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Special Home & Garden Issue

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mesquite | moapa valley | arizona strip | southern utah


July 1 - August 31, 2021 Volume 14 – Issue 4 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Erin Eames ART DIRECTOR / LAYOUT Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Rayma Davis PROOFREADER Elisa Eames WRITERS Paula Stanton, Lori Houston, Toni Imlay, Mandi Miles , Donna Eads, Elspeth Kuta, Kaylee Pickering, Rob Fuller, Mayor Ken Nielsen, Helen Houston, Ashley Centers, Marilyn Pabon, Cliff & Ilene Bendringa, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Keith Buchhalter, Karen L. Monsen, Janel Ralat, Judi Moreo, Susie Knudsen, Dawn McLain, Jenny Larsen, Lisa Larson, Gayle Haas, Carol Lee Parrish, Jackie Burton, Bailey Logue, Rosemary Freitas, Malissa Miles, Debbie Oskin, Julie Reber, Carol Sue Saldivar, Bruce R. Bennett, Spencer Wells, MD 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

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Letter from

the Editor

Dear Readers, Welcome to our Home and Garden issue! Summer is for hosting friends and family, especially after a pandemic, but some of us are finding that our homes need a little polishing. When it's hot outside, it is the perfect time to work on the inside of your home to get it ready for gatherings—time to organize, time to fix those little things that you have ignored throughout the year, and time to make your home a welcome place for others (but mostly for yourself). We have compiled many articles for you about these very subjects! Our “One Organized Mama'' will kick off your summer projects by helping you organize your home from stem to stern. Along the way, see what you need to know to choose the right storage cabinets for your home. And once your home is organized, we’ll help you cross off those overdue items on your to-do list, from saving money by making your home energy-efficient to exploring solar panels for your home, to successfully cleaning and caring for your carpet, tile, and flooring. Next, let us help you move beyond organization and honey-do’s so that you can really turn your home into a place of safety and calm that you love to be in. While you learn about the importance and ease of personalizing your home décor, we will introduce you to a couple of amazing home décor stores in our area as well. Then discover how something as simple as a curtain can change a whole room as you learn the hottest trends in window coverings. Tired of your small, outdated bathroom? We can help! Make it look instantly bigger and more pleasant with a few easy tricks, or we can help get you started on a major renovation. And if you hate spending money to go to a crowded, noisy gym, stay in shape without leaving the house by using our handy guide to creating the ideal home gym. And what’s summertime without some outdoor fun? Don’t miss the talented performers at Tuacahn, and make sure you visit the Red Hills Desert Garden; it is incredibly beautiful and will be well worth your time. It’s also worth noting that this time of year, our furry companions can easily overheat or get bored inside, but we’ve got you covered. Learn how to not only take care of your pets during the hot weather but also how to entertain them and keep them happy. Finally, don’t forget to visit our advertisers! We are on the web at ViewOnMagazine.com. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more current updates on what is happening. Have fun fixing up your home! Looks like you have your work cut out for you so that come fall, your home will live up to the old saying, “Home Sweet Home.” Enjoy your summer!

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.

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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.

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.

Rob Krieger is a 20-year PGA Member and former Director of Golf in Mesquite and Greensboro, North Carolina. 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.

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.

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.

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Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including two 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. 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.

Ashley Centers Is the former General Manager of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, and 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 an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and training for Strongwoman competitions. She is a Volunteer Coordinator for the Mesquite Senior Games and is excited to remain a contributor to ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passion for health and fitness!

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, Nevada. 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. Cliff and Ilene Bandringa are authors and the creators of BackRoadsWest.com. They have been traveling and photographing the world for more than 20 years, with a motto of finding the lesserknown, off-the-beaten-path places and then sharing their experiences with others. They do this via their blog, the virtual tour guides they've written, lots of YouTube videos, magazine articles, and a sister website of highquality and stock images. You can find all of these at BackRoadsWest.com. Keith Buchhalter is the Public Affairs Specialist for Overton Power District #5. Born and raised in Guatemala City, he moved to Mesquite, Nevada, in 1999. Keith has held a variety of positions in local organizations. He was part of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Board from 2013-2017. He is Past-President of the Rotary Club of Mesquite, and he is currently serving as Assistant District Governor for Rotary's District 5300. He also serves as a trustee for the Mesa View Regional Hospital Board.

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Message from

the Mayor

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reetings from the great city of Washington, Utah. Like many cities in the area, we have experienced some unprecedented growth over the past few years. I don't believe our ancestors who came here in 1857 had a clue that this area would become one of the fastest growing cities in the country. We are excited to have a new hospital and an automall coming in, and several hotels and restaurants are currently on the drawing board. This should bring in good employment opportunities for our area. Growing up here, I never realized that our sleepy, little town of around 1,000 people would grow to over 30,000. For me, this has meant making new friends and acquaintances and enjoying the great qualities they bring to our city. The true heart and character of any community are the great citizens who live there.

Making choices to move to new places or just making changes in our lives is not easy. It is our choices that make up our characters. Every choice we make can be a wonderful learning experience for the good or not so good. Life isn't about doing things perfectly, but doing things intentionally. Do you know what the most unselfish thing is that a person can do in this world? To help someone else. Making a difference can be a lot of fun and very rewarding. Why not try it out?

Mayor Kenneth Neilson Washington City

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Contents

FEATURES

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Cover Image: Teressa Sorensen | tphotography.photo

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ViewOn Business The Importance of Personalizing Your Space

ViewOn Travel

The Beauty of Desert Vegetation at the Red Hills Desert Garden

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Find Stylish and Unique Decor At Rod Works

ViewOn Design

Avoiding Design Disasters


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12 BUSINESS 26 INSPIRATION TRAVEL 28 34 FITNESS GARDENING 46 57 OUTDOORS 64 DESIGN EDUCATION 76 80 PETS 84 ORGANIZATION 92 THE ARTS 98 ENERGY 105 GOLF 108 MOTIVATION

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The Importance of Personalizing Your Space

6 Benefits of Living a Purposeful Life

The Beauty of Desert Vegetation at the Red Hills Desert Garden

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Building a Functional Home Gym

Life Depends on the Little Things We Take For Granted

Arches & Bridges - Natures Architecture

Avoiding Design Disasters

Preparing for Economic Growth

The Dog Days of Summer

Getting Your Home Organized for Summer

A Full Weekend of Family Fun

15 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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The Easiest Way to Get Out of Bunkers...Period.

The Critical Importance of Human Support

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Why I Love

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y husband and I, our parents, grandparents, and so forth were born and raised in these parts. This strong heritage has anchored our roots to the famous red soil and lava rock found here. We wanted our children to have the same blessings that we enjoy, like summers floating down the canal, hiking to King’s Castle, playing out at the sand dunes, and night games with friends until the streetlights come on. It’s every child’s dream! There is beauty in every direction you look, from the green grass in the south fields, to the red rocks, then all the way up to the majestic Pine Valley peaks. Also, there is sunshine pretty much year-round, Zion National Park in our backyard, and water fun at Sand Hollow and Quail Lake. There are trails for biking, running, walking, and hiking. We are surrounded by great neighbors and friendly people throughout town. This … is WHY I love living in Hurricane! -Toni Imlay

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Mesquite

e moved to Mesquite to be closer to my husband’s family. I was born and raised in Colorado and I’m a mountain girl. The idea of living in the desert took some getting used to, but I have been absolutely converted. Mild winters with no snow offset the hot summer months. Beautiful, towering red rocks have replaced the mountains, and palm trees are now outside my window. Mesquite is so welcoming. I appreciate seeing the same familiar faces around town. There are so many opportunities here! I love everything, from becoming involved in the area’s nonprofit organizations, to local politics, green energy projects, community gardening, and playing in beautifully maintained parks. Being able to hike and explore the surrounding areas and nature in the winter months is priceless! I’m so happy we made the decision to move out of the big city to a friendly, engaging community, like Mesquite.

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- Paula Stanton


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ay back in 1995, we were considering a move for our family. We had outgrown our home and had decided to build. Our search consisted of the Las Vegas basin due to its proximity to our business. We had settled on building in the Painted Desert area and were actively on the search for vacant land. Then, everything changed. My husband worked in the automotive industry and was invited by our friend, Dennis Freeman, to do a demonstration for Moapa Valley High School’s auto tech class. He so enjoyed the experience, and we started to visit the valley for recreation and fell in love.

This beautiful Moapa Valley had everything we wanted and more. We love the trails with miles of off-road adventures. Here we are, 20-plus years later, and we still find new paths to explore in every direction. Even during years of drought, Lake Mead does not disappoint, with its cool, refreshing water and sandy beaches. Valley of Fire lives up to its name, especially at sunset. The best part of this place that we call home was yet undiscovered—the people. Throughout the years, during moments of great joy and great sorrow, I have been amazed at our valley, and I take great pride in the service and resilience that I have been the benefactor of and have witnessed. I have stood side-by-side shoveling sand into sandbags, been at the food bank, and been at bake sales helping folks that we did not even know. I have attended joyful events, such as art shows, music concerts, and theater performances, that were all produced not for gain, but with love. I’ve enjoyed some of the best redneck, country, or crazy (or whatever you’d like to call it) fun that I have ever had. After 9/11 and the Las Vegas October 1 tragedies, we mourned together as a community. At school games, we cheered and booed. During the last year, we joined together to celebrate our children, our country, and our veterans as best we could. I love Moapa Valley, but I love the people of Moapa Valley more!

- Lori Houston—grandma, mom, wife, friend, and realtor (in that order)

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St. George

very year around this time, I start asking myself what I'm doing here. It's so hot! But then I look out my window, and I remember ... I love the blue sky and the red rocks. I love the wildflowers growing along the hiking trails. I love the tree-lined streets and how the temple seems to glow. Even more than all that, I love the community. I love the history. I love how if you strike up a conversation with someone, you'll find multiple ways you're connected. So while I'm writing from St. George today, you should know I'm a Bunkerville girl, a Bulldog at heart. My husband is a Cedar boy. My kids bleed Dixie blue. We have family ties to Moapa Valley. I'll bet if you and I sat down together, we'd find multiple ways we're connected as well. - Mandi Miles

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The Importance of

Personalizing

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Your home decor by Jenny Larsen | Photos by Eric Larsen

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’m looking around my living room as I write this. I’m looking at the objects that I have placed around the room. There’s the painting that hangs over our fireplace that my husband and I bought in Paris at a junk store on our honeymoon. I’ve spent many evenings sitting under a blanket looking at it and reliving that fun day. There are the Morrocan tea pitchers that came into our store a few years ago that remind me of the beauty and excitement of traveling overseas and of the adventures we’ve had in China and India. There’s the custom sofa that spans the length of our mid-century-style living room that, prepandemic, comfortably sat eight employees engrossed in conversation, chatting the night away. There are the coffee table books that scatter the room: a vintage Diana Vreeland book that a friend gave me, the art book of Natalia Goncharova we bought after seeing her exhibition on our ten-year wedding anniversary a few years ago, and the various decorating books that I’ve spent hours pouring over for insight and inspiration. Then, there are the mid-century chairs that launched our wholesale business—that’s a whole other story. This exercise of looking around and focusing on these items highlights for me the importance of my job. Along with my husband, I’m a purveyor of objects like those found in my living room. I’m passionate about what I do because, fundamentally, I believe that decorating our homes and choosing those objects we wish to live among should not be an act of decorating as much as an act of self-expression. The goal should be to surround ourselves with objects that we enjoy, objects that remind ourselves of our past, and objects that share who we are with others. When I thumb through a magazine or peruse Pinterest, it's common to see many amazing rooms that are beautifully decorated, but I think, “Who lives here?” It’s pretty, but it tells you nothing about the personality or lives of the people who call it home. They drained the room of themselves in order to be trendy. Don’t decorate just to decorate. Choose pieces and design your home so that your rooms envelop you with joy and warmth. Decorate your home in a way that allows you to revisit your experiences through the items that you surround yourself with. Sure, bringing things together in a way that is pleasing is important, but only to achieve the end product of creating your story— your autobiography of objects. That’s why we named one of our stores “Autobiography of Objects,” or AO. Along with my husband, Eric, I own

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three stores—AO, Urban Renewal, and Having-BeenNess —all adjacent to each other in downtown St. George, Utah. If you haven’t been to our stores, Urban Renewal is a mix of vintage and new home accessories, furnishings, posters, and even vinyl records. Urban has been in business for 20 as of this summer. I can’t believe that! Next door is Having-Been-Ness, our clothing store that also mixes vintage with new pieces. We pair designer apparel with name-brand and vintage clothing that is sourced in L.A. and New York. Next door to Having-Been-Ness is Autobiography of Objects, our newly expanded lifestyle store that is a blend of clothing, gifts, and home furnishings that I carefully curate. What all three stores have in common is that they exist for the sole purpose of capturing our customers’ imaginations and assisting them in expressing themselves with unique furnishings, decor, or apparel. I live, eat, and breathe our businesses and the concept of making a home because I believe it adds to the value and quality of a person's life. When our customers find that piece that they fall in love with— the sofa that they can enjoy family movie nights on, or that vintage piece that comes to remind them of a time in their life, or that special item that they can look at in their home and feel joy from—I feel a great sense of gratification. I love it when I see customers choosing items that speak to their hearts and help them tell their stories.V

Owners Jenny and Eric Larsen in India

Visit our stores at 5 E. St.George Boulevard in St. George, Utah, or call (435) 236-3838 for more information. You can find us on Facebook by searching “Urban Renewal St. George Utah”.

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Wildflower Festival

by Kaylee Pickering

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vening primrose by any other name… In the heart of southern Utah’s national parks is Cedar Breaks National Monument. Just east of Cedar City, this stunning red rock amphitheater is home to curious wildlife, ancient bristlecone pines, sweeping formations of vibrant stone, and in summer, a dazzling display of wildflowers. Along the rim of the monument, the color of Cedar Breaks only multiplies as a spectacular abundance of wildflowers fills the grassy meadows and lines the trails. During the month of July, visitors can experience a different variety of blooms and diverse changes in the landscape as new blooms emerge day to day.

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Photographer: Alex Santiago

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What a lonely place it would be to have a world without

wildflowerS! —Roland R Kemler, photographer

With over 250 species of wildflowers blooming in the park, it’s hard to see them all—popular wildflower sightings are the Colorado columbine, aspen bluebells, elkweed, Indian paintbrush, sunflowers, and yellow evening primrose. Aster, flax, fireweed, larkspur, lupine, pretty shooting star, and marsh marigolds are also on the commonly spotted list. While the scenic drive along Highway 148 through the monument is always a must, with its meadows teeming with blooms and glimpses of the red rock canyon between the trees, the trails are the places to be for this event. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon stroll along the paved Sunset Trail to take in the widest variety of blooms as you pass through meadows and forested areas on your way to the Sunset Overlook. Two miles round trip, the sunset trail will take

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visitors through the full spectrum of color that is to be found along the way. Cheerful yellow daisies, vibrant paintbrush, and Colorado columbine can often be found along the first stretch of the trail. A favorite trail among visitors to the Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival is the Alpine Pond Trail. This two-mile trail is a double loop through forest and meadows offering excellent views of the “breaks,” along with meadows of wildflowers, spruce-firaspen forest, and ancient deposits of volcanic materials. Located halfway through the trail’s loop is the natural, springfed Alpine Pond. Keep in mind that this is a high-country trail; be prepared with a good supply of water, good hiking shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of time. For a shorter hike, take the cutoff at the pond to make the hike a one-mile loop. While it may


Wildflowers along the Sunset Trail | Photographer Tobey Schmidt

not be a tiptoe through the tulips, the views along the Spectra Point trail are only enhanced by the blooms along the way. This trail follows the rim of the natural amphitheater to a stand of ancient bristlecone pines. This trail is a great spot to find striking aspen bluebells and Indian paintbrush with a backdrop that is always picture-perfect. The colorful wildflower bloom is generally at its peak during the first two weeks of July, which coincides with the annual Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival, a wonderful reason to visit the park. A wildflower viewing spot near Cedar Breaks National Monument is Brian Head Peak, an often overlooked attraction with views that are truly breathtaking. At 11,000 feet, you can see the entire valley, see Arizona, and even see Nevada’s Wheeler Peak. During late June/early July, the wildflowers fill the

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View from Brian Head Peak | Photographer Bob Grove

meadows that lead to the peak as well and create a wonderful experience along the way. After taking in the blooms and exploring Cedar Breaks, the restaurants and attractions of Brian Head Resort are a welcome spot to relax and plan the rest of your day. Cedar Breaks National Monument is getting a new visitor center in 2021! This new center is an exciting development for

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our friends at Cedar Breaks and for the organizations that have worked hard to make it happen. However, the construction will lead to some changes in monument operations. Before planning a visit to the Cedar Breaks Wildflower Festival, browse their online brochure, and become aware of any changes, delays, or closures at nps.gov/cebr/. And as always, let

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Making Space for Life By Debbie Oskin

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re you tired of parking your cars in the driveway because you can’t get into that spacious two or three-car garage with all the moving boxes, tools, toys, and holiday decorations stuffed into every nook and cranny? Do you make plans at least once a week to organize it all and then, when you’re just about to get started,

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you suddenly remember you have to make a dentist appointment or call your mother-in-law? Before you know it, another week has passed and you forgot all about the “Big Organization Plan.” Take a deep breath. It’s not all about you, after all. No, the problem is not necessarily a personal character defect. Your problem may be caused

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by a common modern malady known as “Lack of Storage.” You’d be surprised at how many of your neighbors are cowering behind their blinds, suffering from the same problem, hoping no one discovers their messy little secret. So many of us have downsized from bigger houses with attics and basements only to find we are being crowded out of our sleeker new homes by stuff we can’t bear to part with.


A good way to start to combat the storage problem is to purchase some sturdy garage cabinets. A good value is seven-foot tall melamine cabinets with adjustable shelves. Choose between shelf depths of 16 or 24 inches, depending on how much space you have in your garage. This type of cabinet is attached to the wall for extra stability, and they come with adjustable legs. If you have room, it is best to purchase at least four or more of these tall cabinets. The shelves can be adjusted for different-sized containers or taken out completely to store brooms, mops, and tall toys or tools. The best part of these cabinets is the doors, which can hide a multitude of items and make your garage look really neat.

Already have enough shelves and cabinets in your garage but your tools still aren’t organized and you’re still tripping over bicycles? Consider a wall track system with specialized hooks and bins to store your tools and toys on the wall. For overhead storage, a suspended shelf can be hung from the ceiling to hold items you don’t use frequently, like holiday decorations. Pegboard is also a great inexpensive solution for hanging small tools and gadgets. Let’s say your garage is neat as a pin but some of the other rooms in your house are starting to look like an episode from the TV show Hoarders. Don’t despair! There’s a storage solution for every room in your house.

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Just like in the garage, melamine shelves, drawers, and cabinets are sturdy and costeffective and can go in the pantry, the laundry, your craft room, the office, the entertainment center, bookshelves, and in all your closets. You can even double or triple the usable space in your closets with the right professional design. There’s no need to settle for that builder-installed, plain old closet rod and single shelf. The right addition of drawers, shelves, shoe organizers, jewelry inserts, hooks, baskets, and other neat accessories can change your whole outlook on life. Not the plain vanilla type? Lots of people like the clean look of basic white in their garages and closets, but if white isn’t your cup of tea, there is a variety of colors, textures, and wood grains to match your tastes in any room of the house.V The friendly, professional staff at Classy Closets, Mesquite, will be happy to help you design all of your storage solutions. Stop by our showroom at 521 West Mesquite Blvd, Ste B, Mesquite, or call (702) 346-2087 to make an appointment for a no-obligation consultation.

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SIX ofBENEFITS living a purposeful life by Judi Moreo

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nstead of settling for an ordinary life, why not create a life that is focused and purposeful— one that brings you joy, excitement, and fulfillment? There are many benefits to discovering your main interest, passion project, or purpose in life. Don't you deserve to live an extraordinary life?

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Self-Development Identifying what is of interest to you and gives you purpose will motivate and encourage you to gain new skills. You'll find you are motivated to learn and grow so that you can meet the goals you set for yourself. Identifying your purpose is a powerful self-development tool in itself. It will provide you with the opportunity to grow and develop as a person.

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Focus Increased focus is one of the major benefits of following your passion and living a purposeful life. This is because you will have identified exactly what you want to achieve and how you will achieve it. Goal setting and planning are invaluable tools and help you create positive change in yourself and in your life.

Motivation Having a purpose that drives you and is your inspiration for creating change in your life will provide the momentum to keep moving forward towards your goals. Constantly monitoring your progress against your goals and plans will motivate you to continue to progress. You will want to feel the success of achieving targets and goals at each step of your journey.

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Happiness Living a purposeful life increases your sense of happiness and well-being. Having goals and a reason to get up in the morning will help you feel a sense of satisfaction, encouragement, and success. All of these positive emotions will help you realize you are the master of your destiny and you have the ultimate power to change your life.

Better Health As you improve your situation and outlook by taking positive action each day, you will begin to feel happier and your stress and anxiety levels will reduce. When you have a purpose, you will find you want to take better care of yourself and your health so that you can continue working towards your goals and achieving the life you ultimately desire. Plan regular exercise, breaks, healthy meals, and snacks, as well as enough sleep. That way you will ensure you reap the maximum benefit from your new, purposeful lifestyle.

Self-Knowledge Living a life of purpose and passion will enable you to grow as a person. It will open doors to interests and networks that will stretch you mentally, emotionally, and possibly even physically. As you follow these new paths, you will discover more about yourself, your interests, and your needs. You will enjoy the process of creating goals and reviewing them as you progress to creating the life you truly desire.

There are many benefits to creating and living a purposeful life. Why not think about what you really want from life and go for it so that you can discover these benefits for yourself? V Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. She will help you discover creative ways of overcoming obstacles and help clear faulty thinking patterns and damaging feelings so that you can develop personal power, establish healthier relationships, gain the respect you deserve, and love yourself. You can reach Judi at (702) 283-4567 or judi@judimoreo.com.

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The Beauty of

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Red Hills Desert Garden By Cliff & Ilene Bandringa, BackRoadsWest.com

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e love exploring the Southwest and part of that love is being able to see the wide variety of desert plants out there. From the trees, like desert willows or smoke trees, to bushes, like the creosote, to all the different varieties of wildflowers, cacti, yuccas, and agaves, they all offer a beauty unique to the desert environment. We always come away with a deeper appreciation of Mother Nature’s diversity. The Red Hills Desert Garden in St. George, Utah, is one of the only desert gardens that specialize in plants of the Mojave Desert region. You’ll find more than 5,000 water-efficient plants within their five-acre space that are beautifully displayed and landscaped. And because it is a demonstration garden with the goal of educating people about the benefits of having a water-smart landscape, all of the plants are labeled so that you can learn their names. There are also convenient QR codes on the labels that you can scan with your phone to get a full description of that plant, along with several pictures of it and what the flowers look like.

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During our recent visit, we had a strong internet connection and were impressed by the information we were able to get via the QR codes. When at home, you can easily use their website (you can find the link at the end of this article) as a reference or catalog to help you with the design and plant choices when you’re creating your own desert landscaping.

Along with showcasing desert plants, the Garden also has a replica of a slot canyon, imprints of actual dinosaur tracks that are found just outside of St. George, and a habitat for native Virgin River fish that can be viewed through glass. You can easily spend one to two hours thoroughly looking around the Garden and it’s a fun place for both kids and seniors. It’s also a great place to get ideas and be inspired! The plants are, of course, at their most spectacular in the spring and early summer when everything is blooming, but the fall and winter months at the Garden also have something to offer. For the holidays, starting with Halloween, the Garden puts on some spectacular light shows. More than 60,000 lights and other holiday-themed, lighted decorations are artistically placed throughout the entire area, transforming it into an absolutely magical wonderland of lights. It is truly amazing and something to see. It has become an annual winter event for us to bundle up and take leisurely strolls through the Garden in the crisp night air.

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All too often, people think of desert landscaping, or xeriscaping, as something that will look barren and without color or interest, but nothing could be further from the truth, as is proven by what you see at the Red Hills Desert Garden. As you look at the pictures in this article (and check out the “Gallery” section of the Garden website), notice the variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures that there are to choose from. Also, notice how much shade some of these trees create and how green things are. For those of us who have chosen to live in the desert environment, it only makes sense to embrace the desert, which includes remembering that water is very limited here. Households that utilize desert landscaping save up to 70% in water consumption as compared to landscapes that have turf or non-water-efficient plants. It is so important that we all try to be aware of our water consumption and how to live within our means when it comes to that usage. And once you’ve seen just how beautiful and lush a desert landscape can be, we think you’ll agree that it’s a win-win situation! You can have a beautiful landscape and use only a fraction of the water of a conventional lawn. Plus, you don’t have to mow it once a week! If you are a “do-it-yourself” person, the Red Hills Desert Garden website is a good resource to help you plan your new desert landscape. There are many nurseries in the area that sell waterefficient plants and you can also find a variety of landscaping

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supplies and decorative rock there. Of course, the nurseries also sell plants that are not water-efficient, so be aware and know the difference before you go shopping. Oh, and one more important thing that you should know about the plants found at the Garden—in addition to being water-efficient, they are also well-suited to tolerate the extreme temperature swings of this region. They can take the heat and occasional freezing temperatures here. Living in a desert is tough and not all plants can do it! We hope that this article inspires you to learn more about and enjoy the desert vegetation that lives all around us. In our area, the Red Hills Desert Garden is one of the best ways to see desert plants from our region all in one place. When traveling to other southwest areas, we suggest that you look up botanical gardens that typically display plants from those places. A couple of our favorites are the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, east of Phoenix. These two gardens showcase plants from the Sonoran Desert (instead of the Mojave), so they won’t grow here but are still lovely to see. And in Las Vegas, there is the Springs Preserve Botanical Garden. So the next time you find yourself out exploring our fascinating desert backyard, see how many plants you can identify out in nature after seeing them showcased at the Red Hills Desert Garden. It’s like a fun treasure hunt! Happy Exploring!V For more information about the gardens, go to RedHillsDesertGarden.com. The website includes detailed information about every plant growing there. To learn about places to visit in the Mojave Desert that are lush with vegetation, see a collection of trip ideas from our blog at BackRoadsWest.com/blog/category/mojave-desert/. We also publish an online travel guide for the Mojave National Preserve (located southwest of Las Vegas). It includes hikes, road trips, and has lots of desert botanical garden information. To see and purchase beautiful images of desert scenes and plants, go to SnapShotsWest.com.

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Building a Functional

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by Ashley Centers

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ello again readers, and happy summer! As the days have become brighter and they stay that way for longer, it puts in my mind that it’s time to adjust to earlier morning or later evening workouts for me to try and beat the heat outside. While going to the gym will always be a top priority for me, I know it may not always be feasible for others to alter their routines to make a workout fit better within their day. The question is how do you make that work? Many folks I have spoken to recently are making the choice to build home gyms or to set aside space in their homes

for fitness equipment. The first question most people ask when doing this is what equipment should I start with? And my answer is always this: the equipment you will use. Depending on your goals, you may need very specific equipment or nothing too specific at all. For example, if you are like I am and don’t want to walk in the heat of the day to increase your cardio strength, then a bike or treadmill might be the top priority for you. If you’re more concerned about building muscle and strength, then heavy dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, or a combination of those things might be best to invest in.

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To break things down, the very best place to start is always from the ground up:

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Exercise mats are a great way to make your space truly feel like a gym and also have the benefit of being easily disinfected, unlike carpet, which can hold odors and may show wear more quickly than a rubberized or foam flooring alternative. Many folks opt for the puzzle-piece-style mats and those seem to work very well for most applications. You can find great options on Amazon.com or at most home improvement stores, like Lowe’s or Home Depot.

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Pick your equipment based on your budget and your goals. Is your goal to lose weight or just to stay active and moving? Do you want to build muscle mass and practice your back squat? Choose your equipment accordingly. For example, a great place to start would be with a combo rack and barbell with plates, as these can be used for multiple applications. Combo racks can be accessorized with things like pull-up bars, adjustable benches, etc., to accommodate full-body workouts, which would work for all of the above goals. Torque Fitness makes very highquality rack systems with many accessory options, while other manufacturers like Rogue Fitness, ETHOS, and Titan Fitness make slim-profile and/or folding racks to help accommodate small spaces.

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If you would like to visualize things in your space before committing to the investment, brands like Precor and Rogue Fitness offer free virtual floor plans.

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Keep a flow to your space. Depending on your space, this may be difficult but is best accomplished by placing similar things together.

For example, weight implements are placed together, bands and stretching implements together, and cardio items together, all in their own designated space with plenty of room to move around to each space as needed. If your space is small, use storage bins to keep things separated. Organization is key for making your space feel clutter-free and usable.

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If your budget or space doesn’t allow for some of the above-mentioned equipment, one very inexpensive item can turn any area with a stud in the wall into a functional gym. The TRX Suspension Training System can be installed nearly anywhere and is adjustable to accommodate full-body workouts while building cardio strength and lean muscle by using your own body weight as resistance. And resistance bands, dumbbells, etc., will always be an affordable way to have equipment available to you, no matter your budget or space constraints. On a side note, if you are a member of a gym thinking about switching to home workouts in your own home gym, take note of the machines you currently use the most so that you can replicate them as closely as possible in your own gym. Remember, the key to building your own functional home gym is to pick equipment you will actually use. By choosing equipment that fits your fitness needs, you can cut out unnecessary expenses and avoid taking up valuable space in your home. Until next time, have a wonderful summer living your own home gym dream!V

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Broadway Season Exudes High Energy and Hope by Lisa Larson

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n the park across from Jonathan Wagner’s New York City home, the hills are alive with the sound of, well, his music.

As part of his training process to tackle the role of Dewey (a role made popular by Jack Black) in this summer’s Tuacahn production of School of Rock, Wagner has been hiking the hills of Manhattan while practicing his lines and songs at the only two volumes his character uses: loud and louder. “If you’ve ever attempted to do something physical while holding a note, it’s very difficult,” Wagner said. After reaping the results of a COVID-era lifestyle for the last year, Wagner said he knew he had to get back into shape before revisiting the role that he understudied on Broadway. “It’s the Dewey Finn workout. Best shape of my life,” Wagner said with a laugh. Beginning July 17, Wagner’s musical sounds will be reverberating off of a new set of rocks—the

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majestic red rock backdrop of Tuacahn—when he and his talented cast-mates crank out the energetic rock and roll score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. “It’s a story that is all about being heard,” Scott Anderson, artistic director for Tuacahn, said of the message behind School of Rock. “Not just ‘heard’ in the basic auditory sense, but being listened to and understood. It’s something everyone wants—especially kids.” The Tuacahn production is the first regional version of the show outside of Broadway and the national tour, something Anderson said Tuacahn feels “extremely fortunate about.” A high-energy show if ever there was one, Wagner said, “It’s not like

The Phantom of the Opera, where Christine stands still and sings a beautiful

song. Every one of Dewey’s songs is sung while sprinting.”

Considering that he’ll be sprinting across an 80-foot stage while belting out lyrics to fill a 2,000-seat amphitheater, the mountain-climbing fitness regimen makes sense. “It doesn’t matter if my voice is in shape if I can’t breathe,” Wagner said. But Wagner won’t be maintaining all that energy alone. Joined by a cast of young musicians culled from both local and national talent pools, Anderson said that the level of skill is just incredible. “It’s going to be a very pleasant surprise to people who are fans of the film,” Anderson said. “To hear it performed by these young people, playing their instruments live on stage, is a real treat.”

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Alternating with School of Rock in the Tuacahn lineup is a performance that requires just as much energy and passion but put forth in a more calculated, controlled way. After all, how can the Count of Monte Cristo exact revenge on those who have wronged him if he’s not subtler in his tactics? Brought to life as a musical adaptation of the book and film, thanks to the genius of Frank Wildhorn (Scarlet Pimpernel and Jekyll and Hyde) and Jack Murphy, The Count of Monte Cristo is a story of enduring hope, enduring faith, and justice. “People often bring out the idea of redemption within this story, but we find that redemption doesn’t give him the reward he wants,” Anderson said of the journey that the title character takes throughout the course of the show. “Sometimes redemption is not justice.” David Toole, who plays the role of Edmond Dantes/The Count, said it has been a dream come true to work with Wildhorn and Murphy on this project and to see the script massaged and updated to be even better than in the past. “These two guys are the best at creating these

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larger-than-life narratives and these soundscapes that transport you to this huge world,” Toole said. A world is brought to life by Tuacahn’s masterful set designers and scene shop. Both create a backdrop worthy of what Wes Hamblin, technical director for Tuacahn, refers to as “epic, monumental scores and storytelling.” Playing Dantes’ love interest and leading lady is Caitlyn Caughell in the role of Mercedes—a woman who exudes strength even in a time when female voices were quieted by society at large. “I’m always looking for: 'What did strength look like in that time period?’” Caughell said of her portrayal of Mercedes. “What I love about this story is the reflection on justice and forgiveness and the tension between those two things.” More than anything, Caughell joins her fellow cast members in rejoicing at the opportunity to return to the stage. “This last year has been a time to reflect on the gift that it is to be able to tell stories in person to an audience,” Caughell said. “It is such a unique experience.” The cast and crew at Tuacahn will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines put in place that allowed it to open its Broadway season this year. Masks, social distancing, regular COVID-19 tests, and vaccinations are all part of the process that led to being able to take the stage without masks to perform each night. David Toole

“There is something so human about live theater that I have missed, and I can’t wait!” Caughell said.V

In addition to The Count of Monte Cristo and School of Rock, Tuacahn’s Broadway season includes: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Million Dollar Quartet, and A Christmas Story. For details on show dates, times, and tickets, log onto www.tuacahn.org, or call (435) 652-3300.

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Designing Yo

By Carol Lee Parrish

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he possibilities are endless when designing a bathroom today. Gone are the days of bathtubs with shower curtains. Even a 3x5 foot area that now encases the bathtub can be turned into a beautiful custom walk-in shower. This not only enhances the area but can be functionable for those who have a difficult time climbing into a bathtub.

Master bathrooms, on the average, give you a larger area to work with and can be a lot of fun to remodel. Walls or closets can be removed or added for variety. Bath areas can be enlarged if there is room. An ordinary bathroom can become the focal point of your master area. The possibilities are endless as you design your bathroom just for you.

While considering your options, take time to assess your needs. For example, who will be using this bathroom and how will it be used? What kind of atmosphere would you like? If you would like a bright mood, you would choose brighter colors and shades. Positioning a shower near a window allows natural light to flow in and out of the area. This can give warmth to the room. You might consider changing an inner wall to give your room additional light.

When selecting your tile products, it is important to examine your lifestyle. Ask yourself, "What product would not only be attractive to look at but would serve my needs as well? How much time is spent in these areas?” Consider your personality, your likes, and dislikes. Light can change the look of the product from what you see in the store to what you have visualized when you are home. It is suggested that you bring samples into your home to get a feel for what that product will bring to the room you are decorating.

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ur Bathroom Adding accents to the area gives a nice contrast. There are a large variety of mosaics, subway tile, and much more that can be used to give a pop to your room. A fun option is to accent a full wall with tile or mosaics. Glass enclosures are not only beautiful, but can enlarge the look of your shower area. Glass enclosures show off the wall and floor tile in your shower. Another option for a walk-in shower is to build it such that you do not need doors. This is also a pretty way to show off your tile work.

Mesquite Tile and Flooring has a great team that can guide you through this process. Our field techs are experienced and professional. We invite you to come and see us and let us show you some beautiful options to give your home a personal touch.V For more information, please contact Mesquite Tile and Flooring at 521 W Mesquite Blvd, STE A, or call (702) 346-7225.

Vinyl planks are extremely popular today. They can be used on a bathroom floor, which can be easier on your feet and complement your tile in the other areas of your room. They are also waterproof and work well in a bathroom setting.

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COMING HOME TO

Coming Home

by Paula Stanton

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hen you walk into BeeHive Homes of Mesquite, it feels like coming home. Sunlight filters in through large windows and fills a large great room. Residents relax in comfortable recliners, sit in small groups working a puzzle, and there is a small circle of ladies working crochet. Music plays and the tantalizing smells of a homecooked lunch fill the air. Immediately, one word comes to mind–LIFE. BeeHive Homes are full of life! From the sounds of a bustling house to the smiling faces and welcoming calls from the care staff, BeeHive is bustling with life. It both looks and feels like a family atmosphere because they began with family in mind. BeeHive Homes assisted living began in 1987 when Twayne Walker built the first assisted living home in Meridian, Idaho. Seeing that there were not very many quality care facilities, Twayne set out to build the first BeeHive to provide his grandmother with quality care and personalized, homelike surroundings. This format has been developed and nurtured into a nationwide family of BeeHives, providing care

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in a homelike atmosphere. Because of the small size of all BeeHive Homes, each resident receives the personal attention they need, and no one gets “lost in the shuffle” of a large, institutional setting. The uniqueness of BeeHive Homes starts with their pricing. Their commitment to transparency in pricing is worthy of remark. When an individual and his or her family have made the decision to come into care, they will find many options, sometimes too many to manage. BeeHive Homes strives to provide a different experience right from the beginning. You will be given one monthly amount that includes the base rate and a service rate based on an individualized evaluation. There are no surprises, hidden fees, or extras. BeeHive Homes makes several promises to their residents and the promise to be transparent in their pricing is at the top of the list. There are endless small, homelike touches throughout the House. The smell of cookies baking wafts through the air. Two residents sit together, cozied up in recliners, hand


crocheted lap blankets over their legs, laughing at a shared joke. A gentleman sits at a table, diligently working a large puzzle, squinting at the pieces. A caregiver stops to admire his progress and casually reminds him that his glasses are atop his head. He chuckles and pats her hand. Music and laughing can be heard coming from the Beauty Salon. The administrator, Christy Lodeserto, can be found there most Fridays, doing hair and manicures for the ladies of the House. The patio door is slightly ajar, letting in a warm spring breeze. There are residents on the patio watering newly planted seeds, reminiscing about gardens past. Everything about life at BeeHive Homes is designed with family in mind. With their commitment to delivering the highest quality care in a loving family atmosphere, BeeHive Homes really is the next best thing to home. Gerald Hamilton and Tim Stewart are the owners of the two BeeHive locations in Mesquite. Gerald has over 30 years of experience caring for the elderly, beginning in high school working in nursing homes. He joined the BeeHive family in 2005 and now operates other BeeHive locations in Henderson, Nevada, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He serves on several state and national boards for professional associations that promote long term care services. Tim is a local who grew up in Las Vegas and is now a building contractor in St. George, Utah. He was the general contractor and built the two Mesquite BeeHive Homes.V Call BeeHive Homes at (702) 346-0445 and talk with Christy about what sets BeeHive apart from other, larger communities. You can stop by 780 Second South, Mesquite, Nevada 89027 and schedule a tour or email christyn.beehive@gmail.com for a virtual tour experience. Check out BeeHive Homes of Mesquite for quality care in a homelike atmosphere.

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Life Depends on the Little Things We Take For Granted

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by Marilyn Pabon

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ollinators are an especially important part of the earth’s ecosystems because they are responsible for ensuring the reproduction of most of our planet’s flowering plants. Three out of four of the world’s food crops depend on pollinators, and not just honeybees, but wild pollinators too. One of the most fascinating things about pollinators is their incredible diversity. Plants are pollinated by a host of different animals, including bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, hummingbirds, and bats. Most folks are aware that pollinator numbers are dropping all over the world. This is especially scary for us here in the desert because we're home to the largest and most diverse population of bees in the world. One of the best things we can do for our pollinators is to plant native plants that can provide them with a yearround food source.

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Bees

Desert native bees that have coevolved with specific native plants are common. Cactus bees are one example. They feed almost exclusively on a few cacti species, especially prickly pear and cholla. Squash bees are another example of coevolution. They feed on gourds, squash, and pumpkins. Nests are in the ground under the leaves, taking advantage of the shade and cooler temperatures. Males often sleep in larger flowers while waiting for females to hatch. There are three aspects of plantings that best support desert native bees. These are: (a) multiple flower colors, (b) varying bloom heights, and (c) blooms that are available throughout the growing season. As for flower colors, a mix of purple, blue, yellow, or white flowers is preferred. A range of flower heights, from one to five feet, speaks to the unique needs of small and large bees and those with specialized feeding habits. Continuous flowering from very early spring to late fall is needed to support differing life cycles of desert native bee species. Early spring is the most important time to ensure ample flowers because desert native bees are often the most active pollinators in that cooler time. But fall is also vital, as the supply of native flowering plants is limited. Bees come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, from metallic green sweat bees to fuzzy orange carpenter bees to small striped mining bees. Unlike honeybees, most native bees are solitary, building individual nests in the ground or in wood cavities. Seventy percent of native bees in North America nest in the soil by digging underground tubes in which the female lays her eggs. Carpenter bees and mason bees build nests in wood and rock crevices.

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Butterflies & Moths Butterflies are some of our most charismatic pollinators. Take the monarch, for instance, with its colorful orange and black markings and epic annual migrations. Most adult butterflies and moths prefer open flowers with a flat surface on which they can land and feed. This includes the daisy-like flowers of Acton encelia and brittlebush, which both have clusters of small flowers.

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Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are attracted to colorful, nectar-rich flowers that are funnel-shaped or tubular. Some of their favorite native plants are bladderpod, penstemon, and sage. However, nectar isn’t the only source of food for these high-energy birds. They also need protein, which they get in the form of insects. Protein is an especially important part of their diet during breeding season when they feed small insects to their developing chicks. Common insects that hummingbirds eat include aphids, spiders, and gnats.

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How Can You Support Pollinators at Home? • Plant a variety of native flowering plants that attract bees, flies, beetles, butterflies, and hummingbirds. • Plant both nectar plants for adult butterflies and moths and the host plants that their caterpillars feed on. • Maintain patches of open, undisturbed soil where native bees can nest. • Construct and install a bee house for carpenter and mason bees. • Avoid using insecticides. • Leave spider webs alone. Hummingbirds feed on spiders and insects trapped in webs, and they use the web material to construct their nests.

Plants to Attract Pollinators Perennials: Hyssop: attracts bees and hummingbirds Sage: attracts bees and butterflies Lavender: attracts bees and butterflies Echinacea, or Coneflower: attracts butterflies and birds Yarrow: attracts bees Pincushion: attracts bees and butterflies Beebalm: attracts bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies Black-eyed Susan: attracts bees, hummingbirds, and birds Blanket flower: attracts bees and butterflies Beardtongue: attracts bees and hummingbirds Butterfly weed/milkweed: attracts caterpillars/butterflies

Annuals: Butterfly weed/milkweed: attracts caterpillars/butterflies Hollyhock: attracts bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies

Herbs: Borage Catmint Fennel Mint Oregano Rosemary Thyme SalviaV Marilyn Pabon is a holistic nutrition consultant, organic gardener, sourdough bread baker, and author. To learn about her new series, The Divine Feminine Handbooks, visit her website at www.marilynpabon.com.

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Find Stylish and Unique Decor at

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t. George is one of the fastest-growing towns in America and was in need of a unique home decor store. As the owner/operator, I love the opportunity I have been given to open such a unique store. I work with a talented staff to help with your decorating needs. At Rod Works, we offer unique and charming home decor at incredible prices. The imaginative way that we display our products will get your creativity flowing, while our outstanding customer service will work with you one on one to create a one-of-a-kind look for any room in your home. Our mission at Rod Works is to offer affordable, quality, and unique home decor. With our inventory options, creative displays, and exceptional customer service, we are able to offer decorating help that is suited to the individual style and needs of each customer who walks through our doors. It is our goal to make the experience at Rod Works one that will keep you coming back, not just as life-long customers, but as friends. Customer service will always be what we pride ourselves on. We believe that our store is more about the people than the products. We strive to provide a personal feel with unique products that you will love to put in your home—and you’ll have fun doing so. When you walk into Rod Works, St. George, you will be greeted with a friendly “hello” and the following question: “What brought you in today?” If you are just looking or trying to find that special gift, we can help. The variety of products and daily arrivals in the store is guaranteed to be refreshed weekly with new and unique offerings. We carry a variety of products ranging from unique signs and seasonal decor to baby items and furniture. Whether you are trying to decorate a porch, mantel, kitchen, laundry area, or bathroom, we can help. We have everything from cutting boards, table runners, and candlesticks, to planters that you can add foliage to as well. We carry large pictures, clocks, and mirrors to fill any space. Add style with our accent tables and decorator pillows. Bring in a picture of that hard-to-decorate wall or space, and let us fill it with decor that reflects your taste.

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Follow our daily posts on Instagram to see what is new and exciting. We will have a Witches Night Out in September, along with a Christmas open house in early October. The products that have been selected for the holidays are THE BEST! If you love gnomes, we have you

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covered for the year, along with any needs for porch signs, Christmas tree decor, and more. We also have a very generous rewards program. You can add your name and receive a discount on future purchases and advance notice of any sales.

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Get ready to make us your favorite unique gift store!V Rod Works is located at 553 S. Mall Drive in St. George, Utah. Feel free to call (435) 215-4715 with questions, and follow us on Facebook & Instagram @rodworks_stgeorge for any updates.


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Celebrating 10 Years in Mesquite

by Spencer Wells, MD

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n July 14, 2011, I climbed into my Toyota Corolla with two of my co-workers and drove down to open the doors for our first day in Mesquite at Desert Pain Specialists. I’m pretty sure that I saw a total of five patients in the clinic that day and that I took over an hour for my lunch break, which included a long walk up and around the Palmer driving range and into the surrounding neighborhoods and desert hills. I had met as many of the primary care doctors as I could before starting to let them know who I was and what my plans were for this small pain clinic that was opening up in their town. They were all very kind and welcoming and even hopeful for our success, but all had one simple request— “Please don’t abandon us after a few years because you’ve become too busy in St. George.”

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After multiple office renovations and relocations to accommodate for growth, it has now been ten years since that first day in Mesquite. I have many reasons to love my time in Mesquite, but on top of that list are the patients who are among the friendliest and most grateful people I’ve ever met. For many years, I’ve told my patients, “I know I can’t help everyone, but I know I can try.” Thank you for supporting Desert Pain Specialists in Mesquite. I want you to know that after being here for ten years, I have no plans to leave.V Please join us for an open house on Wednesday, July 14th, 2021, from 12–2 p.m. at our office located at 340 Falcon Ridge Pkwy, #603. Please call us at (702) 346-5037 for more details—we are happy to answer any questions you might have.


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oman arches, Gothic spires, and spectacular suspension bridges were modeled after natural formations. Architects throughout history have sought to replicate the grace and majesty of Earth’s inspiring structures. In Utah’s arid lands, geologic arches and bridges attract architects, photographers, artists, hikers, and soul-searching vagabonds. A geologist, the Utah Geological Survey, and the Natural Arch and Bridge Society help us appreciate these natural wonders. July/August 2021 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 57


What’s in a Name? An arch by any other name is still an arch. Arches and bridges are holes or openings formed naturally on a rock’s surface. The Natural Arch and Bridge Society defines about 17 different types of arches of which natural bridges fall into three categories. Retired geologist and 26-year southern Utah resident Dan Krupicka describes a geologic arch: “It is made of exposed rock substantially surrounded by air; it is at least one meter (3.28 feet) in diameter (although this is somewhat arbitrary); and the opening through the rock must conform to the general topological definition of a hole.” Mark Milligan, Senior Geologist and Geologic Information and Outreach Program Manager with the Utah Geological Survey, explains, “A natural bridge is a subtype of a natural arch that is primarily water-formed and often spans a waterway, such as a stream.” Whereas seeping water is a major factor in forming many arches, natural bridges are formed over an existing or previous

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Krupicka acknowledges, “Arches can be mislabeled as bridges, such as Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon National Park, where flowing water seems to have played a relatively minor part in its formation.” In Zion National Park, Crawford Arch, which is connected to a formation called Bridge Mountain, was known as a bridge, although it was created without a stream or water flow. In the late 1990s, Zion personnel began referring to it as “Arch on Bridge Mountain.” The Park Service later named it “Crawford Arch” after an early canyon settler. Even the Great Arch in Zion National Park is not a true arch because it has no opening. With justification, any person can propose a name or name change to the Utah Geographic Names Committee, which takes it from there.

Utah’s Exceptional Arches The Utah Geological Survey (UGS https://geology.utah. gov/), the division of the Utah Department of Natural Resources responsible for geologic mapping, credits Utah with having the world’s highest concentration of natural arches, with over 2,000 located in Arches National Park and at least another 800 across the state. According to the UGS, natural arches are found in sandstone, shale, limestone, granite, and even basalt, but sandstone is the most common. Utah’s sandstone is strong enough to support arch formation, yet is easily eroded by wind, water, and gravity. Strong winds, the right moisture, and vertical rock fractures from the uplifting of the Colorado Plateau create ideal conditions for gravity and erosion to sculpt arches.

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watercourse. Utah’s Natural Bridges National Monument (https://www.nps.gov/nabr/index.htm) contains three natural bridges: Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachomo.

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Utah’s Arch Challenge In March 2021, the UGS engaged the public in a nontechnical “Arch Challenge.” Modeled after basketball’s March Madness, a communications manager (a huge basketball fan) and about seven employees took the challenge photos, selected match-ups, and administered the online tournament. They started with 64 arches and bridges, collected 4,500 votes, and ended with a championship face-off. The final four included Owachomo Bridge (pictured on page 59) versus Double Arch and Pritchett Arch versus Delicate Arch. On April 5, Milligan announced, “In a stunning upset, Delicate Arch fell to Double Arch.”

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Double Arch is unique as an easily accessible two-for-one arch, whereas Delicate Arch, the most photographed arch and famous for appearing on Utah license plates, is more difficult to reach. They are only two miles apart in Arches National Park (https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm). Double Arch, standing 112 feet above ground level and 144 feet wide, is approached by a 0.5-mile gravel path leading from the parking lot and the Windows Trailhead. Delicate Arch, the largest free-standing arch in the park at approximately 46–52 feet high and 32 feet wide, had different names before Frank Beckwith, leader of the Arches National Monument Scientific Expedition in the 1933-34 winter, described it as, “the most delicately chiseled arch in the entire area.” The name “delicate” stuck. Follow a 1-mile trail to reach the lower viewpoint for Delicate Arch and continue 3 miles round trip, ending with a steep 0.5-mile climb to the upper viewpoint (round trip 5 miles).


The Natural Arch and Bridge Society In 1988, arch enthusiasts Jay H. Wilber, an aerospace engineer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Danny Horowitz, a geologist in Houston, Texas, founded the Natural Arch and Bridge Society (NABS http://www.naturalarches.org/), a non-profit with approximately 150 current members. These members include 28 from Utah, 25 from Colorado, 13 from Arizona, 3 from Nevada, and a European contingent. Sharing an appreciation for viewing, preserving, and studying natural arches and bridges, NABS members publish a newsletter, visit arches on field trips, and hold arch rallies. David Brandt-Erichsen, current webmaster, former NABS Board member, and former editor of the NABS newsletter, joined

the group in 1990 after leading Southern Arizona Hiking Club members to Moab to visit as many arches as they could in a week (65 arches). He saw an NABS brochure in the visitor center and knew, “that’s for me.” Brandt-Erichsen says, “Visiting arches takes me to very beautiful places that I might not have seen otherwise, and an arch at the end of a hike is like the frosting on a very good cake.” Krupicka concurs, “Observing natural features such as arches, bridges, and windows is made all the more interesting when some background knowledge is present regarding the features. You don’t need to be a geologist to appreciate these incredible formations, but a little time invested in learning about them will pay off in viewer enjoyment.”V

Landscape Arch | Photo Credit: Karen L Monsen

Grovesnor Arch | Photo Credit: Karen L Monsen

Sipapu Bridge | Photo Credit: Tyler Knudsen Broken Bow Arch | Photo Credit: Linda Wohlgemuth

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by Helen Houston

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hile rearranging the furniture in any room of your home is always a fun way to refresh your space, there are a plethora of layout missteps that can be made along the way. We typically subscribe to the idea that there are no strict rules in interior design—after all, personalization is what makes a space special. But according to a few experts, there are a few common faux pas that can make your home feel a bit off. In this article, I review “layout lapses” and recommendations to remedy them to make your home look its best.

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Choosing the Wrong Rug Size Choosing the wrong rug size is a common problem for living room layouts. You hear it time and again from all designers: Don’t buy too small for your room. If you’re floating your furniture, make sure both the front and back legs of your sofa fit on the rug, with space left around the perimeter. If your sofa is against a wall, make sure the front legs of all your furniture are placed on the rug. About 90 percent of the rugs used under beds are much too small for the bed that they're under. If you have a queen bed, an 8x10-foot rug underneath is recommended. A 9x12-foot rug is the choice for a king bed. It's also important to measure your room's size and address its shape when choosing rugs. Lay the rug perpendicular to the length of the bed—no more than one foot away from the nightstands. There should be plenty of soft, cozy rug for you to step onto from the second you get out of bed and all throughout your walk to the other side when you're repositioning pillows and blankets. When choosing a rug for your dining room, make sure all chairs can fully sit on the rug, even when pulled out a bit. Having too small of a rug can make your dining set look not proportionate. Plus, it can get in the way when scooting the chairs in and out.

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Forgetting All Angles In older homes specifically, living rooms were often designed with equally important views of the front and back yard on one wall and a fireplace on another. Unsure of what to do with this, many families will focus their furniture layout on just one of those walls, ignoring the other direction. Balance the room out by choosing sectional sofas. An L-shaped sectional can quickly frame the two opposite sides of the room, focusing the seating towards a dual focal point that features both the fireplace and the view to the outdoors.

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Thoughtless Window Treatments Window treatments often become an afterthought when designing a living room. They can make or break the ambiance of the space. It's important to remember that window treatments provide more than privacy; they enhance the design of a space not only by adding texture but also by creating a focal point or a statement surrounding the windows. In the meantime, starting with neutral window treatments can really warm and soften up the room. Another common layout mistake is the placement of curtains in relation to window size. To open up your space and to frame your windows to look their best, hang your curtain rods several inches above the top of the window. You'll also want to extend the edges of the hardware out past the window edges. When your curtains are fully open, they'll let in the maximum amount of natural light.

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Lacking Adequate Lighting

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Nothing spoils the ambiance of a space faster than bad lighting. It’s crucial to be strategic about how you employ various light fixtures throughout your home. While beautiful pendants over your island and sink look amazing, it is good to incorporate recessed and under-cabinet lighting to give the kitchen proper light when you are cooking or prepping food. Hide strips of LED lights underneath upper cabinets or over the sink for an easy switch-on when you need a boost of extra light. Too harsh lighting or not enough lighting can completely ruin the mood and look of the space. It's important to spread lighting around your room: Table lamps, picture lights, and floor lamps are great ways to add soft lighting throughout the area.

Placing Furniture Against Walls A common layout mistake that people make with their living room is having all the furniture pushed up against the walls. While there are certain furniture pieces that need to be near the wall, floating your sofa or accent chairs more towards the center of the room will help the space feel more inviting. Your sofa can create another wall in the room, which can give the illusion that your space is larger. Make sure you are choosing the correct size of furniture as well to give the room ample space for walking and everyday use.

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Creating Design Imbalance If your living room has symmetrical elements—like windows on either side of a wall, a fireplace in the center, or A-frame ceilings—arrange your furniture accordingly for a sleek look. Two matching sofas are placed parallel to the windows, while a coffee table lines up with the fireplace in the center. A pendant chandelier can complement cathedral ceilings, and two comfortable accent chairs add balance while keeping the design dynamic.

Forgetting Space for Dish Towels Kitchen islands now commonly house the kitchen sink. But this doesn't bode well for the dish towel that has no wall space or upper cabinetry for a hook—no one wants to walk around the kitchen with dripping hands or lay the towel down on the counter. The fix is even easier than you may think. Simply place a hook or bar on the interior of your sink cabinet to hang a dish towel, which keeps it both accessible and out of the way.

Not Styling by Shape If your bedroom layout is built with specific architectural details—like angled or cathedral ceilings—it's also important to take the room's permanent design into account. For example, in spaces with angled ceilings, it can feel awkward to have the bed placed along one of the side walls. Choose a spot for your bed either against the main angled wall or directly opposite it for a balanced finish.

Not Making Use of Walls Using a pair of bulky lamps on each side of the bed is also considered a layout faux pas. Make use of valuable wall space by adding sconces as an alternative to lamps. There are terrific choices out right now—even plug-ins when hardwiring isn’t an option. If you're a fan of reading in bed or keeping extra glasses of water on your bedside table, you'll be surprised by how much of a difference the bit of extra space can make.

Making Rooms Seem Smaller

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Another designer trick for small bathrooms is to extend visual height when usable space is already maximized. Rather than hanging all of your décor at eye level, try to incorporate decorative items, tall curtains, or lighting fixtures higher up. The effect draws the eye up toward the ceiling, making the room feel larger than it actually is. If you have large windows in your bathroom, keeping the blinds and curtains open as often as possible also helps to extend the space further by drawing attention outdoors. It's helpful to downsize additional items you don't need. Toss out the half-used bottles of hairspray or shampoo that you'll never use again, and use the newfound cabinet space to organize any extra items cluttering your countertops.

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Too Many Throw Pillows If your living room sofa is covered in throw pillows, it might be time to scale it back a bit. All too often, the sofa is cluttered with oversized or too many pillows. When accessorizing a sofa, I recommend sticking to just three pillows in three different styles to help create visual interest without overpowering the other décor elements in the room.

Eschewing Convenience Homeowners will often place towel bars, rings, and hooks where they look best, rather than in a spot that's convenient when using the space. Luckily, towel bars, etc., are simple and easy to add, remove, or move. So once you've lived in the space long enough to know where you need your towels most, you can make quick changes to fix this problem.

Overdoing the Furniture Having too much furniture in your dining room can be a major layout mistake. Keep the room minimal but exciting by using dynamic art, a table, chairs, and a fun light fixture. We can get away with much less in a dining room, including the outdated china hutch to store linens and tableware. It's very common to underestimate how much space there needs to be for traffic around a dining table. To avoid this issue, consider the width of your dining set when all the chairs are pulled out from the table—not when they are pushed in. When it's time to entertain, you'll find that the extra space around the table makes it much easier to serve dishes, clean up, and for guests to get up and down from the table as needed.

TV Screen Focal Points If you design your entire living room around the location of your television, it’s time to switch things up. The TV should never be the focal point of a room. Instead, try layering the TV around a natural focal point, like a gorgeous view or architectural fireplace, and arrange the furniture around that. This way, you’re still able to watch TV, but the layout is much more focused on the windows and allows for a great conversation setup if you're entertaining.

No Natural Greenery A little foliage can go a long way in a living room. Greenery adds warmth and an organic feel to your décor. It can also be used to fill in empty areas of a living room—place an oversized fern or myrtle on a pedestal to act as a filler in the corners of a room.V Helen Houston is a certified real estate staging and redesign professional. Helen is the president/owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign and can be reached at helen@stagingspaces.biz or (702) 346-0246.

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presents

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t. George Musical Theater is southern Utah’s oldest and most successful community theater. They are a nonprofit organization that performs their signature in-theround productions in the historic Opera House in downtown St. George, Utah. SGMT has performed 45 productions in the past seven years as part of each season of shows, which this year includes seven full productions and a youth summer camp. Their upcoming production is the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific. Notes theater CEO Bruce Bennett: “We’re known as the local theater that produces high-quality musicals in our intimate space that can really change the experience, even for patrons that have seen classics like South Pacific before. We strive

for high-quality production value and superior talent, a combination which often really surprises those who attend for the first time.” South Pacific contains some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most popular songs, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair.”V SGMT’s South Pacific performs from June 24 to July 24, and the General Admission tickets are only $22.00. Performances are each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday at 7:30 p.m. (MST), with many 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. Masks are optional. The house opens 30 minutes before showtime. Tickets can be secured through the website (www.sgmt.org) and for questions or group ticket sales, please call (435) 628-8755. We are located at 212 N. Main Street in St. George, Utah.

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HOT TRENDS IN WINDOW COVERINGS: "Alexa, Open Shades"

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by Jackie Burton

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s technologies keep advancing, so does the window covering industry. You can now get more and more window treatments that can be controlled from your phone or by Alexa. Now, instead of having a battery pack of 12 AA batteries, you have a rechargeable motor that charges like your cell phone. These window treatments can be programmed to automatically open and close at a predetermined time of day. If you have room darkening shades and would like to have your shades go up to use the incoming light as your alarm clock, just program it. When the afternoon sun comes around and starts to heat up the house, your shades will close automatically. Window treatments can provide more than just something that looks good. A well-designed window treatment helps establish the mood of a room, whether the overall feel is glamorous or casual. Fabrics help create personality by adding color, texture, and dimension while reinforcing the color theme of the furnishings and accessories. Some window treatments also can provide privacy. Light control is also a benefit of panels and shades, especially when room darkening linings are added. Privacy and light control: Window coverings are available in a wide range of colors, materials, and opacities. From sheer to opaque, they offer varying degrees of privacy and light control. Sheers and other select styles are designed to draw light inside your home while diffusing harsh glare. This will illuminate your home naturally and reduce the need for artificial lighting. Natural light is warm and welcoming. In time, however, your furnishings will fade and become damaged. Modern sheers offer UV protection to help counter the harmful effects of the sun. By tilting louvers, slats, vanes, blinds, and panels, you can direct incoming light where it is needed most. Whether you are one with the outdoors or very private and your neighbors are too close for comfort, window coverings make the difference in how you feel. Window coverings change your mood, alter your feelings, and allow you to express yourself. Lighting affects color, and it changes the entire feeling of a room. Light is a major consideration when choosing the right window coverings for your home. Low light reflects calm, and full sun reflects brilliance; maybe it is a combination that reflects your needs.

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Now, more than ever, there is a variety of energy-efficient and green alternatives in window coverings and fabrics. We can go online and with the aid of room scene visualizers, we can create different looks and lighting effects to help us better understand what makes us feel the most comfortable. Our professionals have superior knowledge of products and professional design, and our professionally trained and certified installers are committed to helping you select the window coverings that are just right for you—we make your decision-making easy. Let the professionals at C & J Shutters, Blinds and Flooring turn your creative ideas into smart, stylish solutions for your windows.V C & J Shutters, Blinds and Flooring is located at 550 W. Pioneer Blvd, Ste 112. You can reach us at (702) 345-3672, or visit our website at www.BlindsFloors.com.

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Preparing for Economic Growth with

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University Center partnership between innovation centers at Southern Utah University and Dixie State University is pleased to offer local business owners and professionals access to industry experts and training opportunities through “Better Your Business Express” workshops. Designed to help your business adapt to a post-pandemic economy, this timely and relevant training series is ongoing through 2023 and is offered online in a live setting or at your convenience from a library of videos. New topics are frequently added based on the needs of Utah’s southern five-county region. “Better Your Business Express” was developed to help businesses succeed after it was recognized that some in the region were struggling to pivot and respond to the impact of COVID-19. By accessing the training from regional instructors who share their knowledge of skills and strategies for adapting to ongoing economic growth and change, you’ll be better suited to engage your market. The first four workshops kicked off this spring with topics including maximizing relief funds, customer service, digital

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marketing for a post-pandemic marketplace, website design, and employment laws. Whether you’re looking to design a new website or to tune up an existing site to compete in the digital marketplace, the expert-taught “Website Design for the Online Marketplace” workshop can help with your online, e-commerce presence. "I was privileged to gain valuable insight from the group that changed my perspective and added value to my website," said Troy Richardson, workshop participant. Help your business thrive in a post-pandemic, southern Utah economy with the “Customer Service and Digital Marketing for a Post-Pandemic Business Climate” workshop. Learn to adapt by using new customer service techniques, digital marketing strategies, and key messaging/branding strategies for building renewed trust, enthusiasm, and returning customers. Learn how to better protect your organization and yourself by understanding the legal obligations and rights of small business owners in the “Need to Know HR Employment Laws” workshop. You’ll review interviewing basics, labor laws, FMLA, Title IX, discrimination laws, and more.


As you begin to hire new employees or welcome remote employees back to the office, brushing up on critical HR laws is more important than ever. If you run a business and think you’ve exhausted all of your relief funds options, the “Maximizing Relief Funds for Your Business” workshop that is taught by expert accountants will help you know for sure. This training covers how to apply for Employee Retention Credit and ways to maximize your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application. Also, learn about PPP forgiveness as well as Family First Sick and Family leave credits. All “Better Your Business Express” training videos are available at the SUU Community and Professional Development YouTube channel. “Better Your Business Express” is a team of southern Utah industry experts offering no-cost workshops to southern Utah business owners to help the region adapt to a postpandemic economy. Participants gain exclusive access to regional experts who share knowledge of skills and strategies for adapting to ongoing economic growth and change.V “Better Your Business Express” is offered through the University Center partnership between innovation centers at Dixie State University and Southern Utah University. The partnership expands capacities of existing resources and focuses on empowering business owners and bolstering economic growth throughout Utah’s Five County Association of Governments (AOG) region, which includes Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver, and Garfield counties. Funding for workshops is provided through the U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center Grant Program that was jointly granted to Dixie State University and Southern Utah University. To learn more, visit southernutahbusiness.org. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities Act (CARES Act), the U.S. Economic Development Administration appropriated $1.5 billion in additional Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program funds to assist communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. To assist e-commerce and business recovery, SUU submitted a joint application with Dixie State University to develop and deliver professional development certificate programs in an online platform that support the business and entrepreneurial community within the region.

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Tennis TNT By Donna Eads

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t is HOT and HOTTER at this time of the year outdoors. So early a.m. or night play is the best way to beat the heat. Stay aware of your fluid intake, and be sure to drink at least 16 ounces of water prior to playing in order to ‘beef up’ your reserves. Most players believe that bananas are the best for electrolyte replacement, but really it is oranges. Be careful of high-sodium energy drinks as well. Such large amounts of sodium are only needed if you are doing hours of training or play. Adding water to energy drinks is probably a good idea. Due to the heat, it’s best to look for practice drills that are limited, such as doing different serves. There are four major serve types: flat, slice, top spin, and kick. The flat serve is simplest, starting with a normal toss and then hitting the back of the ball. The slice serve is a hit around the equator of the ball, and some prefer to toss the ball more out wide. The top spin serve brushes up on the back of the ball from bottom to top. Again, the toss varies from normal to slightly behind your head. Finally, the kick serve is done by brushing the strings from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m., as if you are looking at a clock. Be sure you use targets in the server’s box to improve your aim. One way to improve your concentration and shorten playing time is to use the tiebreaker system instead of the best of two out of three sets. Since every point in a tiebreaker counts, your focus must be fully engaged. Work with your partner to plan ahead for each shot. It is

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not okay to just get the ball back over the net when every point matters. Be tough and play to win. Look for each opponent’s weaknesses and use them against him or her. Remember, two loss shots can cost you a tiebreaker. Play like a hockey goalie when faced with an overhead that is coming right at you. So stay low to the ground, and be ready to just bunt the ball back at the player. Keep your racquet in front of you, and use a bunt-like swing to return the ball. Good defense has won many matches. During the French Open, one player who was behind in the match returned six overheads using this method. It turned the tide in his favor, and he went on to win. Even with four players on the court, the score can become confused. Each player should do his or her best to reconstruct each point. If you cannot all agree, start off at 30-30 to make it fair to all. Try to avoid this confusion by the server calling out the score before every serve. Then, the score can be questioned quickly if there is a problem. During a serve, your opponents can stand anywhere they want. However, they must allow the ball to bounce before striking it. One problem that is considered unacceptable during a doubles match is if your partner is moving in and out of your server's box. That is gamesmanship at its worst and can result in a default for that team—not a good outcome for anyone involved in that match!V See you on the courts!


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ummer in the desert: This is the most challenging season for pet owners who are living in southern Utah. Summers mean less physical activity in the heat of the day and can lead to less food intake for some pets. There’s no need to worry if your usually insatiable pet turns its nose up at a meal here and there during summer—it’s normal. Thankfully, there are some fun and creative ways to encourage eating and most importantly, to keep your pet well hydrated. Cooling activities, such as a splash in a kiddie pool filled with water and balls, promote fun exercise. A comfy cooling bed raised off the ground to allow for air circulation and sprinkled with yummy treats will encourage your pup to nap and keep cool during a hot summer day.

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There are also a number of “cooling” treats that pet parents can make easily at home: Frozen Broth Cubes: This is a big-time favorite for dogs. Remember the old-fashioned ice trays? Well, go dig yours out of the back of the cupboard, and fill it with low-sodium broth. Drop in some of your dog’s favorite healthy treats, and pop it all in the freezer. Once frozen, drop the cubes into an empty kiddie pool, and watch your dog have hours of fun. Dogs love to play with ice, and if the ice is flavored, they’ll devour it. You can get creative, substituting broth with pumpkin, plain yogurt, or water, and add fruit and veggies. Want to create a bigger (and longer-lasting) challenge? Take an aluminum mixing bowl, fill it halfway with water or broth, and add chunks of treats, fruits, veggies, healthy hot dog bites, or even


a durable toy. Freeze it all and when frozen, pop it out of the bowl, and put it into a kiddie pool—instant entertainment for you and your pup! Frozen Fruit Treats: Seasonal fruits, like watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, bananas, oranges, and strawberries, can make a wonderfully healthy treat. The idea is to cut fruit into small pieces and freeze them together or separately. Get them good and hard so that they last longer. Remember to remove all rinds, seeds, and peels before feeding the treats to your dog. Banana-Peanut Fun Mix: Mash some banana and stir it in a bowl with good-quality peanut butter (the kind that is only peanuts). Stuff the mixture into your dog’s interactive chew toy—West Paw makes some great ones, and they’re made in the USA—or simply

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afternoon away! Find a facility that has in-pool handlers and where all dogs wear safety/life vests, and sign up for some pool time. When taking dogs swimming in a lake or the ocean, be sure they are wearing a life vest with a handle so that you have complete control. Also, if your dog tends to swallow a lot of water, watch for signs of distress or discomfort. Limit swimming and play to short intervals to avoid excess fatigue. Hiking is always good fun with your dog. But in the summer, very early-morning hikes are a must to avoid the heat of the day. Be aware that this is also the time that rattlesnakes are active (during temperatures around 75°F.) Snakes are most frequently out at dawn and dusk but can be found at other times too if disturbed or threatened. Be aware and prepared by getting the rattlesnake vaccine and taking a snake avoidance class. WOOF! Wellness Center offers classes several times a year. freeze it in ice-cube trays to create irresistibly delicious peanut butter treats. How about swimming lessons for your pup this year? Swimming is not something that dogs just instinctively know how to do, so take them to safely learn from an experienced handler. Swimming is a healthy form of physical activity, which dogs can learn to love. An hour swim lesson with some vigorous interval play will have your pooch napping the

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Finally, when taking your dog for a walk in the summer, ALWAYS check the ground temperature with a bare hand. If it’s uncomfortable for you, it is for your dog as well. Cooling boots are a great way to keep them from burning their paws, and they look cool too!V WOOF! Wellness Center is located in the historic district at 3199 Santa Clara Drive in Santa Clara, Utah, (435) 275-4536. Find more info at www.woofcenter.com.


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Getting Your Home Organized for Summer by Janel Ralat, owner of One Organized Mama

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ow that summer is around the corner and life is getting back to pre-pandemic normalcy, it’s time to focus on some organizational projects around your home.

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I certainly found myself in the “Quarantine Ten Club.” That’s where we packed on a few extra pounds since having the time to bake (and EAT) bread, cookies, and other goodies. So now’s the time to do an overhaul of your pantry to toss expired goods, donate foods that you bought while panic grocery shopping in 2020, wipe down shelves, and tidy the space. If you found yourself in “shopping mode” like I did and thought that buying an Insta-Pot, an extra crockpot, or a bread maker was a good idea in 2020, it’s time to take a good hard look and ask yourself if you REALLY have the time or space for it anymore. I utilize a “use by” technique on items that I’m not ready to give away but am also not sure if I’ll use again. Place a sticky note with a “use by'' date on the item. If you use the item before the date, then it’s a keeper. However, if the date comes and goes and you haven’t used the item, then perhaps it's time to help it find a new home.

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CLOSETS

I promised myself that I’d have every closet in my home organized by the time the kids went back to school last fall. It’s now the following summer, and it just didn’t happen. Recently, I’ve taken a different approach and have been focusing on one space per month instead. This helps me focus on one entire room in my home, including the closet in that space, and makes this task much more manageable. I simply focus one quick 20-minute session on decluttering items that will be hauled off to donate.

Next, I’ll look at hangers and containers to see if they could use a little updating and overhaul. Lastly, it’s time to keep the space tidy with regular maintenance and upkeep. This means making it easy to put items away in the area, either by labeling, making everyday items easily accessible, or most importantly, by training my family to put stuff away daily with a “20-Minute Tidy.”

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OUTDOOR SPACES

It’s almost pool season, and for us, this means buying a few new pool towels for our home since each summer, our dog finds a few he likes to adopt as his own. (True story.) Now is also the perfect time to assess all the outdoor toys and gear and get things cleaned off, maintained, and ready for fun in the sun. Do a walkthrough of your garage, and do any decluttering or tidying as necessary. Also, doing a walkthrough of your outdoor spaces is essential to note any possible issues with air conditioning units, pool equipment, or landscaping.

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KIDS

Let’s talk about the littles running around your home. In our home, all three kids (two have now grown) have summer birthdays, which created the tradition of the pre-birthday PURGE. This is where we do a quick once-over of all their toys, treasures, and trinkets in order to declutter, toss, and donate. Summer is technically the halfway point in the year to Christmas, so it’s a great habit to add to your home maintenance rotation. Also, we as parents know that when seasons change, so should our kids' wardrobes. So go through closets, drawers, and seasonal clothing, and pack some hand-medown bags for siblings, friends, or relatives. With a “20-Minute Tidy” every day, your home will look shipshape in no time. Stay safe, healthy, and enjoy the sunshine this summer!V

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The Millio

Ques WHAT IS SOLAR ENERGY,

by Malissa Miles

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e can all remember growing up and being shown a visual model of our solar system in elementary school. In the middle of the model was our sun. The sun is the most integral part of our solar system and gives us many resources that we have been utilizing for centuries. Without our sun, we would not be here today. From early sunrises to late sunsets, the world seems to take for granted the continuous cycles that this beautiful sphere of plasma provides for our world. Our sun is the most important source of energy for life on Earth. For decades, we have needed resources to create the most valuable energy on Earth today: electricity. We have been successful in utilizing these resources to produce electricity, but it has been on a macroscale and not so clean. These resources are mainly natural gas, coal, nuclear power, and many others which are not good for the environment. In the United States today, it is the utility companies who dictate the amount of electricity produced and which resources are used to generate it. Lastly, let us not forget about the rates that they charge the consumer. Photovoltaic energy technology, more commonly known as solar energy or solar panels, was created many decades

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ago. This phenomenon works through solar cells absorbing the sun’s energy and converting it into electricity. I am sure you have all heard of the band AC/DC. These are acronyms for the two different types of electricity that are produced around the world today. AC stands for “alternating current.” This is the electricity that is used for your home and comes from the utility grid. When you look at the power lines above you, this is the type of electricity that is flowing through them. DC is “direct current.” This electricity is used for energy storage and is what batteries use. Now, if you think about it, not many years ago, you would have had to plug your device into a cigarette lighter in your car, using an inverter, to be able to charge it, or to charge your phone, or whatever electronic appliance you had that only accepted alternating current. It is the same with a solar energy system—it uses an inverter. You have the panels that create DC electricity, but you need to convert it into AC electricity so that you can use it for your personal residence or commercial property. The panels and the inverter are major components of your solar energy system. The last component is the racking and mounting system. Every system is different, depending on your roof structure.


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tion AND DOES IT WORK? The concept of solar energy is well over a century old. We have only recently started to install this type of technology on residential rooftops, giving the power back to the homeowners and taking it out of the utility companies’ hands. It was a hard-fought battle, but the rewards are endless. Now, I want you to understand how net metering works. This is how utility bills are generated, depending on how much energy your local utility company receives from your solar system. You produce solar energy in the daytime when the sun is out. Even if it is raining, you will still produce electricity. Keep in mind that when any electronic appliances are in use, such as light bulbs, air conditioning units, pool pumps, etc., you absorb the electricity from the solar system first. The excess that is being produced at that exact given moment will go to the utility company and they will credit your bill. The average single-family dwelling uses approximately 50% of its solar annually and sends the other 50% to the utility company to become a bill credit. This credit typically keeps rolling over and gets bigger as the daylight during each day lasts longer.

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When choosing a size for a solar system, you can look at the number of kilowatt-hours that you use annually and then design a solar system that is guaranteed to produce that much electricity, leaving you with a netzero bill. Some utilities will still charge you a service fee, which is used to maintain the grid. This is true of the bill that you receive today—whether you have solar or not, you still will be paying it unless your solar credit is more than the service charge. Depending on the utility company, you may actually see a bill that says that nothing is due at that time! You must think about it—how much of your hard-earned money has gone out the window to the utility company? Believe me, the number is in the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on how much electricity you use. There are two ways to get solar installed for your residence. The first would be a lease or PPA (Power Purchase Agreement). A lot of your bigbox brand companies, such as Sun Run, Vivint, or even Tesla Energy, push this model heavily. Keep in mind that these are publicly traded companies, and the shareholders come first, not the homeowner. The problem with signing up with a lease or PPA is that you are stuck paying these companies for what the solar system produces and are under a contract that can last up to 25 years. There is also typically an escalator every year, meaning the price will go up anywhere from 2.5–2.9% annually. There is no getting out of it, and it will make your home harder to sell. The incentives and tax credits are taken by these companies since they own the asset, and all you are doing is transferring to a new utility company. Instead of paying ABC Power Company, you are paying the PPA company. This adds to their company’s assets and makes them more appealing to a shareholder, not to a homeowner. This is what we see in markets that are brand new where not many people know the difference. They think that this is the only way, and they sign on the

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dotted line. If only I could tell you how many times a homeowner has called me personally and asked me to try to get them out of their lease or PPA! If it was possible to get out of one, I would be doing that full time and would most likely not have to work another day in my life. The second way is to purchase the system outright. Within recent years, there have been a lot of solar loans with a fixed rate that is way under your average electric bill, which would give you that instant savings. This does not even include the increased value that your new owned system would bring you. In most states, solar systems are tax-exempt from sales tax and property tax. You will also be able to take advantage of the incentives and rebates, such as the 26% federal tax credit. Yes, folks, the federal government is willing to pick up 26% of the total cost of your solar system. You must have a tax liability to be able to take advantage. But who does not pay taxes? It is also a roll-over credit (not a deduction), dollar for dollar. Some states even give you thousands of dollars to install an owned solar system, so check with your state and local utility company to see what kinds of incentives are available. There is also one major component of solar systems that most do not realize they could possibly need. These are the batteries. With so many more electric cars being produced daily, the cost of lithium-ion battery technology has dropped exponentially, making it more affordable for the average person. A large misconception is that if you have solar, even without a battery, and the power grid goes out, your solar will still work. This is not true. You would need an energy storage system coupled with your solar energy system to have an advantage in this situation. As we mentioned earlier, the average homeowner sends back around 50% of their excess solar energy. Now, keep in mind that a lot of the utility companies within recent years have started to not pay back a 1:1 ratio for what you send them, meaning that you would need a larger system than what you use. The other option is to put the excess energy into batteries instead of into the grid. Make sure you still get the 1:1 option. If there’s a power failure, you can still have your solar running in the daytime with the battery covering your nighttime loads. You can say bye to the utility companies at this point. Multiple utility companies are also offering thousands of dollars in incentive money, which is literally a check made out to you, the homeowner, just for installing a battery. As technology advances, we are moving into an electrical revolution. With legislation telling us how much renewable energy needs to be installed, state by state, we are moving in the right direction. Solar energy is now in all 50 states, even though it used to be only feasible in the Sun Belt. Solar energy is a nobrainer, and the sooner it is installed, the less money you will literally be throwing out your window to the utility company.V For more information, contact Universal Solar Direct of Utah by calling (435) 220-4733. We are located at 169 W. 2710 S. Circle, Ste 202-A, St. George, UT 84790.

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A Full Weekend Of F a m i ly F u n at t h e by Dawn McLain

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he Kayenta Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the 19th Annual Art in Kayenta (AIK) Festival, October 8–10, 2021. Every fall for the past 19 years, thousands of people have been making their way to Art in Kayenta, a three-day art festival in Ivins. There are lots of reasons to attend! For art lovers, it’s being able to wind their way through booth after booth and gallery after gallery of unique original art and wares. For others, it’s relaxing in the beer and wine garden, sipping wine while savoring fresh food from local vendors; others opt for the tasty entrées Xetava Gardens

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Café serves up. But for many, it’s enough just to enjoy the gorgeous weather, music, and stunning red rock scenery. This year’s Art in Kayenta Festival is expected to draw our largest crowd yet! AIK offers original creations from local, regional, and national artists who specialize in media ranging from sculpture to painting and jewelry to ceramics and wood to metal and more. Each year, artists participate in a silent auction featuring their fabulous creations! Festival attendees will have


the exclusive opportunity to bid on—and hopefully win—selected art pieces. The auction is hosted by the Kayenta Arts Foundation with proceeds going to benefit the Center for the Performing Arts at Kayenta (CPAK) programs. The Kayenta Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting diverse arts in the region. Each year, CPAK provides more than 50 events and workshops to southern Utah. The Center is home to the Lorraine Boccardo Theatre, a 200-seat black box and concert stage, as well as spaces to accommodate meetings, receptions, seminars, and rehearsals. As a collaborative arts community leader, the Center hosts a broad range of performing arts, plays, lectures, films, concerts, exhibits, festivals, and educational opportunities for the southern Utah area.

Event Details dates & times:

Friday, October 8–10, 2021 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Kayenta Art Village 881 Coyote Gulch Court Ivins, UT 84738

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free! Come be a part of the art at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.V The Kayenta Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and create an environment where diverse artistic endeavors can flourish. The Center for the Arts at Kayenta is a beautiful facility supported by the efforts of the Foundation where people from southern Utah and beyond come to learn, express, appreciate, and celebrate art in all forms. The Kayenta Arts Foundation is supported in part by funding from Washington County and Ivins City RAP funds. The Kayenta Arts Foundation is also supported in part by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.KayentaArts.com for more information.

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Is Just a Call Away

by Bailey Logue

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f you're looking for a reputable and efficient carpet, tile, and upholstery cleaning company, then your search is about to come to an end. Here at NewVibe Carpet Cleaning, we are dedicated to providing high-quality and dependable services in Mesquite, Nevada, and the surrounding areas.

What Can We Do for You? As most homeowners will agree, a filthy and musty carpet can quickly become an unseemly eyesore, even in an otherwise spotless home. A single, professional-level deep cleaning can transform the entire impact that your carpet has on a room. Why suffer the unpleasant glances from visiting guests when we can guarantee your home always has fresh upholstery that turns the heads of any visitors and boosts your confidence? And with a business like NewVibe just a call away, why waste time on DIY solutions and equipment that will probably be more trouble than they're worth?

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Let our experts handle all the frustrating and messy work for you while you take a seat and enjoy our efficient services. Expert-level upholstery cleaning has many other benefits, such as eliminating grime that builds up over time, especially on the arms and headrests of chairs and sofas. The removal of dirt, dust, and stains from your upholstery irrefutably makes it look better but also ensures it will last longer. And most importantly, professional cleaning also removes minute particles that are too small to see and difficult or impossible to remove with a vacuum. This includes dust mites, bacteria, insect parts, chemical fumes from household cleaners, smoke, mold spores, and pollen embedded in upholstery fibers after years of use. This will not only boost the quality of indoor air but also reduce the symptoms of allergies and asthma. NewVibe’s professional removal of these potentially harmful substances ensures that you and your family can live in a safe and clean environment.


NewVibe takes care of your tile flooring as well. Grout lines tend to become darker and dirtier over the years, due to improper removal techniques—simply mopping does not effectively extract the grime and sometimes, pushes it in further. These dark lines are unpleasant to look at and unsanitary, hosting mold and bacteria. Homeowners try to clean their tile and grout themselves, but this is a challenging task, nearly impossible, especially without professional training and equipment. That's why NewVibe’s Tile and Grout Cleaning Service is the best option for any homeowner. With our specialized cleaners and professional-grade steam cleaning equipment, we can remove all that dirt and grime in no time. After our expert service, your tiles will look as clean and shiny as the day you bought them; our team is thorough and will make sure to leave you with “clean spaces and smiling faces.”

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Why Choose Us? NewVibe is a local small business built to provide the most outstanding service to our clients. However, being exceptional is no easy task, which is precisely why we select and hire only expert individuals to join our team. With the most experienced and capable professionals by your side, expect nothing less than the best service available all around. Being a family-owned and operated business, NewVibe values customer satisfaction, and we pride ourselves on building longlasting relationships with our clients. We strive to create a

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comfortable and worthwhile experience for each customer; give NewVibe one chance, and we guarantee the results will turn us into your new go-to cleaning company for any situation. So if you're looking for some professional deep cleaning, then call NewVibe, a reputable carpet cleaning service that is prepared and equipped for every job.V Call NewVibe for a free estimate or to schedule a cleaning at (702) 582-7550. www.NewVibeCleaners.com


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A breath of fresh air,

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Tips to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient! by Keith Buchhalter

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ust like you, I have to pay for electricity every month, and I am always looking for tips that will help me save on my next electric bill. Interestingly, there are a lot of small changes that can help you use less electricity without spending a penny, especially during the summer months when electric bills tend to be higher due to the extreme temperatures in our region. My wife always says that sharing is caring, so here are my favorite 15 energy-saving tips for the summer of 2021:

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1. Wash your clothes in cold water if possible. 2. Air dry your clothes and take advantage of the warm weather. Believe it or not, this time of the year clothes dry faster outside. 3. Clean or replace all filters in your home regularly. Dirty filters make your system work harder and run longer than necessary. 4. Defrost your refrigerator and freezer before ice buildup becomes ¼ of an inch thick to ensure your appliances are running efficiently. 5. During warmer months, close blinds, shades, and drapes on the sunny side of your home to help keep your home's temperature cooler and reduce the work for your AC. Open shades during cooler months to let the sun warm your home. 6. Do not peek in the oven while baking! Every time you peek, the temperature can drop 25°F, making your oven use more energy to bring the temperature back up. 7. Use natural light when possible. 8. Do not leave your electronics on all day long. Only turn on your computer, monitor, printer, and televisions when you need them. 9. Set your thermostat to 78°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter—every degree of extra heating or cooling will increase energy usage by 6–8%. Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature than normal will not cool your home faster. 10. Using your ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. 11. Refrigerators and freezers operate most efficiently when full, so keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible (using water bottles if nothing else). Be careful about overfilling your space as this will reduce airflow and cause your appliance to work harder. 12. Using dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers at night will keep the house cooler, reduce strain on the power grid during the peak usage hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and reduce the chance of an emergency! 13. Turn off the heated-dry setting on your dishwasher and use the air-dry setting instead. 14. Do not leave bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans running longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside air. 15. Turn off the lights when they are not in use. Lighting accounts for about 12% of a typical residential utility bill.V We share energy-saving tips on social media year-round, so make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @OPD5.

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IT’S OFFICIAL! Kelly Adams Named Permanent CEO for Mesa View Regional Hospital by Dr. Jarrod Johnson, Emergency Department Chief of Staff, Mesa View Regional Hospital

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esa View Regional Hospital welcomes Mr. Kelly Adams as permanent Chief Executive Officer, which became effective on May 1, 2021!

“I am most pleased to be the CEO of Mesa View Regional Hospital, and I’m looking forward to the opportunities that are ahead for this facility and community,” said Adams about moving from interim to permanent CEO. He has been serving as interim CEO since December 10, 2020. A Legacy of Experience With more than 40 years of experience in healthcare management, Adams’ CEO career includes large healthcare companies as well as smaller ones and independent and critical access hospitals. His experience in each facility (which includes start-ups and first openings) has resulted in clinical, operational, financial, and community successes over the years. Adams earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University, his Master of Public Administration in Health Administration degree from Tennessee State University, and his post-graduate work has earned him the HealthTrust Fellowship in the British and Canadian health systems. His hospital experiences include working at facilities in a variety of sizes and scopes and focusing on local community service needs and physician needs analysis. He has operated hospitals in locations across the U.S., including Utah, Texas, Florida, Washington, Nevada, and Arizona. Adams has also had the privilege of developing and opening new hospitals during his career and has been awarded “CEO of the Year” for operational performance and excellence. 100

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An Empowering Philosophy Within the first weeks of Adams starting at Mesa View, he made it very clear what the focus of the organization under his watch would be. First and foremost, from his perspective, the “centerpiece” of every conversation and gathering held at the hospital is the patients themselves. He makes sure every effort is made to ensure that they have everything they need and that they are treated with respect and dignity throughout their experience with Mesa View. Secondly, he indicates in a similar manner that after the patient, the priority is our hospital staff, including their overall health and well-being. Thirdly, but not least, is the sentiment that Adams shares in stating that the hospital must be “all about community,” which has already proven true in the few short months that he has been here. One example has been the Mesquite Operation Vaccination project. There was an initial meeting called by Adams in January 2021 with the hospital, the mayor, city fire and rescue services, the Southern Nevada Health District, and a representative from Eureka Casino Resort. At that meeting, Adams volunteered the hospital to take the lead in vaccinating as much of the population as possible, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable. Within a matter of weeks, with the cooperation of all organizations involved, a very successful project was launched which was able to vaccinate

more than 8,000 people in our community with the Moderna vaccine. This was during a time when it was needed, and local pharmacies were able to enhance their capacities to deal with the demands in the community. There were so many details to be concerned with, including pharmaceutical issues, nursing staff, legalities, facilities, public information, etc. There was a three-party legal agreement between the City of Mesquite, Mesa View Regional Hospital, and Eureka Casino Resort that made a strong foundation for the effort. In the words of Andre Carrier, COO of Eureka Casino Resort, “Everyone basically did what they knew needed to be done in their own area of expertise, with no expectations—it worked out great!” This is the kind of community benefit that can come from empowering your coworkers to do what they know how to do and to rally around a worthy cause. Adams doesn’t look for attention. Rather, he looks to see that things get done! Results-Based Leadership Although he has only been in his position for about 5 months, Adams is already seeing the results and the value of his professional relationships with regional providers and of empowering the leadership team at Mesa View. Adams is in the process of listening to the community through a series of eight to ten community focus groups

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that the hospital is coordinating with various sections of the community, including the Moapa Valley. Working with local fire and rescue leadership, Adams has facilitated keeping patients closer to home for care whenever possible. This has already resulted in the expansion of cardiology services available in Mesquite. For the first time in the hospital’s history, cardiologists and intensivists are helping serve as hospitalist physicians, rotating during each month. This has already provided the support to keep certain patients local, who would have otherwise been transferred to another facility. Things like this are a “win-win” for our community, and we can expect more of the same as Mr. Adams continues in his role at Mesa View Regional Hospital!V About the author: Dr. Jarrod Johnson is a board-certified physician and an independent member of the medical staff for Mesa View Regional Hospital. For more information, please visit our website: www.MesaViewHospital.com.

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The Easiest Way to Get out of Bunkers…

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by Rob Krieger

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hen golfers are struggling with getting out of greenside bunkers, there are many reasons why they struggle, and there is not enough paper to write them all down. Instead of trying to figure out what you are doing wrong, try a method that I discovered for students to get the ball out of the sand so they can stop worrying about ending up on the beach. Yes, there is also a litany of ways to get it done just by watching YouTube or reading your monthly golf magazine. My basic bunker shot, plainly and simply, gets the ball out.

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SET UP Take an extra, extra wide stance—probably close to double your normal stance. It will feel a little bit weird at first. Your stance is extraordinarily wide so that your lower body cannot (and it should not) move during the swing. Camber your feet towards each other into the sand, but do not dig your feet in too much or you will risk having your feet below the ball and catching too much sand. Sit down and lower your buttocks and hips to help anchor the lower body. The ball will be right in the middle of your stance, and your body is parallel to the target. Your hands hold the handle of the club level with the middle of your body (the belly button is a good guide) so that the club is positioned either at the ball or slightly behind the ball. No need to open up the clubface—just use a 55–65-degree wedge with the face pointing at the target line.

SWING Your lower body remains still and stable with no weight shift or movement in the backswing. Your upper body and arms turn and take the club back to about a ¾ backswing (or as far as you can go) with the left arm straight, not bending. Your arms and torso lead the club down to the sand and ball. Let the club bottom out in the sand in the middle of your stance, and let the clubhead pass your hands as it goes through the sand—use the sand to get the ball out, not the club striking the ball. Your lower body remains still and most importantly, CANNOT end up with more weight on the back foot or the result will be hitting the middle of the ball and zooming it across the green. The arms finish the shot with at least equal length to the backswing and usually a little higher (meaning you must keep your speed going through the sand). If the club slows down at impact or stops after impacting the sand, usually the ball will not get out of the bunker, so you get to try it again. This method is nothing fancy but does get the ball out. For more details, check out the video on my website: www.StGeorgeGolfLessons.com. I hope this helps and as always, fairways and greens.V Rob Krieger, PGA

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by Gayle Haas

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ince 2002, Senior Helpers has been a national leader in professional in-home senior service. With a vision to help seniors remain in their homes despite agerelated illnesses and mobility challenges, Senior Helpers has now cared for tens of thousands of seniors with a pledge to provide care and comfort at a moment’s notice.

Senior Helpers is dedicated to responding to our clients at a moment’s notice. We offer the following services: Senior Gems Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Customized plans that change as your loved one’s needs change. Companion Care General shopping and errands, help with meal prep, laundry, housekeeping, hobbies, and transportation. Parkinson’s Care Nutrition and meal planning, home safety and fall prevention, and assistance with mobility and daily routines. Personal Care Personal hygiene, walking, and dressing assistance. We are here for you! Please contact me anytime to arrange a complimentary home assessment.V Call Gayle today for more information at (801) 200-4489 or visit 350 Falcon Parkway, Suite 101, Mesquite, Nevada.

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Critical Importance

Human Support

ost of us have that one person we can always count on. You call him or her when you’re nervous about a job interview, frustrated with a family member, or even grieving the loss of a loved one. He or she always seems to know the right thing to say to make you feel a little better about the situation, a little more confident in yourself, and a little less lost in your sadness.

But now we’re facing a global crisis unlike any we’ve ever seen before. When anxiety spikes, many respond by pulling away from friends and family. But now, more than ever, we need to keep the people we love close to us. Why? WHY DO WE NEED HUMAN SUPPORT AND CONNECTION? Whether they’re connected to our work, our family, or our hobbies, our friends have a huge impact on our lives. How does having good friends benefit you? According to Mayo Clinic, a good friend will:

With a network of friends who meet these standards, you can face almost any challenge, including a global pandemic. But how can you maintain these relationships while social distancing? HOW TO MAINTAIN FRIENDSHIPS WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING Although social distancing may seem like the enemy to making and maintaining solid friendships, there are ways to work around this challenge. Regular communication is vital in any relationship. Here are some creative ways to keep in touch while staying safe and healthy: • Video chatting • Phone calls • Writing a letter or card • Sending a thoughtful gift in the mail • Playing online games with him or her

• Lessen your stress and make you happier • Make you feel more confident • Give you a sense of belonging • Help you deal with the challenges you face • Help you quit or avoid unhealthy habits • Reduce your risk of major health problems

Many have been using video calling apps to take a coffee break together, cook together, and even take a gym class together. Modern technology allows us to do all this and more while maintaining a safe distance. Don’t let social distancing be the reason you miss out on all the benefits of having good friends. With a little bit of effort, you can keep your friendships strong and even make some new ones.

Clearly, good friends are good medicine! Not only do they improve our mental health, but they can improve our physical health as well. With the increased anxiety we’re all experiencing, we need all the help we can get to stay happy and healthy. But where can we find good friends?

HOW WE CAN BE A GOOD FRIEND TO OTHERS Having good friends is vital to our health and happiness. But to make good friends, we need to know how to be good friends ourselves. Here are a few things we can do to be the kind of people that attract good friends:

GOOD FRIENDS - WHERE ARE THEY? You probably have more connections to potential friends than you think you do. At work, at play, when volunteering, or at community events, you can find people who could become your good friends. There is a potential danger, though. Forming friendships with toxic people can rob you of your joy and your health.

• Be a good listener! This is one of the most important parts of being a good friend. People can tell when you’re giving them your full attention and listening compassionately. It will make them feel appreciated. • Open up. It can be challenging to share our feelings with others. But opening up to your friends shows that you trust them and you want to connect with them. • Make time for them. Good friendships take time and attention, but they’re worth the effort. If you make time for your friends, they’ll know that they’re important to you. And they’ll make time for you, too.

WHAT DOES A GOOD FRIEND LOOK LIKE? What should you look for in a potential friend? A good friend: • Likes you for who you are • Is genuinely interested in your thoughts and feelings • Is comfortable opening up to you • Is supportive, respectful, and trustworthy • Makes you feel safe, happy, and comfortable when you spend time with him or her 108

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When your anxiety is overwhelming, a good friend can be like a shelter in a storm. The storm of challenges that you’re facing might not go away, but a good friend will make it bearable. A friend’s support will lessen the frustration and anxiety you are feeling and help you deal with your situation in a healthy way. Now is the time to lean on your good friends and let them lean on you.V


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MIGHTY MESQUITE RISES UP In Support Of Crime Victims

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During April, as many of us struggled to feel normal again, the Women’s History and Culture Center launched the first donation drive in partnership with the Mesquite Victim Advocacy Program. It was, coincidentally, during the same month as the kick-off for Victims’ Rights Week, and Mesquite and surrounding areas sure showed up to support!

makeup, a washcloth, and towel … these are the kinds of things that people brought in, and then some. In addition, there were blankets, notepads, pens, hair bands, feminine hygiene products, backpacks for kids, even jewelry, and especially a LOT of purses! Men’s needs were not forgotten, either.

We asked, and we received! We named the campaign “Purses for Victims,” and many of those purses donated were filled to the brim with items that a victim of a crime might see him or herself in need of. Following a life-changing incident, victims are left in a situation in which they may not otherwise find themselves.

When asked for comments about this donation drive, Michelle Reber, program supervisor, had this to say: “We are excited to be partnering with the Women’s History and Culture Center. The ladies from the Center are full of amazing ideas on how to help and benefit the community of Mesquite.”

People called, emailed, and visited the Women’s History and Culture Center to see how they could help. People were encouraged to donate things that may help a crime victim get a head start towards healing and moving forward. We asked them to picture themselves in front of the sink in the morning. What do you need to start your day? Soap, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, brush and comb, shampoo and conditioner, maybe a little

Triny Torres, victim advocate, said, “Our community rocks! The amount of donations received will allow us to help many others. When we ask, you all go into action. It’s amazing to watch everyone come together. The enthusiasm is contagious! Thank you to our Women’s History and Culture Center for putting this donation drive together for our Victim Advocacy Program.”

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Jean Watkins, founder and board chair at WHCC, said, “I’m always astounded at the generosity of our community. All of us at the Women’s History and Culture Center thank everyone who donated to this drive. By helping others, we bring out the best in ourselves.” We plan to engage the community in this drive to help victims of crime in the greater Mesquite area in their time of need, whenever that need arises. We will reach out to our big, little community as often as our partners at the Mesquite Victim Advocacy Program express a need to replenish these greatly needed staples. This is in keeping with the mission of the Women’s History and Culture Center to improve the quality of life of women and men in the greater Mesquite area. Next drive, we hope to stock the Mesquite Advocacy Program with coloring books, crayons, markers, throw blankets, small stuffed animals, and other things that might make kids feel safe and happy. We hope to provide welcome distractions from their uncertain temporary situation.V Our monthly newsletter has more information on initiatives and historical and upcoming events at the Center. To receive the newsletter or ask any questions you may have, please email whccmesquitenv@gmail.com and be sure to visit whccmesquitenv.org to learn more about us. Carol Sue Saldivar is the president of the Women’s History and Culture Center under the esteemed founder and board chair, Jean Watkins.

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Let's Talk About

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ary Bundy loves to talk about anything and everything to do with Medicare health plans with anyone who will listen. At first glance, it seems odd, as very few people like insurance—never mind having a passion for it. But she does, and I was curious as to why she lights up when dealing with something so mundane as Medicare health insurance. As Mary tells us in her own words, “I had just graduated from Dixie State with my BS in Communications. I traveled to Idaho to see my parents. My dad had been diagnosed

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with colon cancer. After chemotherapy, radiation, and eight surgeries, I looked at my mom and asked, ‘How are you paying for this?’ She pointed to a refrigerator magnet she had from her insurance agent that specializes in Medicare. I didn’t know there were agents who specialized in Medicare health plans. I had never heard of such a thing! Mom proceeded to tell me how a friend had referred them to her agent, and he had educated them and provided them with the best insurance they could afford. As it turned out, they racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills because their supplement only paid a minimal deductible.


But because they talked to the right person at the right time, they were literally saved from financial ruin. I knew then that I wanted to be ‘that’ person for as many people as I could, and I never looked back.” And she hasn’t. Mary loves constantly learning new things, and in the world of insurance, she must learn the intricacies of one plan compared to another so she knows what plan best benefits her clients. “Because everyone’s medical history is so personalized, health insurance differs from person to person. And because of the constant differentiation, I have to stretch myself so that I can provide the best insurance product for that particular client. That’s why what I do is never boring. Because people have different medical needs that vary individually, whatever insurance they choose has to fit them for their personal circumstances.” Mary continues, “We look at the network of doctors, prescriptions, and possible benefits, such as dental, vision, and hearing, and ask, ‘What is a priority for them?’ I have clients that are overwhelmed by the scope and options of Medicare health plans, and they will tell me, ‘Just tell me what to get, and I’ll get it.’ While that may be less time-consuming in the interim, it will always cost them in the long run. I choose to take the time to educate my clients, and that education empowers them to make the best healthcare choices for themselves. Then, when they have questions or a bump down the road, we are able to communicate clearly on why they chose the plan they chose and come up with solutions that work for them.” A great example of this from Mary about one of her clients is: “Just last week, I had a client call me with a concern about why she was continuing to get a bill from her network provider. At first, because she knew I had all of her identifying personal information, she wanted me to call and figure out the problem for her. And while I would love to provide that level of customer service, that is a strict violation of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). She came in and I was able to help her set up her online Medicare account. After setting up the account, she was able to look online and get the answers to her questions. “This also brings up a question I have been asked many, many times. ‘I can’t seem to get a straight answer from my agent. Why can’t they just tell me prices and benefits over the phone? Why can’t I get an answer unless I make an appointment?’ It may feel like getting the cloak-and-dagger treatment at times when trying to get specific information out of an agent that specializes in Medicare. That is because the Medicare insurance industry is so regulated by an internal regulatory agency. This organization has rules about everything. “While it may appear that they have a ‘deer in the headlights’ look about them as they are answering your question, agents are merely trying to stay compliant while doing what’s best for the consumer. “Doing what’s best for the consumer comes in many forms. When I told a colleague I was writing this particular article, she shared

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with me an experience she had with a client. ‘Joey B. has Medicare and requires insulin. He cries as he tells me he cannot afford the insulin that his doctor has prescribed, and his doctor doesn't have samples to give him. I tell him that there are a couple of Medicare Advantage plans that participate in the new Senior Insulin Savings Program, where there is no drug deductible, a very low copay for his insulin, and no “donut hole.” Joey B. is so relieved that he can now get his insulin at his pharmacy and still be able to afford groceries.’ “This is not uncommon. I have agents share with me the many ways they are able to help their clients. We work in the Medicare system daily and are more familiar with options and solutions than those who might not have that experience. Being a good agent starts with a thorough education of the client, determining with the client the best healthcare option for them, being able to communicate as issues arise, and reassuring them that there is someone there who has their back if need be.” To get the desired results from your healthcare plan, Mary advises meeting with your agent during your 64th year and setting an appointment to discuss plan options any time you have a major life change (income, relocation, etc.). She also advises getting a health plan review at least once a year before open enrollment so that when the time comes, you feel confident that you know exactly what you need out of the plan you choose to sign with.V Mary Bundy is licensed in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, but concentrates her efforts in Clark County, Nevada, Mohave County, Arizona, and Washington County, Utah. She has recently expanded her reach from St. George and Mesquite to Overton, Nevada, where she has recently opened an office at 280 S. Moapa Valley Blvd. She can be reached for a free Medicare health plan evaluation by making an appointment. Call (702) 544-2295 or (435) 429-9490. Visit her website: www.themedicaremary.com.

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Gone ... But Not Forgotten

The Grist Mill Bunkerville, Nevada | Painted in 1939 by Ralph Huntsman

by Elspeth Kuta

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he Grist Mill was built by Dudley Leavitt, Sr., Myron Abbott, and his brother, Abial Abbott, circa 1888-89. It was a burr mill, which made very fine flour. It provided flour for the Virgin and Moapa Valleys until the Grist Mill in Mesquite was built in 1916. Later, the Bunkerville Mill was converted to an ice house. Ralph Huntsman was the first child of Solon and Etta Huntsman, born August 26, 1896, in St. Joseph, Nevada. St. Joseph was an early settlement on the Muddy River in Moapa Valley. By the age of four, his family had moved to Mesquite, Nevada, then to Fallon, Nevada, for a short time, and then they

returned to Mesquite. He graduated from Virgin Valley High School in 1918 and served in the army during World War I. He married Jetta Mariah Leavitt and they became the parents of 5 children. After college, they returned and taught at Virgin Valley High School for 7 years. In 1935, he was offered a position to teach art at Dixie College, now Dixie State University, in St. George, Utah. A year later, he became the head of the art department and stayed until his retirement (1959). As an artist, he was known across the country for capturing the beauty of the desert on canvas.

Ralph, Jetta, and baby Iris Huntsman

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Mesquite Grist Mill by Iren Leavitt, painted in 1993

This painting features the mill, one of the millers, and Alfred Tobler’s horse. This horse was ridden bareback to work and then tied to the mock orange tree until it was time to go home. Old Mill Road ends at the Arizona border and is named for the Mesquite Grist (flour) Mill that stood at the end of the road near Tunnel Point. The mill was powered by water provided by the irrigation ditch. The early 1900s saw the farmers in the Virgin Valley growing large amounts of wheat. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints advised the people to build a gristmill above Mesquite and market the excess wheat in the form of flour. The idea was appealing to valley farmers and so a community effort evolved with all the land, labor, and supplies being traded for shares of stock in the Mesquite Grist (flour) Mill. The property was directly below the current Virgin Valley High School football field. Made of adobe bricks with a shingle roof, it had a south porch, a platform on the west side, and a large water wheel connected to two sets of burrs, or grinding stones. A contest was held to name the flour. The winning name, "Arizona Peacock," and a desert roadrunner were printed on the sacks. The flour was sold and shipped throughout the west (1916-1930). Wheat cultivation gave way to raising livestock and since the mill used much-needed water, flour production became obsolete. The Mesquite Grist Mill was used until 1930 when it was destroyed by fire. 116

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This church was erected in 1909 with $1,000 from the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was built by local church members. It had arched windows and a steeple with a bell that rang for meetings of all kinds. The chapel area was also used as school classrooms. The school district at the time provided the bell for the chapel tower on the condition that the local community provide and clear land for a new school building. The bell is currently housed at Heritage Park in Mesquite, Nevada.

Above: Diana Coonradt’s painting of the White Steeple Chapel Below: Artist Diana Coonradt, churning butter

The artist, Diana Coonradt, took the time to bring the image of the White Steeple Chapel to life with wonderful imagery. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and grew up farming and ranching. At a young age, she had a passion for reading and drawing. In 1977, she took an art class on a whim and has not stopped learning about art since. Diana believes art is her purpose and finding that purpose has made her happier than she has ever been. She has taken that joy and shared it with those around her. Many times, she has assisted at the museum, dressed in pioneer costume, to churn butter, read stories, and tell experiences of the early settlers. These are just three buildings, which are now gone, that have served the communities of the Virgin Valley well. Gone but not forgotten. Thanks to our local artists, these buildings come back to life. The artists’ works are on display at the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum and can be seen Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.V The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum is located at 35 W. Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, Nevada. (702) 346-5705.

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Aguilar Mobile Carwash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

MesquiteLink Realty - Beverly Rineck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

All Secure Storage LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

MesquiteLink Realty - Deb Parsley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Aravada Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Mesquite Tile and Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Baird Painting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Mesquite Veterinary Clinic – Peggy Purner DVM . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Moapa Valley Mortuary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Bark! Canine Club and Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Mortgage Mate LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

BeeHive Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover

MPD/OHV Inspections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Budget Blinds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

MVP Productions – Kris Zurbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

C & J Shutters, Blinds and Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

NewVibe Carpet Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Century 21 Americana - Linda A. Darling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

NRC Cambria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Deep Roots Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Odyssey Landscaping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Desert Oasis Spa & Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

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

Desert Pain Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Patriot Home Mortgage - Norman Utley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

ERA - Karen Fielding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Pioneer Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

ERA – Sharon Szarzi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Preston's Medical Waste & Shredding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Eureka Casino Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

Prolong Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Eureka Casino Resort - Splash Into Cash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Ready Golf Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Eureka Casino Resort - Rockets Over the Red Mesa. . . . . . . . . . 79

Red Rock Golf Instruction - Rob Krieger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Farmers Insurance - Bill Mitchell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Friends of Gold Butte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Re/Max Ridge Realty – Cindy Risinger Team. . . . . . . . . . . . 62, 63

Great Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Re/Max - Robert Goody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Richens Eye Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Hole Foods Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Rod Works - Unique Home Decor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

J.R. Morgan Glass & Glazing, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

Senior Center Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Kayenta Arts Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Staging Spaces & Redesign. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Keller Williams - Joan Fitton & Neil Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Stationary Hitch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Ken Garff Mesquite Ford – Dave Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

St. George Musical Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

STORE MORE! Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Lamppost Electric, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

The Lindi Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Medicare and Healthcare Insurance - Mary Bundy. . . . . . . . . . 101

Tuacahn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Mesa Valley Estates Senior Living and Memory Care. . . . . . 82, 112

Vibrationally Speaking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Mesa View Regional Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

Virgin Valley Heritage Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Mesquite Department of Athletics & Leisure Services . . . . . . . . 25

Virgin Valley Mortuary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Mesquite Fine Arts Center and Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

WaFed Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

MesquiteLink Realty – Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Yogi Window Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

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