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ndrew Rose is gearing up to teach another school of students how to fish at the Herriman Cove Pond in April. Within the past 10 years, Rose, 39, of Herriman has taught more than 50 local children the basics of his favorite hobby through the Community Fisheries Club developed through the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. “I started volunteering because I want to help any and all kids learn how to fish, if they are interested, because they don’t know what they are missing out on if they’ve never tried it,” he said. The program’s purpose is to give children in urban and suburban areas the opportunity to fish, even when they don’t live close to a large body of water, according to Tonya Kieffer, division wildlife recreational specialist. The division stocks fish in neighborhood ponds and educates volunteers, like Rose, who instruct the six-session, two-hour club meetings. Rose starts out each class with some instruction before the group casts in their lines. He teaches the 6- to 13-year-olds about safety basics first, and then he teaches how to tie fishing knots, cast a line and hook a fish. Later on in the program, he teaches about the biology and ecology of the pond and fish, giving them a balanced fishing education, but

the best part is when they hit the pond. One of Rose’s favorite moments in Community Fisheries Club was helping a child with severe autism catch his first fish, because afterward the child was “just beaming,” he said. “Most of these kids have never been fishing before, and there’s nothing like seeing the excitement of someone when they catch their first fish, and that’s what makes it worth it – that’s why I volunteer,” Rose said. The pond is stocked so fishers will catch one fish per hour on average. Catfish and rainbow trout are the most common catches at Utah’s fisheries, but participants might also catch bluegill and largemouth bass. “Occasionally we put brood stock trout in the ponds, and that’s always fun and exciting for someone to catch a 25- to 26-inch fish from a small pond, especially if it’s public, even though they’re not very pretty,” he said. “Fishing is a way for residents to escape everyday life and reduce stress.” Rose welcomes the siblings, parents and other family members of participants to join in the club, because he believes fishing is more fun to do with the people you care about. Rose’s passion for fishing started when he was “a babe in arms,” he said. Rose’s father

took him on fishing trips when Rose was a baby, and as soon as he could hold a fishing pole, he was fishing on his own. Rose made sure his two children, Morgan and Aiden, now 11 and 8, had a similar experience. Morgan, his oldest, caught her first fish in the Herriman Cove Pond. As soon as Rose’s children were old enough, they began coming to the club and assisting him in teaching, and they love it. While the city rents out fishing equipment, Rose said he usually brings some of his own for children and their families to borrow. “I usually bring the generic kind of fishing stuff, and I end up giving a lot of it away,” he said. “I know they’ll use it, and I know they’re having fun, and you really can’t put a price tag on that.” The Herriman Community Fisheries program is now accepting registration online or by phone at 801-254-7667. There’s a $15 fee, which includes a T-shirt, and space is limited. The club begins in April. For exact dates, visit http://www.herriman.org. Riverton has not announced their dates for their community fishery club at Riverton Pond. For more information call 801-208-3121. For a full list of community fisheries visit http://wildlife.utah.gov/cf/clubs.php l


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fter seven years, Riverton Arts Council is bringing “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” back to the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center stage. “Joseph,” a comedic retelling of a Bible story, was first performed at the by the council in 2003, and made a comeback in 2009. Vicki Wartman, who choreographed the 2009 run of “Joseph,” is back as director and choreographer for this year’s production with a new vision. Wartman, who’s been a dance instructor for years, found a new passion volunteering at the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund, which raises awareness for the deaf and hard of hearing, so she’s weaving sign language into the dance numbers in the show, and she’s working to get American Sign Language interpreters to interpret the show on select performance nights. Justin Osmond, Olive Osmond Hearing Fund founder, said he’s hearing impaired himself and knows what it is like to miss out on part of a play by misunderstanding grammar or verbs within the show. “It’s nice to have interpreters there,” he said. “Sign language is very theatrical. It’s 80 percent body language and facial expressions, so it’s a good fit in theater.” Osmond, who said he misses watching his uncle Donny Osmond play the role of Joseph, said Wartman’s version of the show is sure to “bring an abundance of joy to Riverton,” because he said Wartman is one of the most talented people he knows in the arts realm. The plot of “Joseph” follows a young man who is sold into slavery by his brothers and later becomes second-in-command to the Pharaoh. “Joseph” is such a silly show that oftentimes directors add their own inside jokes into the script, Wartman said. She said she’s seen directors add references to the pop culture hits such as “Austin Powers” and “Greece” into the “Joseph” script, but said that’s not part of her plan for this show. “It’s a good story all by itself, without those jokes that the audience members may or may not understand,” Wartman said. While the arts council isn’t going “all out” on the inside jokes, they are going all out on the special effects, Wartman said. She said it’s a “dream come true type of show” for the technical crew of “Joseph” because there are so many fun things to do

with lighting and sound. “It’s so high-energy,” Wartman said. “It’s a good starter show for those who don’t usually attend theater because it’s only an hour and a half.” Brittany Hathaway, stage manager, said “Joseph” is the ideal show for her to be part of because it’s a contrast to the dark or more serious and emotional plays, like “Les Miserables,” that she’s used to being involved in. Hathaway has been involved in Riverton theatrical productions for years, she said. She moved to Massachusetts for a while, but as soon as she got back to Utah, she began working with them again, she said. “What I think about Riverton is that it doesn’t look like community theater because they get people who really know how a production works,” she said. “I’ve done professional theater before, and Riverton almost feels more like the professional shows than the community shows that I’ve done, because they hold themselves to a higher standard.” Each member of the cast and crew volunteers his or her time, Wartman said. Wartman prefers to do shows where people volunteer their time because the show is driven entirely by passion and fun. Katy King, 22, said trying to balance school, work and rehearsals is a challenge, but it’s worth it to spend some family time doing things that they love. King is playing the lead female role of the narrator, her father is playing one of Joseph’s brothers and her mother is assistant directing. “My parents actually met in high school doing a musical,” she said. “When I was a kid we would do shows together all the time, and I was in ‘Joseph’ before with my dad.” It’s been a while since they’ve done a play together because King recently got home from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so she said she’s super excited for this nostalgic experience. “Joseph” will run from March 10-21 with shows every day except for Wednesdays and Sundays. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with a special matinee showing on March 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, and may be purchased at http:// rivertonartscouncil.org or at the door on performance nights. l


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n Feb. 5, five D’s came to the Sandra N. Lloyd Community Center: dads, daughters, dinner, dessert and dancing. Riverton continued its tradition of offering an annual daddy daughter date night around the time of Valentine’s Day with its event titled “Just You & I.” The annual date event is one of the best attended events the city puts on, and it fills up fast, according to city Public Information Officer Angela Trammell. All of the slots were full by Feb. 1, she said. “Dads and daughters wait for this event all year long, because it’s a good experience for bonding,” Trammell said. Because of interest, the city creates more slots for more community members to attend, according to Brittany Parker, who has planned the date night for the last four years. A recordbreaking 150 participants came out to 2016’s event. The fathers and daughters showed up in their best dress, and each couple had their picture taken, much like what happens at a highschool dance, Trammell said. The pictures were printed and inserted into frames, and dads and daughters decorated the frames with red, pink and white hearts for one of the night’s activities. The group of dads and daughters enjoyed an Italian dinner with menu options before hitting the dance floor. Current hits reverberated across the community center, and girls and their

fathers grooved. In addition to freestyle dancing, Lindsey Gill, Miss Riverton, instructed partner and line dancing. “It was fun to have Miss Riverton because it’s so cute to see how much the little girls love her,” Parker said. “It’s like they think she’s a princess, and they all want to get their picture taken with her.” Ryan and Kali Skinner said their favorite part was learning the dances together. “She’s a clogger, so she’s a really good dancer,” Skinner said, motioning to his daughter. “I had to try to keep up with her.” Skinner invited Kali to join him for the date after he got a flyer in the mail with the water bill. He said he’s lived in Riverton for a while, but had never heard about the event. Kali said she was grateful her dad found the date idea. She said she enjoyed the waltz, but she said her favorite part of the night was doing the chicken dance. “It just kept getting faster and faster,” she said. Aspen Fisher, 3, said the chicken dance was her least favorite part. “I didn’t dance the chicken song,” she said. “I was too tired.” Aspen’s favorite part of the night was dancing to the “Beauty and the Beast” song from the Disney movie with the same title, she said. As girls and their fathers left, many

“The Night of the Loving Dead” tells a story about love affairs between zombies and humans after a zombie apocalypse occurs. –Herriman Arts Council

of them collected a gift bag and committed to themselves that they’d come back again next year. Aspen’s father, Danny Fisher, said he’s grateful that his friend was involved in planning the event, because he said he never would have heard about the event otherwise. Fisher, who lives in Taylorsville, said he and Aspen plan to attend the Riverton’s daddy daughter activity for many years to come. “I would absolutely recommend it,” Skinner said. “It’s a lot of fun and a good way to interact with your daughter and have a great experience as a family.”

Dave Sommer and his daughter Averi said they’ve been to every daddy daughter night that Riverton City has offered. “I get to be with my daughter,” Sommer said when asked why he keeps coming back. “And what could be better than that?” The daddy daughter date night will happen around the same time next year. Check rivertoncity.com for information regarding future activities through the city. Mothers and sons can look forward to Riverton’s upcoming mothers’ and sons’ night, titled “My Buddy and Me,” which will take place on Aug. 19. l


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A Deadly Good Performance By Hope Zitting | hope@mycityjournals.com

“The Night of the Loving Dead” tells a story about love affairs between zombies and humans after a zombie apocalypse occurs. –Herriman Arts Council

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alentine’s Day is traditionally filled with hearts, candy, flowers and love. Rarely is this romantic holiday associated with zombies and the aftermath of a potential apocalypse. Yet, the Herriman Arts Council incorporated all the traditional Valentine’s practices with the unorthodox customs to create the annual Valentine’s Cabaret, “Night of the Loving Dead.” On Feb. 11-13, the city council chambers were transformed into a stage for the Herriman Harmonyx to perform the musical theatre. The Herriman Harmonyx wrote an original script for the performance and sang a myriad of classic musical numbers, with the lyrics tweaked just enough to accommodate the zombie apocalypse theme. “We started as an a capella group. They were Herriman A capella, but now they are Herriman Harmonyx. Part of the reason behind the whole creation of the group was something like this. We thought Valentine’s was the perfect time to do it. This would be our sixth year that we’ve done the script and played the music. And they absolutely love to do it. They get together, they come up with the concept, they come up with the theme and they write the script and then they choose the songs to perform. They’ve gotten so good they don’t need to look at the script anymore,” James Crane, the Herriman Arts Council chairman, said. “They’re all volunteers. No one gets paid. I mean, the payment is that they love what they do and they can share their talent. And they love it. We’re passionate about the arts,” Crane said. The Valentine’s Cabaret cost $20 a table or couple and lasted the duration of nearly two hours, including two parts separated by a

10-minute intermission, during which desserts were served. “It’s really fun. We started [rehearsing] around Christmas. We wrote the script beginning in Octoberish, and finished around mid-January. Our first year, we started with two nights with one show a night, and it didn’t sell out. And then the next year, we sold out. Now we’re at five shows, and all but three or four [tables] are sold out now out of all five of the shows. I think we might add another show for next year,” Brian Taylor, one of the members of Herriman Harmonyx, said. “I have a couple of roles in the arts council, and I just love to be there for the community. I really love to do it. I got involved and it was just so fun. The people that I do it with are amazing, and they may it look so easy. Part of this is for the community, part of this is for me,” Deb Taylor, the Herriman Arts Council assistant chairman and member of the cast, said. “I think they did a fantastic job,” Kristin Kerr, the piano player for the performance, said. “It’s fun to have something that you create all on your own. It’s unique and completely new. It’s fun to put it together with a bunch of friends. It helps break up the monotony of life. It’s good for both the audience and us. We have a lot of passion for music. This particular show is a little difficult. How do you play a zombie? Thankfully, the audience has a good imagination,” Brent Rindlisbacher, a guest performer for the play’s cast, said. For more information concerning upcoming performances by the Herriman Arts Council, visit their website at http://www. herriman.org/arts-council/. l


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Riverton City Council recently approved a Master Development Agreement with Suburban Land Reserve, LLC for 543 acres in the city. From left to right: Trace Robinson, Sheldon Stewart, Trent Staggs, Jason Lethbridge, Ryan Carter, Tricia Tingey, Dan McCay, Bill Applegarth, Brent Johnson, Paul Wayman. –©Riverton City Communications

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he Riverton City Council unanimously approved the Master Development Agreement (MDA) for approximately 543 acres at their Jan. 19 council meeting. This agreement is the culmination of months of work between city staff, elected officials and Suburban Land Reserve, Inc. (SLR), a forprofit real-estate arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The property to be developed is located in the southwest portion of the city along 13400 South, between Bangerter Highway and Mountain View Corridor. “This approval marks the beginning of a process of significant growth that will take place over the course of the next 10 to 15 years. It is the second phase in approvals for major developments that will change the face of Riverton City and contribute to the quality of life experienced by local residents and surrounding communities,” the Riverton City press release said. The first phase of approvals occurred in early December when the council approved development plans for Mountain View Place at Riverton. MVP is an 85-acre commercial development project by California developer CenterCal Properties, LLC. The city stated that it will be comparable in size and scope to other properties developed by CenterCal, including Station Park in Farmington, Utah, and The Village at Meridian in Meridian, Idaho. Dale Bills, a spokesperson for SLR, said, “CenterCal’s Mountain View Place is the first phase of a mixed-use master plan that CenterCal and SLR developed at the request of Riverton leaders and planning officials to help build a vibrant future for the city. The approved plan is responsive to community priorities and balances retail, civic, religious, office and residential uses.” The continued SLR development is designed to positively impact the community and complement the commercial vitality of MVP, according to the press release. The MDA provides the legal and procedural framework for the project. The Specific Development District

(SDD), which also passed unanimously, is the zoning ordinance that includes development and design standards. Housing density within the SLR project is set at seven residential units per acre overall, which results in approximately 3,800 new units. However, some areas will develop as single family lots and would thus locally be lower than seven units per acre, while others would develop as high-density, multifamily and the density in those areas may be much higher than seven units per acre. The developer has set up proposed transition zones to mitigate density in areas next to existing homeowners. “CenterCal’s construction of Mountain View Place is scheduled to begin this year. SLR expects other parts of the property to be sold to developers as market demand allows. Future development will be guided by the approved master plan,” Bills said. Each council member had various questions and concerns that were addressed before they approved the MDA. Despite their varied concerns, each council member spoke highly of the new development and the positive changes for Riverton City. As reported by Mayor Bill Applegarth, the potential for increased sales tax revenue with the development of MVP is projected to be upwards of $2 million — a substantial increase to the current sales tax income of $6 million, according to the press release. Riverton currently operates with no city property tax. “This development provides a substantial financial boon for the city,” Applegarth said. “It has been a very complicated process. It is the largest development in our city’s history. Our city manager, Lance Blackwood, has done a tremendous job leading our team in working through the issues. Without his talent and experience, this process may have never been completed.” The initial concept for the project began in June 2014, according to Applegarth. l


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Clearing Roads is “Snow” Problem for Riverton Public Works By Briana Kelley | briana@mycityjournals.com

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t is 4 a.m. on Feb. 2, and Riverton City streets are covered in snow. Roads are currently hazardous due to snowdrifts built up from high winds. A crew of eight works in cooperation with the Riverton Precinct UPD for extra early alerts on snowy and slippery roads and carefully monitors upcoming storms. By the end of the day, the crew will plow 1,109 snow plow miles, a new daily record. They will work into the night clearing main roads. To date, the crew has driven over 6,650 miles, the equivalent of driving to Seattle, Washington and back three times, and spread 1,620 tons of salt in snow plowing activities. Snow removal is one of many public works department responsibilities. The department is responsible for the design, construction, inspection and maintenance of the city’s infrastructure –the sidewalks, curb, gutter and streets. Thus, the department maintains the infrastructure through snow removal, traffic control, cleaning and repair of storm drains, weed control, street sweeping and street light maintenance. The department is also accountable for managing and maintaining the city’s fleet vehicles, managing the GIS system, designing and constructing water systems and conducting plan reviews, surveys and studies. “In addition to the infrastructure management described above, the Public Works Department provides support services for all of the other departments of the city. Public Works coordinates with outside governmental agencies, contractors and developers. Public Works is included with fire and police

as first responders in emergencies and coordinates and works closely with them upon request,” Trace Robinson said. Robinson is the public works director and city engineer. He leads the department of 28 full time employees and five seasonal employees. The department consists of six divisions: engineering, fleet, GIS, stormwater, streets, and street lights. Over the past few years the department has secured $17 million in outside funding and completed approximately $40 million in construction projects. The majority of these projects were designed, bid, and managed by the engineering division. The department also played a major role in the changeover of the culinary water system from the city wells to Jordan Water Conservancy District. “I am always amazed at the quality, efficient work performed by the employees of the Public Works Department as they serve the citizens of Riverton. They truly exemplify the goal of providing the very best service at the most reasonable cost. I really appreciate how talented, innovative, and dedicated they are,” Lance Blackwood, city manager, said. Robinson and his team will be responsible for many elements in the upcoming Mountain View Place at Riverton, the 85-acre retail development coming this year. The department will complete the design and bid and begin construction on approximately $9 million of new infrastructure. The department will also begin spring maintenance projects in the upcoming months, including crack seal and road repair.

Riverton City snow removal crew from left to right: LaMar Mitchel, KC Skinner, Colt Peterson, Wade Rindisbacher, Cody Green, Aaron Morgan, Brad Taylor and Sonny Sawyer. –©Riverton City Communications

“Public works is responsible to provide, maintain, and regulate the infrastructure needs of the city. Every decision is based on the protection and best use of City funds.  Our sole purpose is to insure the health, welfare, and safety of the citizens,” Robinson said. If residents want to report snow or other problems in their area, Riverton City encourages them to report online through “Report A Problem.” Residents can also call the public works department at 801-208-3162. l


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Riverton Residents and Utah’s Water Future

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ust under half of Riverton residents think there is enough water to meet the city’s current needs, whereas only 24 percent are confident of Riverton’s future water supply. This is one of many findings that Dr. Melissa Haeffner, a postdoctoral research fellow for iUTAH, and Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith, a professor of sociology at Utah State University, presented to Riverton City Council on Jan. 12. Haeffner and Jackson-Smith led an extensive academic assessment on water use and perceptions throughout Utah in July and August 2014. They are now presenting results to city councils and public utility staff across the state to make local and state water decision-makers aware of the experiences and priorities of residents. “Very few respondents in Riverton believe there is not enough water to meet current needs, but more say there may not be enough water in the future. While our project did not directly assess the adequacy of Riverton’s water supply, the lack of concern about potential water shortages appears to be related to local residents’ water-use behaviors. Well under a third of households say they have decreased their water use over the last five years, and a majority of respondents did not believe they could do more to reduce water use in the future, which was lower than in most of our other study communities,” Jackson-Smith said. Riverton was chosen as one of 23 neighborhoods in Cache Valley, Salt Lake Valley and Heber Valley to participate in the study. The study found that residents are concerned about a number of water issues, though these issues rank behind growth-related concerns such as air pollution and traffic congestion. Riverton residents also know how much they spend on water but not how much they use. Residents generally water their own lawns, rather than relying on an association, and know and follow basic recommendations. “We are excited by the high level of response to the survey in Riverton. The survey was conducted in only one neighborhood within Riverton, but the respondents represent similar characteristics as the general adult population in the city when compared to U.S. census data, and we believe the results are a good snapshot of how local residents perceive and feel about water issues,” Haeffner said. Jackson-Smith and Haeffner also highlighted the unusually high level of concern about poor water quality. Riverton has since moved from well water to the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District as its primary source of culinary water. “One of the most striking results in Riverton was an unusually high level of concern about poor water quality in local water. Interestingly, the survey was conducted shortly before the city decided to change to a new water supplier. Since we have baseline data from 2014, it could be interesting to go back and ask people if their

This graphic shows the percentage of Riverton respondents who agree or disagree with a statement regarding the adequacy of current and future water supplies to meet local needs in the 2014 Utah’s Water Future survey. –Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith

perceptions of water quality have changed,” Jackson-Smith said. Mayor Bill Applegarth and council members seemed receptive to the study. Applegarth’s signature was also requested for a memorandum of understanding, which ensures the confidentiality of water users and survey respondent information and facilitates research collaborations between the survey research team and public water suppliers. Haeffner and Jackson-Smith ended their presentation by commenting on local policy-preference findings. “Riverton residents are supportive of efforts to build new water storage projects and to restrict future development unless water supplies are guaranteed, but there is considerable opposition to mandates – like ordinances requiring a certain kind of landscaping or forms of development that use less water per person,” Jackson-Smith said. The “Utah’s Water Future” household survey that was presented is part of the innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability (iUTAH) project, a National Science Foundation -- supported program integrating research, training and education, aimed at strengthening science for Utah’s water future. iUTAH’s efforts include helping place monitoring instruments in three rivers or streams to track the way changes in climate and different patterns of urban development affect water supply and water quality in the state’s urbanizing watersheds. For more information about the survey visit www.iutahepscor.org/hhsurvey. l

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he Herriman City Council welcomed two newly elected members, Nicole Martin and Jared Henderson, who took their oaths of office on Jan. 4.  On Jan. 29 and 30, we worked together as a newly formed council with the city administration in a two-day visioning session to establish our priorities for the coming year. This report will highlight topics discussed at this meeting. Our first subject was an important discussion of our accountability as elected officials to our constituents and how it relates to the function of our city administration.  Collectively, we strive to serve residents with accountability, transparency and responsiveness. Economic development is a top focus of Herriman City. The Anthem and Herriman Towne Center commercial developers made presentations to the council and staff. Anthem Center Commercial, located west of Mountain View Corridor at 11800 South, will include big- and mid-box stores and a variety of retail shops. The Herriman Towne Center will be a destination gathering place with 45 acres of retail space near the new Herriman City Hall, recreation center and library. Our economic development team highlighted other commercial properties around the city and the infrastructure investments in progress to facilitate those exciting projects. As elected officials, one of our top objectives relating to our vision for the

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city is to continue to provide political support to attract new businesses to Herriman. The council dedicated time in the session to focus on the city budget. Anticipated revenue and expenditures were summarized and the council received a helpful overview of government accounting to better understand our abilities and limitations in setting a city budget. We listened to presentations on key department funding needs to help us begin to order the requests as we move through our budget meetings. The draft calendar presented for the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget

includes dates for an analysis of budget priorities, department budget requests, city council review and opportunities for citizen comment. The Blackridge Reservoir is a popular attraction, but as it increases in patron use, associated problems have created neighborhood concern. The council examined possible solutions and will seek public input before adopting a plan to implement this summer. Herriman City is a member of the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area (SLVLESA). SLVLESA is a taxing district to provide funds for the Unified Police Department, which provides the law enforcement services in our city. As a member of this larger organization, we not only have our local patrol, but we also benefit from sharing costs for pooled services such as SWAT, K9, evidence, dispatch or investigative units for crimes against a person. As a council, we anticipate working with other SLVLESA partners to make decisions to deal with the increasing cost of providing law enforcement services, resource allocation, decisions on owning or leasing buildings and guidelines for SLVLESA district expansion. As a result of this strategy session, the council has an even better understanding of how we may work together with our staff to implement the vision of our residents. l


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s Martin Luther King, Jr. famously stated, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Education can perhaps be the difference between assuming and knowing, a job and a career, and judgment and insight. The opportunity to receive an education is often thought of as life-changing. But what occurs when the funds that go toward the building of an educational facility do not suffice the growing population? During the Herriman City Council meeting on Feb. 10, the Jordan School District offered a five-year report to the mayor, city council members and the residents in the audience. “You don’t have to spend much time driving around Herriman to know that this city, our city, is growing, and the district is growing. And with all that growth comes a lot of children. At a recent state conference, they said that one-third of the membership in our state was under 12 years old. That’s indicative of all the states. There’s a lot of children in the city,” J. Lynn Crane, Jordan School District Board of Education member, said during the presentation. The Jordan School District has many impressive statistics regarding the size of the student body. The largest high school in the state is Copper Hills, which enrolled 2,711 students this school year. The second largest high school in the state is Herriman High School, with a student enrollment of 2,623. Four of the high schools located within the Jordan School District -- Copper Hills, Herriman, Bingham and Riverton -- are all in the top 10 of the largest population of threeyear high schools in the state. Concerning middle schools, Sunset Ridge, Fort Herriman and South Jordan are in the top 10 of the largest middle schools. Copper Mountain Middle School and West Hills Middle School, as well as the previous three schools listed, are recognized in the top 25 of largest middle schools. Eighteen elementary schools in the state contain 1,000 or more students enrolled; six of those elementary schools are located within the Jordan School District: East Lake, Foothills, Silver Crest, Blackridge, Welby and Daybreak. Thirteen of the Jordan School District’s elementary schools have an enrollment of more than 900 students.

Regarding the five-year building construction plan, there are many components included. This plan requires bonding with at least one bond in November of this year. It also includes the construction of four new elementary schools, two new middle schools and one new high school, as well as one rebuilt middle school. In 2013, the Jordan School District proposed a $495 million bond to voters. The bond failed by a vote of 67 percent. “This is going to be an ambitious project. I think one of the reasons why the bond failed last time was that we did not have good dialogue with all of the stakeholders – the cities especially. The size of that bond hasn’t been determined, but it could be up to maybe half the amount that bond was a couple years ago, in the range of $250 million. Or we could have a couple bonds and do it in stages,” Crane said. “We are looking at our options and trying to decide what is the best decision for our district in terms of the bond,” Susan Pulsipher, president of the Jordan School District Board of Education, said. There were various complaints concerning the bond that was proposed in 2013. One of the biggest concerns was the high cost of buildings. The Jordan School District responded by organizing a Facility Advisory, Building Utilization, Building Design, and Board Committees, which ultimately would result in a 17 percent reduction. If the proposed bond does not pass in November, there may be potential problems occurring in the Jordan School District. “[If the bond doesn’t pass], we’ll have to look at other ways to handle the growth. The solutions will be difficult. The solutions would be overcrowded schools, and adding more portables, double sessions. There’s only so much we can do. The schools would get very, very crowded. Any time a facility is overcrowded, it will impact the education. We want to maximize the learning environment for each student and we tried to construct the new schools to maximize the learning for the students,” Pulsipher said. “We have the lowest debt out of all the districts that have debt. We’ve done a very good job in trying lately to manage our finances.” At least one bond will be proposed this coming November. l


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Riverton High School seniors watch as Dan McCay R-Riverton teaches their U.S. government class. –Jordan School District

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wo Riverton High School U.S. government classes got a visit from Rep. Dan McCay R-Riverton during the last period of the second quarter. McCay, who has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and taught LDS seminary classes for four years, “was no rookie” in delivering classroom instruction, according to Jim Groethe, Riverton High U.S. government teacher. McCay decided he wanted to volunteer as a guest instructor during the last legislative session. “I want to do what I can to help these students and build the leaders of tomorrow, and there are multiple issues that these students need to be aware of,” McCay said. McCay brought up 12 issues that have been discussed and voted on during his time in office. He would explain both sides of the issue as unbiased as he could, and then ask the students to vote as if they were the ones determining the outcome, Groethe said. “My goal was to get them to think about issues that they may not hear about in the press. I wanted them to really understand both sides of an issue, and really come to understand what kinds of things we vote on,” McCay said. After the students voted, McCay would divulge which way he voted in the state legislature, and lead a discussion asking the students to talk through their own thoughts, Groethe said. Some of the issues discussed were mandatory divorce classes, cow sharing, DUI vehicle check points, hair-braiding licenses and online taxing. “Not all the kids agreed with his side, and he would acknowledge when they had a valid point,” Groethe said. “Should families be allowed to share the milk or the meat of cows? Should hair stylists who only braid hair be required to a license? These are questions

these students probably don’t normally think about.” McCay said he made a point to choose bipartisan issues to discuss because he wanted students to vote based on their own thoughts after hearing both sides of an issue, instead of voting based on what party they identify with. Groethe said his class seemed to have an “outstanding” experience because they were able to converse with someone who is directly involved with the government and creating laws. The students could see how seriously McCay takes his job, which was an “absolutely valuable experience.” McCay contacted the principal about coming to teach government classes. When the principal asked if teachers were interested, two teachers, Groethe and Clifford Strieby, responded affirmatively. McCay chose to go to Riverton High School because it’s the district he represents, but he said he’d gladly teach at any school if they asked him. Even though Groethe had taught the topics he thought would fit best with McCay’s presentation months earlier – federalism and state rights – he still wanted McCay to come teach the class, so he shortened his U.S foreign policy unit. “It’s a whole new level of engagement when you have a visitor like that. I find that more valuable at the end of the day than little facts here and there that we teach that come and go,” Groethe said. “To have the students hear and process and form opinions and experiment, it helps them really come to understand what we are trying to teach them in class.” McCay said he loved teaching at Riverton High because it “gave him a rush” to be in front of the classroom again. Groethe and McCay are already talking about how they can arrange a similar class for next quarter’s government classes. l


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Running Half Marathon Almost Like Bonding By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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n what started as an accident, a 10-year-old Herriman boy and his father developed a love for something they can do together. “We are not hard-core runners. We run for fun. I was joking with my wife that if he would sign up it would force me to train with a purpose. He was listening in the other room and came running in and said OK. In midDecember we started training,” Brad Millet said. Canon, a fifth-grader at Foothills Elementary, began his training in the coldest month of the year. After a couple of weeks of hard work, Brad signed them up to run the St. George Half Marathon and 5K on Jan. 16. It was Canon’s first organized racing event. He finished first in his age group and fourth amongst boys 14 and under. “We just wanted to log the distance and a good pace. His last three miles were his fastest. We had been talking the entire time and I had not paid attention to our pace. I enjoyed talking to him. At the 10-mile mark I mentioned this was his personal best in distance and time and he asked if we could go faster. I think we could have gone faster all along,” Millet said. Canon finished the 13.1 mile course in 1 hour 57 minutes and 49 seconds. His father

came in less than two seconds faster. “It is hard to relate to your kids sometimes. When we are running together we have a captive audience on both sides and we can talk about things. One time he told me it was almost like ‘bonding.’ We had some fun experiences together,” Millett said. “During the half, we were coming up on a group of middle-aged women and Canon said to me, ‘I have been reading about hormones and I was wondering all about that.’ In my social awkwardness we made it through talking about that for a half mile or so.” Canon’s sisters, Addie, 9, and Kate, 6, ran the 5K with their mother Joanne. Brad said he thinks it has started a sibling rivalry and Addie may want to try her hand at a half marathon soon. Training three times a week, sometimes in very cold temperatures, was difficult, but Canon never seemed to be discouraged. “He liked the idea of being tough. The hardest part was the cold and wind. One time he told me it was hard and we talked about how training is learning to put up with the hard stuff and getting over it. He really did not complain,” Millett said. They plan to train and schedule another

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n the three years that Summit Academy High School in Bluffdale has been open, its boys and girls basketball teams have set their roots and become contenders in the state’s 2A classification. The Bears boys head coach Evric Gray and girls head coach Gianni Ellefsen have seen their programs blossom. Both teams stand atop their Region 16 standings. “It has been an up-and-down season. Even though we are winning we have not put together four complete quarters. I am happy with our guys, though. We have had some good players step up,” Gray said. The boys team is 18-3 overall and 9-0 in region play this season. For the first time in school history, the Bears swept North and South Summit. Senior guard Darrin Gethers leads the team in scoring. He is averaging 19.5 points per game. He also leads the team in assists with 5.7 per game. He is currently third all-time in scoring at the school, behind Tyler Farris and Zach Scott (both class of 2015). “We go as Darrin goes. If he struggles, then we struggle. He can penetrate and get to the glass. I don’t like him to settle for jump shots. He has also become very good at getting into the passing lanes on defense,” Gray said. Sam Velez leads the state in rebounding, averaging 14.4 per game, which is nearly three rebounds more than his nearest competitor. He has grabbed 20 or more boards twice this season. “Sam is a solid rebounder. He grabs the ball even against tough 5A schools. Tyranny (Pace) is our best defender and Gavin (Rindlishbacher)

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The Herriman Super Six By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he Girls softball team at Herriman High School is poised to repeat its success from last season. Six of its brightest stars recently signed letters of intent to continue to play after they graduate. “They have all been playing ball since five or six years old. This has been a lifetime goal and now for them to actually achieve it is quite an accomplishment,” Mustangs head softball coach Heidi McKissick said. The Mustangs finished its 2015 season with a 26-6 overall record and were undefeated with 12 wins in Region 4. The six returning stars include four outfielders, a pitcher and a catcher. Lauren Tycksen Tycksen has signed at Salt Lake Community College. She was selected honorable mention all-state last season by the Deseret News. “It has taken dedication and hard work to get to the point of being able to have this opportunity,” Tycksen said. In 2015 she had a .557 batting average, collected 63 hits and scored 106 runs. She had at least one hit in 31 of the team’s 32 games. The speedy left-handed slap hitter has been hampered by an injury she sustained last fall. The Mustangs may not have her available for

this season until playoffs. Ashlyn Visser A first-team all-state senior catcher has signed to attend Weber State University. She belted two home runs in last season’s quarterfinal 13-3 victory over Fremont. She had a .500 batting average and collected 41 runs batted in during the regular season. She was also named the Golden Mustang by her coaches. Madi Jackson Jackson is taking her career the farthest from Herriman. She has signed to continue playing at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The Cougars finished last season with a 56-15 overall record. She hit .362 and had 15 outfield putouts and only one error last season. “It is a sad thing to see these girls all go their separate ways, but it is fun to see how they have grown up together,” McKissick said. Katie Eastman Eastman signed with Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. The Trojans compete in Region 6 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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She hit .345 last season and only struck out three times all year. As a slap-hitting lefthander she disrupted the opponent’s defense. She was given the team’s Most Inspirational Player award last season. “It takes a lot of extra work. Sometimes the time necessary to attain your goals does not come natural. It can be awkward at times,” Eastman said. Kynra Nelson An outfielder, Nelson has signed to play for Salt Lake Community College. She hit .381 and scored 21 runs last season for the Mustangs. “We are fortunate that all of these girls play different positions and do not need to worry about paying time. I am sure they will all contribute this season,” McKissick said.

Bryce Taylor Taylor was the leading hitter for the Mustangs last season. She batted .573, but she also pitched the team to 12 wins. She has signed to continue playing at Salt Lake Community College. “Future Mustang players can know that we have a program that the girls go on to play in college and get an education. That is important to me. All of these girls play ball January to January, with summer leagues, high school and then fall travel leagues. They are continuously playing,” McKissick said. The Mustangs are scheduled to begin their season Tuesday, March 8 at home against Grantsville. l


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South Valley Journal March 2016  

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