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RESIDENTS HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT upcoming Bangerter Highway intersection overhaul By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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eorge Rowe is confident he’ll “make out OK” when Utah Department of Transportation crews bulldoze his home, to make room for a new freeway-style traffic interchange at 6200 South and Bangerter Highway. “I’ve talked to other people this has happened to, who live near other interchanges they have done,” he said. “Based on what they’ve been paid for their homes, I anticipate things will go smoothly with UDOT’s purchase of mine.” But nearby residents such as Cindy Jensen and Carina Bennett aren’t at all happy. They’re not losing their homes, but they are losing the way they exit their neighborhood. “We have near-miss accidents all the time already,” Jensen said. “And now UDOT wants to take away the left turn out of our neighborhood (to go east on 6200 South, just west of Bangerter Highway). It’s going to be a nightmare and much more dangerous.” And then there’s Ken and Amy Barry, who live northeast of the intersection. Their home is not scheduled to be bulldozed. But they have been after UDOT since 2012, for damages done when the Bangerter corridor was widened, in preparation for the new interchange. “They did several thousands of dollars in damage, shifting (Bangerter Highway) closer to our back fence,” Barry said. “We’ve had to replace windows and floor tiles. Pictures and knickknacks were knocked off shelves. The (earth) tamping machine they used terrified my 3-year-old daughter (now age 9). It’s been a nightmare.”

Taylorsville City Councilman Curt Cochran spoke with concerned area residents during the UDOT 6200 South–Bangerter Highway interchange public hearing. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

That’s a small sampling of the many opinions and emotions expressed at a recent open house for the Bangerter Highway–6200 South project — held just a stone’s throw from the intersection, at Westbrook Elementary School — where UDOT

officials played to a “packed house.” “It’s been very busy all night, which doesn’t surprise us at all,” said UDOT Construction Engineer Bryan Chamberlain. “People were anxious to see our proposed design for the interContinued on Page 11...

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ur incredibly mild Salt Lake Valley temperatures may have prompted gardeners to try to get a jump on their outdoor planting season. In January and February, temperatures of 50 degrees or more were recorded 25 times, with two of those in the low 60s. But just in time for the Taylorsville Community Greenhouse to open for the season (Feb. 24), Old Man Winter paid another visit. “It doesn’t matter how cold it gets outside, the plants stay nice and warm in here,” volunteer Taylorsville Community Greenhouse and Garden Coordinator Toni Lenning said. “In fact, we have to start getting everything out of the greenhouse by mid-May, because temperatures can get over 120 degrees.” That wasn’t a problem on opening day this year, as greenhouse patrons were tempted to put their vehicles into four-wheel drive as they rolled through nearly a foot of snow, behind (north of) the Taylorsville/Bennion Heritage Center (1488 West 4800 South). “Taylorsville City received a $25,000 federal grant to build this greenhouse, in about 2007,” Lenning said of the 20-foot-by50-foot cementfloored structure, covered in polyethylene plastic sheeting (Visqueen). “It’s got a great water and heating system. People love it.” Lenning’s volunteerism predates the greenhouse. “When I first started, the garden was in a different location, and we had no greenhouse,” she said. “I just go where they tell me.” Gardener Judy McMurdie has also been with Lenning that long. “The greenhouse and garden are fun, but they also save us a lot of money,” McMurdie said. “I have freezers full of all kinds of vegetables. The food is awesome, and working in here is therapeutic. There’s a peacefulness to it.” Community gardener Kendal Meyer agrees. “I’m passionate about (the greenhouse),” she said. “I love the people I’ve met here. You have to come over nearly every day to water and care for your plants. But if someone is going on vacation, we cover for each other. There’s just a real serenity here.” Lenning admits that the number of people making use of the greenhouse has shrunk in recent years, so they have room for a few more. “We have about 15 gardeners who use the greenhouse regularly,” Lenning said. “The outside garden is busier, with about 35 people renting and using 55 plots.” The outdoor garden plots are 6 feet by 20 feet and rent for $25. Gardeners who rent multiple plots pay $20 each. Greenhouse fees are the same but for smaller growing areas. And Lenning said a few rules are necessary. “We’ve had children make messes — coloring on the floor, and so forth — so we don’t allow kids under age 11,” she said. “Those 11 to 16 also need adult supervision. Everything must also be grown from a seed. We don’t allow already-started plants into the greenhouse because they can bring in bugs or diseases. We keep it very sanitary.”

Flowers, fruits and vegetables thrive in the Taylorsville greenhouse until they’re planted outside. (Toni Lenning)

The community greenhouse and garden are also only available to rent by Taylorsville residents. Volunteers at the nearby Taylorsville Food Pantry such as Sue Lane appreciate having the community garden right around the corner. “I love Toni,” Lane said. “During the season, she drives full carloads of fresh food over here every week — tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, squash and other things. (Lenning) dedicates a full garden plot to (the food pantry). One year she even helped one of our volunteers, every step of the way, as she learned to grow things for us over there.” “There’s no question we are (the food pantry’s) biggest donors of fresh food,” Lenning said. Another pair of greenhouse gardeners who showed up to register on day one were Colt Pieper, 24, and his girlfriend, Alex Green, 23. “I love working with my hands and growing things,” Pieper said. “One day, I’d like to buy 5 or six 6 — preferably in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area — and grow food for the homeless. I want to be self-sufficient and provide for others.” Taylorsville residents who want to rent space in the community greenhouse or garden should call Lenning at 801-265-1328. “This is the greatest gift the city could have ever given us,” Lenning said of her green thumb haven. “I’d love to see more people take advantage of it.” l

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Taylorsville City officials briefed on plans and designs for the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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early a year-and-a-half after plans to construct a new $39 million MidValley Performing Arts Center were announced, backhoes, cement trucks and people in hard hats are still nowhere to be seen. But designers of the facility — to be built southeast of Taylorsville City Hall (2600 West 5400 South) — insist they remain on schedule, with singing and dancing, to commence sometime in 2020. “We’ve been talking about construction of this center for about 10 years now,” Salt Lake County Cultural Planning and Project Director Phil Jordan said. “Now we just want to be sure we get it right.” Last fall, design team members hosted representatives from the various arts groups expected to make use of the center for a public meeting, to solicit input. With that, they went back to their drawing boards, literally, to craft a design they believe is both attractive and functional. In late February — a few months after the brainstorming meeting — members of the art center design team presented drawings and answered questions at a joint gathering of the Taylorsville City Council and the city’s planning commission. “Thank you for showing us things — and using artistic words to describe them — to get us excited about the project,” Planning Commission Chairwoman Lynette Wendel said. “This was exactly what the council and planning commission needed to see,” said Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson. She and other city representatives have been meeting regularly for months with Salt Lake County officials and professional designers to work through plan details. Those sessions led to the February meeting, where designers unveiled drawings of the center and answered questions. One of the biggest issues raised was whether parking will be adequate. “We plan to add about 180 parking stalls east of city hall, where about 100 already exist,” said design team member Todd Kelsey, a vice president with Method Studio of Salt Lake. “Studies show, about 2.7 people are in each car that parks at events like those the arts center will host. So, we believe parking will be adequate, even if multiple events are taking place at the same time.” This project holds special significance for Kelsey. “I grew up in a home just a few blocks

Members of the Taylorsville City Council and Planning Commission have finally gotten their first look at artist renderings of the planned Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center to be built near City Hall. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

from where the arts center will be built and attended Taylorsville High School,” he said. “This is the type of project you love to do—near your old home, working with friends and neighbors. I’m very excited about it.” After questions were answered about the arts center design, Taylorsville Community Development Director Mark McGrath appeared before the council and planning commission to describe the work being done to tie the new structure and city hall together — with landscaping and other structural amenities — to reimagine the city center master plan. “We might integrate a water feature — possibly a short waterfall — at the gateway entrance, near 5400 South,” McGrath said. “We’re also looking at creating a ‘movies in the park’ kind of setting, where people can gather in the summer. And we are now reviewing what types of restaurants might fit well into the area. Different types of public art are also being discussed. Our priority is to tie it all together in a cohesive, attractive way.” Planners believe a 65-foot-by-80-foot restaurant would fit well into the area. But McGrath said the challenge with that will be that the building will have “no back side.” “This restaurant would be seen and walked around from every side,” McGrath said. “So, it will take some design work to make it attractive from 360 degrees. There

won’t be a side for a garbage dumpster, for one thing.” As part of the city center development, McGrath also encouraged decision makers to try to find the funding necessary to bury utility wires, now seen overhead along 5400 South. City Councilman Ernest Burgess is impressed with what he heard. “It’s going to be a fabulous building and site,” he said. “It’s been well thought out. The design team has looked at many similar buildings and has incorporated some of the best things from many of them. I’m excited.” As for a timeline, Method Studio Principal Architect Joe Smith said it will still be a few more months before crews break ground. “We will complete the design by midApril,” he said. “But it will take another month to complete the request for proposal and a month after that to gather and review bids. So, it will probably be late fall before work begins.” But Smith also added that once the equipment and hard-hatted workers do arrive on site, they’ll be able to build through the winter. “We’ve promised from the beginning the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center will open in 2020, and we’re still on schedule for that to happen,” he said. The Taylorsville arts community continues to count the days. l

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City executive visits China to study economic development, government and transportation challenges By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Wayne Harper (third from right) and his travel delegation visit Beijing China’s Forbidden City. (Courtesy Wayne Harper)

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aylorsville City Economic Development Director Wayne Harper is back spending most of his days on Utah’s Capitol Hill. It’s a place he’s called home — for the annual 45-day state legislative session — for 22 years now. But this is the first time he’s returned to the hill with a new international perspective on business development, government and transportation — some of the state senate committees he serves. That’s what a weeklong visit to China will do for you. “I traveled to China with a delegation representing the National Conference of State Legislatures,” Harper said. “There were nine of use — from nine different states — who visited Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai.” The cities are all along China’s east coast, about 6,500 miles from Utah. And although the trip was nearly all work, Harper did have enough time to do what nearly every American dreams of doing, if they ever make that trip. “On my one free day I did see, and get on, the Great Wall of China,” Harper said. “It is a well-designed fortification to keep people out. It’s cold and slick and really impressive.” But after that one day as a tourist, it was back to work. “It was a highly beneficial trip to study several different things,” he said.

As a member of the transportation committee in the Utah Senate, Harper was excited to see China’s train system. “We rode their high-speed trains and visited some of the stations,” he said. “I think we could look at these as potential mass transportation options here in Utah. They seem very efficient, and certainly we are going to have to continue looking at mass transit options as our state grows.” However, Harper also observed a transportation option he was less enthusiastic about. “They have so many cars in China, some of their roads are double stacked,” he said. “The top stack is going one direction, while the lower level cars are going the other. There’s no way I’m going to be recommending that here in Utah.” The United States is home to several twodeck bridges, including the San Francisco– Oakland Bay Bridge and the George Washington Bridge made famous by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. But Harper wasn’t a big fan. Other NCSL delegates on the China trip travelled from North and South Carolina, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and elsewhere. Harper said the trip was funded by

the bi-partisan, non-governmental organization and not with tax dollars. “I’ve been a member of the NCSL Executive Committee for three years and also serve on their International Relations Task Force,” Harper said. “The organization has about 2,400 elected officials as members along with about 10,000 staff members who work for elected state legislators across the country.” According to the NCSL website, the organization “has three objectives: to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures; to promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures; and to ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.” Harper and the other delegates also visited an automobile manufacturing plant that produces two cars that many people might think are strictly all-American: Buicks and Cadillacs. “China’s economy has really opened up in recent years and provides good jobs for their people,” Harper said. “It’s giving them a better quality of life. But it’s also creating some environmental problems.” Harper said, as much as Utahns grow weary of Wasatch Front winter inversion each year, it is nothing compared to what the Chinese see, where air pollution face masks are commonly

worn outside. “The Chinese burn lots of wood and coal to heat their homes,” he added. “Pollution is a big problem for them. But they are starting to look more carefully at solar and natural gas alternatives, something we need to continue to do here as well.” Harper also spent a part of his China trip going to bat for the Utah medical device manufacturing industry. “We have great manufacturers like ICU Medical and Merit Medical here in Utah that develop lifesaving devices, and then the Chinese copy them and make cheaper knockoffs,” Harper said. “So we talked with them about intellectual property and respecting patents.” Other stops on the tour included a visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing, a stop at the “Great Hall of the People” where legislative and ceremonial conferences take place and a visit to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. “I learned a lot in China that I can bring back to our country and Utah in particular,” Harper said. “The Chinese face population growth, transportation and pollution challenges just like we do. They may be on a different scale, but certainly, there’s a lot to learn by seeing what they’re doing right and what they probably need to do differently.” l

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Taylorsville City Councilwoman Harker married into perhaps community’s deepest roots By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Joseph Harker arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, just a few months after Brigham Young. (Max Harker)

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ewly elected Taylorsville City Councilwoman Meredith Harker has been a resident of the city nearly her entire life. Except for a short stint living in Sugar House — right after she got married — this is the only community she’s ever called home. Harker graduated from Taylorsville High School in 1995 and has been a teacher for 19 years, the last five at Calvin Smith Elementary School, of course, in Taylorsville. So, you’ll have to forgive her for thinking her Taylorsville roots ran much deeper than her husband’s. After all, Mike Harker grew up in Sandy

and graduated from Cottonwood High School. But about six years after the Harkers were married, Mike Harker discovered his ancestors’ roots in the community run much deeper than his wife’s. That’s when Mike Harker learned his greatgreat-great grandfather Joseph Harker was among the first Mormon settlers — perhaps the first — to live in the area west of the Jordan River, now called Taylorsville. “I was doing research online — as a Boy Scout leader, in 2003 — for the boys’ Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge,” Mike Harker said. “When all of a sudden, I came across a bunch of information about Joseph Harker. I asked my parents, ‘Are we related to this guy?’ My parents said ‘yes,’ and I’ve learned a lot more about our family history since then.” Some of Joseph Harker’s hundreds of other descendants had already done a lot of the work for Mike Harker. In fact, after combing over old records and diaries, the family published the story of Joseph Harker’s conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his 1846 migration from Lincolnshire, England, 120 miles north of London. “I’ve always loved Taylorsville and have been proud to be from here,” Meredith Harker said. “So, when I learned I had married into the family that lived here first, that was pretty exciting.” Meredith Harker said this family heritage is also one of the reasons why she chose to run for the Taylorsville City Council. And it was why — at her very first meeting on the council — she

spoke up quickly when the body was looking for a new member to represent the council on the city’s Historic Preservation Committee. “I’ve always loved the Taylorsville/Bennion Heritage Center (1488 West 4800 South) and have been bringing my third-grade class here on field trips for years,” Meredith Harker said. “With that — and my relationship to Joseph Harker — I definitely wanted to be on that committee.” In addition to historic photographs of Joseph and Susannah Harker hanging on the heritage center wall, the historic home also holds a pair of ornate antique table centerpieces, called epergnes. “In 2010, descendants of Joseph Harker donated these to our heritage center,” Historic Preservation Committee Chairwoman Connie Taney said. “According to Harker family history, the two epergnes were brought to the United States by one of Joseph’s children, Henry Harker, in 1898, to give to his wife as he returned from his Mormon mission.” As was common at the time, Joseph Harker did have multiple wives — four in all. But Susannah — his first, who migrated with him from England — always remained his primary spouse. The two had 14 children together, while Joseph had only two children with his second wife and none with his third or fourth. In 1846, the young Joseph Harker family made it safely across the Atlantic Ocean, in a ship called the Windsor Castle. But tragedy struck the immigrants — while aboard a riverboat on the Mississippi River — when young John Harker fell

overboard and drowned. After wintering in the Midwest, the Harkers joined a Mormon wagon company led by Edward Hunter and Joseph Horne, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley just a couple of months after Brigham Young’s group, in October 1847. “According to family history, they spent their first winter in the valley living under their overturned wagon,” Meredith Harker’s Motherin-Law, Pat Harker said. “And the following year, they were asked by Brigham Young to cross the Jordan River to settle the area on the west side of it.” Crossing the Jordan River near present day 3300 South, the Harker family was soon one of those involved in establishing English Fort, a 2-acre area that 18 pioneer families built together — near the present site of the Taylorsville Cemetery — for protection against Native American attacks. Joseph Harker lived to nearly age 79, primarily as a sheepherder, until his passing in November 1898. His stately burial obelisk still stands in the Taylorsville Cemetery, as does a monument to his pioneering accomplishments in Millrace Park. Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee Chairwoman Taney said the Harkers’ family history is just one of many available to learn more about at the Heritage Center. Her committee also recently launched a Facebook page that people can visit and “like” to receive informative updates about the community’s history. l

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he 2018 summer racing season will be the last at West Valley City’s Rocky Mountain Raceway. The 50-acre property where RMR stands was sold to Freeport West in 2014, and a five-year lease to continue racing operations was negotiated in order for the facility to continue serving racers and fans. That lease will expire at the end of the 2018 season. “We’ve invested a great deal in the racing community and aren’t walking away from that,” Spencer Young Sr. said in a press release. “We will continue to sponsor racers and support racing.” The Young Automotive Group explored different avenues to extend the life of the track. It looked into purchasing new property to build another facility. It also contacted officials with the state of Utah and West Valley City to gauge interest in a public joint venture, but the company ultimately decided to close the track. “Since the venue opened, so many memories and lifelong friendships have been created,” RMR General Manager Mike Eames said. “I am proud of the 22 years and historic racing and family memories we’ve made. We invite everyone to come out and celebrate with us during our final season.” The multi-purpose racing facility has many large events scheduled for its final go-around. The NHRA-sanctioned drag strip, motocross track and super oval schedules are filled with opportunities to experience their need for speed. The motocross track opens its season with several events in April. The drag strip will open May 4, and the oval opens May 5. The drag strip schedule includes its first “midnight drags” event Friday, May 4. Gates open at 7 p.m., and cars

will be on track at 9 p.m. This is an opportunity for the fans to race in the safe environment of a track instead of the street. These events are also paired with the Salt City Drifters club racing on the oval. On May 26, the Heritage Funny Cars will be part of May Madness at the track. This event features cars on both the drag strip and oval the same night. The track also reintroduced its widely popular “Fox Hunt” on June 9. Ladies receive free admission that day. The quarter-mile track is scheduled to finish its season with the “Night of Fire.” Officials expect more than a dozen jet cars Sept. 15. The motocross track has scheduled its “Pro Day Challenge,” with over $10,000 in purse money up for grabs July 20. The event will include down-hill mini Jeep races and a slowest rider competition. The oval has scheduled a large winged sprint car event Sept. 1. Track officials said the “Salt City 100” should draw cars from across the Western United States. They also have penciled in the “Clash of the Titans” monster truck event for Aug. 11 and 12. They will host the longtime “Utah Copper Classic” with super modifieds and fireworks Saturday, July 7. The first documented racing in the state of Utah was in 1912 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Its history has included a track near downtown at the fairgrounds, Bonneville raceway where RMR currently stands, the closed Suntanna raceway in Springville, Motorsports Park in Tooele and dirt tracks in Delta, Ephraim and Price. The RMR general manager is Mike Eams. A full track schedule and more information can be found on its website, www.rmrracing.com l

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Council helps clear path for minorities to have stronger voice in government By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Wayne Harper (third from right) and his travel delegation visit Beijing China’s Forbidden City. (Courtesy Wayne Harper)

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n an effort to draw new and different voices into municipal government and community volunteerism, the Taylorsville City Council unanimously voted to create the city’s first new service committee in years. “Emphatically yes,” is what Council Vice Chairman Dan Armstrong said, as he and the other council members approved a citizen request for the establishment of a new Diversity Advisory Committee. “I know this is our first new committee in at least the six years I have been involved in city government,” said Mayor Kristie Overson, who was a council person for six years before winning her mayoral election last fall. “They approached me the night I was sworn into office with the idea, which I think is great. I believe the committee will create more opportunities for government inclusion, and it should help bring in more volunteers.” Leading the drive to create the new committee were members of the American Venezuelan Association of Utah, an organization headquartered in Taylorsville. The president of the association, Carlos Moreno, is the person who ran the idea past Overson, moments after she took her oath of office. “(Overson) was very open to the idea from the moment I mentioned it,” Moreno said. “And she has been very supportive as we have work through the details to get it done.” Moreno has lived in Taylorsville since immigrating to the United States from Venezuela in 2009 to attend Salt Lake Community College. A few years later he was SLCC’s first ethnically diverse student body president. “And since my election, that’s all they have had is minority presidents,” he said. Moreno said he has been considering approaching city leaders to discuss ways to more actively involve minorities in the political process for several years.

“The minority community is growing in Taylorsville,” he said. “We want to be active and involved (in city government).” The city’s newest council member, Curt Cochran, has also witnessed a shift in Taylorsville demographics and is very supportive of the new Diversity Advisory Committee. Moments after the council voted to create the group, he quickly volunteered to be the appointed council member to serve on the committee. “Taylorsville has changed a lot in the 30 years I’ve lived here,” Cochran told his fellow council members. “Our demographics are changing, and I am really excited to involve more people.” The husband and wife team of Thomas and Maria Liliana Reams are also leaders in the Venezuelan Association of Utah, with Maria as vice president and Thomas, treasurer. They were among the contingent at Taylorsville City Hall the night the new committee was established. “We have a lot to bring to the community,” Maria said. “I have always felt welcome here in Utah, and it is getting even better. But still, many people don’t understand our (Venezuelan) culture. We want to help them understand it and to do what we can to help Taylorsville.” Maria immigrated to Utah 20 years ago, where she met and married Salt Lake Valley native Thomas Reams. “The most powerful piece of government in our country is local, city government,” Thomas said. “As the husband of an immigrant, I am excited to help create this link, so more diverse voices can have a say in Taylorsville government.” Another member of the new Diversity Advisory Committee is a Taylorsville job provider. Immigrant Carlos Trujillo moved to the United States from Venezuela in 2001, earning an undergraduate degree at the University of Utah and his law degree in Michigan. In 2014 he opened his own law office in Taylorsville, with two attorneys, three legal assistants, one paralegal and a receptionist. “I have worked with Carlos (Moreno) for years, on minority issues,” Trujillo said. “We’ve done a lot at the federal level. We are trying to help immigrants adapt to American culture.” Moreno told the council members the four primary objectives of the Diversity Advisory Committee are to: • Meet regularly and establish committee bylaws • Develop relationships within diverse neighborhoods • Recommend city policy changes where appropriate • Report regularly to the Taylorsville City Council Applications to join the new Diversity Advisory Committee are now available at Taylorsville City Hall. l

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The oohs and ahhs of science

Taylorsville City Journal

By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Reaction Time instructor Phillip Evans entertains students with impressive science experiments and cheesy jokes. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

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“We love chemical reactions because they ooze up, they blow up, they make weird smells and make gross, disgusting slime,” said Phillip Evans, an instructor with Reaction Time, a science outreach program from Discovery Gateway Museum. Evans entertained the fifth-graders at Taylorsville Elementary with a 45-minute assembly covering fifth-grade science core concepts like the scientific method, states of matter and chemical reactions. Evans conducted the presentation like a stand-up comedian meets magician meets mad scientist. He told funny anecdotes and played with puns as he changed the characteristics and colors of chemicals. Then the students had a chance to play around

themselves. Evans led a 30-minute hands-on lab experience with each individual class. Reaction Time provided materials and safety equipment for students to observe the interactions of vinegar, milk, fertilizer, vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and purple cabbage juice. Students were encouraged to mix and match the chemicals in any way they wanted. By creating their own experiments and documenting them, students applied many of the science concepts they’d been learning from their textbooks. “I love science being hands on; it makes science come to life, and the children love the surprises that may come along,” said Dayna Madsen, a fifth-grade teacher at Taylorsville Elementary. “The Gateway provided a wonderful opportunity for the students to experience for themselves the surprises and ‘ooh’s and ahhh’s’ of the demonstration.” Evans said the outreach program is a great way to get kids excited about science at a young age. He said as fewer and fewer college students go into the fields of physics, chemistry, geology and astronomy, the shortage of scientists grows. “If we can just spark an interest at this level, then hopefully they’ll continue on to the hard sciences,” Evans said. “The whole idea is to give them an informal exposure to science that they can remember, learn and have fun.” Discovery Gateway, which provided each student with a free pass to the museum, is a great resource to expose kids to science in real life, said Madsen. The museum is one of the ways children become interested in S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. “Science needs to be a hands-on activity or the real world won’t make any sense,” said Madsen. The goal of the outreach program is to

help students make a connection of what they are learning in the classroom to wider scientific concepts in the world around them. “Everywhere you look, there is science,” Evans told the students. He talked about the forensics they see on TV shows, the science of fireworks they enjoy during the summer and even the role science plays in preserving treats such as Twinkies. Evans has been an outreach instructor with Reaction Time for five years. He figures he visits about 200 schools per year, reaching about 47,000 kids annually. He provided the teachers with follow-up lesson plans, activity materials and science equipment to allow students to continue exploring the scientific concepts in their classroom. Reaction Time is part of Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE), a collaboration of nonprofit educational organizations in Utah. At iseeutah.org, it states the goal of the program is “to spark students’ natural curiosity and sense of wonder by providing exciting opportunities to experience science.” Utah iSEE participants include Clark Planetarium, Discovery Gateway, The Children’s Museum of Utah, HawkWatch International, The Leonardo, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Natural History Museum of Utah, Red Butte Garden, Thanksgiving Point and Utah’s Hogle Zoo. The Utah State Board of Education administers the funds made available for the program by the Utah State Legislature. Curriculum enrichment covers the Utah State Science Core Standards for grades K–12 in biology, chemistry, earth science and physics by providing field trips, outreach activities, teacher resources and teacher professional development. l


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section, and we’re glad they’re expressing their opinions. This is an important part of our environmental study and the decision-making process.” UDOT Communication Manager Tim Beery added, “Due to all the (population) growth in the southwest part of the valley, we’re working to essentially make Bangerter Highway another belt route. Over the next several years, it’s (UDOT’s) plan to upgrade all of the intersections along the highway.” To this point, revamped intersections have been completed along Bangerter Highway at Redwood Road (near 13600 South) and at 7000 and 7800 South. Bangerter intersections at 5400 South, 9000 South and 11400 South are under construction, while 6200 South awaits a spring 2019 groundbreaking.

“The traffic alignment shift we are recommending is to the west (of the existing Bangerter Highway corridor at 6200 South),” said UDOT Project Director Marwan Farah at the open house. “That shift will require us to purchase (and remove) 25 to 32 homes, along with two stand-alone businesses and part of a strip mall. A shift to the east would have forced 117 homes to be torn down.” Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson — and the city council’s two newest members, Meredith Harker and Curt Cochran — also attended the hearing, to talk with residents. “I know a lot of people in the Fox Hills neighborhood (where UDOT plans to eliminate the left, eastbound turn onto 6200 South) are upset,” Mayor Overson said. “The city will have to look at options that might include add-

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Our greatest role—whether as parents, educators, or elected officials—is to protect our children from harm as we help them grow into adults who live, work, and raise a family. Unfortunately, the child abuse stats in Utah are staggering. Nationally 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Utah’s child sexual abuse rate is three times the national average. These numbers demonstrate the stark reality of child abuse, and reinforce why it is so important for the community to spread awareness and take steps to end it. In Utah we often want to bury our head in the sand and assume that it won’t happen to our kids. Child sexual abuse can happen to anyone and it’s important to be educated. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and each year it offers a new opportunity to further educate our county and state about this issue, and offer a call to action. We need to bring attention to the more 3,708 confirmed child victims of abuse in Salt Lake County alone in 2016. The bottom line is this: all children deserve to grow up in homes where they are safe and nurtured, and free from any form of abuse. The research is staggering about the negative long-term impacts of adverse childhood experiences, also known as “ACEs.” ACEs include any form of abuse, neglect, domestic abuse toward the mother, substance abuse in the home, and more. A child who experiences ACEs has a higher chance of learning or behavioral issues later in life. If we want our kids to have the best chance of leading productive, innovative, and health and happy lives as adults, we should seek ways to re-

ing a traffic light.” Harker added, “People have expressed concerns to me, but I think they also see the benefits (of a higher speed interchange). I think we need to wait to see what UDOT’s final plan is and then carefully study how (the city) can help.” The new councilwoman — whose district includes the interchange — impressed at least one constituent. “We’ve been getting the runaround (from UDOT) for five years now,” homeowner Barry said. “But I had the chance to speak with Councilwoman Harker (during the public hearing), and I feel like she was very sincere in wanting to help us out. Right now, UDOT also seems to be more responsive to our problems, so hopefully everything will work out.”

After assessing public comments from the hearing, UDOT officials were expected to release their final construction recommendation by the end of March. The rest of this year will be spent negotiating with displaced homeowners to acquire property. Of the 18 Bangerter Highway intersections that have been or will be upgraded, this 6200 South interchange is expected to be the most expensive. Due primarily to the necessary relocation of a near-half-mile section of 78-inch aqueduct pipe, construction of the freeway-style interchange is expected to cost $64 million. That’s nearly double the $32.6 million spent on the least expensive interchange upgrade at 7800 South. l

Staggering Child Abuse rates prompt education duce ACEs as much as possible. Prevent Child Abuse Utah is one organization that seeks to do that by education children, parents, and teachers about the risks and impacts of child abuse, as well as ways to prevent it. Since child abuse can be a particularly debilitating form of adverse childhood experiences, it is important that we take prevention seriously. I’ve been particularly impressed with Prevent Child Abuse Utah as they’ve gone school to school throughout Utah educating teachers and kids about the issue. Part of this includes helping children understand what child abuse actually is, and to know what to do if they ever experience it. Em-

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oil changes to transmission flushes. Simply checking windshield washer fluid or the antifreeze level in your car’s reservoir can prevent serious issues happening on the road. Wash your car especially after storms or if you’ve parked under a pine tree where birds can drop their white business on the hood or sap could drip onto the roof. Left untreated, these outdoor stains can ruin the paint on your vehicle. Drive defensively This means keeping distance between you and the car in front of you. Touching their bumper does nothing for you. And if you need to get that close to read their license plate or sticker, your eyesight is troubling and you probably shouldn’t be behind a steering wheel. Also you can’t always see what’s in front of the car before you. They may have to slam on their brakes due to an unexpected obstruction. If you rear end them, insurance rarely works out in your favor. This can also mean slowing down on wet roads or not weaving in and out of traffic. Distractions This is the No. 1 reason for accidents. This is not limited to using the cell phone, though texting, checking news alerts or making a phone call are all terrible decisions to make while driving. It also extends to dozing off or checking the price at the gas station you just passed. Be alert, stay vigilant. Other drivers may suddenly stop, they may not see you as you yield or turn. By staying engaged and sharp, your reactions can be sharper and you may even anticipate what other drivers are looking to do. One way to stay engaged is to vary your daily commute. Changing your routine alerts your brain, breaking you from the monotonous snooze you may find yourself after traveling certain routes hundreds of times. These habits are important and it is not overdramatic to say that they could save a life. l

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, . We recently held our 22nd annual Taylorsville Awards Banquet. This was a lovely evening in which we recognized and awarded outstanding employees, businesses and volunteers who contribute so much to the success of our city. • Volunteer Award of Excellence – Anna Barbieri

Mayor Kristie S. Overson

• Fire Fighter Award of Excellence – Wade Russell • Police Department Award of Excellence – Brandy Stephens • Taylorsville Business Award of Excellence – Mid Valley Animal Clinic • Service Provider Award of Excellence – Barbara Riddle/ChamberWest • Employee Award of Excellence – Kris Heineman 10 plus years of employee service: • Vanessa Giron • Lyle Hansen • Shelley McLaughlin • Blake Schroeder • Shell Summers • Kathleen LeMay • Steve Porton • Cindy Haynes • Scott Harrington • Cheri Petersen 15 plus years of employee service: • MarRae Boyer • Mark McGrath • Cheryl Cottle • Jean Ashby 20 plus years of employee service: • Jean Gallegos • Judge Michael Kwan Thank you to all who contribute to the success of Taylorsville, a great place to live, work and play. –Kristie S. Overson

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GREEN AND CLEAN! 8th Annual Taylorsville Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration

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COUNCIL CORNER The Budget & Economic Development The Budget Season is upon us. As the City Council and Staff meet over the next few months, we will be reviewing priorities for the City; we will be getting reports, feedback, and revenue projections for the next few years. These are important discussions that help us focus resources – especially as we look for ways to maximize our revenues. Economic Development is always a concern as nearly 1/3 of the City's budget comes from sales taxes. Over the last several years, with the redevelopment of Redwood Road and 5400 S –

sales tax revenues have increased. This year we believe that our sales tax numbers will be back to what they were in 2008. We are currently working on several other projects in the City that should continue those efforts. Another source of revenue for the City is property taxes. Taylorsville City receives approximately 1/8 of its annual Budget from Property taxes. Revenues from property taxes do not increase even though the value of property increases. The City Council sets a dollar amount for property taxes, not a tax rate. The City Council has been working on economic develop-

ment for several years, a nd we look forward to more economic development as our work continues. As always, your City Council wants to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Chief Tracy Wyant

The following UPD Taylorsville Precinct Awards were presented at the City Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 OFFICER OF THE MONTH - DECEMBER  2017 Officer Brandon Sulich

Officer Brandon Sulich

On 12-10-17, Officer Sulich was following up on information disseminated from Taylorsville Detectives regarding a frequent problem apartment in Taylorsville City. Officer Sulich contacted the occupants of a vehicle in this particular area that had history of illegal drug use. He was able to identify the occupants and have a friendly police contact, however, had to allow them to move along. The following day, Officer Sulich observed the same vehicle leaving the same apartment complex.  He followed the vehicle to the area of 5400 S 3200 W.  The driver appeared to notice that police were following her vehicle and pulled into the 7-11 parking lot.  The subject was observed discarding something into the trash can, prior to driving away.  Officer Sulich examined what was discarded and found, a loaded handgun, narcotics, and packaging materials related to illegal drugs sales. A short time later, a different vehicle arrived and the occupants were observed searching the same trash can.  Contact was made with the occupants of that vehicle and as a result, three additional handguns were located and seized, two of which were also loaded.  A distributable amount of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, prescription pills, and approximately $3000 cash were also seized.  This was a potentially very dangerous situation, involving dangerous people.  It was handled tactically and professionally, with the best possible outcome. Officer Sulich’s tenacity and dedication should be recognized and commended.  He approaches each shift with the same drive and motivation, making Taylorsville City and Salt Lake County as a whole, a safer place to live and visit.

OFFICER OF THE MONTH - JANUARY 2018 Officer Dan Christensen On January 10th, 2018 while on traffic enforcement duty, Off. Christensen, with the use of the latest technology, identified and recovered an occupied stolen vehicle.  Again on January 11th, 2018, Off. Christensen identified and recovered another occupied stolen vehicle.  During both incidents, Dan was able to safely take the suspects into custody and return the stolen vehicles back to their rightful owners.   In addition to the aforementioned pro-active work, Off. Christensen exceeds expectations in his duty as a traffic enforcement Officer.  His work with traffic enforcement, distracted driving, DUI’s and other traffic related offenses makes Taylorsville City a safer place to work and reside.

PRECINCTS CHIEFS AWARD 2018 Detective Jerry Byam On February 21st, Detective Byam cultivated information from a Taylorsville High School student, who had received a disturbing image on "Snapchat." The image indicated "Shooting up Eastside Memorial High School in Austin, Texas on February 22nd." Although the reporting student did not personally know the suspect student in Texas, she did report that through past posts, he hated his teachers and used the name DJ and Luflak on Snapchat and other social media sites. Detective Byam immediately contacted Austin Police Department SRO Daniel Martinez, who through both the information Jerry provided as well as an independent investigation, were able to identify and apprehend this potential shooter.

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Detective Byam's tenacity and dedication should be recognized and commended. His care for his students at Taylorsville High School and beyond is admirable. He approaches each shift with the same drive and motivation, making Taylorsville City and Salt Lake County as a whole, a safer place to live and visit.

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The Weekly Green Waste Collection Program will resume beginning Thursday, March 22nd for Taylorsville residents. Taylorsville currently has 701 subscribers. This is a subscription program that helps divert green waste from the landfill to be processed into mulch that can be purchased for use from the Salt Lake Valley and TransJordan Landfills. At $114 per year, a green waste can is less expensive than an additional black refuse can at $204 per year. For more information on this program, please visit our website at: http://wasatchfrontwaste.org/green-waste.

Now is the perfect time of year to trim your trees! Salt Lake County Ordinance 14.12.050, and other municipal ordinances, require that trees and landscaping which overhangs the street pavement need to be trimmed to a minimum height of thirteen and one half feet (13 ½ feet) above the street pavement. Following these guidelines will help our trucks navigate through your neighborhood and empty your cans without potential damage to your trees and our trucks. We appreciate your help.

BE INVOLVED.   BE IN THE KNOW.    BE PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY. Community Councils are advisory councils where a variety of city-related community interests such as community and economic development, public safety, emergency preparedness, public services, city infrastructure, civil enforcement, and budget can be discussed.  Any residents, property owners, business owners; and leaders of local religious congregations, schools, nonprofit organizations, and other community organizations located within the boundaries of Taylorsville Community Council  2B are invited to contact Jerry Milne at (801) 268-4163 and/or email at jerrymilne@comcast.net 

Taylorsville City will host their annual Earth Day Collection Event on Saturday, April 21st, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Taylorsville City Hall. At this event, we will be accepting bulk waste, recycling, green waste, and hazardous and electronic waste. Volunteers are welcome. Contact Jeffrey Summerhays at 385-468-6337 or jsummerhays@wasatchfrontwaste.org for more information.

We would like to remind all residents to have their cans placed on the street by 7:00am on the day of their normal collection. Salt Lake Valley Health Department Regulation 7, Ordnance 4.3.2 also requires that the cans be taken off the street the same day they are emptied. We ask all residents to keep this in mind and to have their cans ready for collection in time, and to also ensure they are taken off the street in time for the health and safety of our neighborhoods.

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Taylorsville City Journal City of Taylorsville Newsletter Sometimes it’s hard to wait. Whether it is a teenager waiting for that Sixteenth Birthday to be able to get behind the wheel or that special vacation it is sometimes hard to wait. Due to the lack of snow this past winter it is time to Wait 2 Water. By delaying watering your lawn before Mother’s Day, its roots will have grown deeper and your lawn will be healthier. This delayed watering benefits the lawn in hotter months when the surface dries out quickly but the roots can access water deeper in the soil. If you have any questions regarding this article or any other water conservation questions please contact Dan McDougal, Communications Manager, at 801-968-9081. Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District.

TAYLORSVILLE COMMUNITY GREENHOUSE The Community Greenhouse is now open for Spring Planting. Cost is $25

We also have openings for Community Garden Summer plots.

For additional information please contact: Toni Lenning at 801-265-1328 or 801-414-4192

The City of Taylorsville was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This recognition was achieved by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. "Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education. Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Remembrances My Dad, The Gardener by Thom Rich My Dad, Gene Rich, was a Tin Smith by trade and worked his whole life at Kennecott. I remember him riding to work in a car pool and when it came time for me to start driving, I had to make sure that I left the car at least half full so he could make it to the Arthur Mill in Magna and back when it was his turn to drive. In those days, we never filled the gas tank. We put in $2.00 at a time and that was about 8 gallons...but I never remember filling the gas tank..unless there was a gas war! So he was a Copper worker, like so many who lived in Bennion and Taylorsville, but his heart was really in the soil and when he retired, he had one of the most beautiful and tidy gardens that a man could have. There is a photo of him standing in front of his corn that was for a long time, his pride and joy. I used to kid him that this picture showed that he was “outstanding in his field”. He would stagger the planting of the corn seed, so fresh corn would come on every week for about 4-6 weeks during the summer giving us fresh corn-on-the-cob for the best part of the summer vacation. Growing it wasn’t automatic. Worms and earwigs would attack the ears, so when the silk first came on, he would meticulously dust every ear, individually, to prevent the pests from getting into the cobs. The corn had to be perfect and you could not spend too much time caring for it. There were a couple of years when he had to deal with skunks coming in from adjacent coops and fields and tearing off cobs and pulling the whole stocks down. So, he made a trip to catch them alive. It was closed on three sides with mesh in the back. The skunk would walk-in to get the bait, the front door would close, and it was trapped. The back end had to appear to be open for them to go in. Then he would dress up in coveralls, respirator and goggles, pick up the trap so the skunk couldn’t see him and put it into a garbage can full of water. Didn’t take long to eradicate the skunk problem. You see, the garden belonged to him and corn was king... and nothing was going to mess with my dad’s treasure. In later years, cantaloupes and other melons became his passion. After he had open heart surgery, his surgeon was delighted to receive a couple of new melons on all of his follow-up visits. He also loved home grown tomatoes and shared them by the bushel. He shared all his produce with anyone who happened to stop by and see him. Raspberries were a chore to pick and I just wouldn’t do it, but he would pick them and give me some anyway. I want to share a few stories that are dear to my heart about the kind of man he was as a father that relate to his gardening prowess and the way he did things. The first has to do with tilling the soil and preparing it for the off season. In the last few years of his life, he would ask for help in getting the garden and his property ready for winter. Then in the spring he had a tiller and would turn the soil to get rid of all the weeds and make the soil smooth and uniform. I had the ‘privilege’ of doing it one day and as I was moving up the row of the garden, doing what I thought was a great job walking behind the tiller. “NO, no, no....that’s not the way we do it.” “I’m sorry, I stuttered? What am I doing wrong?

The 2nd story has to do with cutting down weeks along the ditch bank that fed his garden. Cleaning ditches is a big part of farming and we weren’t cleaning the ditch as much as the bank so we could walk along it to “get” the water. The ditch came in from the upper right of the picture. He had an incredible system of little pipes and tiny rock weirs and it was a system he could set and let it run for hours at just the right flow, so the rows would soak completely and he only had to water about once a week. II showed up on a Saturday morning and grabbed the Stihl string trimmer the family had bought him a few years back. It was a gas powered, top of the line model, very powerful..I was confident we’d be done in no time. What’s a few weeds compared to modern technology and high-speed string ripping the weed’s little bodies to smithereens. As Dad came out the back door, he said. “I don’t have any string for the trimmer... we can use the scythe”. (See picture of you’re not sure what a scythe is) Now his ditch bank has many more weeds than this picture shows, and they were much thicker. He made the comment about “using a scythe” like it was something we did all the time. For the record, I never saw the scythe used in my lifetime. I’m again looking at him to see if he’s showing any signs of losing it mentally. I try to reason with him...”I”ll go get some string”...he gives no ground. Apparently, what was good for the pioneers is good enough for us! We move to the ditch bank. He shows me how to use the scythe from when he last used it, as a boy, 80 years ago...and hands it it me. I stand there thinking, what in the world are we doing? I’m sure in another lifetime, in another realm this ceremonial handing over of the scythe would be a great honor, perhaps even a privilege. I’m still thinking Stihl String Trimmer.... Okay, I’m not a bad golfer and I can play baseball but this isn’t a game. And, this heirloom hasn’t been sharpened in my lifetime that I know of. Some of the weeds have 3/4-inch stems. So..., I begin. All I’m doing is making them really angry...they are only bending over, not being cut off. It’s hot, I’m sweating, now I’m swinging for all I’ve got and it’s not really working. Maybe on some of the smaller ones but it’s wiping me out. Imagine swinging a ten-foot-long baseball bat bent two different directions as fast as you can at whiffle balls for 20 minutes at a time. Yes, it becomes torturous. You can rest but it doesn’t seem to help. You just have to start again. I think in the end, I was able to finally convince him to lower his expectations and settle for a small path, not the whole ditch bank. Even he could only take so much whining. And we had to use a shovel on the bigger, tougher weeds. But we had a scythe and he wanted to do it that way. My dad was a man of great principle and integrity and honest as the day is long. Just a quick story about how respected his honesty was. When he built his home on 6235 South, he had an $85.00 per month mortgage payment that he would make, in cash placed in an envelope, and dropped off at his banker’s home in Taylorsville. I don’t know why it was done this way, but it was. One month a questions arose about a payment not being received. Dad said he made the payment and that was accepted as fact. There was no other question asked. Can you even imagine that happening today? He was a good man, but he had some quirks and ways of doing things that today just make me smile as I remember trying to keep up with him and trying to do it his way because that was the way he wanted it done. Yes, in many cases, it really was a better way! I will always be grateful for the life he gave me and for the contributions he made to the building up of the Bennion area. For the love and care I saw him give to neighbors and church members and people in need. He was and is a giant in my life. I love you dad. I miss your sense of humor and your wonderful fresh produce. And, I don’t know why dad........but I kept that damn scythe!

“You’re leaving foot prints in the soil, we don’t do that” My mind went into one of those non-comprehending modes as I stopped and looked back at my foot prints. I was stunned. I didn’t know what to say or how to respond. I just sat there like a goon with my mouth open staring at my dad trying to see if he was still all there! He was after all, almost 90. “Here, let me show you.” That was, of course the way he punished you when you didn’t fall in line immediately. It was the ultimate put down. I knew what I was doing, I had a college degree, I was a professional engineer, I knew how to till a garden..but now he was going to show me how to turn the soil? “You walk to the side of it that hasn’t been tilled.” I tried to sound professional. “Okay, but why?” And there I was, 10 years old again, asking a stupid question that as soon as I had said it, I knew what was coming.... “ Because that’ the way I want it done”. I can’t tell you how many times I heard that growing up and it didn’t get any easier to hear when I got older. Throw physics and logic and mathematics out the door. Nothing else mattered. There was only one response that was acceptable..any other one might get you the back of his hand! You know...it didn’t take any longer to do it the way he wanted it done. That was almost always the case. And doggone if it didn’t look pretty darn cool.....with no footprints..anywhere. I wasn’t about to ask what if you had to walk across it for some other reason....I was happy to assume you carried a rake with you!

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Students join nationwide protest, many focus on kindness

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By Julie Slama, Justin Adams, Lori Gillespie and Travis Barton

Students link arms around the football field at Highland High School on March 14 as part of the nationwide walkout. (Lori Gillespie/City Journals)

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cross the country students made their voices heard on March 14, one month after the school shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school. They honored the 17 victims with tearful moments of silence, they protested gun laws and pledged kindness to their peers. Salt Lake County was no different as schools around the valley participated with walkouts and “walk ups.” Murray “I’m scared at school and I hear that from my friends as well,” said Academy of Math, Engineering and Science junior Grace Wason. “I don’t think fear should be in a place of learning.” About 150 students, most wearing black in mourning, lined 1300 East near the Murray school. They held signs showing each victim and chanted, “Books not bullets; no more silence. We are change.” During the walkout, Grace recited names of each victim, then added: “These are only 17 of the 75-plus students we are mourning today. We do this in solidarity not only with lost victims, but also their mourning friends and families. This has gone too far.” Grace participated in a routine school lockdown earlier in the week. “It was daunting,” she said. “I was working on the posters and saw them on my desk as I hid in the corner and thought, this is the exact thing those Florida students went through only they had someone with a gun come in their door.” Students, many who planned to take part in the “March for Our Lives” rally at the Capitol March 24, also signed up to vote as leaders organized voting registration as well as planned to hold a letter-writing campaign to Congress. Murray Board of Education Vice President Kami Anderson said Murray School District allowed students from Murray High, Hillcrest Junior High and Riverview Junior High the opportunity to walkout. “As a school district, we wanted to facilitate the conversation between students and parents about what the walkout means and why or why not participate and provide a safe place for them,” she said. “We need to allow students to make the choices for themselves.” Murray High student body president Kate Spackman said student government ushered the student-organized walkout to the school plaza, which had about 250 students participate. “Some students stood up and spoke out; we paid our respects to the victims,” Kate said. “I felt the kids who walked out for the right

reasons supported the victims and it was awesome. For the kids who walked out to miss school, I hope they realize what this is all about and the importance of it.” Kate and other student government leaders organized “17 days of kindness of positivity.” Suggestions include to make a new friend, smile at 17 people, post a picture on social media “NeverAgain” in support and write to Gov. Gary Herbert and the legislature. “We wanted to do something that will make a difference immediately in kids’ lives,” she said.

Ermiya Fanaeian organized the student protest—which also included voter registration booths—at Highland having grown tired of the mass shootings that have transpired over the last decade. “I am sick and tired of American schools being the new American battleground,” she said, adding the protest serves as a “call to action” for Congress and state legislators to limit access to weapons that put student safety at risk. “It is important that we express our dissent, it is important that we stay pugnacious to the change that we want to expedite.”

Cottonwood Heights Brighton student government also will hold a kindness campaign to create a more welcoming environment, said Principal Tom Sherwood after about 500 students participated in the studentled walkout. “I believe if students want to make a statement about changes to protest future lives, they have a right,” he said. “Students for generations have used civil disobedience in the community or country to stand up for what they believe is not right — and they still do.” Students, who gathered in the football stand, were silent for 17 minutes as the names of victims were held up and read out loud. Student leaders also urged students to use their voice — “we can’t let kids our age die in vain,” to vote and to write to their representatives. Afterward, two juniors — Evelyn Compagno and Lilly Olpin — lingered. “I’m so glad we raised awareness for such a horrible thing,” said Evelyn, adding that she had friends who survived the Las Vegas shooting. “Those kids were murdered for no reason.” The future of the country is being impacted as well, Lilly said. “You never know the potential those children had. They could have been someone great, like the next Isaac Newton,” she said. Community members and Jim and Bonnie Despain came with their signs supporting the students. Jim Despain, who once hunted rabbits, said that he has wanted better gun control for years. Bonnie is a retired Ridgecrest Elementary schoolteacher and remembers faculty discussing the best course of action after the Columbine and Sandy Hook shootings. “It’s taking the kids across the nation to say enough and get the movement going on this,” she said. Utah State Rep. Marie Poulson, who taught English in the south end of the valley, agreed and supported students who participated. “I’m so proud of the courage, how they came out and spoke up,” she said. “It’s taking our young people’s activism to come out to remind us to look at it and make changes. Kids should have the right to feel safe at school.” Poulson said she recalled how the Columbine shooting terrorized both students and teachers and puzzled them about what they could do to make schools safer. Since then, she said phones and panic buttons have been installed in classrooms. “And we’re still discussing it now, but I’m hoping these students caught the attention of other officials and have embarrassed them to do more,” Poulson said. “We don’t want schools to become an armed camp, but we want our students to be safe. We’ve called a school safety commission and if they can find a way to make a difference, we’ll call a special session (at the legislature) and I hope they do.”

Kearns Kearns Jr. High focused its energies on what principal Scott Bell hoped would be a “positive direction” rather than getting into the political aspect. The school’s “walk up” concentrated its attention on supporting school kindness and safety, standing united against school violence and honoring the 17 Parkland shooting victims. “My hope was there would be a uniting activity for us as a school and I think it exceeded my hopes. It really turned out just awesome,” Bell said. Before exiting the school, a student-made video was played with students requesting those watching to stand against school violence and pledge to do 17 acts of kindness. On the lawn outside, students and faculty held a moment of silence for two minutes, 14 seconds (the date of the tragedy 2/14). Once students returned to class they were given a KJH Cares card with 14 suggested acts of kindness and three blank lines for them to come up their own ideas. “We’re giving a challenge to our students over the next month to do 17 acts of kindness for others and to use the #KJHCares to share their acts of kindness on social media,” Bell said. Bell was impressed with his students saying they struck the right tone of respect and solemnity. “One thing I didn’t count on was the level of emotion it had for some students,” he said. “We had some of our students and staff be a little emotional about it. There was a real connection with what we were doing.”

Sugar House Students from Highland High School and the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts congregated on the Highland football field where they linked arms and sang the Highland school song. Highland principal Chris Jenson estimated they had 1,200 students walk out. “The kids that did walk out, it was really nice to see them make a peaceful statement,” Jenson said.

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Holladay At Churchill Jr. High, Principal Josh LeRoy estimated that 80 percent of the student body joined the nationwide walkout. The administration took a hands-off approach to the demonstration, letting student leaders organize it themselves. They did notify the PTSA so that parents were aware of the walkout, many of whom attended to show solidarity for their children. The students formed a large circle and had a moment of silence to honor the victims of recent school shootings. Afterward, some of the student organizers spoke through a megaphone about the need for more gun control and more kindness between students, noting that many of those who carry out school shootings were previously victims of bullying. One of those students, Lydia Timms, said that the opinion and activism of students across the country shouldn’t be discounted just because of their age. “Just because we’re young doesn’t mean that we can’t be patriotic,” she said. Following the demonstration, the majority of students promptly walked back into the building to return to class. LeRoy said he was impressed with the behavior of the students throughout the demonstration. “For most of these students, this was their first experience in civic engagement so we wanted to make sure that it went well,” he said. Eric Holley, one of the parents who attended, said that he thought it was a valuable experience for his daughter. “Something like this works for these kids on their level,” he said. l


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STEAMing ahead By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com different artistic activities,” said third-grade teacher Matthew Morse. Arcadia partners with community organizations such as Opera by Children, Tanner Dance and Ballet West to provide even more arts experiences for students. Math is another aspect of STEAM that Arcadia is adapting to encourage excitement about learning. Third-grade teachers Felicia Walton, Matthew Morse and Kathy Godfrey have Third-graders become Jedi Masters of math through technology and ingenu- changed the way their students ity. (Jet Burnham/City Journals) learn the challenging third grade math core. Using programs such rcadia Elementary is steaming ahead with as Minio and Formative, they STEAM education for their students. have set up mini lessons, practice worksheets and “We are doing this very informally through instructive YouTube videos in Google classroom. teachers who have incorporated these programs,” Students progress through what they call Jedi said Dr. Cecilia Jabakumer, principal at Arcadia. Math. Each unit is set up like Jedi training where She said talented teachers have tapped into students’ students begin as padawan learners. Units are interests to incorporate Science, Technology, broken down into concepts and as students master Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) learning. each concept, they progress to the next until they Arcadia’s popular Lego League Robotics are Jedi Masters, having achieved mastery of the club provides students with hands-on experience unit. in science, technology, engineering and math. The competitive nature of the program has Shelly Prettyman and Ross Pope advise the been motivating for Angie Winward’s twin boys. two Lego League teams, but it is a very student“They are determined to get to the end,” she driven program. Students develop teamwork and said. “They are doing it by themselves at home problem-solving skills, which are honed through without any push from me.” trial and error as they design and program robots to Jedi Math also enables students to work at their complete specific tasks. own pace. Teachers teach a unit and then students The dedicated students performed well at complete worksheets on their chromebooks. this year’s competition. At the district level, they Students who achieve understanding quickly move were awarded First Place in Robot Performance, on to the next unit, learning from instructional Second Place in Robot Design and Second Place YouTube videos. Students who struggle to Champion’s Award. They were one of the eight progress are pulled into small group instruction teams from the 31 competing that moved on to with teachers. the state level. At State, they finished in the top “The intent is to make sure the lower kids half of all teams, which included junior high-aged are mastering those lower levels of math before students. moving on,” said Walton. “Those kids sometimes In addition to a focus on STEM, Arcadia get left behind.” She said the higher-level kids can has also embraced arts education. Jabakumer said also progress at a pace that’s comfortable for them. incorporating the arts into the curriculum makes it Teachers monitor progress in real-time, so when fun for students. they notice multiple students struggling with a “It keeps kids wanting to learn and be excited level, one of them will pull that group of students about school,” she said. together and re-teach the concept. Beverly Taylor Sorensen Arts Specialist Recent math benchmarks have reflected the Maren Holmes, who specializes in theater, develops students’ improved comprehension. activities that integrate with common core learning. “We have seen exponential growth in testing In March, every class in the school celebrated scores,” said Walton. International Women’s Day with “informances”— Arcadia’s administration and staff is dedicated informative performances. Students researched to continuing to develop STEAM curriculum as famous women such Rosa Parks, Pocahontas, resources are available, even without an official Clara Barton and Sally Ride. They developed a STEAM endorsement. script and a pantomime to highlight key moments “There’s no waiting for any ribbon-cutting in the women’s lives. ceremony; we’re just getting started,” Jabakumer “It’s super-enriching for them to get a taste of said. l

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Bobcats win several sports titles By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Brian Fries and the Bennion Junior High boys basketball team captured the Granite School District championship. (Brian Fries/Bennion Jr High)

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ennion Junior High has two mottos, “Get Involved” and “Bennion Strong.” The Granite School District began a new intramural sports program along with its competitive athletic experience in 2017–18 for students. In addition to having the traditional competitive athletic teams, it will implement a blended experience to provide exercise, recreation and competition. “It keeps kids involved,” Bennion volleyball

coach Tami Decora said. “So many kids today seem attached to some electronic device. Getting involved in an extracurricular activity has so many benefits.” The Bobcats participate in GSD athletic activities such as basketball, cross country, soccer, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. The boys volleyball team won its second straight district championship. It defeated Olympus Jr. High 25-23, 24-26, 25-21.

“This year’s team had a lot of pressure on them,” Decora said. “They wanted to prove that last year’s win was not a fluke. We beat Olympus Jr., and it was huge. We had no returning players, but we were so athletic.” James and John Gavin, TJ Kavapalu, Kai Evans, Max Harker and Max Copper were all members of the volleyball team. The team’s grade point average was 3.75. The school community supported its teams too. At the volleyball championship game, Bennion fans packed the stands. Decora said it was intense. “I feel it builds school spirit,” she said. “The students at Bennion are very supportive of their peers. I call them ‘super fans.’ Our student section is always packed, and we definitely have a home-court advantage due to our fans getting loud.” The boys basketball team also won the district championship. It defeated Olympus Jr. 65-60. Head coach Brian Fries said all his players stood out, including James Gavin, Brison Peisley and John Gavin. The players did what was needed no matter what. “The boys on the team were all amazing,” Fries said. “I commented to my assistant coaches

several times that I had never been part of a team like these boys. They supported each other. Academically, they are successful. They are involved in student government. Winning was just a bonus. Even if we had lost, the boys would have walked away with smiles on their faces.” In other sports such as cross country, Grayson Spencer and Max Rusin finished in the district top 10, and the boys soccer team won the championship 2-1 over Olympus Jr. “I personally love being part of this team,” Fries said. “Watching them play and enjoying their success while helping them work through their failures was a highlight for me.” Decoa explained the other benefits of junior high sports. “It strengthens relationships with other kids,” she said. “It keeps them focused on their grades to keep them eligible to play. Some students even get to go to college because of sports.” The Granite School District programs are designed to enhance the academic experience. Junior High Schools such as Kennedy, Kearns, Churchill, Bonneville and Eisenhower participate in the after-school programs. l

Oquirrh Mountaineers hockey team wins state By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

Oquirrh Mountaineers hockey players Jackson Bybee, Ian Murray, Piper van der Sluys, Giovanni Mammano, Christopher Panek, Kenyon Johnson, Jeffrey Kain and Jackson Strelow were key players in the team’s Utah High School Hockey Division 2 Independent State Championship, which they won by defeating Southern Utah 10-1 Feb. 21. (Photo/Sharon Kain)

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t’s not how you start, but how you finish. The Oquirrh Mountaineers hockey team, made up of boy and girl players from various high schools, had a fourth-place showing in their regular season in Division 2 of Utah high school hockey before heading into the state playoffs. Head coach Moe van der Sluys said his team was playing extremely well and were looking to “make a deep run for the playoffs” and that they did, winning the Division 2 Independent State Championship with a win over Southern Utah 10-1 Feb. 21.

“It was an amazing feeling, especially since it’s the first time in 11 years of coaching high school hockey for me, but, more importantly, to see the players and their reactions at the end of the game was priceless,” van der Sluys said. “Hockey is one of the longest seasons in high school sports. We started practicing in August so to have it culminate this way was amazing.” During the state tournament, Oquirrh defeated Southern Utah 5-1 Feb. 10 and then UCI-South 5-4 Feb. 12 in the semifinals matchup to reach the final game. “Because we are an independent team, it is always difficult to blend the different mentalities together and have the players bond quickly,” van der Sluys said. “This team had an influx of new players, but it was amazing how quickly they came together and relied on each other early on. They really acted and played as a team, which is what you need to take it to this level. Of course, we had some standout players but it does take the entire roster to win.” Sophomore All-State player Ian Murray from Juan Diego Catholic High School led the state with 41 goals while senior captain Christopher Panek, an Academic All-Star from JDCHS who scored 24 goals this season, was a “game changer as well,” according to van der Sluys. “When put together on a line, they were unstoppable,” van der Sluys said. Senior assistant captain Jeffrey Kain, an All-State player and Academic All-Star who is also from JDCHS, was credited by van der Sluys as their “smartest player” and for his “amazing” defensive contributions, while senior goalie Joey Combs, an Academic All-Star from Hunter High, was “solid all year.” Also on the 2017–18 state title team were senior All-State player and Academic All-Star Jackson Bybee from JDCHS, All-State

players Reagan Tolley (Taylorsville High) and Dylan Burton (Cyprus High), along with other Academic All-Stars Piper van der Sluys, Jackson Strelow and Giovanni Mammano (JDCHS), Sarah Mason and Jared Wood (Hunter High), Austin Mendenhall and Ryan Wood (Bennion Junior High). Other players on the squad were David Broadhead, Ethan Broadhead, Thomas Christensen, Ian Frederick, Jackson Gordon, Jeade’en Haygood, Casey Horne, Kenyon Johnson, Garrette Moore, Owen Peterson, Tristan Schetzel, Jonathan Schild, Samuel Schild, Ryan Weed and Jared Wood. The team had six players participate the league’s all-star game. The team was also recognized by the West Valley City Council for their championship. “What can I say, but I’m so proud of all the work these boys and girls put into the sport and the team,” van der Sluys said. “The cost to practice is $170 an hour so we don’t have as many opportunities to practice as other sports so players have to go on their own to drop-in hockey sessions and open skates. You can definitely tell those that put in the extra work. I’m just very proud of the coaches, trustee, parents and players for what was accomplished this year.” Van der Sluys, who was named the division’s coach of the year, was assisted by Mike Dykman and Kory Palmer on the coaching staff with Dana Combs as team trustee. “Hockey is a physical sport and it’s unlike any other in high school sports,” van der Sluys said, also noting the four girls on his squad — Piper van der Sluys, Tolley, Terrill and Mason — “who play and hang tough.” “We look to the future with our young players who will be making an impact for years to come.” l

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Bruins basketball wins multiple titles and awards By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he Bruins might as well have rented a Brinks armored truck to bring home all of their trophies from the Region 18 basketball tournaments in Ephraim, Utah. The womens team beat the College of Southern Idaho 79-70 in the championship game to win the region title. The first step for the team to accomplish its goal to return to the NJCAA National Tournament. “I am proud of our team,” womens head coach Betsy Specketer said. We got punched in the first quarter, but we never quit.” Tia Hay contributed 32 points on 12 of 17 shooting; Rian Rawlings scored 14, and Jamaica martin finished with 13. The men were not to be out-done. They defeated CSI 69-68 in a nail-biter comeback. They trailed at the half by four points. In the second half, they shot a blistering 71 percent to earn the title. Sophomore Christian Gray scored 19 points in the championship game, yet it was truly a team effort, as the Bruins had nine players score in the game. “It is our goal to be playing our best basketball at this time of the year,” Bruins mens

head coach Todd Phillips said. The men finished their season with a 29-3 regular season record. They hosted the NJCAA District Championship game defeating Arizona Western College 89-86. The Bruin men’s team advanced to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas where they lost a heartbreaker to South Plains Community College 78-79. The Bruin womens team finished its season with a 26-6 overall record winning the region tournament before falling 59-60 in the opening round of the NJCAA National Tournament on March 19. Specketer earned Region 18 womens coach of the year. Hay was awarded player of the year honors. Miki’alo Maio was named to the All-Region First Team; Martin and Kimauri Toia both were honored as Second Team All-Region. Hay averaged 19.3 points per game this season. She is from Melbourne, Australia and laughs that everyone asks her if she has a pet kangaroo. She was also named a Womens Basketball Coaches Association All-American. The Bruin men placed two players on the

Bruins assistant coach Marci Grayer and the team’s seven sophomores celebrate their Region 18 championship. (Bruins sports information)

First Team All-Region: Kur Kuath and Gray. The All-Region Second Team included Bushmen Ebet and Alec Monson; Dalven Brushier was an Honorable Mention team member. Kuath is an Oklahoma University signee, and at 6-foot-9, he averaged 10.9 points, 7.3

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rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. Gray averaged 13.2 points per game. Phillips was named co-coach of the year. He shared the honor with CSI head coach Jared Phay. l


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The Value of Choices I recently watched a Netflix Original show called “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner and Peter Mullan. The show opens over a lake, late into an evening sunset. Over the next three minutes, a dimly-lit montage of the main character doing some menial tasks makes the audience question the morality of the character. Bateman’s voice is tracked over this scene. “Money: that which separates the haves, from the have-nots. It’s everything if you don’t have it, right? Half of all American adults have more credit card debt than savings. Twenty-five percent have no savings at all. And only 15 percent of the population is on track to fund even one year of retirement. You see, I think most people just have a fundamentally flawed view of money. Is it simply an agreed upon unit of exchange for goods and services? Or is it intangible – security, happiness, or peace of mind? Let me propose a third option; money as a measuring device. You see the hard reality is how much money we accumulate in life is a function of….patience, frugality, and sacrifice. When you boil it down, what do those three things have in common? Those are choices. Money is not peace of mind. Money’s not happiness. Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices.”

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