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WEST JORDAN CITY COUNCIL CONTINUES TO WAIVE FEES By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com


n 2018, the West Jordan City Council waived more than a dozen city fees. Fees are normally collected when a large group uses city property, such as park space. Sometimes, fees were waived in return for services provided to the city. For example, the Cal Ripken Baseball League was granted a fee waiver worth $14,000, but in return the League promised to construct awnings over four sets of bleachers worth more than $10,000. One of the first waived fees in 2019 came with no promised return. The Jordan Education Foundation requested the council to waive the $5,989 fee for its use of Veterans Memorial Park for its annual fun run in May. City leaders have waived this fee every year since the fundraiser began. Jason Casto, volunteer board member for Jordan Education Foundation, outlined where the waived funds would go in their organization. “Two things that this race contributes to is, one, the principal’s pantry program; the other one would be cash for classrooms, a teacher-requested grant program,” Casto said. Councilmember Kayleen Whitelock has consistently been opposed to fee waivers from her first month in office. “We’re constantly waiving fees, and it seems to be the same players that come year after year,” she said. “I think the reason is that other cities don’t waive the fees.” While Whitelock is in favor of these special groups operations and supports their ideals, she hesitates when it comes to spending resident tax money on them. “It’s not my money that I’m waiving, it’s the citizens,” she said. “I really need to know what the return on investment is. I don’t really see it. I just don’t see that these events pull people into shop at our establishments.” West Jordan allows for 1 percent of the gross budget to be spent on charitable giving. officials track and record each waived fee to ensure that 1 percent is not exceeded. Interim Park Director David Naylor said city leaders tracks all of the waived fees. “We don’t have a cost analysis as far as return, but as staff, when we run our waiver of fees, we do track every waiver of fee that is passed through council to meet that 1 percent to make sure we don’t violate that on the parks end of things,” Naylor said. “Obviously, there are other fee waivers that do come to you.” Councilmember Chad Lamb has less hesitation when waiving fees. “I don’t look at this as an ROI (Return on Investment)

One percent of West Jordan City’s budget is available for charitable uses. The city regularly waives fees for some parks use that use some of this money. (Pixabay)

or what does it bring into our community; it’s a donation to this foundation,” Lamb said. “We don’t give them a monetary donation; we’re giving them the opportunity to come to our city. But if there are issues with cleanup afterward, that would be my only concern.” Naylor addressed the cleanup issue. “We’re working with Jason Casto, and he’s ensured us that he’s going to be a great steward,” Naylor said. There are other ways that council aids special interest groups. Office space in city hall is leased for free to South Valley Sanctuary, Inc. The space is worth $425 a month, but the organization is granted use for free for counseling and case management.

In 2018, South Valley Sanctuary served 227 West Jordan residents in the West Jordan City Hall. Executive Director Jenn Campbell expressed her appreciation to the council for the gifted space. “It’s a wonderful message that you’re sharing with the city that domestic violence will impact one in three women and one in four men in your state,” Campbell said. “We see the difference that this makes in your communities and in the lives that we serve.” Check out westjordanjournal.com for two articles on fee waiving from last year for more information. l

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Serving customers, and others, is all a part of Rob Dinsdale’s life By Bob Bedore | bob@mycityjournals.com

Rob Dinsdale’s happy smile is a familiar sight at the Chick-fil-A in Jordan Landing. (Bob Bedore/City Journals)


f you’ve been to a Chick-fil-A, you’re bound to hear the phrase “My pleasure” said more than just a few times. It’s a little thing that helps set the food chain apart. But for Jordan Landing Operator Rob Dinsdale, the pleasure goes far past the boundaries of his store. “We’re all here on this earth just trying to make it through life,” Dinsdale said. “If everyone who had even the slightest bit of extra could help out those in need, whether it’s with material things — food, money, clothes — or a kind word, thought or smile, just imagine how much better off we’d all be. I’d like to think that we all have the ability to make this happen.” And Dinsdale does everything he can to make his dream a reality. In his store, he’s instilled a culture of service throughout that has made working and eating there a joy. The Jordan Landing location has employees that have been working there for more than 10 years. That’s multiple lifetimes in fast food years. “I want employees to feel a sense of pride about working here.” Dinsdale said. “I want them to know that they can make a difference in people’s lives through even the simplest of gestures. I want this to be more than just a job; I want it to be something that will stick with them long after they leave here.” Dinsdale tells a story about one young employee who was working the drive-thru and had a woman come up and suddenly realize that they had forgot their wallet. The employee told her not to worry about it. You can get us next time. “I like that he felt like he could do that without trying to ask for permission,” he said. “It’s a culture we’re trying to build here. And you know what? One day I was working the drive-thru and a woman—I don’t know if it was the same one—said that she had been comped at the window before and now wanted to pay for the person behind them. Before

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I knew it, we had a string of people all just paying for the person behind them. It just became an awesome thing to see. And to have the team members see it and think, this just doesn’t happen anywhere else.” Dinsdale uses his restaurant to do good whenever he can. Sometimes it’s obvious such as the fundraisers that often take place, military appreciation events, mother/son and daddy/daughter date nights, and other fun events. Sometimes it’s in the donation of food for charity events (both in and out of West Jordan). And sometimes it comes from ways that most will never see. “When we were about to open, I found out about a woman who had a child that had a condition that wouldn’t let them play in the play place because of germs and other things that come from a lot of other children playing there,” he said. “So, I invited her to come in before our opening day and let the child play as long as they wanted. It was wonderful! It’s amazing the things we find out just by visiting our guests. Everyone has a story, and we don’t know what those stories are, but we have a way to impact their lives in a positive way, so that’s just what we do.” Dinsdale’s desire to serve extends beyond the store. “My parents influenced me in a very positive way,” he said. “They always instilled in us a need to serve others. This continued as I went through school and worked in student government. I was always looking for ways to help others.” And now it’s his turn to pass that along through his children. “We like to do things together as a family,” he said. “We’ll put together packs for Haiti or for other places in need. And we like to put kits together to keep in the car that we can hand out to those that we can see that are in need.” It’s this type of attitude of service, and so much more that brought Dinsdale to the attention of the Craig Dearing Legacy Award.

Dinsdale was presented with the award at its annual awards banquet. The award was created in 2016 to honor Craig Dearing for his decades of service in West Jordan. It is presented to an individual who serves their community and leaves a lasting impact. Last year’s recipient was Steve Wright. “I had no idea that I had been nominated,” he said on receiving the award. “I didn’t even know there was an award like this.” And true to form, when asked about his feelings about getting the award, Dinsdale answered, “I’m honored, but I’m sure that there are people worthier than me.” His employees would disagree. Jose Boyas Diaz has been with Dinsdale pretty much since the location opened 13 years ago, and if you’ve been to the store, you’ve seen Jose’s smile greet you. “Rob brings harmony to this store and everything he does,” he said. “He expects a lot. He has standards but not in a bossy way. He just sets the example and wants us to be the same. Nothing he expects from us is something that he isn’t doing himself, and at a higher level.” Other employees have praise for Dinsdale. “I came to Chick-fil-A at a point in my life when I really needed a win,” said Krysi Winkler, an eight-year veteran of the store

and current store manager. “Rob took me in and made me his marketing manager. I had no idea what that was, but he said we’d figure it out together. I didn’t really do that great at that job, but he kept me around and has found the right places for me. And when I told him that I was going to have to leave so I could get some other benefits, Rob found a way to get me those benefits. He just brings an amazing culture to the store. And when you’re a part of a culture like this, you don’t want to leave. It’s easy to be loyal.” Chick-fil-A is a chain that prides itself on being a part of the community. Company leaders make sure that their operators are up to the challenge. “It took me two years and about 100 interviews to get this location,” Dinsdale said. “I think getting into the FBI is easier.” Each operator can hire a marketing person to help the stores find ways to help. Employees are given benefits that go beyond most similar work places. “Last year, we were able to give away 10 scholarships at this location,” Dinsdale said. “This allows us to not only get great employees who want to serve but also keep them around.” l

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West Jordan Women in Business find creative, colorful way to raise money By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

West Jordan Women in Business joined forces with That Paint Thing at Jordan Hills Elementary for Painting for the Pantries in an effort to raise money for the Principal’s Pantry, which provides food for hungry and needy school children in the Jordan School District. (Adilfa Ford with Don Polo Photography)


ainting and food came together at Jordan Hills Elementary School on Feb. 8 for an evening of fundraising. West Jordan Women in Business joined forces with That Paint Thing at the school for Painting for the Pantries in an effort to raise money for the Principal’s Pantry, which provides food for hungry and needy school children in the Jordan School District.

The event was open to the public to open their hearts and wallets—as well as their creativity—to this charitable cause. Attendees had several options to contribute to the Principal’s Pantry. For $60 two people could enjoy dinner and paint a picture, as instructed by representatives from That Paint Thing, a local traveling paint party that combines art and food for date nights, parties and other events.

A person could also choose dinner and painting for one for the cost of $40. For those attendees not feeling the creative juices flowing, a dinner-only option was available for $20. Local organizations and businesses were also able to sponsor the event and donate $200, $400 or $750. The highest donation level, called Da Vinci level, gave the donor raffle tickets, gifts, VIP seating with four dinner tickets and four paint tickets, two tickets to future That Paint Thing events, a plaque, sponsorship signage at the event and the company’s logo on all event advertising. A total of 109 people attended the event and collectively donated more than $5,200. All proceeds went to help the more than 1,700 Jordan District students who benefit from the Principal’s Pantry. “[The money] helps to go to every school in the district to discreetly send food home on the weekend to kids in need,” said Denise Hassett, chair of the West Jordan Chamber Women in Business. Hassett said when school principals are aware of students who may not have enough food at home, they give them a bag with nutritious food that they can easily make into meals. Principals and teachers give the food in a confidential manner so no one else knows they are receiving it. “Administrators, teachers and employees

are looking out for kids,” she said. The Principal’s Pantry also helps needy students during school hours if teachers notice they aren’t getting enough to eat. Those students on free or reduced lunch can use the pantry, but teachers and administrators can identify anyone they feel could benefit. Hassett was grateful for the dinner and painting fundraiser and for all those who generously donated. “Every dollar raised goes far,” she said. l

West Jordan Women in Business joined forces with That Paint Thing at Jordan Hills Elementary for Painting for the Pantries in an effort to raise money for the Principal’s Pantry, which provides food for hungry and needy school children in the Jordan School District. (Adilfa Ford with Don Polo Photography)


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Utah Housing Gap Coalition raises awareness about housing affordability By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com

The Utah Housing Gap Coalition is trying to find solutions for the state’s “housing crisis,” but it goes beyond just high-density developments like Daybreak, seen here. (Justin Adams/City Journals)


ne of the hottest topics in Utah and this year’s legislative session is that of growth. Utah is expected to double its population by 2050 and the question is: where are all those people going to live? That’s the question that the Housing Gap Coalition is trying to answer. The coalition, which was formed last year by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, wants residents, government leaders and developers to start thinking now about how to handle Utah’s population growth. “We’re trying to get ahead of it,” said Abby Osborne, the vice president of public policy and government relations for the chamber of commerce. If Utah kicks the can down the road, she said, the state may be forced to take more radical approaches to accommodating rapid growth — something she sees happening across the country. Just last year, Minneapolis voted to abolish its single-family residential zone, which would “allow residential structures with up to three dwelling units — like duplexes and triplexes — in every neighborhood,” according to the New York Times. Or consider the case of California, where the state government is suing a city government for “failing to allow enough new homebuilding to accommodate a growing population,” according to the LA Times. Instead, the coalition is advocating for a more balanced approach to improving housing affordability. Local housing policies In Utah, municipal governments control what types of buildings are built and where. While some cities may be open to increasing the overall supply of homes by allowing “high-density” projects within their boundaries, many other cities are not. Last year, the coalition leadership visited the city council meetings of cities along the Wasatch Front, both educating and getting feedback about the issue. “It was fairly successful. We got pretty good reception from most of the cities,” said Osborne. Now with the Utah state legislative session under way, the coalition has moved its focus to Capitol Hill. On Feb. 8, a group of about 70 coalition members gathered at the capitol to lobby their senators to support a series of bills aimed at improving housing affordability. One such bill is SB 34, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi. The bill (whose fate wasn’t known at the time of deadline for this article) would require municipal govern-

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ments to adopt certain policies designed to increase housing affordability in order to be eligible to receive money from the state’s Transportation Investment Fund. The bill would also appropriate $20 million to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund. One of the coalition members that participated in the lobbying effort was Chris Sloan, a past-president of the Utah Association of Realtors and a former chairman of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce. He said housing affordability is a “sizable problem that affects all of us.” Education campaign While getting elected officials on board with combatting the housing gap is important for the coalition, getting the public on board is perhaps even more important. Draper Mayor Troy Walker called high density development a “four-letter word” when the coalition visited the Draper City Council. There are cases up and down the Wasatch Front of mayors and city councilors facing the wrath of their constituents for having approved a “high-density” development. From the Olympia Hills development in the south-west portion of the valley that was halted by then-Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams because of fierce community backlash, to the Holladay Quarter project that fell apart after the Utah Supreme Court ruled in favor of community organizers that opposed it, the biggest obstacle to increasing the housing supply is most often residents themselves. To change public perception about the issue, the coalition has launched a public education campaign consisting of billboards, radio ads, social media posts and appearances on local network morning shows. Osborne said she’s already seen changes in certain communities’ perception of high-density development. “We’re getting people thinking a little differently than they were before. And that’s all we can really do,” she said. Construction labor force Another impediment to increasing the housing supply is that construction companies simply can’t keep up with the demand because of a lack of skilled workers in the construction industry. Sen. Daniel Thatcher, who represents parts of Salt Lake and Tooele County, said that encouraging more young people to enter trade professions out of high school is the most important thing that can be done to improve housing affordability. “The AFL-CIO is the answer to the construction and trades labor shortage,” he said. “Republicans are traditionally against unions, but they really have some great apprenticeship programs. You get pay and benefits from day one, and four years later you’ll have the skills you need to be a freelance electrician, make $80,000 a year and have no college debt.” The Utah AFL-CIO website lists a number of apprenticeship programs in trades such as roofing, plumbing, masonry and cement and electrical work. Part of the coalition’s education campaign includes letting soon-to-be high school graduates know that they can enroll in such apprenticeship programs as an alternative to college. After a recent event in the Ogden School District, Osborne said that about 500 students expressed interest in the idea. Through these efforts, the Housing Gap Coalition is hopeful that Utah can avoid the big drastic moves taken by the likes of California and Minneapolis. “There’s many things causing the problem, so there’s a lot of different approaches to it,” said Osborne. l

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West Jordan Chamber waves goodbye to city, presses forward City to save $38,000 a year with chamber switch By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com


arly in January 2019, the West Jordan City Council voted to appoint ChamberWest as its official chamber of commerce. Formerly, the West Jordan Chamber had a contract with the city that ended mid-2018. In a recent press release, West Jordan City officials explained the decision for the change as a financial one, as well as a chance to refocus on goals for economic development. “In August 2018, the City Council requested the Economic Development Department reevaluate the city’s chamber service agreement,” according to the press release. “As a result, the city drafted a request for proposal aimed to maximize public funds and look at the city’s economic goals. After going through the RFP/bid process, ChamberWest was selected as the official chamber of commerce on Jan. 9.” City leaders will give the new chamber $10,000 annually to support its efforts, rather than the $48,000 it was giving the West Jordan Chamber. Last year, relations began to change between the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce and city officials. Aisza Wilde, West Jordan Chamber president and CEO said the changing nature

of their relationship was affecting each organization. “[W]e had expressed some concern about some changes [city leaders were] planning on making concerning utility rates and business license fees,” Wilde said. “[T] hey felt that our role should be to support them and to report to the business community why they were making these changes, rather than communicate to the city how those changes would impact the businesses. Understandably, that contract was a considerable amount of money, and when you pay somebody a lot of money, they should do what you want them to do.” Even though the money city officials contributed was a significant portion to the Chamber’s budget, Wilde said the chamber has continued to find support from their members. “We don’t see this change as something that will affect what we do or how we operate moving forward,” she said. “Just because the government decided to make a change, doesn’t mean our association will change what we’re doing. Since the decision has been made, there’s a misconception that the West Jordan Chamber is going away. We’re moving forward; we feel that it’s working very well and getting great support.”

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According to ChamberWest President Barbara Riddle, lots of West Jordan businesses have contacted them since West Jordan’s announcement. “We offer so many programs — along with regional representation — I am confident many of those businesses will join us as well,” she said. ChamberWest serves businesses in West Valley, Taylorsville, Kearns and West Jordan. A total of 5,000 businesses are a part of the chamber, ranging from contractors to senior living centers. In the press release, Riddle outlined what ChamberWest would do for West Jordan. “We believe partnerships and collaboration between businesses, community members and civic leaders are key to strengthening our region,” Riddle said. “We offer strong programs benefiting businesses of all sizes, represent the interest of business with government, promote the community, build business relationships and engage in political action.” West Jordan City Economic Development Director Kent Anderson is pleased with the new partnership. ChamberWest will do more lobbying work for city businesses. “Something I am uniquely excited

about is ChamberWest’s Legislative Affairs Committee,” he said. “The committee is made up of a broad array of business types and sizes, as well as governmental entities, who discuss and take positions on state legislature bills that affect chamber members. This committee has the ability to significantly influence bills that affect ChamberWest members, which includes the city of West Jordan.” Also in the press release, Mayor Jim Riding stated that he is looking forward to working with ChamberWest. “ChamberWest is well respected and knows how to work effectively and develop productive partnerships with the business community and civic and political leaders,” he said. Carl Fauver also contributed to this story. l

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Elevating women in the workplace By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

A packed auditorium during the May 2018 ElevateHER panel. (Nicole Carpenter/WLI)


t a time when Utah’s business industry has a poor showing for gender pay equality, in addition to record low numbers of women in executive roles, many wonder: Can Utah elevate its business practices? Five years ago, the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) created the ElevateHER challenge, in an effort to encourage Utah companies to do better, while fostering a collaborative environment, in lieu of blame. “It’s not a blame or shame game,” said Pat Jones, CEO of WLI. “Men [are] important in addressing this and finding solutions to maximizing our talent pool,” she continued. When a Utah company accepts the Ele-

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vateHER challenge, they agree to evaluate the role women hold within their organization. This serves as a means to both increase the number of women in leadership, as well as retain existing talent. Companies are also encouraged to both monitor and identify gender pay inequity within their organization—a practice Jones said has resulted in salary bumps for men, as well as women. Jones explained the idea is to provide companies with a toolbox, which will increase their ability to attract and retain talent. Thus far, almost 200 companies have taken part in the ElevateHER challenge, according to the list of companies on WLI’s website,

with the number increasing every year. Of those companies, The Salt Lake Chamber, went from participating in the ElevateHER challenge to inviting WLI to collaborate on an awareness campaign. The gender wage gap campaign was launched in December of 2018, and is designed to offer both education and solutions on ways companies can close the gender wage gap. According to the information from the campaign, Utah ranks 50th in the nation for gender pay inequity, which the Salt Lake Chamber and WLI argue are not just bad for local business, but can also deter quality companies from moving their businesses to Utah. Materials made available by Salt Lake Chamber and WLI provide real-time examples and current practices of companies who are succeeding in this realm, in addition to highlighting various ways women are often viewed differently in the workplace. In spite of the disparity in treatment for males and females, Jones feels it’s important both parties understand the complimentary differences they both bring to the table. “Men are absolutely advocates and allies of women and working with us,” Jones said. In addition to the ElevateHER challenge, WLI runs other programs including a Career Development Series (CDS), designed to help

women maximize their career potential. CDS meets once a month, over an eight-month period, and includes workshops and conferences for $995, which are geared toward women in mid- to upper-level careers. “We try to keep cost down, but quality very high,” Jones said, of the various programs offered. WLI is also in the process of wrapping up its fourth year running a Political Development Series. For political development training, participants are required to only buy lunch, since WLI did not want any women to not participate due to financial reasons. “I didn’t want women to not take [the class], and not run for office, because they couldn’t afford it,” Jones said. Jones attributes WLI’s ability to keep costs down to the support of the local business community and their sponsorship of the multitude of programs offered. “Frankly, they’re wanting to increase the number of the women they hire,” Jones said, as she explained why companies take such an active role with WLI. While Utah is far from holding a great spot on the national scale of equality in the office, the number of programs in place to help Utah businesses mend their ways suggests prospects may be looking up. l

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Copper Hills madrigals win radio contest By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

The 2018-2019 Copper Hills High School Madrigals spread their music and their name to a wider audience. (Kent Shelton/Shelton Photo)


or the last few years, Copper Hills High School Madrigals have been impressing audiences and consistently receiving superior ratings at state competitions. In December, they hit a new high note when they recorded a Christmas song that was aired on the radio. “It was kind of magical to hear us all together on something we’d worked so hard on,” said Eleanor Smith, a junior in the Madrigals choir. CHHS Madrigals were one of four high school chamber choirs invited to compete in Classical 89’s High School Choir Competition. Each December, Eric Glissmeyer, station manager at Classical 89, invites high school choirs from across the Wasatch Front to record three songs in the studio. The best one is played for audiences at specific times during Christmas season programming. Glissmeyer said the competition provides a unique opportunity for young singers to do something above just performing concerts for their school and parents. “It’s a little higher stakes to be involved in a competition and provides a chance to be extra focused,” he said. CHHS choir director Marc Taylor said from the moment he announced the contest invitation to his students, they were dedicated to being professional. “Knowing that this is so important to Mr. Taylor, I think all of us had much more of a drive to get our parts down and to prac-

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tice on our own and to just keep the energy up,” said Smith. Their hard work paid off. They won both the popular vote from radio listeners and the top score from judges with their acapella performance of “O Magnum Mysterium,” beating the choirs from Fremont High School, Provo High School, and Juan Diego Catholic High School. As winners, the Madrigals will be the featured local artists on Classic 89’s onehour show, Highway 89. “The kids have already proven that they can come up with a great product and perform really well, but the pressure’s on to do a full program,” said Taylor. “I think that sense of professionalism is going to be key in making sure that they’re successful in the radio show.” This exposure to wider audience and gaining a reputation is all part of Taylor’s 10year plan for the CHHS music program. “Year four and five is for me to start to make Copper Hills known along the Wasatch Front as a school that has quality music programs,” said Taylor. The unexpected radio exposure was a perfectly timed boost to Taylor’s plan, now in its fifth year. “When I came on the scene here at CHHS, the program was suffering,” said Taylor, who picked up the program from a temporary director who had rescued the program when the previous director left mid-

year. “I definitely had my work cut out for me in trying to shape the high school program the way it needed to be.” CHHS’s performing choirs now regularly receive superior ratings at state Festival competitions, which is how they caught the attention of Glissmeyer. “I think it’s telling how far Mr. Taylor’s taken us that we’ve been able to get this far in just a few years,” said Savannah Hill, a senior. “He’s been able to take the choir program at Copper Hills and make it into an actual name—this is a high school choir who knows what they’re doing.” And it has boosted the students’ confidence. “This experience that we had, singing on the radio station, it gets our name out there,” said senior Nathan Bendixsen. “We’re a force to be reckoned with. We are capable of doing hard things and performing hard pieces.” Taylor’s plan, which culminates in “world domination,” was almost derailed last year by his wrestle with cancer. But despite chemo treatments and surgeries, Taylor continued to work with his students as often as possible. Students continued giving their best effort, inspired by their respect and love for Taylor. Last year’s student director, Shayla Jessup, wrote a song for Taylor, which choir students performed at the end-of-year concert as a surprise tribute to him. “In spite of dealing with cancer and the health issues, we were able to keep the lev-

el of excellence where it needed to be,” said Taylor, who gives credit to the long-term sub, Krystal Gilbert, and support from students, parents and administration. Students credit last year’s trials for their ability to band together to face this year’s challenges. “I think it’s just showing that we’re not going to let some stupid sickness kick our butts,” said senior Hailey Haymond. “We’re going to come up no matter what and show people who we are.” The madrigals, made up of 28 students who had to pass an audition for a spot on the team, have become more unified through their experiences. “It’s not just a school choir at this point—we’re a family,” said senior Ruth Ann Shelton. Up next for the choir is a concert on March 13 as well as district Festival competitions later this spring. Taylor is preparing for the next step in his plan—showing off his choirs in front of his colleagues at the national conferences for music educators. The Madrigals will be featured on the Highway 89 series sometime this spring. The program can be heard on 89.1 FM and Sirius XM 143 BYU Radio on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 p.m. l

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Mountain Shadows is bursting with good news By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Students get silly with announcements. (Kasey Dahl/ Mountain Shadows)


tudents spread good news at Mountain Shadows Elementary with both a weekly broadcast and a bimonthly newspaper. Extra! Extra! Writing skills The newspaper club, new this year, has about nine regular contributors from third to sixth grade who highlight events such as the food drive, literacy night, box tops drives and Classic Skate Night. Each issue also includes a Teacher Spotlight, a recipe, a book review and a comic strip. “I think it’s so informative,” said Jessica Sheffield, kindergarten teacher and editor of the paper. “The goal is to help people see what’s happening in our school and for kids to write about each other and to see the reason why they love their school.” Rayne Finn, a fifth-grader, was excited to write about the celebration of Mountain Shadows’ 30th anniversary because she got to interview the principal. She said faculty members and students have been excited to be featured in the paper. She said fourth-grade teacher Susan Allen was fun to interview because she was so pleased to be chosen for the teacher spotlight. “I tried to make that the best one I’ve done so far because I just knew that would make her so happy,” said Rayne. Rayne enjoys writing for the newspaper and learning a new writing style; she has to remember not to use first-person narration or include her own opinions. Exposure to a different kind of writing fits in with the school’s overall focus on writing skill development. Sheffield said the student writers experience the full writing process while covering topics interesting to them. News writers submit several drafts, receiving feedback from Sheffield at each stage. When it is complete, students type it up either at home or at school. Sheffield formats the final articles and pictures into a two- to three-page paper. The staff publishes a paper every other month. “I think just seeing that published writing gives them a sense of accomplishment and helps them see how important it is to learn to write, even though it is a lot of work through the writing process,” said Sheffield. Nathan Statham, a fourth-grader in the club, believes staff writers have an advantage. “It gives the kids in the newspaper club a chance to get better on their writing and know

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more about the writing process,” he said. He also said contributing to the paper brings some popularity. Nathan creates the comic strip for the paper and loves to see kids after school talking about it with their friends. “It felt good when I saw people laughing at it,” he said. Marleigh Tarr feels a sense of accomplishment when, after all her hard work writing an article, other students recognize her or compliment her work. Staff members take pride in their newspaper. They are encouraged to dress up on the day they deliver papers to each classroom. “We want to make it a big thing,” said Sheffield. “We want them to love writing and be proud of their writing.” While students said they are writing for their peers, parents also benefit from the news in the paper. “There are just so many things happening in our school that I think parents don’t fully understand,” said Sheffield. A recent article highlighted why the school collects box tops. Another gave details about the school’s “Meet the Masters” program that teaches students about famous artists and their work. “That program is fantastic, and I don’t know how many parents actually understand what these kids are learning about,” said Sheffield, who knows many kids don’t share the details of their day with their parents. Students tune into news, fun and growth mindset Student anchors for MSTV (Mountain Shadows TV) have learned that making mistakes is the fun part of filming a weekly news broadcast. Kasey Dahl, the fourth-grade teacher who directs, films and edits the broadcast, encourages a goofy vibe in the newsroom, which makes anchoring a popular activity for the fourth-, fifthand sixth-graders who host each week. “Knowing that they’re going to be in front of 700 students — even though it’s not live — you can see their anxiety go up as soon as we start to record,” said Dahl. He strives to make filming a fun experience, encouraging students to accept mistakes as just part of the process. “We try to laugh and have fun with it,” said Dahl. Rebecca Contreras said the fun environment means it is not a big deal to mess up a line. “We have a good laugh, and then we just redo it,” she said. Dahl collects the best mistakes for the blooper reel, shown at the end of the year. Rayne Finn, a fifth-grader, said when students see others make mistakes, it is less intimidating to go on camera. “You’re not expected to be perfect at doing everything,” she said. “If you accidentally say your line wrong but it’s close enough, it’s no big deal.” This attitude reflects the growth mindset philosophy that Mountain Shadows has adopted, which focuses on the process of improvement

more than the end result. “In my class, we are always discussing grit and tenacity, and always working to do better this time than you did last time,” said Dahl. Growth mindset helps students worry less about failure and be more willing to anchor the broadcast. A different set of students are invited to host each week. Each anchor gets a customized introduction, using props, a green screen and their own imagination. “This really helps you to be yourself and be confident,” said Rebecca. “You can be nervous, but it definitely helps improve your confidence when you see all these other people just being themselves on the news and think ‘I can do that, too.’” Dahl, who encourages students to add silly actions or interesting inflections to their announcements, records segments in short chunks. “It gets rid of the nerves because they know they only have to remember one thing at a time,” he said. MSTV is shown in classrooms every Friday morning. The broadcast reports school news, announcements and events as well as local weather and local and national sports. Anchors announce winners of the reading incentive drawing and those nominated as a Star Student by their teachers. Occasionally, there is a Special Report—a segment on bullying or good manners or just a silly video. Dahl also films a “Who am I?” segment where one clue at a time reveals interesting facts about a faculty member. “It’s not just teachers,” said Dahl. “I try to ask the janitorial staff and the people that work in the kitchen, so the kids can get a better feel for who some of the people are that they see every day that they may not necessarily interact with.” Of course, sometimes the clues reveal a character such as Snoopy or the Grinch. Though it requires a lot of time to produce the broadcast each week, Dahl believes it provides great experiences for the students. “The biggest part is probably that public speaking and realizing the things they’re saying are going to have an impact on the rest of the school,” he said. l

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he first high school writing center in Jordan District recently opened at Copper Hills High School to provide the students with help for any type of writing — English papers, history projects, lab reports, resumes, etc. “I know that my students need more support than I can provide — even though I desperately want to,” said Andrea Hinojosa, a social studies teacher at the school of 2,500 students. “It can be difficult for teachers to meet the individual needs or challenges of each student in class. I hope the Writing Center will offer students a safe environment to explore their challenges, improve their skills and confidence, and, ultimately, achieve at higher levels.” Michelle Szetela, director of the center, said the services are not just for students who need someone to edit their papers. “The focus is on teaching students the skills that they could then use themselves to identify problems in their own writing,” she said. Valery Juarez, a senior who works as a tutor in the writing center, hopes students will see the value of the center. “A big part of opening this writing center is getting students to realize that they can get help wherever they are,” she said, noting that many students are initially reluctant to ask for help. “Even if they break that barrier just a tiny bit by showing us an essay they need help on, then they’ll be more comfortable getting help with bigger issues.” Another tutor, junior Grace Bramlage, said sometimes students just need a second set of eyes to look over their writing. “I think another voice in your writing is really beneficial—an outside eye just to tell you what you might not be aware of,” she said. As a tutor, she can catch errors students missed and teach them how to fix them. Hinojosa believes the writing center is a great resource for all students, including the large numbers of students enrolled in the 38 advanced placement (AP) and concurrent enrollment college-level courses offered at CHHS. She said even students taking advanced level classes may struggle with writing proficiency or get stuck on a specific assignment. And with 60 percent of the AP U.S. history and AP world history exams comprising written essays, these students need strong writing skills. For her students who have not achieved proficiency in writing, Hinojosa will require them to visit the Writing Center. “While I always encourage my students to be proactive rather than reactive (in other words, visit the Writing Center if necessary before the assignment is due), the Writing Center

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will add a really great accountability piece for students in need of a second chance,” she said. The center’s goal is for students to get help but not become dependent on the tutors. “We’re just teaching them how to be more independent after coming to the writing center,” said Juarez. “Really, we’re just teaching them skills that they’re going to take with them besides the paper they’re working on.” The center has nine student tutors who have passed through an extensive selection and training process. These students have wide-ranging writing experience, said Szetela, and most have experience informally tutoring friends. Tutor Adi Marshall said her friends often feel more comfortable asking for her for help, knowing she has done the same exact assignment. “One thing I like about it is it’s students that are helping other students,” she said. “I’m kind of acting as a middle man, still getting them the help that they need without them being intimidated by going to teachers.” Hinojosa recruited Marshall and Bramlage to be tutors due to their writing talent and growth mindset skills. She said they also have the ability to be calm, patient and encouraging. CHHS is the only secondary school in the district to have a Writing Center, according to Szetela, who has been working for years to get one started. She is aware of only one other in the state, at The Waterford School in Sandy. “One of the reasons that writing centers don’t get started in high school is because the teachers don’t have experience working in writing centers on a more professional level,” she said. CHHS is fortunate to have teachers such as Szetela with graduate degrees in specific content area subjects. Szetela has also worked in several university writing centers, attended conferences and collected research. Szetela, Hinojosa and three other teachers—Steve Haslam, Joshua Brothers and Amanda Campos— applied for grants and coordinated together to establish the writing center, which they hope will help all students become stronger writers across the curriculum. “If students choose to utilize this resource, I know it can really make a difference in their achievement and their confidence,” said Hinojosa. As more students find their way to the writing center, the hours will be extended. Currently, the Writing Center, held in room 1823, is open Tuesdays after school 2:30–3:30 p.m., during Grizzly opts intervention period on Thursdays 9–9:30 a.m. and Friday mornings before school 7:15–8:15 a.m. l

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he Copper Hills Grizzlies wrestling team finished its season by hosting the Division A finals for 6A. At that tournament, the Grizzlies qualified six wrestlers to move on to the state championships. The team’s hard work is evident in their youth and high school program. Victory Wrestling has become an important feeder program into Copper Hills High School’s varsity wrestling team. The youth club team participates year-round in meets, but its season enjoys a vast number of boys after the high school season ends in February. The Victory spring recreation league runs February through March and is held in the school’s wrestling room Mondays and Wednesdays. It is run by the Grizzlies’ coaches Jeff Humphreys, Gardner Wheeler and Scott Pace. Humphreys credits the youth program for the influx of good wrestlers into the Grizzly program. “It teaches leadership, work ethic and self-esteem to these athletes,” he said. The Grizzlies season began with losses to Bingham and Davis. Sandwiched between those losses was a victory over Cyprus. The preseason meets prepared them for their region competition. At the Herriman dual, the Mustangs

dominated the Grizzlies, winning all but one match. Junior Dakota Buckner pinned his opponent with 34 seconds left in the opening period. Buckner finished his season with a 3814 overall record and finished 6th at the state meet. He led the team with 31 pins this year. He was ranked fourth overall in his weight class by wrestleutah.com. He defeated Granger’s Kitchner Koala in the Division finals. In the 120-pound weight class, Copper Hills qualified two wrestlers. Ryan Bullough wrestled at a higher weight class for his team much of the season, but he finished fourth overall at the divisional meet, and Jaden Fowers finished fifth. Both wrestlers finished their season with more than 30 victories (Bullough had 34; Fowers had 35). Senior Ryan Hatch finished ninth at 160 pounds. He closed out his high school wrestling career with a 25-17 record this season. At 195 pounds, junior Hyrum Ivie placed seventh overall and competed at the state wrestling meet. Sophomore Kaden Bybee closed finished the regular season with a 16-20 overall record and placed seventh at the divisional meet. l

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER? In the event of a natural disaster, it could take several days for public safety personnel to respond to individual homes, making it important to learn emergency basics so you can be as self-sufficient as possible. Get prepared by enrolling in the West Jordan Fire Department’s twoday (12-hour) Community Emergency Response Team training. CERT training is for individuals (age 18 and over) who live, work or own a business in West Jordan who would like to be trained on what to do in case of natural disaster or other emergency. The course requires completion of an online course prior to attending the hands-on class. The hands-on portion is taught by West Jordan firefighters and other local professionals. You’ll learn about Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Medical, Fire Suppression, and Search and Rescue. The online self-study portion takes about six hours to complete. You must complete both the two-day hands-on class as well as the online course in order to receive certification. Class size is limited to 18 students who are selected on a first-come, firstserve basis according to completion of full registration and payment of $35. Register online at WestJordan.Utah.Gov/ cert. Then pay for the class (cash or check) and

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With West Jordan’s growth, traffic congestion has become an ongoing concern for many residents and businesses. I sympathize with those who find themselves facing long delays on their way to and from work, and we have been working diligently to improve traffic flow both north-south and east-west. Several projects were completed in 2018 and we look forward to carrying that momentum forward into 2019. Northsouth travel was greatly improved with the completion of 5600 West from 7800 to 8600 South, including a new traffic signal at 8200 South. Further impacting north-south travel, are the new Bangerter overpasses. The Capital Projects division coordinated with UDOT for the completion of these at 7000 South and 9000 South, and they’re preparing for another new overpass at 6200 South as well. Coming up, there will be pavement improvements this year to a few north-south collector roads, including 2200 West and 4800 West. Regarding east-west flow, last year’s completion of work along 7000 South helped restore traffic patterns which will continue to improve with two upcoming projects. There will be a new railroad crossing at 7000 South just east of 4800 West which will open up access to and from Airport Road. Most significantly, 7800 South between Airport Road and 4000 West will be reconstructed and widened and New Bingham Highway will be reconfigured. We’re very excited for this change. It will eliminate the confusing road split with New Bingham Highway, improve the capacity of the 7800 South and 4000 West intersection, and allow for full continuous east-west access along 7800 South. For more information on this project, please see the article on the following page. Road construction is always difficult, especially along high-volume roadways. The completion of 5600 West down to 8600 South should funnel more traffic to 9000 South and allow many to avoid 7800 South during construction. And hopefully, with weather permitting, we can get this done ahead of schedule. As always, thank you for your patience and please drive safely. Sincerely,

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West Jordan Begins Project WIDENING 7800 SOUTH AND REALIGNING NEW BINGHAM HIGHWAY The City of West Jordan will begin the widening of 7800 South and the realignment of New Bingham Highway between Airport Road and 4000 West this March. The project will eliminate the confusing road split with New Bingham Highway, improve the capacity of the 7800 South and 4000 West intersection heading into Jordan Landing, and open eastbound 7800 South for continuous eastward access beyond Airport Road.

City officials anticipate the project will be completed in January 2020. Project updates will be posted on the West Jordan City Hall Facebook page, city website (WestJordan.Utah. Gov) and variable message boards to keep the public informed about changing traffic patterns and minimize the inconvenience of road construction. Like most Utah cities, West Jordan is generally laid out in a north-south, east-west grid. The diagonal New Bingham Highway interrupts that grid. It was originally constructed to provide access to the copper mine west of the city, but with the heavy growth in this area, it no longer meets traffic demand and will be inadequate for planned future development. Because of this, West Jordan is moving forward with projects to restore the arterial grid system in this area. The city has already completed several other aspects of this plan, including improving access to Mountain View Corridor at 7800 South and 9000 South. This project was chosen from several options identified during a joint study by the city, the Salt Lake Department of Airports and the Utah Department of Transportation to improve traffic mobility without negatively impacting the airport’s Runway Protection Zone.

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Register your phone number with VECC You call 911 when you need to report an emergency. But what if 911 needs to notify you about one? Valley Emergency Communications Center can send out emergency notifications to you and the community via telephone. Traditionally, VECC has relied on landlines to call and warn you of emergencies or evacuations. However, with many of us switching to cellphone-only households, landlines aren’t an option. The only way to receive these types of calls on your cellphone is by registering those phone numbers with VECC. Visit http://www.vecc9-1-1.com/voip-registration to register your VOIP or cell phone. What types of emergencies will prompt a phone call? These emergencies include “…disasters, or critical information under the authority of the responding public safety agencies, emergency management, and/or municipal administrations. It will be used to notify those homes and businesses at risk within the affected area and will provide information regarding the incident and/or actions to take (such as evacuation). Additional necessary instructions or information, (such as shelter locations), may also be provided.”

Sugar Factory Playhouse presents Over the River and Through the Woods West Jordan’s Sugar Factory Playhouse presents Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro and directed by Kate Rufener. Tickets are on sale now for this toughing, hilarious audience favorite. Performances will be held April 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer Hall in West Jordan, 1137 W. 7800 South. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for children (12 and under), students (with ID), seniors (60 and over), and groups of 10 or more (must purchase tickets at the same time). For more information and to purchase tickets, go to sugarfactoryplayhouse.com. Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them his plans, and the news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio, and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O’Hare as bait.

Who or what is VECC? When you dial 9-1-1 from West Jordan you will be talking to dispatchers at the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center. These dispatchers respond to your call for help and dispatch needed firefighters and police officers. These same dispatchers can also send out emergency notifications to you and the community. If you see “0000000000” on your Caller ID, you should answer the phone because that will be VECC calling with important information.

Planning for Community Balance CITY COUNCIL WORKS TO KEEP PACE WITH HOUSING DEMAND Housing availability and affordability continue to be topics of interest throughout the region and at the capitol during this legislative session. To demonstrate to legislators who are considering adopting legislation that will interfere with cities’ authority to determine local land use issues, the City Council declared publicly by resolution that it has made significant independent progress toward being part of the housing solution. The resolution, unanimously approved on Feb. 13, detailed the efforts made, both past and present, by the city to approve a range of residential zoning densities and housing types to provide housing opportunities for all age groups and income levels. “This resolution will hopefully show legislators that West Jordan has provided its share of high-density housing,” said Mayor Riding, “I think many people mistakenly believe our city is all quarter- and half-acre single-family lots. But the truth is that we have already or are in the process of approving a range of housing options.” In meeting the state’s demands for higher density and more affordable housing, the city emphasizes the proper placement of various types of housing as part of a comprehensive plan to provide balance of options for people in all stages of life – whether newly independent adults, young families with children, empty nesters or retirees looking to downsize. Find out more at WestJordan.Utah.Gov/community-development

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Climbing community reaches up to improve SLC skies By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com


passionate group of individuals, all wanting better air quality in the Salt Lake valley, gathered on Feb. 10 at The Front Climbing Club (1470 S. 400 West) with a purpose —to climb for clean air and raise funds for Breathe Utah. It has become an annual gathering for this cause. Breathe Utah is an organization with the mission to improve air quality through education and action. They work to propose better environmental policies and rely on good partnerships to make changes happen. The brains behind the climbing event are Executive Director at Breathe Utah, Deborah Burney-Sigman, Ph.D. and Jared Campbell, a Salt Lake City local and world-class athlete, who started this series of clean air events. Everyone who purchased a ticket got to climb until they “peeled” (that means to climb until one peels off the wall). Some climbed hundreds of routes over eight hours straight. Climbers know that even just a few hours at the bouldering gym is a committed workout. One person who came to watch the climbers and support the cause was Joey Cauceglia. He has been going to the University of Utah for the last five years and wears

a mask commuting to campus on his bike. It’s a way to minimize the irritated cough he gets for a few hours after cycling. Cauceglia works at the University’s biology department and takes the train on yellow and red air days. “If you want to talk about human impact, there’s so much more to talk about than just seas warming and rising. We can talk about landfills, human impact, the smog in SLC — you can see it. We don’t need to argue about whether climate change happens. We can just agree that humans are making an impact on our environment. It seems like it’s become a distraction for the public, whether or not the earth is warming because of the human use of fossil fuels,” Cauceglia said. The climbers and those in attendance hold Utah’s environment dear and are concerned about the valley’s winter inversions and air pollution. Breathe Utah volunteer and school teacher Molly Lewis was there with a visual demo. “Density is a huge concept in winter air quality. The cold air near the ground compacts and becomes more dense. That air gets polluted and doesn’t want to go anywhere. The pollution gets trapped in that dense layer. There’s no natural mixing of the warm air above and the cold air below,” Lew-

is explained. In short, we pollute the cold air that stays nearest to us. Lewis added, “The particulate matter that is most concerning, is teeny tiny like 1/30th the width of a human hair. When you breathe it in, it goes deep into your lungs, across the barrier into your circulatory system. It causes inflammation. It’s toxic.” Those who climbed to fight toxicity got tokens for a free dinner and a beer on the house, provided by Red Rock Brewing Co. and Lucky Slice Pizza. The event had a finale of awards for participants who completed the most routes and for the previous day’s runners who took laps up and down Grandeur Peak at RUFA (Running Up For Air), a connected event. A raffle was held featuring items from vendors including Black Diamond, Evolv, Petzl, Patagonia, Lululemon and more. All of these companies are eager to help with air quality consciousness. To watch for this event follow frontslc. com. To donate and get clean air ideas for acClimbers at The Front Climbing Club take rock wall tion visit www.breatheutah.org. l

laps to climb up for clean air, an annual fundraising event supporting Breathe Utah. (Amy Green/City Journals)

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Photography students set exposure on high for San Francisco trip By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

The companies asked students to create certain moods with their pictures. (Juanita Cruz)


rt and photography students from West Jordan High School are taking big shots—photographs to be used in advertisements—for big shot companies such as Jansport and Bare Snacks. Students took shots at iconic landmarks around San Francisco— the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies and Fisherman’s Wharf—to feature a variety of products from thirteen companies, which they received in exchange for the photographs.

“Each company got around 20-50 photos that were strong compositions,” said Robyn Briggs, photography teacher who organized in the trip. The companies will use the pictures for social media advertising on platforms such as Instagram. Students found creative ways to highlight the products, which included backpacks, jewelry, disposable cameras, clothing, accessories, colorful socks, enamel pins, cellphone

The Golden Gate Bridge provides an architectural backdrop for a snack food shot. (Ataliyah Pedroza)

Photography students and teachers visited numerous iconic landmarks. (Robyn Briggs/WJHS)

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accessories and snack foods. They found interesting backgrounds for their compositions: vibrant colors at the Flower Conservancy, inspiring architecture at the Golden Gate Bridge, sprawling city views from Quake Tower and a pool full of sprinkles at the Museum of Ice Cream. With so many locations and individual styles, students produced a variety of interpretations of what the company was looking for.

“The kids had to figure out what fits within that company’s style and vibe, which I think was one of the hardest parts,” said Briggs. Within the group of 26 students and eight chaperones were varying skill levels. Some had taken numerous photography and art classes while others were straight out of Photography I. Students constantly adjusted camera settings to best feature the products. Roxann Morgan said projects in class prepared her to be able to capture great shots on the trip. “We had the class experience of how to use manual mode and then figured out, depending on our setting, how to address our shutter speed or aperture or whatever it was that we needed to focus more in a certain area,” she said. Scarlet Morgan-Del Rio said shutter speed adjustment was critical to taking great pictures because the lighting varied at each location. They took pictures indoors, outdoors, in the rain and in bright sunshine. When a shot didn’t work out, students had to figure out what adjustments needed to be made to their camera settings. “You use those photos to figure out how to make the next ones better,” said Morgan-Del Rio. The trip was a unique opportunity—amateur photographers don’t usually get an opportunity to collaborate with well-known companies, said Briggs. The students are aware of

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or many of us across the valley, St. Welsh-Gibson is a second-generation Patrick’s Day is our chance to get our Irish president of the Utah Hibernian Society, folon. lowing in her father’s footsteps. Last year she Or, at least some green. introduced a new route for the parade and also City Journals wanted to take a deeper instilled a new tradition, where proceeds of dive. What are the possibilities for St. Pat- the parade go to benefit a charitable organirick’s Day in Salt Lake Valley, arguably not a zation. major Irish town along the lines of Boston or Last year, longtime parade supporters the Chicago? What does it mean to be Irish in Salt Shriners Children’s Hospital were the benefiLake on St. Patrick’s Day? ciaries. This year, the Fisher House FoundaConsider this our guide to living it up tion at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, with one of the best holiday celebrations in the “much like the Ronald McDonald House, but state to figuring out how to celebrate around for veterans and military families,” is the rehome, and even explore spirituality with an cipient. Welsh-Gibson indicates that a memiconic St. Patrick’s Day symbol. ber of the Fisher House will serve as the grand I say ‘Irish,’ you say ‘Hibernian?’ marshal for this year’s parade. For the past 41 years, St. Patrick’s Day in While the parade was early in collecting the valley has been pretty much synonymous applications at press time, Welsh-Gibson did with Salt Lake City’s storied St. Patrick’s Day indicate that Irish reporter Brónagh Tumulty parade. from Channel 2 will be carrying the Irish flag This sense of history definitely imbues along the parade route, and dedicated parade this year’s parade: The Utah Hibernian So- fans can expect enduring favorite entries and ciety, hosts of the parade, have chosen a rich new participants embodying the sesquicentenaspect of Utah history for its theme, the 150th nial Golden Spike theme. anniversary of the Golden Spike. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at 500 South By way of definition, “Hibernian” means and 200 East. The Siamsa after-party takes an Irish native or anything having to do with place at the Gateway. Ireland or the Irish. The festival features Irish dancers, musiAnd the Golden Spike? That is also cians, food, drink, and “lots of vendors selling known as “The Last Spike” or the spike that Irish things,” said Welsh-Gibson. “Such a fun, joined the rails of the First Transcontinental fun afternoon.” Railroad across the United States connecting The parade route and float-prep site: one the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads family’s second home in 1869. Irish immigrants made a significant Some people elect to “summer” in a locacontribution to building the railroad, hence tion other than their primary home. this year’s sub-theme – “Joining of the Rails; Salt Lake City’s Clark family doesn’t 1,776 Miles to Home.” summer. They “spring.” And their destination Parade and Siamsa: family traditions, location is not a fancy vacation resort, but philanthropy as well as fun rather, a junkyard. The Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day PaIt is very much a working spring. Preprade and its after-parade Siamsa (pronounced ping the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade float “Shinsa” meaning celebration) at the Gate- almost becomes a time-share, during the way is close to home for this year’s Hiber- months leading up to the event. For the past nian President and Parade Chair Meghan 40 years, the Clark family and friends dediWelsh-Gibson. cate anywhere from 60-200 hours, spanning

several months, preparing for the parade. Float-making has become second nature, and takes place at their second home — a friend’s junkyard. There they build each year’s float, and then take part in the St. Patrick’s Day practice event, and then finally gear up for actual show time – parade day along the route. Sean Clark, an Avenues resident living in the house he grew up in, is Vice President of Special Projects at Vista Staffing during his day job. And for his role on the parade committee for the Hibernian Society? He has a 134-slide chronicle of his family’s engagement in the parade over the past 40 years. His grandfather was grand marshal of the parade in 1984. Sean was carried along the parade route as a two year old. To Sean Clark and family, the parade is a way of life, a tradition and happens to be his favorite topic to talk about. Clark even has a FaceBook page, “Clark’s St. Patty’s Float.” Through rain, snow and even Darth Vader: epic floats of the Clark clan Over the years, Clark has been part of epic floats. There were the 1984 and 2017 floats, which made their way down the parade route in tumultuous rain and snow, respectively. Then there have been first-place entries, floats featuring Gaelic superheroes (Fionn mac Cumhaill, pronounced Finn McCool), religious saints (St. Patrick driving snakes from Ireland), and Irish green-energy cars (powered by kegs of Guinness). There was even the one year Clark was not able to physically be in Salt Lake City for the parade. That did not stop him. In 2016, he and a friend used Apple iPhones and Facetime technology so that he was able to live-stream his singing of the Irish national anthem (in Gaelic) along the parade route, watching the reactions of delighted spectators as he cooed the lyrics into a mic from sunny San Diego. The blizzard float of 2018 epitomized the parade theme, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” Clark built a faux wooden piano, powered by an electric keyboard. “My 8-year-old played his first piano recital, in a moving vehicle, in a blizzard, in front of a few thousand people,” he recalled. Episode 3:17: the good side of the dark side All Clark’s creations are epic. However, 2017 forces its way to the top. It was then Clark realized a lifelong dream: uniting St. Patrick’s Day with “Star Wars.” The Clark family won the best family float for the float depicting “Episode 3:17, The Irish Immigrate to a Galaxy, Far, Far Away.” Clark himself portrayed Han Solo, to his friend’s Darth Vader, who had been cracking down on illegal immigration. Han Solo convinced Vader that Irish were good, worthy people and converted Vader to the dark side – the dark beer side, that is. As the parade advanced along the parade route, Darth Vader emerged from be-

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hind a curtain, “The Zion Curtain,” and the group presented their skit, right in front of the judge’s stand, securing the best family float honors. ‘Our Holiest Day’ Irishwoman Connie Smith lives in Sugar House with a Scottish spouse and three dogs. To her and her household, St. Patrick’s Day is “our holiest day.” Smith’s day job is being an associate broker and realtor at Constance Smith Realtor, but she is also a chaplain. Smith explained the spiritual side of St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. One of the main emblems of the day, the shamrock, is an elegant symbol of the Christian Trinity. The three-leafed shamrock, then, represents, to Irish, God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Ghost. Being Irish in Utah, according to Smith, means to “usually be Catholic” and to be part of “a tight community.” It also, perhaps stereotypically, means being lucky, very lucky. “To be Irish in Utah is to be very lucky! Irish can laugh and cry at the same time. We wear hearts on our sleeve. All of us, whether fourth-generation or second-generation like me, we long for our Irish roots.” “All of us consider ourselves Irish American, not American Irish, and we all have a very deep tie to the Old Country,” she explained. The parade and beyond For Smith, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is all about family and friends. For Smith and husband Alan Cunningham they attend the parade, go to the after-party and then go for a pint. “We always go to one of the bars – Sugar House’s Fiddler’s Elbow, Central City’s Piper’s Down, or downtown’s Green Pig.” “I always go to the parade,” said Smith, who is a proud product of the Catholic school system. Smith, who grew up in Holladay, attended St. Ann’s for K-8th, and then Judge Memorial for high school. “I run into all my friends from high school, even from grade school in the parade. If we don’t see each other any other time, we will see each other at the parade.” Like the “master float-building” Clark family, Smith views St. Patrick’s Day as a family day. “We always toast my father and my grandmother, who are no longer with us.” How to celebrate at home: DIY St. Patrick’s Day from Utah pros Love the parade but are not able to make it to downtown? Or to one of the other venues? The Hibernians interviewed here have some DIY tips. For most (except Irish Protestants or “Orange Men” who wear orange), celebrating St. Patrick’s Day starts with the color green. The look Utah’s family-owned Zurchers, with six stores in the Salt Lake Valley and online shopping, offer relatively inexpensive and zany St. Patrick’s Day attire and decorations. Millcreek’s venerable Costume Closet takes elegance up a notch and also has zany aplenty.

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The nine Deseret Industries thrift stores across the valley already organize clothing items by color, making St. Patrick’s Day scouting a snap. Nail salons all across the valley do custom-nail creations, or bottled polish and face paint from a grocery store can even one-up the pro stylists for the creative DIY’er. The goodies Food is always a big element for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Smith always makes traditional Irish dishes, including Irish soda bread, paired with corned beef and cabbage. Locally, downtown’s longstanding Mrs. Backer’s Pastry Shop prides itself in its Irish soda bread, which it offers only during the “green” season. On the infinitely less authentic, but easy side? Salt Lake’s Banbury Cross offers green doughnuts, and even McDonald’s offers shamrock shakes. Irish eyes are watching Film is also a celebratory that helps commemorate the day. “There are 1,001 amazing Irish movies,” exclaimed Hibernian President Welsh-Gibson. And all the ones recommended are available through the Salt Lake City Library and Salt Lake County Library systems, for checkout. Reserve your St. Patty CDs early. Some of the recommends include: “The Quiet Man,” a 1952 film with John Wayne as an Irishman returning to his native

country. “In the Name of the Father” is a drama-thriller with political overtones starring Daniel-Day Lewis. Welsh-Gibson recommends “Michael Collins,” another politically-themed film with Liam Neeson in the title role. For chaplain-realtor Smith, watching the film “Waking Ned Devine” on St. Patrick’s Day is akin to the tradition many have of watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Christmas. “We watch it every St. Patrick’s Day,” she said of the 1998 Indie film which looks at twisted luck. But, if you can, get out and enjoy the parade — in person or virtually. Parade-professional Clark encourages those not able to go to the parade to try to “be there” virtually by having a family member or friend broadcast it live to them via “Facetime,” the way he joined the parade from San Diego. However, he is convinced once you feel the contagious energy of the parade’s “wild atmosphere,” you are going to insist on heading downtown. “You are going to look at that, and say, ‘Oh my gosh! Why aren’t I down there?’” Clark says Irish music is “a great way to feel connected to Irish culture.” His favorite way to celebrate? “Smile at people, say hello, and wish them a happy St. Patrick’s Day,” he said. “Irish people like to live up to the stereotype of being a friendly, family people. It’s the biggest day for bars, but… it is so fun for families!”l

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nless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1. Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first-aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2. Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3. Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call 911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4. Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If

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the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5. Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6. Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situation from getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars. 8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance

company will tell you to do this. Even if you are at fault and it was you to blame. This could drive your premium up or even lead to you being sued. Let the police and insurance companies determine this. 9. Call the police. While some minor accidents don’t require a report to be filed, it’s up to the discretion of the drivers in the accident to call the police. Law enforcement can take statements, get information on injuries and property damage. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. If there is a dispute, the officer will be an important testimony. 10. See a doctor. Depending on the in-

juries suffered or not, it is easy to skip this. A large financial situation has just happened with the car accident, you don’t want another one by seeing the doctor and jacking up your health costs. It’s important to consider it, or possibly speak with one. Adrenaline can be pumping after the accident and one might not notice the amount of whiplash to your neck. Symptoms can take 24 hours to appear. The warning signs include neck pain, stiffness, loss of motion in the neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and pain in the shoulders or upper back. It can be better to be safe than sorry. l

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Volleyball season set to begin- for some By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Volleyball season set to begin Caption: Copper Hills will participate in the Utah Boys Volleyball Association spring season with the crowning of a state champion in May. (Photo courtesy of Earle Fenstermaker)


nterest in boys volleyball is increasing. Copper Hills had more than 30 show up for its initial tryout, and West Jordan had lots of interest but no place to play. “At this point, we are back and forth with interest from the kids,” West Jordan boys volleyball head coach Jodi O’Farrell said. “We are not allowed to use the facility unless we rent it, and the boys do not have that kind of money to put out for that. We may not be able to have a team” Jordan School District serves approximately 54,000 students living in the communities of Bluffdale, Copperton, Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and West Jordan. Ac-

cording to district facility guidelines, space can be made available to charter school clubs to conduct meetings and events, but non-sanctioned sports clubs such as hockey, rugby, rodeo and boys volleyball are subject to rental fees for conditioning, practices and games. “It is tough that the chess club can use the library, and other clubs, including AAU (youth) teams, use the gym,” O’Farrell said. “My kids can’t afford to pay. Renting a volleyball club is $25 a boy for an hour. The issue is we have a state championship, and we have no space for my boys to practice.” The Utah Boys Volleyball Association

oversees boys club teams in the state. Boys volleyball is not a Utah High School Activities Association-sanctioned sport. County programs host the competitive high school leagues. The Salt Lake County Sports Office administers the West Jordan teams. “I think that if the boys attend the high school, it should be available for them,” O’Farrell said. “I understand that sanctioned sports should get priority, but I have seen youth basketball teams in our gym practicing. The association should step in and try to help us out.” At one point, West Jordan had 70 boys trying out for three teams. Over the past 10 years, boys volleyball participation nationally has increased by nearly 11 percent. In 2018, the National Federation of State High School Associations reported more than 60,000 participants. Copper Hills had 20 boys try out for two teams. The team practices at Providence Hall High School in Herriman. “I have coached at Copper Hills for five years,” Grizzlies head coach Earle Fenstermaker said. “I know our club team had more than 100 kids. I started playing when I was younger. My wife played at a high level. I really wish I had played growing up.” The Grizzlies will have a young team this season, only two seniors, but Fenster-

maker said he has some talented kids. “I had players last year that could have played college,” he said. “I am excited for this season.” Gavin Hiller is a senior outside hitter. Fenstermaker said it is fun to watch him play. Offense in volleyball relies on a strong setter, and sophomore Austin Shepard will fill that role. He stands 6 feet, 5 inches and is left-handed. Landon Ervin will play middle blocker. “Landon played basketball at a high level and has decided to stick with volleyball,” Fenstermaker said. “He will be really good. We will play as a team and play a quick offense. We have had some very athletic players. That has generated some buzz around our team.” Tyler Hammond graduated from Copper Hills last June and currently plays club volleyball at Utah Valley University. The UBVA runs February through May and culminates with a high school boys state championship. “These boys have a lot of passion for the sport,” O’Farrell said. :They work at it really hard. I feel it is a shame that they are not allowed to use the gymnasium. Hopefully, we can get some help and figure it out so these boys have a place.” l

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Referees say respect, good manners win the game By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

The last week of January, basketball officials wore blue arm bands to point out the need for improved sportsmanship from coaches and athletes but especially from fans and parents. (Greg James/City Journals)


asketball referees around the state wore blue arm bands the last week of January to emphasize good sportsmanship to fans, players and coaches. They’ve witnessed poor sportsmanship rearing its ugly head at many games. One seasoned referee said after finishing a hotly contested game a group of fans followed him to his car. The entire way the fans made it clear they thought he was not good at his job in loud overtones. He was threatened

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and eventually, he called the police to make sure he could get home safely. “I did what I should not have,” said the referee who wished to remain anonymous. “I turned to the fans as they were heckling me and said, ‘This is why there will come a time when there will not be anyone here to referee these games.’ I had enough that night.” The Utah High School Activities Association has seen a 2 percent decline in the number of referees this year. Statewide refer-

ee associations declared Jan. 28 through Feb. 2 as sportsmanship week. The participating officials wore blue wrist bands to remind fans, players and coaches of the need for civility and respect in the game. “This has become an ongoing concern,” Utah County referee association President Stuart Dean said. “We have had a lot more situations with fans, parents and coaches that have arisen because of a deterioration in sportsmanship. Unfortunately, this is problematic not only here but nationally.” In a National Association of Officials (naso.org) survey, 57 percent of respondents believe sportsmanship is getting worse. Good behavior is more than interaction with the officials. It comes from how opponents are treated and what the cheering is like. According the same survey, 59 percent of poor sportsmanship is from the parents and fans. “I generally do not think the players and coaches have had a big issue,” Dean said. “It is really with fans and parents. They have taken a license to abuse officials. That is where this has gotten out of hand.” A recent study by the Stanford Children’s Hospital emphasized things parents can do to encourage better sportsmanship. It includes avoid arguing, playing fair, following directions, respecting the other team, encouraging the team and respecting the offi-

cials’ decisions. “We take our role seriously,” Dean said. “There is testing, evaluations and orientation. We start the year by going to rules clinics. We have meetings five times during the season. We talk about how we can become better professionals. How can we handle things on the court. We work hard at that.” Dean said the best officials are good communicators. “I was working with an official when I was up-and-coming, and I remember my partner telling a coach, ‘I am sorry if I missed that call. I will work hard to get it right next time.’ Those are things that make our role better,” Dean said. “We are down 400 officials from six years ago. We have seen the impact in the sub-varsity games.” This is the start of something that could continue to happen every year. The UHSAA has received inquiries from schools and administrators hoping to participate more fully. “This is a call to draw attention to the issue,” Dean said. “By and large, the coaches in this state are very good. They are very competitive, but they know what their job is. This has been a cultural shift. There has been times I can’t believe what I’m hearing. It crosses the line.” l

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Women’s Leadership Institute encourages Utah women to ‘Step Up and Run’ By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

Make a difference in your community by stepping up and running for office.” That is the straightforward pitch of Utah’s Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), an innovative organization whose class of more than 40 women politicians and public servants graduated last month. This year’s class was honored Feb. 7 at the Capitol on the floor of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives. This new cohort of women becomes a leadership force of more than 160 women who have completed the six-month, bipartisan training, covering everything from campaign finance to canvassing. Five of Utah’s mayors, (including Provo City’s first female mayor), two county commissioners, and multiple city council members are among the graduates. ‘Cultural Urgency’ for governing differently The WLI Political Development Series, which has been running since 2015, now, more than ever has “cultural urgency,” said Patricia Jones, WLI chief executive officer. This cultural urgency can be seen on topics such as education funding, an issue of particular concern to women. The 2016 New York Times article “Women Actually Do Govern Differently” articulates this point. “Women govern differently than men do in some important ways. They tend to be more collaborative and bipartisan [and] push for far more policies meant to support women, children, [and] social welfare.” But these bills are also more likely to die, largely because of gender bias, research shows. Women in Congress sponsor and co-sponsor more bills than men do, and bring nine percent more federal money to their districts, according to a study in the “American Journal of Political Science.” A 2018 “Political Science Research and

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Methods” study of more than 150,000 public bills introduced to the national legislature between 1973 and 2014 found that women were significantly more likely than men to sponsor bills in areas like civil rights, health and education. Men were more likely to sponsor bills in agriculture, energy and macroeconomics. “I think that we were actually ahead of our time with encouraging women to run for office,” observed Jones. Jones, who served 14 years in the Utah Senate and House of Representatives, was herself ahead of her time and now has helped mentor some of the women comprising Utah’s legislature, which has more women than ever before. While serving in the legislature, Jones’s sponsorship of funding to teach Utah high school students about personal finance is an example of what WLI does well – help women learn how to advance their unique, passionate perspectives through politics. (Thanks to Jones’ successful program, Utah is the only state in the United States credited by Yahoo Finance in 2018 as receiving an “A+” for preparing students with financial literacy.) The Women’s Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures reports that in 2019 women comprise 28.5 percent of all state legislators nationwide, an increase of 25.3 percent, and the most women elected at one time. Utah’s current legislature is 24 percent female – with 25 of 104 lawmakers being women. According to 2017 research by the Utah Women & Leadership Project, 24.1 percent of all council members in Utah municipalities are female. Stepping up to run and to encourage “These women are committed to run for office. Or at the very least make a difference in their communities,” Jones explained.

Jones went on to describe this year’s class as an extremely diverse group comprised of single moms, women of color, and women with disabilities. “These are women who represent our state and are willing to step up and run.” “Stepping up” is not just for women, Jones is quick to point out. Men mentoring women is part of WLI’s ElevateHER Challenge. “We encourage men and women to mentor each other and also to encourage women they know to run for office,” said Jones. Jones makes the pitch personal, actionable. “If you have a co-worker, neighbor, or family member who would be great — reach out and encourage them. Just like every other piece of advancement, supportive men are a critical component of women who run and end up winning in political office. “Helping women and men understand the value of gender diversity in business and politics has really become a critical piece of what we do. Not because it’s the ‘nice’ thing to do, but because it’s what can bring a return on investment rapidly. We need women’s voices and we need them at every level.” Women leaders: A gubernatorial mandate Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox has served on the board of directors for WLI the past five years. He joined WLI CEO Jones in presenting this year’s class with certificates of accomplishment at the Capitol. The City Journals asked the lieutenant governor how he sees his role – and that of the Governor – in helping Utah women engage and be enabled to make a difference in Utah politics. “Women need to know that they are needed at the highest levels. The Governor and I are committed to speaking up on this as often as we can,” he said.

Cox says he is familiar with dozens of women who have completed the training series. “I’m proud that many have gone on to run for office and earn leadership roles in business. This training provides them with skills and resources to make those leaps forward, and the opportunity to meet other strong women with the same drive and passion to make a difference.” Cox observed that, historically, Utah’s legislature “has not very many women.” “I am happy to see that changing — even though it is perhaps still changing too slowly,” he said. The new WLI graduates, he says, “represent what Utah has to offer by way of outstanding public leaders in years to come. I am encouraged by their desire to serve. They are prepared, and committed, to improving their world and our great state, and we are proud of their efforts.” How to step up There is already a waiting list for WLI’s 2019 training, which is scheduled to start September 2019. Interested women can join the list at www.wliut.com/pds. The 2018 cost was $179 for the six, three-hour sessions, which all included lunch. Sessions were alternatingly held at the Salt Lake Chamber and at Silicon Slopes, with live streaming available for those not able to attend in person. In addition to the Women’s Leadership Institute, Salt Lake Valley women might consider the national She Should Run organization (https://www.sheshouldrun.org/). Real Women Run (https://www.ywcautah.org/real-women-run/) is a local YWCA program tailored for women more in the beginnings of political interests and often collaborates with WLI. l

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March 2019 | Vol. 19 Iss. 03


WEST JORDAN CITY COUNCIL CONTINUES TO WAIVE FEES By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com


n 2018, the West Jordan City Council waived more than a dozen city fees. Fees are normally collected when a large group uses city property, such as park space. Sometimes, fees were waived in return for services provided to the city. For example, the Cal Ripken Baseball League was granted a fee waiver worth $14,000, but in return the League promised to construct awnings over four sets of bleachers worth more than $10,000. One of the first waived fees in 2019 came with no promised return. The Jordan Education Foundation requested the council to waive the $5,989 fee for its use of Veterans Memorial Park for its annual fun run in May. City leaders have waived this fee every year since the fundraiser began. Jason Casto, volunteer board member for Jordan Education Foundation, outlined where the waived funds would go in their organization. “Two things that this race contributes to is, one, the principal’s pantry program; the other one would be cash for classrooms, a teacher-requested grant program,” Casto said. Councilmember Kayleen Whitelock has consistently been opposed to fee waivers from her first month in office. “We’re constantly waiving fees, and it seems to be the same players that come year after year,” she said. “I think the reason is that other cities don’t waive the fees.” While Whitelock is in favor of these special groups operations and supports their ideals, she hesitates when it comes to spending resident tax money on them. “It’s not my money that I’m waiving, it’s the citizens,” she said. “I really need to know what the return on investment is. I don’t really see it. I just don’t see that these events pull people into shop at our establishments.” West Jordan allows for 1 percent of the gross budget to be spent on charitable giving. officials track and record each waived fee to ensure that 1 percent is not exceeded. Interim Park Director David Naylor said city leaders tracks all of the waived fees. “We don’t have a cost analysis as far as return, but as staff, when we run our waiver of fees, we do track every waiver of fee that is passed through council to meet that 1 percent to make sure we don’t violate that on the parks end of things,” Naylor said. “Obviously, there are other fee waivers that do come to you.” Councilmember Chad Lamb has less hesitation when waiving fees. “I don’t look at this as an ROI (Return on Investment)

One percent of West Jordan City’s budget is available for charitable uses. The city regularly waives fees for some parks use that use some of this money. (Pixabay)

or what does it bring into our community; it’s a donation to this foundation,” Lamb said. “We don’t give them a monetary donation; we’re giving them the opportunity to come to our city. But if there are issues with cleanup afterward, that would be my only concern.” Naylor addressed the cleanup issue. “We’re working with Jason Casto, and he’s ensured us that he’s going to be a great steward,” Naylor said. There are other ways that council aids special interest groups. Office space in city hall is leased for free to South Valley Sanctuary, Inc. The space is worth $425 a month, but the organization is granted use for free for counseling and case management.

In 2018, South Valley Sanctuary served 227 West Jordan residents in the West Jordan City Hall. Executive Director Jenn Campbell expressed her appreciation to the council for the gifted space. “It’s a wonderful message that you’re sharing with the city that domestic violence will impact one in three women and one in four men in your state,” Campbell said. “We see the difference that this makes in your communities and in the lives that we serve.” Check out westjordanjournal.com for two articles on fee waiving from last year for more information. l

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