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July 1 - August 31, 2019 Volume 12 – Issue 4 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Mandi Miles CREATIVE ART DIRECTOR Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Rayma Davis PROOFREADER Lynessa Eames WRITERS Christine Ward, Kaylee Pickering, Helen Houston, Laura Draskovich, Darrell Garlick, Celece Krieger, Rob Krieger, Jennifer Moore, Anita DeLelles, Keith Buchhalter, Karen Monsen, Sydnee Hatfield, Judi Moreo, Susie Knudsen, Taylor Lewis, Merrie Campbell-Lee, Stephanie Fitzgerald, DeWynn Nelson, Lisa Wilde, Jon Marshall, Aaron Eames, Susi Lafaele, Rick Heflebower, Tejbir Singh, Stuart Roseman, Trent Peterson, Michelle Brooks, Deb Campbell, Linda Faas, Doug & Michelle Hall, Doug Pederson, Bryan Baird, Stephen Miller, Jean Watkins, Carol Saldivar, Della Lowe, Tracy Rodgers ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL ads@ViewOnMagazine.com SUPPORT STAFF Bert Kubica Cheryl Whitehead DISTRIBUTION View On Magazine Staff WEB DESIGN Trevor Didriksen PUBLISHED BY View On Magazine, Inc. Office (702) 346-8439 Fax (702) 346-4955 GENERAL INQUIRIES info@ViewOnMagazine.com ONLINE ViewOnMagazine.com Facebook Twitter Instagram


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Letter from

the Editor

Dear Readers, Wow, this year is just zooming by! As you are reading this, it is already the middle of summer. The next thing you know, we will be counting the days until.... I almost said it, but I caught myself. Oh well, you know what I’m thinking, I might as well say it....The Holidays!! But, I’m way ahead of myself, unless you are one of those people (you know who you are) that have already begun buying presents for your family & friends in July! Wow, but I digress!! Back to the present! In this issue we are celebrating our homes, inside and out. As the temperatures rise outside we have the perfect indoor activities that will keep summer boredom at bay. I hope you will get as excited as I am about our new contributors method of organizing your home. New to ViewOn Magazine, we are happy to welcome Sydnee Hatfield, a professional organizer, and owner of Organized Paradise to our writing staff. She covers a wide area from Las Vegas to St. George while based in Logandale, Nevada. In her first article she teaches you how to apply her 3 basic principles for each area you want to tackle! Then, you will learn how to put that knowledge to action as she walks you through applying her principles to your kitchen and bathroom. Everything from your spices to your refrigerator to your makeup, she’s got it covered! There is a plethora of information; it is a must read! Another fabulous article and reminder on keeping your homeowners insurance up-to-date. We do improvements to our home all the time. But do we annually review the value added, and update our homeowners insurance? Be sure to read Lisa Wilde’s article, it will help guide you through the process. There’s so much more in this issue and we hope you will enjoy reading all of the interesting articles. Please continue to give us your feedback, and let us know about events and stories that you would like us to include in future issues. Send us a story and pictures of your home or garden and you might possibly see it in next years’ Home and Garden issue. Visit our website at ViewOnMagazine.com and like us on Facebook to keep up on the current events that we could not include in this issue. And as always, visit our advertisers. It is because of them and their decision to invest in an ad or two in our magazine, that we get to continue to greet you every other month with yet another informative issue of ViewOn Magazine. By patronizing our advertisers, you support our business community and all of the wonderful benefits we derive from living in this amazing area. And in the immortal words of Dorothy, "There’s no place like Home,”

Kathy Lee Publisher

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frequent contributors Laura Draskovich is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. With more than 15 years in the fitness industry, Laura currently teaches a wide variety of group fitness formats and trains clients at the Mesquite Fitness Club. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she attended Central Washington University, majoring in Community Health Education. Mother of three, Laura is a national level NPC figure competitor, who is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and dedicated to reaching goals. Email Laura at lauradraskovich@yahoo.com or call (702) 600-8953. Karen L. Monsen is a freelance writer who lives in St. George, Utah. She covers outdoor topics, nature, science, research, and human impacts. She taught French and Social Studies in public schools, served as a technical training coordinator, and designed and delivered business and technical writing seminars for corporate clients.

Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010 from Palm Desert, California and loves the small town atmosphere. Her writing experience extends from high school and college newspapers to professional manuals as a critical care nurse. Her passion for tennis is evident in her frequent articles for ViewOn Magazine.


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Elspeth Kuta is the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum Coordinator, where she says it is her privilege to share the local history of Mesquite and surrounding areas with the community and visitors alike. She and the museum strive to bring history to life, and preserve and protect the local tales of yore.

David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A Southern Utah resident since 2016, he has extensive experience in marketing, public relations, writing and public speaking. He has won several awards for his writing on a variety of subjects, including sports, the military community, and education. He has served in a variety of volunteer capacities for several local non-profit organizations, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, Washington County Children’s Justice Center, Red Rock Swing Dance and as a coach for his son’s youth athletic teams.

Linda Faas was new to desert living when they arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They started exploring their surroundings and meeting new friends, and love what they found. Linda has immersed herself in arts and outdoor groups, and is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications. She volunteers with several community organizations, and is always seeking new adventures.

Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including 2 international bestsellers, You Are More Than Enough and Conquer the Brain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years, and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at judi@judimoreo.com

Helen Houston is the owner of Hues & Vues — Inspired Walls and Windows. Helen also owns a new business, Staging Spaces & Redesign —Designing Your Home to Sell. She holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, Certified Staging Professional, and Certified Color Consultant. She has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past ten years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at helen@huesandvues.com or helen@stagingspaces.biz or call (702) 346-0246.

Rob Krieger is a 20 year PGA Member & former Director of Golf in Mesquite & Greensboro, NC. He is currently the Director of Instruction at both his own Red Rock Golf Center and the Southgate Golf Club in St. George, and is experienced in teaching all skill levels from beginners to low handicappers. Rob has been writing for ViewOn Magazine since 2010. For help with your game or to schedule a lesson, check out his website www.stgeorgegolflessons.com or email Rob@sgugolf.com.

Celece Krieger is the owner of The Travel Connection. Travel is her passion and she’s spent the past 24 years planning dream vacations around the world. Her favorite vacation is the South Pacific with her “toes in the sand.” Reach her at (435) 628-3636 1373 East 170 South in St. George or celece@stgeorgetravel.com.

Anita DeLelles, LMT is a certified Equine and Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner with accreditation from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Her studies included two consecutive summers in Bath, England, as well as coursework in Colorado and California and a BFA from UNLV. Anita is certified in small animal massage from the Northwest School of Animal Massage as well as human massage. In 2014 Anita and Ron opened WOOF! Wellness Center and launched their website ShopMeoow.com.

Keith Buchhalter is the Public Affairs Specialist for Overton Power District #5. Born and raised in Guatemala City, he moved to Mesquite, NV, in 1999. Keith has held a variety of positions in local organizations. He was part of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Board from 2013 - 2017. He is Past-President of the Rotary Club of Mesquite, and he is currently serving as Assistant District Governor for Rotary's District 5300. He also serves as a Trustee for the Mesa View Regional Hospital Board.

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Message from the Mayor S

ummertime in Cedar City, Utah! I am thoroughly convinced that the summers here are the best in the world. Our sunny, moderately warm days cool off pleasantly in the evening. Our clear blue skies and clean air accentuate the vibrant red rocks of the mountains encircling the City. The contrast of nature’s colors with the emerald green lawns of our many parks and well-kept homes is a sight to behold! This beauty is the backdrop for the many activities and festivals that take place when warmer weather arrives in Cedar City. Independence Day is always a special event here, with a hometown parade down Main Street festooned with dozens of American flags, followed by old fashioned activities in Main Street Park, and of course, our spectacular Citysponsored aerial fireworks, safely supervised by our Fire Department at the City Airport.

Mayor of Cedar City, Maile L. Wilson-Edwards

The weekend after the Fourth of July brings a couple of great events to “Festival City.” The July Jamboree street festival is a party for all! This takes place on Saturday, July 13th, when we close down Main Street and bring in vendors and classic cars from all over the Southwest. Our quaint Main Street shops participate in this event, with unique items on sale. The July Jamboree also features delicious food of all kinds, live music, and a beer garden. Concurrent with the Jamboree, but starting a few days earlier this year, on July 10th, is the Midsummer Renaissance Faire in Main Street Park, where you can munch on a turkey leg or other culinary delights while perusing the wares of the many craftsmen from all over the world who share their handmade items at the “Ren Faire.” You won’t want to miss the color and excitement of the costumed performers at this event! In addition to these activities, the Tony-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) is in full swing during July and August with various performances in the several theatres contained in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, a 37.5 million dollar interdisciplinary center for arts and education that also includes the Southern Utah Museum of Art, lush gardens, and a venue for the USF’s Greenshow. The Greenshow features outdoor performances that alternate nightly offering dance, music, and laughter to all who attend. And it is always free of charge! For those theatre-goers who want their funny bone tickled, the Neil Simon Festival runs from July to August, offering plays that follow the Neil Simon tradition of character-driven plots and comic introspection into the American experience. Utah’s own holiday, Pioneer Day, on July 24th, brings more patriotic spirit, with participants in the “Main Street Mile” running down the street to the cheers of onlookers, followed by a traditional parade complete with covered wagons, dancers, and pioneer-themed floats. “The Festival City” is a great place to live and visit! It’s difficult to list all of “happenings” here due to space constraints, so I invite you to come and experience Cedar City for yourself and check out all the great activities we enjoy here. Maybe hike and bike on our trail system, if that is your interest. We have something for everyone here in Cedar City! For more information on our amazing community go to www.cedarcity.org. Sincerely, Maile L. Wilson-Edwards Mayor of Cedar City


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cover photo by Mykal Bush | MYKALS Architectural Photography www.mykalsphotography.com


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Creating a Home Gym Planning Today for Less Work Tomorrow

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Organized Paradise An Old House Made New Again





Kokopelli Expands Vision of Desert Paradise

Planning Today for Less Work Tomorrow

Design by the Numbers


Colors of Color Country

Grand Experiences Await

Discover the Heart of the South Pacific in the Cook Islands

Plugging Your Way to Savings

Organized Paradise

WFPB Nutrition

Dixie State University Golf On Course to D1

Tips for Making Your Home Healthy For Your Pets


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fter a series of life altering events I made the decision to move out of my native state of Colorado. Where would I go? I would like somewhere warm, diverse, and inviting. Mesquite is all of those places! I love Mesquite for all of the simple reasons in life. I love the friendly smiles, the warm breezes, and the sense of community. I love that my two teenage children have found a place that affords them an opportunity to embrace their personalities and utilize their strengths within the community. As an employee of Mesa View Regional Hospital, I have the privilege of meeting and helping so many of my fellow community members. I appreciate exchanging stories and sharing experiences with them. I love the way that Mesquite has accepted my family and given me the blank page I was looking for to keep writing the next chapter of this journey I call life.

-Felicia Isbell

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love St. George because it is my home. I grew up here when the population was around 15,000 people and I felt like I knew most of them. People were friendly, hard-working, honest, and were good neighbors. After college I went away for nearly 40 years for work, and I lived in 4 other US cities, and visited a number of others. I worked in and visited several foreign lands. I met good people everywhere, and saw much to be admired and cherished in all of those places, but none of them really became “home� in the sense that St. George has. I love the nature-carved red sandstone, the hard, unforgiving black lava rocks, and the desert plants that still thrive in the warm, dry climate we have. But most of all, I love the good solid people who still live here and who are still warm, friendly, and honest. It’s true that a lot of people have moved in, but it still has the small town feel it did when I was growing up.

-Doug Schmutz


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couple of years ago I was involved with a study that asked people what they liked most about Panguitch, and an overwhelming majority said that it felt like “home�. I am not a Panguitch native but there is something about the small town atmosphere, the friendly and caring people, and the endless possibilities of outdoor and community activities that give it the comfortable feel of a place you want to stay. I love the fact that my kids are within walking distance of school, sports, the theater, the library, and yet, just a short drive away, we can hike and experience wonders of nature that people travel thousands of miles to see. I am blessed to call Panguitch home!

- Melanie Heaton

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y husband and I fell in love with Moapa Valley long before we moved here. As avid boaters, we traveled for many years through Moapa Valley, stopping for supplies before heading to enjoy Lake Mead. We found this community so warm and welcoming that we looked forward to our time here as much as we did our boating. We found museums, art displays and home town events focused on community pride and good family fun. When the opportunity came to move, we knew right where to look for our new home -- the same place we already found our respite, close to our lake, surrounded by spectacular red rock mountains with trails and sand hills for riding off road. This beautiful green valley filled with custom homes and friendly businesses is still where family and friends are a priority and neighbors rally to help out no matter what the need. Now, after 18 years of spectacular sunsets, listening to the quiet peace far away from city noise and watching the stars so clear at night, we still enjoy our beautiful oasis home in the heart of Moapa Valley. - Vanette Christensen

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creating a

home gym By Deb Campbell


ome gyms are both a blessing and a curse. They are a blessing to those highly motivated individuals who actually use the equipment they purchase. And, they are a curse to those lesser motivated folks who end up using the equipment to hang laundry or re-purpose them for other domestic needs. If you have been too busy and/or too self-conscious to workout at a conventional gym, a home gym should be something you give serious consideration. However, before you spend any money on an emotional purchase there are LOTS of things you need to think about: your skill level, your desired workout program and schedule, your space available at home, and of course your budget. The one thought that should drive you through this decision is -- the best home gym equipment for me is the one that I will use. If you can’t visualize yourself using it in a sustainable training program, then don’t buy it.

DESIRED WORKOUT PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE Before purchasing any gym equipment for your home, you need to design your workout program including exercise selection and workout frequency. Then you can match your equipment and budget to those needs.

SKILL LEVEL Generally speaking, beginners require smaller and less expensive equipment. As skill level grows, more complex and costly equipment is usually desired.

BUDGET If you are a beginner, you can pick up all of the basic beginner items for a couple of hundred dollars on Amazon. If you are intermediate or advanced looking to get a cable system or a power rack, be prepared to shell out at least a couple of thousand dollars and probably a lot more after all the accessories are included. If money is no object, consider hanging mirrors in order to check your form and motivational pictures to keep encouraging you to train with intensity. A good sound system for your workout area is a cool addition, too! Music is a great motivator for a lot of us!!

EXAMPLES: BEGINNER – Jump rope, steps, resistance bands, kettlebells, stability ball, mat & foam roller INTERMEDIATE – Beginner equipment plus: dumbbells and/or a small cable system ADVANCED – Beginner equipment + dumbbells and a power rack

SPACE AVAILABLE AT HOME Where will you be setting up your home gym? In a corner of a room? In a spare room? In your garage? Space available can be a real limiting factor, but there is always space for a jump rope, a few resistance bands, a kettle bell, a few dumbbells, and a mat. And, there are tons of bodyweight exercises that can be done in the middle of a room. All that is needed is some planning and motivation. Note: There is a plethora of bodyweight workout programs on YouTube, if you need ideas.

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“...the best home gym equipment for me is the one that I will use.”

ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR BUILDING THE IDEAL HOME GYM The ideal home gym should have equipment/space that addresses the three (3) key fitness activities: 1. CARDIOVASCULAR TRAINING (jump rope, treadmill, stationary bicycle, elliptical, rowing machine)

2. RESISTANCE TRAINING (resistance bands, kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, cable systems, power rack)



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SAMPLE HOME WORKOUT PROGRAM FOR BEGINNERS ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET WITH LIMITED TIME While we should all be looking for opportunities to move our bodies each and every day, life has a tendency to destroy even our best intentions for working out. A good way to combine cardio and resistance training in a condensed amount of time is by performing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Circuits three times a week (not on consecutive days). When building HIIT Circuits, I like to select one movement for the upper body, one movement for the lower body, and then connect them with a cardio-type movement. Some examples are below:

HIIT Circuit #1

- 10 overhead presses - 10 mountain climbers - 10 bodyweight squats Rest for 30-60 seconds Repeat 2-4 more times

HIIT Circuit #2

- 10 push-ups - 10 jumping jacks - 10 walking lunges Rest for 30-60 seconds Repeat 2-4 more times

HIIT Circuit #3

- 10 triceps dips - 10 burpees - 10 step-ups Rest for 30-60 seconds Repeat 2-4 more times

Doing HIIT Circuits 3 times a week (ex: Monday-Wednesday-Friday) for 20-30 minutes at a time is a great way to move your body and improve your fitness level! A PERSONAL REFLECTION I do not have a legit home gym. What I have is a hodge-podge of dumbbells, barbells, and fitness toys. What do I use the most? Dumbbells and my mat. But the real story is this…I struggle with anxiety every…single…day. Sometimes it is debilitating, and I can’t even get out of bed. I am learning to use fitness to help me with therapy for my anxiety. When I experience tightness in my neck and shoulders and that oppressive pain in my forehead, I now stop whatever I’m doing and do these things: pull back my shoulders and breathe deeply, reach up to the sky, drop down and do push-ups, and then head out for a walk in the neighborhood or a hike up in the Mesquite Regional Trails. These simple steps usually turn me into a positive, whole person again. V Deb Campbell a personal trainer and nutritional coach in Mesquite, NV. She owns Fitness & Fun and is available for coaching both online and in person. Deb can be reached at (209) 815-1987 or on Facebook @teamfitnessandfun. For more information visit www.teamfitnessand fun.com.

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by Judi Moreo


oving. Chaos. Everything is crashing down around you. Whether you are moving home, moving your office, or relocating to a new city, your life feels like the second half of Titanic when the ship is sinking and also on fire. What do you do? How do you stay calm?

TRY GROUNDING In mindfulness circles, “grounding” is the process of “getting back to what is real. If you want to get into things like meditation, you absolutely should, but if all of that is a little far-out for you, there’s a way for you to ground without all of the mumbo jumbo. Ask yourself, realistically, ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’ Because we can get a little confused when we’re scared or nervous, try asking this question out loud with someone else around so they can help you to think it through. Most of the time, when something goes wrong, we can perceive disaster when the worst thing that can happen is not really that bad. No matter how bad it is, once you realistically have a worstcase scenario in mind, you can more effectively focus on a solution or possibly a back-up plan.

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RECOGNIZE YOUR SOCIAL RESOURCES Ask questions of people around you. We tend to worry about material resources without thinking about our social resources. These are the people who can help support you when you feel like you’re on that flaming, sinking ship. Ask them how they’ve done it. Did they use a moving company? Or, did they do it themselves? If they used someone else, who? Were they happy? Call several companies and get quotes? If you choose to do it yourself, be sure to get assistance from people who understand you and know you are under pressure. You don’t want to destroy your marriage or lose your best friends due to the stress of the move. It’s far cheaper in the long run to hire that moving company. Once, when I was moving from my family’s snow country farm in Utah to Las Vegas, I needed help, but the moving company wouldn’t come down that long country dirt road in the snow to get me and said I must wait a couple of weeks. I needed to move right away. I couldn’t wait for the snow to melt. I was upset, so I went to meet a friend for coffee in a small little coffee shop way out on the highway and told her about it. Later that night, I got a call from a gentleman who said some people had overheard me in the coffee shop and told him I needed help. He said he had a big truck, a trailer and a son and they could move me tomorrow for a price I could afford. And the next morning, they arrived bright and early. It snowed even harder. They moved me anyway. Angels come in many forms from unexpected places. Ask people you know about the place you are moving? Call the Chamber of Commerce in that area and find out all you can? If moving your home and office in the same town, go over and meet your neighbors. People are more likely to offer help to people they know, even if they only just met you. Plus, they will have a lot of information about the area and the services you will probably be needing. DON’T GET DISCOURAGED This often happens when you are deep into packing, you have things you don’t want to throw away and you don’t know what to do with them. Don’t get hung up. Make a box of “Stuff” and put it in there. Don’t stop looking for solutions to the problems that come with a move. You are creative. There is a way to get through it without stressing yourself out. Twentieth century American Industrialist, Henry Ford, is quoted as having said “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

FOCUS ON A SOLUTION One way to stay stress free is to focus on the outcome. It actually moves you toward solutions. Feeling overwhelmed or just feeling sorry for yourself doesn’t help anyone – least of all you. REMIND YOURSELF OF YOUR PAST A similar solution to grounding is to ask yourself when you’ve felt like this in the past and ask yourself what happened. Either you succeeded and everything was great or you failed and you know how to make changes this time. As much as we might hate it, that feeling of chaos is very much a part of life. When we understand that chaos is a part of every move, it becomes much more manageable. FOCUS ON THINGS YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT Just like you don’t need to be into mindfulness to benefit from grounding, you don’t need to be religious to reduce your stress from living by “The Serenity Prayer:” “Grant me the serenity, To accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.” Sometimes, when we have stressful feelings, it’s because we’re dumping all of our emotional energies into worrying about things that we can’t do anything about. You’ve made the decision to move and now you must do it. You are in it. If you direct your energies into the things you CAN do, one step at a time, you will find you feel better about your life and can actually make the transition smoothly and easily. In most cases, the feelings of stress and chaos aren’t realistic reactions and they get in the way of coming up with solutions. Learning how to stay calm can help your move go smoothly. You will feel better and live longer. And, it can also make you a more effective agent of the positive change in your life. You can do this. You are more than enough! V

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Restoring your Pioneer Home

By Kaylee Pickering


Historic Hunter House with the classic examples of mid 19th century Utah architecture.

n deciding to undertake the renovation and restoration of a historic home there are many things that must be taken into account. How would one remove years of wallpaper and paint? Is the foundation stable? How much can really be saved? However, most importantly, one may question where to even begin such a daunting process and is it worth it?

Tucked happily away in its new home at the Frontier Homestead State Park, is Cedar City’s oldest standing home. The Historic Hunter House stood in its original location at 1st East and Center Street across from the Old Rock Church until 2005. With dedication and funds raised by the community, the Hunter House was relocated and spared from being torn down. On the back of a flatbed truck the Hunter House made its way to its new home at 635 North Main, touring the City that had sprung up around it along the way. Built in 1866, the Hunter House is a collection of features that characterize much of Utah’s mid-nineteenth century architecture. When the community came together to restore the home, honoring their desire to preserve and protect their heritage played a large part in the decisions that were made on everything. From the paint colors, to the decor, to landscaping the back grounds, the Hunter House maintains its pioneer charm. A large project costing fifty-thousand dollars and taking five years; undertaking this restoration was a substantial project for the community, the park, and its staff members. When asked about the project, Park Manager Todd Prince shared the following:

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"Restoring a historic home is a significant undertaking, but the rewards are numerous. To see the Hunter house go from a rundown old home, to revealing the charm and character of the original home has been remarkable. From the architecture, to uncovering the original floors, the Hunter house has once again become a symbol of the pioneer spirit of resourcefulness and dedication. Once in disrepair and disuse, the home is now at the center of Park programs and events. It has become alive again." INTERIOR RESTORATION Inside the historic home great care has been taken by museum staff to keep the decor as organic to the time period as possible. Upon walking in the door visitors are greeted by a narrow and steep set of stairs. Up the stairs and past the door that once led to the addition are two bedrooms. To the left visitors will find themselves staring back through time into a pioneer bedroom. Complete with a rope bed, furniture made from wood brought down Cedar Mountain, and a trunk emblazoned with the family name, this room feels as though the original owners could appear at any moment to go about their daily life. In the room across the hall guests find a carefully curated display of tools similar to those that would have been used in the construction of the home as well as small parts of the room where the ‘bones’ of the house were left bare. A section on the wall free of newly added texture displays the adobe bricks that comprise the walls. Similarly above one of the dormered windows a section of the ceiling was left without drywall to show the slats of the attic.

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GARDEN AND LANDSCAPING Through the narrow hallway and out the backdoor visitors discover the answer to one of the most commonly asked questions about the Hunter House, where is the kitchen? While the original kitchen for the Hunter House would have been found in the adjoined section of the house (which was not structurally sound enough to survive the move) this is the next best solution. A large lawn, gazebo, deck, and fully-functional kitchen area provide a perfect gathering place. Part of the idea of the restoration of the Historic Hunter House and the grounds in the manner that it’s been done is to transport you back in time. Sitting in the gazebo out back facing an outdoor kitchen with an authentic pioneer oven it’s easy to imagine oneself as being at a small party thrown by the Hunter family. Even in the landscaping of the Summer Kitchen, special care is taken by gardening expert Amy Howe to combine historical accuracy and beauty. Using flowers such as ‘Johnny Jump Ups’, lilacs, snapdragons, and evening primrose will provide your flower beds with an authentic pioneer feel. While herbs like thyme, chamomile and peppermint add the perfect embellishment and ground cover. Amy keeps a careful eye on the gardens and landscapes with a care for authenticity. In landscaping for your pioneer home Amy’s suggestion was, “try to get traditional flowers such as larkspur, hollyhock, peony, and morning glory. These are flowers the pioneers would have brought with them from the east coast.”


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Flower garden area of the yard for the Summer Kitchen area.

Tulips, Johnny Jump Ups, Summer kitchen and pioneer stove

RESEARCHING Researching what materials, colors, and plants would be relevant for this historic home was a project all of its own. Books, old photographs of the home, and knowledge of other historical homes from the era were all poured over in an attempt to bring the Hunter House back to life. Walking through now, one will find original brick work around the fireplace, period-relevant furniture, books and parlor games as well as rich paint colors that reflect the vibrant colors of the surrounding area. When books and research weren’t quite cutting it the Frontier Homestead team got creative. In the interest of finding what plants would best evoke the authentic pioneer feel they were looking for; a poll was run on Facebook asking followers to share what flowers they recalled seeing in their grandmother or great-grandmother’s flower bed. Many answered with snapdragons, sweet peas and other such plants, starting some reminiscent threads about times spent in their grandmother’s flower bed. Restoring a pioneer home is no small project to undertake and not without its challenges. However, with a little enthusiasm about the final product, research aid from local historical experts and books, and a dedicated community your pioneer home is worth it. V

Hunter House original brick

Hunter House front porch mural

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Benefits of a Living Roof

By Aaron Eames


n 1973 OPEC members pronounced an oil embargo aimed at various nations, including the United States. The resulting ‘oil crisis’ sparked a revolution in car design. Suddenly manufacturers were touting an aspect beyond engine size and horsepower: gas mileage. Housing now seems to be tottering toward a similar shift in thinking. The move is slower, for sure, without anything as dramatic as gas shortages to fuel it, but instead pushed by the more inexorable forces of creeping energy costs, environmental responsibility, and common sense.


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It happens every year. Spring appears. The temperatures climb. And we tell ourselves, “I’m not going to turn on the air conditioner just yet. I’ve enjoyed the low power bills. Turn on the fans and leave the doors and windows open. It’s just too soon!” We lose the battle of course. Depressingly early. I wonder what our ancestors would think of our homes. After being amazed at the sweet luxury of air conditioning, they might justifiably be amazed at how little effort goes into making our homes habitable in the absence of this enormous energy burden. It’s fair to ask ourselves, “Does the way we build houses make sense?” Perhaps it’s prudent to ask, “What alternatives are out there?”

So let's examine a new idea. Or rather, an old idea reemerged and gaining steam: Living roofs. Used by generations past to them to keep cool in summer and warm in winter. Modern breakthroughs are making them attractive again. Plants instead of asphalt shingles? That’s weird, right? Maybe it’s the other way around. Living roofs, especially when paired with other technologies, create a tremendously energy efficient home. This is a result of both the insulating layer, and the thermal mass of the growing medium, which acts as a heat sink. Even the plants themselves help cool through transpiration and shading.

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Living roofs also provide excellent noise reduction, especially for low frequencies. They have a much lower burning heat load (fire safety) than conventional roofs. And they provide increased durability for roofing membranes, since the membranes are less exposed to large temperature fluctuations. The environmental benefits of living roofs are also significant. They can play an important role in stormwater management. They replicate the natural landscape, absorbing rainwater to be used by the plants later. The water that does work its way through is delayed, reducing stress on sewer systems during peak flow. Living roofs reduce UHI (Urban Heat Island effect). Buildings with living roofs require less energy to function, which creates numerous positive downstream effects. They can sustain a variety of plant species, and provide habitat for various bird species, even acting as a stepping stone habitat for migrating species. This is an important contribution, considering the declining North American bird population. As for aesthetics, you can certainly do worse than turning your roof into a natural garden. And, I must confess, I find something satisfying in finding the answer to a modern problem by studying the solutions of our ancestors. V To learn more, or become part of a living roof community, email admin@e-zblock.com or call Aaron at (435) 680-4814

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“ It is almost a surprise that


Kokopelli has only recently launched its new division that specializes in constructing custom swimming pools and hot tubs for Mesquite."

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Kokopelli Expands Visions of

Desert Paradise

By Linda Faas | Photos by Ashley Ellis


esquite residents are quick to praise the natural beauty of their surroundings: the beautiful Virgin Mountains, daily sunshine to bank on, lovely evenings with lingering sunsets. For many homeowners, the only dream improvement that nature hasn’t provided is a cool, blue pool that reflect nature’s wonders, nestled in just the right setting.

Kokopelli Landscaping has spent twenty years making homeowner’s dreams come true by providing perfect landscaping to frame the gorgeous homes that make Mesquite a “diamond in the desert.” This locally-owned Mesquite company has served the community by planning, installing, and maintaining the landscaping of the town’s well-groomed public buildings and some of its finest golf courses. It is a foremost landscaper for private residences in town, and has gained a reputation for creating beautifully planned xeriscape and low-water landscapes that are kind to the desert and kind to a homeowner’s pocketbook. Being “best in class” among Mesquite and St George landscapers has made Kokopelli a leading name when it comes to developing and maintaining outdoor areas for commercial projects or private residences. Thus, it is almost a surprise that Kokopelli has only recently launched its new division that specializes in constructing custom swimming pools and hot tubs for Mesquite. “For so many years we were providing all the hardscape and plants for pool installers, actually creating the real beauty and function of the pool area,” says Kokopelli’s pool designer Quinn Ellis. “Now, adding the capability to plan and build the custom pool gives us the opportunity to fulfill all the homeowner’s dreams in a consolidated project where no detail falls through the cracks.” Creating a “custom paradise” for a homeowner is Kokopelli’s goal. Ellis says that from large to small pools and hot tubs are popular in Mesquite. “Many retirees look to build a backyard haven where they can relax. Having a custom hot tub lends privacy and solitude. A small pool brings refreshing relief from Mesquite’s bright sunshine—and an evening swim under the stars is the perfect way to end the day.”

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Family pools are often built by grandparents who want to provide an enticing attraction for their younger generations who live at far flung locations. Kids love to spend hours in the sparkling water at Gram’s house. Kokopelli has even built backyard splash pads for tiny tots to enjoy while older kids take over the pool. When it is time for lunch, nobody worries about wet swimsuits in a backyard dining area. The choices are endless when contracting a custom pool builder who also has years of experience in constructing a full range of backyard amenities, such as putting greens, pergolas and gazebos, outdoor kitchens, fountains and impressive hardscapes. Adding the right blend of desert vegetation completes that outdoor dream home. While recreation is usually foremost in mind when homeowners think of adding a pool, the positive aspects for personal health should not be discounted when considering the value of custom pool investment. Swimming and pool aerobics are at the top of the list of healthy activities for all ages. A soothing hot tub can relieve sore muscles of an active athlete and complete a therapy regime for anyone. The enjoyment and regenerative aspects of a pool can truly be a life changer. Kokopelli is now pleased to be Mesquite’s onestop designer and fabricator for every outdoor home project. Their expertise and licensing in all aspects of designing and building a total home setting is unparalleled. Simply contact the office to make an appointment with a consultant to start the process of turning your dreams into reality.


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Style catalogs and desert plant photos pack Kokopelli’s conference room. Hundreds of tile and hardscape samples can be viewed in their front display area. Check out their mini-putting green to see if it fits in your plan. Your sketches and needs turn into “to-do” lists for their designers. A careful evaluation of your wishes becomes a highly detailed plan of action. Your designer will help you select desired elements you wish to incorporate. Then, you visit your site together to measure, consider sun and shade areas, discuss the ambiance you wish to achieve, and decide on just the right landscape and pool design. All this means that planning is the most critical part of the entire project. Kokopelli wants everything to be right, start to finish. They provide a free estimate for the project you choose. Of course the physical work of constructing a custom pool and completing your backyard dream can not be achieved overnight. A homeowner needs to be prepared for a process of four to six months for the Kokopelli crew to complete their work. Management likes to assign three to four workers on a project from start to finish so the workers will understand the overall vision and produce those end results. Ellis says, “We are lucky to be able to build year-around here in Mesquite, but now is the perfect time to start planning for a pool and backyard that will be ready by next spring.” Of course Kokopelli will continue to do their amazing landscaping and outdoor kitchens that have always been their specialty. V Call Kokopelli Landscaping at 702-346-2332 to make your appointment, and watch your dreams of your own personal backyard paradise come true. Kokopelli’s ultimate goal is to hear this comment from a happy homeowner, “I never dreamed my pool and yard could be this beautiful!”

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The First Annual

Hot & Dusty Fine Art Invitational S Sponsored by The Lost City Museum Docents

omething new is being blown into the Lost City Museum during the hot and dusty days of August this year. The museum's docents are organizing an extraordinary art exhibit to show off the tremendous artistic talent that is an integral part of the community. This year, the museum's Fay Perkins Gallery will be the venue for an exhibit of some of the finest artwork done by artists with a connection to the Moapa Valley. The Lost City Museum, known as one of Nevada's premier public museums, has had a long relationship with the presentation of community art. Fine local and regional artists have had an opportunity to display their artwork on the museum walls for years. The gallery space created by the museum provides a valued venue for artists to show and sell their work. One of the guidelines given to the artists is that the art displayed in the museum supports the museum's overall mission and image by displaying Southwest themed subjects. By creating the Hot and Dusty Fine Art Invitational, the Lost City Docents support the ongoing art program by assuming the responsibility of organizing and sponsoring what will be an annual summer art event. Although the future is bright with a variety of possible themes for the show, the initial exhibit is offering what Moapa Valley residents already know to be true - the valley is a hotbed of artistic talent and artistic appreciation. The artwork for this exhibit comes from the hands of current highly regarded regional, state, national and internationally recognized artists with tangible connections to Moapa Valley.


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MEET SOME OF OUR OUTSTANDING SHOW ARTISTS: JD CHALLENGER: JD's paintings tell the stories of the Native American people through oils, watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media. His work is offered in many of the finest galleries throughout the west.

GIG DEPIO: Gig's mural depicting the history of Moapa Valley was selected for placement in the Overton Community Center, where it is currently available for view by calling the center office. With his recent European exhibitions complete, he is an extraordinarily active artist in the Nevada and California art scene. He is an artist on the rise!

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JANET TROBOUGH: (artwork shown left) A Northwest transplant, Janet has been a Nevada artist for two decades. She is noted for her colorful Native American mixed media paintings and strong Southwest motifs. Her highly collected work has been shown throughout the Southwest and is currently available in galleries in Utah and Nevada. NANCY GLAZIER: Nancy is known as one of the premier wildlife artists in the world. Her highly sought after work is rarely available on the secondary art market, but her famous works can be obtained in high quality prints. MAX BUNNELL: Max is an artistic icon of the Southwest Region. Over thirty years of teaching at both high school and college level, thousands of students have learned to paint and appreciate art. His highly collectable work graces the walls of homes, offices, and businesses throughout the southwest states. Several artists have accepted the invitation to show at the Hot & Dusty Invitational. Confidence is high that there will be a 99.9% artist RSVP acceptance! Special events during the thirty-one days of the exhibit will include opportunities to meet artists, listen to presentations about their art and artistic philosophies, attend an evening reception, tour the museum exhibits, and/or attend an art class. V The Lost City Museum is located at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd, Overton, NV 89040. To find out more about the August activities at the Lost City Museum; as well as discover the complete list of artists you will see at the "Hot and Dusty..." go to nvculture.org/lostcitymuseum or visit Lost City Museum on Facebook.


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OVATION RESERVATION SHOWROOM OPENS IN ST. GEORGE By Doug Pederson T. GEORGE, UTAH. Ovation by Avamere is now accepting reservations in Southern Utah. With a focus on wellness and fitness, the new campus will be the first Ovation to open in the country.


Those interested in learning more about this innovative concept can now see and experience Ovation at the new Ovation Reservation Showroom in Pinewood Plaza near the Megaplex Theatres in St. George.

The active lifestyle village is set to open in summer 2020 amid the Sienna Hills master-planned community in Washington City, just north of St. George. The two-building campus is being developed for mature adults and their desire to stay connected to the world around them. The village will include a full continuum of care.

“Our new Reservation Showroom is an opportunity for people to experience what living at Ovation has to offer,” said Nicolette Merino, President of Ovation. “I grew up in Utah, so it’s important to me that we deliver an unparalleled combination of innovation, service, amenities, wellness, culinary arts, and technology.”

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A visit to the showroom includes a hands-on experience of the K4Connect system that will be available to Ovation Sienna Hills North residents. This innovative solution uses smart devices to control room temperatures and lights. It also lets residents chat with friends down the hall, schedule services, order a meal, and communicate instantly with family who can also download the app. “Ovation is a multi million-dollar investment in our local economy and the opening of their Reservation Showroom is big news,” said Pam Palermo, President of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. “Their new Reservation Showroom is gorgeous and provides a great sneak-peak at what Ovation is bringing to our region.” “We selected St. George for our first Ovation campus because this area has become a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and wellness seekers who long for endless days of sunshine, as well as robust arts and entertainment options,” said Merino. “We love that this is where active people, young and old, come to get involved and enjoy all that life has to offer.” Ovation will be the first of its kind and unique in many ways. It will allow today’s aging innovators, leaders, and civic-minded individuals to find their inspiration for life and freedom to relax, give back, travel, inspire,


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and tackle life with enthusiasm. Set amid some of the region’s most stunning views, Ovation’s campus, separated by a welcoming boulevard, will be located in Washington just off Interstate 15 at exit 13, south of the Virgin River’s popular walking trails and nearby Mt. Bangs. Also nearby are Snow Canyon State Park, Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, and Zion National Park. Plus, Las Vegas Nevada is an easy drive of less than 90 minutes. “We believe everyone is looking for an ovation for their life’s work and purpose,” stated Merino. “Within these walls are places to live, thrive, invent, volunteer, and innovate. Ovation will help people enjoy a healthy quality of life as they grow older, including fitness, social interactions, and community involvement. Anyone interested should come down and experience Ovation for themselves with virtual views of all 300 units. We’ve already had several reservations, so the premium views are going quickly.” In addition to the high ceilings, classic detailing, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops found in each unit, Ovation will also feature multiple restaurants including 1861 Fine Dining, which is a reference to the year the St. George area was founded. Additional restaurants on the campus will include Miller’s @ Washington and Bee’s Knees Bistro.

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The south building will include Lorraine’s, a teaching kitchen to share recipes, techniques, and the joy of cooking. “I love that it’s named after our founder’s grandmother Lorraine Miller, who was an inspiration to him and all of us,” said Merino. Ovation Sienna Hills will offer residents a rooftop deck, a business center, a theater room, a convenience store, the Red Rocks Courtyard, and a chapel. The community


will also feature a pool and wellness center. Classes offered include yoga, tai chi, and access to a personal trainer. The first 20 people to make a reservation will be part of the Ovation Club. Benefits include a special gift basket, including a dinner certificate, tickets to a local event, custom Ovation bathrobes, an iPad, and a catered welcome dinner for up to 20 people. V

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The Ovation Reservation Showroom is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays by appointment. For more information contact Ovation at (435) 429-0000 or by email: siennahills@ovationbyavamere.com.


PlAnning Today for Less Work Tomorrow by Darrell Garlick | VA Landscaping


s you consider the demographics of the population of Mesquite, it is evident that retirees make up the majority of new homebuyers. As I age myself, I realize and am empathetic to the plight “I am retired from my career and retired from mowing lawns as well.” If this statement has crossed your lips, or thought has passed through your mind, I am here to bring you great news—with a little bad. If you have a newly constructed home or are considering changes in your yard workload, there are just a few areas which potentially can increase or decrease your required maintenance. There are ways to properly showcase your house, make you happy to come home, or go outside for enjoyable leisure instead of backbreaking labor. In the design phase several choices can be made before it is “too late.” The areas I’ll cover in this article are: hardscape, groundcover, plant selection, and water.

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HARDSCAPE: Anytime you cover the ground with an impervious substance the likelihood of weed growth is diminished. Though I am certainly not an advocate of wall to wall concrete, a ratio of hard living space can add beauty as well as reduce the surface space of arable land.

GROUNDCOVER: The type of mulch with which you choose to cover the ground can make large differences in a few work-related categories. For instance, rock size. An example—several years ago, I arrived at an appointment in Sun City to find the homeowner removing fallen leaves with an exceptionally long pair of forceps from 3”- 6” chunky red ankle breaking decorative rock, that had been installed below a fairly messy tree. There are better practices. The science behind this choice is the smaller the rock, the fewer voids to get full of debris.


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PLANT SELECTION: There are several subsections to plant selection for which this article space does not allow. To put it simply, less leaves = less mess. At VA Nursery we grow a large variety of beautiful and differing cacti and leafless desert plants that are varying in shape, texture, growth habits, year-round color potential with blooms that add special interest at sporadic times of the year.

WATER: There are just two comments I’d like to make about water. First, water germinates weed seeds. With the increased rainfall we have received, the weeds are healthy, but as a blessing, so are the plants in our landscapes. Weed germination can be mitigated by applying a preemergent such as Preen or Dimension. Following proper application procedures and timing, suggest the proverb is true “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Second, don’t discount water features in the landscape. After all a little something to do keeps you active, and you can only collect the mail once a day.

However, at VA Landscaping we also construct wonderful “pondless” water features that require less maintenance. As with all plants, algae needs sunlight to live, therefore less exposure = less growth = easier control and less maintenance. One of the most enjoyable parts of my job, as a landscape contractor, is when my customers and friends at the end of our project ask about how to maintain what has just been created. My typical response is, “just feed a little, watch it grow, and cut away the ugly.” V As a licensed professional with over twenty years of landscape and nursery experience here in the harsh desert, I still love to see beautifully well-made plans come together. So, if you’re planning for change to create less work in the future, give Darrell Garlick a call at (702) 860-6524 or come to our nursery at 760 Old Pioneer in Beaver Dam, Arizona. VA Landscaping, Where Art and Science Unite.

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A Roadmap for Proper Furniture Placement By Helen Houston, Certified Staging and Redesign Professional


easurements may not be the most glamorous part of design and decorating, but the application of correct space planning allows your rooms to convey lasting aesthetic integrity and personality. No matter what design approach you’re drawn to – from Colonial to contemporary – or what budget you have, space planning is the first step toward making an empty or awkward space into a smart and beautiful room reflective of you and your family. Have you ever been a guest sitting on a sofa with your legs turned off to the side because your knees were hitting the coffee table? Or, the opposite where you needed to stand up and take a step to reach your beverage on the coffee table? Here’s my favorite – a picture hung way too high on the wall and you can’t view its content. If nothing else you take away from this article, memorize the proper measurements for hanging wall art. It’s guaranteed to avoid the disharmony in your room and possibly the disagreement with that tall person’s perspective who may think eye-level is six feet up from the floor. There are hundreds of measurement and dimension fundamentals we should honor when we design rooms to serve their intended purpose. In this article, I will share several basics that I see most often in client homes that will help your personal style to evolve and shine.

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SEATING AND SEATING AREAS A seating area that is easy to access and enjoy, and that encourages conversation and comfort, is one of the most important elements in making your home a haven. No more stumbling over tables, falling over couches or tripping on electrical cords.


The space needed between two armchairs to fit a small cocktail or “drinks” table between them.


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The ideal distance between a lounge chair and an ottoman paired with it. Easily slip into a chair but close enough to prop your feet up on an ottoman.

16 - 18"

Typical height of an ottoman which should never be higher than the height of the seat you’ve pair it with.

COFFEE AND ACCESSORY TABLE A coffee table can become a major focal point in a space due to its fairly central location in a room, and because it is highly functional.


Height of typical coffee tables that should generally be the same height within 2” of the seat height of adjacent seating. This helps ensure the table is convenient for reaching items or propping.



Typical height of an accessory table above the seat of the sofa or chair beside it.

The ideal distance between edge of seating and your coffee table, allowing comfortable access to books, remotes, food and drinks.

TELEVISIONS A good rule of thumb for viewing distance is roughly 1.5 to 2.5 times the diagonal measurement of your screen.


for a 50” Screen


for an 80” Screen

BATHROOMS Bathrooms are one of the most used and abused rooms in your home, yet they can be a serene and relaxing retreat. Here is one number to make your bathroom work:


Standard height of a toilet paper roll to prevent awkward stretching and reaching.

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DINING SEATING The following measurements will help ensure the comfort of your guests when they are seated: PENDANTS AND HANGING FIXTURES


Minimum width of place setting in front of each diner at rectangular table.


Maximum centerpiece height to allow diners at the table to see each other.


Minimum distance from the outer edge or width of a dining table to the edge of the rug underneath.


Height of a hanging fixture’s underside to the top of the table surface.

No other form of lighting combines the utility and design possibilities of the pendant, or hanging fixture. From glittering chandeliers to dramatic spotlights, pendant lighting enhances both a room’s purpose and its appeal. WALL ART



Minimum measurement in a hallway or other open space, from finished floor to the lowest point of the fixture.

Measurement when placing pendants over a kitchen island for illumination and unobstructed visibility.


For ceiling heights at or greater than 114 inches.

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No discussion of space is complete without considering the objects we affix to them. If you are a fan of 19th century American prints or African tribal art, the design principals do not vary.


The optimal height for hanging pictures and mirrors on walls with or without architectural features. Measure from the floor to the center of the piece for pleasing eye-level view.


The minimum distance between the bottom of the frame to the top of the chair rail, mantle or headboard.


The minimum space you should leave between artwork and/or mirrors hung in groupings.


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AREA RUGS Area rugs are a decorator’s dream. They define spaces with a larger space, they anchor furniture to the room, and they make a room appear larger when properly sized.


The best distance between an area rug and at least one wall so that the flooring is visible. Otherwise, it might look like wall-to wall carpeting.


A dining area rug should span 36” wider on all sides of a dining table to allow chairs to pull out easily.


At a minimum, the front legs of your sofa and chairs should sit on an area rug.

Far from being rigid or constraining, , the principles of good design – where to place sofas in relation to the coffee tables, how high or low to hang artwork, the level at which to install a fixture over a dining table, how large a living room rug should be – are liberating. These standards allow you the freedom to focus on developing your personal style. V Helen Houston is a certified real estate staging and redesign professional. Helen is the President/Owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign and can be reached at helen@satagingspaces.biz or 702-346-0246.

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Natural gas meter for Danielle’s being installed before the ceremony.


COMES TO MESQUITE by Stephen Miller | Photos: Southwest Natural Gas


he first commercial natural gas customers in Mesquite are online as Southwest Gas’ multi-year pipeline expansion project continues. Earlier this year, Danielle’s Chocolates and Popcorn, Roberto’s Taco Shop, Iron Mountain Cleaners, and the Mesa Valley Assisted Living Center converted to natural gas service. Southwest Gas expects to be serving upwards of 15 businesses in Mesquite by the end of 2019. Construction to connect the City of Mesquite to a transmission pipeline 14-miles north of Interstate 15 is ongoing. In the meantime, current customers and those coming online soon are being served by a virtual pipeline. Compressed natural gas is trucked into the City, where it is injected into a five-mile loop of recently installed distribution pipeline. As the pipeline continues to expand in the commercial corridor, additional businesses can install natural gas appliances and will have the capability of changing their energy source. Natural gas is lower-cost and abundant, with a wide variety of industrial and residential uses. It’s safe, reliable, and environmentally friendly. Existing customers in Mesquite have already seen a noticeable difference since converting.


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“Cooking with natural gas provides a constant gas pressure, making it easier to cook with a precise temperature and yielding a better product,” says Danielle Atkinson, owner of Danielle’s Chocolates and Popcorn. “Saving money on powering our stove is also a definite plus. Southwest Gas is a pleasure to work with. They have been there to help us every step of the way and assist with any issue we have had in converting to natural gas. We look forward to switching our other location to natural gas as soon as possible.” On the residential side, Pulte Homes is the first homebuilder to commit to installing natural gas infrastructure in its 100-lot Tortoise Ridge community, which is currently under construction. Gas installation in the subdivision is happening in two phases, with the first phase beginning around mid-July and Phase 2 scheduled for mid-September. Distribution pipelines will run underground throughout the community, with smaller piping branching off and leading directly to natural gas meters that are located at each home. Homes in Tortoise Ridge are scheduled to begin occupancy in the 4th Quarter.

Opening ceremony with Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Southwest Gas President and CEO John Hester, and Mayor Litman.

Southwest Gas is currently working on plans to expand service across Interstate 15 to the south side of Mesquite, giving homeowners in the area the option to convert to natural gas in the near future. Southwest Gas serves more than two million customers in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Focused on creating positive customer experiences, Southwest Gas was named Cogent Report’s “Most Trusted Utility by Residential Customers” and consistently ranks among the top utilities in customer satisfaction ratings. As a proven corporate citizen, employees are heavily involved in giving back to the communities served by Southwest Gas. In 2018, Southwest Gas employees donated more than $2 million to local charities through the Company’s FUEL for LIFE giving program, and members of the BLUE-Building Lives Up Everywhere employee-volunteer teams donate their personal time and supplies to non-profit agencies in their communities. V

Official turn-on ceremony at Danielle’s Chocolates & Popcorn. L to R – John Hester, President and CEO, Southwest Gas; Danielle Atkinson, Owner, Danielle’s Chocolates & Popcorn; Tom Hunsaker, Southwest Gas Service Specialist; Allan Litman, Mayor of Mesquite.

Questions about the Mesquite expansion project can be sent to Southwest Gas Energy Specialists at mesquiteoutreach@swgas.com or by calling 800-654-2765.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) tanks that supply Southwest Gas’ virtual pipeline.

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g n i k l a W To Honor


By Carol Saldivar & Jean Watkins


he Women’s History and Culture Center in Mesquite, Nevada has an exciting new event just around the corner. Besides honoring women, past and present, here and all around the world, they are planning a Commemorative “People’s Walk” on Thursday September 26, 2019. Save That Date! This Walk will celebrate Nevada being the first state in the country where women make up a majority in the State Senate and Assembly (32 out of 63 seats). These 32 legislators who have made history, not just for Nevada, but for all the women in our country, have been invited to attend the Walk, and will be recognized for their groundbreaking achievement with a commemorative tee shirt in the shape of the State of Nevada with a list of major milestones in women’s rights in the state of Nevada. The walk will start at 10 a.m. at the Women’s History and Culture Center, 175 N. Willow St. in Mesquite. Walkers will sign up starting at 9 am. Refreshments will be served prior to the walk. The 0.3 mile walk will end at 10 E Mesquite Blvd. at City Hall. Following the walk, the Mesquite Chamber of

Commerce will host a luncheon in the Grand Canyon Room at the Eureka Hotel & Casino. On September 25th, the evening prior to the Walk, the Virgin Valley Artists Association will host a Gala Reception at the Fine Arts Gallery, and the Heritage Museum next door will extend their hours so attendees at the Reception can visit. We encourage service groups and businesses in Mesquite to support this event by buying a space for their logo on the back of the tee shirt. The tee shirts will be available for purchase, as well as provided complimentary to donors and event honorees. V For more information on how you can help this very worthy contribution to our community, please contact Jean Watkins at 702-345-4088 or Carol Saldivar at 801-628-1849. The Women’s History and Culture Center is open Tues, Weds, and Thurs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and other times by appointment. Everyone is welcome!

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Colors of

By Karen L. Monsen


olors factor significantly in home decor, fashion, art, and even career choice: What Color’s Your Parachute? Colors lift our spirits and influence our actions. Whereas the term Color Country was coined to promote a five-county travel region in Utah, the vivid landscape colors we see there today chronicle earth’s formative years and invite further outdoor exploration and appreciation. COLOR COUNTRY ORIGIN Utah landscapes reveal millions of years of earth history, but the phrase color country is relatively recent. The Five County Association of Governments (FCAOG), which began informally in the 1950s and was officially founded in 1972, branded five Southern Utah counties: Washington, Iron, Beaver, Garfield, and Kane as Color Country. Today, under Executive Director Bryan Thiriot and operating from offices in St. George and


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Cedar City, FCAOG promotes community and economic development, transportation planning, small business financing, volunteerism, and aging programs. The Color Country name stuck and every day more people are learning the science behind the multi colored landscapes. SEEING COLOR As far back as 1666, English scientist Sir Isaac Newton isolated colors as light waves by using a prism to separate white light into the color spectrum. We see colors from light reflecting off objects. An object that absorbs light and reflects little to no light appears black; when all light is reflected, objects look white. An object’s molecular and chemical composition, light angles, humidity, and atmospheric factors contribute to the specific colors we see.

" Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." GEOLOGIC COLORS Geologist Dan Krupicka asserts, “Southern Utah is unique on the planet for its exposed geology, colorful rock formations, and incredible topography. Although there are a few areas that are similar to Southern Utah around the planet, nothing exists like this for its sheer size and one-of-a-kind scenery.” Following a 30-year career in various geological fields, Krupicka continues to work part-time sharing his passion for geology as an instructor with Dixie State University’s Road Scholar program.

Grand Staircase steps

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Navajo Sandstone exposed throughout Southern Utah appears red due to iron oxides, such as hematite,” Krupicka explains. “Other locally exposed formations that exhibit shades of red, either completely or partially, include the Kayenta, Moenave, Chinle, and Moenkopi Formations.” When areas undergoing erosion are deficient in iron, or when groundwater removes iron from the rocks while still in the subsurface, the sandstone can be “bleached” appearing white. Krupicka contends, “The prominent red streaks present on the West Temple [in Zion NP] and other rock features such as the nearby Altar of Sacrifice originate in the overlying Sinawava Member of the Temple Cap Formation, which is high in iron oxide content. This member “bleeds” onto the face of the lighter-colored Navajo Sandstone below.” The Moenkopi Formation, deposited in tidal flats and braided stream environments approximately 220 million years ago, contains clays, silts, and sands deposited in less oxygen-rich or oxygen-deficient environments and often shows shades of greens and grays as in the south-facing side of Webb Hill and areas south of St. George such as the Sun River Development. COLORS OF THE GRAND STAIRCASE The Colorado Plateau uplift, which began 23 million years ago, brought previously deposited rock layers to the surface. Subsequent regional erosion removed some of the younger layers and left behind the Grand Staircase steps in order from older to younger: the Chocolate Cliffs, Vermilion Cliffs, White Cliffs, Grey Cliffs, and Pink Cliffs. The Vermilion Cliffs, younger than the Chocolate Cliffs, are made up of the Kayenta and Moenave Formations, which underlie the younger Navajo Sandstone Formation. According to Krupicka, the Chocolate Cliffs are in a more easily eroded formation and “...are generally of low relief and absent in some places due to removal by erosion.”

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BLACK & WHITE SNOW CANYON Black lava rocks resting on top of the red and white layers of the Navajo Sandstone create stark contrasts in black/red and black/white in Snow Canyon State Park just outside of St. George, Utah. The orange-red, yellow, cream and white Navajo sandstone, deposited about 183 to 173 million years ago, was covered with black lava that erupted from surface vents during three separate episodes ranging from around 2 million years to perhaps as recently as 2,000-3,000 years ago. Krupicka mentions his favorite geologic formation, “I really love the Navajo Sandstone for pure majesty. It seems like it becomes a National Park, State Park, or National Monument wherever it is exposed at the surface!” CLEAN AIR AND COLORS Utah’s Color Country also benefits from clean air, low humidity, and seasonally changing light angles that reflect off cliffs, buttes, and mesas especially at sunrise and sunset. Dust, ozone, and air pollution hamper light reflection and mute colors. Consequently, arid places with low particulate pollution produce more vibrant tones. In a NOAA paper, “The Colors of Sunset and Twilight,” Stephen F. Corfidi states, “...fall and winter generally produce the most spectacular low-sun hues.” Corfidi continues, “At sunrise or sunset, sunlight takes a much longer path through the atmosphere than during the middle part of the day. Because this lengthened path results in an increased amount of violet and blue light being scattered out of the beam by the nearly infinite number of scattering 'events' that occur along the way; the light that reaches an observer early or late in the day is noticeably reddened.”


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From bold reds, clean whites, powerful blacks, and subtle grays, landscape colors are always shifting through the seasons with changing sun angles in Southern Utah’s region aptly branded, Color Country. V

Find Your Professional Space

at Body and Soul Professionals Co-Op By Michelle Brooks


f you happen to be someone working in the healing arts or aesthetics field and you’re working from home, then this article is for you! Or maybe you just need a little space to hold a meeting or teach a class? You should definitely read on. Darlene Roquet, practically a Mesquite native, having lived here for 24 years, has owned and operated Crazy for Hair at Bronze Beauty for over a decade. As a hairdresser she knows what it’s like to look for a space to rent to service her customers and, after setting down roots in her own business, what it’s like to try to find space for someone else that needs a space to work in when the shop is already full. With that in mind, Darlene, her husband Jeff and friend, Laura Zambrano decided to create Body and Soul Professionals Co-Op where anyone that needs a space to work, have a meeting or even have an evening game of bunco can now find it. Body and Soul Professional Co-Op, located at 41 N Arrowhead Lane in Mesquite, Nevada, is a convenient place to take your business or meeting to the next level by allowing you to rent stylish and comfortable spaces to see clients or hold meetings in a professional setting without having to commit to a long commercial lease or furnishing your own location.

Several sizes of rooms are available at Body and Soul Professionals Co-Op. The smallest size, of which there are two, is perfect for a massage or reiki therapist to work. At 10’x12’ it’s perfect for anyone working in aesthetics or even someone that needs a small office. The 13’x14’ room is a great place to provide couples’ massage, have a small meeting or would work very nicely as a larger office space. The 17’x13’ foot conference room is well lit and very comfortable with a large conference table and chairs, a buffet table for refreshments, and plenty of room besides. All four rooms can be rented independently or together as needed. In addition to the rentable rooms, there is a beautiful and inviting lobby where clients can wait for their appointment or meeting. The entire facility is freshly remodeled with gray, white and silver tones with splashes of aqua and teal. The rooms are furnished with modern and stylish tables, chairs and accessories including a stunning lamp Darlene calls, “The sexiest lamp!” The smaller three rooms can be staged with available massage tables, desk and chairs, meeting tables or whatever is needed for your situation. You also have the option to fill the room or rooms rented with your own furniture.

Body and Soul Professionals Co-Op allows their clients accessibility to these professional spaces for as little as one day or as long as it’s needed. Using an app on your phone you can quickly check to see which rooms are available on which days and reserve them as needed. Renters will receive a discount for committing to certain days each month and aesthetics providers renting for at least ten days will receive a packet of linens and towels. For their renters’ convenience, free Wi-Fi and access to a printer, copier, scanner is available while using the facility. Body and Soul Professionals Co-Op is the perfect venue for someone who needs space to meet clients, have a meeting, or provide professional or aesthetic services without having to incur the expense or the commitment of leasing and furnishing traditional retail or office space. However, it is not limited to services and meetings. It’s also a convenient place to meet the bunco group, teach a yoga class or most any reason you can think of to rent professional space. V You can check out Body and Soul Professionals Co-Op on Facebook at facebook.com/BodyandSoulCoop, on Instagram at @bodyandsoulcoop or call 702-346-5698.

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By DeWynn Nelson


Water Damage?

ccording to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as: • Flash Flooding • River Flooding • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and NonTropical Systems • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires) • Ice/Debris Jams • Snowmelt • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas) • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).


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Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is always potential for flood damage. Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding: • Water - 3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day • Food - 3+ day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food • Flashlight • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio • Extra batteries • First Aid kit • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

• Multi-purpose tool • Sanitation/personal hygiene items • Copies of personal documents • Cell phone with chargers • Family and emergency contact information • Extra cash • Emergency blanket • Map(s) of the area • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby

food, diapers) • Pet supplies • Tools/supplies for securing your home • Extra set of car keys and house keys • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes • Rain gear • Insect repellent and sunscreen • Camera for photos of damage

What are the chances of your home having water damage? About one in 55 insured homes has a property damage claim caused by water damage or freezing each year. According to the EPA, 13.7% of all water used in the home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks. Water leaks from U.S. Homes can exceed 1 trillion gallons in a year. That’s equal to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami combined. 10% of homes in the U.S. have leaks that waste at least 90 gallons of water per day.* For water damage in your home, here are 10 places to look for leaking or broken pipes: Dishwashers, Ice maker connections, washing machine connections, hot water heater, plastic P trap, toilet connections, shower doors, bathtub, exterior hose bib, outdoor water sprinklers. The thing to remember: anytime you see water damage, speed is the key in getting the source of the leak stopped and getting it dried out quickly to prevent further damage and prevent mold from growing. Call your local trusted Restoration Professional to help make sure the job is done right! V For more information, contact DeWynn Nelson 1136 E 200 South St. George, UT 84790, or call the SERVEPRO office at 435-656-9061. * Data provided by Water Damage Defense www.waterdamagedefense.com

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Your Art Never


Submitted By C&J Shutters Blinds and Flooring


ound Art™ introduces an entirely new way to listen to music in your home, letting you enjoy personalized, custom artwork, as well as high-performance, wireless sound. Enjoy beautiful and amazing sound throughout your home while redefining your home entertainment system. Sound Art™ elegantly hidden behind a high-grade textured canvas wrap, brings together the best of engineering and design. This innovative product provides you with the high-quality sound you expect, without any electrical wires, sound cables or bulky speakers. This perfect balance of beauty and performance is something we call, Sound Art™. Start with our Starter Series, then upgrade to our Signature Series or Surround Sound System.


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ONSIA® is updating sound for the 21st century. Nearly all speakers today use the traditional “dynamic” approach invented by Rice and Kellogg in 1925. This method of amplifying sound uses moving coils and electromagnets to push air through a paper cone to produce sound waves. Onsia’s founder, Steve Ventre, wanted to find a replacement for traditional speakers with a thin, almost flat, profile with sound quality that equals or exceeds that of traditional speakers. Turn your speaker into art in your home décor, or turn your art into a speaker! Onsia® flat panel speakers replace the old technology of cone speakers with tiny “exciters” that produce micro-vibrations across a panel. These vibrations create a clear, concert quality sound. The initial application for Onsia® flat panel speakers was to place them in ceilings and walls where they could be

concealed behind texture and paint, thereby eliminating any visual indication of the speakers. The result is a breathtaking new product that combines visual art with quality sound. Now consumers can buy museum quality frames and art through which they can hear their favorite music. Additionally, you can have your own art, family photos, or favorite scenes become speakers through Onsia’s custom process of creating Sound Art. The consumer provides the image (picture or painting) and chooses an unframed “museum wrap” that can be framed as an option. Then Onsia® takes what the consumer has chosen and produces a unique creation, a memory that can be both seen and heard. As if that isn’t enough, all SoundArt™ is available with Bluetooth® technology, meaning they are not only wireless, but you can use any device to play your music.

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Unlimited photo options – Choose from a huge gallery of unlimited pictures or personalize with your favorite photo: Imagine a family portrait, grandchildren, wedding, graduation, or that special travel place. They make an incredibly useful and unique gift for that hard to buy for person in your life. A single charge of your speaker lasts up to 45 days and will give you many hours of enjoyable wireless playtime. Pair the speaker to any Bluetooth music source. Once the speaker is mounted on the wall or set on your desk, because of its long standby time, you may leave the unit ON. Your speaker will automatically enter a power saving mode when not in use. It will let you know by flashing its low battery indicator continuously. It also can be played and recharged at the same time. V Available locally at C&J Shutters Blinds and Flooring at their new expanded location. 550 W. Pioneer Blvd. Suite #114 (702) 345-3672.


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Deep Roots Harvest


By Jon Marshall, COO


n April 1, 2019, Deep Roots Harvest opened the doors to our new flagship dispensary in Mesquite, NV. The new store is a total of 7,500 sq ft and is located in the southwest corner of the 1st building on the existing campus. Access to the new dispensary is greatly improved via a new driveway and parking lot with an expansive view of the Virgin Valley. The sales floor itself, just shy of 3500 sq ft, allows us to more adequately deliver a top tier customer experience. The concept for the new dispensary centers around service, education and products, with a focus on an expedited transaction process. The layout of the store streamlines the entire shopping experience for the customer. From our comprehensive paper and online menus, to the four 3-sided vertical product displays highlighting flower, concentrates, edibles, topicals & tinctures and hardware, to the video wall and education tablets, to the 8 registers at checkout, everything is designed to communicate to the customer while maximizing the speed of service. Our new design provides the customer with the ability to create the shopping experience he or she prefers: Customers who are experienced shoppers or who have viewed our menu online prior to

coming in and know exactly what they want are able to head straight to the register for expedited service. Customers who need a little more time, but prefer a self-guided approach are free to explore the store and our numerous products while writing up their own sales ticket using our straightforward menus and order pads. For those customers who need a little more education or help understanding all the options and products, bud hosts are readily available on the floor to assist and communicate about the dozens of brands and hundreds of products for sale. The relocation of our store allows us to expand our production facility. The old store waiting room, sales floor, and inventory rooms will be used to increase the size of our kitchen and packaging rooms allowing us to increase manufacturing of our edibles including Chillers hard candies, Helix gummies, Cheeba Chew taffy’s, and our vape and concentrate product lines. People of all experience levels are welcome to visit or shop in our store. Our knowledgeable hosts are ready to educate and assist. V Deep Roots Harvest 195 Willis Carrier Canyon Mesquite, NV www.deeprootsharvest.com.

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Dixie State University Offers


By Taylor Lewis


fter two years in the making, Dixie State University will be the first school in the state of Utah to offer an opportunity for students to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Sciences this fall. With an increasing need to fill thousands of healthcare managerial positions in Utah alone, the implementation of this program comes at an especially opportune time. Not to mention, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the demand for qualified medical and health service managers is expected to grow 20 percent from 2016


to 2026, which is much faster than the average of all other occupations. “If we look to the future, the current trend tells us that in 10 years we will not have enough qualified graduates to be in administrative roles in healthcare,” said Drew Wilcox, chair of Dixie State’s Department of Healthcare Diagnostics & Therapeutics and program director of the Physical Therapist Assistant program. “With this program now available, students who enter this program in the fall and the coming years will be able to move into these roles and meet that demand.”

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This online-based program caters to students who have graduated with their Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science Degree and want to further their education. “This degree is the first of its kind in Utah and in the country as well,” Wilcox said. “There are other Bachelor of Applied Science degrees out there, but I have yet to find one that is specifically designed this way. This DSU program will allow students to grow in their careers and give them a set of skills other degrees don’t offer.”

Because the courses are readily accessible from virtually anywhere, students can build experience working in their field and earn a living while advancing their educational endeavors. For recent graduate Kassidy Irons, who just earned her Associate of Science and Applied Science, this accessibility will make earning her bachelor’s degree a reality. “Although I live three and a half hours away from Dixie State, this new program will give me the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree as I continue working as a physical therapist assistant,” Irons said. After learning the ins and outs of healthcare business strategies, finance principles, and leadership skills in their desired field, students can graduate with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences with a minor in healthcare administration in just four semesters. “Typically, it takes six years to achieve a bachelor’s degree for a physical therapist assistant,” Wilcox said. “Not because they’re going part-time or because they’re changing their major, but because the required credits take six years to complete. That has never made sense to me, so this new DSU degree was created out of a need to ensure students can finish in four to five years.” By graduation, students will walk away with the necessary skills to help them move up the ranks and take on managerial or supervisory roles in the healthcare system as well as prepare them for graduate programs. V For more information visit www.dixie.edu.

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When it comes to grand experiences, the setting matters. This summer, you’ll find them in…Ivins?

By Merrie Campbell-Lee


ere’s a question: If you didn’t have to pay for plane fare, where would you rather see your favorite band in concert: Dixie Convention Center or Madison Square Garden? Not to knock the convention center, but…yeah, you didn’t pick it. And really, it’s because venues matter! Any concert is a largerthan-life experience at Madison Square Garden. Red Sox fans are almost as rabid about their beloved Fenway Park as they are their ball team. The people who designed the Center for the Arts at Kayenta understood the importance of the setting. It turns out, smaller venues— though rarely as glorified—can have just as much impact… when they’re done right. Our Southwest region recently welcomed a very small venue to complement our growing repertoire of grand venues. It’s the 150-seat Lorraine Boccardo black box theatre inside The Center for the Arts at Kayenta, which is tucked away in the heart of Coyote Village in Ivins, Utah (yes, Ivins!), which happens to border the breathtaking Red Mountain range just west of Snow Canyon State park. The planners curated every detail of the theatre—from acoustics to lighting to proportions to aesthetics—ensuring that every performance would become a larger-than-life experience.

When the house lights dim and the spotlight illuminates the performers, time stands still. When the musician plays, your foot taps. When the comic cracks a joke, you crack up. When the dancer sachets, you swoon in your seat. This grand, small theatre makes these “moments” possible. We warmly invite you to have a larger-than-life experience with us! Buy tickets to any or all of the following shows via kayentaarts.com. Starting this July, our lineup of shows includes daring versions of drama, comedy, and music by seriously gifted performers. Here’s the roster: Kayenta Company (Producers Jan Broberg; Richard Hill) Present Three Outstanding Shows: “Taming of the Shrew” “Shakespeare's Roses” “Barefoot In the Park” Richard Hill—actor, director, producer and teacher—brings us three crazy intriguing plays, one that he directs and acts in with three others, a one-man comedy that he stars in, and one that’s a truly funny, famed classic for the whole family:

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“TAMING OF THE SHREW,” In this version of Shakespeare’s hysterical comedy, four breathless, mentally disturbed actors play all 28 parts! Who will love this show? Shakespeare lovers, people who like romance, people who like comedy, young people who are afraid of Shakespeare but curious to know what all the fuss is about…these are the people who will definitely love this show. Why? According to Hill, “Because it’s fascinating to watch four actors perform 28 roles, wearing and changing in and out of Elizabethan costumes - all on stage.” Plus, he adds, “It’s delightful, funny, romantic.” Hill was inspired to do this after watching a similar feat by a troupe from the Royal Shakespeare Company performing Hamlet a few years ago. He was struck by how skillfully the actors took on different characters and voices and changed in and out of costumes…all at the speed of a Shakespearean comedy. He’s pleased to have three terrific actors working with him: Brandon Miller, Joseph Carlisle, and Christa Gross. “SHAKESPEARE’S ROSES,” by Dan Decker Who will love this show? Shakespeare buffs, people who love to laugh, history buffs, people who love romance and comedy, anyone 12 and older. Why? According to Hill, “This play is an exploration into the human side of Shakespeare that few knew about, like his secret love life and the dreaded disease he contracted in his 20s that ultimately killed him. It’s about beating formidable odds. It’s about his ambition to become a poet (talk about underestimating yourself!), and how hard it was for him to overcome his reputation as a country yokel.” The play examines the roots of Shakespeare’s humor, bitterness, helplessness, and hopeless romanticism—the same emotions that fed his brilliant writing. “BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, “ by Neil Simon Who will love this show? Neil Simon fans. Families with teens, boomers who want to reminisce, continue or start a new energized lovelife, anyone who loves–love, age 14 and up. Why? According to Kayenta Company producer, Jan Broberg, “This play withstands the test of time; it’s always timely for any age or generation, at any moment in history, it’s always funny and always a moving rendition of why love is the power that we want to rule and rock the world!”


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The Simon Festival at Kayenta presents two great comedies— August 7–18, 2019 “I HATE HAMLET,” and “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS” Old favorites have staying power for a reason, and these two comedies top our favorites list for good reason. The original generations who first saw “Little Shop of Horrors” and “I Hate Hamlet” understand their appeal, but younger generations love them too, albeit for different reasons.. “Little Shop of Horrors” (Aug 14–18) is a musical comedy masterpiece that delivers dark fun with a big “bite”! “I Hate Hamlet” ” (Aug 7–11) is a hilarious 1991 Broadway comedy-drama by Paul Rudnick that parodies Shakespeare in a modernized plot twist.

KURT BESTOR MAKES MUSIC “IN HIGH PLACES” Saturday, September 7, 7:30pm Outdoor Plaza, Center for the Arts at Kayenta. Internationally acclaimed musician and Utahn Kurt Bestor is known for his ballads and movie scores, but, he says, “I like playing music that elevates people, and I like connecting with people and telling the stories behind the songs I write. “These may be the reasons he loves playing at CFAK; because the smaller audience allows him a chance to connect with people. A fan of “enlightened” thinkers like the explorer John Wesley Powell, Bestor wrote a song about Powell’s explorations of the Southwest territory. He’ll play that song and others—some for the first time—on various instruments as he weaves in the stories of how the songs came to him. V The Center for the Arts at Kayenta is located at 881 Coyote Gulch Ct, Ivins, UT 84738. Find them online at www.kayentaarts.com. 435.674.2787

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in The Cook Islands

here's a little piece of paradise in the center of the Polynesian Triangle, flanked to the west by The Kingdom of Tonga and the Samoas and to the east by Tahiti. Discovering it is as simple as boarding a nonstop flight from Los Angeles in the evening and nine hours and forty five minutes later, you'll awaken in paradise. I am referring to The Cook Islands and they are the best kept secret in the Pacific. From the moment you step off the plane, experience the true spirit of Polynesia. Every flight is greeted by local icon, Papa Jake, and his ukulele. Listen to his soft harmonies as you clear customs and receive a customary ‘ie (flower garland) before you are personally escorted to your ground transportation. When was the last time you had that experience at an airport? The Cooks consist of 15 islands and are scattered over some 2 million square kilometers. With a total population of just 19,000 it is easy to see why there is a spirit of hospitality like no other. Rarotonga is the capital and it is just 32 kilometers in circumference with two main roads. It usually takes less than an hour to travel around the entire island. Transportation consists of rental cars and jeeps, public bus, or most common - the motor scooter. The island is dominated by mountain peaks as high as 653 meters, lush rainforests, and a coral reef that encompasses almost the entire island. White sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters make this island postcard perfect.

consists of individual huts that operate every Monday through Saturday. Saturdays are the best day to visit as local vendors arrive with their handicrafts and live entertainment. This is the place for your perfect souvenir. You will find everything from fresh local produce to tivaivai (local quilts) to ukeleles, and of course, the Cook Islands Black Pearl. You can even sit in the middle of the marketplace and enjoy the scenery while a local artist applies an authentic Polynesian tattoo. Hotels range from small family resorts, to intimate boutique hotels and villas, and self service budget properties. There is not a modern high rise building to be found on this island. Just because there are no corporate hotel chains, does not mean you have to give up luxury and service. Some properties feature beachfront bungalows with outdoor showers, private plunge pools and beautiful spas. Although many people travel to the island for rest and relaxation on the beautiful beaches, there are plenty of activities available. The cultural village tour is a three hour experience that includes demonstrations in coconut husking, weaving, Polynesian dance and local traditions. The jeep tour allows access to waterfalls, flora and fauna, and "The Needle", a unique rock formation high above Rarotonga. Water activities are abundant and include sailing, kayaking, fishing, diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear water.

Avarua is the heart of the island and features a bank, shops, restaurants, and the tourist center. The local market

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A visit to the Cook Islands is not complete without seeing the beautiful island of Aitutaki, less than an hour flight from Rarotonga. The flight is amazing and offers stunning views of the Pacific. Aitutaki has a very laid back atmosphere and you should set your watch to "island time" upon arrival. There are a few hotels and restaurants, but the highlight of the island is natural beauty and sheer tranquility. If you really want to "get away from it all", Aitutaki is the place to visit. Take a lagoon cruise with visits to uninhabited islands where you can snorkel, swim, and feast on a barbeque lunch. Bring your passport for a special stamp from Barefoot island. The stamp is even in the shape of a "bare foot". Aitutaki is a must see and can't be missed - even if it is just for the day. This article would not be complete without mentioning the delicious food. A popular saying amongst the locals is "We live to eat, not eat to live". Dine on fresh seafood and fruit on the edge of the water at one of the gourmet restaurants. You can't leave the island without experiencing one of the traditional Island Night feast and cultural shows, offered at most of the hotels. You'll savor the local meats, seafood, vegetables, and experience fantastic entertainment. End the night with an Ura Piani, an invitation dance where you can shake your hips like the locals. The islands provide magical tranquility, warm hospitality, and some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever discovered. V

Hand-Painted Wall Murals

from Lewis Art Services

3D window frames built out and antique wall treatment.

By Michelle Brooks


ave you ever wished you could have a kitchen window that overlooks the rolling hills of a Tuscan vineyard, or wake up every morning looking up at rolling clouds in a clear, blue sky instead of your plain, old, white ceiling? Ever wish you could sit on your back patio and look out at the beach with crashing waves and flocking seagulls instead of that boring, cinder block wall? Lewis Art Services can make that happen for you, or create any scene you’d like, with their custom, hand painted wall murals. Husband and wife team, and southern Utah residents, Jeff and Patti Lewis began

Day to night transition.

creating atmospheres for their clients over forty years ago. Patti, with no formal training, is an incredible painter who is said to have, “magic hands”. She specializes in hand-painted wall murals that are realistic and life-like including stunning scenes and landscapes, open windows showcasing mountains and rivers beyond, and open doors that invite you to peer down a cobbled street of another era. With a special technique and paint that Jeff and Patti invented, Patti also paints “day to night” transitions, murals which contain the moon, moon shadows and highlights that disappear in daylight.

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A mural behind the Front Desk at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas, NV depicting Mardi Gras parades. Patti also painted the masked woman above the desk.

Patti has painted murals for many clients over the years from custom, private home murals to large commercial clients such as Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California, Tucson Medical Center in Arizona, and several Las Vegas casinos including the Aladdin Hotel and Casino, and the Gold Coast, Sun Coast and Orleans casinos. From restaurants to registration desks, childcare units to private kitchens, and with murals that have, at times, exceeded 600 feet in length, Patti is able to work in all kinds of venues and on all kinds of projects.

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View from outside.

Jeff, a photo artist, has over fifty years of photographic experience. Over the years Jeff has developed a unique and original style of photography that is “extremely contemporary”. He is able to control all aspects of color, light and composition, capturing one-of-a-kind images that look almost painting-like without the aid of computer manipulation. In addition to photography, Jeff works as Patti’s partner and business manager. He focuses on running the business, getting the word out about Patti’s beautiful murals, and procuring clients. Lewis Art Services offers more than nature scenes, contemporary art and sky ceilings in their murals. You can also choose hand-painted faux stone, marble, brick or wood to beautify your walls, ceiling, or outdoor retaining walls. They can also create many unique custom scenes, illusions including Trompe L’Oeil (French for “trick the eye”), and decorative finishes for custom kitchens, pool and spa areas, children’s rooms, recessed niches, or anywhere you’d like a unique look in your home. 3D art: Patti specializes in unique touches, such as building dimension out of the wall, it's incredible. It feels as if the art is jumping off the wall.

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If you’ve been wishing you could brighten up a space in your home or have a beautiful scene painted on your retaining wall, now you can! You don’t have to live with boring walls and ceilings any longer. Turn those drab rooms or outdoor areas into your dream space with custom, hand-painted murals from Lewis Art Services. V Free in-home consultations are available and a personalized rendering of the artwork to be painted will be created for your approval prior to the work being done. Jeff and Patti will travel anywhere to design and create your dream. You can contact Lewis Art Services at 702-579-5405 and 702-499-5438 or jeff@lewisartservices.com. You can also check out their website for more information at Lewisartservices.com.

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Vintage depiction of bowling at South Point Casino

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Plugging Your Way


By Keith Buchhalter


ummer is here! I have lived in southern Nevada for 20 years, and you may think that by now, I would have acclimated to the triple-digit temperatures that are characteristic this time of the year in our area. Well, the truth is, I haven't. During July and August, the hottest months of the year, I try to stay indoors as much as I can, especially when the temperature outside exceeds 110 degrees. Just like you, I like to be comfortable, and there's nothing better than enjoying the coolness provided by my air conditioning. Unfortunately, this also has a cost attached to it, and we all get reminded of it every time we receive the electric bill.


The good news, we can combat those high electric costs, it's all about plugging your way to savings. Yes, you read this right. Air leaks in your home could be causing you to spend more money every month. Plugging these air leaks could not only save you money this Summer but also in the Winter months.

I never thought of this one before and I am not alone, most of us don't notice this. Did you know that if your outlets are loose or not flush to the wall, they are letting outside air in? Check your outlets, tighten them down, or replace them as needed.

So, without further ado, here it goes, my favorite five plugging your way to energy savings tips:


When was the last time that you checked the weather-strip on your doors? By sealing your doors properly, you will stop air that comes in through the cracks between the doors, keeping your home cooler and your bill lower.

Your garage is probably the most inefficient room in a house, but it doesn't have to be that way. An inefficient garage practically inhales the superheated air during the Summer. That hot air then penetrates through the walls and ceiling of the surrounding living spaces, wreaking havoc on the efficiency of the home. If you have a door leading to your garage from inside your home, make sure the door closes properly, check the weather-strip, and replace it if necessary.



Take a good look at that front door. Can you see light from the outside coming through the bottom of the door? If you do, you can fix it by installing a door draft stopper for less than $10, available at your local hardware store. I hope you find these tips helpful, and remember, we post energy saving tips regularly on social media. Like us on Facebook, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @opd5. V


Using low-cost caulk to seal cracks and openings in your home keeps warm air out and cash in your wallet.

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Your Home Means


By Lisa Wilde


ome is where you relax and celebrate. It’s where you live out your dreams. You know how much it means to you — and that’s why you want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible if you have a claim down the road. Your home evolves. Your homeowners insurance should, too. Sometimes it seems like your home is in a constant state of evolution, doesn’t it? Maybe you’ve remodeled the kitchen or a bathroom, finished the basement, or added a security system. Perhaps you’re working from home or have other improvement projects on the horizon. The point is, the home you live in today likely isn’t the same as the house you bought — and the changes you’ve made may require adjusting your insurance coverage. Here are some key points that need to be periodically reviewed to make sure your home is protected the way it should be: REPLACEMENT COST When you purchase a homeowners insurance policy, you'll make a number of decisions. One of the most important is the amount of coverage which best meets your needs. Understanding your options will help you make an informed choice that safeguards your home and your family's financial future. Replacement cost is the cost necessary to repair or replace your entire home. When you insure your home for its replacement cost, your insurer will reimburse you for the cost


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of rebuilding or repairing your home, based on the size and structure of the home that was lost or damaged. Only the cost of the property's structure and its associated systems, fixtures, and finishes will be included in the estimate; land value is included in a home's market value but should not be included in the amount of insurance you buy. DEDUCTIBLE Choosing a higher deductible may result in more affordable home insurance. Higher deductibles lower your premium, but increase the amount for which you are responsible if a covered loss occurs. How much risk are you financially able to assume on your own in order to lower your monthly premium? PERSONAL LIABILITY In certain situations, your homeowners policy could help protect your finances by paying for damages which you’re legally responsible for, and at the very least, your legal defense. For example, the policy could help cover legal defense costs if a visitor accidentally got hurt on your property and took you to court. It is essential for you to select liability limits high enough to protect your assets. HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS If you’re a member of a homeowners association, you may not think too much beyond paying your monthly or annual dues. But what happens if a storm sweeps through your area? You

may have to pay more to the association than just dues. Many homeowners associations charge loss assessments or fees to pay for a covered property loss, such as damage from a covered storm or other peril, or for a covered liability claim. And, if the unexpected happens, association members may share equally in the cost. If you are in an association, it is important to know if you need loss assessment coverage. DISCOUNTS There are several discounts offered that you may be eligible for under your homeowners policy. Just a few offered are: home/auto, security system, and claim free. Every insurance company has different discounts that they offer to remain competitive with each other, so be sure to talk to your agent about what discounts you have and which ones you may qualify for. WHAT’S NOT COVERED? There are causes of loss that most homeowners policies don’t cover. For example: water damage caused by flood or underground water, liability for business-related activities, liability for intentional injury or property damage, damage caused by earthquake or mudslide. You may want to talk to your agent about a separate earthquake policy. Flood insurance is available through the U.S. Government’s National Flood Insurance Program, and can be purchased through most insurance agents, or through NFIP’s website directly. Protect the home you live in today. Make sure your homeowners insurance reflects just how much your home means to you. The easiest way to do this is to meet with your insurance agent for an insurance financial review to discuss all of your coverage options and discounts. V For more information please contact Lisa Wilde, owner of State Farm Insurance Lisa Wilde, LLC. 355 W Mesquite Blvd. Ste D10, Mesquite, NV. 702-346-3333

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White Sands Model By Trent Peterson


nce Brothers Jay and Quentin and cousin Paul founded Ence Brothers Co. in 1957, with the dream of building a successful family business in their hometown of St. George, Utah. Throughout the next forty years, Jay, Quentin, and Paul worked together to be an active part of the growing community. Their first home sold for $17,000 and their dream has grown to more than 10,000 homes throughout Southern Utah and Mesquite, Nevada. The legacy continues with Quentin's sons who purchased the family business in 1996. Ence Homes has always been the innovation leader in Southern Utah, and in doing so has brought many new homes in St George UT and quality products to the local building industry. Ence Homes was among the first builders in the nation to build every home to the high standards set by the EPA ENERGY STAR program. They have received numerous national ENERGY STAR awards since becoming a partner in 1999. QUALITY CONSTRUCTION Ence Homes has been building quality homes with superior craftsmanship for over 60 years and is dedicated to providing exceptional value to each customer. From the materials used in the construction of each home to the sub-contractors who help build them, quality is the central focus. Ence Homes strives to be the best home builder in St George UT, which is why their homes are built to last a lifetime.

Ence Homes knows many variables go into making a house your home. That's why Ence offers a variety of unique homes with flexible floor plans, top quality features, and a design center allowing you to personalize your home. From the excitement of a first home to the luxury of a move-up or custom home, Ence Homes builds the home you want the way you want. Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. Instead, trust Ence Homes to build your dream home, and enjoy peace of mind knowing that it meets strict energy-efficient guidelines. Family Owned, with your family in mind, Ence Homes is committed to being: a family-oriented business founded on integrity and value; a company homebuyers can always trust; a builder committed to being here for years to come; and a neighbor dedicated to the wellbeing of the community. This long-term commitment to customers led to the establishment of its devoted customer service department, to ensure the 10-year limited warranty of every home. Ence Homes has conveniently located neighborhoods throughout St. George, Utah and the surrounding area with the amenities you want right outside your door, including parks, walking trails, pools, and golf course living; you'll love our neighborhoods.

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ENCE COMMUNITIES: ARROYO Located conveniently off of the Washington Parkway Exit, this quiet community is ideal for you. Cruise around town on your bicycle using the many miles of paved biking and walking trails directly next to the Arroyo. The trails provide a peaceful ambiance as it winds through the St. George area. I-15 is literally 5 minutes away, providing you quick access to Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Sand Hollow State Park, and Quail State Park.

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Arroyo Master Bedroom

ELMWOOD Located in the beautiful farm country of Little Valley. The community comes with its very own pool and pickleball area within walking distance of each community member. This is a nice way to escape the heat of St. George summers without packing up the entire family to head out to the local pool. With plenty of lots left on the street parallel to the pool, you will enjoy ease and accessibility to the amenities without the noise causing a distraction at home.


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POCKET MESA Beautifully nestled between Snow Canyon State Park, known for its beautiful red Navajo sandstone and breathtaking views created millions of years ago by lava flows, and Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, designed to help keep the natural beauty of the area untainted by human development. Head north just 10 minutes you will find yourself in beautiful Pine Valley. As the name suggests, you can see large pine trees, but it also acts as an escape from the hot summers St. George blesses us with.

Pocket Mesa Living Room

Pocket Mesa Model SUGAR PLUM Sugar Plum is nestled in the popular area known as Washington Fields, right on the border of St. George and within the city limits of Washington. This community is ideally placed to let you enjoy the best parts of both cities. Enjoy views from Pine View Ridge to Warner Ridge and everywhere in between.

TUSCANO Townhomes surrounded by the charm and beauty of the City of Ivins, home to Snow Canyon State Park with its breathtaking cliffs, lava flow outcroppings, soaring white sandstone mountains. A short drive brings you to Gunlock State Park for boating and fishing. The spectacular Tuacahn Amphitheater provides entertainment in the backdrop of a red canyon. Fitness centers offer training, exercise classes, spas, and healthy lifestyle planning.

SENTIERI CANYON Positioned near many great and worldclass golf courses to help you work on your game. Enjoy stepping right out on the high-class course of Sunbrook Golf Club or head down the street to South Gate golf club. Mesmerizing scenery can be accessed by nearby ATV trails that go on for miles around local classic Stucki Springs. From paved biking/ running/walking trails that take you by great places to eat and shop to the world-famous Bear Poppy Claw trail that takes you over into Bloomington, there is plenty to do for the bike enthusiast in your family.

WHITE SANDS Located within minutes of the St George Airport allows the traveling businessman or the adventurer to be able to quickly and easily get from point A to point B. I-15 is just two minutes around the corner, providing you quick access to Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Sand Hollow State Park, Quail State Park, and Lake Mead. Heading down to Las Vegas or Mesquite to enjoy some of the shows and entertainment packages is a breeze. V Contact Ence Homes via email: info@encehomes.com or by phone: 435.236.6105. Ence Homes can be found online at www.encehomes.com.

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Your Home By Stephanie Fitzgerald


n a world full of invasive toxins, harsh chemicals, and unpleasant odors, there is a large market of products promising to lessen the impact of these annoying, and at times threatening inconveniences, especially to pets, small children, and the elderly. Candles, plug-ins, sprays, and cleaners harbor toxins, and don’t even do the job of getting rid of smells, they just mask them. A majority of these products are more like a band-aid, where they just cover up the problems, instead of finding solutions to rid you of the odors altogether. With more and more products coming on the scene daily, how do you know which ones to choose? How do you know what fits you and your family’s needs best? And how do you know you’re making the right choice? It can be so conflicting and frustrating, leaving you confused, overwhelmed, and disappointed. But what if there was a simple solution that offered not only ways to combat stubborn, toxic, smelly problems, but also add health benefits in the process? It’s time to learn about Ozone Clean Pro. Ozone Clean Pro works with the most powerful cleaning force out there — nature. Nature eliminates odor causing molecules and chemicals by slowly combining them with oxygen from the air. This process is called oxidation. One of nature’s most powerful oxidants is ozone, which is a reactive gas. Using this oxidizing process, Ozone Clean Pro, has been proven to oxidize and eliminate the odor molecule at the source. Being a gas, Ozone reaches anywhere air currents travel, finding every odor molecule, even the hard to reach ones. This is one of the safest odor eliminating strategies since the air converts back into breathable, clean oxygen after

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treatment, which is also great for your health! This leaves fresh air, sanitized spaces, and no trace of any left behind chemicals or residue. This makes Ozone Clean Pro ideal for sanitation and odor elimination for your residential home or condominium. Even the toughest of odors can be eradicated by one of our Ozone shock treatments. Smoking, bacteria, viruses, cooking, pet odors, mold, and mildew are just a few examples of things that can be completely reversed when using Ozone. One of the great benefits of using Ozone in your home is drastically reducing and eliminating allergens. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. If you are personally not experiencing allergies in your home, someone else is. Especially if you have a pet, or older home that easily collects dust and isn’t ventilated well. Dust mites, pollen, danders, and allergens all collect in the home, making those with allergies suffer. According to the American Lung Association, allergies are the most common health problem associated with poor indoor air quality. Ozone generators are scientifically proven to destroy allergens that are prevalent in homes and offices. The Ozone generator design delivers pure ozone gas into the targeted treatment area, cleaning the air, and destroying the allergens making us miserable. Another component of Ozone Clean Pro is cleaning anything that contains oxygen in any form. A large part of the world’s sanitation issues come from having dirty, toxic water! We are lucky enough to live in a country that has a fantastic system for sanitizing, cleaning, and reusing water. However, it is clear in this day and age that it can come with a price tag that affects your health. Chlorine, fluoride, opioids, arsenic, mold, chemicals, cleaning agents, aluminum and so many more things make their way into our water systems, hurting our bodies slowly over time. Although considered clean, it isn’t our best option for consuming. With Ozone Clean Pro, we have found a way to clean and oxidize your water just like your air, leaving nothing but rejuvenating minerals, and the refreshing taste of completely clean water. Ozone effectively destroys bacterias and unhealthy microorganisms that dwell in water. It is often used in conjunction with other water purification or water filtration technologies. This reduces levels of chemical contaminants. Municipal water companies have used Ozone technology to treat and clean large quantities of water for many years because of its effectiveness in purifying and conditioning the water. It has been used in Europe for water treatment since early in the 20th century. The use of Ozone treated water in the U.S. has steadily increased over the last decade, especially since the negative health effects of chlorination have become apparent. One of the primary benefits of Ozone is it is known to destroy detrimental pathogens. Bacterium (i.e. strep throat, bacterial meningitis), viruses- such as the flu, hepatitis A, B and C, and fungus are all treated and eradicated with clean, ozonated water. Along with erasing pathogens, it also breaks down synthetic chemicals, provides more oxygen to the brain, and boosts the immune system, with a little side of weight loss and decreased inflammation for some.


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Along with health benefits of drinking treated water, bathing in our Ozonated water is also great for skin and absorbing essential moisture that feeds and heals skin cells. Eczema, psoriasis, lesion, itch, and bacteria have all been improved by bathing in our Ozonated water. Larger bodies of water can also be improved, cleaned and sanitized by our Ozone pool and spa cleaning systems. Ozone is a gas that is dissolved in water to kill microorganisms, destroy organics, and break down chloramines by oxidation. This occurs immediately at the ozone gas injection point, and continues as the side stream remixes with the main return. A small residue of dissolved ozone will enter the pool to provide further oxidation of contaminants. Although our Ozone treatments do not completely replace chlorine, it reduces the need for chlorine about 80 to 90 percent in most pools and spa applications. The most effective sanitizer routine you can enact is with a Corona Discharge Ozonator as your primary sanitizer. Couple this with a small amount of chlorine, and you’ve got sanitizing gold. The dream of a fully non-chlorine pool is attractive, but no chlorine-free pool sanitizer system is reliable against all possible contaminants. The great news is a small amount of chlorine will not create red eye, itch, or swimmer’s asthma that a fully chlorine based system would. Using an Ozone system provides the first line of defense against dangerous contaminants, and chlorine is used as a safety net. So what about salt water pools? Salt water pools were a fad that we are now seeing as being a pain to maintain, and do not have the cleaning properties needed to upkeep a safe and healthy pool environment. Salt generators replace industrial chlorine with locally made chlorine. All chlorine introduced into the pool by any method makes hypochlorous acid. The problems with chlorine remain, although at a less intense level. One important implication of this is that you must maintain the pool chemistry just as carefully with salt generators as with any form of chlorine. The chemistry balancing act is just as difficult and strenuous as with salt. Salt can also cause disposal problems, and can be corrosive, damaging hardscapes, surfaces, and other pool parts and components that would require repair. Ozone Clean Pro specializes in many other areas of cleaning and sanitation, and the possibilities are endless. A few services you can check out on our website are fire and smoke damage, disinfect crime scene, hotel and motel, public transportation, real estate and rental properties and more. Our website provides all the information you need to see what Ozone Clean Pro can do for you, your home, car, office, business, pools, etc, as well as your overall wellness and quality of life. We are confident you will love your Ozone treatment, and will see benefits immediately from its use. You can call, message, or email us to see if Ozone is right for you. We know you’ll love it! V For more information, email: ozonecleanprolc@gmail.com or call the office at 435-251-8881. Check out the website at www.ozonecleanpro.net.




ou wanted a solar company Mesquite and now you have one. We welcome you to meet the CSE Solar Solutions family. Come meet Ofer, Stuart, and Carlos. We will beat any proposed bid that you find. We work with professional installers who give us great rates so you can save money. We are a wholesaler that can also custom design the project that you want. We currently have projects in Littlefield and Scenic, AZ, and Mesquite, NV. CSE Solar Solutions is working with Overton Power to get you a $2,500 rebate check when you use our services. This is in addition to the 30% off for the federal tax incentive credit. When you work with CSE Solar Solutions you are treated like family. Originally opened in California, CSE moved to Las Vegas and has since opened additional offices in Pahrump and Mesquite. We are eager to talk to you about how you can save money on your electricity bill. V For additional information please contact Stuart Rosman at 702-927-3791 or Carlos Villegas at 559-776-1915 (EspaĂąol).

From left to right: Stuart, Rick, Mayor Littman, Klaus, Ofer

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It's a Dogs Life Pampering Your Pooch Poolside

By Jennifer Hammond-Moore


s a resident pallet wood up-cyclist, I was not surprised when Kathy called to ask if I would be willing to make a pallet wood dog house. "They are all over Pinterest!" Being a fur-baby parent and grandparent to 5 dogs, I thought this could be beneficial to all of the four-legged members of our household. My only thought was when would the dogs be able to use it? Most of the year, our dogs are inside, due to extremely high and occasional low temperatures. The dog houses on Pinterest were cute, but I am into functional creations. Then the thought came to me, a POOLSIDE POOCH CABANA! The thought was to build a dog bed on wheels and then modify it with a cabana top to give shade while outside. The bed could easily be moved around the yard or into the garage to accommodate pets that sleep indoors. I was able to find a few pallets that were larger than the standard pallets to provide enough room for Seg, "our" Mastiff-Great Dane mix. If she didn't like it, it could also serve as a fun play area for my human grandkids as well.


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I always start pallet wood projects by using a reciprocating or skill-saw with a metal/wood combination blade to slice through the nails right under the boards. Using a skill-saw is the fastest method and there is less damage to the wood. Then, I use a nail and hammer on the back side of the removed boards to tap the remaining nail bodies from the boards. Next, I run the boards through the table saw, cutting the width. This makes for a more even and finished product. To determine the overall height of the bed, I took into account the height of the pallet when flat on the ground, which was 5", and how tall it would be when adding a pillow bed or blankets and determined 13" would be a proper overall height. The pallet was 48" x 52," and I did find larger boards. Extra pallets that are larger than the base is essential when planning the construction, especially if you are going to add trim boards. When upcycling boards, don’t use cracked boards or boards with excess knots, as they tend to be weak points. Using a reciprocating or skill-saw with a metal/wood combination blade to slice through the nails right under the boards.

Sand all the wood, including the base, once the structure, trim, and reinforcement boards are cut. Use an 80-grit sandpaper to get the sharp splinters out. To make sure you have a smooth finished product, sand again with 120 grit paper. A palm sander makes quick work of this. Whitewash or paint all the cut boards before assembling. It is much easier to wipe the paint off a surface when it is flat. Use a 1:1 ratio of white household paint and water, painting the boards in small sections with the whitewash and then wipe the excess paint off with a cotton cloth or old clean t-shirt. Lay out each section and pre-drill the holes where you will be attaching the boards together and assemble. Pallet wood tends to crack, but by pre-drilling, you should be able to prevent this issue. Add rotating wheels, two with brake locks on opposite corners to the bottom of the pallet. Placing a reinforcement block behind the location of the wheels, inside the pallet baseboard, will give the wheels more support.

Sides of cabana

Cut a large board that will serve as the base of the bed over the pallet frame out of OSB or plywood. If you know the exact size you will need for the base, Lowes or Home Depot will cut it for you, if you don’t have a circular saw. Attach with nails or screws and sand. Paint the base with the whitewash, but do not wipe off excess paint. Attach the pre-assembled sides to the rolling pallet wood base. Ta-Da! You have a rolling dog bed! I used 6 regular pillows to fill the oversized bed. The total cost for the pillows at Walmart was under $25. Cover with a fitted bed sheet or sew an extra-large pillowcase the size of the base. If the pets are around water, you may want to use a waterproof fabric. To make the cabana top, cut 1” x 3” boards 4’ long for the vertical or upright braces and attach to the inside of the bed at the corners. If you attach 2 lengthwise boards together to make an L shape for the corners, it will add to the structural support. Add the horizontal boards to the top of the frame and the cabana is ready to attach shade cloth. To see all the different cabana curtain styles, jump on Pinterest! Have a fun summer and remember to upcycle! Your pet will thank you for it! V

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Mari Krashowetz

SUHBA donated $10,000 recently to Switchpoint to help with their new affordable housing center and will be matched with private donations.


ari Krashowetz, Executive Officer for the Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA) has been with the nonprofit organization for 19 years. SUHBA is the largest home builders association in Utah. This is remarkable because of the smaller demographic here in Washington County compared to other areas throughout Utah. Mari began her career with SUHBA as a temporary assistant in 2000. She said the 19 years have flown by and is very honored to work with so many amazing people, including a Board of Directors of 17 men and 1 woman. They are more than business associates; they are friends to her. Her awesome staff of 5 is beyond comparison and is key to make it all happen. SUHBA is best known for the St. George Area Parade of Homes that attracts over 37,000 people annually. It is the largest home event in Utah. In 2017, Mari accepted an award for the Best Parade of Homes in the Nation. Because of this event, millions of dollars have been contributed to the local community and creates many jobs in the construction industry.


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Under Mari’s direction and outstanding staff and volunteers, SUHBA members work together to build a better community by donating time and resources with service projects. They built the Doctors Volunteer Clinic, expanded the clinic nearly 10 years later, remodeled Switchpoint Housing Resource Center, built a youth training center, built a home for a disabled student, and presents an annual, “SUHBA for Service Day” that helps local nonprofit organizations with improvement projects, like Habitat for Humanity of SW Utah. Over 120 volunteers donated over 400 service hours this past month. SUHBA donated $10,000 recently to Switchpoint to help with their new affordable housing center and will be matched with private donations. Under Mari’s leadership, education classes and the Utah Building Industry Conference are offered free of charge to members, so we help housing industry representatives improve their professionalism and skills level. Mari works hard with SUHBA leaders in advocacy efforts to help protect the American dream of home

Habitat Group

ownership. They help new contractors start their business right by teaching best business practices. Many contractors are excellent at their trade, but some lack overall business skills. We truly are making a positive impact to the industry. To raise money for education scholarships, Mari agreed to be in a dunk tank all day during last year’s SUHBA golf tournament. Over $35,000 in education scholarships will be awarded this year with preference going to industry related students. Mari makes it a priority to build bridges by strengthening partnerships to address issues like the current labor shortage. To inspire our future building industry professionals, a home is currently being built by local high school students through the Washington County School District construction program. In addition, Construction Basics classes are being offered through Dixie Technical College. Any student who successfully completes the class and desires a construction job, will be placed with a job through SUHBA support. Mari arranged to have a video produced to promote construction careers and it has received over 10,000 views so far. Mari currently serves on the Dixie Technical College Board of Directors, St. George Area Economic Development Executive Committee, and the Washington County Housing Affordability Committee. In 2013, Mari received the Top 5 Most Influential Women of Southern Utah award. Mari is best known in her professional career, but her most important job is being a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She is married to Tony Krashowetz and they have eleven children together, including a set of triplets, and five beautiful grandchildren. Mari has lifelong friends since meeting them in elementary school. There is never a dull moment in Mari’s life, but she truly is grateful for wonderful family and friends. Last year, Mari and her family built homes in Puerto Penasco Mexico to help struggling families. They not only changed lives for the local families by providing homes but changed their own lives as well. Mari said, “We don’t realize how blessed we are living in America until you see poverty first-hand. Their children did not complain once and worked very hard to help families in need.”

Above: Mari with her family Below: Mari with Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Governor Cox

Mari loves to travel, cook, hike, bike ride, read, swim, ride ATVs, and do anything involving water. She loves being in the beautiful Southern Utah outdoors! Her guilty pleasure is Cheesecake Factory. Being together with family and friends is important to her. Their most recent family adventure included riding in their motorhome with three dogs and their children to the Grand Canyon. Her husband Tony is planning a summer long RV trip and of course will bring the children and the dogs! Mari belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loves to serve. She is currently teaching women, but she said they actually teach her so much more! Favorite quote, “It’s choice, not chance, that determines our destiny.” Mari feels she is truly blessed with a wonderful life! V View On Magazine is amazed at all that Mari has accomplished so far in her lifetime. We thought it was fitting to spotlight her in our Home & Garden issue.

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By Bryan Baird


ou’ve been in your home for 10 years or more. The one time, clean, vibrant colors on your walls are starting to dull and yellow. The grout between the tiles of your floors has turned black from foot traffic, spills and having pets. Your countertops are stained with years of food preparation and have scars from being used as a cutting board. Your once beautiful and plush carpets that you used to run your bare feet through after a long day of standing, simply doing your job as a bank teller or supermarket cashier, feels like 120 grit sandpaper or a scouring pad. Or the pesky pet stains just don’t come out, no matter how many times you go to your local hardware store to rent that carpet cleaner for the hundredth time! You know it is time to “take the brush by the handle” if you will and give it that fresh new look that your neighbor across the street did two years ago. Where to start? Who do I call? Some home owners look at it as a challenge. Not afraid to get their hands dirty and perform laborious tasks like it’s no big deal, while comparing it to going to the gym. Barbells and weights are being substituted for 5 gallon buckets of paint, appliances and rolls of carpet. Climbing ladders and crawling around on the floor getting up and down constantly take the place of squats, lunges and Pilates! A bank manager might have worked construction while getting an education, for others it could be a hobby and they have been flipping houses all of their lives. With artistic talents and past experience it’s like a walk in the park!

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Many people lack the knowledge and tools to take on such a daunting task! Others are retired and would rather be out golfing, playing pickleball and not even want to deal with it. After all, it is enough just to have to go through the color selecting process for walls, carpet, and pick out new appliances. Generally if you have the time to do all of those things then it is likely that you have the financial resources to hire a designer, to coordinate what colors we should choose or where they should go, what brand of appliance to buy and style of furniture we may want, let alone having to choose a contractor to perform what promises to be a time consuming and laborious assault on ones living space. Let’s just hire it out! A contractor can give you the professional look you want while saving time. But remember… make sure they are licensed! Getting 3 bids is a prudent way to save you money and finding the right fit. Hiring the low bidder isn’t always a good thing either. Ask for job references, it could save you a lot of headaches down the road. A general contractor is not only a builder but he or she is also qualified to perform remodels, no matter what the size. They will line up the specialty contractors of each trade you will need. Having probably worked with them on other jobs and knowing that they can provide the manpower and craftsmanship necessary to get the job done right while saving time. If you simply want painting, new flooring or some plumbing, just make sure these businesses are qualified and licensed in that particular trade. Hiring a handyman has financial limitations. Most states have different laws regarding what a handyman is legally allowed to do. In Nevada a handyman can only charge up to $1000.00 for labor and materials. Beyond that they must possess a contractor’s license. In Utah for example, a handyman can perform up to $3000.00 but are limited in the type of work. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and jobs that are considered to impact the public’s health, safety and welfare are not allowed. Anything over $1000.00 they would need to file a form with Utah’s contracting division and have an appropriate amount of liability insurance. Another thing to remember, unlicensed contractors do not carry Workers Compensation Insurance. If they get injured on your property, you could be held liable. All Nevada businesses must also have a State Business License.

So whether it is a contractor, handyman or you do it yourself, take the time and shop. Research on the internet, get your referrals and plan a budget. This could be your next best investment! V Baird Painting is a licensed contractor in painting and drywall. For more information, please visit their website at www.bairdpainting.com or call (702) 346-1826.

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By Susie Knudsen Photos courtesy of Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism Bureau


s summer temperatures begin to rise, it’s a great time to think about fun activities available in southern Utah’s higher elevations. Starting this summer, Southern Utah University (SUU) launches a new outdoor adventure program for visitors and local residents alike. SUU Summer Experience is set to offer guided learning adventures designed to immerse participants in local culture, history, scenery, and recreational


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“Hike with a geologist at Three Peaks or Ashdown Gorge.”

opportunities. “The new Summer Experience program is designed to engage adventurers of all ages in the incredible outdoor and cultural offerings the Cedar City region has to offer,” said Melynda Thorpe, executive director of Community & Academic Enrichment for SUU. “Led and taught by professionals, experiences include hikes and history tours, outdoor art and water recreation courses, wagon rides and petroglyph crawls.” During geologist-led hikes, learn about the geologic events that shaped southwestern Utah’s spectacular landscape. Scale trails around the granite-topped Three Peaks range west of Cedar City and learn about the geologic events that formed granite domes and iron-rich ore bodies of the Iron Springs mining district. “Few places in the world can rival the diversity of geologic structures and rock types that are superbly exposed in our own backyard,” said Tyler Knudsen, geology hike instructor and professional geologist for the Utah Geological Survey. Knudsen will also lead an overnight backpacking trip down Ashdown Gorge in Cedar Canyon. High tundra-like meadows,

aspen forests, sculpted watery narrows, and waterfalls, this two-day backpacking experience has it all. This advanced river hike is full of geologic wonders, including sheer walls of sandstone, Tom’s Head, and Flanigan’s Arch. For those interested in learning more about the area’s rich history, there are experiences that will take participants back in time to learn about first inhabitants and early settlers. Get the full American West experience during a “Petroglyph Crawl” driving tour to visit rock art sites before heading to Bowman’s Cowboy Kitchen for dinner and wagon ride. Enjoy one or all of the Sunday brunch history lectures at Iron Springs Adventure Resort west of Cedar City. July brunches include local historian Lyman Platt discussing the significance of Harmony Valley and John D. Lee’s role in building Fort Harmony, polygamy, and Mountain Meadows, and Colonel Al Matheson, Utah director of the Old Spanish Trail Association sharing the tools and methods early explorers used to navigate the Old Spanish

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National Historic Trail. Learn how this trade route crossed Utah’s high mountains, deserts, and canyons to connect northern New Mexico to southern California. SUU Summer Experience offers educational opportunities to spend quality time with a friend or family member, and to learn more about the region. Participants wanting to explore their creative side can take a plein air art class in New Harmony with Debbie Drake, president of the Cedar City Arts Council. Working with soft pastels, learn to paint the inspiring “Five Fingers of Kolob.” During a picnic dinner break, hear from a local historian about Fort Harmony, the first fort in the territory made of adobe brick which served as the Washington County seat and stop for those traveling through the area. For those interested in developing hobbies and pursuing special interests, SUU Community Education is also offering fun classes this summer for adults and families alike. Registration for July summer education is now open; classes are designed to fit into any summer schedule. Many community education classes like cake decorating and paddle boarding meet once, while other classes, such as watercolor, badminton, and sign language will meet throughout the summer. V For more information, or to register for classes, visit suu.edu/summerEXP, email bewise@suu.edu, call 435-865-8259, or stop by their offices at 136 W. University Boulevard, Suite 003, Cedar City, Utah.

Above: During the American West Summer Experience, enjoy a wagon ride and cowboy dinner. Below: Experience a plein air art class in New Harmony painting the “Five Fingers of Kolob. Photos courtesy of Iron Springs Adventure Resort, Cedar City, Utah


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By Sydnee Hatfield


i there, my name is Sydnee Hatfield, I am a professional organizer, and the owner of Organized Paradise. I cover a wide area from Las Vegas, Moapa Valley, Mesquite and up to St. George. I live in Logandale Nevada with my husband Scott, our two small dogs and a cat, in a tiny house on wheels. My husband built our tiny house from the wheels up by watching YouTube how-to videos. Living in a tiny house has been such a learning experience in relation to material possessions. I only buy things now with intention. Before any purchase I ask myself a few questions like do I absolutely need this, where will this live inside the house, or what can I get rid of to replace this new item with? I absolutely love organizing, and it has been that way since I was young. My favorite part of organizing is pulling everything out and sorting it into likethings! I am grateful for this occasion to share my own personal organizational input. It’s summer! It’s warm outside, the days are longer, and it’s a great time to tackle cleaning and organization in our homes. Especially the to-do’s that we have been putting off. I believe sunshine recharges our drained winter batteries and makes cleaning easier. I start walking around my house in preparation for the chance to re-organize and declutter. After I decide where I need to focus my attention, I take the following steps to help reach my end goal:

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MAKE A LIST For me, any project that is successfully completed, begins with a list. I am a visual person and seeing a list keeps me on track. I also love to cross things off once they are done! SCHEDULE A TIME Within my list I start looking at each task, and try to best guess, how long it could take to complete. Since I work almost every day, if I want to organize a specific area of my home, I absolutely must make time for it, otherwise life happens. INCLUDE HOUSEHOLD Before starting an organization project in our house, I talk to my husband about it. We plan out our week together every Sunday, and that’s when we bring up any projects we are working on for our house, or in our careers. I share either how excited I am to knock it out and the cool stuff I am going to implement, or just to ask his availability if I need his help. Once I have my list and the project planned, I get to work. I have done some research and spoken to some fellow organizers about the specific order in which they do their cleaning and we all seem to start in the kitchen. The kitchen is generally the main hub of the house and possible collection area of everything we bring into our homes.


PANTRY/ SPICES – Go through each space and check for expired food, or spices. Also trash or donate (if unexpired) any you no longer like or use. FRIDGE – Check for expired food, wipe out the drawers, shelves and compartments. CABINETS – Dust off and wipe down the doors and shelves. DISHES – Check for broken or mismatched pieces. Group like items and put away near areas they are most used, i.e. cups near the fridge, or cooking utensils near the stove. SINK – Scrub down the faucet area, drain, sides of the sink and wipe clean. If the disposal is stinky you can cut up a few pieces of a lemon, toss them in your disposal and turn it on while running cool water.


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UNDER THE SINK – Pull everything out, group like products, get rid of unused products, wipe down the shelf, and put everything back in. Sponges or Scrubbers – Wash them in the dishwasher, or simply replace it with a new one. MICROWAVE – Fill a microwave safe bowl with 1 cup of water, several tablespoons of white or apple cider vinegar, cut up lemon slices and lemon juice. Microwave for 8-10 minutes, let it cool for 5 minutes before opening the door, and then just wipe it out with a damp washcloth or sponge. TRASH AND RECYCLING CANS – Take them outside spray them with cleaner, hose them off and let them dry in the sun. REUSABLE GROCERY BAGS – Depending on the material of your bag, you can throw them into the washer and dryer, to clean off any germs or dirt. JUNK DRAWER – Pull everything out, group like objects, remove things that belong elsewhere in the house, vacuum out the drawer and put it all back within containers or dividers. I recently found Command Spray Bottle Hangers at the store and installed them inside my cabinet door.

Bathroom SHOWER CURTAIN – Depending on the material, you can throw it in the washer and dryer to keep it looking fresh. MEDICINE CABINET – Check for expired or unused medication. Find a medication waste location at Disposemymeds.org to keep potentially harmful medications out of the environment. MAKEUP – Check expiration symbol on make up and dispose as needed. Write the date with fine point sharpie on the bottom of a new product when you start using it to make it easier each time. MAKEUP BRUSHES – Wash with baby soap or makeup brush cleaner, rinse with warm water, and let air dry. This is an easy area of the house to maintain throughout the year. You can do this by setting a timer in the morning or evening for 10-15 minutes then pick a few things to do each time like; wipe down the counter, mirror, or toilet, empty the trash, sweep/ mop the floor, or spray down the shower walls and tub.

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Once you get these two big areas knocked out take the same steps and apply them to any area you think needs it. Pull everything out, sort by like things, get rid of what you don’t want or need, clean up the area and put the items back. These steps will help you get any project organized. If you’re looking for a few more things to knock out in your cleaning schedule you can try these easy tricks: WINDOWS – Pull up your shades, clean windows with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Dust the shades or blinds. CEILING FAN BLADES – Put a pillowcase over the blade and dust off the top, sides and bottom. VACUUM – Unplug. Empty canister or replace vacuum bag. Clean the filter and let it completely dry before next use. Wipe down the outside surface of the vacuum and its cord, cut out or remove any hairs caught in the brush. CELL PHONE – Wipe down phone with water and alcohol mix on a microfiber cloth to kill unwanted germs. Do not apply spray directly to your phone. I hope these tips and ideas have been helpful to some of you! I love helping people and have a huge passion for making home life more enjoyable, one overwhelming spot at a time. V If you have questions please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email: Organizedparadise@outlook.com or you can follow me on my Facebook page.


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DOCUTAH Ten Years Strong By Della Lowe


his year marks the tenth season of an idea, sparked a decade ago, that a small desert city in the far southwestern corner of Utah could mount a worldclass documentary film festival. However, that is exactly what happened. Now the Dixie State University DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival is completing the DOCUTAH Decade this fall. During its ten years, DOCUTAH has attracted thousands of films through its submission process and attracted academy award winning filmmakers such as Andre Singer, Werner Herzog and Kieth Merrill. In the last four years four films, which screened at DOCUTAH, were nominated for Oscars and one has won the prestigious award – Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405. The impetus for the Festival came from Phil Tuckett, professor of digital film at Dixie State University and executive Director of DOCUTAH. He is a native Utahn and veteran filmmaker from NFL Films.

86 year old Leeds farmer Ned Sullivan Leeds Overlook

“When you start something like this, or any large project, you can either consider the myriad ways it can fail, or you can assume you can problem solve and move forward in such a way that it will succeed,” said Tuckett. “I made a commitment to Dixie State University and the students who choose the Digital Film Program, so we keep our eye on the goal and move forward.” Phil credits his time in the world of sports with his father as his coach before moving into production at NFL Films for that vision. He notes that both players and fans can give up when a game is going poorly, but it is important to finish the game – for yourself, for your teammates, for the fans. “There can be a direct corollary between creating a film and a team sport. There is something about working with a group of people and each member has a chore which is their responsibility. But each of those members contributes to the success of the whole. There is a goal. There are specific jobs and there is a finite amount of time to achieve the goal.”

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Dixie State students create a feature length film each year in the span of one semester. That film starts the Festival every year, which means that there is very little wiggle room. Each student must do their job. This year the film profiles the unique Utah town of Leeds – A Town for All Seasons. “We were approached by Frank Lojko, who just retired as DSU VP for Government Relations and has been a great supporter of DOCUTAH. He was offered a grant funded by Gary Crocker through the Sorenson Foundation, which he passed on to Mayor Wayne Peterson of Leeds for the purpose of doing a film on the occasion of the sesquicentennial of Leeds. But what we thought might be a small film about the 150th anniversary of this Utah town, turned out to be an important film about a city with a unique place in the history of the settlement of the American West. Each time we went to research and shoot, we found something else which exposed the agricultural, mining, business and pioneer importance of this place.” Tuckett notes it is an unusual place, where three distinct geographical zones meet, the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin and the beginning of the Rocky Mountain range. Because of that, Leeds has survived, in spite of hardship, and is now, surrounded by eight ghost towns that all disappeared. The story was rich in possibilities and he and his students felt it would be a great film to open the tenth festival of DOCUTAH

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and become part of the series DOCUTAH calls the High Desert Chronicles, a series of films that seek to expose the richness of the desert southwest and the unique people who live, work and develop its variety. “When planning the sesquicentennial, we felt this film gave us a great opportunity to capture the history of this place directly from citizens, who are advancing in age but whose families go back generations in this place before it is lost forever. They still have stories which are passed down from their ancestors,” noted Mayor Peterson. “DOCUTAH has cut out a very special niche, which has allowed it to succeed for ten years. That success comes from the quality and integrity of the small staff and those who volunteer to put in the kind of service to review the films and put all that sweat equity into the program. These are people who dedicate their time for something that is good for everyone,” said Lojko. “We have Sundance and DOCUTAH in the same state. Not many states have such quality film production and programs in one state.” V The DOCUTAH Festival runs from September 2 – 7, 2019 in St. George. The schedule and full information on the films and events will be available on the Website in August at Docutah.com

Showcase You r Home and Garden

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By Susi Lafaele and Rick Heflebower

top and picture summer. Picture warm days, cooler nights and carnivals, concerts, food and exhibits of alluring colors and textures.


and diverse traditions, come join us in a family-friendly environment. We encourage the public (you) to showcase your accomplishments.

Reach back in your memory and summon all bakers, gardeners and crafters! It's time to start planning entries into the 2019 Washington County Fair Home & Garden Competition. The Washington County fair promotes community involvement and interest. If you have something to contribute in agriculture, horticulture, livestock, household arts, fine arts

The fair will accept entries of home arts, 4-H, photos, crafts, canning, needlework, and literary arts beginning Saturday, August 3 from 3 pm - 6 pm and on Monday, August 5 from 8 am - 8 pm. Flower, vegetable and baked good entries (perishable items) should be delivered to the Fairgrounds on Wednesday, August 7 from 7 am-11 am. All exhibitors will

receive one ticket for the prize drawing with an early incentive to all Saturday exhibitors who will receive two tickets. How Do I Decide Which Items to Enter? Condition is the most important aspect of choosing your specimens. Be sure there are no signs of disease or insect damage on any part of the item. Produce that has been improperly washed and/or poorly prepared (trimmed) will receive lower consideration in the judging. Mechanical injury, such as nicks, bruising, or other blemishes, can

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happen at any time, but generally happens in picking or transporting the produce to the fair. Quality is another criterion in judging. It is important that the produce not be overripe or under ripe, wilted or shriveled. The item should be at the perfect stage for eating. Uniformity is an important quality. If five specimens are in an exhibit, they should all look the same. They should be of the same size, shape, color, quality, condition, degree of maturity and be prepared in the same manner.

True-to-type-ness will be judged as well. Each variety of a given vegetable will have certain characteristics that make it different from other varieties of the same vegetable. Some of these differences are shape, size and color. Size needs consideration when choosing your exhibits. Exhibiting for the county fair is not a contest to see who has grown the biggest specimen! Some vegetables, such as tomato, have varieties that are very small and are often included in a separate class. (Descriptions adapted from the State Journal of Kentucky) The Washington County Fair is committed to promote local food and agricultural products. Begin now to identify items that you would like to enter and if you don’t have anything to enter, come for the fun! The fair features hundreds of ideas on how to make your home, yard and garden a more beautiful, and environmentally friendly place. It‘s an exciting show, with a number of attractions and activities for the entire family. Picture you, your family, and the Washington County Fair. Picture summer! V The Washington County Fair runs Wednesday-Saturday, August 7-10th at the Legacy Park located at 5500 W. 700 S. in Hurricane. Admission is $5 per vehicle per day. For more information on the Washington County Fair, visit www.washcofair.net. For more information on Utah State University ExtensionWashington County and their programs and events, visit extension.usu.edu/washington.


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Desert Window Cleaning Tips from Yogi Window Cleaning

Desert Window Cleaning Tips

from Yogi Window Cleaning

By Tejbir Singh


iving in the Mojave Desert, keeping the windows of your home clean is a constant challenge. The frequent combination of wind, rain, and dust can leave your windows coated with spots and the tracks filled with mud. Simply wiping off your windows with a cleaner will smear the dirt around more and does nothing to remove hard water spots. If you want to tackle cleaning the windows of your home properly, you will need the right tools and some simple tips. Here are a few lessons I have learned along the way running a professional window cleaning business in Mesquite.

USE SOFTENED OR PURIFIED WATER if possible. The municipal water here has a high level of dissolved minerals and will leave spots. You can get purified water at the store if needed.

USE A RAZOR OR SCRUBBER for stubborn dirt or mineral build up. Never use a razor on dry glass or tempered glass, it will scratch. I recommend a non-scratch sponge for beginners.

AVOID cleaning windows in direct sun or in high heat. Dry your squeegee after each pull. This will reduce drag marks across the glass.

USE A GENTLE HAND as you scrub and spray down screens (away from your clean windows). Apply a UV protectant to extend the life of your screens in the harsh desert climate.

Use a good MICROFIBER CLOTH to detail the edges and clean up missed spots. You can also clean up handprints between cleanings without cleaning the whole window again.

TAKE IT EASY and have a professional do the cleaning for you! Make sure to ask if your window cleaner will scrub/razor every window, clean the frames and tracks, and apply a UV protectant to the screens. You should expect premium service if you’re paying for it.

With regular cleanings, the windows in your home should be looking brand new! Keep up on regular cleanings, 2-4 times a year, to prevent dirt and minerals from building up. Sparkling clean windows create a clear improvement in the appearance of your home and are a treat that is worth the effort. V Yogi Window Cleaning is owned by Tejbir Singh (Brian) and can be reached at 702-330-5443 and on Facebook @Yogi Window Cleaning Company.

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PLANT BASED NUTRITION For Fitness, Disease Prevention, and Longevity

By Laura Draskovich


wo years ago, I decided to make a life change in the way I ate and view my nutrition. Plantbased nutrition, as described by the organization Forks Over Knives, is "A whole -foods-plant-based (referred to as WFPB) diet-centered on whole, unrefined or minimally refined plants. It is a way of eating which bases itself on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains and legumes. It excludes or minimizes meat (including fish and chicken), dairy products and eggs as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar and oil." Now that you have understanding of the nutrition, I will share with you my personal journey, and explain the reasons why I choose to eat WFPB. 108

As a fitness professional, I have dedicated my life to helping others improve their health through fitness and nutrition choices. I have advocated for a "well-balanced diet", incorporating the basic food groups. From years of competing (NPC Figure) I maintained a high proteinlow carbohydrate diet. This type of eating allowed me to drop weight quickly, and maintain or build muscle (through carb cycling). The problem I encountered, was that over years of eating this way, I felt that if I allowed myself to go "off" my plan, all of my hard work in the gym and sacrifice would be undone. I was walking around in contest condition even in my off season year after year, measuring everything that went into my mouth.

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Inside I knew I wasn't healthy, nor were my feelings toward food healthy. Increasingly, I began to allow myself time off without feeling guilty and began focusing on balance in my life. I wanted to feel better, and begin enjoying more of the things in life‌ things that I had deprived myself of because of my strict, regimented fitness and nutrition obsession. Why did I decide to go WFPB? Simply, it was an experiment. I decided to give it a month, to 1. See how I felt energywise, 2. Observe any physical changes, like skin, changes in muscle strength and endurance, weight changes, and 3. Be able to speak from a place of experience when discussing nutrition with clients.

I was curious about how it would go, but I was excited to see. I called my husband who was at work and said, "Honey! I've decided to try going vegan for a month." The reasons I gave him were the ones I mentioned above. To my surprise, he replied, "I'm in." Fast forward a year and we are still 100% plant-based and feeling better than ever, having no plans of going back. When it comes up in conversation with family and friends, I get mixed reactions. (I do not push my personal nutrition "politics" on others, but I will answer any questions they ask.) Some ask, Why? Some are strongly opposed to cutting out meat/dairy. Some are curious, asking questions such as, "How do you get protein?", "Do you eat fish?", "So, you just eat salads?" I explain I get plenty of protein and that there have been many myths surrounding protein consumption and nutrition. Fish is an animal (surprise!) so, no, I don't eat fish. And, I eat tons of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains. Anything can be made into a vegan dish. The bonus is, it's better for you (discussed next) is less cruel, and better on our environment. HEALTH BENEFITS. Studies and research in the area of nutrition have made and continue making great strides. We now know that by adopting a WFPB diet you can reduce inflammation leading to chronic illnesses, prevent some cancers, reverse diabetes AND cardiovascular disease, the #1 cause of death in the United States. Yes!, reverse the disease! Not mask the symptoms with medications to slow the progression. FITNESS BENEFITS. This gets me excited! I had done my research. I read the books, watched the movies, and heard testimonials. Thanks to stories of dozens of high profile, elite athletes turning to plant-based diets for a performance advantage in recent years-including Olympic athletes , World Record holders, and even the occasional mainstream superstar, the myth that PB diets do not work for sports and fitness has been knocked on its' side. But how and why do work plant-based foods work so well for everything from endurance sports, power lifting and faster recovery? Mainly due to their nutrient density and anti-

inflammatory properties. The same properties that make them so protective and disease reversing in the long term make them ideally suited for feuling and repairing your body after workouts. How do I feel a year later on WFPB nutrition? The initial transition was easy for us, happening literally overnight. I love to cook, bake and adapt recipes for healthier nutrition, so learning to revise recipes and use new ingredients made it that much better. Some of our favorites are hummus veggie wraps, tofu scrambles, Pho, spring rolls, and once in a while dairy free ice cream. Energy-wise I feel great. No change from before I made the switch to WFPB. I work out quite a bit, teaching fitness classes, cardio/running and weight training 5-6 days a week. There has been some secondary weight loss from revising my nutrition. My body feels good, skin is clear and and my recovery after a workout is great. If you are considering doing what I have done, or just curious and have questions, here are some resources I have used, still use, and recommend to others. V Nutritionfacts.org. Website dedicated to the latest research delivered in easy to understand video segments brought to you by Dr. Greger M.D. Forks Over Knives. Documentary worth a watch. Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes. What The Health. An investigative documentary on our nation's health and how big business influences it. Happy Cow. App available to download on iphone and android. Dining guide to healthy vegetarian restaurants, vegan restaurants as well as natural health food stores, vegan recipes and information on veganism. Daily Dozen. Created by NutritionFacts.org, Use this app on a daily basis to keep track of the foods recommended by Dr. Greger for optimal health and longevity in his book How Not To Die.

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Men's Head Coach Brad Sutterfield

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Dixie State University Golf

On Course toward Division 1 By Rob Krieger | Photos by Stan Plewe - Dixie State Athletics


ixie State University and its athletic department continue to blaze new trails and one of those is to jump from NCAA Division II to Division I, starting in July of 2020. For DSU Men’s and Women’s Golf, it will allow our local junior golfers another opportunity to play collegiate golf at the highest level and remain close to home to secure their undergraduate degrees while playing golf year-round. The Men’s Golf Coach, Brad Sutterfield, in his seventh season as Head Coach, currently has a 10-player roster and ironically, they all come from Utah high schools.

discipline on the course. #2 – They need to have the ability to go low. #3 – Their demeanor on the course is critical to how they handle things and it reflects in their score and in school. I visit with them in person, talk on the phone and want to make sure there will be good team chemistry. One of the biggest transitions from high school to college is the balance of full-time school with being a full-time athlete in golf and that is not always the easiest because most haven’t dealt with juggling the time.”

Brad says, “I love to recruit Utah kids because the junior programs are strong and thriving.” So much so that 7 are freshman and 3, come from right here in St. George: Triston Gardner – Snow Canyon, Noah Schone – Pineview and Bradley Wade – Desert Hills. “I have had kids from all over on the team in years past and it just worked out that this year they are all from Utah and they are a very strong young team.” Utah junior golf programs should be very proud because these former Utah juniors are now heading, at the time of this writing, to the NCAA Division II-National Championship in West Virginia. “I really love coaching these kids and couldn’t be prouder of their success on the course and off.” When it comes to recruiting, he looks for #1 – “They need to be solid in school with their grades which leads to good 110

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Tristan Gardner

“The biggest change jumping to D-1 is recruiting and being more selective in order to add more depth to the team.” They will still play 4 Fall tournaments and between 5-8 in the Spring. However, when competing in the conference championship, the first 4 years the team will be ineligible to compete for the championship, due to NCAA regulations, but the individual players can still compete for individual merit. Lindsey Stucki, a successful collegiate player at the University of Central Arkansas, is in her 3rd season as head coach for the Women’s Golf Team. She currently has 9 women on the team, 3 from Utah, along with 3-time state champion from St. George, Katie Ford (Perkins) from Desert Hills HS. She also believes that there is a ton of talent in Utah and will continue to recruit heavily inside the state. Recruiting has changed going to D-1 as she now gets more girls reaching out. “When I have girls come to visit, between the weather with the ability to play year-round, the facilities and all the opportunities to play so many different great courses, it’s really a no brainer.” The transition from high school to college is a challenge due to the increase in academics and time commitment for golf so Lindsey looks for players that are well rounded academically as well as in their golf game. “They need to handle themselves well in school and on the course. I like to see how they react on the course and bounce back from situations because the they need that on the course and in school. They need to show composure and stick to their game plan.” When girls make the jump from high school to a collegiate athlete they must be in shape.

Head Coach Lindsey Stucki and Kaitlyn Deeble

Head Coach Stucki and Katie Ford (Perkins)

Lindsey says that they currently play tournaments that are 18 holes each day with lots of practice in between but in D-1, they will be playing 36 holes on the 1st day and 18 on the second with courses averaging 6000-6400 yards. “Most of the girls are hitting far these days so they need distance, but their short game is going to set them apart.” Lindsey loves working with the women to see them grow over their years as players and as people in their life beyond golf. Giving back to the community is important as well, and the team made it a priority to focus on giving back and they succeeded. They were awarded by the DSU Athletic department the Brooksie Award for Community Engagement. Each student athlete had between 20-25 volunteer hours and a primary focus for them was to be assistant coaches in the First Tee of Utah at Southgate program. “The ladies loved doing it and the kids look up to them. It also shows the girls in the program how valuable junior golf can be and they can do it too.” The team is very talented and has set their sights on leaving D-2 as division champs. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams are making great strides toward the new path of the university and it is an exciting time to be going to college in St. George and to be a junior golfer in our area with another reason to stay close to home. V As Always…Fairways and Greens,


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for making your home healthy for your pets

By Anita DeLelles


e all spend time trying to keep up with the pet hair and other pet mishaps in our home. Why? We want a clean house for us…but we forget that keeping a home clean for our pets is just as important for their health and quality of life. When I was first asked to write this article, I was not sure that I was qualified to contribute. But then I realized I was just looking at it the wrong way. Our homes need to be kept clean just as much for the health of our pets as for us. So with that in mind here are some tips to follow. The most important thing we can do to keep our homes healthy for our pets is to keep up the daily brushing of their coats. This applies just as much for cats as for dogs. Grooming is an important part of a cat’s life. We see them grooming, often several times a day, but we forget to help them with that grooming. Start young and they will learn to look forward to that daily brushing. Keep nails trimmed too. Nails can carry debris on or under them. For both dogs and cats, wipe their paws when they return from a walk or stroll in the garden. This reduces the danger of bringing in contaminants which could infect older or sick animals in the home. Special pet wipes are available to make this task quick and less stressful for both pets and humans alike. With daily hands on your pet, you’ll very quickly know if something is amiss, a new bump, scratch, allergy or illness.


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Does your pet have a favorite place to sleep or nap? Do you find that your pet loves to lay on freshly laundered items? Well, of course! Who doesn’t love that clean fresh smell. Place a pet bed, towel or sheet on that napping spot. Then, when it's time to clean it up, shake it out and toss it in the wash. By having a place that pets can claim as their own and keeping it clean for them cuts down on having to fight hair build up on couches, carpets and chairs. Let’s talk about cat trees. Those old carpet covered trees that look like they have been attacked by a tiger. Those trees hold germs, bacteria and who knows what! Time to change to new, easy-to-clean cat trees like the modern CurvyNest or a safe modular cat wall designed for easy cleaning and to be aesthetically pleasing in your home. Food and water. If you free-feed (leave food out all day) STOP. For so many reasons leaving pets access to unlimited food all day is never a good idea. The least of which is the mess and the possible bugs and rodents. Food areas need to be wiped and cleaned after each feeding. This will maintain a healthy eating environment for your pet and reduce the likelihood of bugs, flies or even illness. Food that sits out all day can spoil or become contaminated. Most importantly by feeding at specific mealtimes you will know if something is not right with your pet. Bowl choice is also a factor to consider. Foodgrade stainless steel bowls are your best choice (304 or 316).

Ceramic bowls may contain lead paint, they can flake, crack or chip leaving food particles to build up even after washing. Plastic bowls can breakdown and the plastic could contaminate the food. Fresh clean water is a must, a water fountain with a filter is the best option for all pets. The moving water is less likely to become contaminated and flowing through a filter removes any particles that fall in the water. Regular cleaning is still necessary to insure there is no excessive scale or slime build-up in the bowl. If a fountain is not an option, then bowls must be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and water changed once or more a day. Keeping our homes clean for our pets may not be our main objective, but when you consider the health benefits, it matters greatly. Cleanliness becomes just as important as the food you select for your pet or the exercise your pets receive. A clean home for pets reduces allergies, illness, stress and anxiety, yours and your pets! V

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What to Think About



o many appliances have features that are specific to a person’s lifestyle, so the keystone question is, “How do I make sure this appliance meets my needs.” There are several questions one can ask themselves to make sure that what they purchase is going to accomplish that. A good sales associate should be prepared to ask many of them but there are two general questions that can get you on the way and save you a lot of time. What convenience do you want and what quality? Convenience, how much more do you want out of your appliance? What do you want to do faster, less of, or easier? When you talk about convenience across appliances it is best to understand which provide that. If you are looking for a washer or dryer, convenience boils down to understanding cycle features and the type of items you wash. Do you have oversized comforters, lots of sportswear, or delicates? Making sure you understand the cycles not only improves the convenience of how you wash but also extends the life of your laundry. Take time to look at the cycles and evaluate your lifestyle so you know you are getting the machine that best matches your needs. Ask the questions of how each cycle works and don’t be afraid to spend some time with the sales associate so they can explain features and benefits.


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In the kitchen, it’s easy to understand we all want to spend less time cooking and more time enjoying mealtime with family and friends. Convenience in ranges means knowing the power of the cook top and understanding how convection cooking improves your oven use. Whether you want to boil water faster or make great rue, the power and spectrum of settings on the cook top of a range will improve that. This means how many elements each burner has and the total wattage. A single element restricts pan sizes and heat delivery, so if you have a lot of different pan sizes, looking for the cooktop with double or triple elements are a must. Not only does this allow you more flexibility in cooking, it also improves wattage range giving you more power settings.

Fuel type greatly impacts this feature as well, from electric to gas to induction, all have their benefits. Electric is the most common but is the least effective, elements heat up and turn off, so your heat delivery is not constant, gas overcomes this problem very effectively but is not available in all areas, the high standard today is induction cooking. Induction uses the technology of magnetics to heat only the cookware, its 30% more efficient than gas and has the lowest amount of heat loss, meaning you only get heat where you need it and you can cook as hot and as fast as you want at a constant temperature. Induction does have one drawback in that you need the right cookware. MATCH YOUR LIFESTYLE Do you use your cooktop a lot? Do you wish it was faster? Can you fit those conveniences into your budget? In the oven, convection cooking has a lot of benefits for how fast you can get your batch of cookies done to how well you can cook that roast. Convection provides even heat, eliminating cold spots and moves from the realm of relying on heat from above or below to permeate to all the right places and puts the oven to work to make the hot air get to every square inch. Life is busy, spend less time cooking and get better results by investing in a range with convection. In refrigeration, convenience isn’t just about capacity and how much food you can get in your fridge, while this is an important consideration as to how often you want to go shopping and what types of food you buy, there are a lot of other options that keep your food longer and save you money. Let’s talk about flexibility. Your fridge should do more than just hold your food; it should have the ability to help you do the food shuffle. This means features like gallon door bins, sliding shelves and sealed produce drawers are a must. The next step up is adjustable temp middle drawers that allow you to keep anything from wine to vegetables. Or you could consider a flexible freezer zone that can be converted to fridge space when needed.

Another feature in refrigeration that adds to how you can make your fridge work for you, is an in-door ice and water dispenser. On average, the filtered water dispenser in a fridge saves owners $300 a year over purchasing bottled water. The filtration in refrigerators meets the NSF 51 standard; this is gold standard and will mean you are getting as good and even better water than bottled. Your fridge is the heart of your kitchen, snacks, meals and treats usually start there. Don’t let yourself down and reduce the quality of your life style by thinking it’s just a cold box. QUALITY This is a simple but important question and it doesn’t mean you have to spend more. Getting great quality starts with being prepared to buy, setting your budget and watching for sales. Often establishing the features that provide you the conveniences you want will dictate the brands and, to a degree, the quality in which you are investing. Seeing 20-30% off on domestic brands is a reasonably good discount, anything above 30%, go for it. If you have nailed your features down, a price point above 30% off gives you the best match of convenience and quality. Do your homework and read ratings, communicate with your sales associate about your research and let them help you understand the marriage of features and quality of the products you are looking at. Selling appliances means we expect our associates to understand the right questions to ask you to get you the right unit at the best price. Don’t underestimate the important factor that you are making an investment. Sacrificing convenience and quality for price is a short term solution to something you want to compliment your lifestyle for a long time. Stop in our store and let our appliance experts know you are ready to be asked questions so you can find what is going to match your lifestyle. We look forward to seeing you soon! V Sears Hometown Store is located at 62 W Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, NV 89027. Call (702) 346-8131 or visit www.searshometownstores.com/home/nv/mesquite/2178.

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Home Health Care and Hospice in 2019 By Tracy L. Rodgers


ne of the wonderful things about celebrating our homes is the ability to have healthcare in the home. Medicine, and how it is delivered, has come a long way over the last decade. We can keep patients in the home, and comfortable, for a longer period of time. The days of having a baby and spending 3 nights in the hospital are gone. Having a total hip replacement can see a patient up and walking the next day and off to home care or a rehabilitation facility within 48-72 hours. Studies show that patients having the luxury of getting their medical care at home often have higher satisfaction rates for their overall wellbeing, and feel more a part of their recovery process.


People are often interested to know that there are many services which can be provided with Home Health. Home Health has a wide range of disciplines, which can service you in your home including nursing, doctors, physical therapy, certified and personal care aides, social workers, dieticians, homemakers, volunteers, occupational therapists, etc. Home Care can serve as an adjunct to an outpatient rehabilitation program, post discharge, or as a program in-and-of itself. Some of the services provided during Home Health visits include wound care with the use of wound vac, intravenous treatments, intramuscular

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or subcutaneous injections, disease management and teaching, medication set-up and management, blood work, urinalysis, rehabilitation with therapists for joint replacements, or for strengthening and range-ofmotion, lymphedema wrapping and management, bathing and personal care management, oxygen monitoring, blood thinner (coumadin) monitoring and management, and so much more. All of these disciplines function under the direction of a physician who will oversee your Home Health care and treatment. Home Care is most commonly paid by Medicare, and many insurances carry home care benefits. Medications for

intravenous administration are often covered by supplemental or secondary insurances. The thing to remember is that home care services can often get you or your loved one back in the convenience and comfort of your home, with skilled professional staff. Homebound status is the qualifier for Home Health. You can always call and get a phone consultation or in-home meeting with a friendly Registered Nurse who can explain all of the home care processes. Hospice is one of the most misunderstood avenues of “in-home-care” today. It was once thought that once someone went on Hospice they were dying tomorrow. Hospice is meant to provide palliative, comfort measures, and end of life care, but a person can be on hospice for as long as they have a qualifying diagnosis. Hospice offers services such as nurses, doctors, social workers, chaplains, dieticians, massage therapists, volunteers, certified nursing aides, durable medical equipment and medications as related to comfort and the life limiting condition.

Teresa Bowen

Hospice is a wonderful adjunct to keeping you or your loved one at home during the end of life process. Most patients can use respite services for a 5-day, in-respite stay, It can be arranged with contracted skilled nursing facilities. Here in Mesquite, NV, that is Highland Manor. This can give the caregiver a few respite days (up to 5 days) if they have to go out of town, take care of their own medical needs, or just need someone to look after their loved so they can get some respite care.

Physical Therapists Travis and Ty Wakefield

There are several support groups here in the Mesquite area for Hospice including a Bereavement Group which meets Mondays at 5 pm, pst, at the Mesquite Library. It is open to everyone, and helps to serve as a support for bereavement. There is also a caregiver support group that meets monthly to help give support to the caregivers.

Hospice care serves as a way to let your loved one die peacefully, in the comfort of his/her own home. Our hospice personnel are well trained in providing comfort management. Hospice is provided when no other aggressive medical measures are being pursued, i.e., chemotherapy, intravenous antibiotics or hydration, experimental procedures, etc. Although when you do elect Hospice you can change your mind and receive those aggressive treatments and be discharged from hospice. Again, you can contact the office to answer any questions, or have a nurse come do a free in-home evaluation. V

Shannel Rowley

Mesa View Home Care and Hospice have received numerous awards demonstrating their passion for providing the best care possible over the past 10 years. Mesa View Home Care was the recent recipient of the 2018 HealthInsight Award, and Mesa View Hospice received the 2019 Hospice Honors Award; continuing to place them at the top of all Home Health and Hospice providers in the country.

Pam Hendrix

Tracy L. Rodgers, RN, BSN, LNCC, WCC, DWC; is the Director of Marketing for Mesa View Home Care and Hospice they can be reached at (702) 346-2460, or Hospice (702) 346-3088. Find us at 330 Falcon Ridge Parkway, Bldg 200 Ste A, Mesquite, NV 89027. We’re here to serve you.

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Big Rock Candy Mountain


By Christine Ward


ummer is here and it’s time to head to South Central Utah and spend some time cooling off at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort. Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort is located on Historic Heritage Highway 89, just north of Marysvale, UT and is a great place for a getaway. Big Rock Candy Mountain offers Sevier Riverfront Cabins, RV Park Campground, Motel Rooms and Caboose Village Train Cars, and is a great place to stay when exploring Utah’s many State and National Parks. The Big Rock Grille is located right next to the motel building and offers delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for fun and adventure, look no further than Big Rock. Daily activities include Whitewater Rafting, Lazy River Float Trips, Ziplines, an Adventure Park and NEW THIS YEAR, Bike Rentals! The World Famous Paiute ATV Trail is one of the best Off Road Trail Systems in the country, and you can ride right from your front door onto the trail from Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort. Don’t have an ATV to explore this amazing trail? We’ve got you covered with ATV and UTV rentals available for pickup at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort. July and August are great months to visit Utah, with many activities available including 4th of July Celebrations, Utah Pioneer Days, and the Annual Paiute Trail Jamboree. V For more information about Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort, or to make reservations, please visit candymountainresort.com

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Made Young Again By Michelle Brooks

Some houses get the opportunity to have several identities and live several lives by being a home for generations and for multiple families. Some grow old and decay and then are made young again with new wood, steel, paint and flooring and a new family to love it and live in it.

Paul and Leanne describe the demolition as exhausting but when it was over, and the new construction started they began to regain their energy and passion for the property. Once the drywall went up the excitement began, and every new build was celebrated.

There is a house in Mesquite that is just that sort of house. It was built around 1940 when Mesquite was still just a small farming community and when Leonard Patty’s Soda Shop was serving up fountain drinks to the locals.

With much help from many people and local businesses including the Lindi Corp crew, and Me Zona Engineering, construction was finally completed one year later in February of 2018. Leanne and Paul spent their first night in the house on Valentine’s Day which also happens to be their anniversary.

Fast forward seventy-two years to 2012 when Leanne and Paul Chandler, owners of The Lindi Corp, a Mesquite based home service and repair company, bought a small building on North Sandhill Boulevard to expand their growing business. The new business location happened to be located adjacent to the old house that would later become their home. In 2015 Paul and Leanne began thinking about expanding again. They knew that there were a lot of tradespeople working in Mesquite that did not have office space. They imagined a “one-stop-shop” where plumbers, contractors, carpenters or any tradesperson could lease office space. With that in mind they bought the property next door.

The end result of this renovation is nothing short of amazing. The low hanging ceiling has been removed and the A-frame roof is held up with beautiful, exposed, stained beams held together with black steel brackets created specifically for this job by L&M Welding. What was the attic is now the soaring ceiling of the expansive great room they had envisioned.

After the purchase of their would-be home, Paul and Leanne saw that the economy was in an upswing and many of the independent tradespeople in Mesquite began working on the bigger construction projects that began to pop up around town. They had to come up with a new plan for the property. As they contemplated what to do with the house, they began to think about its potential as a home. It had had some renovations over the years including a 1970s addition, but what Paul and Leanne were thinking was a much bigger undertaking. It was time for a total overhaul, and they would have to figure out how to completely replace the existing interior structure before they could tear out the original. In February of 2017 they started construction and the adventures began. They got started by pulling down an eight-inch thick, solid concrete interior wall. An open concept was what they wanted, and the wall was constructed right in the middle of what they imagined as their great room. Paul used his truck and a chain to pull the wall down and, as they removed the debris, they could see the great room they had imagined coming to life.


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A small portion of the attic was left at one end, and a loft area was created for grandkids to play in. A small hallway and three sizable bedrooms were built off the great room including Leanne and Paul’s large and ultra modern master suite.






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The spacious, modern kitchen created with help by Kitchen Encounters has been built for convenience and with style. White cabinets hang above and below counter space, sun-filled windows and a contemporary stove along the east wall. An island with breakfast bar and sink sits perpendicularly to the rest of the kitchen allowing the space to flow into the dining and living areas without obstruction.

Leanne’s favorite colors are blues, teals and grays which are skillfully and beautifully reflected in every room in the interior of the house. With all the changes that were made, the house still has its 1940s charm. The original, wood burning fireplace remains at one end of the living room. Many of the original doors have been repurposed throughout the house, and the outer walls and original shake roof are intact. Paul and Leanne made this old house young again with new paint, wood and steel. But, it would still be just a house until lives are lived in it. Leanne and Paul love their new home and their family is able to enjoy it too. They hosted their first Christmas in the house last year with a big family gathering which included Paul’s mom and the namesake of their business, Lindi. Lindi provided unlimited love and support for Paul and Leanne during the construction process. They are very thankful for all the help and contributions made by Lindi, their family and the many local businesses in completing their new/old home. V Thank you Paul and Leanne for preserving this beautiful piece of history. May you have many years of happy family memories.

Articfacts found: Purex bottle, oil pour can with spout (possibly Texaco), small bottle of Camphorated Oil, Original Sun Dried Virgin River Adobe brick, Red leather shoes, A strip of electrical wiring with insulators Advertising postcard from Ed Von Tobel lumber Co. Note the phone number is “47”

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Home of Katy & Mark Yardley | Photo credit Kris Zurbas

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Mesa View Medical Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

All Secure Storage LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Mesquite Fine Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Aravada Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Mesquite Home Theater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Area Senior Centers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

MPD/OHV Inspections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

ASC Pest Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Mesquite Region Economic Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Baird Painting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Mesquite Tile & Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Mesquite Veterinary Clinic – Peggy Purner DVM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Bridge Insurance - Mary Bundy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Moapa Valley Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

C & J Shutters, Blinds, Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Moapa Valley Mortuary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Camel Safari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Mortgage Mate LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Center for the Arts at Kayenta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

MVP Productions – Kris Zurbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

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Nevada Bank and Trust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Coyote Willows Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

NRC - Boulder Heights - Shawn & Colleen Glieden. . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

C.S.E. Solar Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

NRC – Hilltop Vistas – Shawn & Colleen Glieden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Dance Fuzion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Odyssey Landscaping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Dave Amodt Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Mesquite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Deep Roots Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Ovation by Avamere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover

Del Webb – Sun City Mesquite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Pioneer Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Desert Oasis Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Desert Pain Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Preston's Medical Waste. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

DOCUTAH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Preston’s Shredding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

ERA - Patty Brooks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Red Rock Home Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

ERA – Sharon Szarzi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

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Eureka Casino Resort – Gregory's Mesquite Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Re/Max Ridge Realty – Wayne Laird . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Farmers Insurance – Bill Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Front Porch Flowers and Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Sears Hometown Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

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Servpro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

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Shop, Eat, Play Moapa Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50,51

Guillen – Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Staging Spaces and Redesign. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Heritage Electric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

State Farm – LaDonna Koeller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

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Inside Scoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Sugars Home Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Jennifer Hammond Moore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

Sun City Realty - Renald Leduc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

The Lindi Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Katz KupCakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

The Perfume Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Keller Williams – Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

The Travel Connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Keller Williams – Deb Parsley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Tuacahn Amphitheatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Ken Garff Mesquite Ford – Dave Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

Virgin Valley Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover

Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Virgin Valley Heritage Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Kokopelli Landscaping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Virgin Valley Mortuary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

La dé Paws Grooming Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Washington Federal Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Lamppost Electric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Xtreme Stitch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Lewis Art Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Yogi Window Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

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