Sugarhouse Journal | October 2021

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or many musicians, this past year has been challenging, with tours and recordings being canceled. Kate MacLeod is a local musician who has been living in Sugar House since 1969. When COVID-19 left her with a less-than-busy calendar, she decided to pursue a project she worked on for the last six years. “I realized that I have so many pieces of music about Utah, and I decided to kind of put them all together and do a little home project,” she said. Uranium Maiden is a recording that compiles a series of tracks and pieces of music about Utah. MacLeod performs as the lead vocalist on all tracks and the following instruments: violin/fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric hollow body guitar, harmonica and mountain dulcimer. In addition to MacLeod, this recording features other guest musicians from Utah, including Nino Reyos, a Native American flute and drum player. Some songs MacLeod writes are based on historical characters or local folk stories. For example, the opening track contains lyrics from the journal entries and letters of a man named Everett Ruess, who disappeared when traveling in the southwest desert in the 1930s. MacLeod got the inspiration for a recording about Utah because she wants Utah to be known for more than their national parks and skiing. “I’d like Utah to be proud of our culContinued page 4 Kate MacLeod is a local musician who has been living in Sugar House since 1969. (Photo courtesy Kate Macleod)

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hile the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic saw children and parents grappling with the challenges of virtual learning, the push to return to school has proven to be just as challenging, albeit for different reasons. Debates and testimonies surrounding everything from mask mandates to vaccination requirements have gone viral online, causing divided lines. Despite the uproar, Salt Lake City School District has doubled down on their Covid-19 messaging, going as far as to partner with Salt Lake County to implement vaccine opportunities and pop-up clinics for students, their families, and community members, during their back-toschool programming. Furthermore, the district has crafted a 2021-22 Covid-19 mitigation plan, piggybacking off of Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s ordered mask mandate in K-12 Salt Lake City schools. According to the memo, “until further notice, masks and face coverings must be worn by all students, parents, visitors, and Salt Lake City School District employees.” Mask exemptions are considered on a case by case basis and require permission from the individual student’s principal. Many of the district’s guidelines mirror those provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urging for mask wearing, social distancing, and self-quarantining when students come in contact with a Covid-19 positive individual. It remains a main goal of the district to encourage students and their families to receive the Covid-19 vaccination. While the district has seen large success in partnering with the Utah Department of Health and Salt Lake County Health Department, there are still adverse forces at play that keep individuals from receiving the vaccine. According to the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine statistics data, in Utah, a total of 3.47 million doses have been given to 1.5 million individuals. As of September 2021, 49.9% of Utah’s population is vaccinated. While data consistently compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and

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ture, and because it will be released nationally, people will see this as music from Utah. People don’t think of Utah as being a music city, but there is so much great talent here that needs to be showcased,” said MacLeod. As for the name itself, MacLeod chose Uranium Maiden because one of her songs mentions uranium. “It kind of has a strength to it, that name. Utah to me is an amazingly vital, strong, interesting place, and I really want to get that across in the music and the whole project,” MacLeod said. MacLeod will host the official recording release concert on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallivan Center. It will be live-streamed online for anyone who can’t make the concert. This event is free and will be hosted by Excellence in the Community Concerts. “I will probably be playing around Utah a lot for the next year to celebrate the recording’s release,” MacLeod said. MacLeod will be performing her new recordings at Fisher Brewery, 320 W. 800 South, on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 4-6 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. This will be in honor of her new beer known as Uranium Maiden being sold there. The beer sales will benefit Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity. After the release concert, people can download her music digitally. It will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other traditional streaming services. In addition, her CD will be sold in Ken Sanders Rare Books and on their website. This physical CD is also available for purchase on her website l




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Local school districts join mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs By Julie Slama |


ordan, Canyons and Murray are amongst the hundreds of school districts that have joined a mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs, Inc., claiming that they deceitfully and intentionally marketed their products to children. This has led to an increase in e-cigarette use amongst youths, statistics reveal, so in the mass-action lawsuit, they are wanting to hold the company responsible and seek damages for the “vaping epidemic” on school campuses around the country. Jordan Board of Education President Tracy Miller said, “vaping is a really big problem in our schools.” “We have a lot of kids who vape, a lot who don’t necessarily know how bad it is,” she said. “They are companies using different flavors and marketing, aimed at youth, and it caught on and became popular at a lot of schools. We (Jordan Board of Education) recognized that it’s a problem and need to hold Juul accountable. The problem is they weren’t forthright and transparent about what was going on. There’s high levels of nicotine in vape products, (which are) highly addictive and it was not marketed that way.” Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg agrees. “We need to call a spade a spade,” he said. “Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe ‘it’s a cool thing.’ If this puts a stop to marketing unhealthy products to children, I’m happy to support it.” Jordan District approved the legal service agreement on Aug. 24 as they joined the mass-action lawsuit. Canyons joined in Sept. 7, and Murray, Sept. 9. Granite’s school board has studied the litigation, said Ben Horsley, Granite School District spokesman. “The Granite School District has recognized the harmful effects of vaping on our youth,” he said on Sept. 17. “The Board of Education and district administration has studied the associated litigation and is inclined to participate.” Vaping products, known as e-cigarettes or mods, are battery-powered devices that heat up a liquid to create an aerosol vapor which typically contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. Since the user inhales and it doesn’t emit the strong odor associated with conventional combustion cigarettes, and they are designed to resemble USB flash drives, keychains or lipstick tubes, youth often have them in plain sight, even plugged into a laptop, officials say. According to 2020-21 statistics collected by Jordan School District, 90% of the tobacco violations in the district’s schools were infractions against vaping, with only 10% for regular cigarettes.

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We need to call a spade a spade. Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe it’s a cool thing. — Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg

A Juul device, plugged in like a USB flash drive, is seen charging in a computer, making it unrecognizable to many teachers or parents. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/Salt Lake County Health Department)

Educators and officials are concerned about youth vaping in the mass-action lawsuit; seen here is a Juul starter kit. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/ Salt Lake County Health Department)

“Vaping is just so prevalent these days,” said Sharon Jensen, Jordan District’s student support services consultant. Jensen said that youth see vaping in social media or have greater access to it, even getting it from family members as 56% say their parents or other close adults are nicotine users. Sometimes, even adults are unfamiliar with the harm and addiction from e-cigarette use, including that it can hamper long-term adolescent brain development, according to Utah Department of Health research. In a 2021 report, it states Utah’s youth vape at nearly twice the rate of Utah’s adults. Jordan’s statistics reveal that the majority are regular users. Last year, of the students caught with tobacco, 98 were directed to attend an online first-offenders class for nicotine. Of those students, 18% used nicotine 26 days-plus in the last month—“basically daily,” she said. Another 11% used it between 13 and 25 days in that past month. Most students who vape are teens, she said. Of those 98 students assigned to the online class, 25% are age 13. Another 24%

are 14 years old. Six percent are age 12 or younger, making the greatest amount, at 45%, in high school. “Often they vape on the job and their outside-of-school-life is much more colorful than their in-school-life,” Jensen said. Those statistics are in line with the state, according to the Utah Prevention Needs Assessment that showed 12.4% of eighth graders tried vaping; 25.5% of high school sophomores; and 32.1% of high school seniors. In Canyons District in 2019, there were 219 school office referrals, first-time and/or repeat referrals, for e-cigarette use or possession, up from 35 referrals in 2010. Justin Pitcher, who has served as an administrator in Canyons District in the Midvale and Cottonwood Heights communities at both elementary and secondary levels, said vaping is “definitely a concern.” “If it’s happening in high schools, then it’s happening in elementary; the frequency is different,” he said, saying there are fewer younger students caught with devices although all age levels may have access to them despite administrators taking them away. Jensen said that Jordan District policy is to collect and lock up Juuls and other violating products; they can be returned to an adult in the family. She’s hoping their first-time user classes as well as well as the END—Ending Nic-

otine Dependence—course for regular users will help youth identify the harm it does to their bodies. “What we want our kids to do is to learn and to quit,” Jensen said. There is no fee for the classes as Jordan District has a state SAFE (Supporting America's Families and Educators) grant which it dedicated to alcohol and drug abuse prevention. However, hundreds of school districts nationwide are wanting Juul to foot the bills for public resources being used to pay for the current and future costs. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Northern District of California Federal District Court by the Frantz Law group, is a mass tort lawsuit where damages for plaintiffs, or in this case, school districts, are calculated individually. Therefore, multiple plaintiffs can be awarded differing amounts of damages for the amount of its past and future damages. Those costs can range from providing information and resources to students regarding the negative impacts of vaping, student services or counseling, or installing vape detectors. “It’s not really about getting money as much as sending a message,” Miller said. Millerberg agrees: “I don’t expect a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s more of a moral stance than anything else.” l

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Former pro skier works to empower others after accident By Anagha Rao |


n July 28, Simone Biles dropped out of the Olympic Individual all-around to focus on her mental health. She later explained that she developed a severe case of the twisties. Currently, Biles is working on her “twisties” in the gym and focusing on her mental health and well-being. Elite athletes at the Olympics are under a lot of pressure to perform new skills and bring home gold medals for Team USA. This is especially true for Biles since she is considered the greatest gymnast in history. “Sometimes, when people think highly of you, it is challenging in a different way from when everybody expects you to fail,” said Jamie MoCrazy, a former professional freeskier from Utah. She is the winner of two Junior World Championships and became the first woman to compete a double backflip at the X Games. MoCrazy is the CEO and founder of the MoCrazy Strong method. She was competing in the junior world finals, and she was the first woman to include a double backflip in her skiing routine. When she was executing the maneuver, she over-rotated and landed on her head. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and was paralyzed. After suffering this injury, she turned her back to competitive skiing. During this time, she faced many mental struggles. “I felt a loss of identity, and I felt that when I turned my back to skiing, I forgot how to set goals and dream again,” MoCrazy said. She ended up seeing a psychotherapist to help with her recovery. “One of the biggest things I learned from my psychotherapist was to recognize when you are having a bad day

and admit it. It’s really hard to say that I’m not OK,” she said. After her injury, she needed structure. “I was not really a go-with-the-flow person because I was terrified of another unexpected outcome,” she said. Part of her recovery was realizing that she couldn’t control the outcome of events in life, but she can always control her reaction to that event. Setting growth goals or long-term goals is important, but it’s also a good idea to set small, attainable goals to help you reach your growth goals. In her case, her growth goal was to return to skiing. However, she set attainable goals such as walking up a flight of stairs to help her reach her growth goal. An important aspect of the MoCrazy Strong method is the idea of setting goals to fit your personal best. And that’s precisely what Biles did. Her personal best was doing what’s right for her regardless of what society expected. “It takes incredible strength and trust in herself to listen to your gut and perform at your own personal best,” MoCrazy said. By focusing on your personal best, you can block out the stress, anxiety, and weight of other people’s expectations. During her recovery process, another common technique she used was meditation. Whenever she was feeling emotional or upset, she’d sit down and meditate for a few minutes. By doing this, she calmed herself down and allowed her mind to think logically. MoCrazy Strong is a resilience company started by MoCrazy, her sister Jeanee, and her mom, Grace “Mama MoCrazy” Mauzy. The organization hosts workshops about caring for loved ones with TBI, living your best life, and

This former pro skier now works to empower others after her traumatic injury. (Photos courtesy Emily Blair Media)

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Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club hosts Of Love Tournament By Anagha Rao |


ince 2009, the Of Love Tournament, Salt Lake City’s largest tennis tournament, has been helping young people improve their skills while raising money for type I diabetes research. The Of Love Tournament takes place every year in the first week of August. This year, the tournament took place from July 31 to Aug. 7 at Liberty Park, Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club, and the Sports Mall. This tournament’s divisions include Men’s Singles and Doubles, Women’s Singles and Doubles, and Mixed Singles and Doubles. Children and teens also participated in this experience. The Of Love Tournament has a junior division for children under 10 and teens ages 12 to 18. Since this is a level four junior tournament, junior participants get points toward their national ranking. In addition to tennis, the first-ever 2021 Of Love Pickleball Tournament took place this year. This tournament is for people who want to support the fundraising for type I diabetes but don’t play tennis. The pickleball tournament was from July 26 to 30. It was open to all ages. The Of Love Tournament is held in memory of Ardene R. Bullard. Bullard passed away at the age of 54, and her passion for tennis inspired her teammates and family

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to begin a small memorial tournament just for women. Eventually, this tournament expanded to include children, teens and men. Bullard was also passionate about juvenile diabetes research after her granddaughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 18 months. Because of this, the Of Love Tournament will donate all the proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). “I really love how we can get this huge group together for a bigger cause and make these kids feel like they have a support system where they belong,” said Andrea, a staff member of the Of Love Tournament. The Of Love Tournament also hosts a silent auction every year. This year, their silent auction raised more than $20,000. Some items auctioned at this year’s events include Utah Jazz tickets, a private lesson with Michael Topp and a trip to Mexico. To register for the tournament, visit l

This tournament’s divisions include Men’s Singles and Doubles, Women’s Singles and Doubles, and Mixed Singles and Doubles. (Anagha Rao/City Journals)

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Annual VegFest celebrates veganism and promotes animal rights By Anagha Rao |


he 5th annual VegFest took place Sept. 11 at Liberty Square in downtown SLC. This year’s event showcased many plant-based and vegan businesses in Utah, an all-vegan beer garden, live music and a kid’s area. VegFest was founded in 2016 by Amy Meyer, Jeremy Beckham, Jordan Halliday, Lidya Hardy and Liz Slusser. This small but mighty team organized this event on behalf of the Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC). “People in Salt Lake knew what was happening on factory farms and wanted to do something about it but didn’t know how,” said Meyer, the director of the UARC. This event is a way for local residents to try tasty, new vegan dishes while supporting local businesses. Seasons Plant Based Bistro brought their house-made vegan mozzarella sticks and mac and cheese balls. Passion Flour showcased its colorful vegan macaron ice cream sandwiches. The UARC booth distributed their nachos with taco-style meat substitute. Despite the name, VegFest isn’t just for vegans. According to attendee surveys, 48% of attendees of their last VegFest event were not vegan. “It’s a great way to show nonvegans the wide variety of vegan foods besides salad,” Meyer said. For adults 21 and older, VegFest had a beer garden serving mixed drinks and locally crafted beer from Bohemian Brewery. Also, the beer garden featured unique imported beers from a local brewery in Munich, Germany. VegFest provides a sense of community to vegans and nonvegans throughout Salt Lake. Meyers said, “Oftentimes, new vegans can have trouble finding a sense of belonging. VegFest is an opportunity where people can come and meet people in real life and find that this is such a supportive and

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friendly event.” However, the best part of VegFest is that it is free. Although many other vegetarian and vegan events are not free to attend, UARC is committed to keeping it a free event forever. “I think it’s important to keep it as welcoming and inclusive as possible by making it free to come in and see everything,” Meyer said. In addition to VegFest, the UARC conducts many initiatives throughout Salt Lake City to promote veganism and protect animal rights. One of their primary campaigns is a project to end gas chamber euthanasia in all animal shelters in Utah. The coalition recently succeeded in ending gas chamber euthanasia in North Utah Valley Animal Shelter (NUVAS). Now, their efforts are turned to South Utah Valley Animal Shelter (SUVAS). At VegFest, the UARC had a booth where participants wrote postcards advocating for the abolition of gas chamber euthanasia. These cards were sent to SUVAS so the shelter staff can see how important this issue is to the public. “It is important to end the gas chambers because they are the least humane and most ineffective approach. I’ve heard of mother and baby cats having to go through gas chambers multiple times, which creates needlessly cruel suffering,” said Emily Keller, founder of Keller Kittens ( and VegFest volunteer. Check out the SLC VegFest website or Utah Animal Rights Coalition on Instagram and Facebook to learn more about this event. l

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UPS employee walks/bikes to support friend with cancer By Bill Hardesty |


ary Johnson, a resident of Sugar House and a UPS employee, is walking/biking 1,700 miles before her friend, Soni, completes chemotherapy. Why 1,700 miles? Because that is the distance between Johnson and Soni, who lives in Kentucky. Johnson has completed about 600 miles. So, on a map, Johnson is between Denver and Kansas City. "My goal is to finish close to when she finishes her treatment, and she is halfway through. So, I need to ramp it up," Johnson said. Her Fitbit tracks her progress. Friends for life Johnson was raised in Kentucky and attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. While attending school, Johnson worked at a Holiday Inn. She met Soni at work. They became close friends at the time. "As things moved on, we got married and had kids. I moved. We got separated," Johnson said. Through Facebook, they reconnected several years ago, and in 2019, they got together face to face—the first time in more than 20 years. "It's one of those friendships where even though time and distance separated

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us, when we reconnected we just picked up where we left off," Johnson said. "We didn't fill that gap of time. "Soni is just a phenomenal lady who's raised two kids. She has a child with autism who's attending college right now. She's overcome so many challenges," Johnson said. Soni returns the compliment calling Johnson “her rock.” Johnson writes letters to her friend and always puts a smile on Soni's face when they talk on the phone. "Everybody always wants to find that one friend that is your other half—part of you. They accept you no matter what your flaws are, and they're here for you when you need them. And that's Mary. She is one of the best friends I have had in my entire life," Soni said. The challenge Johnson's grandmother and mother had breast cancer. She has family members as young as five years old battling cancer. In May, Johnson decided to do the American Cancer Society's monthly challenge for her family and her friend. "The May challenge was to walk 40 miles," Johnson said, "I decided to do the challenge. So, I did it in honor of my grandmother who had breast cancer, my mom

who's a breast cancer survivor, my niece who was going through treatment at that time, and my friend who just been diagnosed with cancer." After they posted the June challenge of biking 150 miles, Johnson decided to put an extra spin on her efforts. "I made the decision, while she was going through her treatment, that I was just going to continue to walk as a way to support my best friend," Johnson said. "And then I started thinking about it because she's in Kentucky, I'm in Utah. There are 1,700 miles between us. So, I decided to put another spin on it. And to have an effort to complete 1,700 miles just as a way to show support." Johnson has also raised $350 for the American Cancer Society. UPSers give back "Giving back is an integral part of UPS culture, and Mary is an example of that," said Carmen Ballon, UPS Communications. "Mary is one of many UPSers who has contributed to the 21.7 million volunteer hours since 2011." The UPS Foundation has invested $122.3 million globally in such areas as Health and Humanitarian Relief, Equity and Economic Empowerment, and Plant Protection.

Mary Johnson (left) is walking/biking 1,700 miles to support her friend, Soni (right), who has cancer. (Courtesy of UPS)

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Three Highland High students named semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program By Lizzie Walje |


n Sept. 15, the National Merit Scholarship Program named three Highland High School students as semifinalists in their upcoming 2022 search—Charles J. Berens, Logan H. Brown, and Thomas A. Clawson. The National Merit Scholarship Program named approximately 16,000 semifinalist contenders throughout the United States. 2022 marks the organization’s 67th annual search. The National Merit Scholarship Program seeks to honor individual students who demonstrate exceptional academic acumen and harbor a distinctive potential for success when tasked with a rigorous college curriculum. The program does not focus on educational institutions as a whole, but rather, the students within them with extraordinary academic capability. Despite their recognition as semifinalists, students are not required to perform any further action if they wish not to vie for a scholarship. The program states that “these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 75,000 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.” However, for students who are interested in receiving the award they must fulfill

a series of requirements to be considered for advancement. Of the current 16,000 semifinalists, a projected 95% are anticipated to attain finalist standing and approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship earning the coveted Merit Scholar Title. During their junior year, the Highland High School semifinalists took the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test alongside their peers. The test functions as an initial screening of students with the purpose of narrowing down potential candidates. According to the National Merit Scholarship Program, “the nationwide pool of semifinalists [represent] less than 1% of U.S high school seniors, including the highest-scoring entrants in each state.” In spring 2022, three types of scholarships will be offered. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. Roughly 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by nearly 220 corporations and business organizations. These corporations seek finalists who meet their specified criteria, for instance, children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where the cor-

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American Heart Association hosts Heart and Stroke Walk in Sugar House Park By Anagha Rao |


he American Heart Association (AHA) hosted its 30th annual Heart and Stroke Walk, the premier fundraising event for raising funds for heart disease and stroke research. On Sept. 19, this event took place at Sugar House Park from 8:20 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event was started by the association to help raise awareness for heart disease. Rather than doing a traditional fundraiser, this organization hosted a 5K walk to unite the community for better health by invigorating people to live heart-healthy lifestyles. The event was free and suitable for everyone of all ages and abilities. All funds raised by the event support groundbreaking heart and brain research. The funds will also support the American Heart Association’s mission to champion health equity for all. So far, the Heart and Stroke Walk has raised $473,463.03. Their total goal is $565,000. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the walk had rolling start times. Start times began at 8:20 a.m. for corporate groups or teams. Family and community teams began at 8:40 a.m. People not affiliated with these groups were able to walk anytime between 8:20 and 8:40 a.m. For people uncomfortable with attending a large event, there were still ways to contrib-

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ute. People were able to pick a location of their choice and log their activity. This year, the AHA put together a Heart On-Demand Playlist, a collection of music to inspire people to keep walking. This event also allows heart disease and stroke survivors to connect with other survivors. Survivors were given either a commemorative red or white ball cap at the event. Child survivors were also given a chance to wear a superhero cape that celebrates them. Initially, this walk was named the Heart Walk. About 10 years ago, the AHA decided to include stroke because they wanted people to realize that cardiovascular disease includes stroke. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Utah. Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. When a person is experiencing a stroke, it’s important to know the signs. A good way to remember it is through FAST. The F stands for facial drooping. This is when one side of the face seems to be sagging when they smile. A stands for arm weakness. When they raise their arms, is one arm weaker than the other? S stands for speech difficulty. When they speak, are they slurring their words? T stands for time. If a person is experiencing any of these symptoms even acutely, call 911 immediately.

The American Heart Association (AHA) hosted its 30th annual Heart and Stroke Walk Sept. 19. (Anagha Rao/City Journals)

The American Heart Association is the largest volunteer-run health organization. They work to help the public make informed decisions to prevent heart disease and stroke. One of their current campaigns is to help educate the public about hands-only CPR. According to the association, “Hands-on-

ly CPR is an easy-to-remember and effective option for people who have been trained in CPR before but are afraid to help because they are not confident that they can remember and perform the steps of conventional CPR.” For more information, visit www.heart. org. l

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Cross country 5A, 6A divisional race date changes; new venue set for state meet By Julie Slama |


hen 5A and 6A cross country runners line up on the start line at Lakeside Park for the divisional meets, they will have the opportunity to have their full varsity teams. In what is considered the qualifying meet for teams as well as individuals for the state competition, organizers had worked with coaches to determine a good meet date. For this year’s meet, it was voted on for Oct. 13—the same date as the statewide PSAT college entrance exam. The PSAT date likely wasn’t communicated to coaches or put on school calendars, so organizers were not aware of the conflict, said Randy Quarez, 5A representative for track and cross country with the Utah High School Track Coaches Association. “This has happened multiple times in my 24 years of coaching,” he said. “I used to have it happen with region cross country meets.” Quarez said that the conflict also could be that coaches discussed the date more than one year in advance, so it could have been the testing dates weren’t yet released at that time to high school counselors. Typically, high school sophomores and juniors take the PSAT standardized test administered by the College Board. The test measures readiness for college, serves as a practice test for college-entrance exams and is a determination for National Merit scholarships. Once learning about the conflict, Quarez quickly reached out to others in the Utah High School Track Coaches Association. After checking the park availability for the alternative date, Oct. 12, the meet date was changed so all student-athletes could participate.

“We were able to move it. If we can fix it, we’ll fix it. It would have been a struggle for kids to do that test,” he said. The qualifying runners then will have more than two weeks to prepare for the state meet, which will be held on a new course this year. The course, which many teams ran in the pre-state multi-day meet in mid-September, is at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex, located off of Rose Park Lane. Utah High School Activities Association Assistant Director Jon Oglesby said there were multiple reasons for moving the meet site after more than 40 years of holding the state cross country race at Sugar House Park. Last year, it was held on the Soldier Hollow course in Midway. “Our state meet had outgrown Sugar House Park,” he said. Oglesby said the coaches’ association was contacted to determine the best place with a course that coaches like, meets the needs of the student-athletes and what was wanted and needed, such as ample parking. “The Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City just east of the airport was the perfect spot,” Oglesby said. “It actually has a really nice setup.” He also said that “coaches more and more are wanting a flatter course that allows for fast times because that allows them to then compete and qualify into various postseason meets.” With the change of venue comes an admission charge. “That’s something that’s been talked about for quite a while. The expenses continue to rise every year and it’s hard for us to push forward with adding the other things that

At one of the pre-state races in mid-September, junior and senior girls try out the new state course, located at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex off of Rose Park Lane. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

we want to add knowing that the expenses around even just hosting it are increasing,” he said. “Our coaches are really insistent on wanting chip timing where their splits are at the miles and on RunnerCard, it’s very easy to follow what’s going on. I think that’s a really wonderful thing for the kids, but there’s a cost associated with that.” Timing isn’t the only cost. The venue, officiating, athletic trainers, awards, dumpsters, portable restrooms and water are some other costs that contributed to the change in charging admission, he said. Oglesby said the coaches have supported the change to the new course. “Our coaches are ecstatic about it,” he said. “I am hopeful that it will be a long-term venue for us.” l

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Nine years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr

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Elsa Pearce and Kate Creamer have teamed up to lead the first doubles team this season.

Highland girls tennis continuing recent run of success By Josh McFadden |


ot long ago, the Highland girls tennis team struggled to win matches or even find experienced players to put on the court. Now, the Rams are the top team in their region. On the heels of two straight Region 6 championships, Highland is at it again, looking like a strong contender to capture the crown again. At press time, the Rams had won 18 of their 20 position matches on the season and were undefeated in region play. With the region tournament starting the final week of September, the Rams look poised to go into the state tournament as the topranked team in the region. Head coach Jeanine Elsholz is optimistic about her team’s chances. “We are hoping to hold on to that title at the region tournament,” she said. “I am guessing we are one of the strongest teams in 5A, and we are hoping to finish high at state. This year's team is the most experienced team I have coached since taking over at Highland five years ago. Every player on the team has a good amount of varsity experience, and they have all participated at state. There are a lot of difficult matches ahead, but we are working hard to be at our peak during the region and state tournaments.” Highland entered this season having lost two seniors from 2020, including its top performer. But Elsholz said senior Dylan Lolofie (first singles) and senior Gabrielle Dooling (second singles) have filled those roles nicely. Lolofie played on the team three years ago as a freshman but sat out her sophomore and junior years. Having her back this season has been huge for the Rams. As for Dooling, it was a surprise to have her on the squad. She moved to Utah right before the season began. “There is no question [Lolofie] is one of the best players in the state,” Elsholz said. “She has been the anchor of the team all season. [Dooling] is a talented player, and easily fit in with the team. She has played a lot of tennis during the past several years, and she instantly made our team much stronger.” The Rams’ success has also come large-

ly from the performance of third singles player Sam Kibuirtz. The junior has played on the team since her freshman years and has helped take the program to new heights. “[Kibuirtz] is committed to tennis and works hard offseason to keep improving her skills,” Elsholz said. “She played second singles for us last season, but with the two new players joining the team, she is playing third singles for us this year. She is thriving in this position, which is really helping us have a strong team.” Kate Creamer and Elsa Pearce, seniors, team up in the first doubles position. Creamer was the first-place finisher in Region 6 a year ago at second doubles. A four-year varsity competitor, she has moved up this season and hasn’t missed a beat. Pearce is a team captain and leader. She played third singles last season where she was a region champion. “[Creamer] has helped our team win for a long time,” Elsholz said. “She stays calm under pressure and has a lot of experience on the court. [Pearce] has shown a lot of maturity this season and has helped us get our doubles teams where they need to be to be successful.” At second doubles, juniors Lucy Foulks and Grace Harman are the starters. Foulks was a region champion in this position a year ago when she teamed with Creamer. She is a three-year varsity player. Harman was a first doubles player last season, having captured the region title. [Foulks] loves the game of tennis, and it shows on the court. She has worked hard during the season to improve her doubles skills and it is helping our team in a big way. [Harman] has a great desire to be her best and has shown that she can play very well under pressure.” With the postseason now here, Elsholz is exciting for the team’s prospects and the possibility of a strong finish. “This team has a great opportunity in front of them, and they are hoping to make the most of it,” she said. l

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How does your city know how much property tax to collect? By Erin Dixon |


ach year, Salt Lake County sets a new property tax rate for each city. First, a city will receive the same dollar amount as the previous year. If they received $15 million from property taxes in 2020, the city will receive $15 million from those same property owners in 2021. The property tax rate then calculated is set based on the values of all the properties in that city. If values go up, the tax rate decreases. If values go down, the tax rate increases. If there has been any population growth, the city will receive extra. “New growth adds to the city revenue at the same property tax rate as the other properties and becomes part of the calculation the next year,” West Jordan Finance Director Danyce Steck said. If a city collects $15 million in 2020, they may collect $15 million and an additional $200,000 if there is new growth in 2021. Then 2022 would bring the city $15,200,000. Any time a city wants to do a different rate than set by Salt Lake County, a truth-in-taxation meeting that involves the public is required. The rate change can only happen once a year. Because the property tax rate, the percentage, changes year to year, if the city “raises taxes,” the percentage owners will pay is not always higher for the residents than it was in the past. Councils usually consider adjusting the rate when the income of the previous year is not enough to pay for what is needed in the next year. For example, West Jordan performed the truth-in-taxation process this year. Last year their tax rate was 0.1899%. The county then set the new rate for this year at 0.1732%. The council raised this year’s rate by 3.2% and properties will now pay 0.1788%. Residents pay less than commercial property owners. “All property’s value is set by Salt Lake County, but residential properties receive a 45% discount. This discounted value becomes the taxable value and is used to calculate the property tax bill,” Steck said. l


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Highland girls finish up season featuring wins over Cottonwood, Jordan Photos by Travis Barton

Left: Lily Robison wins the ball in midfield for the Rams. Middle: Haile Templin drop kicks the ball during a region game. Right: Bella Hicken defends the ball against Murray.

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Halloween film haunts in our backyard


tah, and Salt Lake City in particular, has seen a growth in film productions in recent years, and television series and films that fall in the horror genre are no exception. According to a report that came out late last year by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) which includes the Utah Film Commission, film production dollars spent in Utah more than doubled between 2015 and 2019 to about $87 million. The state film commission attributes the growth to a variety of scenery, economic incentives, and available talent. In a press release from this September available on the film commission’s website, it was announced that the GOED board has approved “five new productions for state film incentives, generating an estimated economic impact of $6.5 million and creating over 185 local jobs.” Utah horror film enthusiasts will find no shortage of locations to visit this Halloween season. A recent production that was filmed around Salt Lake City and has a story set in the state is the critically acclaimed 2018 horror tragedy film, “Hereditary,” starring Gabriel Byrne and Toni Collette and written and directed by Ari Aster. The story follows a family in turmoil as they are haunted by a menacing presence following the death of a secretive maternal grandmother. School scenes were shot at

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By Katy Whittingham | West High School in the Salt Lake City School District and at Utah State Fair Park. The exteriors of the family’s house and tree house were shot in Summit County, and perhaps the most picturesque and hauntingly beautiful scenes at the cemetery were filmed at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy. “Hereditary” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2018 and was a critical and commercial success grossing over $80 million. Two of the films in the legendary “Halloween” horror franchise were also filmed in Utah, primarily around Salt Lake City and Midvale: “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” released in 1988 and “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” released the following year. Although receiving negative reviews from critics, much like the other films in the franchise, they have maintained a strong cult following. More than 40 years after the first film’s release, you will still find Michael Myers masks, costumes, and decorations in Halloween stores like Spirit Halloween. Although principal photography for “Halloween 4” was completed in California, filmmakers moved production to Salt Lake City in the spring of 1988 because of rising costs and had to import fall leaves and other fall scenery to make it look like October. The film follows the iconic antagonist, Michael Myers, as he

awakens from a 10-year comatose state and escapes transport to a sanitarium in a plight to kill his only living relative, his niece, Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode, a prominent character in the first two and later films in the franchise. The McGillis School in Salt Lake City stands in for Jamie’s school, and her home with her foster family is located in the lower Avenues and was actually up for sale in late 2019. Much of the outside shots and roads for the town of Haddonfield, Illinois, where the story is set, is Midvale on 1-15. A foreshadowing scene when Jamie’s foster sister, Rachel, takes her to get a Halloween costume where her boyfriend also happens to work was filmed at Vincent Drug in Midvale. A popular soda and shake shop in the ’40s and ’50s, Vincent Drug has served as a filming location for many other film and television shows of the ’80s and ’90s, including Stephen King’s 1994 horror miniseries, “The Stand.” Filming for “The Stand” began in and around Salt Lake City in the bitter winter of 1993 and stood in for the setting of the novel the miniseries was based on, Boulder, Colorado. The jail sequences of the series were filmed at the Utah State Prison in a wing where the prisoners were temporarily moved during filming. In some confusion, crew members mistook actual prisoners’ belongings as props

Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy served as the location for cemetery scenes in the 2018 horror film, “Hereditary.” (Katy Whittingham/City Journals)

and moved them between cells not realizing the mistake until after the first day of shooting. For more information on the Utah Film Commission and past and upcoming projects being filmed in Utah, visit l

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World champion paraclimber shares story, empowers Girl Scouts to find their passion By Julie Slama |


bout 100 registered Girl Scouts had the opportunity to not only listen to a world-class paraclimber share inspiring tales of mountain climbing, they also could choose to climb with her at the local Momentum indoor climbing facility. As part of the Girl Scouts of Utah’s Girls’ Empowered event, sixth- through 12th-grade girls listened as Maureen “Mo” Beck described competing at world championships and climbing the Lotus Flower Tower, a 2,200foot granite rock face in the Cirque of the Unclimbables in Canada’s Northwest Territories. That alone is challenging enough for many people; however, Beck did those one-handed as she was born without the lower part of her left arm. By coincidence, her love of mountain climbing came at about the same age as the girls in attendance while attending Girl Scout camp near Acadia National Park in Maine, where she grew up. “My counselor said that I may just want to sit this one out,” she remembered. “So, the little 12-year-old me just thought, ‘screw you, I’m going to do it just because you think I can’t.’ I’m sure I didn’t do that well and didn’t make it to the top of the rock, but I wasn’t going to not do it. I never used not having my hand as an excuse.” She also used that same attitude to show her middle school coaches she could play soccer as the goalkeeper, the position where a player can use their hands; play softball—throwing the ball and catching it without a mitt; and play basketball—although she didn’t make that team since she missed tryouts. “I just wanted to show I was an athlete and could play; don’t count me out because I only have one hand. My grandma used to say that I was just being a smart-ass,” she said. But being defiant at Girl Scout camp meant more to the girl who once thought the best thing in the outdoors was hiking. “I fell in love with mountain climbing. It’s just me and the rock. It doesn’t care if I’m a girl. It doesn’t care if I don’t have a hand. It’s just there to be climbed. I knew then I wanted to be a climber and a good climber. Period. I had never known anything more than hiking. My parents weren’t climbers, so I went to the bookstore to buy magazines about mountain climbing.” With the help of friends, Beck developed her own style of climbing to accommodate not having a second hand. Her efforts didn’t stop there; she even tried ice climbing by attaching an ice tool to her prosthetic and also duct-taped a paddle to her prosthetic so she could canoe. Since then, most days Beck has given up wearing her prosthetic. “I had to figure out I can’t really wear a prosthetic to rock climb. It doesn’t help. So, I’m just going to tape my arm so I can feel the rock and also, so I don’t leave a bloody trail behind,” she told the Scouts. However, if Beck wanted to become a better climber, she told the girls, she had to confront her ego. “I had to be honest that it’s hard for me to do some things physically or I was unable to—and that was hard to do,” she said. “I had to realize I didn’t have all the knowledge or all the strength. I finally got to the point where I said at least I have to try and ask questions. I had to admit I didn’t know if I wanted to learn.” Once she did that, Beck said climbing became even more enjoyable. She told the girls that her first climbing title, the first U.S. Nationals held in Atlanta in 2014, she

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won because she was the only one in her category. “I felt conflicted about that. Does it count? Can I brag about being first if I’m the only one? I settled on you can because often times, the battle is stepping out of your front door; the hardest part is showing up,” she said. Later, she acquired four more national titles. With only a couple competitive events for paraclimbers each year, Beck made each one count. In 2014, she won the gold at the Paraclimbing World Champions in Spain as one of 15 paraclimbing athletes representing the United States. Two years later in Paris when the next worlds were held, she repeated her title and was one of 50 U.S. athletes, showing that the sport is growing. One championship was a three-way tie because “the people who built the competition underestimated us because it was too easy,” Beck said. Recently Jim Ewing, a climber with a prosthetic leg whom she didn’t know, asked her to join him climbing the Lotus Flower Tower; she reflected back on her decision when she said yes. “Society tells us, our parents tell us ‘no, we should stay safe. Our risks should be small, we should aim for incremental changes in our lives,’ but I think that’s wrong,” Beck said. “I think the more scared you are, the bigger risks you take, the worst that can happen when you take a risk is nothing changes. Failure is where you grow from. Failure when you take a risk is one of the best things that can happen. We’re so afraid of failure that we use it as an excuse to not grow. Life is too short for that.” Beck and the others were gone one month, most of it waiting for the weather to clear so they could climb. For 10 days leading up to the climb, they camped at the base of the peak, heating freeze-dried food on their backpacking stoves. When there was a break in the weather, they climbed part way up the steep cliff to a bivy ledge where they spent the night. “We finally got on the mountain, and you can tell, I was a little less than stoked. The rock was still quite wet. I wasn’t ready for truly how loose and gross and mossy it was. Every single hitch that we did…was a full rope length; these were full 200-foot rope stretchers. So, when Jim would take off to lead, I would just be alone for so long during these belays. I was freezing wet and thinking fairly dark thoughts: ‘This was a horrible mistake. I’m not having fun. I’m 1,000 miles away from my family (she’s married, living in Colorado). It’s August. I should be in Colorado right now getting sunburned, sport climbing and having fun at the beach,” she told the girls. “But I knew anytime I was in a dark place, there is always something on the other side.” After witnessing the northern lights that night and waking the next morning, Beck was excited, but her climbing partner was sick. Knowing this was their only chance, they ascended the mountain, anyway. They reached the top—and rappelled down for nine hours arriving in the dark. “We wanted this to be the first all-adaptive ascent. We thought about it more and adaptation doesn’t mean you have one hand you learn how to climb. Adaptation is more about taking what is wrong and figuring out how to make it work. I realized the more that went wrong with this trip, the more I learned,” said the woman who was named the 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Now Beck is training for what she believes will be her last world championship before taking a break from competition. However, she isn’t ruling out the possibility

World champion paraclimber Mo Beck tells local Girl Scouts that she never used not having a hand as an excuse and went on to win five national titles, two world championships and recently climbed a 2,200-foot granite rock face in the Cirque of the Unclimbables in Canada’s Northwest Territories. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

of competing in paraclimbing if it is added to the Paralympic Games in 2028. Next, she wants to continue scaling peaks, maybe in Alaska. “Life isn’t over when you’re out of the spotlight and off of the podium, the world is still waiting,” she said, adding that now she teaches other adaptive climbers. “I want these girls to find their voice, their passion, what pumps them up. I’ve broken so many barriers now I want to empower them to push those farther,” she said. In addition to Beck, the Girl Scouts watched “The Empowerment Project,” a documentary made by women and featuring women across the country who were making a positive impact. Girl Scouts of Utah CEO Lisa Hardin-Reynolds said that Girl Scouting gives girls opportunities—not only in the outdoors, but from STEM to life skills. “We encourage Girl Scouts to try new things because it could open up a new passion that they can do for their whole lives, just like it has for Mo,” she said. “We want to give them the opportunity to face challenges, lift each other up and see other women role models so they can see that anything is possible.”l

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Salt Lake County parks continue to be a well loved resource


his past month I had the opportunity to meet with a constituent to walk around Swensen Valley Regional Park and hear issues of concern. I brought our Parks and Rec team along and we were thrilled to have the Mayor also join us. Our parks have been well loved the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic as people looked for opportunities to get out of the house. Community park spaces are a convenient, accessible place for residents to improve their quality of life. Proven benefits from time spent in parks include improved mental health, decreased blood pressure, and increased physical activity levels. Furthermore, parks improve air and water quality and can even increase property values. Many residents have said they enjoy the benefits of outdoor spaces in the company of their dogs. Dogs are allowed at all Salt Lake County parks provided they are on a leash which is controlled by the owner. In addition, there are other dog parks around the valley such as Millrace, Tanner, Sandy, Cottonwood and West Jordan Off-Leash Dog Park. The County also has an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service's Millcreek Canyon that allows dogs off-leash on the canyon trails on odd numbered days. Salt Lake County maintains more than 70 parks throughout the valley, ranging from small neighborhood parks to large regional parks, In 2020 Salt Lake County experienced a record

Aimee Winder Newton Salt Lake County Council | District 3 number of people utilizing parks to recreate or as a respite from “home offices.” Currently, the number of people visiting Salt Lake County parks remains higher than pre-COVID numbers. County staff had the challenge of main-

taining the parks with high usage while also facing a reduction in our operation budget. Both the county general fund and the TRCC (tourism, recreation, culture, convention) fund were forced to take drastic cuts which impacted Parks and Recreation’s level of service. Revenue from the TRCC fund comes from tourism - restaurants, car rentals and hotels. You can imagine how much this fund suffered during COVID when convention centers were not operating. Park visitors may have noticed drier grass in the parks this summer. Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation implemented water conservation practices during the current drought conditions. Watering times in all parks, especially in passive areas that don’t get as much

foot traffic, were reduced. The grass has been allowed to go dormant in order to reduce water consumption. Yellow is the new green, right? Additionally, irrigation systems have been upgraded to smart irrigation systems over the last few years. Smart irrigation systems monitor the weather and the moisture content in the ground to provide data on exactly how much water is needed in each park. As the seasons change, I hope you’ll take advantage of the many personal and community benefits that are offered by our County parks. For a complete list of park locations, services, and amenities, please visit

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t’s easy to tell when Halloween is near with the 5-pound bags of candy, skeletons, bats, and orange and black decorations that cover the holiday section at every local store. Pop-up shops appear in vacant stores with their animatronics and overpriced makeup and costumes. Pumpkin-flavored drinks dominate coffee shop menus. There’s a nip in the air and leaves change in response. However, the American telltale signs of Halloween which put many of us in the spooky spirit are far removed from the historical traditions of the celebration. All over the world, celebrations concerning the afterlife in various ways have been documented between Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 (on contemporary calendars). Many historians, including Professor of History at York University in Toronto Nicholas Rogers (author of “Halloween: from pagan ritual to party”) attribute the oldest Halloween traditions to Samhain – a three day ancient Celtic pagan festival. Samhain was celebrated by the Celts who lived in what is now Ireland, Scotland, Britain, and the Isle of Man. The festival marked the end of summer as it occurred in between the autumn equinox and winter solstice. During Samhain, it was believed that the veil between the otherworld and human world was at its thinnest. The souls of those who had died within the year would travel to the otherworld and those who had died beforehand would visit the human world. It was also believed that the gods would visit the human world to play tricks. Many rituals were performed throughout the three days to protect humans from the spirits and gods. Since the festival occurred on the heels of autumn, the Celts would perform many rituals believed to help them survive through the winter as well. When Rome conquered the Celtic lands in 43 A.D., Samhain was lost. The truth regarding how and why may never be fully understood, but a few hypotheses ex-

By Cassie Goff | ist. The Romans had their own celebrations which may have merged with or replaced Samhain. Feralia, a festival honoring the passing of the dead occurred in late October. In addition, the Romans celebrated the turn of the season with a festival honoring Pomona, the goddess of the harvest (or the goddess of fruit and trees). Prior to the seventh century, the Catholic Church celebrated All Saints’ Day, also known as All-Hallow, in May. It was, and remains, a day to honor the Christian martyrs and saints. However, around 837 C.E. Pope Boniface IV declared All Saints’ Day as a holiday to be celebrated on Nov. 1. A few different theories exist surrounding this decision. Some believe that the sole intention here was expansion. All Saints’ Day and Samhain had similar practices, celebrating with food, drinks, costumes, tricks, pranks and appeasing the dead. It seemed quite easy to reframe many of the pagan practices as Catholic celebrations. As Samhain continued to be practiced, more people learned about Catholicism. Others believe the move was made in order to replace the pagan holiday with a church-sanctioned celebration. On the other side of the world, pre-Columbian Mesoamerica Aztecs and other Nahua people celebrated the dead around the same time of the year. As the Spanish conquistadores destroyed much of the Aztec Empire’s written records and language during the 1500s, not much is known about the 3,000-year-old traditions and rituals. One of the known Aztec traditions, however, was a festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuafl, the lady of the dead, who governs them and watches over their bones. She is believed to swallow the stars during the day. Mictecacihuafl is often depicted with a skull face and a skirt made of serpents. Today, Día de los Muertos is celebrated all over the world. The modern holiday is thought to be a mix of indigenous Aztec rituals and Catholic celebrations intro-

Pope Boniface IV changed how All Saints’ Day was celebrated during the seventh century. (Photo courtesy of Diego Delso)

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duced by the Spaniards. Día de los Muertos is a celebration for the deceased. It is believed that on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, the gates to the spiritual world are opened, allowing spirits to visit their families for 24 hours. On Oct. 31 at midnight, the Day of the Innocents begins, as Angelitos reunite with their families. On Nov. 1 at midnight, the gates open once again for the adults to visit their families. Families often arrange ofrendas, personal altars honoring a loved one, decorate graves, and provide sweet candy for their deceased loved ones to help balance the bitterness of death.

Even though this article only mentions a handful of celebrations concerned with the dead around the same time of the year, many other cultures throughout the world have history of similar celebrations: Carnaval de Oruro in Bolivia, Hungry Ghost Festival in China, La Quema del Diablo in Guatemala, Jour des Morts in Haiti, Velija Noc in Indo-European Countries, Hop-tuNaa in The Isle of Man, Obon Festival in Japan and the Odo Festival in Nigeria. This year, as we celebrate Halloween, consider for a moment how many cultures celebrate the dead around the same week of the year. Eerie, right? l

The origins of Halloween as we know it trace back to the three-day Celtic festival of Samhain. (Wikicommons License)

Día de los Muertos is a celebration for the deceased on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy of Rulo Luna)

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Utah’s economy remains strong despite speed bump in recovery By Robert Spendlove, Zions Bank Senior Economist


e’ve hit a speed bump on the road to economic recovery. After several months of robust growth, August marked a pronounced slowing of the economy that caught many experts by surprise. Companies tapped the brakes on hiring, consumer confidence fell, and consumer demand weakened, according to September reports. The culprit, of course, is both new and familiar. The delta variant of COVID-19 brought another wave of uncertainty that’s impacted everything from in-person dining to hotel occupancy. Even Utah’s economy, which continues to outperform the rest of the nation, is feeling some effects. The Utah Consumer Confidence Survey showed a sharp decline in sentiment among Utahns between July and August of 2021, as measured by the Kem Gardner Policy Institute. Meanwhile, Utah’s two-year employment growth rate slowed to 3.8% in August, down from 4.2% in July, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Despite these setbacks, there are still many bright spots in the state and national economies. Utah continues to lead all states in job growth. In fact, Utah and Idaho continue to be the only two states to have higher employment today compared to before the pandemic began. The U.S. unemployment

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or many musicians, this past year has been challenging, with tours and recordings being canceled. Kate MacLeod is a local musician who has been living in Sugar House since 1969. When COVID-19 left her with a less-than-busy calendar, she decided to pursue a project she worked on for the last six years. “I realized that I have so many pieces of music about Utah, and I decided to kind of put them all together and do a little home project,” she said. Uranium Maiden is a recording that compiles a series of tracks and pieces of music about Utah. MacLeod performs as the lead vocalist on all tracks and the following instruments: violin/fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric hollow body guitar, harmonica and mountain dulcimer. In addition to MacLeod, this recording features other guest musicians from Utah, including Nino Reyos, a Native American flute and drum player. Some songs MacLeod writes are based on historical characters or local folk stories. For example, the opening track contains lyrics from the journal entries and letters of a man named Everett Ruess, who disappeared when traveling in the southwest desert in the 1930s. MacLeod got the inspiration for a recording about Utah because she wants Utah to be known for more than their national parks and skiing. “I’d like Utah to be proud of our cul Continued page 4 Kate MacLeod is a local musician who has been living in Sugar House since 1969. (Photo courtesy Kate Macleod)

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