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WEST JORDAN’S YEAR OF INITIATING CHANGE By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

Jim Riding and his wife, Kathe. In November, Riding was voted the next mayor of West Jordan City. (Courtesy Jim Riding)


t was a year of movement for West Jordan in 2017. From the elections and a city manager retiring to the city’s form of government and its new facilities, West Jordan continued to upend the status quo. Here are some of the city’s biggest stories from 2017. Change of Government vote In what was a hotly debated topic for the majority of 2017, residents voted to change the city’s form of government, by a 63-vote margin, from council-manager to a council-mayor, more commonly known as the “strong mayor” format. “It was such an unknown,” said Mayor-elect Jim Riding on how the vote would turn out. “I had friends on both cases; I could not get a good feel for how it would go…there (were) so many people on both philosophies.”

Under the city’s current councilmanager form, a professional city manager hired by the city council acts as the CEO of the city, carrying out its dayto-day tasks, while the mayor serves as chair of the city council. In 2020, under what will now be the city’s council-mayor form, West Jordan’s mayor will serve as CEO, becoming the head of the executive branch of municipal government. The mayor would implement ordinances passed by the city council, appoint department heads and officers for the city departments and has veto power subject to the council’s ability to override the veto. This form of government would remove the city manager position but create a city administrator position that would perform administrative powers and duties under direction of the mayor.

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While conversation of changing the form of government has surfaced in years past, it wasn’t until 2017 that it really picked up steam. January saw a 4-3 vote in favor of putting the change of government option on the November ballot. The resolution, brought forth by Councilman Dirk Burton, initiated a process that would last the next 10 months. “I desire to let the public have the choice,” Burton said at the time. The measure received pushback, however, with concerns including the lack of options (only the council-mayor form was on the ballot) and the inability to return to the council-manager form. While the council-manager form is the most popular government form in cities throughout the United States, it was removed from state law in 2008,

though cities that had that form were permitted to continue the practice. Now that it’s changed, it cannot return without state law being changed. The question was removed from the ballot in March after residents asked for more time and education on the subject. A Forms of Government Ad Hoc Committee, made up of nine members, was created to study the forms of government before making its consensus recommendation in August to remain with the current council-manager form. The committee’s report expressed concern about the amount of power the new form of government gives the mayor and placed emphasis on the “quality and temperament” of elected officials as “the most critical element in the successful operation of a city.” Despite the recommendation, the Continued on Page 4...

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ome amazing teachers have gone to the extreme to help students in need—from using their bridal registry to providing coats for students to entering a boxing ring to solicit canned goods. “I think teachers naturally have a good heart,” said West Jordan Middle School Vice Principal Eric Price. “It’s not about the money; it’s about the kids.” All eyes on the bride One example is Copper Hills High School’s marketing teacher, Rickee Stewart, who was nationally recognized when she used her bridal registry to collect coats and shoes for the homeless students at her school. Her generous actions were featured in newspapers and on TV during the whirlwind weeks between the first day of school and her wedding in September. When Stewart had realized there were more than 100 homeless students at CHHS, she used social media to invite the community to donate through her bridal registry. CHHS Vice Principal Glen Varga said once Stewart’s first DonorsChoose. org request was filled, the online donation site decided to promote her campaign, opening it to international exposure. That’s when boxes of coats began arriving at the school. Varga said the 110 boxes of coats they’ve received take up a lot of space. “We’ve got a good problem on our hands,” said Varga. “We’re running out of storage space. The storage room is packed full and we’re looking for other spaces.” As the weather turns colder, the coats will be distributed to students, the surplus being shared with other schools. This isn’t the first time Stewart has caused an overflow in the school’s pantry. Varga said when Stewart started teaching at CHHS three years ago, she organized a food drive. “We got such an enormous response, we filled our own Principals Pantry and were able to donate hundreds of pounds to local food banks,” he said. “Since Rickee Stewart has been on campus, it’s been fully stocked.” Milonie Taylor, who runs the pantry at CHHS, is glad Stewart’s bridal registry story gained popularity with so many media outlets. “I’m hoping it has brought some positive needed attention to homelessness; it’s not just people living on a park bench eating out of a dumpster, it could be that kid sitting right next to in class,” said Taylor. She hopes students take advantage of what the pantry can provide and won’t be embarrassed to ask for help. “I’ve made our pantry look warm and inviting; it looks like a store, and they are welcome to pick up want they need,” said Taylor. The Pantry provides students with food, school supplies, personal hygiene items and clothing—even formal dresses for dances. CHHS students are fully involved in the pantry, collecting donations and organizing them on the shelves. The school’s Latino in Action Club recently sponsored a clothing drive, which gleaned hundreds of clothing donations. In Stewart’s marketing-based business class, she incorporates the pantry into the curriculum. Taylor said they discuss homelessness, encouraging students to consider how it would affect their lives. “Rickee will ask them to write down the difference between a want and a need,” said Taylor. “I think it’s pretty eye-opening to her students.”

By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com Taking a punch for the pantry Tyler Garcia, business teacher and football coach at Kearns High School, has likewise been passionate about stocking multiple school pantries. He agreed to compete in a boxing match at a local sports arena—if it benefited school pantries. Originally, he was giving his sports and entertainment marketing students some “real-world” experience helping market the Executive Fight Night. “It quickly turned into an opportunity to get food and money for the food banks at Kearns and Cyprus—if I took more of an active role in the event—so I spoke with the promoter and committed to the nine-week training to be ready to fight,” said Garcia. Spectators at the July 29 event were asked to donate food with their admission, and Garcia was able to collect about 20 cases of food and close to $1000, which he divided between the Kearns Community Food Pantry and Cyprus’ Pirate Pantry. Before the match he said, “I do not have any boxing experience, and yes, I am a bit crazy for doing this, but if it can raise food and awareness to help our students then I am willing to take the punch.” To the delight of his students, Garcia was declared the winner over his opponent, who towered half a foot above him. Will sing for food Krista Gibbons runs the food pantry at West Jordan Middle School. She coordinated a series of fundraisers over the summer to stock the pantry for the school year. Local artists such as The Backview Heights from Provo and ukulele player Abbey Hafen entertained audiences at the largest benefit concert held Aug. 23 at the Viridian Event Center. Local businesses committed to match contributions and donated items for the raffle such as Papa Murphy’s pizzas, passes for rock climbing at The Front, field time at Let’s Play Soccer and a helicopter ride. But the big winners of the evening were the students who face hunger, immigration, financial and family problems. “If a kid comes to school hungry, they’re not going to learn,” said Gibbons. She said many teachers have snacks they make available for kids in need. One teacher keeps peanut butter and jelly and bread on hand for kids who don’t have a lunch. Others have a drawer of granola bars. But when the need is long term, they send them to Gibbons whose stash has grown from a shelf to her entire classroom closet. Gibbons even provides backpacks for the students to fill up with food to take home to their families to ensure that they have something to eat over the weekend. WJMS teacher Erika Rand said she used to assume kids who needed free lunch would get it, not realizing those from refugee families couldn’t qualify for the program. She said teachers are aware who the homeless students are, even when it isn’t obvious by their appearance. “Mostly you can tell by discipline and by how stressed out they are,” said Rand. She has been touched by students who generously share their lunch or slip money to friends so they can buy something to eat. “They’re just kids but their needs are so much more,” said WJMS teacher Erika Rand. “We have some awesome teachers that really make them feel

like family.” Many teachers donate their time as well, staying after school to play soccer with kids who need something to do after school said Price. Some teachers become the support and encouragement the kids aren’t getting at home. He said parents do their best, but times get tough; his teachers do their best to help in any way they can. “We tell our kids every day at school on the announcements, ‘We love you, we care about you, make it a great day,’” said Price. That sentiment is expressed through the many teachers who, through both simple and extreme actions, are taking care of their students. l


Teacher becomes famous amid whirlwind of media attention

Copper Hills High School (CHHS) business teacher Rickee Stewart found herself in a whirlwind of national media attention just weeks before her wedding when she used her bridal registry to request coats for students in need. “We didn’t know any of this would happen,” said Stewart. “We woke up one morning and I had all of these weird Facebook messages. They were from all over.” People had heard her story on their local news and wanted to help. “My kids and I were freaking out because we were reading how far it had spread,” she said. Her students discovered articles written in French, Chinese—even Vietnamese. Stewart said her story was first published by KSL.com but when it was released to the Associated Press, everyone started picking up the story. She was featured in The New York Times, CNN-Canada, the NBC Nightly News and several other national newscasts. She was contacted by celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres. Rachel Ray invited her to be on The Rachel Ray Show (where Burlington Coat Factory donated 1,000 coats and an additional $10,000 to CHHS teachers through the Adopt-AClassroom program.) Due to the popularity and overwhelming response to her campaign, Stewart has been able to provide coats to thousands of students in the Salt Lake Valley. Once the needs of CHHS students had been met, Stewart continued to make sure every student in Jordan School District who needed a coat got one. Once those 1,800 coats were delivered, there were still more from generous donors to share with neighboring school districts. In November, Stewart and students helped Santa deliver coats donated by Burlington Coat Factory to 680 students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary and 320 Granite Park Middle School students. Stewart said she has been touched that so many people have gone out of their way to help these students. She continues to get donations of coats, shoes and other items for her students from people all around the world. “Every time we’ve spread the news, everyone wants to help. I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Stewart said. l

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West Jordan City Journal city council voted 5-2 to include the measure on the ballot, which became known as proposition 10. Elections Of the seven elected positions in West Jordan’s city government, three will see new faces in 2018. Riding, Kayleen Whitelock and Chad Lamb will be sworn in on Jan. 3. Riding defeated incumbent Kim Rolfe 64-35 to become the 13th mayor in West Jordan’s history. It also continues a trend of one-term mayors that dates back decades. “My anticipation was that I would probably win, but I thought the margin would be a lot closer,” Riding told the Journal in November. “And so, I was very, very surprised at the margin difference.” Rolfe wrote in his final mayor’s message in the city’s newsletter that it’s been an honor to serve the city. “I love the City of West Jordan,” he wrote. “I’ve lived here for 40 years and have two businesses here. It’s been a great place to live and work, and I’m honored to have served on both the city council and as your mayor.” Rolfe highlighted creating an ethics

ordinance for the city council and passing an ordinance that caps higher-density housing at 23 percent in the city. He said that will allow a balance of housing that “meets the needs of people throughout different stages of life.” Normally, Riding would serve a four-year term; however, with the change coming in two years, another election for mayor is required prior to the form of government change. Riding opposed the change, saying the city manager is a position usually held by someone with the proper education and experience. A mayor would not necessarily have the qualifications, only the majority of votes. The mayor-elect said he’d be prepared to run again in two years. Because the mayor would take on a completely new position, the salary would be different. But, the way the resolution is written, this would mean if Riding was defeated for reelection in 2019, he would still receive payment for the next two years. Riding told the Journal it was “very unlikely” he would accept that money, saying he would probably “just retire and let the city pay the new mayor.” Kayleen Whitelock and Chad Lamb

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WestJordanJournal .com were elected to the at-large city council seats, respectively, with Whitelock capturing 33 percent and Lamb 26 percent to defeat Jay Thomas and Hyrum Smith Matthews. West Jordan had almost 32 percent voter turnout with 13,872 of a possible 43,727 registered voters casting their ballot. Groundbreakings West Jordan bookended the year with two groundbreakings on major facilities in 2017: a public works building and arts facility. Called a “manifestation of hope” by public works employees at the groundbreaking on Feb. 16, the $26.5 million public works facility will be built at 7960 South 4000 West. Since 1986, the public works department has used their current building. Back then the city had a population of about 35,000, about onethird of today’s 114,000. Public works is responsible for storing and maintaining 450 vehicles, including street sweepers, vacuum trucks, plow trucks, police vehicles, fire trucks and other automobiles. “We don’t spend that much time in

the building, but my equipment needs a place to reside that is properly adequate for its needs, and we don’t have that,” said Justin Rayl at the time. Rayl is the wastewater operations supervisor. “I can’t meet the needs of a growing city now, but this new facility and will really make that possible.” The new facility is being built on the site of the old facility, and the 10 acres of city-owned land that’s adjacent and to the north, bringing the full site of the facility up to 17 acres. The old building has remained operational while the new building is under construction. Its completion is tentatively scheduled for spring 2018. November saw the officials break ground for a new Cultural Arts Facility in Veterans Memorial Park (1955 West 7800 South). Jen Crabb, arts council chair, said they’ve performed in various venues over the years, from school auditoriums and the old sugar factory to the performing arts center in Midvale. “West Jordan has a long history of community arts that has enriched our city as well as neighboring communities,” she said. It makes another addition to West Jordan’s Civic Center, which includes

City Hall, County Health Center, County Library Headquarters, State Third District Courthouse, West Jordan Justice Center, Fire Station 52, District Attorney’s Office, Gene Fullmer Rec Center and West Jordan Senior Center. These facilities are located adjacent to the 100-acre Veterans Memorial Park where the arts facility will be built. “An arts facility fits nicely into this mix and provides a much-needed home for the arts,” Rolfe said at the time. The $9.2 million facility is scheduled for completion in spring 2019. City manager retires For the fifth time in six years, West Jordan replaced its city manager. It will be one of the last times it does as the city does away with the position in 2020. Mark Palesh retired in July, having come out of retirement in 2015 and was approved to be interviewed for the position in Cedar City, South Jordan and West Jordan. He cancelled the South Jordan and Cedar City interviews. During his time as city manager, Palesh helped get West Jordan a seat on the Salt Lake Airport Board and initiated planning, design and financing for the new arts facility and public

works buildings being constructed. In November, residents voted down plans for the third building, a rec center. Former mayor fills council seat Jeff Haaga resigned from his city council at-large seat in March, which meant for the second time in under a year, the city council had to vote in another member. Haaga cited “personal family matters” as the reason for resignation in a letter addressed to Rolfe. The former city councilman was known most notably for being involved in a hit-andrun crash at a local bar in South Jordan. Councilman David Newton, who served as the city’s mayor from 2006 to 2010, was elected to serve the remaining eight months of the term out of 31 applicants. Newton did not seek reelection. The selection process by the mayor and city council involved a questionand-answer section, which was then narrowed down to three candidates for the second round. After the third candidate was eliminated, Newton won a 4-2 vote earn the council seat. l

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espite the wet and stormy week, hundreds of West Jordan residents showed up to help beautify the city for this year’s I Love West Jordan Day. April 29 dawned gray and misty, but these folks were willing to work outside. By the time the work was underway, the volunteers were rewarded with sunshine. Public works employees, firefighters, police officers, EMTs and Exchange Club members were among the first arrivals. Copper Hills High School cheerleaders, high school bands, local Scout troops, youth service units and church groups also came to do their part. Volunteers met at West Jordan City Hall’s parking lot where each received a red “I [heart] WJ” shirt and an assignment—either there at Veterans Memorial Park, or at any of the other city parks within West Jordan. Twenty-four parks had a new load of “soft fall” (playground wood chips) delivered for volunteers to spread. Before dispersing to job sites, workers were offered grab-and-go breakfast items while Alt 101.9 radio station played tunes from a loudspeaker. Ben Perry, Scoutmaster from Troop 1510, brought 11 work-gloved Scouts to labor at the Veterans Memorial Park. This was their third year participating in the citywide day of service, and Perry said they were ready “to do whatever the park needs us to do.” He mentioned that in previous years, the troop planted trees, spread

By Natalie Conforto | natalie.c@mycityjournals.com

Residents near the Oaks East Park organized their own group effort to spread wood chips on the Monday night following I Love West Jordan Day. (Mandy Clifford)

mulch, laid sod and painted bleachers. Teenager Exandria Tanner was there with her LDS church ward, huddling together in the morning wind. She also came to work at last year’s service event and remembers “running

around and cleaning up the park.” Her group brought shovels, rakes and gloves to help spruce up the area again. Along with the warm fuzzies that come from helping others, volunteers also received free

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lunch. Sam’s Club, Pizza Pie Café, Jersey Mike’s, Costco and Tamale Tita’s all sponsored I Love West Jordan Day this year by delivering meals to each work site. University Credit Union donated the T-shirts; West Jordan Raw Bean brought the coffee, and City Journals provided the breakfast. Some volunteers, however, didn’t receive any of the extra perks. Mandy Clifford was helping at a youth fundraiser at her neighborhood park on the morning of the city cleanup event. She noticed kids jumping into a large pile of wood chips and saw a sign posted that designated the Oaks East Park as an I Love WJ Day location. “I put two and two together that those wood chips were probably meant for the service project,” Clifford said. “I felt bad because our fundraiser was dominating that park.” Clifford then called City Hall and offered to organize a group to complete the task, and her offer was gladly accepted. She posted on Facebook to invite neighbors for a Monday night service project; several families showed up. The volunteers brought shovels and rakes and had the “soft fall” spread out within 45 minutes. Clifford was delighted with the turnout. “It was so rewarding,” she said. “I loved how much support we had on such short notice. It shows that the people that live in West Jordan truly care about our community.” l

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West Jordan Symphony takes on a rising star as its new conductor By Natalie Conforto | natalie.c@mycityjournals.com “I was expecting someone older.” “I hope he knows what he’s doing.” Jeannine Hawkins and Cassie Lorensen, members of the West Jordan Symphony, remember their thoughts when 24-year-old Shane Mickelsen arrived as the symphony’s new conductor just over a year ago. Cleanshaven and eager, Mickelsen appeared to the symphony members to be awfully young for the job. After all, their beloved conductor of 12 years, Larry White, sported hair to match his name by the time he stepped down in December of 2015. Would this newcomer possess the skills and experience necessary to command a full orchestra?

Shane Mickelsen was only 24 years old when he became the conductor of the West Jordan Symphony last year, but symphony members agree that he is an asset to the group. “He’s brought in a younger crowd,” said Jeannine Hawkins, who plays the trumpet. (Shane Mickelsen/mickelsenmusic.com)

Mickelsen’s resume confirms his experience. Growing up, he played clarinet in bands and orchestras, and was chosen as the drum major for his high school’s marching band. When he was just 18, he conducted an orchestra for an opera that he wrote in college. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal

performance and a Master of Music degree in music composition from Utah State University. Later, he served as artistic director and then associate conductor of the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra. Luckily for local music lovers, Mickelsen has proven his competence, both as a musician and as an approachable leader. After only one year, symphony members are singing his praises. “Shane is really good. He’s fun, and he makes jokes, and he helps us learn theory as we play,” said Lorensen, who has studied the viola for 25 years, playing with the West Jordan Symphony for the past five. Lorensen said she appreciates Mickelsen’s teaching techniques that reach the varying skill levels of symphony members. He uses a lot of imagery and descriptive analogies to describe the sound he wants the group to achieve. While many of the instrumentalists are music teachers themselves, high school students and new players also comprise the local group. No audition is required. “Shane brings out the best in us,” said Hawkins, who was a music education major and marching band trumpet player at the University of Utah. Hawkins notes Mickelsen’s versatility as a musician, adding that he also teaches voice lessons to her sons, who started as novices and have now earned “Superior” ratings in vocal competitions, thanks to Mickelson’s expert coaching. “He is so talented,” Hawkins said. “He’s very knowledgeable, and he wants to share that with us. He wants us to love playing as much as he loves putting it together.” She mentioned that as a newer member of the symphony, she considered leaving when White retired. Then Mickelsen sent out an email to ask the symphony what they wanted to play. Hawkins recalls, “I took that opportunity to mention Gershwin and the big band stuff, because brass isn’t usually featured in an orchestra. But he listened to me, and that’s what made me stay.” “He incorporates what we say,” Hawkins said, citing that Gershwin’s music will be the theme of the group’s spring performance May 5 at the Viridian Event Center. They will also play big band swing music, and the Berceuse

The West Jordan Symphony performed Christmas music for their final concert with their previous conductor, Larry White, in December 2015. (Jon Bowden)

and Finale from Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite. Mickelsen’s composing talents have come in handy for the Symphony. The group regularly warms up to a tuning chorale that he wrote for them to practice listening, balance and tuning skills. They have also performed his arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” which Lorensen said they all love to play. “Amazing Grace” is featured on Mickelsen’s new album, “Classical Hymns,” which was produced by Paul Cardall and released this March, hitting No. 8 on the iTunes classical chart. The Piano Guys and Jenny Oaks Baker perform some of Mickelsen’s arrangements on the album. When asked about his composing, Mickelsen deflected the spotlight to the instrumentalists who bring his work to life. “Everything relies on the performer,” he said. “In one example, you may have written an excellent novel, but no one will know unless there is someone capable of interpreting the writing that reads it. Needless to say, performers do not get enough credit; without them, a composer is nothing more than a wishful thinker.” There are 48 members now registered in the West Jordan Symphony, but Mickelsen said that many more would be welcome. “The biggest challenge facing the symphony is that we need more string players,” he said. “We do well for what we have, but we could use so many more first and second violins, violas, cellos and basses. We are also looking for one bassoon player, some oboe parts, trombone, tuba, and percussion players. Increasing our numbers would greatly increase what we are

able to accomplish.” Although this is a volunteer organization, Lorensen and Hawkins continue to play with the orchestra for a more rewarding payoff. Even Mickelsen, who puts in nine hours per week, is paid only in applause. He enjoys working with the West Jordan Symphony for “its sense of community and belonging. Everyone treats each other like family—it’s a great place to call home once a week,” Mickelsen said. While Lorensen describes the fun and welcoming atmosphere from the conductor and other members, Hawkins finds the collective resonance exhilarating. “You’re a small piece of a whole thing, so you’re concentrating on your own part,” Hawkins said. “But those moments when we just come together, it’s such a beautiful sound. I think we all feel it—it’s sort of magical.” For Hawkins, her time commitment with the West Jordan Symphony is more of a treat than a sacrifice. All members attend the two-hour weekly Saturday morning rehearsal and practice on their own as often as they deem necessary. Hawkins practices three times per week on her own. As a mom, she is often running her kids to their various activities and cheering them on. But when it comes to the symphony, she said she loves “that it’s mine. It’s something I do for me, that my kids can come and watch me do.” To get involved, email wjsymphony@ gmail.com, or visit its website at westjordansymphony.org. l

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1,000 hats for homeless By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Service-oriented students have made 1,000 hats for Salt Lake’s homeless. For the last six and a half years, students in the service club at West Hills Middle School have used study hall and after-school hours to knit the winter hats. The hats are stuffed with a Christmas card, colored by students, and delivered to the Road Home Shelter each December. Maddie Jolley, who is now a sophomore at Copper Hills High helped make hats all three years she was a member of the service club at West Hills. “It’s one of the things I loved coming to school for,” she said. Jolley challenged the club to complete 1,000 hats before she graduated high school. They reached that goal less than a year later. She suggested they have a party when they reached their goal in May. Current and former students who have been a part of the project were invited to the celebration. Principal Stacy Evans provided pizza and cake. “That was absolutely the least that I could do,” Evans told the students. “You guys are so amazing. The service that you’ve given has, I’m sure, affected so many people.” Jolley saw proof of the effects when she recognized one of their hats on a homeless man last year. “I knew that they were going to homeless people, and I knew we were trying,” Jolley said. “But I didn’t realize until I saw that cute old guy with the bright purple hat on. I knew right then and there, we were helping people—we really were.” Evans is impressed with the students who have spent hours each week working on the project. She told the students, “I know you will continue to do great things like this and find those service opportunities and take those to help other people.” Since her involvement with the project, Jolley has been

West Jordan City Journal inspired to make service a continued part of her life. She said this project made her more aware of the service opportunities around her. Last winter, she and her friends handed out care bags full of food, hand warmers, chapstick and socks to the homeless. She used her own money to purchase the items. Jolley has also raised money for cancer research and for kids with disabilities. “It’s really made me realize how fortunate I am,” she said. “If there’s any way I can help, I definitely want to.” Chantel Walker, adviser for the service club that sponsors the hat project, is an advocate for service-learning activities. She said students feel happy when they are doing something for others. Emma Crowther, a seventh-grader, enjoys chatting with friends while she makes the hats. “It’s nice that you get to do something fun and you’re helping people too,” she said. Students who are part of the service club often recruit their friends to help when they have time. Seventh-grader Ella Davis joined at the urging of her friends. She found the group very supportive. “I came in without a clue of what I was doing,” she said. “But it’s fun once you get the hang of it.” Walker explained how the project began. “My mom couldn’t crochet anymore but had a bunch of yarn,” she said. “So I bought some looms, and we started making hats. Seven years later, we’ve made over 1,000 hats.” People continue to donate yarn as well as money to purchase more supplies. Walker also uses funds set aside for service-learning activities. Hats are made on four different sizes of looms and some are crocheted. The club sets an annual goal as well as smaller monthly goals. When the monthly goal is reached, the students get a treat. The number of students making hats has increased each year as more students learn about the project. In 2010, students produced 52 hats. This year they made 240 between January and May. Their

goal is to have 320 before December. Ethan Guymon, a seventhgrader, predicts they’ll reach 2,000 total hats before he graduates high school. l

Co-presidents of the service club, Abbey Chatelain and Madilyn Loosle, with Ethan and Makayla Guymon, club officers. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

Update: Yet again, West Hills Middle’s Service Club has exceeded their goal. They hoped to have 320 knitted hats to deliver to the Road Home Shelter just before Christmas. They ultimately had 450. “I can’t believe we’ve done that many!” said club advisor Chandra Walker. “I love that the kids get really into it.” Dedicated students like Madison Sterzer have stepped up their hat production this year. Madison used her babysitting money to purchase her own yarn so that she could make hats during summer break. Others came back from Thanksgiving break with hats they’d worked on over the long weekend. Walker delivered the hats to the homeless shelter the week before Christmas along with Christmas cards the students throughout the school had colored. She said she loves that West Hills students are focused on helping others in the community.l

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Where in the world . . . are all the girls?


By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

noushka Kharkar was poised to win the National Geographic Society Utah State Geography Bee. For the seven questions of her preliminary round, Anoushka earned the only perfect score in her group of 20 other fourththrough eighth-graders, guaranteeing her spot in the final round. In 24 years, only one girl has ever won the Utah State Geography Bee. Only two have ever won the National Geography Bee. Anoushka, an eighth-grader at Challenger School of Salt Lake, has been competing in the State Bee since fifth grade. As a sixth-grader, she placed third, and as a seventh-grader, she placed second. Anoushka placed third this year, her final year of competition. (The only other girl in the final round, Adelaide Parker, placed fourth.) Each student attending the Utah State Geography Bee held at Thanksgiving Point on March 31 was their school’s champion, selected to compete with the top students in Utah as determined by a 70-question geography test. This year, of 102 students who qualified for the bee, only 25 percent were girls. Morgan Edman, a fifth-grader from Falcon Ridge Elementary in West Jordan said there were more boys than girls competing in her school bee, which she won. But she was surprised there were so few girls at the State Bee. Fourth-grader Lainey Porter won the school bee at Taylorsville Elementary, where four of the top seven students were girls, including the one who took second place. So where were all the girls at the state level? Explanations range from differing learning styles to confidence to interest. Helen Jones, who has a minor in geography and has taught history and geography for Canyons District, believes that girls and boys have different strengths in learning geography. “Boys like to keep track of where things are and who’s winning,” said Jones, who was a volunteer at the State Bee this year. “Young women have an attention to detail. So if we’re looking at map skills, the girls may be further ahead.” Jones also believes girls may have an edge with cultural geography with a tendency to pay more attention to what happens to people. Jones said the types of questions used at the bee cover a variety of geographic knowledge, including culture, politics, place and region, human movement and interaction, and map skills. Those don’t favor one gender over the other. State Bee Coordinator Kevin Poff has taught geography in Utah for 25 years. “In class, I haven’t noticed a difference between genders in being able to access geographic concepts or knowledge,” said Poff. He believes the age of the participants, which ranges from 10 to 14, is a factor. “This is the age where, socially, girls are

mother, said competition is unpredictable—you can never guarantee the outcome. But she is very proud of her daughter’s accomplishments. “We tell her it’s the effort you put in, and she has really put in a top-notch effort all year,” she said. Whatever the reason for the low numbers of girls winning the bee, Olivia puts the matter into perspective. “I knew that I would just do what I could, and I knew that even if people beat me, I would still be smart,” she said. l

Update: Preparing for the Bee By Jet Burnham j.burnham@mycityjournals.com Girls were well represented at the Taylorsville Elementary Geography Bee but not at the State Bee. (Leslie Porter/Taylorsville Elementary)

a little more hesitant to forge out on their own, especially when they are in mixed gender academic groups,” he said. Anoushka agrees lack of confidence may inhibit some girls. “When I go into competitions, there’s always more dudes,” she said. “Girls don’t normally go into these things because it’s dominated by dudes.” But Anoushka said she wasn’t intimidated by the boys—or anyone else—including last year’s winner, Ankiti Garg, who took first place again this year. His sister, Gauri Garg, was the first girl to win the Utah Bee, which she did in 2014 and again in 2015. “I tell myself that I studied a lot, and I can do well,” Anoushka said. “I’ve done well previous years, and I’ve studied so hard this year.” She also had the support of her family, including her older sister (who placed sixth in the State Bee a few years ago). Olivia Boase, an eighth-grader who won her school bee at Sunset Ridge Middle in West Jordan, wasn’t bothered by being in the minority. “I don’t feel intimidated by the boys, and I don’t think anybody should,” she said. “They’re all just the same age of us. They have the same amount of experience. Who says we can’t beat them?” Girls can beat the boys—at least they have in other academic competitions. Edward Cohn from American Prospect Magazine reported that equal numbers of boys and girls compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, with girls wining it more often than boys do. Olivia suggested there are more boys who are interested in geography. “The only reason I participated in the school bee was because there were cookies, and I got to

skip math class,” she said. But there are girls who love the subject. “The studying is arduous but it’s a lot of fun to learn about the world,” Anoushka said. As a teacher, Lainey’s mother, Leslie Porter, has nurtured her daughter’s interest in geography. “I have always loved going to her classroom and looking at all her maps,” Lainey said. Poff believes an understanding of the wider global community is what makes the difference for students who qualify for the bee. “I notice a difference when kids come to me with an attitude and viewpoint that is a little more global, and that seems to have more to do with life experiences than it does with gender,” said Poff. So what does the National Geographic Society say about the low numbers of girls in their bee? In a study commissioned in 1996 they concluded: “There is a slight difference between what girls and boys know about geography,” reported Marni Merksamer on “National Geographic Today.” Roger Downs, author of the study “Gender and Geography,” explained that starting at the school level, if boys know slightly more than the girls, the winner is more likely to be a boy. If the same thing happens again at the state level, when competitors reach the national level, what is now an extreme gap in gender actually started out as a very, very small one. Developmental psychologist Lynn Liben, who was involved in the study, explained, “It’s like if you’re a runner. If you’re just a little bit better, you’re going to win the race,” she said.” It doesn’t mean that the person who came in second is a slow slug.” Pallavi Ranade-Kharkar, Anoushka’s

Students from fourth to eighth grade are currently brushing up on their knowledge of world geography. Schools like Riverside Elementary will hold their Geography Bees by the end of January to determine who will move on to compete at the Utah Geography Bee on April 6. The National Geographic webpage has links for study resources with lesson plans, quizzes and information on study apps. www.wikihow.com/Prepare-forthe-Geography-Bee also suggests ways to prepare for Geography Bees. Utah Bee Coordinator Kevin Poff said that while studying maps, atlases, documentaries and practice questions can help prepare a student for the competition, those who perform well in the higher levels of are also globally aware. “This competition is not the kind of thing one can usually cram for at the last minute in order to be able to deliver a lot of random facts during the competition,” he said. “Those who excel at the Bee have several life habits that contribute to their geographic awareness.” The successful Bee competitors are familiar with and understand the relationships between cultures, religions, people and environments, said Poff. “This kind of awareness comes from a daily habit of paying attention to the world around us—watching the news, looking at maps, making connections between what is learned in class at school and what is going on in the world around us,” said Poff. “Preparing for the Bee then becomes an exploration instead of a chore.” l

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Add volunteering to your New Year’s resolutions! Want to fulfill three New Year’s resolution at once? Try volunteering for one of our committees and see how! Make new friends, strengthen your community, and volunteer more by joining any one of our committees. Several West Jordan City Committees have openings. This is a great opportunity to improve the way we do things here in West Jordan. To apply for any of the committees listed below or for more information, email heathere@wjordan.com or call 801-569-5100.

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Meet Mayor Riding First, let me say “thank you” to those who voted in the city’s general election. It’s on the local level that many “quality of life” issues are decided, and it’s important to elect those who you think best represent your interests. One of my favorite things about running for mayor was getting to meet so many residents. I plan to continue to interact with as many residents as possible and to encourage community input. To make that as easy as possible, I’ve set aside time each week to meet with residents. • Meet the Mayor, Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. • Stop by City Hall and visit with me on any issue, question or concern you may have. • Email mayorsoffice@wjordan.com to schedule an appointment if your issue is private. I’ve worked for the City of West Jordan for 15 years – not as a politician, but as an employee. And as an employee, I’ve attended many City Council meetings. One of my goals as mayor is to make these meetings run more efficiently so more residents can attend without waiting too long for the issues that concern them. The following are some ideas I’d like to try to accomplish this: • Hold work study meetings prior to City Council meetings from 5-6:15 p.m. in the Community Room. (The Council will be voting on Jan. 10 to move the start time of Council meeting to 6:30 p.m. to implement the work study meetings.) • These meetings will be open to the public. • Provide means during these meetings for the Council to become more informed on the issues before they take formal action during the subsequent Council meeting.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE HEALTHY WEST JORDAN COMMITTEE! The Healthy West Jordan Committee is looking for members to help bring to life events that promote all facets of good health for West Jordan residents. The Committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m.

HELP SAFEGUARD WEST JORDAN’S FUTURE – JOIN THE SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE! The Sustainability Committee recommends and implements solutions to reduce environmental impact and costs related to energy, water, wastewater, storm water, solid waste, green waste, recycling, fleet, fuel, air quality, property maintenance and any other area related to environmental sustainability. The Sustainability Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY AND HAVE A GREAT TIME DOING IT – JOIN THE EVENTS COMMITTEE! From the Demolition Derby to the Independence Day Parade and everything in between, events shape our city’s image and strengthen our sense of community. Give as little or as much time as you have and help bring them to life.

As the city’s construction manager, I’ve helped build many projects around the city both large and small, and I worked with the previous mayor and City Council on the planning of the new 20,000 square-foot Cultural Arts Facility. My goal is to build better for less. One way to do that is to postpone construction on the arts facility until March for the following reasons: • If we wait until spring, we can do the utility work with the rest of the job, saving about $70,000. • This puts all excavation and utilities under one contractor and avoids warranty/coordination issues. • This also avoids any potential weather-related costs that could be incurred if the project started in the winter months. I’ve been a resident for more than 24 years. I love this City. I raised my family here. My children went to school here and call West Jordan their hometown. I will work to ensure our City is safe and clean and has functional roads and utility systems. This means carefully allocating resources so that essential functions are adequately funded and also dedicating resources to things that make our city a great place to live. I look forward to working with the City Council, city staff and residents to build a better West Jordan. If you have ideas on how to better our city, please email me at mayorsoffice@wjordan.com, call me at 801-569-5100 or stop by and see me on a Thursday between 3 and 5 p.m. Sincerely, Mayor Jim Riding


Register now for Citizen Police Academy The West Jordan Police Department is gearing up for its next session of the Citizen Police Academy. The next session begins in January. Participants get an inside look at how the police department works and learn about different aspects of police work, including firearm safety, crime scene investigation, K-9, crime prevention and defensive tactics. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and pass a basic background check. There is no fee, but class size is limited. For more information, contact Christie Jacobs at 801-256-2032 or via e-mail at christiej@wjordan.com.

Chinese Delegates Visit West Jordan West Jordan was selected to host Chinese delegates from Hubei, China on Dec. 8 to learn more about the city’s urban forestry program. The Chinese delegates talked about the establishment of their nine National Parks in the Hubei Province. They see the United States as a model for preservation of National Parks and were visiting the U.S. to gather ideas they can implement in the operation of their National Park system. The Chinese delegates were interested in learning how to manage their forestry resources. The state’s forestry program administrator also shared information the Chinese will take back to their country including tree inventory concepts, grant funding programs, fire suppression concepts, aspen research projects and forestry-related community involvement programs. The delegates also enjoyed a tour of the Conservation Garden Park.


Wildlife Photography Exhibit at the Schorr The New Year’s first exhibit at the Schorr Gallery will feature wildlife and nature photographer Paul J. Marto, Jr. An artist’s reception will be held Jan. 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Schorr Gallery on the third floor of West Jordan City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Road. Marto grew up in Carmel Valley, CA and has been passionate about photography since the early 80s. Nature, wildlife and action shots are his favorites. Marto moved to Salt Lake City and was impressed with the photographic opportunities that the State of Utah holds. “I am trying to bring awareness to the abundant collection of wildlife that cohabit the Salt Lake area. The more we know about these amazing animals and their requirements for survival, the better prepared we will be to live a peaceful coexistence with them. I strive to present brilliant photographs of these wonderful creatures, large and small, in a way that will both inspire and educate,” he said. His work has been highlighted by National Geographic, USA Today, KSL. com, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Sea & Sage Audubon Society and many other entities. He is a recent winner in the City of Irvine, CA 40th Anniversary Photo Contest. He has published several photographic books and currently completed his third, “Glorious Nature” which showcases over 200 of his most dramatic wildlife and nature photographs.

Youth Theatre Audition Notice for ‘Peter Pan’ The West Jordan Youth Theatre announces Peter Pan Auditions Feb. 7 and 9 from 5-9 p.m. Auditions will be held in the City Hall Community Room, 8000 S. Redwood Road. Callbacks will be held by invitation only Feb. 10 from 12 to 6 p.m. Auditions are open to youth ages 8 to 18. Please arrive a few minutes early to your audition time to complete paperwork. Please prepare 32 bars of a Broadway song in the style of the show (choose a selection from something other than Peter Pan). Please bring a CD or MP3 as we will not have an accompanist. Headshots and resumes welcome. We require conflict dates for February through April. See you soon! More information at wjyouththeatre.com.

Hollywood honors West Jordan resident It’s not every day that a Hollywood celebrity comes to West Jordan to shoot a TV show, but on Dec. 12, it was Lights! Camera! Action! In case you missed it, West Jordan held a surprise mini parade last month to honor local humanitarian Alton Thacker. Alton is the 82-year-old founder of Tiny Tim’s Foundation for Kids, a toy workshop that builds and donates wooden cars to children all over the world. Alton’s story inspired a celebrity with a popular TV show to visit West Jordan to film a show that will air in February. We’ve been asked not to publicly name the show or the celebrity to keep it a surprise until it airs, so stay tuned. We will be sure and tell everyone all about it just as soon as we get the green light. (Those who attended the event were asked to sign a non-disclosure form.) With about a week’s notice, it was a test of West Jordan’s community spirit to see what kind of parade could be pulled together in December, but it came together and the producers of the show were very pleased and Alton and his family were thrilled! A big thank you to all who braved the cold and came to show their support! Also, a special shout out to those who helped make it happen including the Salt Lake County Library, Jordan School District, West Jordan Chamber of Commerce and City Journals. Local businesses who donated include: • Highpoint Coffee • Dunford Bakers • Chick-fil-A of West Jordan and Taylorsville • Sam’s Club • Nothing Bundt Cakes • Taffy Town, Inc. Thank you also to our parade participants: West Jordan High School, Copper Hills High School, Utah Jazz Bear, Columbia Elementary, Terra Linda Elementary, Owlexander the Owl, Miss Utah, Western Stampede Royalty, Maxwell Dance Studio, Forever Cheer, ABC Great Beginnings, Sinclair Oil Dinosaur, Salt Lake Stars/ Buster, Be Smart Auto, Rotary Club, West Jordan Police, West Jordan Fire, West Jordan Public Works, West Jordan Mayor and City Council. Alton opened the foundation in 2002, not long after he retired as a barber. For years before that, he and his wife, Cheryl, had been involved in a variety of humanitarian efforts in Mexico. They delivered medical supplies and eyeglasses, helped build hospitals and schools, and at Christmastime dressed up as Santa and Mrs. Claus and handed out presents.












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West Jordan Firefighters Help Fight California Wildfires




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West Jordan firefighters spent two weeks last month helping California crews fight the Lilac and Thomas wildfires in Southern California. The West Jordan Fire Department sent six firefighters and one engine. They joined 16 other northern Utah agencies to help the overwhelmed California crews. “Being deployed to California was such an amazing opportunity,” said Capt. Kris Maxfield. “I will always remember how friendly and grateful they were to have the help.” The severity of the fires were fueled by a drier-than-average season coupled with strong Santa Ana winds that would gust up to 60-plus miles per hour. By the time West Jordan’s reinforcements arrived, the fires had already consumed over 100,000 acres and destroyed or damaged about 200 structures. “Because our task force was comprised mostly of structural firefighting engines, we were used most often as protection for homes and other valuable infrastructure,” said Maxfield. “We protected everything from multi-million dollar race horses in north San Diego County to mansions and water treatment facilities in Santa Barbara. It taught me that if and when disaster strikes in our own city, we will not be alone. After witnessing the amazing spirit of cooperation of the western states, I have no doubt that help will be on the way.” In total, between 80 and 100 firefighters from northern Utah were there to join the fight. West Jordan firefighters returned to Utah Dec. 20 – just in time for the Christmas holiday.

Pictured left to right: Firefighters Travis Ball, Roy Todd, Blake Edwards, TJ Moser, Ryan Stephenson, and Capt. Kris Maxfield.

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ebekah Wightman is an Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship attorney at Corbett & Gwilliam, PLLC in South Jordan. Though an Oregon native, Rebekah has made her home in Utah for the last 11 years and currently resides in Herriman with her husband and two sons. When Rebekah was 14 years old, her maternal grandfather died leaving a complex estate to sort out; the next several years were spent collecting, inventorying, managing, selling, and distributing his estate. She witnessed firsthand the toll that a poorly organized estate takes on the family left sorting things out. This experience stuck with Rebekah and led her to practice in the areas of estate planning, guardianship, and probate. Of all that Rebekah’s job entails, she most enjoys educating the community through lunch ‘n learns, seminars, and answering oneon-one questions. As a mother of young children, she is especially passionate about helping young families understand that estate planning is not just for the elderly or the wealthy, and that it provides solutions to many of our most persistent worries. A recent client related, “No one likes to think about the “what will happen when I pass on” scenarios. It’s not a pleasant thought process, but everyone needs to have a plan. Rebekah helped me weigh all the pros and cons of setting up a trust and explained everything very well and so that it made sense to me. She even makes sure that you have all the extras for your children to make sure they are taken care of if you can’t be there. She made it easy, quick and painless.”. Rebekah holds a J.D. from the University of Utah, S.J.

Quinney School of Law, and a B.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University. During her schooling, she interned for Representative Becky Lockhart and researched for the WomanStats Project. Rebekah sits on the board for the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, co-chairs the Serving our Seniors Initiative through the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar, and has volunteered with several Utah-based organizations including Family Promise, Project Read, and the Boys and Girls Club. Most recently, she has worked with the Herriman High School Future Business Leaders of America Club. She was even named Utah FBLA Business Person of the Year for 2017. Marin Murdock, the president of the Herriman High School FBLA commented, “Rebekah’s selfless determination to help everyone she meets has made a lasting impact, and the Herriman FBLA Chapter is grateful for all of her hard work to strengthen our chapter and community. I personally have learned numerous lifelong lessons from Rebekah as she has been a personal mentor to me. She is a great example of who I want to be as a future business woman and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with her over the last two years.” When Rebekah isn’t lawyering, she enjoys eating shaved ice, playing tennis, reading, leg wrestling, watching British Dramas, singing LOUDLY, playing with her kids, laughing, and generally enjoying life. Rebekah can be reached at Rebekah@cglawgroup.com, 801285- 6302 or by visiting cglawgroup.com. l

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Out with the old, in with a new turf By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he football fields at Riverton, West Jordan, Bingham and Copper Hills have taken on a complete facelift this summer. “I remember in my early days teaching at West Jordan when I worked the chain gang watching Mike Meifu (current West Jordan head coach) break through the line,” Jaguars athletic director Scott Briggs said on the day he announced the hiring of their current head coach. “The stories I could tell of the games I have seen.” The glory, defeat and hard work on these fields is part of the lives of many of its players. The old grass, drainage systems and dirt will be gone soon. If the turf could tell us the stories of its past what would it have to say. At Copper Hills, Sealver Siliga had many tackles for loss. As a Grizzly, he played many games on the grass on Garrison Field. Now he is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but in his career he has played in a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots. The green grass has

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WestJordanJournal .com also been the headquarters for countless numbers of track athletes during numerous track and field events. The Jaguars home turf could tell the story of DJ Tialavea, a lineman at West Jordan in 2009, an All-State player who just signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons. The sidelines at Riverton and West Jordan were also the home to the late Rick Bojak. The legacy he left with his studentathletes will always be a part of their lives. Riverton has had players like Brady Holt and Simeon Page begin their careers playing on its grass. The new multi-use fields should be ready in early August. They will be marked for soccer and lacrosse along with the traditional football lines. The renovation is part of the Jordan School District’s initiative to make its playing surfaces top of the line. Construction began in June. Copper Hills, West Jordan and Riverton’s fields had the drainage system and sprinklers removed in preparation for the new turf. Bingham’s new surface is an update to the turf it already had. The project in its entirety is expected to cost $3.2 million. The natural turf that remained at the Jordan District schools had become outdated. The three fields under construction were the last to be resurfaced in the Salt

Lake Valley. Fields with natural turf are prone to having uneven surfaces, animal and bug infestations and field breakdown because of overuse. The expense of maintenance outweighs the cost of the turfs initial installation. When the field turf is installed it keeps its green appearance without watering. The surface is also durable and maintains its structure without constant maintenance, according to artificial grass liquidators. Players have complained of the heat the turf produces, but its installers say a cool watering a few hours before use can reduce temperatures drastically. The turf is expected to last 10–15 years. It consists of a 2-and-half-inchlong blade with alternating layers of fine sand and rubber grit. The layers are placed on a drainage base of about an inch for water to safely drain off the surface. Maintenance changes from mowing, watering and fertilizing to brushing, raking and sweeping. Fieldturf (a turf installation contractor) officials said the field needs to be maintained properly for the school to realize its benefit. Field turf is being used in places such as the University of Utah, the Seattle Seahawks and many other football fields around the country. l

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The Jaguars also defeated Taylorsville on their home turf despite losing to Herriman and Pleasant Grove. Copper Hills hosted a party the week of its first game on the new turf. They invited members of the Garrison family to participate in a ribbon-cutting. Garrison Field was not as kind to the Grizzlies. They lost all of their home games this year, but new coach Corey Dodds has the team playing better. They captured a 16-13 victory at Ben Lomond Aug. 25. l

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Exchange Club honors child abuse victims with Field of Flags

Child abuse doesn’t go away if we don’t talk about it,” said Gwen Knight, president elect of the West Jordan Exchange Club. “We don’t talk about it in age-appropriate ways. I’d like to see us prevent it before it occurs.” Each June, the local chapter strives to ignite conversations among families about child abuse by planting their annual Field of Flags at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, which stays in place for two weeks. Each flag represents a child who died in the United States this year from abuse and neglect. The club planted more than 1,000 flags. In fact, an estimated 1,670 child abuse fatalities occurred in 2015 (the most recent year for which there are statistics). This number is on the rise, as the rate is 5 percent higher than it was in 2011. The Exchange Club hopes that when people see the Field of Flags, they will think about how fragile children can be, and evaluate their own behavior to prevent child abuse. Most victims who die (74 percent) are younger than 3 years old. “Fatal child abuse may involve a single, impulsive accident such as suffocating or shaking a baby, or it could involve repeated abuse over a period of time such as extended malnourishment,” Knight said. The nonprofit organization Prevent Child Abuse Utah reported that there are 10,000 incidences of child abuse per year in Utah, and that statistically, 80 percent of abused children never tell anyone. Because the organization’s goals closely align with those of the Exchange Club, a representative from PCA Utah was on hand to pass out information regarding prevention as the flags were planted this June. About 80 other community members joined in the flag-planting effort to raise awareness. Volunteers were comprised of members of the Kearns High football team, the Taylorsville Junior ROTC, Latinos in Action, West Jordan Fire Department and other individuals who learned about the opportunity either through the Just Serve.org website or through members of the Exchange Club. Utah’s sexual abuse rate of 29 percent is three times higher than the national average of 9 percent. Utah Representative Angela Romero was so alarmed by these numbers that she wrote House Bill 286. Passed in 2014 and implemented last school year, the bill mandates that all school districts provide sexual abuse prevention awareness to educators and

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Eighty volunteers joined the West Jordan Exchange Club in June 2017 to plant its annual Field of Flags to honor children who died because of child abuse. (Reed Scharman/ Exchange Club)

a parenting course to parents of elementary students. “My belief is that one of the reasons our sexual abuse is so high is a lack of education,” Knight said. “It’s so important that citizens learn how to recognize, resist and report abuse. Then it’s important that they teach their children safety strategies as well, so they can protect themselves, support their friends if they are abused, and then learn how to behave as parents.” This year, Jordan School District is complying with the bill by requiring all faculty and staff, including substitute teachers, to complete a onehour online course entitled “Child Abuse Prevention Training.” The free course helps adults recognize abuse, learn how to report it and hone their skills to support children who are victims of abuse. One point repeatedly stressed in the course is to always believe the child. A separate online program is also available for parents. The module outlines how parents can listen to their child, monitor computers to keep their child safe from online predators and recognize the signs of someone grooming their child for sexual abuse. Both courses are available for free at www. pcautah.org, in English and Spanish. Representatives from Prevent Child Abuse Utah are ready and willing to teach and educate groups. To comply with House Bill 286, some Jordan District elementary schools have invited PCA Utah to conduct parent nights at the school. The West Jordan Exchange Club always

More than 1,000 flags flew at the Veteran’s Memorial Park for two weeks. (Reed Scharman/Exchange Club)

welcomes new members. Throughout the U.S., the national project for all Exchange Clubs is prevention of child abuse. The club also celebrates core values of Americanism and recognition of youth with scholarships.



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Salt Lake County passes 2018 budget with no tax increases Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton

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alt Lake County funds a multitude of efforts throughout the valley. The largest portion of our general fund goes to criminal justice in one form or another, which includes the Adult Detention Center (county jail) and the Oxbow Jail. Between that and the many recreational amenities, regional government services, necessary elected office functions, and contributions to various efforts, the county budget can have a significant impact on a number of different issues. My priority for every budget process is the same, and I ask the following questions of each expenditure or proposal we review: 1) Is this the proper role of county government? 2) Does this invest in an area that will save taxpayer money in the long run? 3) Does this needlessly duplicate efforts already under way by another entity? 4) Is this the highest and best use of these dollars? This year, I made it clear during the budget deliberations that I would not support

a final budget that exceeded the dollar amount proposed in the Mayor’s initial budget of roughly $1.3 billion. Growth in spending, even if marginal on a year over year basis, contributes to the growth of government and eats into our fund balance (savings account). That’s why I supported $1.2 million in cuts, which would have avoided the need to dip into that fund balance, and further stave off any talk of tax increases in future budgets. Since the final budget exceeded the Mayor’s recommendation by more than $360,000, and there were still plenty of prudent cuts we could have made to avoid using fund balance, ultimately I decided to vote against the budget. The budget passed on a 5-4 vote, with a majority of council members voting in favor. My goal is to always ensure that every taxpayer dollar we spend is used wisely, efficiently, and allocated through a transparent process. This budget process was certainly transparent, and includes

many prudent expenditures in line with county priorities. Though I opposed the final version of the budget for the reasons mentioned above, I still appreciate the noteworthy and important items we were able to fund. First and foremost, our budget provides funding to fully open the Oxbow Jail. This, combined with optimizing the jail bed space at the Adult Detention Center will have a significant impact on criminal justice challenges in the county. Having sufficient jail bed space so our law enforcement officers can arrest offenders and have a place to take them is vital. Resources for more beds gives officers this tool as they do their jobs to keep our streets free from dangerous or disruptive individuals. Coupled with the council’s support of and funding for treatment beds, this improvement will yield tangible benefits for reducing crime and drug use in our communities. These are needed components

of Operation Rio Grande and, along with other investment in our criminal justice system, will go a long way to positively impact neighborhoods negatively affected by crime. This will also better equip the county to connect people trapped in homelessness or drug addiction with needed treatment and resources to help their situation. Most importantly to me, this budget accomplishes all of these goals without a tax increase. I will always be committed to doing whatever we can to find areas to trim unnecessary county spending, finding more efficient ways to use the funding we already do have, before asking taxpayers for an increase. I voted to refrain from the temptation of using fund balance to pay for add-ons to the budget in large part to prevent a future tax increase for as long as possible. I’m confident that 2018 will be a great year, and I look forward to all the good things to come in Salt Lake County. l

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Shorts leads Copper Hills into playoffs By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com



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he top Utah high school basketball prognosticators consider Copper Hills to be a team to beat heading into its state tournament. The 2016–17 season has been highlighted by only four losses by the Grizzlies. Two of those were at an out-of-state tournament in December, while the other two were at the hands of defending state champion and Region 3 contender Bingham. The Grizzlies turned and watched last spring as the Miners cut the nets at the University of Utah as state champions. The Miners had defeated them 61-44 using a 20-point third quarter to pull away. The Grizzly players walked away with towels on their heads dejected. The Miners also defeated the Grizzlies in the Utah Elite 8 tournament held in December, 60-56. It was the Grizzlies first loss of the season. Senior Stockton Shorts had 21 points in the loss. “We really want to beat Bingham,” Shorts told Utah Prep Hoops. “They beat us four times last year. They are a great team, and we consider them a rival.” Shorts’ full name is Stockton Malone Shorts. His father and mother are huge Utah Jazz fans and have passed the love of basketball to their son. Shorts avidly follows the Jazz as evident on his twitter page, @stockton_shorts. As a senior, Shorts has made the most of his playing time. He leads the team in scoring, averaging 23.4 points per game. He has been named Deseret News player of the week this season. He had a season high 41 points against Olympus in a preseason game. He has


Stockton Shorts exploded on to the junior college basketball scene as a member of the Snow College men’s team. He has found a place where he can showcase his skills. He averaged nearly 23.6 points per game last season at Copper Hills and scored more than 1,100 in his career as a Grizzly. The Badgers have started their season 7-3 and have averaged 82 points per game. Shorts

also scored in double figures in all the team’s games. Shorts took on Bingham singlehandedly Jan 6. He scored eight points in overtime, including the game winning three with 4.2 seconds remaining. He had 34 points in the game and Copper Hills defeated Bingham for the first time in five tries, 59-57. Bingham then defeated the Grizzlies in the second region matchup on Jan. 31, 58-51. Copper Hills’ players know that to become the best, they must beat the best. The Grizzlies also defeated West Jordan both times this year, 63-56 and 67-57. They split last season’s games. The supporting cast around Shorts has held its own. Stressing defense that leads to offense is an important part of the Grizzly philosophy. Seniors Rowland Bolman, Ben Baysinger and Callahan Blackham and sophomore Trevon Allfrey have helped by pitching in on the offensive end. The 5A boys state tournament is scheduled to begin Feb. 27. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, March 4 at Weber State University. Bolman and fellow senior Parker Rollins have also been named to the Deseret News Academic All-State team. This award is to recognize student athletes who have excelled in the classroom as well as in athletic competition. more 85,000 students participate in high school athletics. This award is considered the most prestigious honor given by the Utah High School Activities Association. l is averaging 10.3 points in 23 minutes per game. In his first game of his college career, he pitched in 15 points in the Badgers’ 95-91 victory over Northwest College. He started and played 30 minutes, hitting five of his nine shots from the field. The Badgers are scheduled to play Salt Lake Community College Feb. 10. l

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Letter to the Editor By Alexandra Eframo

What! Is it true? Am I looking at a full page colored ad appearing in the Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday Nov. 12, 2017 with Kayleen Whitelock’s picture stating Thank You and not in the West Jordan Journal? Unbelieving in what I was reading, I called the Salt Lake Tribune and the cost of that advertisement is $12,146.25 - WOW! Talk about lacking common sense. That money could have been given to

charity and/or Utah Food Bank or back to donors of Whitelock’s campaign or in a Fund for Future campaign - filing report every year. Let me tell you if I had donated to Whitelock’s campaign I would ask for my money to be returned. Despicable. What kind of fiscal council member is in her future or our future for West Jordan!

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I want to thank the West Jordan Journal for hosting two meet the candidates nights for our city to have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates. Thank you to those who came to learn more. I have been blessed this campaign to have so many reach out and offer help in many ways, I appreciate all that everyone has done. I was given the opportunity to have an

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A studio worth cheering about By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

The Copper Hills cheerleaders won the fight song division at the state cheerleading competition. (Ulbby Dyson/Forever Cheer)


he owners of the Forever Cheer studio found each other through a mutual love of cheer. A courtship ensued, and it continues today through a business, coaching and giving back to the community. “We both cheered in high school, college and on all-star cheer teams,” Ulbby Dyson said. “He grew up in Kentucky; I was in California. We both started teaching in gyms, and he came to California to teach at a rival gym to mine.” Reggie and Ulbby Dyson met at a cheer competition in California. He asked her to breakfast; she was four hours late for their first date because she was so nervous. They fell in love, were married and later moved to Salt Lake City and established Forever Cheer in 2013. The Dysons wanted to be their own bosses and teach the sport they loved. They found a building in West Jordan (6792 Airport Road) and established a cheerleading business for all levels. “Our oldest daughter suffered from infantile spasms, a type of seizure, Ulbby said. “We were told at 9 years old she may never walk or talk. We kept working with her; one in five kids come out of it completely; she has not yet. Sitting at Primary Children’s (hospital), we realized that a lot of families and kids miss out on opportunities that we have had.” The Dyson’s decided if they ever had their own gym they would provide a place where special athletes could go, perform and even go to competitions. The special athletes category is new around the country. Several states offer first and second place awards to these teams. Team Passion Special Athletes trains on Wednesday evenings at the Forever Cheer gym. They perform an all-star routine just like any other team, choreographed with stunting, tumbling and dance. Several volunteer trainers help the team. “We started with two special athletes, and we had six coaches on the floor with them,” Ulbby said. “We would tell the kids they could go home because we did not have enough athletes, but they said no and continued to come and help. We have volunteers from Herriman, Riverton, Copper Hills and

West Jordan high schools.” The studio offers tumbling, cheer and open gym classes with instructors. They have competitive teams as well as beginner and cheer prep classes for intermediate skill level. Ulbby is the head cheer coach at Copper Hills High School. Reggie was an assistant coach at Riverton High School. He recently accepted a position as assistant coach at Copper Hills with his wife. The Grizzly Cheer team won the fight song division at the state competition. Riverton also won the varsity and junior varsity comp division at the state competition. “We try to teach even the high school kids that there is more to it than just cheer,” Ulbby said. “For homecoming, the cheer team collected board games and took them to schools in our community. They are ambassadors of our school. The kids are role models, cheering is just part of it.” The cheerleaders represent the school 24 hours a day. “We try to turn around the stereotype that exists for cheerleaders,” Ulbby said. “They are required to keep a 3.0 grade point average. Cheerleaders are not just with pom-poms and a skirt. They make posters and wish the teams luck.” The Dysons have mutual respect and love what they do.


The Forever Cheer Studio offers evening classes five days a week. The special athletes team practices together Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. The studio has opportunities for beginners through to more advanced athletes. The special athletes team will compete this spring in their own division alongside their peers at all-star cheerleading venues. They perform and all-star routine just like any other team, choreographed with stunting, tumbling and dance. The team is made up of athletes of all ages and varying types of disabilities. Ulbby Dyson had three cheerleaders at Copper Hills make the 2018 All-State team: Chayne Delacasas, Hailey Nicholls and Schuyler Darger. l

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How to beat the January Blues



Christmas is over, money is tight and our waistbands are even tighter. We can’t help but feel a little let down. After eating too much, spending too much and maybe a few too many parties for many people January means buckling up the spending and the prospect of hitting the gym. I can’t help but feel a little bleak however, this year I’m determined to have the best January yet without breaking the bank. Here are some things I’ve got planned for the month that build up the cheer and won’t demolish the budget. Check out the Wildlife - Hogle Zoo is free the last Wednesday of the month from November through February (January 31 and February 28 2018). Plus, Tracy Aviary offers $1 admission the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month through March. Go to a Hockey Game – The Grizzlies play at the Maverick Center in WVC through April. If you’ve never been to a hockey games, they are fast paced and exciting! You can

get discounted tickets for $6.50 a person at UtahCoupons.com. Get Outside - There is nothing quite like a brisk walk in our beautiful surroundings to blow away the cobwebs and beat the winter city air. Visit one of our National Parks. They are much less busy than during the summer months and just as beautiful. For more information about Utah’s National Parks in winter go to www.visitutah.com/ places-to-go/most-visited-parks/national-parks-in-winter Volunteer – When the holiday’s end the giving shouldn’t. In fact the need is higher for volunteers in January then any other time of year. There are plenty of opportunities all around us like the food bank, animal shelters, elementary schools or just take a minute to shovel someone’s driveway after a storm. Plan a Vacation - Part of the joy of Christmas is all the planning, preparation, and excitement leading up to it. Now is a great time to start to plan a summer family vacation. A vacation to look forward to can

Go to a Hockey Game- The Grizzlies play at the Maverik Center through April.

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