard to make our city home. I am blessed to have been part of a little piece of our city’s past. I look forward to seeing how our new council will prepare us for an amazing future. I am confident that the best is yet to come!

“I am confident the best is yet to come!”



Riverton Veterans Day Program

General Election Day

Monday, November 11, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 5

Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center 12830 S Redwood Road Riverton, Utah 84065

Riverton City Council Candidates District 1: Sheldon Stewart District 2: Tracie Halvorsen, Troy McDougal District 5: Claude Wells, Steven Winters

Come honor our veterans, hear from an inspiring speaker, and listen to patriotic music from the Riverton Jazz Band.

FIND US ONLINE! @rivertoncityutah @rivertoncity @rivertoncityutah rivertoncity.com Riverton City Newsletter - November / December 2019

If you do not live in Council Districts 1, 2 or 5, you are not eligible to vote in this election. Find a district map at rivertoncity.com.

How to Vote It is now too late to send your ballot in by mail. You can still vote these ways: 1) Drop your ballot off at the ballot drop box at City Hall. 2) Vote early Oct. 30 - Nov. 4 at the Riverton Senior Center between 2 and 6 p.m. on weekdays. 3) Vote on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Riverton Senior Center. Find details online at: 4) Drop off your ballot at a voting slco.org/clerk/elections center on Election Day or during early voting.

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CHRISTMAS A NEW Christmas Tradition in Riverton! Bring your family or friends and come drive through Riverton City Park to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and see the Christmas lights! Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Enter the park from 12800 S. Cost is $10 per vehicle.

December 6-23, 2019 | 6-9 p.m. To purchase tickets or view the schedule, visit:


Santa’s Arrival Christmas Night of Music Concert Monday, December 9 | 7 p.m. | Riverton High School Come enjoy festive music at Riverton City’s annual Christmas Night of Music Concert! The concert features a 100+ member community choir and orchestra. All are welcome.

JOIN THE CHOIR Come sing in our 100+ member choir at the Christmas Night of Music Concert! Practices are held weekly on Thursday evenings from 8:30-10 p.m. at the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center, beginning on November 7 and excluding Thanksgiving. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Practice Dates November 7, 8:30-10 p.m. November 14, 8:30-10 p.m. November 21, 8:30-10 p.m. December 5, 8:30-10 p.m. Dress Rehearsal Friday, December 6, 7 p.m.

Join the choir at rivertoncity.com/choir

Monday, December 2 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Bring the kids to see Santa Claus arrive in Riverton in a bright-red fire truck and make their Christmas requests! Event is free. There will be free scones, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting, cookie decorating, and crafts. Children can also write their letter to Santa that evening.


Donate items to help those in need for the holidays! Visit candycanecornerslc.org for a list of items to donate. Donations may be dropped off at the Parks & Recreation window at Riverton City Hall until Friday, Dec. 13. Items may also be donated at Santa’s Arrival. All items must be new and unwrapped. Candy Cane Corner is an annual holiday donation drive sponsored by The Road Home and Volunteers of America.

Join the choir at rivertoncity.com/choir

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CHRIS TMAS NEW: Christmas Lighting Contest

BACK: Christmas Card Design Contest

Do you know someone who puts up an amazing light display at Christmas? Encourage them to enter their home/yard in Riverton City’s first ever Christmas Lighting Contest! Entries in the contest will be accepted from Dec. 2 to Dec. 13. Participation is open to all Riverton residents. A cash prize will be awarded to the top three entries. Free to enter.

Riverton City invites children to participate in our Christmas Card Design Contest! To participate, children must be of elementary school student age and either live in or go to school in Riverton. Designs must be in landscape format and be able to shrink to a 5x7in size. The artist of the winning design will receive a $100 Walmart gift card.

Contest entry and details: rivertoncity.com/lightingcontest

Contest entry and details: rivertoncity.com/christmascard

NEW: Wreaths Across America

NEW: Animal Rescue Donations

Riverton City’s Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to partner with Wreaths Across America, a national program that will allow citizens to honor veterans buried in the Riverton City Cemetery by sponsoring a Christmas wreath for a veteran’s grave. Join us on Dec.14 at 10 a.m. for a special program and to help place the wreaths.

Riverton City is collecting new and gently used pet toys and supplies to donate to the rescue organizations who have been so good to take in unclaimed pets picked up by our Animal Control Department. We wanted to invite you to donate an item or two if you are able to help us express our gratitude. We hope to deliver the items before Christmas!

Purchase a wreath for a veteran at: rivertoncity.com/wreaths

Donation Drop Off: Riverton City Hall, Room 105, 12830 S Redwood Road

Upcoming Riverton City Events November


November 2 - Free Firehouse Breakfast & Open House - 8-11 a.m. - Fire Station 121 November 5 - General Election November 5 - Indoor Spikeball League Begins November 11 - Veterans Day Program - 6:30 p.m. - Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center November 14 - Planning Commission - 6:30 p.m. - Riverton City Hall November 19 - City Council Meeting - 7 p.m.- Riverton City Hall November 21 - Suicide Prvention QPR Training - 7 p.m. - Fire Station #124 November 22 - Entry Deadline for Riverton City Christmas Card Design Contest November 28 - Thanksgiving Day - City Offices Closed November 29 - City Offices Closed

December 2 - Santa’s Arrival in Riverton - 6:30 p.m. - Riverton City Park December 2 - Entries Open for Riverton City’s Christmas Lighting Contest December 3 - City Council Meeting - 7 p.m.- Riverton City Hall December 6 - ‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas Begins - Riverton City Park December 9 - Christmas Night of Music Concert - 7 p.m. - Riverton High School December 12 - Planning Commission - 6:30 p.m. - Riverton City Hall December 13 - Last Day to Donate to Candy Cane Corner - Riverton City Hall December 13 - Entries Close for Riverton City’s Christmas Lighting Contest December 14 - Unveiling of Veterans Monument - 10 a.m. - Riverton City Cemetery December 23 - ‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas Ends - Riverton City Park December 24 - Christmas Eve - City Offices Closed December 25 - Christmas - City Offices Closed December 27 - Just You & I Registration Begins December 31 - New Years Eve

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Mountain Ridge begins to fill trophy cases By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


n the performing arts hallway of the new Mountain Ridge High School, two glass cases stand empty. When asked when they would be filled, choir director Kelly DeHaan responded, “We start now!” Principal Mike Kochevar said Mountain Ridge has had a promising start to the competition season in athletics and the arts. He is confident the shelves will start filling up. “We’re starting from scratch,” he said. “But every trophy we earn develops the culture of excellence. If you can start the year off great and be successful in some of your programs, whether that’s in the arts or athletics, that gets the ball rolling, everybody’s excited, and it generates a great year.” Earning awards, plaques and trophies— or “hardware” as it is casually called—helps students feel ownership of their school, Kochevar said. “We know winning is not the only thing, but it sure does help generate school spirit,” he said. In athletics, the cross country team took third place at a recent invitational. At the Rocky Mountain Invitational Marching Band Competition in early October, MRHS’s marching band swept its division, winning overall First Place and all Caption Awards, which were awarded for Outstanding Musical Performance, Color

Guard, Percussion and Visual Performance. “There was a lot of excitement there,” Kochevar said of the band competition. “We had tears of joy from some of the students. They were so excited. When you’re working hard and things work out and you have success, it’s a huge reward for those kids.” Band director James Densley was shocked but thrilled by the win. “This first year, I never expected to chase after trophies or awards,” he said. “I said, ‘Let’s just have a band, let’s just do that.’” Densley wanted to focus the year on developing a culture to unite students who were coming from four different schools. “The first challenge was just really getting everybody on the same page culturally— what we want our band to look like and how we want things to go,” Densley said. “I think we’re starting to figure that out, and I think the trophies and awards and scoring well has been a product of figuring ourselves out as a band and of the kids working hard.” Only halfway through the competition season, Mountain Ridge’s marching band had earned two first-place and one third-place award. Their next opportunity for “hardware” for the display case is at the Nov. 8 marching band state championship in St. George. Theater students began the year stretch-

Mountain Ridge marching band sweeps their division at the Rocky Mountain Invitational. (James Densley/ Mountain Ridge High School)

ing their theatrical muscles at the High School Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. Most students received superior ratings in their individual events. “We showed really well,” said theater

teacher Bradley Moss. “I think we were successful in what we wanted to do. We had a smaller team, just because we don’t have as many seniors involved this year.” Dance Company’s dance ensemble took




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Multiple trophies are displayed in band director James Densley’s office the morning after the marching band swept their division at competition. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

third place in their division at Shakespeare Festival, which was a great way to introduce the community to the level of performance they can expect from Mountain Ridge dance company director Zoey White and her team.

“Obviously, that helps her program,” Kochevar said. “Kids will want to come and be part of our programs.” Choir competitions occur later in the school year, but director Kelly DeHaan is al-

ready preparing students for their spring tour next April. Mountain Ridge choir, band and orchestra students will travel to Los Angeles to compete in music festivals, perform in Disneyland and participate in clinics at the

University of Southern California. Orchestra students are also preparing to compete in regionals this spring and hope to advance to state. “I’ve always had my groups go to state every year, so I assume this year will be the same,” said orchestra director Meagan Thorup. “I have no doubt they will go to state, and we will get plaques and trophies.” To prepare for the spring tour, orchestra students have been fundraising. They sold coupon books in September and held a Fall Festival for the community Oct. 18. “I wanted to do a fundraiser where we would get a larger percent of the profit, as well as something that’s fun that people would really enjoy,” Thorup said. “It brings the kids together and gets them involved and gets the community involved—it is to raise awareness that we’re here.” Kochevar said community support for the school has been amazing. Community members donated to the orchestra fund at the Fall Festival by purchasing of tickets for games, face painting, pumpkin bowling, eating doughnuts off a string and pumpkin decorating. “We would like to make Fall Festival a tradition that we do every year that people look forward to,” Thorup said. “The students are excited about it, and the community gets excited about it—that’s my vision.” Mountain Ridge orchestra’s next fundraiser will be a spirit night at the Cafe Zupas in Mountain View Village Nov. 26. l

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A few things you should know about the Stars By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Stars players spend time signing autographs after the games for fans. (Photo courtesy of The Salt Lake City Stars)


he Salt Lake City Stars, the G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, enjoyed their most successful season last year. As the 2019–20 season approaches, there are a few things you should know about this team. This is the fourth season for the Stars in Taylorsville at Bruin Arena on the campus of Salt Lake Community College. They were previously the Idaho Stampede before they moved to their current home.

Last season, the Stars earned a playoff berth for the first time since the team moved here. They were eliminated in the first round by the Oklahoma City Blue. The home opener is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15 against the defending G League champion Rio Grande Vipers, the Houston Rockets affiliate. The Stars beat them three times last season. On the schedule this season are 24 home

games; 13 of those fall on a Friday or Saturday night. Home games include a kid zone and autograph sessions. Single-game, group packages and season tickets are now available and range in pricing. The Stars’ roster has begun to take shape. On Sept. 21 (after press deadline) they held an open tryout. Also securing spots on the roster are Jazz draftees Jarrell Brantley and Justin Wright-Foreman. In July, they signed two-way contracts with the Jazz and will split time between the Stars and Jazz. League rosters are made up of 12 players; two of those are NBA players (Brantley and Wright-Foreman). The remaining players are signed to league contracts and assigned to teams throughout the league by drafts and as allocation players (a player with a local tie, like a University of Utah player to the Stars). One player from each local tryout could also be assigned to the roster. The minimum age to play in the G League is 18, which different from the NBA minimum of 19. The base annual salary is $35,000 plus housing and insurance benefits. If a player is picked up by an NBA team, they can earn a bonus plus a new contract. Martin Schiller is returning for his third season as the team’s head coach. He spent his summer coaching during the Jazz summer league and with the German National Team

in the FIBA World Cup. Several players have G League experience on NBA rosters, including Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Royce O’Neal, and Jazz head coach Quinn Snyder. The League is also a proving ground for front office personnel and officials. The NBA has also experimented with rule changes to help grow its game in the G League. l

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A visit from traveling art truck inspires students to dream By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


contemporary art piece, created by students at Escalante Elementary in Rose Park, inspired students at Oquirrh Hills Middle School in Riverton to think about work, community, and their dream jobs. The exhibit, made in partnership with Frameworks Arts, KRCL public Radio, and Salt Lake Public Library, was entitled “Work: An Audio Visual of Experience of Effortful Lives.” Elementary students interviewed and photographed family and community members at work. The exhibit is touring schools around the state inside the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (OMOCA) Art Truck. UMOCA stated its goal for the project was for students to come away from the experience with “a greater understanding of our communities work efforts, a motivation to talk about passionate work, and the ability to make connections with a larger community through group projects.” Lindsey Nelson, who teaches drawing and ceramics art classes at Oquirrh Hills Middle School, said it was a good experience for her students who usually only get to look at their own art. “This is just a whole different experience,” Nelson said. “They don’t ever really get to be part of the whole presenting aspect

of art.” She said the exhibit was more than just about art. “Since the exhibit is about working, I hope they start thinking about what they want to do with their future, even though it’s far out,” Nelson said. Erin Hartley, art educator for OMOCA, spoke with students about the project inside the truck. She encouraged them to think about several interests and options because 40 years is a long time to stay in one career. Ninth grader Riley Costagno said she is thinking about becoming a sign language interpreter. Her plan is to take ASL classes in high school to work toward that dream job. “It’s better to start now to figure out what your passion is and what opportunities you have and then go from there,” Riley said. Steve Cherry, head counselor at OHMS, said middle school is an ideal time for students to be thinking about what they are interested in doing as a career. “The earlier they have an interest, the more they can take classes in that specific area to really find out if that’s what they like or not,” Cherry said. This saves them time and money in college. He encourages students to participate in specialized programs offered at the district’s JATC campus to give

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them a head start in their careers. This year’s Art Truck was a photography and audio piece on community jobs. Last year focused on art that highlighted local plants, and the year before was a macramé sculpture of a bee. “Most of the time, the Art Truck is focused on community and what’s your part in it and how you can help out,” Hartley said. As Arts Administrator for Riverton City, Vicki Wartman is thrilled to have the OMOCA Art Truck as an outreach resource. “It’s a great concept to be able to have traveling art,” she said. Because she is also a hall monitor at OHMS, Wartman arranged for the Art Truck’s visit. She believes it’s important to provide art opportunities for students and is contacting other administrators in the area about the art truck. “I’d like to reach out to as many Riverton schools as possible,” Wartman said. Nelson said the Art Truck was a convenient enrichment experience that only took one hour out of the students’ day. “They actually get the opportunity to go and check out art without having to go all the way to the museum and make a field trip day out of it,” she said. For more information or to request a visit by the Art Truck, contact Erin Hartley at

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You’d be ‘Crazy’ not to ‘Earnest’ly brave the ‘Frozen’ weather to see these ‘Act’s By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


ocal middle and high school talent hits the stage this fall with song, dance and comedy. Herriman High School presents “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” by Oscar Wilde, Nov. 13–16. Performances are at 7 p.m., as well as a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee at 11917 South Mustang Trail Way. Tickets available at the door or in advance at http://our.show/ herrimanhighschool/earnest. The story revolves around the ridiculous behaviors of young people when are smitten with one another. “The students have been having a lot of fun seeing how theater reflects their own lives with their little high school romances and things like that, so it’s just been fun,” said director KayCee DeYoung. “Even when we’re very serious about things ourselves, when you’re on the outside of a situation, you sometimes can look in on it and see the silliness.” DeYoung is excited to be presenting a comedic show this year. In the last few years, HHS’s shows have been more sentimental and serious. “They punched people in the heart, and I decided we needed to tickle their hearts this year instead,” she said. Copper Mountain Middle School is the first in the school district to perform “Frozen Jr,” based on the Broadway version of the popular Disney movie. The show runs Nov. 14–16 at 12106 Anthem Park Blvd. Shows are at 7 p.m., with a Saturday afternoon matinee. Tickets are $4. While “Frozen Jr” is slightly different than the movie, it will have everything audiences expect—favorite characters, beloved songs and, of course, magical snowfall. Eighth grader Elizabeth Birkner, who plays Elsa, said new songs unveil a different perspective of the characters and make them

The cast of “Frozen Jr” rehearses for their performance. (Photo by Allie Hoskins)

even more relatable. “I love this musical,” she said. “It’s so much better than the movie. I think you get more depth to the characters.” Ninth grader Allie Hoskins, who plays the role of Anna, said live theater will provide audiences with a different experience than watching a movie. “You can feel how they’re feeling because it’s live—it’s right in front of you,” she said. “You can see everything that they’re doing and everything that they’re going through. It really brings a whole different feeling to it. Playing the role of Hans is a challenge

ninth grader Landon Dee was thrilled to accept. He said the contrast between “Love is an Open Door,” when he plays the charming prince, and “Colder by the Minute,” when he is revealed as the despicable villain, is what he likes best about the role. Ultimately, the cast hopes audiences will come away with the show’s message of the warmth of family love. “I’m hoping that they get a real sense of family—that’s what the show is really about,” said CMMS theater teacher Alex Waller. “It’s about family love. It’s about being there for your sisters—or brothers—when they need you.”

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Waller has created that feeling among the 39 cast members. “He made everyone feel safe at rehearsals and made sure that people know that people are there for them and that they’re loved,” she said. “It has made it feel more like a family.” Riverton High School will perform George Gershwin’s musical “Crazy for You,” winner of a Tony Award for Best Musical. Nov. 21, 22, 23 and 25 at 7 p.m. at 12476 South Silverwolf Way. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance in the main office, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Credit cards (except American Express) are accepted. All seating is general admission, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. All Riverton High students will get buy-one-getone-free tickets for the Nov. 21 performance. “Crazy for You” is a zany, rich-boymeets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, said director Clin Eaton. It features memorable Gershwin tunes such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” “This show is a fun, old-fashioned musical comedy with show girls, tap dancing and lots of laughter,” Eaton said. “We have 20 featured tap dancers that range from super experienced to putting on tap shoes for the first time. Our choreographer, Alexis Ziga, is a fantastic tap dance choreographer and is pushing them to do really hard things.” Mountain Ridge High School makes its theatrical debut with a performance of “Sister Act,” featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, Nov 21–25 at 7 p.m., 14100 Sentinel Ridge Blvd. Tickets are $8. Disco diva Deloris Van Cartier hides from her Continued page 29

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Continued from page 28 gangster ex-boyfriend in a convent. Her worldy ways and disco moves cause a stir when she joins the convent’s choir. In the end, Mother Superior learns to see past her first impression of Deloris to see the goodness in her. Deloris’ interactions with those on the other extreme end of the lifestyle spectrum open her eyes to what has been missing from her life. Mountain Ridge theater teacher Bradley Moss said the musical is a fun show with a good message. “It’s really the story of Deloris and Mother Superior, two people who are very rigid in their views and don’t see that they

could learn or connect with the other,” said Moss. “They recognize the love that they have for each other and that they are more similar than they are different.” It’s a lesson we all can relate to, he said. “Sometimes we place people in categories,” he said. “But there’s a goodness in the humanity in us all that, if we can recognize that, we can connect more often than disconnect.” Creating connection has been an essential element in bringing together a cast of 55 students who come from six different schools and various training, background and experience.

The best compliment you can give “There’s a couple of ways that people give compliments to theatre shows in high school,” DeYoung said. “There’s one way that’s not preferred and there’s one way that’s awesome—and they almost sound exactly the same.”She hopes audiences will say, “That was a high school show? It was so good!” instead of “That was so good-- for a high school show!”

“We are a hodgepodge,” Moss said. “But there’s nothing like a project like this to bring students together.” “Sister Act” was chosen before the school year began, before Moss knew the students he would have to work with. However, choir director Kelly DeHaan had noted several strong female singers during last spring’s choir auditions and knew “Sister Act” would be a great play to showcase them. Senior Rylan Benson was cast to play the lead role of Deloris. “She’s the most mature actress I’ve had a chance to work with in high school,” said DeHaan. “Her audition was so lovely. When she opened her mouth to sing, it was just powerful, full and earthy—and ’70’s. It was

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Dancers celebrate life to the tune of suicide prevention By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

“So You Think You Can Dance” season 15 champion Hannahlei Cabanilla performs for suicide prevention awareness. (Photo by Stephanie Lund)


an dancing help prevent suicide? Dance instructor Kristin Barlow believes young people can have a more positive outlook on life when they are part of a team or group. She created Dance for Life Nation, which provides anti-bullying assemblies and free ballet programs to Box Elder County schools. Barlow hopes to expand programs to Salt Lake-area schools. “We’re going into the schools, and we’re trying to use dance as a way to get kids involved and off their devices and getting out of feeling isolated,” she said. “We’re trying to use that to help build self-esteem, help build confidence and get kids involved.” Members of Riverton High School’s drill team know how therapeutic dance can be. “Dance helps me the most with my challenges in life,” said Hallie Kearns. “You can express yourself in movement that you can’t do with words.” “Dance helps me express how I feel,” said Hannah Watkins. “If I’m having a hard day, I know I can count on dance to let go and release my emotions by pushing myself in dance and letting my emotion take over my dancing.” “Dance is my escape from the world,” said Madi Ratliff. “Whenever I’m feeling down or upset, I always turn to a good dance combo.” Riverton High School’s drill team was one of 15 high school drill and dance teams invited to perform at Barlows’s second annual Dance for Life Suicide Prevention Charity Gala, held Sept. 28 at Copper Hills High School. Barlow, who has been involved in the

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dance industry for 28 years, wanted to raise awareness in response to the high rate of suicide in Utah. Instead of a walk for life, she decided to organize the Dance for Life event. “So You Think You Can Dance” season 15 champion Hannahlei Cabanilla was the guest dancer and provided a master class for local dancers. “It’s just a good, hopeful event for the great dance community to come together to bring awareness to the issue and to show unity for this cause,” Barlow said. The event provided mental health resources and an opportunity for those touched by suicide to talk together. Guest speakers at the matinee and evening show included Mrs. Utah America 2019 Alisha Staggs (former head coach of Taylorsville High drill team), mental health expert Christy Kane, Ph.D., and Rep. Ben McAdams. In addition to 15 local high school drill and dance teams, professional dance groups such as BYU Ballroom and Ballet West as well as local dance studios were invited to perform. Lexi Labrum, Riverton High’s drill team coach, said the event was an incredible experience for both coaches and dancers. She said drill team is a competitive sport that can cause dancers to get caught up in comparing themselves with others. “Dance for Life provided a wonderful opportunity for us to take a step back and remember that we are wonderful and so are so many around us,” she said. “It truly was a moment for us to dance in honor of our lives and for those that we can remember as well. It was a great reminder that we are lucky to be doing what we are doing and that we all are enough.” l

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contemporary art piece, created by students at Escalante Elementary in Rose Park, inspired students at Oquirrh Hills Middle School in Riverton to think about work, community, and their dream jobs. The exhibit, made in partnership with Frameworks Arts, KRCL public Radio, and Salt Lake Public Library, was entitled “Work: An Audio Visual of Experience of Effortful Lives.” Elementary students interviewed and photographed family and community members at work. The exhibit is touring schools around the state inside the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (OMOCA) Art Truck. UMOCA stated its goal for the project was for students to come away from the experience with “a greater understanding of our communities work efforts, a motivation to talk about passionate work, and the ability to make connections with a larger community through group projects.” Lindsey Nelson, who teaches drawing and ceramics art classes at Oquirrh Hills Middle School, said it was a good experience for her students who usually only get to look at their own art. “This is just a whole different experience,” Nelson said. “They don’t ever really get to be part of the whole presenting aspect of art.” She said the exhibit was more than just about art. “Since the exhibit is about working, I hope they start thinking about what they want to do with their future, even though it’s far out,” Nelson said. Erin Hartley, art educator for OMOCA, spoke with students about the project inside the truck. She encouraged them to think about several interests and options because 40 years is a long time to stay in one career. Ninth grader Riley Costagno said she is thinking about becoming a sign language interpreter. Her plan is to take ASL classes in high school to work toward that dream job.

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“It’s better to start now to figure out what your passion is and what opportunities you have and then go from there,” Riley said. Steve Cherry, head counselor at OHMS, said middle school is an ideal time for students to be thinking about what they are interested in doing as a career. “The earlier they have an interest, the more they can take classes in that specific area to really find out if that’s what they like or not,” Cherry said. This saves them time and money in college. He encourages students to participate in specialized programs offered at the district’s JATC campus to give them a head start in their careers. This year’s Art Truck was a photography and audio piece on community jobs. Last year focused on art that highlighted local plants, and the year before was a macramé sculpture of a bee. “Most of the time, the Art Truck is focused on community and what’s your part in it and how you can help out,” Hartley said. As Arts Administrator for Riverton City, Vicki Wartman is thrilled to have the OMOCA Art Truck as an outreach resource. “It’s a great concept to be able to have traveling art,” she said. Because she is also a hall monitor at OHMS, Wartman arranged for the Art Truck’s visit. She believes it’s important to provide art opportunities for students and is contacting other administrators in the area about the art truck. “I’d like to reach out to as many Riverton schools as possible,” Wartman said. Nelson said the Art Truck was a convenient enrichment experience that only took one hour out of the students’ day. “They actually get the opportunity to go and check out art without having to go all the way to the museum and make a field trip day out of it,” she said. For more information or to request a visit by the Art Truck, contact Erin Hartley at C erin.hartley@utahmoca.org or call 801-328- J 4201, extension 124. l

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hanksgiving, aka Turkey Day, is rarely about the turkey anymore, as the percentage of herbivores continues to rise. Thanksgiving isn’t as common anymore either, it seems that “Friendsgiving” is much more prominent. Just as the traditional food and holiday is favoring alternatives, you might need some alternatives for the holiday cooking as well. Since it’s rumored (dare I say, proven?) that the price of turkey spikes for the holiday, let’s find a cheaper alternative for that. Don’t worry, if you’re a diehard carnivore, there’s still meat alternatives for you: which may include stew meat, ham, chicken or fish. Fantastic vegetarian and vegan alternatives exist for everything Thanksgiving. Alternatives to turkey include: cauliflower steaks, pot pie, mushroom Wellington, cauliflower alfredo, gobi musallam (whole roasted cauliflower) and lasagna soup. Alternatives to gravy include: soup, mushroom gravy and onion gravy. Alternatives to stuffing include: stuffed acorn squash or bell peppers, mushroom croissant stuffing and carrot soufflés. Alternatives to mashed potatoes include cauliflower gratin, mac and cheese (preferably topped with bread crumbs), sweet potatoes and scalloped corn casserole. And well, as long as you’re not tossing milk and meat into everything you’re cooking, you won’t need to alter your favorite recipe for green bean casserole, dinner rolls,

cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Luckily, there are many dishes that can appease both the carnivores and herbivores. Sometimes, you just need to split the batch of whatever you’re cooking in half; leaving half for the vegetarians and vegans and half for the carnivores. Pizza, pasta, rice bowls and mashed potatoes all work great for compromise dishes. (Please be mindful of the kitchenware you’re using when cooking these dishes as some vegetarians have nightmares about cross-contamination.) Make sure not to forget the salad! Thanksgiving is a great time to get crazy with salads. Go fruity with a grape salad, a Honeycrisp apple salad, a pear salad, pomegranate salad or a mango-berry salad. Throw some fruit on top of your leafy greens, and you can’t go wrong. Or get rid of those leafy greens altogether and make a “fluff” or Jell-O salad. If you go this route though, read the ingredients on the package—some fluffs and Jell-O’s are not vegan friendly. Now, if you haven’t jumped onboard with Friendsgiving yet, consider this your formal invitation. It’s a holiday-themed event centered around fantastic food and friends that doesn’t involve the risk of (politically-charged) arguments with the relatives. If you are hosting or attending a Friendsgiving, you have more options. Since Friendsgiving usually functions more like a potluck, the more extravagant you get with


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andwiched between October and December, November is the bologna of months. Everyone pulls it out, gives it a sniff, then tosses it in the trash. Once Halloween is over, we blast into a frenzy of Christmas shopping and decorating, forgetting all about this beautiful month full of autumn leaves, crisp apples and carb overload. We need a marketing team to change the perception of November from “Brownish month when we count our blessings” to “A kaleidoscope of excitement. And pie.” Okay, maybe “kaleidoscope” is overkill, and it’s hard to spell, but you get the idea. Thanksgiving continues its reign as the best holiday between Halloween and Christmas but even the cherished turkey day has its opponents. It’s almost impossible to tell the origin story of Thanksgiving without pissing someone off. Let’s just say people living in America (probably not its original name) in the 1600s created the first Chuck-A-Rama, minus the carrot-filled Jell-O. In the U.S., any holiday that has the tagline “An Attitude of Gratitude” is doomed from the start but what if we created a terrifying mascot? People like threats and merchandising. What if Gerta the Ghoulishly Grateful Goose (sold as a freakish Beanie Babies stuffed animal) flies into your bedroom on Thanksgiving Eve to make sure you’re being thankful. Not enough gratitude? She pecks your forehead and flies off with your pumpkin


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