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FREE AIMEE WINDER NEWTON, CONSIDERING RUN FOR GOVERNOR Continues to offer “Women in Politics” courses By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


imee Winder Newton continues to lead her one-woman crusade to equip and encourage more women to become involved in Utah politics, while also considering a possible run for the state’s highest office. “A couple of people approached me about running for governor, and at first, I thought it was crazy,” said the Salt Lake County Republican councilwoman and Taylorsville resident. “I appreciate their support and have decided to consider it. I expect to decide and make an announcement sometime this fall.” In the meantime, Newton is excited to see the growing interest among women to seek elected office, here in Utah and nationally. “I definitely think it is important we have more women run for office, because I see how it benefits both genders to have men and women at the table together.” Winder added. “I think a lot of people once thought stay-at-home moms could not know about the issues or their community. I am glad to see that changing.” After teaching a couple of more rudimentary “Women in Politics” courses last year, Winder decided to offer something a bit more detailed, several weeks ago. “I called it ‘Women in Politics 2.0,’ for lack of a better term,” she said. Eleven women attended the class, at Winder’s Taylorsville home, where they received a lot of instruction about the state budgeting process and how bills become laws. Among the attendees — after attending Newton’s more elementary class, while she was running for office — was Taylorsville City Councilwoman Meredith Harker.

Salt Lake County Councilwoman – and Taylorsville resident – Aimee Winder Newton (middle on floor) is again offering “Women in Politics” courses at her home, while also weighing a run for governor. (Courtesy Aimee Winder Newton)

“This course was more in-depth than the first one, and I the information in a very personable and non-threatening manfound it very interesting and helpful,” Harker said. “It is so em- ner. I loved it.” powering for women to have a voice in politics. Aimee presents Harker is also completely on board with Newton, if she Continue on page 4...

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tosses her hat in the ring for governor. “One hundred percent I would support Aimee,” Harker said. “She’s intelligent, understands the issues, does her homework and has a great rapport with people.” Another person at the “Women in Politics 2.0” class — who Newton invited to guest speak — is also pleased to see the county councilwoman consider a run for governor. “I would certainly encourage [Newton] to run [for governor] and would be excited about her running,” former Utah State Legislator Sophia DiCaro said. “I would love to see a woman on the ballot. I’m not yet ready to formally endorse any candidates. But I encourage her to run, absolutely.” DiCaro represented northern West Valley City in the Utah House for one term (2015– 16). She lost her reelection bid by a narrow margin in 2016 and then fell to incumbent atlarge Salt Lake County Councilman Jim Bradley last fall. Prior to her election to the Utah House, DiCaro spent 13 years working in the governor’s office on economic development and budgeting. “It’s great what Aimee is doing, involving women at the grassroots level in government and politics,” she said. “What was nice about this group is that it was bipartisan, involving Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated women. The trend toward more women seeking political office is exciting. Now it would also be nice to see more Republican

women becoming involved. In the Utah Legislature, whether the issue is breast feeding or talk of occupations held primarily by women, it would be a much richer conversation if more women were involved.” Newton believes all three of the “Women in Politics” courses she has offered have been successful. She’s not sure when the next one might be offered, particularly if she does run for governor. “Before making my decision, I want to visit all 29 Utah counties to talk with the voters about their concerns,” Newton said. “I don’t plan to host a lot of big town hall meetings. I want to visit local cafes to see what people are talking about. I expect to do that between April and July. I’ll make a final decision [on whether or not to run for governor] after that.” Another female politician who is glad to see Newton consider the governor’s race is Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson, who served with Newton on the city’s planning commission for four years. “I have known Aimee for a long time and was very pleased to see her name appear in a poll for potential governor’s candidates,” Overson said. “I know her background and qualifications. I would love to see her give it a shot.” The only Taylorsville resident to ever serve on the county council, Winder joined the body in early 2014 as its first female Republican. She won in a special election landslide, earning 78 percent of the vote, replacing David Wilde, who stepped down for health

reasons. Twenty months later, Wilde died of cancer at age 59. In November 2014, Newton won a full four-year county council term of her own, defeating former Murray Mayor Dan Snarr. Last year, Newton became the county council’s first female chair. Near the end of the year, she also was elected to a second, fouryear term representing Council’s District 3, defeating challenger Lisa Gehrke. Going further back in Newton’s political career, the Taylorsville High School, Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) and University of Utah graduate was also a member of the very first Taylorsville City Council after the city was incorporated in April 1996. Newton has been a small-business owner since 2003 doing work in public relations and real estate. If she was successful in being elected Utah’s next governor, Newton would be only the second female to hold the post and the first to be elected directly to it. Olene Walker, who died in November 2015, was elected lieutenant governor as she ran on the GOP ticket with Mike Leavitt. She succeeded Leavitt in November 2003 to become Utah’s 15th governor. She was the only woman to hold the position when Leavitt was tabbed by then-President George W. Bush to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. However, Walker was sidelined in her effort to seek reelection only a few months later when Jon Huntsman, Jr. was selected at the Utah Republican Party convention to run for governor. The Salt Lake County website reports, “During her service on the council, Aimee has focused on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, increasing government transparency, improving the criminal justice system, advocating for mental health resources and striving for greater budget accountability.” With a 20-plus-year track record of political successes, Newton said she is pleased to share what she has learned about the governmental process through her “Women in Politics” classes. However, they are on hold for now, as she considers whether to seek the highest elected office in Utah.

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he Juliana potbelly pig “Moonie” — short for Moonlight, because every pig needs a name and a nickname — was simply minding his own business a few weeks ago, in the barn behind the Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Center, when he was kissed, smack on the snout, by a total stranger — Valley Junior High School Principal Trent Hendricks. The Heritage Center rents Chrissy and Holly Jones the barn pen space Moonie occupies. There’s no official word on whether Moonie the pig wanted to be kissed … or how much he may have liked or disliked it. But for Hendricks, a second-year principal, it was something new. “I grew up on a farm outside Rexburg, Idaho, but I have never kissed a pig — until now,” he said. “Our students were excited to humiliate me, and I was happy to do it. Even though he had gnarly teeth—and I know I got some snot on me—I’d do it again.” That’s right, Moonie may not be through with Hendricks. That all depends on how successful the Valley Junior High students are during next year’s annual winter fundraiser. “We raised $5,373 this year, which was one of Valley’s highest fundraising efforts,” Hendricks said. “We expect next year to even exceed this further.” Over a two-week period, the students sold pizza discount cards for $5. They sold well over a thousand cards, primarily motivated by the promise that Hendricks would pig pucker if they did. “At first, our PTSA board members asked if I wanted to volunteer to have my head shaved if we reached our fundraising goal,” Hendricks said. “But keeping hair on my head is already a challenge, so I passed on that idea. Next thing I knew, I was promising to kiss a pig. Our wonderful PTSA moms are incredible. They came into the school to help with the fundraiser and really kept our kids motivated.” Hendricks said it is that kind of student and parent devotion to the school — or, let’s face it, their determination he swine smooch — that has the principal so excited about what’s coming May 4. “We are holding our 70th anniversary celebration that day, inviting Valley Junior High Alumni from all the way back to 1950 to join us,” Hendricks said. “The school just recently underwent a $3.5 million remodel; we want to show that off. We also want our current students to better understand the part they have in a long tradition.” Valley Junior High opened in 1949. Their mascot, the liger (half lion-half tiger), came from the first-ever such animal to be born in captivity the previous year at Salt Lake’s Hogle Zoo.

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“We teach our students a lesson about Shasta the Liger,” Hendricks said. “We connect it to our kids because they are diverse just like Shasta’s parents were, but they came together to create something strong.” Hendricks noted, his school and the entire Granite School District is now “minority-majority,” because they have more Hispanic students and other minorities than they do white students. Shasta, by the way, lived at Hogle Zoo 24 years, and remained at the zoo — after taxidermists were done with her — another 25 years. She’s now on display at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at Brigham Young University. Valley Junior High’s 70th anniversary celebration will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on that first Saturday in May. As a primary sponsor of the event, Comcast is helping to coordinate it and will provide T-shirts and meals. “I am going to try to get to the anniversary celebration,” said Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee Chairwoman Susan Yadeskie, who was a proud graduating Liger back in 1968. “I think it is great they are marking their 70th anniversary. We are also thrilled they thought of our museum when it came time to find a kissable pig.” The annual onslaught of youngsters visiting the Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Museum is also set to begin this month, as many Granite School District students take field trips to the site.

“We usually host about 1,100 to 1,500 students each year on 10 to 12 field trips,” Historic Preservation Committee member Joan White said. “The county’s Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) Committee continues to allocate $3,500 to us each year to cover bus costs. So, it’s essentially a free field trip for the school district. It’s a fun tradition.” The Historic Preservation Committee has doubled in size over the past year, from six active members to a dozen. Yadeskie credits part of that growth to the added exposure the museum is now receiving, through former committee chairwoman Connie Taney’s work on its Facebook page, where historic photos are being gathered, cataloged and preserved. Among the new committee members is Wendy Cochran, wife of Taylorsville City Councilman Curt Cochran. “The museum is such an important part of our heritage and does so many good things for Granite District school kids through their annual field trip program,” Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson said. “Hundreds of kids visit every spring, and many of them bring their families back. It is incredible, invaluable exposure for our museum and city.” The museum’s newest fan is the pig-kissing Hendricks. “I was so glad to tour the museum and visit the dairy after kissing the pig,” he said. “While looking through the old farmhouse, they dug out a booklet for me to look at, all about Valley Junior High. It was a wonderful visit.”

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ust about a year ago, a group of Taylorsville residents — primarily members of a group called the American Venezuelan Association of Utah — approached the city council about forming a new community service committee to join the ranks of the budget, parks and recreation, green, public safety and other committees. The new Cultural Diversity Committee was approved by the city council unanimously. Councilman Curt Cochran volunteered to be liaison to the committee, and Carlos Moreno was quickly elected its chair. The group raced out with a head of steam and lots of big plans. However, the reality of volunteerism quickly settled in, as the group found it difficult to recruit new members. “For the most part, I think committee members are happy with the progress they are making, especially in their first year,” Cochran said. “They certainly have some very big dreams (of activities and events they would like to coordinate). But the question now is, ‘How quickly can they get there?’ They are always in need of new members.” Cochran also noted a new committee chairperson had just been elected. “Emily Barnes has become a very active member of the committee,” he said. “She was elected chair, and I know she’s working on some plans to grow the committee.” Barnes said the group’s first chairman, Moreno, moved out of Taylorsville, prompting the change. She claims she was the only one willing to become chair. When asked whether she represents a particular ethnic minority, Barnes responded, “I am as white as anyone can get. But to me, cultural diversity is broader, not just about ethnicity and race. I think it also includes single parents, which is what I am.” Barnes said she chose to become active in Taylorsville City government after attending a six-month training course, offered by the “Women’s Leadership Institute.” According to the group’s website, “The mission of the institute is to elevate the stature of female leadership in the state of Utah. The organization was formed in January 2015 through the visionary efforts of key business leaders to address Utah’s deficiencies in the presence of women at top level corporate and political leadership.” When her group of about 50 institute graduates finished its work, it was recognized on both the house and senate floors of the Utah State Legislature.

“I graduated in February after attending monthly training sessions in Lehi and Salt Lake,” Barnes said. “And soon after starting the course, I looked on the Taylorsville website to see what committee I might be able to serve. The Cultural Diversity Committee seemed like the best fit.” With their committee member numbers stagnant, Barnes hopes a program operated by Salt Lake Community College can help them gain exposure and generate new volunteers. “The college operates something called the Thayne Center, which involves community partners that support educational and cultural opportunities,” Barnes said. “(Cultural Diversity Committee members) plan to apply to become one of the center’s partners.” The SLCC web page explains, “The purpose of the Thayne Center is to empower our college and community members to cultivate knowledge and skills necessary to affect positive change. We envision a world in which people’s basic needs are met and in which the values of equality and social justice are realized. We establish capacity-building relationships with community organizations.” As the committee awaits word on whether it will partner with the SLCC Thayne Center, Vice Chair Adriana Thorup said they are already looking ahead to their next major activity. “On May 4 — as part of our Cinco de Mayo celebration — we will partner with the Parks and Recreation Committee to plant trees at Millrace Park (1150 West 5400 South),” Thorup said. “That should be a great activity, and we hope to have more volunteers by then.” In its first eight months of existence last year, the Cultural Diversity Committee: • Operated an informational booth at Taylorsville Dayzz • Distributed informational fliers at the Junior League Care Fair • Provided health care information at the Taylorsville Night Out Against Crime • Offered dancing entertainment at the National Gang Awareness and Prevention Night • Hosted the Nativity scene reenactment at the “Saturday with Santa: Christmas Around the World” event The Taylorsville Cultural Diversity Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., in the city council chambers.

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Salt Lake Valley’s epic pranksters show us ‘how to April Fools’ By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


rom placing a pair of live lobsters in the glove box of a paramour’s car to endorsing their boss as a disco-loving ninja on a global career website, to punking fans of the third-largest professional sports league in the world, Utahns know how to April Fools. The City Journals wanted to get up close and personal with some of the pranksters and the pranked in a sort of hall of fame. Look forward to hearing more of your stories, in the comments and for next-year’s piece. Food and fools: Lobsters, an imposter waiter, and under-the-table pranking Long-time radio and web celebs Todd Collard and Erin Fraser (“Todd and Erin”) involve one particular type of food, lobster, as an ongoing April Fools’ staple. One year, Todd, recalls, he actually placed the lobsters in the glove box of Erin’s car. There were no fatalities to report. Rather, the frenetic lobster game is part of the ongoing love affair of Salt Lake City area’s longest on-air-turned-over-web morning personalities. The imposter waiter… Dean Pierose is owner of Cucina wine bar, restaurant, and deli in The Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City. Pierose is long-term best friends with comedian Pat Mac. An April Fools’ prank provided the perfect opportunity for Pierose

to meet his best friend’s wife. But a simple meet-and-greet is not Pierose’s style. Instead, Pierose convinced a fellow restaurant owner to let him stand in and wait the table that Mac and his wife occupied the night of April 1, 2011. Prepped about the woman being a teacher and her having attended the University of Idaho, the imposter waiter set out to be as insulting as possible, first complaining that the table’s former customers, “who must have been teachers,” stiffed him for a tip. On another visit by the table, Pierose slammed the University of Idaho, the woman’s alma mater, making fun of the college’s “Joe the Vandal” mascot, and identifying himself as identifying with the rival “Broncos” of Boise State. “He hit every button he could, to set her off,” laughed Mac. “Dean is a master prankster.” A little Disney’ll do ya, on April Fools Disney Channel actor, writer, and voice talent Jerry Straley just celebrated 30 years with Disney. “My goal is to make 10 million people laugh,” he shared. Straley estimates his role on the “Good Luck, Charlie” sitcom got him about halfway there, with more than five million views of the sitcom’s four seasons. Holladay-dwelling Straley routinely pokes fun at the area’s wealthy, and says

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When not loving on her husband and on-air/over-internet personality Todd Collard, Erin Fraser’s go-to food is lobster. Not surprisingly, Todd has turned it into an April Fools’ go-to that enhances the couple’s relationship. (Photo Credit: ToddandErinDailyStream.com)

April Fools’ jokes include replacing upscale Grey Poupon whole-grain mustard with plain-yellow mustard at hoity-toity Holladay restaurants and making early-morning prank calls, indicating peoples’ butlers are taking the day off. Getting paid ‘under the table’ Saralynn White, a Cottonwood Heights copywriter and creative director/chief storyteller/owner of Salty Dog Marketing, recalls hijinks from now-defunct, but ever epic ad agency Dahlin Smith White. “They taped a sandwich under his desk and it started to reek,” she recalled, “but he couldn’t find what was smelling up the place because of where it was.” Writing the April Fools’ playbook Writer White has not only been pranked, but has pranked upon. One year, colleagues posted “disco” and “ninja” expertise as some of her unique skills on the LinkedIn professional website, comprising 500 million members globally. Professional colleagues of White can still find these skills on her profile today. Another year, White could not get her computer to respond to her keystrokes. Absolutely frustrated at the technological stalemate, she dialed in corporate 911 – the IT or information technology department. Who she credits as “ingenious” colleagues had taken a screenshot of her computer desktop. Pranksters made it so that every keystroke the increasingly frustrated White entered did nothing more than ping a static image, doing absolutely nothing to engage the computer’s functionality. April Fools’ Day: A Team Sport For the Utah Jazz franchise, April Fools’ Day has been good to the Jazz, with the team winning 65 percent of the games played April 1 over the past 33 years, including last year’s 121-97 blowout over the Minnesota Timberwolves. This year, at 7 p.m. on April 1, the Jazz

square off against the Charlotte Hornets in hometown Vivint Arena. The team’s best prank came a few years ago, in 2015, when the Jazz punked fans, commentators, and even readers of the National Basketball Association by launching a new “look-and-feel” three-quarter-length pant. The news went official, with a mock press release and photo featuring Rudy Gobert (27) and Derrick Favors (15). April Fools’ DNA Brothers Jamison and Truman Carter grew up with their prank-playing family first in the Avenues and then Herriman. The two now reside in Salt Lake’s Marmalade neighborhood. The brothers recall stories of their mother’s receiving an April Fools’ Day bouquet of already-dead flowers from high-end florist Every Blooming Thing. Knowing that the bouquet likely cost her then-husband at least $50, their mother called in to complain. Right at that moment, while on the phone ripping the prank-engaging florists who were emphatically denying her description of the bouquet, an incredibly stunning, much bigger and more expensive arrangement arrived from Every Blooming Thing, with the same delivery person. Order restored. The Carter sons were pranked themselves, waking up one April Fools’ morning to a breakfast of meatloaf, gravy, and mashed potatoes. Luckily they tried the odd meal. Their mother, this time, was the prankster, having made Rice Krispie treat “meatloaf” with butterscotch “gravy” and ice-cream “potatoes.” And regarding our last set of pranks? Confession time: I am the mother of the Carters, recipient of dead bouquets, and chef of dreamy April Fools’ breakfasts. Even though it sounds like it could be, that is not a prank. Happy April Fools’ Day, Salt Lake County!

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Dangerous ‘career criminal’ jailed – law enforcers honored by UPD, city council By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


aylorsville resident Brock Fenstermaker, 33, has been arrested 18 times since 2006. Unified Police Department Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant describes him as a “career criminal.” His most recent, high-profile arrest came just days after Fenstermaker allegedly attempted to deliberately run over a Clearfield City Police officer during a traffic stop. For their efforts this past Jan. 12, the 13-member law enforcement team that arrested Fenstermaker received a “Team Citation Award” from the UPD Taylorsville Precinct. The citation reads in part: “Fenstermaker’s actions showed the great lengths he would go in his effort to escape and his extreme danger to the community. His arrest has made Taylorsville City safer for its residents and visitors alike. For their combined actions, these officers should be recognized and commended.” Before a packed city council audience filled with several of the honored officers’ spouses and loved ones, Wyant first showed infrared air surveillance footage of the chase. The video was shot from the Department of Public Safety helicopter piloted by Kent Harrison. “Detectives had already developed intelligence telling them the suspect was likely to try to flee when the arrest was attempted,” Harrison said. “I was already in the air when they first tried to stop (Fenstermaker). Tactical Flight Sgt. Rob Wilkinson operated our video camera and other specialized equipment. My

UPD Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant (L), City Councilman Ernest Burgess (next to Wyant) and Mayor Kristie Overson (R) pose with members of the law enforcement team honored for their arrest of an attempted murder suspect. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

job was just to fly where he told me to go.” Police pursued the vehicle for a time until the suspect entered I-15 at 7200 South, going northbound in the southbound travel lanes. “We train our officers to never give chase to a vehicle if it could put the public in danger,” Wyant said. “And we certainly suspend all pursuits if a suspect is driving in the wrong direction.” Wyant said there were no injuries or even any minor vehicle accidents during the course of the pursuit and capture. “Once the ground pursuit was stopped, we became the only eyes on the suspect vehicle,” Harrison said. “I’ve been flying for law enforcement for more than 20 years. Our surveillance technology has become so sophisticated.

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It was easy to track the vehicle and tell ground officers where he was.” During the suspect’s entire attempt to flee by car, he was driving on only three good tires. One had been punctured as he was first leaving when officers attempted to stop him by spiking his tires. The chase finally came to an end in the Taylorsville Fresh Market (4700 South Redwood Road) parking lot. “At that point the suspect attempted to flee on foot,” Wyant said. “But after a brief physical struggle, he was taken into custody.” Although Fenstermaker committed several serious crimes during the pursuit, he was quickly handed over to Davis County authorities, to allow them to pursue the charges related

to his alleged attempt to run over an officer in that county. “This was actually a fairly routine operation for us,” Harrison said. “We’ve had a couple of dozen of these in recent months. But it is nice for law enforcement to be recognized for the job we are doing to keep people safe. Chief Wyant is a pretty progressive fellow. My guess is (one reason the citations were issued to the law enforcement team), he wanted to show the citizens of Taylorsville the work that is being done on their behalf.” Harrison also noted, DPS helicopters are available to all law enforcement agencies across the state. On average, he said every agency from St. George to Vernal to San Juan County makes use of the helicopters and their pilots about once each year. “Right now, [DHP has] two helicopters, housed here in the Salt Lake Valley,” Harrison said. “We would like to have more. But like anything else, it is a budget issue.” Wyant closed his presentation before the city council saying, “I want to convey to the public, there is a lot that goes on every day in law enforcement, particularly when career criminals — who have no regard for public safety — become active. This entire team performed just as they are trained, resulting in the arrest being made as quickly and efficiently as possible.” At press deadline, Fenstermaker was still being held in the Davis County Jail.

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SL County Animal Services wants to return serving Taylorsville residents and their pets By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Salt Lake County Animal Services (511 West 3900 South, Millcreek) is making a pitch to replace West Valley City to provide their services in Taylorsville. (SLCo Animal Services)


trio of high-ranking Salt Lake County Animal Services staff members — two of them Taylorsville residents — recently made a full-on, “pick me, pick me!” pitch to the city council. The county agency wants to resume providing its animal control services to the residents and pets of Taylorsville. The sticking point: Taylorsville already has a pair of contracts and joint ownership of an animal shelter, binding them to West Valley City Animal Control. In a nutshell, County Animal Services Director Talia Butler, Associate Director Michelle Blue and Clinic Supervisor Alicia Pocock told city leaders their service is much more robust than what West Valley City provides at “possibly a slightly higher cost.” “We are looking into the costs and services right now,” Mayor Kristie Overson said. “We need to see what (animal control) services we are receiving now and what the cost is. The city council has asked for a thorough cost analysis so they can make an apples-to-apples comparison.” As time has passed, the reasoning behind Taylorsville’s split from Salt Lake County Animal Services — and even the timing of that split — has become a bit foggy. What is clear is that the city would be required to give West Valley City several months’ notice before making a change. Also, it would likely involve paying a penalty or buy-out. “We are a nationally recognized department, providing much more service than you are currently receiving,” Butler told the council. “For one thing, we are a 24/7 agency. Under your current contract, Unified Police officers are called to handle some animal issues during off-hours. That

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would not be necessary if we returned to provide the service.” County animal control officials report the cost to the city is expected to run just over a half-million dollars annually. What is not immediately clear — as the totals continue to be researched — is what Taylorsville taxpayers are paying for the similar but not identical service from West Valley City. “We estimate the entire annual cost for Taylorsville for both Animal Services and the Urban Wildlife Assistance program to be approximately $520,000 (annually),” said the agency’s Marketing & Development Manager Callista Pearson. “From Humane Education in schools, to Senior-to-Senior programs, we offer a variety of programming for people of all ages.” The cost estimate is based on a Taylorsville population estimate of just over 60,000. The county charges $8.50 per person to provide animal control service, each year. As one of the two Taylorsville residents making the County Animal Services pitch to the city council, Blue said, “If Taylorsville City were to contract with Salt Lake County for animal services, I would be personally involved in the service delivery. I know the service provided to our wonderful community would be far and away superior to the service we receive today.” A near 18-year employee of the department, Blue told the council she lives near Taylorsville High School and often sees dogs running off leash. She believes a change would be positive. Salt Lake County Animal Services currently provides coverage in Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Salt Lake City, and several other smaller areas.

Another feature the county is proud to provide is free microchipping of pets. “Our return-to-owner rate is very high thanks to the microchipping,” Butler added. “Many times, our staff is able to return animals to their owners without every transporting them to the shelter. They are equipped to scan microchips in the field and often return animals to their homes before the owners realize they are even missing.” While city council members await information on their current animal services costs, at least one of them wants to see what he would be paying for, if the switch is made. “I would like to tour your shelter,” Councilman Ernest Burgess said. “If the costs make sense, I would encourage the council to consider the change,” Overson said. “We need to look at our budget and determine whether the change would require a small tax increase. If so, we would have to analyze what we would be getting for that extra cost.” Back in 2007, it was Taylorsville that approached West Valley about providing animal services there, said Layne Morris, WVC community preservation director and acting animal services manager. “We were not looking to expand,” Morris said. “We are proud of the service we provide them. If Taylorsville chooses to leave, it won’t really impact what we do. We would work with them to make a smooth transition.” However, Morris also noted, as onethird owners of the relatively new West Valley City animal shelter, Taylorsville

would be expected to continue making its approximately $210,000 annual payment on the structure. Those payments began about a decade ago. Morris was not sure how many more years remain before the building is paid off.

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Taylorsville residents graduate from Women’s Leadership Institute political series By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


he Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) just announced the class of 43 women across the state who have completed its political development training course. Taylorsville is the proud beneficiary of two such leaders, both currently serving in volunteer positions and both with eyes on the future. Among the WLI graduating class are Taylorsville’s own Emily Barnes and Lynette Wendel. “I am so proud of these strong women and the initiative they have taken to strengthen their leadership skills,” Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson said. “They already are making tremendous contributions to our Taylorsville community, and I can’t thank them enough for their efforts and willingness to serve.” A nonprofit encouraging women to “make a difference in your community by stepping up and running for office,” the WLI provides women with a six-month, bipartisan “deep-dive” training, covering everything from signature-gathering to social media, from campaign finance to canvassing, from networking to negotiating. Such skills are not only useful for political candidates but for those fulfilling volunteer roles as public servants or for those just looking to “kick fear” and become more action-oriented. Emily Barnes – Cultural Diversity Committee member, then chair Barnes is the newest appointment to what may be the state’s only suburban municipality with a Cultural Diversity Committee. After being appointed in 2018, she has already become the committee head, with the recent exit of former leadership. Not surprisingly, Barnes is a go-getter. After a friend suggested she participate in the WLI political training course, Barnes went right to it, signing up online. “I was lucky to get a slot,” she said. After applying to WLI, she went to the Taylorsville website and saw a post requesting volunteers. “I just jumped in,” she said. “Jumping in” is who Barnes is. Although plagued by action-killing doubt that stymies most of us, in the early 1990s, Barnes overcame what she says was “low self-esteem” to raise concerns about affordable housing that she had to her legislative reps. As a single parent with two small children, then living in Utah County, she traveled to the state capitol to provide testimony about the dire need for affordable housing to a Utah House subcommittee. Getting a taste of the political process tempted the young mother, but she recognized that “it was not the time” for deeper engagement. But the fire had been lit. “This is something I want to do someday,” she recalls thinking.

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Stepping up and running for office is the encouragement of the Women in Leadership Institute. Both Emily Barnes and Lynette Wendel of Taylorsville have their eyes on leveraging their political training to open other doors. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

“Someday” is now for the empty-nester, newly empowered with concepts and connections through the WLI training. Barnes points out to the Taylorsville Journal that there is only one woman on Taylorsville’s City Council. “We will see where that goes,” she said. For now, her mission is “To support, inspire and empower citizens of all ages through educational growth and economic growth.” Lynette Wendel – Planning Commission change-maker True story: New Women’s Leadership Institute graduate Lynette Wendel found out about the political leadership training course through the Taylorsville Journal. “It has been a fantastic opportunity to network with other strong leaders in the region, people interested in becoming decision-makers in communities,” she said. “I knew for a whole year that I wanted to attend.” Wendel, in great part, either knows where she wants to go or has a plan to figure that out. Having served on “many commissions for many years,” in 2016, the veteran volunteer was appointed to the Taylorsville Planning Commission. Then in 2018, like Barnes’ ascension through her committee, Wendel became the chairperson, heading the commission she says has “a great and specific mission.” “We have the opportunity to vet and create great opportunities in Taylorsville,” she said. “We set our priorities for what we want our lives to be like.” Wendel took the initiative to become as educated as she could be about planning. She attended seminars and workshops and even started a very unique program — a plan-

ning-oriented book club, held in conjunction with other communities, including the city of Herriman. “The more we can reach out to cities in the valley, the more we can learn from each other,” she said. Reaching out is one of Wendel’s leadership strengths. In trying to book an interview with her, there were few availabilities, as Wendel juggled multiple visits up to the Capitol to attend legislative committees, hearings and other doings with the legislative session. Having purposefully “stepped back” from her professional capacity as a mediator this past year, to commit herself more to public service, Wendel also serves on the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Board. As far as the future, she said, “At this time, I am still looking to increase my involvement on different boards and commission on the county and state levels.” The WLI difference Barnes feels the most important takeaways from the WLI training is recognizing fear as a possible opponent to action and desire and learning to proactively combat it by developing and leveraging a support system. “The connections made through the WLI network have assisted me in knowing that I am not alone in growing into the community leader I want to be,” she said. “It doesn’t surprise me that, uniquely, two of the graduates of this year’s Women’s Leadership Institute are from Taylorsville,” Overson said. “It is so important to have more women at the table. Their voices matter. Their perspective is needed. Every day, I am inspired by the amazing women around me, and I am so grateful for the chance to work with them on our Taylorsville team.”

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Eisenhower Jr. serves up fine dining manners By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

A group of 185 students ate dinner at La Caille. (Photo courtesy Melodie Garcia)


eens often get a bad rap for lacking good manners, but ninth-graders from Eisenhower Junior High School have demonstrated they have the skills to successfully pull off a fine-dining experience. “Learning etiquette helps break that stereotype to show that we are just like adults,” said Brandon Sorensen, a ninth-grader. Their manners are tested during a fine-dining field trip to La Caille. Etiquette is part of the curriculum in FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) classes at Eisenhower, but all ninth-graders get a crash course in fine dining manners from a representative from the restaurant the day before the annual field trip. “Students participate in what they have learned at school through the five-course dinner,” said FACS teacher Melodie Garcia, who heads up the annual field trip. “My hope for this experience is the students have an enjoyable night with their peers at a fine-dining establishment. This usually is a highlight of their high school experience.”

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Megan Clark, another FACS teacher, said most students won’t have the opportunity again to eat at such an expensive restaurant. “It’s an amazing experience for those students,” she said. “They have an opportunity to see food in a different way.” Some students didn’t recognize potatoes when they were presented in an artistic pattern, and many were surprised to find they liked the asparagus, a vegetable that is often snubbed by picky eaters. Peer pressure was a factor in students trying new foods such as the escargot. Kaitlyn Hansen tried her escargot even though she was sure she wouldn’t like the texture. “I didn’t really taste it, I just swallowed it,” she said. “I can say I ate a snail, but I can’t recollect it.” Everyone at Brandon’s table tried their escargot. “Once you first see it, everyone was like, ‘Ew, that’s really disgusting,’” he said. “But once the first person tried it and acted like it was really good, everyone tried it. We were all

filming each other’s reactions.” Overall, students enjoyed the brined chicken, potato puree, romaine salad and raspberry sorbet they were served. “It’s small portions that you want more of,” said Nativadad Unsworth. Kaitlyn said besides tasting fancy foods, she enjoyed the social aspect of the event. “I went there acquainted with some people and came back as friends,” she said. Brandon said that when the cell phones came out for group pictures, school cliques dissolved and everyone was included as if they had been friends for years. Students look forward to the event, hearing about it from older friends and siblings. It is a privilege that all ninth-graders must earn by maintaining good grades and citizenship. Ninth-grade teachers use the trip as incentive for students to stay on track for graduation. This year, 242 students qualified, and 185 of them attended the event. While the PTSA pays for the buses to transport them, students are responsible for paying the $30 for their meal. Eisenhower’s tradition of etiquette night at La Caille began in 1988 when FACS teacher Chris Moore, who taught at Eisenhower for 30 years, approached the restaurant owners. She knew a real-life application of etiquette skills would be a more impactful lesson for her students. Moore said La Caille representatives were unsure at first if teenagers could handle the experience, but when the experiment was successful, they opened up the opportunity to other school groups from all over the valley to come and experience the beautiful grounds and elegant dining. Garcia believes etiquette is a life skill students need to be able to present themselves well when they are invited to dinner by a prospective employer or college recruiter. “I want these kids to walk away and have

a grown-up conversation with someone else and be able to act appropriately in a social setting,” she said. Garcia is impressed every year how students rise to the expectations of good behavior. They expand their social circles, and they support each other to have a good experience. “This is why I do this,” Garcia said. “They’ll remember this for the rest of their lives. I am so proud of my students and their hard work during their ninth-grade year. My kids might not remember everything that they have learned in my class, but they will remember how magical the night was for them.”

A field trip to dine at an expensive restaurant is a long-standing tradition at Eisenhower Jr. (Photo courtesy Melodie Garcia)

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World Language Teacher of the Year enriches language, culture at Taylorsville High By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Spanish teacher Ryan Wells arranges trips for students to visit Spanish-speaking countries like this one to Peru in 2015. (Photo courtesy Ryan Wells)


ver the last seven years, Ryan Wells has reorganized and expanded Taylorsville High School’s Spanish Language department. It now enriches the learning of students taking classes for foreign language credit, students moving through the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program and students from Spanish-speaking families. The passion and dedication required for such an accomplishment inspired the Utah Foreign Language Association to name Wells the 2018–2019 Secondary Teacher of the Year. “I wanted to create a path for students to enjoy their world language experience, be challenged academically and to have access to higher level language courses that could prepare them for college,” said Wells. In addition to beginning Spanish classes 1-4, THS offers several sections of AP Spanish in which students maintain an impressive 90 percent pass rate. More than 120 students took AP Spanish last year, making it the biggest program in the school district. Many of those moved on this year to Bridge, a concurrent enrollment class in which students can earn 12–18 college Spanish credits by graduation, which is offered for dual language immersion (DLI) students looking to progress after passing their AP Spanish exam. This year’s seniors will be the first graduates of the Spanish DLI program that began 12 years ago. “By revitalizing the Spanish department, a college-bound culture was created with new, empowering opportunities for our Latinx students that didn’t previously exist,” said Wells. Wells’ push is to recruit Hispanic and Latinx students, who make up 35 percent of the THS student body, to take AP Spanish has changed the demographics of language students. AP Spanish students are a mix of native Spanish speakers, heritage speakers

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(who were born in America but speak Spanish at home), DLI students and those who have taken Spanish 1-4 classes. This diversity provides a unique learning experience for everyone. “It’s not a regular old Spanish class,” said Wells. “It’s this rich cultural experience that benefits me and benefits everybody in the class. I feel like I can guide the conversation, but really their experiences and their cultural knowledge is what guides and takes us through the year.” The AP curriculum addresses global themes through the lens of Spanish language

and culture. Wells aims to open students’ minds to think more internationally, understand the local international community and think critically about who they are. “Now that the AP program is so fervent and strong, we can have these really strong conversations about culture,” said Wells. “We have deep conversations about the world, about politics, about engaging in your community, about why things are, about beauty and esthetics, about family, and about community and world challenges.” Heriberto Sierras, a heritage speaker, enjoys the class discussions. “It’s almost like a philosophy class, just in Spanish,” he said. Wells introduces topics that aren’t often addressed in other classes. Marcus Newton said Wells encourages students to think. “There’s been so many classes where he’ll say something at the end class that kind of makes you go “whoa!’” said Marcus. “You go into your next class totally thinking about these ideas. He always leaves something with you.” Students from 12 different countries add perspective to the discussions—debating, comparing and contrasting their country’s views on social subjects. “It’s beautiful thing because every year I have kids from all over the Spanish-speaking world in my class,” said Wells. These students are able to share firsthand experiences with the class, such as the student who, just one year ago, was actively

Ryan Wells, world traveler and Utah World Language Teacher of the Year, shown here visiting Guanajuato, Mexico. (Photo courtesy Ryan Wells)

protesting the government in his country. Wells strives to empower students to feel proud of where they come from. His class provides a safe place for them to share personal experiences, struggles and perspectives. “It’s nice sharing what I know from my country and then learning more,” said Valentina Miranda, who is from Columbia. Wells said no matter how they learned the language—at home or from classes—every student has a something to contribute to the discussions. “Because our program is really strong, the kids who come into AP after taking Spanish 3 and 4, come in really prepared to be able to really engage with the heritage speakers,” said Wells. Marcus said he learns a lot from his classmates through their discussions. “What makes him a good teacher is he’s kind of this catalyst to get other people to share their ideas,” he said. Wells shares his personal experiences as well. Utilizing grants and other funding, Wells has spent 15 years of summers and school breaks travelling, often taking students on the trips abroad. “I’ve traveled to most of the Spanish-speaking world except for just a few of the more dangerous countries,” he said. “I think my experience abroad and my experience in these different countries, my photos and my videos makes what I’m teaching real for my students.”

A team of Taylorsville High School’s AP Spanish students recently won First Place and $600 in the High School Business Language Competition sponsored by the Marriott School of Business at BYU. The students developed and presented a business marketing plan which they presented to a panel of judges in Spanish. Taylorsville City Journal

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City Selects Blu Line to Design City Center Project

Dear Friends and Neighbors, All I need to do is look at the youth in our community to know how bright the future is for Taylorsville. Their care about others, desire to learn and do more, and determination to make the world a better place inspires me every time I am Mayor Kristie S. Overson with them. This past month, I had the great opportunity to accompany members of the Taylorsville Youth Council to Utah State University for the 37th annual Youth City Council Leadership Institute. It is the eighth year I have attended this multi-day conference organized for Youth Councils across the state. At this leadership training weekend, youth have a chance to hear motivational speakers, bond with their peers, sharpen their leadership skills and have some fun. By serving on a Youth Council, our young men and women are empowered to carry out service and become involved in civic opportunities. They work as a force for good in our community. The three most important skills our youth learn from serving on a Youth Council are: 1. Process of government. 2. Leadership. 3. Service. This is knowledge they will take with them and use throughout their lives. It also is so much fun to be around the kids. They keep me young! I love the interaction and the connections I make with them and their families. I enjoy seeing them honing their leadership skills. Upon incorporation, our city made a conscious effort to invest in our youth, deciding to form a Youth Council instead of putting on a Beauty Pageant, and I still believe it was a wise choice. I have stayed in touch with many of those who have served on Taylorsville’s Youth Council over the years. Some have completed internships at the state Capitol; some have helped on campaigns. I am confident that several will eventually run for elected office themselves. All have stayed involved in their communities because they know what a difference it can make. This year’s Youth Council, made up of 19 young men and women, have taken a particular focus on service. As advisors, we have taken a step back and let them choose their service opportunities, and they have run with it – assisting the Golden Living Center, organizing a clean-up along the Jordan River and participating in many other activities centered on helping others. I am so proud of our youth and encourage them to keep up the good work! –Mayor Kristie S. Overson

Plans for Taylorsville’s City Center are coming together. The vision is to tie the City Hall complex and new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center now under construction into a cohesive, identifiable space – a gathering place at the heart of Taylorsville. A major step in accomplishing this objective has been completed with the selection of the design firm blū line designs, as contractor. Blū line was among bidders responding to the city’s Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking services for landscape design and small area master-planning for the area. The selection was finalized this past month. “The primary purpose of designing and developing the City Center area is to ensure

a space for the community that is of lasting value,” said Community Development Director Mark McGrath. “We want to establish the City Center site as a place of special design distinction which will provide facilities and activities that enhance the image of the city and the quality of life of our residents.” The original City Center Small Area Master Plan was adopted by the Taylorsville City Council on August 6, 2003. The plan provided specific recommendations intended to guide development of the 19.6 acre-City Center site located at the northeast corner of 2700 West and 5400 South. Although the original plan has been modified several times since 2003, the general intent of the plan remains the same: Create a


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UPCOMING Taylorsville Events April 3 & April 17 – 6:30 p.m. City Council Meeting @ City Hall

April 9 – 7 p.m. & April 23 – 6 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall

April 12 – 6 to 9 p.m. Tryouts for Broadway Junior Review @ City Hall (see Page 5)

April 18 – 10:15 a.m. Great Utah Shakeout (see www.taylorsvilleut.gov)

April 18 & 19 – 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tryouts for Mamma Mia! @ City Hall (see Page 5)

April 27 – 8 a.m. to noon Earth Day Collection Event @ City Hall (see Page 3)

May 4 – 10 a.m. Tree Planting and Cinco de Mayo Event @ Millrace Park (see Page 8)

City of Taylorsville Newsletter CITY CENTER PROJECT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “community gathering place and acThe Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center is tivity center for Taylorsville residents.” scheduled to open at the end of year 2020. Mayor Kristie Overson noted that the project has been a long time coming and she’s pleased to see it moving forward. “I’m glad we’ve been patient to ensure that we get the right fit,” she said. “With open space disappearing, the City Center will be such a focal point – such a centerpiece – for our community.” Among the main goals for the City Center is the creation of a “beautiful, functional and versatile” space that is conducive to community gatherings and celebrations, including movies in the park, farmer’s markets, arts festivals, food festivals and outdoor performing arts, according to the city’s RFP. City officials also hope planning for the City Center will complement the design of the Performing Arts Center, which will feature a 400-seat Mainstage Theater and is expected to open at the end of year 2020. “It will be a beautiful gathering place, with the Performing Arts Center and City Hall tied together with walkways, landscaping and green space – a wonderful environment to find serenity and peace, a place identifiable to Taylorsville, a welcoming space for all,” Mayor Overson said. Blū line designs, based in Sandy, has partnered with Method Studio, the architectural firm that designed the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center, which will allow for a cohesive plan for the City Center, she said. In addition, Blū line designed the Hale Centre Theatre plaza in Sandy. According to blū line, key features of the Taylorsville City Center project may include: common space for community gatherings, a gateway feature into the site, commercial opportunities, a restroom facility, wayfinding signage, a dual-purpose stage, beautiful landscaping and accommodation for future art. “We specialize in creating vibrant and active spaces for communities to live, interact and enjoy,” said Cory Shupe, blū line project manager. “We are excited to be working with Taylorsville and look forward to designing for the community a meaningful space with enduring impact.”

City of Taylorsville Notice of 2019 Municipal Election The City of Taylorsville will hold a Municipal Election this year on Nov. 5 to elect three City Council Members (one from Council District 1, one from Council District 2, and one from Council District 3) to serve four-year terms. If necessary, a Municipal Primary Election will also be held on Aug. 13. The filing period will run from Monday, June 3, through Friday, June 7, during regular City Hall hours (weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Candidates must file a “Declaration of Candidacy” form in person with the Taylorsville City Recorder, at Taylorsville City Hall, 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd., during the filing period. Declaration of Candidacy forms will be available in the Recorder’s Office or on the city website at www.taylorsvilleut.gov. A candidate must have been a resident of the City of Taylorsville for at least 12 consecutive months (365 days) immediately prior to the date of the General Election. A candidate must also be a registered voter. A candidate running for a Council District seat must be a resident of that district. A filing fee of $100 must be paid at the time of filing the Declaration of Candidacy. The filing fee will be reduced to $50 for candidates who submit a nomination petition containing 25 signatures of residents of the city who are at least 18 years old. For additional information, please visit the city’s website at www.taylorsvilleut.gov or contact City Recorder Cheryl Peacock Cottle at 801-963-5400.

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Thank You to All for a Successful Legislative Session

By Council Member Brad Christopherson

course, being the safety of our community. Overall, the bill, sponsored by Sen. Harper, passed the House 65-2, The 2019 General Session of the 63rd Utah Legislaand the Senate voted 24-0 to concur with the House ture is now over. After 45 days, the session concluded amendments. After signatures by the Senate President about an hour early, just before its midnight deadline and Speaker of the House, the bill was routed for enrollthis past month, and wow, what a marathon it was for ing and awaits the governor’s signature. Some details our legislators, administrators and government relations will be ironed out during an Interim Session, but it is an representatives! excellent first step to addressing a real need. Legislators considered more than 1,300 bills. They Also passed was HB466 Firefighter Retirement Amendstarted their days early with caucus meetings and comments to correct problems that took place with the failure mittee hearings and went home late into the night after to appropriate funding from the state insurance premium floor time and debate. They received thousands of emails tax to the firefighter retirement fund. After some scramLeft to right: Curt Cochran (District 2). Ernest Burgess (District 1). and calls from constituents, and talked to hundreds Dan Armstrong, Chair (District 5). Meredith Harker, Vice Chair (District 4). bling, SB154 Utah Communications Authority Amendmore. They consulted with colleagues and negotiated ments was passed, as well. It will provide funding to adBrad Christopherson (District 3). finer points. They rushed up and down the marble stairs dress the need to update dispatch systems and radios. of the Capitol to make sure our voices were heard. In addition to our legislative delegation, we want to thank our government reWe as a City Council wish to express our sincere gratitude for all their efforts. lations team. Led by John Hiskey, they were a force to be reckoned with this year We can’t thank them enough for their service and sacrifice. They have represented on the Hill. The investment made all the difference. Without their work, much of the the city and us as residents well, and effectively tackled all identified priorities in legislation important to our community surely would not have passed. furthering Taylorsville’s interests and goals. Thank you, too, to all of our city leaders and community partners who trekked Perhaps most significantly, the body passed three important pieces of legislation up to the Hill to testify on behalf of these bills – those who personally talked to involving public safety. At the top of the list is SB129 Public Safety and Firefighter Tier legislators in explaining why legislation was needed or conversely why it would be II Retirement Enhancements to restore Tier II retirement benefits for public safety. Back detrimental. Last but certainly not least, a huge thanks to the citizens of Taylorsin November 2018, the City Council unanimously passed a resolution requesting our ville – you, our friends and neighbors – who stayed involved during this process legislative delegation go to work on restoring those Tier II benefits to ensure our ability and supported these efforts. Without a doubt, keeping the ship steered in the right to fill our public safety positions. We are pleased to say that our legislative delegation – direction takes all hands on deck. including Senator Wayne Harper, Senator Karen Mayne, Representative Jim Dunnigan We are so lucky to have so many who care about our Taylorsville home and and Representative Karen Kwan – all strongly supported these efforts and voted in favor. making it the best it can be. So now, we can take a deep breath after this marathon. This will make a huge difference to our public safety officers, and to us as a city But don’t rest long: The Legislature will take up tax reform at an upcoming Special as we work to retain and recruit the best employees – with the ultimate goal, of Session planned for this summer!

Historic Maps of Taylorsville Show Change Across the Years The city’s GIS (Geographic Information System) planner Jake Adams has unearthed some treasures: aerial imagery of Taylorsville taken more than 60 years ago. The historic aerial imagery from 1937 and 1953 show how Taylorsville has changed over the years. They are the earliest known aerial images of the Taylorsville-Bennion area. Adams used the pictures to form a mosaic with the current Taylorsville City boundary and streets for reference. For instance, check out the old rail spur west of Redwood Road in the 1937 map. The later map displays aerial imagery originally taken for the 1953 USGS topographic map series with current Taylorsville City boundary and streets shown for reference. “These images provide more seamless coverage than the 1937 imagery but have a lower resolution due to the higher altitude of the plane,” Adams said. The development taking over the old Camp Kearns Army Air Force Base can be seen on the far western edge while gravel pits begin to eat into the ridge around 3200 West and 5800 South. For a closer look, check out both maps on the maps page of the city’s website: www. taylorsvilleut.gov/government/community_development/maps/ Adams also has put together a series of fascinating interactive web maps built with the imagery. You can turn on road and parcel layers to see how old farm boundaries still define our neighborhoods today, or compare maps by swiping back and forth. Zoom in and out to see details. These interactive maps, as well as a couple from 1977 and 1993, can be found at the same web address listed above. “The maps are a great way to take a walk through time and get a glimpse of Taylorsville as it has grown,” Adams said.


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Taylorsville Police Recognized for Capturing Career Criminal Taylorsville Unified Police Department Officers were recognized with a Team Citation Award for a combined operation that resulted in the capture of a career criminal. Taylorsville Precinct Police Chief Tracy Wyant presented the UPD Team Citation to the officers at the City Council’s Feb. 20 meeting. During the presentation of the award, an edge-of-your-seat aerial video clip of the night pursuit was shown. The visual surveillance footage was taken from a police helicopter flying overhead. At one point, the criminal is viewed driving the wrong way on the freeway. Chief Wyant said he wanted to show the footage because it conveys the gravity

of the situation, as well as what the men and women in blue deal with on almost a nightly basis. Members of the Street Crimes and Metro Gangs units “are dealing with the worst of the worst, the career criminals,” Chief Wyant said, “and you can see the lengths in which they will go to attempt to get away.” The efforts by Taylorsville Precinct officers resulted in the capture of the fugitive who had felony and misdemeanor warrants. He was believed armed, and had deliberately tried to run over a police officer from the Clearfield Police Department. Chief Wyant, Mayor Kristie Overson and the City Council commended the officers for their amazing work. “I am so impressed with your dedication and hard work,” Mayor Overson said to the officers, noting that “some of you really scare me – in a good way! I can’t thank you enough for all you do.” The combined operation on Jan. 12 was conducted by Sgt. Brett Miller, Officer Kevin Takeno, Dets. Jason Albrecht, Kresdon Bennett, Orin Neal, Cody Pender, Jerry Valdez, John Neron, Matt Adams, Nick Stidham, Nelson Vargas, Department of Public Safety Pilot Kent Harrison and Tactical Flight Officer Rob Wilkinson.

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Taylorsville High Teacher Receives Prestigious Excel Award Levi Negley, an English teacher at Taylorsville High School, is one of 10 recipients of Granite Education Foundation’s 2019 Excel Award. This past month, representatives from Granite Education Foundation, along with Mr. Negley’s family members and Granite Superintendent Dr. Martin Bates, surprised him at school with the announcement.

Students, administrators, parents and colleagues nominate educators that exemplify the values of Granite School District. These individuals are then put through a rigorous review and observation process by experienced education specialists who ultimately identify 10 teachers and administrators from all over the district. Following are some excerpts from letters nominating Mr. Negley for the recognition: “Mr. Negley isn’t just a teacher, he is a motivator for many students. He not only makes learning fun and easy, he engages with every student and makes sure everyone is doing their best. He never fails to teach me something, I walk out of his classroom each time with something new, whether it be educational or personal. He will forever have an impact on my life and many of my fellow students.” “Mr. Negley is one of the only teachers I’ve had in my life where you truly feel like he’s passionate about his job. With passion, it makes learning fun! It’s weird when you’re excited for English for first period and it’s all because of his love for teaching.”

In addition to being a mentor teacher, Mr. Negley teaches Advanced Placement, Concurrent Enrollment, AVID, and Accreditation courses covering English, literature and humanities. This is the 30th year the Granite Education Foundation has given the award to Granite School District educators. Each year, nine teachers and one administrator receive $1,000 and are honored at a special banquet as outstanding educators.

Schools Host Read-a-thons to Promote Literacy Mayor Kristie Overson joined other members of the community in participating in a Read-a-thon at Taylorsville Elementary this past month. Students spent the day reading dozens of books both on their own and as a group, listening to a reader. “It’s a great way to draw attention to the importance of reading,” said Mayor Overson, “and I so enjoy being with the children and seeing their love of books and stories.” Reading to children at an early age is seen as vital to their success in school, work, and life in general. Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading

to learn, and to master the more complex subject matter they encounter in higher grades, according to Granite School District. In addition, literacy affects more than just the desire to read books. It often impacts a student’s motivation, attendance, behavior, drop-out rate, opportunity for work, and so on. Plymouth Elementary School in Taylorsville also celebrated the Read Across America event this past month with a Read-a-thon, where volunteers read to students for two hours at the school. “It is such a fun event and a great opportunity to serve our community,” Mayor Overson said.

April Tryouts for Mamma Mia! and Broadway Junior Review

The Taylorsville Arts Council is holding separate tryouts for two productions this month. Tryouts will be held April 18 and 19 for the cast of Mamma Mia! Those interested in participating are asked to come from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Taylorsville City Hall, 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd., with callbacks set for April 20 at 9 a.m. These tryouts are for ages 15 and up. The musical runs the week of July 15 to 20. Tryouts also are being held for the Broadway Junior Review on April 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. at City Hall. This production is for ages 7 to 18. Kids will help put the production together with their audition songs. The show runs June 7 and 8.


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TAYLORSVILLE SENIOR CENTER Upcoming Events for April: • Exercise with U of U Students: Mondays and Wednesdays. Open Gym aid at 5:15 p.m., class at 5:45 p.m. • Birthday Tuesday Entertainment: Tuesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. Entertainer Larry Turner. • Fortis College Nursing Students: Wednesday, April 10, at 11 a.m. Nursing students measure blood pressure, blood glucose and senior fitness testing.

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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage REMEMBRANCES Howard S. Bennion was a soldier, engineer and administrator. His life story was written by Marion Cannon Bennion, his wife. Howard Bennion was born in 1889, in Vernon, Tooele County, Utah. This was a small farming and stock-raising community on the edge of the desert. He was the third child and second son of Israel and Jeanette Sharp Bennion’s nine children. His father, born in 1860 in Taylorsville, was the son of John and Esther Birch Bennion. His mother, Jeanette Sharp, was born in Salt Lake City in 1859. Little Howard attended elementary school in the one-room school house in the small town of Vernon, Utah. There was little time for individual instruction, especially for the bright pupils.

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Lt. Howard S. Bennion served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is pictured in full-dress uniform during his time at West Point, from 1912-1915.

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His parents had instilled in him splendid qualities and the foundation of knowledge and understanding that distinguished his later years. His characteristic from early childhood was to be a good and responsible worker. He became well known as such by the local farmers and his services were in constant demand. He was earning his living from the time he was 7 years old! Bennion entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in March of 1908. Bennion was not just bright, he was brilliant, and he seemed without exaggerated effort to graduate at the top of the Class of 1912. After graduation from USMA at West Point, he attended the Army Engineer School in Washington, D.C., where he graduated at the head of his class in 1915. After America’s entry into World War I, Capt. Bennion was ordered back to the United States where, in a short time, he became a Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Engineers and in that capacity took his unit to France in August 1917. After years of Duty, Honor and Country, Bennion returned back to Utah. At the time, engineer and electric utility executive Louis V. Sutton remarked: “Howard has been our monitor, our good and useful servant. His vast abilities have won our admiration and our gratitude.” To learn more, drop by the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Museum, 1488 W. 4800 South.

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Asian-American high school students encouraged to tap ‘superhero’ potential By Jennifer J. Johnson | J.Johnson@mycityjournals.com scribed “Cantonese American” who attended Salt Lake Community College and now works at the university. In a breakout session, Wong recounted stories of historical and mythical Asian superheroes and challenged students to liberally share their own family history and stories, particularly “if your family is recent immigrants.” He cited Ishikawa Goemon, “A Japanese Robin Hood” from the 1800s and another figure from that century, the Hindu queen Lakshmibai who led troops to battle for independence against British colonization. He also shared his family’s reverence for the contributions of Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China and the forerunner of democratic revolution in the People’s Republic of China, which overthrew the last Chinese imperial dynasty. In more recent history, Wong cited what he considered heroism of the “No-No Boys” of World War II who protested America’s unconstitutional treatment of 110,000 Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps, yet were, themselves, asked to serve in the military. … And, today, as comic book characters – and creators Following up on a subtheme of the conference — that Asians can be stereotyped and must move beyond those stereotypes — Dr. Paul Fisk shared with students a vibrant future outside of what people consider or even uniquely recommend as careers for Asians (e.g. careers limited to science or engineering). Marvel Studio’s upcoming “Shang-Chi” will be its first superhero movie featuring an Asian protagonist. The film has signed a Chinese-American writer and is considering a variety of Asian and Asian-American directors, with the goal being to “introduce a new hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers.” Those are jobs that students could look forward to in the future, Fisk indicated. Inspiration and challenges Students attending the conference looked forward to applying what they learned. A student from Taylorsville wants to take the inspiration and tools to help coach her younger sister through school. Other students shared challenges in negotiating their Asian history with being raised in “white communities” and, for biracial students, the everyday anguish of and not having “white relatives” honor or appreciate their Asian roots. One young woman indicated feeling like a literal alien. On the difficulty of being Asian in predominately white schools, a student from, arguably, the state’s most diverse high school, West High School in Salt Lake City, observed, “When your parent has an accent, they look down on you.” West’s studentbody represents students from homes where more than 120 difStudents attending the conference and their university ferent languages are spoken. hosts were encouraged to dress in either semi-formal Students attending the conference appreor cultural attire. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals) ciated being able to bond with so many in similar circumstances.

“Motivated” was a common word Asian-American high school students across the state felt, after attending the 20th-annual Asian-American High School Conference Feb. 28 at the University of Utah. This year’s theme — “Shaping Superheroes; Creating Positive Change” — was a powerful one, providing context to the keynote and breakout sessions. The conference seeks to help Asian-Americans high school students be prepared for collegiate success, and, even more importantly, be prepared to embrace their everyday, figurative “superhero” potential as community leaders. “When a student is passionate about something, their drive is extraordinary,” informs the conference brochure. “As such, students will learn about issues facing the Asian and Asian American communities and how they can use their passions and educations to create critical, sustainable, and positive changes in their own communities.” Students treated to ‘Who’s Who’ of Asian, Asian-American scholars Students attending the conference received academic resources, including scholarship guidance, admissions counseling, and opportunities to meet and connect with university faculty, staff, and students. Graduate students, professors, and university administrators from not just the University of Utah, but also from Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College participated in the event. Distinguished academicians, including a Rhodes Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellowship winner, politicians, and successful entrepreneurs also participated in the event. Academic disciplines represented ranged from electrical engineering to ethnic studies; from history to humanities; from medicine to music education; and from art history to Asian studies. Asians as Superheroes, through world history and mythology … “Our Asian identity is not something to be ashamed of,” advised Matt Wong, a self-de-

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With a playful, larger-than-life-size blowup bottle of the popular Thai sriracha sauce in the background, members of the University of Utah’s Asian-American Student Association greet conference attendees. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

“I am really glad I came,” shared a student from Granger High School in West Valley City. “It feels like I need to do more,” said a West High School student, who felt inspired to study Asian and Asian-American history and seek to serve as a role model. The Asian and Asian-American population at the U of U and in context with Salt Lake City metro

Asian students comprise 5.82 percent of the university’s student population. Biracial students account for another 5.13 percent of the studentbody. According to the 2018 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, this is about twice as significant a population as within the Salt Lake City Metropolitan area, where Asians comprise 2.6 percent and those of two or more races are 2.5 percent of the overall population.

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Taylorsville and Kearns teams ready to take the mound By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


lay ball: It is time to get the bases out and strike up a game. The high school teams have been gearing up for the season. Kearns softball The Cougars are reloading after a second-place Region 2 finish last season and a surprising run in the state tournament. Last season’s team got a little older over the winter and more experienced. Sophomores Chole Borges and Abbie Bird played significant time last season and are returning after one year under their belts. Borges belted 13 home runs last season to lead the team. She hit .632 in 33 games and pitched in eight games. Bird hit over .300, but junior Shyann Beddow was not letting the youngsters have all of the fun. She hit .524 and belted three home runs of her own. Their quest for a region title is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 9 at home against Cyprus. Taylorsville softball The Warriors finished second last season in Region 3 to the eventual state champion Herriman Mustangs. They graduated several key players from that roster, although several returning players played key roles on last year’s team. Ady Baddley and Reagan Walk return

Taylorsville and Kearns teams take the field caption: Kearn’s Gate’s field is amongst the finest in the state. It was designed by Luke Yoder, the San Diego Padres director of field and landscape. (Greg James/City Journals)

to the pitching circle again this season. Baddley notched 27 critical innings last season, while Walk struck out 28 opposing hitters. Taylorsville will open its region schedule Tuesday, April 2 at Copper Hills. Taylorsville baseball Missing the playoffs is not a usual

thing for the Warriors, but it happened last season. They finished fifth, just one game out of a playoff spot. After graduating a majority of the lineup, the Warriors are hoping a new batch of strong players can help them rebound. Returning members of the pitching staff include seniors Parker Alder and Ja-

cob Adair. Alder appeared in 12 games, posting a 3-5 record and fanning 19 opposing hitters. Adair threw 21 innings and posted a 4.27 earned run average. Juniors Hunter Smith and Luke Paulson will be tasked with manufacturing enough runs to keep the Warriors in ball games. Paulson knocked in 10 runs last season, while Smith had 22 hits. The Warriors open region play with a three-game series against West Jordan scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 9. Kearns baseball Kearns earned a state playoff berth last season by finishing fourth in Region 2. It was a quick appearance though, as the Cougars lost two straight and were ousted from the tournament. Returning for the Cougars on the mound will be senior Manning Mulford and junior Carson Atkinson. Mulford posted a 2-4 record while striking out 38 opponents. Atkinson had a 2-4 record while fielding a 5.39 earned run average. Trey Christensen and Mulford will be relied on to help score runs. Mulford had a .338 batting average and 27 hits on the year while Christensen belted in 21 RBI. The Cougars open region play Tuesday, March 26 at Granger.

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Kearns’ girls grapplers bring home championship By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he wrestling team at Kearns High School won a state championship. “It is awesome to do something that other girls don’t; it feels really cool,” Kearns sophomore Saibyn Newell said. “Most girls are scared of this, but I am just a wrestler. My coaches cheer for me just like any other wrestler—no special treatment or anything.” Kearns came home with the victory by one point over Maple Mountain High School; Cyprus finished third. Kearns clinched the championship with senior Kelsey Taylor’s pin in her 140-pound title match. “When she stepped on the mat against the other girls, she was a completely different wrestler,” first-year Kearns head coach Antonio Meikel said. “Her confidence level shot through the roof. She got a chance to show her abilities.” Taylor is also a student body officer at the school “She has grown a lot this season,” Meikel said. “I am bummed I only got to work with her for one season. Her progress has been crazy. It is tough to lose so often during the season. Losing can wear you down. It shows to her character to keep going.” Kearns had four wrestlers enter the tournament, fewer than some of the other schools participating. Cyprus entered 10 wrestlers, while Maple Mountain had nine. Some schools, such as Taylorsville and Hunter, were only represented by one athlete. “Girls wrestling is not a sanctioned sport,” Meikel said. “These girls had to compete coed all season. They were constantly improving. I do not think there

was ever a point where they took a step backwards. They took a lot of losses, but they never let it get to them. They stayed mentally strong and then when they had a chance to compete against the other girls they shined.” Ashlyn Jepperson took third in at 120 pounds. She defeated Hailey Mobley from Parowan High School. “Ashlyn is a senior and decided to check out the sport,” Meikel said. “She is also a cheerleader, so she would practice with us then run over to cheer at the basketball game.” Newell, a sophomore, has wrestled for three years starting in junior high. She placed fourth at 130 pounds. “Saibyn is the youngest wrestler, the most experienced and the most technical of all the girls,” Meikel said. “Tania (Batta) is a junior, a multi-sport athlete. She had a finals match that I really stressed about. She went three periods for the first time all year. It was great.” Batta placed second in the 135-pound weight division. “These girls are not just wrestlers, they do things in the school and community,” Meikel said. “They’re definitely leaders in the school. I don’t think is was different to coach the girls. I tried to treat them the same as the rest of the team as much as I could. I think they got more support than the guys on our team. There are a lot of life lessons you can take away from the sport. I would not be where I am today without wrestling. Guy or girl, the kids should come give it a try.”

The Cougars won the state girls wrestling championship. Kelsey Taylor, Tania Batta, Saibyn Newell and Ashlyn Jepperson combined to bring home the title by one point. (photo courtesy of Kearns High School)

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USA wrestling holds fourth girls state championship By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

At a recent Granite School District junior high wrestling meet several girls, like Angie Magana, competed in coed wrestling matches. (Greg James/City Journals)


irls wrestling is catching on around the state. The fourth annual girls state championship was held on Feb. 2 at Telos High School in Orem where Kearns went home with a state title. TM “It is awesome to do something that other girls don’t; it feels really cool,” Kearns sophomore Saibyn Newell said. “Most girls are scared of this, but I am just a wrestler. My coaches cheer for me just like any other wrestler. No special treatment or anything.” As a non-sanctioned sport, the Utah High School Activities Association does not oversee girls wrestling. The athletes are forced to participate on coed teams throughout their high school seasons. This is the fourth season USA wresAre you a business leader? tling has sponsored the girls-only event. TM At no cost, the ElevateHER Challenge is easy “It is cool to wrestle. I started in eighth to accept and will benefit your company. grade,” Newell said. “My older brother wrestled and so did my brother-in-law. I Join businesses across Utah in just got interested. It has been a sport in our mission to elevate the stature our family so I thought I would try it.” of women’s leadership. Take the TM Sage Mortimer from ALA High School ElevateHER Challenge and stand with other businesses as we pledge to elevate in Spanish Fork made history by becoming women in senior leadership positions, in the first girl to place at a men’s Greco-Roboardrooms, on management teams and man junior wrestling nationals. She placed seventh overall in the 100-pound division. on politcal ballots. At the girls wrestling state championship, 78 girls participated from 30 schools. LEARN MORE: Cyprus brought nine athletes, Granger two www.WLIUT.com/challenge and Kearns four. Taylorsville, Riverton and

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Hunter had one. “I wish I could have done better,” Newell said. “I can see places that I can get better and better. I have seen what Sage has been able to do and I look up to that.” Newell has the encouragement of her family and coaches. “I have encouraged her to do the things she wants,” Newell’s mother Jamie said. “How many times in my life have I said, ‘when I was in high school.’ I want my kids to do it all, get the experience and like it. I don’t want her to regret her time.”

Coed wrestling can be difficult for the girls. Boys of the same weight are generally stronger than the girls. “They are naturally stronger than me, but it is not weird for me to wrestle a guy. I have won a few matches against the guys,” Newell said. Her mother agreed the pressure is on the guys. “I think some guys are threatened,” Jamie said. “They think they had better win or they think they just lost to a girl, not another wrestler. Change is a constant in this world. We need to encourage them as wrestlers not just boys and girls. Wrestling is good to teach them to take care of their bodies and health, too.” Hunter High freshman Neida Valle just finished her first season on the mat. She was the only girl from her school at the state tournament. She did not place in the event. “I came in the first day and knew it was hard work. I liked it, but wrestling boys is hard,” Valle said. “They can always out-muscle girls. I just need to learn better technique. I think girls wrestling is growing and I would like to talk to the younger girls and tell them to keep it up. It teaches you about life and hard work.” High school coaches are learning how to be effective with their changing teams. “I don’t think it was different to coach the girls,” first year Kearns wrestling head coach Antonio Miekel said. “I tried to treat them the same as the rest of the team as much as I could. I think they got more support than the guys on our team. There are a lot of life lessons you can take away from the sport. I would not be where I am today without wrestling. Guy or girl, the kids should come give it a try.”

Hunter Junior High wrestler Emalie Clark pinned her opponent at a recent Granite School District meet. Her parents greeted her with a hug after the match. (Greg James/City Journals)

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International Women’s Day events support, celebrate women By Jennifer J. Johnson | J.Johnson@mycityjournals.com March 8, the official “International Women’s Day,” is ever-growing in international and social-media buzz, and prompted a flurry of local activity on par with the weather happening that day. City Journals presents a recap on several Salt Lake Valley-based activities and commemorations of Women’s Day. First-time celebrators — for the youngest of young — Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Nearly 900 members and guests of the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum were treated to a celebration of women’s social, cultural and political achievements, through the lens of gender equality. On March 8, children up to age 11 learned “the amazing things women can do,” recounted marketing coordinator Anna Branson. Children used unique materials and media to create artistic renditions of historic and current women leaders, including the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, anthropologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, and human rights advocate Malala Yousafzai. All received “Believe in Girls” stickers and had the chance to walk through a unique kaleidoscope, featuring all of the wonderful possibilities for girls and women. Rising up, lifting up at the U of U – for college students, staff, faculty and community.

At the University of Utah, the “day” has become a week-long celebration of women. The Women’s Leadership Summit, themed “Rise Up, Lift Up” was preceded by the “Empower U” Symposium, where president Ruth Watkins provided the keynote address. The Women’s Leadership Summit, now in its fifth year, offered a resources fair, with everything from women’s health information to voting engagement. The fair was presented in booths lining a wall of windows in the Ray Olpin Student Union building. The university assembled a roundup of nearly 20 breakout sessions, dealing with topics as edgy as navigating shame culture to as vanilla as financial-planning strategies for women. “It was truly a day of learning, engagement, and idea sharing,” shared Jessica Lynne Ashcraft, co-chair for the event and associate director for student leadership and involvement at the U. Ashcraft indicated 200-plus women attended the event, “due to the wonderful range of topics presented and the excitement to engage on topics that are so salient for women right now.” Women in international business as a theme… World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) leveraged one of its trademark strengths — partnering — to commemorate International Women’s Day, and, like the U of U, made the celebration into a full week of activities, ver-

sus just a day. On March 8, WTC Utah co-hosted a sold-out luncheon, in collaboration with the Women’s Business Center of Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber. “WTC Utah would like to be a part of the solutions that address the challenges facing women as they pursue global economic opportunities,” said Suzette Alles, chief operating officer of WTC Utah. “Increasing international trade, and supporting women in their efforts to do so, helps companies grow, create wealth and become more resilient. This, in turn, bolsters economies on a local, national and global level.” … And as an honor and an inspiring thought of global contribution. March 7, the day before the official day of commemoration, WTC participated in the 10th-annual Women in International Business Conference. This power-packed day included perspectives from 30 business, government, and education leaders representing various facets of Utah’s diverse economy. At the half-day conference, Dr. Mary Beckerle, CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, was named International Woman of the Year. In her role at Huntsman, Beckerle oversees a cancer research laboratory focused on

fundamental cell biology and Ewing sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that typically affects children and young adults. All that, an incredibly important role, and yet, Beckerle shared with City Journals deeper insight into the awesome responsibility and opportunity she and other women and men like her bear. “I believe that cancer researchers have a role in advancing global partnerships and understanding,” she observed. “In a sense, we serve as volunteer diplomats as we travel the world to share our results and work together to advance human health.” More than a day, or even a week… a month? Women Techmakers Salt Lake and Miss Nations of the World both identified March 23 as the day for their respective International Women’s Day Celebration event. The Women of the World held its ninth annual fashion show just a few days before the official date. Snowy weather on March 8 scrubbed or severely limited celebratory efforts from Sandy’s Miller Center to downtown Salt Lake’s Capitol demonstration. Regardless of the stormy weather, the message at all events was clear. Women — and girls — are to be encouraged, mentored, and celebrated all day, all week, all month, all year, whether officially or unofficially.

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drove over a nail and didn’t realize it. We often don’t look at the tires on the passenger side since we don’t approach the car from that direction, checking regularly allows you to examine those opposite side wheels. It will keep your car’s handling in its best condition. Each vehicle can have different appropriate PSI (measurement for tire pressure), but when temperatures drop, so Blinkers and blind spots Driving 101. If you plan on changing does the pressure in your tires. lanes, let others in on your secret. Everyone Keep car maintained will appreciate it. Others want to know what Since you’ll be regularly checking the you are planning. tires, might as well keep regularly schedLikewise, if you see a blinker come uled maintenance on your car. This can range on indicating your lane is that car’s desired from oil changes to transmission flushes. destination, let it in. This isn’t the Daytona Simply checking windshield washer fluid or 500. We are not racing for $19 million. It is the antifreeze level in your car’s reservoir can common courtesy, if we want people to use prevent serious issues happening on the road. their blinkers, then we should reward them Wash your car especially after storms for doing so. or if you’ve parked under a pine tree where Remember the blinker doesn’t automat- birds can drop their white business on the ically assume safe passage to the next lane. hood or sap could drip onto the roof. Left And while your car’s sensors in the rearview untreated, these outdoor stains can ruin the mirrors are helpful, they are not omniscient. paint on your vehicle. Check your blind spot with your own eyes. Drive defensively There’s a reason it’s called a “blind” spot. This means keeping distance between

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.

Tire pressure you and the car in front of you. This one is almost as simple as the first. Touching their bumper does nothing for Check your tire pressure on a regular basis you. And if you need to get that close to read to know if there is a small leak. Maybe you their license plate or sticker, your eyesight is

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imee Winder Newton continues to lead her one-woman crusade to equip and encourage more women to become involved in Utah politics, while also considering a possible run for the state’s highest office. “A couple of people approached me about running for governor, and at first, I thought it was crazy,” said the Salt Lake County Republican councilwoman and Taylorsville resident. “I appreciate their support and have decided to consider it. I expect to decide and make an announcement sometime this fall.” In the meantime, Newton is excited to see the growing interest among women to seek elected office, here in Utah and nationally. “I definitely think it is important we have more women run for office, because I see how it benefits both genders to have men and women at the table together.” Winder added. “I think a lot of people once thought stay-at-home moms could not know about the issues or their community. I am glad to see that changing.” After teaching a couple of more rudimentary “Women in Politics” courses last year, Winder decided to offer something a bit more detailed, several weeks ago. “I called it ‘Women in Politics 2.0,’ for lack of a better term,” she said. Eleven women attended the class, at Winder’s Taylorsville home, where they received a lot of instruction about the state budgeting process and how bills become laws. Among the attendees — after attending Newton’s more elementary class, while she was running for office — was Taylorsville City Councilwoman Meredith Harker.

Salt Lake County Councilwoman – and Taylorsville resident – Aimee Winder Newton (middle on floor) is again offering “Women in Politics” courses at her home, while also weighing a run for governor. (Courtesy Aimee Winder Newton)

“This course was more in-depth than the first one, and I the information in a very personable and non-threatening manfound it very interesting and helpful,” Harker said. “It is so em- ner. I loved it.” powering for women to have a voice in politics. Aimee presents Harker is also completely on board with Newton, if she Continue on page 4...

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