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or the sixth year in a row, Herriman City partnered with Edge Power Sports to put on an entertaining obstacle course that fellow residents and professional motocross riders raced to navigate. The Enduro Challenge, held at W&M Butterfield Park on Aug. 12, featured professional riders from Utah and surrounding states to amateur riders just 4 or 5 years old. Not only is it a popular, widely attended event in Herriman, but it’s one of the longest-running enduro crosses in the state, said Kevin Schmidt, the events and recreation manager for the city. “It’s a fun event to watch and for the riders to participate in,” he said. “It’s a really exciting event for the city. The track build takes a lot of man hours, and we have some really talented city employees that turn that arena into their work of art. It’s not only a fun track but it also looks nice.” Destiny Skinner, Herriman City’s communication specialist, said the partnership started with Edge homes six years ago to add some variety to city activities held for residents. Because of the attention the Enduro Challenge has gotten among residents, the city continues to hold the motocross race. “We wanted to get something different than a rodeo,” Skinner said. “Our city managers have talked about having something for everybody out here. So that’s why we have all the different sports and programs that we have out here.” The track lies mainly on the rodeo grounds at the park but spills in front of and behind the arena. City staff members spent months planning every turn and obstacle for the course and worked to get the track in pristine condition for riders. Some features of the course include a huge sand pile, wooden logs, “the matrix” (a curved, log slope in the center of the course), a deep mud hole and to finish off, a massive dirt jump.
A motocross racer soars across the final obstacle of the Herriman Enduro Challenge. (Lexi Peery/City Journals)
“A lot of us have previous background [in motocross racing], and it’s morphed into what it is now…awesome is what it is,” said Zach “the fluffer” Foot, a city employee who helped design and build the course and was the sand fluffer for the Enduro Challenge. The city employees took great pride in their track and were stationed throughout the course, carefully watching riders skid through turns and fly over the jumps. Professional enduro rider Nick Thompson had gone around the track a few times to familiarize himself with the obstacles for the course during the practice round the day before the main event. He said he enjoys coming to Herriman for the Enduro Challenge because of the highquality of racing there.
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“The city does a great job, and it’s been really good. …They all have the same elements as far as rocks, logs, firewood and tractor tires, but they are all designed differently,” Thompson, who is from Goshen, Utah, said. “The city puts in a lot of time and work here, and it’s definitely one of the best courses we see.” The ideas the city staff had were carried out because of the work of Edge Owner Bryan Green. Besides overseeing the event, Green gave the signal for riders to go during the race. Edge also solicited for riders around the state to come participate, with around 120 spots open for anyone and everyone. “We know the riders and the racers,” Green said. …“Herriman builds the track under our direction, and we try to make it as
fun and entertaining as possible. We do have beginners and youth riders all the way to pro and vet riders, we even let side by sides, UTVs and trucks participate. We let them come out and destroy themselves.” With so many riders going around the course at any given time, some as young as 4 or 5, safety hasn’t ever been an issue at the Enduro Challenge. The variety of obstacles keep riders at a slow pace, Green said, even though the obstacles look crazy, injuries for enduro racing are “less significant.” “There are safety concerns for any sport, but thankfully—knock on wood, or engine—we won’t have any ambulance rides,” Green said. “To date, we’ve never had one at the Herriman event other than a spectator that got a little excited.” l
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tudents are humming tunes about integers, giggling about phosphorus puns and reacting to a live Tesla Coil thanks to Sadie Bowman and Ricky Coates of Matheatre, which brings music and humor to the serious task of helping high school and college students understand and memorize math and science concepts. “We consider our job to be reinforcing and supporting the work that math and science teachers are doing, and to inspire conversations and explorations,” said Bowman. The company’s productions, “Calculus: The Musical,” “Tesla Ex Machina” and “Curie Me Away!” provide a context to appreciate calculus, electrical engineering, chemistry and physics and are accessible to both those who love math and science and those who don’t, said Bowman. “Curie Me Away” is Matheatre’s newest show, debuting this August. It is a musical that tells the story of Marie Curie, the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, who overcomes obstacles to become an inspiring pioneer in the field of chemistry. Bowman and Coates both have degrees in theater, but Coates started out as an astrophysicist. “He grew up intending to be a scientist but fell in love with theater,” said Bowman. For “Curie Me Away,” the two also consulted with Coates’s sister, Dr. Becky Coates, who recently received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Utah. “We had some fun conceptual brainstorming sessions with her and did a lot of reading and research on our own,” said Bowman. The show includes core chemistry concepts such as compounds, reactions, groupings on the periodic table, transmutation and radioactivity. “It is a specific story told in a theatrically engaging way that can be appreciated with no requisite background but woven with very intentional metaphor that will ring bells for those who know the science or are learning the science,” said Bowman. Some lyrics are best appreciated by those familiar with the chemical elements like in a love song when Marie claims her heart is “red as rubidium,” “soft as barium” and “glows like phosphorus with a capital P.” Chemistry students catch the jokes when they know, for example, that phosphorus is a luminescent element which glows and its chemical symbol is a capital letter P. (Advanced students might even catch the additional gag if they are familiar with Hennig Brand’s methods of discovery of the element.) Even without a background in chemistry, audi-
ences may appreciate how Curie takes on housework like a science project (experiment and document) and defines her relationships chemically (her two daughters are two hydrogen atoms bonded to her oxygen). Bowman’s linguistic humor and variety of musical styles bring more than just science to the story of Madame Curie. The one-hour show also incorporates social and political history as well as women’s studies. “We wanted to dig deeper and bring more of her story to a broader audience. I found the idea of education as an act of resistance to be incredibly compelling,” said Bowman, who created a Hamilton-eque rap song for the oppressed and frustrated Curie, who was being denied educational opportunities. “Tesla Ex Machina” aims to entertain audiences with science, history and ethics in a one-man show. Coates, as Nikola Tesla, recreates some of his most renowned experiments, including the induction motor, the world’s first robot and a live Tesla Coil. “Our role is to inspire and provide new connections, contexts and portals to engagement, more than necessarily to, say, teach calculus,” Bowman said. Matheatre’s first production, “Calculus: The Musical!” was written in 2006 as a learning tool for Calculus students. “Watching the show will give you an overview of what calculus is, but it won’t teach you how to do calculus,” said Bowman. “But chewing on the lyrics will directly help you learn calculus. The jokes and references do require a baseline context of mathematical exposure, so it’s best consumed by someone who is at least interested in calculus.” The music sweeps through a range of genres-from Daft Punk and Eminem to Gilbert & Sullivan to Lady Gaga—expressing the concepts of limits, integration and differentiation. Matheatre is based in Utah but performs all around the country during the school year. Last year they performed at 40 different venues between September and May. “It gives me such hope and joy to see young people lose their minds with excitement about math,” said Bowman. “I think it’s a really cathartic experience for those students who aren’t really encouraged by the culture of high school to stand proud in their love of math.” Bowman sees this as her contribution to the STEM field. “I am employing the things I am good at (writing, music, comedy) to not just entertain but inspire, enable
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Sadie Bowman was inspired to write “Curie Me Away” because of Madame Curie’s feminine courage in overcoming social and political obstacles. (Scott Pakudaitis)
and empower other people (especially young people) to explore and deepen their own passions for math and science, and I find that immensely rewarding.” The company has plans to create more shows. It is currently considering the history of climate science and also an astronomy-themed show. The idea for the company started with math teacher Marc Gutman, who wrote parodies of familiar songs as mnemonic devices for his calculus students. When he realized how well the songs helped them retain and comprehend information, he wrote a song for every concept in his Calculus I class. Bowman worked with him to develop the songs into a theater production. Gutman’s original calculus-themed parodies, as well as other albums about conic sections, exponents and logarithms, are available at www.matheatre.com. “This music exists for the purpose of being teaching and learning tools, so I encourage math educators and students to check it all out,” said Bowman. High schools, colleges and universities and theaters can book a performance of any of the three shows by contacting email@example.com. Further information is available at www.matheatre.com. l
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48 pools of mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus have been found in the Salt Lake Valley By Lexi Peery | firstname.lastname@example.org
state department of health. “Around August we usually see humans test positive, but to date, we haven’t had any humans, just one horse,” Peterson said. Eighty percent of people bitten by mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus don’t develop any symptoms, and don’t even know they have it. However, around 20 percent of people have fevers and aches after being bitten by a mosquito with West Nile Virus. A small number — around 1 percent — develop severe symptoms of the virus, which can lead to neurological problems, coma and even death. Typically, serious symptoms are found among older people, but Brian Hougaard, manager at the South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District, said people of all ages have gotten the “nasty effects” of the West Nile Virus. Although the chances of developing serious symptoms from the West Nile Virus are slim, it’s still important to protect yourself, Hougaard said. “We don’t want people to The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District works throughout the panic, but we do want people summer to identify mosquito pools with the West Nile Virus, which has spread to take precautions and educate throughout the Salt Lake Valley since June. (Lexi Peery/City Journals) themselves,” Hougaard said.
hose pesky mosquitoes that torment your summer mornings and evenings may be more of a concern than an itchy bite. The West Nile Virus, a disease that’s been in Utah since 2003, has been found in 74 mosquito pools across the state as of Aug. 5 — with 48 of the pools in the Salt Lake Valley. The West Nile Virus is typically detected in June, and continues throughout the summer and fall until the first frost, said Dallin Peterson, an epidemiologist for the
“Even though it’s that 1 percent (that develop severe symptoms). it’s still nasty and can be devastating.” Last year, someone did die from the West Nile Virus after contracting it later in the summer. Peterson said it’s important to be safe while you’re outside during this summer, especially from dawn until dusk. Hougaard said that even though there haven’t been any human cases reported yet, this year has been an especially rough year for the Salt Lake Valley. “Some years you find more mosquitoes with the virus. It was really bad in 2006 and 2007, as well as couple years ago in 2014, and right now it’s going up,” Hougaard said. “This is as bad as I’ve seen it. We’ve found more mosquito pools, but I don’t know how that translates to humans.” Mosquito abatement groups like Hougaard’s work in communities to locate mosquitoes carrying the virus and treat areas with the virus or those that are at risk of getting the virus, and teach people how to be safe. South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District has around 30 employees, many of them seasonal, that help identify mosquito pools in the valley. Mosquito pools are samples of 100 or less mosquitoes collected from various locations that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The pools are then tested in labs, and if they test positive, Hougaard said his crews go and spray those
areas. Oftentimes, abatements take precautions in neighborhoods that haven’t test positive yet, just to assuage the spread of the virus. “When the West Nile Virus hits, we spray in areas we don’t usually, and residents may see us in adulticiding, fogging…if residents see us, don’t be alarmed,” Hougaard said. One area of concern in the Salt Lake Valley is the marshes around the Jordan River. However, mosquitoes can reproduce anywhere there’s standing water. Hougaard’s abatement group checks gutters, ponds, horse troughs and catch basins in especially susceptible neighborhoods. But oftentimes wheelbarrows, bird feeders, buckets and even soda lids lying around people’s yards have mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus there. Hougaard said getting rid of these types of objects that can catch rain or sprinkler water around your yard is one of the best ways to help abatement groups control the mosquito population. Besides being wary of objects in your yard that have standing water, Peterson said to make sure your windows have screens if they are left open. If you’re out and about — especially in wooded areas or the mountains — it’s important to wear long sleeves, long pants and bug spray to stay safe. “Be careful that you’re not bitten because you don’t want to have a crummy summer,” Peterson said. l
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Riverton’s Night Out Against Crime educates, soaks community By Lexi Peery | email@example.com
alt Lake Unified Police Department and Fire Authority showed off their dogs, hoses and pizza eating abilities — all while educating the public on safety and prevention — on Aug. 2 at Riverton City’s Night Out Against Crime. Children ran from booth to booth at Riverton City Park collecting pencils, magnets, slap bracelets and pamphlets from groups such as the police department dispatchers to Utah Poison Control Center. Shelly Dejong, a dispatch personnel executive for UPD sat at the dispatch table, which encouraged residents to register their cell phones, handing out slap bracelets to kids walking by. She said community events allow residents to find out about the resources available to them, and often, officers receive tips from residents at events such as this. “This will help people get directed on how to issue tips and complaints, so they aren’t scared or intimidated by the police,” Dejong said. “This is the best way to fight crime.” Dozens of police cars and trailers, inflatable animals and a slide, booths and a helicopter surrounded the park, keeping residents of all ages entertained. Jory Geneiting said she was driving by when her kids saw the blow-up dog in a Hawaiian shirt and begged to check it out. “I didn’t even know this was going on, but it’s a great way to have an evening out of the house,” Geneiting said as she watched her two children ride in train cars painted like mini police cars pulled by a four-wheeler. The activities not only allowed residents to have fun and meet members of UPD and UFA, but officers were able to take the opportunity to educate the public about their K-9 units, fire safety and car safety — to name a few of the demonstrations.
Taylor Sandstrom, a firefighter and paramedic for UFA, kept kids cool during the hot evening with two thick hoses hooked up to nearby fire hydrants. It was set up as a re-creation of an old-fashioned fireman’s game, which in the past included two teams with hoses trying to push a keg hanging on a rope to the opposing side. Sandstrom stood near one hose helping kids try to spray a ball to the other side, all while soaking their opponents. “This is an opportunity to educate the public on what we do. Like the saying goes, ‘an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,’” Sandstrom said. “Plus, this is just fun.” Members of Salt Lake’s K-9 Unit roped off a rectangular area where they demonstrated the abilities and brains of their well-trained canines. Taylor Langstrom of Salt Lake Unified Fire Authority shows kids how to spray a fireman’s hose. (Lexi Peery/City Journals) People sat around the area eagerly asking questions about the dogs, watching as the canines Rivera said the focus of the precinct is building community perfectly obeyed commands, quickly sniffed out drugs and relations, and that’s exactly what they were doing tonight. viciously attack an officer’s arm — which had several layers “It’s all about teaching safety and prevention in the of padding. community, and this is also a good way for us to get to know K-9 Officer Ryan Watson shared facts like why dogs are people out here because it’s all about community,” Rivera said. given commands in German from “their dads” — a longtime Ryan Martinsen was visiting family and friends in Riverton K-9 Unit tradition — and how their dogs are trained with real that evening. He went to the park for a picnic, and he said he narcotics. enjoyed Riverton’s Night Out. After the K-9 demonstration, UPD and UFA sat down to a “Having events like this helps you realize police officers friendly pizza eating competition, with UFA eventually coming are friendly normal people,” Martinsen, an Orlando, Florida, out on top. resident said. “It’s nice seeing police in a different context Chief of Police Services for UPD’s Riverton precinct Rosie besides giving you a speeding ticket.” l
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Bear-O Care helps families with multiples severe disabilities
here are more than 200,000 families —according to disabilityplanningdata.com—with disabilities in the state of Utah, many of which — because of the severity of their condition and the amount of care they need — are not able to receive the full benefits of the government sponsored programs, like Medicaid, laid out to help them. That is where Bear-O Care stepped in. The nonprofit organization aims to fill the gap in the system where these families are not able to receive the care and support that they need. Site manager Trudi O’Brien said that the organization is a day program for adults with multiple disabilities, and it also offers respite care for children with multiple disabilities. “We’re unique, because we concentrate on what they come out of school with,” O’Brien said, “So, normally our kids would have IEPs; they come to us with goals that they’ve been working on in school. We’ll continue those goals.” The client’s IEP—Individualized Education Plan—is what O’Brien explained helps the person communicate with their caretakers and those around them. O’Brien said communication is important to the founders, Mike and Ruth Braga, of the nonprofit. For O’Brien, since communication is what they work so hard on in school, it is difficult seeing an individual lose that ability when they graduate, because others aren’t sure how to communicate with them. Working as a communication intervener for Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, O’Brien said she remembers a client she went to see after she graduated and was devastated to
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find that her communication method had been thrown out. “They didn’t know it wasn’t just a bucket of junk; it was the way she was talking,” O’Brien said, “She was angry and hurt, and she had not control over her life.” Most of the clients are seen by the school district until they’re 21, at which point they graduate out of the system. She said that while other day programs may be good, they do not focus on the medically fragile, including individuals with seizure disorders, gastrostomy tubes, and tracheas and suctioning needs. With a son of their own with Charge Syndrome — a disorder that left the child both blind and deaf — the lack of resources led the founders to open Bear-O Care to a community Courtney “Coco,” 21 with her handmade “Teddy” Bear-O Care. The bears were handmade by Mary-Lou McNiece of South Valley Rotary Club. (Jessica Parcell/City Journals) of families who desperately needed it. She said working with these individuals has currently enrolled at BOC. been a blessing to her, and because of it she’s become more As a thank you, BOC presented the McNieces and a few grateful for the things she has and the things people do for other Rotarians with plaques for their generous donations. her. Frank said they are trying to raise money and awareness so Frank McNiece, who has been part of the South Valley they can spread this service to other locations. Rotary Club for the past 36 years, said they are trying to “They’ve got people from other communities calling expand organizations like this to areas out of Utah. in saying, ‘When are you going to be available in our “It started here, and it’s the only place where it’s being community?’” Frank said. “And they can’t do it because of done,” McNiece said. budgetary considerations.” McNiece and his wife, Mary-Lou, have been generous Now, he said that they are using sponsors and asking donors to the Bear-O Care nonprofit. Mary-Lou hand-sewed people to donate, either through the South Valley Rotary and gifted a “Teddy” Bear-O Care to each of the patients Club website or BOC website: www.bearocare.org l
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Herriman City Council holds off on voting to amend city’s general plan
embers of the Herriman city council debated about redrafting the city’s general plan, which was adopted in 2013, late into the night during their Aug. 9 business meeting. Council members have discussed redrafting certain aspects of this plan for months , and Mayor Carmen Freeman pushed to vote on key areas that night. However, other council members said they weren’t ready to make important amendment decisions without deliberating it further among themselves and fellow residents. The two drafts brought before the council by City Planner Bryn McCarty during the Aug. 9 meetings were new to the council — with slight adjustments made regarding population density and land use to the key areas council members are looking to change. “To adopt a general plan without seeing it before tonight [is rushing things too much],” said Councilwoman Coralee Moser. “There’s a lot of public feedback; more than 200 residents have reached out about this issue, and I don’t know if everyone has reviewed that feedback yet.” During the public hearing section of the discussion, a few residents stood up to state their desire to give the redrafting of the general plan more time. Prior to the meeting on Aug. 9, several other outreach efforts were conducted by city leaders to hear feedback from residents regarding the changes the council were looking to make. Herriman resident Lisa Brown said she was frustrated because full answers weren’t given to residents regarding the changes that were to be made to the general plan at an open house held prior to the city council meeting. She advised the council to be careful and take their time when amending the general plan. “The purpose is to further preserve community identity— review the specific purposes behind the general plan so we aren’t cutting and pasting within the document,” Brown said. “Take a little more time in discussion and don’t vote on this tonight.” One problem Councilwomen Martin saw with conversations
By Lexi Peery | email@example.com about the current drafts is that what high-density, medium-density and low-density specifically mean isn’t clearly defined. Martin was also in favor of continuing discussion at a later date, as long as residents and council members don’t downplay the fact that city officials have worked hard to reach out to residents and get their input. “Let’s do this in a deliberative and collaborative manner,” Martin said. “But let’s not denigrate the many hours that have gone into this.” Councilmembers mentioned throughout the meeting that they were receiving messages and emails from concerned Herriman residents who were watching the live stream of the meeting at home. The live-time feedback from residents encouraged some on the council to advocate continuing discussion for another meeting. Councilmember Jared Henderson said residents Draft one of an amendment, brought before Herriman city council on Aug. 9, that would hadn’t heard about the drafts brought forward to the change the general plan for the city. (Herriman City) meeting, and that it wasn’t fair to vote on it without discussing more among city officials, developers However, Freeman spoke up saying that though he agrees and residents. “Residents were told different things; they had different public outreach is important when the council makes decisions, he said city officials have already done that to the best of its ability. expectations,” Henderson said. Toward the end of the meeting, as the council voted 4-1 He said they’ve already had two open houses and numerous public to continue discussion of the amendment on a later date, hearings about the issue. Councilmember Craig Tischner spoke up saying that debating and “I wonder to what extent do we keep doing public outreach?” reviewing things is part of government. He said he has respect for what happened during the meeting — discussing important items Freeman said after firmly standing by his conviction to vote on the issue that night. “I appreciate it, and I’m supportive of it, but we’ve is part of the governmental process. “We have to hash things out and do it in public,” Tischner gone above and beyond to get this information out. And now we said. “I think we are doing our due diligence reaching out to the are just going to continue to ride the wave, and I just can’t support that.” l residents so we can make the best decision for the city.”
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Herriman City Council unanimously decides to withdraw from SLVLESA By Lexi Peery | firstname.lastname@example.org
he Herriman City Council voted to leave the Salt Lake SLVLESA as they have debated about leaving it. Valley Law Enforcement Services Area after several “They have been very agreeable,” Rae said. “We’ve been town halls and public hearings. SLVLESA was created in talking with their staff, and Riverton is trying to go through 2007 by several leaders in the Salt Lake Valley who wanted the same process right now. We have essentially the same to contribute to a regional fund that paid for police services agreement, and they’ve approved Riverton so we’re next.” in the various cities. As Herriman has continued to grow, the money that was On Aug. 9, city council members decided unanimously given to SLVLESA grew as well. The board was responsive to leave the funding mechanism, SLVLESA, that pays for to questions the city had, but not in their allocation of the Unified Police Department in Herriman. The decision resources, Councilwoman Coralee Moser said. to leave SLVLESA doesn’t mean the city is leaving UPD “The residents like the fact that we’ll have local control,” though. Moser said. “We would grow and collect additional tax In a Town Hall the day before voting took place, city dollars, and that money would go to the whole entity, all of council members, Mayor Carmen Freeman and other city SLVLESA, and the money would be spent outside of our officials laid out the specifics for what leaving SLVLESA city.” would mean for the city and answered resident’s questions Freeman and other city officials all spoke positively of about the process. Alan Rae, the director of finance for SLVLESA, saying it’s a good model for cities as they are Herriman, said that the city has been adding a lot of money Mayor Carmen Freeman and City Manager Brett Wood at a town hall on Aug. 8 starting out. to the fund without getting the allocations they deserve back. to discuss the council’s desire to leave SLVLESA. (Destiny Skinner/Herriman City) “It’s a good model, and it served its purpose in the early “[We want to leave SLVLESA so] we can decide what beginnings of Herriman when we were 10,000 residents,” need of additional police officers. level of police service we can do with our resources,” Rae Freeman said. “We’ve outgrown that model in some degree.” “Your allocation of officers is conditional upon the board said. “The citizens are worried that they aren’t getting enough When discussing the vote during the city council meeting officers on the streets, and that’s a big concern for us. And we approval,” Freeman said. “This gives us a lot more flexibility, on Aug. 9, the council members were confident in the don’t have control over how many we have, this board does.” and when we see a need we can fulfill it.” outreach they had made to the city, and that breaking away For Herriman residents, the property taxes they pay to from SLVLESA was the best thing to do for the city. A notice SLVLESA is made up of 11 different city representatives, and Freeman is the voice for Herriman. Rae said because of fund police services will stay the same monetarily. The only will be given to the SLVLESA board in October, with formal the variety of needs of cities on the board, Herriman often change is who is getting the money, which will be the city withdrawal happening in 2018. gets neglected and hasn’t been able to keep up with the police instead of SLVLESA. “If we have the money coming to us and we’re making the This decision to leave SLVLESA isn’t one that the council decisions, it’s easier for the council to explain the reasons to services in the quickly growing area. Freeman agreed with that, and said that at one point, after took lightly or decided rashly. Discussions have been going on residents,” Rae said. “We are happy with UPD, and we will SLVLESA analyzed the cities and funding they had received, for more than a year and a half, and the city council members continue to contract with them, but instead it will be from us it was discovered that Herriman was under allocated and in have tried to be up front with residents, as well as members of to them, not SLVLESA to them.” l 12590 South 2200 West Riverton, Utah 84605
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Riverton to create own law enforcement service area By Mariden Williams | email@example.com “We still operate under an interlocal agreement with the UPD, and that has not been changed at all as a part of this process,” said Carter. The only thing that will change is how the UPD is paid. There are two chief ways for contracting cities to pay for the UPD’s services. “They can pay the bill directly to Unified Police, or they can participate in a service area,” said Councilmember Trent Staggs, who has represented Riverton on the UPD and SLVLESA boards for the past three years. “Since 2011, we’ve opted for the latter. In my opinion, Councilman Trent Staggs, who represents Riverton on the SLVLESA and UPD boards, explains the benefits of we’re better served to contract RLESA. (Mariden Williams/City Journals) directly, or, in this case, to create a service area that’s just within our border.” ollowing Riverton City’s withdrawal from the Salt Lake Valley A service area makes a single contract with a separate entity, Law Enforcement Service Area, or SLVLESA, the city council held a public hearing on Aug. 15, regarding the creation of a replace- in this case the UPD, on behalf of all the individual municipalities ment service area: the Riverton Law Enforcement Area, or RLESA. within it. Then the service area uses the combined property tax According to City Attorney and interim City Manager Ryan money to pay the UPD. This is what SLVLESA does, and RLESA Carter, the proposed service area RLESA “would essentially perform would do essentially the same thing. But while SLVLESA is large, containing multiple cities in the the same function that SLVLESA once performed for Riverton City, which was to levy property taxes for law enforcement services” Salt Lake Valley, RLESA would be confined to Riverton alone, provided by the Salt Lake Unified Police Department but at lower essentially creating a single-municipality service area. Staggs said this would “keep Riverton property tax within Riverton and use that cost to city residents. The creation of RLESA will not change Riverton’s relationship then to pay for the Unified Police contract, which is about $5 million per year.” with the UPD.
Last year, Riverton’s UPD contract was worth $4.9 million, but with SLVLESA, it paid $5.2 million. Even though Riverton is already overpaying, SLVLESA increased its rates by 9.5 percent this year and seeks a further 5 percent increase in 2018. “With this tax increase, I think we’re at about $5.6 (million) that would be collected within our border,” Staggs said. “Riverton is essentially bringing in an extra $700,000, maybe as high as $800,000 more than what our cost is to contract directly with the Unified Police.” RLESA’s initial tax rate, meanwhile, “would be set at essentially the same levy rate that the 2016 tax rate was for the SLVLESA,” according to Staggs. So next year’s tax rollback “is essentially going to save half a million dollars in property tax for Riverton residents, and we will be able to get the same great service in contracting directly with Unified Police.” In many ways, the service may be better. The structure of the 11-representative SLVLESA board presented some major difficulties with vote dilution. “I represent 45,000 residents, and my vote is equal to that of someone at Copperton, who only represents 300 people,” said Staggs. Moving from the countywide service area to a single-city service area will give Riverton a lot more control over its own law enforcement. “It… gives us the opportunity to set levels of service, hire more officers as we see fit, instead of me being one of 11 people on a board and asking ‘Mother, may I?’” After this hearing, Riverton is in the clear to initiate the creation of RLESA. However, if Riverton residents desire, they have until Oct. 16 to file protest and, potentially, shoot the budding service area down. If that happens, the city will “have to scramble to find another means of paying for that $5 million contract with Unified Police,” said Staggs, because one way or another, the UPD contract must be paid, and SLVLESA is no longer an option. l
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High-tech camp prepares incoming seventh-graders
laying with spaghetti noodles and marshmallows is not what you’d expect from (almost) seventh-graders, but this and other hands-on activities were just what they needed to prepare for middle school. Jordan School District provided a Summer STEM Camp for about 120 students entering seventh grade this fall into STEM Academy Middle Schools—Oquirrh Hills, Joel P. Jensen and West Jordan Middle. “The purpose of the camp is to increase interest in STEM subjects, build interpersonal skills and provide an opportunity for incoming seventh-graders to have access to the building and teachers, making the move from their elementary school environment to the middle school more comfortable and successful,” said Jane Harward, district administrator on special assignment for science/STEM/health/PE/ dance. Each campus provided teachers to conduct the weeklong camp for 3040 students. “I feel our STEM program is a great experience to introduce these future Eagles to STEM careers, hands- on activities and help them to develop team building experiences,” said Terry Price, assistant principal at Oquirrh Hills. He also saw it as an opportunity to introduce the incoming seventh-graders to the school, the teachers and each other. Students at Oquirrh Hills feed in from Rosamond, Riverton, Southland and Midas Creek elementary schools. “I’m excited to start seventh grade because of the teachers that I met at the STEM camp who are some of the teachers that I will have next year,” said Allison Price, who will be attending WJMS this fall. She also made new friends with those who share her love of math and science. Students worked in groups through various challenges like The Single Pringle Challenge, where they used only paper and tape to engineer a package to protect a potato chip from being crushed. Another activity challenged them to design a boat out of aluminum foil that would support more pennies (or golf balls) than their competitors’
By Jet Burnham | firstname.lastname@example.org boats. “STEM learning requires critical thinking, working together and thinking ‘outside of the box’ to solve problems and formulate explanations for phenomenon surrounding us in the world,” said Harward. Aaron Roth, a teacher and camp adviser at WJMS, said building the boats was a great exercise in problemsolving as was a tower-building contest in which dry spaghetti noodles and marshmallows were the only construction materials. “There wasn’t a single activity we did that the students didn’t dive right into,” said Roth. “They loved every part, which is always a good surprise as a teacher.” The camps provided students access to techie toys such as Parrot Drones, Bloxels, Little Bits and Spheros. Using these toys, students learned the principles of remote control, designed robots, programmed video Working in teams, students compete to see how many golf balls their tinfoil raft can hold. games, created websites and engineered cars for a (Ryan Frandsen/West Jordan Middle School) gravity race track. On another day, the INFINI-D mobile lab provided combinations of pipes, channels, water pressure and gravity. a spacecraft game simulation for student teams. Hawkwatch International taught students how to use frequency “INFINI-D simulators provide an opportunity for students to solve a carefully designed mission that is aligned to the new science tables using live birds to acquire and analyze data. “The raptors were the highlight of the presentation,” said Price. with engineering education standards as a team,” said Harward. “This not only reinforces critical thinking skills and content but most “Students were absolutely in awe of the birds.” Funding for the camp, which provides lunch, snacks, T-shirts importantly, teamwork and communication skills.” The camp wasn’t all high-tech fun. Students made their own ice and prizes in addition to the activities, is through a STEMLink grant, cream in a plastic bag using a simple reaction between salt and ice, which expired this summer. “We are in the process of trying to secure grant funding to continue said Allison. The students spent one day of camp at The Museum of Natural the camp and program during the school year,” said Harward. Curiosity. Allison said she enjoyed the Water Works Exhibit there, “Ultimately, programs like this must be sustained by the school land where she applied engineering principals to experiment with different trust funds and written into the school improvement plan.” l
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Riverton Shooting Club among strongest in the state By Jessica Parcell | email@example.com
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Head Coach Mike Stuart said they have around 30 students in the club, most of them students in the Riverton area. Pictured: (Bottom) Asst. Coach Trent Vandam, Kami Singleton, Jessica McBride, Emily Wolverton, Tyler Mathews, Josh Dansie, Asst. Coach Trent Dansie, Head Coach Mike Stuart. (Top left) Hayden Vandam. (Top right) Grayson Stuart. (Riverton Shooting Club)
here wasn’t much to be heard of a shooting team in Utah until six years ago when Riverton High School started one of the first clubs in the valley. Mike Stuart, the club’s current supervisor, said it’s one of the fasted-growing sports nationwide, and Utah still had yet to become a part of it. “It just kind of migrated in here and a guy by the name of Jon Zinnel started the team about six years ago when I was an assistant coach,” Stuart said. Zinnel grew up in the Midwest, where the size of the sport and the teams are huge. Zinnel came to Utah and decided to plant some of his roots in the Beehive State. When the team was going into its third year, Zinnel transferred to another area, and Stuart took over the responsibility of the team. Stuart said there are a handful of teams in the area, but theirs is the strongest. “Ours is by far the most established,” Stuart said, “and so new ones are sprouting up that I’ve helped try to get started around the area.” Stuart said the kids have to bring their own shotgun, and most of the kids already know a little bit about shooting. The team is funded by an endowment account through MidwayUSA, which Stuart said grows every year through donations and fundraising efforts of their own. Stuart said there are about 30 kids on the roster, and about 70 percent of the team is made up of students from the Riverton area. The club is for anyone junior high and high school age group. He said last year a 12-year-old student placed first in his age group at the U.S Open Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada, and
the team took a first-place team award. Stuart also said they were going to another national competition this year in Sparta, Illinois on Aug. 2 where he expected 3,000 kids to shoot. “There’s only five of us going,” Stuart said. He said they also have some high school lettering opportunities. Stuart said last year they had 13 kids that lettered in high school. Tyler Mathews, a student at Riverton High School, has been the vice president of the club since the beginning of his junior year. He started his participation in the shooting club his sophomore year, He said when he first saw the flyer going around about a shooting club, it wasn’t something he expected could happen. “See, that’s what I thought was crazy,” Mathews said. “I didn’t know that could be school approved as a club, I thought that would have to be its own thing, but it’s been really cool that you can even letter through it.” Mathews said he had never shot much before he joined the club. He admitted that his first competition was not his most shining moment. “The very first one I struggled at, I only shot a 46 out of 100,” Mathews said. “Now I’m hitting high 90s.” Mathews said the team has won six trophies in the competitions they participated in and he has about 15 trophies himself. He said the team is hoping to hold a gun raffle to raise money for the club to help cover competition fees. Mathews said that while much of the funds help cover competition costs, no one on the team is fully funded. l
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On the night of July 11, a National Guard helicopter circled Herriman for about 15 minutes, much to the annoyance of city residents. Soon messages appeared in neighborhood Facebook groups: “What’s up with the hovering helicopter?” More concerning than these initial complaints were the replies that followed, some offering such sage advice as, “Next time, take your laser pen out and shine it at them. They stop circling when you do that.” “No. Don’t do that,” said Chief Warrant Officer Robert Williams in an interview. He was one of the pilots of the helicopter in question. “That would be breaking federal law, and breaking federal law is bad.” “Lasing” an aircraft, as the practice is known, is a felony punishable by fines of up to $25,000 and up to five years federal prison time. The FBI even offers a $10,000 bounty in exchange for reporting incidents. However, most people aren’t even aware that it’s a crime, which means that many end up facing harsh punishment for something that they perceived as a harmless prank. “This is actually a serious crime,” said Dave Teggins, the general aviation manager at the Salt Lake City Department of Airports. “I think people don’t realize that as the beam travels, it widens. So, what you’re seeing right here as a little pinprick could illuminate a whole window.” This can be very dangerous for the pilot. “If it’s dark, and your eyes are dark-adjusted, and all of a sudden, your window turns green and lights up, it causes disorientation, and the afterimages left behind can make it difficult to land safely,” Teggins said. Lasing is not only illegal and dangerous, but it is also terrible at making helicopters go away. In fact, Williams and his copilot wouldn’t have circled Herriman at all had somebody not lased them when they were returning home from a training exercise. “I was hoping that it was just an inadvertent thing and that we could just forget about it and go home,” said Williams. “But then a few seconds later they did it again. And again. And
they wouldn’t quit doing it. So, we said, ‘OK, we’re going to come find this guy.’” Williams and his copilot circled the area for around 15 minutes, remaining at least a mile away, and used the helicopter’s infrared camera to identify the source of the laser. “We were able to video the guy in his house, identify the shape of the yard,” he said. “Then we went to Google street maps, and there was their address, painted on the curb.” The perpetrator turned out to be a teenager. “We specifically requested that the cops not get the FBI involved,” Williams said. “I don’t want any kids going to jail or getting felony charges on their record. When the cop showed up at the door and explained to the dad what was going on, the dad broke the kid’s laser there on the spot.” In 2009, one of Williams’ coworkers did report a lasing incident to the FBI. The perpetrator, a 30-year-old Bluffdale man, had been outside shining a laser pointer for his cats when, on a whim, he decided to turn the laser toward a passing helicopter. He hadn’t realized that the laser was bright enough to hinder the pilot, but even so, he faced up to five years in prison. Tragically, he committed suicide shortly before he could be sentenced. Since that sobering incident, no Utah National Guard pilots have reported lasing incidents to the FBI—but not for lack of occurrences. “My unit alone has had two incidents in the past three months,” said Williams. “It’s way more prevalent than people think,” said Teggins. Over the past two years, Salt Lake International had 239 reports of aircraft illuminated on approach of takeoff, roughly one every three to four days according to Teggins. And that’s just from one airport. “The problem with it is, I don’t think any of them are really nefarious; they’re usually people of the younger persuasion out trying to have fun,” said Teggins. “Parents who buy these laser pointers for their kids have no idea how much trouble they can get in. There are kids on probation that are now felons because they’ve done this. It is serious business.” l
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Former DJ spins success, fun in classroom, community By Jet Burnham | email@example.com
ormer radio DJ Dawn Opie, is a “I want to be that for kids—I teacher who doesn’t miss a beat want to be that one person they when it comes to caring about her stuknow they can rely on,” she said. dents, her school, her colleagues and Even with difficult students, she has her community. learned that if they feel trusted and She said the skills she used as a DJ loved by their teacher, kids will want apply to teaching as well: She talks a to learn. lot, easily elaborates on topics and “I build that relationship and strives to entertain her audience. trust and then everything else is “It does come into play a lot of easy,” she said. Opie connects with the time,” she said. Like a skilled DJ, each student, whether through joking Opie sets the tone in her classroom around or by being their advocate. for her students to love to learn and She said she is “super real” and take ownership of their education. She “super goofy” with her students. knows her time slot is just one year. Opie keeps the curriculum fresh Her set list includes communication, by sampling ideas from picture books support and expectations. and incorporating artistic elements. “I believe all kids can learn if “You have to ‘wow’ them,” said they are given a goal,” Opie said. Opie, she balances fun and learning She encourages all her students to as she remixes assignments into a earn the optional Young Americans mash-up of subjects. For example, Award, which requires them to do extra Fifth-grade teacher Dawn Opie is actively involved in her community her students create a comic strip projects throughout the year. to explore onomatopoeia. They and school. She serves on seven different committees between Foothills Opie has been teaching fifth grade Elementary and the Jordan Education Association (where she has been generate a Facebook page for a for the past 15 years at Foothills a JEA Representative for 12 years). (Lifetouch/Jordan School District) person who lived in Revolutionary Elementary. Her colleagues nominated Times to understand their role in her for Teacher of the Year. history. They write a letter to Santa to demonstrate persuasive “She is a phenomenal teacher and goes above and beyond for essays. They draw a quilt that compares and contrasts social study her kids because she views them as her actual children,” said fifth- concepts. grade teacher Sarah Johnson. “She loves them wholeheartedly and Opie considers everything she does as just part of the job of does whatever she can to support them.” being a teacher. During her own discordant childhood, Opie looked to her school “I don’t want to be recognized for just doing what I’m supposed teachers as a source of stability in an unstable world. to do,” she said.
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However, Opie does more than her teaching gig. Lynece Rowntree, a fellow fifth-grade teacher said, “She is a true firecracker. She is always ‘on’ and never slows down.” Opie keeps busy through service. She loves to see other people happy. Each year, she organizes an assembly for students to cut their hair and donate it to Locks of Love. “Dawn is one of the most selfless people I know,” said Johnson. “She always is the first one to jump up and volunteer to help.” Opie is active on school committees and is a representative and committee member for the Jordan Education Associate. “I don’t want to see anything fail,” said Opie. “And if I’m busy, then someone else is not.” Opie is also very active in the Herriman community where she works and lives. She volunteers in her church and her children’s sports teams—as team mom and league time-keeper. As the team lead for fifth grade, she encourages each teacher to share their individual skills to create a strong team for the students. She and teacher Amee Kovacs’ team teach part of their curriculum, joking that they “share a brain.” “Her drive for the success of our school and the children is like no other,” said Katie Thomas, another fifth-grade teacher. “She goes above and beyond for everyone, often working countless hours after contract time.” Opie’s colleagues look to her as a teacher, leader, mentor and friend. “She is someone we can all turn to for help, a listening ear, and on all days, a laugh,” said Thomas. “I consider myself lucky to work with her and couldn’t imagine Foothills Elementary without her presence.” Opie was awarded the Jordan Education Foundation’s Outstanding Educator Award this spring. She insists that any of the teachers on her team deserved the award. “I couldn’t be a teacher of the year without them,” she said. l
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Riverton City moves forward on animal control By Mariden Williams | firstname.lastname@example.org
cost about $123,000. While South Jordan is willing to partner with Riverton, such an arrangement couldn’t last forever. “They recognize that the day is going to come when they’re going to reach the capacity in their own shelter, and they’re gonna have to boot us out of it,” said City Attorney and interim City Manager Ryan Carter. Although Stone Ridge is much more expensive than South Jordan’s animal shelter, most of the cost would be covered not by taxpayer money, but by fees charged to individual residents upon picking up their impounded animals. “Whatever Stone Ridge is charging, we should be able to recoup on the fees,” said Staggs. “With the revenue from licensing, from vaccinations, it should be relatively cost-neutral.” It should also be noted that South Jordan and Stone Ridge are providing very different levels of service. Normal shelters tend to be rather bare-bones; in many cases, animals are not taken outside, and are expected to defecate inside their kennels. Diets also tend to be a piecemeal affair. “It’s not uncommon for some shelters to receive a lot of donated foods from people that leave things behind, and they just indiscriminately feed them to the animals, which isn’t always very good for their health,” said Carter. At Stone Ridge, animal control intakes would be vaccinated for bordetella and housed “exactly like we would our Stone Ridge vet tech Shannon with rescued kitty Jupiter. Stone Ridge staff donate service and medical care boarding patients,” according to Marnie to local animal rescues. (Marnie Cannon) Cannon, one of Stone Ridge’s owners. “As far as we’re concerned, instead of with a separate entity for shelter services—likely either Stone Ridge being a shelter animal, they’re another boarded animal to us, and so we would treat them with the highest possible care.” Veterinary Clinic or the city of South Jordan. Boarded animals are taken outdoors twice a day for exercise The animal control equation has two main factors. First, catching the animals; and second, housing them until they can be claimed. and bathroom time, and before claimed animals are sent home, each The city council’s solution to animal apprehension is straightforward. one is given a complimentary bath and physical examination. The Council members plan to hire two additional city code enforcement animals are fed Science Diet and housed in air-conditioned indoor officers—who ordinarily handle such problems as inappropriately runs with heated floors; if Riverton does end up contracting with placed signs, weeds, and other general community complaints—fur- Stone Ridge, 25 additional runs will be constructed. “I think this is a great example of kind of a public-private nish them with a truck and cross-train them in animal control. Hiring two new code enforcement officers accomplishes two partnership,” said Staggs on the prospect of partnering with Stone objectives, in the view of Councilman Trent Staggs. Currently, Riv- Ridge. “They get business, it’s better service and lower cost for our erton has only one code enforcement officer to handle the complaints residents, and it’s a win-win.” The city council is seeking more information before it takes of the entire city. Officials hope that hiring these two new officers will allow for more proactive code enforcement. “They might have any definitive action, but it agrees that bringing animal control back one or two (animal control) callouts a day, but then, while they’re into Riverton’s hands will be a very good thing in the long run. Reout and about, they can take a look for code enforcement violation,” sponse times should be faster with in-house animal control officers, and residents won’t have to drive nearly as far to pick up impounded said Staggs. At their July 11 meeting, the Riverton City Council discussed animals, particularly if the city partners with a local business such some of the possibilities for housing impounded animals. Riverton as Stone Ridge. And, of course, there’s the ever-enticing prospect of saving has no dedicated animal shelter of its own, and building one would be pricey; it could potentially cost as much as $2 million. The city money. “If you look at it simplistically, we’re out about $100,000 on council currently seems to favor contracting to share shelter space with either South Jordan City, or Riverton-based veterinary clinic two employees, versus almost $300,000 on a contract with Salt Lake County, which is going to $400,000 next year. So, I think there’s Stone Ridge. Based on figures pulled from Riverton’s time with Salt Lake going to be hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings in year one, County Animal Services, it is estimated that contracting with South and again, I think we’re going to get better responses, better care,” l Jordan would cost about $69,000 a year, while Stone Ridge would said Staggs. fter Riverton City broke away from Salt Lake County Animal Control Services in July, there was one big question remaining: what to do next? The city’s contract with the county expires in January; after that, the city will need to provide its own animal control. Currently, the Riverton City Council plans to address this issue by hiring two new city code enforcement officials and partnering
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uring the Herriman city council meeting on Aug. 9, Unified Fire Authority Chief Dan Peterson updated the council on how the holidays went with the firework bans the city council enacted. Restrictions were placed on certain areas of the city during a city council meeting on July 12. Peterson mentioned several meetings he’ll be having in the future about fire safety in the Salt Lake Valley. Besides working with local leaders and fire marshals, Peterson said he’ll be working with vendors because of their popularity in Utah. “I’ve been in the community for about seven months, and what I’ve learned is that Utahns really love their fireworks,” Peterson said. “I’m not a fan of an ultimate ban because it pushes it into other communities, and it creates some challenges. Honestly, my experience has been that it’s almost impossible to enforce, and I really resist having rules that we create that makes it impossible to enjoy ourselves.” Peterson expressed mixed emotions surrounding making bans throughout the city. He and his team have Kami Greenhagen-Jones, her family and Herriman City officials after Greenhagen-Jones was recognized for her work as found that people will go just the chair of the Healthy Herriman and Trails Committee. (Lexi Peery/City Journals) to the other side of the hazard sign warning against lighting fireworks. Although, he agrees that or Carmen Freeman and others who have volunteered to help her there are certain areas that should never allow fireworks. It’s all over the years. “I just want to thank the city and Mayor Freeman for his willabout finding the balance, Peterson said. ingness to support public health,” Greenhagen-Jones. “Many people To find that balance, Peterson plans to have discussions with many different people in various occupations to find a durable solu- don’t see the impact that public health makes, but you feel it since it affects quality of life and well-being.” tion that works for the Salt Lake Valley. City Councilmember Coralee Moser thanked GreenhaMajor concerns Peterson voiced during his report to the city gen-Jones, her husband and her children for the dedication they council included the hazard of fires starting, along with light and showed toward the city and in preserving the land in and around air pollution. One concern that is often forgotten during patriotic holidays, Peterson said, is that residents who suffer from Post-Trau- the city. “We had these fledgling community activities that started, and matic Stress Disorder, or something similar, struggle around the she just took the bull by the horns and turned them into phenomenal summer holidays because of the frequent fireworks. “For us, shrinking the days doesn’t do a whole lot, but enlarg- events which has had a big impact on our city,” Moser said. “The ing it to 30 days like it was at one point was horrible for us,” Peter- thousands of acres of trail space that’s now being preserved was son said. “I can understand completely the people who struggle with championed by Kami and embraced now by residents because of reacting to the noise, we’d love to see two less days for them. I think her efforts. The future will look entirely different if we would not have had her involved.” we really just need to listen closely to everyone to find a solution.” Freeman added to Moser’s remarks, thanking GreenhaAlso during the meeting, Kami Greenhagen-Jones was recoggen-Jones for her service, and appreciated the fact that she’ll still be nized for her work as the chair of the Healthy Herriman and Trails around the city government to help when needed. Committee. Greenhagen-Jones has held that position since 2008, “I hope we can take advantage of the trails; they are beautifully and now will be working for a different department for the city. Throughout her tenure as chair, Greenhagen-Jones advocat- done, and we have a lot yet to do,” Freeman said. “We’ll still have ed for health, wellness, safety and open spaces in the community. her around and get her input because she has a lot of knowledge and l Greenhagen-Jones expressed appreciation for the city council, May- experience.”
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n Aug. 1, Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth held an open discussion on the city’s fireworks policy, inspired by a smartphone video emailed to him by a resident. The short video, captured by a neighbor on July 26, 2017, depicts an adult lighting off some kind of flamethrower in the street in front of his house. The device shoots a massive gout of flame into the air; once the initial 30-foot plume dissipates, a long trail of fire momentarily burns, snakelike, along the surface of the road. “It appears to me that this wasn’t a good idea,” said Applegarth. “I (visited the scene) very early in the morning, and there’s a scorch on that street there. I stomped on it, and it doesn’t seem to have weakened it there, but it’s not the best thing for our streets.” Though the jury-rigged combustible technically wasn’t a true firework, it still inspired Applegarth to examine the way fireworks are regulated in Riverton. “There are some things happening that are not tolerable in fireworks. The council, the mayor, the people, need to work together to improve the situation.” Some of the issues discussed included property damage, littering, fireworks being shot at inappropriate times and the
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t its July 11 meeting, the Riverton City Council decided to wait on opening applications for a new city manager until December, after city elections have taken place.
No actual hiring decisions will be made until January 2018, after newly elected council members have been sworn into office. The previous city manager, Lance Blackwood, retired in June. Since then, the position has been filled by City Attorney Ryan Carter, who will continue to serve as both city attorney and interim city manager until a permanent replacement is hired. At a previous meeting on June 20, it was agreed that the council would begin the search for a new city manager immediately, but it ultimately reversed that decision. “I ended up getting a lot of feedback from a lot of different people, even some potential candidates,” said Councilman Sheldon Stewart. “The three candidates that I talked to…mentioned to me that they would have a hard time even considering the position, because there’s fifty percent of the governing body that is up for election.” Councilman Paul Wayman said it’d be easier to choose once a city manager knows from whom they’ll be taking direction. ““I think we have an excellent interim city manager, and the city is operating excellent right now, so I don’t
Riverton City Council discusses when to fill the vacant city manager position, currently held by Ryan Carter (far left). (Mariden Williams/City Journals)
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rofessional, college, high school and youth football players have strapped on their pads and laced up their cleats this fall. The health of these players, as well as the risks they take, are again hot topics among fans and team administrators. “We (parents and coaches) really need to educate ourselves. Football gets a black eye for things, we can do better at helping ourselves recognize dangers and learn to react appropriately. I wonder if the guys that get hurt are wearing a mouthpiece all of the time? Does their helmet fit correctly? This training is something I pride myself on. We have coaches that are aware and watching,” Herriman head coach and acting Utah Football Coaches Association President Dustin Pearce said. Risk Injuries in football are frequent. Knees, ankles and shoulder joints are often times the most commonly affected areas. Today brain injuries and concussions are making football executives wonder if the game is safe for its players. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, was found in 99 percent of deceased NFL players brains donated for scientific research, according to a study published July 25 in the medical journal JAMA. The disease affects the brain in ways doctors still do not understand. In 2016, the NFL publicly acknowledged for the first time a connection between football and CTE. Concussions and head injuries being the most likely culprits. The disease can be found in individuals who have been exposed to repeated head trauma. It can only be formally diagnosed with an autopsy, but carriers of the disease have shown symptoms of memory loss, confusion, aggression, depression, anxiety and sometimes suicidal behavior. “I think we have averaged 10 concussions a year, but it seems to be on the decline,” West Jordan High School head trainer Sarah Bradley said. “Even mild concussions should be treated the same. They (the injured player) need to go 24 hours without contact before they can get back at it.” The force of even a youth player’s tackle
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concentrating on the player’s development. We taught the players exercises they could do. During lifting workouts every other day they work on it. These kids are just learning about their bodies so we have tried to help them through it,” Bradley said. The UHSAA supports a national recommendation on limiting contact in practice. The national task force suggests limiting full contact to two or three times a week. They also support an initiative to reduce two-way players (players who play both offense and defense). Benefits “Nothing can replace football, getting 11 guys to work together and depend on each other to win a game is a hard thing. Football is hard, not everyone can do it. It is easier to sit at home and play the Xbox. It is just like life, not everyone is going to be the CEO. It teaches life skills to these kids,” Pearce said.
In its injury prevention bulletin, the UHSAA stated it believes athletic participation by students promotes health and fitness, academic achievement and good citizenship. They agree that there is a risk in playing all sports. “I personally would only feel comfortable with my kids playing if they were prepared physically, and I would want the coach to be safety oriented. I played when I was younger and know the commitment it takes,” West Jordan resident Mike Taylor said. According to USA Football, every year nearly three million children ages 6-14 take to football fields across America. College and university fans pack stadiums on Saturdays and NFL fans are glued to every move of the NFL on Sundays. And, football is a multi-million dollar industry. Recently, the Dallas Cowboys franchise was appraised at $4.2 billion dollars. l
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South Valley high school football preview By Greg James | firstname.lastname@example.org
he summer heat means one thing: High school football season is right around the corner. South Valley teams have been gearing up for the season. Herriman The 2016 Mustangs football season by some could be considered a disappointment. After coming off a championship in 2015 the expectations were high to begin 2016. They finished the regular season with a 5-4 record and were forced into a playin game against American Fork to qualify for the state playoffs. The Mustangs held a 14-6 halftime lead in that game, but American Fork stormed back scoring 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning field goal in the final minutes. The game marked the end of the season, but Herriman’s players and coaches have adopted the saying “no one cares, work harder” this year. “We are right where we want to be,” Herriman head coach Dustin Pearce said. Returning junior quarterback Blake Freeland has accepted an offer to play at BYU following his graduation in 2019. The young quarterback split duties last season and completed 29 of 72 passes for 350 yards. On defense, the Mustangs return top linemen Drake Elliot, Jaren Kump and David Fotu. Tyson Herrera had two interceptions last season in pass defense. The defense will be charged with stopping the tough offenses in Region 3 this season. Summit Academy The Bears are coming off a successful season. They completed the regular season with only one loss, a 44-20 drubbing by San Juan. Despite that loss early in the season, the Bears regrouped and trampled through the 2A north division. They qualified for the playoffs and defeated South Sevier 4114 in its first game. Isaac Hamilton threw for 187 yards and three
touchdowns, but in the semifinals the Bears lost to 3514, ending its ascent to a second state championship game in the school’s five-year history. The graduation of Hamilton will be a giant hole for the team to fill. He threw for 3,156 yards and 36 touchdowns last season. Mitch Hansen and Parker Clawson return for the Bears at the other skill positions, receiver and running back, respectively. Under the new Utah High School Activities Association realignment plan, the Bears will be placed in 3A’s south region and will face Juan Diego, Juab, Manti, North Sanpete and Richfield. Riverton A new head coach will be roaming the sidelines at Riverton High School this fall. Blaine Monkres takes over at Riverton after one season in the same position at Murray High School. The Riverton job presented a new opportunity at what he considers an up-and-coming program. The Silverwolves had a rough season in 2016. They finished with a 1-9 overall record; their only victory Summit Academy High School has had great success with its football program, including came on the last day of the season against Olympus, its state championship appearance with Nate Gordon (No. 5) in 2014. (Dave Argyle/ 28-21. dbaphotography.com) “I like our new coach,” senior lineman Tanner Vernon said. “He has a lot of experience. He has in the state of Utah. Besides coaching at Murray, he has also brought in a new idea on offense and has reinforced the importance of working hard. He has reemphasized the coached Fremont, Morgan and Dixie high schools. He has won importance of putting our nose to the grindstone and getting stuff three state titles and five region titles. The UHSAA realignment will also affect its 5A schools. done.” The Silverwolves are expected to abandon the wing-t offense Riverton and Herriman will compete in 6A’s Region 3. For football, they will be joined by East, Copper Hills, Taylorsville they have used exclusively the last few years. Monkres currently ranks eighth all time in coaching victories and West Jordan. l
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idnight could not come soon enough for the Herriman High School football team. Friday night, Aug. 4, in the wee hours of the morning and past most of the players’ bedtime, they strapped on the shoulder pads and laced up their cleats in the first full pad practice of the 2017 season. “I created this to get the community involved,” Mustang head coach Dustin Pearce said. “It makes excitement and creates an opportunity for the students to come out.” The Herriman football booster club hosted its fourth annual midnight madness. It started as a signal for the team of its first full pad practice. It is now a party with a snack bar, dance company, cheerleaders and scrimmages of the youth little league football teams. Utah High School football players are not allowed to practice in full pads until after Aug. 4. Pearce thought that a kick-off party was a good idea for his players. “We are a new school, and are trying to start out new traditions for our kids,” Pearce said. The evening started with Herriman Ute Conference mighty mite teams scrimmaging on the high school field. Parents and fans watched as the two teams moved the ball back and forth down the field. The snack bar sold treats, and Great Clips colored students’ hair in the school’s Cardinal red in support of the team. There was also Mustang hats, shirts and memorabilia available. “The first year it was just the team; now the SBOs are out here and we got all of these kids,” Pearce said. “The little league kids are having fun on the big field. Now we start getting ready
for the season.” The UHSAA realigned its regions for this fall. The Mustangs have been placed in Region 3 with Copper Hills, East (football only), Riverton, Taylorsville and West Jordan. Pearce said he knows the new competition well. “We should be a contender,” he said. “The teams we are playing against are very good. Just like in years past. It will be an adjustment not playing in Utah county.” Junior Blake Freeland garnered attention earlier this year by gaining a scholarship offer for BYU. “I am excited to see Blake play,” Pearce said. “We have what I think is the best wide receiving core we have ever had at the school.” Freeland had 29 completions last season for 350 yards and one touchdown. The Mustang offensive and defensive line will be anchored by 6-foot-6 266 lb senior Jaren Kump. Pearce said he has offers from several PAC-12 schools. Center Braxton Pearce has received offers from Dixie State and is a threeyear starter. “I feel like with 18 kids returning who played significant time last season, we are right where we want to be,” Pearce said. “This is a special group of kids. We have good underclassman. It feels good to be headed into the season.” Herriman is scheduled to start its season Aug. 18 at home against Lone Peak and then they will travel to Helix High School in La Mesa, California. Both games are after press deadline. The Mustangs will host Bingham Friday, Sept. 1. l
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The 7 Deadly Fictional Sins That Will Kill Your Grocery Budget
I can often be heard telling people the number one way to save money in your day to day spending is at the grocery store. Our food budget is one of the few monthly bills we can actually control and I get quite passionate about telling people just that. Here are some not so fictional facts that will help you stay on track at the grocery store. 1.Your Budget Is Fictional: There’s that word, budget, it can sound so restrictive. The fact is, most American’s go to the grocery store first, and then live on what is left. Shopping this way is 100%“bass-awkards”. Setting a budget, IN STONE, allows you to begin to plan for life’s setbacks and luxuries. How much your budget should be is a personal figure. It varies by income, where you shop and the kinds of food you like. Start by taking a look at your last 3 to 4 months expenses. Break out the receipts or bank statement and add every single transaction, you’ll likely be surprised at the amount. Now cut that figure by 30% and make the commitment not to go over it. Set up a separate account for groceries if you have too, let that extra 30% pile up and you’ll soon be challenging yourself to cut the budget even further. 2.Your List Is Fictional: No matter how good your memory is, you must write a grocery list and make
a meal plan. Not only will it ensure you don’t forget things you need, it will deter you from buying the things you don’t need. Make it your goal, to ONLY buy what’s on your list. 3.The Day Of The Week You Shop Is Fictional: We’ve all run out of milk or found ourselves running to the store for a single item and the next thing we know checking out with a cart full of groceries. That single trip can shoot your entire budget. Avoid this by shopping with a list on a specific day of the week. Remember, extra trips to the store cost extra money. If you run out of something, find an alternative and go without. 4.Your Price Points Are Fictional: Being armed with the knowledge of the when lowest price hits and what the price should be gives you the confidence of knowing when to buy extra. Start a notebook of the prices you see for the items you purchase routinely and make sure to date it. Specific items have sale cycles that are usually in 3 – 4 month increments. You can view my personal guideline for pricing on Coupons4Utah. com/grocery-price-point. 5.What You Buy Is Fictional: For me impulse buys happen most when I’m either shopping with little ones or shopping when I’m hungry, avoid both, and stick to your detailed list. If it isn’t on the list, don’t buy it. Try allowing
kids to add 1 or 2 items to the list during the week before shopping. When you’re in the store and they ask for a box of special cereal or cookies, you can inform them, it’s not on their list and would they like that to be their item for next time? 6.The Store Organizes It’s Shelves To Make Shopping Easier Is Fictional: Grocery stores are full of marketing gimmicks used to convince you to buy more than you went for. It starts with high priced salad bars at the front of the store, tasty fresh baked breads and cakes to follow. They are experts at putting conveniently cut fruit and vegetable trays on end caps, candy stocked shelves in the aisles at the check out and the most expensive milk, eggs and cheese on the end caps right near self checkout. Stick to your list and you won’t get detoured. 7.Clipping Coupons Is Fictional: Finally I have a few words about clipping coupons. After all, I am the owner of a couple of coupon websites. I’ve heard it time and time again, “I tried using coupons, but the store brand is cheaper” or “The coupon isn’t worth the time it takes to clip them.” Maybe you’ve heard from others how much they saved with “extreme coupon” tactics, but when you tried it, you failed at it, and gave up frustrated. While I don’t define myself as a “couponer” I am am huge proponent of using coupons for everyday savings and can’t remember a time when I didn’t clip
them. Here are some facts about coupons that you might be surprised to hear me say. 1- Using coupons to create extreme stock-piles will cost you money 2- Clipping or printing a coupon you intend to use will cost you time 3- Not using coupons at all will cost you money There, I just gave you permission to let yourself off the proverbial coupon hook. Shopping with coupons should not be extreme. It will cost you money, and causes you to buy things you don’t need or won’t use. You can however, get awesome results that can amount to as much as 90% off the regular price of the food and household items you buy and use everyday, when you combine a coupon with the sale. The secret is organizing before you get to the store and knowing what the lowest prices. There’s a handy database that lists which newspaper a specific coupon came in or links you to a printable or digital coupon at www.coupons4utah.com/ grocery-coupons. You may also want to check out an app call Flipp. It links you to store ads and coupons. If you are a Smith’s shopper follow Crazy4Smiths. com, they are experts at finding coupons for items on sale. Following these simple strategies can save you big non-fictional money.l
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