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fter winning her Taylorsville City Council seat 2 1/2 years ago, Meredith Harker had a few leftover campaign signs. But she, and the rest of the world, would never have guessed how they would be repurposed. Soon after our regular way of life was swept away, seemingly in an instant, Harker was editing her signs to put on her car. She then joined her fellow Calvin Smith Elementary School (2150 West 6200 South) teachers in a 50-vehicle, socially distanced parade through the neighborhoods where their students live. Instead of reading “Meredith Harker for City Council,” as they did in the fall of 2017, the signs now proclaimed “Meredith Harker (heart)’s her 3rd graders!” “We saw teacher parades on the news from other states and thought it would be a good way to show our students how much we miss them,” Harker said. “I think we were one of the first schools in the (Salt Lake) valley to hold a parade. We posted information about it on our school Facebook page and ended up with a huge turnout. Kids and parents were out in their driveways with signs and banners. It was emotional. Our students mean so much to us.” About a month after Utah school kids were first told not to go to school because of the coronavirus pandemic, the anticipated “second shoe’ dropped, when Gov. Gary Herbert announced they would not return to their classrooms for the rest of the school year. That official pronouncement puts even more pressure on teachers and parents alike to try to see their kids continue to be educated through these difficult times. “Our teachers are doing a spectacular job staying engaged with their students,” Granite School District Communications Director Ben Horsley said. “I can’t say enough about the remarkable and innovative things they are doing. Teachers do much more than provide learning. They provide a sense of security to their students. They are doing so much to give the kids a reprieve from their anxiety over this pandemic.” There have been reports from some Utah school districts

Third grade teacher and Taylorsville City Council Chairwoman Meredith Harker is maintaining safe contact with her Calvin Smith Elementary School students by exchanging books with them through her classroom window. (Courtesy Meredith Harker)

about student participation in online learning being as low as 10%. In particular, high school age kids have shown limited participation, with many of them telling teachers they are now forced to work because the pandemic has cut their parents’ income. But Harker said, she has been pleased with the online student participation rate of her third grade pupils. “Granite School District is using Google Classroom, and my students seem to be doing well with it,” she said. “Teachers are in charge of the content. I make sure every day my assignments are on there, and I can also track how the students are doing with them.” Like most teachers, Harker is a big proponent of students reading and is also going out of her way to facilitate that. “Although our students are no longer coming to school,

some staff are still working there, and I still have access to my classroom,” she said. “So, I decided to do a book exchange with my students through my classroom window for a couple of hours every other Friday. I wear gloves, and the books are disinfected. I had about 35 kids show up to the first one. They bring me the books they’ve read, and I pass them new ones through the window.” Besides doing her best to serve her students, Harker is also caring for four sons at home, including three still in public school. “These alternate education methods are not the same as being in a classroom,” she said. “We will need to do more refresher work with the students next fall. But teachers are experts at that. For now, we are making it work, doing the best we can to teach and reassure our students.” l


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A season for the record books By Greg James | g.james@mycityjournals.com

Bands, cheerleaders, fans and players won’t be cheering for high school sports this spring. The remaining season was cancelled because of the pandemic plaguing the world. (Photo courtesy of Greg James/City Journals)

Kearns High School softball team played two games, Water polo, along with 42 sanctioned Utah high winning one, before its season was suspended and lat- school sports teams, will not be crowned champions er cancelled. (Photo courtesy of Will Sosi) this spring. (Photo courtesy of Greg James/City Journals)


t was a season that was and wasn’t all at the same time. On April 14, the Utah High School Activities Association released this statement; “In accordance with Gov. Gary Herbert and state superintendent Syd Dickson’s announcement that Utah schools will be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, the UHSAA has cancelled all remaining spring activities, including sports and state championships.”


Spring sports teams were participating in their second full week of competition in March when a two-week suspension was announced, leaving hope the season would resume. But after nearly three weeks of no games or practices, UHSAA officials made their final decision. Before the suspension, some teams had made trips to warm climates such as St. George, Las Vegas and Arizona to get early season games. Others had only played one or

two contests. “This pandemic has hit everyone in different ways, especially for us involved in spring sports,” Kearns head girls softball coach Will Sosi said. The Cougars played two games before the soft moratorium was enacted in March. They came away with one win over Davis and lost to Mountain Ridge. The UHSAA suspended spring sports March 16, a suspension that was extended to last at least until May 1. The ultimate postponement meant boys and girls lacrosse will not award their first official state championships until next season. It also cancelled baseball, boys soccer, softball, track and field, boys tennis and girls golf. “Our girls were starting to work together,” Sosi said. “I was excited to see that because team chemistry is so important. We had a video the night of the announcement. My seniors were all positive about the announcement, but I could tell they wanted to cry. They held back because they did not want me to see them cry.” The UHSAA board statement went on to say, “We recognize the overwhelming disappointment this decision is for students and athletes, especially seniors. The Board’s highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of the students, schools and communities at this challenging time.” Understandably, there has been backlash and disappointment. Several supporters have gone to social media to garner support of overturning the decision. “It is just discouraging,” a parent of a West Jordan baseball team member Teresa Athlerley said. “The boys work so hard to get to this point, and now it is for nothing.” Cyprus High School boys baseball coach Bob Fratto found out his retirement was offi-




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cial at the time of the announcement. He had planned on stepping down at the end of this season. He did not know it would come so soon. “What a horrible way for him to go into retirement,” said Shane Anderson, assistant coach for Cyprus High baseball. “He had 32 years of hard work and dedication, and it all ended on a tweet. I also have a senior on the team, so this one hurts double. Wish there was a way they could have figured out how to play.” The Kearns softball team did its best to enjoy its time as a team despite the lack of games. The team mom, Sina Sosa, spotlighted every girl throughout the layoff. She assembled photos, interesting facts and family information about every team member including the coaches. She also organized Tiktok videos from each of the players. “It was fun to watch them and even participate in one,” Sosi said. “We even had some of the shyest girls on the team participate. We had fun, that was something we could do even from a distance.” Other schools participated in team-building activities during the layoffs; others watched team film or concentrated on schoolwork. “My team’s overall reaction was disappointment and discouragement,” Hunter boys soccer coach Brett Solberg said. “We had been looking forward to this season since this group was freshmen. We (Hunter) were placed on a two-week quarantine (a student was diagnosed with the virus), and things changed so quickly. I have been really encouraging schoolwork and individual studies for the kids.” High school seniors will never have a chance to compete at this level again, but for underclassmen there will be next year. “It is about their safety,” Sosi said. l




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t a time when we all love and appreciate nurses, probably more than ever before, it’s the nurses who are heaping praise on a Taylorsville House representative for his work on their behalf. District 39 Rep. Jim Dunnigan has been named recipient of the 2020 American Association of Nurse Practitioners® Utah State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate Excellence. According to a news release from the organization, “This prestigious award is given annually to a dedicated nurse practitioner (NP) advocate in each state. Recipients (were to be) honored at an awards ceremony and reception held during the AANP 2020 National Conference, June 2328, in New Orleans.” At this point, it appears that conference will be postponed, though the official decision to do so had not yet been announced at press time. Thanks again, coronavirus. However, last fall Dunnigan was honored in Utah by local nurse practitioners. Among their members is Associate BYU Professor Beth Luthy. “[Dunnigan] will be the first elected leader to win the award from the state of Utah,” Luthy said. “His work during the 2019 state legislative session to amend the Nurse Practice Act has given thousands of nurse practi-

tioners in our state more control over their practice. This was our third attempt to run legislation to get rid of antiquated practices. With [Dunnigan’s] guidance, this time we were successful.” Most of us are familiar with the acronyms LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) and RN (Registered Nurse). LPNs typically earn their credentials in about a year, while RNs can pursue twoor four-year programs. The most recent numbers show Utah is home to about 2,800 LPNs and some 29,000 RNs. The type of nurse you may be less familiar with, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, have undergone more education and are closer to being doctors. Perhaps most critically, APRNs are allowed to prescribe medicines. There are about 1,800 APRNs in Utah. These are the practitioners Dunnigan’s legislation assisted. And he had to take on a Utah lobbying powerhouse to get it done. “It was an absolute war between the nurses and the Utah Medical Association,” Dunnigan said. “It was a turf war that made no sense to me.” In order for APRNs to prescribe medicine in Utah, they are required to secure a “consult agreement” with a licensed doctor in the state. Dunnigan argued often these agreements can cost an APRN $10,000 per year, or

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more, and have little to no practical value. “Nurse after nurse told me they get nothing out of these agreements,” Dunnigan said. “It’s simply a fee they are forced to pay. I wanted to change the law so rural Utahns could have better access to qualified medical care.” Dunnigan’s legislation made two major changes in the Utah Nurse Practice Act. First, the number of years APRNs are required to have a consult agreement was cut in half, from two years to one. Second, APRNs can now strike that consult agreement with a more experienced APRN and are no longer required to have the agreement with a doctor. When he was honored by the Utah AANP Chapter, his presenter said, “To pass the law, Rep. Dunnigan worked non-stop to garner the support of Republicans and Democrats alike. Most impressive, however, was the masterful negotiations he navigated with representatives from the Utah Medical Association.” “This is one of the bigger pieces of legislation I have sponsored, and it was a big honor for the organizations to honor me,” Dunnigan said. “More Utahns will now have better access to quality medical care, with shorter wait times and at lower costs. I did it because I thought it was right.”l

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hen Connie Hall was working with her daughter, Annette, to clean out the coat closet, all of this “crappy stuff” was seen inside. At least that’s what Hall called it. The coat closet was the space she avoided at all costs. Besides, Annette and her other kids had had their stuff in there since the time they’d moved in with her. “You couldn’t go in there without stepping on stuff,” Connie said. But with COVID-19 rearing its ugly head, Annette, who had tackled other projects before this one in the house, said it was time. “Do you know of someone during this tough time that might appreciate it?” she asked. Connie thought of a family right away. They lived nearby, and the parents had eight children, six of whom lived at home. The children’s ages ranged from 5 to 17. Surely, if any family needed something for their children to do it was Becky and Weston Watkins. “I took over the popsicle sticks and other craft supplies, hung the bag on the door, rang the doorbell and walked to the front lawn,” Connie said. “This stuff had been in that closet for years and hadn’t even been touched. Now I hoped it would be.” “When I opened the door, Connie was standing in the lawn area,” Becky said. “I’ve got all these craft supplies, and I thought your kids would love it,” Connie told her. “The kids dug through it,” Becky said. Included in the big bag were sheets of thin foam, various shapes already cut out and

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doorknob hangers. “There was even a snowman kit, with accompanying hat, nose, scarf and mittens that needed to be glued on. The kids loved it. Here it was the beginning of April, and we were building snowmen at our kitchen table.” The kids were thrilled. Even her husband, Weston, a machinist, who is currently building parts for COVID-19 pandemic test machines, got involved. “He was super excited,” Becky said. “Crafts aren’t something he normally gets to be a part of.” Becky’s preschooler called her craft activity an “art project” and glued all of the smaller items onto one side of the thin sheet. Her oldest daughter made a little stand out of popsicle sticks, for, you guessed it, her cell phone. “Letting the kids have free rein of their creativity using raw materials was great. There were no boundaries and it was fun for them,” Becky said. Her three oldest daughters have also had fun baking and cooking fancy dinners. They’ve even learned how to make eclairs. Mom and Dad have been reading books to the younger children at night. But they will always remember the bag left on their front doorknob. “I was excited to see the pictures, especially Dad helping the son with his project,” Connie said. She believes one of the children even made a doormat for their bedroom out of the supplies she hung on the door. “It was junk, and now they’ve made things with them,” she said. l

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‘New normal’ means Zoom council meetings for Taylorsville elected officials By Carl Fauver | c.fauver@mycityjournals.com

Taylorsville City’s first Zoom council meeting was unlike any other elected officials have ever hosted, with some people appearing from council chambers while most were connected at home. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)


he calendar clearly said “April Fool’s Day,” 24 hours traditionally set aside for practical jokes and levity. But as we entered the second month of our wash-your-hands, social distancing, “new normal” world, the day felt anything but fun. Instead, that night’s Taylorsville City Council meeting looked more like “The Brady Bunch” opening credits, with Greg and his siblings replaced by the mayor and city council members in small, on-screen boxes. “I thought it went great for our first try,” Mayor Kristie Overson said of the council’s

initial Zoom meeting. “It was a light meeting, which made it easier. We knew it was kind of a practice run. I think it was OK.” Less than two months ago, many of us only connected the word “zoom” with the noise Superman makes flying overhead, or that 1970s kids’ educational program by the same name on PBS. Suddenly, it’s identified as the primary way groups meet and talk during a pandemic, from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Four Wednesdays earlier, March 4, the Taylorsville City Council met as it always had, in their city hall chambers before a fairly

sparse crowd. That was before we had ever heard those two now ubiquitous words put together: “social distancing.” The next Wednesday, March 11, saw the NBA postpone its entire season at the drop of a hat, just before the start of a Utah at Oklahoma City game after Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the league’s first player to officially test positive for coronavirus. Fellow All-Star Donovan Mitchell would do likewise hours later. Just a day or two ahead of the next scheduled city council meeting, with sports leagues, concerts and other events cancelling left and right, the Taylorsville City Council cancelled its March 18 evening meeting. Instead, northern Utah received a March 18 morning earthquake. That’s the backdrop that led council members to their first-ever Zoom meeting. “We had done a couple of practice sessions just to check out the connections, and I thought it went really well,” said Council Chair Meredith Harker, who conducted the Zoom session. “We had council members raise their hands when they wanted to speak. I think it was OK.” Prior to the Zoom council meeting, city officials used their own website, Facebook and other social media platforms to solicit public comment regarding any of the agenda

items. It was reported at the meeting they did not receive any. “It was a lot different, not having our normal public comment period,” Councilman Curt Cochran said. “But we are in unprecedented times and learning as we go. I do think we got all the business done that we needed to do.” Several of those involved in the April 1 Zoom meeting did gather together in the city hall council chambers, including Overson, Chair Harker and some presenters. But with the large room virtually empty, officials said it was not difficult for them to maintain 6-foot distancing. Like most everything else in our upside-down lives these days, it’s not yet known how many more Taylorsville City Council meetings will be held through the Zoom format. “Council meetings have actually been available to view online for nearly a year since last June,” Taylorsville Communication Director Kim Horiuchi said. “[This] was our most-viewed meeting to date.” Facebook viewership of the April 1 meeting was 227, while another 150 people watched the proceedings on the Taylorsville City website. l

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AP exams to look different this year with students taking tests at home, online By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com


orner Canyon High School freshman Cambria Davies feels like she will be prepared for her Advanced Placement human geography exam this May, even though the setting may be out of the ordinary. On March 30, the College Board announced, “because students overwhelmingly told us they want to take their AP exams, we’re providing online learning and AP exams available at home for all students this spring.” The College Board, who administers Advanced Placement exams as well as college entrance examinations, also is taking steps to provide the SAT and ACT college exams online in the fall. Cambria, who will take her first AP test on May 12, said her teacher has been preparing them for the online test, which is now shortened to 45 minutes at home, open book. “It’s all free response, which I don’t like as much, but I understand they’re doing what they can to make it as fair in this very different setting,” she said. Brighton Principal Tom Sherwood, who also has a freshman son who will take the same test, said that AP modified tests, eliminating the multiple choice sections, which easily could be looked up. “They looked into academic integrity with the exam and know it could be hard for students not to look up answers or to have parents help craft essays when college credit is on the line,” he said. “They have posed the essays, so students have to critically think.” Brighton AP English Literature and Composition teacher Jennifer Mattson also said there is a check on the essays as they are reviewed by teachers to make sure there is consistency in the students’ writing – and teachers are required to tell the College Board if they suspect plagiarism. “For the past several years, the College Board has considered online testing so this will be a trial run for them to get an idea what it’s like online,” she said. “A lot of my students are self-sufficient, already in study groups and reviewing.” Bingham High AP Language and Composition teacher Susan McCandless believes her 60 juniors who are testing will do well on their rhetorical analysis essay they learned in the fall. “This simplifies the preparation and it’s something we’ve reviewed ever since,” she said. “We have a month to practice that skill and make sure they write the task out so they won’t get off task.” Hillcrest High sophomore Amanda Desjardins, who took AP human geography and AP Spanish last year, is preparing for her AP psychology exam this year. She plans to take her exam in the basement of her home where it’s quieter. “I feel as if kids are going to get distracted taking the test at home,” she said.

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AP Language and Composition students at Alta High practice writing an AP essay in February this year before the COVID-19 changed the format of the standardized test so students can take the exams at home in May. (Photo courtesy of Alta High yearbook staff)

Amanda, who is using flash cards and a study book to review, said her exam only covers eight of the 14 chapters. The test can be taken online or be handwritten, then scanned and sent in. “I’m studying every day, but I’m stressed,” she said. “For most kids, the writing is the hardest part since it’s free response and the multiple choice is where they count on doing well.” Alta AP Language and Composition and Literature and Composition teacher Denise Ferguson agreed: “A lot of kids rely on that multiple choice section to do well and my concern is that the prompt will be difficult for a 17-year-old.” However, Ferguson said even with the challenge of difficult Zoom meetings – where 40 students make it “chaotic” - she is finding other ways to review with her students. “It’s a huge challenge,” she said. “The soft closure caught teachers off guard and it’s making teachers gasp and figure out how they can prepare students online. We’re using online sessions to guide instruction and asking them to practice for every subject they’re testing. We’re all doing the best we can do. They’ve worked too long and hard to just cancel the tests.” Bingham’s McCandless agrees the test isn’t the same as in previous years. For example, her students’ test will be reduced from several components to one or two essays now, so students will have “all their eggs in one basket. It’s like a pass-fail exam now.” “I don’t think it’s comparable,” she continued. “Before we had three essays and multiple choice and each tested different things; now it’s a very different skill. The College Board wants to give kids a chance to test, to earn college credit. It’s not ideal nor comprehensive, but it’s the best under the circumstances.” Brighton senior Jacob Simmons has earned perfect scores on his previous 12 AP

exams and was planning to take eight more this spring as well as defend his AP Capstone research paper with oral argument. “Initially I thought it would be best to cancel the AP tests and have grades determine the test scores and then I looked at passfail, but that would be even harder to draw an arbitrary line to determine a student’s proficiency on a subject,” he said. “I feel as if they should give us two essays (with a longer time) because it will be difficult to cram one essay into a 45-minute period to adequately determine the student’s knowledge of the subject.” While Simmons knows the access to technology and strength of the server may factor into the time-period decision, he is grateful that he can still complete his AP Capstone research paper this year — even though the Capstone program also is modified this year. AP Capstone seniors have already taken their seminar course and passed four AP classes. Now, they are in the final stages of their project – one that was to be presented orally as well as written. The oral portion in front of a panel has been canceled and the written portion due date was pushed back to late May — and if the research can’t be completed, students can report why they can’t within the essay. “I feel the ability to defend a research paper equal to a master’s thesis is a value opportunity to determine what we’ve learned and express our passion on the subject. It’s disappointing, but at least we have the research paper,” Simmons said. Mattson, his AP research teacher, agrees: “Many of them are fantastically articulate and would have done well to orally present it.” While it’s Brighton’s first graduating class in the program, Juan Diego Catholic High School has offered AP Capstone for several years and already completed oral pre-

sentations when the College Board cut that portion of the program this year, said Vanessa Jacobs who oversees the program at the school. “The students had nailed it and did an amazing job, but it won’t count as part of their score now,” she said. “The College Board is making it equitable the best they can. It’s a scramble for everyone as it’s a whole new environment.” The 5,000-word research report is underway for five Juan Diego candidates, with 13 who already completed everything before this year and will earn the Capstone program diploma, Jacobs said. Jordan High teacher Heather Gooch said the new AP testing is “a game changer.” “The test is truncated so for those teachers who didn’t teach the course in the order of the book, they will have a lot of material to cover,” she said. “For us, we’ve covered the material and it will be business as usual. But it is more stressful and there are additional factors for students, such as watching siblings at home now so parents can work or if the parents aren’t working, students are contributing to supporting the family or other circumstances. Everyone is trying to adjust and if you’re already getting food out of the pantry, this could just heighten the stress level since you want to save money and time in college.” For Gooch’s 27 AP biology and 40 AP environmental science students, as well as other students who are taking AP exams, she said reviewing and pacing themselves during the test will be critical. “These kids are wanting to be in the game so I’m doing everything I can – live chat, recording review sessions, holding practice sessions, videoing, emailing – to connect and support them. I can’t drop the ball.” l

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Parking the only key issue as city approves Church Temple construction plans on 4700 South By Carl Fauver | c.fauver@mycityjournals.com

This aerial photo shows the density of homes adjacent to the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple site, the biggest factor prompting city officials to demand a higher number of on-site parking stalls. (Google Earth)


he Taylorsville City Council wasted little time during its April 1 meeting, approving the zoning changes needed to allow the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to begin construction of its planned temple, on 4700 South, just west of I-215. The only discussion of any real note regarded parking. City Community Development Special Projects Director Mark Mc-

Grath told council members a preliminary church study indicated 405 parking stalls would be in line with what they have at similar-sized temples elsewhere. But city officials wanted nearly 70 more than that. “Our goal is to minimize the temple’s impact on the neighboring community,” McGrath said to the council. “Church officials reviewed their number of parking stalls for similar temples and found 405 to be adequate. However, if one more aisle of underground parking is added, the number of stalls would be 472.” The additional parking will not affect the temple site’s ground-level view at all. It will, of course, impact the project cost, as more underground parking excavation and construction will be required. A specific estimate of how much money the additional parking stalls would cost the church to construct was not immediately available. “I appreciate the fact the church had two alternatives for parking numbers and did not resist granting the additional stalls,” Mayor Kristie Overson said. “We are excited to have the temple coming to Taylorsville, but we do not want the neighborhood to be flooded with people needing to park. I appreciate the

church being sensitive to that also.” McGrath added the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing policies also played a key role in the decision. “Underground parking, of course, is much more expensive than surface parking,” he said. “The church wanted to conduct a thorough investigation of its parking at similar-size temple grounds. But once social distancing began, getting that information became more difficult. So, they simply agreed to the additional stalls.” The 7.65-acre site will now include 228 surface parking stalls along with 244 underground. “We were not going to budge on the number of stalls,” Councilman Curt Cochran said. “Without those extra stalls, parking would have infringed on the neighborhood quite a bit. This is not a change we would want those residents to have to deal with.” There are currently 17 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temples in operation throughout Utah, with six more announced, including the Taylorsville site. The church has 168 dedicated temples worldwide, along with 14 currently under construction and another 35 announced.

Before construction begins on the new temple, the existing church stake center will be razed. Church members stopped using that building a couple of months ago. “The church is now doing asbestos analysis in the stake center,” McGrath said. “It was built in the 1950s, when nearly all buildings contained asbestos. I think they are looking at a late summer or fall demolition.” “It will be a great addition to our city; we are excited about it,” City Council Chair Meredith Harker said. There’s no time estimate on when construction of the new temple will be completed. When it is, the structure will be by more than double the tallest building in Taylorsville. “Some of the apartment buildings at Summit Vista are between 90 and 100 feet tall,” McGrath said. “When the (Mid-Valley Performing) Arts Center is completed, it will also be about that tall. But the top of the temple spire will be 215 feet high.” City officials say an estimated 100,000 drivers will get a clear view of the new temple each day as they drive past it southbound on I-215. l

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Coronavirus put its stamp on Aimee Winder Newton’s bid to be governor By Carl Fauver | c.fauver@mycityjournals.com

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s you read this, in all likelihood Taylorsville resident and Salt Lake County Council member Aimee Winder Newton is a “former” candidate for Utah governor. On April 25 (after press deadline), Newton was among eight gubernatorial candidates seeking delegate votes during the state GOP convention. Based on all the polls leading up to the convention, which was held online for the first time ever, it would have been a major upset for Newton to have advanced into a GOP primary race. But whether she did or not, this has been a busy and unique campaign season for perhaps the city’s most well-recognized elected official. “I am running a very different campaign than I thought I would,” Newton said. “There are 4,000 Republican state delegates, and we have been reaching out to them as much as we can, primarily through Zoom meetings. It feels odd to be wearing work clothing on top, along with sweats and slippers. But these are the times we’re in.” Newton says her very first large Zoom meeting, with about 130 delegates online, took an interesting twist. “We had someone hack in and put pornographic pictures up; they took complete control of the meeting,” she said. “It’s called ‘Zoom bombing’ and is happening all over the country. So, we had to cancel that meeting. But we

have had several since then with no problems.” Coronavirus social distancing also forced Newton to shoot her first campaign commercial on an iPhone. “Some say I’m innovative; some say I’m cheap; bottom line: I do more with less,” she said in the ad. “Utah’s bright future is not a given; it must be earned.” Lost in all the nothing-but-virus news cycles was Newton’s announcement of her lieutenant governor running mate, Utah State Auditor John Dougall. The former Utah State Representative is the oldest of 11 children and prides himself on the nickname he inherited from his father: “Frugal Dougall.” “Aimee and I have known each other at least six years and have worked together on several issues,” Dougall said. “I’ve watched her try to improve government by standing up to the ‘good ol’ boys’ on behalf of taxpayers. We are going into more severe economic crisis than anyone sees (because of the coronavirus). We’ve never really been through this circumstance. That’s part of the reason I agreed to join her campaign.” “I had a short list of people for lieutenant governor before the virus changed everything,” Newton said. “This COVID-19 has changed my No. 1 priority to getting people back to work.

When I looked at who could best help me with that, John was an easy choice. I have the most local government experience of anyone in the race, while John has the most state government experience.” Regardless of whether they earned their way onto a primary election ballot during the GOP state convention, Newton and Dougall will remain in their current elected positions. The Taylorsville High School graduate Newton still has two years remaining on her current county council seat, while Dougall would resume his reelection campaign for state auditor. “Social distancing has made our campaign more of a challenge,” Newton said. “Fundraising has been tough, because we can’t hold normal fundraising events. Also, many voters want to meet you face-to-face and look into your eyes to see the kind of person you are. But we’ve done our best to get our message out to Utah voters.” Editor’s note: Newton finished third in voting during the GOP convention on April 25 meaning she won’t proceed to the primary race. Newton tweeted her appreciation hours after the result that she “could not be more proud” of her grassroots-driven campaign. “With a tenth of what other campaigns spent, we came in a strong third finish and defied expecations.” l

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May 2020

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MAYOR'S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, It certainly has been a challenging time as we have faced an unprecedented situation that our city has never before encountered. As I said last month, I am so proud of our Taylorsville community and how each of you have met these chalMayor Kristie S. Overson lenges with optimism, generosity, resiliency and kindness for others. We have worked together to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. While of course we still have more work to do as we continue to keep our community healthy, our initial efforts to “flatten the curve” have been successful. I know that the necessary restrictions that have kept us home and apart have been difficult for everyone, perhaps most especially our businesses. Still, throughout it all, I have seen businesses helping businesses, businesses helping residents, residents supporting businesses and all of us helping each other. I marvel at all that our businesses have done and the can-do spirit they have exhibited. When news of the pandemic first touched our community in early March, I wrote an open letter to the community, stating: "We are Taylorsville; we are a community, and as we do, we will get through this together." Our businesses have proven that to be true without restraint and in every way possible. Among the many examples that come to mind: One of our companies in Taylorsville supported another small bakery business by ordering 400 loaves of bread to give to employees. Another brought grills out to the front of their store, where they had a barbecue and “Quake Sale” for customers, following the 5.7-magnitude earthquake that also hit our community even as we are confronting the coronavirus. Another fast-food restaurant has been writing words of encouragement to customers on their take-out bags. Yet another business advertised that customers could find much needed toilet paper and hand sanitizer still in stock! We want our businesses to know that we as a city are here for them, too. I know that our residents have continued to support businesses by purchasing gift cards that they can use later and that many of us have gratefully accessed drive-thru, pick-up and delivery services, as dine-in seating was closed. Several state and federal resources also are available (see accompanying story). If you are a Taylorsville business and are experiencing a problem you cannot solve, please reach out. I am always available and have open office hours every Thursday at City Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Drop by; we can talk about anything you would like, and we will help find solutions. –Mayor Kristie S. Overson

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Surviving Coronavirus: Moving Toward Stabilization

For the past month, residents and businesses in Taylorsville have been working to move past the “urgent phase” of a three-tiered process outlined by the State of Utah to confront the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Utah Leads Together plan, put together by the Utah State Economic Response Task Force, is aimed at protecting the public health of the community while moving toward economic recovery and an eventual return to normal work and household patterns. It was published on March 24 and updated on April 17. “It is a process,” said Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson. “We all have been working very hard in complying with the tenets of the plan, with the goal of accelerating recovery and returning to our normal way of life as quickly as possible.” The Urgent Phase, which began on March 16 and extends an estimated eight to 12 weeks, has involved a coordinated public health response, large-scale testing and historic economic stimulus. During this phase, which has been in place for the past month, Gov. Gary Herbert issued a state directive requesting that all Utahns stay home as much as possible. The Salt Lake County Health Department also issued a public health order in complement of the governor’s directive, requiring individuals to stay home except to engage in essential activities. Both have remained in effect through May 1. During this time, residents have practiced social distancing, putting at least 6 feet between themselves and another. Visits to hospitals, nursing homes or other residential care facilities have been discouraged. School

closures were extended through the end of the academic year. Certain businesses that act as gathering places were closed. Prohibitions on dine-in seating at restaurants continued, while carry-out, pick-up and delivery services have remained available. Parks and trails have remained open, but team activities have been prohibited and playgrounds were closed. The Urgent Phase is followed by a Stabilization Phase, which is estimated to begin in late April or early May and last an estimated 10 to 14 weeks, concluding in fall 2020. As the longest of the three phases, its objective is to make sure there is no backtracking on the progress made during the urgent phase. Test-



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TAYLORSVILLE EVENTS MAY 2020 Month of May – ongoing Selfie Contest. We wanted to hold an event while still complying with gathering restrictions so we came up with a citywide Selfie Contest. We hope you have fun with it! See details on Page 6.

May 6 & 20 – 6:30 p.m. City Council Meeting @ City Hall and online. Watch a live-stream of the meeting on the city’s website, www.taylorsvilleut.gov

May 12 – 7 p.m. & May 26 – 6 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting. The Planning Commission has been meeting electronically. See details online at www.taylorsvilleut.gov

May 25 – all day Memorial Day. City Offices are closed. Find our calendar of events every month on the city’s website, where you can also submit your own events for possible publication. Go to www.taylorsvilleut.gov

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ temple in Taylorsville will be a three-story building with an attached tower and steeple. It will be surrounded by extensive landscaping and include a linear promenade at its entrance, pedestrian walkways, wrought iron and masonry walls and an underground parking structure. “This will be just a beautiful entrance to the property,” said city Planning Director Mark McGrath in a presentation to the City Council on April 1. The Council approved four measures to move the project forward, including initial plan designs and an ordinance amendment to add the “institutional” land use classification to City Code. The institutional classification will apply to developments that are institutional in nature, open-space projects, or those of public or quasi-public use. The temple will be built on church property at 2603 W. 4700 South. It will replace a chapel, pavilion and softball fields currently located there. McGrath said the temple will sit where the softball fields are now located and a two-level parking structure with 472 stalls will be constructed in place of the chapel building. One level of the parking structure will be at ground level, while the second level will be underground. The main entrance of the temple will be situated on Chentelle Drive, and a second entrance will be at the southwest corner of the property. Its architecture will be based on the church’s temple in Pocatello, Idaho. The city continues to address transportation improvements in the area, including the coming Bus Rapid Transit system, frontage road work, road widening and intersection realignment, McGrath said. The temple will be visible to 100,000 people a day who pass on the freeway. “Really the temple and its grounds will be in full view of the motorists on I-215,” McGrath said. “We’re going to have an iconic building at a very visible place in the city.”

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COUNCIL CORNER By Council Member Dan Armstrong


Memorial Day became a national holiday in 1971 by an act of Congress, The Old Farmer’s Almanac further notes, and it is now celebrated annually on the last

Memorial Day: A Time for Remembrance and Renewal Monday in May. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries, and a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. On this day, we raise the flag to honor and respect these heroes of our country. Traditionally, on Memorial Day, we also honor and remember those we love. We visit cemeteries and place flowers. Here in Taylorsville, it’s never been easier to find a plot at the cemetery and delve into the history of the area. This past year, the city digitized the entire Taylorsville Memorial Park Cemetery, including all plots, into an interactive map. It is truly a fascinating well of information. You can find the interactive map at www.taylorsvilleut.gov/services/cemetery. Then, after opening the map link, click on any plot to show the name, date of birth, date of death and headstone photo (if available) of the person interred there. Use the Search Plots tool to search by first name, last name, or Row-Lot-Plot identifier. The first and last name searches return all the plot records that contain the provided text. For example, searching for the first name "Lee" would return “Lee,” “Rosilee,” and “Kathleen.” You'll definitely want to spend some time exploring! Memorial Day weekend is, of course, a busy time of year for our Taylorsville Cemetery, located at 4575 S. Redwood Road (1700 West). Director Lee Bennion does an excellent job managing it. He is accessible and always open to talking about its history. Find his contact information on the cemetery’s ad on Page 8 of this section. Also, remember that in observance of Memorial Day, City Offices will be closed, reopening Tuesday, May 26. In addition to being a special day set aside to remember and honor those who have died in military service—

Left to right: Curt Cochran (District 2) Ernest Burgess (District 1) Dan Armstrong, (District 5) Meredith Harker, Chair (District 4) Brad Christopherson, Vice Chair (District 3) and traditionally our own family members and ancestors who have passed, Memorial Day also tends to mark the unofficial start of summer (though the season really begins with the Summer Solstice in June). It is a day of meaning, a time to honor those who have come before us and also a time of renewal as we look toward the promise of summer’s beauty and sunshine. As always, we wish our Taylorsville community well, and most especially on this Memorial Day as we reflect and remember.

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Chairman Jim Dunnigan have been monitoring daily the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and gathering restrictions that have been put in place to limit its spread and protect the public health. Please check the city's website for the latest information about Taylorsville Dayzz and whether its event dates will be delayed. Hopefully the virus will abate and we will be able to join together with family and friends to celebrate the founding of Taylorsville City!

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This month, on May 25, we will observe Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the military. It is not only a federal holiday set each year on the last Monday in May but it is a sacred day. On both Memorial Day and Veterans Day (observed on Nov. 11), it is customary to spend time remembering and honoring the countless veterans who have served the United States throughout the country’s history. However, there is a distinction between the two holidays, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac: • Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We might consider how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind. • Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all who served—in wartime or peacetime—regardless of whether they died or survived. Veterans Day is always observed officially on Nov. 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls.




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Taylorsville Children Write Positive Messages During Uncertain Time Children across the city have been decorating their sidewalks with colorful chalked pictures and uplifting messages as a way to brighten their neighbors' day during an uncertain time, and it's working. Glenda Borgstrom, who has lived in Taylorsville for about a year, said she began noticing the chalk drawings a few weeks ago while taking a daily walk through her neighborhood. "It started about three weeks ago," she said during one walk on April 10. "I started noticing neat messages, like 'Happy Easter, Keep Smiling, Be Safe; Stay Home.' "Some of them are kids' drawings. Others are positive thoughts," she said. "It's just fun." School-age children are learning from home through the end of the academic year, due to the soft closure of area schools as part of restrictions aimed at fighting the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. One mother of two daughters who decorated their front walk said her family didn't want any recognition. "I just want people to smile," she said. In addition to sidewalk chalk, another Taylorsville home was decorated with paper hearts taped in the windows and pinwheels planted in the front lawn. "It's a joy to see how neighbors are helping neighbors get through this," Borgstrom said. "The drawings and words are a small gesture but they definitely made my day."

Taylorsville Teachers Organize Parade During Soft Closure In keeping with social distancing requirements, teachers across Utah were checking in on their students in creative ways. Among them, many teachers — including those at Calvin Smith Elementary School in Taylorsville — organized parades this past month in which they drove their personal vehicles through their students' neighborhoods to wave and shout words of encouragement to the children and their families. “We drove through all the neighborhoods in our school boundaries,” said Taylorsville City Council Chair Meredith Harker, who is a third-grade teacher at Calvin Smith. “It was so awesome to see the kids and parents smiling, waving and holding up signs. It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart.” Schools are out through the end of the academic year in accordance with efforts to limit spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Students have continued to learn at home through digital and long-distance instruction remotely provided by their teachers. Some families waved to teachers from the windows of their homes; others made signs that they held up as the teachers drove by. One parent commented: “This made our day! It made life feel a little more normal.” “I wish we were in school right now,” Council Member Harker said. “But that sure was a great way to connect.”

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CORONAVIRUS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ing will become more broad-based during this phase, social distancing will continue but in a more targeted way, high-risk populations will continue to stay home, travel restrictions will be lessened and businesses will be able to expand operations with precautions. Finally, a Recovery Phase of eight to 10 weeks will be put in place, in which business and living will cautiously start to return to normal. The plan recognizes that local businesses are bearing the brunt of the recovery efforts and outlines several resources for them. Those resources, which are further detailed on the city’s website, www.tayorsvilleut.gov, include: • The CARES Act. Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CARES allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep their employees by providing 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. In some instances, these loans may be forgiven.


• SBA Loans. While SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for its Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan based on available appropriations funding, other assistance is available. Its Enhanced Debt Relief program and traditional SBA lending options remain in place. • Utah Leads Together Bridge Loans. This is a state loan program. Businesses with 50 or fewer employees can apply to receive loans of $5,000 to $25,000 with 0% interest for a 60-month period. The state opened a second application cycle on April 13. • IRS Tax Relief. The Internal Revenue Service is deferring tax day for businesses and individuals until July 15, 2020. During its Special Session this past month, state legislators were expected to match that deadline for state taxes. • Business Relief Hotline. Salt Lake County-based businesses can call 1-385-468-4011 to access immediate resource guidance and ask questions. Phone lines are staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Taylorsville Economic Development. The city’s Economic Development Department may be contacted at 801-963-5400 ext. 3059 “I know that by working together, we will get through this and emerge even stronger because of our determination and purpose,” said Mayor Overson. “In Taylorsville, we are a team; we are a family and we are always there to help each other.”

Taylorsville High Student Body President Helps Produce Inspiring Video Taylorsville High School's Student Body President Marc Lopez joined his peer leaders from across the state in putting together an uplifting video for Utah seniors, whose year has been disrupted by COVID-19. "Dear Utah," Lopez says at the beginning of a 5-minute, 34-second video that travels the Beehive State. "What a time to be alive. Who knew we’d be caught in the midst of a global crisis?" The camera shifts to student body presidents across the state, who each give a message of encouragement. More than 100 youth leaders participated in the project that they have promoted on social media channels under the hashtag #risetogetherUtah Lopez, a senior who has lived in Taylorsville for all 18 years of his life, said the idea for the project began toward the end of March, shortly after Gov. Gary Herbert extended the soft closure of schools to May 1 to limit spread of the coronavirus pandemic (It was extended again through the end of the academic year). “This actually brought down a lot of spirits and there was a lot of uncertainty,” Lopez said. “There was a really big discussion at to how we as student body presidents could create outreach and spark hope. Then we decided that the best way was via a video.” Working together, the student body presidents divided up the tasks by region, with Lopez representing Region 2 including Taylorsville, Hunter, Granger, West Jordan, Kearns and Cyprus high schools. They met twice a week via the Zoom teleconferencing software to plan the project. Lopez oversaw the video’s script in conjunction with Gabe

Robbins from Viewmont High and Nathan Curtis from Wasatch. Larson Brown of Salem Hills put the video together, and Nele Kaufusi of East and Alex Rasmussen of Logan High were chief historians, ensuring accuracy. “The mission in creating this was to help students realize how much potential they have to succeed and do good things in their lives even if we are bound by limitations,” Lopez said. “We also wanted to create an outreach to help people realize that they are not alone in this and we are together.” Lopez has received a First Ascent scholarship to attend the University of Utah, where he’ll study business and pre-med. “I plan to hopefully continue to be of service to communities I get to be a part of in the future because helping people is a passion of mine,” he said. “I want to impact those around me in a positive way.” View the Rise Together Utah video on the city’s website at www.taylorsvilleut.gov

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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage REMEMBRANCES Years ago, the Taylorsville Historical Committee decided to feature some articles called “From the Kitchens of.” The articles featured various folks in our city who were known for their great tasting food. So now that the museum is closed due to COVID-19, perhaps it’s good timing to include some additional recipes because that’s what we seem to have time to do once again —cook. The recipes pictured here come from a cookbook of LaRue Jones Linthicum, one of the original “Jones Girls.” Some of them are even in her handwriting and were written when she was a seventh-grader at Plymouth School in 1926. Enjoy the simplicity of cooking back in the days of her youth.

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Donate to the Senior Center’s Drive-thru Lunch Program The Taylorsville Senior Center is serving seniors drive-thru lunches Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. while it is closed to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pick up a menu at the center during lunch hours or view the menu online at www.slco.org/ taylorsville-senior-center Call 385-468-3200 to sign up as a senior center member. Call 385-468-3700 by 3 p.m. one business day before to sign up for a drive-thru lunch. Participants can get a meal for themselves and a meal for another senior in the same household. To pick up your meal, drive up to the front door and a staff person will deliver your meal(s) to you in your car. Stay in your car. Receive current updates and information by following the Senior Center on Facebook at taylorsvilleseniorcenter. Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services also is accepting donations for the Senior Center Drive-thru Lunch Program. Suggested donation is $3 per meal and can be made online at the web address above.

Access eBooks, eAudiobooks, Even Escape Rooms Online at the Library Check back for events at the Taylorsville Library. The library was closed, effective March 13 until further notice, as a precautionary measure to prevent potential spread of the coronavirus disease. But you can still access eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and other materials through the Salt Lake County Library website with your library card at www.slcolibrary.org. The library is also now doing more digital programming. Check out a few of their escape rooms: Narnia: https://tinyurl.com/wwba5co Classics: https://tinyurl.com/ungz7lb Treasure Island: https://tinyurl.com/sfj2lho

And younger patrons might enjoy this Digital Scavenger Hunt: https://tinyurl.com/yx7feelm For more digital programming, including eSchedules, see the Library’s Facebook page at TheCountyLibrary. The online resources are a great way to stay busy and cut boredom at this time! Please hold on to your checked out materials; the library will not be assessing fines, and the book drops are closed.


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Thank you, from TBID The Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District thanks its customers, vendors and employees for your understanding during the coronavirus and earthquake events. The district especially appreciates your patience during these unprecedented times. For any assistance needed, TBID’s customer service team is available at 801968-9081. Additionally, its website (www.tbid.org) has many resources that may be helpful. You can like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter for future updates. TBID takes seriously its responsibility to provide customers the high quality, reliable service you deserve and expect. Thank you!

MAY WFWRD UPDATES A MESSAGE FROM GENERAL MANAGER PAM ROBERTS ABOUT COVID19 I hope that you and your families are staying healthy through this unsettling time. I know that many of our residents are staying home and tackling projects, which means that you need a way to dispose of the extra waste from these projects, or just from being home more. We want to help, while at the same time keeping our employees safe from directly handling waste. The best way we can do that is to remind you to use the Trailer Rental Program that has very reasonable rates, $145 for bulk and $45 for green waste (www.wasatchfrontwaste.org/rent-a-trailer-online). We are also offering additional garbage cans at the standard fee of $51 per quarter, and waiving the $10 delivery fee (www.wasatchfrontwaste.org/additional-garbage-can-rental).

NEW CURBSIDE RECYCLING CANS QUESTIONS? Please contact Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District by calling 801-968-9081 or visiting www.tbid.org. You can also follow the district on Facebook and Twitter.

A recycling guide will be embedded into the lid of the new recycling cans to help remind residents what can and cannot go in the blue can. Since they are embedded into the lid, they will be protected from the elements. These will soon be included for all new and replaced recycling cans. Although stand-alone stickers are not available for residents’ current recycling cans, it is the same information that you can obtain from the district’s Recycle Guide that will be included in the first quarter bill, and it is also at the bottom of the WFWRD Recycling webpage at: www. wasatchfrontwaste.org/recycling.

NEW “RECYCLE RIGHT” WEB TOOL WFWRD now has a web-based recycle look-up tool: Recycle Right. This tool allows you to look up almost any material or item and find where to dispose of it, recycle it, or how to best get rid of it. Can't find the item you are looking for? Make sure to suggest it as a new item and WFWRD will look into it! The Recycle Right tool can be found at www.wasatchfrontwaste.org/recycling.


Collectors still collect even during a pandemic By Greg James | g.james@mycityjournals.com

Gratitude. A letter to our colleagues

It’s times like these that show what you’re made of. At St. Mark’s Hospital, and across our HCA Healthcare network, what we’re made of is incredible people. Passionate people who care without reservation or limits. West Valley resident Lynda Elmers displays an uncut sheet of basketball cards. She has collected for nearly 20 years and claims to have more than 10,000 cards. (Photo courtesy of Lynda Elmer)


ollecting sports memorabilia can become a passion for young and old alike “When I was a kid, we collected cards to put them in our bike spokes,” West Valley resident Lynda Elmer said. “Later, I had a job as a retail buyer, and I purchased cards for stores. That is when it really started for me. Now, I probably have more than 10,000 cards.” Picking a card in her collection as her favorite was a difficult proposition. “I am not sure, that is a hard question,” she said. “I have a ‘56 Mickey Mantle and a couple of uncut sheets of cards that I really like. I have all of my best cards locked away in my safety deposit box.” Sports collectibles have evolved from a hobby to a business for several local dealers. Brian Dong recently opened Finders Keepers Cards and Collectibles in West Valley City. His new store brings in all types of collectors from all over the area. “My parents took me to a card shop when I was young,” Dong said. “I got into the hobby. I began by collecting NBA and ‘Return of the Jedi’ cards. It has always been fun stuff.” Collectibles come in a wide range of items, including photos, cards, jerseys, helmets, balls, programs and tickets. Many of these items can be autographed or game used and can become very valuable. “We recently had some old Jazz schedules that you used to pick up at the gas station years back,” Dong said. “I see ‘Star Wars’ toys and jerseys. Nowadays, collectors are very player based. The card companies also release special inserts or parallels. They have changed the collecting landscape.” As expected, Utah Jazz player cards in this market command a lot of attention. Dong

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said Raiders, Steelers and Broncos are the most popular NFL teams. Baseball trails in popularity but still has a faithful following. “The cost really varies and depending on how much you want to invest the cards are out there,” he said. Beckett magazine was the best resource to assess the value of your cards, but recently eBay has surpassed it. According to a recent search, Michael Jordan cards hold five of the top seven searched cards on the site. A 2003 Limited logo Michael Jordan patch card had 48 bids selling for over $86,000 Finders Keepers has an in-store eBaystyle bid board. Local collectors can display items for sale and patrons can bid on them or they have a buy it now option. “It is like an eBay in the store,” Dong said. “We have had jerseys, framed photos, autographs and all kinds of stuff go up on the board. I sold a Sting autograph, and right now, I have a few Donovan Mitchell cards and a Larry Bird auto that can be very valuable.” Before digging through the attic to find those valuable baseball cards, it is best to do your homework. “I went to collectible shows and became a dealer,” Dong said. “It can be a lot of hard work to make any money. I suggest any to come down and let us look at your cards. We buy, sell and trade if the price is right. Open a pack of cards and see what is inside—that is how I got started. It is like Christmas every day.” Elmer has passed her love of the hobby onto children and grandchildren. “They are going to be surprised when they find my closet filled with nothing but baseball cards,” she said. l

Courageous people who show up ready to face new challenges daily. People who protect vigilantly, give selflessly and support one another tirelessly. People who bring calm to chaos. People like you. We feel so fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most kind and compassionate humans on earth. Today, you’re being challenged like never before, yet you remain focused and positive, always working toward a healthier tomorrow. Your resilience is what keeps us all going. It’s what makes us. For each and every one of our colleagues, we are forever grateful. Thank you.

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Getting Sick: Wearing a mask is not helpful, but if you get sick you should wear a mask. But, don’t go to the hospital if you’re sick, because you might get sick if you do. You might be sick and not know you’re sick, so you should wear a mask even while driving alone in the car alone. The Press: Every article starts with a panic headline designed to shock us. But when we read the article, we find it’s not so shocking after all and perhaps even a little boring, except when our friends post these articles to social media. Then we never read the article, we just start divisive arguments based on the shocking headline instead. Politics: We are all be untied as American’s; we are proud, and this is the time we shine. But, if there’s a government action that we don’t approve of, then we are not united if we disagree with our friend. We might even be called names, because name calling on social media is okay. Huh??? Love: We love our partners so much we could not live without them, they are our everything, unless we have to live with them non-stop. Then we feel we’d rather live without them. Home Schooling: Teachers are the


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