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ristin Sokol was so happy when she heard her daughters fighting with each other-— because without even realizing it, they were arguing in Chinese. It’s one of the perks of hosting a native speaking teacher in their home. “It’s a real advantage to have the teacher living with us,” said Sokol. The Sokols have opened their home to some of the Chinese teachers who teach at Foothills Elementary. The teachers live in their home, eat dinner with them, play with them and even go on vacations with them. And the whole time, Sokol’s daughters, who are in the Dual Language Immersion Program at Foothills, are learning more and more Chinese. “It is mind-boggling to hear your children speak in another language and laugh and carry on and play games and you don’t understand a word,” said Sokol. The teachers tell jokes and play games with the girls, exposing them to the kind of casual interactions they don’t get in school. Sokol said the teachers speak almost exclusively Chinese with the girls and English with her and her husband. They rely on the girls, who are in fourth and sixth grade, to translate when the adults hit a language barrier. The Sokols have been hosting teachers for several years. Teachers stay in their home between one and three years. “It’s like seeing the world through new eyes, because they’re very excited about every little thing,” Sokol said. They are amazed at the size of the Sokols’ house, the amount of food in their pantry and the size of their minivan. The teacher they are currently hosting is embracing American food-—she takes pictures of almost every meal and is very impressed when they bake a cake. “Everything is a ‘wow’ moment, every flavor is exciting and every meal is exciting,” said Sokol. The Sokols’ reaction to Chinese food is the same. “They just cook really interesting things that you would never cook,” said Sokol, who

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has encountered a bucket of raw fish in the kitchen and octopus tentacles hanging out the sides of a pan. The teachers are excited about the new experiences they encounter living here. Their reactions make the Sokols realize how great their everyday life is. “We don’t think about those things that they definitely notice,” she said. “Our life is easy.” The teachers are amazed by the open spaces and large homes we have here. “In China, everything is so confined, and there are so many people, and the air is not clean, and they can’t see the sun—ever,” said Sokol. The teachers are not used to seeing the sun, which is blocked by tall buildings and

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thick smog in China. Living here has also provided them their first opportunity to see stars. “I’ve never seen such exuberance,” Sokol said when the teachers were able to see the Milky Way for the first time. “They’d heard about it, they’d seen it on science shows, but they’d never seen stars like that in their whole life,” she said. They were so overwhelmed; they were unable put together any sentences in English to express themselves. As the self-appointed host family coordinator and Chinese teacher liaison, Sokol manages a network of families who regularly host teachers at Foothills Elementary. “I feel like this is the very least I can do because my kids are learning this foreign lan-

guage-—for free,” said Sokol. She said there is always a need for more host families. “I wish people would be more open to sharing their homes and their lives for a school year or even a few weeks,” she said. Often, all the teachers need is a family to help for their first few months in the country as they set up a bank account, find lodging and transportation, etc. “The families that host always love it,” she said. Sokol feels it is an eye-opening experience to see your culture through a foreigner’s eyes and come to realize how amazing the simple things really are. l

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agewood at Daybreak is a premier senior had travelled, Switzerland was his favorite, living community where everyone has a especially Zurich. “Zurich is a beautiful city,” he said.. chance to participate in a host of activities from shopping trips to crafts, exercise and “We went to the Alps. I took my wife, and eating amazing food made by their team we went to the side of the Matterhorn. Switof chefs. Another activity that they like to zerland is clean. The roads are clean but participate in is the monthly birthday party. very narrow, and people are milking cows “After physical wellness, we real- right along the road.” After 70 years in engineering, Dos ly have to keep residents entertained and social and happy, and birthday parties are Santos retired in 1985 to West Jordan, a great way to do that and celebrate their where he learned to play golf, make movlife,” said Jonathan Sherman Tate, Sage- ies, take pictures and continue his passion for music. Dos Santos performed as First wood wellness director. Residents are treated to an in-house Tenor in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir masseuse and balloon artist along with dec- from 1965 to 1979, the first Brazilian and South American choir member. “One of his orations and cake. “Rob, our balloon guy, was a Scout daughters continued that tradition. He has in a Scout Troop that one of our residents two daughters and a son, lovingly referred was a leader of,” Tate said. “He just really to as the baby at 67 years old along with 10 loves doing it. We decorate and have some grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Dos Santos moved to Sagewood in fun times.” Eris Kirby has been a resident of 2016, and the other residents and staff have Sagewood’s for the last eight months after grown fond of him. “He’s very special,” said Kirby, “He spending 50 years in the same house in Holladay. She said she and her husband love it eats European style, which is very unusual for here.” because it has everything they need. Tate said he’s glad to see that Dos San“It’s entertaining, it’s educational, it’s social, and it helps us to develop and tos doesn’t show any signs of stopping and grow with their programs,” said Kirby, who is glad to see how motivated he is to exerteaches ceramics and is happy there are so cise and work out by himself in the center’s gym. many artistic opportunities. “We’ve dabbled in chess discussions, Kirby has also been excited by the birthday celebrations that happen every and he loves music,” Tate said. “I really month and the opportunity they present to love to hear about his engineering products that he has.” get to know their neighbors better. Dos Santos feels like he’s done a lot in “I know all of these people with birthdays, and I love every one of them,” Kirby 102 years and feels privileged to be living said. “They’re wonderful people. They do this long. When describing his life, he said, this once a month, and it’s just such a build- “I’m happy.”l er-upper of people, we get to know them and appreciate them.” One of those people, in particular, is Claudio Dos Santos, who celebrated his 102nd birthday on Aug. 23. Dos Santos was born in 1915 in Brazil and moved to the United States in 1955 as an industrial engineer. “Right now, I’m more American than Brazilian,” said Dos Santos. “It was mostly church influence that brought me to the U.S., and adventure. We can’t live without being in adventure.” Dos Santos is the 12th of 14 children and the only one still alive. His last job in the U.S. was at Beehive Machinery where he holds the patent as the inventor of a chicken deboner that has been used all over the world. He has travelled to Japan, Australia, New Zealand and several Communist countries, including Russia and the now absorbed Yugoslavia, to instruct in the use of his deboning machine. “We had about 21 people from all over Russia come to the plant to learn how to use the equipment,” said Dos Santos. “People are good people all over the world. The Claudio Dos Santos celebrates his 102nd birthday world is beautiful all over it because beauty at Sagewood at Daybreak. (Keyra Kristoffersen/ is in the eyes of the beholder.” City Journals) Dos Santos said of all the places he

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Jordan Ridge students bring music, games, fun to Carrington Court residents By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Jordan Ridge Elementary students sing the national anthem during their 2016 Veterans Day program for Carrington Court assisted living center’s residents. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


ast year, Chelsi Tolbert received an email her principal forwarded to the Jordan Ridge faculty from Carrington Court Activities Director Diane Kunz. The email welcomed students to come share activities with the senior residents. Tolbert, who was then a teacher intern, had third-graders make Valentines and she dropped

them with the seniors. “I wanted them to deliver them and have more interaction than that,” she said. “So when I was hired to teach fourth grade, I wrote her and asked how my class can be more involved.” The two met and brainstormed ideas for Tolbert’s class to come on a regular basis this

year. Already, they played a get-to-know-you game with rolling dice, where they shared favorite hobbies, food, summer memories and more. “The students learned how to begin with a handshake, introducing themselves and speaking loudly,” Tolbert said. “Then, they practiced taking the lead in an activity. It’s a service and an opportunity to make a connection that is such a valuable experience for my students.” Tolbert said that after this first visit this fall, students already were excited about returning. “They wrote in their journals how at first they were nervous but also how they overcame it,” she said. “They became active listeners and made connections. The students were talking about creating a talent show for them, and that’s what I liked. They want to be involved, take the initiative and ownership of their activities. That goes back to our school that promotes leadership.” Kunz said she invites students from other schools, youth groups, Girl Scout troops and others to interact with the residents as well. “I try to create things that help them have happy days, and any people, especially children, who sing, read a favorite book, talk about family history, play games with them, it’s like a magic potion,” she said. “It gives them memories. The residents love kids. They just want to hug them.” She said last year, Hawthorn Academy students made art projects that were displayed and

became group pen pals with student classes. However, many student visitors were from Jordan Ridge. Last year, Jordan Ridge’s younger students performed a grandparents’ program while fifth-graders shared a patriotic program, honoring those who served in the military, for Veterans Day. During the holiday season, sixth-graders presented a variety show. “They had beautiful singing and their faces were full of expression,” Kunz said. “The children are the residents’ happy place. They give a smile, and it comes right back.” Fifth-grade teacher Annette Stewart said that this year’s Veterans Day program will be shared with residents Nov. 9. “Fifth-grade makes it a point to perform a patriotic program each year that not only teaches history but also promotes a feeling of gratitude and patriotism,” she said. “As we visit Carrington Court, our students are reminded that these sweet people are not only people they may have connections with but are reminded of their grandparents, great-grandparents or even neighbors who still have so much to give.” Stewart wants students to realize they are impacting others and show how they appreciated. “We would love to have the students walk away wanting to do more and think about how they can make a difference,” she said. l


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SPLISHIN’ AND A SPLASHIN’: DAYBREAK POOL GOES TO THE DOGS By Keyra Kristofferen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com

It’s time for the big dogs to play at LiveDaybreak’s Doggie Paddle activity. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)


aybreak dogs of all sizes showed up at Brookside pool on Sept. 9 to play in the water and eat some delicious treats before the poll gets drained for the end of summer. “It’s like chaos, chaos in a controlled way, but boy they’re having a good time,” said Lisa Radke, a volunteer for LiveDaybreak who chaired the event. “I love it; it’s fun to arrange.” The Daybreak Doggie Paddle started in 2016 and has grown to include between 50 and 60 dogs and their owners for an end-of-summer party. The party is broken up into small dogs and big dogs where they can run around, jump, swim and play with each other in an enclosed area that includes toys, tennis balls and a table full of assorted

treats, including individually wrapped doggie bags for the owners to take with them, donated by Radke. There were also LiveDaybreak bandannas and rolls of animal waste bags for owners to take home. “Last year, we had one beagle that almost pulled the tablecloth down,” said Radke who was happy to be able to bring her Vizsla, Fuss to play. “Didn’t care about the water or the dogs, just wanted the treats.” Teota Cappock, whose 9-year-old mini schnauzer, Cole, also wasn’t as impressed by the water but, she said, “His mommy likes the water, and she’s determined for her baby to like the water.” Cole originally was owned by the mother of a friend who had to give him up when she went into a senior care center, so he spent about six hours at the Humane Society before Cappock found out he was there and went to pick him up. “He’s the best dog ever, but after this, he might be looking for a new family tomorrow,” she said, laughing. Cappock has lived in daybreak since January of this year and is thrilled with the many trails available for them to walk every night. Brittan Warner said her 1-year-old dog, Shakira, came last year and she was looking forward to being able to bring her to this year’s party. “I think it’s fun,” said Warner, who has lived in Daybreak for the past nine years. “I think it’s awesome that they let the dogs come out for a day.” Emily Bogus brought her year-and-a-half-old standard poodle, Bubblegum, because she thought it sounded like a fun event. “This is great,” Bogus said. “She likes to play. “She doesn’t like to swim, but we thought she’d like to bathe by the pool.” Laurie Rieginger was glad that her service dog, a 7-year-old black giant Schnauzer named Bailey was having such a good time running with the other dogs and hanging out at the treat table. “I love it,” Rieginger said. “Bailey’s having fun. All of them are having such fun.”

Along with the water party, Radke and the LiveDaybreak team were collecting admission fees and donations to donate to CAWS, the Community Animal Welfare Society, a Utah-based rescue project that, Radke said, is near and dear to her heart because her late brother, a vet, did a lot of fostering for them before he passed away. LiveDaybreak is also matching all proceeds to go towards CAWS who are currently working to bring homeless and displaced animals out of Houston after the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey. “I love that when Daybreak puts things on, they usually choose a charity to give their proceeds to and I really appreciate that,” said Bogus. Raffle prizes that included a $50 gift certificate to Paw by Paw, a new pet groomer in Daybreak, were also awarded to attending pet parents because Radke also wanted to help support local businesses. “People here are so kind, so generous to humans and animals,” said Rienginger. Many of the pet parents were eager at the thought of an offleash dog park that they hope the community can put in soon, suggesting a membership program to help off-set clean-up costs once the right space has been found. “We’ve been pushing for that for so long; I know there are so many people interested,” Radke said. “Daybreak Community wants to it right and do it well and when they finally get the plan together, it will be successful.” Overall, Radke considered the puppy party to be a success and looks forward to next year when another pool or more times might need to be added due to the overwhelming response from the community. “We weren’t sure how it was going to turn out and it was a party,” Radke said. “It was just as much fun for the human as it was for the dogs.” To donate or find out more about the Community Animal Welfare Society, visithttps://caws.org/ l

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Young entrepreneur donates funds to heart organizations By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ot many 12-year-olds become entrepreneurs beyond lemonade stands and even fewer then donate half of the proceeds to heart organizations to help people with heart defects. But that is just what Elk Ridge seventh-grader Alexa Gleason did this summer. Inspired by her baby brother, Liam, who was born with a hole in his heart, Alexa decided to create a slime business. “Slime is pretty popular,” she said. “I add colors and different things in it like beads, foam balls and stickers because it’s more colorful and fun than just plain slime.” However, the idea took a little bit of work, her mother, Kendra, said. “The first recipe failed, then she tried again and again,” Gleason said. “I’d say she had to test it more than 10 times or more to get the right consistency.” But Alexa persevered. Once she had the right product, she had to learn the business side, such as how much to sell her product and where to sell it. She turned to Etsy and created her own name, “Beautiful Heart Shop.” She created an Instagram account, @BeautifulHeartSlime, and in September, already had about 1,700 followers. Alexa researched how much others were selling the product before setting her price. “I had to figure out how much I could donate at a certain price and how much could go back to making more slime for the orders that

Alexa Gleason mixes up some slime to fill customer orders. She’s made about 400 sales since starting her business in May. (Kendra Gleason)

were coming in,” she said. “I saw competitors with higher prices than mine, but they didn’t have the choices in colors and add-ins. So, I decided $9 for 12 ounces of plain slime was a pretty good price.” But many of her customers want custom slime, such as Pink Birthday Cake Slime, which sells at $9.99 or Yummy Gummy Bear slime that is available for $11.99. Alexa even sells a custom slime named after her brother, Liam’s Baby Butter Slime in baby blue for $15.99. Her business sense proved to be spot on.

In September, she had almost 400 sales since she started in May. “Many of the orders came from kids or were purchased for children or grandchildren,” she said. “Slime is a great stress reliever.” Alexa also had to learn how to package her product. With each sale, she includes a “squishy toy heart” as a thank you. “I think that with the order people became aware that it is helping people with heart defects,” she said. Alexa got a checking account so she could track her income and be able to write checks to

purchase supplies and give donations to both the American Heart Association and Intermountain Healing Hearts. “I researched different charities online and emailed some of them,” she said. “Through the American Heart Association, I learned about Intermountain Healing Hearts, which helps more local patients.” Currently, she is donating 25 percent to both organizations. Her original plan was to save for college as well, but she now has a more pressing plan to purchase a KitchenAid stand mixer. “I want to be able to make more slime and fill orders even faster,” she said, saying the mixer will help her business that she plans to continue throughout the school year. “It’s fun to make it and customize it. I plan to do this until slime becomes unpopular, and then I’ll find something else to make and sell so I can continue to help.” In her free time from slime and homework, she plays center on the basketball court and dreams of playing in the WNBA. She also spends time with her three siblings, including her youngest brother. Liam, who has a feeding tube, was scheduled to have surgery to close the hole in his heart late September, which doctors believe will solve his health issues, her mother said. “He’s fun. He likes to eat and just be held,” Alexa said. “This was my idea. I just want to help other people.” l

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Riverton/South Jordan shelter contract approved By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

South Jordan has agreed to let Riverton use its animal shelter. (Mariden Williams/City Journals)


n the most recent installment of Riverton City’s ongoing quest for in-house animal control, on Sept. 5, the city council unanimously approved a contract for shelter services with South Jordan City. “It is not an exclusive agreement,” said City Attorney and interim City Manager Ryan Carter. Riverton City is still free to pursue contracts with other shelter services, and even “if Riverton City never puts an animal in South Jordan’s

animal shelter, there would not be a breach of the agreement.” No payment will be due to South Jordan unless animals are actually sheltered there. This past July, Riverton split from Salt Lake County Animal services in the face of dramatically mounting cost increases. The city will continue to receive county services until January 2018, at which point the contract will expire, and the city will be left to fend for itself. Though a welcome development, the South

Jordan contract isn’t the ultimate conclusion of this tale. It’s more of a stepping stone, to smooth out the city’s transition away from countywide services. South Jordan can’t remain Riverton’s primary animal shelter provider forever. It has its own animals to worry about; at some point, its shelter will hit capacity, and Riverton animals will need to go elsewhere. But with the South Jordan contract in place, Riverton is at least guaranteed a place to shelter its animals while it sniffs out other options. The other likely option is a partnership with local animal clinic Stone Ridge Veterinary. According to Councilman Trent Staggs, when Riverton first started looking for shelter services to partner with, “there were several things in the RFP [Request for Proposal] that we asked of respondents, that South Jordan I simply don’t think can fill.” Stone Ridge, however, checks all the right boxes and more. It offers special adoption outreach programs, after-hours access, complementary baths and checkups, and twice-daily outside time. It’s based in Riverton, so residents won’t have far to go to pick up their animals. “And, they’ve got a licensed veterinarian on staff, so we won’t have to build in additional veterinary care. They’ve baked that into their fee,” Staggs said. But, of course, higher-level services come with a higher price tag. Based on figures pulled from Riverton’s time with Salt Lake County Animal Services, it is estimated that contracting with South Jordan would cost about $69,000 a year, while Stone Ridge would cost about $123,000.

The most notable price difference between the two services is the cost of euthanasia—Stone Ridge provides the most humane form of euthanasia available, via veterinarian-administered lethal injection. The South Jordan animal shelter uses a gas chamber. Staggs has a few ideas on how to potentially bring down the expenses of a contract with Stone Ridge. One possibility he floated was to “selectively put certain groups, such as the ‘other’ category,” a group of animals which has in the past included everything from goats to ostriches,” with South Jordan, and then work with Stone Ridge on just cats and dogs.” This move alone could save the city about $20,000. But, until the exact details of working with Stone Ridge can be ironed out, South Jordan’s animal shelter fits the bill. In addition to being a quick patch for Riverton’s immediate animal shelter needs, the South Jordan contract also provides an opportunity to foster intercity cooperation. “Riverton City’s yet-to-behired animal control officers would badly need to have a good relationship with neighboring communities so that they could get mutual aid when it’s required,” said Carter. “Mutual aid is very important for any law enforcement agency,” even if the agency in question does deal primarily with animals. “I think that under the circumstances, it was important and, in fact, necessary for us to sign the agreement with South Jordan now,” Carter said. “But staff still intends to negotiate with the veterinary clinic to get the best deal possible.” l

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Concert benefits clean water access throughout the world


n Oct. 28, the Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah will host a score of Utah’s musical talent in the hopes of drawing attention to the need for clean water access all around the world.

“There are over a billion people in the world that don’t have access to clean water, and there are about 3.4 million people every year that die because they don’t have that clean water, and that has kind of a ripple effect of other negative impacts, waterborne illnesses, sanitation, lack of water in dry season to keep things growing,” said Jennifer Roberts of WHOLives, a South Jordan based, nonprofit that is looking to help get clean, sustainable water to every corner of the earth using a human-powered, self-propelled drill that can be easily transported by truck or canoe to different areas not usually accessible. WHO stands for Water, Health and Opportunity, and the organization has been recognized and awarded internationally for its work to bring sustainability, rather than dependence to people around the world in need of access to clean water. John Renouard, the founder and president, was presented with the Red Cross Hero Award for the work that’s being done. In the last three years, WHOLives has more than 1,200 water points in more than 25 different countries, bringing water to more than 1.2 million people. “It really can fix the world water crisis,” said Roberts. “We often say that WhoLives is the leading technology in the fight against poverty

By Keyra Kristofferen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com because it really does all begin with clean water. It allows economic opportunities to people. Prosperity can begin to take hold in the lives of people.” Roberts notes that part of that prosperity is the opportunity to bypass the often seven-hour constant journey back and forth that young girls are charged with to bring mostly dirty water to their families throughout the day. With the drill, that process is cut to a fraction, allowing them the chance to spend that time in school learning, gaining social development skills and reclaiming their childhood. In 2016, an average of one well a day was dug by a village drill in more than 25 countries such as India, Vanuatu and others in Africa and South America. This year, WHOLives is hoping to double that number and go beyond it. The drills that go out are owned and operated by an active drilling team, local team of entrepreneurs, hospital or school which, Roberts said, isn’t traditionally how it has been done with clean water. Normally, water is brought in through funding or a gift but, when the system breaks, it tends to stay broken and the source of water is cut off because there just isn’t the funding or expertise to fix it. The WHOLives sustainability model insists that certain economic opportunities must be in place before the drill is put in to ensure that the water will continue being accessible to the community. Not enough water isn’t the problem, said Roberts; it’s not having reasonable access to clean water

A night of music to benefit clean water sustainability throughout the world with local Utah artists. (Jennifer Roberts)

that is the problem. “The goal for this concert is to continue that mission,” said Roberts. With the sponsorship from Gary Young of Young Living, all the proceeds from the concert, donations and ticket sales will go directly toward funding global water projects as well as helping local refugees who have resettled in Utah with a scholarship gift. Raffle and auction prizes are also

part of the program. “We’re going to put on an amazing show and inspire the audience to help,” said Roberts, “It’s going to be a special, unforgettable evening.” Artists include Dallyn Vail Bayles, the One Voice Children’s Choir, Stephen Beus and more. Seats are limited. To purchase tickets, go to www. wholivesevent.org. l

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Solar eclipse used as a chance to appreciate science


any residents used the Aug. 21 solar eclipse to increase or enhance their knowledge of science. Salt Lake County libraries throughout the valley hosted eclipse-viewing parties from 10 a.m. until past noon. The eclipse reached maximum coverage at 11:33 a.m. While Salt Lake county residents were not in the zone to see the total eclipse, the viewpoint here was 92 percent at fullest coverage. “People were lined up at the doors of many branches before the libraries even opened,” said Kelsy Thompson, public relations coordinator for the library. She reported that Sandy alone had about 700 people attend. “I’d say between all 18 of our branches, we easily had a few thousand patrons attend and partake in the festivities.” The library branches gave out 3,000 pairs of viewing glasses on eclipse day alone, and had been distributing them, as available, before the event as well. “For those patrons who couldn’t acquire glasses, many of the branches also created pinhole viewers and cardboard viewers with solar film for patrons to watch the eclipse. We also had a full schedule of branch events leading up to Aug. 21,” said Thompson. These events included talks about the solar system at the Taylorsville branch, related

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storytime readings at various branches, crafts at the Whitmore branch, rocket launchings at Bingham Creek and a Lunar Tunes/Looney Tunes cartoon marathon at Bingham Creek. Joakima Carr came to the West Jordan library viewing party with her son, 7-year-old Daisun, and daughter, 5-year-old Daiyana. Her baby, Dailuna, also came along to the party. Joakima laughed that several of her children had space-related names, one with “sun” and one with “luna.” Damon, the father, is a mechanical engineer and likes to promote science learning with the kids. “I want to be an astronaut. I want to go to Jupiter,” said Daisun. He explained how Jupiter was the largest planet, and he talked about the storms on Mars. Joakima had helped the kids build cardboard eclipse viewers. She had watched a video on YouTube to learn how to build them. Daisun was already learning about the phases of the moon in school. The family also recently watched the movie “The Martian” and had discussed living on Mars. The kids had used blocks at home to make stackable buildings and a satellite, inspired by the movie. Joakima said the family has also gone to visit a space museum and that the kids enjoy anything with a space theme.

Retiree John Perry also came to the viewing party. Perry has been interested in space since the TV show “Star Trek” debuted. Perry came to the library grounds because there were no obstructions, and he could set up his telescope with a filter and camera attachment. He programmed the camera to take a photo every 40 seconds to document the movement of the moon across the sun. “It’s amazing to see the sun and moon both together at the same time,” he said. Attendees at the party expressed appreciation that Perry let them look through his telescope. Perry enjoys taking photos of celestial events. He took 268 images when Mercury crossed the sun. Mercury and Venus are closer to the sun than our planet, so when they cross in between the Earth and the sun it’s called a transit. Mercury’s last transit was May 9, 2016. Information from the county library website shows that the 2017 Great American Eclipse united most of the country in viewing it. CNN recently projected that about half the country (150 million people) watched some portion of the eclipse. This compares to 20 million people who watched the 2017 NBA Championship, and 111 million people who watched the Super Bowl this past February. l

John Perry lets the public view the eclipse through his telescope. (Ruth Hendricks/City Journals)

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Principal goes to law school to sue state By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


n her 12 years of teaching and 13 years as principal, Amy Martz has worked to provide the best for Utah students. She cares so much for her students that, when as a principal, she discovered students in need of a home, she applied to be a foster parent and brought them into her own home. She adopted a student in 2008 and three more last year. As a principal, Martz advocated for children as well as teachers. Her frustration with budgeting restraints built up over the years until she finally made another life-changing decision. “I just got really tired of having to tell teachers ‘no’ for things that they desperately needed,” she said In 2012, she quit her high-paying administration job to go back to school to earn a law degree that would enable her to sue the state for education funding. “The legislature is really going to have to dig deep and find a source of funding; we’re so far behind,” said Martz. While she finished her degree, Martz returned to part-time teaching at Fox Hills Elementary, taking a nearly 80 percent pay cut while continuing to deal with problems exacerbated by lack of funding. “I have a new perspective on it from having been a teacher and a principal,” she said. “Now I’m also a student (I’ve done 10 years of college), and now I have these kids. These guys have really made me think about where we are right now with funding for education and that I want to fight for them because they deserve to have a better education.” The biggest problem, according to Martz, is class size. She said classrooms aren’t made to accommodate so many children. Last year she had a class of 33 students and said it was very difficult to move around and to stay on top of everything. “To have 33 was just really unconscionable, and it affected the kids,” said Martz. “You never get 30 people to ever stop talking.” Because the school added another track, this year she has 19 students, making it easier to monitor student progress, have more one-on-one time and communicate with parents. Behavior is also better, she said. “It’s a whole different experience to have a class size like the rest of the nation,” she said. She’d also like to have the means to provide more technology opportunities for her students. “We’re fighting over a set of Chromebooks right now, trying to get technology into everyone’s hands,” she said of the teachers at her school. “I would use it every day for a couple of hours if I could have it but everybody wants it, and it’s hard to get enough for all.” More school counselors, psychologists and administration should also be a high priority for budgeting, said Martz. Martz believes many students with behavior problems, that don’t qualify for special education aides, would benefit from one-on-one help in the classroom to help monitor behavior.

“You can’t teach when you are worried about making sure everyone is safe,” said Martz. Principals spend time chasing these children, she said. When she was a principal, Martz felt her time was consumed with dealing with crises. “There’s not enough of me to go around to do all the things I need to do,” she said. Just one principal and a half-time administrative assistant are responsible for the 1,200 students at Fox Hills, illustrating how Utah not only has the highest student-to-teacher ratios but also principal to student ratios. Martz believes going to court could help bring needed changes to the education budget. She said similar lawsuits have been brought before 46 states—and 27 of them have won. In the time she’s been working toward her law degree, progress has been made. In 2016, the Alliance for a Better Utah (betterutah.org) announced its intention to sue the state. “Better Utah believes that the legislature is not living up to its duty under the Utah Constitution to provide adequate funding for our children’s schools. It is our belief that if the legislature continues to ignore their responsibility to provide for our children’s future, they should face up to their failures in a court of law,” organization officials said in a statement. The Alliance is waiting to see how the legislature will respond. Meanwhile, Alliance Board Chair Josh Kanter encourages the community to let their government leaders know their feelings about the issue. It’s a slow process that’s not moving fast enough for Our Schools Now (ourschoolsnow. com), a coalition of business and civic leaders who believe local leaders can make better decisions for education funding. They are campaigning for a ballot initiative proposing a tax increase that would generate $700 million each year, increasing spending nearly $1,000 per student. “New funding will be allocated directly to Utah schools so that the teachers and students of those schools will directly receive the benefits of greater investment in education,” said Austin Cox, campaign manager of the coalition. “We must provide our teachers with the resources they need to teach our students the skills they need for future success.” Funding from the initiative will be used for teacher salaries, early learning, technology, professional development, class size reduction, additional teachers, counselors, tutors and specialists, or any other purpose to improve student performance. It would not go toward district administration expenses or construction. Martz is actively involved with the Our Schools Now campaign, collecting signatures (they need 113,000) to get the initiative on the ballot for November 2018. She believes this campaign sends a message to a legislature that hasn’t been willing to take action. “The people want education so badly that they’re willing to do it themselves and put through

A dedicated educator, Amy Martz went to law school so she could sue the state for funding. (courtesy of Amy Martz)

this voter initiative,” Martz said. “If it doesn’t go through, that will be very difficult on the lawsuit because it shows the public isn’t willing to pay more money.” Kanter said it is the outcome of the initiative and whether the legislature responds with a significant change that will determine if the alliance follows through with the lawsuit. Martz hopes as momentum builds, improvements in education will garner more support. Granite School District has made some progress with its recent 11.67 percent salary increase for teachers. Other districts are expected to follow suit, said Martz. “The school districts have realized there’s a teacher shortage coming, that they really need to do something to motivate teachers to come to their district,” she said. But she said districts are still limited by funding. “They can do this onetime allotment that’s really going to help, but they don’t have any authority to go higher. The ultimate problem is they’re going to outgrow that tax increase when they need more teachers.” Martz passed her bar exam in September. She is considering going into public service. She feels that she would do well in juvenile defense. Also, being a parent of an autistic child, she said she could help families with special needs children navigate the education system to get the most benefit for their children. Or she might just return to being a principal. Either way, she will continue to push for better funding for education, fueled by her own children’s needs. “I want their education to be better,” she said. “I fight as much for them now as for the kids I had when I was the principal. I consider those my kids, too.” l

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Chickens allowed on smaller lots By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com


Riverton residents can now keep chickens in smaller yards. (Stewie Smith)

s of Aug. 15, Riverton City officials now allow chickens on all single-family residential lots of at least 10,000 square feet; previously, they were allowed only on rural-residential lots of a half-acre or more. Each residential lot is allowed up to six chickens. Roosters, ducks, geese, pigeons and other fowl will continue to be restricted to rural-residential lots. Rural-residential lots will keep the same animal permissions they had before the ordinance change and are unaffected by the six-chicken rule imposed on smaller, purely residential lots. These areas will still be allowed up to 20 chickens per half-acre of land, just as before. This is the second time city leaders have considered changing the chicken policy. Previously, city officials considered an amendment that would have allowed each household a maximum of six chickens, regardless of lot size. This was shot down, largely due to concerns that some lots would simply be too small to accommodate six chickens. Apparently, the addition of a lot size minimum made the amendment more palatable, because this time it passed unanimously, with little discussion or argument. In fact, the city council decided to loosen up the initially

proposed specifications. Originally, this amendment would only have allowed chickens to be kept on lots zoned as R-1, R-2, or R-3, but Councilman Sheldon Stewart amended it to also include lots of 10,000 square feet or more. Hopeful chicken-keepers do not need to apply for any licenses or special permissions from the city, so long as your lot meets the zoning requirements, you may have chickens on your property. The city planning commission looked at the possibility of including additional regulations regarding such things as coop size and permissible distance between the coop and adjacent buildings, but these were ultimately abandoned in the interest of keeping things easy to enforce. “I think, given some of the previous discussions, those are certainly things that we can address if this proves to be a problem or those standards are needed,” said Development Services Director Jason Lethbridge. Councilman Trent Staggs said it’s a simple change for residents. “The idea here is that this is added to the household pet ordinance,” he said. “We looked at that specifically so that it wouldn’t add to the workload of code enforcement. We’re not regulating even the size of pens or anything. It’s just a pretty easy change to the ordinance.” l

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Checkered flags fly for young driver By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Natalie Waters is amongst the youngest drivers on the oval at Rocky Mountain Raceway. (Creative Resource & Design)


o race a car fast, a driver’s license is not necessary, apparently. Chaz Groat is making a name for himself on the threeeighths mile oval at Rocky Mountain Raceway. At 13 years old it is not legal for him to be behind the wheel of a car on the streets, but at the track he is beating more experienced and older drivers. “We are a racing family. I have been around racing for a

long time. He ran a go kart out at the Larry H. Miller track for two years starting when he was four years old. Soon after that RMR (Rocky Mountain Raceway) started the quarter midget program for kids, he progressed up through that program,” said Chaz’s father Chuck Groat. In the quarter midget program at RMR the cars are generally half the size of a normal midget race car and run in classes with engine restriction rules. Drivers range in age from 5-16 years old. Last summer Chaz moved into a junior stinger class on the larger oval. This class is for drivers age 12-16. He said he always wanted to drive a midget car. After some discussion with officials the age was lowered to match what other Intermountain race tracks were offering and Chaz found a car. “I joke with my wife that I feel like I am completely helpless. I just sit back and try to watch him do what he does,” Chuck said. In 2016, he was invited to Meridian Raceway in Boise, Idaho to race for the first time in his midget car. He also ran his car in Pocatello, Idaho. His first main event victory came at Meridian. This season will be his first complete season in the racing class and he has made the most of his opportunity. Midget cars run a Ford Focus alcohol-injected engine. At this altitude it generally has about 155 horsepower and weighs about 1,100 lbs. The engine is sealed and cannot be tampered with. The competitive edge comes from suspension set up and setting up the fuel.

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Chuck owns two complete cars. He has raced alongside his son. Chaz’s racing career is funded by his parents. He also is sponsored by Powder Works Powder Coating and Roto Grip Bowling Balls. “He kicked my butt. It was thrilling to watch. I figured this was his first year and he should just get some seat time. He has taken to it. I think it took me three years to get my first win,” Chuck said. Chaz captured his first main event victory Aug. 5. He was fast qualifier and started the main near the back of the pack. He patiently made his move towards the front. At one point he was nose-to-tail with his father, passing him with about five laps remaining in the event. Natalie Waters has followed Chaz’s same path in the series. Waters is also 13 years old and lives in West Jordan. “From a dad perspective I think these kids are doing something amazing. People should come watch what they are doing in these race cars,” Chuck said. They plan on going to the Bullring in Las Vegas at the end of October. “I really just look for the best opportunity. I watch the cars around me and try to figure out the best way to get around the track. It was an amazing feeling to win the main. We have an amazing car. My dad is my favorite race car driver it has to be,” Chaz said. Chaz is in eighth grade and attends Kennedy Junior High in West Valley. He is the son of Chuck and Julie Groat. “The thrill of it is amazing. Going 100 miles-per-hour down the track at RMR, it is exciting,” Chaz said. l

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Mayor Applegarth invites you to participate in Idle-Free Month


t a city council meeting on Sept. 5, Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth signed a proclamation declaring the September to be Idle-Free Month, in the interest of cutting down on air pollution. “Air pollution is a major health and environmental concern throughout the state of Utah, and motor vehicles are significant sources of air pollution,” said Applegarth, reading from his official proclamation. “Everybody can turn their key and be idle free. By cutting back on idling, community members can join together to limit the negative environmental effects that idling creates, and thereby preserve the health and promote the prosperity of Riverton City and its inhabitants.” September heralds the start of the school year, and, with it, lots and lots of idling. It’s tempting to leave your car running while waiting to pick up your kids from school, but doing this actually has a substantial impact on the air quality in your immediate vicinity. The EPA has found that in the hours where parents pick up their children, school grounds show significantly elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other toxins. The area around a school is one of the worst places there is for extra air pollution. Air pollution is bad for everyone, but according to the EPA, it’s especially harmful to kids. “Children’s lungs are still developing, and when they are exposed to elevated levels of these pollutants, children have an increased risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects.” “In addition to health impacts, air pollution imposes significant economic costs,” said Applegarth. The US Department of Energy estimates that personal vehicle idling

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wastes more than 3 billion gallons of fuel across the United States annually—enough fuel wastage to generate around 30 million tons of CO2 every year. Your car burns through a lot more fuel when it’s idle than when it’s moving. According to the California Energy Commission, this is because an idle car engine doesn’t operate at its optimal temperature. As a result, the fuel is only partially combusted, which in turn leads to residue buildup that can damage engine components. Personal vehicles, idling or not, account for only a fraction of Utah’s air pollution problems. The recent oppressive blanket of smog that choked out the area in the first week of September was primarily the result of wildfires, and much of the rest of Utah’s air pollution comes from industrial sources, such as the oil refineries and the Kennecott Copper Mine. Banishing statewide air pollution problems will require a lot more than cutting back on idling, but the idle-free initiative is more about preventing pollution on a smaller scale. Turning your car off instead of running it in idle may not make much of an impact on a valleywide inversion, but it can make a big difference to the air quality in more localized areas: in a shopping center parking lot, or your neighborhood, or around your child’s school. And improving just these areas can make a big difference to your quality of life, or to your child’s. Every little bit counts. “I would just encourage you, as the proclamation says, to be conscious of pollution, and help cut back on it in every way you can, particularly on idling,” said Applegarth. “It doesn’t take very long to just turn the key and sit there until you’re ready to go and start the engine up again.” l

Air pollution is associated with increased risk for heart and lung diseases. (Andrew Grover)

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he music department at Riverton High School has tripled in the last four years. Music teachers Max Meyer and Jason Weimer have fine tuned their program to harmonize with a teenager’s lifestyle. “We don’t require practice logs because most kids lie,” said Weimer. “Practicing shouldn’t be an awful chore if you like playing your instrument.” Instead of assigning students practice minutes at home, the teachers ask students to practice just 30 minutes a week—at school. That’s six minutes a day or one 30-minute sitting any time after school, before school or during lunch. Weimer knows his students are busy so half an hour each week is achievable. And because the kids like the social aspect of practicing, he said usually six minutes turns into 15. He said kids will usually end up practicing more than the required 30 minutes once they get in the room. “That has made a huge shift in the just the culture of practicing-—because kids are pretty bad at practicing,” said Weimer, who also said kids get distracted easily at home. “But if they’re in the room, we’re able to help them learn how to develop good practice habits and how to actually enjoy practicing.” Amelia Van Komen, clarinet, oboe player and drum major, said she noticed improvement in the band’s performance just a month after the new practicing requirement was introduced. “It wasn’t necessarily that we were practicing more, we were just practicing more effectively,” she said. “It can be the minimum amount of time but maximum results.” Clarinet player Mekenna Jolley said Weimer’s practicing requirement works well for her. “He motivates us instead of making us,” she said. Weimer and Meyer also adapt to teen culture by asking them to take out their phones during class. “We’re finding ways to make it easy for them to do what they’re supposed to,” said Weimer. “That’s made it really easy to take out what seemed like work, but they’re still doing essentially the same assignment.” For example, to analyze the group’s performance, students use their smartphones to access a poll created by the teacher. Answers are compiled instantaneously and then displayed on a classroom screen.

“We can quickly just dive into a conversation how everybody felt. and they can all see each other’s answers,” Weimer said. Classes also listen to a piece of music for collaborative critical listening exercises using Google Classroom. Students post a comment to the group about the piece, and others respond with their perspectives. Students can continue the discussion, commenting and posting from their phones throughout the day. Some assignments for the music theory class can be completed with game-based learning. Weimer said they try to create a fun environment for students. “It feels like they’re not in school for an hour and a half,” he said. “We kind of trick them into learning, I guess.” Assessments are easier to grade when technology is used, said Weimer. Students record themselves and upload the performance to be graded by the teacher. It’s much less intimidating than playing in front of the class, and they can record as many takes as they want before submitting their final version. “It’s another way to trick them into practicing,” said Weimer. “They will try again and again—50 times later, it’s perfect.” Together, Weimer and Meyer are responsible for the two concert bands, two orchestras, two jazz bands, three percussion ensembles, symphony, marching band, color guard, guitar class and AP music theory classes. Four years ago there were only 25 students in the orchestra; now there are 88. All ensembles have doubled, even quadrupled since Weimer began teaching in 2013. The music program continues to grow because RHS is one of the few high schools that allow beginners in their ensembles. They also reach out to middle school programs that feed into their school. “We make a big deal about getting to know the kids before they enroll,” said Weimer. He organizes combined concerts so the middle school and high school groups are performing for and with each other. “We’ve seen a huge jump in the numbers of students who continue playing after middle school,” Weimer said. l

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Grappler and coach head to world finals By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he story of U.S. grappling team member Koffi Adzitso begins at a young age when his family left Africa and settled in Utah as refugees. His new life would take him on a journey to the World Grappling Championships in Azerbaijan. “Only 20 people made the team, lots tried out and two of us come from Utah. We get to represent the USA and travel out of the country as team members,” Adzitso said. The World Grappling Championships are scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Adzitso trains with Taylorsville resident and former grappling World Champion Brandon Ruiz. He began hand-to-hand combat training after graduating from Cottonwood High School in 2007. While training he met Ruiz and began learning from him. “I heard about wrestling my senior year and went out for the team. After high school I was doing MMA (mixed martial arts) and that is when I met Brandon. Every time I compete Brandon is in my corner. I have learned everything from him. This time I made the team with him,” Adzitso said. He joined the Colts wrestling team his

senior year and placed second in his weight class at the Utah High School Activities Association state wrestling meet. He encourages kids to wrestle as early as they can. “Wrestling teaches a lot of discipline and how to respect people. I learned to honor people and be responsible,” Adzitso said. Adzitso and his family came to Utah when he was 11 years old. He moved from Togo, Africa. His parents got jobs at the airport to support his family. “My parents really struggled to give us a good life here. They gave up a lot of stuff to come here and we settled in and became citizens. We came here with only the stuff we could fit in our suitcase,” Adzitso said. Because he is different he got into a lot of fights in school. “I dressed different, did not speak English and looked different than everyone else. Back in Africa we fought a lot. When I was bullied I would defend myself. Then I started wrestling and instead of fighting after school I was on a team. I felt this was it, and I knew it would keep me away from trouble,” Adzitso said. Grappling differs from wrestling—it

is wrestling to submission. This means a competitor is expected to submit either verbally or by tapping his opponent to admit defeat. Refusing to “tap out” can risk unconsciousness or serious injury. His supporters have started a go fund me account to help him raise funds for travel while attending the championships. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/sendkoffi-to-world-championship. Adzitso estimates his trip to the world championships will cost about $5,000. He works for Intermountain Health Care in the purchasing warehouse. He trains by riding his bicycle to work and working out with Ruiz his coach. He rides 34 miles a day and spends approximately 12 hours a week perfecting his skill. He qualified for the team in April at the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials in Las Vegas. He finished fourth in the 84 kg class. Adzitso is nicknamed “The Lion King” in Ultimate Fighting circles and began fighting in 2007. His UFC record includes 20 wins and 11 losses. He had nine knockouts. His last UFC fight was in 2014 when he began training for submission grappling full time. l

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he mid-season volleyball rankings have two south valley teams headed to a collision course. Their destiny could boil down to their head-to-head matches.

The Herriman Mustangs have weathered their preseason well. They have only lost a combined five sets in their six matches. Their only loss came at the hands of American Fork 3-0 in their first match of the season. A 3-0 victory over Westlake Aug. 22, a traditionally tough Class 6A team, may be a marquee victory for the Mustangs. They beat them in four sets: 25-14, 20-25, 25-18 and 25-14. Junior Jasmine Love had eight kills in the match and served five aces. Junior Morgan Haws recorded 15 assists. Haws and senior Emily Sanford lead the team on assists. The assists generally come from the team’s setter. In competitive volleyball the setter controls a team’s offense and directs the attack. They must be able to get the ball to the best outside hitters in perfect position consistently. The Mustangs have participated in the state volleyball tournament only once in the school’s brief history. In 2012, they defeated Highland in the first round but then lost to Salem and Skyline to exit the tournament. Herriman was scheduled to open region play Sept. 12 against Taylorsville (after press deadline). It faced cross-town rival Riverton Sept. 14 and again Oct. 12 at Riverton High School. The Mustangs are coached by Bryan Nicholson. The rivalry between Herriman and Riverton continues. The Mustangs have never defeated the Silverwolves in a volleyball match. Herriman

opened in 2010, and the teams have played every season at least once, except for 2011. Riverton has swept the Mustangs in five of the team’s 10 head-to-head matches. The closest the Mustangs have come to a victory is 2014 when the lost 3-2. The Mustangs and Silverwolves will both compete in the Utah High School Activities Association’s Region 3. They will face Copper Hills, Taylorsville and West Jordan for possible state tournament positions. With realignment the south valley teams no longer compete against Utah County powerhouses such as Lehi and Lone Peak. Riverton is 3-2 in its preseason matches. In its first match of the season, it defeated Jordan in three sets, 25-17, 25-13 and 25-15. Junior Brianna Averett led the team with 13 kills in the victory. Averett has collected 60 kills is the team’s 18 sets and leads the team with a 28.2 percent kill average. She also has 14 aces. Senior Kaycee Wartman is second on the team with 13. Allie Brown, a junior, has picked up seven blocks in the team’s first five matches. She also has 14 kills this season. The Silverwolves are coached by Diane Struck. Riverton began region play Sept. 12 against Copper Hills (after press deadline). It hosts West Jordan for the final regular season match Oct. 24. The Silverwolves hope to return to the state tournament for the first time since 2015. In 2014 they finished seventh in the state, and in 2015 they were eighth. The UHSAA state tournament is scheduled for Nov. 2–4 at Utah Valley University. l

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iverton High School’s football team started this season off headed down the wrong trail. A big win against Pleasant Grove righted the ship. The young Silverwolves opened its 2017 campaign struggling against some very tough teams. Their first game matched them up with Skyridge from Utah County. Skyridge jumped in front with a 29-yard interception return and led 7-0, but the Silverwolves answered back with a drive of their own capped off with a 1-yard plunge from senior Riley Young. With the game tied up at 7, Skyridge flipped it into overdrive. The Skyridge Falcons scored 41 unanswered points for the victory. The second week of the season Riverton took on Corner Canyon in Draper. Unfortunately, this game started much the way the first game ended. The Chargers jumped in front 21-0 before Kaige Roberts caught an errant pass and scampered 43 yards for the interception return. The Chargers closed out the Silverwolves by scoring 28 unanswered points to win the game. In the loss the Silverwolves only managed 64 total yards on offense. Senior quarterback Nathaniel Davidson completed only 35 percent of his passes in the loss. The offense turned things around in the third game at home against Provo. Sophomore Cannon Coggins threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown was a 67-yard throw to Stetson Thacker. In the second quarter, he hit Tristyn Hymas for a 20-yard touchdown. The game ended in regulation in a 20-20 tie. In the sixth and final overtime, Riverton kicker Stockton Lund hit a 39-yard field goal , but the Bulldogs were able to break through with a touchdown run for the victory. The Provo game was the team’s first game on its new turf. In the team’s final non-region game, the Silverwolves traveled to Pleasant Grove. The Silverwolves defense held the Vikings rushing game intact and gave constant pressure on the quarterback. A sack in the final minute led to a fumble recovery to ice the victory, 2317. Coggins threw two touchdown passes in the win, as the Silverwolves jumped out to 23-0 lead. The Vikings scored 17 unanswered points and were driving toward a game-winning touchdown before Riverton forced the final fumble. Region games were scheduled to begin Sept. 15 at home against West Jordan (after press deadline). The offensive process has changed for the Silverwolves. They have abandoned the traditional wing-T they have employed for years in favor of a more spread attack offense. They returned six starters from last year’s team. Stockton Lund has caught the eye of many college football coaches. Head coach Blaine Monkres said he is a Division 1 -level kicker. On defense, Riverton returned five starters from last season’s team.

In 18 years, the Silverwolves have amassed a 90-108 record and won one region championship (2013). The Silverwolves have not made the playoffs since 2014 when they advanced to the semifinals. Riverton will compete in Region 3 of Class 6A. It will play West Jordan, Copper Hills, East, Herriman and Taylorsville. The state tournament is scheduled to begin Oct. 27–28, and the state championship will be held at the University of Utah Nov. 17. l




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riday, September 22, 2017, was an historic day when the public celebrated the grand opening of our new Herriman City Hall. With a public ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:00 PM and an entertaining day of entertainment and activities for the whole family, the community made this a day to remember. With heightened interest as the City Hall opens, some have queried about the timing of the new building, whether the facility is necessary, and if the city is prepared to fund construction and ongoing operations and maintenance costs. Others are excited to understand more about the planned park and city center uses as a gathering place. In 2008, Mayor J. Lynn Crane announced the location of the future Herriman City Hall. He and other elected officials and staff identified the future need for an expanded city hall to house the future employees who would be needed as the city grew and reached its maximum population. In cooperation with the Herriman Towne Center developers, the new City Hall site was selected with the intent it anchor the city’s retail and civic area. As employees, residents, contractors and municipal partners would work at or visit the city hall, their presence would also support the development of nearby retail sites. The City Hall had the benefit of careful planning for nearly a decade before its grand opening. In the seven years following the announcement, the city staff grew commiserate with the city population. The Herriman Community Center (former city hall) was remodeled, conference rooms were modified into office and cubicle space, desks were placed in hallways, and multiple staff members occupied single offices. Hiring decisions were scrutinized to maximize both personnel budgets and available employee space. At the time of the move, it is accurate to state the former city hall was unable to accommodate current employees or the future necessary employee growth. Significant cost saving measures were employed in the design, engineering and construction of the City Hall. An ordinance approved by the City Council adopting a Construction Manager and General Contractor process led to greater collaboration in the design and engineering phase,

Councilwomen Coralee Wessman-Moser, District 2 thus ensuring design elements considered by the city could be built by the general contractor. The general contractor, familiar with subcontracting costs, could also estimate the budgetary impact of design decisions. GSBS Architects and Layton Construction were selected through a procurement process based on their professional standards, experience and cost proposals. They soon coordinated a tour of various city halls in the area for Herriman staff and elected officials. At each location, those staff members would share what worked well in their design, challenges with the layout or function, and changes they would make. This thoughtful approach enabled design that will meet the city’s needs indefinitely. The city elected officials and staff agreed the new City Hall should be able to accommodate the city’s employee needs as Herriman City reached maximum population build-out. This presented a challenge in that an appropriately-sized building could be larger than the budget would allow. As the design process developed, the architectural firm ran calculations on the appropriate building size based on program needs which resulted in a need for 72,000 square feet of space. However, using a traditional style building, squaring the work spaces, streamlining functions, and ensuring maximum efficiency in space utilization, the square foot necessary was reduced by about 30% to around 50,000 square feet, resulting in much lower building construction and maintenance costs. Another concern shared by the elected officials is if the city hall was sized to accommodate the employees needed when the city reached its maximum population, how would the space be used until it was needed by future employees? The Herriman Unified Police Department precinct has been leasing space on 5600 West but does not have their own precinct building. A perfect solution was for the UPD precinct to move into City Hall, paying the lease payment to the city which in turn offset a portion of the city’s bond payment. At a future time when the city needs the space for employees, the UPD precinct will likely build their own precinct building and will vacate the city hall. In preparing for the construction of the new city hall, the city had set aside funds for a portion of the capital costs

which were supplemented with a franchise and sales tax revenue bond, $15 million of which was for construction of city hall. It is important to note the funds for the bond payments already existed in city revenue when the bond was approved; no tax increase was necessary. Because of the city’s fantastic AA- bond rating (comparable to an individual credit score of 800), a very low interest rate of 3.138% was secured. Not only are the bond payments already available from current revenue sources, new revenues from the future Walmart SuperCenter, other Anthem retail stores, and future Herriman Main Street development are forecast to exceed the bond payment required. The J. Lynn Crane Park, architect fees, all computer networking, video cameras, door access control systems, audio visual equipment, telephones, and interior furnishings are being paid for using city cash reserves. The obvious need for a new facility, the city’s preparedness for this project with minimal risk and a strong financial position, as well as the ability to capture an excellent bond rate led the city council to a unanimous vote in approving the city hall construction in November 2015. The new J. Lynn Crane Park will include an ice track in the winter which will circle around a splash pad area in the summer. Equipment buildings will support the ice tracks and provide restroom access. Pergolas and tree plantings will provide shade, while historical information will be spaced along a stream feature. An amphitheater will be used for concerts, entertainment, weddings and receptions and other public and private events. A playground and open grass space will provide casual recreation for families. As businesses locate nearby, the park, City Hall and retail sites truly create a community gathering place. We are grateful to those who had the foresight to plan for this building many years ago and those who made it a reality today. We look forward to providing excellent service to our citizens from our new City Hall into the future. l

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s a child growing up in a strict Mormon household in the ‘70s, I spent most of my day trying not to unintentionally invite Satan into our home. It was a struggle because according to my mom there were hundreds of things we could do that would summon the Prince of Darkness to our doorstep. I pictured him sitting on his throne in the lowest level of glory (Mormons don’t call it “hell”), receiving an elegant hand-written note that read, “You are cordially invited to live at the Stewart home because Peri’s sister listens to Metallica pretty much every day. Plus, Peri frequently forgets to say her prayers, she blackmailed her brother and she uses face cards to play Blackjack, betting Froot Loops and M&Ms.” I spent most of my childhood deathly afraid. Sunday school teachers would recount true stories of children who snuck into R-rated movies only to wake up in the middle of the night to find either Jesus sadly shaking his head or Satan leering and shaking his pitchfork. I didn’t watch an R-rated movie until I was 46. In the 1970s, Ouija boards were all the rage. My mom warned us, in no un-

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South Valley City Journal - Oct 2017  

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