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TAYLORSVILLE OFFICIALS TRAVEL TO LAS VEGAS IN HOPES OF ‘WINNING’ SOME NEW BUSINESS FOR THE CITY By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com “It’s like ‘speed dating’ for economic development.” That’s the best way Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson could describe the whirlwind three days she recently spent in Las Vegas — with City Council Chairman Brad Christopherson and Economic Development Director Wayne Harper — as they met with people who could change the city’s shopping and dining landscape at the drop of a hat. Or the investment of several million dollars, to be more precise. Overson, Christopherson and Harper were the city’s three-member lobbying tag team at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers Real Estate Convention (ICSC RECon) in Las Vegas. And at least one person who is in a position to know said the Taylorsville team does it better than anyone from our state. “(Taylorsville representatives at the ICSC RECon) are the best in the business when it comes to this kind of show,” said Economic Development Corporation of Utah Community Strategy Director Max Backlund. “They run a very good, clean process of lining up meetings ahead of time and then not wasting any time, talking with potential developers. We (edcUTAH) help them prep for the meetings. But the city reps take the meetings themselves and are pretty tight-lipped about who they speak with.” Indeed, when you try to ask Overson, Christopherson or Harper who they met with, “speed dating” quickly becomes more of an espionage spy thriller. “We really can’t talk about what particular businesses are

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Taylorsville City Council Chairman Brad Christopherson (L) and Mayor Kristie Overson (facing away) talk to potential developers and investors at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers Real Estate convention in Las Vegas. (Taylor Brightwell/Economic Development Corporation of Utah)

considering coming because it is so competitive trying to get them here,” said Christopherson. “You really should talk to (Economic Development Director) Wayne (Harper),” Overson said. “He might be able to give you more specifics.”

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ust two years after World War II ended, the Utah State Legislature took action to assist military veterans, and others, as they set their sights on post-war careers and lives. In March 1947, State Senate Bill 76 established what was then the Salt Lake Area Vocational School, with a budget of less than $400,000. Classes began in September 1948, with 24 faculty members teaching 40 different majors and minors to 948 students. With the 70th anniversary of that auspicious start date coming next month, the updated numbers are 328 full-time faculty — and 1,186 adjunct faculty members — teaching 120 programs of study to more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students each year. Oh, and that annual operating budget has grown from $382,500 to $235 million, with students paying about $3,800 per year for tuition and fees. Utah taxpayers pick up roughly 40 percent of the tab. To call the school — long ago renamed Salt Lake Community College — a “success” is to call the Kennecott mine a “hole” or the Salt Flats “deserted.” “We now have ten campuses throughout the Salt Lake Valley and have just finished expanding one of them to accommodate even more students,” said the college’s Institutional Advancement Vice President Alison McFarlane. “We are constantly trying to adjust to the needs of Utah employers. The expansion of our Westpointe campus is due to a direct employer need.” Located just off the west side belt route, east of Salt Lake City International Airport (1060 North Flyer Way), the SLCC Westpointe campus has been renovated to serve many more students. The 121,000-square-foot building is more than 12 times the size of the school’s very first Salt Lake building back in 1948. And students there will be studying a number of things no one had ever heard of 70 years ago either, such as solar installation and plastics injection molding. Although students will begin studying at the expanded Westpointe campus on Aug. 22, the official grand opening will be Sept.

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19, within days of the 70th anniversary of the school’s beginning. But SLCC officials had already decided to let the 70th anniversary quietly slide by this year, while looking ahead to a 75th diamond anniversary soiree in 2023. That’s where Erika Shubin enters the picture. “Salt Lake Community College is growing, and school officials decided they wanted to better integrate their public relations and marketing efforts,” said Shubin, the school’s first-ever strategic communications and public relations director. “I have experience meshing public relations and marketing. This opportunity came just as I had decided I was ready for a new career adventure. I’m very excited about the change.” “We received more than 60 applications (for the new position) and interviewed 10 to 12 people,” McFarlane said. “We wanted someone with deep communication skills, strong Salt Lake area media contacts and a good knowledge of fundraising. Erika is very poised, articulate and a strong writer. We are glad to have her on the team.”

Shubin worked 10 years as the Utah Transit Authority public relations and marketing manager prior to her move to the community college three months ago. “Initially, I have been working on the alumni magazine and mostly just learning about all the things SLCC offers students,” Shubin said. “About 85 percent of our graduates remain here in Utah to work. The institution really relishes its role in the community, and I am proud to be a part of it.” Shubin is a 1993 BYU graduate who came to Utah from the Spokane area. A few years younger than John Stockton, “I remember going to a couple of his Gonzaga games and following him with the Utah Jazz; we thought it was great he was from our area,” she recalls. Erika and her husband — a Salt Lake Community College graduate — have one daughter, age 10. “Since (the 75th anniversary) is still five years out, we haven’t done a lot of planning for it yet,” Shubin said. “But we plan to make it a big event to help showcase all of the ways Salt Lake Community College serves area residents.” l

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are quick to explain, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” recently passed by Congress should help grease the wheels for more economic growth in the city, through the creation of something called “Opportunity Zones.” “In a nutshell, these zones provide tax incentives to businesses that invest in lower income areas,” Harper explained. “Here in Taylorsville, we have several large areas that have been identified as ‘Opportunity Zones.’ This designation gives us one more strong point to make to potential investors, that establishing a new business in our city makes good economic sense.” Christopherson also added, a recent decision by the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) to invest some $18 million to “spruce up” Taylorsville shopping areas is also very attractive to potential investors. “In years past, developers at the ICSC convention have said Taylorsville looks ‘dirty,’ and we don’t want to locate there,” Christopherson said. “But now, the WFRC has agreed to invest millions to help us bury power lines, replace gutters and sidewalks, create bus route pull outs and install some decorative rock walls. All of

these improvements will make it easier to convince businesses to locate here.” While this year was the first time Christopherson attended the ICSC RECon — and it was Overson’s first trip to the Las Vegas convention in six years — Harper almost never misses it. And he agrees, the combination of new tax law incentives and the WFRC commitment to make improvements made this one of the best years ever to get potential investors to hear the Taylorsville story. “This conference is one of the most impactful and important meetings we have for economic development,” Harper said. “Although I can’t give specifics now, most of these potential investors want to be open for the Christmas shopping season. So, the names will be coming out soon.” Much of the city’s economic development and new business focus remains on the west side of Redwood Road in the shopping plazas both south and north of 5400 South. But Harper said investors are evaluating some other areas of the city. “Our Economic Development Department is doing so many things to help draw business-

Economic Development Corporation of Utah (edcUTAH) officials say Taylorsville representatives have learned how to make the most out of the Utah booth they sponsor each year, at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers Real Estate convention in Las Vegas. (Taylor Brightwell/edcUTAH)

es to Taylorsville,” Overson said. “Because we were so well prepared, we accomplished as much in two days of meetings (at the Las Vegas

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Seven homes receive fresh, new looks thanks to Zions Bank employees, other volunteers


ome Taylorsville homes have a fresh look this summer, thanks to a volunteer employee program Zions Bank has been quietly operating for nearly three decades. “The 28th annual Zions Bank Paint-a-Thon service project helped clean up more than 40 homes in southern Idaho and throughout Utah, from here in the north to Kanab and St. George down south,” said Zions Public Relations Officer Adam Young. “Homes are selected based on income levels, with priority given to military veterans, the disabled and elderly residents.” Seven of the 40 homes this year — including several in the Majestic Meadows Mobile Home Park — are Taylorsville houses, including the one Shirley Burbank, 74, has called home for five years. “My daughter and I both signed up for the program last year, but they weren’t able to come,” Burbank said. “Then (Zions Bank Paint-a-Thon coordinators) called this year and told us we were both at the top of their list.” Burbank — a widow, who lives alone in her Majestic Meadows home — said about six volunteers came to her home to paint, three nights in a row. That was after someone else came to have her pick the color she wanted and another paint expert reviewed the house to estimate how many gallons of paint would be needed. “They did a fantastic job and really seemed to enjoy doing it,” Shirley added. “I could hear them laughing while they worked. But they weren’t goofing around or sloppy. They did my trim and a few extra things to really make it look nice. Some other volunteers did my daughter’s home on a couple of the same nights. Her home was even harder for them, with lots of old

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Mayor Kristie Overson (L) pitched in to assist at one of seven Taylorsville homes that received a fresh coat of paint during the 28th annual Zions Bank Paint-a-Thon corporate service project. (Adam Young/Zions Bank)

paint that needed scrapping. They did a great job on both of them.” “We don’t do any work inside the homes; but on the outside we not only paint but also get involved in yard cleanup,” Young said. “Our volunteer teams start with Zions Bank employees and their families. But it’s pretty common for Scouts, church groups and others to help out as well.” Young said the new record for volunteers at a home may have been set this year by the Park City High School football team. “Between all the players and coaches, there were close to 100 hundred volunteers working on that Park City house,” he said. “They got a lot of work done — finished the whole project,

actually — in one day.” Another Taylorsville home received assistance, not from a football team but from a few dozen Cub Scouts, along with Mayor Kristie Overson. “I learned about one of the homes to be painted in our city about the same time I was invited to speak to a Cub Scout pack,” Overson said. “So after talking to the Scouts, we all walked over to the house Zions volunteers were working on. The Scouts didn’t paint, but they did gather up yard debris and put it in a trailer. It was a lot of fun, and the boys seemed to enjoy the work.” Amy Seiter’s son Jackson, 10, is a member of Taylorsville Cub Scout Pack 4495, and she

was the adult volunteer who invited Overson to talk with the scouts. “The boys were working on a project that required them to hear from an elected official,” Seiter said. “I’ve known Mayor Overson for a long time since I live in her area. So I asked her to speak, and then she called back later to ask if the boys could assist at the house. It was close enough to where the Scouts meet that they could walk. Since the pack tries to do at least two service projects a year, it worked out perfectly.” “We budget about $500 per home for paint and supplies,” Young said. “We also provide a dinner to the volunteers, which normally runs $300 to $400. Zions Bank does not solicit donations for any of this. We provide the funds through our community development department.” The paint-a-thon program began in 1991. This year a total of 2,800 volunteers painted and cleaned the 42 homes. The average age of the assisted homeowners was 74, with an average annual income of $23,000. Since it began, the Zions Bank Paint-a-Thon program has assisted at 1,140 houses, at a cost of more than $1 million. That does not include a dollar value for the volunteer hours. To nominate a home to be painted — or to apply for program assistance yourself — go to www.zionsbank.com, hit the search button (magnifying glass, in the top right corner) and type in “Paint-a-Thon.” “This is such a nice service project the bank provides, and not that many people know about it,” Overson said. “I was glad to join with them and to also involve the Cub Scouts.” l

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Taylorsville fun for Dayzz By Keyra Kristoffersen | keyrak@mycityjournals.com


or three “dayzz” at the end of June, Valley Regional Park in Taylorsville saw car shows, movies, a parade, games and pony rides

fill the air before the fireworks extravaganza closed out Taylorsville Dayzz 2018. More photos of the event can be found

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July where residents could vote for their favorite park—check out the City Journals Facebook page and our website, mycityjournals.com. l

Taylorsville Precinct’s latest batch of police cadets (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Cars from every era showed their sleek lines for collectors and enthusiasts. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Bubble-mania is tougher than it looks. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

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Everyone gets a souvenir from the party. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Miguel Anguiano holds tightly to his sister Sophia as they have a great time on the rides. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

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Kids got the chance to pet a baby zebra and camel in the petting zoo. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Everyone loved the fireworks show lighting up the sky. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

The Taylorsville Youth Council passes out balloons at Taylorsville Dayzz. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

The band, Piggett, plays for an excited crowd. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

Rows and rows of carnival food (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

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Vienna Froer belts it out for a large crowd. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)

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Annual Public Safety Fair continues to grow in Taylorsville


t’s not often you see Swoop and Cosmo supporting the same thing. But the University of Utah and Brigham Young University cheerleaders did team up — along with a handful of other mascots — for the third annual Family Safety Fair, hosted by the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS). The ever-growing event — held outside DPS headquarters in Taylorsville (4501 South 2700 West) featured 95 information booths — a huge leap from the 65 last year — along with an estimated visitor turnout of more than 1,600 people. “I think we more than doubled our attendance from last year,” said event organizer Marge Dalton, who works for the state driver’s license division. “The attendance far exceeded our expectations. I’m glad so many families are taking an interest in learning ways to stay safe. That’s why we do it.” Dalton was the event’s assistant chairperson, serving Chairwoman Sherry McCusker. “In the three years this has been a public event, it has really grown,” DPS Public Affairs Director Marissa Cote said. “It has grown from about 35 booths two years ago, to 65 last year, to 95 this year. We have a lot of room outside our building, so there’s still more room for it to get even bigger in the years ahead.” Unified Police Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant believes his agency and others benefit because they are allowed to meet parents and kids in a no-stress situation, which is

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A veritable zoo full of mascots were seen but not heard at this year’s third annual Family Safety Fair, hosted by the Utah Department of Public Safety. (Utah DPS)

frequently not the case for emergency responders and the public. “It’s a great venue to get families and kids together, not only to provide education but also to offer interaction with various law enforcement agencies,” Wyant said. “(UPD) operated a booth and had equipment and vehicles on display. Our mascot, ‘Sgt. Siren,’ was also there.” For the record, the Unified Police Department’s Sgt. Siren mascot looks a lot like a sheepdog, while the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department mascot, Sgt. Lightning, looks suspiciously like a horse. “Besides mascots, the kids seemed to enjoy seeing the helicopters,” Cote said. “Our DPS helicopter was there, along with the Uni-

versity of Utah’s AirMed helicopter.” The safety fair is funded each year through a Utah Labor Department grant. “They have funding earmarked to educate the public about safety,” Cote said. “We do not allow any of the booths to charge people for anything. They are there strictly to provide free information. There were a couple of booths operated by for-profit companies, such as Hoopes Vision. But Safety Fair visitors didn’t have to pay for anything. We even provided a free meal to everyone who visited enough booths to fill up their stamp sheet.” Among the things featured at the booths were: an earthquake simulator, K9 drug and bomb-sniffing dogs and free baby car seat in-

spections. More than 1,400 visitors also signed pledges, promising they would not text and drive and would always wear seat belts. As organizers look ahead to next year’s fourth annual safety fair, they now hope to swing a wider net. “Nearly all of our booths have been operated by public safety agencies and businesses from here in Salt Lake County,” Cote said. “But the Department of Public Safety is a statewide agency, and we would love to draw more participants from Utah, Davis and Tooele counties. We want everyone in the state to learn more about safety.” “The safety fair began as something just for our employees and their families,” Dalton said. “But after just one year, we realized this information needs to be available to everyone. So we opened it to the public that second year. I’m excited to see how popular it is becoming, because the information is so important.” Dalton also believes a key to this year’s boost in attendance came in the form of banners her agency hung, advertising the fair on fences around Granite District schools. “This was our first year for the school banners,” she said. “I think they helped tremendously. We’re still experimenting with the best ways to get the word out about the fair. But after our jump in attendance this year, I think the school fence banners are here to stay.” l

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Classes help homeowners learn about water conservation iving in a desert state, some Salt Lake Valley residents are making it a mission to conserve water. Utah received limited snowpack in the mountains, and local water officials say they’ve had to dip into reservoir water early this year. But Shaun Moser, an instructor at the Conservation Water Garden in West Jordan, said even heavy snowpack years aren’t an excuse to waste water. “Conservation should be an ethic here in Utah. More often than not, we’re in some kind of drought here,” Moser explained. That’s why state officials have been pushing to implement a statewide water conservation campaign called Slow the Flo. It’s designed to educate residents and also to encourage changes in residents’ landscapes, including using less grass in their yards. Dani Workman, a West Jordan homeowner and mom, said she’s trying to make small changes to her landscape to reduce water use. “We water our lawn twice a week and watch the weather to decide what days will be best to do it,” Workman explained. “For our garden, we collect rainwater in barrels from our downspouts and use that to hand water our garden. Not only is it free, but it saves a little bit of water and money.” Moser said the average lawn only needs 20 minutes of water every other day during the hottest months. In the spring and fall, grass only needs 20 minutes of water approximately 1-2

times a week. But Moser said it’s even more important to cut back on the grass in your yard. The average sprinkler system isn’t designed to water any lawn area smaller than 8 feet wide, such as park strips or sides of a home. The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District offers monthly classes to give residents examples on how to cut back on sod grass at Localscapes.com. “The style of landscaping that has been adopted here in Utah really doesn’t fit our climate. The English style of landscaping developed in an area that gets rain a lot of time,” Moser explained about landscapes filled with grass. “Here in Utah we need irrigation systems to keep things alive.” Cynthia Bee, outreach coordinator for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, says Local Scapes offers a small reward to residents who take their classes teaching water conservation and implement changes to their own landscape. “We’re not calling it an incentive, because it’s not enough to cover costs for changing your landscape,” Bee explained. The small bonus is up to $.25 per square footage in a landscape, but the real benefit is reducing water. To learn more about Local Scapes, the next beginner class will be at 9 a.m. on Sept. 1 at the Conservation Garden Park at 8275 S. 1300 West in West Jordan. You can sign up for Local Scapes 101 on LocalScapes.com l


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Taylorsville-based Utah Down Syndrome Foundation earns $2,500 SelectHealth grant By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


ctober 2012 was a difficult time for Kaydee McMahon and her husband, as she was delivering their first child at a Logan hospital,. Having chosen not to undergo an amniocentesis during her pregnancy, the young couple, which had met at Utah State University, was completely surprised to learn their first child had Down syndrome. That’s also when she first learned of the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation, the organization she now works for as program coordinator. That also makes her primarily responsible for determining how best to spend the $2,500 grant the organization recently received from SelectHealth, through its “Select 25” program. “It was such a shock when Haley was born and we learned she had Down syndrome,” Kaydee McMahon said. “Someone on the hospital staff asked us if it would be all right if they notified the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation about our case. We told them ‘yes,’ and that was my first introduction to an organization that does so much and I am so happy to work for.” Within a day or two — while Kaydee McMahon was still at the Logan hospital — a Cache Valley-based UDSF volunteer arrived with a welcome packet to acquaint the McMahons with what they might expect from their special needs child and what the foundation could offer in the way of assistance. “It was terrific, welcome support at such a critical time in our lives,” Kaydee McMahon said. “We began to attend UDSF activities. They provided us with books and pamphlets. I was very impressed and knew I wanted to be a

part of the organization.” Flash forward a couple of years, and the McMahons had moved to the Salt Lake Valley, when the part-time UDSF program coordinator position came open. With her previous experience teaching special education children — and raising a Down syndrome child of her own — Kaydee McMahon was chosen for the job. Her boss — and the only other paid, parttime employee of the UDSF — was CEO Steve Hansen, until his recent retirement. “Statewide, about 50 Down syndrome children are born in Utah each month,” Hansen said. “When one of them is born, hospital personnel ask the parents if we can reach out to them. Due to privacy laws, they can’t simply report to us that a Down syndrome child has been born. But most parents allow us to contact them, and we have a cadre of volunteers who go out to talk with the parents.” In a recent full-page newspaper advertisement announcing the 25 recipients of the 2018 “Select 25” grants provided by SelectHealth, it mentioned the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation as being based in Taylorsville. But Hansen admits that is a little misleading, calling UDSF a statewide organization. “The only reason it said Taylorsville is because we have no offices, but I live in Taylorsville and keep the CEO paperwork in my basement,” Hansen said. However, that loose tie to the community was enough to prompt SelectHealth to invite Mayor Kristie Overson to attend the announcement luncheon, where all of the grant recipients were announced publically

for the first time. “(Mayor Overson) sat at our luncheon table and was very interested to learn how UDSF serves Utah parents,” Kaydee McMahon said. Later that week, Overson shared the accomplishments of the foundation during her mayor’s report to the Taylorsville City Council. The $2,500 grant awarded this year, follows an identical $2,500 Caytie Brinkerhoff became involved with the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation to grant UDSF received help her learn how to better care for her son Max. (UDSF) from SelectHealth in “We plan to use this new grant funding to 2015. “We applied for that 2015 grant just a develop a ‘Kindergarten Kickoff’ program,” couple of months after I began working for the Kaydee McMahon said. “We envision this to foundation,” Hansen said. “After we earned it, be a series of four learning sessions parents can SelectHealth said we would have to wait three participate in as their special needs child is preyears to be eligible to apply for it again. So we paring to enter kindergarten. We are still workdid, and now we have won again. So one of the ing out the details. Eventually, we would like to last things I told Kaydee (McMahon) was to ap- see this evolve into an on-line curriculum so we ply for it again in another three years, because can assist parents throughout the state at minimal cost.” so far we are two for two.” The Utah Down Syndrome Foundation has Although the UDSF has been around since 1977 — when some concerned Utah parents a volunteer board of directors and serves about started it — the organization still operates on 1,500 Utah families. For more information, visan annual budget of only about $100,000. So it www.udsf.org. l a $2,500 grant every three years represents a significant portion of the foundation’s funding.

Bringing Opportunity to Distressed SLCO Communities


recently went on a ride-along with a detective from one of our city police departments. I wanted to see firsthand the challenges faced by people living in impoverished neighborhoods in Salt Lake County. It was an eye-opening experience to see how school resources, family life, and neighborhood attributes all can impact the overall success of families in our county. It also motivated me to work harder to help our county residents build better lives for their families. While there are many policy approaches to improve prospects for Utahns in these kinds of communities, one I want to highlight here is tied to opportunity. While there’s an appropriate role for government, I believe the best way to fight poverty is to more effectively connect people with eco-

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nomic opportunity. A really exciting new policy tool to do just that is the designation of “Opportunity Zones.” In a nutshell: an opportunity zone is a census tract with low median household income and high poverty, designated by the Governor as available for incentivized private investment. Investors can put money into these zones to promote new business growth, expand existing businesses, or for real estate development, and get some breaks on their capital gains taxes for doing so. This is particularly important for areas that have few job opportunities, sluggish business expansion, or affordable housing challenges. There are three things I love about this. First: if successful, county residents who

are struggling to make ends meet will benefit from increased economic opportunity. That means a they can earn a better life for themselves and their families. I also believe there’s tremendous untapped potential in these communities, and we need these county residents to contribute their passion, ideas, and work ethic to help make Salt Lake County’s economy even stronger. Second: this is not an expansion of taxpayer-funded government programs. Using the strength of the free enterprise system to empower people to improve their lives is always a better option for those who benefit directly, and society overall. And third: this represents a lot of bipartisan work. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott,

and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker worked together on opportunity zones, and gave a great summary to the National Association of Counties in March of this year. Every time Republicans and Democrats can come together as colleagues to find consensus policies to leverage the private sector and create more opportunity for Americans, we ought to laud the success and replicate it. I appreciate our county economic development team who helped drive this effort in Salt Lake County. They brought a list of proposed zones to the County Council, and we gave our support to send them to Governor Herbert’s office for review before designating the final list of opportunity zones. l

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MAYOR'S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, To all those who live, work, and play in the City of Taylorsville. Our city's mission statement says: “It is the mission of the City of Taylorsville, its elected officials, employees and volunteers to provide efficient and cost effective services that enhance the quality of life and community identity by being accessible, proactive, innovative, accountable, and responsive to the needs of the community.” Mayor One important communication tool we have to achieve our misKristie S. Overson sion is the City of Taylorsville website. We are striving to make our website more user friendly and informative. Your opinion matters the most, and we need your help to achieve our goals. Please use this link to share with us your thoughts and opinions in a brief survey (under two minutes) and together we will move closer to achieving our mission of service in the City of Taylorsville. www.surveymonkey.com/r/SXT8BDX I appreciate your time and your feedback. Sincerely, Mayor Kristie S. Overson


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Taylorsville Apollo Burger - Congratulations on your Grand Re-Opening!

Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting - July 5, 2018 Apollo Burger is proud to announce the grand reopening of their newly remodeled restaurant. They offer a wide variety of options, all made to order with the best quality ingredients. Along with their delicious burgers, salads, and sandwiches, they offer a delicious breakfast that you’ll swear is homemade. Apollo Burger has been a part of the Taylorsville community for over 30 years with an additional 11 locations throughout the State. Being owned by a local Utah family, community is an important part of who they are. Each year they donate their time and money to bettering our communities. They offer a 50% discount to all first-responders and military personnel in uniform, donate to many schools across the Salt Lake valley, and raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Additionally they have sponsored the Sugarhouse Independence Day firework show for the last four years. They are looking forward to the next 30 years of being a part of the wonderful Taylorsville community.

Welcome to Taylorsville, Complete Recovery Corporation!

Complete Companies, a leader in contact call center services including reverse supply chain management and customer experience outsourcing is represented by Complete Recovery, Corp. and Complete CX. Twice on the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list and graduates of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Business Initiative, Complete Recovery has been on the forefront of developing programs to assist customers in the recovery and resolution of client owned assets and the return of defective or unneeded items. Companies are generally good at delivering items to customers, conversely Complete Recovery is good at getting items from customers back to clients. In fact, last year, they assisted in resolving over $1 billion dollars’ worth of client assets which reduced future capital purchases, organized recycling strategies, and allowed for proper disposal, lessening the negative impact to our environment. Complete CX (customer experience) helps companies manage their customer interactions by providing outsource customer contact services. Complete CX manages multiple customer connection points including telephone, email, letter, text, chat, and social type mediums. Complete Recovery employs over 100 people in the Taylorsville office, and provides equipment recovery services to cable, satellite, telecom, and medical clients throughout the U.S. Complete Recovery was established in 2010, showing steady growth through 2015, and then increasing 145% in 2016, and 42% in 2017. 2018 is projecting to have another year of substantial growth by increasing business with current clients, and continuing to add new clients.

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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Remembrances This months article is about not local Taylorsville History, but rather road trips that many of us took traveling all across the USA.  This book was donated to the museum by Judy Whitaker to our museum, and I found it just plain fun.  It is full of priceless collections of Burma Shave jingles that were actually used.  (Written by Frank Rowsome Jr.)    The way it worked:  While traveling across the Nevada desert (and many other directions,), there would be signs posted, one after another tantalizing us to read them out loud.  They were an entertaining diversion from Joshua trees and desert.  They were posted during the years from  1927 to 1960.  

Here’s another example from 1938: NO LADY LIKES...TO DANCE ...OR DINE ACCOMPANIED BY.......A PORCUPINE.........BURMA SHAVE.............. From 1960:  THE POOREST GUY...IN THE.....HUMAN RACE.....CAN HAVE A... MILLION DOLLAR FACE.....BURMA SHAVE Want more fun?    Drop by the museum and check out this silly little book.........

Ways 2 Conserve Water Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District encourages customers to get paid to conserve water. Utah Water Savers reminds us Utah had a bad water year. Just look at our snowpack — it’s the worst it’s been in 40 years. But did you know there’s a new website where Utahns are getting paid to save water at home? From rebates to free landscape consultations, utahwatersavers.com is helping Utahns save both money and water. Visit utahwatersavers.com today to create a free account and start saving. You will find: Smart controller rebates, Toilet rebates, Localscapes University rewards, and Landscape consultations. If you are ready to start saving water on your landscape or in your home, create a Utah Water Savers account today—water conservation has never been more important. New programs will be added as they are made available, so be sure to check back frequently. If you have any questions regarding this article, please contact our office at Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District: 801-968-9081 or visit our website page at www.tbid.org for additional information.



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By now you have probably heard that recycling fees have increased and at times have been higher than landfilling the materials. It’s also important to know that landfilling the recycling will not reduce costs. WFWRD continues with the commitment to provide residents the avenues to recycle. The current services of weekly collections will continue because it is still worth it for the environment and the future costs of not recycling. Here are a few tips to keep costs as low as possible: -Keep it clean: Make sure items are emptied. You don’t need to wash your recycling, just a quick rinse if needed. - When in doubt, throw it out. - No plastic bags of any kind. Even bagging your recycling and placing the bag in the curbside recycle can drives up costs.

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cultural diversity committee Our Goals: Cultural Integration Community Inclusion Resource Information Friendship and Sharing English as a Second Language Classes

Please fill out a short survey online at: http://bit.ly/2KjM8Qz Spring Back Mattress (at 1929 South 4130 West) will take your used mattresses, and will recycle 100% of its materials! The recycling fee for mattresses is $10 per piece. They will also come pick up your mattress for an additional $40. This is a much better option than sending it to the landfill for $15 per piece. For more information, please call them at 801-906-8146 or visit them at www.springbackutah.com.

Opportunities: To Teach about your culture, language, history, and traditions Civic Engagement Environmental Actions Tutoring Opportunities Meetings every Third Tuesday Next Meeting is Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Taylorsville City Hall

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diversidad cultural comité WFWRD provides services to the community that no other waste/recycling organization provides. In addition to our standard curbside waste and recycling collection, we offer subscription curbside green waste and curbside glass. We also have bulk waste and green waste trailers available for rent on a first come/first served basis, and landfill vouchers, for truck or trailer loads, available at your city and community offices. As residents within the WFWRD district, you have access to these and all of our other services. Visit our website to find out more www.wasatchfrontwaste.org.

Nuestras metas: Integración cultural Inclusión en la comunidad Información del recurso Amistad y Compartir Inglés como segundo lengua

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Oportunidades: Para enseñar acerca de su cultura, idioma, historia, y tradiciones Compromiso civil Acciones ambientales Oportunidades de tutoría Reuniones cada tercer martes La próxima reunión es el martes 21 de agosto en 7:00 pm. en el Ayuntamiento de Taylorsville

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• Birthday Tuesday Entertainment: Tuesday, August 7th at 11:00 a.m. All August birthdays are invited. • Living Well With Chronic Pain: Mondays August 13th- September 24th 2:00-4:30 p.m.  Join this free 6 week evidence based program to learn how to manage chronic pain mentally, physically, and emotionally. • 2018 Health & Wellness Fair: Tuesday, August 8th. Kick off the day will our 1 mile wellness walk at 9:15 a.m. Over 30 vendors, screenings and exercise demos from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Keynote speaker at 12:30 p.m. • Volunteer Opportunity: Taylorsville Senior Center is looking for a Sewing teacher for beginners and refugees. We are looking at holding the class on Thursday or Friday mornings. We have all the materials and sewing machines. Drop by if you would like to see the equipment. We appreciate your donation of time and efforts.


City Officials, ChamberWest, and Community Members participated in a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the grand opening of A Philly-Aided Barbers! They are located at 5608 South Redwood Road (around the corner from Fed Ex Office, next to Wood Creations). Philly-Aided Barbers offers Haircuts (all types & all kinds), Straight Razor Shaves, Beard Trims, Shape Up, Hair Wash, Scalp Treatments, and Special Services available by appointment. Their hours are Monday - Closed, Tuesday thru Friday 9AM-7PM, Saturday 9AM - 6PM, and Sunday 10AM - 5PM. Appointments available via online booking at https://www.aphillyaided.com/book-online Connect with A Philly-Aided Barbers




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Murray Park wins the City Journals’ Park Madness tournament By Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com

The final bracket of the City Journals’ “Park Madness” tournament.


uly was national Parks and Recreation month, and we here at the City Journals celebrated with a friendly little tournament to determine the best park in the valley. Each round, the parks went head-to-head in a Facebook poll. Whichever park garnered the most votes moved on to the next round. We called it “Park Madness.” The tournament had a little bit of everything, from a No. 16 seed upsetting a No. 1 seed to lopsided blowouts to intense down-to-thewire finishes. Here are our tournament awards: Park Madness Champion: Murray Park Murray Park came into the tournament as the No. 6 seed (based on Google reviews) but immediately showed that it was a top contender when it picked up a whopping 88 percent of the vote in its first round matchup with Herriman. It went on to win by large margins in both the semifinal and final. It’s only test was a second

round matchup with Riverton, which brings us to… Most Improved Park: Riverton Park It’s too bad that Riverton and Murray had to meet in the second round, because that matchup would have made for a great finals. The two parks were neck and neck for the entire two-day voting period, sometimes separated by as little as a tenth of a percentage point. Riverton Park was supported by many residents who voted and commented about how much they love the park. As for the Most Improved Park award? We figured that made sense just because the park was recently reconstructed in 2015. Rookie of the Tournament: Mountview Park In a tournament full of parks that have been around for decades, Mountview Park made a lot of noise by making it to the finals as a park that’s less than 10 years old. The Cottonwood Heights Park may not be as well-known

throughout the valley, but it was able to beat the likes of West Valley’s Centennial Park, Sugar House Park and Dimple Dell Park on its way to the finals. Upset of the Tournament: Eastlake Park Eastlake Park, located in South Jordan/ Daybreak would be another good candidate for Rookie of the Tournament, but its first-round upset of the top-seeded Memorial Grove Park in Salt Lake City deserves its own award. Sadly, the Cinderella story stopped there, as Eastlake Park fell in the second round to Dimple Dell Park. While Murray Park may have won the tournament, the real winners are Salt Lake Valley residents who can visit and play at these amazing parks. We have some great parks and recreation departments that make sure we all have safe, fun and beautiful places to enjoy the summer. l

Airport reconstruction project on schedule for 2020 By Lana Medina | l.medina@mycityjournals.com


ust two years from now, Utahns will see a brand new Salt Lake International Airport opening. A construction project that has been decades in the making is underway at the airport, as crews are working to build a new parking garage, central terminal and a new north and south concourse. “One of the biggest milestones was in May,” said Nancy Volmer, the airport public relations director. “That’s when one of the final steel beams went up.” Why build a new airport? When the Salt Lake International Airport was first built in the 1960s, it was designed for 10 million passengers per year. But now, more than 60 years later, the airport serves more than 24 million passengers annually, and that number is increasing. Volmer says with the current design, only one plane can take off at a time, and the airport wasn’t built for a hub operation. “There’s congestion on the curb side, there’s congestion on the gate side,” Volmer explained. “There’s not enough seating for passengers waiting for their flights.” Who is paying for the new airport? “No local taxpayer dollars are being spent on the airport,” Volmer said. For the $3.6 billion reconstruction project, the airport is relying on several major areas of funding: 41.3 percent - Future bonds to pay for the remaining cost 23 percent - 2017 revenue bonds issued by the airport 14.8 percent - Airport savings 11.5 percent - Passenger facility charges 4.9 percent - Rental car facility charges 4.5 percent - Federal grants Volmer says one of the primary reasons why the Salt Lake International Airport is able to fund the reconstruction project without local taxpayer assistance is because the airport has been saving for this project since the 1990s. “People who use the airport are helping pay for this redevelopment. Passenger user fee, the airlines, the car rental user fees,” Volmer said. Future Changes One of the biggest changes that will push the Salt Lake International Airport into the spotlight is security. The new airport will have state of the art equipment for security screening to help cut down on wait times and limit the hassle as passengers try to make their flights. The entire design of the airport is focused on making it easier for passengers, Volmer explained. “You can check your bag, print your boarding pass, go through security, and you won’t have to go up and down levels. It (will be) convenient for passengers,” Volmer said. Some other major improvements include: • A larger parking garage able to fit up

Airport officials say the new airport design will allow for easier access to passengers. (Photo courtesy Salt Lake International Airport)

to 3,600 vehicles, with separate areas for drop off and pick up. • Separate arrival and departure levels • On-site car rental pick-up and dropoff counters • Tech friendly with more locations to

plug in electronics • More shopping and dining What is Phase 2? Phase 1 is expected to be completed by Fall 2020, and then construction will begin on Phase 2, which includes building the north and south

concourses on the east side, the demolition of concourses B, C and D, and the demolition of the International Terminal. For more information about the Airport Reconstruction project, visit www.slcairport. com/thenewslc. l

Training brains for learning gains By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


ith mental illness on the rise in youth, educators are realizing the need for emotional regulation training. When students at Arcadia Elementary get stressed or angry, they know what to do. Arcadia is in its second year of the Mind Up Curriculum. “This is social-emotional learning at its best,” said Arcadia’s social worker Denni Dayley. The program teaches students to be selfaware and regulate their emotions. It gives them the control, said Dayley. She said through self-regulating, students have healthier relationships, better social skills and the ability to manage their anxiety and anger. Mary Dennis, school psychologist, said this program is better than other social emotional programs she has used. “I believe Mind Up and the concept of mindfulness is stronger and will change our educational system for the better,” she said. “A key difference in this program is the focus on the brain, helping children understand what happens in brains when we experience strong emotions and why we react the way we do.” School librarian Angie Winward, who teaches the curriculum to students during their weekly visits to the library, said it appeals to students of all ages. “Older kids like the science of the anatomy,” said Winward. “They’re more interested in the brain part of it. But even the younger ones could understand there was part of their brain they had to settle down to let the learning happen.” Students learn the amygdala (in charge of emotion) can prevent the prefrontal cortex (decision-making, reasoning, sorting) from being able to learn. “You can’t get things through that system if your amygdala is too fired up,” said Winward. “So, our intention with the mindfulness is to teach the students how to settle down the amygdala and prepare for learning.” Winward reads picture books with characters and situations kids can relate to. Then they learn age-appropriate techniques that use their imagination, hands and bodies to practice fo-

mindfulness trainings and have noticed students employing the techniques on their own. Dayley has seen students realize they are angry, and instead of reacting impulsively, they stop and take some deep breaths. “I’ve seen it happen over and over—it’s pretty awesome,” she said. Dennis said the mindfulness techniques can help anyone—from those who have an anxiety disorder to those who just had a frustrating experience at recess. “Mindfulness techniques benefit all who use them,” she said. “Taking time to be present can strengthen our entire community.” l

LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK? Students learn to slowly trace up and down each finger as a reminder to breathe in and out. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

cus, breathing, observation and self-awareness skills. “The first step is to be aware of what’s going on,” said Winward. “Sometimes, kids have an emotion that they can’t say why or even what it is.” Teachers participate in the training with their classes, establishing a common vocabulary with students, which aids in understanding. “The whole school is talking about it, and they are talking about it in the same way,” said Winward. “I feel like our school is really unifying together in this purpose.” Instead of reacting to an angry or panicked student with words and questions, teachers know how to prompt students with a breathing technique that will calm them down within minutes. Susan Oveson, a kindergarten aide, reinforces the mindfulness techniques by taking her students to look at the techniques shown on the Mind-Up bulletin board outside the library. The


students use the visual prompts to apply techniques such as hot cocoa breathing, rainbow breathing, the mindful finger and the five senses technique. The program has helped students who deal with a variety of stressful issues at home. “They come however they come to school—already with an attitude because something’s happened at home, whether it was good or bad,” said Winward. “Mindfulness is trying to focus on the moment and let go of all the worries of the future and the past.” The school community council made the decision to introduce the Mind Up program two years ago to address the emotional education of students. “It feels like finally we’re getting the whole picture and really getting a well-rounded education and child, and it’s making a big difference,” said Winward, who is also head of the council. Dayley and Dennis often participate in the


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Got girl drama? Take a lap! By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


hird-grader Kennedi Gonzalez, like many girls her age, struggled to navigate friendships with other girls in her class. “Some of my friends weren’t treating me well,” she said. Kennedi joined the after-school program at Calvin S. Smith Elementary in Taylorsville, called Girls on the Run. There she found a group of new friends and the social-emotional training to empower her to express herself and have her needs met. Twice a week, from March to June, eight girls at CSSE met after school to run laps, learn lessons, work on group projects, eat healthy snacks, discuss problems and brainstorm solutions together. “We talk about all kinds of things like peer pressure and bullying,” said Jennifer Huntington, the school librarian, who is one of the coaches. “They’re really open about what they’re struggling with, and we try to give them tips and tools on how to deal with life.” The curriculum, developed by the national GOTR organization, empowers tween girls with lessons that develop self-esteem and conflict-resolution skills. “They give us examples of how to solve problems, and you can use them later when you need them,” said Zaidy Rojas, a sixth-grader. She had a situation where her feelings were hurt by a friend. Zaidy said her training in “I feel” statements allowed her to feel comfortable


expressing her feelings to her friend. She felt better, and the friendship wasn’t harmed. “She didn’t get upset,” said Zaidy. The program teaches the young girls to recognize unhealthy patterns in their friendships. Destiny Florez, a fifth-grader, didn’t like the way one of her friends was treating her. She was able to be direct with her friend, avoiding unhelpful passive language, to resolve the issue. Fourth-grader Rachel Miller said because of her GOTR training, she was able to communicate effectively when a girl in her dance class was being mean to her. She resolved the issue confidently, without any unnecessary drama. Rachel said the program has helped her rely less on what others think of her. She also

feels more fit and strong. The program challenges the girls to prepare for a 5k. This year, 1,700 girls participated in the race held in Sugar House Park on June 2. Girls chose an adult friend or family member to run the course with them. “The program really helps with self-confidence,” said third-grade teacher Kristen Logan, another coach with CSSE’s program. “It really empowers them to see that they are capable of doing whatever they want. To run 3.1 miles is not a small distance.” Fourth-grader Sophie Scott said the program has encouraged her to work hard to set and achieve personal goals. “It’s not all about beating people; it’s just

Top five ways to avoid an accident

ccidents are inevitable. Or are they? We’ve all met someone who says (more like “claims”) they have never experienced a car accident before. While we might doubt the veracity of such a statement, there are countless ways to avoid those nauseatingly time consuming situations — the ones where you wait for law enforcement on the side of the road (or middle of the intersection), deal with insurance companies and figure out finances for fixing the fender. There are countless ways to avoid an accident, here are the top five. 1. Attitude You probably weren’t expecting this one first. As a driver, you control over 3,000 pounds (or more) of metal that can cause incalculable damage. Driving with maturity and the right mindset makes a world of difference. Speeding to beat another car to the exit or to get back at the person who cut you off a minute ago may give you a moment of satisfaction, but is it worth the risk and ramifications? If all drivers commit to having a responsible attitude, imagine how much less we’d find ourselves in bumper to bumper traffic waiting to pass the accident. 2. Speed From 2012-2016, 40 percent of motor vehicle traffic crash deaths in Utah were because

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Over 1,700 girls participated in the annual Girls on the Run 5K this year. (Photo courtesy Kristen Logan)

to work on being yourself,” she said. Fourth-graders Lola Parker and Rachel Miller joined the program to learn healthy habits and be more fit. But they discovered numerous other benefits. Through their time together, the girls have created a support network. “We learn to encourage others, to keep running and to keep running forward,” said Destiny. She likes how they cheer each other on and give high 5s when someone achieves their goals. Huntington said the friendships the girls form are the biggest benefit of the program. The girls get to know each other well, something that probably wouldn’t normally happen with their age range of third to sixth grade. “It’s fun to be with all these girls,” said sixth-grader Reagan Vanderlinden. “We talk about how to make ourselves feel better if someone’s not being nice, and that’s been really great.” And she has learned things about herself. She has learned to identify what makes her happy—spending time with friends who are nice to her and doing things she enjoys. Last year, there were 130 schools in Utah hosting the GOTR program. Applications to host a program are available starting July 1 at girlsontherunutah.org. The next 12-week program begins next March. l

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To belt or not to belt? That is the question By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Currently seat belts on buses are only available for students with special needs. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)


ollowing a recent school bus tragedy in New Jersey, the issue of school bus safety is under renewed scrutiny. The Federal Transportation Safety Board released a statement in May urging school districts to install seat belts on buses. The issue is not new to Utah. Utah Rep. Craig Hall, of West Valley, proposed a bill in 2016 to require seat belts on Utah school buses. “We require, by law, for all children and all adults in our own personal vehicles to wear seat belts,” said Hall. “And we can be fined as parents if our kids don’t have their seat belts on. But for some reason, we deem it perfectly acceptable to put kids in buses with no seat belts at all.” Herb Jensen, Jordan School District director of transportation, thinks the idea of putting seat belts on school buses is an emotional issue. “A lot of people think that if it’s the right thing for their minivan, then it should be the right thing for a school bus, but that isn’t necessarily the case,” he said. Jensen is confident in the engineering and design of school buses to protect passengers without a restraint through compartmentalization, protecting students with closely spaced seats with tall, energy-absorbing seat backs. Hall said through his research, he found compartmentalization is ineffective in rollover or side impact crashes or when kids aren’t sitting appropriately. “Students are tossed about the interior of the bus like clothes in a dryer,” he said. In contrast, when a child is buckled in, he

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said they are far less likely to be injured and can evacuate easily with the click of a button. “An uninjured child can move more quickly than an injured or unconscious or dead child,” he said. One of Jensen’s concerns about seat belts is they would exacerbate the situation if children can’t get out of them independently or if they are stuck high in the air after a rollover. Jensen said fires on buses are more common. He believes restraints would impede a quick evacuation, especially for young children. In his experience, he also believes students would play around and misuse seat belts, causing needless injuries. Jensen said facts and data support that seat belts on buses is not the right answer. “School buses are extremely safe already,” he said. “It would be hard to justify the expense because it’s extremely unlikely that a child is going to lose their life if they’re on the inside of a school bus.” Jensen noted there hasn’t been a casualty inside a Jordan District bus for more than 80 years. “I would daresay there’s not a safer vehicle on the road than a school bus,” he said. “You don’t want to run into a school bus because you’ll lose.” Jensen cites statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reports out of 324,710 motor vehicle fatalities from 2006–2015, only five were passengers on a school bus. “We transport 15,000 kids twice a day and

drive millions of miles a year on our buses,” said Jensen. “Although we do have accidents, we don’t have casualties with the occupants of the bus. I think that data speaks for itself.” Jensen said if state or federal legislation passes, the district will comply. “You’re not going to statistically increase the safety of our buses by spending the enormous amount of money that it’s going to require to put seat belts on the buses,” said Jensen. “When we have our first casualty on a school bus, I might change my mind. Any fatality on a school bus is one too many.” Hall said he is monitoring the situation to see what happens on the federal level before he initiates another bill in the next Utah legislative session. “Eventually, this is going to happen,” said Hall. “And unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragic accident for the seat belts to be put into the school buses.” According to FTSB, at least 29 states have introduced school bus seat belt legislation in the last year, but high costs have been a roadblock for many. Hall estimates only about six states have school bus seat belt regulations. To reduce costs, Hall said any bill he initiates will require seat belts on new buses only. The National Transportation Safety Board also recommended requiring collision-avoidance systems and automatic emergency brakes on new school buses, citing that most bus accidents are caused by human error. l

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Warriors football begins for young and old By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


ne sign the summer is winding down is the beginning of football camps. The Taylorsville Warriors youth and high school teams are preparing for their upcoming seasons. “Players never quit, they worked through water breaks, had players there with stitches in their arm. They are about the shovel,” head coach Pala Vaituu told his team on Facebook. The shovel has been the symbol of the team’s hard work. They believe quiters will not pick up the shovel to do hard work. The team has been using that as their motivation to work harder this offseason. The Taylorsville High School varsity team returns after going 4-6 last year. It captured one victory in its five region contests, a 59-20 victory over Copper Hills. Dane Leituala passed for five touchdowns and ran for three more in the win. Leituala will be a senior this year. He threw for 2,481 yards and 25 touchdowns in his junior season. He also had 18 rushing touchdowns. He ran for a season high 230 yards against Westlake in the final game. The Warriors’ high-potent offense averaged nearly 34 points per game and averaged nearly 485 yards. Their receiving position group lost its

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Youth participate in football tryouts. (Greg James/City Journals)

most potent producers to graduation: Ma’a Hall and Caleb Schulte. Returning seniors Keanu Spencer and Marshallfaulk Vaituu are the highest-producing players set to return. On defense, senior David Sterzer led the team last season as a junior with 65 solo tackles. Vaituu was fourth on the team with 38. The Warriors are scheduled to begin their season Friday, Aug. 17 at Snow Canyon High School. Their first home game is set for Sept. 7

against Jordan. The Taylorsville Youth district began its season July 23 with helmet only workouts. The program is available for youth players ages 7–14. They are members of the Ute Conference and play their games at Vista Elementary School. The Taylorsville district board negotiated discounts for its players at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Eastbay for equipment needs. Board

members are hoping to work with the community to improve the players’ expereince. For fundraisers, district officials are gathering items for a basket raffle. Donations can be made to district board members and in person at the fields. Board members hope to use the fundraiser to help support players that can’t afford to play and purchase new equipment. Taylorsville has introduced a legacy coin this season to be awarded to players that participate every year from Gremlin to Bantams in the district. The youth and high school teams combined to host a skills camp. This is an opportunity for the high school coaches to participate with and get to know the youth players before they attend high school. The goal is to keep players playing in boundary and staying home through high school. The teams are hosting Warriorfest Aug 11 at Taylorsville High School. There will be scrimmages, food and raffles to support the teams. They also participate in youth weigh-ins Aug. 17 at the Taylorsville Recreation pool afterward. There will be a pep rally for the teams. Youth league games begin in August. l

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orthern Mexico’s rugged Sierra Madre mountains are home to the indigenous Tarahumara people. During the 16th century, they retreated deep into the formidable canyons to escape slave raids by the Spanish. They have remained isolated from the outside, world and trail running is a major part of their lifestyle. Running became important to them for hunting purposes, notably chasing deer until the animal becomes too exhausted to flee. The book “Born to Run” explores their lifestyle and running habits. Today’s crossfit training, backcountry adventure races and Spartan events exhibit many of the physical challenges demonstrated by the Tarahumara. “A friend of mine got me involved,” West Valley resident and Spartan competitor Sam Jones said. “It is a race with a lot of physical tests. I have competed in 30 or more Spartans, and I enjoy it.” A Spartan event includes racing up and down mountainous terrain, carrying baskets of rocks, crawling under barbed wire and climbing ropes — all while competing in a distance race course. There are three main distances in an event: the sprint of 3–5 miles, middle distance of 8–10 miles and then the expert with a length of 12–15 miles. Many outdoor events have incorporated 5ks, family fun runs or marathons as part of the celebration, but training for each of these events can be a different experience. “I have incorporated trail running, and some say like a cross-fit training into my exercise routine to prepare,” Jones said. “I do carries with weights and training like that—just being able to elevate my heart rate without red-lining.” Spartan event coordinators have developed training programs to help its competitors prepare. Fitness experts warn competitors to train properly to avoid injury. “Doing 30 deadlifts fast can be harmful if

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proper technique is not followed,” said Kenyon James, a fitness trainer from The Drive. “So carrying a dead weight across the room wrong could cause injury. Like any training, if you do not maintain correct technique, it could be bad.” Training for a physical event like a Spartan, 5k or a marathon should include a check-up from a doctor and a good mixture of different types of exercise. The Stack training program suggests weightlifting day one, sprinting and short bursts of power day two, trail running day three and density training day three. Day four should include muscle use with the running. Then the process is repeated. “I have gotten to know a lot of people and made several friends by participating,” Jones said. “I suggest to start small and slowly get into it. It can be hard to go right into the big races. Not everyone is there to compete. Some just want to be physically fit and get together with friends.” Fitness training can be relatively inexpensive to begin with. The proper equipment can be as simple as a good pair of shoes, although many experts can invest thousands of dollars into training, gym memberships, personal assistants and specialized equipment. For many racers, the desire to do a marathon or Spartan is a personal challenge. They want to test their limits and see if they can go the distance or even lose weight. Whatever the reason, they hold tight to that desire. Months of preparation can be tough, so maintaining the motivation can be key. “It is a lot of fun and a good way to stay physically fit,” Jones said. “Be ready to get messy. I have gotten bruises and cuts.” Near the end of most Spartan races, the final obstacle can be a fire jump—stacks of wood with small fires that the competitors must jump over to get to the finish line. The fun and hard work leading to that final moment is much like the Tarahumara in Mexico coming home to a warm meal at their nightly resting place. l


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onstruction on the Kearns Athlete Training and Event Center is finishing up. This expansion project began in May of 2017 and will finish up this fall. “The date for the opening has not been set yet, but we are looking at mid-November,” Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center Executive Director Patti Hansen said. “We will have over 10,000 square feet of cardio and weight equipment inside the new building.” The first floor will have weight and strength equipment, and the second floor will house the cardio machines. It will be furnished with all new equipment. Center management is in the process of selling a parcel of land to finance its new machines. “Our patrons are very excited because that had to be one of our weak spots (cardio and fitness),” Hansen said. “This is exciting to be new and available.” The new construction adds nearly 13,000 square feet to the facility. It will connect the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center and the Utah Olympic Oval. It will also house an athlete training area for Olympic athletes. Five partners are paying for the expansion: Salt Lake County, the State of Utah, US Speed Skating, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and the Oquirrh Recreation and Parks District. The Building construction has been fully funded and when complete will be operated by the Legacy Foundation and the Oquirrh Recreation and Parks division. “It will be amazing. It will be a wonderful connection to the oval,” Hansen said.

There will also be meeting rooms. These rooms will be available for rent for weddings and parties, and the Kearns Metro Township will have an office and hold its public meetings there. US Speedskating will have an athletes training area, clinic support, nutrition kitchen and its general offices. The National Speed Skating Hall of Fame will be housed in the new facility with memorabilia being displayed for the public. The Kearns Historical Society will also have space to display items. The fitness center has 17,000 current members, and at anytime in the summer, 3,000–4,000 people can be in the pools at one time. KOPFC has three indoor pools and three outdoor pools. “It is one of the best pools in the valley,” Hansen said. “We have six pools total. Any kind of weather—you can always swim here. The features at the pools are incredible. We have the only 10-meter diving platform in the state.” The fitness center will continue to host swim meets. It is used by three high schools for their meets and practices. The pools are also are used for water polo tournaments. “We have a great partnership with our schools,” Hansen said. “We are a public facility and are excited to have it here. It is complex with so many partners, but with our new parking lots under construction, we have the space for people to come to visit. We have the gymnasium with pickle ball and Jr. Jazz in the winter.” More information on the opening can be found on the centers website www.kopfc.com. l

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Local attorney plays key role in happy ending of an international incident By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


s the end of a two-year nightmare finally arrived for Josh and Thamy Holt — held inside a Venezuelan prison on what everyone believed were made-up charges — we saw the young couple in photographs with Congresswoman Mia Love, Sen. Orrin Hatch, President Donald Trump and many others. But in the midst of that international media coverage, following the Holts’ May 26 release, there was not a lot of talk about the only United States-based attorney who assisted with the case, Carlos Trujillo of Taylorsville. “(Trujillo) became a key person in talking to people, and his involvement in the case definitely helped lead to Josh and Thamy’s release,” Laurie Holt said in an exclusive interview with the Taylorsville Journal. Josh’s mother also added, “(Carlos) is one of the kindest, most caring attorneys I have ever met. He and his family will be our family friends for life.” The Holts’ ordeal began on June 30, 2016, when Josh was followed by Venezuelan police to his home there, where authorities claimed to have found assault rifles and other military items. He was accused of conspiring against that country’s government and was jailed along with his new wife, Thamy, accused of being an accomplice. However, it would be 10 months before Carlos Trujillo became involved in the case. “Initially, Josh and Thamy were assisted by a Venezuelan organization that provides help to political prisoners,” Trujillo said. “But eventually, those attorneys turned the case over to three other Venezuelan lawyers. That’s also when a friend of mine (from Venezuela, Trujillo’s native country) contacted me to see if I could help. “Not long after that, the three new Venezuelan attorneys abandoned the case and fled the country entirely. They were feeling so much heat from their government that they feared for their lives and remain in hiding now.” Trujillo said he had been following the case through the media. He agreed to provide pro bono (unpaid) assistance. “Things really began to move forward after Carlos joined the case,” Laurie Holt added. “I met with him, and two days later we were flying to Washington, D.C. He helped us set up so many important meetings with (congressional and state department) people. It was a very productive trip.” “I knew one of the most important things we needed to do was improve communication between United States’ and

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Immigrant Carlos Trujillo opened his Taylorsville law office in 2014. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

Venezuelan officials,” Trujillo said. “I met with people from (Sen. Orrin) Hatch’s and (Congresswoman Mia) Love’s offices and told them we needed more help. I think Laurie Holt and I made a good team. She touched their hearts with the family connection while I was the bulldog. I had to have the bite of a dog to keep things moving forward.” Trujillo had his wife accompany him to assist on that D.C. trip. And several months later, he called upon another family member to help him on a second trip he made for the Holts, this time to Miami, Florida. “Thamy’s two daughters, from different fathers, had each been staying with relatives since she and Josh had been imprisoned,” Trujillo said. “The older girl (Marian) was staying with her biological father and was doing OK. But the younger girl (Nathalia) was with her grandfather and not in a good situation. “In early 2018, we finally arranged to get her on a flight from Venezuela to Florida. I knew she was a scared little girl, so I asked my 10-year-old daughter Carly to come with me to Miami, to accompany Nathalia on the flight back to Salt Lake. (Carly) had been practicing her Spanish (the only language Nathalia spoke), so having my daughter along helped her feel much more comfortable.” This was Nathalia’s first-ever visit to the United States. Since that first meeting, Trujillo added, “They’ve become the best of friends and continue to get together for play dates.” As late May rolled around, negotiations between the United States and Venezuela began to gain momentum, and Trujillo became confident the Holts’ release was imminent. But he thought he had time to squeeze in a long-planned (and paid for) vacation for he and his wife. They didn’t quite make it.

“My wife and I had been planning our first trip to the Bahamas for about 12 years, and that’s where we were when we received word Josh and Thamy were being released,” Trujillo said. “It was near the end of our vacation, so we didn’t change our travel plans to get back. But I spent the last day and a half of the trip making nonstop phone calls. “More than anything, we had to control the media. News of the planned release was getting out, and I had to negotiate with the media to keep a lid on it, because we were afraid something could still go wrong.” Trujillo said most media members were cooperative. As he and his wife flew home from the Bahamas, the Holts had already made their flight from Venezuela to Washington, D.C., for a highly publicized meeting and photo opportunity with Trump. “I finally met Josh and Thamy in person at the Salt Lake airport as they flew in from their D.C. stop,” Trujillo said. “There were plenty of hugs and tears.” “This has been a crazy and horrifying experience,” Laurie Holt said. “But we never gave up hope. And with the help of Carlos and many others, everything finally worked out.” Trujillo estimates the value of the service he provided was around $30,000 if he had been billing everything. Instead, he has accepted a few gifts and donations from the family, along with their friendship. “Obviously, this case was never about the money, and I am so glad I was able to help them,” Trujillo said. “We spent a lot of hours in the office, and I never could have done it without my (employee) team here. We all spent a lot of late, stressful nights. But it was all worth it in the end. And now we have new friends for life.” l

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for our personal budgets, right? Buy a car. Buy a house. Save enough to retire on time. Saving money was to maintain a comfortable lifestyle to transport ourselves, shelter ourselves, and take care of ourselves in old age. As soon as we reproduce, we start saving money for our children. I’ve always heard that one child costs $20,000 per year, on average. Offspring are expensive. On top of that average support, parents tend to save for their children’s future (aka a college education). Parents also tend to want to leave their children something of merit when they pass. So, we save money for emergencies, for a comfortable lifestyle, and for our offspring. Besides those canons of saving money, what else do you

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Life and Laughter—Uncommon Courtesy

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e’ve become an unpleasant people. All the commons, like courtesy, sense, knowledge and good, aren’t nearly as prevalent as they should be. But we’re Americans! We’re resilient! We survived New Coke and the Sony Betamax. We can definitely start using old-fashioned common courtesy. Making America Great Again should include some of the following: Be Thoughtful Being thoughtful doesn’t have to be inconvenient, like throwing your jacket on top of a mud puddle so I can cross without getting my dainty feet wet. (Disclaimer: I’ve never had dainty feet). Even small actions amp up your kindness cred. Open doors, smile, give up your seat, wipe down the machines at the gym (you know who you are!!) or offer to carry a bag of groceries. Maybe thoughtfulness means doing something you’d rather not do, like play Yahtzee with your grandson 327 times in a row, watch golf with your husband or help a friend move. Offer to buy a stranger’s coffee, remember important dates, use manners, write thank you cards and let someone go in front of you at Walmart. Watching their wary acceptance is pretty hilarious.

Shut up and Listen Have you ever talked to someone and realized their eyes were more glazed than a Krispy Kreme conveyer belt? That means you’ve monopolized the conversation and it’s someone else’s turn to talk. (“Conversation” means two or more people exchanging ideas.) We’re horrible listeners. We interrupt, interject with personal stories, refuse to make eye contact and try to keep that supercool thought in our brain so we can jump right in as soon as the speaker takes a breath. Calm yourself. Listen to learn. If we already know everything, there’s absolutely no reason to pay attention to someone who’s talking to us. If you agreed with that last sentence, your wife is slowly poisoning you. Put Down Your Damn Phone We are WAY too invested in our cell phones. I’m not excluding myself. My husband and I often have this conversation: Tom: Can you put down your phone and watch TV? Me: I’m watching. Tom: What just happened? Me: The guy did that one thing to that other guy. Tom: Hand me your phone. Me: [Eye roll] Gees, you don’t



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