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Economic development defines Taylorsville’s 2016, propels city to 2017 By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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S Squared Development is bringing the first Regal Entertainment Group cinema to Utah within The Crossroads of Taylorsville complex. The theatre is scheduled to open in February. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

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raving sub-freezing temperatures last month outside Taylorsville City Hall, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams told a hearty gathering that it was his 42nd birthday (Dec. 5). But instead of looking for birthday gifts or a cake, McAdams announced a kind of “gift” —a $39 million performing arts center, to be designed in 2017, built in 201819 and ready to showcase live musicals, plays and other events by 2020. “Taylorsville is the perfect location for the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center, because this southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley is growing rapidly,” McAdams said. “This will add to a vibrant community and help people to feel connected.” The Salt Lake County tourism fund will provide $36 million for the project, while Taylorsville City will add $3.3 million. The new center will be constructed on part of a 5-acre parcel, southeast of the city building. Taylorsville City Mayor Larry Johnson also spoke during the frigid news conference, saying, “I feel like Santa Claus with my red cheeks— but this is worth it. Mayor McAdams and I have the same vision for Taylorsville City, and this center will be a great addition to our campus. I’ve lived in Taylorsville about 60 years, and this is one of the most exciting announcements I can remember. I’d like to thank our residents who work so hard and pay their taxes for making this possible.” Both the county and city mayors emphasized funding for the performing arts center will not require any tax increases. County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton also added, “Tax funds from rental cars and restaurants will cover the county’s portion of the cost, and not money from the general fund.” Square footage and seating capacity for the new center aren’t known, because a design team has not yet provided plans. That process —expected to take 12 to 18 months—should begin soon. Officials estimate the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center will be about 60,000 to 70,000 square feet. Following the outdoor portion of the announcement, elected officials, community dignitaries and others entered the much warmer city council chambers, to enjoy a singing performance from Taylorsville Arts Council veteran Sara McDonald. After sharing two songs, McDonald led the audience in an impromptu rendition of “Happy Birthday” to McAdams. Taylorsville Arts Council Director Howard Wilson said the new center will provide critical rehearsal and performance space for his group. “Until now, auditions and rehearsals have been held here in the city council chambers,” Wilson said. “There have been plenty of occasions when city staff have chewed us out for leaving the chamber dirty. Now

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we won’t have to worry about that.” Officials say the new center could be rented out to other groups around the southwest Salt Lake valley if their needs don’t conflict with Taylorsville Arts Council scheduling. City Council Chairman Ernest Burgess said the Taylorsville City contribution to the project is actually closer to $5 million. “In addition to providing $3.3 million in tax dollars, the value of the city land donation is about $1.7 million. This is a great thing for our community and will pull people together,” he said. The new arts center is expected to occupy less than half of the 5-acre parcel. Taylorsville officials anticipate other businesses may express interest in purchasing or leasing part of the acreage as well. Burgess added, “Anything that would be allowed in that area would have to be something that would enhance the city and the live theater experience.” The first productions in the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center are not expected to be staged for at least three years. After entertaining the audience, McDonald said, “If I had a magic wand I’d get (the facility) done before 2020. But it will be here before you know it.” l

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Economic development defines Taylorsville’s 2016, propels city to 2017 By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

City leaders and Zaxby’s employees cut a ribbon at the restaurant’s opening. Zaxby’s was one of the six businesses that opened in the Legacy Plaza 5400 Complex on the northwest corner of Redwood Road and 5400 South. (Taylorsville City)


aylorsville became a “destination city” in 2016 through economic development areas, which spearheaded other community projects, according to city leaders. “They always used to talk about us being a pass-through city. Well, we’re not a pass-through city anymore,” Taylorsville City Councilman Ernest Burgess said at the end of the year. “People are passing and staying, and that is exciting.” The redevelopment of the Taylorsville Family Center into The Crossroads of Taylorsville; the development of its neighboring parcel to the north known as Legacy Plaza 5400; the announcement that Taylorsville will house the county’s MidValley Performing Arts Center; and restoration of city parks led Burgess and fellow council members Dama Barbour and Kristie Overson to call 2016 an “incredible year.” “Patience in economic development is what it takes,” Barbour said. “In 2010 we had no businesses coming in, and we had businesses leaving, and you just fast-forward from 2010 to 2016 and look what has happened. I’m just grateful.” While the city is far from completing its transformation, Burgess said 2016 was an instrumental year in creating a community where residents can work, play and dine without leaving Taylorsville. He says he’s looking forward to future projects in 2017 that will bring the city even closer to its development and prosperity goals. 5400 South and Redwood Road About five years ago, Taylorsville’s shopping centers were 60 percent vacant, and now, thanks to several developers, the centers are less than 40 percent vacant, according to Wayne Harper, Taylorsville’s economic development director. “I think within a year we will be less than 20 percent vacant,” Harper said. “We’ve had development personnel and councils and mayors for the past 10 to 15 years that have really been trying hard, but we had a few property owners who just didn’t have the vision. We’ve been talking with our new developers and they get the vision and go with it.” In 2016, Taylorsville came a long way in filling empty buildings, according to Harper, who also represents Taylorsville in the Utah Senate. The Crossroads of Taylorsville, replacing the old Taylorsville Family Center located on the southwest side of Redwood Road and 5400 South, brought WingStop, MetroPCS, Blaze Pizza, Rollz and a new home to Cafe Rio to Taylorsville as part of a $22 million redevelopment plan. Legacy Plaza 5400, located on the northwest corner,

S Squared Development worked on revitalizing and rebranding the Taylorsville Family Center into The Crossroads of Taylorsville during the 2016 year. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

Pictured is a rendering of what an art studio in Taylorsville’s planned Summit Vista retirement community may look like. The city plans to welcome the amenity-filled retirement community to the northeast corner of Bangerter Highway and 6200 South by 2026. (Summit Vista)

brought six businesses to the area in 2016: Papa John’s, Mattress Firm, sit-down eatery Penny Ann’s Cafe and fast-food chains Zaxby’s, Cubby’s and Chi-Ku Pan-Asian Kitchen. “(These developments) are going to create a position where we are going back 25 years ago till, you know, the mid-80s, mid90s where 5400 South and Redwood used to be the retail capital of the west side,” Harper said. The developments near 5400 South and Redwood Road helped to increase Taylorsville’s sales tax revenue from 3.6 percent in the 2014-15 fiscal year to 4.1 percent in the 2015-16 fiscal year for an increase of .5 percent. Harper predicts that this will only increase as more businesses come and revitalize Taylorsville’s industry. Texas Roadhouse, currently located in The Crossroads of Taylorsville, purchased the Showstar Cinema 6 movie theater in Legacy Plaza 5400 and tore it down in October to make way for their new restaurant location, which should be completed by spring 2018, according to development plans. And while Legacy ridded itself of a movie theater, Crossroads is in the midst of building a 14-screen theater. The theater will be the first Regal Entertainment Group cinema in Utah, and its difference in design and sound systems led Harper to predict it will be “the most distinct and unique movie theatre in Utah.” The 60,860-square-foot entertainment complex will seat 1,400 movie-goers and is projected to open in February. “We haven’t had something new and exciting like a cinema—a theatre—in a long time, so we are really excited,” Overson said. “We know it will bring a lot of people to the city.” S Squared Development, developers of The Crossroads, finished building 17,000 square feet of retail space in the south side of their property at the end of 2016 and are actively looking for tenants to fill the space. S Squared will also remodel the Apollo Burger in 2017 and extend the drive-thru to allow more room for cars. Legacy Plaza’s 13,000-square-foot multi-tenant building was also completed by December. Supercuts was the first tenant to sign a lease, and the developers are on the lookout for other businesses who are ready to come to Taylorsville. Harper said Taylorsville is in in talks with several entities who are eager to get started in the city but said he cannot disclose their names. Barbour said she’s hopeful the remaining buildings in the area will offer new services to the community. “I’ve always said that I’ve wanted a place that I can go

and buy a nice dress in Taylorsville, and I think that is going to happen,” she said. Harper predicts that Legacy Plaza 5400 and The Crossroads of Taylorsville will about reach capacity in late 2017 Tech 27 and Summit Vista Economic development will continue to sprout in Taylorsville with two developments—a 330,000-square-foot corporate center and Utah’s first Life Plan retirement community. Both engaged in preliminary planning in 2016. The Tech 27 developers obtained a building permit for the first of two 165,000-square-foot, three- to four-story, office buildings that will be built near 4225 South 2700 West. Construction on the first tower will likely begin in the first quarter of 2017, according to Harper, and the center could potentially be finished within three years. “What more development means is an additional tax revenue to the city, so we can go and provide the services that people are wanting—police, fire, parks, things of that nature— without a tax increase,” Harper said. “It also means that people are able to get jobs close to home rather than having to travel a long way to go to work.” Another set of developers is under contract on a property on the northeast corner of Bangerter Highway and 6200 South where they intend to build a retirement community. The property is located where the Utah Department of Transportation gravel pit has been for decades. Before the land was a gravel pit, it was a dry farm, so this is the first time the 100-acre property will be developed, Harper said. This development, called Summit Vista, will be the first Life Plan Community, formerly called Continuing Care Retirement Community, in Utah. These communities must offer more than one level of care on the campus, focus on active lifestyles and emphasize giving back to the community and being socially responsible to be recognized as Life Plan Communities by LeadingAge, a nonprofit focused on representing aging services. The 1,700-unit retirement community in Taylorsville will feature a heated indoor pool, a fitness center, dining venues, a woodshop studio, an art studio, outdoor gardens, hair and nail salons, areas for multi-denominational worship, a library, a bank, a convenience store and more, according to the website. “This kind of environment is appealing to our seniors,” Harper said. “You can have your medical, you can have your bowling, you can have your movie production studio, education continued on next page…

T alorsvilleJournal.com classes, crafting, exercise—everything on-site.” While the build-out could take up to eight years and may not begin until the second quarter of 2018, 150 people have put $1,000 down to reserve a home in Summit Vista and 40 people put 10 percent of the apartment cost down to lock-in a specific unit. While Summit Vista and Tech 27 are underway, Harper said his office will begin considering the redevelopment of the West Point Center at 5400 South and Bangerter Highway, Westwood Village at 4700 South 2700 West, Meadowbrook Plaza at 4100 South Redwood Road and Taylors Landing at 4700 South and Interstate 215. Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center Taylorsville and Salt Lake County announced a long-awaited addition to Taylorsville’s city center in December: The MidValley Performing Arts Center. For several years, Salt Lake County discussed building three performing arts centers across the valley—one to the north, one in the middle and one in the south. Since Taylorsville’s administration heard about the centers, they began vying for selection. The city and county announced their official partnership on Dec. 5. “People shouldn’t have to drive too far to see a play, or other cultural events, and we want to bring the arts closer to home for our county residents—wherever they may live,” Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said. “Taylorsville is in the center of our Salt Lake Valley. This is the right place.” Harper called the future $39 million development “a game changer” for Taylorsville, adding that the center will give a home to the Taylorsville Arts Council and allow space for traveling professional and semi-professional groups to perform. Taylorsville is putting $3.3 million toward the project with Salt Lake County contributing $36 million from its 2017 budget proposal. The 60,000- to 70,000-square-foot facility will be designed in 2017, and the groundbreaking will likely occur in mid-2018 with completion occurring in 2020. Construction update With the west side growth of the Salt Lake County, The Utah Department of Transportation seeks to renovate I-215 and transform Bangerter Highway. “We are trying to be smart and plan ahead,” UDOT spokesman John Gleason said. “The goal is to make the end product so great that it is worth the short-term inconvenience.” I-215 provided 40 years of transportation access to West Valley and Taylorsville, but with more than 100,000 cars and trucks rolling over it each day and harsh weather conditions, the road wore down, leaving UDOT to believe it was time for some upgrades. The project, which began in May, includes reconstructing I-215 with new concrete from State Route 201 to 4700 South and new asphalt from 300 East to Redwood Road. Several new bridges and auxiliary lanes will also be added. As of December, UDOT had completed the asphalt repaving on I-215 from 300 East and Redwood Road and about 50 percent of the southbound concrete replacement from SR201 to 4700 South. The department had also demolished the SR-201 southbound bridge and upgraded 4700 South with new signals, signage, directional pavement markings, asphalt and ramp improvements. “We are working throughout the winter months because this is our biggest project of the year,” Gleason said. “We looked at the people this affects and the amount that I-215 is traveled, and knew this had to be the priority.” UDOT will continue to reconstruct concrete on the southbound side of the interstate through the beginning months of 2017 before switching to the northbound side to perform similar renovations. Northbound lanes will be adjusted and split,

ON THE COVER similar to what travelers saw during the southbound construction, according to the project’s public involvement team. The department is also building new bridges for SR201. The southbound bridge is being built in place, and the northbound bridge is being built adjacent to the work zone and will be slid into place upon completion. The entire renewal project is expected to finish by fall 2017. In the midst of the I-215 project, UDOT will embark on a $208-million project to transform Bangerter Highway intersections at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South and 11400 South into freeway-style interchanges. Moving an aqueduct that services half the residents in the Salt Lake valley was the biggest challenge in converting 5400 South into a freeway-style interchange, according to Gleason. The duct ran right under the intersection, which would pose problems for the interchange conversion. “They’ve been working up to a year to come up with the best solution,” Gleason said. “We had to be strategic in when we moved the aqueduct because in the spring and summer we would have had to impact thousands of residents.” UDOT opted to move the duct in November and December, when residents typically use less water. “We were able to move it without disrupting water in the least,” Gleason said. UDOT has also been demolishing the structures on property they purchased through eminent domain to complete the Bangerter project. They will continue this process through the beginning of 2017. UDOT will expropriate 200 properties in all after compensating the owner and giving them around 90 days to relocate. “Property acquisitions we take very seriously. It is the toughest part of our job, and we do it as a last resort,” Gleason said. “With Bangerter and all the development around it, there’s no other place for it to expand in these areas. These (acquisitions) were absolutely necessary to finish the project.” UDOT will fully acquire 37 homes and two commercial businesses in Taylorsville around the 5400 South Bangerter Highway intersection. The department will also acquire 15 partial properties in this area, some of which are residential and others commercial. “We are trying to make a difficult situation run as smoothly as it can,” Gleason said. “It is critical for us to be smart and for us to plan ahead and look at the growth, and this is the way to do that.” While certain dates are still unknown because the interchange project has yet to be contracted, Gleason said construction on the four Bangerter intersections will begin in spring 2017 and could continue until fall 2018. UDOT will minimize impact by keeping major closures to low-traffic times and days, but residents should stay cautious and be aware of how the construction could affect their commute times, Gleason said.  UDOT will post updates on their social media to warn travelers about upcoming construction conditions. Parks The Taylorsville City Council finished renovating Vista Park and allotted funding to create a new park in place of the neighborhood Cabana Club Swimming Pool in 2016. “Study after study shows that park space stabilizes property values and home ownership, with fewer people moving in and out,” said Mark McGrath, Taylorsville’s community development director. “Neighborhoods are the backbone of Taylorsville, so we’d like to do whatever we can do to stabilize them.” Vista Park, located at 2051 West 5000 South, was developed shortly after Taylorsville became a city, so the equipment was getting old and in need of re-investment, McGrath said. Residents lobbied the city council for a new playground at Vista

January 2017 | Page 5 Park, and the council allocated money in the annual budget. Construction crews finished installing the playground and new lights and making a few other changes to the park in December. “We’re really hoping in the next year or two to infuse trees and enhance landscaping in Vista Park,” Overson said. “We’ve really been trying to pay attention to parks for our families to help them have a place to recreate.” Taylorsville’s next park project is to convert the old neighborhood Cabana Club Swimming Pool, located at 1566 Conifer Way, into a half-acre park, complete with two playgrounds and an open area. The pool was originally built around 55 years ago by a housing developer as an amenity to attract home buyers to the subdivision, but he eventually passed ownership onto a nonprofit comprised of residents. The nonprofit ran the pool successfully for several decades, but it became a maintenance issue over time. “To further complicate things, the neighborhood matured and there became more empty nesters, so maintenance went up as memberships went down,” McGrath said. “There was such a difficulty in keeping the swim club afloat that it closed and the city bought the property with the intent to replace it with a neighborhood park.” The city budgeted $210,000 to construct a mini park in this area, and design plans began. A committee of residents helped the city develop the park design. The plans include a playground for toddlers, another for 3 to 12 year olds, a pavilion, walking trails and an open, grassy area. The design is also conservation-friendly, reducing water use by avoiding narrow areas of grass, like park strips, and by including native plants to encourage drought tolerance, McGrath said. “Usually parks are guzzlers where this one we wanted to focus on having it be beautiful and green but responsible as well,” he said. Overall, the park will add an amenity to the northeast quadrant of the city that has been lacking in recreation areas, McGrath said. “The swimming pool was the community gathering spot, and so there was a lot of emotion attached to the old club and the friendships that were made there,” he said. “It’s nice to return this back to a public use and let this be an element to improve the neighborhood.” l

In 2016, The Tech 27 developers got their first building permit for the first of two 165,000-square-foot, three to four-story, office buildings that will be built near 4225 South 2700 West. (Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors)


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From pilot to craftsman: Taylorsville man finds purpose through woodworking By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed August 2016


art and Wendy Kadleck handmade the shelves, cabinets, bedframes, tables, chairs, cutting boards and clocks found in their Taylorsville townhome. “If it’s wood, we made it,” Bart said. “Everything down to the coasters.” And he may not be exaggerating. The couple’s wooden kitchen tools, TV stand, book nook, couch bases, decorations, pens and even some of their wood shopping tools are homemade. Bart, a pilot of 27 years—eight of those years in the military— wasn’t always passionate about wood work, but he started the hobby in 2008 when his license was revoked after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative movement disorder. “The thing for me when I got diagnosed is that you lose that purpose,” Bart said. “You know, as a pilot, you got to wake up, you got this, you got that. You have that spark about life, and when that’s taken away, if you don’t find another spark, you’re screwed. The disease will just consume you.” Bart’s neurologist advised him to find a new hobby that would help him improve his motor skills, and shortly thereafter, Bart found basic plans to construct a magazine rack. He decided to try his hand at woodworking. The completed rack was “incredibly crude,” but Bart said he felt accomplished in finishing the project and decided to pursue woodworking. Bart said he never thought there would be a positive to not being able to drive, until he and his wife were able to convert their empty, one-car garage into a craftsman’s shop, filling it with wood and tools. He began to construct wooden boxes, chairs and stools. “I don’t think my neurologist was recommending this kind of activity—using sharp, spinning things to create objects, but that’s just how it turned out,” Bart said. “To that end, never having done woodworking before Parkinson’s probably benefitted me because I didn’t know how

normal people do it. I just have to find ways that work for me, and so a lot of the things I do would see cumbersome and time consuming to a normal guy.” Because of the tremors in his hands that come along with Parkinson’s, Bart takes special safety precautions, including staying 6 inches away from all blades. He’s created special tools to help him cut wood while abiding by his self-imposed safety guidelines. Wendy, Bart’s wife of 20 years, began helping Bart finish projects that he was unable to finish by himself, but eventually she started helping working on almost every project with him, Bart said. “I wanted to become involved in his new hobby,” she said. “I’m just so excited that he’s found a new life though this. We’ve always had a special connection, and I can’t imagine not being involved to this extent.” Out of the thousands of pieces the Kadlecks have created, Bart doesn’t hesitate to say that the most intricate is their one-of-a-kind, fullyfunctioning mini carousel that took the couple seven months to complete. About a foot in diameter, the carousel lights up and spins as hand-carved and painted animals move up and down and traditional merry-go-round music plays. The piece includes contrasting woods and detailed scroll work throughout. The carousel has been displayed in several art shows, including the Taylorsville Art Show, where it won the “People’s Choice” ribbon, and was most recently featured in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s 2016 Creativity & Parkinson’s Calendar. The award-winning item is for sale on Bart and Wendy’s website, thewoodwackers.com, and Bart said he hopes someone purchases it. “It would give us reason to build another one,” He said. “And that was the best husband-and-wife project ever.” The Kadleck’s website and Etsy profile have a global following. People from Israel, Argentina, Switzerland and Alaska are frequent buyers, but the Kadlecks have yet to break into the local market, Bart said, noting that his custom built items can’t compete with IKEA prices.

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Still, the business keeps Bart busy which is the way he likes it, Wendy said. “There are days when the PD is beating me particularly,” Bart said. “Sometimes you have your mind, but sometimes I will freeze both cognitively and mobility-wise. I’ll just lock up, and those times, wood becomes more important than air because it’s incredibly cathartic. When you are struggling with something that you can divert to your hands, it consumes you to the point that not only do you solve the problems in your mind, but your world becomes OK again.” When one passion ends, there’s always another, Bart said. While woodworking is not for everyone, Bart said he believes each person can find a passion that makes them feel alive. l

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Artist brings the Colorado Plateau to his alma mater By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com | Story originally found online August 2016


on Larson’s art shows spread across hundreds of miles in the 1970s. As a billboard artist, his pictorials appeared on I-15 and other highways from Ogden to St. George. “It was there that I got a lot of experience in art by trial and error because there was always a deadline which means you had to work fast, and you got a ton of hands-on experience,” Larson said. “The work I did on billboards was so varied. You’d have to paint loaf of bread one day, a portrait the next or a car. That’s where I really honed in my skills as an artist.” As computers started stealing the jobs of billboard artists in the mid-90s, Larson swapped his thick commercial paint brush with a smaller one, exploring the realm of landscape art seriously for the first time. Larson had never taken a formal fine art class, but his grandmother taught him a thing or two about oil painting while he was a child growing up in Taylorsville. He used his knowledge from billboard painting and his grandmother’s lessons to begin a new career in the fine arts realm. Larson’s success wasn’t immediate, but over time his paintings were showcased in galleries, homes and museums across the country, and he gained accolades, including signature member status from the National Watercolor Society. His current and evolving project, Vistas & Visions of the Colorado Plateau, was first showcased in the John Wesley Powell Exhibit near Lake Powell before moving to Salt Lake Community College South City Campus’ George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Gallery, where it was on display until Aug 4. Larson, a SLCC commercial art alum, said it is special to have his art featured at his alma mater. “When I talk with those people here, I say, ‘I am an alum,’ and they get excited that someone from here made it,” he said. “I

Ron Larson’s paintings hang in the George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Gallery at Salt Lake Community College’s South City Campus. Larson, now a professional artist, grew up in Taylorsville and attended SLCC. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

think the best advice that I have for them is to not get discouraged. It is a hard road and with so many talented artists. The competition is fierce, but you have to have a thick skin and paint every day.” Larson’s been adding brush strokes and new pieces to Vistas & Visions of the Colorado Plateau for 10 years. It’s a project that will never be complete, he said. Now Larson’s working on two paintings that he will add to the collection—one of the Grand Canyon and another of Lake Powell. The Colorado Plateau is a 140,000-square mile-area of heightened rock mass that spans from the edge of the Rocky Mountains in Utah, down to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, over to the Aztec Ruins in New Mexico and back up through Mesa Verde

to Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado. Larson camped in the Colorado Plateau during his teenage years, but he fell in love with its scenery while he was an artistin-residence in the Lake Powell area. He’d paint the lake and its surroundings during the weekdays, and on the weekends he’d venture out to other areas, painting on site and snagging photographs that he’d tuck away to paint later. “That was the start of it, and then the project just evolved,” Larson said “I think the best part about these paintings is getting to travel around that area. I love to explore it.” True to his billboard pictorial roots, Larson’s paints the plateau with a “brushy” look, he said. “My stuff looks rough, like a mess if you look up close, but if you step back, it goes into focus,” Larson said. Emma Eastman commented on Larson’s style in his sign-in book. “The brush strokes were simple and unapologetic, and they came together to create something amazing,” she said. Gordon Jiminez noticed Larson’s “astonishing” portrayal of bodies of water in his oil painting “A New Day.” “He blended the water into the cliff with elegance and grace that are uncanny,” he said. “I am intrigued by this piece and interested in buying it to put in my 3-story bathroom.” SLCC was grateful to showcase such beautiful artwork, said Megan McDowell, art event director for the SLCC Gallery. “Mr. Larson is a prolific artist, and we’re always happy to showcase local artists,” she said. “Some of Mr. Larson’s works are in SLCC’s collection and have homes in various places on campus, so it is a delight to have his exhibit here.” l

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E Another year has gone by, and many of us are looking back to see how we did in achieving the goals we had set for ourselves. I am sure that many of us accomplished, at least, a portion of our goals and perhaps are continuing to work on those goals that were long term. I encourage all of us not to give up, to be patient, and to move forward. As your mayor, I had a goal to see the revitalization of the many empty storefronts and properties that needed to be filled. AfMayor Larry Johnson ter much hard work, numerous meetings, thoughtful discussions, planning, and decision-making, we see results coming. Just to let you know a couple more new dates and announcements, the Regal Cinemas are still looking for a date of February 11, 2017, to open, that’s if everything goes as planned. Also, it has been announced by Salt Lake County and Mayor McAdams that Taylorsville City has been awarded the 39 million dollar Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center. It will be located in the south part of City Hall (where the grassy area is); here is the timeline for the Arts Center: • The City and County should begin design services to be sent out for bid January 2, 2017. • Design and Architecture to be complete by the first quarter of 2018 with Construction beginning early summer of 2018. • Building to open by the first quarter of 2020. It is exciting to say through careful and thoughtful budgeting we did not need to bond or a tax increase to have such a great facility in our city. We have more announcements and business openings coming the first part of Spring 2017. Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year. –Mayor Johnson




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very January the Council has the opportunity to review the budget in detail and make adjustments as needed. We call this the mid-year budget adjustment. It is at this time we take a look at the past six months to be sure we are on track with the goals and objectives defined in the budget we approved last June. Over the next few weeks, we will look at all areas of the budget and carefully analyze any new budget requests and adjustments. We all agree that public safety is critical to our city. In June we made the commitment to add another police officer to our precinct in six months. There will be discussions about this in our January meetings; we feel confident that we can follow the strategic plan we have outlined. Adequate and enhanced street lighting is

YOUTH a topic frequently discussed. We look forward to creating a comprehensive long-range plan to track and keep our street lights in good repair and to keep our city safe and well lit. With the announcement of a new Performing Arts Center in Taylorsville, we have made a financial commitment which we must honor. We will continue our careful planning for this venue to guard against any additional tax burden. With our sales tax revenue trending upward, new retail and business development, we feel optimistic about the future of our city. We want to thank all our residents, businesses, and entities who contribute to the success of our city. We pledge to you our vigilant watch over your tax dollars.



he youth council has been up to a few things this month. The Sub for Santa family enjoyed the gifts that they received. We always look forward to this project each year. Currently, we are preparing for Day at the Legislature, which is at the end of this month. Day at the Legislature is where we go up to the State Capitol and listen to a few motivational speakers.


City Officials, Officials, ChamberWest, ChamberWest, Youth Youth Ambassadors Ambassadors and and Community Community Members Members participated participated in in aa Ribbon Ribbon Cutting Cutting to to welcome welcome Blaze Blaze Pizza Pizza to to Taylorsville Taylorsville and and City celebrate their Grand Opening! Blaze Pizza is the newest addition to the Crossroads of Taylorsville and is located at 1863 West 5400 South. The menu offering includes signature & build your own pizzas, salads, drinks, and desserts. They are open daily from 11 AM - 10 PM. Check out their menu at www.blazepizza.com

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City of Taylorsville Parking Reminder No Overnight Winter Parking (November - April) for Snow Removal 11.20.130 No Parking for more than 24 Consecutive Hours


No Large Truck or Trailer Parking in Residential Area for more than three consecutive hours 11.20.060 No Parking for Repairs, Maintenance, or to Display for Sale

Traveling, even short distances, during the winter months in Utah can be stressful. Snow and Ice can cause delays and be very dangerous. Salt Lake County Public Works Operations is committed to providing safe, well-maintained roadway systems for the benefit of the public. Our snow teams are prepared 24 hours a day in the event of a storm. Major arterial streets are the first priority to make passable and provide access to schools, hospitals, fire stations, police and other emergency services. Depending on the size of the storm, teams may need to continually plow these roads, which may delay residential road clearing. After the snow event has ended snow teams will return to residential streets to push the snow back to the curb or edge of the road. This often causes additional snow in driveways. We make every effort to clear all roads within 48 hours after the storm ends. When the temperatures dropping below 17 degrees the salt used on the road is less effective. The melt rate slows and the snow & ice may take days to completely melt. Drivers need to exercise extreme caution. It is important for residents to understand what they can do to ensure the roads and sidewalks are safe and passable. Sidewalks and mailboxes are the responsibility of the resident to keep clear. We recommend the sidewalk be cleared after the plows have serviced the area. Snow team members have been instructed not to clear roads with cars parked on them. Residents may call their local code enforcement or police department to assist with the removal of the cars to enable the plows access to the area. When clearing your driveways and sidewalks, the snow should not be deposited in the road. Garbage cans should be set at the curb in the morning and removed promptly. Snow removal team members are working 12-16 hour shifts and appreciate courteous and friendly drivers. Please use caution when you see a snow removal vehicle and remember the snow removal vehicle is harder to stop than a regular vehicle. For more information, please contact us at 385-468-6101.

cold Weather & your pet The cold weather is upon us. Winter is here and it is time to be aware of what winter weather can bring that may affect your pet. The following advice may help your pet this winter: • Exposure to the dry cold air, as well as the wet winter conditions, can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaky skin on your pet. Coming out of the cold air into a warm house feels good to your pet but your furnace is drying out the air while it warms it. Keep your home humidified and check your pet to make sure they are dry when they come in; use a towel to dry them off if they are wet. Check the feet of your pet and remove any snow packed in between the toes or pads of their foot. • Shaving your pet during the winter is discouraged. The longer hair helps provide warmth to your pet. If your pet has long


Chief Jay Ziolkowski

Unified Fire Authority Selects New Fire Chief The Unified Fire Authority (UFA) Transition Committee has made an initial job offer to current Jackson County (Oregon) Fire District 3 Chief Dan Petersen to assume the position of UFA Fire Chief. Finalizing a search that began in August, the committee unanimously selected Chief Petersen as the next leader of the organization due in part to his outstanding experience as not just a fire chief, but in working with fire safety since 1979, when he started as a volunteer firefighter.

Chief Dan Petersen

“We had many excellent candidates but felt that Chief Petersen best fits the current and future needs of UFA,” UFA Vice Chair Chris Pengra said. “He is the right man for the job and brings an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge to the position.” Petersen holds a Masters in Management from Southern Oregon State University, a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration from Western Oregon State University, and an Associate of Science in Fire Science from Rogue Community College. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and is an accredited Fire Officer 4. Originally from the Chicagoland area, he has called Southern Oregon home since 1979.

hair and ice tends to cling to it, just trip the long hair but don’t shave. If your pet has shorter hair, a sweater or coat for them when going outside is recommended. • In addition to a coat, booties for your pet to wear on walks can help protect their paws from the cold ground and chemicals used to melt snow. If you don’t use booties, basic petroleum jelly rubbed onto the paws can help provide protection before going outside. • Antifreeze is a chemical that is used more often in the winter and as such gets left out. Antifreeze is poisonous to your pet and at the same time your pet can be attracted by the color and smell. Take care to make sure this, and other chemicals, are used and stored properly. • Don’t bathe your pet too much during the winter. Washing too often removes the natural oils in the skin which, in turn, can

Career Highlights: ● Jackson County Fire District 3 Fire Chief/CEO/Budget Officer: 2010 to current ● City of Medford Fire Department, Deputy Chief of Administration/Training and EMS Chief, Shift Battalion Chief: 1988 to 2010 ● Valley Fire Service, Captain, Engineer, Firefighter: 1979-1988 ● 1ST Vice President - Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA) Board of Directors Chair of Legislative and Professional Development Committee o Member of Labor/ Management Relations Committee ● Vice President for the Oregon Fire Chiefs Foundation Board of Directors

cause dryness and flakiness. If you do bathe your pet during the winter use a moisturizing shampoo. • Pets burn more energy during the winter as they try to stay warm. Providing more food to meet the demand for this extra energy is important. Also, make sure your pet has plenty of clean, fresh water always available as hydration is very important during the winter. Your pet will use extra water to keep their skin from dying out. • An extra blanket or pillow during the winter to help your pet stay warm while sleeping is also important. Remember, if it too cold outside for you it is probably too cold for your pet. Find a warm place for them to sleep. Following these, and other common sense pet care procedures, will help keep you and your pet happy and healthy this winter.


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Welcome to Taylorsville, El Fogon!

City Officials, ChamberWest and Community Members participated in a Ribbon Cutting to welcome El Fogon to Taylorsville and celebrate their Grand Opening! El Fogon is located at 4150 S. Redwood Road at the corner of Carriage Square. The menu offering includes both traditional Mexican and fresh seafood. This locally owned restaurant is open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 10 PM.

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Saturday With Santa


Taylorsville Taylorsville High High School School Annual Baseball Auction Annual Baseball Auction & & Dinner Dinner "Live Up To Your Expectations" "Live Up To Your Expectations" Keynote Keynote Speaker: Speaker: Chad Chad Hymas Hymas The Wall Street Journal calls Chad Hymas "one of theWall 10 most people the world!" The Streetinspirational Journal calls Chad in Hymas "one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world!"

Saturday, Saturday, February February 4th, 4th, 2017 2017 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Taylorsville Taylorsville High High School School 5400 South Redwood 5400 South Redwood Road Road

Tickets are available for $25 per person online at www.eventbrite.com

Taylorsville Food Pantry

Taylorsville Food Pantry 4775 South Plymouth View Drive Taylorsville, Utah 84123 TaylorsvilleFoodPantry.org Phone: (801) 815-0003

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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage


Chief Tracy Wyant

The following UPD Taylorsville Precinct Awards were presented by Chief Tracy Wyant at the City Council Meeting held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Employee of the Month - September 2016 Brandy Stephens

(L-R) Officer Kevin Spencer, Brandy Stephens, and Detective Kresdon Bennett on Wednesday, December 4th, 2016 at Taylorsville City Hall

Officer of the Month - October 2016 Officer Kevin Spencer

Officer of the Month - November 2016 Detective Kresdon Bennett

UPD Holiday Card Art Contest Winners Brakelle Cloward & Adan Guitierrez-Gonzalez

HOWDY NEIGHBOR! Just thought you might like to know a little about your community’s history. In 1848, a little over a year after the first pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, the first settlers came into the Taylorsville area. It was December of that year when Joseph and Susana Harker crossed the Jordan River to establish their home. Their home was built of logs at a place just south of 3500 South. On January 9, 1849, nine other families joined them, living through the winter in dugouts made in the clay banks near the river. The small community was called “Over Jordan”. When spring came, the families attempted unsuccessfully to bring water onto the land. Therefore, they moved farther south to a spot opposite the mouth of Big Cottonwood Creek which was called “Field Bottoms.” From whipped, sawed logs, which had been used twice before for the same purpose, they built more permanent homes. The first baby girl in our area was born on June 5, 1849, to John and Esther Wainwright Bennion. Her name was Rachel. Other early pioneer families in addition to the Harker and the John Bennion families were the families of Samuel Bennion, Thomas Mackay, William Blackhurst, John Robinson, Thomas Turbett, William Farrer, James Taylor, Jacob Butterfield, Robert Pixton and William Fasset. Some of these names are still prominent in our community. In 1853, at the request of pioneer civic and religious leader Brigham Young, a fort was built for protection from the Indians. It was located just north of the site of the Taylorsville Cemetery and was used by most of the families. Covering two acres, the fort was built on the outside of solid rock and adobe walls. Inside, adobe partitions separated the dwellings that faced a central area where a room was built to serve as both the church and school. The fort was called “English Fort,” but was nicknamed “Fort Hardscrabble” because of the unproductive land. After five years, it was abandoned. Until the completion of the Rock School House in 1867, the school was held in the home of Joseph Harker. The teacher was Elizabeth Taylor, wife of Mormon Church leader, President John Taylor. In 1867, the Rock School House was erected by Archibald Frame Sr., and it also served as church and amusement hall. It was located on land donated by Robert Pixton. Mr. Frame would walk from Salt Lake City to work on the building. In 1878, the settlers planned a new chapel to be used to worship their God according to the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The chapel was built at 4800 South and 12th West. An amusement hall and classrooms were added in 1909. The building still stands (in 2016). For a time it was used by the New Life Center, a Pentecostal Church group, and is now owned by the Alrasool Islamic Center. About 1884, the name of Taylorsville came into popular use, and in later history, it became the community’s official name. It was chosen in honor of Church President John Taylor. Many people have made Taylorsville their home since the first settlers located here, especially since 1950. Newcomers, as well as decedents of the early families, appreciate the hard work and the heritage left by the early Mormon Pioneers who were responsible for establishing a community where we can be proud to raise our families.





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Welcome to Taylorsville, Rollz!

City Officials, ChamberWest, Youth Ambassadors and Community Members participated in a Ribbon Cutting to welcome Rollz to Taylorsville and celebrate their Grand Opening! Rollz is located at 5480 South Redwood Road (next to Harmon's). They specialize in Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Pho Noodle Soup, Vermicelli Noodles, Rice Plates and Banh Mi Sandwiches. Check out their menu at www.freshrollz.com

Leisure Activities, Recreation & Parks Committee (LARP)

4743 South Plymouth View Drive Taylorsville, Utah The Remember Me Rose Garden has been created to be a place of contemplation and respect where deceased individuals who have contributed to the quality of life in the Bennion and Taylorsville communities can be memorialized with a living tribute - a rose bush - and a plaque containing their name and area of service to our community. A completed application along with the fee to cover the cost of the rose bush and plaque ($300) should be submitted to the City of Taylorsville and LARP Committee for review and approval. Applications are available on the City of Taylorsville website at taylorsvilleut.gov Due to limited space, applications will be limited to the first 40 applicants.


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Taylorsville Senior Center 4743 South Plymouth View Drive Taylorsville, Utah 84123 385-468-3370

Activities for January 2017 January 2- Center Closed due to the New Years January 3- Birthday Tuesday Celebration. Come and help celebrate our friends with birthdays in January. Special entertainment from 11:30-12:30 by Debra Bowers and lunch at 12:00. January 6- Afternoon at the movies sponsored by Aspen Senior Care- “Little Rascals” at 2:00. January 9- United Fire Association presentation on Emergency Preparation from 10:30-11:00. January 13- Fortis College Students health screenings including BP, Glucose, and fitness testings. 8:30-11:30, sign up at the front desk. January 13- Afternoon at the movies sponsored by Aspen Senior Care- “The Natural” at 2:00. January 16- Center closed due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 18- AARP Smart Driving. Sign up at the front desk, fee associated class. January 19- Evening at the Center from 5:00-7:00 pm. Inquire at the center for more details. January 20- Afternoon at the movies sponsored by Aspen Senior Care- “Life with Mikey” at 2:00. January 26- First Aid Class (Non certification) from 10-12. January 27- Chinese New Year Party sponsored by Aspen Senior Care. Inquire at the center for more details. January 27- Afternoon at the movies sponsored by Aspen Senior Care-“Blast from the Past” at 2:00.

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Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling Curbside Christmas Tree Collection We will be collecting Christmas trees during the month of January. For collection, place your undecorated tree on your curb. The trees will be collected on your regular collection day. If we don't get your tree one week, we will be back on your next regularly scheduled collection day. Please call our office for additional information. • We cannot accept trees with decorations, lights, tree stands or flocking. • Do not place the tree in your garbage, recycling, or green waste can. • If the tree is over eight feet tall, please cut it in half. • We cannot accept artificial trees with this curbside program

New Fees for 2017 The Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District’s Administrative Control Board approved a new fee starting January 2017. All newly built homes will be charged a $50 fee for one black waste can and one blue recycle can, plus a $10 delivery fee. This fee will help cover the expense of $100 that the District pays to manufacture these two cans. This fee will not apply to demolition-rebuilt homes, or remodeled homes. The standard base residential fees of $14.75 per month will not increase for 2017. Fees for subscription services will also not increase for 2017.

Customer Satisfaction Survey We would like to thank all those residents who completed our Customer Satisfaction Survey. The results will be collected by an independent third party, and will be published for public viewing on our website in a few months.

Recycling Reminder As gifts and presents are exchanged this season, please remember that paper-based wrapping paper is recyclable, but Mylar wrapping and bows/ribbons are not recyclable.










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Nonprofit creates, gives biographies to students By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed October 2016


olunteers interviewed and photographed 92 Taylorsville High School students on Sept. 7, and professional writers will review and compile their stories into individualized books that will be delivered to the students mid-October. “It’s a heartwarming thing to be part of,” Amy Chandler, nonprofit My Story Matters founder, said. “It’s amazing to see these kids say, ‘I do have a story, and somebody wanted to hear it.’ The smiles go a million miles.” Chandler started the My Story Matters nonprofit three years ago out of Springville to give teens and children in challenging circumstances a written copy of their life story. My Story Matters has distributed nearly 700 biography books to youth since its institution. Granite School District recommended Taylorsville High School for the program because of its high refugee and immigrant student population. Youngevity nutrition and Maeser Prep Academy in Lindon provided the volunteers for the Taylorsville interviews. Mariana Zuniga, a THS senior, said she felt “excited” and “awkward” to share her story with the volunteers but didn’t want to pass up on an opportunity to learn more about herself and connect with others. Zuniga’s mother emigrated from Mexico with two children and left her career in her home country, hoping to give her children the best employment and educational opportunities possible, Zuniga said. The family has never traveled back to Mexico, and Zuniga said she finds herself caught between two cultures.

Volunteers interview select Taylorsville High School students to learn about their lives. The interviews will be analyzed by professional writers and compiled into story books that will be given to the students. (Amy Chandler/ My Story Matters)

“Sometimes I feel like I am not living up to my Mexican culture because I was raised in Utah,” Zuniga said. “I ask myself, ‘Am I too white-ified? Have I left my culture behind?’ And I try my best to balance the two.” Zuniga plans to graduate from THS in June and go on to get her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, possibly in the medical field, before buying a house.

“I grew up in a single-parent household, and I’m just trying to live the American dream,” Zuniga said. “It’s rough sometimes, but I know I can always try harder.” My Story Matters taught Zuniga to focus on her positive traits, she said. “I got to learn more about myself and notice how great I really am,” Zuniga said. Jared Deleon told the volunteers about his likes and aspirations at the beginning of his interview. His story includes spending time with his family and his plans to study political science in college and eventually work for the government. Halfway through the interview, the conversation took a more personal turn, he said. Up to that point, Deleon hadn’t considered his life to be challenging, and he said he didn’t realize he’d overcome obstacles to become who he is. He told the volunteers about his struggles to fit into the local culture while helping his parents learn English and babysitting his brother. “Even with that, I’ve been able to succeed academically in school and serve in different leadership positions,” Deleon said. “People don’t think Latinos fit into that category. They think they can’t accomplish those things, but I’ve been able to do that. I don’t let those stereotypes knock me down.” Deleon said he was grateful for the volunteers who took the time to listen and helped him learn about himself. “It was very eye-opening for me,” he said. “I realized that my story isn’t like any other person’s.” To learn more about My Story Matters, visit mystorymatters.org. l

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By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed November 2016

ranite School District hosted its third annual Latino Family Night on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Hunter High School. The evening saw various cultural performances from Latinos in Action, guest speakers and multiple booths to provide an entertaining and informational night for families. “The intent is to increase parental engagement,” said Ben Horsley, Granite School District communications director. “We’re not going to be successful in helping these kids academically without getting parents more engaged.” Latino Family Night brought different resources under one roof for a night where families could learn about what services are offered in their community as well as to better understand the American education system. Booths came from Salt Lake Community College, South Valley Services, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Salt Lake County Youth Services, along with many others. Horsley said they strive to let everyone know that schools can’t do all the education alone. “We do need these partners to come together to get engaged in that education system and know what they can do to have an impact on a child’s life,” he said. It’s a system that can be unfamiliar to immigrants who may feel they don’t have a place in schools. Nearly a third of all Granite School District students identify as Hispanic and that percentage is expected to rise in the coming years. Isabel Rojas, director of systems and operation for Latinos in Action (LIA) was the MC for the night’s events. She said events like Latino Family Night are important for the Latino community, as it helps breaks down language and cultural barriers. “The fact that the district hosts a night in their language, with materials in their language, with their music and their dances says

Granite School District hosted its third annual Latino Family Night on Oct. 6 at Hunter High School. Multiple booths were set up to go along with guest speakers as a way to provide informational resources for families. (Granite School District)

to them [they] can be involved,” Rojas said. “This is a safe place not just for my students but for me.” Granite School District Superintendent Dr. Martin Bates gave his speech in Spanish, which Rojas said made an impact. “It meant a lot [that] the top of the school district will speak to them in Spanish, so it’s awesome,” Rojas said. The keynote address came from Eduardo Alba, who was born in Mexico as the fourth child of 12. Alba moved to the United States when he was 8 and went on to earn a master’s degree in

education administration. He said children can follow that same pattern, especially when they have familial support. “Everything here is geared toward letting parents know what resources are available and then how they utilize those to the benefit of their kids,” Horsley said. Having a night specifically for the Latino community with speakers like them, Rojas said, creates a place of safety and feeling that America is their home. It proves particularly useful for kids. Rojas’ parents are from Bogota, Columbia. The immigrated to New York shortly before she was born. She understands growing up with your feet in two different cultures. “It’s hard to marry the two because we feel like we have to keep our culture at home and our U.S-ness out there, and you separate the two,” she said. LIA aims to bridge the gap by helping students to find confidence in the qualities they have like being bilingual. “Maybe one of the biggest challenges is just perceptions that aren’t true, that are deficit based as opposed to the assets that our culture brings,” Rojas said. “[Students] are bilingual, professionals look for bilingual people.” Lacey Aparicio, an LIA student from Kearns High School, spoke during the program about how LIA helped her find cultural family in LIA coming from a house where her mother is Caucasian and her father is Mexican. She gave her speech half in English and half in Spanish. Another student spoke about how she was able to overcome her shyness with LIA. A sophomore from Cottonwood High School approached Rojas while being interviewed about joining LIA. “It gives us the opportunity at LIA to help [students] see that every part of who they are is an asset,” Rojas said. l


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he Salt Lake City Stars began their debut season midNovember, giving basketball players opportunities for growth and community members additional accessibility to professional ball. In April, the Utah Jazz announced they’d be moving their development league affiliate, formerly known as the Idaho Stampede, from Boise to the Salt Lake City area to tighten ties between the D-League team and the Jazz. The team’s new home is the Bruin Arena at the Salt Lake Community College Taylorsville Redwood Campus. “The No. 1 priority of purchasing the team and bringing it to Salt Lake is to help the development of the Utah Jazz basketball organization,” said Bart Sharp, the Stars’ general manager. “While we want to be competitive and we do have the goal to win games, make the playoffs and succeed there, the No. 1 priority is to develop our players and provide them an opportunity to understand the Jazz system, instruction and culture.” The D-League team brings together new players on the Jazz roster who could use more playing time, Jazz draft picks who have been assigned to the Stars and free agent players who could be called up to the Jazz or other National Basketball Association teams upon vacancy. Sharp said Rudy Gobert, a Jazz center who played with the Stampede during his rookie year, is a fantastic example of how the D-League can reinforce a player’s skills. “I bet quite a few people would attribute his rapid development to that ability to get on the court with the D-League, all while staying close to the parent organization—the Jazz,” Sharp said. Sharp noted that Joel Bolomboy, Jazz forward who formerly played at Weber State University, may have a similar experience. “He is obviously on the Jazz roster, and he is doing very well; however, there are opportunities while we are in town,” Sharp said. “They could send Joel down to a (Stars) game here on Tuesday night, and he could get some more playing time on it, and then on Wednesday he could be on the Jazz bench, building those relationships with those players and making sure that he understands what they are doing at that level, which hopefully expedites his experience as a player.” Because the Jazz already have four point guards contracted, two Jazz second-round draft picks are assigned to the Stars: Tyrone Wallace, a 6-foot-6-inch guard coming from University of California and Marcus Paige, a 6-foot-2-inch guard from University of North Carolina. “I think this is an opportunity to get better and work on my craft—you know, put in the hours here and put in the time,” Wallace said about playing for the Stars. “It is a chance for me to get on the floor every night in order to be in the NBA.” Wallace, who spent part of his senior season at Berkeley on the sidelines after he suffered a wrist fracture during a preseason practice, said he was ready to get back on the court full time. “I am ready for the fans to get here,” Wallace said. “I think it is going to be a good year for us.” The Stars went up against the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Reno Bighorns on Nov. 6 in their preseason tri-game at the Kaiser Permanente in Santa Cruz, Calif., falling short against the Warriors 52–38 and emerging victorious against the Bighorns 60–50. Although three players scored in the double-digits, the Stars lost their inaugural game against the defending NBA D-League Champions the Sioux Fall Skyforce on Nov. 12 (print deadline). The Stars were behind by up to 31 points in the third quarter, but

Eric Dawson pivots with the ball during the Salt Lake City Stars’ inaugural game against the defending NBA D-League Champions the Sioux Fall Skyforce. The Stars lost the away game 117–100 at the Sanford Pentagon. (Dave Eggen/NBAE/Getty Images)

narrowed the gap to 17 by the end of the game in a 117–100 loss. Season tickets for the Stars are still available and run as low as $78, with single game tickets as low as $5. Sharp said it’s an affordable way for families residing in the suburbs to watch professional basketball with less travel. “We feel like—especially being out here in the Taylorsville area so close to Kearns and West Valley, West Jordan and others—that there’s a lot of folks even in the Salt Lake County that don’t get an opportunity to go to the Jazz games as much as they’d like, so we’re bringing a part of the Jazz here,” Sharp said. The Stars have their own dancers, dunk team and fun zone that includes bounce houses and activities for kids, bringing a unique alternative to going to the movies for family nights out, he said. The Stars will also be more accessible than Jazz, Sharp added. After each game, spectators are invited onto the court for an autograph session with some of the players. In addition, the coaches, staff and team host basketball clinics to help aspiring child basketball players. Their first basketball clinic on Sept. 17 served 50 children at the Taylorsville Recreation Center. Giving back to the community will be a focus for the Stars. One of the team’s 24 home games will be a “themed jersey night,” where the Stars will design and sport a jersey featuring a local charitable organization. The jerseys will be auctioned at the end of the game, and the proceeds will go to the charitable organization. For more information about the Stars or to purchase tickets, visit saltlakecity.dleague.nba.com. l

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Two Taylorsville High Seniors sign with UVU baseball By Jessica Thompson | Jessica@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed February 2016


uke Jacketta and Cole Fivecoat have a lot in common. They both started playing baseball at the age of six, currently play on Taylorsville High School’s baseball team and now they both signed to play Division one college baseball at Utah Valley University. “They are both very talented. To play Division one baseball, you must be physically gifted and they both are. Beyond that, both of them have been working since they were small kids with one goal, to play college baseball,” coach Jake Brown said. Jacketta can remember playing baseball with his dad’s and brothers when he was just a little 6-year-old. He always knew he wanted to play baseball in college, but didn’t think it was going to happen for him. “When I heard the news about UVU I didn’t think it was real. I didn’t think I was good enough to play at a Division one school. I am happy and excited for this opportunity,” Jacketta said. There are many reasons why Jacketta loves to play the game of baseball, but his favorite is being able to get lost in the game. “When I am playing baseball I don’t worry about what is happening in real life. I am just playing with all my friends and doing my own thing. I like that it offers me an escape from

reality,” Jacketta said. Fivecoat is very grateful for his chance to keep playing the game he loves while gaining an education. “I have a passion for baseball and I love being able to compete against some of the best in the world. There is nothing better to do than play baseball and try to get an education along with it. It is an honor to be one of the select few to play baseball in college,” Fivecoat said. The recruiting process for UVU baseball ended up being a long and nervous journey for Fivecoat, but he said it was all worth it. “I couldn’t be happier with my decision to play college baseball. I love UVU and I am very excited to be a part of their team,” Fivecoat said. Loving the game of baseball isn’t the only thing these two have in common. They both know success takes hard work. “If you want to accomplish your dreams you have to keep going. Keep grinding it out and keep working harder than everybody else. Everybody wants the same goal so try to out work them,” Fivecoat said. Brown is very proud of how hard both of these players have worked alongside their teammates. “To watch a kid work so hard for so long and fight through the anxiety of not knowing

whether or not they are good enough to take their game to the next level, and then be present for the moment that they realize they have done it is a special thing. It inspires me as a coach and undoubtedly inspires younger players to attempt to follow in their footsteps,” Brown said. Jacketta and Fivecoat are both grateful for all those who have helped them accomplish their dreams. “I would like to thank my family and all my coaches along the way. I couldn’t be more grateful for everything they have done for me,” Fivecoat said. Jacketta also knows his family is better supporter of accomplishing his dream of playing college baseball. “I would like to thank my dad for all he has done for me,” Jacketta said. Brown is very proud of these two seniors and the great example they are setting to others that they can control their own destiny. “I would encourage young players to approach every day as if it’s the day they earn their college scholarship. We are lucky at Taylorsville to have many kids that get the opportunity to play in college, but the excitement of adding more players to those ranks never gets old,” he said. l

Taylorsville senior, Cole Fivecoat, has been playing baseball since he was six years old. He will now play college baseball for Utah Valley University. –Cole Fivecoat

Taylorsville senior, Luke Jacketta, committed to play baseball for Utah Valley University. –Luke Jacketta

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Millions of taxpayers face refund delays in 2017

New tax law requires the IRS to hold some refunds until February 15 As many as 15 million taxpayers could have their refunds delayed until at least February 15 next year. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act now requires the IRS to hold refunds for returns claiming the earned income tax credit (EITC) and additional child tax credit (ACTC) until February 15. Approximately 30 million taxpayers claim the EITC or ACTC, with half filing early. Taxpayers should file as they normally would, even if they expect their refund will be delayed. The IRS still expects to issue most refunds in less than 21 days, although the IRS will hold refunds for EITC and ACTC-related tax returns filed early in 2017 until February 15 and then begin issuing them. While the IRS will release those refunds on February15 many taxpayers may not see the funds deposit into their banking accounts for a few days afterward. This additional delay could be for many reasons and it is best for taxpayers to check the IRS’s Where’s My Refund website for any funding updates. Delay helps IRS combat tax identity fraud The EITC received nationwide averaged approximately $2,500 per eligible taxpayer last year. While $65.6 billion was paid out last year, the IRS indicates that approximately one in five payments are made in error, either through fraudulent filing or confusion due to complexity in claiming the benefit. These credits are target rich for tax identity thieves and fraudsters. In fact,


the EITC has one of the highest improper payment rates of the 16 “high-error” programs identified by the government. Holding taxpayer refunds until February 15, along with the mandate that employers send employee W-2s to the IRS by January 31, allows the IRS additional time to help prevent revenue lost due to identity theft and refund fraud related to fabricated wages and withholdings. It is important for taxpayers who claim these benefits to plan now for the delay. Visiting with a tax professional now can help them better understand the overall impact. Delays just one part of tax law changes The PATH Act made dozens of changes to the tax code, including permanently extending many tax benefits, implementing renewal requirements for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs),  changing eligibility requirements for certain tax credits, expanding other tax benefits, increasing the cost of making mistakes and altering small business tax benefits. But its delay of millions of refunds until at least February 15 will be widely felt by early filers who in the past could expect a refund which averaged more than $3,500 in 2015 by late January. To learn more about tax law changes and refund delays due to the PATH Act, taxpayers can visit www.hrblock.com/path. [Sam Hernandez is a tax professional for H&R Block, the world’s largest tax services provider. Sam has been providing expert tax advice and preparation support for taxpayers in the Salt Lake City area since 2010.]

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Poverty, criminal justice, suicide, and government transparency: Issues to tackle in 2017

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Aimee Winder Newton, County Council District 3


s we begin a new year, I see great opportunity for Salt Lake County to work as a regional government, collaborating with state and local partners to help address complex issues. There are a few issues I feel are particularly important, and I’ll be focusing on them in the coming year: intergenerational poverty, criminal justice reform, suicide prevention, and improved transparency over the county budget. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, of the 1.1 million residents in Salt Lake County roughly 10.8 percent are experiencing poverty. In recent years the State of Utah has taken great strides to better understand poverty in our communities, with a specific focus on intergenerational poverty. Distinct from situational poverty, intergenerational poverty refers to a cycle of poverty and use of public assistance programs that continues from one generation to the next. I believe every Utahn should have access to the opportunities our robust economy offers, allowing them to Salt Lake County Council break free of the constraints of a cycle of poverty. I’ll be


working with state experts and local officials to see what appropriate role the county can play in addressing this issue. Criminal justice reform certainly ties into poverty issues. Specifically, I’m interested in how the county can help reduce recidivism in our criminal justice system. Helping former offenders rehabilitate and connect with job opportunities to contribute to society after they have completed their time in jail is vital. There has already been a tremendous amount of great work in this area, and I’m eager to help move these initiatives forward. We all know that suicide among Utah teens is staggeringly high—something that is totally unacceptable. This past year I testified before the State Legislature about the need for a statewide three-digit number to connect people with crisis intervention resources. I’ll continue to push forward on that issue in 2017 and beyond. We can and must do better for our residents struggling with severe mental health issues. Lastly - better government transparency for tax dollar spending is vital. Though conceivably more procedural in

nature than the other issues I’ve discussed, I still feel very strongly about the need for proper transparency to the public. In particular, I’ll be looking at how we can better communicate the complexities of the county budget to our residents. They have a right to know where their tax dollars are going—and whether those uses are efficient and effective. With roughly one billion dollars comprising the total county budget, there is a lot of work to do to ensure transparency in how we spend tax dollars. There will of course be additional issues that come up during the year, but I believe these items above are crucial issues to tackle—and I believe the county can be a great partner working with state and local leaders to make a positive difference. I’m constantly reminded of the humbling opportunity I have to serve on the Salt Lake County Council. I’m eager to continue working hard on behalf of my constituents and all county residents to ensure Salt Lake County continues to be a great place to live, work, and raise a family. l

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