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January 1 - February 28, 2021 Volume 14 – Issue 1 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Sperry ART DIRECTOR / LAYOUT Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Rayma Davis PROOFREADER Jennifer Sperry WRITERS Donna Eads, Jennifer Sperry, Michael Bartholomew, Kaylee Pickering, Rob Fuller, Mayor Allan S. Litman, Helen Houston, Ashley Centers, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Keith Buchhalter, Karen L. Monsen, Susie Knudsen, Nichole Clyde, Shellie Mae Thomas, Kerry Perry, Tim Orrell, Janel Ralat, Cliff and Ilene Bandringa, Megan Neri, Kyle Carter, Stephen Miller, David Cordero, Sandy Patterson ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL ads@ViewOnMagazine.com SUPPORT STAFF Bert Kubica Cheryl Whitehead DISTRIBUTION ViewOn Magazine Staff WEB DESIGN Erin Eames PUBLISHED BY ViewOn 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 Reader, I can’t say that I am sad 2020 is over! It has been a tough time for all of us in one way or another. I am looking forward to entering 2021, with knowledge that help is on the way. I have however, seen so many people step up and serve the community and those in need. Many of which were shared within the pages of ViewOn Magazine 2020. We live in an amazing area filled with wonderful and generous people. Our staff fell in love with this aspect of our communities and have decided to continue to share them in our upcoming ViewOn Hero articles. We are excited to announce the return of one of our most popular ViewOn articles from “One Organized Mama”. She has graciously agreed to share her organization knowledge with us once again. I know I always look forward to finding out how to keep my life together when it seems like it's falling apart. It is a great way to start the new year! There are several articles in this issue to start your year off right. Through all of these tough times, our advertisers have never stopped believing in what we do. It is due to their continued support that we can start another year bringing you our great publication. We encourage the community to continue to shop local and support the businesses throughout these pages. Keeping them open for all of us keeps our economy strong. Although many events have been put on the back burner, I look forward to them returning in the near future. Please remember to visit our Facebook page and website at ViewOnMagazine.com.

The entire staff at ViewOn Magazine wishes you all a very Happy 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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Jennifer Sperry is a happy, energetic writer and inspiring business owner who passionately shares topics in health and mind-body awareness. She is the founder and owner of IAM Retreats, LLC where she leads powerful retreats to help people out of their fears and into their light. You can reach her at exhalellc@gmail.com.

David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A southern Utah resident since 2006, David has extensive experience in writing, public relations, marketing, and public speaking. He has also served in a variety of volunteer capacities over the years, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, religious education and as a coach for his son's athletic teams. Email him at david.cordero@sgcity.org.

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.

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, NV. Helen holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, a Certified Color Consultant, and a Real Estate Staging Professional. Helen has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past 13 years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and home entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at Helen@stagingspaces.biz or (702) 346-0246.

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

Celece Krieger is the owner of The Travel Connection. Travel is her passion and she’s spent the past 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.

Ashley Centers Is the former GM of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, her passion for fitness runs deep. She fell in love with Competitive Powerlifting as a pre-teen. She set many state records and national qualifying totals during her lifting career prior to her competitive retirement while attending college. Ashley is now in training for the sport of Strongwoman. She is excited to remain a contributor to ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passion for health and fitness!

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


t’s a New Year for all of us, and in Mesquite, it’s just the beginning of what I know will be an exciting and rewarding one.

Yes, 2020 was a year no one ever expected. Natural disasters one after the other. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and if that was not enough to try our endurance, more natural disasters. Politics on every level tested our reserve, but we survived, and will continue to because we have kept the faith, worked together as a community and of course, have remained Mesquite Strong. I believe we are still the fastest growing city in Nevada, and remain the second safest. With the excellent police and fire departments we have, we are the envy of all of Nevada. Home and commercial permits have done well this past year, and I expect 2021 to be even better. We have added more apartments and are completing a new commercial medical building. Panda Express has opened and is jumping with business. Over the past few years we have been in conversations with developers, both private and governmental and I think we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. If all goes as planned, 2021 should see a major, very unique development on Mesquite Blvd, something we have never seen before. In addition, Nevada Rural Housing Authority has plans for several major developments of workforce housing, senior housing, and mixed development. Being the eternal optimist I am, I’m convinced it will all happen. If Mesquite is to prosper and grow, well-planned development, both residential and commercial must happen. Of course, Sun City continues to grow and with natural gas being made available to them, they will grow rapidly. Speaking of natural gas, they are right on schedule on providing their service to our commercial and industrial areas. Sports for our youth should come back strong this year as the pandemic subsides. What we have been lacking is sports tourism for adults. We are now planning to construct state of the art pickleball courts that will attract adult players from all over. The game has exploded in popularity in senior citizen communities and Mesquite will be no exception. I might even have to start playing. With a growing population comes the need for more medical services and Mesa View is poised to provide them. They have opened a new Sleep Lab right at the hospital and Senior Life Solutions is a new program for Medicare patients designed to assist with any mental health needs that may arise due to life circumstances. In addition there are plans for Medical Oncology and Cardiac Rehabilitation services in the very near future. So, as we enter the New Year, I am more optimistic than ever about our future in Mesquite. Yes, we have had some serious bumps in the road like everyone else, but we have great people living here. We have a positive outlook on the future, we have weathered 2020, and we need to be thankful we live in this,” gem in the desert” as the place to be.

Mayor, City of Mesquite


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Cover photo by Jared Wright | @wrightoutside


Living On The Edge ViewOn Organization One Organized Mama

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New Year, New Family Fun!

The Lee Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Paving a Road to Recovery for the Hospital Industry



Why is Paying It Forward So Powerful?

A Step Back in Time



One Organized Mama

New Year, Renewed You!


Saved By My Hero, My Angel

Forests, Fire, and Regrowth

Put Your Best Paw Forward in 2021

Get a Grip on Your Game in 2021

Top 5 Energy Efficient New Year's Resolutions in 2021

SUU Celebrates Learn Something New Year

The Fire

Statement Pieces, The "WOW" Factor

Change Resolutions to Reality


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Why I Love

Moapa Valley I

love Moapa Valley as this is the place where I have lived for most of my life. I had 2 sets of Grandparents that moved to this valley. One set moved here in 1891, and another in 1908. My Grandmother was born here in 1894, but lost her mother 8 days after her birth. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse and specialized in maternity. Opening up her home to help in the birthing to many babies in the valley. I see all the old buildings that I fell in love with when I was younger. Many of my classmates from the graduating class of “72” are still here. I have many fond memories of playing sports at the high school and cheering for my classmates. There are so many good people here. Some have lived their lives here and some have moved here. It doesn’t matter, I enjoy meeting them and want to welcome them here to the valley. There is such rich history that surrounds us that we can enjoy constantly. I am employed by the Overton Power District #5 but I have worked for Ace Hardware, Lin’s, Dan’s Foodtown, Home Hardware, Western Auto and for my parents at the Andersen Nursery.

~David Andersen

Why I Love I

St. George

love living in St. George, Utah! This was not always the case, I moved here as a kid in 1985. It was a hard place to move to back then, it was small! Think only one middle school small. I swore to move the moment I could. Now you couldn't pay me to leave! My family loves the outdoors. We ride bicycles (road and mountain), hike, play at the sand dunes, on the lake on our toys, and take our dogs hiking twice a day most days. I don't think they want to live anywhere else either. Not only do we have beautiful scenery and weather, our community is incredible! I work with young people who sometimes struggle and I have been humbled repeatedly by what people will do to help. People here donate their time, their money, their "stuff" and their hearts to help others, ask anyone involved in non-profits and they will agree. St. George is by far the most caring and giving community I have ever known. ~Tami Fullerton


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Why I Love

Santa Clara F

or ten years my husband Jake and I have lived in many different southern Utah cities including: Hurricane, La Verkin, Washington, and St. George. We fell in love on the Tuacahn Amphitheatre stage, so the dramatic red rock canyons and starry night skies have always felt like home! We are performing arts teachers (dance and drama) at Vista School in Ivins, so we had always hoped to live closer to work. We were so blessed to find our "forever home" here in Santa Clara amidst our house search in the middle of a pandemic! I am absolutely in love with the beautiful trees, small-town feel, quaint businesses, friendly neighbors, and festive holidays! Being surrounded by such beloved heritage and history gives me a strong sense of pride for our new hometown. My favorite thing to do with my three energetic boys is ride our bikes down to Santa Clara town hall to hear the bells and watch the hourly Glockenspiel!

~Shellie Thomas

Why I Love I


have lived in Mesquite since 1994, graduating from Virgin Valley High School. Mesquite is where I met the love of my life, we have been married for 23 years, we have three wonderful children and one grandchild. Mesquite has been a great city to raise our children. There are a lot of healthy activities and no big city issues. With Las Vegas just an hour away it’s the perfect getaway. I have been in the food and beverage industry for 28 years. I started from the ground up and now I am the Director of Food and Beverage at the 1880 Grille at Conestoga Golf Club. Mesquite is a great place to call home, with the golf courses and fine restaurants in town. It’s also the perfect city to retire. ~Oscar Cuellar

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Why is Paying It Forward So Powerful? M By Judi Moreo

ore than ever before, it can feel difficult or even impossible to remain positive and focused on the good in the world today. With so much attention on selfish and negative behaviors in the news and throughout social media, finding a bright spot in your day is often a surprising and welcomed event.

Learning to pay it forward is one way you can make a positive change in the world while inspiring others to focus on what is good and positive in our society. The basic principle of paying it forward is to repay a kindness that has been bestowed upon you by giving to someone else, not to the original benefactor. What exactly is the point of paying it forward? Why has this movement sparked so many projects and acts of generosity around the globe? There are actually some scientific studies that can help us understand the real power behind paying it forward. It has long been known that performing good deeds makes you happier. Recent research at Stanford University sought to examine this phenomenon even further (Lyubomirsky, 2015). Participants were asked to perform at least five random acts of kindness each week for six weeks. Those in the study were allowed to pick the nature of their bestowed acts and when they wanted to engage in them. When compared to the control group, who was not required to perform any good deeds, those who performed kind acts reported increased levels of happiness. Those who bestowed all of their weekly required acts in one single day showed the highest level of satisfaction after the study period ended.


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What is it about giving to others that enhances your happiness? This question has a complicated answer, but the largest benefit of helping others is that it increases your sense of purpose in life. When you feel that your actions are directly responsible for improving someone else’s life, you feel you are having a positive influence on the world. Acts of kindness provide you with a sense of control over your life and the world, too. Paying it forward is a way to enact the change that you would like to see in the world. In addition, being kind to others boosts your social capital. When others see you being generous, they learn to appreciate you and are more likely to be helpful to you in return. And those who feel they make the most significant impact or whose recipients show the most substantial appreciation for their efforts also report the most satisfaction and happiness. What doesn’t seem to make a difference in the level of satisfaction for givers is the level of the generosity. For example, one research study found that it did not matter how much people gave to those in need, only that they had given at all. And those who give of their time or effort feel just as happy with their choices as those who donate or spend money. In all situations, the givers increase their level of happiness just by giving. What happens when someone is so appreciative of your good deeds that they want to repay your generosity? In this case, you could accept their offer, or you could simply encourage the receiver to pay it forward. Honoring your kindness by bestowing a kind act on someone else is the foundation of paying it forward, and this represents an opportunity to show someone else how powerful good deeds can really be. Researchers have found that, when good deeds are performed in a community, they are likely to spawn even more acts of kindness (The social contagion of generosity, Tsvetkova and Macy). A simple example of this from 2012: At a Tim Horton’s coffee shop in Manitoba, one customer paid for the order of the person behind her in line. This led to a chain reaction of similar acts of generosity in the drive-through whereby 226 customers paid for the orders of strangers in line behind them across three hours. These types of generosity “chains” frequently happen today at all kinds of restaurants and toll booths across North America. This example highlights how generosity can be socially contagious. This is supported by many research studies that observe that being a recipient of or witnessing a kind deed makes you much more likely to do something kind for someone else. This is true whether or not your actions will be rewarded or directly reciprocated. This is paying it forward in action. Single deeds of generosity can create ripples within a community or social circle. Giving selflessly of yourself has been linked to a number of mental and physical health benefits. For example, those who regularly engage in random acts of kindness or who volunteer regularly are more likely to live longer than those who don’t. This outcome could be linked to the increased sense of purpose that giving provides or to the reduction in stress that is usually accompanied by raised levels of happiness. Those who give of themselves regularly often report better relationships and enhanced abilities to solve problems and overcome obstacles. Like all goals in life, it is essential to set goals for yourself, make a plan, and hold yourself accountable for your intentions to pay it forward.V

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Living on the


By Michael Bartholomew | Photo Credit: Jared Wright


here is a new experience near Zion National Park! Utah Adventure Center and their teams have created Angels Leading Ledgewalk; a place where you can have your own private Kolob Canyon experience. The experience is a two-mile loop, a mix of hiking and via ferrata climbing, on the rim of Kolob Canyon. There are views of Above Zion Waterfall which runs year-round and drops over a ledge 650 feet into Kolob Creek.


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Those familiar with Angels Landing may immediately think, “no way�; however, all guests on the Angels Leading Ledgewalk will be outfitted with helmets and via ferrata harnesses. The guest will have a private guided experience which starts with safety instructions on how to use their gear. The Ledgewalk is designed for guests eight years old to 80 years old. Guests are always clipped into the safety cable throughout the hike and climb; two locking carabiners on each harness for extra protection at all times, gives you a sense of added security. I had the pleasure to experience this hike. Since the experience is a loop we never had the pressure of having to be passed by more experienced hikers.


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After gearing up, the fifteen minute ride in a side by side ATV gives you top side views of the experience you are going to be hiking. Jared, the guide, was a huge part of the experience. He had a calming personality and is a true lover and steward of the land. His love and knowledge of the area, exposed the beauty of this hidden gem that is now available to the public. This private property is shared, in a controlled environment for the public; a very special opportunity for both parties. Because of his passion for the land and love for climbing, we could feel safety was important to Jared. His attention to detail made me feel confident in our upcoming experience and knowing that low impact land use was important to them. After leaving the ATV’s, you start to see the metal rungs which are drilled into the cliffside, about 13 inches apart from each other, always promising the best handhold and the best foothold. Along the side of the rungs runs a metal cable, which everyone is clipped to at all times. The first climb, when you drop down, the beauty is very apparent and each step just becomes better and better as you step towards the heart of the hike. The hanging gardens were a nice diversity in beauty. Being in high desert, these hanging gardens stood out from the red rocks with their deep colors of green foliage. As you progress up the canyon, the climbs do get a little more intense as the landscape opens and the exposure of heights come into view. Never did I feel unsafe. I felt in control which made all


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the climbs surmountable. The trail emcompasses so much beauty in such a relatively short distance. The last 100 foot climb leads you to a horse shoe shaped edge which drops down 800 feet to the canyon floor. The safety cables are all around the edges. Jared, asks if you want to take an opportunity of a lifetime with a selfie hanging off the cliff.


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He tells you it is not mandatory, and thank God for their diligence in safety; it made my guts hurt, but it was worth it. A moment I will never forget. A gentle short hike out with breathtaking views to exit the looped hike, where we got back on the ATV’s.

Jared showed us the land from a different view as we headed towards Kolob Reservoir to take the kayaks and canoes out for the rest of the afternoon. The cool breeze and beauty of the water reflecting the landscape around was the calm to our adrenaline. We were then able to paddle to a private picnic spot on the beach.

The tours are guided through Utah Adventure Center and are always on private property. Allowing everyone to experience the magnitude of a place like Zion’s, while having respect for land management made me grateful for the people who put this adventure together.

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Kolob Marketplace is where you begin and end your journey. The market offers a variety of services. I personally enjoyed relaxing with a drink after the day of adventures. There is a full bar and restaurant that is open 11am-8pm with outdoor and indoor seating. Also on property is the shop with souvenirs, drinks and snacks. Through the shop is where guests can rent boats, including paddle boards, canoes and kayaks.V Utah Adventure Center is located about 22 miles up Kolob Terrace Road near the Kolob Reservoir. Guests will drive in and out of Zion National Park boundary throughout the scenic drive until they reach our meeting location, Kolob Marketplace Bar & Grill. We are at 7,900 feet of elevation so the weather is always about 20 degrees cooler than in Springdale. Peak season and the best time to book is Memorial Day to Labor Day. We are closed in the wintertime since Kolob Terrace Rd is not plowed and the road closes after the second snowfall. Weather dependent we are expecting to be operating the beginning of May through October. Again, that is dependent on snowfall and snowmelt each year. Booking can be done directly online at www.UtahAdventureCenter.com for the remainder of this season and next year.


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A Step Back in Time By Jennifer Sperry


elcome to 2021! A year the world has been waiting for is finally here! We have all needed a break from the stress, for quite some time. With the inability to travel to a vacation destination, hug loved ones, see family members grow up, many of us have felt stuck. Looking for unwinding moments, sitting, longing for better days, have led us to spend more time with our electronics; such as Kindles, phones, computers, and televisions. Searching for the happiness and escape we once were experiencing. Not so long ago television and phones were really not a priority in our life. I remember the days we would wait for our show to come on once a week; not getting the opportunity to “binge watch” years of seasons in one sitting. A time where the television was filled with commercials. Commercials were a time to hop up and yell, “tell me when it starts” as we darted off to grab water, put a load of laundry in the dryer or laugh with the family sitting next to you as you talk about the show you were watching. Times were so different. Electronic entertainment was a novelty, not a part of life. Our grandparents watched the news, but only at 10 o’clock, because that was their favorite anchor. They didn’t search every couple of hours for the numbers to the pandemic or if the riots were getting closer to their home. Never searching, searching,

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searching all day that it consumed their lives. We didn’t know what our friends and family were doing unless we spoke to them, held pictures in our hands as we listened to their last adventure. We shared school pictures that were tangible and able to stick in a wallet or on a fridge. We spoke and felt the emotions of interacting with our loved ones instead of checking in on their social media page, giving them an emotional emoji reaction to show them we “saw” the post. A phone call was precious. We sat down and visited and listened to the company on the other line. What choice did we have? The phone was connected to the wall. We weren’t able to multitask much! The conversation was fulfilling; because, we were present with just that, a conversation with a loved one.


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We read books while flipping pages. We didn’t have to worry about what screen filter to put on to protect our eyes. We didn’t get distracted by social media as we scrolled to find the app on our phone. We opened a book in our favorite comfortable chair, or outside in the sunshine, to let the pages unfold a story in our minds. Spare time was spent taking walks, playing board games, and for the brave, night games. Cooking was a thing back then! With recipe books and handwritten lists to grab items at the store. And what a wonderful thing cooking is when time is free. Trying out a new recipe, involving the family, sitting around after to enjoy it together. There is evidence a “break” from your phone can increase your emotional stability and add to your overall happiness. When one is living in a virtual world, vicariously through others, it can lead to feelings of loneliness and longing. Low self esteem from unhealthy views established by watching others live their life, only sharing the joy. We know our emotions can be affected by the content we watch. That is why some may enjoy a horror show while others are left with a sense of worry. The content from electronics can directly contribute to our moods. News and social media can often focus on the sadness or vile things going on in society leaving us feeling unsettled or with heightened emotions. The opposite can be experienced when we watch a happy, funny film, or a movie that stirs positive feelings like love, compassion and pride. We walk away with those positive feelings throughout our day. The year 2020, filled our electronics with shocking news stories and showed us how some of our most favorite people really felt. News played on our emotions, friends and family posted their raw thoughts; all to get a response out of their reader. And it did. So let’s take a positive break from all of that. Give our worries some time to heal. Do something that human beings were meant to be: happy. Recreate your life without the negative, bring some light into your life and share it with others as we embrace some time each day to step away from our electronics. Pick up that book Take a nap leaving your phone in the other room Color or paint Look through old family photo albums Go for a walk Play an outside game Grab that deck of cards and play solitaire Search your old recipe books for something new to try Go on a family picnic

Start a new art project with your kids or significant other Work in your garden Deep clean that closet or junk drawer Pretend you are visiting the town you live in and find a hike or park or scenic spot you have never seen before Start a journal, someday this time will be in the history books May 2021, be the year we step back in time and reconnect with life.V

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Arizona Horse Ride

By Tim Orrell


moved to Scenic, Arizona in January 2006, from the Salinas Valley in California, where I rode and studied horses. I attended several pro bull riding schools. However, since moving to the Arizona strip I ride, study, and train horses more than ever, operating a small group trail ride and riding lesson service. It takes two to three years to train a working trail horse, and the following is how I work with and train horses.


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First thing, you get horses that are willing to work together, some horses do not get along with other horses. Then you get them on the trail and go to work, riding them, talking to them, both verbally and through body movement, while working out any bad habits along the way. In return the horses will talk to you through their body movement and you will know exactly what they are telling you. Then after months and miles in the

saddle, months and miles of give and take, back and forth communication with the horses, you come together as a team, just as a team of employees working together. Now you are ready for the next phase, which is to bring in a different rider, or riders, a different weight in the saddle, a different riding style and riding skill. Everyone rides a horse a little different. Some riders hold the reins too loose; some riders hold the reins too tight. Some riders are perfectly quiet and still in the saddle, others are loud and constantly moving around on the horse. These things are a big adjustment for a horse to make and takes time. Again, after months and miles in the saddle it's time to bring in the kids. You put the kids on the horse in the saddle, giving him or her the reins and away they go, but I am on the ground right with them. Using the lead rope, I can control the speed and direction of the horse if necessary. This way the kid can have fun and build confidence for the future. Some adults, because of a past bad experience, or no experience, who are just not comfortable getting on a horse, I work with in the same way to gain a level of confidence to where they are comfortable getting on. In fact, I have a riding lesson/trail ride combined into one, which is interesting and informative. We discuss proper rider position in the saddle, moving the horse ahead, stopping the horse, turning, and proper use of the reins. We then practice these techniques on the trail ride. I suggest this to anyone wanting to improve their riding, and as a refresher course. Regular riders, anyone wanting to ride weekly or monthly, are welcome. People with special needs wanting to ride are welcome. I will be with them every step of the way. By now you have a good understanding about training a working trail horse. Training a horse and rider is forever; the trail, however, never ends.V For more information or to make an appointment call: Tim Orrell at 928-347-1248

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By Janel Ralat


ello! My name is Janel Ralat and I am One Organized Mama! One Organized Mama was a professional organizing business serving the Las Vegas valley for eight years. I recently transitioned the business into a platform to teach time management and home organization skills and techniques.

Let me ask you, did you notice that in January of 2020, so many of us were elated about the new year and a new decade? I remember streams of social media posts celebrating the setting of new goals and positive affirmations. It was going to be a wonderful year!! Then came March. It was a year no one was quite expecting. We head into 2021, with a little shell shock and trepidation about what lies ahead. Although 2020 was challenging for many of us, it was jam packed full of eye opening realizations for me. Let me share with you two lessons I am taking away from the tumultuous 2020: Even when the world is changing rapidly around me, it does not mean that I cannot still accomplish my personal goals. I must learn how to adapt and pivot more. I started 2020, with many of the same goals as many of you. To get into better shape, work on my home, be more diligent about our finances, more quality time together as a family, plan a trip to meet friends, create more “me time� for myself, and hit specific benchmarks in my business. When the world shutdown I got stuck and struggled moving forward with my goals. I had to revisit the basics of what I teach in order to get unstuck. My philosophy with One Organized Mama is that time management is the foundation for getting organized. I want you to have an organized life, not just a pretty pantry. So what exactly does this mean? I want you to look at all the different areas of your life. You have family, a home, friends, responsibilities, bills, hopes, and dreams. You also have a limited resource of time.


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So, how do we get all these things done with the limited amount of time we have during our day? Let me introduce you to

time buckets

I like to use buckets because we are talking about organization after all, and a bucket is a container. I want you to divide your TIME into each BUCKET. Just like you would do when organizing your home. How does one organize

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their time? With a 3 step process: BRAINSTORMING, PRIORITIZING, & PLANNING. Let’s start with brainstorming. This is simply the process of getting everything out of your head and onto paper. You know those nagging little thoughts that keep you up at night? Those “should do’s” “need to do’s”, “want to do’s” and “must-do’s”. Take a look at your time buckets for inspiration. What physical goals do you want to achieve? Which home projects keep nagging at you? Do you give yourself any quiet time? If not, what does that look like for you? I want you to write them all down on paper. Once you’ve done that it’s time to prioritize. Take a look at your brainstorming notes and begin to circle the items that are your priorities. Once you’ve circled them, it’s time to number them. Try and capture at least one item from each of your Time Buckets. Some buckets will have a lot of notes. Some will have a few. Last, it’s time to put those thoughts into ACTION by making a plan for each and every day. Again, I’m a believer in writing these down; or typing them out if you’re using a digital format. Plan each and every day. Break down those goals into small actionable items. Now this doesn’t mean


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you have to plan out every single minute of your day. Just give yourself some achievable goals to accomplish. Maybe it’s running a mile while beginning training for a marathon. Or choosing a paint color for your next home project. Or signing up for a training class at work. Large goals are achieved when you accomplish many, many small goals throughout your journey. A little hesitant about what a new year will bring? Just remember that although it may feel like the world has flipped upside down on us, it does not mean we have given up every aspect of our lives. We still have our work, our families, our friends, our hobbies, our physical health, our financial well-being, our homes, and our need for some peace that we create. Set some goals for 2021, do not waste the most precious resource you’re given in this life (TIME), and put those thoughts into actionable plans.V Thank you for letting me share this with you and if you have any questions about time management or organization you can contact me at OneOrganizedMama@gmail.com

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New Year... New Family Fun By Jennifer Sperry


f you are like my family, we have gone from busy lifestyles filled with sports, dance performances, date nights, and friends over, unsure if tomorrow we will be able to leave our house! I miss interaction and faces and adventure and activities. When Chef Jackie told us about Harmons’ new online cooking class, I immediately signed up for two classes! Harmons’ cooking classes have always been on location in their beautiful kitchen. The classes are taught by their seasoned chefs. Closing their cooking schools to help, as a community, to stop the spread of COVID-19, Harmons opened online classes. Taking “the best techniques for turning an ordinary meal into a culinary work of art”, to the safety of your home. With options of learning the skills to cook foods around the world, desserts, exciting cake competitions, cheese and wine boards, themes on how to entertain guests, holiday meals, and “kids in the kitchen” we had many options to please our palette. We chose “Secrets to a Perfect Steak; Wagyu Steak with Pomegranate Mushroom Pan Sauce Charred Carrots with Garlic-Herbed Butter Creamy Parmesan Polenta” for a fancy dinner night. We then decided on “Online Homemade CINN-FULL Cinnamon Rolls” for a relaxing Saturday morning. Let me set the scene for you! Saturday night we got dressed up, wore our fancy clothes, poured our favorite drinks, and complemented each other’s hair as we logged into the online cooking class. Although we have all been cooped up in our homes, it is important to still “get ready” for a fancy night. We picked up our Harmons bag with the pre measured ingredients the day before our cooking class. Now the bag sits on the kitchen island, just waiting for us to dive in for this dinner making experience. The class begins and you see everyone in their kitchens, some drinking wine, others dressed up too, as we all say hello and begin this adventure together. There are appetizers with pate’, different cheeses and crackers we enjoyed as we listened to instructions. This class was very fast paced, it made me grateful we had looked at the ingredients before, prepared our kitchen and also for a very detailed recipe instruction guide provided by the chefs. With the course being online, you have to be a bit more patient with asking questions through the online chat if you were unheard when speaking; but, Harmons had someone just for the chat group, so getting


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behind was not an option. The chat questions were read to Chef Shane Robillard and he repeated them and answered them for all us to hear and be a part of. The chef was able to look at our food and answer any questions as we began to stir, melt, fry, and broil our ingredients. About an hour and a half later, we were sitting around our table, laughing and visiting over our picture worthy food. This last weekend we experienced the cooking school completely different. We decided to wear our pajamas, and have a relaxing Saturday while the wafting of cinnamon rolls rolled through our home. Chef Jackie and Chef Debbie Iverson created a fun environment with sharing “family secrets� to make working with dough easier. I loved the interaction with Chef Debbie. She was friendly and had us interacting and sharing our family traditions with our families and the class. This course seemed more calm and less rushed while we worked with the premade dough from Harmons. As we waited for our cinnamon sprinkled, rolled dough to rise, Chef Debbie taught us how to make dough for the future. Teaching us to freeze this dough for a future morning was much appreciated! Chef Jackie's granddaughter, Gracie Hollands, preparing for cooking class.


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What a great way to spend our time together with our family and these amazing chefs. I enjoyed their coaching on quick tips, walking us through cooking, and being readily available for questions. Chef Debbie checked in with us often, having us show her our rising dough, which helped us to stay excited and take away any insecurities we may have had from not cooking before. As a busy mother, it was so nice to have premeasured, color coordinated containers for easy quick access. Harmons not only sends you with the ingredient list, equipment list, the prep before class, recipes, hints, and future tips for prep or storing, they also send you with all the ingredients ready to use. This way, we can recreate these mastered meals in the future. With the world so unknown of our future endeavors outside of our homes, this experience was so fun to share with my significant other and my kids. The interaction with virtual friends and a class that is tailored to move, engage, and enjoy made me look forward to more opportunities like this. Family time is so important and I was getting burnt out of ideas! There are 19 Harmons locations in Utah, locally owned and operated. I personally shop at Harmons. I love the cleanliness they have always had, and even more so during these troubling times. I also shop because they reflect my vibration of shopping local, with quality foods, many specialty and organic, allergy free options that are important to me and my family. Thank you Chef Jackie for creating such an amazing experience with the people we love!V To learn more about these classes and enjoy it as much as we did, please visit www.HarmonsGrocery.com to see the many opportunities of online cooking classes.

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New Year, Renewed You! By Ashley Centers


appy New Year readers! In contemplation of this article I really wanted to focus on the opportunity that we have with 2021, for renewing our minds and bodies as well as renewing our purpose. It is fairly safe to say that we have all been through a lot this past year and we have all handled that in our own best way. In my contemplation I felt that a great goal for 2021, is to be able to find our mental reset button and refocus on our well being. I want for us all to be able to focus on taking charge of 2021, and making it a good year for us to challenge ourselves physically, and to do that we need to make a cognitive decision to put our wellness first and foremost. This year is a very unique opportunity to reset and repurpose in a palpable way. How we choose to proceed from here can and will have lasting effects for our health and fitness journey. A great beginning step for us all this year is to try and clear our mind of the uncertainty by making achievable fitness goals for ourselves. I recommend making many smaller goals in a step up approach to your ultimate year end goal, such as distances walked or timing of those distances, weight lifted, sport specific goals etc.. For example, if you want to run a five minute mile, but currently can only walk a mile with considerable effort, start by timing how long it currently takes to walk that mile and focus on pacing yourself for a 15-30 second, reduction in timing each time you train. If you want to bench press 50lbs more by year end, then focus on training in short six to eight week cycles that allow for incremental increases of weight over that time. If you want to swing a golf club more effectively then set monthly strength and flexibility goals for your body to aid in your ability to drive that ball further. Simply put, by breaking up the larger goal into smaller more attainable goals and recording our progress along the way we can achieve, maintain, and in most cases surpass our initial goals. It is important that you set the goal to begin with, so you know what it is you’re training for. While many things this past year have felt vastly out of our control, and in the past our own wellness may have felt out of our control, it is truly the one thing that we in and of ourselves do have a say over. Consciously we can make the decision to exercise more, eat healthier, and ultimately be well. Every small decision we make daily with our eating habits, our gym routine, the time we take to relax, reflect, and or meditate, can and will help us towards our next goals and beyond. When we can simply find it within ourselves to take a deep breath and realize we control our own wellness with awareness and preparation, and solidify our own mindset that it is absolutely worth it to simply begin, we will all be wildly successful at not only our fitness goals but finding and renewing our sense of purpose. I wish you all a happy and healthy 2021, and the absolute best of luck on your health and wellness journey! With the clear attainable goal of being the absolute best we can be, we can and will tackle this year with a refreshed and renewed body, mind, and spirit!V


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Take a Breath Take a Break Step Away Reconnect with a Visit to Southern Utah. By Kaylee Pickering


ith the tumultuous year of 2020 behind us, the need to step back, step away, and reset is almost overwhelming this year. While the new year is always accompanied by the idea of a “new year, new me” this year, many of us are moving forward with an eagerness to rediscover ourselves along the way. Whether that’s through dining, getting outside, discovering a new hobby, or simply taking a break from the day-to-day to reconnect our body and soul, here are a few ways to get that “new year, new me” experience in Cedar City this year.

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Discover Something New

In the dense quiet of a forest blanketed with crisp white snow, there’s a sense of adventure mixed with a feeling of calm. The world steps away for just a moment beneath the roar of a snowmobile and the pleasant chatter with your guide at scenic overlooks along the way. Discovering something new this year is an experience we all look forward to and a getaway to the wide open spaces of Dixie National Forest can offer an unexpected reprieve from the day-to-day.


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With no experience required, a snowmobile tour to Cedar Breaks National Monument from Brian Head, Utah can be the perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation. It sounds strange to relax on a snowmobile tour, but with expert guides and a forest quieted by winter, it’s easy to relax and immerse yourself in your surroundings. And the end destination? Perfect, crimson formations dusted in snow; Cedar Breaks National Monument in winter is a spectacle of fire and ice that you’ll never forget.

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Connect and Reset

Coffee, yoga, connect, the three ideas that form Bristlecone Coffee in downtown Cedar City are concepts we are fully behind moving into the new year. With so many of us distanced from friends, family, and loved ones this past year a chance to reconnect through yoga followed by unbelievable drinks and food in a cozy atmosphere is just what we need. Bristlecone offers a combination of hot yoga classes as well as classic yoga throughout the day to all visitors. With a mission to offer inclusive classes for everyone’s health routine, they are thoughtful in the way they structure their courses. At Bristlecone they believe the “process of coming home to your body is worth sharing and worth showing up for”. With a restorative yoga class behind you, a hot tea in hand, and a Tuscan Bagel sandwich in front of you it’s an ideal afternoon.


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Step into the Past; Near and Far

There’s nothing quite as grounding as stepping into a place that calls you back to a simpler time. A place that connects you with those who walked there before can be almost therapeutic in the power of connection that can be found. Whether that time is distant and mysterious like the pathway of the Parowan Gap, or classic and comforting like a vinyl record shop straight out of the ’70s, it’s still nice to step back. The Parowan Gap is a towering and mysterious rock formation in the valley between Cedar City and Parowan. The walls of dark Navajo sandstone are adorned with stories of the past, etched into history by various tribes and people who used this natural thoroughfare. With over 1,500 petroglyphs on 90 panels, there are so many stories to discover and ideas to connect with. From the iconic Zipper Glyph to a small mountain goat etched carefully behind a larger stone it’s incredible what you’ll find on the walls at this historic site. For a dose of more recent history and some incredible nostalgia give Groovacious Records a visit. This Cedar City favorite is a truly classic vinyl record shop, run by some incredible people to boot! Step through the doorway to the tunes of Pink Floyd as the smell of incense rises to greet you. You’ll find memorabilia, new releases, and even a wall of cassette tapes as you browse the impressive collection. With a wide variety and diverse taste, Groovacious stocks music from all genres and decades. Check out the work of local artists on the Art Wall and chat with the owner, Lisa, for some incredible recommendations.

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Creative Spark

It’s no secret that the stunning landscapes of southern Utah are a favorite for artists. The vistas and formations of Zion National Park, the sweeping desert views, the intricate formations of Bryce Canyon National Park, have all found their way onto canvas, print, or digital art. Spark creativity with a visit to the Southern Utah Museum of Art before heading out to create a masterpiece of your own. This state-of-the-art museum on the campus of Southern Utah University features the artwork of regional artists known for their landscapes, as well as emerging and distinguished artists from around the country. The robust collection from local artist Jimmie F. Jones exemplifies the beautiful landscapes of the area. Pick up a canvas and supplies from the Kolob Gallery art store in Cedar City before seeking the perfect landscape for your


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next piece. Experience the colors, shapes, and structures of southern Utah’s national parks in a whole new way with a creative medium of your choice. Sit beside a spring and listen to the babble of the water over stones as you recreate the landscape before you. Recreate the view over the twisting and sweeping crimson formations of Cedar Breaks National monument from an overlook. Or capture the breathtaking moment of turning the corner in Kolob Canyons as the cliffs of Kolob rise to meet you. With wide-open spaces, beautiful places, and wonder waiting to be discovered at every turn, Cedar City is an ideal place to take a breath, take a breath, and step away.V For information VisitCedarCity.com

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Saved by My Hero,

My Angel By Shellie Mae Thomas


could never lose a child. That's just something I could never do! God and I have a deal that I can live through anything, but not that." These exact words were once my own.

My husband, Jake and I had three beautiful sons who were our entire world. My young-mother heart couldn't fathom the possibility of burying a child.


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In the summer of 2019, we were surprised to learn that I was expecting a fourth baby, but unfortunately, the surprises didn't end there. At our 20 week sonogram, we learned that we were having another boy, but that he had deformities and that there were concerns. Upon recommendations, we saw MaternalFetal Medicine specialists at Intermountain Healthcare. With an amniocentesis, we found out that our baby had Trisomy 18.

Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards Syndrome, is a celldivision error disorder. Every single cell of our son's body had an extra pair of chromosome 18. There was a 50% chance that our baby would pass inutereo, and if he was born alive, there was only a 1% chance that he would live to see his first birthday. We are grateful we were able to carry and love this baby for as long as possible. We did choose to deliver our son via cesarean section to save his little body from the stress of labor and delivery, with the hopes of holding him alive. Our sweet baby, Loen Matthew Thomas, was born on Sunday, January 19th 2020, at 2:06pm. He weighed only 2 pounds, 11 ounces, born at 35 weeks gestation. We were able to hold and kiss our tiny baby for 11 precious hours. In the months that I carried Loen and in those few hours that his spirit filled our hospital room, I was changed. Loen taught me to love more, to count my blessings, and to see the many angels in my life. I was carried through my grief by way of meals and anonymous gifts left on our porch, simple lunch dates or vent sessions with close friends, but most of all the comforting feeling of Loen's spirit surrounding me and our family. I have been saved by my angel, Loen, and the many hands that held me through this journey.V

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FORESTS, FIRE, and REGROWTH By Karen L. Monsen


evastating fires in 2020 produced a Hamlet moment: what are forests to be or not to be. History sets the stage, but scientists, collaborative groups, and public support will determine the future for America’s Forests. FIRE HISTORY Throughout time, fire has been part of human survival. Fire coexists with healthy forests and sometimes plants depend on fire to propagate. For around 12,000 years, indigenous people have used fire to clear areas for planting and encourage new growth. Approximately 7% of the world’s population or between 200 and 500 million people use fire today for agriculture.


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On federal lands comprising of 640 million acres or about 28% of our nation, the Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture (with timber and grazing influences) manages American forests and sets fire policy with lesser control going to the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Defense, and the Bureau of Reclamation. Following the 1910 fires that burned five million acres in Montana, Idaho, and Washington and killed 78 people, U.S. fire policy shifted to aggressive suppression to protect timber resources. In 1944, Smokey the Bear became the face for fire suppression. The Nature Conservancy (TNC, www.nature.org)

and the National Park service have used fire as a conservation tool for years and the Forest Service suppresses fires near homes and selectively employs prescribed burns. DEPENDENT VS ADAPTIVE Fire-dependent species require fire as part of their life cycle to propagate; fire-adaptive species adjust to tolerate occasional fires. Anne Bradley, a 16-year veteran with the nonprofit The Nature Conservancy, holds an MS in Botany with emphasis in fire ecology. She describes fire dependency, “In the Western US, ponderosa pine is a common forest tree that not only tolerates fire because of its thick bark, but seeds best where fire has consumed the needle litter and other organic material.” Other species may resprout, like Eucalyptus, or redwood, or have cones that open when exposed to heat, like lodgepole pine. Having worked for the US Forest Service and as a land management planner and regional botanist for the national forests in California, Bradley contends fire-adapted forests have a range of fire frequencies. “Where ponderosa pine might experience ground fires every 3-15 years, a coastal Douglas fir in wet Pacific Northwest may experience burning conditions once in a hundred years or more.” Some species neither adapt nor recover after fires. Desert ecosystems generally require long post-fire recovery as nonnative grasses quickly move in and outcompete natives for water.

FIRE TORNADOES AND CLIMATE Wildland fires in 2020 burned hotter and stronger with winds generating fire tornados. By August, Arizona fire managers reported 1600 fires had burned more than 700,000 acres. Bradley links the powerful fire surge to a convergence of a longer fire season, increased fuels due to many more trees because of fire suppression, and a warming, drying climate. TNC Conservation Scientist, Marcos Robles agrees, “Climate change has played a primary role; rising temperatures across the last several decades have lengthened fire seasons and dried out the fuels within forests.” Robles holds degrees in Ecology and Environmental Science, worked for 19 years on biodiversity planning and mapping, sustainable growth, climate change, forest ecology, and hydrology, and is currently working on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) in northern Arizona to restore one million acres across four national forests over the next 20 years. Joe Trudeau, a conservation advocate in Prescott, Arizona for the Center for Biological Diversity (www.BiologicalDiversity. org), attributes explosive fire behavior to dense undergrowth of small, young trees that were established following fire suppression policies and livestock introduction. With two decades in forestry managing public and private lands, Trudeau explains that overgrowth of oaks, firs, junipers and

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Jacob Lake, AZ 2020 | Photo Credit: Karen L Monsen

species other than Ponderosa Pine create dense thickets that contribute to severe fires like the 2020 Mangum Fire near Jacob Lake, Arizona. Hand thinning and prescribed burns can reduce accumulated fuels without damaging the terrain. FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE Forests on the Grand Canyon North Rim have experienced many fires over the years. The Warm Fire that burned North Rim in 2006 has regenerated with Aspen, but Ponderosa and conifers may take several decades to return. In pine forests where the park service has been letting blazes burn for decades, tree numbers per acre are dropping from hundreds or thousands to tens; thereby reducing biomass that feeds severe fires. Ponderosa Pine ecosystems are most healthy when low severity fires occur routinely. Following the 1988 Yellowstone National Park fire that burned 800,000 acres of lodgepole pine, Trudeau suggested at the time, “It seemed like the end of the world,” but that now fire managers and scientists agree, “It was actually the beginning of a new forest, one that is more healthy, diverse, and resilient to bark beetles, and provides better wildlife habitat.”


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Post Fire Growth 2013 North Rim, AZ | Photo Credit: Karen L Monsen

REFORESTATION AND RESEEDING Forest regrowth depends on fire severity (how hot) and post-fire moisture quantity and timing. Recovery to large areas following high severity fires may take decades and require soil stabilization and mitigation to damaged water resources. Forest Ecologist Travis Woolley who monitors large landscape restoration efforts such as the 4FRI concedes, “Some areas where high severity outcomes were experienced may convert to a different vegetation type and not become forest again in the foreseeable future. However, this is highly variable across the landscape.�

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Prescribed Burn at Muleshoe Ranch CMA, AZ | Photo Credit: The Nature Conservative

COLLABORATION Arizona’s 2.4 million-acre 4FRI brings conservation organizations together with timber industry, state, and federal officials to find common ground to restore forest health. The TNC chapters in Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, California and others are creating a map for forestland managers to identify recovery probability areas across US western forests and New Mexico and Colorado TNC chapters have replanting projects with the National Park Service and the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe. Trudeau contends we’re facing an extinction crisis, a climate crisis, a fire crisis, and an invasive plant crisis. Bradley remains hopeful that fire will be a restoration tool and science will build a capable workforce to restore forest health. Cautiously optimistic, Robles adds, “Addressing the climate challenge will take a multi-pronged approach including using large-scale thinning and prescribed fire to reduce carbon emissions from severe wildfires and stabilize forest carbon and resilience.” Ultimately, Woolley indicates some forest areas will recover; others may not. Science speaks through many voices. As today’s forest fire drama unfolds, we need to listen to the scientists before Mother Nature brings the curtain down.V


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Put Your Best PAW Forward

in 2021


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By Anita DeLelles


hy should I take my dog to a trainer? We hear this question a lot. Our answer is simple. Training creates a bond, a friendship and mutual understanding between the dog and his guardian. Too often, our help is only requested after bad habits have been formed and are making a dog hard to manage. It’s basically a communication problem, and the good news is, it can be fixed! Start early with good quality training if you can.

1. CREATE A BOND AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING Statistics show having a dog that is well-trained, happy, relaxed and responsive, means more pleasure from dog ownership. As a result, training strengthens the dog-human bond and establishes a close, enjoyable relationship. And there’s the added perk of impressing your friends with a dog that loves to show off their perfect manners!

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2. BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT Positive-reinforcement training teaches basic commands through a reward based training technique. Shock collars, choke collars and other punishment based techniques utilize fear. This actually weakens the bond with our pet. Good training enables you to manage and enjoy your dog at home and in public. With good manners, your dog can become a part of the family, knowing how to greet someone politely at the door, coming back when called, and walking safely under control on a leash. These are skills that develop with clear, calm communication between owner and dog.


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3. SOCIAL SKILLS Socialization is one of the most important skills a dog should master. Learning how to respond to other dogs, what is acceptable and not acceptable in dog language, is an essential life lesson both owners and dogs need to understand. Social skills will allow your dog to cope and behave during everyday occasions such as walks, veterinary visits, boarding and in playgroups. Knowing how to read when your dog signals stress, discomfort and anxiety will allow you to manage situations that arise and avoid confrontations. Socialization from puppyhood is ideal. After a puppy’s second set of vaccines, he will be ready to join a guided, puppy social class. In these classes, puppies will be introduced to new sounds, other puppies and people, distractions and smells. A trainer will introduce these new experiences in a positive and rewarding environment. With older, adopted dogs or your current family dog, it is never too late to retrain and manage your dog’s response to external situations. Doggie daycare or dog parks are NOT places where dogs can safely learn to socialize and one bad experience can have lifelong repercussions.

4. TRAINING CLASSES Training classes are fun for both you and your dog. The exercises taught are stimulating and engaging. Even if your dog has perfect manners, training classes are available at all levels. WOOF! Training Academy offers puppy socials, pre-basic and basic obedience, all the way through Community and Urban dog training. Group and one-on-one options are offered. Loose leash training classes end in an interactive group hike through our fabulous local state parks. The opportunity to consult your trainer while on a hike is invaluable. This can help resolve real world problems with your dog, or address your own training difficulties. Whether you have a puppy that won’t stop chewing the sofa, or a dog that won’t stop jumping on the neighbor, there are training techniques that can help. If your goal is to prepare your dog to be a service dog (trained to do specific tasks for you) or a therapy dog (one that visits nursing homes or hospitals), it all begins with basic obedience training and learning real life skills. Dogs with advanced training can get their AKC Canine Good Citizen certificates and so much more. Start the New Year on the right paw for you and your dog, with training. Old, young or somewhere in between, it is never too late to refresh skills, learn new ones or just hang out with like minded dog and pet owners.V

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Mayors Loop

A Jewel Amid Extensive St. George Trail System By David Cordero | Photos provided by City of St. George


im Pollock relocated to St. George with his wife Shelly, after spending more than a decade roaming the continent in their RV and Jeep. What they did next shouldn’t surprise fellow St. George residents; they bought new sets of wheels, the type powered by humans.

For Kim, who contracted polio as a young boy, it was a handcycle. Shelly got a bike. They sought to explore the natural beauty of St. George and its surrounding area. They accomplished along the city’s more than 50 miles of paved trails. “The investment that the city has made and continues to make into the network of paved trails for the city, is very impressive,” Pollock says. “I cannot thank Mayor Jon Pike and the City Council enough for having the commitment and foresight to invest in this wonderful addition to our city.” One of the most popular trails is the Mayor’s Loop, a 5-mile round trip that starts at Confluence Park. The trail can be ridden in either direction and can be accessed from the west and east connecting trails in addition to Confluence Park. “The Mayor's Loop is the perfect ride for those new to St. George’s trail system”, says St. George City Councilwoman Dannielle Larkin, who has long been an integral part of the area’s cycling scene. “It's a fairly flat, scenic loop that incorporates views of our entire valley and surrounding mountains along with the river and all

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Photo by Cory Frost, City of St. George

of its biodiversity,” Larkin says. “The Mayor's Loop is the hub, with the spokes of our amazing trails spanning out from it in every direction. I often recommend this ride to people who are visiting the area because it can be ridden alone or incorporated into longer rides.” It’s also a hit with residents. Kim Pollock says he and his wife bike the Mayor's Loop — “and beyond”, three to four times a week, starting from their home in SunRiver. “We always find something new to enjoy about the trail,” he says. His favorite aspects of the trail include: “It is convenient and mostly level. We can leave our house and be on a paved bike path in 5 minutes, do the Mayor's Loop and be home in an hour and a half. If we want to go further, we have many options to extend our trip.” “The Virgin River is beautiful and during the spring runoff, we always spend some extra time on the two bridges over the Virgin marveling at the volume of water that has made its way down from Zion and beyond.” “There are always a lot of smiling faces on the loop. We see many familiar ones and a lot of new ones every time we ride; biking, walking, running, walking dogs, riding scooters and families enjoying the river.” “We usually find time to stop in St. James Park and watch people fly their remote-control planes, gliders, drones and even the paragliders who take off and land there.”


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Because of the trails, Pollock says, he now has a circle of friends who all enjoy biking in St. George. It’s one of the many enduring benefits of the city’s trail system and one of its crown jewels, the Mayor’s Loop. “Our trail system is a vital part of our transportation plan,” Larkin says. “While it functions as an amazing recreation opportunity for many, it is also a great way to traverse our city without an automobile. Each new section increases connectivity, making the trail system a dependable transportation alternative. This is good news for those who cannot afford the expense of a car and for anyone who simply chooses a simpler, less polluting and healthier form of personal transportation.”V Access Point: Confluence Park; 2099 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George Utah

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Get a Grip on your Game in 2021 By Rob Krieger


tart the new year off right by examining how you hold the golf club to see if it could be the source of those poorly hit golf shots. Making subtle adjustments to either the left or right hand can improve the club face 1-2°at impact and start allowing you to hit more fairways and greens. In order to make a change and have positive results, the left hand/arm, right hand/arm, and grip pressure each play a role. For the right-handed golfer, the left hand/arm, aka the lead arm, is what should be controlling the club during the swing. Why? Because the left arm is straight at address and should continue to stay straight into the backswing and through to impact. It eventually folds after the strike, but not before. The right arm, however, must fold in the backswing in order for you to keep both hands on the club but should return to being straight at impact. Therefore, the left controls the club, and the right is there to stabilize the left arm, not take over. Place more grip pressure in your left hand as it pushes the club back and as the left pulls the club down to the ball. The only problem with this is that generally your right arm/hand are stronger and are used to having control. This takes practice to teach the left arm coordination and to overcome something we do so naturally, using arm right arm/hand. The secret is to have consistent grip pressure throughout the swing and not have pressure change at different points throughout the swing. Hold the club with medium pressure in left and light pressure in the right, the entire swing.


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To give control and the best possible chance for success to the left arm, start by placing the club in the crease/joint where the fingers and the hand meet. Wrap your hand around the club and turn the thumb, forearm, and hand to the right so you see 1 to 2 knuckles. Pinch the club with the base of the thumb and index finger, providing more leverage. The left thumb is essential to understanding where that clubface is at all times during the swing. If you find yourself hooking the ball to the left too much, then move your left hand back to the left so the left thumb is pointing down the center of the grip and seeing no knuckles. If still hooking from this neutral position, move the club into the palm of the left hand on top of the knuckle joints and use more pressure in the last 3 fingers of the left hand, similar to how Ben Hogan reduced his hooking problem. Generally, the more you move the left hand to the right, the more the ball should go to the left, strange yes, but true.

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For the right hand, aka the trail hand/arm, because for most, this arm is more coordinated and stronger, it wants to take over the swing and control the club at some point in the swing. For that reason, position the club in the second set of pads on the right hand not in the same location as the left hand (near the palm and finger joint). The more the right hand is under the bottom of the club grip with fingernails pointing up so you can see them, the more it prevents the toe of the clubhead from turning over at impact causing slices to the right. Also, when the club is correctly in the fingers of the right hand, it may produce a gap between the left thumb and right palm and may not touch. When looking down at your grip, the left thumb should be buried by the right hand and not be seen from your perspective. Many times, when altering the grip, it feels awkward but that is just because it is different. Give adjustments a chance during practice sessions before using it on the course. Furthermore, your grip may have also been altered over time without you even realizing it, due to how you have been striking the ball and trying to keep it straight or have better comfort. These adjustments work regardless if you use 10-finger, interlock or overlapping grips.


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For better results this year, get a grip on your game by trying some small modifications to how you hold the golf club. Good Luck and As Always‌Fairways & Greens.V

! n oo S g n i m o C By Sandy Patterson


ake Worden's first job out of high school was as a prep cook at Citrola’s Italian Restaurant in Fort Myers Florida, where he moved from line cook to kitchen manager before he enrolled in college at the University of Florida. While in college he took a position at the prestigious Gainesville Golf and Country Club. Under tutelage of credited executive chefs, he worked his way to sous chef while attending school. His first job opportunity out of college was to take the sous chef position at another highly acclaimed club in Florida, the Bradenton Yacht Club. Within one year he took the promotion to executive chef. During his tenure Jake managed the fine dining experience at a 125 seat restaurant and bar as well as weddings and numerous special events. Jake had an opportunity to partner in an oil and gas company in his native state of Wyoming in 2007, where they operated a successful contract company for 13 years. He was invited to host a guest chef event at a restaurant in Wyoming which was an overwhelming success and rekindled his love of the kitchen. He is coming to Mesquite to bring food that Mesquite needs and wants!

Jake and I started a life and love partnership in early 2012. I was previously in a management position and changed to manage Jake’s company as Human Resource and customer relations, building forever relationships with our clients. Together we bring with us a food first, friendly inviting atmosphere that will be the place to be in Mesquite! The menu will be classic affordable fine dining from all tastes around the globe. Specials and appetizers offering new and unique dishes that will separate us from Mesquite’s current options. Our travels both domestic and abroad have shaped our menu and specials to reflect favorites and seasonal offerings which will include fresh seafood, vegetables, meats and more!V We are hoping The Worden will be open by the time you are reading this magazine. We are located at 555 Highland Drive in Mesquite, Nevada. Our phone number is (702) 346-5550. Follow us on social media for details of our grand opening.

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Extraterrestrial Highway By Cliff and Ilene Bandringa


ou’ve probably heard about the Extraterrestrial Hwy or Nevada’s State Route 375, it being the closest road to the mysterious Area 51. A lot of people, mainly conspiracy theorists, talk about the things that go on around this road, but they don’t provide facts. They also rarely mention how scenic and beautiful this highway really is. Well, we’re here to explain a few things.


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Many people think the Extraterrestrial Hwy, or ET Hwy for short, is located just outside of Las Vegas. It isn’t. ET Hwy is located 110 miles north of Vegas and starts from the small hamlet of Crystal Springs. It ends at another small hamlet called Warm Springs. The one word that best describes the ET Hwy is – remote. You can easily stop along the ET Hwy, in the middle of the day, and not see another car for five to


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fifteen minutes. And at night, it might be an hour or two. But according to legend, nighttime is when the “interesting” phenomenon occurs. Looking up at the sky, people say they see strange lights, glows, shapes, hear noises, etc. Since one of the most notorious top-secret testing areas is close by, these interesting things probably come from one place – Area 51.

For many people, it’s fun to conjure up stories and theories as to what is really going on out at Area 51. To clarify some of that mystery, here’s a brief description of the history of Area 51 and how it has been used for the past several decades. In the large swath of Nevada desert between Las Vegas and the ET Hwy sits the Nellis Air Force Range. This area is actually

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a combination of facilities used by different branches of our military. Part of the Nellis Range was used for nuclear weapons testing. You may have heard of places like Mercury or Frenchman Flat. All of these places, where testing occurred, have area numbers – Area 15, Area 32, etc. When the CIA needed a remote place with a long runway to test a top-secret airplane, they were given a big dry lake, called Groom Lake, that had an area designation of 51. So, that’s why you hear the names Area 51 and the Groom Lake Facility used interchangeably when people talk about that area. The facility came into being in 1955, when testing began on the Lockheed U-2, a high-flying spy plane. Since then, Area 51 has been used to test and develop other top-secret and high-tech aircraft, such as the beloved SR-71 Blackbird. Once these planes were developed and repeatedly tested at Area 51, they were then mass produced near Los Angeles, and then they were operated at another nearby secret facility. What many people don’t realize is that just as much top-secret work was done right next to several famous motion picture studios in Burbank, yet there were rarely any conspiracy theories tied to the work done in Burbank in association with Area 51.


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Our ET Hwy road trip starts on Hwy 375, less than a mile east of US 93, and ends at 375’s intersection with US 6, just under 100 miles from its start. There is no fuel or other services for over 150 miles, so make sure you start your journey with a full tank of gas. At the beginning of the trip, you’ll see a gift shop called the Alien Research Center. After passing this lone business, you will see only the vast landscape until you hit the very small town of Rachel, which is 40 miles away. During this 40-mile stretch, you’ll pass through Tikaboo Valley, which is home to an unusual transition zone in the Mojave Desert where two subspecies of Joshua trees live together. This is also the closest you’ll get to Area 51. Rachel is home to the world-famous Little Ali-Inn. Here, you’ll learn more about alien folklore, how the ET Hwy actually got its name and its relationship to the 1996 movie, Independence Day. Other than the town of Rachel, no other signs of life are found along the ET Hwy, with exception of some cattle and maybe a pronghorn antelope or two. For us, the ET Hwy really showcases the vast, wide-open spaces and true beauty of the Nevada desert. When we travel the ET Hwy, we always enjoy the scenery and have never seen a UFO. And that’s OK. Happy Exploring!V Go with us on our virtual road trip down the ET Hwy and learn more about Area 51 by visiting our travel blog at www.BackRoadsWest.com/blog or search for “Extraterrestrial Hwy and Area 51” on YouTube.

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Top 5 Energy Efficient New Year’s Resolutions


By Keith Buchhalter


his past year has been trying and challenging in more ways than one. As we enter a new year, we have the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and set new goals and resolutions.

A common new year’s resolution is to become more savvy about saving money. A great way to save dollars is to be more energy efficient and consume less energy.

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Here are five simple tips that can help trim your power bill:

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Unplug appliances/devices that aren’t in use. Have you heard of phantom power use? It’s the energy that is used by appliances that stay plugged but aren’t actually in use, which adds to your power bill. Items such as a phone and laptop chargers, coffee makers, toasters, stereo systems, entertainment systems, etc., can all contribute to phantom energy use. Using a power strip is an efficient way to turn off unused appliances and devices all at once, especially stereo and entertainment systems. Maintain your HVAC system. It’s important to have your HVAC system checked regularly in order for optimum use. Since the southern Nevada climate consists of dry air and low humidity year-round, this causes dust to remain in the air longer, which often ends up building up in the air filters. Air filters should be changed in the spring and fall to ensure the cooling and heating system runs efficiently when needed. Install a programmable thermostat. Consider installing a programmable thermostat that can be controlled from your phone or tablet to save on heating and cooling costs. A programmable thermostat allows for flexible scheduling, the ability to control the temperature remotely and more precisely, automatic temperature adjustments, and system alerts. Don’t leave lights on. This is probably the easiest thing you can do to save on electricity, turn off lights/fans that aren’t going to be in use when leaving a room. Check the seals on all windows and doors. Faulty seals on windows and doors can contribute to energy waste. Poor seals can cause cool air to escape during the hot summer months and warm air to escape during the cold winter months, causing your HVAC to work overtime to cool/heat, which wastes energy and raises costs. Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal any cracks and avoid excessive energy waste.

On average, it takes about 2 months to develop a new habit. Each of the tips mentioned above can easily become habits if you stick to them and give yourself time to adjust. Before you know it, you’ll be a pro at reducing your carbon footprint and saving on your energy bill. We frequently share energy saving tips on social media throughout the year, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @OPD5. From all of us at OPD5, we wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year.V

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The Show Must Go On at

By Kerry Perry


020 was quite the year. Like a tidal wave, COVID-19, rolled in and swept everything in its path. The pandemic had wreaked havoc on businesses, industries and the lives of people across the globe. It had a tremendous impact on the theater world as it shut down theaters across the country from Broadway, to regional theaters to local community theaters. One such local theater that was affected, is non-profit, The Stage Door, which is located at St George's Electric Theater. The Stage Door had presented a myriad of high quality productions to the southern Utah landscape over the previous five years. Most of their shows have been southern Utah theatrical premieres such as: Chicago, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and A Chorus Line, to name a few. They have also hosted several concerts, including a concert series by the late actor, Wilford Brimley. The 2020 year started off with one of their most successful productions, Mamma Mia, which ended just prior to COVID causing the closing of city buildings, including The ElectricTheater. After a couple months of closures, and with the support of the city of St George and local health department guidelines, The Stage Door was able to join together with local Polynesian group, Siva Pasefika, to present Moana Jr. over the summer.

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Two very well received, limited run productions of Legally Blonde and Sweeney Todd followed before the decision was made to halt further productions until 2021. The Stage Door had weathered the near weekly changes in gubernatorial color codes, health recommendations, and safety measures put in place for cast, crew, and patrons; but, felt the best thing to do was to take a break for the rest of the 2020 year. With the dawn of a new year, The Stage Door, is just one of many in the entertainment industry that looks forward with hope to a new beginning. Productions currently on the calendar for 2021, include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jesus Christ Superstar (postponed from 2020), Madagascar Jr, (Summer Youth program), Boeing Boeing, and Something’s Rotten. All five of these productions will take place at The Electric Theater. Each gives community patrons a diverse offering of successful Broadway productions as well as performance opportunities for local thespians.V Ticket sales for any of The Stage Door's productions are available online at http://www.showtix4u.com/events/thestagedoor or by visiting their website to learn more about them at http://www.thestagedoortheater.com Scene in Young Frankenstein | Photo Credit: Lauren Pfunder


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NATURAL GAS IS IN MESQUITE By Stephen Miller | Photos Courtesy of Southwest Gas


obin and Marcy Fausett recently retired and moved to Mesquite from West Haven, Utah. As new residents of Sun City Mesquite, the couple is one of the early single-family residential customers of Southwest Gas. Southwest Gas, multiyear pipeline expansion project has reached some major milestones in the past few months. The utility has completed construction of its high-pressure steel pipeline to the Kern River Pipeline, approximately 14 miles north of the city of Mesquite. Southwest Gas will continue construction of the main and distribution pipeline within the city to allow for additional residential and commercial customers to have access to natural gas service. The Fausetts watched the progress of the pipeline construction since moving in September 2020. Although there is a vast selection of new homes in Mesquite, they said selecting their current Pulte home was an easy decision. “The house being served with natural gas was the deciding factor for us. We used gas in Utah and love the convenience.� By connecting to the Kern River pipeline, Southwest Gas can decommission the compressed natural gas virtual pipeline that has been serving the city since 2019. Construction continues along Pioneer Blvd., Sandhill Blvd., and Mesquite Blvd., including installing pipe to cross the I-15 to complete construction of a business loop within the city. Southwest Gas has begun outreach

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to existing commercial users along the loop and will be working with current and potential customers within the Mesquite industrial area. Natural gas is a low-cost and abundant fuel, with a wide variety of industrial, commercial and residential uses. It’s reliable and environmentally friendly. The energy source is also expected to provide an economic benefit to the area as natural gas is a key selling point for the city of Mesquite to attract new business and industry. “As construction keeps progressing, Southwest Gas will be well-positioned to serve future companies that have interest in opening in Mesquite and are looking for a natural gas energy option,” says Chris Sohus, vice president of Southwest Gas’ Southern Nevada Division. “Once all the pipelines are tied in, this permanent infrastructure will allow us to complete our vision of providing natural gas resources to some of the larger commercial organizations in Mesquite.” On the residential side, Pulte Homes was the first homebuilder that committed to installing natural gas infrastructure in its 100-lot Tortoise Ridge community. Some residents have already moved into their new homes, including the Fausetts. Distribution pipelines were installed underground throughout the community, with smaller piping branching off and leading directly to natural gas meters that are located at each home. Southwest Gas will also be serving Legacy Homes’ Augusta subdivision. A project of this magnitude requires cooperation from many agencies to be successful. “We’ve had a great partnership with the


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city of Mesquite, the Mesquite Fire Department, and other local utilities since the very beginning of this venture,” says Sohus. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to serve Mesquite through Senate Bill 151 (2015).” Those partnerships are of utmost importance because Southwest Gas’ highest priority is the safety of its customers and the communities it serves. The company has prioritized improving emergency response, including training side-by-side with local first responders and educating Mesquite residents about how to recognize a possible gas leak. Damage prevention is a key element of Southwest Gas’ robust safety program, starting with “Call 811 Before You Dig.” This national initiative provides free underground utility line marking to reduce the chance of a homeowner hitting an underground natural gas pipeline or other utility infrastructure. The Mesquite Expansion Project is part of the 30,000-miles of additional pipe added to Southwest Gas’ service territories over the last 30 years. Because safety is the top concern, Southwest Gas accomplished this doubling of its infrastructure while reducing the leak rate by 500% at the same time. The company is also committed to reducing its carbon footprint by implementing sustainable practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from its fleet and building facilities by 2025. Southwest Gas serves more than two million customers in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Focused on creating positive customer experiences, Southwest Gas consistently ranks among the top utilities in customer satisfaction ratings. As a proven corporate citizen, employees are heavily involved in giving back to the communities served by Southwest Gas. In 2020, Southwest Gas employees donated more than $2 million to charities through the company’s FUEL for LIFE giving program, and members of the BLUE-Building Lives Up Everywhere employee-volunteer teams donate their personal time and supplies to non-profit agencies in their communities.V Questions about the Mesquite Expansion Project can be sent to Southwest Gas Energy Specialists at: mesquiteoutreach@swgas.com or by calling 800-654-2765.

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Celebrates "Learn Something New" Year By Susie Knudsen


o start the new year, Southern Utah University’s Community Education program is offering new online classes to keep you engaged and learning from the comfort of your home. Seven online classes will debut this spring to help southern Utah residents explore new hobbies, engage in creativity, and interact with others. In person and outdoor classes are scheduled to run alongside the online offerings, as long as it is safe to do so. Online classes in the spring lineup include Southeast Asian Cooking in the Home, Localscapes: Landscape Designed for Utah, Living Succulent Wreath Making, Interior Decorating With What You Have, UnTangled Designs, The Art of Making a Home and Visual Journaling. “By offering online classes we can be sure everyone has the opportunity to keep learning,” said Melynda Thorpe, executive director at SUU Community Education. “Interactive

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courses, whether online or in person, are significant contributors to staying healthy and engaged.� Let your tastebuds travel the world with a Southeast Asian cooking class. Create a new dish each week from the comfort of your home with online instruction from Chef Drew, culinary instructor at Southwest Technical College. Dishes include Yam Makheauea Yao, a grilled eggplant salad and Muu Waan sweet pork sandwiches. Two cooking kits, recipes and shopping lists are included with this class. Nurture your green thumb by learning the art of local scaping with landscaping patterns and practices that take into account southern Utah’s unique climate. Improve functionality and curb appeal with less yard maintenance, lower water bills, and simplified irrigation through a five-step proven method. Or make your own living decorative succulent wreath while learning about growing healthy plants and best materials for seasonal wreath making. If interior design and entertaining are areas of interest, spoil yourself with The Art of Making A Home; a two-day class designed to help you prepare your home for springtime. Discuss the


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art of creating an inviting front porch and backyard patio setting for hosting summer parties and barbecues. Learn the basic rules of interior decorating, including furniture arrangement, placement of rugs, pillows, pictures, art displays and more in the Interior Decorating With What You Have class. Pick up tricks and tips on how to select appealing lighting, color schemes and accessories for any room. Develop your artistic ability with a drawing class. Get a new

take on personal history with the Visual Journaling class. Combine the creative process of writing your life story with colored pencil, collage and watercolor. Or learn the art of ‘UnTangle Designs’ and find your tension unraveling while you create simple repetitive shapes. Since 2017, SUU Community Education classes have been held year-round for the purpose of generating fun, cultural, educational opportunities and experiences for those who love to learn. Subjects including culinary, outdoor recreation, art, music, language and more are taught by local experts for the purpose of increasing participant knowledge and developing new skills. More than 2,100 participants have engaged in popular Community Education classes since the program’s launch.V To register for classes visit suu.edu/keeplearning or call SUU Community Education at (435) 865-8259. For those who need assistance enrolling in a class, drop by their office at the Ruben J. Clark Center at 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, UT 84720.

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HEALTHCARE in Rural Arizona

By Jennifer Sperry


acey Celani (pictured left), a Utah Native and Family Nurse Practitioner, was recently honored as Family Nurse Practitioner of the year 2020, at the virtual Women’s Symposium. Her award from the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network, adorns the medical hall of Canyonlands Healthcare located in Beaver Dam Arizona. Canyonlands has been fortunate to have Lacey as their full time Family Nurse Practitioner over the past three and a half years. Lacey comes to Canyonlands with many years of experience in healthcare; including over ten years as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Dixie Regional Medical Center. In 2016, after graduating with a master’s degree in nursing, Lacey went to work at the Heart Of Dixie where she specialized in the care of patients with cardiac conditions.


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Lacey was specifically recognized for her work in family planning where she passionately creates a safe place for women

to have access to services surrounding prevention of unintended pregnancy. Her heart wants nothing more than to help prevent and educate her community on this topic and normalize talk surrounding family planning. Lacey has embraced Arizona’s laws of patients being able to seek confidential family planning services for patients as young as 14, and has made it a priority to help her patients understand their options for contraception and STD treatment and prevention. Knowing some women might feel uncomfortable making this type of an appointment, fearing retribution from parents or significant others, these patients are encouraged to call the clinic and tell the scheduler they are making a “Penny Lane Visit”. “Penny Lane” visits allow patients to have a private record of family planning services that may not be accessed by anyone but the patient and the clinic. Lacey can offer same day, free and private contraception to many of her patients. Services provided at canyonlands include oral contraception, IUD insertion and removal, Nexplanon insertion and removal, as well as hormonal patches, and condoms. Lacey, is surrounded by a team of 16 staff members and five medical professionals. Although she was recently recognized for her extraordinary work in family planning, her true passion is care of chronic conditions and educating patients to improve their own health. She enjoys empowering her patients to take control of their health and improving the quality of their lives. Lacey practices with her colleagues, Brandon Finlinson, PA-C, and Maranda Carlile, FNP on the medical side of Canyonlands. They treat chronic and acute conditions and take community health very seriously. The Beaver Dam clinic is proud to be on target in many national goals and in diseases like diabetes, where they are exceeding the national expectation. Everyone is welcome at this amazing health care facility. In the same building they are joined by dentists, James Millward, DDS, and Matthew McArthur, DMD. They both practice general dentistry, where they are able to diagnose and treat tooth and gum disease, as well as cosmetic and preventive care. The dentists at Canyonlands offer a wide variety of services including emergency dental care, root canals, fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, partials and extractions. Canyonlands rounds out their dental team with a full time dental hygienist to provide the necessary preventative care and education to create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. Canyonlands also offers mental health support through their telehealth program, patients schedule an appointment and come into the clinic to communicate via telehealth in designated rooms. This bi-lingual clinic is accepting new patients, and most insurances. Canyonlands not only serves as a high quality health center in our community, but also serves as a safety net for those that are struggling financially. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, they are able to offer a sliding fee based on the patient’s income. Lacy, the medical and dental staff at Canyonlands looks forward to supporting you in your health care needs.V Canyonlands Healthcare is located at 3272 East Rio Virgin Road; Beaver Dam , Arizona. For more information please visit canyonlandschc.org/canyonlands-healthcare-beaver-dam To make an appointment call 928.347-5971. You will find out more about Lacey Celani, FNP, and her award which she received at zrwhn.org/womens-health-symposium

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The Fire By Nichole Clyde


arly Monday morning we woke up to something everyone knows could happen, but never thinks will happen to them, our house was on fire. A loud boom shook our house at three o’clock a.m., waking me and most of our surrounding neighbors. My husband was teaching online downstairs; we were both confused as to what the noise was when we texted each other. Moments later I hear rustling, thinking someone was in the house I got up to run and get my baby. When I opened the bedroom door I was greeted by a wall of smoke. I hurried to get my baby getting both of us out of the house and met my husband running up the stairs as we both ran out the front door. Shocked and at a loss at what to do, we watched our house being engulfed in flames. Heartbroken for our loss as the flames engulfed our home, we were thankful the three of us escaped and our other four children were safe asleep at a loved ones home for the night. Our neighborhood joined us, doing all they could to support us in this moment of uncertainty. We were in a state of shock, not knowing what to do. Neighbors were helping us move our cars, my husband running around to the back door to get our dogs; unfortunately our animal babies didn't make it due to the limited oxygen and their location to the fire. Other neighbors opened their doors so my baby could crawl and be warm, bringing us blankets and clothes so that we were not standing around outside still in our underwear (lesson learned, wear pajamas to bed).


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After the initial moments and the firefighters put out the flames, it calmed down and everyone went back to their homes. However, our community's support didn’t stop. We had several people organize specific donations that were needed, schools organizing donations for our kids, dinners for our family of seven, arrangements for our dogs, competitions with proceeds going to us, and an overwhelming outpouring of love and support during this trying time. We were beyond blessed and cannot thank those enough that helped. My heart is broken with the loss of our dogs, they can never be replaced. I will never forget all the bad of that morning; however, I will never forget all the people who stepped up and helped in any way they could. Each and every person will hold a special space in my heart and we will continue to pay it forward the way it was paid to us.V Family and friends have set up a GoFund me for Nichole and her family. If you interested in helping them, please contact Jennifer Sperry, ViewOn Magazine’s Managing Editor at VOMmanagingEditor@gmail.com.

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The Lee Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Paving a Road to Recovery for the Hospitality Industry By Megan Neri


hile many panicked, former UNLV Foundation Chairman, Greg Lee and then, UNLV President Marta Meana, talked about the need to safely reopen both our universities and our casino industry for the benefit of our community. Both knew UNLV could play a critical role. Greg and Ernest Lee, trustees of the Ted and Doris Lee Family Foundation, committed one million dollars to UNLV’s Lee Business School Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, to


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launch a world wide competition seeking innovations and solutions to make it safer for guests and employees to return to the hospitality, tourism, and entertainment industries. Greg, CEO of Eureka Casino Resort, understood first hand the hospitality industry challenges ahead. “This was uncharted territory for everyone, but we knew we couldn’t sit back and wait for someone else to solve our problems. We knew Las Vegas would re-open,

but the question was how and would our customers be satisfied?” Lee said. “We saw this as an opportunity for the Lee Business School to bring together business leaders, inventors, and scientific experts to make it safer for people to travel and play again.” In April, the Lee Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship began calling for any ideas that would push forward the recovery process.


More than 250 applications from 32 states and nine countries were received. The finalists were narrowed down by a steering committee that consisted of leading industry experts and winners were chosen by the Lee School Prize Committee. Winners were announced at Demo Day, a virtual event held at the end of October. Winners of the Lee Prize $975,000 was distributed to nine winners. The prize money was allocated based on need, potential impact, and market readiness. The balance of the money will be used to host another event to continue to help the creation of innovations to help solve a problem not yet addressed during the initial call for entries. The selection committee was pleased by several submissions from Nevada-based companies and wanted to support their efforts to help in the recovery process. A subset of the Lee Prize, the Nevada Innovators Award, recognizes these teams with $25,000 each.


Simple Tech: $25,00

Hayon: $25,000

Volan: $25,000


Promethium: $250,000 Virus-capturing HVAC system

Purlin: $250,000 One-time use recyclable bedsheets

Hotel Data Cloud: $200,000 Content distribution that gives hotels control of their listings on any booking channel

Goodwrx: $150,000 An app-based work scheduling software that simplifies job sharing

Maidbot: $50,000 Cleaning robots that also provide key data to management


Though the winners of the Lee Prize addressed many problems created by the pandemic, the planning committee believes there may still be work to be done beyond the prize-funded innovations. “Now that we have a platform through the Lee Prize, we hope to continue to push for innovations and solutions that will help our city and beyond get back to business,” said Leith Martin, executive director of UNLV’s Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. “We are planning a future event to continue to leverage the work we have started here. We know the road to recovery will be long, but we have already seen that with bringing the right people together we can make the world safer.”V For an indepth look at each of the winners, visit www.Leeprize.com.

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Statement Pieces,

The “WOW” Factor By Helen Houston


azz up your home with a bold element that speaks volumes to your decorating style. Case in point; the statement piece. When you see something that makes you stop in your tracks for a second or third look, you've got yourself a statement piece. Maybe it grabbed your attention with its shocking color or ingenious design; either way, your jaw dropped from the impression it made. It can be overwhelming to pick a single item that can carry so much weight. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together a few tips to help you choose a statement piece that will fit right in your home. LET THE STATEMENT PIECE STANDOUT A statement piece is, after all, is a statement! I always tell my clients that a single item in the room can be the star of the show, a sort of road map toward the rest of the decorating. If your statement piece conveys a message, it can stand on its own. You shouldn’t need other pieces to explain the statement you’re trying to make. Make sure your statement piece is effective and clear.

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KEEP SCALE IN MIND While your statement piece should be the star you need to make sure you’re providing it with a great supporting cast. By considering the size of your room and the other items inside, you can make a good decision on a statement piece that will stand out but still be a good fit with the rest of the room. After all, you want a powerful statement piece that works in your room.

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HAVE FUN WITH YOUR STATEMENT PIECE Life is too short to make a boring statement. Have fun with it! Even if your style isn’t particularly whimsical or playful, you can still strike a great balance with a statement piece that brings some fun into the space. A fun statement piece should also be something that represents you and your home. Remember, you’re going to see this item every day. It should be something that you love and that resonates with you. No matter what you choose, your statement piece will feel more genuine and at home in your space if it truly represents you.


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DITCH THE IDEA OF MATCHING The time for matchy-matchy décor is over. You don’t have to color match your pillows to the pattern in your rug and the vase on the side table. These days, doing a bit of intentional mismatching can be a good thing. Even though you need to think about the scale of the room and how other items will play off of it, your statement piece doesn’t have to match colors or styles exactly. In fact, you can let it intentionally “clash” with other items a bit to set it apart even further.

CONSIDER COLOR PSYCHOLOGY When you’re thinking about a statement piece, you should ask yourself: “What do I want my statement to be?” The statement you’re looking to make can determine not only what kind of piece you’re going to choose, but also what color it is. When discussing colors (of paint, furniture, or art) with my clients, I always tell them that color is powerful. In fact, each color speaks its own, secret language to us. Colors have the power to affect our mood and our minds. If your statement piece is in a family room or other large gathering area, consider a statement piece in blues and greens. These colors are calming, sending a subtle but powerful message to everyone that this space is relaxing and peaceful. If you want to communicate an air of inspiration, stick with oranges and yellows. These warm hues promote creativity.

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REDEFINE STATEMENT PIECE Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Just because it’s a statement piece doesn’t mean it has to be a solitary item. While a tryptic of bold artwork on a large wall is technically three items, those three things together make a statement as one. Grouping several smaller things into a single statement piece is an effective way to set the tone of your room in a surprising new way.


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INTERIOR ACCENT PIECES THAT MAKE A GRAND STATEMENT Statement pieces come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes. A common misconception is that it should be bright, colorful, oversized and extravagant, this is not necessarily the case. Interior accent pieces you absolutely love, that draw your eye straight away, are unique and perfectly bold for you, this is what makes a statement piece!

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ACCENT DECOR THAT MAKE GREAT STATEMENT PIECES: Area rugs Wallpaper Mirrors Storage Ceilings Lighting Toss pillows Sculptures Custom-upholstered seating While it's not easy implementing a statement piece, know that it has the power to set the tone for the style of your home. When it comes to home dĂŠcor, a piece that gets you excited and talks about your style and vision is what home decorating is all about.V

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TNT 21 tips-n-tricks

By Donna Eads


ea! 2021, is here and 2020, is in the rear view mirror! Let’s hope we can see some return to regular play and tournaments such as the Mesquite Senior Games this year. The first major of the year takes place down under, the Australian Open. We are all playing the “wait and see” game at this time. The long history of the majors is a great part of the tennis world. In 2020, at least the US Open and French Open happened as well as the Australian Open before pandemic times. How much do we want to get back to see our players in person and enjoying their ‘thrill of victory or the agony of defeat’? Santa should have dropped off some new toys at your house to enjoy for this coming year. A new racquet or outfit can make any player want to go out to the courts. If nothing else, make sure you have had new strings for your racquet. Most social players forget that you should restring your racquet on the basis of the number of times you play. For example, you play three or four times a week – your racquet should get new strings three or four times a year. Many forget that most racquet frames will only last around five years due to metal fatigue. So we hope Santa was active and generous to all tennis players’ homes! One of the most overlooked needed tools in your toolbox to win a match is the second serve. Most of us go all out for that great first serve but never practice the second. While you are serving, you are in control of the beginning of any point. Serving well is an art which is very demanding. It requires practice and consistency. Great servers, like Pete Sampras, had a set routine, bounce of the ball, a look, a moment of thought, then the serve. Make it your own routine since no one ever could tell where he was serving. One easy thought before your second serve is to brush up on the ball from the 7 to 1 o’clock position which will give more clearance over the net due to the topspin. Make it your new year’s resolution that you will practice your second serve! Cold weather does impact the game. The ball is harder and will not bounce as high. In fact, a cold tennis ball is a lot like hitting a dead ball! Use this information as a weapon during play in the winter. The more slice and drop shots, the better. Remember to hit harder and deeper into the court on returns or ground strokes. Your opponents will have trouble with these shots due to the cold and the usual lack of footwork of most social players. It is a must that in colder weather all players should work on improving their footwork. Little known fact is never leave a ball on the court during play because it can cause the end of a match. During a league match, a ball after a serve was left on the court in the alley area and the opponents even suggested that it should be removed. ‘No’ was the answer. Play continued and, you guessed it, the ball was hit by the ball in play which caused both balls to go off the court. Whose point is it or should it be played as a let? It is not a let. Match over! See you on the courts!V

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New Way of Thinking! By Rob Fuller


ew Year, New Way of Thinking! Mesa View announces Senior Life Solutions Partnership. Aging brings many joys, more time with family and freedom in retirement; but, our older years can also bring difficult life transitions including the loss of loved ones and stress from age-related health concerns.

Mesa View Regional Hospital is pleased to announce a partnership with Senior Life Solutions. Senior Life Solutions is a department of Mesa View and is located next to the hospital at 1301 Bertha Howe Avenue Suite #7, Mesquite, NV 89027. Mesa View Regional Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions is a program dedicated to addressing the emotional and behavioral health of adults typically over the age of 65. More specifically, it is an in

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extensive outpatient group therapy program designed to meet the unique needs of adults typically 65 years of age and older struggling with symptoms of depression and anxiety often related to aging. If you or someone you know has recently experienced any of the following, this program might be right for you:

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Recently experienced a traumatic event Lost a spouse or close family member Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities Changes in appetite Difficulty sleeping or changes in sleep patterns Loss of energy Feelings of sadness or grief lasting more than two weeks Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness Dealing with a chronic health condition or diagnosis

Take a short quiz and “check your mood.” Do you feel like you've lost your zest for life? Check Your Mood: 1. Have you lost interest in activities you previously enjoyed? Yes No 2. Have you recently lost a loved one? Yes No 3. Have you experienced feelings of sadness of grief lasting longer than two weeks? Yes No 4. Have you experienced a loss of energy or feeling tired all the time? Yes No 5. Do you have a chronic health condition Yes No 6. Have you had a recent health diagnosis? Yes No 7. Have you experienced changes in appetite (eating too much or too little)? Yes No 8. Have you experienced a change in sleeping patterns (sleeping too much or too little)? Yes No 9. Have you had trouble concentrating or thinking clearly? Yes No 10. Do you feel hopeless, like you've lost control of your life? Yes No 11. Do you feel isolated or lonely? Yes


If you answered ‘yes’ to two or more of these questions, you may benefit from this program! Following an individual assessment, patients meet up to three times per week in a supportive, encouraging group setting. The program’s staff includes a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed social worker, a registered nurse, and other professionals dedicated to the emotional well-being of the seniors in our community. Referrals to the program can be made by anyone, including a patient’s physician, family member, self-referral, or another healthcare professional.V ABOUT SENIOR LIFE SOLUTIONS Founded in 2003, Senior Life Solutions is managed by Psychiatric Medical Care (PMC), a leading behavioral healthcare management company. Focused on addressing the needs of rural and underserved communities, PMC manages inpatient behavioral health units, intensive outpatient programs, and telehealth services in more than 20 states. The company's services provide evaluation and treatment for patients suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other behavioral health problems. For more information, visit www.psychmc.com. For more information about Senior Life Solutions in Mesquite, call 702-345-4373.

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A Gem(stone) in the Desert

By Kyle Carter


ocated on the west side of St. George, not far from the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, lies a little gem of a shop that recently opened up. Dixie Rocks and Fossils is a small business run by a local family that had its Grand Opening March 6th, 2020. This happens to be the same day Utah’s Governor Herbert declared a state of emergency in preparation for COVID-19 cases. The shop shut down for a few weeks until closure recommendations were lifted. Undeterred, the owners have been able to expand the inventory and feel the timing may have been the perfect opportunity to open.


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The idea of owning a store did not come about until about 7 years ago when they found that their daughter Kyla Jo, had a keen interest in rocks and lapidary. She would spend hours with her grandpa in his little shop cutting and polishing rocks. After he passed, Kyla Jo started selling the things they made and cut in the shop at fairs and festivals; catering to the kids. They soon were able to add fossils to their inventory, which include megalodon teeth, mammoth teeth,dinosaur bones and more. The family moved to St. George in June of 2016, with the intent to enjoy the nicer weather and open a rock shop. They now offer semi-precious gemstones, rough rock, slabs, and fossils they have spent several years sourcing.

Dixie Rocks and Fossils was named after the iconic “Dixie Rock” because the owners wanted to bring the feeling and sense of community to the shop. They quickly learned that the community is what was going to help make them successful. The owners found a much larger than expected community interested in stones and crystals being used for self-healing, meditation, yoga, massage and by local artisans. The owners immediately started to collaborate and help bring great resources with other companies such as: Breathe of St. George, IAM Retreats, and The Beauty of Perspective to connect further with the community and inform each other’s customers of the other opportunities this collaboration has created. They have also dedicated a location in their shop dubbed “Collaboration Corner”, this is for artists, yoga instructors, aestheticians, energy workers and others to place cards and flyers for their upcoming classes or events. Future plans include expanding the inventory at the St. George location, incorporating lapidary equipment, holding classes, and expanding community awareness about rocks, fossils and fun.V You can meet the owners, Kyle and Edie, in St. George at Dixie Rocks and Fossils on 946 W Sunset Blvd, Suite I (435)580-9257 | kyle@cispls.com

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Change Resolutions to Reality By Judi Moreo


s we move into this new year, we carry with us the memories made in the past year as well as our hopes, dreams, and expectations for the future which lies ahead. This past year has been very difficult for most people. We keep hoping and praying things will get back to normal soon. But what is normal? We have to realize that we can’t go back. There is no normal. We can’t live outside of the present moment. Now is what we have and we need to determine we are going to live today in the very best way we can. We can’t go forward with trepidations and truly be happy. We must seize each moment and appreciate all that life has to offer. Change is happening whether we like it or not. It’s the one thing of which we can be sure. So, let’s create the change that we want.


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Have you made any New Year's resolutions? Research tells us that most people who make resolutions forget all about them by mid-February and fall back onto their old habits. Life happens and many of us get discouraged or overwhelmed and lose sight of our goals. There are so many happenings that can get us off track. The year continues on, but our intended new behaviors fall by the wayside. So how can we avoid becoming a statistic and keep on track for our desired outcomes? Prepare now for the obstacles you will likely face. Start preparing for any possible obstacles which may get in your way and stay focused on the ultimate goal. Get an accountability partner to collaborate (and commiserate with) on a regular basis. Having someone who knows you are trying to change, respects your struggle, and wants to help you reach your goal can be the difference between staying on your path and veering off when things get tough. Select someone who is going through or has gone through the journey you are on and has been successful. Check in with this person at least once a week. Make a plan! Having a goal is important, but sometimes we don’t know how to reach that goal. This is why it is important to lay out a step-by-step plan for getting to the end goal. Then take it one step at a time. Mark a date for completion of each step on your calendar. If you do something toward your goal on a regular basis, maybe every Monday or three times a week, before long, your goal will be completed. Post reminders of your goal in many visual places; on your refrigerator, on your bathroom mirror, on the visor in your car, in your wallet, anywhere that you know you will see it regularly. In addition, find a picture of what your completed goal looks like and put it in a prominent place where you will see it often. Every time you see it, stop and tell yourself you can achieve it. Have fun pursuing your goal. Enjoy the short-term accomplishments of each step and celebrate even the smallest progress. When you have reached the designated calendar dates and you see you are right on track, put a gold star on that day on the calendar. Our subconscious mind likes rewards. Realize too, there are many rewards in learning new things, meeting new people, or gaining new insight and information while pursuing your goals. Sometimes, the journey is as fulfilling as the accomplishment of the goal. If you should get off track, don’t give up. Just consider it a detour and get back on the path. Life sometimes gets in the way and there are other priorities. Once you have taken care of whatever the distraction was, pick up where you left off and continue on. Quit being hard on yourself. Celebrate the fact that you are either starting to do something better or that you have stopped doing something that was detracting from your ideal life. Just take it one day at a time, one step at a time. You’ll be surprised at how soon you accomplish your desired outcomes and that your resolutions become reality.V

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Bloomington - St. George bloomingtoncountryclub.com (435) 673-4687

Coyote Willows - Mesquite coyotewillowsgolf.com (702) 345-3222

Sky Mountain - Hurricane skymountaingolf.com (435) 635-7888

Canyons (Oasis GC) - Mesquite theoasisgolfclub.com (702) 346-7820

Dixie Red Hills - St. George stgeorgecitygolf.com/dixieredhills (435) 627-4444

Southgate - St. George stgeorgecitygolf.com/southgate (435) 627-4440

CasaBlanca - Mesquite casablancaresort.com/golf-home (702) 346-6764

Entrada - St. George golfentrada.com (435) 986-2200

St. George Golf Club - St. George stgeorgecitygolf.com/stgeorge (435) 627-4404

Cedar Ridge - Cedar City cedarridgegolfcourse.com (435) 586-2970

Falcon Ridge - Mesquite golffalcon.com (702) 346-6363

Sun River - St. George sunrivergolf.com (435) 986-0001

Conestoga - Mesquite conestogagolf.com/ (702) 346-4292

Green Springs - Washington new.washingtoncity.org/golf (435) 673-7888

Sunbrook - St. George stgeorgecitygolf.com/sunbrook (435) 627-4400

Coral Canyon - Washington coralcanyongolf.com (435) 688-1700

Historic Beaver Dam - Beaver Dam historicbeaverdamlodge.com (928) 347-2222

The Ledges - St. George ledges.com (435) 634-4640

Copper Rock - Hurricane copperrock.com (435) 359-9339

Palmer (Oasis GC) - Mesquite theoasisgolfclub.com (702) 346-7820

Thunderbird - Mt. Carmel zionnational-park.com/golf (435) 648-2188

Coyote Springs - Coyote Springs coyotesprings.com (877) 742-8455

Palms - Mesquite casablancaresort.com/golf-home (702) 346-4067

Wolf Creek - Mesquite golfwolfcreek.com (702) 346-1670

Sand Hollow Resort - Hurricane sandhollowresorts.com (435) 656-4653

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Ace Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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

Aguilar Mobile Carwash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

All Secure Storage LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Medicare and Healthcare Insurance - Mary Bundy. . . . . . . 51, 109

Aravada Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Mesa Valley Estates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56, 84

Arizona Horseride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Mesa View Regional Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Baird Painting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Mesquite Fine Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Mesquite Link Realty – Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Beehive Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Mesquite Link Realty LLC - Deb Parsley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Budget Blinds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97, 108

Mesquite Tile & Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

C & J Shutters, Blinds, Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

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

CanyonLands Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Moapa Valley & Virgin Valley Mortuaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Checks-N-Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Mortgage Mate LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Conestoga Golf Club - 1880 Grille. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

MPD/OHV Inspections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Dave Amodt Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

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

Deep Roots Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

New Vibe Carpet Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Del Webb Sun City - Mesquite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Odyssey Landscaping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Desert Oasis Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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

Desert Pain Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Iniside Back Cover

Pioneer Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Dixie Rock and Fossils. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Polynesian Pools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

ERA - Karen Fielding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Preston's Medical Waste & Shredding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

ERA – Sharon Szarzi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Ready Golf Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Eureka Casino Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover, 53

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

Farmers Insurance – Bill Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Friends of Gold Butte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Re/Max Ridge Realty – Cindy Risinger Team. . . . . . . . . . . . 58, 59

Fringe Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Richens Eye Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Front Porch Flowers and Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Senior Center Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

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

Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

H&R Block. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31, 103

Staging Spaces and Redesign. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

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

Stationary Hitch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

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

The Lindi Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

J.L. Kendrick Co. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

The Travel Connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31,109

Tuacahn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover

Keller Williams - Joan Fitton and Neil Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

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

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