ViewOn Magazine November-December 2023 Holiday Issue

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November 1 - December 31, 2023 Volume 16 – Issue 6 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR / ART DIRECTOR Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Elisa Eames WRITERS Dustin Berg, Jane Williams, Kaylee Pickering, Paul Benedict, Allan S. Litman, Ashley Centers, Cliff and Ilene Bandringa, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Nathan A. Hughes, Karen L. Monsen, Susie Knudsen, Larry Lemieux, Susan Hunter, David Cordero, Deborah Benham, Lisa Larson, Jyl Hall, MaQuade Chelsey, Elisa Eames, Layce Lundy, Lizz Larson, Mark R. Curtis, Kyle Tickner, Carrie Roberts, Alisha Larsen, Mindee West ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL SUPPORT STAFF Bert Kubica Cheryl Whitehead DISTRIBUTION ViewOn Magazine Staff PUBLISHED BY ViewOn Magazine, Inc. Office (702) 346-8439 Fax (702) 346-4955 GENERAL INQUIRIES ONLINE Facebook

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Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

Wow! Another year is nearly gone. But before we go there… like many of you, I can hardly believe the holidays are once again upon us! Time no longer marches; it sprints quickly by in a flash! There is little time to enjoy a sunset or relax by the fire. This year, I have spent a fair bit of time with my kids and grandkids, and boy, are they growing fast. It does seem that the holidays only magnify the feeling that there is never enough time for it all. This issue is full of so many activities, ideas for entertaining, ways to stay healthy, and places to go. It is my hope that you can find a few minutes to curl up in a comfy chair with something hot to drink while you peruse the pages of our holiday issue. As I look back over this year, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for family, friends, and our readers. Looking around myself today, I find it hard to believe that I am surrounded by such an abundance of love and gratitude. And as I look to the future, my mind is filled with wonder at what lies ahead. Our advertisers, who make it possible to publish ViewOn Magazine, would love to hear from you. Be sure to thank them when you see them. I would like to personally thank all who have contributed to our publication this past year. My wonderful writers take time out of their busy schedules to create the heartfelt words on these pages. And of course, where would we be without my proofreaders? I am grateful for all the work they do. I appreciate our support staff so much; they are always there making sure the magazines are delivered to your favorite locations. And a special thanks to my managing editor/art director, Erin, for bringing beauty to each and every issue. My respect for your talent and knowledge is beyond words. You have surpassed my expectations, and it is an honor to work by your side. Please make sure to visit our website at to view our online version where you can also read issues from the past year and find information if you are interested in joining our advertising family. From all of us here at ViewOn Magazine, we wish you and yours the happiest and healthiest of holidays and a Happy New Year.


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

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

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

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

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 More Than Enough and Conquer the Brain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at or (702) 283-4567. David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A southern Utah resident since 2006, David has extensive experience in writing, public relations, marketing, and public speaking. He has also served in a variety of volunteer capacities over the years, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, religious education, and as a coach for his son's athletic teams. Email him at Ashley Centers is the former General Manager of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, and her passion for fitness runs deep. She fell in love with competitive powerlifting as a preteen. She set many state records and national qualifying totals during her lifting career prior to her competitive retirement while attending college. Ashley is now an ISSA Elite Level Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutritionist, and Corrective Exercise Specialist and is training for Strongwoman competitions. She is an inactive board member for the Mesquite Senior Games and is excited to remain a contributor for ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passion for health and fitness!

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, Nevada. Helen holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, a Certified Color Consultant, and a Real Estate Staging Professional. Helen has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past 13 years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and home entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at or (702) 346-0246. Cliff and Ilene Bandringa are authors and the creators of They have been traveling and photographing the world for more than 20 years, with a motto of finding the lesserknown, off-the-beaten-path places and then sharing their experiences with others. They do this via their blog, the virtual tour guides they've written, lots of YouTube videos, magazine articles, and a sister website of highquality and stock images. You can find all of these at 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 November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


Message from I

the Mayor

t's a wonderful time. The holidays are approaching, and they are exciting. Our days are shorter, and although it's approaching winter in much of the country, it's still like fall in Mesquite. I love the heat of summer, but this is my favorite time of the year, and, of course, there is no snow. What a great place to live! So with fall upon us, our many snowbirds have returned, and Mesquite is again bursting with activity. Speaking of activity, have you noticed all the building taking place? Heritage Park should be open in the coming year, Crown Cork & Seal is nearing completion—adding many needed well-paying jobs—and housing development will provide many new apartments and homes for those relocating to our city. We sure are becoming a popular place to live. This was a year that started with much optimism on my part, and it has not disappointed. With our clean air, low crime, and minimal traffic, what could be nicer?

Now, on to the activity of the season. November is filled with action. The Daughters of the American Revolution have become very active here and are putting on the first annual sock-hop event on November 11. If you remember the Hangar Dances at the airport, this is similar but will be held in the city recreation center gym. The purpose of this event is to support our very own Mesquite Veterans Center. The Exchange Club is putting on The Thousand Flags Over Mesquite, an annual event known across the country, and I'll be conducting our annual veterans program just before our Veterans Day parade on November 4. Speaking of parades, the Veterans Day Parade just keeps growing under the direction of the Veterans Center. The Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra is back at The Casablanca and promises to be better than ever. Three outstanding performances are planned for the season. I'm sure every performance will be sold out. We have so much talent here! As November winds down, don't forget our annual Thanksgiving dinner, served to you by our city staff and numerous local volunteers. Visit with family and friends, and enjoy a complete turkey dinner with all the trimmings. There is absolutely no cost. But save some energy for December because we will be having our yearly Parade of Lights on December 7. Thousands of pounds of food will be collected and donated to our Salvation Army for distribution to needy families in the Virgin Valley. Mesquite is a city of generous, caring residents—whether they live here full-time or part-time. All in all, it's a joyous holiday season in our beautiful city. Enjoy what we are blessed with. The new year is just around the corner. I know the new year seems to come quicker every time, but we are all looking forward to a prosperous, fantastic 2024. On behalf of the city of Mesquite, all of our employees, and Phyllis and myself, we wish all of you a great, safe, and wonderful holiday season.

Allan S. Litman, Mayor, City of Mesquite

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table of Contents

Featured Articles




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table of Contents

In Every Issue



















The Enchanted Snow Globe: A Tale of Community Magic

5 Christmas Decorating Trends to Consider in 2023

Making Every Dollar Count: Charitable Giving Strategies with Donor-Advised Funds

Let It Snow!



Great Gift Ideas for Golfers

Wineries in Southern Utah

Creating Harmony and Balance for Your Pet

Getting Those Holiday Gains (in a good way)

How To Cultivate a Positive Attitude During the Holiday Season


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Why I Love



y wife and I adore Mesquite for its friendly environment and small-town charm. It embodies a true sense of community where neighbors look out for one another. We love hosting our holidays here as we invite family to enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere during the winter months.

- The Bergs

Why I Love

St. George W

hy do I love St. George? Such a deliciously loaded question.

I first fell in love when I came to visit every summer as a child. The red rock has found a way to nestle right into a spot in my heart. After all these years, I still have my child-like eyes and soak up the beautiful desert around us here daily. Not only is the landscape so incredibly beautiful and amazing to explore, but the sunrise and the sunset always have a way of showing off. The environment is dreamy in its own desert way, but the community and tribe here are my rock. They, too, have nestled into my heart, and we have come together to support and really cheer each other on as we navigate parenting, work, and, really, all things life. I could not ask for a better community and surroundings. - Jane Williams November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |



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The Enchanted Snow Globe: A Taȹe of Community Magic by Judi Moreo


nce upon a time, in the heart of the quaint little town of Evergreen Meadows, there lived a group of neighbors who were known far and wide for their tight-knit community spirit. Every year, as the holiday season approached, they would come together to create magical displays and events that spread joy and warmth throughout the town. One day, a mysterious snow globe appeared in the center of the town's main square. It was unlike any ordinary snow globe—it was enormous, standing almost as tall as a person, and it emitted a faint, captivating glow. No one knew where it had come from, but it seemed to beckon the townspeople with its silent allure. A group of curious neighbors gathered around the snow globe. As they peered inside, they were astonished to see a miniature winter wonderland that seemed to be alive. The tiny village within the globe was bustling with activity, displaying miniature houses, twinkling lights, and even tiny residents going about their festive preparations. The townspeople soon realized that the snow globe had a magical power: whatever they wished for within the globe would come true in the real world. They saw this as an opportunity to create the most enchanting holiday celebration Evergreen Meadows had ever witnessed. They began making wishes, each contributing his or her own unique attitude and aspirations to the snow globe's enchantment. One wished for a grand carousel that spun with the laughter of children, while another wished for a field of radiant, rainbow-colored lights. Someone else wished for a towering gingerbread house that emitted the sweet aroma of freshly baked cookies, and yet another wished for a sledding hill covered in soft, sparkly snow. As the wishes came to life, the town transformed into a real-life winter fairy tale. The air was filled with laughter, the aroma of treats, and the joyful sounds of holiday music. The

spirit of unity and togetherness grew stronger than ever before as everyone pitched in to bring their wishes to life. But as the holiday approached, the townspeople noticed that the snow globe's glow was beginning to fade. Worried that their magical celebrations would come to an end, they gathered around the globe once more, this time realizing that their true magic lay not within the snow globe but within themselves and their bonds of friendship. With a united effort, they reached out to each other, joining hands and creating a circle around the snow globe. They closed their eyes and made one final wish: to keep the spirit of togetherness, joy, and magic alive in their hearts forever. And at that moment, the snow globe burst into a brilliant display of light, showering the entire town with a radiant glow. The globe itself transformed into a dazzling ornament that hung from the town's holiday tree, a reminder of the magic they had created. From that day on, the magic of Evergreen Meadows' holiday celebrations continued to thrive, not only during the holiday season but throughout the entire year. The town's unity and the spirit of giving remained strong, reminding everyone that the real magic lies in the connections we make and the love we share. And so, whenever the townspeople gathered around and gazed upon the gleaming ornament, they were reminded of the unique experience that had united them in a truly enchanting way.V Judi Moreo is an internationally acclaimed author and coach who stands as a beacon of inspiration in the realm of self-improvement. Renowned for her profound expertise, she has authored an impressive collection of 24 books, two of which have attained international bestseller status: the transformative volumes, You Are More Than Enough and Ignite the Spark. You can contact Judi at or (702) 283-4567. November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


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christmas decorating trends to consider in 2023


s the holiday season approaches, homes and streets are gearing up for a transformation that marks the most wonderful time of the year—Christmas. This year, the holiday decorating trends for Christmas 2023 are a blend of classic nostalgia and contemporary elegance. From shimmering metallics to sustainable decor, let's take a closer look at the festive magic that awaits us this season.

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This style is all about embracing opulence and richness. Shimmering metallics and jewel tones are taking center stage in holiday decor. Gold, silver, and copper ornaments are adorning Christmas trees, wreaths, and tablescapes. These metallic accents add a touch of glamour and sophistication, creating a festive ambiance that captivates the spirit of celebration.

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Complementing the metallics are jewel tones like emerald green, deep blues, and rich purples. These colors not only add depth and warmth but also create a luxurious atmosphere. Incorporating jewel-toned ornaments and ribbons into your decor scheme will undoubtedly elevate the festive charm of your home.

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Sustainable & nature-inspired

Sustainability and eco-friendliness have become essential considerations in every aspect of life, and Christmas decor is no exception. This year, the trend leans toward nature-inspired and sustainable decor. Incorporating elements like wooden ornaments, pinecones, twine, and natural wreaths brings the beauty of the outdoors inside.

Many people are opting for reusable and ecofriendly ornaments made from recycled materials to reduce their environmental footprint. This shift towards sustainable Christmas decor reflects a growing awareness of our responsibility to protect the environment, even during the holiday season. November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


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Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, and this Christmas, many are revisiting the past with vintage-inspired decor. Antique ornaments, vintage-style baubles, and retro-inspired lights are making a comeback. These decorations transport us back to simpler times, evoking cherished memories and a sense of comfort and tradition.

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Vintage & Nostalgic

Moreover, repurposing family heirlooms and incorporating them into your decor not only adds a personal touch but also celebrates the generations that came before us. The combination of old-world charm and modern elements creates a timeless ambiance that captivates both young and old.


Minimalist & Scandinavian In contrast to the lavish metallics and vintage vibes, minimalist and Scandinavian-inspired decor is gaining popularity this Christmas. Clean lines, neutral color palettes, and simple yet elegant designs define this aesthetic. Adorning your home with uncluttered decor creates a sense of tranquility and calm perfect for bringing some holiday decorations into your home without feeling like Christmas exploded in your living room in a frenzy of glitter and pine needles.

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Whites, light grays, and muted tones dominate this trend, reflecting the serene beauty of winter landscapes. Incorporating natural elements like wood and greenery along with a few carefully chosen ornaments embodies the essence of a cozy, Nordic-inspired Christmas.

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Personalized & DIY Lastly, personalization and do-it-yourself (DIY) decor are on the rise this holiday season. People are finding joy in creating their own ornaments, stockings, and garlands. This trend lends a unique and heartfelt touch to the decorations, making each piece truly special.

Whether it's hand-painted ornaments, personalized stockings with names or initials, or a DIY advent calendar, the effort and love put into creating these decorations add an extra layer of meaning to the holiday celebrations. It's a wonderful way to involve the whole family and create lasting memories.

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This Christmas season, celebrate diversity in decor. Whether you lean towards luxurious metallics, the earthy beauty of nature-inspired decor, or the cozy nostalgia of vintage elements, the spirit of Christmas can shine through each unique decoration trend. Embrace the one that resonates with your heart, and make this holiday season a truly magical and memorable one.V

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by Carrie Roberts


i! I'm Carrie from Loco Cocoa Treats. I am a hobby baker, but I recently got my cottage food permit from the Southern Nevada Health District so that I can share my treats with other people! I love baking and creating treats for all seasons: breads, cookies, bundt cakes, truffles, candied nuts, and of course, cocoa bombs! My cocoa bombs have been my specialty in the past, and I currently have about 20 flavors that I rotate through! I bake or create treats almost weekly, and you can find me at some of the local craft fairs and vendor markets. I thought that with fall and winter arriving, I'd share one of my most-loved recipes. I hope that you try it out and enjoy these melt-in-your-mouth treats!

Share. Or don't share. You might not want to! Maybe next time, I'll add some whiskey to the icing or some bacon on top! Please let me know on Instagram if you tried this recipe and how it was! Hope to see you all soon!V To view our current offerings and to place an order, please visit our Instagram page @loco.cocoa_treats or reach out to us by phone at (702) 467-7737. November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


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The Brotherhood of Humanity

by Elisa Eames


n dark, sodden trenches, frightened young men from Great Britain shivered, wondering how the world had come to be the chaotic nightmare that it was. Every day, but especially on that 24th of December in 1914, the men desperately missed their loved ones and their homes and had almost forgotten what it felt like to be safe. They all knew quite well that there was no safety on the front. So many had died already in the nearly six months that had been spent fighting and fearing their German enemies.

Then softly and astonishingly, melodies began making their way across No Man’s Land. It was the Germans, and they were singing. Unmistakable in the biting cold, Christmas carols floated over the distance. The British, stunned at first, began to hesitantly unite their voices with those of their enemies. In the morning, A sign in English declared, "You no shoot, we no shoot." And then there was shouting— words with a heavy German accent: “Come over here!” A British sergeant responded, “You come half-way! I come half-way!” The following events made history—not because of the staggering number of casualties, but because of the extraordinary lack of them. Soldiers from both sides cautiously climbed from their muddy, winding confinements. Instead of the senseless slaughter, 24 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | November / December 2023

there was mingling and the shaking of hands. Instead of exchanging gunfire, they exchanged expressions of empathy. Amid more enthusiastic songs, soldiers shared wine, cigars, and cigarettes. A British machine gunner remarked incredulously, “There was not an atom of hate on either side.” Other accounts chronicled unofficial cease-fires springing up along the Western and Eastern fronts as soldiers paused the bloodshed to respect the holiday and acknowledge their enemy’s humanity. A British rifleman commented, “We did not fire that day, and everything was so quiet it seemed like a dream.” Another soldier marveled, “Here we were laughing and chatting to men whom only a few hours before we were trying to kill!” German soldiers placed cheerfully flickering candles on Christmas trees surrounding their trenches. Some reports described men assisting the other side in retrieving their dead. Before too long, a British man produced a soccer ball, and soldiers from both sides began a spirited game. “How marvelously wonderful, yet how strange it was,” said a German officer. “The English officers felt the same way about it. Thus Christmas, the celebration of Love, managed to bring mortal enemies together as friends for a time.”

In spite of the brief escape from the horror that the events provided, commanders on both sides were displeased. Generals sent orders prohibiting any further incidents of fraternity, and some reports claimed that a number of soldiers were punished for participating in the impromptu festivities. Even leaders of nations had ignored a plea from Pope Benedict XV asking “that the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang.” One overzealous German soldier allegedly reprimanded his peers severely for their enjoyment of the camaraderie. “Have you no German sense of honor left?” he spat in indignation and disgust. That young soldier’s name? It was a 25-year-old Adolf Hitler. Image source: PA/PA Wire

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If ruthless enemies trapped in a desperate struggle to destroy could recognize, even if just for a day, that there was still good, kindness, and humanity in each other, surely, so can we. Always, but especially at Christmas time, we can look for and find the good in those who disagree with us or who have hurt us. We can mend relationships that have fallen into disrepair. We can respect those who threaten what we hold dear, realizing that they, like we, simply fight for what they believe in. Let us acknowledge that we are all human, and we are all connected. As both sides did on that Christmas over one hundred years ago, we can let go of our hate, our judgment, and our vengefulness. As these soldiers did in the midst of a war that would consume much of the world, we can meet each other halfway in our efforts to reconcile differences. Some may mock and even persecute those who would be peacemakers, but we may purposefully choose our own paths, heedless of their ridicule.V

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by Alisha Larsen

Maui on our Minds


isiting Hawaii has always been one of the most common bucket list vacations for many Americans. Whether visitors are searching for amazing beaches, cultural diversity, historical relevance, or just plain ol’ tropical island ambiance, the Hawaiian Islands hold a bit of an exotic allure for those of us in the other 49 states. But back in early August, fires erupted on Maui, and the residents of Lahaina, one of the oldest and most historic cities in the Hawaiian Empire, were trapped by a blaze that raged for weeks and claimed the lives of 115 people, making it the deadliest American wildfire in over 100 years.

up efforts and presented a free concert featuring Hawaiian recording artist Fia. Not only did they match 100% of the donations of every attendee, but they tossed in an extra $100 per attendee, bringing in over $10,000 in donations.

To help support the fire relief efforts, those at Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite, Nevada, did what they do best and extended their community embrace to include Maui in its time of need. The casino presented an Aloha Buffet on August 26 for the public. Rather than charging for the meal, which highlighted many traditional Hawaiian dishes, guests made a $25 donation to the relief effort, and Eureka matched 100% of each donation, raising over $20,000 that evening.

When it comes down to it, these donations were more than just “charity;” it wasn’t just giving money to those in need. These donations showed compassion, connection, and the deep human urge to ensure that those who are suffering will be given the opportunity to recover. The support does not just come from Eureka or The Brook but from all the individuals who held Maui in their hearts during this time of hardship. The funds were useful and necessary, and they were given with the very best intentions. It is the intentions themselves that show the strength we offer and the love and empathy that all of us feel for those recovering. It is our way to share the belief that Maui, even though it’s an ocean away, is still very much part of our community.V

On the other side of the country in Seabrook, New Hampshire, The Brook, which is the largest charity casino in America and Eureka’s sister company, also stepped

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The timeliness of these events was also crucial in making sure relief reached the people who needed it the most when they needed it the most. Both of these events were planned and performed before the fires had been fully contained so the donation funds could be put to use as quickly as possible.

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Christmas in the


by Kaylee Pickering


s winter’s chill sweeps over southern Utah, the towns of Parowan and Cedar City are bright with the warm glow of Christmas in the country. Nestled between picturesque landscapes, the following events call visitors back to another time with a different kind of holiday spirit, transporting you to a simpler, cozier, and more enchanting holiday destination. These Christmas celebrations here are a time-honored tradition that captures the essence of small-town America where families gather and guests are welcomed with open arms.

Local Farms and Markets With little rest between harvest and the holiday season, local farms and markets are amazing for pulling together such fantastic events for all. Holiday carriage rides, visits with Santa, and hand-crafted/homegrown gifts are the highlight of a visit to local farms and markets during this time of year. With three farmer’s markets (Festival City Farmer’s Market, Cedar Saturday Market, and the Midvalley Farmer’s Market), local artists, farmers, bakers, and crafters engage with holiday shoppers while offering unique gifts. All three markets will often invite local musicians and artists to perform live music, dressing up the performance spaces with lights and a tree. Bundled up with cider in hand, this is the only way to shop for the holidays. Red Acre Farm and Nature Hills Farm put on incredible holiday events complete with adorable farm animals, farmfresh baked goods and produce, and visits from the Big Man himself. These events are eagerly anticipated as it is a great time to step back from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and just relax in what feels like a simpler time. Enjoy a hay ride through the grounds of the farm before selecting the perfect homemade jam and a freshly baked loaf of bread to take home. November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


Winter Wonderland - Parowan An archway of glittering Christmas lights, candy canes, and dozens of holiday displays welcome visitors to the Parowan Main Street Park, beginning Thanksgiving weekend and going through the new year. The Winter Wonderland display has quickly become a local favorite. There’s something about the holidays in Parowan that feels like you’ve stepped into a Hallmark movie. The shining lights, the beautiful brick buildings, and the quiet and quaint street beckon you to embrace a much more relaxed holiday season. The holiday celebrations in Parowan are kicked off with two days of shopping for home-crafted gifts at the annual Christmas in the Country Holiday Bazaar. Christmas in the Country is followed by the Candlelight Walking Parade and the Town Lighting Ceremony. Bring your candle/light and walk with the community down Main Street singing familiar carols and reveling in the holiday spirit as you make your way to the Main Street Park. Here, the town and the Parowan Chamber of Commerce come together to turn on the lights in their fantastic light display for all to enjoy.

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Holidays at the Homestead The sandy-toned bricks and classic architecture of the Historic Hunter House, which was built in 1866, are icons of the homestead at Frontier Homestead State Park. During the holiday season, the beauty and architecture of this historic home provide the backdrop to wreaths, garlands, and shimmering holiday lights. The exhibits and buildings of the park are transformed by lights, gifts, garlands, and events, and it’s well worth the visit. Holidays at the Homestead will run Wednesday through Saturday in the evenings. It’s a great way to embrace the holiday season in November as well as December. November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


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Christmas Lane Hot chocolate with the lid safely secured, family and friends bundled and buckled in the car, and a ride around the city to look at lights is a time-honored holiday tradition that Cedar City embraces wholeheartedly. Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, “Christmas Lane” opens to the public. A neighborhood behind the Cedar Ridge Golf Course, Christmas Lane has been a celebrated part of the holiday season in Cedar City for years. With streets carefully marked and instructions to match, visitors can drive through the neighborhood and discover the classic “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” story as they go. Houses all aglow are decorated in their holiday best while large signs out front tell the story of the night before Christmas. With headlights off, holiday music playing gently within the car, and a designated family narrator, it’s a wonderful evening drive.

The Perfect Tree Whether the hunt for the perfect fresh tree is already a household tradition or this year marks the start of a new one, it’s a great way to welcome the holiday season. Get outside, and explore the sights and beauty of Dixie National Forest blanketed in snow as you connect with those you love while adventuring together. Every year, the Dixie National Forest Office of the U.S. Forest Service offers permits online through, making the process quick and easy. The office even offers tips on where to find good trees. Southern Utah is a place where the holiday season feels like a warm embrace, and the memories created are cherished for a lifetime.V

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City of St. George

Holiday Activities by David Cordero


t. George is known for its sunny skies and mild winter temperatures, which make it a great escape from the cold and shivery months elsewhere in the Intermountain West. But there’s no need to fret if snowman building or sledding isn’t in the cards for this holiday season. There is no shortage of ways to enjoy the winter in St. George. You can take in a feast for the senses without shivering, enjoying seasonal fun in a place where snow is unlikely to make an appearance. Here are a few activities for the young and the young at heart!

Kickoff to Christmas Join St. George Races and 107.3/94.9 Cat Country to start the holiday season off in style during the Kickoff to Christmas on November 27 at Historic Town Square. “This is a neat tradition recalled fondly by many of our residents over the years,” says Emerson Watanabe, Recreation Manager for the City of St. George. “Town Square is a great place to feel at peace amid all the holiday lights.” In previous years, the festivities have included musical performances by local school choirs, a tree-lighting countdown, refreshments, and extended hours at the St. George Children’s Museum and St. George Carousel. Radio personality Aaronee Cottam will host the event. Details were being finalized at press time. For up to date information, please visit

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Town Square’s Holiday Lights

If you can’t make it to the Kickoff to Christmas, enjoy the luminescence of the holiday season while taking a stroll through Historic Town Square. Shane Moore, St. George’s Parks and Community Services Director, estimates that there are 400,000 lights hung with care by Parks Division employees. In the middle of Town Square near the flagpole is a tall Christmas tree made wholly of lights. It makes a great backdrop for a family photo, as do the many wondrous lights throughout the square. And while you have the family there, take a ride on the St. George Carousel. For carousel hours, go to

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Red Hills Desert Garden The 8th annual Holiday Lights at Red Hills Desert Garden, which is located at 375 East Red Hills Parkway, is set to run from November 22 to January 1. The garden will be transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of displays guaranteed to add sparkle to the season. Features include a Candyland-themed area with three-foot cupcakes and giant candy canes, dozens of luminaries casting a warm glow in the cactus garden, a vivid glowing tunnel, ornately patterned light tubes, icicles, and a new display that will debut this year. Lights are on nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Visit for additional information.

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Pearl Harbor Commemoration

December 7th at Tonaquint Cemetery To remember those who perished in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, American Legion Post 90 will host a wreath-laying ceremony at Tonaquint Cemetery on December 7 at 10:48 a.m.—the exact time of the attack 82 years earlier. The public is invited to attend. Described by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as “a date which will live in infamy,” Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor plunged America into World War II. The losses were catastrophic. There were 2,403 killed, 1,178 wounded, four American battleships sunk, and nearly 350 aircraft damaged or destroyed. For more information on Post 90, visit

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Wreaths Across America Wreaths Across America will conduct its annual event on December 16th at 10 a.m. at Tonaquint Cemetery. Upon the conclusion of the wreath laying at this location, the St. George Police Department will escort volunteers to St. George Cemetery to lay the balance of remembrance wreaths. Wreaths Across America ceremonies began in 2010, and since 2018 have been held annually at Tonaquint Cemetery each December. The ceremony is followed by wreath laying assisted by community volunteers. To sponsor wreaths or get more information, send inquiries to

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by Lisa Larson


hen Kevin Smith, Tuacahn’s CEO, considers the holiday splendor of Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon, some of his favorite memories are the ones shared by the volunteer cast for the live nativity. “Some of these wonderful volunteer groups book a year in advance so they can be part of this show,” Smith says of the traditional nativity story that features live animals, professional narration, and beautiful music set beneath the stars in Tuacahn’s

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Memories to be made at Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon

red rock canyon. “It’s always such an amazing experience, and sometimes the volunteers get even more than they bargained for.” For example, one year, as the narration reached the scripted line about the shepherds coming “in haste,” no shepherds appeared on stage. It turns out one of the real sheep was pregnant and was at that moment delivering her lamb, thus detaining the shepherds in the cast. “How often could something like that happen,” Smith says with a laugh.

Another year, the roles of Mary and Joseph were played by an older couple from a local Presbyterian congregation. The man playing Joseph was extremely nervous and didn’t know what to do with himself after Mary delivered the baby. As the music played, instead of simply standing on stage, he walked over and gently picked up the Jesus doll, responding in the moment to his own feelings of love and creating a genuinely tender scene. “No one told him to do that, but it worked so well, we’ve kept it in the script,” Smith discloses. November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


Whether viewing the hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights while snuggled aboard the Tuacahn Express train or sipping hot cocoa by the fire and visiting with Santa Claus, the entire Tuacahn property opens up like a Christmas card to the community to share the holiday spirit.

Stories like these and others make up just a piece of what Smith refers to as “Tuacahn’s gift to the community,” a delightfully festive way to swap Tuacahn’s summer desert heat for a cozy winter glow. “There are so many great things for people to enjoy,” he comments. 44 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | November / December 2023

Among this year’s favorite Christmas in the Canyon offerings is the live, on-stage version of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical in the Indoor Hafen Theatre. “This is such a wonderful show,” says Shari Jordan, associate artistic producer for Tuacahn. “To me, the dancing is really the star of this production, and having Mara Newberry Greer as the director and choreographer, I just know the dancing is going to be fantastic!” For Greer, the project feels like an absolute dream. “This was my favorite Christmas musical growing up,” she reveals. “I love the dancing and the music. You can’t beat the Irving Berlin score.”

This year, the joy of White Christmas and the beauty of the live nativity can easily be enjoyed on the same evening. “We’ve decided to move the start time of White Christmas back to 7:45 p.m. so that people can attend the 7 p.m. nativity and not feel so rushed going to the indoor show,” Smith clarifies. This is just one more way Tuacahn is giving back and spreading joy. Speaking of spreading joy, the best time to share the joy of Tuacahn’s 2024 season is during the Black Friday Sale from November 24 to November 27. Save up to 35% on season packages to see Disney’s Frozen, Anastasia, and Jersey Boys in the outdoor amphitheater. Experience Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash and A Christmas Carol, the musical, in the Indoor Hafen Theatre. In addition, season package holders receive early access to the shows, 20% off most concert tickets, free online date exchanges, and more. “It’s a gift that fits everyone and keeps giving long after the glow of Christmas fades,” Smith says with a smile.V Filled with holiday favorites, including “Blue Skies,” “Snow,” and of course, “White Christmas,” the story of White Christmas The Musical follows two army buddies who met while fighting in World War II. After the war, they become a song and dance team and eventually meet two sisters who are also a song and dance team. Through a series of comedic events, both pairs end up in Vermont, where the gentlemen run into their old army commander. The commander is attempting to keep his inn afloat, and the talented singers and dancers decide they might be able to revive it with a successful show.

Enjoy the light of the holiday season at Christmas in the Canyon from November 24 through December 23 with nativity performances at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Advance tickets are encouraged. And don’t miss Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical from November 24 to December 22. Tickets start at just $32. Call (435) 652-3300, or purchase online at

“It’s a story about kindness, and about our veterans and how important they are and how easily they are forgotten,” Greer explains. “Plus, it has some amazing tap numbers, which brings me so much joy.” November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


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Golf f re kids 19th Annual Event

by Mindee West


f all the wonderful charity golf events held in Mesquite, possibly one of the most anticipated is the annual Golf Fore Kids Tournament. Every year, golfers assemble at four local courses and bring toys, bikes, balls, scooters, dolls, and art supplies to donate to local children. Trailers are filled to the brim, and Santa’s helpers work overtime. And because of the generosity of our local citizens, hundreds of kids will smile a little brighter this Christmas season. This year marks the 19th Annual Golf Fore Kids Event. As usual, Falcon Ridge, Palms, Canyons, and Conestoga golf courses have graciously donated their courses for the day. Golfers will tee off at 9 a.m. and then be treated to lunch afterward at the Rising Star Barn. There will be prizes for closest to the pins and winning teams plus a large raffle that never disappoints. Hole sponsorships are available for $50 for one course or $150 for all four courses. The individual or company name and any other message requested will be printed on a sign and posted on a tee box for all golfers to see. And as with everything else, 100% of the funds go directly to the kids. If you wish to sign up for a sponsorship, you can do so online by visiting or by calling Karen Fielding at (702) 378-9964.

Tee time reservations will only be taken online. If you wish to play in the event, you can sign up by going to www. The site opened on October 1 and is filling up quickly, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot. You can make your course selection, but it is on a first-come-first-served basis. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have made this event a success! Golf Fore Kids has raised over $825,000 in cash and toys for local children in our community. What started as a small tournament at one course has grown into a huge event with 580 golfers, dozens of volunteers, trailers full of toys, and hundreds of happy children. Thank you for your continued generosity. Let’s make this the best year ever!V TOURNAMENT DATE: Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 9 a.m. LOCATIONS: Falcon Ridge, Palms, Canyons, & Conestoga Courses LUNCH LOCATION: Rising Star Barn ENTRY FEE: Minimum of $75 unwrapped toy(s) HOLE SPONSORSHIP: $50 for one course or $150 for all four courses. Sign up at November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


The Parade of Lights by Deborah Benham


he Parade of Lights started in 2015 as a catalyst for a community food drive, and through the generosity and overwhelming support of the community, it has grown substantially every year. In 2022, we collected 13,081 pounds of food, bringing the grand total to 68,516 pounds. Each year, all collected items are given to the Salvation Army to be distributed to those in need here in Mesquite. The 9th annual Parade of Lights will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023, starting at 5:30 p.m. The entry fee for the parade is 25 pounds of food, due at the time of submission. This year’s theme is “Deck the Halls.” A trophy will be awarded to the participant(s) with the best display of lights. An additional trophy will be awarded to the participant(s) that collect the most food (determined by weight). Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided before the parade in front of City Hall. Shopping carts will go down the parade route for spectators to donate food, and after the parade, 48 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | November / December 2023

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures by the Christmas tree. This year's most exciting change is that we are now a 501(c) (3) Domestic Nonprofit Corporation, and all donations are taxdeductible. Donations can be sent to: Parade of Lights, Corp P.O. Box 477 Mesquite, NV 89024 Donation boxes are available at the recreation center, Washington Federal Bank, Nevada Bank and Trust, and the community center in Sun City. If anyone wants to donate food, we can shop for you, or we can come to you and pick it up.V For more information, please contact Debbie Benham at (702) 324-2038, or e-mail me at For parade applications, contact Julie Goodsell at

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Ce l e brat e t h e ho l i days w i th U ta h T ec h at th e

by Jyl Hall

Trailblazer Nation Tree Lighting Celebration


mbracing the joyous spirit of the holiday season, Utah Tech University will be home to the sights, sounds, and smells of this special time of year at the sixth annual Trailblazer Nation Tree Lighting Celebration. This year’s Tree Lighting Celebration is set to take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, in the Holland Plaza, which is located on the Utah Tech campus on Trailblazer Boulevard just off of University Avenue. The event is open to the community and free to attend.

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“Utah Tech is excited to ring in the holidays with our friends from the community at our Tree Lighting Celebration,” says Valerie De La O, the events and promotions coordinator at Utah Tech. “This year, we’re going bigger than ever with activities for the whole family, food, and special appearances you won’t want to miss.” One highlight of the evening is the ceremonial lighting of Utah Tech’s 40-foot tree. Don’t miss the merriment as President Richard “Biff” Williams and his family illuminate the campus with the glow of the holiday lights at 6 p.m.

The celebration will also include performances from local groups, tractor and carriage rides around campus, and holiday booths featuring activities such as gingerbread decorating and ornament making. A fan favorite from last year, the Build-a-Bison workshop will be open to the first 250 participants who will have the opportunity to stuff their own Brooks the Bison. Additionally, characters such as Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Brooks the Bison will make special appearances and be available for photos. The first 500 attendees will receive the university’s annual ornament, which is the perfect keepsake for guests of all ages to display on their Christmas trees throughout the season. Attendees are also encouraged to come hungry, as food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. “We know how important traditions are, especially around the holiday season, and we’re so grateful for the community’s continued support in making this event successful each and every year,” De La O says. “There is no place like St. George for the holidays, and Utah Tech University is excited to welcome you to campus.” After the celebration, the university’s tree—located on campus in the roundabout on Trailblazer Boulevard—and holiday lights will remain lit through New Year’s Day for the community to view and enjoy. You don’t want to miss joining Utah Tech University in kicking off the festive season in true Trailblazer style at the Trailblazer Nation Tree Lighting Celebration. Get all the details at treelighting.V

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One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite by Paul Benedict


he Exchange Club of Mesquite invites you to again be part of an awe-inspiring Mesquite tradition as it presents the 17th annual One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite Field of Honor® to our military and our veterans. The field of 1,000 American flags will be assembled on the west field of the Mesquite Recreation Center on Sunday morning, November 5, and will stand proudly 24 hours a day, rain or shine, until November 12. Of course, the field is lit at night, and volunteers from our community will maintain a watchful vigil at the field every minute of every day and night. We welcome help from young and old alike in setting up the field at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 5, and in furling the flags immediately after the 2 p.m. closing ceremony on Sunday, November 12. Visit the field—once or often. The sense of patriotism you will feel cannot be described; you simply have to experience it for yourself. Be sure to bring your camera, as the precision and grandeur of the display are truly memorable during the day or night. 52 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | November / December 2023

Walk slowly through the Field of Honor®. Each starspangled sentinel represents the silent stories of thousands of brave Americans who have served and are serving our great nation at home and abroad. Listen to their stories with your heart, read the dedications, offer your thanks for their sacrifices, and share your silent prayers for them. On Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, at 6 p.m., your presence is encouraged at a stirring ceremony on the field, including guest speakers, presentations, and special musical performances by the Mesquite Men’s Chorus. This year, we will be highlighting the war for America’s independence. We have invited the Virgin Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to join us as we honor those who gave all to assure our new nation’s independence. Our keynote speaker will be Jeff McKenna, an area lawyer, part-time historian, and author. A captivating public speaker, Jeff will bring to life the story of a nearly forgotten Revolutionary War hero in Saving Dr. Warren..."A True Patriot." His historical novel was written to both entertain and educate young readers.

A member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Jeff is dedicated to instilling patriotism in young Americans, most notably in a literary and educational setting. He volunteered his time for a number of years helping to introduce the Exchange Club’s Give Me Liberty program to the valley’s fifth grade students. The Exchange Club of Mesquite Foundation is a major supporter of local veterans’ programs and services right here in the Virgin Valley, and One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite is a primary fundraiser. We invite you to sponsor a flag for $35 each, and you will receive a ribbon of remembrance to attach to your flag in honor or in memory of an important veteran in your life. There is room on the dedication tag to add your own words of recognition. Remember, One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite honors every veteran, living or deceased. Commemorative merchandise, including apparel and caps, will be available as well, and each year, Charlie and Tatiana Sellner from City Shoppes Embroidery donate a generous portion of sales to the Exchange Club of Mesquite Foundation.

Immediately following the closing ceremony, you are welcome to either take the flag you sponsored home to display proudly or donate it back to the project to be included in next year’s One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite. In either case, keep your dedication ribbon as a reminder of your special veteran. Any sponsored flags not picked up at this time will be donated back to the project.V You can reach The Exchange Club by emailing us at Find more information about our Field of Honor® by visiting us at mesquitenv23/.

Photo credit: David Bly, used with permission

One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite will conclude with a closing ceremony and a dignified flag retirement by Mesquite Fire and Rescue on Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m.

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MAKING EVERY DOLLAR COUNT: Charitable Giving Strategies with Donor-Advised Funds by Nathan A. Hughes, AAMS®, Financial Advisor with Raymond James & Associates


n today's world, philanthropy has become more accessible and strategic than ever before thanks to the rise of donor-advised funds (DAFs). For individuals who are looking for efficient and impactful ways to give back to their communities and the causes they care about, DAFs can be a powerful tool.

What are the benefits of a Donor-Advised Fund?

• It is easy to set up and requires little administrative maintenance. • There is no capital gains tax on long-term appreciated assets that were gifted. • Individuals receive an immediate tax deduction for the full market value of the gift for most assets. • There are no excise taxes like with a private foundation. • Donated assets are no longer part of the estate value. • It makes a difference in people’s lives and communities for years to come. • It carries on your legacy.

Understanding Donor-Advised Funds

Similar to a private foundation, a donor-advised fund lets you donate to your favorite charities and receive immediate tax benefits and deductions but with less expense and setup. While you have advisory privileges over the assets, the sponsoring organization manages the investments, administrative tasks, and compliance with IRS regulations.

Tax Benefits of DAFs

One of the most significant advantages of using a DAF is the immediate tax benefit. By contributing to a DAF, you can claim a charitable deduction for the year of your contribution, 54 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | November / December 2023

reducing your taxable income. In addition, any appreciated asset contributed to the DAF will avoid capital gains taxes that would have been incurred if the asset were sold.

Flexibility and Timing

Donor-advised funds provide the flexibility to support multiple charities over time. You can make contributions to the fund whenever you choose and then recommend grants to nonprofits on your own schedule. This flexibility allows you to respond to changing circumstances or urgent needs in your community. Fun fact: you can give anonymously from the DAF if desired.

Legacy and Family Involvement

For many individuals, creating a lasting legacy is essential. DAFs offer the opportunity to involve your family in philanthropy. You can designate successors to carry on your philanthropic goals, ensuring that your charitable giving continues for generations. This approach can foster a sense of shared values and a deeper connection to the causes you care about.

Investment Growth

Another benefit of donor-advised funds is the potential for investment growth. The assets in your DAF can be invested, allowing them to grow over time. This means that your initial contribution could increase in value, enabling you to give more to the causes you support.

Leaving a Lasting Impact

As we age, many of us reflect on our life's purpose and the mark we want to leave on the world. Donor-advised funds provide a practical and impactful way to channel your resources toward the causes that matter most to you. Whether it's supporting education, healthcare, environmental conservation, or any other cause, a DAF allows you to make a meaningful difference.

Donor-advised funds are a versatile and inclusive charitable giving tool for individuals from all walks of life. They offer tax benefits, flexibility, family involvement, investment growth, and the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the causes that are important to you. As you consider your philanthropic goals, remember that with a DAF, you have the power to create a legacy of giving that extends far beyond your lifetime, leaving a positive mark on the world for generations to come. To learn more about establishing a donor-advised fund, talk to your financial advisor. We recommend you work with your financial advisor alongside your legal and tax professionals to coordinate the most appropriate charitable solution for your situation.V Nathan Hughes is a native of Mesquite, Nevada. He is licensed and serves clients as a financial advisor at Coeur Private Wealth Management of Raymond James. To contact Nathan, please call (208) 277-9239, email him at, or visit the firm’s website at They are located at 2100 Northwest Blvd. #260, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83835. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member NYSE/SIPC.

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Brian Head Snowboarder / Photo Credit Bret Howser

by Karen L. Monsen


othing says “winter” better than snow. Although northern Utah is known for world-class snow, southern Utah is in proximity to one ski resort and three national parks and is worth a winter visit. The Greatest Snow on Earth The phrase seen on some Utah license plates first appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune’s Sunday “Home Magazine” insert on December 4, 1960, when then skiing editor Tom Korologos described Utah’s snow as, “The Greatest Snow on Earth.”

In 2014, Jim Steenburgh, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah, supported the claim in his book, Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth. His second edition released in 2023 expands on the topic, adding the subtitle, Weather, Climate Change, and Finding Deep Powder in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains and Around the World.

Steenburgh, an avid skier and researcher, provides a history of Utah avalanche mitigation in Little Cottonwood Canyon (the location of Alta and Snowbird Resorts), an analysis of snow qualities, and the basics of mountain weather forecasting. The best snow is not the deepest snow—that’s in Mount Baker Washington (with a record 1,140 inches in 1998–99).

Nor is it the driest, lightest snow—that’s in western Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. Steenburgh’s book mentions “three ingredients necessary for great powder skiing.” Snow must be deep enough for the skis or snowboard to “float” in the new snow—ten inches minimum; there must be a soft underlying surface; and there should be right-side-up snowfall—meaning lighter snow sits on top of heavier snow. Freshly fallen snow usually has a moisture density of 7–15% with values as low as 0.4%. For reference, Utah’s average snow moisture content is about 8.5%. Sierra Nevada snow averages around 12%, and Colorado snow around 6–8%. Man-made snow is 24–28% water. Snowflake shapes also vary with moisture content. Heavier snow and water pellets fall faster. Dryer (lighter) flakes fall more slowly and form arms (dendrites) with complex shapes. Since lighter snowflakes occupy more area, they create less dense, “powder” snow. Terrain, wind, and temperature impact snow formation as well as “the lake effect,” where cold air passing over the relatively warm surface of the saline Great Salt Lake creates precipitation that contributes about five percent of the total annual snowfall in Cottonwood Canyons. All these factors make Utah’s snow great for skiing.

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Southern Snow Run-Down Pine Valley Recreation Area, which is 35 miles north of St. George at 6,900 feet (with Signal Peak at 10,369 feet), averages 90 inches of snow annually. This is perfect for winter cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Pine Valley Snowshoeing / Photo Credit David Hanson

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Zion Angels Landing / Photo Credit Karen L. Monsen

Zion National Park, averaging just four inches of snow a year, received 19.5 inches in 2023, slightly over 26 inches in 1979 and 1982, and a record 46.5 inches in 1949. With a good snowstorm, snowshoeing is possible in Kolob Canyons, East Rim Trail, Lava Point, and Wild Cat Canyon Trail. The park website mentions, “Zion is a magical park year-round, and in the winter, you’ll have an opportunity to experience the beauty with more calm and quiet.” The snow-capped red-rock cliffs and peaks provide spectacular winter scenery. November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


Bryce National Park is a white fairyland at elevations up to 9,100 feet with an annual snowfall of 100 inches. Be prepared for the cold: from December through February, normal lows are 15 to 17 ˚F. Bryce’s total snowfall for 2022 to 2023 was 165.0 inches—its third-highest year after 181.1 inches in 1978–79 and 178.8 inches in 1992–93. The roads leading to Fairyland Point and to Paria View are closed to vehicle traffic in winter but open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Winter activities include the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count, which will be held on December 16, 2023. To join, contact Peter Densmore at 62 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | November / December 2023

or (435) 834-4744. Another winter activity is the Bryce Annual Winter Festival, which takes place February 17–19, 2024, and is hosted by Ruby’s Inn. It includes geology and rim walks, snowshoeing, family-friendly arts and crafts, and more (online registration at Bryce celebrated 100 years as a national monument in 2023 and in five years will hit its centennial as a national park. Although 1.5 million people visit Bryce each year, fewer visit in winter. Per the National Park Service website, “Bryce Canyon winters are so harsh that even modern year-round habitation is difficult.”

Grand Canyon North Rim recorded its second-highest snowfall in the winter of 2022–23 with 250.7 inches (perhaps there was even more since 14 days were not counted). North Rim’s highest snowfall was in 1979 with 305.2 inches. Winter camping is allowed with a backcountry use permit. Contact https://grandcanyon. com/planning/backcountry-permitprocedures. Kim Besom, a Grand Canyon historian, notes, “…the North Rim has generally been inaccessible in winter historically because of the snow, so only a handful of people have wintered over there, with the specific responsibilities of keeping the roofs of the buildings clear of snow and maintaining the facilities. When the roads were closed in the winter, and before there were snowmobiles, the North Rim winter caretakers most likely skied for fun, but definitely for work, as that was how they had to get around, including occasionally skiing out to the entrance station to clear off the roof there.”

Visitor Center North Rim 2022-2023 / Photo Credit Grand Canyon National Park Photo

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Brian Head / Photo Credit Bret Howser

Brian Head, at 9,800 feet, is the southernmost Utah ski resort and has the highest base elevation. It is also the highest incorporated Utah municipality and one of the snowiest inhabited places in the U.S. with an average annual snowfall of 222 inches. Of all the Utah resorts, Brian Head had the longest ski season in 2022–23 and had its most snow in 10 years with 356 inches.

Wadsworth in the St. George News on February 21, 2021. “The resort did not significantly expand until the 1969–1970 season when a new 1,190-vertical-foot lift was installed running east up the mountain that could handle 900 skiers every hour.” The town of Brian Head was incorporated in 1975. In January 2023, a 30-year expansion plan was released that could add a third ski lodge, 850 skiable acres, and seven new lifts.

“Real estate developer Burt Nichols got the idea of a ski resort in southern Utah off to a start in the early 1960s,” wrote historian, teacher, and Utah Tech adjunct professor Reuben

Northern Utah may get the greatest snow, but in southern Utah, you can reach snowy wonderlands for winter recreation with just a little elevation change.V

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Great Gift Ideas by Rob Krieger, PGA


uying gifts for golfers can be tough, especially if you are not a golfer yourself. Nobody wants to waste money. If you are going to get the golfer in your life something for their game, here are a few things to keep in mind so your gift will be appreciated and used. First, determine what kind of golfer you are purchasing for:

NEW - Just starting to play, knows very little about the game, and has little experience on the course.

NOVICE - Plays a few times a year just for fun with very little


ACTIVE - Plays multiple times a year with a regular group and practices on occasion.

PASSIONATE - Plays on a regular basis, practices frequently, and spends time learning about their game. Clubs and equipment (bags, balls, range finders, GPS watches) can be great gifts. However, your active and passionate players will be a little more particular and usually know the exact specifications or brand they want. If you don’t know exactly what they need, don’t buy it because they will return it. New and novice players will generally appreciate anything just to have something new to help them improve. 66 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | November / December 2023

Clothing is great for all players. New and novice players are still trying to figure out what is appropriate, what will help them fit in, and what won’t make them stand out as newer players. Sizes and fashion are important so they can always look good even when they are not. Active and passionate players are more fashion or brand-conscious due to performance and style. To buy for these players, go to their closets to see the sizes and brands they wear, and listen to the players they follow. Note that not all sizes are the same for each manufacturer. Matching clothes with hats/visors, belts, and shoes is a nice touch. Personalized accessories are great for all golfers. Headcovers, towels, hats, water bottles, cart seat covers, private golf cart accessories, and anything that can display their name or special logo (sports teams) on it are wonderful ideas. It does take some planning and can be pricey, but with enough time before you exchange gifts, it can really show someone your thoughtfulness and make them feel special. Gift certificates for favorite or special courses are great ideas for all players and can also include range passes for practicing. A green fee certificate from golf courses they play often can be used during league play and is something they will enjoy. For your active and passionate players, dropping leading questions about their favorite courses or about why

they don’t play certain courses will give you information to surprise them with a gift they generally would not give themselves. Playing a top-ranked or more expensive course is always an amazing gift. These players love to take their game on the road to see how they stack up against a challenging course. Testing their skills and abilities makes for a memorable experience they will appreciate and remember. Golf lesson gift certificates can be the perfect gift for any skill level from new to passionate. Good options include group clinics, private instruction, and even a swing evaluation so your golfer has a better understanding of their game. It will be viewed as a very considerate and cherished gift. Having a PGA professional determine a player’s strengths and weaknesses can be just what your golfer needs to get their game on track or find more enjoyment and satisfaction in playing. Many players won’t do it for themselves; sometimes it takes someone else to see the need or want. Every golfer needs to work on their game and wants to get better. You are not saying they are a bad player and that they need to get a lesson because they stink. What you are saying to them is that you want what they want, which is to be an even better player and be more consistent for a longer period of time. Good luck with your golf gift buying!V

Fairways and Greens, Rob Krieger, PGA

Wineries in Southern Utah

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Wineries in Southern Utah

by Cliff and Ilene Bandringa,


ho would ever guess that there are wineries in southwestern Utah? Well, there are. Surprisingly, there are enough wineries to establish what’s known as the Utah Wine Trail, encompassing six wineries. Some of these wineries even offer tasting rooms and tours. In this article, you’ll read a brief history of the area’s winemaking, hear about its revival, and get to know one of its winemakers. Growing grapes for wine production isn’t new to southwestern Utah. When the St. George area was first settled with the Cotton Mission of 1861, one of the goals besides growing cotton was to grow grapes for producing wine. When the silver rush at Silver Reef erupted in the 1870s, locals quickly realized that the demand for wine would increase. Several wineries popped up in Leeds, and production grew. A vintner from Germany, John Naegle, established a vineyard in nearby

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Toquerville to produce classic German Riesling wines. The vineyard is long gone now, but the two-story block winery building still stands as a landmark today. As many know, laws regarding the consumption of any type of alcohol are strict in Utah. However, as the years pass, those laws are slowly loosening. Leading the charge for change are the brewmasters and vintners who are taking a risk producing their products in Utah. These beers, mainly brewed in the Salt Lake City area, are successfully capturing the world’s attention while the wines from southwestern Utah are slow to be noticed. Even in those early years, vintners recognized the potential for growing certain varieties of grapes in southwestern Utah. The elevation, mild winters, hot summers, rich soils, low rainfall,

and plenty of wind make the right recipe for growing finicky wine grapes. Today’s vintners, both longtime residents and recent transplants, have also recognized southwestern Utah’s potential for wine production, and there are over half a dozen wineries today. One of those wineries is The Vine Yard in Leeds. It was founded by Roberto Alvarez, whose first wine was made in 2012 with grapes planted a few years earlier. In 2022, he was able to get a Utah State license to label and sell wine, which was not easy. Today, Roberto has about 10 bottlings, including Garnacha, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon Blanc, Viognier, and a few blends. These can all be tasted and enjoyed at his vineyard, which is just a mile north of Leeds along North Main Street (formerly Old Highway 91). November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


Roberto Alvarez making wine

Roberto began learning about wine when his father started teaching him at age 14. He would put a dash of red wine into his son’s limeaide drink and say, “Learn to recognize the flavor of tannins.” At age 19, Roberto began reading about vineyards and winemaking and was intrigued. Fast forward to 2006. After a successful career, Roberto decided to pursue his dream of producing wine. He researched the viability of growing wine grapes in the Leeds area and purchased several acres of land. To gain more knowledge, he enrolled in a few winemaking courses in Ensenada, Baja California. Currently, Ensenada is the biggest wine-producing region in all of Mexico. Then Roberto returned to Leeds, ready to start his new career. In 2015, as a test to find out if his wines would be acceptable to complete strangers, Roberto entered a few of his wines into several wine competitions throughout the U.S. Much to his surprise, he won his very first gold medal from WineMaker Magazine in 2015 (with a 2014 vintage blend). His other wines also won awards in these first competitions. Subsequent competitions brought him even more awards and medals.

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Barrel tasting with lots of laughs

Are you thirsty for some wine yet? Now you know a little more about what wines await your taste buds in southwestern Utah. If you feel like hitting the Utah Wine Trail, simply Google “Utah Wine Trail.'' To learn more about The Vine Yard, Google “The Vine Yard Leeds.” If you’d like to go on a virtual road trip to different wineries, including those in both Utah and Germany, visit our travel blog at and search for “wine.” Cheers, and Happy Exploring!V

Authors Ilene and Cliff (sniffing wine) enjoying wine tasting

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A Sweet Family Legacy by Elisa Eames


anielle’s Chocolates and Popcorn has been a quintessential fixture of the Mesquite community for almost 20 years. The shop didn’t start out in Mesquite, however. In fact, Danielle’s didn’t even get started in Nevada. It has been 43 years since Calvin and Joyce Lee launched their business in northern Idaho. Joyce came from a long line of candy makers in England, where her greatgrandfather ran a candy store and her great-grandmother taught her daughters to make candy for Christmas. When Joyce’s great-grandfather passed away, his son and daughter emigrated to the U.S. and opened their own candy shop. A generation later, Joyce grew up in Bountiful and married the dashing, young Calvin Lee from Lincoln County, who also turned out to be from a candy-making family.

Above: Joyce Lee with her mother, Myrtle Mann, and Danielle Lee (Atkinson)

gave in to the suggestions of friends and family to open a shop, which they named after their eight-year-old daughter. “I remember being a little girl, and my mother had us into chocolate when I was three or four years old,” says Frawnda LeCheminant, Danielle’s sister. “She taught us how to work with chocolate and be comfortable with it.” Frawnda grew up in the shop, working there since she was 10 years old, and has worked in the candy industry since age 14.

She later put her chocolate-making knowledge to work for Mrs. Cavanaugh’s, quickly becoming the personnel production manager. Joyce worked there for over six years, later settling with Calvin and their children in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where they continued a family tradition of making Christmas candy for neighbors. The next Christmas, orders poured in for more candy, and during the third year, they 72 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | November / December 2023

Frawnda's mother, Joyce Lee with Danielle Lee (Atkinson)

In 1987, a recession hit the northern Idaho timber and mining industries, and the Lees moved to Las Vegas. It was there that they began making their fabled white chocolate snowy popcorn in 1995. The popcorn’s popularity consistently doubled from year to year—the shop went from using 50 pounds of white chocolate to using 200 and then 400. They began receiving Christmas orders for snowy popcorn in July. “We could only make so much a day,” recalls Frawnda. “People would line up at 3 a.m. on Christmas Eve to get what was in the store because we couldn’t take any more orders. We worked all night long as fast as we could.” Naturally, the family concluded that they needed more than their 300-square-foot space to keep up with demand. They secured a larger facility in Las Vegas, but plans fell through, and a serendipitous suggestion from a customer led them to investigate nearby Mesquite in 2004. “Mom and Dad felt at home in Mesquite because the small community felt good to them,” Frawnda explains. Sadly, Joyce passed away in 2006 from a brain tumor, but Frawnda and Danielle have reverently continued in her stead. “At 12 years old, my kids got their food handlers permits and worked at the shop Friday and Saturday nights,” Frawnda reveals. “They all have a great work ethic. It’s our heritage, a vital part of it.” And with nieces, nephews, and grandchildren of her own who regularly help at the shop, Frawnda now enjoys the help of a considerably larger family than the one Joyce had in Coeur d’Alene. “My dad still helps,” she says with a chuckle. “He’s 87.” The whole Lee clan currently enjoys living in Mesquite. Danielle and her husband manage the popcorn operations while Frawnda handles the chocolate and the retail aspect.

Frawnda's father, Calvin Lee

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Over the decades, the legendary snowy popcorn has only grown in popularity. By the end of 2023, the shop will have used 60,000 pounds of white chocolate, 75-80% of which is for the holidays. “Popcorn is the backbone of our business, and chocolates are the heart,” says Frawnda. Sam’s Club offers snowy popcorn as a holiday item in 27 of its locations. The family supplies additional locations as they are able to without compromising quality. “If we’re going to carry something, it needs to be the very best,” Frawnda confirms.

Before Joyce passed, a customer came to the shop with an urgent plea. For years, the customer’s daughter had given the snowy popcorn to her sisters every year for Christmas but had died that year unexpectedly. The customer wanted to give the popcorn to her other daughters in memory of their deceased sister, but it was only a week before Christmas. Joyce, however, accepted the order. “I didn’t know how we were gonna squeeze it in, but it worked, and it was a blessing for those sisters,” Frawnda says reverently.

Danielle’s also works with numerous organizations that request prizes and raffles. “We’re part of this community and have a responsibility to support it and make it better,” Frawnda says passionately. “We live in a great community where people are good about taking care of each other.”

For the descendants of Joyce and Calvin Lee, making candy is a family tradition and is an integral part of who they are. “We don’t bleed red. We probably bleed sugar!” Frawnda says with a laugh. “I love what I do! Part of it is knowing that I have a small part in making someone's day a little better.” V

Though the family has suffered considerable setbacks and hardships over the years, including bankruptcy, Frawnda insists that it has all been worth it. “My mom didn’t regret the hard times because she’s a better person for going through them,” she says. “My kids used to laugh, and they’d say, ‘Oh, mom, I just need to go talk to Grandma,’ and they… [would get] Grandma’s guidance at the shop working beside her. Hopefully, my grandkids are getting that same kind of experience.”

Visit our new location at 599 W. Mesquite Blvd.

The best part of Frawnda’s job is, of course, helping people. “I love meeting these wonderful people that come in… also when people are having a bad day, when they leave, their day’s better,” she says fondly.

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Frawnda's Grandmother, Elda Lee, with former employee

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Creating Harmony and Balance by Anita DeLelles, LMT-CAMP


for Your Pet

hat is Acupressure? Acupressure is a holistic approach based on the same time-honored principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that are used in acupuncture. As a noninvasive alternative rather than using needles, pressure with the hands and fingers or cold laser is used on specific points of the body to stimulate areas that affect various organs and mechanisms of the body. The goal is to rebalance and maintain an equilibrium and flow of energy, or Chi, in the body. It’s the well-known principle of using Yin and Yang as inspiration to find a harmonious balance. TCM identifies meridians, or interconnected channels throughout the body. By activating specific acupressure points along these meridians, muscles can be affected locally and other parts of the body can be affected systemically.

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Acupressure, along with animal massage, is considered an excellent strategy for managing numerous ailments and can provide relief from many physical and physiological discomforts. In Utah, a pet massage therapist must first be licensed in human massage. Additional training is required for Traditional Chinese Medicine, small animal, and equine certifications. The benefits of acupressure: As a complement to veterinary medicine, acupressure is quickly becoming a popular avenue for holistic treatment in animals. Acupressure has been popular among humans for several centuries, but only recently has emerged as a non-invasive,

alternative therapy for pets and performance animals. Dogs, cats, and horses experiencing joint problems, allergies, weakened immune systems, and organ dysfunction can all find relief. But perhaps more importantly, it can keep your pets happy and healthy when used as a preventative measure. What is acupressure massage good for? Acupressure is a powerful therapy, but it does not replace the need for conventional veterinary medicine. Rather, it is a holistic compliment, like a good diet and aerobic exercise. It might be surprising to learn the vast array of conditions that can benefit through the application of acupressure. Conditions that involve chronic pain and inflammation are common targets of acupressure treatment with a high degree of effectiveness. By boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, increasing circulation, and releasing endorphins, acupressure can assist the animal’s body in healing itself, often without the side effects of medication. It can help with: • allergies • arthritis • degenerative joint disease • metabolic diseases • trauma • recovery from surgery What is Laser Therapy? Cold Laser Therapy, or Biophotomodulation, is used to stimulate acupressure points. Contrary to acupuncture, the use of a laser is non-invasive yet highly effective. The cold laser also provides energy to the cells that they need to perform optimally. It can help the body release endorphins, increase blood flow, accelerate wound healing, stimulate collagen production, and more! During a cold laser session, your pet benefits from both the results of the laser and the accompanying massage. It’s easy to see how acupressure, combined with cold laser and massage, is a useful healthcare tool to keep our pets in an ideal state of health. We see why it’s so valuable for preventive care—especially as we move into the colder season. Regular sessions of acupressure will maintain balance and help keep your beloved animal in excellent health.V For more information on health and wellness for your pet, visit Call (435) 275-4536, or stop by WOOF! Wellness Center & Training Academy in Santa Clara.

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Holiday Safety Tips by Chief MaQuade Chesley


he Mesquite Police Department wishes our wonderful community a very merry and safe holiday season! Unfortunately, theft and fraud tend to become more common this time of year. The Mesquite Police Department wants to help you avoid becoming a victim of a holiday crime by offering a few tips. While out shopping, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Try not to let your guard down because you are in a hurry, and remember not to set your wallet or purse inside your shopping cart. When out shopping, only take the amount of cash you expect you will need for that trip, leaving most of your money at home or in the bank. Would-be thieves like to watch shopping center parking lots during the holidays. They watch for people who leave new merchandise in plain view inside a vehicle and walk away without locking the doors. If you need to leave merchandise inside your vehicle while you continue shopping, lock it in a trunk or hide it under other items so it is out of sight. Try to park in a spot that is well-lit and close to the store. The

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chances of your car being stolen or burglarized are greatly reduced if you simply lock the doors and keep the windows up. Safeguarding your car and valuables can be summed up in three simple words: LOCK your car, TAKE your keys with you, and HIDE the valuables in your car. Keeping your personal information secure when shopping online is just as important as protecting yourself while at the store. Last year, online holiday shoppers spent $211.7 billion in two months! Tech-savvy thieves know how much money is exchanged on the internet and continuously come up with new ideas to steal credit card and banking information. Be sure to only use reputable retailers that have safeguards in place to help prevent your info from falling into the wrong hands. If you see suspicious behavior, call our communications center immediately so we can respond and investigate. Our nonemergency number is (702) 346-6911, or in an emergency, dial 911. Please don’t allow the spirit of giving to lull you into a false sense of security this season.V

New steam center in mesquite is officially open By Lizz Larson, STEAM Center Manager


he Mesquite Works Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Agriculture, and Math (STEAM) Center is now officially open to the public. Over 100 adults and children came to the public open house held in August and were given tours of the new facility. Equipment that was showcased included 3D printers, augmented reality zSpace computers, Lego tables, robots, a podcasting studio, virtual reality equipment, and much more. The STEAM Center is located in the Mesquite Plaza Shopping Center at 312 West Mesquite Boulevard. The STEAM Center office is in Suite 116. If you are interested in signing up for classes, visit www. (or you can scan the QR code provided on the next page). This website lists all available

classes, age groups, times, and a short description of each class. To participate, a guardian over the age of 18 needs to sign students up for specific classes. Currently, we offer art classes on Mondays, Lego robotics on Wednesdays, coding on Thursdays, and 3D printing on Thursdays. We will also offer Makerspace hours for K–5 students on the first Friday of every month and Teen Makerspace hours for students grades 6–12 on the third Friday of every month. Makerspace hours will be an opportunity for students to come and experience a wide variety of activities that fall under our science, technology, engineering, arts/ag, and math disciplines. Our goal for these classes is to expose younger students to STEAM subjects and create a pipeline to employment or higher November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


education for older students. Our instructors will also implement the teaching of soft skills, such as communication, collaboration, and problem solving, while integrating hands-on STEAM activities.V For more information, call (702) 344-5556. Our business hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. If you have suggestions for activities or classes that you would like to see at the STEAM Center, please contact the Mesquite Works STEAM Center at info@ We are also looking for volunteers to help run programs, assist with administrative duties, and instruct classes. If you are interested in volunteering for the STEAM Center, please visit www.forms. gle/7qG94gMfyhEzfair6 or send us an email. The STEAM Center was made possible by over $400,000 in donations from the Mesquite community and is housed in the Mesquite Plaza Shopping Center. The Center was donated to Mesquite Works by the Frias Trust for the purpose of creating a center of learning for the students of Moapa Valley to Mesquite and Beaver Dam. Continuing programs are funded by the rent paid by the stores in the Center. Supporting these businesses funds ongoing classes at the STEAM Center.

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by Kyle Tickner


esquite Transportation Solutions is a new business in Mesquite, Nevada, that opened in June of 2023. It is a car rental company that will serve the needs of Mesquite locals and visitors coming to town. The business is owned by Kyle Tickner and has a couple of partners that you might recognize: John Brewer and Randy Tickner. Kyle is a 2010 graduate of UNLV with a degree in Culinary Arts Management. His day job is with Aspen National Financial, Inc. Kyle loves to play golf and is a good fisherman. He played on the SUU golf team for two years before transferring to UNLV. Kyle had been searching for business ideas in Mesquite, Nevada, and found that there were no car rentals. If you needed to rent a car, you had to go to St. George or Las Vegas. After much research, it was decided to move forward with the idea of a car rental company. And after overcoming the licensing hurdles, insurance issues, and other items needed to get started, Mesquite Transportation Solutions became a host for Turo, which is the largest car-sharing marketplace and has locations in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Kyle will happily walk you through the Turo app if needed and is motivated for customers to have the best rental car experience ever. We deliver cars in and around Mesquite. Our company’s goal is to give you the cleanest and safest vehicle for your needs. Our early reviews have been 5 stars, so if you need a car rental, give us a shot.V

Visit our website at This site will direct you to the Turo website, where you can set up an account, get approved to drive, and rent one of our cars. We are currently adding vehicles to our fleet, so if you are interested in selling a car, van, or SUV that is a 2013 or newer and has fewer than 125,000 miles on it, call Kyle at (702) 274-3226. November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


Pupdate by Susan Hunter


hat began as a brain-storm during the pandemic has grown into a wonderful addition to Mesquite’s business community. With a brand new state-of-theart facility now under construction, the pups of BARK! will soon be enjoying spacious indoor and outdoor play areas along with lots of additional amenities. PHASE ONE: BARK! Canine Club & Resort will soon be moving to 10-plus acres with beautiful views. The project will be built in phases, beginning with the new daycare and boarding facility. Daycare and boarded pups will enjoy huge indoor-outdoor play areas and spacious overnight rooms. Our luxurious grooming salon and self-wash areas are sure to please the most discerning of dogs as they enjoy a relaxing bath and other spa services.

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the park on even the hottest summer days. Air conditioning and a park-like interior allow for cool comfort while you both enjoy the dog park! The building will also feature a separate space offering lots of training opportunities from basic obedience to skill classes, like rally, scent, and agility. BARK! is the place for learning new pup stuff! The anticipated completion date for Phase One is January 1, 2024. Phase Two: Upon completion of Phase One, we will turn

our attention to BARK! Phase Two, which will bring lots of outdoor fun to the party! Wading and dock-diving pools, splash pads, agility and play fields, and landscaped outdoor park areas will provide lots of fun choices for parents to enjoy outdoor time with their pups.

BARK! Services

Our Doggie Daycare provides a safe and fun environment for pups to socialize and play under the supervision of our trained and certified humans.

Overnight boarding provides convenient drop-off and pickup for traveling pup parents who want their dog to enjoy luxury, resort-style boarding in private rooms or pens while also enjoying all the play time they want. We ensure that our canine guests get lots and lots of love and cuddles from the humans who are on site 24 hours a day. Group training classes offer opportunities to bond with your pup while they learn basic manners and obedience. Pup parents learn all the secrets to training with positive reinforcement methods to create a true “best friend” experience. Grooming is vital to a dog’s good health and self-esteem. Whether it’s a quick cleanup bath, blow dry, nail trim, or full groom session with a haircut, BARK! is the place for all your doggie’s grooming needs. BARK! “Spa Saturdays” are a favorite for busy pups who need a little relaxation and pampering!V To register or make a reservation please visit our website: or call us at (702 )306-6146.

BARK! Canine Club & Resort has become the go-to place in Mesquite for all things dogs! But don’t take our word for it—here’s what our pup parents have to say: “We are so thankful to have found Bark! Canine Club for our sweet Keela’s overnight stays. She is safe and loved. I love the updates as to how she is doing. I love that the staff is tuned into our girl and her personality. I love that they know our girl when I call for a reservation.” (Jeanne P.) “Don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have BARK!. Great place for him to expend lots of his puppy energy.” (Gary D.) “So grateful. They really care about your dog and want to make sure the experience is positive and wonderful!” (Janet H.) “Cooper loves going to BARK!. The staff is absolutely the best! Cooper hates car rides, but when he sees where we are going, he can’t wait to see his furry friends.” (Mary T.) “The dogs are so comfortable at BARK!. I never have to worry about them. I love this place, and so do my two dogs. I always know my dogs will be spoiled and loved when they stay at BARK!.” (Kathy A.) “The staff is always amazing. The pups start barking as soon as we pull into the parking lot, they are so excited.” (Anna C.) “Tens across the board are for a reason: great staff, clean facility, and my pup is truly excited to ‘hang out’ with the other friendly dogs! We are regulars and always feel welcome.” (Steve D.)

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Getting Those

Holiday Gains (in a good way)

by Ashley Centers


appy holidays, readers! This year, I wanted to break a little with my tradition of providing healthy recipes. I’ve shared quite a few over the last few years that should keep you eating pretty healthy for the holidays if you check out our past editions. Instead, I wanted to focus on holiday gains (in a good way)! Many of us dread the extra pounds we might put on around the holidays. Many times, we tip too far to one side or the other when dieting during this time of year. We either stay all in on our fitness goals or go all in on that third round of dessert. Oftentimes, we hyperfocus so much on the nutritional aspect of the holidays that we forget about our strength and fitness altogether. Or we negate how what we are feeding ourselves may actually help us “get the gains” we’ve been missing out on. If you’ve spent much time around the gym or even the internet these days, you’ve probably heard the terms, “bulking phase” or “cutting phase,” used in conversation, typically revolving around bodybuilding. These are two main phases that happen prior to a show or contest. However, many other sports use bulking and cutting phases for strength and muscular development, making weight cuts for contests, conditioning, and many other reasons.

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The bulking phase is where, nutritionally, you eat a calorie surplus in combination with intensive muscle-building workouts to increase muscle mass and body weight. The cutting phase is when you eat a calorie deficit in addition to training with more aerobic and higher cardio intensity methods. This helps cut any excess fat from the weight you may have gained along with that extra muscle mass, and it helps increase tone and define the muscles you’ve developed. So how do the holidays factor into these phases? Doing a cutting phase would not be ideal during the holidays—it can be brutal to limit your intake of calories as much as you might need to and is best done with very specific macros in mind. But the holidays are actually a natural time to go for the bulk and get them gains! Studies have shown that at this time of year, we tend to eat nearly 400 calories a day more than average between those heavier holiday hot cocoas, an extra cocktail or two while socializing, or the snacks that add up while we’re cooking for the family. And if we’re not conscious of those extra calories, they can do significant damage to our overall health. However, if we realize we’re indulging a little more, and we just tweak our workouts a bit to compensate, we can set ourselves up for some awesome successes.

Picture This: You know you went a little too hard on the sweets, and now it’s time for your workout. Did you know that simple carbs are shown to help with performance in highintensity interval training, and/or prolonged workouts? Simple carbs break down faster in the body and send a quick burst of energy to push through high-intensity workouts, and they can even prolong our fatigue threshold temporarily. So yeah, maybe you did have that second piece of pie, but if you time it right, you can use that extra burst of energy for a little longer bike ride, a little more intense strength training session, or some interval training, and turn it to an advantage for attaining your goals. You ate that extra helping of turkey and stuffing, but did you think through how that extra protein could be helping you gain additional muscle mass? The things we are eating right now could be fueling better workouts, producing gains we can’t get all year round, and helping us meet our goals. We just have to reframe the way we think about the extras we’re taking in.


Try This: Make it balanced. If you’re eating extra sweets for the simple carbs and know you’ll be working out within the next couple of hours, try and throw in a small serving of protein. Having a slice of pie? Throw on a scoop of low-cal vanilla Greek yogurt, and use those extra macros to fuel you through your higher-intensity or more prolonged workout.

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You went a little heavy on the turkey and mashed potatoes? Flip your workout to a strength training session, and push for a personal record or two instead of just your normal cardio session. Use all that extra protein for a muscle-building boost. Here is one final tip on the nutrition side of things: try and add more veggies and whole grains to every plate. This is a great way to keep from overindulging too much during the holidays. If you start with more nutrient-rich veggies and whole grains, by the time you get to those high-calorie, less nutrient-dense items, you’re going to be fuller and less likely to overdo it. Plainly and simply, food is fuel, and extra fuel can help us reach our goals the same as any other fuel. We just need to take a few steps with our training to utilize it the best we can. Simply adapt your training to accommodate for the extra intake, and use the excess to your advantage. Don’t dread what we’ve been conditioned to think is the norm for gaining weight and feeling guilty around the holidays. So that’s it for this edition. Enjoy these simple tips to reframe your mindset about your nutrition and training during the holidays season. And until next time, my family and I wish you very happy (and healthful) holidays!V

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confess I’ve spent more than a few hours wondering how I could get a return on my investment from all those insurance premiums I’ve paid. But as much as I don’t want to admit it, between auto, home, and especially health insurance, I have more than made up for those premium costs. Medicare has provided me with titanium body parts, two new shoulders, and two new knees. When I was 55 years old, my orthopedic surgeon said, “Both shoulders and both knees are completely shot. The good news is we have replacement parts for them. The bad news is if you replace them now, you’ll probably wear the replacements out. I suggest you wait until you can no longer stand the pain and then have the work done.” Ten years later, I ended up being licensed to sell insurance, and in immobilizing pain, I decided it was time. So as a licensed health insurance professional, I researched my options and started my Medicare. Twenty-four months and four surgeries later, I had new knees and new shoulders.

The dates for the individual health insurance annual enrollment period (AEP) are October 15 through December 7 for Medicare and November 1 through January 15 for Marketplace (under 65 years). During these respective periods, you can change from your original Medicare to Medicare Advantage Plans, change your drug plans, change your Medicare Supplement Plan, or change your Marketplace/ACA plan (for those not yet age 65). This is actually a great opportunity to look at how you and your spouse are both doing health-wise—and frankly, budget-wise—so you can plan for the next year. The Medicare insurance coverage that is impacted the most by the AEP is Part C, or Advantage Plans—also known as MAPD (medicare advantage prescription drugs)—and prescription drug plans (PDP). What is the difference between supplement plans (Medigap) and Advantage Plans/MAPD? Supplement plans cover 20% of costs that original Medicare doesn’t cover. Supplement plans have a monthly premium in addition to paying your Part B November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


premium, which is usually deducted from your Social Security retirement check. Also, with a supplement, you need to purchase a separate PDP, which has a monthly premium. With this combination, you can see almost any doctor and any specialist in the country that accepts Medicare. However, here in Clark County, we do have some primary care medical groups that do not take Medicare supplement insurance with original Medicare. Advantage Plans/MAPD are through private insurance companies and act as the primary insurer. You need to have Medicare Part A and B, so you still pay your Part B premium, but quite often you pay no other monthly premium. Drug plans are, for the most part, also included in these plans, leaving you only the co-payments for your specific drugs. The primary difference is that Advantage plans mostly have no premiums and use networks (PPO/HMO, etc.), so choices can be limited to doctors or facilities that are in the network for that plan. Once on Medicare, each person has their own plan. There are no family plans with Medicare. Supplements have an additional premium and require a separate drug plan. Also, most MAPD plans include dental, vision, and hearing benefits, which are not included with supplements and original Medicare. Marketplace plans (known as ACA or Obamacare) are for individuals and families under 65 years who are not eligible for insurance through their employer or a family member’s employer. Most of these plans are eligible for some federal subsidy, making them affordable. These plans are processed in Nevada through the Nevada Healthlink.

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Another issue to address during your AEP is a review of your drug plan. All health insurance plans are one-year contracts that usually run from January through December. So every year, there are usually changes even to existing plans. AEP is when you want to review your current plan, your individual needs, and new options you may have for the upcoming year. Remember that in most cases, major medical health insurance can only be purchased during AEP (annual enrollment period) unless there is a special circumstance. So be aware, review your options, and get health coverage just in case you might need it. With insurance, if you wait until you need it, it’s too late!V Mark R. Curtis is the owner of Aliante HealthCare and is a new resident of Mesquite. For over 15 years, Mark has been personally guiding hundreds through their insurance needs in Clark County. He recently moved to Mesquite after 29 years in Las Vegas, and he’s grateful to be here and out of the city. He looks forward to making his insurance experience available to Mesquite and its surrounding residents. Feel free to call or text him at (702) 610-0819 with any questions you may have or to just say hi. For more information, visit our website at

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Create Your Ideal Lifestyle with

by Layce Lundy


s the holiday season draws near, it’s not just a time to focus on festive decorations and warm gatherings—it’s also a time of reflection and anticipation for the year ahead. Why not make 2024 the year you take control of your career? With Dixie Technical College as your guide, you can unwrap the gift of education, hands-on experience, and a community of support that will allow you to change your work life for the better. Whether you're seeking a path to get a promotion or start fresh with a new career, now is the perfect time to begin your journey toward a brighter future. Dixie Tech offers a wide range of programs that cater to various interests and skill sets. In a year or less, you could have the increased knowledge and skills necessary to reap the benefits of a new career. Whether you’re looking to enter the world of medical technology, service professions, computer technology, construction technology, transportation technology, or industrial technology, Dixie Tech has you covered. As the calendar flips to a fresh year, get inspired to turn your future goals into reality. This holiday season, don't just make resolutions— create and work towards the lifestyle that you deserve. Enroll at Dixie Technical College, and set the stage for a year of growth, learning, and career achievements. Your future self will thank you for the gift of an exciting new career path.

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Start your new year off right

with courses that begin January 2024: Digital Design Information Technology and Cybersecurity Mobile App development-IOS Mobile App DevelopmentAndroid Electrical Residential Electrical Apprenticeship HVACR Technician Plumbing Residential Plumbing Apprenticeship Automotive Technology Collision Repair Technology Commercial Driver’s License Class A

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Dixie Technical College educates by doing. It’s more than a college—it’s a place that engages students in the learning process, preparing them with the skills they need to obtain a career in a high-demand field.V Find more information at

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Launch Your Career in Cybersecurity,

and Work with Industries You Love by Susie Knudsen


outhern Utah University (SUU) is launching a new cybersecurity certificate program that includes three courses and an apprenticeship program to help you land your first professional cybersecurity gig. The online program consists of three courses that are each designed for busy adults and can be completed in seven weeks for $699 per course. The program is a low-cost option for getting started in a career that touches many industries. “Just by nature, we work in a lot of different industries,” says Aaron Orton, a Cedar City cybersecurity operations manager. “Everybody needs cybersecurity, and I really enjoy working within the sports and entertainment industries.” Any business, organization, or public entity that keeps private information needs protection, including but not limited to those in the fashion, education, automotive, medical, construction, aerospace technology, and retail industries. Working in cybersecurity allows you to help protect people and property, all while working in industries that interest you. Cybersecurity professionals have become indispensable in every industry, and demand for their expertise and skills is projected to remain high. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing professions. “My recommendation to anyone looking to choose a career in cybersecurity is to be courageous and learn more,” says Drew Fischer, a cybersecurity analyst. Fischer also shared that while other types of jobs in the tech field, such as database administration and IT, might be boring at times, cybersecurity deals with problems in a more varied and interesting way. The first of three seven-week online courses that make up the certificate program is the Fundamentals of Security course starting on March 4, 2024. You’ll learn basic concepts in security, including planning, risk management, cryptography, network security, system hardening, and policy.

After learning the basics, the Network and Cloud Security course starting on May 13, 2024, will teach concepts that include protocols, firewall devices, and physical security measures for computing sites. The pathway culminates in the Defensive Security course starting July 1, 2024, which covers defensive security principles, technologies, and countermeasures, such as vulnerability scanners, intrusion detection systems, and more. By completing these three courses, you will earn digital credentials that can be added to your LinkedIn profile and resume as well as the Cybersecurity Essentials Certificate. These courses may also transfer into degree programs at SUU for those who are interested. At any time during the program, you may also participate in an apprenticeship and be paired with a placement team to help connect you to a paid job in cybersecurity. You can start in this program right away and get hands-on experience while you work towards completing the certificate. Tuition reimbursement may be available for employers participating in SUU's Building Apprenticeship Systems in Cybersecurity program. Please call (435) 865-8728 for further information. For those looking to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ exam, SUU has partnered with CareerStep to offer self-paced, online learning modules that cover the information you need to successfully take the industry-recognized certification. This training can be completed in 84 hours and includes an exam voucher with CompTIA, which is a global provider of vendorneutral IT and cybersecurity certifications.V For more information on ways to get started in cybersecurity, visit November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |



How to

Cultivate a Positive Attitude During the Holiday Season

by Judi Moreo


he holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and connecting with loved ones. However, it can also cause stress, overwhelming you with increased responsibilities and expectations. To ensure you make the most of this special time, it's essential to prioritize your well-being and maintain a positive attitude. The following are some practical tips to help you avoid stress and embrace a positive mindset during the holiday season.

Plan Ahead:

Practice Mindfulness:

Start by creating a detailed plan for the holiday season. Make a to-do list that outlines tasks, events, and gatherings that you need to prepare for. By planning ahead, you can avoid last-minute stress and ensure everything runs smoothly.

Mindfulness involves staying present and aware in the moment. Engage in mindful activities like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. When you're fully present, you're less likely to dwell on stressors and more likely to embrace the joy of the season.

Set Realistic Expectations:

Manage Your Time Wisely:

While it's tempting to aim for perfection, remember that the holidays don't have to be flawless. Set realistic expectations for yourself and others. Understand that not everything will go exactly as planned, and that's okay. Embrace the imperfections as part of the charm of the season.

Use time management techniques to allocate your time effectively. Break tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and avoid overloading yourself with too much at once. Prioritize tasks based on importance and deadlines to reduce stress.

Practice Self-Care:

The holiday season is about connecting with loved ones. Prioritize quality time over quantity. Engage in heartfelt conversations, share stories, and create new memories together. Building strong connections contributes to a positive attitude.

Amid the busyness, don't forget to take care of yourself. Prioritize sleep, eat well, and engage in regular physical activity. Set aside time for activities you enjoy, such as reading, walking, or taking a relaxing bath. Self-care rejuvenates your energy and helps you stay positive.

Learn to Delegate: You don't have to do everything yourself. Delegate tasks to family members and friends, or even consider hiring external help for things like cooking or cleaning. Sharing responsibilities not only lightens your load but also fosters a sense of togetherness.

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Focus on Meaningful Connections:

Practice Gratitude: Cultivate a habit of gratitude by reflecting on the positive aspects of your life. Keep a gratitude journal where you jot down things you're thankful for each day. Gratitude shifts your focus from stressors to the blessings in your life.

Limit Screen Time: While technology can help you stay connected, excessive screen time can contribute to stress. Set boundaries on social media and digital devices. Use this time to engage in face-to-face interactions and meaningful activities. Learn to Say No: It's okay to decline invitations or

requests if they overwhelm you. Saying no respectfully when necessary allows you to manage your commitments and prioritize your well-being.

Embrace Flexibility: The holiday season often brings

unexpected changes. Embrace flexibility and adaptability. When things don't go as planned, focus on finding solutions rather than dwelling on the problem.

Reflect and Rest: As the holiday season winds down, take time to reflect on your experiences. Acknowledge your efforts and the positive moments you've shared. Rest and rejuvenate as you transition into the new year.

By following these practical tips, you can navigate the holiday season with reduced stress and a positive attitude. Remember that the true essence of the holidays lies in the connections you foster and the memories you create. Prioritize self-care, mindfulness, and gratitude to make the most of this wonderful time of year.V Judi Moreo is an internationally acclaimed personal growth trainer and coach who stands as a beacon of inspiration in the realm of self-improvement. With a multifaceted skill set encompassing personal achievement coaching, hypnotherapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Judi possesses the unique ability to empower individuals to realize their untapped potential and discover they really are More Than Enough. Contact Judi by email at or by phone at (702) 283-4567. November / December 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |



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ADVERTISING DIRECTORY Aguilar Mobile Carwash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Mesquite Branding and Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Aliante HealthCare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Mesquite Business Center and U-HAUL. . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

All Around Mesquite, Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services. . . 49

All Secure Storage, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Mesquite Fine Arts Center and Gallery . . . . . . . . . . 46, 97

Arizona Horse Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Mesquite Lumber / Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Aspire Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Mesquite Police Department - Victim Services. . . . . . . . . 91

Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Mesquite Tile and Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

BARK! Canine Club and Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Mesquite Transportation Solutions, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Be Brave Athletics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Mesquite Veterinary Clinic - Peggy Purner, DVM. . . . . . . . 97

Budget Blinds / The Tailored Closet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

MINA Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

C & J Shutters, Blinds and Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Moapa Valley Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Clea's Moapa Valley Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Mortgage Mate, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Conestoga Golf Club / 1880 Grille. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Nevada Bank and Trust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Danielle's Chocolates and Popcorn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Odyssey Landscaping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Deep Roots Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover

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

Desert Pain Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Overton Power District 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

ERA - Sharon Szarzi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Pioneer Storage/Scenic Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Eureka Casino Resort - Host Your Holiday. . . . . . . . . . . IFC

Pirates Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Eureka Casino Resort - Auntie Anne's / Cinnabon. . . . . . 65

Prestige Golf Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Farmers Insurance - Bill Mitchell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

RealtyOneGroup - Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Forever Young Fine Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

RealtyOneGroup - Deb Parsley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Grease Monkey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Red Rock Golf Instruction - Rob Krieger. . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Great Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

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

Hangar Party - Third Annual Veterans Celebration. . . . . . 39

Re/Max Ridge Realty - Dave Neufeld. . . . . . . . . . . . 56, 57

Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Richens Eye Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Heavenly Gift Shoppe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

HedgeHog Electric and Solar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95, 96

Shop, Eat, Play Moapa Valley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40, 41

Highland Manor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Hitch It L.L.C. / Stationary Hitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

SnapShots West Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Hole Foods Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Southwest Gas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Ink & Amethyst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Southern Utah Heritage Choir. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Inside Scoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

State Farm - Lisa Wilde. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

J.R. Morgan Glass & Glazing, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Stephen's Hair & Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

JSL Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating. . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Sun American Mortgage - Norm and Lori Utley. . . . . . . . 67

Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach. . . . . . . . . . . 73, 96

TDS Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Juniper Outpost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

The Dealt A Straight Band. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Keller Williams - Joan Fitton and Neil Sullivan. . . . . . . . . 75

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

Ken Garff Mesquite Ford - Dave Heath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Tuacahn Amphitheatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Kitchen Encounters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

Virgin Valley Veterinary Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Kuppa Joe Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

WaFd Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover

Loco Cocoa Treats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Washington County Legacy Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Medicare and Healthcare Insurance - Team Bundy . . . . . . 71

Woof Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care. . . . 70

Xtreme Stitch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Mesa View Regional Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Yogi Window Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

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