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FREE CONCERNS FLY OVER SOCCER COMPLEX PROPOSAL By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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aylorsville Dayzz Committee Chairman and State House Rep. Jim Dunnigan had nothing but positive things to report at a recent city council meeting, as he told the body how successful this year’s event was: • $9,500 raised for the Taylorsville Arts Council • 1,243 volunteer hours worked by community groups • 180 vehicles displayed in the annual car show • 86 groups entered the Taylorsville Dayzz parade • 44 local entertainers performed on several stages But after running through the positive numbers — and inviting a couple of his 16 Taylorsville Dayzz committee members to speak to the council — Dunnigan also raised some concerns. “Real Salt Lake officials are now talking with Salt Lake County about the possibility of constructing a soccer complex in Valley Regional Park,” he told the council. “I don’t know exactly what they want to build. But I am concerned about the possible impact it could have on future Taylorsville Dayzz celebrations.” Speaking after his public appearance, Dunnigan also added: “I have seen a layout of what is being considered for construction, although it is probably not the final design. They have asked us not to discuss it further because the talks (between the professional soccer organization and the county) are still early. But I am worried about the potential impact it might have — particularly on overflow parking — at future Taylorsville Dayzz celebrations.” Dan Fletcher, 68, is also concerned, for a completely different reason. “I drive here nearly every morning from my South Jordan home to play on this disc golf course,” Fletcher said, while standing next to one of 11 holes designed to catch flying discs. “I have a friend who meets me to play most of the time. If this course were to close, the next closest one is clear over in Millcreek.” You may have attended a dozen Taylorsville Dayzz celebrations and have no idea about the area Fletcher is describing. The acreage being considered for the soccer complex is in the northwest corner of Valley Regional Park, which now features a walking path and disc golf course. The ground is mostly dirt, with a little dry grass scattered throughout. For the most part, a tree line blocks the area from sight for most park visitors. The acreage being considered does not look remotely like the rest of Valley Regional Park. And that is a big reason why — up to this point in the talk of a possible soccer complex — Salt Lake County Council Chair Aimee Winder Newton likes the idea. “Personally, I am hoping we can make this happen,” New-

This open acreage west of the Taylorsville Recreation Center is being considered for a new indoor soccer facility, which would be built by Real Salt Lake on land owned by Salt Lake County. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

ton said in a Facebook post. “It’s awesome when someone offers private funds for a facility that can also be used by the community! We will make sure there is still adequate parking for Taylorsville Dayzz on site, if this proposal happens. It would be great to get that park finished!” Other than confirming this unfinished portion of Valley Regional Park is the area being considered for the soccer amenities, the parties involved are being tight-lipped about what exactly is being proposed and how many acres it would occupy. “I have seen a layout plan for the soccer complex, but it is not yet finalized, and county officials have asked us not to discuss it just yet, since the negotiations are barely getting started,” Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson said. “I do think there is enough room at the park to accommodate what they are talking about so far, without causing significant problems for Taylorsville Dayzz. I believe there is enough room for everything.” Overson said Real Salt Lake officials first approached city leaders about their idea but quickly turned to the county for discussions after learning Valley Regional Park is owned and main-

tained by the county. Coordinating the conversation between the county and RSL is Salt Lake County Community Services Director Holly Yocom. “RSL, Taylorsville and Salt Lake County have been working to determine the feasibility of the (soccer complex) project,” Yocom said in a written statement. “We are still in the early stages of design concepts. No decisions have been made. Once and if concepts and operating structures are agreed upon by the three parties involved, we will host a series of public meetings to solicit feedback.” Yocom went on to add two other key points: “The county is not considering selling any of the land, and maintaining the successful operation of Taylorsville Dayzz is at the top of our priority list.” At this point, none of the parties involved in the soccer complex negotiations say there is any kind of timeline or deadline. At the moment, they are simply continuing to discuss both construction and cost possibilities. l

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Taylorsville Planning Commission attends ‘historic’ tour and training session in Herriman By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com The TCJ is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout Taylorsville. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals. com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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Our goal is to be the best-trained and educated planning commission Taylorsville has ever had,” Commission Chair Lynette Wendel said. The city official who coordinates their efforts — Taylorsville Community Development Director Mark McGrath — believes they are already there. “I have been doing this for 25 years, and this (planning) commission is the most dedicated and diligent I’ve ever seen,” McGrath said. “This group is unbelievable.” McGrath said city residents and taxpayers should appreciate that because, the more proficient the volunteer members of the planning commission are, the more they can accomplish — and normally for a lower cost — to improve the livability of Taylorsville. Years ago, McGrath hired Michael Maloy to work for him in the Taylorsville Community Development Department. Now, the two men team teach a city planning course at the University of Utah. Maloy was recently hired as Herriman City Planner. “One of the best things that ever happened for me is working for this guy (McGrath),” Maloy said, as he greeted a Taylorsville contingent to make a little Utah history. “As far as I know, two different city planning commissions have never worked and trained together as complete groups in the Salt Lake Valley before,” McGrath said. “This opportunity to share ideas — between two cities that have very different challenges — can only help each planning commission better serve their constituents.” Planning Commission Chair Wendel said she and commission member Anna Barbieri came up with the idea for the Herriman field trip while attending that U of U course offered by McGrath and Maloy. “We are constantly looking for ways to train and boost our education about city planning issues,” Wendel added. “As we attended Mark’s class, we got the idea to create our own book club within the planning commission, to review

This Taylorsville contingent toured and trained with their counterparts in Herriman. (Carl Fauver)

some of the books used in the course. And since (the second instructor) Michael (Maloy) works for Herriman, we also thought it would be helpful for the two groups to read the books and train together.” McGrath liked the idea, because the two different city planning commissions face almost completely opposite challenges. “Herriman is continuing to build out, and they are able to use the best design and layout practices in areas that have never been developed,” he said. “In Taylorsville, on the other hand, we are almost completely built out already. Our challenge is to make improvements here and there by retrofitting areas. So, I think the two groups have a lot they can learn from each other.” Earlier this fall, a group of 11 Taylorsville City Council, Planning Commission and staff members boarded a van to make the trek to Herriman City Hall (5355 West Main Street, about 12900 South). There they intermingled with a similar group of Herriman officials for a tour of one of Utah’s fastest-growing cities. “I loved the tour because we saw ways that we might be able to improve walkability in Taylorsville,” said Councilwoman Meredith Harker. “There are simple and less expensive things we can do to make our city a more inviting place. They don’t have to be million-dollar improvements.” Harker is particularly focused on making

the city center more attractive and walkable as construction gets underway on the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center. “That is going to be an important new focal point for our city,” she added. “If we achieve a nice look there, it should inspire other improvements in our city.” The only other Taylorsville City Council member to attend the tour was Ernest Burgess. “This (Herriman tour and educational training session) can really help us with our vision for Taylorsville,” he said. “It was fascinating to me to learn how to improve streetscapes and do things like hide parking, to make pedestrian areas more inviting.” After the 45-minute tour of Herriman, the two groups gathered to hear McGrath present highlights of a book he uses in his University course, “City Comforts: How to Build an Urban Village.” Members of the two planning commissions were then to read the book and gather a month later (after press deadline) to discuss it. “I have been pushing for our planning commission to do things like (the Herriman tour and training) because, you don’t know what looks bad in a city until you see it,” Wendel said. “Attending Mark’s class, arranging the tour, going to various city planning seminars — those are all designed to help us do a better job to make Taylorsville look inviting without spending too much money doing it.” l

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All in the family By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

When it was Taylorsville City Councilwoman Meredith Harker’s turn recently to arrange the council’s traditional moment of reverence at the start of a meeting, she turned to her son for help. Mason Harker, 12, regaled the council and audience with a piano solo, “Fanfare on America.” The third of four sons to Mike and Meredith Harker, the Bennion Junior High seventh grader has been studying piano for five years. “Mason brings so much joy to our home through his music,” the councilwoman said. “I am proud of him for sharing his talents with others.” (Carl Fauver/ City Journals)

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While packing for their cross-country trek to Virginia, six of the 16 Utah Task Force One members who were deployed for Hurricane Florence pause just long enough for a photo. (Utah Task Force One)

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pair of long-time Utah Fire Authority (UFA) firefighters – and seasoned members of the prestigious Utah Task Force One emergency response team – took a leave of absence from their duties at the TaylorsvillePlymouth UFA Fire Station 117 several weeks ago, to drive nonstop to Virginia to assist with the devastation of Hurricane Florence. Paul Van Harn and Jonathan VanHuss were two of 16 Utah firefighters who headed east in a convoy, arriving just before the storm made landfall. Their coordinator is UFA Division Chief Brian Case. “Paul and Jonathan have each been members of Task Force One for several years,” Chief Case said. “And they have deployed out of state for training exercises before. But this was their first deployment for an actual disaster outside Utah.” “It was a great experience because we always want to help and to use the skills we have developed while training,” Van Harn said. “This was my first ‘real’ deployment. But I also went to Texas for a mock deployment.” His Station 117 counterpart on the deployment, VanHuss added, “These deployments have incredible training value because they let us apply the skills we have learned. It is great practice that helps us get that much better at our jobs.” VanHuss, Van Harn and 14 other Task Force One members rolled out of Utah September 11, at about 3 a.m. The group convoyed some 40 straight hours, arriving at a Virginia

motel after dark on September 12. The group of 16 firefighters – and all of their equipment – is referred to as a “Mission Ready Package,” or MRP. “The MRP included three boats on a trailer, two pickup trucks, a 15-passenger van and a 28-foot box truck filled with other equipment,” Chief Case added. “Our teams take provisions to be fully self-sufficient for up to 96 hours. They spent their first night in a motel, and then moved into a National Guard Armory for the rest of their stay.” The Utah contingent stayed in South Boston, Virginia, a city of just over 8,000 residents near the North Carolina state line. According to some reports, Hurricane Florence created “the worst flooding event in East Coast history.” More than three dozen lives were claimed, while tens of thousands of people were forced to flee and millions were without electricity. However, an abrupt turn by the hurricane – just as it was making landfall – spared Virginia residents substantially, and created an anticlimactic finish for the Utah Task Force One team members. “It turned out there was no dramatic flooding in the area where our team was deployed,” Chief Case added. “They did go out and inspect areas, doing reconnaissance work. But it was nothing compared to what emergency response teams further south had to deal with.” Teams like the Task Force One MRP were distributed throughout the region, under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management

Agency (FEMA). Simply by the luck of Mother Nature’s draw, the Utah group had it much easier than many of their counterparts. “When we first arrived (in Virginia) it was still a Class Four storm before idling down and turn away from our location,” Van Harn said. “We looked around the area for boat access spots and did other recon. We also watched the level of the Dan River rise from 10 to 27 feet. But it did not spill over the banks in our area.” Utah Task Force One operates with an annual budget of about $1.2-million in federal funding. The local team has about 180 to 200 members. “Overall, there are 28 task forces like ours across the country,” Chief Case concluded. “They have a total of about 6,000 members and operate with a FEMA budget of just under $40-million.” Once the crisis was over, the Utahns convoyed back home, albeit at a much more comfortable rate. They took three days to get back, arriving September 22. “I love to help people because it is what I train for on Task Force One,” Van Harn concluded. “The trip was very valuable even though we didn’t end up doing as much as we might have.” His fellow Taylorsville-Plymouth UFA Fire Station 117 firefighter on the deployment, VanHuss, concurred. “The value of deploying on this mission was tremendous,” he said. “It was good practice to make us even better equipped to help people the next time we are sent out.” l

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Cochran’s trip to Philippines gives him new perspectives on homelessness, mass transit By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Taylorsville City Councilman Curt Cochran (L) spent three weeks in the Philippines for his eBay job recently, and returned with a more global perspective about things like homelessness and mass transit. (Photo courtesy Curt Cochran)

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or three weeks earlier this year, Taylorsville City Councilman Curt Cochran was out of Utah and the United States, thanks to his quality analyst position with Draper-based eBay. While he was gone, Cochran said he also had the opportunity to “quality analyze” life in the Philippines, to a small extent. “The Philippines are very densely populated — particularly Manila,” he said. “Spending a few weeks there, I saw homelessness and traffic problems that make what we have here in the Salt Lake Valley look much easier to manage.” The most recent World Urban Areas index produced by Demographia lists the Manila urban area the fourth-largest city on the planet, with a population of 24.1 million people and a density of 15,300 people per square kilometer. That density is roughly 25 times that of Salt Lake County, which is 1,472 people per square mile. Cochran said he observed lots of social challenges, even in the less crowded areas of the Philippines where he spent most of his time. “I flew from Salt Lake to Portland to Tokyo to Manila,” he said. “We then travelled about two hours northwest, near a city called Pampanga. Further north, I also visited another large city, Angeles.” In and around Angeles, Cochran saw poverty and homelessness that put the Taylorsville challenges into perspective. And even that was minimal to the more than 3-million people living in the slums of Manila, with no electricity, sanitation or ready access to drinking water. “I saw the real Philippines near Angeles — shanty towns and poverty,”

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he said. “You just look around and say, ‘Wow, is this the norm?’ You just want to scoop them up and get them out of there. We’ve had our problems (homeless encampments along the Jordan River) for quite some time. And they have gotten worse since the downtown (Salt Lake) shelter was closed. I don’t like having to move those people out. And I don’t like simply pushing the problem into another city. But we regularly hear about people being accosted along the river trail and we have to deal with it.” The other primary challenge Cochran observed during his three weeks in the Philippines was traffic. “I was a supporter of mass transit before I left, and it only got stronger when I was there,” he said. “I ride FrontRunner to work nearly every day, and I support the BRT (bus rapid transit) line now being developed to run from Intermountain Medical Center on State Street (5100 South) to Salt Lake Community College (4600 South. Redwood Road). I even have a niece who lives and gets around in the valley with no car at all. That can be a challenge, but she’s proving it’s possible.” The councilman said his trip made him understand even more the critical importance efficient mass transit plans will have as growth continues in the Salt Lake Valley. “We definitely don’t want what they have,” Cochran added. “When I rode in cars, I felt like I could reach out and touch the driver in the next lane. And road conditions? If our streets got anywhere near as bad as they are there, (constituents) would be calling me non-stop.”

Cochran said one of the more popular modes of transportation in the Philippines are “taxis” that consist of a motorcycle with an enclosed sidecar. “They also have tons of motorcycles (without sidecars) and scooters,” he said. “But the government actually discourages people from using those because they are so often used in the commission of crimes.” A nine-year eBay employee, Cochran was one of five people from its Draper office to spend three weeks in the Philippines, training employees of a new third-party call taking company (VXI Global Solutions) how to handle eBay customers. And following his soggy sojourn (“It was the rainy season; I only saw the sun once”), Cochran returned to Taylorsville more bullish on America than ever before. “Some of the people I was training nearly begged me to find them a job here (at eBay’s Utah office),” he said. “They know how much better we have it here. And so do I. We have traffic and pollution and homeless problems to deal with, but our issues are nothing compared to theirs. I have always felt very fortunate to live in the United States.” Cochran said he loves learning about new cultures (“That’s why I asked to be the city council representative on the new Cultural Diversity Committee”). But after his first-ever visit to the Philippines — and previous trips to Mexico and a few other locales — he said this is the only country he wants to call home. l

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City council passes resolution enthusiastically endorsing Unified Police By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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n the midst of one city council (Herriman) announcing it is definitely cancelling its law enforcement contract with the Unified Police Department — and a second council (Riverton) voting to do the same — Taylorsville City Council Chairman Brad Christopherson took it upon himself to let the sometimes-beleaguered agency know that his city very much appreciates their hard work. In fact, Christopherson led the charge to get the council to unanimously endorse a formal resolution, in essence asking UPD to raise the city’s law enforcement fees. “This is a statement to Unified Police that we endorse them,” Christopherson said during the meeting where the resolution was approved. “I don’t think I really have the words to say how critical I believe this is to our citizens. Law enforcement is an honorable profession, and we want the Unified Police Department Board of Directors to examine the salaries and benefits they are offering to make sure they are remaining competitive with other (Salt Lake Valley) law enforcement agencies.” “We are very honored they drafted and passed this resolution,” UPD Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant said after the meeting. “It clearly displays the city council’s support for our agency, which I have always felt since taking this position six years ago.” Taylorsville is one of the largest areas in

which Unified Police provides law enforcement in the valley. About 14 percent of UPDs jurisdiction is Taylorsville City, roughly equivalent to Millcreek, which incorporated less than two years ago. At the same time Herriman is leaving UPD — and Riverton is threatening to follow suit — Christopherson hopes this clear signal of support being sent by Taylorsville will be repeated in other areas. “I have not personally reached out to other jurisdictions encouraging them to pass UPD support resolutions,” he said. “But I do think it would be a good idea. Many police jurisdictions across the valley have recently raised their wage and benefit packages for police officers, while UPD has not. As a result, the new employee recruiting advantage Unified Police once had is eroding.” Wyant agrees with that assessment. In fact, he took it upon himself to review the numbers that prove the point. “I gathered salary and benefit data from virtually all of the police precincts serving the (Salt Lake) Valley, just to put them all together on a spreadsheet to easily compare them,” Wyant said. “The data shows as other agencies have boosted their officer salaries in recent months — while UPD has not — this agency is now far less competitive as we seek new recruits. There is now significant competition for qualified new

police recruits, and we are having a tougher time getting our share of them.” Ironically, for the first time since Wyant took his position, the Taylorsville UPD precinct is fully staffed at the moment. However, that is only because of a one-time anomaly. “We have always been short a few officers since I came in July 2012, when Taylorsville contracted with Unified Police (after voting to disband the city’s stand-alone law enforcement agency),” he said. “The only reason we are fully staffed now is that, when Herriman created its own police department, several of our officers — who did not want to go with the new agency — were assigned to precincts like this one. So that was a one-time deal.” Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson had no vote on the resolution but is happy it passed. “You are empowering me — as a member of the Unified Police Department Board of Directors — to go before them and say my support of the agency comes directly from our city council,” Overson told the body, just before the vote. “This strengthens my position on the board.” The vote is also another clear indication the Taylorsville City Council is likely moving toward a property tax increase next year, just as many other Wasatch Front municipalities have already done in recent years. At the moment, there is no formal proposal before the UPD board to raise salary and benefits

Unified Police Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant recently completed a review of Salt Lake Valley police officer salaries and confirmed, UPD has fallen below the average. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

for new officers. But all parties involved seem to agree, that is just a matter of time. Such an increase would likely require the property tax hike. Christopherson is ready to take whatever taxpayer heat may come with that. “As all of these other (law enforcement) agencies increase their salaries and benefits, our (Unified Police) department is losing out on qualified people,” he said. “The so-called ‘thin blue line’ is getting thinner. I want to nip that in the bud.” l

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Kids shown alternatives to violence, crime during third annual International Gang Awareness Night By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Several teams of fifth through eighth grade students participated in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments as part of International Gang Awareness Night in Taylorsville. (choosegangfree.com)

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ndrea Atencio-Valdez admits, she was a “small time gang banger” while attending Salt Lake’s West High School in 2001 to 2004. And she says her boyfriend then — now husband, Jerry Valdez — was even worse. “My dad was a cop, but that still didn’t stop me from being interested in the gang lifestyle,” she said. “But times change, my husband and I have changed, and now we both want to help kids, including our own, to stay off the gang path all together.” Fourteen years after graduating from West, Atencio-Valdez is now program manager for a group called Choose Gang Free. She is a civilian employee of the Unified Police Department. After working his way clear of juvenile legal entanglements, her husband began a law enforcement career as a corrections officer at the Salt Lake County Jail. Now Jerry Valdez is part of the department’s Metro Gang Unit. “We were lucky to get our lives turned around before it was too late,” Atencio-Valdez said. “But it’s such a challenge for young people. That’s why we both dedicate so much time to trying to help kids avoid the gang lifestyle to begin with.” And she adds, young people today face even bigger challenges — at younger ages — than she ever did. “Gangs are targeting kids at a much younger age than when I was in school,” Atencio-Valdez said. “By the time they are in fifth grade, many Utah kids have already been approached by someone trying to get them involved. That’s why the focus of International Gang Awareness Night is on fifth- through eighth-graders.”

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Previous Salt Lake Valley gang awareness nights were held in Glendale and Midvale. Atencio-Valdez said they were successful, but not as big as she had hoped. “This year, we held 3-on-3 basketball tournaments for both boys and girls in fifth through eighth grades,” she said. “About 75 to 80 kids participated the first day, in games played outside Taylorsville City Hall. Then the championship games were played two nights later at Valley Regional Park as a part of International Gang Awareness Night.” Many other activities also drew an estimated 250 to 300 people to the event, including Unified Police K9 demonstrations, a climbing wall, free food and information booths with lots of giveaway items. To get assistance with the event, Atencio-Valdez turned to someone she knew would not let her down. “My dad, Isaac Atencio, retired two years ago from the Salt Lake City Police Department after a 27-year career,” Atencio-Valdez said. “He is now president of the Utah Gang Investigators Association. I asked him if they would help out and he quickly volunteered.” “The Utah Gang Investigators Association provides ongoing information and education to police officers conducting gang probes,” Isaac Atencio said. “We are a nonprofit service organization also involved in fundraising to support Choose Gang Free and other worthwhile groups. We have helped fundraise and have assisted in securing meals, clothing and toiletries to families in need. So, we were happy to help with International Gang Awareness Night.”

Other donors who made the night a success included: Sizzling Platter, Lending a Hand, Little Caesars Pizza, Bimbo Bakeries and Shasta Soda. The Barber School, based in Midvale, also had students and instructors on hand to provide free haircuts throughout the event. “It was amazing how many donations we received,” Atencio-Valdez said. “So many different businesses clearly see the importance of working to keep kids out of gangs.” The event was such a success this year, Fox 13 News also covered it. “I am extremely proud of Andrea,” said her father Isaac. “When she was younger, I was so busy working as a cop, I couldn’t stop her as she began to get involved with gang activity. All three of my daughters dabbled in it, while my son was able to steer clear. Now she finds herself in the same place I was: working to keep her kids away from gangs.” Andrea and Jerry have sons ages 14 and 11, along with a 3-year-old daughter. “They are a big reason why my husband and I do this,” she said. “We don’t want them to face the same tough choices we had.” Choose Gang Free has nine full- and two part-time employees who also organize anti-gang activities and educational programs at area schools. More information is available about the organization at choosegangfree.com. “I would not have wanted to deal with me back when I was involved with gangs,” Atencio-Valdez said. “Hopefully, through the work we are doing, fewer Utah parents will have to address that challenge in the future.” l

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High school choirs unite in patriotic program By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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he annual Utah National Guard Veteran’s Day Concert, in its 63rd year, is celebrating a special anniversary. This year’s event commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. “We’ll be highlighting a few vignettes of what World War I was, how we prepared for it, how we got through it and how it ended— basically a history lesson on WWI,” said Maj. David Gibb, public affairs officer for the Utah National Guard. In addition to audio-video presentations, Brigadier General Thomas Fisher, land component commander for UNG, will be the guest speaker. The winners of the Utah PTA’s essay contest, “Why I am Proud of my Veteran!” will be announced. Three students, who have an immediate family member currently or previously serving in the military, will be recognized and receive a cash prize. Utah PTA Military Family Specialist Kathy Allred said the essays reflect the challenges military children bravely face as well as their pride in their family member’s service. The most powerful part of the evening is the music provided by the 23rd Army Band and nearly 700 students from the combined choirs of eight Granite District high school choirs. “The highlight of the program is the music,” said Gibb.

Ben Taylor, a senior in Taylorsville High School’s concert choir, participated in the event last year and looks forward to this year’s performance. He said singing “God Bless America” together was his favorite moment. “When everyone at the very end all comes in—all the choirs—you just get that feeling,” he said. THS junior Serina Taylor said even the two rehearsals leading up to the performance have been moving. “Because we’re singing patriotic songs, I feel like it’s more powerful than just a choir concert,” she said. Mark Pearce, music curriculum specialist for Granite District, said the program provides an opportunity for students from different schools to come together in cooperation instead of competition. “We have so much competition between schools with sports,” he said. “This is one chance for them to cooperate and sing together, rather than against each other.” Sierra Lukens, a senior at THS, said she had never sung with such a big choir when she participated in last year’s performance. She was touched to see the number of veterans and their families who were recognized for their service and was glad to honor them with her talent. “It’s my way to show appreciation for their service,” she said.

Pearce believes being part of the event instills a sense of patriotism that students don’t often get to experience. “They are exposed to a sense of national pride and patriotism that comes from the great patriotic music that’s been written,” he said. Norman Wendell, the previous conductor of the 23rd Army Band, was also the choir director at Taylorsville High School. He was the one who initially invited the high school choirs to participate in the annual celebration. Current THS choir director Leah Tarrant said when she took over the high school choir 21 years ago, she continued the tradition. Tarrant, a recipient of a Granite Education

Foundation Excel Award, believes participating in choir benefits students and engages them in an alternative style of learning. “It gives them a break to just release some emotions,” she said. “They get some release from the rigor of core classes and it gives them a chance to rejuvenate.” Ben, a member of concert choir and Madrigals, said he has learned a lot about music from his choir classes, but his favorite part is the relationships he has formed with his choir peers. “Everyone in choir loves each other— there’s no cliques or anything,” he said. “It’s just a place you can go to be happy.” l

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Student choirs from all eight Granite District high schools blend into one to perform songs of patriotism. (Utah National Guard)

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or students who struggle with math, it can feel like each day in school is a losing battle. Molly Molenaar, the owner and director of Mathnasium of Taylorsville/West Jordan, has a lot of sympathy for kids who feel like they don’t understand math at school, and also for their parents. “Kids come to us pretty beaten down because they don’t understand why they can’t keep up in class. Parents are exhausted from fighting with their kids to get the homework done. At Mathnasium, we start with a free assessment about where the child’s math gaps are,” Molenaar said. The information from that assessment is the student’s to keep, whether or not they enroll. For students who enroll at Mathnasium, a world-wide educational franchise developed over 35 years ago, it is a step on the path towards confidence and proficiency. After the assessment, instructors create an individualized learning plan. “We create a custom binder for each child, and provide all the materials needed: pencils, scratch paper, etc. Kids come in, check in, grab their binder with their specific learning plan and find a seat. Students’ stay for 60-90 minutes based on age. Their time is divided between their Mathnasium learning plan and any homework they brought with them,” said Molenaar. “And parents are welcome to stay, but they don’t have to.” But what about those kids who “just don’t like math?” Mathnasium developers believed that a student’s dislike of math stemmed from the frustration and embarrassment of not understanding it. In other words, it was a learned behavior that could be unlearned. “Becoming confident and proficient in math takes time and commitment just like practicing to become a better soccer player or

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piano player,” Molenaar said. Instructors at Mathnasium are professionals. “Our instructors are university students majoring in math or math related fields, current math teachers and college professors. One of our instructors is passionate about helping kids prepare for the ACT and we have developed a program for the math portion of it,” Molenaar said. Molenaar believes in Mathnasium’s role in the community. “We specialize in teaching kids math in a way that makes sense to them. We break down math concepts into baby steps and reteach the concepts that, for whatever reason, they missed at earlier stages of their education,” said Molenaar. In addition, entire schools can get involved with Mathnasium. “We want to partner with schools, teachers and PTAs as much as we can as a helpful resource. We are also starting to have math nights at local elementary schools as part of STEM fairs,” Molenaar said. “We have a Mathnasium STEM night planned at a school in January.” For those families who make the commitment to progress, Mathnasium is there to support them, whether it’s for a student who is behind or one who is doing well and wants to get ahead. “A student who is 1-2 years behind in math can jump a grade level every six months if they come in at least twice a week. Most of our kids stay with us at least 6 months and many stay up to 2 years,” Molenaar said. She adds that she wants families to be able to afford the help. “We don’t require a contract and we offer discounts,” Molenaar said. “We don’t offer a quick fix; we aren’t in the business of putting a band aid on the problem. We want to see kids succeed.”

Mathnasium of West Jordan/Taylorsville is located at 6357 S. Redwood Rd. (in the same complex as Great Harvest Bread Co.) For more information, or to meet with a Mathnasium instructor for a free assessment, call Molly at 801.904.2584 or send her an email at westjordan@mathnasium.com. l

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Dancing to history’s tune By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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Actors get down to business

The piece titled “The Different Sides of War” began with an upbeat 1940s hit and ended with sounds of WWII combat. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

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aylorsville High School Dance Company members are learning more than dance moves. Through cross-curricular choreography assignments, they explore topics of science, literature and history. “They learn how to think creatively about a subject they are learning in school and communicate it through movement,” said THS Dance Educator Katherine Call. For this year’s fall concert, held October 3–4, Call challenged her dance company students to choreograph their pieces with the theme of “Sounds from the Past.” “I wanted to broaden beyond the idea of just music because there are all sorts of sounds from history—it doesn’t have to be a song,” she said. Some students created pieces set to music from a specific time period in history but others challenged themselves to work with sounds of famous speeches or even atonal noises. One group of students choreographed a dance to represent different perspectives of WWII. It began with “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” a popular, upbeat song from the 1940s and then transformed into the sounds of guns and artillery. Senior Alizah Kennedy performed in a verbal piece, created by guest choreographer Sara Yanney for THS’s competition piece at the Shakespearean Festival. The trio of dancers did not use any music but recited lines from Shakespeare as they danced. Call said this trend—incorporating speech into contemporary dance pieces—is common in college and professional dance companies. “You don’t usually see it at the high school level because it does take a certain level of mature artistry,” said Call. “I was really excited those kids took it on and pulled it off because it

was a challenge for them.” Alizah said a lot of practice was required to time the physical moves to the words. “We didn’t have any set counts, so we had to basically rely on each other,” she said. She also said they had to practice diction, projection and pronunciation of their lines—skills they usually don’t use in dance. Alizah also performed in a piece titled MLK, set to a recording of Robert Kennedy’s announcement of Martin Luther King’s assassination. She said her group was inspired by the energy of the moving speech. “We had to really feel each other and feel each other’s energy as we performed it,” she said. One dancer couldn’t hold back tears, as the emotion of the piece overwhelmed her. Sierra Holt, a sophomore who helped choreograph the MLK piece, said listening to the speech and working to express its message through dance, helped her gain an appreciation of its historical impact. “Lots of people were affected by Martin Luther King dying,” she said. “I learned that so many more people cared than I actually thought.” Call regularly assigns dancers to find inspiration for their performance pieces from other school subjects, helping them to develop a deeper understanding of topics through physical expression. Last year’s spring concert featured science as the theme. It inspired a chemistry student to create a dance about chemical reactions. Each dancer represented a specific atom that, by their movement and interaction, demonstrated their relationships and reactions to one another. Dancers in a piece about lasers mimicked the beam’s characteristics, only moving in a straight line until they were refracted in another

p next for Taylorsville High School’s performing arts department is the theatrical production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying,” which will run Oct. 26–27, 29, Nov. 2–3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6-8. Taylorsville High School is located at 5225 South Redwood Rd. Cameron Gardner, theater teacher at THS, describes the play as a witty satire on big business and the quirks of business people. Although it was written in 1962, the play’s topic is one modern audiences can relate to. “It is relevant especially as we are examining the practices of powerful people and looking at the things that are easy to get away with when you say the right thing or things that come easily to people with all the right connections,” said Gardener. “It’s a great way of poking fun at that without being too confrontational—it’s very, very funny.” The play won a Pulitzer Prize for drama. The distinction is rare but even more so for a musical. With a cast of 50 actors, 20 musicians and 20 stage crew, the play has been a learning experience in teamwork. Gardner believes theater teaches the value of the individual’s work in a team’s success; it is a team activity with no benchwarmers. “Everybody who’s on stage matters to the story that’s being told,” he said. “Whether they’re the lead role or the smallest ensemble role, they all contribute to the overall story.” Upcoming productions from THS theater department include: “An Heir of Mystery,” Dec. 20–21, 2018 “Sense and Sensibility,” Feb. 22–23, 25, 27–28, 2019 “A Doll’s House Part 2,” March 12, 2019 “Spotlight Showcase,” May 8–11, 2019 l

direction. Call said next year’s spring concert theme will be literature. She said she might attempt a mathematical theme next, since dance already uses math in rhythm and counting. Other math skills inherent to dance are problem solving and improvisation that dancers use when choreographing or reacting to other dancers and their environment. Call believes dancers can apply the skills they learn to other aspects of their students’ lives. She helps her students apply these lessons to times in their lives when they have to “wing it” or find a solution to a challenge they are facing. “Dance gets them thinking creatively and applying kinesthetic learning to creative problem solving,” she said. l

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MAYOR'S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, I am bursting with pride about our Taylorsville home. There is so much happening in our community and so much to look forward to on the horizon. Much of it centers around and is indeed because of the good people who live here. It is because of the good work of all of you and the contributions that you make every day that Taylorsville is the best place to live, work and play. Mayor I point to some recent events that I had the pleasure of attending as example. The annual Taylorsville’s Got Talent, hostKristie S. Overson ed this past month at the Senior Center and put on by our own Taylorsville Arts Council, showcased the top-notch talent we have in our city. I was in awe at the quality of the performances. I also loved attending recent Ute Conference football practices and cheering on our Taylorsville Warriors Gridiron and Taylorsville PeeWee teams, who were as of the end of October undefeated in conference play. I marveled, too, at how hard our dedicated Youth Council worked to clear brush and plant 60 oak trees at Little Confluence park during a recent service project. (See stories about each in this edition of the Taylorsville Newsletter). These efforts make such a difference in contributing to the excellent quality of life our community enjoys. This past month we also had opportunity to officially welcome the Summit Vista continuing-care retirement community to our city, and saw the move-in of its first residents. The all-inclusive community with onsite amenities catering to seniors is a firstof-its-kind in Utah. Not only is it a beautiful asset for our city – sited on long undeveloped land previously owned by UDOT – but it will serve a growing, underserved population by addressing needs specific to seniors. More good news came at the end of last month when Salt Lake County’s TRCC (Tourism, Recreation, Culture & Convention) Board voted unanimously to recommend funding, pending County Council approval, toward the development of the regional Performing Arts Center in front of City Hall. We look forward to raising the curtain on our new arts center and its scheduled opening two years from now. We want to continue to build on this good work while looking to the future. Toward that end, I am working with the City Council, city administrators and staff on formulating a “20/20 Vision” for the Year 2020 and beyond (see accompanying story). With our 20/20 Vision, we want to keep all eyes focused on Taylorsville as we work together in keeping our city vibrant and strong for many years to come. –Mayor Kristie S. Overson

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Taylorsville Focuses on the Future with 20/20 Vision The City of Taylorsville was incorporated on July 1, 1996, through the grassroots efforts of citizens who developed a vision that would provide greater local control of community planning, economic development and municipal service delivery. Today, more than 20 years later, Taylorsville City continues to build on that foundation while keeping eyes keenly focused on the future. Mayor Kristie Overson has been working with the City Council, city administrators and staff to develop a “20/20 Vision” for the Year 2020 and beyond. That vision focuses on new business and economic growth taking place across the city, as well as development opportunities and projects on the horizon. It includes plans for the city’s new $39 million regional Performing Arts Center — scheduled to open in late 2020 — efforts to bring new business and housing to the city, and plans for prime development locations, transportation and land use. Mayor Overson and the City Council held a “Priorities Meeting” at the end of October in honing that vision and establishing the most important issues that the city wants to tackle and promote over the next several years. They have been working with key stakeholders, as well as elected officials and government colleagues with shared constituencies, to maximize resources in meeting those goals. The Performing Arts Center, for example, received a unanimous recommendation last month from Salt Lake County’s TRCC Board for construction funding (pending approval from the County Council). Another example of the collaborative efforts incorporated into the city’s 20/20 Vision is the development of the Summit Vista continuing-care retirement community. For many years and across several administrations, the city worked in partnership with citizens, business leaders and government agencies to bring this unique development to Taylorsville. Transportation and recreation also remain high priorities in the city. Onramps to the new interchange at 5400 South and Bangerter opened this past month, and the city has been working on several ideas to bring improvements to some of the many parks in the community. The city plans to roll out details of its 20/20 Vision in kicking off the new year in January. In general, the goal is to focus efforts on furthering the success, safety and happiness of Taylorsville residents and visitors. Indeed, the new 20/20 Vision keeps “All eyes on Taylorsville: Utah’s best place to live, work and play.”

Youth Council Plants Trees at Little Confluence Park Members of the Youth Council spent a recent Saturday at Little Confluence park where they planted 60 oak trees! The group has made service a priority and is dedicated to helping the Taylorsville community. The work was done as part of their October service project. In addition to planting dozens of trees, they also cleared out dead plants and brush to get flower beds ready for winter. This year, the Youth Council is 19 members strong. They were sworn in by Mayor Kristie Overson at the City Council’s meeting on Oct. 3 (see story on Page 4), and obviously went right to work.


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HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS HEARING for the CITY OF TAYLORSVILLE The City of Taylorsville invites residents to participate in a Community Development Block Grant Needs Hearing. City Officials are requesting citizen comments on what the priorities should be for Community Development and Housing activities that will sustain and/or improve Taylorsville. This is in preparation of the One Year Action Plan. The City is asking for citizen input in defining its future needs. The hearing will be held in the Taylorsville City Council Chambers located at 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd. on Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m.. Written comments will be accepted and can be mailed to the City of Taylorsville, Attn Angela Price at 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd., Taylorsville, UT 84129. Taylorsville City encourages all protected classes to participate in this process regardless of race/ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status or disability. Translation services are available upon request. Please call 801-963-5400 at least 24 hours in advance. The TDD and relay number is 1-800-346-4128. The City of Taylorsville furnishes appropriate auxiliary aids when requested to afford individuals with vision or hearing disabilities the equal opportunity to participate in any federal activity. This is available 24 hours in advance. Taylorsville City Hall is accessible and meets the American Disability Act. The City will make any reasonable accommodation if notified 24 hours in advance by calling 801-963-5400. CDBG APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE The City of Taylorsville Community Development Department announces the PY 2019-2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application process. Interested applicants must attend a mandatory Technical Assistance workshop on Nov. 15, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Taylorsville City Hall located at 2600 W. Taylorsville Boulevard. Applications for the PY 2019-2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will be available on Nov. 16, 2018. The application may be accessed by visiting www.ZoomGrants.com. To be considered for funding applications are due on Dec. 14, 2018, at 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

Bangerter Construction Update All ramps at 5400 South and Bangerter are open, and permanent lane striping and traffic signals are in place. Crews with the Utah Department of Transportation have been working around the clock to the finish the work. A few details remain, including drainage work, utility and signal relocations, roadway and sidewalk reconstruction, and paving operations that are expected to finish late fall.

UPCOMING Taylorsville Events Nov. 6 – All day, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

General Election @ City Hall. Vote in person or drop your ballot at the drop box outside City Hall (south side) until 8 p.m.

Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. & Nov. 14 - 7 p.m. City Council Meeting @ City Hall

Nov. 13, 7 p.m. & Nov. 27 – 6 p.m.

Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall

Nov. 12 – All day

Veterans Day (observed – City Offices closed)

Nov. 22 – All day Thanksgiving (City Offices closed)

Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1 – 7:30 p.m.

Winter Wonderettes, sponsored by the Taylorsville Arts Council @ the Senior Center, 4743 Plymouth View Dr. (See Page 7)

Dec. 8 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday with Santa @ Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Museum, 1488 W. 4800 South (see Page 6)


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Left to right: Curt Cochran (District 2) Ernest Burgess (District 1) Dan Armstrong, Vice Chair (District 5) Meredith Harker (District 4) Brad Christopherson, Chair (District 3)

Questions about Traffic-Calming? We Have Answers Why doesn’t Taylorsville City use speed bumps? What other traffic-calming devices do we have at our disposal? These are questions that we address regularly. They most often arise at the beginning and end of the school year. Often the City Council receives feedback from residents relating to speeding on their residential street. What is the process that the City Administration goes through when we get this type of feedback? 1. The City reviews the area for speed enforcement in the past, present and future. Taylorsville’s UPD Precinct has a few traffic enforcement officers who move about the City and conduct speed enforcement operations. Often their locations are tied to schools, parks and other areas where we’ve had feedback or excessive speeders. 2. We review Taylorsville city records including speeding and traffic tickets and compare past years to more recent ones to determine if there are trends associated with specific intersections or streets. We also compare the streets that are being reviewed with other similarly classified streets to identify significant increases or changes. 3. We conduct traffic studies. These include placing traffic counters with either speed notification signs (which

track and record counts and speeds – not license plates), and we also use the tube counters (black hoses that run across the road at intervals that allow for counting the number vehicles and determining speeds of those vehicles). We often have requests for speed bumps to be installed. So far, the City has opted not to install speed bumps. We are currently studying this issue more closely and are reviewing costs to install speed bumps as opposed to other options. Other options include flashing speed notification signs, reconfiguring curb and gutters on longer streets to create a “pinch” or narrowing of the street, speed tables (like a speed bump only longer and easier for snowplows to deal with), targeted speed enforcement operations, and others. The City Council has requested that this issue be reviewed to evaluate current costs, traffic engineering standards, current budget impacts and city policy with respect to these traffic calming devices. As a City Council, we welcome and encourage your feedback. We will be reviewing this information over the next few months. We can’t be everywhere, all the time, so we appreciate the feedback and notifications.

Taylorsville Welcomes Summit Vista and its Newest Residents The Summit Vista continuing-care retirement community officially opened this past month in Taylorsville. Many of the community's first residents joined dignitaries and business leaders to celebrate the occasion with a Ribbon Cutting on Oct. 2 at the Summit Vista clubhouse, 3400 West 6200 South. The all-inclusive community with onsite amenities catering to seniors is a first-of-its-kind in Utah. A beautiful asset for the city, it will serve a growing, underserved population by focusing on needs specific to seniors. Mayor Kristie Overson, who was among those who spoke at the event, extended a

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warm welcome to Taylorsville's newest residents. "This is a day for thank you and celebration," she said. "Thank you to the many hands that have touched this project. It is an extraordinary venture that has exceeded our expectations." The 105-acre parcel, previously owned by UDOT where Summit Vista is now located, had sat empty and undeveloped for many years. It’s opening is the result of a great deal of work and collaboration by multiple groups and stakeholders. It features a 62,000-square-foot clubhouse and has plans for four restaurants, outdoor garden areas, a hair and nail salon, library, bank and convenient store, as well as nursing and health services. Pointing to the need for this type of community, more than 150 people put down deposits almost two years ago, even before ground was broken for the project. “The 1,800-unit campus allows our city to care for our seniors already here, as well as welcome new residents,” Mayor Overson said. It also is expected to bring 1,000 new jobs, and because it is an all-inclusive development with onsite amenities catering to seniors, it is not expected to heavily affect traffic, schools or other city services — while adding to the city’s tax base. “It truly is the very best possible fit for our city,” she said.


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Youth Council Members are Recognized as ‘True Leaders’ THE TAYLORSVILLE YOUTH COUNCIL WAS SWORN IN THIS PAST MONTH IN A CEREMONY HOSTED BY THE

MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL.

Led by Youth Council Mayor-Youth Ambassador Lucas Carpenter and Youth Council Chair Natalie Pitts, the group is 19 members strong this year. Mayor Kristie Overson recognized their dedication to the community and the time and commitment they share toward making the city the best place to be. “They are true leaders,” she said. “Not only do they work to represent the city among their peers, they are continuously doing service projects and lending their hand to the community.” As part of the ceremony, Youth Council members pledged to support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Utah and discharge the duties of their office with fidelity. City Youth Council Coordinator Kris Heineman said it is a delight working with the youth. “We are really looking forward to them getting to know all about the city and government,” she said. In a report to the City Council, Miss Pitts said the Youth Council engaged in several service projects and other activities last year, including a Sub-for-Santa program, bringing Thanksgiving dinner to a family, decorating the city’s Christmas tree and Christmas caroling. “One of our goals this year is to make an even bigger impact,” she said.

Mayor Kristie Overson led the Youth Council in an official swearing-in ceremony.

This year’s Youth Council numbers 19 members who gathered at City Hall on Oct. 3.

Youth Council Chair Natalie Pitts delivered a report about the group’s work to the City Council this past month.

Taylorsville Teams on Top in Football League

Disfruta del Comité de Diversidad Cultural Si te gusta pasar un rato agradable y divertido. Participa e involúcrate en nuestras actividades culturales de la ciudad. El Comité de Diversidad Cultural, te invita a participar y asistir a nuestras reuniones los segundo jueves de cada mes a las 7 p.m., en las oficinas de la Alcaldía de Taylorsville. Si tienes preguntas contáctanos a este correo: tvilleculdiverscommittee@gmail.com o Christine Gonzales, 801-688-7358 Te esperamos! If you would like to have fun and get involved in our city cultural activities, the Taylorsville Cultural Diversity Committee invites all those who are interested in promoting cultural activities to join its committee by contacting tvilleculdiverscommittee@gmail.com or Christine Gonzales, 801-688-7358. You can also come and meet with the group every second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Taylorsville City Hall. See you there!

Taylorsville football teams were unstoppable this year. Both the Taylorsville PeeWee team and Taylorsville Warriors Gridiron remained undefeated as of the end of last month in Ute Conference play. Mayor Kristie Overson joined both teams at recent practices. Mayor Overson said she is so impressed by the youth, not only by their success on the field but because of the sportsmanship and team spirit they have shown throughout the season. “The friendships they have formed and lessons in leadership they have learned are evident,” she said. “They are such good kids and it was my sincere pleasure to be with them as they practiced.” The Warriors are coached by head Coach Corey Karle and assistant coaches Ken Garcia, Jared Magalogo and Scott Thomas, while Jesse Clark is head coach of the PeeWee team. The Ute Conference Championships were scheduled for Nov. 4. Go Taylorsville!


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UPD Officers Recognized for Excellence UPD Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant recognized Officers of the Month and presented the 2018 Precinct Chief’s Award last month before the City Council. Officers Dan Christensen and Kievah Hansen received awards for the months of August and September, respectively, and Det. Jeff Sanderson was honored with the Chief’s Award.

Left to right: Officer Kievah Hansen, Det. Jeff Sanderson and Officer Dan Christensen were honored at the City Council’s Oct. 17 meeting.

Since taking over Domestic Violence Investigations in July 2018, Det. Sanderson has done a phenomenal job, Chief Wyant said. “His first priority is to protect the victim. Jeff has been tenacious on all criminal domestic cases, ensuring they are well documented, investigated and when applicable, filed with the courts in a timely manner.” He has received numerous compliments from fellow officers, as well as attorneys at both the Taylorsville City Prosecutor’s Office and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. In addition, he also received accolades and appreciation from the Taylorsville victim’s advocate, Lisa Chief Tracy Wyant Kocherhans, said Chief Wyant. “Jeff exemplifies what a great investigator should be,” he said. “He is hard working, tenacious, a great team player and most importantly has a heart for the victims of these terrible crimes.” Officer Christensen was honored for his work in managing a comprehensive crosswalk enforcement operation in the city that resulted in 85 stops. Several of these stops also resulted in the discovery of additional criminal violations. “This enforcement action in conjunction with media outreach will undoubtedly assist students, residents and visitors alike in their ability to safely cross public roads, in and around Taylorsville City,” Chief Wyant said. Officer Hansen was recognized for making several pro-active drug and fugitive arrests and assertively dealing with transient issues. “This pro-active work not only pays significant dividends to the community, it also sets the example for other officers throughout the organization,” Chief Wyant said. “Officer Kievah Hansen is to be commended for her resolve, work ethic and contributions in helping Taylorsville City remain safe,” he said.

Check this Safety List to Prepare for Winter By UFA Bureau Chief Jay Ziolkowski As the colder weather approaches, it is important to make the necessary preparations to ensure your home is as safe as can be. The National Fire Protection Association offers this handy to-do list aimed at winter safety preparedness. How many items can you check off? • Our furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last 12 months. (A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.) • Our chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote. This service needs to be done at least once a year.) • Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood. • Our fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of the fireplace.

• We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.) • Our children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters. • Our portable space heaters have an automatic shutoff and will be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least 3 feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls, and even people. • We have tested our smoke alarms and made sure they are working. (You need smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside each sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.)

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• We have tested our carbon monoxide alarms and made sure they are working. (Carbon monoxide alarms should be located outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.) Also, stay safe in a winter storm by planning two ways out of your home in case of an emergency, clear driveways and front walks of ice and snow to provide easy access to your home, make sure your house number can be seen from the street, keep flashlights and batteries on hand, use generators outdoors, stay away from downed wires, use extra clothes and blankets to stay warm, and remember to check on your neighbors. Keep in mind, too, that there are more home fires in winter than any other season. As you stay cozy and warm this winter season, be fire smart. And as always, stay safe!


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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage REMEMBRANCES By Taylorsville Historic Committee Member Keith Sorensen On March 23, 1911, Christian Frederick Sorensen, his wife Dorthea and young son Edwin disembarked from the ship SS United States at Ellis Island in New York City. Their journey continued west to Salt Lake City. In 1926, after working at the Garfield Smelting Co. and then moving to Metropolis, Nev., the family returned to Taylorsville.

Left to right: Dorothy Savage, Ellen Mackay, Henry Sorensen, Dorothea Sorensen, Leon Sorensen, Christian Sorensen, Edwin Sorensen and Evelyn Orgill. Chris, as he was known, had a brother Alberti Sorensen, who farmed land where the Salt Lake Community College campus is now located. Alberti arranged for Chris to purchase a 25-acre farm west of 1300 West between 3900 and 4200 South. The property included a small frame house with a kitchen, small living room, one bedroom, pantry, and porches. A carbide generator provided lights. Drinking water came from the Chegwidden property to the south. A two-seater outhouse completed the necessities. In 1932, Chris and his son Leon purchased a rubber tire tractor and other specialized farm machinery. They pioneered the use of tractors and trucks for farming. Use of this equipment evolved into custom land-grading and leveling to better facilitate irrigation. Just before Christmas in 1940, Christian and Dorthea received citizenship. This was an accomplishment they had been seeking for many years and notice was published in local newspapers. As the World War II ended, Sorensen Construction Co. was organized by Chris and his sons Leon and Henry. The acquisition of two D-7 war surplus Caterpillar tractors, probably the first track-driven equipment in the Salt Lake Valley, moved them into doing earthwork, canal, dam and road construction. Projects were completed in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada, including earthwork for Valley and Olympus Junior High Schools, the University of Utah Union Building, the Utah Power and Light Power Plant, several Hill Air Force Base facilities and dozens of other highway and building preparation projects. In 1955, Sorensen Brothers Construction purchased from Abram Barker (another noted Taylorsville resident) 40 acres of dry farm land located at 3600 West and 5400 South, where they operated a sand and gravel mining operation. Christian Sorensen’s son Leon rides Christian and Dorthea had a tractor in Taylorsville. seven children. The last surviving member of this group is son Henry’s wife, Dorothy, who recently celebrated her 98th birthday. These are highlights of a man, one of nine brothers, born on March 27, 1886, in Alderslyst, Silkeborg, Denmark. He was my grandfather.

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Celebrate November at the Senior Center Thanksgiving Dinner, Birthdays and More at the Senior Center: • Military Lego Model Display: Friday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon • Birthday Tuesday Entertainment: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. Entertainer Calvin Law. • Veterans Day Program: Friday, Nov. 9 at 11:15 a.m. • Thanksgiving Holiday Meal: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. Entertainment and Meal. Sign-up by Wednesday, Nov. 6. • Holiday Boutique: Wednesday, Nov. 15 to Friday, Dec. 7. Come find something nice for yourself or a friend for the holidays. The Senior Attic thrift store has much to offer and proceeds go back to the center. • Volunteer Opportunity: Taylorsville Senior Center is looking for a sewing teacher for beginners and refugees, or volunteer as a class aide if you don’t feel instructing is for you. Classes would be Thursday and Friday mornings. The center has all the materials and sewing machines. Very basic knowledge and patience is required. Drop by the center at 4743 Plymouth View Drive, or call 385-468-3371 for details.

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD December 8 - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Museum 1488 West 4800 South

Come join us for fun, hot chocolate, wassail and more! fts & ’s Cra nal n e r d o Chil rnati s, Inte Game s s Treat Choir gers – n i S t Gues

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A special thank you to Taylorsville City!


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The Taylorsville Arts Council Presents

Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1 7:30 p.m. Taylorsville Senior Center, 4743 Plymouth View Dr. Tickets are $7

Taylorsville's Got Talent 2018 The Taylorsville's Got Talent event, held this past month at the Senior Center, was a huge success. This year's winners are: Anthony Law (Youth), Aveienna James (Junior), Emily Dahl (Young Adult), Christopher Stockslager (Adult), Chloe Nord & Joshua Mendoza (People's Choice).

A special thank you to the Taylorsville Arts Council, all of the participants, judges and volunteers!


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Conserve Water with These Tips As you consider implementing your personal strategy for water conservation, here are some easy habits to establish: • Carefully and properly shut down your sprinkling system for the season, making sure the stop and waste valve is off with no leaks. A leak 1/32-inch in size, roughly the size of a pencil lead, would cause a loss of 6,000 gallons per month! • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load. • When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load. • Limit the amount of water when brushing your teeth.

When we do our part to conserve water today we help provide water for future generations to come. If you have any questions, please contact Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District by calling 801-968-9081 or visiting www.tbid.org, Facebook and Twitter pages.

WFWRD UPDATES FALL LEAF COLLECTION The annual Fall Leaf Collection Program will end on Nov. 30. During this time Taylorsville residents can pick up leaf bags at: • Kearns Library: 5350 S. 4220 West • Taylorsville City Hall: 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd. Leaf bags can be dropped off at: • South Ridge Park: 5210 S. 4051 West • Valley Ball Complex: 5100 S. 2700 West • Vista Park: 2055 W. 5000 South WFWRD leaf bags are limited to 10 bags per household, and available while supplies last. Residents can also use and drop off their own purchased leaf bags or lawn bags, as long as they only contain leaves. =====================================

SHARPS CONTAINERS There are many medical conditions that require the use of lancets or needles. Due to the extreme health and safety hazards these items pose, it is important to remember that these items should never be placed loosely in your garbage can, but should be disposed of in a properly identified sharps container. Also, these items, including sharps containers, are not recyclable and should never be placed in your blue recycle can. For more information, contact the Salt Lake County Health Department 385-468-4100, or slco.org/health regarding the proper disposal of these and other hazardous materials. =====================================

The Taylorsville Green Committee Also Offers Some Advice We can save a significant amount of usage of water in the home, just by changing a few habits. The end results in saving water can be worth your time and effort. Make it a family goal to see a difference in your water bill. Also helpful are these simple tips from the Taylorsville Green Committee: 1. Re-use your bath towels. 2. Take your car to the car wash. 3. Keep an updated well-maintained toilet, style, with good hoses and correct faucets. Our toilets account for 30 percent of water usage, according to EPA stats. 4. Take a five-minute shower. A drawn bath takes about 70 gallons of water. 5. In the kitchen, soak your pots and pans, rather than running the water. 6. For the laundry, use cold water. Also, wash less during the week. Buy enough clothes so you are not washing so much. 7. Wash in small loads, while using less water and gaining water-conserving thinking. The Taylorsville Green Committee meets each third Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Everyone is welcome!

CART PLACEMENTS Please remember to keep your garbage/recycle/green carts at least 3 feet away from each other and from other objects, such as cars, trees or mailboxes. This space is needed for the automated collection arms on trucks to safely grab and empty the carts. =====================================

TAYLORSVILLE SUPPORTS RECYCLING A new survey by the Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District indicates broad support for recycling by Taylorsville residents. Overall, 79.9 percent of residents support recycling. That is especially true among young people. More than 85 percent of Taylorsville residents, ages 18 to 30, support recycling. Only 1.6 percent of residents say that they do not recycle. Moreover, 70.5 percent of residents across the district say they would support a nominal fee increase in the next two to three years to continue recycling programs. In all, 762 Taylorsville residents responded to the recycling survey, which was conducted in September, and 6,355 responses were received districtwide.


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Behind school walls: Schools, districts address students’ concerns, needs and safety Schools and school districts provide more services than buses, textbooks By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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ast year, a female student in a Granite School District secondary school broke up with her boyfriend. However, before the breakup, she sent inappropriate photos of herself to him, which he then threatened to send to others. District officials were able to seize the devices, collect images and put a stop to the potential spread of child pornography, and at the same time provide comfort to the female student that those photos weren’t spread. “It was brought to our attention, so we were able to act quickly,” Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said. “We need our students to be able to feel safe to be able to learn, and once someone violates that, such as with internet safety, it impacts our school environment.” Internet safety is just one of many concerns school administrators and school district officials are managing these days, which include not having enough school bus drivers; increasing enrollment, resulting in not having enough lockers, textbooks or seats for students in class; and being concerned about going over the student limit assigned to teachers. School districts need to be concerned with medical and food issues, content material, sexual harassment and safety matters that aren’t seen by the general public. “We’re dealing with issues that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago,” Horsley said. “But we’re wanting to create an environment and a community that is safe and all-encompassing and provides resources, skills and knowledge.” Internet safety Horsley said about 80 to 85 percent of Granite schoolchildren carry a cellphone — even many low socio-economic families. “It’s considered a must-have item, but with parents working, there are many students using it without supervision and that’s when cyberbullying, sexting, viewing pornography on school property comes about,” he said, adding that the district does provide a parents’ guide for smartphones. While Horsley said the district works with administrators and, when needed, law enforcement on a case-by-case basis, a positive with cellphones has come about with the use of the SafeUT app, which allows anyone to anonymously report tips of harassment, suicide, threats, family crisis, bullying and other issues. “Granite has a 24/7 police department that can follow up on tips that are threatening, drug abuse, cutting, suicide and welfare checks,” he said, adding that the district is receiving more tips — about 1,000 last year — than their anonymous text line that has been in place for years. “We’ve had three instances where classmates have tipped us off and saved lives.” At nearby Murray School District, spokeswoman D Wright said social media is a concern. “Messaging incorrectly is something everybody is concerned about,” she said. “Our principals have jurisdiction first, then if needed, the school district and others are brought in. We look

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at the individual and what the best outcome is for our student.” Elk Meadows Elementary’s Aaron Ichimura, who has been a principal for six years in Jordan School District, said he has occasionally had to deal with postings on social media. “Usually, it’s rude comments like so-andso should have something bad happen because the student may be unhappy with something that happened at recess, but they could be back to being best friends the next day,” he said. “When it disrupts what’s going on at school, we bring in the students and parents and discuss respect, responsibility and safety. We’ve had a couple times where we can delete a post, but they also learn that once something is online, it can be there forever.” Alta High Principal Brian McGill, in Canyons District, said each grade level has a digital citizenship plan and policies are reviewed annually. The school hosts, as many do throughout the Salt Lake Valley, a Netsmartz assembly where students learn about their responsibilities on social media. While McGill said that sometimes the line is carefully walked with students’ First Amendment rights, there will be questions asked if there is a statement, for example to a teacher, that is defamatory or threatening. “We will ask questions on the intent and perception and note if this is a kind of message that people will take offense,” he said. Mental health Murray School District Prevention Specialist Deb Ashton said mental health is becoming a big concern for their students. The district has instituted a national program to help with the social and emotional well-being of students. “A lot of decisions go into which evidence-based programs we use, and we research the issues being addressed and the need for bully and cyberbully prevention,” she said. Suicide prevention also has been part of Murray District’s push, as suicide is the leading cause of death for secondary school students, Ashton said. “We work with students and parents getting referrals and the tools they need to get help,” she said. “This is our first year with school-based mental health clinicians in our schools. With the high rate of suicide, we see mental health issues intertwined with depression and our students are struggling with the issues, so we’re making it easier for them to get help. “The more we can help the students, the more they will succeed academically. We’re looking into helping the child in all areas. I don’t think everyone is aware of the goal to provide a safe education, in all aspects of the word, that prepares students for career, college and post high school training,” Ashton said. In Jordan School District, spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf said there is a health and wellness task force looking at ways to improve the

Students at Silver Mesa Elementary participate in anti-bullying classes in 2016. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

social, physical and mental well-being of schoolchildren. “If kids aren’t taken care of, they can’t learn,” she said. Jordan District added 36 psychologists this year so every elementary has a full-time health and mental professional to match those already in place at the secondary schools. “We’re learning that students may be feeling down, but they don’t know why, or they feel they can’t live up to an image, or deal with peer pressure. We want them to talk about it, work it out, so they feel safe and secure,” Riesgraf said. Teachers also are trained to be aware of mental health and suicide as well as emergency safety, she said. School safety Riesgraf said a $1 million training was approved by the Jordan Board of Education in an effort to best provide students a safe environment. “We work intensely with local law enforcement, meeting weekly with police and finding ways to enhance students’ safety and how best to respond to an emergency,” she said. “We also want our students to know if they ‘see something, say something.’ We don’t want them to be afraid, but to come forward for everyone’s safety.” Ichimura said the training was beneficial. “We know what steps to take and we conduct regular drills from fire to intruder to earthquake so we’re all more familiar with what we should be doing,” he said. Canyons School District sends postcards home, explaining drills so parents are aware of what is being done. And while a number of schools have increased safety in their schools, from using more surveillance cameras and installing security vestibules, Corner Canyon High in Draper invited police to help prepare teachers for an intruder

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“We had police-fire simulated rounds in different parts of the school, so they would know what it sounded like and practice how they should respond,” Corner Canyon High Principal Darrell Jensen said. “We also had all our faculty become first aid trained, so if there is an emergency, they can respond.” Responsiveness Besides cyberbullying, in-person bullying still occurs in most schools. Last year, teenagers drove by a Viewmont Elementary boy walking to his Murray home, calling him names with racial slurs and hateful remarks. Led by his mother and coach, a large outpouring of support from the community came to his aid with dozens walking him home days later. Former Viewmont Principal Matt Nelson responded, planning to make tolerance part of the school curriculum. “Together, we can stand up and rally together to show our acceptance and support for our students,” Nelson said. “We talk about intolerance and racism and the need for inclusion. It’s our differences that make us stronger. We need to embrace them.” While that occurred outside of the school, Wright said each incident is a concern that they review. Similarly, McGill addressed alleged racial slurs yelled earlier this year from fans at the Sky View girls soccer team during a game against Alta. After identifying fans who were at the game from photographs, he launched a 40hour to 50-hour inquiry. “We fully investigated the situation,” he said. “I interviewed 25 individuals, 12 parents, both teams and coaches, the referee, and although not one person sustained the comments, we didn’t stop there.”

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McGill issued an apology to the other team, their coaches and their families. He also had the two teams meet to have lunch together and he has worked with his entire school to focus on sportsmanship. “Many of the girls play club soccer together, so they know one another,” he said. “We’ve watched a USHAA video of what competition should look like at schools and our class officers and SBOs are having open, candid discussions.” Granite’s Cottonwood High School, which has a high population of diversity including refugees, said that if a student says something derogatory, it is addressed immediately. “We have a conversation right on the spot,” said Principal Terri Roylance, who has been an administrator for 10 years. “If the kids don’t understand their remarks, we call the parents in, but 98 percent of them understand after we talk with them.” Although teachers are required to have many trainings and attend professional development workshops, occasionally something slips through the cracks. As was the case with Indian Hills Middle School in Sandy earlier this year when a teacher gave students a survey to get to know them better. Although students’ answers were anonymous, Principal Doug Graham said it made students and parents uncomfortable, and several questions — such as religious beliefs, mental health concerns and sexual preferences — shouldn’t have been asked. “We were honest and open,” Graham said about his handling the situation. “Things happen, but we also need to look at how we handle

them. The teacher was trying to get to know her students, but in the process, mistakes were made.” The mistakes — from asking the inappropriate questions to Graham telling her to delete all parts of the survey and its responses — were made public. “I was thinking about shredding the survey and answers when I learned it was all online. Then, I told her to delete it and all the data as well. So, when parents wanted to see the survey, I didn’t have it,” Graham said. “When put in context, it explains why we did what we did, but it doesn’t excuse it.” Graham said last year, when students were helping with a food drive, “students didn’t understand how these realities could affect classmates in their community.” Although the teacher was trying to make a connection with the survey and her heart was in the right place to help the students, Graham said better communication and training will be put in place. “We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “It’s best for our community, to admit to making a mistake, apologize, ask for their understanding and for them to have confidence in us.” Jordan’s Riesgraf said the first step for parents who may have a concern about their student is to contact the school. “Our parents and students are our customers and we want to address their questions and answer their concerns,” she said. “If parents don’t like a particular book in class and don’t want their children reading it, the Book Review

Committee has an approved list and they can work with teachers to find an alternative book. If there’s a fight, schools are best to handle it and if need be, the school resource officer, and can help provide intervention and counseling.” Assistance Roylance said that with the diverse Cottonwood High student body, there is a need to provide students with other assistance — food, personal hygiene, clothing and school supplies. “Two years ago, our student body president, Katie Metcalf, saw the need for our students,” she said. “Two parents, Robyn Ivins and Jane Metcalf, now oversee the pantry and if they put out the word that we need tuna, then an ocean of tuna floods our room in two days. Our community is responding to the need of our students.” Roylance said the pantry, fondly called the “cement room,” is open two days per week and an “army of students” get the supplies they need. “We welcome anyone. I’ve had teachers bring their whole class down. I’ve opened up the door to a family on a special circumstance during spring break to load up with what they need. If someone forgets their lunch or they’re staying for a volleyball game, they can come in and grab food or if they need a notebook for class, it’s here for them,” she said. At Jordan District, distribution of pantry needs may be subtler, especially when the student is concerned about being identified. “We may take and fill a backpack full of food, personal hygiene, bus passes, clothing, whatever we can provide, and others are un-

aware of that student’s need,” Riesgraf said. “We want to provide the supplies they need. When students are hungry or worried about their next meal, it weighs heavily on them and it’s hard to study.” Pantries are becoming commonplace in many schools, mostly stocked with food or clothing — even at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, what is seen as a more affluent community than at Cottonwood. “We deal with the homeless every year,” Ridgecrest Principal Julie Winfree said. “When I first came here, I didn’t realize it would be part of my job at Ridgecrest, but we work with other schools’ supplies to provide our students in need with food and clothing. There are no boundaries for those in need. Everyone works together to make sure our students get what they need and share with our families in need.” Horsley said in Granite District, the need is present as is the need to provide workshops for students and families on several issues — mental health and suicide, substance abuse, bullying, internet safety, child abuse and college and career ready awareness. “Our goal is to help provide resources and information to our community,” Horsley said. “The world has changed. We have 62 percent of our students in free or reduced lunch and in reality, we have kids go hungry, and oftentimes that translates into behavioral issues. If we can provide the resources, skills and knowledge, we can create a better environment for our students to learn and succeed.” l

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The Salt Lake Community College volleyball team has been ranked in the top five nationally for most of its season. (Greg James/City Journals)

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he Salt Lake Community College volleyball team’s diversity has helped them maintain a top ranking in 2018. A mix of women from three different countries and even several local players has combined to form a nationally ranked powerhouse. “I think the chemistry on the team is different this year,” head coach Sue Dulaney said. “We have 10 freshmen, and we have a lot of growth going on. These girls are getting to know the college game. The game is faster, and we expect more things out of them. We have played some pretty quality teams with long rallies. I think they get it now and see why we preach the stuff we do.” The Bruins opened their season with 14 straight victories, helping lead them to a top-five national ranking. After a loss to Seward County Community College (3-0) they reeled off seven straight wins. Their conference season has been highlighted by a 3-0 sweep of top-ranked College of Southern Idaho. The team is composed of players from all different backgrounds stands on top of the Region 18 standings. “We find these kids with word of mouth,” Dulaney said. “I would like to say that I go to Brazil every year, but I don’t. We get kids that want to come here. Over the summer, we had some transition. I had recruited many of these girls early. We have girls from all over, but I think we do a good job of recruiting in state too.” Freshman outside hitter Hellen Lacava, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has become an instant leader on the floor for the Bruins. Her 3.1 kills per set lead the team. “She (Lacava) is smart and one of our best passers,” Dulaney said. “She is a level-headed player. She doesn’t get too high or low or super cheery or frustrated. She plays with a lot of maturity. She changes up things and is like a coach on the floor. The rest of the team is learning from her. She is an international player and has played probably 10,000 more matches than these kids.” Lacava is not the only foreign-born player to make a new home in Taylorsville. Freshman

setter Bruna Correa is from Rio De Janeiro, and Ariane Pola is from Auckland, New Zealand. Correa has become the team’s setter. “I see her (Correa) learning the American way of playing the game,” Dulaney said. “She sometimes goes back to her Brazilian ways, but she has really directed the game on the floor for us.” In a preseason match Aug. 28 against Eastern Arizona, the Bruins found themselves down in the first set 9-8 but a directed set from Correra to the hard-hitting Lacava landing in the opponent’s back court changed the momentum and led the Bruins to a 3-0 victory (25-17, 2515, 25-13). “We are gritty,” Dulaney said. “We don’t let a lot of balls hit the ground. We don’t get frustrated when we make a mistake. They have developed a camaraderie, and they are learning together rather than having a coach always tell them what to do. They play their game.” Dulaney is also quick to point out the younger group of players is still learning the game and finding places that the team works together best. “She (Ryley Daniel) is the top server on our team and an on the right side she is lights out,” she said. “We have found she needs to be in the game all-around. That is the fun part early on with this young team. The freshman excel and they start to figure it out.” The Scenic West Conference is the home of last season’ national runner-up College of Southern Idaho. Last year, there was a threeway tie for the conference championship between CSI, Snow College and SLCC. The Bruins lost a coin flip and eventually lost a chance to for a position in the national tournament. “It has been a great start to the season,” Dulaney said. “We want to win a region title and get to nationals.” The Region 18 tournament is scheduled for Nov. 2–3 at the regular season champion’s home court. The National Junior College championship tournament is scheduled for Nov. 15– 19 in Hutchinson, Kansas. l

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Cougars win second straight region championship By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he Kearns High School football team had plenty of holes to fill coming into the season, but it picked up right where it left off. “We have definitely had our growing pains and bumps in the road,” Cougars head coach Matt Rickards said. “It seems like we still need to keep working and improving.” The Cougars defeated Hunter 52-30 to secure their second straight Region 2 championship. The game was tied at halftime, but several halftime adjustments helped catapult the Cougars to the victory. “The Hunter game was probably the best performance we have had all season,” Richards said. “It was a tight game at halftime. It came down to our guys trusting themselves and trusting the process we have put them through at practice. They executed the technique, and the results showed.” Quarterback Dakota Lynde threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more against the Wolverines. He has passed the ball for 1,249 yards and eight touchdowns on the season (at press deadline). “Dakota has played really well,” Richards said. “We had great options with two great quarterbacks. He has been very effective and run our offense well. We had two good options going into the year. We wanted to get both of them on the field to help us as our best players. We moved Tucson (Vaenuku) to tight end, and he has caught some big passes.” Isaiah Afatasi leads the team with 750 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Kalux Manuo is second with 250 yards and three touchdowns. “I don’t think any of our players have exceeded my expectations,” Richards said. “I knew they could do what I was asking. Our receiving corps has done a good job, and I am impressed with what they have done this season.” Afatasi, Mario Zamaora, Jeff Basa and Jack Kelly lead the team in receptions. The Cougars have six players with dou-

Senior Isaiah Afatasi (#5) has recorded eight touchdowns this season and has several college programs interested in his ability. (Greg James/City Journals)

ble-digit pass receptions. Afatasi has five interceptions to lead the team on defense. “I think our defense has put us in position to have the ball and make plays on offense,” Rickards said. The Cougars’ defense leads Region 2 in points allowed with only 57. Their opponents have averaged only 19 points per game. “Audrick (Afatasi) has made a big difference on defense,” Richards said. “I think they are great kids, and I think this has been one of the best midterms we have ever had grade wise, and

that is good for a coach.” The Cougars were undefeated in Region 2 and qualified for the state playoffs (after press deadline). The playoffs are scheduled to begin Oct. 26. Kearns will host its first game against Northridge from Region 1. “The work the kids have put in shows,” Richards said. “The improvement on the field shows what they have been doing in practice. We are looking forward to having a big run in the playoffs.” l

Mental Health Two years ago, I publicly shared the story of one of my sons having suicidal thoughts, and our efforts to get him help. I’m a big believer in trying to break the mental health stigma by talking about this important issue, and I appreciate those of you who have talked to me about your own personal experiences. September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and over the past two years I’ve learned a lot about this problem, as well as some of the ongoing efforts to fix it. I learned that suicide is the number one killer of teens in Utah. I learned (firsthand) the panic and fear that far too many parents feel when they desperately search for resources. And I learned we need a better way to connect these parents and individuals with crisis intervention resources to avert a tragedy. I’ve been fortunate to be able to serve on the state’s mental health crisis commission and work with Lt Governor Cox, state legislators,

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and mental health professionals to improve resources to those in crisis. We have been meeting over a year now and have been surveying the level of resources throughout Utah available to individuals and families experiencing a mental health crisis. We were thrilled when a bill sponsored by Senator Hatch and Congressman Stewart passed nationally that will help create a national three-digit crisis line. This bill was signed by the president and will now be studied by the FCC to figure out how to implement. Salt Lake County continues to be serviced by a highly skilled and dedicated team of professionals at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, better known as “UNI.” The people who take calls at UNI are mental health professionals. Not only can they help anyone who calls 24/7, but they staff the SAFEUT app – where parents and kids can get help. Please download

this app, if you haven’t already. It may also be helpful to keep the UNI crisis line number in your phone – 801-587-3000. How do we get help further upstream before we get to the point of needing emergency services? I believe we should explore partnering with hospitals to staff receiving centers around the valley – a place where those who have mental illness can go to get immediate help. The emergency room is not usually the best place for someone struggling. Waiting weeks or months to get into a mental health professional is not helpful. Currently those who are mentally ill and creating a disturbance are taken to jail.. Thisis not the best place for mental illness help nor should it be a mental hospital. I also believe that we should explore having mental health therapists in our schools. If we could make it more convenient for students and their family members to get help, that would

make a big difference. Currently there is some federal funding for this, but I want to make sure schools in my district are included in that. These therapists could also bill insurance and Medicaid for services. One key problem: we don’t have enough people going into the mental health field. We have a serious shortage and need to figure out how to attract more people to this field to fill the need. There is still a lot of work to do, but I’ve never been more optimistic about Utah’s ability to solve our suicide crisis. For every teenager whose thoughts turn to suicide, and every parent whose heart breaks for their child—I’m committed to seeing this through. I’m excited for the continued cooperation between community leaders and experts, and various levels of government, to bring to bear sufficient resources to do so. Our children’s lives depend on it. l

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20 safety tips for trick-or-treaters

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ou’re never too old to trick-or-treat (unless you are 35 and going by yourself, then yes, you are too old to trick-or-treat). But being safe knows no age limits, especially on a night when most people are wearing disguises. While it’s time to get your costume and candy bag ready, preparation of another kind is required for kid and adult alike. Here are some tips to stay safe this Halloween. 1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 2. Costume accessories such as swords and knives should be short, soft and flexible. 3. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. And as difficult as it may be, limit the amount of treats you eat. 4. Beware the homemade treats made by strangers. Better to eat only factory-wrapped treats. 5. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 6. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 7. Look both ways before crossing the street. Do we even need to say this one? 8. Only visit well-lit houses. 9. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult. 10. Never accept rides from strangers. Strang-

er danger is a real thing. 11. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 12. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 13. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 14. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 15. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 16. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 17. Be careful next to candles or Jack-o’-lanterns. 18. Keep an eye for allergies. If someone has serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the candy. 19. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 20. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around to Halloween headquarters. l

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What’s the issue? Previewing November’s ballot By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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xcited to get that “I voted” sticker? Utah’s 2018 General Election is underway. If you have received your ballot in the mail, make sure it is postmarked by Nov. 6 (but the sooner the better). Polling stations will be available on Nov. 6 as well (check your county’s website for locations). Before you head to that secluded booth or color within the lines on the mail-in ballot, make sure you know what you’re voting for. In addition to the local elections for U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, county council seats, school boards, sheriff, auditor, clerk, recorder, district attorney and various judges, there are three propositions, three constitutional amendments and one opinion question that are receiving much public attention. Proposition 2 involves legalizing medical marijuana. If passed, Utah’s current law regarding medical cannabis would be expanded. Private facilities would be allowed to grow, process, test and sell medical marijuana, with regulation. Individuals with certain medical conditions or illness would be allowed to acquire, use and possibly grow medical cannabis. Supporters of this proposition argue that medical cannabis can help end suffering from cancer, seizure and other life-threating conditions. Organizations in support of this proposition include the Utah Patients Coalition, Libertas Institute, Marijuana Policy Project and Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) Utah, among others. Opponents to this proposition worry about the effect it may have on children and families, and argue that it may pave the way for the recreational use of cannabis. Organizations in opposition include the Utah Medical Association, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, DARE Utah and the Utah Narcotics Officers Association, among others. A special legislative session is planned for a medical cannabis bill regardless of the Prop 2 vote. Seen as a potential compromise, the bill could either replace Prop 2 if passed, if voted down, the bill is still on the table, according to legislators. Proposition 3 involves raising sales tax to support Medicaid for low-income adults. The sales tax rate would be increased from 4.70 percent to 4.85 percent. The additional funding coming from this tax increase would expand coverage of Medicaid based on income. The proposition specifically relates to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Supporters of this proposition argue that the benefits of Medicaid should be available to all the citizens of Utah, and there is potential to bring health care coverage to thousands of Utahans who need it. Supporters of this proposition include AARP Utah, Voices for Utah Children, YMCA of Utah, Utah Health Policy Project and many others. Opponents to this proposition worry about the potential burden to the state budget and the sustainability of the proposition. Opponents to this proposition include Governor Gary Herbert and Representative Edward Redd, along with

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many other legislators. Proposition 4 is concerned with re-districting for the House of Representatives, Senate and State Board of Education. If this proposition passes, a seven-member commission called the Utah Independent Restricting Commission would be created. District boundaries would need to be drawn by the state legislature and approved (or vetoed) by the governor. This would need to be completed during the legislative general session after the next federal decennial census in 2020. The anticipated effects would include minimizing the division of counties, cities and towns, preserving traditional neighborhoods and communities, and minimizing boundary agreement among different types of districts. Constitutional Amendment A regards a property tax exemption for active military personal. Currently, military personal are eligible for a property tax exemption if they serve 200 days within a calendar year. This amendment would allow that person to qualify for the tax exemption if they serve 200 consecutive days in one 365-day period, regardless of the calendar year. Constitutional Amendment B would create a property tax exemption for property that a state or local government leases from a private owner. Supporters of this amendment argue that it would be a cost-saving opportunity for government bodies. Opponents argue that it would reward a select few at the expense of others. Constitutional Amendment C would allow the legislature to meet beyond their scheduled 45-day annual general session. It would allow the president of the Utah Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representative to convene a special session that would not be able to last more than 10 days, or go over budget. The non-binding opinion asks if the state should increase the state motor and special fuel tax rates by 10 cents per gallon to fund public education and local roads. This specific tax is regularly referred to as the gas tax. While this question is “non-binding,” that may be a little misleading. Voter opinion results from this question will be gauged by legislators to help guide them with a bill regarding the gas tax during the next legislative session. Supporters of this initiative argue that schools need additional funding for tools that would help the schools go beyond the basic level. Supporters include the Utah League of Cities and Towns and Our Schools Now, among others. Opponents of this initiative argue that Utah citizens do not need another tax increase. Opponents include the Americans for Prosperity and the Utah Taxpayer Protection Alliance, among others. For more information on what’s on the ballot for this election, please visit the Salt Lake Tribune, Elections.utah.gov, and/or Ballotpedia. org. If you are not yet registered to vote (and obviously didn’t take Taylor Swift’s advice), please register by visiting Utah.gov. Remember to be informed about local government and stay involved. l

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CASSIE GOFF

’Tis the month for voting. Utah’s 2018 General Election will take place on Nov. 6. Make sure to get your mail-in ballot post-marked by then or visit a polling station. If you’re not registered yet, don’t worry! You can register day-of at specific polling stations. I’ve been thinking a lot about voting recently with all the hype around this election. What does voting really mean? What do you really do when you color within the lines of your chosen bubbles? The conclusion I have come to is — voting is how I show support. There are a handful of propositions and amendments on this general election ballot. If I have an affirmative vote on a proposition, I am showing support. It’s in the name at that point. I’m a supporter of that proposition. The same goes for the candidates I vote for during elections. If I vote for a certain person, I am showing support for them. I’ve also been thinking a lot about the value of a dollar recently. What does the value of a price tag mean? When I hand my dollar bills or plastic card to the clerk, there’s more to that transaction than just the physical transfer of material. I am showing my support for that product, and/or company. In many of the “shop local” campaigns, a common slogan is “support local businesses.” That’s been reinforcing my idea. By shopping local, I am supporting local. Since both voting and spending money are ways of showing support, I’m starting to view dollar bills as a vote. I’d like to use a syllogism here. Spending money is showing support. Voting is showing support. Therefore, spending money is voting. With every dollar I spend, it’s another vote for the company I’m buying that product from. I’m effectively telling

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that business, “Yes, I like your stuff, keep doing what you’re doing, I support you.” And that’s been really powerful for me. With the gift-giving season quickly approaching, I’ve been starting to exercise my vote a bit differently. There are only a few more weeks until shopping becomes a competitive sport. For Black Friday, I’ve usually scouted out stores like Target, Walmart, and Kohl’s. But this year, I’m starting to look for more local deals. Even though some local shops won’t be open as early or as late as some of the bigger corporations, I’m still going to make an effort to shop local for Black Friday. I’m especially considering where to show my support for Cyber Monday. Black Friday crowds are slowly becoming obsolete; because let’s be real, who

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would rather go battle crowds of rowdy shoppers when the moon’s out, instead of finding the same, or even better deals through a screen from the comfort of home? Not a lot. Usually, Amazon is the hot spot for Cyber Monday deals. With some of the concerning reports in the news recently, claiming bad work conditions and general disregard for employees, I’m seriously considering withdrawing my support and changing my vote. Instead, I’ll be on the lookout for small business deals through other websites. One of my favorite websites to shop for gifts is Etsy. There are so many small independent artists selling their work. There’s also really cool stuff that’s hard to find anywhere else. I’d much rather vote for the Independent than the Dictator, money down. l

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hanksgiving is a day of stress, even in the best of times, but Thanksgiving 2018 could take the cake. . . er . . pie. Dinner conversations have become landmines. Relationships are as strained as my jeans after five helpings of mashed potatoes. Families haven’t been this divided since the great Toilet Paper Orientation debate of 1954. Here are just a few topics that could escalate your meal from a civil discussion to Grandpa throwing cranberry sauce into the ceiling fan: The national anthem--Kneeling v. standing; The Presidency--Trump v. a sane person; Women’s rights v. Rich White Men; Nazis v. Not Nazis; and the most contentious subject, Marvel v. DC. Things are ugly, folks. People are tense. There are marches and demonstrations covering every perceivable issue. Even asking someone their view on mayonnaise could spark a worldwide protest. So, what can we possibly talk about around the Thanksgiving table so we can still get presents on Christmas? I gathered a group of unsuspecting family members to practice possible discussion topics. It didn’t go well. Me to Grandson: Tell me about

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