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olice work as we know it today arguably started in England, when the Metropolitan Police Force in London was created. It made law enforcement more organized, consistent and accountable to the public. That organization was born on September 29, 1829. On that same day, 189 years later, the Herriman Police Department was born. That connection was noted by new police chief Troy Carr during the new department’s swearing-in ceremony at Copper Mountain

Middle School. Just five months earlier, the Herriman City Council voted unanimously to end its affiliation with the Unified Police Department and form its own police department. City council members were concerned about “a lack of transparency and unresponsiveness with UPD, overpaying for minimal officer presence and a desire to better control its law enforcement distribution as reasons for the withdrawal,” the South Valley Journal reported at the time.

Since that time, it has been an enormous undertaking to create an entirely new police department, said Councilman Jared Henderson during the swearing-in ceremony. “Everyone who has been a part of this has taken time off from what they normally do,” Henderson said. It has been a Herculean task.” In June, Troy Carr was selected to be the department’s very first chief. Carr had previously served as the Herriman precinct chief for UPD. Chad Reyes was also chosen to be the

deputy chief, and Cody Stromberg and Brian Weidmer were chosen to be the department’s first lieutenants. Judge Paul Farr of the 3rd District Court, swore in 31 additional officers as well as five support staff members and two K9s. “Yours will sometimes be a thankless job,” Farr told the officers prior the swearing-in. “None of you took this job to get rich. Sometimes the actions you will take will be unpopular or criticized by others. Much of the good that you do will go unseen.” Mayor David Watts credited the officers of the new department and their families for the rapid assembly of a brand new department. “As a council, we do not feel we deserve the credit for what has been created,” he said. “We believe that the men and women here and their families have done in four months what would normally have taken a year.” Henderson also spoke about the long hours of hard work that was required to form the new department, but also said the city’s job was far from finished. “This is not our destination,” he said. “Our destination is always on the horizon. It’s more of an ideal.” l

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raper City will present its annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Honoring All Who Served event on Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. near the willow tree in Draper Park. The ceremony is “a show of the community’s gratitude to all who have served or are serving,” said Draper Parks Events Coordinator David Wilks. It is a free event open to everyone. The ceremony will begin with a performance of the national anthem by the Draper Elementary School Choir. Choir co-director Madison Ellingson said, “We are excited to be performing at the Draper Veterans Day Ceremony for the second year this year!” The choir will also sing “God Bless the USA” later in the program. Participating in this event holds important lessons for the children. “We often talk about how special and respectful these songs are. We talk about why we put our hand over our heart for the national anthem and why ‘God Bless the USA’ makes so many people emotional. It is a great thing that we are able to be a part of in our wonderful community,” said Ellingson. The Utah National Guard will provide a color guard. The color guard, comprised of servicemen and women in dress uniform will post both the flag of the United States and the Utah state flag. Many find this to be the most moving part of the ceremony. This year’s keynote speaker is Sgt. 1st Class Vincent “Rocco” Vargas, a decorated Army Ranger, an Army Reserve drill sergeant and a former member of the Border Patrol. Vargas was deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 2nd Battalion. A California native, Vargas recently moved to Herriman and opened a barber shop in downtown Salt Lake City. He also operates a number of social media businesses. In addition to those business ventures and being a dedicated and passionate advocate for veterans, Vargas is also an actor. Currently he is co-starring in “Mayans M.C.,” which premiered in September on FX. The show, which is a spin-off of the “Sons of Anarchy” series, is a drama about the Mayans Motorcycle Club and their conflicts in a fictional California bor-

The Draper Veterans Day Ceremony in 2017. (Photo courtesy David Wilks/ Draper Parks and Recreation)

Sgt. 1st Class Vincent “Rocco” Vargas will speak at this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony. (Photo courtesy Vincent “Rocco” Vargas)

der town. As an actor, Vargas feels he is setting an example for other vets. Vargas speaks to veterans across the country. His message is that it’s OK to seek out help and counseling — whatever they need to ensure their health and success in civilian life. He also acknowledges that when one person serves their country, their whole family serves. “Veterans Day is as much in support of those who have served our country in peacetime and conflict, as it is for the families that sacrifice their time with spouses, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers in support of our free-

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dom,” said Vargas. As the Draper Veterans Day Ceremony concludes, a bugler will play taps from on top of the hill near the willow tree in Draper Park. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Draper North Park Pavilion. Draper Park is located at 12500 South 1300 East in Draper. For more information on the Veterans Day ceremony or to arrange special accommodations, please contact David Wilks at 801-576-6584. l

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Utah mayors sign agreement to work on idle free initiatives By Heather Lawrence | “It’s so very important for our citizens to understand the impact of idling on their children,” said Diane Turner, Council Chair of Murray. Murray and other cities were recognized Sept. 18 for idle free initiatives at the 11th annual Idle Free Governor’s Declaration event. Also showcased was the winner from this year’s student poster contest. Eight Utah cities were recognized by the governor’s office at an event held at the City and County Building in Salt Lake City. Seventy-one Utah cities have committed to put idle free practices into effect. The eight cities recognized for their clean air efforts were Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Logan, Murray, Park City, Salt Lake City and Sandy. The event also highlighted a poster contest for students in the Cache Valley area. The contest, sponsored by Professors Roslynn Brain McCann and Ed Stafford of Utah State University, who encouraged students to make posters with idle free and clean air themes. This year’s poster contest garnered 550 entries. “The contest engages students who are just learning to drive, so it’s a great opportunity for education. We gave those who participated a post evaluation, and all of them reported improved understanding of idle free practices,” said Roslynn McCann. The contest also gave them an outlet to practice marketing skills. Entries came from art, business and environmental science classes. Brain McCann hopes the contest will be available to more school districts in the future and urges schools to reach out to her at roslynn.mccann@ Eight cities were recognized Sept. 18 for the idle free efforts. L to R, back row: Mayor Mike Peterson of Cottonwood Heights; Vicki Bennett, Director of Sustainability, Salt Lake City Mayor’s office; Zach Robinson of Sandy City Council; Mayor Rob Dahle of Holladay; Luke Carlton, City Manager for Park City. Front row: Mayor D. Blair Camp of if they want more information. Other speakers at the event included Salt ray; Dr. Laura Nelson, Energy Adviser, Governor’s Office of Energy Development. Lake Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Dr. Laura Nelson (Heather Lawrence/City Journals) of the Governor’s Energy Office, Thom Carter of this issue. “The real impetus for us came from our residents. They UCAIR, Representative Patrice Arent of the Bi-Partisan Utah Clean approached us. We had several groups of young students come to Air Caucus, Steve Bergstrom of Intermountain Healthcare and city council meetings and say to us, ‘Hey, this is what we want to Brain McCann. see happen.’ That’s why we jumped on board,” said Mayor Mike Intermountain Healthcare’s representative said that they have Peterson of Cottonwood Heights. 750 fleet vehicles which do 12 million miles annually. “Idling is The mayors agreed that when you educate kids they will encostly because idling equals zero miles per gallon,” Bergstrom said. force it with their parents. This concept was demonstrated in a winWith improved monitoring and education, some numbers have imning poster from 2015 by then Logan High student Hailey Dennis. proved. “Where home care was idling their vehicles a total of 120 On a blue background, there is a single image of a child in a bold hours per month, now they are down to 45 hours per month. We pose. The caption reads, “My mom idles less than your mom!” see the effects of poor air quality every day in the patients we treat, Representative Arent’s comments echoed this idea. “We want and would rather not have to be treating the results of bad air,” said to make idling as socially unacceptable as throwing litter out the car Bergstrom. window. Education has always been a big part of what we are workMayors who were recognized were quick to give their constiting on. This whole effort is about education and teaching the public uents the credit for clean air efforts. about idling: why it’s not good for their health, their pocketbook, or “I think the idle free ordinance sends a message that every inditheir car,” Arent said. “The air we breathe is not Republican air, it’s vidual has a part to play and it can’t just be someone else’s problem. not Democratic air. It’s everyone’s air.” You can be a part of the solution. For example, we have a mom here The past winners of the contest can be seen online at cleanairconin the Holladay area, Crystal Bruner Harris, who has started idle free l events at schools,” said Mayor Rob Dahle. (See Holladay Journal’s article on Crystal Bruner Harris titled, “Clean Air Crusader.”) Murray Mayor D. Blair Camp agreed. “We have a very tenacious council member Diane Turner who made a promise when she was running for council that she would push through an ordinance on idle free. She has really raised the awareness of other council members and the community. That’s what it’s really all about — This poster, a 2015 winner in the Clean Air Contest in Cache Valley, was awareness,” said Camp. submitted by then Logan High student Hailey Dennis. (Reprinted with perThe mayors also put emphasis on children as the leaders for mission, Clean Air Contest)

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New prescription drug drop box at Petersen’s Fresh Market By Mariden Williams |


new prescription drug drop box has been installed at Peterson’s Fresh Market Pharmacy in Riverton. Prior to the installation, Riverton had only two prescription drug drop boxes: one at Intermountain Riverton Hospital and one at the Unified Police Department’s Riverton precinct building. The drop box installation came to fruition through a collaboration between Intermountain Healthcare, Riverton City’s Healthy Riverton committee and Peterson’s Fresh Market. The idea came about in a Healthy Riverton committee meeting where committee member and

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Intermountain Healthcare Community Health Manager Nathan Peterson suggested that another drop box was needed in the city. Utah has the seventh-highest drug overdose rate in the country. Every week, six Utahns die from an opioid overdose. “Leftover prescriptions are responsible for much of Utah’s opioid addiction,” said Peterson. “In fact, 74 percent of Utahns addicted to opioids currently get them from a friend or family member. Prevention needs to be part of the community solution to this problem, and drop boxes are part of that solution.” Opioids aren’t like antibiotics, where you need to finish the full prescription for maximum efficacy. The sooner you stop taking them, the better. As soon as you don’t need them anymore, it’s best to dispose of them, or you could be at risk of developing a dependency or addiction. Community members are encouraged to use the new drop box and to urge others to do the same. “This drop box will make disposal of leftover or expired prescription medication very convenient for members of our community,” said Lisa Carter, chair of the Healthy Riverton committee. “We hope that people will use this

Members of the Healthy Riverton committee celebrate the installation of a new prescription drug drop off box at Peterson’s Fresh Market. (Riverton City Communications)

drop box to help ensure prescription medications don’t fall into the wrong hands or become misused.” The drop box at Peterson’s Fresh Market

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Another policeman for Riverton middle schools By Mariden Williams |


oth Oquirrh Hills and South Hills middle schools now have dedicated full-time school resource police officers, a change made in light of a safety advisory meeting held in June. Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs convened a meeting with local school principals, Jordan School District officials, law enforcement personnel, emergency services personnel and Riverton officials for a discussion on school safety at the local level. A recommendation was made at that meeting that a second school resource officer be added to serve the middle schools in the city, which has since been done. “The message from the meeting with local school and city officials was loud and clear,” said Staggs. “I’m thrilled that we are able to provide a second school resource officer for our middle schools who will be dedicated to protecting our kids that attend those schools.” Riverton’s new school resource officer, Officer John Clark, will be joining Officer Dallin Thompson in serving Oquirrh Hills and South Hills middle schools. Clark had previously been assigned traffic control duties in Riverton. The assignment of which officer will work at which school will be made in the days ahead. School resource officers are commissioned, sworn law enforcement officers, not security guards. They are deployed by actual

police departments—in this case, the Unified Police Department. The National Association of School Resource Officers recommends that school resource officers carry the same equipment that they would on any other law enforcement assignment, although some jurisdictions forbid their officers from carrying firearms on school campuses. The presence of police officers in schools has been shown to reduce property damage in and around the school, reduce the need for schools to call 911, reduce the likelihood of students getting criminal records and increase feelings of safety among students and staff. In active shooter situations, they are trained to move directly to and neutralize the threat as quickly as possible. “With several children in school, I am happy that our city can have an additional school resource officer,” said Councilwoman Tawnee McCay. “This helps reduce truancy and improves relations between young people and police officers. It also helps our students and teachers feel more safe.” Clark and Thompson aren’t Riverton’s only school resource officers. Officer Tom Loevlie has been in place for some time at Riverton High School, and the city’s elementary schools are served by DARE officer Tom Burton. According to Staggs, city officials will


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Herriman passes on vehicle charging stations for now By Travis Barton |

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After discussions in September about possibly adding five or six charging stations to the city hall parking lot, the city council ultimately decided now wasn’t the right time. “I would rather use the money elsewhere,” said Councilwoman Nicole Martin said during the Sept. 26 work meeting. That money would be the $36,000 the council originally approved to purchase and install electric vehicle supply equipment, according to city documents. Research from city staff — which included discussions with Rocky Mountain Power and electric car suppliers and consultants—found it would cost a little over $31,000 to install five stations with an additional $3,250 annually in ongoing costs for maintenance, utility, and data and reporting. Though the sale of electric vehicles continues to grow, up from 17,425 in 2011 to 199,826 in 2017 according to, councilmembers were hesitant on the value to the city and whether it was the government’s responsibility to provide charging stations for residents to use. “Realistically, how many of our residents are even using this, or how many will jump on this?” asked Martin. “Is the 32,000 worth both of those things, particularly if it’s serving such a

small percentage of residents to make it simply not a good [return on investment] on those tax dollars?” And whether it was the government’s responsibility to provide charging stations for residents to use. “My only thing is nobody is paying for the gas in my car,” said Councilwoman Sherrie Ohrn. “I come to the city, and nobody’s there to fill up my car.” She could understand a business installing a port to entice customers, but to use taxpayer money for electric cars and not gas powered cars was questionable. City staff suggested it might be more about sending a message to residents that city leaders are striving to do its part to help with air quality. “The No. 1 issue that’s affecting business and this valley is air pollution,” said Assistant City Manager Gordon Haight. The biggest contributor to poor air quality, Martin said, was the transportation system “so that we’re not sitting on the freeway or Bangerter polluting the air for an hour like I was today because I had nowhere to go.” There are three levels of charging stations for electric vehicles. Level one nets the user 3–5 miles for every hour of charge; level two gets 10–20 miles (and is most cost effective); and level three nets an 80 percent charge in 20– 30 minutes (and is the most expensive). Two different types of stations also exist,

Electric car sales are on the rise, Herriman elected officials recently decided not to purchase and install five charging stations for city hall. (Pixabay)

network and non network. Network costs more (the $3,250 annual ongoing costs) but would give them the opportunity to set their own parameters for its use — time limits, assign certain rates, collect rates, collect data and reporting. Mayor David Watts was also concerned about the stations staying relevant, with technology advancing so quickly. “What’s to say this isn’t out of date in a few years?” he asked. A few city employees use electric vehicles.

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One of them, City Planner Bryn McCarty, said it could be more of a destination point. She uses hers to drive to Park City, where she can charge for a few hours while she shops the outlets. McCarty suggested the charging station here would be used for those coming to use city amenities. Councilman Clint Smith said in the future “it’s something that we may need to look at. For city hall, I don’t think we’re there yet. I believe in it, I just don’t think we’re there yet.” l


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John Ward Plaza officially dedicated at Mountain View Village By Mariden Williams |


n Sep. 27, a dedication ceremony was held for the John Ward Plaza at Riverton’s new Mountain View Village shopping center. Before his sudden and unexpected passing in early

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Teachers use every trick in the book to teach literacy Jet Burnham |

Teens have a coffee shop-type gathering place in the school library where they can read and share ideas.


thlos Academy teachers know that parent involvement is key to their child’s development of literacy. “We want to teach the parents as well as the students that reading is important and that we all need to be on the same page with it,” said Courtney Haake, public relations specialist at Athlos, a charter school located at 12309 South Mustang Trail Way. Teachers opened their classrooms on Sept. 20 for Literacy Night to show parents how literacy is taught in their classrooms. They also provided the following information and suggestions for parents to help develop their child’s reading skills at home. Create a culture To emphasize the importance of reading, staff members at Athlos have created a culture of reading. Students sing reading songs and interact with stories on Chromebooks; students read in the cafeteria and in the library lounge. “The culture of reading is really at the heart of all that we are doing,” said middle school teacher Steve Merrell. Parents are encouraged to make reading part of their family culture, letting their children see them read and providing a variety of reading materials in the home. Merrell said listening to a fluent reader helps develop comprehension skills, so parents

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should read aloud to their children no matter their age. Make a reading spot Reading at Athlos begins before school at Breakfast and Books. From the corner library in the cafeteria, students choose a book to read while they eat breakfast. Older students read independently, while younger students listen to a volunteer read a story aloud. Before and after school, middle school students have their own private reading space—a coffee shop-type lounge in the library, complete with couches, pillows, popcorn and hot cocoa. “It’s good to have a place to sit and actually read and have someone that can recommend a book that you will actually like, that will be on your level,” said Merrell. Many teachers at Athlos have carved out a reading corner in their classroom, with soft cushions and a variety of books, where students can read comfortably. They encourage parents to provide a similar special reading spot at home. Embrace technology At Athlos Academy, teachers use a digital English language program that is vertically aligned throughout the grades to provide consistent curriculum. Students interact with the program on individual Chromebooks or classroom Smart Boards.

“We use it constantly,” said kindergarten teacher Barbara Merrell. She said it is one of the most effective ways to make use of the few hours a day she has with her students. Middle school students easily embrace the digital format. Reading assignments are supplemented with video “trailers” to get students excited to read a novel. Students also watch videos segments of teens involved in literary discussions, modeling a variety of skills needed to engage in their own discussions. Steve Merrell takes advantage of teen culture to encourage online literary chats and digital blasts—140-character responses similar to a tweet—to review books. Screen time Second-grade teacher Stephanie Burton has advice that may surprise parents—use TV time as reading time. “The new trend is to watch TV with the subtitles on,” she said. To hear and see the words at the same time helps the auditory and visual learners make a better connection, she said. Steve Merrell suggests students listen to audiobooks while they follow along with their book. “One of the No. 1 supports for struggling readers is actually being able to read and listen,” he said.

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Get physical Burton invites her students to learn through movement. She asks her second-graders to put their hand on their head when they hear the “sound of the week” or one of their vocabulary words. She said students learn sight words better when they write each letter of the word in the air—combining kinesthetic, visual and auditory learning. Make it relatable “A teacher’s job is to help students make the connections to make sense in their world,” said Steve Merrell. He encourages his students to read a text and then apply it to their own experience. Recently, his students read an article about why kids play video games and whether they are beneficial or not. The article became the basis of a research project and a debate topic. “It’s just a solid curriculum to springboard into student interest,” he said. “It’s about feeding that energy that comes out of these lessons.” The stories fourth-graders in Sherri Anderson’s class read to study specific grammatical elements are often about a familiar social experience or relate to other class subjects. “A lot of what we’re learning and reading about are things the kids can really relate to,” said Anderson. Get on their level Althos’ digital reading program provides differentiated reading texts for all subjects for their middle school students. Students read the same passage, but to ensure it is neither too easy nor too difficult, the program customizes the length, vocabulary and text complexity to individual levels of literacy. “There’s just a lot of autonomy for the student, and I think, ultimately, that’s what transitions a student from being reluctant in their reading and their engagement with reading,” said Steve Merrell. The range in reading abilities is most significant in a kindergarten classroom. Through the digital differentiated curriculum, homework and assignments are customized to each child— whether they are approaching, on, or above grade level. Teachers suggest parents steer their children to reading material that is on their level. Make it fun

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A culture of reading at Athlos Academy encourages students to indulge in a book.

Teachers at Athlos incorporate movement, music and games into reading activities. In kindergarten classrooms, literacy is a lot of listening to stories, singing songs and playing games. For reluctant readers, it’s important to find a book they enjoy. “The hardest thing is to find out what they’re really interested in,” said Burton. She said when a child is exposed to a variety of books, they will eventually find what sparks their interest. And once they find a series they like, they are motivated to read the subsequent books. Steve Merrell tries to incorporate a variety of assignments to shake up and unlearn the hatred for reading students may have. He wants students to discover the joy of indulging in a story as well as realize that reading is a tool to learn anything they want to. Point it out Parents may be surprised by Steve Merrell’s final advice—follow along the words with your finger as you read. He believes tracking is an advanced reading skill. Everyone (even adults) could read more efficiently if they track with a finger or pencil. Time is everything

Breakfast and Books starts the school day with an emphasis on reading for fun.

Teachers agree reading 20 minutes daily should be part of everyday homework, even during the summer. Valerie Loredo, a first-grade teacher, said the minutes add up quickly. Kids who read 20 minutes per day are exposed to more vocabulary and perform better on standardized tests.

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Behind school walls: Schools, districts address students’ concerns, needs and safety Schools and school districts provide more services than buses, textbooks By Julie Slama |


ast year, a female student in a Granite School District secondary school broke up with her boyfriend. However, before the breakup, she sent inappropriate photos of herself to him, which he then threatened to send to others. District officials were able to seize the devices, collect images and put a stop to the potential spread of child pornography, and at the same time provide comfort to the female student that those photos weren’t spread. “It was brought to our attention, so we were able to act quickly,” Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said. “We need our students to be able to feel safe to be able to learn, and once someone violates that, such as with internet safety, it impacts our school environment.” Internet safety is just one of many concerns school administrators and school district officials are managing these days, which include not having enough school bus drivers; increasing enrollment, resulting in not having enough lockers, textbooks or seats for students in class; and being concerned about going over the student limit assigned to teachers. School districts need to be concerned with medical and food issues, content material, sexual harassment and safety matters that aren’t seen by the general public. “We’re dealing with issues that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago,” Horsley said. “But we’re wanting to create an environment and a community that is safe and all-encompassing and provides resources, skills and knowledge.” Internet safety Horsley said about 80 to 85 percent of Granite schoolchildren carry a cellphone — even many low socio-economic families. “It’s considered a must-have item, but with parents working, there are many students using it without supervision and that’s when cyberbullying, sexting, viewing pornography on school property comes about,” he said, adding that the district does provide a parents’ guide for smartphones. While Horsley said the district works with administrators and, when needed, law enforcement on a case-by-case basis, a positive with cellphones has come about with the use of the SafeUT app, which allows anyone to anonymously report tips of harassment, suicide, threats, family crisis, bullying and other issues. “Granite has a 24/7 police department that can follow up on tips that are threatening, drug abuse, cutting, suicide and welfare checks,” he said, adding that the district is receiving more tips — about 1,000 last year — than their anonymous text line that has been in place for years. “We’ve had three instances where classmates have tipped us off and saved lives.” At nearby Murray School District, spokeswoman D Wright said social media is a concern. “Messaging incorrectly is something everybody is concerned about,” she said. “Our

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principals have jurisdiction first, then if needed, the school district and others are brought in. We look at the individual and what the best outcome is for our student.” Elk Meadows Elementary’s Aaron Ichimura, who has been a principal for six years in Jordan School District, said he has occasionally had to deal with postings on social media. “Usually, it’s rude comments like so-andso should have something bad happen because the student may be unhappy with something that happened at recess, but they could be back to being best friends the next day,” he said. “When it disrupts what’s going on at school, we bring in the students and parents and discuss respect, responsibility and safety. We’ve had a couple times where we can delete a post, but they also learn that once something is online, it can be there forever.” Alta High Principal Brian McGill, in Canyons District, said each grade level has a digital citizenship plan and policies are reviewed annually. The school hosts, as many do throughout the Salt Lake Valley, a Netsmartz assembly where students learn about their responsibilities on social media. While McGill said that sometimes the line is carefully walked with students’ First Amendment rights, there will be questions asked if there is a statement, for example to a teacher, that is defamatory or threatening. “We will ask questions on the intent and perception and note if this is a kind of message that people will take offense,” he said. Mental health Murray School District Prevention Specialist Deb Ashton said mental health is becoming a big concern for their students. The district has instituted a national program to help with the social and emotional well-being of students. “A lot of decisions go into which evidence-based programs we use, and we research the issues being addressed and the need for bully and cyberbully prevention,” she said. Suicide prevention also has been part of Murray District’s push, as suicide is the leading cause of death for secondary school students, Ashton said. “We work with students and parents getting referrals and the tools they need to get help,” she said. “This is our first year with schoolbased mental health clinicians in our schools. With the high rate of suicide, we see mental health issues intertwined with depression and our students are struggling with the issues, so we’re making it easier for them to get help. “The more we can help the students, the more they will succeed academically. We’re looking into helping the child in all areas. I don’t think everyone is aware of the goal to provide a safe education, in all aspects of the word, that prepares students for career, college and post high school training,” Ashton said. In Jordan School District, spokeswom-

an Sandy Riesgraf said there is a health and wellness task force looking at ways to improve the social, physical and mental well-being of schoolchildren. “If kids aren’t taken care of, they can’t learn,” she said. Jordan District added 36 psychologists this year so every elementary has a full-time health and mental professional to match those already in place at the secondary schools. “We’re learning that students may be feeling down, but they don’t know why, or they feel they can’t live up to an image, or deal with peer pressure. We want them to talk about it, work it out, so they feel safe and secure,” Riesgraf said. Teachers also are trained to be aware of mental health and suicide as well as emergency safety, she said. School safety Riesgraf said a $1 million training was approved by the Jordan Board of Education in an effort to best provide students a safe environment. “We work intensely with local law enforcement, meeting weekly with police and finding ways to enhance students’ safety and how best to respond to an emergency,” she said. “We also want our students to know if they ‘see something, say something.’ We don’t want them to be afraid, but to come forward for everyone’s safety.” Ichimura said the training was beneficial. “We know what steps to take and we conduct regular drills from fire to intruder to earthquake so we’re all more familiar with what we should be doing,” he said. Canyons School District sends postcards home, explaining drills so parents are aware of what is being done. And while a number of schools have increased safety in their schools, from using more surveillance cameras and installing security vestibules, Corner Canyon High in Draper invited police to help prepare teachers for an intruder drill. “We had police-fire simulated rounds in different parts of the school, so they would know what it sounded like and practice how they should respond,” Corner Canyon High Principal Darrell Jensen said. “We also had all our faculty become first aid trained, so if there is an emergency, they can respond.” Responsiveness Besides cyberbullying, in-person bullying still occurs in most schools. Last year, teenagers drove by a Viewmont Elementary boy walking to his Murray home, calling him names with racial slurs and hateful remarks. Led by his mother and coach, a large outpouring of support from the community came to his aid with dozens walking him home days later. Former Viewmont Principal Matt Nelson responded, planning to make tolerance part of the school curriculum.

“Together, we can stand up and rally together to show our acceptance and support for our students,” Nelson said. “We talk about intolerance and racism and the need for inclusion. It’s our differences that make us stronger. We need to embrace them.” While that occurred outside of the school, Wright said each incident is a concern that they review. Similarly, McGill addressed alleged racial slurs yelled earlier this year from fans at the Sky View girls soccer team during a game against Alta. After identifying fans who were at the game from photographs, he launched a 40hour to 50-hour inquiry. “We fully investigated the situation,” he said. “I interviewed 25 individuals, 12 parents, both teams and coaches, the referee, and although not one person sustained the comments, we didn’t stop there.” McGill issued an apology to the other team, their coaches and their families. He also had the two teams meet to have lunch together and he has worked with his entire school to focus on sportsmanship. “Many of the girls play club soccer together, so they know one another,” he said. “We’ve watched a USHAA video of what competition should look like at schools and our class officers and SBOs are having open, candid discussions.” Granite’s Cottonwood High School, which has a high population of diversity including refugees, said that if a student says something derogatory, it is addressed immediately. “We have a conversation right on the spot,” said Principal Terri Roylance, who has been an administrator for 10 years. “If the kids don’t understand their remarks, we call the parents in, but 98 percent of them understand after we talk with them.” Although teachers are required to have many trainings and attend professional development workshops, occasionally something slips through the cracks. As was the case with Indian Hills Middle School in Sandy earlier this year when a teacher gave students a survey to get to know them better. Although students’ answers were anonymous, Principal Doug Graham said it made students and parents uncomfortable, and several questions — such as religious beliefs, mental health concerns and sexual preferences — shouldn’t have been asked. “We were honest and open,” Graham said about his handling the situation. “Things happen, but we also need to look at how we handle them. The teacher was trying to get to know her students, but in the process, mistakes were made.” The mistakes — from asking the inappropriate questions to Graham telling her to delete all parts of the survey and its responses — were made public. “I was thinking about shredding the survey

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Students at Silver Mesa Elementary participate in anti-bullying classes in 2016. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

and answers when I learned it was all online. Then, I told her to delete it and all the data as well. So, when parents wanted to see the survey, I didn’t have it,” Graham said. “When put in context, it explains why we did what we did, but it doesn’t excuse it.” Graham said last year, when students were helping with a food drive, “students didn’t understand how these realities could affect classmates in their community.” Although the teacher was trying to make a connection with the survey and her heart was in the right place to help the students, Graham said better communication and training will be put in place. “We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “It’s best for our community, to admit to making a mistake, apologize, ask for their understanding and for them to have confidence in us.” Jordan’s Riesgraf said the first step for parents who may have a concern about their student is to contact the school. “Our parents and students are our customers and we want to address their questions and

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answer their concerns,” she said. “If parents don’t like a particular book in class and don’t want their children reading it, the Book Review Committee has an approved list and they can work with teachers to find an alternative book. If there’s a fight, schools are best to handle it and if need be, the school resource officer, and can help provide intervention and counseling.” Assistance Roylance said that with the diverse Cottonwood High student body, there is a need to provide students with other assistance — food, personal hygiene, clothing and school supplies. “Two years ago, our student body president, Katie Metcalf, saw the need for our students,” she said. “Two parents, Robyn Ivins and Jane Metcalf, now oversee the pantry and if they put out the word that we need tuna, then an ocean of tuna floods our room in two days. Our community is responding to the need of our students.” Roylance said the pantry, fondly called the “cement room,” is open two days per week and an “army of students” get the supplies they need.

“We welcome anyone. I’ve had teachers bring their whole class down. I’ve opened up the door to a family on a special circumstance during spring break to load up with what they need. If someone forgets their lunch or they’re staying for a volleyball game, they can come in and grab food or if they need a notebook for class, it’s here for them,” she said. At Jordan District, distribution of pantry needs may be subtler, especially when the student is concerned about being identified. “We may take and fill a backpack full of food, personal hygiene, bus passes, clothing, whatever we can provide, and others are unaware of that student’s need,” Riesgraf said. “We want to provide the supplies they need. When students are hungry or worried about their next meal, it weighs heavily on them and it’s hard to study.” Pantries are becoming commonplace in many schools, mostly stocked with food or clothing — even at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, what is seen as a more affluent community than at Cottonwood. “We deal with the homeless every year,”

Ridgecrest Principal Julie Winfree said. “When I first came here, I didn’t realize it would be part of my job at Ridgecrest, but we work with other schools’ supplies to provide our students in need with food and clothing. There are no boundaries for those in need. Everyone works together to make sure our students get what they need and share with our families in need.” Horsley said in Granite District, the need is present as is the need to provide workshops for students and families on several issues — mental health and suicide, substance abuse, bullying, internet safety, child abuse and college and career ready awareness. “Our goal is to help provide resources and information to our community,” Horsley said. “The world has changed. We have 62 percent of our students in free or reduced lunch and in reality, we have kids go hungry, and oftentimes that translates into behavioral issues. If we can provide the resources, skills and knowledge, we can create a better environment for our students to learn and succeed.” l

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Jordan District has award-winning clean-air bus fleet Jet Burnham |


ordan School District is improving air quality for Utah students, one bus at a time. “We got rid of old pollution-spewing school buses and replaced them with clean-burning natural gas buses,” said Transportation Director Herb Jensen. JSD now has 105 Compressed Natural Gas buses, which emit 40 to 86 percent less particulate matter into the air than diesel school buses and eliminate the cloud of smelly gas students are exposed to while boarding and exiting a bus. In September, Utah Clean Cities presented awards to Jensen as well as representative Steve Handy and Bryce Byrd of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality for their efforts in implementing the idle-free program and the development of the largest CNG school bus system in the nation. “Today, we see one of the most successful fleet programs in the state, and it also leads out in the nation as one of the best examples of how you build a fleet program,” said Tammie Bostick-Cooper, executive director of Utah Clean Cities. Jensen has been replacing diesel buses with CNG buses for the past 20 years. This year, $1.7 million from three grants provided funding for the purchase of 36 environmentally friendly buses, which cost $130,000 each. The grants required the alternative fuel buses to replace diesel bus models 2006 or older. A grant through Volkswagen provided 50 percent of the replacement cost of 12 buses. Volkswagen created the grant program to invest millions into low-emission vehicles as part of their penalty for rigging false emission readings on their vehicles. “They’re paying us $65,000 per bus to destroy it and to get it off the road,” said Jensen. “They’re making a significant investment to clean up our air.” Handy said the plan for a larger fleet of CNG buses was

awaiting funding when the court announced the penalty for Volkswagen. Additional buses were purchased through federal DERA (Diesel Emissions Reduction Act) grants through the EPA’s Division of Air Quality—15 buses with a grant covering 35 percent of the replacement cost and 10 buses with 25 percent of the purchase cost covered. While CNG buses initially cost more than tradition diesel buses, the real savings come in fueling costs. JSD buses each travel about 12,000 miles per year, which compounds into significant savings when fueled by natural gas versus gasoline. Superintendant Patrice Johnson said the CNG buses save the district about $630,000 a year in fuel costs. “Purchasing CNG buses through the grant system and having our own refueling station has saved Jordan School District $6,000 to 8,000 per bus per year in fueling costs,” said Johnson. The district receives rebates for purchasing local fuel, which also further reduces costs. Vehicles purchased through grants jumpstart the savings. “On all of these buses [purchased through grants], we’re starting out from day one saving money,” said Jensen. “The money we’re not spending on fuel is money that’s available to do other things like buy textbooks and computers for the classroom.” Jensen said his department will continue to systematically replace the older, less environmentally friendly buses as funding is available. But there are reasons to hang on to a few of the older buses. The new buses’ construction doesn’t allow for undercarriage storage necessary for field trip lunch coolers and teams traveling with band instruments and sports equipment.

Representative Steve Handy, JSD transportation director Herb Jensen and Bryce Byrd of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality are recognized by Utah Clean Cities for their efforts to replace diesel buses with alternative fuel vehicles. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

Leading the change for environmentally friendly transportation for Utah students, JSD purchased the first of its alternative fuel buses nearly 20 years ago. “We were doing it before it was cool,” said Jensen. “We’ve had the mindset that we need to do our part to clean up the air, and I can say with good conscience that we’ve done more than our part—but there’s still more to do.” District officials continue to promote the idle-free program, now in its 11th year, which has been implemented by all Utah school districts and three-fourths of all Utah mayors. School buses have reduced their idling from 20–30 minutes per day to a mere two to three minutes per day statewide, said Jensen. l

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Professional carvers sculpt pumpkins into art By Amy Green |


rofessional pumpkin carvers have been busy at the Utah State Fairpark (155 N. 1000 West) during Pumpkin Nights, showing how pumpkin sculpting is done. Tickets to see these carvers in action are available for the event until Nov. 4. Just beyond the ticket entrance, one can walk by the current projects of an artist sculpting massive gourds. It’s a great beginning, before heading through a visually stimulating, pumpkin-themed park. Ashlen Clark is an artist who contributes to the sculpting and groundwork that goes into Pumpkin Nights. “We start planning everything in February—that’s when we start carving (synthetic) pumpkins. We do the event in four cities: Auburn (California), Denver, LA, and here in Salt Lake City. There are over 3,000 pumpkins in each city. In addition to that, is our bigger sculptures. We start with the little stuff, then move into the bigger sculptures like our giant squid and nine foot jack-o’-lantern,” Clark said. She offered tips for anyone planning to carve pumpkins, to help make things go smoothly. “Have an idea of what you want and draw it out first. A lot of it is just putting personality into it, and having lots of fun,” she encouraged. Guests can come to Pumpkin Nights and see up close details of how a carving artist works. Upon inspection, people will notice that pumpkins are not sculpted using just a paring knife or a vegetable peeler. On real pumpkins, artists use special clay tools that, well, resemble a vegetable peeler. But the tools are different than regular kitchen gadgets, spectators are told. Pumpkin Nights is a good place to ask an artist about what tools he or she uses and how to use them. Nine-year-old Rorey from Sandy visited Pumpkin Nights and was among many children who stopped to observe, ask questions and react over the carving demo. “It’s very satisfying to

Kids watch Adam Smith, a professional carver, create sculptures at Pumpkin Nights. (Amy Green/City Journals)

watch,” Rorey said. One of the artists giving a live demonstration was Adam Smith who patiently answered kids’ questions about creating the intricate and massive pumpkin sculptures. “I’ve been sculpting pumpkins like this, the 3D stuff, for about six years—carving professionally for 10. I got into pumpkin carving, and that influenced me going into different me-

diums like clay and wood,” Smith said. He described how pumpkin sculpting is unique. “With clay, you build up and you add things to it whereas pumpkins, it’s like wood or a marble carving, where you take it away,” Smith explained. More of Smith’s art can be seen on the Facebook page, The Pumpkin Smith - Pumpkin Carver. Watching a pumpkin artist is a unique opportunity and an alternative to suspense-laden haunted houses. It’s festive without the horror of a jumpy attraction. People seem to love watching an everyday pumpkin evolve into

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ixth-graders from Providence Hall Junior High School experienced an out-of-thisworld field trip when they visited the Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center in Pleasant Grove. “I’m never going to be an astronaut, but it’s really cool to study,” said sixth-grader Grace Carter. “I don’t want to go up there, but I like to study it down on earth—that’s the safe way to do it.” The learning experience wasn’t as safe as Grace expected. Students worked through realistic, life and death scenarios from the deck of a starship, complete with individual computer stations, flashing warning lights and an interactive main computer, which provided information and advice. “The main goal was to try to keep your ship alive,” said Emersyn Visser, who played the role of captain in her simulation. Students learned lessons of teamwork as they worked as a crew of ambassador, captain, pilot, engineer, communications, security and medical officer. Sam Coleman, a sixth-grade teacher, said every student was given responsibility for a specific task. Their ability to work together to solve problems determined if they would successfully complete their mission. He said when students overstepped their role or neglected their duties, the mission was put in danger. “Ultimately, the captain has to decide what his crew is willing to sacrifice to solve real-life problems that Earth is currently facing,” he said. Most teams failed and died. As time permitted, they were able to make additional attempts to successfully complete their mission. “We definitely learned from our mistakes,” said Grace, who was First Officer in her simulation. “The first time we were taking too long, we weren’t trusting that other people can make decisions.” Her crew’s third attempt was successful. “There were times in our quest where we had to make a decision that would affect if we lived or died,” said Grace. “Working together on the ship really helped us develop better friendships and better trust; if we didn’t trust them, we might not survive.” Ryan Keel, serving as captain of his crew, quickly learned how important it was for everyone to do his or her assigned job. “You really had to pay attention and not miss stuff or you would die,” said Ryan, who learned to depend on his First Officer to collect information from other team members before he made a decision. Conner Christensen, also a captain, was overwhelmed during his first simulation. “At some points, I was too stressed, and I couldn’t think straight,” he said. When simulations ended in failure, crews were allowed time to discuss what went wrong and to brainstorm alternative solutions.

Students look to their captain to make the final decision on how to respond to their current circumstances. (Kevin Rocque/Providence Hall Jr High)

For their second attempt, Conner learned to trust his crew. “I feel like they were able to do their positions correctly and make it so we were able to escape to the nebula,” he said. Coleman said the experience develops team work among students. “I like the simulations because everyone is involved,” he said. “One of our goals in teaching is to have students work together to solve problems. The space center is a great experience in that endeavor.” Coleman’s science classroom facilitates teamwork by grouping students at tables instead of individual desks. “Science and engineering are done in community,” he said. The visit to the space center, housed in an Alpine School District elementary school, in-

cluded a planetarium presentation that showed students up-close and detailed views of planets, star clusters and galaxies. Aaron Collingridge said seeing the number of galaxies in the universe made him feel small. The field trip has always been a highlight of the school year, said Kevin Rocque, another Providence Hall Jr. High School teacher. He said his students were still rehashing their simulations and their experiences in the planetarium weeks after the activity. “It just sticks in your brain because it was a really awesome experience,” said Emersyn. Rocque hopes the students remember what they learned from their adventures, as it provides a great introduction to the sixth-grade science core, which teaches about the moon, solar system and objects in outer space. l

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It’s been a busy 10 months here in Riverton this year. Our city government has been moving forward with projects aimed at making our city an even better place to live, work, and play. Given all that has happened, I thought it appropriate to recap the work that we’ve done and are doing on behalf of Riverton residents:

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Created the Riverton Law Enforcement Service Area (RLESA) taxing district, saving Riverton property taxpayers nearly $700,000 this year in what would have been paid to the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA) for law enforcement services. Established city’s strategic priorities and adopted vision and mission statements. Conducted a city-wide survey. Began operations of a re-established animal control department; saving the city well over $200,000 per year. Hired a new city manager, director of communications, and community outreach coordinator. Established a twice-monthly email newsletter, reaching over 9,000 people per month. Brought back the print newsletter and have recently began publishing

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it as part of the South Valley Journal six times per year. Adopted a new logo that represents both the community and city government. Launched the Riverton Connect mobile app for residents, with a “report a problem” feature. Opened the new Western Springs Park playground and splash pad. Participated in the opening of Phase 1 of Mountain View Village. Fought back on the Olympia Hills high-density housing proposal outside the city’s western border. Brought back the Town Days carnival. Finalized the connection of 4570 W from 12600 S to 13400 S. Began expansion of the Riverton City Cemetery, which will add nearly 1,000 new burial plots. Eliminated business licensing fees for commercial businesses. Conducted a financial analysis and feasibility study of law enforcement service for self-providing our own department vs. contracting with the Unified Police Department. Established citizen-led volunteer committees to advise city leaders in the areas of economic development, transportation, parks/recreation/trails, community events and emergency preparedness.

Councilmembers Brent Johnson, Tricia Tingey, Tish Buroker, Sheldon Stewart, and Mayor Trent Staggs at the Mountain View Village grand opening in June. Not pictured: Councilmember Tawnee McCay.

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Held a social media awareness event for parents; attracting over 1,500 attendees. Began work on City Hall frontage improvements. Grew social media audience by nearly 100% in effort to reach more residents with key information. Added an additional full-time police officer to Riverton middle schools. Added a Mayor’s Minute and LIVE with the Mayor segments to keep

residents informed. Working to provide more self-service opportunities online (reservations, etc.).

As we continue to work to make life in our city better and make our city government more efficient and effective, we want your feedback and your input. I know for a fact each city council member, and myself, value your feedback very much, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Our city’s future is bright.

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A SEASON OF CHANGE By Councilman Sheldon Stewart

MAYOR Trent Staggs (801) 208-3129

CITY COUNCIL Sheldon Stewart - District 1 (801) 953-5672 Tricia Tingey - District 2 (801) 809-1227 Tawnee McCay - District 3 (801) 634-7692 Tish Buroker - District 4 (801) 673-6103 Brent Johnson - District 5 (385) 434-9253

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The structure of our community has changed and adapted with growth from the time when I was a kid growing up in Riverton to today. Our city will soon exceed 50,000 residents and we will be faced with many new and ongoing challenges if we are not smart in the decisions we make today. With the future in mind, the council and mayor adopted eight strategic priorities this year to help guide us as we face the future. I would like to provide updates on progress that has occurred, and actions taken, in three of the strategic priorities: •

what it would take stand up our own police department, it has become clear that staffing levels could be increased significantly if we were to provide our own law enforcement service. The analysis shows that we could increase the staffing of officers in Riverton quite significantly over what we receive with UPD for the same or lower cost. This potential increase could have a dramatic effect in community safety and could help us more fully achieve our goal of promoting safe and healthy neighborhoods.

Promote safe and healthy neighborhoods that foster a strong sense of community, with balanced opportunities to live, work and play: As we have continued negotiations with the Unified Police Department (UPD) and conducted a financial analysis into

Facilitate a thriving business climate: Mountain View Village celebrated the opening of Phase 1 with events in June, August and September of this year. During the past few months, we have seen many small businesses open throughout the city and we are looking forward to many more in the near future. We have also eliminated business

licensing fees for commercial businesses.

Build a connected community with properly maintained utilities and infrastructure: As a city, we are in the final stages of completing the process to identify a firm/company to assist us in identifying what it would take to increase Internet access, speeds, and availability at lower costs to residents and businesses alike.

As councilmembers, we are open to any feedback that you have and appreciate the confidence and support you place in us as your elected representatives.

Elementary School Students Invited to Participate in Riverton City’s Christmas Card Design Contest Students enrolled in elementary schools in Riverton are invited to participate in Riverton City’s Christmas Card Design Contest! The winning design will be used as the official Christmas card for Riverton City. The winner will receive a $100 Walmart gift card. Contest Rules • Must be enrolled as a student at an elementary school in Riverton

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Design must be in landscape / horizontal format Design must be able to fit/shrink to a 5x7 inch style

How to Submit Option 1: Hard-copy artwork can be submitted at Riverton City Hall in the box located outside the Mayor’s Office on the second floor at Riverton City Hall, 12830 S Redwood Road, Riverton,

Utah. The submission should include the information on the cut-out form below. Option 2: If the design can be submitted electronically, please email the design, along with the information found on the submission form below, to Anna Murphy at

Christmas Card Design Contest Submission Form Student Name:_________________________ Student Grade:_________________________ Student School:________________________ Student Address:_______________________ ____________________________________ City:__________ State:_______ Zip:_______

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Parent / Guardian Name:____________________ Parent / Guardian Email:____________________ Parent / Guardian Phone:____________________ Contest submissions should be dropped off with this form at the Mayor’s Office on the second floor at Riverton City Hall, 12830 S Redwood Road, Riverton, Utah.

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WANT TO SING IN THE CHOIR? Individuals interested in singing in the Christmas Night of Music Concert should contact Vicki Wartman at OR (801) 870-7416. Choir practice is held on Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. at the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center starting on November 13.

Free and family-friendly: visit Santa Claus, hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting, entertainment, crafts, cookie decorating, and more!

Holiday Heritage

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Show off your heritage by decorating a Christmas tree to show off in Riverton City’s Holiday Heritage event! Whether you show off your “Scandinavian Roots” or do a “Utah vs. BYU” or “John Deere” tree, the choice is yours! If you’re interested in decorating a tree, please contact Bradley Dance at Lighted trees supplied for decorating.

Donate items to help those in need for the holidays! Visit for a list of items to donate. Donations may be dropped off at the Recreation Department at Riverton City Hall until Dec. 10. Items may also be donated at Holly Days and Santa’s Arrival. All items must be new and unwrapped.

The Holiday Heritage tree display is open to the public from November 28 to December 19 at the Old Dome Meeting Hall, Monday-Wednesday, noon-5 p.m.

Candy Cane Corner is an annual holiday donation drive sponsored by The Road Home, Volunteers of America - Utah, and YWCA.

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Upcoming Riverton Events November

November 1 – Half Marathon Early Registration Begins November 1 – Start Smart Basketball Registration Continues November 1 – Volleyball Buddies Registration Continues November 1 – Healthy Riverton Committee Meeting – 4:30 p.m. – City Hall November 3 – Holiday Heroes 5K & 1-Mile Race – 9 a.m. – Riverton City Park November 6 – Election Day November 7 – Hunter Education Class Begins – 6:00 p.m. – Community Center November 8 – Planning Commission Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall November 12 – Veteran’s Day Program – 6:30 p.m. – Community Center November 13 – City Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m. – City Hall November 13 – Christmas Night of Music Choir Practice – 8 p.m. – Community Center November 14 – Pop & Picasso Paint Night – 6-8 p.m. – Old Dome Meeting Hall November 15 – Healthy Riverton QPR Training – 7 p.m. – Fire Station 124 November 16 – Submission Deadline for Riverton City Christmas Card Design November 19 – Holiday Heritage Christmas Tree Decorating Submission Deadline November 20 – Christmas Night of Music Choir Practice – 8 p.m. – Community Center November 22 – Thanksgiving – Riverton City Offices Closed November 23 – Riverton City Offices Closed November 26 – Santa’s Arrival – 6:30 p.m. – Riverton City Park November 27 – Christmas Night of Music Choir Practice – 8 p.m. – Community Center November 28 – Holiday Heritage Begins – Old Dome Meeting Hall November 30 – Holly Days in the Park – 6:30 p.m. – Riverton City Park

REMEMBER TO VOTE General Election: Tuesday, November 6

Ballots must be postmarked by November 5 or be dropped off at a ballot drop box by November 6.


December 1 – Holly Days in the Park – 6:30 p.m. – Riverton City Park December 4 – City Council Meeting – 7:00 p.m. – City Hall December 4 – Christmas Night of Music Choir Practice – 8 p.m. – Community Center December 6 – Healthy Riverton Committee Meeting – 4:30 p.m. – City Hall December 11 – Christmas Night of Music Choir Practice – 8 p.m. – Community Center December 13 – Planning Commission Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall December 15 – Christmas Night of Music – 6 p.m. – Riverton High School Auditorium December 19 – Holiday Heritage Ends – Old Dome Meeting Hall December 24 – Christmas Eve – Riverton City Offices Closed December 25 – Christmas – Riverton City Offices Closed December 27 – Just You & I Daddy Daughter Date Night Registration Begins December 31 – New Year’s Eve

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All Riverton City park pavilion and facility reservations for January to December 2019 can be scheduled beginning January 2, 2019.

In-Person, Election Day Voting Location: Riverton Senior Center 12914 S Redwood Rd Riverton, Utah 84065

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Santa’s Arrival

Monday, November 26 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Bring the kids to see Santa Claus arrive in Riverton on his bright-red fire truck! Event is free. There will be snacks, crafts and entertainment.

REMINDER Now that Riverton City’s secondary water system has been shut-off for the season, make sure to winterize your sprinkler system to protect it from cold temperatures. Page 4

To Protect And Serve

Herriman Mayor’s



here is no question that the southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley is growing. We welcome new residents to our communities every day. However, growth does not simply mean building new homes. There are many other aspects required to ensure a community can become more self-sustaining as the population grows. As many residents are now aware, Herriman City has recently taken a major step in community development by forming our own law enforcement unit. The Herriman Police Department officially began service to our community at midnight on the morning of September 30th. Less than twenty four hours later, they were called out to their first major incident. The quick and professional manner in which our officers handled the situation made it clear that our new department was ready for the task set before them. Even more encouraging was how both South Jordan PD and Cottonwood Heights PD sent officers to the scene to ensure Herriman PD had the necessary backup. We thank those communities for the collaborative way in which they have supported our city. We look forward to fostering partnerships with

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Herriman Mayor David Watts

other communities in the future, similar to the way Herriman residents have always shown care and compassion for others in and out of our community. Many throughout our city have commented on the immediate increase in police presence. With no tax increase, Herriman PD has already increased the number of officers on duty to directly serve our community at any time. Citizens are also seeing an increased level of responsiveness from our new department when communicating and responding to our residents concerns and needs. Our officers strive to build relationships with the community with the hope and understanding that by increasing the crucial level of engagement they will be able to better earn public trust. Part of this increased engagement includes creating convenient ways for the public to communicate with the department. If you visit their website at, residents are now able to submit traffic concerns directly to the work queue of our traffic officers by filling out an online form. If you are concerned about speeding in a school zone, or cars running red lights, reporting the incident is just a click away.

These are just a few ways residents can take a more active role in assisting with the protection of their City. This system creates efficiencies in the department and offers officers the ability to reach out to the concerned residents and inform them of any follow up. I encourage our community to take time to get to know your officers, even if it is just a

smile and a wave. Many of these officers have lived in and/or served our community for years. They exemplify the best of what we expect in law enforcement, and each one holds a strong desire to serve here. As they serve us, let us all work towards growing together in this place we call home. l

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Providence Hall Junior High wins state title again



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rovidence Hall Junior High School has once again brought home a state cross country championship The Patriot boys captured their second straight title; the girls captured their third straight. The junior high teams compete in the eighth-grade division of the Utah Charter and Small School Athletic League. “It was an amazing season,” Patriots’ head cross country coach Jessie Ballard said. “We went undefeated and the boys and girls both took first at regionals. Then I am not sure how, but they both took state again. Every year, I feel like we are not going to do as well, but they end up right where we want them.” The boys title came relatively undisputed. They finished 29 points ahead of APA Draper and 38 in front of Summit Academy Draper. Tyler McDougal finished second overall on the 2-mile course. He completed the event in 12 minutes 14 seconds, only 11 seconds behind APA Draper’s Andrew Ludwig the state individual champion. In team cross country events, the top five runners score points for their team based on their finish. The top team is based on the lowest score derived from their runners, similar to golf. The Patriots’ Josiah Dunn finished fourth overall; Joseph Ungerman finished fifth. “We try to make it fun,” Ballard said. “This is junior high, and everyone can participate. I think we had about 80 kids on this years team. I also think training in Herriman is a big advantage. We have hills everywhere we go.” The girls team edged out Summit Acade-

my Draper with 37 points. Maili Page finished second overall to Annie Mccoard from Freedom Prep in Provo. Page finished the course in 13:39. Marisa Bridges placed sixth overall, and Jocelyn Nelson was seventh. “I think in this end of the valley kids participate in the running events, but we have found that this is a good secondary sport,” Ballard said. “The kids can use it to stay in shape for football, soccer or even dancing. Most kids don’t know about the racing concept. Cross country takes in everyone.” The UCSSAL currently has 14 schools that participate in eighth-grade cross country. Six teams competed at the state meet Oct. 3. The meet was held at the Big Cottonwood Softball Complex. “Cross country is more than just the technique of running,” Ballard said. “To win as a team, you need to stick together. Encouragement is helpful, and learning that when it is not a good running day how someone else can pick the team up. These kids work so hard. We have so many that tell me that after practice they go home and run with their family. They just want to get out.” Providence Hall is located in Herriman. It opened its doors in 2008. “It is fun to go and see these kids progress,” Ballard said. “A lot of our kids go to Providence High School or Herriman. To see them succeed in running and cross country. Most of our kids make time to get their school work done and stay on top.” l

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of the steel-toed, leather shoe field. Red Wing runs its own tannery, controlling its materials from start to finish with highest grades of leather. While most companies use a cowhide, Red Wing uses steerhide – a bovine leather made from the hide of male cows – giving its shoes more testosterone for tougher, robust footwear. The tannery producing the leather is also a major supplier to the US military. Red Wing also uses its signature welt construction where they are chemically bonded. This method stitches a thin leather welt together with the upper and the leather insole yields the highest quality shoes that are both durable and comfortable. Resoling the boots are possible with welt construction. “It’s just a high-quality product that lasts decades if you take care of them,” Love points out. But it’s not just work boots that Red Wing makes. The Red Wing Heritage line of shoes is a dressy, casual style shoe for both men and women. They also have hiking, work, recreation and hunting boots. All of which come with a leading manufacture warranty of either a year or six months depending on the product. The South Jordan location may have only opened in February 2018, but its delivering impressive service with elite quality. “It’s cool to see how much people like high quality service,” Love said. “And how they’re so excited to have a full-service boot store versus buying from the traditional retailers.” The upcoming Tradesman Appreciation Day hosted by the South Jordan Red Wing store will have waffle truck with free waf-

fles and free boot conditioning and services provided on Saturday, November 17th. Red Wing is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (6 p.m. on Saturdays). It’s located at 5474 West Daybreak Parkway and can be contacted at 801-253-6299. l

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Mustang rugby wins and serves its community By Greg James |

The players adopted Nixon Whatcott as an honorary member of Herriman’s rugby family. They also found a sponsor to donate money for every point they score this fall. (Jeff Wilson/Herriman rugby)


he Herriman High School rugby team has had a successful year. It finished second in nationals and is currently undefeated in fall season, but the winning takes a back seat to the impact they have had on the community. “We have a lot of good kids and great coaches,” Mustang rugby director Jeff Wilson said. “I think learning character is an important part of sports. If this was just about sports, I am not sure how many coaches would do this.” The Herriman community has embraced its rugby program. The Mustangs have found ways to give their time back to the community that has accepted them. Recently, they invited Nixon Whatcott to become a member of their team. Nixon is 7 years old and suffers from childhood cancer. He has endured chemotherapy and has lost his leg from a tumor. “He has the best attitude in the entire world,” Wilson said. “He has an incredible outlook on things. He has become one of my heros.” The Mustangs invited Nixon to attend practice. They donated Mustang rugby gear, and Miss Utah visited with him and his family. Through a connection they arranged for a local business, Tru Hearing, to donate $1 for every point they score this fall to help with the family’s medical expenses (to date more than $1,000). “I think our team was inspired by him,” Wilson said. “We learned that the kids have it pretty good and are grateful for their health and opportunities. We loved him. It was like Nixon has 60 some older brothers. The kids have dedicated the season to him.” The team helped him be involved in their rugby drills. He was able to learn to pass the ball and tackle like the pros.

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“Seeing his outlook has been inspiring to me,” Wilson said. The Mustangs also volunteer at a community fair held at East Lake Elementary. The team cancelled practice to participate. “I told the kids that this was practice today, and they all showed up,” Wilson said. “We want to give back, and since we have the ability to make things better for someone else then why not.” The players ran games, refreshments and helped in the community booths. Wilson said most of the fair-goers wanted to play rugby with his players and get autographs. “It is as important to me to teach them the kind of men they ought to be off the field, not just what they are on the field,” Wilson said. “If we are not doing that then we fail no matter how many games we win.” The spring rugby team placed second at the national rugby tournament to Gonzaga, a threetime champion. They led the game heading into the final minutes. “Last spring was fantastic,” Wilson said. “We only had three returning starters and placed second in the nation. I could not ask for any more from our kids. They were so impressive. I could not be more proud of them. They are great kids to be around too.” Herriman has five teams and 64 players on its rosters this fall. It is the largest high school program in the state. The fall teams are optional. Most players play football or other sports in that time. “We have seen the benefit of our youth program,” Wilson said. “Some of these kids have been playing since they were little. We owe a lot to that program. These are amazing kids and they compete at a high level. We ask a lot of them.” l

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Junior ninja warriors from Herriman compete in famous TV series By Greg James |


he world premier of the TV series “American Ninja Warriors Junior” debuted Oct. 13, featuring athletes from Herriman. The TV show began advertising for applicants and Tyler Kurtzhals (from Herriman) decided to go after his dream. The applicants were required to submit video and essay questions and were chosen by audition. After making the cut they flew to Los Angeles for filming. The show will air 20 episodes where participants compete each week to stay alive. If they lose, they go home. “It was cool to watch him pursue his dream,” said Stacy Kurtzhals, his mother,. “Prior to this opportunity, he has said that at 19 he would apply for the regular show. He also met other kids that do the same training he does.” Tyler Kurtzhals is 14 and attends school at Fort Herriman Middle School. He also plays baseball and basketball, but he trains through Ninja Warehouse in Salt Lake City and Obstacle Warrior Kids in Sandy multiple days a week. “He started about four or five years ago,” Stacy Kurtzhals said. “He watched an episode and went out into the dog run and started climbing. He would swing back and forth on the bars.” The five-time Emmy-nominated TV show is now open to nearly 200 boy and girl Ninjas ages 9–14. The competitors have been divided into three age brackets. The Ninja Warrior Juniors will face off on iconic Ninja Warrior obstacles such as the Tic Toc, spin cycle and the warped wall. Each age group is mentored by all-star Ninja Warriors such as Kevin Bull, Drew Drechsel, Natalie Duran, Meagan Martin, Najee Richardson and Barclay Stockett. One winner per age group will be crowned the first ever American Ninja Warrior Junior Champion “‘American Ninja Warrior Junior’ celebrates a kid-centric

movement that everyone can be part of and enjoy together,” Universal Kids General Manager Deirdre Brennan said. “It will encourage and inspire all kids to push their limits and not shy away from challenges.” For a number of years A. Smith & Company Productions (producers of “American Ninja Warrior”) had received letters asking when there would be a kids version of their show. “The time is now,” Arthur Smith, executive producer of the Ninja Warrior franchise said in a press release. “People are going to be amazed at how talented and dedicated these young ninjas are.” The participants compete head-to-head in a bracket style competition. Semifinalists will advance to the shows final episodes to compete for $15,000 in prize money. “It has opened an opportunity for him to be a competitor across the world,” Stacy Kurtzhals said. “There is a national Ninja League. We were not aware of that until he did this show and he is working to qualify for those.” The National Ninja League offers several age groups for youth and adults to compete on obstacles similar to what are seen on the television program. The Ninja Warrior series premiered in 2009 on the now-defunct G4 cable network. It now airs on NBC. The Junior series is hosted by Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez. Gbajabiamila is a former NFL player with the the Oakland Raiders. He played his college football at San Diego State. The show will also feature Brighton, Ashton, Payton and Paxton Myler from Herriman. It airs every Saturday at 5pm. on the Universal Kids Network. l

Tyler Kurtzhals attends Fort Herriman Middle School and is a competitor in the new TV series American Ninja Warrior Junior. (Stacy Kurtzhals)

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eople hear a lot these days about eating locally and supporting local businesses. In Riverton, Peterson’s Fresh Market knows all about going local and running a family business. They’ve done it for the last 80 years. “I am a fourth-generation Peterson at Peterson’s Market. My great-grandfather Louis (Lute) started Peterson’s Market in 1938. It has been in the family ever since. It’s really a part of our family identity, and now the next (fifth) generation has started working here,” said Brandon Peterson, current general manager of Peterson’s Fresh Market in Riverton. For years, Peterson’s was in the same location. In 2013, they moved across the street and are now at 1784 W. 12600 South in Riverton. Some Riverton residents might have wondered if the move meant a change in company ownership or the focus of the store. It did not. “We are still the same store we were before the move. In fact, I came up with 12 things about Peterson’s that makes us unique. From our scratch bakery to our store-made bratwurst to our freshground nut butters and beyond, we are a Riverton original,” said Peterson. “We focus on the quality of our fresh products. For example, we have a scratch bakery. Everything in the bakery is high quality, done in

the traditional way,” Peterson said. “Our donuts are something we’re especially proud of.” For a mouthwatering video showing Peterson’s bakers making donuts from scratch, go to YouTube and search Peterson’s Scratch Bakery Donuts. Link here for online readers. Peterson is also proud of the certified Angus beef in the meat department and the meat that is ground fresh daily in the store. Their independence gives them complete control over what they sell. “There is only one Peterson’s. We are in touch with the local business model. We have relationships with our farmers and vendors and work with over 70 manufacturers of local Utah items. We support them, and they support us.” When people talk about the advantages of buying local, Peterson’s Fresh Market is an ideal example to cite. Peterson considers the needs and wants of the community in all he does. He thinks about the tax base, his over 100 local team members, closing the store on Sundays and how the costs of running the store go right back into the community. Another way Peterson’s reaches out to the community is with the Holiday Heroes program. Peterson’s partners with Draper City and the Draper City Police every year to donate food and holiday meals to those in need. They also collect

donations for the Utah Food Bank throughout the holiday season. Peterson’s wants to be your source for holiday meals. “It’s a time of year we associate the feelings of tradition and family with food and special meals. As a grocery store, we do that all yearround, but with the November and December holidays, it’s on everyone’s minds. We celebrate

holidays of gratitude and family,” said Peterson. “We feel really involved in our community. We serve them and support them by feeding their families. We hope you’ll let us share that feeling of community with you. It’s humbling to think that in some way the Peterson family is a part of your family meal,” Peterson said. l

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Silverwolves repeat as region champs By Greg James |

Riverton senior Maddi Bruke returns a baseline serve in the region championships. (


iverton High School’s girls tennis team players wondered if their DVRs were set to repeat. Their season mirrored that of last year, and they were OK with it. “In some ways, this year was identical to last year,” Riverton head coach Ron Ence said. “The girls off the court were friends, and our seniors really worked on including everyone in all their activities.” The Silverwolves captured their second straight Region 3 girls tennis title. Led by fouryear varsity players Madelyn Burke and Hailey Anderson, they finished tied for fourth in the Class 6A state tournament. Burke and Anderson ended their seasons undefeated in region matches. Burke played No. 1 singles, and Anderson competed at No. 2. They both challenged each other to become better players. “The girls encouraged each other,” Ence said. “They mixed up hitting partners in practice and constantly worked on new things in drills. Then on game day, they followed the other team members and worked together to become better. These seniors held team dinners and worked on becoming a unit.” Burke completed the undefeated region season and was matched up against Mia Beck from American Fork in the first round of the state tournament. She defeated her 6-3, 6-2. She then lost in the second round 6-0. 6-3 to Juliana Cooksey from Davis. Anderson advanced to the championship match in No. 2 singles. In the championship match, she lost 6-1, 6-1 to Mandie Robbins

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from Lone Peak. “Having Hailey advance to the finals made this year better than last year for positive,” Ence said. In No. 3 singles, former doubles player senior Lexi Robbins was also undefeated in region matches. She advanced to the quarterfinals at the state tournament.. “She made the transition back to singles fairly easily,” Ence said. “I think singles is a little more comfortable playing position for her.” Senior Maddi Johansen and junior Brynna Nelson finished the regular season 5-5 and qualified as the Region 3 third seed in No. 1 doubles. They lost in the first round of the state tournament, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 to a doubles team from Lone Peak. The No. 2 doubles team of seniors Emily Harris and Ashley Davenport advanced in the first round by defeating a team from Kearns 6-0, 6-0. Ence noted the teams success came down to the players continued quest to improve in the offseason. “Those three girls (Burke, Anderson and Robbins) finished the season with a combined regular season record of 52-4,” Ence said. “They are good because they put in the time year-round. That can be hard because of the travel and cost of indoor facilities, but that is the only way to sharpen your skills. This has been a great little run of success for Riverton tennis—led by our experienced and talented seniors.” l

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ou’re never too old to trick-or-treat (unless you are 35 and going by yourself, then yes, you are too old to trick-or-treat). But being safe knows no age limits, especially on a night when most people are wearing disguises. While it’s time to get your costume and candy bag ready, preparation of another kind is required for kid and adult alike. Here are some tips to stay safe this Halloween. 1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 2. Costume accessories such as swords and knives should be short, soft and flexible. 3. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. And as difficult as it may be, limit the amount of treats you eat. 4. Beware the homemade treats made by strangers. Better to eat only factory-wrapped treats. 5. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 6. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 7. Look both ways before crossing the street. Do we even need to say this one? 8. Only visit well-lit houses. 9. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult. 10. Never accept rides from strangers. Strang-

er danger is a real thing. 11. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 12. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 13. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 14. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 15. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 16. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 17. Be careful next to candles or Jack-o’-lanterns. 18. Keep an eye for allergies. If someone has serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the candy. 19. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 20. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around to Halloween headquarters. l

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n Sep. 17, hundreds of parents packed into the auditorium of Riverton High School for a workshop about the effects of excessive screen time on teens. Entitled “Live In Real Life,” the workshop featured keynote speakers Collin Kartchner, a TED speaker and social activist, and Katey McPherson, TED speaker and children’s advocate. The workshop also featured booths run by many local mental health support and teen advocacy groups. “We live in a world where you put your front stage forward, and… you create worth based on your followers and your likes and what other people think of you. Our children don’t know what their self worth is yet. They’re still forming that,” said McPherson. There are some unwritten rules that guide the way teens project themselves to their peer group and their followers. For girls, McPherson says, the rules look something like this: Don’t be lonely. Don’t stand out in the wrong way. Never admit to being mad. Never look clingy or desperate. For boys, they’re similar: Never take anything seriously— always be chill. You have to be an expert at comebacks and put-downs. Getting adults involved is always a bad thing. Two rules that are common between girls and boys? Don’t disagree with your peer group, or you’re disloyal. And always be in the “right” place with the “right” people, and be sure to post about it— because if you don’t post about it, it’s almost like it didn’t happen. And even if it didn’t happen, kids may well pretend that it did and post about it anyway. “Drugs and alcohol seem very current and relevant. Even if I’m not doing drugs and alcohol, I’ll pretend that I am, because it keeps me in the game. It keeps me jockeying for position,” explained McPherson. Because in the digital world, absolutely everything is for show. Many teens have secret alternate social media accounts, where they post risqué, raw, ‘edgy’ things that they do, that they think will

impress others in their peer group. “Most of them are illegal. Some of them can get you in real trouble,” said McPherson. Essentially, every teen has two lives: the real-life them that you see and talk to every day, and the carefully-cultivated avatar that they express to their friends online. “They’re constantly straddling this world and that world, and it creates an immense amount of anxiety,” said McPherson. “It is very difficult for boys to come forward and say, ‘I’m not doing well’ in person. But they will say it online. They’ll say it all over the place online. …Children don’t know how to transform pain yet. So all they do is get online and transmit it. They say things they don’t mean. They use words they would never use in front of you. They absolutely lie about your family and what’s going on, because they’re just transmitting their pain.” One of the best things you can do is communicate with your kids in an empathetic way that will lead to productive, rational conversations, instead of angering them or making them freeze up. Some examples of bad things to say to a frustrated kid? You need to calm down. You need to let it go. Suck it up. Your dad and I broke up with people, you’ll be just fine. “In the history of people telling me I need to calm down and let it go, I have not let it go. I have not calmed down. And they don’t either,” said McPherson. According to McPherson, there are two things that will improve your communication with your children: “You getting really vulnerable about what’s going on, and you validating what’s going on with them. Vulnerability plus validation equals connection. That’s what our kids need. Connection.” And if they can’t get that connection and support from you, the parent, they will try to get it from social media. l

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Ski equipment and artwork items set up for auction at the Utah Avalanche Center fundraiser. (Amy Green/City Journals)


hen the snow starts to fall, those with skiing on their minds look at the mountains as their playgrounds. However, before heading up to play, it’s important to check the conditions and avalanche danger in the backcountry. Luckily, it’s easy to find out by visiting the online resource The website offers forecasts from Logan to Moab, and also legit educational workshops and events. Since the Utah Avalanche Center is a non-profit that carries out field work and provides timely info and website updates, they need funds to run it. On Sept. 13, Utah Avalanche Center welcomed patrons and powder lovers to their 25th annual fundraiser for forecasting in the Black Diamond retailer parking lot at 2092 E. 3900 South. It was a relaxed evening with tickets available for anyone to enjoy live music, mingling, food and craft beverage. Dogs were allowed and one particularly lovable pup cantered about in a hip sequin tank top. Uinta Brewing Company provided the beer. The brewery has been a huge supporter of Utah Avalanche Center since the beginning. They brought a special pale ale made specifically for this event. It is inspiring to see businesses and devoted people offer time and resources to an important cause. Ski equipment and artwork items were set up for auction and bidding. It was a privilege for those who came, to be able to buy a ticket and support what the Utah Avalanche Center provides. Nicole Sims attended and praised the Utah Avalanche Center. “It’s a great resource — keeping people safe and re-

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sponsible,” she said. Jennifer Hall, a nurse, attended the fundraiser. “I ski in the backcountry and want to support Utah Avalanche Center,” she said. Hall checks the forecasts all the time. “The services are excellent. I think everybody should read it. The site and information is awesome,” she raved. Bo Torrey is the program manager of Utah Avalanche Center. He coordinates with ski resorts, UDOT, and also tour guides. “Those are our core teams. Those people help contribute information that helps to make our avalanche forecast that much more accurate,” Torrey explained. These teams have the know-how to provide backcountry enthusiasts with real-time data. Snow specialists are not just guessing, but really know what they’re doing. Torrey wants people to know that this yearly event is not only to bolster funding, but meant to be a gathering for the community. “It’s the right time of year where it’s not quite full-on ski season yet, but it brings everyone back together who hasn’t seen their buddies since April. It’s a fundraiser, but it’s really more about bringing everybody together,” he said. Professional forecasters agree that the old “safety first” adage, is an all-important reminder to live by. They encourage those doing extreme winter sports, powder boarding, snowmobiling, alpine ski-biking and more, to set egos aside. “Snowmobile technology has come a long way,” Torrey said. “Ten years ago, the nicest sled couldn’t get you into avalanche terrain. Now, the sleds you can get right off the sales floor will take you anywhere on the mountain. That’s the

user group we are focusing a lot of our attention towards,” he said. Before heading outside the boundaries of a ski resort, one can look to the valuable website. Even if families are just headed out to find sledding in a remote canyon, safety conditions can quickly be checked beforehand. “We want to make it easy for people to know when it’s ‘go, or no go’ conditions,” Torrey said. If the avalanche conditions on the website are “considerable” or above, then Torrey recommends one does not go out without the proper training and equipment. Cody Hughes, a volunteer for Utah Avalanche Center, noted, “There are nine different types of avalanches that we deal with in the backcountry, and some days we can go out and ski the steep slopes and others, we just tiptoe around the mountain. We don’t tickle the tail of the bad avalanche dragon.” It seems wise to heed what the pros say — to avoid waking a “sleeping beast.” Utah mountains need serious consideration and respect. Experts want all to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest, but to pay attention before stepping into those rad Fritschi bindings. Next year, watch for the 26th annual fundraiser event. Anyone is invited to reserve a ticket. In the meantime, the Utah Avalanche Center is ready to measure, watch, predict, warn, and update those heading into the backcountry this winter. To help support click the red “donate” button on the website, or at the Facebook page Utah.Avalanche.Center/. Any amount is put to good use. l

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Voting like it’s Black Friday ’Tis the month for voting. Utah’s 2018 General Election will take place on Nov. 6. Make sure to get your mail-in ballot post-marked by then or visit a polling station. If you’re not registered yet, don’t worry! You can register day-of at specific polling stations. I’ve been thinking a lot about voting recently with all the hype around this election. What does voting really mean? What do you really do when you color within the lines of your chosen bubbles? The conclusion I have come to is — voting is how I show support. There are a handful of propositions and amendments on this general election ballot. If I have an affirmative vote on a proposition, I am showing support. It’s in the name at that point. I’m a supporter of that proposition. The same goes for the candidates I vote for during elections. If I vote for a certain person, I am showing support for them. I’ve also been thinking a lot about the value of a dollar recently. What does the value of a price tag mean? When I hand my dollar bills or plastic card to the clerk, there’s more to that transaction than just the physical transfer of material. I am showing my support for that product, and/or company. In many of the “shop local” campaigns, a common slogan is “support local businesses.” That’s been reinforcing my idea. By shopping local, I am supporting local. Since both voting and spending money are ways of showing support, I’m starting to view dollar bills as a vote. I’d like to use a syllogism here. Spending money is showing support. Voting is showing support. Therefore, spending money is voting. With every dollar I spend, it’s another vote for the company I’m buying that product from. I’m effectively telling



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