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Nine-year-old Opens Business By Tori La Rue |

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Nathan Glad cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening of his hot dog stand. Mascot Miracles, an eagle scout and community members worked together to bring about the event. –Melissa Worthen

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Plant Convention Focuses on Water-Wise Gardening By Tori La Rue | The West Jordan City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout West Jordan. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals. com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District’s Plant Con on June 11 introduced participants to water-wise plant alternatives. Several nurseries sold those plants onsite. – Tori La Rue

Catherine King looks at plants during Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District’s second annual Plant Con. – Tori La Rue

Jason Hill talks to Barney Barnett, of Willard Bay Gardens, about the specifics of the type of plant he is holding during the second annual Plant Con at Conservation Garden Park. – Tori La Rue

alt Lake County has become a hub for enthusiast group meet-ups—from the comic book fanatics’ Comic Con to the Preparedness gurus’ PrepperCon and the fitness buffs’ FitCon. Recently, plant lovers joined in the convention culture with their second annual Plant Con at the Conservation Garden Park in West Jordan. “We wanted to connect people with growers of the plants that they can have in their gardens, and have a day of classes geared-toward showcasing these plants that are suited to Utah, connecting people to the latest information,” Clifton Smith, garden manager, said. “We came up with the name Plant Con as a joke, but it kind of stuck.” The garden’s inaugural Plant Con in summer 2015 sold out, so the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy team expanded the program this year, offering 150 spots at the convention, which sold out several weeks before the event on June 11. At the convention, participants attended classes about new plant species, Utah native species and water-wise landscapes from conservancy district representatives, local gardeners, Utah State University personnel and keynote speaker Nan Sterman, host of the TV show “A Growing Passion.” “I’m from Southern California, and we’ve had huge drought issues, which has pushed us

into a movement—well, I think it is a movement—to change to having climate appropriate gardens,” Sterman said. “That’s why I’ve started my TV shows and started traveling around the world to teach these principles.” Some business parks in Utah have started using water-wise designs, but, according to Sterman, the state far from being environmentally friendly compared to Southern California. While Californians learned to be smart about their gardens from a major drought, Sterman said Utah’s water shortage isn’t bad enough to force people to be water-wise. Lawns continues to dominate gardens and yards throughout Utah, even though grass takes the most water to maintain, because residents are used to seeing it. “It can be hard to encourage a radical change in the aesthetic of the land,” Sterman said. “It can be really scary to people because they think that their neighbors will judge them.” Sterman’s belief is that neighbors might change adapt their yards to the environment around them, if they see trend-setters start the environmentally friendly garden movement in Utah. Sterman saw this theory play out in her own neighborhood when her neighbor across the street hired a water-wise gardener to design her front yard like Sterman’s. “There’s still practical use of lawn, like for

recreational and aesthetical uses,” Shaw Moser, another presenter said at the convention, said. “But what we’re trying to convey here is that if you have less lawn, you can actually get more out of your land. You can have more patio space and a vegetable garden.” Moser called the Conservation Garden Park a “hidden gem” in the community that most people don’t know about. The garden is meant to be a grounds that inspires residents to implement similar features in their own gardens. Catherine King, a participant in the convention, purchased succulent plants for her neighbors from vendors at Plant Con. In recent years King has traded her geraniums and petunias for “more interesting native plants,” she said. “I’ve always liked gardening, but I used to be more of a traditional gardener,” King said. “Now I’ve realized there are these fantastic plants that really fit in with the environment.” Shirley Hansen, from Pleasant Grove, left Plant Con early. She was anxious to get over to a nearby nursery to buy new plants that she’d heard about at the convention, she said. “I love to get outdoors and get out into the Utah deserts,” Hansen said. “I see the wild flowers, and I think, ‘I wish I could have that in my garden,’ and I’m learning that perhaps I can.” l


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Nine-year-old Opens Business By Tori La Rue |


hen 9-year-old Nathan Glad told his mother, Rachel Glad, he was planning to move out at 12 and open a hot dog stand, she posted about it on Facebook, not knowing that community members and the Mascot Miracles Foundation would pull together to help his business come to life. Although Nathan suffers from a rare brittle bone disease, osteogenesis imperfecta type 2, and is small in size, he is “always doing big things,” according to his mother. He’s published a book that’s been turned into a play and traveled around the country. “This is just another of those examples where community just pulls together and helps a little kid make waves,” Rachel said. On July 7, Nathan opened his concession stand, Nathan’s Hot Dogs, at Copper Hills High School with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony by the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce. The Mascot Miracles Foundation, a nonprofit whose purpose is to provide fun activities for children with severe and terminal illnesses, set up a movie night at the school so families involved in the foundation and other community members could purchase hot dogs at Nathan’s stand before the show. The foundation invited more than 1,000 people to the event.

When asked how it felt to be in business Nathan threw his hands into the air, almost jumping out of his motorized wheelchair, and said, “Amazing,” adding that he was sure to sell at least 200 hot dogs which would help him save up to buy a house. “I think the only problem is that you’re not quite excited enough,” West Jordan City Council Member Zach Jacob said, teasing the 9-yearold entrepreneur. “No, I’m a little too much excited,” Nathan said. “I’m too excited!” Nathan handed hot dogs to the hundreds of customers who arrived at his stand, asking them if they’d like to try their hot dog “Nathan Style,” the way he prefers his hot dogs. “It’s a hot dog and no bun and a blob of ketchup,” Nathan explained to inquiring customers. Nathan’s guests ranged from supportive community members to other children with severe and terminal illnesses to mascots from local sports teams who came as part of the Mascot Miracles Foundation. “I don’t really understand it, but when these kids see the mascots, it’s like they are in a different place,” said Rich Ellis, Mascot Miracles founder. “It takes them to a fantasy

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9-year-old Nathan Glad shouts “Hooray,” after cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening of his hot dog stand. –Tori La Rue

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West Jordan Mascot and Foundation Bring Smiles By Mylinda LeGrande |


est Jordan resident Felix Falcon, along with other local sports team mascots, has had the privilege of attending numerous events across the valley. He is the founder of The Mascot Miracles Foundation. His website says, “Hundreds of smiles, lifted-spirits, and filled hearts attend each hug offered by this group. Kids of all ages and sizes adore these precious moments with their favorite team mascot, but it’s the hearts of those inside the masks that are often touched the most.” The Utah Falconz together with The Mascot Miracles Foundation has teamed up with professional, college and corporate mascots to form a 501C3 nonprofit organization. This foundation uses its donations to grant wishes to families with serious to terminally ill children. These wishes have been delivered by the recipient’s favorite mascot from various Utah sports teams. The Falconz mascot, Felix, is the founder of this charitable foundation. “I founded this [charity] after I saw the positive response I received after putting together a mascot dodgeball tournament for a little girl that was going

through Leukemia” Felix said. “I have personally witnessed a young girl take her first and last steps.” He said that many of the stories don’t have happy endings and has watched many of the recipients of MMF events pass away. “I have stood beside a young princess going through heart failure and have been with her as she took her last breath,” Felix said. “A few days later, the mascots carried this 8-year-old to her final resting place, and we have done this a multiple times since.” The women’s Falconz Football team website had this to say about the foundation, “We cannot change the outcome of the illnesses, but we can fervently endeavor to bring a little happiness to their hearts today. In order to make this foundation successful, we will need a great deal of funding. Mascot Miracles Foundation is currently looking for corporate sponsors (keeping in mind the great tax deduction) while bringing joy to a child’s heart. Each moment counts for these kids.” One of the families affected was the Hancock family, which has a son who has a rare condition called Bronchial Malaysia. He is also fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Sara Hancock, according to the foundation blog said, “We have had many organizations come to our aid. One of them was the MMF. Felix is an amazing bird that would play with the kids and make them laugh. It was like having Mickey Mouse there at each event.” Another recipient, Max, was diagnosed with stage II, Wilm’s Tumor kidney cancer. He met Felix as well as Mariah who has a DIPG tumor that is 100 percent fatal. Mariah’s mom, Terra, said, “We met the Mascot Miracles Foundation at their annual train ride. It was wonderful to see children’s faces light up and forget about their illness while with the mascots. My favorite memory is when Felix came to Mariah’s princess room revealing. She loved having him around. He made her laugh and brought her so much joy.” (MMF blog) l

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You Know You Grew Up in West Jordan When… By Mylinda LeGrande |


s the population in West Jordan has passed 108,000, there are many residents who have lived here most of their lives. In the 1850s, the population grew steadily until 1960 when it grew 42 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 1970, it increased 40 percent more, and by 1980, it exploded with 547 percent growth. Then 1990 added another 57 percent Since Archibald Gardner Built the Mill on the Jordan River, many more businesses and buildings have come and gone. The West Jordan City Hall was built in 1993, the Gene Fullmer Fitness and Recreation Center opened in the early 2000s, and the new West Jordan Library and Viridian Event Center opened in 2012. The original West Jordan Park and rodeo grounds were constructed in 1954 but were later redesigned and improved. With the addition of the Wild West Jordan Playground, the old rodeo grounds were torn down and moved to a new location, and the park was dedicated West Jordan Veteran Memorial Park. New parks and recreation areas to West Jordan include The Ron Wood Baseball park and Sierra Newbold Park and Splash Pad. With all the changes that this city has gone through, it’s also seen changes in social trends. A popular Facebook page popped up in social media entitled, “You Know You Grew Up in West Jordan When…?” It has over 6,600 members that reminisce about growing up in this city and share memories and photos on this page. Many posts feature memories of fast food joints or grocery stores. One post trending on the page was for the Central Park restaurant (where Hot Dog on a Stick restaurant stands). “I want to say ’98–’99 is when it closed because I remember sluffing at the Food4Less and watching them close it down one day,” Member Kaz Linza said, It was located near West Jordan High, so many

What the Gardner Village County Furniture Store looks like today. – Mylinda LeGrande

students enjoyed getting their lunches there for under $1 there. Marylinn Heidt Bickly, another group member, confirmed that Central Park closed in 2002, as her parents owned it. Layne Wilson posted a picture of the first school in the area, West Jordan School. It was located at Redwood Road and Bingham Highway. It served as the general school for the city and surrounding area until 1958 when West Jordan Junior High School opened. It continued as an elementary school until June 1975 when it was condemned. “The birth and death of a West Jordan landmark: West Jordan School from 1927 to 1975. From what I understand, the auditorium and stage were originally in the front of the building until the roof collapsed in 1947,” Wilson posted on the page. Wilson also posted a picture of the West Jordan Pharmacy at the location of the current Go Go’s Shoes and Boots at the corner of 7800 South and Redwood Road. “I miss that old small town feel that use to be in West Jordan,” Wilson said. Nancy Galt agreed. “I loved going to that pharmacy! There is no

such thing as penny candy anymore,” she said. There were many posts about West Jordan Middle School and its pool. It served the community many years with swimming lessons for the students and public as well. It was closed in 2011. “The lockers were replaced in 1999, and the elements have taken hold hard on the building. Bricks are falling off the walls. I doubt the pool will be used again. My eyes still burn looking at [the] photos,” Wilson said, Jodi LeGrand Munns met her husband at that pool and Natalie Glen took swimming lessons there. “I used to go there every night after dinner,” Cara Benson said. “It cost $.40 to get in. Coach Richardson taught me how to do backflips off the diving board and so many other things ... great memories.” West Jordan has some famous residents. Meifu posted a picture of a gold football and plaque provided to WJHS from Travis Hall, a West Jordan Resident who attended WJHS. He was part of Super Bowl XXXIII history as defensive tackle for the Atlantic Falcons. “I just showed this to some of our players,”

Meifu said. “It may be a simple football, but the pride that Travis Hall still has for our community is remarkable.” Some other notable residents include Don Fullmer, boxer; Gene Fullmer, boxer and 1957 world middleweight champion; Jordan Halliday, animal rights activist; Wassef Ali Hassoun, U.S. Marine; Carolyn Jessop, former member of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and author of “Escape.” Randy Rosier remembers some popular and iconic entertainment hangout spots. “How many of us lost our shoes to the stick floors in the old Green Briar [Theater] or made ourselves sick with too many malts at the Malt Barn?” he said. The Green-Briar Theater was built by John F. and LaRue Green and opened on December 27, 1974, according to The theater was to provide feature family entertainment, with “nominal admission prices so that families may attend” and no R-rated movies. By 1992, the theater closed and was used as an apartment building. The building was later remodeled and currently houses Polaras at 8200 South Redwood Road. While the city is rich in its Mormon Pioneer settlers, there is “darker side” to the city. Residents nicknamed the business that obtained the city’s first beer license “the second ward” and joked that it was the place where “jack Mormons” would patronize. West Jordan may have changed a lot since its beginnings, but the “You Know You Grew Up in West Jordan When…?” Facebook page offers a place for longtime West Jordan residents to reminisce and for new West Jordan residents to learn about the city’s history. For more information, visit and search “You Know You Grew Up in West Jordan When…?” l


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Western Stampede Rodeo was a Rip Roarin’ Bustin’ Up Good Time By Mylinda LeGrande |

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Above: Contestants line up after Mutton Bustin’ —Mylinda LeGrande Top Right: Litter Rippers Jump BMX Bikes on Jump —Mylinda LeGrande Right: Whiplash the Monkey with Boogie and Owner Petet —Kenny Petet


he Western Stampede Rodeo in West Jordan had its inaugural event in 1954. It has been going strong as this city’s tradition over the Fourth of July ever since. This year’s event was no exception. Held July 1, 2 and 4, the stampede was headed up by a committee composed of a group of 10 men and women, including Lynn Bowler, rodeo chairman; Nathan Gedge and Mark Wright, co-chairs; Al Richards, concessions chairman; Clive Killpack, entertainment chairman; Marlene Conrad, royalty chair; Kathleen Whiting, princess chair; Jana Bahr, over sponsors; and Sheri and Tracy Michaelis, over ushers and gates. “I’ve been going to the Stampede for over 40 years, and it just keeps getting better and better,” Mayor Kim Rolfe said. “It’s great family fun and a perfect way to celebrate our nation’s birth. My thanks go out to the many volunteers who bring this show to life and our many generous sponsors who make it possible.” The Cervi Championship Rodeo and crew were the rodeo’s stock contractor. They supplied horses and bulls, pick-up men and chute help, timed event stock and also coordinated every detail of the show. The Cervi brothers, Binion and Chase, maintain 850 horses and 200 bulls to the rodeos they stock. Royalty for the 2016 Western Stampede were Dakota Huber, Riverton High School, as Queen; Kelsey Mills, Woods Cross High School, 1st Attendant; and Sierra Goodman, West Jordan High School, 2nd Attendant. The national anthem singers for the show were the Bowler Sisters on opening night, Samantha Adamson on July 2 and Clive M. Killpack on July 4. Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey, who has 7 million views on YouTube, provided show entertainment. He is a white-headed capuchin monkey known for riding a Border Collie since he was just 2 years old. Whiplash was named Pro Rodeo Entertainer of the Year three separate times. Part of his act includes herding sheep in the arena. In addition to entertaining crowds at rodeos, he was the halftime act at a Miami Heat NBA game, as well as for baseball games for the minor league and for NASCAR. He also started in a series

of television advertisements for Taco John’s and appeared on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and ESPN. Whiplash was even knighted in 2009 by the St. Paul Winter Carnival royalty in Minnesota. Whiplash’s caretaker and trainer is Kenny Petet, who also acted as rodeo clown for this event. He has performed 10 years as a rodeo clown and a bronco rider in Idaho. Petet first got Whiplash four years ago as part of a sale. “He is a chill monkey,” Petet said. “If you have ever had one, [know that] they live to be 45–50 years, so you have them the rest of your life. It is like having a 4-year-old toddler in your house. When we built this last place, we never had kids. It is a big house with big vaulted ceilings as high as they go. I spent half the time looking for her and the other half of the time looking for him. George Gillespe, bareback rider from Hamilton, Montana, was one cowboy riding on July 2. Some rodeos he’s been to this season are Prescott, Arizona; Cody, Wyoming; and Oakley, Utah. His draw for that night was a mare named Rockstar. “I’ve been riding well, but not as good as I was hoping,” Gillespe said. “I am barley on the brinks of everything. I have one horse here that I’m going to have to ride the heck out of, even to have the chance to place. She is a nice horse to ride, just jump-kicks across but nothing treacherous. She is a fun one to get on, but she doesn’t really get up in the air. You want them bucking to get a good score. I hope she has a really good day.” He was hoping to get an 86 that night. Riders and horses are scored 50 points each for their ride. Their score is a total of both out of 100. There was also two mutton bustin’ heats on July 2. Libby Gedge took first place, Emma Peterson took second and Zayne Clark took Third. There was even a young contestant from Ukraine. The Little Rippers from Draper performed with their BMX bikes on a large jump. Andy Seiler was the PRCA rodeo announcer, and other rodeo clowns included Weston Rutkowski and Jimmy Lee as bullfighters. The show was another great way to celebrate the Fourth of July, our cowboy heritage and the West Jordan tradition. l

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City to Close Pedestrian Access By Tori La Rue |


est Jordan City will be blocking the pedestrian crossing that connects 3530 West to 7800 South after residents in the surrounding area requested the change. “It’s an issue that is very near and dear to us,” resident James Anderson said on behalf of his neighborhood. “We have noticed an increase in graffiti. My home has been graffitied, the neighbor across from me, and some neighbors down closer to the circle have. We have also noticed an increase in ne’er-do-wells because they can just come in and out of 78th and get in a car and they’re off to Bangerter, so nobody can find them and chase them down and see what they were doing in that little corner right there.” The plat from 1980 shows a pedestrian access at the end of the cul-de-sac, but the access no longer serves as a route to school. When 7800 South and Bangerter became ridden with traffic,

school routes were switched to ensure safety of the students. The residents now feel the pedestrian access is a risk to their kids who like to bike and walk around the neighborhood, according to Anderson. Upon researching the request to vacate the pedestrian access, city staff found that there weren’t any unsafe conditions or car crashes associated with the pedestrian walkway, but reports of vandalism had increased within the past 10 years, with on account in 2013 and one in 2014, according to the staff report. City staff said the feelings of the residents should not be ignored and suggested that the pedestrian access be filled. “I feel for what the citizens are saying, but if I was there I would want it there. I’d want the access,” Councilmember Chad Nichols said. “I’d want to be able to hop over to the restaurants. But that being said, I vote that we approve the ordinance since the residents aren’t in favor of it.” Nichols’ motion passed unanimously at the June 22 city council meeting. The access closure doesn’t have to be permanent. If there is interest in the future, the item could be brought back to the attention of the council in a public hearing, city attorney David Brickey said. l

This pedestrian access at 3530 West and 7800 South will be vacated by West Jordan City. —West Jordan City

An aerial photo showing the pedestrian access (circled in red) that connects 3530 West to 7800 near Bangerter Highway. After a motion at the June 22 West Jordan City Council Meeting, the access will be vacated. —West Jordan City

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City Police Receive ‘Overwhelming Support’ Amid Controversies By Tori La Rue |


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uring the July 14 city council meeting, West Jordan Police Chief Doug Diamond expressed his thanks for the “overwhelming support” his department received amidst the nationwide controversy over law enforcement and resident trust. “We’ve had an outpouring of well-wishes, sympathies and thank yous to our police officers, to my office, of people dropping by, wanting to express their thanks,” Diamond said, describing the response of the West Jordan community after the July 7 shooting in Dallas that left five police officers dead. “Right now in our society, we are going through a rather dark time where people do not trust police officers,” Diamond said, naming “the media” and “some public officials” as the reason why trust is diffusing. “Some of them are making judgments about whether an officer acted appropriately or inappropriately before all the facts are in. During the July 14 city council That’s a tragedy.” meeting, West Jordan Police Chief Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Doug Diamond expressed his thanks and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, both Afto the city and community for their rican-Americans, were shot and killed one day apart by support during a “dark time” for law police officers, leading to peaceful protests and outright enforcement. – West Jordan City upheaval from citizens throughout the country, but despite the confusion across the country, Diamond said the West Jordan community expects its police officers to do the right things. “We appreciate your support as the council, the other staff members in the city, and our community. We have overwhelming support,” Diamond said. “Are there a few naysayers out there? Yes, there are, but we have overwhelming support.” “Though officers make mistakes—of course they will; they are only human—they are asked to do extraordinary things under extraordinary circumstances, dealing with individuals who in some cases want to take their lives or do them harm, but they do their job day in and day out, and this community supports them.” Mayor Kim Rolfe thanked Diamond for him words, asking him to tell the rest of his department that the city council believes the police force to be West Jordan’s heroes. Councilmembers Zach Jacob and Jeff Haaga made similar remarks. “We try our best to do the best that we can in an unbiased, professional manner, and we will continue to do that,” Diamond said. “I just thank you for all of your support.” l

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Mayor Challenges Fee Increases By Tori La Rue |


est Jordan utility rates have not changed since 2013, but that could change. West Jordan City Manager Mark Palesh recommends an increase in resident utility fees to cover the cost of the rising operating expenses and a new public works building but has yet to win over the mayor who won’t support an increase while the fund balances total approximately $33 million as of June 30, 2015. The numbers come from the city’s FY 2014–15 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which includes the most recent audited numbers as well as a $6.5 million storm water bond that is committed to storm water projects. The city operates on a fiscal year that runs from July 1 to June 30. The 2015–16 fiscal year

mately $11.85 per month if the city increased fees to match the expense trend, according to the city’s rate analysis, but Palesh recommends an intermediary option which would increase residents’ monthly bills by about $6.93. Rolfe said the intermediary option is still too high. “There are residents here who barely scrape to get by, and they have to be represented as well as those who are affluent and can afford $3 a month more or $6 a month more,” Rolfe said. “I am not proposing that we lower the rate, but we need to use [the reserve] down to what I would classify as a normal rate.” In several funds, the surplus balance at the end of the last recorded year was 50 percent or more of what the annual operating budget was, Rolfe said. This means West Jordan could stop

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just ended, and final figures are not yet available. “I don’t think an increase of fees is warranted in any one of the funds,” Mayor Kim Rolfe said. “Everyone feels more comfortable if they have large savings accounts. The difference is, this is not personal saving. This is not a business. This is all hard earned money that our residents are paying.” Enterprise funds are self-sustaining funds with their own revenue source—fees. The funds must equal or exceed the cost it takes to operate and maintain them, and the reserve money is already slated to cover projects, according to Mark Palesh. West Jordan’s enterprise funds include water, sewer, solid waste, storm water, secondary water and street lights, all of which will have personnel housed in the new $20 million public works facility approved by the city council in February. “A portion of the fee increases are necessary to cover costof-living and career ladder increases, but the majority of the fee increases are needed to cover normal inflation of operating costs and capital projects not covered by new development impact fees,” Palesh said. Each enterprise fund operates separately, similar to a small business, and has its own revenues, expenses and fund balance. The Solid Waste fund, for example, is approaching a negative cash balance within 12 months or less according to the cash balance in the CAFR and projected expenditures. The Storm Water fund has some cash balance, but state officials are requiring the city to hire additional employees and purchase additional equipment to inspect, clean and maintain the pipe system to a higher standard—or face steep fines. Rolfe said he’d be fine with the increase of fees if he thought the money from the enterprise funds would be used on projects within a timely manner but said he doesn’t believe that will happen. According to the approved 2015–16 budget, $5.7 million in projects from the storm water fund were slated for completion during the fiscal year, yet $1.9 million was spent during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015. Construction projects often span more than one budget year, however, and approximately $4 million was spent during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016. Palesh said he feels the mayor and council don’t recognize how many projects are underway. “If the council doesn’t go with these fees, they’re going to have to look at making some cuts or not do the public works building,” he said. The proposed building would replace the current public works building that was built in 1986 when the city had 35,744 people. The monthly bill change for residents would be approxi-

collecting fees from residents and have money to run the utilities for half of the 2016–17 year if they had a similar budget year to the 2015–16 year. Rolfe said he believes West Jordan’s fund surpluses should be between 5 and 25 percent of the annual operating budget. That’s the surplus percentage range required by the state for the General Fund. State law sets minimum and maximum General Fund balance levels, as a percentage of annual budget. But those laws do not apply to enterprise funds (utilities). Industry standard guidelines from American Public Works Association and American Water Works Association recommend a fund balance for each separate enterprise fund between 90 days and one full year’s expenses—25 to 100 percent of the annual budget amount. According to the approved city budget, the expected annual expenditure for the storm water fund balance for the 2016–17 year is about $12.6 million, which includes capital construction project expenditures of approximately $10.3 million. The storm water fund balance at June 30, 2015, was approximately $6.6 million. Palesh proposes a 42 percent increase in the storm fund, an approximate $1.69 monthly bill increase because the state found the storm fund inadequate. The city must increase the balance of the fund or the state will impose fines, probably for hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said. “Each of these funds has a five- and a 10-year plan, so you are moving forward with saving money because you know that in two years you’re going to have to start the engineering, and after that you’ll have enough money to actually do the project,” Palesh said. “If you stop increasing the fees, eventually you’re not going to have any money to do any projects.” Rolfe said he’d like to keep fees where they are and monitor them in the future. Rolfe would vote to increase fees once the surplus value reached 25 percent of the annual operating budget, he said. “We can change fees any time a year, and doing it now, I really don’t feel like that would be the best use of our authority at the city level, and I’ve been passionate about it,” Rolfe said. Palesh said he hopes the council will compromise. If rate increases are postponed, future rate increases will need to be even larger because operating expenses continue to rise with inflation every year. The city can postpone rate changes and rely on existing cash balances temporarily, but revenues eventually need to match expenses. This item will come before the council at a future meeting. Notice of the date and time will be posted on l


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City Considering Partnership with Data Company, Residents Fear Privacy Violations By Tori La Rue |


he West Jordan City Council considered a three-month trial of Blyncsy, a smart traffic software that monitors electronic devices but dismissed the idea after hearing privacy concerns from residents. While city officials conduct traffic studies frequently, Blyncsy would track West Jordan’s traffic by assessing the movement of cell phones, tables, laptops, fitbits and smart watches within the city. Residents began voicing their distaste for the idea in city meetings and on social media after Blyncsy presented a potential contract to the council on June 22. The council scheduled a public hearing for July 13, which was rescheduled to July 27 before being moved to Aug. 10, pending a motion. None of the council members made a motion to move the July 27 meeting to Aug. 10. Councilmember Chris McConnehey, the only council member who voiced his opinion about Blyncsy at the July 27 meeting, said he didn't think there was "a public appetite to see the city get involved in that kind of personal information." City staff or elected officials would need to bring Blyncsy's proposal back to the attention of the council at a later date to move forward with any kind of agreement, according to David Brickey, city attorney. "The matter may be dead as far as I am concerned," Brickey said. "The city attorney's office will not take any more actions to review the contract because it is not moving anywhere as far as I can tell." How Blyncsy Works Blyncsy sensors are installed on traffic signals to read MAC

Pictured is a Blyncsy sensor that tracks movement of electronic devices to provide real time data. West Jordan City is considering using the sensors to track traffic. – Blyncsy

addresses from electronic devices that connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The sensors convert the addresses into randomized Blyncsy IDs, which allow the company to decipher traffic movement at any given moment. Because the randomized identifier is consistent, the company can gather many kinds of data, including how long it takes to get to point A to point B at a specific time, how much of the city’s daily traffic is coming from residents compared to visitors and which traffic light signals need new timers. “We hope, in the future, to make our data ready for real-time traffic synchronization so that having a phone on you actually helps the light know where you are,” Blyncsy CEO Mark Pittman said. “We hope to green light ambulances and fire trucks through traffic lights. There are a host of benefits in the works.” The $15,000 study would have given West Jordan access to a cloud-based dashboard of figures, graphs and images that would demonstrate what was going on in real time within the city, without giving the city access to raw data. Blyncsy’s plan is to use cities' infrastructure to bridge the gap between traffic information that can be harnessed by residents, government and businesses, according to Pittman. Once within a city, the company plans to sell their interpreted data to businesses to drive economic development in areas where traffic is high. “This is data that is accurate, more so than what I think the other studies have been—certainly better than what UDOT does—so that’s why I wanted them to present to the council,” Mayor Kim Rolfe said at the June 22 city council meeting, addcontinues on next page…

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ing that $15,000 is inexpensive for a city that spends millions on traffic studies each year, often spending $100,000 on a single study. Early Opinions of City Council Members Councilmember Jeff Haaga agreed with Rolfe, adding that the study would boost economic development and build a partnership between the city and businesses. Councilmember Sophie Rice said she was opposed to adopting any contract with Blyncsy and said she preferred methods of less surveillance. Other council members were still trying to form opinions after Blynscy presented to them. Councilmember Zach Jacob said he wasn’t sure if UDOT would accept Blyncsy’s information. He said he’d need to find out whether UDOT would actually widen roads or change intersections based off of Blynscy’s data before he would make a decision. Councilmember Chad Nichols said he thought the data could be “extremely valuable” but said he wasn’t sure where he stood. “I know you’re not connecting names with IDs, but quite frankly, I have concerns,” Nichols said. “It’s not so much that it’s an outright ‘no,’ from me, but it’s just a pause. I’d like to see it tried and tested and validated that it is not an invasion of privacy, and that would be my only concern. I like—I really like—the possibilities.” While their opinions varied, the council members agreed to gather input from residents in a public hearing before coming to a conclusion about Blyncsy. The public hearing was scheduled for July 13, but it was moved to July 27 before being moved to Aug. 10, pending a motion. No motion was made to hold a public hearing on the matter on August 10, so the discussion of a contract with Blyncsy is unlikely to continue. Resident JayLynn Thomas said she thought city leaders kept deferring the public hearing so people would forget about the issue, but City Clerk Melanie Briggs said they moved the first public hearing to give the city attorney’s office more time to scour

Pictured is a sensor used by Blyncsy, a smart traffic software company. The West Jordan City Council is looking into the services Blyncsy offers, but residents are concerned about privacy violations. – Blyncsy

through Blyncsy’s proposed contract. The West Jordan Journal requested a copy of the contract to inform residents of the specific terms of the potential agreement, but the Office of Government Records declined the request on Blyncsy’s claim of Business Confidentiality, noting that they would not disclose “Information on the methods, services, costs and technology of the company, including how it is used by the government, who has access to it and the method by which it is maintained, installed and utilized.” To give out this information would expose “trade secrets” of the “cutting edge technology,” the denial stated.

August 2016 | Page 13 Opinions of West Jordan Residents West Jordan resident Kim Ratcliffe said he was aware of the potential agreement between Blyncsy and the city but became “100 percent” against the contract once he found out it couldn’t be shared with the public. “There’s enough tracking as it is,” Ratcliffe said. “Cell carriers are already tracking, and apps can see everything you do on your phone. We don’t need any more people tracking us, and there shouldn’t be government intrusion at all.” Kai Hintze, another West Jordan resident, said he believes people have a right to not be followed, whether that’s by other drivers on the road or by Blyncsy. Most of his neighbors would be “horrified” by the breech of privacy the system would cause if the city chose to accept the three-month trial, he said. Thomas said she’s concerned about the safety of her children who have smartphones and other electronic devices which connect to WiFi. She said she’d hate to have their private information hacked. Blyncsy only claims to track the location, but she said she believes it’s only a matter of time before they start using their technology to trace other things. “How easy would it be for a rogue employee to get information not supposed to? Most of us are doing banking on our phones, and there’s too much there,” Ratcliffe said. “If we open the door for a traffic study, we are opening the door for them to track other things, and we need to keep the door shut entirely.” Blyncsy’s Security and Accuracy Precautions Pittman said he understands resident concerns, given the new nature of the technology, but he said that his company has thought through their processes and delivers results without invading privacy. The only thing Blyncsy monitors is location, he said. Blyncsy IDs, converted from MAC addresses, are 64 characters of letters, numbers and symbols, and are not tagged to people, making it impossible to identify a person by their device, Pittman said.

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Page 14 | August 2016 “There’s something crazy, like 3,300 trillion amounts of combinations, so it would take even a supercomputer a number of years to cipher even one line (of a Blyncsy ID), and that line wouldn’t help them to decipher the rest,” he said. “There’s no way for someone in the company to find out who you are. There is no ‘uber God mode’ that we can go into.” Pittman considers Blyncsy one of the safest big data companies available. Legislators passed Pittman’s Data Privacy Best Practices Act almost unanimously at the last legislative session which prohibits government to use Blyncsy data to prosecute a crime and protects location-data privacy of consumers. “We’ve passed legislation to ensure that your privacy is protected,” Pittman said. “We have taken all of the technological steps to ensure that your privacy is protected. We’ve done everything that we possibly can at this point. If you’re still concerned about it, then opt out, but before you do that, maybe consider your Gmail account, and your iPhone because they know your underwear size; they know the crayon colors that you like and everything else about you. “Compared to any other tech company in the world, we know so little about you that it is insane.” Thomas said Blyncsy is different than other companies because, should the city choose to move forward with the trail, she would automatically be “opted in” to Blyncsy’s services. “People say Google tracks you, but the difference is that I invited them into my life,” Thomas said. “I am not inviting Blyncsy into my life. You can say what you want about it, that it is just tracking traffic, but the data is not worth anything to me.” Thomas said he believes the traffic study couldn’t gain accurate data because people may choose to turn their Wi-Fi or Bluetooth off or have phones that don’t connect to the internet. Hintze said that there are times when he is carrying two cell phones—his own and his wife’s—while driving in the car with his tablet and laptop. Although he’s only one car on the road, Hintze said he fears that the sensors would pick up eight signals,

four from Wi-Fi and four from Bluetooth, and think there is eight times more traffic on the road than there is in actuality. Pittman said Blyncsy compensates for these issues in two ways. The programming picks up on “Blyncsy groups,” groups of devices that usually travel together, which it takes into account when monitoring traffic. The company also hires college students across the country to stand at the sensors and count the number of cars, pedestrians and bicyclist that pass by. They use

“We’ve passed legislation to ensure that your privacy is protected. We have taken all of the technological steps to ensure that your privacy is protected.” this data to statistically convert the number of Blyncsy IDs to the appropriate number of cars on the road at a given time. Park City’s Experience with Blyncsy Despite the outcry from West Jordan residents, Blyncsy’s technology has proven to be helpful to Park City. After a year of utilizing 25 sensors, city officials installed 30 to 35 more sensors this summer. The sensors gave city staff insight about visitors during the Sundance Film Festival. In the past, the only way to measure the people who came to the festival was by their ticket sales, but last year they used Blyncsy, Pittman said. Blyncsy put sensors up in the Salt Lake Airport, and it tracked which devices made it to Park City during the festival. There were sensors at each festival event, which could track the number of recurring devices to the number of new devices to find out how many people actually attended the events, Pittman said. “Next year, when UDOT is working with Summit County and Park City to identify what the road demands are going to

West Jordan Journal be—we can tell you what it is going to be in Sundance,” Pittman said. “We know your worst times—your best times. Our technology can help traffic engineers know when they need to change traffic lights—myriad things.” Park City’s used the sensors to track tourists at ski resorts. They know when to open more parking because of the information from Blyncsy’s sensors, said Alfred Knott, transportation planning manager for Park City. “We saw the value when we could put them close to the ski resorts and have a better way to manage the trail systems,” Knott said. “We have areas we assume that need more parking or trail maintenance, but we’d rather have Blyncsy manage our trailhead facilities than out guys out there with a clipboard counting cards and lockers.” Park City’s “progressive” city council and residents weren’t too worried about privacy issues to begin with, Knott said, and they haven’t seen any problems since the sensor installation, he added. “Blyncsy has been really open with us,” Knott said. “You know, it’s been a partnership. It took them awhile to interpret the data, being a start-up company, but within about a month we started seeing results.” Knott said he sees potential for Blyncsy outside of his jurisdiction, adding that he’d like to see businesses in Park City and neighboring cities jump on board with Blyncsy, so they can begin sharing data. Blyncsy’s Future Five other cities in the nation have contracts with Blyncsy, including Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho, and Farmington signed a trial contract with Blyncsy this summer. Pittman said he expects to have sensors across the Wasatch Front within 12 months, but with the dismissal of West Jordan’s public hearing about the study, it’s not likely that West Jordan will adopt his technology anytime soon. l

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New hotel and ‘Tour of Utah’ coming to West Jordan I’m happy to announce that a new hotel is coming to Jordan Landing! Marriott, Performance Capital Partners and Utah Hospitality will break ground for a new Residence Inn by Marriott on Aug. 8. The hotel will be located in Jordan Landing at 7558 S. Plaza Center Drive and is scheduled for completion during the second quarter of 2017. This new hotel is long awaited and will help service our vibrant and fast-growing community. This four-story, 99-unit hotel will be a great addition to our city and features a nice mix of amenities travelers will enjoy, like: • Indoor pool and spa • Fitness Center • Business Center • 1,700 square feet of conference space Jordan Landing will also be renovating the plaza and theaters. This “Entertainment Village” will be undergoing a major redevelopment including nearly 3,000 reclining luxury theater seats and a mix of new shopping and dining options – old favorites and great new restaurants. This renovation ensures that, with more than 1.8 million square feet of restaurant,

shopping and entertainment options, Jordan Landing will continue to be a central gathering place for the community and a destination for residents in the area. The project is slated for completion in 2018. Another exciting event that is passing through our city on Aug. 4, is the Tour of Utah. The Tour of Utah showcases some of the world’s most prestigious teams and cyclists during their seven-day tour. This event attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France. Part of the race comes through West Jordan. As a result there are some road closures to be aware of (see map). We welcome them to our city and wish them luck! Exciting things are happening in our city and it’s my privilege to be a part of it. Thanks for all you do to make our city a great place.

What is it and why should I care? Many people are just learning about a growing profession within the public and private sectors referred to as Emergency Management. In a world with increasing population and increasing costs, Emergency Management is dedicated to the concepts of prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery from natural and manmade disasters. We simply don’t want to lose people, and we can’t afford to pay for everything that could be lost. In the same way we ask citizens to take personal responsibility for disaster preparedness, government and businesses are working to get prepared for disasters. We define a disaster as any time the needed response is exceeded by the available resources. Some disasters come on quickly like an earthquake, and others are slower to develop, like a drought. In any case, our priorities are life safety, incident stabiliza-

tion and property conservation. Emergency Management has existed for many years in different forms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was created in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter to bring together various federal agencies that were tasked with responding to disasters. The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 brought man-made disasters into our view. This was followed by Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 23, 2005. In West Jordan active disaster planning started around 1998 with preparations for the anticipated Y2K computer uncertainty of Jan. 1, 2000. Since then the Fire Department Deputy Chief over Prevention and Emergency Management has been tasked to serve as the emergency program manager for the city. We encourage you to follow the West Jordan Fire Department Facebook page to learn more about our city’s emergency management efforts.

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Day of Hope Car Show Aug. 13

Mosquitoes Can Be Harmful

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2016 Day of Hope Charity Car Show on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 8030 S. 1825 West.

The event is free and includes kids games, Scales and Tails show, COOL cars and much more! Car registration is $25. All the proceeds benefit the Children’s Justice Center.

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Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can be harmful. They are known to carry a number of different diseases. Through the ongoing mosquito abatement process, the Salt Lake County Health Department has learned that West Nile Virus is back this year. What can you do to protect yourself, your family and your workers from West Nile virus infection? When you are outdoors from dusk to dawn the mosquitoes will be active. Wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt and socks to avoid mosquito bites. Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to package directions. Regularly get rid of standing water in your yard such as old tires, potted plant trays, pet dishes, toys, buckets, etc. Make sure screen doors and window screens are in good condition so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors. Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours. You can help protect yourself and your family by removing sources of standing water. Contact the Salt Lake County Health Department at 385-468-4222 for more information.

Jordan River Trail Closure The Jordan River trail from Winchester to 7800 South is undergoing much needed repair. The first portion of the work includes a realignment of the trail near 6600 South. The second portion of the project includes repairs, patching and an overlay of the entire route. In the interest of safety, the trail between 6600 and 7800 South will be closed from Aug. 1 through Aug. 11. During this time, we ask that you avoid this area as the trail is not wide and the trucks, mill machines and asphalt equipment are dangerous. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions about the project, please email

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



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


By Police Chief Doug Diamond

Document Shred and E-waste Recycling 10 a.m.-noon 8000 South 1825 West (parking lot behind City Hall) August


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


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

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



Labor Day – City Offices Closed



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



Demolition Derby, West Jordan Arena, 8035 S. 2200 West, 7 p.m.



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



Endurocross, West Jordan Arena, 8035 S. 2200 West, 7 p.m.



Events like the horrific police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge tend to stir up public opinion regarding police departments that can be both positive and negative. Over the last few weeks, the West Jordan Police Department has been showered with appreciation from our community. Thank you for your show of support! It means a lot and helps offset some of the negatives we encounter during police work where we routinely deal with people when they are not at their best. I also appreciate our elected officials who set policy that requires incidents, like officer involved shootings, to go through

an investigation process so that the facts can come out. Often times media conveys an abbreviated from of an incident that doesn’t allow for all the facts to be told. And because many of the incidents move on to the justice system, we must be careful not to release information that could compromise the integrity of a case. Our officers are highly trained and work hard to serve the community and keep you safe from those who would do you harm. With over 110,000 residents in our community, it’s pretty tough to be everywhere at once, so we also rely on you to let us know when something doesn’t seem right.

Algae bloom impacts secondary water On July 15, state officials closed Utah Lake due to harmful levels of algae. So why did this impact West Jordan? Because West Jordan does not have a city-wide secondary watering system, it didn’t impact West Jordan as much as it did neighboring cities. But it did impact some residents who have private secondary water systems because Utah Lake feeds into the canals that feed secondary water systems.

Most West Jordan residents water with culinary or drinking water and were not affected. If you have a secondary watering system, you pay an additional bill to a canal company in addition to the city water bill. There are five major canals that cross through West Jordan and feed secondary water systems. These canals cross through several municipalities and are regulated by the State. Minor ditches usually

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originate from one of the five major canals. When a resident has questions about the safety of their water they should contact their ditch master or canal company. The city does have some parks that use secondary water but the system also has the ability to switch to culinary water. City parks were switched to culinary water as soon as the city was notified on July 15.

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Mayor Partners with Stevens-Henager College to Award Two Scholarships Worth up to $25,000 As part of the ongoing effort to make life better for West Jordan residents, Mayor Kim Rolfe is pleased to sponsor two special Mayor’s Scholarships to Stevens-Henager College, Salt Lake/ Murray campus. One scholarship provides $15,000 toward an associate’s degree, and the other provides $25,000 toward a bachelor’s degree. “I invite any interested West Jordan resident or employee to apply for either scholarship, regardless of your age,” said Mayor Rolfe. “You just need to write an essay on why West Jordan is the best city to live or work in. I’ll also consider each applicant’s financial need, community service, and extracurricular activities. I look

forward to awarding these two scholarships to deserving applicants.” As a nonprofit institution, Stevens-Henager College makes the Mayor’s Scholarship available through its Good Neighbor Initiative. Associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees are available in healthcare, business, technology and graphic arts. Applicants who don’t receive a Mayor’s Scholarship are welcome to apply for additional scholarships and financial aid. For more details and to apply for Mayor Kim Rolfe’s scholarships, call 801-281-7632. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2016. Stevens-Henager College is located at 383 West Vine Street in Murray.

Shredding, e-waste and battery recycling Aug. 6 from 10 a.m.-noon West Jordan residents can bring up to two “bankers boxes” of paper for shredding and residential electronic waste on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m.-noon. Documents will be shredded on site in the west parking lot behind City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Road. Hard drives can also be shredded if they have been removed from the computer. Batteries Plus will also be on hand to recycle batteries. They will accept up to 10 pounds of alkaline, 1 pound of lithium and other types of common batteries that would reasonably be recycled by a con-

sumer. They cannot accept Liquid NiCD or Liquid NiMH batteries (both are very rare) and quantity is limited to residential recycling and not commercial. Bring proof of residency or city employment (driver’s license, utility bill or city ID badge). Two glass recycling drop off bins are also available: one is in the parking lot of the old library, 1970 West 7800 South, and at the intersection of 7800 South and New Sycamore Drive (7025 West). More information at

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

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Students’ Understanding Flourishes through Gardening By Tori La Rue |


essica Louk, a teacher at Fox Hollow Elementary School, inherited two planter boxes from a colleague when she switched classrooms at the beginning of the 2015–16 school year and decided to use the equipment offer her students engaged learning. “I thought, ‘If these are already going to be here, let’s tie it in and make it meaningful,’” she said. Louk taught required science and math curriculum to her third-grade students all year as they gardened. She explained the difference between living and nonliving things, invited her students to experiment using the scientific process and taught about units of measurement and rounding numbers—all while speaking only in French. “By third grade—their third year in the [language immersion] program—they know just what I am saying,” Louk said. “Sure, they learned a lot of new vocabulary with the garden, but third-graders everywhere are thrown new vocabulary all over the place.” When the classroom herbs were ready to be harvested, Louk took them to the cafeteria and teachers’ lounge where they gave flavor to salad bars, pastas and other dishes. “We felt awesome eating that stuff because

Third grade students from Fox Hollow Elementary measure the height of the herbs they grew in their classroom during the 2015-16 school year. Jessica Louk, a French immersion teacher at the school, continues to teacher her students required science and math curriculum through gardening. – Jordan School District

we grew the herbs,” Joey Naudauld, of Louk’s class, said. “Everyone from our class helped, and that made it awesome.” The garden project lasted all year, and the class performed several experiments with it.

One planter box of herbs acted as the control group, and the students feed it with water. The other box acted as the experimental group, which they added tea, coffee and Sprite to. Every few days the students would compare

the two groups by measuring the heights of the plants and the length of the leaves, rounding to the nearest unit. “They started to understand measurements,” Louk said. “They’d realize that an inch was too large of a measurement for a small leaf, and they would switch to centimeter. Switching units of measurement is a big concept, so that’s been really good to see that they get it.” The herbs that were watered with Sprite grew normally, which wasn’t surprising to 9-year-old Joey. Joey looked at the ingredients within Sprite, which he said led him to hypothesize that the plants would grow at their usual rate. “The basil that people put too much tea in died,” student Brielle Fountaine said. “But we learned so much about how plants grow and how much sun they need and how much water they need.” The program was so successful that Louk began implementing it again during the 2016– 17 school year. “I love this program,” Principal Kevin Pullan said. “The more that we can give kids hands-on experiences, the more they will learn.” l

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West Jordan SBOs, Class Officers Unite By Tori La Rue |


West Jordan High School’s 2016-17 SBOs and class officers pose for a picture at the assembly where they were introduced as the new student government members. – West Jordan High School


he divide between West Jordan High School’s student body officers and class officers is dead, but it didn’t come immediately, according to student government advisers. “As someone who was working with class officers, I was really tired of the hierarchy that existed that SBOs were [up] here and class officers were down here,” said Richard Hoonakker, class officers adviser. “Really, it is a different but equal role, with the SBOs managing things that are over the whole school and the class officers managing the things that are specific to their class.” When Hoonakker’s friend and fellow teacher Richard Minor became the SBO adviser in the 2010–11 school year, the two made the decision to have class officers and SBOs share a preparation class, meetings and responsibilities with the idea that they could accomplish more for the school if they were unified. But students had yet to catch their vision “We had kids coming back who had graduated previous years that I didn’t even know, saying, ‘You cannot do this,’ I literally had four visits from kids I didn’t know who were all SBOs, and they said, ‘If you do this you will destroy SBOs,’” Minor said. “And all the current SBOs that year were all saying, ‘no, don’t do it.’” Hoonakker and Minor didn’t heed their warnings. In the 2010–11 school year, they combined the classes, and things got off to a rocky start. SBOs were scheduling meetings without telling their advisers so they could keep the class officers away, and class officers were doing the same, Minor said. “It blew up in our face,” Minor said about combining the members of student government. “It was a disaster.” Predicting it would take about three years—the life-span of a high school class from sophomore to senior year—for the combined student leaders to work together in the way they envisioned, Minor and Hoonakker didn’t give up. In the 2011–12 year the SBOs and class officers began to cooperate, and by the 2012–13 school year they had merged into a cohesive group, and it showed, according to Hoonakker. That same year, West Jordan High School’s student government won the “Best School at Camp” award at Utah State University’s Leadership Conference for being the best behaved and unified group at the conference. They won the same award

the next two years, and in the 2015–16 year when USU changed their award ceremony—offering six awards instead of only one—they scored one of the six awards. “There’s no other school in the state, or any other state for that matter, who’s received those accolades in regard to functioning as a successful group,” Hoonakker added. From 2012 to 2016, the members of student government have been backing each other up on their ideas and creating better quality activities than each group could have on their own, Hoonakker said, adding that in the 2015–16 school year the students found a way for their mascot to sky dive into the middle of their football field during the opening assembly. Brenna Booth, the 2016–17 SBO president who has been a member of West Jordan High’s student government since her sophomore year, said she felt included in the school’s student government group from day one. The culture that’s now been established makes it easy for the members of all classes to share their ideas for activities within the school, she said. Perhaps the biggest benefit of having a unified group is the increased efforts it allows the SBOs and class officers have put forth during the school’s annual charity drive, Brenna said. Under the direction of the SBOs and class officer, the student body started performing “odd jobs” to earn money for their chosen charity after school hours. “We thought, ‘high-schoolers don’t really have money, but they can donate their time,’” Brenna said. “We went around to the different neighborhoods in our school boundaries and explained that we would do any chores or anything that needed to be done in return for a donation to our charity.” From odd jobs alone, the school raised $17,000 in their most recent drive. In all, they donated $40,000 for the Tyler Robinson Foundation, a charity that gives support to pediatric cancer patients. Rylee Lewis, senior class president, said she’s grateful that Minor and Hoonakker worked hard to get West Jordan High student government members to work together years ago so that the school could continue to benefit from it. “At other schools, I see SBOs and class officers separated, but at our school I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called an SBO, and that’s because everyone sees us as one, and that’s because we are,” Rylee said. “I think it unifies the school to see us so unified as a group.” l

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Middle School Establishes Newspaper By Tori La Rue |


oel P. Jensen Middle School created a newspaper publication for the first time during the latter half of the 2015–16 school year, informing their student population about school issues from firsthand sources. “It’s better than other people just coming in and writing stories about us because we know what is going on in our school,” Alejandra Alvarez, news editor for the JPJ Journal, said. “Because we have insight and detail into school situations, we can talk to the people who are involved within our school and write a better story.” The 13-year-old news editor referred to an incident in mid-April where several students got sick after taking prescription pills that their fellow classmates dealt to them. Fox 13 composed a story on the matter, speaking with representatives from the district and local police, but Alejandra said she felt like it was incomplete because the “big-named” news agency didn’t include voices from the school. “We were able to write a story of our own to be more specific to our school,” Alejandra said. “We may not have a big name, but we can bring important news because we know our school, and we know the students here, and we know what they want to know.” Most of the Joel P. Jensen students who

The staff of the JPJ Journal poses for a picture during class. – Anna McNamer

signed up for the journalism class were using the journalism class as a fill-in for the remaining half-year gap that a mandatory keyboarding class left in their schedules, according to journalism teacher Anna McNamer. McNamer, who studied journalism in college before deciding to be a teacher, said it was amazing to see her class transform from a group of unexcited students into a journal staff. During the third quarter, McNamer taught about different types of stories and monitored their writing, but by the fourth quarter, they had an editing and publishing system that they could

run on their own, she said. Each student knew who to send their work into so their stories could be published on Wednesdays: deadline days. In an op-ed she wrote for the JPJ Journal, Isabelle Barlow, 13, listed the “thrill” of deadline days as one reason why the journalism class should be offered again next year. “It was cool to see her write that unprompted,” McNamer said. “If we could get from telling kids ‘You have to go to school’ to them feeling that rush that [Isabelle] talked about and wanting to come here, that would be a success for us teachers.”

Tayson Jorgensen, 13, said the “special opportunities” he has as part of the journal staff make the class worthwhile. As the business director of the Journal, he coordinates with local businesses to get funding for the journal’s website, and he’s been working on developing an app for the newspaper that he said he hopes will be available this summer. McKall Peters, 13, said her favorite project was compiling a photo contest on jpjjournal. Students submitted pictures they took over spring break, and McKall posted the ones she deemed best on the website. Overall, all the students in the journalism class “had each other’s backs” and became friends, Alejandra said. “For us in this class, it was no longer like a normal class,” Alejandra said. “We didn’t care about the grade; we just cared about the content. Without journalists, things wouldn’t be the same; people wouldn’t be informed. We realized that we had a big job, and we pulled it off together.” McNamer said the journalism class will be coming back next year. Over the summer, some students will continue to post new content. Those wishing to stay update on news relevant to Joel P. Jensen Middle School may visit l

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Elsie Phelps, 4, and her mother, Holly Phelps, practice counting by placing clothespins on a paper card during Columbia Elementary School’s Parents and Preschoolers class. –Tori La Rue

Jennifer Adams, preschool teacher, asks Brody Drope, 4, to point to specific letters on a giant poem book. –Tori La Rue

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tudents in Jennifer Adams’ preschool class at Columbia Elementary School play to learn math, safety, phonetics, reading and other subjects in the company of their parents. Adams said the major purpose of the class is teaching parents learn to help their children learn school concepts at home. Holly Phelps brings her daughter Elsie, 4, to a traditional drop-off preschool class and the Parent and Preschoolers class at Columbia. “She’ll come home from her [traditional] preschool, and I don’t know what she is trying to tell me,” Phelps said. “They are so little that sometimes you don’t know what they are talking about, but because I attend the other preschool with her, I know the songs, and I can reinforce what she is learning at home.” Elsie will begin kindergarten at Columbia in August, so Phelps said Parents and Preschoolers has been a good transition class. She’s become familiar with the school, so it’s no longer a scary place, Phelps said. Columbia’s Title 1 funding pays for the Parents and Preschoolers class, which is open to parents and students within Columbia Elementary School’s boundaries, and the school is already accepting reservations for the 2016–17 school year. January was the first time the school offered this class, but Adams said she thinks it has been a success. The maximum capacity for the class is 10 students, and during the 2015–16 school year the class reached up to eight students, with that number dwindling to three students by the end of the year. “We really have such a great time,” Adams said. “I would love it if more parents could come take advantage of this awesome


program.” Phelps said it was hard for some parents to keep coming because of their schedules. Some of them preferred taking their child to a preschool where they could drop their child off and finish other errands. Although it can be a little more of a hassle, Adams said children may have the opportunity for a better education because they have more one-on-one assistance. When Adams teaches something, each student has a personal tutor: his or her parent. Mike Drope said he is happy to stay with his son Brody, 4, throughout the preschool sessions. “I have never taken him to a different kind of preschool, so I guess I don’t know what to compare it to, but I think this has been a good experience for him,” Drope said. “I don’t think he would be OK being by himself at a school right now, but this program has allowed him to get social experience and get used to being around other people.” When asked if he liked the Parents and Preschoolers class, Brody said he liked it because they get to eat Cheese-Its during snack time. Brody still has one more year before kindergarten, so Drope said he’s looking forward to another year of preschool. Those wishing to join Brody and Drope in the Parents and Preschool class can email Adams at or call the school at 801-280-3279 to speak with Angie Drope to reserve a spot. The fall 2016 preschool will go from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on Thursday, Sept. 1. l

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Canadian Football Profits From Copper Hills By Greg James |


anada made a call to Nate Anderson, a recent Copper Hills graduate, and he has decided to answer that call. “I was not getting recruited at all in the states really, so the only option that I really had was to try out at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada,” Anderson said. “I tried out there at the end of April. They really wanted me on the team but had a bunch of good players at my position. They told me to go play junior football. I really did not know what that meant, and a few days later I got a call from the Okanangan Sun.” The Sun operates in the Canadian Junior Football League, which formed in 1974. It is a national amateur league consisting of 19 teams in 6 provinces across Canada. The teams compete annually for the league championship in the Canadian Bowl. Anderson led the Grizzlies in receiving in 2015 with 390 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also led the team in all-purpose yards with 510 yards. “The Sun called me up and said they really wanted me to play for them,” Anderson said. “They also explained what this league was all about.” The CJFL provides the opportunity for young men ages 17–22 to participate in highly competitive post-high school football. It works

The Okanangan Sun compete in the Canadian Junior Football League and have signed Copper Hills graduate Nate Anderson. – Okanangan Sun

the same way as a collegiate redshirt year in the United States. The league operates much the same way junior hockey leagues do in Canada. A handful of players are drafted into the Canadian Football League directly from the CJFL, while others are able to continue playing football at Universities. It is a way to develop players. “I do not get paid,” Anderson said. “I am finding a full-time job while I live with a host family. I met them when I first showed up at the house. The team helps arrange the housing and

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Drunk City Councilman Claims He Is “Protected” By Bryan Scott |


est Jordan, Utah- Witnesses and police officers described city councilman Jeff Haaga as extremely intoxicated when he was witnessed hitting a parked car in a West Jordan parking lot Tuesday evening, July 19. South Jordan police officer Marc Wright reported “Jeff was visibly intoxicated and I could smell alcohol on his breath from about four feet away”. At approximately 7 p.m. on July 19, West Jordan Police officers received a call about a hit and run and possible DUI. When officers arrived at the local pub, witnesses claimed that an intoxicated Haaga was involved in an accident but had fled the scene. Realizing that the suspect was a West Jordan City Councilman, West Jordan Police department turned the case over to the South Jordan Police Department. In an official statement from West Jordan City Hall, the city acknowledged the alleged accident and stated, “Because of the potential conflict of interest, the West Jordan Police Department asked the South Jordan Police Department to handle the case. This is standard procedure when an elected official is involved”. The City Journals made several attempts to contact Councilman Haaga but were unable to contact him and messages were not returned. Witnesses claim that Haaga had been drinking at the local pub and was obviously intoxicated. Employees of the pub and customers attempted to intervene when Haaga attempted to leave the bar, offering him an

Damage to Councilman Haaga’s automobile. —South Jordan Police

Damage caused by Councilman Haaga.—South Jordan Police

could arrive. South Jordan Police Officers located Haaga at his residence, sitting in a chair on the front porch, which West Jordan Police Department had under surveillance, presumably to prevent the intoxicated councilman from leaving. Officer Bowman of the South Jordan Police Department made the following remarks in his police report, “(Haaga) showed many signs of being intoxicated, his speech

nothing else to drink, stated that he was not even aware that he had hit another vehicle. Body Cam video and photos taken by officers clearly show damage to his car. Throughout the interview Haaga attempts to pivot the conversation away from the accident to discuss the events when his keys were taken from him, what he describes as “an assault on a city councilman”. Haaga claims that earlier in the day he

“Because of the potential conflict of interest, the West Jordan Police Department asked the South Jordan Police Department to handle the case. This is standard procedure when an elected official is involved.” Uber or a ride personally. Haaga was reluctant to accept, but was finally convinced and was given a ride home by another patron. After Haaga was safely driven home, witnesses claim that they saw Haaga return to the parking lot for his 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Employees and patrons then witnessed Mr. Haaga reverse out of his parking spot and hit a parked car. According to the police report witnesses said that Haaga then exited the car and stumbled around and appeared “obviously intoxicated”. After Haaga got back in the car, two bystanders took his keys out of the ignition, in an attempt to prevent him from leaving. Using a second set of keys, Haaga started the car and left the parking lot before police

was slow and labored, and he was talking in circles, repeating himself. Jeff said many things that did not make sense, and frequently lost his train of thought”. Police officers interviewed the councilman for over an hour and ultimately cited him for failure to remain at the scene of an accident. Body cam footage from this interview show the drunk councilman, not only showing classic signs of intoxication, but also making false claims, telling lies, and attempting to provoke special privileges as a city councilman. At one point in the interview Haaga claims the South Jordan Police officers did not have the authority over him. During the initial interview Haaga who claimed he had two beers at the bar and

went to the local bar for lunch, claiming that he had wings and two beers. He then claims that patrons and employees of the bar targeted him because they knew he was a city councilman. Haaga claimed that these patrons and employees then assaulted him and stole his keys, “it was their opinion that I was drunk”. Police reports state “Jeff was adamant that he wanted to file charges of assault on the individual that took his keys. He said that it is the same individual that gave him the ride home the first time”, Jeff also claimed that this person was a “great person”. During the interview with South Jordan Police Officers, Hagga claime he was “protected” because of his status of city councilman, he even made claim that assaulting a city councilman was a felony.

South Jordan Police corrected him, informing him that an assault is class B misdemeanor. Police officers stated that there were no signs of any assault on the councilman. City Councilman Jeff Haaga was cited for Hit and Run or leaving the scene of an accident. He was not cited nor charged for DUI, making a false police report, or any other crime that may have been committed that evening. Lieutenant Pennington of the South Jordan Police Department gave some explanation as to why the Councilman was not cited for DUI, stating “when there is a lapse in time from the actual driving and the driver is no longer in control of the automobile, we are generally hesitant in pursuing a DUI.” When staff from the City Journals attempted to talk to witnesses, they declined stating that the Councilman had threatened to sue them. In the past other city council members, employees of the city, and members of city administration have accused the councilman of bullying, often by threatening to sue and in at least one case serving notice. The West Jordan City Journal will continue to follow the case and any further investigations, and will update the citizens as new information comes forward. l

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Soccer Dynamics Changing in Salt Lake County By Greg James


n April, Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen announced plans to build a worldclass training center in Herriman. Youth soccer players across the Wasatch Front stand to benefit from it. “Our goal has been to create a program for youth training and academy training that is equal to anything you can find in Europe at an elite soccer academy—Ajax, Barcelona and England,” Hansen said. “We have looked at them very closely. We have come to the belief that building from the ground up, developing the local talent and training that talent to an elite level will lead to a very strong sense of connection with our community and the team.” Academies have become the lifeblood of the sport. While some teams use theirs to develop young talent, others use them to help balance the financial books. Either way, for the teams that get it right, a productive academy can be crucial for long term success. Creating a successful academy is no easy feat. Some clubs have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into their youth setups with very little reward. The right facilities, coaching and recruitment must be in place before a club can produce genuine talent. In the soccer economy in which we now live, it seems many clubs would rather buy the talent than take the time to develop young players. A strong academy can give you an advantage over other teams. “Where we are going is so promising, so development oriented, so family and growth oriented. Really, it is grassroots,” RSL General Manager Craig Waibel said. “We are laying down the possibility to help develop this state, which we take a lot of pride in.” The Dutch youth soccer academy Ajax (pronounced EYE-ox), is located in Amsterdam and consists of eight well-kept fields, a two-story building housing locker rooms, classrooms, workout facilities, offices for coaches and a cafeteria. Ajax has become a talent factory. It manufactures players and sells them, often for immense fees, to teams around the world. The soccer academy in Herriman plans to be run similar to a big-league baseball minor league program but as one that reaches into early childhood. The training academy will offer more than player development. Officials plan on offering coaches training, referee training and front office management like accounting and business management. The local benefit The RSL training center will offer many of the soccer clubs in the area the opportunity to train locally without the expense of traveling out of state to get what they need. The Utah Youth Soccer Association is the largest youth sports organization in Utah. It reaches out to more than 50,000 soccer players across the state. The UYSA oversees coaches licensing, certification of referees and players insurance. It offers youth the opportunity to play at a comfortable level, whether it is

Utah Surf 14 year olds wait their turn at the Impact United tournament. The Surf won the match 9-0. – Greg James

The presence of Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake has affected a dramatic growth in Utah youth soccer participants. – Greg James

Parents spend thousands of dollars and countless hours supporting youth soccer teams in Utah. – Greg James

recreation play or elite competition and opportunities. “There is no question that soccer has changed in a positive way here in this state,” Sparta Technical Director Marco De Ruiter said. “First, the number of participants has grown. Just four or five years ago the Utah Youth Association had about 35,000 members and now they are over 50,000. Soccer is getting more popular. The level of the clubs and experience is getting better as well. We are now able to compete with states like California and Nevada.” Sparta United Soccer club claims to be the oldest youth club in the state of Utah. It was established to provide serious soccer players the opportunities to advance to the highest levels of soccer. It currently has more than 60 teams competing in elite, developmental and premier divisions. The club is based in Sandy h and incorporates players from all over the Wasatch Front. Like many clubs in the state, its coaches are United States Soccer Federation licensed. “Coaching education is expensive,” De Ruiter said. “In my opinion, it should more available; we have to travel out of state at this point for these coaches to receive the training they need.” The RSL training facility is scheduled to help provide the coaches the training necessary to develop their skills and further their soccer education. The USSF provides training levels for all coaches from National F to A and Pro licenses. All F-level coaches take a two-hour online grass roots training, focusing on fun, activity-centered, ageappropriate environment for players ages 5–8. The highest youth level, A-coaches, combine experience, onsite training and developmental assignments and mentoring.

influence locally. They have had coaches meetings and invited our players to the games as spectators, ball boys and little kids player escorts. The RSL ownership has dedicated to make the level in Utah better in a positive way. To have an academy in our state is a big advantage for soccer development.” Sparta is one of many soccer clubs in the area; Murray Max, Avalanche, Impact, La Rocca, West United and Forza are a few of the more popular clubs. West Jordan Youth Soccer advertises itself as a recreation league and encourages the coaches, fans and players not to keep track of the score and wins and losses. Many of the others offer competitive games and access to tournaments across the Western United States. Impact Soccer registrar and tournament director Melinda Sorensen has organized its club tournament for the past nine years. This year, July 6–9, more than 140 teams converged on fields at Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center and Bonneville and Churchill junior high schools to play in the tournament. Teams came from Idaho, Colorado, Montana and Nevada. “It can be crazy keeping all of this organized,” Sorensen said. “To me, it is amazing to see the growth we have had in soccer in this area. It is like a full-time job for me February to August.” Tournaments are only part of the costs families have to participate in competitive soccer. Competition teams have registration fees, coaches’ fees, tournaments, travel and uniform costs. These fees can be upwards of $2,300 or more a year. Many coaches, club directors and staff board members receive payment for their services. In one local club its advanced level coaches are paid approximately $50 per player on their team per month. Soccer has become big business.

Avalanche Soccer is a girls’ only club. Its mission statement says it works to instill and reinforce the qualities of confidence, teamwork, loyalty, hard work, sacrifice, determination, struggle, heartache, passion and success in young girls. Its alumni include five players currently playing for the University of Utah women’s team. It also fields a team in the Elite Club National League, a travel league of teams based in Colorado, California, Utah, Washington, Idaho and Oregon. “We have some teams going to national championship tournaments,” De Ruiter said. “The kids have been very competitive.” Many Utah youth girls and boys teams competed very well at the Farwest Regional Championship in May. The under 16 La Roca Premier PO and U17 Celtic Storm 99 Premier teams played in their group finals. The Sparta 01 JK, La Roca South CS 99/00 and La Roca Premier PO are scheduled to represent the state at the U15 boys, U16 boys and U16 girls divisional, respectively. Real won the Major League Soccer championship in 2009, the top tier of professional soccer in the United States and Canada. They are usually a top contender in the MLS Western Conference and at press time they stand in fourth place with 30 points. The $50-million training facility is an investment where players will develop a foundation at a young age and better prepare them for elite-level soccer and possibly on to the first team. The Herriman facility, off the Mountain View Corridor at approximately 14800 South, is scheduled to have two indoor fields under the largest freespanned building in North America. The two fullsize major league soccer fields will have no posts in between them. The turf has also been specially picked to provide the best playing surface in the area. “Any city looks for an iconic landmark to define its city,” Herriman Mayor Carmen Freeman said. “It will stimulate economic growth and serve its purpose. Yes, it will serve Real, but it will serve us as a community.” The hope for Real is to build a facility that the community will be able to use and be proud of. l

Club soccer Clubs in the state offer competitive advantages to its members. Most clubs offer different levels of ability to its prospective players and families. The UYSA facilitates premier level and divisions one through three skill levels. “I think parents should focus on technical development,” De Ruiter said. “I tell our coaches results are not important. We want to develop players for them to advance to the next level. RSL has a huge

Success in the neighborhood Many of the local clubs advertise their ability to develop and help players advance to NCAA soccer programs. They use this as an advantage to gain mass numbers of players in their clubs. Other clubs boast the fun, social and educational aspects of playing the “beautiful game.”

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igs are fun. Halloween and Comic Con are the obvious events for such style choices, but have you ever contemplated how a new look—in the form of a wig—can brighten your normal life, too? A man with a nice suit and healthy head of hair gets promoted faster—and has better success in dating. Permanent hair attachments are available for men; they can exercise and even go swimming without anyone knowing the difference. Wigs are time savers. Professional women, who don’t want to spend that hour in the morning getting ready for work, can quickly apply a professional looking hairpiece and be ready to go. After a day in the jungle while on a cruise, no fuss is needed; a woman only needs to slip into her new look and she is ready for a formal dinner. Wigs get attention. Going to a party on the weekend with a new color, or different hair style, means an opportunity for impressing a new group of friends. Look better; feel younger with the help of Creative Wigs. 50 years ago Jan McCullough, founder and owner of

Creative Wigs, began simply fixing her mother’s hair. Soon she was doing hair and wigs for her mother’s friends. She found a job in a wig shop, and when the owner left, she took over the business. During college Jan supported herself and put her husband through school by traveling the state and combing wigs for her clients. Jan’s first retail space was opened in Provo, and not long after a shop was opened in Sandy. With a shop in Bountiful also, Jan eventually consolidated to a boutique-type shop on 33rd South and 10th East in Salt Lake with a larger inventory and additional services. Ever the busy lady, Jan next acquired a shop in St. George on Bluff Street. This April, there was a grand opening of the South Jordan store at 10318 South Redwood Road with twice the space, twice the inventory, twice the services— and twice the fun. As her business expanded, Jan enlisted her daughters and a sister as managers and hired professional cosmetologists and

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estheticians to provide services that her clients needed, such as permanent makeup, lashes, and manicures. Jan’s moto of “Look Better and Feel Younger” addresses the desire of all women to improve their appearance, but the real core of her business is the need for men and women to address the loss of their hair. Her expert staff specializes in helping people who struggle with genetic male-pattern baldness, Alopecia and Trichotillomania diseases, and hair loss due to cancer treatments. The new lines of human-hair and synthetic wigs and hairpieces with mono-filament and lace fronts means that no one can tell you are wearing hair that is not your own. Wigs are now cool, comfortable, “wash-and-wear”, and when properly fitted are easy to put on. Come by 10318 South Redwood Road in South Jordan to meet the staff of Creative Wigs and try on your new look. l

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The Art Cottage


estled in the heart of the Historic Gardner Village, The Art Cottage serves as a gallery for local artists and a learning center for artistic hopefuls. The Art Cottage is opening a lovely gallery to showcase a family of local artists and their fellow Utah artisans. Upstairs will be ArtSmart – a school to teach all ages the joy of art expression. With classes for children, youth and adults, paint parties, date nights, coloring book clubs and girls’ nights out, the Art Cottage has something for everyone. They will also offer the best prices in town on framing, with professionals trained to help you choose the perfect finishing touch for your art pieces. To further enhance original art as well as prints and gallery wraps, stunning home décor and art related gifts and jewelry will

be available in this charming Victorian cottage. “Everyone who comes through our door will be invited to sit down for a quick watercolor lesson. It will be fun and friendly!” says resident artist and general manager Bonnie Merrill. Merrill also quoted the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson in describing art: “The love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” It is proven that children who take art lessons do better in school. The practice of drawing and painting grows neurons in the brain at every age. It is

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Three Reasons You Need Killer Amenities in Student Housing


ere your college years the best years of your life? If you said “yes,” then you’re among the millions of adults who reminisce about their college days and the social activities and opportunities that shaped their adult lives. But many of our children spend their free time in front of screens instead of socializing with each other, stunting their social development and making them vulnerable to dangerous media. You can help your students develop community identity, create strong social networks, and combat the harmful effects of problematic media by helping your child choose student housing with amazing amenities. Develop community identity ​Students living in a student housing complex can develop a strong community identity and support system. A 2006 study found that residents in a community need access to a local social network in order to create an identity and build a sense of belonging in a new place. The Factory, for example, is premier housing in Logan, Utah, that not only provides space for fun (we’re talking bowling alley, double decker hot tub, state of the art fitness center, etc.), but also provides and facilitates social activities to encourage social interaction. All of these factors contribute to the homelike feel and community identity that The Factory provides. It’s not just some place to come back to after class. Create strong social networks The perks of belonging to a strong social network are far-reaching. Amenities specifically support physical and mental well-being, positive lifestyles, and overall good health. Some recent events

at The Factory include a water balloon fight, ice cream social giveaway, and bingo night complete with prizes. Invitations are posted on all doors, and events create opportunities to meet neighbors and establish lasting connections. Combat the harmful effects of problematic media Viewing pornography, playing violent video games, and gambling online--widespread activities among college students--may have very negative and lasting effects. In a recent study at Brigham Young University, researchers discovered a consistent pattern of inhibited social interaction in young adults who had greater exposure to such problematic media. What better way to catch screen time than by going down to the cinema room at The Factory with 30 of your closest friends? Factory representatives will even be there to help set up the projector and provide popcorn, upon request. When your students’ basic needs are met, they can actually take advantage of the professor’s office hours, study that crucial material to ace the final, and pad their resumes with school clubs and extracurricular activities. So give your students a gift that will last and change their lives for the better. About the Factory: With close proximity to campus, a world-class exercise facility, double decker hot tub, clubhouse, game room, bowling alley, cinema room, and study room, The Factory is Logan’s premier student housing development. For more information, visit l


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10 Money Saving Tips and Secrets for Kohl’s Shoppers


f you are a Kohl’s shopper you already know about their great sales, but did you know there are more secret ways to save at Kohl’s and Here are some money-saving tips for this back-to-school season. 1 - Shop the 2nd and 4th Friday or Saturday of the Month Kohl’s hosts “Night Owls” and “Early Birds” sales event on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. This is the time you’ll see an additional 10- 50% off the already rockbottom prices. Plus, these events typically coincide with Kohl’s Cash offers. 2 - Shop Online and Stack Discount Codes Not only is shopping online at convenient, Kohl’s shoppers have the benefit of combining up to four discount codes on one transaction when you shop from a computer. Mobile customers can enter two codes per order. 3 - No Hassle Returns Did you know that Kohl’s has no time restrictions for returns? You can get cash back for up to 12 months after purchase and after that you will receive in-store credit. No receipt is needed for Kohl’s charge purchases. If you use any credit card to make purchases, your shopping history will be stored in their computer for a year. 4 - Price Adjustments It happens to us all. We make a purchase only to discover the following week the item went on sale. Kohl’s will adjust the price down to the sale price for up to two weeks. Just hang onto your receipt, present it to customer service to receive the difference in price. The price adjustment is also available for orders by calling (855) 564-5705. 5 - Kohl’s Honors Competitor’s Prices Find a lower advertised price? For in-store shoppers only, Kohl’s will honor competitor prices from any national retailers that have a brick and mortar store, such as Target and Walmart. Just bring a current copy of the competitor’s ad with you (make sure the ad includes a description of the item).

6 - Join the FREE Yes2You Rewards Program If you shop much at Kohl’s this one is a must. New members receive a $5 Kohl’s certificate just for signing up. Plus, you’ll receive 5% back on every order of $100. And, Yes2You Rewards members often receive birthday coupons and other rewards. Yes2You Rewards are issued once a month and can be used with any unexpired Kohl’s Cash. 7 - Learn to Decode the LCD Price Signs If you’re questioning if an item will drop even further in price look for a special code in the upper-right corner of the LCD price tag signs that are found on the product racks. A square indicates that the item has reached the lowest price. Other codes you might see are “GV” - limited-time price drop, “S” - part of a one- or two-week sale. If you see an “NM” it means the item will be marked down that night or the following morning.

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9 - Apply for a Kohl’s Charge Card Every 4 to 6 weeks, Kohl’s offers 30% off and free shipping to cardholders. Also, cardholders that spend at least $601 a year will automatically become MVC (Most Valuable Customer) members and will get special discounts throughout the year. 10 - Make Payments Immediately After Purchase Instead of carrying a balance, avoid any interest charges by paying for your purchase directly after using your card. You can also make payments at the in-store kiosks. Online payments are equally as convenient. Visit for a complete list and link to official policy exclusions as well as some of our favorite deals we’ve found at Kohl’s. l

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Special Delivery


t’s been a long time since I experienced childbirth firsthand. I guess a lot has changed when it comes to bringing a baby into the world. Well, childbirth is the same (horrific pain, bloodcurdling screams and pushing something the size of a watermelon out the nether regions) but the approach to childbirth has undergone a transformation. ​For some reason, there’s much more judgment. If a woman decides to have an epidural, you’d think she suggested having her child be raised by wolverines. Not using a doula or midwife? What are you, some backwoods nitwit who doesn’t know the difference between a contraction and a cantaloupe? ​Simmer down, people. Today’s childbirth options span a wide range of experiences, so it’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure: Labor & Delivery Edition. Before my daughter had her baby girl, she spent months listening to women’s fervent opinions of what they considered The Perfect Childbirth. ​First, you have the Paleo Childbirth proponents; giving birth like a Neanderthal woman in a cave. Totally natural. No painkilling drugs. Lots of shrieking. These ladies even refuse to cut the umbilical cord, deciding the severance between mother and baby is too extreme. Instead, they let the cord and placenta dangle for a week or so, until it dries up and falls off. (I can’t make this stuff up.) Then you have the holistic-based, chakra-balanced ​ mothers who spend nine months eating vegan fare, listening


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West Jordan August 2016  

Vol. 16 Iss. 08

West Jordan August 2016  

Vol. 16 Iss. 08