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LETS THE LIVING HONOR THE DEARLY DEPARTED By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

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he Day of the Dead, El Día de los Muertos, falls fast on the heels of Halloween. Day of the Dead is Nov. 1 and 2 but it’s a separate holiday, not an extension of Halloween. After you’ve come down from your sugar rush, here’s how and why to celebrate Day of the Dead. “Day of the Dead is a culturally significant holiday in Mexico and other Latin American countries. It’s not spooky or scary. Essentially, it’s about accepting that death is a part of life and honoring loved ones who have passed away,” said Taylor Timmerman, development coordinator for the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. Timmerman said the Día de los Muertos event at UCCC was begun by requests from the community. “Our event has grown over the years. This year is our 16th annual Day of the Dead celebration, and it’s an all-day event,” Timmerman said. Tickets for the Nov. 2 event are available on Eventbrite. The UCCC event features food, traditional Mexican dancers and performers, ofrendas set up by community members, a Catrina contest and an art exhibit. The art exhibit runs Oct. 24-Nov. 6. Can non-Latinos/as celebrate? “Yes! It’s a neat holiday because it’s honoring those who have passed away, and that’s something everyone can relate to. If you aren’t familiar with it or haven’t celebrated it before, have an open mind about how it’s celebrated and what it means,” Timmerman said. A key thing for novices to know about is the ofrenda. “An ofrenda is an altar used to honor the lives of loved ones who have passed,” said Brittany Stephenson, who teaches Introduction to Folklore at Salt Lake Community College.

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Employees at the Blue Iguana in Salt Lake City celebrated Day of the Dead with face painting in 2018. (Photo courtesy Kris Cappaert/Blue Iguana)

“The altars are typically set up in cemeteries, homes and churches. They contain photographs and objects significant to the loved one(s) along with traditional materials such as candles, sugar skulls, marigolds, monarchs and papel picado (colorful paper banners),” Stephenson said. Stephenson began creating altars as a class project in

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2016. Their altar is displayed at the UCCC event. “The marigolds symbolize death, and the butterflies are the visiting spirits,” Stephenson said of the traditional décor. The 2017 Disney-Pixar movie “Coco” showed the bridge between the land of the living and the land of the dead as paved with marigold petals. Continued page 14

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West Valley officials celebrate Department of Defense award for support of employees in military By Darrell Kirby | d.kirby@mycityjournals.com

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ore than a decade ago, West Valley City government made a decision to support its employees who desired to serve in the National Guard and Reserve. That backing was rewarded as the city was named earlier this year one of just 15 entities in the United States to receive the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for 2019. The honor is given to private and public-sector organizations that make financial and other accommodations to allow their employees to give military service to their country. West Valley City was officially honored at a ceremony at the Pentagon in August, but the city held its own recognition event at City Hall in September. “This is a very special occasion for West Valley City,” Mayor Ron Bigelow told the gathering of city leaders and staff, members of the Utah National Guard and Reserve, and representatives sent by Utah’s congressional delegation. “The city wanted to make sure that those who served in the guard and reserve who were employees of the city were not in any way penalized for their service,” Bigelow said. He pointed out that the city gives employees the time off they need to serve while still receiving their salary and benefits. Employees doing time in the military also receive other perks, including special rates to use the Family Fitness Center and golf courses “to add to their quality of life,” the mayor added. The city was nominated by one of its own employees, police sergeant Robert Brinton, who also is a technical sergeant with the 419th Fighter Wing of the Air Force Reserve. Brinton has been deeply touched by his

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employer’s support of his service to America while still allowing him to maintain his position serving local citizens with the police department for the past 12 years. He said his military deployments and

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time away from the police department can last from six months to a year. “The city has been great. That’s why I nominated them for this award,” Brinton said. “They help out my family while I’m gone. They help out financially. Those things they don’t have to do; they do it because they want to.” Brinton has served in the Air Force Reserve for two years and spent six years with the Utah Army National Guard before that. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my family, especially my wife,” he said. West Valley City is one of only two public entities to receive the award this year. The Houston Police Department is the other. West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow and police sergeant Robert Brinton celebrate West Valley receiving a More than 2,400 public and private organiza- prestigious Defense Department award for supporting employees who serve part-time in the military. Brinton, tions were nominated. l an Air Force reservist, nominated the city. (Darrell Kirby/City Journals)

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Inconvenient, but necessary: Residents closest to Mountain View Corridor endure disturbances, understand need

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hey knew it was coming. With years of planning and months of public meetings and other means of distributing information, residents had a pretty good idea of what to expect — or so they thought — when construction began in May on the latest phase of Mountain View Corridor in West Valley City. Yet, since work began on the four-lane divided highway between 4100 South and State Route 201, some people living in a neighborhood directly east of the construction near 3500 South and 5600 West say it has brought inconveniences and disturbances to their lives. Trucks rumble across the work zone dozens of time each day, hauling dirt and other materials, back-hoes and other heavy equipment dig up and move soil from one place to another, and residents just one or two houses away from the activity say it has not been easy for them. “The dust,” Jalayne McKee said without hesitation when asked what the impact has been on her home of 25 years. “The dust is crazy. I washed my windows today. The dust was an inch thick.” Construction equipment grinding away also causes her house to shake. “It’s like a small earthquake all the time,” McKee added. Similar sentiments were expressed by Karen Chantry, who has lived in her home next to the construction zone for 26 years. “We have a lot of dust, a lot of noise. Working at night, there’s the lights,” she said. “It’s been a little bit annoying.” Her water has been turned off several times since construction began, Chantry said, but “they’re pretty courteous when they come to let us know they’re shutting the water off.” Still, Chantry says she has no plans to go anywhere. A neighbor’s home is for sale, however. Chantry says it is primarily for family reasons, but “the highway does have an influence.” Lewis Nielson has lived in his brick home for two decades. Leaning against the railing outside his front door, he surveyed the construction activity just yards away. “It makes our house dusty and we can feel a lot of vibration.” He says periodic inspections are done on his house to make sure the shaking from the construction work hasn’t affected its foundation. Another impact of the roadwork, Nielson says, is how it has somewhat changed the way on-again, off-again drug activity is conducted in and near his neighborhood. “They flash their headlights,” he said of cars on his side of the construction zone and those at Hunter Regional Park to the west, surmising that it is a way for buyers and sellers to communicate when it is safe to deal. Illegal narcotics sales are also a concern of Jalayne McKee. A ten-space parking lot will be built at the end of her street to allow

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By Darrell Kirby | d.kirby@mycityjournals.com access to a walking and biking trail that will run along this newest four-mile stretch of Mountain View Corridor. She worries that the lot will also attract loitering and other undesirable activities. On a positive note, McKee, Chantry, and Neilson say they understand the need for the roadway a and they have been kept well-informed by the Utah Department of Transportation, contractors, and others involved with the project. McKee receives regular email messages, flyers, and letters from UDOT keeping her and other impacted residents updated on the construction. Contractor pickup trucks are constantly roaming the neighborhood and their drivers courteously answer questions from residents. “You just have to flag them down,” she said. That confirms the input UDOT project engineer Codee Raymond says he has received. “We’ve received really good feedback as far as the information they’ve (residents) received.” Perhaps the most visible daily aspect of the construction are the haul trucks crisscrossing the work zone, but even that has not been a big problem for most people. “We’ve had minimal complaints,” Raymond added. A Community Coordination Team meets monthly in which residents, business owners, and representatives from West Valley City, Salt Lake City, UDOT, contractors, and nearby schools discuss current and upcoming Aerial view of Mountain View Corridor construction near 3500 South. (Courtesy Penna Powers) roadwork and ways to cope with the impacts. Mountain View Corridor will connect to a widened intersection at 3500 South and 5600 West and a new interchange at S.R. 201 when the entire phase is completed in summer of 2021. Bridges will carry the thoroughfare over 3100 South and 2700 South with no direct access to those streets. Thirteen bridges and six pedestrian overpasses will be built. Raymond says the total value of the current phase of the construction is $335 million. That includes roadwork, property and right-of-way acquisition, and utility work. Despite the construction being well underway, Raymond said community presentations on the project can still be requested by emailing mountainview@utah.gov. Updates can also be found at www.udot. utah.gov/mountainview/salt-lake-county and by searching for and following Mountain View Corridor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Mountain View Corridor at full completion will stretch 35 miles from S.R. 73 in Lehi to Interstate 80 and will help accommodate north-south traffic flow on the growing west side of Salt Lake and Utah counties. Raymond says funding to extend the highway from S.R. 201 to I-80 has not been appropriated and thus the schedule and compleConstruction works on Mountain View Corridor grinds away next to a house near 3500 South and 5600 West. tion for that phase is undetermined. l (Darrell Kirby/City Journals)

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West Valley father-son win at Magic Valley Speedway By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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he closure of Rocky Mountain Raceway at the end of last season forced several racers to find a new home for speed. West Valley resident Chuck Groat won the Magic Valley Pipe Midgets track championship at Magic Valley Speedway in Twin Falls, Idaho. His son Chaz placed second, 23 points behind him. “They call me Flyin’ Fossil because I am the oldest in the class,” Groat said. “It is a fun class and we have lots of younger drivers. I would guess more than half the drivers are 16 (years old) or less. After this week I have officially retired from full-time racing to help Chaz with his goals. This makes two years in a row. I did not win a race at all up in Twin, but finished every night and was consistent.” A consistent final race was enough for Chuck to hold onto the championship, but Chaz had an early lap crash that put his standing in jeopardy. With the help of friends and family he was able to get the car rebuilt and back on the track. He finished seventh in the race and he held on to second overall for the season. The father-son combination was more than a track rivalry. Chucks retirement will allow him to spend more time preparing Chaz and his cars. “I find myself watching him as a proud parent. My son is in front of me racing and I can’t get ahead of him is what I like, but I love to work on the cars. I like driving, but now I can focus on his racing and building his car,” Groat said. Chaz is a sophomore at Hunter High School. He hopes to acquire a larger sprint car with a crate motor for next season.

“Racing is like the carrot,” Chaz said. “I have to get good grades to keep racing. Just like any other athlete.” Chaz is good friends with fellow competitor Natalie Waters. They both have plans to drive bigger cars next season. “Chaz and Natalie are about the same age and good friends,” Chuck said. “They are both looking to move into the sprint car class. We will still focus on midgets and slowly build into the bigger car. The crate motor class runs at Twin and at Meridian (Idaho). The cars are not necessarily faster, just bigger and heavier.” Midgets run a Ford Focus methanol-injected engine. At this altitude it can produce about 155 horsepower and weigh about 1,100 pounds. Chuck figures he invests roughly $15,000 into each car and, depending on accidents and wear, can run $200-$1,000 a night to keep them race worthy. Magic Valley Speedway has become the family’s new second home after the closure of Rocky Mountain Raceway. The Twin Falls track is a third mile oval with less bank. “The setup is different, but it is perfect for these smaller cars. It is a little tighter and tougher to pass,” Chuck said. “Our class has stayed together to race up there, but it has been disappointing to see less cars from here making the trip. RMR was like a second home. It is a family thing for us. Julie (Chuck’s wife) makes the food and helps take the pressure off.” The Groats close out their racing season Sept. 21 in Meridian, Idaho. Chaz won his first career main event there in 2016. l

Chuck and Chaz Groat have taken their winning ways north with the closing of Rocky Mountain Raceway; Chuck won the midget track championship in Twin Falls, Idaho. (Photo courtesy of Julie Groat)

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United States Honor Flag pays tribute to fallen officer Cody Brotherson By Travis Barton | travis.b@thecityjournals.com

The United States Honor Flag came through multiple cities in Utah Sept. 16, including Draper, Holladay, South Salt Lake and West Valley City. A special ceremony was held in West Valley City with the flag, paying tribute to Cody Brotherson, who died in the line of duty in 2016. (Photo courtesy Joe Randall, Fallen Hero Network)

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Jenny Brotherson speaks at the podium during the Honor Flag ceremony about her son Cody, who died in the line of duty in 2016. “It’s very humbling to us because one of our biggest worries was that Cody would be forgotten,” Jenny said from the podium. “This (Fallen Hero) Network absolutely ensures that will never happen.” (Photo courtesy Joe Randall, Fallen Hero Network)

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

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

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decade and what they would like to see us focus on as our priorities over the next decade.” A new fundraising opportunity called Jordan River Friends was also announced. “We want to expand the opportunity for others to be involved with the Jordan River,” said Scott Peters, a member of the Jordan River Foundation. “This is an opportunity for the general public, residents as well as corporate sponsors, to get involved with the Jordan River corridor by donating time and money to improve this great resource.” Through the Jordan River Foundation website at www.jrf-utah.org, residents or companies can donate money and participate in special events and activities planned especially for Jordan River Friends. The overall goal of the Get to the River festival was to encourage residents to utilize this natural resource that sometimes goes unnoticed. “There’s something for everyone at the Jordan River, from walking dogs and children to canoeing to flying model airplanes to picnicking, and the temperature is generally 5 degrees cooler along the river,” Buroker said. “The Get to the River festival celebrates this beautiful ribbon of precious water.” l

A kayak rests on the bank of the Jordan River at the Get to the River festival kickoff.

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You’re never too old to trick-or-treat (unless you are 35 and going by yourself, then yes, you are too old to trick-or-treat). But being safe knows no age limits, especially on a night when most people are wearing disguises. While it’s time to get your costume and candy bag ready, preparation of another kind is required for kid and adult alike. Here are some tips to stay safe this Halloween. 1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 2. Costume accessories such as swords and knives should be short, soft and flexible. 3. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. And as difficult as it may be, limit the amount of treats you eat. 4. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 5. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 6. Only visit well-lit houses. 7. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult.

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

8. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 9. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 10. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 11. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 12. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 13. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 14. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 15. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around to Halloween headquarters.

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WVC police chief part of panel discussing careers in male-dominated fields By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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pounding mid-afternoon rainstorm greeted attendees at a recent Women in Business luncheon — sponsored by Chamber West — as they departed the spacious Summit Vista restaurant, where they had just spent the previous 90 minutes. But Mother Nature didn’t seem to dampen their spirits, after the women heard inspirational comments from female police administrators and a firefighter. During the luncheon titled, “Earning Respect and Succeeding as Strong Women,” attendees heard from West Valley City’s first-ever female police chief, Colleen Jacobs, Unified Fire Authority’s first-ever female engineer, Molly Swenson, and only the second female lieutenant in West Jordan Police Department’s 52-year history, Chaundra Edmonds. Speaking on a panel, Edmonds, Swenson and Jacobs all described challenges they face, navigating careers in male-dominated fields. The three say work conditions are getting better for females, but with still more room for improvement. “I have been with my department 23 years, but never aspired to be police chief,” Jacobs said. “We have 216 sworn officers on the West Valley City Police Department and another 46 civilian employees. I didn’t know what to expect as police chief. I am learning to embrace the role of mentor. I’ve had an interesting and fabulous career.” Meantime, Swenson moved to Park City — from the East Coast, several years ago — to become a “confirmed ski bum.” Eventually she became a part-time wildland firefighter for two years and is now in her fifth full-time year with UFA. “We have only 12 full-time women working for UFA, out of about 400,” she said. “I am the first female engineer in the department’s history.” Engineers drive fire trucks and Swenson told luncheon attendees, when she received that promotion (in December 2017) her proud mother flew out from North Carolina to pin her new badge on her. “I am thankful I live and work in Utah and not on one of the coasts,” West Jordan Police Lt. Edmonds told the audience. “I think police officers are more respected here. Particularly kids light up when they see me in uniform and want to talk with me. I would love to see more women in law enforcement. But the job is challenging.” Edmonds has been with WJPD 21 years, but in her current position only six months. She was the fourth female hired into the department in 1998 and remains one of only 13 female officers, out of 125 serving the agency. Last month’s panel discussion was part of Chamber West’s on-going Women in Business luncheon series, this time hosted at the rapidly growing Summit Vista life plan community (3390 W. 6200 South). Kelly Ornberg

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About 50 businesswomen attended a recent Chamber West luncheon where women fire and police professionals discussed the challenges they face working in male-dominated professions. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

is their Chief Marketing Officer. “We want to welcome everyone and let you know, 54 percent of our employees are women,” Ornberg told attendees, as the panel discussion began. Summit Vista now employs 140 people, including several Taylorsville and Copper Hills high school students and graduates. The ribbon cutting on their second residential building will be held this month, while construction continues on the third building. Earlier this year, Chamber West honored Summit Vista as its “new business of the year.” A week after the Women in Business luncheon, the always busy Chamber West staff also hosted their annual fall conference, at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 W. 3100 South). West Valley City, Taylorsville and West Jordan mayors were among the scheduled speakers, along with Utah Lt. Governor — and gubernatorial candidate — Spencer Cox. As they closed their comments, the three panelists all agreed, firefighters are held in higher esteem — by the public, nationwide — then are police officers. When the officers were asked what citizens can do to improve that condition, each had suggestions. “First of all, I hope everyone will remember, cops are people too,” Jacobs said. “Try to greet officers with a smile. And if an officer does something nice, tell people about

it…post it on Facebook. That will help provide some balance to all the negative things we hear.” “Unfortunately, there are some officers out there (nationwide) who have really done a good job of making us look bad,” Edmonds added. “Our job is to reach out to people, especially kids who don’t like us, and talk with them, to try to find out why.” All three panelists reported, police officers and firefighters are often dispatched to the same calls. And UFA engineer Swenson found some levity in that. “Sometimes a cop will show up at a car fire before we do and use their fire extinguisher to put the fire out,” she said. “That is Police and fire professionals answer questions at a so rude. I don’t show up on a scene and shoot Chamber West Women in Business luncheon. (Carl Fauver/City Journals) your gun.” l

One firefighter and two police administrators answer questions during a Chamber West Women in Business luncheon. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

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One West Valley City park playground to remove barriers for disabled users By Darrell Kirby | d.kirby@mycityjournals.com

Current playground at Peachwood Park. It will be replaced with equipment that accommodates children with disabilities. (Darrell Kirby/City Journals)

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est Valley City is taking the first step toward making the playgrounds at its public parks more accessible for disabled people. The City Council has approved funding of nearly $172,000 for the installation of “inclusive” playground equipment at Peachwood Park. An inclusive playground is designed to enable children and adults with physical or mobility limitations to enjoy the use of swings, slides, climbing structures, and other features that they might not otherwise be able to at standard park playgrounds. While providing ramps and additional accessibility amenities for wheelchairs and other mobility devices, the space will still be available to able-bodied people. “Everybody can use the equipment. It’s not just strictly for people with limited abilities,” said Jason Erekson, assistant director of West Valley City’s Parks and Recreation Department. The equipment will replace the 26-yearold play area at the small neighborhood park at 3510 W. 3965 South. Erekson said it is expected to be installed by mid-November. “We’re kind of doing this as a trial basis,” he said, adding that it could spread to other city parks when their playgrounds need to be updated. Inclusive—also referred to as all-abili-

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ties—playground equipment is a recent development in recreation. “It’s kind of a trend that’s moving forward in parks and recreation to have structures that are for all users,” Erekson said. The equipment is manufactured by GameTime of Fort Payne, Alabama and will be designed and installed by the company’s exclusive representative in Utah, Logan-based Great Western Recreation. “Regardless of what a person’s ability or disability is, they just want to be part of a peer group. Inclusive playground equipment enables kids and even adults to do just that,” said Lewis Painter, principal partner at Great Western. “Inclusion is saying we want to create a playspace for everyone that will be developmentally appropriate.” Although not directly involved in the Peachwood Park project, Utah State University’s Keith Christensen had a hand in the design of its new playground. The associate professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning and faculty fellow at the USU Center for People with Disabilities is the principal author of “Me2: 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design.” “Inclusive outdoor play environments can create opportunities to ensure that people of all ages and abilities can be both physically and socially active through play and

Rendering of planned new playground at Peachwood Park that will be accessible to users with disabilities. (Courtesy Great Western Recreation)

recreation, while dramatically and positively impacting children’s play experiences,” Christensen said by email. If a similar playground at Orem’s City Center Park is any indication, the all-abilities playground at Peachwood Park will be a popular draw. The All-Together Playground, as it’s called, attracts not only local residents, but people from central and southern Utah who make the drive for their kids to enjoy the accessible equipment, according to Orem spokesman Pete Wolfley. “It’s kind of become our flagship park,” he said of the 19,000-square-foot playground, much larger than Peachwood Park’s play area. “It’s great for kids with disabilities, but also great for able-bodied kids to join their disabled friends.” The All-Together Playground was built in just a week in September 2016 by 4,100 community volunteers under the supervision of construction professionals. “It’s given the community a sense of ownership,” Wolfley said. As for Peachwood Park’s new playground: “We’re excited to put it in and see what the response is from the residents,” Erekson said. l

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Continued from front page Restaurants also get in on the festivities. “Years ago my husband and I traveled to Mexico and we were there on Day of the Dead. The way they honored their family members that had passed away was amazing. It was really emotional. So we celebrate it each year at our restaurant,” said Kris Cappaert, owner of the Blue Iguana in Salt Lake City. “We make it a big deal and have so much fun. We have a table set up in the waiting room to paint our employees’ and customers’ faces, and little kids love it. We have live music. Our chef, Manuel Castillo, grew up in Mexico, and he creates special dishes that night. It’s really special,” Cappaert said. Valley View Cemetery in West Valley encourages people to come celebrate with them. “On Friday, Nov. 1, we’ll have an event from 4-6 p.m. We set up an altar in our chapel and bring in food. We work with Latinos in Action, and their students will bring dancers and decorations. We have activities for the kids like face painting,” said Julie Kinder, community relations manager for Valley View and Wasatch Lawn cemeteries. Valley View started their event last year when they saw the interest in the community. “We want to be out in the community. We try to meet their needs and support them in their cultural beliefs,” Kinder said. The grave decoration policy for Day of the Dead differs for each cemetery. Most don’t allow glass vases at any time. Valley View cleans up Day of the Dead décor on Nov. 18. Midvale City employee Andrea Andreason said

schools will come clean up their cemetery and leave roses for Day of the Dead. They clean up live flowers after seven days. A familiar sight during Day of the Dead is Catrina. “The current image of Catrina is a skeleton wearing a fancy hat. The image is to remind us that everyone meets death—rich or poor,” Stephenson said. The Catrina image was immortalized (or appropriated, depending on how you see it) by Barbie. In August 2019, Mattel announced a limited edition Día de Muertos Barbie doll dressed as Catrina. It was originally meant to retail for $75 at stores like Target, but an employee at the West Jordan Target said they didn’t have one and she’d never seen one there. The doll, dressed in an elaborate black dress, is in high demand. You’re more likely to find it on eBay. In mid-September, three Salt Lake City eBay sellers had it listed for $125-$150. Thankfully, the spiritual roots of the day transcend Barbie. Faithful members of the Catholic Church use the day, which is tied to All Saints Day, as a way to enrich their faith. Griselda Bedola works at the Saint Therese of the Child Catholic Church in Midvale. She said the day has a lot of spiritual significance. “There is a Mass held that day. All the kids in the Catechism attend and can dress like a favorite saint. Many dress as Saint Therese, the patron saint of our church. Or they dress as an angel, priest, or Holy Mary,” Bedola said. Bedola said Halloween isn’t bad, but it’s almost the opposite idea of All Saints Day. “It is important to pray for [those who have died]. We believe that

Employees at the Blue Iguana in Salt Lake City celebrated Day of the Dead with face painting in 2018. (Photo courtesy Kris Cappaert/Blue Iguana)

their souls arise more easily or faster to God and Heaven when you pray for them,” Bedola said. Many are familiar with the Catrina’s traditional skeleton-like face paint, but she’s not meant to scare. “Dressing as a Catrina increases the fun. With the celebration we understand death is going to happen to everybody. Everyone thinks we will cry a lot, but no, it’s a celebration. We can laugh and the Catrina is not scary, it’s for fun,” Bedola said. Bedola hadn’t seen the Day of the Dead Barbie, but she said the idea was funny. “It’s just marketing,” she said. Despite Catholic ties to the holiday, the celebration is non-denominational. Irene Caso is a spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She said the Church “doesn’t have an official position on El Día de Los Muertos” and whether or not members celebrate the holiday. Caso pointed to an article by Sally Odenkirk, which was posted on the Church’s Family Search website on July 28, 2019. The article states, “These and other traditions are an important way of keeping families strong as they remember ancestors and their stories. As your family gathers for Día de Muertos, consider activities that will help you remember your family members.” However you celebrate, Timmerman said the spirit of the holiday is a universal one. “We remember those we love who have moved on. The symbols can be co-opted by Halloween, and there’s room for education. But every year, more and more people are learning about Day of the Dead,” Timmerman said.. l

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

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

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

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

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

At least, it isn’t at the Castle of Chaos. The haunted house, which is open now through Nov. 2, held auditions for their cast of scarers this past August. Interviews required applicants to groan, scream, shuffle menacingly and try their best to startle someone enough to make them jump. According to the Castle of Chaos directing team, however, a willingness to try is far more important than acting experience or the ability to deliver convincing scares. “I look for people who are free and open with their body and voice,” said Castle of Chaos Director Nick Justice. “If you’re coming in here and you’re going crazy, even if it makes no sense, you’re better than half the people who come in here.” He also said it’s important that people be able to take direction and follow guidance offered by one of the directing team. Justice and Castle of Chaos Casting Director Kelly Drabik spend most of the audition asking applicants to show off their ability to do things like zombie walks or predatory stalking at low heights. They’ll also ask if the applicants have any special talents, such as a particularly good creepy laugh

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

or the ability to twist your arm in a disturbing-looking way. “It’s really laid back,” said Castle of Chaos General Manager Dalton Brown. “You don’t have to have anything prepared.” Another part of the audition process involves the directing team figuring out how each applicant would best fit into the haunted house. That includes several factors, from a map of the planned rooms for the upcoming season to asking the applicant whether they have a particular role they want to do. Though he’d turned most of the interviews over to Justice and Drabik, Castle of Chaos Owner James Bernard offered some guidance on this part of the process. “After 19 years of running a haunted house, it’s second nature to see someone, get to know their personality, and see where they’d have the most fun and be the most effective,” he said. Though he said having fun is the major factor in where an actor gets placed, elements such as the actors age will determine whether they can take on certain roles. “When you’re in an authority role, for example, it’s tough to scare someone older,” he said, explaining why he tends not to cast younger actors in roles such as murderous doctors. Sometimes, how you look can also be a factor in where you end up. “For our Hollywood roles, we do look at physical appearance,” said Drabik. “Jason (Voorhees) needs to look like Jason. But we also like 4-foot-tall little girls, because they’re scary as heck.” No matter where the actor ends up, however, it’s important that they know how to scare responsibly. Midvale’s Castle of Chaos (7980 S. State Street) offers several different levels of scares, with higher levels including more physical contact. Level three involves touching, level four includes pushing and dragging, and higher levels in-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The West Valley City Family Fitness Center has a full schedule of activities to keep adults and children busy during the cooler fall months. (Darrell Kirby/City Journals)

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ummer is over, fall is here, but that won’t stop a variety of seasonal family activities at the West Valley Family Fitness Center. The Fitness Center has a schedule of events largely centered around Halloween and Christmas to get kids and adults in the spirit of the season. Here are some of the events: Friday, Oct. 4: 20th anniversary celebration for the Family Fitness Center., 6-8 p.m. For fitness center members only. Includes inflatable slides, face painting, balloon art, family fitness challenges, games and activities in the pool and gym. Light refreshments provided. Saturday, Oct. 19: Halloween Safety Festival, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free for kids 12 and under with parent or adult. Includes Halloween safety tips, trick-or-treating in the fitness center gym, costume contest, and awards for cutest, scariest, most creative and group costumes. Friday, Oct. 25, 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.: Nightmare Alley. $5 per person. Buy five tickets, get the sixth free. The Edutainment Center will be turned into a real haunted alley. Not recommended for children under age 8. “It is a scary, fun escape from the normal routine and a nice jump-start to the heart as you roam through the alleyways filled with creature from your nightmares,” said Candace Whitaker, program and activities super-

visor at the Family Fitness Center. For kids under 8, a “Spook-Free Zone” will be offered Oct. 25, 7-10 p.m. in the child care with Halloween games, crafts and a movie. Free for children of fitness center members and $2 per child for nonmembers. Saturday, Nov. 23: Ugly Sweater Run. Contact the fitness center for details. Monday, Dec. 2: Walk with Santa, 6:308 p.m. Walk with Santa Claus around the center mall at Centennial Park (across from the fitness center) and check out holiday inflatables and luminaries. Stop by the fitness center afterward to visit Santa, make holiday crafts, get your face painted and make balloon art. There will be a candy cane hunt in the Edutainment Center for kids ages 11 and under. Saturday, Dec. 14: Holiday breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Contact the fitness center to pre-register by Dec. 9. Adults (12 and older) $9, youth (4 to 11) $7, child (1 to 3) $5, under 1 year, free. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit juice, milk and coffee. Each child and youth will receive one free photo with Santa and a gift bag. There will also be plenty of other recreational and physical activities to keep residents active during a time of year when they can’t get outdoors as often. For a full schedule and more information, visit the Family Fitness Center at wvc-ut.gov/fitnesscenter or call 801-955-4000. l

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A map of the Decker Lake Station Overlay Zone where fast food restaurants won’t be allowed. (Map courtesy West Valley City documents)

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o, they cannot take your order. The West Valley City Council unanimously denied an ordinance Sept. 3 that would have allowed fast food restaurants with drive-up windows in the area surrounding the Maverik Center. The Decker Lake Station Overlay Zone (also known as the entertainment district that runs I-215 to about 2040 West and 3500 South to about 2910 South) was first created in 1996 when the Maverik Center began development. Drive-up windows have been prohibited since that time. With Hale Center Theatre, Carmike Cinemas and Wise Guys Comedy Club having left the area, general contracting firm Arnell West requested the change. Arnell West, whose business is located within the zone, noted in their application that “the area has changed from an ‘entertainment district’ to a more conventional commercial/business district” and that “new ideas and concepts might help modernize and bring additional interest to the area.” They also pointed out there is a Beans & Brews in the zone with a drive-up window. That window, said City Planning Director Steve Pastorik during an August study meeting, was an error and missed in the process. Even though those entertainment options are no longer there, Hale Center Theatre was recently replaced with Harman Theatre, run by West Valley City’s division of arts and culture. And that doesn’t mean elected offi-

cials don’t still want the area to be an entertainment district. Mayor Ron Bigelow noted it’s the only “entertainment district in the city. To start chipping away at that concerns me.” A few elected officials spoke of their desire, and what they’ve heard residents tell them, to have more sit-down restaurants. The ordinance would have allowed food chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s or Taco Bell to set up locations in that zone as long as the drive-up window was on the side or back of the building. According to city documents, three parcels of land would most likely be affected by the change: the vacant lot north of the Arness West building, the former Chili’s building north of that currently up for sale, and the vacant property on the northwest corner of Decker Lake Drive and 3100 South. Councilmember Jake Fitisemanu Jr. said entertainment can still be the goal of the area. “Whose to know there isn’t another type of entertainment to go there.” Bigelow also said he wasn’t excited about the prospect of fast food there, preferring a “higher level” or “higher quality” option of tenants. Councilmember Lars Nordfelt said he wasn’t ready “to abandon the goals they have for the area.” The council still has high hopes for the area and ultimately felt fast food didn’t match its vision. “I’d like to see that area prosper and thrive,” he said. l

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West Valley company sees the world as its marketplace

West Valley City manufacturer of oxygen analysis and delivery equipment has been honored by the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of the nation’s top entities for export growth. Maxtec is one of 26 companies and the only one in Utah to receive the President’s “E” Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in May for “demonstrating a sustained increase in export sales over a four-year period,” according to the Commerce Department. Located at 2305 S. 1070 West, Maxtec touts itself as “a leader in oxygen analysis and delivery products for more than 15 years.” Director of Business Development Carl Luft said the national award is the result of human and financial investment to expand the company’s global markets for its products. They include oxygen analysis devices and monitors, pulse oximeters, air-oxygen mixers, flow meters, ventilators, and IV poles and stands for hospital, homecare and anesthesia uses. “We’ve put a lot of resources and time into expanding our international distribution channels,” Luft said. Maxtec has worked closely with the World Trade Center in Salt Lake City and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and received grants to cultivate foreign trade relationships. “Over the last three years, we’ve really seen some exponential growth,” he added. Recognition for Maxtec was brought home to West Valley City when Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, with Luft at his side, praised the company at a recent city council meeting. “I wanted to make sure people understand the prestigious recognition they’ve been given,” said McAdams, who attended the Washington ceremony. “Exports are a really important part of our economic growth. It’s what makes us globally competitive and Maxtec is really doing that in amazing fashion.” Luft said his company’s key export markets are Europe and Canada, but the biggest growth over the last few years has occurred in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Nearly 100 employees contribute to the effort, about half of whom are involved in manufacturing. “They’re the ones that come in day in and day out and put together the devices as if they are making jewelry. Everything is handmade,” Luft said. While most of the equipment is destined for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, it is also used in homes and industry. In all, 48 companies and other entities were awarded by the Commerce Department for their various roles in the record $2.5 trillion in U.S. exports in 2018. Maxtec’s achievement “is a story we can tell the country of Utah’s prosperity and ingenuity and hard work that is lifting up our country,” McAdams said.

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Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, left, joins Maxtec Director of Business Development Carl Luft in recognizing the company’s presidential award for its growing export activity. (Darrell Kirby/City Journals)

The “E” award was created during World War II to recognize companies contributing to the war effort and was formalized by a presidential executive order in 1961 to acknowledge “persons, firms, or organizations

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Jump into the future with wearable fitness technology By Amber Allen | a.allen@mycityjournals.com

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he excitement about wearable fitness technology just keeps growing, especially with new devices becoming available almost every time you blink. Fitness’s future looks like it’s going to be driven by devices that track your activity levels and heart rates. So, what’s best? Here are a few that we like.

Wrist activity trackers

ing it, not working hard enough or are working the right amount. You can even purchase a pair that includes audio alerts.

Smart watches

While smart watches do more than help you with fitness, they also do things like track your heart rate and record your data. If you run or bike, then you might want to spring for one with GPS. That way, you’ll be able to map your path. Use a smart watch to customize your workouts by inputting different heart rate zones that you want to reach. These devices connect to most fitness apps, making it even easier to track your workouts.

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Taking advantage of today’s technology

Modern technology is easy to add to your everyday life. Today, wearable fitness is something that you barely notice even as it helps you make major improvements to the way that you hold yourself and work out. Take advantage of wrist activity trackers, smart clothing and posture enhancers to exercise in ways that are easier and healthier for your body. l

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equalize the distribution of prosperity and opportunities to prosper. The result of the extreme focus on efficiency has been a simpler, better disciplined course for government. But it also created a worldwide process that has concentrated benefits in relatively few hands and left average Americans, including those in Utah, with really negative unintended consequences. By excluding points of view other than those of the economists, policymakers have been thinking and acting with seriously incomplete information. The problem which now impacts the quality of our communities and the future of our state is inequality. Since we know the cause of has been an oversight in policymaking, the solution is to designate equality as an explicit focus of public policy, to understand who actually will benefit, and to determine policies for more equal distribution. Good directions! And, as always, I look forward to learning your views!

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Wrist activity trackers are one of the most popular wearable fitness tech options, one that’s affordable and user-friendly. Most of these units track how many steps you walk each day, how many calories you burned, how well you’re sleeping and your heart rate. The nice thing about wrist activity trackers Posture enhancing tech is that they’ll tell you when you’ve been sitPoor posture is a problem for many of ting too long. You can also set daily activity us, resulting in injuries such as “tech neck,” goals for yourself that the tracker will help back problems and carpal tunnel syndrome. you reach. Today’s modern technology offers you a Tech apparel way to correct your posture using a small deOne of the newest wearable tech options vice. Formed into a tiny, sleek pin that you is tech apparel. This type of clothing includes attach to your shirt, a posture aid tells you semiconductor technology that reads your how you’re holding yourself and your acheart rate, muscle activity and even your tivity levels. Whenever you slouch forward breathing rate. Today, there are yoga leggings while walking, sitting or standing the posture with technology that helps you perfect the enhancer will vibrate gently, reminding you many different yoga poses. The pants gently to adjust your posture. It may seem simple, pulse at your ankles, hips and knees, telling but over time, you will do it automatically, you to move or hold a pose. The apparel item and this will help you in all areas of your life connects to an app through your phone, pro- ranging from everyday workouts to work viding you with feedback. presentations.

For years, we have heard happy reports of the great economic growth and healthy economy in our state. However, I kept wondered why, in such an exciting economic time, Utah has increasing inequality in healthcare and housing, in fair wages and secure incomes, in sharing the prosperity that should benefit all our families. I think I’ve learned how the contradiction evolved. In the mid-1900s, elected officials started really listening to a group of economists about the relationship between government and economy. I remember the time when inflation was in double-digits and government leaders were quite desperate in their search for solutions. The economists encouraged policymakers to trust in the markets, to get out of the way, and that the goal should be to make the economy grow as fast as possible. It was promising. But part of the economists’ message was ignored – the part about necessary policies to

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Got some milk? It’s not so easy choosing one to drink these days By Amber Allen | a.allen@mycityjournals.com

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epending on your age, you may remember a time when milk was just milk. That is no longer the case. Today, there all different kinds of milk available: cow’s milk, soy milk and almond. But wait! There’s even more. You can also get coconut milk, oat milk and cashew milk. Variety is a great thing, but is one kind of milk better than another? Here’s an overview on each type to help you decide.

drinking a soy milk with minimal processing. Your body might struggle to metabolize and recognize processed foods. When food items are highly processed, they often contain more preservatives, which may cause inflammation.

Almond milk

In the past, classic cow’s milk was considered the gold standard of healthy eating. Cow’s milk contains calcium, vitamin B12, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and phosphorus, all nutrients that human bodies need. Back then, cow’s milk had no competition because the alternatives didn’t contain the proper amount of nutrition. Manufacturers became wise to this and started researching ways to compete with milk, and now, you have choices.

Original and sweetened almond milk includes added sugar. In this case, it’s better for your health to purchase unsweetened almond milk or a light variety of it. Almond milk naturally has a nutty and sweet flavor. It also features a silky texture. This type of milk is low in calories and high in minerals and vitamins like vitamins D, A and E along with potassium, iron and zinc. You can purchase almond milk from the grocery store, or make it yourself by soaking almonds overnight in a pot for as long as two days. Then, drain and rinse them. Last, grind the almonds using fresh water.

Soy milk

Cashew milk

Cow’s milk

Soy milk is different from cow’s milk in that it’s almost completely protein. It’s low in fat, and if you buy the type of soy milk that is unsweetened, then it’s low in sugar, too. Soy milk is a good option if you’re dieting or just watching your caloric intake. If you want to try soy, then look for a brand that’s organic and non-GMO. That way, you’ll be

You might prefer cashew milk because it has a creamy taste. Some milk brands include more nuts than other nut-based milks, so be sure to check the ingredient list if you want more in your diet. Naturally, cashew milk contains 4 grams of protein for each serving. It also has 8% of your daily iron. Like other nut-based milks, sweetened versions include

cane sugar, so keep an eye out for it if you’re looking for ways to cut the sugar out of your diet.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk contains more saturated fats than other milk varieties. It has a nice creamy consistency. Also, most people report that it has a pleasant flavor, but coconut milk doesn’t hold up nutritionally when you compare it to soy milk and cow’s milk. You might want to use it in recipes but not as a replacement for the milk that you drink.

Oat milk

Oat milk is made from oats that include 2 to 3 grams of fiber per serving, which is a healthy amount for most people. If you need more fiber, then look for a brand that includes chicory root fiber. Fiber is good for your digestive system, and it will work to support your health in general.

A tough choice

While variety gives you options, having more to choose from can be tough. When it comes to milk varieties, you’ll need to try different ones out to find the right milk for your taste buds and your diet. Grab a few containers from the store and have fun in the milk-tasting process. l

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Driverless, shuttle nicknamed Tom now on Utah roads By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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e live in the future. Utah’s first autonomous shuttle will be visiting a variety of different communities from now until spring 2020. The shuttle is driverless, which means there’s no need for either a steering wheel or pedals. However, there currently is a human monitor on board helping to navigate and provide information to riders. The autonomous shuttle will be transporting students and faculty on the University of Utah campus until October. Specifically, the route has been from the Student Life Center, past Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and the Language and Communication building, to the Union building. During October (specific dates have yet to be announced), you can find the autonomous shuttle at the Mountain America Expo Center at 9575 E. State St., in Sandy. The autonomous shuttle (nicknamed Tom) has been brought to Utah as part of a partnership between the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). Tom was manufactured by a company called Easy Mile, a French startup and is the EZ10 model. The estimated cost of the autonomous shuttle project was around $800,000. Tom and other EZ10 models can hold six to 12 passengers. Over the past three months, as the autonomous shuttle has been transported to various locations, more than 3,000 Utahns have experienced being a passenger. Some of those passengers have reported that the shuttle moves too slow, as Tom’s top

The Utah State Legislature believes there are significant benefits to autonomous shuttles. (UDOT)

speed is 15 mph. One of the more endearing traits of Tom’s is that he rings a bell that sounds like it should be on a trolley car. The shuttle has a predetermined route, just like many of UTA’s public transportation options throughout the valley. The intention behind Tom is to help funnel people to existing public transportation routes, not replace them. Since April, there has only been one reported incident. On July 16, the shuttle detected an obstacle and stopped abruptly. This

caused CBS affiliate Gene Petrie to slip off his seat. He suffered bruising and lacerations on his face. After the incident, UDOT immediately pulled the shuttle out of service to perform some diagnostics. This project began in early March, when the Utah State Legislature unanimously approved House Bill 101, allowing autonomous cars to be on Utah roads. According to UDOT and UTA, the benefits of autonomous shuttles are safety, economic and societal benefits, efficiency and convenience, and mobility and access. Ideally, the autonomous shuttle can

eliminate most of the human error associated with driving. UDOT and UTA are asking for feedback on the autonomous shuttle. They want to know what people think of autonomous vehicles, how it could be applied in Utah, and what the experience was like riding the shuttle. To provide feedback, visit avshuttleutah. com/feedback. For more information, check out UDOT’s or UTA’s social media by using the hashtag #avshuttleutah on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through @UtahDOT l

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Utah Foundation provides balanced, relevant information to policy makers, the press and the public By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

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ndependent. Nonprofit. Nonpartisan. In these times of divisive tumult— across the country and across the county— those seem to be music to the ears. Utah Foundation has been providing this policy-research music to Utah for nearly 75 years. The organization, goaled with producing objective, thorough, well-reasoned research, celebrates its 75th birthday this next year. The birthday comes one year after another milestone for the organization: Contributing to helping the Utah Legislature’s 2019 session, wherein the most bills were passed than any other session—and far surpassed, to the tune of 10% increase above any previous year’s legislative session.

The history behind Utah Foundation

Utah Foundation was founded in 1945 by business and civic leaders. According to UF Executive Director Peter Reichard, Utah’s establishing the organization mirrors what was established by other organizations across the county. The key to the organization’s unique offering, said Reichard, is its “solutions-oriented perspective” and being “focused on the problems facing communities, but doing it in a completely nonpartisan manner, with no underlying ideology or political perspective.”

Nonpartisan, but driven by the political cycle

2020 is not only the organization’s 75th birthday, but the year it conducts its “Utah Priorities Survey.” UP conducts this survey every four years, in conjunction with the gubernatorial race. What Reichard calls the “in-between years” are spent crafting a research agenda. For example, in 2016 the policy-research organization focused on the cost of healthcare as its defining scope of research. “The public said this was the thing that we cared about most,” he said. Reichard explained that UF’s research lead to a variety of reports that ran from 2017 through 2018. “Such an emotional and polarizing issue,” he said. UF’s research took a look at healthcare through the lens of delivery costs, insurance aspects, comparisons with other states, and the political hot button—the Medicaid issue.

Poor air quality, suicide in the current research crosshairs

While UF is still driving the health care focus, Reichard indicated that air quality is a close second, in terms of priorities. The “what-if” kind of outlook reminds one a bit of Envision Utah, as Reichard indicated the group is taking a scenarios-based look at issues such as alternate-energy vehicles and the impact of incentives. The scenarios, ultimately, ask the question: “What would that

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environment look like?” News of the preponderance of teen suicides in Herriman rocked not just local but national news in 2017-2018. UF has had the issue in its priorities, having released, in October, a report looking at mental health as a rural problem facing the state. Reichard’s team took a look at the state’s comparatively low number of mental-health professionals and the lack of those professionals in rural communities. Possible policy solutions to consider include expanding “the pipeline of mental health professionals,” he noted, as well as tapping the idea of “tele-health” options for rural communities. “K-12 suicide has a more captivated audience,” explained Reichard, noting the state’s need to more significantly fund mental health needs in schools, but also the less publicized, very real concerns with adult suicide. Utah Foundation’s policy focus in this area is supported by the recent news that Utah has the fifth-highest suicide rate in the country. Further evidence of this concern is City Journals’ recent interview with Salt Lake County Public Health, where the executive director indicated reducing adult suicide as a key initiative for the nationally decorated public health agency. “A lot more research needs to be done,” Reichard said. “Suicide is not well understood.” Nor is the effectiveness of intervention methods, he observed. Reichard said UF will prioritize an investment in research to help policy makers understand how to best allocate budget dollars “to make sure dollars are going to effective programs.”

Research, but not advocacy—when it rains, it pours

Here, Reichard underscored that Utah Foundation neither advocates nor lobbies policy direction, but rather, is firmly focused on being an unbiased, but loud oracle—foreseeing the future and informing relevant audiences who are in the position to not just advocate and lobby, but actually formulate and then enforce policy. The 2019 Utah Legislative session was like its spring rainfall—stunningly record-breaking. The Utah Legislature passed a record number of bills, surpassing its next-closest bill-passing year by what Reichard estimated to be 10%. “Cranking them out” is how he describes the legislators’ efforts. “It was something else.” While Reichard does not say so, the preponderance of informed legislation is a success marker for UF. “We meet throughout the year with legislators and local officials as well,” he said, with the goal being to “make sure [legislative pursuits] stay relevant.” For legislators, this is a welcome thing. “Since we’re not lobbyists. We’re not

A policy-research organization, Utah Foundation seeks to inform politicians throughout the state of Utah. (Utah Foundations)

up there, trying to tell legislators what to do,” Reichard said. However, the presence is extremely influential, as Utah Foundation makes presentations to committee meetings and is a strong source of information to not just policy makers, but to the press and the public.

Dangers of legislating alone—on state and municipal levels

Utah Foundation is seeking to not just influence policy on the state level, but to also help aid Utah communities. This direction is evident by UF’s inclusion of numerous municipalities on its board. (Here in Salt Lake County, Sandy, South Jordan and West Valley City all have representa- Utah Foundation has a podcast. (Utah Foundation) tion on the Utah Foundation Board of Trustees, as does the Granite School District.) UF has been focused on the value of and the impact of Utah’s “social capital” on a statewide level. However, this past spring, Reichard invited Harvard policy-theorist and author Robert Putnam as the keynote for its spring conference. Putnam’s classic, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community” probes this issue of social capital—or the networks of relationships among people, enabling society to function effectively. “To the extent that you have weak community structure, you have people who become more dependent on government to fill the void. Things are incredibly interconnected,” Reichard said, likely thinking of more The issue of health care has been an important one— projects to come, hopefully benefitting Utah for residents and the policy makers who are elected municipalities as well as the whole state. l to represent their perspectives with legislation and policy. (Utah Foundation)

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e all know Halloween is funded by Big Dental to create more cavities but it’s also true that Halloween traditions started long before lobbyists destroyed the planet. Black cats, pumpkins and ghosts existed at least 50 years ago, and probably longer. So how did Halloween customs get started? Lucky for you, I researched this topic on the Internet contraption. Did you know Bobbing for Apples was actually a dating game in ancient Rome? Kind of like Tinder, only with more drowning. My elementary school did a dry version called Bobbing for Marbles. Teachers filled a plastic pool with flour and mixed in a few dozen marbles. We had to use our mouths to find the marbles. The two most likely outcomes were a) Inhale flour and die or b) Inhale a marble and die. Not even joking here. Jack-o’-lanterns have a weird backstory that involves a guy named Stingy Jack, the devil and wandering spirits. I guess ghosts are afraid of gourds and root vegetables. Who knew? Originally they used turnips, not pumpkins, but who’s ever heard of a turnip spice latte? So they had to start using pumpkins. Black cats became associated with Halloween because witches have black cats. Duh. Costumes date back to Biblical times when Jacob dressed up as his brother to trick his blind father into giving him keys to the donkey. It was also the first trick-or-treat on record.

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