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iverton is leading the charge against opioid abuse by providing kiosks for the safe disposal of unused and unneeded medications. At a press conference on Sept. 12, Mayor Trent Staggs announced that kiosks would be available around the city to encourage residents to dispose of their unused and unwanted medications in a safe and effective way. “As soon as you put your unwanted pill, tablet, capsule or liquid into the NarcX container it is ultimately non-retrievable,” said David Schiller, former DEA agent and president and co-founder of NarcX . “Our chemical engineer could not go in and take those pills back out. If someone tried to drink it, they would immediately throw up. There is zero abuse potential in it.” NarcX is a liquid solution that immediately renders the medication dropped into it non-useable. Riverton officials have purchased six kiosks of NarcX solution that will be placed at Riverton City Hall, Riverton Police Department, the Public Works Department and the city’s fire stations. It is estimated that around 50 Utahns die from opioid addiction each month. Seventy-four percent of Utahns currently addicted to opioids got them from friends or family members. “The unfortunate truth is that while we are talking at this press conference, someone is going to overdose,” said Schiller. “That’s something we can eliminate because the second that pill is no longer needed by the person who its prescribed for that pill can immediately be non-useable and non-divertable. It can’t be abused; you can’t get addicted and you can’t die.” Riverton Intermountain Hospital officials also announced their efforts to partner with Riverton to fight opioid abuse. They purchased 1,000 individual bottles of NarcX solution that residents can get for free at the Southridge Pharmacy inside of the Riverton Intermountain Hospital. “We wish to be part of the solution,” said Todd Neubert,

Mayor Trent Staggs and state leaders revealed their city’s solution to the opioid crisis at a press conference. (Photo courtesy Attorney General Sean Reyes)

Intermountain Riverton Hospital administrator. “We are partnering with the city to distribute bottles of NarcX to individuals in the community. Those people wishing to clean out their medicine cabinets and eliminate the threat and potentially devastating effects that unused narcotics pose to their loved ones.” DEA District Agent in Charge and Co-chair of the Utah Opioid Task Force Brian Besser praised Staggs and other Riverton leaders for thinking outside of the box. “I was taken back to receive a phone call from a city that wants to be progressive and actually be part of the solution,” Besser said. “I was elated to be part of this because it was such a proactive stance on such a grave issue.” Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Riverton’s action

to provide kiosks puts the city right at the top of the list of those making a difference. “People every day ask me what can I do? What can I do to make a difference?” Reyes said. “You may not be able to arrest someone, you may not be able to change prescription policies, but every single one of us can make a difference starting today, right now by going home and getting rid of some of that unused, un-needed expired medication in an environmentally safe and public health safe manner. I encourage you to please do that.” Staggs said Riverton leaders are committed to combat the opioid crisis locally and hopes other cities will join in the fight. “It really is the time for action,” Staggs said. “It requires everybody’s effort.”.

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A ride-along Q&A with the Herriman Police Department as it turns a year old By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com


ept. 30 marked one year since the Herriman Police Department officially took over and started patrolling the streets. The South Valley Journal wanted to know how things have been going with the fledgling department, a ride-along with Sergeant Brad Bailey was arranged where he was asked about a variety of issues impacting the safety and security of Herriman residents. Here’s some of what he had to say.

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said.” And it was all volunteer. People were just doing it because they are family.” That unique family culture has helped make the police department a great place to work–so much so that they have zero turnover in their first year.

When it comes to package theft, Bailey said the numbers aren’t rampant, but it may be an under-reported crime. Many people will post photos or videos of package thieves on social media but don’t actually report it to the police, he said. “Put it online, but by all means, call and The challenges of working in a rapidly let us know,” he said. “We don’t monitor sogrowing community cial media.” While driving down Mountain View Corridor, Bailey pointed to a series of town- Traffic complaints Before going on the ride-along, I reached homes and apartment buildings that had been completed just in the last year, as he ex- out to the Facebook group Herriman Happlained that keeping up with the growth of penings to gather relevant questions from the the city has been the biggest challenge for the community. Many dealt with concerns about traffic situations on specific streets throughHerriman Police Department. “More people mean more streets,” he out the city. For those kinds of concerns, Bailey recsaid. “More streets mean more street names that you have to learn that aren’t in the GPS ommended that people submit formal complaints through either the city’s website or yet.” More people also mean more potential by calling the department’s non-emergency for crime, statistically speaking. However, phone number. If there’s a formal complaint Bailey said he’s not aware of any data that they can arrange to have an area monitored shows crime increases in, or because of, by a traffic unit. With only three patrol cars out on the high-density housing development. “There are areas of the city that are road at times, the department doesn’t have high-density that we are rarely called out to,” he said. “There are others where we are frequently called out to. And the same can be said for single-family home neighborhoods.”

the resources to watch every school zone, busy intersection or thoroughfare all day. That’s why it’s so important for people to be proactive in contacting the police when there is a problem.

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Bailey said that one of the more surprising things he’s encountered in Herriman is the number of alcohol-related cases, specifically drunk driving and domestic situations. Drunk and alcohol use among teenagers is also a big concern for the department. “It’s more than what people would anticipate,” he said. “It keeps school resource officers very busy.” An often-related problem is mental health, an issue that Bailey said impacts all demographics of people. The department is currently putting together a special mental health unit, an effort actually being led by Bailey himself. The unit will be partnering with the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute to connect residents with some of their free resources and programs.

“For me, it’s been a seamless transition for the community,” Bailey said. “The officers see the community as a good fit for them. After the first year, we have zero turnover. That’s unheard of.” Bailey credited Chief Troy Carr with installing a community-first mentality throughout the department, something he said has really helped them become ingrained in the city. “We are all focused on Herriman and only on Herriman,” he said. “We can dedicate all our time and resources to our residents.” Bailey and several other officers in the department live either in or near Herriman, which helps the focus remain on community-oriented policing even more. “It feels good to take part in my own community,” he said. “When someone needs Crime in Herriman help, it’s my friends or neighbors. It strengthAccording to Bailey, the most common ens the community feel that we have.” form of crime in Herriman is theft, usually What makes Herriman PD unique? from someone’s unlocked car, open garage or “The city’s been a family since day a package left on a front porch. one,” Bailey said. “The community is very trusting out When one employee went through an here, which is great, but that also creates unexpected family tragedy, Bailey said the crimes of opportunity,” Bailey said. entire city staff rallied to the employee’s aid. Education is a big part of what the de“Before I’d even heard about, and I partment is doing to combat these kinds of heard about it fairly quickly, there had al- crimes. For example, patrol officers have ready been a network of employees put to- door hangers that they can leave on houses gether to help take care of their needs,” he that have their garage doors open overnight. Herriman Police Department patrol vehicles sit outside city hall. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

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Award-winning artwork from All-State High School Show displayed in Riverton By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


hroughout the month of September, the Old Dome Meeting Hall in Riverton was the home to 27 pieces of award-winning mixed media art created by high school students. The artwork was part of a traveling exhibition curated from the 2018 All-State High School art competition. Each year, the Springville Museum of Art invites 11th and 12th graders from across the state of Utah to submit up to two pieces of artwork to the juried competition. In 2018, 1,016 entries were narrowed down to 337 works that were exhibited at the All-State High School Show. Of these 337 pieces of art, 27 were selected for the Utah Arts & Museums traveling show. Riverton was one of the cities chosen to host this traveling art show. Bradley Dance, Riverton’s Cultural Events coordinator, submitted an application to host the art show because it was a great fit for the exhibit space at the Old Dome Meeting Hall. “It’s good to have something with a little more home feel,” Dance said. “We had a lot of parents and kids come to see it.” Josh Loftin, the spokesperson for the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, said

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ueen Elizabeth I is a frequent visitor to Fort Herriman Middle School. On other days, Spider-Man, a quidditch player or fairy godmother can be spotted. When Gayle Dowdle wears one of her cosplay costumes to school, students pay attention. “Outside of my teacher life, I’m a cosplayer,” said Dowdle, who teaches eighth grade science. “I’ve always tried to dress up as much as possible. There’s always an excuse to wear a costume—it may be a stretch, but there is a reason.” Dowdle dresses over-the-top for spirit days and holidays, but she also shows up in character to enhance her students’ learning experience. History comes alive for students when they hear about historical events from Dowdle when she looks and acts the part of Queen Elizabeth I. She has three different Queen Elizabeth costumes. “It’s nice because it fits into the era that they’re learning about in history so there are connections that they can make,” Dowdle said. When students participate in a survival activity to colonize a new planet, Dowdle wears her alien costume—the pink-haired Starfire from Teen Titans. And when students study the Civil War era, Dowdle comes to school in a Southern belle gown that would

even make Scarlett O’Hara jealous. Over her 15 years of teaching, Dowdle has taken her love of dressing up to the professional level. “It definitely has escalated over the years,” said Dowdle. Since entering her first cosplay competition four years ago, she has won at every level of costume competition at Salt Lake’s FanX Comic Convention and is now a judge for the event. Dowdle documents the progress of her costume-making on Instagram @dowdledesign and Facebook at thequeenscostumes. She spends hundreds of hours creating intricate, authentic, custom costumes for herself and others. Students are involved in the process because she uses the costumes to teach science and engineering principles. “All cosplay is really engineering,” Dowdle said. Her steampunk Batgirl costume became a visual example of simple machines and the engineering process. She designed each moving part with motors and gears, including a pulley system to control the bat wings. “I brought a piece of the costume and explained the process of how I tried something and it didn’t work,” she said. “So, I had to come up with something new, and I tested that and that didn’t work, so I had to come up with something new. Just going through and

Science teacher Gayle Dowdle keeps her students’ attention when she dresses as Queen Elizabeth I. (Photo courtesy Gayle Dowdle)

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explaining that it’s OK if you fail a few times and don’t get the intended results because that’s part of the process of engineering.” Sabrina Lin, a 19-year old former student, remembers these lessons from Dowdle’s classes. “She taught us it’s OK if you designed something and it ends up failing so long as you gave it your all,” Lin said. “And it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks about it, so long as you’re having fun creating what you want to create.”

else thinks,” Lin said. “Slowly, I’m getting there myself—to not care what anybody else thinks. I am who I am, and having her as one of my role models just helps out with that.” Dowdle was surprised when students like Lin told her that they felt more courageous to be themselves because of her example. “It was like this ‘wow’ moment,” she said. “I didn’t even think about that that’s what the costumes were showing kids.” She now makes a conscious effort to dress up as

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Students love it when their teacher dresses as one of their favorite characters, such as Starfire from Teen Titans. (Photo courtesy Gayle Dowdle)

Lin is currently studying engineering at the University of Utah and is interested in researching alternative sustainable materials. She credits her interest in science to Dowdle, who made the subject interesting. Dowdle said her love of art, cosplay and accompanying fandoms help her create connections with students who share those interests. Even years later, students still remember her. “I think what makes Ms. Dowdle so cool is she really doesn’t care what anybody

often as possible. She encourages students to do what they love—even if others look at them funny. She believes it is an important lesson for middle school students, who are just figuring out who they are and developing the courage to show it. “I’m trying to help them figure out that they can fit in and be a part of a group without looking like everybody else exactly, that they still have their own individuality and they can be themselves,” she said.

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What the school bus driver wants you to know By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

What do the flashing yellow lights mean?

“Yellow flashing lights is a warning. Be careful. That’s what drivers will do a couple hundred feet before their stop to help people be aware that they are going to be stopping soon.” She said to treat it like a yellow light in an intersection and prepare to stop. Should I always stop for the flashing red stop sign? Flashing red lights or stop sign (called a stop arm) extended from a bus means stop— most of the time. But there are different rules depending on what kind of road you are on. If the road has a physical barrier dividing traffic or if it has two or more lanes going each way plus a turn lane, the bus will drop kids off on both sides of street separately so none should be crossing the street. “If there’s a bus stopped on Redwood Road (or similar road), all the traffic going the same direction as the bus needs to stop. All the traffic going the opposite direction is supposed to slow down to 20 mph as if it were a school zone.” On smaller roads, such as 4000 West, all traffic in both directions must stop and wait until the stop arm is folded in before proceedWhat parents don’t know about bus safety can put their children in danger. (Jet Burnham/City Journals) ing. Shaw believes when parents, children s the mother of seven children ages 3 to Getting off the bus: and drivers all know, understand and follow 23, West Jordan resident Ruth Shaw has “Kids need to walk out to the sidewalk the rules, accidents can be prevented. spent at a lot of time watching her kids get on or 10 feet away from the bus. And then, if and off the school bus. She thought she knew they need to cross in front of the bus, they What is the school’s role in bus safety? Paul Bergera, director of transportation how to keep them safe. However, when she should walk about 10 feet in front of the bus. for Jordan District, said safety training is rewas trained as a school bus driver, she was Then, they walk halfway across the street— quired for drivers annually, and students are surprised by how much she didn’t know. to the edge of the bus—to stop and wait for taught bus safety during assemblies during “I learned a lot of the procedures, and the bus driver to check all the mirrors, make then I watched my kids and realized how sure there’s no traffic coming and then give the first few weeks of the school year. A new bus safety video was released last month and unsafe they were being,” Shaw said. “I think them the OK sign.” can be found on jordandistrict.org. parents are the best advocates for keeping Never seen the OK sign? It’s an index “Bus safety is something that we all their kids safe.” finger pointing in the direction it is safe to take very seriously,” Bergera said. “We all For Bus Safety month this October, walk. are trying to get as much information out to Shaw is sharing what she has learned to help our communities as we can on how to be safDangers around a stopped bus: other parents keep their kids safe. “I learned how dangerous it is for kids to er drivers and to look out for school buses. Getting on the bus: be too close to the wheels. We have mirrors They’re pretty hard to miss. They’re big and “I wish that I would have known that in front so that we can see what’s in front of yellow. Just know that when you’re driving kids should never start walking up to the bus the bus. But kids are small, and they’re quick. around a school bus, it’s potentially going to until the driver opens the door. That gives If a child dropped something under the bus make a stop so be aware.”  the driver a chance to make sure that all the and decided to go grab it, that could be poJust like kids, parents need a reminder of cars are stopping that should stop and that no tentially fatal.” the reason for the rules. one’s going to buzz past him.” “Everybody’s in a hurry; everybody Shaw said care must be taken even around parked buses or before school lets wants to get from point A to point B,” Bergera On the bus: “While on the bus, kids like to try and out, when a driver might not be on alert for said. “But we just really have to think about stand up or turn around sideways. One time, kids who are where they’re not expected to the repercussions of what would happen if a student was hit or if a student was injured.” I had a kid that actually crawled between the be. PTA organizations also help educate back seat and the back-window emergency Consistent message: families during Safety Week, commonly exit.” Shaw believes when everyone knows known as Green Ribbon Week. “My kids want to know the why about the procedures, kids won’t get competing ineverything. I find it’s best to explain the structions from parents and bus drivers. Con- National Safety Week is Oct. 21–25. reason behind rules. I tell the kids there’s a flicting information puts children at risk and “We recognize it’s a week, but we want reason why you should sit flat on your butt can be a factor in a fatal accident. people to be cognizant of bus safety yearand face forward—because you don’t have “Accidents happen. And you know, a round,” Bergera said. “With the exception of seatbelts in the bus. So, if there’s an accident, child just doesn’t stand a chance against a a few months during the summer, it’s a big that’s what keeps you safe.”  part of our lives, especially in our morning huge bus.” and afternoon traffic.” l


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CATCHING THE RULE BREAKERS: So how often do drivers illegally pass and drive too fast around school buses? “I would say pretty frequently,” says bus driver Ruth Shaw. “I’ve had several drivers just drive right past even though I have the stop signs out.” Ron Litchfield, Utah State Pupil Transportation Specialist, regularly collects information about safety violations. For one day in March, 1,661 Utah school bus drivers noted how many drivers passed their bus illegally. They recorded 917 violations in a single day. Over half were from cars traveling in the same direction as the bus, meaning they passed the bus when their view of children crossing the street was blocked. Law enforcement catches many of the violators but they can’t be everywhere. Fortunately, school districts are starting to empower drivers to catch law-breakers in the act. “We have cameras on our school buses that will catch people who violate stop arms and who run through them,” said Paul Bergera, director of transportation for Jordan School District. He said footage showing clear video evidence of violations are referred to local law enforcement agencies. Bergera said sometimes, with details provided by the video, officers have been able to track down drivers at their place of employment to issue them their ticket shortly after the infraction.

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Are Bluffdale and Riverton homes at a higher risk for flooding? By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

Residents from Bluffdale and Riverton learn about their flood risks at an open house held by state and federal agencies. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

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any Bluffdale and Riverton residents showed up to an open house hosted by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) at Riverton City Hall Sept. 9. FEMA partnered with state and local agencies to reassess the flood risk to homes located near seven tributaries including Midas Creek in Riverton and Rose Creek in Bluffdale. Homeowners with property in these areas were notified via mail that the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) were available for review and comment. Homes with federally backed mortgages or grants that are considered at a higher risk for flooding and classified as within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) are required to purchase flood insurance. “We are having an open house for citizens to show the new maps,” said Margaret Dougherty, RiskMAP program manager for FEMA. “[You can] give us your address, and we will show you where you are on the map and show you if going into a flood hazard area or coming out or if it has changed at all.” “FEMA partnered with the state to update the risk for seven tributaries in Salt Lake County,” said Matt Buddie, National Flood Insurance Program specialist. “We wanted to give folks the opportunity to come out and see the maps, ask questions and help them understand their risk.” Buddie said the flood risk maps are updated about every five years. Improved technology and up-to-date information about property make the new maps more accurate. “Risk is a snapshot in time,” said Buddie. “There are a lot of different factors that can change what flood risk looks like. This is our opportunity to present [the maps] to the public and get feedback. We are going to go through a 90-day official appeal period where anyone who has information that shows something different than us can submit it to us, and we’ll review it to see if we

can incorporate it into the process.” Rosie Hopkins attended the open house and said she was not happy to discover that the property she is building on in Riverton is in the SFHA. “I purchased the land six months ago, had my contractor draw out my plans, and I just submitted them to the city,” Hopkins said. “I had no idea until I received a letter that my property was in a floodplain.” Hopkins and her future neighbors Brianne and Eric Benson are hoping new information, including statements from the developers of their neighborhood, will remove the houses in their subdivision from the high-risk flood designation that requires higher-priced flood insurance. Midas Creek runs alongside the neighborhood. “Midas Creek in the very back part of my property,” said Hopkins. “It is a very steep embankment that goes down 7 or 8 feet. The creek is so small that the first time I looked at it I couldn’t even tell if it was running.” “It’s fine if we are in a flood zone,” said Brianne Benson. “We just want to be in the correct zone.” “We are currently zoned as an AE; high flood risk,” said Eric Benson. “We should be an X, which means flood insurance is recommended but optional.” The Bensons said they have fought their flood risk designation several times over the past 6 1/2 years and have seen their flood insurance rates fluctuate between $400 a year to the current $1,200 a year they are paying. Dougherty said they encourage every person they speak with to buy flood insurance because flooding is not covered by homeowners’ insurance and can happen to anybody. “Unfortunately, some people say I’ve lived here 10 years, and it’s never flooded,” Dougherty said. “Statistics show that over a 30-year mortgage, one-quarter of houses will get flooded.” Buddie said the goal of the open house was to open the doors of communication with affected residents. “We all have risk; some just have a higher risk than others,” said Buddie. “That is what we are trying to depict on these maps. I always find if people know what their risk is and understand it, they can take action and try to minimize that risk for future impact.” The timeline for the Flood Insurance Rate Map allows appeals for 90 days starting in December 2019. Final determinations should be made in the summer of 2020 with an effective Federal Insurance Rate Map projected to be completed fall of 2020 to early 2021. More information and contact information can be found at floodfacts.utah.gov.

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Ridge View Elementary makes big decisions for school’s future By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Students begin the school year with a red carpet welcome. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)


idge View Elementary School began its first year with a red carpet welcome for excited students and community members. “Everything is nice and new and up to date,” said Stephanie Kamerath, a parent. “We get to help form the culture and be involved.” Students and staff members are already making decisions to shape the school’s traditions and culture. They voted for school colors of red, silver and black. A raptor was chosen as the school mascot. They adopted the values of Ridge View PRIDE: Positivity, Respect, Involvement, Directions (followed

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the first time) and Excellence. “It has really set the tone for the culture we want in our school and the expectations we have for everyone,” said second grade teacher Kayla Tuso. Because everyone is new, they are all contributing to the creation of the school climate. “Being at a new school is just very exciting,” Tuso said. “It’s fun to collaborate with new teachers that are all coming from different places and bringing different ideas, gifts and talents.” Haley McCall, team lead for the special

education department, has been able to plan her program from the ground up. “Our leadership team helped develop what our behavior plan was and what we want our school to look like this year,” she said. “We’ve pulled together lots of amazing teachers, a lot of experienced teachers. It’s really awesome to work with so many dedicated, hard workers—teachers who are passionate.” Staff members faced challenges unique to opening a new school. Some of the classroom supplies did not arrive in time for the first day of class. “We’ve done a great job of sharing with each other until it all arrives,” Tuso said. Enrollment numbers rose dramatically in the weeks leading up to the first day of school. Initially, 481 students were expected to enroll at Ridge View. By the first day of school, there were 600. New teachers were hired last minute and classes were rearranged. Enrollment is expected to swell as more houses are built in the surrounding area. “We’re actually moving into the boundaries in October,” Kamerath said. Her third grader began the year at Ridge View instead of transferring in once their house in the South Hills development is finished. The rapid growth of the area has affected school boundaries in the area.

“Most of our students have been moved from several different schools the past few years due to boundary changes and enrollment numbers,” said Camille Mousley. “I am hoping that students can now feel like they have a stable place and that we can find and start our own traditions.” Mousley accepted the role as the first PTA president for Ridge View Elementary. Funding has been the biggest challenge of starting a PTA organization from scratch. “We were given a percentage from the schools that fed into our school, but it’s definitely not enough to do things that established schools normally do and what we have in mind,” she said. Mousley has been pleased by the support from teachers, students, parents and community members for their first two fundraising events: Spirit Night at Café Zupas in August and a carnival in September. “I think that because of all the newness of the school, everyone has been more willing to help and volunteer because nothing has been established,” she said. The goal of the PTA this year is to bring people together. “We just want to make this first year an incredible experience for everyone and only build on up for the years to come,” said Mousley.



You’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. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 5. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 6. Only visit well-lit houses. 7. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult.

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8. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 9. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 10. 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. 11. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 12. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 13. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 14. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 15. 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.




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Salt Lake County considers Wardle Fields for off-leash dog park By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

Wardle Fields Regional Park concept plans to include an off-leash dog park were displayed at an open house. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)


concept plan for a regional scale offleash dog park that could be constructed at Wardle Fields Regional Park in Bluffdale was presented to the public Aug. 22. The open house, held at the J.L. Sorenson recreation center was the first of three held by Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation to answer questions and gather public

opinion on dog park amenities and concepts. Concept plans were created for three potential locations: Wardle Fields Regional Park, Lodestone Regional Park in Kearns and the future Magna Regional Park. “The three different parks all have concept plans that are very similar,” said Ken Richley, Salt Lake County Park Develop-

ment project manager. “The point is a regional scale amenity just like a soccer complex or a baseball complex. It has separate parking, central nodes with a pavilion and a restroom, and all have three separate areas for dogs. Two larger dog areas that we could rotate to let turf rest, and one smaller area for smaller dogs.” This project was started in 2008 with the creation of the Off-Leash Dog Park Master Plan, which identified the need for dog park amenities. In 2017, county leaders started to dive deeper into the plan with a suitability matrix that eventually led to the selection of these three locations. The plan is for the eventual development of two or three offleash regional dog parks ranging in size from 5 to 10 acres. Richley said while there is no current funding plan for the dog parks, officials are moving forward with planning to be prepared when money for the projects is secured. “As planners, we like to have things ready,” Richley said. “It’s so much easier to tell the story of where, what it’s going to look like and what it is going to cost. That’s where we are in the process.” Traci Crockett, a Bluffdale resident and planning commission member who is running for city council, attended the open house. “I wanted to see what is on the master

plan and the process for getting it there,” said Crockett. “There’s not a dog park in the area, and as I’ve been out campaigning, I’ve had several people ask if I’ve heard anything about it.” Crockett said although the project appears to be a long way from actually starting, it could potentially benefit Bluffdale residents. “Wardle Park is one of our biggest amenities,” said Crockett. “The front area of the park with the playground and splash pad is very seasonal. We are trying to get commercial near [the park], and if [the dog park] is something where people are coming in the winter, I think it would be helpful to our economic development.” Richley said they want people to understand that they aren’t taking the worst corner of the park and fencing it and turning it into dog park. “We are treating it as another phase of the regional park,” he said. “[Dogs] are constituents that matter just as much as other constituents.” Interested residents who were unable to attend an open house can access all project information and provide feedback at slco. org/parks-recreation/planning/dog-parks or via email at dogparks@slco.org .


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Jump into the future with wearable fitness technology By Amber Allen | a.allen@mycityjournals.com


he excitement about wearable fitness technology just keeps growing, especially with new devices becoming available almost every time you blink. Fitness’s future looks like it’s going to be driven by devices that track your activity levels and heart rates. So, what’s best? Here are a few that we like.

Wrist activity trackers

connects to an app through your phone, providing you with feedback.


If you’ve ever been in the situation of riding along on your bike and glancing down at your smartwatch to check your heartrate and almost hitting a car, then you may be interested in eyewear that displays this information. That way, you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. Advanced eyewear includes features like different color-coded lights that notify you whether you’re overdoing it, not working hard enough or are working the right amount. You can even purchase a pair that includes audio alerts.

Wrist activity trackers are one of the most popular wearable fitness tech options, one that’s affordable and user-friendly. Most of these units track how many steps you walk each day, how many calories you burned, how well you’re sleeping and your heart rate. The nice thing about wrist activity trackers is that they’ll tell you when you’ve been sit- Smart watches ting too long. You can also set daily activity While smart watches do more than help goals for yourself that the tracker will help you with fitness, they also do things like track you reach. your heart rate and record your data. If you Tech apparel run or bike, then you might want to spring One of the newest wearable tech options for one with GPS. That way, you’ll be able is tech apparel. This type of clothing includes to map your path. Use a smart watch to cussemiconductor technology that reads your tomize your workouts by inputting different heart rate, muscle activity and even your heart rate zones that you want to reach. These breathing rate. Today, there are yoga leggings devices connect to most fitness apps, making with technology that helps you perfect the it even easier to track your workouts. many different yoga poses. The pants gently Posture enhancing tech pulse at your ankles, hips and knees, telling Poor posture is a problem for many of you to move or hold a pose. The apparel item us, resulting in injuries such as “tech neck,”

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back problems and carpal tunnel syndrome. Today’s modern technology offers you a way to correct your posture using a small device. Formed into a tiny, sleek pin that you attach to your shirt, a posture aid tells you how you’re holding yourself and your activity levels. Whenever you slouch forward while walking, sitting or standing the posture enhancer will vibrate gently, reminding you to adjust your posture. It may seem simple, but over time, you will do it automatically, and this will help you in all areas of your life

ranging from everyday workouts to work presentations.

Taking advantage of today’s technology

Modern technology is easy to add to your everyday life. Today, wearable fitness is something that you barely notice even as it helps you make major improvements to the way that you hold yourself and work out. Take advantage of wrist activity trackers, smart clothing and posture enhancers to exercise in ways that are easier and healthier for your body. l

New book club started by Herriman to educate about city planning and encourage dialogue By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


any people haven’t considered how the layout and planning of the city they live in affect their lives. Herriman officials are trying to encourage that way of thinking with their new “Community Builders Book Club.” Herriman City Planning Director Michael Maloy came up with the idea as a way to encourage residents to expand their knowledge about city planning and open up a meaningful dialogue between city planners, employees and residents. “We are working on a new general plan, and I know that growth and development bring up big issues for the community,” Maloy said. “I thought [the book club] could be a forum for a deeper discussion for people who are really interested in talking about how cities grow, how communities plan for growth and how we protect and enhance the quality of life.” At the first book club meeting in July, Maloy and five others discussed the book, “Happy City” by Charles Montgomery. The next book club discussion, held Sept. 17, was about the book “Walkable City,” Happy City is one of the books that has been discussed in Herriby Jeff Speck. man’s new Community Builders Book Club. This is not a first for Maloy, who

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also works as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. Each spring he teaches a course there called “City In Literature” which focuses on literature that talks about the planning and development of cities. “I really believe that it is so valuable to read your profession or read your passion,” said Maloy, who says he’s read around 50 books about city planning since graduating 20 years ago. “I’ve been a big advocate of encouraging planning students and professional planners to read more.” Herriman resident and planning commission member Heather Garcia attended the first book club and said she gained a lot of insight from reading the book and participating in the book club discussion. “[Happy City] had so much great information on the different types of buildings and what has worked in the past and what hasn’t worked,” Garcia said. “One interesting thing we learned about is how building a better city can increase social engagement and how city planning plays a big role in mental health.” Maloy said they had a booth at Her-

riman Days to encourage people to join the book club and are hoping that as time passes more and more residents, whether from Herriman or other cities, become involved. “I think [the book club] is a great opportunity for people who are concerned with how their community is growing or developing,” Maloy said. “This isn’t a meeting where people show up and argue or complain about current issues. We want people to read the book, come discuss and learn together.” Garcia said she thinks the book club is great for the city of Herriman. “I find it highly inspirational and motivating,” said Garcia. “I’m excited we have city leaders who are interested in seeing positive changes and building a happier city.” The next Community Builders book club meeting will be held Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at 14692 South Sky Bird Drive in Herriman. The group will be discussing the book “Community: The Structure of Belonging” by Peter Block.

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Residents line up for the grand opening of Arches Park on July 30. (Photo courtesy Herriman City).


estled in the Arches subdivision in Herriman, you’ll find a park like you’ve never seen before. Besides the usual park amenities— swings, slides, structures for climbing—there is a gigantic area dedicated to hammocking and slacklining. “We were trying to keep with the theme of arches,” said Wendy Thomas, director of Parks and Events in Herriman. “The concept for the park was born from the vision of creating unique play destinations that will encourage creativity, movement, interaction and respite from the busy and hectic environment in which many of us live.” After deciding on a hammocking area, Herriman called on professional chainsaw artist Jim Valentine to create 27 poles of varying height each of which has an intricately carved design of a local animal or creature. “They wanted me to stick with animals indigenous to the area,” Valentine said. “My favorite one to carve was the woodpecker.” Other pole designs include bears, turtles, snakes, spiders, seagull, cougar, lizard, snake, eagle, squirrel, owls, otter and the city’s mascot, the Herriman Yeti. Most of the poles were also painted by Valentine to “make them pop.” Carving and painting the poles took about a month for Valentine to complete, but he said watching children’s reactions at the park’s grand opening made it worth all of his effort. “It’s an honor to have my art out there for everybody to share,” Valentine said. “It’s very rewarding. I love what I do.” Kirstin Jenkins lives within walking distance to the new Arches park and said her three oldest kids love to play there. “These guys love it,” she said. “We spend about an hour and a half to two hours here a day. Every time we come, there are new people. There are a lot of fun things to do.” Arches Park is one of many new parks

that Herriman city has been constructing. Creek Ridge park was completed this summer, and there are five other parks currently being built that are projected to open in 2020.

Arches Park in Herriman has a large area for hammocking or slacklining. (Stephanie Yrungaray/ City Journals)

Kids climb on the play structure at the new Arches Park in Herriman. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

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Month-long festival encouraged residents to enjoy newly improved Jordan River By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


Signs at the Get to the River festival kickoff encouraged visitors to imagine what improvements they would like along the Jordan River. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

uring September, residents in the 16 cities and three counties that line the Jordan River were encouraged to “Get to the River.” The Get to the River festival included a month-long calendar of events to increase awareness and encourage the use of the Jordan River and Jordan River Parkway. “[The festival] is a great opportunity for every city the river goes through to showcase and highlight the value of the river in their city,” said Tish Buroker, member of Riverton City Council and incoming chair of the Jordan River Commission. This year, 18 events were planned in six cities: Bluffdale, Millcreek, Riverton, Sandy, South Salt Lake and West Valley City. “Last year we got our [Riverton] arts council involved,” Buroker said. “This year we are having a concert right on the lawn [by the river]. It’s got a perfectly natural amphitheater and we get to listen to a live band, Sean’s Garage, and a children’s choir that performs Beatles songs. How fun is that?” Bluffdale joined in the festival this year with “Jordan River ROCKS.” Twice a week a sticker reading “Bluffdale’s Jordan River Rocks” was hidden somewhere along the Jordan River in Bluffdale. The city posted clues on their Facebook

page to help people find the rock. Once the rock was found it could be taken to Bluffdale City Hall to trade for a prize. Other events for the festival planned by cities included a bike ride, nature walks, restoration and clean-up projects, art projects, canoe and kayak flotillas, paddling excursions and fishing events. Buroker said one of the goals of the Get to the River festival is to address and overcome some of the old beliefs about the Jordan River. “It used to be a place where you dumped trash and sewage,” Buroker said. “But the Department of Natural Resources, the Division of Water Quality, the Division of Wildlife all of those folks have gotten very actively involved and have helped improve the Jordan River.” At the festival kickoff, Soren Simonsen, the executive director of the Jordan River Commission spoke about what has been improved along the river since the Jordan River Blueprint was created in 2008 and announced an upcoming blueprint revision. “This month we are launching an update,” Simonsen said. “We will have outreach at most of the Get to the River events to give residents an opportunity to share what they like that has been accomplished over the last

decade and what they would like to see us focus on as our priorities over the next decade.” A new fundraising opportunity called Jordan River Friends was also announced. “We want to expand the opportunity for others to be involved with the Jordan River,” said Scott Peters, a member of the Jordan River Foundation. “This is an opportunity for the general public, residents as well as corporate sponsors, to get involved with the Jordan River corridor by donating time and money to improve this great resource.” Through the Jordan River Foundation website at www.jrf-utah.org, residents or companies can donate money and participate in special events and activities planned especially for Jordan River Friends. The overall goal of the Get to the River festival was to encourage residents to utilize this natural resource that sometimes goes unnoticed. “There’s something for everyone at the Jordan River, from walking dogs and children to canoeing to flying model airplanes to picnicking, and the temperature is generally 5 degrees cooler along the river,” Buroker said. “The Get to the River festival celebrates this beautiful ribbon of precious water.” l

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Community, technology are a big part of Mountain Point Elementary By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

T During an assembly on Sept. 13, the results of student and staff voting revealed the puma as the school mascot. (Carolyn Bona/Mountain Point Elementary)

MASCOT AND COLORS The results are in! Students chose the puma as the school mascot. The majority of the 350 students and 50 staff also voted for school colors to be light blue, black and white.

eachers, staff, and students are excited to be a part of Bluffdale’s newest school, Mountain Point Elementary. “The best thing about teaching at a brand new school is the positivity that comes from all the excitement,” said fifth-grade teacher Sarah Sterling. The Bluffdale community has been waiting for years for the construction of a new school to accommodate their population growth. Two local Boy Scout troops took an active role in preparing the school for its opening on Aug 20. For his Eagle Scout project, Andrew Baker assembled the school’s brand new P.E. class equipment. He and his troop unloaded and organized boxes of furniture and classroom supplies delivered over the summer. Then seventh-grader Teron Alldredge organized his scout troop to break down and sort the remaining mountain of boxes and packing materials. “It felt good knowing we could help by doing small tasks that took a lot of time but was helpful to the school,” Teron said. Teron’s troop also wrapped each student desk with caution tape. On the first day of

school, students cut the ribbons to claim their new desk. Principal Carolyn Bona planned the ribbon cutting ceremony to build excitement and ownership for the new desks. The desks have a high gloss plastic surface and can be written on with dry erase markers. “Hopefully they realize how lucky and special they are to use these desks,” said Bona, who also helped open Bluffdale Elementary in 1995. Activities throughout the year will build on the theme “Let’s Build Together.” Students watched the construction of the school with interest. Now they will help build the school’s climate, culture, relationships, and programs. Mountain Point students are participating in the Golden Gate Kids program, which encourages students to be kind. To kick-off the program, students built models of bridges as a visual reminder to find ways to connect with others. Bridges were built from a variety of materials found in the school’s STEM lab. “I decided to use packing materials for our class’s bridge building project, because of the surplus amount of packing material we have in our STEM Lab,” said Sarah Sterling, a fifth grade teacher.

The collaborative space in the STEM lab sets Mountain Point apart from other elementary school computer labs. “We’re focusing on engineering,” said Bona. “The kids are engaged with physically making and doing instead of having a computer rotation.” With a 1:1 technology ratio, students use iPads or Chromebooks in their classrooms every day. This frees up their weekly time in the STEM lab for exploring other technologies. Students learn engineering, coding, and robotics skills with tech tools and toys. “Kids were born using this tech,” Bona said. “They are naturally captivated by technology so we take that natural ability and help them learn with it. If you don’t incorporate technology, they get bored. We have to try to keep up with what they’re doing.” With the resources in the STEM lab, students can use virtual reality to explore objects in 3D, play games to reinforce concepts, and go on virtual field trips. “We see the strength of teaching with technology,” Bona said. “We’re going beyond, we’re transforming education.”


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Riverton flying through first half of season All photos taken by Travis Barton

Senior Seth Davis busts through the line for a big gain. Riverton was 5-1 through its first six games, including a nail-biting 30-29 come-from-behind victory over Jordan. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Junior Jaxon Howard completes a short pass against Jordan. After a season opening loss to Pleasant Grove, Riverton reeled off five wins in a row. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Junior Brayden Hunkin attacks the line of scrimmage. After six wins in 2018, the Silverwolves had five wins by Sept. 20 of this season. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Senior Seth Davis runs the ball for a first down against Jordan High on Sept. 20. Davis opened the scoring for the Silverwolves with a 1-yard run in the first quarter. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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What would you do to not have to drive the school carpool every day? These families bought a bus. By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

One neighborhood fills up a 14-passenger bus to carpool to their charter school. (Photo courtesy Maddie Purser)


ne Herriman neighborhood has taken carpooling to the next level—they bought a bus to drive their kids to school. “I was just sick of carpool,” said Maddie Purser, mother of a fifth and third-grader. “I was sick of driving all the time.” Purser invited three families in her neighborhood, whose children attend the charter school Athlos Academy, to split the cost of purchasing a 14-passenger bus. Nine students now arrive to school on the bus and each family only has to drive carpool one week a month. “We are eliminating several other vehicles going and doing driveline every single day because we capture our entire neighborhood,” said Purser.

Her neighbor, Robin White, said they have had multiple carpools in the past few years but no one had a vehicle that could accommodate all of the kids that needed a ride. “Everybody’s families are growing so that was not possible,” White said. Among the four families, there are nine children who attend school and an additional eight siblings. White said sharing the bus has been fun for the kids. “It’s filled with all the kids in the neighborhood and everybody’s friends so it works out nicely,” she said. “And I just love that I only have to drive once a month—that’s fantastic.” Students ranging from kindergarten to fifth-grade ride the neighborhood bus, which was previously an airport shuttle. The families installed seatbelts and car seats but left the luggage rack to easily store backpacks. They personalized the interior of the bus and painted a griffin, the school’s mascot, on the back window. The kids like arriving to school in their own bus. “I didn’t think it was going to be that cool—but it’s super cool,” said White’s fifth-grader, Taylor. With the seating arranged around the

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perimeter of the bus, Taylor said they have a lot of fun since they can see and interact with each other. “We like singing and doing lipsyncing,” she said. Purser created a playlist of the kids’ favorite songs to play during the commute. Her daughter, Emerson, said that is her favorite part. “The best thing is the music because it’s really loud,” said the fifth grader. Purser said unloading kids in the dropoff this year is actually quicker than when she drove just four kids to school in her car. “It took several minutes for them all to get in the car and to get out of the car,” she said. “I can unload nine kids at driveline in a fraction of the amount of time because of the big bus door—you open it and they all run off.” The bus is also more convenient for those families with younger children. There is room on the bus for siblings who need to tag-along when their parent is driving. And driving only one-quarter of the time means fewer interruptions to nap schedules. “I have to wake [my four-year-old] in the morning to go and I also have to wake him from his nap when we go to pick up— every single time,” Purser said. “That’s so

frustrating when I’m ruining naptime or am in the middle of something. So now it is so much less. I can commit to a week of carpooling and be done for a while.” Additionally, the bus is better for the environment because it runs on natural gas, which has cleaner emissions and lower fuel prices than the families’ regular cars. Their commute isn’t very far. The families live on the same street just over two miles away from the school. “That two miles—that’s all on Mountain View Corridor,” Purser said. “So walking is literally not an option. Even biking is really not an option because of the distance and the roads that they’d have to travel to get there.” Purser said it was fairly easy to find an affordable, used, 14-passenger bus and to arrange shared ownership with her neighbors—though they didn’t think she was serious when she first proposed the idea. “It was a huge learning curve but we just kind of took the leap and did it,” she said. Purser said there are a lot of reasonable options available if other families are interested in taking carpooling to the next level. “It just comes down to finding families that are willing to take that leap of faith,” she said.id.


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Grab a tin-foil hat for some otherworldly accounts By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

Brothers sharing thoughts on UFOs. (Photo courtesy/April Parry)


aise your hand if you’ve seen a UFO. For those few people who’ve been living in a cave for the last 100 years, a UFO is an unidentified flying object. It can be anything unusual in the sky. A UFO doesn’t automatically mean it’s an alien driving a spacecraft, but it could be that. The possibilities of what UFOs might be are endless. UFOs aren’t on society’s modern list of commonly known air vehicles and atmospheric conditions. We usually recognize a helicopter, a falling star or a drone. Those

don’t count as a UFO (although a sneaky drone can fool a person at first glance). Asking others if they’ve seen a UFO can offer unexpected answers. It can be a go-to icebreaker topic at parties. UFO memories can make for that special mood-setting bonfire chat. Or it can be a subject that’s too creepy for some. Melissa Rose of Sandy has had a few UFO encounters. “During the time when all of the animal mutilation was going on during the late ’70s and early ’80s I would spend

my summers with my dad in Montana. I was about 13 at the time. I was already creeped out just being in the mountains and staying in that old cabin. It happened while we were sitting around the campfire. The sky that night was so clear. We saw six to eight UFOs chasing each other way up high in the sky, almost like a game,” Rose said. She had another experience in her Sandy neighborhood. “My husband and I were so freaked out. The UFO was silent, black and in the shape of a stealth. It took over the night sky. We were lying on our trampoline just waiting for a meteor shower. Everything went silent, no wind, no birds — nothing. The sky went blacker than it already was. The UFO that hovered over our house was so low and close to us. It scared us so bad,” she said. Aaron Smith had a unique sighting. “I was probably about 15 years old in my backyard in Orem. It was in the middle of the afternoon and I saw a large stony, craggy gray object floating through the air in daylight. You could tell it was really high up in the air, but from where I was standing it was the size of a basketball. It must have been huge. It moved unnaturally slow, much the same way you wouldn’t expect to see a brick slowly floating through the air. To this day, I wonder what it was I saw,” Smith said.

Another Sandy resident who requested to be anonymous said, “I’ve seen three UFOs, and one ghost. I’m hoping to see Bigfoot someday. People think I’m weird because I tell them aliens are trying to talk to me through my truck. I know it might just be a broken speaker making that noise, but I really have seen UFOs.” Then he scratched his long beard before continuing on. “I was headed west on Timpanogos Highway one late summer night. I saw a bunch of lights above Camp Williams in Bluffdale, UT. The lights were zipping around, going in all kinds of crazy directions really fast. I was in the military for eight years and I’d seen lots of stuff — but I’d never seen anything like that. I guess it could have been 50 to 100 drone enthusiasts flying toys above an army base. I know the U.S. Army is super cool with stuff like that.” His story ended with sarcasm over the last comment. For those who took flight with the City Journals to levitate over these accounts, good job, brave reader. UFO sightings happen all the time. And maybe aliens are involved? Who knows. They could be studying why humans get goosebumps, have tiny eyes and luxuriously long arm hair. There’s so many things for aliens to be totally fascinated with — like essential oils and fry sauce.

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The tragic Murray tale of Charles Thiedee By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com It was a first for the State of Utah and, to date, the first and only one for Murray—an execution. In 1896, in true Wild West fashion, saloonkeeper Charles Thiede was hung in a genuinely gruesome manner for the murder of his wife. While the territory of Utah had executed a few outlaws before Thiede, this was the first as a state, and it made national headlines.

Thiede’s life of crime can be traced in newspaper headlines years before the slaying of his wife. Thiede left his native Germany to serve in the navies of England and Chile, but after fighting against the Peruvians, Thiede hoped to find solace in his native land. Upon returning to Germany, he was immediately conscripted into the army, where he served as a cook, a profession he kept for the rest of his life. After military service, he married Mary Frank in 1884, and together they set off for a better life in America, settling in Sandy and having a child. The ne’er-do-well Thiede, who had a fearsome temper, opened his first tavern, the Social Hall Saloon, in the fall of 1886 in downtown Salt Lake City. That same year, he was fined for punching a woman who had accidentally dropped a piece of paper into his lap. After being shut down for selling liquor without a license, or for selling it on a Sunday, Thiede opened, and was forced to close, numerous establishments. By the early 1890s, Thiede was a regular before the court, usually losing his liquor license or being punished for assaulting someone. As a result, Salt Lake City was no longer a welcoming spot for Thiede, and the saloonkeeper saw prime opportunity to jump into the thriving bar scene along State Street in Murray. Finding a small patch of ground behind the Germania smelter on 4800 South, Thiede opened the West Side Saloon. A notorious womanizer who welcomed prostitutes into his bar, Thiede was

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also known to frequently abuse his wife, Mary; even for rough-and-tumble Murray, that was not acceptable. The night before May 1, 1894, Mary had fled to a neighbor’s home after a violent fight. As she always had done before, she returned. But this time, she returned home to find a very drunken Charles, who was waiting for her with a butcher’s knife. He sliced her throat from ear to ear. Blood-splattered Thiede then went to Harry Hayne’s saloon, where he reportedly told the sheriff, “Well, I killed my wife last night.” The next morning, a crowd swarmed the sheriff’s office, trying to carry out its own version of justice by lynching Thiede. The sheriff relocated his prisoner to the Salt Lake County jail, which was also in Murray. There, Thiede changed his story and claimed he was innocent. He told the judge he found her body in his house, and that her dying words were, “Oh, Charlie.” The prosecutors, long familiar with the defendant, presented a forensically tight case, first pointing out that the victim could in no way talk, as her head was nearly cut off. They also argued that because Charles was covered in blood—meaning the heart would still need to be pumping in order for the blood to splatter on him—then he had to be with Mary, in their home, at the time of the murder. Found guilty, Thiede was sentenced to be hanged. In 1896, Thiede’s time was up, but the sheriff wanted to try a new-and-improved way of hanging. Instead of the condemned being dropped through a trap door, Thiede was going to be hanged by an ingenious system of pulleys; he would stand on the ground, and a metal weight would yank him upward, snapping his neck. Lawmen from around the West convened at the Salt Lake County jail to watch the new method in action. At the appointed time, Thiede, who still professed his innocence, was yanked up by the noose, but it failed to snap his neck. Instead, he hung

Murderer Charles Thiede, convicted of killing his wife, Mary. (Photo courtesy of U of U Marriott Library)

on the gallows for 14 minutes, strangled to death. That hanging method was never used again. Even in death, Thiede gained no sympathy. An arsonist burned his saloon down. The Salt Lake Herald-Republican reported that residents in Murray and Cottonwood Heights guarded their cemeteries to prevent his body from being interred there. Eventually, he was buried in Sandy City’s cemetery—but only for a day. He was disinterred at the request of Sandy residents and buried in a field adjacent to the graveyard. l

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Only enthusiastic spooks need apply at Castle of Chaos By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com Becoming a ghost, ghoul or monstrous fiend isn’t as complicated as some people think.

At least, it isn’t at the Castle of Chaos. The haunted house, which is open now through Nov. 2, held auditions for their cast of scarers this past August. Interviews required applicants to groan, scream, shuffle menacingly and try their best to startle someone enough to make them jump. According to the Castle of Chaos directing team, however, a willingness to try is far more important than acting experience or the ability to deliver convincing scares. “I look for people who are free and open with their body and voice,” said Castle of Chaos Director Nick Justice. “If you’re coming in here and you’re going crazy, even if it makes no sense, you’re better than half the people who come in here.” He also said it’s important that people be able to take direction and follow guidance offered by one of the directing team. Justice and Castle of Chaos Casting Director Kelly Drabik spend most of the audition asking applicants to show off their ability to do things like zombie walks or predatory stalking at low heights. They’ll also ask if the applicants have any special talents, such as a particularly good creepy laugh

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Though roles such as Freddy Krueger require actors with a specific body type, there are plenty of other roles designed to fit a variety of ages and body types. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

or the ability to twist your arm in a disturbing-looking way. “It’s really laid back,” said Castle of Chaos General Manager Dalton Brown. “You don’t have to have anything prepared.” Another part of the audition process involves the directing team figuring out how each applicant would best fit into the haunted house. That includes several factors, from a map of the planned rooms for the upcoming season to asking the applicant whether they have a particular role they want to do. Though he’d turned most of the interviews over to Justice and Drabik, Castle of Chaos Owner James Bernard offered some guidance on this part of the process. “After 19 years of running a haunted house, it’s second nature to see someone, get to know their personality, and see where they’d have the most fun and be the most effective,” he said. Though he said having fun is the major factor in where an actor gets placed, elements such as the actors age will determine whether they can take on certain roles. “When you’re in an authority role, for example, it’s tough to scare someone older,” he said, explaining why he tends not to cast younger actors in roles such as murderous doctors. Sometimes, how you look can also be a factor in where you end up. “For our Hollywood roles, we do look at physical appearance,” said Drabik. “Jason (Voorhees) needs to look like Jason. But we also like 4-foot-tall little girls, because they’re scary as heck.” No matter where the actor ends up, however, it’s important that they know how to scare responsibly. Midvale’s Castle of Chaos (7980 S. State Street) offers several different levels of scares, with higher levels including more physical contact. Level three involves touching, level four includes pushing and dragging, and higher levels in-

The Castle of Chaos hires a large cast every season to work in their haunted house, such as the above group who performed in 2018. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

volve even more intense experiences. Given that level of interaction, the directing team looks for actors who keep the safety of both the guests and their fellow performers in mind. “We look for people who can be safe with it,” said Mike Harmon, a Castle of Chaos acting coach who runs classes on doing hands-on scares. “A lot of the stuff we do at level four can get dangerous unless you do it carefully.” For Justice, making sure no one gets hurt is far more important than being frightening. “In my mind, it doesn’t matter how scary it is,” he said. “If you get hurt, that’s all you’re going to remember.” Besides, the people who are selected to become scarers for the year will get a chance to hone their scaring ability. In addition to the hands-on classes, the haunted house offers other classes, dress rehearsals and an orientation meeting that allows them to get more in-depth with their roles. Some years, they even give them a chance to help each other master their roles. “We send other actors through the haunted house to give them a chance to practice,” said Drabik. In the end, the willingness to put in

that work is the biggest thing the directing team looks for during the auditions. “We look for enthusiasm,” she said. “If you come in with a passion for haunted houses, we’ll find a place for you.” l

The rooms in the haunted house are divided into different things, with killer hospitals (above) and murderous clowns both being a common theme. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

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A spooky mix of plays, parties and races to put you in the Halloween spirit By Christy Jepson | christy@mycityjournals.com Halloween is just around the corner and there are plenty of activities for just about everybody. Besides the traditional fall events like corn mazes and pumpkin patches, here are some different Halloween activities going on in the Salt Lake Valley for “ghouls” and boys of all ages.

Halloween plays/performances

“Phantom” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s “Phantom” will be performed on the Young Living Centre Stage Sept. 23-Nov. 9. Even though it has some similarities of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” expect to see new characters and songs in this production. Audience members need to watch out for the massive chandelier that comes crashing to the floor. Ticket prices start at $48 for adults and $22 for youth 5-17. No children under 5 are permitted in the theater. For ticket information call 801-984-9000 or visit hct.org.

“Thriller” at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City

This year’s smash Halloween dance production will include favorite numbers such as “Dem Bones,” “Frankenstein,” and “Jason Jam,” plus other new surprises. “Thriller” is full of frights, laughs and scares that make you scream. This production will be performed at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City Oct. 14-26. Ticket prices are $35-$55. Visit https://odysseydance. com/shows/thriller/ for more information and discounts. This show is not for children under 8 or for the faint of heart.

“Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” at the Desert Star in Murray

hidden in the audience in regular clothes which makes a fun, social and interactive evening for all adults. Ticket prices start at $59.95 (check for holiday pricing). Tickets include: a four-course dinner, the murder mystery entertainment, and a prize package for the top sleuth. Some mild content, loud noises, a brief blackout and adult humor will be present. For more information visit thedinnerdetective.com/salt-lake-city.

“The Addams Family” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Come watch all the creepy, kooky and loveable family members from the 1960’s TV show, “The Addams Family” on stage from now until Nov. 16. This Broadway show’s message is all about what defines a “normal” family and that we need to love all people despite our differences. Be on the lookout for some fun quirks and tricks throughout the show. Ticket prices are $36-$48 for adults and $18-$24 for youth The cast of Desert Star’s “Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” (Photo courtesy Desert 5-17. Visit hct.org for more information or Star) call 801-984-9000. with prizes, free arts and crafts, a pumpkin Parties Races Monster Block Party at the Gallivan drop, live music and dance, and about 30 The Haunted Half Sugar House vendors. The Gallivan Center is located at Center in Salt Lake City Dress up in your costumes and get The 2019 Monster Block party will 239 S. Main Street. The event runs from 11 ready to run for your life at the Haunted be held at the Gallivan Center on Oct. 26. a.m. to 3 p.m. l Half on Oct. 19 at Sugar House Park. All This is a free daytime Halloween festival ages and abilities can either run the half with trick-or-treating, costume contests marathon, 5k or the Halloween half-mile. The Fear Factory Finish is there to give you that end-of-the-race push which then rewards you with a festival full of food, contests, music, games and spooky fun things. Registration fees from now until Oct. 17 are $84.95 for the half, $36.95 for the 5k and $12.95 for the kids’ run. For registration and information visit thehauntedhalf.com/ races/salt-lake-city.

Desert Star is known for mixing parody with a little romance and adventure with Utah culture and political jokes, and this show is no exception. This story focuses on the Adams clan who are trying to save their home for the greedy oil baroness, Mrs. Measley who knows they have oil underneath their home. Ticket prices are $26.95 for adults (holidays, special events may be different) and children under 11 are $15.95. Call 801-266-2600 for tickets or visit their box office at Desert Star, 4861 S. State St. This production runs until Nov. 9.

The Dinner Detective interactive murder mystery dinner show at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City

Be an active participate in America’s largest interactive comedy murder-mystery dinner show. Throughout the evening, audience members will eat a four-course meal while watching a crime unfold and then everyone is in it to figure out the clues of who Guests at The Dinner Detective interactive murder did it. Don’t be deceived, the person next mystery show read clues while they try to solve the to you might be the culprit! The actors are mystery. (Photo courtesy The Dinner Detective)

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GPS maze tracking, pumpkin light show are new innovations at Crazy Corn Maze By Jordan Hafford | j.hafford@mycityjournals.com

A view of the main corn field maze at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (Jordan Hafford/City Journals) Inset: The 2019 corn maze design at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (thecrazycornmaze.com)

After 21 years of fall festivities, West Jordan’s Crazy Corn Maze has decided to give the business a complete makeover for the 2019 season.

Launching themselves into the modern age of technology, the business is now utilizing smart technology this Halloween to add even more fun to their attraction. “This year we will have a new GPS smart phone map so you can track yourself as you find your way through the maze,” said Crazy Corn Maze owner Julianna Maynard. “We are also adding a smart phone trivia game.” The Crazy Corn Maze first opened in 1998, 21 years ago, as a simple corn maze near Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville. Two years later, it moved to their current location, 8800 S. 4000 West in West Jordan. Crazy Corn Maze has grown into a unique Halloween venue throughout this time, in that their multiple, custom-made attractions appeal to a wide demographic — this year more than ever. While there is still the option to walk through the classic, family friendly 8-acre maze with no “haunts” or spooks, the adrenaline junkies will be roaming what is called the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail. In 2016, the business began renovating the haunted trail, and the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail was officially born as a separate attraction within Crazy Corn Maze. “Each year we have put tremendous effort into making this one of the top haunt-

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ed attractions,” Maynard said. “In 2017 and 2018 we were voted the No. 1 haunted attraction in Utah by utahhauntedhouses. com.” The Night Stalkers Haunted Trail stands out as an interactive entertaining experience for thrill seekers and more adult attendees. There are four terrifying sections of the trail: Creatures of the Corn; Phobia: What are you afraid of?; 3D Slumber: Pleasant screams; and Horror Show. Among the multiple attractions at Crazy Corn Maze, there is also a playground for small children that includes a corn pit, a straw mountain with slides and games, as well as Mayble’s 3D Funhouse which is a not-so-scary junior attendee interactive haunted house. Also debuting this year, Crazy Corn Maze is set to dazzle their audience with a Fright Lights attraction, a magical pumpkin patch light show. Patrons will walk through the lighted pumpkin patch and be given a pumpkin of their own to take home. “We hope patrons come away wondering how on earth we do what we do, as well as being scared in a fun and sometimes humorous way,” Maynard said. “Whether you like a fun family fall tradition, or want to be scared out of your mind, we aim to provide an exceptional seasonal entertainment experience.” The maze opens Sept. 27 and runs through Nov. 2. It is open Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m, Friday 6-11:30 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 11:30 p.m. l

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Utah Foundation provides balanced, relevant information to policy makers, the press and the public By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


ndependent. Nonprofit. Nonpartisan. In these times of divisive tumult— across the country and across the county— those seem to be music to the ears. Utah Foundation has been providing this policy-research music to Utah for nearly 75 years. The organization, goaled with producing objective, thorough, well-reasoned research, celebrates its 75th birthday this next year. The birthday comes one year after another milestone for the organization: Contributing to helping the Utah Legislature’s 2019 session, wherein the most bills were passed than any other session—and far surpassed, to the tune of 10% increase above any previous year’s legislative session.

The history behind Utah Foundation

Utah Foundation was founded in 1945 by business and civic leaders. According to UF Executive Director Peter Reichard, Utah’s establishing the organization mirrors what was established by other organizations across the county. The key to the organization’s unique offering, said Reichard, is its “solutions-oriented perspective” and being “focused on the problems facing communities, but doing it in a completely nonpartisan manner, with no underlying ideology or political perspective.”

Nonpartisan, but driven by the political cycle

2020 is not only the organization’s 75th birthday, but the year it conducts its “Utah Priorities Survey.” UF conducts this survey every four years, in conjunction with the gubernatorial race. What Reichard calls the “in-between years” are spent crafting a research agenda. For example, in 2016 the policy-research organization focused on the cost of healthcare as its defining scope of research. “The public said this was the thing that we cared about most,” he said. Reichard explained that UF’s research lead to a variety of reports that ran from 2017 through 2018. “Such an emotional and polarizing issue,” he said. UF’s research took a look at healthcare through the lens of delivery costs, insurance aspects, comparisons with other states, and the political hot button—the Medicaid issue.

Poor air quality, suicide in the current research crosshairs

While UF is still driving the health care focus, Reichard indicated that air quality is a close second, in terms of priorities. The “what-if” kind of outlook reminds one a bit of Envision Utah, as Reichard indicated the group is taking a scenarios-based look at issues such as alternate-energy vehicles and the impact of incentives. The scenarios, ultimately, ask the question: “What would that environment look like?”

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News of the preponderance of teen suicides in Herriman rocked not just local but national news in 2017-2018. UF has had the issue in its priorities, having released, in October, a report looking at mental health as a rural problem facing the state. Reichard’s team took a look at the state’s comparatively low number of mental-health professionals and the lack of those professionals in rural communities. Possible policy solutions to consider include expanding “the pipeline of mental health professionals,” he noted, as well as tapping the idea of “tele-health” options for rural communities. “K-12 suicide has a more captivated audience,” explained Reichard, noting the state’s need to more significantly fund mental health needs in schools, but also the less publicized, very real concerns with adult suicide. Utah Foundation’s policy focus in this area is supported by the recent news that Utah has the fifth-highest suicide rate in the country. Further evidence of this concern is City Journals’ recent interview with Salt Lake County Public Health, where the executive director indicated reducing adult suicide as a key initiative for the nationally decorated public health agency. “A lot more research needs to be done,” Reichard said. “Suicide is not well understood.” Nor is the effectiveness of intervention methods, he observed. Reichard said UF will prioritize an investment in research to help policy makers understand how to best allocate budget dollars “to make sure dollars are going to effective programs.”

Research, but not advocacy—when it rains, it pours

Here, Reichard underscored that Utah Foundation neither advocates nor lobbies policy direction, but rather, is firmly focused on being an unbiased, but loud oracle—foreseeing the future and informing relevant audiences who are in the position to not just advocate and lobby, but actually formulate and then enforce policy. The 2019 Utah Legislative session was like its spring rainfall—stunningly record-breaking. The Utah Legislature passed a record number of bills, surpassing its next-closest bill-passing year by what Reichard estimated to be 10%. “Cranking them out” is how he describes the legislators’ efforts. “It was something else.” While Reichard does not say so, the preponderance of informed legislation is a success marker for UF. “We meet throughout the year with legislators and local officials as well,” he said, with the goal being to “make sure [legislative pursuits] stay relevant.” For legislators, this is a welcome thing. “Since we’re not lobbyists. We’re not up there, trying to tell legislators what to do,” Reichard said. However, the presence

A policy-research organization, Utah Foundation seeks to inform politicians throughout the state of Utah. (Utah Foundations)

is extremely influential, as Utah Foundation makes presentations to committee meetings and is a strong source of information to not just policy makers, but to the press and the public.

Dangers of legislating alone—on state and municipal levels

Utah Foundation is seeking to not just influence policy on the state level, but to also help aid Utah communities. This direction is evident by UF’s inclusion of numerous municipalities on its board. (Here in Salt Lake County, Sandy, South Jordan and West Valley City all have representation on the Utah Foundation Board of Trustees, as does the Granite School District.) Utah Foundation has a podcast. (Utah Foundation) UF has been focused on the value of and the impact of Utah’s “social capital” on a statewide level. However, this past spring, Reichard invited Harvard policy-theorist and author Robert Putnam as the keynote for its spring conference. Putnam’s classic, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community” probes this issue of social capital—or the networks of relationships among people, enabling society to function effectively. “To the extent that you have weak community structure, you have people who become more dependent on government to fill the void. Things are incredibly interconnected,” Reichard said, likely thinking of more projects to come, hopefully benefitting Utah The issue of health care has been an important one— for residents and the policy makers who are elected municipalities as well as the whole state. to represent their perspectives with legislation and policy. (Utah Foundation)

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Riverton resident crashes, still finishes third in 207-mile bike race By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


iverton’s Spencer Johnson, who won the 207-mile Lotoja event in 2018 with a course record time of eight hours, 18 minutes and 29 seconds, placed third at this year’s race Sept. 7. Racing with his team Johnson Elite Orthodontics (JEO) this year, Johnson collided with his teammate’s wheel and he crashed early in the race. He got back up and

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Desert Star’s latest parody takes on the famous, freaky Addams Family, with a Utah cultural twist. This zany parody opens August 29th and it’s a hilarious musical melodrama for the whole family you don’t want to miss! This show, written by Ben Millet, with a 2019 adaptation and direction by Scott Holman, follows the story of the monstrous Adams Clan, as they attempt to outwit a greedy oil baroness, Mrs. Measley, who is intent on destroying their home to get at the oil underneath. The colorful characters include the wacky inventor, Groucho, his adoringly morbid wife, Cruella, and a wisecracking, disembodied head named, Bob. When the evil Mrs. Measley sends her son, Horace, undercover to spy on the Adams, he falls head over heels in love with their Frankstein-esque daughter, Dementia. Things get even more complicated when Horace’s overbearing fiancé, Heather, learns of their love and, vowing revenge, teams up with Mrs. Measley. Will Horace and Dementia find reanimated romance together? Will the Adams be able to keep their happy, haunted home? Comedy, romance, and adventure are all on the docket for this delightful send up of the beloved franchise, as well as topical humor, torn from today’s headlines.

“Adams Family Reunion: A Series of FUNfortunate Events!”

“Adams Family Reunion: A Series of FUNfortunate Events!” runs Aug 29th through Nov 9th, 2019. The evening also includes one of Desert Star’s side-splitting musical olios, following the show. The “Spooktacular Olio” features hit songs and musical steps that are catchy enough to raise the dead, mixed with more of Desert Star’s signature comedy.

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‘12th Man’ football takes kids who would be sidelined, makes stars By Mark Jackson | m.jackson@mycityjournals.com

Evan leads the team onto the field alongside Coach Matt Anderson. (Photo provided by Stacy Allen.)


n 2011, Brandi and Travis Jacobsen received news that their son, Tate, would be born with an extremely rare syndrome. However, they were optimistic. “From the minute we saw the ultrasound, my husband and I wondered, ‘how are we going to involve him?” Brandi said. Athletic pursuits are an important part of the family — both Brandi and Travis are on the Board of the Mountain Ridge Football program. Their son Hunter plays football, and their two daughters are cheerleaders. Perhaps Tate, who faced several limitations, would never play football; however, Brandi and Travis were confident they could include their son. Tate passed away in early 2013, but Brandi and Travis never stopped wondering how they could have helped Tate — and other kids like him — to live life to the fullest. Six years later, in 2019, a conversation about the Jacobsens’ nephew, Porter (who is diagnosed with Mosaic Down Syndrome), sparked the idea for the 12th Man program. “How could we get the football players — the biggest, toughest guys in the school — to take care of the special needs kids?” Travis said. The 12th Man program is designed to embrace boys and girls who cannot play football and integrate them as important members of the team. These children often have special needs, but some simply can’t play football: one 12th Man team member has repeated concussions that prevent him from playing. New “12th Men” can be nominated by peers, parents, or coaches. They receive free, custom team jerseys with the number “12” and their first name — all funded by an anonymous sponsor. 12th Man teammates participate in parties and spirit rallies alongside players and often exit tunnels to begin games or decide coin tosses. They cheer the team on, offering encouragement.

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lieves the program has stripped away barriers. “[Kids with special needs] are really good at breaking down the barriers themselves,” she said. “They just need to know you’re a safe person.” “Yes, the kids are learning football,” said parent Stacy Allen, “But they’ll look back and realize they learned compassion, too.” The program has grown rapidly, inspiring area schools to explore their own programs. Brandi dreams about schools across the country founding their own 12th Man programs to include kids like her son Tate. Even though Tate isn’t here to participate in the 12th Man program himself, Brandi sees it as part of his legacy: “When your child dies, it’s like, ‘how could we honor him?’ Without him, we probably wouldn’t have even had the idea to do this.” For more information or to nominate a 12th man at Mountain Ridge Football, visit mountainridgefootball.org/sentinels-12th-man. You can read more about Brandi and Evan and Jaxson support each other at a game. (PhoTravis’ story at stuckwithus.com to provided by Stacy Allen)

As a result of the program, “12th men” parents, such as Stacy and McKay Allen, see their children forming genuine friendships with football players and fans. Brandi Jacobsen sees former strangers calling delighted “12th Men” by their names and offering high fives and encouragement. Her own son, once uncertain how to interact with his special-needs peers, now approaches them happily. Heather, the mother of “12th Man,” Porter, said her son has always been reserved and uncertain. However, thanks to his football player teammates, he is becoming bold. “They push him,” she said. “It’s cool to see these kids step up. It’s helped Porter gain the confidence to just go.” However, as much as the program gives to the “12th Men,” the football players may actually receive more. When Brandi and Travis’ son, Hunter, injured his knee, he laid on the sideline in pain. 12th Man Max Brown navigated his wheelchair to Hunter’s side and held his hand, telling him to persist. Brandi and Travis were brought to tears as they heard Max tell Hunter he would be alright, that he could walk, and that he would play again. Jaxson, an 8-year-old center, is happy to see his younger brother with special needs on the field: “It’s exciting having Evan there,” he said, and draws motivation from his presence. Jaxson’s coach, Matt Anderson, made Evan a team captain and gave him a whistle to blow at practices. Evan’s energy and enthusiasm are infectious, visibly lifting the players’ spirits after a tough half or mistake. Coach Anderson sees football as an opportunity to teach kids to be compassionate, persistent people, “and the 12th Man program goes hand in hand with that,” he said. Further, by placing “12th Men’s” names on jerseys, and creating an opportunity to Evan shows off his Number 12 jersey. (Photo provided by Stacy Allen) interact with special-needs kids, Brandi be-

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Got some milk? It’s not so easy choosing one to drink these days By Amber Allen | a.allen@mycityjournals.com


epending on your age, you may remember a time when milk was just milk. That is no longer the case. Today, there all different kinds of milk available: cow’s milk, soy milk and almond. But wait! There’s even more. You can also get coconut milk, oat milk and cashew milk. Variety is a great thing, but is one kind of milk better than another? Here’s an overview on each type to help you decide.

drinking a soy milk with minimal processing. Your body might struggle to metabolize and recognize processed foods. When food items are highly processed, they often contain more preservatives, which may cause inflammation.

Almond milk

In the past, classic cow’s milk was considered the gold standard of healthy eating. Cow’s milk contains calcium, vitamin B12, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and phosphorus, all nutrients that human bodies need. Back then, cow’s milk had no competition because the alternatives didn’t contain the proper amount of nutrition. Manufacturers became wise to this and started researching ways to compete with milk, and now, you have choices.

Original and sweetened almond milk includes added sugar. In this case, it’s better for your health to purchase unsweetened almond milk or a light variety of it. Almond milk naturally has a nutty and sweet flavor. It also features a silky texture. This type of milk is low in calories and high in minerals and vitamins like vitamins D, A and E along with potassium, iron and zinc. You can purchase almond milk from the grocery store, or make it yourself by soaking almonds overnight in a pot for as long as two days. Then, drain and rinse them. Last, grind the almonds using fresh water.

Soy milk

Cashew milk

Cow’s milk

Soy milk is different from cow’s milk in that it’s almost completely protein. It’s low in fat, and if you buy the type of soy milk that is unsweetened, then it’s low in sugar, too. Soy milk is a good option if you’re dieting or just watching your caloric intake. If you want to try soy, then look for a brand that’s organic and non-GMO. That way, you’ll be

You might prefer cashew milk because it has a creamy taste. Some milk brands include more nuts than other nut-based milks, so be sure to check the ingredient list if you want more in your diet. Naturally, cashew milk contains 4 grams of protein for each serving. It also has 8% of your daily iron. Like other nut-based milks, sweetened versions include

cane sugar, so keep an eye out for it if you’re looking for ways to cut the sugar out of your diet.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk contains more saturated fats than other milk varieties. It has a nice creamy consistency. Also, most people report that it has a pleasant flavor, but coconut milk doesn’t hold up nutritionally when you compare it to soy milk and cow’s milk. You might want to use it in recipes but not as a replacement for the milk that you drink.

Oat milk

Oat milk is made from oats that include 2 to 3 grams of fiber per serving, which is a healthy amount for most people. If you need more fiber, then look for a brand that includes chicory root fiber. Fiber is good for your digestive system, and it will work to support your health in general.

A tough choice

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So…I went to the Utah State Fair for the first time By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com off the Wendy’s Dollar Menu in exchange for a single dinner. Much in the same way that I soon had to not think about the possibility that the ribs I was eating had come from a cute little talking pig named Wilbur who’d been fattened up for the state fair. I’ll say this though, those ribs were amazing. I don’t know if it was just my subconscious trying to convince myself that the pork was worth the price, but I loved every barbecue sauce-soaked second of devouring them. (Sorry, Wilbur!) Next, I decided to forgo the carnival rides in favor of checking out the prize-winning animals and gourds and whatnot. (Why the detour? Well, there are few things in this world that I trust less than carnival rides. It seems like every summer you hear about someone dying at a county fair because a worker forgot to tighten a screw all the way. Granted, my risk of dying on a carnival ride is probably a lot less than my risk of having a heart attack after consuming approximately 6,000 calories worth of ribs, candy, roasted corn and various fried foods throughout the night. Not that I did that…) Anyway, seeing all the prize-winning agricultural submissions was quite the eye-opening experience. First of all, I didn’t even know what half the fruits and vegetables even were. I mean, who needs those

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rior to last weekend, I had somehow managed to go through 27 years of life without ever attending a state fair. Not sure how that happened, but on Saturday night I decided to remedy the situation. Upon arriving at the Utah State Fairgrounds, I immediately made my way toward the food vendors. I hadn’t had dinner yet, so I was starving and eager to dive into the mythical world of fair food, of which I’d heard many mouth-watering rumors. As it turned out, I’d actually crossed into a frightening alternate reality where everything is twice as expensive as it ought to be. I thought the fare from food trucks,

theme parks and stadiums was overpriced. But they have nothing on the state fair. By the time I got to the front of the line of a pop-up barbecue joint, I’d realized that the bacon-wrapped turkey leg which I’d set my heart on was a whopping $22. And that was just for the leg. No fries. No drink. Outrageous. I pivoted to the rib dinner plate, which was $18, but came with fries and coleslaw. A better value, I thought, and slightly less messy. Emphasis on slightly. As a frugal person, I just had to close my eyes and not think about the fact that I was forking over enough money for several meals

when deep-fried Snickers bars are a thing? Second, I had no idea that cows were so big. I must have only ever seen petting zoo cows before, because those prize-winning behemoths were massive. Those giants with their big boney booties have haunted my dreams ever since. Third, I learned that there is a prize awarded for the best grain. Yeah. There was a ziplock baggie of wheat or barley or something with a ribbon on it. I had so many questions. How does one judge one bag of grain against another? Is that a hotly-contested category? How does one get involved in competitive grain-harvesting? Overall, the agriculture portion seemed to me like the forgotten part of the state fair, a dying art that fewer and fewer people can appreciate because of the commercialization of the industry. Maybe things will turn around in the coming years when cannabis is inevitably legalized and it gets included as a category of its own. That would probably draw a crowd. I very much enjoyed my first time at the Utah State Fair and would recommend it to anyone else who has yet to attend the event. Whether you’re into organically grown prize-winning vegetables or deep-fried bacon-wrapped candy bars, you’ll find something to enjoy.

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Kids learn about the joy of reading at a book club created by Miss Bluffdale By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

Miss Bluffdale 2019 Sarah Strong with books she collected for a women’s shelter. (Photo courtesy Sarah Strong).


hile other high schoolers were swimming or hanging out with friends, Miss Bluffdale 2019 Sarah Strong spent a good part of her summer planning and facilitating a weekly book club for kids. “Growing up, I really did not like to read very much,” Strong said. “Then in fifth grade, I was introduced to my favorite book of all time, and it got me hooked. My grades went from C’s to A’s, and it helped me in so many different areas.” Strong’s platform for the Miss Bluffdale

pageant is “Read, Lead, Succeed: Find a passion in reading.” In the city newsletter this summer, Strong recommended a book of the month for children, youth and adults. Kids ages 10–15 were invited to a book club discussion hosted by Strong each week. Strong said between five to seven kids came to each meeting. Katelyn Hall, 13, said the book club was a fun and different experience. “I got to meet people I hadn’t met before and read books I hadn’t read before,” Katelyn

Kids from the summer book club pose with Miss Bluffdale 2019. (Photo courtesy Sarah Strong).

said. “I read more this summer than I have in a long time.” “The platform that the queen has is her choice and it’s her passion,” said pageant director Natalie Hall. “Sarah’s platform was unique and really important because reading changed her life, and she wanted that same change for other youth.” Besides the book club, Strong also did a book drive for a women’s shelter. Strong, a senior at Riverton High School, is now shifting her focus back to her educa-

tion but plans on continuing her platform by encouraging fellow students to join their high school’s book club. “Reading is something a lot of kids dread doing,” Strong said. “But books make connections and [book clubs] are a great place to talk about what is going on in your life. It’s so important. If you want to be a leader, you’ve got to be a reader.”



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Driverless, shuttle nicknamed, Tom now on Utah roads By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

The University of Utah campus has been the most recent workplace for the state’s new autonomous shuttle nicknamed Tom. (University of Utah)


e live in the future. Utah’s first autonomous shuttle will be visiting a variety of different communities from now until spring 2020. The shuttle is driverless, which means there’s no need for either a steering wheel or pedals. However, there currently is a human monitor on board helping to navigate and provide information to riders. The autonomous shuttle will be transporting students and faculty on the University of Utah campus until October. Specifically, the route has been from the Student Life Center, past Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and the Language and Communication building, to the Union building.

During October (specific dates have yet to be announced), you can find the autonomous shuttle at the Mountain America Expo Center at 9575 E. State St., in Sandy. The autonomous shuttle (nicknamed Tom) has been brought to Utah as part of a partnership between the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). Tom was manufactured by a company called Easy Mile, a French startup and is the EZ10 model. The estimated cost of the autonomous shuttle project was around $800,000. Tom and other EZ10 models can hold six to 12 passengers. Over the past three months,

as the autonomous shuttle has been transported to various locations, more than 3,000 Utahns have experienced being a passenger. Some of those passengers have reported that the shuttle moves too slow, as Tom’s top speed is 15 mph. One of the more endearing traits of Tom’s is that he rings a bell that sounds like it should be on a trolley car. The shuttle has a predetermined route, just like many of UTA’s public transportation options throughout the valley. The intention behind Tom is to help funnel people to existing public transportation routes, not replace them. Since April, there has only been one reported incident. On July 16, the shuttle detected an obstacle and stopped abruptly. This caused CBS affiliate Gene Petrie to slip off his seat. He suffered bruising and lacerations on his face. After the incident, UDOT immediately pulled the shuttle out of service to perform some diagnostics. This project began in early March, when the Utah State Legislature unanimously approved House Bill 101, allowing autonomous cars to be on Utah roads. According to UDOT and UTA, the benefits of autonomous shuttles are safety, economic and societal benefits, efficiency and convenience, and mobility and access. Ideally, the autonomous shuttle can

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Accessory dwelling units (or mother-in-law apartments) can often be found as apartments above garages, seen here. While they are currently illegal in Riverton, city officials are considering what regulations to include that would make them legal. (Flickr)


fter much discussion through various council meetings and then some, Riverton City officials are contemplating an ordinance on accessory dwelling unit regulations in the city. Accessory dwelling units (commonly called ADUs and known as mother-in-law apartments) are a secondary living space on the same grounds of the home often found as an apartment over the garage, basement apartment or tiny house detached from the primary home. City officials held two public hearings in August and after concerns were voiced from residents and members of the City Council on the proposed ordinance, it was continued to a later date. In the original ordinance, ADUs could not exceed 650 square feet. Other regulations included window and deck sizing, entrance locations, one dedicated on-site parking spot, owner must live on the property, and no more than one family can live there. But residents and a few councilmembers felt the ordinance was too restrictive. “People are going to do this under the radar if it’s so restrictive” rather than come to the city for a permit, said Councilmember Tawnee McCay. Currently, ADUs are illegal within Riverton boundaries. City Attorney Ryan Carter explained to the council during a Sept. 3 work meeting they aimed to strike a balance between expanding personal property rights and not upsetting neighbors. “Question is: how far should those rights go?” Carter asked the council. City officials are responding to Senate Bill 34 that passed in the Utah legislature which requires cities to adjust their general plans to include more affordable housing. The bill requires cities to adopt three of a

possible 23 options provided by the legislature. One of those options is mother-in-law apartments. Councilmembers and residents took issue with the maximum size of 650 feet. Both Councilmembers McCay and Sheldon Stewart were in favor of not exceeding 50% of the home rather than giving a square footage requirement. Residents also voiced displeasure with the standards of the home being too restrictive such as limiting space on a second story or the size of windows. Carter explained that ADUs must still have building inspections otherwise people “can do whatever they want inside their homes to the detriment of safety issues.” One resident, Tim Heaton, was upset about the possible ordinance, telling city officials he felt it was “moving in the wrong direction.” He said this is an “unfunded mandate” from the legislature that is being “foisted on the backs of residents.” “I’d like to see a better outcome,” said 25-year resident Heaton. “I’m grateful to see you putting in the time and trying to make the ordinance workable. I just find it hard to believe that the other 20 of the 23 options they gave us are worse than this.” As for residents who could be grandfathered in, Carter said he hoped this would encourage people to come in for permits. There will be a grace period, he said, giving people time to come into compliance. Violations would be “mostly fines,” he said. Other cities have been dealing with possible ADU ordinances. After three years of deliberation in Cottonwood Heights, its City Council decided ADUs would remain illegal. Watch for Riverton City Council agendas to see when the ordinance will come before the council again.

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New proposed housing development north of Mountain Ridge High sparks density debate By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com


ver the last two months, Edge Homes has hosted two neighborhood meetings at Herriman City Hall to present its plans to develop a 125-acre community in Herriman on the land located to the north and east of the newly constructed Mountain Ridge High School. Early plans for the development include a mix of single-family homes, townhomes and condos, though nothing is set in stone at this point. The idea behind the neighborhood meetings is for the developer to meet directly with residents to hear their concerns, and in some cases, make adjustments to the project based on those concerns. Between the first and second meetings, some changes were made to the plan that attendees approved of, but no adjustments were made to residents’ No. 1 concern: density. Residents voiced concerns over the addition of so many units to the area and what the additional population would mean for an already congested commute for many who live in the southwest corner of the valley. Steve Maddox, owner of Edge Homes, said the current owners of the land, Suburban Land Reserve, the corporate real estate arm

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of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wants the land to be developed into more affordable housing types, such as townhomes and condominiums. “The charge we’ve been given is to have a diversity of product, to provide housing to a demographic that’s not in a certain price range,” Maddox said. “That’s what their challenge was to us. They will have to approve the site plans and the density that we’re presenting to you tonight.” Maddox said there’s a waiting list of people that want to live in Herriman. Despite all the new housing development that’s taking place, there’s just not enough units for everyone that wants to live there, or not enough affordable units. “There are people in the room tonight who have an opposing viewpoint, which is they grew up here, and they’d like to own a home in Herriman, and we can’t afford any of the homes that are in this community,” he said. One Herriman resident said that was the case for her family with five kids who want to remain close to home as they grow up. “That’s my priority,” she said. “I’ve got five kids growing up; where are they going

A potential new development located to the north of Mountain Ridge High School and on both sides of the newly constructed Sentinel Ridge Boulevard is starting its approval process with the city. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

to live?” Another resident suggested that it might not be such a bad thing if living in Herriman were more exclusive. “Sometimes you have to do some due diligence before you can live where you want to live,” they said. The project is in the beginning stages of its approval process with city leaders, so

interested residents can follow its progress by attending planning commission and city council meetings. Plus, you can follow the South Valley Journal on Facebook for further updates, where this neighborhood was livestreamed if readers would like to view it in its entirety

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Councilmember reports concerns with UFA funding future By Travis Barton | travis.b@thecityjournals.com


ayor Trent Staggs and the City Council have instructed Riverton City staff to conduct a study on the financial impact of Unified Fire. This comes after Councilmember Sheldon Stewart’s UFSA (Unified Fire Service Area) report during a Sept. 3 work meeting. Stewart, who serves on the UFSA board, was concerned about a potential bond of almost $40 million that could leave Riverton residents obligated for 25 years to build fire stations in other areas of UFSA. UFSA is made up of various cities, townships and unincorporated Salt Lake County. He noted bonding has been a topic of discussion within the UFSA Board for some time. “My concern is…our residents would be strapped with debt to build stations in several other areas and we have no need for additional stations,” Stewart said during the meeting. “I do think we need to take under serious consideration, for the sake of our residents, and for the sake of the financial status of our

city, whether or not continuing with UFSA is beneficial to the city of Riverton,” Stewart said. “My personal analysis is that we are not being benefited by UFSA.” Riverton has two fire stations (Station 121, 4146 W. 12600 South and Station 124, 1300 W. 12662 South). Both stations, Stewart said, have no bonding or debt currently. There is a distinction between UFA (Unified Fire Authority) and UFSA. UFA is the firefighters while UFSA is the funding source for UFA. Stewart was quick to point that out saying UFA has provided “amazing service” for Riverton residents, but the UFSA as the city’s financial caretaker, has not. He added it’s not his intent to leave UFA, but is worried about the funding mechanisms of the UFSA. Leaving UFSA, he said, could be an option. Stewart’s worry stems from the structure of the UFSA Board, made up of 14 officials from around Salt Lake County including councilmembers, mayors and a county surveyor

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RandysTireAndMuffler.com FLAT ROOF SPECIALISTS



801-447-1298 FLOORING

Waterproof LVP, Carpet Family Owned Free Spill Stop Pad Upgrade! Call Today for a FREE Estimate

Aaron - 801-541-1084 Electric

HARVEY’S ELECTRIC 801-833-0998

All types of electrical work. Residential and Commercial. Over 10 years in business Licensed and Insured.

Call and ask about Breaker Box Labeling!



Installations & Repairs

A/C or Central Air, Plumbing

Apex Clean Air Call today for a free in home estimate.


Plumbing Utah Heating & Air


www.plumbingutah.com 5 Star Service

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Presort Std U.S. Postage PAID Ogden, UT Permit #190

Local Postal Customer Scan Here: Interactive online edition with more photos.

Riverton Hospital is turning 10! JOIN US FOR OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 FROM 9 A.M. - 12 P.M. Drive-thru flu shots Stay in your car and get the whole family flu shots all at once! (6 months - 106 years old!)

Free screenings Blood pressure

SelectHealth, Medicare and Medicaid insurances accepted, no charge. Bring your card!

Lipid panel lab draw: no food for 12 hours (Water and taking medications OK.)

$39 each for self-pay (cash or check accepted.)

Family activities Interactive OR Kids can gown up and try out safe surgical instruments in our operating rooms.

Body fat composition

Face painting, art projects, and more!


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South Valley City Journal OCT 2019  

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South Valley City Journal OCT 2019  

South Valley City Journal OCT 2019