April 2015 | Vol. 15 Iss. 4
FREE Rice Sworn In To Seat On West Jordan Council By Tom Haraldsen
ophie Rice was sworn in and officially took her seat on the West Jordan City Council on April 8. She was selected by the council from a field of five candidates who applied to finish the unexpired term of Justin Stoker, who resigned on March 4 after being hired as West Jordan’s Deputy Director of Public Works. Rice, who has been serving as a member of the city’s Planning Commission (from which she has resigned since her council appointment), will serve as the District 4 representative for the remainder of the year. She would need to seek election to the seat during this fall’s municipal elections, as her term expires on Jan. 4, 2016. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of confidence and support everyone has given me,” she said. “Many residents of District 4 have called to express their excitement—they know I’m anxious to represent them and convey what they want—and the staff has been very open and welcoming.”
Newly-appointed council member Sophie Rice.
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‘Varekai’ Will Transform The Maverik Center With Theatrical Performance By Tom Haraldsen
or those who’ve seen a Cirque du Soleil performance, the critically acclaimed “Varekai” will be a much different experience than any you’ve had before. The show plays April 22-26 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. Since its debut in Montreal in 2002, “Varekai” has played in 72 cities since its inception 13 years ago. By the nature of its title, which means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies, “Varekai” is the powerful story of a young man finding his way through an adventure that’s both absurd and extraordinary. “This production is different from many Cirque shows, in that it’s very theatrical,” said Vanessa Napoli, publicist for this production that is
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Open House, Ribbon Cutting For New Fire/Police Station By Tom Haraldsen
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ity officials will cut the “hose” with the “Jaws of Life” at an April 30 ribbon cutting ceremony for Fire Station 54/Bagley Park Police Substation. Located at 9351 South Hawley Park Road (5595 West), the facility is built on the site of an old fire station that was demolished last spring. The original facility was built in 1980 when West Jordan had just over 27,000 residents. Today, the city’s population is greater than 110,000. The station includes a 50-foot training tower for rope rescue training, as well as training tunnels to practice confined space rescue.
It has the ability to house seven firefighters and includes a 50-seat community/training room that is available for public use. The station cost is about $3.5 million. On May 2, a public open house will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Scouts and groups are also welcome to come get a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s police and fire operations. Police and firefighters will be on hand to demonstrate the many different tools they use to keep our community safe. The station will improve delivery of fire services and add more of a police presence to the growing area. l
Desert Star Presents ‘Into The Hoods’
esert Star Playhouse continues its riotous 2015 season with a hilarious spin on presidential elects, Comic Con costumes, and the communication between parents and offspring. “Into the Hoods - A Fractured Fairy Tale” combines Broadway musical theatrics
Desert Star’s signature musical olios following the show. The Reality Show Olio will feature some of your favorite reality shows, with a unique, and always hilarious, Desert Star twist! Scrumptious food is also available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your
with local Utah culture in this comically entertaining musical parody! From the creative mind of Desert Star’s own Scott Holman comes a tale of a failed presidential candidate turned baker, Mitt Romney, as he tries to break his election curse, placed upon him by the evil witch, Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, the long lost Romney daughter, Rapunzel (kidnapped by the witch), is trapped in a tower pining for her prince, David Archuleta (her reluctant beau). Join Cinderfeller in his quest to go to Salt Lake’s Comic Con; Jack, who has to sell his beloved chicken, Clucky White, and Little Red Gangsta Hood, on her way to her grandma’s house in the hoods. Written and directed by Scott Holman, “Into the Hoods” runs from March 26 to June 6, 2015. The evening also includes another of
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An artist rendering of the new West Jordan Fire Station 54/Bagley Park Police Station that will host a public open house on Saturday, May 2. Courtesy of West Jordan City
CITIZEN COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS
THE WEST JORDAN TEAM
Several residents of West Jordan have been appointed, or reappointed, to various committees. Nichole Bennett has been reappointed to the Sustainability Committee. Her term runs through Dec. 31, 2017. Kim Mackay and Roger Mackay have been reappointed to the Healthy West Jordan Committee, both through Dec. 31, 2017. Six residents have also been given new appointments to various committees, all of them through the remainder of this year. They are Jennifer Fisher (chairperson) and John Pulver (vice-chairperson) for the Arts Council, Carolyn Matthews (chairperson) and Dave Smith (vice-chairperson) for the Healthy West Jordan Committee, and Zach Jacob (chairperson) and Tom Griffith (vice-chairperson) to the Sustainability Committee.
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All five applicants were interviewed as part of a city council meeting on March 25, after which each councilmember cast a vote by secret ballot for their choice. Rice and Alan Anderson, president and CEO of ChamberWest, the Chamber of Commerce for West Valley, Taylorsville and Kearns, were the top two vote-getters. At that point, Councilmember Ben Southworth made a motion that Rice be appointed, a motion seconded by Councilmember Judy Hansen. The council voted in favor of the motion 4-2, with Mayor Kim Rolfe and Councilmember Jeff Haaga casting “no” votes. Rice said she’s “always liked being involved in government—knowing what’s going on in my community.” She said the thoughts of running for office seemed scary at first, but “we need good people to be involved. I felt it was my civic duty to run this time.” She was one of nine candidates who ran for mayor in 2013, the year Rolfe was elected. Though she was not elected, the experience “propelled me onto some committees in the city. I think it gave me some name recognition.” Her district, on the southwest side of West Jordan, has a lot of open space. “So a big concern for all of us who live there is managing growth,” she said. “Traffic is a concern, and we want to make sure planning for growth doesn’t have a negative impact on our neighborhoods. My goal is to voice the concerns of those in my district to the rest of the council and staff, to be sure our voices are heard.” “It’s easy to live in your own little bubble and do nothing at times,” she added, “but people should get involved. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do, and I have.” l
touring the western United States. “If you’re looking for deep meaning, it’s here. The show features great acrobatics, of course, loosely based on the story of Icarus.” Icarus is a character in Greek mythology who, despite warnings, flew too close to the sun and fell to his death. “The writer and director, Dominic Champagne, asked, ‘What if I could change the story, change the ending? What would that be?’’’ Napoli said. “How do you stand up after a fall? Varekai lands in a magical forest where he gets to know himself, wants his wings, and is in a bit of denial. It’s this story of rediscovery that leads him to a newly-found wonder of life’s mysteries.” Napoli said the original show was refreshed a bit three months ago, and visually has changed quite a bit. She has personally seen the production “over a hundred times, and every time I watch it, I pick up something different. The show is constantly evolving, something you can see when you work with the cast every day like I get to do.” Champagne said the production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those whose quest and infinite passion leads along the path to Varekai. More than 50 international performers and musicians,
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hailing from 19 different countries, make up the cast. There are currently 18 different Cirque shows being performed around the world, some of them permanent, such as those in Las Vegas, and some touring like “Varekai.” “The challenge is always to create new shows that still awe people, while being different from our other shows,” Napoli said. “I think Utah audiences are going to love and be awed by ‘Varekai.’” There will be a total of eight shows at the Maverik Center, with 7:30 p.m. performances April 22-24, two April 25 shows at 4 and 7:30 p.m., and three shows on April 26 at 1:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket information is available at maverikcentertickets.net. l
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New Safety Light To Be Installed At 7000 South Crosswalk
By Tom Haraldsen
t should come as no surprise that 7000 South is one of the most-traveled roadways by motorists in the city. That traffic has also made a highly used crosswalk at about 1960 West one in need of safety improvement. The city council has taken a step to accomplish just that. The council unanimously approved installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at the crosswalk. The beacons should be installed in the next 60 to 90 days. Bill Baronowski, the city’s traffic engineer, told the council the crosswalk is located at a ‘T’ intersection, and was upgraded with orange crosswalk flags a few years ago. Last year, traffic counts showed between 22,000 and 26,000 vehicles per day pass through the crosswalk area, where the posted speed is 35 miles per hour. He presented five options to the council for helping with safety at that intersection. One was to eliminate the crosswalk completely, forcing those wishing to cross 7000 South to use crosswalks at either Redwood Road or 2200 West. A second option was to enhance the existing painting of the crosswalk, and
add advance warning bars to the roadway for approaching motorists. Another option was installation of a HAWK Hybrid Pedestrian Crosswalk Beacon, similar to one used in front of Gardner Village for access to and from the TRAX station. But the cost of a HAWK light ($90,000) and the fact that pedestrian traffic at the intersection was below the required 20 per hour, worked against that proposal. Council agreed that the RRFB was the best option. A conventional pedestrian signal was also presented, but considered unwarranted due to the estimated pedestrian usage of the crosswalk. The LED lights emit rapid flashing (wig-wag) lights to drivers to alert them of the presence of pedestrians in the crosswalk, Baranowski explained. These lights already exist along 2700 West at the TRAX station at 8350 South, at West Jordan High School at 8120 South, and on 2200 West and 7600 South. There is also one operating near Copper Hills High School. Cost of the RRFB is estimated at about $30,000. l
Sale Of Bonds Will Mean New Streetlights, Park Improvements By Tom Haraldsen
he city council has taken the next step in the issuance and sale of $6.53 million of sales tax revenue bonds. The sale will allow West Jordan City to finance the cost of replacing certain streetlights with LED lights, as well as making improvements in several parks within the city. The action came on March 25 after the council previously approved issuance of the bonds on Feb. 25. The bonds will be paid back with proceeds from sales tax revenue over the next 10 years. Approval for the bonds was actually $7.25 million, but Finance Manager Ryan Bradshaw said the initial sale will be at the lesser amount. “We have 5,045 light poles in the city, and replacing these lights with LED lights will save the city about $200,000 per year on power bills,” he said. “We will issue these bonds within the next 30 days.” Remaining funds will be used for park upgrades in 24 city parks, 10 pavilion replacements and 18 playgrounds that will be brought up to ADA standards. A portion of the bonded amount will also cover the cost of issuance of the Series 2015 bonds. City staff will begin the schedule for both light replacements and park improvements once the bond proceeds have been accrued. l
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COUNTY MAYOR’S MESSAGE By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams
Wins and losses for Salt Lake County at the Utah Legislature
’m happy to report that the just-concluded session of the Utah legislature had what I believe are some big “wins” for the residents of Salt Lake County, as well as what I see as one major “loss”. Here’s a recap: 1. With the passage of Community Preservation (SB 199), residents of the townships and unincorporated areas will vote in an historic election this November. Thanks to months of work by volunteers in the community, voters—depending on where they live—will be able to choose to become a metro township or city, or to remain unincorporated. It’s a resolution to decades of fighting—pitting neighbor against neighbor. When residents cast their ballots, they’ll ensure boundary protection for their communities, begin a chapter of greater local control and not be forced to sacrifice high-quality, cost-effective services from Salt Lake County. This legislative action is an example of grassroots democracy at its best and would not have been possible without the good will generated by all sides coming together on this consensus bill.
2. The sponsor of HB 348, Rep. Eric Hutchings, calls it an “epic shift” in the criminal justice system. His bill is the result of a great deal of work by the Utah Commission on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. The measure seeks to reduce the time drug addicts stay in prison by dropping some crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor, while enhancing drug and mental health treatment. As the operator of both the jail and as the local mental health authority, Salt Lake County will be able to pursue policies that result in better treatment for those in our criminal system due to drug abuse, to enhance public safety and to use scarce taxpayer dollars more efficiently. 3. History-making legislation that expands anti-discrimination protections for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
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transgender (LGBT) community, along with religious-liberty protections, caps a seven-year effort in our state. SB 296 received overwhelming support in the Utah House and Senate and was signed by Gov. Herbert at a special ceremony. 4. Gov. Herbert’s proposal to expand Medicaid—“Healthy Utah”—passed the Utah Senate but did not pass the Utah House. Not only is this troubling news for tens of thousands of uninsured Utahns who fall within the Affordable Care Act’s “coverage gap”, it also affects the county’s ability to provide health care to the jail population and to serve thousands of county residents with mental health and substance use disorder needs. Utah’s state drug court coordinator says that 80 percent of people who come through the Utah court system “have some sort of behavioral health need.” While the governor has said he’ll continue to talk to legislative leaders in hopes of forging an agreement for a special legislative session, the ongoing lack of access to health insurance for so many in Salt Lake County will harm public health and strain our budget. It’s a privilege for me to serve as Salt Lake County mayor. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any questions, concerns or ideas about how we build a safe, healthy and prosperous community. l
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‘Comcast Cares’ Day Set For April 25
est Jordan residents will once again have a chance to participate in the city’s annual community-wide beautification project during Comcast Cares Day, on Saturday, April 25. From 8 a.m. to noon, employees of Comcast will work side-by-side with volunteers from the community, gathering at the Youth Soccer Complex, 4000 West 7800 South. Project assignments vary from spreading bark mulch in city parks, pulling weeds, painting park pavilions, picking up trash along trails, planting trees, school cleanup and more. If possible, bring work gloves, rakes and shovels. This event will take place rain or shine. Comcast will also provide a dollar match for every volunteer who participates. This money will benefit West Jordan schools and nonprofits. Last year’s event generated more than $17,610 that went toward the Sierra Newbold Playground. Volunteers should check in at the Youth Soccer Complex from 7-8 a.m., where they will be divided into project groups, enjoy a complimentary breakfast and receive a T-shirt. Service begins at 8 a.m. and runs until noon, when volunteers meet back at the soccer complex for a free lunch. All ages are welcome. Advance registration is preferred, but walk-ups will be accepted. You can find more information and register online at www. wjordan.com. Comcast Cares Day is a celebration of the company’s year-round commitment to ser-
South Jordan, UT — In our office we have seen far too many patients suffering with the debilitating symptoms of peripheral neuropathy like burning, weakness, pain, numbness, and tingling. We even see individuals whose neuropathy is so far advanced they are at risk of having their feet amputated. Figure 1: Falls affect millions of seniors in the U.S. every year.
Volunteers from last year’s Comcast Cares Day helped with cleanup at various locations around the city. Photo courtesy of West Jordan City vice, and has grown to become the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event. In 2014, a record 95,000 volunteers contributed 570,000 hours to improve more than 820 parks, schools, beaches, senior centers and other vital community sites around the world. Since 2001, more than 600,000 Comcast NBC/Universal employees, their friends, family members and our community partners have volunteered more than 3.7 million service hours at nearly 6,000 projects in communities across the United States and around the world. l
Vote-by-mail Plan Will Save City Money
By Tom Haraldsen
est Jordan City will once again allow voters to cast their ballots by mail. The city has entered into an interlocal cooperation agreement with Salt Lake County’s election division to provide Vote-by-mail election services for this fall’s municipal election. The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 11 this year, with the general election set for Nov. 3. During the 2013 municipal elections, West Jordan was one of two cities in the county that conducted a Vote-by-mail election. Voter turnout more than doubled in both those cities, compared to the previous election. This year, almost all cities in Salt Lake County are going to utilize the Voteby-mail process. As part of the agreement, Salt Lake County will provide ballot layout, design, ordering and printing; machine programming
and testing, delivery of supplies and equipment, operate an election vote center and early voting locations, administer absentee ballots, update county websites with voter information; tabulate, report and canvass election results, conduct recounts as needed, handle all public notices, and make direct payment of all costs associated with the election, including poll works, sites, etc. Salt Lake County has ensured the cost of the election will not exceed an estimate of $160,383.88, which was based on the voter turnout in 2013. By comparison, a consolidated polls election was estimated to cost $169,295.88, and the cost of traditional polls was estimated at just over $180,000. Voter information about the program will be mailed to residents of West Jordan this summer. l
However, none of these are the reason neuropathy can be a deadly condition. The biggest risks from peripheral neuropathy are the balance problems and falls that this condition can cause. You see, the nerves in your feet help send signals to your brain to maintain proper balance. When the nerves are damaged by neuropathy it is common to feel like you are off balance, or going to fall. Many of you reading this may have already fallen, and live in fear that your next fall may result in a fracture or concussion. Sadly, over 2.4 million seniors in the U.S. every year visit the emergency room each year due to falls, and nearly 23,000 die. This damage that results in balance problems is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to begin to degenerate due to lack of nutrient flow. As you can see in Figure 2, as the blood vessels that surround the nerves become diseased they shrivel up which causes the nerves to not get the nutrients to continue to survive. When these nerves begin to “die” they cause you to have balance problems as well as, pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and many additional symptoms. Figure 2: When these very small blood vessels become diseased they begin to shrivel up and the nerves begin to degenerate.
To make matters worse, too many doctors simply prescribe medications which don’t fix the cause of the problem. Even worse, some of these drugs have side effects that include dizziness and loss of balance! There is now a facility right here in South Jordan that offers you hope without taking those endless drugs with serious side effects. (See the special neuropathy severity examination at the end of this article.) In order to effectively treat your neuropathy three factors must be determined. 1) What is the underlying cause? 2) How Much Nerve Damage Has Been Sustained. NOTE: Once you have sustained 85% nerve loss, there is likely nothing that we can do for you. 3) How much treatment will your condition require? The treatment we use in our office is like watering a plant. This technology will allow the blood vessels to grow back around the periphFigure 3: The blood vessels will grow back around the nerves much like a plant’s roots grow when watered. eral nerves and provide them with the proper nutrients to heal and repair. It’s like adding water to a plant and seeing the roots grow deeper and deeper. The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation. As long as you have not sustained at least 85% nerve damage there is hope! Dr. M. Shane Watt at NeuroBolic Health Center will do a Neuropathy Severity Examination to determine the extent of the nerve damage for only $57. This neuropathy severity examination will consist of a detailed sensory evaluation, extensive peripheral vascular testing, and a detailed analysis of the findings of your neuropathy. Call 801-495-4444 to determine if your peripheral neuropathy can be treated, pain reduced, and your balance restored. Our Peripheral Neuropathy program is the most comprehensive and state of the art treatment that exists in Utah. Dr. M. Shane Watt Chiropractic Physician
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Get Your Nerd On
REZONE APPROVED FOR MEMORY FACILITY
By Crystal Couch
bsurd, funny, and touching,” said Mike Jones, one of the main leads in the most recent performance held in Pioneer Hall. West Jordan Theater Arts has produced countless live performances throughout the years and still have new shows planned for the 2015 calendar year. Their most recent show, “The Nerd” by Larry Shue, has made attendants laugh and smile as actors bring their characters to life. This is Jones’ first performance with the West Jordan Theater Arts and Sugar Factory Playhouse. He was drawn to the role after considering where he wanted to go with his life. He did research on actors that had meaning to him. In this research he said, “There was always just this point when they said they had to sacrifice something for it. It was nothing that ever came easy. If I wanted it in my life, I had to make time for it.” With that, he went online and found the audition for “The Nerd.” Mike encourages the community to come out and support the local community arts. “Have fun,” he said, “and experience theater for what it is. It’s not a huge theater hall or an expensive production. But just get lost in it, enjoy the characters everybody put a lot of hard work into it, and I think there is lot to enjoy.”
A new type 2 memory care facility may be constructed on land adjacent to Majestic Elementary and West Jordan Junior High School. CABCO Horizon Assisted Living Center would be built on a 4.04-acre site off Redwood Road, near the two schools.
THE DETAILS Sugar Factory Playhouse and West Jordan Theater Arts present “The Nerd” by Larry Shue April 9-11, 13, and 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer Hall (1140 West 7800 South) in West Jordan. Tickets are $8 for general admission and
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City council members voted to rezone the property from High Density Residential and Professional Office designation to Very High Density Residential. The change allows developers of the facility to build approximately 50 units on the site, along with a commercial-grade kitchen. Staffing for the facility would be about one staff member for every three residents. The next step will be development and approval of site plans for the facility.
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Gov. Herbert asks 50,000 residents to lend their voices to plan for Utah’s future
Gov. Gary R. Herbert recently announced the next step in Envision Utah’s “Your Utah, Your Future” campaign, a statewide effort to gather 50,000 Utah voices on 11 key areas to help leaders plan for a population that is anticipated to almost double by 2050. “In Utah, we don’t believe in sitting back and seeing where growth will take us,” said Gov. Herbert. “Growth requires us to look forward proactively and take a thoughtful approach to ensure we maintain a high quality of life and strong economy in the decades to come.” Residents are encouraged to visit the Envision Utah website and give their voice on 11 issues that state leaders and planners consider critical in
anticipating future growth challenges. The survey asks Utahns to choose among alternative futures that impact the following 11 areas: • Air Quality • Education • Energy • Housing and Cost of Living • Jobs and Economy • Public Lands • Recreation • Agriculture • Transportation and Communities • Water • Disaster Resilience More information at EnvisionUtah.org.
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Conserving one of our most valuable resources Now that spring is officially here, I want to talk about water – it’s one of our most valuable resources and it has been noticeably absent this year. This past winter was the warmest and driest in Utah since the state began keeping records back in the 1800s. Given that fact, and the fact that we cannot predict future weather patterns, Utah’s water officials are asking for our help. Specifically, they are asking us to exercise caution with our water use, especially when it comes to watering our lawns. As we begin watering for the year, they are asking that we do so manually rather than switching our sprinklers to automatic, since automatic systems can lead to overwatering.
Here at City Hall, we are trying to do our part by creating a comprehensive plan to use less water now and in the future. This year, as much as possible, our parks will be watered every other day, as opposed to every day. Don’t be surprised if the lawns are a little drier than they have been in past years. The exception to this watering schedule is our regional parks, which require more water because of their size and use. Even before this past dry winter, the City was looking at ways to be more water wise. Right now, we have a new central irrigation system in design. The new system, called Calsense, uses sensors to determine the right amount of water to promote healthy growing conditions. It will take two years to fully implement the system but, in the end, it will help reduce our outdoor water usage by up to 20 percent per year. The current system has been in use since 1992. It’s basically on a timer system and it takes two days to fully shut down. This is the reason you may see the sprinklers on when it’s raining. The new system will automatically shut off when watering is unnecessary. By taking a few extra steps and exercising more caution in our water use, we can preserve our water reserves for the future. Let’s work together to make it happen.
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Construction Season in Full Swing With the coming of spring, comes a new crop of traffic cones and construction barrels. Road construction is an inconvenience to all who drive through it and we ask for your patience as crews repair and replace sections of the city’s roadways and other infrastructure. A good way to find out where the traffic impacts will be is to follow West Jordan – City Hall on Facebook.
HERE ARE A FEW MAJOR PROJECTS: 9000 South Reconstruction The wait is finally over! Many of our residents have been patiently counting down the days until they no longer have to endure the potholes and vibrations that plague 9000 South from 4800 West to 5600 West. With the help of the Utah Department of Transportation, the City is pleased to announce that B Jackson Construction will begin reconstructing this stretch of roadway the last week in April. Construction is expected to take under 90 days and involves removing and replacing the entire stretch of roadway from the west side of 4800 West
to approximately 5300 West, as well as the milling and overlay of 9000 South from 5300 West to 5600 West. When construction is complete, this section of roadway will be as good as new. In order to minimize construction time and complete the work faster, the road will be closed from the west side of 4800 West to 5300 West from the last week in April to the last week in July. During construction, traffic will be encouraged to use New Bingham Highway and Old Bingham Highway as detour routes around the construction zone. A safe school walking route to Copper Canyon Elementary will be maintained at all times during construction. If you have any questions regarding construction, please call Greg Davenport at 801-569-5077.
FUN FACTS: The project will require: • over 2,000 truckloads of granular material (dirt) • over 800 truckloads of asphalt • over 350 gallons of striping paint • over 34,000 square yards of geotextile fabric.
A construction crew installs an electrical vault as part of the 5600 West road widening project. 4000 West Culvert Project at Bingham Creek The City is installing a new culvert in 4000 West across the Bingham Creek at 9300 South. The work is commencing with channel bank stabilization and canal culvert extension. The road is scheduled to be closed from April 20 to May 20 to accommodate the work. The road will be widened in this location and curb, gutter and sidewalk will be installed. Another culvert project at Bingham Creek and 1300 West is just wrapping up. Sewer
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Whitaker Construction is installing a new sewer for the Jordan Valley Transit-Oriented Construction crews install electrical Development. Beginning Tuesday, cable underneath an intersection. April 7 there will be a single lane of travel on Old Bingham Highway from 8200 South to 8600 South with temporary traffic signals. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to find an alternate route. The project is expected to take about two months. Questions? Please contact Whitaker Construction at 435-723-2921
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Arbor Day tree planting event will yield 60 new trees
Ever thought about running for City Council? 2015 MUNICIPAL ELECTION CANDIDACY DECLARATION The City of West Jordan will be electing DISTRICTS 1, 2, 3, AND 4 Council Seats during this year’s municipal election. To declare candidacy to run for a Council District position, the filing period this year is as follows: Monday, June 1 through Monday, June 8 at 5 p.m., in the City Clerk/Recorder’s Office, City Hall, 8000 South Redwood Road, 3rd floor. For more information regarding the upcoming Municipal Election, please contact Melanie Briggs, City Clerk, 801-569-5117. All positions have four-year terms. If you are interested in running, listed below are the requirements: (1) Be a United States citizen. (2) Be at least 18 years old. (3) Be a resident of the municipality or a resident of the recent annexed area for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election. (4) Be a registered voter of the municipality. [Utah Code 10-3-301; 20A-9-203]
The City of West Jordan will be holding its annual Arbor Day event on April 25 in conjunction with Comcast Cares Day. The Arbor Day event will be held at Maples Park, located at Haven Maple Drive and Valley Maple Drive (approximately 7640 South 6730 West). There will be a brief introduction and tree planting demonstration that will begin at 8:30 a.m. (The time may be adjusted slightly depending on the arrival time of the Comcast Cares Day volunteers.) We will be planting 15 trees and placing mulch around all the trees throughout Maple Park. Additional tree planting projects will be taking place by other Comcast Cares Day volunteers at the Sycamore Ridge Park, Sycamore Trail Park, Oaks Park 1 (east) and Oaks Park 2 (west). This will be a fun event, and by the end of the day we will have 60 new trees to beautify our community!
Storm Water Open House April 30 Come learn about the City’s storm drain infrastructure and the efforts being taken to stay compliant with the EPA and manage flood run off. Staff will be on hand Thursday, April 30 from 6-8 p.m. at City Hall to explain the system, answer questions and share future planned improvements. Email email@example.com for more information.
Share Your Thoughts on the City’s Current Housing and Community Development Needs The City is looking for feedback from the community about current housing and community development needs and services in West Jordan. Please take a short online survey so that you can help guide strategies used for developing and funding programs and services that will be included in the City’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, as required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The survey can be found at WJordan.com or on the West Jordan City Hall Facebook page.
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COMCAST CARES DAY
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10 a.m. - noon 7950 S. 1825 West (parking lot behind City Hall)
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Viridian Event Center 8030 S. 1825 West 7:30 p.m.
City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd. 6 p.m.
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Pioneer Hall 1140 W. 7800 South 7:30 p.m.
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West Jordan Fire Department is teaching a two day Community Emergency Response Team training on May 8 and 9. This CERT course is for those residents and people who work or own businesses in West Jordan who would like to be trained on what to do in case of a natural disaster or other emergency. The course requires completion of an online course prior to taking the handson class. The hands-on portion is taught by West Jordan firefighters and other local professionals. Topics include Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Medical, Fire Suppression, and Search and Rescue. The online self-study portion usually takes about six hours to complete. The 12-hour classroom practical session will be held Friday, May 8 from 6-10 p.m., and Saturday, May 9 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You must complete both portions and the required training hours in order to receive certification. CERT training is open to all West Jordan residents, ages 18 and over, and anyone who works within West Jordan City limits. The cost of the class is $35, to cover some of the costs of materials. The maximum number of students is 24 and is selected on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for this class, bring a $35 non-refundable deposit to Fire Station #53, 7602 S. Jordan Landing Blvd. (approximately 4000 West), between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Park in the front lower parking lot and register with the Administrative Assistant, Marti. She will take your information and give you a manual and instructions for completing the online portion. Any student who paid for the class previously and was unable to attend must repay the deposit for the new upcoming class. The deposit money is non-refundable. If you have questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-260-7300.
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WEST JORDAN SENIOR CENTER NEWS West Jordan Senior Center 8025 South 2200 West 801-561-7320 The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is available Monday through Friday for those who live in the area. Transportation is free; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. — Gentle Yoga Wednesdays, 2 p.m. — Lapidary. This class is held every Wednesday and is continuing to grow. Come and join the fun. April 21, 9 to 11:30 a.m. — Free Hearing Screenings April 30, 11:30 a.m. — Seniors Living Smarter, Safer, Simpler Lives. Students from Salt Lake Community College will be at the Senior Center to discuss some research on this topic. May 5, 11 a.m. — May Birthday Celebration. Entertainment: Harmonica Band. Everyone over 60 with a May birthday receives a free
lunch, compliments of the West Jordan Senior Center Advisory Committee. Please let the center know if you have a May birthday. May 5, 1 p.m. — The Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop. A free workshop for people 60 years and older with longterm health problems. Trained facilitators will help you learn to take charge of symptoms. The sessions are facilitated by two trained/ certified leaders (who also have chronic diseases and/or who are caregivers/spouses, etc. of someone who has chronic conditions). May 13, 1 to 4 p.m. — Days for Girls Humanitarian Project. The center is hosting this event on the second Wednesday of each month. Come help cut, sew, or assemble washable feminine hygiene kits for girls in developing countries. If possible please bring a serger, sewing machine, cloth scissors, mat board and rotary cutting tools. Donations accepted include: girls briefs (sizes 10, 12, 14) Ziploc brand freezer bags (gallon size), flannel and cotton (new, large or small pieces), washcloths, hotel-size soaps. l
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Hawthorn Academy Celebrates Health and Wellness
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awthorn Academy understands the importance of health and safety. This year marks the sixth year hosting a health and wellness fair, and it won’t disappoint. The sixth annual Family Fun Run and Expo is teaming up with an emergency preparedness fair on Saturday, April 25 at Hawthorn Academy (9062 South 2200 West in West Jordan). The fun run begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the expo from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The fun run will bring a great kick-start to the event, followed by the expo, which will have plenty to entertain people of all ages. “The main purpose of this event is to bring our community together and help everyone to live a healthy, safe and prepared life,” Stephanie Plunkett Dykstra, wellness chair to Hawthorn Academy, mom and local physician, said. “We want people to have an opportunity to learn about all the great services available in our community as well.” Their expo will be a great place to learn more about protecting your family, living a healthier life and seeing what great services West Jordan has to offer for everyone. “I am very passionate about this event and it means a lot to me on every level,” Dykstra said. Her passion is easy to see. Events at this year’s expo include the fun run, raffle
drawings and a silent auction throughout the day, bounce houses and games, blood donations and educational classes such as CPR/first aid certification ($50), canning 101, earthquake safety, fire prevention, water conservation and many more. All classes will be available in the middle school classrooms from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Note: all are free EXCEPT CPR certification.) For more information, visit www.hopehappenings. org/my-forms. l
By Lewi Lewis
fter graduating from Copper Hills High, Tupaimoefitpo “Sealver” Siliga, born April 26, 1990, went on to play for the University of Utah as a Nose Tackle. In his three year career with the Running Utes, he appeared in 37 games and finished with 97 tackles and was awarded honorable Mention All-West. Siliga went undrafted until he was signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in September 2011. From there, Siliga Carreer jumped around, playing mostly for practice squads, changing teams twice in the span of two years. Finally, in October 2013, the New England Patriots signed him to their practice squad; he was later activated to the 53-man roster and played 5 regular season games in that same year. An early 2014 injury put Siliga on the injured reserve with a designation to return. On November 27, 2014 he practiced for the first time, having to wait for the 21 day period in which he could be activated. On Dec. 6 Siliga was added to the active roster. He started in and helped the New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX. The Copper Hills Athletic Program deserves a salute, for, with out a doubt, it was one of many components that helped Seayler Siliga, not only play in the National Football League, but to go on to win a Super Bowl. l
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Jaguars Open Baseball Season
Copper Hills Announces Hiring Of New Football Coach
By Greg James
limbing Mount Everest is not on the to-do list of the West Jordan Jaguars baseball team although taking on the defending state champions in its first Region 3 matchup this season could be compared to making that climb. The Jaguars had a strong beginning to their pre-season, despite a 6-5 loss in their opening game against Highland. They rebounded to clobber East, 27-3. Senior Tristen Peterson collected the win. In other pre-season games they beat Cyprus 2-1. Senior Alex Pace scattered four hits and struck out two. The Jaguars took the lead in the bottom of the fourth by scoring two runs. Parker Stiefel had two hits, including a single to drive in Ronnie Yengich. Dylan Krans singled in Peterson to cap off the scoring. In it’s Region 3 opening series against Jordan, they were swept in three games: 15-5, 8-4 and 10-2. “We played a good Jordan team and were not at our best. We are going to be just fine,” Peterson said. Before their regular season opener, the team traveled to St George and participated in the Desert Hills Invita-
Jaguar infielder Hunter Wright and his teammates had a strong preseason. Photo courtesy of Phyllis Wright tional March 13-14. They earned a split in the four games. Beating Carbon 8-3 and Northridge 12-1 and lost to Desert Hills 5-4 and Cedar 13-3. l
By Greg James
he parents, players and fans of Copper Hills High School’s football team have been waiting patiently for the announcement of their new football coach. His name is Tavita Sagapolu. “I am so excited to be here and thank the administration for allowing me to share my love for football. I think the sky is the limit and I can see the urgency in the eyes of these kids. Ultimately our expectation is to win, but it is all about integrity and hard work,” Sagapolu said. The Copper Hills administration introduced the new coach to a group of parents and players on March 30, where Sagapolu addressed his team for the first time and expressed his love for football and the importance of developing student athletes. “They will be champions in the classroom, at home and in the community. Football allows these players to be on the highest stage on Friday night. Football is parallel to the game of life. It is my expectation that we will score and win in the game and life.” Sagapolu said. Sagapolu was an offensive lineman at The University of Hawaii from 1987-1990. He has been an assistant coach at Highland and West; this is his first opportunity as a head coach.
New Football Coach continued on page 16
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Jaguar Lacrosse Opens Season on a Roll By Greg James West Jordan’s Anthony Finkelstein (#17), Hunter Brown (#3) and Daniel Harmon (#22) defend the box against Park City in the Gathering of the Tribes tournament in South Jordan. Photo courtesy of Anthony Finkelstein
New Football Coach continued from page 15 “I wanted a coach that could manage the team and the classroom. We need to go forward. I will not be satisfied with the status qou. I think we found the right guy,” Copper Hills Principal, Todd Quarnberg said. Sagapolu replaces former Grizzly head coach John Tuescher. He stepped down from his position in January. The offensive coordinator is Charlie Sedillo, and Dave Blaisdell will lead the defense. The Grizzlies are scheduled to begin their season Aug. 21 at home against the Granger Lancers. l
New Copper Hills head football coach Tavita Sagapolu addresses the team’s players and parents for the first time.
he West Jordan High lacrosse team only won four games last season. This year they have exceeded that total only two weeks into the season. The Jaguars dominated their season opener with a 10-1 victory over Timpview. Brady Nunnelly and Hunter Brown each scored three goals, and Jeremiah Bott added two more. Cade Wright saved 14 shots against the Thunderbirds. In their only other regular season match on March 19, they lost to Northridge 7-5. Nunnelly scored three goals and Brown the other two in the loss.
The Jaguars went undefeated in pool play of the Gathering of the Tribes tournament March 12-13. They defeated Jordan 12-0, Viewmont 9-3 and Riverton 113. They lost to Park City 9-1 in the elimination round. Park City won the tournament championship by defeating Olympus 7-4. The Jaguars are scheduled to play Westlake Tuesday, Mar 24 at Joel P. Jensen Middle School. They will then travel to Provo to face Timpview again Friday, March 27. They will then travel to Woods Cross Wednesday, April 8. l
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Jaguar Softball Team Plays For More Than Themselves By Greg James
ost little girls want to grow up to be Cinderella. When Cinderella’s mother died, she told her daughter to have courage and be kind. West Jordan’s softball team has a Cinderella, who displays courage and kindness towards others, despite the trials she has been dealt. Sept. 23, 2014 Jaguar junior Allison Delgado’s brother, Alex, committed suicide. “My brother’s death affected me a lot. Because of my emotions last season, I was not capable of playing the entire year. The
me grieve,” Delgado said. She organized a group for a suicide awareness walk last fall, and wants to volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “She spoke to us about the pains she felt and the struggles her brother went through with depression. She talked about all of the places and people that can help,” Oliver said. The Jaguars picked up their first win in St. George March 14, 11-4 over Northridge. Oliver said as the team picks up experi-
Sophomores Gabby Oliver and Mckenzie Newton are part of the young nucleus for Jaguar softball; they start three freshman and four sophomores. Photo courtesy of WJ softball
“ This season I wanted to help; I know that everyone has times when they feel down. I want to show them they are not alone.”
girls on the team still kept me involved and part of the team. I practiced with the team and it helped me a lot. This season I wanted to help; I know that everyone has times when they feel down. I want to show them they are not alone,” Delgado said. Delgado and Jaguar head softball coach Jim Oliver helped organize a team meeting. Delgado discussed the importance of seeking help and to never give up. She presented yellow helmet stickers and yellow bows for every player’s hair. “I made the bows for our team to wear. It symbolizes that someone loves them and to never give up. I do things like this to help
ence, they are getting more confident and playing better.
he Jaguars home field has gone through several upgrades in the off-season. They have new dugouts and field dirt. “Our facilities will rival anyone’s now. The dirt is smooth and gives us even ground balls. We have a bright future,” Oliver said. The Jaguars new field and attitude towards others gives them cause to play for more than themselves. “I miss my brother so much. I can see him watching me in the stands and these things help me stay strong,” Delgado said. l
West Jordan softball players wear yellow ribbons to each game in support of their teammate, Allison Delgado. Photo courtesy of WJ softball
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PLAYING THE GIFT CARD GAME By Joani Taylor
My hubby is on an organizing quest. Well… let me rephrase. He has decided it’s easier to spring clean the garage than it is to continue to listen to me babble on and on about it. While I maintain that the best way to go about this task is to simply host a yard sale and then take the money we gain to go buy some new shoes, the hubs has put the kibosh on that plan. Instead, he has determined that it will take multiple trips to the home improvement store for pricy organizing solutions, and may even require some specialized tools. This past weekend, he came home with a rather long list of supplies needed, with a very high estimate of what it would cost for him, to achieve my dream of an organized and tidy garage. While I don’t see how putting yet more stuff in the garage will solve the problem of too much stuff in the garage, I have hit a state of desperation from the embarrassment it causes when I park my car, should my neighbors get a glimpse inside. After much discussion, we compromised on a shorter list of supplies that did not include the purchase of yet another specialized tool, with the stipulation that we use a few of my special savings tricks. So, the hubs was off to get started on his weekend
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Awake In Your Dreams
By Crystal Couch
In a quiet serene room, Stan Trujillo begins his work. in his mind. In return, the image will be added onto until he As an artist inspired by Jerry Uelsmann, an American gets all the photographs together he needs to make his art. photographer, he has been perfecting his craft since he was He gets excited and scared to release his work to the in Junior High School. His art teacher always told him he had public for all eyes to see. “Dream Art” will be on display at the eye. His art is “unique” in his own words and he considers the Viridian thru the end of May. He has a specific piece titled himself a “visionary.” He enjoyed photography throughout “Re-incarnation” that holds special meaning to him; the piece his life but never really transformed it into what it is today represents rebirth and re-discovery. until 1997 when his life “started falling into place” he said. His hope for the community as they attend his show is It wasn’t until 2003 that he decided to start doing books to they find their own meaning in it. A few community members tell his story. that have already attended a gallery of his, left him with some Currently he has his art on display at the Viridian, casting very memorable responses. what he is calling “Dream Art.” These are casts A 71 year old man thanked him for out of a book he has self-published. inspiring him and giving him confidence to “Most of my art concepts come directly get back into producing his own artwork. from my dreams. I will have dreams about He has his goals set high as an artist. certain images over and over, until I get them He would love to see his books picked up by created. The images of the dream get added a publisher so he can “Inspire other people’s to image by image. Each artwork is linked to imagination,” he said. each other to form my dream story.” The book, which is his ninth, consists of photos, words, piece of advice Trujilio would like to quotes and poems that form a story. leave with the community is a quote from When he has these visions in his dreams René Magritte: “If the dream is a translation they stay locked in his head. He will think about of waking life, waking life is also a translation Artist Stan Trujillo. it during the day and fall asleep with the image of the dream.” l
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When I’m in uncomfortable social situations (i.e. every day), my caddy could help me avoid awkward conversations or inadvertent insults by reading my mind and quickly asking, “Are you sure you want to say that?” And when I’m standing alone at a conference or birthday party, my caddy wouldn’t leave my side, making it look like I have at least one friend. While shopping for jeans or swimming suits, my caddy would give me a kind, yet insightful, opinion of each article of clothing, carefully avoiding phrases like “too small,” “how ‘bout a bigger size” or “maybe swimwear just isn’t your thing.” My caddy would also serve as a life coach. He would be a walking inspirational quote book, whispering encouraging words in my ear like, “You’ve got this,” or “You’re awesome.” If I’m too tired (lazy) to make dinner, my caddy would jump into action and order a pizza or grill up some fresh salmon. He’d tell me to sit back, enjoy a Coke, read a book and he’ll let me know when dinner’s ready. And then he’d do the dishes. Then I had a second epiphany; I already have a caddy. It’s my husband. And it’s his job to help me avoid hazards, keep my foot out of my mouth, offer encouragement and advice—and he even holds my purse when I’m trying on clothes. In return, I watch golf with him on Sundays. I think I get the better end of that deal. l