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he tone of her voice: introverted, soft, a twinge of meek plainness. But that’s where those adjectives end. Herriman High school athlete, Mikal “Mikie’ Brinkerhoff, 18, thinks life isn’t about the cards you’re dealt but how you choose to play them. I can easily imagine her light voice quoting Rocky Balboa, “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward…” And Mikie has been hit hard by life. Only she is isn’t just moving forward, she’s running forward. “I always thought that her shoulder blades looked different, but I just attributed it to the fact that she was so petite,” Lynelle Brinkerhoff, who prefers to go by Lenny, said about her daughter. At 14, Mikie loved dance, tumbling, and had found a love for cheer: she was a

natural athlete. By all accounts, her life ran parallel to the commonplace, until a routine physical revealed a curving nightmare that would test her will and that of her family. When the young girl was diagnosed with scoliosis (a spine abnormality), she had a 42-degree curvature of the spine (a lateral curve of the thoracic spine of 20 to 40 degrees is considered acceptable). By the end of that year, the number had reached 72-degrees, a figure so great that the spine began crushing a lung and compressing her heart. The problem required immediate and aggressive surgery. The Brinkerhoffs prepared the best they could for the very real chance that Mikie would never walk again. The doctor had given a grim, but honest, 50/50. 2 titanium rods and 17 screws (neck to pelvis) later, the family, along with the seasoned surgeon, watched as the 14 year

Top left: Herriman High track team showing that solidarity wins. Above: Mikal Brinkerhoff warming up for a track meet. old wiggled her toes. “It was a huge relief,” Lenny said, trying to hold back tears as she recounted the memory. “I never thought that something as simple as wiggling toes, something we all take for granted, could bring such immense joy. We were so exhausted from it all. No one prepared us for the emotional trauma, you know?” But the tribulations and trying times for the Brinkerhoffs weren’t over. In fact, they had only just begun; the cross they had born all this way was about to get heavier. One day, two painful and uncomfortable

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Riverton City Council Honors Long Time Police Officer By Taylor Stevens

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nified police officer Sgt. Clint Johnson’s career was honored at a city council meeting on March 23, where Police Chief Rod Norton and Mayor Bill Applegarth presented him with a plaque and basket. He received a standing ovation from the assembled audience. Police work has been a central part of Johnson’s life and is in his blood: both his

worked in patrol, investigation, tactical SWAT operations, and motor officiating. It wasn’t long until Johnson began climbing in rank. “He was subsequently given a promotion to the position of executive sergeant, which is the number two in command out here in the precinct.” Taking his uniform off for the last time,

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father and grandfather were Salt Lake City police officers, his older brother is a retired captain for the sheriff’s office and his younger brother is serving as an officer for Las Vegas. Johnson kept with the family tradition and join the UFP in 1995, where he began his career in the city of Riverton. “Sergeant Johnson came to me as a new sergeant in the Riverton precinct and immediately embraced our concept of community,” Norton said. It was clear that Johnson was cut out to be in uniform. Johnson gained experience in a myriad of positions quickly, often going to different precincts. During his time with the UFP, he

after 20 years, Johnson has decided to move on. He will be working with an oil field construction company, but says he will never forget his time at the Riverton precinct. He said that he had done everything he wanted to in law enforcement, but the thing he would miss the most—other than getting opportunities to change or save a life—the friends he made while serving. “The thing I’ll miss the most are the guys and ladies that I worked with, my fellow police officers,” he said. Norton feels the same way. “We had a wonderful working relationship and friendship that I will appreciate for many years to come.” l

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Outrunning The Odds continued from page 1 months later, Mikie started complaining that she didn’t feel well. It wasn’t long after that that she suddenly fainted and collapsed in the family’s home. Her mother, frantic, rushed her to the doctor’s, fearing injury to her daughter’s back. But the cause of the loss of consciousness turned out to be something the Brinkeroffs had never heard of. After a tilt table test (a test in which a patient is positioned in a supine position and brought to a predetermined angle or angles from the horizontal position to help determine the cause of any decrease in oxygen to the brain) there was another diagnosis: POTS. POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) is estimated to affect between

how,” Garland Brinkerhoff, Mikie’s father, said. In sever cases of POTS, quality of life is savagely attacked. “Mikie had it bad,” Mr. Brinkerhoff said. She began missing more and more school. Depression started infiltrating her space until it seemed to radiate from her core. Her social life was gone, and she was spending most of her time in bed, sleeping. Mikie’s best friend became hopelessness. Everything she previously hoped for and thought possible was now nothing but a painful dream. “We weren’t built to break. We were built to be strong, to endure,” Lenny said, speaking about the human spirit. “It got to the point that Garland and I decided we had to talk to her. It was clear that the depression wasn’t going to stop.” Lenny and Garland sat their daughter

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1,000,000 and 3,000,000 Americans, nearly 80 percent of those being female. It is caused by “a malfunction of the patient’s autonomic system.” POTS is a syndrome, not a disease. Syndromes often have clusters of symptoms that are frequently seen together, but these seem to differ case by case, making the root cause difficult to pinpoint. “It was the worst day of our lives,” Lenny said, alluding to the fact that they thought the bad news had ended with the successful scoliosis surgery. They learned that one of the contributing factors of POTS is significant bodily trauma; the syndrome was attributed to the severity of Mikie’s operation. A heaviness hung over the family as they tried to navigate the alien reality they suddenly found themselves in. “She had already gone through the scoliosis surgery. Endured the discomfort of a full-body cast, and now this. As a person I felt so bad for her. As a father, it was even worse. I wanted to take the pain away but wasn’t sure

down and started to come up with a plan. At first, Mickie laughed, for obvious reasons, when her parents told her they thought that she should try running track. “Look,” Lenny told Mikie when she continued to scoff at a life she didn’t ask for. “You can choose to quit, or you can choose to inquire and live life according to your terms.” She said right then a light seemed to switch on in her daughter’s eyes, “like she suddenly ‘got it’.” After her freshman year, Mikie Brinkerhoff decided she was going to make the varsity track team; nothing was going to stop her. Not only did she accomplish that goal, she succeeded and excelled, making varsity her junior and senior years. Even today, despite an injury, she continues to work hard and compete at a top level. The Herriman High track team continues to push Mikie despite the hardships life has handed to her. “Trying to run, let alone run competi-

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ue to recently reported low snowpack and water supply projections, Gov. Gary R. Herbert is encouraging Utahns to conserve water heading into the spring and summer months. The governor met with water supply experts from the Dept. of Natural Resources to get an update on current water supply conditions. “With the dry winter we had, we all need to do our part to conserve,” said Gov. Herbert. “We need to be in conservation mode, but not crisis mode. We can do a great deal to help our situation by implementing conservation strategies during the spring and summer months.” Despite being the second driest state in

“The governor recognizes a multifaceted challenge requires a multifaceted solution,” said Mills. “We can reach our water goals, but only if we are committed to responsible conservation, adequate water storage and persistent innovation.” Due to the significant importance of water to Utah’s economy and the state budget, Gov. Herbert has directed his Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) to work collaboratively with the Water Resources Advisory Team, applicable state agencies, legislators, local governments, water districts, and conservation groups to gather and assess water-related information. The goal is to ensure the state

the nation, effective reservoir planning and conservation have resulted in a reasonably consistent water supply. Gov. Herbert also emphasized the importance of proactive initiatives to get out in front of the state’s water challenges, like drought and expected population increases over the next several years. Approximately two years ago, the governor created a Water Strategy Advisory Team. This diverse team was directed to produce a 50 year water strategy plan. The plan is anticipated to be complete at the end of 2015. Eric Millis, advisory team member and Utah Division of Water Resources Director, praised the governor for his proactive approach to Utah’s water challenges.

meets its future infrastructure needs, while allowing market forces to better signal the value of water. GOMB will evaluate water funding mechanisms and where financial resources will have the biggest impact. “The state’s level of financial involvement should align with what is prudent and sustainable long term, taking into consideration competing budgetary needs,” said the governor. “Moving forward, we should be open to new ideas and solutions. Innovation is a Utah value, and it is the key to ensuring our state’s water future.” Utahns can find tips on water conservation strategies by visiting slowtheflow.org and conservewater.utah.gov. l

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advice about life to anyone struggling, she didn’t hesitate. She quoted a line from her favorite movie, “Unbroken:” “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.” It is a message of hope, a lesson, even, in empathy for others and yourself, because even the wounds you can’t see are just as bad as the ones you can. Mikal “Mikie” Brinkerhoff’s story seems to be much more than a tale to learn from. It’s a story to live by. l (Mikal Brinkerhoff can be contacted on her Facebook page under the name “Mikie Brinkerhoff”.)

tively, when you can’t walk or bend normally, is hard. It’s painful, but it’s all a life lesson. That’s the message I want to get out. Not only to those who are going through what I have gone through, but to everyone. Take what you get and learn from it and run with it,” Mikie said. Mikie Brinkerhoff is currently being looked at for possible track scholarships. She plans on earning a degree in sports psychology in order to help people overcome personal limitations. But first, she says she wants to serve an LDS mission. When asked if she could briefly give

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to 2013, a high percentage of families with children under 18, and a low percentage of families with incomes under the poverty line. The results of the study came as no surprise to Mayor Bill Applegarth. “There’s no question in my mind that Riverton’s a great place to live,” he said. “It is very familyoriented.” The study analyzed 1,030 U.S. cities with population ranges from 25,000 to 100,000 people. l

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ne in three Utah homes have elevated levels of radon, leading to increased lung cancer risks for Utah’s residents, according to a member of the Utah Radon Coalition at a city council meeting on Mar. 3. Councilman Paul Wayman learned of the high radiation levels in Utah at a hazard conference in February and decided he wanted to do something. “When you see all the hazards in the city and in the county, radon is right up there,” Wayman said. “It’s a major one. One third of all houses in Utah have dangerous levels. That means really we should do something about it.” Wayman invited Sandy resident Jan Poulsen to speak on behalf of the Utah Radon Coalition at the Mar. 16 city council meeting about her experiences with radon. Poulsen developed lung cancer due to high radon levels in her home after redoing her basement in 2002. After a seven-year battle with cancer, Poulsen is currently cancer free. “While I am healthy, I am committed to raising awareness of lung cancer and radon,” she said. One of her major goals is ensuring Utah’s “homes, schools, and public buildings can be radon free.” According to Poulsen, lung cancer kills more people than breast, color, pancreatic, and prostate cancer combined. 160,000 people die annually from lung cancer, with 20,000 of those dying from radon-induced lung cancer. And yet only 6 percent of federal dollars spent on cancer research are spent on lung cancer research. “There is no screening, and radon doesn’t usually have

symptoms. So by the time of diagnosis, it has already been spread,” Poulsen said. “Radon detection and radon mitigation is preventative for lung cancer, where other cancers really don’t have prevention. So this is something by being aware of radon and doing what you need to do making sure that your house doesn’t have radon, you can prevent yourself from getting it and your family.” “I was lucky to have very good insurance, but as you can imagine, the cost of testing and mitigating our home— approximately $1500—pales in comparison to the expenses incurred in cancer treatment—well over $1,000,000 and still climbing,” Poulsen said. Poulsen encouraged Riverton residents to have their homes tested sooner rather than later. Radon kits are available for $8 through the state’s radon website—cheaper than at local hardware stores. If mitigation is necessary, there is assistance available for families making less than $59,000. After the presentation, Riverton City teamed with Riverton Hospital to provide radon-testing kits to all families going home with new babies. “All they have to do is send to the state a flyer that they’re getting them with new babies that come home,” said Councilman Paul Wayman. “That’s been an issue of course, being exposed to radon in homes—especially new babies and large families.” In addition to providing radon coupons in the newborn kits, the city will be doing a community health seminar with Riverton Hospital later this year to provide radon information and education for the city and its surrounding areas. l

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etective Aaron Rosen has seen many Internet scams while serving on the Bluffdale Police Department over the last seven and a half years. He was concerned that some of his deaf friends might fall for some of these schemes, and as a former American Sign Language interpreter, he was in a perfect position to do something about it. So, he recently filmed and posted a 45-second video on Internet fraud on his personal Facebook page. “We had a victim who sent $10,000 to the Nigerian prince [a well-known scam],” Rosen said. “I wanted to let my friends know that you don’t send money. No check transfers, no wiring money. There is no Nigerian prince. No one is stranded on an island.” “I posted it to a group of 150 people,” Rosen said. “Just my local friend network. A couple of my deaf friends shared it, and the next morning when I got up, it had been viewed by 26,000 people. A week later, it was at 100,000. It tells me the deaf community really does need tips.” Rosen’s video has been viewed by people throughout the U.S. He has been getting comments from all over the country, including from New Hampshire, Maine and Iowa. He views this as a testament to how small the world really is. “It shows the impact of a small town in Utah. We can have an impact on the country,” he said. l

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KUED Explores The State Of Utah’s Children

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ew public issues command as much attention as the fate and future of our children. From education to health care, kids are at the heart of many public policy and spending decisions. Each election cycle promises voters their ballots will shape the lives and opportunities of the next generation. But, for all of the promises, where do Utah children stand? What programs make a difference in young lives? How do we measure success in the early years? KUED explores this challenging subject in “The State of Our Kids: The Early Years,” premiered Tuesday, March 31 at 8 p.m. on KUED Channel 7 as part of its ongoing UtahNOW commitment to examine issues that shape our state. “When I met with Voices of Utah Children, a leading child advocacy organization, about what issues were facing Utah children from birth to age five, without missing a beat they said ‘poverty,’” says producer Sally Shaum. “When they told me the numbers, I knew this had to be a focus of my documentary.” Fifteen percent of Utah children, or an estimated 132,000, live in poverty.  “When this many children live in poverty, it has a profound impact on virtually every corner of society,” Shaum says. The State of Our Kids explores the compelling human side of those statistics through three Utah lives:  a divorced LDS woman who faced the difficulties of being a single mother of four boys; a 14-year-old girl with a three-month-old baby, who is involved in a home visitation program aimed at helping vulnerable, first-time mothers; and a Utah family that is part of an early childhood program where the parent becomes the child’s most influential teacher.

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The documentary profiles a handful of programs aimed at providing our youngest children living in poverty with productive learning and development opportunities. The film covers a spectrum of programs — from health-based initiatives, to school-based outreach programs to innovative social investment programs sponsored by the private sector. Among those convinced of the importance of ensuring early childhood opportunities is the newly-elected Speaker of the Utah State House of Representatives, Greg Hughes, who sponsored the bi-partisan HB96 in the 2014 legislative session. The bill provided funding for preschools and daycare for children most at risk. Hughes believes small investments early in a child’s life can produce greater opportunity in the long run, as well as a substantial savings for the state by making remedial or correctional programs less likely. Advocates of early childhood intervention caution against the staggering costs that build up over time, when childhood developmental problems associated with poverty are not addressed. “We help them when they’re young and get them ready for kindergarten, or we pay later in special education and remedial services,” says Shaum. Also critical to the development of young children is the opportunity for families to gather in a safe learning environment.

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till, the demand for such programs outpaces the need. Many times, even well-intentioned parents face the stark dilemma of choosing between food and heat, medicine or daycare for their children. “All children begin with simple dreams of doing all they can imagine,” says Shaum.  “But sometimes the barriers can become bigger than the dream. Poverty presents significant barriers to success.”


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April 27, 9: 45 a.m., 1 p.m. — Movie: “Big Eyes”

April 20, 9:45 a.m., 1 p.m.

April 28, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Health Screenings. PVD, vision, balance, blood pressure and glucose. Registration needed.

The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is available Monday through Friday for those who live in the area of Riverton, Bluffdale and Herriman. The cost is free; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance.

April 28, 11 a.m. — Around the World with Weston. Located in the Media Room. Refreshments and stories. 12:45 p.m. — Bingo sponsored by Care Patrol April 30, 10 a.m.; $10. — Podiatry. Appointments needed.

April 16, 10:30 a.m. — Product Presentation. Accessible Solutions – refreshments 11 a.m.; Free. — Legal Consultation with Phil Ferguson. Appointments needed.

2:15 p.m. — “Seniors Living Smarter, Simpler and Safer Lives.” Presented by the Occupational Therapy Program at SLCC.

April 17, 24, 11 a.m. — Coping with Pain. Living with chronic pain can be difficult.

May 4, 9:30 a.m.— “Frost Bite.” Musical Start up with kids.

April 20, 9:45 a.m., 1 p.m. — Movie: “Exodus”

May 5, 11 a.m. — Birthday Lunch. For April birthdays, this day only. Thanks to the Advisory Committee. Entertainment: Ballads of a Lady.

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COUNTY MAYOR’S MESSAGE By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams

Wins and losses for Salt Lake County at the Utah Legislature

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’m happy to report that the just-concluded session of the Utah legislature had what I believe are some big “wins” for the residents of Salt Lake County, as well as what I see as one major “loss”. Here’s a recap: 1. With the passage of Community Preservation (SB 199), residents of the townships and unincorporated areas will vote in an historic election this November. Thanks to months of work by volunteers in the community, voters—depending on where they live—will be able to choose to become a metro township or city, or to remain unincorporated. It’s a resolution to decades of fighting—pitting neighbor against neighbor. When residents cast their ballots, they’ll ensure boundary protection for their communities, begin a chapter of greater local control and not be forced to sacrifice high-quality, cost-effective services from Salt Lake County. This legislative action is an example of grassroots democracy at its best and would not have been possible without the good will generated by all sides coming together on this consensus bill.

2. The sponsor of HB 348, Rep. Eric Hutchings, calls it an “epic shift” in the criminal justice system. His bill is the result of a great deal of work by the Utah Commission on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. The measure seeks to reduce the time drug addicts stay in prison by dropping some crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor, while enhancing drug and mental health treatment. As the operator of both the jail and as the local mental health authority, Salt Lake County will be able to pursue policies that result in better treatment for those in our criminal system due to drug abuse, to enhance public safety and to use scarce taxpayer dollars more efficiently. 3. History-making legislation that expands anti-discrimination protections for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and

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transgender (LGBT) community, along with religious-liberty protections, caps a seven-year effort in our state. SB 296 received overwhelming support in the Utah House and Senate and was signed by Gov. Herbert at a special ceremony. 4. Gov. Herbert’s proposal to expand Medicaid—“Healthy Utah”—passed the Utah Senate but did not pass the Utah House. Not only is this troubling news for tens of thousands of uninsured Utahns who fall within the Affordable Care Act’s “coverage gap”, it also affects the county’s ability to provide health care to the jail population and to serve thousands of county residents with mental health and substance use disorder needs. Utah’s state drug court coordinator says that 80 percent of people who come through the Utah court system “have some sort of behavioral health need.” While the Governor has said he’ll continue to talk to legislative leaders in hopes of forging an agreement for a special legislative session, the ongoing lack of access to health insurance for so many in Salt Lake County will harm public health and strain our budget. It’s a privilege for me to serve as Salt Lake County Mayor. Please feel free to contact me at mayor@slco.org with any questions, concerns or ideas about how we build a safe, healthy and prosperous community. l

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EDUCATION

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hen communicating with Herriman High teacher, Darlene James, her passion and inspired ideology was crystal and sharp. Currently an educator at Herriman High, James teaches AP World History, US History II, English Language Development and Comparative World Religions; this is James’ twelfth year teaching, her eighth in the Jordan School District. “I really like people, and I like figuring out creative ways to reach all types of people. It takes fine tuned interpersonal skills to be an effective teacher… My passion for teaching comes as I become more aware of weaknesses that can be made strengths for myself and my students through focused and continued efforts on my part.” James said. This year is a special one for James. She is Utah’s 2015 recipient of the James Madison Fellowship grant, a prestigious award given to those educators who show a desire and passion for strengthening the teaching of History and importance of the principles of the U.S. Constitution. “The award is important because we need Constitutional Scholars in each classroom and throughout the communities nationwide. The program was created by Congress for the purpose of placing teachers in the classroom to strengthen the teaching of history and principles of the U. S. Constitution,” said Sheila Osborne, Academic Advisor at the foundation. “That teaching will come from the support the fellowship awards toward a master’s degree specific to secondary school teachers of history, government and social studies in addition to a Summer Institute at Georgetown University.” With the recognition comes a $24,000 grant, which will be used for expenses related to Jame’s graduate studies. She is working on her second Master’s Degree. “She [James] is dedicated to civic responsibilities; she delineated her career plans

Darlene James is the recipient of Utah’s 2015 James Madison Fellowship grant. and professional goals that align perfectly for our mission and the requirements of James Madison Fellowships,” Osborne said. James talked about the difficulties of being a teacher, how she herself almost didn’t make it during her student-teaching phase due to a lack of respect. “It was disheartening,” James said, but she soon found her own rhythm and confidence and began experimenting with different styles of teaching until she found something that worked. “The recent shift in education toward data driven curriculum is killing education, and causing good educators to pause and question their profession,” James said. It is refreshing to know teachers like James are still out there willing to beat against the status quo. “So many mandates have taken the joy out of being an educator, all autonomy and trust as a professional has slowly slipped away. Our profession is not respected, we are often thought of as quickly replaceable, and have been forced to become dictated robots,” said James. l


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Super Kids Unite

Providence Hall Elementary Art Show Extended

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or the third year in a row, Riverton City is allowing the Riverton kids to live out their dreams of being superheroes by giving them the opportunity to participate in the Super Kid Challenge. This six-week-long program is aimed at getting kids outside and active. This year’s Super Kid Challenge starts on April 17 and runs through May 22, and it will take place at Dr. O Roi Hardy Park, 12400 South 1000 West. Times are still tentative, so parents should check online as the date approaches to find out when to arrive at the park. The events will happen on the Thursday of each week. The kids will be divided into grades to compete: kindergarten and first, second and third, and fourth and fifth. Before each weekly competition, competitors will check in, be briefed on the challenge, and warm up and stretch. Then, starting with the younger competitors, each kid will complete the challenge and have their results recorded. “The challenges change every year... I’m actually still working on what exactly the challenges will be [this year],” Youth City Council Coordinator Brittany Parker said. There will be weekly awards for the first place finisher in each age group. This year

they will receive superhero rubber wristbands. Then, everyone will get a snack. At the end of six weeks, the overall winner in each age group will get a reversible cape, with “Super Kid” emblazoned on the back, and a giftcard. “Using the playground and their imagination—I think kids are going away from these things with technology. We’re just trying to get them out and active,” Parker said. Those interested in participating can sign up online or in Riverton’s Parks and Recreation department, 12830 South Redwood Road. The cost is $20, and that includes a shirt and a water bottle. l

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Basketball Players Capture Postseason Awards By Greg James

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he high school basketball season ended in February, but accolades continue to roll in for South Valley athletes. Three girls were given academic all-state awards for their achievements on the court and in the classroom.

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KAYLIE KING A Herriman High senior guard, King averaged 5.1 points per game this season. She led the Mustangs with 48 rebounds and 18 steals. She helped the Mustangs finish fifth in Region 4 with a 4-8 overall record. “I sacrificed some fun things on Friday and Saturday nights to keep my grades up. Our team was very unified, but our season did not go as we had hoped, but we stuck together. My coach (Jill Ames) is fantastic. It is not all about basketball. She is focused on making her players good people,” King said. King has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and hopes to attend Utah State University to run track. She placed fifth in the 300 meter hurdles at the state 2014 state track championships.

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“ My coach, Jill Ames, is

fantastic. It is not all about basketball. She is focused on making her players good people.” TESS CAMPBELL Campbell, a Riverton High senior, helped her team to a 11-1 record and Region 4 championship. “I am proud of our season, but I feel we did not play our best against Brighton. We could have played so much better,” Campbell said. She averaged 8.8 points per game and led the team with 25 three-pointers. She has a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend Utah State and study marketing and business. “I love Riverton High. I think it is the best high school in America. I actually know my principal,” King said. King is a four sport athlete who plays tennis, basketball, track and lacrosse.

Kaylie King, Tess Campbell and Sarah Ralphs received the academic allstate award at halftime of the girls 5A championship game Feb. 21. Photos courtesy of dbaphotography.com

SARAH RALPHS Ralphs scored 31 points for the Silverwolves. Her season high was 11 points Dec. 10 in a 62-37 victory over Copper Hills. She helped the Silverwolves advance to the semifinals in the state tournament, were they lost to Brighton 43-31. “Balancing school and athletics means a lack of sleep. I have really enjoyed playing for coach Ence. He taught us to hustle all of the time and give it our best. The Riverton student body is so supportive. I have loved going to school here,” she said. Ralphs plans to attend Utah State. The academic all-state award is given to the top seniors. They must maintain a minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA and be a consistent contributor on their varsity team. l

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Silverwolves Start Season On Top By Greg James

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two-run first inning. In the second inning with the Silverwolves trailing 5-2, he belted a home run to left field. “I knew we needed some base hits. When I got to a full count, I knew I was not going to strike out. I hit the ball and it ended up over the fence. I had no idea until I got to second base,” Arens said. Arens has signed to continue his baseball career at Utah Valley University in Orem after

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RIVERTON CITY COUNCIL By Paul Wayman, Riverton City Council

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e are a quarter of the way through Riverton’s 150th year celebration of “good times”. Many more community events are planned and will continue in future years. This is because of the city’s well-thought-out recreation programs for everyone’s enjoyment. Food is what makes celebrating a lot of fun, and what better way than a cookbook to commemorate Riverton City’s 150th year of the settlers’ arrival. The Riverton City cookbook, “Taste of Tradition Celebrating 150 years of Riverton Heritage”, is being sold at cost for just $10.  You can buy your copy from Riverton city offices at the utility billing desk or the Parks and Recreation department, or at  Petersons Fresh Market. This is a high quality, hard bound 3 ring binder cookbook with your neighbors’ 658 recipes. Many of the early settlers’ brought their heirloom family recipes with them when they settled here. These recipes have been used, changed and adapted through the years, but are still a distinct part of who we are in Riverton. The cookbook has a wonderful collection of recipes, from these vintage family treasures to new trendy ones, using modern ingredients that our grandmothers had never heard of. My wife, Linda, and I acted as co-chairs on the cookbook committee. We would like to give a special thank you to all the Riverton citizens past and present whose recipes appear in the cookbook.  We would like to send a huge thank you to the committee which made all of this possible.  Promoting the cookbook at Riverton events, editing, proofing and entering recipes was

no easy task, and many hours were contributed to make this a wonderful book.    Committee:  Paul and Linda Wayman, Ann Farr, Sheril Garn, Jon Bailey, Tracy Cook, Sarah Cox, Annette Hardy, Sarah Mclaughlin,  Kliena Montgomery, Marvell Morgan, Erin Russon, Karen Petersen, Janelle Smith, and Angela Trammell. Thank you to Ann Far and Tish Buroker for the Riverton Timeline that is included in the introductory pages.  Also a big thank you to Langford Lloyd, president of the Riverton Historical Society, for contributing the Riverton history and the great pictures for the dividers and introductory pages. These are vintage pictures of Riverton that he took in the 1980s. Some of the future events that will happen in the next few months are Neighborhood Clean-up Day, an Arbor Day tree-planting seminar, a Riverton Heritage Tour at the cemetery, Memorial Day Salute, the Riverton Arts Council presentation of “Footloose”, the new park grand opening on June 22nd, and Riverton Town Days in July.  A Radon Awareness open house will be in November of this year, sponsored by Riverton Hospital, Riverton City and the State of Utah.  One third of the houses in Utah have dangerous levels of radon.   The best time to test for radon problems in a home is in the winter.  To find out more, go to radon.utah.gov. 

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BLUFFDALE CITY COUNCIL By Ty Nielsen, City Council Member Hello Bluffdale, The past few years Bluffdale has grown a lot. Most of the growth has been on the east side. This growth has helped the rest of the city to have better roads. There are some great people that are moving into Bluffdale to add some good talent, and we just need to make sure to make them feel as welcome as we have all been made to feel as we have moved in. I can’t help but mention Teddy Bell. Teddy has been the city recorder for as long as I can recall: 25 years to be exact. I have since met Connie Rice, who was the first city recorder for Bluffdale. But from my recollection it has always been Teddy. Each individual citizen in Bluffdale is like a brick in the wall of the structure that is Bluffdale; Teddy has been the mortar that has held us together. It has always amazed me how Teddy can be to so many meetings with so many interesting topics, and can stay so quiet. She reminds me of the statesman who does not talk much, but when he does it is profound. When I was young my dad used to say to me, “It’s better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” It is no doubt that Teddy was well aware of this counsel. We have a great council that works well together. We don’t always see eye to eye, which I think is good, because I think we then see a bigger picture. But in the end we still have unity.

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HERRIMAN CITY COUNCIL

BLUFFDALE Bluffdale City Council continued from page 16 I have had an opportunity to go to Portland, Oregon and Tampa, Florida this year. I had never been to Oregon and it was beautiful: a lot more agricultural areas than I thought, but beautifully green. Florida of course was beautiful. I have been to Florida before, but it’s been 33 years. Florida has grown tremendously and it was almost unrecognizable for me. When I got back to Bluffdale, it was so nice to come back to our little place, our little haven. I would encourage you to become involved with the city. Whether that means that you run for one of the positions on the city council, or if that means that you help out with the Old West Days. There many opportunities to be a part of the community. I have really enjoyed my opportunity so far. I have gotten to know so many of you people who make up the wonderful Bluffdale in which we live. I can’t wait until all the roads are completed. I’m glad that we got the type of overpass that we did for Bangerter Highway. I certainly did not want a roundabout or those continuous flow intersections. It will be nice when 13th West is widened so that it will be a little bit safer for us to travel on. l

By Coralee Wessman-Moser Herriman City Council Where were you in 1997? If you were at the movies, you probably paid $4.25 for your ticket; if you bought your first home, you paid a median price of $117,600. This year, the cost of our movie ticket has more than doubled to $9.25, and that home price increased 44 percent to $169,000. Although some transportation material costs have increased as much as 300 percent over the last decade, citizens have paid the same 24.5 cents per gallon in gasoline tax as in 1997, making it worth just 14.7 cents of the same buying power today. This has led to a significant funding shortfall for Herriman City, Salt Lake County and the state of Utah. The Utah State Legislature recently completed the regular 2015 session. Among many hot topics, transportation was a key focus for your Herriman City leaders. We believe a quality transportation system is vital to our residents, yet as a city, county and state, we haven’t been able to keep up with our maintenance or growth needs. In joining the Utah Transportation Coalition, we advocated for transportation investment and long-term funding solutions. We commend the state legislature for their efforts and now encourage residents to familiarize themselves

with the issues. Herriman City today lacks the funds needed for transportation infrastructure, but we’re not alone. In Utah, city and county governments have only one-third to one-half the funds needed for transportation infrastructure, and we know the need over the next 30 years will greatly increase. Utah’s Unified 2040 Transportation Plan considers population growth and transportation system needs through 2040. Our population is projected to double by 2040; thus, twice as many people will be on the roads, and Utah’s vehicle miles traveled will increase 80 percent. This will result in a $26.7 billion gap in funding. The legislature made some changes to address the transportation funding gap. They included a conversion of the gasoline tax from a per-gallon cost to percentage effective January 1, 2016. This is likely to result in an initial increase of about 5 cents per gallon. Recognizing this was not enough to resolve the existing funding deficit, the legislature also added a tool for local communities to address their needs. The voters may authorize the county to add a 0.25 percent general sales tax for transportation. While I agree no tax increase is popular, I would encourage voters to consider why it may be wise to authorize the increase, should Salt

Lake County place this measure on the ballot. Preventative maintenance and proactive action on transportation needs is more cost effective than delay. Delay costs taxpayers more in the long run! For every dollar we spend today on maintenance efforts such as slurry or chip seals for our roads, we save ten dollars later in reconstruction costs. Similarly, road projects take years to complete; we should fund and construct roads to coincide with population growth, proactively avoiding gridlock and excessive idling and air-polluting time. As your city leaders, we will continue to maximize your precious tax dollars by prioritizing and investing in meaningful transportation projects. We will do our best to maintain the ease of transportation we have in Herriman, recognizing it contributes to your quality of life. For more information please visit: utahtransportation.org l


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PLAYING THE GIFT CARD GAME By Joani Taylor

My hubby is on an organizing quest. Well… let me rephrase. He has decided it’s easier to spring clean the garage than it is to continue to listen to me babble on and on about it. While I maintain that the best way to go about this task is to simply host a yard sale and then take the money we gain to go buy some new shoes, the hubs has put the kibosh on that plan. Instead, he has determined that it will take multiple trips to the home improvement store for pricy organizing solutions, and may even require some specialized tools. This past weekend, he came home with a rather long list of supplies needed, with a very high estimate of what it would cost for him, to achieve my dream of an organized and tidy garage. While I don’t see how putting yet more stuff in the garage will solve the problem of too much stuff in the garage, I have hit a state of desperation from the embarrassment it causes when I park my car, should my neighbors get a glimpse inside. After much discussion, we compromised on a shorter list of supplies that did not include the purchase of yet another specialized tool, with the stipulation that we use a few of my special savings tricks. So, the hubs was off to get started on his weekend

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ers keep searching for the “perfect” workout. Orangetheory workouts are shaping up the fitness industry we know today. Their small studios and intimate sessions make you feel like you are working out with friends. The company has grabbed a major footing, nationally and internationally, with a total of 171 franchises within the last two years. One of those franchises is right around the corner, opening last October in South Jordan. Orangetheory is so confident that you will love their fitness concept, your first session is always free. Orangetheory Fitness is located at 11516 South District Drive, Suite 600 at The District in South Jordan. Call (801) 758-0500 to schedule your first session today.

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please those who like to spend time in the kitchen, while the park-sized playground and basketball court will thrill young and old alike. “Triton Terrace is an apartment community that caters to so many different styles of living,” says Carol Morris, vice president of Triton Investments. “There is literally something for everyone.” The location of Triton Terrace is perhaps one of its greatest features. It is easy to get anywhere you want to go, with quick access to I-15 and the planned Trax light rail station. Parks, golf courses, bike and running trails, skiing, and even hang gliding are all just minutes away. With amazing mountain views, it can’t get much better. “We are very excited about opening up,” says Morris, “and we think {Triton Terrace} will be the gem of our properties.” Triton Terrace has flexible lease terms and is now open for applications. Visit tritonterrace.com to read more, see apartment pricing, and to apply. Make an appointment today to get first pick of the apartments, and hear about Triton’s special offers. l

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Who’s Your Caddy? By Peri Kinder

On Sundays I watch golf with my husband. (Explanation: On Sundays, I sit by my husband and read a book while he watches golf. Every few minutes he’ll say, “Watch this replay. This putt is incredible.” I’ll dutifully put down my book and make the appropriate noises of awe, such as “Wow!” or “That’s amazing.” Then I return to my book until the next spectacular shot happens.) Anyway. During one of my brief glimpses of the Golf Channel, I watched the pro golfer huddling with his caddy. They discussed wind direction, turf softness, angles, hills and how they’d spend the $1 million purse if the pro got his swing just right. I had an epiphany. I needed a caddy. Traditionally, a caddy’s job is to offer good advice, provide moral support, carry heavy stuff the golfer doesn’t want to pack around and understands the consequences of every club selection or course obstacle. Exactly what I need! A personal caddy is a great idea on so many levels. I’m notoriously reluctant when it comes to making decisions, but a caddy could talk me through the pros and cons of each restaurant or movie choice, allowing me to choose what’s for dinner in record time (less than an hour). At the grocery store, we could hunker down in the produce aisle and talk about what fruits and/or vegetables I will eat

before they turn into a massive puddle of brownish gloop in my refrigerator. This person could say things like, “Are you sure a chocolate Dunford donut is the best choice right now?” And he would not judge me when I throw a dozen donuts in my cart. My caddy could tell me when I have a booger in my nose, if I need a breath mint, warn me if I have spinach stuck in my teeth, remind me of peoples’ names, determine which road to take for the fastest trip to TJ Maxx and carry my purse—because I hate carrying purses.

When I’m in uncomfortable social situations (i.e. every day), my caddy could help me avoid awkward conversations or inadvertent insults by reading my mind and quickly asking, “Are you sure you want to say that?” And when I’m standing alone at a conference or birthday party, my caddy wouldn’t leave my side, making it look like I have at least one friend. While shopping for jeans or swimming suits, my caddy would give me a kind, yet insightful, opinion of each article of clothing, carefully avoiding phrases like “too small,” “how ‘bout a bigger size” or “maybe swimwear just isn’t your thing.” My caddy would also serve as a life coach. He would be a walking inspirational quote book, whispering encouraging words in my ear like, “You’ve got this,” or “You’re awesome.” If I’m too tired (lazy) to make dinner, my caddy would jump into action and order a pizza or grill up some fresh salmon. He’d tell me to sit back, enjoy a Coke, read a book and he’ll let me know when dinner’s ready. And then he’d do the dishes. Then I had a second epiphany; I already have a caddy. It’s my husband. And it’s his job to help me avoid hazards, keep my foot out of my mouth, offer encouragement and advice—and he even holds my purse when I’m trying on clothes. In return, I watch golf with him on Sundays. I think I get the better end of that deal. l

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South Valley Journal - April 2015 - Vol. 25 Iss. 4  
South Valley Journal - April 2015 - Vol. 25 Iss. 4  
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