South Valley Journal March 2017

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March 2017 | Vol. 27 Iss. 03


14-YEAR-OLD RIVERTON SINGER/DANCER to improve competes in Timbaland’s new TV series By Tori La Rue |

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Ashlund recently finished creating the music video for her first original song, written by Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd who is known for co-writing many of Justin Bieber’s songs. She said this is a huge stepping stone in her performing career. “I’ve been doing this for two years, and I always wanted my own original song,” she said. “The song gives away the exact message I want to portray. It’s called ‘Ultimatum,’ and it’s about not caring what other people think about you and loving yourself and following your dreams.” From working on her original song, building her own YouTube following and consistently producing covers for DreamWorks TV, Ashlund’s schedule was already packed when she added “The Pop Game” to the mix. The show’s scouts asked Ashlund to audition on several occasions, and she decided to move forward after a go-ahead from her mom and manager. Ashlund wasn’t the only Ortiz who would face the cameras on “The Pop Game.” The show required Mindy to be on screen, which she said was entirely out of her comfort zone. “I was worried,” Mindy said. “I don’t like cameras, so that was a big thing for me. But it ended up being amazing.” Ashlund, 13 at the time of filming, was the youngest contestant, but she said she didn’t let that get her down.

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ourteen-year-old Riverton singer “Ashlund Jade” Ortiz is one of five teenagers to star in a new Lifetime reality TV series, which could land her a contract with Timbaland’s music label. “The Pop Game,” which premiered Feb. 21, follows teenage performers as they are coached by Timbaland, a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning producer and artist, and other celebrity artists, including JoJo, Macy Gray, Nelly Furtado and Jordin Sparks. The teens are given challenges that they must face with their parent-managers, and the contest winner is promised a record contract with Mosely Music Group. “I feel like I got so much better at performing,” Ashlund said about her experience on the show. “It made me realize how much goes into being a pop star.” The Utah-based singer/dancer said she’s wanted to be a famous quadruple threat—a singer, dancer, actress and model— since the age of 5 but started seriously generating a fan base in November 2014 when she recorded a music video cover of Echosmith’s “Cool Kids.” The video was intended to be a marketing gimmick for both her music career and her mother’s dance and clothing boutique, Twinkle Me Pretty, which is based out of South Jordan. “It was actually an accident that it got so popular,” Ashlund said about the “Cool Kids” video that garnered more than a million views within three months and now has more than 13 million views. “We just wanted to make it for fun, but it went viral. I thought: ‘People love this. I should get more into it.’” From that time, Ashlund and her mother, Mindy, began actively producing music videos for Ashlund’s YouTube Channel. Because they were new to the YouTube music video scene, neither mother nor daughter thought to post contact information with the videos. This presented a problem when DreamWorksTV wanted to offer Ashlund a spot on their channel for their YouTube series “Songs that Stick.” For several months, DreamWorksTV couldn’t reach Ashlund until they realized “Twinkle Me Pretty” was a family business and made the contact through company information, Mindy said. Ashlund began working with DreamWorksTV to produce cover videos while still developing other music videos on her own YouTube page. Mindy also connected Ashlund with a manager in Los Angeles to help her gain exposure through other means. Each of Ashlund’s cover songs includes extensive dance routines, many of which are choreographed in the dance room that’s in the back of her mother’s boutique. From recording the voice track and learning the dance moves to filming and editing, Ashlund said it usually takes her crew about two to three weeks to put a music video together.

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“The show actually gave me more confidence,” she said. “It put me through those hard challenges, but I was able to work through them. It made me have more confidence in what I do— everything that I do.” Although the competition on the show was fierce, Ashlund said the hardest part about the 10-week show was being away from her family. Ashlund’s father had stayed in Riverton with her two younger brothers throughout the filming to keep his local business going and cart the boys to their competitive baseball games. Even with missing her family, though, Ashlund said the mentoring she received from celebrities was worth the sacrifice. “It does get really hard sometimes because I get busy, but I just remember the fans I’m inspiring and motivating, and I remember the hard work I’ve put into this, and I remember my dream—what I want to do when I am older, and that’s when it makes things OK.” Ashlund and Mindy couldn’t disclose whether Ashlund scored the record contract with Timbaland, but those interested in following the singer and dancer can watch “The Pop Game” on Lifetime TV. l

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rans-Jordan Landfill has forged an unlikely partnership with local nonprofit organization Bicycle Collective. The landfill saves and donates dumped bicycles to Bicycle Collective, which then recycles and repairs the bicycles and gifts them to those in need. Trans-Jordan has given 488 bikes to Bicycle Collective since the project began in May 2016.

“Saving bicycles—this is one thing that we could do something about,” said Mark Hooyer, executive director of Trans-Jordan Cities Landfill. “We all have a general astonishment that so many perfectly useful things are thrown away in our culture. Here, though, we could reuse and find a new life for bicycles other than burying it in the landfill.” Hooyer said the amount of bicycles being thrown away first caught his attention when he was director at Trans-Jordan. An avid cyclist, Hooyer decided to conduct an experiment. He had staff pull out bikes from loads being dumped over Memorial Day weekend in 2016. They collected more than 80 bicycles in two days, a number that “fairly astonished” Hooyer and his staff. That same week, Hooyer took his daughter’s bicycle to the Bicycle Collective, a nonprofit organization that provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community, focusing on children and lowerincome households. As Hooyer learned about the Bicycle Collective’s services and needs, he felt it would be a good fit for the bicycles the TransJordan staff had collected at the landfill. “This was the a-hah moment,” Hooyer said. “Here was a business worthy enough and capable enough to receive all of the bicycles we were collecting.” Trans-Jordan, which is a public facility, moved duly through the proper processes and soon entered into a non-financial contract with Bicycle Collective. Trans-Jordan tracks the number of bicycles and pounds of bicycles that they donate, and the nonprofit makes monthly pick-ups. Bicycle Collective refurbishes the bicycles for nominal resale and charity purposes. For bicycles too damaged to repair, they use needed parts and pieces and then recycle the unused parts. “We get a lot of children’s bikes from Trans-Jordan,” said Sam Warrick, Bicycle Collective Salt Lake City operations manager. “There are a lot of bikes that we turn into goodwill bikes, which are bikes that we provide to people in need through various government agencies and charities.” Bicycle Collective began locally in 2002 and now has bike shops in Salt Lake, Ogden and Provo. The organization provides bicycle repair, bicycle mechanic courses, and certifications and frame-building courses. The Collective also has Earn-A-Bike program for kids and distributes free bikes to the neediest members of the community, according to its website. “We’re funded primarily by in-kind donations,” Warrick said. “The used bikes that are donated to us, we either sell them to fund our programs or directly donate them to children in need or adults in financial need.” Residents who are interested in participating can donate used bicycles to the Trans-Jordan Landfill or directly to Bicycle Collective. Those who

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Bicycle Collective picks up a bicycle load from the Trans-Jordan Landfill. To date, Trans-Jordan has donated 6.9 tons, or 13,796 pounds, of bikes, an equivalent of 488 bikes. (Mark Hooyer/Trans-Jordan Landfill)

could benefit from the Collective’s services can contact Sam Warrick at or Volunteer Coordinator Matt Woodman at Residents can also visit the website www. for more information. Trans-Jordan also has other programs in place to re-direct and recycle waste. The landfill has a Public Convenience Center (PCC) that recycles helmets and car seats and donates clothing to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Utah. Trans-Jordan does not charge for hazardous waste and has a reuse shed that offers items free to the public, including paint, stains, cleaners, automotive products and pesticides. Trans-Jordan likewise does not charge for loads that are fully recyclable, such as cardboard, aluminum, steel, glass, electronic waste, carpet pads and batteries. For more information on its recycling programs, visit Any items that arrive on a garbage truck or loads that go down to the landfill cell, however, are not recovered for recycling or reuse with the exception of large metal appliances and tires. Hooyer said these sustainable practices “give our cities and the community that we serve comfort to know that when they no longer use something that is recyclable it’s not scrapped, but it is reused by others in communities in Utah.” “Recycling gives residents a chance to bring life to something that was at its end of life,” Hooyer said. l

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Something to smile about: Local dentistry gifts mouth reconstruction to single mom By Tori La Rue |


atricia Lochhead walked into Silver Summit Dental in Herriman with only nine teeth. She plans to walk out with a full smile. Her mouth reconstruction, which will add 19 new teeth to her mouth, is made possible by donations from the community and the dental office. The single mother of two can’t wait until the four-month process is finished. “My confidence is going to go through the roof,” she said at her first appointment with Silver Summit Dental on Jan. 21. “People sometimes judge, and that makes you feel low, but with a smile, you can walk proud and be happier. When this is finished, I think that all I’ll be doing is smiling.” Her new mouth will be symbolic of her new life. The Murray resident said her teeth deteriorated from drug use, but now she is sober and she’s concentrating on what matters — her children and finding a good job. Lochhead wanted to get her teeth replaced, but mouth reconstruction comes at a hefty price, often amounting to more than $20,000. The desire was more like a dream, she said. She expressed this dream to a neighbor, Francine Platt, not knowing that Platt had connections. “It was good timing,” said Platt, a graphic designer. “I was just finishing up a design with Silver Summit Dental, and it was like a godsend.” Platt approached the owner of the new office whom she’d worked with before, Doug Laney, and asked if the new practice would be offering charitable services in the future. Laney said he and the two dentists at the practice were hoping to offer free service to someone as part of their grand opening.

After looking at an X-ray, dentist Doug Hansen explains how he will reconstruct Patricia Lochhead’s mouth. Silver Summit Dental is gifting the dental work to Lochhead, a single mother with only nine teeth. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

They added Lochhead’s name to a list of more than 20 locals who needed, but didn’t have the means for, dental work. They compiled the list using recommendations from residents, city officials and ecclesiastical leaders. “The three of us are firm believers in giving back and service work. It’s good karma. It is the right thing to do, and we want to be part of this community and felt like this

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Fathers and daughters dance at sold-out event By Tori La Rue |

More than 150 participants danced at Riverton Fathers and their daughters do the chicken dance City’s “Just You and I” father-daughter dance. at Riverton City’s Valentine’s themed father and (Kevin Willett/Riverton City) daughter dance. (Kevin Willett/Riverton City)


nce again, the tickets for Riverton City’s father-daughter date night sold out within a week of availability, but this time Willie Wangberg snagged tickets to the city’s most popular indoor event. “I tried to sign up last year, but it was too full,” the Riverton resident said, adding that he now sees why tickets go fast. “It looks amazing in here. They did a really good job.” Nearly 150 participants, including Willie Wangberg and his daughters, Ellie, 6, and Claire, 3, paraded into the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center on Feb. 3 wearing best dress. The girls were given artificial flower corsages, and the fathers were given candy corsages before they were whisked away to have formal pictures taken. The participants entered the auditorium, which was filled with Valentine’s decorations. First, the room acted as a restaurant. The circular tables were dressed with Italian food and pink—pink tablecloths, pink silverware and pink balloons. Next, the room became a dance floor, as city employees cleared the tables and chairs, and turned the music up. The dance portion of the night included freestyle dance and line-dance instruction by Riverton Pageant first attendant Serra Bye and second attendant Taylor Jones. First-time participants and those who have made a tradition of “Just You and I” alike said they enjoyed the night. Cameron Cole, who attended the annual event with his 9-year-old daughter, Katelyn Cole, for the sixth time, said they keep coming back because it’s a good way for him to teach his daughter how she should be treated on dates when she gets older.

Josh Moore, who recently moved to Riverton, said he signed his three daughters up for the activity because it sounded like an event they attended in their previous neighborhood. His 12-yearold daughter, Sydney Moore, said she loved the environment at the Riverton event. “I love how everyone here is like a whole big family,” she said. Riverton’s Parks and Public Service director said togetherness is the purpose of the event. “Events like ‘Just You & I – Daddy/Daughter Date Night’ help promote that sense of community,” she said. While most of the event followed the same pattern as years past, this was the first year Disney princesses attended the eighthannual, father-daughter tradition. Teens who were dressed like princesses posed for pictures and danced with the younger girls. “It’s wonderful to be able to be here and try to set a good example for these girls,” said Charli Denos, who acted like Rapunzel for the night. “They get so excited when they see us.” Six-year-old Ellie Wangberg rushed up to hug Denos and two other teens dressed as Cinderella and Elsa when they entered the auditorium. “We haven’t taken our girls to Disneyland yet, but they saw the princesses here, so they got a taste of it,” Willie Wangberg said. And although she loved the princesses, Ellie Wangberg said they weren’t the best part of “Just You and I.” “My dad’s my favorite,” she said. “I loved to spend time with him.” l Winter Fun Snowmobile & Cabin Getaway

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hough the Otter Swim Club may not contain actual otters, it does give swim instruction. The club is a Salt Lake County program designed for children with an autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities to improve swimming fundamentals, water safety and social skills. “Really, every kind of aspect in life is what this program benefits, so it’s really amazing,” said Ivy Hausknecht, Salt Lake County adaptive aquatic manager. Hausknecht oversees the Otter Swim Club (OSC) program. Run year-round, OSC is available at various county recreation centers throughout the valley including Fairmont, Holladay Lions, Gene Fullmer, Dimple Dell, J.L. Sorenson and Magna. With drowning being the leading cause of death for children with autism, there is strong need for programs like the OSC. Hausknecht said the water proves vital for individuals who may have sensory processing sensitivities. “The water is so beneficial for that. You just can’t get that feeling anywhere else in life than being in the water,” Hausknecht said. “For some kids when they kind of have those sensory sensitivities, the water just touching their entire body kind of calms them and gives them a sense of relaxation and that 45 minutes is awesome for them.” Water bodes well especially for the general population of kids with Down syndrome who may experience joint issues, making it difficult to be physically active on land. Hausknecht said water allows for them to do everything. “They get great exercise, they get to learn this really important life-saving skill that a lot of us take for granted,” Hausknecht said. OSC, designed for youth ages 3-18, is divided into four levels for swimmers to progress through: water orientation, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Swimmers in the advanced level have the opportunity to compete with the county’s pre-competition teams. “Water orientation is meant for kids who are terrified of the water then work their way up to the swim team level so that is really cool,” Hausknecht said. With the program running in four-week sessions, the amount of kids accepted into each level is dependent upon the number of teachers. OSC averages one teacher per three kids. Hausknecht said different centers have varied staffing numbers. For example, Fairmont has enough where they can accept up to 10 kids in each level while other centers carry only one or two levels. Growing up with family members experiencing disabilities, Hausknecht said while those relatives are now grown up, she wished programs like these had been around

Teachers and swimmers perform their team cheer at the end of the Otter and Adaptive Swim classes. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

sooner. “If there were options like this 15, even 10 years ago, it could’ve changed their lives,” she said noting 20 percent of Salt Lake County has some form of disability. “We’re really pushing (adaptive programs), I just see how it could’ve benefited my family back then.” But working with the kids themselves might be Hausknecht’s favorite part of the OSC. “These kids, the smile on their faces, this is kind of their highlight coming to these practices once a week, they look forward to it. When they get to the pool, seeing how excited they are to be there it makes you excited to be there,” she said. OSC doesn’t have to be limited to these six centers. Hausknecht said if people want this program at other facilities they can call her. Once she sees it’s desired at another location, Hausknecht begins forming a plan to place OSC there. “I just need those requests so the more the community knows that we have this program, the more it will grow,” she said. “I want people to know that we can grow, they just have to call.” To contact Hausknecht or learn more about the program, call (385) 468-1903 or email at l


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Communication a problem regarding Redwood Road widening By Tiffany Webb |


edwood Road’s project plans have now been solidified to a seven-lane road. Residents raised much opposition over the proposed raised center median.

With many residents in attendance to voice their opinion about the opposition to having a raised center median between 12800 South and Western Charm Drive along Redwood Road, Mayor Bill Applegarth started a discussion about the Redwood Road project at the Feb. 7 city council meeting. “My goal is to make the record just totally accurate,” Applegarth stated. “We have now got the funding in place. The transportation commission was very nice in moving funds for us for this project.” The original plan for the Redwood Road-widening project was to build a five-lane road with no bike lanes or shoulders. Eventually, years later, the road would be expanded into a seven-lane road. According to Applegarth, it’s cheaper to build the road out all at the same time. UDOT and the city plan to build a seven-lane road with shoulders, sidewalks and bike lanes on each side. In addition to the project being cheaper, the council wanted to build the road out at one time to avoid the taking property from residents twice for Redwood Road expansions. In prior city council meetings, the following items were discussed in conjunction with the widening project: an intersection alignment and traffic light installed at Christian Way and Western Charm Drive and an intersection alignment and traffic light installation at 13035 South and Riverton Ranch Road. These neighborhood entrances will be aligned into an intersection at Christian Way and Western Charm Drive because the residents have no way of getting out of their neighborhood unless they exit onto Redwood Road. Another reason for the intersection is so residents will not need to go into Bluffdale and make a U-turn just to come back to their neighborhood in Riverton. Without an intersection, the proposed median would make it impossible to turn left onto their neighborhood streets. The intersection of Christian Way and Western Charm Drive met a warrant to have a traffic light installed. A warrant means that enough cars are present in the intersection to justify having a traffic light installed. Unfortunately, the future intersection at Riverton Ranch Road and 13035 South has not yet met warrant, so no traffic light will be installed until the warrant has been met. While the alignment of the intersections are in the budget plans and are set to be accomplished, according to Applegarth, the traffic light installation at Christian Way and Western Charm Drive is not currently in UDOT’s budget for the project. Applegarth proposed a way to pay for this traffic signal at the meeting. “There is a current rainy day fund balance, which is at $1.3 million,” Applegarth said. “My plan is to leave $600,000 in the fund balance and to leave for amenities $700,000. We don’t have to raise taxes for this funding.” According to Applegarth, this is just a suggested way to pay for the traffic signals that are not in the project budget. The council ultimately has all the power in deciding whether to take from the fund balance or to take from the general budget. Applegarth continued on this proposed method of paying back the funds taken from the fund balance. “I have to have a way to repay that (the rainy-day fund), which is with the CenterCal opening and with the businesses coming in that should give us a $300,000 sales tax increase,” Applegarth said. The CenterCal project will consist of restaurants, retail stores and office spaces. The location of this project is going to be on 13400 South and Mountain View Corridor. Applegarth also spoke about his proposed way of paying back the rainy day fund with the CenterCal project. “My plan starting in 2018–19 is to take $100,000 from that sales tax increase for that year and you do that for four years to get that fund balance back up to 1 million,” Applegarth said. “I think it’s a reasonable risk.”

The $37 million Redwood Road widening project stirred controversy among Riverton residents and the city council at the Feb. 7 city council meeting.

Voting by the council on this funds issue will take place at a future city council meeting. According to Jessica Rice, UDOT project manager, demolitions of homes have already started and construction activities will be starting in the spring. The project will start at the south end of Redwood Road and work north. The east side will be finished first. Once the east side is completed, traffic will be diverted to the east side while construction continues on the west side of the street. The project is expected to be completed this winter. The project has two controversial topics among the council and city residents: Whether a raised median or a painted median should be installed and perceived lack of communication between UDOT, the council and the residents. “Communication has been a problem in this, so I wanted everyone in the same room,” Applegarth said. Applegarth believes there needs to be a raised median between 12600 South and Park Avenue and between Western Charm Drive and Bangerter Highway because of high traffic and commercial businesses in those areas. Rice and Applegarth said money will be saved by having a raised median instead of a painted median because a raised median doesn’t require the full-depth concrete in the center lane like the other lanes require. Having raised medians saved money on the middle pavement sections, which allowed for that money to be placed into the aligning the intersections at Christian Way/Western Charm Drive and Riverton Ranch Road /13035 South, according to Applegarth. “The most important thing of this whole thing is not money,” Applegarth said. “The issue here is what is the safest road to build. The issue for me is not convenience or if you can pull into your house or not—it’s whether you can safely get into your driveway through having a painted median or have U-turns placed throughout the raised medians.” Bob Ford and Charlie Heaton, both Riverton residents, spoke out about their opposition to having raised medians and proposed to have flat-painted medians that would give turning capabilities

between intersections. “We expressed our opposition at the Old Dome Meeting Hall,” Ford said. “The things that we are frustrated with are that we feel like we have not been heard by UDOT. We want to have a voice in this discussion. Anywhere that there isn’t a raised median in other cities is a direct reflection of the citizens and council outcry.” According to Ford, the residents whose homes are on the east side of Redwood Road have not received correct compensation to the reduced access to their properties. Also, when UDOT representative Mike Richardson negotiated with the residents regarding their properties, reduced access due to the medians was never a part of the conversation. “I feel that we were not involved in a design build,” Councilman Brent Johnson said. Those in attendance clapped in response to Johnson’s statement. Applegarth responded to Johnson’s statement. “That’s the purpose of this meeting; Trace Robinson has been involved in the whole design effort and representing Riverton,” Applegarth said. “I believe if we proceed, we can cut through a lot of this given all of the people that are dedicated to this issue.” According to Ford, accidents like rear-ending and side-swipes have the potential to go up in the areas where the raised medians are being put in because the medians restrict traffic. Restricting traffic can also leave an impact on surrounding neighborhoods. It could pose an issue for getting into the city offices, dropping children off at school and trying to get into their driveways that border Redwood Road, Ford said. “We believe that the diverted traffic into the neighborhoods will pose a risk for neighborhood accidents,” Ford said. “We believe that we should not have to pay for the risks for the perceived safeties.” The council will discuss this issue again in future city council meetings to determine whether a raised median or a painted median goes in at Redwood Road. The council will also discuss where to pull the funds from to fund the traffic lights at Christian Way and Western Charm Drive, which has met warrant, and at Riverton Ranch Road and 13035 South, which has yet to meet warrant. l

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obody knows when the next natural disaster may occur, and that isn’t the only scary part—the other is being unprepared. There are many things that should be considered when making sure loved ones will be taken care of in an emergency. According to Mayor Bill Applegarth, having a 96-hour kit rather than a 72-hour kit is crucial because if the issue is widespread, it can take some time for the Red Cross to respond. “I feel strongly that you have your emergency supplies, you have worked out communication with your family and then you have alternate housing in mind.” Applegarth said. Applegarth instructs residents to stay in their home during an emergency if the home is structurally safe. However, if it isn’t safe, his idea of alternate housing until Red Cross can respond is to pitch a tent in your backyard. Understandably, this can be a harder task to take on, especially in winter. “If you can keep yourself dry in a tent, there are ways you can keep yourself warm in a tent,” Applegarth said. “I would have a very good sleeping bag, good clothes and good boots—everything that you would want in a normal winter campout. You can survive if you have the right equipment.” In the event of an emergency, communication with family is key to make sure everyone is safe. The last of the communications to go down is usually texting, according to Applegarth. Applications for group messaging, email and even social media can be a means of communicating with family members in an emergency. If communication is needed with the city offices, residents can call the normal city office number, and if everything is running properly

with phone lines, these calls will be routed to cell phones set up for this type of scenario. Other ways residents can prepare for an emergency is by joining a community emergency response team-training program. This could enable people to help their neighbors in emergency situations. While taking care of oneself in the event of an emergency, residents can feel rest assured that Riverton City will immediately move to bring in whatever help is needed, according to city leaders. “Our role is to keep city services running,” Applegarth said. “When an emergency comes, you have to improvise as you go along, and we will do everything as a city—and I believe the other government organizations will do the same. UPD, the fire department, Rocky Mountain Power, Questar—will do all they can—to respond and to be flexible.” Applegarth feels that flexibility, teamwork and communication are key in making sure that everything runs as smoothly as it possibly can in the state of an emergency. An advantage that Riverton City has is having a hospital close by as well as clinics placed around the city. In Applegarth’s opinion, Riverton is very fortunate to have many police and fire officers that live within the city. Ultimately, these officers are residents here even if they do cover other jurisdictions. If they can’t get to their city, they would gladly join the Riverton team to see the safety of the community through, Applegarth said. For more information about preparing for an emergency, preparing an emergency kit or signing up for a community emergency response-training program, please visit: http:// l

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Herriman permits animal control to issue civil citations By Tori La Rue |


erriman City residents may now receive a civil citation for violations related to animal control. While this may sound like a negative adoption, it may be better than the alternative. Before Feb. 8, animal control officers, like Officer Michelle Jones, could only offer verbal warnings or criminal citations to people who violated state or city law regarding pets. “For instance, if dogs were running off leash in the parks, their owners can get a criminal citation, which, for me, is a bit extreme in most cases,” Jones said to the Herriman City Council during a work meeting on Jan. 25. “But a verbal warning alone may not always be the most appropriate as well. I want to be efficient with performing my job here in the city, and I want to make sure that I am not over-enforcing, but I don’t want to under-enforce as well.” Jones asked for “an additional tool in her toolbox” — the ability to offer a courtesy notice, notice of violation or civil citation in lieu of a criminal citation. The violation notices would allow animal control officers to track offenses and identify repeat offenders without issuing fines. The civil citations would allow officers to issue fines without

Officer Michelle Jones, a Salt Lake County animal control officer who works in Herriman, said the most common animal violation is allowing dogs to roam without a leash in public parks. Jones and other animal control officers can now issue civil citations to violators instead of criminal citations. (Pixabay)

linking the offense to a person’s criminal record. The Herriman City Council unanimously approved the ordinance amendment at the Feb. 8 city council meeting. “It makes such sense that I can’t believe it was not already in force,” Councilwoman Nicole Martin said. Councilman Jared Henderson shared a personal anecdote to illustrate his support.



Nearly 10 years ago, animal control officers issued Henderson a criminal citation when they assumed his dogs caused havoc in a local neighborhood. “I run with my dogs, and they see mine all of the time, so they thought that the culprit dogs were my dogs, and they weren’t,” Henderson said. “I fought (the citation). I had a hearing right here and won that fight, but it still shows up on my record. It says

that it was exonerated, and it’s somewhat inconsequential, but it still shows up on a criminal background check.” Other city council members laughed as he told the story, and agreed that the council made the right choice to pass the ordinance to keep these kinds of citations civil matters. Although animal control officers may now issue varying citations, Jones said her main focus to maintain order in the community will still be education. When she runs into first-time offenders— depending on the offense—she’ll likely teach them the proper way to obey the law and issue a violation notice without a fine, she said. This notice will allow her to track who has and has not had a chance to receive animal control education. When repeat offenders continue their malpractices, she said she’ll start escalating fines. “It’s a less-aggressive option to get compliance with some of the issues,” she said. Jones mentioned two common offenses by animal owners: letting dogs run loose in parks and neglecting to license animals. For a full list of animal laws in Herriman City, review the city code at, http:// l

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Youth council dances for charity By Tori La Rue |


erriman City Youth Council members used a dance as a catalyst to prompt donations for its annual food drive. In lieu of an admission fee, the youth council invited community members to bring donations to the Utah Food Bank to enter a glow-in-thedark dance on Jan. 20. “I was very proud of their efforts to organize this,” said Herriman Councilwoman Coralee Moser, who is the youth council adviser. “It was cool to see how they would combine a fun activity with a service project, and I think it was just genius how they figured out this mash-up of events.” More than 70 people attended the charity drive dance despite the snowstorm that hit, and they filled the tops of two 6-foot tables with food. Rachel Hale, the youth council mayor, said these items made a considerable contribution to the amount of food the council collected during their food drive, which lasted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 14. “The fact that it involved service gave us something to talk about and be proud of,” said Quaid Green, a 17-year-old member of the youth council about the dance. “When you go to a dance—even if you are the one who organized it—in the end it was just a dance. There’s not much to be proud of. But when you

help someone—regardless of what the activity actually was—there’s something you can say about it later on.” Mayor Carmen Freeman and his wife, Madeline Freeman, dropped off a donation of about 500 glow sticks to the youth council for the dance and then stuck around to join the dancing. Hale said surprisingly the Freemans were not the only adults who arrived at the dance. Four or five other adult couples trickled into the party throughout the night, who, according to Green, knew how to dance better than the teens. Some children also attended the dance. Teens from Riverton High School, Herriman High School and Providence Hall also attended. The Riverton High School Exchange club and a local Smith’s also sponsored the dance. Tyler Davis, a 16-year-old on the youth council, said the dance became more of a party than a dance halfway through the activity. Participants started having competitions with the glow sticks to see what kinds of games they could create with them, she said. The dancers made Frisbees, jump ropes, hula hoops and even outfits out of the glow sticks. After the dance, youth council members cleared out the rec center, packed the food donations into boxes and began to carry the boxes across the recreation center parking lot to

Mayor Carmen Freeman and his wife, Madeline Freeman, look at the donations youth council members collected at their food drive dance. (Herriman City)

the Utah Food Bank Trailer. The driver parked the trailer as far from the rec center entrance as possible to avoid taking up patron parking, which means the youth council members had to trudge through the snowstorm to load their

donations, Green said, adding that his limbs “felt like Jell-O” after putting forth the effort. In addition to the dance, the youth also collected donations from food bank bins they placed around Herriman City Hall. They spread the word about the bins by publicizing the dance, talking about the drive on social media, handing out fliers and hoisting a banner at City Hall. The Herriman Youth Council members will report their food collection progress at the Youth City Council Leadership Institute at Utah State University at the beginning of March. The Herriman food drive was one of many youth councils going on throughout the state during January and February. Although Hall thinks Herriman’s total number of donations will be small compared to other cities, she and Green both said they think the food drive was a success because the council beat the number of donations they received last year. “Originally, when you start out, it is hard to do these types of donations, but in so doing this activity, we have proven to ourselves that our capacity to raise donations was a little greater than we thought before,” Green said. “It’s also given us a template with which we can run and make even better contributions to our communities in the future.” l


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isa Jensen, a psychology teacher and coach at Herriman High School, was nominated for the National Life Group’s LifeChanger of the Year award. While there are more than 700 nominees, Jensen’s students said they’re convinced she should win. “If they don’t pick her, they picked the wrong person,” said Abbie Champman, a senior who’s worked with Jensen through the school’s bullying prevention club called Lisa Jensen, a psychology CURE. teacher and coach at HerKennady Christensen agreed. riman High School, was “I literally don’t know anyone more nominated for the National perfect for this nomination,” said Christensen, Life Group’s LifeChanger who has taken Jensen’s classes for the past of the Year award. (Jordan two years. “She is the most influential person School District) I have ever met.” The LifeChanger winners will be announced in spring 2017 after a selection committee reviews all nominations. Jensen, who has been lovingly dubbed “Co-J” by her students, is known for her packed schedule and big heart, according to the school’s media center specialist Crystal Hansen, who nominated Jensen for the award. When she’s not running between meetings with the CURE, prepping for psychology classes or leading girls volleyball or basketball practice, Jensen can be found talking one-on-one with her students, building relationships, Hansen said. Last year, Christensen was struggling to find motivation to continue with school when Jensen challenged her to get her diploma and have more confidence in herself. The senior is now planning to graduate with the rest of her class in June. “I had a lot of self-esteem issues, and she helped me see the good qualities that she saw in me,” Christensen said. “Even in the last year, her help has been completely life-changing. She’s helped give me a new motivation, a new confidence and a new love for life and everyone in it.” Jensen describes herself as a “blunt,” “sarcastic” and “bold,” as a coach, but her players said they don’t see her that way. Maddie Garrett, a senior volleyball player said she wanted to play college ball but wasn’t at the skill level she needed. With tips from Jensen, she upped her game and signed with Utah State University Eastern for fall 2017. “She’ll always tell you what’s good about what you are doing, and then she will tell you what to fix,” said Emily Stanford, a junior who plays on Herriman’s volleyball and basketball teams. “She’ll just make it all positive instead of saying, ‘You suck you need to fix this.’” Last year, the basketball team lost one of their friends and players

Lisa Jensen converses with students in the media center after school. Jensen was nominated for a national award in January. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

when Cadee Conner was killed in a car crash on Mountain View Corridor. Jensen was a major support to the team by comparing the experience to when she lost her brother, several players said. “It was good just to look at her and think, OK, how can someone who lost their brother—someone so close to them—come out like that?,” Stanford said. “I’ve looked at her as a role model, and I know I am going to come out of it because she did.” Jensen said she’s humbled that she’s been able to help these girls become self-aware in school, sports and life. Though at the beginning of her college experience Jensen was opposed to the idea of becoming a teacher, she said it’s now hard to imagine her life any other way. “I actually wanted to go into like fire-fighting, maybe even potential coast-guard stuff,” Jensen said. “I just wanted to do something big and bold and exhilarating and life-changing, and I never thought being a teacher would be how I would do that.” Mid-degree, Jensen began talking with her academic adviser about alternative career options. She decided to coach, but her adviser notified her that she’d need to teach something. Upon finding out that she could teach psychology in high schools, Jensen said she was sold on the idea. Jensen said it was “overwhelming” to think of the impact she must have had on students because they were willing to talk with the South Valley Journal and comment on her LifeChanger nominee page. “By far, teaching has been the most rewarding thing I could have ever chosen—much more than I was hoping to get out of those other careers,” she said. l

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iverton City officials and Riverton High School leaders promoted suicide awareness and prevention during a 1-mile community walk in below-freezing weather conditions. “I think in a way it is a symbol,” said Linda Tranter, a counselor at RHS said about the walk on Jan. 28. “Grief is pretty tough, and as uncomfortable as we are (during the walk), it makes us think of the things these teens have gone through, and we try to really empathize with their situations.” The high school’s suicide prevention group Tranter advises, called the Hope Squad, has sponsored a similar walk each year for the past 11 years. The walk is a visible sign to commemorate students and community members who have committed suicide and demonstrate awareness of suicide. Because of the walk, those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts may realize there are people who care about their feelings, Tranter said. In fall 2016, when suicidal thought reports among teens in the city were on the rise, Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth said city leaders and the Hope Squad decided to partner in “a way that has never been done before.” The city advertised the Hope Walk on its website and by attaching Hope Squad banners to city light fixtures and started an initiative to train residents in QPR, a technique used to assist people who are contemplating suicide. The walk became a joint effort between city officials and the Hope Squad. About 80 participants met at Riverton High school where they were given bright yellow hats and scarves, provided by city leaders. The loud color was meant to represent hope and life and attract attention by passers-by, according to Tranter. Yellow cards were also handed out, and walkers could write a short tribute to someone in their life who had committed suicide and dedicate the walk to them. Broc Stowe, a 16-year-old sophomore in Riverton’s Hope Squad, said the most meaningful part of the morning occurred before the crowd left the high school. “I loved the moment of silence we had,” Stowe said. “You could really feel the love and compassion that was being felt for all of those people who had committed suicide. I’d never felt something like that before.” Following the moment of silence, participants followed the RHS Silverwolves mascots down the sidewalk of 2700 West to 12600 South. With a police escort, the group made its way to what RHS students

call the “Spirit Corner”—the grassy area on the northeast corner of Redwood Road. The mayor gave a few remarks at the conclusion of the walk, and Hope Squad members released yellow balloons in the area. Because of the cold, people didn’t stick around long after the walk. Some people were bussed back to the high school. Others chose to walk back. “I was the photographer and got to take pictures as this was going on,” said 16-year-old sophomore McKara Warr. “It was cool to see everyone having a fun time. Even though we were talking about a very serious and sad concept, you could tell people were happy to be showing their support and that they care.” Warr said she also hoped the event showed the public who the Hope Squad members are. Hope Squad members are nominated by their peers as someone who is a good listener and easy to talk to. Struggling students are encouraged to talk to these peers because they are trained in identifying signs of suicide and referring students to adults who can help the situation. Those who are feeling depressed or suicidal have places to turn to for help. Teens can speak with a member of Hope Squad, and all community members can call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 if they or someone they know is considering suicide. l

Riverton High School’s suicide prevention group, the Hope Squad, releases balloons on the northeast corner of Redwood Road and 12600 South in a ceremony to raise awareness of teen suicide. (McKara Warr/Riverton Hope Squad)


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Middle school robotics team places in competition by helping others By Tori La Rue |


ebruary was a busy month for Oquirrh Hills Middle School’s robotics team. The team placed ninth in the statewide competition on Feb. 11 and represented the Jordan School District at the state capitol during Utah’s Education Day on the Hill on Feb. 24. Comprised of 11 eighth- and ninth-graders, the team, self-titled the Velocity Raptors, is associated with FIRST Robotics Competition, an international systemized STEM tournament for high school students. Each year FIRST creates a challenge that competitors must accomplish using a robot they build and program. This year, the challenge involved picking up, carrying and throwing whiffle and exercise balls using robots—a complicated feat for anyone, let alone middle school kids, Velocity Raptors coach Todd Monson said. “The part I enjoy most is seeing their perseverance getting past and beyond difficulties,” Monson said about his team members. “They don’t give up. They keep refining and working at things, and they don’t get frustrated.” The Velocity Raptors helped other teams to persevere during work days, days that teams gathered together to make adjustments to robots, and at their region competition, where they competed to qualify for state. Ironically, helping


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other teams succeed is the reason the Velocity Raptors placed third at their region match in Park City, said team co-captain Nicholas Sill. During the last round of the Park City qualifier, the three teams with the highest scores invited other teams to team up with them against their opponents. One of the top teams invited the Velocity Raptors to join its alliance because of the help they’d offered earlier on in the competition, Nicholas said. The Velocity Raptor’s effort in the last round brought their score up to third place. “This year, we are moving further than I ever expected, so that is exciting,” said ninthgrader Anakin Lee, the team’s other co-captain. In addition to the state and region competitions, the Velocity Raptors were invited to the state Legislature’s Day on Capitol Hill where academic groups from various districts presented what they’d learned during the 2016– 17 school year. The OHMS robotics team had an opportunity to set up a robot battlefield and show state legislators what the team had been working on.“There are so many schools all across the state, so it’s really an honor to be selected for this,” Monson said. The team met for two-hour practices twice a week to prepare their robot, making numerous adjustments and additions to their robot prototype over time. The team rearranged

Two students from the Velocity Raptors robotics team at Oquirrh Hills Middle School help a student from Morgan School District problem-solve at a regional event. The OHMS team is known for its willingness to help other teams succeed, according to its coach, Todd Monson. (Todd Monson)

their robot’s wheels to add stabilization and arm to increase functionality. The team members also made some superficial improvements, such as adding combat music to their robot and a green sign created from their school’s 3D Printer.

Nicholas, who led the team in the programming aspect of the robot, and several other students used a programming app on a smartphone to tell the robot how to move. Other students, under the direction of Anakin were, more involved in the building of the robot’s mechanisms. The Riverton Lowe’s donated several hundreds of dollars of supplies for the teenagers to use when constructing the robot body. Each team member contributed unique ideas to the construction of the robot and its programming, the captains said. “It’s really interesting when you get all of us working together,” Anakin said. “You couldn’t do this if you were working by yourself. You really need multiple people’s ideas to sift out the good ones.” Besides teaching teamwork, Anakin said his two years on Oquirrh Hill’s robotics teams have helped give him high aspirations for the future. “This has kind of been my dream,” he said. “I like building stuff, and building robots, and so this has been an experience for me of what I want to do in my life. I am still deciding what I am planning on doing in my life, but his is helping me learn what job—what career—I want and what classes I am going to take in high school to progress this career.” l


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Expropriated: Residents lose property in Bangerter Highway project By Tori La Rue |


he 2017 Bangerter Highway project to create freeway-style interchanges at four intersections may alleviate major southwestern traffic congestion in the county, but it doesn’t come without a cost. The $208 million project will displace 96 homeowners and two businesses as the land is used to make way for the expanded interchanges at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South and 11400 South. The Utah Department of Transportation will also acquire parts of nearly 100 additional properties. “We take property acquisitions very seriously,” said UDOT spokesman John Gleason. “It is the toughest part of our job, and we do it as a last resort. With Bangerter and all the development around it, there’s no other place for it to expand in these areas. These (acquisitions) were absolutely necessary to finish the project.” The Heffron story: Moving after 30 years Holly Heffron and her husband lived in their home at 5498 South Alveron Drive in Taylorsville for 30 years—all of their married lives—and never planned to leave, but that changed when they learned Bangerter Highway’s expansion would take over their property. “You don’t think it will happen to you,” said Holly Heffron whose home backed the eastern side of Bangerter’s sound wall. “Even when I knew they were going to do something to Bangerter, it didn’t cross my mind that my house would be affected. Then all the sudden someone was telling us ‘Brace yourself; you guys are moving.’” While waiting for the Utah Department of Transportation to appraise her home, Heffron began casually looking for homes online. She said she “accidentally” found the home of her dreams near 9000 South and 4800 West in West Jordan over Independence Day weekend and made an offer. The owners accepted her offer, but the deal was contingent on the price UDOT would pay for her home. Heffron described the next couple months as “nerve-racking.” “UDOT representatives were great to work with, but that may have been because I was continually bugging them and calling them for updates,” she said. The initial price tag on the Heffron home wasn’t as high as Heffron thought her house could sell for on the market, but UDOT tacked a “relocation fee” onto the check, which allowed Heffron to purchase the West Jordan house. She said it worked out to where she could close on both homes on the same day. Although overjoyed about the new house, Heffron said the switch didn’t come without emotional tugging. She and her husband drove by the site of their decades-long home around Christmas time, finding window frames missing and holes in the ceiling in their old house. Her neighbor’s house was completely missing. “That was a really weird feeling, but I think I’ve gotten over that,” Heffron said ““Moving is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I think we are better off for it. I like my new home so much better.” The Brusch story: When UDOT won’t buy a house While things worked out well for Heffron, she acknowledged that many others didn’t have a good experience with the state’s use of eminent domain. One of her friends isn’t losing property, but will likely lose home value, Heffron said. The home, which used to face hers, will soon face Bangerter’s sound wall. “I think the people who have to stay have it worse off,” she said. Melissa Brusch agrees. UDOT is taking eight and a half feet of her family’s backyard near the 9000 South/Bangerter Highway intersection for the project, and she said she’s not happy about it. “We wanted to be bought out, but they wouldn’t let us,” Brusch said. “They said they don’t have the funds, but we just

An empty lot sits between two houses on New Heritage Drive in West Jordan. The home that used to be there was demolished to make room for a freeway-style interchange at the nearby Bangerter Highway and 9000 South intersection. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

Empty lots on Alveron Drive in Taylorsville where homes used to stand. The Utah Department of Transportation obtained the properties through eminent domain in the process to create a freeway-style interchange at the 5400 South and Bangerter Highway intersection. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

don’t want to deal with it.” While UDOT tries to take personal interests into account when making the home purchases, the department also needs to think what will be best for the community, Gleason said, adding that there’s a certain set of criteria that must usually be met before a house will be purchased. The Brusches said they didn’t mind that the home backed Bangerter Highway when they bought it seven years ago, but bringing the sound wall eight feet closer to the house could be a deal-breaker for the young family. “I have little ones, and I want them to be able to play outside,” Brush said. “The yard will be smaller, and the on-ramp will be right in our backyard. There will be more noise and pollution, and I don’t want my kids to breathe that in.” Brusch said she and her husband haven’t decided whether they will put their house up for sale but are considering all options. “UDOT said we won’t be affected by the value, but if it’s really going to be a freeway-style, the home won’t be as desirable,” Brusch said. “The house across the street took a huge hit because of the project, so I don’t know if I want to get lowballed out there and lose money.” Brush said she’s still contacting UDOT to get an appraisal on her home to find out how much they’d pay for the property. “I’m still trying,” she said. “I just think everyone should have the option to get bought out.”

learned UDOT was collecting properties through eminent domain. “I was just shocked,” she said. “I was never contacted. I had to be the one to contact UDOT myself.” An appraiser came to look at Jensen’s home and told her how mch they’d pay her to leave her home. Jensen said it’s hard to leave because she loves the area but said she’s mostly frustrated because she wasn’t given a definite timeline. “I would have liked to build my own home, but they took so long to give me a timeline that I had to buy a home that was already built,” Jensen said. Jensen’s house, along with many in her neighborhood, was only seven years old. She and her neighbors voiced concerns that UDOT should have known about the acquisition process long before their homes were built and stopped development from occurring.

The Erdmann Story: Expropriation—a convenient way to sell Brusch’s neighbor, Amanda Erdmann, had better luck getting UDOT to purchase her home. Erdmann’s husband had moved to Oklahoma for work, so she’d already hired a real estate agent to sell her home when UDOT notified residents they were looking to acquire homes within the neighborhood. Erdmann immediately contacted UDOT and told them of her situation. She said she “fought hard” to be bought out, and UDOT agreed. “We were a different situation where we lucked out,” Erdmann said. “UDOT was easier than if we would have sold our house the other way. We didn’t have to pay Relator fees or closing costs—they just showed up with the offer, but I know it wasn’t like that for a lot of other people.” The Jensen Story: Unable to build People started asking Kenzie Jensen when she was moving out of her home at 11163 South Tippecanoe Way. That’s how she said she

Future Acquisitions While UDOT does have a long-range transportation plan that extends until 2040, Gleason said the department doesn’t always know which homes will be affected. “We do our best to preserve right of way, but without environmental study process, we don’t know where the improvements will go or where alignments will be,” he said. “For the four new interchanges we started that process on December 2015, and we worked with the cities to prevent additional development or construction at that time, but until the environment process is complete, we don’t know where the improvements will go.” Gleason suggests homebuyers check UDOT’s long-term plan before making a home purchase to discover if there’s a chance that their home could be acquired in a similar process. The long-term plan is found on the department’s website in map form separated by region. Because housing developments and businesses are sprouting along the sides of the Mountain View Corridor, many residents affected by the Bangerter project have expressed concerns that a similar acquisition process will need to occur when that road expands. Joe Kammerer, project director for the Mountain View Corridor, said it’s not likely that eminent domain will be utilized to the same extent along the new western highway. Mountain View Corridor was built with the outside lanes first to preserve the right of way, he said. When that road expands, it will fill in inside lanes using the right of way they’ve already acquired, he said. l


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Recycling: Economic benefits for consumers and businesses By Mandy Ditto |


ities in the Salt Lake Valley have been promoting and pushing recycling in their communities for years, but what many people don’t know is how much recycling is constantly changing. This includes the changes made to pricing and the value of different recyclable goods, which is what can make recycling seem economically viable at some times, and not so at other times. Because of supply and demand changes in the materials that companies can recycle, there’s a question of whether recycling is financially reasonable? Is it saving money, or is it costing Utah and its cities more than it is worth? Economic values of recycling According to the 2016 Recycling Economic Information (REI) report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2007 recycling and reuse activities accounted for 757,000 jobs in the U.S., produced $36.6 billion in wages and produced $6.7 billion in tax revenues. This means that “on a national average, there are 1.57 jobs, $76,030 million wages and $14,101 tax revenues attributable for every 1,000 tons of recyclables collected and recycled,” in the U.S., the report read. “The important thing they’re finding is that recycling provides environmental benefits, while simultaneously contributing to economic growth,” said Lesha Earl, public education representative for the Trans-Jordan Landfill in the Salt Lake Valley. “The materials recovery facility — they’re the recycling people — what they do is bail everything up, or contain it, so they can sell it to markets that need that raw material, whether it’s going through the recycling process or wherever they are selling it. From there it goes on to making new products, which is a whole industry in itself.” Recycling has become a much more complex and rich product in that it isn’t just about reusing something once, but being able to reuse raw materials — plastic, glass, metal — to produce more new products, instead of having to go to the “virgin” or unused source of materials, Earl said. There are companies that know to just buy post-consumer products to make their own products. “Rather than mining the ore out of the ground, they will go to these companies and say, ‘We’ll buy your steel cans and scrap metal,’” Earl said. Aluminum is one material that is infinitely reusable, and the cost to recycle aluminum is roughly 8 percent of the cost to mine ore, transport it to a facility, melt it and use it to create a new product, said Mark Hooyer, executive director of the TransJordan Landfill. “Why wouldn’t you, at that point? You’re talking a raw material that you can get available at far less a cost than if you’re buying brand-new aluminum ore off the boat from China,” Hooyer said. When it comes to throwing away an aluminum can, it can either spend 500 years in a landfill before it decomposes, or it can be recycled infinitely, Earl said. Circular economy This process is called the circular economy, which means keeping all of these precious products and materials for as long as possible, to get as much value out of the material as possible, Earl said. “We don’t want to throw away good money.” With the developments and changes that have been taking place over the last 50 years, it has become crucial for companies that want to stay in business to be looking at recycled products available, rather than going after raw materials to continue manufacturing, Hooyer said. There is less and less available, and so recycled goods are becoming more valuable to businesses

Recycling is not only environmentally beneficial, but also economically beneficial and viable, according to experts across the valley.

everywhere. A shift that has occurred as the need for circular economy has become more prevalent is that, instead of the consumer being the one mostly responsible for reducing, reusing and recycling, “it is now the company’s responsibility to buy products that

to the recycling plant. That is often the most expensive part of glass recycling; that’s a major part of the cost equation. The final cost is the processing cost—the cost to run equipment, repair equipment, staff to run the equipment. “ There are more than 60 public drop-off collection points across the Wasatch Front that go to Momentum Recycling’s facility, with some being paid for by the municipalities, others paid for by Momentum and others by both. Once recycled glass has been processed, cleaned and separated from contamination — bacteria, sugars, lids, caps, food — the glass is sized and then marketed to industrial users, Lair said. “That’s the other end of the equation is Owen’s Corning,” Lair said. Owens Corning is a fiberglass insulation business based in Nephi, Utah. It purchases 80 to 90 percent of the recycled glass produced from Momentum’s plant, he said. “I’ve been told that there’s a tremendous amount of energy that is saved; there’s other savings offsetting raw materials — the mining, the transport of virgin materials from wherever it is mined — using recycled glass in its place,” Lair said. “There’s a range of areas where they save money when they use recycled glass. Those savings allow them to position their products more favorably in the market, which allows them to sell more, which allows them to hire more people. It’s kind of this long chain of benefits; it doesn’t just start or stop in our plant.”

“From our perspective, we’re running out of landfill space… Once they are closed, there will be no more in Salt Lake County, and they’re going to see their rates go up because they are going to have to transport material farther away to the landfills.” are made from post-consumer materials so that they are able to enter the circular economy and are able to maintain that circular motion; they stay in cycle as long as they can,” Earl said. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has begun to acknowledge this shift and launched a new project at the end of 2016 called “Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for A New Economy.” Because the national average recycling rate is 34 percent, and this initiative will encourage more recycling to create a stronger, new economy. This past January, the initiative kicked in to follow cities and companies that are being a good example of recycling, and pushing businesses everywhere to share their data and progress to potentially “unlock an estimated $4.5 trillion in additional economic growth by 2030,” according to research done for the initiative. “If you think of how many businesses are a member of the Chamber of Commerce, it’s pretty significant that their parent organization is saying, ‘We’re taking this seriously,’ Earl said. “If you want to be in business, if you want to make good money, you’ve got to be circular, the linear is a thing of the past.” The viability of glass recycling Momentum Recycling is one of the premiere glass recyclers in Utah and Colorado, and is a for-profit company, with revenues brought in from collecting and processing glass outweighing not recycling, said John Lair, President and CEO of the company. “It’s economically viable to recycle glass,” Lair said. “First, you have to pay to gather the glass; there’s a cost associated with that. Sometimes we pay that cost, sometimes the municipality pays that cost, sometimes it’s shared. Second cost is transportation—how to get that glass from the drop-off location

Why this matters Though recycling and using recycled materials is becoming more prevalent for business owners and manufacturers, much of the process and the success of a circular economy lie with community members recycling. Without recycled goods being put into curbside bins, there isn’t anything to be reused later for manufacturers. “From our perspective, we’re running out of landfill space, and there are two landfills currently in Salt Lake Valley,” Earl said. “Once they are closed, there will be no more in Salt Lake County, and they’re going to see their rates go up because they are going to have to transport material farther away to the landfills. It makes sense to save space in the landfills by diverting it.” Knowing that everyone in the valley will have to start paying for new space to dump waste once the landfills are full should be enough to motivate more people to be aware and recycle as much as possible, Earl said. Keeping more materials out of landfills and saving raw materials in the earth longer can make a huge difference in the economy for everyone. Momentum Recycling processes about 1,200 tons of glass every month, and keeping that much glass and more from the landfill will continue to save space so that costs are lower for everyone in the valley, Lair said. “The more you recycle, the less you have to pay for disposal, and the cost you pay today to dispose in your landfill is based on the fact that we have a landfill close by,” he said. “It’s not so much how you can save money today by recycling — there’s some of that — but the real motivator for people who recycle today should be about avoiding excessive cost increase in the future. It’s hard to convince people to save money later, but it is the best tool that we have to talk about what we can do today. l


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SLC County library system inaugurates new mascot By Marina McTee |


he Salt Lake County library system inaugurated a new mascot on Jan. 30 at the West Jordan Library. There were many different mascots that were up for the position, including a turtle, elephant, owl, squirrel, cat and a dog. In order to decide the winner, the library system held a mock election process that mirrored to United States elections. This was done with the purpose of educating youth about the voting process. The election began on Oct. 10 with the library hosting a primary election. According to the county library website, “...emotions were high. A write-in candidate, Chinchilla… quickly proved to be a threat to several candidates. Additionally, mid-primary, an ad aired that didn’t present the elephant in a favorable light. In the end, Owl and Turtle prevailed and advance to the mascot general election.” The general election was held from Oct. 20 through Nov. 8. The community could vote through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and by going to different library branches. Individuals were also allowed to endorse their candidate on social media with the hashtag #VoteCountyLibrary. On Dec 5., it was announced that the owl that had won the election.

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“It is important to bring information on the voting process, by voting for the owl. It’s also to let people know that libraries are a place where people can get information about voting,” said library volunteer Stephanie Anderson. Men, women and children of all ages were in the audience at the inauguration for Owlexander the Owl. The event began with the West Jordan Color Guard presenting the Utah and American flags and an audience member leading everyone in the pledge. Jim Cooper, director of library services, introduced a special guest, the Jazz Bear. The Jazz Bear made quite the entrance by exploding confetti poppers, tossing Jazz merchandise and coating the entire crowd in a thick layer of silly string. After the craze had died down, Cooper introduced Owlexander the Owl and had the Jazz Bear help in swearing in Owlexander. The owl had raised his right hand and agreed to the oath, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the role of County Library mascot and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the role of the public library.” But because mascots can’t talk, Owlexander just nodded in agreement. When the oath was finished, and

Owlexander the Owl was officially sworn in, the library presented a demonstration of real, live owls. Three different owls were brought in, including a great horned owl named Shadow and a barn owl named Marshmallow. The trainers taught the crowd some facts about owls, like the fact that they have absolutely no sense of smell and that the underside of their wings are actually a fluorescent pink and purple that are in a light spectrum humans can’t see. The trainers walked the owls around the audience, letting the crowd get an up close and personal look at the owls. The Jazz Bear was even able to get one of the owls to show off its recognizable “hoot.” The inauguration ended with a celebratory balloon drop and confetti. The audience could get a better look at the owls, say hello to Owlexander the Owl and get a picture with the Jazz Bear. The purpose of the entire election was to educate the community on how the American election process works. It was also an attempt to get the community more engaged in the voting process. “It is a great lesson about the civil and electoral process,” Cooper said. l

Owlexander the Owl takes the official oath with the help of the Jazz Bear. (Marina McTee/City Journals)

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South Jordan Sodalicious fundraiser benefits fallen paramedic/firefighter’s family By Mylinda LeGrande |


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Tony Kirkham and friend Mindy Ruff with members of the South Jordan Fire Department (Toni Kirkham)


he South Jordan Sodalicious offered 24-ounce, two-flavor sodas for free on Feb. 11. in exchange for donations made to fallen paramedic Tyson Mason’s family. The event was part of the store’s grand opening. Sodalicious, located at 1421West South Jordan Parkway, matched the donations up to $1,000 and raised a total of $2,000. The Riverton Sodalicious location also participated in the fundraiser. Kaylie Hutchings, a Sodalicious employee, was working during the event. “It was extremely busy but a lot of fun,” she said. Fallen paramedic/firefighter, Tyson Mason (Salt Lake “A lot of people came out just to support them. We like City Fire Department) to support first responders and the military. It was a great way to help our community and [Mason’s] family.” Mason, 29, is a fallen Salt Lake City firefighter/ paramedic and Intermountain Life Flight paramedic, who lost his life on Jan. 22. Mason and a nurse were returning to Salt Lake City from Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt after completing a shift at the life flight base, when they got into a car crash. Their vehicle was struck head-on by a pick-up driving near Strawberry Reservoir. Mason’s paramedic partner and a nurse, Brian Maynard, 39, of West Haven, was seriously injured in the accident but expected to recover. Funeral services for Mason were held Jan. 28 in Layton. He left behind a wife and a 2-month-old son. Kevin Auernig, owner of Sodalicious, said the fundraiser was suggested by customer, Toni Kirkham. Her husband works for West Valley City in the Fire Department and went through firefighting training with Mason. Kirkham said when she had heard that the firefighter was killed was her husband’s friend, she felt so bad about the accident that she wanted to do something to help. “A couple of days after the accident, I went to get a drink from Sodalicious. I asked them if they did fundraisers and was able to talk to the manager. She put me in touch with Paul Morris, the regional manager,” Kirkham said. “The cool thing is that they had just held a company meeting and discussed wanting to give back to the community.” Morris said the activity was just the type of activity the company wanted to do, so Sodalicious picked up the event. It only took four days to put the event together, according to Kirkham. “This event was a success,” Auernig said. “We are touched by how many total strangers willingly donated when they saw someone in need. We’re also grateful for all of the firefighters, paramedics and police officers from all over the valley who stopped in to drop some cash.” Loved ones have created a GoFundMe page called “Hearts for Lukas” to raise funds for Mason’s wife and newborn son. Donations can also be made at Zions Bank via the Lukas Mason Scholarship fund. l

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Teams move to postseason By Greg James |


he South Valley girls basketball teams have seen success in recent years. Riverton has captured a state title, Summit Academy captured a region title, and Herriman and Providence Hall have progressed toward their goals. This year is no different, but the teams have taken different routes to get there. Riverton is led by a dominating center that has found a place in head coach Ron Ence’s system. Junior Morgan Kane stands 6 feet-2 inches and often takes on taller opponents. Her smooth drop-step and dribble to the basket fit well into Ence’s plan to methodically break down opponents by using the team’s strengths. The Silverwolves earned important victories over Lone Peak (50-43) on Jan. 26, Lehi (60-37) on Jan. 31 and Herriman (50-40) on Feb. 2 to help ensure another visit to the state 5A girls basketball tournament. They have not missed an appearance in the tournament since the school’s inception in 1999. Kane is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.6 points per game. Brenna Blaser, a senior guard, is second with 10.5 points per game. Despite winning five of its first six games,

Providence Hall has struggled recently. The team is 2-8 in region games. Junior Isabel Page has scored in double figures in all but two games this season. She is averaging 15.4 points per game. The Patriots are in fifth place in Region 16. Patriots head coach Alle Cardwell has emphasized commitment, hard work and tough defense. She has been head coach since the school opened in 2014. They have improved each season. She has South Valley connections. She played at Riverton High School and was an assistant coach at Herriman before landing the job at Providence Hall. Despite residing in the shadows of larger 5A powers Herriman and Riverton, Summit Academy has found a niche in 2A. The Bears won the Region 16 title last season with a 9-1 record and beat North Summit in the 2A thirdplace state game 45-40. This season they are in third place with a 6-4 region record. Their leading scorer is Chelsey Drury. She scored a season-high 20 points Feb. 2 in a 49-24 victory over American Leadership. Drury stands 5 feet-11 inches and because

of her size has learned to play the post. Her outside shot is hard to defend. The Bears’ Kiera Glodowski was named to the Deseret News Academic All-State team. This is an award given to seniors who have excelled in the classroom as well as in athletic competition. With more than 85,000 students participating in high school athletics, the Utah High School Activities Association considers this a prestigious award. The girls at Herriman High School continue to improve. They defeated Lehi twice this season, and despite losing to Pleasant Grove by 30 points, they have consistently been competitive. The Mustangs’ leading scorer is Milee Enger. As a two-year starter, the junior is averaging 15 points per game. Macy Markus is second with 13.5. The Mustangs finished the season 3-9 in Region 4 tied for fifth place, just outside of qualifying for the state tournament. The girls 5A state basketball tournament began Feb. 20 at Salt Lake Community College (after press deadline). l

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Boys teams advance as regular season ends By Greg James |


he end of the regular season means it is time to look back on what was. Summit Academy clinched its second region championship, Riverton is on the verge of breaking into the state playoffs, Providence Hall squeezed into the final tournament spot and Herriman wreaked havoc on its rivals to the east. “We have been putting in the extra practice, making sure we are focused on our goal to make state and taking each game like it is a state title game,” Riverton junior Brock Anderson said. Anderson has led the Silverwolves in their comeback bid toward the state tournament. He has averaged 13.1 points per game and had a season high 28 against Wasatch in the Riverton Holiday tournament. The 6-foot-6-inch forward said he knows the importance of hard work. “I would not be here today if it was not for my coaches,” Anderson said. “This season I have learned the importance of defense. I think we have the chance to go to state.” Riverton is in fourth place at press deadline. The Silverwolves are scheduled to face the two teams they are fighting for the final playoff spot, Westlake and American Fork. Wins could elevate them into the tournament for the first time since 2012 when they advanced to the 5A semifinals.

The Silverwolves won three straight region games this season but point to two critical losses to Herriman as difficult pills to swallow. The Mustangs have struggled in region games. their only wins have come over the Silverwolves. Senior Ryan McCann leads the Mustangs in scoring. His hot shooting and calm demeanor has helped keep them in games—games they have just not been able to pull out. “We are slowly progressing,” Mustang head coach Brad Tingey said. “We started the year with only one player with varsity experience. This year has been a teaching opportunity. Despite that every game we have had a chance.” Herriman finished the year in seventh place in Region 4. The 5A state boys basketball tournament is scheduled to begin Feb. 27. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, March 4 at Weber State University. Summit Academy’s 72-44 victory over American Leadership Feb. 9 clinched a tie for the Region 16 regular season championship. The Bears cruised to a 35-22 lead at the half and never looked back. Senior Dylan Marston led them with 21 points including five three-pointers.

Marston is the Bears’ leading scorer. He has averaged 12.3 points per game. The 6-foot-4inch senior guard is shooting 30 percent from the three point line. His 21 points in the team’s final home game is a season high. The Bears reeled off three straight wins to close out the season. The only two region losses came on the road at North and South Summit. They later revenged those losses on their home court. The Bears will compete in the 2A state tournament beginning Feb. 18 (after press deadline). Providence Hall will also compete in the state tournament. It placed fourth in Region 16. “This year has been a learning curve for us,” Patriots head coach Blake Pugmire said. “We have had some ups and downs. The experience we have gained will help us in the future.” The Patriots found their way into the tournament with a final regular season victory over Maeser Prep, 74-49. Rylee Withers poured in 17 points in the victory. This season the South Valley high schools have impacted the state’s playoff basketball picture. l

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he largest ultra 4 race in the country has several competitors from right here in Salt Lake City. The King of Hammers off-road race was held on public lands in Johnson Valley, Calif. Feb. 4-10. The event includes a motocross, UTV, every man’s challenge and professional division races. “I have been down to help other drivers and watch several times. This will be my first time as a driver. I do not have any experience as a driver,” said Matt Murphy, better known as ‘Murf Dog’ by his friends and competitors. Murf Dog is from West Jordan and races his brand new custom-built Jeep in the 4800 class of the ultra 4 racing series. The King of Hammers is the opening race of the season held each year in the California desert. It is considered the Super Bowl of off-road racing. Murf Dog qualified eighth fastest in his class. He finished in 9 hours and 41 minutes. His race was marred by a flat tire right at the beginning that he never recovered from. “It was awesome to see. We wandered around and watched the races all week. I can’t wait to go again next year,” Taylorsville residents Louie Herold and Ed Rappleye said about their trip to the race. “We just acted like we knew what was going on and had lots of fun.” Robby Flandro, or Captain Rob as he is known to his friends, finished just 16 minutes past his cut-off time, but officials are reviewing his placement because he stopped to help a driver with an emergency fuel leak. Flandro is from West Valley and competes in the 4800 class. The race began in 2007 as a dream by its founders Jeff Knoll and Dave Cole. The competitors start side by side, two vehicles every 30 seconds. Each team must pass through several checkpoints and can never stray more than 100 feet of centerline on the race course. The driver with the fastest elapsed time is declared the winner. The race attracts tens of thousands of fans, racers and sponsors to the two-week long event. The dry lake beds become a thriving city. Mechanics, racers and fans roam from car hauler to temporary garage. Each one preparing his car for the 100mile grueling off-road desert race. The event is broadcast over a live internet feed to over a half a million viewers each year. The course is outlined for competitors through GPS coordinates. It combines stretches of dry lake bed. The cars can reach speeds of 100 miles per hour. It also includes climbing

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common question I’m often asked is, “how do you get so much done in a day?” After all, in addition to running a busy, I also own a travel blog, and contribute to a grocery website Crazy4Smiths. com. I have a segment on KUTV, write this article monthly and still find the time to hang out with my out-of-state grandkids. Initially, this tough question left me struggling for an answer. After a little thought I realized my most productive days come down to one handy tool. No, it’s not mood-altering drugs (good guess though). The answer is my phone. Now, if you’re like me in the 50-something age range, I know what you’re thinking, “Get a grip, we don’t need no stinkin’ phones!” And admittedly, I did just write an article about the importance of writing down your goals. So, let me be clear, I ALWAYS put my phone away during meals and it NEVER goes to bed with me (two habits I highly recommend for everyone). I’m of the mentality that I own my phone, it doesn’t own me. And while some days it proves to be more of a distraction, this one tool can keep me productive all day. Here are a few apps I use that you could find useful too.

sync my calendar to all my devices and put everything on. I even use it to block out times to take a moment and breath, to go to the gym, read a book, and even plan a vacation. Keeping to a schedule is my No. 1 tip for staying organized. If you’re an iPhone user check out Awesome Note 2 app. It brings together to-do lists, notes and your calendar. These are just a few ideas that will help you organize your time. You can find more apps we’ve shared on The next time you feel overwhelmed with a task, you might just look to see if there’s an app for that. And remember to always check the privacy terms before registering. l

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