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welve catholic and protestant teens left their homes in Northern Ireland and travelled to Utah for a monthlong peace project aimed at unifying their nation. Northern Ireland’s conflict between its mainly protestant unionists and mainly catholic nationalists, referred to as “The Troubles,” officially came to an end through the Belfast Good Friday Agreement of 1998, but when the divide between the two sectarian groups continued, Reverend Kerry Waterstone founded the Ulster Project, a program designed to bring future catholic and protestant leaders together through association with religious teens in the United States. Utah’s been part of the project for 30 years. “You can definitely tell at the start of the month they are in the ‘impress phase,’” Adam Dahlberg, director for Ulster Project Utah, said of the 12 Northern Irish and 12 American teens who are part of the project. “They are just getting together, so they want to be cool, but by the end of the month that has faded and they are able to be themselves which is really hard for teens to do. It’s fun to see that transition.” The Irish teens–six Protestant and six Catholic–roomed with an American teen of the same religion and similar background from June 27 to July 22. The 24 participants had their monthlong schedule filled with service, outdoor and faith-building activities each day. Maddie Bossarte, of Taylorsville, and Emma Hagan, of Omagh, Northern Ireland, barely spoke to each other when they first met, but by the second day Emma was braiding Maddie’s hair and Emma was helping Maddie to put on her shoes, said Ann Charat, Maddie’s godmother. The two teens bonded as the group of 24 visited historical sites, rode roller coasters and slides at Lagoon and Seven Peaks, camped, went rafting, attended a REAL Salt Lake game, and volunteered at the Utah Food Bank, Humane Society and at Kauri Sue Hamilton School for students with disabilities, among

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Teens make sandwiches during a service project through Utah Ulster Project, a program with a goal to fosters friendships between Catholic and Protestant teens from Northern Ireland. –Utah Ulster Project

other activities. “We’ve become best friends,” Maddie, 14, and Emma, 15, said simultaneously when asked how they’ve changed since the first day of the Ulster Project. “It’s like everyone here became best friends,” Maddie added. “I’ve really learned to talk with other people and be confident in what I say and to accept the differences in others.” Emma, a Protestant, said she didn’t associate with Catholics very often before she came to Utah’s Ulster Project, but after a month of spending time with catholic and protestant teens from her own country and the United States, she said she’s ready to accept people no matter where they come from. “At home we have separate schools for protestants and Catholics, and they don’t really interact much, but now when I get home, I’ll try to make an effort with the Catholics,” Emma said. JP Murray, a 15-year-old Northern Ireland resident, said he believes the prejudice between Catholics and protestants will die off as his generation ages. While older people are prone to think of the divide between the group, the teenagers are “more chill” and want to get

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to know each other, he said. JP’s American roommate for the duration of the project was PJ Mannebach from Salt Lake City. The directors must have had a sense of humor to pair them together, JP said. Despite the similarity in their names, the two 15-yearolds had many different interests that made their situation ironic, PJ said. “At first, it was just really awkward, and I was thinking about what I got myself into,” PJ said. “Then I started talking with all the people in our groups, and I realized that all of these guys were pure fun. I used to avoid talking to people in group settings, but now I enjoy it, and that’s something that I’ll always carry with me.” Aaron Smithson, a counselor from Ireland, said it was amazing to see JP and PJ’s self-confidence increase through the project. “They used to be some of the quietest kids around here, but then they started being the loudest and most annoying, and that was a good thing to see,” Smithson said. “All of them have really opened up and have been able to see past religion and their cultural differences.” l


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Beetles to Swarm Riverton Park Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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eetles from the state and surrounding region are expected to swarm the Riverton City Park on Sept. 17, but it’s nothing to be alarmed about. Sara Brown, her husband and their friends from their local Volkswagen club decided to bring the love of their favorite auto make to the community through an annual Volkswagen-only car show. Brown anticipates more than 1,000 spectators and around 250 Volkswagen vehicles—from rare Beetles to vintage Mircrobuses and trailers—at the seventh annual Utah VW Classic car show which goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brown said they’ve created a family-friendly event where other families can join in the fun. The VW Classic is a free show for participants and spectators, but raffle tickets and food will be available for purchase on site. All proceeds from the raffle go toward “Bus for Santa,” initiative started by the Browns and other members of a local VW club. The club members drive their Volkswagen buses to the homes of local community members in December, delivering Christmas gifts to families in need. The show is unique because it pairs VW clubs from across the region against each other in friendly duels, Brown said. Each year a traveling trophy is awarded to the club who bests the other clubs a competition, such as being the first to change a tire or eat a meal out of a Volkswagen hubcap. “It’s really a family activity,” Brown said about the show. “I love seeing joy on people’s faces and all of the peace signs and thumbs up you get when people see some of the first buses that were made.” Brown’s father moved across the country in a Volkswagen bus in 1965, and her father-in-law’s first job was as a Volkswagen

Volkswagen buses sit on the lawn of the Riverton City Park at the 2015 Utah VW Classic. The show is returning to the park for its seventh go-around on Sept. 17. –Tony Brown

mechanic, so Volkswagens were destined to be part of her family’s life, she said. “When my husband and I got married, we knew that we’d want a Volkswagen,” Brown said. “We now have five, and we just took our two little girls camping in one last week. Our 2-year-old loves it when she sees a Volkswagens, especially at the show. It’s just who we are.”

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Whether or not families are interested in Volkswagens, Brown said she invites local community members to come out to the show to meet some new friends and hear the stories behind people’s cars. Scott Wyatt, a friend of the Browns, restored the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle his grandmother bought new. “It’s the only car I remember her driving,” Wyatt said. After she passed away in 2002, Wyatt inherited the car and spent 12 years fixing it up. “I am thankful to continue on its legacy, but it’s definitely not the same car,” Wyatt said. “It was all original, but I went through everything and redid the paint, interior and motor. It’s not the same car, but started out as the same car.” Wyatt’s 1963 bug has gone on to win many car shows and has been pictured in several magazines. In addition to his Volkswagen collection is a 1959 Double Cab which was one of six cars his friend Cecil Read purchased and salvaged from All Small Auto Inc. in Midvale. The company was planning on using the in-tact vehicles for parts only, so Read began a 10-year process of trying to buy the vehicles, according to Wyatt. “Those of us who love Volkswagens hate to see them dying and rotting,” Wyatt said. “To us they are valuable. To see them doomed to die, and to just take parts off of the, when they have enough of a condition to get running again, would be sad.” Four of the six salvage vehicles are up and running again. Several of them will be at the Utah VW Classic, including Wyatt’s orange and blue Double Cab. To see those cars and more, visit the car show on Sept. 17 at 1452 West 12800 South in Riverton. l


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Spectators look around at vintage and muscle cars during the Old West Days car show in Bluffdale. –Tori La Rue

ost Salt Lake County municipalities throw a summer festival, but Bluffdale residents claim that none compare to their Old West Days. “You’re just not going to find any place else like this who does it this way,” said Connie Pavlakis, the volunteer who’s seized charge of Bluffdale’s annual celebration. “The coolest thing about us that really makes us different: You could give a kid 10 bucks and send him over here—he could play every game that we have once, go on a 40-foot-high inflatable water slide and have a cheeseburger meal and a drink at the chuck wagon.” The city can afford to sell its game tickets at a lower price than some other cities because the entire celebration is run by volunteers. Each year, volunteers plan the six-day celebration, construct new facades and edifices to hold the carnival games, manage dozens of activities and operate fair booths. “It’s really cool because it is like turning the clock back,” Pavlakis said. “You’re walking through this fair, and you know the people at the booth, and you are visiting neighbors and friends. This is your community. I mean, it’s just it is a whole different feel than any other fair you are going to go to. It’s just different.” Bluffdale’s festivities got a makeover when Pavlakis joined the Bluffdale Town Days volunteer committee six years ago and suggested renaming the festival and giving it an old, Western feel. Now the festival has old-West prices, old-West decorations and old-West service, according to Pavlakis. Mont Robins, another active volunteer for the Old West Days, said he believes the Bluffdale celebration is popular because volunteering allows city leaders to take ownership of its own celebration. It’s something community members are proud of, and they want to invite others to see the project they have been involved in, he said. This year’s celebration spanning from Aug. 813 brought in 10,000 to 12,000 participants. With Bluffdale’s population nearing 11,000 (according to the U.S. Census Bureau data from 2015), the turnout is something to be proud of, Pavlakis said. Kelsie Krahenbuhl, Miss Bluffdale 2016, said the celebration draws many attendees because its diverse activities appeal to residents of varying ages. The celebration included a senior dinner and show which targeted the older community, a youth night for teens, a foam pit for kids and a Family Fun Rodeo for everyone. “You know, we’ve got the old-timers with all of the history and the upcoming generation that’s helping mold Bluffdale into this new community with young faces,” Krahenbuhl said. “[Old West Days] really brings a cohesiveness. We really like to focus on family here, so through that, we’ve been able to include

everybody because you want everyone to feel like they are part of the community.” Bill Javis takes his ’51, bright-red Ford truck to car shows across the state and region, but he said the Old West Days car show has a special place in his heart because he’s from Riverton. He remembers driving a similar ’51 Ford around the area when he was 17. “It’s good to be back,” he said. While spectators checked out Jarvis’ car on the grassy area of the Bluffdale City Park at 14400 South 2200 West on Aug. 11, ATV rodeo contestants battled for the fastest time driving motorized bikes and four-wheelers around obstacles at the neighboring Bluffdale Rodeo Arena. Kaden Mauroner, 12, traveled from Spanish Fork to compete in the rodeo with his older brother Spencer, who is a South Valley resident and a regular ATV rodeo participant. Kaden was nervous for his first ATV rodeo because the motor went out on his bike, so had had to use his older brother’s faster ATV. “Two years ago, I saw my brother roll his Banshee (ATV), and I was on that Banshee,” Kaden said. “I thought I was going to tip or roll during the rodeo, but it was actually kind of exciting.” Walt Hall stuck around to watch the ATV rodeo even though he came to the Old West Days for the senior dinner. “I like seeing all these people here,” he said. “You get to know a lot of people and rub shoulders with them, and that’s why I am here. It’s a little like making a village out of a town.” The Old West Days continued with a Monster Truck Competition on Aug. 12 and wrapped up with races, a community breakfast, a parade, the Old West Festival, a concert and a firework show on Aug. 13. “The goal was to build community unity and to let people feel like this is their home,” Pavlakis said. “There will forever be fond memories of these times.” l

An ATV rodeo contestant zigzags through cones during Bluffdale’s Old West Days celebration. –Tori La Rue

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Mayor Gets Personal Over City Council Resolution Supporting Police Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com

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he Riverton City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night that condemned violence against the police and called on citizens to show respect to officers. Mayor Bill Applegarth told those in attendance about the death of his younger brother who was a police officer in Los Angeles, explaining how important it was to him personally to let the police force know the city government supports their efforts and condemns violence and disrespect against them. “One thing I’ll never forget, I saw what the Los Angeles City Council did for him when he was dying,” Applegarth said. “They pulled out the stops in every way they could to help him and his widow in whatever they could—financially and supportively.” The mayor’s brother was 48 years old when he died of injuries suffered on duty. Forwarded by Councilman Trent Staggs, Distirct 4, the resolution is an official statement from the City Council calling for residents to know their rights, peacefully cooperate with police and to demonstrate and teach respect for the police. Staggs has served as the mayor-appointed Riverton City board member on the Unified Police Department Board of Directors since 2014. “In light of all the recent events that have occurred, if you think of Dallas, more recently Baton Rouge—it’s just horrific some of the things that are going on in our country and the disrespect that is shown to our officers, ” Staggs said in the Aug. 2 meeting. The resolution passed unopposed, and the few Riverton Police officers present received a standing ovation from the city

Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth shared the story of his late brother, who died from injuries sustained serving as Los Angeles police officer, to illustrate the importance of a city openly supporting police officers. – Chris Larson

“Over the past months, that service has come with even greater risk with threats and acts of violence that specifically target these public servants.” council, staff and other attendees during the meeting. “It’s been a phenomenal opportunity to work with these brave men and women that serve us every day,” Staggs said.

“Over the past months, that service has come with even greater risk with threats and acts of violence that specifically target these public servants,” Riverton City Public Information Officer Angela Trammell said in a statement. The statement went on to say that the protection of “rights to life, liberty and property” are protected through community partnerships with police forces. “I know I’m appreciative when I see an officer show up,” Councilman Sheldon Stewart, of District 1, said. Staggs read what he called a “key section” of the resolution titled Resolution No. 16-43: “And, (w)hereas, the ability to protect our rights and effectively enforce the law in a limited government republic requires a moral, God fearing public, that honors the just rule of law...” Staggs continued, “At the end of the day, if we are not moral and a people that respects the rule of law, you can see what can quickly happen.” The resolution also says it is the duty of elected officials and citizens to “proactively support our law enforcement officers.” Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell said the outpouring of support to local police in recent weeks has been tremendous. He said several residents have delivered food, offered personal thanks and other acts of charity and kindness. “The governing body of Riverton City applauds the bravery and dedication exhibited by our law enforcement personnel and offers its deepest respect and admiration for the job they do to keep our community safe,” Trammell’s statement said. l

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he Utah State Engineer has shut down secondary water rights to Utah Lake after a meeting with Utah Lake Water Users Association and other major water secondary water rights holders on Tuesday, Aug. 9, meaning that any organization with inferior rights is no longer be able to pump from the lake. In a statement from the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the State Engineer said entities are to stop taking water from the lake “beginning Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, effective through the end of the growing season.” Riverton City almost exclusively uses secondary water rights from Utah Lake to supply its irrigation system. The statement said that upstream reservoirs have fallen below 125,000 acrefeet and the Utah Lake Water Distribution Plan of 1992 calls for secondary water rights to be reduced and that levels have recently fallen below that point. “The Division of Water Rights first notified impacted canal companies and other water users in October 2015 that (the 125,000 acre-feet) threshold could be reached (in 2016) if hot and dry conditions persisted,” the DNR statement reads. “According to the State Engineer, successive years of reduced runoff and higher temperatures have resulted in the declining water levels of Utah Lake.” In an Aug. 2 City Council meeting, Riverton City called for an emergency City Council meeting to be scheduled for Aug. 9 to pass an enforceable watering schedule in response to reports of critically low Utah Lake water levels. The proposed resolution would have created a water schedule which would mandate that properties east of 2700 West water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while those to the west would water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Watering on Sundays would be forbidden to give time for the secondary water system to regain pressure, according to the statement released Aug. 4. The meeting was canceled the morning of the Aug. 9 after the State Engineer met with the major secondary water rights users. Angella Trammell, Riverton City Spokesperson, said the city is no longer pursuing enforceable water restrictions but is calling on all residents to voluntarily conserve secondary water. Trammell also said that “in a spirit of cooperation” Riverton City will be able to continue to supply irrigation water in an exchange of rights from other sources The statement from the Utah Department of Natural Resources said

major secondary water users will “be able to receive replacement water from other sources including Deer Creek storage, accretion flows on the Jordan River, and ownership or lease of shares of primary water in Utah Lake.” In the same Aug. 2 meeting, Riverton Water Director D. Scott Hill said the city was informed of the State Engineer’s intent to limit secondary water rights to Utah Lake because of low levels. Neither Draper City nor Riverton City meter secondary irrigation water consumption in earnest. Riverton City consumes 27 to 30 million gallons of secondary water every day, according to Hill. WaterPro Inc. Assistant General Manager David Garner said that once the lake level drops to 8 feet below compromise WaterPro, or any secondary right user, won’t be able to pump any water at all from the lake, regardless of water rights. The pumps won’t be able to reach the water. WaterPro supplies water to about half of Draper City. According to the Central Utah Water Conservancy District website, the lake is 6.37 feet below compromise. In a statement posted on the Riverton City website, the city said canal companies and canal managers will continue to pump water out of Utah Lake until they are no longer able to maintain pressure in the system. Trammell and Gardner said that the canal companies and municipalities will continue to supply water until Oct. 1, but said there are no guarantees that they will be able to do so. “The canal managers will continue to operate only to the extent they can,” the statement reads. “They cannot guarantee the canals will continue to flow for the remainder of the irrigation system.” The statement reiterates the need for citizens to undertake conservation efforts voluntarily. Both Gardner and Hill said that all users need to reduce consumption by 20 to 25 percent to extend the irrigations season to and possibly surpass the Oct. 1 supply goal. Gardner hopes that WaterPro will be able to continue to supply irrigation water from Utah Lake until the beginning of September and then to lease water from another company until Oct. 1. Hill also said Riverton is looking to lease additional water rights from another company that, he said, has a “surplus.” However, weather conditions like

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Councilman Trent Staggs, District 4, said he’d like to see Utah Lake water conservation across South Valley, saying that any efforts by Riverton to conserve are meaningless if surrounding entities don’t do so as well during. – Chris Larson

wind speed over time, temperature, and precipitation (or the lack thereof) have significant impact on when Utah Lake water users will no longer be able to pump water from the lake. “We are in the second most arid state in the country,” Councilman Trent Staggs, District 3, said in an interview. “It behooves is to try and conserve when and where we can as much as we can.” Staggs wants the city to switch to a consumption-based model like the culinary water system. But he said it is currently cost prohibitive for the city to install irrigation water meters on the “balance of some 10,000 residences” in Riverton. He said it costs about $800 to install a new irrigation water meter. The council passed an ordinance requiring new development to install secondary water meters last year. “I think, in fact, I know, that will foster conservation,” Staggs said of making resident pay for secondary water use. Staggs also sees what he calls a “free rider” effect where the city’s efforts will be of little consequence unless other cities follow suit and make conservation efforts in earnest. “Unless we do this in concert with other municipalities we will be facing the same problems,” Staggs said. Gardner said only about 15 percent of secondary irrigation water users in Draper City are metered. Staggs suggested the city seek the assistance of the Utah State Legislature by building a coalition of South Valley legislators to advocate for municipal conservation efforts by backing a grant, alloting money for these projects or helping find products and installers for the metering effort. l

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Riverton City Council Begins Process of Leaving UPD Taxing District By Chris Larson | chris.larson@southvalleyjournal.com

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iverton City is now working on creating its own property receive disparate service from UPD, claiming that Riverton has tax district to pay for UPD services after the city council about .8 officers for 1,000 residents. voted unanimously to place a proposal to depart the existing Staggs said in his statement that the unincorporated county law enforcement taxing entity on the 2017 ballot. part of SLVESA and UPD have 1.14 officers per 1,000 residents. Proponent of the departure, Councilman Trent Staggs, “When I first joined the city council, we were targeting 1 District 4, said this move to leave the multi-municipality tax officer per 1,000 residents, and we are still not at 1 officer per district called Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service 1,000,” Steward said. Area and create a Riverton-only tax service area is ultimately Stewart continued by suggesting the city have an about avoiding property tax increases from SLVLESA, gaining independent study done of possible costs, benefits and risk to greater local control over policing and potentially halting further “get the facts.” city fee or tax increases. Applegarth pointed out that in the years before the city “I want to make it absolutely clear — we are not trying to officially joined UPD and later SLVLESA that the city paid for leave UPD,” Staggs said. studies to find independent facts for and against joining either. In preparation for next year’s municipal general election, “I think we need to come to them as unbiased as possible the council instructed staff to prepare a series of educational with the fact so they are prepared to vote,” Councilwoman meetings for residents, similar to the meetings held for the city’s Tricia Tingey, District 2, said. move to the Jordan Valley Conservancy District for its culinary She also said it was very important to reiterate that Riverton Councilman Trent Staggs, District 4, reading from a prepared statement, said Riverton City would not be getting its own police department. water. The council also instructed staff to begin to look at potential City should leave the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area, the UPD taxing “Your local police and fire departments are your city’s boundaries of the new “Riverton Law Enforcement Service district, to create a new taxing district for Riverton to pay for UPD services. – Chris identity,” Tingey said. She said it would be inappropriate to let Larson Area” and to establish effective dates for departing and creating people think Riverton was leaving UPD. the relevant tax districts. She also said in the meeting that she had received several “It does allow for some complete (sic) transparency to inquiries from resident asking if the city would have its own say that 100 percent of tax dedicated to public safety is used police force. be formally announced to residents this November, and 4 percent for public safety,” SLVLESA Administrator Andrew Keddington every year thereafter. Staggs initially wanted to have the issue placed on the 2016 said. Cities often place all taxes in a general tax fund with no “The question is rather simple: Would you rather have general ballot, but Utah law calls for such votes to occur on the specification as to where that money will be spent. [SLVLESA] continue to drive policy, budgets, service levels and general municipal elections, which are held every odd year. Keddington said new UPD municipalities will be added to the tax increases; or, would you rather have the accountability and What now? SLVLESA board. For Riverton City, a major motivator for departure from control brought back to Riverton elected officials?” Staggs read Staggs said additional board members with an equal vote will from a prepared statement in the meeting. SLVLESA is confidence that city sales tax revenues will continue dilute the voting power of Riverton and other cities, with some of He continued saying the original arrangement with SLVLESA to increase over the next several years, especially with the Western these additions representing areas with just a few hundred residents called for 3 to 5 percent annual increases. But things changed with Commercial District being developed by CenterCal Properties. compared to Riverton’s 43,000 residents. CentralCal Properties purchased 85 acres of land in the the 2013 landslide in the Kennecott Copper Mine in Bingham Some history… western reaches of the city and will develop it in a similar way as Canyon. Riverton City has contracted with the Salt Lake County The landslide sent millions of tons of debris down the edge of Farmington Station, but much larger. It is anticipated that the large Sheriff’s Office to provide policing services to the city since 1980 the mine, temporarily shutting down operations and smashing the multi-use development will help facilitate increased sale tax for the and became a stand-alone precinct in 2007, according to updsl.org. properties’ valuation by about a third. city, as well as bring in a substantial number of homes and new In 2010, the sheriff’s department underwent a restructure and The mine provided about a third of the district’s revenue residents to Riverton. created the Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake, which Riverton despite requiring minimal services from law enforcement. Since “This can effectively hold the line on property taxes going joined at the department’s creation. The city joined SLVLESA in the landslide, the annual contribution via tax to the district was forward with a service area comprised just within Riverton’s 2012 rather than pay UPD directly from the city budgets with the reduced by $2 million. boundary, instead of the entire county wide service area in which it thought that doing so would reduce the financial burden on the city The rest of the entities in the district are left to pick up the currently participates,” Staggs said. and its residents. Before joining, residents were assessed a public difference. The impact on UPD’s shared revenue model and SLVLESA is safety fee by the city. “Rio Tinto is not the benefit we thought it would be,” Staggs still unclear in the early stages of Riverton’s departure. The Riverton City leadership adjusted various fee structures said. “That is a great question,” Keddington said about the effect of so the city wouldn’t receive a “windfall” of funds, Mayor Bill The City Council Riverton’s departure from SLVLESA. “It is one we haven’t really Applegarth said. Stagg’s proposal appeared to be met well, passing unanimously studied to see what the differences would be if Riverton were to City officials eliminated the city property tax and the street and receiving many comments and questions that appeared to stay or leave. lighting fee and reduced the sanitation fee from $12.50 to $1 to support the effort. It’s too early for us to know right now.” make the move to SLVLESA “revenue neutral,” according to For Riverton City, a major part of the departure from Councilman Sheldon Stewart, District 1, said the timing of Applegarth. this proposal was fortuitous because it gave city leaders time to SLVLESA is confidence that city sales tax revenues will continue “We wanted to be fair with the taxpayers and have it all be prepare appropriately to educate residents on the issue and begin to increase over the next several years, especially seeing that the the same at the end of the day,” Applegarth told the South Valley the process of creating the tax district. Western Commercial District will be developed by CenterCal Journal. Stewart also agreed that increased local control over a law Properties. Applegarth emphasized that the actions of the city council in enforcement tax would provide more directly for the city needs. CentralCal Properties purchased 85 acres of land in the the Aug. 16 meeting were just to approve a resolution mandating “I can’t go to my residents and say, ‘We’re going to get a (9 western reaches of the city and will develop it in a similar way as that staff place the proposal on the ballot, which is required per percent property tax) increase, and by the way we get nothing,’” Farmington Station, but much larger. It is anticipated that the large Utah State Code to leave a special district, and to direct staff to Stewart said. multi-use development will help facilitate increased sale tax for the study any “gaps” in creating a taxing district in Riverton that would Historically, the Riverton City portion of SLVLESA generated city, as well as bring in a substantial number of homes and new raise the necessary funds to pay for the roughly $5 million contract $5 million, while Riverton’s UPD contract cost about $4.9 million, residents to Riverton. for policing from UPD. “This can effectively hold the line on property taxes going according to Staggs. Staggs said the tax increase could add up to Staggs, who also serves as the Riverton UPD board member $500,000 additional revenues to the district without increasing forward with a service area comprised just within Riverton’s and SLVLESA board trustee, anticipates that property taxes in service to the city. boundary, instead of the entire county wide service area in which it SLVLESA will increase by more than 9.5 percent after Jan. 2017, to Stewart further referenced that Riverton City appears to currently participates,” Staggs said. l


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Riverton City Nixes Irrigation Fee Forgiveness Resolution By Chris Larson | chris.larson@mycityjournals.com

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resented by Administrative Services Director Lisa Dudley, the resolution to forgive the fees had a staff recommendation to pass, yet failed on a lack of second vote. The secondary water system was turned off from July 16 to July 22, Dudley said, and took several days for the irrigation system — which fills from east to west — to get back to capacity. Some residents may not have had full use of the secondary water system until the end of July, which would have been half of the month. The city council passed a resolution in an emergency city council meeting on July 19 that ratified Mayor Applegarth’s declaration to shut down the secondary water supply after the Utah Department of Environmental determined that water pulled from Utah Lake was contaminated by cyanobacteria and the consequential cyanotoxins. The resolution to forgive the irrigation water fees was presented to the council in the July 19 meeting but didn’t receive attention again until Aug. 2. Three city council members voiced their opposition to the resolution which would have halved the city’s irrigation water income for the month of July. Councilwoman Tricia Tingey, District 2, said it would be irresponsible not to collect the secondary water fees which are used to pay back the bond in place to pay for the secondary water system. “When you go out and buy a new car and the new car sits in a garage for three months, the bank does not issue a rebate on what you owe them,” Tingey said. Tingey said the irrigation fee would not make a large enough impact on residents to not collect. Councilman Paul Johnson spoke at length about the potential of the canal companies and conservancies saying there wasn’t enough water in Utah Lake to pump to cities. But, like

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Neil said. The program allowed students to bond with students from other chapters of FFA, and it introduced incoming sophomores to the upperclassmen before school started, Lambert said. Brett Milliken, landscape management teacher at the academy, secured a $2,500 Food For All grant from FFA to purchase the materials for the greenhouse and garden, so the program was free to all participants. FFA requires the food from the project be brought back into the community which the academy does by bringing the herbs and plants from the garden into the district’s school lunch program. The academy’s greenhouse and gardens provided kale chips, radishes, turnips and peppers for West Jordan schools’ summer lunch programs. The gardens will continue to grow fresh produce for the schools when they are first in session. Students dried herbs to give cafeteria workers spices to use all year long. One day, Lambert said she and one other students worked for three hours to prepare hundreds of herb bundles for drying. Another day Lambert said she was invited back to the academy’s “Taste of Ag Day” to learn how the herbs work within foods. Students made bread, butter and potatoes using garlic, rosemary and other herbs from their garden, she said. “I think any students would think it was amazing,” Lambert said. “I would recommend the summer program to almost anyone because it intrigued my interest.” The summer agricultural program came to a close, but Neil said there are many classes for FFA students at the high school in the district. Students wishing to get involved in agricultural studies may speak with their school’s FFA adviser or their academic counselor. l

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he new school year is beginning, but Felicity Lambert and dozens of other students from the Jordan School District have already completed a quarter of Career and Technical Education or elective credit through the summer Supervised Agricultural Experience program. “The benefits of the program aren’t just limited to agriculture,” Lambert, a senior at Herriman High School, said. “I broke out of my shell and met with different kids, and I developed myself in leadership and for career growth.” The students in the summer agriculture program built their own 40-hour projects that coincided with ideals from the Future Farmers of America national organization. Lambert’s project was twofold: raising rabbits for breeding at her home and working at the Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers South Campus’ greenhouse and garden. Alisha Neil, science teacher at Herriman High School, said the greenhouse and garden made the summer program more accessible to students and provided a better turnout. She has been overseeing summer agriculture projects for the past six years, but this was her first year working with students at the academy, as last year was the first year of the south campus’ institution. “Before, only students who were showing horses or who had farms were more able to do the summer program, but this new space has allowed us to reach out to students without space or money necessary to start those projects,” she said. “It’s been a nice benefit. I have 40 students as part of summer ag with 15 actively working out of the garden and greenhouse.” Every high school and five middle schools within the district had students participating in the summer agriculture program at the academy,

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Mr. and Mrs. Science By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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ne South Valley couple has influenced thousands of people by teaching middle school science fundamentals for about three decades. Collectively Dawn and Todd Monson have taught nearly 16,000 students during their careers. Their previous students range in age from new teenagers to people in their 30s and 40s. “I teach because when the kids figure something out and are able to make those connections and apply it to their lives and find out they can do hard things; it is just amazing,” said Dawn, who retired in June after 34 years in the classroom. Dawn was almost finished with her preveterinarian program in college, when she decided to change courses and become a science teacher. She began her teaching career at Oquirrh Hills Middle School, and moved to a couple other schools before arriving South Hills Middle School around 10 years ago. Todd graduated from Utah State University in Forestry and worked for the U.S. Forest Service, but once he decided forestry wasn’t something he wanted to pursue long-term, his wife convinced him to try substitute teaching. He acquired a job at Oquirrh Hills Middle School through Utah’s alternative teacher preparation program and began teaching science in the same classroom that Dawn had claimed almost 10 years before. He’s been teaching there ever since and will began his

twenty-fifth year of teaching in August. Deborah Ferwerda, who’s now grown with a family of her own, said even though it’s been so long since she took science from “Mr. Monson,” yet she still remembers how he cared about students individually. His passion for science and teaching set him apart from other teachers, she said. KateLynn Jensen said Todd was her “alltime favorite teacher.” She still remembers how he used to wear a rubber duck-patterned lab coat when the weather was rainy and how he used to joke with the students in class. “One time my mom called me when I was in class, and my phone wasn’t on silent so he said for me to answer if it was my mom, just joking like why would mom be calling during school, so I answered and he laughed and said ‘hi’ to her not mad at all,” Jensen said. “He was never in a bad mood or mean. He had his class rules, but nobody ever broke them more out of respect than anything.” Students rave about Mr. Monson’s Mrs., too. Dawn is a teacher who leaves an impression, Lisa Whitehead said. It’s been 15 years since Whitehead was in middle school, and Dawn is one of the few she said she remembers. “When I was in Itinerous [Early College High School], I’d still refer back to things we did in her class,” JR Landeen said. “But really

the biggest thing I learned from Mrs. Monson is that learning can be fun, and that’s a message that applies to everything. It doesn’t matter if you are doing everything right—just have fun.” Both Monsons have won numerous awards. Todd’s been named Jordan School District Teacher of the Year, Jordan Education Association Teacher of Excellence and the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year. Dawn won the Huntsman Teacher of Excellence award, the State Biology Teacher of the Year tile and has been a three-time finalist in the national Presidential Award of Excellence for Math and Science Teaching. Todd attributes a lot of their success in teaching to their partnership. Although they teach different courses, both teachers collaborate with each other to keep their content current. “If you go back to wondering what it was that really brought us together, it was chemistry,” joked Todd, who was voted puniest teacher of 2016 by the students at his school. Of all places, the couple met at a Utah State science camp where Todd was a participant and Dawn was the camp cook. Dawn’s fiancé and Todd’s girlfriend lived in the Salt Lake area, so Dawn and Todd forged a friendship from carpooling to and from Logan on the weekends. One day during the camp, 20-something Todd was examining trees at a Utah State University forestry summer camp when he got what he thought was a bee sting on his thumb and subsequently began to lose muscular control and the ability to speak. Todd was whisked away to a nearby hospital where medics determined he had been bitten by a black widow spider. In an attempt to help him, medical professionals gave Todd the wrong dosage of valium, which counteracted with the poison and sent him into a cardiac arrest. As soon as the camp cook, Dawn, heard about the incident, she scurried over to the hospital where Todd’s Mom and girlfriend were already kneeling at his bedside. “When I got to the hospital room, I realized

it was costing me more in my heart than just him being one of the guys here that I was feeding,” Dawn said. “At that point, I knew I needed to call off my wedding because my feelings for him were too big—too big and too much.” Todd stayed in the hospital for about a week, and each day Dawn visited to keep him company. That’s when Todd said he knew he needed to break-up with his girlfriend. Those events transpired 33 years ago, but it really set the tone for the rest of their lives together, Todd said. “Since then, as we’ve been married and raised our family, and we’ve always oriented things around science,” Todd said. As their two sons were growing up, it wasn’t uncommon to find frozen bug specimens in Ziploc bags within the freezer for studying, according to Todd. The Monson parents continually encouraged their children to explore and be curious. Time has gone by fast, Dawn said. Their sons are now married, they have two grandchildren and Dawn officially retired after more than 30 years of teaching, but she continues to work for the district as a part-time teacher mentor and grant writer. “It would be harder if I didn’t still have my finger in the door, because I still want to impact the students,” Dawn said as she cried. “It’s hard because I’ll miss it, but I want to move to being able to impact even more students and, by training teachers and by having an impact on the state level, I can do that, but it is hard.” “In five years, when I retire, I’ll just be jumping up and down,” Todd said putting his arm around Dawn as she wiped away her tears. “No, I’m kidding. I’ll be crying too.” Dawn said she’d love to get more involved with science Olympiad on a state level, or put more energy into the tutoring program that she and her husband have been establishing through their work as inner-city missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now that she is retired. Whatever the future holds, the Monsons will be championing science wherever they go.   “Science is fun, it really is,” Todd said, “And, like I always say, it’s all around you.” l

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Summit Academy Opens New Campus in Bluffdale By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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uke Howells, 11, joined dozens of community members at the ribbon cutting of the new K–6 Summit Academy campus in Bluffdale on Aug.15. “I’m really excited to see it for the first time,” Luke said, adding that the 2016–17 school year will be his first time attending public school. “It looks like a mansion.” After years of home-school, Rachel Howells, Luke’s mother, said she enrolled her children in the academy because the school’s mission “just felt right.” The charter school offers small class sizes with a ratio of 13 students to one teacher, classroom rotations for students in all grades and a STEM focus, making it different than neighboring schools in the Jordan and Canyons School districts, according to Odila Conica, Bluffdale campus principal. The first K–6 Summit Academy location opened in Draper in 2004 and later expanded to include junior high. A high school, also in Draper, and another K–8 campus, in Bluffdale, opened in subsequent years. “There was a need for another school like this in Bluffdale after our Bluffdale Independence Campus filled up in one year,” Conica said. “Summit Academy really works for the Bluffdale and Draper communities because these cities really value children’s safety and education, and that’s what we are about.” Summit Academy purchased the land at 14942 South 560 West for the Bluffdale campus from the Jordan School District. Each square foot of the new school cost $120, including property acquisition, design, engineering and the building itself. “They’ve been really great at making a high-quality product at a reasonable price for our taxpayers,” Bluffdale Mayor Derk Timothy said.

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The campus is 62,355 square feet, includes 28 classrooms and will house 586 students in grades K–6 for this year, but it will expand to seventh and eighth grade in the following school years. Timothy, other Bluffdale city officials, The Southwest Chamber of Commerce and Summit Academy administration cut the green ceremonial ribbon in front of the school’s main doors, and parents and children filed in through the double doors to locate their classrooms and meet their teachers. Shannon Warmick was excited to find out that her 9-yearold daughter would have a locker. The convenient location of the school led her to switch her two children from their traditional public schools to Summit Academy. After seeing the size of the

auditorium and classrooms, Warmick said she felt it was a wise decision to transfer schools. Along with traditional classrooms, the school’s design also includes smaller “breakout” rooms, intended to be used when classes break into smaller groups for projects and discussions. This is one of Executive Director Steve Crandall’s favorite features of the school, along with the gym, he said. The new mascot logo, created by Celeste Joos, is printed on the centerline of the gym. Joos, a Summit Academy graduate, designed the logo and came back for the ribbon cutting, saying it was an incredible experience to see her design put to use. Brooke Gatti took a picture of her three children as they sat on the logo, which features a Bison and the school’s name in maroon, white, navy blue and gray. Her children previously attended the Summit Academy Independence Campus but decided to switch to the newer school for the 2016–17 year. Noah Gatti, 9, and his sister Grace, 5, held hands as they ran up the stairs to the second level of the school, leaving their mom walking behind them. “They’re just really excited to be here,” Brooke said. l Brooke Gatti’s three children sit on the gym’s new logo for the Summit Academy Bluffdale Campus during the school’s open house on Aug. 15. –Tori La Rue

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Library Creates Book Club for Youth in Juvenile Detention By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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alt Lake County Library Services noticed a gap in services to youth in care and custody, so they partnered with Utah’s Department of Juvenile Justice Services to begin a book club within short- and long-term centers. “Our job is to serve the entire public, and we’re not serving entire public if we’re not serving the people who can’t come to us,” said Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, senior librarian over teen services. “These teens are in a holding, transitional state in their lives, so to help them get powerful skills like reading—you don’t get many opportunities like that.” The program was honored with an achievement award at the National Association of Counties’ Conference on July 22 in Long Beach, California, for bringing literacy to a specific subset of residents. “It’s an honor to have received such an award because there are stereotypes that follow this group of youth, and to have them recognized as an important group to serve is amazing,” RogersWhitehead said. Rogers-Whitehead said she hopes the recognition at a National conference will encourage other libraries to serve people who can’t come to them. The award-winning program may be the first of its kind in the nation, according to Rogers-Whitehead’s research. The librarians facilitated traditional book clubs at Salt Lake Observation and Assessment, Decker Lake Youth Center and Wasatch Youth Center in 2013, but Rogers-Whitehead said she realized librarians needed to accommodate for varying reading levels. Now teens are invited to read books of their choice within their own reading level instead of being assigned the same book as

A youth reads a book at a Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services Center. The division partnered with Salt Lake County Library Services to create a book club for youth in short- and long-term detention centers. –Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services

“Our job is to serve the entire public, and we’re not serving entire public if we’re not serving the people who can’t come to us.” their peers, and the club discussions are based on broad topics that many books relate to. Susan Burke, director of Juvenile Justice Services, said the

club enhances the youths’ learning and said it’s her belief that education can be a course-corrector for these teens. She believes the youths’ love for books will continue after they leave the center, and she said she hopes they’ll remember the library as a place of entertainment. Each youth at the center is strongly encouraged to attend the book club meetings, which happen twice a month. Librarians cart hundreds of books into the centers—from history books to cook books to mystery novels and science fiction books. “Hellraiser,” “Fallen,” “The Hulk” and “The Guardian Herd Series” are a few of the most popular reads within the program. Recently, the Utah Department of Education granted funding for the Library and Department of Juvenile Justice Services to purchase graphic novels for the program. The graphic novels have allowed teens with lower reading levels to be more actively involved in the club. Many of the youth learned English as a second language, and pictures give context clues to their readers and help the ESL learners to learn new English phrases, Burke said. The youth have responded well to the program, so Burke said the department decided to expand reading programs at its centers. Soon, the University of Utah reading clinic, a resource designed to offer assessment and intervention to struggling readers, will begin a partnership with the Juvenile Justice Services. “We get from the youth that they are excited about reading,” Burke said. “It gives them a place to have a shared discussion about reading and apply it to their past experience, and it opens a whole new world of imagination and opportunity to gain knowledge about themselves.” l

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Community Galvanizes After Tragedy By Sandra Osborn | s.osborn@mycityjournals.com

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n Aug. 3 South Jordan residents Jennifer Lambourne, 37, and her daughter Brooklyn Mae, 11, tragically lost their lives at Bear Lake while attempting to save a younger family member. News of the loss spread quickly throughout the Daybreak Community where the Lambournes lived. Jennifer was a well-regarded first grade teacher at Eastlake Elementary, one of two primary schools in Daybreak. Brooklyn had been a beloved student at the school. Their grief observed, countless members of the community sprang into action. “We live in a very close knit community. When a loss happens such as this tragedy, the community is galvanized,” said Tanya Noreen Peters, PTA President at Eastlake Elementary School. Within hours, pink ribbons were tied on the trees lining the streets and surrounding area of Eastlake Elementary. The year-round school already had three quarters of the teachers and students in attendance. “Our first concern was for the teachers at Eastlake,” Peters said. “Many of them had heard the news and rushed out the door to school that Thursday morning. The tracks on had been in session only about a week. “We wanted to show them our support

during this time of grief so we coordinated to bring lunch to all 40 teachers. The lunch gave them the opportunity to congregate and be together in shared support.” Almost immediately after the news, Melinda Ekins, a neighbor and mother of one of Jennifer’s former students, set up a Go Fund Me page to help the family pay for medical and funeral expenses. The community gave quickly and generously, collecting over $45,000 in a few days. Many donors did not know the Lambourne family personally but offered their condolences and support. In addition, the Eastlake PTA organized a fundraising night at the South Jordan Chickfil-A restaurant for Aug. 16. Chick-fil-A pledged to donate 20 percent of the sales during the fundraiser to the Lambourne family. The community came to support the cause. The restaurant was packed and the drive-thru had the longest lines patrons said they had ever seen.

For the future, the school and PTA plan to find a compilation of books that both Jennifer and Brooklyn liked and dedicate them in a section of the library. “Ten years from now, children who attend Eastlake will know that a tragic loss happened to us and that we still remember,” Peters said. Members of the LDS Oquirrh Lake Seventh Ward and other neighbors stepped up to meet the immediate needs of the family by providing dinners night after night. They also formed groups to help with the funeral services and the post interment luncheon. “A combined choir of more than 70 children, two violinists, a pianist and a soloist came together to perform the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s arrangement of the song “A Child’s Prayer” at the funeral service. Children from the neighborhood, former students of Jennifer, friends of Brooklyn and many more from their church ward and school participated in the choir. The school granted permission for all children who wished to attend the funeral to

leave school early. ” It was not without effort, however, that this combined choir came to be. “The family had requested ‘A Child’s Prayer,’ but we had trouble finding the music,” Teresa Akagi, chorister for the combined choir, said. “After searching everywhere, digitally and otherwise, I knocked on Andrew Unsworth’s door, one of the organists for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and his wife answered the door,”Akagi said. “When I expressed my request, his wife said, ‘You’re not going to believe this, but I just got the music yesterday.’” “During rehearsal on Wednesday, little Matthew Helwig came to me with tears in his eyes and said, ‘I’m really going to miss Brooklyn.’ It was really emotional for a lot of the kids,” Akagi added. Josh Lambourne, Jennifer’s husband and Brooklyn’s father, expressed his immense gratitude for the many prayers and service rendered to his family. “I am grateful for the generosity of so many – for everyone who has reached out, lifting me up and helping me stand,” Lambourne said. “I am grateful for so much goodness that has come from tragedy. It gives me hope that people can be good.” l

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eidi Totten is asking Sandy residents to come out and help her change the lives of people around the world. Totten is the founder of 100 Humanitarians, a nonprofit that provides sustainable resources to families in Kenya. 100 Humanitarians is hosting a fundraiser event on Oct. 22 at Club 90, 9065 S. Monroe St. Called “Taste of Kenya,” the event will have authentic Kenyan food, a silent auction and karaoke. All of the donations will go towards Business Boxes. “The Business Boxes now include a cow, a goat, five chickens, three square foot garden boxes, 10 trees to replace the wood in the garden boxes and then reusable feminine hygiene kits for the women in the family,” Totten said. The idea for 100 Humanitarians came after Totten went on a humanitarian trip in March 2015. Afterword, she was inspired to start the group on Facebook. The response was overwhelming and soon two trips were planned. “From there, the concept of 100 Humanitarians is what is the power of 100 people working on any given project in the world to create change. So if you’re interested in stopping human trafficking

in Warsaw, Poland, We’re the other 99 people would be interested in helping with that project,” Totten said. “My big focus is on Kenya but we have others who are focused on Guatemala, who want to work in India and Nepal and Ghana. It’s basically connecting people to projects that call to them.” During the first trip, the group built desks and a kitchen at a school. Soon after, Totten realized she wanted to focus on sustainable projects within families. This lead to the creation of Business Boxes. “With those boxes, we determined that if we give a family a box, then they can sell the milk, they can sell the eggs. They can use it as food for their families. When they generate income, they can pay for their own school fees,” Totten said. “If I were to sponsor one child all the way through high school, that could be a couple thousand dollars. Or, with the Business Box, you mentor and teach families how to use it and then they pay for all of their children because they’re able to build the revenue.” So far, four families have received a cow, including a widowed mother of five. “We gave her a cow and mentored

her and taught her how to use it. Now, she’s selling three liters a day and making about a $1.80 a day, which she can then use to pay for school fees and to buy other things her family needs like rice and corn,” Totten said. “She’s our prototype. What we’re doing on our next trip, we’re going to build square garden boxes and test that out.” The plan is to introduce new parts of the Business Boxes over the course of six months so as not to overwhelm the families. The boxes currently cost about $1,000 each but Totten believes once the animals start breeding, the cost will go down. “That’s part of our plan, with paying it forward with the animals for these families,” Totten said. The next big goal for the nonprofit is to build three cultural centers that would function as mentoring centers for the people in the program. It would also establish mentorships in-country so there would be less traveling during the year. For more information about 100 Humanitarians, visit http://www.100humanitarians.com. l

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South Jordan City Hosts Gale Museum’s 10th Anniversary Celebration By Mylinda LeGrande | mylinda@mycityjournals.com

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outh Jordan City celebrated the Gale Center of History & Culture’s 10-year anniversary on July 30. Residents and non-residents were invited to join the festivities, which included food, pioneer games, stories, music, a petting zoo and giveaways. The petting zoo included a chicken, baby pig, rabbits, a goat, a pony and a lamb. Kids enjoyed seeing the animals close-up, petting and holding them. Some Boy Scouts were on hand to run a variety of old-fashioned games that children could play. One volunteer handed out ice cream sandwiches. Greg, Amanda, Lucy and Charlotte Jeffs attended the free event. Amanda, Greg’s wife, had previously attended a library story time at the museum. “I saw a flier and like to attend cultural events,” Amanda said. “This is a cute little museum. I like history, too, and it’s neat to see the history of South Jordan. “It has an exhibit of an old grocery story, clothing the kids can try on, a cute school that they have recreated with desks and a blackboard. It’s fun for kids to just go in and explore.” The museum is operated by volunteers. Many are lifelong residents like Jean Jackman, who has lived in South Jordan for 50 years. She used to live in Olympus Cove, but they put I-215 through her house, so they moved to South Jordan where there were only 10,000 residents at the time. According to Jackman, South Jordan used to be called Gale in the late 1800s because of the winds that would blow in the area. “I’ve been a volunteer here at the museum since before it opened,” Jackman said. “There is a farmhouse, a service station, grandma’s house, River of Life, [Native Americans], outside is

a stagecoach and old farm equipment. There is also a dugout replica. This former library is perfect for us.” A newly remodeled mining exhibit was unveiled to the public at the event. It featured a replica town that once operated at the heart of the community’s rich mining history. Another volunteer was very excited to operate this new exhibit and show the kids a how the replica explosive device worked. “I’m on the historical committee and have lived here for 44 years,” said Luane Jensen. “For a city this size, this type of museum is amazing. My friend, Jean Bateman, told the city that if they wanted to restore the history of South Jordan, they needed to get a museum.” The Gale Center’s website describes the museum as an interactive and educational place committed to preserving American by offering historical and contemporary glimpses of the various culture, geography, art and folklore. “The idea for the Gale Center of History and Culture was born by several longtime citizens like Jean Bateman of South Jordan,” the website states. “ These citizens wanted to create a place to learn about and experience the rich history of South Jordan and devote space to the students and members of the community to spend time. The history and story behind the development of South Jordan is so important to the livelihood of the Wasatch Front. Families came here to build a life together in a new place, start traditions and build memories that could be passed down to future generations.” l

A father and daughter visit the dugout outside the museum. —Mylinda LeGrande

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Sober Soccer: How the World’s Favorite Sport Aids in Addiction Recovery By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com

Brian Knight (in blue) runs drills with several participants of the sober soccer program during a Wednesday afternoon practice. When Knight started the first sober soccer team, just six people came out. Today the program has four different teams with players of all skill levels. –Sarah Almond

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here are 149 drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers throughout the state of Utah*. These facilities attract thousands of people from across the country who want to fight addiction and find a new life through sobriety. One such individual came to Salt Lake City in hopes of getting sober and ended up achieving much more than that - he’s chasing his passion. Twenty-seven-year-old Brian Knight moved from California to Utah 18 months ago to seek addiction treatment. Here, he joined the Fit To Recover gym in downtown Salt Lake City, where he met a community of individuals who were all working towards one goal: to free themselves from the thralls of addiction and live a life of sobriety. “It was a community that I really wanted to get involved in,” Knight said. “One of the things that helped me stay sober was definitely the Fit To Recover gym, but also rediscovering the hobby of soccer - something that has always been a passion for me growing up.” Within weeks of moving here, Knight found himself playing at the Gardner Village Indoor Soccer arena almost every night of the week. “It kept me sober and it gave me something to look forward to everyday and something to make me feel accomplished,” Knight said. “I just wanted to share that passion with other people.” Though Salt Lake City has an expansive

sober community with dozens of programs designed for those in recovery, Knight immediately recognized an opportunity to combine his drive to live a sober lifestyle with his passion for the game of soccer. “There are other sober sports like volleyball and softball, but there was no sober soccer,” Knight said. “So I just wanted to take the initiative and see if I could get people involved.” After deciding to launch a soccer program for those working towards sobriety, Knight started networking and getting the word out about his idea. “I started talking to people at Fit To Recover; I started talking to the alumni department at my recovery center; I started announcing it at AA meetings,” Knight said. “Wherever I would go, I would promote it by word-of-mouth.” It took time, but Knight’s efforts paid off. Though just six people joined the sober soccer program in the beginning, now, nearly a year later, more than 40 recovering addicts gather every Saturday and Monday to play the world’s most popular sport. “One of my biggest goals of starting sober soccer is to get people involved even if they don’t do other forms of recovery like AA programs or treatment centers,” Knight said. “I wanted to give them somewhere they could come and be around people of similar

backgrounds who are trying to achieve the same thing, which is changing your life and doing something positive in sobriety.” Though Knight recently established a men’s team, the majority of the sober soccer program is coed, with ages ranging from 19 years olds to players in their late 40’s. “We have four teams right now,” Knight said. “One of our teams is called Fit To Recover, and another is called FTR - pretty much short for Fit To Recover. We also have one called Socceriety and another called Attacking Sobriety.” The sober soccer program runs in eightweek intervals with session games played every Saturday and Monday from 5 to 10 p.m. at Gardner Village in Midvale or Let’s Play Sports in Murray. Knight also holds weekly optional practices on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. at Stratford Park near Sugarhouse. “We end every game by getting together and talking about ways we can directly relate our recovery to playing soccer,” Knight said. “Things like communication - that’s a big one; for people who haven’t played a lot, it’s about achieving something and doing it with no judgment. “We talk about teamwork and how you can’t win a game on your own - you need your team. And that’s the same in life, you know? You can’t stay sober on your own; you need people around you. When one of us is struggling, the rest of us are there to pick them up.”

purpose. “I haven’t played soccer since I was a kid,” said player Steven Lopez of Sugarhouse. “But playing now, it’s challenging, and I think that’s helped me in my sobriety. It challenges me to get out of my comfort zone, to think less selfishly, and to work through things even when I want to quit.” Lopez, who’s only been playing with the program for two months, found sober soccer after joining the Fit To Recover gym. “Being here in Utah, there are a lot of different options in the sober community and a strong sober group here,” Lopez said. “But I can totally see this soccer program really growing and taking off.” And growing the program is exactly what Knight intends to do. Though his biggest challenge is funding the program, Knight hopes to continue spreading the word about sober soccer and getting people from across the Salt Lake Valley interested in the program. “I would love to eventually get Real Salt Lake involved,” Knight said. “But I have this bigger plan right now of trying to do something within the youth community. Once we have the numbers and the stability, I’d like to start a camp for youth were we not only teach them about soccer but we teach them about addiction and substance abuse and alcohol.” Ultimately, Knight hopes the program will grow large enough to create a sober soccer league and that sober soccer will continue to

“We talk about teamwork and how you can’t win a game on your own - you need your team. And that’s the same in life, you know? You can’t stay sober on your own; you need people around you. When one of us is struggling, the rest of us are there to pick them up.”

For many sober soccer players, this sense of sportsmanship is one of the biggest draws and benefits of the program. “My favorite part of playing soccer here is the friendships I’ve made,” said Mario McLaughlin of Midvale, who’s been with the program for the past eight months. “It’s been a blessing to know Brian, because his drive to get people involved with being active in sobriety and his leadership have really helped me get to where I am.” Knight said that many of the people who come out for sober soccer have little to no experience with the sport, yet their willingness to grow as both individuals and players is something that inspires him and gives him

inspire other leaders to start sober initiatives of their own. Lastly, Knight’s biggest hope is that the program spurs community involvement and increases awareness of active addiction recovery. To learn more about sober soccer or to get involved, email Brian Knight at bjknight12@ hotmail.com or visit Fit2Recover.org/ contact-us. ​ l *Statistics drawn from 2015 National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Facilities compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (www.samhsa. gov).


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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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High Flying Herriman Endurocross

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esert Star Playhouse, the theater that’s built a reputation for producing laugh out loud, family-friendly musical comedies, continues its 2016 season with a comedic take on the supernatural, “Ghostblasters: We Ain’t Afraid of No Jokes!” The show opens Thursday, August 25th. Dr. Stanley Bonkers is busy putting together a new exhibit of priceless artifacts at the city museum, but his colleague, Dr. Polly P. Pratt is busy trying to catch his eye! When Dr. Bonkers gets possessed by the evil sorcerer Drool, there’s only one group she can call on for help, Ghostblasters! Supervised by their inventive leader, code name A-1, the Ghostblasters have added the clairvoyant I-15 to their ranks; but will she be accepted by her fellows? On the other side of town, Ghostblaster 401K is sent to investigate strange disturbances in journalist Fanny Berrett’s apartment (aside from all his failed

attempts at getting her to go out with him!) And with the increase of supernatural activity, can the Ghostblasters save the day without divine intervention? Find out in our hilarious new show! Directed by Scott Holman, Ghostblasters runs from August 25 to November 5, 2016. The evening also includes another of Desert Star’s signature musical olios following the show. The Monster Rock ‘n Roll-io will feature some new and classic rock music favorites with a dash of Halloween fun, and always hilarious Desert Star twist! Desert Star audiences can enjoy gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, burgers, scrumptious desserts, and other finger foods as well as a full selection of soft drinks and smoothies while they watch the show. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table.

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Herriman High School student Braydon Bland placed eighth in the Herriman endurocross. — Greg James

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he rodeo grounds at Butterfield Park in Herriman were recently transformed into a mess of logs, obstacles and high speed jumps. Local motorcycle endurocross riders attacked the course built to test their stamina and riding skills. “My family has always raced motorcycles. I started when I was four years old. My sister (Tanesha Bland, the current miss Herriman) rides UTVs (a side-by-side off road vehicle),”Herriman High School senior Braydon Bland said. “This event is fun and it is close to home so my friends can come and watch me. I also race quite a bit at desert endurance events.” My sister (Tanesha Bland, the current miss Herriman) rides UTVs (side-by-side off road vehicle). This event is fun and it is close to home so my friends can come and watch me. I also race quite a bit at desert endurance events,” Bland joined a group of more than fifty riders. They ranged in age from 4 to 55 years old. He placed eighth in the pro/expert racing class. Colton Haaker of Hollister, Calif. Was the overall winner. He was an X Games silver medalist in 2013 in Barcelona. Haaker is one of the top endurance motorcycle racers in the world. Bland rides a KTM 250 –KTM is a popular manufacturer of motocross motorcycles). He regularly races endurance desert races as part of the Utah Sportsman Racers Association Desert Series. He recently finished 11th in the Rabbit Creek 100 near Jericho, Utah.

Many local endurocross riders use KTM, Husqvarna, Honda or Kawasaki manufactured bikes. The engine is typically a single cylinder 2-stroke or 4-stroke. A large and powerful engine is not always an advantage. Many riders prefer a smaller, lighter bike for easier maneuvering over the obstacles. Endurocross is a hybrid motorcycle race which includes aspects of supercross, trials and endurance racing. Events are generally held in small arenas like the Herriman rodeo grounds or indoor sports arenas. The course can include rocks, boulders, sand, mud, logs and other obstacles. It is designed to be faster than a motorcycle trials race, but slower and more technical than a supercross event. The fifth annual Herriman Enduro Challenge is organized and promoted by Edge Motorsports and race director Bryan Green. His staff builds the race course and attracts riders from around the area to compete. Other division winners included KC Ballow (Youth 12-15 full course), Ian Roberts (Veterans), Brandon Archibald (Beginner), Brady Fox (Intermediate), Bryson Green (65cc 7-9 year old) and Cohen Jackman (50 cc). An estimated crowd of over 6,000 packed the rodeo grounds. A similar race is scheduled for Sept.17 at the West Jordan City rodeo grounds, 8035 South 2200 West. The mini-motocross, UTV and tough trucks will compete again. l


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Bojak Honored as Mentor and Teacher By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he Jordan school District recently honored former Brighton, West Jordan, Jordan and Riverton football coach Rick Bojak, recognizing his lifetime contributions and unique service to students across Utah and the nation. Bojak is now battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS, and is confined to a wheelchair. When diagnosed five years ago, doctors gave him one to three years to live. He continues to have an impact on those around him. “I was a shy kid. He made me feel like a million bucks. I was not a very good player, but he spoke to me just like he spoke to the stars of the team,” former player and assistant coach Todd Egbert said. “He made me want to become and educator. He taught me to have a positive attitude. I learned to have confidence in myself. Wins and losses are important, but the relationships we build supersede any wins we may have had.” Fellow coaches, former students and colleagues lined up to honor a man, coach and teacher for his many achievements at a July 26 special school board meeting. Bojak was once president of the board, and in 1994, he was teacher of the year. Bojak coached and taught for more than 40 years in the district, including his most recent contributions at Rosecrest Elementary School. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, he is still teaching physical education to those students. “When he was on the board, he always had a stack of newspaper articles by his microphone to read about the students in Jordan School District,” Jordan School District Board Vice President Janice Voorhies said. “I had students come up to me and say ‘they talked about me,’”

Former friends and colleagues, along with the Jordan School District Board members, honored former West Jordan, Jordan and Riverton football coach Rick Bojak in a special meeting July 26. — Greg James

Bojak won two state titles at Jordan High School in 1981 and 1983. His success was not limited to the football field. “West Jordan was hosting an afternoon marching band competition on the main football field,” former colleague Julie Christofferson said. “When it was time for the West Jordan band to take the field, the entire football team ceased practice, trotted over to the bleachers, sat down and cheered. When the band was done,

they went back to the field and practiced. former colleague Julie Christofferson said. He taught his team more than just football. I worked with him at Jordan and West Jordan. He is an awesome person.” He has not given up his fight against the disease that riddles his body. Researchers have announced they have discovered a new gene that could be responsible for the disease. The Associated Press reported that the ALS Association is crediting the money raised from the ice bucket challenge for the discovery of the connection. “He never put himself above anyone else,” Riverton High School colleague Vicki Olsen said. “When I was coaching sophomore volleyball at Riverton, he came up to my team the day after a game and congratulated us. He always relished in other people’s success.” He is credited for 107 football victories in his time as head coach at Jordan, West Jordan and Riverton high schools. His influence was felt by more than the players and coaches with whom he shared those victories. He is still teaching to never give up in the fight of his life. “In my first year coaching with Rick we had beaten Bingham in our last game of the season, former coach and player Nate McCleary said. “The team was gathered on the field for him to announce our player of the year. I expected him to pick one of the varsity stars. He chose a player that never started a game for us that year. He chose a young man that never missed a practice. He also never missed an opportunity to help tutor players that might have had trouble keeping their grades up. He truly understands what greatness is.” l


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High School Football Returns By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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s the 2016 high school football season begins, high schools in the South Valley are focused on making this their year. Herriman, Summit Academy and Riverton high schools laid claim to a championship, disappointment and accusation last season. All three teams and coaches are excited the new season is finally here. Herriman The Mustangs trophy case is slightly more crammed with its accomplishments from last season, but the team and coaches know this is a new season. They have adopted the slogan “Nobody cares, work harder.” They finished last season 11-3 overall and defeated Lone Peak in the 5A state championship game 17-14, but a majority of that team graduated and they only return seven starters on both sides of the ball. One key returner is junior quarterback Hayden Reynolds. He threw for 751 yards and 8 touchdowns, but the Mustang prostyle offense usually relies on the strong running game to move the ball. Noah Vea could be the workhorse in the backfield. He contributed two touchdowns in the Mustangs opening night victory over Brighton 26-16 on Aug. 19. Vea will be a key contributor on defense also. He recorded 12 interceptions last season. Vea was first team all-state in 2015. The Mustangs have been reminded several times by their coaching staff that they have a target on their backs this season. The City Journals sports staff picks the Mustangs to finish in second place in Region 4.

Summit Academy The Bears received great news back in May when the Utah High School Activities Association overturned a postseason ban placed on them earlier in the year based on allegations of influencing students (recruiting). With that in the past, the team can concentrate on the goal of a state championship. Several new things are in store for the Bears as they start a new season: a new coach, playing field and quarterback, to name a few. Les Hamilton was hired as the second head coach for the Bears. He has earned two state titles at Alta and most recently coached at Pleasant Grove. He brings with him a high-powered, full-speed spread offense to the Bears system. Last season Justin Miller threw for more than 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns. Hamilton brings with him his son senior Isaac Hamilton to be the Bears new quarterback. His three years of experience in his father’s offense will be invaluable. The newly installed playing surface provides a vast improvement to the Bears program. They will host defending 2A north region champions South Summit Sept. 30. The City Journals sports staff prediction is third in the 2A North region. Riverton Overcoming a dismal 2-8 season is goal number one of the Silverwolves. Second year head coach Brent Hawkins will rely on the experience his players earned last season to help carry them through this year. Last season’s two wins were the least since 2004 for the

Riverton High School football team hopes to rebound from its worst season since 2008.— dsandersonpics.com

Silverwolves. It snapped 10 straight playoff appearances. The Silverwolves wing-t offense returns only two starters from last season. Their style of offense is deceptive and difficult to defend; making them a team that is very hard to prepare for. The quarterback and running backs play key roles in its run first offense. Ryan King’s athletic ability has promoted him to the front runner as the starting quarterback. Defensively, the Silverwolves return four starters from last season. The loss of graduate Simeon Page, an all-state linebacker, leaves a hole in the defense. Returning lineman Jordan Summerville and Tanner Vernon will need to fill the void to stop the high powered offenses in Region 4. The City Journals sports staff picks Riverton to finish sixth in Region 4. l

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fter many months of meetings and ongoing communication between horse owners, county staff, and community members, the future of the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park is now set. We recently voted as the Salt Lake County council to keep the park in it’s current form but also to invest in a litany of deferred maintenance needs in the park. This park has been a long-standing fixture of our South Jordan community, and the county as a whole. Unfortunately, many maintenance needs of the park had not been adequately funded and addressed over the years. In addition, as a county we lacked good information about the actual use of the park among members of the community. In essence - the county was not investing in the park properly, and was not understanding the full value of the park sufficiently. I first posed questions about this park in the fall 2015 budget process, and then again in a blog post in January 2016. My position was clear - if we as a county are going to have an equestrian park, we need to be willing to invest in it, as well as measure the actual use and value to the community. For the past six months, a dedicated group of equestrian park advocates (known as the Equestrian Park Coalition) worked diligently to provide good information to me as well as other council members. They shared new information about the

various events at the park, the level of use, and most importantly shed light on the many maintenance needs of the park. Thanks to their hard work in collaborating with our county parks department, we now have a clear vision for the future of the park. This group also recommended some fee increases to users of the park. Some of the deferred maintenance repairs include things like: new restrooms for park users, entry gates with controlled access points that will give us more precise data on park use, upgrading or renovating some of the barns for the horses, and upgrading footing (dirt) where applicable. These are just some of the many deferred maintenance needs that will be addressed through this investment. In addition, the fee structure adjustment will help enhance the park’s revenue stream to better fund its operations. The controlled access points will give us precise data on the number of users of the park, as well as let us better collect appropriate usage fees. We are also creating an ongoing Equestrian Park User Advisory and Oversight Committee, which will be an official mechanism through which users can provide valuable feedback to county staff as well as the park’s management. I’m excited about these improvements and the positive

Horses in their stalls at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center. The aged stalls are part of along list of possible renovations that new funding could bring to the facility. –Kimberly Roach

impact they will have on the equestrian park. This is an example of good civic engagement at its best. Members of the public effectively and respectfully educated the council, and we’ve incorporated their feedback into the plan moving forward. l


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h, It’s here, fall. Here come the treasured foods of warmth, kids back in school, Halloween and that wonderful sound of crunching leaves under your feet when you head outside. There is nothing like the splendor of our amazing canyons with their fiery colors this time of year – anywhere else. Enjoying our canyons in the fall season is not only beauty to the eyes; it can be as cheap as a few gallons of gas and a picnic lunch too. Whether you’re leaf watching consists of a quick scenic drive on a Sunday afternoon or a weekend stay amid the trees, we can agree that, when the conditions are right, autumn time in Utah is worth celebrating. Here are a few ideas of where to see fall leaves that won’t disappoint. Lets start with The Grand Prix of Leaf Watching (Heber, Midway, and Sundance) By picking a central location; you can spend the weekend enjoying beautiful colors and a variety of fun activities in all directions.

tradition for every season. Come ride the Pumpkin Train, but be sure to stay and celebrate the Annual Scarecrow Festival or brave through the spine-tingling Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Ride. More adventurous visitors may choose to soar from above and take in the views on one of two different courses with Zipline Utah. The Flight of the Condor course spans 4 zipline and a suspension bridge. The Screaming Falcon is the world’s longest zipline course over water! It consists of over 2 miles of 10 ziplines and 7 suspension bridges, while also showing you some of the most amazing views Utah has to offer Visit coupons4utah.com for news about available discounts on the train and/or the Zipline. Sundance Nestled at the base of Mount Timpanogos, Sundance Ski Resort places you right in the middle of the fall splendor. After a day of enjoying the fall colors, you can savor wonderful cuisine made special from local and organic growers. For as low as $29.00 you can enjoy a fabulous adventure on the Bearclaw or Halloween Zipline Tour at Sundance or choose to ride the tram up for some amazing views from above. Details are on coupons4utah.com.

Midway If you are looking for a unique adventure amid the fall foliage, Homestead Resort in Midway welcomes you. The sprawling cottages provide the perfect setting and destination for the most devoted leaf watcher and a place we try to visit yearly. When the day is done, take a dip in the Crater where the temperature is always a balmy 90-96 degrees. You can find a discount for Crater swimming on Coupons4Utah.com/

Emigration Canyon Take Sunnyside east past the zoo where you’ll find dozens of trails full of fall color. Make a day of it and stop by the historic Ruth’s Diner for a lunch on their fantastic patio.

Heber No matter where you are coming from, Heber always feels like home. Heber’s small town charm is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of big city life. When it comes to fall activities, Heber is the one of the best destinations for family fun. For many, the Heber Valley Railroad is a longtime family

Silver Lake at Brighton Ski Resort The good news, the easy access for people of all ages doesn’t detract from the beauty. The lake is just large enough to provide amazing colors and scenic views and small enough for the littlest of fans to enjoy the stroll.

Guardsman Pass This is a beautiful and quiet drive offers breathtaking views. The winding road takes you from Deer Valley over to Park City and Midway. Mirror Lake Highway Reaching north from Kamas, Utah, to Evanston, Wyoming, traverses nearly 80 miles through the Uinta Mountains. The highway has panoramic views of the alpine landscape from the road’s high point at Bald Mountain Pass. There are also numerous lakes that offer splendid view including its namesake Mirror Lake. Red Butte Gardens It may seem cliché to suggest visiting the gardens. But if you are stuck in the city and need a quick change in environment to recharge your spirit, Red Butte doesn’t disappoint no matter the season. Take a sack lunch with you; there are some wonderfully tranquil little hideaways for lunching at the gardens Wheeler Historic Farm Wheeler Farm is a kids favorite with its mature leafy trees, open grassy space, and rustic buildings, and don’t forget the super cute farm animals Wheeler Farm is a great place for the family to visit. Remember to take your camera for this one. Wheeler farm is a photographers dream. Last, I want to share with you a secret little stop in Draper. Beautiful Leaves can be as close as the next neighborhood over. Go east on Wasatch Blvd. until you reach Hidden Valley Park. Follow the Bonneville Shoreline Trail as it wraps around the east bench where you’ll find amazing views of the valley. These are just a few of the magnitude of places Utah offers for enjoy fall. Where is your favorite place to see the beauty of fall? l

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