ViewOn Magazine May/June 2022 Outdoor Adventure Issue

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Outdoor Adventure Issue

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mesquite | moapa valley | arizona strip | southern utah

Cover image courtesy of: Buck Wild Hummer Tours

May-June, 2022 Volume 15 – Issue 3 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Erin Eames ART DIRECTOR / LAYOUT Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Elisa Eames WRITERS

Zoey Didriksen, Madison Jones, Taylor Woodford, Sam Andrus, Celece and Rob Krieger, Donna Eads, Kaylee Pickering, Beau Kunzler, Nanette Billings, Helen Houston, Ashley Centers, Cliff and Ilene Bandringa, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Keith Buchhalter, Jeffrey McKenna, Karen L. Monson, Judi Moreo, Susie Knudsen, Michelle Sundberg, Frank Golden, Christine Ward, Steve H. Heath, Kim Otterro, Elisa Eames, Faith Heaton Jolley, Dustin Berg, Craig Stocks, Bryan Richards, Emma Sallquist, Haylee Benglan ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL SUPPORT STAFF Bert Kubica Cheryl Whitehead DISTRIBUTION ViewOn Magazine Staff WEBSITE Erin Eames PUBLISHED BY ViewOn Magazine, Inc. Office (702) 346-8439 Fax (702) 346-4955 GENERAL INQUIRIES


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Letter from Dear Readers,

the Editor

Live the adventure! Love the adventure! This is the motto of the residents in our region. Visitors from all over the world have come to our area to enjoy the many outdoor activities that we offer for adventures right in our beautiful desert backyard! The view at this time of year is incredible. Spring cleaning is but a distant memory, and now is the time for exploration! Within these pages, you will find many great choices to thoughtfully consider, and then you can go and enjoy the great outdoors. I had barely read a few of the articles in this issue (in my proofreading process) when I found my phone in my hand ready to book some adventures! We have included many articles on staying healthy and safe while venturing out! Please make sure you follow these suggestions so that you can have a safe and memorable outing. If you’re like me, you usually end up going to the same familiar places, so this year I’m challenging myself and all of you to try going somewhere new. Send us a story and a few photos of your NEW adventure, and I will do the same! You may see the results next year in the Outdoor Adventure issue! We have included some articles on new businesses in our area. We are excited that they have chosen our little corner of the world in which to set up shop, and we look forward to the benefits that they will bring to our community. Let’s give them a warm welcome by visiting them and showing them our support! As you are traveling around town and enjoying the beautiful scenery, make sure to stop in, visit, and support our advertisers. It is because of them that this magazine can be published six times a year! Please visit our website at, and please like and visit us on Facebook to keep up on the current events that we could not include in this issue. Always remember: “Only those who climb to the top of the mountain get to enjoy the view.” -author unknown

Happy Adventuring,

Kathy Lee Editor in Chief

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

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

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.

Elisa Eames is a freelance writer and bookkeeper and loves her time in St. George, where she is surrounded by family. She has studied art, literature, French, and accounting. Her other loves include writing stories, running/hiking, acting/singing, and laughing. When she can, she volunteers in classrooms, assembles refugee kits, and serves in various other capacities around the community.

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.


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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 More Than Enough and Conquer the Brain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at 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 is training 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 Keith Buchhalter is the Public Affairs Specialist for Overton Power District #5. Born and raised in Guatemala City, he moved to Mesquite, Nevada, in 1999. Keith has held a variety of positions in local organizations. He was part of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Board from 2013–2017. He is past-president of the Rotary Club of Mesquite, and he is currently serving as Assistant District Governor for Rotary's District 5300. He also serves as a trustee for the Mesa View Regional Hospital Board.

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Message from

the Mayor


utdoor adventures are on the top of every visitor’s list when coming to Hurricane, Utah, but the city’s residents share the same desire for amazing experiences. Through the use of electronic devices, both visitors and residents can find an unmatched range of activities all year long. A few of the hidden treasures to check out are:

Hike: Three Falls Trail, Hurricane Canal Trail, North Cinder Knoll Trail, and Confluence Park Bike: Gem Trail, Prospector Trail, and Virgin River Trail Ride ATV's: Honeymoon Trail and many other trails on the BLM land just south of town, Sand Mountain, Sand Hollow State Park Walk: All around downtown on State Street, Confluence Park (La Verkin Side), and barefoot at Sand Mountain

Jam: With the locals or just listen to the music at the community center on Wednesday nights or concerts in the park on certain nights Purchase: Fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and crafts at the farmers’ market held May through September on the community center lawn on Saturday mornings View Movies: Outside on the community center lawns or at the local theater

Visit: Hurricane Museum, Bradshaw Hotel

Eat: Dine in the many restaurants on Main Street and State Street

Get Wet: Sand Hollow State Park, Quail Creek State Park, Hurricane City Pool, Virgin River, the community center splash pad, Dixie Springs splash pad

Golf: Sky Mountain, Copper Rock, and Sand Hollow golf courses

Surf, Tube, Wakeboard, Waterski, Kayak, Paddleboard:

The reservoirs at Sand Hollow and Quail Lake State Parks Fish: Grandpa’s Pond, Quail Creek State Park, Sand Hollow State Park, the Virgin River

Disc Golf: Grandpa’s Pond Pickleball: The community center, Sky Ridge, and Dixie Springs

The diversity of outdoor recreation along with its mild winters and spectacular scenery make Hurricane an absolute paradise for visitors and residents. Personally, I love to waterski behind my boat. Other people have different favorite activities. One thing is for sure, though—the great people here are the best part of Hurricane and make me want to call it home.

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Yonder Escalante Utah Desert Remote Observatories

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Looking for a Spirited Time? Visit Nearby Ghost Towns

Buck Wild

Grand Canyon Hummer Tours



Road Trip Into the Tushar Mountains



It's Time to Get Outside and Thrive!

Can My Dog Inherit My Estate?

Buck Wild Grand Canyon Hummer Tours

Long Live Your Outdoor Furniture

Hassle-Free Solar Landscaping Lights

The Wild and Scenic Virgin River

Celebrate Native American Culture at Festival of the Americas

Go Take a Hike. But Be Prepared!

More Balanced Finish, Better Golf Shots

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SUU Community on the Go Opens Faculty-Guided Trip To Spain

Toxic Beliefs Will Doom Your Efforts

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Why I Love I

St. George

love St. George because I love my family, and southern Utah is the place to raise good people. I spent my youth in Mesquite, and now my adult years are in St. George. A three-wheeler got me anywhere I needed to be as a kid. I had the freedom to drive the desert hills and the back roads of Mesquite without too many protests from adults. Now, my wife and I are raising five kids in St. George. Mesquite and St. George are cities now, and things are different, but my own kids still know freedom. Besides trails and hills to ride on, the city and private organizations provide lots of opportunities for different interests. We’ve done dirt bike and side-by-side races, football, basketball, baseball, a marathon, and karate. St. George is big enough to provide access to different activities but still small enough that my kids get to participate. The outdoor recreation is amazing. We’ve always had a boat, so it’s nice that we’re within 30 minutes of three reservoirs.

I started Andrus Towing in St. George, and it’s been gratifying to see it be successful. St. George is good to entrepreneurs and small business owners, and that has allowed me to make a living in a community where I know my kids need to be. - Sam Andrus

Why I Love

Moapa Valley I have lived in Moapa Valley for 25 years, and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to raise my kids and run my business here. To know my kids are growing up around farm life, raising animals, riding horses, and are drinking out of the water hose gives me so much pleasure and fills my heart with so much joy! I love letting them explore all that our valley has to offer, as I once did as a kid.

From Friday Night Lights, hiking, four-wheeler rides, and rodeos to being able to see the stars at night and the occasional tractor traffic jams, this is just the way we do things here. We all look out for one another in this town that we call home, and I am so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful, hardworking community! - Taylor Woodford


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Why I Love

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esquite is very beautiful! The pretty sunsets make it even better! There is also plenty to do in Mesquite. This little city allows everyone to know everybody, which makes it fun when Mesquite holds all of its amazing and exciting events! You can go to places like the rec center, library, movie theater, park, and delicious restaurants!

esquite is home to me because of the love and affection everyone gives. I love how everyone is friends with each other, and I love that seeing them out in public is a regular thing. Sports is second nature to most kids, so doing sports will make you feel closer to others. I love cheer because I do it with my cousin, Madi. Family plays a super important role in my life, so seeing them all over Mesquite is a blast!

Mesquite is a very welcoming and joyful place to be. - Madi Jones

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St. George

elece and I love St. George and Mesquite because it is where we met and eventually married in 2017. I was working in Mesquite and she in St. George. Kathy Lee, the owner of ViewOn Magazine, introduced us in 2010. We have been together ever since. Celece comes from Preston, Idaho, and I come from Cleveland, Ohio. Our kids are both grown, and her parents live right around the corner and are the best labradoodle grandparents to our furry children, Beau and Bella. We love the weather because we don’t have to own a snow shovel. We love to give back to the community and enjoy the outdoor activities here 12 months out of the year, especially golf. The people in our town have been great, and we enjoy meeting so many new ones. We also love to travel and will get back to that hopefully sooner rather than later. Even though we both had other hometowns growing up, we are very happy to call St. George HOME.

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by The Staff at Yonder Escalante


p I-15 on Scenic Byway 12, just outside of downtown Escalante at the base of the majestic Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument, await breathtaking views and adventure for all. Welcome to Utah’s most talked-about new resort, Yonder Escalante. If you have not yet caught word of this incredibly special property on the pages of recent editions of Travel + Leisure or Conde Nast Traveler—where it has been mentioned repeatedly—maybe you’ve caught a glimpse of its stunning interiors and awe-inspiring views while scrolling through your Instagram feed. Indeed, Yonder Escalante creates the quintessential Instagram moment, but it is so much more...


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Yonder Hospitality unveiled its inaugural property in rustic Escalante with plans to bring inspirational spaces to beautiful places across the western United States. This modern resort is intended to provide experience-seeking travelers with a new way to encounter America’s natural landscapes, emphasizing national parks and monuments. This 20-plus-acre property is located at the majestic Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and is less than an hour’s drive to Bryce Canyon National Park. Yonder’s brand-wide mission is rooted in the spirit of the all-American road trip, connecting guests to the nostalgia of the past. While the property evokes a connection with days gone by, the forward-focused mission exhibits a bright outlook for the future that is deeply felt when you’re here.

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In fact, when sitting in the high-design, open-air clubhouse-style lodge at the epicenter of the property with an artisanal cocktail in hand, an in-ground fire pit at your feet, and sweeping views of the Utah mountains in your peripheral view, it’s easy to forget that this is a property that welcomes true camping, too. In addition to the 22 well-appointed luxury cabins and 10 modernized airstreams, there are 15 campsites and 20 premium RV spots. If you speak the language of devout, nature-driven enthusiasts of the open road, you will appreciate that a leveled concrete pad, ample privacy, extra parking space for toys, a private fire

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pit, and an oversized picnic table are all included and comprise a hard-to-find value set. And added to that is unlimited access to the property’s full suite of amenities and services? We’re already packing our bags. The vintage airstreams have been lovingly restored, and updating the understated and elegant designs have created levels of comfort and warmth that we did not know existed in an iconic airstream. You might even consider canceling your scenic morning guide-led hike to curl up on the daybed with a book and a cup of complimentary artisanal coffee. The thoughtful design touches feature hardwood floors and well-appointed essentials for leisurely living, such as a butcher-blockstyle sink and counter space, a personal refrigerator, microwave, and fresh, shiplap walls that usher in sunlight from the skylights to establish a deeper feeling of privacy and peaceful quiet. The unimaginably comfortable queensized bed and twin-sized lounging daybed are hard to say farewell to upon check-out.


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Yonder’s luxe interiors and emphasis on elevated hospitality bring a whole new meaning to the term, “glamping.”


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Keeping in the spirit of this extraordinary style of “glamping” are 22 A-framed cabins with ultra-sleek interiors, exposed wood, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that showcase the stunning southern Utah landscape and Instagram gridworthy views. Like the airstreams, each cabin houses a dreamily comfortable daybed and queen-sized bed, a minirefrigerator, microwave, and delightful design details. And for the RV and van-lifers, 35 spots are available with full access to premier amenities. May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 17

Whether you’re looking for a scenic escape with family, friends, or a special someone, Yonder offers wonderful amenities and activities for every interest. If poolside is your favorite place to be, wait until you see the property’s resort-style pool with loungers, fresh bath towels, an oversized hot tub, and panoramic views of the mountains visible from the comfort of your chaise. 18

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If relaxation and pampering are where your vacation passions lie, you will not want to miss Yonder’s spa-quality bathhouses, abundantly stocked with luxurious amenities such as LATHER shower products, fresh towels, perfectly folded makeup towels, and organic toiletries. These all line the beautiful stone counters alongside flat irons and Dyson Supersonic hair dryers—swoon! And the main event—the open-air

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sensory escape offered by the outdoor heated showers. Fully privatized, they offer the experience of showering as the sun breaks in the early morning or under the brightly lit stars in the late evening. Both experiences provide an otherworldly connection to the great outdoors. The showers are perfectly set with high-tech heaters and are complete with Yonder’s impressively curated soundtrack, which delights you with the most fitting melody for every moment of the day.

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In the evenings, call shotgun and slide into the leathered bucket seats of one of the restored classic cars that serve as seating for the vintage drive-in movie theater. No need for a throw, as the cars have modern heat and audio for comfortable viewing. Even black and white retro advertisements flash across the screen before the nightly 7-p.m. cult classics, ranging from iconic comedies, thrillers, and beloved throwback films, start rolling (think Back to the Future and The Breakfast Club). A charming concession airstream offers savory and sweet items, all your favorite childhood candy, sodas, spirits, and free fresh popcorn.


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For the foodie, Yonder’s food and beverage program will excite you. Their unexpected food and beverage creations, executed by our culinary director, are a delightful alternative to your typical camping fare - but if that's your thing, we have that to.

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If food and spirits share any part of your passion set, it won’t take you long to notice the level of thought and detail put into each food offering—even down to the dry goods and thoughtfully-sourced provisions in the general store. In addition to complimentary morning coffee and breakfast treats every day, Yonder’s custom-branded food truck (wait until you see it) serves sweeter and savory breakfast items from oatmeal and French toast sticks to breakfast burritos and sandwiches that any appetite will delightfully approve of. For lunch, you will find fresh grab-and-go items in the general store, such as the likes of a turkey pesto wrap, fresh-cut fruit and salads, parfaits, almost any sparkling water flavor you can think of, and more. You will even find charcuterie boards for two and an impressive selection of terroir-driven wines,

perfect for a day date or an afternoon by the pool. This year, Yonder will even pack your picnic—yes, you read that right. Set off for the day with one of their soft-sided mini coolers stocked with a fresh sandwich, chips, something sweet, a few chilled bottles of water, sodas, or even spiked seltzers, a perfect accompaniment for a morning or afternoon scenic drive or hike. And if you need a blanket to pop open for a picnic, they have you covered there, too. For the evenings, the Yonder food truck offers beloved classics, including their Yonder burger, BBQ chicken sandwich, chicken tenders, and a variety of sides. And what food truck is complete without a soft serve machine? Certainly not Yonder’s, so cool down with a Dole Whip swirl. May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 21

In the evenings, grab a fresh DIY meal kit (with four protein options, including one for vegetarians), and cook over a crackling fire. These gourmet sets come with a selection of proteins, two restaurant-quality sides (think perfectly seasoned Brussel sprouts, seasoned potatoes, pita, or Hawaiian rolls), and a s'mores kit for dessert. In their hyper guest-focused and classic hospitality style, they have included the perfect roasting stick, too, and a staff member will even come to build and light your fire. Premium Prisma standing grills line the property, so even though the cooking experience may be outdoors, you will leave feeling accomplished after grilling under the stars in comfort that is on par with a kitchen. Get just the right amount of smoke in your eyes, and sit back under the stars beside the in-ground fire pit to enjoy your culinary work while sipping a cocktail from our artisanal cocktail kits—which display a noticeably high level of care in their curation. With it comes a fresh bag of ice, bottle of liquor, organic mixers, and garnishes to set you up for a beautiful day poolside or an evening cuddled under a blanket in the open-air lodge. The clubhousestyle lodge serves as the heartbeat of the property, sitting adjacent to the check-in area and the general store. It is the ideal gathering place with ample comfortable seating— and it is oh, so stylish too. It is THE place to connect with one another, relax with a book, or enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner with the famed views of southern Utah as your backdrop. 22

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The modern furniture that is placed throughout the property blends effortlessly into the natural hues and landscapes of its southern Utah setting with simple, yet bold lines of architecture. Each piece draws inspiration from legendary artist Donald Judd. You will find splashes of true western design details, such as camel hair bolsters and layered leather textures adorned by a mix of modern-inspired safari chairs. Located along Utah’s All-American Road, you will find this newto-the-scene oasis up Scenic Byway 12. Hang a left out of the property’s main drive, and just five scenic minutes down the road, you will find yourself in the heart of downtown Escalante, a charmingly rustic ranch town located along the byway. The town features a handful of cafes, diners, and shops with wonderful artisanal and vintage finds. A handful of adventure

shops line the town’s main road, and some of the region’s most esteemed hiking guides and experts can be found within them, ready to help you arrange for any outdoor experience at any challenge level from first-timers to experts and anything in between. Whether you want to go fly fishing on the monument, hike the mysterious slot canyons, four-wheel along Hole-in-the-Rock Road, see the canyons on horseback amid the alpine forests and red rock hoodoos of Bryce, or book a cultural history tour to learn about the land, with curriculums that can be fitted for any age, you’ll never run out of things to do. If you prefer recommendations or want some help coordinating, Yonder’s team is eager to connect you with their lengthy roster of vetted, recommended providers and advise on itineraries and planning. They will help you plan the perfect stay and curate a trip that aligns with your interests.V If you haven’t already stopped reading and rushed to your computer to book your trip, this is just a reminder that Yonder reopened for the 2022 season on March 1 and will remain open through November. Cabin and airstream rates range from $240–$375, depending on the date, and camp/RV sites range from $59–$140. Reserve your spot at or contact with any questions.

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And for the aesthetically-inspired traveler, the electric designs and influence of San-Francisco-based ROY Hospitality Design Studio are noticeable within minutes of turning into the drive. The design concepts are inspired by a minimalistic, low-slung desert dwelling in order to create a modern oasis that is embedded in the nostalgia and charm of the American landscape. Significant local touches are seen in the customdesigned furnishings and sourced vintage findings.

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Summer OHV Safety by Kim Otterro


ff-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts cover hundreds of miles of open trails surrounding the Virgin Valley. Whether it is enjoying the ride out to Gold Butte National Monument or a quick trip around town, the Mesquite Police Department would like to remind everyone to ride smart. As you ride through the desert landscape around Mesquite, remember to take plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and flat tire repair tools, and to be aware of your surroundings. Know the weather conditions before you ride to ensure you are appropriately prepared for the environment. Safety is paramount when riding around town as well as over long distances into the desert. First and foremost, wear a helmet. The desert terrain is beautiful, but it can also be unforgiving, especially in the event of a crash. Wearing a helmet could be the difference between life and death in an OHV crash. Prior to your trip, advise your emergency contact of your planned route and the time you plan to return home. This will help emergency responders locate you in the event that you need assistance and are not in cell phone service range due to being in a remote area.


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Mesquite Police want to remind OHV drivers to stay on the designated roadways. OHV maps and general regulation flyers outlining designated roadways can be picked up at the Mesquite Police Department as well as found on our social media pages. OHV registration is required by law (NRS 490.082), and a VIN inspection is also required. Over the coming months, the Mesquite Police Department will be hosting several VIN inspection events. Participants are asked to bring their OHVs and driver’s licenses. Officers will provide all of the necessary registration paperwork. The dates for these events will be announced on the department’s Facebook page, Mesquite NV Police. For more information on OHV registration, trail maps, and OHV news in Nevada, visit

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by Craig and Debbie Stocks


tah is famous for its scenic wonders, especially for the beautiful vistas found in its state and national parks, but one of the most overlooked wonders is found overhead in Utah’s dark skies. Utah has the highest concentration of certified dark sky locations in the country, and all of Utah’s national parks are certified dark sky parks. Even if you live in a city like St. George, you don’t have to travel far from the bright city lights to enjoy the majesty of the night sky. Astrophotography (also known as “astro-imaging” or simply, “imaging”) has undergone dramatic changes with the advent of digital imaging technology and the internet. One approach that’s rapidly gaining popularity is remote imaging. Astronomers who live in large cities or areas with poor weather conditions are now able to locate their telescope and camera equipment at a remote site and use the internet to connect and control their rig. These astrophotographers have four basic needs: an observatory to protect the equipment from the elements, a clear and dark sky, reliable power, and high-speed internet. Craig and Debbie Stocks say, “We weren’t born in Utah, but we got here as quickly as we could— which for us was about three years ago.” Craig has a career history as a mechanical engineer but an even longer full-time and part-time career as a photographer. His love of science, engineering, and May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 27


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The Orion Nebula (sometimes called the Great Orion Nebula) is one of the brightest nebulae in the sky and is often referred to as Orion's Sword. It's a combination of a reflection nebula, where starlight is reflected from clouds of dust, and an emission nebula made up of glowing ionized gas. You might guess it's in the Orion constellation and is about 1,300 light-years away.

photographic art all converged into his passion for night sky landscape photography and telescopic astrophotography. Add their adult children, Cassie and Chris, to the mix, and you find the seeds of their new family business venture, Utah Desert Remote Observatories ( After an exhaustive search across four states, they found the magic combination of dark sky and reliable utilities

just north of St. George near Beryl Junction. Construction is underway for a 25 by 42-foot observatory with a sliding shell cover that opens at night to provide a clear view of the sky. Astro-imaging involves creating numerous large, highresolution image files each night, and all of that data needs to be transferred to the system owner over the internet. Fortunately, the location is supported by high-speed fiberoptic internet—a big selling point for prospective customers. May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 29

The Stocks’ business plan covers all the bases by offering two ways for customers to leverage the Utah dark sky site. The primary approach is for customers to bring or ship their equipment to the site, where it will be installed on a rented foundation in the observatory. The customer will then connect over the internet from anywhere in the world to operate their telescope. For customers that don’t need or want that level of involvement, Utah Desert Remote Observatories also has

fully configured systems available now to rent by the imaging hour. Say, for instance, that a customer wants high-resolution images of the Orion Nebula. He or she will collaborate with Craig over Zoom to determine exactly how they want to image, how it should be framed for the camera, and the details of the imaging run. Once all of the images have been collected, they will be transferred to the customer who will do the final image processing. According to Craig, “the idea is to make it feel like you’re simply borrowing a friend’s telescope for the night so you get your images just the way you want.”

The Jellyfish Nebula is about 5,000 light-years away in the Gemini Constellation. It's composed of mostly ionized hydrogen and sulfur with a little bit of oxygen. This image uses a completely different color map where oxygen is mapped to red, hydrogen is green, and sulfur is blue, creating a false-color image. It's not what the Jellyfish Nebula looks like, but it does a good job showing what it's made of.


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This image shows four of the many exciting structures in the Orion Constellation: the Flame Nebula, the Horsehead Nebula, the Running Man Nebula, and the Orion Nebula. All four of these represent about the same field of view and were photographed in natural RGB with additional detail from hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur.

When telescope equipment is located hundreds or thousands of miles away, it’s hard to check a cable or restart a computer. Part of the business plan is to provide on-site caretakers. Cassie and her husband, Steve, live on the property and provide 24hour, seven-day-a-week support as needed.V Construction is moving ahead full speed, and the Stocks family expects to be fully open for business during the summer of 2022. You can learn more about the business through blog posts, photos, and videos on their website at For more information, email

Craig is an active member of the St. George Astronomy Group and the Southern Utah Art Guild. He frequently exhibits his work at the Red Cliffs Gallery, located in the St. George City Commons Building (220 North 200 East, St. George). Recognizing the value of a dark night sky, Gunlock State Park is currently in the process of being certified as a Dark-Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association, which would make it the 11th Utah state park to achieve certification. You can get more information about IDA at

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Your Consciousness Is Your Reality by Judi Moreo


ho do you think you are? Seriously, who do you think you are? Do you think you are an intelligent, beautiful, kind, wonderful, funny, successful being? Or are you like many of my clients who think they are fat, dumb, boring, and not as good as others? Are you positive or pessimistic? Loving or hateful? Calm or stressed? Happy or miserable?

Think about it. Then ask yourself, “What are the words that I use to follow the words, ‘I am?’” Let’s face it. You are what you think you are. But what you haven’t come to realize yet is that you are also so much more than you think. Yes, you are your thoughts, and you are made up of your thoughts, but you are also energy and connected to everything in the universe because everything is energy. It is through thought that we create our reality. And you are more than your reality because you haven’t thought everything that you can think… yet. As you read this, I ask you to release all of your limiting beliefs about yourself and to love, really love, the person you are. Allow yourself to meet the person you are destined to be. Start by accepting yourself with all of your perceived faults and flaws. And remember, that’s what they are—perceived. You must learn to value yourself as you are—and as you can be. Accept who you are, and change your thoughts to bring about the version of you who is so desperately wanting to express him or herself in the best possible way at all times. Start by loving yourself. Look into the mirror and say, “I love you.” It may be uncomfortable at first, but make it a daily habit and it will bring great dividends. You can’t love anyone else until you love yourself. Quit trying to live up to the expectations of others. Remember, we are all energy, and others are not vibrating at the same frequency as we are. Others don’t know what you want or who you are destined to be. You are the creator of your life, not them. Start paying attention to the communication of those around you. Is it positive or negative? Do they express abundance consciousness or poverty consciousness? And what are you expressing? Become aware of any poverty consciousness and correct it immediately. Poverty consciousness comes from limiting beliefs: I can never be… I can never have… No matter what I do, things don’t work out for me. Abundance consciousness is the positive side of “I am.” I am successful. I have unlimited opportunities. I am intelligent and can find the right ideas and answers. I am moving toward my best self and who I am destined to be. When you immerse yourself in abundance thinking, you see the right doors start to open and the right people come into your life. You attract that which is like you and like your vibration. You see an increase in ideas, income, and individuals around you who are like you. You will accept yourself, your brilliance, and your talents, and you will come to understand that what you want also wants you. If you look in the mirror and can’t say, “I love you,” with one hundred percent honesty, say it anyway. Saying and repeating this statement to yourself will cause your love for yourself to materialize. This practice is going to bring about a powerful transformation in your life, so get ready by having a positive attitude. For some of you, this will be hard to grasp. It all starts with the desire to give up limited perceptions and the desire to live in an abundance consciousness. Your consciousness is your reality.

You are more than enough.V Judi Moreo is an artist, the television show host of "What's Your Story?" on WWDB-TV on ROKU, a Certified Professional Speaker, and the author of 24 books. You can find Judi's books on her website, May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 33


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ou’re probably thinking right now, where are the Tushar Mountains? The Tushar Mountains are the third highest mountain range in Utah and are located about 100 miles northeast of St. George, just east of the town of Beaver along I-15. Of the several high peaks within the Tushar range, Delano Peak is the highest at 12,174 feet. The name “Tushar” comes from an ancient Indian or Hindu word meaning “snow,” something that the Tushars get a lot of.


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Touring through these mountains was, for us, reminiscent of the colorful Rocky Mountains of southwestern Colorado (the San Juans). There is a distinctive timberline, and some of the mountain tops have a yellow hue to them. As we passed through these higher elevations, we really got the feeling of being in the San Juans. One big difference, though, is that the San Juans were heavily mined for gold and silver, which means that there were many ghost towns and ruins left

behind. Not so for the Tushars. There were only a handful of mining operations here.

and we stopped to look at the sites along the way. The road is all dirt and should be driven using a high-clearance vehicle.

Our tour through the Tushar Mountains starts on the north side, off of I-70 at the exit for the Fremont State Park and Museum. The route we’ll take is about 30 miles long, which doesn’t seem like it would take much time, but it took us most of the day. That’s because progress on the road is slow-going,

As mentioned, the Tushars receive a lot of snow, so you shouldn’t attempt this trip until after July 1 and before September 15 (unless you like to tackle snow and mud). Our tour ends just a few miles south of the Eagle Point Ski Resort, which is a good place to spend the night. That’s what we did so May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 35

Driving through the forest

that we could continue our exploration of the Tushars the next day. Be aware that, unless you camp, there aren’t a lot of choices for places to stay or eat. Let’s start our trip. After taking exit 17 off of I-70, head a short distance west, and then turn left onto Road 113. Reset your odometer here, and follow along to the places of interest that are listed in our blog, After passing underneath the high bridges of I-70, going up a narrow canyon, and moving through a dense pine tree forest, you’ll encounter the remains of an old gold mining area known as Kimberly. This small area prospered from 1890 until 1909. Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch were seen frequently here. Winters were harsh, but that didn’t stop the persistent miners from going after the riches they had their sights set on. See our blog for historical pictures of what Kimberly used to look like. Only one structure still stands today. Continuing south on 113, you’ll reach Winkler Point. This viewpoint offers views into the vast Great Basin Desert to the west. On a clear day, you can see Wheeler Peak (inside Great Basin National Park in Nevada), which is 100 miles away.

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Artifacts inside the cabin at Silver King Mine

Next is the Silver King Mine. Ironically, more gold was extracted here than silver. Locals have done a great job of preserving this camp, and there is more to see here than at Kimberly. A brochure is available at the parking area that explains what there is to see along the quartermile interpretive trail. The couple that operated this mine lived at this site starting in 1897 and worked the site for several years.

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Gold Mountain and the colorful Tushars

At a road intersection, continue right. Going left takes you to the town of Marysville. We are now on Road 123 as we continue our trip through the Tushars. The road now begins to climb into the heart of the Tushars. It first passes along the steep side of 11,690-foot-high Gold Mountain. The road ascends through the timberline and passes alongside the rugged and even more steep 12,137-foot-high Mount Belknap. Looking below the road offers views of meadows and big valleys in the distance. At 23 miles from the start, we reach the highest point of our trip at about 11,400 feet. From here, there are fantastic views of the three tall peaks that make up the Tushars as well as 38

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distant views of valleys and other mountain ranges looking to the south. You can also see the ski runs of Eagle Point just over four miles away. A sign here mentions that a herd of white mountain goats (not bighorn sheep) live here. If you’re lucky, you might see one. And now for the descent. Road 123 passes by more alpine scenery and meadows until it comes to the larger John Flat. This is a popular camping spot for people that enjoy the outdoors, and it’s often a staging ground for those who enjoy exploring the Tushars with OHVs and horses. Expect to see more OHVs on the roads in the Tushars as compared to other places around Utah.

Road 123 ends at SR-153. Turning right takes you down to Beaver and I-15. Turning left takes you to Eagle Point Resort, which has limited accommodations during the summer months. We enjoyed staying here in a one-bedroom condo, and we ate dinner at their restaurant. Eagle Point rents out all types of condos that include kitchens and living areas and can cater to vacation groups. The resort and the Tushars in general are great places to escape the summer heat and are far, far away from the buzz of any populated area. You can easily spend several days here exploring the roads and hiking trails while enjoying the tranquility of this remote mountain range.V

For this and other road trip adventure ideas and to see what they look like using our exclusive virtual video tours, see Search for “Tushar,” or simply browse for more trips by categories such as Nevada, Utah, hiking, road trip, historic, etc.

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Don’t Think You’re


Drink a Glass of Water and Think Again! by Beau Kunzler, MSN, NP-C, Mesa View Medical Group


re you chronically dehydrated? If your answer is “no,” there is a very strong likelihood that you are mistaken. According to a 2021 study by Cleveland Clinic, there is clinical evidence suggesting that approximately 75% of the U.S. population could be chronically dehydrated! The potential implications of this statistic are very serious.

elderly person or those times when you were tired with a headache and thirsty? That’s what dehydration looks like in the real world. We can prevent dehydration before it gets to the point where we experience the worst of it!

For most of us, the word, “dehydration,” makes us imagine someone crawling across hot desert sand while dragging an empty canteen with no hope in sight. However, we might not imagine that the fussy toddler who’s not shedding tears even though she is crying is dehydrated. Or what about a confused

Simply put, dehydration occurs when your body is losing more fluids than it consumes, causing an insufficient supply of water to maintain proper digestion, heart function, and organ processes. When you are dehydrated, even if you cannot sense it, your body cannot function as it should. Your body’s natural immediate response to potential dehydration


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is thirst. You should respond to thirst right away by drinking fluids—preferably water—and drink enough to eliminate feeling thirsty. While you might associate dehydration with extreme temperatures, there are many factors that contribute to dehydration, including: - Illness/fever - Excessive sweating - Vomiting or diarrhea - Frequent urination - High temperatures and working outdoors - Being an infant because they cannot tell you they are thirsty May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 41

WHO’S MOST AT RISK FOR BODY DEHYDRATION? - People who work outdoors, even if only occasionally, are at risk. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends hydrating early before you start work if you are in high temperatures. If you start your workday dehydrated, it is very difficult for your body to replenish what it has lost. - Being an older adult automatically puts you at a higher risk for dehydration because your body’s fluid reserves decrease as you age. Additionally, your body gets to the point where it no longer communicates thirst effectively. - If you have a chronic condition, you might be more susceptible to dehydration, particularly if you are living with a digestive condition that causes frequent diarrhea. Many medications can also cause dehydration. - Pregnancy poses a higher risk. Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) can cause severe vomiting and make it difficult to keep fluids down. This may require IV fluids to prevent dehydration. - Being an athlete increases risk. It doesn’t matter if you are outside, indoors, or even in water. Athletes can become dehydrated in any setting. When you’re engaged in intense physical activity, your body temperature increases, which causes you to sweat in order to cool down. When you sweat, you lose fluids and electrolytes in the process, which causes dehydration if not replaced.


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SIGNS OF DEHYDRATION: - Dry mouth or cracked lips - Intense thirst - Dark or concentrated urine - Cramps - Constipation - Not urinating very much - Body is warm to the touch and not sweating - High heart rate with low blood pressure - Being cranky and/or anxious - Headache - Confusion/fatigue/dizziness If you believe your symptoms of dehydration are severe, don’t hesitate to seek help—call 9-1-1 to get to the nearest emergency room for treatment. Dehydration can contribute to kidney stones, kidney failure, and heatstroke, all of which are life-threatening conditions! PREVENTION AND TREATMENT: The most effective way to prevent dehydration is to be proactive about staying hydrated. It’s best not to just guzzle large amounts of water at once. Consider drinking approximately eight ounces every 30 minutes to one hour. Avoid drinking more than 48 ounces of water or sports drinks within an hour, as doing so might cause the amount of salt in your blood to drop too low.

The amount of water needed daily depends on many factors, so it is best to consult with your provider to determine what is best for your body. Always drink water immediately if you feel thirsty. Remember— if you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. You should see the symptoms of dehydration improve in as little as ten minutes. WHY IS WATER SO IMPORTANT FOR YOUR BODY? On average, our bodies are about 60% water. The actual percentage of water varies with gender, age, and other contributing factors. For example, newborn babies are about 78% water, while a one-year-old is about 68%. Water supports life in many ways. It regulates your body temperature, cushions your bones, delivers oxygen throughout your body, balances your body’s chemicals, creates saliva, protects your brain and spinal cord from injury, and aids in digestion and elimination of waste. Water is central to your body, especially in warm weather since it keeps your body from overheating. When you exercise, your muscles generate heat. To keep from burning up, your body needs to transmit this heat away from your tissues. The human body’s primary method of getting rid of heat is through sweat. Drinking water to replace what you lose through sweating is essential for all dimensions of your health.

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DEHYDRATION DOES MORE THAN YOU EXPECT: Dehydration affects you not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Some examples are: - It causes the kidneys to hold on to urine, thus damaging kidney tissue. - Loss of electrolytes, like sodium and potassium, can cause muscle cramping. - Since dehydration shrinks the blood vessels in the brain, it causes confusion and memory loss. - Dehydration also causes anxiety and crankiness. CONCLUSION: Although the standard advice is eight glasses of water per day or about two quarts per day for an adult, talk to your healthcare provider to confirm the correct amount for you. Keep track of how much fluid you drink. Drink water throughout the day, including some at meals. Here’s the clincher: avoid soda, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks. One way to make sure you are properly hydrated is to check your urine. If it’s clear, pale, or straw-colored, you’re ok. If it's darker than that, keep drinking water!V Mesa View Regional Hospital’s emergency department is equipped to help patients avoid the effects of extreme heat and recuperate from mild to severe dehydration. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Beau Kunzler, MSN, NP-C, is a nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine. He is now accepting new patients and is located at Mesa View Medical Group, 1301 Bertha Howe Avenue, Mesquite, Nevada. He can be reached at (702) 346-0800 and, or to schedule an appointment, visit


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by Donna Eads


s we move away from periods of lockdown, it is great to be able to note that tennis play actually increased during COVID. So many of us went out into the great outdoors to enjoy some freedom and fun. Tennis is a game for all ages and levels, so please take advantage of the free clinics on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hafen Park to work on your skills. The months of May and June are full of professional, local, and league tournaments to watch or visit. Some of the largest tournaments in May are the Italian Open and the French Open, which are both played on clay courts. Maybe it is time for an international trip? Of course, the only tournament played on grass occurs in June near London. Wimbledon is an experience that you will never forget if you are able to be there in person. Even if all you can do is watch on TV, it is so different from the hard courts and clay that it is notable. This crossover to a different surface is one of the reasons that tennis is unique in the world of sports. A player must develop his/her game to adapt to the differences in play on multiple surfaces in order to be the best. Only a very few have achieved that goal. The game of tennis is like a chess match. Each player or team must have a strategy to win. In doubles, there are several strategies that work well. One is the tactic of bringing your opponents to the net and then lobbing over them. It is a great way to wear your opponents down and win points. A second idea is to force your opponents into the middle of the court and then hit to the alley. This one

goes back to the old adage, “the middle solves the riddle.” Coaches have always stated that if you can make your opponent move at least three steps, you will usually win the point, at least at the league or club level. Keep working on your footwork by spending time outdoors walking, biking, or hiking. Spend some time doing some simple line drills, such as jumping over the lines and then moving sidewise to follow along the court lines. Don’t forget to use the volley dance, too. A forehand volley always involves the left foot stepping into the shot, and the backhand volley uses the right foot. If you are lefthanded, reverse your feet. A couple of tips to keep in mind while playing: if you are pulled severely out wide, don’t try to be the hero—just lob. This shot will allow you time to recover for the next shot. And to hit that great short-angle volley, put your back into it—turn your back to your target. Rules to remember that are a must if you have no umpire: you can call a foot-fault only if your opponent serves with a foot touching the center hash mark or if the server steps out of the court. You must give the point to your opponent if you or any part of your body or clothing touches the net or the ball. For example, if you are hitting a volley and the ball hits your grip area and touches your hand, then the point goes to your opponent. See you on the courts!V

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It's Time to

Get Outside gThrive!

by Ashley Centers


ello, again, lovely readers. This edition is all about the great outdoors and nature, and I love it so much because it’s such an easy topic to talk about. Those of us who live here know how blessed we are to live in such a beautiful locale where outdoor recreation abounds yearround. When other savvy adventurers come to visit, they very quickly discover for themselves not only the beauty but the myriad of recreational opportunities! While many of us do sate our desire for recreation throughout the year, and though we have our favorite things to do recreationally, this year I would like to issue a challenge to all of us to try some new things. Let’s challenge ourselves to go new places, see new sights, and overall, to just expand our horizons concerning what our outdoor recreation and fitness can look like.

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Lots of us hike, and it’s a beautiful way to spend a day in nature, but do you find that you spend a lot of time on the same trails? Challenge yourself this year to explore a few new ones! Do you ATV on your days off but feel like you know the Beaver Dam Wash like the back of your hand? Maybe take a ride in the opposite direction and explore a new, untraveled road for yourself! There are plenty of desert and mountain roads to explore that you’ve probably never even seen or heard of. So go grab a map, program the GPS, and get going! Some of us already enjoy golf as our outdoor recreation, but did you know that there are nearly 100 golf courses within an hour and a half drive of Mesquite? Maybe you could challenge yourself to make a day of it and choose one new course to play on during one of your golf days.

Make it even more fun and recruit your buddies for a travel golf day to that course. Breakfast somewhere near the new course, play your heart out at your scheduled tee time, and then enjoy dinner at the clubhouse or a local restaurant you’ve wanted to try. Make it a full day of adventure together! I know you’re reading this, saying, isn’t she the fitness writer? What does any of this have to do with fitness, and why does it matter? Let’s start with this: did you know that on average, you can burn 300–500 calories an hour playing golf? Or that ATVing can burn 300 or more calories per hour, depending on your body and the terrain you’re riding in? Did you also know that the active core engagement you achieve during an average-length ATV ride equates to more total-core muscle work than a full 30-minute ab workout? What about this—while hiking is excellent for a full-body workout, the active cognitive challenges presented while hiking can actually increase cognitive function, decreasing the risk of diseases like dementia/Alzheimer’s. Hiking can

also help us to maintain brain volume (which starts to drop dramatically after age 40), and it increases neuroplasticity (our brain's ability to learn, retain new skills, and process information). So yeah, that’s why it matters. It matters that we do the things we enjoy and that we continue to expand on them and to challenge ourselves because these things do directly relate to our mental and physical fitness. Just being outside in the sun alone can increase mood, increase vitamin D, help us to sleep better, strengthen our bones, and lower blood pressure—among a million other little things! So why not use those nearly 300 days of sunshine a year that we get (in combination with the fun things we already love) to take our fitness to the next level! This year, let’s challenge ourselves to grow and expand our fun and fitness by trying new ways to enjoy the things we already love outside. And let’s be mindful of how it all works together to make us thrive! So let’s get out there and get at it!V

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Visit Navajo Lake For Some Hot Rainbow Trout Fishing This Summer

by Faith Heaton Jolley Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Public Information Officer Photos Courtesty of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources


ith warmer weather comes hot summer fishing. And if you are looking for a great place to cast a line in southern Utah, look no further than Navajo Lake.

Located on Cedar Mountain along State Route 14, Navajo Lake is a scenic mountain lake that is easy to access while still offering that secluded feeling. The lake is roughly 26 miles east of Cedar City and three hours from Las Vegas, making it a popular fishing spot for southern Utah locals and Nevada residents alike. 48

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Recently, Utah chubs were overrunning Navajo Lake and made up over 90% of the fish in the waterbody. As a result, they were outcompeting the trout (rainbow, brook, splake, and tiger) that are stocked there. In an effort to restore the trout fishery at Navajo Lake—and rid the waterbody of its overwhelming Utah chub population—the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources did a rotenone treatment last October when the lake levels were low. Rotenone is a natural substance that comes from the roots of a tropical plant in the bean family. It’s a respiratory toxin to fish but isn’t dangerous to people, pets, or other wildlife, especially considering the extremely low quantities that

biologists use to treat and reset lakes. Rotenone treatments have proven to be an effective management tool when waterbodies are overrun by certain fish species. DWR biologists feel that the treatments were successful in reducing the Utah chub population to a level that is manageable and can be kept in check going forward by stocking predator species such as splake, tiger, and cutthroat trout. The DWR plans to stock 15,000 10-inch rainbow trout in the lake this spring after the ice melts. There are also plans to stock splake, tiger, and cutthroat trout—though the quantities will be smaller—at a later date.

“Trout is the preferred species to fish for at this lake, which is why we are working to restore Navajo Lake as a top-quality trout fishery,” DWR Southern Region Aquatics Manager Richard Hepworth said. “This year will offer some of the best rainbow trout fishing at Navajo Lake in a long time. We are really excited about the opportunities for anglers this summer.” Navajo Lake offers great shore fishing, though there is also a small boat ramp where anglers can launch kayaks, canoes, and other small watercraft. There are also three lodging options available at the lake—Navajo Lake Campground, Spruces Campground, and Navajo Lake Lodge—for those wanting to May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 49

venture on a longer fishing trip.

Fishing Tips

Rainbow trout are best to target when the weather and water aren’t too hot. You can have success using PowerBait or a worm on a hook suspended about 18 inches below a bobber.


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The daily catch limit for rainbow trout is four fish. The daily catch limit for splake, brook trout, and tiger trout is a combined total of four fish, and only one may exceed 22 inches long. Make sure to read the 2022 Utah Fishing Guidebook for other rules and regulations. Anyone 12 years old or older is required to have a Utah fishing license.V




n most states, animals are allowed to be the beneficiaries of a special trust that is created to take care of them. These are often referred to as “pet trusts.” Your pet would not technically “inherit” your estate, but your pet may receive the benefit of a pet trust for as long as your pet is alive. (Being the beneficiary of a trust is not the same as inheriting an estate.) How does a pet trust work? You (the trustor) give your pet enough money or other property through a trusted person or bank (the trustee) who is under a duty to make arrangements for the proper care of your pet according to your instructions. The trustee will deliver the pet to your designated caregiver and then use the property you transferred to the pet trust to pay for your pet’s expenses throughout the pet’s lifetime. Pet trusts provide pet owners with the ability to have tremendous control over their pet’s care. For example, you may specify the following: who manages the property (the trustee), who the pet’s caregiver is to be, what type of expenses relating to the pet that the trustee will pay, the type of care the animal will receive, what happens if the named caregiver can no

longer care for the animal, the disposal of the pet after the pet dies, and the eventual recipient of the assets in the pet trust, if any, after the death of the pet. Recently, the Utah legislature enacted legislation authorizing pet trusts within Utah. Many of my clients have taken advantage of these provisions and have planning in place to take care of their pets upon their passing. If you would like a free copy of a guide for pet owners entitled “Frequently Asked Questions About ‘Pet Trusts,’” you can call our office, and we will be happy to mail you, as a public service, our list of important pet trust issues to consider.V Jeffery J. McKenna is a local attorney serving clients in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Barney McKenna and Olmstead. He is a founding member and former president of the Southern Utah Estate Planning Council. If you have questions regarding this article, or if you have a topic you wish to have addressed in this column, you can call at (435) 628-1711 or email

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Looking for a Spirited Time?

Visit Nearby Ghost Towns by Elisa Eames

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othing intrigues seekers of adventure quite like the idea of a ghost town. To think that in the stead of a bustling and prosperous settlement there now stand only shadows and remnants inspires both fascination and a certain disquiet. Here are a few noteworthy ghostly offerings in southern Utah and Nevada.


Silver Reef, Utah

Whoever heard of silver in sandstone? This is what geologists in 1866 asked when a prospector found a vein of silver in a sandstone formation approximately 15 miles northeast of St. George. When the claim was confirmed, however, the ensuing silver rush was inevitable, and the town of Silver Reef eventually housed the largest population in southern Utah. By 1879, it had 2,000 residents, an impressively large and varied business district, a horse race track, its own brass band, a brewery, and a Catholic church. It even had its very | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May/June 2022

own Chinatown. Sadly, a fire destroyed a significant portion of the business district in 1879, though residents rebuilt much of it. Unfortunately, with a surging population, there were bound to be conflicts. In 1880, a disgruntled miner stabbed and killed the foreman of the Silver Reef Mine for firing him (ironically, because of his violent disposition). Enraged town residents threatened to lynch the miner, and shortly after his arrest, he was moved to custody in St. George for his own protection. However, a lynch mob followed the police escort to St. George, where they overpowered the sheriff and attempted to hang the miner on a telegraph pole. When the pole broke, they hanged him on a nearby cottonwood tree (thoroughly shocking St. George residents). As a result of the frequent violence, Silver Reef was also home to two cemeteries, one Catholic and one Protestant. A few years later, the world’s silver market plummeted, and by 1884, most of the mines were closed or in disuse—the exodus of May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 53

the town’s residents had already begun. Today, the grounds of the town are open to visitors free of charge. A walking trail leads through the old Main Street. When exploring the grounds, please be mindful of nearby residences. There is also a museum, in front of which can be found self-guided tour maps. The museum itself is located in a registered historic building, entrance to which is $3 per person, $10 for a family of five, or $2 a person for ten or more people. Admission includes a docent-led tour of the museum. Unfortunately, the popular mine tour is closed as of the publication of this article due to a lack of volunteers, but please visit their YouTube channel, Silver Reef Museum and Ghost Town. There you can find history videos, including the aforementioned murdered mine foreman, a virtual 3D mine tour, and virtual tours of the museum and grounds. In addition to exploring the ghost town, guests can also go hiking, visit Red Cliffs State Park, or view nearby dinosaur footprints. From northbound I-15, take exit 22 for UT-228 North towards Leeds (the exit is about 13 miles from St. George). The exit road will curve to the right a bit, and in less than a mile, turn left onto UT-228/South Main Street. Follow this road for a mile and a half, and then turn left onto Silver Reef Road. In a little over a mile, turn left again to stay on Silver Reef Road. Then, in less than half a mile, turn right onto Wells Fargo Road. The museum and adjacent grounds are located at 1903 Wells Fargo Road, Leeds, Utah, 84746, and can be reached at (435) 879-2254. For more information about attractions at or near Silver Reef, visit their website,


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Nelson, Nevada Next up is Nelson, Nevada, which is southeast of Las Vegas in Eldorado Canyon, an area named by the Spaniards who first discovered gold there in 1775. Gold and silver were discovered again in 1859—considered the first major gold discovery in the state—and the rush began in 1861. The town was named for Charles Nelson, a leader who was killed in 1897 by a Native American renegade. Many of the mines, which were active from about 1858 to 1945, were created by Civil War deserters from both sides who made their way to Nelson in hopes that they could remain hidden in such a remote location. Not to be outdone by Silver Reef, Nelson’s history of violence is just as notorious. Abandoned by the Spaniards, the Techatticup Mine was one of the first mines to open within the canyon in the 1800s and quickly gained an ominous reputation. Ownership and labor disputes occasioned such frequent and ruthless murders as to be considered ordinary and commonplace. But despite this, the area yielded millions of dollars worth of gold, silver, copper, and lead in what would be one of the biggest mining booms in the history of Nevada. May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 55

Today, visitors can tour the Techatticup Mine and see the actual veins within the quartz where gold and silver were found. There are also a number of old buildings to see as well as an impressive collection of rusty vintage vehicles and what many consider to be the main attraction of the area—the iconic plane that Kevin Costner’s character blew up in the 2001 film, 3000 Miles to Graceland. Nelson has provided various settings for a number of films over the years and has seen its share of Hollywood visitors. The mangled plane was later repositioned by the property owners to appear as if it had crashed into the landscape and has been a tourist attraction ever since.

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Mine tours last about 70 minutes, cover about one-quarter of a mile of level terrain, and take place daily at 9 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. (if there are at least four adults). Reservations are required, and admission is $15 for ages over 13, $10 for ages 5–12, and free for those five and under. For reservations or more information, call (702) 291-0026 or visit


From southbound I-15, take exit 42 in Las Vegas and merge onto I-515 South/US-93 South/US-95 South toward Phoenix. In about 15 miles, continue onto I-11 South/US-93 South/US-95 South, and proceed for about nine more miles. Take exit 14, and in about two-thirds of a mile, merge onto US-95 South toward Searchlight. After 8.5 miles, turn left onto NV-165 East. Follow this road for about 13 miles and turn left into the ghost town around mile marker 13. Look for an old Texaco station. When you arrive, please check in at the store. The ghost town is two miles past the current town of Nelson and is located at 16880 State Highway 165, Nelson, Nevada. It is NOT located in Searchlight, which is further down US-95. NV-165 is narrow and winding. Make sure to have plenty of gas to get out there and back! *Owners tip: You will need to use Google Maps to find us. If you try to use GPS, you will get lost!

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Goodsprings, Nevada Finally, Goodsprings, Nevada, which is southwest of Las

Vegas, is just a hop away from Nelson. This mining town was established after the discovery of the Keystone Mine in 1902 and was named for Joseph Good, a local cattleman. Other mining areas may have produced more wealth, but the fame of Goodsprings lay in its uncommon array of different metals, including gold, silver, lead, copper, and zinc. Most of the first buildings in Goodsprings were built circa 1910 and 1911, including the historic schoolhouse. The town also had a post office, general store, newspaper, and of course, several saloons. In 1913, the famous Pioneer Saloon was erected and is still in operation today as the oldest bar in Nevada. Pioneer Saloon was also the site of several infamous happenings and is even said by some to be haunted. Many claim that three bullet holes found in an inside wall are evidence of the 1915 murder of a man caught cheating

during a game of poker. The man’s ghost is said to be one of many that still frequent the establishment. In 1942, actor Clark Gable waited for days at the Pioneer Saloon for news of his wife’s fate after her plane crashed 11 miles outside of Goodsprings. The wood still bears the alleged cigarette burns made by Gable when he fell asleep at the famous Brunswick bar. Tragically, the search party did not return with good news; his wife, actress Carole Lombard, had been killed in the crash. Though it was home to eight hundred people during World War I, the boom in Goodsprings began to slow after World War II. In 2010, the town was featured in the popular video game, Fallout: New Vegas. Today, visitors can stop in at the saloon to grab a map of the old buildings, including miner cabins and the schoolhouse. And while you’re there, sample their well-known Ghost Burger and their assortment of drinks as you chat up the local bartender for the best tips on seeing the town. On July 8, 2022, the saloon is also hosting a Fallout: New Vegas event, which anyone is welcome to attend. Visit for event/general information. To reach the Pioneer Saloon as well as the ghost town, from southbound I-15, take exit 12, which is about 33 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, and merge onto NV-161 West/ Goodsprings Road. (Exit 12 is also the exit for Jean.) From here, it’s almost a straight, seven-mile shot along NV-161/ Goodsprings Road to the saloon, which is located at 310 Goodsprings Road, Goodsprings, Nevada, and can be reached at (702) 874-9362.V May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 57


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by Christine Ward


visit to the Grand Canyon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many people, but it's easy to get confused with all the different options available. This includes the first major choice: Do I want to go to Grand Canyon West Rim, the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, or the Grand Canyon National Park North Rim? There are three main areas of the Grand Canyon, and it’s important to know before you head off on your journey which area you want to visit, because getting from one “area” to another entails hundreds of miles of driving. The three main areas are the South Rim, the North Rim, and the West Rim. The South Rim and the North Rim are both parts of Grand Canyon National Park. The West Rim is owned and operated by the Hualapai Nation. The West Rim of the Grand Canyon, as part of the Hualapai Nation, offers great viewpoints and visitor services. The Skywalk is located at Grand Canyon West and has become the main attraction at the Grand Canyon West Rim. The closest area to Las Vegas, the West Rim offers helicopter and airplane tours, as well as ground tours, a zipline, and whitewater rafting. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is part of Grand Canyon National Park. The differences between the South Rim and the North Rim are vast: the North Rim receives one-tenth of the visitors that the South Rim receives, it is 1,000 feet higher in altitude, and it is only open seasonally, generally from mid-May through mid-October. The North Rim is known for less crowded conditions, plants and animals not supported on the drier South Rim, and a more “laid back, less commercialized” Grand Canyon experience. Airplane, helicopter, ATV, and ground tours are available. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is also part of Grand Canyon National Park. Many people consider the South Rim to be the “real” Grand Canyon, and more people visit the South Rim than any other

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location. It has almost two dozen different viewpoints, many of which include views of the Colorado River. The South Rim viewpoints are the most recognized and publicized of any locations, are featured in movies and TV shows, and are prominently on social media. Activities there also include airplane, helicopter, and ground tours as well as skydiving, bike rentals, and ATV rentals.


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Buck Wild Grand Canyon Hummer Tours provides ground tours at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. While anybody can drive themselves* to any of the almost two dozen viewpoints on the South Rim, the many benefits of a guided tour include: 1) a guide to drive and park for you, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery stress-free; 2) a guide to take you to the best viewpoints so you don’t have to research and find them on your own; 3) and of course, a guide to provide you

with a lot of history and information about the Grand Canyon and the surrounding area. Buck Wild Grand Canyon Hummer Tours began operating in May 2018, and we have enjoyed sharing the Grand Canyon with many visitors from numerous states and countries since then. Many people choose to participate in a Hummer tour and then visit the park in their own vehicle after the tour. The guide provides them with great tips for what viewpoints to see on their own, including advice on the best times to visit, where to park, and how long they should plan for each stop. Buck Wild Hummer Tours are all scheduled for two hours and visit three to four viewpoints during that time, providing guests with a great overview and introduction to the South Rim. We offer several daily departures, including a sunset

tour, and private tours are also available. Each hummer can seat up to 13 passengers in comfort with our front-facing, stadium-style seating, which offers great views from every seat. Vehicles are former military Humvees customized to provide the best touring vehicle experience anywhere.V For more information, please visit our website: *The viewpoints along Hermit’s Rest Road, also known as “the Red Route,” are accessible only by the free shuttle bus from March 1 to November 30 annually. During December, January, and February, private vehicles are allowed on Hermit’s Rest Road.

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Long Live Your Outdoor Furniture

Choosing & Caring For Outdoor Fabrics

by Helen Houston Creamer


hew! During the sizzling months in Mesquite and southern Utah, spending time outdoors for many consists of dashing out to the driveway to pick up the newspaper. Come June, we anxiously await the cooler temperatures and our ability to spend more time outdoors. But while we live in air-conditioned comfort, the fierce desert sun, wind, and blowing sand wreak havoc on our outdoor furniture. Before we can be cradled in the comfort of cushioned seating, dine al fresco, or have cool drinks by the pool, our outdoor furniture needs some tender loving care. 64

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There is no denying it—great outdoor furniture makes outdoor living that much more pleasurable. Buying and keeping outdoor fabrics looking good is easy if you know the basics. Consider these tips: Know what you are buying. Invest in fabrics made for the outdoors that are water repellent and UV and stainresistant down to the actual fibers used to weave them. Recognizable names such as Sunbrella and Sun N Shade are made to endure the wrath of Mother Nature.

Keep fabrics clean. Simply brushing off the dirt before it becomes embedded (I use a leaf blower) and wiping up spills as they occur will add years to your outdoor cushions. When more cleaning is needed, use a solution of one-fourth cup of mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a sponge, soft-bristle brush, or cloth to apply it, and then allow it to soak into the fabric. Then rinse off all soap residue, and allow the fabric to air dry. Upholstery shampoo or cleaning solutions manufactured specifically for outdoor fabrics can be used as alternatives. May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 65

Use natural solutions on resistant stains. For oil stains such as suntan lotion, rub in cornstarch or baby powder, allow the powder to soak up the stain, let dry, and then flake it off. Or use a paste made from fresh lemon juice and salt: rub it on the stain, allow it to soak in, then rinse with clean water. Try a solution of eight ounces of bleach and two ounces of mild soap per gallon of water on resistant stains. Don’t bring cushions in every night. Constantly bringing cushions back and forth detracts from the enjoyment of your outdoor living space and is unnecessary for cushions made from true performance fabrics. But do bring them in if extreme weather is coming. This will help prevent dirt build-up and mildew. Let them bask in the sun! Performance fabrics are lightfast to a degree. They can be UV protected for between 500 and 1,500 hours of direct sunlight. However, rotating and turning the pillows and cushions around periodically will prevent any uneven fading that may occur. Clean before storing. Storing cushions indoors will prevent dirt build-up and increase longevity. Make sure the cushions are thoroughly cleaned and dry before storing someplace where they will not get wet or dirty.


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What are the characteristics, types, and care of/for outdoor rugs? When we talk about outdoor rugs, we are not talking about the typical artificial grass mats, but designs and colors that will add a touch of the modern to our terrace or garden. Outdoor rugs are special because they are prepared to withstand weather such as rain or cold as well as ultraviolet rays. Generally, the material used is polypropylene fiber and is impermeable and resistant to the elements. Durable and easy to clean, a polypropylene rug is a great addition to your patio setting, adding style and sophistication to any outdoor area. When it comes to rug cleaning, it may be as simple as vacuuming or passing the suction hose above it, while others may need a more complex cleaning. If the rug is particularly dirty, then you need to give it a thorough cleaning. Take a water hose, wet the rug, and then pour or spray soap or rug cleaner on the entire area. Use a scrub brush to work in the soap, and then rinse off with the hose. Leave the rug on a flat surface, making sure to turn it over

occasionally so it dries evenly, or just hang it on a clothesline. Make sure to use a rug pad. A rug pad is a type of material that people place under their rugs to keep them in place, protect their floors, and extend the life of their rugs. There are different types of rug pads from which you can choose, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. While many people use these indoors, they could also work well on outdoor rugs, as they prevent dirt from reaching the fibers from underneath while also preventing wear from uneven boards and flooring. Enjoy the season! Minor due diligence is all it takes to keep outdoor rugs, cushions, and pillows vibrant for seasons to come.V Helen Houston Creamer is the owner of Staging Spaces & Redesign. For questions or design service inquiries please contact Helen by phone at (702) 346-0246 or send an email to May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 67

True by Frank Golden


argaret Mead said, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” This statement exemplifies the Friends of Gold Butte (FoGB). It may not have changed the entire world, but it's efforts certainly changed a special corner of our back yard. Its members, the volunteers, benefactors, supporters, and the staff continue to enrich the communities in the Virgin Valley. The FoGB started as and remains a grassroots organization of concerned citizens whose goal is to protect the area between Lake Mead and the Arizona boundary. The area contains unspoiled beauty, pristine natural habitats, and important cultural and historic sites. All of it was threatened by commercial interests, development, and by extension, restricted access. As a result of the countless hours donated by an army of supporters, the area became a national monument


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on December 28, 2016, during the final days of the Obama administration. With the stroke of a pen, nearly 300,000 acres of land were saved so that our children and their children can continue to experience the special magic that Gold Butte offers. FoGB's mission today is to promote the responsible enjoyment of Gold Butte National Monument (GBNM) through education, stewardship, advocacy, and preservation of natural and cultural resources. The vision is to maintain a vibrant and healthy landscape where the land, wildlife, cultural resources, and solitude are preserved and accessible for the enjoyment of current and future generations. A common misconception is that the FoGB is in charge of the management of GBNM or that the FoGB makes decisions regarding the activities at the monument. The truth is that GBNM is under the control of the Bureau of Land Management

(BLM), a subunit of the Department of the Interior. As with much of Nevada's public lands, the BLM is charged with maintaining and overseeing the utilization of the land through its various programs and mandates. When Gold Butte attained monument status, the BLM was charged with continuing its management, although under different sets of rules and with a focus towards perpetual conservation and access by the public. The BLM and FoGB have created a mutually beneficial working relationship over the years. But it is the BLM that has the authority and responsibility to administer the various programs. In some cases, the BLM will approach the FoGB with a request to provide manpower for specific tasks. In some instances, FoGB will identify a problem and alert the BLM. And in many cases the simple solution is to gather a group of volunteers to fix it. For example, littering is a problem in GBNM as it is in many places. For the BLM to undergo the bidding process of contracting a company to pick up the trash could take months. FoGB offers to pick up the trash, and permission is given. The end result is that the trash is picked up quickly at no cost to the government. Speaking of picking up trash, FoGB hosts monthly trash pick-ups as part of their commitment to good stewardship. Gold Butte Road is the main target of the clean-ups, as it accumulates the most trash. A sad testimony of our society is that a large portion of the trash is beer cans/bottles. Other common items include debris from damaged vehicles, plastic bags, and food wrappers. The most unexpected item I've found was a child's bicycle thrown about 15 feet into the bushes. Items that are more than 50 years old are considered historic artifacts and left in place until it can be documented and cataloged by archeologists prior to its removal. Since 2017, the FoGB has collected over 4,000 pounds of trash! Another noteworthy project was patching potholes on Gold Butte Road. In the spring of 2019, the BLM and Clark County purchased and delivered 200 tons of cold patch asphalt, and volunteers shoveled it out of the truck and filled hundreds of potholes. FoGB members comprised over 75% of the ground crew. While we are on the subject of roads, FoGB volunteers have also worked to repair gravel roads that were washed out from flash floods and have installed numerous road signs at key intersections. A related project involves the blocking of illegal incursion. Again, there is a misconception that the FoGB arbitrarily closes roads. First, the FoGB does not have the authority to close anything. Second, It is the BLM's decision and responsibility to close areas that require rehabilitation due to damage. One example is the western end of Mud Wash Road where a natural spring flows through a wash. The historic mining road goes around and above the spring on a bluff. However, many people choose to drive through the spring, causing erosion and long-term damage to the fragile habitat. The BLM requested volunteers to help install barriers to prevent the illegal entry by motorized vehicles. FoGB provided some of the manpower. At the time of the writing of this article, the barriers had been vandalized and the illegal incursions and destruction had resumed.

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Graffiti removal is another project that FoGB volunteers participate in from time to time. Spray paint removal requires an environment friendly solvent and vigorous scrubbing with a brush. After one such project, my arm felt like it was going to fall out of its socket the next day. There is an obscure program called “Seeds of Success." This program involves the collection of seeds from specific native plants. They are then planted at special farms to create an even larger quantity of seeds. These seeds are then used for reseeding damaged areas to promote its recovery. In our area, this is vital to minimize soil loss due to erosion and to replenish food sources for the native animals. Strict rules are followed to limit the amount of seeds that are collected in an area to minimize the impact on the animals living there. Probably the best known and recognized activities offered by the FoGB are its educational outreach programs. These include guided hikes, driving tours, classes and demonstrations, and the monthly guest speaker presentations. All of our events are provided free of charge, and you can sign up through the website: One of the most popular activities is guided hiking. FoGB provides experienced volunteer hike leaders to guide groups of 10-12 people on specific hikes throughout GBNM. These events allow people, especially those who are new to the Mojave Desert, a way to experience GBNM with a greater degree of safety and confidence. Each hike is announced on with a description of the hike and its level of difficulty. They vary in distance but are generally between 3 to 8 miles round trip. Some of the easier hikes include the Falling Man, Twenty-one Goats,


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Little Finland, Whitney Wash, the Mud Wash Narrows, and the DoodleBug Arch. The more difficult hikes lead the adventurous at heart to the tops of Little Virgin Peak, Bitter Ridge, and Gold Butte Peak, to name a few. When I lead groups, I like to stop every so often to rest and discuss the wildlife and the geology of the area. Larger group tours for organizations are also available with prior coordination. These outings can be tailored to the specific interest of the group's members. Driving tours allow for members to cover longer distances for viewing specific interests. A popular driving tour is the Spring Flowers Drive. The leader of this tour takes the attendees to various locations in the monument where wildflowers may be found. Another tour starts at Lime Kiln Canyon. It climbs over the Virgin Mountains, then travels east to Whitney Pocket, and then loops back to Mesquite. In previous years, carpooling was encouraged. Perhaps it will be again once COVID-19 is no longer a threat. FoGB provides classes and demonstrations on various topics including how to use a compass, how to use trekking poles, soil biocrust, and wilderness preparedness. Some classes are held in a classroom setting, while others are given in the field. During the cooler months, FoGB hosts guest speaker presentations. The speakers are noted leaders in their fields

and bring a wealth of knowledge not only to inform but also, in many cases, to entertain. Topics vary from astronomy to zoology and everything in between. One of my favorite presentations was on snakes and reptiles where a live Gila monster took center stage. Another was on the milkweed plant and its relationship with monarch butterflies. In previous years, the presentations were held at the Mesquite Community Theater. Since the pandemic, the presentations have been conducted online via zoom. The sheer number of activities that FoGB conducts would not be possible without the generous donations and contributions by ordinary citizens. It has been a little over five years since Gold Butte attained monument status and the protections it affords. But the work towards conserving and improving conditions at GBNM is never ending. There are ongoing issues and new challenges, just as there are new opportunities and hope. I, for one, am very proud of FoGB's endeavors and accomplishments. I'd like to think Margaret Mead would be too.V Frank Golden is a retired colonel in the United States Army and lives in Mesquite with his wife, Tina. They spend their time volunteering for various organizations and enjoy exploring Gold Butte. For more information visit: May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 71


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A Bright Idea:

Hassle-Free Solar Landscaping Lights by Keith Buchhalter


few years ago, during a power outage (rare in our area), my neighbor called me and said, "It must be nice to work for the power company; you are the only one with power in our block!" I chuckled and replied, "My power is out too; I brought inside my solar landscaping lights." Think about it—this is a great benefit of solar landscaping lights. In this ViewOn outdoor edition, I want to share other benefits of solar landscaping lights. Solar landscape lighting is cost-effective and enhances our gardens and walkways. It has a lot of advantages, including no monthly electricity cost, low maintenance, and—essential in my book—easy installation (I am not very good with tools). Let's talk about these advantages. Installation Modern solar landscape lights are wireless, and they come with everything necessary to run the light contained within the unit. Installation is easy; it only requires sticking the attached spike into the ground. However, some units can be mounted on walls or posts. It is important to keep in mind that, for optimal performance, you should place them in an area that gets adequate sunlight to charge the battery. No Electrical Connection Needed Solar landscape lights are powered by the sun; you do not need additional wiring or an electrical connection. Not only is this convenient when it comes to installation, but it also makes landscape lighting possible in far corners of the yard where electrical wiring isn't readily available. Even a guy like me can install them.

Cost A significant advantage of using solar lighting outdoors is that they cost nothing to operate. Because solar lights don't require electricity for power, this can save you money in the long term. The initial cost for a quality solar landscape fixture can be high, but this is typically recouped over time as you pay nothing in energy costs to run the lights. Convenience Solar power is free energy, and as long as solar landscape lights can charge in direct sunlight, they'll work problemfree. They are also a no-hassle feature, automatically turning on at dusk and off again at dawn. Maintenance Solar landscape lighting needs little maintenance. LED solar bulbs have a service life of up to 20,000 hours, and because the systems are self-contained, they need only a quick wipe periodically to clean away moisture, dirt, or debris. Long-Term Savings Potential Solar-powered landscape lighting won't affect your monthly utility bill. Solar landscape lighting can last three to four years before you need to change batteries and even longer before you need to replace the LED bulbs. This offers a great return on investment.V We hope you find this article helpful. Remember, we regularly post energy-saving tips on social media. Like us on Facebook, and don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @opd5. May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 73

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The Wild and Scenic

Virgin River

by Karen L. Monsen


he Virgin River is wild, scenic, and untamable. Most of its 162 miles are in Washington County, Utah, beginning north of Zion National Park and flowing through Zion Narrows. The river drops an average of 70 feet per mile—10 times steeper than the Colorado River—and moves through the Grand Canyon, carving the Virgin River Gorge in Arizona, and then joins the Colorado River at Lake Mead in Nevada. The river’s story is one of contrast: too much or too little water, dams, diversion channels, hydroelectric generation, floods forcing the abandonment of towns, scenic views, overdevelopment, and parcels of preserved riparian habitats. 74

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Turbulent History The Washington County Historical Society ( has archived extraordinary challenges faced by farmers in areas where annual rainfall was barely eight to 10 inches. Virgin River irrigation diversion channels required constant clearing and frequently failed. In his book, Red Rock Recollections, Volume I: Fascinating Stories of Utah's Dixie, Reuben Wadsworth, a pioneer descendant and local historian, recounts the river washing out irrigation dams sometimes two or three times in a single year. Floods were devastating in 1862, 1889, 1909, 1938, 1961, 1966, 1989, and recently, in 2005 and 2010.

Virgin River High Water 2017 at LaVerkin-Hurricane Bridge | Photo Credit Karen L Monsen

Grafton Ghost Town The Grafton Heritage Partnership Project at graftonheritage. org records the 1862 Great Washout that destroyed Grafton, Fort Harmony, and Santa Clara. In the words of a former resident, “Houses in old Grafton came floating down with furniture, clothing, and other property of the inhabitants, some of which was hauled out of the water, including three barrels of molasses.” Nearby, Nathan Tenney’s wife was swept away in a wagon box while giving birth to the daughter she named Marvelous Flood Tenney.

In 1909, Virgin City, Grafton, and Rockville residents again witnessed farm implements, milk cows, two stacks of hay, fourteen hives of bees, chickens, melons, squashes, and other valuables carried downstream. By 1944, the last family left Grafton—rendering it a ghost town. Diversions and Hydroelectricity Diversion dams were built to feed canals like those that powered the 1929 La Verkin hydroelectric plant. Today, the plant’s ruins attest to the reality of these early river projects. Of La Verkin’s hydro-plant, Wadsworth writes, “It was the May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 75

Abandoned LaVerkin Hydroelectric Plant on Virgin River | Photo Credit Karen L Monsen

largest plant in the network of four hydroelectric plants within Washington County.” Providing all the electricity for Hurricane, La Verkin, and four neighboring towns, it was noisy, prone to leaks, plagued by flow fluctuations, sand abrasion, silt obstructions, and power surges, and it literally destroyed itself when revolutions exceeded a specific range. It closed in 1983. The remains of a river pump station exist today near Bloomington Country Club Golf Course where Dan Heaton’s carrot farm formerly stood. Built in 1965 and abandoned in 1982, the pump drew water from the Virgin to irrigate fields and later, to water the golf course until the river level dropped and the streambed moved, making it unusable. Virgin River Gorge and Mesquite The destruction caused by the Virgin River is not limited to Utah. On the less-developed floodplain in Arizona and Nevada, two houses in Littlefield were flooded in 1989. One was destroyed while surrounding fields were buried and eroded, livestock was drowned, and canals and irrigation systems serving Mesquite were inundated and demolished. Virgin River Pump Station Remains | Photo Credit Karen L Monsen


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On January 11, 2005, the Virgin River reached up to a mile wide in Mesquite. Again, in December of 2010, fast-moving muddy water

surged through Mesquite, destroying a golf community. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on December 21, 2010, that near Littlefield and Beaver Dam Wash, “one house toppled into the wash and floated downstream about 200 yards, where it crashed into some trees, spun away, and sank in the churning flow.” YouTube videos filmed in September of 2014 capture torrents rushing through the Virgin River Gorge, creating spectacular waterfalls, stranding hundreds, and destroying I-15 between Mesquite and Las Vegas. Floods that were assumed to occur every 100 years happened in 2005 and 2010. Living along the Virgin River remains challenging today. Wild and Scenic Life along the Virgin has been difficult for plants, animals, and humans. In 2009, congress designated portions of the Virgin River and its tributaries as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Elaine York, the West Desert Regional Director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC,, clarifies that “Wild and Scenic” designations are for specific areas not along the mainstem of the Virgin River. TNC is a global non-profit dedicated to protecting and caring for nature and finding balanced approaches for meeting human water needs while preserving the river itself. It has worked with the Virgin River Program (VRP,

Virgin River High Water 2011 at St. George | Photo Credit Karen L Monsen, Washington County Water Conservancy District, Utah agencies such as the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), municipalities, and federal authorities. Through collaborative efforts, they secured funding to improve Hurricane’s water delivery system and Washington City’s return flow canal, making them more efficient while improving river flows. The Virgin River is home to plants and animals that have adapted to survive a variety of conditions, including floods, high silt, low flows, and high water temperatures. Christian Edwards, a wildlife biologist for UDWR and a biology and ornithology adjunct instructor for Dixie State University, monitors the Virgin River riparian habitat. He reports that aquatic diversity, including native fish species, and water flows are currently stable despite severe droughts. Edwards acknowledges, “Habitat loss via human growth and development is the primary factor to species becoming threatened or endangered.” Roads, bridges, and houses are replacing portions of riparian habitat and are negatively affecting southwestern willow flycatcher numbers, which average only 10 breeding pairs in the St. George area. Additionally, lower water levels due to human use result in higher summer river temperatures that have moved

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Virgin River at Sheep Bridge | Photo Credit Stuart Ruckman

woundfin and chub populations to endangered levels. Edwards asserts, “Biodiversity, or a variety of life, is critical for any ecosystem. Aquatic insects, animals, plants, and the water itself all rely on each other. All species play a role, and sometimes we don’t know their impact until they are gone. So it’s important that we do our best to help them survive. If we lose these species, we lose a little bit of ourselves.” Sheep Bridge Nature Preserve Caring for the Virgin requires protecting natural areas. Important habitats are being spared from development near the town of Virgin where the river drops into a deep, dramatic canyon and is spanned by a narrow bridge over which sheep have crossed in order to be counted. The 419-acre parcel purchased by TNC includes two miles of critical river habitat, two hiking trails with signage, and a small segment of the JEM/ 78

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Hurricane Rim bike trail that enables people to experience the area’s natural beauty. After a three-year negotiation, prior landowners and TNC are equally pleased that this beautiful property will be dedicated as the Sheep Bridge Nature Preserve in summer 2022. TNC has achieved amazing progress along the Virgin River by working collaboratively with many partners to improve water flows, restore riparian areas, meet human water needs, and ensure that there’s enough water in the right places at the right time for fish to survive and thrive. Elaine York cautions, “River work is never done!” Being good land stewards, according to Christian Edwards, means that we must “learn to appreciate the value of nature and the resources it provides.” He encourages everyone to “find ways to do your part in keeping the Virgin River healthy and happy.”V

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by Bryan Richards


t all started some twenty years ago as a future dream— a vision of something created to offer sanctuary and healing to those in need. Becki Richards had been working as a manager of a resort located in St. George, Utah. Up to this point in her life, she had never thought much about herself working in the massage industry as a therapist or how making that decision would change the course of her life. But while working at the resort, she became acquainted with the massage therapists there and developed an interest in the massage industry, deciding to proceed with her own massage therapist training. Because of this, she was taken to Utah County where she completed massage therapy school, passed her exams, became licensed, and went to work as a massage therapist. During the following 20-plus years, she created her own business as a budding therapist, taught massage therapy where she was employed for 14 of those years, and also worked as the director of the massage program.


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Through the years, she has not only grown into an accomplished massage therapist but has also been able to hone other skills and talents, becoming very intuitive and sensitive to others and their emotions and feelings. She has helped many to create more productive and worthwhile thought patterns and lifestyles. In December of 2020, she was married to Bryan Richards, and shortly thereafter, on a quick trip to southern Utah and Nevada, they both felt the strong urge and pull to relocate here. So, after giving up what was a successful, almost 18-year-old business with established clientele, Becki and Bryan moved to Mesquite, Nevada, where they currently reside. As mentioned above, with Becki, there had always been the desire and vision to create something special. The two spoke about it, dreamed, and planned for it, and in February of 2022, their plans came to fruition, yet their vision has only begun to unfold. Crystal Palms Healing Sanctuary

was created, formed, and put together through much research, planning, and traveling to many places. They tested all kinds of different machines and modalities in order to eventually choose and offer what they believe are not only exceptional alternative modalities, each with its own different healing properties, but also modalities that are a perfect fit for providing help and healing to those who visit the Sanctuary. Aside from the custom massages that are offered, there are also services and treatments that have never been seen in the southern Utah/Mesquite area. Modalities offered include: · A Cocoon Infrared Pod that uses

heat and infrared light to offer relief to muscles, tissues, and joints for those suffering from arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia, just to name a few.

· Air Compression Recovery, where air is inflated into sleeves that are put on your legs in order to develop circulating pressure/improve blood circulation and help speed up recovery. This is great for those who suffer from neuropathy, leg and foot swelling, varicose veins, and more. · Halotherapy or Salt Therapy,

where tiny, pharmaceutical-grade Himalayan salt particles are diffused into the air to improve breathing and other respiratory issues like asthma, COPD, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Also, the salt is great for relieving the discomfort of eczema, psoriasis, etc. · Infrared Crystal Vibroacoustic Therapy, which uses a combination

of fabrics and amethyst stones to generate infrared rays that are then transferred to the body as heat. This is combined with their Vibroacoustic

system that includes a low-frequency generator, allowing the frequencies to penetrate deeper into the tissues and joints. Thus, this treatment reduces stress, relieves muscle pain, and helps with migraines, anxiety, and depression. It has also been proven to help reverse dementia and Alzheimer’s symptoms. · Craniosacral Therapy, which relieves

compression in the head, neck, and back. Current research suggests that the use of Craniosacral Therapy has been successful in the treatment of PTSD, helping to relieve symptoms with amazing results. It is also perfect for migraines, headaches, IBS, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, and more.

· Emotional Clearing Therapy, which is for those who may be harboring negative or painful emotions that hamper their quality of life. Working with a therapist, you can identify those trapped negative emotions and release them in a comfortable therapeutic environment. This also releases the toxic pain that is preventing you from living the life you deserve.

Crystal Palms Healing Sanctuary is a one-of-a-kind wellness center offering these unique proven therapies. The goal is to not only help all individuals achieve the full benefits of each treatment session as they pursue their wellness paths but to ensure that they receive the highest quality of service and will yearn to return time and time again. Their mantra is “Crystal Palms Healing Sanctuary is where the mind and body meet the soul.” Their desire is that as you enter the sanctuary, you feel the peace and tranquility present there. Becki and Bryan are so grateful to the Mesquite community for embracing them and allowing them to spend every day visiting with good people in order to help them rid themselves of some of their aches and pains. They feel blessed for this opportunity and are proud to call Mesquite home now. Although the Healing Sanctuary is now open and operating, it is only the start of what Becki and Bryan desire to one day offer and achieve for those seeking the betterment of their lives. Crystal Palms Healing Sanctuary is just a stepping stone for what the two have planned for the next 3–5 years. Stay tuned for what is to come. Their promise to you is that you will not be disappointed.V May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 81

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Celebrate Native American Culture at Festival of the Americas by Michelle Sundberg


estival of the Americas is a FREE, three-day family-friendly multicultural outdoor festival. It showcases and celebrates the cultures of the first peoples of the Americas. Attendees will enjoy live music, dancing, fine art, native artisan booths, demonstrations, drum circles, unique costumes, and more! Much of this year’s festival will focus on Native American art and culture and will take place in the outdoor setting of Kayenta Art Village and Center for the Arts at Kayenta. The area was once the ancestral home of the Paiute Indians and showcases the stunning natural beauty of Kayenta. The opening ceremony for the Festival of the Americas will be Friday morning, May 13th, at 7:30 a.m. with a blessing of the grounds. Saturday evening will feature a special ticketed performance by the Adrian Hall Trio: Music from Native America at 7:30 p.m. inside the Center for the Arts at Kayenta. Tickets for this evening event are $15 and are available online at

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diverse cultural groups in the region. We plan on more than 40 artisans presenting their work and engaging with visitors about the connection of their own work to their cultural heritage. In addition, the festival will create a celebratory community hub for the understanding and appreciation of the history and cultural fabric of our shared ancient American story and the land we now live on.” The earliest habitation of Native Americans in Utah dates back 10,000 to 12,000 years. Amid the backdrops of Ivins City and the ancient red rock landscape, these exquisite and advanced cultures have been preserved through music, dance, fine art, storytelling, and sacred customs. Surrounded by the warmth of the Kayenta community, attendees will dive deeper into their respective understanding of Native American cultures and customs. The three-day festival will feature an array of cultural art forms and customs (painting, pottery, weaving, silversmithing, storytelling, dance, drumming, and flute). In addition, the

weekend event will feature traditional drumming circles, friendship dances, native food, and demonstrations. Goodman further states, “KAF is committed to offering visitors and residents an outdoor arts festival program that provides a safe, healthy experience for people of all ages. This event will draw together distinct tribal communities for the greater good of preserving and sharing these ancient cultures with local residents and visitors to the region.”V DATE: May 13, 14, 15, 2022 Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. COST: FREE ($15 for Adrian Hall Trio Saturday performance in CFAK theater) For more information, please visit If you are interested in participating as a food vendor, artisan, or sponsor, please contact Todd Prince at Kayenta.Arts@gmail. com, or call (435) 590-0036 for more information. Kayenta Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and create an environment where diverse artistic endeavors can flourish. The Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) is the actual place where people in the greater southern Utah area come to learn, express, appreciate, and celebrate art in all forms. May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 83


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The History of Nevada Aviation Arrows Along the Los Angeles–Salt Lake City Air Route, 1925–1938 by Steven H. Heath


ne of the most interesting days of my life came on January 28, 2016. I was invited to ride along with my jeep-owner neighbors to visit some scenic sites north of St. George, Utah. Our first stop was on top of the western side of the Harrisburg Anticline, which is on the east side of I-15 and less than five miles from my home. There, we had a great view of Zion National Park to the east, the Pine Valley Mountains to the west, and below us, an awesome view of Quail Creek Reservoir and the water purification facilities for the St. George area. But the biggest surprise that day was at my feet, a fifty-five-foot-long concrete arrow. I had never seen one before or been aware of such structures. I was told at the time that the arrows were used by pilots in the 1920s and 1930s to direct them along the correct path in the days before radio and radar. I was also told that there are several other aviation arrows in the region. When I returned home, I did a Google search for aviation arrows and learned that there are at least seven arrows in southern Utah and Nevada that are close to home and that there are actually hundreds of arrows on different air routes across the United States. I also found that one of the principal air routes was between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City and that regular airmail began on the route in April 1926. With later study, I found that along the LA-SLC route, there are thirteen aviation arrows that still exist: three in California, four in Nevada, four in southern Utah, and two in northern Utah (Aviation Arrows Across America, https:// I also learned that these pioneering air routes actually followed major railroad paths between American cities and that the pilots used the rail lines, much like painted lines on modern highways, for a guide between cities. But there were places where railroad lines would begin to wander due to physical constraints and May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 85

places where there were no railroad lines to follow. The result was the construction of arrows to guide planes during the day and, eventually, beacon lights to guide them at night. Since there were no straight railroad lines between Glendale, Nevada, and Cedar City, Utah, the construction of aviation arrows and beacons was essential for airplane pilots in the period from 1925 to 1938. Within four months of seeing my first aviation arrow in January of 2016, I drove to three more in southern Utah and to two on the Mormon Mesa in Nevada. It turns out that all eight of the arrows in Nevada and southern Utah lie along Interstate-15 and can easily be reached. I have enjoyed visiting all eight arrows many times in the past six years. I will describe the location of the four Nevada arrows and other significant aviation history sites on an I-15 drive from Mesquite to Primm. Aviation Arrow #32—Mesquite to Las Vegas

To reach the first two aviation arrows and other Nevada aviation sites, start south on I-15 at Mesquite. Just past milepost 111, I-15 climbs to the top of the Mormon Mesa. Exit right into the truck stop immediately after you get onto the mesa. Locate the cattle guard on the north side of the parking area. Immediately after crossing the cattle guard, turn right onto a very rough road. Unfortunately, the first of the four arrows should probably not be accessed in an ordinary touring car due to the rough road, but the road does improve in less than 0.2 miles. Stay left on this road past two right forks during the next 0.5 miles. Past the second fork, drive 1.1 miles north to Aviation Arrow #32. The odometer on my truck indicated


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that it was 1.9 miles from the parking area to the arrow. This impressive arrow is located at 36.7968° N 114.2465° W. The southwest rectangle, a 14 by 10-foot area of the arrow, was the location of a beacon generator station. The cement area of the arrow covers 275 square feet and would have required at least 10 cubic yards of cement to create. The arrow is pointing in the N 65° E direction towards a low spot of Utah Hill. It takes about fifteen minutes to return to I-15. Aviation Arrow #31—Mormon Mesa South As you drive south, you encounter an emergency landing field for the LA–SLC route on the southeast side of I-15 at exit 100. The 1931–1938 Airway Bulletin says it is located seven miles northeast of Glendale. The landing field covered 160 acres and was 3,500 feet long and 2,000 feet wide with a beacon tower in the northeast corner. The brief reports also indicate that a directional arrow labeled “29B LA-SLC” was located on the southeast corner of the field. The field had no servicing facilities and may have been used only a few times, but it was functional for eight years (Airway Bulletin No. 1, 1931-1938, #295, 703, 893, 1,095, 1,347, 1,580). An examination of the region on GoogleMaps shows a possible runway at 36.7226° N 114.4374° W but shows no remains of an arrow or beacon tower. Just past milepost 94, exit right at another truck stop (at the access area) to a set of modern beacon towers. On the south end of the parking area is a gate. Pass through the gate and turn left onto a partially paved road (Beacon Hill Road) that follows I-15. Stay right on the road, which gives access to 22 different antennae and relay stations in the area. You will come to Aviation Arrow #31, LA-SLC, on the downhill side of the road about one mile from the parking lot. This arrow is a little smaller than the one you just visited, and the generator shed rectangle is missing on the south end of the arrow. It is located at 36.6853° N 114.5176° W. The south end of

the arrow points in the direction of the Union Pacific Railroad line that is south of Glendale, and the north end of the arrow points towards the emergency airfield and Aviation Arrow #32. “A pilot would approach the tail of the arrow on a compass heading of 48° (NE) and then exit the arrow on a compass reading of 68° (E-NE)” (Aviation Arrows Across America, 31 LASLC Mormon Mesa). This arrow has recently been painted a light orange color, but in the 1920s and 1930s, aviation arrows were painted bright yellow. Beacon Tower near Moapa Indian Reservation After your visit, return to I-15 and head south towards Las Vegas. Near milepost 75, you will encounter the railroad on the right side of the interstate just before the Valley of Fire exit. Right before the exit near milepost 79 are the remains of a major beacon tower from the 1920–1939 period. It is located on the south side of I-15 at 36.5408° N 114.7103° W on a hill next to the freeway, but a section of it also lies on the Moapa Indian Reservation. The beacon tower remains can easily be seen on GoogleMaps, but one needs permission to visit the site. The beacon was extremely important for pilots in the 1920s and 1930s since it signaled a major departure from using railroad paths to using concrete arrows and beacons to navigate instead. There were at least 20 beacon towers, or “blinkers,” between Apex (milepost 59) and New Harmony, Utah (Airway Bulletin No.1, September, 1931, p. 34). One of them was near the Nevada/Arizona border at Mesquite. In some cases, modern-day communication towers were placed at sites where these early towers were. Anderson Airfield, Las Vegas If you take exit 57 on Las Vegas Boulevard (Highway 604), you pass by the entrance to Nellis Air Force Base. From 1929 to 1942, it was called “Alamo Field” and served as the main airport for the city of Las Vegas. In 1942, Las Vegas built the Harry Reid International Airport (formerly McCarran), and it has served as May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 87

the Las Vegas Airport for 80 years. When you are not rushed, visit the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum in the airport. It is located on one of the entrance levels for Terminal 1. This site has a nice section devoted to the early aviation history of Las Vegas and its first airport. The first minor airport in Las Vegas was opened on December 21, 1925, by the Rockwell brothers, Leon and Earl. The airfield was located in downtown Las Vegas and was referred to as the Anderson Airfield. The western boundary of the airfield was present-day Paradise Road, and the northern boundary was Sahara Avenue. It probably included most of Section 10, Township 20 South, Range 61 East in the heart of presentday Las Vegas and extended to Maryland Parkway to the east


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and Desert Inn Drive to the south. You may want to visit the historic sign located at the corner of Paradise and Sahara. South Las Vegas Aviation Arrow There are two aviation arrows south of Anderson Field. The first is in Sloan at 35.9533° N 115.1793° W. The arrow sits on a 225-foot-high rough hill between I-15 and Las Vegas Boulevard South. It can be reached by taking exit 27 from I-15 and then driving east on St. Rose to Las Vegas Boulevard South. Turning south on the Boulevard, continue south to Larson Lane, turn right, and drive to the power line and power poles. Park your vehicle and walk to the first power pole to the south. Then climb up the steep hill to its top and walk south along the ridge until you arrive at the arrow.

From the aviation arrow, one has a great view of I-15, which is only 1,000 feet to the west. The tail of the arrow comes from the direction of the railroad, which is further to the south at about N 30° E, and the arrowhead points almost directly north to Anderson Field. The change of direction here was needed because the railroad began to wander to the west before it entered Las Vegas from the south. I would wear gloves if you climb to the arrow, but if you choose not to make the climb, take a look on GoogleMaps. The arrow is partially damaged, as it is nearly 100 years old now. Aviation Arrow #21—Jean, Nevada (shown left) The last arrow is located just south of Jean, Nevada, on Las Vegas Boulevard South. It can be reached by taking exit 12 from I-15, but I would suggest traveling south on the Boulevard and then stopping at the colorful piled-rock exhibits at Seven Magic Mountains and at the Nevada “Last Spike” historic sign. Near the sign’s location, the last spike of the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad was driven on January 30, 1905. It was the last transcontinental line to southern California and provided the path that pioneer aviators would follow 20 years later and for nearly two decades. It is located just east of the highway before the road crosses the railroad. Its GPS coordinates are 35.8238° N 115.2875° W, and the historic sign is just over a mile south of Seven Magic Mountains. At Jean, travel south past the Jean Airport that now serves as a recreation center for sky jumpers. Prior to this development, the airport was managed by the United States Air Force in the 1940s. Before that, it was designated as Site 21 on the LA–SL Airway. The L-shaped airfield there had two landing strips, one 2,640 feet long and one 2,500, both of which were 400 feet wide with beacons and approach lights, though the airfield itself had no servicing facilities (Ibid., p. 89). Just past milepost 3 on the unmaintained oiled road, we can drive to the remains of the arrow. It is located at 35.7402° N 115.3523° W, about 150 feet off the road to the southeast. Only the pointed part of the aviation arrow remains, but an examination of its surroundings indicates that at one time, it was a more complete arrow. Why portions of the arrow have been removed is not known, but the “No Trespassing” signs may provide clues if one wants to investigate. This aviation arrow was established to bring planes back to the railroads that headed east from an area north of Yermo, California, to Kelso, California, and then north to the arrow here. The air route that followed I-15 saved 30 to 40 miles of air flight. Protecting Aviation History If Nevada wants to safeguard the history of aviation in its state along the LA-SL route, all of its aviation arrows need to be preserved. Hopefully, some group will take up the cause and save them for future generations. An energetic individual can visit all the aviation arrows from Mesquite to the Nevada/ California border in one day, but you may want to make visits to a few of these historic places at a time and over an extended period of time. I hope you enjoy visiting these relics of American aviation history—for me, it has been a remarkable experience.V

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Go Take a Hike But Be Prepared!

by Anita Delelles


t’s a great time of year to go hiking with your dog. The weather is warming up, and the desert comes alive with color in the spring. We’ve outlined some simple practices to make this time safe and enjoyable for you both. A Good Harness Ever feel like you’re being dragged around instead of walking your dog? Or that your dog is walking you? It’s a common problem, but it’s one that has a very easy fix. A good no-pull harness will make all the difference. Contrary to popular belief, a dog that pulls on the leash while being walked does not want to be pack leader, top dog, alpha, or dominant over his human. There is a much simpler explanation: dogs get excited going on walks! They love to be outside, and the walk is both physically and mentally stimulating. It’s the most exciting part of their day, so the desire to push ahead is very strong. A leash, though vital for safety, can also be frustrating for a dog because being “tied” to a person essentially stops a dog’s ability to act naturally.


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That being said, all dogs can learn how to walk on the leash in a positive way without being jerked, yanked, choked, or shocked so that walks can be enjoyable for everyone. A chest-led harness takes pressure off of a dog’s sensitive neck area by distributing the pressure more evenly around the body. When the leash is attached to a ring located on the chest strap and your dog pulls, the harness will turn his body around rather than allowing him to go forward. Avoid the use of choke or prong collars, as these devices cause pain and significant physical damage to your dog’s neck. A Water Container Hydration for your dog is essential, especially in warm weather. Always take along fresh water for you both. Plan ahead—even a short walk may turn into an emergency situation if the unforeseen happens. Water can be a lifesaver. Some owners train their dogs to drink as they pour from a bottle. A lightweight, collapsible dish also works well and is easy to carry.

Protective Dog Booties There are a variety of doggy boots available, and they make a lot of sense. They offer basic protection from sharp rocks, thorns, and broken glass. Since we wear shoes, it’s easy to forget how hot the pavement can get. And hot sand is no fun to walk across for your trailblazing buddy. Your dog may hop around comically at first but will soon get used to wearing boots and would thank you if he could.

A First Aid Kit A veterinarian won’t be handy when you’re on the trail, so a doggie first aid kit (and the knowledge to use it) is a smart backpack item. Be sure to add to your kit any special medicines your vet has prescribed in case of an emergency. Kits typically include gauze, elastic bandages, a splinter-picker for paws (if you see your dog in distress), antihistamines, antiseptic wipes, and eyewash.

A Dog Towel It’s a great idea to carry a dedicated “hiker towel” to wipe off muddy or dusty paws and fur after your hike. Keep it in your car to wipe off your seats and to keep the carpet clean as well.

A Water-Testing Kit Dogs are susceptible to most of the same waterborne pathogens as humans. Water-testing kits are available to test water before swimming and especially before drinking from a lake or stream.

A Cooling Collar All dogs struggle to dissipate heat since they don’t have sweat glands under their skin. Panting and sweating through their paw pads are the only ways to cool themselves. But it’s often not effective enough in the really hot afternoon sun. Cooling collars or bandanas can help prevent heatstroke. This soak-and-wrap accessory is worth every added ounce when the temps start to climb. Be conservative—rest and drink often, and watch your dog for signs of overheating. If your pup keeps lying down in shady spots, he is sending you a message.

So go ahead, get outside and enjoy the spring scenery with your dog while being well prepared. With a bit of planning ahead, you will have fun and keep your adventure from becoming a misadventure.V WOOF! Wellness Center and Training Academy offers a Loose Leash Walking Class, specifically designed for making dog walking more enjoyable. The six-week class ends with a guided walk through Snow Canyon Park. Visit woofcenter. com for more information.

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by Haylee Benglan


ello, everyone! I’m Haylee! I’m the founder of BeBrave Supply Company and BeBrave Athletics, located in Mesquite, Nevada. BeBrave was born in 2017 during the most rock bottom of times. Going through a divorce as a young mother with a baby girl, I was living day to day in a motel in Mesquite and was faced with the decision of where I was heading next. I chose to take life head-on and to BE BRAVE with every step I took. With the little savings I had, I invested in 100 pieces of apparel. With every piece that I sold out of my trunk, I was $20 closer to building a life for my baby and myself. There were so many trials and tribulations along the way, and BRAVERY is what got me through those hard times. Thus, our name: BeBrave. I am


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now building a beautiful life for my daughter because of how BRAVE I choose to be every single day with every single step. Trust me when I say that no matter what you are going through, bravery is the most powerful attribute that will get you to that light at the end of the tunnel. When you put on a piece of BeBrave apparel, my hope is that you will become closer to your bravest self each and every time. When my apparel company helped me into a steady life, I decided to put my athletics background to work. I stopped by the local rec center, inquired about a space to coach power tumbling, and shortly afterward, started BeBrave Athletics. In November 2017, BeBrave had a roster of four athletes. My sister was a huge help in starting this business, and we

kept coaching each week and grew more and more. We soon outgrew the karate room we were coaching in and moved to a bigger space that the city had offered to us. In 2018, the BeBrave Athletics competition team was born. SUTA (Southern Utah Tumbling Association) is made up of 10 different clubs around southern Utah and Nevada. We compete in trampoline events and power tumbling from October to May. Our team quickly grew, and Paige Woods also became part of our BeBrave staff and is now 50% owner of our corporation.

Our grand opening brought so many faces, and the nostalgic stories from those who have been here since before we moved into the building (it was formerly El Rancho Market) were great to hear! The excitement we have for this new venture is indescribable! Paige and I coach athletes from age three to 16. BeBrave Athletics hosted our annual state meet at our new location on April 23. As president of SUTA, I was excited to bring this event to our new space and to the community! BeBrave has changed so many young athletes' lives by giving them an outlet to express themselves physically and a way to explore talents that they never would have been able to explore otherwise. Shannon Drollinger, a BeBrave parent, says, "I am a lot newer here, but just to put in my two cents, I am still learning what Mesquite has to offer our family. I got very lucky to have found BeBrave. My little girl has been obsessed with getting into gymnastics forever. The ladies are so kind and truly care about every child that enters their gym. They've been here making a real difference in our kids' lives!” BeBrave will also be offering birthday party packages on the weekends and can even provide a place to hold your special events such as baby showers, anniversaries, and, in the future, field trips for local schools.

Owners Haylee Benglan (left) and Paige Woods (right)

At BeBrave, our goal is to promote bravery, kindness, leadership, and self-confidence. Power tumbling and trampoline are great foundations for any sport or for the future of any athlete. Over the past five years, we have grown to over 250 athletes. We've recently moved to a new location at 473 West Mesquite Boulevard to accommodate our growing BeBrave community!

BeBrave is not just a gym—it's a lifestyle! We believe every human has so many ways that they can be brave, and this is just the beginning!V Our hours are every weeknight from 4 p.m.–9 p.m. No kids? No problem! We also have a boutique for youth and adults alike! We would love for you to stop by and check out our apparel, which offers casual and comfortable style along with great gifts for your friends and family! Check out our website,

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by Rob Krieger


or some, the “finish” is a non-important part of the golf swing. However, the finish is important because it is the RESULT of how well the body worked during the swing. It is the best way to diagnose why your shot went a certain distance and direction and why it went the way it did in the air or on the ground. Your finish provides the clues you need to make adjustments so that you get better results. Continual lack of balance, control, and swing smoothness creates a pattern of inconsistency in your shot quality and your results. Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, and Woods all have or have had different finishes, but all have focused on how to end their swing with balance, control, and consistency in order to create the shot shapes needed to be the best in golf.


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Ideal Characteristics of a Well-Balanced Finish:

Typical Finish Issues to Look Out for:

Feet—Put weight on the outside part of the front foot and off of the back foot. Get all the way up on the tiptoe with the back foot heel pointing straight up at 90 degrees. Weight should be in the same spot at the end of each swing.

Feet—Too much weight on the toes or heels, weight on the back foot, improper weight shift.

Knees—They should be together and generally touching with the back knee pointing at the target. Some players even slide their back feet forward toward the target to get their knees closer. The lead knee may be straight but must still support the body over the front foot. Always have the same distance between them. Hips—They should be rotated around so the belly button faces the target or as close to this as you are able to get. Torso—Your chest is pointing to the target, or if you have the flexibility, get your right shoulder pointing at the target with your torso over the front foot. Arching your back into a reverse “C” is not recommended as it crunches the vertebrae in your spine, leading to possible back issues. Turning the torso helps square the clubface to eliminate slicing. Arms and Club—Arms are relaxed; arms finally can bend with thumbs pointing into the ear and the club pointing through the middle of the head. Get the arms and club in the same position each time. Head—The head comes up after impact. You should be watching where the ball has gone. Balance—You should be able to hold your pose for three seconds with your weight on your front foot and your chest over the front leg without wobbling, struggling, or falling backward.

Knees—Out of position to support the body, too bent or too straight. Hips—Too fast, too slow, not enough, out of sequence. Torso—Bent in the wrong position, lack of rotation, straightening at the waist too early. Arms and Club—Wrong positions (too high or too low), out of control. Head—Too far in front of or too far behind the ball, head down too long. Balance—Not able to stay in place for three seconds, different finish on every swing, falling over. Achieving a well-balanced finish trains the body to be in the correct form and to be balanced throughout the swing. If you practice SLOWLY getting into a balanced finish, you can eventually add more speed as long as you do not lose stability. Training the many moving body parts to get into a stable position allows the club to get into the correct position as you swing, so better shots are the result. Besides, even if you hit a poor golf shot but you get into a good finish, you will still look great. Best of luck and as always… Fairways and Greens.V

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The Adventure at Three Peaks Recreation Area

Photo Credit: Visit Cedar City · Brian Head

by Kaylee Pickering


he rolling hills and volcanic rock formations of Three Peaks Recreation Area provide a fantastic location for outdoor recreation. Pets, visitors, and wildlife enjoy running through and over the hunchbacked granite outcroppings that expand across the landscape, and the sweeping views are wonderful. Whether you’re planning an afternoon of recreation or an overnight stay in one of the campgrounds beneath glittering skies, you’re only 10 miles west of Cedar City—still close enough to grab rentals, enjoy the outdoor recreation, and relax after your adventure in Historic Downtown. Home to two disc golf courses, over 27 miles of mountain bike trails, OHV trail networks, and some incredible camping and stargazing, Three Peaks is a local favorite for a getaway that visitors enjoy as well. May/June 2022 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 97

Disc Golf Courses

The area offers rolling hills of volcanic rock, and disc golf enthusiasts and beginners can find an afternoon of fun clambering over the rugged, high desert terrain within the two disc golf courses. The Three Peaks Course is a large, rugged desert course with incredible terrain and beautiful views. Unique rock formations, canyons, juniper trees, and sagebrush couple with lots of elevation changes to create an advanced eighteenhole course. Ironside is only minutes away from the Three Peaks Course, and it provides its own set of challenges and rewarding views. With double baskets at each location, this course becomes two in one. An eighteen-hole course, Ironside has beautiful views and unique natural obstacles with amazing pin locations. Be careful, though—those mini canyons throughout the formations can be tricky spots to get out of!

Photo Credit: Dan Ransom

Mountain Biking

If you have time, bring the mountain bikes, or rent a couple from Cedar Sports or Cedar Cycle, both downtown, before heading out to Three Peaks. There are over 27 miles of mountain bike trails zigzagging through the 6,500 screws that make up the recreation area. The Practice Loop is a beginner trail that offers a chance for novice riders to practice their skills and experienced riders a chance to sit back and relax. For beginners, there are instructional signs along this 1.58-mile loop to help improve their skill set. Uphill, downhill, and sand riding can all be experienced along this trail. Looking for a more challenging ride and a little less instruction? The Race Course Loop is considered a moderate/intermediatelevel trail with a bit of the best of everything for a mountain bike enthusiast. Enjoy hill climbs, technical areas, sandy terrain, and steep downhill portions on this single-track trail. 98

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OHV Trails

With over 42 miles of OHV routes through the area, there’s a wide range of terrain and fun to suit any experience level. Three Peaks even plays host to rock crawling events throughout the year! Enjoy a mix of flat terrain, loops, historic two-track roads, and great scenery along the way. Keep an eye out for wildlife and unique rock formations as you go, and be mindful of the “Tread Lightly" OHV principles while on the trails. Area trail maps for Three Peaks and the surrounding area can be found at the Cedar City Visitor Center at 581 North Main Street in Cedar City. They are also available for download at

Time for Relaxation

With plenty of places at which to set up camp and plenty of cozy spots where you can rest, Three Peaks is a local favorite for stargazing in early spring and late fall. While our nearby International Dark Sky Park (Cedar Breaks National Monument) is often still buried under snow this time of year (or, at the very least, is still freezing cold), there are some stellar stargazing spots closer to Cedar City. Removed from the lights of the city without requiring a drive through Cedar Canyon, Three Peaks is a great spot to lay out a blanket and relax beneath the stars. Download stargazing charts at visitcedarcity. com, rent a telescope from the Cedar City Library, and enjoy! Let

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by Dustin Berg


s Mesquite's newest boutique shop, Juniper Outpost is a place where everyone can find something special to take home.

Owner Charlotte Sirianni and general manager Caity Miller met at a “Ladies Night Out” business event in Mesquite last year. The two got to talking, and out of these conversations, an idea blossomed. The result? Juniper Outpost. Over the past several months, Ms. Sirianni and Ms. Miller have spent their days pouring their hearts and souls into renovating the shop's space. Juniper Outpost is located across the parking lot from the popular Mexican restaurant, Los Lupes, in the Mesquite Plaza. Transforming unit #114 was no small feat, but it culminated in a realization of their vision, a successful ribbon-cutting ceremony, and an impressive grand opening this past Saint Patrick's Day.

General Manager Caity Miller (left) and owner, Charlotte Sirianni (right)


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“When people walk in here, we want them to feel inspired,” says Sirianni. “We have positioned Juniper Outpost as a lifestyle boutique because we have found that most times, when you want to get something fun or especially unique for

yourself, you have to travel to St. George or to Las Vegas. We want to offer the opportunity to find amazing things right here in Mesquite.” Miller adds, “We want everyone to be able to express themselves however they want. I feel like the women in this community are the backbone, and so it's nice to have a store to be able to go to and find pretty things that make your day better.” Juniper Outpost, which is largely inspired by the southwest and surrounding areas, features items primarily made by women, veteran-owned businesses, and locals. “I want this to be a place where everyone can find something to take home,” says Sirianni. The store focuses on offering specialized items with an emphasis on things from this region, namely Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. “We love to support women-owned businesses and items that are more natural or have sensibilities around ecofriendliness,” Sirianni adds. Ms. Miller, a local resident and artist at heart, and Ms. Sirianni, a recent transplant from Minnesota, have both enjoyed meeting and supporting artists local to the area. “My joy in life is helping others realize their full potential and helping in any way that I can,” says Sirianni. The new boutique will also act as a consignment shop for artists. The consignment program arrangement is weighted heavily in favor of the artists, offering a generous split with 60% going to the artist. “Sometimes artists create something but don’t know how to share it,” Sirianni says. “We want to stand behind our artists and create a chance for them to show the community their work.” With a rotating inventory of goods and items, there will always be something new. From yoga apparel, baby onesies, accessories, and jewelry, to candles, beverages, blankets, succulents, and more, Juniper Outpost truly has something unique and special that appeals to everyone. Juniper Outpost provides local Mesquite residents with the opportunity to find amazing things right here at home. Ms. Sirianni and Ms. Miller are on a mission to make you feel inspired and to help you find something fun and perfect without having to drive long distances. So be sure to stop by Juniper Outpost and support this newly established business.V Please visit us at 312 W. Mesquite Blvd. Unit #114.

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SUU Community on the Go Opens Faculty-Guided Trip to Spain

by Susie Knudsen | Photo Credits: SUU Community & Professional Development


outhern Utah University’s Community on the Go adult travel program recently opened registration for its 2022 international expeditions, including an exploration of the cultural wonders of Barcelona and Madrid this October. Throughout the eightday journey, travelers will be guided by SUU experts in literature, psychology, and Spanish history around some of the most spectacular locations in Spain. “Experience the culture of Spain from Barcelona to Madrid”—this excursion offers all community members the opportunity to explore important regions of Spain and to learn about Spanish art, history, and culture. Travelers will also have the added benefit of learning from SUU faculty experts without the stress of planning itineraries or negotiating travel logistics.


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Experience the colors and character of Parc Gruell in Barcelona with SUU COG.

Explore the cultural wonders of Barcelona and Madrid with exciting day trips to a mountain top monastery and medieval walled cities led by SUU Professors Jason Stinnett (Spanish), Grant Corser (psychology), and Jean Boreen, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “The Renaissance period in Spain’s history is a remarkable example of resilience and determination,” says Dr. Corser,

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COG travelers will visit Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.

trip co-leader. “During this trip, we will see a host of 'wish-list' modern and historical sites, experience beautiful scenery, and dive into Spanish art and culture. Travelers will learn historical and cultural contexts for all our destinations while discussing the importance and function of psychological meaning." Arriving in the vibrant city of Barcelona, guests will see the architectural feats of Antonio Gaudi and explore areas like the Gothic district and the famous Las Ramblas. En route to Madrid by rail, travelers will have an overnight stay in 104

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Zaragoza and then go on adventures to Spanish Inquisition sites, remnants of the ancient Roman Empire, and the famous pilgrimage site on the Ebro River. While in Madrid, the group will be guided through the world-renowned Prado Museum, Plaza Mayor, and many other culturally significant areas. After leaving Madrid, explorers will visit Segovia’s ancient aqueduct, Gothic cathedral, and former royal palace before going to medieval Toledo. The trip will conclude with a visit to a lively traditional flamenco tablao and dinner.

COG travelers' visit to London, England, in 2019

Community on the Go offers culturally-immersive international travel experiences for adults and is presented by SUU Community and Professional Development. SUU faculty experts curate and lead exploration groups of approximately 20–30 travelers to various parts of the world, offering fun cultural and educational experiences. Activities are flexible and designed using community feedback. Previous Community on the Go trip destinations include London, China, Peru, Paris, and Transylvania.V For the Community on the Go trip to Spain, early-bird registration rates of $3,499 per traveler are available through May 31, 2022 or until the trip is filled. For more information about SUU’s Community on the Go adult travel program, please visit, or call (435) 865-8259.

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by Elisa Eames | Photos courtesy of the Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office


race yourselves, residents of southern Utah. It’s here! The excitement and anticipation are palpable as the community receives incredible triathletes from all over the world who are gathering for the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship to be held on May 7 in St. George. A 140.6-mile endurance race that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a full, 26.2-mile marathon, the IRONMAN is the pinnacle of triathlons, and it is a

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tremendous honor for St. George to host it, especially as this is the first time that the world championship has ever been held outside of its Hawaiian birthplace. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship was canceled last October in Hawaii and rescheduled for May in St. George, which has already hosted the half-length 70.3 IRONMAN World Championship. Many athletes know that the IRONMAN was created by combining three different existing endurance races in Hawaii, but fewer realize that the biking segment was originally 116 miles instead of 112. Because of geographical logistics, the segment was shortened to 112 miles so that bikers could start at the finish line for the Waikiki Roughwater Swim and end at the beginning site of the Honolulu Marathon. Fifteen men began the first IRONMAN on February 18, 1978, and of the 12 who completed it, the winner emerged with a finishing time of 11 hours, 46 minutes, and 58 seconds. The second iteration of the race took place in 1979 and included the first Ironwoman, who finished sixth place overall among the 15 total triathletes. In 1981, the race was moved from the original island of Oahu to the bigger island of Hawaii, and by 1983, popularity had necessitated the policy that only triathletes who qualified by completing another IRONMAN could enter. Today, it is extremely difficult to qualify for the IRONMAN World Championship, which has always been held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii—until now.


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On May 7, triathletes will complete their swim in Sand Hollow Reservoir, from which the biking segment of the race will begin. Bikers will then ride southwest through Washington and St. George, turn north through Snow Canyon State Park and Dameron Valley, and then head south through Gunlock, finally turning east to end on Tabernacle Street near Main Street in St. George. Then begins the marathon segment of the race on Tabernacle Street, just west of Main Street. Runners will head north on Main Street, continue northwest on Diagonal Street to Bluff, and then progress west on Snow Canyon Parkway. Heading south along various streets, they will end up moving south along Dixie Drive. At Mathis Park, they will turn and backtrack their route until they return to the final finish line on Main Street just south of Tabernacle. Volunteer opportunities for this historic event are available. Visit and click on the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship. Also, if you plan to drive anywhere in the St. George area on May 7, avoid roads along the race route or expect to be frustrated. For maps of routes, visit im-world-championship-2021-course. The St. George area is an amazing place, and the nearly 2,000 incoming triathletes will no doubt feel that. They have all worked incredibly hard to be here, and most have traveled far as well. The City of St. George, as it has during the 70.3 IRONMAN World Championships, once again enjoys the opportunity to welcome the world.V

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Toxic Beliefs Will Doom Your Efforts


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by Judi Moreo


ake no mistake. We choose our beliefs. There's nobody sitting behind you with a gun pointed to your head telling you to believe certain things. There's nobody threatening to kill you if you don't believe you are worthless, incapable, and not up to the job. Nobody's forcing you to be miserable. I know that's an uncomfortable thing to hear because we're human beings. We're trapped in a prison of weak flesh, and we would love to have somebody or something to blame. You choose your beliefs, and they are the foundation of your reality. They are also the lenses that you use to filter your reality. They're not forced on you. You've voluntarily assumed them. You always have a say. How to Fight Back? How do you fight back against your toxic beliefs? It all boils down to being more critical. This doesn't mean you have to turn into a jerk. It means you must be more skeptical. Don't take things at face value. Somebody might say that something is right or true, but you can decide if it’s actually true by filtering the information through your experience. Use your logical reasoning faculties. Unfortunately, if somebody whom we love and respect says something or makes a claim, we are likely to pick up on what they say and assume that it's true. Why? In the back of our heads, we’ve pictured that person as someone who has experienced many things and as someone who has achieved credibility and authority in our minds. So, why would we do the heavy work and be skeptical of what he or she says? Basically, you transfer the time, effort, and attention to detail that you invested in

developing that relationship to his or her claims. This is a problem because people make mistakes. People often say stupid things, and if you are mentally lazy and adopt what they say as truth and absorb it, there will be a problem. Maybe they're saying something that's true for them personally, but it may not be some universal truth that applies to all people. Stop assuming others are right. If somebody makes a big claim, don't be afraid to look like a fool and say, "Hold on, what do you mean by this and by that?" When you do that, you stop people in their tracks. You keep them from taking illogical leaps in their argumentation. Mature, balanced, and advanced thinking—people appreciate this because they understand clean logic. They understand a clean progression of argumentation in their minds. However, people who are lazy or insecure will attack you. Be prepared for that, but never be afraid of asking to look at principles because you will be the victim if you allow them to fool you. Don't be afraid to look at the premises behind their conclusions because there might not be a good logical fit. The bottom line of all of this is that you should adopt the mindset of being more critical and refuse to assume things. You can choose your beliefs. You really can. You can actively make your beliefs work for you instead of against you. Please understand that beliefs are two-edged swords. Learn how to craft them so they are beneficial to you and to the people depending on you. You are more than enough.V Judi Moreo may be contacted for achievement coaching, speaking engagements, or training programs through Turning Point International at (702) 283-4567, or learn more about Judi at

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Aguilar Mobile Carwash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

Mesquite Fine Arts Center and Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

All In Cycles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

MesquiteLink Realty – Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

All Secure Storage, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

MesquiteLink Realty - Deb Parsley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Aravada Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Mesquite Tile and Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Arizona Horse Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

Mesquite Veterinary Clinic – Peggy Purner, DVM. . . . . . . . . . . 113

Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Mortgage Mate, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Barney, McKenna, & Olmstead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

MPD/OHV Inspections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

BeBrave Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

MVP Productions – Kris Zurbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

C & J Shutters, Blinds and Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

Odyssey Landscaping, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

City of St. George Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

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

Crystal Palm Healing Sanctuary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

P3 Medical Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Deep Roots Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Pioneer Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Desert Gold Realty - Lynda Edwards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

Preston's Medical Waste & Shredding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Desert Oasis Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Polynesian Pools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Desert Pain Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Ready Golf Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

ERA – Sharon Szarzi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

Red Rock Golf Instruction - Rob Krieger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Eureka Casino Resort - Gold Club Comps . . . . . Inside Front Cover

Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Eureka Casino Resort - Gregory's Mesquite Grill. . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Re/Max Ridge Realty – Dave Neufeld. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58, 59

Farmers Insurance - Bill Mitchell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Re/Max - Robert Goody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Friends of Gold Butte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Richens Eye Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Great Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 - Ilene Bandringa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Hole Foods Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

St. George Musical Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

J.R. Morgan Glass & Glazing, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

State Farm - Lisa Wilde. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

JSL Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Stationary Hitch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109, 113

STORE MORE! Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Juniper Outpost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Sugars Home Plate Sports Memorabilia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Kayenta Arts Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Sun City Realty - Renald Leduc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Ken Garff Mesquite Ford - Dave Heath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

TDS Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Kitchen Encounters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

The Lindi Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Medicare and Healthcare Insurance - Mary Bundy. . . . . . . . . . 42

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

Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care. . . . . . . . 42

Vibrationally Speaking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Mesa View Medical Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley Mortuaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Mesquite Branding and Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Western Tri-State Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Mesquite Business Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

Yogi Window Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services. . . . . . .IBC

Yonder Escalante. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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