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ongtime Taylorsville City volunteer also a Taylorsville resident.” Curt Cochran told council memWhen the candidates were asked bers flat out, “I believe I am the best how they had served the city previouscandidate for this position,” as he comly, Cochran had one particular project peted with eight others to fill the city to point out, in addition to his work on council District 2 seat left vacant when various city committees. Councilwoman Kristie Overson was “I was very active in helping to elected mayor. get the bass fishing pond operating at A couple of hours later, when the Millrace Park (5300 South, west of the lengthy special election process was Jordan River), knocking on doors and completed, council members agreed, speaking with people,” said the former voting 3-1 to have Cochran join their competitive bass fisherman. “I then ranks. helped hundreds of kids learn to love “This has been a long process,” fishing through clubs and tournaments. Cochran told the council, shortly before Altogether that was a nine-year project, his final election. “I considered running start to finish.” six years ago (when Overson was first Cochran told the council he moved elected to the council seat). But I finally to Taylorsville, from Idaho, in 1988. His decided to try to gain a little more expewife Wendy is a 1984 Taylorsville High rience. I feel qualified now and still haSchool graduate. ven’t taken running for mayor someday “Marrying that beautiful lady back off the table.” there,” Cochran said, motioning toward Cochran is currently the city’s planhis wife in the council chambers, “is ning commission chairman. He’s also my biggest accomplishment, along with previously served on the city’s budget raising our two sons and one daughter. and economic development committees. Our roots run deep in this community, The special Jan. 10 meeting began and I want to continue to do all I can to with nine candidates for the District 2 make Taylorsville an even better place.” position. A random draw determined In terms of recent economic growth their speaking order, and after opening accomplishments in the city, Cochran statements, the field of nine was cut to added, “Taylorsville has made great four when the shorthanded four-person strides, but we can’t slow down or rest council cast the first of several ballots on our laurels.” on the night. Cochran also told the council he Candidates Scott Cold, Dan Fazzi- New city Councilman Curt Cochran says marrying his wife Wendy is his greatest accomplishment. (Carl Fauver/City Journals) hopes to do even more to curb panhanni, Jennifer Kester, Jeanaea Lorton and dling in the city and he would like to Greg Vanderwerff were eliminated in increase the effort to improve unsightly After a few more rounds of questioning, McElreath was the first round of voting. eliminated next, followed by Torres. The final vote had Cochran neighborhoods. Cochran was joined in the second round by Eric Behunin, defeating Behunin 3-1, with Council Chairman Brad Chris“The council had a tough decision because there were a lot Marc McElreath and David Torres. topherson casting the lone vote for Behunin. Earlier in the ballot- of great, qualified candidates,” Overson said after the final vote. “This is really tough,” Council Vice Chairman Dan Arm- ing — when the council members were asked to write down their “I have known Curt since I was first elected (to the city council strong said at one point during the two-and-a-half hour process. top two selections — Behunin was named on all four ballots, six years ago) and know he will do a great job.” “These are all strong candidates, and I don’t feel qualified to while Cochran and Torres each got two votes. Wendy Cochran added, “We’re both very excited. He’s choose someone from District 2. But here we are. Residents (of Cochran told the council he is an employee of eBay, and worked very hard for this, and I know he’ll do a good job bethe district) will get their say in the next election.” his employers had already assured him he would be allowed to cause he’s dedicated to everything he does.” Just a week after being sworn into her own council seat, devote whatever time is necessary to council duties. Cochran will fill the remaining two years in the city council newcomer Meredith Harker added, “Here I am making my first “They are very supportive of the communities they work District 2 term. To retain the position, he will have to be elected big decision, and they are all such qualified applicants.” in,” he said. “And it helps that my immediate eBay supervisor is by residents of his district in November 2019. l

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aylorsville Mayor Larry Johnson is proud of everything he and other city leaders accomplished during his four years in the position. And although he had hoped for a second term (“to finish what I started”), he says he is ready for whatever his next challenge might be. “I still have time to serve in a city or state job,” Johnson, 66, said. “I’m too active to retire now. I will continue on and see what’s next.” Johnson has been a Taylorsville resident for more than 60 years. His wife, Debra, has been by his side 45 of those years, and the couple raised four children, who now have 11 grandchildren, ages 3 to 16. “Three of my four children also live in Taylorsville, so we have family around all the time,” he added. In all, three of Johnson’s Taylorsville elections, the challenger beat the incumbent. That was good news for him in 2009 — when he defeated an incumbent councilman — and again in 2013, when he upended incumbent Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach. But in November — running as an incumbent for the first time himself — Johnson lost to Councilwoman Kristie Overson. “Sure, I was disappointed, but I know the city is in better shape than it was four years ago when I took office,” he said. “We’ve grown our economic base and made many city improvements, without having to raise taxes.” Johnson said the Taylorsville economy was still working its way out of the nationwide recession back in 2014, and a lot had to be done quickly. “I’ve enjoyed working with (Taylorsville Economic Development Director) Wayne Harper and the council to get more businesses to locate here,” he said. “We have added more than 200 business licenses to the city since I have been mayor, and our sales tax revenue has grown by $668,000. All those new businesses keep people shopping and eating out here at home, which is great.” Johnson is particularly proud of the transformation that has occurred on both sides of 5400 South, west of Redwood Road. “With Legacy Plaza 54 on one side (on the northwest corner of 5400 South) and

After eight years as a city councilman and mayor, Larry Johnson is leaving government life. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

the Crossroads of Taylorsville on the other (southwest corner), we have seen a lot of new businesses come in. I’m particularly excited to have the new Regal theaters, which are about the nicest movie theaters in the state.” Johnson said he and Harper were able to find new buyers for both of those large land parcels by attending trade conventions, particularly an annual event in Las Vegas. “Besides giving residents more shopping and eating out options, the new businesses have also taken a burden off taxpayers, which was another of my top goals,” he added. Johnson said another top accomplishment has been to get the county to select Taylorsville to locate its new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center. “That required a lot of negotiating on


our (Taylorsville City’s) part,” Johnson said. “It came down to (Taylorsville) and Murray. I think our location proved to be better, and the new center will be great for residents.” Ground will be broken on the new facility this year, with the grand opening in 2020. The $39 million Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center will be built on the open acreage immediately southeast of Taylorsville City Hall. Johnson also points to expansion of the Taylorsville Senior Center, new walls along 2700 West and more than $600,000 in Taylorsville park improvements as major accomplishments over the past four years. “I knew when I first got started we would have to roll up our sleeves and get to work,” he said. “We have a great city administration, and everyone worked hard. I’m proud of what we accomplished.” Soon after being elected mayor, Johnson sold J&J Tire, his business of 34 years. “I was able to continue running it while on the city council, since those are part-time jobs,” Johnson said. “But once I was elected mayor — and my son said he didn’t want to take over the business — I had to sell.” But as he leaves office, Johnson says he doesn’t regret that decision. “Elected officials need to work for the people and not for their own gain,” he concluded. “My goals were always to spend taxpayer money wisely and prioritize effectively.” Taylorsville City Manager John Taylor is one of the people who has enjoyed working with Johnson. “He is a people’s mayor,” Taylor said. “He cares very deeply for the people of Taylorsville. And it has been great to have someone with his business sense serving the city.” Among the things Johnson cleared out of the mayor’s office was his 1982 photo of him playing a round of golf with the legendary Arnold Palmer. “That was a thrill, and I also got a golf ball and scorecard signed by (Palmer),” he said. “Now I’ll have more time to golf with my boys, do yardwork and do things with the grandkids.” But Johnson also promises to remain active in Taylorsville as well. l


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Warriors use an injury to become a better team


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team without its superstar player can fold away into disaster or come together and overcome its trials. The Taylorsville High School girls basketball team has gone a stretch of games this season without Morgan Toluono, a Utah State University Eastern signee. A shoulder injury forced her to miss seven of the team’s first nine games. Despite missing a key player, her teammates have worked together to overcome its adversity. “Our record is not great. We had a huge hit without having Morgan,” Warriors head coach Jody Lee said. “While it hurt our record, it was really good for the other kids to get put into situations that they might not have. They have had a chance to learn.” In its third win of the season over defending 5A champs Skyline, Taylorsville guards played with the newfound confidence. With less than 15 seconds remaining in a tie game, the Warriors inbounded the ball. Junior Tivya Passey caught the pass at full speed and headed down the court. She looked up just in time to see her teammate, Jayah Bean, breaking ahead. Her precise pass led to a layup and foul. Bean hit the free throw to ice the victory, 34-31. Toluono scored 12 points in the victory, but she fouled out with one minute left in the game. Lee said she is a leader on the court. “Having Morgan around gives us energy, and we have a great interior post game with Finau (Tonga),” she said. “I feel like we have taken a step up. We are going to keep working and get

better.” The Warriors opened region play with a 6354 loss to Herriman. They fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter and could never recover. Lee said Toluono doesn’t just have talent; she’s dedicated and works hard. “Morgan pushes herself relentlessly on her own,” Lee said. “I don’t think she has anything to prove. She could have just come and said, ‘I need to rest,’ but she is itching to get out there and play. She dives on the floor to get balls. The passion she has is what she brings, and it is night-and-day difference when she is not on the floor.” Toluono has averaged 9.7 points per game in her short time so far this season. Tonga has picked up the scoring by averaging 13.2 points per game; Passey and Bean score three points per game each. “It is funny—I just looked at her (Passey) and told her she had played the best game I had seen her play (after Skyline win),” Lee said. “She looked like she belonged on the team. Hopefully, we just keep clicking together and realize we all have something to contribute.” At 6-foot-2, Tonga leads the team in rebounding by averaging 9.1 boards per game. “I have been coaching for 11 years and have never had a player like her (Tonga),” Lee said. “She is still only a junior. You can’t buy a player that size. Not only is she big, but she is very agile. She rebounds, and to have her on the floor helps us on the inside. Every time we play this year it is going to be a battle. We think about each game

The Warriors take on Hillcrest in December. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

one at a time. We need to build off today.” The Warriors compete in Region 3 against Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan and Copper Hills. The girls state tournament is scheduled for Feb. 20–24 at Salt Lake Community College. “It is unbelievable; it is obvious we want to

win,” Toluono said. “When I got injured, I thought ‘this is my senior year,’ and I was disappointed. But when I came back, I knew I needed to play my hardest. Any moment it can be taken away from you. This is my last year, and I want to play my heart out.” l

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YMCA Community Family Center encourages acts of kindness, receives large donation


By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

t’s been a busy winter for the Taylorsville YMCA Community Family Center (4223 Atherton Drive), as the site launched its annual “1,000 Acts of Kindness” program and accepted a $2,500 donation. The facility — just north of Fremont Elementary School, near 1500 West — primarily serves underprivileged children with beforeand after-school programs, along with summer camps and other activities. “Besides helping kids with their education — and providing other programming, along with meals — our organization is working to teach core values and character,” said YMCA of Northern Utah Development Officer Jill Wood. “The 1,000 Kind Acts goal fits with that effort.” At the YMCA’s seventh annual Festival of Kindness, kids engaged in a variety of activities, from playing games to making their own snacks. But more importantly, the event also commemorated the successful conclusion of the Community Family Center’s annual effort to encourage students to carry out acts of kindness. “The YMCA’s four core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility are a regular part of daily life at the Y,” Marketing and Events Manager Joe Norwood said in a news release. Also at the Festival of Kindness, the YMCA Community Family Center continued its donation drive to benefit the Salt Lake Ronald

McDonald House. YMCA students and their families were asked to donate board games, paper towels, cleaning supplies and hygiene products. “The Ronald McDonald house also asked us for hot cocoa packets, so the kids made those up during the festival,” said YMCA After School Programs Coordinator Joanna Libby. “It gave them another opportunity to feel the value of giving to others.” Ronald McDonald Houses are located in 64 countries worldwide, providing places for families to stay while a family member is receiving medical care. The houses have been around since 1974 and served more than 5 million people last year. “For a couple of weeks before (the Festival of Kindness), we encouraged our students to write down their acts on heart-shaped pieces of paper,” Libby added. “We reached a total of a thousand between this site and our sites at Redwood Elementary, Fox Hills Elementary and Eisenhower Junior High schools.” Libby said the kids typically write things such as “I helped my teacher clean her room” or “I helped a friend tie their shoes.” Meanwhile, a pioneer in the field of commercial equipment sales and rental carried out its own act of kindness for the YMCA Community Family Center as well.

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Brady Industries employs more than 320 people in 16 locations, including Salt Lake. Starting this year, the company has pledged to donate $80,000 a year to worthwhile organizations. “Brady is dedicating $20,000 per (quarter) to support nonprofits focused on education, youth programs and more,” company President and CEO Travis Brady said in a news release. “We formed an internal committee to review all (request for funding) submissions and determine the distribution of funds. We are so proud to be supporting these tremendous organizations.” The new charitable program, called “Brady Shines,” selected the YMCA of Northern Utah as one of eight recipients for its first $20,000 payout. The company is now accepting applications for a second round of donations, at www.bradyshines.org. Last month, two Brady Industries executives from the company’s Salt Lake office made a formal presentation of the $2,500 award at the YMCA Community Family Center. Kids let out a cheer as Brady General Manager Mark Larsen and Sales Manager Hani Elkebbi made the announcement. “YMCA relies upon donations like these,” Libby said. “The funding will be put to good use serving our kids.” The Taylorsville YMCA employs about 40

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people, most of them part time. Besides teaching kids, the facility also serves about 350 meals each day. l

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Overflowing crowd watches as Taylorsville elected officials swear their oaths of office By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


he Taylorsville City council chamber was filled to capacity on the first Wednesday of 2018, as family, friends and residents gathered to watch three elected officials take their oaths of office. One was brand-new to the process, one was doing the same he did four years ago, and the third swore her oath for a third time, but for the first as mayor. Kristie Overson received a loud ovation from the standing-room-only crowd, after being sworn in as Taylorsville’s second female mayor (following Janice Auger Rasmussen) and the sixth, overall. Re-elected District 5 Councilman Dan Anderson and new District 4 Councilwoman Meredith Harker earned similar warm receptions, after repeating the oath, conducted by City Recorder Cheryl Cottle. “I would like to thank, first of all, my family; this has been a long process,” Overson said, as she addressed the audience for the first time as mayor. “Thank you also to our Taylorsville employees. I have gotten to know you well over these past six years (while she was a city councilwoman), and I know how dedicated and hard-working you are. Taylorsville is a great city — I love this city — and I look forward to being your mayor.” Ahead of Overson, new Councilwoman Harker and re-elected Councilman Armstrong also addressed the large audience. “I am very humbled and honored,” Harker said. “I am proud to now be involved in the decisions that will take our city into the future. We

Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson (center) is flanked by new Councilwoman Meredith Harker and re-elected Councilman Dan Armstrong. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

have an amazing group of employees who take care of our city’s needs. They are so knowledgeable. I’m grateful to them and to the volunteers who serve our city.” Harker replaces former Councilwoman Dama Barbour, who chose not to run for a third term in office. Armstrong was the only person re-elected to his or her current position. “When I came in here four years ago, I didn’t know a thing,” he said. “This job is time consuming, and the council people don’t always

see eye-to-eye. But we like each other and are willing to listen to varying points of view.” Although he supported defeated incumbent Mayor Larry Johnson in the election, Armstrong said of his replacement, “I like Kristie. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her on the council and look forward to working with her as mayor.” The swearing-in ceremony was held just hours ahead of the City Council’s first 2018 meeting. Among those in attendance were Taylorsville’s representatives to the Utah House, Karen Kwan (D-34) and Jim Dunnigan (R-39).

“Mayor Overson was my city councilwoman for the entire six years she held the position,” Kwan said. “I am impressed with how well she serves. She is so full of energy. I know she will do a great job.” Before being elected to the Utah House 16 years ago, Dunnigan was one of the original members of the Taylorsville City Council. He believes he knows a good elected official when he sees one. “Kristie will do a tremendous job as mayor,” Dunnigan said. “Many of the meetings and events I have attended over the past several years, she has been there. I’ve seen her many times on Capitol Hill during the legislative session. With her enthusiasm and willingness to work, I’m very excited about the future of Taylorsville.” Another elected official who calls Taylorsville home — Salt Lake County Council member Aimee Winder Newton — was also on hand for the swearing in. She lays claim to being one of the first people to encourage both Overson and Harker to become politically involved. “Today is a great day for Taylorsville,” Newton said. “We have always had great people run for office in our city, going all the way back to the original mayor and city council. I am thrilled for each of them.” Just days after her visit to the city council chambers, Newton scored another win for female office holders from Taylorsville when she was elected Salt Lake County’s first-ever female council chairwoman. l

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Taylorsville members of the Utah House have fireworks, drunk driving on their minds By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com “My bill would allow Utahns to ignite fireworks two days before each holiday, on both holidays and one day after each of them,” he said. “All parties — from fire departments to firework manufacturers — have been good to work with, as I have drafted this compromise. We aren’t trying to do away with fireworks but to reduce the period of time they present a fire danger.” Dunnigan’s measure would also make it easier for the county and individual cities to set aside geographical areas where fireworks won’t be legal at all. And language in the bill makes it easier for municipalities to force fireworks users to pay for damages they cause. Under the proposed legislation, fireworks retailers would be required to provide customers with written information about dates and times their devices can be used. Additionally, they would have to provide maps — created by Salt Lake County — showing where their products can be used. State fire officials claim that last July, fireworks caused 16 percent of the more than 1,000 fires sparked. Additionally, residents in many Wasatch Front cities complained of terrified pets, unhealthy air and fireworks noise in the wee hours of the morning. Drunk Driving The most restrictive drunk driving law in the nation is set to take effect at the end of this year, here in Utah. Utah lawmakers are back on Capitol Hill for their 2018 session. Kwan — a Democrat who serves on (John Guertler/City Journals) the House Transportation Committee — said, like everyone else, she doesn’t want ith hundreds of bills filed during each drunks behind the wheel. But she also sees serious annual 45-day session of the Utah problems with the new law, originally introduced Legislature, the vast majority are either passed, by Provo Republican Rep. Norm Thurston. failed or postponed without anyone knowing “I think it was a policy that wasn’t ready to much about them. Only a select few capture the go forward,” she said. “And if we can’t solve the attention of the media and the public. many unintended consequences of the law, I want During the current Utah Legislative session, to do away with it altogether.” the two House members who represent Taylorsville For starters, Kwan says some language in the are each certain to draw plenty of attention for at bill that was passed a year ago actually creates a least one of their proposed measures. “zero tolerance” threshold for immigrants who are House District 39 Rep. Jim Dunnigan wants seeking a Utah drivers license. to reduce the number of days fireworks can be shot “It’s also not completely clear — in the off each summer, while District 34 Rep. Karen current language of the bill — exactly what the Kwan says the controversial .05 drunk driving law legal status is for drivers licensed in other states,” needs to either be improved or scrapped. Kwan said. “Some could argue they also have zero Booze and fireworks: a pair of issues bound alcohol tolerance as it is currently written.” to produce lots of opinions. Soon after the stricter drunk driving bill Fireworks was passed, Gov. Gary Herbert ordered it to “My bill to reduce the number of days Utahns be reviewed to ensure there are no problems can use fireworks passed out of committee and or misunderstandings. Kwan wholeheartedly is ready to be considered by the entire House,” supports that. Dunnigan said. “The original bill was passed way too Current state law allows the discharge of quickly, and I don’t think it was properly vetted,” fireworks for a week, over both Independence Day she said. “We need a much broader conversation. (July 4) and Pioneer Day (July 24). The law that’s We should also be addressing drugged driving or been in place since 2012 allows residents to use distracted driving in this conversation. But for pyrotechnics three days before the holiday, on the now, if we can’t solve the problems in the .05 holiday itself and three days after. drunk driving law, I will work to kill it and start Dunnigan wants to cut that nearly in half. over.” l


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Taylorsville residents to pay nearly 10 percent more for fire suppression beginning this year By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Unified Fire Authority Chief Dan Petersen appears before the Taylorsville City Council. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)


fter waiting nearly a decade to request a property tax funding increase, the Unified Fire Authority sought and gained a nearly 10 percent tax increase during the holiday season. Taylorsville home and business owners — along with their counterparts throughout the UFA service area — will see a 9.56 percent tax increase this fall. The cost hike will be $23.78 for residents owning a $250,000 home and $43.24 for a similarly valued business. The Unified Fire Service Area Board of Directors unanimously approved the tax hike — its first since 2009 — a week before Christmas. Leading up to the board vote, UFA Chief Dan

Petersen and UFSA District Administrator Ifo Pili explained the reasoning for the increase to community leaders throughout the county, including to the Taylorsville City Council. “If the board does not raise taxes, it could jeopardize our UFSA bond rating and lead to a reduction in support services and staffing,” Petersen said. “This funding increase allows UFA to continue delivering service at current levels. It allows us to ensure a competitive wage for our firefighters and to fund necessary equipment replacement.” Property taxpayers apparently felt it was a reasonable funding request because the increase passed with no real media attention or public outcry.

“We appeared before all of the governmental jurisdictions UFA serves to explain why the tax increase was needed and to answer questions,” Assistant Fire Chief Jay Ziolkowski said. “Some of the city councils took a vote to show support for the increase, although those were unnecessary and non-binding. More importantly, none of the city councils opposed the increase.” One of the critical things the Unified Fire Authority wanted to accomplish through the tax increase was to maintain as many four-person crews on their fire engines as possible. The agency currently has four-person crews for 18 of its 24 engines. “On a fire with no victim inside, a three-person crew must wait for another crew before they can enter the building,” according to information provided by the UFSA. “(The firefighters) can attempt to knock down the fire from the outside, but (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) rules require two trained, equipped firefighters be outside before a team of two can enter a burning building.” In short, UFA officials say three-person fire engine crews can often lead to more property damage. Pili also pointed out to the Taylorsville City Council, fire suppression costs have gone up two to 3 percent per year, even as tax funding has remained unchanged. “UFSA has been drawing down its financial resources, something that is not sustainable,” he said.

In addition to his duties with the UFSA, Pili is also the Eagle Mountain city administrator, the only Utah County community served by UFA. When the UFSA board of directors passed the proposed tax increase, former Taylorsville Mayor Larry Johnson was among those voting in favor of it. “We had 48 members of the public show up at our public hearing a week before the board vote,” Ziolkowski said. “Well, over half of those people addressed the board, but there wasn’t a large outcry against the proposal. It seemed like most people understood that although tax increases are never welcome, sometimes they are necessary.” Petersen came into his position just over a year ago. In that time he said a division chief and three assistant fire chief positions have been eliminated. But he expressed concern that additional personnel cuts would likely affect residents. “This tax increase does not resolve all of our funding issues,” Pili said. “We still have some aging fire stations that will need to be replaced. But, for now, this helps us restore our funding reserve.” Taylorsville is home to one of UFA’s newest fire stations, which opened on Redwood Road last March. Pili said seismic studies will be completed to help the UFSA determine which of its older stations it will replace next. The 9.56 percent tax increase will appear in this year’s property tax notices. The UFSA tax adjustment is a one-time increase. Any future increases will require a similar series of public meetings and board approval. l

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, During the past several months I have had numerous opportunities to meet and speak with many residents in our city. I’ve gained a greater understanding and appreciation of your opinions regarding the well-being of Taylorsville. Mayor In an effort to continue the commitment I made to strengthen communication and transparency, I am happy to announce a new initiative Kristie S. Overson called “The Mayor is In.” Each Thursday between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. there will be time blocked out for me to meet with you at City Hall in a one on one setting. I feel this will give us an additional opportunity to connect, listen, ask questions and share ideas about our city. Thank you for the good things happening in Taylorsville. I’ll see you Thursday! –Kristie S. Overson


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February 2018

COUNCIL CORNER The Utah State Legislature is in session. As a City Council we keep an eye on what is happening there, because it can affect us as a City. A few of the areas of concern for Taylorsville: Local Control – a big reason the residents were in favor of becoming a City was to have local control over zoning and land use. There are a few efforts this year to restrict the local control over zoning regulations; Addiction Funding – We are concerned about additional funding for treatment. As Operation Rio Grande continues to help address the drug related crime, mental health challenges, and associated homelessness that comes along with drug addiction, the ongoing funding will be key to addressing these problems long term.

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Legislative Session 2018 This is an issue we are concerned about because Taylorsville has seen spikes in homelessness related crime and homeless camps near the Jordan River. Public Transit – Changes are being discussed about how UTA is managed and overseen – this may affect the City as we look for additional funds to complete design and begin construction of the first Bus Rapid Transit in the City of Taylorsville along 4700 South (connecting Salt Lake Community College to the intermodal hub near the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray). These are just a few of the issues that we will be closely watching and working with our Legislators representing Taylorsville on the Hill.

Gary C. Swensen Valley Regional Park 5100 South 2700 West

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE, AND GET INVOLVED? DO YOU WANT TO SHARE YOUR TIME AND TALENTS TO BUILD OUR COMMUNITY? The Taylorsville Leisure Activities, Recreation & Parks (L.A.R.P) Committee is seeking new members at this time. We are looking for volunteers to meet monthly and participate in our planned activities that include: Beautification Awards for the best kept yards/landscaping, Halloween & Holiday Outdoor Decor, Remember Me Rose Garden, Taylorsville Dayzz, and more.

Welcome to Taylorsville, Utah State University! City Officials, State Representatives, ChamberWest, and Community Members were invited to take a tour of Utah State University Salt Lake Center in Taylorsville. They have used technology to provide a variety of options including on-line and evening classes for traditional and non-traditional students. Utah State University Salt Lake Center is located in Sorenson Research Park at 920 West Levoy Drive, Taylorsville, UT 84123. Welcome to Taylorsville, Utah State University Salt Lake Center!

Residents interested in serving on the Taylorsville Leisure Activities, Recreation & Parks (L.A.R.P) Committee are invited to submit a volunteer application located on the City of Taylorsville website at www.taylorsvilleut.gov or call the City Offices for additional information at (801) 963-5400


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Chief Tracy Wyant

The following UPD Taylorsville Precinct Awards were presented at the City Council Meeting held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 OFFICER OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2017 Officer Kevin Spencer In addition to his duties as a Taylorsville Precinct Motor Officer, Lead Motor Instructor and Senior Officer, Officer Spencer has lead efforts in Taylorsville City with DUI Checkpoints. On 11-17-2017, Traffic Officer Spencer arranged a DUI checkpoint in Taylorsville City. This event was very successful in its operation and left a positive impression on many citizens that were interacted with. The DUI Checkpoint resulted in the following; 13 DUI arrests, 2 open container charges, 1 minor in possession charge, 2 warrant arrests, 1 felony drug arrest and 10 misdemeanor drug arrests. Kevin successfully brought together several outside Police Departments, equipment and interested organizations, including M.A.D.D., for this event that exceeded expectations.

GROUP CITATION - NOVEMBER 2017 Detective Chelsea Winslow, Officer Jared Evans, Detective Grayson Van Leeuwen On 11/13/2017 a male suspect and his live in girlfriend began to have an argument in their vehicle, adjacent to a small child. The male pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the female’s head. The female pulled over near 4700 S Bangerter Hwy at which time the male fled. The female was frantic and afraid the male would find her and eventually kill her. Officer Evans set up a ruse by having the female call the male and have him meet at their house to get some items. The male seemed very worried about the police but stated he would come by. Detective Winslow held surveillance on the residence in her unmarked vehicle while patrol units were staged in the area. A silver Mercedes pulled up to the residence but then quickly drove off. Detective Winslow believed the male suspect was a passenger in the vehicle and began to follow the vehicle. Detective Winslow directed patrol officers to her location and a traffic stop was initiated. The male suspect exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away. Detective Winslow pointed her Taser at the male and he was taken into custody without further incident. Detective Grayson Van Leeuwen began to question the male driver and learned the male driver and the suspect were at the Aquarium in Draper. The male driver had a debit card in his possession that did not belong to him. Detective Van Leeuwen contacted the Draper Police Department and learned the debit card belong to a male who had his wallet stolen from him while visiting the Aquarium. Detective Van Leeuwen conducted follow up with the victim and was able to identify the male driver as the suspect in the theft. A consent was obtained to search the vehicle and interior of the vehicle was searched diligently for the firearm. Officer Allen felt the handgun was hidden in the vehicle somewhere. Officer Allen opened the hood and located the firearm and a loaded magazine hidden by the radiator. Due to Officer Evans’ diligent pursuit to take the suspect into custody, Detective Winslow’s attentive surveillance and quick thinking, and Officer Allen’s great instincts and thorough search a violent offender was captured. Charges of DV Aggravated Assault and DV in the Presence of a Child were filed against the suspect. Because Officer Evans, Allen and Detectives Winslow and Van Leeuwen’s actions were above and beyond, the victim could have peace knowing the suspect was in custody.

TAYLORSVILLE PRECINCT RETIREMENT RECOGNITION Detective Denise Lovendahl Denise Lovendahl Detective 1997-2018 On behalf of the citizens of Salt Lake County, we thank you for 21 years of selfless service in law enforcement. Your dedication in Patrol, K9, Property Crimes, Directed Enforcement and Street Crimes will be felt for generations to come. The most effective way to do it, is to do it. Amelia Earhart

February 2018

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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Remembrances Remembrances of Bennion, Utah written by

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22nd Annual Baseball Auction Dinner Saturday, February 10, 2018 Taylorsville High School 5400 South Redwood Road (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.) 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.         Silent Auction & Social Hour 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.            Dinner and Guest Speakers 7:00 p.m.                            Live Auction                 $25 per person (Prepaid by mail or *Venmo) $30 per person at the door 

Many novelists have written books with the premise that we can’t go back, but I, at age 82, know that we can! Many hours a day I go back to the idyllic frontier village of my childhood, a childhood filled with family, love, and community solidarity. Mine was the kind of childhood that most people, fraught with the turmoil of life in the 90’s dream of but hardly believe possible, a childhood that became more and more rare as our frontier villages retrogressed into inner cities and suburbs. Even Bennion is now, a millionaire suburb, but the Bennion in my memory is still blessed with farm-life bound to the land and a European heritage. One Civil-War veteran survives and a few original pioneers, who rise to their feet in church, tell of hardships and persecutions borne as the Mormons preserved and stood together as a people. In my mind’s eyes I walk along our canal’s east bank, now Canal Road, with my friend, Ruth Langdon. Wincing at the smell of new-mowed hay, we pass Leo Player’s home on the right, John Bringhursts’ lucerne fields on the left, and stop at the gravel pit (which is now the T. John Labrum Park) to pick Red-bells, Lady-slippers, and Wild Buttercups. We are five years old, but our parents have no fear that we are in harm’s way. We saunter on with bouquets in our hands and stop at 6200 South where the Canal Road dead ends. Ann Nichols joins us, and turning to head in the direction of the Oquirrh Mountains (west), we pass the home of the old lady Newbold, our church janitor who always provides sour homemade bread for the sacrament. After stopping for Lucile Edmunds, we turn our backs to the mountains and head toward Redwood Road. We pass Ann’s home on the right, Ruth’s on the left, cross the Interurban tracks, and then cut through the church yard, bypass the old, crumbling Madison School my mother attended in the 1880’s. We enter the old yellow-brick church to join our friends in Primary, and hand our withered bouquets, accompanied by giggles, to the president, who places them in quart bottles of water and later enthusiastically thanks us in front of the other children.

Please RSVP by February 2, 2018 by using Venmo *Please select Taylorsville Baseball as the recipient, list the name(s) of the person/people you are registering for in the "What's it for?" section and pay $25 per person.

Taylorsville Community Greenhouse The Greenhouse opens for Spring Planting on February 24, 2018. Cost is $25

In our chicken coop with Grant Bringhurst, I steal eggs from the roosts, break them into our mud pie dough and stir and stir before shaping the little brown patties. To make sure we won’t be caught, we throw the cakes into the pigpen. I am entering first grade. With tears, Mother kisses me goodbye at our kitchen door. Swinging my new metal lunch box, I walk the canal bank, past Nichols, Langdon’s and the Interurban tracks to Burt Newbold’s home on the corner of 6200 S. Redwood Road. He is waiting with the horsedrawn covered wagon, our first “school bus” in which we travel two miles north on Redwood Road to Plymouth School. We are a punctual family. My father keeps our clocks turned either five or ten minutes ahead so we won’t be late for anything. Whenever we glance up at our big wall clock, we have to do a little arithmetic, never knowing whether to subtract five or ten minutes. (Her fun story continues on, so come to the Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Museum to read the rest of her story!)

We also have openings for Community Garden Summer plots.

For additional information please contact: Toni Lenning at 801-265-1328 or 801-414-4192

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Maintaining a clear and workable space around fire hydrants during the winter months is vital. In general, this responsibility falls on the residents who own or occupy property nearest a hydrant. When responding to structure fires, time is of the essence. Fire agencies strive for acceptable response times, and it can be frustrating when a fire hydrant needs to be cleared of snow or debris before firefighters can engage in water supply and suppression tactics to extinguish a fire. If you have a hydrant on or near your property, here are the things you can do to ensure firefighters can connect to the hydrant when needed: • Shovel or snow blow 3 feet of space on each side and in the back of fire hydrants • Maintain an open corridor from the street to the front of fire hydrants These clearings should go all the way to the ground whenever possible, but not less than one foot below the hydrant caps at a minimum. Some neighborhoods organize an Adopt-A-Hydrant program. This creates the awareness for residents to take note of clearing snow from hydrants and maintaining space around them and to help each other with those tasks throughout the winter months. These things can be done when you are already out shoveling or snow blowing your driveways and sidewalks. As always, thank you and stay safe!

Although your intention may be to provide someone a meal or warm place to sleep, study after study shows the best way to help the homeless is through cash donations to reputable, well known homeless service groups. As tempting as it is to provide someone on the side of the road or in a parking lot with a cash gift, truly help this vulnerable population by not fostering addiction and abuse. Contrary to common belief, panhandlers and homeless people are not necessarily one and the same. Many studies have found that only a small percentage of homeless people panhandle, and only a small percentage of panhandlers are homeless. With recent legislation making panhandling in some areas more difficult, some panhandlers have become increasingly pushy or even physical with would be donors. If a panhandler follows you, touches you, makes threatening or violent gestures, blocks your path or engages in any behavior that makes you feel threatened or unsafe call the police immediately. HB161 prohibits “the transfer of money or property between a pedestrian and an occupant of a motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is within certain roadways.” These certain roadways include streets where the speed limit is 35 MPH or greater. If you encounter a panhandler that you believe is truly in need of immediate services, contact the HOST hotline at 801-799-3035 or Volunteers of America Homeless Outreach at 801-519-9721.

Don't waste your money Is your landscape sprinkler stop and waste leaking? Does your toilet tank continue to fill time after time? If you received a notice in the message box on your bill it means the water meter has registered a continuous flow of water to your property for more than 15 consecutive days. This may indicate an unknown leak in your system that is increasing your usage. Take some time to find those unknown leaks in your plumbing system that are wasting your money. Implementation of the new tiered rate structure is expected to have a minor impact in most cases. However, users will be billed at different rates based on how much water is utilized, so high water users will pay higher water fees. The rate structure will hopefully reduce water waste and increase conservation. For more information, please visit www.tbid.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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snow removal reminders for taylorsville residents

City of Taylorsville Newsletter

On November 16, 2017, WFWRD’s Administrative Control Board approved a fee increase for residents beginning January 1, 2018. This increase will allow WFWRD to continue the current level of services to residents. The base rate for services will go up from $14.75 per month to $17.00 per month ($51.00 per quarter/$204 per year). Also, the rate for additional garbage cans will increase from $15.00 per month to $17.00 per month per can, and additional recycle cans will increase to $3.00 per month per can.

Did you know that WFWRD provides landfill vouchers to residents? These vouchers give Taylorsville residents up to $12 off one truck or trailer load of bulk, or green waste. You can obtain these vouchers if you have the ability to haul your own truck or trailer loads to the landfill. The vouchers can be obtained at Taylorsville City Hall.

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

If your garbage or recycle can is broken or damaged, please call our office at (385) 468-6325. We will come and repair your cans as part of your fees for services. You can also complete an online service order request on our website (https://wasatchfrontwaste.org/report-aproblem-or-request-service/).

Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District is on Facebook and Twitter. Please “like” our Facebook and Twitter pages. This is the best and quickest way to notify you of tips, issues, and important announcements that may impact your service

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Salt Lake County Council’s



Homelessness, poverty, mental health among issues to watch this legislative session

ith the state legislative session underway, the Salt Lake County Council is keeping an eye on a number of bills that could impact our county residents. Although there will be many interesting issues, here are some that I will be paying particular interest to. Over the last year, homelessness has been a focal point of county, state, and city leaders in the Salt Lake area. With the spike in criminal behavior and victimization in the Rio Grande district of downtown Salt Lake, and with help from Operation Rio Grande, much of our time has been spent discussing solutions and allocating additional resources. We appreciate our state partners in this endeavor. Though Operation Rio Grande has had many successes, we’re certainly not finished. Providing the right tools for our homeless residents to get back on their feet is a long-term effort. As any legislation arises to fund homeless services or alter current programs or resources, we’ll examine how it accomplishes the goals to help all our Salt Lake County residents be successful. Part of solving the homelessness crisis also must include affordable housing. Far too many county residents can’t find suitable housing that they can afford, while struggling to make ends meet. Currently, community reinvestment projects must set aside 10 percent of their budget to go toward affordable housing. This is a helpful funding stream that shouldn’t be taken away without a suitable replacement source of funding. The best way to address the homeless issue is a combination of law enforcement response to the criminal element (specifically targeting the drug trade), short-term resources for housing and other immediate services so families no longer have to live on the streets, and longer term jobs, education and training options so they have the skills and resources to become self-sufficient. These long-term resources will naturally have to include affordable housing as a key component. I look forward to the work of our legislators

to move these goals forward t h i s session. L a s t year the County Council approved m y proposal to launch the Aimee Winder Newton County Council District 3 Salt Lake County Intergenerational Poverty Task Force to look at ways to increase access to opportunity for those residents who are struggling the most to make ends meet. I’m hopeful that legislation this session will move us closer to accomplishing the goal of expanded opportunity, upward mobility, and empowering impoverished Utahns with the tools to earn their success and climb out of poverty. Lastly, I’m encouraged by Governor Gary Herbert’s recent creation of the youth suicide task force. I’ve written in detail about this issue before, as it touches many of us personally, and all too painfully. I hope that with more efforts as a community, we can increasingly convey hope and help to each and every teen who may be struggling. I’ll continue fighting for better resources, like the wildly successful SafeUT app, and the proposed three digit crisis line, to help our teens overcome any mental health crises they face, and take a step forward into a life filled with more happiness and hope. We owe this to our children. These issues are often weighty and difficult to fix. But that doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for the good work done by so many in Utah who serve in state, county, and city leadership roles. I look forward to the tremendous progress we can make as we work together as Utahns in the coming year. l

• Super Bowl Tailgate Party: Friday, February 2nd at 11:00 a.m. Wear your favorite teams colors, play fun games, and guess the score for prizes. • AARP Tax Aide: Mondays beginning February 5th to April 9th 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This is a free service by AARP and appointments are necessary. Call 385-468-3370 to make an appointment. Appointments fill up quickly. • Birthday Tuesday: Tuesday, February 6th at 11:00 a.m. with entertainer John Tibola. • Traditional Chinese Culture and Its Renaissance Presentation: Thursday, February 8th at 11:15 a.m. This is a fun informative way to begin Chinese New Year. • Mardi Gras Party: Tuesday, February 13th. 11:00 a.m. Mask Making 11:45 a.m. Parade • Valentine’s Day Party: Wednesday, February 14th at 11:00 a.m. Come for fun and games with friends. Stay after lunch for an Ice Cream Social at 12:30 p.m. • Heart Health Presentation by Dr. Sankara from Salt Lake Valley Regional Medical Center: Thursday, February 15th at 11:00 a.m. • This month the center is recognizing Heart Health Month: Come to the center anytime this month to participate in maintenance and prevention. The center offers a variety of exercise classes to help manage weight and stress. We also offer blood pressure and glucose screenings. Or, you can stop in for a nutritional lunch.

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McDougal Funeral Home 4330 S Redwood Rd, Taylorsville, UT 84123

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n December 1950, R. David McDougal opened the doors to McDougal Funeral Home, located on the (then) quiet Redwood Road in Taylorsville, Utah. At the time, only fields surrounded the new mortuary. Ever since he was a small boy, David had dreamed of owning and operating a funeral home. When his loving grandmother passed away, eight-year-old David watched the gentle care and sympathy shown by the funeral directors, and knew this was what he wanted to do for his life’s work. David studied Mortuary Science in Wisconsin after graduating from high school and serving an LDS mission. He met his sweet wife, Joyce Muir, in Provo, Utah. He loved and respected “Joycie,” fondly calling her “his bride,” even into their advancing years. Joyce worked with David in the office, serving as receptionist, secretary, and in a variety of other roles. Her service was indispensable to its success. They raised their five children at the funeral home and taught them to love and care for each other. In the early 1960s, David’s younger broth-

er, Richard, joined the staff and together the two of them provided dignity and honor to the lives and legacies of the families they served. David and Richard recognized that the loss of a loved one brings challenges and difficulties to those left behind. Working together, David and Richard were uniquely qualified to address and assist in solving many of these concerns. They followed the admonition to “do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” and considered it a privilege and a blessing.

Two of David’s sons, Kirk and Spencer, joined the staff to continue the family legacy. The funeral home has been family owned and operated since its doors first opened. Today, it operates under the direction of Ronald McDougal, Darren Parker, and Michael McDougal. They know and understand the value of maintaining the high standard of compassion and dignity that has made McDougal Funeral Home one of the leading funeral homes in the Salt Lake Valley. It is their goal to pro-

tect this reputation as they continue to serve families in the community. The staff are also committed to excellence in service and work hard with consideration to care for each person experiencing loss. The staff also includes Family Service Counselors who are specifically trained to provide information for pre-planning all aspects of a funeral service; they offer monthly seminars to educate the community on the choices and aspects in preparing for the future. Many have come to recognize the value of these preparations. They have seen the great benefit and peace of mind provided to families at a time of loss. With services and plans already in place, families have had time to reunite, to remember, and to honor the one who has passed on. McDougal Funeral Home’s dedication to compassion and service, which began over 67 years ago on a quiet street in Taylorsville, is continued today. The determination to honor and respect the life and legacy of those served is second to none. Faith McDougal

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Trees were displayed in the commons area at Taylorsville High School. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)


wenty-five clubs at Taylorsville High School used their skills and interests to decorate Christmas trees. The trees were displayed in the commons area, known as Warrior Woods, before they were donated to local families in need. “It’s nice to see different groups within the school come together for a united cause,” said Kristian King, student body officer vice president in charge of coordinating Warrior Woods. “They’re helping make someone else’s Christmas better, and I think that’s what Christmas is all about.” Clubs solicited donations of trees and ornaments from their members or used club funds to purchase them. During an after-school activity, club members decorated the trees. Some trees reflected the club’s values through their choice of adornments. The Visual Art Department embellished their store-bought ornaments with artistic flair and added fired custom clay ornaments. The JROTC tree reflected a patriotic, red, white and blue theme. There were even army men hiding among the branches. “With everything happening in the world, we just wanted to bring it back to we’re a country, we’re together. Christmas is about coming together with the family as a nation,” said JROTC Capt. Johnathan Avil. He believes the Warrior Woods tradition benefits the families receiving the trees as well as the students who donate their time to provide them. Avil sees it as an opportunity for high school students to look outside themselves and realize they are a part of a bigger community. “Hopefully, by learning to come together, they’ll go out on their own and do their own service projects,” said Avil. Sharing what you have with others is important to members of the Future Business Leaders of America club, said Aija Moore, FBLA member. FBLA budgets for participation in Warrior Woods each year. Planning ahead, the members purchase their artificial tree for a discounted price during the after-Christmas sales, said Moore. Moore said business people are sometimes portrayed as cold-hearted and selfish. She said in FBLA, members discuss wise money management and business skills, but they also encourage

participation in community service. “It’s a good practice to have as people,” said Moore. “It’s important to show that even though you are focused on business and doing well for yourself economically, you’re still willing to take care of other people and share.” Jobany Quiterio helped decorate four of the trees that were on display in the Warrior Woods before they were delivered to community members. As student body officer president, he helped with the student body officer’s tree and the student government’s tree. He also was involved with MESA’s (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) tree and the two trees Latinos in Action decorated and donated. Quiterio was glad to help provide trees to so many families, knowing how much they would appreciate them. When he was 6 years old, he was on the receiving side of such a gift. “I, myself, was the family who didn’t have a Christmas tree,” he said. “My mom was very grateful that one day someone knocked on our door and left a tree there.” Club advisers and members identified families in the community that needed a tree. Some were gifted to Redwood Elementary to be dispersed to additional families. The Warrior Woods tradition is the kickoff for the school’s December fundraiser for Millie’s Foundation. The students raised $14,100.58 to help children with cancer and their families. But King explained providing the Christmas trees was an opportunity for students to help families living in their community. “We’re trying to help out a lot more people within our community, instead of just one specific family or group—it’s just kind of nice to branch out and help,” said King. Taylorsville’s clubs, classes and teams that donated and decorated trees included MESA, AVID, DECA, HOSA, FBLA, FCCLA, cheerleaders, tennis team, JROTC, Visual Art Department, The Theatre Society, Key Club, Dance Company, debate team, madrigals, Generation Project, Latinos In Action, chess club, school trackers, junior class, sophomore class, student government and student body officers. l

nless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1. Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2. Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3. Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call 911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4. Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5. Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6. Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situation from

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getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st Century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars. 8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance company will tell you to do this. Even if you are at fault and it was you to blame. This could drive your premium up or even lead to you being sued. Let the police and insurance companies determine this. 9. Call the police. While some minor accidents don’t require a report to be filed, it’s up to the discretion of the drivers in the accident to call the police. Law enforcement can take statements, get information on injuries and property damage. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. If there is a dispute, the officer will be an important testimony. 10. See a doctor. Depending on the injuries suffered or not, it is easy to skip this. A large financial situation has just happened with the car accident, you don’t want another one by seeing the doctor and jacking up your health costs. It’s important to consider it, or possibly speak with one. Adrenaline can be pumping after the accident and one might not notice the amount of whiplash to your neck. Symptoms can take 24 hours to appear. The warning signs include neck pain, stiffness, loss of motion in the neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and pain in the shoulders or upper back. It can be better to be safe than sorry. l

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knew I was competitive and like to race so they let me try it,” she said. She now races in speed skating’s sprint races—the 500 and 1000 meters. In the 2017 World Cup event at her home track in Kearns she placed fourth and 12th in her 500 meter events. She placed 11th in the 1000 meter. “In a sprint you have such a short amount of time. Your technique needs to be spot on and you need to be mentally prepared to make adjustments. If something goes wrong in the race you do not have a lot of time to fix it. A typical 500 takes about 38 seconds so if I make a little mistake that can make the difference between a podium or last place,” Tandiman said. The national team is based in Salt Lake and she trains here year-round. As a junior skater she made five junior world teams. Her competition schedule has taken her around the world including Russia, Norway, Italy and Japan. “I would not have ever been able to go to all of these places if not for my speed skating. It has been really cool to travel and learn a little bit about the places I have been. I try to learn a couple of phrases in the language and sightsee a little bit,” she said. She spends about six hours a day training on land and the ice. Rotating between racing, cardio and weight training. Along with prep work on equipment and other family chores she has little time to herself. When she does find free time she enjoys doodling, painting and graphic arts. “Going into this Olympics I don’t know if I expect to medal necessarily. I hope to race some of my fastest times,” West Jordan’s Jerica Tandiman finished fourth and fifth in the ladies 500 and 1000 meters U.S. Olympic Tandiman said. “There are other members of the team that have been to the trials, qualifying her for the 2018 Winter Olympics. (John Kleba/US Speed Skating) games before. They have really helped encourage me. I am going to get valuable he 2002 Winter Olympics had scarcely ended when then 7-year-old Jerica Tandiman fell in love with speed skating. experience and try my best. I do not want a lot of pressure. I She is now headed to participate in the world’s pinnacle winter want to enjoy the experience and race the best I can.” She has a part-time job with Dick’s Sporting Goods and sports event. “It feels pretty awesome to be an Olympian. I am still try- they also help sponsor her travel and training expenses. She ing to process it all. I am really excited, and it is something I graduated from Kearns High School in 2013 and attended have been working towards for years,” Tandiman said. “It feels BYU-Hawaii. The 2018 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held Feb. good to finally reach that goal.” Tandiman started skating shortly after the Salt Lake City 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Her events will be held Winter Olympics finished and left behind the Utah Olympic Feb. 14 (1000 meter) and Feb. 18 (500 meter). She has three sisters: Justine, Julie and Jamie and her parOval in Kearns—within walking distance of her home. She was fascinated with the speed and her parents enrolled her in a ents are Edwin and Christine. They now live in West Jordan. “I am looking forward to representing Utah,” Tandiman learn-to-skate program. “It inspired me, I remember going to the oval and watch- said. “I have had so much support from people in my neighboring the speed skaters train. They went so fast. I was more inter- hood and friends that have known me growing up. I think it is ested in that than I was in figure skating or hockey. My parents going to be a great experience. It will be fun and exciting.” l


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uu Letoe believes she is brave and loyal, traits that she shares with Rosa Parks. But she doesn’t think she would have refused to give up her seat on the public bus in 1955. Nuu learned about Rosa Parks and chose to portray the heroine for the sixth-grade wax museum at Bennion Elementary School. “She inspired me because of what she did,” said Nuu. “I wouldn’t have had the guts to do that—I would’ve just gotten up and moved.” Sixth-graders participating in the wax museum learned more than just historical facts as they researched influential people from history. Many students discovered facts about themselves by comparing their personality and beliefs with their chosen subject. Sixth-grade teachers Allison Parrish, Angela Jacobs and Yamira Jolley said they see their students make connections with the historical leaders they have the opportunity to research. “We see the students recognize that there are leaders who have had similar interests and were able to accomplish great things to influence society,” said Parrish. “They also realize that these leaders have often had struggles of their own to overcome.” Sixth-grader Tristy Jackman was inspired by the story of Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack but was determined to continue competing in surfing competitions. “I learned that even if you have something wrong with you to not give up,” Tristy said, looking the part of the famous surfer, with her blonde hair styled in beach-waves and one arm tucked into her swim shirt. Jared Arciniega learned details about the life of Jaime Escalante, a teacher who helped underprivileged students in Los Angeles excel in math, despite the lack of support from their community. Jared said he was impressed by Escalante’s determination to see his students succeed despite the low expectations their parents and other teachers had for them. “He knew that they were smart, but he knew they could do better,” Jared said. He said that learning about Escalante’s students made him appreciate the

support he receives from his school and his family. Parrish said sixth-graders are at an ideal stage of development to benefit from this assignment. “We feel that by this age (11–12), students have enough self-awareness to identify their passions and interests; they can then find a leader in society from the past or present who has made a significant, positive contribution in that area,” said Parrish. Sixth-grade teachers have noticed some students, inspired by the research process for the project, continue with their studies of a particular person or area of interest. They believe the project can even influence their students’ interest in future career paths. Students portrayed a variety of historical figures such as Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Leonardo DaVinci, Sacagawea, Queen Elizabeth I and George Washington Carver. Even when researching a wellknown person, students learned new facts. Demarcus Taylor said he was surprised to learn that Martin Luther King Jr had won a Nobel Peace Prize. He said he chose to learn about the civil rights leader because he was an inspiration for many people. “He got arrested so many times, protesting for what he believed and it ended up coming true— he wanted the world to be equal and for black and whites to go to school together, and it finally happened,” Demarcus said. “It’s inspired me to do what I believe in.” Students were given one month to write a twopage biography of a famous person in history, create a poster with at-a-glance facts and put together a costume and props to portray them. Parrish said the written reports address three requirements from the sixth-grade curriculum: to write an informational essay, to learn how to research and to learn how to cite sources. Charlie Basta’s mom, a parent volunteer, said all her children enjoyed this assignment when they were in sixth grade. “They learn a lot—some of the important and also fun things about each individual they pick,” she said. “It’s a great project.” l

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A commercial crazed Valentine’s Day can leave you broke. Americans spend billions of dollars to celebrate a holiday rumored to be started by Hallmark in order to sell cards—which aren’t cheap. Then there’s the overpriced dinners, expensive roses and the marked-up heart-shaped chocolate. Perhaps a more accurate expression of love can be found in homemade gifts, because your time, love and effort was put into them. Here are less expensive alternatives for homemade Valentine’s Day gifts; some not even requiring creativity. Instead of supporting Hallmark’s card industry (some cards are $13 now!), write your own card. It’s not that hard, I promise. Start by picking the front of your card. If you’re not feeling particularly magical, just print a picture. It can be a cartoon your sweetheart will find funny. Or perhaps print a photo of a fun memory, or something related to an interest of theirs. Now you’ll need to write something on the back or inside of the card. Google “Valentine’s Day card messages” for some inspiring poems and sayings. For more personalized content, close your eyes, think about your loved one and what they mean to you, type out your thoughts, and then write it on the card. Creating your own card doesn’t take too much time, and it’s usually

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s our country devolves into a 24/7 protest, people are casting their eyes to the stars. They’re either hoping for a) an asteroid to hit the planet, b) our alien overlords to save us from catastrophe or c) the chance to flee to Mars to populate (and eventually destroy) another planet. Life on this beautiful blue marble (or beautiful blue dinner plate if you’re a flat-Earther) has had a good run. We’ve evolved from being hunters/gatherers to being couch potatoes while creating technology that is certain to bring about our impending doom. Do we really need a talking fridge? But Mars! Oh, the possibilities! I envision a world where everyone lives in hexagonal domes, speaks in British-accented tones, and wears white flowing robes. That could be a problem. I can’t wear white, even when I’m not living on a planet covered in red dust. Every night I would look like a red chimney sweep. NASA wants to send the first humans to Mars in the 2030s, which creates an interesting predicament. I’ll be too old to populate anything, but every planet needs a wise old woman giving cryptic warnings to the younger generation. I could fill that role, assuming I survive the seven-month journey to the Red Planet. The possibility of relocating to the planet of war has become an animated

discussion in our home. Me: Would you want to live on Mars? Hubbie: Of course! Me: Wouldn’t you be afraid we’d die on the way there? Hubbie: Wait. You’re going, too? Seven months is a long time to give someone the silent treatment. Describing the flight to Mars, NASA uses magical terms like “transfer orbit” and “astronomical position” which I’ve learned are NOT part of the Kama Sutra. Voyagers traveling to Mars could lose fingernails, have spinal fractures and vision problems, and there’s always the chance you’ll upchuck in your spacesuit and suffocate after blocking the air system with your intergalactic vomit. So, there’s that. Once we land, we’ll spend a lot of time cleaning up abandoned movie sets that Abbott and Costello, Matt Damon and Santa Claus basically trashed during filming. But once that’s done, then what do we do? I guess people will build greenhouses and grow food. I won’t be on that crew because I can’t even grow mold. Others will install solar panels. Solar companies are already training door-to-door salesmen for the Mars market. There will be a team working on communications so we can keep up with our favorite Netflix shows and hopefully



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