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August 2016 | Vol. 26 Iss. 08


Mustang Baseball Finishes Season Solid By Greg James gregj@mycityjournals.com


Herriman Hosts World Championship Blacksmiths Competition By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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he difference between winning and losing is not always found in the final score. The Herriman Mustang baseball program has succeeded in finding balance and is striving to take the next step toward its goal of the playoffs and an eventual state championship. “We have had a good year. The kids have been working hard, the younger group is playing really well and so are our older groups,” head coach Jason DeHerrera said. “Summertime is about progressing and getting better from the year before; summer baseball is not about winning trophies.” The spring high school season did not go as the Mustangs had hoped. Their sixth place finish and 7-12 region record was not what they had expected. It was 10 straight losses to state powerhouses like Lehi, American Fork and Lone Peak that marred an incredible start to the season. The Mustangs won five of their first six games, including the championship of the Texas Roadhouse Classic in St George in March. The season seemed destined for greatness. “We were competitive all season,” DeHerrera said. “We had games against AF (American Fork), Pleasant Grove and Lehi that we were ahead and then just lost it. Region 4 is hard because you really need to earn it. This summer we have been working on things we did not do well in the spring. We have focused on our pitching and situational hitting. We have had a good summer.” The varsity prep team finished its summer season with a 10-2 record. The team tied Olympus and Murray for the regular season championship. The team is scheduled to begin its tournament July 19 (after press deadline). The Mustangs have enough players to field five summer teams: a 17 and under, 16u, 15u and two 14u teams. Three of the teams participate in Utah County’s perfect game program. “We had over 70 kids tryout for our teams this year,” DeHerrera said. “We have

had a lot of kids. The growth in Herriman has been incredible. It is hard for me to tell kids they cannot play here, but we cannot keep that many players. I know the future is bright. I have been really impressed with the young players.” DeHerrera said. Pitching has been a key for the Mustangs this summer. Seniors Justin Davis and Cade Eldredge, along with underclassmen Ryan Jeffs and Colton Bailey, have stood out on the mound. DeHerrera said he is impressed with the pitching improvement. Caden Boyd has pitched and settled in at catcher this summer too.

The Herriman baseball team’s logo can be found all around town demonstrating support for the team. – Greg James

“Summer is such an interesting time. We have kids with vacations and kids working, but I am excited to see our progress,” DeHerrera said. The Mustangs last appearance in the state tournament was in 2013. Since their move to 5A, they have never reached the postseason. “One of my big goals is to make the playoffs,” DeHerrera said. “Once we get there anything can happen. I have been in baseball long enough to know that. We just need to finish. It is just like our football team: Once we get over that hump and believe we belong, we will have success.” l

TOP: A contestant works on a horseshoe at a World Championship Blacksmith competition in Herriman. –Joe Oliver BOTTOM: A blacksmith fits a horseshoe onto a horse at a World Championship Blacksmith competition in Herriman that took place from June 16 to 18. –Joe Oliver



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arriers from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Denmark gathered in Herriman during Fort Herriman Days for a three-day World Championship Blacksmiths competition June 16–18. “It was pretty easy to get it all set up because Herriman City Days are based around horse and wagons and that old-town feel,” said Scott Hill, a Riverton resident who helped set up the Herriman competition. “The blacksmith competition just fell right in.” About six World Championship Blacksmiths Competitions happen around the world each year, and 2016 marks the second year that the contest has been held in Utah. Hill and his friend Travis Swenson, a farrier who lives in Riverton, and Swenson’s mother, Rhonda Withers, coordinated with the World Championship Blacksmiths team and Herriman city staff to bring a horseshoeing competition to Utah after one fell through in a nearby state. Craig Trnka, one of the founders of World Championship Blacksmiths, described the Herriman 2015 competition as “one of the most extreme contests,” adding that by midday it was 102 degrees outside, and that was the temperature before contestants got next to fires to forge horseshoes. Two blacksmiths from England almost passed out from heat exhaustion, but the event was successful because of the attitude of the locals and turnout from competitors, Trnka said, which is why his group brought the competition back to Utah this year. Like all blacksmithing competitions, the World Championship Blacksmiths competitions are education based. In the United States there’s no mandatory education for farriers. Besides the 40 to 50 large private schools for horseshoeing, there aren’t many opportunities for blacksmiths to gain hands-on education on a continual basis, Trnka said. “Through competition we make a pipeline of networking for people to go and continue their education,” he said. “Everything farriers do is handson. You don’t really learn that much from reading a book about horseshoeing. You’re only going

A man gears up to hammer a horseshoe at the World Championship Blacksmith competition at Fort Herriman Days. –Joe Oliver

to learn it by monkey see monkey do, and that’s what’s at the heart of this competition.” Trnka’s competitions have eight go-rounds by design so each contestant is a spectator seven times to every one time he or she is a contestant. Each blacksmith can learn techniques as he or she watches the other blacksmiths. Trnka rolled into the W&M Butterfield Park on June 15 in a semi truck carrying all the equipment needed for 10 competition workstations. Contestants began arriving and were set to begin their competition on June 16. The competition consisted of three kinds of events: two man, individual and live shoeing. Two-man and individual competitions are both 60-minute rounds in which contestants must make a horseshoe, but in a two-man event, one farrier makes the horseshoes while the other man assists by working a fire and swinging a sledgehammer. In an individual round, each contestant must man his own sledgehammer and fire. Live hoseshoeing is a 70-minute round where

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a contestant must shoe a horse with a handmade shoe while making a look-alike specimen shoe at the same time. Contestants are given the design for the shoe two months prior to the competition, and the goal is to replicate it as closely as possible. Each contestant started out with a perfect score on June 16, but points were docked for imperfections after each round of judging. Justin Fry, CJF farrier from Minnesota, judged the competition. “When you get judged, it exposes you to other eyes, and it makes you better,” Robert Jukes, contestant from Texas, said. “You see what you are missing, and it helps you to improve your trade.” Jukes, who’s originally from Australia, said he noticed his job as a blacksmith was becoming monotonous soon after he moved to the United States. It wasn’t until he started participating in competitions regularly that he “rekindled the fire” of his craft. Since that time, Jukes has gone on to participate in several elite blacksmithing competition teams, including the World Championship Blacksmith International Team, a four-man team made of the top scorers from World Championship Blacksmiths competitions. Jukes placed third overall at the Herriman competition. “At the end of the day, it’s not really about what you score, though,” Jukes said. “It’s just nice to get around people who are doing the same things as you every day, who are like-minded. We all have a good time, and it’s a good time to hang out and get a break from the daily grind.” At the end of each competition day, blacksmiths gathered around and created art pieces including steel roses, some of which they donated to charity, according to Withers. “They create the most amazing art, yet they don’t believe they are talented,” she said. “People should really come down and see the work they do. It’s incredible.” At the conclusion of the competition on June 18, farriers headed home, but Withers said she’s hopeful they’ll be back for a similar competition in Fort Herriman Days 2017. l

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Herriman Painter Perseveres Despite Challenges By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


laine Wilcox’s Herriman home transformed into an art gallery of her own paintings over the years. Images of diverse terrains deck the hall leading to the front room where Wilcox’s seascape paintings are displayed. Beyond the kitchen, a side room houses a desk filled with paint, brushes paper and other supplies. The kitchen and walls to the TV room are covered by framed depictions of trees, mountains and animals. “I would have to get more walls if I wanted to hang more paintings up,” Wilcox said. Wilcox started painting in the late ’70s, but she quit the hobby while she was raising her children. In 2013, she decided to pick up a paintbrush again and since that time has created more than 100 pieces. Her recent paintings have been somewhat more challenging to create, she said, noting that in 2006 she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive movement disorder that sometimes causes her hands to tremble. “The detail work is the hardest,” she said. “I keep shaking, but I keep working. Painting has helped in a sense because it’s helped me create something and be relatively satisfied with it, so I forget about the disease when I paint.” To keep her skills fresh, Wilcox attends a painting class each week in Sandy. She said it helps her to come up with ideas of what to paint. The instructor is aware of her disease and will

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sometimes help her with her artwork when she can’t get a stroke right because of the tremors in her hands. This year, Wilcox’s A Snowy Day was one of the 13 pieces of art featured within the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar. The same painting was printed on the cover of the Official Journal of the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. A Snowy Day is a landscape painting of a frosted stream surrounded by pines and other trees. Wilcox tries to get her landscapes to look as real as Peter Ellenshaw, a landscape artist who worked for Walt Disney, she said. Along with her own paintings, Wilcox has a framed Ellenshaw piece in her TV room. “He makes everything look so real. Look at how he paints his water and rocks,” she said, motioning to the one of his works mounted on her wall. Wilcox’s favorite paintings she’s created are those where the water looks realistic, she said. One seascape she created shows a wave crashing against a rock on the beach. It’s one of her favorites because she got the lighting and color of the water “just so,” she said. It hangs in her house next to her favorite Ellenshaw piece. Two of Wilcox’s paintings have taken first place in art shows in Arizona and Utah. One is the picture of a coyote. The other is of a sunset over a river. Speaking of these accolades, Wilcox said she doesn’t paint to be recognized but because it is fun and it provides something she can give to her relatives. Wilcox’s five siblings, three children and five grandchildren each own a picture that Wilcox painted. Wilcox’s brother is in possession of A Snowy Day.

Elaine Wilcox’s paintings hang on the walls of her Herriman home. Wilcox continues to paint despite the trembling in her hands that comes as a result of Parkinson’s disease –Tori La Rue.

“Usually, I let my relatives choose what paintings they want of mine,” Wilcox said. Currently, Wilcox is working on a painting of some birch trees for her daughter. Wilcox started the painting but messed up and is in the process of redoing it, she said. She doesn’t mind starting over, because it’s all part of the process, she said. Wilcox isn’t sure what project she will start after the she finishes her daughter’s birch trees, but she’s not short of ideas. Her daughter sends her ideas via email; she’s inspired from pins on Pinterest, and her instructor at her paint class assigns painters to try recreating certain photographs. Whatever it is, Wilcox said she’s sure the next project will be a valuable addition to her portfolio. “I’ll keep on painting,” Wilcox said. “It is full of personal satisfaction and fun.” l

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Town Days 2016: Traditions and New Activities By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


housands of community members gathered along the sides of Redwood Road and 12800 South to watch a two-hour caravan parade around Riverton City during the 2016 Town Days celebration. “For a few weeks in advance, people put their chairs out to save their spots,” Riverton City Spokeswoman Angela Trammell said. “This tradition is at least 100 years old. It’s one of our oldest traditions, and it keeps families coming back.” Marilyn Bilbo’s family has attended Riverton’s parade to celebrate the Fourth of July for the past 23 years. Although Bilbo moved from Riverton to Lehi last year, she returned to the Riverton City Park to watch the 2016 parade. “This parade brings camaraderie and an opportunity to mingle as friends in good and happy company,” she said, mentioning that Riverton’s celebration had a more prominent sense of community than the other cities’ summer festivities. “If I wouldn’t have come to the Town Days, I feel like my holiday would be dull. Nothing else has brought me back since I moved, but this did.” The Bilbo family watched as more than 90 parade entries rolled by, including floats carrying Riverton, South Jordan and Murray’s

beauty pageant winners and a semi-truck with its trailer filled with Riverton High School football players. The school’s marching band followed. Local businesses showcased their services with signs and candies and decorated rides, as government entities showcased more wheels. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams waved to spectators while standing atop a moving bus, while the Unified Police Department dog mascot sat atop an armored, rescue-unit truck. Unified Fire Authority officers drove a red fire truck through the route. “You can feel the excitement being here,” Bilbo said. “They always have the best entries.” While residents knew what to expect at the parade, some residents were surprised the city wasn’t offering a carnival as part of the 2016 Town Days celebration. For the first time, city officials decided to offer a Fun Zone in the Riverton City Park. The city council voted against a carnival when residents voiced their safety concerns in city council meetings. In the past, carnival operators had shut down rides unexpectedly, Trammell said, and parents were concerned that the carnival wasn’t promoting a family-friendly environment. Instead of the Carnival, the council


approved a Fun Zone where independent vendors could offer their services. The Fun Zone included bounce houses, obstacle courses, a zip line, inflatable slides, rock climbing walls and skee-ball games. Resident Kim Farr said she was disappointed with the carnival’s replacement. “My kids are older, so they want rides that can freak them out and spin them around,” she said. “I get trying something new, but I’m not the biggest fan.” Jill Stewart, a Town Days attendee for 15 years, said she was happy to see the switch. “It’s fun for the whole family to come and enjoy,” Stewart said. “It’s really much better than the carnival because it allows kids to have fun, but it doesn’t attract trouble. It doesn’t bring the same bad vibe that the carnival does.” Gina Nichols watched as her daughter Leah, 9, climbed the rock wall in the Fun Zone. She said that Leah would have had fun at a carnival or in the Fun Zone, but she said she’s grateful city leaders changed to a Fun Zone because it gave local vendors a chance to make money. “This is a great park, and these are great activities,” she said. “Riverton Town Days—it’s a good place.” l

Representatives from the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office ride horses through the Riverton City Town Days parade route. –Tori La Rue

The Riverton City Council voted to forgo a carnival at the 2016 Town Days. Instead, a Fun Zone consisting of inflatable slides, rock walls, obstacle courses and other activities filled a section of the Riverton City Park. –Tori La Rue


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Building a Brighter Future Mayor Carmen R. Freeman

The construction of the Towne Center will be an opportunistic moment in our rich community history. It will be a place where we have established ourselves as a viable and distinct presence in the commercial arena.


ince the announcement of a new City Hall and the adjoining five acre Community Park which will constitute our Towne Center, some of our residents have voiced deep concerns as to the timing of such a project as well as the financial obligation the city would incur. To hopefully deter any fear or anxiety our residents may feel from pursuing such a course and to provide a level of comfort and reassurance, let me mention a few clarifying facts regarding this undertaking. First, our neighboring communities are on the move economically. If we are going to be a strong player in the arena of commercial growth, the Towne Center will help us to move forward in this endeavor. Currently, a running store as well as a bike shop have already committed to coming to the Towne Center. Other stores and shops will be quick to follow with the added consumer presence that the City Hall and park will provide. Some of our residents may wonder why commercial growth is so important to our community. Presently, nearly 40% of our general fund income to run the city is derived from new building permits. This source of income is unsustainable and will eventually inhibit the future growth of our city. That is why it is imperative that we pursue the pathway of commercial opportunity and growth which will provide a more stable form of income. I believe the Towne Center with its associated economic development will place us on the pathway to financial strength and sustainability. Second, it is imperative to understand how this project will be financed. The 15 million dollars required to pay for the City Hall will be financed through a Special Assessment Bond. Payments toward the bond will come exclusively from current sales and franchise taxes being collected. The 5 million dollar Community Park will be paid for by current

city revenue and park impact fees. Through this innovative and sensitive approach to financing, residents can be reassured that they will not be asked to personally carry the financial burden of this project. It is important to note, that the bond rate that was recently put in place to cover this project was extremely favorable. Because of this fortuitous blessing, it will limit our debt liability and allow us to retire the bond in a timely manner. Third, we have outgrown our current City Hall. Although this wonderful building has provided great service over the years to our staff and residents, we now find ourselves woefully deficient in office space and other facilities to operate the city. Some have suggested leasing additional office space or building a modular structure as an interim solution. Both of these suggestions would require a significant investment not to mention the added cost of computer and telephone networking. Additionally, the city organizationally would be less efficient and serviceable by trying to operate in separate facilities. Constructing a new City Hall that will meet the needs of an ever growing population and staff certainly makes sense economically and administratively. The construction of the Towne Center will be an opportunistic moment in our rich community history. It will be a place where we have established ourselves as a viable and distinct presence in the commercial arena, it will be a place that clearly and distinctively identifies our community vision and values and it will be a place where we can gather as a community to unify our interests and strengthen our relationships. The Towne Center will be a welcomed addition to our community and will propel us forward in building a brighter future. l

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Riverton City Bans E-Cigarette Use from Public Parks By Briana Kelley | briana@mycityjournals.com


esidents can no longer use electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco in public areas, including public parks. Riverton City Council voted unanimously on June 28 to expand the definition of smoking to include electronic or e-cigarettes, electronic oral devices and the use of other tobacco products such as chewing tobacco. Smoking in city parks was already prohibited.

“I think e-cigarettes are just as bad and just as toxic as cigarettes,” Councilmember Brent Johnson said. “They might sound better, but they’re not. I believe they pose a health hazard for the public. Also, there is a perception that if you allow e-cigarettes and not smoking, that’s not right. If we have a no-smoking policy in a public area such as a park, that should extend to e-cigarette smoking. Otherwise, it infringes on other people’s rights.” Johnson proposed changing the definition

of smoking in city parks after he and his wife witnessed people using e-cigarettes in the City Park. Johnson also came across park damage caused by chewing tobacco. “My wife and I walk in the park at least five days a week, and people come to me and say, ‘These people are smoking e-cigarettes. Why can’t I smoke my cigarettes? It’s a double standard,’” Johnson said. “As I walked around the park and talked to people, it was unanimous that smoking in general meant smoking no matter what it was—any tobacco products.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers e-cigarettes an electronic nicotine delivery system or ENDS. These products use liquid containing nicotine, and other ingredients which are then heated by the device into an aerosol that the user inhales. This is often called vaping. Other ENDS include vaporizers, vape pens and e-pipes. Vaping has become somewhat of a political hot topic in the last few years as the product has gained in popularity. This year, the Utah State Legislature considered an 86.5 percent tax increase on e-cigarettes during the last legislative session. The same tax is charged on other non-cigarette tobacco products in Utah. The tax failed to pass and was sent to interim study. Also this year, the FDA finalized a rule that

extends its authority to include the regulation of ENDS. The final rule goes into effect on Aug. 8 with mixed reception. “This action is a milestone in consumer protection; going forward, the FDA will be able to review new tobacco products not yet on the market, help prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers, evaluate the ingredients of tobacco products and how they are made, and communicate the potential risks of tobacco products,” the FDA website stated. Proponents argue that ENDS is a safer alternative to cigarette smoking and can help in quitting smoking. Those against ENDS argue that it is essentially another form of smoking because they utilize nicotine. Opponents also cite the rising number of underage use. Sixteen percent of high school and 5.3 percent of middle school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2015, making e-cigarettes the most commonly used tobacco product among youth for the second consecutive year, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thus far, medical organizations differ regarding the health implications of ENDS use and more research is needed to study the longterm effects. Because the devices normally contain nicotine, however, many medical organiza-

Damage done in the City Park from chewing tobacco use. -Councilmember Brent Johnson

tions and government organizations are hesitant to recommend or condone ENDS, according to the World Health Organization. Riverton City’s new ordinance brings the concerns and debate about ENDS use to a community level. New signs will be posted in city parks. The ordinance includes city-owned parks, public squares, ball diamonds, golf courses, soccer fields and other recreation areas, city-owned cemeteries and trails, but not designated smoking areas specified by city officials. “I think this ordinance is going over very well with residents, and it’s making a difference,” Councilmember Paul Wayman said. “I definitely think e-cigarettes should be limited in public areas, and I 100 percent support the ordinance. The parks are for everybody.” l

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Block Party? You May Need a Permit By Briana Kelley | briana@mycityjournals.com


iverton now requires a permit for special events. The Riverton City Council voted 3-1 on April 19 to approve the requirement of a special event permit both for legal and safety issues. According to city officials, a special events permit should be used by people and organizations who would like to host an independent event that would take place on city streets or property, such as runs, rides, block parties, neighborhood parades or car shows. “The approval of a special events permit benefits event organizers and the city by ensuring event success and safety within our community,” Angela Trammell, Riverton’s public information officer said. “It serves event organizers by providing them with information, like what types of road construction or existing uses may be taking place It serves the city with alerts that we can share with the public and helps us be aware of larger scale activities that occur in Riverton.” Sheril Garn, director of parks and public services, presented at the April 19 council meeting in favor of the permit. Garn believes that it is now time and in the city’s best interest to have a special event permit both for legal and safety issues. Garn listed a number of requests for different types of events in the city and believes having a permit will allow council members, Unified Police Department (UPD) and others to know in advance what events will occur in the city. The permit presented was multiple pages. It clarifies whether the event in question is public or private, specific items needed and so forth. Questions on the permit include the type of event and what materials and personnel will be needed. It also includes

Event permits will create more safety and awareness, according to city staff.

park rules and regulations and answers to various questions. A committee comprised of representatives from Ordinance Enforcement, Legal, UPD, Unified Fire Authority and Parks and Recreation reviews each application . At this time there is no fee required, but the council asked staff to bring the permit back to council with recommended fees at a later date. “Some of these events take quite a bit of staff time,” Public Works Director Trace Robinson said. “If there is no fee, that might be something council needs to look at again.”

Others voiced that, though fees may be necessary, the amount should be used to cover staff time and not for profit. “We’re not looking to generate fees but to make sure that everyone is safe and everyone is on board with an event,” Planning Director Jason Lethbridge said. In the end, council members voted 3-1 to approve the permit. Councilmember Trent Staggs voted no. Staggs voiced that the city already has a fee schedule for facilities, and he was concerned about the amount of time that staff could spend on these special events. Councilmember Sheldon Stewart was out of town. “We have a fee schedule, we have facilities...these special events—I think we will spend an inordinate amount of time trying to control these events,” Staggs said. A special events permit is different than a facilities reservation and is not needed for the public to reserve a city park pavilion or indoor pavilion. The permit is not yet available online. Residents are encouraged to email parksandrec@Rivertoncity.com to request a special permit. Currently, there is no city fee required for the permit. However, there may be potential fees from other entities, including police, fire, health department, trash removal and barricade company, as needed. “I think this allows us to have more events, safer events, and moving forward this will help the city,” Councilmember Brent Johnson said. l


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he 14-acre property, located at 3150 West 13400 South, was rezoned to R-3 or residential one-third-acre lots with special designations (SD). The rezone, which has been debated publicly since the May 17 council meeting, is seen predominantly as a compromise for existing residents, the property owner, and the developer. “I’m fine with the council’s decision. I like what the council did,” resident Ken Wunner said. “I think having the SD we have more control, and I think the council came to a reasonable balance between the folks who wanted to keep it a half and what the Dansies and the developer wanted to do with the property.” Wunner’s property is adjacent to the developing property. More than 50 residents turned out for the initial hearing on May 17 to voice their concerns. Most were against the re-zone for myriad reasons, including density, traffic, water pressure, power and property values. The council voted unanimously to deny the rezone at the time. The council reconsidered rezoning the property at the June 28 council meeting. Councilmember Paul Wayman, who represents the area in question, urged reconsidering the rezone with special designations or SD. An SD is a stipulation that the council can attach to an approval to meet specific requirements and concerns. “I wanted to represent you, and I wanted to be neutral, and I wanted to know what everybody thought,” Wayman said. “I like the idea of compromise. Looking at a compromise of lot sizes and how many lots there will be. A compromise to 30 lots sounds like a good compromise.” Wayman also spoke with Rocky Mountain Power and the city’s public works department to alleviate existing residents’ concerns.

The motion to adopt ordinance 16-14 rezoning the property from RR-22, rural residential half-acre lots, to R-3 with special designations passed 4-1 with Councilmember Tricia Tingey voting no. The SD stated that the following: First, before construction starts 3200 West and 13400 South will be connected; second, there will be minimum 2,000-square-foot property above ground along the east of border of the property with an 8-foot fence installed between the new and existing properties; third, there will be minimum 1,800-square-foot property above ground on all other lots; fourth, there will be a minimum three-car garage on all lots; fifth, there will be no more than 30 lots with a minimum size of one-third-acre; sixth, the developer will install a vinyl fence on the north side of the property between new and existing homes; seventh, no construction access will be allowed through existing neighborhoods. At both meetings, residents voiced their concerns about construction and added traffic caused by development. The city assured residents that 3200 West will be connected to 13400 South and that connection would be required before construction occurred. “The road will be built before development will occur,” Mayor Bill Applegarth said at the May 17 meeting. “The city can and will control the construction traffic. We will restrict any construction traffic from any of the surrounding roads for a safety, durability and cleanliness point of view. The road will go through and be completed; construction traffic will only go down 3200 West.” City leaders later clarified that all of the construction, including 3200 West, will be by the developer. City officials will approve the design, and the developer does the construction work. When asked about the timeline of the completion of 3200 West, city stated: “We really don’t have any further details on the timing of

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The map above was presented at the council meeting on June 28 and shows the re-zoned property. -©Riverton City Communications

the project or the road work. That will depend on the applicant moving forward with subdivision design and approval, so there is no timetable available for beginning of the work or completion of the road. The same is true of some of the design details, like whether the road would initially be accessible only to construction traffic. Those are the kinds of the issues we will address through the subdivision review process.” Residents, the developer and the city are all hopeful that development will go smoothly now that a compromise has been reached. “We will miss the alfalfa fields; that was a nice thing living there,” Wunner said. “But on the other hand, it’s progress, and looking at Riverton, it was only a matter of time before the field was developed. I’m glad it was half-acre and third-acre lots instead of high-density or commercial.” l

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Library Creates Virtual Story Time By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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e welcomed Anytime Fitness to Herriman. Anytime Fitness opened a new location at 13216 S. 5600 West Herriman on June 1, 2016, providing the Herriman area with a gym that helps clients achieve fitness goals how they want and when they want. Owners Jared Lowell and Alan Ramage have brought Anytime Fitness’ 24-hour-a-day accessibility to an area where people have to balance work, family, education and volunteer obligations. This leaves little room during the day for people who often work for others to work on themselves. (We) get to make a difference in people’s lives and get them to a healthier place. Whether the fitness goal is weight loss, improving balance, flexibility, or strength training, Anytime Fitness provides an ac-cessible and intimate work out setting where staff can provide for any and all needs of customers. In this way, Anytime Fitness in Herriman is always in its customer’s corner, making it easy for member to work out at their most convenient time of the day. Often, gyms seem to forget those who need the gym the most, especially the elderly. But that’s not the case for Anytime Fitness in Herriman. The gym’s “Silver Sneaker” program enables individuals 65 years of age or older to participate in fitness at the facility. The added activity at the gym is a great way for seniors to stay active, socialize, and, therefore stay healthy in the greatest years. At Anytime Fitness, we’re able to help you achieve whatever results you seek. Conveniently located just north of the 13400 South and 5600 West, all residents in the Rose Creek area of Herriman can enjoy access to a new, 24/7 fitness center in their neighborhood. Anytime Fitness in Herriman offers access to casual amenities like tanning, wellness programs, virtual classes, treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, stair climbers and medicine balls. The facility also offers amenities for more serious fitness enthusiasts like plate-loaded free weights, dumbbells, squat racks, several exercise machines, battle ropes, kettlebells, TRX suspension training and personal training programs. Even if you are away from home, Anytime Fitness offers worldwide club access. So, even if a member is away from their home gym in Herriman, they can always get access to the tools they need to stay fit.


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sually Vern Waters spends his days managing Salt Lake County Library Services’ jail location, but occasionally he said he gets to take a break from that duty and step into the persona of General Fiction, a character in the library’s new virtual story time. “It is a different outlet,” Waters said. “I get to be creative. I get to be a character. I get to be silly.” Each Salt Lake County Library location offers story time sessions, which focus on interactive learning, such as talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. The purpose of Story Space, the online story series, is to bring a similar experience to parents and children—wherever they may be. “We want to reach kids and parents who aren’t able to attend story time—whether they can’t come in that day because their kid is sick, or they can’t ever come in because they have transportation issues,” Nyssa Fleig, library program manager, said. “Whatever the barrier is, we wanted to be able to reach them.” The library services held auditions for online storytellers. Waters and three other librarians made the cut: Annie Eastmond, from the Millcreek Library; Paula Burgon, from the West Jordan Library; and Stephanie Anderson, from the South Main Clinic Reading Room. The librarians designed their own costumes and became actors and actresses, instead of merely reciting their lines, Fleig said. “It’s a fairly common concept—the online story time, but I think we have kind of taken it a bit above and beyond what has been done on other systems,” Fleig said. “There was just a lot of thought that went in behind the scenes.” In the first episode of the library’s online Story Space series released in May, Miss Annie, played by Eastmond, reads “Two Girls Want a Puppy,” written by Ryan and Fiona Fairy and illustrated by Maple Lam. The camera shots zoom in and out of the picture book, and Miss Annie appears inside the book and begins interacting with the illustrations. Earnest Bourne, the library’s web developer who produced, edited, directed, and filmed the video, created the special effects, because

he didn’t want Story Space to be just another recording of someone reading a story, Fleig said. “When we started talking about it, we kind of wanted a feel like “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” meets “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” meets “Reading Rainbow,” Waters said. After the story reading, the 12-minute clip continues with a dog-themed craft led by Fiona Fairy, played by Burgon. The Story Space webpage, slcolibrary.org/storyspace, contains printable cut-outs, so viewers can build their own craft while they watch Fiona construct hers. Fiona uses magic to make General Fiction Appear. He plays the banjo while singing a two-minute song about a dog named Banjo to the tune of the traditional children’s song “Bingo.” “My favorite part was when we got a good take,” Waters said as he laughed. “It took a long time. I was there for most of one whole day for my whole song, so it is time-consuming, but it is so much fun.” Although Waters has read stories to children at libraries numerous times, he said Story Space presented a new challenge because there wasn’t an audience. He usually responds to what the kids say during the story time, but he couldn’t during Story Space. “Having only the camera as an audience made it intimidating, but I think I’ll get used to it as we continue,” Waters said. At the conclusion of Captain Fiction’s scene, Little Miss Puppet, played by Anderson, recites a nursery rhyme with puppets. The nursery rhyme is intended to help children notice repetition of sounds, which builds awareness of how words are formed, according to the website. “Everything was a deliberate choice to focus on hitting early literacy concepts,” Feig said. “The songs, crafts, everything selected and put together was to support those.” Waters, Eastmond, Burgon and Anderson will make guest appearances as their characters at branch story times this summer. Right now the library staff is excited about the initial episode, according to Fleig, and although it might be awhile, she said they look forward to producing more episodes in the future. l

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Teens Triumph at National Business Competition By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


hree Herriman high-schoolers took first place in the National Future Business Leaders of America competition in Atlanta, Georgia, during the first week of July for their efforts in creating a Herriman Chamber of Commerce. “The Southwest Valley Chamber was over Herriman, but its focus wasn’t Herriman, and Herriman was kind of underrepresented,” Keenan Budd, 18, said. “Herriman fell through the cracks in that chamber, so we wanted to get more representation, and we figured that the only way to do that was to create a Herriman Chamber of Commerce to try and build up some of that membership and excitement to help the community,” Hannah Pedersen, 17, added. Keenan and Hannah teamed up with Marin Murdock, 17, also a member of FBLA. To get the project rolling, they organized surveys and focus groups to gauge the interest of the local business community. After receiving positive feedback, the students met with Mayor Carmen Freeman and the Herriman City Council; Val Hale, the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and former Utah Valley Chamber President; and other local dignitaries to secure government support and glean ideas as to how to form the group. To ensure its stability during its initial months, the students created the Herriman Chamber of Commerce as a fully functioning chamber under the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce. They held a professional summit in January to introduce the chamber to entrepreneurs and residents. Now, the Herriman chamber has more than 15 active members, and its board members are working to charter it as a chamber on its own. “When we started, this was just a project. We were going to

do the project and then go and do well at our competitions with it, but we didn’t really realize the impact it was going to have on the community.” It came to strengthen relationships between business owners in the city, create a standard for business students at Herriman High School and help Utah become nationally recognized for its young business leaders, Marin said. “It’s kind of unreal,” Hannah said. “It’s like, ‘Oh my word, we did this.’” The state judges awarded Hannah, Marin and Keenan first place in the FBLA state competition, which led them to the national competition. The top four scorers from each state and the top scorers from several other countries competed in nationals. Out of more than 150 state-winning projects that focused on promoting the American Enterprise System, the Herriman high schoolers’ chamber project took first place. This is the first time Herriman High School’s FBLA program has won a national competition. “We’re usually lucky if we even make the top ten,” Keenan said. “And it’s really, really, really rare for anyone from Utah to win the competition, so we’re grateful we could represent,” Marin said. Keenan said he believes their project won because it was unique. Most students teach elementary or middle school students about the American enterprise system for their project, but the Herriman High students chose to work directly with the business community, he said. “The local businesses owners were pretty well responsive,” Marin said. “That was one of our concerns— that they weren’t

Hannah Pedersen, Keenan Budd and Marin Murdock (Center) pose for a picture with local dignitaries at the professional seminar they hosted for Herriman residents and business owners to introduce them to the Herriman Chamber of Commerce. -- Jilianna Wing

going to listen to students like us. They took it pretty well and sought our feedback, and they sort of just followed our lead.” Hannah said presenting their plan to business professionals helped her gain confidence and communicate clearly. Hannah graduated from high school in June and is headed to Utah State University in August. She wants to become a veterinarian and open up her own clinic and said the skills she learned through this project will enable her to live that dream. Keenan will be attending the University of Utah in the fall where he said he got scholarships, in part, because of the FBLA project. Marin is a senior at Herriman High this year. Over the summer she interned at a law firm, an experience she attributes to the connections she made through creating the Herriman Chamber of Commerce. Marin is currently the student representative on the city’s chamber board. “The change that the chamber has created for not just us as students but for the business department and the business community is incredible,” Marin said. l


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Soccer Dynamics Changing in Salt Lake County By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


n April, Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen announced plans to build a world-class training center in Herriman. Youth soccer players across the Wasatch Front stand to benefit from it. “Our goal has been to create a program for youth training and academy training that is equal to anything you can find in Europe at an elite soccer academy—Ajax, Barcelona and England,” Hansen said. “We have looked at them very closely. We have come to the belief that building from the ground up, developing the local talent and training that talent to an elite level will lead to a very strong sense of connection with our community and the team.” Academies have become the lifeblood of the sport. While some teams use theirs to develop young talent, others use them to help balance the financial books. Either way, for the teams that get it right, a productive academy can be crucial for long term success. Creating a successful academy is no easy feat. Some clubs have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into their youth setups with very little reward. The right facilities, coaching and recruitment must be in place before a club can produce genuine talent. In the soccer economy in which we now live, it seems many clubs would rather buy the talent than take the time to develop young players. A strong academy can give you an advantage over other teams. “Where we are going is so promising, so development oriented, so family and growth oriented. Really, it is grassroots,” RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said. “We are laying down the possibility to help develop this state, which we take a lot of pride in.” The Dutch youth soccer academy Ajax (pronounced EYE-ox), is located in Amsterdam and consists of eight well-kept fields, a two-story building housing locker rooms, classrooms, workout facilities, offices for coaches and a cafeteria. Ajax has become a talent factory. It manufactures players and sells them, often for immense fees, to teams around the world. The soccer academy in Herriman plans to be run similar to a big-league baseball minor league program but as one that reaches into early childhood. The training academy will offer more than player development. Officials plan on offering coaches training, referee training and front office management like accounting and business management. The local benefit The RSL training center will offer many of the soccer clubs in the area the opportunity to train locally without the expense of traveling out of state to get what they need. The Utah Youth Soccer Association is the largest youth sports organization in Utah. It reaches out to more than 50,000 soccer players across the state. The UYSA oversees coaches licensing, certification of referees and players insurance. It offers youth the opportunity to play at

Utah Surf 14 year olds wait their turn at the Impact United tournament. The Surf won the match 9-0. – Greg James

The presence of Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake has affected a dramatic growth in Utah youth soccer participants. – Greg James

Parents spend thousands of dollars and countless hours supporting youth soccer teams in Utah. – Greg James

a comfortable level, whether it is recreation play or elite competition and opportunities. “There is no question that soccer has changed in a positive way here in this state,” Sparta Technical Director Marco De Ruiter said. “First, the number of participants has grown. Just four or five years ago the Utah Youth Association had about 35,000 members and now they are over 50,000. Soccer is getting more popular. The level of the clubs and experience is getting better as well. We are now able to compete with states like California and Nevada.” Sparta United Soccer club claims to be the oldest youth club in the state of Utah. It was established to provide serious soccer players the opportunities to advance to the highest levels of soccer. It currently has more than 60 teams competing in elite, developmental and premier divisions. The club is based in Sandy h and incorporates players from all over the Wasatch Front. Like many clubs in the state, its coaches are United States Soccer Federation licensed. “Coaching education is expensive,” De Ruiter said. “In my opinion, it should more available; we have to travel out of state at this point for these coaches to receive the training they need.” The RSL training facility is scheduled to help provide the coaches the training necessary to develop their skills and further their soccer education. The USSF provides training levels for all coaches from National F to A and Pro licenses. All F-level coaches take a two-hour online grass roots training, focusing on fun, activity-centered, age-appropriate environment for players ages 5–8. The highest youth level, A-coaches, combine experience, onsite training and developmental assignments and mentoring.

RSL has a huge influence locally. They have had coaches meetings and invited our players to the games as spectators, ball boys and little kids player escorts. The RSL ownership has dedicated to make the level in Utah better in a positive way. To have an academy in our state is a big advantage for soccer development.” Sparta is one of many soccer clubs in the area; Murray Max, Avalanche, Impact, La Rocca, West United and Forza are a few of the more popular clubs. West Jordan Youth Soccer advertises itself as a recreation league and encourages the coaches, fans and players not to keep track of the score and wins and losses. Many of the others offer competitive games and access to tournaments across the Western United States. Impact Soccer registrar and tournament director Melinda Sorensen has organized its club tournament for the past nine years. This year, July 6–9, more than 140 teams converged on fields at Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center and Bonneville and Churchill junior high schools to play in the tournament. Teams came from Idaho, Colorado, Montana and Nevada. “It can be crazy keeping all of this organized,” Sorensen said. “To me, it is amazing to see the growth we have had in soccer in this area. It is like a full-time job for me February to August.” Tournaments are only part of the costs families have to participate in competitive soccer. Competition teams have registration fees, coaches’ fees, tournaments, travel and uniform costs. These fees can be upwards of $2,300 or more a year. Many coaches, club directors and staff board members receive payment for their services. In one local club its advanced level coaches are paid approximately $50 per player on their team per month. Soccer has become big business.

reinforce the qualities of confidence, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, sacrifice, determination, struggle, heartache, passion and success in young girls. Its alumni include five players currently playing for the University of Utah women’s team. It also fields a team in the Elite Club National League, a travel league of teams based in Colorado, California, Utah, Washington, Idaho and Oregon. “We have some teams going to national championship tournaments,” De Ruiter said. “The kids have been very competitive.” Many Utah youth girls and boys teams competed very well at the Farwest Regional Championship in May. The under 16 La Roca Premier PO and U17 Celtic Storm 99 Premier teams played in their group finals. The Sparta 01 JK, La Roca South CS 99/00 and La Roca Premier PO are scheduled to represent the state at the U15 boys, U16 boys and U16 girls divisional, respectively. Real won the Major League Soccer championship in 2009, the top tier of professional soccer in the United States and Canada. They are usually a top contender in the MLS Western Conference and at press time they stand in fourth place with 30 points. The $50-million training facility is an investment where players will develop a foundation at a young age and better prepare them for elite-level soccer and possibly on to the first team. The Herriman facility, off the Mountain View Corridor at approximately 14800 South, is scheduled to have two indoor fields under the largest free-spanned building in North America. The two full-size major league soccer fields will have no posts in between them. The turf has also been specially picked to provide the best playing surface in the area. “Any city looks for an iconic landmark to define its city,” Herriman Mayor Carmen Freeman said. “It will stimulate economic growth and serve its purpose. Yes, it will serve Real, but it will serve us as a community.” The hope for Real is to build a facility that the community will be able to use and be proud of. l

Club soccer Clubs in the state offer competitive advantages to its members. Most clubs offer different levels of ability to its prospective players and families. The UYSA facilitates premier level and divisions one through three skill levels. “I think parents should focus on technical development,” De Ruiter said. “I tell our coaches results are not important. We want to develop players for them to advance to the next level.

Success in the neighborhood Many of the local clubs advertise their ability to develop and help players advance to NCAA soccer programs. They use this as an advantage to gain mass numbers of players in their clubs. Other clubs boast the fun, social and educational aspects of playing the “beautiful game.” Avalanche Soccer is a girls’ only club. Its mission statement says it works to instill and

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at The Factory include a water balloon fight, ice cream social giveaway, and bingo night complete with prizes. Invitations are posted on all doors, and events create opportunities to meet neighbors and establish lasting connections. Combat the harmful effects of problematic media Viewing pornography, playing violent video games, and gambling online--widespread activities among college students--may have very negative and lasting effects. In a recent study at Brigham Young University, researchers discovered a consistent pattern of inhibited social interaction in young adults who had greater exposure to such problematic media. What better way to catch screen time than by going down to the cinema room at The Factory with 30 of your closest friends? Factory representatives will even be there to help set up the projector and provide popcorn, upon request. When your students’ basic needs are met, they can actually take advantage of the professor’s office hours, study that crucial material to ace the final, and pad their resumes with school clubs and extracurricular activities. So give your students a gift that will last and change their lives for the better. About the Factory: With close proximity to campus, a world-class exercise facility, double decker hot tub, clubhouse, game room, bowling alley, cinema room, and study room, The Factory is Logan’s premier student housing development. For more information, visit 900factory.com. l

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nytime Fitness opened a new location at 13216 S. 5600 West Herriman on June 1, 2016, providing the Herriman area with a gym that helps clients achieve fitness goals how they want and when they want. Owners Jared Lowell and Alan Ramage have brought Anytime Fitness’ 24-hour-a-day accessibility to an area where people have to balance work, family, education and volunteer obligations. This leaves little room during the day for people who often work for others to work on themselves. “(We) get to make a difference in people’s lives and get them to a healthier place,” Ramage said. Whether the fitness goal is weight loss, improving balance, flexibility, or strength training, Anytime Fitness provides an accessible and intimate work out setting where staff can provide for any and all needs of customers. In this way, Anytime Fitness in

Herriman is always in its customer’s corner, making it easy for member to work out at their most convenient time of the day. Often, gyms seem to forget those who need the gym the most, especially the elderly. But that’s not the case for Anytime Fitness in Herriman. The gym’s “Silver Sneaker” program enables individuals 65 years of age or older to participate in fitness at the facility. The added activity at the gym is a great way for seniors to stay active, socialize, and, therefore stay healthy in the greatest years. “At Anytime Fitness, we’re able to help you achieve whatever results you seek,” Ramage said. Conveniently located just north of the 13400 South and 5600 West, all residents in the Rose Creek area of Herriman can enjoy access to a new, 24/7 fitness center in their neighborhood. Anytime Fitness in Herriman offers

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f you are a Kohl’s shopper you already know about their great sales, but did you know there are more secret ways to save at Kohl’s and Kohls. com? Here are some money-saving tips for this back-to-school season. 1 - Shop the 2nd and 4th Friday or Saturday of the Month Kohl’s hosts “Night Owls” and “Early Birds” sales event on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. This is the time you’ll see an additional 10- 50% off the already rock-bottom prices. Plus, these events typically coincide with Kohl’s Cash offers. 2 - Shop Online and Stack Discount Codes Not only is shopping online at Kohls.com convenient, Kohl’s shoppers have the benefit of combining up to four discount codes on one transaction when you shop from a computer. Mobile customers can enter two codes per order. 3 - No Hassle Returns Did you know that Kohl’s has no time restrictions for returns? You can get cash back for up to 12 months after purchase and after that you will receive in-store credit. No receipt is needed for Kohl’s charge purchases. If you use any credit card to make purchases, your shopping history will be stored in their computer for a year.

4 - Price Adjustments It happens to us all. We make a purchase only to discover the following week the item went on sale. Kohl’s will adjust the price down to the sale price for up to two weeks. Just hang onto your receipt, present it to customer service to receive the difference in price. The price adjustment is also available for Kohls.com orders by calling (855) 564-5705. 5 - Kohl’s Honors Competitor’s Prices Find a lower advertised price? For in-store shoppers only, Kohl’s will honor competitor prices from any national retailers that have a brick and mortar store, such as Target and Walmart. Just bring a current copy of the competitor’s ad with you (make sure the ad includes a description of the item). 6 - Join the FREE Yes2You Rewards Program If you shop much at Kohl’s this one is a must. New members receive a $5 Kohl’s certificate just for signing up. Plus, you’ll receive 5% back on every order of $100. And, Yes2You Rewards members often receive birthday coupons and other rewards. Yes2You Rewards are issued once a month and can be used with any unexpired Kohl’s Cash.

7 - Learn to Decode the LCD Price Signs If you’re questioning if an item will drop even further in price look for a special code in the upper-right corner of the LCD price tag signs that are found on the product racks. A square indicates that the item has reached the lowest price. Other codes you might see are “GV” - limited-time price drop, “S” - part of a one- or two-week sale. If you see an “NM” it means the item will be marked down that night or the following morning.

using your card. You can also make payments at the in-store kiosks. Online payments are equally as convenient. Visit www.coupons4utah.com/shopkohls for a complete list and link to official policy exclusions as well as some of our favorite deals we’ve found at Kohl’s. l

8 - Shop Online at the Kiosk to Get FREE Shipping Kohl’s website has more variety of sizes and items than in the store, and orders placed from any Kohl’s kiosk will automatically ship to your home for free. Also, if you’re shopping at home, check for any available free in-store pick up. 9 - Apply for a Kohl’s Charge Card Every 4 to 6 weeks, Kohl’s offers 30% off and free shipping to cardholders. Also, cardholders that spend at least $601 a year will automatically become MVC (Most Valuable Customer) members and will get special discounts throughout the year.

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