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The Old Dome Meeting House which will open this June is a reflection of Riverton City’s history.
Riverton Remembers Its Past In New Building
t’s an unusual sight: a structure with a dome atop rising out of the currently-under-reconstruction Riverton Park with the words ‘The Old Dome Meeting House’ emblazoned across its front. And it has many Riverton residents and motorists who drive by wondering just what it is and what it’s for. The Old Dome Meeting House, located at 12600 South 1450 West, will be a gathering place for residents of Riverton and neighboring cities. Its unusual design is modeled around a historic building which was once where the Riverton Library is now located. Along with the rest of the park, the Old Dome building is scheduled to open to the public on June 22. It will be available to rent for a
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variety of activities—everything from business meetings, museum and art shows to community gatherings, education classes and public and private celebrations. A rental fee structure will be released later this spring. The 11,321-square-foot Old Dome building was included in the $15 million park budget. The basement has a multi-purpose room, which will be used for gatherings and trainings, as well as a second floor gallery area, which will house artifacts from the original Dome Church.
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Retiring DARE Officer Jeff West (at right) is recognized by Police Chief Dwayne Anjewierden for his work in the program.
ixteen years, 13,000 kids, 241 graduations, and he’s still smiling. That’s DARE Officer Jeff West. West, who retired Jan. 31, became a deputy sheriff in the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office in 1982. Over the years he served in many capacities, until he became a DARE officer in 1999. For the past 14 years, he has taught the DARE program to Herriman fourth graders. “You have had a tremendous impact on a lot of students. We are entirely indebted to you for your service of 33 years,” Police Chief Dwayne Anjewierden told West
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Herriman Live Spotlights Local Talent By Shawna Meyer
erriman residents with unique talents should audition for the Herriman Live talent show, which will be held on Saturday, March 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fort Herriman Middle School, 14058 Mirabella Drive. All ages and any talents are welcome to try out for this free show. Auditions will be held Friday, Feb. 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Herriman City Hall, 13011 South Pioneer Street. A panel made up of Herriman Arts Council members will choose who gets to be in the show. This annual talent show has been happening for about seven years. The show’s director Kimberly Petersen said each year it only gets bigger and better. In the show’s early years, everybody who wanted to perform was allowed to. However, now people have to audition to earn a spot—only about 20 will get to perform their talents. “We’ve had such great interest in the show in the past few years. If we took everybody at this point, then we’d have like a four-hour show that nobody would want to sit through, so we’ve kind of had to narrow that down,” Petersen said.
Petersen said that the Herriman Art Council’s goal is to mentor young or inexperienced artists in the community and to give them the opportunity to perform on a stage in front of an audience. The auditions are open to all performers: singers, dancers, gymnasts—all are welcome. This year they will even include the visual arts, including painting or drawing. Any visual artists can have their art displayed on the night of the show. “It’s a nice event because it’s not a super-huge commitment for the performers, but they’re also able to show their talent and share it with the community,” Petersen said. Perhaps most unique to this talent show, is that there will be no winner or losers. “Everybody gets recognized for the talents they perform,” Petersen said. “I am amazed at the quality of talent we have in Herriman, and it grows every year.” l
Herriman residents participate in last year’s Herriman Live to showcase their varied talents.
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Interchangin’ By Lindsay B. Wolsey
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luffdale residents and others who drive that way may have noticed construction vehicles moving dirt around near the 14600 South Interchange. Preliminary construction work for the I-15 Point Project has begun. Official work on the project is slated to begin in March. “Right now, we’re doing prep work to make sure the kick-off goes smoothly. Utilities are being relocated, a little grading is being done,” Utah Department of Transportation Representative John Gleason said. The goal of the project is to improve mobility and reduce congestion between Northern Utah County and Draper, specifically SR 92 to 12300 South. The $252 million project includes expanding I-15 to six lanes in each direction, replacing the aging concrete pavement and enhancing existing traffic
management systems by adding ramp meters and fiber optics. The biggest impact the project will have on Bluffdale is the changes being made to the 14600 South Interchange. Both bridges will be completely replaced and the east frontage road intersection will be realigned, with an eye toward future modifications. “This will be done with as little impact to motorists as possible,” Gleason said. The 14600 South Interchange will become a Single-Point Urban Interchange (SPUI). Pronounce “spooey,” this means that all traffic coming off or on the interchange can be controlled by a single set of traffic signals. This design is considered to be more efficient than a surface intersection. Similar SPUIs in Salt Lake County include 12300 South and 9000 South. l
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erriman City officials are considering switching over to mail-in-only municipal elections. It’s an option being offered to them and other cities for the first time by Salt Lake County. While the majority of voters would use mail-in ballots, Herriman would still maintain one polling location. (Currently there are two.) This would result in a savings of $2,000 per election. But that’s not what’s making the new program attractive to city officials. In Cottonwood Heights, which has been a test site for the new program, voter participation has doubled to more than 40 percent of registered voters. City officials are mixed in their responses
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South V alley City Journal New Building continued from page 1 When Riverton City’s park renovation plans were approved in the spring of 2013, the city council “really wanted everything to reflect a commitment to the city and to the community and to our rich and valued heritage,” Riverton City Communications Manager Angela Trammell said. “The architect came back with the Old Dome Church in mind
In 1940, after only 32 years of use, the Old Dome Church was demolished due to difficulties heating and maintaining the building. As the park project developed, community members who wanted “to reflect the heritage” of Riverton City “generously stepped up” and donated various artifacts, Trammell said. So, in honor of the history behind the original Old Dome Church, its modern likeness
“When everyone saw it, they just felt that was the way to go, and the city council approved the building.”
as that project. When everyone saw it, they just felt that was the way to go, and the city council approved the building.” The Old Dome Church has a rich Riverton history. In 1899, a group of members from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decided to construct a new meetinghouse. Richard Kletting—the same architect who designed the Utah State Capitol and the old Saltair Pavilion—designed the building. Although Riverton’s community worked together to complete the project, economic hardships meant the dome took 10 years to complete. In September 1908, church services were finally held in the facility, which seated about 1,000 people.
will house original artifacts in its museum room, including an organ, two pieces of stained glass and a church pew. Riverton City officials are “excited” about the Old Dome Meeting Hall, Trammell said. “We know it will be an iconic presence reflecting Riverton’s heritage.”
ore information about the Old Dome Church and its history can be found in a book the city is releasing in conjunction with Riverton’s 150th birthday celebrations called “Riverton City, Utah: Looking Back 150 years.” The book is available for the public to purchase for $35 at the utility billing counter at City Hall while supplies last. l
Are You Ready Bluffdale? By Lindsay B. Wolsey
f disaster struck, would you be ready for it? That’s the question that Bluffdale Ready would like to help residents be able to answer with an unhesitant “Yes!” The Bluffdale Stake and the Bluffdale South Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have joined forces to present this free readiness program to the Bluffdale community. Stake leaders want local residents to know that there is more to preparedness than just food storage and 72-hour kits. “It’s not what you have; it’s what you know. One person can’t do it all; collectively we can do it,” Derek Haynie, Mapleton Ready director said. Bluffdale Ready was inspired by Mapleton Ready, a preparedness group in Mapleton. Mapleton Ready has been going for over seven years and has people coming from all over to attend its classes and workshops. The newly formed Bluffdale group hopes to do the same. “These classes are for anyone who wants to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle, whether it be growing food or protecting their
families,” Dan Capel said. As the self-reliance and emergency preparedness director for the Bluffdale Stake, Capel is currently in charge of the Bluffdale Ready program. An introduction to what the Bluffdale Ready program is about was held Jan. 8 at the LDS church at 14650 South 3200 West. Upcoming topics for Bluffdale Ready include seed starting, means of communication, baking and water storage. Future topics will include probiotics, power, security and defense, transportation, cooking, gardening, sanitation and shelter. “If no emergency happens, it’s no big deal. We live happier, healthier, better. If it does, it’s no big deal. We’re ready,” Capel said. Bluffdale Ready holds its classes every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at the same church house. The Radio Communications class will be on Feb. 19. Seed Starting/Saving will be March 19, and Mittleider Gardening (vertical gardening) will be April 16. Anyone interested in learning more about the program, or getting on the email notification list can visit BluffdaleReady.org. l
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Bluffdale’s Got Talent By Lindsay B. Wolsey
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performance of “Chariots of Fire” by Jolley’s Gym. A large group of second and third-grade students moved the audience to audible awes with gymnastic feats, including handsprings so fast that the girls, in their red uniforms, looked like fireballs. One act that represented Bluffdale’s historical roots in their country-song choice
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The Silverline Drill Team waits in the wings at the Footlights Talent and Variety Night. residents, friends and family members filled the auditorium. Eighteen acts ran the gamut from singing, dancing and gymnastics to original compositions performed by the composers. “I have been keeping my eyes peeled and my ears open for years in search of talent for Bluffdale Old West Days, and have put on many talent shows in the past. But it has never been quite satisfactory—until now,” talent show organizer Diane Kelley said. A crowd favorite was definitely the
and outfits was the performance of 13-yearold Jacie Childs and 12-year-old Cambria Jorgensen. Dressed in matching denim and wearing boots, the girls sang “Our Song” by Taylor Swift. Footlights was sponsored by the Bluffdale Arts Advisory Board. The council has been responsible for bringing the arts to Bluffdale since 1990 and has put on over 35 productions. Auditions for the fall classical music event “Open Season on the Classics” will be held the last weekend in July. l
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prepare for before officially retiring, said he had loved the job. “It’s been a real thrill the last 16 years— the last 14 years in Herriman—teaching the DARE program,” he said. Mayor Carmen Freeman praised West’s work. “I just see such a connection with the kids...your influence will be felt for generations,” he said.
at a Jan. 28 Herriman City Council meeting, where he was honored for his service. “When you came out to Herriman years ago, and I saw the impact you had on the kids, I said, ‘Jeff, you’ve got this job in Herriman for as long as you want it.’ And it became a self-fulfilling prophesy,” City Manager Brett Wood told West. Wood presented West with a card and restaurant gift certificate so “you can take your wife out to dinner and talk about your HDL (Honey Do List),” he said. West, who still had eight graduations to
est received a standing ovation from those in attendance at the meeting which was packed with Boy Scouts, many of whom he had taught as a DARE officer. l
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Music To Their Ears By Linda Petersen
hanks to the kindness of two Herriman High clubs, patients recuperating from surgery or illness at Riverton’s Rocky Mountain Care will now have music to help them heal. The rugby team recently donated 50 iPod shuffles to be used to help patients therapeutically through music. Health Occupations Students of America members raised $300 from sponsoring blood drives to buy iTunes gift cards to load music onto the iPods. The rugby team collected donations from among their family and friends, even posting on Facebook for help with the project. “When we were contacted about the project, we definitely
wanted to do it,” coach Derek Smith said. “As a rugby team, we always want to be a good influence in the community.” “Anytime you can teach young men it’s not all about them, it’s a good thing,” he added. “We hope to help out in the future.” The iPods will be loaded with music of various genres. Rocky Mountain Care patients, from left, Norm Baugh, Everett Walters, Becky Bingham and Mary “Music from their era is comforting Helen Dill (posing here with Herriman Rugby players) were thrilled when the Herriman High Rugby to them,” Jody Burningham, a master’s of Club brought them iPod shuffles. Photo courtesy of Billy Ward social work intern and University of Utah Claudia said she was looking for a project to involve graduate student, said. “It can help patients who are feeling anxious, depressed or in pain. Some of them don’t the more than 50 club members in a good cause when this Everett Walters and Norm Baugh charmed their young visitors when Herriman High HOSA receive a lot of visitors and this helps them.” opportunity came along. club members visited them at Rocky Mountain Care. Photo courtesy of Jody Burningham Patient Everett Walters who loves to sing, country western Most patients at Rocky Mountain Care stay for an average of 20 days. It can be a music and Elvis, told of an experience he had with surgery at difficult time for them, away from family the University of Utah Hospital. They let him listen to music and familiar surroundings, particularly if before and after the surgery. Then during a particularly difficult they suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia. night he left the music on all night. “It got me through,” he said. “When I woke up, I was Music can really help when they’re agitated, much better.” Burningham said. For his part, patient Norm Baugh couldn’t believe that After identifying the need patients had for access to music, Burningham reached out to the more than 100 songs could be played on the tiny iPod shuffle. “That is wonderful. What a neat world we live in,” he said. school’s clubs in December for help. Smith and As soon as the team brought the iPods, patients started HOSA president Claudia Loayza responded. “They have been amazing,” Burningham trying them out. “I was just thinking what we need around here is some said. “These clubs they really stepped up to JBR012115-JBR Bunion-foot 10.37x5.55.pdf 1 1/22/15 1:00 PM music,” Becky Bingham said. l the plate.”
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Lace Up Your Running Shoes For Riverton Half Marathon By Shawna Meyer
outh Valley residents who love running long distances are encouraged to test their endurance at this year’s Riverton Half Marathon. Even those with less running potential can still participate in the city’s shorter 4Life 5K, which will be held on the same day. The seventh annual Riverton Half Marathon and fourth annual 4Life 5K will both be held on Saturday, March 21 at 9 a.m. at the Riverton City Park, 12800 South 1400 West. A few participants will be running to beat the course record, others will be hoping to achieve a personal best time and some just want to be able to say they finished. “Every year, it just gets a little bit bigger. Every year, we set a new participation record. Last year we had just over 800 runners, and this year we’re hoping to beat that. We’re hoping to have around 1,000, which would be awesome,” Race Director and Recreation Coordinator Benski Dayley said. Although Riverton City Park, the location of the event, is currently under construction, the race will still take place. On the morning of the race, a large section of 12800 South will be blocked off from 1630 West to 1300 West. Because of construction, parking will be a little bit farther from the start/finish line than usual. It is suggested that participants carpool to the race, as parking will be limited. There are three recommended parking lots: City Hall, 12830 South Redwood Road; the LDS Church on 12998 South 1300 West and
the South County Pool, 12765 South 1125 West. The start/finish line is at 12800 South 1400 West. All ages and skill levels are welcome to compete in either race. The half marathon will be a 13.1-mile course, while the 5K will be a 3.2-mile run. Those interested in competing should pick the race that makes them feel most comfortable. “One thing that’s so great about it is how intergenerational it is, you know. You’ve got kids there running who are still in elementary school, and you’ve also got people running who are 70 plus,” Dayley said.
hose interested in competing should sign up as soon as possible because early registration will allow them to save some money. Those who sign up during February will pay $40 for the half marathon and $25 for the 5K. If runners wait to sign up until March, then they’ll pay $50 for the half marathon and $30 for the 5K. There will be no registration on race day. Compared to races put on by other organizations, the fees for the Riverton race are very minimal. “I think the biggest difference [between our race and other more expensive races] is because since we’re a city we don’t really have to make a profit off of it. The main purpose is just to provide a service and increase the quality of life for the residents, which enables us to keep the price down,” Dayley said. An awards ceremony will be held at the
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finish line starting at 9:50 a.m. for the 5K and 10:45 a.m. for the half marathon. A trophy will be awarded to the top three overall finishers for each race and for each gender. There will also be awards given to the top three boy and girl finishers in their specific age divisions. Everyone running in the half marathon that crosses the finish line before 1 p.m. will receive a finisher medal. “I think the biggest reason people like to do something like this is to try and figure out that we are capable of more than we think we are,” Dayley said. l
Riverton City’s seventh annual half marathon and fourth annual 4Life 5K will be held on March 21. Runners can save money by registering early.
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Riverton’s Past Plays Important Role In Its Future By Shawna Meyer
iverton City is continuing its 150th birthday celebration by honoring its past. A few city employees and volunteers have helped plan a timeline about 5 feet long that features some of the city’s more monumental years above the line and some world events below to add context. “You can’t celebrate a city’s anniversary without understanding some of its past,” Tish Buroker said. Buroker joined the Sesquicentennial Committee about nine months ago to help the city plan the best birthday activities possible. Since she has lived in Riverton since 1962, she was excited to learn about the city she grew up in. “My favorite thing about living in Riverton—and this probably sounds really trite—is just the fact that it feels like home,” Buroker said. She said that the idea for the timeline came up in a brainstorming session with the other people on the committee. It was also inspired by Scott Crump’s book “Riverton: A Short History,” in which Crump highlights some of the more impressive moments in the city’s past. “A lot of people don’t have that connection to the city, and that connection is what makes you proud of where you live and makes you want to be part of the community. I really wanted to create something that would give everyone a sense of connectedness,” Buroker said. Community Events Coordinator Ann Farr also helped put the timeline together. Buroker said that if it wasn’t for Farr’s computer skills, then the timeline might not have hap-
pened at all. The first proposal for the timeline project was submitted in May, and it was finished the last week of December. Unfortunately, the initial timeline had a small typo on it, which had to be corrected before it goes on display. There will be two timelines, which will be put on display in mid-February. The first will be set up at Riverton City Hall, 12830 South Redwood Road. The second will be at the Riverton Library, 12877 South 1830 West, until June. Then it will be moved to its permanent location in the Old Dome Meeting House, 12600 South 1450 West. The timeline starts in 1865, which was the year Nicholas Thomas Silcock purchased and settled in Riverton. If that year sounds familiar to history buffs, it’s because that is the year that the Civil War ended. “You tend to look at history fairly linearly . . . but you never connect it with what’s going on in the world,” Buroker said. “I think really for me, it was most surprising to think that Riverton was being settled while the Civil War was still going on.” In 1880, there were just 38 states in America, and there were 117 people in Riverton. In 1892, Ellis Island opened and allowed 45,000 immigrants to pass through in the first year. In that same year, Riverton City’s first post office was established. In 1909, Tithing Yard Bridge over the Jordan River was built. Then in 1914, World War I began and lasted until 1918.
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Riverton resident and volunteer Tish Buroker created a timeline to reflect on Riverton’s past 150 years. The first Miss Riverton Pageant was held in 1955, which is also the first year of the Vietnam War. The first planning and zoning committee was established in Riverton in 1961, and two years later, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Texas. Riverton’s arts council was organized in 1983 by Bonnie Young. “I think the other thing that I really tried to do on that timeline, that I think it’s important for people to see, is how many organizations there are in Riverton that were truly started, staffed and supported by volunteers,” Buroker said. “If you look at the top half of that timeline, then you can see all the volunteer organizations that really take place because people care.” l
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Attorney General Takes Time Out For Herriman High By Sherry Smith
ometimes we believe that our voice doesn’t matter in politics; that our elected officials are somehow beyond our reach. This is especially true for high school students who lack connections and the money to attend expensive big-ticket fundraising events. But that didn’t stop the Utah government students at Herriman High from reaching out to Attorney General Sean Reyes and issuing an invitation to visit the school. Government teacher Ryan White arranged for his students to scour webpages and find contact information for political leaders they would be interested in hearing speak. They wrote e-mails to political leaders and waited for a response. Would any of them bother to respond to high school students? Would any care to take the time to actually visit? “I took a survey in class asking my students how many of them thought that their voice counted. Seven of 40 thought their voice mattered. I began a ‘My Voice Matters’ crusade,”
White said. “After the invite was issued, we received an immediate response from the Attorney General and a date to visit us within 30 days.” Reyes visited Herriman High on Jan. 20 and spent two hours answering questions from students. More than 250 government students attended the special assembly. He discussed everything from his most difficult cases to his recent work on helping to end human trafficking. “Our leaders are not untouchable. I was really impressed that the A.G. didn’t stand on the stage. He wanted to be in the middle of the students so they could ask him anything. He asked us to invite him back next year,” White said. l
It’s just another day at work for little Axton White who visits his dad, Ryan White, at Herriman High and gets to play with Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Reyes, at right, visited government students at Herriman High at their invitation.
Go ‘Into The Woods’ With Herriman High By Sherry Smith
hat do Cinderella, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood have in common? The short answer is they are all fairy tales. But what happens when they’re mixed together and you sprinkle in a few more beloved characters and large doses of foot-tapping music? You get the highly entertaining show “Into the Woods.” Before it was a movie, it was a stage musical and now is your chance to catch it in its original form on stage at Herriman High. “‘Into the Woods’ was one of the first musicals I was ever exposed to. I grew up watching it and singing the songs. I loved the powerful message of the show,” director KayCee Bradshaw said. “Into the Woods” opens on Tuesday, Feb. 24 and plays through Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Herriman High auditorium at 11917 South Mustang Trail Way (6000 West).
Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for HHS students and senior citizens and $8 for all others. The HHS production features a cast of 22 with Yesenia Ruelas as the Witch, Jake Watt as the Wolf, Spencer Remund as the Baker and Kiki Catherall as the Baker’s Wife with Kate Cook as Little Red Riding Hood. More than 30 students help with all of the technical requirements of the show. They include Jack Parkinson and Dakota Ruse as assistant directors and Dallas Melendez as stage manager. Students Jordan Nestman and Katherine Fishback are doing the choreography. The orchestra features the talents of 18 students. “We are trying to give the students as much ownership as we can. It’s fun for me to see what they come up with. I am always impressed with their creativity and instincts,” Bradshaw said. l
‘Leading Ladies’ Promises To Entertain By Sherry Smith
any Utah theater-goers have long adored the works of playwright Ken Ludwig, whether or not they knew it. His works such as “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Crazy for You” have been performed in the state many times, but now is your chance to catch the Utah premiere of his farce, “Leading Ladies,” on stage at Riverton High School. Set in the 1950s, “Leading Ladies” is the story of two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who have resorted to performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When the pair discovers that Florence, an old lady, is about to die and wants to leave her fortune to her long-lost English nephews, they are determined to pass themselves off as Max and Steve to claim the inheritance. Chaos ensues when they discover that the nephews are actually nieces, Maxine and
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Stephanie. Jack and Leo are determined to carry on in drag. “‘Leading Ladies’ is a silly, screwball romantic comedy that is a cross between ‘Some Like It Hot’ and ‘Noises Off,’ complete with a convoluted plot,” director Clin Eaton said. The RHS production features a cast of eight with seniors Porter Bagley as Jack and Sam Portlock as Leo. “The cast brings it all together. It’s one of the funniest plays I’ve ever read. There are lots of twists and turns. Porter and I dress as women for the majority of the show. It’s a crazy farce that people will love,” Sam said. Also in the cast are McKenna Adams as the old lady and Daryll McKane as Meg, with Ben Brady as the local minister. “Leading Ladies’ is performed Feb. 19-21 and 23 at 7 p.m. in the Riverton High School auditorium at 12476 South Silverwolf Way. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults and $6 for all students high school age and younger. “Sam and Porter are two of the funniest actors I’ve worked with, and all eight cast members are great with physical comedy and comedic timing. The actors make themselves laugh a lot during rehearsals. This is a great show to visit—a crazy, madcap adventure,” Eaton said. l
Dear Editor, Riverton City is gearing up for a big 150th year celebration of its “founding” in 2015. That is all well and good, except for the fact that the city will be fifteen years too late for that sesquicentennial event. It is positively baffling to me why City Fathers are using the date of 1865 for the socalled “founding” of Riverton. They have inscribed that on all the nice-looking boulders found at key entrances to the city and on the city logo (“Founded in 1865”). What are they using to establish that as the so-called “founding” year? That is the year when N. T. Silcock first bought a farm from James Gordon on the bottomland. He first lived in a dugout just east of where the Riverbend Golf Course clubhouse is, down the hill, between the clubhouse and the Jordan River. I saw the foundations of that dugout several years before the golf course was built. But if City Fathers would have carefully read the first chapter of my and Scott Crump’s book, Riverton: The Story of a Utah Country Town, they would have seen that N. T. Silcock was not the first settler in Riverton. People lived in Riverton years before 1865.
On page 6 of our book, I wrote that Archibald Gardner was the first person to actually live in Riverton. Although sources aren’t clear when Gardner actually built his house in Riverton, it may have been about 1855-56. But at least by 1860 there were two or three families living in houses on the Riverton bottomlands. So it is a mistake to date Riverton’s founding to 1865. Scott and I published our Riverton book in 1994, but almost ten years later I stumbled on a source that I hadn’t seen when we wrote the book. In Franklin Wheeler Young’s autobiography in the LDS Church History Library, I learned that Lorenzo Dow Young should be credited as being the first person to settle in Riverton. I published this finding in a monthly historical newsletter that my wife, Karen, and I produced for five years (see Riverton Yesterdays, vol. 3, no. 5, Dec. 2003, pp. 8-9). Lorenzo Dow Young was one of Brigham Young’s brothers. He came to Utah with his wife, Harriet, and two of his children in the Vanguard Company led by his brother/ prophet in 1847. Part of his family, including his 9-year-old son, Franklin Wheeler Young, followed a few weeks behind in Jedediah M. Grant’s company. The young boy Franklin
helped herd his father’s cows and sheep across the plains. A few weeks after their arrival, Harriet gave birth to the first white male child born in the valley. In 1849, Lorenzo went back to Missouri and bought a herd of 500 sheep and some cows. These are the sheep and cows that Lorenzo Dow Young brought to his Riverton ranch in the fall of 1850 “on the west side of the Jordan river opposite of what is now called Draper.” They had a “herd house” on their ranch there. Franklin, at age 12, helped his father with herd duties. In 1853, Lorenzo traded his Riverton ranch for a small farm in what later became Murray. If Riverton City wants to be accurate about their history, they need to use 1850 as the first documented date of its settlement. And this may be fussy, but I believe “settled” is a more accurate word to use than “founded.” Those first people who came to Riverton were not part of any organized body of people intent on establishing any town. They came there independently of each other and settled in a scattered condition along the west bank of the river bottoms. Over time, more people came and a community developed. Mel Bashore West Jordan
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e welcome the new board of directors who were sworn in on Jan. 22 at the monthly Chamber lunch meeting. The Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Knight of Heroes Award Banquet will be held March 6. We need your help. We are looking for business heroes in the following categories: Large Business (over 20 employees), Small Business, Business Man, Business Women and Volunteer of the Year. Please email susan@ swvchamber.org to make a nomination. We need the name of the company and why they deserve to be honored as a hero.
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CITY COUNCIL REPORTS
RIVERTON CITY COUNCIL By City Councilmember Sheldon Stewart
uring these coming months, you will see many things start to take shape with the city’s strategic plan. The month of January each year is when the council is dedicated to review and development of this plan. The strategic plan is then used by city staff and the mayor to guide them during the budgeting process within the city. As a council, we have worked diligently to get this information out there for residents to see and hear. It is that reason that I would like to focus on what the council is doing to help get this out to our residents in a timely fashion. In this day and age of social media and digital communication, more and more of our residents are gravitating towards these electronic means to receive and communicate information with us as a city council, mayor and as a city altogether. As a council, we have embraced this form of communication with each of us utilizing various means within this digital world to communicate. This commitment was reemphasized when the council approved to add a full-time Communications Manager Angie Trammel. Since that time, she has established a presence for the city on Facebook, YouTube, and is managing our Twitter and webpage. As a council, along with Angie, we are rebuilding our webpage to enhance the user experience and expect to see a redesigned page in the coming months. As a council, we hope that we can encourage the use of these various mediums to communicate effectively with our residents. As a council, we have now also started including the recordings of the meetings, along with the approved meeting notes, on the public notice website, www.utah.gov/pmn/index.html. The city, as well as the mayor and council, each have pages where you can go out and see communications about what is happening in the city. Regardless of whether you are a member of a particular district or not, we encourage you to go out and like our
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pages. Each member has valued information and viewpoints on the issues we face. As a citizen, I would encourage you to go out and do just that by visiting each page and start following it by liking the page. This will help you gather information for each of our different perspectives. Below are the pages for each member of the council, the city, as well as the mayor: Riverton City: https://www.facebook.com/rivertoncityutah Mayor Applegarth: https://www.facebook.com/ MayorBillApplegarth Councilman Sheldon B. Stewart District 1: https://www.facebook.com/Sheldon4you Councilwoman Tricia Tingey District 2: https://www.facebook.com/ triciatingeyrivertoncitycouncildistrict2 Councilman Paul Wayman District 3: https://www.facebook.com/ RivertonDistrict3 Councilman Trent Staggs District 4: https://www.facebook.com/ trentstaggsforrivertoncitycouncil Councilman Brent Johnson District 5: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ Brent-Johnson-Riverton-City-CouncilDistrict-5/114721985296872 Over these coming years, we will continue to see growth and development happening at a rapid pace, and it is important for us as council members to be able to reach those we represent. As we move forward, we look forward to the opportunity to interact with you and to get information to each of you in the most efficient manner possible. I know as a council we are grateful for this opportunity to serve the members of our community, and from each of us we thank you for this opportunity to serve. l
HERRIMAN CITY COUNCIL
The Road To Our Success By Mayor Carmen R. Freeman
t this year’s legislative session a number of key issues will be discussed and debated among our state legislators. The proponents of these issues will be vying for public and legislative support and, in most cases, state funding. Each advocate will seek through a myriad of tactics to convince our legislators that their particular issue is the most pressing and critical to our state and now requires their absolute attention and resolution. While it is not my intent to debate which issue has the most relevance, I do wish to mention one concern that will be discussed on the Hill that requires a strong level of understanding – transportation funding. To address this issue, some legislators have proposed a number of possible solutions to fund the depleted transportation budget, each involving a potential tax increase. As we consider this unpleasant prospect, let me address a couple of keys points which, hopefully, can bring some clarity to this subject. First, the state has not raised the gasoline tax since 1997. With more fuel-efficient and hybrid cars on our highways and the inflationary effect on the dollar, the funding for transportation has been and continues to be in a recessionary trend. What this translates to is that communities such as ours are getting less and less funding to do the necessary maintenance on our roads. Second, although our roadways have been well maintained by our street department, the majority of funding required to keep them in such good repair has come from our general fund account. This fund is typically used to operate our city as well as providing and maintaining our parks, walking and biking trails, community events and other amenities. If we continue to be forced to use general fund monies to finance our roads, the city will be obligated to eliminate or scale back some of
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the services our residents have come to love and enjoy and which make Herriman so unique in the broader community. Third, as a result of limited funding, we are forced to concentrate our efforts on roadways which are in dire condition and require extensive repair or replacement. Allowing our roads to fall into this state of disrepair is very expensive and not a wise use of taxpayer funding. With adequate transportation resources, we can systematically maintain all of our roads in a timely manner and, as a consequence, extend their useful life. I recognize that the prospect of higher taxes used to fund transportation needs in our community is not a popular or inviting thought. However, the consequences of no tax increase and maintaining the status quo on transportation funding will have a dramatic impact to our community and the services we have come to welcome and enjoy. I encourage each of you to contact your state legislators and voice your support in taking the necessary steps to increase transportation funding. Such action will help to ensure the long-term viability of our community. l
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Silverwolves Grapplers Have Stranglehold On Season By Greg James
restling at Riverton High School is in full takedown mode. The team has several wrestlers with impressive records, and with the state tournament looming, the team’s coaches were hoping for a great finish to the season. “I am optimistic for our team. We have some wrestlers that have done very well,” head coach Russ Crump said. Junior and team captain Simeon Page has a sparkling 23-1 record this season. His only loss was to Herriman’s Wade French 4-0 on Jan. 15. He wrestles in the 220-pound weight class. Page placed fourth last season at 195 pounds and is considered a contender in the 5A state tournament by utahwrestling.com. “This season has been great. I have really enjoyed it. I want to be the best team captain I can and leave the mat knowing that I gave it my best. Wade [French from Herriman] is one of those wrestlers that always gives me a great challenge, and we will battle again for the top spot,” Page said. Jonah Larsen placed seventh in the Viewmont Invitational
Dec. 20. He has recorded eight pins this season and wrestles in the 285-pound weight class. “I feel we have had a good season. My best match was against the Herriman wrestler when I won in double overtime,” Iszach DeWeese said. DeWeese is 18-6 this season. He wrestles in the 160-pound weight class. He began the season with four straight wins. He beat Colton French of Herriman 6-5 in overtime Jan. 15. Billy Ludlow, at 132 pounds, has compiled a 20-5 record. At 138 pounds, Jonathan Roy is 16-10 and took second place at the Stallion Stampede in Stansbury Dec. 13. Dylan Gregerson is wrestling at 145 pounds and has an 18-3 record. The state wrestling tournament is scheduled for Feb. 11-12 at Utah Valley University in Provo (after press deadline). l
Riverton junior Simeon Page pins Copper Hills’ Alex Rise in the season’s first match Nov. 25; the Silverwolves lost to the Grizzlies 45-33. Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com
Patriots Hoops Teams Are Ready For Battle By Greg James
he inaugural boys and girls basketball season for Providence Hall High School has not been without its bumps and bruises. But the girls and boys coaches both believe the program is beginning to be established and headed in the right direction.
“We are certainly growing and learning. The girls’ team only has two upperclassmen, but these are great kids, and they are working hard,” girls head coach Alle Cardwell said. The girls team is 4-7, and the boys are 10-5 overall.
The Patriots boys team played in the Court of Dreams game held at Energy Solutions Arena on Dec. 12; they beat Merit Academy 68-37. Photo courtesy of Providence Hall High School
The Providence Hall girls basketball team is competing in its first season of the Utah High School Activities Association. Photo courtesy of Providence Hall High School
“We have some freshmen playing varsity, and we are relatively inexperienced, but we are young and growing. We are learning what it takes to win at this level,” boys head coach Blake Pugmire said. Senior Jasmine Boonyakiti leads the girls’ team in scoring, averaging 9.4 points per game. Freshman Isabel Page is second on the team with 8.7 points per game. “Jasmine has done a great job leading
us. She sets up our offense and makes sure the girls are in position. Isabel is young, but she has lots of skill and can get to the rim. I think she has the best shot on the team,” Cardwell said. On Dec. 8, the girls lost to Merit Academy in Springville 40-36, but Cardwell said they had their best game against them Jan. 27, winning
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Strong Men And Women Carry Thousands Of Pounds By Greg James
f you have a large and heavy piano that you need moved out of the house and down the block, you might want to have the competitors of Utah’s Strongest Man on speed dial. On Jan. 16-17, 24 competitors including an eight-man team from Texas assembled at CrossFit The Point, 14587 South 790 West, in Bluffdale. The athletes competed in a Texas vs. Utah showdown, a qualifier event for the United States Strongman Inc. National Championships. “We are certainly trying to grow this sport. We have four or five competitions a year. We include a novice division, women’s division and open weight classes. The crux of this whole sport is that some pretty average people can have super human strength,” Utah Strongman State Representative Russ Anderson said. The athletes were separated into eight weight classifications with the Utah team and Texas team competing head to head in seven different events. Utah lost 35-20 with one tie. The Strong Man competition includes seven events: farmer’s carry (lifting barbells and carrying them 40 feet as fast as possible); dumb bell press (overhead lifts, counting the number of repetitions); giant tire flip (lifting a giant truck tire and flipping it over and over for 40 feet); frame carry (a large steel box weighing over 500 pounds carried 40 feet); super yoke (a large, weighted frame, 700-1,000 pounds, carried on the shoulders); dead lift (weighted bars lifted from the ground to above the knees, counting the number of reps in a minute);and atlas stones (large stones lifted over a bar as
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many times as possible). “I did power lifting in high school and college, for football. After that, I started looking for something else to compete in. I ran across this sport by luck at Max Muscle in Draper and have been hooked ever since. It is a big brotherhood. I love throwing Strong Man competitor Russ Anderson heavy weight around and put- is lifting 550 pounds and will carry it ting everyone in awe,” Shane 40 feet in less than 15 seconds. The Day, a competitor from Her- frame carry was an event in the Utah riman, said. vs. Texas strongman competition. Kyle Dudley, the owner of Max Muscle in Draper, lost in the master’s division for 40 and older competitors, 6-1. Dudley won the tire flip event. Day won in the 220 pound weight class 4-3. Sean Loy, from Pleasant Grove, won the 198 pound weight class, 6-1, while Anderson, from Mapleton, lost in the 242 pound weight, class 4-3. “The strongman community is tight. In May, we are going to Texas to try to capture the showdown cup back. I am 56 years old and out here competing against some of these young kids. I have been doing this since 2013, and I love it,” Dudley said. The United States Strongman National Championships are scheduled for June 27 in Indianapolis, Ind. l
Patriot Hoops continued from page 14 37-25. Page scored 12 points in the win. “The girls really communicated well on defense, and it felt good for us to come back and win against a very good team,” Cardwell said. The Patriots boys team was invited to play in the Court of Dreams game at Energy Solutions Arena Dec. 12 against Merit Academy. They won the game 68-37. Junior Dallin Mortensen scored 28 points, Hayden Bush had 14 and Christian Heugley scored 8. “Playing on the Jazz floor at Energy Solutions was an eye-opener. The bus ride to the arena and going through the doors was incredible. I enjoyed watching their faces light up and glow. Not many kids will have that opportunity,” Pugmire said. “Growing up, they got used to playing in a cafeteria on a tile floor with the lunch tables against the wall.” Mortensen leads the boys’ team in scoring, averaging 16.5 points per game. Freshman point guard Andrew Heugley has averaged 6.3 assists per game. “Andrew has impressed me with how mature he is for a freshman. He has become a natural leader. Dallin is a fantastic shooter. He has become our most valuable scorer, and we rely on him heavily to get us baskets,” Pugmire said. Pugmire and Cardwell are both first-year head coaches. Cardwell graduated from Riverton High School in 2009. She played college basketball at Snow College and Utah Valley University. Pugmire played at Rich High School and was an assistant at Lone Peak High School for two seasons prior to coming to Providence Hall. Providence Hall High School opened last fall. This is their first year competing under the Utah High School Activities Association. The UHSAA placed the Patriots in Region 14. l
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50 YEARS—ROSS AND ALICE NICHOLS On Feb. 5, Ross and Alice Nichols celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. While married for 50 years, they have been friends much longer, having grown up in Riverton just houses away from each other. Their journey together has spanned: several houses (in several states), many vehicles, a few employers, and many friends. Through thick and thin, they have worked hard to raise an amazing family that consists of five children, two sons-in-law, three (soon to be four) grandchildren, one great grandchild, and several “four-legged” children. Congratulations, Mom and Dad on this amazing milestone! Wishing you continued happiness. —Your Kids
EIGHT NEW EAGLE SCOUTS FOR HERRIMAN TROOP Gable Briggs, Nate Boyack, Brenan Kelleher, Bridger Nicholson, Russell Morgan, Caleb Joos, Tyson Sabey, and Spencer Robins of Herriman Scout Troop1676 have grown and worked together for years as friends and scouters. Their scouting experiences culminated Sunday, Jan. 25 when they were all awarded their Eagles together. They live in a great neighborhood where the youth are learning to serve, work hard and follow through on their commitments. Scouting unites neighborhoods and communities through its ideals and the troop is proud to have strong scouting support. They already have another Eagle Scout ready. Way to go, boys!
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eginning the week of Feb. 16, crews will perform bridge construction activities that will require lane restrictions and detours at Bangerter Highway and Redwood Road. This work will be conducted during nighttime hours only between 10 p.m. – 7 a.m., through early March. To accommodate these activities, changing traffic patterns will be put into place: Eastbound/westbound Bangerter will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Northbound/southbound Redwood Road will have no access through the intersection.
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Health Center March 3, 10 a.m. — Intermountain Therapy Animal Visit. Come chat with David and Sadie (the center’s four -legged friend). 11:45 a.m. — Birthday Lunch and Entertainment. Free lunch for March birthdays. Thanks to the Advisory Committee. 12:45 — Bingo sponsored by Larkin Mortuary. March 5, 11 a.m. — Blood Pressure Checks with Unified Fire Authority March 10, 10 am. — Sharing with Terra. 10 a.m. — Haircuts for Men and Women with Caroline. Requested donation $8 10:30 a.m. — Chair Yoga with Michelle 12:45 — Bingo sponsored by Performance Mobility March 12, 11 a.m. — Accordion Entertainment by John Tibola March 12, 19, 26, 12:30 p.m. — Eat Lean, Be Lean March 17, 11 a.m. — St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. RSVP for lunch. Entertainment: Keith Lewis. NEW CLASSES Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. — English as a Second Language Class Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. — Bollywood Dance. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. Fridays, 12:45 p.m. — U of U Exercise Class l
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Multitasking Myth By Peri Kinder
’m terribly efficient. That doesn’t mean I’m efficient. It means I’m terrible at being efficient. I always imagined myself to be a high-functioning multitasker but only recently learned that’s not possible. For instance, I’ll start writing a brilliant column, only to remember I didn’t make my online credit card payment. So I’ll jump to that site to pay down some Christmas bills when I realize I never tossed the laundry into the dryer. I’ll head downstairs to take the slightly sour-smelling towels out of the washer and remember I was supposed to order pizza for dinner. So I grab my phone to order a half-veggie/half-heart disease pizza when it hits me that I never took my multivitamin (for two weeks straight). As I run back up the stairs to swallow a pill the size of a mango, I remember that my column is due in two hours, so I head back to my computer. That’s not multitasking. It’s having an attention-deficitdisorder seizure. Instead of actually completing one task, I have a multitude of jobs half-done at all times. People brag they can do several things at once. I can also do several things at once; I just do it really poorly. In order to save time, I’ll brush my teeth while putting on deodorant. I clench the toothbrush between my teeth, trying to open the antiperspirant with one hand. Then my electric toothbrush shakes out of my mouth, hits the floor and sprays toothpaste and spit all over the bathroom rug. Instead of saving time, I’ve added 10 minutes to my routine.
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