ViewOn Magazine July-August 2024 Home and Garden Issue

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July 1 - August 31, 2024 Volume 17 – Issue 4


Kathy Lee


Erin Eames


Elisa Eames

Rayma Davis

COVER IMAGE PROVIDED BY St. George Area Parade of Homes of the Rosemary model built by Split Rock Custom Homes, Inc.


Robin Nunes, Margie Gregory, Kaylee Pickering, Dustin Berg, Rae Marie Delaney, Nanette Billings, Helen Houston, Ashley Centers, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Nathan A. Hughes, Karen L. Monsen, Judi Moreo, Elisa Eames, Melissa Eligul, Wyatt Oliver, Luis Herrera, A. Flint Decker, Suzanne Leonelli, Randi Fuller, Sam Burton, Linda Gault, Cynthia Dare, Lyndsay Piazza


Kathy Lee



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Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our Home and Garden issue! Within these pages, you will find many ways to make your home a place of peace and refuge. You will learn what it takes to become a homeowner, and you’ll find tips for home improvement that will turn your house into the home of your dreams. Something as simple as adding a new piece of art here or there, painting a wall, or adding new window coverings or shutters can make all the difference. We have even included an article to help you create a peaceful, serene sanctuary for your emotional well-being.

Make sure you don’t forget about your yard. A few strategically placed plants, flowers, and shrubs will spruce up your outdoor living space. An outdoor BBQ is sure to keep your kitchen cool as you cook up delicious dinners outside. In our hot desert climate, you may be dreaming about building that pool or spa you’ve wanted or repairing or resurfacing your current one. This will give your yard a polished look.

There are so many different housing options in our region! You can live near a park or pond or enjoy a view of the mountains or the beauty of a golf course from high above the city. Whichever you choose, if it’s in our beautiful area, it is home!

We would like to offer our heartfelt appreciation to all of our advertisers and writers for their contributions to this very special issue. Please be sure to visit our advertisers and thank them for making this complimentary publication possible for your enjoyment. Don’t forget to visit our website to view the complete magazine at www. and check out our Facebook page.

Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern said, “Home is not a place, it’s a feeling.”




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 in human massage. In 2014, Anita and husband Ron opened WOOF! Wellness Center and launched their website

Karen L. Monsen is a freelance writer who lives in St. George, Utah. She covers outdoor topics, nature, science, research, and human impacts. She taught French and social studies in public schools, served as a technical training coordinator, and designed and delivered business and technical writing seminars for corporate clients.

Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010 from Palm Desert, California, and she 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.

Rob Krieger is a 20-plus-year member of the PGA of America and is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He came to the area as the Director of Golf at Conestoga and now owns his own golf instruction business in St. George called Red Rock Golf Instruction, which is based at Southgate Golf Course Driving Range. He has been writing for ViewOn Magazine since 2010. He is also a Utah PGA Player Development Award Winner. For help with your game, please visit or email him at

Elisa Eames is a freelance writer and bookkeeper. Her love of creative writing began in the fourth grade when she wrote her first story. She has a bachelor's degree in humanities with a French minor and an accounting certificate. Her other loves include writing stories, running/hiking, acting/singing, and laughing. She can be reached at

Linda Faas and her husband arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They love the friends they have made here and love exploring the beauty of the surrounding desert. Linda has immersed herself in community life and volunteers with education nonprofits. She is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications and is always seeking new adventures.

Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including two international bestsellers, You Are MoreThan Enough and ConquertheBrain 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 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

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 preteen. 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 Elite Level Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutritionist, and Corrective Exercise Specialist and trains for Strongwoman competitions. She is an inactive board member for the Mesquite Senior Games and is excited to remain a contributor for 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 or (702) 346-0246.

Cliff and Ilene Bandringa are authors and the creators of 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

Nathan Hughes is a financial advisor with Raymond James. A native of Mesquite, Nevada, Nathan is dedicated to managing and preserving wealth for you and your family. By establishing deep and valued relationships with you, he is able to gain a comprehensive understanding of your needs and goals. Nathan works hard to enhance and preserve your investments while assisting you in realizing your goals through long-term financial solutions. Contact Nathan by phone at (208) 277-9239, by email at, or visit the firm’s website at

Message from the Mayor

Gardening in Hurricane’s desert climate during July and August presents its own unique set of opportunities. As the relentless summer heat bears down, even the most arid-adapted plants can struggle to thrive. However, with careful planning and maintenance, desert gardening in August can be a rewarding endeavor, producing vibrant landscapes and bountiful harvests.

Water management is crucial in desert gardening and even more so during the peak temperatures of summer. Efficient irrigation systems, such as drip irrigation, can deliver water directly to the base of each plant, minimizing evaporation and waste. Watering should be done early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce evaporation and to help plants absorb moisture more effectively.

Mulching is another vital practice for desert gardens during this hot month. A generous layer of organic mulch can help retain moisture in the soil, regulate soil temperature, and reduce weed growth. Materials, such as shredded bark, leaves, or straw, not only aid in water conservation but also add nutrients to the soil as they decompose.

Choosing the right plants is essential for a thriving desert garden during the summer months. Native plants and drought-tolerant species are well-suited to the extreme conditions, requiring less water and maintenance. Cacti, succulents, and other xerophytic plants can provide structure and color, and certain heat-tolerant vegetable and herb varieties can still be productive.

Shade structures can play a significant role in protecting plants from the scorching sun. Lightweight cloth or mesh shade can be used to cover more sensitive plants during the hottest parts of the day, reducing stress and preventing sunburn.

Finally, gardeners must be vigilant about pest and disease management during this month. The hot, dry weather can be conducive to outbreaks of spider mites and other pests that thrive in these conditions. Regular inspections and integrated pest management practices can help keep these challenges at bay without resorting to heavy chemical use.

Gardening in July and August in Hurricane demands respect for the natural elements and an adaptive approach. Through wise water use, careful plant selection, and proactive garden management, it is possible to cultivate a vibrant and resilient desert garden even under the harsh conditions of August. This not only enhances the beauty of our small town but also contributes to the overall ecosystem health and provides habitats and food. For your gardening needs, check out these Hurricane locations: Fisher Family Farm at 1162 W. 3000 S., Lady Bug Nursery at 691 N. State St., Buck’s Ace at 489 State St., or Walmart at 180 N. 3400 W.

Hurricane City Mayor

Why WE Love Why WE Love

We drove THROUGH Mesquite to Vegas years ago on Highway 91, which is now Mesquite Boulevard (no I-15 yet). We stopped for an ice cream cone at the dairy on Main Street, passed by Western Village, and away we went. Then Western Village became The Peppermill. We stopped in once… coin slots… nice pool area… hmmm…

Then came Players Island in 1995. An oasis in the desert. Palm trees, fountains, a huge pool, and several restaurants… hmm. After two years, it was sold and renamed CasaBlanca. My favorite movie... hmm.

No more Vegas! Vacations were spent at the “Casa.” Played golf at their golf course. Dined in their restaurants. Sat at their beautiful pool. Visited the blackjack table. Roamed the city. Fell in love… no snow… no traffic jams… friendly people… beautiful mountains… trails.

The plan was to retire in 2006, buy, and move in 2007. Done! Regrets? None!!

- Jim and Margie Gregory

St. George Mesquite

Oh, my, let me count the ways! A little history to begin with… We come from gorgeous Sonoma County in northern California. Ron was a vineyard owner, and I was a preschool owner for over 40 years. We both retired, and we were invited by our children to join them in St. George. They were moving their motorcycle parts manufacturing business out of California to St. George. After visiting for a few seasons, we jumped at the opportunity.

The gorgeous landscape, the big open sky, the sunsets, the peacefulness, the cleanliness, and all the amazing outdoor opportunities add to the gratitude we feel each and every day. I can’t go without mentioning the lovely, kind people that reside here as well.

I was fortunate to find a part-time job at the beautiful Mina Boutique in Ancestor Square. It started as a fun thing to do for a few days a week and became a place I love to be! I have met so many amazing women who live in our town and tourists who are in awe of our beautiful city. We are truly blessed to be living here in St. George. It’s a good life!

- Robin Nunes and Ron Black

A Guide to Interior Design: Defining Your Style

Looking to make your place a little more…you?

Or to decipher which interior styles you like most and learn how to incorporate them into a place you'll be proud of? A quick rundown of some of the most popular interior design styles, both modern and classic, will help give you a sense of what decor types speak to your personal taste. The following Pages are a simple breakdown of some of the most popular interior design styles to get your creativity flowing.


As much a philosophy as a style, minimalism emphasizes beautiful, functional pieces and embraces intentionally owning fewer things in general. Utilize monochromatic colors with perhaps one color as a pop of interest, and highlight one or two architectural features or unique decor pieces. Use tall furniture legs and few to no rugs to give the sense of airy, open floors, which will add to the look’s serene and uncluttered feel.


Even though the design style we now celebrate as “mid-century modern” was popular in the 1940s, the term wasn’t coined until the 1980s. It’s a classic style, using both clean lines and comfortable materials, like woods and leather, alongside expressive patterns and tactile textures. The style has a lot of modern elements while still maintaining that classic vintage charm from the 1950s–1960s. To get the look, try incorporating functional, geometric shapes into your home along with a broad range of colors. When it comes to achieving the mid-century modern look, include wood, acrylic, plastic, metals, and glass. An easy way to incorporate these materials into your home is by using them in hardware, lighting, and accent pieces.


The industrial interior style highlights exposed, roughshod beams, aged brick, and metals like copper, brass, and iron while balancing the look’s overall roughness with stubby textures like jute, linen, well-worn leather, and warm wood. Iron pipe furniture is a fantastic way to introduce an industrial element to a space that doesn’t have industrial-style features like exposed brick or worn wood already built in.


The modern farmhouse style draws together the comfortable, homey feel of the traditional farmhouse aesthetic—including an emphasis on homemade handiworks, handmade wood furniture, pastoral decor, and lots of natural lighting—with modern lines for greater definition and a clean feel. Soft, neutral color palettes, shiplap panels, and painted brick walls also contribute to the look. Modern farmhouse combines the style of modern design with the charm of farmhouse style. To get this look in your home, remember to prioritize open spaces and emphasize those clean lines while adding classic rustic characteristics like barn doors, exposed wood beams, and light, airy tones to really give the space a natural feel.


The Bohemian style is a joyous, soul-filled mix of eclectic textures, colors, and patterns inspired by art from around the world and layered to create a sense of depth and coziness. It’s the perfect look for the world traveler who wants to celebrate and showcase their mementos gathered from trips thus far while leaving space for more mementos from trips to come. Sometimes being too perfect can be exhausting. Not only should you not ignore imperfections, you should showcase them. Admire anything that is unique but still serves a purpose. You won't find these items at big-box stores. Instead, scour local flea markets, yard sales, antique malls, and thrift shops to find what's underappreciated.


The Jungalow style combines the eclectic vibes of boho with a healthy dose of vibrant colors, tribal and modern prints, and pops of chlorophyll. Maximize your space’s ample natural lighting by liberally peppering houseplants in every nook and cranny, and pull in quirky thrift store finds to create this green-infused, freestyle aesthetic.


A Scandinavian interior design aesthetic encompasses function and clean lines but uses a soft, neutral color palette and ample touches from the natural world (think lots of wood and hints of stone). Forgo window treatments and use rugs sparingly, if at all, to let the light in and show off your wood floors.


Scandinavian style’s cozier cousin, hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”), takes the minimalist, clean vibes of Scandi and softens them with comfy touches. Use plush faux lambskins, chunky knit blankets, candles in glass holders, rough-hewn and whitewashed wood, and more irregularly-shaped decor items from nature like branches, antlers, feathers, and potted plants.


An ancient Japanese philosophy, wabi-sabi is also a way of life that is focused on accepting things as they are and what they’ll become by aging naturally. Unlike other design trends, wabi-sabi doesn't have specific shapes, colors, or decor that define it. The style follows the same guiding principles as the philosophy itself: natural, lived-in, effortless, and, above all, perfectly imperfect. Any piece of furniture or decor that is prone to aging, weathering, rusting, or discoloration should be sought. Select sustainable products such as wood, wool, clay, bamboo, leather, stone, and raw metals, as they bring depth and texture to the room. Above all, don't overdo it. Keeping it simple is important to achieving the wabi-sabi look. Eliminate unnecessary belongings until you're down to what brings you joy and balance.


If Scandinavian style and Japanese wabi-sabi style had a baby, it’d be Japandi. Pulling from both styles’ minimalist aesthetics and natural notes, Japandi incorporates low-slung furniture, wooden pieces that echo bamboo, and other Japanese-inspired features alongside Scandinavian functionality and warm, neutral colors. The wabi-sabi element encourages embracing the beauty in imperfections, adding a bit of personality to a room that could otherwise seem cold and austere.


Artists and designers of the 1920s embraced Art Nouveau, a movement aimed at ushering in modern design and abandoning the architecture and styles of the 19th century. The resulting artistic expression was known as Art Deco. Hailing from Paris, Art Deco was symbolic of exotic, sleek, anti-traditional elegance, wealth, and sophistication. It incorporated geometric forms combined with the use of manmade metallic fabrics and materials. Designers accent the style with bold color choices such as black, white, silver, gold, deep jewel tones, soft creams, and bright yellows. Geometric shapes are a dominant component of Art Deco design. Zigzags, trapezoids, and chevrons should make an appearance on walls, floors, or ceilings. If you’re looking for a way to stand out with your Art Deco design, then go all the way with conceptual pieces like animal prints, fan shapes, and sunbursts.


If the thought of a Victorian-style house conjures images that exude class and elegance, you’re on the right path. The look is strong, unapologetically romantic, richly dramatic, warm, and cozy all at once. Indeed, a sense of prosperity tends to dominate the overarching aesthetic. The effect is intense, purposeful, and direct in its intention. Look for the most overwhelming, overdone pieces—those with depth, complex patterns, and intricate workmanship fit well into a Victorian space. It should offer some sort of tactile benefit. This includes everything from thick, heavily-embellished wallpaper to deeply detailed carvings on furnishings and home decor. Rarely are lighter colors employed; it’s typically the darkest, richest, and most extravagant timber that fits best into these lavish environments.


What exactly is glam? Glam is an interior design style that’s ornate and extravagant and strikes the perfect balance of opulence and functionality. Glam is all about making your home sparkle and shine. Start off by adding mixed metals, glitter, or metallic pieces to give your space that extra flair you’ve been looking for. When it comes to glam, lighting is typically dramatic and is an easy way to incorporate the style into your home. Add lights that either include crystals, polished metallics, or reflective metals, and you’re good to go. Every glam space needs a statement piece, whether it’s furniture, lighting, art, or accents.


Modern design covers several decades of the 20th century. The most popular design era of this period is mid-century modern from the 1950s and 1960s. Other notable styles include Italian modernism and vintage looks from the 1970s. It's a perfect choice for those who like simple, uncluttered spaces with clean lines and a lack of gaudy adornments. Most modern designs have an open concept to make spaces feel bigger.

Modern design has a very clean and tailored aesthetic because it's typically built around simple forms. An easy way to accomplish this look is by incorporating streamlined furniture that compliments strong vertical and horizontal lines. This can also be executed by making sure you use very smooth and sleek surfaces along with industrial elements like concrete, steel, and glass.


Evoking a breezy, carefree spirit that calls to mind visions of turquoise waters gently lapping against warm, beige sand, coastal design concepts are fresh, sophisticated, and classic all at once. Natural light is essential to any successful coastal design. It also helps highlight those little elements that contribute to your look from unfinished woods and soft pastels to wicker furnishings. Add decor and accents in small touches. A striped pattern brings your neutral couch and chairs to life. Include some serene artwork on the walls or a light-toned area rug. Indigo and navy add depth and character. Gentle pastels that are just slightly washed out also work beautifully in coastal spaces, as do shades that replicate colors found in beach settings—think plentiful blues and low-key beiges.


If pink is getting such play in fashion and is now considered a lifestyle shade, it makes sense that we would see this same influence taking place in home interiors. These pink shades are very uplifting and playful, and with the continuing global uncertainties, we could all use a little bit of fun and positivity! Barbiecore is minimalism meets maximalism. Think of big, colorful statement pieces such as an orange velvet sectional, pink polka dot wallpaper, and a gorgeous chandelier. If hot pink is too much for you, or you don’t want to go all in on the design, there are plenty of subtle ways to incorporate it into your space. Introduce shades of pink through bed linens, towels, and throws. Barbie was in her heyday in the ‘80s and ‘90s, so a great nod to the Barbiecore trend is to introduce some subtle retro pieces. Think tassel lampshades, vintage coffee table books, or old-fashioned landline phones—bonus points if they are in pastel shades.


Transitional style is contemporary style that incorporates traditional elements of design with trends and design ideas that are current. It’s comfortable and homey and perfect for families or those of us who like to collect bits and pieces from all over. There is also a component of wabi-sabi style in the transitional concept. The use of family furniture and recycled pieces fits with the idea of “finding beauty in the used.”

A true traditional interior, however, is actually something inspired by 18th and 19th-century European decor. This interior design style has remained popular through the centuries for a reason—its charm and grace come straight from the pages of history. Leaning towards a more formal look, traditional homes have a stateliness and air of success to which many aspire. One feature of the traditional style is the use of a mix of neutral colors with pale or deep red and green or jewel tones as accents. It is also strong on prints and patterns like florals, damasks, stripes, and checks.

But, which style to choose? What if I told you that you don’t have to choose just one style? While specific styles can provide inspiration, not every aspect of a style is going to work for you. Look for common threads: neutral colors, rugs, travel memorabilia, mismatched freestyle, metallics, and lots of plants. Find your style!V

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign. She can be reached at (702) 346-0246 or

Done Right

D.I.Y.—It can be the creation of your dreams... or the beginning of your nightmares. The accomplishment of beautifying your own home with your own hands can be so satisfying. Creating something tangible that you thought up in your head is amazing. Being able to reach out and touch that creation is beyond words. However, a lack of preparation can turn into something you’ll only find in your D.I.Y. nightmares.

Many projects are very simple and take minimal materials and time to complete. Other projects require serious preparation in order to have all aspects go according to schedule. There is no such thing as being too organized or having too much knowledge about the project you are about to invest your time and energy into—not to mention your money. Taking some very simple steps prior to beginning your project can make things go so much smoother.

More complicated projects will require that you contact your local building department to inquire about permit recommendations. For instance, building a storage unit in your backyard will require that you know what distance it needs to be from your property line when you decide where to place it. Understanding the complexity of your project and the requirements of the city, county, or state agencies is crucial to completing it without any interruptions. Even uncomplicated projects have codes that need to be followed to make sure they are completed properly and can be enjoyed for years.

Other projects that are super simple can still have serious complications. Something as simple as painting a bedroom can turn into a nightmare with a paint spill on the carpet. Taking the time to make sure you know all the steps required to complete your project and having all your materials and tools before you start will save you headaches.

Determining what tools you’ll need to complete your project safely is one of the most important parts. The first thing you need to understand is that there is a right tool for every job, and that tool is going to make your project a breeze. To be clear, using a tool for something it isn’t designed for can lead to damage to the tool, materials, and possibly yourself. Many of you may already have most of the tools you need. Other project-specific tools may need to be purchased or rented. Regardless of your tool repertoire, make sure you have all the tools necessary to complete your project.

Create a list of materials you’ll need. Many of the materials on your list will be available at your local hardware store. However, you may need to order some of your materials. Make sure you have received all of them before you start your project. The last thing you want is to start your project and then have to wait several days or weeks while you wait for your materials to arrive. Make sure your list includes not only materials you need for the project itself but also materials you’ll need for protecting your flooring or walls and products needed for clean-up.

Regardless of how simple or complex your project may be, preparation, organization, and knowledge are essential tools for completing any D.I.Y. project. Learning all you can prior to starting will definitely help you have a more enjoyable experience. However, even though you’ve watched every YouTube video on the subject, read every instruction manual that came with your materials, and called to get every code update that you may need, you should always be prepared to make another trip to the hardware store. And remember, even if you have a delay or a disaster, you will probably laugh yourself silly retelling the story of your D.I.Y. experience.V

Cynthia S. Dare is a Las Vegas native who made her home in Cedar City, Utah, in 1994. As a general contractor, Certified Construction Manager, Certified Green Building Professional, and construction repair service provider, she has come to know and love southern Utah’s variety of communities from St. George to Parowan. She performs services and consultations for all forms of construction from custom homes to small repair jobs. Making disasters into dreams and turning dreams into reality are her passions. She brings this artistic dedication to every project.

Please contact Cyndi at (435) 559-9484.

Nothing says luxury like a brand-new planned community. Though Salt Lakebased firm Gardner Plumb LC has been designing and developing luxury real estate in Utah for years, the company’s newest endeavor in St. George, La Casa at Entrada, may be its most ambitious venture yet. The co-founder of La Casa at Entrada, A. Flint Decker, discusses with us the inspiration for the new development, its unique amenities, and what he looks forward to the most.

Welcome, Flint, to ViewOn Magazine.

Thank you, we have loved what Kathy has created with ViewOn Magazine since 2007, and we always look forward to your newest issue!

Please share about your group and your newest master-planned golf community in the neighborhood, La Casa at Entrada.

Gardner Plumb LC extends our Gardner Group and Plumb Investments Group activities. Based in Salt Lake City, it serves locally as our southern Utah luxury residential real estate design and development arm. It’s involved in creating newly inspired and modern residential communities throughout Utah and Nevada, like our two newest developments, La Casa at Entrada in St. George and Aspen Meadows Club in Brian Head.

What is your group's inspiration for La Casa at Entrada?

Our inspiration is excellence in our development work. We focus on envisioning, designing, creating, and building modern master-planned luxury residential, golf, desert, ski, and mountain communities and neighborhoods.

Like many of your readers, our entire ownership group is passionate about design, and we are all local homeowners in southern Utah. We enjoy reading the stories in ViewOn Magazine that highlight the many emerging southern Utah communities and municipalities we are honored to work and serve in.

Your group is well known and has designed many communities in St. George and Mesquite. Is La Casa at Entrada near any of your past developments?

Yes. La Casa at Entrada is our newest community in southern Utah and complements our other two signature master-planned neighborhood communities: Palisades at Snow Canyon and Encanta. Both are located in the highly desirable Snow Canyon area in Ivins and St. George.

Photo Credit: Adam Elliott

What details can you give about the new model home your design team is building at La Casa at Entrada?

We believe in always showing our vision for all of our communities. This includes our vision for La Casa at Entrada as seen in our new home designs. We do this in all our latest developments so that our future residents and founders can experience and properly understand the many advantages that distinguish our neighborhoods and communities from other choices in the marketplace.

We are excited about our first model home design. It is a modern single-story home located directly on the fourth fairway on an oversized homesite of 13,000 square feet or 0.31 acres.

The main level design is approximately 3,488 square feet with an angled three-car garage and a 1,066-square-foot mechanical space for a total of 4,554 square feet in overall size.

Our design consists of a custom three-car, three-bedroom, threeand-a-half bath patio home with desert-inspired spaces, including a private pool and spa overlooking holes 1, 2, and 4, the 4th fairway, and the 2nd fairway pond.

This design includes multiple indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces, a new pool and spa, multiple fireplaces, an inner courtyard with a water bridge feature, a dedicated private home office, and a separate private casita entrance for guests.

Photo Credit: Adam Elliott

Tell us more about the La Casa at Entrada design team. We understand you have assembled and combined the talents of McQuay & Associates Architectural Firm, Brian Geer Construction, and Alder and Tweed Interiors from Park City. How did you get them all together for this project?

First, "patience," which means waiting for all three to become available. Second, having individuals who share a "passion" for their chosen professions is how "excellence" in design is created and found.

La Casa at Entrada embodies luxury and tranquility. Its meticulous planning and the involvement of the #1 locally respected architectural and building firms, such as McQuay Architects and Geer Construction, with award-winning interior designers, such as Alder and Tweed, ensure that every aspect of La Casa at Entrada will be designed and constructed with the utmost care and expertise.

Our La Casa at Entrada design team exemplifies modern elegance and harmonizes its designs with breathtaking surroundings.

Reed Humphrey, Sofia Galinski, Heather Humphrey (Alder & Tweed), Todd Benson (McQuay Architects), A. Flint Decker (Gardner Plumb LC), Wayne Madairy, Brian Geer (Brian Geer Construction)

Is La Casa at Entrada part of the Entrada at Snow Canyon golf community and on the Entrada Golf Course?

Yes. La Casa at Entrada is a new and carefully planned private gated golf community and neighborhood located within the Entrada at Snow Canyon master-planned golf course development in St. George, Utah.

What makes La Casa at Entrada unique?

La Casa at Entrada is an extraordinary setting and, like our other golf neighborhoods, is also destined to become a highly sought-after neighborhood within Entrada.

It has a unique collection of only 20 new single-level, patio-inspired luxury homesites. It has new home lots with breathtaking mountain views of Red Mountain and the White Sandstone of Tuacahn in Padre Canyon.

The development parcel adjoins the private Entrada Country Club golf course's clubhouse and members' driving range, directly overlooking ponds and the first, second, third, and fourth fairways.

Our new homesites are more significant in overall size than most other patio homesites in Entrada, and they allow ample room for designing one's private pool as part of one's overall home plan.

La Casa at Entrada will be a haven for those seeking the perfect blend of new home construction, modern luxury design, and natural beauty—including their own private outdoor spaces, such as expanded patio areas with combined pool and spa spaces—all within the heart of the Entrada community.

What is the history of this land and the original Entrada development?

This exceptional site was previously owned by one of the original founding members and past Entrada County Club development presidents who first envisioned the overall 30-year master plan for the Entrada at Snow Canyon community.

What are you most proud of about La Casa at Entrada?

We were honored to fulfill this vision for Entrada by becoming the chosen stewards of this land and leading its overall design. The quality completion of such a legacy project was in close cooperation with the Entrada at Snow Canyon Golf Club, the Troon Golf Management team, and the Entrada board leadership. We also wish to thank the City of St. George for the great assistance and cooperation it has shown us. We experienced a very warm welcome from the community development and planning departments, council leadership of St. George, and the entire Entrada community. To achieve excellence in design today, it takes an excellent team.

Photo Credit: Adam Elliott

What community amenities are available to home owners at La Casa at Entrada?

Unlimited use of the sport club amenities include eight outdoor pickleball courts, two tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, and spa and personal training services within the Wellness Center. Owners also enjoy the dining facilities at the Grille at Entrada located on the upper level of the award winning clubhouse at Entrada.

This is all available to owners through the Member Benefits package. Associate Membership is mandatory for all property owners in Entrada, and as La Casa is the latest new community neighborhood addition to the greater Entrada Property Owners Association (EPOA), these memberships are included with one’s purchase of a La Casa new homesite. Ongoing monthly dues of $210.00 plus tax, and these are non-equity memberships.

What is your group most excited about regarding La Casa at Entrada?

That answer is simple: meeting our early homeowners and new residents at La Casa and seeing them enjoy and share their excitement for La Casa at Entrada!V


La Casa at Entrada is a new luxury golf patio neighborhood within the Entrada master-planned community. It comprises 20 homesites that include associate membership benefits to the Entrada Clubhouse, Sports and Wellness Center, pools, and tennis and pickleball courts. The address for La Casa at Entrada is 2220 Snow Canyon Parkway, St. George, Utah 84770.

For questions or inquiries about La Casa at Entrada, please contact A. Flint Decker of the Gardner Plumb LC Group at (435) 901-2500 or visit


La Casa at Entrada architects: McQuay Architects,

La Casa at Entrada builders: Brian Geer Development,

La Casa at Entrada interior designers: Alder & Tweed Interior Designers,


Look for an upcoming story on Aspen Meadows in ViewOn Magazine. For more information, visit our website

Cultivating Wealth: Lessons from the Garden

Imagine stepping into a flourishing garden. Each plant is carefully tended, and each bloom is a testament to patience and care. The vibrant colors, the fragrant blooms, and the harmonious blend of foliage evoke a sense of peace and purpose. Now consider your finances. Are they well-tended and cared for? For the younger generations, are you planting seeds? For the folks in retirement, are you continuing to nurture your investments, weeding and pruning your portfolios? Are you planting more seeds for future generations?

Just as a gardener nurtures plants, we, too, must tend to our financial well-being. Let’s explore the principles of prudent investing by drawing parallels between our portfolios and the art of gardening.


Personal Responsibility:

Tending Your Financial Garden

In a garden, every plant’s well-being depends on the gardener’s attention and care. Similarly, in life, we are responsible for our own growth and happiness. Just as you water and weed your garden, regularly review your investment portfolio. Make informed choices, set financial goals, and take actions that shape your financial path.


Growth and Development:

Cultivating Potential

Gardens need consistent care—watering, weeding, and pruning—for plants to reach their full potential. Likewise, personal growth and financial development require continuous effort. Learn from market challenges, adapt your strategy, and let go of investments that no longer serve you.


Patience and Perseverance:

Blooming Over Time

Gardens don’t bloom overnight; they need time, and they require patience to bear fruit and flowers. Similarly, investing demands perseverance. Even when progress seems slow, stay committed. Over time, your investments will grow and compound, just like a well-tended garden.


Mindfulness and Attention:

Nurturing Your Portfolio

Successful gardeners are attentive to their plants, noticing signs of distress and providing necessary care. Similarly, be mindful of your investments. Regularly review your portfolio, adjust allocations, and stay informed about market trends. Recognize when you need to rebalance or diversify.


Seasons of Change: Adapting to Market Cycles

Gardens experience cycles of growth, dormancy, and renewal as seasons change. Similarly, our financial lives go through various stages. Embrace market fluctuations as opportunities. Adjust your strategy during economic seasons, planting seeds during downturns and harvesting during upswings.

Remember, just as a garden thrives through diversity using different plants, colors, and textures, we must diversify our investment portfolios. Spread risk across asset classes, sectors, and geographic regions. Seek professional advice when needed, like a skilled gardener consulting an expert.V

Nathan Hughes is a native of Mesquite, Nevada. He is licensed and serves clients as a financial advisor at Coeur Private Wealth Management of Raymond James.

To contact Nathan, call (208) 277-9239, email to, or visit

The firm is located at 2100 Northwest Blvd. #260, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member NYSE/SIPC

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs:

Connect, Collaborate, and Thrive

In the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship, women are increasingly making their mark, breaking barriers, and driving innovation. Yet, the journey can be daunting without a supportive community. Enter the Women Entrepreneurs Association (WEA)—a beacon of empowerment, connection, and collaboration for women with bold ambitions.


At WEA, we understand the power of community. Joining our platform means connecting with like-minded women who share your drive and determination. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or starting out, WEA provides a nurturing

environment where collaboration thrives. Through networking events, online forums, and community gatherings, you'll forge meaningful connections that can propel your business forward.


Embark on a transformative journey with WEA's array of resources designed to empower and educate women entrepreneurs. Our flagship publication, CHOICES Magazine, serves as an indispensable educational tool tailored exclusively to women in business. Packed with insightful articles, success stories, and expert advice, CHOICES is your companion on the path to success.


Expand your skill set and knowledge base with WEA Academy. Whether you prefer online courses or in-person workshops, our academy offers a diverse range of programs to suit your learning style. From leadership seminars to specialized courses, our goal is to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to thrive in today's competitive business landscape.


At the heart of WEA is our vibrant community of members. As a member, you'll have access to exclusive benefits, including brainstorming sessions, idea-sharing forums, and mutual support networks. We believe in fostering an environment of kindness, courtesy, and honest feedback where every voice is heard and valued.


Stay ahead of the curve with WEA's cutting-edge insights and expert advice. Our platform is a treasure trove of success stories from trailblazing women who have conquered the business realm. Whether you're looking for inspiration, guidance, or practical tips, WEA is your go-to resource for elevating your expertise and achieving your business goals.


In today's fast-paced world, staying informed is key to success. WEA keeps you ahead of the curve with the latest trends, market analyses, and game-changing strategies. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and insights you need to turn your vision into reality and move your business forward.


Our mission is clear: to empower and support women entrepreneurs by providing a platform that offers networking, mentorship, and resources, fostering their professional growth and success in the business world. Our vision is ambitious yet attainable; we aim to build a vibrant and inclusive community where female entrepreneurs thrive, collaborate, and inspire each other to achieve their business goals.


WEA is more than a networking group; it's a supportive ecosystem where women entrepreneurs can flourish. With our emphasis on connection, collaboration, and celebration, we provide a secure space for you to grow personally and professionally. Join us on this exciting journey, and soar toward your desired success with the support of other women who understand you.V

Join us today and be part of a community where your ambitions are celebrated, your potential is unleashed, and your success is inevitable. Connect, collaborate, and thrive with WEA. Find out more at womenentrepreneursassociation. com or email

Judi Moreo is a co-founder of the Women Entrepreneurs Association alongside Tracey Starr. Both women are longtime entrepreneurs who have received many awards for their business acumen. Judi is also a business coach, international public speaker, and author.

the science of Sanctuaries:

Designing Safe Spaces for Emotional Well-being

Throughout my adult life from social work to motherhood and now as a designer and owner of Mesquite Tile and Flooring, one consistent theme has been the creation of safe spaces. Known for his hierarchy of needs, psychologist Abraham Maslow said, "We need to feel safe, not just physically, but psychologically, emotionally, and socially. Only when these needs are met can we fully realize our potential."

Our living spaces do more than provide physical shelter; they support our emotional well-being, promoting safety, peace, and contentment.

However, if we're not mindful, they can have the opposite effect. Brene Brown notes, "We can’t be brave in the big world without at least one small safe space to work through our fears and falls."

My design philosophy combines environmental psychology, human behavior, and architecture with the art of interior design. It recognizes the profound impact our surroundings have on our mental and emotional states and aims to create spaces that nurture our well-being. Central to this approach is the concept of safe spaces—environments that meet our physical needs while fostering emotional security and tranquility. In a world filled with stress and anxiety, these sanctuaries are vital refuges where we are free from everyday pressures and can recharge and rejuvenate.

Designing safe spaces for emotional well-being involves understanding the psychological factors that influence our perception of space. From color and lighting to furniture arrangement and material selection, every decision is made to evoke desired feelings.

Research shows that colors like soft blues and greens have a calming effect, while warm hues like yellows and oranges evoke warmth and coziness. Natural light is crucial for improved mood and cognitive function, making it essential to create uplifting and inviting spaces.

The Science of Sanctuaries goes beyond aesthetics, incorporating universal design principles to ensure spaces are accessible and inclusive for people of all ages and abilities.

This is particularly important in retirement communities, where residents may have unique physical and cognitive needs.

Personalization is another key aspect. No two individuals are alike, and their living spaces should reflect their unique personalities, preferences, and lifestyles.

Incorporating cherished mementos, favorite colors, or beloved furniture pieces will create spaces that truly reflect the inhabitants.

Here are my top three recommendations to create your own personal sanctuary based on my experience and research:


Set Aside Your Own Space: Like Harry Potter's "Room of Requirement," your sanctuary should be a place where you can be 100% your authentic self. It doesn't need to be big; it just needs to be a space where you can do what you enjoy. It could be a garden, a guest room, a corner of another room, or even a closet.


Ask Yourself How You Want to Feel in This Space: This question guides every design choice. It influences your color selections, flooring, fabric textures, lighting, smells, and everything else. For example, if you want to feel creative in your craft room, choose warm colors with vibrant patterns. For a bedroom, opt for cooler tones and softer textures to create a calming effect.


Reduce the Mess to Lower Stress: Clutter significantly impacts mental health, increasing anxiety and stress levels. A study published in The Journal of Consumer Research found that clutter makes it harder to make decisions and process information, contributing to feelings of being overwhelmed and anxious. An easy way to begin is to set a goal of getting rid of nine things every day.

Creating safe spaces is about intentional design. This method can profoundly enhance our overall quality of life. By surrounding ourselves with environments that support our emotional well-being, we can experience greater happiness, fulfillment, and contentment in our daily lives. Our spaces can communicate to those around us, welcome them in, and build community and belonging.

Ultimately, it's not just about creating beautiful spaces— The Science of Sanctuaries is about designing environments that profoundly enhance our emotional well-being and quality of life.V

Randi Fuller, owner of Mesquite Tile and Flooring in Mesquite, Nevada, brings a unique approach to the flooring industry by seamlessly integrating evidencebased design psychology methods. With a background in human services and psychology, she crafts spaces that not only captivate visually but also promote holistic wellbeing.

Mesquite Tile and Flooring is located at 521 W. Mesquite Blvd. Visit for more information.

Impressive and Inspiring:

the 2024 St. George Area Parade of Homes

Presented by the Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA) and Zions Bank, the 2024 St. George Area Parade of Homes took place February 16–25 and saw some forty-one thousand attendees from all over Utah and surrounding states.

Every year, the St. George Area Parade of Homes displays the most recent trends and innovations in home design and craftsmanship. Each Parade focuses on new ideas, locations, experiences, and perspectives, offering fresh inspiration to homeowners while capitalizing on Utah’s unique landscape.

Patrons viewed 25 homes located throughout St. George, Washington, Ivins, and Hurricane. “It’s beyond description the amount of time that is spent constructing these one-of-a-kind homes,” says Mari Krashowetz, executive officer of SUHBA. “We award the Parade of Homes positions a year and a half

in advance. It takes this amount of time to construct these beautiful homes, and it takes hundreds of trade contractors.” This year, patrons were treated to a wide variety of architectural styles, including Mediterranean, Scandinavian, contemporary, traditional, colonial, modern, and organic.

Attendees were awed by a European-style pub and a beach house overlooking a 2.5-acre lagoon. But what really took their breath away was the modern Mediterranean home showing off a beach-entry pool, waterfalls, fire features, a sunken fire pit, an astounding 15-foot rock feature, and a lazy river.

A bonus home was also built by Washington County School District students to promote SUHBA’s Careers in Construction program. In partnership with local trade contractors, construction students learned hands-on skills by assisting in home construction. “It’s a great program. The students are so excited... We have a responsibility to help promote construction careers for future building professionals,” Krashowetz says. This year, SUHBA raised money for education scholarships and donated a portion of ticket sales to community service and housing affordability funds.

Price tags ranged from $8 million to $589,900. The largest home boasted 12,003 square feet while the smallest offered 1,790. In each garage, visitors perused home improvement product and service displays. Virtual tours of each home are available through December 31, 2024, with the purchase of a ticket.

The 2024 Parade was presented by SUHBA and Zions Bank and sponsored by Dominion Energy, BlvdHome, Burton Lumber, KONY 99.9, KSL Television,, and St. George News. “We sincerely appreciate the great support of our community over

Builder: RL Wyman Design + Create
Builder: Washington County School District
Builder: Slate Ridge Homes

many years. The Parade of Homes creates hundreds of jobs and inspires homeowners…” Krashowetz says. Next year, the Parade will run from February 14–23, 2025. “Bring your sweetheart and celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Parade!” adds Krashowetz. For more information, visit, or contact SUHBA at (435) 674-1400.V

About the St. George Area Parade of Homes

The St. George Area Parade of Homes began in 1991 and is the largest Parade in the state, featuring new homes across Washington County, Utah. The event has a long-standing tradition of presenting spectacular homes and introducing new trends. Each home is set within the amazing landscapes

only found in southern Utah. Parade homes go through a strict inspection process to ensure they are finished, landscaped, and decorated.

About the Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA)

The mission of SUHBA is to support the home-building industry and benefit its members, partners, and communities through education, relationships, advocacy, and service. SUHBA endeavors to improve the local housing and building climate and to promote policies that will keep housing a national, state, and local priority. Chief among SUHBA’s goals is providing and expanding opportunities for all consumers to have safe, decent, and attainable housing.

Builder: K. H. Traveller Custom Homes
Builder: RL Wyman Design + Create
Builder: Split Rock Fine Homes

Family and Customers Come First at

Cleveland Williams of Polynesian Pools is not your average pool guy. Though he was born in New Zealand, he grew up in Australia, where his father began building pools in 1972. “I’m Maori, though not full-blooded. My great grandparents were from England,” Cleveland notes. “I was a big outback, outdoors guy. Kangaroo, snakes—I was a real bush basher.” He loved his time in Australia and grew to love the swimming pool industry as well, often helping his father. “I started as a little boy, earning money by making lunches for the workers,” he says. “From there, I’ve learned just about every aspect of swimming pool design and construction. I’m honoring my father by carrying on the tradition.”

His parents moved to Las Vegas in 1985 to pursue better opportunities, and in 1986, his father won the highest award offered by the National Spa and Pool Institute. Cleveland soon joined his parents in Las Vegas, where he built pools for 23 years.

It was there that he met his wife. In 1988, they were married in St. George, later moving there in 2008 with their five sons and one daughter to open Polynesian Pools.

When COVID upended the pool construction industry, Cleveland shifted into resurfacing and remodeling, though he still does some building and repair. “It’s a great blessing for us… to work in people’s backyards,” he says.

Cleveland became an authorized ecoFINISH dealer in 2022, for which he obtained special licensing, certification, training, and equipment to carry and install the pool finishing product. “With all my experience building pools, I know that other products don’t hold up as well as ecoFINISH,” he confirms. Polynesian Pools is the only ecoFINISH dealer in southern Utah. “Most finishes are bonded to concrete pools mechanically, but ecoFINISH is chemically bonded, which creates a much stronger

bond,” he explains. The product has a ten-year warranty instead of the customary five-year warranty for cement materials. Made from polyethylene, the finish is impervious to water, UV resistant, chemical resistant, adheres well, and comes in 20 different colors. “We are really excited about EcoFINISH technology. It's amazing,” Cleveland says.

Using ecoFINISH, Polynesian Pools recently resurfaced the new bumper boat pool at Fiesta Fun Center in St. George. “They wanted ecoFINISH because they were tired of other resurfacing options,” Cleveland remarks. “It’s an excellent alternative to traditional plaster.”

Cleveland loves more than just working with “the best product out there.” He particularly appreciates his customers. “They keep me alive and in business, so I make sure I do them right,” he says. He also loves the opportunities for growth and continuing education. “I’m always learning,” he states. “I like the challenges. We learn through challenges.”

Despite his time in New Zealand, Australia, and Las Vegas, St. George is where he calls home. “The unbelievable beauty! I love it. It’s a privilege to be in this country,” he emphasizes. The St. George landscape also reminds him a little of his childhood. “I love hiking the mountains and kayaking in lakes,” he says.

A family business, Polynesian Pools is near to Cleveland’s heart, but his family is his greatest treasure. He enjoys spending time with them on Kolob Mountain, in the backyard swimming pool, and on countless other adventures. “I’m not rich, but I’m rich with my family, my wife, and my dog. This really is a blessed land,” he declares. “I really know that’s why my parents felt to come here. I’m so grateful for the skills I learned as a young man that have allowed me to have a career doing what I love.”V

Contact Polynesian Pools by phone at (435) 817-7777, or visit their website at They serve southern Nevada, St. George, and the surrounding areas.

Something special happens when a custom mixed soda shop does what it’s supposed to do. When it brings people together, makes lives brighter by putting a smile on every customer’s face, participates in community events, and serves exceptional, delicious, and affordable products, it makes a difference in the community! Fixxology was started over nine years ago in Idaho and recently opened its doors in Mesquite in April of 2023.

Lyndsay Piazza, the franchise owner of both the Mesquite location and the catering food truck, truly cares about her customers and community! The company motto is “Serving Happiness in a Cup.” Therefore, our goal is to put a smile on every customer’s face every chance we get. By developing a culture of warmth, friendliness, and support with each interaction, we have been rewarded with the support of our community in return. We’re all about helping each other. From our employees to our customers, we’re in business to improve people’s lives, to make people’s day a little better, and to realize our own individual goals.

When customers become your friends, that’s where the magic happens! You truly get to know them, look forward to their return, and care about them. It’s such an amazing experience to own a business that allows you to become a vital part of

people’s lives. When our customers show up, they’re treated with kindness, respect, and affection.

What do we sell? Our products are exceptional! You can’t be successful without having the best custom mix-ins available, and we take our mixed sodas extremely seriously. We offer a wide array of specialty drinks as well as flavored waters, Italian sodas, custom mixed energy drinks, ice cream, and Italian Ice. Fixxology also offers a limited food menu of specialty cookies, movie theater style popcorn, soft pretzels, nachos, all beef hot dogs, our signature “Mad Dog,” and other assorted treats. The menu is engineered so that our soda baristas are able to serve customers quickly with the warmth and friendliness that we’re known for.V

The lobby and drive-thru of Fixxology is located at 325 N. Sandhill Blvd. in Mesquite, Nevada. You can also place online orders through their app and receive deliveries via Doordash.

Hours of operation are:

Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

Friday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.


Lawn Care and Maintenance LLC is a family-owned lawn care business in Mesquite, Nevada, that offers a variety of lawn development and upkeep options. My services include tree planting, trimming, pruning, and removal, and I devote attention to everything outdoors, such as yard clean-ups, weed removal, bush and plant trimming, palm tree skinning, irrigation system repair, and more. I also offer some services with pavers, gravel, artificial turf, and grass.

My small company provides services to properties of all sizes, including homes and businesses. All services provided are done to please clients and meet their needs and expectations. What sets GNH Lawn Care and Maintenance apart from other businesses is that it is run by a single owner, and communication is always key with clients. You can expect a great job to be done every time. GNH strives to create mutually beneficial relationships in all commitments made.


First, if there are plants, trees, or bushes in your yard, the irrigation system timer needs to be set accordingly. This is very important during the hot weather we experience here in Mesquite. If it is not on schedule during the heat, this will cause your plants to die. Also, plants, trees, and bushes need plant food to help maintain life.

Second, a common mistake is applying fertilizer incorrectly. When fertilizer is applied appropriately, it helps promote healthy plant growth by providing the nutrients the soil is deficient in.

BEFORE after

Think of it as a multivitamin for a child. When eating, we don’t always get the nutrients we need, but that multivitamin helps supply the nutrients we’re missing. This is why it is important to know the difference between plant food and fertilizer when nourishing plants.

Lastly, there are two types of services when it comes to cutting bushes or trees. The most common one is trimming. It is recommended for trees that have any overgrowth. It also helps enhance the tree shape and makes your yard look clean and spacey. The second is pruning. Tree pruning is recommended when diseased branches need to be removed so they do not infect the other branches.


My name is Luis Herrera, and I first moved from Mexico to Mesquite in 2014 at the age of 17. Although I did not speak English at the time, I decided to get a job shortly after arriving. Over the years, I went through various jobs, including being a cook at a fast food restaurant, cooking and cashiering at a Mexican restaurant, working for a company that made

vegetable capsules, and framing. During the time I was working at my first few jobs, I met my wife, Andrea. A few years later, we were expecting our first child when I started working for a landscaping company. Although it gets really hot, I was enjoying my job and being outdoors—all while learning new skills. I felt I finally found what I wanted to do for my family.

Fast forward four years. With our two children, I decided it was time to just go for it and launch my own small business. It has been such a blessing to my family and me for many reasons.

Although I have only been in business for a few months, I am happy to say that it is going very well. And for anyone hesitant about starting a small business, my words to you are to take those baby steps because anything is possible when you believe and work hard. And to anyone who has given me a chance to care for your yard, I thank you very much for the opportunity to show you all what I enjoy doing!V

You can contact GNH Lawn Care and Maintenance at (702) 600-9267.

Idaho Transplant Connects with St. George Residents

It’s not every day that someone picks up and leaves their lifelong home to start a business in another state, but that’s exactly what Ethan Toone did in February. He arrived in St. George to establish a home decor store just like the one his parents own in Nampa, Idaho. While growing up in Idaho, he began helping at his parents’ business at an early age. “When I was five or six, I used to climb on the boxes,” he chuckles. The older he got, the more he began to help at the store. “I grew up doing home decor with my parents and family, and I just loved how they did things,” he says enthusiastically. “They didn’t price anything too high. And relationships were important to them.”

St. George may seem like an unlikely place for a boy from Idaho to land, but as he was driving from California some months ago, he had a feeling he should go through St. George. “I felt like I needed to move down here,” he says. He scoured the city for a location and found the perfect one. There was just one problem—it wasn’t on the market. “I contacted the people, and they gave me a great deal,” Ethan reveals.

The shop was ready to open in just a month and a half. Ethan uses the same name as his parents’ store in Idaho: Graples Home Decor. The name originates from his mother. “She used to smell these scratch stickers, and they smelled like grapes, and they were purple, so she named the store ‘Graples,’” he explains with a laugh. Providing an eclectic range of decorating styles, Ethan finds many of his pieces in California and Las Vegas. “I have all sorts of styles: modern, farm, tribal. Every style you could think of,” he says. “I try to mix it up, like for example, modern farm.” Ethan is becoming known for the 20-plus impressive displays in his shop, which change every week or two and use any number of different styles. Though he loves what he does, running a business alone is demanding. “I’m a one-man show. I open decor until 3 a.m. and then price everything. The physical labor is challenging,” he admits.

But just like his parents, Ethan values developing relationships with his customers above all else. “I want to make sure customers leave happy. I want to help them and have relationships with them,” he says. “People come in and are so

supportive and so sweet. They tell me what they’re doing and decorating with.”

He also enjoys the creative aspect of his job. “I love being able to put something together or help someone find something that fits their house, brings light into their home, and adds that perfect touch,” he remarks. “I love getting to see pictures of what they bought in their home.” And if Graples doesn’t have what you’re looking for, Ethan will help find another seller that does.

The store is also available for events on Saturday nights— free of charge. “I’ll stay open later for a girls' night out or something like that. They’d bring their own food and stuff but the space would be available,” he comments. Attendees will also be able to shop during the event.

He is most proud of and thankful for how far he’s come in such a short amount of time. “I’m very blessed. I couldn’t do it without family,” he says gratefully. Ethan also credits the support of his customers and his religion for helping him to get where he is. “I care about my customers and want to know how their lives are going,” he notes. “I want them to feel known.”V

Graples Home Decor is open on Thursdays and Saturdays and is located at 967 W. Red Cliffs Drive in St. George, Utah. Reach Ethan at (208) 473-1851 for more info or to make an event reservation. Find Graples on Instagram, Facebook, and Nextdoor. The store does not ship or deliver, and a website is being planned.

Mesquite: the Safest City in Nevada

In April, the ratings for the safest city in Nevada for 2024 were released. SafeWise rated Mesquite, a city with a population of over 21,000, as the safest city in the state! Mesquite’s ranking improved one spot from last year’s in large part due to the excellent collaboration between the Mesquite Police Department and community residents. The Mesquite Police Department works closely with the community on crime prevention and detection and encourages citizens to report suspicious activity.

The department appointed special assignment officers to patrol, and a continuous social media campaign to encourage citizens to make themselves a hard target has played a huge role in crime reduction and prevention. These community-oriented initiatives have drastically reduced property crimes and given Mesquite the lowest violent crime numbers in all of Nevada.

As the department continues to do everything possible to achieve the safest city designation, it is also focusing resources on combating the scourge of elder fraud while safeguarding our seniors from exploitation. The Mesquite Police Department wants to remind ViewOn readers of a few tips for when we’re confronted with potentially fraudulent phone calls, text messages, or emails:

• Legitimate utility companies, government agencies, and other businesses will NEVER ask you to pay them using gift cards or through any other non-traditional means.

• If you get a pop-up message on your computer from Apple, Microsoft, or an anti-virus company, etc. that says you must immediately pay them to block access to a hacker or virus, POWER DOWN the computer immediately. Do not give them any information, and do not call the number on the screen. Real anti-virus software does not hold your computer hostage if a security issue is found. Call a trusted computer expert for help in removing any potential viruses.

• Government agencies or the police will NOT call you and threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay a fine, so please hang up on them without giving any information.

• Technology is rapidly evolving, and most scammers are evolving with it and can take advantage of anyone, especially senior citizens and vulnerable people. ALWAYS be cautious when you receive a suspicious or unexpected call or message, especially if the caller is overly pushy and threatening. If the scammer claims to be from a company or

by Sergeant Wyatt Oliver, Office of Public Information | Photo Credit: Dustin Berg, All Around Mesquite, Nevada

other agency, hang up and call the known phone number to verify that there really is an issue.

Don’t hesitate to call MPD dispatch if you think you’ve been a victim of fraud or if you’re concerned a scammer has tried to contact you. Fraud is a consistently growing problem, but as we continue to work together to educate our vulnerable citizens, we will significantly reduce the impact that fraud and scams have on our community, and we’ll keep Mesquite the safest city in the Silver State.

In an April release announcing the safest city designation, Chief Chesley stated, “The Mesquite Police Department takes immense pride in this achievement. It reflects MPD’s exceptional service and the strong bond we share with each other and with Mesquite residents. As a department, we are committed to the safety of everyone who lives in and visits Mesquite by upholding these standards of excellence, and we will continue to serve our community with the same dedication and passion.”V

For more information, visit the Mesquite Police Department website at

Celebrating Veterans through Golf SECRETARY’S CUP 2024

Ahead of the PGA Golf Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, our local golf instruction program for veterans, PGA HOPE St. George, was selected to represent Utah to compete in this year’s Secretary’s Cup golf tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is an eightweek adaptive golf instruction program funded by the PGA of America. It introduces veterans to the game of golf free of charge in an effort to enhance their overall quality of life through golf.

This program is open to all veterans who do not play golf or have had limited exposure to the game. It is geared toward those suffering with mental and/or physical disabilities. The game of golf can help them deal with life outside of the military. It also helps other veterans connect and become active within the community. In 2024, over 3,000 PGA professionals in 500 PGA HOPE programs across the country will impact over 17,000 veterans and active-duty personnel.

The Secretary’s Cup is an annual event hosted by the PGA of America. Along with their PGA professionals, four veterans and/or active service personnel who have graduated from the PGA HOPE golf program are invited to compete in a golf event against other HOPE programs from across the nation. This coincides with the PGA Championship. The invitation was created to celebrate veterans and military personnel on their journey of playing golf and to recognize golf’s lasting effect on their lives.

During our time in Louisville, 12 HOPE teams not only competed but were treated like royalty and given the respect they deserve. Teams enjoyed an evening at Churchill Downs, a police escort to the tournament, an honor guard presentation of colors, a helicopter flyover, and PGA Championship Tournament access—all in addition to competing in their own golf tournament. The PGA of America did not miss one detail in celebrating these heroes and appreciating their service to this country. I could not be prouder to be a PGA Member Golf Professional. It was a great honor to watch them compete and be their coach.

Team Utah Consisted Of:

Dallin Brown – He is a graduate of Southern Utah University's ROTC program and is active in the Army as a second lieutenant. He had never played golf before PGA HOPE.

Tom Brown – Father of Dallin, he is a veteran of the Air Force who spent 20 years on active duty and 25 years total in the military. He and his son both went through the HOPE program together in the fall of 2023.

Brett Gibson – He is a four-and-a-half-year veteran of the Air Force. He served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was also able to go through PGA HOPE with his father, Craig, a veteran of the Air Force, in the fall of 2023.

Jayme Turner – He had never played before and has been playing for just one and a half years. He graduated from our HOPE Program in the fall of 2022. He is now the UTAH PGA HOPE Ambassador and is actively recruiting veterans for the HOPE program. He served both in the Navy and in the Army, re-enlisting after the towers came down on 9/11. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

All are true patriots, heroes, and inspirations to others. Even though the team did not bring home the Secretary’s Cup, we all brought home a deeper sense of honor, appreciation, gratitude, and a feeling of being respected. It was one of the greatest compliments for all of us to represent the Utah PGA Section. To make it even better, all of the players’ wives were in Kentucky as well. They were able to pay tribute to their husbands and their dedication to their service in a way they never thought possible.

The game of golf and PGA HOPE are changing lives for our veterans and active military. If you or someone who is a veteran would like to participate in the program, PGA HOPE St. George will have more sessions beginning again in September.

A special thanks goes to the Utah PGA Section, their board, Cecily Bloxham, and her husband, Jordan, who coordinated the event and attended with us. Without all of them, this wonderful event to celebrate our veterans and their service would not have happened.

Fairways & Greens…RobV

For more information and to register, visit things-to-do/events/pga-hope-st-george-fall-2024.

Team Utah from left to right: Dallin Brown, Tom Brown, Brett Gibson, Jayme Turner, and Rob Krieger

Wildflower Season at Cedar Breaks National Monument

In many ways, the meadows and conservation spaces within our national parks are beautiful gardens cared for and beloved by all who visit. While we don’t have to sit there individually weeding, watering, harvesting, and sowing, these areas provide a space for herbs, flowers, and more to grow and thrive.

Adorning windswept meadows and bright orange cliffs, spots of indigo, gold, and scarlet add vibrance to the landscapes of

Cedar Breaks National Monument every summer. Highlighted by pale limestone, over 250 species of brightly colored wildflowers find a home along winding trails among the formations. The annual wildflower season brings pollinators, visitors, and artists to the area and is a beautiful experience.

Crowning the grand staircase, Cedar Breaks is a six thousandacre national monument designated for the preservation of the stunning natural amphitheater of red rock and limestone

that it’s now known for. Beyond the impressive geology of the area, the monument is also home to ancient bristlecone pine trees, an impressive array of flora and fauna, pollinators, local animals, and unique landscapes.

While the subalpine meadows, ponds, and rocky ridges don’t fit the definition of a garden perfectly, this area is home to carefully cared-for ecosystems with beautiful flowers and landscapes to explore.

Alpine Pond

A two-mile double loop trail, the Alpine Pond Trail leads visitors through a forest of spruce, fir, and aspens interspersed with ancient deposits of volcanic rock, providing windows to the familiar crimson formations of the breaks.

The trail begins at a small yurt surrounded by a field of indigo larkspur. The air buzzes with gentle honey bees and nimble hummingbirds. Along the way, the landscape changes from rocky ground dotted with aspens to a rich forest environment. Winding between pale aspens and tough spruce, the landscape gives way to meadows of tall grass decorated with golden buttercups and happy wooly sunflowers. Along the edge of the hidden Alpine Pond, dragonflies flit about the tall reeds, bees buzz happily, and birds chirp. It’s a perfect moment of peace along the trail.

Wildflowers lining the Alpine Pond Trail.
Image by Visit Cedar City

South Rim

Falling away into the crimson formations and hoodoos of the amphitheater, brightly colored flowers find a home along rocky ridges of pale limestone. While some flowers brave the windswept rim—like the pointed Colorado columbine, silvery lupins, and striking scarlet paintbrush—the orange sneezeweed, shooting stars, and others find a home with sunflowers in meadows along the way.

Following the ridge of Cedar Breaks National Monument, the South Rim Trail leads away from brightly colored wildflowers to a natural wonder in its own right—the ancient bristlecone pine. These trees are known as the longest-living single organism with some species known to be more than 1,600 years old. Their gnarled trunks and twisted branches end in surprisingly soft pine needles that hang in bunches.

Wooly sunflowers at the South Rim Trailhead. Image by Visit Cedar City

Sunset Trail

A paved all-access trail, the meadows along the Sunset Trail put on a dazzling show every July. Protected from the wind and other harsh elements among stands of towering pines, the flowers along the way are the brightest and thickest in the monument.

Scarlet paintbrush stands out among bunches of larkspur, pale columbines, golden sunflowers, and primrose while the orange sneezeweed line the way. Views of the “breaks” can be spotted through natural windows in the branches of trees, and as the wildflowers fade into the brilliant formations visible at the Sunset Overlook, it’s a breathtaking transition.

Wilderness Conservation and Education

As with all national monuments dedicated to preserving beautiful spaces, Cedar Breaks National Monument aims to not only preserve the unique flora and fauna found throughout the park but to educate as well. Through guided ranger tours during the annual Wildflower Festival and immersive activities highlighting pollinators, the park staff works hard to share the beauty of the natural garden around them.

Along the South Rim Trail, conservation of the past blends with nature where a small historic cabin sits nestled among a field of bright wildflowers. Built in the early 20s by the Utah Parks Company, this small cabin is all that remains of the Cedar Breaks Lodge. A sad reminder of the lodge’s removal, the spot where the cabin sits now is a memento of a different era but finds new life as one of the best spots to see wildflowers in the park.

Interpretive signs giving the common name and scientific name of wildflowers dot the paths, and signs at trailheads educate about the wildlife that keeps the ecosystem going. Like any other garden, pollinators are crucial to the continued diversity of the species found in the monument. Seeds carried by wildlife throughout the monument continue the growth and expansion of meadows and groves. Visitors practicing responsible recreation principles, minding their steps, staying on the trail, and sharing their experiences with others help the area grow and develop.V

Kaylee Pickering is a lifetime resident of Cedar City and works as the communication specialist for Visit Cedar City · Brian Head in Iron County, Utah. When she’s not on the trail, she’s leading tours of our beautiful backyard and answering visitor questions by email at and @visitcedarcity on all social media platforms.

Careful examination of wildflowers along the Sunset Trail. Image by Alex Santiago
Colorado columbine wildflowers along the Sunset Trail. Image by Tobey Schmidt
Orange sneezeweed near the visitor center. Image by Tobey Schmidt

The Mesquite Rotary Club’s popular Mudd Volleyball Tournament, held behind the Eureka Casino Resort, will take place on September 21. For the 10th year, area teams will compete for a chance to win a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place trophy.

Sign-ins will begin at 8 a.m. The Mesquite Police Department and Fire Rescue teams will start the fun at 9 a.m. as they vie for the “Studds of The Mudd” title for 2024–25! Team play will follow right after.

Teams of six players cost $240 and include a unique “Mudd” t-shirt for each player. One alternate player is allowed for an

additional $40. The money raised will provide scholarships for graduating seniors, the Children’s Story Walk, food pantries, and several community improvements.

“The tournament has become an annual event that is very popular with players and spectators alike,” states organizer Linda Gault. “We put a lot of hard work and love into making it a fun event for everyone.”

Teams are encouraged to come in costume and vie for the Best Team Costume prize. Three judges will review all costumed teams and vote in these categories: Best Theme, Creativity/ Originality, Attention to Detail, Most Humorous, and Effort.

So have some fun, use your imagination, and come up with the best costume and win! Businesses are encouraged to become corporate sponsors by supporting this annual fundraising event at any one of the available levels. All proceeds remain in the local community.

Well-known local DJ #1Juan will keep everyone jammin’ with great tunes, adding to the fun. This year, food trucks and the very popular Fixxology flavored drink truck will be present, and plenty of water will be available courtesy of Reliance Connects.

Spectators should come prepared with shade structures, lawn chairs, and personal items for a fun day in the sun! We don’t want anyone becoming overheated or sunburned!

Rotary is a worldwide member organization whose mission is to provide community service at the local level and improve lives worldwide where needed. Programs have been established to provide clean drinking water, improve sanitation conditions, and provide for daily survival needs after natural disasters. Rotary also encourages members to assist doctors in foreign countries with programs such as cleft palate repair and administering polio vaccines in its quest to end polio worldwide.V

For more information on this great event, contact us at To sign up to play, please visit To sign up as a sponsor, please visit

Root For Kids is a non-profit organization based in southern Utah that serves children in need of extra support from birth to age five. They help provide education and create a nurturing environment for optimal growth and development in every child. Root For Kids serves children in Washington County as well as the Arizona communities of Beaver Dam, Littlefield, Desert Springs, Scenic, Colorado City, Centennial Park, Cane Beds, Moccasin, Fredonia, and San Juan County.

Recently, Root For Kids has expanded its reach to Iron County. Its programs across southern Utah and its neighboring communities are creating an impact that is undeniable. By providing comprehensive early childhood development services, they are transforming the lives of local families and children. As they continue to sow the seeds of hope and possibility, Root For Kids is shaping a future where every child has the opportunity to flourish and every family feels supported and empowered.V

As Root For Kids looks ahead, their vision for the future is clear: to continue nurturing the potential of every child and empower families to build brighter futures. Root For Kids aims to create stronger, more resilient communities where every child has the opportunity to thrive by strengthening their programs and deepening their impact.

In order to fulfill their mission, Root For Kids relies on donations of time and money from individuals, foundations, and businesses to supplement their state and federal contracts. For more information about Root For Kids, locations, programs, or how you or your business can make a lasting impact on a child’s life, please visit our website at

Believes in Serving Residents and Protecting the Community

Ronald Shakelford’s love of electrical work began over 30 years ago. “If you love what you're doing, it doesn’t feel like a job,” he says. He began his career at age 12 working in his father's shop during summer vacations. Later, he worked for a company in Washington state for 13 years, and then in 2010, he started his own company, Matrix Electric. Two years ago, he and his wife, Dorthy, who goes by DE, moved to Mesquite while maintaining their business in Washington. Barely surviving COVID, the company closed when their business partner quit, but the couple reopened Matrix Electric LLC in Mesquite in 2022.

Ron secured his Nevada state contractor’s electrical license and is also licensed in Arizona and, of course, Washington. He is also a journeyman electrician in Utah and Oregon. Matrix has no employees at this time. Over ten years ago, DE became her husband’s apprentice, and the couple has been working together ever since. DE also fills bookkeeping and accounting roles for the business.

The Shackelfords work hard to stand out from other electrical contractors. “We still get up in attics and crawl spaces when we have to. We have the best quality because

we take pride in our work,” explains Ron. “We want you to be 100% satisfied when we’re done.” Because they do the work themselves, they ensure everything is done properly and to code. “We’re proud knowing our city is safer because we did the work,” says DE. “We’ve seen a lot of non-code compliant work here in the last couple of years. Our neighbor’s home could have burned down. Our work has to pass my work codes and quality inspections, not just the city’s.”

Subpar work can result in fire hazards and damage to your home.

Matrix Electric strives to be affordable and provide exceptional customer service. Because they utilize a home office, they’re able to keep expenses down and pass along the savings to customers. From January to March, Matrix offered various discounts and ran a promotion offering services for free if they could fix the problem in under 15 minutes. “Keep your eyes open on our Facebook page and social media sites for future offers,” Ron says. “We’re very friendly and very helpful. We do all our work correctly the first time, and we go the extra mile,” DE says with a smile.

Both Ron and DE enjoy what they do and love the relationships they build with their customers. “If they have dogs, that's a plus! We love dogs!” Ron says with a laugh. “It’s challenging work, but there’s a lot of satisfaction. It’s our commitment to helping people.” DE adds, “I love the smile on people’s faces!”

Ron and DE also find satisfaction in volunteering their time through various charitable endeavors. Ron hopes to soon be serving in a civic capacity for the city. “We believe strongly in community. We want to be involved and give back,” he remarks. Additionally, the company has donated money, time, and materials to non-profits in Mesquite. Last year, Matrix provided new electrical components for fridges and freezers at the Virgin Valley Food Bank. Matrix Electric has also donated funds to the Salvation Army, and for an entire month earlier this year, they gave 20% of each job to their local pet shelter. Matrix always offers 10% off labor for seniors and military personnel. “We believe in community first. This community has been so good to us,” Ron affirms.V

Matrix Electric, LLC is a residential and commercial electrical contractor company. Contact Ron’s cell phone at (253) 797-9797, or visit their website at They serve Mesquite, St. George, Logandale, Overton, and Moapa. A small trip fee applies to jobs in Moapa.


Embrace Energy Efficiency:

Transforming Desert Living with Cellular Shades

Windows are an essential part of any building, providing natural light, ventilation, and views of the outdoors. However, they can be a significant source of heat loss or gain.

In the heart of the desert where the sun shines and temperatures soar, maintaining a cool and comfortable home is a constant challenge. We have a simple yet powerful solution at hand: cellular shades. These ingenious window coverings are not just stylish additions to your home; they're game-changers in the realm of energy efficiency, offering a multitude of benefits tailored to combat the harsh realities of desert living. Let's dive deeper into why cellular shades are an essential asset for desert dwellers.

1. Thermal Insulation - The unique honeycomb design of cellular shades is the secret weapon against the relentless desert heat. By trapping air within their cells, these shades create a barrier that effectively insulates your home, preventing outdoor heat from infiltrating your living space. This insulation works wonders year-round, keeping you cool in the scorching summer months and cozy during the chilly desert nights.

2. Energy Savings - With their unparalleled ability to regulate indoor temperatures, cellular shades significantly reduce the need for artificial cooling and heating. By minimizing reliance on air conditioning systems, you'll not only enjoy a more comfortable home but also reap the rewards of lower energy bills. It's a win-win situation for both your wallet and the environment.

3. UV Protection - The desert sun may be dazzling, but its rays can wreak havoc on your interiors, causing furniture, flooring,

and artwork to fade over time. Cellular shades act as a shield against harmful UV radiation, preserving the vibrancy and increasing the longevity of your belongings. Say goodbye to sun damage and hello to lasting beauty.

4. Customizable Style - Who says energy efficiency has to come at the cost of style? With cellular shades, you can have the best of both worlds. Choose from a wide array of colors, fabrics, and opacities to personalize your shades and complement your home decor effortlessly. Whether you prefer a sleek minimalist look or a bold statement piece, there's a shade to suit every taste. Available motorized options allow you to schedule your shades to be in the correct position for maximum efficiency during those harsh summer days or cold winter nights.

5. Environmentally Friendly - By reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, cellular shades contribute to a more sustainable way of living. By making the switch to these eco-window coverings, you're not just improving your own quality of life but also helping to protect the planet for future generations.

In conclusion, cellular shades are more than just window treatments; they're a testament to the power of innovation to enhance comfort, save energy, and promote sustainability. Transform your desert living experience today with cellular shades and embrace a cooler, brighter future.V

Come see our local showroom at 550 W. Pioneer Blvd., Suite 158 to explore some of our other AERC-rated and certified products. For more information, please visit our website at or call (702) 345-3672.

HOPE for first time homebuyers

Buying your first home is exciting and life-changing. But the process can also be daunting, and in the current market, owning a home can feel unattainable. But with the right planning and a few helpful tips, home ownership is closer than you think.

Everyone asks, “When should I buy?” Most people expect a complicated answer about market stability, home prices, interest rates, specific times of year, etc. But the answer is very simple: buy when you qualify. Don’t wait.

Here are some simple tips and best practices to help you get ready for one of the most exciting and monumental purchases in your life—your first home.


Before you hop on Zillow, it’s crucial to get a clear picture of your financial health. Start by getting an evaluation from a lender. Go straight to the experts to help you evaluate your credit, as this can significantly impact your mortgage rate and loan approval. They can help you identify potential problems as well as give you tips on increasing your credit score if possible. Alternatively, I recommend the Experian App for an immediate and free view of your credit profile. Experian is one of the credit reporting companies used to determine your qualifying score, so it is more accurate than companies like Credit Karma. Focus on paying off anything with high monthly payments or low balances.

Next, look at your income and determine how much you can realistically afford. Lenders use gross income (before taxes) when determining what you qualify for. Generally speaking, your expenses should not exceed 40% of your income. In the mortgage world, this is your mortgage, property insurance and taxes, car payments, personal loans, and credit card payments. A best practice is to calculate your housing expense and fit that into your budget ahead of time. If your rent is currently $1,200 per month, but your desired home has a combined mortgage, taxes, and insurance payment of $2,500 per month, take that additional $1,300 a month and put it into a savings account. This will help you build a down payment and get you used to making that new payment ahead of time.


In our industry, we like to say, “Marry the house, date the rate.” Take some time to think about your needs. Do you want to expand your family? Do you need a yard for pets or gardening? Do you want a home office or craft room? Would you prefer a condo where there is little to no maintenance? How much storage and kitchen space do you need? Think about location. Drive around different neighborhoods at different times of the day to ensure it is an area you would be comfortable in. Do you like evening walks or being close to trails? Do you want a neighborhood of families for your kids to play with? The more forward-thinking you are, the easier it is to find what you are looking for.

When you are ready, find a reputable real estate agent to help you with viewings and get on a mailing list for homes available that meet your criteria.


You will have a team on your side when you are ready to make your move. You have three main contacts during your home-buying journey. It is important to find the right people to guide you through the process.

YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT - This is your house person and market expert. They will work with you to find a home within your budget that meets as many of your needs as possible. They are also your advocate in negotiations with the sellers.

YOUR LENDER - This is your money person and your mortgage expert. They will review loan options and help you select the best loan and rate for your situation. They will advise you on first-time home buyer programs, rate discounts, and closing costs.

YOUR ESCROW OFFICER - This is your neutral third party. They do the property research to ensure the home is being purchased legally and with all the correct documentation. They also hold and distribute the money to all parties involved in the transaction.


1- DON’T CHANGE JOBS OR CUT HOURS. Any change in income may affect your ability to get a loan.

2- DON’T MAKE ANY NEW PURCHASES ON CREDIT. This may have a negative impact on your credit score.

3- HAVE YOUR TAXES IN ORDER. How you file your taxes is a part of how you prove your income.

By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared to navigate the exciting and sometimes challenging journey to homeownership. Remember, the key is to stay informed, take your time, and trust the process. Happy house hunting!V

Melissa Eligul, NMLS 2186710, is a loan officer with Mortgage Mate LLC, NMLS 2508. Mortgage Mate LLC is licensed in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Florida. They are a full-service brokerage that offers everything from USDA/FHA/VA loans to construction loans, HELOCs, commercial loans, and more. You can reach one of their loan experts at (702) 346-1414 or visit them at 483 W. Mesquite Blvd. in Mesquite, Nevada.

Ancient Homes of Light and Shadows

Ancient builders revealed their relationships with the sky through alignments, not through skylights or solar panels. Three researchers, Jesse Walter Fewkes, J. McKim Malville, and Gregory Edwin Munson, examined ancient Puebloan ruins and identified celestial connections built into structures at Hovenweep and Mesa Verde.


Jesse Walter Fewkes, an early 1900s Harvard-trained zoologist,

was one of the earliest to photograph, excavate, and stabilize American southwestern ruins. According to the Society for Cultural Astronomy, Fewkes was interested in how southwestern Native Americans “viewed and responded to the sun, moon, and stars.”

J. McKim Malville has a PhD in solar physics and is a professor emeritus in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

He has written extensively about archaeoastronomy—the discipline he describes as “born at the intersection of cultural anthropology and the science of astronomy.”

Gregory Edwin Munson, a researcher, lecturer, and writer, completed an architectural analysis of lunar standstills at Cliff Palace and the Sun Temple in 1990 and 1991. He concluded that the structures were built with connections to the sky and are “reaching up into that other world and bringing it to earth.”

Hovenweep Towers | Photo credit: Karen L. Monsen


In the San Juan River Basin, straddling Utah and Colorado (approximately 40 miles from Cortez, Colorado, and Bluff, Utah), the Hovenweep National Monument contains 700-year-old fortress-like multistory towers built in D-shapes, squares, circles, and ovals with only small openings. Dwellings perched on large boulders, against canyon edges, and at canyon heads supported a population of around 2,500 by the late 1200s but were abandoned around 1300 following years of drought.

Anthropologists believe early farming communities celebrated celestial movements to guarantee adequate sun and rain for their crops while observing solar equinoxes (around March 20 and September 22) and winter and summer solstices (around June 20 and December 21). Each spring, they watched the sun rise farther north and higher in the sky until the summer solstice (Latin for “standstill”). Then the sun reversed its path as days grew shorter while the winter solstice approached. At the winter solstice, these communities performed rituals to encourage the sun to continue its predictable movement and usher in the next growing season.

Malville described Hovenweep as the “site of some of the best documented and least controversial Anasazi light and shadow calendars.” In the absence of a flat horizon where sunrise and sunset positions are exactly east and west, ancient civilizations— Babylonians, Greeks, and Chinese—used a pole called a gnomon (pronounced noh-mon). The gnomon was placed vertically in the ground to cast a shadow and served as a sundial to determine the length of the year and time of the solstice.

Since the eastern skyline at Hovenweep is featureless and not conducive to the use of horizon calendars, Puebloans positioned openings in exterior walls to direct light onto interior surfaces,

similar to how a gnomon stick creates a sundial with shadows. The Hovenweep Castle consists of a wall connected to a large tower with two ports (holes). The door is aligned to create a solar calendar. During the summer solstice sunrise, light entering through a small opening is projected onto a back wall and then reverses direction until the winter solstice. The three portholes enabled occupants to identify the summer and winter solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes.

Hovenweep Castle | Photo credit Karen L. Monsen
Hovenweep Square Tower | Photo credit Karen L. Monsen

Located about 35 miles west of Durango, Colorado, on Highway 160 between Mancos and Cortez, Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 and covers 52,485 acres with 600 cliff dwellings. It is the largest archaeological preserve in the U.S. As a typical Puebloan community, it includes multi-storied buildings, T-shaped doorways, courtyards, plazas, and kivas.

At Mesa Verde, Cliff Palace and the Sun Temple are notable for celestial alignments. Facing southwest, Cliff Palace receives

little sunlight during the summer solstice but faces the setting sun horizon at the winter solstice. Since Mesa Verde, like Hovenweep, lacks horizon calendar markers, the Sun Temple—which is on the opposite mesa, 288 meters across Cliff Canyon from Cliff Palace—may have been constructed to mark where the winter solstice sun sets when viewed from the southern end of Cliff Palace. Between 2005 and 2007, Munson’s research suggests that the Sun Temple probably served as a marker for the winter solstice and the southern lunar maximum.

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Mesa Verde Cliff dwellings | Photo credit Karen L. Monsen

Cliff PAlAce

According to Munson, the night sky was difficult for ancient people to understand due to the moon’s 18.6year cycle that required long-term observation, but the proper placement of building features permitted accurate observation of sun and moon cycles. A small opening in Cliff Palace Tower is positioned to observe the southern lunar maximum moonset over the Sun Temple. A pictograph on the west wall of Cliff Palace Tower appears to record four southern lunar maximum cycles with “flagmarks” on vertical lines.

Malville explains, “The full moon is always opposite the sun so that when the sun is furthest north at the summer solstice, the full moon is furthest south.” Silhouetted against the setting full moon, “a sun priest may have greeted the solstice sun rising over the dark cavern of Cliff Palace from the center of the Sun Temple.”

The Sun Temple

One of the most visited and least understood places in Mesa Verde, the Sun Temple, was constructed after A.D. 1200 but never completed. Its 11 to 14-foot high walls enclosed two tower-like structures. Archaeologists believe it was built for ceremonies. At its southwestern corner, an unusual rock basin may have been an offertory shrine where water, cornmeal, prayer sticks, or prayer feathers were placed. Fewkes built two short walls to frame the basin and named the site “Sun Temple” because the rock resembled sun rays. When filled with water, the basin reflects the overhead sky.

From caves to castles, the Hovenweep Towers and the Mesa Verde Cliff dwellings are ancient engineering marvels. They were created by people who lived in harmony with the sun and moon by aligning their dwellings with the sky and creating celestial calendars with light and shadows.V

The Sun Temple Mesa Verde | Photo credit Karen L. Monsen
Sky Reflection in Rock Shrine at the Sun Temple | Photo credit Karen L. Monsen

Safety in the Yard and at Home

Smoother Moves Reduce Risk of Injury!

Movement—even simple actions such as getting out of bed, pulling a weed, or bending over to tie your shoelaces can put you at risk for injury far more easily than you may realize! Learning some simple methods for moving properly can reduce your risk of accidents and injuries by 50% or more.

Be on guard in your yard:

Working in your yard is a great way to exercise and calm your mind. However, it can hold hidden dangers—just ask the more than 55,000 people injured each year by power tools used in the yard. Mow your grass and trim your bushes injury-free by

taking the proper precautions, including the following:

· Follow safety recommendations when climbing ladders— seriously!

· Remove large debris from the yard before you begin.

· Utilize proper lifting techniques.

· Wear proper safety gear and protective clothing, including closed-toed shoes.

When using a lawn mower, don’t wear loose clothing, and never mow wet grass. Yes, it is dangerous—just ask your local emergency room physician! Avoid potential fire hazards by making sure the mower engine is cool before you refill the gasoline or put it away!

Reduce your risk for accidents and injuries in a variety of places:


Bending forward to tie your shoes or pick something up off the ground in the yard can put unnecessary stress on your spine and potentially cause injury. To avoid this, squat down to reach your feet. Also, when picking things up off the ground, squat or kneel down rather than bending at the waist!


Incorrectly picking up heavy objects can be the perfect recipe for a back injury. Fortunately, learning proper lifting techniques is not difficult and can save you years of agony and expenses. First, keep whatever you are lifting close to your body so you don’t have to stretch out to reach it. Next, bend your knees to reach down and grab the object, keeping your back as straight as possible. Hold or carry the object between shoulder and waist level. If the object is too heavy, ask for help!


Taking time to stand properly sounds a little funny, but it can actually reduce your risk of falls whether in the house or in the yard. When getting out of bed, be sure to roll onto your side and push yourself up slowly, taking a moment to settle before you stand. Make sure both feet are firmly on the floor, and then grasp the edge of the bed or chair armrests to push yourself up.


Due to the popularity of smartphones, texting is a part of everyday life. The slumped posture many assume when texting leads to neck, shoulder, and back pain that can become permanent. To avoid injury, hold your smartphone at eye level as much of the time as possible.V

For first aid and emergency advice on a wide range of conditions, visit the “Health Library” link on our website at

About the author: Rae

Marie Delaney, FNP, is a nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine. She is accepting new patients of all ages at the Mesa View Medical Group Hillside Family Practice, located at 450-B Hillside Drive Suite #102, Mesquite, Nevada 89027 (across the hallway from Quick Care).

Rae Delaney can be reached by calling (702) 346-4302 or by visiting To make an appointment, visit or call (702) 346-4302.

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Dive In:

Exploring the Benefits of Swimming for Dogs

Exploring the Benefits of Swimming for Dogs

Excited about summer? Excited about swimming? Chances are so is your dog! Swimming isn’t just for humans. It’s an activity that dogs can also enjoy and benefit from immensely. Besides being a fun way to cool off on a hot day, swimming provides a range of physical and mental benefits for our canine companions. From improving cardiovascular health to providing relief for joint pain, swimming is more than just doggy paddling.

Low-Impact Exercise: One of the most significant advantages of swimming for dogs comes from its low-impact nature. Unlike running or jumping, swimming puts minimal stress on joints, making it an excellent form of exercise for dogs of all ages and fitness levels. This is particularly beneficial for older dogs, overweight dogs, or those with arthritis and other joint issues.

Hydrotherapy for dogs using a water treadmill is an ideal way to harness the therapeutic effects of exercising in warm water.

Muscle Strength and Endurance: Swimming or walking on the water treadmill engages a wide range of muscles, providing a full-body workout for dogs. Regular sessions can help improve muscle strength and endurance, leading to better overall fitness and mobility. Stronger muscles also contribute to better posture and balance, reducing the risk of injuries.

Weight Management: For overweight or obese dogs, swimming can be an effective and healthy way to shed excess pounds. The buoyancy of water reduces the strain on a dog’s joints, allowing it to exercise more comfortably and for longer periods. Combined with a balanced diet, swimming or walking in water can help dogs achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Stress Relief: Like humans, dogs can experience stress and anxiety. Swimming provides a natural outlet for excess energy and can help dogs relax and unwind. The rhythmic motion of swimming can have a calming effect on the nervous system, making it particularly beneficial for dogs prone to anxiety or hyperactivity. Swimming engages not only a dog’s body but also its mind.

Navigating the water requires concentration and problemsolving skills, stimulating the brain and keeping dogs mentally sharp. Additionally, swimming in different environments, such as lakes or rivers, provides sensory enrichment and prevents boredom.

Safety First: While swimming offers numerous benefits for dogs, safety should always be a top priority. Never leave your dog unattended near water, whether it’s a pool, lake, or ocean. Accidents can happen quickly, so it’s crucial to keep a close eye on your pet at all times. Be aware of algae blooms in natural bodies of water. Testing kits are available to assess the water condition before entering these environments.

Most dogs can swim naturally. But start slowly by introducing dogs to water gradually. Begin with shallow water where they can touch the bottom and gradually move to deeper areas as they become more confident. Use positive reinforcement. Encourage your dog with praise, treats, and toys to make swimming a positive experience. Avoid forcing them into the water or using negative reinforcement, as this can create fear and reluctance.

Even confident swimmers should always be wearing a canine life jacket. These buoyant vests provide extra support and safety, especially in deep or fast-moving water. Every dog learns at its own pace, so be patient and supportive throughout the process. Celebrate small victories and avoid putting too much pressure on your dog to perform. Even strong swimmers can tire quickly, so limit swimming sessions to short durations, especially in hot weather. Provide plenty of breaks and fresh water to prevent dehydration.V

WOOF! Wellness Center & Training Academy in Santa Clara offers afternoon “Splash n’ Fun” sessions where your dog can play supervised in an outside pool with other dogs or in private sessions. Hydrotherapy treatment in our water treadmill is also available for weight loss and rehabilitation. Call (435) 275-4536 or visit to learn more.

Keeping Fitness Fun!

As many of you may know, I’ve recently had some health setbacks, which have made spending time in the gym more than a little complicated. In this time of uncertainty, while having to split from my normal fitness routine, I’ve actually been very inspired—inspired to find safe, fun, and accessible ways to still get a workout. And let me tell you, there are more ways than you would think to work up a great sweat! So in honor of our Home and Garden edition, I thought I would write about some ways to find your best fitness inspiration at home and on a budget.

1. Sandbags, if you don’t have a lot of space or money for weightlifting equipment, exercise sandbags offer a big bang for your buck and an excellent range of workouts. From fireman carries, squats, and deadlifts to overhead presses and many more, this budget-friendly piece will give you a full-body burn. And the best part is that we live in the desert, where sand can be found to fill these bags up, if not for free then for dirt cheap (no pun intended).

2. Add a punching bag to your equipment list and work two skills at once: fitness and self-defense—not to mention it’s fantastic for increasing hand-eye coordination and getting the whole body moving. There are many free videos out there to help you with proper form and technique. And even better, this option doesn’t have to take up a ton of space. Another added benefit is you can put on some great energypumping music and have a great time moving your body and working out to the groove.

3. Speaking of working out to the groove, how about dancing for a no-equipment-needed workout? Now, I’ll admit I’m not the best dancer, but I’ve found that with everything I’ve been going through lately, sometimes cutting loose with a great groove can be extremely cathartic. It can also increase muscle tone and flexibility, raise your heart rate, and lower anxiety and stress levels. Let's be honest—who couldn’t use that these days?

These are just a few things you can do to adapt your fitness to your circumstances and make your home a place conducive to increasing your fitness. No matter what your circumstances may be right now, the very best thing you can do for yourself is to protect your health even when you can’t make it to the gym.

Trust me when I say I never thought I would be dealing with these health issues at only age 32, but I genuinely believe that the years I’ve spent taking care of myself physically are one of the only reasons my body has been strong enough to deal with them in the first place. I may not be where I want to be right now physically or even mentally, but I know that as long as I do what I can physically for as long as I can, the better things will turn out for me in the long run.

So remember this: working out doesn’t have to be an overly complicated or dreaded experience if you choose things that interest you or even just find things that fit your skill level and desires—fitness can be extremely fun. It can be a joy simply because you have the ability to move. It can be joyful because you start to move a little more easily. Sometimes you hurt a little less and surprise yourself with how much you can do. Sometimes your own joy and enthusiasm at finding the fun in fitness rubs off on others and you find yourself in a group of folks having fun with fitness together. And sometimes you just so happen to find yourself at a place in your journey that may have felt impossible to you when you started out. You realize that this thing you dreaded has now become a lifestyle you really enjoy.

So stop and take a moment to remember that you are doing this for yourself and that the fitness journey is just as important as the destination. The journey is half the fun.

Until next time, readers, keep growing and grooving to the beat of your own drum in your fitness, and keep trying to find whatever it is that makes it fun for you because fitness can be fun!V

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In Mesquite's arid climate, dust and dirt accumulate swiftly, making regular cleaning a must. We've honed techniques to ensure that floors not only look clean but remain so even amidst the desert heat.

When it comes to new construction cleanup, attention to detail is our hallmark. We go beyond surface cleaning, meticulously preparing spaces for occupancy by removing construction dust and polishing surfaces.

What sets us apart is our commitment to excellence and our understanding of Mesquite's unique challenges. With a personal touch, we've become the preferred choice for both businesses and residential clients.

At Silver State Cleaning, we're not just in the cleaning business; we're in the business of making lives easier. By delivering exceptional service with a personal touch, we allow our clients to focus on what truly matters. With our down-to-earth approach, dedication to excellence, and strong community ties, we continue to raise the bar for cleaning services in Mesquite, Nevada.V

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Everything is “Figureoutable”

Igrew up in the small town of Genoa, Texas, where the echoes of World War II still resonated. In this town, life was not easy for my family. We were six children raised by hardworking parents while trying to make ends meet with a tight budget. But within this world of struggle and adversity, a remarkable woman became our guiding light—my mother, Daisy Shropshire.

Daisy, a woman of immense strength and unwavering spirit, was the pillar that held our family together. In those challenging post-war years, she shared a simple mantra with us: "Everything is figureoutable." These words became more than a phrase; they became a source of comfort and empowerment that echoed through our home, instilling in us the belief that no matter the obstacle, there was always a way to overcome it.

Whenever something went wrong or broke in our household, Mother was there as our relentless problem solver. When the roof leaked, she'd grab a book on basic roofing, climb up there with tools, and mend it herself. When the family car stalled, she'd pop the hood and tinker with the engine until it roared back to life. Even in the face of financial setbacks, she'd transform old clothes into new ones or create toys from leftover scraps, filling our home with her handcrafted wonders.

But it wasn't only her resourcefulness that made my mother extraordinary; it was her unwavering faith, determination, and ability to pass these qualities on to her children. When times were tough, she'd gather us around, sit us down, and share stories of resilience, instilling in us the values of hard work, perseverance, and the unshakable belief that we could conquer anything that came our way.

As we grew into adults, my siblings and I used these lessons in our lives. One by one, we left our modest hometown, embarking on journeys filled with hardships and uncertainties, much like the post-war era that had shaped our family. In those moments when we felt overwhelmed, we would hear Mother's voice echoing in our minds, reminding us that everything was figureoutable.

Years passed, and my siblings and I have succeeded in various fields. We credit our mother, Daisy, for the tenacity that has driven us to turn our dreams into reality. She has instilled in us a can-do attitude, teaching us that even in the darkest times, we could find a way to make things work.

My mother's legacy of resilience, determination, and unwavering belief that "everything is figureoutable" continues to inspire not only her children but all those who have had the privilege of knowing her. In a world that often felt unforgiving, she was a beacon of hope, reminding everyone that with a bit of creativity and determination, there is no challenge too great to overcome.

As I look back on our lives, I am reminded that the hardships of our post-war years shaped me into a strong and capable individual. They prepared me to bear the loneliness of moving to Africa by myself for eight years and later, to overcome the cancer that was trying to take my life. My remarkable mother taught me that in the face of adversity, everything truly is figureoutable.

I challenge all of you to embrace the power of "figureoutability" in your own lives. Remember that when you encounter difficulties and obstacles, there is a way to overcome them. Embrace your inner problem solver, be unwavering in your determination, and never forget that everything is figureoutable.V

Judi Moreo is the author of several best-selling books, including her remarkable You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power. She is also a speaker, trainer, business coach, NLP practitioner, and hypnotherapist. Judi has been recognized as “Nevada Entrepreneur of the Year” and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce's “Woman of Achievement – Entrepreneur.” Today, she is the CEO of the Women Entrepreneurs Association. To find out more about Judi, visit

Golf Guide

Mesquite | Beaver Dam | St. George | Ivins | washington | Hurricane | Mt. Carmel

Black Desert Golf Course - Ivins (435) 222-7830

Bloomington - St. George (435) 673-4687

Canyons (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820

CasaBlanca - Mesquite (702) 346-6764

Cedar Ridge - Cedar City (435) 586-2970

Conestoga - Mesquite (702) 346-4292

Coral Canyon - Washington (435) 688-1700

Copper Rock - Hurricane (435) 359-9339

Coyote Springs - Coyote Springs (725) 210-5400

Coyote Willows - Mesquite (702) 345-3222

Dixie Red Hills - St. George (435) 627-4444

Entrada - St. George (435) 986-2200

Falcon Ridge - Mesquite (702) 346-6363

Green Springs - Washington (435) 673-7888

Historic Beaver Dam - Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222

Palmer (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820

Palms - Mesquite (702) 346-4067

Sand Hollow Resort - Hurricane (435) 656-4653

Sky Mountain - Hurricane (435) 635-7888

Southgate - St. George (435) 627-4440

St. George Golf Club - St. George (435) 627-4404

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

Sunbrook - St. George (435) 627-4400

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

Thunderbird - Mt. Carmel (435) 648-2188

Wolf Creek - Mesquite (702) 346-1670

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