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ue to increasing drought conditions and excessive water use, Riverton city officials are asking residents and businesses alike to cut their culinary and secondary water use by 25 percent. Citywide, 6–7 million gallons of culinary water and 30–34 million gallons of secondary water are being consumed each day. That equates to an average of 683 gallons used per day per household of culinary water and 2,952 gallons per day per household of secondary water. “We realize this may be an inconvenience for some people, but the conditions are such that we are going to have a real problem if we don’t immediately begin to reduce our water use,” said Riverton City Manager Konrad Hildebrandt. “This conservation request is going to take a concerted effort and a change in habits.” Currently, the water system is operating above recommended capacity, which is causing water pressure variation in certain areas of the city. The system is capable of accommodating the state-recommended water needs for Riverton’s growing population, but it wasn’t designed to accommodate excessive use from individual users, and most residents significantly overwater their grass. “People generally don’t know how much water they are actually using to keep their lawns green. It’s more than you might think, and we need everyone to cut back in Riverton,” said Scott Hill, Riverton City’s water director. “We know people want to keep their lawns green this time of year, but the fact is, if a lawn is totally green right now, it is being over-watered. Brown spots are going to show up, and we all need to get comfortable with that.” Riverton City has already begun to take measures to cut back watering on the 473 acres of city parks and other green space. The state-recommended amount of water for this time of year in the area is about 1.83 inches of water per week. The city is averaging about 1.5 inches on city green space per week, which is about 25 percent less than the recommended amount. Every residential address in Riverton has

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Local food pantry aims to bridge hunger gap By Brett Jay Apgood | b.apgood@mycityjournals.com The South Valley City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout South Valley. The South Valley Journal covers news for Herriman, Bluffdale, and Riverton. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals.com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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ccording to Feeding America, a U.S. hunger relief nonprofit, 41 million people in the United States struggle with going hungry. Of those 41 million people, a quarter are children. The decision to form St. Andrew’s Food Pantry was a no brainer. “Anyone that needs food is welcome to come and get it,” said Mary Jane Smith, who serves as co-chairwoman for the food pantry. The food pantry serves Riverton, Draper, South Jordan, Bluffdale, Herriman and West Jordan. Pantry officials do ask to see an ID, but even if they are not from the area, they will not turn anyone away. “If for someone reason they are outside the area, we will give them food this time, and will refer them to a closer pantry,” said Smith. The Panty is a nonprofit organization and are partnered with the Utah Food Bank, which is where most of the food donations come from. “We have no one that receives a salary,” Smith said. “We rely on donations completely.” The idea to form the food pantry originat-

ed with a joint effort by St. Andrew’s Catholic Church and Christ the King Lutheran Church, who at the time were both meeting at the Megaplex in South Jordan. “We decided that between the two of us that we could start collecting food,” Smith said. “We took some food to the food bank when it was up in Salt Lake City. As it progressed, we realized that there was a need for a distribution area here in South Valley.” They then decided to officially form the St. Andrew’s Food Pantry and operate out of the basement of the church. Smith also hopes to receive support from the community. She and her colleagues at the Pantry accept money, food or someone’s time. The pantry takes canned goods, non-perishable food items, fresh produce from a resident’s gardens or any types of food people use. “You name it, we need it,,” Smith said. “Whatever we get we give out.” You can volunteer at the Pantry Wednesday’s starting at 7:30 a.m. to help unload the

trucks, stock and package the groceries. There are also volunteer hours on Thursday’s starting at 4 p.m. to help with sorting and distributing. “We like to have young people like Scouts or any youth organizations because they can help carry the groceries out to our client’s cars,” said Smith. The pantry has been running for about 12 years and currently serves around 120 families a week. It’s expanded its services throughout the valley. In 2011, it distributed 65 tons of food and estimated that it served more than 2,500 households. In 2016 the numbers grew to 78 tons and more than 5,500 households served. The biggest thing Smith wants people to know is that anyone is welcome to use the pantry, and she can always use volunteers. Anyone interested in helping can call the food pantry’s directory at 801-871-5080 or email safoodpantry84065@gmail.com. St. Andrew’s Food Pantry is located at 11835 South 3600 West in Riverton. l

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Bluffdale Arts hits home run with ‘Swing!’ By Brett Jay Apgood | b.apgood@mycityjournals.com


n Aug. 2–4, the Bluffdale Art Council put on the musical “Swing!” The show was performed at Oquirrh Hill Middle School in Riverton. The show is told only through music and dance and features music from the Jazz swing era. This production featured a youth and young adult cast of about 65 people. “At first, we were very overwhelmed at the task because we knew it was summer, we knew it was going to be put on by youth and we knew it would take a big cast to make it happen,” said Kerry Severn, the co-director of the show. The cast was made up mostly of a mixture of students from six dance studios but also included youth from Bluffdale and surrounding cities. “Something that made this incredibly unique is that we were able to have different choreographers,” said Malinda Severn who served as co-director for the show. “These choreographers have a history in swing and we have a history in ballroom.” The production is credited with six choreographers over 43 musical numbers. Along with the dancers and choreographers, a live jazz band completed the cast, which Nate Anderson put together. “It all just became a great collaborative effort,” said Malinda Severn. In total, the directors estimate there were

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about 125 people involved with the show over the 2 ½-month time frame they had to prepare for the show. “It was such a short time to try and get something like this on the stage,” said Kerry Severn. “We are grateful that it all came together as well as it did.” Overall, the directors were impressed with the dedication and work ethic the youth gave preparing and putting on the show. “We are so incredibly proud of the kids and their efforts,” said Malinda Severn. “We’ve got great vocalists, great dancers, great band members. It’s been a lot of fun.” Along with dancing, the directors were also able to teach some valuable life skills. “It’s so important to teach these youth at a young age that they can do hard things,” said Malinda Severn. “They don’t need to have stage fright, and they don’t need to just sit around all summer. They can do something really fun, something that will change their lives.” The directors said it also allowed their young crew an opportunity to get out of the house and spend the summer serving the community and experiences the arts. “Through that whole experience, they are having a great time; they meet new friends, and that’s something they can take with them the rest of their life,” said Kerry Severn. The cast’s experience in dancing varied.

Military dance number in “Swing!” (Swing/Brittany Gonder)

The majority had done some dancing before, but there were some who were brand new. “We had to take some of the experienced dancers, and they would dance with some of these other dancers that did not have as much experience,” said Kerry Severn. “So, that moved their level up to what you saw here.” Most of the vocalists also has experience in prior productions. “We loved the fact that we were able to spread out the lead role and pass it among about 10 different singers,” said Malinda Severn. “That made it really fun to include different characters that weren’t necessarily in the original production.”

The funding for the show came from Bluffdale; the Zoo, Arts, and Parks Foundation; and from a variety of private donators. The directors frequently mentioned what a wonderful experience they had putting it all together. It was also fun for them to share their love for dancing, a 25-year pastime for them. They mentioned they also received compliments from audience members, praising the experience they had going down memory lane and relieving songs and dance from the past. “To introduce a whole new generation to this style of music and to dance because it’s something that you can do your whole life,” said Malinda Severn. l

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Bluffdale’s Old West Pickleball Tournament By Brett Jay Apgood | b.apgood@mycityjournals.com

A wide view of the tournament. (Brett Jay Apgood/City Journals)

On Aug. 7 and 8, Bluffdale held its annual Old West Pickle Ball Tournament at Wardle Fields County Park. This was part of Bluffdale’s Old West Days, which ran from Aug. 6-11. This year’s tournament featured teams being divided into three categories (beginner, intermediate and advanced), which was based on a five-point system, where players rated themselves. “We have about 150 total participants between today and tomorrow,” said Adam Marchant, who ran this year’s tournament. “We will have about 75 total teams.” Pickleball is a sport played with wooden paddles, a net and a ball very similar to a whiffle ball. The court is laid out just like a badminton court with the same dimensions. However, the net is lower than the set up for badminton. Pickleball’s rules are often described as a mixture of table tennis and tennis with a little bit of its own. One unique rule is the rectangle divisions closest to the net are no volley zones, so players are not allowed to return serve or shot from that area. Play can feature single teams or doubles, and the ball must always be hit underhand. Adam Marchant has been a player for about a year, and his wife was a participant in this year’s tournament. He grew up playing tennis and recently transitioned to pickleball. “The thing I like the most about pickleball is its easy access,” Marchant said. “There are a lot of pickleball courts popping up all over. As long as you get a paddle and a ball, you can play.” Marchant also mentioned that the sport is relatively inexpensive, and its accessibility is rapidly growing with new parks often including pickleball courts. The sport is also available for people across a vast range of age and athletic ability, as the court is much smaller than that of a tennis court. Marchant also said that there are a lot of good players, so he expects the matches to be

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competitive. “We have various pools because we have a number of entrants, and so whoever wins their pool goes to a final match for the championship, and the top two winners get a medal,” said Marchant. l

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Dance under the stars with the Riverton Jazz Band By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com


s the song “Fly Me to the Moon” goes, “Fly me to the moon. Let me play among the stars. Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars.” Draper Arts Council invites audience members to dance under the moon and stars at their annual Big Band Tribute concert, Sept. 7 and 8 at the Draper Amphitheatre. “Fly Me to the Moon” is just one of the many pop standards of yesteryear which will be performed by Riverton Jazz Band along with talented singers and dancers from across northern Utah. This year’s concert, titled “Dancing in the Stars,” will be a little different in that the organizers have decided to include a few newer songs which are in the spirit of the big band and swing era. “Feeling Good” and “Sway” by Michael Buble will be part of the program. “The fun thing about this music is that it keeps coming back again,” said director Valaura Arnold. “Modern musicians keep re-doing it because it’s just great music!” The Riverton Jazz Band will play a preshow concert starting at 7:30 p.m., and audience members are encouraged to get up and dance. A dance floor will be installed in front of the Draper Amphitheatre stage. The concert itself, featuring singers in period dress and some choreographed dance numbers, will begin at 8:30 p.m. Just as in the clubs and music halls of the 1940s and ’50s, audience members can

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dance during the on-stage entertainment. “We want people to come and dance and listen to all the great music,” said Arnold. Styles of dance will include swing, waltz and the jitterbug along with samba and cha-cha. The program features big-band standards such as “In the Mood” and “Sing, Sing, Sing,” in addition to favorites popularized by Frank Sinatra like “Under My Skin” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Singers and dancers from all over the Wasatch Front auditioned for the show. There are 48 people in the cast, not including the musicians. Producer Shauna Call explained, “We’re trying to involve even more people from the community.” To that end, she is contacting dance teams from local high schools and middle schools to perform swing and jazz dance routines for one or two numbers. Jay Rindlisbacher, president of Riverton Jazz Band, looks forward to the Big Band Tribute concert every year. Rindlisbacher, who plays alto saxophone as well as clarinet, said Riverton Jazz Band has been performing at the concert almost since it began six years ago. The first time they played the concert, “It was fun and we blended together,” said Rindlisbacher. “It went so smoothly that we’ve done it ever since.” Riverton Jazz Band was formed when Rindlisbacher and some brass and woodwind

Dancers strike a pose in a past production of Draper Arts Council’s Big Band Tribute. (Photo courtesy Valaura Arnold/Draper Arts Council)

players from the Riverton Metropolitan Orchestra decided to create their own jazz band. The group was officially incorporated in 2009. The all-volunteer group, which has 18 members, performs for veterans programs, care centers, weddings and schools. The band participated in the Midvale Harvest Days parade last month. The music of the big-band era is beloved by singers, dancers, musicians and audiences of all ages. “It has a really good beat and feel to it,” said Call. “It makes you want to move.” Rindlisbacher credits the ongoing popularity of

the music of the 1940s to “the beautiful melodies and harmonies in music of that era.” His father, he said, would always say, “Good music will last forever and will always be around.” The Draper Arts Council’s Big Band Tribute concert will be presented Sept. 7 and 8. The pre-concert show begins at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for kids age 12 and under. To purchase tickets, please visit draperartscouncil.org/tickets or call 385-3519468. l

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Old West Days cap off Bluffdale’s birthday celebration By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


mid-life crisis never looked so good. Bluffdale is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and its Old West Days was one to remember, featuring the limited-edition birthday challenge coin. Only the first 100 partici-

pants could qualify for the coin but only after earning 40 points by attending multiple birthday bash events. Besides the designated events to receive the coin, the week featured countless Bluffdale

activities, such as the Old West Days Rodeo, parade, festival, fun in the foam event, pickleball tournament, car show and Monster Truck competition. It culminated at Bluffdale City Park with fireworks and a mega concert featur-

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The sun begins to drop as residents enjoy the music on the last night of Bluffdale’s Old West Days. After some cajoling from the on stage talent, the audience sang along to “Sweet Home Alabama.” (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Buying local helps both you and your neighbor, says Local First Utah By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com


ow often do you buy from local businesses? It’s a question worth thinking about, according to Local First Utah, a nonprofit organization that works to educate the public, government and business owners about the value and vitality locally owned businesses bring to the community. “For every dollar you spend at a locally owned business, four times more of that dollar stays in Utah’s economy than if you spend that same dollar at a big box store or an online retailer,” Kristin Lavelett, executive director of Local First, told the Riverton City Council at their Aug. 7 meeting. “If you break that down numerically, I believe that’s 56 cents on the dollar. So, for every $100 you spend locally, $56 stays here. Otherwise it’s about $13 that stays if you spend that at a big box store, and it’s really pennies on the dollar if you spend it online,” said Lavelett. Since local businesses have less corporate infrastructure, there’s more tax money left over to enhance the community. They also offer better job opportunities and donate to local charitable causes at almost triple the rate of national chains. Local First specializes chiefly in education and promotion — it runs public awareness campaigns, and offers classes and promotional materials to business owners, to help them better brand themselves as local. Partner businesses receive a large Local First sticker to put on their doors, as well as a listing on the organization’s local business directory. It may not seem like a lot, but it makes a big difference. “When a number of businesses are participating in a community, those businesses start to see a real bottom-line impact,” said Lavelett. The Institute for Local Self Reliance ran a 10-year study,

which they ended in 2015 due to the very consistent results they found year after year. “What they found over those 10 years is that sales growth of independent businesses in communities with an active buy-local campaign, such as Local First Utah, were pretty much double those of their counterparts in communities without an active buy-local campaign,” said Lavelett. Businesses can partner with Local First Utah for free — the organization does not charge anything for access to their materials, or for a listing on their registry. So what counts as a local business? Mom-and-pop stores certainly qualify, but so do locally owned franchises — so long as they are headquartered in Utah and at least 51 percent of the shareholders live in-state. “A Subway franchise would not qualify, because they don’t really make their sales decisions independently,” said Lavelett. “But an Even-Stevens — they’re not technically a franchise but a local chain, per se — absolutely qualifies.” Local businesses also increase the character of a community. Seeing the same cluster of national chain stores again and again in every shopping center, perhaps slightly rearranged depending on location, can create a sterile, generic feeling. Combating that generic feel is another one of Local First’s goals, and this idea of creating a destination holds a certain amount of appeal for Riverton officials, given their interest in revitalizing Riverton’s historic downtown area. “It’s really the idea of creating a character of place, creating a destination, creating an independent neighborhood business district that is a place where your residents want to live, work and play,” said Lavelett.

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To leave or not to leave? Riverton contemplates breaking away from Unified Police Department


n July 2018, Riverton city officials declared their intent to leave the Unified Police Department at the end of 12 months if significant differences between the city and UPD officials could not be resolved. Instead of UPD, which provides law enforcement to 30 percent of Salt Lake County, Riverton officials would create a local Riverton Police Department. A town hall meeting on the matter was held on Aug. 14 at Riverton High School. The total projected 2019 budget for the proposed Riverton Police Department would be $5,167,656. Of that, $500,000 would be one-time startup costs, and it would also include 10 more permanent officers than Riverton is currently allotted by UPD. Riverton’s 2019 budget with UPD as it currently stands would be $5,288,290. “The reason it can be done that low is because we’re invested,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs at the town hall meeting. “After having been with Unified Police Department for five years, those precinct assets actually belong to you, the residents and to the precinct itself. The building belongs to us. It says in the interlocal agreement, if you’re a member for five years, you’re an investor, and you own all of your assets and a share of Unified assets, which are substantial.” Riverton has been a member of UPD since 2010, so all of the UPD assets purchased with Riverton tax dollars in that time belong to Riverton. Because of this, Riverton leaders should be able to take their toys—squad cars, police office building, etc.,— and go home to create their own police department for relatively little money. But many at the town hall meeting expressed doubts that this is the way things would actually play out. One resident described the proposed Riverton Police Department’s budget as “a pipe dream.” “I’ve seen Draper do this,” said Ray Lopez, a retired UPD officer. “I’ve seen it three times, and every time, it was over budget. I saw Taylorsville do it, and it’s over budget. I saw Cottonwood Heights do it, and it’s over budget. And you show us your numbers; it’s going to go over budget.” Many cities that leave UPD end up coming back in the end for precisely that reason. “I was part of the Taylorsville police department, and we had a lot of struggles, although we had a lot of great people trying to make it work,” said Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera. “The budget was just too much, and we came back to UPD.” “I think you will get more bang for your buck if you have your own police department,” said Detective Dan Roberts, a Riverton resident who has served in the West Jordan police department for 20 years and spent three years of that term handling the department’s finances. “But I think you’re way underbidding, way undershooting what you think you’re going to be paying for your officers. We at West Jordan spend about $150,000 per year per officer. I don’t see anything in your budget for a fleet.” “Have you guys thought about your forensics?” said Riverton resident and UPD Officer Kelly Shakdo. “Where are you going to hold your evidence? How much is it going to cost you for a record system? Because I know we paid a pretty penny for ours.” It’s not just the money that has residents worried, either. It’s the quality of the service provided. “You all agreed that you’re happy with UPD services on the officer level,” said Riverton resident Officer Nelson Howards. “The reason you have such good officers is because you’re a part of UPD. You say you’re going to get 10 more officers when you leave UPD, but the reality of it is you’re going to lose over 250.” UPD recruits a lot of its officers from smaller city police departments such as the one that Riverton officials are considering forming. “The reason those officers jump is not money; it is oppor-

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By Mariden Williams | mariden.w@mycityjournals.com

Around 70 percent of Salt Lake County provides its own law enforcement, and Riverton officials are considering joining the crowd. (Mariden Williams/City Journals)

tunity,” said Mark Olsen, a Riverton resident and UPD officer. “I fear that with Riverton forming our own department, those opportunities for those officers being diminished, that the quality of officers that will stay here will be reduced. I think you’re gonna see officers stay for three to five years, then move to a larger department.” Another thing that has Riverton officials concerned is the high cost of UPD “pooled services,” such as K-9 units, narcotics divisions, SWAT teams and child abduction response teams that are very nice to have when you need them but hard to justify paying for fulltime for a small city with a relatively low crime rate. Since it serves many cities, UPD can justify paying for such things, and cities that contract with UPD have access to these pooled services on an as-needed basis. “You are getting access to 10 detectives in the violent crimes unit that handle homicides constantly,” said Howards, whose brother was recently murdered. “I don’t know how many people can relate with me, but that’s a huge deal to me as a citizen.” “Everybody says, well, we don’t use all the services that Unified has; we don’t have the crime rate; we don’t have the problems,” said Officer Jason Allbrid. “Well, I don’t crash my car every day, but I still have insurance. I like the insurance that UPD has offered.” Various UPD officers also expressed concern about navigating the bureaucratic difficulties caused by lots of small, separate police jurisdictions, such as the proposed Riverton Police Department. While police departments for one city are generally able and willing to aid other cities, it apparently causes a bit of a headache in terms of communication and paperwork. “You guys are tying our hands at the borders,” Howards said. “The red tape is killing us. What happens in Taylorsville is

directly affecting the citizens in Riverton, whether you like it or not. The drug dealers in Millcreek are selling dope to our kids in Riverton. The car thief in Magna is stealing cars in Riverton. So, you’ve got to look beyond your borders.” “I’m a little confused why Utah and Salt Lake County continues to make these small kingdoms,” said Shakdo. “If you talked to any officers, they would be totally up for a metro, better communication. And that is what UPD brings: better communication, better organization.” That said, Riverton has long complained about the UPD administrative board’s opaqueness and unwillingness to answer questions, as well as its mysterious ways of allocating tax dollars and voting power. The real impetus to leave came the evening of July 18, when city officials finally received information about an important modification to UPD’s asset allocation formula that would be made at a UPD Board of Directors meeting the very next day. This decision would reduce Riverton’s assets in the organization to a “near zero amount,” according to Staggs, and yet Riverton officials weren’t warned until it was too late to do anything about it but threaten to leave. “We are actively negotiating with UPD administration,” said Staggs. “We have some items that we would like to have covered. However, if the concerns cannot be addressed or resolved in a satisfactory way, the city is prepared… to leave.” “I think that what you are doing as public servants is important,” said Rivera. “You have to look at the tax dollars and where they’re going. But you also have to look at public safety. That is the number one thing. As a resident of Riverton, I want you to know that we are willing to sit down at the table with you and work something out.” l

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Meet your new principal By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


odd Quarnberg, newly appointed principal at Herriman High School, loves being a principal. And he’s good at it. He received a 2018 Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education this spring. Quarnberg said he’s grateful for receiving recognition for doing what he loves. “If I won the Huntsman because I go to events and I love the kids, that’s great,” he said. “It’s not a sacrifice for me. It’s not something I have to do above and beyond the norm. It’s why I’m in the business.” As an administrator for the last 23 years, Quarnberg said a principal’s job changes every year as they balance responsibilities ranging from testing scores and graduation rates to addressing students’ social and emotional health. The community is holding its breath to see a new principal will make a difference in a school struggling with social and emotional issues. Students and staff at Copper Hills loved working with Quarnberg and tout that he is an award-winning administrator. But he admits he can’t solve all the problems at the school. “I am not the solution to the problem,” he said. “I’m not the solution, but I do love kids. And if that’s the one thing I could accomplish is to let every kid know that we’re a team, that we love each other, I will have done something great.” Quarnberg’s main focus this year will be

creating a caring and united culture at HHS. He promises to bring his heart, soul and love to the task. “No one loves their kids and community more than me,” he said. “Maybe just as much but not more.” Quarnberg is a visible principal. He supports school programs and enjoys talking with kids and parents. “I’m not afraid to talk to parents,” he said. “I expect parents to talk to me, and not just in my office — when they see me at a ballgame or an extracurricular event or a choir concert. What you’ll see out of me is I will be visible. I will be there and I want to hear from them.” He said what he asks of the students is service and kindness. “And if they learn a little math, science and English along the way? Bonus!” he said. Ann Pessetto is the new principal at Silver Crest Elementary. Pessetto, who has been an educator for 29 years, has great plans in store for Silver Crest Elementary. “I feel the most important thing is to make sure that it’s a safe and happy learning environment for kids,” she said. Pessetto will continue the programs already in place at the school such as Principal’s Pride and Noble Knight, which recognize students for their efforts. She also plans to introduce addi-

tional programs that encourage positive behaviors and promote anti-bullying messages. Students will be instructed in social, emotional, learning and mindfulness techniques this year. Pessetto believes these programs will help students be well rounded and healthy. Pessetto will continue to promote the school motto: Listen, Learn, Lead. She is looking forward to getting to know the students and parents. “I encourage them to come introduce themselves to me,” she said. She believes in keeping lines of communication open. Amanda Edwards is the new principal at Bastian Elementary. Edwards loves the outdoors and enjoys camping, boating and paddle-boarding as well as reading. She is excited to meet the teachers, students and families of Bastian Elementary. This will be her sixth year as an administrator where she feels she is able to make a difference in the lives of students and teachers. “It’s fun being part of the problem-solving process and meeting students’ needs,” she said. “I will be looking for how we can best structure our day and our classrooms and our school to help students be successful.” Edwards enjoys the challenge of working to meet the diverse needs of families. “Everyone comes with a different skill set and different challenges,” she said. “I try to find

the best solutions that meet everyone’s needs.” Across Jordan District this year, schools will be focusing on social and emotional learning. Working with her teachers, Edwards will be developing strategies to recognize and support students who need help learning these skills. Bastian will also continue their character education program with an emphasis on kindness. l

Principal Todd Quarnberg is recognized as an outstanding principal with the Huntsman Award for Escellence. (Jordan School District)

(Photo courtesy Ann Pessetto)

(Photo courtesy Amanda Edwards)

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Food is a ‘principal’ concern By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


hen two boys were sent to her office for acting out with aggressive behavior, Principal Cherie Wilson asked them if they’d had breakfast. They hadn’t. “That’s the first thing I usually ask kids if they’re acting out or can’t concentrate — ‘Did you have breakfast?’ or ‘Can I get you a snack?’” said Wilson, who is principal at Foothills Elementary. “Even just a little fruit snack can make a difference in the fact that they can pay attention.” Meeting this basic need is a top priority for principals. All 57 schools in Jordan District have a Principal’s Pantry to provide students and their families with food. Because they value this resource, 185 administrators, Jordan District employees and members of the Utah State Board of Education met this summer to assemble 1,800 weekend food packets and 1,800 school-day snack packs. While principals traditionally focus on testing scores, discipline and graduation rates, meeting students’ basic needs is a top priority. “I know if their basic needs are not met, then none of the other stuff matters and it’s not going to happen,” said Jen Ludlow, principal at West Jordan Elementary. “I have to make sure they are fed, that they are getting enough rest. My scores aren’t going to improve with tired and hungry children. I think that’s really key.” The pantry’s resources are available to any student — no proof or paperwork is required.

“We always have food available for kids who are hungry — if they need a snack or if they just need a little something,” said Ludlow. Jim Groethe, assistant principal at Copper Hills High School, said to be able to focus on learning, students need to feel loved and to have their basic needs met. “If we can do that, then we can begin to expand into deep learning,” said Groethe. “Without it, it’s just kids sitting there wondering about their next meal.” Groethe knows from personal experience. “I grew up in a one-bedroom house, son of a custodian, so I know what it is to struggle and wonder where my next meal is coming from,” he said. As a young teacher, he utilized the free summer lunches for his own children and felt guilty that they ate a lot of ramen noodles at home. But he knows there are kids who would be grateful to even have noodles in their house to eat. And that’s what they’ll have. The assembled packets included noodle cups, macaroni and cheese, fruit cups, granola bars, crackers and cheese, applesauce, oatmeal and chocolate milk. A note from the Jordan Education Fund was included in the packets. “We hope to let recipients know that our entire education community cares and is providing solutions,” said Steven Hall, executive director of the JEF.

Principals have found that snacks can diffuse behavior issues. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

Brian Larson, assistant principal at Copper Mountain Middle School, said the packets of food are a great resource for administrators and teachers to be able to support their students. “It allows us to immediately impact their afternoon, their school day and their weekend for the better,” said Larson. Ludlow said she is grateful the district chose this as their annual service project as part of their summer professional development conference. “The district is really generous,” she said. “Not only do they give us the food, but they give us the people to help manage it so I’m not putting these together myself every weekend.” She said her assistant spends a lot of time

each week preparing backpacks of food to send home with students for the weekend. It took the volunteers just one hour to assemble and fill 504 boxes to stock the pantries of 36 elementary schools. The $10,000 Jordan Education Fund spent on the packets was mainly from donations from charity drives and fundraisers (such as the Super Bowl of Caring) held last year at elementary, middle and high schools, said Hall. “Mainly it’s kid to kid,” he said. “Our kids are helping other kids—they don’t care what school they go to.” JEF raises $50,000 each year to stock all the Principal’s Pantries. l

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The Future of Law Enforcement in Riverton

I represent Riverton City on the Unified Police Department (UPD) Board. The July board agenda showed an action item to change the share of assets for a withdrawing member. Repeated attempts to get the details of the change went unanswered until the night before the meeting; whereupon it was revealed that the change would severely impact Riverton if it ever chose to withdraw. Ultimately, the change would prevent us from getting back all of the assets to which we were entitled under the original agreement that we entered into back in 2009 and that we have contributed to the organization over the years; totaling millions of dollars. This proposed change came in the midst of ongoing negations with UPD about serious concerns that had not been resolved. I personally felt this move was underhanded and was meant to make it financially painful for a city to ever leave the organization. An emergency city council meeting was therefore called right before the UPD Board meeting, to take action that elected officials felt was in the best interest of the city and its taxpayers. The council held a vote, which passed unanimously, and we proceeded to submit our intent to withdraw from UPD prior to the UPD Board meeting to preserve our assets and our negotiating power. I understand these actions were rushed and did not leave time for public input, but given the urgency of the situation, immediate action

was needed.

I appreciated the input from those who attended our town hall meeting on the topic on August 14 and those who have otherwise reached out to me or a council member. Here is a summary of the concerns we have: • Governance: With the current composition of the board, our city has less of a voice and representation than we should, with cities comprising almost 75% of the service area population representing just 46% of the vote. • County Centric Emphasis: The board has not enforced the interlocal agreement in instances where the county should be funding certain services. Not all contracts for services go through a competitive process and we often pay more than we should. • Pooled Services: The formula to calculate pooled services is not representative with one’s actual use. Our fee for this area has doubled in the last eight years, accounting for nearly 1/3 of our total bill to UPD. We are no doubt subsidizing costs for other communities. • Officer Allocations: A clear policy is not outlined on how officers are allocated to each community. As our population and costs have grown, the number of officers in our precinct has remained the same. • Financial Accounting: The difference between budgeted amounts

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for direct precinct personnel and operations costs and the actual costs do not come back to us as a credit. UPD takes that unexpended Riverton taxpayer money and spends it elsewhere. • Coverage: With Herriman’s departure in September, there are serious concerns about the level of officer coverage along our western border. • Share of Assets: The proposed change to the withdrawal formula will have a detrimental effect on Riverton taxpayer assets. Changing from the current agreement, without the consent of Riverton and other communities, is underhanded and dishonest. I want you to know that Riverton is generally pleased with the UPD officers that serve in Riverton, however staffing levels for a city our size are concerning. With the amount of money we pay currently, and given

our share of existing assets, our own analysis shows we could have at least 10 more officers in our precinct with minimal startup costs; all without diminished service. Elected officials have a duty to protect the taxpayer and ensure we are getting the best service for the best price. We are attempting to work through our differences with UPD right now. If we are unable to resolve our concerns in the coming weeks, then we will move forward in standing up our own police department; something the vast majority of cities in the county and state do for their citizens. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need more information. Sincerely, Mayor Trent Staggs

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Riverton City Eliminates Business Licensing Fees; Mayor Declares City Open for Business MAYOR Trent Staggs tstaggs@rivertoncity.com (801) 208-3129

CITY COUNCIL Sheldon Stewart - District 1 sstewart@rivertoncity.com (801) 953-5672 Tricia Tingey - District 2 ttingey@rivertoncity.com (801) 809-1227 Tawnee McCay - District 3 tmccay@rivertoncity.com (801) 634-7692 Tish Buroker - District 4 tburoker@rivertoncity.com (801) 673-6103 Brent Johnson - District 5 bjohnson@rivertoncity.com (385) 434-9253

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works. It also does not include the elimination of the commercial building inspection fee required for new applicants or conditional use permit fees.

Businesses will no longer be charged licensing fees to conduct business in Riverton, following the Riverton City Council’s final approval of the city’s 2018-2019 fiscal year budget and fee schedule in their June 19 meeting. Mayor Trent Staggs first proposed eliminating the city’s commercial business licensing fees in the budget he presented to the city council on May 1. The move, the first of its kind in Salt Lake County, essentially makes it free to do business in the city. “We understand the value our local businesses provide to our city and our residents,” said Staggs. “By elim-

inating the business licensing fee, we want to send a clear message that Riverton is open for business.” Businesses will need to continue to be licensed by the city, but there will not be a cost associated with it. The proposal does not include businesses that serve or sell alcohol or sell fire-

“We’re excited to move in this direction,” said Councilman Sheldon Stewart. “By eliminating licensing fees for businesses, we are eliminating a barrier for them to conduct business in our city. For anyone considering opening a new business here in Salt Lake County, I’d encourage them to consider Riverton.” The change took effect on July 1, 2018, for both new business licenses and renewals.

Unmetered, Not Unlimited: Residents Encouraged to Cut Secondary Water Use By 25% Due to increasing drought conditions and excessive water use, Riverton City asked residents in July to cut secondary water use by 25%. This was a result of excessive secondary water use in the city; collectively consuming 30-34 million gallons of secondary water per day. Residents are encouraged to continue to voluntarily comply with that conservation request. Riverton is unique in that every residential address has secondary water access available for a flat monthly rate based on lot size; a cost-saving service that most cities cannot or do not provide. Secondary water is not metered in the city, which is the likely cause of excessive consumption. The system has been operating above recommended capacity, causing some variation in pressure in certain areas of the city. The system is designed and capable of accommodating all recommended water

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needs from Riverton’s growing population but was not designed to accommodate excessive use from individual users. As the autumn season begins and temperatures begin to drop, outdoor plants will not need as much water as they have needed over the summer. Watering time and amount can be cut back. The Utah Division of Water Resources offers a watering guide that is customized by location and time of year to show how much water lawn will need. The guide can be accessed at conservewater.utah. gov. “People generally don’t know how much water they are actually using to keep their lawns green, said Scott

Hill, Riverton City’s water director. “It’s more than you might think and we need everyone to cut back in Riverton. Just because secondary water is unmetered doesn’t mean that there is an unlimited supply.” Riverton City has taken measures to cut back watering on the 473 acres of city parks and other green space and has been watering city parks, on average, about 25% less than the state-recommended amount.

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Live in Real Life: There IS LIFE Offline Community to Come Together on September 17 at 6 p.m. at Riverton High School to Talk About Excessive Social Media Use and its Effect on Children’s Happiness The Riverton community will come together on Monday, Sept. 17, for a special workshop for parents to become educated about excessive social media use and its effect on their children’s happiness, safety and personal well-being. The workshop, titled “Live in Real Life: There IS LIFE Offline,” will feature keynote speaker Collin Kartchner, along with a panel discussion consisting of licensed clinicians, young adult teen specialists, and other professionals. There will also be informational booths for parents to visit both before and after the event featuring many community organizations and resources that offer services related to children’s health and well-being. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at Riverton High

School, 12476 S Silverwolf Way. “A group of school and city leaders met over the summer to discuss school safety and trends in schools,” said Mayor Trent Staggs. “Issues such as mental health and suicide prevention dominated that discussion. It was evident that the community needed to come together and have an open and honest discussion. Experts note that social media use is a large contributor to the current mental health trends in children, so this event is most fitting.” The event is meant for adults only, as the discussion will be open and honest and may not be fitting for children. Adults with children or

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Upcoming Riverton Events September

September 3 – Labor Day – City Offices Closed September 4 – City Council Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall September 5 – Archuleta Vocal Academy Begins – 3:30 p.m. – Community Center September 5 – Hunter Education Community Class Begins – 6 p.m. – Community Center September 6 – September Tennis Lessons Begin September 6 – City Hall Offices Close Early – Noon September 6 – Healthy Riverton Committee Meeting – 4:30 p.m. – City Hall September 10 – Flag Football Begins – 5 p.m. September 10 – Get Into the River Festival Concert – 6:30 p.m. – Roi O. Hardy Park September 10 – Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 p.m. – Community Center September 13 – Planning Commission Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall September 14 – Fall Classic Pickleball Tournament – Riverton City Park September 15 – Fall Class Pickleball Tournament – Riverton City Park September 15 – What’s Up in Riverton Fair – 9 a.m. – Riverton City Park September 15 – Utah VW Classic Car Show – 9 a.m. – Riverton City Park September 17 – Live in Real Life: There IS LIFE Offline – 6-8 p.m. – Riverton High School September 17 – Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 p.m. – Community Center September 18 – ASAP Karate Fall Season Begins – 6 p.m. – Community Center September 18 – City Council Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall September 20 – Healthy Riverton QPR Training – 7 p.m. – Fire Station 124 September 24 – Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 p.m. – Community Center September 24 – Fall Into Family Fitness – 7 p.m. – Riverton City Park September 27 – Planning Commission Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall September 30 – Holiday Heroes General Registration Deadline

October October 1 – Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 p.m. – Community Center October 1 – Holiday Heroes Late Registration Begins October 2 – City Council Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall October 4 – Healthy Riverton Committee Meeting – 4:30 p.m. – City Hall October 5 – The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition – Community Center October 6 – The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition – Community Center October 8 – Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 p.m. – Community Center October 8 – The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition – Community Center October 9 – The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition – Community Center October 11 – Planning Commission Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall October 11 – The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition – Community Center October 12 – The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition – Community Center October 13 – The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition – Community Center October 15 – Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 p.m. – Community Center October 15 – The Wizard of Oz: Young Performers Edition – Community Center October 16 – City Council Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall October 18 – Healthy Riverton QPR Training – 7 p.m. – Fire Station 124 October 20 – Love and Logic Class Begins – 10 a.m. – Community Center October 22 – Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 p.m. – Community Center October 25 – Planning Commission Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall October 29 – Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30 p.m. – City Hall October 29 – Halloween Bash & Scare Rodeo – 6:30 p.m. – Riverton City Park October 30 – Halloween Bash & Scare Rodeo – 6:30 p.m. – Riverton City Park October 31 – Halloween

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ave a big toy you need to haul? Larry H. Miller Toyota in Draper has exactly what you need. And, if you don’t want to get towed around yourself, or to “deal with those car salesmen,” Brent “Bunk” Bunkall is your man. Bunk has been selling cars since 1983 and knows his way around a set of wheels. He has sold from several dealerships over the years and has been head of fleet and sales. Through those moves however, he has customers who continue to come directly to him to find the right vehicle. Now, he is simply working with the public. He works mostly by appointment, whatever his friends, family, neighbors and those repeat customers need. “I’m here to take care of the family, personal and business needs with used and new cars and trucks. I’m a family guy,” Bunk said. He’s been married for 38 years. He has six

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Herriman ready to go as football season begins By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


n Aug. 3, the Herriman Ute Conference youth teams scrimmaged on the high school field before the Mustang drill team and cheerleaders performed in preparation for its varsity football team’s showcase practice. The lights stood ablaze as the team took the field just before midnight. “We have had a really good summer. We will be ready to go,” Mustangs head coach Dustin Pearce said. “Our offseason program has really helped us get to where we are. It was huge for us to be involved with the community and help our athletes get ready to go.” Pearce has tried to emphasize to his players they are a family and the community is firmly behind them. “We have each other’s back and supported each other,” Pearce said. “The team has bonded together. This is a tight-knit group. This season we have a small senior class. The future is bright here. It is evident with the number of youth teams that support us.” The 2017 Mustang team finished its regular season with a 6-5 record. They lost their first four games on the schedule, which included one to the eventual state champion. After turning things around, they advanced to the state tournament semifinals. During the regular season, their defense allowed only 20.3 points per game. Pearce said stopping opponents will be a key to their season.

“Nothing really changes with us,” he said. “We will be a really good defensive team, and we have a tough front line. I think our quarterbacks will throw it a little more. We will see what happens” Changes to the Mustang coaching staff and its quarterback stable are not what Pearce is concerned about. Last season’s offensive coach Jody Morgan accepted the head coach position at cross-town rival Riverton, and heavily recruited quarterback Blake Freeland is going to play more at the wide receiver position. “Coach Freeland will call the plays, and I do not think it will make much difference to our style,” Pearce said. “We have a couple of good quarterbacks; Freeland is the most polished, but we will get the best players on the field.” The Mustangs defensive line will need to control the line of scrimmage against some very tough opponents. The play of Carter Pearce, Mana Kula, Austin Pursley and Ngana Leakehe on that defense could be important in the team’s success. Leakehe averaged nearly six tackles per game last season and had three sacks. “The defensive front seven is the best part of the team,” Pearce said. “I think this is one of the best we have ever had.” Considering the Mustangs have former players like current BYU lineman Harris LeChance and Utah’s Leki Fotu, Pearce’s state-

The line of players warming up for the Mustangs is evidence of the strength of the football program at Herriman High. (Greg James/City Journals)

ment means a great deal. Offensively, the Mustangs averaged 213.8 yards per game; 62 percent of that yardage came on the ground. The quarterback position battle will come down to Jaxson James and Tyler Murray. Pearce is beginning his sixth season as the Mustangs’ head coach. They have qualified for the state tournament in all but one season and won a state championship in 2015.

They opened their season at Lone Peak (Aug. 17) and host Syracuse (Aug. 24), both after press deadline. They are scheduled to travel to Bingham Aug. 31. “We will be tested with a tough schedule, like usual,” Pearce said. “I think high school football in this state is kind of unsung. The quality of players and coaches in this area has escalated.” l

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Morgan takes the helm of Riverton football By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he head coaching position at Riverton High School has again changed hands, and its new man in charge is trying to build a foundation for years to come. Jody Morgan comes to Riverton from Herriman High School where he was the offensive coordinator. He is also the son of longtime local high school coach Mike Morgan (currently at Granger). “This is a great community,” Morgan said. “We have been telling these kids we want them to stay Silverwolves from seven to 17. We are in a unique situation in high school football with open enrollment. Our goal is to keep Riverton kids in Riverton. We want to show this community we will produce great young men.” According to scholarshipstats.com less than 2 percent of high school athletes go on to play NCAA division one athletics so Morgan understands his role is more than to produce great athletes. “It is a big deal to these little kids,” he said. “I want them to know that I want to coach them. It is my goal to help all the kids know that they are wanted. I want the opportunity to coach every kid in this community.” The Silverwolves offense will see some change this season. Morgan has introduced a hybrid power spread system to the team. It’s a

slightly different system than he ran at Herriman. “We run a fullback about 40 percent of the time,” he said. “It is a mix with mostly spread concepts. We do not have the big kids, so we will spread the defense out and use our speed.” Junior Cannon Coggins returns this season as the frontrunner for the quarterback position. Last season he threw for 1,924 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has competition for the starting nod this preseason. Dane McDonald and Makai Johnson have played very well this summer. “All of them have had their own route to get here,” Morgan said. “Cannon is the most polished; Dane has not played in a few years but has raw talent. He can run. Makai is a born leader.” Center Aiden Gordon will anchor a speedy and smaller offensive line for the Silverwolves. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound center is a returning starter. “Aiden is really smart and really talented,” Morgan said. “He is going to need to be patient because he is the leader on the field.” Defensively, the Silverwolves moved their best athlete to free safety. Trystan Hymas caught four touchdowns last season at wide receiver. This year, he will play more on defense to shut down its explosive opponents.


esert Star’s latest parody takes on several current classics for a pop-culture mash up you’ll have to see to believe! Once upon a time, a beautiful theater named the Desert Star put on a hilarious show that delighted the whole family! This zany parody of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ opens August 23rd and it’s a hilarious musical melodrama you don’t want to miss! This new show, written by Ben Millet, with an update and adaptation by Scott Holman and Ben Mayfield, and directed by Scott Holman, follows the story of Beauty, who runs away from home to avoid marrying the evil Duke. She finds herself in a strange castle, hosted by a Tim Burton-esque butler and a mysterious Beast. But when Beauty is caught stealing, the Beast holds her captive and introduces her to his wacky collection of Fantastic Beasts, which are stored in his very fashionable fanny pack. Will the Beast be able to win over Beauty and gain her hand in marriage? Will Beauty’s less striking sister, Average, be forced to marry the evil Duke in her place? Only the tale as old as time will tell. Intrigue, romance, and adventure are all on the docket for this delightful send up

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Junior Cannon Coggins threw for 13 touchdowns last season. (dsandersonpics.com)

“I need to be a vocal leader,” Hymas said. “I will do what is best for the team. I have not really had any offers yet, but I know that when people see me play there will be opportunities.” Morgan wants to give his defense the best opportunity to succeed. “I feel like he (Hymas) can cover more ground than anyone on our team,” Morgan said. “I also feel that if he wants to have an opportunity at the next level of football it is going to be on defense.”

Riverton will face a tough challenge in Region 3 again this season. “This is a good region,” Morgan said. “All the teams are very good. Our goal is to play everyone the Riverton way. We will not be intimidated. These kids do community events all the time, and I am happy to be their coach.” The Silverwolves opened the season Aug. 17 against Skyridge (after press deadline). Their next home game is Friday, Sept. 7 against Pleasant Grove. l

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any people in Utah know of NOAH’S Event Venue as the premier location for weddings, business meetings and events. With two state-of-the-art venues in South Jordan and Lindon, NOAH’S is often the first location that comes to mind when someone thinks of events in Utah. But what many locals don’t know is that over the past decade, NOAH’S has expanded nationwide and is now the largest event venue corporation in the country. NOAH’S was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in South Jordan. Every year more than 4,000 events are held at NOAH’S across the country. “The buildings are gorgeous, and we are known for having the best customer service in the industry, but I think what really draws people in is our flexibility,” said NOAH’S Design Director, Bella McCorvey. One of the most unique things about NOAH’S is their open-vendor policy. Customers have the flexibility to bring in the vendors of their choice (including their caterer) to fit their budget and their tastes. Customers can rent each room individually or the entire building for the block of time

that they would like. NOAH’S provides event essentials for no extra charge including tables, chairs, tablecloths, audiovisual, setup and cleanup. NOAH’S also provides countless ways to customize each space. The most notable involves NOAH’S unique movable ceiling. This revolutionary technology can only be found at NOAH’S and it allows decorations to be suspended above the Main Hall without the need for a ladder. With various ceiling décor packages available, the space can be completely transformed. “I’ve worked at NOAH’S for 12 years, and I’ve never seen two events that look the same,” said Nick Redd, the vice president of marketing at NOAH’S. “We have so many different layouts and ways that each customer can customize the space with lighting, tablecloths and ceiling décor. When someone comes in with a vision, we love making it come to life.” Unlike most venues that have hidden fees and closely guard their pricing, NOAH’S has a very straightforward pricing structure. All prices can be found online at www.NoahsEventVenue.com. There are currently 39 NOAH’S venues

operating nationwide and an additional four venues are under construction. The company’s largest venue is the 32,000-square-foot building in South Jordan (322 W. 11000 South). NOAH’S of South Jordan features 11 rentable event spaces including an ice skating rink, a racquetball court, the Main Hall, conference rooms, a theater room and four board rooms. NOAH’S of Utah County in Lindon (1976 W. 700 North) features a streamlined one-story layout and a new high-end design.

While NOAH’S has rapidly grown into a household name nationwide, the industry leader is proud of its Utah roots. “When you host an event at NOAH’S, you’ll get the kind of attention and genuine service that you would get from a small, family-owned business,” said Redd. “But at the same time you will benefit from the expertise and experience of working with the best in the business.” l

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ccidents are inevitable. Or are they? We’ve all met someone who says (more like “claims”) they have never experienced a car accident before. While we might doubt the veracity of such a statement, there are countless ways to avoid those nauseatingly time consuming situations — the ones where you wait for law enforcement on the side of the road (or middle of the intersection), deal with insurance companies and figure out finances for fixing the fender. There are countless ways to avoid an accident, here are the top five. 1. Attitude You probably weren’t expecting this one first. As a driver, you control over 3,000 pounds (or more) of metal that can cause incalculable damage. Driving with maturity and the right mindset makes a world of difference. Speeding to beat another car to the exit or to get back at the person who cut you off a minute ago may give you a moment of satisfaction, but is it worth the risk and ramifications? If all drivers commit to having a responsible attitude, imagine how much less we’d find ourselves in bumper to bumper traffic waiting to pass the accident. 2. Speed From 2012-2016, 40 percent of motor vehicle traffic crash deaths in Utah were because

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of speeding, according to Utah Department of didn’t let someone else go first. Public Safety’s crash data. This also applies when driving in poor Slowing down isn’t going to kill you, but weather conditions. Heavy rainfall and snowflying past others just might. storms blot windshields and make roads slick, 3. Distraction adverse circumstances to traveling safely. BaStay focused. Keep your guard up. Though sics become even more vital like keeping your you may be a phenomenal driver, others aren’t. distance from the vehicle in front of you. Be aware of your surroundings by paying 5. Maintenance attention to what’s in front of you and checkThe best way to avoid car malfunction is ing your mirrors. Knowing where everyone else the maintenance of said car. is helps avoid collisions. If you’re distracted Ensure tires and brakes are operating withby your phone, music, or billboards with cows out issue. Keep fluids to their proper levels. writing on them, it limits your response time to Oil changes and car washes make a difference. what another driver may being doing in front of These simple, but effective maintenance tips enyou. sure your car remains a well-oiled machine (pun 4. Defense intended). l This was one of the first concepts taught in driver education and one of the first we forget: drive defensively. Failing to yield caused 12 percent of deaths from 20122016 in the same data mentioned before. That comes to 154 people who died because they Here are some ways to avoid a car accident, like this one. (Photo by David Shankbone)

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Community members were encouraged to bring donations to school buses parked in the Shops at South Town as part of a supply drive for students. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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ordan Education Foundation Executive Director Steven Hall calls this year’s Tools for Schools an “absolutely wonderful way to provide for students who are really, really in need.” This year, school supplies, clothing, food and hygiene items were donated by the community in early August during the second annual Tools for Schools drive for students, which benefitted students in eight school districts statewide. Other area districts include Granite, Canyons, Salt Lake and Murray. During the three-day drive, Z104 KSOP radio personalities Dave and Deb lived on school buses at the Shops at South Town to broadcast the need. Salt Lake Board of Realtors, district volunteers and others accepted and organized donations. “It was a combined effort of everyone,” Hall said. “All the districts said what their greatest needs were, and we split up the donations accordingly. Everything we received goes to a needy kid some place. We stressed to the listening audience if they each could help to make a difference for one student, together we could make a huge impact for these children.” Hall said that Jordan District serves 55,000 students per year, with the growth increasing about 1,500 to 2,000 students per year. It currently is the state’s fourth-largest district. “There always are students in need, with some districts being more intense,” he said. “But if we can help one child, then it’s one we’re making a difference for. Some of these children we don’t know what is going on in

their lives, if they’re sleeping in a car…or what, but we want to give them what they need to be successful in school” Last year, Jordan Education Foundation provided “hundreds and hundreds” of backpacks for students, so the need is ongoing to secure donations. “Each donation makes a difference, an impact on a student, and we’re most grateful for that,” he said. The idea to hold a collaborative drive came from Jackie McKay, on-air promotions director for Z104. “It’s a way we can help our community, as there is so many kids in need,” she said. “We’ve had people dropping off notebooks, backpacks, cash donations, food and other items we listed on a website. With some of the cash donations, we’ve gone out to buy more needed items like socks and underwear and flash drives so students can save their work if they don’t have computers at home. We have a great group of listeners who love to support the community and are helping to stuff backpacks full for all the students in need.” Aside from Tools for Schools, Hall said that Jordan students are expected to benefit from South Jordan Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of South Jordan as school food pantries will receive a portion of the proceeds. In addition, donations can be made online at JordanEducationFoundation.org. “We’re always looking for ways to help the kids and are appreciative for those who contribute,” he said. l

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Officials look for solutions to housing shortage By Lana Medina | l.medina@mycityjournals.com


ousing costs are rising throughout the Salt Lake Valley, and both renters and buyers are struggling to manage. But it’s low-income families that are getting hit the worst. In a recent study by the University of Utah Gardner Institute, Utah’s housing unaffordability crisis was found to be reaching alarming levels as a rising population comes up against a shortage of new apartments and homes for sale. While high-income and middle-class families are paying more for housing, low-income families are turning to subsidized programs, only to find a years-long waiting list. “I think that happens often, the people who need the housing, they don’t get it. I think it’s frustrating for all involved,” said Janice Kimball, executive director of the Housing Authority of the County of Salt Lake. Kimball explained the Housing Authority manages a program called Section 8, which helps place low-income families with subsidized rent. There are 1,200 units of affordable housing, but the waiting list to get one of those apartments or homes is six to seven years. There’s another public housing program that has another additional 600 units with a shorter waiting list — only two to four years, Kimball said. “Think about the average family who calls us with an emergency who gets told that,” Kimball said. “We’re a great long-term solution but we don’t have any short-term solutions.” In Salt Lake City, the Housing and Neighborhood Development office is spearheading a five-year plan called Grow SLC, which is dedicated to addressing the problem with affordable housing, specifically for low-income families. “In Salt Lake City, we have a gap of about 7,500 units for those making about $20,000 a year — that’s anyone working a minimum wage job,” explained Melissa Jensen, director of Housing and Neighborhood Development in Salt Lake. “In Salt Lake City, you have to make $20 an hour to afford a $950 apartment. That’s $20 an hour just to find an apartment in the city.” Jensen said half the people in the city are paying more than 30 percent of their income toward housing, and one-quarter are paying more than 50 percent. But the city has a plan. Within the next one to two years, the city plans to have three permit-supportive housing buildings — that’s 262 units — available for low-income housing applications, specifically designed to help people struggling with substance abuse disorders or mental health issues. Jensen said over the next two years, they

also plan to have an additional 1,000 units that are affordable at different rates. For example, some would be available for low-income families and others available at market rate. But while that helps Salt Lake City, the rest of the state is facing the same affordable housing crisis. In the last legislative session, Utah lawmakers developed a housing commission to discuss the current housing shortage and rising costs to find a solution. But Jonathan Hardy, division director for housing and community development for state of Utah, says the problem is vast. One of the solutions on the table is transit-oriented development. “If we can produce more housing within half a mile of a transit stop, we can reduce affordability,” Hardy explained. “Some households might not have to have a second vehicle. They might pay more in housing if they don’t have to pay as much for transportation.” But Hardy admits while it may cut down on some housing costs, it won’t solve the problem for many families. Hardy says the easiest way to solve the low-income housing crisis is subsidized housing, but it’s an expensive solution. For low-income families at a 30 percent area income, it costs $175,000 per housing unit, Hardy explained. “That’s the reality. (For each) new apartment creation is $200,000 per unit. That’s what we’re seeing along the Wasatch Front,” Hardy said, explaining that low-income families would pay the remainder in rental costs every year. Kimball said the families who need those low-income housing units don’t need them forever. “Thirty-eight percent of the people on public housing stay less than two years. Another 25 percent stay less than five years,” Kimball explained. But with housing costs rising, it’s unclear if those numbers will rise as well. Jensen says affordable housing is important for everyone, because even families who are making higher than minimum wage can struggle with unemployment or other emergencies that force them to seek low-income housing. “Affordable housing is really everyone at some point in their life, whether they’ve lost a job, whether they’ve just graduated and living in their parent’s basement, or whether they’re elderly,” Jensen explained. “People jump to a conclusion. But it’s for everyone.” l

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Amateur motocross riders compete at nationals By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Riverton’s Cierra Candelaria competed at the Amateur National Motocross Championship in Tennessee finishing 19th overall. (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Candelaria)


he Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship included three riders from Utah. The prestigious national race is held every year at country singer Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. “I love the adrenaline that comes with the sport,” said 14-year-old Tayler Allred. “The results are up to me.” Tayler is a three-time champion. She won the girls junior division (ages 9–13) in 2016, the girls (ages 11–16) in 2017 and the girls division again this year which was held July 30–Aug. 4. Loretta Lynn’s is the largest amateur race in the country. She is not alone. Cierra Candelaria finished 19th overall in the same division, and Tayler’s younger brother, Jace, finished 19th in the 85cc 9–11 division. “It takes a lot to stay fit to race as much as I do,” Candelaria said. “When I race, it is challenging. My parents tried to get me to do dance, but I always just wanted to be on my motorcycle.” Candelaria has raced at nationals for three seasons. “This is like a motocross vacation,” Tiffany Candelaria said. “It is like the Super Bowl of motorbikes. CC (Candelaria) got involved when she was 3 or 4. She would always sit on the bikes. She races almost every other weekend. I have no idea what we spend to keep her racing,” Tayler and Candelaria have been competitors since they were 6 years old. Now, they race as opponents on a national level. “We became friends and hung out at the races,” Tayler said. “She is older than me, but we grew up together at the track.” Both families vacation around where their kids are racing. Tayler and Candelaria can race in the girls class until they are 16. “It is the best feeling in the world just to

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know that I am one of the fastest riders in the nation,” Tayler said. “The title of a national champion is incredible.” The three racers compete on motocross tracks all across the United States. The typical racing surface has jumps, bumps and ruts. The grueling 20-minute races require the riders to be physically fit. “I train every day at the gym and ride two to three times a week,” Tayler said. “I train a lot in Preston, Idaho, at Cache Valley MX. I do cardio and some weight lifting to stay in shape for my racing.” Jace recently turned 12 and is a student at South Hills Middle School in Riverton. His older sister Tayler is in ninth grade at the same school. They began racing when they were 4 years old. “I am so amazed by my kids,” Sabrina Allred said. “There is nothing better than seeing my kids do what they love at such a great level.” Candelaria is 16 years old and is a junior at Riverton High School. “It is the highest of highs and the lowest of lows when we are racing,” Tiffany said. “If things are going well, we love it and spend lots of time together as a family. She also gives up a lot with friends and hanging out time. She is a great student and a pretty busy girl.” For a rider to qualify to race at the ranch, he or she must advance through a two-tier race network—first at area qualifiers and then onto a region qualifier. Some riders travel all summer to try to earn a position at the amateur nationals. The ranch hosts roughly 40,000 family members for the event. It is a week-long activity with many family-based outings. Only qualified riders in each class can race at nationals. The race has been held for 37 years. For five days, the competitors race in several motos scoring for the overall championship. l

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Time travel made possible in middle school classroom By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


ebecca Kirkman’s students travel long distances to study history, though they never leave the classroom. “I can’t personally take the kids back in time to go and discover WWI trenches or have them look at Anasazi ruins because that’s a little out of our budget,” said Kirkman. “But virtual reality is something I can bring directly into the classroom to enrich students of all ages and all groups and give them an experience. A lot of times, that’s what helps them learn—getting that experience.” Through a Digital Teaching and Learning Grant, South Hills Middle School purchased 15 Nearpod goggles and registered for access to the Nearpod experiences library. Kirkman has also scoured YouTube for videos her students can experience on classroom tablets and personal cell phones. “We’ve been able to find some really enriching activities with our students with virtual reality,” said Kirkman. “I try to find creative ways to pull it in to the lessons.” When her students study immigration, they take a virtual tour of Ellis Island. They also tour the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Kirkman knows many students will never travel to these locations in real life. The students can also be immersed in historical experiences. Instead of reading about it, students can virtually explore battle trenches while they wander around the classroom with the goggles over their eyes. Rhylee Tatton, last year’s student, said exploring WWI trenches virtually, she recognized the different kinds of weapons they’d discussed in class. She even noticed photographs of soldiers’ families among their belongings which made it more real to her. “The details really helped it come to life,” said Rhylee. “When you’re learning in a classroom and you’re just reading the articles and looking at the pictures, it’s hard to realize this event actually happened. When you’re looking

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with the virtual reality, it really opens your eyes in knowing exactly what it looked like and you can experience what happens.” Another student, Emma Sanez, said they had learned in class about tanks and their role in the war. In her simulation, she saw how the tanks were made and was able to walk around and explore them from various angles. She said she gained an understanding of the personal experiences of soldiers. “In the moment, you can feel what they felt like,” she said. “I was in the part where they were shooting at me and ganging up on me, and I really felt that fear.” Mari Loeffler flew a fighter plane in her virtual experience last year. When she heard and felt explosions happening

around her and saw smoke outside the cockpit window, she became emotionally involved. “In seventh grade, it was textbooks, and you sat at your desk and read and read, and it was so boring,” she said. She prefers the hands-on activities Kirkman provided in her eighth-grade class. Rhylee said Kirkman often incorporates creative projects and activities into her subject. “She teaches it a different way than I’ve ever had someone teach it to me,” she said. “It’s really a hands-on experience, and that really helps you grow a passion for it.” Emma said Kirkman makes the subject of history exciting. “She brings this energy to the class that you don’t really expect in history, and it makes

it more interesting,” she said. “She gets us moving, she gets us talking, she gets us learning.” Kirkman said her students are comfortable using phones and tablets and love using them with the virtual reality experiences. She said it is engages students in learning, and she believes engaged students learn better. “I can just see their little synapses in their brain making connections,” she said. Since introducing the virtual reality equipment into her classroom, she has seen improvement in test scores. But that’s not her goal in incorporating the virtual experiences. “For me, it’s not about the test scores, it’s about they’ve gained this real-life experience,” said Kirkman. l

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