West Valley Journal March 2017

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March 2017 | Vol. 3 Iss. 03


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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osing her voice from being sick, famous author Veronica Roth appeared at Granger High School on Tuesday, Jan. 24 as part of a tour to promote her new book, “Carve the Mark.” Roth, best known for her Divergent trilogy—international best sellers that were made into movies—was joined on stage with Sarah Enni, host of the First Draft podcast, where they discussed everything from aliens versus robots to their Harry Potter fandom. They answered audience questions along the way. “We’re happy to be here even if I sound like I swallowed a frog that is now speaking through my vocal chords,” Roth said of her illness. Hundreds of people attended the event, sponsored by King’s English Bookshop, with 100 fans randomly selected for a special meet and greet after the show. Roth’s appearance came just in time as she was forced to reschedule her appearance in Texas the following evening due to her illness. “She was awesome, literally awesome,” said Maddie Durham, 16. “She was even sick too and she still came out for this.” Whitney Berger, children’s marketing manager at The King’s English Bookshop in Sugar House, said it was a great opportunity for youth to meet Roth with people sometimes not connecting the book to its author. “You could just see the thrill and excitement in these teenagers’ eyes, who ya know are going through high school, which is an awkward period of time and meeting their favorite author meant a lot to them,” Berger said. With help from the Granite School District, The King’s English Bookshop was able to not only get Granger High to host the event, but the district also purchased a certain number of books and tickets to allow their students to come. “We got to see a lot of kids who maybe can’t afford her new book,” Berger said. While authors typically will do events at the bookshop on 1511 S. 1500 E., Berger said this event allowed community members a chance to meet an author they otherwise wouldn’t normally get a chance to see. “It’s a way for us to reach out to families and kids who don’t live in the neighborhood where our bookstore is located,” Berger said. It wasn’t only teenagers who came to hear from Roth. Adults from across the valley came to hear her as she spoke about her new book, writing and fan fiction. Dale Rogers, a Midvale resident, came with his wife and two kids. He said it was an experience to remember hearing from a famous author. “I’ve read the books and seen the movies, they’re fun, they’re entertaining,” said Dale Rogers, a Midvale resident. “She had some really good, thoughtful messages for kids tonight so I’m glad mine got to hear it.” Durham added, “I learned a lot about being strong and having courage from her books.” Books still carry a level of importance, Berger said. “The relationship between the written word and people is still very powerful,” Berger said.

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Veronica Roth (right) speaks to audience members with Sarah Enni at Granger High School. Roth was promoting her new book, “Carve the Mark.” (April Hendriksen/ Tri-Color Times)

Those messages were ones of encouragement as Roth spoke about empathy for people who suffer from illnesses. Roth, who suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, said she feels “what we need more of is compassion for people who have these problems,” in response to an audience question about one of her book characters who experiences post-traumatic stress disorder. Roth also shared how she learned the importance of being the best version of yourself and not someone else. “There’s a lot of people you will love and admire and a lot of qualities that are awesome, but it takes all sorts to make this world work so just be the very best person you are,” she said. Her encouragement extended to writers too, likening writing a book to climbing a mountain. “What you do in the beginning is pack your backpack so you don’t put things in there that you don’t need to get to the top of the mountain…so if there are elements (of your story) that are really just there that aren’t doing anything to help you get to the end, you should take them out,” Roth said. Roth said she wrote 12 different versions of “Carve the Mark” before finalizing on the now published version. The initial concept for the book, which tells of a man who must learn to live with the enemies that kidnapped him, came to her when she was 12 years old. “When you think of the things you wrote when you were 12, maybe you’re like me and think ‘oh that’s embarrassing,’ but never throw them away because there’s always something in there that interested you that’s totally worthwhile. I encourage you to save your work, always,” Roth said. l

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Paint stress away at WV library’s Brushstroke program By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


est Valley Library plays host to a program called Creative Therapy – Brushstrokes, a monthly art class with a relaxed atmosphere focused on participants destressing. “Basically the point is to just have fun and destress a little bit…that’s why it’s called Creative Therapy,” said Ileana Oprea, public services librarian who spearheads the program. Oprea said the brushstroke program focuses more on painting and acrylic painting. It started as coloring before interest died down and they stuck with the brushstroke. Oprea said it started after she participated in a painting class. She enjoyed it so much she wanted library patrons to experience the fun as well. Painting won’t be the only creative outlet used in the program. In March, the class will be on weaving while January brought in a special guest to teach drawing, Adriana Vawdrey from the Visual Art Institute. Vawdrey is an illustrator and storyteller born and raised in Salt Lake City. Working to draw a picture of artist Aaron Davis, Vawdrey taught those in attendance important aspects of drawing faces such as the eyes. Joy Kellaris, a regular attendee of the brushstroke program, said she made improvement and she’s happy with what she came up with. “Prior to this I couldn’t draw a face, at least

Two paintings done in the same class of the same picture, but by different people. Librarian Ileana Oprea said it is her favorite part of the program to see completely different visions come out of the same instructions. (Ileana Oprea/ Salt Lake County Library)

now I can draw a recognizable face. It may not be Aaron Davis, but you can know it’s a human being,” Kellaris said. It also brings an appreciation for the different artistic crafts for those who attend. “Drawing is more like science where painting is more like art, more free form,” Kellaris said shortly after the class ended. The quality of the art produced during the class plays second fiddle to the purpose of the program: for people to enjoy themselves. Oprea recounted a time when a group of women from a local medical clinic came to the class for a “girls’ afternoon” saying it was the best

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way to spend a Saturday afternoon. “It’s just a great way for people to forget their daily stresses and just come and have fun and enjoy what they are doing,” Oprea said. That is one of the reasons Kellaris has come since May of last year. “I wanted to learn how to paint, get exposed to it… I just like coming to the class, getting out of the house and doing it,” Kellaris said. All necessary supplies are provided for the free program, Kellaris said, and each class has a laid-back atmosphere allowing participants creative freedom. “[The instructor] gives a lesson and example

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and says ‘do whatever you want with it.’ We’re pretty free, we don’t have to do more specific exercises you might get in an actual more formalized class,” Kellaris said. That freedom leads to Oprea’s favorite part of the program. “My favorite part is seeing how when we do a specific exercise, is seeing how people received the same set of instructions and the end product looks so different,” she said. This scenario played out with Kellaris during one of her classes where she said the person next her painted what looked like “a 70’s retro painting, like psychedelic” while she tried to be more literal. “And it was the same picture we started with. That was a blast,” Kellaris said. While anywhere from six to 12 people show up each month, Kellaris urged people to come check it out. “More people should attend. They should, why are you intimidated by painting?” Kellaris said. Creative Therapy – Brushstroke program is geared for adults, Oprea said, but when they do coloring, kids are allowed though it can get noisy. The next class will be March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the West Valley Library. To find the program’s schedule, go to www.slcolibrary.org. l

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Granite students score big during Souper Bowl of Caring By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


uring the first week of February schools throughout the Granite District rallied to raise funds and food for the Souper Bowl of Caring, a nationwide fundraiser to fight hunger, empower youth, and unite communities. “We are encouraged by the efforts of the community and schools within the district to help fight hunger,” said JeAnna Jenkins Ellis, with Granite Education Foundation. According to the Granite Education Foundation (GEF), Granite School District currently faces a hunger epidemic. In December 2016, Granite School District reported having 1,100 homeless students. In addition to homeless students, Granite District reports having over 44,000 students living at or well below poverty level, often missing meals. Participating in the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring seemed to be a great way to serve GEF’s commitment to ensure students do not go hungry, and GEF is not alone. The concept of the Souper Bowl of Caring began with the simple prayer, which said, “As we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat.” From that simple prayer in 1990, people from around the nation have generated over $100 million for various soup kitchens and food banks to communities in need, with GEF at the helm of the efforts to help students in communities along the Wasatch Front. In 2014, during the first year of Souper Bowl fund raising event, GEF collected $8,813 for programs in need. In 2016, with more school and community involvement GEF was able to collect $27,222. As of February 13, through the fundraising efforts of schools, businesses, and community groups throughout the Granite School District, GEF raised an astonishing $422,100 in funds and over 35,900 food items with many schools pledging to continue to collect food and funding. In addition to raising funds for a good cause, many schools had fun activities to encourage participation and make for an overall positive takeaway for students involved. Evergreen Jr. High tied fund-raising efforts in with spirit week, which included encouraging students to dress up for Tacky Tourist Tuesday, Throwback Thursday, and more, a strategy that resulted in raising $903 and 376 items. Cottonwood Elementary in Holladay, treated their students to a fun assembly complete with faculty and staff taking on wacky tasks, such as a lip-sync performances, a cupcake eating contest, skateboarding across the auditorium stage, letting students spray their teachers with silly string and more to reward students for their hard work

Cottonwood Elementary lip-sync performance part of reward assembly to celebrate students hard work. (Aspen Perry/City Journal)

“We are encouraged by the efforts of the community and schools within the district to help fight hunger.” in raising $2,500 and 960 food items. With a student population of 570, Taylorsville Elementary was able to collect $263.28 along with 300 lb. of food. Howard R. Driggs Elementary exceeded their goal of having each student bring a can, which would have given them a total of 640. But the students collected 867 food items and promised to continue raising more throughout the remaining school year. Not too far from Holladay, schools in Murray also scored big, with Cottonwood High School reporting an astounding $11,300 donated in funds and 4,500 food items. Across town schools in West Valley rallied, with Whittier Elementary raising $1,700 in funds and Academy Park Elementary bringing in 1,800 food items. Local businesses joined in the effort as well, with Granite Credit Union bringing in $50,000, and an organization called Friends of GEF donating $251,500. Churches also participated including the Episcopal Diocese raising $15,000 and St. James Episcopal Church collecting $2,600 in funds and 231 food items. Whether donations were large or small, all the schools, businesses, and community groups throughout Granite made for an incredible collection year, sure to make a real difference in the fight against hunger. To stay in the loop on the fund-raising efforts visit, Granite Education Foundation on SouperBowl.org. For information on other programs GEF holds throughout the year to help educators visit GraniteKids.org/ educators.

According to SouperBowl.org, as of February 13, 2017, across the nation 4,061 groups participated in the annual nationwide fundraiser with a total of $6,868,726 raised in cash and food items, with more donations tallied by the minute. It all proves that when it comes to the Souper Bowl of Caring there are only winners. l

Taylorsville Elementary exceeded their goal of $1 per student bringing in 300 lb. of food items. (Aspen Perry/ City Journal)


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Redwood Elementary welcomes Playworks to school recess By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


t is time to play at Redwood Elementary School. Playworks, a national nonprofit that leverages the power of play to improve the physical, social and emotional health of elementary students, recently started at Redwood Elementary in early January. Having heard about the program at other schools, Assistant Principal Andrea McMillan they’ve already seen its benefits. “It allows opportunities for students to learn how to problem solve and communicate through play,” McMillan said. Playworks functions by providing a coach, Josh Rose, who holds a leadership meeting in the morning with some older students where they learn new games to share with the school during recess, how to resolve conflicts on the playground (mostly by rock-paper-scissors, Rose said) and set goals for the day such as giving high-fives to 20 different students that day. These older students are part of the Junior Coach Corps pilot program being run by Playworks where a few older students are picked to help their peers. It was something Rose was excited to be involved with. “I liked their model of selecting a few students in the older grades…to help assist their fellow and younger grades during recess and therefore also learning leadership skills along the way,” Rose said. Redwood Elementary was originally put on the wait list for Playworks to be implemented at their school. But with the Junior Coach Corps program beginning, Redwood was one of the first schools contacted to gage their interest. Students underwent an application process to become members of the Junior Coach Corps and with kids selected at the beginning of February, McMillan said she is excited for what’s to come. “It gives [the junior coaches] opportunities to be leaders and examples and stand above the rest,” McMillan said. “I was really excited and thrilled to hear some of them are getting the opportunity to step out a little bit…this gives them an avenue to do that.” Redwood is now one of four Granite School District schools that signed on for a mid-year launch of Junior Coach Corps. With hundreds of games in the Playworks playbook, the goal is to improve the health of each student. “I try to create an environment during recess with games and activities where every kid can be active, feel included and also build valuable social skills along the way,” Rose said.

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This includes typical games like tag, foursquare or soccer. It could also be games of cooperation, readiness or icebreakers. The program’s structure means it’s easier to keep kids engrossed in the activities. “Kids also feel safer on the playground and are more willing to get involved because there is an engaged adult and older students there to help,” Rose said. Benefits are meant to go beyond the physical exercise of the children. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve noticed more participation of the kids during recess. This has also reduced the number of referrals the principal has received prior to Playworks being onsite,” Rose said. He noted that Playworks is the only program statistically proven to reduce bullying by 43 percent. Rose feels they “are headed in the right direction here at Redwood.” Granite School District has a tracking system that allows schools to track student behavior. “Since [Rose] has come to Redwood, we’ve had a de-escalation in the amount of referrals during recess,” McMillan said. According to the Playworks website, the nonprofit was founded in California in 1996 by Jill Vialet with the idea of changing recess into a “positive and productive time for all kids.” “In order to make positive change in our schools and communities, we must put ourselves in kids’ shoes and identify with students,” Vialet is quoted as saying on the website where interested schools and parents can inquire about getting involved. There is also a section where interested parties can check out various games from their playbook of activities. l

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Parental involvement No. 1 influence in children’s education, presenters say By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournal.com


ami Pyfer, education advisor to Utah Governor Gary Herbert, was the keynote speaker for parents attending Granite School District’s Parent Leadership & Empowerment Conference in January. She spoke on ways parents can be involved in their children’s education. “Being involved is not just important, it’s imperative,” she said. Kris Dennison and Kimberly Swensen of Utah’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) leadership also addressed this topic in their break-out sessions. They explained that parent involvement is the No. 1 factor in student achievement—even more than school choice or socio-economic status. Parents can get involved early in their child’s learning by reading with them, said Swensen. As they get older, parents can organize a workspace for homework, away from distractions and equipped with needed supplies. Dennison suggested keeping a clipboard and pencil box in the car for times when homework is done during a commute. Dennison encouraged parents to talk with kids about school and listen without judgment when they express frustration.

“You don’t have to protect kids from failure or make their decisions for them. Just be there for them.” “You don’t have to protect kids from failure or make their decisions for them. Just be there for them,” Swensen said. Parents need to be positive about school, making it obvious they value education, said Pyfer. They can demonstrate high aspirations and expectations for their children by using

Tami Pyfer shares tips and antidotes with parents at the Parent Leadership & Empowerment Conference. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

encouraging phrases such as, “You can do this” when kids are struggling and encourage setting educational goals by asking questions such as, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” Presenters suggested celebrating academic achievements to encourage students to continue their progress. “Kids love to be praised,” said Dennison. Parents can be involved with what their child is learning by looking over their homework, said Dennison. They may find opportunities to supplement learning with outings and vacations related to subjects their child is studying. Families can also share their own examples of academic success. Pyfer suggested parents talk about their jobs and educational experiences. She believes it’s important to link book-learning to real life. Parents can talk with their children about how they solve problems at work. They can share how they learned selfdiscipline and persistence from taking music

lessons. They can tell how they learned to consider another’s perspective because of an instructor they didn’t agree with. Dennison agrees that parents should talk to their child about every day happenings— discussing current events or participating in community events are part of a child’s education. Her opinion is that families will find time to have these discussions if they make dinner time a family activity and limit screen time. She also said driving in the car is a great time for parents to have one-on-one discussions with their child to get an idea of how things are going. Presenters emphasized the importance of having a good relationship with teachers and schools by communicating often with teachers and knowing the secretaries in the front office. “Teachers can be your strongest ally,” Pyfer said. She suggested sending thank-you notes or gifts to teachers to let them know they are appreciated. When a child complains about a teacher,

Pyfer reminded parents to consider that they are only hearing one side of the story. She warned parents not to talk negatively about teachers. “It affects the child’s ability to learn from that teacher,” said Pyfer. Dennison told parents that the decision to come to the parenting conference shows they are willing to be more involved. She assured the fathers, who were in the minority of those in attendance, that they could fill a unique niche in the schools. Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) has been implemented in 15 district elementary schools. The program encourages dads to be involved in their child’s school. Positive male adult role models have been highly successful, said Swensen. “Kids are just drawn to dads,” she said. “Male engagement is crucial.” She cited that fewer instances of bullying occur when dads had a presence at the schools. More info is available at www.fathers.com/watchdogs. As PTA representatives, Dennison and Swensen encouraged parents to join their local PTA organizations. Besides being informed of what is going on in their schools, members receive benefits. For example, information about discounts for local arts and sporting events can be found at utahpta.org/come-playevents. The PTA website at utahpta.org, has more ideas of how parents can be involved with their child’s education. There are also resources at www.parenttoolkit.com, including information to track and support a child’s academic and personal growth. Here, parents learn what is normal social and emotional behavior for each stage of a child’s development. Presenters assured parents that it is never too late to get involved. “Don’t ever underestimate the influence you have on your child’s success,” said Pyfer. l

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Game time: ChamberWest celebrates annual gala By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


hamberWest Chamber of Commerce presented their annual awards gala, “A Sports Extravaganza,” on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Maverik Center. The sports themed evening featured games, entertainment, awards presentations and a hall of fame award for Senator Karen Mayne. “I want everyone that’s affiliated with ChamberWest in this community to have a rip roaring good time. I want them to celebrate the successes of this community,” said Barbara Riddle, ChamberWest CEO. The night was marked by a sports theme which saw invited attendees wearing sports attire of their favorite teams whether it was the Utah Grizzlies, Denver Broncos, Utah Utes or New England Patriots. ChamberWest is made up of West Valley City, Kearns, Taylorsville and Millcreek. Riddle said the introduction of two new sports teams to their area—Salt Lake Stars basketball and arena football’s Screaming Eagles—inspired the sports idea. “I want [the ChamberWest community] to celebrate the amazing sports activities that we have in our own backyard,” Riddle said. She added it is great for the family with the teams’ inexpensive ticket prices and the kids zone at Stars games. “We have become the family friendly sports capital of Utah…We just turned it into a sports extravaganza,” Riddle said. Screaming Eagles will play arena football games (first game was Feb. 16) at the Maverik Center. The fan-run team employs a new concept that has seen fans vote for the home city, name, coach and actual plays during games. Sandra Olmsted, committee chair for the annual gala, said with the teams so new (Stars began last fall) it served as an

opportunity to recognize the growing sporting presence. “Sports teams are really congregating near our area and you know what, let’s have fun with it,” Olmsted said. Turf was laid out over the ice for the banquet that saw entertainment performed between each metaphorical quarter break whether it was the Skyline High School Drumline, mascots and cheerleaders, One Voice Children’s Choir or Granger High School Cheer Squad. Awards were presented for Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Chairperson of the Year and Best Place to Work Award; all presented by KSL sports reporter Rod Zundel. “I want to recognize some awesome companies we have that are part of this community and make this community great,” Riddle said. Among the winners were Varex Imaging, Great Harvest Bread, volunteer Linda Milne, chairman Spencer Ferguson and InterContinental Hotels Group. The night culminated in the 2016 hall of fame award given to Senator Karen Mayne and posthumously to her husband Ed. Introduction for their award included a tribute video of congratulations from those in the political spectrum like Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams or Senator Wayne Niederhauser. “I am embarrassed and I am honored,” Mayne said, “that you would care enough to care about the things that Ed and I have done.” Mayne, a Granger High graduate, was appointed to her late husband’s senate seat in 2008 before being subsequently elected in 2010 and 2014. She currently serves as the Senate Majority Whip and on numerous committees and subcommittees that

address labor and family issues. Olmsted said she hoped the night would show the ChamberWest community “how much this area truly is growing and the large businesses in this area and how excited people are about what’s happening in the West Valley area.” l

Senator Karen Mayne accepts her hall of fame award. (Travis Barton/City Journals)


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Insanity comes to life in Granger High’s “Shuddersome: Tales of Poe” By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


amous writer Edgar Allan Poe may have died more than 150 years ago, but his literary work is still read, absorbed and—at Granger High School—is being performed. “Shuddersome: Tales of Poe,” was performed by the Granger High School advanced theatre group on Feb. 2-4, 6 at 7 p.m. at Granger High. The play, written by Lindsay Price, took five of Poe’s famous poems turning them into a five-scene play: “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Bells”, “The Oval Portrait”, “The Raven” and “The Masque of the Red Death”. Drama teacher Kirsten Anderson said she wanted to do a play with different elements of theatre than her students were accustomed. “We wanted to do more physical theatre than the kids are used to,” she said. “This is a little bit theatre of the absurd, little bit contemporary, little bit physical…This one was a really cool aspect discovering new things they haven’t tried before.” Much of the play takes place inside of Poe’s mind, meaning students play thoughts rather than literal people. “So, we play like the thoughts that are in his mind and everyone’s a thought and it’s really creepy and eerie, just avantgarde theatre,” said junior Jonathan Harr who plays a shudder— an insane thought. Seeing the thoughts inside Poe’s mind on stage is exactly where Anderson hopes to take the audience. “I want the audience to feel like we’re inside of Edgar Allan Poe’s head, so [the actors are] actually not people, they’re literary characters, imaginary characters that he’s created for himself inside of his brain,” Anderson said. Playing those types of characters has been both parts challenging and enjoyable for the students. “It’s not realistic, it’s more of his mind and his thought processes,” said sophomore Jett Larson, who plays Prince Prospero from “The Masque of the Red Death”. “I really, really enjoy just coming into this space, step out of what’s going on outside of us and step into [Poe’s] mind. It’s great, it’s really fun.” A large part of the show’s vision came from one of Poe’s famous quotes that states, “I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.” Anderson said the students have had to go to a weird space to conceptualize insanity.

“We’re pushing and encouraging them, go to that weird space, let’s explore what insanity looks like,” Anderson said. “This is something they’ve never experienced, they’re used to playing real characters, human characters.” Sophomore Mary Newton said that was an important aspect of her preparation, which is much different from what’s normally done. “It’s a very interesting show because most of the time you have characters who are real people and you can give them biographies,” Newton said. “In this show it’s very different because you’re playing a thought, or an imagination of something Edgar Allan Poe was creating. You’re not a person so you can’t necessarily give yourself that anymore.” With the show not being straightforward in the traditional sense along the lines of “Peter Pan” or “The Wizard of Oz”, Anderson said it’s been fun exploring the “weird space” where there aren’t rules. Since there exists an abstract nature in Poe’s work, Anderson said she loves the discoveries students have made as they delved into the poems, like what the red death represents for Poe in “The Masque of the Red Death”. “That part’s been the most fun is discovering all these things,” Anderson said. Anderson and the students echoed their excitement for the play’s opening scene. A visual retelling of one of Poe’s most famous short stories, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, where the narrator describes a murder he committed while trying to convince the reader of his sanity. “I just love the substance it has, it’s very creepy and it’s awesome,” Larson said. Newton said she loves the buildup of the story to a point where the narrator snaps. “It’s very fun to be part of this mad man’s mind, that’s kind of what we’re going for in this scene, and I’m inhabiting a very specific thought and it’s getting more intense and more intense,” Newton said. Having performed the play for the public in early February, the advanced theatre group will perform this play at the state competition in March. l

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Students of Granger High School’s advanced theatre rehearse their new play, “Shuddersome: Tales of Poe.” The show turns five of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems into a play. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Students of Granger High School’s advanced theatre rehearse their new play, “Shuddersome: Tales of Poe.” The play will run from Feb. 2-4, 6 at 7 p.m. at Granger High School.


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Creating leaders for tomorrow at Truman Elementary By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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Students listen to their teacher at Truman Elementary School during one of its “house parties” where kids participate in different activities. (Travis Barton/City Journals)


eaders come in all shapes and sizes, and for students at Truman Elementary School that’s the message taught. Truman Elementary held its annual Leadership Day assembly on Jan. 26 where the school highlighted its journey of learning and leadership. The event included remarks from Principal Jared Broderick as well as performances from each grade level. “It’s a good program and the kids really enjoy it. It’s good to have a central purpose for our whole school and what we’re all working towards,” said Lauralee Gardner. In addition to being a teacher at the school, Gardner is the chairperson of the Lighthouse Committee, made up of various students, teachers and administrators who gather twice a month to talk about implementing leadership in the school. “We need leaders, more so now than ever, so (it’s) helping students to see that and be willing to step up,” Broderick said. Truman’s leadership program draws from a book called “The Leader in Me,” intended to be a school transformation process integrating leadership principles into the elementary school curriculum. Those principles are utilized in the form of seven habits, similar to author Stephen Covey’s famous book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The seven habits used at Truman include: be proactive, have a plan, work first then play, think win-win, listen before you talk, synergize and taking care of yourself. Gardner said it’s supposed to help improve students’ grades, citizenship and behavior. She added it changes students’ focus from thinking about themselves to how everyone can benefit, a win-win. “It’s more of a shared thing so they take responsibility for making the best outcome whatever situation it is,” Gardner said. “I think it really helps kids develop those leadership skills that will help them in life.”

Words from those seven habits are plastered throughout the school in classrooms and hallways, like “synergize” which Broderick said is bringing everyone’s strengths together to have a “product greater than your own.” “It really does provide a framework and common vocabulary for us as we are working with students trying to teach them social skills,” or to initiate conversations about conflict resolution, he said. Three times a year the school will hold “house parties” where students are divided up doing different activities in classrooms. Activities serve as team building exercises whether its students providing direction to a different blindfolded student or kids having their wrists tied to one another and building a house out of plastic cups. “We’ve structured it such that they can find success in that leadership role,” Broderick said. Everything is done to improve students’ leadership capabilities. “They’re given small opportunities for leadership and they become more comfortable with that, more accustomed with that, so as they get older and more (responsibility) is placed upon them, they’re able to do it rather than shy away from it,” Broderick said. Truman’s leadership theme is prevalent throughout the school year. One teacher from each grade nominates a student every week who is exemplifying those seven habits. Those rewarded get a certificate and free kids’ meal to Texas Roadhouse. Students chosen for leader of the week also enjoy a leader lunch with Broderick for the month they were chosen. Lunch is typically donated by restaurants such as Arctic Circle. Gardner said the Lighthouse Committee will now turn their attention to making Truman an idle-free school. “We want to clean up the air, we work on recycling, we work on a lot of things to make it a better place,” Gardner said. l



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“To Strengthen and Promote the Shared Interests of the Business Community”

New SWAT vests, golf fee increases voted on by city council By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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City council approved the purchase of 30 new tactical bulletproof vests for the police department’s SWAT team. (Travis Barton/City Journals)


est Valley City Council voted to raise certain golf fees and purchase new bulletproof vests for the city’s SWAT team during their Feb. 14 city council meeting. West Valley City’s Parks and Recreation department requested to amend the city code to raise rates 20 percent for senior players and for range ball buckets at The Ridge and Stonebridge golf courses. Rates for seniors would rise from $10 to $12 for nine holes and $20 to $24 for 18 holes; while rates for a bucket of range balls would go from $2.50 to $3 for a small bucket and $5 to $6 for a large bucket. “Costs are continually going up so we need to do something,” Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Astill told the city council in a study meeting on Feb. 7. The department charges fees to recover the costs of services and activities. Astill said the senior fees are comparable to other courses in the county. “They’re kind of in the middle, some courses in the county charge less, some charge more,” Astill said. “We call around to see what everyone else is charging and then we weigh it against what’s happening at the course, how many seniors we’re getting or how many golfers to see if we can justify a raise or not.” SWAT Team City council also approved the purchase of 30 new bulletproof vests for the West Valley City Police Department’s SWAT team. The $48,600 cost will replace the current tactical vests which either have or will shortly surpass the manufacturer’s warranty. Police Chief Lee Russo said after five years the manufacturer, a Safariland product, Storm clouds gather over the Stonebridge Golf Course in May 2016. Golf courses raised rates 20 percent for senior players and for range ball buckets. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

will no longer guarantee the efficacy of the vest meaning they would no longer be liable. The vests are certified by the National Institute of Justice and Standards that vests’ rating will be a level three tactical vest. Russo said these vests are designed to deal with a rifle round in addition to a typical handgun. “These are the much more military looking, heavy duty vest that our SWAT team will use,” Russo said. Other item of note City council voted to enter a development agreement with Zions First National Bank for property located at 2956 W. 3500 S. where they will consolidate two locations into one. Zions Bank will replace the Apollo Burger that is currently located on the property. Part of the agreement includes reducing setbacks along the property, which will allow the building to be built to the property line. Steve Pastorik, planning director, said city staff and the planning commission recommended approval. Zoning in the property to the east and south allows buildings to be built at the property line. He said there are other buildings nearby that are very close to the property line as a result of the road widening on 3500 South. l

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Sidewalk to improve safety for school children By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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Students leaving the nearby West Lake Jr. High hold up traffic walking down the middle of the road. A sidewalk is expected to be built during the summer. (Travis Barton/City Journals)


est Valley City (WVC) held an open house at city hall on Thursday, Feb. 9 regarding the Tess Avenue Sidewalk Project. The planned project intends to build a sidewalk along Tess Avenue around 3250 West that connects to Hillsdale Elementary School. In 2015, the legislature provided $200,000 to build a sidewalk on Tess Avenue. Currently, the area has no sidewalk leaving kids walking to and from Hillsdale Elementary to trudge either in the street, gutter or residents’ yards. “The kids right now walk in the middle of the street willy nilly so we’re going to hopefully redirect them onto the sidewalk,” said Roger Rappleye, the WVC design engineer who is designing the project. Students from nearby West Lake Jr. High School also walk along the road to and from school, often down the middle of the street. “Kids are walking in the gutter, on the asphalt, they’re right next to the traffic… I would love to see the kids off the street. I’m super excited about it,” said nearby resident Kevin Barr, whose son goes to Hillsdale and will most likely walk to West Lake along Tess Avenue. Barr said he was pushing for a sidewalk back when around five years ago, Granite School District built a back entrance into Hillsdale Elementary from Lee Ann Street where parents could pick up and drop off their kids in the morning. “It’s gotten the traffic off of 3100 South,” said city engineer Dan Johnson. “And I think it’s helped quite a bit in my opinion, but with that, all the kids now

walk out through the street. It’s an older subdivision with no sidewalks so we got some money from the legislature to put in some sidewalk.” Johnson said the subdivision located there was built in the 60s with no sidewalk. Ten feet beyond the curb and gutter was reserved as a public right of way. With that, Johnson explained, they’re not buying the property but putting a sidewalk on the public right of way. “We’re getting temporary construction easements to come back onto their properties to make tie-ins and make the landscaping match and the driveways slope to not have crazy transitions,” Johnson said. Residents who will be affected by the sidewalk construction were invited to attend the open house to voice comments and concerns. If they were satisfied, they would sign the notarized temporary easement agreement which gives permission to work on their property. Residents have voiced their pleasure about project. One neighbor is typically upset with kids who cut across his yard. Some residents have well-kept shrubs, a concrete fence or a rock garden that will be affected by the construction. Barr said it will have a huge impact on the landscaping of some properties. “That’s where the landscaping issues are and I just wanted to make sure in this meeting… that in the contract, there’s sufficient money to make sure that the landscaping is taken care of,” Barr said. He added that the city engineers assured him there would be money in the budget to push the rock garden back into

his neighbor’s property. “All of these (landscaping) things just add character to the neighborhood. It’s an older neighborhood, these houses are kind of nice and individual,” Barr said. While the project hasn’t yet been bid upon, the couple-month project is expected to begin and end during the summer. Katherine Wing serves as the crossing guard across Tess Avenue, and her son also attends Hillsdale. She said traffic can become quite congested in the area, voicing her displeasure about how the back entrance was made. But she said she is excited for the sidewalk “to make kids safe, to make it more calm.” l

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Boys basketball teams finish seasons By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


igh school boys basketball season has come to an end. Scoring is a focus area teams will work on all off season to help them attain their goals. “We lost some tough games this season. I thought we would be able to win a few more of those close games. We have some talent. It is all in the attitude and energy we put into becoming above average,” Cyprus head coach Tre Smith said. Granger won the most region contests amongst its West Valley neighbors. Their two victories (Hunter and West) exceed Hunter’s one (West) and none from Cyprus. The Lancers came out on top in the “Battle of the Valley.” They defeated Cyprus and Hunter to claim the fictitious yet illustrious trophy. They defeated Cyprus 51-38 in a preseason matchup. It was the team’s first game of the season. Granger cruised to the victory despite only scoring 17 points in the first half. Lancer senior Jordan Taylor scored 14 points in the victory. Granger also defeated Hunter in their first of two games against the crosstown rival, 5451. The Lancers led at halftime 34-15 and held on despite the Wolverine comeback for the win. Junior Anel Alagic had 13 points in the victory. Cyprus defeated Hunter 74-63. Cody Meza

had 27 points and Josh Peck contributed 22 in the victory. Meza is a 5-foot-9-inch junior and leads the Pirates in scoring with 12.1 points a game. The Pirates Josh Ammasio, Brooks Marshall and Peck round out a balanced scoring attack for the Pirates. All three average nine points per game. The three West Valley teams struggled this season to score. Cyprus led the schools by averaging 58.7 points per game. Granger and Hunter both only averaged 49. The offensive production became a problem when they could not stop their opponents. Hunter allowed 75.1 points per game, Cyprus 69.2 and Granger 54.9. “I think we have some young talent that will help us improve. We just need the effort,” Smith said. Hunter’s leading scorer is junior Pilate Makakona. The 6-foot-1-inch junior has averaged 15.1 points per game this season. He had a season high 30 points against Cottonwood. The double overtime win was the team’s first of the season. Hunter was down 15 points in the first half and fought back for the overtime victory. Granger’s leading scorer was Alagic. He averaged 15 points a game and had a season high 28 against West Feb. 10.

Cyprus head coach Tre Smith likes the enthusiasm of his team and now hopes to capture the work ethic. (Tre Smith/Cyprus basketball)

The 4A and 5A boys basketball tournaments are scheduled to begin Feb. 27. No West Valley team will be participating. Hunter and Granger last appeared in the tournament in 2014. Cyprus has had a longer drought as they have not played in March since 2009. Hunter’s head coach is Rob Collins and Granger has Jason Chandler and Cyprus Smith. All three are finishing their third seasons. Next season the teams will compete directly for playoff spots. All three will be in 6A Region 2 with Hillcrest and Kearns. The UHSAA has realigned all participanting schools starting next season. l

Hunter junior Jonathan Tonumapea has averaged seven points a game for the Wolverines this season. (Kolbie James/Hunter yearbook)

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unter freshman Sissy Baum and Granger senior Benjamin Zulcic recently scored big points for their teams at the Region 2 swim meet, and both have qualified for the state swim meet for the first time. “I felt good about my swim at region. I think I could have done better, but I think it ended up being my second fastest time this year,” Zulcic said. He placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle event at the Region 2 swim meet Jan. 28. His time of 23.8 seconds was one tenth of a second slower than his best time this season. His fast time is still the 37th fastest in the state this year. Zulcic swam a 23.71 at the state meet and finished 22nd overall. “Freestyle is my best stroke and the 50 is my best race. Since it is so short the start and the flip turn are the most important; everything else is just mental. You just need to stay intense and go as fast as you can. We are not the best swim school so everyone is there to have fun and learn. It is a great school. This my second year swimming ever,” Zulcic said. He placed 10th at the Granite School District Championships on Dec. 22in the 50; and fifth in the 200-free relay with his Granger teammates Jasim Abu Dan, Kevin Troung and Mitch Lindsey. “He (Zulic) has some natural talent that kind of obvious. He is a wonderful student, 4.0 grade point average and lots of other interests. He is a really good kid. I think he is even going to state in the Reflections contest. Just a great kid,” Lancer head swim coach Mary Ward said. He was also named to the Deseret News Academic All State team. The award is to recognize those students who do well in the classroom as well as in athletic competition. With over 85,000 students participating in high school athletics the award is considered to be one of the most prestigious given by the Utah High School Activities Association. Baum is the only swimmer at Hunter High to qualify for state in an individual event. She competed in the 100-yard breaststroke, her best event. “I started swimming when I was five. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work. I think our team has improved a lot this season. I really think coach Huff will get us to the top,” Baum said. Baum placed second in Region 2 in the 100-yard breaststroke. She also placed eighth in the 200 Individual Medley. The medley incorporates four types of strokes (butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke

and freestyle). “I think the breaststroke is my best event. The IM has so many parts to it. You need to be good at more than one thing,” Baum said. In her state event she swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.73; 17th fastest time overall. Last season Hunter swimmer Claire Jackson captured her third straight individual state championship. Baum hopes to have the talent to duplicate her predecessor’s feat. Jackson graduated last spring and is now swimming competitively at the University of Utah. The Lancer boys team finished sixth at region. They were only nine points behind the fifth place team, Layton. Hunter finished in seventh place. The girls were reversed. Hunter finished in fifth and Granger sixth. “A majority of my kids do not even know how to swim when we get them. It takes us a couple of years just to get them comfortable in the water at racing. These kids are dedicated. I am proud of their diversity and I know that many of these kids would not have this opportunity if we did not have this beautiful pool,” Ward said. l

The high school swim season wrapped up in February with the state swim meet at Brigham Young University. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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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


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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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