July 2015 | Vol. 15 Iss. 7
Utah-based Humanitarian Group Rebuilds Earthquake-Torn Nepal By Taylor Stevens
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To The City Of West Jordan: The Mayor needs to be told that the City Manager is in charge of personnel. He has no right to do what he has done. He should be investigated by the County District Attorney for doing things that are not within his power; he is an equal voice of the city council, the City Manager is the head of the council, not the Mayor. The Mayor, according to our type of Government, is a “figure head” equal to every other member of the council. —Ellen McDonald Bryan (Scott), Regarding your editorial about the West Jordan Mayor and the recent spate of closed door meetings. I am very concerned about potential illegal voting during the closed sessions. As an example, when Mayor Rolfe had
Jeff Robinson removed from the building, he said it was due to a vote taken during a closed door meeting. This is not allowed under law. If the Mayor is telling the truth, then this was a violation of the closed door meeting act and should result in a misdemeanor under criminal law. I know for a fact the Mayor has been trained in closed door meetings at least 6 times. Publicly stating the council voted to remove someone, a misdemeanor, makes me even more concerned about the ongoing secret meetings. In addition to you, I am reaching out to some of the council and others to get the meeting reviewed for legality. If a vote was taken or if the Mayor attempted to take a vote, the meeting was indeed illegal. FYI - The specific requirements and penalties are listed under Title 52, Chapter 4 of the Utah State Code. —Steve Johnson
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It’s Not Politics, It’s Personal I haven’t been contacted by press to discuss the significant steps the West Jordan City Council has taken to improve Storm Water capacity. No one has called me to talk about the two new water tanks about to come online. I haven’t received one single email about the push to upgrade street lighting. I do, however, have a constant barrage of questions fired at me asking what is going on with our City government. This is my own conclusion based on what I’ve seen; in no way do I speak for anybody else on the Council nor for the City. The people who have been elected to serve on the City Council are at the core genuinely good people. Depending on the day you could describe any of us as passionate, dedicated or resolute. On the opposite side of the coin we can also be seen as demanding, stubborn or obstinate. Over the last few months we have seen the Council come together and with a unified front, tackled some of the larger issues that have weighed over our City. With everyone sharing a vision and enlisting all our resources, we’ve seen West Jordan removed from the list of potential prison relocation sites. We’ve also worked with the State Legislature open an avenue to potentially allow new car dealerships to locate within the city. Those same characteristics that won significant victories are also causing a rift within the Council. There are some on the Council who will not call each other on the phone, but will call each other out in the newspaper. Instead of a quiet conversation to find common ground, there are accusations of malfeasance garnished with threats of legal action. We have seen questions arise as to whether actions taken are within authority given under the law, and the way the question was presented resulted in accusations of bullying. It is clear that communication among the Council is lacking and mutual respect is nearing extinction.
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This approach to local governance is absurd and completely contrary to the values of our City. But this is what we have been conditioned to expect from government – argument that is light on content but loaded with contention. The nightly news displays drama of “politics” as each contender vies for the best sound bite. If you ask point blank why two apparent adults cannot get along the response is often, “It’s nothing personal, just politics.” When people use this phrase it seems to legitimize actions that under normal circumstances would be considered reprehensible. By using that statement we normalize antagonism against our neighbors and deem any actions justifiable, because after all, it’s not personal. And that’s the solution. It needs to be personal. When we discuss politics at a local level we should be talking about the issues that impact the residents of the City. When someone comes to Council Meeting and talks about having their home flooded by storm water, we need to recognize that person and act on that person’s behalf. The issue needs to be personal. When people voice concerns about how a potential development will impact traffic to their neighborhood, our response needs to be personal. When people tell us they’re embarrassed by what they read about their city leaders in the paper, we should take that personally too. As Councilmembers work together, nothing should be just politics--it should all be personal. The City Council needs open communication with each other with a sincere effort to move beyond the childish bickering. We need leaders who are confident enough in their own ideas that they can set those ideas aside long enough to listen to others. We need people who are not stubbornly stuck on their own proposals but strong enough to compromise. We don’t need to call each other
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Utah-based Humanitarian Group Rebuilds Earthquake-Torn Nepal By Taylor Stevens
West Jordan-based, non-governmental agency is working to rebuild schools in Nepal following the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks that hit the country on April 25, killing more than 8,000 people. Prior to the earthquake, CHOICE Humanitarian— the Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Inter-Cultural Exchange— volunteers were working on implementing the organization’s “Self-Developing Village Program” in Nepal, a three-step process that takes place over the course of five years to help poor villages become self-sustaining. However, the earthquake destroyed much of the infrastructure in the villages where CHOICE volunteers work, forcing the organization to shift its focus. The earthquake demolished an estimated 8,000 homes and 4,500 schools in CHOICE areas, according to a statement by Christopher Johnson, program manager for the organization. The organization is now working on stabilizing and rebuilding Nepal—particularly by assembling temporary schoolhouses out of bamboo and tarps. “They have, for $150 or $200, a schoolroom in place that will last for the next year or two while they’re trying to stabilize and really be able to rebuild with earthquake-proof buildings,” said Johnson in a news release. In a June 1 update on the organization’s website, Bishnu Adhikari, Nepal’s in-country CHOICE coordinator, identified education as a “primary need.”
“Without school, these children will lose critical years of education,” said Adhikari. “In 20 villages, in three districts where CHOICE has access, school buildings have been destroyed. Immediate structures are needed to resume education and to provide shelter from the impending monsoon season for first through 12th-grade students. Leaders in Nepal advise that tent schools will keep students dry and focused on their futures.” CHOICE, which has been working in small villages in Nepal for 15 years, stepped in to help amid what Adhikari called in an earlier online update a “slow government response” to provide aid. “We are not typically an emergency relief agency,” Adhikari said. “However, it has become clear in recent weeks that it’s possible to do short term and village driven relief providing food, shelter, and warmth, within the scope of the CHOICE Model.” CHOICE Humanitarian has been working in Nepal since 1999, and was thus well placed to assist in recovery efforts. However, rebuilding won’t come easy. Johnson said in the news release that rebuilding the country will take many years and much of the country’s economic resources. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries, with 31 percent of the country’s population earning below the poverty line—and the devastating earthquake has only intensified that struggle, leaving many families, incomplete and without shelter, to sort through the rubble of their villages. “Immediately after the earthquake it was a pretty bad situation,” said Connor Reese, a CHOICE volunteer from Utah who was stationed in the Lamjung area of Nepal, the epicenter of April’s earthquake. “A few of my friends lost their families, lost their homes, and they were sleeping in tents in the rain. Food and water was very limited for some of my friends when the earthquake initially happened.” Reese volunteered in Nepal in March and missed the earthquake by a few weeks. During his weeklong trip, he worked with a dozen other volunteers CHOICE is helping rebuild the lives of the many Nepali villagers who lost their homes and families in on installing new stoves with better venthe April 25 earthquake. tilation in Nepali homes, a project he
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said increased life expectancy in the village by 10-15 years. Although CHOICE is currently modifying its focus away from projects like Reese’s in order to provide emergency relief, the organization will continue to work toward its goal of ending poverty and improving quality of life as it rebuilds Nepal’s infrastructure. Its mission of creating self-sustaining villages is what makes CHOICE expeditions a unique and meaningful experience for both villagers and volunteers alike. “The village was heavily involved,” Reese said. “It was cool to see the village being very involved in progressively alleviating themselves out of poverty. The cultural aspect also had a big impact on me. The expedition allowed me to enter their homes and see how they lived. And doing certain activities—like playing soccer or them showing us their traditional dances and having them dance with us—was very touching and a very neat experience. That was a big takeaway for me.” If you’d like to support the work CHOICE is doing in Nepal, they have created an earthquake recovery fund. You can donate by visiting the CHOICE website. The funds will be used for “urgent needs” as well as “for tarps, lentils, salt, beaten rice, noodles, cooking oils, biscuits, hand sanitizer, soap, and purification water drops,” Adhikari said on the CHOICE website. “Addressing relief methodically with village leadership, without knee-jerk reaction, is turning all eyes back to what we do best—lead with local people in long-term, sustainable recovery.” In addition to its efforts in Nepal, the organization does work in Bolivia, Mexico, Guatemala and Kenya. l
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West Jordan Approves Storm Water Financial Assistance Program By Taylor Stevens
f you live in a home that has been damaged by storm water in the last year, you may be eligible to receive payment or reimbursement from the city for property reparations. The City Council unanimously enacted the Storm Water Damage Financial Assistance Program at its June 24 meeting to better respond to residents who “experience continuous and repeated storm water flooding issues at their property” with mitigation, according to city documents. Over the past few months, many residents have brought their stories to the City Council, urging the councilmembers to approve the storm water grant. “When you vote, I want you to remember these homes that are in peril,” said West Jordan residents Barbara Backman and Pam Marcusen, who spoke before the council on May 13. “All we’ve ever asked is that you secure our homes; that’s all.” Another resident, Brenda Thomas, told councilmembers of the repeated floodwater damage to her home because her downward driveway, the product of a development mis-
take, takes on water. Every time the city has a big storm, she has to spend more money to fix damage that could be eliminated if she had grant money to fill in her driveway. “We can fix the problem so it doesn’t keep happening again; it will just be done,” Thomas said. The council’s decision to take action is its first step toward eliminating this problem altogether. The program, which began accepting applications July 1, is intended to better protect homes in areas of historic flooding from future damages—and families from continued expenses—by helping with repair, sanitization and redesign expenses, including payment of building permit fees. The money for the program will come from the Risk Management Claims and Liability budget, with a spending cap of $250,000 a year. The city attorney and/or the city risk manager will handle reimbursement claims on a case-by-case basis. To qualify for the program, the flooding must have occurred in an area of historic
Residents in areas of historic flooding—like the neighborhoods near Constitution Park—will now be able to repair damages to their homes caused by flooding, thanks to a new grant program approved by the City Council. Photo courtesy of West Jordan City. flood damage within at least one year of the application date, and the loss suffered must have been uninsured. Applications will be denied if the flood date is over a year old, if the costs were covered partially or fully by insurance, or if the
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West Jordan Approves Controversial Gardner Village Development By Taylor Stevens
fter over a year of back and forth, the West Jordan City Council approved a ratified plan of the controversial 224-unit apartment complex development at 1206 West 7800 South at Gardner Village. Councilmembers Hansen, McConnehey, Nichols and Southworth voted to approve the proposal at the city’s June 10 city council meeting. Mayor Rolfe and Councilmember Haaga voted in opposition. Councilmember Rice was absent. The council previously rejected the proposal in April 2014 because of inconsistency with the historical site and the council’s transit-oriented vision for the area, as well as resident concerns about high-density development. In late April, the developer—Colosimo Brothers Development—said they were prepared to file a lawsuit against the city. Joe Colosimo’s lawyer, Bruce Baird, was quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune, saying that the council’s decision was “arbitrary, capricious and illegal.” They argued that the development met all the city’s legal qualifications and should not be blocked. After Colosimo filed the suit, he acquired additional property and added 48 units to the plan—increasing the density of the area and exacerbating one of the main concerns with the development among residents. When the development came back to the city council in October, the city and the developer agreed that the court case would be dismissed if the proposal was approved, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. According to city documents, Colosimo also helped revise the plan, making it more transit oriented, “increasing
Ground will break on the construction of a 224-unit apartment complex near the historic Gardner Village area in the coming months. walkability and pedestrian connectivity, integrating a mixeduse element and a commercial element” and “enhancing the relationship with Gardner Village” by integrating “the historic fabric” of the area. The new plan also lowered building heights and increased retail opportunities. The new plan swayed enough councilmembers who had previously voted against the development to pass the ratified plan. Southworth, who had previously voted against the development, said at the council meeting that he felt the plan had improved greatly since it was first brought before the council. “They wanted to build a TOD [Transit Oriented Development] … they didn’t do that. All they did was took a normal apartment complex and stick it next to a TRAX station and called it TOD. That doesn’t count,” Southworth said. “You need to add in commercial aspects to it, you need to make
Shakespeare In The Park
oanna Noall of West Jordan has set out on a mission to bring the community a cost-free production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Her newly established company, Shakespeare in the Park, began after hearing stories from her father and grandfather. “My dad grew up in the 1940s, and one of his memories he loved to tell me about was how every Sunday afternoon, his father and a group of his father’s friends would go out to the Nibley Park golf course, get out on
the waterway and sing barbershop songs for a couple of hours. People in the park would stop what they were doing, sit down on the bank and listen to them,” she said. “We just don’t have those impromptu concerts in the park anymore. I am hoping with Shakespeare in the Park to bring some of that sense back.” With that inspiration behind her, she held auditions and filled the leads with a young and vibrant cast. Her rendition of the very popular play promises to give the audience two hours of laughs and a very personal, close experi-
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it walkable and have better access to the transit section … and more importantly, they needed to bring the essence of Gardner Village into this project, and they did it. So, that’s why I changed my mind.” Although the development garnered enough support to pass, some residents at the meeting were still not convinced. Jay Thomas, a West Jordan resident, voiced his concerns during the public hearing that the development would create additional traffic and that the area lacked parking, a concern echoed later by McConnehey as well. To address traffic and safety concerns, the approved plan requires the developer to work with UTA to create a pedestrian bridge across 7800 South, as well as create additional traffic lanes to mitigate the expected increase in transportation. Although the changes to the development addressed traffic concerns, the high-density aspect of the plan remains. “Our residents have been screaming ‘No more high density,’ and to add 48 units would not be appropriate, in my opinion, at this location,” Rolfe said, explaining his decision to vote against the proposal. Haaga agreed with Rolfe and the residents who spoke against the development during the public hearing. “This has been an emotional issue for the residents for quite a while,” Haaga said at the meeting. He said the developers had worn down the residents and that the fundamental design of the development had not changed. “Why we’re giving these developers another 48 units is beyond me,” he said, “other than they can do it and they have the votes, I guess, up here.” l
By Crystal Couch ence to the production. Her hopes are that the members of the community will join her for the showing of her performance at the Murray Park July 27 and 28 at Pavilion 5 starting around 6:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 7. Her plans for the company are to continue to grow and expand. She is hoping to do this every summer and eventually make her way into providing performances for the schools. For more information about her company and updates on other performances, go to www. facebook.com/shakespeareintheparkSLC. l
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The Well-Armed Woman Of Utah By Crystal Couch
quick view of the statistics on violent crimes against women will make any female more appreciative of what a non-profit organization with chapters all over Utah has to offer. The Well-Armed Woman of Utah Jordan Valley Chapter helps to educate, equip and empower women in our community. Having a sense of safety and a form of protection is something Utahns are lucky to have. The number of women owning firearms has increased heavily over the recent years, and this local chapter is there to provide a safe environment for these women to practice shooting and gain confidence with their weapon. “Our shooting chapter program brings together women of all ages, backgrounds and
has been a part of this chapter for a year and a half. “I had been a concealed permit carry holder for 20 years and I found I was not getting out practicing as often as I should to keep my skills sharp. I looked around for a way to do that and came across this program on the internet,” she said. Her favorite part is getting to meet the new faces that come every month. She said The Well-Armed Women of Utah Jordan Valley Chapter provides a welcoming environment for all women who attend. She stresses for no one to be nervous attending the first time and said they actually prefer women to come who do not already own a gun. “Every woman is different, hands are shaped differently. We
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Target practice is just one component of The Well-Armed Woman of Utah Jordan Valley Chapter’s mission to educate, equip and empower women in the community. Photo courtesy of Michelle Camp political views, and in their monthly meetings learn safe and responsible gun handling skills,” said Carrie Lightfoot, founder of The WellArmed Woman, in a recent press release. They have over 210 chapters in 48 states, and they have all formed within the last three years, with Utah being home to eight of those chapters. The Jordan Valley Chapter meets once a month at The Gun Vault in South Jordan on the third Monday. You can attend the first meeting at no cost, but thereafter is an annual $50 membership fee with monthly range fees that vary from seven to 12 dollars a month. The meeting is led by local resident and NRA-certified instructor Michelle Camp, who
encourage women not to go out and buy a gun but to come work with them. We have over 50 different ladies in our chapter alone who are more than willing to share theirs [gun], plus we have rentals that are available,” she said. “Always try out a bunch of different guns before you decide this is the one for me.” A typical TWAW meeting consists of an hour of information on a specific topic and one hour of shooting on the range. For more information about the program, you can reach Michelle Camp at twawutah@ centurylink.net and find more information about the local chapters by checking out www.facebook.com/twawutahchapters. l
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n July 24, 1847, Brigham Young and a group of Mormon settlers made entry into the Salt Lake Valley by handcart. They were being forced from the eastern United States shortly following the death of Joseph Smith, after continued violence from non-Mormons. The story of this trek is full of tragedy and the power of the human spirit and is extremely inspiring. Each year in Utah, since 1857, Utahns have celebrated the entry of these pi-
oneers into the valley, and in present day we commemorate it with fireworks, parades and re-enactments. For two nights the Youth Pioneer Production will present to you and your family the story of these original settlers with dance, music and live animals at the West Jordan Arena. Sharon Kerkman has attended in previous years with her two sisters-in-law and plans on making it again this year. Their re-enactment
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WestJordanJournal.com West Jordan Senior Center 8025 South 2200 West West Jordan, Utah 84088 Call for more information 801-561-7320 or visit our website.www.slco.org/aging/westjordan-senior-center Lunch is served daily from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for a suggested donation of $3.00 for anyone 60 and over; lunches for a guest of a senior are available for a suggested donation of $7.00. (Note: lunches are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.) July 28 @ 10:30 a.m. — All About Trust. Learn the difference between a trust and a will. The presenter will also cover Probate. Please sign up at the desk.
Letters continued from page 2 on the carpet; we need calls for compassion and understanding. At the most basic level we need respect for each other and acknowledgement of the personal element that goes into governing our City. You should not expect perfection from your elected officials, but you should expect professionalism. You should expect that mistakes will be made, but you should also expect those mistakes to be corrected. You should expect differing opinions, but you should expect those differences to be resolved amicably. In the recent past the Council has shown their ability to rise above pettiness and tackle issues that are much larger than the personalities that temporarily lead the City. It can be done again. Instead of calling and asking your representative whose side they are on, ask them what they are doing to bring everyone to the same side. Encourage them to bridge the gap that divides them from other Councilmembers. Push them to move beyond politics and make their service personal. —Chris McConnehey Three months. That is how long I have been on the City Council. I took my oath of office on April 8. On April 14th I learned that this city has enemies on staff. On the 17th I learned that this city has enemies on its governing body. On the 18th I documented every abuse, every nasty email, every threat, and every law that I had seen broken up to that point in minute detail. I knew where to take that information and I tearfully, dutifully, and I’ll admit fearfully turned it all over to the authorities because I love this city. It has been no secret that West Jordan’s City Council is divided. When asked what
August 3 @ 10:00 a.m. — Our Podiatrist will be available to clip toenails. $10 suggested donation. August 11 @ 1:00 p.m. — Days For Girls Humanitarian Event. Come in and help us create feminine hygiene products to help young girls in other countries stay in school and break the poverty cycle. Volunteers cut, sew and assemble products. August 26 @ 11:00 a.m. — Anniversary celebration. Help us celebrate 15 years at our Anniversary Buffet. October 20 - 21 — Annual Fall Boutique. We are looking for vendors to sign up. Tables are just $10 for both days, to sign up and for more information contact the center at 801561-7320 and ask for Lisa. l would help the situation I answered that if all involved would give a little benefit of the doubt, a little goodwill, that we could get past this. What I have seen, though, are false accusations, usurpations, oppressions, and paranoid assumptions instead. Before taking my oath of office I asked to have a meeting with Mayor Rolfe so that we could learn about each other and see what we could achieve together. He had many great ideas, but he also spent much of the discussion telling me about his enemies, past and present. I have since had many strange encounters with Councilmember Haaga. Unequivocally let me state that I do not understand what is going on in that mind. From what I can gather he seems to think that I’m corrupt and out to get him. I have felt shunned by both Councilmember Haaga and Mayor Rolfe since day one. And what have I done to warrant any of it? I came onto the Council with hope that I could help heal the rift that I, as a Planning Commissioner, could see between the 5 and 2 on the Council. I very quickly came to realize that this isn’t about votes or personalities but rather it’s about mental health issues and vendettas. I hear two things from city staff: 1) They thank me for standing up to these two, and 2) They are afraid for their jobs because City Hall has become a very hostile work environment with anyone who stands up to these two facing retaliation. The question they ask is, “Am I next?” Our governing body consists of 7 people who each have only 1 vote. I personally, and speaking only for myself, with my 1 vote will stand firm against retaliation, intimidation, overreach and corruption. Staff and citizens, you are free to speak to the authorities. This city is full of whistleblowers, I being one. —Sophie Rice
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Me and My Shadow By Peri Kinder
n the morning of my second birthday, my sister, Jenny, was born and destroyed my life forever. Instead of my parents fawning over me with glitter and ponies, they were in the hospital, snuggling with this red-faced creature called a “sister” like she was the greatest thing since chocolatecovered Twinkies. At 2, I wasn’t even sure what a “sister” was, but I knew it wasn’t anything good. Once I realized she would be sticking around for a while, I decided to punish my mom and dad for trying to replace me with this whining little monster. Was I not enough? Did they think they should start over with a new daughter? Each year in July, when our birthday rolled around, I made sure my mom knew I was not going to share a cake with Jenny, and I was not going to share a birthday party, and I was going to act like an inconsolable selfish brat until I became a teenager. Then I’d get really bad. Instead of slapping me and telling me to calm the hell down, my mom made two birthday cakes, planned two parties (inviting many of the same kids) and sewed two dresses that could not match. She was patience personified. And she cried a lot. Not only did Jenny steal my birthday, but she was so cute that she got away with EVERYTHING and found a way to get me in trouble for stuff I DID NOT DO. Well, sometimes I did. Okay, usually I did. I learned that a little sister is like having a rash. No matter
how much you scratch it and claw at it, it just never goes away. If I tried sneaking off to my friend’s house, I’d hear, “Pe-RI! Jenny wants to go, too.” If I was playing with my doll and didn’t want to share, I’d hear, “Peri Lynn! You let Jenny play with you.” Then Jenny would cut my doll’s hair and I’d get in trouble for screaming. And punching.
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Once, after being forced to take my sister to the field with me to play, I cut my hand on some barbed wire while climbing into the swamp I wasn’t allowed to enter. Jenny was frantic with worry, both because I was trespassing and because I probably had tetanus. “I’m gonna tell mom,” she said, stupidly. “If you do, I’ll never play with you again.” She kept the secret for one day, then I heard her crying to mom, “I don’t want Peri to die. She cut her hand on a fence and she’s gonna die.” Needless to say, I didn’t die. But I made sure Jenny paid for her tattletaling concern for my life. She was a constant companion. I had to walk with her to school, play with her on weekends and share a bedroom. We’d lie in our bunk beds at night and create imaginary ice cream sundaes for each other. She would give me mint chocolate chip ice cream with hot fudge topping and extra cherries. I’d give her mud-flavored ice cream with mayonnaise. Now, several decades later, I reluctantly admit that sisters are kind of cool. Thanks to my parents’ indifference to my opinion, I ended up with three sisters—and a brother who is still undergoing electroshock therapy to counteract being raised with four sisters. Every year on our birthday, I apologize to Jenny and let her know I forgive her for ruining my childhood. I grudgingly confess my life would be bleaker without her. But I still get my own cake. l
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Election Update Once again, the Municipal Election will be conducted as an all Vote By Mail Election. The General Election in 2013, which was the first year the City held an all Vote By Mail Election, saw an increased voter turnout from 16 percent in 2009, to 34 percent. As you can see, we more than doubled our voter participation. Salt Lake County Elections Division mailed the Primary Election Ballot to all registered voters in Council District 1 by July 14. These need to be mailed and postmarked no later than the Monday before the election or dropped off at a designated drop site by 8 p.m. on election night. There is a ballot box in the City Hall parking lot, 8000 S. Redwood Road. The General Election Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in the City by Oct. 6. Vote Centers will also be open on election days. For the Aug. 11 primary (only for District 1), voters can come to the West Jordan Library, 8030 South 1825 West from 7 a.m.-8p.m. Two vote centers will be open on Nov. 3 for the general election. In
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City Parks to Get Makeovers addition to the West Jordan Library, the Bingham Creek Library at 4834 West 9000 South will also be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanks to all who entered the race to fill four City Council seats in this year’s municipal election! Get to know your candidates and the issues and help shape the future of your community. Candidates running for City Council Districts 1-4 are as follows: DISTRICT 1: Jay Thomas, Kevin L. Mertin, Christopher M. McConnehey DISTRICT 2: Dirk Burton, Judith M. Hansen DISTRICT 3: Zach Jacob, Tim McConnehey DISTRICT 4: Alan R. Anderson, Sophie Rice
Did you know West Jordan has over 477 acres of open space and 350 acres of park properties? Recently the City Council approved a $4 million bond to fund park improvements including $1,177,500 for playground equipment, $440,000 for pavilions, $250,000 for sprinkler upgrades, and $90,000 for Ron Wood Baseball Park improvements. I’m pleased to report that these projects are all being completed without a tax increase. City parks come in all shapes and sizes and include community parks and open spaces, neighborhood parks and pocket parks. Our parks are the site of community events, sports leagues, family reunions, company parties, relaxing, recreating, and much more. With the heavy use our parks receive, regular maintenance and repair is essential. Even with regular repair, equipment wears out and some parks don’t yet have playground equipment. The bond money will help fund park improvements including new playgrounds at 24 parks. The first nine to be replaced include: • Bicentennial • Beargrass • Brown’s Meadow • Dixie Valley • Harvest Estates • Lobelia • Meadow Green • Teton Estates • Veterans Memorial Park pavilions are also heavily used and can be reserved at Veterans Memorial Park and Constitution Park. Other park pavilions are first come, first serve. We will be replacing 10 pavilions in the following parks: • Bicentennial Park • Camelot • Constitution (2) • Dixie Valley • Green Meadow • Lexington • The Ranches • Vista West • Veterans Memorial If you haven’t visited many of the city’s parks, I encourage you to discover a new favorite. Have you visited the splash pad and all-abilities playground at the Ron Wood Baseball Complex? These new amenities opened a year ago and have been very popular. Or did you know that the community-built playground at Veterans Memorial Park just celebrated a 10-year anniversary? This playground was designed by school children. Volunteers also raised over $400,000 and then came together and built it over the course of 10 days. This playground will also get a mini-facelift so that the next generation of young ones can enjoy it too. Which one is your favorite? Visit the city website at WJordan.com and you’ll find a complete list of parks and their amenities.
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2015-2016 Budget highlights One of the most important things the City Council does each year is review and approve the annual budget. This process takes several months where projected revenues and expenses are scrutinized, projects are developed to match City goals, and finally the budget is presented at different meetings for council discussion and public comment. At the June 10 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the budget for fiscal year 2015-16. The total budget for the city is about $118 million. The budget includes different funds, in which the money can only be used for certain expenses as defined by state law. The General Fund includes police, fire, streets, administration, the justice court, etc. Utility funds are standalone funds that resemble an independent business, and revenue and expenses must stay in that fund. In some cases, the enterprise fund leases or purchases labor and materials from other departments. This is done by transferring money to that department such as vehicles from the fleet department, billing, payroll, IT, administration staff and even the City Council that makes decisions for these funds. And money that is collected as impact fees for new development can only be used for projects associated with the new growth and for the specific utility or service that it is collected for. State law also mandates that the city keep between 5 percent and 25 percent of its General Fund operating expenses in a “rainy day” fund (essentially a savings account). This “fund balance” equates to about a three-month financial cushion
that would keep the city running in the event something unexpected happened to its projected revenues, as was the case with the recession. Each of these “funds” must act independently and cannot rely on the cash in a different fund other than to borrow from it and pay it back with interest. Budget highlights for fiscal year 2015-16, which began July 1 include: Central irrigation system for city parks. One centralized controller will allow staff to adjust sprinklers from one location, which saves water and time. LED street lighting will provide a cost savings over time by using less electricity and lasting longer. It also provides better lighting. General Fund
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2015 Water Quality Report The City of West Jordan’s 2015 Water Quality Report is online at WJordan.com. You can also pick up a copy at West Jordan City Hall in the first floor Finance/Information area. The report contains important information regarding the quality of your drinking water, which surpasses all federal and state requirements. For more information, call the Utilities Manager at 801-569-5707.
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Plan now to give crime a ‘going away party’ during the Night Out Against Crime Aug. 4 Party planning is in full swing for the 32nd annual National Night Out Against Crime, Aug. 4, at block parties and ice cream socials around the community. Each year West Jordan neighborhoods come together to give crime a going-away party with more than 35 million people in 11,000 communities throughout the U.S., Canada and military bases around the world. The National Association of Town Watch sponsors the activity. The parties provide a forum for neighbors to get to know each other and talk about neighborhood issues. “The best crime prevention efforts happen when people know their neighbors and are familiar with who belongs in each house and what kind of vehicles they drive,” said Police Chief Doug Diamond. “As neighbors get to know each other, they start to watch out for each other and recognize suspicious people or activities. They become effective eyes and ears for the police department.” To find out where the parties are or to host one of your own, contact Christie Jacobs at 801-256-2032 or email@example.com or Barbara Tatangelo at 801-256-2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free residential disposal of household hazardous waste If you come across hazardous household waste during your cleaning, remember it’s important to dispose of properly. The Trans-Jordan Landfill, 10873 S. Highway U-111, accepts a variety of hazardous waste, including: • Paint • Pesticides • Oil • Transmission Fluid • Antifreeze • Batteries • Household chemicals • Ink jet cartridges • Electronic devices Materials can be dropped off free of charge, Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. While you’re there, visit the re-use shed to see if there’s anything you might need. You’ll find paint, household chemicals, as well as lawn and garden chemicals that are still useable and free to the public. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Call Trans-Jordan Landfill at 801-569-8994 for more information. There is also a free household hazardous waste collection event at City Hall on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon for residential waste only, no commercial waste. Report illegal dumping of household hazardous waste by calling the Salt Lake Valley Health Department tip line at 385-468-3862. Remember we all live downstream.
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The West Jordan Youth Theater will be holding their summer workshop July 21-23 and July 28-30 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sign up now for a fun learning experience! Auditions for the fall production of “Beauty and the Beast” will be held Aug. 5-6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., with call backs on the 8. For more information, visit www.wjyouththeatre.com.
Youth Theatre members participated in the Fourth of July Parade.
here are nearly 23,000 low-income families with one or more children under the age of five living in Salt Lake County. Data shows that low-income mothers and their children are more at risk to experience troublesome birth, health and development
local life school diploma. Can we make this county a better place for children and families by investing in what works, by testing and retesting it and by holding ourselves to a higher standard? I believe the answer is yes.
“Parents as Teachers” to be our lead agency. The concept for Parents as Teachers was developed in Missouri in 1981, when educators there noted that helping parents embrace their important role as their child’s first and best teacher made a striking difference in the child’s development of learning skills.
outcomes, compared to the general population. Low-income moms are 17 percent more likely to have a premature baby. About half of these low-income children score poorly as 3-yearolds on standard language development tests. Being at such a disadvantage so early in their lives makes is more likely they’ll continue in the cycle of poverty, trapping their mothers—75 percent of whom don’t have a high
In April, we began a search for a nonprofit partner who would provide services to this specific population. The proposal we issued asked that our prospective partner should have an evidence-based track record, can provide services to both mothers and children, can provide educational employment services to mothers and has experience providing this service to similar groups. In July we selected
he county is now working on contract details with Parents as Teachers. Specifics will include a timeline and total number of participants to receive services. But rather than pay for a program, we will only pay for specific outcomes that are achieved. Those outcomes include: reductions in premature births, reductions in emergency room use, improvement in standard school readiness tests and an increase in the mother’s employment and income. In other words, this is our next Pay for Success project. Pay for Success is an innovative new tool to measurably improve outcomes for communities in need. It builds on public/private partnerships in a way that delivers more money more quickly to address social needs, such as homelessness or criminal justice. Government often means well, but has a poor track record. Sometimes a program continues year after year, with no proven results. But with our emphasis
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on the Pay for Success model, we’re attempting to change that in Salt Lake County. What we learned in 2013-2014 with our first-in-thenation Pay for Success support of high-quality preschool for low-income kids is that working in this different way is a game changer. Private sector funding spurs innovation and selects for programs that achieve measurable results. Government bureaucracy is reduced because the nonprofit provider receives sufficient upfront funding to run the program and serve residents. Taxpayers benefit because government only pays if outcomes are met. Data and evidence are at the core of this model and we know for sure if a program isn’t working. Safeguarding taxpayer money is important. But the consequences of failing to measure the impact of our policies and programs go well beyond wasting scarce tax dollars. Every time a person participates in a program that doesn’t work when he or she could have participated in one that does—that represents a human cost. We can and we will do better. l
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Time For A Make-Over: Schools Get Cool This Summer By Tori Jorgensen
ustodial and construction teams are hard at work at West Jordan Middle School and Joel P. Jensen Middle School this summer, as both schools are undergoing major renovations, including the implementation of air conditioning. Tim Brooks, assistant principal at West Jordan Middle School, said most people believe schools are desolate and void of life in the summer, but the opposite is true. “What is happening here is revolutionary,” Brooks said about the construction at the 57-year-old building. “There is a ton of maintenance being done day in and day out.” Scott Bateman, head custodian at WJMS, said thirty men are working on the various renovations around the school to get these projects finished in three months. Half of the roof is being redone, a new boiler system is being put in and air conditioning is being added to the entire school. Brooks said he remembered the horrific heat in the classrooms from his beginning days at WJMS as a teacher. “I brought in a thermostat and it hung on the wall, and it would get to be 90 degrees. That is disgusting,” he said. “It’s not a 90 degrees like you are outside and at a beach either; this is 90 degrees of breathing each other’s same air.”
Air conditioning units being installed at West Jordan Middle School. This is one part of the summer renovation series happening at West Jordan Middle School and Joel P. Jensen Middle School. Photo courtesy of Tori Jorgensen Brooks said he predicts student test scores will go up this year as a result of the air conditioning installation because people perform better when their physical needs are met. Bryan Leggat, principal of Joel P. Jensen Middle School, said
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is revolutionary. There is a ton of maintenance being done day in and day out..” the physical conditions of the older schools in Jordan District have been poor compared to the newer schools. He said air conditioning will help the amenities of JPJMS more closely match those in the newer schools. “It’s so nice that we are getting air conditioning. It’s like the district is saying, ‘Hey, we’re not leaving you out,’” Leggat said. “Recently
The interior furnishings of classrooms now decorate the halls of West Jordan Middle School, as they have been removed for air. Photo courtesy of Tori Jorgensen
the culture at our school has been changing. For example, we went from 4700 tardies in one year to just 3300. Now there is a fresh change in the building that reflects our change [in student behavior].” Leggat said he is starting to call the 20152016 school year, “The Year of The Cool Cat” as a fun catch phrase to motivate the Joel P. Jensen Panthers.
long with the addition of air conditioning, the administrative offices are being relocated at JPJMS. Leggat said the offices were too far back from the front door, making it unsafe. A visitor would reach classrooms before getting to the main office. Numerous times the band teacher has reported incidents of sales people or private music instructors walking into the school and entering the classroom without a visitor pass. “When you have people who can just walk in without stopping into the office, it is just not a safe environment,” Leggat said. “In our new office, our police officer will be right there, just a couple steps away from the front door.” Renovations to JPJMS are scheduled for completion Aug. 10, and renovations to WJMS are scheduled for completion Aug. 11. Both schools will be ready, air conditioning and all, for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 24. l
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Utah Teacher Selected To Attend Prestigious Leadership Academy By Lewi Lewis
nline charter school Mountain Heights Academy teacher, Amy Pace, is one of four teachers nationwide - and the only one from Utah - to be selected to attend the 2015 TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Pace will join a team of Japanese counterparts to design disaster-resilient smart communities of the future, and work with other teachers and students toward development of solutions to problems that are central to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the engineering design process. “I was super excited,” Pace said about her chances of being selected. “I felt like when I applied it was a long shot because they were only taking four teachers in the entire United States. But I decided I would just give it a shot.” That shot hit its mark. The passion Pace has for teaching is evident in the essay she wrote that got her selected to the program at the Science & Technology Leadership Academy. It outlines how she has utilized growing technology to improve her teaching, as well as the experience for her students. The technology of the online classroom
has more benefits than the traditional classroom, according to Pace. “One of the things is that if you know what is going on you don’t just have to sit there,” she said, explaining that the students get to set a pace that they are comfortable with. “You can go through the material much quicker than you would [a traditional school] … and even though the students are in the same
Pace said that the cyber classroom gives her more time focusing on a really good lesson, rather than repeating the same lesson multiple times throughout the day.
ace knows just how great an opportunity that the acceptance to the Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy is, not just for herself, but for her students as well.
“You can go through the material much quicker than
you would [a traditional school] … and even though the students are in the same class, because of this technology, I am able to really customize what each student sees.”
Amy Pace is one of four teachers in the nation to be chosen to attend the 2015 TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy in Tokyo, Japan.
class, because of this technology, I am able to really customize what each student sees.” But does Pace miss the orthodoxy of the physical classroom? Parts of it, she admits. “I don’t miss interacting with my students because I do that probably more so now than I ever did in a regular classroom, and I taught in a regular classroom for 11 years so I have a really grasp on that aspect of teaching.”
“I hope that I can make some contacts with the other teachers from the United States and Japan so that we can work together on projects between our students using the digital technology … so we can see what kind of things in science they are doing and they can see what we are doing, hopefully for the best, and incorporate that shared knowledge into our classes.” l
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Summer Classes Provide Opportunities For Students To Advance By Tori Jorgensen
or the first time, Copper Hills High School is offering several summer classes for original credit, which will give students an opportunity to get ahead in their schooling or take more elective credits. Glen Varga, vice principal of CHHS, said the administration added the summer classes because of the high demand from students. “We offer many fun electives, but they don’t fit into the students’ schedules,” Varga said. “We’d hear students in the office talking about how they would like to take seminary, or students in the halls saying ‘I gotta do band’ or ‘I gotta do music.’ When we caught wind of the complaints, we discussed the idea of summer classes in an administration meeting.” Prior to this summer, CHHS students wanting to take summer classes were sent over to Valley High School. Timothy Martinson, summer lifetime fitness instructor, said summer classes at CHHS provide an inexpensive and practical alternative, as VHS classes can cost up to $225. The fees for CHHS summer courses are as follows: debate, $75; math college prep honors, $95; and lifetime fitness, $50. Lifetime fitness is the first summer class
to be offered, starting at the end of June through July. The class was quite popular, drawing almost 30 students to sign up. Martinson said that after the district approved the summer gym class, the same template was followed to get other classes offered during summer break. “As our incoming classes get bigger and bigger, more and more sophomores come in. It makes it difficult. We can’t offer enough sections of lifetime fitness and it is hard for kids to get it into their schedule,” Martinson said. Natalie Keele, a junior at CHHS, said it would have been next-to-impossible to fit gym into her normal school schedule. “I didn’t take it last year because I had cheer, and I thought that would count [for gym], but it didn’t. I also couldn’t take it this year, so I was kinda screwed if it weren’t for this class,” Keele said. Many students have expressed their appreciation for summer classes so that they can take electives. Marrie Mills said she is going to take theatre with the open space in her schedule. Braden Robinson said he will finally be able to take the art class that will go toward his graduation.
Copper Hills High School students finish up their mile and a half run and head inside for some paper work and weight training during their first week of summer lifetime fitness. Taking this class in the summer will allow them to take more elective credits during the school year. “I like how this class is not a full semester; it is just a couple weeks. It makes it nice because then you can still have your summer and still be able to get the credits that you need,” Robinson said. “I also think summer classes are more relaxed than the other classes during the school year.” Taylor Buckner said she does not feel like summer gym is relaxed because it requires lots of running. She said the most challenging part of summer class is waking up on time and motivating herself to get to the school when her friends are out in the sun. Buckner said, “At least next year when
everyone else is complaining about having to go to gym, I’ll be like, ‘Hey, I’m done, man.’” Students may still enroll in Math and Debate summer classes by visiting the CHHS main office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Debate will run from August 3 to August 21, Monday through Thursday, and college prep honors math will run August 3 through August 18, Monday through Thursday. Varga said he hopes the debate and math classes will get filled to full capacity. “If we see success this year we have the justification to continue,” he said. “We hope to be able to expand the program next year.” l
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Linemen Push Jaguars To Victory By Greg James
o big or go home! The West Jordan High School football team, under new head coach Mike Meifu, has a big strong line to propel them in the win column this season. “These two months have been real good. The kids are working hard and this is a good situation to come into. The kids were ready to work,” Meifu said. The Jaguar linemen have been hard at work this off-season. At the Jaguar Challenge in April (a team challenge of speed strength and agility), the players began competing and learning to win. The team placed third at the 2015 Utah Power Lifting Championship May 8. The winning continued on June 6 as the linemen won the 2015 Ute Shoot Lineman Challenge. They defeated Hunter High School in the tugof-war championship. “We have some big strong kids. Our offensive and defensive lines are going to be a big strength for us,” Meifu said. Senior Antunaisa Mahe has already committed to BYU after he completes his senior season. The 6’1”, 295-lb lineman won the heavy weight division of the state power lifting championship. Seniors Steve Moeai (6’ 4”, 200 lbs.), Tryce Leuluai (6’3”, 284 lbs.)
Several Jaguar players competed in the Jaguar Challenge in April. They showed off team strength in a tire flip race. Photo courtesy of Greg James and Scott Clayburn (6’3” 330 lbs.) will be the core of the line for the Jaguars. Meifu also said the skill players are ready to make an impact. Junior Dylan Krans has stepped in at quarterback and could see the bulk of the starters’ minutes. “I think we are going to be good. We have some younger players that have really stepped up. Dylan has really taken on a leadership role for us. He is young and whipping the ball around pretty well. We will see how our offense does when it is game time,” senior wide receiver Hunter Christensen said. The Jaguars are inexperienced at the skill positions. Krans threw 10 passes last season as a sophomore. He will replace last season’s
The Jaguars will need to replace last year’s senior quarterback, Brandon Gregg. He completed 42 passes and had two touchdowns. Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com starting quarterback, Brandon Gregg. The team’s second leading rusher, Kennan Galeai, is scheduled to return for his senior season. He rushed for 465 yards and 4 touchdowns. Christensen caught just one ball last season. “Any time a new coach comes in, there is a different way to do things. There has been an adjustment, but things are going well,” Meifu said. The Jaguars will play in realigned Region 3. Many of the regular Jaguar opponents will remain on the schedule. Alta has been dropped to the 4A classification. Cottonwood and Taylorsville High Schools will take their place in the region. The Jaguars are 15-8 against Taylorsville in school history and 5-4 against Cottonwood. The Jaguars are 134-201-1 in school history. They have never defeated Brighton (20 games) and are 20-1 against Copper Hills. Meifu is the seventh head football coach
in West Jordan school history. He replaces Danny Dupaix who stepped down in May to pursue a career outside of coaching. l
West Jordan 2015 Football Schedule Friday Aug.21 - Juan Diego Friday Aug. 28 at Mountain View Friday Sept. 4 - Skyline Friday Sept. 11 - Bingham Friday Sept. 18 at Cottonwood Friday Sept. 25 - Taylorsville Friday Oct. 2 at Jordan Friday Oct. 9 - Brighton Thursday Oct. 22 at Copper Hills
West Jordan defensive lineman Antunaisa Mahe had one sack and 53 tackles last season. Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com
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A Jaguar Trying To Make An NBA Team
By Greg James
he odds of a high school senior getting drafted into the NBA is about three in 10,000 or .03 percent, roughly the same chance of drawing four of a kind. A West Jordan High School graduate is trying to overcome the odds and become that small percentage of NBA players. Ray Gallegos, a 2009 Jaguar graduate, was recently invited to the NBA summer camp for the Detroit Pistons. He will have the opportunity to compete with other rookies and free agents for a place on the roster. The Pistons are scheduled to play in the Orlando Pro Summer League beginning July 4th (after press deadline). The Piston finished last in the Eastern Conference Central Division with a 32-50 record. They drafted Stanley Johnson from Arizona with the eighth overall pick. They also missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season. Head Coach Stan Van Gundy has player needs at guard in the back court. Johnson is expected to fill that hole, but Gallegos could fill a spot with the teamâ€™s D-league affiliate the Grand Rapids Drive. Gallegos spent the 2014-15 season playing with two teams in Latin America in the Mexican Basketball League, the Caballeros
de Culican and Jefes Fuerza Lagunera. He played in 61 games and averaged 14.0 points per game. Gallegos was selected to the Mexican 2015 All-Star Game Feb.8. He scored a professional career high 28 points May 23 against Mazatlan and had a triple-double (double figures in points, assists and rebounds) against Tijuana May 29. He had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Gallegos went to the University of Nebraska where he played in 118 career games in five years for the Cornhuskers. He started three games as a freshman in 2009-10 and after red-shirting (sitting out a year) he came back to average 12.4 points his junior season. In 2013 he helped lead the Huskers into the NCAA tournament. He hit a three-pointer with 15 minutes 41 seconds left in the first half to put them up 12-6 over Ohio State, but the Buckeyes came back to defeat Nebraska 71-50 ousting them from the tournament. Gallegos scored six points in the loss. In his college career he averaged 6.7 points per game while shooting 30 percent from behind the three point line. He went undrafted out of college and he has a pursued a professional career in Mexico. Gallegos was part of the Jaguar state
West Jordan graduate Ray Gallegos, after completing a college career at Nebraska, is trying to continue as a professional in the NBA. Photo courtesy of Scott Bruhn, Nebraska media relations championship team in 2009. They beat Lone Peak 63-52 in the championship game. Gallegos had 22 points and Jordan Weirick scored 15 in the game. Jordan Loveridge, now at the University of Utah, was a freshman on that team. The Jaguars had lost to Lone Peak in 2008 in the semifinals.
The Jaguars have recorded two state championships, 2001 and 2009. Gallegos holds the Jaguar record for three pointers made in a season with 66 (2009). His 72 steals in 2009 are still tops in school history. He is third in season scoring with 417 points. Loveridge holds the school record with 540 in a season. l
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The Grizzly Way By Greg James
he Copper Hills High School football team, coaches and administration all want to see improvement this season. The new coaching staff has brought a renewed excitement to the program. The embrace between new head coach Tavita Sagapolu and Principal Todd Quarnberg after the July 2 scrimmage to mark the end of the team summer camp showed the beginning of the team’s progress. Quarnberg told his new coach he is excited to see where this team will go. “The amount of techniques that we have been able to teach on offense and defense has far surpassed what I expected. These kids have been waiting for something like this for a long time. They were looking for the discipline. We are teaching them the way we do things, the Grizzly Way,” Sagapolu said. Sophomore Alex Zettler has seen the majority of practice time at quarterback. The option running game and passing attack the Grizzlies plan to use is reliant on timing. Sagapolu is satisfied with the progress the team has made in his two months. “The kids have bought in. I think we have a grade-A quarterback and offensive line.
With our team being so young, we need to work on our maturity. Sometimes they forget and get angry, but we will learn to control our emotions. This will help us understand different parts of the game,” Sagapolu said. Zettler will replace the tandem quarterbacks used last season, Tanner Fox and Andrew Wilson, who threw for a combined 2,285 yards and 19 touchdowns but had 14 interceptions. A consistent ground will help protect Zettler and give him more opportunities. The Grizzlies have a core of six or seven running backs that could carry the load. Last season’s third leading rusher, Winston Reid, will return for his junior season. He had 65 carries for 187 yards. Senior Tristan Taumua carried the ball for 114 yards last season. Sagapolu took over as the Grizzly head coach in April when John Tuescher stepped down. Tuescher coached at Copper Hills for two seasons. The Grizzlies were 4-16 under Tuescher and defeated West Jordan 19-7 in 2013 for the first time in school history. “We want to make the playoffs. I think we are learning what it takes to get there. Our new coaches have got us working hard. I have worked hard with my teammates in the gym
Copper Hills 2015 Football Schedule and now it is time to show it on the field,” sophomore defensive back Trey Bartlett said. The Grizzlies will compete in Region 3 against Bingham, Brighton, Jordan, Taylorsville, West Jordan and Cottonwood. They are scheduled to open their season Friday, Aug. 21 at home against Granger. They have made the state playoffs five times in the school’s 21 year history; the last time was in 2004. l
Friday Aug. 21 - Granger Friday Aug.28 at Murray Friday Sept. 4 at Cyprus Friday Sept. 11 - Kearns Friday Sept. 18 at Bingham Friday Sept. 25 - Cottonwood Friday Oct. 2 at Taylorsville Friday Oct. 9 - Jordan Wednesday Oct. 14 at Brighton Thursday Oct. 22 - West Jordan
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5 TIPS FOR HOSTING A SPECTACULAR YARD SALE By Joani Taylor
t’s summertime and that means yard sales. For some this means hitting the road looking for great bargains; for those on the other side of the coin, hosting a sale is the fun. I’ve hosted many great yard sales: my last one bagged me over $1,000. Here’s some tips I’ve learned along the way for making your sale a success. #1 Make a plan A great yard sale doesn’t happen overnight. It takes careful pre-planning and organizing. A few weeks before your sale scour the house from top to bottom and clear out the clutter. Decide if you will be selling any large furniture items and price them. Plan to take a couple of vacation days to price and organize your items. It’s also a great idea to team up with other neighbors, family or friends. It makes your sale more fun and allows you to have more items. #2 Store up your clutter throughout the year Create a corner of the house where you can store your yard sale goods. When I find items I think are worth selling, I stash them away in a guest room closet,
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