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ild Aware is hoping to help residents to become not only more aware of wildlife but also more aware of what is normal behavior for animals before calling authorities. Founded in 2009, Wild Aware is a Hogle Zoo, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah State University Cooperative Extension. The collaborative effort was created by zookeeper Stephanie Jochum-Natt after attending several conferences about humans and predators. “I started to notice that the problem is not going away. It’s getting bigger and bigger because the wildlife is all across the US and Canada. More and more states and Canada are starting to come up with these living with wildlife programs,” Jochum-Natt said. “We were doing an event here at the zoo called ‘Predator Awareness’ and making connections with the Division of Wildlife Resources. And we realized we just didn’t have that in Utah.” The creation of Wildlife Aware was also spurred by the death of Samuel Ives, an 11-yearold boy who was killed by a black bear in 2007 near the Timpooneke Campground in American Fork Canyon. “I knew it was time to start bringing everyone together,” Jochum-Natt said. “Luckily everyone who got involved was very interested in making this happen.” According to Jochum-Natt, the purpose of Wild Aware is to serve as an education program to try and help people coexist, preserve the wildlife by keeping them wild and reduce the nuisance animal calls. “Ninety to 99 percent of times when animals become a nuisance, it’s usually due to human behavior, not wildlife behavior. The only thing they’re trying to do is find what they need: shelter, water and food,” Jochum-Natt said. “If someone is putting out sticky buns or corn for the deer in the backyard because they think it’s really cute, why would the deer leave? Why would they find wild food?” Jochum-Natt said if the deer were able to travel on their migratory routes, which will

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happen in the fall, they could walk through neighborhoods and backyards and everyone could watch at a distance. “They put their trash away. They don’t leave fallen food on the ground. They keep their pets inside,” Jochum-Natt said. “Then these animals could stay wild and continue their move. It’s when they find something in those neighborhoods, why would they leave?” The big issue when people call in nuisance animals is the animal is either moved or destroyed. The Wild Aware program conserves wildlife, protects people’s safety and helps reduce the nuisance problems, the human to wildlife conflicts. “Instead of calling it a conservation program, it’s more of a human safety program,” JochumNatt said. The Wild Aware website, wildawareutah. org, lists several local animals and provides information on how to prevent them from becoming a nuisance. There is also a wild life emergency link for situations that are an immediate danger. Jochum-Natt described an example of an immediate danger as a cougar

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lying on a front porch for more than an hour or a buck that is running loose in the neighborhood and everyone is leaving for work. “It constitutes something that is an immediate injury or death to you and/or the animal,” JochumNatt said. “It’s potential danger for someone’s safety or even the wildlife’s safety.” Jochum-Natt also advises not all animal situations pose an immediate danger. “If a moose in a backyard eating a bush or trees and then it gets up and walks away, (it’s a) great experience,” Jochum-Natt said. Wild Aware also brings its message to the public through different programs. There is a program specifically designed for schools based on the fourth grade curriculum. “The zoo’s education department, we travel to schools throughout the state and give this program that emphasizes being wild aware, not taking things home, not trying to pet them, not trying to feed them. Just the basics,” Jochum-Natt said. “We also do programs for Scouts, for church groups, neighborhoods, HOAs.” To learn more about Wild Aware and its efforts, visit wildawareutahorg. l

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Teen Competes in National Miss Amazing Pageant By Mylinda LeGrande | mylinda@mycityjournals.com


hen for Kimmie Hansen was just 2 ½ weeks old, she had her first seizure. They continued almost daily. When she was 5 years old, she experienced a Grand mal seizure that lasted six hours. She was officially diagnosed with Dravet’s syndrome when she was 9. Now at 18 years old, she has graduated from West Jordan High School, assisted in getting a drug approved for use in the U.S. through the FDA and competed in the Miss Amazing Pageant. In March, during the Utah Miss Amazing Pageant, her dad was in the hospital having part of his foot amputated. Despite the hardship to their family, they decided that she should still participate. Her mother, Kris says that it has given Kimmie courage and strength to be involved in something more than just dealing with seizures and hospitals. It was during the pageant that she was able to made blankets for Primary Children as well as to collect cans for the food bank. Kimmie said, “I did Miss Amazing for funit’s not for competing. I [also] love horseback riding, cats and dogs. I love to cook, dance and sing, and I love [the movie] ‘Frozen.’ I sometimes have seizures in the shower.”. Her mom says that Kimmie is friends with everybody and afraid of nothing. Her best friend is her Grandma, and she has a sense of humor. Dravet’s Syndrome is a rare genetic epileptic encephalopathy (dysfunction of the brain). It begins in the first year of life in an otherwise healthy infant. Prior to 1989, this syndrome was known as epilepsy with polymorphic seizures, know either as (PMEI) or (SMEI). Kris says the life expected life expectancy to live past age 18 that was given to Kimmie was only 20 percent. “We are grateful that she has made it this long because of the severity of her seizures,” says Kris. Kimmie was 17 years old, when she won the teen division in the Utah Miss Amazing Pageant. The first thing she wanted to do was to call her dad who was in the hospital and tell him she had won. Family and friends were able to raise the funds for the family to go on to the national pageant on July 3 in Chicago. Currently, 37 states participate in National Miss Amazing. This time, her dad, Eric, was able to be there as his daughter was on the stage as well as her 14-year-old brother, Johnny, grandparents Kris. “When I saw him walk her across the stage after having surgery, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Kris. It was the trip of a lifetime.” At the national pageant, she was interviewed, participated in service projects including making crafts for military personnel and for her talent, she sang, “Lavender Blue,” from “Cinderella.” At Nationals, she claimed the “Princess” title. On that trip, she and her family were able to do some sight-seeing and taste the famous Chicago pizza. The pageant was a great way for Kimmie to shine and she has done a lot of community service

Kimmie Hansen with her mom at the Utah’s Miss Amazing Pageant (Kris Hansen/Resident)

through the program such as giving speeches and handing out ribbons at community fairs and public gatherings. In addition to the Dravet syndrome, Kimmie is also hypoglycemic and autistic, but that hasn’t stopped her from experiencing life making a difference. “We have traveled Connecticut, Minnesota., Chicago, Washington D.C.,” said Kris. In Connecticut, Kimmie and her parents were able to meet Dr. Charlotte Dravet from France who was at a convention. In Minnesota, they found traveled to a hospital and found out there that the seizures were in too many places of the brain (69) to be able to have surgery to correct the problem. In Washington D.C., they were able to get approval for medication used in France used for treating the Dravet syndrome. With Sen. Orrin Hatch’s help, they were able to get orphan drug status, which is used for rare diseases and disorders to make the drug available for others in the United States to be able to use with those conditions. In addition to that medication and many others, Kimmie is participating in a cannabis extract drug trial through Primary Children’s Hospital that is used to treat kids with epilepsy. Her mom says that it has helped a lot with the seizures. ‘There is not much you can do during the seizures except give meds to her,” said Kris. “It has been a difficult thing to teach her that despite her limitations she can still give back to others. She would love to cook in a bakery—that is her dream.” l


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State Walks for Down Syndrome By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

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Kecia Cox holds her son Noah Cox at Utah Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2016 Buddy Walk. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)


aby Noah Cox joined his parents and six siblings in his first Buddy Walk at the Veterans Memorial Park in West Jordan on Sept. 10. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and more than 250 communities across the nation host special festivities called Buddy Walks to promote acceptance of people with Down syndrome, a genetic chromosomal disorder. The Cox family has attended Utah Down Syndrome Foundation’s statewide walk for nine years—since one family member was diagnosed with the disorder. “We love it because we feel like it is an extended family here at the event,” Kecia Cox, Noah’s mother, said about the Buddy Walk. “All these kids with Down syndrome are going through a similar thing. When you get all this community support, you realize it is not a scary thing.” The family adopted Noah, who also has Down syndrome, from the Ukraine in April, so the walk was a timely event to celebrate what he and their other two children with Down Syndrome bring to the family, Kecia said. Each child with Down syndrome was invited to create a team of walkers, including family, friends, neighbors and teachers to walk under their team name. The signature event, a one-third of a mile walk-about, consisted of 63 teams. More than 1,000 people attended. The statewide event also included a 5k race, a Scales and Tails Reptile Show, carnival games, a fish pond, dancing, paper rocket launching, a spudderby, photo ops with people dressed as superheroes, a lunch hosted by Chickfil-A and an awards ceremony. Autumn White, 11, launched rockets and watched the reptile show with her

7-year-old sister, Sage White. Sage has Down Syndrome, and Autumn attends Buddy Walks and adaptive recreation programs with her. “I have seen a lot kids with Down syndrome who aren’t happy, and I think it is amazing for other people to care and donate their time just to make sure other people have fun,” Autumn said. “I like to watch their faces brighten up. My sister is always laughing and smiling at things like this.” Laura White, Sage and Autumn’s mother, said the Buddy Walk provided an environment where “no one felt zeroed out.” The activities gave families opportunities to bond with other community members who are going through similar circumstances, Judy Hall, event coordinator, said. Families from small towns may be the only family in miles experiencing Down syndrome, so they look forward to the annual Buddy Walk to network with other families, she said. The Buddy Walk was not limited to only families of people with Down syndrome. The community was invited to the event, according to Hall. “I think the biggest way this event helps is to make people aware of people in the community with Down syndrome and that they are more alike than different,” Steven Hansen, CEO of Utah Down Syndrome Foundation, said. “Physically, yeah, you can tell that most kids have Down syndrome, but, you know, they can do just about anything that anybody else can do. It takes them a little longer, but with time and patience and help, they can accomplish great things.” The next Utah Down Syndrome Foundation Buddy Walk will take place around the same time next year. l


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Teens Compete at Chocolate Olympics By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

Teens tossed Whopper candies into a styrofoam cup on the top of a teammate’s head during the Bingham Creek Library Chocolate Olympics. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)


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A gets ready to throw a chocolate doughnut during the Bingham Creek Library Chocolate Olympics. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

ess than a month after the 2016 Summer Olympics ended, West Jordan teens gathered for some summer games of their own: The Bingham Creek Library Chocolate Olympics. “We try to have a fun and active event every month, and we’d heard about other library’s having a similar activity, so we adapted it,” Angie Wagner, Youth Services librarian, said. “This is our first time trying the Chocolate Games.” On Sept. 8, about 20 teens went head to head at Hershey’s Kiss unwrapping, doughnut discus, Whopper tossing and Oreo stacking. Wagner officiated the games in the library’s meeting room and outside grounds. The meeting room filled with screams as the teens divided into four teams and readied themselves for a relay in which they’d unwrap Hershey’s kisses while wearing oven mitts. The first team to stream eight participants through the line would claim the gold for that event. Team Potato Land chanted Max Johnson’s name as he was their last participant for the event and could potentially bring the victory for them, but Team Rainbow Unicorn, consisting of Zoey Peasley, Lacee Hanson, Bailey Loutensock, Sierra Angerton and AnnaLeah Mecham, stole the lead by being the first team to successfully unwrap eight Hershey’s kisses. “The victory was yummy, good and fun,” Zoey said. The Chocolate Olympians headed outside for the next round of games: chocolate mini doughnut discus. Every contestant lobbed mini donuts as far as they could across the side lawn of the library. Four doughnuts were about tied for the farthest throw until 14-year-old Porter Southworth hurled his first mini doughnut across the lawn. Several of his competitors let out audible gasps, as his throw was several yards longer than anyone else’s. For the next few minutes, other teens tried and failed to surpass Porter’s mark. Porter explained his ability to launch the doughnut. “I used to be part of a lot of sports where you throw stuff, like baseball,” he said. “Also, when my family gets bored while camping we throw rocks off of cliffs, and I just got really good at it from there.” Porter described his first-place as “awesomeness,” and his fellow teens geared up to beat him in the next round of their Olympics. One team member knelt in the center of four equidistant team members. The teammate in the middle held a plastic cup on his or her head, and the remaining team members attempted

to toss Whoppers into the cup in 30 to 60 second intervals. Bailey, for Team Rainbow, used strategy to bring her team to the lead. She moved her head from side to side to catch the candies. While none of the other teams did this, Bailey was not disqualified, and her team won several rounds of the game. “I just had to have confidence that we could really do this— that we could really win,” she said. Potato Land took their first victory in the second round of the circular candy toss, and all four teams proceeded to the Oreo balancing game. One person laid on their back, and the other team members tried to stack as many cookies on the person’s forehead as possible without the cookies tumbling over. Three teams won three different rounds of the cookie balancing, but AnnaLeah was relieved that her team, Team Rainbow, beat her sister’s team, Potato Land, in the tiebreaker. The games were mostly for fun, and not for a major competition, Wagner said, but the teens who won the most games were given mega chocolate bars, which served as their symbolic gold medals. The Chocolate Olympics was so popular that it might find its way back to the Bingham Creek Library again, Wagner said. Luckily, the library doesn’t have to wait four years for its next l games.

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City Council Rezones Airport Property Amid Residents’ Safety Concerns By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


he West Jordan City Council approved changing the future land use map and zoning of two city-owned surplus properties from their current designations to residential areas despite the planning commission’s unanimous recommendation to deny the requests. Residents filled most chairs in the West Jordan City Council chambers on Aug. 24 as the council discussed the future of three properties on the west side of the city. In recent months, city staff considered properties they could sell to generate revenue to offset the cost of the new public works facility approved in February. The cost of the new facility is an estimated $23 million. The city council amended the future land use map and rezoned about 23 acres east of Wheatland estates at 4652 West 7800 South and 6.5 acres in the Sycamores community at 7049 West 7800 South. The other 9.7-acre property, located in the Maple Hills development at 6543 West 7400 South, kept its former land use and zoning. “If they wouldn’t have passed these, I would have called off the new public works building,” City Manager Mark Palesh said. “I needed at least two of the three.” But while Palesh, public works employees and Maple Hills residents may be relieved, other

residents, especially those from the Wheatland Estates community, were not. “I really feel like our case was disregarded,” said Greg Leeb, a Wheatland Estates resident. Residents on Airport Property Rezone Led by Paul Emett, Wheatland Estates homeowners compiled a 39-page resident supplement packet about the airport property which they sent to the city council and presented to the planning commission. It explained their concerns about changing the 23-acre parcel into residential property Emett said he and his neighbors thought potential toxic spills from the rail line and Utah National Guard Armory, potential aircraft crashes from the South Valley Regional Airport and annoyances from having the airport and armory so close, would be a detriment to future residents. “The proposal rezone may place the bedrooms of sleeping children mere feet from the transport of hazardous chemicals, as well as yards from the storage of hazardous chemicals at the National Guard base to the east,” resident John Jordan said during the public hearing. The resident supplement included a news story about a railway tanker spill in South Salt Lake in 2005 and a small plane crash in West

Jordan Park in 2014. Residents said these catastrophes could happen in the 23-acres up for rezone. “Accidents are hazards given enough opportunity,” Emett said. “Something probably won’t happen in next 10 years, but in the next 100, it might.” Planning Commission on Airport Property Rezone Colonel Tyler Smith, construction and facility officer for the Utah National Guard, spoke to the planning commission at its Aug. 2 meeting. The National Guard aviation support facility is home to 19 Apache helicopters, 13 Blackhawks and two Lakotas, and the parcel in question is in the direct flight path of the helicopters, he explained. “So normally—under normal conditions— the aircraft try to stay about 1,000 feet as they’re flying over homes,” he said. “That would be impossible in this area. They would have to drop down to about 200 feet. So if you imagine living in one of those homes, and having a helicopter 40–60 times a week flying over your home, you can imagine the quality of life that would exist in that scenario.” Judy Hansen, planning commission member, said she wouldn’t want helicopters to fly 200 feet above her. Kelvin Green, another

planning commission member, said recognized the original intent for the property was for some kind of buffering back in the 1996 development agreement. Duncan Murray, city deputy attorney, said he didn’t think the city was bound by the old contract, but Green said he thought the city had an ethical obligation to do appropriate planning. “If the city promised to have open space buffering, then why is there an urgent need for residential land?” Green asked at the planning commission meeting. Green’s motion to forward a negative recommendation to the city council passed unanimously in a 6–0 vote, with David Pack absent from the meeting. City Council on Airport Property Rezone At the Aug. 24 meeting, the city council passed the rezone and land use amendment with stipulations to ensure a buffer would be built. They requested the future developer create a 60foot protection strip trail with a minimum height of 8 feet next to the rail line. Council members Zach Jacob and Sophie Rice dissented in the 4–2 vote with Councilmember Jeff Haaga absent from the meeting. Scott Langford, city planner, presented the staff’s findings of the property to the city council prior to their vote on the Wheatland Estates continued on next page…




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Wheatland Estates residents expressed their concerns about rezoning and changing the future land use of 23-acres of surplus property near their homes during the Aug. 24 city council meeting. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

the railroad. Neighborhoods to the south and north of the parcel in question are as close to the railroad without buffering. “Do you want a 2- or 3- or 3-story research park moving out there—that’s what it is zoned right now —or do you want homes that match with the current zoning that you have?” Councilmember Chad Nichols said. “That’s really what I am thinking. I think this is a much better option than going down the road of research park. To me, it makes sense.” Mayor Kim Rolfe he thought new homes

would be a better buffer for the current residents than open space. “Yes it would buffer the current residents, but what about those future residents?” Rice responded. “My biggest concern is that rail line on any given day; we don’t know what is going through there. That said, I desperately want to see us get a new public works building, but that’s not where I want to see us developing.” Councilmember Chris McConnehey said he thought Rice’s point was valid and said that he’d like to see a heightened trail buffering residential

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October 2016 | Page 9 areas from the railway. McConnehey added that the public works building and the parcel in question were two separate issues, and he said he’d like to see the council move forward with the building regardless of the outcome of the surplus property rezone. As a pilot himself, Nichols argued that the helicopters wouldn’t present a threat to current or future residents and that people who were bothered by the noise would choose to move elsewhere. With Rolf, McConnehey and City Manager Mark Palesh being pilots, Nichols said they were a qualified group to make this kind of decision. “The airplanes are there. They always have been there. They will be there,” Nichols said. “You buy the house, and you see them above when you are buying the house; to me, that is a non-issue. Frankly, I am proud that the army National Guard is there, and I love to see them, and I don’t care what time of night they fly by.” Residents would be required to sign documents stating they realize they are in an airport overlay zone prior to purchasing a house in the vicinity, Rolfe said. Rolfe made a motion to approve the rezone and land-use amendment with the condition that a heightened trial be built as a buffer, and the motion passed. The lot requirement for potential developers is 8,000 square feet with a size ”E” home. l


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Council Approves Full Closure of 7000 South By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


he West Jordan City Council approved a full closure of 7000 South at the Bangerter Highway intersection for up to 60 days beginning in fall 2017. UDOT brought three options for the last phases of their construction that will convert the 7000 South/Bangerter intersection into a freeway-style interchange. Option A was a full closure of 7000 South for up to 60 days, and options B and C were partial closures that could stretch three to six additional weeks. “I know that, at least for me, option A is much better issue, though the seven of us are going to take the heat for the closure, not UDOT,” Mayor Kim Rolfe said. Option A would only allow right turns onto and off of 7000 South, increasing travel time by up to seven minutes and emergency response time by approximately three minutes for the area east of Bangerter. It would also reduce the duration of the construction and increase safety for workers because they’d be working fewer night shifts. In addition, it would minimize costs and coincide with the city’s 7000 South closure for their water line project to the east. In a 5–1 vote, at the Sept. 7 council meeting, the city council instructed UDOT to move forward with Option A. Councilmember

The Utah Department of Transportation is planning to construct a freeway-style interchange, like this one, at the Bangeter and 7000 South intersection. (Tori La Rue/City Journals).

Zach Jacob dissented, not because he disagreed with the council’s opinion but because he said he wanted to seek feedback from residents through a public hearing first. Foursquare Properties, Owners of Jordan Landing shopping center that borders the intersection, said they’d prefer the construction finishes before the holiday shopping season, according to city staff, but staff said they hadn’t heard anything from residents about the

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three options. Option B would have closed all left turns, added a detour of up to four minutes and maintained the most capacity through the intersection during the construction. Option C would have closed the northbound and southbound left turn, added a detour of up to five minutes and maintained all movements on 7000 South. Both B and C would likely take about 120 days with completion slated for

November 2017 and would have required a two-week full closure. Councilmember Chris McConnehey said he thought Option A would be best because with its completion slated for October, it would limit construction during snowfall. McConnehey cited crashes that occurred during the 7800 South Bangerter interchange conversion as a safety hazard and a reason to condense congestion and construction time on the similar project at 7000 South. “I think [A] will be the safest because it limits what people can do, and it limits the amount of time that we are under construction with the 24/7 workforce,” he said. “I would prefer to bite the bullet, even if we are the ones who take the heat. I am fine taking the heat if we can say this is going to get this done quicker and get you back to your normal life.” The 7000 South and Bangerter Highway construction is part of UDOT’s overarching plan to convert Bangerter Highway into a freeway by changing all its intersections into interchanges. At the same time, 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South and 114000 South will undergo construction. To learn more about the changes that await Bangerter Highway, visit http://www. l udot.utah.gov/bangerter/.

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City Adopts Ethics Standards for Elected Officials By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


he West Jordan City Council created an ordinance outlining certain ethical standards and guidelines for elected officials at the West Jordan City Council meeting on Sept. 7. “It’s a new day for West Jordan,” Mayor Kim Rolfe said after the meeting. “We were finally able to get something that all our members of the city council could agree on.” All members present at the meeting were in agreeance, voting 6–0 to approve the ordinance, yet one city council member was absent from the vote and meeting: Councilmember Jeff Haaga. Haaga missed four consecutive council meetings after the West Jordan Journal and other news outlets published articles about his hit-andrun encounter at a local bar. He appeared to be intoxicated, according to witnesses at the scene, and police bodycam footage from a conversation later that evening shows Haaga claiming he’s “protected” because of his seat on city council in a conversation later that evening. Haaga has not responded to petitions from residents, Alliance for a better Utah and former mayors calling for his resignation, and at the time of the incident, there was not a simple way to remove him from office, according to City Attorney David Brickey. The ordinance passed on Sept. 7 outlines what can and cannot be done by elected officials, and could potentially be used to remove Haaga from office, according to Councilmember Chad Nichols.

The West Jordan City Council approved an ordinance outlining acceptable and unacceptable behaviors of city council members. (West Jordan)

Rolfe said the ordinance was not created for Haaga but to avoid many conflicts within the city government that have landed West Jordan spots in the news stories throughout the past few years. “I think this will set the future to be more respective of individuals on the council and will stop some of the issues that we have dealt with,” he said, adding that he’s been working on the ordinance for the past year. “I don’t want to be specific with that, but this will resolve many of the concerns now because there is direction.” The ordinance outlines ethical duties and violations. Elected officials cannot claim special privileges or that they are “above the law,” should

never use their positions to obtain preferential treatment from law enforcement and must attend at least 21 of the 24 regular city council meetings or not receive compensation, according to the ordinance. The ordinance also states that each elected official should provide current contact information, document their expenditures of city funds and behave in a courteous way. The ordinance establishes that “crimes of dishonesty, moral turpitude and disorderly conduct” include sex-related crimes, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, other violence, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to cooperate with law enforcement and other

similar offences. The newly defined acceptable and unacceptable behavior will allow the council to pursue charges against those who violate the ordinance, Rolfe said. In the same city council meeting, the council voted to get rid of the council discretionary fund in a 4–2 vote. The fund allowed each council member to spend up to $1,000 on a city credit card for “city purposes.” Council members have questioned the use of fellow council members’ spending habits through Facebook posts during the past year. The council voted to add $7,000, the collective amount that used to be distributed to individual council members via credit card, to the council contingency fund. The council members need the approval from their fellow city council members to use the contingency funds and will sometimes payout-of-pocket for council expenditures before being reimbursed. Councilmembers Jacobs and Nichols dissented in the majority vote. Nichols said he thinks the discretionary fund isn’t a problem in itself. The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District members have a similar discretionary fund, but their purchases are publically disclosed. “I wish we’d have implemented something like that,” he said. “We needed more accountability, but I don’t know that we should have done away with the whole thing.” l

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Schools Avoid Year-Round Schedule with Pilot Program By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


ith the population continuing to grow, two Jordan School District schools implemented a pilot school schedule which allows them to enroll more students without implementing a year-round schedule. Bluffdale and Riverside elementary schools switched to a modified, nine-month schedule at the start of the year where A-track students, known as “early birds,” arrive at school an hour earlier than the B-track students, known as “later gators.” At the end of the day, the later gators stay in class for an hour after the early birds leave. The program gives all students the same amount of time in the classroom while giving teachers smaller class sizes for two hours a day. “Year-round is tough on families often, but we can expand the capacity of the school this way by 20 percent,” said Sandy Riesgraf, the district’s director of communications. Bluffdale and Riverside elementary schools were selected for the pilot program because of their overflowing student populations and their locations. Riverside’s student population is a walking community where buses are only used for special education, while Bluffdale’s logistics are more difficult. The students’ homes are spread across the city, reaching the Utah County border. “We’ve got the hardest school and the easiest school to work with for this program,” Superintendent Patrice Johnson said. “We realize if we can do it for these schools, we can do it at any of them.” This is the first time Bluffdale Elementary has not been on a year-round schedule since its construction 20 years ago. Given

B-track students at Riverside Elementary finish their school day while the other half of their class heads home for the day. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

the school’s population of 990 students, Johnson said a normal traditional schedule wouldn’t work. The modified traditional schedule will ensure that children don’t miss out on opportunities from being off track, according to Bluffdale office staff. Jenny Ince, head secretary, said she believes the change will decrease scheduling conflicts for families who have children in traditional middle schools and

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high schools and will improve communication between teachers who used to be on different tracks. Heather Prows, a Riverside parent, said she likes the modified traditional schedule because the school is less congested during drop-off and pick-up times. She said she had no complaints up to that point about the change of schedule. “I had concerns about the program at first,” Prows said. “Mostly, I needed my job to be at the same time as my daughter’s school, but we are able to work it all out.” The Riverside population has grown over the past few years, so they’ve installed nine portables on the school’s property, but even that wouldn’t be enough to house its 803 students on a traditional school schedule. When administrators shared the idea of the modified-traditional schedule with teachers, they were thrilled, said Riverside Principal Ronna Hoffman. “We are able to provide for them every teacher’s dream,” Hoffman said. “They have half of their class, so very small classes on either end where they can really target the specific needs of the kids. Every teacher loves that, and because of our schedule, we are able to pay them more.” The schedule’s also opened up times for after-school programs. Riverside now offers computer, STEM, science, PE and music classes during the first and last hour of the school day. The Jordan School district patterned its modified-traditional schedule after a similar program in the Alpine School District. If the schedule is successful at Bluffdale and Riverside, district officials will look into using it within more schools. l

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Motor Cop, K9s Appear at Safety Assembly By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


hildren cheered and gasped as a policeman rode a motorcycle, lights flashing, through a marked pathway in the Heartland Elementary School gym during a safety assembly on Sept. 15. “The reason we teach safety in an assembly like this is because it engages the kids,” Sandy Riesgraf, Jordan School District’s director of communication, said. “They are not falling asleep, and it’s not just something where someone is just up there talking.” The assembly included appearances from mascots, the West Jordan High School marching band, West Jordan Police Chief Doug Diamond and two K9s. Diamond taught the children about bus, pedestrian, bicycle, stranger and gun safety. Each year, the district hosts a similar assembly in one elementary school to kick off the district’s safety message. District representatives selected Heartland Elementary, at 1451 W 7000 South, because of its proximity to traffic at 7000 South. “It is a high-traffic area,” Riesgraf said. “If there is any school we need a safety message at, it’s this school to remind them of all the safety measures that they need to practice every single day.” The marching band and its Jaguar Mascot, along with Heartland’s mascot, a Husky, kicked off the assembly with a music and dance presentation to get the kids engaged. Principal Shelly Davis introduced district representatives, including Superintendent Patrice Johnson and the district’s director of transportation Herb Jensen. Then Davis prepped the children for a safety video created by the district and promised students a special guest would arrive after the video to give them prizes for answering questions related to short clip. The clip, which can be viewed on Jordan School District’s YouTube Channel, followed a student named Dallin who explains bus safety rules such as: stand at least five big steps away from a bus; keep your feet out of the aisle and in front of you; and know where to locate the bus radio and emergency brake in case of emergencies. Most Heartland Elementary school students walk to school, but it’s still important for them to know basic safety precautions, Riesgraf said. All students will ride buses on field trips, and if they are unfamiliar with bus safety, there’s a greater risk of someone getting hurt. After the video, Officer Andrew Hercules slowly paraded through the room on a police motorcycle, followed by Diamond. Diamond quizzed the children on bus safety, and each student he called on gave the correct answer. He gave participating children sticker police badges. “He really helped us want to be safe because we realized it was very important,” Emily Reynaga, a sixth-grader who serves on

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Two K-9s visited Heartland Elementary School as part of a safety assembly on Sept. 15. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

the school’s safety patrol said. “Some people may think that safety is not fun, but you don’t want to get run over or be in danger.” Diamond gave the students basic safety tips. He said the students should try to walk in groups to and from school, look both ways before crossing the street, listen to crossing guards, ignore strangers who try to talk to them, lock their bikes up when they aren’t using them, ride on the right side of the road and leave any gun—a toy or a real gun—where it was found and go tell a trusted adult. Two K9s and their trainers ran into the center of the assembly after Diamond’s presentation. Duke, the dog from the West Jordan Police Department, demonstrated searching for a drug prototype on stage. Buck, the dog from the South Salt Lake Police Department, demonstrated how he can sniff out potential explosive threats. “I learned from the dogs being here for sure,” Ryan Vogelsberg, a sixth grade-spectator, said. “It made me interested, and I started thinking that we should be safe and not take risks or else we could end up hurt.” Johnson led the children in a safety pledge where students promised to “think about being safe all the time.” “It’s exciting to see these young kids that are just sponges and to be a positive influence for them to help them,” Diamond said. “The biggest accomplishment today was to see the smile on these kids’ faces when they can say and know and repeat what they learned.” l

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• Strengthened Utah’s self reliance by requiring all state agencies have a contingency plan in the case of a reduction of federal funds. HB131

• Called for Congress to repay the $1 million Utah paid as ransom to keep our national parks open during the 2013 federal government shutdown. HJR11

• Formally demanded the federal government honor the promise to relinquish our public lands for more effective local care and management. HB148

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SLCC Teacher Transitions to Modern Calligraphy By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

Lori Howell holds a piece of artwork she created using calligraphy of the Gettysburg Address to form the image of Abraham Lincoln’s Face. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)


ori Howell attributes her picturized calligraphy artwork to her 16-year-old daughter’s crush on celebrity singer Shawn Mendes. “She was going to a meet and greet at one of his concerts and wanted to give him something special,” Howell said. “She asked if I could write his name fancy, but I thought, ‘Everyone can do that,’ so I began thinking of other options.”’ Howell, a professional calligrapher, used the lettering of Mendes’ song lyrics to create the outline of his portrait in June. Guards at the meet and greet accepted the gift on Mendes’ behalf, so Howell’s daughter never got to see Mendes’ response to the art, but Howell said the project wasn’t all for naught. Howell enjoyed the project, so she replicated the style in an image of Abraham Lincoln, shaping his face using the words of the Gettysburg Address. Bluffdale showcased the Lincoln art at their Old West Days festival in August, and several people offered to buy it. Now Howell’s planning to create a line of calligraphy depictions that she’ll eventually sell on Etsy beginning in January. “I’ve never done anything like this before with calligraphy—doing art as opposed to just writing things,” she said. “You are usually doing calligraphy for other people. This is the first time that I feel like I am doing something for me.” The ebb and flow of calligraphy’s popularity has conveniently played out in Howell’s life, she said. Her chances

of becoming a graphic designer after graduating from BYU in the mid-’80s seemed bleak as computer programs started taking over the jobs she was trained to do, so Howell put her phone number in the phone book and started doing calligraphy work, including wedding invitations, certificates and poems. She continued her work as a calligrapher from home for 15 years until her fifth child came around. Howell said she wasn’t sure she could keep up with her calligraphy work and the dayto-day work of being a mother. “I doubled my prices, thinking that would make it half of the work, and I’d still make the same amount of money, but I doubled my business,” Howell said. “I finally had to pull it out of the phone book and just do word of mouth because it was too crazy busy.” Two more children joined the Howell family, and Howell began spending her time almost exclusively as a mother. Around the year 2000, Calligraphy took the backseat, which was just as well because the demand for calligraphy began to decline. “Calligraphy tanked,” Howell said. “That was right along the time that everybody started saying, ‘Oh, I can print my envelopes on the computer. I can print my certificates on the computer, and they look perfect. I really thought calligraphy was dead. I really did.” Howell’s children grew, and in 2011 she had more time to work outside the home, she said. She secured a job at Salt Lake Community College teaching calligraphy. It was then that she began to notice the resurgence of calligraphy on Pinterest and Etsy. “Now it has gone all the way back around,” Howell said. “People are saying, ‘I don’t want it to look like I can just print it off of a computer because anyone can print it off of a computer now.’ They want it to look hand-done—hence, modern calligraphy.” Modern calligraphy has evolved into more than calligraphy pens and paper. Chalkboard drawings based on calligraphic styles are increasing in popularity. Howell’s been playing around with this idea for the past few months. “For me, calligraphy is creativity,” she said. “There are new things all the time. I would have never thought of chalk two years ago, but then I started seeing it out there, and I thought ‘That’s cute; I should try it.’” Her chalkboard designs include decorative, wedding and menu signs. She creates these pieces by mimicking calligraphy styles using chalk. She thickens parts of the letters with additional strokes, instead of moving the pen in a particular way. Howell has also started glass engraving. She etches names

and messages into vases, jars and perfume bottles using a dentist drill. Dillard’s and other stores hire her to inscribe personalized messages on perfume and cologne bottles around Christmastime. It’s a way to give a gift that’s personalized, she said. Calligraphy may evolve, but its rebirth has given Howell hope that there will always be a place for the lettering art in the world of art and design. “We place more value on the hand stuff and the work, love and time put into it versus something that has been manufactured,” she said. “I think people like the hand-look of stuff. It is maybe not perfect, but it’s still beautiful.” For more information about Howell’s calligraphy, email lori.howell7@gmail.com. l

Lori Howell’s chalk artwork hangs in her house. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

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needs flooded the media. The water would have been used West Jordan has been in the for cooling the servers. Numbers from Facebook’s existing news a lot recently for a variety of data centers indicate the actual water usage would have topics including our bid to attract a been closer to about 50,000 gallons per day during the Facebook data center. The project hottest weather. And during six months of the year, our involved many different partners climate ensures little water would have been needed at all. who worked together for months Our cool dry climate is one of the reasons Utah was in the to structure an incentive that would running as a site for this data center. attract this Fortune 500 company. Ultimately, New Mexico Some also criticized the low number of jobs that would presented an incentive package that was more than what be created by this project. While it’s estimated that the data Utah was willing to offer. center would only employ about 100 employees, the conTo recruit these types of businesses, a public/private partnership is structured where a percentage of the proper- struction of the facilities would have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact and would have ty taxes they would pay is rebated back to the company to supported thousands of jobs over an estimated ten years defray the costs of onsite and offsite infrastructure neces(six potential building phases) of construction. It would also sary for the project and other neighboring developments. have paved the way The local tax incentive for other companies in this case was big – to follow. The reason around $184 million companies like Faceover 20 years – but that’s book receive these because the company’s types of agreements investment was also BIG is because they are so – $1.5 billion. With this – Sen. President Wayne Niederhauser, Wayne Harper, Curt Bramsought after. They are type of partnership, the ble, Daniel Thatcher and Lincoln Fillmore are members of the industry leaders that company pays taxes first, Utah Senate. Excerpted from an article posted on Senatesite.com. invest large amounts then receives a rebate. of money in the local economy and have a “halo effect” So why would the city, county, state, school district, and where similar companies follow their lead and locate in the others forgo tax revenue to attract top businesses? Currently the land where the Facebook data center would have region. They don’t come without the incentive. They don’t have to because there are many other cities across the been built is vacant and generates very little property tax. globe willing to welcome them to their community. If Facebook would have located in our city, different taxing This company had the potential to contribute greatly entities including the school district, county, state, city and not only to our city economy but also the state’s economy. more would have received over $30 million over the next I’m really disappointed that the different entities couldn’t 20 years, at which point the property would be taxed at full come to a consensus that would have been competitive value. enough to attract Facebook to our city. We will continue to Would this area develop without the incentive? Yes. work to bring other great businesses to our city. Eventually. But would it bring in the kind of tax revenue this project would have? No. If Facebook had selected West Jordan rather than New Mexico, it would have represented The following sidebar lists the dollar amounts the different an investment in the city of $1.5 billion. This doesn’t include taxing entities would have collected over the 20-year incentive the millions of dollars they were going to spend in impact period. After the 20-years, the dollar amounts would have fees, permits and the upgraded utilities they were going to jumped substantially. build that would have benefitted our residents. Jordan School District $17.3 million By contrast, adding more homes or apartments to the SLCO Library $9.3 million area would further strain the school system, require addiCounty $7.1 million tional city services and put much more traffic on the roads. City $5.7 million We would prefer to see this area develop with businesses Jordan Valley Water $1.0 million rather than see the use changed to high-density residential Central Utah Water $1.0 million or become the site of low-income housing. SLSLV Mosquito $260,000 Misinformation regarding Facebook’s data center water

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Fall is a great time to trim trees Did you know that City Code includes rules that govern the height of tree branches so that they don’t block signs or impede traffic? Low hanging tree limbs can create a hazard for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. They can also result in problems for all involved and delay maintenance activity. When a vehicle strikes a low hanging limb, it can result in property damage to the vehicle and significant damage to the tree. Fall is a great time to trim trees. With the leaves off the trees, it’s easier to see structural problems and correct them through proper pruning so they don’t become safety hazards. Common city tree code violations occur in four areas: 1. Sign visibility – Trees must be trimmed so their canopies don’t interfere with the visibility of stop signs, yield sign, street address signs and other regulatory signs. Stop signs need to be visible for 100 feet. 2. Clear vision – Trees or bushes must be trimmed so motorists or pedestrians can see oncoming traffic at intersections. 3. Sidewalk clearance – Trees or bushes must not obstruct pedestrian travel. Trees adjacent to pedestrian walkways need to have a minimum canopy clearance of 8 feet above grade. 4. Street side clearance – Tree canopies that extend over streets need to provide canopy clearance of at least 15 feet above the pavement in travel lanes and 10 feet above the pavement in parking lanes. Low-hanging trees interfere with motorists and cause issues for snowplow operations, paving operations, garbage collection, street sweeping operations and more. It is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain their trees and planting material. If there is a complaint or an operation that is being altered due to your trees or planting material, you may receive a visit from a Code Enforcement Officer to correct the issue. Details about the city’s tree code are online at WJordan.com. For more information, contact the city’s urban forester, Ty Neilsen at tyn@wjordan.com.

Volunteers Needed for Tree Planting Project Nov. 5 The city will be planting trees to replace those that were recently vandalized along 2200 West and Veterans Memorial Park. The planting party takes place Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8 a.m. Meet in Veterans Memorial Park, 8030 South 1825 West, at the small pavilion near 2200 West. A hot breakfast will be served. Bring a shovel and work gloves if possible. Volunteers under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Visit WJordan.com to sign up or email info@wjordan.com.


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CERT training Nov. 18-19 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. The West Jordan Fire Department is teaching a two-day Community Emergency Response Team training on Nov. 18-19. This CERT course is for those residents and people who work or own businesses 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 taking the hands on class. The hands-on portion is taught by West Jordan firefighters and other local professionals. You will learn about disaster preparedness, disaster medical, fire suppression, and search and rescue. The online self-study portion usually takes about six hours to

complete. The 12-hour classroom practical session will be held Friday, Nov. 18 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 19 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You must complete both portions and the required training hours in order to receive certification. CERT training is open to all West Jordan Residents, age 18 and over, and anyone who works within West Jordan City limits. The cost of the class is $35, to cover some of the cost of materials. Class size is limited to 24 students and is selected on a first-come, first-served basis. If the minimum number of 12 students is not met, the class will be postponed until spring. To register for the class, email certwjfd@wjordan. com and an application and information will be sent to you. There is a $35 non-refundable deposit to help cover the costs. Questions? Email certwjfd@ wjordan.com or call 801-260-7300.


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 2016 (Note: Activities are tentative and may change)



Planning Commission, City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.



City Council Meeting, City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.



Planning Commission, City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.

Crossing Guards Needed The City of West Jordan is in need of several more crossing guards to help children safely arrive at school. This is a great part-time job for someone looking for flexibility and extra income. Other job opportunities include a seasonal utilities laborer, seasonal parks laborer, apprentice electrician, street maintenance worker and crossing guards. Job opportunities continually change so if you don’t see something that interests you now or need more information check our website at Wjordan.com.

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the shop local program.

Veterans’ Day – City Offices Closed City Council Meeting, City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m. (Tues., Canvass Election)



Planning Commission, City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Rd., 6 p.m.

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The Great Costume Exchange

FREE! West Jordan City Hall Costume drop-off: Oct. 3-13, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Costume exchange: Saturday, Oct. 15, 10-11 a.m. Join us for the Great Costume Exchange! Swap last year’s witch for a princess; or switch from a tiger to a ninja. Bring your gently used costumes (not dirty or torn) to West Jordan City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Road, during the drop-off period, receive a “swap ticket,” and redeem the ticket for a newto-you costume during the exchange on Oct. 15. Costumes are subject to availability and are first-come, first-serve. Sizes and styles may vary.

Online Bill Pay Did you know you can pay your city utility bill online? You can set up one-time payments from your checking account, credit or debit card. You can also set up auto pay to automatically notify you and deduct your payment each month. To enroll, have your utility bill handy and visit Wjordan.com, click the e-services tab and follow the enrollment instructions.

Symphony Update The West Jordan Symphony is looking for musicians! Orchestra musicians are welcome to join them for rehearsals from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday mornings at the old West Jordan library, 1970 West 7800 South. The next performance is the Fall Concert on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Viridian Event Center, 8030 S. 1825 West. You’ll hear popular favorites from “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “Hoedown from Copland’s Rodeo.” There will also be trick or treating for the kids! Vocal auditions for the annual Handel’s Messiah performance will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at the old library. For additional information, please visit westjordansymphony.org.

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Westridge Academy Develops Youth with Sports By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Bring the Kids! The baseball team at Westridge Academy has one victory this season, but that number is not what is important to the team. (Jamie Keefer/Westridge Academy)


inning games is not the most important thing at Westridge Academy in West Jordan. Developing at risk young men and women into productive members of society is the main goal. “We are a residential treatment center for at-risk youth,” Westridge Athletic Director Jamie Keefer said. “It is a private school, and the students live on campus. We have participated in athletics for about 30 years.” The school serves youth ages 9–18; it was formerly known as the Boys Ranch. Westridge Academy has been open since 1964; on its West Jordan campus there are currently 50 students, and the academy can house as many as 150. It is a program designed to help heal teens and their families struggling with drugs, alcohol dependency, behavior problems and some criminal issues. “We won seven straight region titles in baseball and a basketball title recently, but we aren’t building athletes,” Keefer said. “We are building young men and young women. We want them to go back into society and have the skills to cope. We want to show them it is OK to make a mistake and still be a productive part of the world.” Westridge competes in the Utah High School Activities Association Region 18, which is part of the 1A classification. The students live on campus. They attend normal school eight periods a day and also receive counseling and additional training to cope with their outside world problems. “The basketball games are very exciting.,” Keefer said. “We have pep rallies, a lot of good stuff. Westridge is a very special place. The young men and women here are unbelievable. I have developed friendships for life,” Keefer said. The goal at Westridge is to help a troubled teen and their families to live happier and healthier lives. Some students come from local households; others have come from as far away as Bermuda. Kasia Matthews graduated from Westridge last spring. She was the two-time defending state

100-and 200-meter champion. She ran the 100 at the state track meet one half a second faster than anyone else in her classification. Her time of 12.8 seconds was the seventh-fastest time in the state last year. The 1A school competes in baseball and volleyball in the fall, boys and girls basketball in the winter and track in the spring. “At the beginning of this year, I thought we might not win a baseball game this season,” Keefer said. “We have really turned things around.” Keefer attributes his team’s turnaround to a trip to Manilla. After losing a game they participated in a team building exercise. The Manilla head coach took them on a tour of the jail. “That was a turning point for these kids,” Keefer said. “Since then we seem to be a family. They saw that people care about them. They live together 24 hours a day and learned to trust each other. Westridge is a special place. I have kids that have kept in touch with me for years.” l

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• Seminars and workshops for educators and parents • Hands-on learning activites for kids The student athletes take time to reflect on the purpose of the sports they play rather than wins they achieve. (Jamie Keefer/Westridge Academy)


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Grizzlies Soccer Notches Shutout Streak By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


t has been the tale of two seasons so far for the Copper Hills girls soccer team this fall. The Grizzlies have played seven Region 3 matches (at press time) and have not allowed a goal. The spark in the defense is a complete turnaround from what they faced in its four preseason matches, they had allowed 11 goals those games. “I feel like we have been doing well this season,” junior Dominique Estrada said. “We have put in a lot of time and effort to get there. It is exciting that our work is paying off. It is a complete team effort,”

while Sargent had one in the preseason against Skyview. “We are not celebrating anything yet,” Grizzlies head coach Ryan Rumfallo said. “We are just going to get back to what has been working for us. It feels good to come up here and get a win against a team like them.” Holli Cochran leads the team with 10 goals; Sisler has 8. The Grizzlies’ 7-0 region record puts them in first place in Region 3 at press time. They finished last season 6-3-3 in region games and placed fourth in their region. That finish drew them a first round state match against American Fork, which they lost

“It is exciting that our work is paying off. It is a complete team effort.” Grizzly sophomore McCaslin Davis picked up her first varsity shutout of the season in the team’s first region game against Jordan. The Grizzlies defeated the Beetdiggers 5-0. Senior captain Kate Sisler scored two goals in the victory. The streak continued against Cottonwood (8-0), Taylorsville (1-0), Bingham (3-0), Brighton (2-0), West Jordan (4-0) and again over Jordan (3-0). The seven shutouts in a row have the Region 3 teams scratching their heads on how to crack the Grizzly defense. In the game against Brighton, the Bengals controlled the ball well in the midfield but failed to find shots. Davis and Ashley Sargent have combined on two of the shutouts during the streak. Davis recorded five solo shutouts

2-1. A strong finish in the team’s final five games (after press deadline) will help ensure them a return trip to the tournament. They are scheduled to close out the regular season Oct. 6 at rival West Jordan. Rumfallo is in his seventh year at Copper Hills. Last season was the first time since 2010 the Grizzlies had qualified for the playoffs. It is evident the experts are not sure what to make of the recent success. The Deseret News currently has the Grizzlies ranked fifth in its 5A poll, Maxpreps.com rates them at eighth. The first round of the state tournament is scheduled to begin Oct. 11. The finals are scheduled for Oct. 24 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. l

Senior captain Kate Sisler is a three year starter and four year player for the Grizzlies has recorded 24 goals in her high school career. (Aaron Rumfallo/Copper Hills Soccer)

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Chef Nettie Frank Follow Chef Nettie Frank on a tour of Italian cuisine Friday through Sunday on the Kitchen Stage. As a professional caterer and talented chef, she knows how to make restaurant-quality recipes easy for anyone.

This year, the Deseret News Home Show is thrilled to welcome Drew and Jonathan Scott, the talented duo from HGTV’s Property Brothers. Also, Kelly Edwards from HGTV’s Design on a Dime and Andy and Candis Meredith from HGTV’s Old Home Love will be on our Design Stage throughout the weekend. In addition to our celebrity guests, we are pleased to showcase the creative ideas of local bloggers as they face off in the Blogger vs. Blogger challenge.

Blogger Vs. Blogger Two bloggers go head-to-head showcasing their design skills at the Home Show. Each blogger has two days and a limited budget to give the same room a makeover. Both designer rooms will be on display Friday through Sunday. Presented by Rust-Oleum.


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With the changing of the season comes new ideas and new inspiration at the 2016 Deseret News Home Show. Our team is excited to announce the line-up of national celebrity guests, local industry experts, and the latest products and services in home design and construction. We are proud to remain your resource for creative inspiration and helpful advice for all of your home improvement projects and needs.

We encourage you to browse the hundreds of vendor booths and speak to many industry experts about your next home project. Thank you for welcoming the Deseret News Home Show team into your home. We continue to strive to be your number one source for the highest quality home improvement, design, and landscaping products and services. Your thoughts are very important to us, so please join the conversation on Facebook!

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O’ Christmas Tree To: Charity with Love, From: Salt Lake City Ten local charities will create their own holiday tree designs. Each decorated tree will be on display Friday through Sunday, and Home Show-goers have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree displays and participate in a silent auction to benefit those in need. All money raised in the silent auction will go to local charities.

Andy and Candis Meredith of Old Home Love HGTV and DIY Network’s Old Home Love stars, Andy and Candis Meredith, will be on the Design Stage on Friday, October 7 to highlight their latest restoration projects.

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The dynamic duo of home improvement, Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s hit TV show Property Brothers, help homeowners tackle their renovation projects one step at a time. The Scott brothers have been in the business for many years—Drew is a real estate agent, while Jonathan is a contractor—so finding the perfect fixer-upper properties and transforming them into dream homes is their specialty.

Getting to Know the Scott Brothers Q What is the easiest way to update your living space? A We can’t stress enough how important decluttering is in a space. You have to make sure that your furniture isn’t too big for the room and that your paint palette isn’t too dark – these can both make a space feel much smaller than it is.

Q What is your favorite type of home improvement project? A We absolutely love outdoor living spaces. Working on these areas is a great way to add livable square footage to your home without doing an actual addition. Nothing beats kicking back with friends around a firepit.

Q What space do you feel is often neglected by homeowners? A The master bedroom is typically the last room to be considered for a renovation. Instead, homeowners focus their attention on the ‘entertaining’ areas. But that attitude always seemed kind of crazy to me. We should all have a wonderful, relaxing oasis to kick back in at the end of the day. We always tend to put everybody else’s needs ahead of our own. That needs to stop. Put in that amazing soaker tub, a fireplace in the master, or even a massive walk-in closet to admire your shoe collection. You deserve it!

Q What do you most enjoy about what you do? A The most rewarding part of our job is when homeowners throw their arms around us and say thank you. We help them do what they would never have been able to do on their own, and it’s so fulfilling. Oh and the demolition part is a lot of fun too!

Q What is the one remodeling project that generally needs a professional? A Anytime you’re doing a project that involves major electrical, plumbing or structural work…use a professional. These are areas where one small mistake could cost thousands of dollars or worse yet, put the occupant’s lives in danger!

Q What is the most important aspect to finding the right home? A Location. You can do anything you want to improve a home... but you can’t upgrade your community. So never turn a blind eye to things like an airport or train in behind the property. Q If homeowners need to tackle one project at a time, where is the best place to start? A Start with the areas that will make your life easier. Work on the kitchen, if you like to entertain or always prepare family meals. Upgrade the basement bathroom if you need more space for the kids. Expand the laundry room if you’re

struggling to keep up. What renovation would have the biggest impact on your day-to-day? Q What is a remodeling project that most homeowners can tackle themselves? A If you’re tired of staring at a boring blank wall in your living room, why not take on a fun weekend project and install a reclaimed wood feature? You can buy a reclaimed wood veneer product that comes with adhesive on the back. Or to save some money, you could buy real reclaimed wood that has been processed and is ready to install. Or to save even MORE money you can find real rough reclaimed wood and prep it yourself with a wire brush. It’s a beautiful feature and fairly easy to install! Q What is your best tip for staying within budget on a renovation? A Organization is key. Plan everything in advance. Look for deals on all materials and fixtures well before you need them. Otherwise you are at the mercy of the retail price when it comes time to installing those items. Q What’s a luxury feature you think is a must? A I love the idea of collapsible glass walls. They help bring the outdoors in.



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Double your Design & Decorating Know-How HGTV’S KELLY EDWARDS: TOP-OF-THE-LINE DESIGNS ON A DIME Kelly Edwards, best known as the host of HGTV’s Design on a Dime, is a talented celebrity designer who has a knack for re-purposing everyday items and incorporating DIY projects into interior design makeovers. Edwards understands that any home redesign or renovation can be time consuming and expensive, so she offers accessible tips for decluttering your space and decorating on a budget. In addition to Edwards’ design solutions, she is well versed in the art of DIY — creating for fashion, lifestyle, gifting, and more. Whether she’s decorating for the holidays, planning an event, or redesigning an entire home, Edwards has the most innovative ideas for any occasion and any budget constraint.

You can have Edwards’ design tips at your fingertips with her book The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home. Edwards provides stepby-step instructions and inspiration to add personality into every room in the home. DEKMAX Join the experts from Dekmax on the Outdoor Living Stage located in Booth #133 as they feature the benefits of their Aluminum Planking System (APS). Dekmax solves the maintenance problems and costs of traditional wood and composite decks, while retaining the look and charm of traditional wood decks. Seminars will be held throughout the show Friday-Sunday. ANDY & CANDIS MEREDITH Andy and Candis Meredith, renovation experts of HGTV and DIY Network’s Old Home Love, revive some of Utah’s oldest homes. This husband and wife team believes in maintaining the historic elements of a home but incorporating newer design styles that freshen up the space. At the Home Show, Andy and Candis will share valuable renovation advice they have gathered from years of experience, especially in the local market. Catch them on the Design Stage on Friday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 Kelly Dunlop....Design Trends: Colors, Furniture, Flooring & Lighting Auric Solar - Shelica Heaps..........Solar - Easy, Affordable, Guaranteed Clear & Simple....Fun & Fabulous Organizing Ideas For Home & Holiday Design Your Basement ............................... Remodeling For Your Future Walker Home Design . Fun Spaces That will Awaken Your Inner Child Kelly Edwards.................. Recipe For Design - Presented By State Farm Andy & Candis Meredith from Old Home Love

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 11:00 Marla Dee................................................Organizing Tips, Tools & Truths 12:00 Auric Solar - Shelica Heaps........ Solar - Easy, Affordable, Guaranteed* 1:00 Drew & Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers* *These seminars will be held in Hall 4 on the North end of the South Towne Expo Center 2:30 DIY Shutter............................Affordable Ways To Cover Your Windows 3:00 Alicia Richmond................................................. Fall Wardrobe Essentials 4:00 Walker Home Design .........................................Save Big When Building 5:00 Design Your Basement ................................Remodeling for Your Future 6:00 Kelly Dunlop....Design Trends: Colors, Furniture, Flooring & Lighting 7:00 Cynthia Bee................................................Planning Your Ideal Utah Yard 8:00 Wendy Hyde - The Shabby Nest........................Decorating For Real Life SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 12:00 Clear & Simple.....Fun & Fabulous Organizing Ideas for Home & Holiday 1:00 Auric Solar - Shelica Heaps..........Solar - Easy, Affordable, Guaranteed 2:00 Clear & Simple....................................Organizing Tips, Tools and Truths 3:00 Design Your Basement ............................... Remodeling For Your Future 4:00 Wendy Hyde - The Shabby Nest........................Decorating For Real Life Visit deseretnewshomeshow.com for a complete listing of seminars.

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Tastes of the World The Kitchen Stage at the Deseret News Home Show will have LIVE cooking demonstrations by local chefs for entertaining and quick and easy family meals.

NETTIE FRANK Although she’s well known for her delicious sweet treats and most recently for her appearance on Food Network’s Cake Wars, Chef Nettie Frank can dish up creative and seasonal savory meals for any occasion. As the owner of the local Beyond Glaze Doughnuts and Silver Whisk Catering, Frank will show Home Show guests how to incorporate fresh ingredients into Italian cuisine, including appetizers, dinners, and desserts. WENDY PAUL Wendy Paul, author of the 101 Gourmet cookbook series, will be on the Kitchen Stage to share her holiday baking secrets and the creative ways to decorate seasonal sweets. According to Paul, regardless of the occasion, there’s always a reason to bake!

Catch Nettie Frank on the Kitchen Stage on Friday, October 7 at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 8 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday, October 9 at Noon and 3 p.m.

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See, Bid and Walk Away with Your Favorite Christmas Tree More than 10 Utah charity organizations will create their own one-of-a-kind holiday tree at the Deseret News Home Show. Each 7-foot decorated tree will be on display Friday through Sunday. Home Showgoers have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree design as well as contribute monetarily by placing any chosen dollar amount into donation boxes placed next to each tree. Charity organizations involved in the Christmas tree designs include: - Habitat for Humanity (SLCO) - The Road Home - Susan G. Komen of Utah - American Cancer Society - Ronald McDonald House - Prevent Child Abuse Utah - Alzheimer’s Association of Utah

- American Heart Association of Utah - Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Additionally, all designed trees will be included in a silent auction to benefit those in need and all donations raised throughout the weekend will go to the charity organizations directly. Help support all these amazing causes October 7-9. This is your chance to support your favorite charity!

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Jordan School District


very day Jordan School District welcomes 52,300 students into 56 elementary, secondary, technology and special education schools located throughout the communities we serve. The goal is to provide quality education in a safe environment where every child can achieve at his or her highest level. When students succeed, our communities succeed. Crime rates go down. Businesses flourish with an educated workforce. This generation pays into social security and retirement benefits, which in turn allows retirees to have a better quality of life. Never before has our future been more closely tied to an exceptional and quality education. The biggest challenge we face right now is extreme growth. Look around and you see it everywhere. Over the next five years, JSD needs the capacity for a projected 9,250 additional students.

With more and more students comes the need for more classrooms. Adding classrooms requires construction and new construction costs money. That’s why the Board of Education has unanimously approved a proposed $245 million bond to build six new schools, which includes a rebuild of the 60-year-old West Jordan Middle. With the building of these new schools, boundaries can be realigned across the District to balance enrollments and benefit all communities. In addition, when we have funds to construct new schools, capital money becomes available to pay for upgrades and renovations at existing buildings. The bond will require taxes for bond payments to increase $16.80 a year total on a $300,000 home, the average home value in the District. For the price of a large pizza a year, every child will

be better served. Our communities will flourish as new businesses look to locate here, expand the tax base and hire educated individuals who stay in the area and contribute to society. We have worked hard with our citizens’ committees, mayors and staff to reduce building costs and come up with a plan to support current and future students, to better our existing schools, keep taxes low and continually work to better the quality of life for everyone. Let’s Grow Together. For more information on the proposed bond, visit Jordanbond. org. You can contact the District with questions by calling our bond hotline at 801-567-8705. l

The biggest challenge we face right now is extreme growth. Look around and you see it everywhere. Over the next five years, JSD needs the capacity for a projected 9,250 additional students.

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o mother wants to hear her child speak the words “I want to die.” But for parents of children battling depression, that is a fear. And for me, it became a reality when one of my own children was struggling and needed help. It was 10:30 p.m. one summer night when my son came to me and shared his thoughts of suicide. Aimee Winder Newton As a mother, I am so grateful that he was willing to County Council District 3 speak up. But I didn’t know what to do or who to call. Mental illness is one of those “taboo” subjects in our culture, and we really need to change that. We also need to take seriously our teens crying out for help. My son is very brave and has allowed me to share his story so that others can get the help they need. After this particular incidence, I learned that the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute or “UNI” has a crisis line. This line is staffed with trained counselors 24/7. You can call anytime and have a live person answer the call. It is also anonymous. But how many of us know this phone number? I didn’t. This is why I am determined to see that we have a three-

Suicide Rates Prompt Crisis Line Discussion digit phone number that can be used to go directly to a crisis line statewide. Across the state there are 19 different crisis lines, many with limited hours and staffing. This past month, I invited Missy Larsen, chief of staff for Attorney General Sean Reyes, and state Rep. Steve Eliason to present to our county council on this issue. They spoke of Utah’s suicide rate (5th highest in the nation), and discussed how suicide is now the number one killer of Utah teens. The rate of suicide by seniors is also climbing in Utah. These leaders, as well as state Senator Daniel Thatcher, have been involved in developing the SAFEUT app. Youth are able to report unsafe behavior at school or other behavioral healthrelated issues and get help. We had several mayors and city officials present at our council meeting who expressed support for this initiative. Some tearfully shared stories of loved ones or city residents who have needed help. This truly is a crisis in our community. I believe there is incredible consensus and

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support for establishing a statewide, dedicated, threedigit mental health crisis line to connect more Utahns with needed support. Our coalition is working with stakeholders and the FCC on this issue and will look at all numbers available and determine the best one that will fit these needs. I know there are many people still struggling, both parents aching for their children and individuals grappling with these issues themselves. It is imperative that we prioritize solving this issue. We’ll be working hard in the coming weeks and months to find a solution. In the meantime, download the SAFEUT app on your smartphone. And in times of crisis you can always call 801.587.3000 to talk to a trained counselor in a free and confidential call. l

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Jordan Valley Cancer Center


here are certainly some words no one wants to hear. The words “you have cancer” can send a patient and their loved ones into whirl of doubt and fear. To say the least, a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming. But, with the opening of the new Jordan Valley Cancer Center, patients now have access to personalized, technologically advanced treatments at one convenient location. Located at the Jordan Valley Medical Center Campus at 3592 West 9000 South in West Jordan, patients and their families will have access to an entire treatment team, comprehensive cancer treatment and services. “The new facility was designed around patient comfort and healing,” Steve Anderson, CEO of Jordan Valley Medical Center, said. “Within the Cancer Center walls you will find a network of cancer care specialists, including Gamma West, Utah Cancer Specialists and more—all working together to care for our patients.” The Jordan Valley Cancer Center is the new, state-of-the-art cancer treatment that that the community deserves. It will also be the only facility of its kind west of I-15 in the Salt Lake Valley providing both inpatient and outpatient cancer services. By partnering with cancer specialists from a wide variety of backgrounds—including medical, surgical and radiation oncology—the Cancer Center is able to offer patients unique treatment plans that draw on the best elements of each medical

specialty. Patients are not limited to the expertise of just one physician. Additionally, Jordan Valley Cancer Center has partnered with Elekta, a healthcare company that develops products and cancer treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, to bring Versa HD radiotherapy system to Utah for the first time. The Versa HD is a radiation treatment system designed to improve cancer patient care by allowing physicians to treat a broad spectrum of tumors throughout the body, while enabling treatment of highly complex cancers that require extreme

targeting precision. “The opening of this new Cancer Center means extended service, improved technology, and greater access to cancer treatments for our community,” Anderson said. “Cancer diagnosis and treatment are complex and difficult processes for the patient and his or her family. As a committed and compassionate team, our cancer care specialists and medical staff will guide our patients every step of the way, working together toward recovery.” But with all this technology and unique professional partnerships, patients and families can be assured that their emotional needs will not be neglected. “The Jordan Valley Cancer Center has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide programs and resources throughout the entire cancer care process,” Robin Anderson, registered nurse and director of oncology at Jordan Valley Cancer Center, said. She also said that the Cancer Center team will include a nurse coordinator who will help coordinate all facets of cancer care. On top of all the clinical options, the Cancer Center will provide a range of community and support services including “nutritional guidance, cancer support groups, educational classes, yoga, and more,” according to Robin Anderson. l

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As your County Councilman, I appreciate the responsibility that comes with serving our community. No subject is of greater concern to our state right now than opioid abuse and overdose deaths. The problem is pervasive, prevalent, and devastating. While deaths from firearms and vehicle Steven L. DeBry accidents receive far more attention from County Council District 5 our media, overdose deaths occur with more frequency. We rank 4th in the nation for prescription overdose deaths per 100,000 population. Most of those prescription overdose deaths come from Opioids, which are pain pills like Oxycodone (often called Oxycontin or Percocet), Fentanyl, and Hydrocodone (Vicodin). Overdoses from heroin also continue to rise. We cannot build enough prisons to jail our way out of this problem, and jailing those in need of treatment without sufficient recovery resources kicks the can down the road. We have to have a comprehensive set of solutions developed, and I am committed to developing those at the County Council. Councilmember Jenny Wilson and I co-sponsored a roundtable at the County Council to coordinate efforts on this critical public health issue. We heard from healthcare providers, public health experts, insurance companies, state leaders, our District Attorney and Sheriff, and from people who recovered from substance use disorders. Let me share with you a few things the County Council learned from this roundtable: • Addiction to Opioids can take just 1 week.

County Council Takes on Opioid Crisis • Since 1999, the rate of deaths from drug overdose in Utah doubled. • In Salt Lake County, that increase was 50%. • Utah averaged 1 opioid related death each day in 2015. • One of the most frequent areas for overdoses in the County is in the Southwest Valley. Our community is heavily impacted by this problem. • In the last 4 years, physicians have prescribed about half as many Opioid pills with each prescription. But it has not appreciably decreased Opioid related deaths. • While pills are less readily available on the street, heroin dealers have increased distribution. While Opioid abuse is never safe, heroin is far more dangerous, because it is produced with no quality control or regulation, and is often laced with other drugs in potentially deadly quantities and combinations. Our County Jail is full, and that largely stems from crimes associated with drug and alcohol abuse to help fuel habits of people with substance use disorders. As a police officer for 35 years, these trends have been noticeable and alarming. It’s in our neighborhoods. Addiction can turn decent people into criminals, and rob families of their loved ones. If we can save individuals from the scourge of substance use disorders, we can strengthen families and our community. Eventually that translates to saving tax dollars. From our Opioid summit, some solutions have begun to take hold. Finding ways to purchase Naloxone for first responders seems wise. Naloxone is a non-addictive prescription medication that helps to block the effects of opiates on the body. It saves lives of overdose victims when administered quickly after an overdose. Naloxone has been in use by EMTs for more than four decades because it is safe


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and has no detrimental impact on people who have no opiates in their system. The County Council will be working with the District Attorney to equip police vehicles throughout the valley with this life-saving drug. We also hope to encourage families to keep Naloxone on hand if they have a family member dealing with a substance use disorder. To find more information on how to obtain Naloxone, visit http:// www.utahnaloxone.org/ There is more to be done, and I will keep you updated as we move forward to help address the Opioid Crisis. As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas. Email me at SLDeBry@slco.org, or call my office at (385) 468-7458. l

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Garbett Homes

Buying and building a home is the decision of a lifetime.

Garbett Homes understands the importance of this decision and builds homes with the mindset that a home is more about just walls and a roof: it’s a starting point for all that people do. With this in mind, Garbett has begun construction on a townhome project in Daybreak’s popular SoDa Row area called Parkway Station. These 27 new homes with seven floor plan options include at least one outdoor living space such as balconies, roof top terraces or patio spaces and solar panels as standard features. Living in these townhomes means homebuyers will also get SoDo Row, Oquirrh Lake and a UTA Trax station all within walking distance and The District and Mountain View Corridor just a short drive away. Models for the first phase of townhomes will open in early 2017 and the pre-selling will begin soon, with prices from $230s. “When people buy from Garbett Homes, they’re not only buying

a home,” Garbett Homes President Bryson Garbett said, “they’re also buying into a lifestyle choice.” Garbett started his construction career as a young man, working as an 18-year-old framer. He graduated from the University of Utah with a history degree and then started his own company in 1988. After 28 years of perseverance and excellence, Garbett Homes has become one of the largest and most innovative homebuilders in the state. Garbett is also selling complete “inventory homes” and three home sites in the single-family housing phase called Solaris. The newest phase of Solaris opened on Sept. 2. Additionally, Garbett has opened 10 of 25 additional home sites of their next phase of development that incorporates their most popular plans and exciting new updates. Garbett builds homes and townhomes using its award-winning formula of utilizing the latest “green technology and design” and affordability in Daybreak communities. The homes in Daybreak set themselves apart with modern interiors and exteriors. Because of Garbett’s pride in being “Utah’s Greenest Homebuilder,” all homes in these new developments offer solar panels as a standard feature and are built to exceed the Energy Star 3.0 standards that all Daybreak builders are required to meet. Homeowners will definitely notice the advanced framing, drywall, and insulation practices in their lower utility bills. To further decrease the cost of homeownership and increase energy and resource efficiency, Garbett has partnered with Slow The Flow to offer Solaris buyers the option to “Flip Your Strip,” or remove lawn or minimize greenery in parking strips. This saves both water

and money instead wasting an average of 10,000 gallons of water annually on poor irrigation practices. Questions can be answered or an appointment can be made at the model home at 10458 S. Abbot Way, South Jordan, or by calling 801-396-9800 to speak with a new home specialist. l

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There are currently 52,324 students enrolled in our schools. We are projected to grow by 9,251 students in five years. • The amount of the proposed bond is $245 million • The proposed bond will be used for 6 new school buildings • Rebuilding West Jordan Middle is included in the 6 new schools

• The average homeowner will pay $16.80 more per year than they currently pay for bond payments • Within a few years, taxes for the bond will gradually go down

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Activities to Help Kids Understand Halloweens of Long Ago


alloween. It’s a holiday that leaves me confused and mystified. No, it’s not the witches brew getting to me, it’s the evolution of the holiday itself. Take for example this trunk or treat tradition where kids safely walk past parked cars, with cleverly decorated trunks that hold candy lures. Then there are the costumes, which look like characters from PG-13 Disney movies and cost a king’s ransom. Perhaps I am confused because I had to endure candy hunting through my own neighborhood, wrapped up in a coat, with a pillowcase full of hard candy and stale raisins. I wore a costume pieced together from torn sheets, yarn scraps and toilet paper. It seems that the Halloweens of days gone by were much more imaginative and memorable than the picture-perfect, formulated, store-bought ones we are giving our kids today. Perhaps a trip down your own memory lane may prove helpful in gaining perspective. With that in mind, here are five Halloween activities kids need to do to help them better

understand your childhood. 1. Get your pumpkin from a pumpkin patch. This activity is fun and can make for a great yearly tradition. Trudging through row after row of orange to find the perfect gourd delights pumpkin seekers of all ages. Yes, it may cost slightly more than the grocery store’s perfect version, but field pumpkins educate children about where and how we get our vegetables, plus it supports our local farming community. Plus, if you wait until Halloween to carve it, pumpkins make pretty good cookies, too. Visit coupons4utah.com/pumpkin-treats for a recipe. 2. Decorate a Halloween cookie. And, speaking of cookies, no I didn’t say “frost” a Halloween cookie, I said “decorate.” Get out that creativity with Halloween colors, decorative sugars and different shaped cookie cutters. 3. Design a Halloween costume using only items found around the house.

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Things I Learned at the Statue of Liberty


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everyone chose to wait in line. Some people (you know who you are!) did the line merge where they slowly blend their way to the front of the line. My hateful glaring did nothing to stop them. 4. Tourists will buy anything. Americans commercialize everything, and Lady Liberty is no exception. If you’re looking for a Statue of Liberty snow-globe, bumper sticker, shot glass, toothbrush, underwear set or decorative clock, a crowded ferry ride to Liberty Island will fulfill all your dreams. 5. She still stands for freedom. At the statue’s right foot, a broken shackle and chain rest on the pedestal, representing freedom from oppression. Through all the shrieking immigration debates, her promise still resonates in the hearts of people all over the world: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Lady Liberty is a pretty cool old lady. For more than a century she’s welcomed refugees, tourists, immigrants and dignitaries. She’s starred in several movies. She’s inspired poetry, anthems, songs and memes. But her real accomplishment is that whoever visits Liberty Island feels like part of a global family reunion with dozens of languages, cultures and dreams. Breathtaking. l

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