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or his 11th birthday this year, Holland Van Gelder of West Jordan received a gift he’ll never forget. Along with his mother, 14-year-old and 18-year-old brothers, 13-year-old sister and his grandmother, Holland took a weeklong trip to Florida, where he visited Legoland, Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. The trip came as a gift from the Sunshine Foundation, a nonprofit organization that makes dreams come true for kids like Holland, who lives with low-functioning autism. Holland was first nominated for this trip in January 2015. His family then filled out the paperwork to formally apply for their Dream Come True trip. Since then, they’ve been on a waiting list, awaiting donations to help fund their vacation, which finally happened this August. Once Holland’s trip was funded, staff from the Sunshine Foundation worked with him to help him plan his dream vacation, which included trips to multiple Florida theme parks. “It’s just something he’s always wanted to do,” Tiffany Van Gelder said. “He wants to meet Donald Duck.” Unlike other organizations, the Sunshine Foundation doesn’t only grant wishes for children with terminal or life-threatening diagnoses. Instead, foundation officials said they aim to help children “living with life-long chronic illnesses, physical challenges, or the trauma of abuse.” These are conditions that make a vacation difficult or impossible, whether because of practical challenges or financial burdens. Founded in 1976, the organization has helped more than 40,000 children see their dreams come true. Living with low-functioning autism means that Holland

Eleven-year-old Holland Van Gelder poses with employees at Disney World. (Tiffany Van Gelder)

is often overlooked during normal school and extracurricular activities, and there often aren’t services that allow him to participate with other kids his age. Sometimes, it’s a challenge to spend more than a couple of hours at a local park. A week of amusement parks, it seems, could be a challenge for a child who, like many on the autism spectrum, struggles to deal with

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Witchfest 2019 aims to boost fun and economy in West Jordan By Jordan Hafford | j.hafford@mycityjournals.com

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ow does Gardner Village attract all 125,000 of the witchiest residents to Witchfest each Halloween season? With 3,000 hay bales, 600 corn stalks and 30,000 pounds of pumpkins and countless hours of creative work months beforehand. “Our goal with Witchfest is to keep it family friendly,” said Gardner Village President and Owner Angie Gerdes. “The focus with the witch displays, corn stalks, hay bales and pumpkins is to keep them whimsical, friendly and never scary or gory. Most Halloween events edge on the scary and gory. We want people of all ages to come and feel safe and have fun.” Gardner Village’s Witchfest has become a tradition for families and especially ladies throughout Utah, and even draws people from across the country. There are groups


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who actually fly in each year for a weekend just for the event. The event brings thousands of people for the activities Witchfest provides, which helps Gardner Village’s business and West Jordan. October accounts for Gardner Village’s highest sales of the year. There was 8% sales growth from 2017–2018 during Witchfest, which is expected to climb this coming season. Along with the business it attracts, Witchfest also employs more than 300 people each year, which is a 20% staff increase during the festival period. The 45-day event is so popular that Gardner Village has to hire professional parking crews to get people in and out of the area safely. Witches Night Out is an event at Witch-

fest geared toward women 18 years and older. Wee Witches Weekend is held during UEA and is specifically for young children. Countless hours are put into the witch displays. Gardner Village hires a talented crew of trained designers and set up people each year. Gerdes said there was a huge initial investment to create the witches, but each year they are re-dressed and placed in new unique settings. Gardner Village attracts the most creative people for their extravagant displays at Witchfest who can showcase their skills and creativity in this project. Gardner Village has recently added a new Wheel room to its restaurant, Archibald’s. This room is in the historic mill built in 1853 and listed on the national historic register. Along with this, they have created a Witches Wine dinner — geared to adult




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Success ‘STEM’s from specialized summer school By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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he winning water bottle rocket at Utah Valley University’s Sci-tech competition, created by two West Jordan teens, blasted ahead of the competition. “They basically had them all in shock when theirs went over the fence,” said Christopher Capitan, engineering and physics teacher at Jordan PREP where the top winners, Selena Morales-Martinez and Diara Camacho, have spent their last two summers. Jordan PREP, a three-year summer program, provides middle school students experience in problem-solving, logic, physics and the engineering skills needed to create a winning rocket design two years in a row. Selena and Diara also took third place in last year’s competition as seventh graders. “When I was younger, I didn’t really want to go into the STEM field because it seemed too complicated and too complex,” Selena said. “And then when I got into this program, my mind was opened up. I learned that STEM isn’t really that hard, you just got to get into it and get into the groove.” Jordan PREP, housed at Salt Lake Community College Jordan Campus and funded by Boeing, serves students who are under-

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represented in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Of the nearly 100 participants, 70% are from low-income homes, 70% have parents who didn’t go to college, over 50% are girls and 50% are minorities. Stacy Pierce, director of Jordan PREP, said through the program, these kids who don’t normally get a lot of academic support, get the skills and foundation to prepare them for advanced academic classes and careers. “The kids go back to school, and instead of losing their skills in the summer, they’re elevating their skills,” said Pierce. “And so they’re ready to take college preparatory classes. That’s the goal—that they’re ready to take those classes and be successful.” The program keeps the students busy for six weeks of their summer with STEM classes, experimenting with tech toys and learning about a variety of careers from guest speakers. Weekly field trips show students the behind-the-scenes workings at local businesses such as VPI and Merit Medical. Austin Poitras, a first-year participant, said she enjoyed the field trips to Loveland Aquarium and Antelope Island because she is interested in biology.

Pierce arranges field trips and speakers according to students’ interests. “Last year, I told her that I wanted to be a lawyer,” Selena said. “The next week, she brought in a lawyer for a guest speaker.” Other guest speakers have included an electrical engineer, entrepreneur, forensic scientist, astrologist, author and banker. “Any time a kid mentions an interest, I try and make it happen,” said Pierce. Jordan PREP’s curriculum includes a lot of fun, hands-on activities and building and design competitions, but the classes in physics, engineering, problem-solving and logic are challenging. “These are 12-year-olds and 13-yearolds taking logic, which is a college math class that’s only for math majors,” Pierce said. She said the retention rate has been surprising for students who are required to commit to six hours a day, five days a week for six weeks of their summer break three years in a row, with only three absences allowed each year. Austin’s family planned their summer vacation around the program, and she only visited her dad once during the summer in-

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Water in West Jordan: Rates, use and sustainability By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com

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as your water bill higher than ever this summer? In 2018 West Jordan City Council approved two rate increases: 10% activated in the fall, 33% in February this year. “[The 10% rate increase last October] was in direct response to our obligations to hold the bond,” Finance Director Danyce Steck said. “In June 2018, it looks like that debt service coverage ratio went below the threshold and the city responded by immediately increasing rates. They were in the process of doing a study, but it was one of those critical issues that had a short time response.” The study was performed by a utility consulting firm, Raftelis. The purpose of the study was to assist city leaders in the development of a financial plan to sustain longterm financial health of the water utilities. This plan would include the current repair and update needs of the systems. “[T]he study came back with a recommended rate increase of 33%, so they did the rest of it at that point in time,” Steck said. “Revenue was not sufficient to support the

infrastructure demands of the current system. We had a very long list that continued to be pushed down further and further on the list of projects. This infrastructure can be seen as critical during an emergency.” Justin Stoker, public works deputy director, explained that the department was aware of the need for funding but had been unable to get what they needed. “Water rate increases have been discussed for many years,” Stoker said. “At one time several years ago, Steve Glain, our financial analyst, was making presentations on it over and over again. I think at one point he had made 15 presentations in a 12-month period.” For several years, the council did not approve any increase in rates. “The city did not raise water rates at all between 2014 through 2017 despite cost increases of about 5% per year,” Stoker said.


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ho is responsible for the use of the land in your city? In many cases, it’s the Planning Commission. This commission is made of a group of volunteers, each receiving a mere $50 for each meeting they participate in. The West Jordan Planning Commission has seven members: Matt Quinney, Jay Thomas, Trish Hatch, Kelvin Green, Nichole Luthi, Corbin England and Bob Bedont. Some of the city planning staff also attend. How does an individual get on the commission? “The only planning commission qualification is that they are a resident of the city.” City Planner Larry Gardner said. Interested individuals need only apply to the city. “When there is a vacancy, or near the end of the term of appointment, the administration office puts out an an-

nouncement and asks for interested residents to apply by submitting a resume and letter,” said Julie Davis, executive assistant for Development Services. Currently, the members are appointed by the West Jordan City Council, but in January, the process will change to involve primarily the strong mayor, who can ask for the council’s opinion. There are many different types of land-use applications, but for the planning commission projects typically include adoptions to the General Plan, zoning ordinances and reviewing development proposals. It then gives its recommendations to the City Council for their review and approval. However, the planning commission is not the final decision maker. Gardner explained the commission only has so much leeway in their decision making. “The planning commission is an administrative body, and all decisions

are based upon compliance with city ordinance and Utah law,” Gardner said. “The planning commission has no discretion to go outside of adopted code and law.” On July 16, 2018, the commission reviewed a proposal by someone who wanted to change the zoning of their property, 2973–3055 West Haun Drive, from very low density to low density. This would allow for five houses rather than four. There was a public hearing that included comments from several neighbors to the property. The commission members asked the city planners about the codes for the area and discussed how the change would affect the neighbors, traffic and the future of the adjacent road. After lengthy discussion and consideration of the public comments, the change was approved and then sent to the City Council for their review and approval. l

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First ever Superhero event a smash By Jordan Hafford | j.hafford@mycityjournals.com

Oliver Hafford poses with Spiderman, Batman and Captain Marvel at the Superhero Smash event (Jordan Hafford/City Journals)


t’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s West Jordan city’s Superheroes in training! “This is the first year the City of West Jordan has held Superhero Smash,” said Tauni Barker, the Communications and Events Manager for West Jordan. “We’re very happy with the excitement the event generated – over 350 children and their parents attended the event held in Veteran’s Memorial Park.” West Jordan City held it’s first annual Superhero Smash event at Veteran’s Memorial Park in August which attracted hundreds of little dressed up heroes for the evening of fun. Children were treated to hero-themed activities such as crafting your own cape and

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climbing a rock wall. Inflatable bounce houses and slides kept them busy throughout the evening. In attendance were a few big Superheroes for photo opportunities such as Spiderman, Batman and Captain Marvel. Superhero Smash was sponsored by My Kids Dentistry and University Credit Union, while the Utah National Guard served as an event partner who aided in the rock climbing wall. While all three of these entities were able to get their name out in front of hundreds of local residents, the truth is that each was simply looking to give back to the community.

Small superheroes creating their masks and capes for the event (Jordan Hafford/City Journals)

The event itself was dreamed up by West Jordan’s tireless events staff, along with the events committee, who come up with exciting ways the city can engage its residents. They are always looking for active members of the community who are interested in helping contribute their ideas by participating on the West Jordan Events Committee. Interested residents can apply by contacting the city at 801-569-5000. After the event was a movie in the park, part of a series of film showings throughout the summer. They played “The Lego Batman Movie” for everyone to relax and enjoy the evening.

Many more family-friendly events like this one are planned for the near future, including PumpkinPalooza, an event held in partnership with the Salt Lake County Library system in late October. This annual event draws thousands for trick-or-treating, prizes and most importantly pumpkins. “West Jordan is home to thousands of young families,” Barker said. “Free events like Superhero Smash are a great way to engage with busy residents raising small children and encourage community interaction. Greater connection ultimately leads to more civic engagement and a better environment for everyone in the city.” l

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he Utah High School Activities Association will determine seeds differently this year for its team sports. The impact of the change and its perception is still to be determined. “It will begin with team sports this fall,” UHSAA Assistant Director Jeff Cluff said. “The RPI will be revealed after the season begins and be open until one week prior to the postseason. As the tournament approaches, we will reveal the final RPI and tournament bracket together.” The RPI is a performance-based rating dependent upon the teams’ winning percentage, the opponents’ winning percentage and the opponents’-opponents’ winning percentage. A mathematical equation will be used to determine the teams’ seeds for its upcoming state tournament. The RPI will be used in team sports such as football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, softball and drill. It is a system successfully used in several neighboring states like Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. “Each sport will have its own reveal date and bracket release,” Cluff said. Every classification team will be part of the postseason tournament. Teams will be seeded into the bracket, with lower seeds playing higher seeds in the early rounds. Several teams that were left out of postseason

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tournaments will now have the opportunity to win a state title. The official RPI rankings will be available on uhsaa.org. The MaxPreps power ranking and Deseret News rankings are different than the RPI used by the UHSAA. “Those are more of a power ranking rather than a rating percentage index,” Cluff said. “It is completely different; our RPI is based on this particular year only, whereas the max preps takes into account the history of the team.” In theory, a weak schedule could affect a team’s placement in the state tournament bracket. Also, region championships and standings will have no bearing on the state tournament pairings. “You will definitely need to look at the big picture,” Cyprus head boys basketball coach Tre Smith said. “You will need to climb up the rankings throughout the year. I am interested to see how much respect our region gets and if winning region games will matter as far as rankings go.” “We have a lot of inquiries,” Cluff said. “I think people are anxious to see how it is going to work and how it will affect scheduling. I think they are most anxious because of the disruption from the norm. It is completely different than what we have done before. Teams knew that if they won their region,

they would compete here in the first round. A Region 1 school could be matched up with Region 4. It was all predetermined and now it is not the case anymore.” One example was the 6A football championship last season. The four and five seeds (Pleasant Grove and East) matched up in the first round. That should not have occurred in theory until later in the tournament. Region games will more geographical. “The new RPI system did give us reason to change a couple preseason games,” Riverton head basketball coach Skyler Wilson said. “We ended up changing four games against opponents that I think will be ranked higher. I’m excited for this change because our path to the tournament will depend on how we play our whole schedule.” Another aspect of the rating is the classification adjustment. A large school scheduling all small schools will be penalized slightly. A schedule overloaded with small school powerhouses is discouraged by the UHSAA, but teams are still encouraged to schedule rivals. “I think the classification adjustment is important,” Cluff said. “A lot of people do not understand that a bigger school playing a smaller school— it became necessary for us to throw in a classification adjustment. We do not think scheduling will be done any dif-

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State high school playoffs will have a revamped seeding system this season. The change will give every team the opportunity to be part of its state tournament. (Greg James/City Journals)

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Running shoes before ‘I do’s’ By Alison Brimley | a.brimley@mycityjournals.com

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the 1-mile family fun run at a comfortable pace that allowed them to talk and enjoy the party. Many runners, though, did log impressive finish times, with several finishing in under 17 minutes. The overall winner was 17-year-old Jerin Palmer of West Jordan (also winner of the 15-and-over male division). Paula Morrison took the top spot in the 15-and-over female category, and 14-year-old Alex Maxifeld finished first in the under-15 category. Mayor Jim Riding was there to present awards at the ceremony that followed the race. Overall, the fun run this year attracted many who had never participated before. Heather Everett, events coordinator for West Jordan, explained that whereas only 167 participants registered for 2018’s run, this year’s race involved nearly 500 runners. In an effort to boost participation this year, Everett said, they instituted a “healthy competition” between Copper Hills High School and West Jordan High School’s cross country teams. The schools competed in two categories, with a check for $500 awarded in each: which team could register more friends and family for the run, and which team averaged the best finishing time among the top five runners. In the end, both teams claimed one victory. West Jordan’s team registered more participants, and Copper Hills’ runners averaged the fastest time. So while brides and high schoolers may have stolen the show, the event overall emphasized families. Of those who registered for the race, 85% did so as part of a team, and 74 families total participated in the race, with an average team size of almost five runners. The event doesn’t aim to raise money but rather to promote physical activity and fun in the community, so registration fees are low—just $5 for an individual and $10 for a family, a fee that includes a T-shirt. Facilitators were happy with the participation they saw at this year’s race, which they called a “great success.” l

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Seating options keep students on the edge of their seats By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


one are the days of students learning quietly at their desks. Teachers are incorporating alternative or flexible seating options that get students out of their seats. “I don’t think there is any real-world job that requires you to sit in a desk and a chair for eight hours a day,” said Bluffdale Elementary teacher Cari Bergstrom. “Even an office job, you’d be able to stand up and walk around, so I don’t think a desk and chair is a life skill they need to learn.” Alternative seating options depend on a teacher’s personality and on their budgets. Common options are floor pillows, couches, wobble stools, yoga balls, bungee chairs and low rockers. Often, a bouncy band is attached around the legs of a traditional desk for students to bounce their feet on to work off excess energy. Bergstrom has been providing alternative seating options for her students for three years. She said when kids can move around more, their ability to focus improves. “Their attention increases, and they’re more engaged,” she said. She has seen a rise in test scores in every subject and said the classroom feels more comfortable. “It frees up a bunch of space because you don’t have to have 26 desks,” Bergstrom said. “I have floor options that they use clipboards with so you get more space and more kids can fit.” Amanda Dohmen, a fifth grade teacher, said alternative seating works well with her teaching techniques. She likes to use collaborative learning and group projects, but she found she was spending a lot of time reminding her students where they needed to be. “I felt like I was on my kids all the time, and that’s not my teaching style,” she said. She began incorporating flexible seating in her classroom at Athlos Academy during the middle of her first year of teaching to allow students more autonomy. Instead of telling them exactly what they needed to do, she empowered students to take charge of their own learning and discover what seating option worked best for the task they had been given. “By giving them that freedom and that choice—it just changes the entire dynamic of my teaching, and it changes the dynamic of their learning,” she said. “I’ve seen their test scores rise, and I’ve seen behavior diminish.” Dohmen aims to create a homey and positive atmosphere in her room, with diffused scents and comfortable corners to help students feel comfortable and calm. “This isn’t just a classroom to them,” Dohmen said. “It’s also home—they spend eight hours a day in here.” When Dohmen took a new teaching position this year at Summit Academy Independence Campus in Bluffdale, she took her pillows and couch with her but was also stuck with traditional desks in her new classroom.

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A variety of seating options are used to meet the variety of students’ needs. (Cari Bergstrom/Bluffdale Elementary)

With support from her new administration, some leaps and bounds, we really have to she lowered some desks to the floor to be think leaps and bounds in change.” l used with cushions and raised some to create standing desks. April Stevenson faces an even bigger challenge of transferring the successful flexible seating she has used for years with her fourth graders at Bennion Elementary in Taylorsville to her new classroom at Eisenhower Junior High. She believes it will take a few months to challenge old-fashioned teaching methods and classroom organization to be able to adapt the alternative seating philosophy for older students. But she believes it is a needed change for today’s students. “There’s a lot of teachers that are still doing the exact same thing they did 20 years ago or even five years ago, and our population is different than five years ago,” she said. “Students are learning differently. Students need different opportunities.” Dohmen said variety is key with students these days, whether it is in teaching methods or classroom seating. “If you do the same thing every day, you just get bored and the kids get bored,” she said. “That’s when kids start messing around; that’s when they’re not learning anymore.” Stevenson believes alternative seating options are just one small part of the necessary changes needed to keep up with the needs of modern students. “If we want something different in education, we have got to do something different,” she said. “Education is taking little steps, but we’re getting little differences. I think if we really want education to take

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he problems facing high school football do not seem to be going away, according to new data released by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Neither is the downward trend in participation. “Where are my lineman?” Kearns High School’s line coach Shawn Teo asked. “We don’t have the same number of kids playing football as we have had.” In the past decade, according to NFHS data, football participation has dropped by nearly 6%. Many local coaches have experienced that trend. “We have had a handful of seniors come back for this season. I think our numbers are settling,” Hunter head coach Tarell Richards said. “We have tried to keep everyone involved year-round. They will want to stay if they build friendships with coaches and other players. Football is dying; our west side schools are battling the same things.” Transfers to other schools is one thing that has affected schools in the past. “We had kids in the past leave for football season and then transfer back for the spring so they can graduate with their friends,” Richards said. This is a problem many schools experience. “I want to develop only the talent here in Riverton and only those kids,” Riverton High head coach Jody Morgan said. “I don’t want other teams to steal my kids.” The Silverwolves coaches count 12 players that have left their program to attend other schools. “We have had other varsity coaches approach my athletes,” Morgan said. “I feel like some coaches treat it like the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’; they think these are guidelines and not rules. The UHSAA needs to stop going after individual kids and go after the programs that are doing it.” Cost, single-sport specialization and in-

juries are other concerns players and parents have with football. Some coaches believe it is important to creatively find opportunities for kids to play. Hunter High has tried to hire coaches that know the community or have been part of the Wolverines’ football team in the past. “We have coaches that believe in the community,” Richards said. “They are born and raised here. That builds trust with parents and players.” The coaches have also changed practice plans to prevent injury by training in helmets only one day a week. They also try to find more chances for the kids to play. “The kids that don’t play on Friday night always play on Thursday in the sub-varsity game,” Richards said.” We can’t play them two days in a row. It is not responsible because of the injury possibility.” Preparing the players mentally and physically is an important part of keeping kids on the field. “Kids nowadays have ADD (attention deficit disorder); they want to do what has success,” Richards said. “Whether that is another team, another sport or school program. We have to be creative.” Riverton High players are becoming more involved in the youth programs. “We attend little league games,” Morgan said. “We host a youth camp and are constantly trying to build a good relationship. We sell to the parents that we want to build good football players and great young men. Football is hard, and we try to relate it to everyday life.” Richards pointed out he thinks the UHSAA is trying to help. They have recently realigned regions encouraging more rivalries. “I think the new regions are good because we are now playing kids that have the same demographics,” he said. “I think the UHSAA has got it right with realignment. It makes it exciting.” l

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Holland at LegoLand in Florida. (Tiffany Van Gelder)

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n Utah, only 12% of employees in computer science careers are women. “Utah has to address this gender gap,” said Katherine Kireiev, of the Utah STEM Action Center. “Tomorrow’s economy depends on the choices students make today. It’s critical that we break down the gender stereotypes in STEM by examining our micro-messaging in the home, in the classroom and as a society.” Exposing girls to coding at an early age is key to combating negative messages girls receive and to increase the likelihood they will pursue technical fields of study, said Kireiev. The STEM Action Center supports Girls Who Code, a free after-school coding club, as a way to open up a future of possibilities for girls. The clubs are popping up in local elementary and secondary schools all over the country. Reagan Stowell, a third grade teacher, started a club this year at Hayden Peak Elementary. She said the experience has been empowering for the third, fourth and fifth grade girls who explored coding together. “The great thing about this club is that the kids are the ones that are in charge,” said Stowell. “It’s really not me teaching them anything; it’s the girls figuring it out on their own.” She said so much of coding is about running into a problem, finding out something’s not working and figuring out how to fix it. The problem-solving skills girls gain is

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one of the big takeaways from the club—as is teamwork. “They have to learn how to work with each other and how to share and talk and be respectful with each other, which is another big part of coding,” said Stowell. Reshma Saujani, who founded Girls Who Code in 2012, wanted young girls to gain confidence in coding skills in the best environment for them—which means no boys are allowed. “It changes the dynamic,” said Stowell. “Because when the boys are here, the girls are not as comfortable being bold.” Computer lab instructor and co-adviser Jeni Murphy agrees the girls-only club creates a safe and supportive environment. “They’re not afraid to just be girls, to dive in and learn and ask for help,” she said. The club attracted 27 girls ranging in coding experience. They cheered each other on through coding challenges such as animation and game design. At the end of each meeting, the girls and advisers congregated to praise specific girls for their bravery, resilience, persistence, creativity, purposefulness and focus with phrases such as: “She couldn’t figure out how to do the points, so instead of giving up, she just kept on trying and trying and trying,” and “She wasn’t afraid to ask people for help.” The national club believes all girls have the interest and ability to learn to code when

they are nurtured with the values of leadership, sisterhood, quality, candor and bravery. “Our economy, our society—we are just losing out because we are not raising our girls to be brave,” said Emily Ong, senior manager of Girls Who Code Community Partnerships and Outreach. The club offers participants opportunities to create and to be “brave, not perfect” in trying new things. Girls are encouraged to apply their skills to help their community and better the world around them. “I would like to use coding to help somebody else because it’s a very powerful thing that can be used to help other people,” said Simone Strattman, a fifth grader who hopes to design spaceships to explore other planets and to find out what is in a black hole. Murphy said with the problem-solving necessary for coding, the girls learn how to ask questions in different ways to find answers. Many clubs used their skills to develop a project for the Utah STEM Foundation’s inaugural Girls Who Code Entrepreneurial Challenge, held this past spring to inspire girls’ pursuit of leadership roles and entrepreneurship and to encourage greater female representation in STEM fields. Prizes were awarded for apps created by local clubs that solve contemporary societal issues. Top winners created apps to help students be more involved in their schools, increase self-esteem and to reduce food waste.

Kaitlyn Tenney, a sixth grader at Elk Meadows Elementary School, won one of three Peer Mentor Awards. Additionally, one of the top three Project Challenge Awards went to Elk Ridge Middle School’s club that created a virtual 3D tour app to help new students explore the school. Sunset Ridge Middle School was a winner in two categories: ninth grader Cara Fuller was a finalist in the Peer Mentor category. Club facilitator Kami Taylor received one of three Facilitator Awards. Taylor received a $500 cash award that she will use to purchase tools for their club robot. Throughout the year, she used tech tools such as drones, robots and virtual reality devices to provide the 20 girls in her club hands-on experiences in coding. Because the club was new to the school, the girls created interactive exhibits for the school’s College Night and STEM night to share the purpose of their club. “I was blown away by their ability to put into words the lessons they were learning,” said Taylor. “The sense of empowerment was real and obvious and really rewarding.” Taylor also introduced the girls to examples of women in tech, provided by the Girls Who Code platform, to give them confidence to explore those fields. For more information on how to start a Girls Who Code club, visit girlswhocode.org. l

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Throw out litter box tradition to protect Utah’s water By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com


ccording to Utah’s Department of Natural Resources and visitation data, over seven million people spent time in our magnificent parks between July 2018 through July 2019. Have you ever wondered where all those people are pooping? Consider, most of our water comes from the Wasatch mountains, where its state park had over 500,000 visits in the last 12 months. In generations gone by, many were taught to dig a “cathole” outdoors to “go No. 2.” A cathole is a small pit made to hide and bury human feces. There’s all kinds of rules on digging a proper cathole — where, how deep, etc. Feel free to forget those rules. Please forget them. Everyone needs you to forget them. Kevin Gmitro is an experienced outdoorsman and co-owner of The Gear Room (a mountain adventure supply store at 3422 E. Fort Union Blvd. in Cottonwood Heights). “We used to be told that catholes are copasetic,” he said. “To dig six inches down was fine. But because of how many people are visiting the canyon and alpine areas, that’s not really the case anymore. That poop makes it into our water sources, regardless of how deep you dig. So that’s not the way you want to do it anymore.” Gmitro makes solid points. “We pick up after our dogs, so we need to pick up after ourselves. There’s water in all these environments. Water helps break it down, but also helps carry it down. We’re all drinking out of that water. The higher alpine areas like the Uintas are a more delicate ecosystem, even more so than the Wasatch, so poop is even more frowned upon up there. We all go to the same zones to enjoy Utah. Mirror Lake Highway is awesome because it splits the Uintas. It only accesses a short chunk of the range though, so we all congregate in the same few dozen square miles. If you are going to some of the more popular areas, it’s imperative to get your poop out of there,” he emphasized. Madison Goodman, gearhead at The Gear Room added, “Here’s what we all forget…we think we live in this grand mountain range, which we do. But all our water comes from this grand mountain range. And there’s a million-plus people living in this valley. So if every single one of them were to take a poop, that would be a million poops coming down into our water stream. And that would be so gross.” Hard to argue with that. According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Utah’s drinking water comes from either surface water (lakes, reservoirs, rivers) or groundwater (wells or springs) — altogether 1,850 sources. Unfortunately, some of the poop coming from seven million visitors each year makes its way into our drinking water. The situation requires costly chemicals and treatment processes to make our water safe to drink.

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If one doesn’t have public restroom access while at Utah’s many wonders, it is essential to pack human waste out. Yeah, it sounds gross. But it’s not as bad as it seems. With a little foresight, there should be no overly smelly accidents. There are currently two recommended methods to pack it out — the “cheap and reusable” way, or the “inexpensive and disposable” way. People experienced with hiking and climbing might recognize the reusable option — the “poop tube.” A poop tube you can make yourself using a few pieces of black ABS pipe, following these directions.

Items needed:

1. A forearm’s length of pipe (about 3 to 4 inch diameter) 2. Cleanout plug/screw cap 3. DWV threaded hub 4. DWV cap 5. Black ABS cement The idea is to glue all of it together except the screw cap, so you can open it. Then when nature calls, you poop into a grocery/ plastic bag and tie it up securely (you know, the grocery bags we shouldn’t be using). Repurposing plastic sacks for this valiant reason is more commendable than just tossing them loose and useless. Then, double-bag the waste and used Young climbers Lucas Burnham, Lily Matsen and Lexee Call help keep our Utah waters clean. (Amy Green/ toilet paper. Seal it in the tube and pack it City Journals) out with you. When home, empty the bag’s contents (not the bag) into your toilet or garbage can. Wash out the poop tube and use it on your next trip. The ABS plastic is durable and the screw cap seals in the unpleasantness. Emptying and cleaning the tube isn’t too bad if the bag inside is knotted up tight. Worst case scenario, the tube can smell like a bathroom (a quick enzyme cleaning soap rinse can help that). The disposable way is just as easy. It’s lightweight and inexpensive — the “Go AnyCOME BE A PART OF THIS MAGICAL PRODUCTION! where Toilet Kit” a.k.a. “wag bag.” A wag bag can be purchased at sporting goods stores like The Gear Room and also IME (3265 E. 3300 South). They’re generally around $2 or $3. There’s different types of wag bags. The fancier style has some kitty litter inside to held at Wasatch Arts Center absorb moisture. They come with toilet pa11968 S. Redwood Rd, Riverton, UT per and a towelette for hand sanitizing. They Friday, September 20th have an aluminum coating so the bag won’t Audition Fee: $10 puncture or tear. The idea is the same. Do Boys & Girls Ages 6 -12 @ 4:30 to 6:00 pm your business in the bag, seal it up and carry Boys & Girls Age13 + & Adults @ 6:30 to 8:00 pm Callbacks: September 21st it home, once again disposing of it properly. Performance Dates: December 11 to 14 If you’re paranoid about carrying waste, you could get a poop tube and also put the Oquirrh Mountain Ballet is a non-profit Ballet Company wag bags inside. Some may consider that a providing performing opportunities for aspiring dancers and little overkill, but taking whatever steps to performers. modernize habits is crucial. If we can pick FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO up after our dogs, humans can step up to the FACEBOOK: OQUIRRHMOUNTAINBALLET same expectations. Water is a precious reWEB: OMBALLETCOMPANY.WIXSITE.COM omballet.blogspot.com source in Utah. Safe clean water, is nonnegotiable.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019 IF YOU DON’T, WHO WILL? The City of West Jordan wants to stress the importance of voting in the upcoming Municipal Election process! Local leaders are the ones who determine policies that directly impact your quality of life. Municipal Elections are often decided by a handful of votes, so make yours count. The positions and candidates on the general election ballot are as follows:

MAYOR Dirk Burton Jim Riding

COUNCIL DISTRICT #2 John Price Melissa Worthen

COUNCIL AT-LARGE Kelvin Green Mikey Smith

COUNCIL DISTRICT #3 Zach Jacob Amy L. Martz

COUNCIL DISTRICT #1 Christopher M. McConnehey Marilyn Richards

COUNCIL DISTRICT #4 Pamela Berry David Pack

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. Crossing Guards positions pay $15 an hour. For more information about the job posting, visit WestJordan.Utah.Gov.

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A Big City, with Small Town Traditions Last month I had the opportunity to join the good folks at Bedrock Quartz, where we broke ground on a 100,000 square-foot expansion. A few days later I joined Amazon in announcing a new fulfillment center that will be built west of Mountain View Corridor. This project will bring more than 800 new jobs and grow our tax base. As I have served as your Mayor, these types of activities have become increasingly common. Now, more than ever before, companies are choosing to locate their business in the City of West Jordan. Today, our city is home to many wonderful employers - companies like Boeing, Oracle, PayPal, Aligned Energy and the Jordan School District, who chose to locate their headquarters here a decade ago. I am excited that West Jordan has become a place where residents can live AND work. Our retail base also continues to grow. It’s exciting to see the continued energy at Gardner Village (WitchFest activities start later this month!), as well as the bustle of activity taking place at newer locations like Smith and Edwards and Lucky grocery store. I know that this level of economic growth means different things to different people. Although many residents regard it as a means to long-term prosperity, I understand that growth also brings challenges. With that in mind I want you to know the City is committed to managing new developments with an eye to the future and in doing the best we can to protect the interests of our existing residents. We simply won’t prosper if we let go of the traditions and values that got us to where we are today. We’re all reminded of our small town agricultural roots each year at the City’s annual Western Stampede celebration over the Fourth of July and as we visit local, independent businesses, like Reams, that have served our area for decades. That’s why this past month, in addition to celebrating new development, I also spent time visiting Betty Naylor’s farm, as well as Drake Family Farms Goat Dairy (right off Redwood Rd.). Both of these family-run farms have been in operation in the central part of our city for more than 100 years and we hope they will be here for 100 more! The next time you’re out and about whether you’re popping into a new development, stopping for fresh goods at one of our City’s century farms or grabbing a donut at Dunford Bakery, I hope you will take a moment to appreciate all that the City of West Jordan has become. Jim Riding, Mayor



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West Jordan Communications If you’re reading the West Jordan Good Neighbor News, you’re likely involved and interested in what goes on at the City of West Jordan. As West Jordan’s Community Engagement Department, our goal is to provide accurate, timely and important information about emergencies, government meetings, messages from city departments and City events. For your convenience, we use several communication channels to spread the word including:

• Social Media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube • Email • The Good Neighbor News inside the West Jordan Journal To improve the readability and transparency of City financial documents for elected officials and our community, the City’s finance department has committed to adding monthly financial documents to WestJordan.Utah.gov/city-budget. The monthly financial statements include balance sheets and income statements for City funds as well as a narrative section with color-coded indicators to highlight areas of interest or concern. You can reach our Finance Department at 801-569-5000 if you have any specific questions about the financial statements or budget.

• WestJordan.Utah.Gov • Banners placed throughout the City and display boards and marquees at City Hall • Emergency Communications through V-E-C-C To learn how to sign up for these types of communications, visit: WestJordan.Utah.Gov/communications.


Visiting Artists at the Schorr This month’s visiting artists at the William Schorr Gallery in West Jordan provides gallery visitors with a variety of the art mediums. From metal sculpting, gel pen and charcoal illustrations to acrylic and oil painting. Stephen Hiatt, Alex Reber along with Jessica Kaylor and Joshua Tanner Smith display interesting and unique works of art. Hiatt’s art consists of varied mediums, such as metal welding, spray paint art and has multiple examples of Martin Hansford-like drawings with gel pen and charcoal. His hand drawn maps offer a mystical feel to the viewer. Smith and Kaylor provide us with numerous examples of oils, charcoal, graphite and digital images. Many of their works have a whimsical demeanor about them. Reber exhibits a single piece titled “Fractal Sea” that not only shows the beauty of the wood, but also the skills of a fine artist. The artists’ show will run at the Schorr Gallery through September 27. The Schorr Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 8am – 5pm and is free to the public. The Gallery is located on the third floor of the West Jordan City Hall Building.

There are several ways to be heard at the City of West Jordan. While this is not a comprehensive list, we hope to highlight the best ways to get in touch with the city.

COMPLAINTS & REQUESTS Most of the complaints we receive are accompanied with a request for an action to be made by the city. Many of these complaints can be resolved by involving code enforcement or by submitting work orders to the West Jordan Public Works Department directly. Our GIS team created a tool where residents can submit these work orders directly called the City Service Request. Visit WestJordan.Utah.Gov/service-request to see it in action. Common issues like potholes, unplowed streets or cleanup of city property can be done using this tool. If you have a legal complaint outside of code enforcement, please contact the West Jordan Police Department on their non-emergency line at 801-840-4000.

QUESTIONS Many residents ask questions on Facebook Messenger, post comments and use other social media messaging. All are welcomed and typically receive fast responses. You’re also invited to call the main City Hall line at 801-569-5000 during business hours to get help finding the right department for your question.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING At the beginning of every City Council Meeting, residents have the option to speak to the City Council and Mayor for three minutes. City Council Meeting is usually every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.


Why Has My Water Bill Increased? If you’ve peeked inside your water bill recently and noticed an increase over previous years, you’re not alone. Water rates increased in January, but many West Jordan residents didn’t feel the pinch until summer water bills started arriving. While no one wants to see rates go up, the fact is, water is a scarce resource and wholesale water rates continue to rise. Despite numerous increases made by West Jordan’s water supplier, previous administrations did not increase water rates for six of the last ten years. Today current water storage in West Jordan City would last 12-hours in the event of a water disruption, less than half the recommended supply. In addition, water fund savings (money set aside to maintain and repair the City’s water system) are close to falling below recommended reserves. In an effort to ensure the sustainability of the City’s water fund, last December the City Council voted to raise water rates 33 percent. Decisions like this are not easy, but they are necessary. Even with the increase, there is no surplus in the water fund. Wholesale water rates will continue to increase based on demand and inflation. In addition, current projections indicate that even after the latest rate increase savings will fall below recommended target of 45-days minimum in operating reserves in the next five years. While it’s no consolation for those on a fixed income or struggling with bills, West Jordan water rates remain competitive, and in some cases lower, than neighboring cities.

Listen to West Jordan 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: WestJordan.Utah.gov











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Join Our Events Committee SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY AND HAVE A GREAT TIME DOING IT – JOIN THE EVENTS COMMITTEE! From the Easter Egg Hunt to the Fourth of July Parade and everything in between, events shape our city’s image and strengthen our sense of community. Give as little or as much time as you have and help bring them to life. Fill out a volunteer interest form on our website at WestJordan.Utah.Gov/Committees.

Utah’s ‘Fighting Fullmers’ honored by two cities By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

South Jordan and West Jordan are mutually honoring boxing greats “The Fighting Fullmer Brothers” by renaming a stretch of road along 9400 South in their honor. (South Jordan City)

My philosophy was to move forward and swing,” the late Gene Fullmer told Sports Illustrated in 1997. The “move forward” part — along with stops and turns — will daily live on in the lives of thousands of Southwest Quadrant residents traveling along 9400 South from 1700 to 2200 West — what will now be known as “Fullmer Lane” in honor of Gene and his brothers Jay and Don.

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The cities of South Jordan and West Jordan have elected to rename the road for the trio of West Jordan’s “boxing brothers.” The naming echoes Salt Lake County’s honoring another boxing legend and boxing mentor to the Fullmers. Boxing great Marv Jenson (June 4, 1917–March 14, 2007) was honored by Salt Lake County officials with its naming of the South Jordan-based Marv Jenson Center. (Salt Lake County leaders have announced closure of this facility, slated for next March 31.) A Deseret News article from 2015 quotes Jay Fullmer’s son, Chet Fullmer, as crediting Marv Jenson with having allowed the Fullmers to train for free at his gym. Chet Fullmer also credited Jenson for the work ethic which the Fullmers dutifully, joyously followed in their efforts in both West Jordan and South Jordan.

Fullmer facts

According to the Washington Post, Each of the three Fullmer brothers—Gene, Jay and Don—became mid-century boxing legends, learning the sport and art of boxing in an outdoor boxing ring their father, a rancher who had himself been an amateur boxer, built at their family home in West Jordan. These skills were then honed through their long-time association with Utah boxing great Jenson. Lawrence “Gene” Fullmer (July 21, 1931–April 27, 2015) became the world middleweight boxing champion in 1957 when he defeated Sugar Ray Robinson, universally viewed as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991. In 1999, the Salt Lake Tribune declared him Utah’s greatest athlete. Middle brother Jay Fullmer (June 19, 1934–April 5, 2013) was a professional boxer in both lightweight and welterweight divisions. An eye injury with the potential of blinding him ended his career early. The baby of the bunch, Don Fullmer (Feb. 21, 1939–Jan. 28, 2012), also a middleweight like eldest Don, competed for the world title and was a boxing mainstay of the 1960s. While an amateur for four years, prior to turning pro, Don did not lose a fight in 65 bouts.

The gift of boxing for ‘Heroes in disguise’

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The eldest of the Fullmers, Gene Fullmer, will have his signature not just on this image but on South and West Jordan’s renaming of a stretch of 9400 South. (Wikipedia)

the Fullmers shared their love of boxing and honored the wishes of Jenson by establishing the free-of-charge Fullmer Brothers Boxing Gym in West Jordan in their later years. West Jordan officials allowed the nonprofit boxing club to use an abandoned firehouse for free for five years but then approached Salt Lake County leaders to relocate the building. Salt Lake County officials provided space at its South Jordan-based Equestrian Center in 2011, what as reported by the Deseret News, now Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor Erin Litvak called “a place where they can be permanently located.” In its obituary honoring the passing of eldest brother, Gene Fullmer, Fox 13 called the brothers “heroes in disguise.” “West Jordan and South Jordan kind of came alive, I think, as result of them boxing,” said Brad Fullmer, Don Fullmer’s son. “The Fullmers were a big part of West Jordan,” agreed West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding, speaking of the brothers’ charitable contribution in terms of facilities and time spent with the city’s youth. All three brothers, for a time, resided on the same street in what Fox 13 called a “nearly side-by-side” location. Their contribution, like the road now named for them, extended beyond West Jordan to South Jordan.

an honor to be a part of South Jordan with people like this,” said Don Rees, member of the South Jordan’s Historic Preservation Committee. Part of the legacy Rees is referring to is the tradition of working with youth at the South Jordan-based Fullmer Brothers Boxing Gym. More than 2,000 youth have used the gym, many of whom are considered “atrisk.” Rees said the youth not only learn the sport but receive valuable mentorship. “There are many youth that struggle today, both with social media and social activities,” Rees said. “These youth learn something that can help them not only just as fighters, but it can also help them become better citizens.” The Fullmer family has recently acquired land they plan use to build a new gym to continue to serve the youth, at which they’ll be able to hold tournaments. Through the Fullmer Legacy Foundation, the family will soon begin fundraising to get the funds to build the new gym. “It was Dad’s and those guy’s dying wish that we don’t charge anybody to ever come into that gym, so they wanted us to keep it running and don’t charge them,” said Brad Fullmer. In the new gym, which they hope to get built within two years, there will be a study The gift that keeps on giving hall and a computer lab where kids can do “They left a great legacy and their famtheir homework. l ily continues to leave that legacy today. It’s

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A look at municipal campaign donations in Salt Lake County By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com


ith Salt Lake County’s 2019 municipal primary elections in the rearview mirror and the general election now months away, it’s a good time to look at the state of campaign finances at the local level. The City Journals examined the campaign finance disclosures of every municipal candidate in the valley (excluding Salt Lake City proper) to see which cities’ elections are drawing the most money, where the money is coming from and to what degree campaign spending impacts election results. Here’s what we found.

Where is the money going?

It turns out there is a wide disparity in how much money is being spent in different cities across the valley. In Sandy City, 26 times more campaign money per candidate was raised than in the neighboring city of Midvale. A competitive race in the city of Draper where 11 candidates are fighting for three open at-large city council seats has drawn $88,894 worth of campaign funds, the most of any city in the county. Of that total, $23,471 came from just one candidate. Most cities (10 out of 13) raised between $1,000 and $5,000 per candidate.

Where is the money coming from?

The three most common types of campaign contributors are individual donors, donations from businesses (which sometimes happens through a political action committee) and self-funding from the candidate themselves. The balance between these three types of sources varies from city to city. We took a look at the three cities with the most total donations, Sandy, West Jordan and Draper, to see where the money is coming from in their respective races. Draper was the most balanced, with each category being within a few thousand dollars of each other. Sandy City was the only city which had more donations coming from businesses. West Jordan was noteworthy for how much its races are being self-funded by its candidates. Fifty-seven percent of the funding for all the city’s campaigns came from the

Average Campaign Donations per Candidate (City Journals)

candidates themselves. When it comes to donations from businesses and business interests, one source stands out from the rest. The Salt Lake Board of Realtors (and its political action committee, The Realtors) doled out over $58,000 in donations to candidates’ campaigns during the primary season. In some cities, donations from the Board of Realtors accounted for a quarter, or even half, of all donations. At the candidate level, the Board of Realtors donated an average of $2,252 to candidates, though there were a few candidates who received more than $5,000. For 10 candidates, donations from the Board of Realtors made up at least half of their total campaign finances.

Does the money even matter?

In today’s world where candidates can easily reach people through social media, some might wonder if having money for traditional campaign advertising is still important. Can you win without courting donors, or does money buy elections? In the primaries, 76% of candidates who raised at least $1,000 advanced to the

Source of Campaign Donations (City Journals)

general election. However, there may be diminishing returns when it comes to bigger campaign coffers; for candidates who raised at least $5,000, the percentage of those who advanced to the general election remained at 76%. However, candidates who received money from the Board of Realtors got an ex-

tra boost—84% of them advanced to the general election, compared to 50% of candidates who didn’t. Money is not the be-all and endall however, as there were 11 candidates throughout the valley who were able to advance to the general election despite having the lowest-funded campaign in their respective races.

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est Jordan’s Motor Madness event, sponsored by the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce, took place July 27 with the aim of showcasing local businesses—and showing off some classic cars, too. Stroll through the parking lot of the shopping center at 7800 South and Redwood Road that day and you’d see an array of 1920s Ford Roadsters, a bright red 1940 Chevy pickup truck, a 1960s Thunderbird and more. To add to the nostalgic atmosphere, hits from the iconic groups of the 50s and 60s— including those most melodious of car enthusiasts, the Beach Boys—hovered in the air. The West Jordan Chamber of Commerce, according to its president, Aisza Wilde, is an independent organization that promotes and protects the interests of businesses in West Jordan. Chamber members present at Motor Madness included GoldenWest and American United credit unions, Huntington Learning Center, Title Boxing Club and more. Ken Garff and Quick Quack Car Wash, which is opening a second West Jordan location soon, are major sponsors. Food trucks from Waffle Love and Dali Crepes, also members of the chamber, offered food for sale. Wilde estimated more than 60 cars registered for the event, which was about double the number of the previous year. But automobile motors weren’t the only ones on display. The

many motorcycles buzzing around the event almost stole the show, especially at 1 p.m. when dozens came roaring in a line into the parking lot. These bikers wore jackets with matching patches on the back declaring them members of the Sober Riders Motorcycle Club. They had just completed a ride that took them from Sandy to Antelope Island and finally to Motor Madness. The Wasatch Front chapter of Sober Riders does several such rides every year in Utah, with the goal of providing encouragement and support to recovering addicts and alcoholics. A biker who wants to ride with them may have been sober for years or for 24 hours. “It doesn’t matter to us as long as you’re willing to stay clean and sober,” said one rider who goes by the name Whistler. In addition to supporting each other, the Sober Riders raise money to benefit the community. One-third of their proceeds benefit the Christmas Box House, a short-term residence in Salt Lake City for children in state custody. Bikers Against Child Abuse also brought a delegation of riders who had come to spread awareness of the services they offer to the community. The president of the Wasatch Front chapter, who goes by Bull Dog, explained that BACA got started when a clinical therapist who worked with abused children in Utah County realized that “all the work he was doing inside his office

A 1927 Ford on display at Motor Madness. (Alison Brimley/City Journals)

was good,” but that “things were falling apart for these kids on the outside.” The founder’s impulse to make a real difference in someone’s life lives on in those who ride with BACA today. One member, Olaf, said he was first inspired to join BACA when he began to feel that an occasional service project to help the hungry around Thanksgiving and Christmas wasn’t “being genuine.” Joining BACA allowed him to bring together two of his passions—biking and helping others—and to make community service a more regular part of his life. BACA’s members aim to be physically present to provide support to children, whether that requires them to attend a court hearing where a child will need to testify, or to be on-call to help a child who doesn’t feel safe in his or her environment. Members must pass a federal background check and ride with BACA for over a year before they qualify to provide this kind of support, and all their involvement is at the child’s request. Bull Dog explained that by attending Motor Madness, BACA hoped to simply raise awareness of their organization. The way we get our information out is by handing out pamphlets, telling who we are, what we do, [saying] ‘If you know anyone that needs our help, here’s our information,’” he said. l

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Pickle Power! The family-friendly sport that’s taking over Utah By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com


ou’ve probably seen them at a park near your house: miniature-sized versions of tennis courts filled with people smacking a yellow Wiffle ball back and forth. The courts (and the sport itself) seem to have sprung up overnight. If you haven’t played yet yourself, you surely know someone who does. Someone who has probably asked you with all the zeal of a missionary deployed by a crazed sport-religion hybrid: Do you play pickleball? Interest in pickleball has doubled in just the last three years, at least according to data from Google Trends. A sport that most people hadn’t even heard of five years ago is now a third as popular as tennis and half as popular as bowling. It’s already far surpassed sports like disc golf and badminton. While the sport is certainly exploding nationwide, nowhere is its popularity greater than here in Utah. More Utahns search for information about pickleball than residents of any other state, again according to Google Trends. Arizona is close behind, and most Pickleball players participate in a tournament held at Wardle Fields Regional Park in Bluffdale. (Justin Adams/City Journals) states’ interest in the sport is less than half of what it is in Utah. A tennis player and coach herself, she said ties together. It ended up going all over the country. So why is pickleball gaining populariDrew Wathey, a spokesperson for the she knows several former tennis players who “Those players came from all over Utah ty so fast? And why is Utah at the head of but also the United States,” Case said. “They USA Pickleball Association told the City switched to pickleball as their primary sport. its growth? But most importantly, why is it had a great experience then went home and Journals that demographics changes have Pickleball also makes more sense when mucalled pickleball? taught their friends how to play. In a lot of a lot to do with the sports’ growing popu- nicipalities are trying to decide what ameniOrigins ways, that first year in 2003 really created a larity. “Society is getting older. A lot of the ties to include in their public parks, she said. The game got its start in 1965 in Wash- big opportunity for it to spread.” baby boomers are hitting retirement age and “Some of those tennis courts that aren’t lookington state, when Joel Pritchard, a state conthey’re not able to be quite as active as they ing very good, it makes more sense to put An old folks’ game? gressman spliced together a few elements The fact that one of pickleball’s first used to be, and pickleball is a natural transi- in pickleball courts. They are more family from various sports during a hot summer friendly and don’t take up as much space.” big exposures to the world came through an tion,” he said. weekend at his home on Bainbridge Island. With pickleball quickly gaining ground event targeted towards seniors is no coinci- Replacing tennis? Pritchard’s backyard had a badminton on tennis, it may be only a matter of time beThe high demand for pickleball courts is dence. The mechanics and rules of pickleball court, but when he couldn’t find any badminfore a pickleball equivalent of Wimbledon is create a sport that is accessible to just about visible all over Salt Lake valley. In Cottonton equipment, he instead grabbed some ping broadcast on ESPN. everyone, including seniors. In return, the se- wood Heights, three recently installed picklepong paddles and a plastic ball. Along with nior community has been a driving force in ball courts proved to not be nearly enough to Going forward his friends and family, Pritchard developed a Is it possible that pickleball is a passmeet demand and so three additional courts its growing popularity. set of rules for this newly invented game over Because pickleball courts are a fraction were just added. In Bluffdale, Salt Lake ing fad? A sport that spikes in popularity the course of that weekend. of the size of tennis courts, players don’t County’s Wardle Fields Park, which opened for a few years but eventually dies out leavAs for how it got its name, legend has need to cover as much ground, particularly in 2017, included 16 pickleball courts, and in ing thousands of empty unused courts in its it that it’s named after the Pritchard family’s since doubles is the most popular form of the a possibly symbolic move, not a single tennis wake? Not likely, according to Wathey. dog. “The Pritchards had a dog named Pick“I don’t really see a downturn for the sport. This allows players, who maybe aren’t court. les, and you’re having fun at a party, right? “Sometimes sports run in cycles. Tennis sport anytime soon,” he said. “It’s incredible. as quick as they used to be, to still excel at So anyways, what the hell, let’s just call it has hit somewhat of a plateau,” Wathey said. More courts are being built, and we don’t see the sport. pickleball,” said Barney McCallum, one of At the Huntsman World Senior Games, a plateau in that. They’re popping up all over “What I find in my senior community the sports’ cofounders. is their mobility might not be there, but once registrations for pickleball have surpassed the country.” The sport grew slowly over several deAnother factor that will help the sport they get to the line, they have all the motion that of tennis, according to Case. “Four years cades. By 2003, there were only 39 known they need,” said Linda Weeks, a Parks and ago we opened up registration at midnight. continue its rise is its affordability, Wathey places to play the sport in North America, Rec employee in Farmington who has been Within two minutes, the pickleball registra- noted. according to the USA Pickleball Association Pickleball sets that include two to four helping organize pickleball tournaments in tion was full,” he said. Because of that event, website. the Games have changed their registration paddles and balls range from $20 to $60 on Utah for years. However, that same year the sport was In one recent tournament, Weeks said a process for pickleball to be more like a lot- Amazon, whereas a single high-quality tenadded to the Huntsman World Senior Games, nis racket can easily run north of $100. That grandmother and her grandson ended up tak- tery. a multi-sport competitive event that draws The possibility of pickleball supplanting low barrier of entry combined with an eving second place. “I don’t know what other seniors from all over the world to St. George, kinds of sports out there would lend them- tennis is ironic, considering the overlap of er-increasing supply of courts means more Utah. selves to that kind of generation gap,” she the two similar sports. One of the first arti- people are getting into the sport. “There were questions about whether “I never would have guessed that it cles about pickleball appeared in Tennis magsaid. a sport named pickleball would ever be the Weeks thinks the sports’ ability to cater azine and some of the best pickleball players would have been to this extent already,” next big thing,” said Kyle Case, the current Weeks said. “I talk to people every day who to both the young and old is a big part of why are former tennis pros. CEO of the event. “But we just decided to get Weeks agreed that pickleball seems to say, ‘What’s up with this pickleball thing, can it’s grown so fast in Utah, where there are big behind it and see where it goes.” families who like to be outside doing activi- be putting a dent in the tennis community. you explain it to me?’” l

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New Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience bigger and better than before By Christy Jepson | Christy@mycityjournals.com


hat is 2.75 miles across and three-quarters of a mile deep and is practically in your backyard? The answer: Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, one of the largest mines in the world. Taking your family to the new Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience is a great fall family outing which will provide an engaging and educational activity for everyone. “If you’re 4 years old or 84, there is something for everybody at the new Visitor Experience…it is fascinating, engaging and just a fun experience,” said Kyle Bennett, spokesman for Rio Tinto Kennecott. According to Bennett, the new Visitor Experience gives people a sense of scale more than ever before. For instance, visitors can now walk inside the bed of a 2,400-squarefoot haul truck and a full-size shovel scoop. Visitors can also learn about the mine’s history, safe mining practices, how ore gets refined to become copper, why mining is important even today and see a panoramic view of the mine. The new Rio Tinto Kennecott Visitor Experience has only been open for six months. The old visitors center was removed in the spring of 2013 because monitoring equipment had been detecting movement in the mine for a few months prior. “We closed the old visitors center just

before the landslide in April 2013, which was the largest non-volcanic landslide in North American history,” Bennett said. Fortunately, because of advanced monitoring and planning, no employees were injured that April day when 165 million tons of rock slid down the northeast section of the open pit mine. The slide did damage roads, buildings and vehicles inside the open pit. The mine is so big that you can see it from space. Here’s some more facts to impress out-of-state friends and family: • Rio Tinto Kennecott is the second largest copper producer in the United States with more than 2,000 employees. • The mine produces up to 300,000 tons of copper each year. • The Utah Copper Company was incorporated on June 4, 1903. Some experts of that day criticized it and said the company would never make money because the ore grade was too low. • Since those beginnings, 20 million tons of refined copper ore has been produced. • It is one of the largest man-made openpit excavations in the world. The lookout area where visitors can see the panoramic view of the Bingham Canyon mine. (Photo Rio Tinto • Rio Tinto Kennecott comprises nearly Kennecott) 8% of U.S. annual copper production. • Without mining, we wouldn’t have ity. cars, cell phones, plumbing or electric• If you stacked two Willis Towers (formerly the Sears Tower) on top of each other, they still would not reach the top of the mine. • You could lay the soccer field at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, end-toend more than 38 times across the top of the Bingham Canyon Mine before it would reach both sides. • Besides copper, Rio Tinto Kennecott Interested in growing produces copper, gold, silver molybdeLegislative Affairs num and sulphuric acid, your business? Committee • It’s the first open-pit mine in the world. ChamberWest is the perfect partner! Leadership Institute Programs The new Rio Tinto Kennecott VisiProgram We’ve been strenghtening tor Experience is located at 12732 Bacchus Board of Governors businesses in your community Highway in Herriman. The mine is open seven days a week from April 1 to Oct. 31. Women in Events since 1961. Call us today Board of Business Reservations are required and can be Directors to learn why businesses in purchased at riotintokennecott.com/visit or West Valley City, Taylorsville, at the Bingham Canyon Lions Gift shop on Ambassador Business site. Tickets are $5 each and children under 5 West Jordan and Kearns Committee Connections are free. All proceeds will be donated to the Communications choose membership & Business Kennecott Charitable Foundation. Exposure in ChamberWest The Visitor Experience starts at the Lark Chamber of visitor parking lot. Once visitors check in, they are shuttled up to the Bingham Canyon Commerce. Mine overlook to see the mine and exhibits. Call Today for a FREE It is a mostly outdoor self-guided tour. l

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R/C racing a family and friends affair By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he r/c raceway has become home several nights a week for a group of diehard car racers. The group includes old men, young millennials and a 13-year-old girl from West Jordan, Lucy Herold. “I am going to try to beat my dad today,” she said as she pulled her car from its carrying box. She runs in the on road mini class at Murf’s Intermountain R/C Raceway in South Salt Lake (1000 West 2480 South) every other Saturday morning. “It is fun; we worked on my car this week. We changed the ... what is it called Dad? The upper control arms, and I am ready.” Working on a one-tenth-size car has been a good experience for a 13 year old. Her father, Louie Herold, engaged with his daughter in a different way than most parents. “I help her, but I try to let her learn with it,” he said. “After the stunt you pulled out there,” Lucy said, pointing toward the track. “You spinned me out. You started it dad, you did.” They argued playfully in the pits after the race. Louie lapped his daughter several times to finish second in the mini division that day. “I could not get my car to hook up today,” the mini class winner, Ryan Glazier, said. Glazier and the Herolds share a friendship on and off the track.

Lucy Herold began racing her 1/10 scale VW this summer. She wants to win every week, but mostly she wants to beat her dad. (Photo by Greg James/City Journal)

On a smaller scale, Lucy and Louie have bonded while using cars that are less expensive than their larger counterparts, on a track that is not nearly the size of an international speedway. Intermountain R/C Raceway is home to on-road and off-road remote-control car racing. Twenty to 25 competitors typically race outside on the eight-turn speedway built in the parking lot of the old warehouse. While

inside the off-road course, complete with a driver’s stand and pit stalls, hosts national events with hundreds of competitors from all over the country. Track announcer Rob Gillespie is an Associated team driver and travels the country representing his brand and home track. “I have been racing since I was about 5 years old,” Gillespie said. “My dad was a factory racer just like I am now. We stopped racing for a while and came back when I was about 15 years old. I have been hitting it hard. I used to come to the track four days a week, but I have only been racing a couple of days a week recently.” Off-road racing can have as many as eight different race classes while on the road could have as many as 40, but Intermountain typically hosts five or six different styles of cars. “The semi class is quickly becoming my favorite on-road class,” Gillespie said. “It is relatively inexpensive, and those trucks are fun to watch. We would let anybody run. The touring cars are the more elite around the country. We also run pan cars that are way cool to watch, but across the country they are not as popular.” Gillespie competed in the electric offroad nationals Aug. 22–25 in Columbus,

Ohio (after press deadline). The electric onroad finals were held Aug. 2–4 at Speedworld Raceway in Roseville, California. “I really like the off-road two-wheel drive buggy,” Gillespie said. “You can throw tricks in the air like a motocross bike, and I really enjoy that. I can do things in the air that make off-road a little more fun than on-road. I like the 12th-scale pan cars on the pavement they are fun. The race I am headed to in California sold out in seven minutes. They have become very popular.” One on-road class is F1. The cars are patterned after the worldwide open-wheel racing series. Several of the local drivers have painted their cars to match the full-size race cars. They even display the sponsor stickers such as Target and Jimmy Johns. “I hear that the semi class runs about $200 with the radio and battery,” Gillespie said. “After that, you may need to buy extra parts to keep your car on the track week after week. Some classes can run $1,000 or more. The place we have here is very, very special to have. The dirt alone has been around for 30 plus years. It is the same dirt they used when the track was in Magna. The people that we have makes is that much better. The friendships and camaraderie are really enjoyable.” l

Why was Dave Newton Disqualified? On Friday August 9, Dave Newton received a call from West Jordan’s Interim City Clerk saying he was being disqualified for the Council at Large seat. Why? For not submitting a proper finance disclosure. Here is what Dave had done: On August 6, 2019 Dave turned in a financial disclosure, on time as per the City and State codes. He claimed zero (0) contributions. Dave does not accept contributions from anyone because he feels he would be improperly influenced by those contributions if it came to a City issue that might involve the giver of the contribution. “ It is my view that I could not be objective if it came to an issue involving the campaign donor. That is just me! Other candidates may be able to do so, but I cannot. So I will accept no campaign contributions.” Dave stated. Dave did not fill out the City’s form where a candidate lists the individuals that have donated and the amount of the contribution. Since there were no contributions, there was no one to list! Not so said the City! You spent money, so you need to show a contribution from you to you. “ I do not.” Dave said. “ State law says you have to report monies or in kind contributions GIVEN to a candidate.” The City disagreed and disqualified him. Dave wrote a letter trying to clarify his position. In that letter he used a phrase that the court later indicated supported the City’s position. “I made a mistake in my letter,” Dave said, “but the fact is, I did no wrong, I disclosed all that needed to be disclosed.” He added, “I have no ill feelings for our City Clerk. She tried to help me.”


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n the past at Riverside Elementary School, home of the eagles, birds of a feather flocked together — students in the dual language immersion classes did not interact with students in the general education classes. In fact, they were very territorial during lunch and recess. “Dual Language Immersion schools, by their nature, have a built-in division of students,” said second-grade teacher Zelda McAllister. “If there are four classes in an elementary grade, two of which are DLI, those students will never have a non-DLI student in one of his/her classes.” Teachers noticed the Us vs. Them division became even more pronounced in the upper grades. Staff at Riverside Elementary took a bird’s-eye view of the problem and decided to ruffle some feathers. They grouped students into Eagle’s Nests, formed from a mix of students from all classes in each grade. Each teacher takes a nest under wing for an hour every other Friday. “They really don’t know each other; they’ve never been in the same classes,” said Principal Ronna Hoffman. “We’re mixing them up so that they can get to know each other.” The idea, hatched by second grade teachers, Hoffman and Brittany Greco (BYU intern facilitator last year), kills two birds with one stone: It provides an opportunity for the kids to get to know each other and a forum to teach them social values and skills. “We decided to focus not as much on character as on how to form relationships,” Greco said. “We felt like that is what our kids are lacking nowadays.” Biweekly nest activities focus on developing relationships and building character, starting with getting to know each other, then moving on to community building. “Playing name games and other activities that show students what they have in common with other students was a way to get conversations started and would hopefully carry over to the playground and beyond,” said fourth grade teacher Hiedi Johnson.

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Visit with me in my backyard about your ideas and concerns. 3273 W. Freedom Lane • 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. September 12, Thursday September 18, Wednesday September 24, Tuesday

You will be electing a strong mayor that will run the business of the city within the budget set by city council, not someone who votes on tax rates.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE • I have used my master’s degree in Business Administration to keep city services sustainable and to make prudent decisions for almost 18 years.

RESPECT AND TRUST • My work with the public has restored civility, trust, respect, and pride to our city name both inside and outside the city. Review media coverage since I was elected.

VISION AND INSIGHT • I will continue to seek economic development by building working relationships with neighboring cities and legislators to relieve your tax burdens. • I will find ways to help citizens on low and fixed incomes find financial resources. • After a long time of working with Amazon, we are excited to have them coming to West Jordan.

WISDOM AND CONSISTENCY • Yes, I voted for public safety by expanding the number of police and fire personal. I will always support public safety! See City Council Minutes, August 14, 2018, item III and IV.

FORESIGHT AND GUTS • Yes, I voted to help the city get out of the 1.2 million-dollar water fund hole. See West Jordan City Council video, July 31, 2019, 1 hour 16 minutes into the video. o In the event of a water disruption, current water storage would last West Jordan City 12-hours. o Based on future growth, we need 9 new water tanks to maintain the existing and coming demands on water needs. You have the opportunity to choose a mayor with integrity, professionalism, civility and experience to lead the West Jordan City. Your vote matters. VOTE JIM RIDING.


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