- Salt Lake girl wins five gold medals:

Debra Duerksen of East Mill Creek won five gold medals for her California high school (Monterey Bay Academy) in a recent scholastic contest.The school's nine-member team participated in the Santa Cruz County Academic Decathlon where students took written tests in math, economics, language and literature, science, fine arts and social science.

Besides her five gold medals, Duerksen also won a silver and bronze medal for her scholastic achievements.

She is the daughter of Ronald and Francene Duerksen. A senior, she plans on attending college next year to pursue a degree in nursing.

Monterey Bay Academy is owned by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

- Stewart is Murray woman of the year:

Dianne Stewart has been honored at the Murray BPW's Woman of the Year. She is the club's treasurer.

- Murray City commends Fashion Place Mall:

Murray Mayor Lynn Pett has commended Doug O'Brien, general manager of Fashion Place Mall, on his quick response and initiative toward meeting the special needs of the disabled community.

Four wheelchair ramps were installed in the parking areas, and push-button automatic door openers were installed at all main entrances to the mall.

- Equipment for handicapped children:

University of Utah mechanical engineering students are designing special equipment for handicapped children through a partnership with the Utah State Department of Handicapped Children's Services.

More efficient wheelchairs, a fishing pole for a one-armed person and a bicycle for a girl with cerebral palsy are just some of the equipment developed so far.

- Two Jordan District principals announce retirement:

Val Farnsworth, principal at Butler Middle School, and Paul Kochevar, principal at Indian Hills Middle School, have both announced their plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Marvin C. Reid, currently principal at Joel P. Jensen Middle School, will transfer to Butler Middle School for the 1991-92 school year, replacing Farnsworth.

Roger Miner, Mount Jordan Middle School, will transfer to Joel P. Jensen Middle School to replace Reid.

Earl Behrmann, Oquirrh Hills Middle School, will move to Mount Jordan Middle School, replacing Miner.

These moves still leave openings for principals at Oquirrh Hills and Indian Hills middle schools, vacancies that Jordan District will fill in the near future.

- Volunteer Madelyn Player honored by Salt Lake County:

Madelyn Player, a Salt Lake County volunteer, has donated more than 8,000 hours to the Planning Commission since her appointment in 1985. She was honored by the county last month for that service.

She has spent considerable time reviewing and studying zoning issues, spending countless hours on homework and additional research.

She has also worked many years for the state PTA and has taken an active role in initiating the "Safe Sidewalks Program." She and her husband, Ross, lived in the Millcreek area for many years. They have four children. She also is an avid genealogist and researcher of early pioneer history.

Her husband recently retired. When she steps down from the Planning Commission this month, they will move to Rupert, Idaho, to live and continue to restore her family's farmhouse.