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January 1 - February 29, 2020 Volume 13 – Issue 1 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Mandi Miles ART DIRECTOR / LAYOUT Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Lynessa Eames PROOFREADER Rayma Davis WRITERS Mike Miller, Jim Parsons, Laurie Cody, Joel Deceuster, David Cordero, Shauna Blum, Amy Bradshaw, Mari Krashowetz, Dawn McLain, Michelle Brooks, Haven Scott, Judi Moreo, Lacy Rasmussen, Karen L. Monsen, Jeffrey J. McKenna, Esq., Keith Buchhalter, Anita DeLelles, Rob Krieger, Ashley Centers, Helen Houston, Celece Krieger, Allan Litman, Donna Eads, Elspeth Kuta, Kaylee Pickering, Rob Fuller ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL ads@ViewOnMagazine.com SUPPORT STAFF Bert Kubica Cheryl Whitehead DISTRIBUTION View On Magazine Staff WEB DESIGN Erin Eames 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,

As we begin another year, we reflect on the past year and project upon the coming one. This year I want to focus on the positive things to come. For me, it’s time to let go of some of my hard and fast rules, and being so rigid about them. Between the birth of two new grandbabies, and a family health scare, I have realized how precious every moment is with the ones I hold dear. For me, it’s time to, as Elsa would say, Let it Go, Let it Go. When I sat down to write this January/February 2020 editors letter, I realized that this is my 13th time! Then the realization of just how fast all those years have flown by became obvious. In that time at ViewOn Magazine, we’ve been blessed with some great staff over the years. Our magazine has grown and changed. Right now, our staff is working with a synergy I have never experienced. I really appreciate our team. We have been together for about a year, and are working like a well-oiled machine. This has made my work much easier. I now have some free time for me and for thinking about how to enhance my life. The new year brings new projects to be involved with, maybe its time we all do as Judi Moreo suggests in her article titled, “The Enchantment of a Bucket List.” But remember, don’t just make the list, start doing things on that list - one by one. It is also a good time to start or update your estate, as Jeffery J. McKenna talks about in his article titled, “Why Plan Your Estate?” Jeffery has some sound advice and suggestions to follow, no matter how many assets you have. It is always a good idea to have your estate planned out. That way, you did it, “your way.” One of my goals this year is to keep a positive attitude about working out. I want to enjoy my workouts, the healthy foods I put into my body, and the benefits I reap from having less stress in my life. As Ashley Centers tells us in her fitness article titled “Fitness in Pursuit of our Passions”, the passions we have in our life should dictate what we do at the gym, not the latest fad trending on social media. Please remember to visit our website at ViewOnMagazine.com, like us on Facebook to keep up on the current events that we could not include in this issue. Please visit our advertisers, for it is because of them and their decision to invest in our magazine, that we get to continue to greet you every other month with yet another informative issue of ViewOn Magazine. By supporting our advertisers, you support our business community and all of the wonderful benefits we derive from living in this amazing area.

I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year,

Kathy Lee

Editor in Chief

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Frequent contributors 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.

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 2006, 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 nonprofit 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 and her husband arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They love the friends they have made here, and love exploring the beauty of the surrounding desert. Linda has immersed herself in community life and volunteers with education nonprofits. She is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications 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 or (702) 283-4567. 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. Ashley Centers is the General Manager of Anytime Fitness, Mesquite, Nevada. With a fitness background as a competitive powerlifting champion, she enjoys helping her members on their health and fitness journeys! Anytime Fitness is located at 550 West Pioneer Blvd, Mesquite, Nevada 89027 | (702) 346-3121 Email Ashely at: ashley.centers@anytimefitness.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. Celece Krieger is the owner of The Travel Connection. Travel is her passion and she’s spent the past 28 years planning dream vacations around the world. Her favorite vacation is the South Pacific with her “toes in the sand.” Reach her by phone at (435) 628-3636, in office at 1363 East 170 South, Suite 202 in St. George, or by email celece@stgeorgetravel.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

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ime flies, but even faster, it seems, in a city where so much happens. It’s a new year for all of us, and in our beautiful city of Mesquite, it’s just the start of what I know will be an exciting one.

2019 was a year filled with optimism and ended on the same note. We continue to grow and prosper. We remain the fastest growing city in the state, and with our planning so well thought out, we are not encountering many of the issues seen elsewhere. We are the second safest city in Nevada, and with our excellent police and fire departments, I would expect nothing less. As I look back at what we have accomplished as a city over the past few years, I’m amazed! Our Symphony, now in its sixth year, has exceeded anything I thought possible. They are wonderful, with sold-out performances every time they perform. The Rising Star Sports Ranch and Resort is doing more business and hosts numerous Nike Sports Camps, and other events for our youth. Mesquite Gaming has expanded its entertainment lineup, giving us quality shows on a regular basis, as well as fantastic car shows and a first-class balloon festival. Our Chamber of Commerce continues to grow stronger and works hard to promote our city and businesses. It seems we have a ribbon-cutting for a new business weekly. This past year saw a dream come true with the arrival of natural gas. It was many years in getting here and was a very complex undertaking, but Southwest Gas had faith in Mesquite and is finally here. I’m positive it will be an economic game-changer for Mesquite in the coming years. Are there issues we must address? Of course. All is not perfect in Mesquite, nor would I expect it. As a city, we must work together to accommodate more than just our retirees. We need to retain our youth. They are our future. Developing a trained workforce is not an easy task, as we graduate a very small number of high school students each year. I can assure you we are working towards fulfilling these needs. As we enter the New Year, I am more optimistic than ever about the future of Mesquite. We have great people living here that care about our community. We maintain a positive attitude as we look ahead, but we honor our past. As mayor of the City of Mesquite, Nevada, I wish our residents, both full-time and part-time, a very happy New Year.

Allan Litman, Mayor of Mesquite

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Contents

FEATURES

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Cover photo of Highway 91 by Susan Kjellsen www.SusanKjellsenPhotography.com

This Could Be the BestYear of Your Life!

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This Could Be The Best Year of Your Life!

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Jimmie Hughes' Legacy

"Tell It How It Is" and "Don't Mess With Me"

ViewOn Travel

Travel Connection Celebrates their 10th Anniversary


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12 INSPIRATION BUSINESS 22 30 FITNESS 36 ARTS 48 DESIGN 54 PETS ORGANIZATION 58 66 TRAVEL 74 OUTDOORS 84 MOTIVATION 88 GOLF 90 ENERGY 102 CHARITY

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This Could Be the Best Year of Your Life!

Harmons Cooking School

Fitness in Pursuit of Passion

New Year, New Concerts, New Shows & More!

The Great Green Indoors

Fitness: It's Not Just For People Anymore

The Power of Clean

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Travel Connection Celebrates their 10th Anniversary

As Past is Prologue: Tree Rings Speak

The Enchantment of a Bucket List

Saving Strokes: Struggling With Chipping?

5 Easy Changes to Lower Your Electric Bill in 2020

RRCI: Empowering People with Disabilities

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Why I Love

Moapa Valley H

ome means Nevada, or, more particularly, Moapa, Nevada. There are so many reasons I love this little corner of the world. I love the people and the lessons they have taught me. I love the excitement that rolls around every April when the fair comes to town. I love the rich history that lives in this small town. I love the Pirates of Moapa Valley High School and the fact that every person who lives here owns a blue and gold hoodie or t-shirt. I love the gorgeous mountains that surround us and the incredible smell of a rainstorm. I love so many things about Moapa Valley, but more than anything, I love that I get to call it home. -Keely Watkins

Why I Love I

Cedar City

n the midst of the Great Depression, the Cedar City community saved the local bank, making it the only one in Utah to reopen after closing during the Depression. Earlier residents brought the train, Hollywood, and the Branch Agricultural College, now SUU, to this valley. Pioneers created an iron industry that blossomed in the 1920s and fueled major economic development. Enterprising residents carved roads into mountains providing access to unparalleled natural wonders. A college drama professor rallied the community to create one of the largest regional theaters in the nation. These incredible feats came at great personal sacrifice and resulted in a vibrant cultural canvas that has inspired millions. The founders of Cedar City built homes. Those homes turned into neighborhoods, that turned into a community. A community that values the past looks to the future and appreciates the present. That is why I love Cedar City. - Ryan Paul

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Why I Love

Mesquite

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y husband and I moved to Mesquite in 2008 after considering many other parts of the country to call our retirement HOME. Mesquite offered the recreation (golf), entertainment (gambling and shows), and a small-town lifestyle, yet it’s close enough to the big city lights of Vegas. What more could you want? I found out “what more” Mesquite offered when I lost my husband several years later. I was surrounded by giving and caring friends we had made through the many activities which we had involved ourselves. I was able to pass my time and adjust to my new life through the opportunities the town provided me to volunteer, get involved, and give back to the community. Now I have to figure out how I ever had time to work! Thank you, Mesquite! - Karen Miskimins

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Hurricane

’m the 3rd Generation that has established a home in Hurricane. Although my husband and I were not born and raised in southern Utah, we decided to raise our family in the small town of Hurricane, Utah.

There is no comparison of the strong friendships and family bonds which run deep in the town. Talking to clients in my Real Estate business, they find the safety of the town, friendliness of the people, and genuine caring for your neighbor welcoming. You will pass through here on the way to Zion National Park, Lake Powell, The Grand Canyon, Arizona, and the list goes on. Come on over for a swim in one of our reservoir’s, play a round of golf on one of our beautiful golf courses, or catch a movie in the VIP theatres. This is a unique town, and I’m proud to be from good ol’ Hurikun’. -Deborah Morgan

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By Judi Moreo

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hat if this year could be your best year ever? What if you could make every year better than the last one? It is possible, you know. It will probably take a bit of reframing to your thinking. You will have to face the fact that for things to be even better, things must change. Most of us don’t like change. But change is the one thing of which we can be certain: everything changes. Reframing your thinking is similar to changing a picture in a picture frame. The frame doesn’t change, but the picture is different. In your case, the situation may not change, but the way you think about it is different. You make a conscious effort to see the situation in a more optimistic way. You have the power to define the meaning of whatever circumstance with which you are dealing. When you interpret things differently, you are giving your meaning to the circumstance. You are looking at the situation with a new view.

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When you perceive the situation differently, you feel differently about it. When I got cancer, I could have thought it was the end of my life and felt sorry for myself, but I wasn’t ready to die, so I decided cancer was my opportunity to live a healthier life. With my doctor’s help, I changed my diet, my exercise program, and my lifestyle, reducing stress and getting more rest. As it turned out, cancer gave me an opportunity to be my best self, to discover a new talent, and to feel excited and inspired about life. Reframing is a technique you can use to consciously change your limiting beliefs and assist you in reaching your goals. What you are doing by reframing is interrupting old thought patterns giving you time to think about how you can interpret the situation differently. By changing the meaning of an experience, you may put yourself in a more positive state of mind and come up with new ways to deal with your situation.


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In the “reframing” process I use, whenever I look at the situation I am in, then list 25 ways I can accomplish my new goal. At first, it’s hard to think of more than five or six, but when your brain starts creating, it will often come up with even more than 25. So instead of sabotaging yourself, you are finding positive ways to overcome any limitations you might have. Then prioritize the list and start taking action on them one-by-one. When you change your frame to see a new picture, you are more open to possibilities. When you perceive the situation to be good for you or have a positive message in it, you become more resourceful and can make better choices for yourself. Your attitudes and beliefs are what bring about your experiences. If you change those, you will have a different experience. Unfortunately, many of us reverse reframe. What this means is reframing from positive to negative. Newspapers and television newscasters often do this to create sensationalism. The town gossip will do this in an attempt to make people

think she is in “the know.” Comics often do this to make jokes. But life is not a joke. Reframing can offer you a better way to live by thinking about situations and circumstances in different ways to help you overcome what might seem to be impossible conditions. Reframing is not about living in la-la land and pretending all is well when it isn’t. It is a way to interpret your problems and negative circumstances so that you can embrace imperfect moments and trust yourself to find a path to a more positive future. It is the way to ensure this year is your best year ever! V Judi Moreo is a management consultant, entrepreneur, and speaker. She is the author of eleven books, including “You Are More Than Enough” and “Overcoming Cancer: A Journey of Faith.” She can be contacted at judi@judimoreo.com.

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LiVe Well in the New Year By Joel Deceuster

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lease, say it isn’t so!!! I just can’t bear to start another year of failed resolutions to lose 20 pounds and fit into clothes I haven’t worn in the past ten years. Whoever said goal-setting is a great way to begin the New Year wasn’t quite connected to reality. After years of frustration, I finally discovered what does work - at least for me. I’ve come to learn that systems, not goals, make all the difference for getting in shape and losing weight.

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Twenty years ago, because of using a personal trainer, I was in the best shape of my life. Hey, I even had something called pecs, and dare I say some bulging biceps? It felt so good. To reward myself, I ran out and bought a very expensive Joseph Abboud Tuxedo. After losing 50 pounds, I wanted to strut my stuff as the best man at my best friend’s wedding. I was glorious to behold and felt like I was king of the world. I resolved there and then that I’d stay that way for the rest of my life.


Unfortunately, I never wore that tux again. Not because there weren’t occasions to do so, but after a year, it no longer fit. I could tell you my tale of weight gain woe, but you’ve all been there. No matter how many New Year’s Resolutions I made, the weight kept coming back, and my fitness level kept rapidly eroding. When I moved to St. George, seven years ago, I joined the Intermountain LiVe Well Center at Dixie Regional Medical Center. Their mission is to help you get well, stay well, and live well for the rest of your life. They designed a custom fitness program for me, which taught me to benchmark and measure my results. They also provided me with accountability and support to make sure I was encouraged along the way. I learned that a system designed to regain fitness is where the rubber meets the road to produce results. It’s one thing to set a goal to lose 20 pounds and another to follow a systematic plan to achieve it. A goal is just an aspiration. A system is a step by step process that produces measurable results. Follow the system, get fit, and lose weight. I found the concept intriguing. Over the last seven years, as I continued to maintain the system, my body started to change slowly. I took up less space. My pants and shirts became way too baggy, and guess what? After seven years, that tuxedo actually fits again! I wore it for my 67th birthday and looked fantastic and felt even better. So, in celebration of that momentous occasion, allow me to share my lifetime fitness system with you.

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JOEL’S LIFETIME FITNESS SOLUTION BENCHMARK your fitness by taking a Functional Fitness Test at the Intermountain LiVe Well Center in St. George. You need to know where you stand when it comes to your fitness and wellbeing. Keep score by MEASURING your progress or lack thereof. How else will you know when to tweak your system? Fitness is a HABIT. Show up even when you don’t want to. Break the habit, and you’ll crash the system. BE ACCOUNTABLE! Get an accountability buddy who will hold your feet to the fire - this can be your LiVe Well Trainer or someone else who will tell you the truth. Weight loss was a big deal for me, so I started meeting with the LiVe Well Dietitians, who put me on a personalized weight management program. The weight started falling off as I learned to balance my diet along with my exercise. CHANGE IT UP from time to time. You don’t want to get bored. Variety is the spice of life, and your fitness system needs plenty of it to keep you motivated. I recently added a mini trampoline to my workout regimen. I was having so much fun bouncing to hot Latin rhythms that I went down another pant size. Joel Deceuster, Director of Community Outreach

Remind yourself WHY you’re doing this. Find a “before the change” picture and look at it only occasionally. Find an “after the change” picture wearing that Joseph Abboud Tuxedo and look at it every morning. Write on the back “why” you want to be fit. Make it deeply personal and emotional. Read that every morning. The best way to learn something is to TEACH it. Find someone with whom you can share your system. Go out and buy your version of an expensive tuxedo in your ideal size. It won’t fit now, but it will be a great MOTIVATOR and barometer for managing your system. That’s it. Joel’s Lifetime Fitness Solution. This nine-step system will lead you to a healthy and active lifestyle for the rest of your life. Visit me at the LiVe Well Center. Take the tour and see for yourself what a personalized fitness system can do for you. V Joel Deceuster is the Director of Community Outreach for the Intermountain LiVe Well Center located at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah. He can be reached by email at Joel.deceuster@imail.org or by phone or text at 435-772-5712.

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By Mari Krashowetz, Executive Officer of the Southern Utah Home Builders Association

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he St. George Area Parade of Homes is where your story begins! With 30 years of experience, 30 years of craftsmanship, and 30 years of interior design, there’s a story in each of the 30 homes that is destined to rewrite your history. Each home will open your eyes to a world of possibility and display the lifestyle and adventure that is unique to Southern Utah. The 2020 St. George Area Parade of homes will fill you with excitement and provide an experience that you’ll never forget! Get your story started and join us at the Parade coming February 14-23, 2020. The St. George Area Parade of Homes first began in 1991 with only 15 Homes. They were not required to be landscaped or decorated. 6,000 people attended the first year, with tickets sold from a parking lot. Unique home features included jetted tubs, vaulted ceilings, and double-sink vanities. Who knew that from such humble beginnings, one of the greatest home shows would be born! Fast forward 30 years, online ticket purchases have taken the place of parking lot ticket sales. Our event has gained national recognition and in 2017, won the award for Best Parade of Homes in the Nation!

These days you will notice the homes feature many upgrades, including disappearing walls of glass, home automation controlled by smartphones, state-of-the-art energy-efficient products, and immaculate yards that highlight the beautiful and unique landscapes only found in Southern Utah. At the 2019 Parade of Homes, we hosted more than 37,000 visitors in 30 homes! It takes hundreds of volunteers and months of planning to create this event for people from all over the world to enjoy! The St. George Area Parade of Homes is not only an event to inspire our visitors’ dreams, but to also benefit our wonderful community. More than 600 parade homes have been built in Washington County, which has created thousands of jobs and contributed millions of dollars to our economy each year. Hundreds of contractors and designers work countless hours creating these exceptional homes to show everyone how fortunate we are to live in such a special place. The Parade helps to promote the housing industry positively. Each year we invite high school and college students to attend in hopes of inspiring future generations of builders and construction

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industry professionals. New to the Parade of Homes for 2020 is a home built by local high school students. Guided by some of the industry’s finest building professionals, students are learning essential skills to build a bright future. We support Careers in Construction! A portion of every ticket sold goes to support the Southern Utah Home Builders Care Foundation. Awarding over $30,000 in education scholarships were awarded in 2019, and donating more than 460 service hours to help local nonprofit organizations with repairs and minor improvements as part of the SUHBA for Service Day. We work together in building a better community! We look forward to seeing you this year to celebrate 30 years of the St. George Area Parade of Homes! Get yourself prepared by downloading the St. George Area Parade of

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Homes App from Playstore and the App store on your smart device. Preview the homes, buy tickets, get directions/ navigation, take pictures, take notes in the idea book, and find building professionals. For complete information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.ParadeHomes.com. Beginning Feb 13th at 5 pm, you can buy tickets from Lin’s Markets and Red Cliffs Mall. Tickets are $15 each. Homes are open 10 am-7 pm daily (closes at 5 pm on 23rd). V To stay connected and updated, check out our YouTube channel for a sneak peek with the 2020 Parade of Homes Lifestyle Video! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay informed on all the details with the St. George Area Parade of Homes. See you at the Parade! Presented by the Southern Utah Home Builders Association and Zions Bank. Sponsored by Dominion Energy, Boulevard Home, Burton Lumber, KSL.com, KSL TV, St. George News, and KONY 99.9 FM.


Happy New Year !

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NEW FOODS, NEW FRIENDS, & NEW EXPERIENCES IN 2020

Submitted by Harmon’s Cooking School

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ooking into 2020, we all set new goals and add to or adjust our bucket list. Thirty percent of us never even start on these lists or think about them again.

Are you looking to start a new year with an easy, quick checkmark, goal achieved skill, or fresh foods for better health? An easy way to do this is to attend one of Harmon’s Santa Clara Cooking School classes. Awarded Best of State for three consecutive years in the food and beverage education category, our school teaches both enhanced cooking skills and new genres of international foods. If a career isn’t your goal, but are looking to be faster with more enjoyable dinner preparations, our knife skills class fits you perfectly. Chef Jackie and Chef Shane offer three to four classes each week, along with monthly specialized courses. Cheese

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education, wine education, and bourbon education are among some of the classes available. Still have that Instant Pot on a shelf? Come and learn how to use that investment to its full potential safely. If you’re looking for a fun dining experience in an unusual setting, they feature some of the best foods Harmons has, at their 6 to 7 course, Chef’s Tables. An available “mini chef table,” where they often “crack the wheel” of the famous parmesan Reggiano cheese and accompany this with a demonstration and instruction of how to use this unctuous cheese. Then feast on a full meal, while enjoying the talented chef’s preparation, as you enjoy a glass of wine drone of their signature mocktails. These classes accommodate up to 16 people at Harmon’s 5 WOLF stovetops and 24, if seated at the tables, for a beautiful meal.


Want to help your children or grandchildren learn how to stir fry, make macarons, or homemade pasta? Each summer, these chefs teach three, four-day camps, which are not only fun but very educational and tasty. You will want to sign up quickly for these, as they all sell out very fast. Food Network Stars are occasional teachers as well at this school. Is barbecuing your passion? Susie Bulloch, from Hey Grill Hey, recently taught how to smoke, roast, and grill the perfect turkey; Chef Nettie Frank, from Beyond Glazed Donuts, instructed us on how to bake the perfect chocolate cake. Chef Adalberto, from Fillings and Emulsions bakery, and Chef Steve Kopenski taught us the magic of creating incredible desserts and secrets from the network show. Are private parties in your new year? This school offers private parties for families, corporations, team building, leadership, reunions, and more. Journey through 2020 with food and beverage classes. New foods, new friends, new experiences, and a new YOU. V Harmon’s Cooking School is located at 3520 Pioneer Parkway, Santa Clara, Utah 84765 | (435) 773-6205. Classes can be booked online at Harmonsgrocery.com.

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Cedar City By Kaylee Pickering | Kolob Canyons Photo Credit: Jay Dash

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s you reach the top of the Spectra Point Trail in Cedar Breaks National Monument, walking among the diverse vegetation, navigating those final few steps that lead to the viewpoint you may feel your breath catch and your sense of wonder ignite.

As the trees open up and the landscape gives way to a plunging amphitheater of lively red rock, towering formations, and sweeping ridges, you remember what this vacation was about. Incredible views. Photos that you can’t wait to share. Moments that take your breath away. A sense of wonder to carry home with you. The year 2020 is all about the view, and you won’t want to miss these seven unique views of our backyard. With a visit to Cedar City, you’ll see that diverse landscapes, vibrant colors, unusual formations, and diamond-studded skies await.

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SUNSET AT THE PAROWAN GAP There are places where time seems to stand still, and the Parowan Gap is a prime example. Wind, water, and sand carved this natural passageway once used as a thoroughfare by ancient Native Americans. The different cultures are evident by the hundreds of petroglyphs carved into the walls of the Parowan Gap. From lizards, snakes, and mountain sheep to geometric designs and human figures, the Parowan Gap is believed to be one of the most concentrated collections of petroglyphs in the west. With an easily accessible location (16 miles from Cedar City), this is a great place to take a picnic, enjoy the petroglyphs and stick around for an unbelievable view of the sunset.

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Cedar Breaks | Photo Credit: Arika Bauer

CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT From the highest point of 10,662 feet to the lowest at 8,100 feet, guests are treated to spectacular views at Cedar Breaks National Monument, no matter the season.

View from Brian Head Peak | Photo Credit: Jay Dash

Though for a truly unique view of the monument, a snowmobile ride offers an unparalleled view of vibrant red ridges, pinnacles, and buttresses capped in a crisp blanket of snow. The “fire and ice” appearance of snow on the mineral-rich soil of these formations is a view unlike any other.

BRIAN HEAD PEAK Climb to the highest point in Iron County, UT for a spectacular view of the surrounding valleys, alpine forests, red rock formations, and more at Brian Head Peak. After spending an afternoon taking in the variety of activities available at Brian Head Resort, take a short drive to the Marathon Trail. This trail is less than a mile long and more than worth it for the incredible 360-degree views that this summit provides.

Kanarraville Falls | Photo Credit: Asher Swan

KANARRAVILLE FALLS One of southern Utah’s most incredible places, the Kanarraville Falls trail, is sure to take your breath away. This hike has gained notoriety as a favorite destination for adventure seekers. The peaceful atmosphere and breathtaking views that this natural wonder provides are sure to fill the nature lover’s soul. Traversing through towering red rock walls of slick sandstone to reach the beautiful natural waterfalls hidden within this trail is truly picture-perfect.

NIGHT SKIES AND STARGAZING Look for the Milky Way stretching across the night sky. What looks like a faint cloud is the light from millions and millions of distant stars. Prepared with your camera set to capture the scene before you, or your telescope for closer viewing, there’s nothing that can beat stargazing under clear skies. Photo Credit: Mike Saemisch

Due to the lack of light pollution, we are fortunate here in Southern Utah to be able to view natural phenomena in the skies above. With incredible recreation areas surrounding us, far from any light, Cedar City is prime for dark sky viewing. Take a scenic drive up Cedar Canyon to attend a star party at Cedar Breaks National Monument, step onto the patio at the Best Western Premier in Brian Head, or stargaze among the rolling hills and volcanic rock formations at Three Peaks Recreation Area.

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KOLOB CANYONS Something is amazing in finding a trail that never ceases to take your breath away. With each season, there is something new and exciting to see. Every step forward, you can find yourself further away from any worries and, instead, immerse yourself in the beauty that surrounds you. This feeling is common on the Taylor Creek Trail in Kolob Canyons. Five miles round-trip, the trail follows the middle fork of Taylor Creek past two old homestead cabins and ends in a Double Arch Alcove. A lesser-known area of Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons is typically less traveled, but no less spectacular. As you round the first bend of the 12-mile scenic drive, be prepared to be amazed by the rugged red sandstone cliffs that rise to meet you.

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Frontier Homestead State Park | Photo Credit: Arika Bauer

STEP BACK IN TIME Sometimes it’s not the overall view that stands out the most when visiting a park. Among the grounds of the Frontier Homestead State Park, there are small views, windows, that have the power to transport the viewer back in time. Following the footsteps of those who came before us, the world takes on a different meaning from the window of a Wells Fargo stagecoach, the haggard doorway of a cabin, or the base rung of a wooden ladder leading to the entrance of a Fremont pithouse. While panning for gold, throwing an atlatl, or touring a pioneer home, visitors find that at this state park, history becomes a part of your story. A visit to Cedar City will leave you with a sense of wonder, ideal for starting the new year with a new view. Among diverse landscapes, vibrant colors, unusual formations, and diamond-studded skies, visitors can ignite a passion for adventure that will leave you wanting more. V Let

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Fitness

in Pursuit of Passion

By Ashley Centers

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or years we have been led to believe that the most important benefit of a healthy lifestyle is an increase in personal appearance. We look better when we workout and eat right, and we feel better because we look better. I have started to take a much different view on my health and fitness as a whole, and have learned to set fitness goals based on my passions and pursuits. Using fitness to pursue my passions, instead of focusing only on skin-deep aspects, has led me into a much healthier, fuller, and well-rounded life outside of the gym. A recent guest of our club brought this up in conversation, and his feelings echo my own in this regard. Our fitness is the means with which we pursue our passions. His passion is backcountry skiing, and he has elected to train with a fitness coach six days a week, year-round at his home gym to be successful. Finding himself tired of only getting back to the required conditioning level at the end of his season, he did something about it. In his case, he hired his coach to help him to stay conditioned all year. This approach allows him to hit the slopes with zero downtime and no significant recovery periods when the season begins. If we pursue our fitness with our passions in mind, rather than getting caught up in the trends of the moment, we train for specificity. Meaning, we focus on movements and/or types of movements and patterns or routines that help us to improve doing what we love and lengthening our longevity in doing those things. As an example, recently, while visiting family, my nieces asked me to take them for a bike ride on their favorite trail. My youngest niece, Kara, was our fearless leader. She was consistently choosing the long route: to the nearest park, then back through to the pond near the park, and on and on. Had my fitness not been on par with a very energetic twelve-year-old, the experience would not be a fond memory of a fall bike ride together with her sister, Kala, and me. My point is this: you don’t have to be an athlete, or have any athletic pursuits, for your health and fitness to be imperative to your goals. That day I just wanted to keep up with a twelve and a fourteen-year-old on bikes! The things I do for my overall fitness every day, in and out of the gym, are what made me capable of that experience. Your passions could include: keeping up with your kids or grandkids, golfing, off-roading, hiking, quilting, baking, softball, pickleball, volunteering, or anything at all. Just remember, your health and fitness have a direct impact on those things and how much you can enjoy them. Most of us already know many of the benefits of working out, even a few times per week, and a lot of us are already doing some of the things needed to stay in shape - but many folks only come to the gym because they feel they have to. Many dread walking through the door, and some find it difficult to motivate themselves while here. If that’s the case for you, here is my challenge to you for your own New View for the New Year. When starting (or restarting) your fitness routine, take time to remind yourself of the things that regular exercise help you to accomplish every day: the stairs are less strenuous to climb, breathing is easier after physical exertion, grocery bags feel lighter, golf drives go yards further; all from improved mobility and strength. View your exercise and nutrition choices this year, not as necessary evils, but as opportunities to do everything you do and want to do better - with more energy, less pain. Fitness opens doors to take on things you may never have considered before. Stop looking at just numbers and aesthetics as an indicator of health, and start looking at the experiences you can be active participants in. This way, we can find true joy in being fit and the effort it takes us to get there. Cheers to a Healthy, Happy New Year, and accomplishing all the things you find yourself being passionate about in 2020!V

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St. George Surgical Centers’ Robotic Knee Surgery:

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he NAVIO◊ Robotics-assisted Surgical System at St. George Surgical Center is a robotics-assisted knee surgery platform that allows our NAVIO–trained surgeons to improve accuracy when performing partial and total knee replacement procedures. Proper positioning and alignment of the implant is very important. Studies show that implant alignment is crucial to how long your implant may last. Navio’s breakthrough technology helps tailor the surgery to the unique shape and motion of your knee. While other robotic-assisted platforms require CT scans, the NAVIO system works without them, meaning you are not exposed to the potentially harmful radiation experienced with this type of imaging. In addition, the NAVIO Surgical System’s robotic assistance helps guide our NAVIO-trained surgeons, Dr. Michel Manning and Dr. Gregory Hicken, as they prepare your bone to receive your new implant. The result is a ‘more normal’ feeling knee, with less pain, and quicker rehabilitation.

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Let’s take a closer look at how the NAVIO Surgical System is used for both partial knee replacements and total knee replacements.

PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT

If your osteoarthritis damage is located mainly in only one of the two compartments of the knee, you may benefit from partial knee replacement. This procedure involves replacing only the damaged portion of the knee, leaving healthy cartilage and bone intact. Our NAVIO-trained surgeons use the NAVIO Surgical System to create a digital 3D model of the unique shape and motion of your knee, to help determine the proper size and position of the implant. This information is then used to create a customized surgical plan designed to achieve optimal implant alignment and ligament balancing. Dr. Manning and Dr. Hicken will use the NAVIO roboticsassisted handpiece to remove only those damaged portions of your knee based on your surgical plan.

TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT

Total knee replacement is one of the most common surgeries performed and involves replacing the entire knee joint with an implant. The implant is intended to replicate the shape, motion, and stability of your natural knee, decreasing knee pain and making it easier for you to complete everyday activities. Similar to a partial replacement, our surgeons will use the NAVIO system to create a 3D image of your unique knee anatomy. Proper size and position of the implant are determined, and a surgical plan is customized to your needs. As with partial replacement, the NAVIO handset uses advanced instrumentation and computer guidance to help your surgeon achieve consistent and accurate results.

If you or a loved one are considering either partial or total knee replacement, talk to our surgeons to see how you would benefit the NAVIO Surgical System. For more information on the NAVIO Surgical System, contact St. George Surgical Center at (435) 673-0095 or check us out at stgeorgesurgical.com. The information in this article is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient’s case is unique, and each patient should follow his or her doctor’s specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication, and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation. Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, including NAVIO-enabled Knee Replacement. NAVIO is not for everyone. Children, pregnant women, patients who have mental or neuromuscular disorders that do not allow control of the knee joint, and morbidly obese patients and patients contraindicated for UKR, PFA, and TKA should not undergo a NAVIO procedure. There are potential risks with knee replacement surgery such as loosening, wear, and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Patients should not perform high impact activities such as running and jumping unless their surgeon tells them that the bone has healed and these activities are acceptable. Early device failure, breakage, or loosening may occur if a surgeon’s limitations on activity level are not followed. Consult your physician for details to determine if NAVIO is right for you. ◊ Trademark of Smith & Nephew.

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Returns from Battle of the Bulge By Haven Scott

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n what was once called “the greatest American battle of the war” by Winston Churchill, the Battle of the Bulge was Hitler’s last major offensive in World War II. Located in the remote hills of Belgium, Hitler’s plot was to split the Allies during their trek toward Germany. The German troops failed to divide Britain, France, and America. This Allied victory in the Ardennes Mountains is often heralded as the beginning of the end for Hitler’s reign.

Beginning in Amsterdam, the voyage continued through Maastricht, Bastogne, Luxembourg, Cologne and concluded in Frankfurt.

Almost 75 years to the day after this historic battle, SUU Community on the Go travelers took to the skies to revisit some of the most historical war sites from World War II.

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Led by Southern Utah University staff and faculty experts guided travelers through historic site battles, museums, and local restaurants. A well managed time line also allowed everyone enough time to spend alone with loved ones.


provided the right amount of educational instruction,” said Roger Carter, Washington City Manager. “But my favorite part was the way the other participants were able to share their personal stories of family members who served in this theatre of war. It was very moving.” That same moving sentiment is what participant, Valerie Turek, remembers as well, although places like “the dragon’s teeth along the Siegfried Line, Patton’s grave and the Bastogne Museum were all riveting, to see the places our American veterans fought for the freedom of others in person, and to learn about the experiences they endured has been life-changing for me,” Turek said. “I learned a lot about the character of a World War II American soldier, and I am grateful I had this experience.” In March 2020, discover the inspiring coast of Italy Community on the Go experts. Their next trip will lead you through Sorrento, the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, Island of Capri, and Pompeii archaeological sites. The sheer cliffs and rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and fishing villages make this a popular Italy destination. Pompeii, along with many villas, was buried under volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. And, May 2020 will see Community on the Go travelers heading for the savannas of Africa. This adventure exposes participants to travel photography, ecotourism, wildlife, and humanitarian service in eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, and other sites in South Africa. Game reserves, national parks, museums, cultural parks, and wildlife are some of the many other sites included along with the educational aspect provided by Community on the Go travel guides. Community on the Go offers culturally immersive, international travel experiences led by SUU faculty experts four times a year. Trips accommodate approximately 20-30 travelers and are designed to explore various parts of the world in fun, affordable, and educational settings. Activities are flexible and designed using community feedback. More than 250 participants have traveled with the program since its inception in 2017. V For more information on the upcoming 2020 Community on the Go trips, visit suu.edu/onthego. For notifications about upcoming trips, email onthego@suu.edu or call 435-865-8259.

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New Year, New Concerts, New Shows & More! Make 2020 Your Most Entertaining Year Yet!

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he Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) is jumping into the New Year more excited than ever! Why? Because there are more events, concerts, plays, movies, and lectures than ever – Oh My! After just two years, the southern Utah grassroots art movement at CFAK is heading into the New Year with a BANG! Their unique, intimate, multidimensional programming includes renowned singers and entertainers from across the nation. Did I mention more shows than ever before?

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2020 will feature more than 75 events, including two, twoweek-long youth Theater Camps. After the success of the soldout camps that culminated in performances of James and the Giant Peach (talk about Grand Finalé!), the whole CFAK crew is looking forward to “showing” and sharing their talents with the community! Check out our fabulous lineup, then visit us online to get your tickets today! Our shows have been selling out – so don’t wait!


Death and Destruction, The Geologic Hazards of St. George Voyager Lecture Series With Rick Miller Jan. 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm St. George is located very close to what is known as a geologic province boundary. Learn about the fault boundary between the Basin and Range Province to the West and the Colorado Plateau Province to the East. For the past 180+ million years, this region has undergone significant geologic activity because of Plate Tectonics. This activity has generated a variety of geologic hazards, many of which have impacted our city and surrounding local areas. These hazards include floods, various types of mass movements such as rockfalls and landslides, earthquakes along numerous faults, and geologically recent volcanic eruptions and lava flows. The Voyager Lecture Series is sponsored by Voyager Wealth Advisors, Inc., Cache Valley Bank, and State Farm Insurance Agent Sherry McGhee.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Play By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield Jan. 30 – Feb. 2, 2020 “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is a play written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. It parodies the plays of William Shakespeare with all of them performed in comically shortened or merged form by only three actors. Typically, the actors use their real names and play themselves rather than specific characters. The fourth wall is nonexistent in the performance, with the actors speaking directly to the audience during much of the play, and some scenes involve audience participation. The director and stage crew may also be directly involved in the performance and become characters themselves. The script contains many humorous footnotes on the text that are often not included in the performance. However, improvisation plays an important role, and it is normal for the actors to deviate from the script and have spontaneous conversations about the material with each other or the audience. It is also common for them to make references to pop culture or to talk about local people and places in the local area. As a result, performances differ, even with the same cast. The play is sponsored by Cherry Creek Mortgage.

“Flawed” Coyote Tales | Feb. 7, 2020 Coyote Tales are live, open-mic style storytelling events with amateur and experienced storytellers. Each event has a theme on which stories are to be based. Potential storytellers may address that theme in any way they choose. Prior to the event, storytellers craft their true, on-theme story, practice the telling (5 minutes or less), and work on eliminating excess detail to nail the perfect ending. When the doors open, potential storytellers put their names in the hat in hopes of being chosen to share their tale. If selected, the storyteller takes the stage to delight the audience. The theme for this evening’s stories is: “Flawed!” If you are interested in getting on stage, please visit the Coyote Tales website to learn more about speaking tips and coaching opportunities. Utah Humanities and Petite Feast generously support this event. Ririe Woodbury Dance Company in Concert Feb. 29, 2020 The globally acclaimed, Utah native Ririe Woodbury Dance Co. was formed in 1964. Four years later, they began to receive invitations to perform from all around the world. They have been called to teach and dance in Canada, South Africa, the former Yugoslavia, China, the Philippines, Singapore, American Samoa, and many places in Europe. Just one month before the destruction of the Berlin Wall, the dancers performed in East Germany and were the first modern dancers to perform in KarlMarx Stadt in the former Soviet Union and East Berlin in 15 years. In 1993, the company traveled to Slovenia. RirieWoodbury performed a benefit fundraiser for 70,000 Bosnian war refugees who were seeking shelter in Slovenian collection centers. In 2004 Ririe-Woodbury was one of five dance companies invited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. In 2006, the company presented Nikolais’s “Tensile Involvement” at the Fall for Dance Festival in New York City. Recently, the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance selected Ririe-Woodbury as the dance company to house the works of modern dance innovator Alwin Nikolais, as his company, Nikolais Dance Theatre, was no longer in operation. Ririe-Woodbury’s performances of works by Nikolais have received five-star reviews in the New York Times and the LA Times. Jan/Feb 2020 Nov/Dec 2019 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

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Soirée Musicale Celebrates Beethoven With Mykola Suk & Friends | Feb. 8, 2020 Soirée Musicale celebrates the 250th birthday of the great Ludwig van Beethoven with some of his compositions. Love Stories in Song John D. Smitherman & Rachel Cox | Feb. 14-15, 2020 Broadway Tenor John D. Smitherman will visit from New York a third time to serenade lovers on Valentine’s Day, joined by St. George soprano Rachel Cox. Tickets are $30, and $10 for students. For $25 more per ticket, you can dance your heart out to fun romantic tunes played by a live “big-band” and partake from a delectable dinner and dessert bar hosted by Chef Alfredo! “Bluegrass” Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius | Mar. 6, 2020 Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on Mar. 16, 1954, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and school. Gaining attention in the 1980s with Colorado’s Hot Rize, O’Brien scored a country hit with Kathy Mattea’s cover of his song, ‘Walk The Way The Wind Blows’ in 1986. Soon artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks also covered his songs. Collaborators include his sister Mollie O’Brien, old-time musician Dirk Powell, and songwriters Darrell Scott, Steve Earle, and Mark Knopfler. O’Brien formed his record label, Howdy Skies Records, in 1999, and launched the digital download label Short Order Sessions (SOS) with his partner Jan Fabricius in 2015. Notable O’Brien recordings like the bluegrass Dylan covers of Red On Blonde and the Celtic-Appalachian fusion of The Crossing led to Grammy-winning CD’s Fiddler’s Green (2005) and The Earls of Leicester (2014). 2017’s Where the River Meets the Road paid tribute to the music of his native West Virginia. The March 2019 release, Tim O’Brien Band, features well-known players Mike Bub (bass), Shad Cobb (fiddle), and Patrick Sauber (banjo/guitar), and Jan Fabricius (vocal). Shaping Tim’s Blues, Jazz, and Celtic influences within a string band setting, they transform five originals and eight wellchosen covers into his unique brand of bluegrass. Tim O’Brien performs in a duet setting with his partner Jan Fabricius on harmony vocals. The duo covers a range of original compositions and traditional arrangements mixed with stories and Tim’s self-deprecating humor featuring his solid guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts. V

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Working to End Domestic Violence One Client at a Time

By Laurie Cody

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n Nevada and Clark County, domestic violence is at epidemic proportions. Ranked #4 in the nation for intimate murders of women, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department last year reported to SafeNest that they responded to more than 70,000 domestic violence calls. One in three women and one in seven men in Clark County will experience domestic violence. The estimated annual cost for Clark County is well over $200 million a year. The list of stats could go on and on. But within all this darkness, there is hope and a path to move from victim to survivor. SafeNest is Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive nonprofit dedicated to ending domestic violence in Clark County by providing services focused on three core principles designed to end the cycle of violence: Prevention, Protection, and Empowerment. In addition to operating a safe, confidential shelter, SafeNest programs include a 24/7 crisis hotline, court assistance, counseling, and community outreach. Since opening its doors in 1977, SafeNest has answered over 500,000 crisis calls and sheltered over 20,000 individuals. For over 40 years, the nonprofit has continued to make a difference in our community. Thanks to our donors,

volunteers, and community partners. Whether it’s money, time, or goods, your investment helps move victims of domestic violence from crisis to confidence. HOLIDAY GIVING SafeNest depends on the continued generosity of donors to bring COMFORT and JOY to families impacted by domestic violence during the holidays. From toys for the kids to clothing and hygiene products for families in need, your donations inspire HOPE during seasons of giving. Please visit www.safenest.org/holidays to see how you can support survivors of domestic violence through holiday seasons. GET INVOLVED The satisfaction of helping others can provide an emotional reward that is priceless. Whether you attend a SafeNest fundraiser, host a donation drive, or volunteer, by “investing in the Nest,” your talent and compassion create change in the lives of others. For more information on volunteering, please visit www.safenest.org/volunteer/ or email volunteer@safenest.org. If you or someone you know is being abused, please call or text the SafeNest crisis hotline at (702) 646-4981. You’re not alone. Trained advocates are standing by to HELP. V

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A Tribute to

Dr. Enrique (Henry) Alfaro In 2003, an opportunity to do the work he loved, coupled with the attraction of a variety of golf courses, brought Dr. Alfaro and his lovely wife Wendy to Mesquite, Nevada. The two moved to Mesquite from Cedar City, Utah. Not only was Cedar City Wendy’s life-long home, but also the place where Dr. Alfaro had practiced for 17 years. Henry and Wendy met there when Wendy was taking her father to an appointment to see a doctor who happened to be Dr. Alfaro. They married in 1989, and the rest is history! When they moved to Mesquite, he joined what was then called ‘Mesquite Medical Associates.’ Along with Dr. Lonnie Empey and Dr. Paul Havens, Dr. Alfaro provided Internal Medicine primary care services to patients in Mesquite and surrounding areas.

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n November 2019, primary care provider Dr. Henry Alfaro announced he would be leaving clinic medicine at the end of January 2020, and he and his wife would be relocating closer to family.

At that time, the medical clinic was located at 840 Hafen Lane, adjacent to the current Veterans Center. When Mesa View Regional Hospital opened in 2004, the Mesa View Medical Group moved into the present location in the medical office building next to the hospital.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Alfaro has served the medical community in many aspects including physician, hospitalist, medical community leader, advisor, confidant, and friend. “While our mission of providing exceptional health care services to patients in our communities will continue, advance and expand, one thing is for certain – the presence of Dr. Henry Alfaro will be greatly missed,” said Ned Hill, CEO for Mesa View Regional Hospital. “We will be ever grateful for the tremendous contributions he has made to health care over the years and wish him all the success and happiness in his upcoming journey,” continued Hill.

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Dr. Alfaro in the driver’s seat, Dr. Empey, Cresent Hardy, past CEO, Ray Brazier, and past CFO, Shelley Bay.


Manifesting his commitment and dedication to the medical community, Dr. Alfaro became involved in the evolution and growth of medical services in Mesquite and continued doing so throughout his 15-year tenure.

Dr. Enrique (Henry) Alfaro and wife Wendy, next to the plaque bearing his name in the lobby of Mesa View Regional Hospital

He began as early as 2004 by serving as one of nine founding members on Mesa View Regional Hospital’s original Board of Trustees. This is memorialized on a bronze plaque permanently displayed in the hospital lobby. He also served multiple terms on the Board of Trustees over the years representing the Medical Staff. Additionally, he has served several terms as Chief of Staff and other such volunteer positions that have required clinical expertise.

Dr. Alfaro with then CEO, Kapua Conley.

“We will miss Mesquite,” said Dr. Alfaro. “I have enjoyed seeing patients, helping them with chronic and new conditions, and helping coordinate their care,” he continued with a grin. “But we are also looking forward to being closer to our son, his wife and our twin granddaughters and having more time to spend with them during these years!” Wendy agreed with him on that and said of her husband, “He is passionate about medicine and absolutely loves it – it is part of who he is!” she stated. “I am leaving

Dr. Alfaro in 2003 at Mesquite Medical Associates

clinical medicine for now and leave a group of capable providers in the clinic,” stated Alfaro in his announcement. “The hospital will continue to prosper as it grows and sets up new service lines,” he continued. Dr. Alfaro will be focusing his practice on helping patients already admitted in the hospital setting and who are suffering from cardiac issues along with comorbidities, or simultaneously-occurring medical conditions. In his announcement letter, he encouraged all of his patients to, “…exercise, eat a wellbalanced diet, don’t smoke, stay social, be happy, attend your church, keep a good relationship with your creator and while still on earth stay true to your family, your God, and your dreams.” “In the ebb and flow of life, decisions that bring about change are often the most difficult, but can also be the most rewarding. We wish nothing but the best for Dr. Alfaro and Wendy as they begin a new chapter in their lives!” concluded Ned Hill, CEO of Mesa View. On behalf of all board members, staff and volunteers, Mesa View offers a distinguished tribute to Dr. Henry Alfaro for his dedication and service to the medical community in Mesquite for more than 15 years! Salute’ V

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By Mike Miller, Southern Utah Regional Manager, Alzheimer’s Association

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t is a new year, and your future looks bright. Hopefully, keeping your brain healthy during 2020 is one of your goals for the year! We all want to do everything we can to reduce our chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease; here are some ideas to help you and your loved ones in the process:

First, if you are 55 or older, be sure to ask your doctor for your annual 3-minute brain health check. The “mini-cog,” as doctors refer to it, evaluates your memory and thinking, and can identify problems with your cognitive abilities. If warranted, your physician will conduct additional tests or refer you to a specialist. Second, no matter your age, incorporate known healthy behaviors into your life. These are known to reduce your chances of cognitive impairment, which can lead to Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

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You can view our full list of ten healthy behaviors at alz.org/10ways, but for now, here are three:

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CATCH SOME ZZZ’S. Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.

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Since there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, each one of us must do all we can to reduce our chance of developing the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and one in ten older adults 65 years of age or older, has the disease. Educate yourself now so you will be prepared to help yourself, or others, if Alzheimer’s is diagnosed. You can learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, its causes, and impacts, as well as the latest on research at alz.org. We also offer an around-the-clock 24/7 helpline at (800) 272-3900 if you have immediate questions. V

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Why Plan Your Estate?

WHY PLAN YOUR ESTATE? By Jeffery J. McKenna, Esq.

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he knowledge that we will eventually die is one of the things that seems to distinguish humans from other living beings. No one likes to dwell on the prospect of his or her own death, but postponing planning for your demise until it is too late is risky. Your loved ones may not receive their intended benefits due to extra administration costs, unnecessary taxes, or squabbling among your heirs. This is why estate planning is so important, no matter how small your estate may be. It allows you, while you are still living, to ensure that your property will go to the people you want, in the way you want, when you want. Planning will leave you with the comfort of knowing your loved ones can mourn your loss, without the burden of unnecessary red tape and financial confusion that come with unexpected taxes, court costs, and attorney’s fees. If you don’t take the necessary steps to create your estate plan, the state intestate succession statute will apply. Every state has a default plan if someone dies without their estate plan in place. The state’s default plan may not be what you would have wanted.

All estate plans should include, at minimum, two necessary estate planning instruments: a durable power of attorney and a will. The first is for managing your property during your life, in case you are ever unable to do so yourself. The second is for the management and distribution of your property after death. More and more, Americans are using revocable (or “living”) trusts to avoid probate and manage their estates both during their lives and after they’re gone. Although a revocable trust is just another tool for estate planning, if properly prepared and funded, it can avoid the probate process. It is important to note; a will cannot avoid probate. A will guides the probate process making it easier, but a will only becomes effective once a probate proceeding validates it as the decedent’s last will and testament. V Jeffery J. McKenna is a local attorney whose practice has focused on Estate Planning for 20 years. He is licensed and serves clients in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Barney, McKenna, and Olmstead. In addition to other locations, they have recently opened a Panguitch Office at 46 North Main Street to serve clients in and around Garfield County.

If you have questions you would like addressed in this article; you can contact him at (435) 628-1711 or email jmckenna@barney-mckenna.com or visit the firm’s website at www.barney-mckenna.com.

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Heritage Days

Celebrate the Present, Remember the Past By David Cordero

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he electric telegraph was not yet a quarter-century old. Photography was in its infancy. The first major Union victory in the American Civil War was still a month away. It was 1862, the year a barren wasteland where the Mojave Desert, Colorado Plateau, and Great Basin converge was settled and called St. George. Fast-forward 158 years. On Jan. 11, 2020, Mayor Jon Pike and members of the City Council will commemorate the city’s birthday by preparing free root beer floats and cookies at the Social Hall Parlor (47 East 200 North) from noon to 2 p.m. In addition to the refreshments, several other freebies will be available Jan. 11, including free admission to the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center, St. George Recreation Center, St. George Art Museum and free rides all day on SunTran buses. Musical entertainment at the downtown Social Hall will be provided while root beer floats are served. “This is a community party, and everybody is invited,” Pike said. “In addition to the root beer floats, there are many other free activities you can participate in during the day. We invite everyone to experience what we call ‘The Brighter Side.’” What promises to be a day filled with fun and fellowship stands in contrast to the country’s status Jan. 17, 1862. The United States was a nation divided, nine months into what would be a four-year Civil War. The West was rugged and wild. The transcontinental railroad was still seven years from completion, which meant traveling on horseback or foot through often hostile territory.

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The first settlers from The Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley in mid-1847. Less than 15 years later, about 300 miles to the south, St. George was founded. Now St. George is home to approximately 90,000 residents and is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the USA. “We truly admire the sacrifice and struggle of the early settlers of St. George,” Pike added. “The fortitude and faith that they were doing the right thing is an inspiration to me, as well as many others.” V Take a moment during the root beer float social to meet the three new City Council members. Bryan Smethurst was appointed in September to fill the spot vacated by the late Joe Bowcutt. Gregg McArthur and Dannielle Larkin prevailed in the general election and will begin four-year terms Jan. 6, 2020.

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By Helen Houston, Certified Staging and Interior Redesign Professional

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f all of the different ways that we find to sneak nature into our man-made dwellings, probably the most important and most beneficial are with plants. When it comes to good design, whether at home or in the office, you can never underestimate the importance of having plants as part of your daily living space. In fact, when I am working with clients, it is never an issue of deciding whether the space should include plants, but rather which plants are right for the space that I’m decorating and the people who live in it. FLOOR PLANTS If you are looking to bring a new look and feel to your own home, any good interior design plan should look for opportunities to add plants. Plants bring plenty of advantages with them as decor accessories, including a range of colors and textures. But one of the best things about plants is the versatility that they offer in terms of scale. Plants range from small enough to accent a tiny desk open shelving, or large enough to command floor space of their own. If you have a room that has too little green and too much empty space, a floor plant can be just the right solution. Take a look around your home; you may notice that you have an empty corner that doesn’t feel complete. Filling it with furniture may not be the answer; a simple floor plant could be the missing ingredient that completes the room while bringing a new sense of freshness to the decor. It’s important to remember, however, that plants are living things. So there are a few things to consider before turning your favorite room into a floor plant’s new home. When deciding where to place a floor plant in your space, make sure there is proper lighting in the area. The size and scale of the plant must make sense in the room. For example, a floor plant that touches the ceiling, while the rest of the furniture is low to the ground, may feel like it’s consuming the space. I recommend a 6’ or 7’ plant for most residential spaces. However, you made need a taller plant if you are in a loft, or if you have cathedral style ceilings. If you’re in a small apartment, consider floor plants that sit low to the ground that come in around only 2’ or 3’ tall. These plants are a great alternative and are a lot easier on your wallet as well.

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ORCHIDS When you find yourself searching for plants to add to your decorating scheme, green isn’t the only color that’s available to you. Blooming plants have all of the health and aromatherapy benefits of green plants while also giving you an extra pop of color that can set your room off. Orchids are a long-standing go-to flower among stylists and interior designers because of their sculptural silhouettes and bright, engaging colors. No matter where you place them, they make a statement that draws the eye and brightens the room, and with proper care, they can last a long time.

CUT BLOOMS For a shorter-term solution that requires less time and maintenance than caring for a plant, think about using cut flowers to add a little life to your space. In addition to being less time consuming, flowers can also be the less expensive option, depending on how often you choose to replace them. You can buy a bunch of cut flowers for as little as a few dollars. The trade-off is, they don’t last as long as a potted plant will (ideally). If you choose to continually replace the flowers as they whither, the cost can add up. Replacing your blooms, however, can be a great way to change up the look of your room without too much expense or effort. However you choose to go about it, this quick and easy option can improve your mood, and add some much-needed pops of color to your home.

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SUCCULENTS AND CACTI Not all of us are blessed with the greenest of thumbs. Caring for plants can be tricky. Depending on the plant, the climate that you live in, and available time to devote to the process, some plants can be much, much harder than others to keep healthy and thriving. If you haven’t had luck with plants — which is to say, they keep dying on you — several hearty house plants are easier to care for, and more likely to reward your efforts with long and continued growth. For example, you might want to consider selecting a cactus or succulent plant for your home. Though green and lively, both are types of desert plants and are well-suited to environments that would be less than hospitable to other plant types. In fact, these plants need only a little water and sunlight and are otherwise very low maintenance. In addition to their strength and longevity, these plants have an interesting look that works aesthetically in interiors with more modern design because of their linear shapes.

WALL HANGING HERB GARDEN There are any number of fun and creative ways to bring plants into the different areas of your home. The best way to combine aesthetic beauty with functionality is to choose a plant that not only contributes to the look of the space but will also be of some use. For example, having lavender plants in a home office to help chase stress away. With the use of small planters, it’s possible to keep a variety of fresh herbs in your kitchen. These will not only beautify the space but also add a new dash of freshness to your cooking. FAKE IT! Finally, if you absolutely just don’t have the touch, patience or luck to be successful with plants of any kind - but still want a touch of nature to the look of your space, there are always ways to pay homage to the great, green outdoors without actually having any of it in your home. When you find that your thumb refuses to turn the right shade of green to keep the plants in your house alive, a bit of decorating creativity is all it takes to get the feeling of plants without the hassle and the heartbreak. When trying to evoke the feeling of plants in your home, look to your accessories, big and small — bring in a large scale mural with a plant motif, find pillows that include your favorite flowers, or paint a floral scene on your ceiling. These will all work to give you some sense of having plants around. You can also frame artwork that includes botanical imagery, or simply lifestyle your space with a focus on floral elements. For the aromatherapy benefits, there are a variety of scented candles, oils, and diffusers that will fill your space with helpful scents much like a variety of plants will. None of these options are likely as effective as having the real thing, but when that isn’t an option, a great candle might be the way to go. Plants bring natural beauty to our living spaces. By creating texture and balance, a room or patio can be transformed into an environment that comforts and welcomes. V Helen Houston is a certified staging and redesign professional. She also is certified in color consulting. Contact her by phone at 702-346-0246 or by email: helen@stagingspaces.biz.

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FITNESS

It’s Not Just for People Anymore W By Anita DeLelles

hen January rolls around, our New Year resolutions usually center around self-improvement. We think about shedding those unwanted pounds gained during the holidays, learning a new skill or language, or just becoming an all-around better person. Did you know your pets have those same resolutions? Okay, they don’t, but fitness and basic training can certainly benefit our furry friends. Fitness and wellness shouldn’t be overlooked if we want them to have longer, happier lives. Weight gain during the winter is common for cats and dogs. Our life becomes so busy that we may not walk or play with them as much. Extra treats, left-over turkey, and longer naps by the fireplace contribute to the problem. In the wild, excess weight is a good thing. It helps them survive the cold and more difficult access to prey. However, too much fat can be extremely dangerous to our companions and shorten their lives by adding extra stress on their hearts and joints.

Innovative fitness programs for dogs and cats are becoming more and more popular and often recommended by Veterinarians. There are now numerous programs designed to keep your dog fit physically and mentally stimulated. A doggy treadmill is one way to get those extra pounds off. Because they’re striding on four legs, these are longer and lower to the ground than a traditional treadmill. Fitness apparatus designed exclusively for dogs is also now available, including wobble boards, balance discs, and a variety of fitness balls. FitPaws® sells a large peanut-shaped ball and ‘Fit Bones’ that help balance, muscle tone, and core strength. Dogs get to have fun and shape up at the same time!

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A hydrotherapy water treadmill is another way to provide exercise and better cardio-health with less pressure on our pets’ joints. Walking in a hydrotherapy treadmill, under professional supervision, can help drop weight. This is especially valuable when their joints no longer allow for long walks or hikes. In a hydrotherapy treadmill, the water is heated to 85-95 degrees to keep joints supple and moving smoothly. Buoyancy allows for low-impact exercise, similar to walking in a pool or the ocean. Safe exercise and rehabilitation after surgery are two of the main hydrotherapy goals.

Play-training in small groups is an ideal way to keep your dog active, confident, and fit. Training classes should be fun and positive, where you can develop a trusting relationship with your dog. Reward-based techniques are vastly superior to training by punishment, such as with the use of shock or choke collars and fear. A well-behaved companion is worth the effort in providing your dog training classes. It will make for a calmer household, and impress your friends and neighbors too! For puppies, socialization in small groups is invaluable for developing a calm, well-adjusted dog. Puppies will also learn to be around other dogs and unfamiliar objects at an early age. Agility classes, dog sports, and many other specialty training classes are available to keep you and your dog fit, healthy, and happy during the new year and beyond. V For more information about dog fitness, wellness, and training services, visit WOOF! Wellness Center, 3199 Santa Clara Drive in the Santa Clara Historic District, open MondaySaturday or call 435-275-4536 or visit www.woofcenter.com

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Leaping into the NEW Plunge! H op, skip, run, or jump into chilly waters for our amazing Special Olympics athletes. Funds raised will help us continue to create change in our communities and enhance the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports. Join the fun and make a difference! WHAT IS THE PLUNGE? Well, first of all, the Plunge is NOT a swim. The Plunge is a crazy fundraising event where people raise a minimum of $125 for the opportunity to run into and out of chilly waters along with other brave souls with warm hearts. If you can’t “bear” the thought of chilly

water, then just register as a chicken. You’ll be excused from Plunging but still enjoy all the festivities and incentive rewards that our Plungers receive. PLUNGE PERKS Have a blast! All registered participants who raise the minimum $125 are invited to the Post Plunge party. You’ll also earn a Polar Plunge long sleeve t-shirt! Additional incentive rewards can be earned at the $300, $500, $1,000 and $2,500 fundraising levels. Costumes are strongly encouraged, that’s half of the fun! Dress to Impress! V

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February 29, 2020, @ Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort 10:00 am - Registration Open 11:00 am - Plunge Immediately following - Post Plunge Festivities To register online, go to www. Specialolympics.donordrive.com and scroll down to find 2/29/2020, Southwest Polar Plunge, Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort - Mesquite, NV. If you have any questions, please email Plunge@sonv.org.

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By Lacy Rasmussen - owner of Got Dirt Services

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ust recently, my home had to undergo a major facelift — both inside and out. As I look at my house after, I have a completely different outlook on my time here and my past cleaning and organizing abilities. It is true that when you are always on the go, you don’t have the time or the motivation to take care of those tasks that “can wait until next time” or that “can wait until I have more time in my day.”

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I went many days hating coming home because I felt more stressed and anxious being in my own home than when I was on the go in my crazy work life. It didn’t occur to me that a simple cleaning job with the right cleaning supplies and a little organization would lessen my stress level tremendously. Or that a clean house would give me a safe haven to come home to. I was in survival mode. Working, paying bills, feeding my children, and doing it all over again the next day.


Here is what I have learned, both from cleaning for a living, and from learning how to organize from the famous Marie Kondo: NUMBER 1: You have to tackle categorie s, not rooms. Paperwork, Clothes, Books, toys, etc. Move from one category to the next. I prefer to tackle the big things first, like laundry and the kid’s toys. Sort out what you use and what you don’t. Donate the ones you don’t use. I sort laundry into colors and towels and do them first so that they can be in the washer while I am off doing other tasks. Paperwork is a chore in and of itself, so I stack it all in one area and make it my last task. Number 2: YOU NEED TO RE SPECT YOUR BELONGINGS. Everything has a place, and there should be a place for everything. If there is no place, then you do not need it. Treating your home and your belongings with respect will only make you take care of them better and make your home feel warmer and more inviting. Respect your belongings by using the correct cleaning chemicals. You cannot use the same cleaning product on all surfaces. Most products may claim to be safe to use everywhere, but you have to consider the protection of your surface. NUMBER 3: NOSTALGIA IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. You cannot keep everything. My son has a hard time with this concept. He wants to keep everything, especially that big bear we bought him six years ago. You know, that one toy that has a smell to it? Or is that just my kid? I talked him into letting me take a picture so he can remember it for years to come. That might not work for everyone, but it did for this family. Number 4: Purging feel s good. This has recently become my favorite tip. Not long ago, I needed to sell my house. I went from room to room, putting each item into categories: 1. Want. 2. Need. 3. Hate. This was so satisfying! After a few (9) trips to the dump pushing, pulling, and lifting those hate items into the dumpster, I felt stronger and more accomplished. On one of my last trips, an older gentleman was in his truck next to me, watching me lift and maneuver a loveseat up and over a four-foot wall. As it crashed into the dumpster below, he called out and said, “I was just about to walk over and help you, but I was amazed that you were able to do that by yourself.” Yes, I was grunting and pushing with all my might, but it wouldn’t have meant as much to me if he had helped. There I was, looking over the wall at my success. Finally, Number 5- The Fold. For years I have hung my clothes. I have found that folding them and organizing them in drawers makes any space look bigger. They are out of the way, and by folding them correctly, there are few to no wrinkles. Yes, you can be a very busy mother and still have a clean and organized home. V

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Jimmie Hughes’

LEGACY “Tell it How It Is” and “Don’t Mess With Me” By Elspeth Kuta

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his is the story of a city and lifelong resident who became Mayor and helped lay a firm foundation to continue to build on.

Jimmie Hughes was born February 21, 1940, to Archie Hughes and Anna Brotherson (of Boneta, UT) Hughes. Jimmie is the oldest of five children and named for his great grandfather. He grew up in Mesquite, graduated from Virgin Valley High School, married, and raised a family here. Except for his pursuing higher education and serving a mission for his church, he has spent the best part of 80 years in the Virgin Valley. Before the Township of Mesquite, Nevada was incorporated, the County directed Mesquite to form a three-person Town Advisory Board to post a monthly agenda notifying all interested residents of items to be discussed. They appointed a Chairman to meet monthly with County Commissioners to report the issues and try to resolve and take care of the town’s needs. In the early 1980s, Mesquite was a small rural community with an approximate population of 1200 people. Located 85 miles east of Las Vegas, the needs of Mesquite were not seen as a priority and were usually put on hold until the county could take care of it. When the Town Advisory Board of Mesquite decided they could fill the needs of its citizens without waiting for the county, they followed the laws of the State of Nevada, created surveyed boundaries of the city, and petitioned the registered voters asking them to sign in support of incorporation. Those were the requirements or goals that were needed to become an incorporated city. With more than three-quarters of the registered voters signing the petition to incorporate, and to the surprise of the county, all the time and tedious collection of signatures and paperwork required by the Nevada State Statutes was submitted to the District Court in Clark County. On May 24, 1984, Judge Guy Addeliar dissolved the Township of Mesquite and declared Mesquite to be an incorporated city.

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The swearing-in of the Mayor and council by Judge Addeliar D Guy. From left to right: Mayor Jimmie Hughes, Bill Lee, Craig Pulsipher, and Dan Spencer.

To rule as an official city within the State of Nevada, a Mayor and Councilmembers needed to be elected by the registered voters. An election was called, and Mayor Jimmie Hughes was elected with Councilmembers, Bill Lee, Craig Pulsipher, and Dan Spencer. In a special city meeting, Judge Addeliar visited Mesquite and swore in the newly elected council into office. After being sworn into office, the council appointed a Chief of Police, a City Attorney, a City Manager, a City Clerk/ Treasurer, and Public Works Director. ORIGINAL GOALS FOR THE CITY First priority, all city ordinances, and city zoning were established along with Health and Public Safety, Building, and Public Works Departments. However, these measures were just the beginning of the fledgling city. Through the skilled leadership of the Mayor and Councilmen, short term and long term goals were created to give the city forward momentum. As a result of the goals, the cemetery was surveyed using a thermal sensing device to determine where the empty plots were. Refurbishing the cemetery with lawn, shrubs, and block wall, along with the installation of a sprinkler system and 100 shade trees planted. In those first 3 years, 17,000 feet of curbs, sidewalks, and gutters were laid, as well as installing 60 street lights. Mesquite Blvd was widened and oiled in conjunction with the State of Nevada. Resurfacing the streets around the Virgin Valley schools, expanding the town wash, and clearing it to the river, and finally, building bridges across First North and First South using flood bond money.

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This year the old school campus was renamed in Jimmie’s honor. Left to right: First Mayor Jimmie Hughes and current Mayor, Allan Litman.

Municipal Police Department and a 24-hour dispatch and a 911 emergency number were implemented. A new fire truck and ambulance were added to the Fire & Rescue. Establishing a court system and appointing Judge Brent Walker as the first Judge in the City of Mesquite was just the beginning of laying the foundation. There was much more to come. THIRD TERM ELECTION GOALS OF JIMMIE HUGHES After serving two terms as Mayor, the first term being one year, and the second term being two years. (Jimmie ran a third time and won a 4 yr term). He needed goals that he felt would help the city grow. The following were his campaign promises: Develop the newly acquired city land Build a new airport Golf course (upon exploration discovered that public golf courses did not make money, so they turned the property over to the private sector with great success) Build a recreation complex with a swimming pool, water slide, and a tennis court Build a new library Promote Mesquite to attract additional business to the area (i.e., Industrial Park- Primex) Straighten and widen Abbott wash Approve more housing developments Build a welcome center for the State (although, unfortunately, this was recently closed.) Recently, Jimmie found these goals he had written, and we went through them one by one. As he checked each item off, he made a visible checkmark in the air and said, “done”. You could sense his feelings of accomplishment of completing the tasks set some thirty years earlier. He teared up a bit, and with humility, he knew he had “done good” on his promises and was leaving a healthy legacy to family, friends, community, and the future of Mesquite. In true cowboy style, Jimmie attributes his great success to the support of his councilmen, city employees, and the community of the time. We know that the ‘tell it how it is’, and ‘don’t mess with me’ character that is Jimmie Hughes’ legacy was not the only reason. It was also about the right person, in the right place, at the right time. Jimmie Hughes, Mesquite thanks you. V After this article was submitted, Jimmie Hughes, first Mayor of Mesquite, unfortunately passed away. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Hughes family and let them know that we appreciate how they have shared him with the community over the years. He was the right person, in the right place, at the right time, and definitely one of a kind.

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By Celece Krieger

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t is hard to believe that 2020 is here. Ten years ago, I took a big chance in life and opened The Travel Connection in St. George. Even though we were in the middle of a recession, I knew there was a better way to help travelers plan their vacations. I could see people spending hours online, trying to find the best value and figure out the perfect vacation. Sometimes, they even made costly mistakes by not realizing which countries needed a visa or the date change when flying to Australia. With eighteen years of travel experience, I was confident that I could help. Add to that, being lucky enough to have two former co-workers join my team, Lauren Baxter and Mary Curtis. Although we opened the doors on a shoestring budget and everyone said it was crazy to start a travel business during the recession, we knew we had a lot to offer. We knew our customers deserved personal service, attention to detail, and someone to handle their vacation with care every step of the way. We knew our customers needed a beautiful office where they could look through brochures, get travel ideas, and have their questions answered by professional travel consultants – all of the things travelers can’t do online. Walking through the doors of our bright aqua blue office feels like a vacation before you ever leave home.

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We take care of every detail from the time you leave home until you return. We are even there during your travel with our 24-hour emergency call line (and yes, there have been times we’ve answered telephone calls at 2:00 a.m.) Our clients know they will not be re-routed to a call center in a foreign country should something go wrong. The best part of all - we do not charge any fees for our services, something many people do not realize. After a lot of hard work and determination, I am writing this article ten years later, with a heart full of gratitude. We have wonderful customers who have supported us through the years, and because of them, our little office not only survived but thrived. Five years ago, we moved to a beautiful new building and even added some new team members. Christi West was also a former co-worker with several years of travel planning experience, and she joined us in 2013. Nine months ago, Neila Swapp became our Client Relations Manager after working in the group travel industry for 25 years. In May, we received an award for The Best Travel Agency in Southern Utah. It was such an honor, as this was something our community voted on. Chances are if you are one of our customers, you’ve received invitations to parties, informative seminars, dinners, travel


expos, and charitable events. We try to set ourselves apart by realizing that our customers are more than just a name on a ticket or a number on a spreadsheet. We take pride in small business values, establishing relationships with our customers, and serving our community by donating to various charities. So here we are, ten years later, and I feel like we are “the little engine that could.� Now everyone wants to know what is next for us. This year, we are traveling with our clients on several group vacations, called The Connoisseur Collection. We have hand-selected some of our favorite vacations that offer group discounts, credits, enrichment classes, and more. The collection includes: The Rhine and Moselle River Cruise with Avalon Waterways hosted by Mary Curtis and Lauren Baxter, June 13-25. Our 6th Annual Tahiti and the Society Islands Cruise with Paul Gauguin Cruises hosted by Rob and Celece Krieger, July 4-11. Burgundy and Provence River Cruise with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises with Special Guest Host, Chef Jackie Dodart, July 12-19. Escorted Tour of Scotland including the Military Tattoo with CIE Tours hosted by Mary Curtis and Lauren Baxter, July 30-August 8. Romantic Danube River Cruise with optional golf on the beautiful new AMA Magna hosted by Rob and Celece Krieger, August 23-30

To work in travel is to love travel, and that is what we do. We look forward to another ten years of adventures and friendships. Cheers to the New Year! V To learn more about our agency and The Connoisseur Collection, visit www.stgeorgetravel.com or call (435) 628-3636.

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New Year,

New View

By Shauna Blum

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rom skylights to custom windows, there is a covering to fit every window in your home while expressing your style and staying in your budget. Budget Blinds offers everything from roller style shades to drapery as well as matching throw pillows and home decor. There are a few easy ways to conserve energy through window treatments. One way to beat the heat of the summer is new cellular shades that offer excellent insulation and improve every room's energy efficiency. You can save energy, while adding a custom feel to your home, using roller shades. Choose from over 100 styles with UV protection ranging from 1% to 25%. These shades let in just the right amount of light while still keeping your home cool. These are also available in room darkening options, as well.

Roller shades come in 240 decorative fabric options, from contemporary to classic, and organic patterns and inspiring colors, ensure the perfect match for your dĂŠcor.

We offer both of these, as well as many other options, with motorization allowing you to control your new window coverings from a remote, smartphone, or Alexa. You have the option to have your shades open and close at pre-selected times during the day without worrying about pesky cords or chains. The motors that control your new shades are quiet and have batteries that last 3 to 5 years, and when the time comes, they are easy to replace. Automation is an excellent option for those windows that are hard to reach. When you think of home automation, please don't assume that it will be difficult to figure out. Home automation is as simple as one button, and your shades are closed. It caters to people with difficulty getting around as well as busy families. V

Budget Blinds offers free in-home consultations. To learn more, give them a call at (435) 691-3435 or visit www.BudgetBlinds.com

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Dixie Red Hills Golf Course Clubhouse

Gets a New Look By David Cordero | Photos courtesy of City of St. George

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rolling canopy of green grass set against a backdrop of bright red rocks warms the heart. Flowers bloom in small nooks while mature trees provide a welcoming feel. Eye-popping beauty and playability have made Dixie Red Hills Golf Course a favorite of recreational and serious golfers for more than 50 years. Yet the City of St. George’s first golf course had one drawback: it had an antiquated clubhouse in need of a significant overhaul.

That change has come. In September, a ribbon-cutting ceremony involving city officials, and those with close attachments to Dixie Red Hills, helped inaugurate a new clubhouse chock full of modern amenities. Those additions include more-efficient LED lighting, improved concessions, a large deck area overlooking the course, larger restrooms, better handicap accessibility, two large television monitors, and a new cart barn. “For years, Red Hills has been regarded as one of the most scenic courses in

the area. Now, the clubhouse adds to that,” said Colby Cowan, Director of Golf Operations for the City. “The deck area provides golfers and non-golfers a great location to view the course.” “We are really proud of this,” added City Manager Adam Lenhard. “This is a special place — one of our hidden gems.” Built-in 1965, Dixie Red Hills has played an integral role in establishing St. George as a regional golf mecca, as well as fueling the city’s growth potential. The

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creation of the course, along with advances in air conditioning technology, helped launch St. George from a sleepy, desert gas stop to a tourist’s destination. The Red Hills course is a 9-hole par-34 layout that meanders around the sandstone cliffs commonly seen in the area. The course features hundreds of Cottonwoods, Mondale Pines, Mesquite, and other trees that provide shade during St. George’s warmer summer months. Red rocks, boulders loom, creating a distinct feel for each hole. “Red Hills has become a favorite of those who love the relaxed, friendly atmosphere within a desert oasis,” Cowan said. “During peak times, the course will see about 175 to 200 players per day.” The success of Red Hills spawned other golf courses. The City of St. George operates three others: Sunbrook Golf Club, St. George Golf Club, and Southgate Golf Club. Golf is what put St. George on the map. The long-awaited upgrade to the Dixie Red Hills clubhouse puts it among the premier ninehole courses in the intermountain region. V Dixie Red Hills Golf Course is located at 645 W 1250 North, St. George, Utah 84770. For more information or to book a tee time, call (435) 627-4444.

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Tennis TNT - Tips ‘N' Tricks -

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s we start the New Year, tennis has a new schedule and a more interactive web site, mesquiteseniorgames.org, for the 2020 Mesquite Senior Games. The scheduled dates for 2020 are March 16 -19 and will be held at Hafen and the Sun City Mesquite courts. Be sure to save the dates for this great fun doubles tournament. To be ready for competitive play, be sure to have your racquets in good repair and recently re-strung. Bring extra shoes, socks, towels, water, and energy bars. Keep your team positive by remembering that a tennis match runs in cycles. Do not get discouraged if your team is down in the match because, at any time, your team can cycle back ahead. Use the motto, ‘Better tennis is vanilla tennis.’ In other words, stick to your consistent cross-court shots and try to move your opponent when possible. Use the next few months to practice the seven needed doubles shots. These are a consistent second serve, a slice shot, a variable overhead, a chip and charge return, an accurate lob, a drop shot, and a strong volley. For your second serve, take extra time to prepare for the serve. Usually, for right-handers, toss the ball slightly back and brush the ball from 7 to 1 on a clock. This motion will cause a spin serve and will help clear the net as well. Overheads are much like your serve. Early preparation, such as hands quickly, is needed and will give you more time to change the direction of your hit. To slice the ball, open the face of your racquet about 45 degrees and slide under the ball. To make a drop shot, do the

same but caress or hold the ball on the racquet to take the pace off it. Of course, great drop shots are hidden by making it look like your normal hit. For a chip and charge return or a lob, use a shortened backswing. Both are great tactics for the return of serves. These shots can be followed up by you moving toward the net for a possible strong volley. Always step into a volley and keep the racquet pointed toward and in front of you. You must be able to see your racquet to make a strong volley. If you are faced with a low volley, use the simple theory ‘palm up for forehands or palm down for backhands’ to get it back in play. Do not panic and rush your shots – there is more time than most players think they have. Also, the closer you get to the net, the shorter the racquet movement becomes until it is like a jab in boxing. If possible, hit as many balls in the air. This tactic will take time away from your opponents. Doubles is a game of constant movement, so be sure you are adjusting not only to every shot but your partner’s movement. Have happy feet to make that happen. Deciding who can call a ball in or out becomes a discussion in many matches. Anyone may call the first serve out, but only the returning team may make that call for the second serve. Most double teammates help call the service line for being long, but the middle and sidelines are only the returner’s call. To be fair, the closest player to the ball should make the call. Anytime a team is unsure or disagrees on a call, that point must go to your opponents. V See you on the courts in the New Year!

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hakespeare’s line in The Tempest, “What is past is prologue,” implies that history sets the stage for the future as a prologue does to a play. As climate scientists use historical data for predictive weather modeling, fire ecologists and researchers in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah are tapping tree-ring data to monitor forest health, anticipate climate changes, and understand relationships between climate and forest fires. The first tree-ring lab was established in 1937 at The University of Arizona in Tucson (Lab for Tree Ring Research [LTRR] http://ltrr.arizona.edu/). The LTRR includes hundreds of thousands of samples—some from a bristlecone tree named Methuselah, the oldest confirmed living tree, and a cross-cut of the bristlecone called Prometheus, which was felled in 1964 and subsequently identified as the oldest known tree at over 4,900 years. Following the invention of the increment borer in the 1880s, tree ring data has been accessible without cutting down trees. The increment borer, a hollow steel pipe with a sharp edge and screw thread that digs into the tree trunk as the operator pushes and turns, removes a wood cylinder from which researchers can study the rings. The most common bore diameter is only 1/5-inch, and therefore removing that small amount of material does not harm the tree.

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Great Basin Great Basin National Park in Nevada, with varied microclimates, alpine lakes, rock glaciers, and long-lived bristlecone pines, stands out in tree-ring research. Every summer since 2007, faculty, staff, and students from Ohio State University have visited Great Basin to conduct research on paleoclimate, climate change, alpine glacial and hydrologic processes, and climate of montane environments. In 2019, senior researcher James DeGrand from Ohio State University and Dr. David Porinchu of the University of Georgia were in Great Basin extracting limber pine core samples as an outgrowth of paleoclimate work on fire frequency and intensity. DeGrand teaches courses on weather, climate, biogeography, and microclimate instrumentation; he is an assistant state climatologist for Ohio; and is involved in climate monitoring, awareness, and literacy. De Grand explains that trees like conifers, pines, spruces, and firs are preferred for dendrochronology studies in the U.S. Southwest because they produce annual growth rings—distinctive lines at the end of one growth season (latewood) and the beginning of the next growth (earlywood). Tropical species, growing yearround without dormant periods, do not form distinctive rings. Hardwoods, including deciduous trees like maples, oaks, and beeches with complex wood anatomy, are also used in dendrostudies, especially in Europe. Bristlecone longevity, along with its resistance to insect attacks and the fire-resistant qualities of ponderosa and sugar pines, make them Lords of the Rings in the southwest U.S. and ideal for tree-ring research. Rings record the tree’s life history: wider rings represent rapid growth, narrow rings indicate slow growth, and scars mark the frequency and seasonality of forest fires. Generally, ring width is the sum of precipitation, growing season length, genetics, micro-site, and other variations.

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DeGrand and Porinchu were taking limber pine samples to corroborate lake sediment findings that suggested the likelihood of a large stand-replacing fire approximately 700 years ago. Recognizing that limber pines can live 1,000 years, core samples near the lake revealing only trees younger than 700 years would support the probability of such a fire. Fire Ecology With many subfields, dendrochronology is essentially about finding patterns. Fire Ecologist Brian Van Winkle describes the most important part of his work as “determining the historic range of variability with respect to the fire environment.” Van Winkle began working for the Forest Service in 2003 and has worked with Dixie and Fishlake National Forests in Utah since 2014. He is responsible for collecting and analyzing fire data and working with interdisciplinary teams on returning fire to the ecosystem, modeling fire behavior, determining approximate historic fire effects, and liaising with researchers. Using reconstructions, researchers have determined that the ponderosa ecosystem in Southern Utah experienced fire every 5-10 years, whereas spruce-fir forests went hundreds of years between intense stand-replacing fires.

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DeGrand and Porinchu Taking Core Samples

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Forest Service Work Annually, the Forest Service hosts numerous internal dendrochronological studies and collaborates with researchers on dozens of others. Nationwide collaborations have even included working with archaeologists to date pre-Anglo settlements. Van Winkle will be working with Forest staff in 2020 to develop visitor center interpretative displays and giving local school presentations. Anticipated projects include determining pinyon jay habitat suitability, drought-snow pack relationships, fire-insect-drought synergism, stream-flow reconstructions, as well as cutting-edge spectral analyses on latewood density correlating it to temperatures during the tree’s growth. This research will be one of the first direct temperature reconstructions done in the western U.S. and among the first in the world.

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Stella Lake, Great Basin National Park

Future Focus DeGrand hopes his research findings will be useful in managing public lands and understanding dynamic relationships between climate and fire. He emphasizes, “Our current level of understanding in ecology and climatology is incomplete. Anything that gives us insight into climates of the past or past interactions between important species in an ecosystem will help us understand the complexity of the natural world, how our actions affect the environment, and things we might do to lessen the negative impacts we might have on the environment.” Fire ecologist Van Winkle maintains a pragmatic view, “Whereas dendrochronology is not a panacea, it has been extremely useful in informing our management/stewardship of the National Forests.” Through decoding tree rings, researchers and land managers increase our understanding of the relationships between climate, ecosystem health, and disturbances such as fire. Tree-rings capture historical data that can be helpful for predictive modeling; thereby, giving credence to Shakespeare’s words that “What is past is prologue.” V

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By Jim Parsons Once again, it is time to “Cowboy Up” and plan on attending this year’s Mesquite Western Roundup. The Mesquite Arts Council and the local Mesquite Western Poets will provide a look at a Western way of life that will amuse and entertain those who attend. The poets involved will bring their life experiences to the stage for all to hear in a fun way. The Mesquite Western Poets began as a project sponsored by the Virgin Valley Artists Association in 2006. This group includes poets from Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming,

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North Dakota, Colorado, and California. Some have won national awards, and many have performed at cowboy gatherings from the east coast to the west coast. This year’s program will include Farrel Bott, who has performed at gatherings in Utah; Marleen Bussma, who continues to win award after award for her poetry; Mark Kerr, who will temporarily set his cowboy guitar aside to perform verse; Lee Kimberlin, a rancher from Colorado who is one of the founding members of the group; Jim Parsons, who has performed his own work


at gatherings in several states; Hap Stuart, who writes his own work based on fifty years of ranching in Wyoming; Russ Westwood, who is from a family steeped in cowboy poetry; and Brice Wilson, who was born in Utah and brings his own humorous perspective to the local Western Roundup. The show will once again be hosted by Jeff Hoyt, who will make introductions and witty observations throughout the event. Father and daughter duo, David and Jenny Anderson, will entertain us with traditional western music. Both will journey down from Utah for our benefit. Our local Strings n’ Things will play as the theatre fills. This year’s event will include three shows: February 21, 2020, at 7:00 PM, and February 22, 2020, at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM. All performances will be at the Mesquite Community Theatre, located at 150 N. Yucca Street, Mesquite, Nevada. Advance tickets are available for purchase at Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, Front Porch Flowers and Gifts, and Mesquite Veterinary Clinic. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office one hour before the show or obtained online at www.mctnv.com to be picked up at the box office. We recommend that you buy your tickets early to ensure availability.V For more information, please contact Jim Parsons at (808) 286 - 9795 or visit us online at www.mesquitewesternpoetry.com.

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Catholic Thrift Store NEW YEAR, NEW VIEW By Michelle Brooks

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en years ago, Barb Durenberger was chatting with a fellow member of the La Virgen de Guadalupe Catholic Church, who said, “I’d like to start a thrift shop for the church.” Barb, newly transplanted from Minnesota and looking for something to fill her time, enthusiastically said, “Let’s do it!”

Back then, an approximately 6300 square-foot church located in Bunkerville, NV, and Barb’s new thrift store started in just three rooms. The business ended up being far more successful than they ever expected, and in a short amount of time, it expanded to fill up the entire church. Fast forward to the present...the time came for Barb and her crew to leave their location in Bunkerville, and they began looking for a new location to open the store in Mesquite. A perfect opportunity and space became available in the Sun Valley Plaza on Mesquite Boulevard in the space that Southwest Spirit formerly occupied (for those of you that are familiar with Mesquite). It took them two weeks to move all the merchandise into the new location and a week to set it all up. On October 30, 2019, the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce hosted the La Virgen de Guadalupe Catholic Thrift Store’s grand opening and ribbon cutting. Since that time, Barb said, “Business had doubled!” She said she was always amazed at how much business the Bunkerville location had, but the Mesquite location far surpasses the volume they had in Bunkerville.

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Forty to fifty full and part-time volunteers work with Barb at the new shop, many of which are members of the church, and many are not. She says that everyone has a great attitude, and they always have a great time working together. Part of the fun is the excitement about the donations they receive. There are new and interesting items every day, and some of the donated items have turned out to be very valuable. They recently received an oil painting and a vase, each valued at $500-$1000. They’ve had donations of Waterford Chrystal, silver, and even have found money stashed in donation boxes. For Barb, the best part of the job has been meeting many wonderful people and being able to help people in need. Countless people in the community are not able to purchase simple things that many of us would take for granted, such as beds for their kids, or a dining table. Many are just looking for a kind ear and a hug. Barb makes sure that people that need assistance get what they need and at no charge. With the abundance of donations that they receive, Barb and the Catholic Thrift Store help to provide donations to other non-profit centers. Recently they took two-hundred and fifty bags of clothing to Safe Nest in Las Vegas. Books and clothes for kids, as well as business attire for women, are shared with the Women’s Resource Center in Las Vegas. Sports items donated are given to families with kids that would like to play sports but are unable to buy the clothing or equipment. The new and improved Catholic Thrift Store has found its forever home. If you would like to visit, you can find it in the Sun Valley Plaza at 561 Mesquite Boulevard in Mesquite. The hours are 10:00 to 3:00 Monday through Friday and 10:00 to 12:00 on Saturday. Or you can give them a call at 702-346-1234.V

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Fortune Magazine Recognizes

as One of the Top Medium Workplaces in America The only employee-owned company to be acknowledged for two consecutive years

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esquite, Nev., and Seabrook, NH., October 17, 2019— Eureka Casino Resort, (“Eureka”) one of two employeeowned casino companies in the United States, is honored to announce its inclusion in Fortune Magazine’s 2019 list of Top 100 Medium Workplaces in America for the second consecutive year. The company was ranked 35th on the list out of 100 companies.

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Eureka has been in business for over 20 years, led by the chairman, Greg Lee, chairman, and chief operating officer, Andre Carrier. The company was sold to its employees through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) in 2015 under the guidance of the Lee family, who acknowledged the vital role employees play in the success of a business.


Eureka employees Janssen Eiselstein and Juan Ulloa

Lee is excited to earn a top spot on Fortune’s list. He commented, “Our employees have learned that their livelihood, their enjoyment of work, and their daily happiness are all tied together.” Eureka is a core-values centric organization, highly committed to treating its guests, communities, and employees with care, compassion, and dedication. The company continually seeks opportunities to make a positive impact wherever it operates, providing longterm employment and thoughtful engagement in local education and civic causes. This year, Eureka purchased The New Seabrook Park, formerly Seabrook Greyhound Park, a 75-acre, off-track betting (“OTB”) and casino in Seabrook, New Hampshire, just over the Massachusetts border. In addition to a lively poker room, the park offers table games such as blackjack, roulette, and Mississippi Stud. Fortune Magazine compiles the list annually with its research partner, Great Place To Work, and examines businesses with 100 to 999 employees for the Top 100 Medium Workplaces category. To see the full list of recipients, visit www.fortune.com/best-mediumworkplaces. V Eureka Casino Resort is an intimate, 214-room resort located in Mesquite, Nevada, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The hotel boasts scenic views of Mesquite’s redtopped mesas, newly renovated guest rooms, new resort pool, and cabanas. The casino is designed for guest comfort and features slot and video poker machines; table games including blackjack, craps, roulette, and Mesquite’s only 24-hour poker room. The Eureka offers three full-service restaurants, Town Square Buffet, Mason Street Courtyard, and Mesquite’s top-rated restaurant, Gregory’s Mesquite Grill. Eureka specializes in meetings and golf groups. Additional information is available at www.EurekaMesquite.com.

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THE ENCHANTMENT of a

BUCKET LIST By Judi Moreo

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very year I make a new bucket list, and I put 21 things on it. Most years, at the end of the year, there are a few items checked off and several more to do. So, I revise the list, take off the things I’ve completed, and add new items to bring the number back to 21. This year I shocked myself and completed all twenty-one items. Now what am I supposed to do? Kick the bucket or make a whole new list? I decided to start my list for 2019, so I wrote in Item #1 Swim with Dolphins. Then on December 28, 2018, I had the opportunity to Swim with Dolphins. Should I say no and put it off to do in the New Year, or should I go for it? I decided to go for it and call it my Bucket List Bonus. It was what I got to do as a bonus for having completed my list. Making this list and updating it every year has given me some wonderful experiences. I’ve traveled to fabulous places, met incredible people, spoken to audiences that I targeted, and completed some very meaningful projects. But when you’ve done almost everything you have ever wanted to do, what now? Guess it is time to stretch the imagination. We could visit new places we’ve heard of that sound and look interesting, move to another country for a year, learn to speak another language, photograph new subjects, run a marathon, write a memoir, eat in every restaurant in the city, take up painting, learn to play a musical instrument, write an article for a magazine, grow a garden, act in a play, learn something new every day, lose weight, assemble a race car, arrange flowers, get a pet, go rock hunting, learn to make jewelry, volunteer at the hospital, become a vegetarian, study tai chi. Is that 21? Can we fit all that in on top of our already busy life? Actually, that’s not really important. Your list doesn’t have to have 21 things like mine. It just needs to have the most important things that you would love to do before you kick the bucket. Use your creative thinking skills and trust your intuition. These must be the things that you want—not what someone else wants, or what they want for you. This is your life. Put down the things you’ve wished for and dreamed about. For years, I wanted to go to Tanzania and fly in the hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti when the wildebeest were migrating. Every year I would be sure it was still on the list. This past year, my girlfriend was going to Kenya on a tour and invited me along. I told her I would go if the trip included a few days in Tanzania and a hot air balloon safari. Being very resourceful, she found a way to add it to the trip at an affordable price. So, I went. It was wonderful — the all-time best adventure of my life (well, right up there with swimming with dolphins). I even found a very prestigious art gallery that was interested in my art. Who would have guessed?

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I’ve been so fortunate. I have been to 29 countries, written 11 books, of which two have become international bestsellers, been on television shows, radio shows, and podcasts. I have my own television show, held a baby lion, slept in rondavels, ate biltong and Mopani worms. I even met Nelson Mandela and Barbara Bush. Well, I could go on and on. People ask me how I manage to do it all. It’s because of the list. Every year, I read over the list daily and see if I can do any of those things now or take any steps towards making some of them happen. I have cultivated friends around the world…. we often joke that I don’t need a home of my own. I just need 52 friends. Every year, I could spend one week with each of them. In one week, they shouldn’t get tired of me. And actually, a few of my friends have more than one home so I could visit them in different places, being sure to put space between my visits. As I write this, my new bucket list is taking form…oh my…21 into 52. I could do 2-1/2 years of bucket list items with this one idea. And, I just realized…I have a friend in Malta. I’ve never been there (Merle, I hope you are reading this and getting my room ready)! V

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esquite Senior Games is an annual event that offers opportunities for seniors aged 50 or better to stay active, both physically and mentally. Our games are held in the Mesquite area and we host about 1,500 senior participants. We are the second largest community senior games event in Nevada, next to Reno-Tahoe. Many seniors come from across the country and Canada, bringing their competitive spirit to enjoy our sunshine and hospitality. Mesquite Senior Games began in 2001, following outreach from the Nevada State Games in Las Vegas to communities throughout the state. It’s been our mission to promote the health and fitness of those aged 50 years and better while stimulating tourism in the city of Mesquite, Nevada. Our programs contribute to the vision of a healthy, active, and vital community. Senior athletes normally compete in five-year, gender-specific age groups for gold, silver, or bronze medals. We have 16 competitive events. We also have noncompetitive events that include a fitness hike and a history tour. These events are open to all ages and are especially great for the new residents wanting to learn about our history and the beautiful areas surrounding our town. We also have senior softball programs for both men and women with tournaments in the spring and fall. Mesquite Senior Games is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, supported entirely by sponsorships, donations, and registration and event fees. Registration for our spring games will open on January 1, 2020. You will find more information on our website at www.MesquiteSeniorGames.org. See our accompanying 2020 calendar for event dates. Come play with us! V

EVENTS CALENDAR March 5

Long Drive

March 7

Fitness Hike

March 7-8

Shotgun Sports

March 12

Poker

March 14

History Tour

March 14

Table Tennis

March 16-17

Bridge

March 16-19

Tennis

March 20

Basketball Skill

March 21

Track & Field

March 25-27

Pickleball

March 28

Putting

March 30-31

Bocce

April 4

Bicycle Race

April 4-5, 11-12

Women's Softball

April 11

Target Pistol

April 17

Bowling

Oct 2-13

Men's Fall Softball Huntsmans Prep

Dec 1-5

Men's Winter Softball Tournament

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Saving Strokes

Struggling with Chipping? By Rob Krieger

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his year I will be doing a series of articles to help you start saving shots on the golf course to lower your scores. By trying, practicing, and using some of these suggestions throughout your game, your score will come down. I know this because I have seen it happen time and time again. These tips are tested and proven. Read on for some common reasons you may struggle with chipping and what you can do to correct it. Not Using the Putter Enough from Off the Green The putter isn’t only for the green. Most players don’t even consider using the putter from off the green for many reasons. However, you are already walking up to the green with your putter because you will need it, so you should 100% of the time consider using it as your first choice. WHY? Martin Kaymer won the US Open at Pinehurst putting from off the green most of the time. The old saying is very true: “Your worst putt is better than your worst chip.” It may not always be the best option, but sometimes it will be, so always consider it. Next time you go to the chipping or putting green, practice from off the green with your putter. Also, when on the course, putt one ball and chip one ball from the same area and see how you do, you might be surprised. I guarantee that if you don’t practice using your putter from off the green, you won’t feel comfortable doing it on the course. Try from inside five big steps from off the green.

Larger target area: Begin to visualize a larger target that is 4 feet on every side of the hole.

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Visualize a Larger Target The goal when off the green is to get the ball close enough to make your next putt; one chip, one putt, just two shots. Many amateurs see a small hole and put pressure on themselves to make it. The reality is that most of the time, regardless of how good you are, you are not going to make it. Sorry. Every once in a while, you will but certainly not the majority of the time. Stop trying to be so perfect and begin to visualize a larger target that extends 4 feet on every side of the hole. Visualizing a square or 8’ wide crater is a target that most golfers can get the ball into. What if you tried it with your putter too? The higher grass and all the bumps don’t matter anymore if you get close to make your next putt. Who cares if it ends up short left or long right as long as it is within 4’ and inside your 8’ foot square/crater?


Stop hitting down on the ball. Instead, go through the ball and brush the grass in front of it.

Use a Putting Stroke. Don’t Hit Down on the Ball Yes, I said to stop hitting down on the ball. Instead, go through the ball and brush the grass in front of it. A putting stroke strikes the ball by using a level stroke to the ground. Your wedge is simply a putter with a ramp on it. Going level with the ground and letting the ball ride up the face will cause the ball to go up. Use your putting stroke with a wedge and keep the leading-edge level with the ground and strike the ball and continue through brushing the grass after it, the ball MUST go in the air, even on tight lies. Hitting down on the ball and trying to get the leading edge perfectly between the ball and the ground has very little margin for error. We’re not saying it can’t be done, but it takes a lot of practice. So if you use a level stroke with more margin for error, you should have more control over chip shots. Additionally, flipping of the wrists at impact to get the club under the ball does two things that add to chipping struggles: first, it continually changes how the leading edge impacts the ball leading to more chucks and blading and secondly, you constantly have a different loft of the club, so each shot has a different shot height and length which varies from shot to shot. Good luck with that. Same Distance Back, Same Distance Through Without realizing it, many players take the club back the same distance on every chip shot, and they simply hit it harder or softer to control distance. Instead, try taking the club back further or shorter to change the distance of the shot. Even easier, exchange your club to one that either has more loft to go higher and shorter or less loft to go lower with more run. Shifting Weight During Stroke Shifting weight back and through during your chip is just another variable you don’t need to incorporate in your shot if you struggle. Instead, place the majority of your weight on your front foot with hands in front of the ball. Place your head behind the ball, and use a level putting stroke. More consistent distance control and accuracy will result.V I hope some or all these stroke savers make a difference in your game, and for more in-depth info on these tips, check out the video on www.stgeorgegolflessons.com. Good Luck and as always, Fairways & Greens -Rob Krieger, PGA

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5 Easy Changes

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inally, 2020 is here. The time has come to accomplish all those goals that we have set for the new year. If one of your goals is to save money in 2020, I want to share with you simple changes in your daily routine that will help minimize the consumption of electricity in your home: less consumption = lower bills.

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1. CHANGE YOUR FILTER. A home’s electrical furnace system needs regular maintenance to run efficiently. If you never change your furnace filters, you’re not only putting you and your family at risk with dangerous allergens. You are also potentially ruining your heating and cooling system. Change filters at least once at the beginning of fall and again in spring for optimal performance. A dirt-clogged filter won’t run as efficiently, making your system work harder and use more energy. 2. UNPLUG IT IF YOU’RE NOT USING IT. When was the last time you used that DVD player in your spare bedroom? Or the extra TV you have in the basement? Americans waste at least $50 a year on electrical devices that are plugged in and not being used. Even if you aren’t currently using something, it still wastes energy by using standby power. To save money on your electric bill, remember: If you haven’t used it in at least a month, unplug it!

3. THROW IN THE TOWEL. When you dry your next load of laundry, throw in a dry towel with it. A dry towel will help soak up the excess water that many washing machines leave in your clothes and will markedly reduce your drying times. The less the dryer is running, the more you save. I tried it, and it works. 4. WASH FULL LOADS OF LAUNDRY. Always run full loads of laundry, regardless of what type of washer or dryer you have. You could save up to $30 a year just by doing one less load of laundry each week. 5. TURN OFF THE LIGHTS. This tip is an obvious one, but so many of us are guilty of not doing it. Whenever you leave a room, always turn off the light. It’s one of the easiest ways to save money on your electric bill. The hardest part of setting New Year’s goals is not setting them but sticking to them throughout the year. We are here to help and happy to help you stay on track for 2020. We post several energy-saving tips on social media, it’s simple, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @opd5. From all of us at OPD5, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year, may all the goals you set for 2020 become a reality. V

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Photo Credits: McCarren International Airport

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cCarran International Airport is located just minutes away from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, and is the gateway for nearly half of the people who visit the city each year. Last year McCarran surpassed 50 million passengers for the first time in its history and has been ranked as one of the top 10 busiest airports in North America for decades. With nearly 1,000 flights in and out of Las Vegas daily, McCarran also makes the world more accessible to those who live in Southern Nevada and the surrounding region. More than 30 airlines provide service from McCarran to over 150 airports, including some of the world’s most alluring travel destinations. Recent route additions include flights to Amsterdam on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, direct to Tel Aviv on EL AL Israel Airlines, and nonstops to Paris via IAG’s low-cost carrier, LEVEL. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic can take you to London, or perhaps you prefer to fly to Seoul via Korean Airlines? When Terminal 3 opened in 2012, it nearly doubled McCarran’s number of international gates, but that was not enough to meet the increasing demand. In 2018 the airport again doubled its capacity for international flights, bringing

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the international gate total to 14. New amenities were also a part of that project, such as a high-end airport lounge located in the northeast wing of the D Concourse, a new and expansive duty-free retail location. These additions, along with existing amenities such as a children’s play space, post-security water bottle filling stations, and indoor pet relief areas, ensure the travel experience is enjoyable for the whole family. As passenger volume has grown, McCarran officials have continually evaluated the airport’s infrastructure and operations for ways to enhance customer service, maximize efficiencies, and increase flexibility. Infrastructure improvements can be seen throughout Terminal 1, where a $30 million renovation project brought new flooring to both Baggage Claim and Ticketing. This project also included brighter lighting, contemporary wall coverings, improved restrooms, and new check-in counters. Along with this modern look came new technology, such as digital signage and self-serve bag-tagging kiosks. Through technology and innovative operational strategies, airport leadership has focused not just on expansion but the elevation of the customer experience. In partnership with the TSA, new passenger screening technologies have been rolled out, starting with the installation of automated screening lanes. Soon, there will be CT scanners at all security checkpoints. McCarran is also home to the nation’s

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first and only TSA Innovation Checkpoint – a space where the latest and greatest passenger processing technologies are deployed and evaluated for ease of use by travelers and staff alike. McCarran International Airport has a wide variety of retail and concessions offerings. With more than 70 different dining options, travelers are sure to find something to satisfy their cravings, whether that’s for an early morning cup of coffee or a three-course meal. For those shopping for Las Vegas souvenirs or last-minute gifts, there are plenty of chances to pick up items ranging from miniature slot machine pencil sharpeners to designer handbags. Shop and restaurant locations can be found online at www.mccarran.com, along with other useful information such as airline check-in locations, transportation options, and parking rates. Both Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 parking garages offer shortterm, long-term, and valet parking at hourly rates with a maximum daily charge. McCarran also offers terminalspecific economy parking at a daily rate. The Economy Lot serving Terminal 1 is located off of Kitty Hawk Way, just south of Tropicana Avenue and west of Paradise Road. Shuttles run continuously between this Economy Lot and Terminal 1, and drivers using this lot should set aside at least 30 additional minutes to travel to or from the airport.

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Economy parking for Terminal 3 is available in the surface lot located just east of the Terminal 3 parking garage and within walking distance of the terminal. For 24-hour parking information, including live updates on space availability, call (702) 261-5122. McCarran International Airport is owned and operated by Clark County and is a self-funded operation that does not draw upon local tax dollars. It’s a $34.5 billion economic engine for Southern Nevada, and in many ways, the heart of the community. The airport is home to two USO lounges, regularly welcomes Miracle Flight and MakeA-Wish kids, and annually hosts events with the Clark County School District, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, and Wings for Autism. V

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Celebrating Survivorship for 20 Years Submitted by Mesquite Cancer Help Society

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s often occurs, good things result from bad situations. Such is the case with the creation of the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society (MCHS). Yoli Vernon Bell was 50 years old and knew first-hand the devastating impact cancer could and does have on individuals and their family members. Yoli’s mother died at the age of 51 from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; an aunt died from Leukemia; two cousins died from Breast Cancer, and her nephew survived Testicular Cancer; all while her niece is coping with the diagnosis of Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (her niece continues to fight her 3rd battle with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma by engaging in clinical trials and fighting forward with chemotherapy treatments). And, if this exposure wasn’t enough to bring the harsh reality of cancer’s impact to one’s life, she was destined to experience her reality in January 2000, when discovering a mass in her right breast. Unlike a tumor found when she was 17 years old,

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this one was cancerous. Facing her battle with breast cancer over the next several months proved to provide the impetus for the creation of the MCHS. In September 2000, Yoli began helping cancer patients with guidance and visitations. No 501c3 organization was yet official, but her services had begun. The steps necessary to establish a non-profit organization would prove to be challenging and time-consuming. Services were minimal but available. Initially, her search led her to the American Cancer Society (ACS), but becoming a chapter of the ACS would mean all monies raised locally would go to the national office of the ACS. Losing these funds defeated one of Yoli’s goals to provide financial assistance to cancer clients locally. With no “template” for developing the independent organization she envisioned for Mesquite and the surrounding communities, she set out to create one! There were numerous times when the task seemed unachievable, more than could be accomplished by one woman. Eventually, Yoli approached two close friends, Judy Macica and Anna Medlin, to see if they would be interested in joining forces with her. Both jumped at the opportunity to be part of such a worthwhile cause. Their much-appreciated volunteerism was rewarded by making them co-founders of the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society (sadly, Anna Medlin passed in April 2005, when she fought her own battle with pancreatic cancer.) Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of Nevada in April 2001, and the IRS granted the MCHS

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501(c)(3) non-profit status in October 2001. It was now official; MCHS was one step closer to being able to serve the citizens of the Virgin Valley properly. Others who helped during this time included; Rosemary Lindbeck, Drs. Mike and Ann Rice, Mel Drown, Carolyn Duggins, Glen Horlacher, Tom Stettler, and Allen Bell. There was one last hurdle to jump, finding a place for MCHS to call home. At this time, one thing was certain: this fledgling service organization didn’t have the money to rent office space. Thankfully, Rich Gillespie, owner of a nutrition store in the Brickyard Plaza, came to the rescue by offering the MCHS a small area in the back room of his store. To acknowledge this kind offer, Yoli offered to cover the operation of the store when Rich needed to be gone. Confining as this first office space was, and with the use of some of Rich’s stock shelves for wigs and educational material, a desk and telephone, the MCHS’s doors finally opened to serve the public. Puttin’ on the Ritz Goes Roaring 20's raising 29,000+ for MCHS

Golf for Life was a CasaBlanca Golf Club event where all involved had a grand time showing their support in all ways possible!

Within less than two years, more generous souls in Mesquite stepped up and helped MCHS move to a larger location. Randy and Tracey Johnson (Alford, Inc.) and Chuck Bentley (Pride Contractors) purchased a mobile building and located it on the east end of Mesquite Boulevard. Charlie Goessman donated and hooked-up the air-conditioner, Mark Hanson, owner of Mesquite Furniture, donated furniture, and Kevin Parrish, the owner of Mesquite Tile and Flooring, donated carpet. The generous support of these exceptional people insured the MCHS was here to stay! Yoli is the first to admit that without the kind and selfless support of many individuals and businesses in this wonderful community, the survival of the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society would be most tenuous. Simply put, the MCHS remains open because of donations from kind folks like you. Please be assured; you have our heartfelt gratitude! Without state or federal funding, MCHS rings its bell of achievement. From providing fuel assistance to now helping with airfare to hospitals throughout the US, providing support with chemo/radiation bills, paying for accommodations when receiving treatments out of town, medical bill assistance, and telemental health services (counseling) - the services provided are countless... Today, the MCHS occupies office space at 150 N. Yucca, #36. What was a dream is now a reality. The tools to manage one’s care during cancer treatment, plus the spirit to fight for SURVIVORSHIP remains alive and well! TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! V The MCHS office is open Tues-Thurs 10:00 am- 3:00 pm. To volunteer, please call 702-346-0622. Monetary donations can be mailed to PO Box 1416 Mesquite, NV, 89024.

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Talent & Tenacity at Tech Ridge: A Look at One of the Original Visionaries of St. George's "Silicon" Scene

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he striking vistas and red rock splendor of Southern Utah are known to inspire awe, but the transformation of St. George's Tech Ridge is equally stunning. The previous home of the St. George Municipal Airport now serves as the area's epicenter for tech and technical education. " We like to call it the heart of Tech Ridge," explains Traci Fitzgerald, Vice President of Industry and Community Relations for Dixie Technical College. At one time, air travel brought opportunities for connection and commerce with planes coming in and taking off. Today the bluff serves the launchpad for careers with Tech Ridge's flagship tenant: Dixie Tech. Additionally, the old airport terminal building now serves our community as the American Heart and Emergency Response Training Center. And while it has taken a village to imagineer Tech Ridge, the development wouldn't be what it is today without the vision, passion, and indefatigable spirit of Kelle Stephens, President of Dixie Technical College. "The vision for what is now Dixie Tech was easy to stand for," Stephens explains. "The battle to get it from concept to completion was anything but easy, but it was important. The work had to be done." And it did get done, with the original building construction finishing not only on-time but also under budget. The facility, like the grandeur of the black lava and red rock surrounding it, is its own masterpiece. For prospective students, even before you set foot inside Dixie Tech, the grounds seem to whisper, "there's something different here." Once inside the facility, Stephens's dream of an institution that would legitimize technical education is on full display. Vaulted ceilings, open spaces, and future-forward dÊcor. The "classrooms" are more living-labs, where hands-on and project-based learning flourishes. As opposed to using the open space for residential development, Stephens's vision for Tech Ridge meant championing the land as a hub for technology, education, and commerce—in some ways, mirroring Silicon Slopes to the north. But there were some late adopters. "Her leadership hasn't come without criticism," Jennifer Forbes, Vice President Public Relations & Marketing explains. "She worked tirelessly with local city, county, and school officials and then rallied the State Legislature for support and funding to make Dixie Technical College a reality." Yet Stephens will be the first to say she didn't do it alone. "Kelle is a mentor in the greatest sense of the word," Fitzgerald adds. "She has the innate ability to interact with people and see potential they don't see in themselves." Fitzgerald recalls being tasked with creating an entirely new division for Dixie Tech: "I felt like I didn't know what I was supposed to do, how to do it or where to begin." She told Stephens it felt like being the princess in Rumpelstiltskin: "I was being asked to spin gold from stacks and stacks of straw." She said that Stephens' message was simple, but also one that would be conveyed to her and others repeatedly, "I know you can do it. I know you have it in you to create something amazing." Fitzgerald continues, "Kelle is the queen of collaboration and will brainstorm any idea we dream up. Then she steps back and gives us the creative space to shine."

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Fitzgerald contrasts that sentiment to previous employers. "I had come from places [that] had told me I was too honest, too selfless, and that I paid too much attention to detail." But where others had seen a place for pushback, Stephens saw talent, strength, and potential. Debi Barmonde, Dixie Tech Purchasing Procurement Specialist, says: "Kelle sees the potential in you, and somehow reflects it back so you can see it in yourself. She asks, 'How do we make this happen?' She'll show you where she wants you to go, believes you can go, and holds a torch – standing on a hill that leads you forward. Once you see a woman lead like that, it gives you permission to be your best self." Which is what Stephens inspired Fitzgerald to do: get to work and find a way to transform the straw. With Stephens at the helm, the Dixie Tech teams' outcome has been nothing short of golden. In just seven short years under Stephens's leadership, the institution has grown from 6 to 23 full-time Programs. Enrollment in Programs has increased from 290 to over 1,000. Additionally, 92 percent of students who start a program at Dixie Tech complete it in its entirety, and currently is averaging placement for 93 percent of Dixie Tech students in a relevant job upon their graduation. With 6,000 additional students per year taking advantage of continuing educational opportunities, Dixie Tech's current annual attendees tally over 7,000! From the outside, it may seem like Stephens has the Midas touch, but her team admits there's a method to the magic. They talk about her grace in navigating tough situations, her ability to allow her team the space to fail in the name of improvement and progress. She cares deeply and passionately about her people – both staff and students – aligning her vision and choices with the institution's mission statement: "Forward Thinking. Future Focused. Career Ready." She is the living embodiment of what Dixie Tech continues to create for others and reflects fondly on her decision to gain a more robust education. "When I was a young mom with little kids and a business that owned us—and was bleeding us dry, I decided to go back to school." She recalls, "I finished a degree, went on to get

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"Kicking off the school year with the first book of our inspirational (and sometimes life-changing) book club with "Hope for the Flowers."


a Masters degree, moved from Price to St. George and got a job at [then] Dixie College. Had I not made those seemingly simple choices to go back to school early on, I would never have had the career path that I've enjoyed for the past 28 years." Since education has played such a huge role in her success, Stephens encourages lifelong learning and provides numerous opportunities for her team. Whether through service opportunities, certifications, and book clubs on leadership and personal development - Stephens is a champion of education. She's also a champion for those who have paved the way before her. When describing her grandmothers, she shares: "Because of their choices, their strength, their character, their grit, and their wisdom, I have had some incredible opportunities. I owe a great debt to them. And an obligation to do something good." That's precisely what Stephens does as a leader, teacher, mentor, and trailblazer—she makes the world better for those around her. As a firm believer in the mantra, "rising tides lift all boats," she is one who has lifted students, staff, faculty, and the entire community. A portion of her words shared with the Women's Influence Center, when Stephens was named 2019 Woman of the Year at the Ignite Your Influence Awards Dinner, illustrate her joie de vivre:

Two Grams: Mary Matekovic (shown left), and Miica Milovich (shown right).

"We stand. We stand with courage. We stand with kindness. We stand with conviction and with vision. We stand with compassion and with love. We stand with strength. But stand we must. And when we get knocked down, we pick each other up. It's what we must do. It's what we must help others to do. Stand up. Stand tall. Stand for something." V Stephens' message to 'stand up' and 'stand for something' is woven into the 2020 theme of the Ignite Your Influence Women's Conference: Claim Your Power held at Dixie Tech on February 8th. For more information about the Ignite Your Influence Conference visit: WomensInfluenceCenter.org

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riends of Red Rock Center for Independence (RRCI) held its first-ever breakfast fundraising event, Building A Future for People with Disabilities, on Nov. 6, 2019. Though the breakfast, held at Bloomington Country Club, was just an hour, the results were phenomenal. The nonprofit organization raised more than $80,000 in support of its mission to build a facility to house the charitable organization, RRCI: Empowering People with Disabilities. RRCI’s mission is to empower people with disabilities in southwestern Utah to live independently through education, personal services, and technology. The organization currently services nine counties (29,185 square miles or 1/3 of the state!), and with the success of their many programs, is looking to expand. Event sponsor Joe Gibbons, Owner of Carpets Plus said, “I am a proud sponsor of the Friends of RRCI breakfast event. And, it is an honor to sponsor RRCI’s growth for many years. As St. George grows, so does the population of people with disabilities whom RRCI serves. “Community involvement is key to this important work of the nonprofit sector. Every donation, regardless of size, makes all of the difference.”

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RRCI is just one of six Centers for Independent Living designated by the state of Utah to service the disability community. RRCI provides more than 11,000 individual services every year. Though this number may seem high to the general public, Executive Director Barbara Lefler knows there is still much to be done, and many more who need their support. “When I joined the RRCI team eight years ago, we had served less than 300 people. We currently serve more than 1,100. We have simply outgrown the space we have today. A larger, free-standing building would enable us to provide more services with greater efficiency than ever before.” To ensure that all people with disabilities within their area have access to services, RRCI has one main office and four satellite offices. The 501c3 organization started in 1997. Now, with the help of the Friends of RRCI, a fundraising entity established to acquire real property, the nonprofit is seeking $1.6M for a new building. The structure will be approximately 10,000 square feet of accessible space to be used for skills training classrooms, group gathering areas, kitchen, flex space, staff office, and meeting space. RRCI - Rendering: Future home of Red Rock Center for Independence

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An addition of a 2,500 square foot storage facility connected to the office will house equipment for the loan bank. The capital campaign will also include naming opportunities to acknowledge donors aligned with RRCI’s vision. Board Chair, Greg Bartholomew, a professor at DSU praises the work of the 17 person RRCI team, “I believe so strongly in RRCI’s work in the community that I have become the president of Friends of RRCI. The Friends organization was formed to serve as a property holding company for the RRCI.” Regarding the expansion, Bartholomew explains, “When I think about the difference that an acre and a half of land on a bus route could make, the possibilities are endless. We have the respected architect, Derek Wiggins, waiting in the wings to plan a building for less than $1.6 million in total costs.”

RRCI has an ambitious schedule and hopes to have a donated piece of property within the next year with enough w on FINANCE funds raised to break ground shortly after that. Vice-Chair and architect, Derek Wiggins, is already hard at work. “I have already designed a couple of concepts for an ADA compliant building for people with disabilities served by RRCI,” says Wiggins, “I’m looking forward to seeing a piece of property donated to Friends so I can roll up my sleeves and get to work beyond conceptualization.”

Friends of RRCI Splendor Sargent (at right) sitting with Lowry Snow, member of the Utah House of Representatives representing District 74.

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RRCI delivers six core services and technology, most of which are free, plus other programs designed to empower people with disabilities, including: Independent Living Skills RRCI provides training for people with disabilities to enhance or develop skills that can improve independent living opportunities. Training may include: Coping Skills; Personal Care; Social Skills; Inclusion Opportunities; Financial & Household Management; Accommodations; and more. Transition RRCI provides two kinds of transition: First: Youth Transition, which supports the transition from high school to adulthood. Second: Nursing Home Transition, which assists people residing in nursing homes to increase independence and return to the community.

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Advocacy RRCI provides two kinds of advocacy: First: Individual Advocacy, which involves the Center working with an individual to access services from other agencies. Second: Systems Advocacy, which involves the Center initiating changes, making it easier for people with disabilities to live independently. Information & Technology We provide information and referral to anyone in the community needing to find specific programs and services. Peer Support RRCI connects individuals with a disability to others with a similar limitation for support with the challenges of daily living such as: Making adjustments to a newly acquired disability; Coping with changes in living arrangements; Learning to use community services better; Communication and problem-solving. Peer Support Groups RRCI offers several groups for people with disabilities to connect with and receive support from others with disabilities to empower them with a better understanding of living independently.

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Evening Respite Program RRCI provides an evening break for caregivers while loved ones with disabilities participate in planned activities in a safe environment. Older Blind Program RRCI offers a wide variety of services to blind or visually impaired consumers who are 55 years and older. Services include home safety, mobility, and activities of daily living. Consumers can experience various technologies for their individual needs in collaboration with Utah’s Division of services for the Blind and Visually Impaired Low Vision Clinic. Assistive Technology RRCI maintains an expansive loan bank of adaptive equipment for its consumers and community members in need. RRCI also helps find funding for equipment and devices for individuals with disabilities who qualify for the program to increase their independence at home and in the community.

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Healthy Relationships Mentoring RRCI designed, requested, and received funding ($137,000 for three years) to implement a comprehensive youth mentoring program for high school graduates with disabilities.


There are many within our community who support the work and dedication of RRCI. Friends of RRCI Secretary/Treasurer Teri Koenig recently retired from Intermountain Healthcare as a Gerontologist. As a respected member of the community, Teri can choose to spend her volunteer time in any capacity. Choosing Friends of RRCI, she explains, “I love the work that RRCI does. I think they are the best-kept secret in the area. They quietly go about ensuring that people with disabilities have the resources and education that they need to stay independent. Changing lives is what they do. And, they do it well.”

To support Friends of RRCI, please contact Barbara Lefler, friends@rrci.org, and learn how to donate today. RRCI serves people of all ages with any disability. Our core services are provided at no cost to the consumer in nine Southwestern Utah Counties: Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute, Sevier, Washington, and Wayne. Washington and Kane Counties services are available through our main office located in St. George. Additionally, we have satellite offices providing local services for Beaver and Millard; Iron and Garfield; and Piute, Sevier, and Wayne Counties.

Though the capital campaign has just started, the $80,000 in pledges and donations, in conjunction with nearly $100,000 of pledged “In-Kind” donations, was a great way to kick off a capital campaign. During the Building A Future breakfast, RRCI was able to share their message with 140 attendees. Says Lefler, “We are dedicated to ensuring that resources, services, and programs are focused on successfully responding to the needs of our consumers. The new building will help bring this vision to fruition. We are excited about the opportunity to make a greater impact on those truly deserving of the best life has to offer.” Greg Bartholomew said, “One of my favorite leaders, Russel M. Nelson, recently said, “Giving help to others, making a conscientious effort to care about others as much or more than we care about ourselves, is our joy.” Wanting to share this joy with the community, Greg continued, “I invite everyone to share the joy with me and those in this room by making a difference in the lives of your family, friends, and neighbors with disabilities.” V

The theme for the Friends of RRCI Event 2019 was BUILDING A FUTURE for people with disabilities, and the centerpieces fit the theme perfectly.

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ST. GEORGE HERITAGE DAYS Jan 11 | 12pm - 2pm Free Admission Join Mayor Jon Pike and members of the City Council in commemorating the City of St. George’s birthday. Free root beer floats and cookies will be served with a musical entertainment background at the Social Hall Parlor, 47 East 200 North, St. George, Utah. “This is a community party, and everybody is invited,” said Mayor Jon Pike. There will also be free admission to the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center, St. George Recreation Center, St. George Art Museum and free rides all day on SunTran buses. For more information visit www.sgcity.org. BRIDAL EXPO | CEDAR CITY Jan 11 | 1pm-5pm Join us at Iron Springs Adventure Resort, 3196 N Iron Springs Rd, Cedar City. Activities will include a fashion show, vendors, prizes, and more! Everything you need in one place for weddings, quinceaneras, proms, and special occasions. For information or to be a vendor call Lesle Dodge (435)851-6434 or email Les@ironspringsutah.com. BECOME A MASTER GARDENER COURSE Jan 15-Apr 1 | Wednesdays 6pm-8:30pm Cost: $150 Utah State University Extension- Washington County is providing the community with an opportunity to take the Master Gardener course in Hurricane Utah. Each Wednesday beginning January 15, 2020 and ending April 1, 2020, from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. You will have the opportunity to learn about understanding soils, plant propagation, growing fruits and vegetables, pest control, plants that grow well in our area, and irrigation. The classes will be held at our new Washington County Extension Office, 339 S 5500 West, Hurricane, UT, For more information contact Rick Heflebower at 435-634-2690. 6TH ANNUAL WINTER 4X4 JAMBOREE Jan 16-18 | Price per trail: $40 We invite you to join us for the 2020 Winter 4x4 Jamboree held in Hurricane, Utah (2 hours from Las Vegas). This spectacular event features world-class rock crawling combined with gorgeous views of Zion National Park, Pine Valley Mountain, Sand Hollow Reservoir and more! The Winter 4x4 Jamboree is a non-competitive trail run event for high clearance 4x4 vehicles. Groups of participants are led on rated trails by experienced trail leaders and helpers. For more information, including trail descriptions and maps, and to register visit www.winter4x4jamboree.com

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Cale ARTS TO ZION | ART AND STUDIO TOUR Jan 16-20 | Free or Ticketed: $10 The Arts to Zion Tour is a multi-faceted self-guided art tour featuring free "Public tour" artists and a ticketed "Parade of Private Studios". Download a free Google map from www.ArtstoZion.org. Free printed maps will also be available after Jan. 6th at all public tour locations. More information available at www.ArtstoZion.org. Find us on Instagram at arts_to_zion and on Facebook at facebook.com/ArtstoZionSouthernUtah. MESQUITE MOTOR MANIA Jan 17-19 | 9am - 6pm Free Admission Car enthusiasts, start your engines! This annual car extravaganza and competition is expected to draw over 900 vehicles and thousands of spectators. Open to all makes, years, and models of classic and special interest vehicles this is one of the most highly anticipated Classic Car Show Events. An abundance of festivities and contests, all free to the public, are planned at various locations throughout the weekend. Participating vehicles will be parked at sponsor hotels - CasaBlanca, Virgin River, and Eureka. See visitmesquite.com/events for more information. STARRY NIGHTS HATS AND BOWTIES GALA Jan 18 | 6pm - 9pm Tickets: $60-$75 per person Join us in celebrating the achievements of those individuals and/or businesses that have made an impact in the community. The 2019 Annual Community Awards have been profiled to emphasize the unique mission of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce and its advocacy of strengthening the role of businesses in our community. For more information and to register visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/events.


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MESQUITE HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL Jan 24-26 Free Admission Bright colored balloons will take to the skies above Mesquite in this annual festival showcasing hot air balloon launches each morning. Also, join us in the evening for the Night Glow and live entertainment in the CasaBlanca Showroom and Skydome Lounge. This three-day event will feature food vendors and entertainment for the whole family. For more information visit www.casablancaresort.com/entertainment/ 4TH ANNUAL CHARITY DODGEBALL THROWDOWN Feb 1 | 8:30 am-3:30pm Team entry fee: $250 Prepare for this epic battle of speed, coordination, loud jerseys, bold team names, and big tunes in 2020! If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball. Get your team together and register today – space is LIMITED. Plan your strategies and come on down and play hard. Tournament held at Canyon View High School, 166 W 1925 North, Cedar City, Utah. To register and for information visit www.careandshare-ut.org. IGNITE YOUR INFLUENCE Feb 7 - Awards Dinner | 5pm-8pm Feb 8 - Conference | 8am-4pm Join the Women’s Influence Center in the 4th annual Ignite Your Influence Women’s Conference. This event will feature keynote speakers, including American Olympic freestyle skier and entrepreneur Shannon Bahrke-Happe, workshops, networking, and real-world skills for women today. Free childcare and early bird pricing available. For more information and registration deadlines visit www.womensinfluencecenter.org.

DENIM & DIAMONDS DINNER AND DANCE Feb 14 | 6pm Tickets: $70 -must be purchased in advance. Join the Mesquite Showgirls for this annual Valentines Day tradition. Event held at the Rising Star Ranch Resort in Mesquite, Nevada. For more information contact Becky Boyd (801) 699-9947. ST. GEORGE AREA PARADE OF HOMES Feb 14-23 | 10am - 7pm daily (5pm on 23rd) Tickets: $15 each Join us as we celebrate 30 years of the St. George Area Parade of Homes! The 2020 St. George Area Parade of Homes will feature 30 new homes full of the extraordinary. This event has a long-standing tradition of displaying a variety of spectacular homes and introducing exciting new trends. Set among breathtaking landscapes only found in Southern Utah, this is one parade you won’t want to miss. Download the St. George Area Parade of Homes app to preview the homes, buy tickets, get directions/ navigation, take pictures, take notes in the idea book, and find building professionals. For more information, links to the app, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.ParadeHomes.com. Beginning Feb 13th at 5 pm, you can buy tickets from Lin’s Markets and Red Cliffs Mall. CHUCK NEGRON | ROOT FOR KIDS BENEFIT CONCERT Feb 29 | 7:30pm Tickets: $25-$35 (www.dsutix.com) The world was introduced to Chuck and Three Dog Night by the breakthrough-and the band’s first million-seller, “ONE.” Driven by Chuck Negron’s solo lead vocals on 4 million-selling singles, including three #1 records. His soaring, soulful, four-octave range and unique vocal styling became a part of the American landscape. We are excited to welcome Chuck Negron in St. George! The concert will be held at the Cox Performing Arts Center at Dixie State University 225 S 700 East, St. George, Utah 84770. All concert proceeds benefit hundreds of children in our community served by Root for Kids. SAVE THE DATE: CLARK COUNTY FAIR AND RODEO Apr 8-12 in Logandale, Nevada. *Please see our facebook page for additions or changes to this calendar. Dates and times of events are accurate at the time of printing.

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Mesquite Tile & Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Area Senior Centers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Mesquite Veterinary Clinic – Peggy Purner DVM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Baird Painting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Moapa Valley Mortuary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Mortgage Mate LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Bob's Tax Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

MPD/OHV Inspections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83, Back Cover

Budget Blinds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 108

MVP Productions – Kris Zurbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

C & J Shutters, Blinds, Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

NRC - The Reserve - Shawn & Colleen Glieden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Center for the Arts at Kayenta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

NRC – Hilltop Vistas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Clea's Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Odyssey Landscaping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Conestoga Golf Club - 1880 Grille. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

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

Dave Amodt Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Parade of Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Deep Roots Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Pioneer Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Del Webb – Sun City Mesquite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Pirate's Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Desert Oasis Spa & Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Preston's Medical Waste. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Desert Pain Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Preston’s Shredding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

ERA – Sharon Szarzi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Ready Golf Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Eureka Casino Resort - Gregory's Steakhouse . . . . . Inside Front Cover,

Red Rock Golf Center - Rob Krieger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Eureka Casino Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Farmers Insurance – Bill Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Re/Max Ridge Realty – Cindy Risinger Team. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60, 61

Friends of Gold Butte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Revere Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Great Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

GRI Survival Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Saint George Surgical Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Guillen – Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Shop, Eat, Play Moapa Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52, 53

H&R Block. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Staging Spaces and Redesign. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38, 110

Heritage Electric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

State Farm – LaDonna Koeller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Sugars Home Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 109

The Advenire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Katz KupCakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

The Inside Scoop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Keller Williams – Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

The Lindi Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Ken Garff Mesquite Ford – Dave Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

The Travel Connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Tuacahn Amphitheatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover

KUED PBS Utah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Virgin Valley Mortuary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Mary Bundy Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Women's Influence Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Mesa Valley Estates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23, 43

Xtreme Stitch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Mesa View Medical Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Yogi Window Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

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