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January 2020 | Vol. 20 Iss. 01


A NEW FACE FOR WEST JORDAN By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com


irk Burton unseated Mayor Jim Riding with 589 votes. But, the face in the lead chair is not the only new thing for City Hall in 2020. Burton is the first strong mayor in West Jordan history. Until now, West Jordan had a city manager that implemented the decisions of the city council (manager/council form), while the mayor was the chair and collective voice of the city council. With the new strong mayor, the city will no longer have a city manager, and the mayor will no longer be part of the council. The mayor is no longer part of the legislative decision making. The city manager was previously responsible for implementing directions given by the council but also gave advice. Now that is the mayor’s job. The new mayor will have someone to assist him in the managing of the city, but this position will report directly to the mayor, not the council. This position is the chief administrative officer (CAO) and will be Korban Lee, pending council approval. Lee previously worked with David Brickey as AsThe outside is the same, but starting Jan 2020, the inside workings will never be the same. (Erin Dixon/City Journals) sistant City Manager. “Korban Lee will be working under the direction of the change in the day-to-day operation of the city — roadwork mayor, while Mr. Brickey was working under the direction of “Each system has its merits. I have seen the benefits of managerial longevity in city and infrastructure improvements will continue to be made, the city council,” Burton said. “He had seven bosses essentialgovernment. A lot can be done when there is a single, clear water will still be delivered to individual homes and public ly, while the CAO will have one boss.” vision carried over a long period of time. I look forward to safety operations will be in place,” said Tauni Barker, commuA NEW MAYOR ... AGAIN For almost 40 years, West Jordan has had an unspoken helping Mr. Burton carry out his vision and hope it results in nications officer for the city. Because the vote was so close, residents are split over tradition for residents to elect a new mayor each term. Some greater long-term stability for West Jordan.” whether the change will be positive or negative. Riding served as mayor for only two years because of neighboring cities have kept the same mayor for over a deResident Dennis Randal said, “A city manager is not the change of government that was voted for during the same cade. accountable to the citizens. He might be a professional, but election. A side effect of this decision is that Riding will still Sandy City has the mayor/council form of government. Tom Dolan served as mayor for 24 years, 1994 to 2017. Mid- be paid for the remaining two years that he didn’t serve. The his career depends on keeping three to four council members vale City has the manager/council form of government. JoAnn city council decided in 2017 that the mayoral candidates happy. The mayor is elected by and responsible to the voters. He were running for four years and still deserved four years pay, Seghini served as mayor for 19 years, 1998 to 2017. needs to keep a city happy. All cities hire professionals to supwhether they continued after the next election or not. West Jordan became a city in 1967 with Bruce G. Egbert Riding said, “I did say that [I wasn’t going to take it], but port the city government. But the top of the pyramid should be as the first mayor. Since then only one mayor, Junius Burton, I am going to take it. In fact, I’ve had so many people tell me there by the voice of the people.” has been elected for more than one term. Resident Kenneth Ivie views the same situation differBurton doesn’t know why the city does not keep mayors that it’s the right thing, I haven’t had anybody tell me not to.” WHAT BROUGHT THE CHANGE ently. “This form of government was voted down twice and for long. In 2017, the election proposal Proposition 10 read: “Shall almost didn’t make the cut last time,” he said. “Maybe if “Isn’t that amazing?” Burton said. “I don’t have any thoughts about that. The good parts would be that we get a the City of West Jordan, Utah, change its form of government somewhere along the way [the mayors] would have actually new face in there. The not good parts would be we’re not to the Council-Mayor Form, with a seven-member Council?” listened to the managers instead of forcing them out, things Voting results: 6,841 for, 6,778 against. Sixty-three votes could have worked. Now the city will be run by persons that keeping continuity.” Lee worked in Sandy City with Dolan and briefly for changed the government of West Jordan. The eligible voting may or may not have any experience.” population at the time was over 70,000. City leaders talked about the form change in the past. Bradburn. How will this change the day to day life for a resident? “The change in form of government has been a topic of “While I will miss the council-manager form of govIt won’t. discussion on and off since the city was formed,” Barker said. ernment I have grown accustomed to in West Jordan, I spent “Generally speaking, residents will likely not see a “While there have been several related initiatives, most failed many years working in a city with a strong mayor,” Lee said. Continued page 25

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Faced with enormous medical expenses, locals turn to GoFundMe By Alison Brimley | a.brimley@mycityjournals.com

After chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, Simon Fullmer is now declared “NED” (no evidence of disease). His cancer won’t be declared “in remission” until five years after the end of treatment. (Photo courtesy Trisha Fullmer)


hether you’re sitting around your family dinner table or standing on a presidential debate stage, solutions to the high cost of health care are a surefire source of controversy. For people all over the country, one option has become a go-to when facing a diagnosis they know will ravage them financially: GoFundMe. Chemotherapy, an intensive care stay for a premature baby, an organ transplant — all of these lifesaving treatments, which can come with astronomical price tags, are things that have inspired locals to create GoFundMe campaigns almost as soon as they receive diagnoses. GoFundMe allows people to start online fundraisers for all kinds of causes. But currently, one-third of all the money raised on the platform is dedicated to medical expenses. In 2018, Americans raised $650 billion dollars for health care costs on the site.


The same year, GoFundMe announced they would no longer take a percentage of donations as a platform fee (though a processing fee is still applied to credit card transactions).


One might guess that those who are forced to turn to crowdfunding — seeking small donations from many donors—for medical bills lack insurance. But many are insured. Danny Duke of West Jordan had a full-time job with benefits when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in April 2018. Danny was the sole income earner in the household and was “very blessed,” his wife Kelly said, to be able to continue working remotely even while undergoing treatment. Still, Kelly says, they had to go to a hospital outside their network, and working with their insurance company has been a “nightmare.” Months after treatment, the Dukes are

just starting to get some of their heftier bills. Recently they received a bill for $460,000. That’s not the cost before insurance kicks in. That’s the amount the Dukes are responsible to pay. Using GoFundMe and other sources, they were able to raise about $14,000 from donations of family, friends, and a few strangers. It was more than expected, but nowhere near what they needed. And even for families who end up with more modest bills, the cost can be a hardship. When Trisha Fullmer’s son Simon was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma in 2017, at the age of 4, her sister-in-law quickly started a crowdfunding campaign for them. (The Fullmers’ fundraiser was started on YouCaring, which was acquired by GoFundMe in 2018.) Though they were fortunate to have good insurance, they still ended up with bills totaling about $12,000 in the first year. At the time, Trisha was working to put her husband through school. Simon is now declared “NED” (“no evidence of disease”). However, he continues to require frequent hospital visits, including scans every three months. They hit their deductible every year in January, Trisha said. Constant bills are also a reality for Jessica Finn, whose son was born prematurely in October 2015. After a 97-day stay in the NICU, he came home but continued to have more problems, including heart failure, that required additional hospitalization. Finn’s sister started the fundraiser for her. Then, she “paid it forward” by starting a GoFundMe campaign for friends Kristal and Jacob Rudy, when their son Kayden was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Finn said, “I started the GoFundMe in hopes that it would help [them] like it did us. We would have literally been in a terrible place




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home had once been a rental, the doctors said he would be able to go home sooner if the Dukes replaced the flooring. So, they tore up the dirty carpet and replaced it with laminate. They minimized the cost by choosing cheap material, and friends and family installed it. Still, this set them back about $4,000; a substantial chunk of the money they received through GoFundMe. That money was used well, Kelly said, because it spared them further costs from expensive hospital stays. Basic living expenses also seem to skyrocket when you’re living on an unpredictable schedule. For the Fullmers and Rudys, costs related to their children’s care added up to create a financial burden. Long drives to Primary Children’s required extra gas money, and weeks spent at the hospital required them to eat out frequently. Even during weeks they expected to be at home and filled their fridge with groceries, Trisha Fullmer said, something would often send them back to the hospital and the food would go to waste.


messages from others who have donated and scroll through a feed listing the amount that others donated (though there is an option to donate anonymously). Organizers can write updates and post photos to keep followers posted on a patient’s progress. Many have blogs, Instagram accounts and Facebook groups associated with their fundraisers. When she heard of her sister’s plan to try alternative treatments, Tawny Swensen wanted to be supportive but was wary of being taken advantage of. She and her brother traveled to California to visit the company producing the medications and to ensure that everything seemed above-board. They wanted to verify that the treatment was legitimate, not only to help their sister, but to be accountable to the donors they were trying to reach. So, their GoFundMe account became more than a fundraiser to help LeJawn pay for her treatment. It became a documentation of their journey. They were hopeful the treatment would work and that the story they’d written, using GoFundMe, would be a source of hope for others wanting to avoid chemotherapy and radiation. But the social aspect of fundraising can also make some uncomfortable. At first, Kelly Duke worried people would think she was “begging for money.” Friends encouraged her to create a fundraiser anyway. She promoted it on Facebook and Twitter and got an initial slew of donations. Later, when Danny Duke needed a stem cell transplant, they reopened the fundraiser and got the money they needed to pay for a donor, his brother, to travel to Utah. Trisha Fullmer estimates that of the donations they received, two-thirds came from people they knew, while one third came from strangers who had found their fundraiser online. In some ways, she said, it is more comfortable to receive donations from strangers. “With friends, you know their financial situation,” she said. “You know when they really can’t afford it.”

Most people have no idea upfront how much their treatment will cost. Often, a fundraiser’s goal amount is a total guess set by the organizer simply as a starting point. But part of GoFundMe’s appeal is its immediacy. In contrast to the health care and insurance machines, where real costs take months to reveal themselves, GoFundMe me lets anyone hop online, fill out some information and start collecting donations from family and friends right away. Kelly Duke likes that GoFundMe allows people in need to tell their story in a way that can “hit on [people’s] emotions.” But the flipside of this is that for fundraisers that don’t generate an emotional response — at least not from the right people — the needed money may not come in. And while hospital bills and insurance companies deal in dollar amounts and codes, with no regard to the individual or their story, GoFundMe is all THE LIMITS OF GIVING about the individual and the story. Tawny Swensen has been blown away GoFundMe resembles a social media platform. You can follow campaigns, see by the generosity of donors, both friends and

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Danny Duke, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in April 2018, gave himself a pink mohawk before beginning chemotherapy. After a stem-cell transplant, Danny is now cancer free but has graft-versus-donor disease that requires ongoing treatment. (Photo courtesy Kelly Duke)

strangers. To date, their fundraiser “Save Our Sister LeJawn” has raised over $10,000. And Swensen is confident that if they had to do another push, they would see a response. Without GoFundMe, they would have found another way. Swensen remembers thinking, “If I have to mortgage my house, I have to mortgage my house.” Other family members would have sold things to get LeJawn help. They feel very lucky that it hasn’t come to that. But even incredible generosity doesn’t usually completely cover a bill. Many medical expenses won’t get covered unless a fundraiser goes viral. Certainly, some do: Some of the most high-profile fundraisers have collected millions of dollars. “I do see accounts that are highly successful,” Kristal Rudy said. “But those are the ones that the news shines a light on.” And while she is grateful for each donation her family received via GoFundMe, she says, overall, she wouldn’t call theirs a successful campaign. They raised just over $2,000. Most who turn to GoFundMe, like the Dukes, soon hit the limit of what acquaintances can give. For them, medical bankruptcy becomes the only option. “I’ve asked all my friends,” Kelly Duke said. “I don’t want to keep asking.” l

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Water, brides and long jumps: West Jordan 2019

Capturing a whole year in a few photos is next to impossible. But the following snapshots will attempt to do just that as we look back at 2019 in West Jordan. To read the stoies along with these photos, visit westjordanjournal.com

Principal Jim Birch and lunch worker Becky Hutchings met Bill and Sherri Park with a hug. (Jet Burnham/ City Journals)

Deputy Chief Chris Trevino, pinned by wife Stephanie. “His fire service began in West Jordan in 2003 when he was hired as a paramedic firefighter. Since that time, he has operated in many different capacities including paramedic, training specialist, captain and battalion chief, along with participating in many other committees. He has a BS in emergency services from UVU. His drive like so many others in this business is to serve and make a difference in the lives of others,” Chief Derek Maxfield said. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)

The Azurettes’ drill coach Shannon Mortenson celebrated with her team after its region title. The season was her last at the helm of the team as she decided to step down as head coach. (Photo courtesy Copper Hills drill team)

Corner Canyon High softball player Josee Haycock hugs West Jordan’s Christi Barton, the mother of Staff Sgt. Zack Barton, at the Fallen Heroes game March 27. The Bartons are a Gold Star family and became part of the Fallen Heroes program which connected them to Haycock, who would become practically a member of the family. (Photo courtesy Josee Haycock)

Makayla Infanzon was grateful for receiving the Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award and scholarship from the West Jordan Exchange Club. Infanzon was one of four students to receive the award. (Reed Scharman/West Jordan Exchange Club)

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Scarlet Morgan-Del Rio finds a corner to incorporate the pink and cream colors requested by Made by Mary Pins. (Scarlet Morgan-Del Rio)

Sophia Curtis is shocked to see Angela Acevedo breathe out water vapor like a dragon at Columbia Elementary’s STEAM Night. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

Canine supporters were in large attendance at the Walk MS charity event in West Jordan. (Jordan Hafford/City Journals)

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Camila Andam leaps to a first place finish in the long jump at state for Copper Hills last spring. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

Travis Green addresses the City Council, voicing his concerns about the delays and lack of communication about the Cultural Arts Center. (Erin Dixon/City Journals

The Grizzlies’ soccer team celebrates its semifinal victory over Granger in overtime and its first appearance in the state championship game. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

Those around her said they’ll miss the retiring Jordan School District Superintendent Patrice Johnson’s enthusiasm and hugs. Here, she greets schoolchildren with a smile and a wave. (Photo courtesy of Jordan School District)

Bride-to-be Ari Romo crosses the finish line with her bachelorette party at the Linda Buttars Memorial Fun Run on July 6. (Photo courtesy Sean Sweeney)

The Grizzlies defense was stifling to begin the season, allowing just 13 points as part of its first four game winning streak ever. (Greg James/City Journals)

In the toddler area of the new Wild West Jordan playground is a train and horses and multiple sensory toys. The completed Wild West Jordan playground mimics the old playground with tall towers. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)

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Utah high schools asked to raise the bar on sportsmanship By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


technical foul, 15 yards or a penalty shot are just a few examples of punishments that result from unsportsmanlike conduct. More serious violations can result in fines, suspension or even termination. The Utah–BYU rivalry again took sportsmanship’s center stage because of several incidents in an early December men’s basketball game at the Huntsman Center. Several Cougar students began singing their fight song during a halftime presentation honoring former and deceased Utah head coach Rick Majerus. The melee that followed included fights in the stands and altercations on the court. This basketball game is not the first time the two schools have squared off. In 2009, BYU quarterback Max Hall said, “I don’t like Utah, in fact I hate them. I hate everything about them.” He later apologized. Utah head men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak said in 2016 he did not care if the teams ever played again. College sports participants are not the only poor examples. In 2009, two Ute Conference youth football teams forfeited all of their games and the conference president was removed after allegations of using illegal players. The whistleblower received threats and called the police for protection. “You’re an idiot, you have ruined our son’s season and I am going to burn your house down,” prompted that call to the police, all over a youth football game. Has sportsmanship been lost for a willingness to win at all costs? “It can be horrific. I had never been so scared,” Peggy Pyle, a county recreation scorekeeper, said about her experience witnessing a brawl at a slow pitch softball game. “One big guy hit another guy in the head with a glass coke bottle. It was wicked crazy.” The Utah High School Activities Association has recently made an exaggerated emphasis on sportsmanship at its contests. “The organization is committed to stressing educational and cultural values,” UHSAA director Rob Cuff said. “We stand to improve the participation experience in activities, promote life skills, lessons involved in competitive activities, foster sportsmanship, mutual respect and assist those who oversee high school sports and activities at UHSAA member schools.” In a City Journal study, 78% of respondents said parents are most responsible for sportsmanship, good or bad. “Young amateur athletes often emulate what they see being done by college and professional athletes,” West Jordan High School athletic director Carlson Bourdreaux said. “In my view, competition has become more and more about making the other guy look bad, not just about doing your best. We ask our coaches to address sportsmanship and proper behavior with parents at parent meetings. Our objective is to encourage loud, rowdy, positive fan support for your sports teams.” UHSAA schools have been encouraged to use an initiative called “Do Rowdy Right.” “We focus on teaching the fans, all fans, not to let the cheering get personal,” Bourdreaux said. “Our students and parents are monitored throughout the contest, and we try to stop negative comments. I am not going to pretend we are always right, but adults are some of the most important people in teaching good sportsmanship.” Copper Hills High School is among several schools that have implemented ways to improve the fan experience. “It is difficult enforcing good behavior at sporting events,” Grizzlies athletic director Andrew Blanchard said. “We have student ‘spirit leaders’ that come to all athletic events. They are the leaders of cheers and behavior. Our administrative team

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A throng of screaming Copper Hills fans pack the stands led in cheers by a dedicated cheerleading team. (Greg James/City Journals)

works closely with those students encouraging positive cheers. Choosing these leaders is very important.” The players on the team reflect their coaches. “This is something everyone can work on,” Cyprus head boys basketball coach Tre Smith said. “I am sure players, coaches and officials have all felt disrespected at times. My biggest thing is wanting to create a sense of great character kids in the program.” The UHSAA program “Raise the Bar” encourages four ways to improve sportsmanship at athletic events: teach, enforce, award and model. In the 2018–19 athletic school year, every UHSAA 6A and 5A school experienced a player or coach ejection. The high school program to improve these statistics includes objectives to help each school earn sportsmanship awards. “Every school can win at sportsmanship,” Cuff said. All UHSAA members schools were given a banner to hang in their gymnasium. Each banner has empty spaces for gold stars that can be earned by completing the objectives outlined in the program. They include: displaying the schools sportsmanship policy, zero ejections; athletes and parents signing the sportsmanship pledge; and school sportsmanship video contest entries. During the school year, schools evaluate their sportsmanship application and can mark areas as successful or areas that need improvement. “We can promote the development of character and ensure the teaching of positive values,” Cuff said. “We must avoid negative behavior and demonstrate respect and appreciation of opponents, officials, fans and coaches. Get loud, have a great time, but remain positive.” In the City Journals sportsmanship survey, 56% of those filling out the questionnaire said they had displayed poor sportsmanship. Meanwhile, 91% do not think all participants deserve participation awards. “Disappointment and failure is life,” Blanchard said.

“Disappointment can be a useful motivator to athletes. It can help them overcome the negative feelings that come with losing.” In 2019, the UHSAA changed how teams qualify for the state tournament. The changes sparked a controversy over if all teams should make it or not. Beginning this last fall, all teams make the tournament but are seeded by a ratings performance index. According to the Cyprus head basketball coach, his team needed to learn something before making the playoffs. “My first three years at Cyprus, my teams did not deserve to make the tournament, and we didn’t,” Smith said. “I’m saying we did not work hard enough to earn it. I needed to teach my program what hard work was and what needed to be done to have sustained success.” Taylorsville athletic director Guy Mackay agrees that sports can teach more than winning. “One of our big problems is that winning is described today only with the final score,” Mackay said. “The problem is the mindset. What is someone trying to accomplish with athletics. Winning is more than the actual scoreboard.” The sportsmanship epidemic has had on impact on officials. Recently, the UHSAA pled for qualified officials to help support the student-athletes. A shortage of qualified officials has become a national problem. The state’s sportsmanship initiative hopes to make the vital improvements so high schools can continue to offer athletic competition. The 2019 6A sportsmanship video winner was Skyridge High School; Alta won the 5A classification. “Honestly, I feel sportsmanship in Utah is getting better and better every year,” Blanchard said. “The UHSAA works with high school administration and athletic directors to come up with procedures on how to show fans good behavior. There are always a few that never follow the rules, but we now have procedures to help deal with those fans.” l

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Painting the greats: artist finds a career by following her passion By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com is now a dual language immersion teacher specialist at the Jordan School District. “I am so overwhelmed with joy and cried with happiness upon reading all her accomplishments,” Thomas said. “I always remind my students that I truly believe each and every one of them had the potential to be successful and that success may look different to different people. I am always there rooting for you from the sidelines, silently cheering you on even if it’s a decade from now.” Lopez moved to West Jordan with her family after sixth grade and graduated from Copper Hills High School. She went on to study fashion design in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She then used her eye for color and beauty to create art on faces as a freelance makeup artist for Chanel. “I love studying people’s faces—studyDaniela Lopez poses between portraits she painted of LeBron James and Michael Jordan. ing their pores, the reflections, the warm light (Photo courtesy Daniela Lopez) and shadows.” Lopez had continued to draw portraits aniela Lopez woke up one morning to “Through those long fall and winter but switched from pencil to paintbrush in her phone ringing. The call was from months, I kept seeing the numbers 11:11,” Houston, Texas, and she let it go to voice- said Lopez. “Literally everywhere. Receipts, mail. “I Googled the number, and it was the clocks, train stubs, every time I glanced at Toyota Center,” Lopez said. “I freaked out.” my phone. It started to freak me out. I have a The call was from Tad Brown, CEO of lot of spiritual friends who reassured me that the Houston Rockets. He wanted to commis- this was good — that this meant confirmation sion a portrait of Yao Ming, the international- from the universe that I was doing what I’m ly recognized basketball star, to be presented supposed to be doing.” at his jersey retirement ceremony. Lopez had When the time came, Lopez was able 48 hours to complete the painting. to shut out everything else and complete the Lopez wasn’t a professional artist at the Yao Ming portrait in time. He stood next to it time. That would come later. This was 2016, as his jersey was retired during the halftime and Lopez had recently had some time off of a Houston Rockets home game on Feb. 3, from her job as a makeup artist. 2017. The team flew Lopez and her mom to “I had finished my Christmas commis- Houston to watch the game in person. sions and wondered what I should do next,” “Through that chaotic week of zero Lopez said. “I wanted to do something that sleep to pull off that insane project, it hadn’t was exciting to me, that I could get hyped even dawned on me that 11 was his jersey about. My family said, ‘What if you paint our number,” Lopez said. team, on a giant scale?’ We’ll probably be the Then she entered the arena where red only ones excited about this.” T-shirts with the number 11 were draped over Lopez is huge fan of professional bas- each seat. ketball, and her whole family cheers on the “I instantly crumbled,” Lopez said. “It Houston Rockets together. She had a few felt surreal.” large canvases ready to go and started paint- ROOKIE LEAGUE Lopez grew up in Midvale and particing portraits of Rockets players one by one. After posting just three paintings on Insta- ipated in the Boys & Girls Club and Head 2010. “Best day of my life,” said Lopez in an Start. “I remember doing a lot of crafts and Instagram post. gram, she got the call from Brown. “I never could have imagined anything art at Head Start,” Lopez said. “My mom GOING PRO happening like that,” Lopez said. In the says that’s where it all started.” Lopez recently posted images of two She continued to draw while a student at of her paintings of James Harden, one from months leading up to that life-changing commission, Lopez was questioning her purpose. Midvale Elementary School. 2015 and one from 2017. The evolution of “I always drew faces, sometimes Dis- her technique is striking. The earlier image “I would go through the motions of waking up extra early to catch the TRAX to ney characters but always someone’s face,” is artistic and skillfully captures the athlete’s work downtown, determined to save money said Lopez. “I had one adamant teacher in likeness. But the later image is in a whole difand commute this way to further invest my the third grade who planted the seed. She no- ferent category. Each hair, each bead of sweat paychecks into my art supplies, rather than ticed that I was drawing in the corners of my looks authentic. Lopez captures the intensity gas and parking—pulling an eight-hour shift homework and entered me in art contests.” of Harden’s eyes with her paintbrush. That teacher, Leticia Thomas, rememon my feet, riding home tired, giving myself “When I was in Houston for the playa little pep talk as I stared out the train win- bers Lopez as a very quiet, friendly and smart offs that year, the team invited me in to watch student. dow.” their morning shoot-around, and we chatted “Daniela always talked about being an about the piece,” Lopez said. “[Harden] was Lopez would then get home and paint artist when she grew up,” said Thomas, who through the night.


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really excited about it. It would end up going to his mom as a Mother’s Day gift.”  Since most of her subjects are professional basketball players, it’s virtually impossible for Lopez to paint from life. So, she uses reference photos. “I like to use little-known photos,” Lopez said. “I find two or three favorites and take details from each one so the painting is not an exact copy of any photo. The finished art uses different details to make it unique.” She signs her childhood nickname, Yella, on each finished work. Lopez also paints portraits of celebrities and musicians. She uses acrylic paint, which is surprising to most people. “There’s a misconception about [acrylics],” she said. “I find the paint easier to blend and layer when it’s fast-drying.” She likes to spend a month or two to complete each painting, which adds up to around 300 hours of painting. “People don’t realize how big they are until they see a picture of me next to them,” Lopez said. Her largest canvas has been nearly 4 feet tall, and most are around that size. The massive scale is needed to fit the incredible amount of detail. A common response to social media posts of her paintings is, “I thought that was a photo!” Her realistic style resembles photographs, but also reveals an artistry that a camera can’t create. “If working on a commission, I like to research as much as I can about my subjects and find a connection,” she said. “If I’m going to spend weeks with a face, I need to feel something. In turn, the goal for me is when you see one of my paintings in person, you too will be able to feel something.”  Some of Lopez’s art is available for sale on her website, www.iamyella.com. Prints cost as little as $55, while original paintings can command upward of $10,000. Her work has been displayed in New York City and Miami Beach, Florida. A permanent display of her work can be seen at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Lopez took the leap to leave her job and do art full time in 2017 but still freelances as a makeup artist. “It’s so much fun,” Lopez said. “I would not change how things are.”


Lopez says her parents and grandmother are her biggest inspiration. “Through them I’ve learned strength and dedication,” Lopez said. She continues to live in West Jordan and maintain ties to Midvale. Each year, Lopez helps organize the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Midvale City Park that was founded by her grandparents more than 30 years ago. Lopez didn’t enjoy the festivities as much as a kid because she got lost in the chaos. “But as we grew older, it was cool to see how much our family has invested to keep it going,” Lopez said.

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her extended family. “He’s my biggest support,” Lopez said. “So supportive, down to earth. He invites me to their suite when the Rockets are in town to play the Jazz.” Brown recently commissioned Lopez to paint a portrait of his daughter and her fiancé that stood at the entrance to their wedding ceremony. Lopez frequently paints commissions for families that have ties to professional sports teams, and a Jazz player recently commissioned a portrait of himself as a surprise Christmas present for his mom. “These projects have become so special, and I’m so grateful I get to be a part of these special life moments,” Lopez said. “But mainly, I am inspired by people—people defying the odds and doing extraordinary things—the everyday people around us. I am inspired sitting across from someone and watching as their face lights up as they talk about the things they’re passionate about, Bright and early on Dec. 11th (note the significance of the date), Lopez received another phone call that will change her life. She was offered an exclusive job as the resident painter at Louis Vuitton’s busiest store in North America. She will be one of fourteen artists in the world hired to represent the international luxury handbag company. Lopez will move to Las Vegas in January to tackle KEEPING HER EYE ON THE BALL this latest opportunity. Three years after that phone call from “It’s been a long journey,” Lopez said. Texas, Lopez has more than 6,000 followers “I’m lucky. Life happens and it teaches you on Instagram and thinks of Brown like part of everything in its own time.” l “I do whatever they need help with, especially social media.” She has kept in touch with childhood friends from Midvale Elementary. “They come to Cinco de Mayo, and it’s like a big reunion every year,” Lopez said. While Lopez is the visual artist of the family, her siblings are all musicians. Older brother Jesus Lopez and younger brother Alejandro Lopez both play drums and percussion. Jesus is a professional musician, while Alejandro recently started a career in banking. Their sister, Sonia Lopez, is a successful singer and composer who goes by the nickname “Sonialoxo.” “My kids have all worked very hard to reach their goals and are truly amazing adults,” said Lopez’s mother, Dolores Pahl. “I was a very, very young teenage mother at 14 and knew I had to work extra hard if I wanted to be successful and provide for my kids.” Pahl attended night school and worked at her parent’s restaurant in Midvale until she was old enough to live on her own. “My kids were equally determined to succeed,” Pahl said. “Each one is unique in their own way, yet they are all very compassionate and always willing to help others and give back when they can.”

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It’s 3 p.m.—do you know where your teen is? West Jordan Middle offers 23 after-school activities to keep kids out of trouble By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

WJMS doesn’t offer sign language classes but Kasi Monsen holds a weekly after school group for anyone interested in learning. (Photo courtesy Kasi Monsen)

Claire Tyler works on a coding project with the Girls Who Code program. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)


nce the final school bell rings, Gage Walters is transformed into a singing star. Using the professional equipment and high quality microphones in West Jordan Middle School’s recording studio, the seventh grader records his music. “I love music and singing,” he said. “I also love recording studio technology.” WJMS band and orchestra teacher Nickolas Pulsipher invites students like Gage to use his recording studio and equipment every Monday after school. “Music technology and production is something that I feel is super engaging and rewarding, but it isn’t directly addressed in the state standards for band or orchestra,” Pulsipher said. In after-school sessions, students are exposed to a variety of music, and those who aren’t enrolled in music classes during the day have an opportunity to engage with music.


The recording studio is one of nearly 30 enrichment activities offered in the after-school program at WJMS. A variety of athletic, academic, creative and social activities are offered Monday through Friday. “This is the age where it’s pivotal to have a sense of belonging,” said Principal Dixie Garrison. “If they’re not given a structured activity, they can fall into things that are undesirable.” According to her research, gang activity, crime and teen pregnancy occur more often during those critical after school hours be-

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tween when school lets out and when parents come home from work. “We want to keep kids busy during those troublesome hours, keep them off the street, keep them from doing things that they shouldn’t be doing,” said WJMS after-school program coordinator Ryan Frandsen. The four to five options offered every afternoon also provide teens with learning opportunities, positive role models, healthy activity and a safe place to be after school for students wanting to avoid encountering gangs or bullies on the way home. Enrichment activities range from sports to STEM activities to social groups such as the Empathy Project, social dance and Dungeons & Dragons: Magic the Gathering game-playing. Students can also learn new skills such as stop motion filming, art and sign language. Gage admits if he didn’t participate in after-school enrichment groups, he wouldn’t do much with his afternoons. “I would either go home and chillax or just go to my girlfriend’s house,” he said. Eighth grader Ethan Black admits he would be watching a lot of YouTube. Instead, he plays basketball after school twice a week. “I come with my friends to have fun,” Ethan said. Ethan is impressed that his teachers are willing to give up their afternoons to lead the activities. “The teachers care about us and want us to have fun,” he said. “They could be at home spending time with their families, but

they’re here spending extra hours with us way I have more teaching time with the stueven though they’ve already spent, like, sev- dents in class—I don’t have to worry too much about behavior. I think it’s a good en hours with us.” THE INVESTMENT OF TIME PAYS trade-off.” DIVIDENDS IN BEHAVIOR. Ninth grader Nefthaly Loya enjoys getDedicated staff members are the main ting to know teachers as real people as he reason the after-school program is so suc- participates in after-school basketball, volcessful, said Principal Dixie Garrison. For leyball, Latino crew and soccer. many years, they volunteered to run af“It makes me feel pretty good that I ter-school groups without any compensation could trust these teachers,” he said. STUDENTS AND STAFF SHAPE THE for their time. “I’m just blown away by my staff and PROGRAM BASED ON THEIR INtheir dedication,” she said. “This is above TERESTS. The staff members at WJMS have seen and beyond what a normal teacher would do. They’re staying for at least an hour outside the benefits the after-school program proof their contract time. It is truly remarkable.” vides students, but they also enjoy the opporFrandsen said even though he is sacrific- tunity to explore their own interests and find ing time away from his wife and new baby, ways to support students in theirs. “Spending more time with them, sharhe feels the investment in the student–teacher relationship during those additional hours ing my passion for yoga with them, learning from their resilient examples—none of that pays off in the classroom. “There are kids I’ll be butting heads with feels like a sacrifice but an honor,” said Paige all day in class,” Frandsen said. “Then we’ll Wightman, who teaches a weekly yoga class. She said many students have found yoga go outside and play soccer together. We’re having a good time and joking around, and it can help them deal with stresses in their lives. Students learn empowering poses, soothing kind of refreshes the relationship.” Jorge Ibanez, who coaches the af- breathing techniques and meditation. “I believe we should fill the toolbox for ter-school soccer league, said stronger relationships are developed through the informal our teens with academic, social and emotional skills before they ever have to use them,” interactions. “It’s different than sitting in the class- Wightman said. “Yoga is a really beautiful room,” he said. “We can just play. I think it’s way to do that.” After school counselor Mark Jones took really important to have that relationship outa class in computer science, he volunteered side the class.” Ibanez said when students have a good to share what he’d learned with students after relationship with their teachers, it leads to school. Through a grant from the Department good attendance. Students are motivated to of Workforce Services, he purchased comcome to school and to stay until the end of puters and supplies, and he even took stuthe day to participate in the after-school ac- dents on field trips. Because they’re learning coding and tivities. He doesn’t think he’s giving up a lot to programming skills, students have opportunities to participate in STEM competitions. In stay for an extra hour after school. “I’m gaining,” he said. “Because that the past few years, WJMS students have won

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Jordan School District’s CTE Choice Award, Utah Jazz STEM student of the month, awards from the Utah STEM Action Center and district competitions. These awards, skills and experiences boost students’ qualifications on college and scholarship applications and give them a head start on in-demand job skills. Seventh grader Claire Tyler enjoys coding with friends at the Girls Who Code group that meets once a week. She believes the skills she is learning will help make her more employable. “There’s not enough girls in coding careers,” said math teacher Jennifer Clark, Girls Who Code adviser. “I think that it’s important to get girls interested in technology fields.”



Garrison said many of the enrichment activities provided—such as coding and robotics—expose kids to cutting-edge instruction that normally would not be financially accessible to them. “A lot of these activities are things that people pay a lot of money for,” she said. “They’re getting it 100% for free here from certified teachers. I don’t know anywhere that does this.” Frandsen said many WJMS students can’t afford the time or money to participate in competitive sports. “For a lot of kids outside playing soccer right now, this is where they get to play soccer because they can’t afford to be on a team the rest of the week,” he said. “And that’s heartbreaking.” While many district middle schools have a few after-school activities, WJMS has the most extensive program of its kind. Current district policy puts limitations on middle school clubs and activities. The district’s Middle School Philosophy states clubs are only for high schools. Enrichment activities are allowed in middle schools if they do not limit membership, charge dues or require uniforms. Middle school athletic programs must be intramural, based on participation and skill building rather than competition. Garrison believes providing enrichment activities and clubs is extremely beneficial for middle school-aged students. “This age is when these kids are finding themselves,” she said. “They can come to our after-school groups, and they could go to any activity of their interest and see what they like.” 


WJMS relies on outside funding and grants to run their program. For the last three years, they have received grants from the Ron McBride Foundation. This year’s grant was paid through a $15,000 gift to the foundation from Tammy Sloan, wife of former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan. “The Ron McBride Foundation really saved the day,” Frandsen said. “They were really the ones that provided a lot of money for us to pay teachers enough to make it

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Middle school teacher Jorge Ibanez becomes just one of the guys when playing soccer with students after school. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

worth their while to stay. We definitely always had teachers willing to volunteer their time—that was the core of our program and it still is. But providing that money has made it a little bit more feasible.” Frandsen said increased funding has made it possible to expand the program from the eight enrichment activities offered six years ago to about 23 this year. The program also receives grants from the state and with Title One funding, provides a healthy snack for participating students each afternoon.

“The lack of after-school activities really hurts a community like ours.”




Jordan District Communications Director Sandy Riesgraf said middle schools have been able to offer students group activities under the current policy. “We have groups that essentially are clubs—we just don’t call them clubs,” she said. Over the years, principals have asked the district to review the club policy, which was implemented in 1995. Riesgraf said the policy THEY’VE CREATED AN is currently under review to determine whether AWARD-WINNING PROGRAM. any changes need to be made. The success of the program was recently “Times have changed, schools have recognized when Frandsen was named Utah changed and needs have changed,” she said. l Afterschool Network’s Site Coordinator of the Year. “If there ever was an award for taking credit for other people’s work, it’s that one,” he said. “It should be really for the whole entire program because it’s not me. It’s a dedicated team of teachers volunteering their time. I really just create an environment for them to be able to do what they want to do.” Frandsen said it is rare for a school to win this award, which is usually awarded to programs run by community centers such as the Boys and Girls Club or YMCA. “We’re one of the only schools that get it because we create a community center here after school,” Frandsen said. “They are super interested in how we get a school to do all of this.” Frandsen believes middle school students should have the opportunity to participate in after-school activities and to be a part of something that matters—especially those kids whose circumstances prevent them from accessing sports teams, paid instruction or pri- Middle school teacher Jorge Ibanez becomes just one vate lessons. of the guys when playing soccer with students after “These kids need it; they want it,” he said. school. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

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Paid for by the City of West Jordan M AY O R ’ S M E S S A G E I want to start this new year with a thank you. Thank you for trusting me, for giving me the privilege of serving as your new Mayor. I’m grateful for the opportunity to embark on this journey with you and look forward to our next four years. I came to the City of West Jordan more than two decades ago. Over the years, I’ve trusted this city with some of the most important things in my life. I raised my family here. All six of my children had the benefit of growing up in West Jordan, making life-long friends as they attended our area’s public schools. I am proud of the adults they have become and I am so grateful for their love and support as I enter into this new role as a full-time public servant. I understand the role that our city plays in economic development. I’ve been a small business owner for more than 30 years. Working as an entrepreneur has provided me with great insight into not only the role local government plays in economic development, but also the importance of hard work, going the extra mile and providing customers with outstanding service. As a Councilmember for four years, I’ve long recognized that residents are the city’s customer and I want to put your first. That’s why one of the key campaign promises I made was to make our city more responsive to you – the residents. I’ve been working long hours since the election, meeting with city staff, residents and thoughtful advisors to ensure that I am well-versed in all the critical touch points our city has with you. And yet, I know there is far more to learn. I’d like to invite you to share your thoughts on ways the city could improve. You can reach out to me via email mayor@ westjordan.utah.gov or set up an appointment for an in person chat. My office is open. Together, I know we can make a difference in ensuring that our city works for you. I look forward to working with you and for you. May this new year bring you and your family health and happiness.

Mayor Dirk Burton To set up a meeting with Mayor Burton, please call 801-569-5100.

Guardian Angels Dressed in Neon Yellow “No two streets are the same,” said Cindy Jacobsen. Jacobsen is the Crossing Guard Supervisor for West Jordan City. She knows a thing, or two, about crossing guards because she worked as one for a few decades. Today, she supervises close to 100 crossing guards in the city. Those 100 people help thousands of children get to and from school almost every weekday. “These people are putting their lives on the line to keep your children safe,” Jacobsen said. “They’re not doing this for the money, they’re doing it for the kids.” Last year the City of West Jordan decided to pay their crossing guards more money. But, even with that increase, Jacobsen says few people choose to stand out in the cold for hours. As the weather continues to get colder, Jacobsen wants to remind drivers to please take it slow. “When you see those yellow lights flashing, slow down and pay attention,” Jacobsen said. Jacobsen says as a crossing guard, you get to know the children as if they are your own. She now has adults come up to her who recognize her as their crossing guard when they were children. “Crossing guards are like guardian angels,” Jacobsen said. “They’re not dressed in white, but they’re out there and you can depend on

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them to keep your loved ones safe.” Jacobsen is always looking for more people to serve as substitutes for when a guard calls out. She says if you’re outgoing or feel like a kid at heart, this job is for you. “It is addicting,” Jacobsen laughed. “You feed off the energy from these children, you feel needed.” If you’re interested in becoming a crossing guard, you can apply online at: westjordan.utah.gov.

Call for Volunteers This Year, Resolve to Get Involved and Help Strengthen Your Community Several West Jordan City Committees have openings. If you have a little time and a desire to make a difference – we need you! • Events Committee • Healthy West Jordan Committee • Parks & Open Lands • Sustainability Committee • Western Stampede Committee For more information, contact Heather Everett at Heather.Everett@ WestJordan.Utah.gov or visit the city website committee volunteer page at WestJordan.Utah.gov/committees.



The Season of Inversion – How to Breath a little Easier this Winter Bad air days come as no surprise to Utahns when the temperatures start to drop. During the cold winter months, Utah experiences some of the worst air conditions in the entire country. That’s because of something called ‘Temperature Inversion.’ During the winter, the valleys along the Wasatch Front experience a weather phenomenon where a layer of warmer air overhead traps cooler air near the ground making it unable to mix, resulting in bad air to settle and stick around. Now that we know what causes the inversion, how can we work toward fixing it? Utah’s Division of Environmental Quality asks that people limit their time outside as much as possible on visibly bad air days. Here are some steps you can take to breathe a little easier this winter. • Limit your driving by carpooling or using public transit. • Avoid idling your car for more than 30 seconds. • Keep your car well-maintained by following the manufactures recommendations on routine maintenance checks. • Pay attention to when it is a “mandatory no burn day.” • Make energy-saving choices at home by lowering your thermostat a couple degrees.

Small Business Spotlight: Trimz Salon A local salon that treats customers like family, since 2001. You can find Trimz at 1751 West and 7800 South, just off redwood road. When you walk in the door, you’ll hear blow dryers and music, but above all of that you’ll hear laughter. Owner, Mary, sees her employees and clients as family. There are words she likes to live by which you can find permanently posted on the salon wall. It reads: “In this salon… We do teamwork. We do respect. Punctuality & laughter. We do friendship. We talk & listen. We do fabulous things.” The salon offers cuts, colors, styles, waxing, and manicures. Even the Big Man in Red is a customer. Stylist, Kristen Willden, spruced up Santa’s beard before his big night at West Jordan City Hall. Mary is looking to expand the family and find new stylists. If you’re interested call her at 801-255-3181. To be featured in the Small Business Spotlight contact: marie.titze@westjordan.utah.gov

Pinewood Derby

HOW FOUR PLASTIC WHEELS AND LESS-THAN FIVE OUNCES OF WOOD IS CREATING MORALE FOR WEST JORDAN EMPLOYEES There are three things that help a pinewood derby car win; shape, speed, and weight. But, if you ask West Jordan City employees, who participate in an annual pinewood derby, they would be sure to add heart to that list as well. Tom McOmie works in the city’s Public Works Department, he started the annual Pinewood Derby back in 2014. “Morale seemed kind of low among the employees,” McOmie said. “I thought something like this would boost up morale and be a team-exercise experience.” What started as a smaller team-exercise experience has grown over the past five years. Back in September of 2014, there were 18 cars in the race, this year there were 52. “Yeah, at first a lot of people thought it was kind of nerdy,” McOmie laughed. “But now people get really into it, they know how fun it is. It’s great to see everyone’s creative and competitive side.” It isn’t just about winning the derby, it’s about showing off your car. At this year’s race creativity wasn’t lacking. Along with an overall winner, employees also go to vote on the coolest looking car and the best paint job. “Some people spend a month designing their car at home, others spend maybe a week,” McOmie said. In the 2019 Pinewood Derby there was a car shaped like an old colonial boat, a car made from glass marbles and metal, and cars shaved so thin you could hardly see them on the track. To qualify for the race, your car needs to meet these important requirements: • Width — 2 3/4” • Length — 7” • Weight — Not over 5 ounces • Width between wheels — 1 3/4” • Bottom clearance between car and track — 3/8” Each car must pass an inspection, and if they don’t, the owner has until the race to fix whatever could get them disqualified. While all these rules may make the event sound a little harsh, it’s all in good fun. “I don’t know how to express it,” McOmie said. “It’s just a great way to see a different side of everybody, we all kind of let our guard down for a little while.”



West Jordan Named One of the Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the U.S. It’s getting more expensive to live in large cities and that has many families flocking to smaller or mid-sized cities to get more bang for their buck. Finance tech company, SmartAsset, has ranked West Jordan among America’s most livable mid-sized cities. To find the results, researchers compared eight metrics: • Gini coefficient: a statistical measurement of income inequality. • Median home value change: percentage change in median home values from 2014 through 2018. • Percentage of residents below the poverty line. • Unemployment rate. • Percent of residents without health insurance. • Average commute time.

Researchers first ranked each city in every metric, then found each city’s average ranking, giving each metric an equal weighting. They then used the average ranking to determine a final score. In the end, researchers ranked West Jordan at number 17 on the list, tied with Bellevue, Washington.

SO, WHAT MAKES A MID-SIZED CITY? A variety of economic factors including population above 100,000, excluding the 100 largest cities in the country. In 2019, 226 cities fell under SmartAsset’s definition of mid-sized cities. In 2018 SmartAsset listed West Jordan as number 21 on its list of most livable mid-sized cities in the country.











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Local runner turns childhood illness into fitness motivation By Jess Nielsen Beach | j.beach@mycityjournals.com You see them every time you drive down the street: runners, of all shapes and sizes, pounding the pavement in snow or shine. For Jill Wilkins, a West Valley resident, you’re more likely to see her at a more elevated level.

Rather than let her illness defeat her, she used it as a way to better herself. “I always loved the strength of runners. You’ll be driving and see people running in bad weather and think, ‘wow, good for you!’ I wanted to be the strong one, beWilkins, 39, grew to love trail running cause I’ve always been the sick one.” Although the fitness guru now has after a prolonged childhood illness. “I was really sick my whole life,” Wilkins years of training under her belt, it didn’t said. “I missed four years of school. I had come easy. Her first 5K was with her uncle, to have daily nutritional IVs and I was very who was nearing his fifties. Her only goal was to not let him beat her—which he did, unhealthy. I was always ‘the sick one.’”

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sooner than she expected. “We started running and an eighth of a mile in, not even a half mile, my uncle takes off,” Wilkins said. “There’s nothing more humbling than seeing your older uncle take off and there’s nothing you can do about it.” After finishing that race, Wilkins was determined to get better. She began to train and love the workout, and she wasn’t about to pay for a sitter. “It’s so simplistic.” Wilkins said, explaining her routine as a mom who loves to run. “You don’t need a babysitter for the gym, you’re not stuck in a room with sweaty, smelly people not knowing what to do and being intimidated. You just put one foot in front of the other.” Once her love of exercise was cemented, Wilkins began to explore the nearby mountains. “I’ve always loved hiking and running, and then I found trail running, which just combines it all.” In addition to the scenic views and fresh air, Wilkins is grateful for the easier toll trail running takes. Rather than the flat, monotonous pavement on roads and sidewalks, the dirt and snow serve as a cushion to not wear down as much. “I like the mountain running because it’s very hard to do, but it’s much easier on your body. It’s less impact. There’s also trail variances, there’s rocks, roots, ups, downs; you’re using all the parts of your legs and all different tendons.” If you’re looking to start trail running, or running in general, don’t be scared. According to Wilkins, there is one important factor if you decide to embrace the great outdoors, even in the snow. “Running is not for everybody, but hiking is for almost everybody. You can get enjoyment out of it and you don’t have to do hard hikes. It’s putting one foot in front of the other. If you have to take a breather, do it. Get yourself out and enjoy the moun-

Wilkins surfs down the mountain during the Brighton Cirque series race. (Photo courtesy Jill Wilkins)

tains. We are so lucky. There are so many people who pay to travel here and experience our trails, and they’re right here.” As for fellow moms with young children, she adds, “Most people think it’s complicated to get kids out, but it’s really not. It’s no different than going sledding or seeing the lights at Temple Square. Warm clothes, snacks if they’re hungry, and hand warmers.” If you’re ready to get out there, Wilkins recommends checking online for avalanche dangers as well as consulting the app, All Trails. “All Trails will filter hikes, show the distance, elevation gain, etc. That way you can see oh, this will be an easy trail verses something more challenging.” Wilkins said. “If you have a pair of hiking boots, you’re fine. Just pick a trail that doesn’t have a lot of steepness. I like trekking poles, they’re great for balance. In the snow, you might be a little off, so pull out your poles and get going.” For more fitness inspiration and photos of Utah’s most stunning views, you can follow Wilkins’ Instagram page: jillrwilkins.

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Winter sports for the non-skier: Wasatch Front offers plenty of alternatives for outdoor fun By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com

Sledding takes off when there is fresh snow. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

Sledding offers winter fun for kids of all ages. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

Kids ready to take off after a storm. (Joshua Wood/ City Journals)

The ski season got off to a solid start in Utah with a late November storm piling over 3 feet at many resorts as they opened. That should come as great news for skiers, but what about Utah’s non-skiers? Do they wait until spring and summer for warm weather outdoor activities?

from $13 to around $25 per day. Many of the shops that sell and rent ski gear also rent snowshoes. From REI or your local ski shop, it is relatively easy to get a pair of snowshoes and poles and try it out. “Snowshoes are good,” said Alan Greenberg at Cottonwood Cyclery in Cottonwood Heights. “They’re low cost, it’s fun, it’s something to do outside. You don’t have to wait in line, the trails are free.” While the number of snowshoe rentals is fairly low from his experience, Dailey said he rents snowshoes to couples looking for something different to do on a date, or to older customers seeking low-impact snow sports. “It still gets you in the mountains, you still get to see cool stuff, and you’re not fighting the crowds,” Dailey said. “In the summer, you have all those hiking trails available. In the winter there are way less crowds.”

While that certainly is an option, there are a lot of other things Utah’s outdoors offer. From hitting the trails on snowshoes or darting downhill on a sled at the neighborhood park, getting outside this winter is easy thanks to the Wasatch Front’s accessible outdoor wonders.

Getting outdoors on a (snow)shoestring budget

Snowshoeing presents a low impact and relatively low-cost alternative to skiing. People can enjoy the crisp, clean air of the mountains at a fraction of the cost of skiing. Snowshoes help people access nearby trails without the same crowds they might encounter during summer. It is increasing in popularity, too. According to statistics, 3.7 million people snowshoed in the United States in 2017, up from 2.4 million in 2007. “It’s a great alternative,” said Mike Dailey at the Wasatch Powder House in Holladay. “I’ll send people to Millcreek Canyon because you don’t have all the ski traffic. There are a lot of trails up there. You can also go to the quarry in Little Cottonwood.” Snowshoe rentals in the area range

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Winter sports can be about more than snow

Ice skating presents a timeless way to enjoy winter sports. From the indoor rink at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center to the Olympic Oval in Kearns or outdoor rinks when they can be found, skating helps bring people together. Greenberg of Cottonwood Cyclery is passionate about skating and has visions of expanding access to ice skating in Cottonwood Heights. “It’s easy in the summer to make excuses to go outside and do something, but in the winter, it’s really hard,” Greenberg said. “My son plays hockey and

Locals flock to parks with steep hills after a snowstorm. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

goes to Hillcrest. If there’s an outdoor rink, he would skate there. He might meet some Brighton kids. Something like that brings a community together. That’s important.” With sparks flying as he sharpened a customer’s skate in his shop, Greenberg talked about his vision for an outdoor ice skating rink as the centerpiece of a winter haven in Cottonwood Heights. Put it near a sledding hill, add food trucks and outdoor concerts, and the whole community could take part in winter sports right in town. “Any ice sport is a hidden sport,” Greenberg said. “It’s tucked away in a rink. You really have to seek it out. You’re never going to stumble upon it. In the Midwest and the Northeast, where they have that stuff, you have communities that run into each other, and it’s out there. Who knows how many kids would see a rink and say, ‘Mom I want to play hockey or I want to figure skate.’” For those who do skate, Cottonwood Cyclery sells, repairs, and sharpens skates for hundreds of people in the area. “I’d love to have an opportunity down here, right in the middle, where people driving by look and say, let’s buy a couple of cheap hockey sticks and we’ll go dink around on the ice,” Greenberg said.

very popular among the mountain biking community,” said Sydney Ricketts of Trek Bicycle in Cottonwood Heights. “There’s definitely a large mountain biking community in Salt Lake. Fat biking is popular among mountain bikers because not many people do it so you don’t get the crowds like the ski resorts do in winter.” The large, wide tires on a fat bike are great for riding over loose terrain like snow. They tend to require a larger frame, particularly the fork, than most mountain bikes can accommodate. Fat bike enthusiasts find uses for them year round. “Some people are all about the fat biking,” Ricketts said. “They can definitely be a year-round bike. The traction, and the tires since they are so big, you can run them at a lower PSI. Since they’re so high volume they can act like suspension, if you will.” In the summer, fat bikes are popular for bikepacking, which is essentially backpacking by bike. The fat tires are great for rough trails and work as well in desert sand as on the winter snow. Fat biking also offers a winter alternative to skiing when the snow might not be so great. One limitation of winter fat biking is finding suitable trails. “Trails need to be maintained,” Greenberg said. “You can’t just fat bike on loose snow.” A big, fat winter spin on summer sports Not to worry. One way to find good The ice and snow don’t have to put off traditionally summer sports completely. trails for fat biking is to piggyback on anOne alternative that enthusiasts in the area other winter sport. “I see a lot of people enjoy is fat biking. “Fat biking is definitely biking on snowmobiling trails like in the

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Seven years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr

Another traditional summer activity that can be enjoyed in winter is fishing. Utah offers several good ice fishing spots less than an hour from the Salt Lake valley. (Photo courtesy Van Hoover)

Uintas,” Dailey said. “Mirror Lake Highway, Soapstone Road, they groom them. You have a road to ride on.”

Traditional winter fun right in town

Classic winter activities never go out of style. Go to a park like Mountview Park in Cottonwood Heights or Aspen Meadows Park in Sandy after a snowstorm, and you will find plenty of people sledding the steepest hills. Sledding is a low-cost activity that families can enjoy close to home. “We’re here just to have fun with the family,” Monica Smith said as she watched her kids race down the hill at Aspen Meadows Park. “We’ll try to ski half a dozen times this year, but we probably sled more.” People of all ages dart down snowy hills each winter, but sledding definitely seems to be about kids. It is a way for families to make the most of newly fallen snow and get outside during the winter months. “I don’t ski; this is it,” said Levi Ortega. “It’s all about my kids. There’s no skiing or snowboarding for me. We just sled.” Inexpensive sleds of various designs, from plastic or foam to inflatable tubes,

are widely available in stores. More elaborate sleds are also an option. “A wooden toboggan? I can get them,” Greenberg of Cottonwood Cyclery said. “Think what a killer Christmas gift that would be. It would be really cool to have.”

A fun icebreaker

Another traditional summer activity that can be enjoyed in winter is fishing. Utah offers several good ice fishing spots less than an hour from the Salt Lake valley. “Rockport (State Park) is a great place,” said Karson Ranck of Fish Tech in Holladay. “It has some nice perch and rainbow trout. And it’s just 30 minutes away. There’s Jordanelle (State Park), and Strawberry (Reservoir) is really popular.” The main obstacle to ice fishing, aside from getting over the idea of sitting in the cold for hours waiting for a bite, is getting through the ice. To do the job, people can opt for an old-fashioned manual auger or a powered one to drill a hole for their lines. Manual augers run around $70 at Fish Tech, while powered augers can cost $600. Ice fishing is another way to enjoy recreation areas without the crowds. There are multiple online resources to check on temperatures and ice conditions before venturing out. Making sure the ice is suitably thick for fishing is, of course, a key safety measure. It is also a good idea to research specific locations on the lake before drilling holes. Since finding a place to fish takes a lot more work when you have to auger a hole, it helps to make a plan of action ahead of time.

The tip of the iceberg

Other winter sport activities that can be enjoyed include curling, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and more. There are also opportunities to put a winter spin on more traditionally warm weather activities like running and various team sports. Utah is renowned for its winter recreation, but there is much more to do on the Greatest Snowshoes offer a low-cost way to explore nearby Snow on Earth than just skiing. trails in winter. (Photo courtesy of John Dehlin)

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Do you have what it takes to be a professional hockey ref? By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com Did you hear about the professional hockey game where not one fight broke out? If you did, please let Jim McKenna know, because he probably would have loved to referee that game. Hockey, after all, is the only sport with a penalty box (a temporary detention cell) and requires its referees to match the toughness of its competitors. McKenna, while dodging hockey pucks and punches during the night, works during the day in the information technology world as an I.T. solution manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a profession he has had for the last 20 years. On top of all of that, he serves in the bishopric of his Murray congregation. “I started officiating when I was 24. I was married and going to school and needed a way to make some extra money,” McKenna said. “I was always hard on the refs when I played, always thought they did a poor job. One of them told me to give it a try if I thought I could do better.” The Skyline High graduate grew up playing hockey; he started at age 6. When the ice rink was not available, he and his brothers played street hockey. After graduating from the University of Utah, he continued playing hockey in recreation leagues and decided he could, indeed, do a better

job than other referees could. “I learned very quickly; it is a lot harder than it looks. But, I loved being involved, and it was a great way to make extra money. Later on, I kept doing it because I loved working in high-level games. I have also come to meet and get to know a lot of great people,” McKenna said. To be a professional hockey referee, you go through a process similar to the players. First, you are selected to work in developmental leagues and junior leagues, such as the USHL or NAHL. Referees are then hired to work minor professional hockey, such as the East Coast Hockey League and American Hockey League; then the National Hockey League hires the top refs of those leagues. McKenna officiates many of the Utah Grizzlies games and minor league teams in Idaho. According to McKenna, “I was older when I started working, and so I never had the desire to move my wife to the Midwest or back East to work hockey games. Most of the refs spend several years traveling around working games to get a shot at the pro level. I was happy and lucky enough to get to work here in Utah.” McKenna typically draws the linesman assignment, meaning his primary responsibility is watching for violations involving the

center line and the blue line, and infractions including icing and offsides, after which the linesman conduct face-offs. McKenna is also expected to break up scuffles, fistfights and other altercations that occur during the game. His day job of working with computers and, if you will, his weekend job (working as a leader in his LDS ward) are, without question, vastly different. “Dealing with players, no matter what the level of play—college, pro, or youth— you always have to be the adult and be in control, you can’t let your emotions get to you. I have found my faith and perspective helps me do that. “Yes, hockey is probably one of the most colorful sports, language-wise. I have found that the older I get, the less I care about what I am being called or what the fans, coaches or players yell. I have found if I can find the humor in all the craziness, it helps.” McKenna calls working the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics Games the highlight of his career. He called many pre-Olympic matches and assisted the international referees with all the games. “I worked as a linesman during the 2002 Paralympic Games. I lined the bronze medal game between Sweden and Cana-

Professional hockey referee Jim McKenna, in stripes, clears out of the way after conducting a face-off. (Photo courtesy Jim McKenna)

da. That was a blast. I got to know a number of officials from other countries, and we had a great time during that week,” McKenna said. “I also got to watch every Olympic game, including the gold medal game between the USA and Canada, which was probably the best sports experience I have had.”

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to muster enough support to place the decision on the ballot. The question did make the 1989 ballot and was rejected by a small margin, very similar to the number of voters who approved the change in government two years ago.” The argument for retaining manager/council form was outlined in a voter pamphlet from West Jordan City in 1989: “Experience, education, training and skills are necessary to manage our city through growth and change. Citizens should be concerned about electing a mayor who appears to be qualified but lacks financial or management skills. A mayor cannot be removed for being incompetent, only for criminal misconduct. Because the Manager can be removed at any time if his performance becomes unsatisfactory, he runs for office every day, not just once every four years.” However, the mayor/council form has more checks and balances built in. From that same voter pamphlet, it reads: “The proposed Mayor/Council form of government will restore the basic constitutional principles of separation of powers. The Mayor will check and balance the City Council … The City Council Mayor-elect Dirk Burton votes during the November election. Burton will check and balance the power of the will be the first mayor under West Jordan’s new form of government. Mayor ... by being able to audit or investigate the conduct of any department or (Photo courtesy West Jordan City)

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action of the Mayor; and having authori- might happen with the city,” Riding said. CONCERNS FOR THE FUTURE ty to override the Mayor’s veto.” CITY MANAGERS IN AND OUT David Church, a municipal attorTHE DOOR ney, addressed the mayoral candidates Ivie referred to the frequent turn- before the primary election this summer. over in the city manager position. That “A significant problem with this position was even more volatile in West form of government is when the mayor Jordan than the mayors. In the last 10 and council disagree on any particular isyears, there have been six city managers: sue, and in conflict, stagnate operations David Brickey, January 2018 to De- and progress,” Church said. “Sandy and cember 2019; Mark Palish, 2015 to 2017; South Salt Lake both have councils and Bryce Haderlie (Interim), 2014; Richard mayors that are occasionally at odds, and Davis, August 2011 to 2014; Melanie in the case of South Salt Lake, it almost Briggs (Interim), 2011; and Tom Steele, prevented a budget from being approved. February 2009 to March 2011. I have to keep reminding the mayIn contrast, Midvale City (with ors that their first duty in the code is manager/council form) has had one carry out the policy adopted by the manager, Kane Loader, since 2006. council, not torpedo it. Mayors should Riding has a guess why the turnover understand that you win your fight at the was so high. council level, and if you lose it, you still “The mayors at the time wanted have to carry them out.” to do the city manager’s job,” he said. Burton is aware of this possibility “And so, the manager was trying to do and has made efforts to maintain profeshis/her job so there was always a conflict sionalism before any conflicts start. so the best thing to do was for the mayor “The thing I’ve already started to to get rid of the city manager.” do is have a good relationship with the While Burton has stated he plans to council,” he said. “I’ve already reached retain all of the senior staff aside from out to them, gotten their opinions on Brickey, it is not uncommon for depart- things. We can disagree on things, but ment heads to voluntarily move on after the way we handle them, that’s importa new mayor takes office. ant. And we keep in mind that what we “I know there are others there that think we’re doing is best for the city are thinking of retiring or finding an- and not let personal vendetta get in the other job because they’re afraid of what way.”l

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School crossing guards give winter safety tips By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Daybreak Elementary crossing guard Don Hicks advises students to set out earlier for school during colder weather. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


ith the cold and adverse weather conditions setting in, winter can be a challenging time for school crossing safety. Drivers and pedestrians alike share responsibility for being safe; however, each year in Utah, 30 pedestrians are hit and killed by cars and another 785 are hospitalized or treated in an emergency room after being in a crash with a motorized vehicle, according to the indicator-based information system for public health. According to the Utah Highway Safety Office, more than one-third of the pedestrians involved are between age 10 and 24. School crossing guards say exercising safety tips can reduce the risk of getting hurt. Here are tips from 10 different cross-

ing guards from six different communities, in no particular order, on how to keep school children safe this winter while at the school crosswalk. “Safety is more important than worrying about being tardy to school or to work,” said Daybreak Elementary’s Don Hicks, who has crossed at the school for nine years. He said drivers can race through the crosswalk on nasty days so plan accordingly and get up earlier and leave for school earlier, whether walking or driving. “There can be a bit of chaos here in the morning when it’s colder and more people are driving and in a big hurry,” he said. “Give yourself the extra time.” “Drivers need to slow down in a school zone and leave more space near the crosswalk,” said Monte Vista Elementary’s Evelyn Heap, who has crossed at the school for three years, and previously drove a school bus for almost 20 years. “Sometimes drivers don’t understand the weather; you can’t stomp on the brakes as you can in the summer.” In addition to traveling the 20 mph speed limit, she also advises drivers not to crowd the sidewalk. “Even if they are just dropping off school children, it makes it difficult for the crossing guards to safely see around the vehicle and watch for children, who could dart into traffic,” she said. By allowing space at the crosswalk, it also allows drivers behind the stopped car enough room

to see pedestrians crossing so they don’t pass the stopped vehicle. “Wear proper attire for the weather,” said Horizon Elementary’s Aimee Thompson, who is crossing for her third year at the school. “Sometimes, I’m having to help kids cross over snowbanks onto the sidewalk who are wearing (dress) shoes without socks.” She advises students wear snow boots to improve traction as well as winter coats and gloves. At the same time, make sure students are aware of the traffic around them, that their winter hat and scarf do not prevent them from hearing vehicles or the crossing guard. With the snowplows often piling snow near the curbs and sides of streets, she suggests drivers reduce their speed and even stop to look as they approach crosswalks to ensure pedestrian and crossing guard safety. For 12 years, Melissa Huyboom has crossed school children at Alta View Elementary and substituted two years before that. She tells students to “wait for the crossing guard to make sure all cars stop and when I signal them, then they should cross.” Huyboom makes sure she has the eye contact and attention of the drivers as students “are excited about school, seeing a friend, talking about losing a tooth, and don’t always pay attention.” “Be a good role model when walking or driving as children are sponges and soak up everything,” said Dawn Barrus,

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who has crossed students for a decade at both Twin Peaks and Woodstock elementary schools. “Put down everything, be alert and pay attention to distractions.” Barrus said cell phones are a big distraction for both walkers and drivers. Wearing headphones also can distract pedestrians as they aren’t aware of the traffic around them. She places a big, orange safety cone in the middle of the crosswalk to alert drivers, but she said that doesn’t always work. “My cone gets hit a lot and people say they didn’t see it,” she said. For seven years, Melissa Tupou has crossed students in Herriman, Riverton, Millcreek and throughout Salt Lake County before crossing Draper students who attend Oak Hollow Elementary, Draper Park Middle, Corner Canyon High and Summit Academy. Her safety advice is to “know and follow the school zone rules.” Often, drivers will not stop 30 feet from the striped crosswalk or proceed if pedestrians are on the other side of the road instead of waiting until the crosswalk is clear, she said, adding that drivers also try to turn right when they reach the intersection first instead of yielding to school children. Bella Vista Elementary 10-year crossing guard Don Antczak worries about the safety of school children, especially as “they’re all here at once after school.” He advises them to “stay on the sidewalks, even if they aren’t cleared after heavy storms,” rather than walking on the street after it has been plowed as “cars whip right through here.” Staying on the sidewalks puts a buffer between the pedestrians and drivers. Even in the winter, about a third of the students who cross the street to Altara Elementary ride bikes or scooters, said Pam Hortin, who has been crossing students the last 15 of her 20 years at the school. “They need to walk bikes and scooters across the crosswalk,” she said. “It’s easier to see them if they walk, but they can drop their bikes and run quickly to the side to be safe” if a motorist infringes on their crosswalk. Students should “walk carefully and be more aware as they walk,” taking intentional shorter steps in the snow and ice and being focused on what they’re doing, said Midvalley Elementary crossing guard Cathy Camacho, who has crossed five years at the school and one year in Taylorsville. “Running across the crosswalk is not allowed.” And importantly, “use crosswalks,” Peruvian Park crossing guard Carli Orr said. “Don’t jaywalk. It only takes two extra minutes to walk to the crosswalk.” She said that oftentimes, school custodians clear the snow from crosswalks, and if not, crossing guards have been known to shovel it themselves and put down ice melt so it’s safer for students to cross. She also said drivers are alert to look for students using the crosswalk as they expect them to cross at that point in the street.l

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