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hile you have been able to enjoy time with family and friends, others have been busy opening businesses. I hope as you drive around the community you see these new businesses and stop in. They are open and ready to serve you. We held a ribbon cutting for several of these new businesses. On July 11, 2015, one of the newest businesses in Herriman opened its doors to the public. Dr. Chase Dansie, an orthodontist, and Mayor Carmen Freeman cut the red ribbon to a new orthodontic office right next to Copper Mountain Middle School, just off of Mountain View Corridor and 11800 South.  “I grew up in Herriman across the street from my great-great-grandfather’s house, and it has been a dream come true to come back and open an office in my home town,” Dr. Dansie said.   Dr. Dansie is married to Robyn Dansie, who also grew up in South Jordan. “After my husband’s 11 years of schooling to become an orthodontist, most of which were out of the state of Utah, we are really excited to be back and to offer top notch treatment to people right here where we both grew up,” Robyn said.   Dr. Dansie has been practicing in the valley as a specialist in orthodontics since 2012 and has been practicing as a dentist since 2008. Freeman told Dr. Dansie at the ribbon cutting that he is a pioneer in establishing this business, similar to his pioneer ancestors who settled Herriman years ago.  More information about Herriman’s newest business is available at dansieorthodontics.com or by calling 801-758-8888. On Aug. 1, Greyhawk Games turned on the “Open” sign. This is a fantasy game store where you can come and play in a safe and friendly environment. Test your might in the gaming arena with exhilarating round tabletop gaming matches only from GreyHawk Games. They sell games and collectibles to all average and die-hard supporters of competitive play and amusement. From console games to tabletop gaming, they carry everything a hardcore gamer needs. They have more than 1,600

sq. ft. of retail space filled with hundreds of titles to choose from. A state-of-the-art play area is available where individuals can have endless battles between comrades and competitors. Take part in gaming tournaments covering the hottest tabletop games available in the market. They organize two tournaments every week for each of their featured games. Visit their website for announcements on start times and dates. They also have a MAGIC: the Gathering™ tournament every Friday evening, which is open to the public and available on a first come, first served basis. Featured tabletop games are: Warhammer 40,000™ • Warhammer Fantasy Battle™ • BattleTech™ • Heavy Gear™ • Wargaming.Net Greyhawk Games is located at 13224 South 5600 West. For more information, visit http://www.greyhawkgames.com.

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outstanding team of stylists – all of whom are passionate about delivering an exceptional guest experience. Ongoing training allows the stylists to stay current on the latest looks so they can help guests with their existing style or give them a fresh, new cut. Supercuts, ranked the top haircare franchise in the U.S. in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2015 Franchise 500, offers professional haircuts, color services and facial waxing options to keep guests looking sharp. In Herriman, haircuts, which finish with a relaxing Hot Towel Refresher to clean away stray hairs, start at $14.95 for adults, $10.95 for children (12 and under) and $10.95 for seniors (60 and older). Download the Supercuts mobile app for iOS or Android or visit Supercuts.com to checkin for a same-day haircut, or simply walk in when it’s convenient for you. Supercuts accepts all major credit cards and cash. Call 801-3027274 for more information. Salon hours are: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Herriman City Council determines studies necessary for Blackridge Reservoir issues By Rhett Wilkinson

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lgae. Overcrowding. Testing. Now, studies. The Herriman City Council determined Wednesday that it would perform studies about issues relating to overcrowding at Blackridge Reservoir. The Reservoir also saw an algae bloom, resulting in a closure Aug. 6 for the season. A new aeration system was installed last week in the reservoir. The decision follows a town meeting July 28 that 49 residents on record attended. The city councilman representing the reservoir’s district is uncertain about what needs to be changed. A candidate to replace his open seat said it goes beyond the two issues of the algae bloom and overcrowding. The studies will concern paying for parking at the reservoir and a parking permit. Because the city knows how to handle other issues, it will not conduct further studies, Herriman City spokeswoman Tammi Moody told the South Valley Journal. The studies will most likely be conducted by the city’s engineering department, Moody said. “After looking at it and knowing what might be truly viable solutions, we decided that we would have to do studies,” Moody said. “They narrowed it down to ‘what studies.’” Homeowners said the reservoir’s current lot is too small, which leads to drivers parking on either side of the neighborhood streets.

The city has a goal to implement solutions, including those for the paid parking and a parking permit program, by January, Moody said. The next season will open on Memorial Day weekend. Between June and the July 28 meeting, police have issued 77 citations at the reservoir, 55 of which were for parking violations. The cost of reservoir parking and a parking permit should be between $8,000 and $100,000, Moody said. There are many options with reservoir parking and the parking permit program cost ranges from $30,000 to $50,000, Moody said. Issues where studies aren’t being applied include providing reservoir education, striping curbs and directional signs. The city expected results back from an algaecide treatment on Thursday, Aug. 27 after the treatment that started Aug. 12 and 13 ended on Aug. 20. Five to seven days were expected for the treatment. Then the city will re-test the water for the presence of algae, of which results are expected within seven days, Moody said. The city received initial toxin results Aug. 12, the first test after the closure, non-detectable levels of toxins. But the Utah Department of Environmental Quality was concerned about a low enough cell number count per milligram of algae. So the City decided to

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treat the reservoir anyway before waiting for those results, Moody said. The new aeration system installed last week keeps the water moving at all times. It’s a system in the bottom of the reservoir that keeps air flow bubbles coming up, and keeps water moving and aerated. The algae resulted from a broken aerated system, Moody said. “We’re hoping it will last longer and do a lot better,” Moody said of the new system. After the citizens’ meeting, staff researched the past three weeks what options among those suggested by residents could produce the best income. Some of the options mentioned were a permit parking program, adding additional parking, paid entry and also red-curbing all of the intersections, Moody said. Mike Day represents District 4, which includes Blackridge Reservoir. On the algae issue, he said he would “keep opinions to (himself)” because he was “not qualified” to talk about it. On the overcrowding issue, he said that it’s not as big an issue as some may think because the Jaws-like appearance of the beach is found “probably once or twice per year.” The Fourth of July, Pioneer Day and maybe a holiday or weekend only cause an issue, he said. Residents also moved to the area knowing that the reservoir, with its issues, was there, Day said. He estimated that at least 90 percent of the homes were not yet constructed when the reservoir was built in 2007. Day himself moved in while the reservoir was being built, he said. Day, whose children are teenagers, added that stage of life influences your thinking about how big the issues are. “If my kids were out playing in the street and it was July, I’d be concerned,” he said. Day brought up speeding as an issue. Money can come from parking to offset law enforcement costs, he said. He pointed out that

people complain about speeding in the area, but the number one speeders are area residents. The council has appropriated money for overtime pay for officers for parking lockdown, he added. Nicole Martin is a candidate for Day’s seat. She said that it goes beyond the algae bloom and overcrowding issues, even back to the inception of the pond itself. “I know the residents in the area are concerned, and rightfully so, with property rights infringement, inadequate parking, inappropriate behavior, and traffic flow,” she said. “We’re looking at a handful of fairly significant issues we need to deal with.” “Heading into the offseason gives us the opportunity for an effective game plan and a solution for many, if not all, of these problems.” “Potential solutions announced during the August 26 city council meeting included a comprehensive approach of a parking fee coupled with a parking permit program, an ongoing education effort, some added signage for traffic control and continued, but reduced enforcement as the changes begin to take effect.” These solutions will now receive further study by staff and will be subject to further public input. She believes the reservoir is a “valuable amenity not only for enhanced quality of life for our residents, but also for its ability to establish Herriman as a lifestyle-oriented community, elevating standards of future development and creating opportunities for businesses and the much-needed sales tax revenue. “Most importantly, I believe this issue is a useful lesson in the importance of soliciting feedback from the affected community early in the process of development of any kind.” Martin’s opponent David Watts did not return a request for comment.


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Fighting Crime as a Community

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undreds of Riverton residents attended Riverton’s Night Out Against Crime on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Riverton City Park. Unified Police Department (UPD) and Riverton City hosted this free event to educate residents on crime prevention and services. “This tradition is a great opportunity for UPD, UFA and city officials to really bond with the community and to get to know one another. Citizens can also understand what happens and the services that take place in the

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city; how we best work together and get to know the people we rely on even more,” Angela Trammell, Riverton City’s public information officer, said. The night began at 6 p.m. with a helicopter landing. Community and business representatives had informational booths on immunizations, health care and safety. UPD had various booths geared toward community awareness and education. The K-9 unit held a demonstration; UPD’s S.W.A.T. and mounted posse and mobile forensic units were there. Officers also did fingerprinting, microscope

UPD had their K-9 unit at Riverton’s Night Out Against Crime. UPD educated residents on resources available to the community.

identification and crime awareness. Unified Fire Authority (UFA) was also present and had fire safety tips in their firehouse. All booths and activities were focused on public awareness and helping citizens get familiar with law enforcement and their role. “For Night Out Against Crime, what we want to accomplish is to try and show everybody prevention and to learn how to prevent crime,” Chief of Police Rosa Rivera said. “The main goal is to bring the community together and talk about preventing crime, educating them on the resources that are out there for them.”


Despite the high winds and inclement weather, many residents and city officials came and enjoyed the event. “This is a good event for my kids to learn how to be safe,” Riverton resident Bart Williams said. “We got our fingerprints done so we can track our kids. We gave our cell phone numbers to the police department, so that if we call 911 they know it’s us that is calling them. These activities make this more of a local event. It also keeps my kids interacting with the police department so that they’re not scared of the police. They’re not scared of the people that are going to come help them,” Williams said.

The mounted posse was one of the many services present at Riverton’s Night Out Against Crime on Wednesday, August 5.


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Local Fishing Pond Dedicated to Former City Employee, Danny R. Crump

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n July 21, 2009, Riverton City Water inspector Danny Crump tragically lost his life in an accident while serving the community. On July 21, 2015, more than 100 of Danny’s family and friends, along with Riverton City leaders and staff,

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gathered together to honor his memory and his years of service to Riverton City. The local fishing pond, located at 3250 West 13680 South, was dedicated that day as the Danny R. Crump Fishing Pond. Danny Crump worked for

Riverton City for 10 years as a water inspector, and lost his life while inspecting a vault that was depleted of oxygen, which caused Danny to pass out and perish. According to his wife Jonna, Danny loved working for Riverton City. Danny and his wife were married for 25 years and had three children, Jenni, Cassie and Jared. Since Danny’s passing, the family has welcomed five

grandchildren. “It was just amazing, it was a total shock to me,” Jonna said. “Danny would have been the first person to say, ‘Oh no, no, no, I don’t need that; I was just doing my job.’ He would have been so tickled and excited that they would have named this after him. He loved Riverton and the water department.”

Dozens of balloons were released in honor of Danny’s memory, a Crump family tradition.


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Kauri Sue Hamilton, First Special Needs School in Utah to Receive Accreditation By Aimee L. Cook

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he Kauri Sue Hamilton School in Riverton recently achieved a historic milestone. This center-based school for students with multiple disabilities is the first in Utah to achieve accreditation. The process was lengthy, taking several years of monitoring by an external review team of professionals. The team reviewed school leadership and the success of students who attend the school and compared the results to national standards. Classroom visits were conducted, staff was interviewed and the facility itself was analyzed for safety and the ability to provide a healthy environment. After all the scores were compiled, Kauri Sue received a score of 337.61, well above the national average, which is 282.79. “I think for our school, it is a great recognition of all we do to provide an education for our students,” Rita Bouillon, Kauri Sue Hamilton principal, said. “We received this accreditation based on the same standards as any high school, but it doesn’t make a difference for our students

like it would for a high school student who is applying for college and must have a diploma from an accredited school.” According to the Jordan District website, some of the “powerful practices” the external review team found includes: Qualified professional and support staff are sufficient in number to fulfill their roles and responsibilities necessary to support the school’s purpose, direction and the educational program. The school has a formal structure whereby each student is well known by at least one adult advocate in the school who supports that student’s educational experience. The school provides support services to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of the student population being served. The school maintains facilities, services and equipment to provide a safe, clean and healthy environment for all students and staff.


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Pilot’s Passion Lands Aviation Career

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25-year-old pilot. “I could not stop smiling. I just had these butterflies the entire time. I was hooked,” Ostman said. Anyone else with a desire to fly can realize the dream of becoming a pilot with Ostman’s help. In his capacity as assistant chief flight instructor for Leading Edge Aviation at the South Valley Regional Airport located in West Jordan, he is partially responsible for local discovery flights and pilot training. “[I let] the customer fly the airplane and get a feel for what it’s like; letting them know that they can actually do it. It’s not a daunting task,” Ostman said. Gian Sexsmith had never been in a small plane before his discovery flight with Ostman a couple of years ago. Now, Sexsmith is working towards his commercial rating and also wants a career in aviation. “Once you’re actually controlling the plane, I think you’re just hooked,” Sexsmith said. There is no minimum age restriction on when a person can start flying and logging hours, although 16 is the minimum age to solo fly and 17 is the earliest one can be issued a pilot’s license. The amount of time it takes to earn different pilot ratings depends on the

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Old Practices, New Information on Riverton Utility Services

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iverton residents received a handout in the mail on water bills issued in July. This notice informed residents of the city’s intent not to charge itself for any Riverton-provided utility services used for municipal services. Services include culinary w a t e r, s e c o n d a r y water, sanitation and stormwater.

R i v e r t o n ’s July 21 city council meeting held a public hearing on the matter. A few residents attended the council meeting to address their questions and concerns. “I’m concerned, first of all, where the money is going to come from to pay for this,” resident Judy Lloyd said. Mayor Bill Applegarth answered her and others by explaining that water revenue comes from residential water bills, but does not increase the price in any way. The city buys water wholesale from Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. Riverton City has practiced these

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water charges for more than 20 years, though the city only recently began informing citizens of these practices. “We’ve never sent out a notice before, until two years ago when the state auditing department counseled the city to do so,” Applegarth said. “The notice is to make you aware; this is the purpose of it, but this has been the city’s practice for many, many years. It was always in our budget, but it had never gone out to the public before.” The city hopes that this notice creates more awareness for financial practices that have happened for years. “What the notice is intended to show is that there is a transfer, a noncash transfer, of each of those utility funds into the receiving funds. So you will find this in the budget, but there is an in and an out, so the net is zero,” finance director Lisa Dudley said.

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Residents Fight to Keep Neighborhood Roads Safe By Briana Kelley

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iverton residents on Van Cott Peak Drive and Lookout Peak Drive are asking for change. Representatives from the neighborhood attended Riverton’s July 21 council meeting and demanded road safety changes along Van Cott Peak Drive and Lookout Peak Drive. The road goes downhill and has a public park and bus stop at the bottom, which makes it

treacherous for children. The road currently has no posted speed or safety signs. One week following the council meeting, residents met with Councilmember Sheldon Stewart, the neighborhood’s council representative. In the meeting, specific solutions were addressed. Residents have proposed putting in a four-way stop at the top of the

Riverton’s Mountain View Park is located at the bottom of a steep hill. Residents are concerned about the safety of kids. “You are going to have a child get hit. It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when,” resident Britney Walker said.

hill, speed bumps, speed signs, painted road signs and flashing speed signs. Speed bumps have been refused due to the safety hazard they create for emergency vehicles responding to an emergency situation. A four-way stop has also been denied, though many residents do not understand why. “We’re looking at three things,” Stewart said. “We’re looking at the stop sign changes and the intersection in question. We’re painting the speed limits on the road and we’re installing signs that say ‘Park Ahead’. We want to create awareness for the children who are playing in the area and resolve the safety concerns that came up during the council meeting, particularly for the children who are walking to school.” When asked for a time estimate for these changes, Stewart said it would be 30 to 60 days. Many residents hope that these changes will happen soon. Residents approached the council and city staff as early as nine months ago to address the speed and safety problem. Residents have contacted the city numerous times concerning the issue. In response to initial demands, the city has monitored both speed and traffic frequency in the area, but have yet to make any safety changes.

“It feels like nothing is getting done,” resident Britney Walker said. Walker’s neighbor, Todd Olson, agreed. “It’s frustrating. Talk is talk but I haven’t seen any action yet. I’ll believe it when I see it,” Olson said. In the interim, residents are pleading that those who drive Van Cott Peak Drive do so slowly and safely. “People need to be careful in neighborhoods. We have seen kids almost get hit more than once. I would hate to see a kid get hit because somebody wasn’t paying attention to how fast they are going. It would be horrible,” Walker said. These near-misses are what have spurred her and fellow residents to action. “I’m hoping that through all this, it will be a good reminder to people. I truly feel that none of us want to hurt anybody or have accidents, but we get in our own world driving. I feel myself and others that are on the Van Cott street are more aware of it and will watch our speed, and I think other people are just driving and not paying attention,” Olson said. “I’m hoping these changes will help. Something is better than nothing, and I hope something happens soon.”

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Salt Lake County Moving Forward to Attract, Retain Conventions

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ecently, I joined leaders from Visit Salt Lake and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for an exciting announcement: organizers for Outdoor Retailer are extending their contracts with the Salt Palace Convention Center through 2018. This is the largest summer and winter outdoor gear, apparel, accessories and technology tradeshow in the country. Outdoor Retailer has been here since 1996—except for 2002—when we hosted the Winter Olympics. Over time the winter and summer markets have grown to be the largest event hosted by the Salt Palace, with more than 6,000 specialty retailer attendees and exhibitors, drawing 15,000 additional visitors. They fill our hotels and restaurants, rent cars and go shopping during their stay. The total economic impact to us is approximately $45 million annually.

That boost to our budgets represents money that does not have to come from local residents and taxpayers, but rather represents a “bonus” for our bottom line. Outdoor Retailer has become so successful that it has outgrown the exhibit and meeting space available. We have been able to get creative by putting up large tents next to the Salt Palace, and to encourage hotels to move other proposed events around on the calendar to free up lodging. I was encouraged that when Outdoor Retailer surveyed its members about whether to stay in Salt Lake or look elsewhere, over two-thirds said they preferred to keep the show here. Ultimately, the solution is to have more public meeting space and more hotel rooms. That’s why I’ve been pushing hard to find a private company to build a convention

headquarters hotel adjacent to the Salt Palace, and include 100,000 square feet of additional meeting space. In mid-August, I was forced to discontinue negotiations with Omni, which had responded to our hotel bid request last year, because the company asked for too much by way of public participation. Salt Lake County needs and wants a private hotel, but not at any cost. My job is to negotiate a fair deal with a private sector partner—fair to the company and fair to taxpayers. Now that Outdoor Retailer has announced dates in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for both the

winter and summer markets, I’ll redouble my efforts to secure a private sector partner. Soon, the county will have another request for bids out on the street. I believe we’ll have a private partner selected and a plan in the works within months. We know that having additional public meeting space as well as hundreds of rooms adjacent to the Salt Palace will be important not only to Outdoor Retailer but to other prospective conventions who have told us that’s the only thing Salt Lake is missing to get their business. For a lot of us here in Utah, getting outdoors isn’t just a pastime, it’s a way of life. It’s how we spend time with our friends and families and –increasingly—it’s how we make a living, as employees and business owners of outdoor equipment and supplies, and as a tourist destination. It’s a unique package as we promote Utah to convention planners and to visitors, as well as becoming an important sector of our economic growth and prosperity.

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s the third new head volleyball coach at Riverton High School since 2011, Diane Struck takes over a program that is on the rise. They have made the state tournament two year in a row. Struck was named the program’s head coach after Lindsay Dumas stepped down last season. Struck is a BYU graduate and played volleyball at Salt Lake Community College. The volleyball team has blanketed itself with the idea that success comes from within. Its website is full of positive articles and helpful hints to make an impact. They have adopted Karch Kiraly’s (former USA volleyball player) attitude of “making a difference.” They believe in themselves. Some parents have taken notice of the team’s new direction and have said things like, “The team competition has been tough” and “We miss Lindsay, but the new coach is getting after it, too.” The Silverwolves volleyball team finished third in Region 4 and qualified for the playoffs last season. Their state tournament began by beating Taylorsville 3-0, but they lost in the second round to Northridge 3-1. The team advanced in the one-loss bracket by defeating Davis 3-0. In the team’s final

By Greg James tournament game, they lost to Bingham in a hard fought battle 3-1. They placed seventh overall. Region 4 has become the toughest in the state’s 5A classification. Last season Pleasant Grove placed first in state, Lehi second and Lone Peak third. Westlake, Herriman and American Fork each finished the season with more than 10 wins, but failed to make the playoffs. The Silverwolves graduated five seniors last season, but the younger players saw significant playing time, gaining valuable experience. Shaylee Kartchner will return for her senior season. She was second on the team last season with 105 kills. Allie Gibson and Lexi Averett will also help to provide senior leadership to the team. The Silverwolves were scheduled to begin their season Aug. 25 at home against Clearfield (after press deadline). Their first region contest is scheduled for Sept. 8 at Herriman.

Right: Allie Gibson (#11) is expected to help provide senior leadership for the Silverwolves this season. Photo courtesy of dbaphotography.com

Left: The Silverwolves leader in assists last season with 210, Lexi Averett (#9), returns for her senior season. Photo courtesy of dbaphotography.com

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Riverton Native Wins Prestigious Medical Scholarship By Rhett Wilkinson

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olden Wagstaff, a Riverton native, is a recipient of the Dr. Jose Antonio Mijangos, Jr. Scholarship. The scholarship is available only to students entering top medical schools in the United States and covers half the cost of tuition for the four years of medical school. “I am humbled by the generosity of the Mijangos family and the example of the late Dr. Jose Antonio Mijangos,” said Wagstaff, a Southern Utah University graduate. “I am further humbled to be selected from many qualified, capable, and exemplary peers. I also feel incredibly grateful to all those in my life who helped me along my path. I have an exhaustive list that includes my wife, my parents, a host of teachers, various mentors, and friends who provided me with inspiration and guidance.” Recipients of this scholarship are chosen for their academic strength, passion for medicine, and a demonstration of a strong ethical and moral character. As a future physician, Wagstaff hopes to address healthcare disparities in his local community and impoverished communities in the United States. He plans to work with displaced Cambodians and use his medical training for the betterment of others. Wagstaff desires to become an empathetic and experienced physician, committed to lifelong learning, healing and research. During his time at SUU, Wagstaff was a biology major and member of the Rural Health

Scholars Program, which assists pre-health students to achieve their dreams of entering a medical graduate program. Wagstaff also served a mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Kingdom of Cambodia, which first piqued his interest in global medicine. Starting this fall, Wagstaff will be attending the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine in Rochester, New York to pursue his medical degree. When asked what it meant to him to receive such a prestigious scholarship, Wagstaff said he couldn’t speak to it because he feels “incredibly blessed.” “I feel to put too much focus on challenges would be bordering on ingratitude,” Wagstaff said. “All I can do is to reiterate how thankful I am for all the people who have been put in my path.” Mijangos was born in Mexico and became a surgeon in the United States, where he was heralded as having the second highest open heart surgery success rate in New York State. The Rural Health Scholars Program helps students to become successful applicants to medical, dental, pharmacy, and other graduate-level health professions programs. Student applications are strengthened through a regimen of classes, seminars, community service, job shadowing, research and advisement.


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Herriman Girl Converts Rugby Talent

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ugby opportunities abound for many female athletes around the United States. Just ask Herriman graduate Ashlee Byrge; she has been ascending to the pinnacle of rugby success. As a teenage soccer player, she was looking for something more competitive, something a little more rough and tumble, and she found rugby. “I watched my brother play rugby at Highland, and soccer was just not rough and tough enough for me. I decided to giverugby a try, and I was kind of good at it,” Byrge said. Byrge graduated from Herriman High School in 2014 and has gone on to play at Davenport University in Minnesota. Davenport is one of the top women’s rugby programs in the United States. She has also had a tryout with the United States Olympic team. She scored 176 points for the Panthers this past season, the second highest on the team. She also made 28 conversions. The Davenport women’s rugby team claimed its first ever national championship. They defeated Bloomsburg University by the score of 31-10 in the championship game. They finished the 2014-15 campaign with a 25-6 record overall. In a game against Illinois State last November, Byrge scored 54 points in a rousing

By Greg James 111-0 Davenport victory. Byrge is part of the main Olympic player pool. She could be added as an alternate for the Rio Olympic 2016 roster but feels her best chance is to participate in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. She also has a long resume of rugby playing experience. She is a two-time high school all-American and has been part of the U-21 National Team. One of the difficult things she found in playing rugby was not knowing where to turn next and what opportunities were available for her. She presented a plan to Herriman High School girls about what opportunities she has found, and she even offered to help anyone that needed advice. “No one ever told me where I could go or what to do. So I wanted to go back and talk to these girls about what was out there for them. I talked to them about what it takes to get into college and how to talk to a college coach. I also tried to tell them what schools have programs and what they offer, but most of all I tried to tell them all that if they needed help or had questions, I was available,” Byrge said. Penn State is widely known as one of the best college rugby programs in the country. They were ranked first by USA Rugby much

of the season. Many schools on the east coach offer varsity teams. At BYU and Utah,however, it is a club sport. “Commitment is what makes Ashlee a good rugby player. She has the willingness to do whatever the game and teammates demand at whatever the cost. I did not know right away that she would turn out to be one of the best players in the country, but her extraordinary level of commitment and dedication to become a great player was immediately apparent,”

Herriman girls head rugby coach Joe Hoff said. “She never missed a practice. She never did a drill half way. She was always thinking about the why of the drill and how she could be better. She was fearless in trying what she had been taught on the field.” Hoff told of how she mastered kicking conversions with just two practices because of the time she spent working on what she had been taught.

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September Will Be Critical Month for Silverwolves

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he Silverwolves football team has begun the adjustments that are necessary with a new coach and several new players in new positions. The 2015 season is full of opportunities for them to prove that they belong

By Greg James in the same breath as the top teams in the state. September will hold the answers to how the Silverwolves’ season will turn out. They play four playoff teams from last season. Their streaks of 10-straight playoff appearances will hinge on how they finish the month. Their last preseason game is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4 at Fremont. The two schools have several similarities; they have the same mascot, they play in tough regions and Freemont has only missed the playoffs three times in the school’s 22 year history. Fremont finished last season undefeated in Region 1. Riverton beat them in the state playoff quarter finals last season 17-14. The Silverwolves’ defense forced four turnovers and held Freemont to two first downs in the second half to preserve the victory. The Silverwolves will then open their Region 4 schedule play at Lehi. They have never lost to the Pioneers in five tries. Last season the final score was 32-13. Lehi is under the tutelage of second-year head coach Ed Larson. Last season they completely changed their offense. They return several offensive starters, but the Silverwolves’ defense held them in check last season, and plan to do it again. The Silverwolves broke last season’s game open

in the third quarter with three unanswered touchdowns. Lone Peak visits Riverton Sept. 18. The Knights will be looking to avenge its 46-21 loss last season on its home turf. Riverton has beaten Lone Peak for two straight seasons. The Knights were knocked out of the state playoffs last year in the first round by Hunter 43-20. The Silverwolves close out the month of September at Herriman on the 25th. The Mustangs and Silverwolves football games have developed into one of

the best rivalries in the state. Last season Gavin Slack kicked a field goal in the final seconds for a 31-28 victory. Senior linebacker Simeon Page has been deemed the leader of the Silverwolves defense. Page was named first team all-state last season. Kaden Wilson will step in at quarterback. They have only one returning starter in wide receiver Kalen Cook. The running game has always been an important part of the offense. Brenden Smith is slated to get the majority of the carries.


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orty years ago, Bingham High School moved from Copperton to South Jordan. Although the school is more than 100 years old, this fall will mark the 40th anniversary of the school’s South Jordan campus and the commemoration will be held this fall. Current and former students, staff, faculty and the community are invited to attend the event on Saturday, Sept. 12, which will kick off homecoming activities. The homecoming game will be Friday, Sept. 18 and the dance, which will conclude the week-long activities, is on Saturday, Sept. 19. “We are trying to make the 40 th anniversary celebration an activity that is inclusive of Bingham Miners of all ages and not just those who attended at the South Jordan building,” Bingham High Alumni Association president Scott Crump said. “This is an entire Bingham High School celebration and not just one for those who attended the South Jordan building during the last 40 years. So we are inviting Bingham Miners of all ages to come and celebrate with us that day.” Beginning at noon on Sept. 12, Miners and the community can attend an open house with club and school group reunions and receive tours of the school by current student leaders. Many of the clubs and groups will create tabletop displays, and some of the classes will showcase their memorabilia, said Bingham High Alumni Association member Amy Murray. “We’ve been encouraging participation of our alumni so our present students, family and community can appreciate the school’s beginnings in this community,” she said. At 6 p.m., a reception will be held in the library for everyone to recognize Bingham’s first 15 principals and meet Bingham’s current and former principals of the South Jordan

building,including Thomas Owen, James Shurtleff, Robert D. Day, Denny Simkins Carlisle, Raymond Jenson, Jolene Jolley, Thomas Hicks and Christen Richards-Khong. Light refreshments will be provided at the reception and food vendors will be available. A commemorative assembly will be held in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Entertainment from past and current Bingham Miners will be performed, and a historical DVD created by Crump will be shown. Plans also include singing the school song, “Bingham’s Sons and Daughters,” written by student Jack Smith in 1930, and the school hymn composed in 1953 by music teacher Lowell Hicks and English teacher Robert Knotts. Also in the works are a dance performance from the Minerettes and instrumental musical selections under the direction of Darin Graber, director of bands and percussion. Murray said that the student body officers will present former principals a commemorative pin marking Bingham High School’s 40 years in South Jordan, which will be available with other memorabilia for sale to those in attendance. The South Jordan campus is Bingham High’s fifth building. The school opened to 12 freshmen as a branch of Jordan High School in 1908 in Bingham City’s dance hall and opera house. Two years later, the Jordan school board voted to make Bingham High an independent high school. Then, in 1912, with the first graduating class of five students, the school moved into what is known as the first building, which served Bingham High students for 12 years. In 1925, the student body of 200 moved its home to the Bingham Central building before moving into the Copperton building in 1931 until 1975.

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Spotlight on: Western Gynecological and Obstetrical, Inc.

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procedures for permanent sterilization, urinary incontinence, and heavy painful menstrual cycles. “Offering these services in the office immensely reduces the out- of-pocket cost for patients,” explains Mindy. “Otherwise, [the patients] would have to have these same types of procedures performed in a hospital operating room, requiring general anesthesia and multiple additional costs.” Western OB/GYN understands the challenges of trying to fit appointments in during busy work hours, between carpools and swimming lessons and other errands. They offer same-day and next-day appointments, with evening appointments available once a week until 8 p.m. Western Obstetrical and Gynecological clinic is located at 3723 West 12600 South, Suite 350, inside the Riverton Hospital. Call 801-285-4800 to set up an appointment, or visit www.westerngynob.com to learn more.


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esert Star Playhouse, the theater that’s built a reputation for producing laugh out loud, family-friendly musical comedies, continues its 2015 season with a comedic take on all things nerdy in the pursuit of fulfilling a Home Teaching assignment in “Star Wards These Are Not the Elders You’re Looking For!” Elder Kirtland and Elder Young are just trying to get their home teaching done for the month. While visiting with Doc, the duo discovers he’s created a time machine to make genealogy easier. But when the elders start messing around with the family history helper, they get swept back to a time long ago and to a galaxy, far, far away! In trying to return to their own time, the elders intercept a distress call from Princess Alibama, who has been captured by the evil Dark Knight and Empress Saltine. Eager to be of service, the elders enlist the help of the beautiful but tough space farmer, Raygun, and Juan Cholo, a cool shoot-first-ask-questionslater smuggler. Will the eccentric group of heroes rescue the princess before she reveals the location of the rebel base? Will the elders make it back to their own time? Come find out with this crazy cast of iconic characters and their sidesplitting, galactic high jinx as Desert Star takes you through this spoof of the nerd-o-verse.

Written by Bryan Dayley and directed by Scott Holman, Star Wards runs from Aug. 27 to Nov. 7, 2015. The evening also includes Desert Star’s signature musical olios following the show. The highly anticipated Awe- some 80’s Olio, Part 2 will feature audience requested songs from radical days past with a unique and always hilarious, Desert Star twist! Desert Star audiences can enjoy gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, burgers, scrumptious desserts, and other finger foods as well as a full selection of soft drinks, smoothies and a large array of iced and hot steamers and coffees while they watch the show. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table.

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Marco’s Pizza

s the only national pizza chain founded by a native Italian, Marco’s has made its name in the growing $40 billion pizza industry by producing fresh, authentic, handmade artisan pizza. Italian food is famous for its quality and generous servings, and Marco’s prides itself on crafting every pizza in the tradition of the classic Italian cook by using ingredients that are fresh – never frozen.

“Pizza lovers in Riverton quickly find out that we’re substantially different than your typical pizza chain,” said Tharson Goh, owner of Marco’s Pizza in Riverton. The Marco’s Pizza in Riverton is owned and operated locally by Tharson and Caroline Goh, who live in Riverton with their three kids, Aaron, Clarissa, and Evann. The Goh family came to the Salt Lake Valley 15 years ago,

transferring from a job in Singapore. Tharson worked as an engineer for a long time, and had just finished his MBA when he thought about starting a business. “I was attracted to the Marco’s brand because it was founded on Italian freshness and quality standards, making it stand out from all other well-known brands,” explains Tharson. “All ingredients are genuinely fresh and truly crave-able. I’m proud to open a Marco’s Pizza and offer such a quality product to the people of Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, and the South Jordan area.” Evann was born about the same time Tharson and Caroline opened Marco’s Pizza in November of last year. Their goal is to make their customers happy by providing them with great products and exceptional service. “It feels good when people are happy after having our products and service,” says Tharson. “But it is not just about doing business, but how we can help others in the community from what we do.” The Goh family was deeply impacted when their son was young and had a severe ear infection. Their family doctor was able to save Aaron from going deaf, and speech therapy has helped him with his speech. “We are grateful for everything that has happened to us, and how the community helped us

[when we needed it the most].” Because of this experience, it is very important to the Goh family to give back. Some of the ways they do that is by providing free field trips to their store for school kids and helping with school fundraisers. They also offer sizable discounts for police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) for the service they give to the community. The menu at Marco’s features a mix of classic artisan pizzas and innovative specialty pizzas like the White Cheezy, an awardwinning pie boasting four types of cheese, including feta, bacon, onions, sliced tomatoes, and a garlic butter sauce. Along with pizza, Marco’s also offers a variety of salads, with croutons made daily, and wholesome subs on rustic wheat or Italian white bread. The bread is hearth-baked for authentic European flavor. There are several spectacular creations to order on the side, like the Meatball Bake, Chicken Dippers, and Cheezy Bread, and even a few sweet treats to end your meal. With carryout, delivery, dine-in and online ordering services, Marco’s offers the convenience of picking up a quick meal, or the enjoyment of sitting down at a genuine, family-style restaurant. Visit Marco’s Pizza at 2572 West 12600 South in Riverton, or call 801-676-9090 to order your next great meal.

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Look Who’s Turning 90!

The family of Catherine Siddoway Crowton will be surprising her with a 90th birthday celebration!  The location is at the LDS Riverton Stake Center, 13400 South 1855 West in Riverton, Utah. On Saturday, September 12 there is an open house from 5-7 p.m.  

Catherine was born September 2, 1925 to Francis Armstrong Siddoway and Ellen Page Young Siddoway in Vernal, Utah. Catherine was the only girl and youngest to three older brothers. She has called Riverton her home for over 50 years.  She has four children, 22 grandchildren, 45 ½ great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  Catherine recently retired three years ago from delivering flowers at Berrett’s Blossoms.  Before that Catherine worked at Webster’s Coal and Lumber for 25 years as their bookkeeper.  She enjoys reading, crocheting, traveling, boating, fishing, and being a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.  But her favorite thing to do is spend time with friends and family. 


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Three Ways to Save Money on Dinner and a Movie By Joani Taylor

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t’s Friday: the office is restless, and your friend in the cubicle next to you has been talking endlessly about their plans for the weekend. You can’t help but feel a little envy. It’s been ages since the two of you have had a real date; maybe you could go this weekend. Alas, you are snapped back into reality. Your wallet is thin, the water heater went out last month and you need to come up with the cash for the kids’ soccer uniforms. It looks like it’s another weekend of cleaning toilets and catching up on laundry and yard work. Spending quality time as a couple can become difficult and seem like an unnecessary expense as life becomes hectic with kids. However, couples that spend time focusing on one another can improve their relationship, resolve communication issues and increase intimacy. It also provides the kids with a good blueprint by showing them the importance of investing time in a relationship. There are hundreds of creative date night ideas on Utah-based website DatingDivas.com that can inspire a fun idea for a night out. But, what if

you just want a good ole’ fashioned dinner and movie? Here are three money saving ideas you might not have thought of: #1 - Shopkick: Shopkick is a mobile app that awards users points for walking into stores and performing various other actions. There are many stores that participate, like JC Penney, Best Buy, Macy’s and even home improvement stores and warehouse clubs. Often the stores are all in a single mall or shopping center, making it easy to walk from store to store. Simply download the app and walk in the door of the participating stores. After doing so, you’ll be awarded points called “kicks”. The kicks add up and convert to free gift cards for places such as Target, Lowes and even Fandango and The Cheesecake Factory. Did someone say free Cheesecake Factory and a movie?

Users typically get $5 for every 1250 kicks, and they add up fast. Plus, as a sweet little bonus, Friday happens to be “bonus kicks day,” where you get 100 kicks for walk-ins, as opposed to 35-50 on other days of the week. Some stores give even more points for scanning specific items in the store. Hubby and I can often be found on Shopkick dates and routinely bump into others doing the same. Make sure you both have the app to double your bonus. More info at Shopkick.com. #2 - Tuesday Date Night: Plan your date on Tuesday. Okay, it may seem a little out of the ordinary, but there’s a reason. On Tuesdays, Megaplex Theatres offers $5 movies. Plus, many restaurants with email clubs run special bargains for their subscribers during the week. Mimi’s, for example, is well

known for sending out” buy 1 meal get 1 free” coupons to email subscribers during the week. As a bonus, many of these also send out additional freebie meals for your birthday. Visit Coupons4Utah.com/emailrestaurant for a huge list of restaurants with email rewards. #3 - Dinner and Movie at Home: Who said dinner and a movie has to be on the go? How about getting your little monkeys to bed first and having dinner and a movie at home. Make it fun by cooking together. Later, put out a picnic blanket or snuggle on the couch with your dollar store, theater-style popcorn cups. While you’re there, pick up theater candy for $1, too. You’ll also want to make sure you have joined Redbox’s text club. They often send text club members codes for free movies. You can subscribe by texting MOVIENIGHT to 727272 and then replying with “Y” to confirm. Now the only obstacle is agreeing on what to watch!

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very summer vacation I ever had ended with the terrifying fear of going back to school. There’s even a name for that fear: didaskaleinophobia--because nothing describes the fear of school so aptly as a word you will never be able to pronounce or spell. My fears in elementary school included being in a class without my best friend, finding out I wasn’t smart, having a mean teacher and being forced to eat everything on my lunch tray. (The fear of school lunch is a whole different topic.) Boys were also a great fear. They were unpredictable, incomprehensible, disgusting show-offs—and that was on a good day. I continue to be afraid of earthworms after a stupid boy in first grade threw a handful down my shirt. I screamed for 23 minutes straight. As I got older, my fears increased exponentially. Entering junior high was akin to walking into the Roman Colosseum to face a hungry lion. A lion who had better hair than I did. And no pimples. Seventh grade was the year of deodorant, showering at school, Clearasil and the ever mysterious feminine hygiene products no one talked about. The anxiety of reeking with body odor sent me into a Love’s Baby Soft addiction.

Fear Even now, that scent reminds me of junior high locker rooms. Getting lost at school was a huge worry, as was finding and opening my locker. I would often scamper from class to class with my head down, clutching six textbooks across my chest because I couldn’t find my locker. Increasing my fear of lockers, one afternoon my boyfriend was standing next to me with his arm casually draped over my open locker (it looked so cool). Then I slammed the door, accidentally cutting off the top of

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his finger. If you think it’s hard remembering a locker combination, try opening your locker when the boy you’re trying to impress is screaming and crying with his finger stuck in the door. He broke up with me soon after that. Then there’s the primordial fear of not being cool. I’d be in the hall when a group of older, popular kids walked by (for some reason, in slow motion). The girls laughed and casually tossed their spiral-permed tresses over their shoulders. To a seventh grader, the mature

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age of 15 was the epitome of awesomeness. I stared dumbstruck, my mouth agape, displaying my un-cool braces and wearing my first pair of Levi’s 501 button-fly jeans that my mom bought only after I convinced her I would NOT wear homemade clothes to junior high. In one of the most misguided rebranding campaigns of all time, I decided junior high would be a great time to change my image. I tried swearing for the first time. It was cool. I was determined to reinvent myself as a rebel who drank Coke and said “damn.” For a 12-year-old Utah girl, that’s akin to being a homeless wino who juggles bunnies on a street corner. But what scared me more than anything were the people who kept telling me that my school years would be the best time of my life. It was paralyzing to think that avoiding bullies, flunking geometry, dealing with no self-esteem and eating Funyuns and Coke for lunch everyday would be the highlight of my time on this earth. They were so wrong. There’s not enough money in the world to convince me to relive that hellish experience. For all you students facing these fears this year, trust me, it gets so much better.

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South Vally City Journal September 2015  

Volume 25 Issue 09

South Vally City Journal September 2015  

Volume 25 Issue 09