ViewOn Magazine May-June 2023 Outdoor Adventure Issue

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mesquite | moapa valley | arizona strip | southern utah complimentary issue OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ISSUE

May - June, 2023

Volume 16 – Issue 3


Kathy Lee


Erin Eames


Elisa Eames


Courtesy of Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce


Madison Webster, Ellie Anderson, Donna Eads, Christine Ward, Kaylee Pickering, Justin Gomez, Barbara Bruno, Helen Houston, Ashley Centers, Cliff and Ilene Bandringa, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Rachel Naegeli, Nathan Hughes, Karen L. Monsen, Michelle Sathe, Lyndi Wilson, Bill Brown, Jennifer Sperry, Janell Bassett, Faith Jolley, Bo Beck, Elisa Eames


Kathy Lee



Bert Kubica

Cheryl Whitehead


ViewOn Magazine Staff

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Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our Outdoor Adventure issue! It is during this time of year that I most enjoy living in this beautiful area. Everywhere you turn, adventure is in your View. North, south, east, and west—your only tough decision will be from which direction to begin. Within these pages, you will find so many exciting adventures that we have compiled over time and even some we have just recently discovered.

When we finalize our adventure issue, I'm always amazed at just how much there is to do within a few miles of where we live. It is the perfect weather to get outside and hike, bike, or play in the water! There are breathtaking views at every turn. I feel so blessed to live in an area that has so much to offer.

As a reminder to all who venture out, we hope that you will make some simple preparations. Make sure that you have the correct supplies, and let others know your destination and when you will be expected to return. As our desert can be unrelenting at this time of year, be sure to carry plenty of water and snacks. If you are traveling with your dogs, please make sure you read the article called “Trail Smarts and Safety When Hiking With Your Dog.”

If your idea of an adventure is sitting in your backyard barbecuing some great food, drinking a cold beverage, and watching a sunset with your friends, then we agree that THIS is an awesome adventure as well!

As you are traveling around town enjoying our beautiful scenery, please remember to stop by, visit, and support our great advertisers. It is them you have to thank for making this publication possible.

As always, our Facebook page and our website at are great resources that we hope you will take the time to visit.

Happy adventuring!

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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. Her love of creative writing began in the fourth grade when she wrote her first story. She has a bachelors degree in Humanities with a French minor and an accounting certificate. Her other loves include writing stories, running/hiking, acting/singing, and laughing. She volunteers in classrooms, tutors missionaries from Columbia in English, and teaches Sunday school. She can be reached at

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.

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

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Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including two international bestsellers, You Are MoreThan Enough and ConquertheBrain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at or (702) 283-4567.

David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A southern Utah resident since 2006, David has extensive experience in writing, public relations,

marketing, and public speaking. He has also served in a variety of volunteer capacities over the years, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, religious education, and as a coach for his son's athletic teams. Email him at

Ashley Centers is the former General Manager of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, and her passion for fitness runs deep. She fell in love with competitive powerlifting as a preteen. She set many state records and national qualifying totals during her lifting career prior to her competitive retirement while attending college. Ashley is now an ISSA Elite Level Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutritionist, and Corrective Exercise Specialist and 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

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

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pringdale, Utah, is the gateway to Zion National Park. The town itself is charming and offers locally-owned restaurants, galleries, and retail shops. Visitors can reserve a room in one of our hotels, bed and breakfasts, or inns. They can book nightly rentals and park their vehicle once. From there, they can ride our shuttles around town and into Zion National Park. Bike rentals are also readily available throughout the central commercial district.

Street biking is allowed in Zion National Park, and one of our favorite rides is from the town of Springdale to the Temple of Sinewava in Zion Canyon. Our shuttles accommodate bikes, and you can ride to the Pa'Rus Trail, a dog-friendly family trail inside Zion National Park. That trail accommodates bikes as well as strollers and wheelchairs.

If mountain biking is more your style, there are many mountain bike trails in the area. The Gooseberry Mesa offers 20 miles of trails on slickrock. The JEM Trail offers a single track along the Virgin River while Thunder Mountain Trail weaves through twisting hoodoos and ancient pines with a final downhill stretch. The White Trail is the easiest trail on Gooseberry Mesa at 3.5 miles one way.

Springdale Town Park is located on Lion Boulevard and offers pickleball courts, a tennis court, a frisbee golf course, and a playground. Throughout Springdale, a paved trail also runs parallel to SR-9 and is a great place to ride bikes, walk, or run.

Several outdoor adventure companies located in Springdale offer gear for hiking the Narrows or for experiencing your own canyon adventure, but they also offer guided services. These services include shuttles to trailheads for one-way hikes, climbing and rappelling classes, and guides that accompany you for a custom adventure.

Tubing down the Virgin River offers a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. The most common location to eat your take-out is George Barker River Park. The park includes picnic tables and an off-leash dog area.

Kolob Reservoir is a great place for kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and camping. The road to the reservoir winds in and out of Zion National Park and offers views of the "back" side of Zion Canyon. There is also a via ferrata, a thrilling metal course scaling straight up a sheer canyon wall.

Outfitters also offer a variety of tours of the area: horseback, ATV, fly fishing, hiking, and jeep. An outfitter located on SR-9 outside of Springdale offers helicopter and zipline tours.

Visitors can also keep it simple and hike on their own. In addition to the trails in Zion National Park, there are many other trails in the area. Some of our favorites are the Eagle Crags Trail, the Rockville Bench Trail, Dalton Wash Trail to the petrified forest, the Paiute Trail, and the Steamboat Trail.

Don't forget to carry plenty of water. If you need food, several of our restaurants and both of our markets sell boxed lunches to carry with you.

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| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2023 8 table of Contents Eagle Crags Hike Near Zion Grand Canyon \ Northern Arizona Road Trip and Special Events 52 View On Outdoors Drop-in Canyoneering 66 20 20 Features 12 12 Wildflower Festival at Cedar Breaks National Monument 52 66
9 May / June 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 26 ADVENTURE Eagle Crags Hike Near Zion 66 DESIGN A Clear Choice for Your Home 74 FITNESS The Importance of Post-workout Recovery 72 LEGAL MATTERS How to Choose a Solid MLM for Your Side Hustle 36 PETS Don't Forget Trail Smarts and Safety When Hiking with Your Dog 16 GOLF Purposeful Practice Makes Permanent 86 FINANCE How Does Secure Act 2.0 Change Saving For Retirement? 72 20 OUTDOORS Drop-in Canyoneering 26 INSPIRATION Moving Beyond Useless Mindsets 48 16 table of Contents View on EDUCATION Best Friends and SUU Partner to Offer Scholarships to Paiute Tribal Members 88 MOTIVATION Patience 94

Why I Love

Santa Clara Why I Love

Ilove the vibrant red mountains and smooth sand that fills the gaps between your toes at Snow Canyon State Park; the gorgeous and passionate storms that roll through the valley during monsoon season; the celebration and acknowledgment of hard work, sacrifice, and heritage every year during Swiss Days; the magical Christmas lights that are hung by hand on every tree that lines Santa Clara Drive; the intimate and lovely shopping experience at Uncle and Auntie’s decor shop; and the mouthwatering homemade chips and salsa that is made daily at Frei’s Fruit Market. All this and more is what makes Santa Clara truly remarkable.

Our lives are centered around the outdoors, giving our children the opportunity to be creative and learn to entertain themselves by playing together. I find true happiness in raising babies, counting my blessings, and making memories with my family. The simple aspects of this breathtaking small town are a lost joy in simplicity, and I am proud to call it home.


Our family loves living in the Parowan Valley! Located along the I-15 corridor, Parowan is the “mother town” of southern Utah. Settled in 1851 by Mormon pioneers, Parowan was the first pioneer settlement in southern Utah. Named for the Native American word that means “evil water,” Parowan has a rich history of tradition that is blended with a charming, small-town atmosphere.

Parowan Gap, a natural rock formation, has ancient petroglyphs. This sacred Native American site lines up perfectly with the spring solstice sunrise and the fall solstice sunset. The charming town of Parowan is known for its grand history of theater and arts. Residents are fiercely proud of their pioneer heritage and include old and new citizens as they celebrate Parowan’s birthday every January. Festivals are held through the summer and fall, including the Labor Day weekend celebration at the Iron County Fair. Parowan is a “gateway” town, with Brian Head Ski Resort, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Zion National Park all located within 90 miles or fewer. Whatever adventure you are looking for, you can find it in the Parowan Valley.

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Grand canyon / Northern Arizona Road Trip Adventure and Special Events

Northern Arizona provides great road trip opportunities that include destinations such as the Grand Canyon National Park, Williams, Flagstaff, Sedona, and Page/Lake Powell. All these areas offer amazing opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation: hiking, sightseeing, boating, fishing, galleries, museums, and more.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK needs no introduction. It’s already a bucket-list item for millions of visitors each year.

WILLIAMS, ARIZONA, offers small-town nostalgia with great adventures. Route 66 history buffs can explore more than six blocks of historic buildings and shops bursting with memorabilia. Enjoy Bearizona Wildlife Park, Canyon Roller Coaster, Grand Canyon Railway, and several historic landmarks.

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA—visit northern Arizona’s largest city, located along historic Route 66 just 80 miles from the Grand Canyon. Attractions include Lowell Observatory (where Pluto

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was discovered), Walnut Canyon National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and the best-preserved meteorite impact site on earth.

SEDONA, ARIZONA, is widely known for intriguing natural red rock formations. It is also known as a spiritual wellness destination with several vortexes believed to emit energy. Visit Red Rock National Park, or choose from several

incredible hiking and biking trails, off-road tours and rentals, and more. There are over 80 galleries in the area with amazing work from local artists.

PAGE/LAKE POWELL, ARIZONA—visitors can enjoy houseboat rentals, specialty shops for self-guided expeditions, boating, swimming, and knowledgeable tour guides. Visit Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon for amazing sightseeing adventures.

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The Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce has recently created an online visitor guide that showcases these amazing destinations with links to lodging, dining, shopping, tours, and more. The guide includes maps and informational videos and is a great resource for anyone visiting northern Arizona.

Also inside the guide is information about the Grand Canyon Passport to Savings promotion, with discounts to many northern Arizona businesses. There is nothing to download. Just visit

promotions/, enter your email, and browse all the special offers available in the northern Arizona area.

The towns of Tusayan (one mile from the Grand Canyon) and Valle (24 miles from the Grand Canyon) are great choices for a “base camp” as you visit the many destinations in northern Arizona. Lodging options include hotels, motels, RV parks, and unique glamping experiences. Both towns offer dining options, including steakhouses, Mexican food, pizza, sandwiches, and food trucks.

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Hiking in the Grand Canyon Boating
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These two towns and the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce collaborate and support many annual events in the area that bring together locals and visitors alike for fun and recreation. When planning your road trip to northern Arizona, consider attending one or more of the special events taking place in the area.

Some of the 2023 events are listed below. Visit the link at the end of this article for information about the visitor guide, Passport to Savings, and all the special events in the area.

Bedrock Caveman Challenge—May

This includes an obstacle course challenge, bird encounter and flight demonstrations, barbeque, and more. It is sure to be fun for all ages. Location: Raptor Ranch in Valle, Arizona.

Grand Canyon Star Party—June

Each year for one week, the National Park Service invites amateur astronomers to set up their telescopes for the enjoyment of park visitors. The dark skies of the Grand Canyon offer an amazing view of night sky objects. Location: Grand Canyon National Park South Rim.

July 4th Celebration—July

Celebrate Independence Day in the Town of Tusayan, located one mile from the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. Festivities include a parade, live band, food, and of course, the evening light show. Location: Tusayan, Arizona.


Your Park Day—September

Bring your bike, or rent one in Tusayan, and celebrate the outdoors by riding your bike from Tusayan to Grand Canyon National Park on the Greenway Trails. This will be fun for the entire family. Location: Tusayan, Arizona.

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art—September

Each year, the Grand Canyon Conservancy invites artists to paint “en plein air” for one week at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Artists are tasked with capturing the ever-changing colors and light as the sun moves across the canyon. The paintings are shared with the public during a four-month exhibition/sale at the historic Kolb Studio and online. Location: Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon Village.

Grand Canyon Music Festival—September

Explore this awe-inspiring world wonder, and enjoy beautiful music played by some of the best artists from around the world. Encouraged by the local community and businesses, the inaugural season took place in September of 1983 and has grown from three concerts to nine concerts that span a three-week period. Location: Shrine of the Ages, Grand Canyon National Park South Rim.

Grand Canyon Half Marathon—November

Run or walk a beautiful trail in the wilds of the Kaibab National Forest, just minutes from the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim. See elk, deer, javelina, wild horses, and more in part of the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world! Location: Tusayan, Arizona.

Holiday Celebration—December

The winter months at Grand Canyon are less busy, but the views are just as spectacular. Each year, the town of Tusayan, which is located one mile from the South Rim entrance to the Grand Canyon, puts on a holiday event that is sure to bring joy to all ages.V

Visitor guide and Passport to Savings:

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Biking in Sedona, Arizona Horeshoe Bend in Page, Arizona

Don’t Forget Trail Smarts and Safety When Hiking With Your Dog

Dogs love the outdoors. They love going for walks, and they love being with their owners. So naturally, hiking with your dog is a great idea! But being prepared, responsible, and respectful of nature and other hikers is a necessity. We’d like to share some common-sense guidelines that are sometimes overlooked when taking your dog along for a hike.

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KEEP DOGS UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES. Keep them within eye and earshot. That means keeping them on-leash and paying attention to any visual clues they may be giving. If your dog can be reactive to moving objects, always yield to other hikers and riders coming toward you or up from behind. Communicate responsibly, never assuming other dogs are going to be friendly or that the owners are okay with dog greetings, even if your dog is not a threat. Ask the other pet parent before allowing your dog to approach. Most trails require dogs to be on-leash. Follow these rules willfully because they can have surprising consequences if ignored—if your dog causes injury to another hiker or pet, you can be held legally accountable if you’re not following the posted rules.


This means picking up after your pet, even in the desert and especially on trails, pathways, and at popular wilderness attractions. No one wants to step in your dog’s droppings, and in the worst case, children can wander off the trails and become ill from waste contamination. All dog owners should be wellprepared with poop bags and should consistently use them.

PROTECT THE WILDLIFE, FLORA, AND FAUNA. Do not let your dog approach wildlife. If your dog has a high prey drive, never let them off-leash in areas where there is active wildlife or even farm animals. Poisonous or prickly plants can become a big nuisance, so don’t let your dog forage. Encounters with rattlesnakes can have deadly consequences.

Whenever the outside temperature is in the 70s, rattlesnakes will be active. They “hear” by sensing vibrations and very often go unseen until you’re within striking distance. Young rattlers do not yet have their rattles but are just as dangerous, so be vigilant. Rattlesnake avoidance classes are available at WOOF! Training Academy and will train your dog to avoid the encounter. It’s also a great idea to ask your vet for the rattlesnake vaccine. This will allow you time to get proper treatment in the event of a bite.

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Be a well-prepared hiker. You wouldn’t consider hitting the trail without items that will keep you safe and comfortable, and this should include items for your dog.

Here’s our list of 10 essentials when hiking with your dog:


Collar or harness

A collar, or better yet, a no-pull harness will help to identify your dog as a pet, particularly if it is made of a colorful material that can be seen from a distance. Attending a loose leash training class is a great way to learn how to correctly use a no-pull harness and build communication and a trusting bond with your pet. Ensure that any collar or harness is loose enough that you can easily slip your finger underneath, but don’t have it too loose that it could slip off. Don’t ever use a choke collar, prong collar, or nose halter, as these could get caught or tangled and potentially cause your dog serious harm.

2. Leash

The leash must be durable enough to withstand the rigors of the trail. Leather and nylon both work well. Keep the leash short enough to retain good control. We discourage retractable leashes as they can lead to injury to you and your dog. No-pull harnesses have leashes that unclip to a six-foot extension and also allow for double-clipping.


Identification tag and/or microchip

A microchip can be easily inserted by your veterinarian and is a great way to ensure that you will be reunited with your dog if she should get separated from you. Tattoos that are placed on the inner thigh on a back leg can serve the same purpose. Be sure to register your dog’s microchip or tattoo with an online registration service, such as the one operated by the American Kennel Club, and keep your online contact information up to date. It is also useful to have an identification tag engraved with your dog’s name and your phone number so that anyone who might find your dog can read the information without having a special microchip scanner. Attach the tag with a durable loop ring, which is more secure than an “S” hook.

4. Water

Carry at least eight ounces of water per dog per hour of hiking. When you’re hiking in hot weather, fill plastic water bottles three-fourths full and place them in the freezer the night before your outing; the ice will melt as you hike, providing a source of cool water for your dog. Avoid letting your dog drink standing water from puddles and ponds, as bacteria and parasites can be present there and cause your dog to become sick.

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5. Collapsible bowl

A collapsible bowl will make it easy to give your dog food and water. These lightweight nylon bowls often feature a loop that enables you to attach the bowl to your pack or the dog’s leash, making it easy to find and use quickly.

6. Food

Carry nutritious snacks for your dog, and offer them regularly to keep your dog’s energy level high. It’s better to feed your dog smaller amounts on a more frequent basis to prevent the discomfort of exercising on a full stomach.

7. Plastic bags

This will enable you to effectively deal with your dog’s waste. You can attach them to the outside of your pack with a carabiner—again, for quick access.

8. Canine first-aid kit

Carry along some basic supplies that will help you to deal with injuries that your dog might sustain on the trail, either in your own first aid kit or in a pet-specific kit. A few of the items to take would include hydrogen peroxide to disinfect cuts, scissors with rounded tips to trim hair around wounds, bandages and gauze pads, tweezers to remove foreign objects in a wound, and a small sock or bootie to protect a wounded foot.

9. Reflective Accessories

Jacket/collar/leash or a small light that attaches to the collar will help to protect your dog during road crossings or from off-road vehicles at night.


Protective Clothing

Booties, bandanas, canine flotation devices, or insulating jackets should be kept on hand to prepare for adverse weather conditions and certain special activities. Check the conditions for where you are headed, and determine what kinds of clothing your dog might need. Booties can protect your dog’s paws in icy or abrasive trail conditions. A bandana or neck gaiter will identify your dog as a pet and can be used as a bandage if needed. A canine flotation device is important for any trips that involve boat rides, and an insulating jacket will help keep short-haired dogs warm on winter hikes.

Now you’re ready to hit the trail! Enjoy the outdoors with your dog, and be better safe than sorry.V

More information can be found at WOOF! Wellness Center & Training Academy in the Santa Clara Historic District. We are open Monday through Saturday. Call (435) 275-4536, or visit

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Drop-In Canyoneering

The song written by Mickey Newbury, “Just Dropped In,” was first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis and released in 1968 by the pop-rock country band, The First Edition, with Kenny Rogers on vocals. It became Rogers’ first top-ten hit. The lyrics, widely assumed to represent a psychedelic experience, also fit canyoneering. Dropping into a canyon and facing physical and mental challenges in an upside-down geologic world aligns with the phrases, “I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in” and “pushed my soul in a deep dark hole, and then I followed it in.”

John Wesley Powell may have been the first to use the term canyoneering during his 1869 Colorado River expedition. Subsequently, canyoneering came to refer to exploring a canyon by hiking, scrambling, sliding, stemming, chimneying, and/or rappelling. Safe canyoneering requires physical fitness, technical skills, and special equipment. This is demonstrated by the infamous events in Bluejohn Canyon in 2003. The slot canyon, renowned for Aron Ralston’s misadventure that cost him his arm, runs along a Green River tributary in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Ralston’s experience was

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recounted autobiographically in his book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and 127 Hours, a movie based on the book, features actor James Franco.

“Lack of experience, overconfidence, and complacency” often lead to mishaps, injuries, or rescue, according to Bo Beck, manager of The Desert Rat, a St. George camping and canyoneering store. Beck assisted Zion National Park as a Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteer for over 18 years and also served a short time with Washington County SAR. No longer

engaging in rescues, Bo draws from his 38-plus canyoneering years when he says, “Just remember, don’t ever expect to be rescued. Travel at your own risk.”

Drops and Slots

Bo and fellow Desert Rat employee, Jeremy Gorzalski (both known by their first names), provide advice, equipment, and supplies for canyoneers. Jeremy began canyoneering 14 years ago after a course with Zion Adventure Company in Springdale. “For me, the draw in canyoneering is exploring

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Golden Throne | Photo Credit: Don Glenn

places that traditionally have been unknown and inaccessible to people. Slot canyons can be remarkably inhospitable places but also can hold incredibly unique beauty. Overcoming obstacles through teamwork and ingenuity also holds a lot of allure for many canyoneers, myself included.”

Bo also started canyoneering to explore the unknown and suggests, “The best way to begin canyoneering is to get involved with a group of friends who have a lot of experience hiking canyons and with whom you have a great trust, or find a canyoneering guide service that has an extensive positive history.” Books and online videos can provide information, but Jeremy insists there is “no substitute to getting hands-on experience under the guidance of someone with a proven track record of safety.”

Equipment and Knowing the Ropes

Basic equipment for technical canyoneering includes a helmet, static (non-stretch) ropes, harness, descent device, ascension system, personal anchor, carabiners, anchor materials (webbing and quick-links or rappel rings), gloves, and wet or drysuits for various canyons.

Bo mentions, “The ability to tie knots in the dark (practice with eyes closed) is as important as how many knots one can tie. Knot bends and hitches that are commonly used are: munter hitch, munter mule overhand, bowline, ring bend, clove hitch, two overhand knots inline, sheet bend, and figure eights in different configurations and triple wrap prusiks.” Jeremy adds that there are also the “prusik/autoblock and double fisherman’s.”

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Hike to Escalante Canyons / Photo Credit Karen L. Monsen

Being Fit and Prepared

Nothing substitutes for fitness and preparedness. Jeremy recommends, “It’s best to start with canyons that see frequent use and are not very committing. Good examples in the southwest Utah area are Yankee Doodle, Diana’s Throne, Keyhole, Orderville, and The Subway TopDown.” Rappelling, setting and evaluating anchors, and basic climbing skills are needed as well as good route-finding skills. Descents might require swimming through water trapped at the bottom. Flexibility and upper body strength are required for stemming and climbing. Preparedness includes dealing with unexpected conditions—stuck ropes, anchors not present, obstacles, and injuries.

Risks and Rewards

To avoid accidents that result from the aforementioned overconfidence, complacency, and lack of experience, Bo suggests, “Make a plan, and tell your plan to an emergency contact with a deadline for that contact to alert the proper authorities. Stick to your plan, but don’t hesitate to cancel for any reason, primarily because of an injury to one of the participants or foul weather forecast before or during your adventure.”

Utah is a mecca for desert canyons. Three of the least visited canyons worth the effort are in Zion National Park: Kolob Creek, Boundary Creek, and Das Boot. For Bo, “Each and every canyon holds its own charm, challenges, and beauty. It would be difficult to classify any canyon better than another.” He likes Pandoras Box in central Utah and Heaps Canyon, which can be hiked in nine hours or three days, and another favorite is always Left Fork of North Creek (also known as The Subway).

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Mystery Canyon / Photo Credit Leslie Glenn

Jeremy explains, “Zion canyons, for instance, tend to have a good deal of water and feature a high number of rappels compared to North Wash, where the canyons are narrower, dryer, and tend to have a good deal of climbing without ropes.” Without claiming favorites, he likes Fat Man’s Misery (a long day through a series of slots, downclimbing, and a few rappels ending in a beautiful shadow grotto), Boundary Canyon (with many rappels and a tough exit), and the Right Fork of North Creek (with challenging route-finding, gorgeous waterfalls, and impressive alcoves).

Once a rope is pulled, few canyons offer escape, and storms anywhere in the drainage can be life-threatening. Safe

canyoneering demands route knowledge. Jeremy warns, “Multiple rescues have occurred after groups dropped into the wrong drainage and found themselves in a much more difficult canyon than the one they expected.” Drops into pooled water can make out-climbs difficult or impossible and could result in hypothermia.

Nevertheless, Utah’s Navajo sandstone canyons beckon visitors with their mesmerizing, sculpted walls carved by creeks, streams, wind, and monsoons. Drop-in canyoneering can be fun, but it requires skills, strength, fitness, equipment, route-finding, and good judgment. After pulling the rope, you don’t want to find yourself stuck in a keeper pothole where your adventure turns tragic—just ask Aron Ralston.V

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Moving Beyond Useless Mindsets

Ruminating about your past, worrying about your future, and being fearful of missing out are all symptoms of the same problem. When you live your life focused on the past or the future instead of relishing every second of the present, you are squandering the precious gift of life.

Learning to let go of the “shoulda, coulda, woulda” mindset and learning to embrace living in the here and now can help you enjoy your life, achieve your goals, and feel more at peace in the world.

Mindfulness is a habit that teaches you to focus on the present and ignore the worrying, regret, and anxiety your thoughts create about your unknown future or mistake-filled past. Living in the moment allows you to appreciate what you have when you have it as well as how to be more aware of how your thoughts affect your life.

While it’s important to realize that living mindfully and in the present is healthy and beneficial, it is equally important that you learn how to accomplish this goal.

The following pages offer a few strategies for moving beyond the useless mindsets of living in the past or future and learning to live in the present:

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Strategies for Moving Beyond Unhelpful Mindsets

Be Free in the moment

You inhibit your own performance when you worry about who is watching, what others might think, and if you’ll be good enough. All that worrying about how well you’ll do something actually makes you perform worse than if you just let go and stopped thinking about it. If you are feeling anxious about a situation and are too focused on the “shouldas,” then your attention to your anxiety makes you more anxious.

Instead of focusing on what is going on in your head, focus instead on your movements, your actions, and yourself as you perform. Mindfulness allows you to focus on yourself as well—as part of a collective “other,” but you need to reduce your self-consciousness to really engage in this process. Just focus on your immediate experience, not on how you feel about that experience, and you’ll start teaching your brain to better engage in the present.

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Becoming so absorbed in what you are doing that you lose track of time is a perfect example of mindfulness and living in the now. Letting go of the worries and fears means you enjoy what you are doing right now, and you become so intensely focused on it that you forget the rest of the world around you. This depth of engagement is impossible when you are multitasking or when your mind consistently wanders to thoughts about other times and other worries.

Create the right conditions, and this type of engagement can occur. Set a goal for yourself that is challenging yet attainable and that you can accomplish without the help of others. This will allow you to rise to the challenge without relying on or worrying about other people. While setting a goal may seem like living in the future, in reality, it’s just providing a backdrop for you to focus on what you are doing in each moment that will help you reach your aim.

Dive in, learn from each step of the process, inform your effort, and tune out anything else that is happening. Focus only on your performance, and your awareness will merge with your actions as you work toward your goal.

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savor the moment

Spend one whole day just relishing every experience you have. Don’t compare your morning coffee to other coffees you’ve had, but instead, notice the subtle flavors and how the warmth affects your body. Instead of worrying about when you’ll be back to see an amazing view again, sit and enjoy the view right now. Savor each moment by actually living in it, noticing it, observing it, and participating in it.

Make every moment for one whole day about savoring. Involve all your senses as much as possible to really notice your world, your life, and your activities. Savoring brings joy into your world. You learn to appreciate small moments and things in your life, and you develop new perspectives about others.

This mindset leaves no space for worry about unrealized possibilities or regrets over the past. It’s about enjoying all parts of your life for what they really are.

Final Thoughts...

Moving beyond useless mindsets is an intention to focus more on what is currently happening. It is becoming more aware of your thoughts and their impact on your actions, and it is making purposeful steps toward lessening their influence on what you do and how you do it.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 on her website at

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Text and Images provided by the City of St. George

Since its opening in 2016, Thunder Junction

All Abilities Park has captured the hearts and the minds of St. George residents and visitors, creating what former Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins called “miles of smiles.”

A free, dinosaur-themed public park that offers a unique and innovative approach to outdoor play and accessibility, Thunder Junction (1851 South Dixie Drive) strives to provide a fun and inclusive environment for individuals of all abilities.

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Some of its amenities include:

The famous Thunder Junction train ride is accessible to individuals using wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

The train ride takes visitors on a scenic tour of the park, offering fantastic views of the various attractions and beautiful scenery. There is a small fee for those who would like to ride the train: $1 for everyone one year or older.

The splash pad provides a refreshing way to cool off on a hot day. The splash pad features water jets, a dinosaur head fountain, and interactive features that are fun for everyone.

Additionally, the park has several playground features that are designed to be accessible to all, such as wheelchair ramps and adaptive swings.

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The park's commitment to accessibility is also reflected in its employment practices. The park employs 40 individuals of all abilities, including a significant number with special needs. They serve in a variety of positions, such as ride operators, attendants, cashiers, and greeters. This inclusive approach not only promotes greater understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities but also helps to enhance the overall customer experience.

“Being able to work with people of all abilities at an all-abilities park is the most amazing thing to be a part of,” says Hannah Keller, recreation supervisor for the City of St. George. “These employees look forward to coming to work and ‘creating miles of smiles.’ They are really what make the park and the experiences here special.”

Thunder Junction is just one of many amazing public parks throughout the City of St. George. With picnic areas, outdoor activities, and a variety of playgrounds, the city's parks provide a range of options for families, individuals, and groups to enjoy. Additionally, parks host a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts, festivals, and other community activities.

Thunder Junction is a versatile park—a great place to visit during the spring and summer months as well as during the holiday season. One of the park’s most popular events is the Spook-trackular Halloween event, which takes place in late October. This event offers a range of Halloween-themed activities, including a haunted train ride, the pumpkin tunnel, and a trick-or-treat trail complete with games.

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Another popular event at the park is the North Pole Express, which takes place during the holiday season. The train ride takes visitors on a magical journey to the North Pole, where they can meet Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and their elves. The train is decked out in holiday decorations, and visitors can enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas music, and festive activities such as craft-making and storytelling. Tickets go quickly, so check come November.

Nearby is Tonaquint Nature Center, a hidden gem. Stop by and see the wildlife, and wander around the winding paths. Adjacent to the Santa Clara River Trail, this is a quiet and concealed nature space where squirrels scurry up trees and ducks eagerly await visitors. Come visit, and you might even spot a monarch butterfly.V

Please visit to stay up to date on all of our upcoming events.

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SECURE ACT 2.0 how does change saving for retirement?

Washington Policy Analyst Ed Mills has outlined key components of new legislation. The year-end fiscal 2023 government funding bill contained legislation that will make the most significant changes to the U.S. retirement savings system in decades. The SECURE Act 2.0 legislation builds on retirement savings changes passed in 2019 and contains new provisions that further raise the required minimum distribution (RMD) age, shift to automatic plan enrollment, and provide for new matching/emergency withdrawal opportunities. Most of the key provisions are effective in the 2024–2025 timeframe, but smaller adjustments (such as an increase in the RMD age to 73) are effective in 2023. Included in this article is a detailed overview of the key provisions in the legislation and the effective timelines.

SECURE Act 2.0 is the second bipartisan bill designed to boost access to retirement savings. The SECURE Act 2.0 is a followup bill to the original SECURE Act passed in 2019. This bill began the process of increasing the RMD age (which was 70 and a half) as well as increasing participation in retirement savings plans through various tax incentives. It also eased administrative rules for employer-sponsored retirement plans.

The new legislation goes well beyond the original iteration and seeks to expand participation in retirement savings plans through mandatory enrollments and increased flexibility in the individual use of advantaged savings accounts. It will also extend the savings timeframe before RMDs are required to age 75 by 2033—an almost five-year increase from the

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original RMD distribution age. Overall, the changes enacted by the legislation (to be phased in over a multiyear period) are likely to boost the asset base for asset managers through increased participation and interest in retirement savings plans.

Key changes will be phased in over a multi-year period. The most significant changes to the U.S. retirement savings system enacted as part of the recent legislation include:

· A higher RMD age (rising to 75 by 2033)

· A shift to automatic enrollment for new retirement plans

· An allowance for matching contributions to be made for student loan payments (expanding the retirement savings of younger adults)

· Higher catch-up limits for ages 60—63

· Additional opportunities for penalty-free withdrawals/ lower penalties for missed RMDs that are corrected

Starting in 2025, eligible employees will be automatically enrolled in new employer-sponsored retirement plans. Contributions will be set with enrollment and will be between 3–10%, rising by 1% each year unless employees elect to opt out. Under-the-radar provisions include an expansion of multiple employer plans (MEPs) and pooled employer plans (PEPs) to include 403(b)s, 529 to Roth IRA rollovers (max $35,000), and employeroffered de minimis financial incentives (such as gift cards or other financial awards) to increase employee participation in retirement plans.


· AUTOMATIC ENROLLMENT: Eligible employees are required to be automatically enrolled in new 401(k) and 403(b) retirement savings plans with a contribution between 3–10%, rising by 1% annually (up to 15%) unless employees opt out. Automatic enrollment is effective starting in 2025.

· HIGHER RMD AGE: The RMD age is raised to 73 in 2023 and 75 beginning in 2033.

· MEP AND PEP ACCESS FOR 403(B) PLANS: Access to multiple employer plans (MEPs) and pooled employer plans (PEPs) is expanded to include 403(b) plans.

· MATCHING CONTRIBUTIONS FOR EMPLOYEE STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS: Plan sponsors may make matching contributions to 401(k), 403(b), and simple IRA plans for qualified student loan payments made by employees (effective 2024).


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are permitted for unforeseeable or immediate financial needs relating to personal or family emergency expenses once per year, to be paid back within three years (effective 2024).

· TAX AND PENALTY-FREE ROLLOVER FROM 529 TO ROTH IRA: Beneficiaries of 529 college savings accounts are permitted to roll over up to $35,000 from a 529 account in their name to a Roth IRA account. Rollovers are subject to IRA annual contribution limits and are available for 529 accounts that have been open for more than 15 years. Rollovers are permitted starting in 2024.

· REDUCED PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO TAKE RMDS: A tax penalty of 50% for failure to take RMDs is reduced to 25%. For IRAs, the tax is further reduced to 10% if corrected. Reduction is effective as of the bill’s signing.

· HIGHER CATCH-UP CONTRIBUTION ALLOWANCES: For ages 60–63, the catch-up contribution limit is raised to the greater of $10,000 or 50% higher than the regular catch-up amount. The higher allowance is effective starting in 2025.

· EMERGENCY WITHDRAWALS FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVORS: Emergency withdrawals for the expenses of individuals escaping domestic abuse situations are provided at the lesser of $10,000 or 50% of the value of the account, to be repaid over three years with a refund of income taxes paid

on the repaid amount. Withdrawals are permitted starting in 2024.

· EMERGENCY WITHDRAWALS FOR DISASTER RELIEF: Withdrawals of up to $22,000 from employer retirement accounts or IRAs are permitted for individuals affected by a federally declared disaster. These emergency-related withdrawals are permitted for disasters occurring on or after January 26, 2021.

· EXPANDED ADMINISTRATIVE COST TAX CREDIT FOR NEW BUSINESSES: A 50% tax credit for administrative costs incurred by new businesses is raised to 100% for companies with 50 or fewer employees effective 2023.

· EMPLOYER-OFFERED INCENTIVES: De minimis financial incentives (such as gift cards or other financial awards) are permitted for sponsor efforts to boost employee participation in retirement savings plans, effective as of the signing of the bill into law.V

Nathan is licensed and serves clients in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Washington. He is a financial advisor at Coeur Private Wealth Management of Raymond James. Please feel free to contact him by phone at (208) 277-9239, by email at, or by visiting the website at He would be happy to connect with you.

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In a city defined by its culture and majestic landscapes, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe in New Mexico serves as the ultimate destination for everything from family-friendly vacations to solo trips. The resort offers an enchanting high-desert summer retreat complete with outdoor adventures.

With room rates starting at $900, Rancho Encantado is a luxury boutique comprising 65 intimate casitas and suites set within a vast, rolling 57 acres in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. The palatial escape is steeped in adventure, culture, and wellness experiences, including Terra, its signature restaurant serving elegant cuisine backdropped by iconic mountain views in a sumptuous setting.

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Nicknamed the “Land of Enchantment” for the state’s otherworldly landscapes and natural wonders, New Mexico is the perfect place for Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe, which provides immersive experiences with its Adventure Center— the only one of its kind in the city. The onsite center is led by expert guides who trek through the state alongside guests to

provide up-close experiences across an array of adventurous pursuits. Exclusive tours include Journey to Abiquiu, a selfcare excursion that is a blend of wellness and adventure with a hike-to-yoga meditation experience available exclusively to resort guests. The adventure allows guests to explore private land inaccessible to the general public. Also incorporated

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into this experience is a visit to Plaza Blanca, a hidden gem with stunning scenery and towering hoodoos that were once the muse of the legendary artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. The tour begins with a smudging ceremony, followed by intention setting and a scenic hike amid the awe-inspiring vistas—all leading to an hour of expert-guided yoga practice and mandala meditation.

A selection of electric bike tours is also available this season, which allows for the exploration of the city and more treacherous topography regardless of fitness level. The e-bike excursions include Pacheco Canyon, an uphill tour that climbs into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains before soaring back down; Valles Caldera that dives into the super volcano in the Jemez Mountains and is complete with wildlife watching opportunities; and finally, the City Tour for those seeking to explore more of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe is a cultural mecca synonymous with artistic ventures and is home to the country’s third-largest art market behind New York and Los Angeles. The resort recently launched the country’s first Art Concierge Program, which allows guests to explore the art market with a personalized and curated experience to fit any budget or taste.

For those seeking a comprehensive overview of the city’s art scene, Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe offers its Canyon Road Art Concierge Tour, a four-hour excursion with Mike McKosky, who has been a fixture in the Santa Fe fine art scene since the opening of InArt Santa Fe in 2006. The tour will be completely

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customized for each guest based on interests and concludes at InArt Santa Fe with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne. The Art Concierge Program also offers a complimentary service, available Wednesday to Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m., for all resort guests and includes an on-site consultation and personalized recommendations from McKosky for galleries to visit.

For the ultimate self-care escape, the spa offers high-desert healing and reinvigorating retreats in the mystical wonderland of Santa Fe. The Southwest has long been an alluring sanctuary that is revered for its amazing landscapes.

Those seeking serenity and bucolic beauty will find the spa unmatched in its wellness offerings and restorative treatments.

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Situated on a spiritual vortex, the indoor-outdoor spa is a spacious oasis complete with private courtyards. With regionally inspired treatments, the spa program is centered around pampering guests with paradisiacal experiences.

Santa Fe is also recognized for its rich culinary repertoire, and foodies will revel in the resort’s signature restaurant, Terra. As the oldest European community west of the Mississippi and settled as a province of New Spain, Santa Fe offers a culinary landscape that is a concoction of Spanish, Native American, and Mexican influences and flavors. This is all reflected in the delectable menus at Terra, where global influences meet regional delights. Tucked away alongside the chef’s garden is the horno—oven in

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Spanish—which is exclusively used in the spring and summer. The clay oven was custom-built to commemorate the traditional Native American style of cooking and marks the return of each season with new offerings.

Guests of the resort will also find surprises and delight with complimentary offerings that include morning group hikes, yoga classes, mixology and cooking demonstrations, s’mores by the fire pit, and a shuttle to and from downtown Santa Fe.V

For additional information or to book a reservation at Four Seasons Santa Fe, please visit

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Joining in Stewardship Partners Work to Restore Native Habitat:

As children, we learned that the joy of owning a pet included the responsibility to care for the animal. As adults, we bring that same sense of obligation to maintaining the health and beauty of our wondrous southwestern desert landscape. From this motivation was born a unique effort to rid our communities of the destructive and invasive species, tamarisk (or salt cedar).

The Desert Preservation Initiative (DPI) grew from the concerns of a group of neighbors committed to building and maintaining the trails in Kayenta, a community in Ivins, Utah. Developing trails was increasingly difficult because of the growth of tamarisk, a fast-growing non-native tree that stops water flow, exacerbates erosion problems, and creates significant fire danger. The trail builders soon banded together to create a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the difficult task of first, removing tamarisk, and later, other invasive species. It will serve as a pilot project for interested local communities.

As early as the 1800s, Eurasian native tamarisks were planted throughout the Southwest as ornamentals and windbreaks and to stabilize riverbanks. However, the trees concentrate salt in their leaves, which then drop to the ground and create an intolerable environment for many native plants, and their root structure actually accelerates soil erosion by channeling water flow. Because of this, removal groups have sprung up throughout the

Southwest. Removal efforts have been undertaken in Snow Canyon State Park in St. George and in national parks, such as Canyonlands, the Grand Canyon, and Arches. Many agencies, including the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are part of this work.

Driven by a scientifically guided mission to review, restore, and preserve the natural landscape, DPI has partnered with multiple local and state agencies to define and implement safe and effective methods for removing tamarisk. DPI has hosted training sessions on the use of herbicide needed to prevent regrowth, joined with local officials to safely chip debris hauled out of local washes, collaborated with homeowners to ensure minimal impact on their properties, and begun planning for the creation of a nursery to grow native plants for restoration.

Working to educate the community about the importance of this work and to raise funds to continue, DPI volunteers have discovered growing support from others whose interests intersect with this project. Botanist and DPI Secretary Terrence Walters previously directed a large botanical garden in Florida and worked with a group of woodturners there who sought unique types of wood for their craft. When he learned that tamarisk was also prized by wood artisans, Walters reached out to the Southern Utah Woodturners (SUWT), and a new partnership was born.

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Not only did the woodturners join in the hard work of physically cutting the tamarisk, but they also volunteered to donate to DPI a portion of the profits from the sale of pieces they created from tamarisk. Woodturners from Las Vegas to Cedar City soon joined the effort because obtaining the wood in the form of a log, as SUWT Vice-President Bill Vincent notes, “allows the artist to cut it to take advantage of the natural character of the wood, such as the crotch and knots.”

Barry Gray, a member of SUWT who exhibits in local galleries and has won prizes in local art festivals and exhibitions, adds that tamarisk is a very figurative wood, but that it rarely is available in larger, 10 to 18-inch diameter pieces—hence the value of working with DPI to obtain the wood while also supporting their environmental goals. As Gray says, “The magic is not in the hands or tools that we use. The magic is in what we find inside the wood.”

The beauty of these pieces and the importance of removing the invasive tamarisk to protect the natural environment also called out to Cherie Stoddard, owner of Gallery 873 in Kayenta Art Village. “I am so happy to see tamarisk removed and that something beautiful can be made from this noxious tree,” Stoddard says. As a gallery owner, she also finds the creation of bowls and platters from tamarisk wood found in Kayenta to be “a novel idea and a great gift item for those visiting Kayenta and southern Utah.”

Committed to “passionately supporting local and emerging artists,” Stoddard joined Walters, Gray, and other members of DPI at the recent Kayenta Art Festival to showcase the tamarisk pieces and to spread the word about the work of DPI. Through her gallery, Stoddard shares the imagination and beauty of the works that local artists create as they interpret the world we live in. Working with DPI, she supports another kind of beauty—the beauty of the natural environment we call home.

As we learned as children, caring for the things we love, or stewardship, is important, and this is what DPI is all about— working to protect and restore the beauty that surrounds us.V

If you wish to learn more about this work or to volunteer or donate to DPI, please contact

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How to Choose a Solid MLM for Your Side Hustle

Many of us who choose to call southern Utah home often enjoy (okay, are addicted to) adventure travel. Whether it’s diving in Belize, hiking in Alaska, or climbing the cliffs of Zion, nothing quite beats the thrill of tackling physical challenges while experiencing the wild wonder of our beautiful natural environment.

Unfortunately, the thrill doesn’t come cheap! Even if you opt for a staycation, the cost of gas, gear, and permits can add up. If your regular salary doesn’t provide a big enough vacation budget, you may have considered a side hustle to help fill your adventure fund. One popular way to make some side money is to join a multilevel marketing company (also called MLMs).

Multilevel marketing is a business model where participants sell a company’s products to customers (usually online or through home parties) and are granted the right to recruit other participants to join the company. Participants primarily earn compensation in the form of commissions on product sales to their own customers as well as commissions on products sold by their recruits.

MLMs come in many varieties—differing in company culture and product lines—and sell everything from travel packages

to beauty products to sports nutrition. Once you find one that feels like a good fit, it’s important to make sure it is legitimate and operating within the confines of the law.

Unfortunately, not all companies that follow the MLM model are legitimate. There are many ways MLMs can run afoul of state and federal laws and regulations, most of which exist to keep participants from falling prey to scams. Lawyers that work in the MLM space can usually spot red flags quickly. Here are some things to watch for when evaluating whether an MLM is the right side hustle for you:

LEGAL DOCUMENTS: Does the company give you the chance before you apply to review the legal documents that define your relationship with the company and explain how it operates? You should read the distributor agreement, compensation plan, and policies and procedures before you sign on the dotted line.

ENTRY FEE/STARTUP COST: Almost all MLMs require some kind of payment when a new participant joins. That, on its own, is not problematic. Generally, that payment covers administrative costs. If the startup fee appears to cost more than what you might reasonably pay for the covered items, this

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warrants a closer look. High entry costs can be evidence of a pyramid scheme.

INCOME DISCLOSURE: As with any entrepreneurial effort, there is an element of risk associated with running your own MLM business. It’s good to remember that some MLM participants join to get a discount, not to earn income. So if you are considering an MLM to earn some side income to boost that adventure fund, take a moment to review the company’s income disclosure statement.

INVENTORY: MLMs have gotten a bad name because participants purchased inventory to earn commissions and qualify for rank advancement or bonuses, but the inventory just piled up in boxes in their garages. The FTC doesn’t want to see consumers put in a position where they are duped into buying too much product that they cannot reasonably sell. Check the MLM’s policies to make sure it has an inventory buy-back program, and look for efforts that the company makes to prevent inventory loading.

COMPENSATION FOR RECRUITING: One of the features the FTC looks for when evaluating whether an MLM is an illegal pyramid scheme is the emphasis the company places on

recruitment. If the company promises compensation to participants for the mere act of recruiting, this is strong evidence that the plan is an unsustainable scheme. A legitimate MLM may incentivize recruiting, but the compensation structure must be based on the sale of real products to real customers (not to other participants).

DSA MEMBERSHIP: The Direct Selling Association (DSA) is an industry body that seeks to assist its member companies with state and federal legal and regulatory compliance and to ensure that customers of and participants in direct selling companies (including MLMs) have a good experience. Not all legitimate MLMs are DSA members, and some DSA members have gotten into trouble. That being said, DSA membership is usually a good sign. Look for a link to the DSA code of ethics posted on the MLM’s website.

These are a few of the issues we lawyers look for when evaluating MLMs. As fellow lovers of adventure travel, we know how important it is to find ways to fill that vacation fund, so make sure to be prudent when choosing your side hustle! We at Kirton McConkie wish you good returns on your investments and rewarding moments in the adventures you choose. To borrow the words of Edward Abbey, “may your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” Happy travels!V

Rachel Naegeli is a member of Kirton McConkie’s International section and Cybersecurity and Data Privacy section. She has many years of experience in data privacy law practice and routinely counsels clients on state and international data protection law and regulation. She prepares documents and policies designed to bring privacy practices into compliance with relevant law.

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From Sunflowers to Evening Primrose

Wildflower Festival at Cedar Breaks National Monument

Alittle twist on a “wild” adventure, this summer journey is all about wildflowers! From the gentle pastels of the Colorado columbine to bright and playful sunflowers, the vibrant formations and meadows of Cedar Breaks National Monument are adorned with beautiful wildflowers in the middle of summer. With a later bloom season thanks to higher elevations and cooler temps, early July is the perfect time for a visit.

High atop the Markagunt Plateau, this giant amphitheater is formed by an abundance of minerals, and the colorful cliffs are awe-inspiring. Each summer, the color multiplies as a spectacular wildflower display fills the grassy meadows and lines the trails. With over 250 species of wildflowers blooming in the park, it’s hard to see them all, but popular wildflower sightings include the Colorado columbine, aspen bluebells, Elkweed, Indian paintbrush, sunflowers, and yellow evening primrose.

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There are even some more unique flowers that are native to Cedar Breaks thanks to the rare climate created by high-elevation and marshy meadows. These provide an ideal environment for both native and non-native Utah wildflowers.

One of the best things about the wildflower season in Cedar Breaks National Monument is that the flowers change every day, depending on where you are. Like watching clouds

move across the sky, the landscape shifts day by day as the season progresses. The colors shift from an abundance of pale columbines and popcorn-like white southern Ligusticum into the vibrant gold of sunflowers and brilliant paintbrush.

With so much to see and a relatively short window, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. While there’s no right or wrong way to

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take in the wildflowers, there’s something enchanting about a walk along a mountain trail lined with blooms.

While there are many trails within the monument, a local favorite for viewing wildflowers is the Alpine Pond Loop. This two-mile trail is a double loop through forest and meadows, offering excellent views of the breaks. Winding along the trail—lined with aspens, pines, and meadows—make your way to Alpine Pond. It is a surprising find tucked away within the trees. At the trailhead, you would never expect to find an entirely different landscape hidden within. With meadows of wildflowers and wiggly aspen trees along the way, you almost feel as if you’ve stepped into another world.

For an all-access trail option, the Sunset Trail offers a paved experience that winds through meadows and pines on your way to the aptly-named Sunset Overlook. There are picnic tables nestled in the meadow, and with a gentle grade along the trail, it doesn’t require much climbing.

For two trails so close to each other, the difference in landscape between the South Rim Trail and the Alpine Pond Trail is amazing. While along the Alpine Pond Trail, you can catch glimpses of the breaks through gaps in the trees, and lush green meadows line the way. On the South Rim Trail, you’re immersed in the formations of Cedar Breaks.

A bit more up close and personal with the sweeping crimson cliffs, hoodoos, and ridges, the South Rim Trail takes hikers around the lip of the monument. Wildflowers bloom on either side of the trail. Tucked away beneath the surrounding pines, the trail is entwined in undergrowth on one side, and daringly close to the edge of the amphitheater on the other. There’s something about the gentle colors of the columbines and bluebells set against the lively orange and red of the breaks that brings out the beauty of the flowers.

As a bonus, the South Rim Trail also winds through a stand of ancient bristlecone pines, leads to incredible viewpoints,

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and is one of the more common places within the monument to spot wildlife. This time of year the marmots scamper across the white stone near the edge of the amphitheater, ground squirrels dart through undergrowth and wildflowers, and birds can be heard chirping along the way.

When: The wildflowers reach their peak each July, usually between July 8 and July 23.

Fees: The monument entrance fee is $10 per person. Campsites are available at

Other Nearby Wildflower Destinations:

A ten-minute drive from Cedar Breaks National Monument, the Bristlecone Pine Trail is an easy onemile trail that is a truly worthwhile experience while you’re in the area. Meadows of wildflowers line the way to an observation deck. Tucked among ancient bristlecone pines, the observation deck looks out over the valleys and formations of Cedar Canyon, extending out to Zion National Park in the distance.

Looking for another surprising place to see wildflowers in the area? Enjoy views from the scenic chair lift ride at Brian Head Resort! The downhill mountain bike trails of Brian Head Resort cut through meadows and slopes that burst with wildflowers. Beyond the resort, nearby Dixie National Forest trails, such as Twisted Forest and High Mountain, lead to incredible views and bright flowers as well.V

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Utah Arts Academy Leads the Way:

Building a Strong, Inclusive School in Southern Utah

Dr. Drew Williams, principal of the Utah Arts Academy (UAA) in St. George, Utah, has built a school that is unlike any other high school in the state. Leading the way toward a more diverse and accepting community, UAA combines a rigorous academic program with pre-professional training. Students can study performing, visual, and media arts to stimulate their creativity and inspire new thoughts that appeal to any prospective university.

UAA has a reputation for excellence in the arts, and this is evident in the numerous awards and accolades the school has received. For instance, the school has produced three YoungArts winners in songwriting. And in addition to individual student achievements, the school and the principal have also received the Jeffrey R. Lawrence Award from Arts Schools Network, their highest award for an art school leader. UAA’s dance company took first place this year at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the school was recently featured in We're Here, a popular HBO series that highlights the experiences of LGBTQIA+ Americans.

Many of the school's students have successful careers in movies, on Broadway, at Disney, and in top schools in New York.

Walking through the halls of UAA, it's clear that inclusivity is a top priority. The walls are adorned with art depicting Black history, ethnicity, and LGBTQIA+ creativity. The school feels like a family with no bullies, and everyone is welcome regardless of their background or beliefs.

While the school does have a uniform, it allows students to add their own personal touches to their outfits, hair, makeup, shoes, and backpacks. Students are free to express themselves in a way that feels authentic and true to their individuality. The result is a student body that feels comfortable and confident in its own skin, which translates to a more positive and inclusive school culture. The balance between uniformity and self-expression creates a space where students can be themselves while also feeling like part of a community.

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At the Utah Arts Academy, inclusivity is not just a buzzword, it's ingrained in every aspect of the school. Outside of classrooms, signs read, "All are welcome," and are adorned with LGBTQIA+ and BLM colors. Certain bathrooms have signs that say, "Whatever... just wash your hands," with pictures that feature a man, woman, trans person, and an alien. The school also has therapy dogs to help students cope with stress and anxiety. Additionally, there's a wall where students can leave notes of encouragement to each other, fostering a sense of community and positivity.

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Another special feature of UAA is the senior wall, which honors graduating students and their achievements. The school also has a large plaque with the names of all the students who helped start UAA—a testament to the school's humble beginnings and the hard work it takes to create such a unique and inclusive educational institution. Together, these elements make UAA a special place where students feel supported, valued, and empowered to be themselves.

UAA recently held an open house to show off their beautiful new modern school, which was built from the ground up just two years ago. The school boasts dance rooms, a recording studio, guitar and piano classes, a black box

theater, art rooms, acting classes, and songwriting and music-making classes—all where kids can explore their creativity while they learn academics.

Principal Williams and the UAA team have worked hard to create a safe environment that fosters inclusivity and creativity, setting an example for the community and beyond. By prioritizing equality and humanity in its educational approach, UAA is positively impacting the lives of its students and the world around them.V

Utah Arts Academy is accepting applications for new students and teachers. You can contact them by visiting or by calling (435) 414-4535.

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Making The Great Outdoors a Great Experience!

Learning to move properly can reduce your risk of accidents and injuries.

As we head into summer, outdoor activities are increasing! Moving your body is so important. However, even simple actions—such as getting out of bed, pulling a weed, or bending over to tie your shoelaces—can put you at risk for injury far more easily than you may realize! As you assume increased outdoor activities, the following recommendations might help.

Be on guard in your yard!

Working in your yard can hold hidden dangers—just ask the more than 55,000 people injured each year by power tools used in the yard. Mow your grass and trim your bushes injury-free by taking the proper precautions, including the following:

• Follow safety recommendations when climbing ladders—seriously!

• Remove large debris from the yard before you begin.

• Utilize proper lifting techniques.

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

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

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Reduce your risk of accidents and injuries

in a variety of places:


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


Incorrectly picking up heavy objects can be the perfect recipe for a back injury. Fortunately, learning proper lifting techniques is not difficult and can save you years of agony and expenses. First, keep whatever you are lifting close to your body so you don’t have to stretch out to

reach it. Next, bend your knees to reach down and grab the object, keeping your back as straight as possible. Hold or carry the object between shoulder and waist level. If the object is too heavy, ask for help!

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

4. TEXTING: Due to the popularity of smartphones, texting is an increased part of everyday life. The slumped posture many people assume when texting leads

to neck, shoulder, and back pain, which can become permanent. To avoid injury, hold your smartphone at eye level as much of the time as possible.V

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Justin Gomez, FNP-C, is no stranger to southern Utah and Nevada, having received his nursing degree and RN credentials from Dixie State University in St. George, Utah (now known as Utah Tech University). He then earned his BSN from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah, and his nurse practitioner degree from the University of Southern Alabama. Justin has more than ten years of experience working as an RN in a variety of care settings, including medical, surgical, and emergency services.

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Camping and Freelance Hiking on Public Lands

Did you know that there are incredible camping and hiking opportunities for outdoorsmen outside the realm of state and national parks?

One of the reasons our family chose to move to Mesquite is to enjoy the abundant access to public lands and outdoor recreation here. This area we live in has a lot to offer for those with a sense of adventure in the form of Bureau of Land Management (public) lands. Arizona, Nevada, and Utah rank in the top five U.S. states with the most public land. In our immediate area, we are blessed with places like the Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness, the Muddy Mountains Wilderness Area, Gold Butte National Monument, and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, to name a few. All of these

generally allow primitive or dispersed camping throughout. You must pack in and pack out all your gear and trash and can only stake your claim for a period no longer than 14 days, after which you must relocate.

Many refer to this style of camping as “boondocking.” Boondocking is a term used to describe camping in the wild and being self-reliant.

Some of the benefits of dispersed camping on these wideopen lands are that it’s undeveloped and generally void of manmade structures. It’s also quiet—you’ll be away from the crowds on BLM land—and it’s generally free of charge, though some areas may require an entrance fee.

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If you are a hiker or backpacker, you are free to explore BLM land almost anywhere you can camp, unless it is specifically posted otherwise. This is what we like to refer to as freelance hiking, the art of exploring open, rocky, and mountainous desert terrain. As a family, we have explored canyons and the shores of Lake Mead, reached unknown summits, and walked amongst majestic Joshua trees. We have explored all these places and more right from where we chose to make camp on public land, and you can, too.

A few things about us—we are a veteran family who lives to be outside. We are a father (JB) and son (Mike) who love all things outdoors along with a wife and mother (Michele) who encourages and chronicles our adventures together. Some

other activities we’re passionate about include freshwater fishing, kayaking, canoeing, overlanding, and sleeping under the stars.

On social media, we’re known as “The Rugged Outdoorsmen.” We also run a business of the same name in which we “field test” outdoor clothing and equipment, providing honest feedback to the manufacturer. Oftentimes, we share this information with our audience.

Our mission through social media is to encourage families to get outside together—to hike, camp, and explore the wild and all it has to offer. We also aim to educate others about the opportunities available on public lands that are not considered

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to be state or national parks, and we encourage others to embrace the paths less traveled.

We have created a strong social media presence regarding outdoor spaces in our short time in existence—just two and a half years at the time of this printing. We now manage ongoing partnerships with several brands, including TimberTote, a manufacturer of single-log campfires; M-TAC, which manufactures backpacks, camping gear, and outdoor apparel; Angler’s Coffee, a gourmet coffee brand from the Pacific Northwest; and Torege, makers of polarized sunglasses. As a brand, we receive regular offers for collaborations with many different manufacturers. Our most recent collaboration was with BN3TH Apparel. Working with these outdoor companies and having the opportunity to test out new products is a lot of fun for us.

We truly enjoy sharing the stories of our outdoor life as a family on our platforms. These stories cover a broad spectrum of our lives, including our overlanding adventures, summers spent in the Adirondack Mountains, obstacle course races, participation in fundraisers, and clean-up projects to benefit our environment.V

We would like to invite you to follow along with us as we explore across the Southwest—you can find us on Instagram @theruggedoutdoorsmen, on Facebook as The Rugged Outdoorsmen LLC, and on the web at

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Eagle Crags Hike Near Zion

Just south of Zion National Park is a seldom-visited hiking trail that offers great views of the surrounding landscape as well as a look into Zion Canyon itself. The hike up to Eagle Crags offers some of the best epic views of the impressive and colorful landscape in this area. Hiking this trial is a great way to escape the crowds of Zion while still enjoying some stunning scenery.

Eagle Crags is a group of rocky pinnacles that are made of Navajo sandstone and are unlike the many other geologic features found around Zion. It is a very prominent feature that catches the eye of anyone traveling Highway 9.

Located to the south of Zion Canyon’s gateway town of Springdale, the trail to Eagle Crags climbs the large ridge on the south side of Highway 9 and goes southeast into the Canaan Mountain Wilderness. All along the trail, you’ll have awesome views of Zion Canyon to the north with all of its

surrounding peaks, such as The Sentinel and West Temple. After a mile and a half of hiking, you’ll also have views into Zion Canyon’s “little brother”—Parunuweap—to the east.

Getting There

Before venturing to Eagle Crags, be certain you have a capable vehicle. Make sure you are driving a vehicle that has plenty of ground clearance, such as a truck or SUV. It doesn’t necessarily need to have four-wheel drive, but if you don’t have high enough ground clearance, your undercarriage will get banged up about half a mile from the trailhead.

The easiest way to find the trailhead is to use Google Maps, search for “Eagle Crags Trailhead,” and then follow the navigation. To get to the trailhead without Google Maps, start by getting yourself to the town of Rockville on Highway 9. On the east side of town, look for the highway’s intersection with Bridge Road, and turn south.

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Immediately, you’ll be in a Rockville neighborhood, so drive slowly, and enjoy the small-town feel. Soon, you’ll cross over the Virgin River via the historic Rockville Bridge that was built in the 1920s. It was originally built to link Zion National Park with the Grand Canyon’s North Rim at a time when both parks were being advertised to the new motor-touring public. In 1930, the famous Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel was completed, and the bridge was no longer the preferred way to travel. The Rockville Bridge you see today was completely renovated in 2017 and has kept its historic look.

Shortly after crossing the bridge, bear left—or straight—onto the road that climbs the mountainside ahead. The main road, which makes a 90-degree right turn, heads to Gooseberry Mesa and the ghost town of Grafton. Visiting Grafton, which is 3.2 miles (about ten minutes) from this intersection, is a fun little side trip. The road to Gooseberry Mesa, known as Smithsonian Butte Scenic Byway, is a rugged dirt road that climbs steeply

out of the valley and onto the mesas above, eventually connecting with Highway 59 to the south.

Before continuing straight at this junction to Eagle Crags, make sure that there has been no significant rain or snow recently. If the road is muddy, not only will it be difficult to drive on, but your vehicle will be a muddy mess. Even a four-wheel-drive vehicle will have a tough time.

From the junction, continue following the main road for 1.5 miles. It starts with a steep climb up what’s called the Moenkopi Formation, a multi-striped collection of strata that has a very corrugated look. At the top, various residential roads and driveways will veer left and right, so make sure to stay on the main road. The trailhead is on the right and is easy to find.

There is parking at the trailhead for about six to eight vehicles. There is also one of Utah’s famously-clean pit toilets and an informative kiosk with a map of the area.

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Eagle Crags as seen from Springdale

The Hike

From the trailhead, the trail goes to the southeast in the direction of crags that are visible in the distance. The trail is easy to follow and well-maintained for the next 2.5 miles. It begins gradually descending into a ravine and then begins to climb. Overall, the trail is fairly level with an elevation gain of 500 feet over 1.5 miles.

Although we’ll only be guiding you over two miles of it, this entire trail actually goes quite a distance. After passing Eagle Crags, it climbs steeply onto Canaan Mountain. The top of this mountain is known for its swirling and colorful sandstone, similar to the east entrance of Highway 9 through Zion National Park. The trail ends at another popular hike, the Water Canyon Trailhead, in the town of Hildale, roughly 8.5 “crow fly” miles away. For some people, hiking from Eagle Crags to Water Canyon makes for a great multinight backpacking adventure.

The Views

Because the trail is in a transition zone between desert and mountain plateau, it takes you through a wide variety of flora, including all kinds of cacti, yuccas, junipers, and pine trees. In April and May, expect to see the brilliant red flowers of the appropriately named claret cup cactus, also known as the Mojave mound cactus. You may also see plenty

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Looking over the edge from the trail
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View of Zion Canyon from trail

of blooming yuccas—both banana and Utah yuccas—with their singular flower spikes and cream-colored blooms.

Be sure to stop often and look around as you hike this trail. There are views in all directions that change frequently, and there is a lot of fabulous scenery. About 1.7 miles from the trailhead, look for a promontory that juts out to the north (left side of the trail). Although there is no trail, you can walk out onto this level peninsula that provides a commanding view in all directions.

To the south, you can look straight up Zion Canyon. This is a view you can only get from here or in an airplane! If you watch our virtual video tour of this hike (see details below), it will point out all the well-known peaks and landmarks in Zion Canyon, such as West Temple, Angels Landing, and Observation Point.

To the east, you’ll get a view of Parunuweap, which is the canyon that was carved out by the East Fork of the Virgin River. Parunuweap, also known as “The Barracks,” is a smaller version of Zion Canyon, complete with its own narrows similar to the Zion Narrows. However, because of its remoteness, it is seldom visited. The “weap” in Parunuweap means “canyon” in the Native American Paiute language. In fact, Zion National Park’s original name was Mukuntuweap. If you look at various names of places around here, you’ll notice that the “weap” ending is used a lot.

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Close-up of Eagle Crags

Another reason why Parunuweap is seldom visited is that the mouth of the canyon—the portion you see from the Eagle Crags hiking trail—is all private property. This property was previously owned by the late Paul Allen, who founded software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates. As of 2023, the property is for sale or has already been sold. Nobody has been able to access this canyon for years. We’ll see if the new landowners allow access or at least private tours into this area.

Hiking another half mile past the promontory will give you a view down onto Trees Ranch Reservoir. This body of water is part of the private property described earlier. The reservoir adds another dimension of beauty to the already magnificent scenery.

Also, around this point, the trail passes below the largest of the crags, Tooele Tower. Formally, this spire was known as Mrs. Butterworth. When you look up at this crag from different angles, see for yourself if it resembles a bottle of pancake syrup.

The nice thing about the Eagle Crags trail is that you can go as far as you want, and then turn around and head back to the trailhead following the same route. After about 2.5 miles from the trailhead, the trail becomes increasingly difficult to follow and eventually becomes very difficult to hike due to the terrain.V

See what the hike to Eagle Crags looks like along with the spectacular scenery by searching for “Eagle Crags Hike near Zion” on YouTube. Read more details about this hike on our blog at:

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Parunuweap and Trees Ranch Reservoir

The Importance of Post-Workout Recovery

Hello again, readers! Since this edition is all about adventure in the great outdoors, I wanted to write a little something about how recovery after training affects our ability to participate. I will discuss why it’s so very important to rest and recover in order to continue playing and performing at our best.

In this article, I’ll list a few of my favorite rest and active recovery methods and even a few foods that can aid the body's ability to recover.

First and foremost, it’s important to know that the recovery methods you choose may need to vary somewhat, depending on what type of sports or athletics you enjoy. So take some time to set your goals and plan your recovery accordingly.

Active recovery is the first method I’ll discuss here. For active recovery, you want to choose activities that are low-intensity and that will get the blood flowing.

Personally, my favorite type of active recovery is myofascial (foam) rolling. While you have probably seen these oblong spherical foam rollers in use, you may have never used them

yourself or simply don’t know where to begin with them or even what they do. The truth is that these are fairly simple tools to use, and they do a lot in promoting circulation throughout areas of the body that need recovery after working out. The key thing to remember with myofascial rolling is that you want to keep your body movements slow and controlled, and you should pause at areas where you feel you need more relief. For example, I tend to hold a lot of tension in between my shoulder blades, and a great source of relief is to simply roll my back with one of these great tools.

I lay the roller flat on the floor and sit down on the ground with my heels planted on the floor, my core tight, and my hands crossed over my chest. Keeping my head in a neutral position (aligned with my spine), I slowly lean back and descend onto the roller so that it hits just slightly above the small of my back. I then use my legs to lift my buttocks off the ground and begin to roll all along my spine. When I come to an area of particular discomfort or tightness (such as between my shoulder blades), I pause for about 15–20 seconds while continuing to breathe regularly before I roll on. Altogether, I roll each muscle group for about 1–2 minutes total. Keep in mind that there are different types of rollers, so you may want to try a few and see which works best for your needs.

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My second choice for active recovery is actually walking. Now, I know you’re probably thinking that walking is a workout, not recovery, but in reality, my normal cardio sessions are much more intense. I typically do low-intensity walking after a heavy workout, and it is, in fact, recovery for my muscles and cardiovascular system. I usually do this type of walking on the treadmill, especially after my big leg days, at a small incline on a low speed for approximately 20 minutes.

In an effort to keep my body working at its peak condition, I also do what we call passive recovery two times a week, which simply means I do as little physical exertion as possible. I still do all of my normal work activities, but I use these two passive recovery days as a rest and reset for my body and mind.

On these days, I do not go to the gym, and I choose instead to do non-strenuous activities like reading, watching tv, or playing music. I have come to cherish these days and realize their importance in my overall fitness goals because when my mind is right and my body is rested, I can accomplish everything I need to do. But if my mind and body don’t have a rest, I tend to lag behind where I feel I should be. So my tip to you is to always be gracious to yourself and give yourself at least one mental/ physical rest day every week. I promise that you will see so much benefit from it.


FIRST: Drink Lots of water!

I cannot stress enough the importance of this. Staying hydrated can help flush toxins, transport nutrients, and regulate body temperature. It is absolutely vital to our health.

SECOND: Not all carbs are bad carbs.

I repeat not all carbs are bad carbs!

While many diet trends tell us to limit our carb intake, the truth is that when training and lifting strenuously, we sometimes actually need to increase our carbohydrate intake to help reduce the inflammation we are causing. Carbohydrates are necessary to produce glycogen, which is the main source of fuel our muscles use to reduce that inflammation. Simply choosing less refined complex carbohydrates can make all the difference in your recovery.

These small nutrition tips and different recovery methods can all aid the body’s natural healing, help promote longevity, prevent injury and overuse, and help us to be bigger and stronger. They can increase our mental preparedness for our chosen outdoor adventures as well, so take time to find the methods that work for you, and make them a regular part of your routine.

And until next time, I wish you all a happy and enjoyable summer as you use these extra hours of sunshine and wonderful weather to spend more time doing the things you love!V

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A Clear Choice For Your Home

If you’re going for an interior style that is light and airy, sometimes the best-looking furniture is the kind you can barely see. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there are huge advantages to using clear furniture for your interior design. Acrylic is a material that features extreme adaptability. It works in both modern and traditional interiors, its transparency allows it to fit into a space without adding bulk, and its flexibility allows for incredible customization without it looking cumbersome.

Decades ago, lower-priced imports flooded the market and negatively affected acrylic’s reputation, but then designers started to use a thicker and better-quality variety. So, unsurprisingly, designers love it. Acrylic furnishings are a great way to add another piece of furniture to a room, and the inherent transparency of the material creates room for that extra piece.

Modern And Timeless

There are some things that, once introduced, never go out of style. No matter how much your tastes may change, invest in one of these timeless pieces, and you’re sure to love and appreciate it for years to come. Transparent acrylic’s similarity to glass adds elegance to the ambiance, making it a classic and modern piece.

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Makes A Smaller Room Look Bigger

This is not something new—clear furniture has the ability to make a small room seem large and a large room feel even more spacious. This is why interior designers often turn to glass and acrylic furnishings for smaller rooms— because acrylic’s transparent structure prevents the interruption of the eye, causing the eye to perceive a less cluttered space.

Versatile - Blends With Any Modern Design Style

One of the greatest benefits of using transparent furniture is that it matches well with any modern interior design style. You don’t have to worry about mismatched wood or pieces. Transparent furniture blends right in with everything surrounding it and lets the surrounding décor shine through.

Brings Balance To A Space

Transparent furniture helps to neutralize a space that already has many visually striking patterns, textures, or colors, allowing for these other areas in the space to stand out without the interference of bulky pieces of furniture. Clear décor is visually calming, creating a beautifully

balanced look while still maintaining the intended functionality of the piece.

You can’t talk about transparent furniture without mentioning the famous Louis Ghost Chair. With its undeniably interesting form, it’s one of the design world’s most recognizable pieces of clear furniture. Acrylic is a great supporting character in the narrative of design because it doesn’t command the space but rather balances and complements it. While acrylic can be used anywhere, using it in a very traditional space creates a bit of whimsy.

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Have you ever wanted a ton of your dream furniture but putting them all together in your home seems to make your space too cluttered? Transparent furniture not only takes up little space visually but helps to balance the proportions of colors and patterns in your spaces.V

Helen Houston is the owner/designer of Staging Spaces & Redesign. Helen can be contacted at (702) 346-0246 or

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TNT tips-n-tricks

It is rare not to enjoy the outdoors while playing or watching tennis during this time of the year. The big pro tournaments will now be moving from hardcourt to clay and then grass. Watch the action in cities like Madrid, Rome, Paris, and London, and enjoy the two majors—the French Open and Wimbledon.

Unlike the pros who hit 20 or more shots before they can win the point, the usual club player only needs to keep their focus for 45 seconds to a minute. So have a game plan, and try to play two to three shots ahead. A good example is a plan to hit a drop shot and follow up with a lob. Practice toughness, and play to your strengths. Remember to breathe with each shot—blow out with your follow-through. This way, you are maintaining your focus.

Both the drop shot and lob are sneaky shots and need to be part of your arsenal to win. Drop shots can be hit from any part of the court either on a bounce or volley. To make it great, it should bounce around three times before passing the service line. Since it is sneaky, you want to look like you are really going to smack the ball. Next, open the racquet face slightly, loosen your grip, and slow down your racquet speed to take all the pace off the ball. A great drop shot will almost stop on impact.

The same can be said for a bunt lob. The shot looks like you are going to hit a regular stroke, but at the last second, you switch to a bunt that is similar to a baseball hit. The racquet

face opens, and the swing is low to high and firmly upward. The bunt lob can be hit from anywhere on the courts and is a great surprise tactic.

Even pros know that placement and consistency are the most important part of their game.

Sometimes a slower pace equals more well-placed balls, which equals more wins. Also, these well-placed shots will earn you the net position so you can take more time away from your opponents. While playing doubles, always try to take the ball out of the air so you are the aggressor. Once your team has control, keep being aggressive, and place your shots off the court. If you can move your opponent just three steps and make him/her hit three balls in a row, you usually win.

One error that many players make is not keeping up with the score in a game or set, which can cost your team the match. During a tie-break at Wimbledon, Venus Williams lost a match because the umpire called the wrong score and she did not correct it. So this problem can and does happen to all players.

Practice the three shots you need for doubles. These shots are a good spin serve, a slice backhand or forehand, and a variable overhead. A slice serve keeps the ball low so your opponent will have to hit up to your partner at the net. The likelihood of winning shots at the net is 80%. So be the tiger at the net!

See you on the courts.V

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Reclaim Your Garage with the Stationary Hitch

Ihave been a resident of Mesquite since 2004 and have come to love its culture, its climate, and most of all, the people who also call Mesquite home—if not for the entire year, then at least Mesquite is their home for part of it. From the moment I moved here, it became my home.

I want to introduce you not only to myself but to a new product, the Stationary Hitch (patent pending). Any new products are born of a need that has not yet been met. With any new product, the problem may have been around for a long time, until suddenly, one day, someone says, “Wait….I have an idea.” Thus, a new product is born. The Stationary Hitch (patent pending) is no exception.

Working as a real estate agent, I encounter many potential issues—or rather, limitations—with otherwise “perfect properties.” This is where the idea arose. I continually watch not only my beloved clients but friends and family (and

myself) struggle with a lack of storage space (that is, garage toy space if I’m being totally honest). Case in point: in Mesquite, as a retirement community, we have many residents who buy a winter home to bask in the sun and enjoy outdoor activities, two very popular activities being side-byside (UTV) and ATV riding. Typically, these seasonal residents bring one vehicle, one trailer, and a UTV/ATV. The problem— where do we put the trailer? My Stationary Hitch (patent pending) aims to solve this issue, given the right dimensions of the garage and trailer. The device bolts into an adequate concrete surface, such as a garage, side yard, or shop floor, and is made to mimic the hitch on the back of your vehicle.

Thus, the tongue of the trailer is facing your interior garage wall (for the people who want to picture this in their minds, the trailer gate is facing the ingress/egress of the garage). The trailer tongue is then secured to the hitch and allows you to drive your side-by-side, golf cart, or the like onto and off

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of the trailer while stored in the garage (or other areas). Of course, you could easily just back your trailer into the garage with your buggy loaded to store it, but who wants to hook them up with each use to unload and load? “Work smarter, not harder,” and “Keep it simple, stupid,” are two statements that have stuck with me, though I am still trying to master both. Despite this, both have played a part in this product’s birth and design.

In closing, give yourself the peace of mind of storing your items on your own property, don’t pay unnecessary storage fees, and buy a cool product. Why not? But wait—there’s more! The vertical post is removable, which allows you to remove and easily drive your vehicle over the space as needed. So, your two or three-car garage is now back to normal—operable use is as easy as that V

The Stationary Hitch (patent pending) is currently for sale and on display at Ace Hardware, located at 102 West Mesquite Blvd. in Mesquite or can be purchased directly from me. The Stationary Hitch (patent pending) also has security applications. Please call me for inquiries on additional applications or if you would like to see the device in use. The Stationary Hitch (patent pending) is manufactured by Rocky Desert Trailer Innovations, LLC.

To order or make inquiries (or to buy/sell a home), please give me a call at (702) 581-9994.

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Iwas born in Phoenix, Arizona, in the 1950s to adventurous parents. In 1960, my family moved from Oregon to Albuquerque, New Mexico. At age 13, I began working at Mountain Sports Ltd in Albuquerque as a ski shop mechanic. As a result, I grew to love the sport of Alpine skiing. I’ve enjoyed skiing in areas such as Taos, Purgatory, Park City, Mount Mansfield, and Wolf Creek. My younger self tried aerials and steep chute skiing in avalanches, but I’ve since wised up a bit.

In Albuquerque, there was a store that rented old used gliders that were purchased from Busch Gardens in Florida. When I was 15, I went and rented one for $10 and ran down to a sand hill near the airport. I ran and jumped, and voila! My feet came off the ground, and I figured out how to fly “on the fly” for the short 30-second flight. I then began working at the Electra Flyer Company building frames for early hanggliders, and I was hooked. I adored hang-gliding, which I engaged in for nine glorious years. Places I’ve flown include Sandia Peak (New Mexico), “M” Mountain (New Mexico), Steptoe Butte (Washington), Tekoa Butte (Washington), Dog Mountain (Oregon), Caslo (British Columbia), and three areas in California—Torrey Pines, Fort Funsten, and Lake Tahoe.

At age 20, I caught a strong wind and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where I learned survival skills. I became a survival instructor and taught global survival techniques to aircrew members until 1979, including the likes of astronaut Sally Ride, Air Force pilots, and crew members. I then joined my mom and dad in Hong Kong to help sail Tempo, their 53 cutter-rigged sloop, back to the U.S. after their desire to continue around the world waned due to political strife in the Middle East. Our journey took us south through the islands of the North and South Pacific and then eastward. I ended up in Suva, Fiji.

Bo Beck

World Traveler and Adventurer

In 1981, I met international sailor Ian Macfarlane in Suva. He needed a navigator (Dad had taught me celestial navigation using a chronograph, sextant, charts, and tables) to sail TaAroa, a 60-foot wooden cutter-rigged sloop, to Wellington, New Zealand. I happily agreed to join him, and after we arrived in Wellington, Ian flew me back to Suva. Just two weeks later, I got a letter from him asking if I could navigate TaAroa from Wellington to Sydney, Australia, and then on to the Inaugural Rank Xerox Sydney to Rio Cape Horn Classic Yacht Race. I was eager to join the crew of TaAroa as the navigator once again! I accepted and then flew back down to New Zealand. We sailed TaAroa to Sydney and then began the race from there. Arriving in Rio after 41 days at sea and winning the race on handicap (our boat was the smallest), I then spent one month in Rio before Ian could fly me back to Suva. I met a good friend, Maria, whilst there in Rio. However, I had to leave shortly thereafter. My journey took me back to Suva, and then I sailed eastward onboard Tempo with Mom and Dad, arriving in San Francisco. Whew! A lot happened in those two years from 1981 to 1982!

Later, Maria joined me in Durango, New Mexico, where I had taken work at an adventure store named Outdoor Outlet while studying geography at Fort Lewis College. We married in Durango in 1983 and then moved to St. George, Utah, where I again worked at Outdoor Outlet. A couple of years later, our first child, Stephanie, was born, and the next year, our family moved to Vermont, where I opened an Outdoor Outlet of my own. Our second child, Brandon, was born not too long after.

Fast forward a few years to 1990. We landed back at the Outdoor Outlet in St. George after working for and closing an Outdoor Outlet in Salt Lake. Not too much later, after riding as crew on two Grand Canyon River trips with Sleight Expeditions in the early 90s, I became very interested in floating down rivers!

Grand Canyon on two occasions. I have rowed three times down the Yampa, once down Gates of Ladore, four times down the San Juan River, and once down Westwater. All of my trips have been amazing. One day, I hope to experience the Salmon Rivers. Also, one day—if I’m so lucky—I might even make it down the Grand Canyon without going for an unexpected swim by getting knocked out of my boat into Horn Creek Rapid or flipping over in Lava Falls! There have also been numerous other trips on the desert rivers of the western U.S., and I’m always seeking another river to enjoy.

Lately, I’ve been reading great books about floating down rivers. I’ve finished The Emerald Mile and Riverman: The Bus Hatch Story, and I’m currently working on Sunk Without a Sound about Bessie and Glen Hyde. And then I’ll move on to There’s This River. All of these are must-reads for folks who have had or are looking for the chance to run the Grand Canyon or any rivers, for that matter!

I anticipate my next great chapter in 2023!V

I must thank my wife, Maria, co-workers at The Desert Rat, and Jason Hurst for giving me permission to take time off and fulfill my dreams!

My outdoor spirit also led me to start rock climbing and canyoneering, and in 1996, I enrolled as a Search and Rescue volunteer with Zion National Park. My intimate knowledge of Zion and my vertical skills aided me greatly in my work with SAR. (However, I would later become inactive with SAR in 2015 after recovering the body of a very good friend.)

Meanwhile, in 2008, Outdoor Outlet (with whom I’d spent 25 years working) closed its operations in St. George. In 2009, I built and began operating The Desert Rat, a specialty outdoor store in St. George, for its owners, the Hurst Family. I still operate the store and love it. Needless to say, adventure was instilled in my blood by my mother and father when I was a young boy! Thanks, Mom and Dad!

About nine years ago, I purchased a small one-person 14-foot cataraft, and in 2016, I wanted to get back on the water. I’ve had the pleasure of floating down the entire length of the

Purposeful Practice Makes Permanent

Practicing the wrong things and in the wrong way only makes trying to achieve your goals more difficult. Golf, like any other sport where someone desires to get better and improve performance, takes practice—but the correct practice is the key. Otherwise, you are just ingraining bad habits and will never get better. Practice needs to be fun, productive, and purposeful. Going to the range and just banging out 100 balls without a plan is just exercise and is not beneficial for improvement. Here are a few ways to make your practice purposeful so you can shoot lower scores.

Pre-Shot Routine:

A golf shot starts with a good routine that is the same for every swing. The sequence and order in which you prepare to hit your shot should be the same every time. Your routine should be no longer than 8–12 seconds. Start by videoing your routine, and then write down everything you do before you swing. Time yourself as well as review anything that is not necessary. Practice it over and over until you do the same thing each time. Routines put the body into a state of readiness and focus to execute a given task or skill. Take too long, and the mind loses focus, which affects performance.

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For lag putting (outside 15 feet), distance control, not accuracy, is key. Get your putt inside four feet around the hole. Practice lag putting two ways: first, stroke putts while looking at the hole. This will help take your focus off of mechanics and let the body feel the putt. Second, try the SLI putting drill. Take three balls, and putt the first ball only halfway to the hole (“S”hort). For the next ball, pick a spot ten feet past the hole, and hit the ball beyond (“L”ong) the hole. On the last ball, putt the ball between (“I”n between) the first two, right where the hole is located. See how many times you can get the ball inside four feet, and then make the putt. Two-putting is the goal.

For short putting (inside four feet), try seeing how many you can make out of ten putts from one, two, three, and four feet. Suggested goal: one foot—100%, two feet—100%, three feet—95%, and four feet—90%. Another way to practice is to place four or five balls starting at one foot around a hole. Make all those putts, and then go to two feet, and try to make all of those. Then go to three feet, and so on. If you miss one ball, stay at that length. If you miss two balls, go down a level, and if you miss three balls, go back to the beginning. See how far out you can get, even past four or five or more feet.


Similar to putting, your goal is to just get it in the four-foot area around the hole. Practice trying to get your chip shots from different distances, and see how many you can get out of ten balls within four feet from the hole. Also, practice how many times you can chip the ball up and make the next putt. Do it nine times, and see if you can get a score of 18 shots or less.


The difference between chipping and pitching is that the ball goes further in pitching, and the clubhead gets above the knees. One of the most popular drills is taking either head

covers or towels and placing them under your armpits and then swinging the club from waist-high going back to waisthigh and coming through. Keep the items under your arms and don’t let them fall out. Keep your feet closer together as you do this drill so you can feel the rotation of your torso working in unison with your arms and club. Try it with different clubs swinging at the same speed, and keep track of how far your ball goes for that club. Then go on the golf course and try it and see how you do. On the range, hit ten balls, see how many hit, and stay on the green. The goal is 80% or higher.


Many times, just getting better contact with the ball can help produce a better shot. Many of the tour players practice in this fashion, so give it a try. Tee up a ball low to the ground, concentrate on striking the ball, and then take a divot in front of the ball. If done properly, the tee will still be in the same place after the shot. The golf ball is to be struck before the turf, not at the same time. A crisp sound and feel should be noticed immediately. Use shorter swings in your first attempts, and slow down your swing speed to 25% of full power until making good contact.

Tee Shots/Go-to Club:

Off the tee, you need to keep the ball in play and avoid trouble at all costs. If you do that, your scores will go down. Try hitting with a driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, hybrid, or iron 100 yards straight.

Once you can control yourself to do that, then try to go to 150 yards, or maybe go out to 200 yards. Find the club you are the most comfortable with, and get it in play 90% of the time. Then try it on the course for a whole round, and see how you do. Straightness first, then distance.

Good luck, and as always…Fairway and Greens.V

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Best Friends Animal Society and Southern Utah University (SUU) continue to advance learning opportunities focused on contemporary animal services— with a ceremonial signing of a scholarship agreement at the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Tribal Administration Building in Cedar City, Utah. The agreement for the Best Friends Southern Paiute Scholarship was signed by Tribal Chairwoman Corrina Bow from the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (PITU) and Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society.


“The Tribe is very excited about this collaborative partnership and the positive benefit the investment in educational opportunities will be for our communities. We are excited for the scholarship recipients and look forward to the difference they will make to benefit our communities,” says Shane Parashonts, tribal administrator for the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. “We are thankful to Best Friends Animal Society and Southern Utah University for their partnership and their sincere interest in supporting the growth and development of our people.”

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This is the third time that Best Friends Animal Society is offering a scholarship for an SUU Online General Studies bachelor's degree with a focus on Contemporary Animal Services as well as four seats to multiple professional development certificate courses. The Best Friends Animal Society and SUU scholarships will be offered once a year for five years, with a cumulative value of $78,640.

“Animal services are an essential component to community wellbeing and celebrating companion animals in our lives. Best Friends is honored to work closely with the Paiute Tribe and Southern Utah University to make these learning and development opportunities available,” says Castle, a 1994 graduate of Southern Utah University. “The goal is that graduates will bring this knowledge back to their communities to lead the way in the creation of programs and services to help both community members and animals.”

Preference will be given to candidates who are enrolled members of the PITU, then secondarily to those who have demonstrated ties—familial or otherwise—to the PITU, specifically, members of the Southern Paiute tribes.

“We are pleased to be working with Best Friends to further extend animal service educational opportunities,” says Melynda Thorpe, SUU community and professional

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development executive director. “This partnership builds careers, builds degrees, and benefits our communities.”


Four scholarships each year for the Principles of Contemporary Animal Services Certificate. They are offered twice a year, and upon completion, they will award three CEU credits applicable to SUU degrees.

Four scholarships each year for the following microcredential animal services courses—Dog Lifesaving Course, Cat Lifesaving Course, and Studies in Contemporary Animal Services. These courses are offered twice a year and upon completion, the trio of courses will award three CEU credits applicable to SUU degrees.

One scholarship each year for five years for the SUU Online General Studies bachelor’s degree with a focus on Animal Services. Apply for the scholarships at bestfriendsscholarship/.V


Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in

America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 355,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,000 animal welfare and shelter partners and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit


Located in the world’s best backyard, Southern Utah University is known as the University of the Parks thanks to its close proximity to several national monuments, outdoor recreational areas, and educational partnerships with the National Park Service. SUU’s Community and Professional Development department offers opportunities for adult and working learners to elevate their careers, stay competitive in the workforce, and develop as professionals and leaders. For more information, visit


In 1954, the Utah Paiutes were wrongfully subjected to the Termination Act, which terminated the Paiutes' federal recognition and the federal government’s responsibility to the Paiutes. The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (or Tribe) received the rightful restoration of their federal recognition on April 3, 1980, by an act of congress (25 U.S.C. § 761). The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Restoration Act restored the federal trust relationship to the Tribe and established the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah as the federally recognized Tribe comprised of five constituent bands (Cedar, Indian Peaks, Kanosh, Koosharem, and Shivwits). Under the PITU Tribal Constitution, the Tribal Council serves as the official governing body of the Tribe and is responsible for representing the Tribe in all matters that concern the welfare of the PITU. Today, the PITU Tribal headquarters is in Cedar City, Utah, and has reservation lands located throughout southwestern Utah in Iron, Millard, Sevier, and Washington counties.

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In 2020, my wife, DeAnne, and I retired to Mesquite, Nevada, hoping to escape the snow and cold of eastern Idaho. We had spent some time in Mesquite and had two relatives that resided here, but we were not close.

After a few months of early morning walks and hours of television in our air-conditioned home, I realized that I needed a hobby or a part-time job to fill my days or I would soon atrophy and die in my cozy chair!

While in this mindset, I prepared for a trip to Idaho and needed my car serviced. I proceeded to go to the quick lube to get this done. But to my dismay, there was no quick lube!

In my early life, I worked through high school and college at a lube shop, and while driving that day, I determined that a quick lube was needed. It was a business that I could open to serve the residents of our new hometown.

During the following year, we were fortunate to secure a franchise for Mesquite, Nevada, with Grease Monkey.

We selected Grease Monkey because of their superior systems and training and their reputation for quality performance.

The next step was to locate a spot and secure it. After months of searching, we were able to secure the old A1 Automotive building and begin the updates to transform it into a beautiful, modern, and functional quick lube shop. Today, we employ ten certified technicians who perform maintenance and light mechanical work.

We have been embraced by our community with open arms, and we are excited to serve Mesquite and be active members and supporters of our community for years to come.V

Please visit our new location at 411 W Mesquite Boulevard.

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Where and When To See Wild Swans Migrating Through Utah

Swans are one of the many unique bird species that migrate through Utah each year. If you are an avid birdwatcher, and they are on your bucket list, there are two spots in northern Utah that are great places to see these magnificent birds as they wing their way through the state during their spring migrations.

Two types of swans can be seen migrating through Utah during different times of the year. Both tundra swans and trumpeter swans stop in Utah's wetlands for some muchneeded rest and refueling during their migration north in the spring. Trumpeter swans are significantly larger than tundra swans. Trumpeter swans do not have a yellow-colored area near their eyes, and they also make a distinctive trumpet-like sound, hence their name. The bird’s spring migration takes the swans from wintering grounds in California to nesting sites in Canada and Alaska.

“Swans are amazing birds to see in flight,” Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Northern Region Outreach Manager Mark Hadley says. “You’ll have no problem spotting them—they’re huge and almost pure white in color.”

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While the peak time to see them in the spring is typically March, you can often see them in Utah during their fall migration as well, typically in early-to-mid November. Here are some great places to see swans in Utah:


THE COMPTON’S KNOLL VIEWING AREA—a small hill on the southeast side of the Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area—is a perfect place to view swans and other birds. The hill places you above the marsh, providing fantastic viewing opportunities for those who have binoculars or spotting scopes. Two bird-viewing blinds are also located at the bottom of the hill.

THE SALT CREEK WMA is about 12 miles northwest of Corinne. Except for the Compton’s Knoll viewing area, the rest of the WMA is closed during different parts of the year. Please remain behind closed gates, and only view the swans from Compton’s Knoll or the two bird-viewing blinds at the bottom of the hill.


Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge—and its Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Auto Tour Route—is another great place to see migrating swans in Utah. It is located about 12 miles west of Brigham City.

To reach the auto tour route, get off of I-15 at exit 363, and travel west on West Forest Street until you come to a large parking area with an observation tower. Stop at the tower to look for swans in the marsh area to the north. You can then drive along the 12mile auto tour route. The route will take you on a journey through the heart of the refuge. You could see thousands of swans in the wetlands along the driving route.


You can also sometimes see migrating swans at the DWR’s George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Wildlife Education Center and Hasenyager Preserve. The DWR’s Eccles Wildlife Education Center is part of the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. The WMA is closed to vehicle traffic from March 1 until September, but the education center is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.V

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Patience is the ability to wait for something or someone. It is also the ability to make wise decisions without letting our emotions get in the way. In trying situations, frustration sets in, which leads to impatience, which leads to poor decisions. Patience is a learned behavior. People do not come into this world patient. Patience is a sign of maturity, and the sooner you learn it, the better off you will be.

Most of us want to be more patient. Most of us try to exercise patience in most situations. However, a lot of us need to be more patient.

But developing patience can be difficult, and it can take years. Although some of us are more patient than others, we could all use some more tips on how to harness our patience a bit better.

It can be difficult in any situation that presents itself as a problem. How can we practice patience when we are confronted with adversity? Here are a few things to remember.


What causes us to be impatient? Is it people or situations?

Some of us are patient with people; others are more patient during certain circumstances. If people cause you to lose your patience, learn to acknowledge and accept that everyone is different. There is no way to escape from dealing with people. We will constantly come across people that rub us the wrong way. The best way to deal with people is to communicate effectively and understand that we do not see things the same way due to different personalities, backgrounds, and perceptions.

If certain circumstances cause you to lose your patience, then you can do a couple of things. Try to avoid those circumstances, or understand that the circumstance you face may be a learning experience and embrace it. What often makes us mature and helps us develop a patient attitude is adversity. Unlike what you heard in the movie, Forrest Gump, life is not a box of chocolates. Sometimes life will be sweet, but other times, it will be bittersweet and downright difficult. The bottom line is if you can change your circumstance or the influence people have over you, then do it. But if you can't, then try to work through it.


This is important! The best way to be patient is to learn to relax when things arise that can cause impatience. When you relax, you can think better and are less prone to making poor decisions. When you relax, you can decrease or even remove stress and frustration. Take deep breaths. Focus on your breathing and clearing your negative thoughts. Replace them with positive ones.

Focus on the Big Picture

Most things that cause a lack of patience are temporary.

Being patient helps you focus on the future or the outcome of things and not only the present. People who are patient also don’t rush to get things done. They concentrate on the big picture.

Seven Unique Ways to Build Patience:

Read. Reading requires patience. Set a goal to finish reading a book in a certain amount of time. Before you know it, you are thinking about what you are reading, not about whatever made you impatient. In the end, not only will you have finished reading a book (and maybe learned something!) but you will have developed some patience in the process.

Gain a different perspective. One of the biggest shifts in perspective you can have is to shift your focus off of yourself and onto others. If you shift the focus off of yourself and start thinking about others, your patience should start to grow. This is especially effective if you have issues being impatient around others.

Pray. If you are the religious sort and you want to be more patient, try praying. Your faith may help your patience grow.

Gardening. Gardening requires patience and persistence. The process of planting can take months for you to see results. If you want to have more patience, grow orchids. They can take months—or years—to bloom. There are also a host of other therapeutic benefits from gardening. If you grow herbs or veggies, you could also reap health benefits.

Cook from scratch. Avoid the microwave, and cook strictly from scratch. Not only will you develop some patience, but you will also eat healthier, the food will be tastier, and your family will be impressed.

Draw. Drawing requires a mental focus that develops patience. If you do not know how to draw, try to learn how—this potentially long process will require even more patience.

Learn to play an instrument or speak a new language. Learning how to play a musical instrument requires diligence and patience, especially for adults. Learning a new language requires time and the ability to focus on future results—all the while developing patience.

These are seven relatively simple ways to try and improve your patience. You might want to focus on one or two, or give all of them a try. The key is to really dedicate yourself to the tasks you choose. And instead of looking at the potholes in the street, try focusing on your destination.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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