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Silverwolves Strive For Baseball Balance By Greg James | greg@mycityjournals.com

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Silverwolves senior Clint Salter has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Otero Community College in Colorado after graduation. Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com

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Sonic Opens in Riverton By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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new Sonic opened in Riverton on April 25, which will serve the areas of Riverton, Herriman and beyond. “This is a closer Sonic for a lot of people who have been going to some ones that are farther away,” Hillary Westover, Sonic marketing manager said. “I think it is a new type of menu that they haven’t seen around here. We have over 1 million different drink combinations that you can actually make and create yourself.” The Riverton Sonic offers happy hour halfprice drinks and slushes from 2 to 4 p.m. and halfprice shakes after 8 p.m., enabling customers to taste more flavors at a discount. “There’s really something on our menu for everyone,” Westover said. Hank Loy, one of five owners, said he recommends the Orange Cream Slush, Ultimate Chicken Sandwich and boneless wings. This is Loy and the other owners’ 25th store. He said he’s pleased to announce that it has dine-in space, unlike some of their other Sonic locations that are only drive-in or drive-up friendly. “The high school kids will love it,” Loy said. “I think they’ll come here after games and grab some shakes.” Loy said he welcomes those of all ages to come to the 5117 West 13400 South Riverton Sonic to experience a high-energy brand that sells delicious food. l

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Mission Slim Possible: Lose Weight, Earn Money By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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eather Wartman signed up for Slim Possible, Riverton City’s weight loss program, hoping it would incentivize her to keep up with her exercise routines and continue to eat healthy. The program, called Mission Slim Possible, came at the perfect time, she said, because she knew she’d be traveling seven weekends during the 12-week program that ended April 13. “My goal was just to not gain weight,” Wartman said. “I never thought I would win, but I came in third place for girls and fifth place overall. I know that had I not done the challenge there’s no way I would have kept my weight, let alone lost weight.” Wartman and the 57 other participants paid $25 to the Parks and Recreation Department to enter the challenge, knowing that, at the end of the challenge, the money would be divvied up among the people who had the greatest percentage of weight loss. Every Wednesday, each participant was invited to weigh in at the Riverton City Offices, and Brittany Parker, event coordinator, figured out their stats. “It is designed to keep people coming back to be accountable,” Parker said. “The idea is they can lose the weight any way they want, but we’re here to lead them along the way.”

Each week Parker sent the names of the top three contenders and a healthy living tip via email to motivate and encourage them to stick to their fitness goals, she said. The consistent interaction with Parker helped Wartman continue her own fitness plan, which includes going to the Fit Body Bootcamp gym, located at 1728 West 12600 South in Riverton, five times a week and tracking her calorie intake on with the MyFitnessPal app. To increase her accountability, Wartman signed up for Mission Slim Possible with her husband and another couple, she said. “We started a girls versus boys competition between the four of us,” she said. “Whoever won got to pick what we would do for a weekend trip. If they boys would have won, we would have been in the outdoors and doing golf, which still would have been fun, but since we won, I think we’re going to do a spa day.” Not only was Wartman accountable to the Slim Possible event coordinator and her friends, she said she was also accountable to the people who attend gym classes with her. Making sure she had accountability buddies was what helped her to succeed, she said. “What makes it all worthwhile is when someone says I’m looking better. Everyone

wants to hear that,” she said. “The last week of the challenge seven or eight people at work came up to me at work and said, ‘I’ve seen such a big transformation. What did you do? What did you do?’ It’s really nice because I only saw the ounces coming off little by little, they noticed big time.” In all, Wartman lost 14.95 percent of her body weight in 12 weeks, and was given $75 as a prize. The winner of the challenge won $500. “I feel great,” Wartman said. “For all of those who are looking to lose weight or get healthier don’t give up, and don’t limit yourself. Think in small goals and in weekly instead of monthly increments.” Another session of Mission Slim Possible begins in August, and registration starts June 8. For more information or to sign up visit rivertoncity.com or the Parks and Recreation Office at 12830 South Redwood Rd. “It’s just fun to see people along their journey and see how they can improve their health,” Parker said. “We, at the recreation department, obviously like to encourage active healthy lifestyles, and we like programs that help our residents to get out and get recreation in their life.” l

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Police Honor Students By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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wo South Valley Students were honored by local police officers at an annual awards banquet put on by the Footprinters association at the Old Dome Meeting Hall on April 26. Each Unified Police Department school resource officer named one student from their school as “Student of the Year” based on their participation in law enforcement class, community service and academic standing. The Footprinters, association that promotes fellowship among braches of law enforcement, sponsored plaques for the winners. Shane French, from Herriman High School, and Trevor VanRoosendall, from Riverton High School, were among the students honored. “This honestly means a lot to me,” Trevor, 18, said. “I’ve learned so much about law enforcement this year. In the future and when I apply for a job, whether that is in law enforcement or not, I’ll know that I can succeed when I try hard.” Officer Mike Russell, SRO for Riverton, said he chose Trevor because of his example to other students and his desire to fly a helicopter for police agencies in the future. Officer Scott Lauritzen selected Shane and said he was an example of perseverance. “Shane is one of the few four-year state placers at wrestling,” Lauritzen said. “I’ve had the opportunity to go down and wrestle with Shane and some of the other wrestlers, and, unfortunately, it makes me feel old and weak.” This year he had some injuries, but that did not stop him. He still placed at state finals—second in the state championship. He’s just an amazing young man.” In addition to taking Herriman’s law enforcement class, Shane participated in Sandy’s Youth Cadet Program, where students under the age of 20 have the opportunity to learn the facets of a police officer. “I’m thinking about going into law enforcement,” Shane said.

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“It’s a really awesome career, and I feel that people underappreciate what the law enforcement does, and I want to change that.” In the fall, Shane plans to attend Western Wyoming Community College, where he has a full-ride scholarship to study business and criminal justice. Lauritzen said he hopes Shane will join law enforcement someday. “I’m grateful for Shane,” Lauritzen said. “He’s been a good friend of mine. We need officers like Shane, who, if they set their mind to do things, will end up accomplishing their goals.” Mark VanRoosendall, retired deputy chief of West Valley police, said it was an honor to see his son Trevor honored for something that’s been so connected with their family. “I’m second-generation law enforcement, and it’s so rewarding to see him receive this award because it solidifies his upbringing,” Mark said. “His father and grandfather are proud of him, and if he were to choose a career in law enforcement, I would support him 100 percent.” Trevor’s brother Jacob VanRoosendall also attended the banquet to support his brother. Jacob won the “Student of the Year” award from a different School Resource Officer in 2013. Trevor said it was wonderful to receive recognition for honoring law enforcement, since it’s something that his family is tied to. In addition to the student awards, the Footprinters honored officer Ben Hone of Salt Lake City Police Department as “Officer of The Year for his “heroic” actions. Rosie Rivera, chief of Police for Riverton and president of the local Footprinters chapter, read an account of Hone’s role in saving two young women’s lives on Sept. 23. Upon hearing Kayli Lasley’s screams, Hone entered their duplex and found an intruder stabbing Kayli’s sister, Bre, saying he was going to kill her. Hone shot and killed the intruder, saving the

Trevor VanRoosendall, of Riverton High School, holds his “Student of the Year” plaque, surrounded by his family, principal, mayor, president of the local Footprinters chapter and the officer who nominated him for the award. –Tori La Rue

Shane French, of Herriman High School, holds his “Student of the Year” plaque, surrounded by his family, principal, mayor, president of the local Footprinters chapter and the officer who nominated him for the award. –Tori La Rue

two sisters, the account stated. It was an honor to recognize Hone, a current valiant officer, and the up and coming students who may, like Hone, become “guardians” of the community someday, Shane Hudson, deputy chief of Unified Police, said. l


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he “Not your Parents’ Art Show” in the Old Dome Meeting Hall, which wrapped up on May 27, contained several pieces of art that were created collaboratively by two students. “It’s better to do art together because you get to work together, and you can share great ideas and the glory of creating something beautiful,” Kameryn Grose, 11, said. “And if you don’t have a great idea, your friend probably does,” Livia Anderson, 10, added. “And if you make a mistake, your friend can help you to improvise to make it still look good.” While Livia and Kameryn were working together to create a piece that they later named “Hawaiian Sunset”, they accidentally smeared some green chalk at the top of their work. Kameryn came up with the idea to add more orange chalk over the green chalk to cover it, and Livia had the

Alexus Powell’s dreamcatcher artwork and Kameryn Grose and Livia Anderson’s “Hawaiian Sunset” hang on one of the upstairs walls in the Old Dome Meeting Hall. – Tori La Rue

idea to smear the green throughout the painting to make the discoloration look less noticeable. The friends used both ideas to create a product they were happy with, they said. “There’s always a way to make it look good,” Kameryn said. “And that’s the best thing about art,” Livia said, finishing Kameryn’s sentence. “You have an unlimited use of your imagination, even if you have a limited use of stuff.” Although Alexus Powell, 12, created six of her own paintings for the art show, she and her friend Izzy Glass also created one together. “With your friend you can get more done,” Izzy said. “We wanted to express ourselves and let our brains go free.” The two friends based their painting off of a picture they saw on Pinterest of two trees, Alexus

said. The painting they created has two trees, one on the left side and one on the right side that join to make a heart. Inside the heart reads the saying, “Good Times + Crazy Friends = Amazing Memories.” Izzy and Alexus each painted half of the picture; it took them two hours to complete it. “It’s a good hobby,” Alexus said. “I always know what to do if we get bored.” Although the Not Your Parents’ Art Show is no longer on display, another children’s art show is on display at the Old Dome Meeting Hall. The show is called “Artyology,” and each piece was created by a student at Riverton Elementary School. Community members are welcome to come take a look during the meeting hall’s regular business hours, which are Monday through Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. l


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Residents, City Officials Rebrand Bluffdale By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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or years, Maverik has been the only retail in the Bluffdale, and the city’s been known as the only one left in the Salt Lake County where it’s in the norm for residents to have full-acre lots and raise chickens and horses, according to Natalie Hall, Bluffdale’s marketing manager, but that’s changing. The growth of the master-planned Independence at the Point community, which is full of apartments, townhomes, and singlefamily homes, and the building of a Smith’s Marketplace by Bangerter Highway is the start of a new era for Bluffdale. “We are a growing community that is willing to change but one that really values our roots and our past and our unique qualities,” Hall said. “We value our uniqueness, but we really do want to move forward building a stronger city that can pull in new residents and strengthen our economic development.” With the city’s vision shifting more toward economic development, city staff decided to rebrand the city, creating new website, logo and tagline. The website is still being developed, but the logo and tagline are ready to use. The new logo combines a modern-looking font with a shadow of a horse head, to synthesize the “New and the old Bluffdale,” Hall said. The city’s new tagline “Life Connected” represents the merging of Bluffdale’s rural feel with their new economic development, the deep connection Bluffdale residents feel toward their neighbors, Bluffdale’s quick access to Bangerter Highway and I-15 and Bluffdale’s unique quality of straddling the county line—it connects Salt Lake County and Utah County.

“The tagline’s really all-encompassing,” Hall said. To create the tagline and logo, Bluffdale hired a company to survey the residents, business owners and staff on their perceptions of the city. They started the survey process using focus groups, which included member of the city council, residents and business owners. “We talked about our assets and our benefits of living here, and they’d ask us to pick words to describe how we feel about Bluffdale,” Jenette Andrews, a focus group member, said. “They asked us what colors reminded us of Bluffdale, who we felt lived here and why they lived here, and they asked us about our lifestyles.” From their answers, the surveying company created emotional maps that they took back to the group for more critique. After multiple revisions, they determined that Bluffdale residents loved Bluffdale for the quality of life, family feel, friendly community, location, open space, rural feel, variety of lot sizes and Old West Days, Hall said. A survey was developed from these values, and 244 residents took it, claiming that they wanted a brand that was “approachable, casual, warm, mix of heritage and opportunity and simple,” according to Hall. City Officials formed a branding committee consisting of stakeholders, staff, residents, business owners and council members who selected two possible logos for the city. A final survey was given to residents via social media. More than 280 residents participated and chose the new logo.

“I really like it. I like the simplicity, and it looks fresher and a little more current,” Andrews said comparing the new logo with the old one. Andrews, a graphic designer, unexpectedly created the old city logo about 30 years ago when she gave the city a T-shirt design she had created for a city celebration. The logo consisted of two little kids, a horse, a giant ribbon and the city’s name. “I never intended it to be a city symbol,” Andrews said. “I got married and moved away, and I came back and saw it on the city signs and trucks. Had I known it would be applied so many different ways, I would have created it differently.” Andrews moved back to Bluffdale 19 years ago. She said there’s nowhere else in Salt Lake County that felt like home. As a thank you for creating the first city logo, Mayor Derk Timothy invited Andrews, to be part of the focus groups for the new logo. Timothy thought Andrews might be offended the city wanted to change the logo, but Andrews said she was ready for a change. “I felt like it was an honor to see the whole process and to find an outcome that came together quickly,” Andrews said. “I hope other people agree and are happy with it, too.” l

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Mayor Bill Applegarth posted the Mayor’s Budget online on May 4. “The mayor acts as the Chief Financial Officer who looks at both the revenue and expense sides of the budget, and works to make sure it is balanced,” Applegarth said. —©Riverton City Communications.

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iverton City budget discussion is in full swing. Elected officials and staff have been discussing specific line items for the 2016–2017 fiscal year budget since early May. The council will vote on the budget at the June 14 council meeting at the Riverton City Hall. “Twenty-nine-plus million dollars are on the line,” Applegarth said. “I would hope the public comes. This is your money: $29 million-plus. I hope it grabs your attention in that regard, and I hope you will come and be a member in the process.” The council officially opened up discussion after tentatively adopting the tentative budgets for the 2016–2017 fiscal year on May 3. City staff prepared the budget after the strategic plan was completed last winter. Applegarth then prepared his budget based on staff recommendations. The mayor’s budget was posted online on May 4. The council is now responsible to review and make changes to it. “The staff and the council generally identify where money may be spent,” Applegarth said. “The council also reviews and re-prioritizes the mayor’s budget. Most often, the mayor and council share common priorities when it comes to city services, but the council’s priorities can also vary. Their point of view often comes from what their district needs as opposed to the mayor’s point of view of what the city as a whole needs. It isn’t a point of right or wrong; it is just a different point of view, and both are very important in the process. I think it is good that the council has the final say in the process. Five council members can see things the mayor may miss.” The council has already made notable changes to the budget. At the May 10 council meeting, which was dedicated solely to budget items, council members decided unanimously to discontinue delivering a paper newsletter to residents each month, saving the city $25,000. Council members hope instead that residents will subscribe online for the newsletter and turn to the website and social media for information. The last newsletter to go out in the mail will be the June 10 newsletter. Council members also voted unanimously to increase their salaries by $2,500. Councilmember

Councilmember Sheldon Stewart is elected Mayor Tempore and has been leading budget discussions with the council since May 3. —©Riverton City Communications.

Sheldon Stewart brought up the “unpopular conversation,” arguing that Riverton council member wages are significantly below those of surrounding cities. Councilmember Tricia Tingey agreed that their salaries should not fall so far behind the market that the city would need to play catch-up later on. Applegarth resisted and did not receive a pay raise for his position. When asked if there were any fee increases in the budget, the city responded that there were absolutely no monthly fee increases in the mayor’s budget this year. Stewart was elected mayor tempore and has led budget discussions with the council. He believes budget discussion will continue to go smoothly despite challenges and potential differing opinions. “I look to us reviewing the budget and completing it in a timely manner with a thorough review of each of the areas,” he said. “I believe some areas we have challenges are working through the funding of road maintenance. As a city we have found ways to keep up on this maintenance. However, this year we face a significant hurdle due to residents in Salt Lake County not passing the tax for transportation that dedicated funds directly to cities for road maintenance and repair. However, our staff is resourceful, and if we as a council can find ways to fund these projects, we can still maintain these roads.” The city budget must be passed by June 24 to be in compliance with auditing laws and will most likely be passed on the council meeting scheduled June 14. It is not too late for residents to be involved and elected officials voiced that they want feedback. “As elected officials we always need feedback from the people,” Applegarth said. “It is the citizens’ city, and they know best what services are valuable to them and what level of services they want. When people attend council meeting or listen online to our budget meetings, they become better informed and, in turn, we hope that they take the opportunity to call, email, or share their public comment on what they want. If we don’t receive feedback, we are just guessing what they want; we really don’t know.” l


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Herriman Residents Honor Fallen UPD K9 Aldo By Hope Zitting | hope@mycityjournals.com

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have 42 teeth and can run in excess of 30 miles per hour. I have 220 million scent receptors in my nose. I will track a suspect from a crime scene. I will search a building for a hidden criminal … I will locate the missing child who ran away from home. I must ignore all distractions and concentrate solely on my job. My handler is my world and I know that I am his. Without him, I am just a dog; with him we can take on the world. All this I do with an unrelenting determination. I Officer Luis Lovato and his late part- do this to please my handler as together we are a team.” ner pose together. – www.updk9.org This poem, titled “I Am a Police Dog,” was exhibited on the back of fallen K9 Officer Aldo’s memorial service program. On April 27, the police dog Aldo was shot and killed while on duty. Aldo was sent in to clear a home while police were serving a warrant on that fateful night, and the individual whom the Unified Police Department and SWAT team were searching for, fired on the K9 Officer and resulted in his death. The memorial service began at 2 p.m. on May 14 at Herriman High School, located at 11917 South 6000 West. The program began with a welcome by Capt. Del Craig. Two speakers, Lt. Randy Thomas and Sgt. Chad Reyes, immediately succeeded after and offered their remarks. Soon after, a video tribute to remember Aldo was shown.

K9 Officers and handlers formed a Cordon with Aldo’s handler leading the line. –Hope Zitting

The last speaker, Sheriff James M. Winder, voiced his comments. A flag-folding was performed, and then officers were dismissed to form a Cordon outside, with Officer Luis Lovato, Aldo’s handler, leading a trail of other police officers down the Cordon with the folded flag clutched in his hands. A 21-gun salute was displayed and a procession through Herriman shortly thereafter occurred. K9 Officers left Herriman High School, traveled south to 13100 South, then east to 5600 West. It was then when all the K9 Officers were dismissed. “We appreciate your attendance,” Craig said. “We are grateful for your support—from you and the community at large. This is a humbling time for us in our department. This is the first K9 service dog that we’ve lost in our department, and it’s been a tragic event for us, especially those who were close with Aldo.” Aldo became part of the K9 unit in December of 2010 and had served dutifully since. “Let’s stick to the words not spoken,” Winder said. “These

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Blackridge Parking Fee Put on Hold By Hope Zitting | hope@mycityjournals.com

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n April 27, Tami Moody, director of Administrations and Communications of Herriman City, introduced a Public Hearing for a discussion concerning the Blackridge Reservoir, located at 15000 South Ashland Ridge Drive, and a proposed parking fee for the Blackridge Reservoir Parking Lot during the Herriman City Council Meeting. Audience members in attendance had the opportunity to voice their opinions and other comments on the matter. Nine Herriman residents took advantage of this. Of the nine individuals, six were fully opposed; two offered recommendations to the proposed parking fee, such as only enacting it on the weekends, lowering the cost or contemplation of a pass of some sort for Herriman residents to be allowed to park for free. One individual mentioned it was a good idea and was in favor of the Blackridge Reservoir parking fee. At the May 11 Herriman City Council Meeting Herriman Mayor and city council members had to decide whether they were in favor or opposed to Title 6, Chapter 8 of the Herriman Code of Ordinances with respect to parking at the Blackridge Reservoir. Alan Rae, finance director of Herriman City, presented the discussion and action item to Freeman and the city council members. “The council can address any part of this or reject it all if they want,” Rae said. “If you want to change the rate, change the date, change the times—that’s your choice at this point.” After much discussion among the city council members in attendance, it was decided that the Blackridge Reservoir Parking Fee would be continued until the fourth week of October.

Many residents had myriad questions concerning the Blackridge parking fee. –Herriman City

When the Blackridge Parking Fee is revisited later this year, the council will address a few different rules for the ordinance that concerned Herriman residents had previously and repeatedly voiced. “I just want to note that the Permit Program is being put into place, so that’s going to help with a lot of parking issues in the surrounding neighborhoods, Councilmember Jared Henderson said. “This is in addition to that charging a parking fee to park at a public park—I just want to voice several concerns with that. I think we should really be moving in a more drastic, more different direction.”

A few of the stipulations will include a resident free sticker program so Herriman residents will not be required to pay a fee to park at the reservoir. Staff will also continue studies concerning attendance counts and where attendees reside, as well as other studies that the city council may request. A major reason why the Herriman City Council decided to table the vote and continue the Blackridge Reservoir Parking Fee until the end of October is because the officials wish to see how newly enacted programs addressed and alleviated issues at the end of the reservoir season, such as the Parking Permit Program that affects surrounding reservoir streets. “Just this year for this Parking Permit Program, to date, it’s cost us $60,000 to put that in place,” Henderson said. “If we are going to continue to allow swimming, we need to enact measures to alleviate overcrowding and other problems that it creates. An emphasis has been made to those that have occurred specifically in the neighborhoods surrounding the park. I would believe that the Parking Permit Program will go a long way to alleviating those. I really think it should run its course and let us measure its effectiveness before new take any drastic measures.” The fee, when it will be addressed once again, will be $10 per car and implemented daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Memorial weekend through Labor Day, seven days a week. Individuals without a vehicle will not need to pay the $10 fee. Herriman City will not receive any revenue if the parking fee does come to pass. Total cost per year is estimated to be $31,110. l


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“Push to Survive” a Simple Life-Saving Skill By Briana Kelley | brianna@mycityjournals.com

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nified Fire Authority (UFA) is on a mission to save more lives, and it is turning to residents to do so. The “Push to Survive” program teaches residents to call 911 and begin hands-only chest compressions until help arrives. Officers from the search and rescue department educated Riverton council members and residents on the program at the May 3 council meeting.

“Our city has the quickest response time of most cities in the valley.” “This is a fantastic program,” Riverton UFA Chief Mike White said. “We have seen great results in the past few years. They’re amazing statistics.” UFA will provide residents this free hands-only CPR training at a fire station open house in June. Fire Station 121, located at 4146 West 12600 South in Riverton, will be open from 6–7 p.m. on June 1, 7, 13, 20 and 25. Officers hope that residents will attend and learn this lifesaving skill as well as get to know the firefighters in their community. “First and foremost, residents will learn a critical, easyto-learn, easy-to-remember, lifesaving skill: hands-only CPR,” E.J. Hinterman said. Hinterman is a medical trained specialist with UFA who has spearheaded “Push to Survive” and other programs. “Secondly, residents can meet and visit with their local firefighters and meet the guys that are spending time away from their families so other families are safer.”

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“Push to Survive” is a three-step process that officers have called the 3 C’s: Check, Call and Compressions. If an individual witnesses someone in need of medical attention, he or she should first check the person to see if they are conscious and breathing normally. If not, he or she should call 911 immediately. The average response time according to Hinterman is 6–8 minutes. Every minute diminishes survival by 10 percent if the chest is not compressed. Without bystander CPR being performed, 92 percent of cardiac arrest victims will not survive; with proper hands-only CPR and modern standards of care, 50 percent of these victims can survive and return to a normal life, according to a UFA statement. Councilmember Brent Johnson shared an emotional personal experience on the importance of learning “Push to Survive.” “I was 14 years old. I had just received my lifesaving merit badge,” he said. “Our family went on a vacation to California. I was minding my own business and I went out to the pool where there was a young boy in that pool. Because of the instruction I had received, I successfully revived this young boy. Every time I see this video it brings back a memory that could have been horrible for me. I was a young man on vacation, enjoying it with my family when the lifesaving instruction I received changed a young boy’s life. I don’t know what that young man became, but I know how this changed me.” “Push to Survive” will be taught on an ongoing rotation at the station during the open house hours. Officers welcome those to stop by, spend 10 minutes learning how to save a life and get to know the firefighters. You can stop by any time during the open house and take the class. We look forward to meeting you

“Push to Survive” was taught to council members on May 3. Firefighters will teach the public this lifesaving program during five open house nights in June. Photo courtesy of ©Riverton City Communications.

and need your help when tragedy strikes,” the UFA statement said. “Our city has the quickest response time of most cities in the valley,” Mayor Bill Applegarth said. Our response time is excellent. Think what we can do if all of us will take this seriously. I hope that you will make time to attend one of the five days that they are offering.” Mayor Bill Applegarth added. Those who cannot attend or would like to re-learn these skills can watch the training at home on UFA’s website. l

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Ending Family Violence a Community Effort By Briana Kelley | brianna@mycityjournals.com

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outh Valley Services (SVS) aims to provide shelter, advocacy and prevention to end family violence in communities. SVS hosted a spring breakfast at the Viridian Center on May 10. The event was organized to introduce the services provided to the community and let attendees know how they can be involved. Jennifer Campbell, SVS executive director, stressed to attendees the importance of partnerships and working together. “That is how we stop violence,” she said. “Not one agency, not one person, not even one bed. It is through a coordinated services where we all link together and think ‘what can I do?’” Campbell said during her talk. SVS opened in 1998 to provide safe shelter, resource and referral services and selfsufficiency programs for survivors of domestic violence. The agency’s threefold mission is to educate, empower and advocate. It works closely with community partners in order to better serve the community, according to the SVS website. It currently has five locations in Salt Lake County. Campbell began as a volunteer and remembers one of her first assignments vividly. She had been put in charge of preparing a room for a family of six that would be arriving later. She remembers feeling frustrated as she put the beds together. “We didn’t have enough pillows for the beds that day, and the sheets did not match, and I left the room thinking, ‘well, this is the best I

Community partners gather at the spring breakfast hosted by South Valley Services on May 10. —Briana Kelley.

can do,’” Campbell said. “Later, the advocate on shift told me that when that family came into the room, their 15-year-old daughter began crying, and I thought, ‘Oh great, it’s because she was disappointed,’” Campbell remembers. Campbell said the daughter was appreciative of the service. “She said no. The daughter hugged her mom and she started crying, and she said, ‘I’ll sleep safe tonight,’” Campbell said. “Her step-dad had been abusing her both physically and sexually for quite a few years actually, and she had the courage to come forward and to tell her mom. And so they had left, knowing they were not safe. No one deserves to not be safe in their home. No

one deserves to have to leave to get help. We as a community can bring help to those that need it. We can help stop violence,” Campbell said. SVS has recently been able to better serve victims of severe violence and those at risk for homicide due in large part to the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). LAP is an assessment used by law enforcement to reduce risks and save lives. If law enforcement on the scene determines that a person is at risk for violence and homicide, he or she can connect the victim directly and immediately with service providers. LAP has strengthened the relationship between law enforcement officials and service

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From Student to Princess: Prom Arrives at Kari Sue By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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e were honored to award teachers from 22 schools in Bluffdale, Herriman and Riverton at our annual Teacher Appreciation lunch. Thank you Security Service Federal Credit Union and Riverton Hospital for sponsoring this event. The following teachers were honored: Gina Walker, Herriman High; Jim Groethe, Riverton High; Jill Putnam, Copper Mtn. Middle; Claudia Bowles, Ft. Herriman Middle; Steve Upwall, South Hills Middle; Sandra Doehler, Oquirrh Hills Middle; Brittany Larsen, Blackridge Elementary; Kate Walters, Bluffdale Elementary; Becky Dall, Butterfield Canyon Elementary;, Katie Thomas, Foothills Elementary; Marika Dains, Herriman Elementary; Janae Barron, Midas Creek Elementary; Darlene Becknell, Riverton Elementary; Jennifer Egan, Rosamond Elementary; Laraine Elder, Rose Creek Elementary; Karen Walter, Silver Crest Elementary; Angela Mineer, Southland Elementary; Maddie Nelson, Kaurie Sue Hamilton; Janica Jackson, Providence High; Annaka Nay, North Star Academy; Elizabeth Gallagher, St. Andrews; Brenda Straley, JATC South. We welcomed two new businesses to Riverton. First Sonic Drive-In opened on 13400 South. This is an unique Sonic as there is a sit down restaurant inside. It is not your typical drive-in! They are also offering new menu items. Come and check them out at 5100 West 13400 South. Second, we welcomed Bank of the West to Riverton. They are a full service bank that can help with all your financial needs. They are located on 12600 South and 3700 West, in the Lowe’s parking lot.

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Allie Chandler dances with her father, Richard Chandler, and a Riverton High School student in her blue formal dress at Kari Sue’s annual dance. – Tori La Rue

Aubretia Schouten (left) dances with Kari Sue Hamilton (right). – Tori La Rue

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atie Chandler said she never thought she’d see her daughter go to prom. At 2 years old, Allie was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a genetic mutation that affects brain development. She began to regress in motor and verbal skills until she stopped talking altogether. “When that happened, my dreams for her changed,” Katie said. “You just don’t think of them as being able to have all the same experiences as they would have had otherwise.” But on May 3, Allie, now 16, took to the dance floor at Kari Sue Hamilton School in a blue, floor-length, gown and her favorite pair of old boots. She smiled and danced with peers her age from Kari Sue Hamilton School and Riverton High School as the DJ played the chicken dance song, Village People’s “YMCA,” Abba’s “Dancing Queen” and other tunes. “It’s just an unexpected miracle,” Katie said. “I assumed her chances for this kind of thing were gone, so I was just blown away. There she is in a Cinderella dress.” This year, the owners of Bling It On, a prom dress rental shop in Riverton, donated a dress to Allie and other interested secondary student to wear and keep. The donation was organized by Amelia Maynard, a peer leadership tutor at Riverton High School. During one of the peer tutors’ weekly trips to Kari Sue, Amelia heard about the annual dance and said she knew what she could do to make it a memorable experience for the students. Her mother, Alysia Maynard, and sister, Mariah Smith, own Bling It On, so she asked them if they would be willing to donate dresses. “My sister just said, ‘I’d love to do that.

Tell me how,’” Amelia said. “That’s when I started to figure it all out.” Amelia and her sister sent fliers out to the Kari Sue students’ parents explaining that they’d like to donate dresses. The form had a place for the families to fill out what size, color and style of dress they were interested in having. Then Amelia and Smith brought about 80 dresses to the school for the girls to try on one by one. “One girl picked a dress that didn’t even fit her because she loved it so much,” Amelia said. “She just screamed when we told her she was beautiful and started jumping up and down. Other girls were just smiling or hugging. I got teary eyed once, but I was trying to hold it together.” Bling it On Donated about 30 dresses in all. The girls took their dresses home a couple weeks before Kari Sue’s prom, and Katie said Allie couldn’t stop staring at her dress as it hung on the closet door. “When she got to wear it, she was really excited and smiled and sobbed,” Katie said. “When I put it on her, she got this sort of wistful look on her face, like she understood what kind of an amazing opportunity this was for her.” Amelia and the other peer tutors attended the prom and danced with the upperclassman at Kari Sue Hamilton School. Kari Sue Hamilton, the person for whom the school is named, also made an appearance at the dance, and for two hours, the students grooved to the music. “Prom is a huge part of my life, and getting to share that with Kari Sue just makes it even better,” Amelia said. “This is something that I will take with me forever.” l


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Riverton Medals at State Drama By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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livia Casper, Grayson O’very and Logan Johnson said they were surprised to find themselves competing against the best of the best in the final medals round of the state theater competition. Olivia, 18, Grayson, 18, and Logan, 17, performed the musical theater scene “You Don’t Know/I Am the One from Next to Normal,” which is “a powerhouse song with crazy emotion behind it,” according to Grayson. Olivia played Diana, a wife and mother who is mentally unstable; Logan played Dan, Diana’s stressed husband; and Grayson played Gabe, the dead son of Dan and Diana. The judges and spectators at the region competition were unfamiliar with back-story of “Next to Normal,” which left them confused by the Riverton High School students’ blocking and acting choices, Olivia said. The three teens didn’t place at region. “It was just so different at region,” Olivia said. “They didn’t understand our song. They would tell us that it was weird that I was lying on the floor or avoiding my husband, but they didn’t know that my character is literally going crazy.” At state, the students added a quick disclaimer at the beginning of their act, sharing the nature of each of their characters. The quick introduction helped people focus on the meaning of their song, instead of its abstract nature, Logan said. After their finals round performance at state, they were awarded with third place out of about 80 other musical theatre scenes from 26 schools across the state. “It came as a surprise, really,” Logan said. “We just weren’t expecting that kind of recognition.” Riverton High brought 20 individual events to the state competition at Bingham High School on April 16, and 17 of

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those events received straight superiors—the highest rating— from the judges. The best events in each category—classical scenes, contemporary scenes, musical theater scenes, dramatic monologues, humorous monologues and pantomimes—were invited to perform in the medals round. Although they didn’t place, Whitney Gillman and Bailey Lawson’s musical scene also went to the medals round. “It was really awesome that we had two Riverton groups representing our school in the medals round,” Olivia said. Whitney, 17, and Bailey, 17, performed “If Mama Was Married” from “Gypsy,” pretending to be sisters who dream about what their life would be like if their mother got married. “One of our most common comments about our song was that our voices sounded good together or that we really seemed like sisters,” Whitney said. “It’s funny because we really are like sisters in real life, so it wasn’t hard to act.” When Whitney moved to Riverton a few years ago, she said she and Bailey became close friends almost instantly, and their friendship has only grown. That’s why it wasn’t hard for them to put in 15 hours of practice to get their song performance ready, Bailey said. “We wanted to give this all that we had because it’s our last year, and neither of us had made it to the medals round before,” Olivia said. “It gets exhausting running through it so many times, and having our teachers coach us so much, but it really helped us to get our scene where we wanted it,” Bailey said. Bailey and Whitney made it to the medals round at state and region. It was a great confidence boost for them, Whitney said. In addition to the individual events state competition, Riverton High School hosted the annual one act play state

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Students from Riverton High School dressed in costumes and performed scenes and monologues during the state theater competition on April 16.

competition. Riverton’s one act, “The Pillowman,” tied for third place and Dani Brady, junior, and Mikey Rowe, sophomore, won best supporting actor. “The judges can only give six of these special awards, so for two of them to be given to our students, when there were 15 plays, is pretty significant,” Erin McGuire, theater teacher at Riverton High said. McGuire said she was proud of her students for what they accomplished at state. “Many of these students don’t get a chance to be part of a play or musical production, so being able to perform at region and state helps them to increase their performance abilities, make new friends, and represent RHS and RHS drama,” McGuire said. “I’m always pleased when my students are recognized for their talent and efforts. It’s great for them to hear someone besides me tell them that they are creating good theater.” l

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South Hills Scores at Science Olympiad By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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uild a rocket out of household materials. Design a calibrated mechanical device that uses energy from a falling mass to transport an egg as close as possible to a barrier without cracking the egg. Answer questions about ancient life using fossils to identify a species’ habitat and behaviors. These are three of the 25 events that South Hills Middle School students competed in during the Utah Science Olympiad State Competition. “This is college-level work, the kind of science it takes to pull these events off,” Dawn Monson, a science teacher at South Hills, said. “This is what these kids are going to do and be when they grow up on a larger scale. They want to build, they want to learn and do and stretch themselves, and this is one of the programs that allows them to do that now.” The South Hills varsity Olympiad team, composed of 15 students, scored third in state overall, taking second in Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Detectives, Meteorology, Road Scholar, Fossils and Elastic Launch Glider, and third in Reach for the Stars and Game On. The team took second in state last year. Monson attributes their success to the time and effort the teachers and students spend perfecting their craft. South Hill’s six science teachers—Monson, Jason Carwin, Luke Talley, Kenton Bustin, Kristel Christensen and Elizabeth Lewis— take on the role of coach at the school’s Science Olympiad practices, which are held two days a week after school. While most schools struggle to find one 15-student team, 30 students attend South Hill’s practices, 15 on the junior varsity team and 15 on varsity. “I think there are only four schools in the state that have two teams,” Monson said. “I think students join because they see we just have a lot of fun and make a big deal of it.” South Hills talks about science Olympiad in their morning announcements, newsletter and science classes, but a majority of the students joined because it was something that their friends suggested, Monson said. Erik Spencer, 14, said he joined because his older sisters recommended it.

“We can’t really work together on science Olympiad because they’ve done different event, but it is pretty cool to be involved in the same type of activity,” Erik said. Part of South Hills “Brainiac” team, Erik participates in knowledge-based events. Erik was in three events at state: Meteorology, where he took a test about Earth systems; Write It/Do It, where he wrote a technical description of a unique object that his teammate had to re-create from his description; and Road Scholar, where he answered questions based on his reading of maps. Erik and his teammates got second place in both in Road Scholar and Meteorology. “I’m glad they make this into a competition because we put in a lot of hard work studying,” Erik said. “To be able to be recognized for something that you put so much effort into feels nice. When you get that medal, it’s just like they’re recognizing that.” For a kid who finds electricity fascinating, science Olympiad is the perfect extracurricular, Paul Taylor, said. Paul, 14, created circuits in the Shock Value event at the state competition. Because all students take part in three events, Paul also participated in Food Science, where he analyzed milk products, and Fossils, where he answered questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils. “Olympiad’s really fun, and it looks good for college,” Paul said. “It exposes you to more extra careers that you won’t have thought about without it. It’s fun to think of what I will end up doing. It’s good preparation.” Paul helped the South Hills team take second on the fossils event. He said he plans to continue participating in Science Olympiad at Riverton High School next year. As for South Hills, they’ve wrapped up their science Olympiad for the year, but, according to Monson, they’ll be back next year, practicing two times a week after school and hoping for another state championship. l


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Teacher Institutes Congressional Hearing By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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ne teacher at Bluffdale Elementary School teaches U.S. History through hands-on activities that prepare her students for mock congressional hearings each spring. “The students prepare by re-enacting historical events in American History instead of just reading about them in textbooks,” fifth-grade teacher Melanie Fisher said. “They participate in service opportunities and regularly express their ideas and opinions in class as well. I definitely am a tough teacher with high expectations for my students. They earn every privilege and reward throughout the year, but we also have a good time together. I think this is the best way to prepare for something like this.” Seven years ago as a first-year teacher, Fisher received a grant to go to James Madison University in Virginia to learn about and participate in “We the People,” a program established to promote civic competence and responsibility among students. Since that time, Fisher has taught the program’s curriculum for the first part of the year before helping her fifthgrade students engage in a culminating mock congressional hearing competition. The hearing requires memorization and effort, but it is an effective way to help students take an active part in their own learning, said Kim Brown, whose son Wyatt participated in Fisher’s most recent “We the People” program on April 28. “It’s been pretty cool to see how involved he is and how much he knows, because he

Melanie Fisher, a fifth-grade teacher at Bluffdale Elementary School, wraps up her class’s congressional hearing on April 28. – Tori La Rue

actually has to do the performance,” Brown said. “This is something he will remember his whole life.” Wyatt said his favorite part about the congressional hearing was presenting what he learned to the judges, especially Bluffdale Mayor Dirk Timothy. Mike Anderson, area superintendent for Jordan School District, and Karen Egan, principal, were the other two judges. “It’s a little nerve-racking when you are up there, but it is also exciting when you are up there,” Wyatt said. “I feel better now that it is over, but it was a lot of fun. It is just great learning all of this stuff.”

Wyatt’s team of six spoke about the U.S. government system and won the competition overall, scoring the highest points from the audience and Fisher, and tying for first place according to the judges. “Their answers to the judges’ questions were well thought out with current events and constitutional applications,” Fisher said. “Their entire team participated multiple times with answering the questions as well.” Four other six-person teams presented on various government topics, including the purpose of government and the Bill of Rights. Each team member performed a self-written one-minute speech before judges asked

unscripted follow-up questions that related to each team’s topic. Teams were judged based on the speeches and their responses to their followup questions. “Should every American citizen be required to participate in our government? I believe that each American citizen should not be required to participate in government,” Joshua Jones said in his speech. “The very foundation of this country was built on liberty—liberty of thought, liberty of speech, liberty to act or not to act. The very idea of forcing a person to participate in government shatters the core principles of our democracy.” Egan said she was impressed with the student speeches, but said she was blown away by the answers students gave to the follow-up questions. When the judges asked why people choose not to vote, Sydni Nelson said, “I believe the reason many people don’t vote is because they don’t think their vote counts, but I believe that the government leaders who are running can tell the people who are their voters that everyone’s vote counts.” After the event, Fisher said the hard work was worth it because she saw how much her students learned during the program and how much they enjoyed it. Egan said she also considered the event a success. “I am a proud principal,” Eagan said. “I am really glad that Ms. Fisher takes the time to do this with our kids.” l

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Silverwolves Strive For Baseball Balance By Greg James | greg@mycityjournals.com

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t is the end of an era for Riverton senior Clint Salter. He wipes his brow, steps on the mound and unleashes his final high school pitch. It hits the mark on the outside corner, strike three and the Silverwolves capture their final victory in a roller coaster season. Salter was all aces in his final appearance for the Silverwolves. He allowed three hits and struck out nine Herriman Mustangs. The 9-0 victory marked the end of his career and the season for his team. “It was a nice way to finish the year and quite a performance by our team,” Salter said. “I think the year ended great. I wish it could

weighing his options. Davis is a two-time all-region selection and will join fellow Riverton graduate Jeff Arens at UVU. Despite the final victory, the 2016 season was a slight disappointment. The Silverwolves finished in fifth place with a 7-11 regular season record. They were four games behind Pleasant Grove in the standings. They missed the state playoffs for the second straight season. “It was roller coaster season,” Applegate said. “We had a lot of walks early on this season, and that came back to haunt us. We lost

“Things may not have worked out for us with wins and losses this year, but we saw a lot of positive things happen in our program.” have been different through the year, but I am excited for the future. Riverton has taught me how to grow up and at times to bear down and keep going.” The 6-foot-2-inch senior pitcher has signed a letter of intent to continue playing baseball after high school at Otero Community College. “I think we provide a good program and base for these kids to continue after high school,” Silverwolves head coach Jay Applegate said. “It really comes down to the kids. They need to have the talent. I call it baseball balance. They come to practice every day early and work on stuff they need and do not complain when things do not go their way. Kids that have the desire and are resilient are going to get there.” Senior catcher Skyler Davis has signed at Utah Valley University, Caden Carr has had interest from schools and Kaden Wilson is still

several games in the final innings, but toward the end I have seen a lot of energy.” The Silverwolves lost eight games by two or fewer runs. “I feel that we did not reach many of our goals, but we emphasized that this is a great laboratory for life,” Applegate said. “If you can get up one more time after you fall then it is a success. Things may not have worked out for us with wins and losses this year, but we saw a lot of positive things happen in our program.” Seven seniors will graduate and leave the Silverwolves program after this school year. They include Davis, Salter, Carr, Wilson, Stone Gibbons, Jake White and Erik Nelson. The Silverwolves’ last appearance in the state tournament was 2014. They are 55-47 since 2011 and won a Region 4 championship in 2013. Many underclassmen were able to garner experience this season. Applegate hopes that will lead to more success next year. l

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South Valley Boys Soccer Teams Closeout Seasons By Greg James | greg@mycityjournals.com

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he state 5A boys soccer playoffs will not be short a team form the South Valley. Herriman is making its first appearance since 2012. “We have had an up-and-down season,” Herriman head coach Ryan Mitchell said. “We have been playing a lot of underclassman, so they are smaller, but our kids have a high soccer IQ and have turned things around towards the end of this season.” The Mustangs lost to Riverton 5-3 on April 8 and managed a 1-1 tie on the April 27. The loss and tie put the Mustangs in a must-win situation for its last game of the regular season against Westlake May 13. They came through with a 7-0 victory and secured a state playoff position. “Our first loss to Riverton helped us turn things around,” Mitchell said. “They were up 3-2 at halftime just from our poor defense. After the game we were able to watch the game film and make adjustments in training. I think it changed our season around.” The Mustangs won five of their last seven games, including a 1-0 loss to American Fork and the tie against the Silverwolves. Sophomore Carter Johnson led the team with 11 goals. “Carter is a fantastic player and an even better kid,” Mitchell said. “If I could clone him, we would have an incredible team. He has had a back injury, and we cannot drag him off the field. I have seen him play for several years since he was a little kid. He is a great athlete and incredibly tough.” The Mustangs’ goalkeeper JD Myers has notched four

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Softball Teams Reach Playoffs By Greg James | greg@mycityjournals.com

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etermined energy, excitement and desire to become the best there is can be found on the softball diamonds around south end of the Salt Lake Valley. Riverton, Herriman and Summit Academy high schools have established competitive softball programs. All three schools qualified for the state playoffs. Riverton took second place in Region 4, Herriman finished just a half a game behind them in third and Summit Academy placed second in the 2A North Division. “I feel like we are ready for the state playoffs,” Riverton head coach Katelyn Elliot said. “We have been hitting it (the ball) well lately. I think we have some pitchers that can chuck it on the mound.” Summit Academy got its first chance to compete in the postseason. The 2A state playoffs began May 12. The Bears faced Parowan and lost 8-3 in the first round. They then lost in the one-loss bracket to North Sevier 17-8 to close out their season. Freshman Emma Perkins belted three home runs and pitched the Bears to eight victories this season. Ashlie Cordero and Kiera Glodoski each belted two round-trippers. The Bears finished the season with a 10-2 region record. Cordero was named Academic All-State, recognized as a student who has excelled in the classroom as well as in athletic competition. With more than 85,000 athletes participating in extracurricular activities, the award is the most prestigious award given to high school senior athletes. In the 2A classification, 10 girls were given the award. Herriman and Riverton were scheduled to begin their

state tournament runs May 17 (after press deadline.) The Mustangs are attempting to improve on last year’s second-place finish at state. They lost to Lehi twice on the final day of the tournament (7-2 both times) to end their championship hopes. The Silverwolves navigated their way through the oneloss side of the bracket in 2015 until they also ran into and lost to the eventual state champion Lehi Pioneers. “We just need to keep playing the way we have this season,” Elliot said. “It should not change just because it is the playoffs. The game does not change at all. We should not get wrapped up into all of the hype.” The Silverwolves had a team batting average of .446. They belted 16 home runs and averaged 10.7 runs per game. Pitchers Jordan Lockhart and Eryn Williams anchored the Silverwolves defense. Elliot said her pitchers can “really chuck it.” The South Valley rivals (Herriman and Riverton) split their regular season games. Each team won on its opponent’s home field. The Mustangs took the first contest 9-3 on April 5 and lost game two 14-12 Herriman’s girls were not to be outdone by their crosstown rivals. They averaged 9.7 runs per game and belted 24 home runs themselves. Sophomore April Visser hit 10 home runs, the third most in the state this year. Riverton opened the state tournament against Davis while Herriman will face Syracuse, both games were scheduled for May 17 (after press deadline.) l

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he Salt Lake County Equestrian Park may soon see some changes, thanks to the hard work of equestrian park users and the county’s parks department. During the county budget process last fall, I learned that the equestrian park operates with a roughly $1 million dollar subsidy from county taxpayers. I also learned of a litany of deferred maintenance items that hadn’t been funded and were causing problems for park users, including lack of adequate restrooms, and drainage problems near horse stalls. I started asking questions about whether this was the best use of taxpayer dollars and offered optimal value to our community. County voters have demonstrated that they value open space in our communities—a sentiment I share. Preserving places for our residents to enjoy outdoor activities is good for the physical and emotional health of those who call Salt Lake County home. The county subsidizes parks, on average, $5,000 per acre. The equestrian center on the other hand, is subsidized at about $7,500 per acre. Though the equestrian center generates some revenue (the operating budget is roughly $2 million, with about $1 million in revenue), it still is a significant cost to taxpayers each year to maintain. As I’ve worked to learn more in recent months, I’ve been extremely impressed with the users of the equestrian park who

have been helpful in outlining the value the park provides to the community, as well as working to identify ways we can improve the park and ultimately reduce the subsidy. We’ve been working through our public process to address the questions I raised, as well as the future of the park. The first part of that process is for the county parks department to finalize four different proposals for the future of the park. They include: status quo with maintenance improvements, an equestrian regional blend that removes the race track and adds soccer fields, an “enhanced” equestrian park that expands the functionality of the facility, and converting all of the land into a regional park with various sports fields. The council will review each of these scenarios and their corresponding costs, as well as ongoing operational costs under each scenario. This, coupled with a better understanding of the value the park provides, will equip the council to make the best decision regarding which scenario is best for the park’s future. We’ve been collecting a tremendous amount of public input thus far. I want to specifically thank each resident who has offered their perspective through the online survey as well as the town hall event we held at the park. Moving forward, I am committed to a few key principles. First, I remain absolutely committed to efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars. With every project that this council

funds, we should ask whether the benefit to the community justifies the cost to the taxpayer. This principle was the primary motivator for my initial questions about the park, and remains a key focus. Second, we must maintain our practice of bringing key stakeholders to the table to work together to find a solution both the park users and county taxpayers find acceptable. The Equestrian Park Coalition has already shown tremendous initiative educating county officials—myself in particular— and offering possible solutions.The Mayor’s office has created an Equestrian Park Advisory board, comprised of county parks staff and equestrian park users. This board is instrumental in identifying viable options for the park’s ongoing future. Lastly, If this park is going to stay, then we as a county need to commit to investing in the park’s future. We will find areas to use taxpayer funds more efficiently, freeing up dollars for other needs, and ultimately reducing our ongoing subsidy of the park. Smart spending coupled with improved management will make a valuable difference​. This is a great example of how Salt Lake County residents, advocates, and elected officials can work together to find the best solution. I’m encouraged by the productive conversations we’ve had so far, and eager to see this important issue soon resolved. l

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