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WILL WEST JORDAN (FINALLY) GET A THEATRE? By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com


ellane Jessop, band director at West Jordan High School, is ending his volunteer career and is hopeful that West Jordan will finally see its own cultural arts center. “I’ve tried for 23 years to get a Cultural Arts Center,” he said. “I’m retiring, and I hope that I’m still alive when we get a cultural arts building.” Ground was broken for an arts center in late 2017. Then nothing happeneds. Visit westjordanjournal.com for previous stories on this subject. During the meeting in June, a workshop was held to discuss details for the Cultural Arts Center, hopefully moving plans forward. Councilmember Chris McConnehey explained the difficulties city officials have had fulfilling previous commitments. “2016 is when we really started in earnest trying to figure out ‘what can we do,’” he said. “We sat down with the art groups; we prioritized everything. [The builder] came back and said this is what we can get for you for $8.5 million. With the architect, we saw the price tag increase a little bit further. Pretty soon, we were at $11 million when we had originally said $8 million. And then we go out to bid the contractor came Travis Green addresses City Council, voicing his concerns about the delays and lack of communication about the Cultural Arts Center. (Erin Dixon/ back and said ‘The number you guys got is an old number. City Journals) Prices have gone up significantly, you’re looking $13 millforward.” nnehey said. ish.’” Councilmember Kayleen Whitelock disagreed. “If we’re The $13 million price tag put the planned arts center out Progress? of reach. June is budget season, and the West Jordan City Council going to expend $6 million then we need to get it right,” she approved to put $3 million toward the center and promised said. “I’m building this for residents of our city. I want to have Communication gap at least 300 seats. I feel that 300 seats gives you enough room Other community members voiced their frustrations, pri- an additional $3 million next fiscal year to finish the project. big enough to support lots of different things not big enough marily with the lack of communication from the city to Arts Councilmember Danyce Steck ensured council that the fundto attract a lot of outside things.” ing is available. council. Mayor Jim Riding tried to move the discussion along. “One half of the Community Arts Center is coming from “We watched the site sit dormant with no news from the “We heard from the 501(c)3 group tonight that they would be city, and we were disappointed when news reached us eventu- the Buildings Capital Fund, and we anticipate budgeting $3 happy with 200,” he said. “If we would just agree on that so ally that the site had been abandoned and plans had changed,” million next year. That $6 million is sitting in reserves.” that Mr. Brickey can move ahead with this.” The city may get additional funding from the county, but Travis Green, Arts Council marketing specialist, said. “I feel Subsequently, other councilmembers quietly bid, auction that it’s an embarrassment to the city. We cannot function as there are contingencies. style, other seating numbers. “County money was based on the presentation of the transients within our own city. I’m not asking for rushed deCouncilmember Chad Lamb, “250.” velopment of an art center, but I am asking that there be more location previously identified,” City Manager Dave Brickey Councilmember Zach Jacob,”262.” said. “The county said you’d need to come back and identify communication with the arts and residents of West Jordan Lamb, “251.” the new place; they want to see the new location and a new about the progress being made.” Riding, “250 going once ... 250 going twice…” Victor Groves, chair of the Cultural Arts Society of West proposed plan.” In the end, the decision was to move forward with getting To move forward, the council needed to approve the Jordan, who has visited council meetings often over the past designs for a 250, fixed and sloped seating arrangement. number of seats for the building. A long discussion ensued, few years said, “I’ve mentioned before that the old Sugar Fac“Once it’s ready, we will send it to all of you; please don’t tory location is ideal. We don’t need a facade on a busy boule- interjected with jovial, frustrated remarks from council memchange it,” Brickey said. “Let me get this done for you. We vard. We don’t need a 600- to 800-seat arena. 200- to 400-seat bers. will then push it for it as fast as we can.” l “I think that seating should be closer to 200-ish,” McCowill be an ideal venue. Please do the right thing and move it

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Retiring Jordan superintendent to be remembered for coining “every child, every day” By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


hen people hear of Jordan School District or Superintendent Patrice Johnson’s name, it’s likely the next thing they’ll think of is her motto, “every child, every day.” “It depicts the journey we teach all our children,” she said. “All children are not all the same; they have their strengths and weaknesses, and we need to build upon them to empower and help them to grow.” It’s something that most everyone — teachers, principals, PTAs, families — have embraced. Now ready to step down on July 1 after eight years as the district’s first female superintendent, the atmosphere is a far cry from when Johnson arrived. She replaced Barry Newbold about two years after “the split” when the east side of Jordan School District, now Canyons School District, split off and left Jordan District with $400 less per student in annual funding. “The culture was hard at the time,” Johnson said. “I needed to be out there every day, telling them how important they are as students and as employees. I’m fortunate the board was unified and that all I had to be was the leader with the voice who shared the same vision. We had a common purpose early on: to bridge, mend and unite. We needed to recognize their hard work and have that human interaction, which helped to lift them. We went back to focusing on learning, and that went along with the trust that we would provide the best education to students.” Jordan Board of Education member Marilyn Richards said Johnson was a “breath of fresh air at a time when it was needed.” “She was the one who has been our cheerleader — whether it’s for a bus driver or a student — always energetic, pulling for you, knowing who everyone is and at the same time, increasing the quality of learning and teaching in our district,” she said. Her mantra of “every child, every day” and her enthusiasm has filtered to the 2,900 district teachers as recently as at the Jordan Education Foundation luncheon when she recognized a Welby teacher for ensuring that her kindergartner got the right tools he needed to be able to see to learn. “The hearts that live and work in our district are all in the right place,” she said. “It’s the people here, who lift others up, whether it’s a painter, maintenance worker, cafeteria worker, teacher, board member. It’s those who make our district, and its those who I’ll miss.” Jordan Board of Education Vice President Tracy Miller said the District may be a team, but every team needs a leader and that is what they have found in Johnson. “She’s been fabulous, a real leader who has taken hard feelings and done so much to unite us and lift our morale,” Miller said. “She truly cares about the kids, teachers, staff

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Jordan School District Superintendent Patrice Johnson speaks at a recent Jordan Education Foundation luncheon. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Those around her say they’ll miss 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)

and community. She is warm, caring and has a great heart.” That’s true, according to Jordan Education Foundation Executive Director Steven Hall. “The superintendent knows all the people, not just the faces,” he said. “She goes right up to them, hugs them and asks about things that are important to them. She interacts with people every day, calls them by name, and treats everyone as if they’re the most valuable person to her. It’s something she does 24-7. She never quits.” District Administrator of High Schools Brad Sorensen agrees: “She is a hugger. She just makes you feel loved and that you’re the most important person.” However, for some, it may be hard to believe that behind her caring, supportive smile and hug, there’s a powerful leader, said newly appointed Superintendent Anthony Godfrey, who served as associate superintendent under Johnson. “She built a sense of community and lifted our morale so we could move forward,” he said. “She is always visible and connects with people — our board, district administrators, elected officials, students – she even has a monthly lunch with student body presidents. While she’s a positive role model, she is always focused on student education and makes sure that is in the forefront.” Johnson recalled a time, as president of a California teachers’ union, when the teachers “weren’t getting the raise they thought was fair.” So, she led the union to picket outside the school board president’s office. “It worked; we got the raise, and we’re still married,” she said with a laugh, adding

that now she has learned to collaborate more than antagonize. Her 46-year marriage to John has withstood her working in Utah, while the family remained in Las Vegas, where she worked 20 of her 27 years of education before coming to Utah. She will plan to spend time with her 17 grandchildren, eight of whom live in Las Vegas; the rest live within five hours away. She also plans to learn to play the bass hand on piano. Johnson began her teaching in Kentucky after earning her degree at Brigham Young University. In California, she taught every grade from kindergarten through eighth grade. She also earned her master’s degree from Fresno Pacific University and her doctorate from University of Southern California and went from being a school administrator at the largest school in Nevada to assuming the duties of associate superintendent of the district. “I never would want to relive that first year of teaching, but I learned so much,” she said. “I know each community advocates for their children and wants the very best for them. Our parents, our cities, our communities work together to bring the best education for our children so they can be successful citizens.” Even though Johnson hasn’t taught for a while, the classroom remains at her roots. “What has been very dear to my heart is Jordan Education Foundation awarding the outstanding educators in every school,” Johnson said. “It’s amazing to see how humble they are about their life’s work and to see the joy in the students’ eyes when they see their teacher receives the outstanding edu-

cator award. They’re in the classroom with them every day, and they know their teacher is a rock star, standing right there in front of them.” Johnson also appreciates how hard they work. “I wish people knew that it’s not a one day per week job, but it’s a lifelong process to get the right information into these young minds,” she said. While board member Janice Voorhies calls Johnson, with her 43 years in the field an “education expert,” it may be her legacy of supporting every person — not just child — every day that will live on and was celebrated at her May 22 retirement party. She also was honored to have a Jordan Education Foundation scholarship named after her that will be awarded in her honor annually to student who exemplifies her motto as well as who leads and inspires others. While Jordan District has tremendous growth in both population of students — now at 55,000 students — and increasing from 57 schools to 62 this fall, Johnson said Jordan has risen to be the flagship. And even on the announcement of her successor, Anthony Godfrey, she wasn’t melancholy. “I’m not sad at all; this is a celebration,” she said. “I’m excited for Dr. Godrey and what we’ve accomplished as a team, how we are united, on the same page, what we have built and have. It’s been fabulous journey, and I am grateful to work with professionals in the school district and community. Jordan District is in my heart, and it’s in the heart of the community, who value education and love young people.”

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‘We must get this right’ Municipal mayors prioritize unprecedented regional coordination


he scores are in, and the tabulations are done. But the Southwest Quadrant Mayors Council is not yet ready to release the results of its quest to find an apt urban-planning partner to help manage its three-pronged approach to deliver a “Shared Vision and Growth Strategy” for the Salt Lake Valley’s SWQ. In need of a palatable code name, for broader public conversation, The Shared Vision and Growth Strategy will address land use, economic development and transportation infrastructure changes across participating communities and collectively target “a high quality of life,” with a 2050 outlook, the precise timeframe by which the state is set to double its population. The timeline is brisk—what at least one of the SWQ mayors represented in the group says is as short as one year. The study will bridge the gap between the high-level vision “forest” and municipal general plan and ordinance “trees.” It also continues to empower individual participating communities with local decision-making and the ability for community leaders to, in essence “wear two hats”—representing both their SWQ aspirational contributions and their municipal day-job, elected responsibilities.

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“As the only area of the valley with much vacant land left, we must get this right,” Ramsey said. Ramsey’s comments are reminiscent of comments Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson made to City Journals last month, with regards to the rebooted, high-density Olympia Hills projects, which, if it is to advance to fruition, must now reapply and retrace assumed improved steps to garnering SLCO County approval. Wilson’s comment was: “We cannot move forward with wasting a single acre.” Provided with a little more than $250,000 in financing to engage its study, the SWQ Mayors Council, guided in its selection process by Wasatch Front Regional Council, is moving swiftly to initiate a process that will begin with analysis, then move to a vision, and, ultimately, result in what the mayoral cadre hopes is a “shared growth strategy’ to proactively guide the area’s long-term development. “The Wasatch Front Regional Council and Salt Lake County contributed the lion’s share of the money,” said West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding, who noted that the consulting project will take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to complete. WFRC was tasked with guiding the selection process for the consultant, which resulted in four responses to the nine-page proposal.

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When “SWQ” is mentioned, it is land that comprises six municipalities—Bluffdale, Copperton, Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and Riverton—and significant, undeveloped parcels in the in Unincorporated Salt Lake County. Just like Salt Lake County’s “Northwest Quadrant,” the “Southwest Quadrant” is a key area of the county and one facing intense development considerations. “The name of the area isn’t as important as [the concept of] our communities working together with a shared vision and resources,” SLCO Mayor Jenny Wilson said. Wilson also rightly reminds: “The Southwest Quadrant includes a large part of unincorporated Salt Lake County. It is important for Salt Lake County to represent the unincorporated area and have a seat at the table as their future is discussed.” The six SWQ municipalities represent 100 square miles of land and nearly 300,000 residents. Unincorporated land governed by SLCO and the residents who reside there add to those figures.

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er,” said a source with a metropolitan planning organization, a few days after learning of Henderson’s comments. “The transportation crisis in the Southwest of SLCO is one of the top priorities of the Southwest Mayors.” Henderson told City Journals. Concerned Herriman residents collected a reported 16,000-plus signatures of disapproval regarding the first Olympia Hills project proposal. “Herriman residents, in particular, will be the most effected by Olympia Hills,” Henderson added. “The compounding effect on our residents’ daily quality of life will be immense, and they are, justifiably, very concerned that there is no infrastructure plan to support it.” “Everyone who wants to weigh in will have the opportunity, including residents, land owners, developers, utility companies, the school district, business owners, municipalities, the county and anyone else associated with our Southwest Quadrant of the Salt Lake Valley,” Ramsey said. It is a case of SWQ mayors now embracing the mantra of their new commitment to douse what is deemed “unproductive controversy” in the “Shared Vision and Growth” strategy.

high-density Olympia Hills project at Herriman’s Bastian Elementary, Henderson depicted the funds that had been granted for the SWQ vision and growth strategy by the County as monies that had been committed with “no strings attached,” yet represented ‘Who are the constituents on the ‘Shared the county as attempting to inappropriately Vision and Growth Strategy?’ wedge its way into the process. When mayors, metropolitan planning or“Salt Lake County is clearly a stakeholdganizations and the media refer to the “Shared Vision and Growth Strategy,” who are the players involved in that? A pool of contractors was invited to bid, based off a nine-page proposal. Proposals will be evaluated on two key metrics: approach and staff. Four bids were submitted, and one urban-planning firm will be selected among that. There will be both a steering committee and a technical committee to guide the project. WFRC will facilitate the project. Key project contributors include, as Wilson asserted, Salt Lake County Regional Planning and Transportation, the Utah Department of Transportation, and the Utah Transit Authority). Major stakeholders will include utilities, school districts and major property owners. “Salt Lake County is a partner in what we’re doing,” said Riding, acknowledging the key role of SLCO Regional Planning and Transportation Director Will Summerkorn on the technical task force for the current Shared Vision and Growth Strategy project. “They [SLCO] are a huge player in this effort. We will be using the Oquirrh View Study that was just completed by the County.” The embracing of Salt Lake County as a key constituent from Ramsey and Riding is "With the option to view and select your pieces from collections a much different tenor than was exhibited in curated by your stylist you are almost guaranteed to get items you love mid-March by one of the SWQ Mayors Counand fit your own personal style." ~Laura L. cil representatives, Herriman Councilman/ Mayor Protempore Jared Henderson. Attending a public-engagement session for the proposed redraft of the once-vetoed,

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Salt Lake County Library celebrates summer reading with a big challenge By Jordan Hafford | j.hafford@mycityjournals.com


hile kids may often be found in front of little black screens, the county library system hopes to change that this summer. Salt Lake County Library’s Summer Reading Challenge is an annual event intended to keep everyone—pre-readers, kids, teens and adults—reading and learning throughout the summer. “Summer reading programs have been going on for years,” said Liz Sollis, marketing and communications manager for the Salt Lake County Library. “The main reason for the program is to prevent what is commonly referred to as ‘Summer Slide,’ when an individual slides out of practice with reading and learning during the summer months.” Participation in the challenge directly correlates with maintaining and increasing literacy according to a University of Utah study on the value of summer reading and learning and even going so far as to exhibit a marked increase in young students’ basic early literacy scores. “Summer reading was designed to promote a love of reading and learning for all

ages and help mitigate potential reading and learning loss during the summer,” said Kent Dean, Salt Lake County Library associate director of outreach and programming. To raise awareness and enthusiasm for potential participants, West Jordan Library officials held a kickoff event, which included all sorts of wholesome fun for readers of all ages: face painting, laser tag, karaoke, rock climbing, train rides and a movie in the park at dusk. This year’s kickoff yielded around 4,000 children and families, where they were given the opportunity to sign up for Summer Reading and collect a reading record, connect with other county agencies and West Jordan partners, as well as learn something new—all of which count as an activity on their reading record. All program finishers are rewarded with a free book, a ticket to Library Days at the Natural History Museum of Utah and an entry into a drawing for other prizes. “We know people learn in a variety of ways and have modified our Summer Read-

ing Challenge to include reading, creating, learning, connecting and playing as activities that count toward the activity,” Sollis said. In 2018, nearly 28,000 children, 7,500 teens and more than 23,000 adults signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge. The popularity only seems to be increasing as each summer comes and goes. “I just love reading during my summer break,” said 12-year-old Sadie Halsworth of West Jordan. “It’s kind of like a vacation for your mind if you think about it!” The challenge itself lasts from that initial burst of life that comes with the new summer through the end of July, when those first calls of autumn begin whispering through the trees. And while some of us are yet to plan (or afford) that elaborate, tropical vacation, we can hope and expect that our young and curious little minds are already off exploring Neverland, Hogwarts or the Hundred Acre Wood.

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Graduate boasts perfect attendance record By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


n 13 years, Brooklyn Gaskins has never been tardy or had an unexcused absence from school. She has a perfect attendance record. “Sometimes, people will have a reaction to Brooklyn, like they think that it’s just unbelievable, that it is crazy,” said Brooklyn’s mother, Katherine Gaskins. “It didn’t start off that she was going to try and do it from kindergarten through 12th grade. She just started out getting perfect attendance, and she thought it was kind of a fun goal with herself to see if she could accomplish that.”

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Brooklyn won an award from West Jordan High School for her perfect attendance before she graduated at the end of May. She was hoping to get a scholarship for her accomplishment but hasn’t been able to find one. Fortunately, she is as equally dedicated to her grades—she also graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA. But her perfect record doesn’t stop there. As a cheerleader at West Jordan High School, Brooklyn attended every practice, every game—even those that were optional. She has had the same dedication to the WJHS choir. This past semester, she never missed a day of her internship as a dental assistant— even during Spring Break. “What she is emulating is very much my personality,” said her mother, who also had perfect attendance from kindergarten all through college (earning five degrees). As a teacher at Granger High School, Gaskins has also never called in sick in 22 years of teaching (though she did take maternity leave). Brooklyn’s younger sister Avery, who just completed seventh grade, also has perfect attendance and a 4.0 GPA. “I don’t expect perfection from my children; I expect them to do their very best.” said Gaskins. “Being a teacher myself, education is extremely important in our home. Brooklyn knows that her No. 1 job is to be a student and to try her best in everything she


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The busy teen aimed for perfection in attendance, grades and extracurricular activities. (Photo courtesy of Katherine Gaskins)

does.” Brooklyn has missed class for school-excused absences such as choir tours, cheer competitions and field trips but never for illness or outside activities. She prefers not to miss class, even though it isn’t always easy. “There’s been plenty of times I wanted to sleep in and not go to school,” said Brooklyn. “But I just think that I’m going to miss something. So, I just always decided to go to school no matter what.” Brooklyn also believes if her teachers took the time to plan a lesson, the least she can do is to be in class and do her best. Teachers appreciate her effort. “I am frankly blown away that Brooklyn managed this amazing accomplishment,” said WJHS choir director Kelly Dehaan. “I’ve been teaching for 22 years and have had thousands of students—this is a first.” Dehaan said in a participation-based class such as choir, attendance is essential. There is no way a student can make up for a missed day. “The dynamic of having everyone there together cannot be replicated in any other way,” he said.  “When a student is absent— even in a large choir—it slows down the progress of the team.” In addition to choir and cheerleading, Brooklyn also takes dance classes, is involved in National Honor Society and is president of her church youth group. She still makes time to babysit, hang out with friends and spend time with her family. Brooklyn said she prefers to keep busy and stays organized by utilizing the calendar on her phone and one hanging in her room to keep track of activities and tests. “I just know I have a lot on my plate,” said Brooklyn. “So, I just make sure that I give myself time to do my homework and do cheer and spend time with my family.”

Now that Brooklyn has graduated from high school, she plans to continue her habit of perfect attendance as she heads to Salt Lake Community College to study to be a dental hygienist. “Now it’s just muscle memory—I go to school,” she said. “And I feel like when I grow up, when I get a real job, it will be a good habit.”

Brooklyn Gaskins receives an award for 13 years of perfect attendance. (Photo courtesy of Katherine Gaskins)

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Hawthorn Academy celebrates 10 years By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


amie Johnson wanted a part in designing her children’s educational experience. “I just had a desire for my kids to have a better education than what I felt they had,” said Johnson. “I didn’t want to have to send them to school just because it’s in the neighborhood. I wanted them someplace that I had a part in molding and shaping.” Johnson joined with like-minded parents to create Hawthorn Academy, a K-9 charter school, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. In 2008, Amara Gulsbury was reluctant to send her kindergartener, Kastin, to the overcrowded, transient neighborhood school. Then she heard about the new charter school, Hawthorn Academy, with its smaller class sizes and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. “We didn’t know where it was going to be, but we listened to what their goals were, and we were really impressed,” said Gulsby. “So, we registered him on a whim.” Ten years later, Kastin is graduating the ninth grade from Hawthorn. “We just love the community,” said Gulsby. “We are friends, and I think it makes a difference that we’re in kindergarten through nine because we continue to grow up together for the 10 years.” The 19 students who have attended the charter school as a kindergartener in its first year just graduated from ninth grade. They celebrated their decade together at a special luncheon and received gifts and personal letters from their teachers and administrators at their graduation later that night. Dedicated Hawthorn employees, who have been at the school since its beginning, received cash bonuses as part of the celebration. Sheri Sorensen, whose four children have attended Hawthorn for the last 10 years, said she has made lifelong friends with their teachers.

“I like the relationship I felt with the teachers,” said Sorensen. “I feel like they’re friends, and I can approach them with any of my concerns.” The chartering process for Hawthorn Academy began in 2006 with a group of neighbors, family members and co-workers. “It started in a living room, and here we are today,” said one of the founding parents, Meggen Pettit. She said getting the school off the ground required a lot of work and sacrifice but that it has been worth it. “It’s not just affecting my kids,” said Pettit. “Now it’s affected all of the kids that have come through here—we’ve had now thousands of kids coming through here.” She said the support of the administration, faculty and parents are what makes the school great. While she believes charter schools provide benefits such as a close community, small class sizes and specialized curriculum, Pettit said parents can create an excellent educational environment for their children in any school. “If you have active parents, regardless of where you go, then you will have a great education,” said Pettit. “If you’re actively involved, talking and communicating with your teachers and with the administration, making that commitment—I don’t care if you go to an F-grade school—you will get a great education because you were there and following-up making sure your child’s taken care of.” While choice in education continues to expand to online options and personalized learning frameworks, the trend began in 1999 when the first charter schools opened in Utah. Twenty years later, there are now 134 charter schools in the state. Enrollment in charter schools last year grew four percent, while district schools saw only a one percent increase. Jennifer Lambert, executive director for

Nineteen ninth-grade graduates are the first students to complete their entire K-9 education at Hawthorn Academy. (Halley Miranda/Hawthorn Academy)

the Utah State Charter School Board, said families choose charter schools for their specialized emphasis on STEM, dual immersion, arts or classical education, and for alternative educational models such as Montessori, personalized learning and IB. “This allows parents and students to choose a school that best fits their needs,” she said. “Most charters develop a distinct and strong culture that students enjoy.” Dr Deborah Swenson has been director of the West Jordan Hawthorn Academy campus from the beginning. This fall, Blackridge Elementary Principal Steve Giles will be filling the position as Swenson has accepted the superintendent position for Hawthorn’s two campuses (West Jordan and South Jordan). The board of trustees has also retained all but one of the original members who

formed the charter, among them Pettit and Johnson. “Because we have had that consistency all throughout the years with our administration, with our board, I absolutely see going to weddings and all that in the future for these kids,” said Pettit. Though her youngest son graduated from Hawthorn this year, Johnson will continue serving on the board. “I’m proud that we made it this far and how successful the students have been,” said Johnson, who hopes the next 10 years will see the same success. “The values, the mission that everybody buys into what we’ve created here—we will continue that and then we also evolve and grow and change as education demands.”


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Grizzlies finish runners-up in boys soccer By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he Grizzlies have been arguably one of the best soccer teams in the state and finally played in a championship match. They have won at least 10 games every season since 2009. With that success, they have earned a playoff berth in every one of those seasons, only to fall short of playing in the semifinal match. This season, that changed. The 2019 Copper Hills playoffs included three overtime games. Its final one earned the team a spot in the championship match. A 2-1 victory May 21 in the 6A semifinals over Granger lifted the Grizzlies to the championship round and put them into what they called “a dream match,” their first-ever state championship game. Junior Jeremey Slick netted the overtime game-winner for the Grizzlies against Granger. The Grizzlies dominate the first half, possessing the ball a majority of the time. Granger scored the first goal off a free kick, but the Grizzlies fought back to force overtime. “We practiced for this stuff,” Copper Hills head coach Eddie Moura said. “For the last month, we have worked on penalty kicks. We sat down with the kids and told them, ‘Hey this team is very, very talented, and it would be a shame for you not to put in the effort every game.’”

In their first-ever state title match appearance, they lost 1-0 to Weber. The second-half goal lifted the Warriors to their first state title in 15 years. Copper Hills did not give up. They forced the Warrior goalkeeper to make save after save, including one in the final minute to preserve the victory. The 6A tournament started with a 2-1 overtime victory over Clearfield. Senior Jon Castro scored both goals for the Grizzlies. Their overtime win marked the first of three for them in the postseason. In the second round, they faced Lone Peak and won 2-1, also in overtime before matching up with Granger. “The first round was overtime, the second overtime and now this one too,” Moura said. “The kids didn’t care; they wanted this really bad. The chance to play at Rio Tinto [Stadium] is a once-in-a-lifetime thing.” Copper Hills won the Region 3 championship with a 6-2 record. Its only losses came by one goal each to Herriman and Taylorsville. Overall this season, the Grizzlies lost five matches. Kevin Lopez led the team with 13 goals; Castro was second with 12. Senior Brayden Terry had six shutouts in goal. Slick had nine goals, and senior Gianmarko Robles had The Grizzlies’ soccer team celebrates it semifinal victory over Granger and its first appearance in the state eight for the Grizzlies. championship game. (Justin Adams/City Journals)


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City Journals Exclusive: A guided tour of the proposed Olympia Hills site


t was 1975. The recent high-school graduate and his high-school sweetheart from another school used to drive way out in the southwest valley in his tidy, but beat-up pickup truck, staring at the view of downtown from afar and dreaming. The Mama and Papas still had traction with their hit song “California Dreamin,” but Doug Young’s internal tune might have been more like “Southwest Quadrant Dreamin,” as the young man, soon to become a land developer, says he started envisioning a project that he now says he wants to be his life-defining work. “This will be everything I’ve learned over the years, integrated into one,” Young said, hopeful.

Soft-spoken with a loud truck and an even louder development concept

Young is soft-spoken but drives a flashy, red truck. He is a man big on manners, calling media out for taking up-close pictures of residents trying to communicate their positions at open houses and seemingly visibly upset by profanities expressed by residents weighing in on anonymous, faceless public-comment forms about his proposed development project. Through his “LLC” (limited liability corporation), aptly named “The Last Holdout,” he is at work with his round-two Olympia Hills land-development proposal for nearly 940 acres in the Southwest Quadrant. The area he is firmly fixated on—with what he has called “patient money”—straddles both sides of the Bacchus Highway (Highway 111), running along the Oquirrhs. It is squarely in Herriman’s back yard, proximate to South Jordan, and of concern and ultimate interest to residents of six municipalities comprising the Southwest Quadrant Mayors Council and unincorporated Salt Lake County alike. “This is really important to me,” he said. “Who wouldn’t want to live and work right here?” he hypothetical asked on a clear-sky, spring-approaching-summer day.

The Last Holdout

The City Journals asked for and got a drive-about, narrated tour of the land Young has purchased for his proposed Olympia Hills project. The tour starts with “the last house from the town of Lark.” Anyone up on their Utah history attending one of the Olympia Hills public-input sessions in March of this year, or from the previous vetting of the original proposal last summer, may recognize the name Lark. Now described as a “ghost town” on the internet, the Lark mining town from more than 150 years ago is more ghost, infinitely less town: According to Young, the last structure that was not either demolished or relocated to Copperton or elsewhere, the Bastian farm, now sits on land that was the missing puzzle piece for his Olympia Hills dream project that he now owns (reportedly

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By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com purchased for $11.5 million).

Live-work-pay to play?

Young is pitching Olympia Hills as a high-density “live-work-play” community, comprising high-paying STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) jobs, akin to those powering the bustling Lehi-based Silicon Slopes community, just last month being named one of the top-10 small cities for business, according to Verizon small-biz metrics. Young sees Silicon Slopes jobs as enviable, but deems its actual development as “a disaster,” a very white-bred mono-culture cluster where employees “get in their cars and drive” to far-flung suburban destinations, creating or at least exacerbating the very transportation crisis the SWQ Mayors Council in general, and Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs in specific, have loudly critiqued. Young’s current development model for Olympia Hills is contingent upon recruiting a mammoth tech firm, along the lines of a Facebook or an Amazon, to designate the area as one of its corporate headquarters. In this way, Young seems to genuinely draw development inspiration from Lark and the concept of mining towns, which were designed and built to fulfill all resident needs right within the community—work wages, supplies, and recreation. Residents attending the proposed project’s open houses in both Herriman and South Jordan in March, wondered aloud how the project could get the attention of a Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and other captains of the mega-companies Young seeks as anchor tenants. The answer to that remains to be seen. But it seems like it will definitely not be aided, in early stages, anyways, by the State of Utah’s Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or “GOED” which helps pitch properties to businesses to locate within the state, but not until they are “move-in-ready,” to use a real estate phrase.

Go, but without GO-ED

“Interesting… scary,” is how Thomas J. Wadsworth, GOED’s associate managing director recently described the prospect of Olympia Hills’s ability to attract mega-companies. Perhaps a strategy of recruiting smaller, even Utah fledgling businesses could be the ticket. High-flying Merit Medical, for example, which this year will do $1 billion in sales, was a few-million-dollar startup when visionary medical-device CEO and founder Fred Lampropoulos set its eyes on creating a business campus in under-developed South Jordan decades ago, purchasing 60 acres. The company now boasting a $3 billion market cap and committed to growing to twice its size, now says 25-30 percent of its workforce lives in SoJo, and the company is slowly kludging together on-campus services like a free employee dental clinic and onsite

medical and day-care facilities, which would seem to, someday, provide the red-carpet for co-located housing. When directly asked about an intention to do so, Lampropoulos declined further comment to the City Journals. Silicon Slopes’s ambassador, Executive Director Clint Betts, echoes the power in the “grow your own” businesses economic-development concept, saying that communities get the greatest economic mojo by helping grow local business “fishes,” versus seeking big “whales” of the Amazon and Facebook ilk. In a 60-minute presentation to the Salt Lake County Council in May tech savant Betts repeatedly praised Olympia Hills, calling it out by name and stating it is the kind of development not just SWQ, but all of Utah needs. Betts is also the chair of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Housing Gap Coalition.

Another Daybreak?

The project that is, perhaps, blood-kin, at least in Young’s mind, to the proposed Olympia Hills is South Jordan’s Daybreak planned community, which sits on remediated land developed by Kennecott. Kennecott is the mining mammoth that dismantled most of Lark to use the land now owned by Young as a dumping ground of “overburden” rock and soil to vigorously pursue surface mining, in the Oquirrhs overlooking the area. Daybreak is the national poster child for planned communities. Self-proclaimed as “The Gold Standard for Planned Communities,” it pays off the lofty language with accolades, and more important, bustling communities. Daybreak reigns as the No. 1-selling community in Utah and the No. 12-selling community in the county. Just last month, the development added to its laurels, being named national Master Planned Community of the Year by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, besting more than 600 other planned-community entrants for not just the overall prize, but also nabbing top honors in more than 50 categories. Silicon Slopes’s Betts served as the final of speakers for the County’s “Growth Summit 2.0.” The week previous, it was Daybreak’s turn. Where Betts repeatedly called out Olympia Hills, with words of praise, the three Daybreak executives presenting to the County were focused on telling their story and avoided discussion of that project. When asked, while attending metropolitan planning organization Envision Utah’s annual breakfast in late May about potentially serving as consultants to Olympia Hills, Daybreak Director of External Relations Rulon Dutson gave a tight-lipped response: “There are ways we could participate, but we aren’t in the consulting business.” Dutson added, “As yet, a role has not developed.”

Lark anything but a lark

Those attending recent Olympia Hills project open houses in Herriman and South used words such as “propaganda” to describe the materials assembled to portray the development. It seemed possible that Young’s PR firm had even concocted the concept of Lark to pitch the development. However, driving around the nearly 940 acres he has purchased for Olympia Hills, the concept appears to be all Young’s. He admires the diversity of countries and cultures comprising the once-Lark now Copperton— even if it is more socio-economic grounded. Through what he depicts as his philanthropic work with Jordan School District, he shares the powerful story of Elvis Amin, a recent Copper Hills High graduate and refugee from Sudan who transcended language barriers and other challenges to become, as reported by the West Jordan Journal, “the leader of the pack” in terms of popularity and academic success. Young says he wants Olympia Hills to help Salt Lake County become more diverse, echoing big-city metropolitan areas he has spent a lot of time in, like Baltimore and Houston, which he perceives as being much more blended and accepting of cultural differences. His vision is for a Daybreak-like diversity of housing options, with everything from million-dollar homes to apartments. The high-end homes, though, can also include accessory-dwelling units to promote diversity versus the segmentation he says is stifling sites like Silicon Slopes and much of Salt Lake County. While driving to the Copperton Cemetery, overlooking what would become his Olympia Hills, Young points out a gravestone commemorating the multiple cultures having contributed to the early-day mining operations. He says he regularly visits the cemetery, finding inspiration in the history of those workers who helped make Kennecott the kind of mega-corporation he wants to anchor Olympia Hills. Observing that SWQ Mayors recognize that Olympia Hills “along with other developments” are coming, West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding echoed the theme of SWQ mayors, telling City Journals, “We are not opposed to high density, it just needs to be in the right spots.” Riding indicated the upcoming regional study SWQ Mayors Council has secured $250,000 to fund will help secure necessary input about infrastructure issues, including water, sewer, and what is pretty much universally deemed the biggest critique of not just Olympia Hills, but the whole SWQ landscape—transportation. Of those skeptical of Olympia Hills and its bold vision for diversity, Young said: “They talk about roads, they talk about water, but what they really are thinking about is not wanting low-income neighbors.”

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Land Use, Transportation, and Infrastructure

Dirk Burton

You may have heard someone joke about the two Utah seasons – winter and construction season. You see road construction increase during the warmer months because the weather is ideal for laying concrete and asphalt. Looking at the bright side, the result of road construction is smoother roads, increased traffic flow and reduced traffic congestion. With the coming-home, east-to-west traffic, we need these improvements. However, the process of tearing up old roads and adding new lanes to compensate for new growth is unpleasant and costly. Wouldn’t it be better if we had a crystal ball that you could look into and see what the city would look like in the future and make better plans based on what we saw? We could have better commute times, employment closer to home, or less road construction.

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While we don’t have a crystal ball, we are capable of performing a “vision study.” This study would perform a detailed analysis of our current situation, establish a vision and guiding principles, and develop a growth strategy for the next 30 years. However, it’s not enough to consider only West Jordan’s needs when developing a strategy. The City of West Jordan is part of a larger network of roads, public transportation lines, and other infrastructure that is shared by other cities in the southwest quadrant of Salt Lake County. It’s important that we communicate and work with our neighboring communities and various local agencies if we want to improve the quality of life in our city. Participants of the Southwest Salt Lake County Mayors Coalition, which consists of mayors from West Jordan, South Jordan, Bluffdale, Riverton, Herriman and Copperton, are working together to develop a shared vision and growth strategy. These five cities, the Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) Program, and Salt Lake County Transportation Choice Funding have contributed a total of $251,000 for the growth strategy. The 18-month vision study will help us address land use, economic development and transportation infrastructure changes across the participating communities. We will answer the question, “What is our definition of success as change unfolds and what are the guiding principles that will help us obtain that success?” It will also be an exploration of how different approaches for handling growth might obtain that success. This will be an exploration of scenarios – a mechanism to help communities project long-term consequences and gather community feedback. The ultimate goal and result of the study is better planning outcomes, broader consensus around the public, and less unproductive controversy.

MAYOR Alan R. Anderson

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COUNCIL DISTRICT #2 Melissa Worthen John Price

COUNCIL DISTRICT #3 Amy L. Martz Rulon Green Zach Jacob

COUNCIL DISTRICT #4 Dallen R. Anderson Pamela Berry Jacob Robert Lawson Eric Hanna David Pack Michael Thomas Toronto (Withdrew) For more information about the 2019 Election, visit our website at westjordan.utah.gov/election-overview

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City of West Jordan Stormwater Outfall Sites – May 2019

Stormwater Outfalls signs were placed at West Jordan outfall sites along the Jordan River Parkway trail on May 2, 2019. Many US cities have designated stormwater outfall sites to provide location information on where stormwater exits stormwater systems and enters “Waters of the US” (in our case, the Jordan River). City stormwater outfalls allow stormwater pipes to drain at the lowest gradient. However, putting stormwater into a river requires a State discharge permit, as well as a municipal program to help protect river water quality. The City’s MS4 Permit was administered (along with other SLCO cities) to address stormwater impacts on local water resources within the Jordan River Watershed. The Stormwater Division prides itself on promoting water quality within the City and at the Jordan River. We are part of a larger Stormwater Coalition, improving water quality, and educating the public on this urban water resource.


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West Jordan City is prohibiting the use of any ignition source, including fireworks, lighters and matches, in certain areas of the city. The wet spring has provided an opportunity for weeds and field grasses to grow and have combined with the warmer conditions to create a fire hazard. RESTRICTED AREAS INCLUDE: 1. All areas west of SR-111 (also known as U-111 and the Bacchus Highway within West Jordan City limits). 2. All areas within 200 feet of the Jordan River Parkway Trail east of 1300 West. 3. All areas within 200 feet of the area commonly referred to as Clay Hollo Wash that runs east and west in the area of 7800 South (approximately 4800 West to SR-111). 4. All areas within 200 feet of Bingham Creek, located near Old Bingham Highway running the length of the east/west boundaries within West Jordan. 5. All city parks, unless a permit has been obtained for a professional display.

Join us for our first year of the Superhero Smash Friday, August 2 from 6-9 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park! Come as you are or dress up as your favorite superhero for an evening of fun. Children will be treated to hero-themed activities and live heroes. There will also be superhero crafts and activities. Follow us on Facebook @WestJordanEvents for more details.

Fireworks can only be discharged in non-restricted areas between 11:00AM to 11:00PM July 2-5 and July 22-25 with the time extended to midnight on July 4 and 24. We encourage people to attend the city’s professional fireworks show in Veterans Memorial Park on July Fourth at 10:00PM. Visit WestJordan.Utah.Gov/firemarshall for more information.

Movie in the Park Following our Superhero Smash, we will be showing “The Lego Batman Movie” as part of our Move in the Park series. Movies start shortly after dusk.













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Growing Together District Update New Schools Update Construction is nearly complete, on schedule and on budget for our new schools. Mountain Ridge High

Mountain Creek Middle

Rebuild of West Jordan Middle

Mountain Point Elementary

Five new schools will open in the 2019-20 school year. Mountain Ridge High 14100 S. Sentinel Ridge Blvd., Herriman Mountain Creek Middle 5325 W. Bingham Rim Road, South Jordan Rebuild of West Jordan Middle 7550 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan Mountain Point Elementary 15345 S. 1200 West, Bluffdale Ridge View Elementary 14120 S. Greenford Lane, Herriman Two new schools will open in the 2020-21 school year. Hidden Valley Middle 15410 S. Harmon Day Drive, Bluffdale New Elementary School 8860 S. 6400 West, West Jordan

New Superintendent Dr. Anthony Godfrey was appointed as the new Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Godfrey is currently Associate Superintendent and a 26-year employee of the District. He has been a classroom English and French teacher, assistant principal, principal and administrator of schools. Dr. Anthony Godfrey Dr. Godfrey has a Master’s degree and Doctorate from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Teaching and French from Weber State University.

Health & Wellness We were awarded a 5-year Utah Project AWARE grant in the amount of $468,000 per year. The AWARE grant supports the new Jordan Health and Wellness Department consisting of highly qualified personnel, including school counselors, a school psychologist, clinical social worker, administrators and teachers.

Thank you again to our patrons for approving the 2016 bond, which helped to make these new schools possible.

Please visit wellness.jordandistrict.org to access mental health and wellness resources within the District, community and State of Utah. Ridge View Elementary

Hidden Valley Middle

New Elementary in West Jordan

Parent University Parent University is a free event for parents to better understand issues that impact student education and other topics of interest. Here is a schedule and planned topics for the 2019-20 school year: • Sept. 19, 2019 - Planning for the Road Beyond High School • Nov. 21, 2019 - Who Should Parents Call When Issues Arise? • Feb. 20, 2020 - Opioid Addiction • April 23, 2020 - Health & Wellness

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Mick Riley: Utah’s Mr. Golf By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com What is the only golf course in Utah named after an actual professional golfer? If you said Jeremy Ranch or Nibley Park, try again. That distinction belongs to Mick Riley Golf Course, named after the man known as the “Dean of Utah Golfers.”

While the Murray course is always busy, most people have forgotten or don’t even know about Riley. Also, contrary to many high school golf team rumors, Mr. Riley is not buried by the clubhouse (he is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, although he probably wouldn’t have complained had he been buried at a golf course). Born in 1897 in Burke, Idaho, Joseph Michael (Mick) Riley found his way to Utah. There weren’t many options for linksters when Riley was taking up the sport in the 1910s. At the time, Forest Dale had a hitching post for golfer’s horses. Riley learned golf by caddying at the Salt Lake Country Club, being mentored by notable golfers such as George Von Elm, several years his junior. Von Elm, who grew up in Utah and California, and with Riley as his caddie, took on one of the preeminent golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (who would later found the Masters Golf Tournament). Von Elm became the first golfer from west of the Mississippi River to win a major tournament, and he not only instilled in Riley a passion for golf but exposed him to some of the best golf courses in America. Like a duck to water, Riley’s experience, plus winning an occasional tournament, helped to secure his position as the first head professional at Nibley Park Golf Course. According to sportswriter Bill Johnston, there were only 122 active golfers in Salt Lake City at the time. For the uninitiated, a professional at a golf course is someone who makes their living from teaching the game, running golf clubs and classes, and dealing in golf equipment. An adroit golf pro, Riley earned the

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praises of the Salt Lake Telegram at the end of Nibley Park’s first season in 1922. “The work of Professional Riley at the course is worthy of special commendation. It was Riley’s job to develop interest and get the golfers out. He did.” Not only did he get the golfers to come out, he developed a course championship, several tournaments, and high school matches. He developed greens and challenging hazards; he also developed aspiring golfers and advocated the sport to women. It was this latter undertaking that led Mick to meet his wife, Estella at one of his classes. Utah’s most enthusiastic golf cheerleader would do anything to bring people to experience the game. Even winter was no match for Riley, who opened one of the first indoor golf ranges in downtown Salt Lake in 1930. The Telegram reported that by 1947, 80 percent of all Utah golfers were, at one time, a pupil of Riley’s. His green design skills were in high demand, as he helped plan courses in Magna, Tooele, Richfield, Moab, Indian Springs, and American Falls, Idaho, as well as Salt Lake’s Bonneville Golf Course. He also revamped the Nibley Park and Forest Dale courses. However, his passion project was Meadowbrook on 3900 South, which he designed and managed until his death. His progressive thinking led to the establishment of a day care center at Meadowbrook, so that young mothers could take up the game. After forming the Utah Golf Association, Riley was elected as vice president of the National PGA and served for three years. He also served on several national PGA committees. He was president of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA and Golf Professional of the Year in 1955 for the Rocky Mountain Section. During the 1960s, he was asked to design the Little Valley Golf Course off of Vine Street in Murray. However, his death in

1964 prevented him from ever teeing off at the course. That honor was given to Estella, his wife, and their children at the newly christened Mick Riley Golf Course in 1967. Riley was also posthumously honored as a member of the Utah Golf Hall of Fame. Perhaps the Salt Lake Telegram summed up Riley best, “The story of Mickey Riley is the story of golf in Utah, for without him many of the municipal courses that have made golf available to the ‘working man’ might not be.”

Mick Riley, right, and George Van Elm reunite in the 1950s to recall past glories. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)

Mick Riley strongly advocated for women to pick up the game of golf. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)

Mick Riley Golf Course in Murray was dedicated to the man who championed it in Utah. (Shaun Delliskave/ City Journals

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Glenmoor Gets Its Groove Back With PGA Junior-League Programming By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

Vintage advertising for Glenmoor, ironically, touted its “forever” nature—a position that was challenged, but the golf course endures today. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

Local YouTube youth celeb Warren Fisher profiled Glenmoor’s golf U-turn as part of his “Warren Report” program posted mid-June. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

The words pack an extra punch, when delivered from pint-sized reporter Warren Fisher, proclaiming his YouTube broadcast to be a “world-famous” report.

golf course that, in a knee-knocker of a wait-period, seemed destined to result in a yip — a complete loss of the 50-plus yearold course that in the early days was considered a “hidden gem” and is now a South The “news?” South Jordan’s once-be- Valley staple. According to Dehlin, PGA National leaguered Glenmoor Golf Course is alive even sent a camera crew to South Jordan and well and the secret to its viability? several months ago, but the world-famous Think small, now. The secret to its newfound viability is Fisher Report has apparently scooped the PGA, as Dehlin reported that the PGA vid its junior-league golf program. “Glenmoor has one of the largest is not live yet. “The National PGA has been very inteams in the entire country!” the young Fisher exclaimed with an emphasis on “en- terested in the program Darci (golf pro Darci Olsen) and the people out there have tire.” done,” he told the South Jordan Journal. The Glenmoor gameplan Thanks to Olsen, Utah’s only female Sponsored by the Utah Golf Associahead PGA golf pro in the state, Glenmoor tion (UGA), young Fisher is spot-on with his runs three Junior PGA leagues, with more analysis. than 150 youth involved. According to Executive Director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association Golfing alone? While many individuals prize golf be(PGA) Devin Dehlin, PGA National is studying Glenmoor’s success with its junior ing a sport they can play alone even in a program, looking to learn and then share foursome kludged with strangers just to best practices with golf courses across the score a tee time, that kind of thinking does country seeking to be more family friendly not fly well with golf courses needing to be profitable—or at least keep the lights on. and more profitable in so doing. As a result, the PGA has studied the It’s a nice reversal of fortune for the success of Little League Baseball, and re-

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“Save Glenmoor!” was a phrase oft-uttered/heard in South Jordan for the years the beloved, historic golf course was doing its tentative victory lap. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

alized that, to help make golf as American as apple pie, perhaps borrowing from Little Leagues’ playbook was a good strategy. Hence the birth of the PGA Junior League—a program that SoJo’s Glenmoor jumped on. “Golf has the old-retired-guy-with-alot-of-money persona,” said Glenmoor golf pro Olsen. “All ages, all types, something for everyone and family-friendly” is how she described Glenmoor’s current suite of customers.

The Glenmoor score card

For those not familiar with the story of Glenmoor, here is the CliffsNotes version of the rise/fall/rise again of the SoJo links site. - 1968 – Course opened half-strength, a nine-hole staple of the Westland Hills Country Club

• 1970s – Westland changes owners and becomes the Valair Country Club • 1977 – Cecil Bohn assumes principal ownership, after Grant Affleck lost the course • 2015 – Bohn passes away; remaining owners’ irreconcilable differences lead to court dissolution of the property, to be sold to highest

bidder • 2015 – The golf course property was zoned A-1, entitling subdivisions of one-acre, single-family lots • 2017 - SoJo golf patriots lobby for an alternative solution • 2017 – Upon learning of the owner’s intention to develop the land, the South Jordan City Council, in a 4-1 vote, votes to delay a building permit or a change in zoning thwarting the developer’s stated intention • A private buyer sticks the landing and purchases Glenmoor (the audience in SoJo City Council Chambers cheered, upon hearing the news)

PGA Junior Golf fits Glenmoor to a tee

And that takes us to right now — high golf season, a late-starting, green-grass summer, on the heels of the wettest spring on record. And just as spring signals rebirth and summer joy, Glenmoor is in its newfound salad days, with its junior golf program to thank. Taking a page from Bubba Watson’s 2012 Masters’ clinch, Olsen tears up, telling the South Jordan Journal just how “awesome” the kids in her program are and how things at Glenmoor have “turned out better than I could have hoped.” This is a woman who loves — no lives — golf, and apparently, has a community behind her that feels the same way. As part of the Warren Report YouTube video, SoJo City Councilman Don Shelton recounts that his inviting SoJo Mayor Dawn Ramsey and his other colleagues to watch one of the junior league tournaments at Glenmoor influenced the Council’s decision to ultimately rezone the land to keep it from being developable. “It was very impressive to them, to see all of the young people that were out on the golf course, hitting golf balls and recreating in the outdoors, instead of being inside, playing video games,” Shelton asserted on-air. “Mayor Ramsey, thank you for saving our golf course,” young Warren tells Mayor Dawn Ramsey, who also appears in the video. Catch the full Glenmoor Golf Course glory on UGA’s Warren Report This link takes you right to Warren Fisher’s segment on Glenmoor: https://tinyurl.com/GlenmoorByCityJournals Otherwise? Look for “Utah Golf Reround 2019 S5 E1” on YouTube and either watch the whole show, or fast-forward to 8:40.

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The family that golfs together… keeps on golfing together? On the left, what the Utah Golfing Association once dubbed “the ultimate golf power couple” Joey and Darci (Dehlin) Olsen. Utah PGA Executive Director Devin Dehlin in the center, and daughter and son Carly Dehlin and Connor Dehlin. (Devin Dehlin)

Confessions Of A Golf Family: PGA And Glenmoor Golf Pros Share How They Got Game—For a Lifetime By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com Many remember the year 1976 as the wanderlust,” working as a golf pro at nu- Utah,” he said. “She kept the hyphen!” exmerous clubs before settling in at his long- uded the proud golf dad. year of the American Bicentennial. term gig as executive director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Sister Darci followed a somewhat similar route, in terms of playing golf for her alma mater Weber State, and vacillating between turning pro and committing to a career leveraging her triple-threat combination of sales-communications-merchandising. Darci Olsen is the only female PGA Golf before groceries head golf pro in Utah. To this day she lives He and his father enjoyed such a proximate to Glenmoor. spectacular day, that the following after“[Glenmoor is] a huge part of our hisnoon, his father brought his mother out to tory — it’s why we live where we live,” the site. Olsen said. “It’s especially special to me, A “low-ball” offer was put in on one because it is where I learned.” of the last two houses remaining in the Parade of Homes inventory. Remarkably, Carrying on the golfing torch Golf families. the offer was accepted, and the next thing Those two words say a lot to those Devin knew, he and his family were moving who understand the joy of the swish of a from Taylorsville to South Jordan. Southwest valley was so underdevel- perfect swing and getting that little white oped at the time and the Glenmoor Golf ball to land in that little hole that somehow, Course location so remote that Devin re- at times, seems smaller than the ball. Besides loving golf, the late Sweets calls the family’s having to commute all the way to Redwood Road and 9000 South to Dehlin and wife Jeanne, loved names that begin with the letter D. go the grocery store. Devin-Dana-Dustin-Darci went the en“Glenmoor Golf Course is pretty near and dear to my family,” Devin said. (Even if viable boy-girl-boy-girl lineup of children who shared their father’s golf lust. All of the grocery store was not.) His youngest sister, Darci (Olsen), said the children played junior golf. All played Glenmoor was a five-minute walk from college golf. Now two of the four siblings their home. She recalls her brother’s being are golf professionals and have golf as an gifted with golf clubs one Christmas, and omnipresent aspect of their lives. And the golf generations continue with his and her father’s suiting up and playing the Dehlins. the very next day. Devin said his daughter, Carly, did not ‘It’s where we live’ engage with golf until she was a senior in As a teen, brother Devin started workhigh school. But then, she “got really good, ing in the Glenmoor Pro Shop. Then he really fast.” played golf at the University of Utah. When she decided to marry (another When it came time to earn a living, golf golfer), her father counseled her to “keep was a given. Dehlin exhibited “county golf her last name — it does carry clout in But Devin Dehlin remembers it as the year his family discovered Glenmoor Golf Course, a move that would change the lives of his family for generations to come. He and his dad, Pat “Sweets” Dehlin, spent a joyous part of a day playing nine holes on a quaint course, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, except a Parade of Homes community.

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Utah golf families: ‘THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!

There are quite a few golf dads around. And golf moms. Devin estimates Utah has “about five to 10” prominent golf families. Back in 1989, the “Los Angeles Times” ran a story with a San Diego dateline and a headline style vaguely reminiscent of prominence given to “WAR!” in newspaper headlines chronicling the outbreak of World War I. Only this time, the exclamation point was reverent appreciation for a prominent Utah golf family. “THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!: Utah’s Summerhays Families Put 11 Golfers in Tournament,” the headline read. “They are the Summerhays entourage, 11 golfers from two related families plus a supporting cast of five,” writer Jim Lindgren gushed. The Summerhays family, from the Farmington area, today continues to be prominent in golfing headlines with Preston Summerhays, Lynn Summerhays’s grandson, holding a Utah State Amateur title and being “one of the best juniors in the country.” The Branca family is another storied Utah golf clan. The Salt Lake Country Club provided a lasting monument to the late H.T. “Tee” Branca, naming a bridge patterned after Augusta National’s famous 12th hole after the late PGA golf pro. Branca lived until age 92, In 2015, when Ron Branca, Tee’s son, retired as head pro from the Salt Lake Country Club, Joe Watts of the Utah Golf Association (UGA) mourned “the end of the Branca era.” The father and son, combined, headed golf for the club more than 75 years. Ron Branca now works with

PGA Pro Golfers Devin Dehlin and sister Darci (Dehlin) Olsen are bright stars in the Utah golf scene. (Devin Dehlin)

Darci Olsen at Glenmoor. His brother, Don, is also a PGA professional, according to Devin Dehlin. Glenmoor’s happily golf-obsessed Darci Olsen, who used to go by the name Darci Dehlin-Olsen, has now dropped the hyphenated part of her name, a loss of a powerful asset, according to brother Devin Dehlin. You can take the hyphen out of the name, but not the golf out of the girl, who UGA writer Beaux Yenchik reports, as a pony-tailed bouncy blonde youth, drew a picture of herself playing golf for a career day at her elementary school.

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Spectacular views of Stonebridge Golf Club make a day on the green even more spectacular. Stand for Kind’s 128 supportive golfers raised $50,000 for the anti-bullying charity. (Stonebridge Golf Club)

Golf Etiquette Makes For Perfect Green Carpet for Anti-Bullying Fund-Raising Event at Stonebridge By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com The Professional Golfers’ Association Kind “actually goes out into the schools (PGA) asserts that golf teaches young and tells kids in schools about tools available to them (to help stop the problem),” people “life’s most valuable skills.” While the PGA does not specifically call out “no bullying,” that concept is a given in the sportsmanlike-play of the 15th-century game still. Such sport made perfect sense as a fund raiser for an anti-bullying education group, “Stand for Kind,” to leverage the sport for one of its annual fundraising activities.

Making a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying

Stand for Kind, founded by well-connected businessman and recreational golfer Stan Parrish, is a group of business, community and education leaders who have come together to make a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying. Instead of just preaching about the ills and dangers of bullying — what Parrish dubs “calling attention to it” — Stand for

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Parrish said. “We reinforce positive behavior.” Realizing that its initial name—“The Anti-Bullying Coalition” was having the unintentional effect of emphasizing the very concept of bullying, so in an anti-Voldemort-like move, the organization changed its name and its web URL to the new, empowering name which is also a directive for youth — “Stand for Kind.” It’s a message that’s “much better to come, student to student, versus counselor to student,” Parrish said. “A student can see another student sitting by themselves, we encourage them to go sit with them, to let them know they are wanted.” With this as its model, the nonprofit instructs K-12 students — nearly 300,000 across the state — about how to combat bullying through kindness.

The second-annual Stand for Kind charity golf tournament awarded generous sponsor prizes, for “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller dealership put up a Toyota SUV for the hole-in-one, but did not have to pay it out. (Stand for Kind)

Making bullying whiff through overwhelming, omnipresent acts of kindness – and 18 holes!

More than 30,000 incidents and nearly 20,000 incidents of cyber-bullying are, slowly, but surely getting drowned out by what Stand for Kind reports as more than 900,000 identified, “random acts of kindness,” said Pam Hayes, director of the Stand for Kind organization. Stand for Kind is having immediate, traceable impact. “We were able to prevent 55 suicides,” reported Hayes. Her message to those participating in the May 31 golf tournament, the second annual such event, is: “We will do even more.” “A lot of people like to play golf and a lot of people like to do good and contribute… so why not combine the two?” Parrish said. Parrish knows a lot of people. In his previous life, the storied businessman has led both the Salt Lake Area,

and then, later, the Sandy chambers of commerce. “This is just one event, but it’s a very good event,” he told the City Journals. “People appreciate that and support it.” Parrish is right. The 128 golfers comprising 32 foursomes raised $50,000 for Stand for Kind. All who enjoyed what the Stand for Kind public relations team deemed “a sunny West Valley City morning” were winners in terms of a great day for golf. Individual winners were determined in categories including “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller Dealerships even put up a Toyota SUV to anyone landing a hole-in-one. Sadly, would-be SUV drivers will have to up their drives to land the ace. There’s always next year, kind golfers.

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West Jordan community says goodbye to 60-year-old school building By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


steady stream of community members, current and former students and staff explored the hallways of West Jordan Middle School for the last time during a farewell open house before the 60-year-old school was demolished. “It’s been wonderful for those of us who’ve been here today and to hear your stories and see you reminisce,” said Principal Dixie Garrison, the 15th and current principal of the school. Doug Richards (who attended the school from 1962 to 1965) and his wife, Bonnie Richards (former teacher at WJMS), said touring the old building brought back many great memories. It was in his ninth-grade math class that Richards, inspired by his math teacher Glenn Beree, decided he wanted to be a teacher. He remembers the photography dark room and woodshop class, which is where he was during an earthquake in 1962. Jordan District Board of Education Member Marilyn Richardson (‘62–‘65) remembers the earthquake as well when her homeroom teacher ran out of the room in a panic. She also remembers the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. “I remember exactly where I was: up-

stairs science room, on the very far end of the hall, fourth period,” she said. Richardson and her siblings attended the school for a continuous span of 15 years. Then Richardson was hired as a teacher from 1972–1985. “I have quite a history here at West Jordan Middle/Junior,” she said. “We were a continuous fixture here; we had a 28-year continuous time here.” West Jordan Junior High was the school that every student west of the Jordan River attended when it first opened in 1958, creating a multigenerational tradition of attending West Jordan Junior or West Jordan Middle, as it is currently known. “I have great memories of junior high,” said Lisa Taylor Mitchell (‘88–‘91), whose mother and aunt (Bonnie Richards) attended West Jordan Junior High. She followed in their footsteps, married a fellow alumnus (Jeremy Mitchell, ‘90–’93), and their daughter, Emma, just completed her eighth-grade year in the same building. “It’s been fun and nostalgic for me to have her here,” said Mitchell. She said the building hasn’t changed at all—even the tile in the bathroom is the same. “I totally remember teasing my bangs in the bathroom

with my buddies—and it’s all the same.” As student body secretary her ninthgrade year, Mitchell was part of the mascot change from the Shamrocks to the White Lions. The mascot was later changed to Lions. Emma served on student government this year and has been involved in preparing the move to the new school building this fall. The farewell celebration was an opportunity for community members and alumni to preorder bricks, lockers and other fixtures from the old building, available after its demolition this summer. Because of its central location, spacious auditorium and swimming pool, West Jordan Middle School has been a community center and educational epicenter for the west side since 1958. “I think that most people that grew up in West Jordan has at least one or more experiences of swimming in the swimming pool,” said Jen Atwood who attended WJMS from 1989 to 1991 and is now a member of the district’s Board of Education. The pool was closed a few years ago. Now the rest of the school will be demolished and replaced by a brand-new building where the spirit of the school will continue on.

Bonnie Richards poses in front of the door where she used to teach, with her husband, Doug, who attended West Jordan Junior High School in its first few years. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

“It’s not really the building, it’s the people,” said Garrison. “The people and how they made you feel is what you’re going to remember from this great building. So, while we’re sad to see it go, we’re also very excited and energized, and we’re very grateful to the school board and to you all in this community for voting for that bond and giving us a replacement building.”

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ith several attempts in his back pocket, Copper Hills graduate Quinn Trutzel overcame adversity and earned his spot as the second-ever boy on the Grizzlies’ dance company. He also became the first male dance company letter recipient. “My freshman year, I tried out and did not make it,” Trutzel said. “I continued to try my sophomore and junior years, and I made the team my senior year—the second boy (ever) to make the team. My freshman year, I had only been dancing for three weeks, so I was very fresh to the scene and had never auditioned for anything in my life before. I worked on my performance and started from square one.” Dance began for Trutzel as a 15th birthday present. “I thought it was going to be lame,” he said. However, he turned it into an opportunity and possibly a lifelong profession. He had been watching YoutTube videos on dance, and his mother set up several dance classes for him to try. “I was kind of excited, but I mostly thought it was not going to work out and be a bust, but I could not get enough,” he said. “At one point, I was dancing at three different places,. I am a modern contemporary type of guy, but I need variety or I will get bored.”

His dance company letter came as a result of attendance, mandatory choreography showcases and continued improvement. “It is interesting to be on a team of 30 girls,” he said. “The girls handle it pretty well. I get my own room when we go on tours. I felt a lot pressure to be perfect because I knew that there would be attention drawn to me that the other girls would not get just because I am the only guy. If I did not look good then people would attribute that to ‘Oh, he’s just a guy. He did not earn his spot.’ There was some stress associated to that.” Taking the spot of another deserving dancer was never a concern for him. “I feel like I worked hard and earned my spot,” he said. “I put in a lot of effort because I came to dance later than most of my peers. I think I had a different appreciation and understanding. I valued my time in the studio.” The Grizzly dance company brought two pieces to adjudication. One was a teacher/student collaboration and Trutzel’s team duet he choreographed with a friend. “It was gratifying to see all of the hard work I had put in representing the dance company,” he said. “We earned a superior ranking. and it was kind of a nice moment.”

Quinn Trutzel began dancing less than five years ago. He tried out and was cut three times from the Copper Hills dance team, eventually he earned a letter. (photo courtesy of Alex Acor photography)

Copper Hills High School has had two male dancers on its dance company in school history, Quinn Trutzel made the team and earned a letter. (photo courtesy of Alex Acor photography)

Early morning practices along with technique and innovative movements became things he strived to improve on as a member of the team. The team trained on average 10–15 hours a week. Every other day they meet for early morning rehearsals. “I suggest that dancers focus on their strengths,” he said. “If you’re a hip-hop dancer, continue with that while you work on the other types of dance.” Trutzel was one of over a dozen dancers letters given out this year. He is attending Salt Lake Community College and is a member of the Bruins’ dance company. He hopes to one day open his own studio and train adult dancers. “I would love to continue choreographing and teaching,” Trutzel said. He had plenty of support from his family. “I am proud of him,” said his mother, Alison Trutzel. “It is an amazing thing to watch your kids find something that they are so passionate about. He was so willing to put in a lot of work and effort and sacrifice to develop his talent. He had never expressed interest in dance. He made a lot of progress and loved it. I could see the difference from one recital to the next.”

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