A Month in Pictures: November 2018

Orem wide receiver Puka Nacua poses for a portrait Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at Orem High School. A senior, Nacua scored 26 touchdowns this year and broke Utah's state record for the most touchdowns in a single high school season.


Sports reigned supreme in November, especially football near the end of the month.

The Utah high school football state tournament was especially full of Utah County teams this year, resulting in a whole lot of time walking along sidelines and kneeling as I shot teams make their championship runs. Of the three divisional championship games "our" teams were in, two schools came away with titles (I also learned that I could indeed shoot three football games in a row that day). Brigham Young University's football team also had two games, including their "Holy War" matchup with their rival to the north, the University of Utah Utes. Basketball seasons (both high school and college) got underway, and I'm excited to switch to a new crop of sports to fill up my evenings. (My apologizes for the oversized vertical photos if you're viewing this on a desktop, Samexhibit is difficult to format for more natural-sized verticals.)

Disregarding sports, November was still a busy month. Midterm elections stood out as the most exciting news event in a month where I shot more press conferences and news events than usual. Portraits also popped up here and there. I always enjoy switching gears from the candid photography, busting out the lights, exploring my environment for different angles, and collaborating with the subject to make something neat. Feature assignments were few and far between this month.

As the end of 2018 nears, things in the photojournalism community begin to ramp up. Newspaper assignments get squeezed in before Christmastime, photo contests begin opening soon, and photographers begin to look back on their year of work. Though I'm not exactly looking forward to reading loads of contest rules and formatting photos to fit said rules, looking through my photos from the past year brings back so many fond memories, and reminds me that I am so lucky to be able to do what I do. I'm looking to wrap up my personal rodeo project in December, and I hope to finish out the year with a bang (or, at least a few more satisfying photos).

Orem running back Trevor Rockey (14) is downed just short of the goal line by Dixie defenders during the 4A football state championship game between the Orem Golden Tigers and the Dixie Flyers held Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

American Fork middle linebacker Tanner Vickers (52) celebrates with his teammates after the Cavemen defeated the Bingham Miners in overtime during a 6A state semifinal game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Bri Tallent, of Orem, talks with a customer at a Bath & Body Works retail store during Black Friday shopping Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, at University Place in Orem.

Fraser Macfarlane, of Highland, browses different retail stores as he and other shoppers walk about during Black Friday shopping Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, at University Place in Orem.

Lone Peak guard Jared Burton (1) is fouled on his shot by Timpanogos' Trey Anderson (5), but Burton makes the shot and the following foul shot during a game between the Timpanogos Timberwolves and the Lone Peak Knights as part of the Utah Valley Tip-Off Classic held Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Members of the Provo Interfaith Choir read through a song as they sing together during a rehearsal Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ in Provo.

Ken Bona, 79, a U.S. Marine veteran and member of American Legion Post 72, poses for a portrait Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Orem. This and the following photo are part of a quick portrait series I did on veterans and their post-war service for a feature for one of the Herald's "Everyday Hero" stories. More portraits from the series can be seen here: provodh.com/7en3l 

Allan Anderson, 86, a U.S. Marine veteran and member of American Legion Post 72, poses for a portrait Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Orem.

Lone Peak wide receiver Shawn Wood (14) reacts after officials ruled his catch in the end zone incomplete during the 6A football state championship game between the Lone Peak Knights and the American Fork Cavemen held Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Utah Valley Wolverines head coach Mark Pope reacts after an official's call during a game between Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University held Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at the Marriott Center in Provo.

Justin Withers, center left, of Dominion Energy, Rod Martin, center right, owner of World Class Auto Repair, and others discuss hypothetical plans for the development of Utah County during the Valley Visioning event Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at Utah Valley University in Orem.

New Mexico State Aggies quarterback Josh Adkins (14) slides as Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Sione Takitaki (16) jumps to try and down him during a game between Brigham Young University and New Mexico State University held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon (25) stiff arms Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi (53) as Dixon runs the ball upfield during a game between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Shireen Ghorbani, Democratic candidate for Utah's 2nd Congressional District, dances after giving her concession speech during an election-night watch party held by the Utah Democratic Party on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

Mark Morrison, a woodshop teacher at Pleasant Grove High School as well as a coach for the school's cross country and track teams, poses for a portrait in the school's woodshop Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Morrison creates medal-hanging plaques out of wood for all of the runners he coaches.

Jamie Brooker cleans the Revolutionary War era clothing worn by her son, Parley, 8, after he got some ice cream on it as they and others prepare the parlor at Brooker's Founding Flavors Ice Cream on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Vineyard. The ice cream parlor opened to the public on Saturday.

Orem wide receiver Puka Nacua (12) reacts after his touchdown reception was broken up by a Dixie defender during the 4A football state championship game between the Orem Golden Tigers and the Dixie Flyers held Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

American Fork wide receiver Chase Roberts (27) runs a deep catch toward the end zone for a touchdown while guarded by Lone Peak outside linebacker Chase Tucker (20) during the 6A football state championship game between the Lone Peak Knights and the American Fork Cavemen held Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Brigham Young Cougars running back Lopini Katoa (4) picks grass from his facemask after making a big play and being tackled during a game between Brigham Young University and New Mexico State University held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Brigham Young Cougars running back Matt Hadley (2) celebrates his touchdown with his teammates during a game between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Former Brigham Young University football player Shea Boone, of South Jordan, watches another football game during pregame festivities before a game between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, a matchup dubbed the "Holy War", on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, outside of Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Lone Peak defensive end Michael Daley (45) hoists up the championship trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after the Knights defeated the American Fork Cavemen in 6A football state championship game Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Orem wide receiver Puka Nacua (12) shouts as he celebrates with his teammates after their victory over the Dixie Flyers in the 4A football state championship game Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

Orem running back Noah Sewell (2) hurdles Dixie free safety Harrison Beazer (47), but officials called a penalty during the play, in the 4A football state championship game between the Orem Golden Tigers and the Dixie Flyers held Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

A Month in Pictures: October 2018

Don Hutchings, of American Fork, has his makeup done by Laney Kinyon, of Lehi, at the Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in American Fork. Hutchings played the ticket-taker Thursday night, the first person visitors see as they enter the haunted house.


After an insanely-busy September, October felt "just right."

Sports coverage continued to wax, whereas breaking news dramatically waned, seasonal features peppered the weeks, and fall weather had its heyday in Utah. It was a nice mix of subject matter. 

Sports were out in force. The Brigham Young University football team (and myself) spent some time in LaVell Edwards Stadium and mens collegiate basketball got into pre-season play. At the high school level, girls soccer seasons held state tournaments, and football eased into playoff games.

On the features and news side, things had a nice mix. As election season gained momentum political candidates came and went from the Daily Herald for interviews with our editorial board, and a quick stop in the photo studio. It could be argued October is the apex of fall, so I also (happily) spent some time at haunted houses, corn mazes, among zombies and witnessed pumpkin being added to more than a few dishes. I had a Monday Close-Up publish on the first day of the month (see photo seven), and I kept plugging away at trying to keep another story going while keeping fresh back-up ideas.

I also saw some scheduling and policy changes at the newspaper in October. For one, photographers will be doing Monday Close-Ups less frequently. As photo coverage keeps expanding and resources don't, we've had less opportunities to invest time in projects. While I'm sad to not have as many opportunities to work on photo projects, I'm glad to hopefully have more time to keep the quality of stories more polished and more consistent. Evan (my boss), was kind and switched shifts with me for a week to allow me to go to my friends' annual dance party in the desert (ask me about it sometime), and I'm glad to be visiting Ohio soon into November to see one of my close friends from college get married. The leaves have mostly fallen throughout Utah, and the chill of winter has begun to creep into the winds – I'm excited to dive into the last two months of 2018.

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (11) and  wide receiver Neil Pau'u (84) celebrate Wilson's touchdown during Brigham Young University's homecoming game against the University of Hawaii held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. Wilson, a freshman, made his starting-quarterback debut, replacing senior Tanner Mangum.

Brigham Young University students hold up "Y's" as a play unfolds during Brigham Young University's homecoming game against the University of Hawaii held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Khyiris Tonga (95) sacks Hawaii Rainbow Warriors quarterback Cole McDonald (13) during Brigham Young University's homecoming game against the University of Hawaii held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake celebrates with defensive back Austin Lee (11) after Lee picked off an interception and ran for several yards during Brigham Young University's homecoming game against the University of Hawaii held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. The Cougars defeated Hawaii 49-23.

London Masuisui, 9, of Farr West, peers out of her homemade cougar costume during pregame festivities before Brigham Young University's homecoming game against the University of Hawaii held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Nate and Tawnee DuBose play with their new dog, named Scout, for the first time just after Nate brought the dog home Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the DuBose's tiny home in Eagle Mountain. To see more from this Monday Close-Up, look here: http://provodh.com/r9h9m.

Lexi Huckaby, of Payson, breaks bottles set atop a television in the Phat Smash It room as her husband, Cody Huckaby, and children, Ryker Ballantyne, 4, left, and Kingston Huckaby, 1, watch from behind safety glass Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at Phat Axe in American Fork.

Alysse Lundgren gives her son, Castiel, 8, a dose of CBD oil at their home Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Lindon. Castiel has autism and takes CBD oil to treat symptoms of the disorder and help prevent seizures.

Scot Swan, of Mapleton, acts like a zombie as he dances with his wife, Edie, during the second-annual Zombie Prom for Juvenile Arthritis held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Mapleton Memorial Hall.

Fashion designer Kenneth Boggs, CEO and founder of Kenneth Boggs Suits, poses for a portrait at his business Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Provo. Boggs’ suits can be found on Dwight Howard of the Washington Wizards, Ziggy Ansah of the Detroit Lions, Raul Neto of the Utah Jazz and James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

Rosie Farias, 5, of Vineyard, places a smaller cone on a larger cone as Tyler Pritchett, 8, of Lehi, gathers himself as he stands atop a horse during equestrian therapy sessions Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at Summerhill Equestrian and Event Center in Saratoga Springs. Placing the cones on other cones from horseback helps strengthens the core of riders.

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, conducted by music director Mack Wilberg, performs during the morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at the church's Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The choir recently changed its name from the long-standing Mormon Tabernacle Choir as part of a church-wide rebranding to remove the word "Mormon" from the faith.

Lisa Rentfro, a retired beautician from Saratoga Springs, jokes with Misty Kennedy, of Pleasant Grove, as Rentfro cuts the hair of Kennedy's son, Kayden, 7, during an event giving free haircuts to single mothers and their children at U.G.L.Y.'s Closet on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Pleasant Grove. The secondhand boutique holds the Single Mommy's Project - No Cost Haircuts event the first and third Thursday of each month.

U.S. Senate Republican candidate Mitt Romney poses for a portrait Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at the Daily Herald in Provo.

Burned trees and benches stand along Loop A of the Blackhawk Campground near Mount Nebo Scenic Byway on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in southern Utah County. Roughly 120,000 acres were burned by the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain wildfires.

Lone Peak forward Nicole Ray (16) slides to block a kick from Layton's Abby Fotheringham (5) during the 6A girl's soccer state championship match between the Lone Peak Knights and the Layton Lancers held Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.

Lone Peak players gather around the championship trophy to kiss it as they celebrate their victory over the Layton Lancers in the 6A girls soccer state championship match Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.

Utah Valley Wolverines center Baylee Steele (44) dunks the ball as Dixie State Trailblazers guard Andre Wilson (20) reacts during an exhibition game between Utah Valley University and Dixie State University held Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Timpanogos defensive tackle Tj Sa'u (69) stands on the sidelines before a game between the Timpanogos Timberwolves and the Springville Red Devils held Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Timpanogos High School in Orem.

Lone Peak defensive back Chase Tucker (20) knocks the ball away on a pass intended for Pleasant Grove running back Dayne Christiansen (20) during a game between the Lone Peak Knights and the Pleasant Grove Vikings held Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at Lone Peak High School in Highland.

Lone Peak defensive back coach Colton Owens raises up defensive back Nate Ritchie (6) as he hugs him after Ritchie ran a pass he intercepted back for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter during a game between the Lone Peak Knights and the Pleasant Grove Vikings held Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at Lone Peak High School in Highland.

Timpview's Alaina Pestana (1) and Tanya Rivera (16) embrace as they share tears with their teammates after being defeated in a 5A state semifinals match by the Murray Spartans held Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper. 

Springville cornerback Austin Mortensen (2) rests with his teammates before a game between the Timpanogos Timberwolves and the Springville Red Devils held Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Timpanogos High School in Orem.

Skyridge running back Ma'a Notoa poses for a portrait Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at Skyridge High School. A senior, Notoa has been selected by the Daily Herald as the Utah Valley Player of the Year.

A Month in Pictures: September 2018

Hot spots flare up near a rock formation as the Pole Creek Fire burns Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, near Nebo Loop Road in northern Juab County. Started by a lightning strike on Sept. 6, the Pole Creek Fire had burned an estimated 400 acres by Sept. 12, and grew to approximately 20,000 acres by the end of the following day.


September may have been the most hectic month I've experienced while at the Daily Herald.

For good reason - so much happened last month. Two wildfires threatened to burned over 120,000 acres and threatened to destroy two cities in southern Utah County, Brigham Young University football started up (and the team rose to No. 25 then No. 20 nationally), high school sports have been well underway and FanX (which is essentially Utah's Comic Con) came through Salt Lake City, among other things.

My boss Evan sent me out to photograph the then slowly-growing Pole Creek Fire on a Wednesday when it had burned 400 acres on the edge of southern Utah County. The wildfire had hovered around 75 acres for a few days and only began to pick up slowly the day I ventured along the Mount Nebo Scenic Byway. I had recently finished photographing another wildfire – the Cole Hollow Fire (for a Monday Close-Up I did on ranchers rescuing cattle from that fire, look here: provodh.com/qmsqm ) – and we had no idea if this new fire would amount to anything.

Things began to dramatically change fast the next morning. The fire jumped from 400 acres to more than 4,000 acres by 9 a.m. and exploded to roughly 20,000 acres by the end of the day. Two cities were evacuated on Sept. 13 along with rural communities as the wildfire (which joined with another, smaller wildfire) came within half a mile of homes at one point. The Pole Creek and Bald Mountain wildfires were listed as the No. 1 priority wildfires in the country at one point. Strong winds and dry weather caused the wildfire to eventually burn 120,500 acres - and the fires are still burning today (although the blazes are 76% and 65% contained). Residents of the two evacuated cities were able to return home on Sept. 22, however were warned that they could be re-evacuated if the wildfires once again endanger homes. The image above and the 12 following below are an edit from my time covering the wildfires. To see a timeline of the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires, look here: https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/south/timeline-a-look-at-the-progression-of-the-pole-creek/article_8429dd2c-41f1-5952-9df4-ea1d60776522.html.

For the nine days the wildfires spread throughout southern Utah County, myself and my boss, Evan, were essentially doing around-the-clock coverage of the fire. Whenever we had a free moment, we were down near the fires. We both still had to find time to cover other stories, but thankfully the Daily Herald threw itself into covering the fires in a big way. Practically everyone on the staff contributed to coverage, and many hours of overtime were incurred. However, the most rewarding part of the coverage for me personally was hearing from several different locals about how happy they were the Daily Herald was providing numerous updates on the wildfires. It was truly an amazing feeling – among the best I've felt in my time working as a photojournalist – to provide coverage that genuinely helped keep people informed at a time of crisis. Throughout the newspaper's coverage I felt a deep sense of pride to work for a local newspaper, and I'm damn proud of the service the entire Daily Herald provided the people of Utah County.

Brandon Morgan, center, 17, loads items into a truck as his friend, Carter Wilkey, 16, of Payson, helps Morgan evacuate from his Elk Ridge home during a mandatory evacuation as the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires move toward homes Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Residents from rural homes and the neighboring city of Woodland Hills were also mandated to evacuate, causing roughly 5,305 people to be displaced from their homes.

Vehicles evacuate from Elk Ridge as the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires move toward homes Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. The next day, the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires were listed as the No. 1 priority wildfires nationwide, according to Jason Curry, public information officer for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

Dale Woolsey, of Salem, hugs one of his horses evacuated due to the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds has opened its doors as a place to house livestock for those that have been evacuated from the wildfires.

A community member passes in front of a projected map of the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires during a community meeting Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Salem Hills High School. For several days, officials held two community meetings per day to brief residents with wildfire updates.

Smoke rises from the mountainside behind homes in Elk Ridge as the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires burn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. The two blazes came within half a mile of homes.

Lillie Jones, an evacuee from Woodland Hills, points out items as Zane Zobell, second from right, of Salem Hills High School student council, and other volunteers from the school's student government and football team help pick up the items at a donation center set up at 161 E. 400 N. in response to the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Salem.

Joshua Rohrbaugh, 12, of Payson, wears a bandanna to prevent smoke inhalation as he waits to help others at a donation center set up at 161 E. 400 N. in response to the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Salem. The Utah County Health Department issued an indefinite wildlife smoke advisory the previous day.

Wind turbines remain stationary as smoke from the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires clouds the air Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon. The rural community in the Covered Bridge area of Spanish Fork that resides within the canyon was also evacuated on Sept. 13.

Tara Tuckett, a member of Salem Hills High School student government, is joined by fellow student leaders Isaac Barnum, right, and Zane Zobell as they set up supportive signs for those fighting the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at the roundabout in Woodland Hills. Wildfire officials set up a checkpoint at the roundabout.

Firefighters and other first responders stand for the national anthem as smoke from the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires rises on the mountainside before a game between the Spanish Fork Dons and the Salem Hills Skyhawks held Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Spanish Fork High School. Those fighting the wildfires were invited to be recognized by the community during the game.

David Whittekiend, of the U.S. Forest Service, addresses community members along with other officials after a public meeting concerning the Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Salem Hills High School.

Lucas Anderson hands a box to his son, Matheus, 2, as their family moves some items back into their home Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Elk Ridge, Utah. Saturday morning, nine days after residents of Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills were mandated to evacuate their homes, the mandatory evacuation order was lifted and people began to return to their homes. However, both cities are still on pre-evacuation status. No homes were reported as destroyed.


Finn Bardsley, 4, of Provo, looks to high-five the team as they make their way into LaVell Edwards Stadium during the Cougar Walk as part of pregame festivities before Brigham Young University's football home opener against the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Provo.

Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Corbin Kaufusi (90) blocks a field goal attempt, which was then recovered by the Cougars and run for several yards during a game between Brigham Young University and McNeese State University held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

BYU fans unfurl a flag during Brigham Young University's home opener against the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake talks with an official after officials ruled illegal touching on the Cougars on a punt return during Brigham Young University's home opener against the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Dylan Collie (3) can't quite reel in a catch during Brigham Young University's home opener against the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

BYU fans watch as officials deliberate after a play during Brigham Young University's home opener against the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Brigham Young Cougars running back Lopini Katoa (4) stiff arms McNeese State Cowboys defensive back Darion Dunn (1) as Katoa runs the ball upfield during a game between Brigham Young University and McNeese State University held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.

Brigham Young Cougars Kaufusi brothers, from left, defensive lineman Corbin (90), linebacker Isaiah (53) and defensive lineman Devin (92) celebrate their win over McNeese State University on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. The win was the first of the season for the Cougars at home, and improved their season record to 3-1 as well as earning them the No. 20 spot in the FBS.

Ben Gates, of Bountiful and dressed as Josuke from "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure", checks his hair after exiting a car before the opening day of FanX: Salt Lake Comic Convention held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

The "Morty Town Locos" including, from left, Tondra Robinson, Cozette Stoddard and her husband Luke, all of Murray and dressed as Morty from the "Rick and Morty" series, walk around the convention hall floor during the opening day of FanX: Salt Lake Comic Convention held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

Sarah Lilly, of Houston,Texas, and dressed as the Joker from the "Batman" series, poses for a portrait during the opening day of FanX: Salt Lake Comic Convention held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

Will King, of Springville and dressed as Bob Ross, prepares paints as he invites attendees to help paint a canvas during the opening day of FanX: Salt Lake Comic Convention held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

A micro hydro turbine and generator is pictured Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the new Olmsted Hydroelectric Plant near the mouth of Provo Canyon in Orem.

Timpanogos middle blocker Laura Vance (6) makes a block beside outside hitter Rachel Bingham (7) during a game between the Skyridge Falcons and the Timpanogos Timberwolves held Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at Skyridge High School in Lehi.

Provo wide receiver Matthew Tubbs (34) listens to coaches speak before a game between the Provo Bulldogs and the Timpview Thunderbirds held Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at Provo High School.

Spanish Fork wide receiver Dallas Eyere (22) holds the ball up after completing a touchdown reception while guarded by Salem Hills free safety Reed Johnson (1) during a game between the Spanish Fork Dons and the Salem Hills Skyhawks held Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Spanish Fork High School.

Skyridge outside hitter Naomi Pulu (27) and outside hitter Julina Tusieseina (12) talk to each other on the bench during a game between the Skyridge Falcons and the Timpanogos Timberwolves held Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at Skyridge High School in Lehi.

Timpanogos' Jaislyn Branin (21) hugs Megan Unbedacht (8) after Branin's goal tied the game between the Timpanogos Timberwolves and the Maple Mountain Golden Eagles held Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at Timpanogos High School. The Timberwolves defeated the Golden Eagles 4-3.