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aving managed seven cities over nearly 40 years, Mark Palesh has decided to end his career on a high note with West Jordan. Born in Buffalo, New York, Palesh relocated to Utah three different times for various opportunities before finally deciding to retire here in 2011. After several years out of the workforce, he felt the pull to go back to what he enjoys: helping communities and working with amazing people. “I was fortunate to be approved for an interview for Cedar City, South Jordan and West Jordan, and I cancelled the interviews for South Jordan and Cedar City,” said Palesh. For Palesh, the biggest draw to West Jordan in 2015 was South Valley Regional Airport. “I’m into flying, and I thought that would be a great move for me,” he said. “I didn’t know at the time that the city didn’t own the airport!” Palesh’s love of flying and airfields is evident in his military career. Having served for many years as, among other things, a chief airfield manager, Palesh went on to retire in 1996 as a lieutenant colonel. Working with the airport ranks as one of Palesh’s proudest accomplishments during his time with West Jordan. Throughout his time as city manager, Palesh worked to get West Jordan a seat on the Salt Lake Airport Board, which governs the airport in West Jordan as well as two other airports in the area. Prior to this, the city had never had representation in those meetings despite the airport being such an integral part of the city. In addition, Utah House Bill 453 was passed in 2017, which secured West Jordan’s seat on the board. “We see great things for our airport, Palesh said. “I think it’s an economic development driver, and we should now have more say in how it’s developed and what services are offered, and we can hopefully make it something we can be proud of.” Another highlight to his career was the foundation for three new buildings that will be

built soon: the rec center, the arts center and the Department of Public Services building. When he was hired to the position, Palesh noticed West Jordan had the same problems as most other cities that he had worked with. City leaders want to be able to provide the best for their residents while raising taxes as little as possible. “We were able to look at three buildings that the city has wanted for over 15 years,” he said. “All three are in progress now.” Partially, these changes were made because of Palesh’s prior experience with handling large cities with significant budgets and numerous employees, as well as working on negotiations. With a time of turmoil prior to his acceptance of the position, Palesh’s tenure as a city manager may have been the calm before the storm. The upcoming government change posed to residents on the November ballot could do away with the manager-council form of government permanently and eliminate the need for the position. “I’m a believer in the council-manager form, where we hire a CEO,” said Palesh. “They (the council) create the laws under which the CEO will operate. If, in fact, you have four out of the seven that say he isn’t doing a good job, he’s gone five minutes later. Under the strong mayor format, you can’t do that.” Until the new city council takes office in January, City Attorney David Brickey will act as the interim city manager, with Russ Wall acting as the deputy city manager. They both were confirmed unanimously and took their oath of office on July 26. Regardless of what happens in November, Palesh will not be submitting his resume for any more city management positions. This will be his last return from retirement. “I only came back to help out the city, and I think I’ve done that,” said Palesh. “My biggest draw was the people I worked with every day. It’s extremely rewarding, and I learned something every day from these people. That’s what I really missed.” l

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For the past several years, a Utah est Jordan philanthropist and toyCounty businessman has donated maker Alton Thacker is a man of $15,000 a year to Tiny Tim’s Foundabig numbers. tion for Kids to cover rent and electricity For starters, he’s 81 years old. He’s costs. But he recently had to discontinue been married 64 years. He was a barber that support. Since Thacker’s woodshop 47 years. doesn’t have any income, the lost rev“Oh, and when my grandson marenue is squeezing his charitable operaries this summer, his new bride will tion. be the 100th member of our family,” This summer, the nearby TaylorsThacker adds. ville Chick-fil-A restaurant (5580 South That includes seven kids, 27 grandRedwood Road) jumped in to offer aschildren, 38 great grandkids, and nearly sistance. 30 who joined the small army through “I saw Alton’s story on television,” marriage. Chick-fil-A Community Relations DiBut those “big numbers” are pearector Jeanaea Lorton said. “We often nuts compared to the others in Thackhold fundraising events at the restaurant, er’s life. Alton and Cheryl Thacker (left) join Chick-fil-A owner Matt Griffith and Comso I suggested we host one to help his “The LDS Humanitarian Center munity Relations Director Jeanaea Lorton for a fundraiser. (Carl Fauver) toy-making foundation.” told me years ago, 500 million children New Chick-fil-A owner Matt Griffith loved the idea. across the world do not receive any new toys in a given year,” Thacker “I would like to hold fundraisers every night, if Jeanaea continues to said. “When I heard that, I decided to do what I could to put a dent in that find worthwhile causes,” he said. “This one is particularly special, because number.” After starting modestly—and working at it for 15 years—Thacker and (Thacker and his volunteers) are doing so much, for so many people. “They keep seniors active, provide Eagle Scout projects, give prishis volunteer staff with the “Tiny Tim’s Foundation for Kids” build 85,000 on inmates a valuable activity and create thousands of toys for kids who small toy cars each year to give away. “When we started, we were lucky to build a thousand cars a month,” wouldn’t otherwise get them. It’s just a good, wholesome, neat thing.” Because Thacker first got his toy-making idea while playing Santa Thacker added. “But we kept at it. And we have increased our count every Claus, the Chick-fil-A store was decked out with a Christmas tree and decyear, to the 85,000 we did in 2016.” Thacker became aware of the need to brighten kids’ lives while mak- orations, in the summer heat, for the fundraiser. The restaurant donated 20 ing a series of humanitarian trips to Mexico with one of his barbering cus- percent of its revenues for three prime dinnertime hours. “We raised a few hundred dollars, not a huge amount,” Lorton said. tomers. “I made a few trips to help distribute donated eyeglasses,” he said. “But hopefully the fundraiser also created more awareness about Alton and “On some of the trips I played Santa Claus. When I saw how much the chil- his volunteers. I know at least two television news teams covered it, so hopefully that will help him generate more donations.” dren loved and appreciated new toys, I got the idea to start making them.” When Thacker began his toy-making venture in 2002, three people About two dozen volunteers assist Thacker at his modest West Jordan toy “factory” each week. The oldest, John, is age 92. The youngest are helped him get started. Two have since passed away; but the third, Gene some pre-teen grandkids, who may not have the woodworking experience Wilson (who’s the same 81 years young as Alton) still spends about 15 hours a week at the toy shop. but move a whole lot quicker. “It’s very satisfying,” Wilson said. “My wife and I have taken several “We donate hundreds of wooden cars to hospitals and various charitable organizations every month,” Thacker added. “We also have an agree- trips, giving toys to kids in places like China, Peru, Greece and Turkey. Our ment with the Utah Department of Corrections which allows inmates—at cars produce the same smiles, worldwide. “(Alton) is a very generous, giving man. He is doing so much, for so their Gunnison prison—to paint 3,000 cars per month. It’s an honor they many people. I’m proud to be a part of it. I hope he finds the necessary have to earn through good behavior.” Thacker’s foundation has been running smoothly for several years donations to keep it going forever.” More details on Tiny Tim’s Foundation for Kids—and information now—until another big number came along. “The rent on our shop recently went up to $1,150 a month, from about how to contribute—are at l $1,000,” Thacker said. “But more importantly, we lost a major benefactor.”

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Teens gather for fifth annual anime convention By Ruth Hendricks |


oshoCON, the fifth annual Teen Anime Convention was held Aug. 4, 5 at the West Jordan Library. The first convention was in August 2013 with more than 1,100 attendees. The convention grew in 2014 to two days with more 1,600 convention-goers, and the most recent, 2016 convention, was attended by more than 2,000 teens. Anime is a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark, colorful graphics with vibrant characters in action-filled plots, often with fantastic or futuristic themes. The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of “animation” in Japanese. The free convention was created and sponsored by the Salt Lake County Library Services for teens 12 to 19 years old. Teens were also involved in the planning of the event. The STEM program for anime fans gives teens the opportunity to demonstrate their creative talent and compete in contests in three categories. The first category was cosplay (costumed play, where participants dress up as a fictional character). Teens competed in a beginner, intermediate, master or skit category. The second category was anime music video, and the third was anime art. In addition to showing off their artistic skills in the contests, teens also had the opportunity to teach their peers by participating in teen-led panel discussions.

Kelsy Thompson, public relations coordinator for the library, said there were various teen panels to discuss different anime shows during the twoday convention “Panelists were teens talking to teens in the audience. Panels started at 4 p.m. each day, and a practice session at 3 p.m. helps the panelists prepare for the event,” said Thompson. On Friday, the topics or shows discussed by the fangirls and fanboys included “Steven Universe Sleepover,” “Homestruck Dancestors,” “Fandom Fights,” “Supernatural Slumber Party,” Are You Humanity’s Strongest?” and “Hetalia: Battle of the Ships.” Saturday’s panel topics covered “Mystic Messenger Maid Café,” “Black Butler PJ Party,” “Undertale” and “Teen Band.” ToshoCON also offered a variety of hands-on crafts and activities for teens, as well as tips and tricks for creating cosplay-related costumes, art and videos. Popular anime and manga products (Japanese comic books and graphic novels) were sold by teens and other vendors. Vendors had to meet seller criteria and be approved by the ToshoCON committee. The art contest was conducted online, with electronic copies of the art submitted to a website. There were three categories for entries, consisting of hand-drawn art in black and white or grayscale; hand-drawn art in color; and mixed media, including all electronic images of complete cosplay costumes, digital art, 3D art and sculpture.

Participants in the art contest had previously submitted their entries by June 30. During July, the entries could be viewed and voted on at the website. The winners were announced at the convention’s closing, along with the cosplay contest winners.

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The Viridian hosts concerts and ‘Discover Earth’ exhibit


n an August evening, strains of Polynesian music floated out from the Viridian’s outdoor theater next to the West Jordan Library. This was just one of a series of free concerts put on by Excellence in the Community. Founded in 2005, Excellence in the Community is nonprofit organization based on the premise that Utah’s best musicians and dancers are a powerful resource for bringing people together and enhancing communities. The organization works to create more and better performance opportunities for Utah artists. Since the first event in 2005, more than 300 concerts have been presented. Now its brings free concerts to downtown Salt Lake City, West Jordan, Holladay and Provo. With a focus on quality musicianship and a diversity of musical styles, the concerts are chosen to appeal to a broad range of age groups. On Aug. 12, the featured group was Island Time II. With music provided by drums, guitars and vocals, costumed dancers performed routines representing the various islands of Polynesian, including Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand. Joining the regular dancers was a group of small girls performing their first hula. Later, the audience enjoyed the ever-thrilling fire knife dance. The performers also recruited volunteers from the audience to learn the haka, a traditional war dance from the Māori people of New Zealand, and the hula from Hawaii. The next free concert at the Viridian will be by the group Troubadour 77 on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. You can find out about other concerts at upcoming/.

By Ruth Hendricks | Another event at the Viridian is an exhibit, “Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet.” The national traveling exhibition explores Earth’s ever-changing physical and biological systems using media and interactive experiences. It will be on display until Sept. 22. “Discover Earth gives a great foundation for understanding life and life sciences,” library director Jim Cooper said. “It gives a broader understanding for life on the planet and a sense of timelessness on Earth. We are proud the county library was selected as one of the few sites nationwide to host this exhibit.” Discover Earth strives to make science fun and interesting with hands-on, multimedia activities on topics such as wild weather events, our changing ecosystems and the global view of Earth. The Discover Earth exhibition focuses on earth science topics, such as the differences between weather and climate, water cycle effects and ecosystem changes. Visitors can discover how local environmental changes impact our global environment. The exhibit is divided into three areas: Our Changing Planet; Ecosystems: The Web of Life; and Environmental Change at Home. Exhibit components incorporate personal narratives, stunning graphics, video, animations and simulation-based educational games. The exhibit was developed by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning in partnership with the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. The project was made possible through support from the National Science Foundation. It is part of NCIL’s STAR Library Education Network. l

A traveling exhibit, “Discover Earth,” is on display at the Viridian (SL Co. Library)

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FBI agent explains motivations of cybercriminals


n July 27, the South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon for other chambers in the area at the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District in the Conservation Garden Park. James Lamadrid was the featured speaker. Lamadrid is a cybersecurity supervisory special agent with the FBI. During the eight years he has been there, he investigated criminal and national security computer intrusions. He manages the Salt Lake City cyber task force, which consists of FBI task force officers, computer scientists, intelligence analysts and administrative staff. The FBI has three priorities in the cyber area. First is to protect the US against terrorist attacks. After 9/11, the focus shifted from criminal investigations to counter terrorism. The second priority is counter-intelligence against espionage, such as those stealing US secrets or weapons systems designs. The third priority is where Lamadrid’s team comes in: cyberattacks by criminals, overseas adversaries, and terrorists. The mission of the FBI cyber division is to identify, pursue and defeat cyber adversaries targeting global US interests through cooperation and partnerships with national security and law enforcement organizations. Lamadrid said that the FBI has limited resources and can’t do it alone. They partner with the Utah Department of Public Safety to investigate cybercrimes. “It’s not like on the TV show ‘Criminal Minds’ where the computer analyst can pull up information instantly and you solve the crime in 30 minutes. It takes weeks, months, even years to complete these investigations because you have to follow the process of the law.” Lamadrid discussed the motivations of cyber criminals. The first is “hactivism,” which is when a hacker wants to push for political or social change, or doesn’t agree with your ideology. A local example of this happened in 2012, when a Utah state

By Ruth Hendricks | senator was trying to get a law passed that a person caught with graffiti paraphernalia could get cited by police for graffiti. A hacker, who didn’t like that law, targeted her and the Salt Lake chief of police’s website and shut them down. “The hacker, who lived in Indiana, was eventually caught and arrested,” said Lamadrid. “In emails he had called himself ‘the gingerbread man’ because he thought he couldn’t be caught. An FBI agent on the squad who caught him was later called ‘the gingerbread man catcher.’” The second motivation is crime: hacking done for financial gain. This is the bulk of what the FBI sees. The third motivation is insider threat, when someone inside the organization hacks for personal gain or for ideological reasons. “If you have a business with computer staff, remember that they have the keys to your kingdom,” continued Lamadrid. “They could take the information and sell it on WikiLeaks. You should be aware of unusual activity by anyone in your organization, such as someone coming in early, staying late, or accessing folders they don’t need to. It should raise a red flag that you investigate.” The forth motivation for cyberattack is espionage, which is the stealing of state secrets or proprietary information. Nation-state actors that are frequently involved in this are North Korea and Russia. A fifth motivation is terrorism. People have tried to take down the US electrical grid. The first bona fide network terrorist attack was when Russia shut down Ukraine’s network, which caused lights out around Christmas in 2015. Finally, warfare is a motivation that can involve cyber network attacks. Common targets of hacking are the healthcare sector, the financial sector and government databases. “Four million dollars is the average total cost of a data breach in large companies,” said Lamadrid.

FBI Special Agent James Lamadrid discusses cybercrime at a luncheon for the South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. (Ruth Hendricks/City Journals)

Point of sale breaches are huge now. Criminals can put another device over a company’s point of sale device where you swipe your credit card to capture that information. Another growing problem is ransomware or data-napping. Your data is held hostage until you pay a ransom. The problem is that the criminal encrypts your data. The files are still on your computer, but you can’t open them. If you pay the ransom, the criminal may or may not send you a key to unlock those files. Bitcoin, a digital currency that is hard to trace, is usually asked for. The main way to avoid paying a ransom is to back up your files regularly. The FBI recommends that you don’t pay the ransom since it offers an incentive for other criminals to get involved in this type of illegal activity. In May 2000, the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, was established by the FBI as a place to receive complaints. Go to www. to report an Internet crime. l

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First-generation cowgirl wins Miss Rodeo 2018 By Jessica Parcell |

Carly Peercy was named Miss Rodeo Utah 2018 after competing against eight other girls for the title. (Adam Salazar)


arly Peercy was 5 when her dream of becoming Miss Rodeo Utah was born. Peercy was named Miss Rodeo Utah 2018 on July 24 at the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo. Peercy said the next months will be a preparatory period of “lady-in-waiting” for her and McKenna Hales, Miss Rodeo Utah 2017. During this time, Peercy follows the current Miss Rodeo around to learn the ropes of all the things she will be doing when she officially takes over the title at the start of the new year. “Basically, it’s just six months to prepare for your following year as Miss Rodeo Utah,” Peercy said. She said the role of Miss Rodeo means that she is an ambassador for professional rodeos as well as for the Beehive State. Peercy said one of her goals as Miss Rodeo 2018 is to educate people about rodeos, agriculture and everything about the Western way of life. “Something unique about me is I’m a first-generation cowgirl,” Peercy said. “So, I kind of started this new tradition in my family, and it was kind of something that inspired me at the age of 5, and I’ve just kept with it.” The newly crowned Miss Rodeo said she’s had many role models and other people that she looks up to that supported her in her goals and efforts to get to where she is today. She wants to inspire the younger generation to follow their dreams. She never thought her dream of becoming Miss Rodeo Utah was possible, but over the years she discovered that with faith, determination and hard work, anything is possible. Peercy said that her first queen title was in 2013 as Miss West Jordan Rodeo Queen. She said that inspired her to keep going which led to her title as first attendant in Miss Rodeo Oakley pageant and first runner-up in the Wilderness Circuit — a pageant that represents Utah, Nevada and south Idaho. She said that first year consistently winning first runner-up helped her realize something vital to her success in the pageant world.

“If you weren’t a queen without the crown, then you’re never going to be a queen with the crown,” Peercy said. Her biggest struggle throughout the Miss Rodeo Utah pageant was not being able to hug her parents. Peercy said that at the beginning of the pageant they take away all the girls’ cellphones and anything that can be used to connect with life at home. She said her role as Miss Rodeo Utah requires a lot of travel, and pageant organizers wanted to make sure the girls could operate and be independent from their ties at home. “They kind of seclude us during the week of Miss Rodeo Utah,” Peercy said. “They want to make sure you’re independent and you can do everything by yourself.” Throughout the pageant, parents are still allowed to come and watch and support their daughters in the pageant, but personal contact is not part of that support system. She said that it’s challenging, but it really pays off in the end to see who can and cannot do without their parents. Lana Peercy, Carly’s mother, said that throughout most of the pageant she was all right with the separation because Carly was one of the older queens, but there is always that feeling of anticipating the unknown. “There’s always that part of being a mom,” Lana said. “You want to know if she needs any help.” Peercy said the pageant is mostly like any other beauty pageant except their talent is riding horses. The contestants perform three different horsemanship patterns, one of which is performed on another contestant’s horse. “At the end of the week we do a freestyle pattern on our own horse where we can show off our abilities and our own talents in a two-minute pattern,” Peercy said. She said that her motto has always been, “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough.” “If you want to do something, then do it,” Peercy said. “There’s so many opportunities out there in this world that we live in. It just starts with asking and trying.” l

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48 pools of mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus have been found in the Salt Lake Valley


By Lexi Peery | “Even though it’s that 1 percent (that develop severe symptoms). it’s still nasty and can be devastating.” Last year, someone did die from the West Nile Virus after contracting it later in the summer. Peterson said it’s important to be safe while you’re outside during this summer, especially from dawn until dusk. Hougaard said that even though there haven’t been any human cases reported yet, this year has been an especially rough year for the Salt Lake Valley. “Some years you find more mosquitoes with the virus. It was really bad in 2006 and 2007, as well as couple years ago in 2014, and right now it’s going up,” Hougaard said. “This is as bad as I’ve seen it. We’ve found more mosquito pools, but I don’t know how that translates to humans.” Mosquito abatement groups like Hougaard’s work in communities to locate mosquitoes carrying the virus and treat areas with the virus or those that are at risk of getting the virus, and teach people how to be safe. South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District has around 30 employees, many of them seasonal, that help identify mosquito pools in the valley. Mosquito pools are samples of 100 or less mosquitoes collected from various locations that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The pools are then tested in labs, and if they test positive, Hougaard said his crews go and spray those

state department of health. “Around August we usually see humans test positive, but to date, we haven’t had any humans, just one horse,” Peterson said. Eighty percent of people bitten by mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus don’t develop any symptoms, and don’t even know they have it. However, around 20 percent of people have fevers and aches after being bitten by a mosquito with West Nile Virus. A small number — around 1 percent — develop severe symptoms of the virus, which can lead to neurological problems, coma and even death. Typically, serious symptoms are found among older people, but Brian Hougaard, manager at the South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District, said people of all ages have gotten the “nasty effects” of the West Nile Virus. Although the chances of developing serious symptoms from the West Nile Virus are slim, it’s still important to protect yourself, Hougaard said. “We don’t want people to The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District works throughout the panic, but we do want people summer to identify mosquito pools with the West Nile Virus, which has spread to take precautions and educate throughout the Salt Lake Valley since June. (Lexi Peery/City Journals) themselves,” Hougaard said.

hose pesky mosquitoes that torment your summer mornings and evenings may be more of a concern than an itchy bite. The West Nile Virus, a disease that’s been in Utah since 2003, has been found in 74 mosquito pools across the state as of Aug. 5 — with 48 of the pools in the Salt Lake Valley. The West Nile Virus is typically detected in June, and continues throughout the summer and fall until the first frost, said Dallin Peterson, an epidemiologist for the

areas. Oftentimes, abatements take precautions in neighborhoods that haven’t test positive yet, just to assuage the spread of the virus. “When the West Nile Virus hits, we spray in areas we don’t usually, and residents may see us in adulticiding, fogging…if residents see us, don’t be alarmed,” Hougaard said. One area of concern in the Salt Lake Valley is the marshes around the Jordan River. However, mosquitoes can reproduce anywhere there’s standing water. Hougaard’s abatement group checks gutters, ponds, horse troughs and catch basins in especially susceptible neighborhoods. But oftentimes wheelbarrows, bird feeders, buckets and even soda lids lying around people’s yards have mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus there. Hougaard said getting rid of these types of objects that can catch rain or sprinkler water around your yard is one of the best ways to help abatement groups control the mosquito population. Besides being wary of objects in your yard that have standing water, Peterson said to make sure your windows have screens if they are left open. If you’re out and about — especially in wooded areas or the mountains — it’s important to wear long sleeves, long pants and bug spray to stay safe. “Be careful that you’re not bitten because you don’t want to have a crummy summer,” Peterson said. l

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A dog of a summer By Becca Ketelsleger |


or the animals of West Jordan, it’s been a dog of a summer. Earlier this year, the cooling system that functioned above the kennel of the West Jordan Animal Shelter failed completely. This area included both the outdoor dog kennels and cat rooms. “When it was designed and built, there was an evap(oration) cooler that was installed up in the attic area—that has now failed,” said Jim Riding, the CIP/Facilities Project manager for West Jordan, at the June 14 city council meeting. “It was causing rust in all the metal parts up there. Mold was beginning to grow, and it was leaking,” A mechanical engineer was brought in to assess the situation, and it was determined that the whole system would need to be replaced. However, bids came rolling in at around $350,000 for a total rebuild of the evaporation system. Eventually, a state-contracted vendor, Trane Building Services, was consulted and supplied an estimate of $98,955 in order to get the cooling system functioning again. For that estimated amount, Trane Services would “for lack of a better word, do a Band-Aid on this,” Riding said. This “Band-Aid” would comprised an air handler as well as a condenser unit outside. Council members raised several concerns. “How much square feet is that building?” asked Mayor Kim Rolfe. “This just seems like an exorbitant amount of money for an air conditioning system.” Continuing the dissent, Councilman David Newton questioned why the project had not been sent out to bid. “When the original bids came back at $350,0000, we said that wasn’t going to work for us right now,” Riding said. “We didn’t have the funding to do it. I had enough money to do this, the $98,000.”



However, with the highest heats of summer approaching, it was unclear whether the issue could wait for the matter to be sent to bid. While several portable evaporative systems and oscillating fans were brought in to help with keeping the animals comfortable, some were concerned that this would not be enough. “Bypassing summer, is this alternative option suitable for the animals?” asked Councilman Adam Anderson. Police Chief Doug Diamond replied that it would largely depend on how hot it would get, but he ultimately said that the project could wait and go out to bid. In the end, it was decided that the issue be postponed, with only Anderson dissenting. The item was put on the city council agenda again for Aug. 9 but with the same price tag from Trane Services that had previously been thought too high. “I want our citizens to understand that we, as a city, take the care of our animals very seriously,” Newton stated. “I had some concerns with this recommendation, but I think that we have found out ways to address my concerns.” Interim City Manager David Brickey went on to clarify that these concerns were regarding the effectiveness of the “Band-Aid” approach. Once it had been assured that the new equipment would ensure the animals be kept at a comfortable temperature (between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit) with outdoor temperatures between 0 and 100 degrees, the council all felt comfortable approving the ordinance. The vote passed with all in favor, confirming that the dog days of summer are almost at an end. Following the vote, Dan Eatchel, West Jordan Animal Services Manager, said the temporary units “helped tremendously,” and that, though it did get hot during the summer afternoons, it was “still cooler than outside.” l

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The cat rooms were also affected by the AC system failure and were cooled by oscillating fans. (Becca Ketelsleger/City Journals)

• Manage smart long term growth • Understanding of City Council, Mayoral and City Management rolls for a productive environment • Provide open communication among city employees with their supervisors • Transparency with the public


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Sticking to the plan: A new review process for future land use map amendments By Becca Ketelsleger |


est Jordan has a master plan, at least in terms of land use.

The city’s future land map is a template for development in West Jordan. According to the city’s General Plan, the “primary goal in determining future land uses is to determine development patterns which build upon already existing and established patterns.” Unfortunately, sometimes things do not go as planned. “We have found that our future land map doesn’t mean a whole lot, to be honest,” said City Planner Scott Langford at the July 12 city council meeting. He said with future land use amendment changes coming up on almost every agenda, “we lose the context of all these small changes, but when you add them all up they amount to a huge change.” When a resident or company comes forward with a request to amend the land use map, the planning commission reviews the request and then makes a recommendation to the city council. The city council will then vote whether to amend the future land map. Once the map has been amended, the applicant can go through all proper channels and use the land as they desire. At the July 14 city council meeting, however, the timeline for this request and amendment process was changed. Ordinance 17-41, which states that map amendment requests can only be reviewed by the West Jordan City Council quarterly, was passed unanimously. “The thought was…that rather than piecemealing each meeting, by doing it quarterly you would have an ability to look at a larger portion of the city and control how that growth, or how that development, would look,” said City Attorney David Brinkley. Prior to passing the ordinance, a lengthy discussion was held. Some council members had more reservations than others, mostly regarding how this will slow down the process for developers and how this might be perceived. “My concern is if we pass this is it going to increase or decrease

our ability to work with developers and our timeliness?” asked Councilman Dirk Burton. “I fear that this may slow things down and back things up.” However, with how the ordinance is worded, items can be sponsored to be brought forward faster if speed is needed. Regularly, it will be the planning commission that will still review requests and put together the agendas for the set quarterly city council review. “We need time to study impacts on other land use, on the transportations networks, on the utility infrastructure, on our parks,” said Langford in response to why this ordinance will help residents. “We feel strongly that if we group them in general context we can make better decisions overall.” While the planning commission may not have as well-known of a role within the city, its work is just as vital as that of the city council. The Future Land Use Map is a template for development in the city. (West Jordan City) Working in conjunction with the city council, the city planning commission meets twice monthly with meetings open to the pubThe General Plan outlines separate areas of interest for the cities lic. According to the city website, “staff provides guidance for current future, including a special section devoted to land use. At the time of development projects and long-range plans, goals, and strategies to publication in 2012, 6,500 acres in West Jordan were undeveloped or improve development quality, to create a sense of community, and to being used for agriculture. ensure land use interactions occur at a human scale.” With the rapid growth of West Jordan, those acres were not preTwo major aspects of the guidance and strategies that the plan- dicted to stay undeveloped long. ning commission provide stem from the city’s Comprehensive Gen“We will not look at this ordinance as an excuse to slow anything eral Plan (which was updated to its current version in 2012) and the down but rather to look at things holistically and overall make a better Future Land Use Map. decision for the city,” said Langford. l




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Primary Election Results Submitted by Melanie S. Briggs, City Clerk/Election Officer The election process is a treasured right of each United States citizen. As the City Clerk for the City of West Jordan, it is my desire to stress the importance to participate in the Municipal Election process! Local leaders are the ones who determine policies that directly impact our quality of life. Municipal Elections are often decided by a handful of votes, so make yours count. Hopefully, you exercised this privilege during the Primary Election, if not, make sure it counts at the General Election Tuesday, Nov. 7. Once again, the City of West Jordan conducted the 2017 Primary Municipal Election entirely by mail. The Vote by Mail process takes little effort on our part.

2017 MUNICIPAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS The City of West Jordan Municipal Primary Election was held Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 The unofficial results are as follows: MAYOR Kim V. Rolfe – 2,647 Jim Riding – 2,436 Dirk Burton – 1,767 Zach Jacob – 1,758 Erin Clavell – 603

COUNCIL AT-LARGE Kayleen Whitelock – 4,155 Chad R. Lamb – 3,122 Jay Thomas – 2,433 Hyrum Smith Matthews – 2,422 Max Johnson – 2,355 The following candidates, having qualified by number of votes in the Primary Election, will run for four-year terms at the Municipal General Election, Nov. 7, 2017, for Mayor and two Council At-Large positions; MAYOR Kim V. Rolfe Jim Riding COUNCIL AT LARGE (2) Kayleen Whitelock Chad R. Lamb Jay Thomas Hyrum Smith Matthews

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Smith & Edwards Opens its Doors in West Jordan, Two Propositions Headed to the Ballot and more I’m excited to officially welcome Smith & Edwards to West Jordan! After being in business for 70 years, Smith & Edwards has chosen West Jordan as the site of their second store. You’ll find them at 9010 S. Redwood Road in the former R.C. Willey building. The store is open for business, and the public is invited to a ribbon cutting on Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. and a Grand Opening Celebration on Sept. 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The celebration will include store vendors, giveaways and product demos throughout the store. Customers equate Smith & Edwards with “one big adventure” because of the many departments and product variety found there. Departments include hunting, fishing, camping, western tack, surplus, a full Ace Hardware, housewares, clothing, shoes & boots, toys, candy, and more. Smith & Edwards has a unique history from its surplus buoy beginning, to its many Ogden store expansions, and now with a second location in West Jordan. It is currently managed by Craig Smith, grandson to Bert Smith, one of the original founders of Smith & Edwards. BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY I’m also excited to welcome Burlington Coat Factory to West Jordan. They are opening their new store Sept. 8. The store is located in Jordan Landing adjacent to Sears and brings approximately 50-100 jobs to the community. Burlington Coat Factory is known for offering style for less at up to 65 percent off department store prices every day. BALLOT MEASURES At the Aug. 9 City Council meeting, the council approved two ballot measures. The Council voted 5-2 in favor of allowing residents to vote on changing the city’s form of government. Residents will also have the chance to vote on a general obligation bond that will fund a new Recreation Center. Both items will be on the ballot for the Nov. 7, 2017 general election. Voter information will be mailed before Oct. 16 and is also included on the next page.


Change of City Government/General Obligation Bond Ballot Proposals The City Council recently passed Resolutions to place two different questions on the Nov. 7 General Election ballot. Registered voters of the City of West Jordan will be able to vote “yes” or “no” on each issue. A majority vote of those voting will decide the result for each question. The first question the Council has placed on the ballot for consideration is about the proposed change in the City’s form of government. This ballot question will read as follows: “Shall the City of West Jordan, Utah, change its form of government to the Council-Mayor Form, with a seven-member Council?” Yes No The City currently has a Council-Manager form of government. This form of government consists of a seven-member City Council (one of the members being the Mayor) and a chief executive officer, called a City Manager, who is appointed by a majority of the City Council. The Mayor and two of the Council members are elected at large and the other four Council members are elected by districts (one member from each district). The proposal, if approved, would become effective two years later, after the Nov. 5, 2019 general election. The proposal is for a Council-Mayor form of government with separate branches of government. The Mayor would not be a member of the council, but would be the head of the executive/ administrative branch. The Mayor would appoint a chief administrative officer to assist him/her. The seven-member City Council (one of which is a chairman, elected by the others) would be the head of the legislative branch. The Mayor and three of the Council members would be elected at large and the other four Council members would be elected by districts (one member from each district). The Council boundaries would be the same as in the current form of government. If the proposal fails on the ballot (because a majority of voters vote against it), then a similar proposal may not appear on the ballot for the next four years. If the proposal passes on the ballot (because a majority of voters vote in favor of it), then no new proposal to change the form of government may appear on the ballot for the next four years. If the proposal passes, then the new form of government would not go into effect for two years. The at large Council members could “hold over” or continue on into the new Council-Mayor form of government. The Mayor, an additional at large Council member, and all four district Council members in the new form of government would be elected at the Nov. 5, 2019 general election. The new form of government would then officially start the beginning of January 2020. The second question to be placed on the ballot for consideration is a general obligation bond that would be used to pay for the construction of a recreation center. The bond would be for $46 million to be paid off over 30 years. The money would be used to build a rec center (similar to the Provo Rec Center) in the Ron Wood Park at 5900 W. New Bingham Highway. More information on both of the ballot issues will be mailed to voters by Oct. 16. The voter information packets will include information that is compiled by groups that are both For and Against the issues so that voters can make informed decisions.

7000 South Utility Project Update Construction on the 7000 South Utilities Project is ongoing. Storm drain, water and sewer lines are being upgraded between 1300 West and 3200 West. Major construction will enter the Redwood intersection by mid September. Impacts will include lane closures, access restrictions and possible night work. For more information, questions or concerns, contact the Public Information Team at 801-569-5101 or

Bangerter Four Interchanges Over the last 10 years, the Utah Department of Transportation has been making major improvements at various intersections along Bangerter Highway to reduce travel times and congestion, connect communities, and improve overall safety along the corridor. Some of these noticeable improvements can be experienced at the 7800 South and Redwood Road intersections, where people traveling along Bangerter Highway now drive over these two cross-streets without having to stop and wait for a green light at a signalized intersection. Similar intersection improvements are underway at 7000 South, 5400 South, 9000 South and 11400 South. All four are expected to be completed by fall 2018. 7000 South The new traffic pattern will remain in place. Work will continue on mainline Bangerter with the embankment walls and foundation support structures. Crews will be working on the pedestrian bridge access ramps. 9000 South Utility conduit work on the west side of Bangerter Highway will continue along with southbound ramp work. Sign up for updates to stay informed by emailing or calling 888-766ROAD (7623). Soon after these four grade-separated intersections, also known as interchanges, are completed, UDOT will continue to upgrade this popular highway to a fully functional freeway similar to I-15 and I-215, so it can handle current and future travel demands in the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. Visit the project website or contact the project team for more information.

Join our Citizen Panel and Help Shape the Community You are invited to join our Citizen Panel! Participants will be asked to share opinions on a variety of topics that impact our community. Input will be collected through online surveys and will be used to improve our city. Survey topics will include public opinion on political issues, quality of life, community events, city initiatives and general concerns. Because it may be difficult for residents to attend City Council meetings or stay current on city issues, we are implementing a simple, online survey system that enables you to voice your opinion on topics that impact our community. The goal is to improve our community by helping elected officials make decisions based on public opinion — your opinion. The surveys are protected from tampering. All participants will be allowed only one submission per survey. Duplicated responses and survey resubmissions will be filtered and removed from the final sample set. This will ensure the information collected fairly represent the community’s opinion. When a survey is completed, the results will be available online for viewing. Your personal information will not be sold or shared publicly. To fully understand the community viewpoint, demographic information will be requested but is not required. In order to receive and participate in these email surveys, you must opt-in. Email info@ to join the Citizen Panel.


5600 West Construction WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? The project is ready to advertise for a contractor, but construction has been postponed until 2018 for a number of reasons, including: • Bidding costs are higher in the summer when contractors are busy. Postponing until 2018 will help ensure we stay on budget and get a quality project. • Reducing construction and traffic impacts near area schools by beginning earlier in the year. • Avoiding cold temperatures and wet weather in the fall which can impact asphalt placement and project quality.

Project Impacts:

Michael Pulley’s Abstracts on Display at the Schorr Gallery

In April the West Jordan City Council approved a proposal by this project team to temporarily close 5600 West between 8200 South and 8600 South for 45-days during construction in 2018. This closure will: • Reduce the overall project duration by an anticipated 45 days • Save money with improved efficiency and reuse of on-site materials West Jordan City Council approved the temporary closure as long as it did not overlap with the school year. More information about the benefits of this closure are shown below. Project Description: In 2018, crews will widen 5600 West between 7800 South and 8600 South. The widening will include: • New signal at 8200 South • Improvements to old pavement • New sidewalk • Improved drainage facilities • Bicycle lanes • New lighting and privacy wall where none exist Project Contact Information: This project has a dedicated public information team to work with area residents and stakeholders. Please feel free to contact us about this project. We are here to help! Contact us by emailing or calling the project hotline at 888966-6624, ext 5.

Join Our Team The City of West Jordan has a variety of job openings including a Police Recruit, Police Officer I, Part-Time Police Background Investigator, and Crossing Guards. Please spread the word and help us find good people. Visit for more information and to apply.

The Schorr Gallery is featuring the abstract art of Michael Pulley until Sept. 14. The Schorr Gallery is open 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located on the third floor of City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Road. In this exhibit, Pulley displays his love for the abstract. For Pulley, abstraction is an experience of discovery. It allows the viewer to create a moment in time that only they can truly see. From West Valley, Pulley is an emerging artist who grew up in Salt Lake City. “I became attracted to oil as a medium because of the blending qualities and the long open time,” said Pulley. “I’ve tried other mediums, but my oil pieces seemed to speak louder to me, and I had so much fun creating them.” He created over 130 paintings in his first year alone. Most of the pieces were done in one sitting. As a member of the Intermountain Society of Artists, he creates landscapes, seascapes, space art and abstracts.

Theater Arts Presents ‘Catch Me if You Can’ Oct. 5-12 The West Jordan Theater Arts invites you to their Halloween Special, “Catch Me If You Can,” a murder mystery comedy by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert based on the play by Robert Thomas and directed by Travis Green. An advertising man calls in the local police to investigate the sudden disappearance of his new bride while on their honeymoon. Enter a pretty young girl who insists over his protests that she is the missing wife. A local priest backs up her story. A funny man who owns a delicatessen gets added into the mix, and before you know it there are two murders at the isolated lodge. Full of laughs and chills, twists and turns, “Catch Me If You Can” is sure to get you in the Halloween mood! Performances will be Oct. 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer Hall in West Jordan (1137 West 7800 South). Doors open a half hour before the show. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for children (12 and under), seniors (60 and over), students (with ID), and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash or check or in advance at Macey’s grocery store in West Jordan (7859 South 3200 West). Visit for full details!













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PLEASE DO NOT FEED YOUR RECYCLING By Lesha Earl – Trans-Jordan Your recycling bin is not hungry. It does not crave a midnight snack and it is not interested in finishing the last sip of your soda or bottled water. In fact, recycling bins thrive on a steady stream of plastics, paper, cardboard and metal that is free of liquids and food. Small quantities of foods and liquids may seem harmless, but they contaminate recyclable material and contribute to a slew of problems at the materials recovery facility where the recycling material is sorted into individual commodities. All recyclables must be free of food and any liquids. When containers that are not empty go in the bin, they ruin good recycling and sometimes result in the entire load going to the landfill. As drink bottles are crushed, liquids spill out and cover surrounding material in a wet, sticky, smelly mess that attracts rodents, insects, and make the material unmarketable. Always remember that when it comes to recycling, Clean is Best – Trash the Rest.

Listen to City Council Meetings Did you know you can listen to City Council meetings? The audio files are online the day after the meeting (we are also evaluating the costs to stream them live) as well as meeting agendas and minutes. Stay informed at:

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High-tech camp prepares incoming seventh-graders By Jet Burnham |


laying with spaghetti noodles and marshmallows is not what you’d expect from (almost) seventh-graders, but this and other hands-on activities were just what they needed to prepare for middle school. Jordan School District provided a Summer STEM Camp for about 120 students entering seventh grade this fall into STEM Academy Middle Schools—Oquirrh Hills, Joel P. Jensen and West Jordan Middle. “The purpose of the camp is to increase interest in STEM subjects, build interpersonal skills and provide an opportunity for incoming seventh-graders to have access to the building and teachers, making the move from their elementary school environment to the middle school more comfortable and successful,” said Jane Harward, district administrator on special assignment for science/STEM/health/PE/ dance. Each campus provided teachers to conduct the weeklong camp for 3040 students. “I feel our STEM program is a great experience to introduce these future Eagles to STEM careers, hands- on activities and help them to develop team building experiences,” said Terry Price, assistant principal at Oquirrh Hills. He also saw it as an opportunity to introduce the incoming seventh-graders to the school, the teachers and each other. Students at Oquirrh Hills feed in from Rosamond, Riverton, Southland and Midas Creek elementary schools. “I’m excited to start seventh grade because of the teachers that I met at the STEM camp who are some of the teachers that I will have next year,” said Allison Price, who will be attending WJMS this fall. She also made new friends with those who share her love of math and science. Students worked in groups through various challenges like The Single Pringle Challenge, where they used only paper and tape to engineer a package to protect a potato chip from being crushed. Another activity challenged them to design a boat out of aluminum foil that would support more pennies (or golf balls) than their competitors’

boats. “STEM learning requires critical thinking, working together and thinking ‘outside of the box’ to solve problems and formulate explanations for phenomenon surrounding us in the world,” said Harward. Aaron Roth, a teacher and camp adviser at WJMS, said building the boats was a great exercise in problemsolving as was a tower-building contest in which dry spaghetti noodles and marshmallows were the only construction materials. “There wasn’t a single activity we did that the students didn’t dive right into,” said Roth. “They loved every part, which is always a good surprise as a teacher.” The camps provided students access to techie toys such as Parrot Drones, Bloxels, Little Bits and Spheros. Using these toys, students learned the principles of remote control, designed robots, programmed video Working in teams, students compete to see how many golf balls their tinfoil raft can hold. games, created websites and engineered cars for a (Ryan Frandsen/West Jordan Middle School) gravity race track. On another day, the INFINI-D mobile lab provided combinations of pipes, channels, water pressure and gravity. a spacecraft game simulation for student teams. Hawkwatch International taught students how to use frequency “INFINI-D simulators provide an opportunity for students to solve a carefully designed mission that is aligned to the new science tables using live birds to acquire and analyze data. “The raptors were the highlight of the presentation,” said Price. with engineering education standards as a team,” said Harward. “This not only reinforces critical thinking skills and content but most “Students were absolutely in awe of the birds.” Funding for the camp, which provides lunch, snacks, T-shirts importantly, teamwork and communication skills.” The camp wasn’t all high-tech fun. Students made their own ice and prizes in addition to the activities, is through a STEMLink grant, cream in a plastic bag using a simple reaction between salt and ice, which expired this summer. “We are in the process of trying to secure grant funding to continue said Allison. The students spent one day of camp at The Museum of Natural the camp and program during the school year,” said Harward. Curiosity. Allison said she enjoyed the Water Works Exhibit there, “Ultimately, programs like this must be sustained by the school land where she applied engineering principals to experiment with different trust funds and written into the school improvement plan.” l

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Ceremony kicks off field opening at Garrison Field By Greg James |

The football team auctioned off several beautiful art work items at their annual dinner fundraiser. (Jerusha Buckner/Grizzly booster)


here is excitement surrounding the football program at Copper Hills High School. Several new additions and a new attitude has the team focused on improving. “This is my third son playing at Copper Hills,” Copper Hills football booster club president Pam Brenneman said. “This summer has been good. The kids have gotten their butts worked off.

The old mentality of wait and see about Copper Hills is sort of frustrating, but things this summer have been really good. The program is definitely headed in the right direction.” The football field at Copper Hills has gone through its own transformation. The addition of a new playing surface and scoreboard at Garrison Field is having a positive impact on the team. The team will host an on-field ceremony prior to their its home game, Wednesday, Sept. 6. The homecoming week festivities will include a Zumba-thon on field. Anyone can participate, and there will be bounce houses for the kids to enjoy. “The snack bar will be open, and we should have food trucks and just a good time while the mom’s get their work out in,” Brenneman said. On Aug. 12 the booster club held its fifth annual dinner/ auction. The theme was superheroes, and the guests heard from a military motivational speaker. The evening included lasagna and salad from the Olive Garden and a silent auction. They raffled off things like a king-size mattress, portable speakers, golf passes and Grizzly game packages. The booster club’s goal was to raise $20,000. The money would be used to purchase new equipment for the team. “We have never had new equipment,” Brenneman said. “This season, we bought new jerseys and weight room equipment. We just need to update all of our stuff so the kids have new things. It also goes to help some of the boys pay their fees to play.” Football equipment can be expensive. According to, the typical varsity helmet without a facemask can run $279.00; face masks are $39.99, and shoulder pads are $69.99. “I have been involved with football my whole life,”

Brenneman said. “Having new things helps the kids want to be involved and part of the team.” The Grizzlies have also hired a new coach this season. Former University of Utah linebacker Corey Dodds has taken on the task to improve the much-maligned Grizzly team. Dodds played stud linebacker for the Utes from 2001 to 2004. He was a member of the undefeated and Fiesta Bowl champion 2004 squad and played under Urban Meyer. He was fortunate to see success on defense even after being recruited as a wide receiver in high school. Meyer told the Salt Lake Tribune in 2003 about Dodds tenacity, “It is not by accident that he is always around turnovers. He is always giving a great effort.” Grizzlies players have seen his effort first-hand. He has changed the culture by expecting every player to give his all on every play. Brenneman said they have worked hard in the weight room and she sees the attitude change in her own son. “They look the best they have in a long time,” Brenneman said. “It is hard to hear that the team only loses. I have been going through chemo, and I tell the boys all of the time to have a positive attitude. I know I would be sick if I did not have a positive attitude.” Dodds attended high school in Las Vegas before moving to Utah to live with his uncle his senior season. He graduated from Hillcrest High School. Copper Hills has not qualified for the state tournament since 2004. The school’s only victory over rival West Jordan came in 2013. The Grizzlies are scheduled to play Cyprus Friday, Sept. 1 and host Ridgeline Sept. 8 (homecoming). l

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hristina Tran, a Copper Hills senior, was one of 250 high school students nominated to attend the Washington Journalism and Media Conference to gain extra experience in journalism. “It was six days of pure learning,” said Tran. Conference workshops challenged students to grow as journalists, to develop decision-making and problemsolving skills and to explore the creative, practical and ethical aspects inherent in journalism and media. The conference provided an opportunity for journalism students to network with experts and educators who are influential in the careers they hope to pursue. Workshops consisted of presentations, discussions and role-playing activities led by George Mason University faculty members and industry leaders in communications, media research, new media and electronic journalism as well as representatives from international media outlets and Washington insiders. Tran was impressed by presentations given by prominent professionals such as Brain Lamb, the CEO of C-Span, and April Ryan, White House correspondent. She said Ryan told students that not everyone can be a journalist. “April Ryan was amazing and so empowering,” Tran said. “After listening to her speak, I felt like I could do something important with my life— and it didn’t need to involve journalism.” Students who attended the WJMC were also able to

meet other high schoolers from around the country. They shared stories and experiences, as most, like Tran, are already involved in journalism as staff members of their high school newspapers. “This experience truly changed my life,” said Tran. “I’ve formed such strong friendships with people I’ve only known for five days.” The conference was held at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., where students could fit in some sightseeing between workshops. The conference arranged for groups to tour the U.S. Capitol Building and Smithsonian Museums. To attend the WJMC, students had to be nominated, having demonstrated an interest in journalism and a good academic standing. Tran thinks the conference is a great opportunity for high school students who want to develop their skills and interest in journalism. “I feel like I’ve grown so much,” said Tran, who said it was a difficult decision to attend a conference so far away from home. “The most beneficial thing that I’ve learned is that going beyond your comfort zone is a key to personal growth.” As a junior, Tran, a selfadmitted novice writer, wasn’t interested in journalism. She was encouraged by her creative writing teacher, Steve Haslam, to write for the school newspaper. “I was really iffy about it, but I decided to do something new and give it a shot. I’m so glad I did,” Tran said. She took the opportunity to attend the summer conference to improve her skills and become a

better writer for the paper. She also hoped the experience would help her decide if she wants to pursue a career in journalism. “I don’t know if Christina will pursue journalism in college or career, but she has become a great journalist both in the field and behind the scenes (editing, production, etc),” said Haslam, who is also adviser for the school paper, the Grizzly Growl. “She became a junior editor after a short time on the staff because of her hard work and willingness to help get things done.” Tran’s skills and experience have earned her the position of managing editor on this year’s staff. “She is really good at working with others, making sure I and the staff are organized and moving at a decent pace,” said Haslam. Fellow staff member Chasity Mayo attended the WJMC with Tran this summer, while others, like Autumn Lucas, went to a Journalism Boot Camp held at the University of Utah. Having staff members dedicated to improving their skills with extra opportunities has contributed to the success of their award-winning newspaper. At the Utah State Scholastic Media Awards in April, the Grizzly Growl earned 17 awards, seven of them First-Place awards. Tran won the First Place award in the Feature Writing category. She also won Third Place for News Writing at the Utah High Schools Futures of Journalism Awards at University of Utah in May where, as a staff, it won six awards. l

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Woodworking wonder woman By Jet Burnham |

From her win in Las Vegas, Sarah Provard received $1,750 prize money, several job offers and information about educational opportunities to further her skills. (David Terry/Fresh Wood)

Five years ago, Sarah Provard took a required woodshop class for seventh-graders. She liked it just enough to take it again the next year. Now she is a nationally recognized woodworker. “I kind of fell in love with it,” said Provard, who recently graduated from West Jordan High School. “I loved the fact that I could think up something and I could build it.” Provard’s armoire, entitled “Musically Inclined,” won both first place and the People’s Choice awards in the Fresh Wood Show, a biannual competition for high school and post-secondary woodworking students. She is the first student from Jordan School District to be accepted into the prestigious national competition, held this July in Las Vegas. “You just have to make it ‘wow’ enough to get in,” said Provard. Provard had already “wowed” judges at Utah’s Talent in Wood student woodworking competition, where she has earned the top awards for the last two years. Last year, she earned the People’s Choice, Best of Show and Grand Prize for her oak executive desk. Given six measurements and a 3-D drawing, she figured out how to build the piece herself. Her schematics are now what students use to build executive desks in the WJHS woodshop. Her armoire took First Place, Best of Show and People’s Choice in the Talent In Wood competition this year. Judges didn’t even count the ballots for People’s Choice because Provard received an obvious majority of the votes. Provard took over a year to design and build her piece, an armoire with six drawers and two cabinets with shelving. The musical accents, piano keys and music notes are what make it stand out. The accents are one-sixteenth-inch inlayed veneer of two types of rosewood, displaying the hymn “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” a song she chose because of its meaning and visual appeal. “I couldn’t believe that I made my project,” said Provard, who has taken 14 woodworking classes as well as choir, madrigals and marching band. Her woodworking and music skills combined naturally into her piece. A total of 1,000 hours, $750 worth of materials and nine types of wood went into the project. She used new techniques and advanced woodworking

skills. A laser cutter was used for precisely shaping the music notes and staff. The curve in her piece was created by gluing two pieces of bendy-board (thin plywood) together, vacuum-sealing it in a bag, which was then clamped to a rounded mold she had made. Provard said during the building process there were both disasters and miracles. “It’s kind of bad to be a perfectionist and a woodworker because things go wrong,” she said. She turned mistakes around, like when she rescued her handles from a miss-cut on the carving machine. Provard used Madagascar rosewood, a surprise from an acquaintance that came home from the island with his belongings unknowingly stored in crates made from the rare wood. She has been offered up to $8,000 for her piece, but she doesn’t think she could ever sell it. “It’s a part of me,” she said. “it’s so personal; it is my child. I will put it in my living room so it’s the first thing people see when they walk into the house.” Provard said there usually aren’t many girls in woodworking classes, and teachers often thought they needed extra help. “I realized that I loved workshop so much, I wanted to build stuff on my own,” she said. “My teacher tried to butt in as much as possible but I told him ‘Step away, I can do this!’ He saw I could, stepped back and watched me work—he liked the outcome.” Provard thinks it’s hard for girls to assert themselves in the woodshop. It was difficult for her until she got to know her teachers better. She said she earned respect from the boys in her class by the quality of her projects. They respected her leadership position, even though she was the smallest person in the class, she said. Provard was class president, the President of the CTE-based Skills USA club and president of the woodshop chapter of the club her senior year. Now she has the respect from woodworkers across the country. She met with many of them at the competition in Las Vegas. “I loved seeing all the surprised faces and having all the woodworkers come up to me and say ‘Wow! You built this?’” she said. Provard plans to enter “Musically Inclined” into the Utah State Fair this fall. l

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Residents to decide West Jordan form of government By Becca Ketelsleger | “Perception is a lot of things, and right dent Bill Barton. “A professional manager now here is what I perceive: You have aldoes not substitute for the obligation of an ready made up your mind,” said West Jorelected mayor who is beholden to the votdan resident Steve Jones, as he addressed ers.” the West Jordan City Council on Aug. 9. Councilman David Newton offered a “This is not about what the citizens want; different perspective. this is about what you want.” “As your mayor from 2006 to 2010, I During this meeting, a fierce debate lived that,” he said. “I saw what happened as was held, which ultimately ended in a deciwe dealt with other entities in this valley and sion that some viewed as giving the voters this state. We were at a disadvantage when I of West Jordan a voice, and others viewed would say that I could not make a decision.” as a flagrant disregard for that same voice. Also cited on the National League of Passing with a 5-2 vote, it was decidCities website is the proposed council-mayed that a ballot measure will appear during or form of government, which 34 percent of the Nov. 2 election, which gives the voters U.S. cities use. a choice between the city’s current form of This form of government, also known government (the council-manager system) as the “Strong Mayor” form of government, and the council-mayor form of government. removes the position of city manager, inWhile there are three other recognized stead giving this power to the mayor. This forms of municipal government, these will new authority, according to Utah state code, not be included on the ballot. may include appointing or dismissing staff, Since May 23, 10 West Jordan residents creating administrative offices and vetoing have met weekly as an ad hoc committee to ordinances passed by the council. research and make recommendations on a In the end, most of the council felt that potential change of government. On Aug. 1, the issue should be put on the ballot for the its recommendations were published. residents to decide, despite the recommenThe primary recommendation by the On Aug. 9, the West Jordan City Council voted to include a change of government question on the November ballot, despite the dation of the committee. committee was to remain with the city’s “I’ve said this before, the council recommendation of an appointed committee. (Becca Ketelsleger/City Journals) current form of government, the councan’t change the form of government,” said cil-manager system. its recommendation Councilman Alan Anderson. “The voters are as would a change to the council-mayor form of comes not from a lack of interest in exploring included an appeal to repeal West Jordan the only ones with the power to change the upsides but rather in the lack of options. Ordinance 13-24 which Committee Chair Joel government. form of government.” “Allowing voters to parCurrently, West Jordan has a six-member In 2008, the council-manager form of gov- ticipate in the dialogue is helpful.” Coleman said, “creates an unreasonable and unenforceable requirement for the mayor to serve city council, with the mayor acting as the chair- ernment was removed from Utah state code as a Regardless of what November holds, one man of the city council, and the city manager legitimate form of municipal government. full time.” theme ran throughout the evening: The type of “I feel the legislature has tied our hands government chosen is less important than the The ordinance largely outlines the duties managing day to day operations. According placed upon the mayor. The request for an ap- to the National League of Cities website, the on this one,” said Councilman Chad Nichols. individuals chosen to fill those positions. peal of this ordinance was included because the council-manager form of government is pres- “They grandfathered our form of government; “The most critical underlying concept that committee felt that, although it appreciated the ently the most common form of city govern- they have put us in this predicament where if we kept coming back to was that ‘The quality we want to, let’s say, experiment with another and temperament of the elected officials is the clarification of responsibilities, it doesn’t feel ment in the U.S. “The risks and potential downsides (of form of government to see if it works for us, we most critical element in the successful operathat the position needs to be micromanaged. “Let’s not tell our mayor where he has to changing) don’t even come close to the upsides have no way of coming back.” tion of the city, regardless of the form of govHowever, to some, the downsides to the ernment,’” read Coleman from the committee’s be or what hours he has to work,” said Coleman (of keeping the current form),” said Coleman regarding the option of changing the form of current form of government are sizeable. while presenting their findings. report. “I don’t know if any form of government “I want my mayor to be bound to what him would be detrimental or devastating.” However, even making changes such as government. l To some, the reason to reject a change or her campaigned on,” said West Jordan resithese do not bring the mayor as much autonomy

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The 7 Deadly Fictional Sins That Will Kill Your Grocery Budget



I can often be heard telling people the number one way to save money in your day to day spending is at the grocery store. Our food budget is one of the few monthly bills we can actually control and I get quite passionate about telling people just that. Here are some not so fictional facts that will help you stay on track at the grocery store. 1.Your Budget Is Fictional: There’s that word, budget, it can sound so restrictive. The fact is, most American’s go to the grocery store first, and then live on what is left. Shopping this way is 100%“bass-awkards”. Setting a budget, IN STONE, allows you to begin to plan for life’s setbacks and luxuries. How much your budget should be is a personal figure. It varies by income, where you shop and the kinds of food you like. Start by taking a look at your last 3 to 4 months expenses. Break out the receipts or bank statement and add every single transaction, you’ll likely be surprised at the amount. Now cut that figure by 30% and make the commitment not to go over it. Set up a separate account for groceries if you have too, let that extra 30% pile up and you’ll soon be challenging yourself to cut the budget even further. 2.Your List Is Fictional: No matter how good your memory is, you must write a grocery list and make

a meal plan. Not only will it ensure you don’t forget things you need, it will deter you from buying the things you don’t need. Make it your goal, to ONLY buy what’s on your list. 3.The Day Of The Week You Shop Is Fictional: We’ve all run out of milk or found ourselves running to the store for a single item and the next thing we know checking out with a cart full of groceries. That single trip can shoot your entire budget. Avoid this by shopping with a list on a specific day of the week. Remember, extra trips to the store cost extra money. If you run out of something, find an alternative and go without. 4.Your Price Points Are Fictional: Being armed with the knowledge of the when lowest price hits and what the price should be gives you the confidence of knowing when to buy extra. Start a notebook of the prices you see for the items you purchase routinely and make sure to date it. Specific items have sale cycles that are usually in 3 – 4 month increments. You can view my personal guideline for pricing on Coupons4Utah. com/grocery-price-point. 5.What You Buy Is Fictional: For me impulse buys happen most when I’m either shopping with little ones or shopping when I’m hungry, avoid both, and stick to your detailed list. If it isn’t on the list, don’t buy it. Try allowing

kids to add 1 or 2 items to the list during the week before shopping. When you’re in the store and they ask for a box of special cereal or cookies, you can inform them, it’s not on their list and would they like that to be their item for next time? 6.The Store Organizes It’s Shelves To Make Shopping Easier Is Fictional: Grocery stores are full of marketing gimmicks used to convince you to buy more than you went for. It starts with high priced salad bars at the front of the store, tasty fresh baked breads and cakes to follow. They are experts at putting conveniently cut fruit and vegetable trays on end caps, candy stocked shelves in the aisles at the check out and the most expensive milk, eggs and cheese on the end caps right near self checkout. Stick to your list and you won’t get detoured. 7.Clipping Coupons Is Fictional: Finally I have a few words about clipping coupons. After all, I am the owner of a couple of coupon websites. I’ve heard it time and time again, “I tried using coupons, but the store brand is cheaper” or “The coupon isn’t worth the time it takes to clip them.” Maybe you’ve heard from others how much they saved with “extreme coupon” tactics, but when you tried it, you failed at it, and gave up frustrated. While I don’t define myself as a “couponer” I am am huge proponent of using coupons for everyday savings and can’t remember a time when I didn’t clip

them. Here are some facts about coupons that you might be surprised to hear me say. 1- Using coupons to create extreme stock-piles will cost you money 2- Clipping or printing a coupon you intend to use will cost you time 3- Not using coupons at all will cost you money There, I just gave you permission to let yourself off the proverbial coupon hook. Shopping with coupons should not be extreme. It will cost you money, and causes you to buy things you don’t need or won’t use. You can however, get awesome results that can amount to as much as 90% off the regular price of the food and household items you buy and use everyday, when you combine a coupon with the sale. The secret is organizing before you get to the store and knowing what the lowest prices. There’s a handy database that lists which newspaper a specific coupon came in or links you to a printable or digital coupon at grocery-coupons. You may also want to check out an app call Flipp. It links you to store ads and coupons. If you are a Smith’s shopper follow Crazy4Smiths. com, they are experts at finding coupons for items on sale. Following these simple strategies can save you big non-fictional money.l


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