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Kids, Teens Perform Disney Classic By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


laddin, Jasmine, Genie, Jafar and all of their associates are coming to the Sandra N. Lloyd community theater stage, but audience members shouldn’t come expecting a regurgitation of the Disney cartoon they’ve seen thousands of times, according to director Lani King. “You know, all the personalities of our actors are so much different,” King said. “We have fabulous talent. We have incredible talent, and they are going to make this their own.” The production’s talent is young talent. The cast includes more than 120 members, all of them under the age of 18, and they’ve been gathering for rehearsals since Sept. 6. King said the audience should expect to see energy and enthusiasm as “Aladdin Jr.” performs mid-October. “It’s amazing to see these kids since auditions,” King said. “Some of them came in so nervous or almost crying, and now they’re up there dancing and singing, and that’s really, really cool.” “Aladdin Jr.” is a first play for many of the ensemble members, and the actor and actress who play Aladdin and Jasmine are new to Riverton Arts Council. King said it’s sure to be a fresh show. Kartchner Perkins, 15, said this is one of his favorite shows because it’s so lively and he gets to play Aladdin, one of his “dream roles.” Before Aladdin, Kartchner was most recently seen playing Marius in Desert Star Playhouse’s youth production of “Les Miserables.” “Aladdin’s kind of a quirky, smart kid, and he’s Disney,

The lead actors and actress in Riverton Arts Council’s Aladdin Jr. production pose for a picture at a rehersal. (Riverton Arts Council)

so this is fun,” Kartner said. “Any character that’s Disney is just a big, fun role, so this has been very big for me, and the people here are very talented.” The teen actor’s favorite scene is “One Jump Ahead,” where Aladdin runs from the palace guards while singing a comedic song about stealing in order to eat. Aladdin later meets a Genie who can help him out of his financial and

social pinch with some magic. Samuel Cooper, 14, said he’s not trying to impersonate Robin Williams in his rendition of the iconic, blue genie. Instead, he said he’s trying to be all over the place with his physical actions to show the character’s zaniness. “I didn’t think I would get the part of the Genie to be honest,” Samuel said. “I was standing over the computer looking for the cast list, and I saw my name as the Genie, and I thought, ‘I need a minute.’ I was expecting to be in the ensemble or one of the guards.” Samuel said he takes the show seriously because he’s grateful for landing a supporting role. Ethan Kay, 16, is taking on a different persona than he’s used to in “Aladdin Jr.” Although he’s been in six plays in Riverton, this is his first time playing the villain. He’ll play Jafar, the Sultan’s evil apprentice, in the Jr. production. “They want me to play my part with no emotion, like all he feels is evil only,” Ethan said. “It’s great to try something new.” Ethan said he’s mostly nervous about singing his solos, but said he knows he’ll get through them because of the support from his friends in the cast. “They are all super kind and trustworthy like a big family,” he said. “Aladdin Jr.” will run Oct. 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 and 24 at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinee showings on Oct. 15 and 22. Tickets can be purchased at www.rivertonartscouncil. org or at the door. l


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Scouts Participate in Pop-Up STEM Stations By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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Richard Innes and his Cub Scout den watch as his rocket soar across Rosecrest Park in Herriman. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)


osecrest Park bustled with Cub Scouts Webelos from districts 18 and 20 of the Great Salt Lake Council as community members transformed it into a makeshift science laboratory with a geology focus. More than 300 10-year-old boys scampered from canopy to canopy on Aug. 26, testing the hardness of rock formations, searching for geocaches, interpreting maps, identifying geological components used in buildings throughout the community and participating in other experiments and demonstrations. Among the clamor, 10-year-old Ryker Innes launched off a paper rocket that soared across the park. His leaders congratulated him on the highest and farthest rocket launch they’d seen that day, and Ryker ran to retrieve the custom-built projectile shouting, “That was awesome. That was awesome.” “The purpose of these things is not to pass adventures off, but it is to introduce boys to different topics to help them find their interests, to help them realize that the things in their lives connect to the real world,” Deborah Bracken, District 18 vice chairman said. “We want them to know that learning is interesting and fun and get them excited about the STEM so that one day they can find that this is a career direction they might want to go into.” Bracken mentioned that men in the United States aren’t attending and graduating college at the same rate as women. She said she believes educational activities in boyhood, like the geology STEM activity, make a difference. Aaron and Nate Eskelson, twin brothers who celebrated their 10th birthday one week before the Webelos event, both said they enjoyed being in a learning outside at the Scouting event. “I learned what houses are made of, and I

never knew that before,” Aaron Eskelson said. “It was really interesting.” Nate said his favorite part was getting to know the other Webelos and Scout leaders. “It’s the truth that everyone here is nice and supportive,” he said. “If I ever have a trouble, I know they will help us with that trouble.” Bracken said she hoped each Scout realizes how much his leaders care about him. About 100 volunteers contributed to the event. “All of these people are here today because we want these boys to develop themselves and to have a desire to be good,” she said as her eyes began to water. An event of this caliber occurs only once a year for each district, according to Bracken, and nearly 100 adult leaders collaborated since February to make it happen. They chose to center their activity on Boy Scouts of America’s Earth Rock Adventure, allowing each participant to pass off each step in the adventure by participating in the one-stopshop activity. In addition to the STEM stations, Scouts went on a 3-mile walk from Rosecrest Park to Mountain Meadows Park where they studied the effects of water, wind and erosion while using a map to find their way to the end of the trail. Along the trail, leaders organized guest appearances from people dressed up as prominent figures in the world who care about the environment, such as Bear Grylls from “Man vs. Wild.” The Scouts also stopped to clean the trail before returning to Rosecrest Park. Leaders presented each Scout with a pin upon completion of the night’s activities. “Activities like this are important,” Scout leader Wendy Gillette said. “I think it makes the boys feel like they are part of something really big.” l

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Bliuffdale Resident Transitions to Modern Calligraphy By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


ori Howell attributes her picturized calligraphy artwork to her 16-year-old daughter’s crush on celebrity singer Shawn Mendes. “She was going to a meet and greet at one of his concerts and wanted to give him something special,” Howell said. “She asked if I could write his name fancy, but I thought, ‘Everyone can do that,’ so I began thinking of other options.”’ Howell, a professional calligrapher, used the lettering of Mendes’ song lyrics to create the outline of his portrait in June. Guards at the meet and greet accepted the gift on Mendes’ behalf, so Howell’s daughter never got to see Mendes’ response to the art, but Howell said the project wasn’t all for naught. Howell enjoyed the project, so she replicated the style in an image of Abraham Lincoln, shaping his face using the words of the Gettysburg Address. Bluffdale showcased the Lincoln art at their Old West Days festival in August, and several people offered to buy it. Now Howell’s planning to create a line of calligraphy depictions that she’ll eventually sell on Etsy beginning in January. “I’ve never done anything like this before with calligraphy— doing art as opposed to just writing things,” she said. “You are usually doing calligraphy for other people. This is the first time Lori Howell holds a piece of artwork she created using calligraphy of that I feel like I am doing something for me.” the Gettysburg Address to form the image of Abraham Lincoln’s Face. The ebb and flow of calligraphy’s popularity has (Tori La Rue/City Journals) conveniently played out in Howell’s life, she said. Her chances of becoming a graphic designer after graduating from BYU in the mid-’80s seemed bleak as computer programs started taking years ago, but then I started seeing it out there, and I thought over the jobs she was trained to do, so Howell put her phone ‘That’s cute; I should try it.’” number in the phone book and started doing calligraphy work, Her chalkboard designs include decorative, wedding and including wedding invitations, certificates and poems. menu signs. She creates these pieces by mimicking calligraphy She continued her work as a calligrapher from home for 15 styles using chalk. She thickens parts of the letters with years until her fifth child came around. Howell said she wasn’t additional strokes, instead of moving the pen in a particular way. sure she could keep up with her calligraphy work and the dayHowell has also started glass engraving. She etches names to-day work of being a mother. and messages into vases, jars and perfume bottles using a dentist “I doubled my prices, thinking that would make it half of drill. Dillard’s and other stores hire her to inscribe personalized the work, and I’d still make the same amount of money, but I messages on perfume and cologne bottles around Christmastime. doubled my business,” Howell said. “I finally had to pull it out It’s a way to give a gift that’s personalized, she said. of the phone book and just do word of mouth because it was too Calligraphy may evolve, but its rebirth has given Howell crazy busy.” hope that there will always be a place for the lettering art in the Two more children joined the Howell family, and Howell world of art and design. began spending her time almost exclusively as a mother. Around “We place more value on the hand stuff and the work, the year 2000, Calligraphy took the backseat, which was just as love and time put into it versus something that has been well because the demand for calligraphy began to decline. manufactured,” she said. “I think people like the hand-look of “Calligraphy tanked,” Howell said. “That was right along stuff. It is maybe not perfect, but it’s still beautiful.” the time that everybody started saying, ‘Oh, I can print my For more information about Howell’s calligraphy, email envelopes on the computer. I can print my certificates on the lori.howell7@gmail.com. l computer, and they look perfect. I really thought calligraphy was dead. I really did.” Howell’s children grew, and in 2011 she had more time to work outside the home, she said. She secured a job at Salt Lake Community College teaching calligraphy. It was then that she began to notice the resurgence of calligraphy on Pinterest and Etsy. “Now it has gone all the way back around,” Howell said. “People are saying, ‘I don’t want it to look like I can just print it off of a computer because anyone can print it off of a computer now.’ They want it to look hand-done—hence, modern calligraphy.” Modern calligraphy has evolved into more than calligraphy pens and paper. Chalkboard drawings based on calligraphic styles are increasing in popularity. Howell’s been playing around with this idea for the past few months. “For me, calligraphy is creativity,” she said. “There are new Lori Howell’s chalk artwork hangs in her house. (Tori La Rue/City Journals) things all the time. I would have never thought of chalk two

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Building a Brighter Future By Mayor Carmen R. Freeman


ince the announcement of a new City Hall and the adjoining five acre Community Park which will constitute our Towne Center, some of our residents have voiced deep concerns as to the timing of such a project as well as the financial obligation the city would incur. To hopefully deter any fear or anxiety our residents may feel from pursuing such a course and to provide a level of comfort and reassurance, let me mention a few clarifying facts regarding this undertaking. First, our neighboring communities are on the move economically. If we are going to be a strong player in the arena of commercial growth, the Towne Center will help us to move forward in this endeavor. Currently, a running store as well as a bike shop have already committed to coming to the Towne Center. Other stores and shops will be quick to follow with the added consumer presence that the City Hall and park will provide. Some of our residents may wonder why commercial growth is so important to our community. Presently, nearly 40% of our general fund income to run the city is derived from new building permits. This source of income is unsustainable and will eventually inhibit the future growth of our city. That is why it is imperative that we pursue the pathway of

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commercial opportunity and growth which will provide a more stable form of income. I believe the Towne Center with its associated economic development will place us on the pathway to financial strength and sustainability. Second, it is imperative to understand how this project will be financed. The 15 million dollars required to pay for the City Hall will be financed through a Special Assessment Bond. Payments toward the bond will come exclusively from current sales and franchise taxes being collected. The 5 million dollar Community Park will be paid for by current

city revenue and park impact fees. Through this innovative and sensitive approach to financing, residents can be reassured that they will not be asked to personally carry the financial burden of this project. It is important to note, that the bond rate that was recently put in place to cover this project was extremely favorable. Because of this fortuitous blessing, it will limit our debt liability and allow us to retire the bond in a timely manner. Third, we have outgrown our current City Hall. Although this wonderful building has

provided great service over the years to our staff and residents, we now find ourselves woefully deficient in office space and other facilities to operate the city. Some have suggested leasing additional office space or building a modular structure as an interim solution. Both of these suggestions would require a significant investment not to mention the added cost of computer and telephone networking. Additionally, the city organizationally would be less efficient and serviceable by trying to operate in separate facilities. Constructing a new City Hall that will meet the needs of an ever growing population and staff certainly makes sense economically and administratively. The construction of the Towne Center will be an opportunistic moment in our rich community history. It will be a place where we have established ourselves as a viable and distinct presence in the commercial arena, it will be a place that clearly and distinctively identifies our community vision and values and it will be a place where we can gather as a community to unify our interests and strengthen our relationships. The Towne Center will be a welcomed addition to our community and will propel us forward in building a brighter future. l

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Herriman Hires First Parks Director By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


t’s not a slow time in the Herriman Parks and Recreation Department. With big projects imminent, such as the renovation and expansion of several trails and the development of the $50 million Real Salt Lake soccer training facility, city officials hired Herriman’s first director of parks and recreation. “It has been very challenging and very exciting,” said Wendy Thomas, Herriman’s first parks and recreation director. “A lot of fun things are happening out here.”

for example, is not something that we had in South Jordan,” she said. “That has been kind of exciting to look at the options we have available with the open space that is out in Herriman.” The trail system has been one of Thomas’ primary focuses since assuming the position with Herriman in mid-July. She’s working to get two trails, Juniper Canyon and Midas Creek, to connect across Mountain View Corridor. Thomas said her favorite thing about working on public amenities is seeing how they

“Just the joy that you see on people’s face when they are recreating and having fun—that is what it is all about.” Thomas came to Herriman after working for South Jordan for more than eight years. She started at South Jordan managing the senior center but eventually transitioned to a more recreational role. Although Herriman and South Jordan border each other, Thomas said she’s beginning to notice the differences in their recreational amenities. “The development of a trail system,

affect the people who utilize them. “Just the joy that you see on people’s face when they are recreating and having fun—that is what it is all about,” Thomas said. “Seeing somebody cross that finish line or learn how to swim for the first time or just the excitement of going to a park and seeing kids run to the playground—that’s what makes my job fun and exciting.”

Thomas helps plan and organize parks and city recreational events, but she said it’s ironic because she doesn’t participate in as many recreation activities as she used to. As a wife and mother of two, she said she’s constantly running her children to baseball and other activities, leaving less time for her own recreation. Thomas runs when she finds spare time. She also hikes, camps and skis with her family. She said she’s already starting to connect with the Herriman city staff and residents she’s met, and she’s looking forward to getting to know them better. “I think it is the community involvement and how much people care about Herriman City that makes it unique,” Thomas said. “The residents and staff who I have met so far have been so kind and gracious and so willing to reach out and help—willing to answer questions and fill me in on different projects, willing to fill me in on the background of different things.” Tami Moody, public information officer for Herriman, said it’s been a relief to have Thomas as part of the staff. “It has been wonderful,” she said. “With our rapid growth, it’s been very important

Wendy Thomas joined Herriman City as the director of Parks and Recreation. (Tami Moody/Herriman)

for us to establish this position and fill it with someone who has a strong background and has that vision, who is able to help us take the city to where it needs to go and help it grow in the areas that it needs to.” l


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Ten Details About Real’s Herriman-based Training Facility By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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Construction on of the Herriman-based Real Soccer Training Facility is underway near 14700 South 3700 West off of Mountain View Corridor. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)


n a little less than a year, the nation’s first soccer training facility of its kind will open in Herriman, housing eight fields, a STEM charter school and a rigorous training program for athletes who are hoping to play professional soccer. Key players in the creation of the facility broke ground with gold, blue and red shovels on Aug. 23. Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen, RSL manager Craig Martin, former professional soccer player and future facility manager Martin Vasquez, Real players Jordan Allen and Justen Glad, Herriman Mayor Carmen Freeman, other city officials and Jordan School District superintendent Patrice Johnson were among the 20 representatives who participated in the ceremony. Spectators included sponsors of the construction, season ticket holders and community members. “I’ve described this facility of what we are building is the Harvard of Soccer education,” Hansen said. “We literally will have no academy finer in the nation or in Canada than what we are building here.” Hansen, Martin, Vasquez, Freeman, Johnson and other officials touted the facility’s unique qualities in their speeches at the ceremony. Here are a few facts they mentioned about the 57-acre facility that’s underway near 14700 South and 3700 West off of Mountain View Corridor: • Vasquez has played on both the Mexico and United States national soccer teams. • About 55,000 children participate in soccer through Utah Youth Soccer Association, and Hansen said he plans to work “hand in glove” with the association to give added coaching and facility to these young athletes. • Gordon Haight, Herriman’s assistant city

manager, was the first person from the city to approach Hansen about locating the training facility in Herriman. • The facility will include a 5,000 seat stadium that will be the home of the Real Monarch’s, Real Salt Lake’s minor league affiliate. • Salt Lake Community College’s soccer teams will use the facility. • At times, the indoor and outdoor fields will be open for Herriman youth to use. • The charter school on the complex will serve 250 high school students. Forty of those students will be soccer academy students who are training to play the sport at the professional level. The other 210 spots will be open to the public for enrollment. • The charter school is partnering with the Jordan School District and will focus on science, engineering, technology, math, science, art and sports. • The facility design includes a horizontal stretch of boxy designs in the Real Salt Lake colors across the top of the outside building wall. Hansen deemed it the “largest Piet Mondrian painting in the world” because the design will mimic the artist’s primary color, cubism-style artwork. • At its completion, the building will be the largest pre-engineered, free-standing building in North America and will house two soccer fields inside of it without a center post. The building is slated for completion in September 2017. Look for updates in upcoming editions of the South Valley Journal. l

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Schools Avoid Year-Round Schedule with Pilot Program By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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BENEFITS: Resources, Networking, Education and Advocacy B-track students at Riverside Elementary finish their school day while the other half of their class heads home for the day. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

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e welcomed several new businesses. First, meet Jacobsen Pediatric Dentistry: Our office provides specialized dentistry for children and adolescents in a warm, caring and “child-friendly” environment. As pediatric dentists, our 2-3 years of additional training after dental school has prepared us for the unique dental needs of each child we serve. We focus on preventive care to help each child grow a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Our office serves infants, children, teens and children with special health care needs in Riverton, UT.


ext meet Hercules Credit Union: The Riverton Branch opened August 8th. Thanks to all that worked so hard to get everything installed on time. They had a great turn out for the ribbon cutting and thanks the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Bill Applegarth for attending. The Riverton Branch is at 1543 West 12600 South. Credit Union CEO, Brett Blackburn, says that the plan for the new branch is to run it as a small and efficient “full service” satellite branch that’ll add value and convenience to members in the south end of the valley. Please drop by and say hello.


inally meet Summit Academy School in Bluffdale: Summit Academy, a tuition-free, public charter school serving students in grades K-12, has completed construction on their new K-6 campus located at 1940 West 14400 South in Bluffdale.

The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce along with Bluffdale Mayor Derk Timothy, Bluffdale City Manager Mark Reid, Summit Academy board and faculty members, parents, and students will welcome the new campus scheduled to open in time for the 2016-2017 school year. “As Bluffdale continues to grow, we have had increased demand for our schools,” said Steve Crandall, Executive Director of Summit Academy. “Our hope is that this new campus will meet some of that demand and give parents more choices for their child’s education.” The new campus will begin as a K-6 and eventually add grades 7 and 8 for the following school years. This will be the fourth campus location for Summit Academy. Ms. Odila Conica is the Principal of the new campus. “My goal as a Principal is for students to remember Summit Academy as a safe place where personal responsibility guides learning,” said Conica. “As Principal, I look forward to combining Summit Academy’s philosophy of personalized learning with a fresh perspective I’ve gained throughout my career in education.”


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ibbon Cuttings: Sept. 1 for F45 Training and following the ribbon cutting will be our annual member appreciation lunch. All Southwest Valley Chamber members are welcome to attend a complimentary lunch at Texas Roadhouse. On Sept. 8 we will be welcoming Athlos Academy to Herriman. What an exciting time to be part of the Southwest Valley Chamber!

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ith the population continuing to grow, two Jordan School District schools implemented a pilot school schedule which allows them to enroll more students without implementing a year-round schedule. Bluffdale and Riverside elementary schools switched to a modified, nine-month schedule at the start of the year where A-track students, known as “early birds,” arrive at school an hour earlier than the B-track students, known as “later gators.” At the end of the day, the later gators stay in class for an hour after the early birds leave. The program gives all students the same amount of time in the classroom while giving teachers smaller class sizes for two hours a day. “Year-round is tough on families often, but we can expand the capacity of the school this way by 20 percent,” said Sandy Riesgraf, the district’s director of communications. Bluffdale and Riverside elementary schools were selected for the pilot program because of their overflowing student populations and their locations. Riverside’s student population is a walking community where buses are only used for special education, while Bluffdale’s logistics are more difficult. The students’ homes are spread across the city, reaching the Utah County border. “We’ve got the hardest school and the easiest school to work with for this program,” Superintendent Patrice Johnson said. “We realize if we can do it for these schools, we can do it at any of them.” This is the first time Bluffdale Elementary has not been on a year-round schedule since its construction 20 years ago. Given the school’s population of 990 students, Johnson said a normal traditional schedule wouldn’t work. The modified traditional schedule will ensure that children don’t miss out on opportunities from being off track, according to Bluffdale office staff. Jenny Ince, head

secretary, said she believes the change will decrease scheduling conflicts for families who have children in traditional middle schools and high schools and will improve communication between teachers who used to be on different tracks. Heather Prows, a Riverside parent, said she likes the modified traditional schedule because the school is less congested during drop-off and pick-up times. She said she had no complaints up to that point about the change of schedule. “I had concerns about the program at first,” Prows said. “Mostly, I needed my job to be at the same time as my daughter’s school, but we are able to work it all out.” The Riverside population has grown over the past few years, so they’ve installed nine portables on the school’s property, but even that wouldn’t be enough to house its 803 students on a traditional school schedule. When administrators shared the idea of the modified-traditional schedule with teachers, they were thrilled, said Riverside Principal Ronna Hoffman. “We are able to provide for them every teacher’s dream,” Hoffman said. “They have half of their class, so very small classes on either end where they can really target the specific needs of the kids. Every teacher loves that, and because of our schedule, we are able to pay them more.” The schedule’s also opened up times for after-school programs. Riverside now offers computer, STEM, science, PE and music classes during the first and last hour of the school day. The Jordan School district patterned its modified-traditional schedule after a similar program in the Alpine School District. If the schedule is successful at Bluffdale and Riverside, district officials will look into using it within more schools. l


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Twenty-one Teachers Join Herriman High Faculty By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


erriman High School’s search for teachers wasn’t easy, and it’s not over. The school with the largest student population in the state hired 21 teachers over the summer, filling all essential teaching positions, but school administrators are still looking to potentially hire English/Spanish, math and science educators. “It’s been quite a journey—very hectic— because teachers, especially in the field of science and math, are extraordinarily hard to find,” Principal James Birch said. “You know, qualified teachers that have any background at all—even if they want to go the alternative route to licensure—I mean, trying to find them is tough.” The human resources department went out of state to try to find qualified candidates, the school called universities to entice senior secondary education students to fill the positions as interns and the district advertised in online and print mediums to try to fill their educator void. Every necessary position was filled, but the Spanish, math and science classes are still “slammed,” according to Birch, and 41 Herriman teachers are teaching seven periods instead of the usual six periods. Herriman would need seven teachers working normal hours to make up for the teachers who are working overtime. Teacher attrition is a statewide issue affecting

educator vacancies. Two of every five teachers leave the profession within the first five years of teaching, according to the Utah State Office of Education, and teacher turnover accounted for 25 percent of Herriman High School’s teaching need. “You have teachers that are young and get married, have kids and they leave,” Birch said. “Or, in some cases, we have a math teacher who left and went to a company doing basically accounting work and got himself a three-times what he is making here raise. That’s tough to compete with.” But student incline was a larger issue than teacher attrition affecting Herriman High School’s need for qualified educators for the 2016–17 school year, accounting for 75 percent of the school’s hiring spree. The problem may get worse in years to come. The Utah Foundation expects the state schoolage population to increase by 385,000 by 2050, and the student body of the current Herriman High School boundaries will likely increase from 2,650 to 4,700 students in the next five years, according to the Jordan School District. That’s why they proposed the construction of a new high school in Herriman in their five-year building plan and in their 2016 bond proposal. Herriman High administration can’t slow down the student population increase, but they can try to reduce the amount of teachers who leave to

other schools and other professions. Sterling Hunt, a social studies teacher who’s been with Herriman since its beginning, said teachers come in “gungho” but often get discouraged when they can’t figure out how to manage a classroom or are taking excessive amounts of work home night after night while getting paid a low starting salary. Birch said the school’s created a mentor program to help teachers learn skills like lesson planning and classroom management, and Hunt suggests teachers get involved in other activities within a school, like coaching, being an administrator over a club or chaperoning dances to make extra money during their early years before their salary increases. A mentor teacher is assigned to each teacher who has less than three years of experience in the profession, so the new teachers will know where to turn when they have questions. First-year teachers and mentors are part of the school’s Institute for Teachers, and they meet six days during the summer to learn the systems and culture of the school. The institute continues to meet once a month during the school year. “It’s a way for them to get out their questions and brainstorm solutions for challenges that come up in the classroom,” Birch said. “If there’s a teacher that’s not functioning correctly, I take it

One of the 21 new Herriman High School teachers receives instruction from a mentor teacher. (Gina Walker/Herriman High School)

personally because that’s my job to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Birch said he’s hopeful the school will keep its new hires in years to come and said he’s excited to see what the seasoned teachers learn from their new colleagues. “The fresh faces they bring into each of the departments—it sort of acts like a wick to light the candle,” Birch said. “It reminds that older teacher, ‘Yeah, this is why I got into teaching,’” Hunt added. “Even those senior teachers can learn certain things from the new teachers.” l

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Community Members Encouraged to Say Boo to the Flu By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


ommunity Nursing Services is offering flu shots at various schools during their annual Say Boo to the Flu program. In its fifth year, Say Boo to the Flu has provided hundreds of flu shots to community members throughout the state. “We wanted to reach out to the public and administer and provide flu shots for the general public, and we figured a good way to do that would be in the school system,” said Kristy Brower, the former director of CNS. “That was our focus.” Cory Fowlks, the current director of CNS, said they reach out to school districts to provide the program and after a relationship has been established; the hope is the school districts would invite them back the next year. “We’d love to be in any school that would have us,” Fowlks said. Brower explained the program is primarily in elementary schools because the elementary schools provide a good introduction and capture a large number of community members. “There are a lot of feeder schools, lots of elementaries that go into junior highs and junior highs that go into high schools,” Brower

said. “We can capture the students at an elementary or junior high level; we then pretty much capture the families in the community and surrounding area.” CNS tries to correspond the days they’re in the schools with another school event that will draw a large number of families, such as back to school night or parent teacher conferences. “Ultimately, we’re there as on option for someone while they’re there meeting with teachers or parents, after they finish or before,” Fowlks said. “They ultimately come to our table. We are able to capture their information, including insurance. We’re able to help those who are unable to pay due to being uninsured or under insured. Then, after we capture that information, we administer the vaccine, give them something sweet and then send them on their way knowing that we provided a service there.” In addition to providing flu shots, the Say Boo to the Flu program is able to give the schools $2 for every shot that is billed through insurance. “We don’t necessarily consider that a fundraising event but rather money that the

school or the district might be able to use at their discretion as an advantage and benefit for having us there,” Fowlks said. Residents don’t need to have students enrolled in the school in order to participate in the flu shot program. Anyone six months and older can get a flu shot. “We consider these community events— the idea that we are serving these populations that are there and who are showing up,” Fowlks said. “That includes school staff, the families, the grandparents. We don’t turn people away.” If community members are unable to attend the Say Boo to the Flu event in their neighborhood, they can also get their flu shot at the CNS Immunization Clinic, 2820 South Redwood Road in West Valley City. To see when the clinic is open, visit cns-cares.org or call 801-207-8777. l

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What’s Up Riverton Rolls Onto 15th Year By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com


hat’s Up in Riverton: A Celebration of Community” attracted an estimated 1,000 residents to the Riverton City park on Sept. 17 to promote doing business with Riverton-based companies The city-sponsored event has a 15-year tradition of assembling local businesses, city offices, service organizations and residents to a free event to help people realize that they can do good in the community by being conscientious about where they shop. “(What’s Up in Riverton) promotes the concept of shopping locally and creating more awareness of what goods and services are available in Riverton,” Riverton City Communications Manager Angela Trammell said. Part of the fun was the chance residents had to get some free stuff from the 56 vendor booths. Since the event is free, city leaders ask all attendees to share a free item like a sample, coupon or other free promotional items with the public. City officials provided free hot dogs and drinks. “What’s Up in Riverton helps put Rivertonbased businesses directly in front of its community members and customers,” Trammell said. “They can share information about the products and services they offer and create and reinforce quality relationships with local residents.” The event was described by many as “funfilled” and “positive.” The event was supported

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and made its rounds on social media with #ShopRiverton. Jake Bright, general manager for Salsa Leedos, hosted a booth and has for the last four years. “It’s always fun and it’s always a good time,” Bright said. “I love meeting a bunch of new people and building new relationships.” Bright said he passed out chips and salsa and vouchers at the Salsa Leedos booth. Bright is also on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce. He said commerce businesses were encouraged to set time aside to participate the shop-local focused event. Mayor Bill Applegarth held his own booth where he spent all of his time speaking with residents about major city projects. “I am always extremely please who comes, the questions they have and the input they are willing give and get,” Applegarth said. The residents with whom he interacted were primarily concerned with the Redwood Road widening and the CenterCAL project. For many who own property along Redwood, negotiating a sale with the Utah Department of Transportation is a foreign and frustrating experience. He discussed the legal rights that he knew that residents had and suggested those with questions of concerns to The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman. “The ombudsman is a very close friend of the

people in my opinion,” Applegarth said. An ombudsman generally is someone who counsels on and investigates rights and rights violations. The mayor was able to use a chart and site plan to explain the process of the CenterCAL project, a massive mixed-use development built in the same style and by developer as the Farmington Station development but at a much larger scale. The project will begin building from west to east, or starting at the intersection 13400 South and Mountain View Corridor and building toward the east. There are three basic phases that Applegarth described: the big box phase, The Mountain View Village and an office park. The big box phase includes building several big box retailer locations. So far, the only public commitment to build on the 85-acre plot is Harmons Neighborhood Grocer to be located in the northeast corner. The big box phase is estimated to be completed sometime during the 2018 calendar year. The Mountain View Village will incorporate several different, smaller businesses into the space. The Village project and the big box project are tied together and progress on one will affect the other. Applegarth said the Village project will begin in the summer of 2018 and to be completed in the 2019.

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SOUTH VALLEY JOURNAL LOCAL LIFE Residents Encouraged to be Wild Aware

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ild Aware is hoping to help residents to become not only more aware of wildlife but also more aware of what is normal behavior for animals before calling authorities. Founded in 2009, Wild Aware is a Hogle Zoo, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah State University Cooperative Extension. The collaborative effort was created by zookeeper Stephanie Jochum-Natt after attending several conferences about humans and predators. “I started to notice that the problem is not going away. It’s getting bigger and bigger because the wildlife is all across the US and Canada. More and more states and Canada are starting to come up with these living with wildlife programs,” JochumNatt said. “We were doing an event here at the zoo called ‘Predator Awareness’ and making connections with the Division of Wildlife Resources. And we realized we just didn’t have that in Utah.” The creation of Wildlife Aware was also spurred by the death of Samuel Ives, an 11-year-old boy who was killed by a black bear in 2007 near the Timpooneke Campground in American Fork Canyon. “I knew it was time to start bringing everyone together,” Jochum-Natt said. “Luckily everyone who got involved was very interested in making this happen.” According to Jochum-Natt, the purpose of Wild Aware is to serve as an education program to try and help people coexist, preserve the wildlife by keeping them wild and reduce the nuisance animal calls. “Ninety to 99 percent of times when animals become a nuisance, it’s usually due to human behavior, not wildlife behavior. The only thing they’re trying to do is find what they need: shelter, water and food,” Jochum-Natt said. “If someone

Wild Aware is a collaborative effort of the Hogle Zoo, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah State University Cooperative Extension. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

is putting out sticky buns or corn for the deer in the backyard because they think it’s really cute, why would the deer leave? Why would they find wild food?” Jochum-Natt said if the deer were able to travel on their migratory routes, which will happen in the fall, they could walk through neighborhoods and backyards and everyone could watch at a distance. “They put their trash away. They don’t leave fallen food on the ground. They keep their pets inside,” Jochum-Natt said. “Then these animals could stay wild and continue their move. It’s when they find something in those neighborhoods, why would they leave?” The big issue when people call in nuisance animals is the animal is either moved or destroyed. The Wild Aware program conserves wildlife, protects people’s safety and helps reduce the nuisance problems, the

human to wildlife conflicts. “Instead of calling it a conservation program, it’s more of a human safety program,” Jochum-Natt said. The Wild Aware website, wildawareutah.org, lists several local animals and provides information on how to prevent them from becoming a nuisance. There is also a wild life emergency link for situations that are an immediate danger. Jochum-Natt described an example of an immediate danger as a cougar lying on a front porch for more than an hour or a buck that is running loose in the neighborhood and everyone is leaving for work. “It constitutes something that is an immediate injury or death to you and/ or the animal,” Jochum-Natt said. “It’s potential danger for someone’s safety or even the wildlife’s safety.” Jochum-Natt also advises not all animal situations pose an immediate danger. “If a moose in a backyard eating a bush or trees and then it gets up and walks away, (it’s a) great experience,” JochumNatt said. Wild Aware also brings its message to the public through different programs. There is a program specifically designed for schools based on the fourth grade curriculum. “The zoo’s education department, we travel to schools throughout the state and give this program that emphasizes being wild aware, not taking things home, not trying to pet them, not trying to feed them. Just the basics,” Jochum-Natt said. “We also do programs for Scouts, for church groups, neighborhoods, HOAs.” To learn more about Wild Aware and its efforts, visit wildawareutahorg. l

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With the changing of the season comes new ideas and new inspiration at the 2016 Deseret News Home Show. Our team is excited to announce the line-up of national celebrity guests, local industry experts, and the latest products and services in home design and construction. We are proud to remain your resource for creative inspiration and helpful advice for all of your home improvement projects and needs.

Chef Nettie Frank Follow Chef Nettie Frank on a tour of Italian cuisine Friday through Sunday on the Kitchen Stage. As a professional caterer and talented chef, she knows how to make restaurant-quality recipes easy for anyone.

This year, the Deseret News Home Show is thrilled to welcome Drew and Jonathan Scott, the talented duo from HGTV’s Property Brothers. Also, Kelly Edwards from HGTV’s Design on a Dime and Andy and Candis Meredith from HGTV’s Old Home Love will be on our Design Stage throughout the weekend. In addition to our celebrity guests, we are pleased to showcase the creative ideas of local bloggers as they face off in the Blogger vs. Blogger challenge. We encourage you to browse the hundreds of vendor booths and speak to many industry experts about your next home project. Thank you for welcoming the Deseret News Home Show team into your home. We continue to strive to be your number one source for the highest quality home improvement, design, and landscaping products and services. Your thoughts are very important to us, so please join the conversation on Facebook!

Blogger Vs. Blogger Two bloggers go head-to-head showcasing their design skills at the Home Show. Each blogger has two days and a limited budget to give the same room a makeover. Both designer rooms will be on display Friday through Sunday. Presented by Rust-Oleum.


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O’ Christmas Tree To: Charity with Love, From: Salt Lake City Ten local charities will create their own holiday tree designs. Each decorated tree will be on display Friday through Sunday, and Home Show-goers have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree displays and participate in a silent auction to benefit those in need. All money raised in the silent auction will go to local charities.

Andy and Candis Meredith of Old Home Love HGTV and DIY Network’s Old Home Love stars, Andy and Candis Meredith, will be on the Design Stage on Friday, October 7 to highlight their latest restoration projects.

Kelly Edwards of HGTV’s Design on a Dime Kelly Edwards, home design expert, will be on the Design Stage on Friday, October 7 to share tips and tricks in DIY design and total home transformations.


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The dynamic duo of home improvement, Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s hit TV show Property Brothers, help homeowners tackle their renovation projects one step at a time. The Scott brothers have been in the business for many years—Drew is a real estate agent, while Jonathan is a contractor—so finding the perfect fixer-upper properties and transforming them into dream homes is their specialty.

Getting to Know the Scott Brothers Q What is the easiest way to update your living space? A We can’t stress enough how important decluttering is in a space. You have to make sure that your furniture isn’t too big for the room and that your paint palette isn’t too dark – these can both make a space feel much smaller than it is.

Q What is your favorite type of home improvement project? A We absolutely love outdoor living spaces. Working on these areas is a great way to add livable square footage to your home without doing an actual addition. Nothing beats kicking back with friends around a firepit.

Q What space do you feel is often neglected by homeowners? A The master bedroom is typically the last room to be considered for a renovation. Instead, homeowners focus their attention on the ‘entertaining’ areas. But that attitude always seemed kind of crazy to me. We should all have a wonderful, relaxing oasis to kick back in at the end of the day. We always tend to put everybody else’s needs ahead of our own. That needs to stop. Put in that amazing soaker tub, a fireplace in the master, or even a massive walk-in closet to admire your shoe collection. You deserve it!

Q What do you most enjoy about what you do? A The most rewarding part of our job is when homeowners throw their arms around us and say thank you. We help them do what they would never have been able to do on their own, and it’s so fulfilling. Oh and the demolition part is a lot of fun too!

Q What is the one remodeling project that generally needs a professional? A Anytime you’re doing a project that involves major electrical, plumbing or structural work…use a professional. These are areas where one small mistake could cost thousands of dollars or worse yet, put the occupant’s lives in danger!

Q What is the most important aspect to finding the right home? A Location. You can do anything you want to improve a home... but you can’t upgrade your community. So never turn a blind eye to things like an airport or train in behind the property. Q If homeowners need to tackle one project at a time, where is the best place to start? A Start with the areas that will make your life easier. Work on the kitchen, if you like to entertain or always prepare family meals. Upgrade the basement bathroom if you need more space for the kids. Expand the laundry room if you’re

struggling to keep up. What renovation would have the biggest impact on your day-to-day? Q What is a remodeling project that most homeowners can tackle themselves? A If you’re tired of staring at a boring blank wall in your living room, why not take on a fun weekend project and install a reclaimed wood feature? You can buy a reclaimed wood veneer product that comes with adhesive on the back. Or to save some money, you could buy real reclaimed wood that has been processed and is ready to install. Or to save even MORE money you can find real rough reclaimed wood and prep it yourself with a wire brush. It’s a beautiful feature and fairly easy to install! Q What is your best tip for staying within budget on a renovation? A Organization is key. Plan everything in advance. Look for deals on all materials and fixtures well before you need them. Otherwise you are at the mercy of the retail price when it comes time to installing those items. Q What’s a luxury feature you think is a must? A I love the idea of collapsible glass walls. They help bring the outdoors in.



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Double your Design & Decorating Know-How HGTV’S KELLY EDWARDS: TOP-OF-THE-LINE DESIGNS ON A DIME Kelly Edwards, best known as the host of HGTV’s Design on a Dime, is a talented celebrity designer who has a knack for re-purposing everyday items and incorporating DIY projects into interior design makeovers. Edwards understands that any home redesign or renovation can be time consuming and expensive, so she offers accessible tips for decluttering your space and decorating on a budget. In addition to Edwards’ design solutions, she is well versed in the art of DIY — creating for fashion, lifestyle, gifting, and more. Whether she’s decorating for the holidays, planning an event, or redesigning an entire home, Edwards has the most innovative ideas for any occasion and any budget constraint.

You can have Edwards’ design tips at your fingertips with her book The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home. Edwards provides stepby-step instructions and inspiration to add personality into every room in the home. DEKMAX Join the experts from Dekmax on the Outdoor Living Stage located in Booth #133 as they feature the benefits of their Aluminum Planking System (APS). Dekmax solves the maintenance problems and costs of traditional wood and composite decks, while retaining the look and charm of traditional wood decks. Seminars will be held throughout the show Friday-Sunday. ANDY & CANDIS MEREDITH Andy and Candis Meredith, renovation experts of HGTV and DIY Network’s Old Home Love, revive some of Utah’s oldest homes. This husband and wife team believes in maintaining the historic elements of a home but incorporating newer design styles that freshen up the space. At the Home Show, Andy and Candis will share valuable renovation advice they have gathered from years of experience, especially in the local market. Catch them on the Design Stage on Friday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 Kelly Dunlop....Design Trends: Colors, Furniture, Flooring & Lighting Auric Solar - Shelica Heaps..........Solar - Easy, Affordable, Guaranteed Clear & Simple....Fun & Fabulous Organizing Ideas For Home & Holiday Design Your Basement ............................... Remodeling For Your Future Walker Home Design . Fun Spaces That will Awaken Your Inner Child Kelly Edwards.................. Recipe For Design - Presented By State Farm Andy & Candis Meredith from Old Home Love

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 11:00 Marla Dee................................................Organizing Tips, Tools & Truths 12:00 Auric Solar - Shelica Heaps........ Solar - Easy, Affordable, Guaranteed* 1:00 Drew & Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers* *These seminars will be held in Hall 4 on the North end of the South Towne Expo Center 2:30 DIY Shutter............................Affordable Ways To Cover Your Windows 3:00 Alicia Richmond................................................. Fall Wardrobe Essentials 4:00 Walker Home Design .........................................Save Big When Building 5:00 Design Your Basement ................................Remodeling for Your Future 6:00 Kelly Dunlop....Design Trends: Colors, Furniture, Flooring & Lighting 7:00 Cynthia Bee................................................Planning Your Ideal Utah Yard 8:00 Wendy Hyde - The Shabby Nest........................Decorating For Real Life SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 12:00 Clear & Simple.....Fun & Fabulous Organizing Ideas for Home & Holiday 1:00 Auric Solar - Shelica Heaps..........Solar - Easy, Affordable, Guaranteed 2:00 Clear & Simple....................................Organizing Tips, Tools and Truths 3:00 Design Your Basement ............................... Remodeling For Your Future 4:00 Wendy Hyde - The Shabby Nest........................Decorating For Real Life Visit deseretnewshomeshow.com for a complete listing of seminars.

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Presented By Inspirations Kitchen & Bath FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 2:00 Bake N’ Bill..........................Dutch Oven Cooking & Techniques 3:00 Glaucia Jones.....Making Everyday Food Healthy & Sugar Free 4:00 Nettie Frank ......................................................Italian Appetizers 5:00 Delicious Family Dinners.............................. Simplifying Dinner 6:00 Wendy Paul.................Favorite Comfort Foods Made Healthier High Protein, Healthy Fats, & Clean Carbs 7:00 Yvonne Heaps............................................... Delicious Fall Salads 8:00 Janet Eyring ...........................................Slow Cooker Sensations SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 11:00 Ruthie Knudsen.................................... Comfy-Cozy Fall Recipes 12:00 Wendy Paul.................Favorite Comfort Foods Made Healthier High Protein, Healthy Fats, & Clean Carbs 2:00 Nettie Frank ........................................................ Italian Desserts 3:00 Delicious Family Dinners................................Simpifying Dinner 4:00 Yvonne Heaps......................................Tasty Cauliflower Nachos 5:00 Glaucia Jones.....Making Everyday Food Healthy & Sugar Free 6:00 Nettie Frank ......................................................... Italian Dinners 8:00 Janet Eyring............................................Slow Cooker Sensations SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 11:00 Bake N’ Bill..........................Dutch Oven Cooking & Techniques 12:00 Nettie Frank ......................................................Italian Appetizers 1:00 Glaucia Jones.....Making Everyday Food Healthy & Sugar Free 3:00 Nettie Frank ......................................................... Italian Desserts 4:00 Yvonne Heaps...................................Flavorful Nut Based Sauces Schedule subject to change.

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Tastes of the World The Kitchen Stage at the Deseret News Home Show will have LIVE cooking demonstrations by local chefs for entertaining and quick and easy family meals.

NETTIE FRANK Although she’s well known for her delicious sweet treats and most recently for her appearance on Food Network’s Cake Wars, Chef Nettie Frank can dish up creative and seasonal savory meals for any occasion. As the owner of the local Beyond Glaze Doughnuts and Silver Whisk Catering, Frank will show Home Show guests how to incorporate fresh Catch Nettie Frank on the Kitchen Stage ingredients into Italian cuisine, including on Friday, October 7 at 4 p.m. Saturday, appetizers, dinners, and desserts. WENDY PAUL Wendy Paul, author of the 101 Gourmet cookbook series, will be on the Kitchen Stage to share her holiday baking secrets and the creative ways to decorate seasonal sweets. According to Paul, regardless of the occasion, there’s always a reason to bake!

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See, Bid and Walk Away with Your Favorite Christmas Tree More than 10 Utah charity organizations will create their own one-of-a-kind holiday tree at the Deseret News Home Show. Each 7-foot decorated tree will be on display Friday through Sunday. Home Showgoers have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree design as well as contribute monetarily by placing any chosen dollar amount into donation boxes placed next to each tree. Charity organizations involved in the Christmas tree designs include: - Habitat for Humanity (SLCO) - The Road Home - Susan G. Komen of Utah - American Cancer Society - Ronald McDonald House - Prevent Child Abuse Utah - Alzheimer’s Association of Utah

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Mayor Carmen R. Freeman In 2008, I had the privilege of serving on the Jordan School District Board. This elected position came on the heels of the district split. While I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work on issues affecting our children, this appointment also carried with it the burden of keeping the new district financially viable. This economic challenge was driven by a prolific student population and a low residential and commercial tax base. Couple this predicament with the greatest recession in US history made our situation deeply concerning. This truly was an economic perfect storm thrust upon all of us who didn’t have a voice in the legal process of splitting the district. While significant progress has been made to the economic condition of the district due to an improved economy as well as increases in residential and commercial growth, we are still lacking in funding for new schools. This demand for new schools is driven by high growth and the number of children living in communities across Jordan School District. Take for example Copper Mountain Middle School in Herriman. When this school opened three years ago it was at capacity the day the doors were opened and students filled its hallways. This demand for schools for our children will continue to increase as West Jordan, South

Jordan and Herriman witness unprecedented growth. So what can we do to “right the ship” financially and put our District on the pathway to economic stability? While the District has taken numerous steps over the last eight years to be conservative and sensitive with the funding allotted them, this simply is not enough to meet the demand of a growing student population. The clear answer to financial stability comes in the passage of the Jordan School District Bond that will be on the November ballot. This $245 million dollar bond will be used to construct a Middle School in South Jordan, Elementary School in Bluffdale, as well as an Elementary School, Middle School and High School in Herriman. Additionally, because of safety concerns, the bond will pay for the rebuild of West Jordan Middle School. As we consider the bond that is being proposed, the instinctive fear that enters the heart of most taxpayers is the prospect of a substantial property tax increase. Zions Bank who is consulting with Jordan School District on the bond has looked at the economic impact on homeowners if such a bond is passed. From their analysis it has been estimated that a taxpayer with a $300,000 home will see their taxes increase $16.80 per year. Given the options if the bond does not pass such as split sessions or extensive bus travel to alternate schools, this is a small investment to ensuring a high quality education and a bright future for our children. I hope you will join me and the other mayors of our District in support of the bond. This is our opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our children and our community. l 12590 South 2200 West Riverton, Utah 84605


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Powderpuff Football: Bruises and Long-Lasting Friendships By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he players stood lined up and ready to go, the ball was snapped to the quarterback and controlled chaos ensued. Homecoming week at Riverton High School included the annual powder puff football tournament. Approximately 180 girls participated in the football tournament. It concluded Sept. 8 with the championship game and the homecoming tradition of “Burning of the wolf” (fireworks show and pep rally). Eight teams squared off for the right to be crowned champion, but that was not what many of the players will remember as the best part of the entire week. “This is one of those traditions that is looked forward to every year,” Riverton High School Student Government Adviser Katie Borgmeier said. “The number of girls wanting to participate grows each year. While the winning is fun, that is not why they play. These girls create many memories over the time they are together.” The team names were designated by the color shirts its players wore and were represented by a volunteer faculty member. The coaches were made up of student body officers. Many of the teams practiced the week before the tournament to learn plays and get used to playing the game. “It is so much fun; I love it,” Riverton junior Kendra Carter said. “McKay Nelson was our coach, and he is awesome. We practiced all last week. We wanted to prepare as much as we could. The friends that I have made is the best part. I actually scored once.” The yellow team was crowned champion this year; athletic heather finished second and maroon third.

The Silverwolves girls are divided into eight colored teams for their homecoming powder puff tournament. (Dave Sanderson/dsandersonpics.com)

Riverton girls had a chance to flash their football skills in the Silverwolves powderpuff tournament. (Dave Sanderson/ dsandersonpics.com)

“The involvement is amazing,” Senior Class President Whitney Burt said. “The number of students that come and watch the games is cool.” There is evidence of the earliest powder puff football in 1931 at Western State College of Colorado, but many say the first games were around the end of World War II. Eastern State College of South Dakota had planned its homecoming activities with the signing of a peace treaty with Japan. The school decide what is homecoming without a football game; however only three men were currently enrolled at the school. The women at the school stepped in and played their own game. Powderpuff games are generally touch or flag football

The athletic heather colored team (gray) placed in second place at this year’s Silverwolves homecoming tournament. (Dave Sanderson/dsandersonpics.com)

(Riverton uses flags.) The Silverwolves’ tradition dates back to the school’s second year. Many families’ sisters have each played in the tournament. The games are usually lined with parents and community members supporting the teams. “My team was the best part,” Senior Class Historian Lindsay McMullin said. “It is a week that all the girls get involved. We all seem to love each other and have so much fun. I think part of the fun is getting to know the new girls.” The Silverwolves lost the homecoming football game to Lehi 49-13. Riverton trailed 14-6 at halftime but let the game slip away in the second half. l


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Silverwolves Hope to Advance to State Tournament By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he Riverton High School girls volleyball team started this season on a roll, but head coach Diane Struck feels it hasn’t capped their potential. “I feel OK about our season so far,” Struck said. “We have a good group of girls. I do not think we have reached our peak yet. We have a lot of work to do, but I feel optimistic with this group.” The Silverwolves won their first four matches to start the season. This included a 3-2 win over Westlake in their first region match. After a loss to Lehi, they rebounded to beat Herriman at home 3-0. “This is a great region,” she said. “Every single game is a battle. It just makes us better and we have to work that much harder. We can play with any of these teams, but we cannot overlook anyone.” Maxpreps ranks the Silverwolves as the ninth best team in the state. Senior Callisa Candalot leads the team in kills with 77, that is among the top 30 players in the state. Sophomore Briana Averett is close behind Candalot with 62. “That is one of our team strengths—we do not have one player that is exceptional,” Struck said. “Everyone has to rise to the top

Riverton senior Maryn Davis averages 6.3 assists per match for the Silverwolves. (Dave Sanderson/dsandersonpics.com)

level. Every time each of them step on the court they are important. We also have great team chemistry. These girls have played together for a long time.” Riverton cruised to victory over the

neighboring Herriman Mustangs on Sept. 15, 2519, 25-20 and 25-18. Candalot scored 13 kills and five service aces, but the team defense held its own, as they only had two ball-handling errors. “The girls get really excited when we play

Herriman, and more students come out to watch that match,” Struck said. “We want to play well against them. Our girls have friends on that team, but with club volleyball and social media, they have friends on almost every team we play. That can make for a fun element of the games.” Stuck is starting her second year as the Silverwolves head coach. Last season they qualified for the state tournament and placed eighth overall. Seniors lead the in all the major statistical categories. Candalot leads in kills; Ari Tuaitanu has 18 blocks, Katrina Weeks has 94 digs and Maryn Davis has 132 assists. “This season we are taking it game by game,” Struck said. “We focus on our next opponent and what we need to do. We try to play well in every match, and hopefully that will get us where we want to be.” Struck said she is impressed with this group of girls. “I have coached for 10 or 11 years, and this is the best group I have ever had to work with,” she said. “They are all good girls and very coachable. It is an honor to work with them.” The 5A state volleyball is tournament is scheduled for Nov. 4–5 at Utah Valley University. l

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Herriman Players End Up in Minnesota By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


wo local baseball players have taken their talents a long way from home—18 hours by car, nearly 1,200 miles to northern Minnesota to play for the Northland Community and Technical College Pioneers. Herriman’s Evin Beck and Jarren Peterson are pursuing their dreams. “They both have high ceilings of talent,” Northland head baseball coach Barry Dowers said. “They are coming to us raw but are very skilled. Right now I believe [Evin] is our top option at first base, but he is also a solid outfielder. He will see time at both positions. They have a little way to go but are playing for us this fall.” Beck was a two-year starter for the Mustangs. His senior year he played first base; as a junior he played left field. Peterson played as a junior at Herriman some at first base, and he pitched in two games. The two Herriman residents arrived in Thief River Falls from somewhat peculiar circumstances. They were not highly recruited or glamorous potential college athletes. Dreams of opportunities thrust the pair to post athletic profiles online to recruiting websites. Dowers discovered the pair online. “It is interesting that our school is in

Herriman graduate Evin Beck has traveled nearly 1,200 miles from home to continue his baseball career. (Korina Beck/Resident)

hockey country,” Dowers said. “We have kids from everywhere: Florida, New York, Texas and Utah. There are many resources for coaches that there never was before. I think that is how we found these kids.” Online recruiting site fieldlevel.com combines self-made athlete profiles with

coaching endorsements and recommendation letters. High school, college and club coaches are able to help the athlete place feelers to other teams looking for talent. The online connection then promotes the athlete and allows the colleges to communicate with potential recruits. Beck and Peterson played for the Riverton

Rats baseball club (a super league baseball team) before reaching high school. Beck began playing when he was 3 years old. He was voted Region 4 Honorable Mention this spring for the Mustangs when he hit .293 and had 15 runs batted in. “I really like it here (In Minnesota); I have made lots of friends,” Beck said. The Pioneers finished last season with a 15-21 overall record. They compete in Region 13 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Region 13 includes 22 schools from eastern Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin. Northland has about 5,000 students and offers opportunities for baseball, football, mens and womens basketball, softball, volleyball and wrestling athletes. The college is approximately 70 miles from the Canadian border. The town of Thief River Falls has about 8,400 residents. “It is good to see how Jarren and Evin have fit right in,” Dowers said. “When they came in for their visit they made friends right away, and that really helps with our team chemistry. They have hit the ground running.” The Pioneers baseball team is currently participating in fall workouts and scrimmages. l

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o mother wants to hear her child speak the words “I want to die.” But for parents of children battling depression, that is a fear. And for me, it became a reality when one of my own children was struggling and needed help. It was 10:30 p.m. one summer night when my son came to me and shared his thoughts of suicide. Aimee Winder Newton As a mother, I am so grateful that he was willing to County Council District 3 speak up. But I didn’t know what to do or who to call. Mental illness is one of those “taboo” subjects in our culture, and we really need to change that. We also need to take seriously our teens crying out for help. My son is very brave and has allowed me to share his story so that others can get the help they need. After this particular incidence, I learned that the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute or “UNI” has a crisis line. This line is staffed with trained counselors 24/7. You can call anytime and have a live person answer the call. It is also anonymous. But how many of us know this phone number? I didn’t. This is why I am determined to see that we have a three-

digit phone number that can be used to go directly to a crisis line statewide. Across the state there are 19 different crisis lines, many with limited hours and staffing. This past month, I invited Missy Larsen, chief of staff for Attorney General Sean Reyes, and state Rep. Steve Eliason to present to our county council on this issue. They spoke of Utah’s suicide rate (5th highest in the nation), and discussed how suicide is now the number one killer of Utah teens. The rate of suicide by seniors is also climbing in Utah. These leaders, as well as state Senator Daniel Thatcher, have been involved in developing the SAFEUT app. Youth are able to report unsafe behavior at school or other behavioral healthrelated issues and get help. We had several mayors and city officials present at our council meeting who expressed support for this initiative. Some tearfully shared stories of loved ones or city residents who have needed help. This truly is a crisis in our community. I believe there is incredible consensus and

support for establishing a statewide, dedicated, threedigit mental health crisis line to connect more Utahns with needed support. Our coalition is working with stakeholders and the FCC on this issue and will look at all numbers available and determine the best one that will fit these needs. I know there are many people still struggling, both parents aching for their children and individuals grappling with these issues themselves. It is imperative that we prioritize solving this issue. We’ll be working hard in the coming weeks and months to find a solution. In the meantime, download the SAFEUT app on your smartphone. And in times of crisis you can always call 801.587.3000 to talk to a trained counselor in a free and confidential call. l

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As your County Councilman, I appreciate the responsibility that comes with serving our community. No subject is of greater concern to our state right now than opioid abuse and overdose deaths. The problem is pervasive, prevalent, and devastating. While deaths from firearms and vehicle Steven L. DeBry accidents receive far more attention from County Council District 5 our media, overdose deaths occur with more frequency. We rank 4th in the nation for prescription overdose deaths per 100,000 population. Most of those prescription overdose deaths come from Opioids, which are pain pills like Oxycodone (often called Oxycontin or Percocet), Fentanyl, and Hydrocodone (Vicodin). Overdoses from heroin also continue to rise. We cannot build enough prisons to jail our way out of this problem, and jailing those in need of treatment without sufficient recovery resources kicks the can down the road. We have to have a comprehensive set of solutions developed, and I am committed to developing those at the County Council. Councilmember Jenny Wilson and I co-sponsored a roundtable at the County Council to coordinate efforts on this critical public health issue. We heard from healthcare providers, public health experts, insurance companies, state leaders, our District Attorney and Sheriff, and from people who recovered from substance use disorders. Let me share with you a few things the County Council learned from this roundtable: • Addiction to Opioids can take just 1 week.

County Council Takes on Opioid Crisis • Since 1999, the rate of deaths from drug overdose in Utah doubled. • In Salt Lake County, that increase was 50%. • Utah averaged 1 opioid related death each day in 2015. • One of the most frequent areas for overdoses in the County is in the Southwest Valley. Our community is heavily impacted by this problem. • In the last 4 years, physicians have prescribed about half as many Opioid pills with each prescription. But it has not appreciably decreased Opioid related deaths. • While pills are less readily available on the street, heroin dealers have increased distribution. While Opioid abuse is never safe, heroin is far more dangerous, because it is produced with no quality control or regulation, and is often laced with other drugs in potentially deadly quantities and combinations. Our County Jail is full, and that largely stems from crimes associated with drug and alcohol abuse to help fuel habits of people with substance use disorders. As a police officer for 35 years, these trends have been noticeable and alarming. It’s in our neighborhoods. Addiction can turn decent people into criminals, and rob families of their loved ones. If we can save individuals from the scourge of substance use disorders, we can strengthen families and our community. Eventually that translates to saving tax dollars. From our Opioid summit, some solutions have begun to take hold. Finding ways to purchase Naloxone for first responders seems wise. Naloxone is a non-addictive prescription medication that helps to block the effects of opiates on the body. It saves lives of overdose victims when administered quickly after an overdose. Naloxone has been in use by EMTs for more than four decades because it is safe

and has no detrimental impact on people who have no opiates in their system. The County Council will be working with the District Attorney to equip police vehicles throughout the valley with this life-saving drug. We also hope to encourage families to keep Naloxone on hand if they have a family member dealing with a substance use disorder. To find more information on how to obtain Naloxone, visit http:// www.utahnaloxone.org/ There is more to be done, and I will keep you updated as we move forward to help address the Opioid Crisis. As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas. Email me at SLDeBry@slco.org, or call my office at (385) 468-7458. l Rate of deaths per 100,000 population by injury type, Utah 1999-2014 25.0


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Buying and building a home is the decision of a lifetime.

Garbett Homes understands the importance of this decision and builds homes with the mindset that a home is more about just walls and a roof: it’s a starting point for all that people do. With this in mind, Garbett has begun construction on a townhome project in Daybreak’s popular SoDa Row area called Parkway Station. These 27 new homes with seven floor plan options include at least one outdoor living space such as balconies, roof top terraces or patio spaces and solar panels as standard features. Living in these townhomes means homebuyers will also get SoDo Row, Oquirrh Lake and a UTA Trax station all within walking distance and The District and Mountain View Corridor just a short drive away. Models for the first phase of townhomes will open in early 2017 and the pre-selling will begin soon, with prices from $230s. “When people buy from Garbett Homes, they’re not only buying

a home,” Garbett Homes President Bryson Garbett said, “they’re also buying into a lifestyle choice.” Garbett started his construction career as a young man, working as an 18-year-old framer. He graduated from the University of Utah with a history degree and then started his own company in 1988. After 28 years of perseverance and excellence, Garbett Homes has become one of the largest and most innovative homebuilders in the state. Garbett is also selling complete “inventory homes” and three home sites in the single-family housing phase called Solaris. The newest phase of Solaris opened on Sept. 2. Additionally, Garbett has opened 10 of 25 additional home sites of their next phase of development that incorporates their most popular plans and exciting new updates. Garbett builds homes and townhomes using its award-winning formula of utilizing the latest “green technology and design” and affordability in Daybreak communities. The homes in Daybreak set themselves apart with modern interiors and exteriors. Because of Garbett’s pride in being “Utah’s Greenest Homebuilder,” all homes in these new developments offer solar panels as a standard feature and are built to exceed the Energy Star 3.0 standards that all Daybreak builders are required to meet. Homeowners will definitely notice the advanced framing, drywall, and insulation practices in their lower utility bills. To further decrease the cost of homeownership and increase energy and resource efficiency, Garbett has partnered with Slow The Flow to offer Solaris buyers the option to “Flip Your Strip,” or remove lawn or minimize greenery in parking strips. This saves both water

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There are currently 52,324 students enrolled in our schools. We are projected to grow by 9,251 students in five years. • The amount of the proposed bond is $245 million • The proposed bond will be used for 6 new school buildings • Rebuilding West Jordan Middle is included in the 6 new schools

• The average homeowner will pay $16.80 more per year than they currently pay for bond payments • Within a few years, taxes for the bond will gradually go down

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Jordan Valley Cancer Center


here are certainly some words no one wants to hear. The words “you have cancer” can send a patient and their loved ones into whirl of doubt and fear. To say the least, a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming. But, with the opening of the new Jordan Valley Cancer Center, patients now have access to personalized, technologically advanced treatments at one convenient location. Located at the Jordan Valley Medical Center Campus at 3592 West 9000 South in West Jordan, patients and their families will have access to an entire treatment team, comprehensive cancer treatment and services. “The new facility was designed around patient comfort and healing,” Steve Anderson, CEO of Jordan Valley Medical Center, said. “Within the Cancer Center walls you will find a network of cancer care specialists, including Gamma West, Utah Cancer Specialists and more—all working together to care for our patients.” The Jordan Valley Cancer Center is the new, state-of-the-art cancer treatment that that the community deserves. It will also be the only facility of its kind west of I-15 in the Salt Lake Valley providing both inpatient and outpatient cancer services. By partnering with cancer specialists from a wide variety of backgrounds—including medical, surgical and radiation oncology—the Cancer Center is able to offer patients unique treatment plans that draw on the best elements of each medical

specialty. Patients are not limited to the expertise of just one physician. Additionally, Jordan Valley Cancer Center has partnered with Elekta, a healthcare company that develops products and cancer treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, to bring Versa HD radiotherapy system to Utah for the first time. The Versa HD is a radiation treatment system designed to improve cancer patient care by allowing physicians to treat a broad spectrum of tumors throughout the body, while enabling treatment of highly complex cancers that require extreme

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targeting precision. “The opening of this new Cancer Center means extended service, improved technology, and greater access to cancer treatments for our community,” Anderson said. “Cancer diagnosis and treatment are complex and difficult processes for the patient and his or her family. As a committed and compassionate team, our cancer care specialists and medical staff will guide our patients every step of the way, working together toward recovery.” But with all this technology and unique professional partnerships, patients and families can be assured that their emotional needs will not be neglected. “The Jordan Valley Cancer Center has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide programs and resources throughout the entire cancer care process,” Robin Anderson, registered nurse and director of oncology at Jordan Valley Cancer Center, said. She also said that the Cancer Center team will include a nurse coordinator who will help coordinate all facets of cancer care. On top of all the clinical options, the Cancer Center will provide a range of community and support services including “nutritional guidance, cancer support groups, educational classes, yoga, and more,” according to Robin Anderson. l

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Jordan School District


very day Jordan School District welcomes 52,300 students into 56 elementary, secondary, technology and special education schools located throughout the communities we serve. The goal is to provide quality education in a safe environment where every child can achieve at his or her highest level. When students succeed, our communities succeed. Crime rates go down. Businesses flourish with an educated workforce. This generation pays into social security and retirement benefits, which in turn allows retirees to have a better quality of life. Never before has our future been more closely tied to an exceptional and quality education. The biggest challenge we face right now is extreme growth. Look around and you see it everywhere. Over the next five years, JSD needs the capacity for a projected 9,250 additional students.

With more and more students comes the need for more classrooms. Adding classrooms requires construction and new construction costs money. That’s why the Board of Education has unanimously approved a proposed $245 million bond to build six new schools, which includes a rebuild of the 60-year-old West Jordan Middle. With the building of these new schools, boundaries can be realigned across the District to balance enrollments and benefit all communities. In addition, when we have funds to construct new schools, capital money becomes available to pay for upgrades and renovations at existing buildings. The bond will require taxes for bond payments to increase $16.80 a year total on a $300,000 home, the average home value in the District. For the price of a large pizza a year, every child will

be better served. Our communities will flourish as new businesses look to locate here, expand the tax base and hire educated individuals who stay in the area and contribute to society. We have worked hard with our citizens’ committees, mayors and staff to reduce building costs and come up with a plan to support current and future students, to better our existing schools, keep taxes low and continually work to better the quality of life for everyone. Let’s Grow Together. For more information on the proposed bond, visit Jordanbond. org. You can contact the District with questions by calling our bond hotline at 801-567-8705. l

The biggest challenge we face right now is extreme growth. Look around and you see it everywhere. Over the next five years, JSD needs the capacity for a projected 9,250 additional students.

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Activities to Help Kids Understand Halloweens of Long Ago


alloween. It’s a holiday that leaves me confused and mystified. No, it’s not the witches brew getting to me, it’s the evolution of the holiday itself. Take for example this trunk or treat tradition where kids safely walk past parked cars, with cleverly decorated trunks that hold candy lures. Then there are the costumes, which look like characters from PG-13 Disney movies and cost a king’s ransom. Perhaps I am confused because I had to endure candy hunting through my own neighborhood, wrapped up in a coat, with a pillowcase full of hard candy and stale raisins. I wore a costume pieced together from torn sheets, yarn scraps and toilet paper. It seems that the Halloweens of days gone by were much more imaginative and memorable than the picture-perfect, formulated, store-bought ones we are giving our kids today. Perhaps a trip down your own memory lane may prove helpful in gaining perspective. With that in mind, here are five Halloween activities kids need to do to help them better

understand your childhood. 1. Get your pumpkin from a pumpkin patch. This activity is fun and can make for a great yearly tradition. Trudging through row after row of orange to find the perfect gourd delights pumpkin seekers of all ages. Yes, it may cost slightly more than the grocery store’s perfect version, but field pumpkins educate children about where and how we get our vegetables, plus it supports our local farming community. Plus, if you wait until Halloween to carve it, pumpkins make pretty good cookies, too. Visit coupons4utah.com/pumpkin-treats for a recipe. 2. Decorate a Halloween cookie. And, speaking of cookies, no I didn’t say “frost” a Halloween cookie, I said “decorate.” Get out that creativity with Halloween colors, decorative sugars and different shaped cookie cutters. 3. Design a Halloween costume using only items found around the house.

Instead of running to the store, throw out a challenge to your little monsters to come up with a costume on their own using household materials. Sheets, scarves, old sunglasses, hangers, old clothes and shoes, pillows, cardboard boxes, wrapping paper and yes, even toilet paper can make for imaginative costumes. 4. Enjoy a hay ride, corn maze or other fall activity. There are many reasons you can talk yourself out of doing this activity—ignore them, and just go do it. A parent’s role in Halloween is passive as it is. Stop being the observer while your kids are having fun and do something together. 5. Watch a vintage scary Halloween movie. While your kids’ ages will most certainly determine the movies you allow them to watch, scary movies of yesterday are less scary and less violent than many of today’s blockbusters. This year, with the passing of Gene Wilder, Mel Brook’s “Young Frankenstein” is calling my

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