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LOCALS RACE AT KING OF HAMMERS By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


Rawlin McGhie from Taylorsville ran his buggy in the 4400 class at the King of Hammers off-road race. (Rawlin McGhie / McGhie off road racing)

The race has evolved from 12 cars racing for bragging rights to more than 300 teams registered for the event this year. Cars from around the world have been shipped in to participate. It has become the largest off-road race in North America. “This is my first time driving King of Hammers. I have worked two other times as a pit crew. I am just going to try to keep the car together and finish. I have so many sponsors and friends that take time off work to come and help me,” said Taylorsville resident Rawlin McGhie. McGhie was the 2016 Dirt Riot National Series point champion. He is racing in the 4400 class. He did not finish the event after he lost power steering. He drove the car nearly 26 miles using his winch to steer the car, but was unable to make the repairs to resume the race. “It was not the race we had envisioned. We will be back next year better prepared for sure,” McGhie said. Shannon Campbell from Gilbert, Ariz. was the overall winner. He finished the course in 6 hours 46 minutes. l

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he largest ultra 4 race in the country has several competitors from right here in Salt Lake City. The King of Hammers offroad race was held on public lands in Johnson Valley, Calif. Feb. 4-10. The event includes a motocross, UTV, every man’s challenge and professional division races. “I have been down to help other drivers and watch several times. This will be my first time as a driver. I do not have any experience as a driver,” said Matt Murphy, better known as ‘Murf Dog’ by his friends and competitors. Murf Dog is from West Jordan and races his brand new custom-built Jeep in the 4800 class of the ultra 4 racing series. The King of Hammers is the opening race of the season held each year in the California desert. It is considered the Super Bowl of off-road racing. Murf Dog qualified eighth fastest in his class. He finished in 9 hours and 41 minutes. His race was marred by a flat tire right at the beginning that he never recovered from. “It was awesome to see. We wandered around and watched the races all week. I can’t wait to go again next year,” Taylorsville residents Louie Herold and Ed Rappleye said about their trip to the race. “We just acted like we knew what was going on and had lots of fun.” Robby Flandro, or Captain Rob as he is known to his friends, finished just 16 minutes past his cut-off time, but officials are reviewing his placement because he stopped to help a driver with an emergency fuel leak. Flandro is from West Valley and competes in the 4800 class. The race began in 2007 as a dream by its founders Jeff Knoll and Dave Cole. The competitors start side by side, two vehicles every 30 seconds. Each team must pass through several checkpoints and can never stray more than 100 feet of centerline on the race course. The driver with the fastest elapsed time is declared the winner. The race attracts tens of thousands of fans, racers and sponsors to the two-week long event. The dry lake beds become a thriving city. Mechanics, racers and fans roam from car hauler to temporary garage. Each one preparing his car for the 100-mile grueling off-road desert race. The event is broadcast over a live internet feed to over a half a million viewers each year. The course is outlined for competitors through GPS coordinates. It combines stretches of dry lake bed. The cars can reach speeds of 100 miles per hour. It also includes climbing through mountainous terrain. “Each racer has a time limit to complete the course. I think the rocks are going to be the hardest part. I just hope I can finish. I figure I have about $120,000 into my car,” said Murphy.

Matt Murphy from West Jordan finished the King of Hammers off-road race in 9 hours and 41 minutes. (Louie Herold / Murf Dog Racing)

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rans-Jordan Landfill has forged an unlikely partnership with local nonprofit organization Bicycle Collective. The landfill saves and donates dumped bicycles to Bicycle Collective, which then recycles and repairs the bicycles and gifts them to those in need. Trans-Jordan has given 488 bikes to Bicycle Collective since the project began in May 2016. “Saving bicycles—this is one thing that we could do something about,” said Mark Hooyer, executive director of Trans-Jordan Cities Landfill. “We all have a general astonishment that so many perfectly useful things are thrown away in our culture. Here, though, we could reuse and find a new life for bicycles other than burying it in the landfill.” Hooyer said the amount of bicycles being thrown away first caught his attention when he was director at Trans-Jordan. An avid cyclist, Hooyer decided to conduct an experiment. He had staff pull out bikes from loads being dumped over Memorial Day weekend in 2016. They collected more than 80 bicycles in two days, a number that “fairly astonished” Hooyer and his staff. That same week, Hooyer took his daughter’s bicycle to the Bicycle Collective, a nonprofit organization that provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community, focusing on children and lowerincome households. As Hooyer learned about the Bicycle Collective’s services and needs, he felt it would be a good fit for the bicycles the TransJordan staff had collected at the landfill. “This was the a-hah moment,” Hooyer said. “Here was a business worthy enough and capable enough to receive all of the bicycles we were collecting.” Trans-Jordan, which is a public facility, moved duly through the proper processes and soon entered into a non-financial contract with Bicycle Collective. Trans-Jordan tracks the number of bicycles and pounds of bicycles that they donate, and the nonprofit makes monthly pick-ups. Bicycle Collective refurbishes the bicycles for nominal resale and charity purposes. For bicycles too damaged to repair, they use needed parts and pieces and then recycle the unused parts. “We get a lot of children’s bikes from Trans-Jordan,” said Sam Warrick, Bicycle Collective Salt Lake City operations manager. “There are a lot of bikes that we turn into goodwill bikes, which are bikes that we provide to people in need through various government agencies and charities.” Bicycle Collective began locally in 2002 and now has bike shops in Salt Lake, Ogden and Provo. The organization provides bicycle repair, bicycle mechanic courses, and certifications and frame-building courses. The Collective also has Earn-A-Bike program for kids and distributes free bikes to the neediest members of the community, according to its website. “We’re funded primarily by in-kind donations,” Warrick said. “The used bikes that are donated to us, we either sell them to fund our programs or directly donate them to children in need or adults in financial need.” Residents who are interested in participating can donate used bicycles to the Trans-Jordan Landfill or directly to Bicycle Collective. Those who

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Trans-Jordan Landfill collected more than 80 bicycles on Memorial Day weekend 2016. These were later donated to the nonprofit organization Bicycle Collective. (Mark Hooyer/Trans-Jordan Landfill)

could benefit from the Collective’s services can contact Sam Warrick at sam@bicyclecollective.org or Volunteer Coordinator Matt Woodman at matt@bicyclecollective.org. Residents can also visit the website www. bicyclecollective.org/ for more information. Trans-Jordan also has other programs in place to re-direct and recycle waste. The landfill has a Public Convenience Center (PCC) that recycles helmets and car seats and donates clothing to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Utah. Trans-Jordan does not charge for hazardous waste and has a reuse shed that offers items free to the public, including paint, stains, cleaners, automotive products and pesticides. Trans-Jordan likewise does not charge for loads that are fully recyclable, such as cardboard, aluminum, steel, glass, electronic waste, carpet pads and batteries. For more information on its recycling programs, visit transjordan.org/services/. Any items that arrive on a garbage truck or loads that go down to the landfill cell, however, are not recovered for recycling or reuse with the exception of large metal appliances and tires. Hooyer said these sustainable practices “give our cities and the community that we serve comfort to know that when they no longer use something that is recyclable it’s not scrapped, but it is reused by others in communities in Utah.” “Recycling gives residents a chance to bring life to something that was at its end of life,” Hooyer said. l

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SLC County library system inaugurates new mascot By Marina McTee | marinam@mycityjournals.com


he Salt Lake County library system inaugurated a new mascot on Jan. 30 at the West Jordan Library. There were many different mascots that were up for the position, including a turtle, elephant, owl, squirrel, cat and a dog. In order to decide the winner, the library system held a mock election process that mirrored to United States elections. This was done with the purpose of educating youth about the voting process. The election began on Oct. 10 with the library hosting a primary election. According to the county library website, “...emotions were high. A write-in candidate, Chinchilla… quickly proved to be a threat to several candidates. Additionally, mid-primary, an ad aired that didn’t present the elephant in a favorable light. In the end, Owl and Turtle prevailed and advance to the mascot general election.” The general election was held from Oct. 20 through Nov. 8. The community could vote through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and by going to different library branches. Individuals were also allowed to endorse their candidate on social media with the hashtag #VoteCountyLibrary. On Dec 5., it was announced that the owl that had won the election.

“It is important to bring information on the voting process, by voting for the owl. It’s also to let people know that libraries are a place where people can get information about voting,” said library volunteer Stephanie Anderson. Men, women and children of all ages were in the audience at the inauguration for Owlexander the Owl. The event began with the West Jordan Color Guard presenting the Utah and American flags and an audience member leading everyone in the pledge. Jim Cooper, director of library services, introduced a special guest, the Jazz Bear. The Jazz Bear made quite the entrance by exploding confetti poppers, tossing Jazz merchandise and coating the entire crowd in a thick layer of silly string. After the craze had died down, Cooper introduced Owlexander the Owl and had the Jazz Bear help in swearing in Owlexander. The owl had raised his right hand and agreed to the oath, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the role of County Library mascot and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the role of the public library.” But because mascots can’t talk, Owlexander just nodded in agreement. When the oath was finished, and

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Owlexander the Owl was officially sworn in, the library presented a demonstration of real, live owls. Three different owls were brought in, including a great horned owl named Shadow and a barn owl named Marshmallow. The trainers taught the crowd some facts about owls, like the fact that they have absolutely no sense of smell and that the underside of their wings are actually a fluorescent pink and purple that are in a light spectrum humans can’t see. The trainers walked the owls around the audience, letting the crowd get an up close and personal look at the owls. The Jazz Bear was even able to get one of the owls to show off its recognizable “hoot.” The inauguration ended with a celebratory balloon drop and confetti. The audience could get a better look at the owls, say hello to Owlexander the Owl and get a picture with the Jazz Bear. The purpose of the entire election was to educate the community on how the American election process works. It was also an attempt to get the community more engaged in the voting process. “It is a great lesson about the civil and electoral process,” Cooper said. l

Owlexander the Owl takes the official oath with the help of the Jazz Bear. (Marina McTee/City Journals)

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Expropriated: Residents lose property in Bangerter Highway project By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


he 2017 Bangerter Highway project to create freeway-style interchanges at four intersections may alleviate major southwestern traffic congestion in the county, but it doesn’t come without a cost. The $208 million project will displace 96 homeowners and two businesses as the land is used to make way for the expanded interchanges at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South and 11400 South. The Utah Department of Transportation will also acquire parts of nearly 100 additional properties. “We take property acquisitions very seriously,” said UDOT spokesman John Gleason. “It is the toughest part of our job, and we do it as a last resort. With Bangerter and all the development around it, there’s no other place for it to expand in these areas. These (acquisitions) were absolutely necessary to finish the project.” The Heffron story: Moving after 30 years Holly Heffron and her husband lived in their home at 5498 South Alveron Drive in Taylorsville for 30 years—all of their married lives—and never planned to leave, but that changed when they learned Bangerter Highway’s expansion would take over their property. “You don’t think it will happen to you,” said Holly Heffron whose home backed the eastern side of Bangerter’s sound wall. “Even when I knew they were going to do something to Bangerter, it didn’t cross my mind that my house would be affected. Then all the sudden someone was telling us ‘Brace yourself; you guys are moving.’” While waiting for the Utah Department of Transportation to appraise her home, Heffron began casually looking for homes online. She said she “accidentally” found the home of her dreams near 9000 South and 4800 West in West Jordan over Independence Day weekend and made an offer. The owners accepted her offer, but the deal was contingent on the price UDOT would pay for her home. Heffron described the next couple months as “nerve-racking.” “UDOT representatives were great to work with, but that may have been because I was continually bugging them and calling them for updates,” she said. The initial price tag on the Heffron home wasn’t as high as Heffron thought her house could sell for on the market, but UDOT tacked a “relocation fee” onto the check, which allowed Heffron to purchase the West Jordan house. She said it worked out to where she could close on both homes on the same day. Although overjoyed about the new house, Heffron said the switch didn’t come without emotional tugging. She and her husband drove by the site of their decades-long home around Christmas time, finding window frames missing and holes in the ceiling in their old house. Her neighbor’s house was completely missing. “That was a really weird feeling, but I think I’ve gotten over that,” Heffron said ““Moving is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I think we are better off for it. I like my new home so much better.” The Brusch story: When UDOT won’t buy a house While things worked out well for Heffron, she acknowledged that many others didn’t have a good experience with the state’s use of eminent domain. One of her friends isn’t losing property, but will likely lose home value, Heffron said. The home, which used to face hers, will soon face Bangerter’s sound wall. “I think the people who have to stay have it worse off,” she said. Melissa Brusch agrees. UDOT is taking eight and a half feet of her family’s backyard near the 9000 South/Bangerter Highway intersection for the project, and she said she’s not happy about it. “We wanted to be bought out, but they wouldn’t let us,” Brusch said. “They said they don’t have the funds, but we just

An empty lot sits between two houses on New Heritage Drive in West Jordan. The home that used to be there was demolished to make room for a freeway-style interchange at the nearby Bangerter Highway and 9000 South intersection. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

Empty lots on Alveron Drive in Taylorsville where homes used to stand. The Utah Department of Transportation obtained the properties through eminent domain in the process to create a freeway-style interchange at the 5400 South and Bangerter Highway intersection. (Tori La Rue/City Journals)

don’t want to deal with it.” While UDOT tries to take personal interests into account when making the home purchases, the department also needs to think what will be best for the community, Gleason said, adding that there’s a certain set of criteria that must usually be met before a house will be purchased. The Brusches said they didn’t mind that the home backed Bangerter Highway when they bought it seven years ago, but bringing the sound wall eight feet closer to the house could be a deal-breaker for the young family. “I have little ones, and I want them to be able to play outside,” Brush said. “The yard will be smaller, and the on-ramp will be right in our backyard. There will be more noise and pollution, and I don’t want my kids to breathe that in.” Brusch said she and her husband haven’t decided whether they will put their house up for sale but are considering all options. “UDOT said we won’t be affected by the value, but if it’s really going to be a freeway-style, the home won’t be as desirable,” Brusch said. “The house across the street took a huge hit because of the project, so I don’t know if I want to get lowballed out there and lose money.” Brush said she’s still contacting UDOT to get an appraisal on her home to find out how much they’d pay for the property. “I’m still trying,” she said. “I just think everyone should have the option to get bought out.”

learned UDOT was collecting properties through eminent domain. “I was just shocked,” she said. “I was never contacted. I had to be the one to contact UDOT myself.” An appraiser came to look at Jensen’s home and told her how mch they’d pay her to leave her home. Jensen said it’s hard to leave because she loves the area but said she’s mostly frustrated because she wasn’t given a definite timeline. “I would have liked to build my own home, but they took so long to give me a timeline that I had to buy a home that was already built,” Jensen said. Jensen’s house, along with many in her neighborhood, was only seven years old. She and her neighbors voiced concerns that UDOT should have known about the acquisition process long before their homes were built and stopped development from occurring.

The Erdmann Story: Expropriation—a convenient way to sell Brusch’s neighbor, Amanda Erdmann, had better luck getting UDOT to purchase her home. Erdmann’s husband had moved to Oklahoma for work, so she’d already hired a real estate agent to sell her home when UDOT notified residents they were looking to acquire homes within the neighborhood. Erdmann immediately contacted UDOT and told them of her situation. She said she “fought hard” to be bought out, and UDOT agreed. “We were a different situation where we lucked out,” Erdmann said. “UDOT was easier than if we would have sold our house the other way. We didn’t have to pay Relator fees or closing costs—they just showed up with the offer, but I know it wasn’t like that for a lot of other people.” The Jensen Story: Unable to build People started asking Kenzie Jensen when she was moving out of her home at 11163 South Tippecanoe Way. That’s how she said she

Future Acquisitions While UDOT does have a long-range transportation plan that extends until 2040, Gleason said the department doesn’t always know which homes will be affected. “We do our best to preserve right of way, but without environmental study process, we don’t know where the improvements will go or where alignments will be,” he said. “For the four new interchanges we started that process on December 2015, and we worked with the cities to prevent additional development or construction at that time, but until the environment process is complete, we don’t know where the improvements will go.” Gleason suggests homebuyers check UDOT’s long-term plan before making a home purchase to discover if there’s a chance that their home could be acquired in a similar process. The long-term plan is found on the department’s website in map form separated by region. Because housing developments and businesses are sprouting along the sides of the Mountain View Corridor, many residents affected by the Bangerter project have expressed concerns that a similar acquisition process will need to occur when that road expands. Joe Kammerer, project director for the Mountain View Corridor, said it’s not likely that eminent domain will be utilized to the same extent along the new western highway. Mountain View Corridor was built with the outside lanes first to preserve the right of way, he said. When that road expands, it will fill in inside lanes using the right of way they’ve already acquired, he said. l

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West Jordan hosts ‘What Every American Should Know’ By Marina McTee | marinam@mycityjournals.com


n Jan. 30, the West Jordan Library hosted an event titled “What Every American Should Know.” The event is a community discussion that is meant to create a safe and civil place for political dialogue. “I think we have a lot to learn from each other,” said Associate Director of Library Services Kent Dean. “We hope the great dialogue will foster a sense of community.” The event began with participants sitting at a table with complete strangers. There was a wide range of people in attendance—from veterinarians to bankers to philosophers. Everyone introduced themselves and said why they were there. A few reasons ranged from being concerned for the direction of the country to simply stumbling across the event that evening. Next, Director of Library Services Jim Cooper introduced the moderator for the night’s discussion, journalist Ken Verdoia. The first half hour of the night was just between each table individually. Verdoia directed the conversation by throwing out questions every few minutes. The starting question was, “Do you believe that the mainstream American identity adequately represents you? Why or why not?” This question had mixed reactions. Many people said yes, and many people said no. A common thread, however, was the question, “What is the American identity?” Further questions were, “How do you feel the fragmentation and polarization in American culture and politics in everyday life?” “What does it mean to you to be civically and culturally literate?” and many others. The final question was the origin of the night’s discussion, “What are some things that you think every American should know in order to be civically and culturally literate?” Verdoia had everyone write

down their top 10 things they think every American should know. These things could be anything and included everything from immigration policy, to civil rights, to how to be kind to others. Those ideas were then openly shared to the entire room. The purpose of the night was to, “help [people] to become more civically and culturally literate,” said Verdoia. The “What Every American Should Know” series is organized by the Aspen Institute. According the Aspen Institute website, it are a “nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas.” The Salt Lake County Library System is one out of only seven locations across the nation to be hosting this event series. The series is a response E.D. Hirsch’s book “Cultural Literacy.” The book was published in 1987 and consisted of 5,000 facts and references that Hirsch believed every American should know. His work was widely criticized for its racial bias and sparked a national debate. The event series by the Aspen Institute aims see what that list would be like in the 21st century. According to the Aspen Institute website, “The library series aims to bring this national conversation to a local level in order spark creative conversation about local and national identity, to expand and diversify the concept of what it means to be a member of the community and to be an American, and to collect these ideas in an aggregated list of What Every American Should Know.” This discussion was the first in a series of events that will continue the conversation. The next sessions were “The Contributions of Immigrants to America” on Feb. 22 in the West Valley Library, “Theatre for Social Change” on Feb. 27 at the Kearns library, and the final session will be “Fake News v. Real News” on March 3 at the

Bingham Creek Library in West Jordan. This event series is an opportunity for the community to discuss politics in a safe and civil environment. Kent Dean said, “It is a great opportunity to talk about what it means to be American and to discuss how people feel about their country. We all come from so many different backgrounds and ethnicities. It creates a beautiful tapestry.” l

The crowd raises its hands when asked if anyone had learned something that night. (Marina McTee/City Journals)

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No more handouts: City cracking down on panhandling By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


est Jordan drivers may now receive a citation for giving panhandlers money or other goods from a lane of traffic. The city council added this provision to city code in hopes of preventing frustration and crashes that occur when drivers stop in areas where they should remain attentive and in motion. “I don’t know of any hard statistics, but in my ride-alongs with police and public works [employees], it seems there are frequent slowdowns and many near misses when panhandling is present,” said Councilman Chris McConnehey in a Facebook comment. “You get cars that expect traffic to be flowing; however, you have another vehicle stopped at an intersection waiting to give cash to a panhandler … I think most panhandlers are pretty good at playing Frogger; however, we have a fair number of drivers that aren’t expecting the sudden change to flow of traffic, and that causes problems.” McConnehey noticed signs in Medford, Oregon, that notified travelers of the city’s law to avoid stopping a moving vehicle to distribute goods to a pedestrian, and thought West Jordan could benefit from a similar law, so he brought it to the attention of other city leaders. The attorney’s office drafted a provision that the city council passed in a 6–1 motion at its Jan. 25 meeting. West Jordan’s new law is also not limited to panhandling, though that was the major example explored at the Jan. 25 meeting. The law applies to any exchange of personal property between pedestrians and vehicles on highways and collector and arterial streets. According to West Jordan’s new law, the giver and the receiver are violators and “shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor”—an offense that could include up to 90 days in jail or a fine of up to

$500. But city attorney David Brickey said it’s unlikely anyone will serve any time for encroaching on this ordinance. “It is my experience that Judge (Ronald) Kunz will typically look for compliance,” Brickey said about the city’s justice court judge who will review these cases, should there be any. “He doesn’t typically ask for jail time. He looks for a way to try to change behavior.” Councilman Jeff Haaga was the lone council member to oppose the motion. “We are creating a criminal of somebody who is probably down on their luck and then a charitable person that might be in a vehicle, that might just be giving them a blanket to stay warm,” Haaga said. Councilman Alan Anderson agreed to vote in favor of the ordinance after clarifying that the ordinance still allowed people to give money and goods to pedestrians so long as the driver pulled over to the side of the road. “Irrespective of how much good you are intending to do, if you are running through an intersection, like right through the middle of 7000 South and Bangerter (Highway), you could cause a whole lot of problems,” McConnehey said, defending his proposed amendment to code. “If you are out of the roadway, it’s not a problem.” Councilman Zach Jacob said he originally had reservations about the ordinance but changed his mind. “It doesn’t prohibit people being down on their luck and people being charitable,” he said. “It just prohibits the dangers that that can cause. I think this was very well done.” The council directed city staff to create signage for local

roads that will alert the public of the change. The ordinance change is similar to HB 161, a bill being discussed in the current legislative session. If the bill, sponsored by Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, passes it will prohibit the transfer of money or property between a pedestrian and an occupant of another vehicle on all Utah roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or higher. l

A street sign in Medford, Oregon that warns drivers of a city ordinance that prohibits transfer of property between vehicles and pedestrians. West Jordan adopted a similar ordinance on Jan. 25. (City of Medford)


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More residential growth coming to Mountain View Corridor area By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


205-acre housing development of nearly 900 units is heading to West Jordan. On Jan. 25, the city council approved a zoning and land use map amendment for the proposed development. The land, located at 6150 West 7800 South and east of the Mountain View Corridor, was used for farming by a family with the surname Jensen for five generations. Now vacant, the owner decided to sell the property. The proposed master-planned community will include approximately 569 single-family homes, 116 townhomes, 204 senior housing units, 11 acres of commercial land and about 34 acres of open space. The largest single-family homes will be on quarter-acre lots. Amenities include a church, a clubhouse, a pool, an amphitheater, a community garden, three small parks and a trail system. Mayor Kim Rolfe said JF Capital and CW Land Co., the property’s developers, were the first developers in his 13 years of West Jordan government experience to collaborate with city officials extensively on community design. They sought input from city leaders for two days, he said. “Our staff worked hard and tirelessly with their engineers, and, to me, it is refreshing to see that kind of partnership,” Rolfe said. The collaboration with West Jordan leaders occurred in August 2015, but the developers were unable to move forward on the project until the land was cleared for development by the Utah Department of Transportation and West Jordan changed its cap and grade ordinance to allow higher density in planned communities of more than 75 acres in exchange for design and amenity upgrades. “It’s been a long time coming, and we are excited,” said Bryan Bayles, who was the spokesperson for the developer at the Jan. 25

A depiction of what 11 acres of commercial development may look like on a 205-acre property that was rezoned during the Jan. 25 city council meeting. (JF Capital)

meeting. “Our goal for the design of the community was to create a new neighborhood that incorporates the agricultural heritage and natural beauty of the site with high-quality development.” A ravine runs through the southeast portion of the site and was the original site of the Jensen family homestead, so the designers decided to preserve the green spine and use it for trails and parks space. While the council members agreed that the section of the city was better than most for high-density development, some city council members thought a larger commercial section of the land would serve the city better.

“(Mountain View Corridor) is our one and only freeway that we will have in this city, and commercial nodes around freeways are normally what you have,” Councilman Zach Jacob said. “I don’t think that the Smith’s Marketplace there will satisfy all of our future needs forever and ever.” Jacob said he was “85 percent” in favor of the land-use amendment and rezone that would allow the developer to move forward but would wait to vote affirmatively until changes were made to allow more than 11 acres of commercial space in the 205 acres. Councilman Chad Nichols voiced a similar view. “I think for me, in order to be supportive, I’d like to see a little bit of an adjustment to the zoning,” Nichols said. “Overall, for me, I am a little bit disappointed I’m not seeing more commercial. You have to think beyond 10 years from now. You have to think 30, 40 years from now what this will be—and this will be the I-15 on the west half of the valley.” Councilman Chris McConnehey said he’d want more commecial on the property had UDOT created frontage roads along the Mountain View Corridor but said without the frontage roads commercial wouldn’t be the “highest and best” use. “Even though you have an on-ramp and an off-ramp at 7800, it’s still very restricting,” McConnehey said. “Then you look at the challenges of some of the typography with that ravine right there, and I’m not sure how viable commercial would be.” McConnehey made a motion to approve the land-use map and rezone of the Jensen property, and the vote passed 4–3, with council members Nichols, Jacob and Alan Anderson dissenting. Before the project can start, the city council still must approve the project’s development plan. The project build-out is expected to last seven to 10 years. l

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M A R C H 2 017

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Notice of the 2017 Municipal Election CANDIDACY DECLARATION

The City of West Jordan will be electing Council Seats for Mayor, two At-Large Council Members, and a two-year term for Council District 4 during this year’s municipal election. To declare Candidacy to run for a Council District position, the filing period this year is as follows: Thursday, June 1, 2017, through Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 5 p.m., in the City Clerk/Recorder’s Office, City Hall, 8000 South Redwood Road, 3rd floor. For more information regarding the upcoming Municipal Election, please contact Melanie Briggs, City Clerk, 801-569-5117. All positions have four-year terms, except Council District 4. If you are interested in running, listed below are the requirements: 1. Be a United States citizen. 2. Be at least 18 years old. 3. Be a resident of the municipality or a resident of the recent annexed area for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election. 4. Be a registered voter of the municipality. 5. If declaring for Council District 4, live within the boundaries (which are in the area of 7800 South and Old Bingham Highway from Bangerter to west of U-111).

Apply Now to Serve on Ethics Commission Are you passionate about holding our elected officials to the highest of ethical standards? If you meet the following qualifications, please consider applying for appointment to our newly created West Jordan City Ethics Commission. Ethics Commission Member basic requirements: 1. Some commission positions require City residency – others do not. 2. You cannot currently be an official, officer, or employee of the City. 3. You must be 18 years of age or older. 4. You must have a high ethical and moral character. In addition to the basic requirements listed above, each of the five commission members and one alternate member must meet one of the following sets of qualifications (there is only one position available for each set of qualifications listed): 1. You must have previously served as (but cannot currently be serving as) an appellate judge, district court judge, justice court judge, or administrative law judge in the state of Utah (City residency not required). 2. You must be currently serving as, or have previously served as, a prosecuting attorney or criminal defense attorney in the state of Utah (City residency not required). 3. You must be currently serving as, or have previously served as, a detective, a private investigator, or another type of professional investigator (City residency not required). 4. You must have previously served as (but cannot currently be serving as) a Municipal Mayor or Council member in the state of Utah (City residency not required). 5. You must be a current resident of the City, and must have been a resident of the City for at least one year. 6. The alternate must be a current resident of the City and must have been a resident of the City for at least one year. For more information, contact Heather Everett at 801-569-5100 or heathere@wjordan.com.

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Justice Center Renamed to Honor Fallen Officer This past month has been an eventful one. On Feb. 23, we renamed the Justice Center in honor of Officer Thomas M. Rees, our first officer killed in the line of duty on Feb. 23, 1986. We honor his sacrifice and loss by renaming the West Jordan Justice Center, which houses the West Jordan Police Department and West Jordan Justice Court, to the “Thomas M. Rees Justice Center.” I appreciate the service our police officers give to our community and recognize the sacrifice they are sometimes called upon to give. Unfortunately, West Jordan has lost two officers in the line of duty, and that is too many. In addition to Officer Rees, we also lost Officer Ron Wood who was killed Nov. 18, 2002, after being shot while pursuing a suspect. May we always remember those who have lost their lives to protect our way of life. In conjunction with this event, we also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the inception of the West Jordan Police Department and West Jordan Justice Court. Over the years, our department has evolved. Initially, police and fire were housed as one under the Department of Public Safety. In 1999 when the city passed the 75,000 population mark, police and fire were separated into their own departments to more effectively serve our growing community. Both departments continue to work closely to protect our residents and businesses. We also broke ground for a new public works building on Feb. 16. The building is being built on the site of the old facility, which was dedicated in 1986 when the city had 35,744 people. Today, West Jordan has over 110,000 residents. We have been working for the past seven years to get this facility built. The current building has safety issues, is outdated, and is too small to house the personnel and equipment that provide many of our core services. We also need additional space to store vehicles that are weather sensitive and service a variety of equipment that ranges from fire engines to lawn mowers and everything in between. The new building is designed to last 50 years and support our city at build out. Council meetings have also had many important topics on the agenda. Two that are still under discussion are changing the form of government from a Council-Manager form to a Strong-Mayor form, and also whether to move forward with a new Rec Center. Both topics are slated for the March 8 Council meeting, which takes place at 6 p.m. in the third-floor City Hall Council Chambers, 8000 S. Redwood Road. I invite you to attend and share your comments.

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5600 West Road Widening Project from 7800 South – 8600 South Beginning this summer/fall, crews will widen 5600 West between 7800 South and 8600 South to four travel lanes. The project will also add a new signal at 8200 South, and bicycle lanes, sidewalk and a privacy wall where none currently exist. Work will occur during daytime hours and one lane of traffic will be maintained at all times. Motorists should anticipate delays. West Jordan has created a communications team to provide project impact information to the public. They can be reached at 888-966-6624 ext. 5 or by emailing 5600Wconstruction@wjordan.com.

Bangerter Construction The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has selected Ralph L. Wadsworth Company and W.W. Clyde as the Design-Build contractor for the Bangerter Interchanges project at 5400, 7000, 9000 and 11400 South. Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2017. Preliminary utility work, property acquisition activities, and home demolitions will be ongoing through the start of construction. The public is invited to an open house to learn about construction, and ask questions. Sign up for project emails at bangerter@utah.gov or call the project hotline at 888-766-ROAD (7623).

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7000 South Utility Work Under Way Construction crews are upgrading the storm drain, sewer, and water systems on 7000 South between 1300 West and 3200 West from February through the fall of 2017. The work includes removing and replacing pipes, installing box culvert canal sections, removing and replacing old utility services, as well as milling and overlaying the roadway surface. When this project is complete, residents can expect improved utility service, improved roadway drainage, and a smoother, safer commute. During construction, 7000 South will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Heavy delays and congestion should be expected. Drivers should plan to use alternate routes.

WHAT TO EXPECT • Construction is now under way and will last for about 8 months. • Drivers will see multiple work zones along 7000 South from 1300 West to 3200 West. Inside each work zone, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

• Sidewalks may periodically close to accommodate the work. Alternate routes will be made available. The contractor will work with local schools to provide students with a safe route to school. • Mail delivery will continue throughout the project. • Residents in the work zone should bring garbage cans to the curb for pickup when traffic control is in front of your home. The contractor will ensure it will be collected.

• Speed limits will be reduced in work area to 25 mph. • Signal timing in the work zones will be adjusted and left turns will be limited in the work zone to keep traffic moving. • Residential driveways and business access will be affected during construction. The project team will work closely with each property owner to notify them of any restrictions and to mitigate the impact.

• Construction crews will be working Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to complete the work in the time allotted. Dust, noise, vibration and large construction equipment will be common in each work zone.

STAY INFORMED Residents can stay informed about the project by visiting the West Jordan City website, www.wjordan.com and selecting the road alerts link. Sign up for email alerts or contact the project team by emailing construction@wjordan.com or by calling 801-569-5101.

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The City of West Jordan has a variety of job openings including Code Enforcement Officer, Building Inspector (Combination Inspector), Engineering Assistant, Events Manager, Facilities Maintenance Technician, Part-time Domestic Violence Victim Coordinator, Water Division Supervisor, Seasonal Parks Laborer, and Crossing Guards.

Get involved and make a difference in your community APPLY NOW TO SERVE ON A CITY COMMITTEE The city has a variety of volunteer-run committees designed to make our community a better place. If you have ever wanted to get involved and help shape the future of our city, now is the time. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including: • Western Stampede – Dust off your cowboy hat and join the fun as we plan for our 63rd Western Stampede Rodeo. • Arts Council – Help promote art and cultural events and activities. Subcommittees include the following: o City Band o Mountain West Chorale o Theatre Board (Sugar Factory Playhouse) o Literary Arts

Please spread the word and help us find good people. We are especially in need of crossing guards to help our children safely arrive at school. This is a great part-time job for someone looking for flexibility and extra income. Visit WJordan.com for more information and to apply.

o Visual Arts (help plan art exhibits at City Hall’s Schorr Gallery) o West Jordan Symphony • Activities and Events – From the Demolition Derby to the Independence Day parade to the Memorial Day Tribute and everything in between, help bring these events to life. • Healthy West Jordan – Ready, set, RUN! The Healthy West Jordan Committee plans programs and events in an effort to keep our residents active and healthy. • Parks and Open Lands – Share your ideas on what types of parks we need and how we are going to pay for the maintenance and operations of them. • Sustainability – Help find ways for us to be more efficient in our use of water, energy and other resources and plan for the future growth in West Jordan. • Planning Commission – The Planning Commission helps determine the types of new homes that are built and where new stores and business are located. • Youth Theatre – help plan, produce, direct & stage some of the best local youth theatre productions. Email info@wjordan.com or contact City Hall at 801-569-5100 if you have questions about the committees or would like to apply.

Volunteers Needed for Victim Assistance Program If you want to make a difference for women and men who are experiencing domestic violence and victims of violent crimes, West Jordan Victim Assistance Program (under the direction of the City Prosecutor’s Office) is just the place for you to get involved. Contact us about participating in our victim advocate volunteer training. On-call volunteers are trained to offer support, guidance and resources to victims and survivors of domestic violence. No experience necessary – just a clean record, empathy and willingness to learn and commit some time to our program. Training starts soon. Call 801-566-6511 or email ceciliab@wjordan.com for more information.

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West Jordan teens serve their neighbors By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

130 Years

OF TRUST Taking Care of Students look forward to doing odd jobs for neighbors. (Wendy Knowles)


hen West Jordan High students raised funds for the Tyler Robinson Foundation in December, they engaged in service that provided long-term benefits to their entire community. “We don’t ask the student body for money; we ask for their time,” said student body president Brenna Booth. Going from house to house in the high school’s boundary area, groups of students donated time in three-hour shifts by offering services in return for a donation to the charity they’d chosen to serve. Students served in a variety of ways during these Odd Jobs shifts. They raked leaves, shoveled snow, picked grapes, made chocolate-covered pretzels, fed pet snakes, cooked breakfast, swept kitchens, set up and decorated Christmas trees, hung lights, read books to kids, walked dogs, sang carols, wrapped gifts and licked Christmas card envelopes. Most residents welcomed students inside out of the cold. The teens received a lot of hot chocolate for their efforts and of course, a lot of donations. More than $24,000—nearly half of the money earned through their fundraising—was from this Odd Jobs activity, Booth said. “It’s cool to see our community that way—knowing your community, how generous they are,” said Chito Bastida, student body vice president. Calli Gines, senior class vice president, is proud of the way the community supported the school. “Our community is great,” she said. “They are willing to help. We couldn’t have done it without support from them.” The money donated benefited families who have children with cancer but the students discovered a bigger family that was also benefiting from their service—their neighborhoods. Students had special experiences and made emotional connections with community members they served. Calli said the most rewarding service she gave was helping a woman with limited mobility wrap her Christmas gifts. Calli was touched by the opportunity to help someone who needed it. Brenna had a special experience with a resident who admitted he didn’t have money to give. He told them his wife had health problems and they’d been going through difficult financial times. Brenna’s group happily raked his leaves anyway. He offered them the only payment he could—a hug. Lining them up on his porch, the grateful man gave each teen what Brenna described as “a million-dollar hug.” Brenna organized the school’s boundary area into routes. Members of student government managed the 70 students who

T-shirts were earned by community service hours. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

signed up to work each night—150 on the final night’s shift. The community is starting to anticipate the annual odd job activity that begins in December. Jansen Nipko, student VP of productions, explained how student government officers delivered fliers to residents, notifying them of the upcoming activity. West Jordan resident Wendy Knowles was caught unprepared for the volunteers last year. This year, she set aside the task of winterizing her outdoor furniture for when the group of students came in their school shirts and carrying water jugs for collections. “I love that they are willing to serve,” she said. The entire student body was behind the 2016 fundraiser. Booth said when she was a sophomore, only 10 students would show up for shifts, and they only earned about $200 a night with Odd Jobs. This year, they averaged 70 students per night and earned an average of $1,200 per night. Senior Class President Rylee Lewis said some students were able to use their Spanish and Sign Language skills to communicate with residents. It was another way to connect with the community. “It’s cool to see what students can do,” she said. Serving together also provided the opportunity to get to know other students in a new way, she said. Head cheerleader Adlyn Iwun was surprised by some students who were not the type she’d expected to volunteer that signed up for Odd Jobs shifts. “It was cool to see who showed up,” she said. Students enthusiastically wore their “Make A Difference” T-shirts, which were only available to students who worked four Odd Job shifts. “T-shirts were a huge incentive,” Booth said. “You can’t just buy it, so it has meaning.” The shirts became so popular with students that a second order had to be placed. Student involvement and enthusiasm for the project spread to their families as well. One night, Chito’s 4-year-old brother volunteered to be part of his brother’s Odd Jobs team. “This’ll be something I’ll look back on—like a stepping stone to real life,” Chito said. “This built me. Because of this, I want to stay close with local charity.” Brenna is proud of her school and what they accomplished. “It’s empowering how this affects us,” she said. “We shared some tears and spent so much time. We and the school have grown closer because of this.” l



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ifteen-year-old Spencer Hoth became interested in robotics through a Lego Mindstorm school class. He is now the oldest member of a local robotics team made up of mostly eighth-graders competing in a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC). Spencer, who lives in West Jordan and attends Bingham High School, doesn’t mind the age difference. “They’re really smart eighth-graders,” he said. The Diet Water team—who are so-named because “Hairless Wombats were too hard to draw”—have a lot of experience despite their age. Most have been competing in the FIRST Lego Leagues for years. Preliminary rounds for the FTC (for 14to 18-year-olds) were held in December, and 36 teams moved on to the state competition in February where Diet Water placed 14th out of 36 teams. This year’s challenge required the robot to be able to collect and fling balls into hoops and to activate lights on beacons around the edge of the arena. Diet Water Coach Michelle Estrada believes technology skills are essential for any job. “I’m not a technology person, but I recognize the value of it,” she said. “It’s a core value I want to teach my kids.” That’s why she built a 12-foot-by-12-foot playing field in her basement where the team practices. “Here, they can come every afternoon, every weekend, stay late on Fridays; some of the kids take the robot home on the weekend to work on it,” she said. “We have a lot more flexibility than the schools do when they are controlling their computers and technologies and investments. So as a home team, I think we’ve got some advantages.” Estrada said another of their strengths is teamwork. Each team member strengthens the team with personal skills Thomas Moulton and Gavin Spens are the team members most knowledgeable in Java. They receive help from Mike Spens, Gavin’s dad, who mentors the team in programming and design. Andrew Whiteley’s background is in RC (remote control) cars. He is often behind the controls, steering the robot through the competition obstacles. Alee Estrada found her niche in scouting teams at competitions. She keeps track of each team’s performances because when they get to the final round, top teams form alliances. Alee must be aware of other teams’ weaknesses to beat them and then understand their strengths to be able to work with them. Diet Water has been working on their robot since August. Being on the team requires a lot of work and time. “They have their initial ideas, they take measurements, they make a plan, they acquire the materials they need and then they do their testing,” Estrada said. “If it doesn’t work, they go back to the drawing board and tweak it and make

Team members Thomas Moulton, Spencer Hoth, Andrew Whiteley, Matt Nielsen, Gavin Spens,

it better. That process alone, having to document your thoughts and what you’re learning, is where the real learning takes place.” Estrada said the competitions are the best part of the year. There is an adrenaline rush as the team watches the initial rounds and sees what ideas others have developed. “They come home with a list of what they want to improve,” she said. The learning curve is steep; competitions bring out weaknesses in a design. The team says 70 percent of the competition is on-the-fly problem-solving. “At one competition, robots kept ramming us, and it shut our robot down,” said team member Matt Nielsen. They responded by building a Plexiglas cage to protect switches and hot-gluing plugs to secure them in place. Creative problem-solving was required when the team realized its robot needed a better way to push the beacon buttons. Between rounds, team members improvised with what they had on hand: a granola bar wrapped in duct tape secured to the front of their robot. “Building the robot has helped us have problem-solving skills,” said team member Elijah Throckmorton. “It’s helped us learn how to get through tough problems.” The skills these students are learning through their experience with FIRST programs extends beyond performing well in competitions. “I was failing math and science; I wasn’t getting it at all,” Alee said. “But once I started using math and science more in my life—now I’m in honors classes. This has just helped me do better in school.” According to a FIRST Alumni Study, students involved in FIRST programs see longterm benefits. FIRST strengthened post-high school success results 83 percent more confident in leadership roles 78 percent more confident in time management 74 percent more prepared for college courses More information about FIRST Tech Challenges and FIRST Lego Leagues can be found at www.firstinspires.org. l


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Student art on display at prestigious show By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


he annual Utah All-State High School Art Show is essentially the state championship of art. The Springville Museum of Art, which hosts the showcase, receives about 1,000 submissions each year from Utah juniors and seniors. Only about 30 percent of the entries are chosen to be showcased in the museum’s exhibit, said Ali Royal, museum educator. “The show in itself is one of the most impressive displays of work each year,” said Christine Fedor, fine arts department chair at Copper Hills High School. “To just be accepted into the show is an award in itself. To receive the honors that Copper Hills students did this year is beyond impressive.” Standing out in this year’s competition, 11 out of the 27 pieces Copper Hills High school students submitted were accepted into the show. Four of those pieces also won awards. “Students who won the awards seemed to have unique approaches and responses to art-making,” Fedor said. “I believe the pieces that won were also quite conceptual in nature.”

“To receive the honors that Copper Hills students did this year is beyond impressive.” Cassandra Parkin, a Copper Hills senior, created two of the photography pieces accepted into the show . Her piece that won the Juror’s Best in the category award for photography was inspired by the landscape of Blackfoot, Idaho, where her mother grew up. Parkin compiled photos she took of the area in a wire-bound book, which she handmade with pages weathered by coffee, thoughtful text added with a typewriter and a cover made from barn wood. Cassandra’s other piece on display at the show is a self-portrait that incorporated paint and newspaper clippings modge-podged over the top of





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her photograph. She said the photo conveys heartbreak, while the addition of bright colors brings a feeling of hope to the piece. “I push boundaries with art, and I think that that’s what’s beautiful about it—even if it’s dark,” Cassandra said. Because of her love of all art, Cassandra packs a variety of art classes into her schedule at Copper Hills, where she says her teachers push her to be better. “Cassandra Parkin is a self-motivated and visionary student,” said Fedor, her photography teacher. “She has very specific ideas about her creative process, and she is able to pre-visualize what it is she wants to achieve. But what is most awesome about watching Cass work is that she is not afraid to refine her ideas, her processes, and her artwork. She is able to defend and explain the choices she makes during the process of making art. I believe that to be important part of being an artist.” This competition was the first time Parkin has submitted her work to a show, but she says it has given her the confidence to do it again. “For many students, this exhibition will be their first taste of competition, something they will encounter in their future art careers in college and later in the professional world,” according to the museum website. Cassandra is thrilled that this prestigious honor will catch the attention of colleges and enable her to continue to study and produce art. Those visiting the show can also see Cassandra in two of the other pieces on display. She was the model for two of her friends’ pieces, one of which won an Award of Merit for Josh Peterson. Cassandra is impressed with the work her fellow students have produced. “We had such a mix of beautiful minds and beautiful artists that could produce such amazing things,” she said. The exhibit runs from until March 24. Visit smofa.org for more information on museum hours and location. l

Copper Hills students won the following awards: Best of Show 3-D: Abbigail Loveridge Juror’s Best in Category Award – Photography: Cassandra Parkin Award of Merit: Kandy Rocha – Mixed Media Josh Peterson – Photography/Video Other Accepted Entries of CH students: Mollie Drent – Photography Kandance Fulcher – Photography Nathan Milch – Painting Cassandra Parkin – Photography Kandy Rocha – Photography Giselle Soriano – Photography Matthew Webb – Digital

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Larkin Mortuary

The last thing on your bucket list. Swimming with sharks. Lunching beneath the Eifel Tower. Seeing the Cubs win the World Series. Planning your own funeral. Hopefully you watched every at-bat with Bill Murray and can check the cubs off your bucket list. As for sharks and Paris, Bring your lunch to the square not to the shark cage and you’ll be fine. As for funeral planning, here’s a few suggestions. First, make it yours. That’s right, don’t die and let aunt Helen sing “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” accompanied by one of her friends on the new age harp. The only way to prevent that is to pre-plan. “We’ve had some people come in with some pretty crazy ideas,” says Spencer Larkin of Larkin Mortuary. “We’re fine if they want their casket painted fire engine red like their first car, or they want the whole congregation to sing the words to an Elton John song. What’s important for those left behind is the opportunity to celebrate all the characteristics of a friend or family member who made them laugh, love and cry. All those emotions are essential to preserving memories and celebrating life.” The only way to do that is to plan the service yourself. Think of it as the last thing on your bucket list. Second, plan it with your spouse only. You two started together, write the ending together without the distraction of keeping everybody in the family happy. Don’t feel guilty about not including them. They get to do their own someday. Third, Plan with somebody you can trust and let all the kids and friends know where the plans are. Larkin does a great job at this, no matter where you want to be buried or cremated or cryogenically frozen. They sit one-on-one with you and go over

every detail. The plan is digitally stored, backed-up and updated regularly so there is no chance of one data bit being lost. They offer different financial plans so your kids don’t get stuck with the bill…unless that is part of your plan. “Most people don’t know all the details that go into a service until someone close to them passes,” Spencer says. “And over and over we hear them say: ‘I wish I could’ve enjoyed the days before the funeral but I was too caught up in planning and

worrying about offending someone in the family and how I was going to pay for things.’ When parents have a plan in place it’s the best parting gift they can give their children.” So take out your bucket list. Go straight to the bottom and add Pre Plan my funeral. When you check that one off you’ll feel a whole lot better knowing Helen will be singing at your brotherin-law’s funeral, not yours. l


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he top Utah high school basketball prognosticators consider Copper Hills to be a team to beat heading into its state tournament. The 2016–17 season has been highlighted by only four losses by the Grizzlies. Two of those were at an out-of-state tournament in December, while the other two were at the hands of defending state champion and Region 3 contender Bingham. The Grizzlies turned and watched last spring as the Miners cut the nets at the University of Utah as state champions. The Miners had defeated them 61-44 using a 20-point third quarter to pull away. The Grizzly players walked away with towels on their heads dejected. The Miners also defeated the Grizzlies in the Utah Elite 8 tournament held in December, 60-56. It was the Grizzlies first loss of the season. Senior Stockton Shorts had 21 points in the loss. “We really want to beat Bingham,” Shorts told Utah Prep Hoops. “They beat us four times last year. They are a great team, and we consider them a rival.” Shorts’ full name is Stockton Malone Shorts. His father and mother are huge Utah Jazz fans and have passed the love of basketball to their son. Shorts avidly follows the Jazz as evident on his twitter page, @stockton_shorts. As a senior, Shorts has made the most of his playing time. He leads the team in scoring, averaging 23.4 points per game. He has been named Deseret News player of the week this season. He had a season high 41 points against Olympus in a preseason game. He has

also scored in double figures in all the team’s games. Shorts took on Bingham singlehandedly Jan 6. He scored eight points in overtime, including the game winning three with 4.2 seconds remaining. He had 34 points in the game and Copper Hills defeated Bingham for the first time in five tries, 59-57. Bingham then defeated the Grizzlies in the second region matchup on Jan. 31, 58-51. Copper Hills’ players know that to become the best, they must beat the best. The Grizzlies also defeated West Jordan both times this year, 63-56 and 67-57. They split last season’s games. The supporting cast around Shorts has held its own. Stressing defense that leads to offense is an important part of the Grizzly philosophy. Seniors Rowland Bolman, Ben Baysinger and Callahan Blackham and sophomore Trevon Allfrey have helped by pitching in on the offensive end. The 5A boys state tournament is scheduled to begin Feb. 27. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, March 4 at Weber State University. Bolman and fellow senior Parker Rollins have also been named to the Deseret News Academic All-State team. This award is to recognize student athletes who have excelled in the classroom as well as in athletic competition. more 85,000 students participate in high school athletics. This award is considered the most prestigious honor given by the Utah High School Activities Association. l

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Aimee Winder Newton, County Council District 3


he canyons are some of our greatest resources here in Salt Lake County. We are inspired by the breathtaking views as we enjoy sports such as hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and rappelling. There are also watershed areas that provide drinking water for some residents in the valley. Because the majority of the canyons are still part of unincorporated Salt Lake County, we have planning and zoning jurisdiction over them. Because of this planning authority, much time has been spent exploring various ordinances for the canyons. In fact, many commissions have spent the past few years reviewing zoning ordinances and giving input on this area. Over the past few months the County Council has reviewed recommendations by several planning commissions on two different ordinances: the Foothill Canyons Overlay Zone (FCOZ) and the Mountain Resort Zone (MRZ). FCOZ is a set of already existing ordinances that govern the canyons, while MRZ is a new proposed set of ordinances that would be specific to the resorts in the canyons. I’ve received a lotCounty of information Salt Lake Council recently, both from county planning staff as well as engaged constituents. There


are a number of issues that are generating some controversy, and I have deeply appreciated the outreach from residents of the canyons. Stream setback is one issue residents are passionate about. The current debate is whether structures should have to be set 100 feet back or 50 feet back from the stream. I’ve also heard controversy around the definition of a “significant tree” in county ordinance. Current code defines a tree at a “six-inch caliper or greater,” and there is a proposal to change that to 4 inches. This affects the type of tree property owners have to replace if they remove for development. Details on resorts zones are also being discussed. In general, property owners have felt concern that their voices and views won’t be incorporated as part of the new ordinances. As for me, it is vital that any ordinance changes strike a thoughtful and appropriate balance between the various interests in the canyons: private property owners, recreation and visitors, ski resorts, and preservation of this wonderful resource for generations to come. Salt Lake County has been managing these canyons well for many years. I’m confident that throughout this process

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fter God created Adam and Eve, he plunked them down in the middle of a garden and told them to start naming dinosaurs. Adam dove headfirst into the task and went to work giving names to the millions of creatures walking around his backyard. They lived together in ignorance and innocence, walking around naked and coming up with funny names like “chicken turtle” and “spiny lumpsucker.” After a time, Eve thought there had to be more to life than mind-numbing sameness every. single. day. She’d walk to the forbidden Tree of Knowledge and stare into its branches, wondering how bad knowledge could be. Then along came a snake and blah, blah, blah—knowledge entered the Garden of Eden. Adam came home from work that afternoon to find Eve wearing fashionable fig leaves. Before he could comment, Eve enthusiastically told him all the amazing things she had learned. Knowledge was awesome!! Adam was furious. He didn’t need no smart woman telling him what to do. He turned to reprimand Eve, but she was writing poetry, doing math and creating crafts to put on her Pinterest board. Not to be upstaged by a lowly rib-woman, Adam stormed off through the jungle, getting his

nether-regions caught on brambles, until he came to the Tree of Knowledge. And the rest is history. Or is it? Fast forward to 2017 and male/female relationships haven’t improved much. It wasn’t until the last 100 years that women decided things had to change. They ate from their own trees of knowledge and became proactive in voicing opinions. What was the overall reaction from men? “These women are crazy. To the institutions!” “Why can’t women just be happy?” “Don’t they know they have inferior minds?” “Where’s my dinner?!?!” Nevertheless, we persisted. Our mothers and grandmothers and greatgrandmothers fought against the stereotypical bra burning, hairy armpitted, unsmiling, Birkenstockwearing feminists. They tussled with men who found them shrill, incompetent and wholly ungrateful; men who were possibly afraid of what a smart woman could do. We’ve quietly listened to blonde jokes, put up with mansplaining bosses and held our tongues for hundreds of sexist and/or patronizing comments. But maybe we can find common ground. I’m sure many young men feel the pressure to become muscular like Thor, brave like a Navy Seal and wealthy like that Monopoly guy. I’m sure men

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