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Trading Spaces: West Jordan Swaps Property With Salt Lake County By Sherry Sorensen


he West Jordan Arts Council needs a permanent home. The Salt Lake County Health Department needs land for a new health clinic in West Jordan. With those goals in mind, West Jordan Mayor Kim Rolfe and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams devised a plan to make both dreams possible. In October, the two men signed an interlocal agreement to exchange properties for the mutual benefit of both entities. “I met with Mayor McAdams from the county and told him some members of the arts council had expressed interest in using the old West Jordan Library as a home,” Rolfe said. McAdams was intrigued and supportive of the idea.

“We came to the conclusion that we could trade land on our municipal campus of like value for the property on 7800 South that the county library system had,” Rolfe said. “It’s been about 11 months in the making, but we finally have a deal.” When the transaction is complete, West Jordan will own the old library building across from Veterans Memorial Park (1985 West 7800 South). The county will acquire 2.06 acres of property on 1825 West, directly west of Fire Station 52. The land is currently being used as a parking lot by the city. Part of the agreement allows for joint use of parking

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Celebrating Christmas One Last Time By Marci Heugly


hristmas has been dubbed “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by storytellers and songwriters. But, for one West Jordan family, celebrating Christmas in October was bittersweet. Ethan Van Leuven, 4, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 22 months old, recently lost his battle with cancer when he passed away the morning of Oct. 28. Before his death, his parents Jen and Merrill Van Leuven learned that Ethan had just days or weeks left to live, and they decided to make the most of their time with him. Their West Jordan neighborhood pulled together to provide a holiday season that the Van Leuvens will never forget.

First, Ethan dressed up in his Superman costume 10 days before Halloween and went trick-or-treating to neighbors’ homes. Later in the week, the city had a parade to celebrate his birthday one month early. And, on Oct. 24, the Van Leuvens celebrated Christmas Eve early with family, friends and strangers who came to show their support. “Words just do not adequately describe how grateful we are for all the love and support we have received. We have had such an outpouring of offers to help, which is truly amazing,” Merrill Van Leuven said about the celebration. For the Christmas celebration, Captain Jason Spencer and firefighter Alex


Ethan Van Leuven gives the thumbs up as he and his family take a ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photo courtesy of Fire Station 55

Harris from West Jordan Fire Station 55 drove Santa and Mrs. Claus (Alan and JoAnn Nielsen) to the Van Leuven’s house in a fire truck with the lights and sirens blazing. They picked up the family and took them for a short ride around the neighborhood, then dropped them off to a crowd of friends and strangers who awaited them in their front yard. Santa and his wife spent a quiet moment with Ethan inside his home before coming outside to pass out candy canes on their way back to the North Pole. “It’s been amazing, and the whole community has been so involved,” neighbor Anja Peterson said. Neighbors had decorated their yards for Halloween earlier in the week, and then quickly traded their jack-o-lanterns for snowmen and nativities. Many homes, including the Van Leuven’s, had Christmas lights hung and trees set up and decorated. “Someone had professionals come

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install the lights on their house. Then we showed up … with a few of the neighbors to set up for Christmas,” Lorin Palmer said about the day’s preparations. Palmer is Ethan’s mom Jen’s exhusband and is the father of his four older step-siblings. That evening, neighbors and friends brought gifts and sang Christmas carols while the children joined some of the Van Leuven kids who dressed up like Mary and Joseph to act out the nativity. Although the streets were full of supporters Oct.24 to celebrate Christmas Eve, the Van Leuvens celebrated Christmas morning the next day with just family. “Thank you for showing up. This has been a phenomenal outpouring of love and support for a boy who I call my superman,” Merrill Van Leuven told everyone who participated in the celebration. “Thank you for sharing your time, your love and your faith and prayers for a special little boy.” l

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10-Year-Old Brings Cheer To West Jordan Animal Shelter

Maegan Worthen (left) and Amber Warner are joined by Smith’s Assistant Store Director Jeromy Wood at Maegan’s annual West Jordan Animal Shelter donation drive.

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his time of year most kids are busy making lists of what they’d like to get for Christmas, but Copper Canyon fifth grader Maegan Worthen is making lists of what she’d like to give: blankets, towels, toys, litter and pet food to the West Jordan Animal Shelter. “I just really like animals,” Maegan said. As a first grader she began doing a donation drive for the animal shelter, and this is now her fifth year. “It’s gotten bigger. We have a lot of businesses getting on board now. We have our sponsors that are helping, and it’s being held in larger areas and it’s really helping us,” Maegan said. On Nov. 1, she set up a table inside the entrance of Smith’s Food and Drug at 4080 West 9000 South and passed out flyers to the shoppers letting them know about the donation drive. She will be there again on Dec. 5 from 5-8 p.m. Many shoppers dropped off pet food,

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kitty litter, toys or cash on their way out the door, and, in return, got a ticket for a prize drawing. There were several prizes to choose from, including gift cards to Amazon, original art and gift baskets -all provided by her sponsors: Smith’s, Worthen family, Dance by Dee, ChickFil-A, Johnny Carinos, Columbia College and Camp Bow Wow. Winners will be notified after Dec. 5. “In the beginning, I helped a lot,” Maegan’s mom, Melissa Worthen, said. “But now, she pretty much does it all herself. She called businesses and asked for prize donations. She scheduled Smith’s for today and for one day in December. This is all her.” Melissa Worthen’s mother taught her that you don’t need money to help; you just need time. Melissa said she is passing that lesson on to her own children and has encouraged them to give their time to something they are passionate about.

“Maegan loves animals, and we’ve always volunteered at the animal shelter,” Melissa Worthen said. “Everything she will gather will go directly to the West Jordan shelter.” “I’ve seen a lot of people who really want to help,” Maegan said. “It’s been really good.” On the first day of the drive, she collected 54 bags of pet food, 12 toys, three blankets, cat litter and $200 cash. She will continue to gather items until the

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middle of December, when she will drop it off at the shelter. “It’s a wonderful effort she undertakes on her own with a little help from her mom,” Animal Services Manager Dan Eatchel said. “She takes to time to gather all these supplies that we use, it’s something we’re very appreciative of.” “People love animals,” Melissa Worthen said. “We can’t take them all in, so this is a way to help them without taking them all home.” l

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Finding a Home for the Arts


ince 1995, the West Jordan Arts Council has been looking for a place to call its own. In 2010, to their disbelief, the city condemned the Sugar Factory Playhouse. The structure, one of three buildings that were once part of a sugar beet processing facility from the early 1900s, housed arts council productions from 2004 until March 2010. Three separate inspections determined that all of the buildings posed a significant public safety risk.

Jordan Library to move into the newly completed Viridian Center in 2012, the group began investigating the possibility of renting or acquiring the empty building. “This is probably the closest we’ve been in a long time,” Newton said. “We’ve been looking at how we might be able to convert the library and make it an arts facility that will benefit the whole city.” However, he said he won’t breathe easy until everything is “signed, sealed and delivered.”

The building will likely be used for public purposes as well, including dance recitals, public meetings and other uses. “Everything is on the table to utilize it to its highest potential, but nothing’s decided for certain at this point,” Rolfe said. The funds to remodel the building could potentially come, in part, from impact fees that were collected over the years for an arts complex, Rolfe said. The fees were initially set aside to refurbish the sugar factory. When the

actually save money year to year because they’ll no longer be paying storage fees for arts council equipment. Newton and Rolfe both said the arts play a vital role in building a strong community. “Whatever we can do to keep people actively engaged is good. We have sports facilities where people who are sportsminded can be involved. We think it’s just as important that those who don’t have those sports skills have an outlet they can use, and the arts is one of those,” Newton said.

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might be able to convert the library and make it an arts facility that will benefit the whole city.” Not everyone agreed. “We believe they didn’t understand how viable the sugar factory was. The building was in better shape than they felt,” said Dave Newton, former West Jordan mayor and advocate for the arts. “We worked hard to put the playhouse theater together with very little money and hundreds of hours of free labor. We feel the city lost an historical treasure.” Since losing the theater, the arts council has had to make do with rented and borrowed space for its productions, sometimes in neighboring cities. When the county vacated the old West

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A land exchange of the properties outlined in blue between Salt Lake County and the City of West Jordan is expected to mutually benefit both entities. The county and city are set to close on the properties in early November. “Once the contract is done and the due diligence period is over, we’re planning to remodel that building into an arts complex that will house all of the arts – the performing arts, the band, the chorale and even art exhibits. I would think we would want all of the arts in one location now that we have one location,” Rolfe said.

buildings there were torn down, the city stopped setting aside impact fees for this purpose. Salt Lake County also offers up to $250,000 in matching grant funds for the arts. West Jordan has never utilized this program and hopes to qualify for the money to use toward the arts facility, Rolfe said. After the initial costs to remodel the building, the mayor believes the city will

hile West Jordan is gaining a building ready to become an arts complex, Salt Lake County now moves one step closer to offering a broader array of vital services to residents in the southwest end of the valley. “At one point, we were looking at building a great big clinic, but community members were asking for more services spread throughout the county,” Planning Director Christina Oliver said. “We listened, we delivered and we went smaller.” Now, county officials hope to break ground on a new WIC and Immunization clinic in West Jordan next summer. Vital Records will likely be available at the new location as well. West Jordan is already home to a Salt Lake County WIC Clinic, but Health Department Director Gary Edwards said the new facility will be three times the size of the current building and will allow the county to better serve residents in the area. “We’ve tried providing vaccinations in our West Jordan clinic, but we haven’t

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n 1974, the first Women, Infants, Children program site opened in Kentucky to help combat malnutrition in women, infants and children. Since then, WIC has become a national program focused on improving the health and nutrition of pregnant and lactating women and children from birth to age five. “We try to help educate WIC users, not just give them a resource, but help them understand how to best use those resources,” Salt Lake County Health

Trading Spaces continued from page 4 had the space. With this new building, we can do that,” he said. “Currently, we provide about 87,000 childhood vaccinations around the county each year. This will make it easier.” Like the arts council’s future home, Edwards said the reality of the clinic has “been a long time coming.” “We’ve been looking for locations and the financing for this project for about seven years,” he said. “The whole thing is exciting for us. For a long time, because of population growth, we’ve felt the need to have a much larger presence in the

Director Gary Edwards said. “It’s more than just them showing up and receiving a voucher for their healthy foods. They are learning and getting important information to remain healthy.” At the new county WIC clinic scheduled to be built in West Jordan in the coming years, women and their children will gain valuable insight into their overall health through education, immunization reviews, breastfeeding support, healthcare referrals and food benefits, Edwards said.

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southwest part of the county.” The building will be financed through a sales tax revenue bond. The county is jumping into the design phase of the project immediately and hopes to occupy the new facility in the fall of 2016. Oliver said in her time with the county, the negotiations to make this deal happen were some of the most productive that she’s witnessed. “I have yet to see collaboration in my short tenure like this. It was amazing. There was no personal bias. Everyone was acting in good faith and truly had the women and children of the community at the forefront,” she said. l

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City Council Approves $4 Million Transfer To Storm Drain Fund elief may finally be in sight for some West Jordan residents who’ve suffered perpetual flooding of their homes for the past 30 years. Recently, the city council approved a resolution to transfer $4 million from the city’s solid waste fund into its storm drain fund. The money was initially collected from residents over the years to construct a transfer station when the TransJordan Landfill is full. However, city officials recently learned that the landfill is also setting funds aside for the transfer station, freeing up the city money to be used elsewhere. A study was commissioned earlier this year to evaluate the entire storm drain system, but the approved funds will likely go toward fixing flooding problems around Constitution Park.

“It’s my opinion that this will help expedite the new design of the storm drain system in an area that has received ongoing flooding,” Mayor Kim Rolfe said. “After we get the storm drain study back from our consultants, we’ll see if it confirms exactly where the problem area is. Then we can approve the funds for that project to be designed and constructed.” Rolfe hopes to have the study results by December, allowing ample time for design and construction to begin in the spring. In August, residents who live near the park petitioned the council for relief after water from the storm drain system once again flooded their streets, spilling into yards, garages and basements during several heavy rainstorms. l







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West Jordan Filled With Holiday Happenings


here’s a ton of great family fun planned in the West Jordan community. The West Jordan City Journal has tried to round up information on as many as we can below. Tear this page out and put it on your fridge so you don’t miss out on all the fun events! SANTA CLAUS On Dec. 6 from 11-2 p.m. Santa will be at the Viridian Center, 8030 South 1825 West, to bring some holiday cheer. The event is free to the public. “Everyone is welcome to bring their own cameras and take pictures with Santa, and we’ll also have a professional photographer taking pictures that will be available for purchase,” Viridian Center Manager Tyler Curtis said. Additionally, the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce has invited several local merchants to participate in the event. There will be a small village of shops set up near Santa that will be made up of entirely of West Jordan businesses. The community is invited to come join the celebration. That evening, the festivities will continue at the Viridian Center with the annual West Jordan Arts Council Christmas Concert from 6 to 8 p.m. AT THE LIBRARY: CHRISTMAS CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES Each Monday leading up to Christmas starting at 7 p.m. celebrate the season with a free movie, popcorn and hot chocolate at the West Jordan Library/Viridian Center. Dec. 1 “Elf” Dec. 8 “A Christmas Story” Dec. 15 “Miracle on 34th Street” Dec. 22 “The Polar Express” ANNUAL DICKENS CHRISTMAS BALL On Dec. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. infuse the Christmas spirit into your heart this season with the antique dances of Dickens’ lifetime and the sweet delicacies of the holidays at

the Dickens Christmas ball at the Viridian Center. All the dances will be demonstrated and taught. Dress from the lifetime of Dickens’ (1812-1870) or modern formal is requested. Tickets can be purchased at www.oldgloryvintagedancers.com or at the door. EXCELLENCE IN THE COMMUNITY CONCERT: LARK AND SPUR Enjoy the sounds of Lark & Spur on Dec. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Viridian Center. The group includes guitars, woodwinds, mandolin, piano, bass, and percussion. Lark & Spur has performed in Europe, Canada, and throughout Utah. Their music has been on the radio in Scotland, Switzerland, and France. This concert program will include traditional and modern carols performed on acoustic instruments. “THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER” Sugar Factory Playhouse and West Jordan Theater Arts presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Dec. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Viridian Events Center, 8030 South 1825 West. MESSIAH SING-A-LONG The West Jordan Symphony and Mountain West Chorale will perform their 21st annual Messiah sing-a-long Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Jordan Oaks LDS Stake Center, 8117 South Leslie Drive (3905 West) GARDNER VILLAGE ELF DISPLAYS & ELF SCAVENGER HUNT Santa’s elves are back at Gardner Village as they prepare for the Christmas season. Families can enjoy the displays and participate in the free Elf Scavenger Hunt beginning Nov. 21. Scavenger hunt forms can be printed from the Gardner Village website after that date. Gardner Villager is located at 1100 West 7800 South.



NEWS ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ Dec. 18-20 The Sugar Factory Playhouse and West Jordan Theater Arts are proud to present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Beverly Robinson Dec. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Viridian Event Center (8030 South 1825 West).

From left to right, Brienna Michaelis (“Beth”), Pamela Pena (“Alice”), Merilynne Michaelis (“Mrs. Bradley”), and Cora Stone (“Imogene Herdman”) bring to life “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Directed by Pat Oliver, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” follows the harried and comical efforts of Mrs. Bradley to put on her church’s Christmas pageant, something she’s never had to do before. Making matters significantly more difficult is the addition of the Herdman children, a raucous group of youngsters who will certainly make this year’s pageant the most ... memorable ever. Mrs. Bradley has her job cut out for her as she tries to corral wild kids and live up to everyone’s expectations. Is there still room for the Christmas spirit amidst such chaos? “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” has become a holiday classic full of laughter and carried by a deeper message about the true meaning of Christmas and the joy and innate purity of children. Join us for holiday magic that is sure to put your family in the Christmas spirit!

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A Community That Cares When 4-year-old Ethan Van Leuven was volunteers who participated during our spring battling his final days of leukemia, it came as Comcast Cares Day project. Volunteers worked no surprise to me that his West Jordan neigh- side by side and tackled a long list of projects bors pulled out all the stops to give him a week that beautified our city. Comcast made a doof holidays to enjoy with his family. Here at nation on behalf of each volunteer that will be City Hall we have received numerous calls and emails from around the world from people whose hearts were touched by Ethan and his story. We even had a reporter from Moscow, Russia fly in to interview our police who participated in Ethan’s birthday parade as well as our firefighters who delivered Santa to Ethan’s Christmas Eve ceremony via a big, red fire engine. The Russian reporter was so impressed by the many good people in our community who helped make Members from the West Jordan Exchange Club present Comcast with a metal Ethan’s last week on this earth special, that he traveled across balloon that will be attached to a donor wall at the Sierra Newbold Playground. the globe so he could share the (See donation form on the next page.) story with his viewers. (Ethan lost his battle with leukemia on Oct. 28.) used for the Sierra Newbold Playground, 5900 I was reminded again of the generosity of W. New Bingham Highway. our community at a recent City Council meetThere will always be those who are in need ing where Comcast presented the city with of a helping hand, in some form or another. $17,610. This donation represents the many For those who are in dire financial need, the city has a hardship fund to help keep their Comcast's Ray Child presents Mayor Kim Rolfe with a check water on. The program is for one-time use up on behalf of the volunteers who participated in Comcast to $175 and is based on need. If you want to help someone in our community, simply add Cares Day in April 2014. a donation to your monthly utility bill or call 801-569-5020 and make a donation over the phone. The City can accept donations from businesses or residents who want to brighten someone’s day. Every little bit helps those in our neighborhoods who are struggling. Thank you to all who look for ways to better our community. It makes a difference.


Register Now for Citizen Police Academy The West Jordan Police Department is gearing up for its next session of the Citizen Police Academy. The 13-week session begins Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. The police department throws open the doors so participants get an inside, in-depth look at how the police department works and learns about different aspects of police work, including firearm safety, crime scene investigation, K9, crime prevention, SWAT, gangs and drug issues to name a few. Course highlights include field trips to the Adult Detention Center, Firearm Range and the call Dispatch Center. Classes are held each Thursday and last about three hours. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and pass a

information, contact either Barb Tatangelo at 801-256-2033 (email at barbarat@wjordan.com) or Christie Jacobs at 801-256-2032 (email at christiej@wjordan.com).


basic background check. There is no fee. Additional information and an application can be found online at Wjordan.com by clicking on “Departments,” “Police” and then “Citizen Police Academy.” For more

When Barbara Tatangelo and Christie Jacobs met me they decided two things: I needed to enroll in the West Jordan Police Academy and that it would be a swell date night for my wife. I have been associated with law enforcement members most of my life because of my profession. I didn’t think I would learn very much. I also didn’t think my wife would like the idea of a weekly date night at the police department. I was wrong on both counts. We learned about many of the aspects of policing from why officers write traffic tickets (no, they are not picking on you), to why a large section of the building is dedicated to the storage of evidence and not every crime is solved in one hour as shown on popular television shows. We found out that there is more to handcuffing a person than clipping the cuffs across the wrist. A tour of the Adult Detention Center, most of us call it the “jail,” is a needed place in our society. A place where 70 percent of the prisoners have some form of mental illness, and the corrections officers who work there are highly trained and take pride in what they do. It’s a sobering experience to spend three hours behind electronical-

ly locked doors and learn that there is absolutely no privacy and some people are locked up 23 hours a day while others cook 3,000 meals a day. There is a ton of training from weapon use to de-escalation of hostilities. A part of police work means officers are placed in every type of scenario possible and sometimes must make split second decisions. Some of the decisions become very public and suddenly everyone has an opinion and makes a judgment without knowing all the details. But, police officers also act out of kindness and concern that most of us never hear about that. Their capacity to go from one emotion to another in split seconds is astonishing. I think that most importantly we learned that police are people and not just robots. They have emotions. They have wives and husbands and children. They care very much about what they do and sometimes it’s very tough to see the inhumanity of people. Sometimes they have to use humor to get through the day. Police work is routine patrol work and investigations and the next second its lights and siren to an emergency situation. The variety of topics covered, department responsibilities and the respective training of the officers proved to be a valuable educational experience. I would recommend this experience to anyone who can spend three hours a week for about three months and learn what police work is really all about. P.S. My wife loved it. Okay, a couple parts were tough, but she wouldn’t have traded the opportunity for anything. P.P.S. It was a great date night. The price is right. Free. And…they provide treats!

GOOD NEIGHBOR NEWS: WEST JORDAN NEWSLETTER Schorr Gallery exhibit features paintings of John and Jeff Mauger


Volunteers needed for Victim Assistance Program HELP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS If you want to make a difference for women and men who are experiencing domestic violence, the West Jordan Victim Assistance Program (under the direction of the City Prosecutor’s Office) is just the place for you to get involved. Call Cecelia or Val at 801-566-6511 to participate 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.

Stop by the City Hall third floor Schorr Gallery and enjoy the paintings and watercolors from John and Jeff Mauger. John Mauger, originally from upstate New York, moved to Salt Lake City with his family to accept the position of deanship at the University of Utah’s School of Pharmacy. Dr. Mauger has been painting in watercolors for over 20 years and gets his inspiration from the works of contemporary English watercolorists John Yardley, David Curtis and Winston Oh, whose paintings are luminous and transparent. Many of his paintings reflect his vast travels throughout rural America and destinations abroad. He shares a passion for painting with his son Jeffrey, who is a professional artist with fine art degrees from the University of Utah. Jeff has taught painting and drawing at both the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. His landscape paintings, which combine a unique blend of realism and impressionism with large splashes of color, have been widely received and can be found in both private and corporate collections. Their work will be on display until Dec. 29.

Arts Council presents ‘A Most Wonderful Holiday’ Dec. 6 Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. and join the West Jordan Arts Council to kick off the holidays! The event takes place at the Viridian Event Center, 8030 South 1825 West (behind City Hall), when the West Jordan Band, Symphony and Mountain West Chorale join together to present “A Most Wonderful Holiday” concert.

Library book & surplus furniture sale Nov. 22 Stop by the old West Jordan Library Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and find bargains galore! Everything must go … from books to furniture. Come early for the best deals! The old library is located at 1970 W. 7800 South.

Construction Progressing on Schedule for New Fire Station & Police Substation

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Construction for the new Fire Station/Police Substation at 9351 S. Hawley Park Road is underway and on schedule for a move-in date of April 1, 2015. The exterior doors and windows should all be installed by the end of November as well as completion of the roofing. First- and second-floor framing is mostly completed, with drywall completion by mid-December. The new station will serve as a multiuse facility and will improve delivery of fire services and add a police presence to the area. Updates on the construction process along with photos of the progress are available on the West Jordan website at WJordan.com and on the West Jordan City Hall Facebook page.








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Did you know the City has a Hardship Fund designed to help those in dire need keep their water on? In 2007, the City’s Hardship Fund had more than $10,000. In recent years, contributions have dwindled and need has increased, which has caused the Hardship Fund to almost dry up. If you want to help someone in our community, you can add a donation to your monthly utility bill or simply call 801-569-5020 and make a donation over the phone. The City can accept donations from businesses or residents who want to brighten someone’s day. Every little bit helps those in our community who are struggling. We don’t want people to take unfair advantage of the goodwill of others, so there are limits in place:






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CHAIRMAN’S CORNER by Matt Dill, Acting Chairman

can’t believe there are just a few weeks left in received the RE/MAX International Presidents 2014. This year seems to have gone by fastCircle Award and became an active member er than ever. It seems that we were just barely of her local chamber of commerce. There she meeting to plan 2014 a few months ago, not discovered a love for helping other business a whole year ago. As you know, the Board has owners network and learn the value of edubeen focused on strategic planning for the cating to sell. Chamber in the year 2014. We have had several Adept in the field of business development planning sessions, met with a variety of consuland organizational leadership, Jevine has been tants, and gathered input from our members in dedicated to supporting Utah businesses. She order to develop a strategic plan that will best worked for the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce meet the needs of not only our current memboth as Vice President & COO and again as Director bers, but all West Jordan businesses, as well as of Programs and The Business Center. She served Jevine Lane providing long-term viability for the West Jorfor many years on the Board of Directors for dan Chamber. We are continuing our strategic Women in Business and developed the Jr. WIB planning later this month with our annual retreat. We welcome any mentoring program for high schools girls looking to go into business. ideas, suggestions, and comments you have for the future of YOUR Jevine has a head for business and a heart for people. She believes chamber. Please contact any Board member and share your thoughts that reward comes from service and has shown this through her 16 so that your voice can be heard as we plan for the upcoming year. year membership with Chambers of Commerce, Children’s Miracle As many of you already know, Craig Dearing is no longer with the Network and The Sandy Club, A Safe Place for Boys & Girls. She founded West Jordan Chamber. It seems hard to imagine a Chamber without The Business Exchange, an organization that helps build sustainable Craig, and it is impossible to not see his influence, advice, mediation, businesses and successful people through education, resources and support, encouragement or just plain friendship in any business in connections. Jevine serves yearly as a Best of State Judge, recognizing West Jordan. As much as Craig is an icon in West Jordan, I am sure we the best of local businesses. can all look forward to seeing him around as he continues to serve the She is happily married and enjoys spending time with her children West Jordan community. We, as a Board, thank Craig for his many years and grandsons at their hockey games, gardening, traveling, yoga and of service to the West Jordan Chamber and the community, and wish good music. him well in his future endeavors. I personally thank him for his years We are excited to welcome Jevine to the Chamber and look of mentoring and friendship. forward to working with her to make the chamber even more relevant It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors announce to West Jordan businesses, the city, and the community. Jevine has that Jevine Lane has accepted the position of President of the West already been meeting with us and will be a key participant in our Jordan Chamber of Commerce. Jevine Lane began her career in planning retreat this month. We are sure you will enjoy working business with RE/MAX Associates as a real estate professional. She with her as much as we have thus far. l




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Grizzly Debate Team Takes Top Honors By Marci Heugly


ebate teams from 12 Utah schools met at Cyprus High School on Oct. 10-11 to debate their way to the top. The Pirate Pete’s Locker Tournament was a prime opportunity for Copper Hills students to make a name for themselves, which they did by taking home first place overall. “One student stood above the rest: Andres Uscategui entered in three different events and placed in all of them,” said Scott Odekirk, Copper Hills debate coach. “Andres took fourth in varsity impromptu speaking, fourth in varsity extemporaneous speaking, and in varsity Lincoln-Douglas debate he took first with an undefeated record.” Nineteen Copper Hills students placed in various events during the twoday tournament. “To win, Copper Hills High School earned the most overall points across 12 different events,” Odekirk said. “This was a total team effort, and the debate team prepared hard to defend their Cyprus title

Itineris Early College High School opened the doors to its new building in West Jordan with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 22. The school is now located at 8714 Roy Del Circle. Itineris gives students the opportunity to concurrently complete up to two years of college credit while earning their high school diploma, and the new, larger facility will accommodate more students than before. Photo courtesy of Camille Anderson —Marci Heugly

Copper Hills students celebrate their first-place victory at a recent debate tournament. Photo courtesy of Heidi Leggat from last year.” Andrea Aviles took first place in the varsity oratory debate and Andrea Feliciano took first in novice impromptu speaking, with several other students coming in the

top four in their events. “The Copper Hills debate team has opened their season with pride, but they won’t stop until they are the best team in the universe,” Odekirk said. l

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Jaguars Wrestlers Begin Season With A New Coach


By Greg James


al Rauser, West Jordan High School’s new wrestling coach, is from Townsend, Mont., a small town south of Helena. He has a resume of success as a collegiate and high school wrestler. “I am excited to be here, and we really want these kids to qualify for state. I really think we have a few kids that have potential to get there. When I was hired, we talked about building the program and getting West Jordan wrestling to where it was

the number of wrestlers in recent years. Rauser said he hopes to encourage student athletes to participate.

“ I am excited to be here, and

we really want these kids to qualify for state. I really think we have a few kids that have potential to get there.”

Jaguars new wrestling head coach, Val Rauser. Photo courtesy of UVU athletics

West Jordan High School’s new wrestling coach, Val Rauser, wrestled at Utah Valley University for 2 ½ years before he was forced to retire after a bout with ulcerative colitis. Photo courtesy of UVU athletics [in the late 80s], a Top Five team in the state. Slowly, we are going to get there,” Rauser said. West Jordan has seen a decline in

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Jaguar seniors Caleb Gerber and Nick Despain and junior Austin Peterson gained experience last season wrestling in varsity matches. Rauser said they

have the potential to have an impact on the region. At the preseason open workouts, about 20 wrestlers participated. Rauser said after football season ends he expects the numbers to increase. “We have been working on the basics. It has been good for the more experienced kids to review. I really think having fun is important. These wrestlers need to know how to take criticism and learn from it. By working hard, we will all get better.

he Jaguars new wrestling head coach Val Rauser and his twin brother Jade were prized Utah Valley University recruits from Broadwater High School in Townsend, Mont. Rauser completed his high school career with a 155-0 record. He was three-time state champion at 133 lbs. His brother was a four-time national champion and continues to wrestle at UVU. “I have been wrestling since I was 3 years old and have helped coach club wrestling for seven years. I had an illness that forced me to quit. My parents told me about the opportunity to coach at West Jordan, so I jumped at it,” Rauser said. Rauser suffers from chronic ulcerative colitis, an inflammation of the large intestine, causing him to lose unhealthy amounts of weight. The illness has hammered him from time to time throughout his wrestling career.

I want 100 percent from every workout we do,” he said. “I work full-time in Orem and come up to West Jordan to help these kids get better. This is my first high school head coaching job. I think the school has been supportive to see where we can take the program,” Rauser said. “We all want to do well. I want these kids to succeed.” The Jaguars begin their season Dec. 5-6 at the Layton Invitational. l

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Grizzlies Volleyball Team Displays Character On The Court

Cross-Country Runners Set High Marks By Greg James


est Jordan and Copper Hills runners closed out their cross-country season with fast finishes and school record times. The Grizzly boys and girls teams qualified for the state cross-country championship Oct. 22 at Sugarhouse Park. The boys placed second to Alta in region and eighth overall in the 5A state race. Junior Christian Allen finished third at state, shattering his own school record time. He ran the three-mile course in 15:16.8, 36 seconds faster than last year’s time. The boys team of Allen, Jared Reed, Matt Lyon, Charlie Olson, Corban Allen, Brian Nelson and Cameron Bodily finished just 12 points behind the seventh-place team, Weber High School. Jaguar senior Kimball Booth placed 67th individually at state and 11th in Region 3. The Jaguars boys and girls teams placed sixth overall in Region 3 but failed to qualify for the state meet (they needed to finish in the top four). The Copper Hills girls team finished 11th at the state meet and fourth in Region 3. Junior Hailey Barker finished 35th overall in state, tops for the Grizzlies with a time of 19:56.6. The girls team consisted of Barker, Julia Falcon, Kaitlin Farley, Isabella Ruiz, Emily Furnell, Taryn Burnett and Hannah Adams. Jaguar sophomore Mackenzie Prows finished 73rd individually overall at state. l

By Greg James


he Copper Hills High School volleyball team has had limited success this season. But head coach Jamie Bartholomew is pleased with her team anyway. “We are young and somewhat inexperienced, but the way we have battled against far better teams shows our character. I am proud of that,” Bartholomew said. The Grizzlies closed out their 2014 season 0-10 in Region 3 and 4-21 overall. “The season has not gone the way I imagined, but these are great kids,” Bartholomew said. Seniors Roni Jones and Summer Brown were the leaders of the team. Jones had 111 kills and is committed to continue playing volleyball after graduation at BYU. Freshman Taela Laufiso began playing volleyball for the first time in July and was one of the leaders on the team in blocks.

Grizzly senior Roni Jones has signed to play volleyball for BYU after she graduates. Photo courtesy of dbaphotography.com “She [Laufiso] is new, and I have been impressed with her work and attitude. She could be a really great player. Roni is our leader. She is one of the hardest-working kids I have ever coached, and she has a great attitude,” Bartholomew said. The Grizzlies won three matches in the Bingham Claim Jumper tournament Oct. 3-4. They defeated Woods Cross 2-0, Corner Canyon 2-0 and Murray 2-0. They also defeated Hunter 3-1 to begin their season. “It has been a rough season, but I think overall it has been good for us. We have come a long way and worked through our struggles. I tried to help the younger girls to learn not to give up and to always play your heart out,” Jones said. l


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