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A High Density Dilemma for Riverton City By Briana Kelley

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iverton residents once again attended a packed Riverton City Council meeting on Sept. 22 to voice their concerns about rezoning land for high-density housing. The land in debate is located at the northwest corner of 1300 West and 12600 South in Riverton. The zoning ordinance, which has failed twice before due to resident concerns, passed in a controversial 3-2 vote.

“I’m a little disappointed,” resident Daniel Strange said. “I’m disappointed that the same proposal keeps coming back. Despite people saying ‘No, please don’t,’ it keeps coming up.” Residents were concerned mainly by the density of the housing and the effects it will have on traffic and property values in the surrounding area. Residents along the

property line are also concerned that the height of future buildings will negatively affect the privacy of their yards and homes. One resident directly addressed the council during the public hearing and drew applause from the audience, causing Mayor Bill Applegarth to call the meeting back to order. The applicant, Matt LePire from Keystone Construction, was then invited to explain minor changes in the proposal. LePire eliminated many two-story units and added ramblers. The plan also scaled back the number of units per acre. Mark Howe, the broker for the property, voiced his surprise at these changes. “This is a very unique opportunity,” Howe said. “I am taken

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aback that Keystone went down to one story. This is the first time I have seen that and I don’t want this opportunity to go by.” The 8.8 acres of land were previously zoned in separate parcels; some areas were zoned residential and others were zoned commercial. The council and the mayor told residents that the issue was being revisited due to a threat of commercial being put there. “I have been surprised by how negative commercial can be,” Applegarth said. “All I’m saying is, what you have [zoned] right now, the city has no control if commercial wanted to come in.” Councilmember Tricia Tingey called a five-minute recess before holding a vote to talk to residents. The final proposal split the property into two areas; Area A, closest to the residents, limited the density to 9 units per acre and required ramblers as end units. Area B was limited to 14 units per acre. Both had the standard setback and height requirements of 25 feet. Councilmembers Sheldon Stewart, Trent Staggs and Brent Johnson voted aye. Councilmembers Tricia Tingey and Paul Wayman voted nay. Tingey’s proposal

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to have all ramblers along the outside perimeters per residents’ request was voted down. “I’ve been trying to find the best case scenario for this area,” Staggs said. “Having this conversation since May, I believe this is a good compromise.” Residents spoke with LePire after the vote and set up future neighborhood meetings with the construction company. Many hope that the rambler proposition will still be considered. Not all residents were pleased by the events at the council meeting. “When I spoke at the council meeting, I wasn’t necessarily speaking about the issue itself,” resident Matt Symes said. “I was directing my comments towards the council and the process that occurs behind closed doors that allows them to bring back something a third time when it was voted down before. When they decided to bring it back the third time, what had changed? Nothing in the proposal had changed. I felt patronized speaking to a council that had already made up its mind. I don’t think the residents got their fair share.” l

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Lawsuit Filed Against Herriman City By Rachel Hall

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erriman City and members of the city’s planning commission have been named in a lawsuit filed by Attorney Ted McBride on behalf of his clients Clyde Kenison, Mike DeMie and Renew Wellness & Recovery. McBride’s clients are seeking a variance to a zoning law from Herriman’s planning commission in order to open a residential treatment facility – a request that was recently denied; resulting in the lawsuit based off of The Fair Housing Act under the federal statute of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits housing discrimination for reasons such as race, religion, sex and disability. “The dispute is really over a request for a variance to that zoning requirement. My clients are interested in opening up a residential treatment, drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, for women.” McBride said. “People would be living there as well as getting therapeutic treatment – because it involves living there, the Fair Housing Act is actually implicated. And under the Fair Housing Act, recovering addicts are considered disabled people.” Opposition from community members has been evident in public meetings since the process to open the facility began earlier

this year. DeMie attended council meetings to provide additional information as well as respond to questions and concerns from residents and city staff about the proposed facility. “We went down to the planning commission with this [variance] request. There was quite a bit of public input; residents voicing an objection to the application, voicing their concern about having a rehab in their neighborhood,” McBride said. “I think that the opposition to it is fueled by incorrect stereotyping of people in recovery and how these houses operate. It’s a women’s facility. It’s only for people who are there voluntarily. Residents are people that have problems and are voluntarily seeking help.” Herriman City Mayor Carmen Freeman noted that the city is aware of the federal statute, but local ordinances still have a precedent when it comes to making local decisions, such as a zoning variance. “The municipalities that have these facilities within their boundaries also have the right to enact their city ordinances such as occupancy, parking, and other issues relative to the city and they [McBride’s clients] need to comply with those. Federal statute doesn’t

give them an absolutely freewill to do anything they want to do,” Freeman said. Freeman acknowledged that the treatment facility has the right to open within the city, but indicated city obligations also need to be met. “We’ve asked them to provide certain information. They have not done so. That’s why the denial is in place. It’s that simple. We are more than willing to comply with their request provided they comply with information we’ve asked for them to provide to us,” Freeman said. “I’m at a loss at what he’s referring to – the regulations and requirements,” McBride said. Damages valued at approximately $60,000 to $100,000 a month are being sought in the lawsuit, according to McBride. “We have three purposes for the lawsuit. The first is to basically get an order directing the planning commission to provide reasonable accommodations and allow us to operate the home. That is the principle basis of the lawsuit. The lawsuit also has a claim for lost profits that will grow as every month passes. We are also seeking reimbursement of attorney’s fees,” McBride said. Freeman indicated that McBride’s clients have never approached the city to speak with

the city attorney or ask how the issue can be resolved out of the court system. “There has been no phone call or any offer to reach out to our city attorney to say, ‘What can we do so that we don’t have to file a lawsuit or how do we get this thing settled?’ All they have to do is reach out to our city attorney and say, ‘Hey, what do we need to do?’ and we will get [them] the information,” Freeman said. The mounting cost of the lawsuit, which will continue to grow for as long as it takes to reach a resolution on the issue, is not the primary focus for Herriman City. “We’re not going to be forced into issues based on financial obligations. We are going to stand firm in defending or city and our citizens based on the requirements we require of everyone,” Freeman said. McBride said that Herriman City is not only permitting violations of laws that are in place for the protection of disabled people, but also should be willing to help individuals seeking to help themselves. “Addiction is a societal problem and it’s in everyone’s interest that people that want help and seek recovery have a place and an opportunity to do it,” McBride said.

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Local Volunteer Recognized for Efforts at School

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t is often said, it takes a village to raise a child. The same can be said for educating a child. It takes great teachers, a dedicated administration and some willing volunteers. Mom and dedicated volunteer, Stephanie Johnson from Elk Meadows Elementary School, was recently recognized for her contributions to the school. Fifth-grade teacher Sandy King nominated her for the “Bammy Award,” a national award given by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International to people who collaborate and contribute in an effort to educate children. Johnson was one of the top five. “On any day of the week, at any hour, she can be found helping teachers and students. She is highly involved in the PTA and is a true advocate for children, teachers, and education. As her son’s teacher this year, I’ve appreciated her consistent help and time each week in my classroom after helping another teacher in a sibling’s classroom. Stephanie is skilled, dependable and enthusiastic about working

By Aimee L. Cook with kids. She organizes parents for many events and is a community leader and representative. She gave parents a voice in front of the school board and other district leaders when school boundary changes were proposed. Stephanie is a forward,

thinker doing everything in her power to provide the best education for children,” King said about Johnson. Schools depend on the help of volunteers for many things. From organizing Box Tops, to chaperoning, the

Volunteer Stephanie Johnson recently received national recognition from the Academy of Education Arts and Science International.

volunteers fill in the gaps where needed. “Elk Meadows Elementary has a plethora of volunteers that help support our school on a daily basis,” Elk Meadows Elementary principal Aaron Ichimura said. “In all classrooms parent volunteers are evident and you see them working with teachers, and it is obvious they enjoy what they are doing to support our great teachers. Many of our activities cannot happen without the support of parent volunteers. We have a great PTA that helps enlist parents for volunteer help; they are all a part of the culture of what makes our school work.” Johnson, who has three children at Elk Meadows Elementary, was thrilled to be recognized by the school and the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International for her efforts, although she was rather shy talking about it. “I don’t volunteer to get recognized, I do it to help the teachers and for my children to know how important school is,” Johnson said. “If they see me at school l they realize it’s important.”


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Hold On To Dear Life Celebrates 25 Years

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ince its inception in 1990, the Hold On To Dear Life campaign created by Primary Children’s Hospital has changed the way we buckle up our children. From the catchy jingle playing in your head

By Aimee L. Cook to the countless advertisements you have seen on television, the child injury prevention program has contributed to saving thousands of lives. “Each birthday and each life is

Photos from Kathy Chambers in a 1997 car accident. The other person involved in the accident was not wearing a seat belt and did not survive.

precious,” Janet Brooks, child advocacy manager at Primary Children’s, said in a press release. “As we celebrate how the Hold On To Dear Life® campaign has dramatically affected so many children and families, we express appreciation for the support of each company, organization and individual family that have helped us make a difference in keeping kids safe.” Kathy Chambers, a retired health educator, shared her story of a car crash in 1997 at the celebratory event held on Sept. 28. Chambers shared how her life was saved because she was strapped in a seat belt; sadly the 18-year-old man driving the other car who died was not wearing a seat belt and was killed after being ejected during the crash. “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about that young man—what he could have become, the family he might have had, the life that he won’t have,” Chambers said. “Many people say wearing a seatbelt is a personal choice. They don’t realize that not wearing one could affect not only your life in an accident, but the

other driver or your family.” In 1990 less than 25 percent of all vehicle passengers were secured in car seats or wore seat belts. Today, seat belt use in Utah is 87.2 percent. Due to the efforts of other safety organizations and the Hold On To Dear Life initiative, state laws are now in place requiring children to be secured with seat restraints while in vehicles. In addition to creating awareness about seat restraints, the program has expanded to child abuse prevention, car seat safety, gun safety and drowning prevention, ATV safety, Spot the Tot back over prevention, pedestrian safety, window fall prevention and never leave a child alone in a car. “Success has been demonstrated time and again as a parent has notified us of a ‘save’ of their child’s life because of the help they received putting their car seat in, or because they were taught to walk around the vehicle before backing out,” Brooks said. l

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Herriman High Student Reaches Across Globe, Proving Her Voice Matters By Aimee L. Cook

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erriman High School’s social studies teacher Ryan White asked his students if they felt their voice mattered. When only 20 percent of them raised their hands, he was alarmed and determined to help them feel otherwise. “I started the ‘Voice Crusade’ last year with my classes,” White said. “I had my students reach out to world political leaders they wanted to hear from, and we have received a volley of responses. One in particular is Secretary Johnson himself,

is speaking to my government classes via Adobe Connect on Oct. 23 in the auditorium here at Herriman High.” Representative Mia Love visited the school in March after another student wrote to her. Senior Amelia White wrote to the prime minister of England and received a letter in response. “I wrote the letter to the prime minister because my government teacher asked us to contact people to speak with us about politics because ‘they work for us as a people’,” Amelia

said. “So I thought it would be interesting to try and get Prime Minister David Cameron to Skype with us about English politics, but I wasn’t really expecting to get a response, so I was surprised when I got one.” Although the response was not directly from the prime minster himself and the letter stated that he was too busy to talk with her, it was still exciting to reach across the world and receive acknowledgment. “What we do in Mr. White’s government class

is very proactive and gives us the chance to reach out and use our voice to political leaders we would like to speak to,” Megan Flint, senior and media assistant, said. “Because of that, we have been able to speak and arrange meetings with Mia Love, Mitt Romney and Secretary Johnson. All it took was a little effort: finding emails, contact addresses and taking a little action. This is a very exciting time for Herriman High students as we continue to get involved and again, use our voice.

Herriman High School senior, Amelia White received a pleasant surprise when she wrote to the Prime Minister of England for a social studies assignment.

Riverton Senior Center Helps to Enrich Lives

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any people wonder what senior centers are all about. Some think they are a place where seniors live. And some seniors have the notion that they are a place where only “old people” go. These are both misconceptions. Senior centers are the choice for those looking to enrich their lives by participating in fun, health-centered, educational classes and events, with an added benefit of meeting new friends and socialization. Volunteers are an important part of each center and help to keep things running smoothly. The Riverton Senior Center is located at 12914 South Redwood Road and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center offers coffee and toast each morning for breakfast and a choice of two different meals, which are available at lunch. Lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a suggested donation of $3 for age 60 and over

By Sherry Cowdell and $7 for those under the age of 60. There are several activities to participate in, including the following: enhanced fitness exercise class, Zumba Gold, low impact exercise class, ‘Strengthen You’ class, chair chi, chair massage, yoga, easy line dancing, crochet, crafts with Cyndi, movies on Monday, English as a second language, beginning computer class, ceramics, Wii bowling, pottery, bingo, Texas Hold’em, bridge, dominos, billiards, poker, Rumicube, canasta and much more. The center also schedules special events throughout the month that include free health screenings such as vision, memory, blood pressure and glucose checks. There are also monthly appointments available for a podiatrist that comes to the center to clip toenails, and an attorney who provides free legal consultations and a barber who provides haircuts for men and women. Please sign up in advance.

Our members enjoy bus trips to Wendover and other special outings throughout the year. Fri. Oct. 23, there is a trip scheduled to the Conservation Gardens to see the changing fall colors. Upcoming events at the center include a special Veterans Day program on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and will include a bag pipe ceremony with the release of balloons in honor of the brave men and women who served our country. Riverton Senior Center’s annual Thanksgiving Day luncheon will be held Nov. 20 with entertainment beginning at 11 a.m., starring Anke & Friends. Please call to make a reservation. The Riverton Senior Center has a state-of-the-art exercise room where members can come to use exercise equipment, including Nu Step recumbent cross trainers and a Paramount body pulley station. There is also a billiards room and a pottery room with two kilns where members can make, fire and

paint their own projects. Participants need only be age 60 to join. There is no charge for membership or for participating in the classes. To become a member, stop by the front desk and fill out an application form. We have friendly volunteers that are helpful and happy to assist you through the process. Whatever you may be looking for, chances are good you will find it here at the Riverton Senior Center. You may access the center newsletter by going online to slco.org/aging-adult-services/ senior-centers and scroll down to Riverton Senior Center and clicking on the newsletter icon. You may also drop by the center to pick one up. For more information call 385-4683040. l

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2016 Budget Prioritizes Public Safety, Criminal Justice Reform By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams

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alt Lake County’s 1.1 million residents deserve a county government that steps up to the plate and confronts a serious criminal justice challenge. That’s what I’ve tried to do with my 2016 proposed budget. It is structurally balanced with existing revenues and it supports my belief in taking on tough issues and solving problems. This year, I have prioritized the county’s core responsibility – public safety. We have a lot going for us. As a thriving metropolitan area, Salt Lake County is leading the way forward on economic growth and jobs, low taxes, cleaner air and quality education. I share the positive view most residents have that Salt Lake County is a great place to raise a family, start a business and give something back to the community. However, we do face some challenges. This year, due in part to the legislature’s passage of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, sentencing for some drug crimes and other non-violent offenses will require jail time, rather than prison. That change took effect

Oct. 1. I support the reforms to our criminal justice system, but in the short term, this adds to the jail overcrowding without providing sufficient funding for much-needed jail diversion programs that provide sentencing alternatives, dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. Also, without a Utah plan for Medicaid expansion, this amounts to an unfunded mandate on the counties. Instead of just throwing up our hands, we’ve come up with a plan. Fully three fourths of the county’s general fund is taken up by the county’s criminal justice and human services investments. The jail and the District Attorney’s office are both experiencing a double digit increase in jail bookings and new criminal cases screened by law enforcement and that trajectory is continuing. We must pay for those immediate needs and at the same time, look for new ways to address the major causes of recidivism that just add to the problem. My budget proposes that we continue a jail levy—passed by taxpayers in 1995 to build a new jail—and re-dedicate the approximately

$9.4 million annually to deal with increased crime while trying to stem the tide in the future. A portion of the money would be used to build a Community Corrections Center. This secure treatment facility is a sentencing alternative to the jail. It would include space for intake efforts, behavioral health services, job counseling and other programs, within a secure environment. This will free up the “hard beds” for criminals who need to be kept away from society. I’m convinced we can limit the number of new beds needed in the future, by funding some innovative programs that follow data and evidence to lower the recidivism rate, and prevent homeless individuals and those with mental illness and substance abuse issues from crowding the jail. Of 8,700 inmates released in 2011, nearly two-thirds were back in the jail within three years. In other words, they’re out just long enough to get into legal trouble again. It’s a repeating loop that serves no one—not the victims of crime, not the police, not the prosecutors and not those cycling in and out

of the system, or their families. How will we measure success? We’ll know we’ve succeeded when 1) we’ve put the criminals behind bars, 2) the homeless in housing, 3) substance abusers in treatment, and 4) children in school, through high school graduation. You can read more about my budget at www.slco.org/mayor. Thank you for giving me the privilege of representing you as Salt Lake County mayor. l

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Smith’s Supports South Valley Services with Donations

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ometimes people need help. That is why Smith’s in West Jordan does what it can to give back to the community through various donations and outreach initiatives. South Valley Services (SVS), an organization providing support for women, children and men who are victims of domestic violence, recently received dozens of boxes of hygiene products from Smith’s as an initial donation and start of a partnership aimed at providing for those in need. “As a non-profit organization we rely heavily on in-kind donations to meet the needs of the population we serve. Whether it is food, clothing, bedding, leisurely materials or hygienic needs, our contributors make an

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immeasurable difference in the lives of those who are in critical need. These generous acts of kindness, whether they are sacrifices of time or material things, have touched all of us here at SVS,” Cari Bobo, the donations and volunteer coordinator at SVS, said. Scott Griffiths, the grocery manager at the Smith’s located at 4080 West 9000 South, said the store is excited to be able to give back to the community and looks forward to being a partner with SVS and other organizations well into the future. “We come across this all the time, but we don’t know the avenues to help the community,” Griffiths said. The donation of bodywash, panty liners

Smith’s donated close to $3,000 in hygiene products to South Valley Services.

and tampons, valued at close to $3,000, were items that the store was unsure of what to do with until a local resident mentioned the needs of SVS. “It’s harder to see the local needs,” Griffiths said. “We have the backing of our company to go out and try to make a difference with people. Anyone with a need or a suggestion for giving back can bring the idea [to the store].” The same Smith’s location will host an animal shelter fundraiser in November, and recently donated beverages for a gala benefiting the Rape Recovery Center. “[Giving back] really connects with the customers. You’ll find there is a lot of people willing to help,” Griffiths said. South Valley Services shares the same vision when it comes to serving the community. The 90-day transitional shelter provides services to about 200 people at the shelter and 250 people in the community each year, according to Bobo. “The donation that was provided by Smith’s has made a marked improvement on the needs we face every day here at SVS,” Bobo said. Donations of items such as pillows, twin sheets and women’s underwear are a few of the current needs for the organization, which has a variety of ways for members of the community

to become involved. “We have several ways to get involved, both direct and non-direct client services. Donating items from our Urgent Needs List. Following us on Facebook and Twitter. Doing a drive for needed items. Special occasion activities; dinners and holidays. Special projects to improve the shelter. Working with children in our Children’s Learning Center. Answering hotline calls. Some volunteering opportunities come with mandatory training,” Bobo said. The services of SVS are not limited to the residents of the shelter. The organization also has outreach centers located at Community Resource Centers in West Jordan City Hall and Riverton City Hall, where walk-ins are always welcome. A weekly healthy relationships class, designed to help empower people to build healthy relationships, is taught in English and Spanish at the Community Resource Centers. SVS also provides community presentations to individuals, groups, companies, churches, schools, classrooms and at any other function or location that is looking to learn more about domestic violence and services provided by the organization. For more information, visit www.svsutah. org. Anyone who needs help can also reach SVS on their hotline number 801-255-1095.

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Riverton Ready to Widen Redwood Road By Briana Kelley

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t Riverton’s Sept. 22 council meeting, Mayor Bill Applegarth gave an update on Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) plans to widen Redwood Road in Riverton. He informed residents that the city had rejected UDOT’s $22 million two-stage proposal and instead asked the department to spend more to complete widening in one stage. UDOT’s current proposal is to widen

Redwood Road south of 12600 South in Riverton will be widened in the near future, though how soon is hard to say. Photo courtesy of Briana Kelley

Redwood Road south of 12600 South to Bangerter at a smaller width than the current road north and south. UDOT would then widen it further in eight or 10 years to match the existing width of the road north and south. Applegarth and city staff had several concerns with this two-stage proposal. “The concern I had was actually several,” Applegarth said. “We have people that have been under the gun and that have lived on Redwood for 15 to 20 years. UDOT keeps saying they’re going to come and so forth, and so homeowners don’t know whether to fix the roof or do this repair or that repair and it has kept them in limbo. I also don’t think it’s fair to pay damages and bring a sidewalk 15 feet from your front porch.” In UDOT’s current plan, the department would use land on both the east and west sides of the road to avoid purchasing homes. Instead, they would pay damages to those who own property in the area. Widening the road in two stages would also mean moving utilities twice, which is costly and, in the eyes of Applegarth, unacceptable. The price to complete a single larger

widening project is $36 million. Applegarth and city staff are currently in conversation with UDOT’s Region II director and his staff as the latter looks for the $14 million extra it would cost to carry out this project. Applegarth feels fairly confident that they will be able to find the funds to do so. “I’ve been on Wasatch Front Regional Committee for 10 years and I’m now the chair of Trans Com and I’ve seen UDOT do this before,” Applegarth said. What’s more, he does not feel it is fair to Riverton’s residents to do anything else. As for actual construction, it can begin as soon as UDOT decides on the future road width. “I’m hoping and feel fairly confident that everything, even with the wider road, can be finished somewhere in 2018 and for me it’s worth the wait for the benefit to our citizens. I know that for those living on the east and west side of Redwood Road, it’s terrible for you now, but I’d like to see it done right,” Applegarth said. l

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Riverton Mother Strives to Bring Paraplegic Daughter Home

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ambi Sorensen is a Riverton resident, a nurse and a mother who lives with her severely handicapped son. In July, her 25-year-old daughter was in a serious rollover car accident and is now a paraplegic. Sorensen wishes to bring her daughter home to help her live a productive life. Doing so requires her to renovate her garage into a bedroom, a project that requires city approval and revenue that she does not have. “It is my duty as a mother to bring her home so that she may live a productive life with her 6-year-old son. I have been told her life is over, I have been told her life is ruined. That’s not the case. I am a nurse. I will do what I have to for my children,” Sorensen said with tears in her eyes. Sorensen attended Riverton’s city council meeting on Sept. 22 to encourage the approval of her Reasonable Accommodation Request. “I downsized when I moved to Riverton but now I need to bring her home. I am asking to be able to renovate my garage so that I may have a room for my daughter and for my grandson so that they may be able to live and I can be there to assist them, as

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well as my handicapped son,” Sorensen said. The council unanimously approved her request. “I know Bambi, I’ve known her four years or so and I’ve always found her very upright. I think this is going to work out well and I just want to say that I really support this. I think this is great,” Councilmember Paul Wayman said. Sorensen now needs to find the funds to make the necessary renovations. She approached one nonprofit organization but they recently told her that, though they have people willing to donate their time and skills, they do not have the $20,000 necessary for materials to complete the project. Sorensen has also opened a donation account at Wells Fargo under Keysha Jones. Sorensen says she will do what she can to raise money for the renovation. “Now I’m just scared that she’s going to come to my house and not have anything. I’ve been told to put her in a home, I’ve been told to put her in the living room. It’s just hard. My grandson needs his mom and my daughter needs her little boy. As hard as it is, I don’t have a choice in the

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Riverton Updates Website for Better Communication

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By Briana Kelley

iverton City is increasing its effort to communicate with residents, and residents are taking note. Riverton council meetings began streaming live online for residents who cannot attend in person. Past meeting recordings and agendas are now accessible on Riverton City’s website. Lastly, the city is redesigning the website, which is set to launch in January. Angela Trammell, Riverton City’s public information officer (PIO), recently gave an update on the city’s new website design at the Oct. 6 council meeting. She informed the council and residents that the design has completed two of the nine development phases and is hopeful of a January launch. “This is a really exciting thing for our city. There was a great effort for the old website, but as resident needs and online information change, so should the website. It was necessary to catch up with technology and take a look at the website. Some of the functions that make it easier to see and to function are not there. It’s not as personal to Riverton as it could be,” Trammell said. These functions include online applications and payments, live streaming links to meetings, and pictures of what is currently

happening in the community. Trammell hopes the website will be the main source of information for residents, businesses and visitors. All other social media outlets will build from the website. Another goal for the new website is to remove outdated and irrelevant information. “We want to clean out a lot of that and make sure that the site is current and correct,” Trammell said. The city began looking for a company to design and host the new website when the budget was approved last June. The city budgeted $29,000 for this project. Revize, the company chosen to create the website, will continue to host the website after its design completion. Currently the city does not have a server capable to host the website. However, all workings and updates will come straight from the city, according to Trammell. “It’s going to be a great aspect of the city. We’re excited about what will result. We hope citizens will take advantage of taking a part in this communication process. We hope they will continue to come to us and give us feedback,” Trammell said. l

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This Year’s ‘What’s Up in Riverton’ Celebrates Community By Briana Kelley

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undreds of residents and businesses turned out for Riverton City’s “What’s Up in Riverton-A Celebration of Community” on Saturday, Sept. 19. Riverton City Park was lined with local businesses and city departments offering free items and information. Families

and individuals enjoyed the beautiful weather and the free hot dogs, snow cones and takehome items as they visited the various booths.

“It’s great to see what businesses the city has to offer because there are so many new ones. To see where they’re at,

Many booths had free activities and treats for Riverton residents at Riverton’s “Celebration of Community” event. Photo courtesy of ©Riverton City Communications 2015

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what they offer, what they have and, you know, get the kids involved. It’s a nice day to be at the park,” Riverton resident Kelene Rowley said, as kids played in the nearby bounce houses. Other kids sang with a local theater group nearby, and children and adults filled their bags with free knickknacks and coupons. “I’m interested to see what we have because we’re growing. We’re getting a lot bigger and more diverse. It’s good to see all of the different services available now, where we can stay in Riverton rather than having to go to outlying communities and keep our business in Riverton where we live,” Rowley added. The city sponsors this annual event so that residents can get to know local businesses. Riverton City also had booths set up to answer residents’ questions and concerns, from city sports to future road projects. Mayor Bill Applegarth had a booth to talk about questions surrounding the Redwood Road widening project and the active transportation study currently going on. Miss Riverton ran a city jeopardy game. Local businesses, both new and old, were also grateful to be involved in

the event. West Foulger, who works for newly-opened Larkin Mortuary, heard about the event through the South Valley Chamber. “It’s a great event just to get to know other businesses and the people of the community, and it’s been a lot of fun— very well-attended and the weather’s been beautiful. It’s been a blast,” Foulger said. Foulger added that he enjoys the free stuff and likes having such an event nearby that features local businesses. Oscar Jimenez works for Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic, which has been in Riverton for four years. His booth gave out ice cream. “It’s very important for the community to know that there’s local businesses, like our dog facility, that is able to help them with problems with their dogs. And it’s a beautiful thing to be able to know that a lot of people who are going to be coming to our facility are people that live here in our community,” Jimenez said. As Jeanne Applegarth listened to her husband speak with residents, she summed up her thoughts. “I just think this event is awesome. It tells the people of Riverton what’s out here and what we’ve got.”l


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Mayor Clarifies When, If Ever, TRAX will be Built in Riverton By Briana Kelley

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iverton residents want to know if or when a new TRAX line will be built along 12600 South in Riverton. Others are concerned about how much money has been

spent or will be spent for this project. Mayor Bill Applegarth addressed these concerns at the city’s recent event “What’s Up in Riverton” and at the Sept. 22 city council meeting.

Mayor Bill Applegarth updates residents on UTA plans for a future TRAX line during “What’s Up Riverton” on Saturday, Sept. 19. Photo courtesy of ©Riverton City Communications 2015

“There are all kinds of misinformation on the transit study and I would like to correct that misinformation,” Applegarth said. “There is nothing, I repeat, nothing of construction for any TRAX line in the 2040 plan that is in the Riverton area. There is absolutely nothing. No construction. There is corridor preservation money but no construction money for a TRAX line.” The 2040 plan, published by Wasatch Front Regional Council, outlines all potential UTA projects between now and 2040 based on projected regional growth and available funds, among other factors. There is money available for corridor preservation in Riverton. This includes land from the Daybreak TRAX stop through undeveloped land east of Mountain View Corridor and over to 13400 South. “The idea is you get your corridor preserved for TRAX so that people don’t build buildings in the way and you have to buy buildings. If you were here when Bangerter Highway was built, you know that they built brand new homes that were never lived in that UDOT then had to buy for the Bangerter Highway because they didn’t have the corridor preserved. This preservation is for a TRAX

line, a future TRAX line,” Applegarth said. The process to construct a TRAX line involves specific studies and procedures. Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has already conducted studies for the best possible future TRAX line. The next step is an environmental study, which must be approved by Riverton’s city council. UTA is currently gathering public comments about the future TRAX line. Written comments may be left at the various open houses in October, January and February. Written comments may also be left on their website.  “The council will make a decision in February or March on whether to take this to an environmental study. The study is already funded and approved by the Feds and UTA,” Applegarth said. Riverton City has already invested $250,000. There are no funds listed in the current budget to contribute more to the transit study. “I think it was a good investment for Riverton City. It has worked out well for us in my opinion because it will save us money in the long run,” Applegarth said. l

Fun Tradition Brings Cheers, Smiles and Gratitude

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ow in its sixth year, the annual tradition started by former Riverton High School coach Mike Miller brought a fun and energetic atmosphere to the students at Kauri Sue

Riverton High School Football player Colin Linford visits with a young student at the Kauri Sue Hamilton surprise pep rally the team put on for them.

By Aimee L. Cook Hamilton School on Sept. 22. Both the varsity and junior varsity football team of 63 players surprised the students with a classic pep rally and gave out over 300 T-shirts. “As the football team came into the school, they were greeted with cheers of ‘RHS, RHS’ from the students and staff who were anxiously awaiting their arrival,” Rita Bouillon, principal of Kauri Sue Hamilton School, said. “After the players do a few cheers and chants for the students, they grab loads of shirts and deliver them to each room. The next hour is spent with photo opps and great interactions between our kids and the players.  Many of our students never get this kind of opportunity, and to see the delight on their faces is priceless.  Several players witnessed a serious seizure this year and were speechless and concerned about the incident.  One of them said to me, ‘I realize now that I don’t have struggles.  These kids have struggles every day that I never dreamed of ‘.” The players spent over an hour visiting the classrooms and interacting with students. Miller knew back in 2010, that giving back in this way would be a memorable experience for all the students. “Coach Miller had been a part of a BBQ

contest at Peterson’s Market in 2010 and one of our students had made the sign for his cooking station. He loved the sign and followed up with our school to meet the student,” Bouillon said.

The Riverton High School Football players and coaches, singing the school fight song during a surprise pep rally they held for the students at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School.

“There was an instant connection between the student and Coach Miller, and that connection continues. Coach Miller used his own money to buy a Riverton High School Fan Family T-shirt for every single person in our school.  He asked that in return we wear them every Friday in support of the RHS football team.  There isn›t a day that goes by in our school that you don›t find at least one of the staff in a RHS Football Fan Family T-shirt.  Coach Miller received the Pay It Forward award one year, after being nominated by a RHS parent for the fabulous outreach he has done with KSHS.   As they leave, we thank the boys for coming, but they always thank us for allowing them to be here.  I have seen many players moved to tears and awe by our students.” Current Riverton High School coach Brenton Hawkins attended the pep rally with the players. They sing the school fight song, recognize a few students and get the crowd pumped up. “This year we brought Coach Miller back with us, we are proud to be a part of it,” Hawkins said. “A big part of our program is to help our kids learn and gain a unique perspective. We really love to do it.”


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Mustangs a Football Steam Roller

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he Herriman High School football team could be described as a steam roller destined to flatten anything that comes into its path.

By Greg James The Mustangs lost their first two games of the season: first to Brighton 23-14 despite a valiant comeback, They then lost a hard-fought defensive battle to

Mustangs senior running back Brig Rush has carried the ball for 507 yards and three touchdowns this season. Photo courtesy of jayhyerphoto.com

the defending state champion Bingham Miners 6-0. Since that point, they have rolled off seven straight wins. “There is always room for improvement with us, but our team is really starting to gel together both offensively and defensively. I think we have a great chance to do well,” junior Noah Vaea said. Defensively Vaea has made life difficult for opposing quarterbacks. He has eight interceptions, which is tied for the most in the state, and he leads the Mustangs with 51 tackles. Leki Fotu has provided pressure on opposing quarterbacks and has five and a half sacks. The Mustangs’ roll of seven straight wins began against Region 2 title contender Hunter. Their 24 points to start the game built a comfortable lead that they would never relinquish. Senior Kaden Strasters racked up three touchdowns. The three-part backfield of Strasters, Brig Rush and Jake Jutkins combined for 161 yards rushing in the game. Strasters has carried the ball 107 times for 593 yards this season and has 10 touchdowns. Tomasi Tonga is the team’s

leading receiver with 11 catches. The defense has been the mainstay for the team. Their opponents are averaging 9.5 points per game. They have 13 sacks as a team and five fumble recoveries and 45 tackles for a loss. “On defense we play as a unit and trust each other. We like to make teams one dimensional (force them to play one way). I feel we have a good chance to play for a championship,” Vaea said. The Mustangs have qualified for the state tournament every year since the school opened in 2010. They have never advanced further than the quarterfinals. In 2013 they lost to Brighton 41-36, and last season they were defeated by Bingham 36-6. The Mustangs are scheduled to close out their regular season Oct. 22 at home against Lone Peak (after press deadline). The winner will represent Region 4 as the number one seed; the loser as the second seed in the state tournament. The state tournament is scheduled to begin Oct 30. The championship game is scheduled for Nov. 20 at the University of Utah. l

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spotlight on: First National Bank

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n May 15, 1905, First National Bank opened its doors for business in downtown Layton, Utah. Since that time, seven branches have been set up along the Wasatch Front, from Clearfield to Draper, with the South Valley Branch being their newest. What once was a handful of directors and branch cashiers has now grown into a force

of more than 100 employees, who strive to continue providing the personalized service for which the bank is well known.

First National has been in business for over 110 years, which is a unique characteristic in and of itself. To find out how they have been successful for so long, one needs to look no further than their superior service. “Our bank is unique because we still provide relationship banking, something that has almost disappeared in today’s virtual world,” explains Brady Stratton, Business Development Officer for First National Bank. “When people have a question about their accounts or need financial help, they can call and speak directly to a real person. They don’t have to go through automated menus to solve their problems.” Just because First National boasts a personalized touch doesn’t mean they are behind the times. They offer all of the high tech gadgets that make banking easy, while still providing personal help from experienced and friendly bankers who know your name and treat you like

part of the family. They offer an exceptional Easy Checking account for consumers with no monthly service charge, no minimum balance requirements, and unlimited check writing. On the business side of things, First National provides the best Business Checking account around, with some of the lowest fees you will find in the state, plus a full line of other products to help a business succeed. One service First National Bank is offering to businesses this month is free Small Business Association (SBA) Loan seminars. On each Wednesday in October, businesses can come and get a free bite to eat and learn about SBA Loans.

No matter your banking needs, First National Bank has a solution. “We have the best pens in the banking industry that will last you months on end,” says Brady. “Anybody can come into our branches for a free pen and a smile from any of our bankers.” Visit First National Bank’s South Valley Branch, located at 136 W 12300 S in Draper, or give them a call at (801) 813-1630 to see what First National can do for you. l


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Riverton Woman Competes in Ranger College’s Soccer The Ranger College womens soccer team continued to build momentum for its postseason appearance at Ranger Field by turning in a stellar outing against the Cisco Lady Wranglers in a key NJCAA Region V showdown. The Ranger College women battled Cisco to a 1-1 deadlock in double overtime. “We played really well today,” said Kortney Wells, a sophomore from Riverton. “We haven’t played this balanced against them

(Cisco) this season, so it was a good for us to come out and play like we did.” With the tie, the Lady Rangers improved to 7-5-3 for the season and moved to 1-3-1 in conference play. RC trails Cisco (8-4-2 overall and 2-0-2 in conference) by one game in the conference standings. Shadel Cyrus helped Ranger College draw first blood. The freshman defender punched home a shot just 3 minutes into the

contest and staked the Lady Rangers jump to a 1-0 lead. Cisco, which had edged RC by a 2-1 clip in their previous conference bout on Sept. 22, notched its goal midway through the second half. The RC women threw the brakes on any Cisco rally from there. The Lady Rangers, backed by solid play from Janique Browne, Chloe Hynes, Sarah Lynch and Abigail Haston,

held the Lady Wranglers scoreless in each of the ensuing two 10-minute overtime periods. “We knew from the get-go we could play with Cisco,” said Wells. “We stayed in front of them and stayed focused a lot better. We got a tie out of it.” The Ranger College women closed out the regular season on Oct. 19 with a home game against Western Texas College at Ranger Field.

Ranger College’s Kourtney Wells (23) uses her body to deflect a penalty kick during the second half of their NJCAA Region V conference game with rival Cisco College. The RC women, closed out their regular season on Oct. 19 at home against Western Texas

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Runners Finish Season on Top By Greg James Riverton and Herriman high school cross country teams have been losing sleep, dreaming about the things they could be. The teams finished their regular seasons with top finishes at the Region 4 cross country championships. “Greatness is achieved by hard work day in and day out, months and years before the opportunity arrives,” is the quote that greets visitors to the Riverton cross country team page. As a team they have set goals to leave a legacy. Herriman boasts motivational quotes such as, “Your mind can make you train, your body can create power, but only your heart can make you a champion,” by Joe Newton. Both teams crossed the finish line this season. The Herriman girls placed third, one point ahead of the Silverwolves, at the Region 4 cross country championships. Mustang sophomore Milee Enger placed 16th overall, and junior Emma Loftus placed 17th at the championships. They paced their team to its third-place finish. Kennady Bekmezian finished 20th, Rebecca Bronson Herriman’s Nick Burrell is part of the Mustangs Region 21st and Michelle Stanley 28th. 4 sixth place cross country finish. Photo courtesy of The Silverwolves were led by sophomore Samantha Jacobson, who placed tenth. The other dsandersonpics.com Lucy Biles from Herriman was last year’s scoring runners were Katie Christopherson, Zoe Bartlome, Kara Johansen and Rachel Rigby. individual state champion. The Herriman girls The boys teams had respectable finishes. placed fourth overall in the state last season. Three South Valley athletes were named Riverton place fifth overall and Herriman sixth. The Silverwolves’ top three finishers to the Deseret News cross country academic were Ethan Matz, Justin Roylance and Tracen all-state teams: Riverton’s Lauren Lund and Warnick. Herriman was led by Adam Wood, Brady Allred, and Herriman’s Rachel Kunz. The runners were nominated by their coaches Caleb Brown and Tanner Webb. Cross country is a sport in which teams or athletic directors and maintained a 3.5 and individuals run races over natural terrain. cumulative grade point average throughout Racing surfaces can include hills, open country high school. The state cross country championships and gravel roads. Team scores are determined by adding the finishing places of the top five for are scheduled for Oct. 21 at Sugar House Park l each team, and, like golf the lowest score wins. (after press deadline).

Sophomore Samantha Jacobson has been labeled super fast by her teammates. She placed 10th overall at the Region 4 cross country championships. Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com


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Mustang Soccer Returns to State Tournament

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By Greg James

ard work, determination and belief in themselves are the themes the Herriman High School girls soccer team adopted this season.

“We have come a long way in the past two years. We adopted the term ‘Believe’ this season. I think we proved we can be part of the competition for state,” junior forward Kaylee Holt said. The Mustangs qualified for the state soccer playoffs for the first time since 2012. They had never won a game in the playoffs until this season’s 7-3 first round victory over Jordan Oct. 13. In that victory, five different players scored for Herriman, with Holt and Ambree Bennett each scoring two goals apiece. The Mustangs led 5-0 before Jordan was able the chip one in right before halftime. The Beetdiggers scored again in the opening minutes of the second half, but Rachel Glover quickly answered with a goal of her own. Emma Lightfoot and Cassidy Adams also notched goals for the Mustangs. The opening round victory topped off a high output season for the Mustangs. They scored four or more goals five times this season, including a 8-0 shutout of Kearns.

They beat Region 4 top seed Lone Peak 4-3 at home on Sept. 10. Holt scored in the final minutes to secure the victory. Holt, who netted 23 goals, was the team’s leading scorer. Sophomores Emma Lightfoot had seven and Cassidy Adams five. Lightfoot led the team with 10 assists. The Mustangs goalkeeper, freshman Rilie Atkinson, faced 145 shots this season and allowed only 20 goals. “I have waited two years to be able to help my team have an opportunity to play in the playoffs. I was very excited to finally experience it. It felt amazing,” Holt said. The Mustangs faced the number two team in the state, the Fremont Silverwolves in the second round of the playoffs. Despite leading 2-0 early in the contest, they fell 6-2 to the Silverwolves. The loss closed out the career for the Mustangs’ only seniors, Bennett and Kim Duke. Duke was named to the Deseret News Academic All-State Team. As a selected senior, she maintained at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, was a varsity player and was nominated by her coach or athletic Junior midfielder Rachel Glover socred two goals this season, one of those in the first round of the state director. l playoffs. Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com

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Sam? While I’d love to be the one to capitalize on the making of Tom the Turkey, who would gobble in on Thanksgiving eve to stuff a magic cornucopia full of candy feathers and toy pilgrims before popping himself in the oven, I’ll have to leave that one to the magic of the marketing pros. Until then, I am thankful that Thanksgiving is still a holiday that celebrates family without the expectation of presents. Joining together for a meal can take a toll on the wallet, though. Here are some tips for keeping the holiday eats big and cutting the budget to a minimum. Keep It Simple: Alleviate yourself of the feeling that you have to prepare everyone’s favorite.

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Send in the Clowns By Peri Kinder

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t’s a time of natural selection. A season of mass hysteria. Wolves, disguised as sheep, travel in packs, attacking the weak, the inferior, the less adaptable. I’m not talking about the latest season of “The Walking Dead,”—but it’s close. I’m talking about the presidential campaign. Next November we’ll be electing a new president, then we’ll spend 4-8 years slowly pecking him/her to death. And while the election is still a year away, I’m already tired of hearing campaign speeches, bloated promises and intolerant views. Welcome to the Reality TV show political campaign landscape that’s a combination of “Survivor” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” I call it “American Idle: Washington, D.C.” Instead of selecting a world leader who won’t be ridiculed by the entire planet, we seem to be more focused on a celebridential popularity contest, electing a president who has the strongest handshake, the best suit or the whitest smile. The fact that Donald Trump thinks he represents this country with his intolerant, puffyhaired self-importance and insane detachment from reality makes the back of my neck itch. I could

list some of the dumbest things Trump has said, but it would be outdated before my column would be published. In a circus act of national proportions, the presidential candidates twist the issues with the help of our frenzied media who jump on every possibly scandalous topic like piranhas in a bloody river. We watch in horror as blooper reels blast through the Internet 24/7, and citizens become too fed-up (or lazy) to be educated about the real issues. The constant pandering to minority/women/ young voters is nauseating and obnoxious. This pandermania has included Hilary Clinton appearing as a bartender on Saturday Night Live, and Trump interviewing himself on “The Tonight Show.” I’m still waiting for the “Chris Christie/Marco Rubio American Ninja Warrior Challenge.” Candidates throw out terms like “equality” and “justice” in verbose sentences that make no sense, such as, “The idea of equal equality is mostly within our grasping fingers because justice.” Backpedaling, recanting, denying and contradicting are commonplace in modern elections.

Candidates often appear on news shows explaining what they “meant” to say. It seems voters don’t even expect ethical behavior from the presidentto-be. Voters are nothing if not irrational—which is fine, because the candidates are also irrational. It’s no surprise there is big money behind each candidate. Political action committees (inexplicably deemed legal by the Supreme Court) literally purchase the new president. Millions of dollars are spent on TV ads, glossy mailings and social media campaigns, not to explain why you should vote for a candidate, but why you shouldn’t vote for their opponent. Mean-spirited, hateful speeches spew into the air, clouding the issues with their hazy pollution. As the presidential race continues weaning out the unpopular and the less pretty (leaving the populace with a candidate most likely to pose for a selfie with Kanye West), voters become desperate, feeling their voices are not being heard. It’s like watching a remake of the

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“A Salt Lake Doctor’s Confession Stirs Up Controversy” From Patients that He Doesn’t Heal to Cases He Refuses to Take

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