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NO. 1 PLACE IN DISTRICT WITH ALL TIME LOW TARDY RATE By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


oel P. Jensen Middle School holds the record for the lowest tardy rate in Jordan School District, averaging 2.4 tardies per student last year. Compare that to the district average of 10.5 tardies per student. According to Brooke Anderson at Jordan District, JPJMS’s tardy rate is half that of the next-lowest school’s rate. “Joel P. Jensen Middle School is the gold standard when it comes to getting students in class on time and teaching bellto-bell,” said Principal Bryan Leggat. “We’ve had this program working for us for about five years now, and our culture is such that kids just aren’t really late to class anymore.” What’s the secret? Administrators conduct a tardy sweep, every single period, every single day. When the tardy bell rings, teachers close their classroom doors, locking out late students. Tardy students report to an assistant principal to receive an in-school suspension before they are allowed into class. “It takes a lot of consistency and some good assistant principals, hall monitors and teachers all working towardthe same cause,” Leggat said. “We’re already behind with our reading scores and other scores. We cannot afford to even give up one minute of class time to kids just kind of straggling in.” Even with 900 students, only a few are late to class on any given day. “The kids recognize really quickly that all of their friends are in class,” Leggat said. “They don’t really have anyone to socialize with anyway, so they might as well just be in class, Hallways are empty once class starts. (Photo courtesy Joel P. Jensen Middle School) so they don’t have to do the discipline.” Continued page 11 Leggat said the program took

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West Jordan Council denies development that was approved by Planning Commission By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com


ometimes, the planning commission recommendations are followed. Sometimes they are not. An applicant submitted to city leaders a plan to put five houses on land that currently allows for four. This would require a rezone. Lisa Elgin, West Jordan associate planner, said, “The Eagle’s Nest rezone is a request to rezone the 3.69 acres right across from Dunford Bakers. [T]he applicant is proposing they be rezoned from 1-acre lots to basically half-acre lots. It is currently located in the general plan designation, which allows for both of those zone districts. It meets all of our requirements so staff recommends approval.” Councilmember Chris McConnehey was concerned that the zone change would upset the current neighborhood plan. “The conflict in my mind is how this would not be considered spot zoning,” he said. “We’ve stated elsewhere in our master plan that we want to avoid that. If we do something on this particular parcel, how is that not taking away from the integrity of the existing neighborhood.” Scott Langford, West Jordan Development Services director agreed, but also had another perspective to add. “I see your perspective Councilman McConnehey. This would inject a smaller lot size within the greater neighborhood, but when we look at items such as spot zoning we refer back to the general plan,” he said. “Both zones fit within that designation and are therefore compatible. When we look at spot zoning, we look at mainly the jarring transition.” Councilmember Alan Anderson was also apprehensive about this proposal. “I get that they both fit, but we have


long, large lots, and we’ve got this 3-acre lot with four significantly smaller lots in my view,” he said. “While it may fit in the zoning, I still question that it’s not spot zoning.” Councilmember Kayleen Whitelock thought that this could open doors for more similar proposals. “I think it’s a legitimate concern of the neighborhood that once you’ve done it on one, then it will snowball,” she said. “Pretty soon, we won’t have in West Jordan very low-density, rural areas any longer. I think that’s part of what makes West Jordan West Jordan, is we have these pockets that people can enjoy a large area of land and I like that.” Langford maintained that pros and cons of change are a matter of perspective and that ultimately it was a decision of the council. “Could you call this infill development? Absolutely,” he said. “Could you call this spot zoning? Absolutely. It’s just a matter of how you define it. Land, it’s a finite resource. It’s a precious resource for West Jordan residents and the city, and we need to look at highest and best use. For some, it’s not achieving its highest and best use. There is a lot of unused or undervalued property. For some, this could be the fantastic variety that makes West Jordan West Jordan, so it’s all perspective and it’s very subjective.” Langford added more on the subject. “And that’s why in my opinion, there’s not a right or wrong decision; it’s all about what you feel is best for this neighborhood and that’s what makes it a legislative act,” Langford said. The final vote tally was as follows: McConnehey, no; Burton, yes; Whitelock, no; Lisa Elgin, West Jordan Planner, addressed council about a proposed zoning change. (Erin Dixon/City JourRiding, yes; Anderson, no; Lamb, no. The nals) resolution failed two to four. l




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rom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 31, participants at the Viridian Events Center’s annual Chalk the Walk festival crouched over their sidewalk art projects. Artists had to register in advance to reserve their square of cement, but anyone—regardless of age or skill level—was invited to participate. Chalk art festivals have popped up all over the state. Just this year, they occurred at the Gateway, Hogle Zoo and other places. Taylor Allen, event coordinator for library’s Viridian Events Center, participated in something similar in high school, and she wanted to bring it to the library. Chalk the Walk, now in its third year, offers about 40 spaces every year for artists, and they fill up quickly. Registration opened the first weekend of June this year. But library public relations coordinator Tavin Stucki reports they had to scale back event promotion because spots went so fast. There are always a few that drop out, Allen said, so they also keep a waitlist. This year’s event offered five walk-up spots for day-of registration, which were also filled. Overall, 80 to 90 participants got to show off their skills at this year’s Chalk the Walk. This included lots of all-ages teams, as well as an unprecedented number of teens. Many artists are returning participants. Camille Grimshaw, an artist who has participated in local chalk art festivals for 15 years, said one thing she likes about the library’s Chalk the Walk is that it’s a free showcase that doesn’t expect the artists to “front the cost of the thing.” Other festivals seem to “nickel and dime the artist.” But for Allen, it was important to make this festival as accessible as possible for the public by ensuring that nobody had to pay to register. “That way everyone gets an opportunity,” Allen said.” Removing the obstacle of participation fees makes this event welcoming to artists just looking to give themselves a challenge. Children, teens and teams are welcome to participate, which means that several of the pieces were completed by families working together. Prizes were awarded in each age group as well as in solo and team categories. Also, learning and experimentation are welcome. “Every time I come to a festival, I learn something new,” Grimshaw, a former middle school art teacher, says. “I always think I know it all, and then someone shows up with something like cat litter and uses that. And then I’m

The Grimshaw family’s award-winning chalk art piece. (Alison Brimley/City Journals)

like, OK, now I know how to use cat litter in chalk art.” Natalie Pope, a teen competitor, got involved in chalk art a few years ago when Grimshaw invited her to participate in a South Jordan chalk art competition. There, Natalie received a “five-minute crash course” from Grimshaw. Then she got to work on her piece: a chalk replication of a photograph she’d taken on an earlier hiking trip. It earned her first place. Natalie’s mother, Lori Pope, got into chalk art herself later, and now it’s a family affair. “It took me a long time, but I’ve gotten a lot better in the last year,” Lori Pope said. At Chalk the Walk, she worked on a “Star Wars”/“Peanuts”– themed piece with her friend Sarah Gardiner, while Natalie worked with her brother. However, the challenges of working in chalk threatened to tear the Pope siblings apart, Lori Pope joked. “We didn’t cook the sugar water thick enough for chalk to stick,” she said. When working in sealed concrete, like the library has, the chalk can wipe right off unless artists use something to affix it. Sugar water is just one option. Grimshaw agreed on the challenges posed by sealed concrete, but said, “Everyone’s so inventive and creative that they always come up with different things to help them solve problems. Because when you’re on the sidewalk

you’re dealing with tracks, you’re dealing with gum, you’re dealing with grease.” For artists, this is just one of the things that draws them to this art form in the first place. It’s challenging, it’s physical, and it invites innovation and collaboration. And the fact that pieces are created over the course of a full day while onlookers watch means that it’s a performing art as much as it is a visual art. At the awards ceremony that finished off the event, Grimshaw’s team was given the People’s Choice award, based on votes from attendees. Their piece, a convincing replication of the cover art for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” was just one of several literary-themed pieces—fitting for a library event. Other prizes were awarded based on judge evaluations. Winners in each category were: Youth, Athena Starr; Teen, Isabelle Ashton; Adult, Brittany Shelper; Adult Team, Josh and Zach Gray; and all-ages team, Team Warner. Honorable mentions went to Team Rasmussen and Team Hammack. A small cash prize was awarded to each winner. “Yes, we give prizes, but it’s really just a for-fun type of thing,” Stucki says. “We know this community has so many talented artists, and we wanted to give them a place to express themselves.” l

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Parenting leaving you at a loss? Try some love and logic By Alison Brimley | a.brimley@mycityjournals.com

Heather McCall instructs parents during the final session of her class, “Parenting the Love and Logic Way,” at the Viridan events center. (Alison Brimley/City Journals)


n her classroom on the top floor of the West Jordan library, Heather McCall asks her class of seven adults about their successes and failures implementing what they learned in last week’s class. One shares a victory: A normally uncooperative 6 year old took a bath without protest when offered a choice between upstairs or downstairs bathroom. Another shares how he helped a child take responsibility for fixing his bike. Another, though, reports that the child she tried her new skills on “totally outsmarted” her. When she tried offering two choices, the 11 year old snapped back, “Did you learn that in your parenting class?” Indeed she did. The class McCall teaches, titled “Parenting the Love and Logic Way,” is based on the research of Jim Fay,

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Charles Fay and Foster Cline. It’s been around since the 1970s and has even been used by Bill and Melinda Gates. “The reason we chose Love and Logic is because it’s evidence-based,” McCall said. “It has research behind it, so we know that it works for most kids, most of the time.” The aim of the program is to help parents help children take responsibility for their own problems, thereby easing some of the stresses of parenthood and raising successful kids. When class begins, a slide at the front of the room reads, “When we solve all of our children’s problems, they become insecure and resentful.” The next slide proclaims the inverse of this rule: “When we guide them toward solving their own problems, they become secure and respectful.” A five-step process for helping children

handle problems includes tactics like these: First, respond with empathy instead of discounting the problem. Then, “hand the problem back” by saying something like, “How do you think you are going to handle this?” If they have some ideas, parents will talk about those solutions. If they don’t have ideas, parents are encouraged to always ask permission before offering solutions to a problem. Most important, though, is to let the child make choices and let them live with the consequences of their choices. McCall, a Certified Family Life Educator with Utah State University, has been teaching classes like this since 2012. They are offered at no charge at the Viridian and dozens of other locations across the state. Besides parenting classes, other classes offered include “Couple LINKS” and “How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk or Jerkette.” The classes are held one night per week for two hours, and each session lasts four weeks. Then, a new session begins. Students get workbooks to guide them, and as they enter the classroom, they snack on chips and salsa laid out on a table at the entrance. Some parents come with partners, and others come alone. The small class size creates an intimate feeling and allows students plenty of time to talk to their instructor about specific problems. McCall teaches both daylong and evening sessions, and altogether she instructs hundreds of people each month. She enjoys the evening sessions like the ones held at the library because they give her students a chance to go home, practice what they’ve learned in class and come back with stories of how they applied what they learned and more questions. A good portion of class time is devoted to letting parents ask questions about some of their children’s most frustrating behaviors. In responding to them, McCall imple-

A father and his daughter. “Parenting the Love and Logic Way,” a class offered through the Utah State University extension, teaches research-based parenting skills at no cost. (Caroline Hernandez/Unsplash. com)

ments some of the strategies Love and Logic encourages parents to use when their own children need help. Before suggesting any solutions, she takes time to validate their concerns with empathy. “That is really hard,” she said sincerely when one parent airs a frustration. The parents in August’s session had kids ranging from 3 months old to 17 years. McCall said the lessons learned here can help with kids of any age. “I would recommend people with younger kids come, because you’re going to have better success long term, but I have lots of people who come with older kids or adolescents, and it can still be effective,” McCall said. “But the earlier you come, the better.” Mary and Nick Anzer heard about the class on the library’s website. Since their child is 2, they have yet to encounter some of the more perplexing problems parents of older kids and adolescents deal with. But, Mary Anzer said what they’ve learned has helped them “to be laying a foundation now, so that as he’s getting older, we already have some of the stuff buzzing around in our heads.” And Nick Anzer was quick to add, “Heather is awesome.” l

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Four straight sets Copper Hills record By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he beginning of the football season for Copper Hills has been like no other. Winning their first four games has never happened in school history. In 2008 the Grizzlies began the season by winning three straight and then fell to Pleasant Grove. This year they took one step farther and defeated Providence Hall 49-6 for the school record. “We are still trying to learn how to win,” Grizzlies head coach Corey Dodds said. “We need to know how to play well in sequential weeks.” This is only the third time the team has attained a three-game winning streak; 2001 and 2008 were the others. “Our confidence is much better than in years past, but like I have said these guys need to learn how to put together better weeks and clean weeks and then be more discipline,” Dodds said. The confidence of winning is important to the underclassmen on the team. “We are just young; we played a team like Hillcrest, and even though they are having a down year, they do not give up; they will fight,” Dodds said. “I warned my guys. It shocked the kids a little bit. We have a really strong region and will need to learn how to win.”

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At quarterback, sophomore Cody Lazenby has completed 50% of his passes and has six touchdowns. “I feel like I could be better on my passing,” Lazenby said. “I feel good about how we have played. They were stacking the box (in the Hillcrest game), so we threw it outside and opened it up. I know we have some tough games coming up.” Dodds has incorporated a simple offense that takes advantage of what the defense is

giving them. Against Hillcrest the Huskies stacked the middle of the field with eight defenders, so Lazenby found junior Tommy Peake in the slot five times for 52 yards, opening the middle for the run game to become effective. Standing at 5-foot-11, Peake relates to a well-known University of Utah receiver. “I am like Britain Covey,” he said after the Hillcrest victory. “I feel like I run my routes very good like him. This season has been

very good, but we have some tough games coming up.” The Grizzlies are scheduled to face three of the Deseret News top 10 teams to finish its season. They travel to East and Riverton (after press deadline) before returning home to host Jordan, Friday, Oct. 4. They will finish the season at Herriman and hosting Bingham, Oct. 11 and 18, respectively. The Utah High School Activities Association reorganized its region alignments this season. The Grizzlies will face its opponents from Region 3, but their finish will not determine its positioning in the state tournament. A new rating performance index will seed all teams into the final tournament. “We started off slow,” Dodds said. “I could tell from our warm-ups that we had a hangover from our week one victory. Our offense has kept it simple and have worked to take care of the ball.” Daniel Gonzalez has carried the ball 29 times mid-way through the season for 226 yards and four touchdowns. His counterpart, junior Marley Mauha, added 214 yards on the ground and six touchdowns through the first four games. Copper Hills saw its streak end Sept.13 with a 31-0 home loss to Juan Diego. l



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What the school bus driver wants you to know By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

What do the flashing yellow lights mean?

“Yellow flashing lights is a warning. Be careful. That’s what drivers will do a couple hundred feet before their stop to help people be aware that they are going to be stopping soon.” She said to treat it like a yellow light in an intersection and prepare to stop.

Should I always stop for the flashing red stop sign?

Flashing red lights or stop sign (called a stop arm) extended from a bus means stop— most of the time. But there are different rules depending on what kind of road you are on. If the road has a physical barrier dividing traffic or if it has two or more lanes going each way plus a turn lane, the bus will drop kids off on both sides of street separately so none should be crossing the street. “If there’s a bus stopped on Redwood Road (or similar road), all the traffic going the same direction as the bus needs to stop. All the traffic going the opposite direction is supposed to slow down to 20 mph as if it were a school zone.” On smaller roads, such as 4000 West, all traffic in both directions must stop and wait until the stop arm is folded in before proceedWhat parents don’t know about bus safety can put their children in danger. (Jet Burnham/City Journals) ing. Shaw believes when parents, children s the mother of seven children ages 3 to Getting off the bus: and drivers all know, understand and follow 23, West Jordan resident Ruth Shaw has “Kids need to walk out to the sidewalk the rules, accidents can be prevented. spent at a lot of time watching her kids get on or 10 feet away from the bus. And then, if and off the school bus. She thought she knew they need to cross in front of the bus, they What is the school’s role in bus safety? Paul Bergera, director of transportation how to keep them safe. However, when she should walk about 10 feet in front of the bus. was trained as a school bus driver, she was Then, they walk halfway across the street— for Jordan District, said safety training is resurprised by how much she didn’t know. to the edge of the bus—to stop and wait for quired for drivers annually, and students are “I learned a lot of the procedures, and the bus driver to check all the mirrors, make taught bus safety during assemblies during then I watched my kids and realized how sure there’s no traffic coming and then give the first few weeks of the school year. A new bus safety video was released last month and unsafe they were being,” Shaw said. “I think them the OK sign.” parents are the best advocates for keeping Never seen the OK sign? It’s an index can be found on jordandistrict.org. “Bus safety is something that we all their kids safe.” finger pointing in the direction it is safe to take very seriously,” Bergera said. “We all For Bus Safety month this October, walk. are trying to get as much information out to Shaw is sharing what she has learned to help Dangers around a stopped bus: our communities as we can on how to be safother parents keep their kids safe. “I learned how dangerous it is for kids to er drivers and to look out for school buses. Getting on the bus: be too close to the wheels. We have mirrors “I wish that I would have known that in front so that we can see what’s in front of They’re pretty hard to miss. They’re big and kids should never start walking up to the bus the bus. But kids are small, and they’re quick. yellow. Just know that when you’re driving until the driver opens the door. That gives If a child dropped something under the bus around a school bus, it’s potentially going to the driver a chance to make sure that all the and decided to go grab it, that could be po- make a stop so be aware.” Just like kids, parents need a reminder of cars are stopping that should stop and that no tentially fatal.” the reason for the rules. one’s going to buzz past him.” Shaw said care must be taken even “Everybody’s in a hurry; everybody around parked buses or before school lets wants to get from point A to point B,” Bergera On the bus: “While on the bus, kids like to try and out, when a driver might not be on alert for said. “But we just really have to think about stand up or turn around sideways. One time, kids who are where they’re not expected to the repercussions of what would happen if a I had a kid that actually crawled between the be. student was hit or if a student was injured.” back seat and the back-window emergency Consistent message: PTA organizations also help educate exit.” Shaw believes when everyone knows families during Safety Week, commonly “My kids want to know the why about the procedures, kids won’t get competing in- known as Green Ribbon Week. everything. I find it’s best to explain the structions from parents and bus drivers. ConNational Safety Week is Oct. 21–25. reason behind rules. I tell the kids there’s a flicting information puts children at risk and “We recognize it’s a week, but we want reason why you should sit flat on your butt can be a factor in a fatal accident. people to be cognizant of bus safety yearand face forward—because you don’t have “Accidents happen. And you know, a round,” Bergera said. “With the exception of seatbelts in the bus. So, if there’s an accident, child just doesn’t stand a chance against a a few months during the summer, it’s a big that’s what keeps you safe.” part of our lives, especially in our morning huge bus.” and afternoon traffic.” l


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CATCHING THE RULE BREAKERS: So how often do drivers illegally pass and drive too fast around school buses? “I would say pretty frequently,” said bus driver Ruth Shaw. “I’ve had several drivers just drive right past even though I have the stop signs out.” The Utah Board of Education regularly collects information about safety violations. For one day in March, 1,661 Utah school bus drivers noted how many drivers passed their bus illegally. They recorded 917 violations in a single day. More than half were from cars traveling in the same direction as the bus, meaning they passed the bus when their view of children crossing the street was blocked. Law enforcement catches many of the violators, but they can’t be everywhere. Fortunately, school districts are starting to empower drivers to catch law-breakers in the act. “We have cameras on our school buses that will catch people who violate stop arms and who run through them,” said Paul Bergera, director of transportation for Jordan School District. He said footage showing clear video evidence of violations are referred to local law enforcement agencies. Bergera said sometimes, with details provided by the video, officers have been able to track down drivers at their place of employment to issue them their ticket shortly after the infraction.

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Continued from front page a few years to really catch on. In 2010, JPJMS’s 770 students had 45,000 tardies. “I don’t know if that’s even mathematically possible but that’s how many on paper they had,” Leggat said. He began surprising students with random tardy sweeps a few times a week. The number of tardies went down almost 50%. “We were about 25,000 tardies, which is still so horrible—very embarrassing at this point,” Leggat said. It was only when administrators set up consistent, hourly sweeps, that the tardy rate went down 90%. “We’ve gone from my first year with 25,000 tardies to 2,500 tardies,” Leggat said. Teachers expect all students to be on time, so they begin teaching the moment the bell rings. “Starting class right at the bell sends students the message that class time is important and cannot be wasted,” said math teacher Cynthia Horrocks. “When they arrive in class on time and are ready to work, I can make better use of class time.” Paige Dayley, language arts teacher, said teaching bell-to-bell requires her to engage students in work the moment class starts and throughout the entire class period. “It takes a little bit of effort to plan for the odd bits of time at the end of a lesson, but I definitely feel it’s worth it,” she said. “Students know that they need to be in class, and they take it seriously.”

Dayley is impressed with the administration’s thoughtful and effective policies. “I’ve had the chance to see four schools across four different districts, and I can say, hands down, that the administration at this school is the hardest working administration I’ve ever worked with,” she said. In his eight years at JPJMS, Leggat has targeted other big issues. More than half of incoming seventh graders are reading below grade level. By improving the school’s reading program, students are gaining three to five reading levels in just one year. Through programs such as Z.A.P.! (Zeroes Aren’t Permitted), Catch-Up Lunch and academic tracking, the number of students passing all of their classes rose from 63% in 2011 to 87% in 2019. The next deficiency to be addressed is numeracy. This year’s goal is for 85% of students to demonstrate proficiency of multiplication facts. “Many of them knew them at one point in time, but they just have not had to use them in a few years because of calculators,” Leggat said. “So, we’re just hoping to bring that knowledge back to them or create it for the first time for those that have never learned those times tables.” Math teachers are thrilled with their administration’s support for this much-needed focus on basic skills. “Memorizing math facts and being able to access them quickly makes the process of learning new skills much easier,” said Hor-

rocks. “Students who don’t have their math facts memorized have to focus on the math fact rather than the process of solving an equation. If they get the math fact wrong, which will lead to a wrong answer, they often think that they don’t know how to correctly solve an equation when, in fact, they do.” Each problem Leggat tackles and each program he initiates brings him closer to his ultimate goal: overturning the once-negative reputation of the school. What’s next? He wants to improve attendance rates. “I’m proud to work alongside awesome adults at Joel P. Jensen and with great students that are also trying to have a great middle school experience,” Leggat said.. l

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West Jordan grad completes the triple-crown of open-water swimming By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


n just over nine hours, Chad Starks finished a feat that only three other Utahns have ever done. He finished the triple crown of open water by taking a dip under 20 New York bridges. Starks is officially the 223rd person to earn the open-water triple crown. He swam the English Channel in 2015 and to Catalina Island in 2016. He is the third Utahn to complete the task. Gordon Gridley and Joelle Beard did so in 2014. “For the most part, the training was the same as my past big swims.” Starks said. “The big surprise was the water temperature was 76 degrees. I had been training in cold water, so that was definitely something I had to deal with throughout the whole swim.” The New York leg of the swim is 28 ½ miles and passes under 20 bridges. It starts at Pier A in battery park. The trek includes passage in the East, Harlem and Hudson rivers. The New York Open Water association governs the events and coordinates observers (officials), boater (with two passengers) and a kayaker. The experience costs $3,000. He was among 16 other swimmers that day. “Boat traffic, freighters and regular cruise ships were the obstacles this time. I did see some jellyfish this time,” Starks said. He ran into a floating toolbox near the

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beginning of the swim. Gridley said they thought it was a briefcase when they first spotted it. Gridly was able to pace swim with him in the Hudson and he said the water tasted like diluted diesel fuel, reviving memories of when he completed his triple crown. During his Catalina swim he was circled by a large thresher shark and swam with dolphins. He spent mornings and afternoons training at Jordanelle and Deer Creek reservoirs. The ocean current was not something he could simulate in the Utah lakes. “Ninety percent of the swim was current assisted, but where the currents collided made for some serious chop (waves),” he said. ”Also, the boat traffic made this swim interesting.” Starks graduated from West Jordan High School in 1991. He currently resides in Sandy and is an assistant coach with the Jordan High School swim team. He is also a member of Salt Lake Open Water. The club supports open-water racing and the triple crown of Utah lakes. The Utah triple crown includes swimming the width of Bear Lake, the Great Salt Lake swim from Antelope Island to Black Rock and the length of Deer Creek Reservoir. Starks has completed the Utah triple crown several times. “I have had lots of support while train-

Chad Starks in the water his protective kayaker swimming the East River, part of this journey around Manhattan. (Photo courtesy of Chad Starks)

ing and during my time in New York,” he said. “Gordon [Gridley] was there, my good friend Josh and my mom in the boat. Then my whole family followed around the island as I swam.” Starks and Gridley trained by swimming 20 to 25 miles a week. “He is a genuine hero,” Gridley said. “He puts others before himself. He literally saved my life. He is humble and does not let his accomplishments get to his ego. I love him like a brother. It takes lots of support from family and friends to do this. Without that, it would not be possible. It is not cheap either. It takes a lot of money, so the financial pressure is huge once you have decided to go all in. There aren’t groups of people willing to have the drive to do the monotonous train-

Swimmers from around the globe are awarded the 20 bridges medal for completing the trek around Manhattan. (Photo courtesy of Chad Starks)

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‘Kids’ walk all over teachers By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


oga can be a peaceful experience. But for teachers at Columbia Elementary, there were too many “kids” climbing all over them to be able to relax. The “kids,” which were actually baby goats, were part of the goat yoga session arranged by their principal Abe Yospe, who loves goats. “This is a very stressful time of the year for our teachers as they get ready for the new year,” Yospe said. “So, to have a 40-minute block where they can just get together, bond and have just a good time—it’s a great start.” A yoga instructor guided the staff members through poses to help reduce their stress levels as they prepared for the first day of school. But there was more laughter than deep breathing during the hourlong session which took place in the school gym. “I knew it wouldn’t be exactly a Zen place,” said Tiffany Jessop, who was trying to relax before facing a new batch of kindergarteners the following week while her colleagues squealed in the background. A few faculty members were hesitant to let the hooved animals jump on them, but even the spectators got an abdominal workout, laughing at the antics of the goats. Eight goats scrambled on and off the participants’ backs and outstretched limbs. The animals nibbled on their hair ties and water bottles, and randomly urinated on their yoga mats.

Yospe said the class was even funnier than he thought it was going to be. “You’ve got to try it at least once,” Yospe said. “You’ll laugh harder than you’ve probably ever laughed.” Yopse said it was one of the best professional development days they’ve had at Columbia. “The goats felt so good on your back,” he said. “And then the laughter that we had just added to the whole experience. It was just so much fun. My favorite part was seeing my faculty bond and laugh together.” Paige Hamblin, a manager at Utah Goga Guys, said the goat yoga—or goga—classes are meant to be fun and interactive. “We don’t promote any sort of Zen-feel in the class,” Hamblin said. “We want people to scream and laugh and have a good time. That’s what they’re here for—just to help people forget about everything other than the goats and stretching out and trying to relax.” She said animal therapy also enhances the experience. “Especially around here, not a lot of people get a lot of interaction with farm animals,” she said. The teachers had fun interacting with the goats, taking their pictures and feeding them graham crackers. The goats are not trained in any way to enhance the yoga experience, said Hamblin.

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Preventing High Density Housing Explosion Mayor Riding spoke out against the Olympia Hills Development, a back room deal that would have dumped 6,500 high density homes near West Jordan, increasing traffic congestion.

Solving Traffic Jams Reducing traffic congestion is a top priority for Mayor Riding. He has championed significant traffic improvements and will continue to make commuting better and safer.

Creating Jobs to Keep Taxes Low As a former small business owner, Mayor Riding understands the value of hard work and treating employees well. He has recruited top-tier employers to create local, high-paying jobs to keep our taxes low.

“My wife and I have known Jim Riding for more than 15 years. You can count on him to follow through on his promises and work for the common good. With the new form of government, our city needs someone who has the experience and forward thinking abilities that he possesses.” –Kevin Mertin West Jordan Resident West Jordan Fire Department, Retired

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A Message from Interim City Clerk Jamie Brooks

General Election Ballot Candidates

If you turn on the news in your home tonight, it’s likely you will hear at least one story about the 2020 presidential election. While presidential campaigns tend to get the most media attention, the president doesn’t have as much of a direct impact on the lives of citizens as you might think. Often it’s the neighbors we elect to local government positions who dictate the laws, policies and budgets that affect us the most. That’s pretty scary considering many of these folks are being elected with little citizen involvement – voter turnout for local primary elections in August was less than 25%. Local politicians influence nearly every aspect of day-to-day life, from the property taxes we pay, to the streets we drive on (and whether or not they’re riddled with potholes) and even whether or not we’ll have to pay for plastic bags at the grocery store. Still not convinced that you need to show up and make your voice heard in the coming election? Many important federal policies were generated first at the local level. Issues such as minimum wage, immigration, environmental protection and marriage equality are all questions that have been advanced at the local and state level first. Too often, we think of voting as something that occurs once every four years – that needs to change! Don’t miss out on an opportunity to help shape issues that will have implications for years to come. Step up and vote for a candidate who shares your concerns. In this edition of West Jordan’s Good Neighbor News, you can find information on all of the candidates up for election in the City of West Jordan, as well as how to vote in the upcoming election!

As your current Mayor, I have represented West Jordan with integrity and have earned the respect and recognition this city deserves. I will continue to work in the best interest of the city. Education, life and business experiences have prepared me to serve as the CEO of West Jordan under the title of Mayor. I served in the United States Air Force. I earned an MBA. I have experience in the private sector as a business owner and a regional manager for a national fire protection company prior to working for the city of West Jordan. In the public sector my experience includes working in leadership management, managing personnel, and being responsible for multimillion dollar projects in the City of West Jordan. Currently, I serve as your Mayor. Our family moved from Arizona to West Jordan 26 years ago. Kathe and I have 7+1 children and 24+5 grandchildren. Kathe has worked in education for 25 years currently an elementary school principal. I have dedicated a major part of my life to community service, including the Boy Scouts of America. All of our sons earned Eagle Scout awards. We are a service orientated family. I would appreciate your support. For more information visit jimridingformayor.com.

REGISTER TO VOTE Register online. You can register to vote online by going to https://secure. utah.gov/voterreg and completing the

online form. You will need a current Utah Driver’s License or ID Card. Register in-person. You can register in person at the Salt Lake County Election Division, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City. You must register in person at least 7 days prior to an election. Same day in-person registration. You may go to an Election Day Vote Center and register to vote at the same time if you have not previously registered or updated your registration after moving. You will be asked for identification and proof of residency.

VOTE BY MAIL As has been the case for the last several years, West Jordan’s municipal election will be processed mainly by mail. Ballots will be mailed to all active voters three weeks before Election Day, Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Ballots may be returned in postage-paid return envelopes and must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 4, 2019.

VOTE IN PERSON Drop off a vote-by-mail ballot at the drop box located at the Southwest corner of West Jordan City Hall up until 8 p.m. on Tuesday November 5, 2019 or at any Election Day Vote Center. You may also pick up a ballot and vote in person at any Election Day Vote Center. A driver’s license or state identification card is required. Following is a list of West Jordan Election Day Vote Centers: Bingham Creek Library 4834 West 9000 South West Jordan, UT 84088 West Jordan Library (Viridian) 8030 South 1825 West West Jordan, UT 84119

Mayor - Jim Riding

Mayor - Dirk Burton Dirk Burton has been a member of the West Jordan City Council since 2016. His breadth of involvement in civic activities demonstrates his commitment to keeping our community thriving. Dirk’s proven leadership skills have been utilized in positions such as chairman of the Utah State Electricians Licensing Board, Utah State Construction Commissioner, board member of West Jordan Chamber of Commerce, and member and chairman of the Association of Municipal Councils. Beyond civic involvement, Dirk has been a strong advocate and mentor for the youth of West Jordan, serving in positions such as Golden Eagle District Commissioner (BSA), and enabling the voice and will of the people as a Salt Lake County poll manager and elections official. Dirk Burton chose West Jordan as his home and place of business because of its favorable business policies and reasonable tax structure. As West Jordan launches its new form of government, it will be vital to elect a mayor who recognizes the critical need to keep and GROW more business/economic development in West Jordan, restrains growth in fees and taxes, advocates for better East/West roads, and consistently involves the residents of the city. Elect a responsive leader. Elect Dirk Burton. See DirkBurton.com for additional information. CANDIDATES CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



Council At-large - Kelvin Green

Council District #1 - Marilyn Richards

I have lived in the South Valley area nearly my entire life. I grew up a little over three miles from where I live day. Not only do I live here but my family and I operate a small business here. I’ve seen us grow from a rural town to the FOURTH largest city in the state. I have the vision, skills, and talents to help West Jordan become a leader among Utah cities. We can no longer be reactive. We must be proactive, ensuring that our future and our quality of life move forward while protecting your hardearned money. I have the leadership skills, analysis skills, and legal skills to help us move forward. 39 years in the National Guard as an Intelligence Officer, 4 years on the West Jordan Planning Commission, member of the Bar including Supreme Court of the United States, I have received the ABA Pro Bono award twice and now part of a Volunteer corps that helps Veterans with appeals. I will serve West Jordan City. Let’s work together to make West Jordan a great place to live!

Marilyn Richards is running for West Jordan City council to bring fresh perspective and proven leadership to the citizens of West Jordan. Her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah, and master’s degree of Public Administration (MPA) from Brigham Young University have prepared her to govern wisely for individuals and families in West Jordan City. Marilyn’s current job as an academic advisor has helped her hone her listening and advocacy skills. She works with a wide variety of people, helping them seek solutions that lead to eventual graduation and career success. Additionally, she is connected to the needs of organizations and individuals within her community. Focused on protecting and strengthening children, families, and individuals, Marilyn has served as a leader for many years in children, youth and women’s organizations, on a local school community council, with Utah Coalition against Pornography (UCAP) and Primary Children’s Medical Center. Marilyn promotes governance that ensures sustainable services, prudent economic development, and inclusive, safe, service-oriented communities. Marilyn’s demonstrated leadership skills and her love for West Jordan make her the perfect candidate for West Jordan City Council. For more information about Marilyn, visit MarilynRichards4wjcity.com, or call (801)251-6231.

Council At-large - Mikey Smith


Council District #1 - Christopher M. McConnehey A resident of West Jordan for over 39 years, I attended school in the Jordan School District before attending Westminster College to earn an undergraduate degree in Business Finance followed by an MBA with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. During my service I have played a role in a number of victories for our city. Some highlights include: • Hiring additional Public Safety personnel • Constructing a new fire station • Replacing the City’s outdated financial management software • Jordan River Trail underpass at 9000 South • Completion of 5600 West between 7800 and 7000 South • Removal of West Jordan as a potential prison relocation site • Addressed stormwater flooding for Constitution Park neighborhoods There are still many challenges ahead. I have shown my ability to collaborate and garner support for the best strategies to move our city forward. I have echoed the voice of the residents of District 1 through responsiveness to concerns as well as encouragement of open dialog. I believe contentious argument will fail to encourage useful solutions; however respectful debate and open conversation can often find creative approaches that can move everyone forward. I would ask for your support and vote to allow me to continue to serve as your City Council representative.

Council District #2 - John Price


Council District #2 - Melissa Worthen As a resident of West Jordan, my husband and I have raised 2 amazing kids and established a foundation of family and friendships within our community for over 35 years. I have volunteered and worked within West Jordan to help bring people together to better our community and find more economical ways to solve problems. My many years of experience in working with all types of businesses has shown me that there are many challenges in running a city, but I believe that all things can be solved with proper communication and planning. I have extensive experience in business development, marketing, advertising, planning and budgeting. I have also cultivated many personal and working relationships with a wide variety of state and local leaders. Working together, we can make great things happen.


Council District #3 - Zach Jacob

Council District #4 - Pamela Berry

At this historic election in West Jordan’s history, it’s important that your voice on the city council is one with the experience and dedication to be an effective advocate for you on the issues that matter. After having served on the Planning Commission, the Budget Committee, the Sustainability Committee, and the Healthy West Jordan Committee, you elected me in 2015 to be that voice for you on the city council. Since then, I have fought to keep your taxes among the lowest in the county, to keep us on sustainable financial footing, and to maintain our quality of life by preserving open space and making sure our city is safe. We’re making progress, and there’s a lot of work left to do. Economic development, fiscal responsibility, and public safety are issues that need constant attention. Stand with me, and I’ll keep fighting for you. Let’s keep moving West Jordan forward.

My name is Pamela Berry and I’m running for West Jordan City Council in District 4. Our city has been running with the same mindset for many years. Let’s break the mold and vote in someone with new energy, exciting ideas and common sense so we can create a better home for us now and in 50 + years down the road. My experience in International Management & Business Development will prove that relationship building, communication, education will come together to create a strong and thriving West Jordan. We’ve been in such a reactive state in decisions that we need to create longterm solutions for infrastructure, housing, business development and more. With smart planning for the future we can make sure we have proper taxes and water rates, support our Fire & Police and create sustainable budgets that will continue to support our growth. We have the opportunity to do something great. Let’s stop doing the same thing we’ve been doing. Let’s elect new voices. I’m running not just for my family, but I’m running for yours. For more information visit: www.voteforpamela.com

Council District #3 - Amy Martz Hello! My name is Amy Martz. I hope to serve our community on the West Jordan City Council in District 3! I first taught sixth grade, and then served as a principal for 13 years. With a JD and MPA, I run a law practice in the morning and teach in the afternoon. I am the adoptive parent of four lively and charming children, ages ten to nineteen. I will work for responsive land development, recycling solutions, welcoming government, and smooth transitions to the new Mayor/Council government. I ask for your support in this campaign and your vote this November!

Council District #4 - David Pack There is no substitute for experience. With the upcoming form of government change, West Jordan needs someone who can hit the ground running, who has already established decades-long working relationships of trust with city staff and residents. Having served as chairman of our city’s Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Design Review Committee, Economic Development Subcommittee, Western Stampede Entertainment Subcommittee, and on General Plan, CDBG and Envisioning Committees, my understanding of how to get things done properly, frugally, and with a collaborative, friendly teamwork mentality has a proven track record of success. I own businesses headquartered in West Jordan and my schooling centered on what is needed to serve you well and accomplish much good, with associate degrees in Political Science, Psychology and Sociology, BA in Communication/Public Relations, Master of Public Administration, Ph.D. Business Administration, and post-doctoral certificates from Harvard Business School and Stanford University in governance, leadership and negotiation. I’ve been a West Jordan resident for two decades. My children were born and raised here. I’ve invested 11 consecutive years in Community Council and as president/president-elect of our children’s elementary, middle and high school PTA/ PTSA. I’m invested in family, community and service, and would be honored to represent you. www.VoteDavidPack.com












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slaying of his wife. Thiede left his native Germany to serve in the navies of England and Chile, but after fighting against the Peruvians, Thiede hoped to find solace in his native land. Upon returning to Germany, he was immediately conscripted into the army, where he served as a cook, a profession he kept for the rest of his life. After military service, he married Mary Frank in 1884, and together they set off for a better life in America, settling in Sandy and having a child. The ne’er-do-well Thiede, who had a fearsome temper, opened his first tavern, the Social Hall Saloon, in the fall of 1886 in downtown Salt Lake City. That same year, he was fined for punching a woman who had accidentally dropped a piece of paper into his lap. After being shut down for selling liquor without a license, or for selling it on a Sunday, Thiede opened, and was forced to close, numerous establishments. By the early 1890s, Thiede was a regular before the court, usually losing his liquor license or being punished for assaulting someone. As a result, Salt Lake City was no longer a welcoming spot for Thiede, and the saloonkeeper saw prime opportunity to jump into the thriving bar scene along State Street in Murray. Finding a small patch of ground behind the Germania smelter on 4800 South, Thiede opened the West Side Saloon. A notorious womanizer who welcomed prostitutes into his bar, Thiede was also known to frequently abuse his wife, Mary; even for rough-and-tumble Murray, that was not acceptable. The night before May 1, 1894, Mary had fled to a neighbor’s home after a violent fight. As she always had done before, she returned. But this time, she returned home to find a very drunken Charles, who was waiting for her with a butcher’s knife. He sliced her throat from ear to ear. Blood-splattered Thiede then went to Harry Hayne’s saloon, where he reportedly told the sheriff, “Well, I killed

Murderer Charles Thiede, convicted of killing his wife, Mary. (Photo courtesy of U of U Marriott Library)

my wife last night.” The next morning, a crowd swarmed the sheriff’s office, trying to carry out its own version of justice by lynching Thiede. The sheriff relocated his prisoner to the Salt Lake County jail, which was also in Murray. There, Thiede changed his story and claimed he was innocent. He told the judge he found her body in his house, and that her dying words were, “Oh, Charlie.” The prosecutors, long familiar with the defendant, presented a forensically tight case, first pointing out that the victim could in no way talk, as her head was nearly cut off. They also argued that because Charles was covered in blood—meaning the heart would still need to be pumping in order for the blood to splatter on him—then he had to be with Mary, in their home, at the time of the murder. Found guilty, Thiede was sentenced to be hanged. In 1896, Thiede’s time was up, but the sheriff wanted to try a new-and-improved way of hanging. Instead of the condemned being dropped through a trap door, Thiede was going to be hanged by an ingenious system of pulleys; he would stand on the ground, and a metal weight would yank him upward, snapping his neck. Lawmen from around the West convened at the Salt Lake County jail to watch

Charles Thiede was the first, and last, person to be hanged with a noose that yanked the condemned off the ground. (Illustration courtesy of U of U Marriott Library.)

the new method in action. At the appointed time, Thiede, who still professed his innocence, was yanked up by the noose, but it failed to snap his neck. Instead, he hung on the gallows for 14 minutes, strangled to death. That hanging method was never used again. Even in death, Thiede gained no sympathy. An arsonist burned his saloon down. The Salt Lake Herald-Republican reported that residents in Murray and Cottonwood Heights guarded their cemeteries to prevent his body from being interred there. Eventually, he was buried in Sandy City’s cemetery—but only for a day. He was disinterred at the request of Sandy residents and buried in a field adjacent to the graveyard. l

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Only enthusiastic spooks need apply at Castle of Chaos By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com Becoming a ghost, ghoul or monstrous fiend isn’t as complicated as some people think.

At least, it isn’t at the Castle of Chaos. The haunted house, which is open now through Nov. 2, held auditions for their cast of scarers this past August. Interviews required applicants to groan, scream, shuffle menacingly and try their best to startle someone enough to make them jump. According to the Castle of Chaos directing team, however, a willingness to try is far more important than acting experience or the ability to deliver convincing scares. “I look for people who are free and open with their body and voice,” said Castle of Chaos Director Nick Justice. “If you’re coming in here and you’re going crazy, even if it makes no sense, you’re better than half the people who come in here.” He also said it’s important that people be able to take direction and follow guidance offered by one of the directing team. Justice and Castle of Chaos Casting Director Kelly Drabik spend most of the audition asking applicants to show off their ability to do things like zombie walks or predatory stalking at low heights. They’ll also ask if the applicants have any special talents, such as a particularly good creepy laugh or the ability to twist your arm in a disturbing-looking way. “It’s really laid back,” said Castle of Chaos General Manager Dalton Brown. “You don’t have to have anything prepared.” Another part of the audition process involves the directing team figuring out how each applicant would best fit into the haunted house. That includes several factors, from a map of the planned rooms for the upcoming season to asking the applicant whether they have a particular role they want to do. Though he’d turned most of the interviews over to Justice and Drabik, Castle of Chaos Owner James Bernard offered some guidance on this part of the process.

Though roles such as Freddy Krueger require actors with a specific body type, there are plenty of other roles designed to fit a variety of ages and body types. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

“After 19 years of running a haunted house, it’s second nature to see someone, get to know their personality, and see where they’d have the most fun and be the most effective,” he said. Though he said having fun is the major factor in where an actor gets placed, elements such as the actors age will determine whether they can take on certain roles. “When you’re in an authority role, for example, it’s tough to scare someone older,” he said, explaining why he tends not to cast younger actors in roles such as murderous doctors. Sometimes, how you look can also be a factor in where you end up. “For our Hollywood roles, we do look at physical appearance,” said Drabik. “Jason (Voorhees) needs to look like Jason. But we also like 4-foot-tall little girls, because they’re scary as heck.” No matter where the actor ends up, however, it’s important that they know how to scare responsibly. Midvale’s Castle of Chaos (7980 S. State Street) offers several different levels of scares, with higher levels including more physical contact. Level three involves touching, level four includes pushing and dragging, and higher levels involve even more intense experiences.



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The Castle of Chaos hires a large cast every season to work in their haunted house, such as the above group who performed in 2018. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

Given that level of interaction, the directing team looks for actors who keep the safety of both the guests and their fellow performers in mind. “We look for people who can be safe with it,” said Mike Harmon, a Castle of Chaos acting coach who runs classes on doing hands-on scares. “A lot of the stuff we do at level four can get dangerous unless you do it carefully.” For Justice, making sure no one gets hurt is far more important than being frightening. “In my mind, it doesn’t matter how scary it is,” he said. “If you get hurt, that’s all you’re going to remember.” Besides, the people who are selected to become scarers for the year will get a chance to hone their scaring ability. In addition to the hands-on classes, the haunted house offers other classes, dress rehearsals and an orientation meeting that allows them to get more in-depth with their roles. Some years, they even give them a chance to help each other master their roles. “We send other actors through the haunted house to give them a chance to practice,” said Drabik. In the end, the willingness to put in that work is the biggest thing the directing

team looks for during the auditions. “We look for enthusiasm,” she said. “If you come in with a passion for haunted houses, we’ll find a place for you.” l

The rooms in the haunted house are divided into different things, with killer hospitals (above) and murderous clowns both being a common theme. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

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A spooky mix of plays, parties and races to put you in the Halloween spirit By Christy Jepson | christy@mycityjournals.com Halloween is just around the corner and there are plenty of activities for just about everybody. Besides the traditional fall events like corn mazes and pumpkin patches, here are some different Halloween activities going on in the Salt Lake Valley for “ghouls” and boys of all ages.

Halloween plays/performances

“Phantom” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s “Phantom” will be performed on the Young Living Centre Stage Sept. 23-Nov. 9. Even though it has some similarities of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” expect to see new characters and songs in this production. Audience members need to watch out for the massive chandelier that comes crashing to the floor. Ticket prices start at $48 for adults and $22 for youth 5-17. No children under 5 are permitted in the theater. For ticket information call 801-984-9000 or visit hct.org.

“Thriller” at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City

This year’s smash Halloween dance production will include favorite numbers such as “Dem Bones,” “Frankenstein,” and “Jason Jam,” plus other new surprises. “Thriller” is full of frights, laughs and scares that make you scream. This production will be performed at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City Oct. 14-26. Ticket prices are $35-$55. Visit https://odysseydance. com/shows/thriller/ for more information and discounts. This show is not for children under 8 or for the faint of heart.

“Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” at the Desert Star in Murray

hidden in the audience in regular clothes which makes a fun, social and interactive evening for all adults. Ticket prices start at $59.95 (check for holiday pricing). Tickets include: a four-course dinner, the murder mystery entertainment, and a prize package for the top sleuth. Some mild content, loud noises, a brief blackout and adult humor will be present. For more information visit thedinnerdetective.com/salt-lake-city.

“The Addams Family” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Come watch all the creepy, kooky and loveable family members from the 1960’s TV show, “The Addams Family” on stage from now until Nov. 16. This Broadway show’s message is all about what defines a “normal” family and that we need to love all people despite our differences. Be on the lookout for some fun quirks and tricks throughout the show. Ticket prices are $36-$48 for adults and $18-$24 for youth The cast of Desert Star’s “Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” (Photo courtesy Desert 5-17. Visit hct.org for more information or Star) call 801-984-9000. with prizes, free arts and crafts, a pumpkin Parties Races Monster Block Party at the Gallivan drop, live music and dance, and about 30 The Haunted Half Sugar House vendors. The Gallivan Center is located at Center in Salt Lake City Dress up in your costumes and get The 2019 Monster Block party will 239 S. Main Street. The event runs from 11 ready to run for your life at the Haunted be held at the Gallivan Center on Oct. 26. a.m. to 3 p.m. l Half on Oct. 19 at Sugar House Park. All This is a free daytime Halloween festival ages and abilities can either run the half with trick-or-treating, costume contests marathon, 5k or the Halloween half-mile. The Fear Factory Finish is there to give you that end-of-the-race push which then rewards you with a festival full of food, contests, music, games and spooky fun things. Registration fees from now until Oct. 17 are $84.95 for the half, $36.95 for the 5k and $12.95 for the kids’ run. For registration and information visit thehauntedhalf.com/ races/salt-lake-city.

Desert Star is known for mixing parody with a little romance and adventure with Utah culture and political jokes, and this show is no exception. This story focuses on the Adams clan who are trying to save their home for the greedy oil baroness, Mrs. Measley who knows they have oil underneath their home. Ticket prices are $26.95 for adults (holidays, special events may be different) and children under 11 are $15.95. Call 801-266-2600 for tickets or visit their box office at Desert Star, 4861 S. State St. This production runs until Nov. 9.

The Dinner Detective interactive murder mystery dinner show at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City

Be an active participate in America’s largest interactive comedy murder-mystery dinner show. Throughout the evening, audience members will eat a four-course meal while watching a crime unfold and then everyone is in it to figure out the clues of who Guests at The Dinner Detective interactive murder did it. Don’t be deceived, the person next mystery show read clues while they try to solve the to you might be the culprit! The actors are mystery. (Photo courtesy The Dinner Detective)

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A view of the main corn field maze at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (Jordan Hafford/City Journals) Inset: The 2019 corn maze design at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (thecrazycornmaze.com)

After 21 years of fall festivities, West Jordan’s Crazy Corn Maze has decided to give the business a complete makeover for the 2019 season.

Launching themselves into the modern age of technology, the business is now utilizing smart technology this Halloween to add even more fun to their attraction. “This year we will have a new GPS smart phone map so you can track yourself as you find your way through the maze,” said Crazy Corn Maze owner Julianna Maynard. “We are also adding a smart phone trivia game.” The Crazy Corn Maze first opened in 1998, 21 years ago, as a simple corn maze near Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville. Two years later, it moved to their current location, 8800 S. 4000 West in West Jordan. Crazy Corn Maze has grown into a unique Halloween venue throughout this time, in that their multiple, custom-made attractions appeal to a wide demographic — this year more than ever. While there is still the option to walk through the classic, family friendly 8-acre maze with no “haunts” or spooks, the adrenaline junkies will be roaming what is called the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail. In 2016, the business began renovating the haunted trail, and the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail was officially born as a separate attraction within Crazy Corn Maze. “Each year we have put tremendous effort into making this one of the top haunt-

ed attractions,” Maynard said. “In 2017 and 2018 we were voted the No. 1 haunted attraction in Utah by utahhauntedhouses. com.” The Night Stalkers Haunted Trail stands out as an interactive entertaining experience for thrill seekers and more adult attendees. There are four terrifying sections of the trail: Creatures of the Corn; Phobia: What are you afraid of?; 3D Slumber: Pleasant screams; and Horror Show. Among the multiple attractions at Crazy Corn Maze, there is also a playground for small children that includes a corn pit, a straw mountain with slides and games, as well as Mayble’s 3D Funhouse which is a not-so-scary junior attendee interactive haunted house. Also debuting this year, Crazy Corn Maze is set to dazzle their audience with a Fright Lights attraction, a magical pumpkin patch light show. Patrons will walk through the lighted pumpkin patch and be given a pumpkin of their own to take home. “We hope patrons come away wondering how on earth we do what we do, as well as being scared in a fun and sometimes humorous way,” Maynard said. “Whether you like a fun family fall tradition, or want to be scared out of your mind, we aim to provide an exceptional seasonal entertainment experience.” The maze opens Sept. 27 and runs through Nov. 2. It is open Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m, Friday 6-11:30 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 11:30 p.m. l

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Mariachi musicians and folk dancers put on family-friendly show by Alison Brimley | a.brimley@mycityjournals.com


hen tourists think of visiting Utah, they probably think of ski slopes and red rock canyons. Jeff Whiteley wants them to think of the state’s abundant musical talent. He wants Utahns to think of themselves that way, too. Whiteley is the founder and manager of Excellence in the Community concert series, which puts on live music performances at venues such as the Gallivan Center and Peery’s Egyptian Theater. A few years ago, the Viridian Events Center approached Whiteley, and it now hosts concerts every second Saturday of the month. Last month’s performance at the Viridian, which took place Sept. 14, featured the band Mariachi de mi Tierra alongside folk dance company Ballet las Americas. The event brought audience members of all ages and cultural backgrounds, and it packed the house. It’s all part of Whiteley’s vision to highlight the often unseen and undervalued musical talent in Utah. According to Whiteley, Utah is among the top-ranked states in the nation on metrics such as piano ownership, and the Wasatch Front is among the highest in dance class participation. All of this translates into a passion and a talent for music that he thinks isn’t being fully recognized. The musical talent in Utah is often relegated to the background, Whiteley said,

performing in such venues as weddings and restaurants. Excellence in the Community seeks to put these musicians on center stage. And in order to make that as accessible as possible to audiences—especially families without large entertainment budgets—admission is always free. But Excellence Concerts didn’t just shine a spotlight on Mariachi de mi Tierra and Ballet Las Americas. It also played a role in bringing the two together. Until performing with Mariachi de mi Tierra, Ballet las Americas typically performed with recorded music. But because Excellence is a showcase for live music, recorded music wouldn’t cut it. Understandably, dancers don’t typically love performing with live music, Whiteley says. It’s more expensive and more difficult to rehearse. But the partnership has definitely paid off. Audiences, it seems, would agree. Ballet las Americas has been performing since 1979, but its collaboration with Excellence Concerts started about three years ago. Artistic director Irma Hofer has loved performing with them. And on days when her group isn’t performing, she attends other concerts in the series. Speaking of other Excellence in the Community performers, Hofer says, “We have become a family.” Family is a big part of the vision of Excellence Concerts and especially a part of this concert, which had a fun, informal vibe.

Ballet las Americas performs at the Viridian Event Center, accompanied by Mariachi de mi Tierra. (Photo by Derek Brimley)

Much of the audience was made up of children. The band took requests and encouraged dancing and singing along. For those who didn’t know the words, perhaps because they lack cultural ties to the music, the band offered something they’d recognize, too. They performed modern hits like the 2017 hit “Despacito,” plus the Four Seasons’ classic “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” They also took time after their first number to acquaint the uninitiated with the basics of mariachi music. Each instrument introduced itself with a brief solo so that listeners got a feel for the individual components that create mariachi’s signature sounds. So, while the performers met the high-

est standards of professionalism and talent, the atmosphere and the ticket price made the whole event feel lively and low-pressure. For parents who want to introduce their children to live performance but don’t want to worry about keeping them perfectly silent or about wasting the price of an admission ticket, this was the ideal venue. Unity across cultures is also at the forefront of these performers’ minds. “The more that we know each other, the more comfortable we can become and the more united we can become,” Hofer said. She hopes her performances can convey to the community “that we’re more alike than we are different.” l

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New Wild West Jordan playground New device stops a cold before it starts finished less than a year from tear-down By Doug Cornell www.copperzap.com


ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to kill a virus. Touch it New research: Copper stops colds if used early. with copper. Researchers at labs and universities agree, copper is “antimi- on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen crobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. and bacteria, just by touch. Businesswoman Rosaleen says when That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- people are sick around her she uses Coptians used copper to purify water and heal perZap morning and night. “It saved me wounds. They didn’t know about viruses last holidays,” she said. “The kids had and bacteria, but now we do. colds going round and round, but not Scientists say the high conductance of me.” copper disrupts the electrical balance in a Some users say it also helps with microbe cell destroying it in seconds. sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a Tests by the Environmental Protection 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperAgency show germs die fast on copper. Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” Some hospitals tried copper for touch she said. “My head cleared, no more surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. This headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nightcut the spread of MRSA and other illnesstime stuffiness if used just before bed. es by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When years.” Copper may even stop flu if used earhe felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently ly and for several days. Lab technicians placed 25 million live flu viruses on a in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold CopperZap. No viruses were found alive went away completely.” It worked again soon after. People have used it on cold sores and every time he felt a cold coming on and say it can completely prevent outbreaks. he hasn’t had a cold since. The handle is curved and finely texHe asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked so he patented Cop- tured to improve contact. It kills germs picked up on fingers and hands to protect perZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it you and your family. Copper even kills deadly germs that and given feedback. Nearly 100% said the copper stops colds if used within 3 have become resistant to antibiotics. If hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 you are near sick people, a moment of days, if they still get the cold it is milder handling it may keep serious infection away. It may even save a life. than usual and they feel better. The EPA says copper still works even Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed when tarnished. It kills hundreds of different disease germs so it can prevent seto work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one rious or even fatal illness. CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really copper. It has a 90-day full money back works.” Now thousands of users have guarantee when used as directed to stop a cold. It is $69.95. Get $10 off each Copsimply stopped getting colds. People often use CopperZap preven- perZap with code UTCJ6 . Go to www.CopperZap.com or call tively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to get colds after crowded flights. Though toll-free 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. skeptical, she tried it several times a day Advertorial

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The intent is to have an open house on the 17th of October,” said Brian Cleggs, public works director. “We lost some time with the rain, but we should have everything coming in.” The photos shown are of the unfinished

playground. More features and final play surface layers will be added in the weeks before opening. A fence surrounding the entire playground will be put in sometime next spring. Opening date is tentative, weather permitting. l

In the toddler area is a train and horses and multiple sensory toys. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)

Councilmembers tour and test the new playground. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)

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Rescued animals matched with loving owners at Petapalooza By Alison Brimley | a.brimley@mycityjournals.com


n the market for a soulmate? If so, the Viridian Events center on Aug. 24 was the place to be. Hundreds of prospects lined up behind placards that announced their age, birthday, number of siblings, personality traits and more. “I love to snuggle and watch TV,” said one. Another claimed to be good with children. One loves to play in paper bags, while another was about to graduate from obedience school. Among all these adorable options, anyone could have found a match. But no, these aren’t dating profiles. They’re bios of the pets available to adopt at Petapalooza. Organized by Salt Lake County Animal Services, Petapalooza provided a space for various rescue organizations from across the valley to come together, matching animals with loving homes. If you were looking for a pet—dog, cat, rabbit or bird—you weren’t going to find a better selection in one place than the one you’ll find at Petapalooza. But this year’s event was billed as an event for people and their pets to come and enjoy even if they didn’t plan to add to the family. The event has gotten “bigger and better every single year,” said Callista Pearson, marketing and communications manager for Salt Lake County Animal Services. “More

Destiny Allred plays with a dog available for adoption at Petapalooza. (Alison Brimley/City Journals)

and more shelters and rescues have wanted to participate because it’s such a well-attended event.” The vendor list has grown too. While the first year included only 10 vendors, this year’s event included 60 to 70, and they had to spread out into the field outside the library. The vendor list is made up of small businesses in the area that specialize in pet products and services, including pet realtors, veterinarians, pet boarding and even a pet psychic. A lure course in the middle of the field provided entertainment for dogs and their owners. In addition, the event boasted live music, food trucks and a classic car show. Petapalooza has also broadened its scope since it began. Originally called “Catapalooza,” it was originally scheduled in August because it followed “kitten season” (which occurs in springtime when cats typically have their litters). Now, at the end of summer, the kittens are between 12 and 16 weeks old and ready to be adopted. Adoption remains an important part of Petapalooza. The first year Pearson was involved, the event helped 70 pets find homes. Last year, they placed 135 animals, and this year more than 120 were adopted. Pearson explained that different rescues at the event specialize in different animals

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and different breeds, so there’s something for everyone. “There’s such a wide variety of cats and dogs in the smaller space, and it’s not intimidating to come out to this event,” she said. “People are approachable.” Utah Animal Adoption Center was one of the many rescues that participated in Petapalooza. Jeff Morman, event coordinator for UAAC, explained that though they do shelter and adopt older cats, they brought mostly kittens to Petapalooza. These kittens came from various places—some had come from other shelters, some had been dropped off at the rescue and some were rescued from a “hoarding situation” in West Jordan. UAAC has been part of Petapalooza for the last two years, and as a smaller nonprofit rescue in constant need of volunteers and donations, the advertising and exposure offered by Petapalooza a plus. But the number of kittens they end up placing is “hit and miss,” said Morman. It all depends on what people are looking for. County animal services participates in many adoption events throughout the year but none as large as Petapalooza. The Viridian was chosen as the venue because there aren’t usually adoption events in the area. “We’re trying to get a different part of the valley to come out to this adoption event,” Pearson said. And it seems to be working—this year’s Morgan Scott listens as her dog Cobain gets a reading from pet psychic Jennafer Martin. (Alison Brimley/ Petapalooza was swarming with people. City Journals)


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Dogs brought to Petapalooza by CAWS (Community Animal Welfare Society). (Alison Brimley/City Journals)

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Month long festival encouraged residents to get down to the river and play By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


uring September, residents in the 16 cities and three counties that line the Jordan River were encouraged to “Get to the River.” The Get to the River festival included a month-long calendar of events to increase awareness and encourage the use of the Jordan River and Jordan River Parkway. “[The festival] is a great opportunity for every city the river goes through to showcase and highlight the value of the river in their city,” said Tish Buroker, member of Riverton City Council and incoming chair of the Jordan River Commission. This year, 18 events were planned in six cities: Bluffdale, Millcreek, Riverton, Sandy, South Salt Lake and West Valley City. “Last year we got our [Riverton] arts council involved,” Buroker said. “This year we are having a concert right on the lawn [by the river]. It’s got a perfectly natural amphitheater and we get to listen to a live band, Sean’s Garage, and a children’s choir that performs Beatles songs. How fun is that?” Bluffdale joined in the festival this year with “Jordan River ROCKS.” Twice a week a sticker reading “Bluffdale’s Jordan River Rocks” was hidden somewhere along the Jordan River in Bluffdale. The city posted clues on their Facebook

page to help people find the rock. Once the rock was found it could be taken to Bluffdale City Hall to trade for a prize. Other events for the festival planned by cities included a bike ride, nature walks, restoration and clean-up projects, art projects, canoe and kayak flotillas, paddling excursions and fishing events. Buroker said one of the goals of the Get to the River festival is to address and overcome some of the old beliefs about the Jordan River. “It used to be a place where you dumped trash and sewage,” Buroker said. “But the Department of Natural Resources, the Division of Water Quality, the Division of Wildlife all of those folks have gotten very actively involved and have helped improve the Jordan River.” At the festival kickoff, Soren Simonsen, the executive director of the Jordan River Commission spoke about what has been improved along the river since the Jordan River Blueprint was created in 2008 and announced an upcoming blueprint revision. “This month we are launching an update,” Simonsen said. “We will have outreach at most of the Get to the River events to give residents an opportunity to share what they like that has been accomplished over the last

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When I was a kid, costumes included plastic masks, made from asbestos and glue, that would slowly asphyxiate you if you didn’t walk into a ditch first because you couldn’t see s*** through the pinpoint eyeholes. Bats get a bad reputation. They’re not inherently evil, except for vampire bats that turn into the bloodsucking undead to hunt humans for food and eternal life. But originally, people would sit around bonfires (the 1780’s bug zapper), wishing for things like penicillin and electricity. The fires would attract insects and the insects attracted bats and people freaked out. As we are wont to do. Handing out candy has several origin stories, including buying off zombies with snacks, bribing the dead, and kids going from house to house asking families for dinner because they didn’t want to eat what their mom had spent hours making for them because they’re ungrateful little . . . Anyhoo. Treats handed out to children have also evolved. It’s gone from apples and boiled carrots (boo) to king-size Butterfinger bars (hooray!). Here’s what my Halloween bag contained when I was a kid: 8 dozen rolls of Smarties, 17 types of rock-hard bubble gum, 38 Bit-O-Honeys, 422 Pixie sticks, 25 pounds of salt water taffy, 14 spider rings and one mini Snickers bars. It was the ‘70s. Don’t judge.

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One element of Halloween remained a mystery to me. When did we think dressing dogs in tutus was a good idea? I assumed the whole pet costume fiasco was started by rich, white girls with too much time and money. Turns out, in the 19th century, dog costumery was a thing - with the animal fashion industry churning out traveling cloaks, silk jackets, tea gowns and . . . wait for it . . . dog bikinis. What Halloween traditions do you observe? Knife throwing? Handing out real goldfish to trick-or-treaters? You never know what your customs will become centuries from now. Whatever you do, don’t sell your candy to a dentist. Big Dental just sells it back to grocery stores to reuse for the next Halloween.


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A proven track record of VOTING NO ON UNNECESSARY TAX and fee increases. As Mayor, Dirk Burton will look for innovative ways such as utilizing economic development to fund increased needs of city services; Police, Fire, etc. He will review water funds for rate justification. Understands and is an advocate for finding east/west traffic solutions. The city has delayed resolving citizen’s concerns about east/west roads. As Mayor, Dirk will advocate for improvements that will better accommodate traffic, Dirk also has great working relationships with our State Senators & Reps to work with UDOT. Improve efficiencies in our city when it comes to development. As Mayor, Dirk will streamline business processes, and work to build more variety of goods and services for residents along with more residential choices.

“The simple reason I support Dirk Burton is

“Our business had issues with the city.

that he cares about others. His personality

After no response, we contacted Council-

is genuine, and his character, trustworthy.

man Dirk Burton and he responded the

He is focused on bringing businesses to our

same day. The solution that was initially


discussed and denied was later approved

~Josh Brunner, West Jordan Citizen

thanks to Councilman Burton’s efforts.” ~Josue TruJillo, Manager,

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“As I attend a vast number of events in our city, I always see Dirk Burton there interacting, discussing, and learning. It is this personal investment and dedication that sets him apart. His voting record shows his concern for citizens, transparency in government and economic growth… and why he is a great choice for Mayor.” ~naThan Brown, Business Owner,

Member of West Jordan Sustainability Committee

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