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Riverton Hoopsters Shine at Collegiate Level By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

page 19 Riverton High graduate Brandon Sly leads the Scenic West Athletic Conference in three point shooting. He is the starting point guard for USU Eastern in Price. 窶電sandersonpics.com

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Be Good To Your Heart By Sherry Cowdell


our New Year’s resolution might have included the following: lose weight, eat healthier, start an exercise program, reduce stress, etc. Sound familiar? How is that working out for you? If you are one who needs a push and then a shove to begin a daily exercise program, you are not alone. Most people procrastinate and put off today what they can start tomorrow. But tomorrow turns into weeks and weeks into months and well, you get the picture. EnhanceFitness®, formerly called “Lifetime Fitness Program” is a viable solution and a low-cost, highly adaptable exercise program that offers levels that are challenging enough for active older adults and levels that are safe enough for the unfit or near frail. These classes are designed as one hour work out groups and include stretching, flexibility, balance, lowimpact aerobics and strength-training. In a typical class setting, participants will experience the following: • A certified instructor with special training in bringing out the physical best from older adults • A 5-minute warm-up to get blood flowing to the muscles • A 20-minute aerobics workout that gets participants moving, or a walking workout to lively music that the class chooses • A 5-minute cool-down • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft ankle and wrist weights (up to 20 lbs.) • A 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible • Balance exercises throughout the class • Opportunities for participants to make new friends and acquaintances

Riverton Senior Center participants challenge themselves through the EnhanceFitness program.

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Herriman Live Capture and Relocation Plan Considered By Hope Zitting | Hope@mycityjournals.com

An increase in deer population has recently caused problems for Herriman City and the community. – Fox 13 News


he increasing number of deer within the boundaries of Herriman City have grown substantially over the last few years. “The purpose of the plan is that we have a deer problem and this kind of lays out what our issues are: health and safety of our residents and private property damage. One of the biggest issues is the auto-deer accidents that we’re trying to help reduce. Our goals are to provide safe roads and highways and significantly reduce the amount of deer within the city to a manageable level,” Justun Edwards, water director of Herriman City, said during the Jan. 13 city council meeting. Herriman City has worked with the Divison of Animal Wildlife Resources to somewhat determine what that level might be. One of the most important things is to promote a safe, cost-effective program as a public service to the community, and then reduce private and public property damages, according to Edwards.

“We had to do a painstaking counting of deer. How accurate it is, I don’t know. It’s fairly accurate. We had our public works employees, as they drove through the city, they had maps and they marked on the maps where they saw the deer, what dates and how many. Based on those numbers, we set an objective after action plan to remove over 400 animals in a three year period, which the Core has approved for three years.” The animals that would be taken with the approval of the Live Capture and Relocation Plan can be relocated using two different methods: lethal and non-lethal. The lethal plan was adopted in October 2015. The non-lethal plan will run from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31.The purpose of this discussion is to receive approval for the non-lethal plan. “The non-lethal plan is approved for yearround, only on the approval of the Division of Wildlife Resources,” Edwards said. l


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rson Wayne Portlock from Summerfield BSA troop 1110 earned his Eagle Scout badge on Nov. 22, 2015. His Court of Honor was held on Jan. 30. Orson loves scouting and is very active in his local troop and National Jamboree troop #9 where he will be attending the National Jamboree in 2017. He has attended NYLT/ Silver Moccasin and continues to serve on staff as a troop guide. He also is the chapter chief for the Order of the Arrow. Orson, with the help of his Jamboree troop, constructed and built a bridge for the Rose Crest Loop trail system in Herriman. He is from Riverton and attends Oquirrh Hills Middle School. He plans to continue to serve and be a leader in his community. l



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Herriman Arts Council Sock Puppets Bring Laughter to Residents By Hope Zitting | Hope@mycityjournals.com


t has often been said that laughter is the best medicine. When you’re sad, why not laugh? When you’re angry or frustrated, why not laugh? The only bad thing that can result of too much laughter is your aching stomach and newly-found abdominal muscles. Herriman residents that were in the audience during the Herriman Arts Council Sock Puppets improv and comedy show can relate to the feelings laughter brings. “We wanted a place with some friends and other talented people we know to have a place to have an improv show for the community. We didn’t hear of anything in the area, so we thought, ‘Oh, let’s do it,’” Seth King, one of the members of Sock Puppets, said. Herriman City and the arts council have been especially supportive of the improv show, according to King, whose ultimate goal is for audience members to come out and have a good time. “My wife talked to the city, and before we knew it, the city was excited about it. We took about six months to practice and get together and make sure we’re feeling it. I think November was our first official show or December. It was really a community effort,” he said. The show was separated into different comedic segments, ranging from “Wacky Party Guest” to “Scenes from a Hat” to “Expert Double Figures,” and many more. The show itself was

free, but $2 donations were encouraged. “I have fun once I come out, but the days that we do this, it’s terrifying. You know you are going to flop. It’s fun, but leading up to it is terrifying until you’re actually there,” one of the members of Sock Puppets, Dave Bennell, said. “Improv is like that. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t know what you’re going to say. And you’re like, ‘Am I going to say something stupid?’ I’m just barely getting to the point of confidence in what I’m doing that I’m not completely nervous every time,” Dave’s wife and fellow Sock Puppets member, Rachel Bennell, said. The Sock Puppets’ performance seemed to succeed in drawing the audience in and keeping their attention. The performers even brought a few surprised members from the crowd up on stage to participate in the show. “I loved it,” audience member Rachel Stokka said. The Sock Puppets are currently scheduled to perform their monthly improv show on the first Friday of every month at the Herriman City building, with the exception of March. The show will occur on the second Friday during that month. For more information concerning the Herriman Arts Council Sock Puppets, visit the Herriman Arts Council’s website, http://www.herriman.org/arts-council/. l

The cast of the Sock Puppets gather around to celebrate the ending of another show. –Herriman Arts Council

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Mascot Miracles Deliver Smiles to Herriman Families By Hope Zitting | Hope@mycityjournals.com

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The Mascots pose at the end of the night in celebration of another successful event full of smiles and miracles. –Mascot Miracles Foundation


o make time still for just a small moment is something that many wish to accomplish. When hard times seem too difficult to bear, making time stop may be the only wish that a burdened individual may hope for. Fortunately for some, Mascot Miracles Foundation can aid in the success of just that. On Dec. 17 at the Heber Valley Historic Railroad, the Mascot Miracles Foundation held its annual Polar Express Train Ride on the Heber Creeper. Based in West Jordan, the Mascot Miracles Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2013. The goal

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“I like the train that’s big. I love mascots. I had fun. Felix is my favorite. I like my bear,” Charley Bella White, one of the children, said. “The train ride was great for the kids. It’s nice to actually have people who all have the same hope,” Charley’s father said. “It was amazing. This is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this, so it’s been a blast. This is the first time we’ve been able to take her out because she’s been so sick. They’re so supportive. It’s just extra special when you come

“It was amazing. This is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this, so it’s been a blast.” of this foundation is to help create a happy and fun atmosphere for children who have serious or terminal illnesses and their families. This foundation uses professional, college and corporate mascots to organize and attend events, such as birthday parties for the children or spending time individually with the children and their family. “I love the mascots. The mascots came on my birthday. I love them,” 4-year-old Avery “AJ” Burgon, one of the children on the Polar Express ride, said. “It’s great for the kids and for everybody,” Avery’s grandfather Steve said. The annual Mascot Miracles Polar Express train ride was a 90-minute journey to Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole and back, full of laughter, singing and smiles. After the elves on the Heber Creeper served the children and their families with hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies, each of the Heroes [children who have or are currently recovering from a serious or terminal illness or disease] received a tailor-made, personal Build-A-Bear teddy bear that was fitted specifically for the Hero’s interests and likes.

and just, like, throw presents and love and support. It’s amazing,” Angie White, Charley’s mother, said. “People that can relate to what we go through; when you have kids with severe disabilities – families sometimes don’t understand, friendships change. So, you know, Mascot Miracles, it helps us find other people to connect to that help us and love our kids. I mean, just all the mascots help the kids. And the kids love them back. We definitely want to spread the word for the fundraising portion so everyone can enjoy what we are able to. We want everybody to have their chance,” Angie said. “The thrill you get out of it. You make these kids’ fantasy a true reality. The smiles are worth it. It’s fun all the way around. Tonight was amazing. All the kids, new faces, a lot of them you’ve never seen before, and they’re still your best friend. Tonight was awesome,” Chris Podborny, one of the mascots, said. For more information about the Mascot Miracles Foundation, go to mascotmiraclesfoundation.org, or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mascotmiraclesfoundation. l


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Why City Finance Matters By Hope Zitting | Hope@mycityjournals.com

R Riverton’s finance department covers a variety of responsibilities, including internal auditing, strategic planning and human resources. –©Riverton City Communications

iverton City is unique in the makeup of attendees at each city council meeting. In addition to elected officials, applicants and residents, the directors and managers of city departments attend and provide information to the items discussed at each meeting. Lisa Dudley is one such individual who attends the Tuesday night meetings. Dudley is the administrative services director and finance director for the city. With a staff of five, her department is responsible for accounting and financial reporting, budgeting, strategic planning, internal auditing, grant reporting, bonds, transparency reporting and human resources, among other things.

Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) respectively. The city also has a bond rating of AA from Standard and Poor’s for its Water Revenue Bonds and a AA and AA- for its Franchise and Sales Tax Revenue Bonds from Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor’s, respectively. “I am proud of this team and their willingness to continually accept new challenges. Together, we have always shared this thought. No one or no financial report will ever be 100

“I am proud of this team and their willingness to continually accept new challenges.”

These are the faces of Riverton City’s Finance Department. From clockwise left to right, Lisa Dudley, administrative services director and finance director; Trish Dixon, human resources technician; Kevin Hicks, assistant finance director; Laura Bown, payroll technician; Jiny Proctor, staff accountant. –©Riverton City Communications

“Riverton residents are well-served with the professional staff members in the city’s finance department. This highlyskilled and highly-dedicated group carefully manages the accuracy and security of city funds. They operate with integrity. And because of their individual expertise and combined efforts to work as a synergistic and efficient team, our city is now well known for its exemplary standards of service and financial reporting,” Mayor Bill Applegarth said. Nearly all of the decisions made in the finance department affect residents, according to Dudley. The finance department ensures the public that their funds are accounted for correctly. Recently the department was awarded the Certificate of

percent accurate; however, our goal is to continually improve. The CAFR and PAFR awards symbolize the collective efforts for continual improvement. Accounting standards are everchanging. The finance department must keep current on new regulations and standards in order to continue to produce annual reports that earn the GFOA’s highest honor,” Dudley said. Over the next few months the finance department will be heavily involved in the preparation of the city’s strategic plan and budget for the upcoming budget year. In addition, the department will keep up with regular monthly duties such as account reconciliations and audit preparation for the current fiscal year. l

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outh Valley Services recognized Riverton City as an outstanding community partner at the Nov. 17 council meeting. South Valley Services, also known as South Valley Sanctuary or SVS, is a nonprofit organization that focuses on ending family violence in the community. Riverton City partnered with SVS in 2014 to provide a community resource center at the Riverton City Hall. “Riverton has been an amazing partner,” Jennifer Campbell, executive director of South Valley Services, said. “Mostly we’re just grateful that you are putting priority on those that are being impacted by violence. They need our help, and they need our support and we really wanted to thank you for that and for the time and energy that you contribute to our agency.” The Riverton City Resource Center opened in November 2014 and offers case management services to community members in the areas of family violence, community resources and mental health. The center also assists individuals in finding resources through various community partnerships, including Intermountain Riverton Hospital, St. Andrews Food Pantry, WIC, the victim advocates of Unified Police Department and others. Lastly, the center offers healthy relationship classes at an at-need basis. “Any resident in our community and surrounding communities can walk into that place free from fear,” councilmember Sheldon Stewart said. “Domestic violence is not just one person’s problem, it’s a community’s problem. I appreciate what SVS provides for us over there, and I appreciate the efforts that the council has made to help us facilitate this as well as the mayor and city staff. I know that it’s not always easy to have a tenant like that, but I guarantee you that one life that we save because of a program like this, it’s just better than having the one life that was taken.” SVS opened in 1998 to provide safe shelter, resource and referral services and selfsufficiency programs for survivors of domestic violence. The agency’s threefold mission is to educate, empower and advocate. They work

South Valley Services has a resource center in Riverton City where anyone is welcome. The case manager on site is trained to assist individuals in any situation but specializes in helping survivors of domestic violence. –South Valley Services

closely with community partners in order to better serve the community, according to the SVS website, and currently have five locations in Salt Lake County. Riverton City leases space at the city hall for the resource center. The city council voted unanimously on Nov. 17 to continue the lease agreement with SVS. The city also provides space for the SVS coalition to meet monthly. Currently, the coalition meets the second Thursday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. in the council chamber. The meeting is open to anyone in the community who would like to attend. During their first year in Riverton, SVS focused primarily on community outreach and coalition-building. “When we open a center, a lot of hours are spent out in the community and less one-onone. We find that a lot of where we are right now is letting the community know that there is help and there is a place to go. We have really been focusing on bringing the community together and educating on violence,” Campbell said. “The city has been great, really welcoming and very pro-active at looking at violence in their community and looking at what they can do. Some people feel that facing family violence is overwhelming and do not know how to help, but the mayor and others have rolled up their sleeves and asked ‘what can I do?’ The city has been very proactive in asking what role they can play and bringing many other players as well,” Campbell added. Since November of 2014, SVS’s Riverton case manager has provided case management to 11 individuals in person and 31 individuals over the phone. These numbers are expected to increase as the agency becomes more known in the community. “Even if they’re not sure if they are a victim or they know a victim, there is a place to get help,” Campbell said. The resource center in Riverton is not a high-risk facility. SVS has a 24-hour hotline with an advocate available for anyone with questions or needs. SVS also has a website at svsutah.org with more information and volunteer opportunities. l


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New Council Members Take Office in Herriman By Hope Zitting | Hope@mycityjournals.com


ceremony was held to swear-in recently elected council members on Jan. 4 at Herriman City Hall. “When I told people that I was contemplating running, the first thing and inevitably the continued theme I got was, ‘Why on earth would you want to do that?’” Nicole Martin, one of the two new city council members, said during the ceremony. “From all of those people who wondered why I want to do this, I got an amazing amount of support. And as I look out in the audience, so many of you are here, and I would not and could not, frankly, have done it without all of you,” Martin said. Jared Henderson and Nicole Martin are the two new city council members that were recently sworn into office. Jared Henderson replaced Matt Robinson as the city council member from District 1. Nicole Martin took the place of Mike Day and is now representing District 4. “I’d like to thank my friends and neighbors for their support,” Jared Henderson, said. “I’m happy to serve and make a difference.”

“We’re very grateful for these two wonderful people,” Mayor Carmen Freeman said. “This is an exciting time. Herriman is really a city on the move in very many ways and we’re excited and these two wonderful people who’ve accepted the call to service. It’s a big responsibility.” “They were good enough not to tell you that there’s a lot that goes into running for political office – financially, emotionally – you sacrifice a lot, and we had two wonderful members of this council who’ve left and we’re grateful for the service they’ve rendered. But it’s always good to have a little change. I’m sure Jared and Nicole will bring in dynamics that will help us in some way to further the great work that lays ahead of us for Herriman City,” Freeman said. “I’m excited. I’m looking forward to, honestly, just getting to work. I’m looking forward to doing a lot of good things for the city with economic development, communications, and just diving in and moving us forward. I couldn’t be more excited,” Martin said after the ceremony.

The new Herriman City Council members, Jared Henderson and Nicole Martin, join the other council members for the first time. –Hope Zitting

“It’ll be nice to see some fresh voices in the city government. The city is growing a lot right now and it needs to change the direction it was going to. It’s nice to have some new voices in there. I think it’s important to get involved now, because what they’re doing now is going to shape how the city is for decades to come. So, there are important decisions to be made,” Andy Henderson, Jared’s brother and resident of Herriman City, said. “It’s nice to see people care about their

community. It’s a fast-growing city; there’s a lot to be considered,” Jared’s mother, Donna Henderson, added. To learn more about the new City Council District 1 Councilmember Jared Henderson, visit his website at http://www. HendersonJared.com. To learn more about the new City Council District 4 Councilmember Nicole Martin, visit her Facebook page, NicoleMartinForHerriman. l

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GOVERNMENT Streamlining the Development Process in Riverton


By Briana Kelley | briana@mycityjournals.com

Councilmember Trent Staggs has been on the forefront to streamline the city’s development process. “I called for a special session with our Planning Commission back in February 2015 to identify ways to make development more efficient in our city. We identified several opportunities to make the process and timeline more efficient, and enacted an ordinance in November 2015 that will help accomplish that goal,” Staggs said. –©Riverton City Communications


iverton City is streamlining development and cutting down wait times for business and residential applications. The city council recently voted unanimously to amend ordinances regulating the approval standards and processes for residential and commercial development at the Nov. 17, 2015 council meeting. These changes are part of the city council’s 2015-2016 strategic plan. “Part of our 2015-2016 strategic plan

was to streamline the development process,” councilmember Trent Staggs said. “I had made this request after hearing from multiple developers on the time it takes for them to get through the permitting and development process. We then had a joint planning commission and strategic planning session that I called for back in February 2015. We then reviewed ways in which we could cut down the process, from both the legislative process and internally with staff.” The resulting legislative changes will shave off 25 calendar days for commercial site plan applications and 22 calendar days for residential site plan applications. It currently takes an average of 111 days and 144 days respectively. The most substantial amendment passed delegates approval authority to the planning commission, according to Jason Lethbridge, planning manager. Before, the city council approved or denied all applications with recommendations from the planning commission. The city council is now the appeal authority. “This is a very big change and will save the city and residents money by not having to notice twice for every site plan, and save the developer on average about 15 days for not having to wait for the city council to hear and review their plan after the planning commission has made a recommendation,” Staggs said.

The city still requires rezone requests to come before both the planning commission and the city council. The council hopes to further decrease application times. At the Jan. 5 council meeting the council voted unanimously to solicit bids from independent consultants to provide recommendations for further improvement. “We want to find the most efficient way to do that [improve and streamline the whole process in planning], as well as create a transparency and ability for updates to the individuals that we work with,” councilmember Sheldon Stewart said. “There’s really three deliverables that we’re looking at: one, best practices to streamline the application, inspection and approval process; two, methods to improve transparency to all customers and stakeholders; and three, making the process less manual and paper-focused, implementing the latest technology,” Staggs added. The council emphasized that the focus is not to reduce head count. Instead, as stated in the issue paper, it is to increase efficiency, best practices and latest technology to reduce the pressure on employees in the department. The funds are available in the current budget if or when a consultant is decided on. l

Gordon Haight, the assistant city manager of Herriman City, discussed an ordinance adopting a parking permit program for the city. –Herriman City

Parking Permit Program a Possibility for Herriman City By Hope Zitting | Hope@mycityjournals.com


he discussion and consideration of beginning a parking permit program came to light during the Jan. 13 city council meeting in Herriman City. “The reason why we’re considering a parking permit program tonight is that we’ve had, over the past few years, a growing concern at the Blackridge Reservoir with the parking issue. And so, in order to solve that, we needed to implement a citywide ordinance that will allow us to create parking permit areas,” Herriman assistant city manager Gordon Haight said. Blackridge Reservoir is located at 15000 South Ashland Ridge Drive, and has recently had troubles with increasing traffic. “We’re looking at considering charging for parking in the Blackridge. We’re painting some curbs red. We’re going to do other restrictions. Other locations where this would apply would be colleges, transit facilities and other places where we see transit traffic. This ordinance basically can be used anywhere in the city and it’s very generic,” Haight said. Each residential family of Herriman City would receive two regular parking permits and one guest parking permit for $25 per household. The prices would not vary from area to area. These permits would be acceptable for one year and if a resident needs a replacement throughout the year, it would be $5. In order for the parking permit program to be approved, 51 percent of the affected residents in the area would need to be in favor of it. “Before this can happen, we will need to bring them a map with times and dates and seasons. We anticipate that the Blackridge will only be for certain months of the year, and maybe not every day of the week and certainly not all times of the day,” Haight said. l


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FIRST LEGO League: Recyclable or Not? By Hope Zitting | Hope@mycityjournals.com


ecycling should be easy. Recycle the plastics and throw away the trash. That’s all, right? Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Fortunately, we can get educated individuals to help us distinguish what to do and what not to do. During the Herriman City Council meeting on Jan. 13, the FIRST LEGO League of Herriman and South Jordan gave a presentation regarding the dos and don’ts of recycling.

participating. It includes more than 80 countries worldwide. “We decided to do stuff that can be recycled because this is a huge problem. So, we recently visited the Trans-Jordan Landfill and we learned a few things, such as the Trans-Jordan Landfill is being filled too rapidly, and we throw away too much recycling and recycle too much trash,” one of the four members of the FIRST LEGO League team, called Emperor

“People are the best recyclers, and that’s why we decided to create this presentation because machines will never recycle as best as us,” “Councilwoman Moser and I met with these young men. They came and presented a wonderful project that they’re working on, and I feel that it would be very appropriate to have them come and present to our city council as well as our community. I just think it’s a very worthwhile subject. I thought I was a recycler and I am, but they enlightened me on a number of things, and I think they’ll enlighten you in terms of what can be recycled and what cannot be recycled,” Mayor Carmen Freeman said. “I just want to preface what the LEGO League is so people understand. The FIRST LEGO League is a competition where the boys get together and they give them a topic. This year was ‘trash,’ and they had to research a problem and find a solution,” FIRST Coach Julie Stewart said. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The FIRST LEGO League includes more than 29,000 teams with more than 233,000 individuals

Penguins, said. Recycling rates are 47 percent nationwide and Salt Lake County recycling rates are 50 percent. Individuals every single day disregard an average of 3.4 pounds of garbage, and Salt Lake County throws away 2,000 tons of garbage per day. “There’s a game we like to play called Dumpster Dividing,” another boy said. The way this game works is that one person has a certain item in his or her hand, and he or she has to distinguish whether or not it can be recycled while standing in front of both a recycling bin and a trash can. For instance, cardboard can be recycled, but only if there is no grease present. Plastic can also be recycled, unless it does not have the capability to hold its shape. “People are the best recyclers, and that’s why we decided to create this presentation because machines will never recycle as best as us,” a first Emperor Penguins member said. l

FIRST Lego League members of Herriman and South Jordan pose with their project, Mayor Freeman, and the city council members. –Herriman City

FIRST Lego League members of Herriman and South Jordan present their project explaining the difference between recyclables and trash during the City Council meeting on Jan. 13. –Herriman City


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Miss Herriman Encourages Donating Unwanted Shoes By Hope Zitting | Hope@mycityjournals.com

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Miss Herriman, Tanesha Bland, collects donated shoes for the impoverished country of Burkina Faso. –Tanesha Bland


any individuals across the nation would strongly agree that choosing the decision to help others is an amazing way to help yourself and the community around you. Miss Herriman Tanesha Bland is doing just that, and is encouraging others to participate as well. From March 1 to March 25, there will be a box located inside the lobby of the Herriman City Hall, located at 13011 South Pioneer Street in Herriman that reads, “Donate your gently used shoes.” “I’m doing this project along with other Miss Utah contestants. It’s technically called Miss Utah Shoes for Burkina Faso, and basically the goal of this is for all of the contestants to gather as many shoes as they can to be sent over to Burkina Faso as a service project as a group, but as an individual as well,” Miss Herriman said. Burkina Faso is the seventh poorest country in the world and is in dire need of

all major resources and essential needs. Miss Herriman is conducting this service project through an organization called Power to Become. Any types of shoes are accepted no matter the shape, style, color. All shoes are welcome. “All the donated shoes will be used as a fundraiser to bring clean water and food as well as education for the people living in Burkina Faso. That’s a good way to get the community involved with the world just by donating shoes, and being able to incorporate things that they can no longer use to be sent over for a bigger purpose,” Miss Herriman said. For more information concerning Miss Utah Shoes for Burkina Faso, visit Miss Herriman’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ missherriman. For any questions, special inquiries, or other arrangements about the service project, you can email Miss Herriman at taneshabland1@gmail.com. l


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Some of the finished blankets donated to children who will be served through the Victims Advocate program. 125 blankets were made.

Bingham High Students Stay Up Late to Provide Service

Students create walls of art along the halls of South Hills Middle School.

Graffiti Art Lines the Walls with Color at South Hills Middle School By Aimee L. Cook | aimee@mycityjournals.com

“I am grateful for the amazing teachers at South Hills, like Mr. Nichols, who think outside of the box to create meaningful, fun and authentic educational experiences for their students.”


hat better way to advertise your art program than to decorate your walls with art? Such was the suggestion of art teacher Larry Moore. He and fellow art teacher Gregory Nichols decided to do just that and painted a few things on the walls. They had so much fun doing it, they both decided it would be a great project for the students who are in painting class. “Students do not have to paint exactly what they’re learning in their other classes,” Nichols said. “In fact, we had a couple of days at the library where they research what they’re learning in other classes. This way, the students extend their knowledge of a particular subject. My favorite example is my 4th period science group. They were studying the atom at the time, and after doing some research, the group learned a great deal about the atomic chain reaction that causes the nuclear bombs and the Higgs-Boson particle that holds the universe together. After their research, the groups split into pairs and drew a mock up of the mural they envisioned. They then pitched it to the group, who then decided what was good, what would stick, and how to combine them. They then had to pitch the proposal to “board.” The board was just me, but I explained how mural designs are typically approved.” Once their murals were approved, the students, working in groups of 8-12, drew them on with chalk first, and then painted them over the course of 10 days. The goal was to help students understand and demonstrate depth, space, color theory and blending. In addition, Nichols feels that having students paint subject matters that correlate to what they are leaning in school creates “cross-curricular bridges.” “I spoke with the groups about how the most important thing they’d learn from this activity would probably not be color or space, but rather how to talk to each other, voice concerns fairly and forgive pettiness,” Nichols said. Students learned a great deal more than painting. The school’s halls are dressed in color and student art, and the atmosphere created by being creative is one of positivity. The new graffiti art program is a success. “I love the fact that our art students have the opportunity to showcase their incredible talents in a unique way, so that the entire school can enjoy them and celebrate their works of art,” Ben Jameson, principal, said. “I am grateful for the amazing teachers at South Hills, like Mr. Nichols, who think outside of the box to create meaningful, fun and authentic educational experiences for their students.” l

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undreds of students at Bingham stayed up late one night in December to tie blankets for the children being served by the Victims Advocacy program. As part of their ‘True Blue” service projects and in an effort to serve their community, students gathered after a basketball game to create something they could give to the community. That night, they stayed until midnight and tied 125 blankets. “I have a friend who had been abused by his family when he was younger,” Liesel Bradshaw, a student who started the blanket project, said. “He’s my age and doesn’t live with his family anymore. Hearing his story made me want to help kids who are in those situations. My neighbor who is a cop is always taking donations of stuffed animals and blankets for the kids he has to pick up. He has told me that it’s heartbreaking to have to pick them up and drive them to a strange place with nothing to comfort them. I saw the opportunity to change that with the late night service and went for it.” The Victims Advocate programs are sponsored by local police departments and is ran by staff and several volunteers. Their purpose is to assist and advocate for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, harassment, etc. Advocates provide a safe place for victims and offer support and resources. Senior student body president, Arza Helm, wanted to keep the blanket tying activity going, and hopes to keep it as a tradition at the school. “One of our goals is to try and build traditions within True Blue that are centered around service and giving back to the community,” Helm said. “The same project was done last year, and so to build a tradition we decided to follow in the footsteps of last year.” l

“One of our goals is to try and build traditions within True Blue that are centered around service and giving back to the community.”

Students gathered for a Late Night Service project to make blankets for the Victims Advocate program.


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“Life is bigger than ourselves.”

Students raised $28, 975 to build water wells in Africa with the help of Hearts and Hands of Humanity.

The water wells will be accessed by these man-powered drills.

Oquirrh Hills Middle School Gives an Important Gift to Students Across the Globe By Aimee L. Cook | aimee@mycityjournals.com


quirrh Hills Middle School students are changing lives of students in Africa by getting them water close to home. During the holidays, the school raised $28, 975 for the non-profit organization, Hearts and Hands of Humanity, that will be used to provide a man-powered drill that can tap into clean, fresh water. The new drill will be placed outside of a rustic classroom, so that students have access to fresh water. “The students at OHMS worked hard to raise money throughout the entire month of December,” Eve Barlow, eighth-grade student body officer, said. “We held school activities to raise money. ‘Pie’-ing an SBO, karaoke day, Leatherby’s Ice Cream, Krispy Kreme donuts, candy grams, t-shirt sales and various contests. The SBO’s also caroled

in front of Petersons and held several dinner nights at many restaurants around Riverton, where a portion of the money raised went to “Oquirrh Fest [fundraiser].” According to the Hearts and Hands of Humanity, the design of the drills was co-created by a group of BYU student engineers. The man-powered drills are capable of drilling down 250 feet to access fresh water, and are strong and easy to use. “I think this year’s Oquirrh-fest was a great success, not only in the amount we raised but in helping students to become global citizens,” Travis Braun, Oquirrh Hills Middle School teacher, said. “This was a great opportunity to talk to students and teach them about life and culture in a country halfway around the world where people a lot less fortunate, and they

are struggling with some very basic life necessities such as drinking water. I think a big reason why we were so successful in raising so much this year was because the students and the community saw the importance of this charity, and they opened their hearts and wallets in a big way.” In addition to providing water, drilling the wells will also provide jobs for the people in the community in Ghana. “The experience helped all of us to know that we could make a difference in the world.” Eve said. “It helped us to know that life is bigger than ourselves. Many students agreed that they loved raising money for a cause that would truly make a difference in helping others to have clean water that we have so easily.” l

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alt Lake County is launching our firstever dashboard to track the progress we are making on the services we provide for residents and businesses. Just as you use information displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle to gauge performance on your travels, the county wants the public to see how well government is performing. The dashboard can be viewed on the home page of our website: https://dashboard.slco.org A dashboard in this case is a software-based solution that transforms sets of data into easy-to-read data charts. Thanks to our ability to collect and analyze a lot of data, the county dashboard will be a reliable tool for the public to use to answer questions such as “Where are our tax dollars being spent?” and “How safe are our neighborhoods?” In deciding what we would track and what metrics we’d use as a way to measure our progress, we surveyed many residents to find out what they would most like to see. The survey results ranked public safety, addressing homelessness, air quality, job opportunities and support for education as top priorities. Residents also said they’d like to know about the availability of parks and trails, the current state of repair of roads and buildings, and what

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the county is doing to operate efficiently and save money. We also asked ourselves what are the quality of life conditions we would like to see for children, adults and families who live in the county. Our discussion produced four broad categories: Healthy People – county residents are safe, have a place to call home and are healthy. Some of the indicators we will track include the crime rate; the number of homeless individuals and children in the county; the number of children who lack health insurance; and the percentage of teens who are physically active. Healthy Places – county residents have clean

air and clean water; they participate in and have access to recreation, arts and culture; and have transportation choices that are safe, efficient and meet their needs for commuting, school and recreation. Expanded Opportunities – county residents have access to good-paying jobs in the private sector; children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn; youth graduate from high school; and businesses have the resources they need to expand into and compete in global markets. Responsive Government – county residents deserve a government that operates efficiently and effectively, including a 9-1-1 emergency response system that gets life-saving personnel

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rapidly to where they are needed. We believe that our dashboard is a tool that will help Salt Lake County make better decisions about how we use our resources, and it will hold us accountable to our customers for accomplishing our jobs and enable residents to track our progress. Local governments around the country are learning that there is almost nothing that needs to be done that can’t be done, if there is the will to do it, and a commitment to measuring progress. Take a look at our dashboard and please send me your comments and ideas about how we can improve it and make it more useful to you. l


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Riverton High School’s Silver Rush Raises Large Funds for Charity By Aimee L. Cook | aimee@mycityjournals.com

Riverton High School student Brevan Lipscomb collects donations for the school’s annual fundraiser, Silver Rush, a school tradition since the doors opened in 1999.


very year since the school opened in 1999, Riverton High School students have raised money during the holidays for a charity of their choice. Over the years, the amount of money has grown, totally over $1 million in total donations. This year the students raised $133, 689.15 for Mitchell’s Journey.

“This year we raised money for Mitchell’s Journey,” Katie Borgmeier, teacher at Riverton High, said. “This organization works with children who were born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). This particular type of muscular dystrophy is found in boys, is classified as catastrophic muscle wasting, and is 100 percent fatal.  These young boys effected by DMD do not live much past the age of 20.” The donated money to Mitchell’s Journey will go towards things like sponsoring local MDA summer camp activities, and providing material aid to local DMD families who are in need of help. “It is rare to see a student body so dedicated to helping others,” Christopher M. Jones, from Mitchell’s Journey, said. “Their sincerity and energy was nothing short of inspiring and at the same time humbling. To this day we are approached by teenagers all over Salt Lake City.  When they see us, they run up to us and introduce themselves, sometimes with tears in their eyes and say, ‘I am from Riverton High School, and I just want you to know what this year’s Silver Rush program meant to me.’”   Silver Rush is very much a group effort. Students get very involved and are constantly offering ideas to Borgmeier and principal Carolyn Gough. Many faculty members get involved as well, from cooking pancakes in the mornings to selling carrot grams. Silver Rush does more than raise money for charity; it also serves to bring awareness to issues that affect the community. Students raise money by doing fun activities like the “Ugly Stomp,” the Silver Swap, where the cheerleaders play the

Over $100,000 was raised for the chosen charity of Mitchell’s Journey.

“Their sincerity and energy was nothing short of inspiring and at the same time humbling.” drill team in basketball and the girls basketball team performed a dance at halftime. “Education is a key component to Silver Rush,” Borgmeier said. “Not only do we educate our faculty, staff and student body, but we also educate the community. Our theme for Silver Rush is ‘It’s not about the dollar, it’s about the change.’  No matter how much is raised each year, we are making a change in somebody’s life.” Senior student body officer Hannah Kartchner believes Silver Rush is the best time of the year for the entire school. She and fellow officers chose Mitchell’s Journey as the charity to raise funds for this year, making the

experience just a bit more personal for her. “Being able to meet the DMD boys was something that put into perspective how fortunate I am. I wanted to do all in my power to help them,” Hannah said. “I love coming together during December to get behind such a remarkable cause, it feels like the entire city is unified to help one cause and make a difference. There’s just something about the feeling you get during Silver Rush, it’s indescribable; no matter how tired you get, you can still push forward and feel happy all the time. I think that’s what service and Silver Rush is all about, and I find that remarkable. It’s not about the money, it’s about the change.” l

What is the Role of a Funeral Home? By Spencer Larkin

Very few people know what to expect from their funeral home until the day they have to make some difficult decisions and deal with seemingly mundane details during a time of duress. These distraction postpone a healthy grieving process, one that begins the moment arrangements for the service begin. Choosing the right funeral home can make all the difference. First: the logistics. Behind the scenes, the funeral home arranges for the removal of the body, obtains all the required legal documents, prepares the loved one for viewing, helps plan the service, arranges for the final disposition, provides facilities for the visitation and funeral service and the transportation to the final resting place. An experienced funeral home is essential in getting all these details right---in the sense that they make the funeral appropriate to the family’s wishes and not just offer cookie-cutter solutions.

Experience goes a long way. An idea that sounds good at the time, may not turn out the way you plan. Having a Funeral director with a lot of experience you can trust to guide you is essential. Especially if you are doing a cremation with a service, mixed religion services, coordinating mixed families, or having the service outside the funeral home at say a farm, or ski resort, in the National Forest, at a private estate or repatriated in a different country. A savvy funeral home will be sensitive to the story you are trying to create and make sure all the necessary laws are met and all feelings are respected. There are other considerations, too; like special services for children, vets, public servants and religious leaders. A good funeral home will have experience in all these areas and have helpful suggestions. Lastly, you have to like and trust them. Emotions will

be a little raw during this time. Hugs will come often and honest feelings shared easily. It’s important to have a friend and confidant in the Funeral Director; one you should feel confident hugging when the day is over, the service was perfect and friends have all gone home. Believe me when I tell you, funeral directors are moved by the tributes and shared feelings of every funeral they manage. It’s OK to give them a thanks and an embrace. They probably need it too.

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Riverton Hoopsters Shine at Collegiate Level By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


nly four years have passed since Brandon Sly and Austin Anderson were teammates at Riverton High School. As fate would have it they are now back at it, just farther south. The Silverwolves basketball stars are teamed up again at Utah State University Eastern. The Golden Eagles attained both former Riverton players via different life paths. The Golden Eagles have a 14-7 overall record this season. Sly is the starting point guard and a consistent top team leader. Anderson took over after several injuries to other players and has earned his playing time. Sly currently averages 13.9 points per game and Anderson 7.1. Sly scored a season high 25 points against Treasure Valley in the Golden Eagles 105-68 victory. The 5’10” sophomore is playing in his second year in Price. He is the ninth leading scorer in the Scenic West Conference and is seventh in assists. He leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 46 percent. Anderson, a sophomore, is shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the three-point line. He scored a season high 24 points against Planet Athlete Academy. Anderson graduated from Riverton in 2012. He was an

Academic All-State player his senior season and averaged 4.4 points per game. He scored a career high 12 points against Judge that season. “Austin is one of the best young men I have ever met. He comes from a great family,” Anderson’s former head coach Steve Galley said shortly after he received his academic allstate award in 2012. Anderson played college basketball in Florida for one season before serving a mission for the LDS church in London, England. He returned in the summer of 2015 and enrolled at USU Eastern. Sly graduated in 2014 from Riverton. He averaged 14.4 points per game his senior season. He scored a career high 27 points against Kearns. “Brandon is very quick and despite his lack of height, he has a knack for getting to the basket. He also hits his free throws. You can almost count on it,” Galley said. The Eagles are in fourth place in the SWAC. They are scheduled to play at Salt Lake Community College Thursday Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. l

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Joey Andrews (#20) is averaging 17.5 points per game for the Silverwolves. – jdsandersonpics.com

Above: The Mustangs returned to the school to hoist the state championship trophy with their fans. – jayhyerphotography.com

Tournament Provides Funds and Experience for the Silverwolves

Left: Herriman head coach Dustin Pearce discusses the Mustangs state championship with the media clutching the trophy. Pearce was named USA Today Utah High School Football Coach of the Year. –jayhyerphotography.com

By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he Riverton Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament has become a popular place to hang out during the school’s holiday break and prepares the team for the beginning of region play. The third annual Riverton tournament was held Dec. 28-31. The Silverwolves came into this year’s tournament as the defending champions. “This is our team’s fundraiser; we have several teams come into our gym. It works out good for us. We get four straight games with no practices in between, a coach’s nightmare, but it gives us plenty of experience to get ready for region,” Silverwolves head coach Skyler Wilson said. The tournament offered games for varsity, junior varsity and sophomore teams for all of the eight attending schools. Dixie, Wasatch, Cyprus, Granger, Hunter, Kearns, Riverton and Taylorsville high schools participated in this year’s tournament. The Silverwolves opened the tournament with a 59-46 loss to Dixie. The Flyers scored 20 points in the fourth quarter pull away from the host team. Joey Andrews scored 20 points in the loss. “We have been inconsistent; sometimes we have had times where I feel we are really coming along. Then there are times we are figuring out how to play,” Wilson said. “With our loss we will not defend our tournament championship, but we will continue to work and play hard.” In the consolation bracket the Silverwolves defeated Taylorsville 53-40 and Granger 70-40; they finished in fifth place. In the tournament championship game,

the Dixie Flyers defeated Kearns 58-56. Kearns trailed by 10 points with two minutes remaining in the game, but the Flyers held Kearns off for the victory. The Flyers Tyler Bennett scored 25 points. Bennett was the tournament’s most valuable player. Riverton’s Joey Andrews, Tayler Mareliz (Kearns), Richard Guymon (Dixie), Garret Davis (Wasatch) and Mckay Meidlinger (Hunter) were voted to the alltournament team. The varsity championship game closed out the tournament. In all, there was 48 games played over the four days. “Joey [Andrews] has played a lot for us. He has the experience and the skills. We look to him to provide a spark for us,” Wilson said. The Silverwolves lost its region opener to Herriman 35-24 on Jan. 8. Andrews scored 11 and 6’6” senior Chase Eggett hit one three pointer for his only points of the game. “Chase [Eggett] is our best shooter and tallest guy, which is unique. We have challenged him to give us more inside play. That is something our team really needs. He is such a great kid. As a team we are just trying to play better,” Wilson said. Riverton plays in Region 4 against some of the best high school basketball teams in the state. Lone Peak, Lehi, American Fork and Westlake high schools have all spent time in the Deseret News 5A top five this season. “There are no games in region that we can just show up and win. Every night it is a dog fight. We did surprise some teams last season, hopefully we can do it again this year. These are great kids and lots of fun to coach,” Wilson said. l

State 5A Football Champions By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


t was the perfect end to an amazing season. The Herriman High School Mustangs finished the 2015 high school football season as 5A state champions. They closed out a playoff run that included avenging two of their three regular season losses. Bringing home the school’s first ever football state championship. “These kids have never quit all year. They refused to quit and it showed,” Herriman head coach Dustin Pearce said. The Mustangs defeated Lone Peak 1710 in the championship game. The season’s final game turned out to be a back-and-forth classic competition. Herriman’s initial possession ended with a Mustangs 26-yard field goal by Denver Osborne. The teams exchanged punts and with 6:46 remaining in the first half, Jake Jutkins broke off a 41-yard touchdown run and the Mustangs led 10-0. “At halftime I felt like we needed to finish. Coach had told us all week that they were going to make big plays against us. He wanted to see how we would respond,” junior Noah Vaea said. Lone Peak was not finished. With 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter, they scored a touchdown and now trailed 10-6. The Mustangs were forced to punt and the Knights again drove down the field and

scored. They led 14-10 at that point with 4:28 left to play. The Mustang victory seemed to be slipping from their hands. The Mustangs received the ball for the final time with 2:11 remaining. After two failed pass attempts and a seven yard run by quarterback Hayden Reynolds, Vaea caught a 47-yard pass to get the ball down to the Lone Peak 11-yard line. “It was crazy, a once in a lifetime feeling. Seeing the entire sideline go wild and the fans going crazy was awesome. I am definitely never going to forget that moment,” Vaea said. The Mustangs’ Kaden Strasters punched in a one-yard touchdown, and with only 22 seconds remaining they had clinched the state football championship. The Mustangs finished second in Region 4. In the first round of the state playoffs they defeated Brighton 49-17. Jutkins and Strasters combined for 309 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the victory. They continued their march to the championship by defeating Fremont 42-13 and Sky View 23-7. The Mustangs state football title was its first. The school opened in 2010. They have qualified for the playoffs every year and have a 45-27 overall record. l

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y husband and I dated for a year before we married. We thought we had it figured out, had discussed it all, from the number of kids we wanted, right down to the color of carpet in our home. After the arrival of our firstborn things started getting rocky. My sweet and lovable hubby suddenly turned into a matted green, irritable grouch. Instead of helping him and trying to understand, all I could do was nag. Life became a chore. Money was tight. We barely talked to each other. We were sliding down a slippery slope. It was during this time that a turning point happened. We found ourselves on a real date. I can’t recall how it happened, but nonetheless, the hubs and I had dropped off the little one at Mom’s, packed a picnic lunch and headed to the park for what turned out to be the one of best dates of our relationship. Having the alone time allowed me to open up to listening without distraction to what was really bugging him, his stresses at work and financial concerns. We problem solved, had open conversation and worked together to fix it. In the time it took to prepare a $10 picnic lunch for two, throw down a blanket and open our hearts to listen to one another we had solved many built up frustrations. This made me a believer in “the date night.” A date night is a time you and your partner set aside to spend quality time focusing on the other. It’s a time to refresh and

reboot your relationship and allows you to reevaluate what’s working for your family and more importantly, what isn’t. Date nights should not be a couple’s luxury, but instead a couple’s necessity and should be part of a regular schedule, just like paying the bills. It’s easy to put off dating after marriage. With expenses and the never-ending needs of the kids, finding just $25 a week can be hard. Here are some ideas to make your date night money stretch a little further: #1 - Make it appetizers or dessert: Instead of going out for a complete meal, make it appetizers instead. This is a fantastic way to check out a new restaurant without breaking the bank. I’ve found that I often enjoy these small bites more than the regular meal. If a full meal is in your plan, look for restaurants with early bird specials between 5 and 6 p.m. #2 - Split the babysitter costs: Sitters typically only charge a little more for additional kids so, plan to share your sitter with a friend that has kids and double date. Or, take turns babysitting each other’s kids. #3- Get familiar with the Daily Deals websites: We’ve all he ard of Groupon and Living Social by now. A new one you may not be familiar with is C4Udeals.com. These daily deal websites can be great sources for discounts for eating out. They also offer creative ideas for dates, like ghost

tours, paint mixers and sushi-making classes. All three can currently be found on C4Udeals.com. A regular date night is an important investment in your marriage and will lead to a stronger lifelong partnership. For more fantastic date ideas, check out a Utah based website called the TheDatingDivas.com and APriortizedMarriage. com. Both have fabulous ideas for date nights and ideas to help you keep the communication in your relationship strong. l


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